During my 14th anniversary in Cambodia, I went to see once more the Angkorian temples with the Colombian television, Teleantioquia. Unfortunately, you have to face always the rude behavior of Apsara Authority and its funny policies over the administration of the temples, while many things are out of place. The journalists were surprised why after 14 years of work for Cambodian youth in technical education, I don’t have just a special pass to enter the temples. I have to pay as a foreign tourist. In order to answer the question, I asked the beautiful cashier you can see at the video why I have to pay to enter to the temples. Of course, the girl is not the responsible of it. The responsible must be living in a comfortable place getting thousands of bills per day. Continue reading
There is a Western gentleman at the Phnom Penh riverside with a Buddhist monk aspect with whom I had a bitter discussion this Monday. I was a guest at the Colombian television channel, Teleantioquia, doing a documentary about my work in Cambodia since 1999. The journalists asked me to buy two birds and approach the river freeing them. As I walked with the two birds, I opened my hands and let the two little animals to escape to freedom over the high waters of the Basac River.
Suddenly this gentleman approached the journalists saying that they must ask permission from Buddhist monks to film them. Few meters from my place were two young monks that were, by the way, curious of my action. Continue reading
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Phnom Penh – On Friday 30th August 2013, each of the six departments of Don Bosco Technical School was represented by the two hundred and fifty-one students graduating: Mechanical-Welding – 48, Automotive – 46, Electricity – 60, Electronic – 53, Computer -26 and Printing – 18. Dedicated to teaching and guiding the most disadvantaged youth of Cambodia, the Salesian Priests and Brothers, along with the DBTS teachers and volunteers, were there to congratulate and celebrate the students’ achievements; this day marking the completion of their two-year vocational course. Continue reading
Battambang. In an open hall, which was once the entirety of Vithayalai Don Bosco Battambang, the first Official Graduation Ceremony took place on the 9th of August 2013, and was attended by the schools staff and students, as well as the students’ parents. Invited to attend and take part in the ceremony, having arrived from Phnom Penh the day before, were Fr. Cef Ledesma and Fr. Leo Ochoa. Fr. Leo Ochoa there to witness the First Opening of the School in 2000 and now the First Official Graduation Ceremony in 2013. Continue reading
This video of MBA is a good illustration of why governments should not be run as a business and it is of course a great temptation, especially in our time of globalization. Common good is the purpose of any government – it is the ideal – while business is made in order to get profits. A government thinking its citizens such as customers or shareholders is then far from the real purpose of it.
Kep Province — CAMBODIA – Friday, September 06, 2013. The governor of Kep Province, Mr. Ken Satha, presided the first graduation day of the new Don Bosco Technical School in this Cambodian region, 164 kilometers south of Phnom Penh over the Gulf of Thailand and near the Vietnamese border. The technical school opened in October 2011 to attend young people from Kep, Kampot and Takeo provinces and began with a group of 40 in the sections of social communication and hotel skills to lost only 4. The group that left at the end of June for training, has been engaged in different jobs especially in Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville in hotels, radio stations, television channels and web development companies. Continue reading
Siem Reap. A boatman died at the spot when his boat of passengers crashed with another loaded with firewood coming in the opposite direction at the Chi Kreng River on Monday. The place of the incident was the Chi Kreng District, reported the Police on Wednesday. Toch Kal, Chi Kreng Police District chief said that the victim was bringing 6 persons from the Anlong Chambak village to visit the Suong Dam, known also as 76th Dam, when another boat loaded with wood and led by two men could not avoid the fatal encounter at 3:55 PM. The impact was exactly at the corner of the touring boat and it was the reason why Lor Sok, 31, got the worse and died immediately, said Kal. His passengers reacted fast trying to provide first aids, but his neck was broken. The passengers were not injured. According with the police report the boat loaded with wood was likely to has caused the incident and it is on the run at the moment. The police is looking for two men who were leading the boat and as far as Wednesday it has not been successful to locate them.
Kompong Chhnang. Two men died by a lighting strike on Tuesday, said the Ampil Toek Commune Police. Vaen Sochann, 24, was fishing in the lake, about 200 meters from his village in Ampil Toek when a lighting stroke the place at about 3 PM. Although his family tried to bring him to get medical attention, nothing was possible because he died at the spot, said Police Commune Chief Ong Voeurn. The authority mentioned also that Sochann was fishing under the heavy raining. Another victim was a Vietnamese citizen at the Koh Thkov Commune, Cholkiri District. Ho Yang Tieng, 39, a long time resident at the Ta Ches Commune, Kompong Tralach, went with his wife, also a Vietnamese, to hunt rats at the rice fields, when a lighting stroke him at 1:45 PM. His wife was not injured. 87 persona have died during 2013 and 71 have been injured in Cambodia during the first seven months of the year, according to Keo Vy, deputy director for the National Committee for Disasters.
Phnom Penh. CARAM Cambodia, USAID and WINROCK International celebrated a forum directed to the private sector at the Cambodiana Hotel on Friday with about 50 participants from government, private sector, NGOs, migrant workers’ representatives and stakeholders. Sam Somuny, the CARAM’s project officer said that the forum was promoted by the official National Employment Agency of the Ministry of Labor and his NGO. The event was also attended by ten workers that were deported from Thailand for illegal employment in that country. Continue reading
Kampot Province – A pregnant woman and six villagers were injured during a big rainstorm in Dang Tong District on Tuesday afternoon, authorities said on Wednesday. Pa Bunna, Districts’ Administration Director said the storm happened between 2 and 2:30 PM. Authorities tried to reach the victims of the natural disaster. Two communes of the district, Kcheay Khang Choeung and Tong, got the worse of the rain impact, destroying 20 houses and damaging 47, added Bunna. Continue reading
There is currently an authentic explosion of the Cambodian cinema and it can open the doors to a new golden time for national filmmakers, as it was before the wars of the 1970′s. Cambodians have the talent, creativity and willing to produce their own movies and, with a best investment and support from national and international sponsorship, it is possible to guarantee a successful film industry in the Kingdom of Wonder. However, all these national productions go unreported either inside or outside Cambodia. There is a lack of film criticism, an element that is very important to discuss about what we watch and create. Continue reading
Sihanoukville still a great place to visit and enjoy by sure. But as it attracts national and international tourism, it attracts also unwanted people (including certain foreigners with unfortunate behavior.) For this reason the better is prevention… Warning!!! Continue reading
Professor Kenneth Wilson of the Royal University of Phnom Penh brings us a deep reflection on the Cambodia’s Education System in an article at The Cambodia Daily, A System Utterly in Need. The time is greatly appropriate when we are few weeks away from the next national elections and parties are discussing on the meaning of development. Continue reading
We still waiting the decision to restore the Cambodian coins, another victim of the wars and political conflicts of the end of the 20th century. You just see the ripped poor 100 Riel notes going around the markets and you feel ashamed. Continue reading
Kep is a tropical paradise, but if you don’t have a program, you can end in a sort of tropical paradisaical island in the middle of the Pacific just contemplating the wonderful dawns and sets all the time and checking your emails. You need to contact definitively the locals and we can divide them in three groups: fishermen, farmers and, the third group: owners of hotels and restaurants, foreigners many of them with strong links to Cambodia. French people seem to be the predominant tribe in town. Well, one of this locals is Didier Rexach, but he is already known as just Max, though the nickname came from the name of his Action Max Asie company. He has already experience in organizing races and adventures for example in Luang Prabang (Laos.) Continue reading
Cambodia is a good model to analyse the development of the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for many factors: one is because it’s not only a developing society, but a society in reconstruction and second it’s because the economical model it is trying right now. The reconstruction of a nation after decades of violence and war is not easy as to pour a lot of funds on the territory, but it includes a very complicated network of factors going from mentality, culture, history, conflicts with neighboring countries, geopolitics, fighting ideologies trying to govern the destiny of the peoples, foreign intervention and foreign assistance, among others. Continue reading