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Man About Town 27-08-2010

Man About Town 27-08-2010

Bakong Technical College gets construction approval

THE massive Bakong Technical College project to be built in Siem Reap has finally received approval from Apsara for some of its construction.
Meanwhile, the project’s founder, US-based Ronnie Yimsut, is celebrating the 55th anniversary of Voice of America Khmer radio for a special reason.

The radio service’s legendary Madam Ang Khen, one of the first staff to sign on back in the US in 1962, returned briefly to the airwaves this month.
This especially delighted Ronnie because Madam Ang Khen is his foster mum.

He told me, “She was a ‘foster mum’ who sponsored and adopted an orphan named ‘Yimsut Ranachith’ to America in 1978, to whom she gave a new name of ‘Ronnie’ to help facilitate easier name calling by Americans. Her step-mum (Aunt Seng Chan) and my mother (Seng Chem) are sisters. Her dad, the late Uncle Ang Khiev, was a well-known scholar, one of my childhood idols.”

The Erich Bader saga
The arrest last Thursday of Erich Bader, proprietor of the Prince Mekong Villa guesthouse, on alleged child sex charges is the subject of lurid local gossip.

Bader is the second Swiss-national hotel boss to be charged with such offences.

Rudolph Knuchel, a former general manger of the Grand Hotel (before it became affiliated with Raffles) was convicted of similar offences in April this year and jailed for two years, with one year suspended.

Regarding Erich Bader however, a trip through Google’s memory lane elicits a fascinating story. Some ex-guest bloggers describe him as a colourful character but most outline Fawlty Towers-type stories of conflict and aggro, mostly over room bills.

The Google stories are hilarious but, sadly, far too defamatory to describe here.

Lighting the way
The Korea International Cooperation Agency, together with Apsara and Asiana Airlines, held an inauguration ceremony in Siem Reap on August 19 to celebrate the installation of solar street lights.

The lights, designed as saeg-dong trees, a type of tree found in Korea, consume only solar energy.

To date, 16 solar streetlights have been installed around Siem Reap at a cost of US$83,000. During the ceremony, a memorandum of understanding was signed to install up to 50 solar streetlights within five years, with an average of five to seven lights per year.


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  • Foreigners in Kingdom must now register in FPCS system

    The Ministry of Interior’s General Department of Immigration (GDI) announced that it would not grant visa extensions to foreigners staying in Cambodia if their names are not listed on the Foreigners Present in Cambodia System (FPCS) by July 1. Foreign nationals can register in the

  • Covid-19 at ‘alarming rate’, health ministry says

    The Covid-19 risk level for individual transmission is at an “alarming rate” in the Kingdom and its probability is “not low”, warned Health Ministry spokesperson Or Vandine. “Cambodia’s coronavirus scenario is classified as being at an early stage of the pandemic because of ongoing

  • Mandatory quarantine for 30,000 workers begins

    Some of the roughly 30,000 workers from factories and enterprises across the Kingdom who went on leave during Khmer New Year began their government-imposed 14-day quarantine on Monday. Speaking at a press conference while visiting workers at the Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone on Monday, Ministry

  • Unemployed to get $40 per month

    The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training has instructed enterprises, business owners and travel agencies in five provinces to prepare the proper forms for the suspension of employment contracts. This, it said, will make it easier for the ministry to transfer $40 a month to workers

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    While the majority of Cambodians have paid heed to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s order to stay put and not travel during the Khmer New Year – the holidays of which were also postponed – several hundred have left Phnom Penh nonetheless. They have allegedly breached provincial

  • G20 energy ministers struggle to finalise oil output cuts

    Top oil producers struggled to finalise production cuts during a virtual summit held by Group of 20 (G20) energy ministers on Friday, despite US President Donald Trump’s mediation efforts to end a standoff with Mexico. The final G20 communique appeared to gloss over simmering divisions

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    The government on Friday eased the district and provincial border restrictions issued on Thursday. People are now allowed to cross districts within their provinces. Phnom Penh and Kandal province are to be treated as a single region where people are allowed to travel freely. In

  • Private schools struggling

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  • Khmer New Year holidays postponed

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