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The Gecko: 27 February 2004

The Gecko: 27 February 2004

Like the earlier US ban on adoptions from Cambodia, it shouldn't come as a surprise

if a ban on marriages was to follow. The Associated Press reported this week about

several Cambodian-Americans who pleaded guilty to fraud and conspiracy to evade immigration

laws. One guy in California, Mr Tin Iv, admitted to arranging between 25 and 99 fraudulent

marriages from Cambodia over a two year period.

One shouldn't rush to judgement, but the funny thing is that if you sit in the waiting

area at the US Embassy Consular section and watch some couples processing their marriage

and visa papers, you can't help but wonder if the sparkle in the eyes of newlyweds

comes from the thought of up to $7,000 in their pockets.

** The beaches in Sihanoukville should be spiffed up by now. On January 20 the Ministry

of Environment (MoE) issued Notice Number 20 on Stopping Activities from Clearing

Land, Breaking Stones, Covering Stones and Building Anarchic Constructions along

the Rights of Beach and Sea of Sihanoukville.

The MoE gave people one month to remove their anarchic constructions, after which

they would take legal action.

** The Ministry of Social Affairs, Labor, Vocational Training and Youth Rehabilitation

(MOSALVY) issued an interesting new regulation. According to the DFDL Weekly Law

Update, Notice Number 003, dated February 10, 2004, says "...there has been

some worker-employees who were dizzy and unconscious which affected order and employment

at a number of factories.." MOSALVY has come up with five recommendations to

remedy the situation. Item 4 is: All overtime works, besides the overtime fees, the

factory-enterprise shall provide workers-employees extra foods that consist of sugar

flavor such as drink with sugar flavor or sweet cake, etc.

** A reader in Jakarta reports that the latest chat/telephone program available that

lets you talk over the internet is called Skype. All you need is a good internet

line, speakers and a microphone, and away you go. Try:
http://www.skype.com/help_userguide.html

** Who says you can't grow Mexican-style chillies in Cambodia! Check out the latest

very hot crop hanging from all corners at Hurley's Cantina. Are zesty chopped steak

burritos just around the corner?

** La Croisette plans to start a regular Thursday night jam session kind-of bash

starting around 10pm. Check it out.

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