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BEGGARS, street sellers and homeless
adults and children in Phnom Penh
were rounded up yesterday morning
and hauled into caged vans, while
many more hid to evade capture.
The roundup came a day after a
directive signed by Deputy Governor
Seng Ratanak was issued, ordering 12
district governors and the municipal
social affairs department to remove
homeless people from public areas.
At about 9am, police forcefully
took people from the streets of the
capital. They were put into vans and
taken to the police station before
being transferred into the custody
of NGOs.
They are at risk of labour exploita-
tion and human trafficking, and we
need public order, Ratanak said.
City Hall spokesman Long Diman-
che confirmed that the roundup was
well under way.
We are working to totally clear [the
streets] . . . We started to round them
up after the order was released. They
will find help from NGOs through
education and training, he said.
But many said the help was
Pakistani security personnel yesterday rush towards a security post attacked by gunmen near Karachi airport, the site of a gun ght the day before that left
37 dead. The second attack on the airport in as many days ended without casualties, ofcials said. AFP
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Meas Sokchea, Stuart White
and Vong Sokheng
RIME Minister Hun Sen
offered equal parts carrot and
stick in a speech aimed at the
opposition yesterday, affirm-
ing the ruling partys willingness to
concede key opposition demands
while simultaneously threatening
prosecution and forceful crackdowns
if demonstrations start anew.
Speaking to disabled soldiers in
Kampot province, Hun Sen said the
ruling party would acquiesce to the
oppositions demand for its own televi-
sion licence, as long as it applied
through a private company. Hun Sen
also said he would give the National
Election Committee constitutional
status another major sticking point
for the opposition and observers.
However, the premier tempered the
concessions with sharply worded
threats to both Cambodia National
Rescue Party leadership and those
who would join any grassroots-level
demonstrations, saying to those
who may plan to come out, be care-
ful of death.
On the subject of an opposition TV
licence, Hun Sen said he had first
made the offer to the CNRP on April
9 in a phone call with party president
Sam Rainsy.
I also asked [Information Minister]
Khieu Kanharith to divide one channel
from the frequency of the national tel-
evision [TVK] for them to set up a sta-
tion, the premier said, blaming the
party leaderships reluctance to file the
paperwork on their stubbornness at
the negotiating table.
The prime minister went on to say
that he would also agree to adding a
constitutional mandate for the NEC to
Chapter 15 of the constitution, even
though he indicated that he found the
idea somewhat outlandish.
The National Election Committee as
a constitutional institution, I have nev-
er heard of such a thing, Hun Sen said
before signalling he had accepted the
request. [We] will amend the constitu-
tion to add one more chapter to put the
[NEC] into . . . the constitution.
Hun Sen also reaffirmed the ruling
partys concession to hold the 2018
election in February, several months in
First carrot, then stick
PM offers concessions but makes threats
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Sellers and
beggars get
hauled off
Hun Many, the PMs youngest
son, represents a more media-
savvy generation of politicians
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Laignee Barron
HAILAND has requested that
Cambodia rein in the activities
of fugitive red-shirt leader and
Phnom Penh resident Jakrapob
Penkair, according to Thai media.
Cambodian Ambassador Eat Sophea
was allegedly summoned by the Thai
Ministry of Foreign Affairs earlier this
week and asked to cooperate by pre-
venting the opposition activist from pub-
licly criticising the coup, the Khao Sod
Daily reported.
Jakrapob, a Thaksin-era minister, has
lived in Cambodia in self-imposed exile
since 2009, eeing claims that he insti-
gated violence as well as a lse majest
charge, which carries up to 15 years in
prison. After the Thai armys coup last
month, the military junta announced it
would track down Jakrapob who has
publicly vowed to create a resistance
movement and institute a government
in exile.
In an interview with blogger Andrew
Spooner last week, Jakrapob called the
junta not only illegitimate but illegal and
criminal, and said he would consider us-
ing violence to restore democracy.
Last week, the National Council for
Peace and Order summoned all those
with lse majest charges, including
Jakrapob, to turn themselves in by Mon-
day or face harsher penalties.
Cambodias Ministry of Foreign Affairs
told the Post yesterday that the Kingdom
has no idea of Jakrapobs whereabouts,
and reiterated previous assertions that
Cambodia would not play host to a Thai
government in exile.
So far our authorities have conrmed
that there is no presence of Jakrapob or
red-shirt politic[al activities] in Cambo-
dia, said Koy Kuong, a spokesman with
the Foreign Ministry.
Kuong said he had no knowledge of
Cambodian Embassy ofcials being sum-
moned by the Thai junta, and that he has
not heard of any request to arrest or ex-
tradite Jakrapob.
Tensions between Cambodia and the
Thai junta are looming in the horizon,
said Chheang Vannarith, a senior fellow
at the Cambodian Institute for Coopera-
tion and Peace. Border conicts between
the two countries [could] potentially re-
emerge any time.
Ofcials at the Thai Embassy in Phnom
Penh declined to speak to the Post yester-
day, and Jakrapob did not return request
Rein in fugitive: Thailand
Thai soldiers deploy as they seal off an elevated train station leading to a shopping mall, before
breaking up an anti-coup protest earlier this month in Bangkok. AFP
A group of people rounded up by authorities in yesterdays sweep throw
jasmine owers from a transport vehicle yesterday. PHOTO SUPPLIED
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unwanted. A 14-year-old
ower seller, who asked not to
be named, told the Post that
since his mother died, his in-
come had been crucial to his
and his fathers survival.
I help to sell [jasmine] ow-
ers. If I can sell a lot each day, I
will get a lot of tips to buy food
with, he said.
But after hearing about City
Halls directive, he said he was
too scared to return to his job.
I heard from my friend, a
street boy, that the authori-
ties will round us up. I am
so afraid.
Thirty-seven-year-old beg-
gar Sam Sros said that after
seeing a friend arrested yes-
terday morning she and her
two children went into hiding.
I hid after I saw my friend
was arrested by authorities.
We did not do anything wrong
or commit any crime. We
only beg to get some money
to buy food for our children,
she said.
A 47-year-old homeless
beggar, who declined to be
named, was angry with city
We just need a little money
to buy food . . . since the [di-
rective], it is difcult for us to
walk into public areas to beg,
he said.
Pour Un Sourire dEnfant
(PSE), one of the partner NGOs
charged with monitoring and
educating those rounded up,
voiced concerns about the au-
thorities approach.
They need to improve the
way to gathering people, said
Ouk Sovan, deputy program
director at PSE.
Sovan said that in total, PSE
received 13 children rounded
up from Russian Boulevard
yesterday, where he said the
authorities would continue to
collect people today.
The role of PSE will [be to]
support all street children in
necessary means to integrate
back [into] society . . . We are
assessing each child to iden-
tify their problem then pro-
vide necessary solutions such
as health support, education,
accommodation, food, pro-
tection, vocational school for
young people, support their
family [and] income genera-
tion, Sovan said.
But opposition leader Sam
Rainsy said he sees the mea-
sures as merely cosmetic.
It doesnt address the root
of the problem . . . The govern-
ment has shown irresponsi-
bility, sweeping these people
away, and we condemn it. This
is not the solution; it is unfair
and cruel, he said. ADDITIONAL
Street seller, beggars
rounded up in capital
Parched elds
Bridge not
to blame,
says ADB
project isnt to blame for
blocking a river and pre-
venting water from reaching
parched rice elds, an Asian
Development Bank investiga-
tion concluded yesterday.
Bavel district farmers
accused the bank-funded
construction project of choking
the river since construction
began in December, leaving
their recently planted crops to
the whims of a drought.
Bridge developer Ung Sim
Sia Construction last week ins-
talled four pipes to allow more
water through a coffer dam,
an improvement that brought
relief to some but not all of the
parched fields.
An ADB team went to the
site last Wednesday and found
the bridge wasnt the issue.
The underlying problem
[with] the water situation
in Bavel stems from inade-
quate water upstream and the
existence of a deficient water
control gate, the ADB said in
an email, adding the control
gate would soon be repaired
and the companys pipes were
working fine. Provincial water
resource officials could not be
American jailed for orphanage abuse
Buth Reaksmey Kongkea
HNOM Penh Munici-
pal Court yesterday
sentenced the Ameri-
can director of a Chris-
tian orphanage to a year in
prison for sexually abusing ve
underage Cambodian boys
who were in his care, a charge
the defendant maintained had
been trumped up by a promi-
nent child protection group.
Presiding judge Kim Rath
Narin said defendant Daniel
Stephen Johnson, 36, the for-
mer director of Hope Transi-
tions, an unlicensed orphan-
age in Phnom Penh, was also
ordered to pay $1,000 in nes,
despite his assertion that the
child protection organisa-
tion Action Pour les Enfants
(APLE) had bribed the fami-
lies of his accusers.
Narin added that John-
son had been charged with
committing an indecent act
against a minor under 15.
Colonel Lao Lin, of the Min-
istry of Interiors Anti-Human
Trafcking and Juvenile Protec-
tion Unit, said Johnson was ar-
rested last December in collab-
oration with the FBI and APLE.
He was arrested based on
victims complaints, he said.
An unnamed ofcer at the
time said Johnson had been
arrested after the FBI informed
Cambodian police that he had
been accused of ve separate
instances of raping a minor in
the US.
The anti-human trafcking
unit said, however, that John-
son would not be deported
until he had been tried and
punished for any crimes com-
mitted in Cambodia.
Though he declined to an-
swer questions after yesterdays
hearing, Johnson provided re-
porters with a statement say-
ing he was disappointed in
the decision, accusing APLE of
trumping up his case to further
build a name for them[selves],
and calling for a serious inves-
tigation of the organisation.
I have hundreds standing up
for me, including the children.
We have signed statements
from the parent(s)/families of
the children stating they were
offered and/or received a bribe
from those pushing this case,
the statement reads, noting
that an appeal is imminent.
The same families have also
written statements pleading
for my release.
APLE director Samleang Sei-
la said yesterday that Johnsons
accusations were simply not
true, and added that conver-
sations on Johnsons Facebook
page indicated that he may
have pressured all but one of
his accusers to ultimately drop
their complaints against him.
According to Seila, one of
the ve accusers dropped his
complaint before the investiga-
tive stage. Another participated
until the day of the hearing,
when he sent his mother to tell
the court that he would not ap-
pear, and asked to withdraw his
accusation. Two others secured
private representation and like-
wise dropped their complaints.
If you look at the families
situation, we dont think they
could pay this [legal] fee,
Seila said.
Basically [there were] re-
lationships and the pressure
they had when they returned
to their families; people were
reaching out to them and their
families to offer some support,
he added. The four of them
continued to have a relation-
ship with people associated
with Daniel Johnson, even after
[his] NGO was brought down
by the government.
Seila added that the length of
the sentence given to Johnson
was insufcient.
That is a very light sentence,
the minimum sentence for that
charge, so we are not happy
with that sentence, and the fact
that he did not get a deporta-
tion order after his sentence,
Seila said.
That is making it harder for
[Cambodia and the US] to work
out an extradition agreement,
but it is not impossible. ADDI-
Daniel Stephen Johnson is escorted into Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday. Johnson was handed a year
in prison for sexually abusing ve underage Cambodian boys. PHA LINA
Hun Sen vows
to live past 93
Vong Sokheng

mours swirling on
social media that he
had suffered a mas-
sive stroke and died, Prime
Minister Hun Sen proved to
be very much alive during an
animated speech in Kampot
province yesterday.
Addressing a crowd in Chhuok
district, the 63-year-old pre-
mier assured listeners that he
wouldnt die for at least another
30 years, and that, far from hav-
ing a stroke, he was actually
shaving a few strokes off of his
golf game the day after he had
allegedly been whisked away
for treatment in Singapore.
My father died at 90 years
old at least, and my grandfa-
ther was 93 years old, and I will
be more than 93 years old, he
said. On Friday afternoon, I,
along with cabinet members,
was having a meeting with the
King, and then I played golf on
Saturday and Sunday.
Switching gears, however,
the premier warned Cam-
bodia National Rescue Party
president Sam Rainsy that in
the event of his demise, all hell
would break loose.
Im the only person who can
order all the types of armed
forces, and if I really die, you
must pack your bags and run
away . . . because no one can
control the armed forces, Hun
Sen said. It is an idiot who
prays for Hun Sens death.
Hun Sen also included a dig
at Rainsy in his medical history,
saying his family had no history
of tuberculosis, leprosy, mental
illness or unlike Rainsy, whose
father was implicated in a plot
to topple King Norodom Siha-
nouk treason.
Rainsy could not be reached
for comment yesterday, but his
deputy Kem Sokha, said the op-
position was not interested in
Hun Sen.
Hun Sen has said in the past
that he would lead until age 90,
but revised that gure down to
his mid-70s last year.
In 2010, he was known to
have beaten a case of H1N1
inuenza, and to have had an
emergency appendectomy in
1998. The then-second prime
minister was back at it three
days later, cigarette in hand,
talking to the press in his hos-
pital pyjamas.
Hun Sens carrot and stick approach
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advance an early election
being a key opposition demand
but took pains to remind lis-
teners that there was still an iron
fist inside the velvet glove.
I have already let you be free
for a while, and if you want to
test me, I need only 48 hours
to crackdown, he said, going on
to warn the opposition against
being overbearing in their
demands of constitutional
Hun Sen also insinuated
that documents accusing
CNRP leaders of incitement
were ready and waiting,
should he deem it necessary
to file them.
Incitement documents are
already drafted, he said. You
cannot escape, and you have
no immunity no need to
remove your [parliamentary]
immunity in the National
Assembly, just [to file] an
arrest warrant.
He went on to urge the oppo-
sition to join the National
Assembly and get down to the
work of drafting their proposed
reforms, but concluded with
another thinly veiled threat.
It is your right as to wheth-
er you recognise [the govern-
ment] or not, [but] if you are
against the law, you will be
handcuffed and dont try to
hide in an embassy, the prime
minister went on to say.
Moeun Chhean Nariddh,
director of the Cambodian
Institute for Media Studies,
said that an opposition televi-
sion station would be a big
step forward in a country with
a ruling party-dominated
broadcast media.
Given the recent media
blackout on the return of the
leader of the opposition party
[Sam Rainsy] and of the elec-
toral campaign by the state-run
TV and private TV that is
aligned with the ruling party,
this is a good opportunity for
the opposition party to repre-
sent their voice, he said.
However, CNRP deputy pres-
ident Kem Sokha yesterday
dismissed Hun Sens offer of a
TV licence as bait, and said
the party had more important
things to worry about.
It is not important, this
[offer] about the television
licence. What is important, is
the electoral reform, he said.
We have not thought of this
yet we are thinking of [a new]
election first.
Sokha reacted more favour-
ably to the suggestion to join
the National Assembly to draft
the NEC constitutional amend-
ment, but said the opposition
couldnt end its boycott with-
out a clear, detailed agreement
in place.
If the [ruling] Cambodian
Peoples Party really has the
intention to amend the consti-
tution, it must allow the nego-
tiating groups to meet and talk
together. [We] must have clear
political agreement and wit-
nesses, he said.
Fellow opposition lawmaker-
elect Son Chhay also respond-
ed coolly to Hun Sens conces-
sions, saying they had been on
the table for months, and hard-
ly represented a leap forward.
The offer has already been
around for quite some time,
he said. Now we need to clar-
ify what it means by constitu-
tional NEC . . . to write down
the points that will make the
NEC truly independent inde-
pendent budget, independent
decisions, independence in the
way people will be recruited . . .
And the National Assembly
needs to be reformed too,
because it has been a rubber
stamp for too long.
The offer of a [new] election
in February was not accepta-
ble, thats why we got stuck in
stalled negotiations in April,
he added.
Chhim Phal Virun speaks during a pro-CPP political and social
analysis program on Bayon News TV last year. Prime Minister Hun
Sen said yesterday the CNRP could apply for a TV licence through a
private company. WILL BAXTER
Wage war
Govt to meet
unions for
salary talks
NION members of the
Ministry of Labours La-
bour Advisory Commit-
tee (LAC) will meet on Monday
for a garment industry wage
discussion focusing on ideas
raised at a workshop in April.
The invitation from Labour
Minister Ith Sam Heng was
sent to the seven LAC unions
on May 30. Items on the agen-
da for the meeting include set-
ting a date to begin garment
industry minimum wage talks
for next year and establishing
a deadline for finalising 2015s
minimum wage.
The [International Labour
Organization] has recommen-
ded we prepare a system of
negotiation of minimum wage,
and set a clear date for these
negotiations every year,
said Ken Chhenglang, acting
president of the National
Independent Federation
Textile Union of Cambodia.
This would avoid protests
and disappointment.
In December, the LAC ap-
proved an industry minimum
monthly wage raise from
$80 to $95. Sam Heng later
unilaterally raised it to $100.
Capital SEZ
to get clinic
Amelia Woodside
A PRIVATE clinic aiming to
provide medical care to fac-
tory workers in the Phnom
Penh Special Economic Zone
(SEZ) will open this month,
the health centres managing
director said yesterday.
We have so many clients that
visit our clinic in [our] Daun
Penh location [Chenda Poly-
clinic] that we thought opening
up a second clinic capable of
delivering 500 pre-employment
tests per day would really help
factory workers, Chenda II
Polyclinic founder and director
Kanyapak Reinvetch said.
The clinic will also be able
to offer ophthalmology, med-
ical imaging, vaccinations
and laboratory services.
Facilities will include 25 beds
and one operating room for
workers who can afford treat-
ment, Reinvetch added.
Officially opening on June 24,
the clinic is affiliated with the
Childrens Surgical Centre and
will be housed in two four-storey
commercial buildings just out-
side the SEZ. Medical care for
workers in the SEZ is ideal con-
sidering malnourishment and
fainting issues, said Joel Preston,
a consultant with the Commu-
nity Legal Education Center.
Ocean workers pray for jobs
Mom Kunthear
at Ocean Garment
factory say they are
worried the manufac-
turer, which has suspended
operations for one month, will
close altogether.
About 20 per cent of Oceans
1,300 workers demanding full
payment during the break have
found work elsewhere, while
longtime employees are liter-
ally praying for a palatable
solution, said Houn Vanna, a
representative of the Collec-
tive Union of Movement of
Workers (CUMW).
Most of the workers who
abandoned the protest have
worked at Ocean for only about
three to four months, so it will
not benefit them much to con-
tinue, Vanna said.
While some have sought
other job opportunities, many
of the 1,214 still striking have
worked at Ocean for more than
a decade and are entitled to
seniority bonuses if the factory
closes for good, Vanna said.
Ocean workers began strik-
ing on May 24 after manage-
ment announced it would shut
down for a month from May 26
due to low orders and that
employees would each receive
$15 during the closure. Strikers
demand that Ocean pay their
full salary during the period.
CUMW president Pav Sina
said on Monday that if the fac-
tory and Ministry of Labour
dont find a solution agreeable
to workers, they would hold a
big protest in the form of a
march to the ministry on Thurs-
day. Last week, police blocked
about 1,000 people attempting
to march from the Por Sen
Chey factory to the ministry.
Labour Ministry spokesman
Heng Sour could not be
reached yesterday.
Reaction to the situation has
ranged from frustrated employ-
ees breaking a thumb-scanner
machine at the factory yester-
day to pooling money to pur-
chase chickens and fruit as
prayer offerings.
We prayed to the spirit of the
factory to help us with our
problem, said Thy, a striker
who declined to give her full
name. It is our tradition, but it
does not mean that were going
to stop asking government offi-
cials to intervene.
An Ocean official who
declined to be named yester-
day would only say that the
factory will remain closed
until June 26.
Workers from Ocean Garment factory march through the streets on the outskirts of Phnom Penh last week,
demanding the company pay their full monthly wage during its temporary closure. PHOTO SUPPLIED
Caffeinated customers
spring to aid of vendor
A 32-YEAR-OLD opportunistic
phone thief picked the wrong
crowd to mess with in Phnom
Penhs Por Sen Chey district
on Monday: a mob of jittery
coffee drinkers. After ordering
a cup with no intention of pay-
ing, he swiped the 22-year-
old vendors phone from a
table nearby while she served
other customers. The caffein-
ated crowd sitting by the stall
joined motodops and other
locals in beating the man
before handing him over to
Arrest made following
a number of car thefts
AFTER a spate of vehicle
thefts in Phnom Penh and
complaints filed with the Min-
istry of Interior, police arrest-
ed a 22-year-old man on
Monday. Three cars were
found at the suspects home
during a raid on Monday
morning. The suspect alleg-
edly confessed, adding that he
had worked with others and
that he had sold one of the
cars. Police seized the other
cars to give back to the vic-
tims and sent the suspect to

Authorities nab seven in
Battambang drug bust
MILITARY police in Battam-
bang town on Monday busted
a group of teens allegedly
slinging meth. A young man
was detained in the street
when the cops caught him in
the act of delivering a small
package of ice to two users.
The happy coincidence led
police to a house where four
of the suspects friends all
aged 16 to 19 were arrested
with weighing scales, a
machete, a motorbike and
other paraphernalia. They
were sent to court. RAKSMEI
Motorbike is hotwired
during midday snooze
YOU snooze, you lose, one
Kampong Cham town man
discovered on Monday. The
25-year-old had stopped off at
home for a siesta, parking his
moto outside. A pair of thieves
allegedly hotwired the bike
and made off with it while the
victim napped. Police tracked
one of the suspects down
who confessed, saying he was
intending to sell the bike via a
criminal network recovered
the stolen property and are
searching for his accomplice.
A mysterious assault
bloodies scenic outing
A HORRIFIC moto chase and
gang attack ended with one
victim having a hand chopped
off and another sustaining
slashes to his head and arms.
Two men were out for a drive
around the picturesque Sang-
ke River when eight men fol-
lowed them. The victims tried
to escape, but were chased
down and hacked at with
blades. The wounded miracu-
lously got away and reported
to a police station before being
treated at hospital. NOKORWAT
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Many opens up to criticism
Kevin Ponniah
RIME Minister Hun
Sen may regularly de-
liver hours of bombas-
tic public oratory and
rarely, if ever, allow anyone to
ask questions of him.
But his youngest son, Hun
Many, a rising star in the ruling
CPP, has begun doing just the
opposite as he builds on his
edgling political career and
seeks to project a different im-
age of the governing party that
he may one day seek to lead.
Days after a lacklustre in-
terview with Singapore-based
Channel News Asia in which
Many, 32, elded pointed
questions about nepotism,
corruption and his own prime
ministerial ambitions, the
Kampong Speu lawmaker
turned to social media to ask
for honest criticism about
his performance.
Id like to welcome your
judgments and evaluations
even more as your opinions
matter to me and my learning
journey, he wrote on his of-
cial Facebook page on Monday.
I like [sic] to request your
feedback, evaluation and ob-
servation on the interview at
Channel News Asia.
The post has garnered al-
most 3,000 likes and more
than 100 comments, most of
them positive.
The more right things you
do, the more supporters you
get. We like your reective in-
terview, one comment reads.
U did good but hope next
time u will better contain
the nervousness and put out
more rm and precise stances
. . . Lets change the way CPP
interacts with medias [sic], at
least the international ones,
another says.
Ou Ritthy, a prominent and
frequently critical political
blogger who responded to
Manys post with a comment
praising his candour, said
yesterday that he saw the in-
terview and its aftermath as a
sign that CPP leaders coming
through the ranks were more
I dont think the interview
was very good. With some ex-
planations he tried to protect
the CPP by saying corruption
is not rampant and so on, this
is not true . . . [But while] he
tried to protect CPP, he did not
attack so much on the opposi-
tion like older CPP before have
always [done].
And also his comment on
Facebook is very positive, very
open and very candid . . . This
is the rst time he is open
and he appreciates different
comments . . . Hes changing
and in the last few months,
I also saw his brother Hun
Manet give very positive and
similar comments.
If you compare the young
generation of the CPP to the
old one I think they under-
stand better and they try to
please youth voters.
Many, a graduate of univer-
sities in Australia and the US,
heads the CPP-aligned Union
of Youth Federations of Cam-
bodia. He surprised many last
year by becoming the rst of
Hun Sens sons to run for pub-
lic ofce.
Some observers had be-
lieved the premiers eldest
son, Hun Manet, a graduate of
the elite US military academy
at West Point, was his fathers
anointed successor.
Moeun Chhean Narridh, a
media studies academic, said
young, foreign-educated CPP
elite like Many were far more
media savvy than party elders
and were also keenly aware
of the partys waning support
among young people.
He [Many] knows what to
do, he knows how to manipu-
late the media, he knows how
to use the media.
Prime Minister Hun Sens youngest son, Hun Many, speaks during a
campaign rally last year in Phnom Penh in the lead-up to the national
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Daniel Pye
OPPOSITION senators will
boycott the plenary session
on Thursday at which ruling
Cambodian Peoples Party
lawmakers are expected to
debate three controversial
judicial draft laws that passed
through the National Assem-
bly unopposed last month.
In a letter dated yesterday,
the permanent committee
of the Senate said it would
hold the session on Thursday
to debate the bills which, if
passed, would give the Jus-
tice Ministry and legislature
greater power over the courts,
including appointing ofcials
Hong Sochua, a Sam Rainsy
Party senator, said all 11 op-
position senators planned to
boycott the session.
There is no [consideration]
on the input from NGOs and
legal specialists. No debate
from the opposition and little
debate from the National As-
sembly, he told the Post.
The International Com-
mission of Jurists yesterday
slammed the Senate an-
nouncement, calling for fur-
ther public consultation on
the draft laws.
Senate boycott planned
Border arrests
Four nabbed
in provincial
logging bust
ONDULKIRI provincial
police charged four men
with illegal logging and
immigration crimes after they
allegedly caught the suspects col-
lecting wood in ORaing district.
Vietnamese nationals Orng
Minh Chhung, 30; Le Vantieng,
38; Tvan Taktech, 33; and Thvang
Vanthai, 36, were arrested while
gathering freshly cut pieces of
luxury-grade wood, ORaing
district police chief Bou Bunch-
heat said.
They were arrested while
committing a forest crime in our
Cambodian territory, Bunch-
heat said.
The four were sent to the
Mondulkiri district police stations
immigration ofce for question-
ing, Bunchheat added.
But Sok Ratha, a coordina-
tor for rights group Adhoc, said
that because they are accused
of illegal logging, not just illegal
border crossing, they should
have been sent to the prosecu-
tors ofce for questioning.
The suspects will appear in
Mondulkiri Provincial Court
today on charges of illegal border
crossing to log Cambodian forest,
provincial police chief Nherm
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Gap to be rst in US with Myanmar-made goods
CLOTHING giant Gap is to become the
first American retailer to source Myan-
mar-made garments, the US Embassy
in Yangon has said, over a decade after
sanctions against the then-junta slashed
the countrys textile sector.
The embassy said products made at
two Yangon factories would be in Gap
stores within a month the latest sign of
growing interest from multinationals in
the fast-changing former pariah state.
Most Western embargoes on Myan-
mar which previously blocked exports
from the Southeast Asian nation have
been lifted since wide-ranging demo-
cratic reforms introduced in 2011.
The garment industry stands poised
to become a significant source of jobs,
exports and opportunity for the people
of this country, the US Embassy said in
a statement.
By producing its products from two
factories in Yangon, Gap Inc. becomes
the first American retailer to enter the
Myanmar market, it said.
Gap will operate in partnership with
the US Agency for International Devel-
opment on a project to improve skills
among Myanmars largely female textile
industry workforce.
By entering Myanmar, we hope to
help accelerate economic and social
growth in the country, and build on our
track record of improving working con-
ditions and building local capacity in
garment factories around the world,
said Wilma Wallace, vice president of
Gaps Global Responsibility division.
Myanmar was left impoverished after
decades of economic mismanagement
under the former junta, as well as years
of sanctions by the West imposed in
protest at the governments dire human
rights record. AFP
GTI factory
under way
before IPO
Eddie Morton
WITH Grand Twins Interna-
tional (GTI) set to go public on
Monday, representatives from
the company confirmed yes-
terday that expansion plans
were already under way.
During a press conference at
the Cambodia Stock Exchange
(CSX), Chen Tsung-chi, nonex-
ecutive director of GTI, said
construction had already com-
menced on a $10 million fac-
tory an hour outside of Phnom
Penh on National Road 3.
The progress on this new
expansion has already started
and the building will be
finished this year in October
and we will start hiring then,
Chen said.
For all workers to come on
board, it will take two to three
months. So probably next year
we will have full production at
the new factory.
GTI, which mainly manufac-
tures sporting apparel for Adi-
das and Reebok, currently
employs more than 5,600 peo-
ple at its existing factories
located just beyond Phnom
Penh International Airport.
Stephen Hsu, CEO of chief
underwriting firm Phnom Penh
Securities, said that with the
full offering of eight million
shares at $2.41 each over-
subscribed, the garment maker
has successfully generated $20
million in capital.
The listing on Monday will
see GTI become the first pri-
vate company to go public on
the CSX since the exchange was
launched in 2011.
It will be just the second com-
pany on the CSX, following the
state-owned Phnom Penh
Water Supply Authoritys IPO
in April 2012.
Visitors stop by at the Royal Brunei airline and tourism booth at the annual Pacic Asia Travel Association Mart in Bangkok. AFP
Capital to host tourism fair
Chan Muyhong

OR the rst time in
the events 37-year
history, Cambodia
will host the annual
Pacic Asian Tourism Asso-
ciation Travel Mart (PTM), an
annual tourism trade fair or-
ganised by the multinational
tourism body.
So Visothy, director of mar-
keting and information at
the Ministry of Tourism, said
yesterday that the trade fair,
which will take place Septem-
ber 17-19 on Koh Pich, is a
boon for the countrys tourism
The event is a chance for
the private sector to engage
with potential partners. It is
mainly to promote the poten-
tial of Cambodia as a tourism
destination, its hospitality and
services to attract more visi-
tors in the future, he said.
Visothy said more than 600
tour companies from around
the world are expected to at-
tend the event.
This time we were selected
on the proof that Cambodia
has real potential as a key
tourism destination and it
is a safe place to visit. It will
erase the notorious image of
Cambodia as a country of war,
genocide and unrest, Thoun
Sinan, chairman of the Pacic
Asia Travel Associations Cam-
bodia chapter, said.
PATA was established in
1951 and now has more than
50 chapters worldwide. Pri-
ority for hosting the annual
Travel Mart is given to coun-
tries in the Asia-Pacic region,
with a preference towards
developing tourism markets
Sinan said.
Though the location of this
years event was decided by
PATA in February, it was kept
low-key until government an-
nouncements this month.
Ang Kim Eang, president of
the Cambodian Association
of Travel Agents, said the fair
would help showcase Cambo-
dias diversity.
It is the way to attract tour-
ists to stay in Cambodia and
tour operators to sell packages
to other destinations and at-
tractions such as ecotourism
areas, sea diving and beach-
es. Not just city and temple
tours, he said.
The Ministry of Tourism
conrmed funding for the
event will come out of the
national budget, but said the
exact cost wont be known
until July.
Last years PTM was held
in Chengdu, China. It hosted
some 550 tourist industry
stalls and about 473 buyer del-
egates, according to PATA.
In the June 6 article Exporter
under attack in rice row, the
Post incorrectly reported the
value of the purchase agreement
between Megagreen and Na-
gathom for a Siem Reap land and
rice mill deal as $640,000 and the
amount paid as $370,000. The
value agreed to was $670,000
with $400,000 paid.
Up 5 per cent
Falling yen
sees Uniqlo
prices rise
HE operator of cheap chic
clothing brand Uniqlo, the
affordable garments of
which have come to symbolise
deation-plagued Japan, said
yesterday it will hike its prices,
blaming a weaker yen.
Reports said every product
would go up 5 per cent more by
the end of the year, helping in-
crease the countrys ination rate
up, in line with Prime Minister
Shinzo Abes ambitions.
Unfortunately for the premier,
the hike is being driven by rising
costs and a falling yen, and is not
the result of demand making it
the wrong kind of ination.
We will gradually raise
prices for our products from
July, Keiji Furukawa, head of
Uniqlo operator Fast Retailings
IR section, said.
The Nikkei business newspaper
and Kyodo News said Uniqlos
price hike will be about 5 per cent
across its new autumn and winter
ranges. Furukawa did not conrm
or deny the gure, but said that
the increase in prices varies
among items.
Analysts say the economy as a
whole will see a temporary back-
lash from a tax rise, but is likely
to pick up later this year. AFP
Beijing lifts ban on new
IPOs after four months
CHINA has resumed initial
public offerings after a suspen-
sion that lasted almost four
months, as seven companies
set timetables for taking orders
from investors.
Companies including Guang-
dong Ellington Electronics
Technology Co, Shanghai Lian-
ming Machinery Co and Wuxi
Xuelang Environmental Tech-
nology Co plan to sell shares
this month, according to filings
to the nations two stock
exchanges dated yesterday.
They are the first IPOs since
February, when five companies
including Dong Yi Ri Sheng
Home Decoration Group Co.
and LingNan Landscape Co.
started trading, data compiled
by Bloomberg show.
The China Securities Regula-
tory Commission said on Mon-
day it approved 10 first-time
share sales as the countrys
stockbrokers bear the brunt of
the worldwide tumble in equi-
ty volatility.
Trading on the Shanghai
Stock Exchange has slumped
the most among the worlds 10
biggest markets this year,
according to data compiled
by Bloomberg.
This has officially opened
the floodgate of new share
sales, Dai Ming, who helps
oversees about $193 million at
Hengsheng Hongding Asset
Management Co in Shanghai,
said yesterday.
The market will feel the pres-
sure of increasing new stock
supply, especially the smaller
companies, as theres no new
money inflow to the market.
More than 600 companies
have submitted IPO applica-
tions and over 400 have pub-
lished draft prospectuses, the
China Securities Regulatory
Commission said in a May 30
statement released on its offi-
cial microblog.
The securities watchdog
plans to have about 100 IPOs
from June through the end of
the year and the stock sales will
be evenly spread over time,
CSRC Chairman Xiao Gangsaid
in a statement on May 19.
Some 48 companies com-
pleted listings in China this
year after the regulator ended
in December a 15-month freeze
on IPOs, data compiled by
Bloomberg show.
Shanghai rose 0.42 per cent
and Shenzhen added 0.63 per
cent yesterday, as investors
welcomed the release by the
central bank of details of a tar-
geted cut in reserve require-
ments for some banks.
Chinas gas golden age
EMAND for natural
gas is set to nearly
double within ve
years in China but
the emerging market giant will
meet half that with domestic
supplies, the International En-
ergy Agency said yesterday.
In its latest medium-term
forecasts for the natural gas
sector, the IEA trimmed its
ve-year outlook for con-
sumption by 0.2 points to an
annual increase of 2.2 per cent
as European countries step up
use of renewable energy.
However, it said demand for
cleaner-burning natural gas
was likely to grow in China as
air quality concerns prompted
authorities to take measures to
reduce pollution
Driven by booming de-
mand, the golden age of
natural gas that is now rmly
established in North America
will expand to China over the
next ve years, the IEA said.
The power, industrial and
transport sectors will drive
overall Chinese gas demand
to 315 billion cubic metres in
2019, an increase of 90 per cent
over the forecast period.
The energy analysis arm of
the OECD group of advanced
countries said China was also
set to benet from a boom in
gas production.
While China will remain
a signicant importer, half
of its new gas demand will be
met by domestic resources,
most of them unconven-
tional: Chinese production
is set to grow by 65 per cent,
from 117 bcm [billion cubic
metres] in 2013 to 193 bcm in
2019, the agency said.
The IEA was cautious about
the outlook overall for natural
gas given efforts to switch to
renewables, high prices for liq-
ueed natural gas (LNG) sup-
plies, and competition from
other fuels such as coal.
High LNG prices are threat-
ening to crimp demand as
many countries are increas-
ingly unwilling, or unable, to
afford these supplies and
that could open the door to
coal, IEA executive director
Maria van der Hoeven said in
a statement.
Thats a major concern as in-
creased Asian demand for gas
is expected to be met mostly
by LNG supplies, which the
IEA forecasts to increase by 450
per cent to 450 bcm in 2019.
The IEA expects half of all
new LNG exports will come
from Australia and North
America to account for 8 per
cent of global LNG trade by
2019. AFP
A man lls his taxi at a China Natural Gas Inc station in China. The IEA
says China is set to see demand rise for natural gas. BLOOMBERG
THE state fund that controls
Malaysia Airlines said yester-
day it will announce a plan
within six to 12 months to
revive the carrier, which is
reeling from years of nancial
losses and the disappearance
of ight MH370.
Azman Mokhtar, head of
state investment rm Kha-
zanah Nasional, said all op-
tions are being reviewed
by the ag carriers majority
shareholder, including a pos-
sible sale of the airline.
Azman indicated Malay-
sia Airlines (MAS) had about
enough cash to continue op-
erating for a year, giving Kha-
zanah some headroom, but
he added a long-term solu-
tion was needed.
Obviously over the medi-
um and longer term, this has
to be solved on a sustainable
basis, he told reporters in
Kuala Lumpur.
As a national carrier, clear-
ly MAS plays a very important
role in terms of economic
development of the country,
but at the same time we, as
the custodian of taxpayers
money, have to balance that
role very carefully.
Last month MAS said the
mysterious March 8 disap-
pearance of MH370 had a
dramatic impact on rst-
quarter earnings.
Cancelled bookings helped
push the airline company
to a loss of 443 million ring-
git ($137 million), its fth
straight quarter in the red and
the worst since the last three
months of 2011.
Even before MH370, it had
lost $1.3 billion over the pre-
vious three years.
The carrier has launched
a series of turnaround plans
and austerity campaigns over
the years but has continued
to struggle amid intense in-
dustry competition from
more nimble rivals.
Analysts have said that
MAS has only remained aloft
thanks to injections of tax-
payer funds.
More than three months
after it vanished, no trace of
MH370 has been found de-
spite an extensive search in
the southern Indian Ocean
where it is believed to have
come down.
Families of the MH370
passengers have accused
Malaysias government and
the airline of botching the
response to the planes dis-
appearance and withhold-
ing information, charges
that are denied. AFP
Malaysia Airlines mulls
options for turnaround
True deal for China Mobile
Srisamorn Phoosuphanusorn
and Suchit Leesa-nguansuk

RUE Corporations
almost decade-old
quest for a strategic
partner is over after
forging an alliance with global
telecom giant China Mobile
International Ltd (CMI) to
support its regional growth.
Under the signed agree-
ment, CMI, a wholly owned
subsidiary of China Mobile
Communication Co, will pay
28.6 billion baht ($880 mil-
lion) for an 18 per cent stake
in Thailands leading telecom-
munications conglomerate,
which is backed by billionaire
Dhanin Chearavanont.
The contract was signed on
Monday in Bangkok.
True will issue 10.077 billion
new shares to existing share-
holders and CMI at a price of
6.45 baht per share.
Assuming full placement,
the share issue will raise 65
billion baht in capital for the
company. CMI will be offered
up to 4.429 billion shares for
28.569 billion baht.
Existing shareholders will be
offered one new share for ev-
ery 2.5725 shares held, raising
36.4 billion baht.
True will hold an extraor-
dinary shareholders meet-
ing to approve the capital
increase and rights issue on
July 25, with the share reg-
ister to attend the meeting
closed on July 4.
We plan to use the pro-
ceeds from the sale to repay
our bank loans of 52 billion
baht in full, Noppadol said,
adding that the remaining 13
billion would be reserved for
the auction of the 1800-mega-
hertz spectrum in August
to provide fourth-generation
(4G) mobile service.
After the repayment, Trues
debt will dip to some 40 bil-
lion baht.
Our interest costs will
be cut by 4 billion baht a
year, Noppadol said. As the
worlds largest mobile com-
munications company, with
a subscriber base of 800 mil-
lion, CMI represents an im-
portant strategic partner, and
we view this deal as the start
of a productive collaboration
between our two companies
in support of handsets, in-
ternational roaming, digital
content, applications and e-
commerce. BANGKOK POST
China Mobile International has signed an agreement with True Corporation to pay $880 million for an 18 per
cent stake in the Thai telecom rm. BANGKOK POST
Young MacDonald
Farms given
to children
in Zimbabwe
N AUDIT of Zimbabwes
controversial land
reforms has revealed
that children as young as 10
were allocated farms seized
from whites, state media
reported yesterday.
The audit found that policy
regulations had been flouted
by some people who aquired
more than one farm and
registered them in their chil-
drens names.
You know our policy. We
do not give somebody land
who is less than 21 years, but
we are getting people with 10
years, 12 years, the Herald
newspaper quoted Lands and
Resettlement Minister Dou-
glas Mombeshora as saying.
He said the fraudulent allo-
cations came to light during
an interim audit to determine
farm ownership and producti-
vity on the farmland.
President Robert Mu-
gabe and his ZANU-PF party
launched the land reforms
in 2000, taking over whi-
te-owned farms to resettle
landless blacks. Mugabe said
then that the reforms were
meant to correct colonial land
ownership imbalances. AFP
A manicure and a tuneup
A MASSAGE, a pedicure and a
lesson in mechanics. Its not
what most expect when they
bring their car in for servicing.
But one brand-new garage near
Paris is revamping the mascu-
line mode of auto repair to suit
a female clientele.
Only Girls, which opened in
May in the suburb of Saint-
Ouen-lAumone, caters to
women who feel theyve been
sold short and charged long
by mechanics in traditional
auto shops.
When youre a woman, its
like youve got sucker tattooed
on your forehead, says San-
drine Hautenne, one happy
42-year-old customer.
One time, I went round to
three different garages, and got
three different estimates. Since
then, Ive sent my uncle to get
estimates and guess what
the prices have dropped.
From cam belt to brake pads,
customer Sandrine got a
15-minute run-down on her
car from a female mechanic. If
it had been a man, he wouldnt
have explained any of this to
me, she says.
With a month to its name,
Only Girls has seen 40 custom-
ers, two-thirds of them women.
Theyre so welcoming here!
gushes Jennifer Collon, 25,
who was drying her ruby-red
nails after a manicure here.
In addition to the beauty
corner, the garage includes a
childrens playroom. Its waiting
room is more akin to a beauty
spa than traditional garage,
with mauve-coloured wallpa-
per, hardwood floors, flickering
candles and velvet sofas.
With increasing numbers of
women living alone or taking
control of domestic affairs, its
simply good business to cater
to them, says Rodolphe Bon-
nasse, from the communica-
tion group CA Com.
The range of goods and
services on offer has adapted
to societal changes over the
past decade, he says, adding
that for companies its ulti-
mately about opening up new
growth channels.
France, Bonnasse notes, has
been a straggler in this so-called
gender marketing trend
behind, say, Britain and Japan
but now has an array of sports
clubs, insurance companies
and even credit cards catering
specifically to women.
For some critics, like blogger
Sophie Gourian, the trend is
more a shallow marketing ploy
than a reflection of womens lib.
The whole discourse behind
this is really pretty old-fash-
ioned, based on stereotypes
suggesting that women are a
bit daft, she says.
But for Only Girls two female
auto mechanics, its been a pro-
fessional windfall.
Aurore Dabireau spent three
years struggling to find a job
after earning a degree in auto
mechanics. Garage owners are
sceptical [about hiring me],
and Ive often been told, youve
got no place here, she said.
Hautenne says customers
like her come here seeking
more transparency about
their repairs, and a less macho
style. We only change what is
strictly necessary, and we show
our customers the parts and
explain what were doing.
Only Women sets its gender
aims high, for customers and
staff but in at least one respect
it is still traditional: its man-
ager, Hdachi, is a man. AFP
A mechanic xes a car as she works in an innovative garage and auto repair workshop catering exclusively to
female customers, in Saint-Ouen-lAumone, in the suburbs of Paris. AFP
Sao Paulo
strike over
for now
SUBWAY workers in Sao Paulo
suspended on Monday a strike
that has caused traffic chaos in
the World Cup host city but
warned the work-stoppage
could resume when the tour-
nament kicks off.
The unions vote will come as
a relief to commuters in the
business hub of 20 million peo-
ple as the city prepares for the
opening ceremony and the first
game on Thursday.
The union decided to halt the
five-day-old walkout after
authorities fired 42 employees
for just cause over actions
they took during the strike,
which a court ruled illegal.
Whether we put down tools
or not will depend on the re-
hiring of the 42 workers, union
president Altino Melo dos Praz-
eres said after a heated debate
among workers.
Im a fan of Neymar and I
will root for the Cup, he said.
Nobody here wants to mess
up the Cup. But we see that
theres money for the tourna-
ment but not for the workers.
Subway workers walked out
last week. The union wants a
12.2 per cent pay hike, but the
government is offering only 8.7
per cent. AFP
BP told to keep paying for spill
HE US Supreme Court
on Monday turned
down a bid by BP to
halt making com-
pensation payments linked
to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf
of Mexico.
The top panel rejected an ef-
fort by the British energy giant
to stop its disbursements, ef-
fectively letting stand refusals
to do so by lower courts.
Under a 2012 settlement,
BP agreed to pay out billions
of dollars to people and busi-
nesses claiming damages from
the Deepwater Horizon disas-
ter in the Gulf.
But BP says the broad lan-
guage of the deal and lower
court rulings mean it is being
forced to pay for losses that
took place wholly unrelated to,
and even before, the largest oil
spill in US history.
BP said last month that it was
taking its case to the Supreme
Court after judges on the 5th
Circuit Appeals Court refused
to reconsider earlier rulings in
an eight-to-ve vote against
the company.
It argued that the ruling
against it accepts an overly
broad denition of who can
join in a class of victims cov-
ered in a damages settlement.
No company would agree
to pay for losses that it did not
cause, and BP certainly did
not when it entered into this
settlement, BP said as it led
its appeal to the Supreme
Court on May 21.
But the Supreme Court ruled
on Monday that the appli-
cation to recall and stay the
mandate of the US Court of
Appeals for the Fifth circuit . . .
is denied.
The BP spill spewed 4.9 mil-
lion barrels of oil into the wa-
ters off Louisiana, also sullying
the coastlines of Mississippi,
Alabama, Texas and Florida.
In pleading guilty to the spill,
BP agreed to pay the govern-
ment $4.5 billion to settle
criminal charges in the case.
BP settled with most private-
party plaintiffs in 2012, ini-
tially estimating the cost of the
agreement at $7.8 billion. The
rm contends that a awed
interpretation by the claims
administrator helped raise the
price to $9.2 billion or more.
Lawyers for spill victims say
BP is trying to renege on a set-
tlement that is proving more
costly than anticipated.
Were pleased that this de-
nial of BPs request for a stay
will allow businesses to con-
tinue to receive the compen-
sation theyre rightly entitled
to according to the objective,
transparent formulas agreed
to by BP, Steve Herman and
Jim Roy, lead lawyers for spill
victims, said. AFP/BLOOMBERG
Smoke billows from a controlled oil burn near the site of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of
Mexico off the coast of Louisiana in June, 2010. BLOOMBERG
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Prostitutes earn more
trading forex than sex
Anatoly Kurmanaev

HE arrival of a Libe-
rian-agged freight-
er with Ukrainian,
Arab and Filipino
sailors spells one thing for
Elena dollars. And dollars
are king in Venezuela, the 32-
year-old prostitute says.
Within hours of hearing of
the ships imminent arrival,
she has packed her bags and
is heading to the crumbling
city of Puerto Cabello. It is a
450-kilometre journey from
her home in the Western
state of Zulia that Elena nds
herself doing more often
now as Venezuelas economy
contracts, the bolivar slumps
and prices soar.
Prostitutes more than dou-
ble their earnings by moon-
lighting as currency traders
in Puerto Cabello. They are
the foreign exchange counter
for sailors in a country where
buying and selling dollars in
the streets is a crime and
prostitution isnt. Greenbacks
in the black market are worth
11 times more than the of-
cial rate as dollars become
more scarce in an economy
that imports 70 per cent of
the goods it consumes.
The dollar is king these
days, but having them
comes at a price, Elena,
who uses an alias to protect
her identity, said late last
month in a room she rents
in a Puerto Cabello brothel.
Yes, we got dollars to af-
ford the things our families
need, but we have to sell our
bodies for it.
The benets of the trade are
stacked around Elenas room
in the Blue House brothel
bags of rice, our, sugar and
cooking oil products that
other Venezuelans have to
line up for hours to buy at
regulated prices in shops, if
they can nd them at all.
The bolivar has fallen to 71
to the dollar from 23 on the
black market since President
Nicolas Maduro succeeded
his mentor Hugo Chavez in
April 2013. The government
tightened currency handouts
to stem the outow of for-
eign reserves, which are near
a decade low. The ofcial ex-
change rate, reserved for im-
ports of food and medicine,
is 6.3 bolivars per dollar.
The dollar shortage is turn-
ing Venezuela into a two-tier
society similar to the So-
viet Union and Cuba, said
Steve Hanke, professor of
applied economics at Johns
Hopkins University in Balti-
more. Those with access to
dollars, such as prostitutes,
tour agents, airport taxi
drivers and expatriates, are
able to shield themselves
from ination by trading
their greenbacks at ever
higher rates. Those who cant
are seeing their living stan-
dards decline.
In a country where prosti-
tution is legal, it is the black
market in dollars that Ma-
duro has called perverse,
saying it was designed by the
bourgeoisie to destroy his
socialist government.
Ofcials have tried jailing
traders, shutting down bro-
kerages and setting up four
parallel exchange systems to
stem the rise of the unof-
cial rate in the 11 years since
Chavez began controlling
the bolivars price.
Prostitution has become
the only boom industry in
Venezuelas biggest port. The
Blue House brothel is clean
and well-kept, with a patio
and kitchen where women
get three meals a day. Out-
side, the squares and cob-
bled streets of the colonial
centre stand in ruins, with
the smell of sewage pervad-
ing the piles of garbage.
Before I was working
to support my kid and my
mom; now I support my
entire family, said Paola,
a prostitute who like Elena
comes from Zulia and de-
clines to give her real name.
Dollars are the only way to
get by. The bolivar wages of
my uncles and cousins bare-
ly mean anything now.
Prostitutes in Puerto Ca-
bello charge sailors a xed
rate of $60 per hour. They
also help foreigners arrange
rooms, phone cards and tax-
is, charging them in dollars
and then paying the land-
lords and drivers in bolivars.
A typical stint with a dollar-
paying foreigner would earn
a prostitute about 6,800 bo-
livars in fees and currency
exchange arbitrage in the
black market. The same ser-
vice paid in bolivars, which
Elena and her friends would
grudgingly accept as a last
resort, would earn them
3,000 bolivars.
A prostitute who calls her-
self Giselle, sitting in Club
440, a striptease joint, said
We can make more in two
hours here than working in
a shop in a month, as she
sipped a 12-year-old whis-
A prostitute, who uses the alias Giselle, sits in her room at a brothel
in Puerto Cabello, Venezuela. BLOOMBERG
Kiev orders
for civilians
in rebel east
UKRAINES new Western-
backed president yesterday
ordered the creation of
humanitarian corridors in
the separatist east that could
save civilians and advance
his plan to end nearly two
months of fighting by the end
of the week.
Tycoon Petro Poroshenkos
initiative meets a major
demand put forward by Mos-
cow and helps address grow-
ing concern among rights
groups about Kievs use of
tanks and air power in heavily
populated areas to suppress
the pro-Russian insurgency.
But the 48-year-old choco-
latier and political veteran
stopped well short of accept-
ing the Kremlins request to
allow Russian aid into the
eastern rust belt a move Kiev
fears could be used to help
arm the rebels.
In order to avoid new
victims in the zone of the
ant i-terrori st operat ion,
the president has ordered the
responsible ministers to bring
about all necessary condi-
tions for civilians who want
to leave, Poroshenkos office
said in a statement.
The new leader also told his
government to provide trans-
portation as well as food and
medical supplies for local
officials to be able to handle
the expected inf low of dis-
placed persons into other
parts of Ukraine.
Poroshenko has unveiled
plans to end a rebellion that
has killed more than 200 and
shaken the very foundation of
the splintered former Soviet
state by the end of his first
week in office.
The peace push came after
the first of what are expected
to be daily meetings with Mos-
cows ambassador to Kiev and
a representative from the
Organization for Security and
Cooperation in Europe a
Vienna-based body that was
first tasked with ensuring
peace during the Cold War.
Poroshenkos high-stakes
negotiations with the Krem-
lin include efforts to avert a
Russian gas cut that would
also impact Europe and
plunge his economically-
devastated country into even
deeper recession.
A marathon round of EU-
mediated gas talks concluded
in Brussels early yesterday
without an agreement, but a
decision for the sides to meet
again by today after further
consultations back home.
But Ukraines Energy Minis-
ter Yuriy Prodan conceded that
little progress had been made
on a dispute over prices and
billions of dollars in contested
debts sought by Moscow.
We remained at the level of
the [last round] of negotia-
tions, Prodan said. AFP
Vegas killers may have had pro-gun militia links
A GUN-TOTING couple pos-
sibly linked to anti-government
militias killed two US cops
execution-style and left a swas-
tika on the bodies, in Americas
latest chilling shooting ram-
page, police said on Monday.
In the third mass shooting in
three weeks in the western US,
the couple shot the police in
cold blood at a Las Vegas pizza
restaurant, before killing a civil-
ian at a nearby Walmart and
then committing suicide.
Jerad and Amanda Miller
saw police as Nazi-style
oppressors, and claimed links
to a Nevada cattle rancher who
won a high-profile standoff
with authorities two months
ago with the help of pro-gun
This is the beginning of the
revolution, read a note pinned
on one of the bodies by Jerad
Miller, 31, after he and his
22-year-old wife slaughtered
the cops on Sunday, said assist-
ant sheriff Kevin McMahill.
Theres no doubt that the
suspects have some apparent
ideology thats along the lines
of militia and white suprema-
cists, he said, the morning
after the massacre which left
five dead.
The couple entered the res-
taurant, walked past the booth
where the officers were eating,
and then Jerad Miller pulled
a handgun out and shot offic-
er [Igor] Soldo once in the back
of his head, McMahill said.
Officer Soldo immediately
succumbed to his injuries. At
that time, officer [Alyn] Beck
immediately began to react,
when he was confronted by
lethal gunfire from Jerad Miller,
and he was shot once in the
throat area, he told reporters.
The couple then both shot
multiple rounds into the two
officers, before pulling the bod-
ies out of the restaurant booth.
They placed an American revo-
lutionary flag on one of the
bodies, and also threw a swas-
tika on top of his body. Jerad
Miller then pinned a note to
officer Soldo basically stating
that this is the beginning of the
Officers were still investigat-
ing the motive for the attack.
While suggesting some kind
of militia link, McMahill said:
We believe at this point, with
the swastika, we dont neces-
sarily believe that they are
white supremacists or associ-
ated with the Nazi movement.
We believe . . . that they
equate government and law
enforcement . . . and those who
support it with Nazis . . . They
believe that law enforcement
is the oppressor.
The couple eventually holed
up in the back of the Walmart
store, where Amanda Miller
shot her husband before tak-
ing her own life.
Police were investigating
links to Cliven Bundy, a Nevada
cattle rancher who billed him-
self as a peoples hero, who was
locked in a showdown with US
federal authorities earlier this
year. Bundy also became the
unlikely ring-leader of a spon-
taneous armed right-wing mili-
tia, who sprang to his defence
to prevent federal police from
removing his cattle.
Jerad Miller said on his Face-
book page that he was at the
Bundy ranch, further north in
Nevada, during the cattle
standoff. CNN reported Miller
was seen in video of the Bundy
standoff in April.
The Millers only moved to
Nevada from Indiana in Janu-
ary. Jerad Miller had a criminal
record in Washington state and
wrote on Facebook he was
kicked out of the Bundy ranch
because of his criminal back-
ground, said McMahill. AFP
Jihadists seize Iraqs second city
RAQS second city of Mosul and
its surrounding province was
seized by jihadists yesterday, in
a major blow to a government
apparently incapable of stopping
militant advances.
Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki re-
sponded by asking parliament to
declare a state of emergency and an-
nouncing that the government would
arm citizens to ght the militants.
All of Nineveh province fell into
the hands of militants, parliament
speaker Osama al-Nujai told jour-
nalists in Baghdad, adding that the
gunmen were heading south towards
neighbouring Salaheddin province.
An army brigadier general said hun-
dreds of militants from the Islamic
State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)
launched an all-out assault on the se-
curity forces late on Monday.
An Interior Ministry ofcial said Mo-
sul is outside the control of the state
and at the mercy of the militants.
He said some soldiers and police
took off their uniforms and ed the
city, where the security forces have
been involved in deadly clashes with
the militants since Friday.
The militants announced over
loudspeakers that they had come
to liberate the city of some two mil-
lion people and that they would ght
only those who ght them, the of-
cial added.
Troops rst pulled back from the
east of the city, regrouping in the west
before pulling out altogether, along
with thousands of residents, he said.
An AFP journalist, himself eeing
the city with his family, said shops
were closed, a police station had
been set ablaze and that numerous
security force vehicles had been
burned or abandoned.
The journalist saw hundreds of
families leaving Mosul. Some were
on foot, carrying what they could,
others in vehicles with their belong-
ings piled on the roofs.
One east Mosul resident said his
neighbourhood had been taken by
the militants in just an hour of heavy
gunre. The assailants seized the pro-
vincial government headquarters and
the Nineveh Operations Command as
well as the airport, the general said.
They also freed hundreds of prison-
ers from three jails.
The Turkish consulate in Mosul said
ISIL ghters had captured 28 Turkish
truck drivers as they were unloading
a cargo of fuel oil from the Mediterra-
nean port of Iskenderun.
A Foreign Ministry ofcial said An-
kara was hoping the drivers would be
released once the oil had been un-
loaded at a power station in Mosul.
But we dont know if the situation
in the city will make it possible or if
ISIL will change their mind, the of-
cial added.
Maliki said the cabinet had decided
to arm citizens to ght the militants.
It has created a special crisis cell to
follow up on the process of volunteer-
ing and equipping and arming, he said
in televised remarks. Maliki said the
cabinet also decided to reorganise the
security forces, and to ask parliament
to announce a state of emergency.
State television later reported that
parliament had received a joint re-
quest from Maliki and the presidents
ofce to declare a state of emergency
the procedure laid down in the
Predominantly Sunni Muslim Ni-
neveh province has long been a mili-
tant stronghold and one of the most
dangerous areas of Iraq.
ISIL, the most powerful militant
group in Iraq, is also a key force in the
rebellion against President Bashar al-
Assad in neighbouring Syria. In April,
it launched a new campaign in Syrias
Deir Ezzor province, which borders
Nineveh, aimed at carving out an Is-
lamic state along the frontier.
Mosul is the second city to fall from
government control this year. Mili-
tants and allied tribesmen also con-
trol Fallujah, west of the capital. AFP
An Afghan security serviceman
walks next to burning NATO
military vehicles after a clash
between Taliban and Afghan
security forces on the outskirts
of Jalalabad, Nangarhar province
on Monday. Taliban ghters
wearing army uniforms attacked
US military vehicles in a parking
lot in eastern Afghanistan, killing
at least one driver, injuring two
policemen and torching several
trucks, an ofcial said. AFP

Merkel faces down
opposition to Juncker
GERMAN Chancellor Angela
Merkel reaffirmed her support
yesterday for Jean-Claude
Juncker as new EU
Commission president at a
meeting on the European
economy with Prime Minister
David Cameron of Britain,
Swedens Fredrik Reinfeldt and
Mark Rutte of the Netherlands.
Britain is leading the campaign
against Juncker, even reportedly
threatening to pull out of the EU
if the former Luxembourg prime
minister is chosen to head the
blocs executive body, fearing he
would lead it down a more
federalist route. Cameron,
backed by his Dutch and
Swedish counterparts, said his
government did not back an
interpretation of new rules
giving the European Parliament
a greater say in appointing the
commission president. AFP
Israeli parliament votes

to elect new president
ISRAELS parliament was
yesterday voting for the nations
10th president, with a run-off
vote pitching a right-wing hawk
against a centrist candidate in
the race to replace Shimon
Peres. Voting began at 0810
GMT with the Knessets 120
MPs casting a secret ballot.
The first round failed to produce
a clear winner, with Rivlin and
Sheetrit set to go head to head
in a run-off vote. AFP
ALIBAN gunmen
attacked a security
post outside Paki-
stans Karachi airport
yesterday, a day after an all-
night siege by the militants
left 37 dead and shredded a
tentative peace process.
The latest assault on the air-
port raised further questions
about the authorities ability
to secure key facilities in the
face of a resurgent enemy,
and came as air force jets
pounded suspected militant
hideouts in the northwest,
killing 25 people.
The attack on the security
post targeted an entry point
to an Airport Security Force
(ASF) camp 500 metres from
the airports main premises,
and around a kilometre from
the passenger terminal.
Police, paramilitary rangers
and army all raced to the site
but ofcials reported there
had been no casualties and
they had not traded re with
the militants.
Two people came towards
the ASF checkpost and start-
ed ring, Colonel Tahir Ali, a
spokesman for the force told
reporters. Nobody has been
killed or injured, he added.
Army spokesman Major
General Asim Bajwa con-
rmed the incident was over,
but said three to four assail-
ants were involved.
3-4 terrorists red near
ASF camp, ran away. No
breach of fence, no entry.
Chase is on, situation under
control, he tweeted.
Flights resumed after tem-
porarily being suspended for
the second time in as many
days, Abid Qaimkhani, a
spokesman for the Civil Avia-
tion Authority, said.
A senior rangers ofcial at
the scene who wished to re-
main anonymous said the
gunmen may have ed to a
nearby shanty settlement.
We are chasing them, we
will get them; its not easy to
hide here, there are no build-
ings, no population except
for two small shanty towns
nearby, he said.
The Taliban later claimed re-
sponsibility for the attack, say-
ing they were in response to
air strikes in the tribal areas.
Todays attack on ASF
in Karachi is in response to
the bombardment on inno-
cent people in Tirah Valley
and other tribal areas. We
will continue such attacks,
spokesman Shahidullah Sha-
hid said, referring to Pakistani
air strikes of suspected mili-
tant hideouts.
Earlier in the morning, Pak-
istani jets launched air strikes
on a militant-infested tribal
district in apparent retalia-
tion for Mondays siege.
The military said nine ter-
rorist hideouts were de-
stroyed in the raids, launched
after the Taliban stormed
Pakistans biggest airport, kill-
ing 37 people in an all-night
battle that ended on Monday.
The dramatic siege by heav-
ily armed militants target-
ing Pakistans economic hub
piled pressure on the govern-
ment to act. The strikes were
the latest in a succession of
attacks carried out by the
Pakistani military in the tribal
belt this year after talks with
the Tehreek-e-Taliban Paki-
stan (TTP) broke down.
The last was in North Wa-
ziristan in late May, killing
at least 75 people and trig-
gering an exodus of some
58,000 people half of them
in the past few days in fear of
a ground offensive that has
been anticipated for years.
The militarys death toll
from yesterdays strikes, in
the restive Tirah Valley area of
Khyber tribal district, could
not be independently veried.
The district was also targeted
in April, with aerial bombing
that killed dozens.
Pakistan entered into talks
with the Taliban in February
and agreed upon a ceasere
in March, which broke down
a month later.
Hasan Askari, an analyst,
said the talks period had al-
lowed the Taliban to gather
their strength and resources
while the government dith-
ered over what to do.
The Taliban are very clear
so far as their targets are con-
cerned they want to humble
the Pakistani state and they
are striving for it, he said.
Many observers believe the
peace process is dead and
that the government must
now take more strident mea-
sures, including attacking the
Talibans North Waziristan
An offensive there has been
long rumoured but analysts
say it is unclear if the military
has the ability to carry out the
operation without assistance
from the Afghan side of the
border where militants are
likely to ee in the event of an
attack. AFP
HOLLYWOOD star Angelina
Jolie and British Foreign Sec-
retary William Hague yes-
terday launched a four-day
summit on ending rape in
war, calling for an end to the
culture of impunity and
more prosecutions.
US Secretary of State John
Kerry, who will attend the
conference in London on Fri-
day, said the delegates from
117 countries wanted to rel-
egate sexual violence to the
annals of history.
The summit is the fruit
of a two-year campaign by
UN special envoy Jolie and
Hague, who have visited the
Democratic Republic of Con-
go and Bosnia to meet victims
of rape during conict.
As she opened the confer-
ence, Jolie said she and Hague
had discussed a woman they
met in Bosnia, who was still
too ashamed to tell her son
that she had been raped.
This day is for her, said
Jolie. We believe it truly is a
summit like no other.
Standing next to her, Hague
told reporters: This will be
the greatest concentration of
effort, of discussion and deci-
sion ever seen in combating
sexual violence in conict.
The conference, held at the
vast Excel conference centre,
includes 150 events open to
the public in what the or-
ganisers hope will be a giant
exercise in raising awareness.
In a statement, Kerry called
for countries to end their pro-
tection of individuals who
commit these vile acts.
We must declare in unison:
They cant run and they wont
hide here, he said.
Almost 150 governments
have endorsed a declaration
of commitment to end sexual
violence in conict. Organis-
ers also want to improve the
documentation of rape in
warzones to allow more pros-
ecutions to be brought. AFP
Jolie, Hague open ght against wartime rape
Egypt arrests seven over sex assaults
EGYPTIAN police have arrested seven
men accused of sexually assaulting wom-
en at celebrations marking President
Abdel Fattah al-Sisis inauguration, offi-
cials said on Monday, as a graphic video
of one such attack triggered outrage.
The footage shows a crowd of men sur-
rounding the young woman, who was
stripped of her clothes and badly bruised,
as police escorted her to an ambulance
following Sundays attack at Cairos icon-
ic Tahrir Square.
Shared widely on social media websites
like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, it
appears to have been filmed using a
mobile telephone.
A security official authenticated the
video, saying police had arrested seven
men for assaulting and stripping the
19-year-old student. The woman was
transferred to a hospital and prosecutors
had been asked to investigate the attack,
the official said, adding the seven were
also accused of involvement in three
other cases of sexual harassment.
Sexual harassment in Tahrir . . . is
absolutely disgusting. I have no words.
So appalled and ashamed, posted one
Twitter user.
The Egyptian Interior Ministry said
police had arrested seven men aged 16 to
49 as they had [sexually] harassed a
number of girls during the celebrations in
the Tahrir area. It did not specify whether
the seven were involved in the assault of
the young woman seen in the video.
It is shameful that security officials
from the Interior Ministry did not adopt
any measures or security plans to prevent
such assaults, despite the fact they have
repeatedly occurred, said the I Saw Har-
assment activist group.
It said it had documented five cases of
sexual assault by mobs, with four victims
needing medical aid on Sunday.
Egypt has been plagued by rampant
sexual harassment cases, with more than
99 per cent of women subjected to some
form of such abuse, the United Nations
said in a study issued last year.
Women in the North African country
said that they were harassed regardless of
whether they wore conservative Islamic
attire or Western-style clothes.
But since the revolution that toppled
long-time president Hosni Mubarak in
2011, the problem has worsened, with
women now being regularly attacked dur-
ing rallies by groups of men in and around
Tahrir Square.
Almost 100 women were sexually
assaulted during the four days of mass
protests that led to the military ouster of
Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in
July last year, Human Rights Watch
reported at the time.
Between November 2012 and June 2013,
around 250 cases of sexual assault or har-
assment by mobs or rapes using weapons
were reported during protests in Cairo,
Fathi Farid of I Saw Harassment said.
Sundays attacks came days after the
presidency approved new punishments
for sexual harassment, entailing hefty
fines and jail terms for offenders. AFP
Pakistan repels fresh airport attack
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William Hague and Angelina Jolie make their opening speeches at the
Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conict yesterday. AFP
Pakistan Airport Security Force personnel respond to an attack on
a checkpost outside Karachi airport yesterday. AFP

Aus, Malaysia to outline
next stage of 370 search
AUSTRALIA and Malaysia were
yesterday to discuss the next
phase of the search for missing
Flight MH370, with the cost of
the unprecedented mission on
the agenda, officials said.
Malaysias costs have so far
been about a tenth of the US$84
million Australia expects to
spend on the search for the
plane. The government has
allocated A$89.9 million (US$84
million), said Angus Houston,
head of the searchs Joint
Agency Coordination Centre.
A$60 million of that has been
allocated to the underwater
operation in the southern Indian
Ocean. Malaysias Deputy
Defence Minister Abdul Rahim
Bakri was expected in Canberra
yesterday for talks. He told
journalists on Monday that the
costs will be shared 50-50
between Malaysia and
Australia. AFP
China arrests student

for Tiananmen tweets
CHINESE police have arrested a
woman for comments made on
Twitter, state media said, with
the detainee apparently a
student who posted about the
1989 Tiananmen Square
crackdown. The arrest comes
after authorities stepped up
censorship and detained dozens
of people ahead of last weeks
25th anniversary of the
crackdown. AFP
Charm offensive
Abe vows to
step up whale
hunt efforts
APANS prime minister
told parliament on Mon-
day that he would boost
his efforts towards restarting
commercial whaling, despite
a top UN courts order that To-
kyo must stop killing whales
in the Antarctic.
Shinzo Abes comments
put him firmly on a collision
course with anti-whaling
groups, who had hoped the ru-
ling by the International Court
of Justice (ICJ) would herald
the beginning of the end for
the mammal hunt.
I want to aim for the
resumption of commercial
whaling by conducting whaling
research in order to obtain
scientific data indispensable
for the management of whale
resources, Abe said. To that
end, I will step up efforts fur-
ther to get understanding from
the international community.
Abe said that, in contrast to
the foreign perception whaling
communities mercilessly
exploit the giant mammals,
whaling towns appreciate the
meat and show respect to the
creatures with religious servi-
ces at the end of every hunting
season. AFP
Anger high as Sewol trial opens
HE highly charged
trial of 15 crew mem-
bers from South Ko-
reas ferry disaster
began yesterday to shouts of
murderers from victims
relatives, who called for the
defendants to be executed.
With divers still search-
ing the vessel for bodies and
emotions high less than two
months after the tragedy,
there are concerns over how
fair the trial in the southern
city of Gwangju will be.
The Sewol ferry was carrying
476 passengers including 325
high school students when it
capsized and sank on April 16.
So far 292 have been con-
rmed dead, with 12 still un-
accounted for.
Captain Lee Joon-seok and
three senior crew members are
accused of homicide through
willful negligence, which car-
ries the death penalty. Eleven
other members of the crew are
being tried on lesser charges
of criminal negligence.
Wearing numbered prison
uniforms, handcuffed and
with their arms bound to
their waists with rope, the
defendants were brought to
the courthouse well before
the trial began.
They eventually entered
the courtroom to angry cries
from some relatives, prompt-
ing a warning from one of the
three judges that the hearing
would be halted if there were
further disturbances. Outside
the courthouse, other rela-
tives demonstrated with plac-
ards, one of which appealed
to the judges to let the family
members execute them.
The bulk of the charges arise
from the fact that Lee and
the others chose to abandon
the 6,825-tonne ferry while
hundreds of people were still
trapped inside the heavily list-
ing vessel before it capsized.
A handful of crew members
who stayed and tried to guide
passengers to safety were
among those who died.
The tragedy stunned South
Korea, knocking the entire
country off its stride and
unleashing a wave of public
anger, as it emerged that in-
competence, corruption and
greed had all contributed to
the scale of the disaster.
Much of that rage focused
on Lee and his crew, especially
after the coastguard released
a video showing the captain,
dressed in a sweater and un-
derwear, scrambling to safety.
Presenting the charges in
court, the prosecution said
the defendants had ample op-
portunity to conduct a proper
evacuation but failed to do so,
preferring to abandon ship in
the knowledge that the pas-
sengers left behind would die.
Stern punishment will be
the rst step to make a safe
country, said senior pros-
ecutor Park Jae-eok.
Lee Gwang-jae, a lawyer
representing the captain, sug-
gested his client was being
made a scapegoat by those
who shared more respon-
sibility for the disaster. He
could not take steps to res-
cue [passengers] because the
ship tilted heavily, the lawyer
said, arguing that the charge
of murder should not stand.
South Korean media cover-
age of the crews arrest and ar-
raignment was often coloured
by a presumption of guilt, and
just weeks after the disaster
President Park Geun-hye stat-
ed that the crews actions had
been tantamount to murder.
Such unequivocal state-
ments in a heated atmo-
sphere have fuelled concerns
about the trials fairness.
It will be a very difcult case
and the court will be under a
lot of pressure, said Jason Ha,
a senior attorney with a lead-
ing law rm in Seoul. AFP
Family members of passengers struggle with security while attempting
to attend the trial of the Sewols captain and crew yesterday. AFP
Scientists dispute Turing test pass
Ian Sample and Alex Hern
gram named Eugene
Goostman which
imitates a Ukrainian
teenager with a quirky sense
of humour and a pet guinea
pig has won an articial in-
telligence competition at the
Royal Society in London.
The program convinced 10
out of 30 judges at the nations
most prestigious scientic in-
stitution that it was a real per-
son in a series of online chats
lasting ve minutes each.
The events organisers,
from Reading University,
claimed Eugene made history
by passing the Turing test, a
signicant goal in articial
intelligence, though other
scientists begged to differ.
Regardless of the programs
success, the latest perfor-
mance was an improvement
on Eugenes past attempt to
win an AI competition in 2012
when it expressed its love of
Eminem and hatred for Brit-
ney Spears and Star Wars, and
mentioned a pet guinea pig
that could squeal Beethovens
Ode to Joy.
Proposed by Alan Turing,
the wartime codebreaker
and computing pioneer, the
Turing test challenges com-
puter scientists to create a
program that is indistin-
guishable from a person in
its conversational ability.
The goal sidesteps more ob-
scure questions about the na-
ture of the mind, and focuses
attention on what it produces
and how it behaves.
Computer scientist Vladi-
mir Veselov began work on
Eugene in 2001, a year after
leaving his home in Russia for
the US.
The program analyses ques-
tions it receives, and searches
a knowledge base for ma-
terial before compiling a re-
sponse. Some of the time it
will ask a clarifying question,
or draw on a stock response
from memory.
During the tests each judge
sat down at a pair of comput-
ers and typed in questions.
One computer was linked to
another with a person at the
keyboard, while the other was
running a program that pro-
vided replies.
Declaring that Eugene had
passed the Turing test, Prof
Kevin Warwick of Reading
University said it was tting
that such an important land-
mark had been reached at the
Royal Society.
But one judge who took part
in the tests, Aaron Sloman, a
philosopher and researcher
on articial intelligence at
Birmingham University, was
Sloman said he took part
in the experiment to see how
much progress had been made
with so-called chatbots after
creating one with colleagues
some years back. Speaking
about Eugene, he said: It has
kept some not all who try it
out entertained for more than
ve minutes. But it is essen-
tially stupid and incompetent,
no matter how many people it
fools for how long.
Stevan Harnad, profes-
sor of cognitive sciences at
the University of Quebec in
Montreal, said that whatever
had happened at the Royal
Society, it did not amount to
passing the Turing test. Its
nonsense, complete non-
sense, he said. We have not
passed the Turing test. We are
not even close.
In 1950 Turing predicted
that in about 50 years time
computer conversations could
pass as human around 30 per
cent of the time. But he said
that a statistical survey like a
Gallup poll to decide if a ma-
chine could think was absurd.
Turings insight was that
the way to explain how the
mind works is to design a
system that can do whatever
the mind can do, Harnad
said. That includes all of our
verbal capacity, as well as the
sensorimotor, or robotic, ca-
pacity in which it is ground-
ed. Not for ve minutes, but
for a lifetime.
John Denning, who worked
with Veselov on Eugene, de-
fended the program, which
he said could run on a normal
laptop. I think we passed a
Turing test, but I dont know if
its the Turing test, he said.
Is Eugene smarter than a
person? No. Youre not going
to put your life in the hands
of a 13-year-old who makes
wisecracks and has an odd
sense of humour.
News of Eugenes success
crashed the server it was
hosted on over the weekend.
Asked if it marked the rise
of the machines that would
spell the end of human-
ity, Denning said: We have
been looking at logs of people
chatting with Eugene. What
people say does not bode well
for the future of humanity. Its
pretty startling what people
will say to robots. People say
paedophilic things, things
about Eugenes lineage.
Marvin Minsky, one of the
most revered names in arti-
cial intelligence, said: Noth-
ing is learned from poorly de-
signed experiments. Ask the
program if you can push a car
with a string. And if not, then
Air conditioning raising night-time temperatures in US
RESEARCHERS in the US have iden-
tified a way in which city-dwellers
are inadvertently stoking up the
heat of the night by installing air
Because the cities are getting hotter
as the climate changes, residents are
increasingly investing in aircon sys-
tems which discharge heat from
offices and apartment blocks straight
into the city air. And the vicious circle
effect is that cities get still warmer,
making air conditioning all the more
attractive to residents.
According to scientists at Arizona
State University, the air conditioning
system is now having a measurable
effect. During the days, the systems
emit waste heat, but because the
days are hot anyway, the difference
is negligible. At night, heat from air
conditioning systems now raises
some urban temperatures by more
than 1 degree Celsius, they report in
the Journal of Geophysical Research
The team focused on the role of air
conditioning systems in the metro-
politan area of the city of Phoenix,
which is in the Sonora desert in Ari-
zona, and conditions in the summer-
time are harsh there anyway.
But, worldwide, normally warm
countries are experiencing increas-
ing extremes of heat, and conditions
in cities have on occasion become
lethal. To cap this, cities are inevitably
hotspots and its not just because of
global warming. The concentration of
traffic, commuter systems, street and
indoor lighting, central heating, light
industry, tarmac, tiles, bricks, building
activity and millions of people can
raise temperatures as much as 5C
above the surrounding countryside.
At present, 87 per cent of US house-
holds have air conditioning, and the
US which is not one of the warmer
nations uses more electricity to
keep cool than all the other countries
of the world combined. To keep the
people of Phoenix cool during peri-
ods of extreme heat, air conditioning
systems can consume more than half
of total electricity needs, which puts
a strain on power grids.
The Arizona scientists simulated a
10-day period of unusually hot
weather between July 10 and July 19,
2009, and used computer models and
detailed readings from weather
records to analyse the effect of air
conditioning systems on local tem-
peratures. Even though the biggest
demand for air conditioning was in
the daytime, they found the biggest
difference was always at night.
Our work demonstrates 1 degree
Celsius local heating of urban atmos-
pheres in hot and dry cities due to air
conditioning use at night time, Fran-
cisco Salamanca, the reports lead
author, said. This increase in outside
air temperature in turn results in addi-
tional demands for air conditioning.
Sustainable development and
optimisation of electricity consump-
tion would require turning wasted
heat from air conditioning into useful
energy, which can be used inside
houses for various purposes includ-
ing, for example, water heaters.
Such actions would reduce local air
temperatures: in Phoenix alone, they
could directly save more than 1200
Megawatt hours of electricity per
day. In 2012, the US experienced a set
of record-breaking temperatures,
and the US Department of Energy
has warned that days of extreme heat
are expected to become more fre-
quent and more intense because of
climate change.
But this seems already to be a pat-
tern worldwide, according to recent
analyses of climate patterns. And the
demand for air conditioning is
expected to accelerate in India, China
and other emerging economies. THE
RUSSIAS deputy prime min-
ister has called for the name
Stalingrad to be restored to
the city that was the site of a
key World War II battle against
the Nazis.
I never doubted the need
to give back great Stalingrad
its name. Not for the sake of
Stalin, but for the sake of the
Stalingraders, Deputy Prime
Minister Dmitry Rogozin
wrote on Twitter.
On Friday, President Vladi-
mir Putin responded posi-
tively to a request by a Soviet
veteran at the D-Day com-
memorations in France for
the city now called Volgo-
grad to return to its war-
time name.
According to our law, this is
up to the region and the mu-
nicipality. In this case the resi-
dents must hold a referendum
and decide, Putin was quoted
as saying by the ITAR-TASS
news agency. We will do
whatever the residents say.
The 1942-1943 Battle of Stal-
ingrad saw the city besieged
and occupied by Nazi forces
who were eventually forced to
surrender by the Red Army. It
was the rst major defeat for
the Nazis and a turning point
in the war.
The devastated city was
almost entirely rebuilt after
the war and contains a vast
memorial complex. It was
renamed Volgograd in 1961
after Nikita Khrushchev
denounced the excesses of
Stalins rule. Prior to the So-
viet revolution it was called
Local lawmakers last year
voted to revive its wartime
name of Stalingrad for cer-
emonial purposes six days a
year. Some believe the city
should return permanently
to the name in memory of
the heroic victory.
Others remain deeply op-
posed to reinstating a name
that evokes Stalins regime,
which saw millions die
through famines, executions
and political repression.
Volgograd, a sprawling city
of more than one million
people, was hit by two deadly
suicide bombings in Decem-
ber last year linked to Islamist
insurgents in the North Cau-
casus. AFP
Whats in a name? Calls
for return to Stalingrad
Love struck
American tourists take photos by the so-called locks of love on the Pont des Arts bridge over the Seine River in Paris on Monday. Thousands
of locks of love attached to the footbridge caused part of the railing to collapse, forcing an evacuation on Sunday, which was temporarily
replaced by a wooden board. Thousands of lovers from across the world visit the Pont des Arts every year and seal their love by attaching a
lock carrying their names to its railing and throwing the key in the Seine. The phenomenon has become something of a headache for ofcials
in the City of Light, who would prefer something that poses fewer problems of security and aesthetics. AFP
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O YOU know why Australia
has a Racial Discrimina-
tion Act? Amid all the
debate about whether Sec-
tion 18C of the act should be repealed
as federal Attorney-General George
Brandis has proposed, few, if any,
have stopped to ask that question.
The answer is sobering: the act,
introduced by the federal Labor gov-
ernment in 1995, stemmed from a
national inquiry into racist violence.
The resulting report was compiled
over two years by the then-head of
the Human Rights and Equal Oppor-
tunity Commission, Irene Moss. It
listed more than 1,400 incidents,
ranging from insults to bricks thrown
through windows to killings.
In Townsville, for instance, two wit-
nesses confirmed that an indigenous
man was told he was arrested for
being black in a public place and
was later assaulted.
The inquiry heard of a terror cam-
paign against a Lebanese family in
Sydney whose windows were broken
and attempts made to set their home
on fire. The father died after a heart
attack, attributed by his doctor to
the campaign against the family.
In Western Australia a Vietnamese
factory worker told the inquiry her
head was pushed down a toilet bowl
when she challenged her supervisor
about his racist attitude. In northern
Queensland, four men in Ku Klux
Klan-style robes abducted indigenous
tribal elders and painted their bodies
white before dumping them back in
their community.
Moss, the daughter of Chinese
immigrants, found in her 1991 report
that Australia was a broadly tolerant
country, with a dangerous racist strain.
Indigenous Australians Aborigines
and Torres Strait islanders were most
often victimised. For them, racism is
like a constantly dripping tap. The
federal government is seeking to
repeal most of Section 18C of the act
which makes it an offence to insult,
offend, humiliate or intimidate some-
one on the basis of their race. Why?
A reading of the submissions about
the proposed changes to the attor-
ney-generals department that have
been published so far shows the act
has been working to mediate the
overwhelming majority of complaints
made to the Human Rights Commis-
sion. Only a small percentage of com-
plainants have felt the need to take
matters to court. In those cases, pre-
siding judges have set the bar high
before finding against defendants.
For instance, in 2001 an Aboriginal
woman complained about two imag-
es published in the Cairns Post that
juxtaposed a white couple at a house
with a tribal gathering. She found the
images offensive. The judge held that
the photographs inaccurately por-
trayed the womans usual living con-
ditions but did not in themselves
breach the act.
It is, of course, well known that
prominent columnist Andrew Bolt
was found in 2011 to have breached
the act in two articles he wrote about
nine indigenous people, that he has
railed against the decision and that
the influential Institute of Public
Affairs (IPA) think tank has cam-
paigned for the repeal of Section 18C.
When Tony Abbott was opposition
leader he spoke twice at IPA func-
tions, in 2012 and in 2013, about the
serious attack on freedom of speech
represented by the decision against
Bolt. He promised he would repeal
Section 18C in its current form.
Apart from those speeches, and a
2011 op-ed by Kevin Andrews head-
lined Vague laws let courts dictate
public morality, there is a single para-
graph in the Liberal Partys 2013 plat-
form, Our Plan: Real Solutions for all
Australians, that says: Prohibitions
on inciting racial hatred or intimida-
tion of particular groups should be
focused on offences of incitement
and fear but not a prohibition on
causing offence.
Thats not exactly stop the boats
and it does not specify the repeal of
Section 18C.
Critics of the act have tried to corral
the debate, by saying hurt feelings
are not enough to curtail free speech.
True enough. They rarely acknowl-
edge that Justice Mordecai Bromberg
found Bolt to have derided and ridi-
culed as well as offended, humiliat-
ed and insulted the complainants.
He held that Bolts journalism was
reasonably likely to have had an
intimidatory effect on some people
and was not done reasonably and in
good faith in the making or publish-
ing of a fair comment.
These findings go well beyond hurt
feelings. Returning to the national
inquiry that led to the 1995 act
reminds all of us of the damage
inflicted by racism. THE GUARDIAN
Matthew Ricketson
Going beyond hurt feelings
The exalted cyclops, Peter Coleman (centre) of the Ku Klux Klan white supremacist group, poses with other members of the Sydney Klavern of the Klan. Section 18C of Australias
Racial Discrimination Act makes it an offence to insult, offend, humiliate or intimidate someone on the basis of race. Critics of the section say it represents an attack on free speech. AFP
Matthew Ricketson is professor of journalism at
the University of Canberra.
Lifestyle Lifestyle
In brief
British comic actor Rik
Mayall dead at 56
BRITISH comedian and actor
Rik Mayall, who found fame in
the cult TV series The Young
Ones, died on Monday aged
56, his management company
said. The star, whose
portrayal of the puerile
anarchist Rick in BBCs The
Young Ones endeared him to
viewers in the 1980s, became
one of Britains best-known
comic actors. He also
appeared in Blackadder
alongside Rowan Atkinson
and as a cynical Conservative
politician in The New
Statesman. Police said
officers were called to a
house in the London district
of Barnes and a man, aged
in his 50s was pronounced
dead at the scene. The death
is not believed to be
suspicious, the spokesman
added. AFP
Eight Cubans defect
from National Ballet
UP TO eight members of
Cubas prestigious National
Ballet have defected to the
United States after performing
in Puerto Rico, family and
sources said. We know there
are eight dancers who decided
to leave the company and not
return to Cuba, Jorge Luis
Sanchez, father of one of the
performers, told local media in
Puerto Rico. Of those, some
went on to Miami and others
are in Puerto Rico, waiting to
travel on, Sanchez said. AFP
Paul McCartney cancels
more shows due to virus
PAUL McCartney has
cancelled two more weeks of
tour dates as he continues to
recover from a virus he
contracted in mid-May. The
71-year-old musician will skip
the first two weeks of his
forthcoming US trip, opting to
take it easy for just a few
more days. He was previously
forced to axe four concerts in
Japan and his first show in
South Korea. AFP
THAILANDS vier for the Miss Uni-
verse beauty pageant has relinquished
her crown after she allegedly called for
supporters of the ousted government
to be executed, sparking a social me-
dia furore.
A tearful Weluree Ditsayabut, 22, said
she was giving up the chance to represent
her country after a barrage of online criti-
cism upset her family. She was accused of
calling for the execution of the damn
reds a reference to the red shirt fol-
lowers of former premier Yingluck Shi-
nawatra and her family, which has won
every Thai election since 2001.
The land of Thailand is dirty because
of people who want to get rid of the mon-
archy, she was quoted as writing.
The remarks, made on Facebook late
last year, have since been removed.
At the time protesters were massing on
Bangkoks streets calling for the resigna-
tion of Yingluck, in a political crisis that
culminated in a coup carried out by Army
Chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha on May 22.
Thailand has been torn apart by a bit-
ter division since Yinglucks elder brother
Thaksin Shinawatra, a billionaire tycoon-
turned-populist politician, was ousted in
an earlier army takeover in 2006.
Political opinions of any kind can be
highly inammatory to the other side.
Facebook and Twitter users took aim at
Welurees physical appearance in a cam-
paign seemingly waged in reaction to her
posts about government supporters.
Shes a walking beer barrel, according
to one comment on a dedicated anti-We-
luree Facebook page.
She is unsuitable for the title because
of her gure, face and manners, said an-
other comment.
Weluree, who is also a prominent ac-
tress, announced on Monday that the
backlash had proved too much.
The comments that I have received
were quite severe, the pageant queen
better known as Nong Fai said at a
news conference Monday, where she ap-
peared without her tiara or beauty pag-
eant sash.
I said sorry . . . I understand that I am a
public gure but when I see my mother is
unhappy, as a daughter I cannot be hap-
py either. So, today I have decided to step
down as Miss Universe Thailand.
Dismayed organisers did not immedi-
ately say who would inherit her title and
represent Thailand at Miss Universe later
this year. AFP
Miss Thailand Universe 2014
Weluree Ditsayabut cries as she
addresses the media in Bangkok
on Monday. AFP
An insiders take on world leaders
Miss Universe Thailand quits amid political furore
remains fixated on
reviving the Soviet
empire, Chinas Hu
Jintao was aloof and Irans
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a
bellicose peacock, according
to a new book by Hillary Clin-
ton in which the former secre-
tary of state dishes about key
world leaders.
Clinton presided yesterday
over the rollout of her new
memoir, Hard Choices, which
many observers interpret as an
unofficial kickoff of her pro-
spective 2016 presidential run.
After visiting 112 countries in
her four years as top diplomat,
Clinton sheds light on her deal-
ings with power players at the
heart of some of the worlds
intractable problems and how
her ties with them often set the
tone in negotiations.
The personal element mat-
ters more in international affairs
than many would expect, for
good or ill, she writes.
Among her most difficult rela-
tionships was with Putin, with
whom she had rocky ties after the
failed US-Russia reset at the
outset of the Obama presidency.
Hes always testing you,
always pushing the bounda-
ries, she writes of Russias pres-
ident, whom she described as
an autocratic leader with an
appetite for more power, terri-
tory and influence.
In criticising the takeover of
Crimea this year and its aggres-
sion in Ukraine, Clinton warned
such moves could backfire
against a country saddled with
a sputtering economy.
Think also of the long-term
strategic interests Russia
could pursue if Putin werent
fixated on reclaiming the
Soviet empire and crushing
domestic dissent, she writes.
Chinese President Hu Jintao,
meanwhile, was less directly
combative and more scripted
and polite, Clinton writes in
her 635-page tome.
With the US and China the
worlds two largest economies,
the predictability [and] formal-
ity from leaders like Hu made
sense to Clinton. But she
stressed that Hu lacked the per-
sonal authority of predeces-
sors like Deng Xiaoping.
Hu seemed to me more like
an aloof chairman of the board
than a hands-on CEO, she
explained, citing her trips to
Beijing where she often held
more fruitful meetings with
lower level dignitaries.
How in control he really was
of the entire sprawling Commu-
nist Party apparatus was an
open question.
She reserved criticism for
Irans Ahmadinejad, whom she
described as a Holocaust denier
and provocateur who . . . insult-
ed the West at every turn.
The Iranian leader showed
himself to be a bellicose pea-
cock strutting on the world
stage, and unwilling to thaw the
chilled relations with Washing-
ton enough to engage in mean-
ingful negotiations over Tehrans
controversial nuclear program.
President Ahmadinejads
second term was a disaster, and
his political standing at home
had collapsed.
Clinton wrote that her years
of knowing Israels Benjamin
Netanyahu helped ease strained
debates over the Mideast peace
process and Irans nuclear pro-
gram, which she said Netanya-
hu believed was a bigger and
more urgent threat to Israel
than the Palestinian conflict.
I learned that Bibi would
fight if he felt he was being cor-
nered, but if you connected
with him as a friend, there was
a chance you could get some-
thing done.
Among other US allies, few
appeared to hold as much sway
for Clinton as German Chancel-
lor Angela Merkel, whom she
described as the most powerful
leader in Europe who was car-
rying Europe on her shoulders.
With leaders like Merkel quiet
and reserved in person, Frances
Nicolas Sarkozy proved the
opposite, often offering rapid-
fire, almost stream-of-con-
sciousness soliloquies on for-
eign policy that sucked the
oxygen out of a room.
He would gossip, casually
describing other world leaders
as crazy or infirm, she said.
One was a drug-addled mani-
ac; another had a military that
didnt know how to fight; yet
another came from a long line
of brutes.
But Clinton insisted that
despite his exuberance,
[Sarkozy] was always a gentle-
man. AFP
Jason Gale

IMMY McManus slides up his
shorts and points a laser at his
inked thigh to show how he can
blast off unwanted tattoos.
The part-time electrician began of-
fering the service at Chapel Tattoo in
Melbourne eight months ago to ad-
dress a byproduct of the global body
art boom: tattoo regret. Removing the
skin designs has become a roaring
trade, with one in seven people ex-
pressing misgivings some enough
to spend thousands of dollars for sev-
eral searing laser sessions.
Its a painful reminder to choose
your tattoos a bit more carefully, Mc-
Manus, 30, says of the procedure hes
just demonstrated on his leg.
Chapel Tattoo isnt the only studio
to begin offering to undo its handi-
work, entering a new line of busi-
ness as ultrahigh-powered lasers
pioneered by dermatologists make
the procedure safer and more bear-
able. The American Society for Der-
matologic Surgery estimates its prac-
titioner-members did about 96,000
removal procedures last year, 52 per
cent more than in 2012.
Tattoo removal is big business, An-
drew Timming, an associate professor
at the University of St Andrews school
of management in Scotland, said.
Tattoo parlours doubling as removal
shops are a brilliant business model
because it creates its own demand.
It also drives growth in laser devices.
Revenue from sales of aesthetic equip-
ment by publicly traded companies
expanded 20 per cent annually from
2009 to 2012 and is now worth about
$1.25 billion, according to Cutera Inc,
a supplier of laser and light-based
medical devices from Brisbane, Cali-
fornia. Israels Syneron Medical Ltd
says its the industry leader, with 28
per cent of the global market.
One in ve US adults has a tattoo,
according to a 2012 online survey of
2,016 Americans by the Harris Poll.
Thats up from 16 per cent in 2008.
Many may end up changing their
mind. Thirty-seven per cent of peo-
ple with inked skin regretted it after
about 14 years, according to a survey
of 580 people in the UK published in
a letter to the British Journal of Der-
matology last December.
Tattoo regret seems to take about
10 years to set in and, since tattoos
were widely popular in the early 2000s
and still are today, my suspicion is
that we are only seeing the tip of the
iceberg, said Will Kirby, a dermatolo-
gist and medical director at Dr Tattoff
Inc, which runs a 10-store chain of
tattoo-removal centres in the US.
Stephanie, who works in Mel-
bournes lm industry, expects to pay
about A$2,000 (US$1,850) for as many
as 10 laser sessions to remove an or-
ange-sized tattoo around her navel.
The red, yellow and black stylised sun
cost her about A$150 17 years ago.
I am happy to spend anything to
get rid of it because I have to look at
it every day and it makes me cringe,
said the 35-year-old, who asked not to
be identied by her last name. I dont
really want a tattoo. And I dont have
the stomach I had when I was 18.
Clients who initially want their tat-
too erased often opt for lightening it
and covering it with a better one once
theyve considered the cost and pain
involved, according to McManus.
To demonstrate the procedure, he
points a handpiece at his thigh. Be-
side him, the laser machine whirs like
a movie projector. A small red dot ap-
pears on his skin. As McManus moves
the beam along the outline of the im-
age, the machine makes the sound of
rubber bands snapping. Within sec-
onds, a pale welt appears.
Thats called frosting, which is a re-
action of the laser smashing into your
skin, he says. Its excruciating. Some
people just say, I cant do anymore.
Celebrities Megan Fox and Mark
Wahlberg are among those who have
described the procedure.
Wahlberg underwent more than 33
treatments over three and a half years
to erase several tattoos from his up-
per body and leg, the actor said in a
2012 interview. In addition to the
pain, you smell the skin burning,
Wahlberg, 42, said.
Visible tattoos can be a barrier to
employment, management research-
er Timming found after interviewing
more than a dozen managers in-
volved in hiring staff.
Most employers view tattoos neg-
atively, he said in an email. Some
employers may very much like your
tattoos, but still wouldnt hire you be-
cause their main concern is that their
customers are not offended.
Cutera of California is awaiting
US approval for its Enlighten unit
that can operate at pico-second and
nano-second pulse durations to clear
a wide range of tattoo colours, ink
compositions and pigment con-
cerns, CEO Kevin Connors said.
The complexity and speed of the
process, as well as the quality of the
result, depend on the size of the tat-
too, colors used, intensity of ink and
the clients skin type, said Avram at
Massachusetts General.
When you re a laser at a tattoo,
youre using as much energy as there
is in the entire city of Boston, but
youre only doing it for a 750 trillionth
of a second with a pico-second laser,
he said. It shatters the tattoo particle
into smaller pieces.
From there, it can be ejected from
the skin, chewed up by the bodys
own scavenger cells, or taken away by
the lymphatic system. BLOOMBERG
A medical assistant uses a cotton swab to apply healing ointment on the reddened
skin of a former gang member after his rst 10-minute tattoo removal session at a
free clinic offered by Homeboy Industries in East Los Angeles. AFP
Tattoo regret fuels laser removals
Four ways you can get out and keep t as a family
WE ALL know the benefits of exercise.
It can improve our physical and men-
tal health and help expand our social
circles. Its as close to a panacea as
were likely to get. Its also the best way
to get children to use that boundless
energy for personal good rather than
public destruction.
The US Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention recommends adults
get at least 150 minutes of moderate
aerobic exercise a week, plus muscle-
strengthening exercise two days a
week. Children and teens need even
more at least 60 minutes a day. Yet
only 20 per cent of adults and 25 per
cent of children ages 12 to 15 get the
recommended amount of exercise.
So this is a call to time-strapped par-
ents and children to put down their
smartphones and tablets and get
active together.
Biking: Megan Odett, a mom of two,
used to bike for transportation. After
a complicated pregnancy with her first
child, who is now 4, she found herself
battling postpartum depression. So
she got back on her bike and brought
her son Alex along.
Getting back on a bike with him was
my path to physical and emotional
recovery, said Odett, who rode with
her son strapped into a trailer in his
car seat until he graduated to a bike
seat. She commutes by bicycle each
day, dropping the kids at day care and
preschool on her way to work, and the
older boy now travels alongside her
on recreational rides.
Were going at a slower speed and
can enjoy the world around us more.
You can see more when youre riding
than when youre driving, and we have
the opportunity to stop and explore
things that interest us along the way.
Hiking: Jennifer Chambers started
taking her daughter on hikes in an
infant carrier when she was about 4
weeks old. Over Memorial Day week-
end, Chambers and her daughter, who
is now 13, hiked 65 kilometres of the
Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania.
Along with packing plenty of snacks,
bringing a friend and letting the kids
go at their own pace, she said its
important to pick the right trail. And
when it comes to kids, thats usually
anything with rocks or water. She also
suggested bringing a hand lens, bin-
oculars or a nature journal and mark-
ers for the child to use along the way.
Rock climbing: Scaling a 15-metre
sheer rock wall with nothing but blue
sky between you and the ground may
not be for those of us with acrophobia.
But for 12-year-old Arabella Jariel and
her parents, Jennie and Ike, its the
perfect way to unwind as a family.
Its both physically and mentally
challenging, because there are times
that, in addition to the physical part,
you have to push past your fear, said
Jennie Jariel, who started climbing
when she was in college. As a family,
we help each other with that.
Families interested in trying rock
climbing can go to an open climb ses-
sion at a local gym before committing
to classes, Jennie Jariel said.
Running: Children are hard-wired
to run, even if its just laps around the
house in the morning before school.
They have lots of energy, and it has to
come out. So if running is your thing,
its easy to loop them into your exer-
cise program.
Kristen Komlosy, the executive
director of Girls on the Run-DC, runs
with her two boys, who are 7 and 10,
about three times a week. Both boys
play sports, including basketball and
lacrosse. She cheers from the sidelines
while they play, but running is some-
thing she can do with them.
They think its great to keep up with
mum, or to try to beat mum. They
release energy, do something they enjoy
and walk away with a sense of accom-
A family enjoys the view from the Untersberg mountain on the Bavarian and Austrian
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From artisanal desserts, pistachios and meat to vintage maps and an-
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Foodie haven
Detroit offers
much to relish
N THE comeback-kid city
of Detroit, the Eastern
Market neighbourhood
named for one of the old-
est outdoor food emporiums
in the country is among its
greatest revivals. Every Satur-
day, the nearly 125-year-old
market springs to life with
farmers, food trucks, butchers,
bakers, jam makers and spice
mongers. Recently, a new crop
of businesses have joined the
mom-and-pop stalwarts that
ring the main arcades, creating
a vibrant homegrown food-
and-culture destination.
Antietam: Artist-owner Greg
Holm brought his impeccable
taste to this Art Deco space,
adding glowing blue pendant
lamps, red oak walls, and in-
dustrial-chic chairs by Holm
and local furniture design-
er Aaron Blendowski. The
equally inspired menu fea-
tures re-envisioned French
classics, including bacon ril-
lettes with pickled onions and
toast, and specialty cocktails
made with market-sourced
ingredients like smoked kale,
celery juice, beets and lem-
on-thyme shrub.
Detroit Mercantile Co: Rob-
ert Jameson, Sherri Lawton-
Jameson, and Robert Stanzler
stocked their shop (located in
a former re department re-
pair facility) with what they call
provisions for the urban pio-
neer, meaning shelves stocked
with masculine-leaning Michi-
gan goods such as annel
Stormy Kromer caps, Carhartt
gear, totes by Detroit Denim,
and custom bikes by the De-
troit Bicycle Company. The de-
cor of vintage soda crates and
antique maps is also for sale.
Salt & Cedar: Megan
OConnell and Leon Johnsons
Salt & Cedar does triple duty
as a printing press and bind-
ery, a bookstore specialising
in art editions and letterpress
posters, and a gallery featuring
exhibitions of works by artists
such as New York-based mul-
timedia artist Alison Knowles.
They also lead Book & Bread
workshops, which sell out
months in advance. Guests
share a four-course dinner
guinea fowl pot pie and squash
ravioli were on the most recent
menu then learn to hand-
bind a soft-cover journal.
Germack Pistachio Com-
pany: The 90-year-old nut
company and Detroit institu-
tion recently opened a coffee
bar/tea shop/roaster. This is
the place to down an espresso
before picking up a few of Ger-
macks specialties pistachios,
raw almonds, hazelnuts, dried
cherries, and pumpkin seeds
packaged in the shops signa-
ture roll-top paper bags.
Trinosophes: Spanning three
storefronts on Gratiot Avenue,
Trinosophes is a multifunction-
al performance center owned
by musician Joel Peterson and
Rebecca Mazzei, director of
special projects at the Museum
of Contemporary Art Detroit.
When not hosting a range of
concerts by artists like trum-
peter Amir ElSaffar and singer
Bill Callahan, the light-lled
space doubles as a gallery and
laid-back cafe serving a healthy
lunch menu during the week,
hearty brunch fare on week-
ends, and excellent homemade
doughnuts all the time.
La Rondinella: Inspired by
a trip to his fathers village
in Lazio, Italy, Dave Mancini
opened Supino Pizzeria in
2008, and it quickly became
a neighbourhood favourite.
This summer, hell debut La
Rondinella next door, offering
homemade ricotta gnocchi,
chickpea crepes and brasato
(beef braised in red wine).
You can expect a well-chosen
list of Michigan beer, Italian
wine, and cocktails like the
I-75, a riff on the French 75
made with Prosecco instead of
champagne and named for the
nearby freeway. BLOOMBERG
As a cowardly farmer begins to fall for the mysterious
new woman in town, he must put his new-found
courage to the test when her husband, a notorious
gun-slinger, announces his arrival.
City Mall: 4:45pm, 9:35pm
Tuol Kork: 11:30am
The worlds most famous monster is pitted against
malevolent creatures which, bolstered by humanitys
scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.
City Mall: 9:30am, 4:15pm
Tuol Kork: 4:30pm, 9:45pm
A vengeful fairy is driven to curse an infant princess,
only to discover that the child may be the one
person who can restore peace to their troubled land.
Starring Angelina Jolie.
City Mall: 9:15am, 12pm, 1:30pm, 5:45pm, 7:55pm
Tuol Kork: 9:20am, 1;40pm, 5:55pm, 8:05pm,
At the NFL draft, general manager Sonny Weaver has
the opportunity to rebuild his team when he trades
for the number one pick. He must decide what hes
willing to sacrifice on a life-changing day for a few
hundred young men with NFL dreams. Starring Kevin
Costner and Jennifer Garner.
City Mall: 10:05pm
Tuol Kork: 11:25am, 7:30pm
Peter Parker runs the gauntlet as the mysterious
company Oscorp sends up a slew of super villains
against him, impacting his life.
Tuol Kork: 4:45pm
The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate
effort to change history and prevent an event that
results in doom for both humans and mutants.
City Mall: 11:15am, 2:10pm, 6:45pm, 9:20pm
Tuol Kork: 9:20am, 1:55pm, 7pm, 9:35pm
Exhibition @ CLA
Chhnang! explores the traditional
pottery work of villagers from
Kampong Chhnang province through
photography, video and actual
Cambodian Living Arts Gallery,
128-G9 Sothearos Boulevard
Salsa @ The Groove
Salsa LA class for beginners.
For $5 per person, you will learn right/
left turns and hummer lock. Party
afterwards for those who dont want
the class.
The Groove, #1C Street 282. 8pm
Polen Ly, whose short lms will be screened at Meta House this evening. CHARLOTTE PERT
A scene from Game of Thrones. BLOOMBERG
Quiz @ The Willow
Test out your general knowledge at
The Willows weekly trivia night for the
chance to take home up to $100 in
prize money. Entry price is $2 per
person. Maximum seven people per
The Willow, #1 Street 21. 7:30pm
Short lms@
Meta House
Meta House presents an evening of
short lms by Cambodian Polen Ly
and Indian American Amit Dubey.
Dubey came to Cambodia in 2011 and
has documented its urban decay.
Meta House, #37 Sothearos
Boulevard. 7pm
11:25am - THE PRESTIGE: The rivalry between two
magicians becomes more exacerbated by their attempt
to perform the ultimate illusion. Starring Christian Bale.
1:30pm - PROMISED LAND: A salesman for a natural gas
company experiences life-changing events after arriving
in a small town, where his corporation wants to tap into
the available resources. HBO
8pm - SIDE EFFECTS: A young womans world unravels
when a drug prescribed by her psychiatrist has
unexpected side effects. Starring Jude Law, Rooney
Mara and Catherine Zeta-Jones. FOX MOVIES
10:30pm - GAME OF THRONES: Season 4, episode 8.
Epic story set in Westeros, based on the fantasy series
by George RR Martin. HBO
Thinking caps
1 Sicilian volcano
5 Guesses wrong
9 Chow line?
14 Neighbor of Libya
15 Prosperity
16 Host
17 Were all involved in it
20 Alphas opposite
21 Oolong, for one
22 On Soc. Sec., perhaps
23 Brainy
26 Double-decker checker
28 Basket material
30 Scale user
34 Schuss, e.g.
37 Features of luxury hotels
39 Dormitory echo
40 Moms have it
44 Winged
45 Watch face
46 Turn on, tune in, drop out drug
47 Venomous African snakes
49 Burn slightly, as meat
52 Beetle Bailey dog
54 Mended, as socks
57 Adjoin
60 Dash lengths
62 Per ___ (yearly)
64 Aggressive basketball ploy
68 Feelings of great warmth
69 Hey!
70 Arctic birds
71 Thermonuclear blast maker
72 Human copier
73 Deep-___ pizza
1 Bounce back, in a way
2 Try to catch a ride
3 Appellation bestower
4 Slowly, to a conductor
5 Yeanling producer
6 Tyrannosaurus ___
7 Absorbed
8 Aerodynamically designed
9 Muumuu go-with
10 Newly developed, as technology
11 Dermatology problem
12 The Amish, e.g.
13 Act on, as advice
18 Bettors bet on them
19 Bust, so to speak
24 Snake sound
25 Halfhearted
27 Not yet final, at law
29 Punjabi princesses
31 Drudgery
32 Winged god of love
33 Split apart
34 Did laps in the pool
35 Nut used in flavoring
36 Islamic prayer leader
38 Composed
41 Where one is always looking up?
42 Spick-and-span
43 Arm bone
48 Blossom holder
50 Court star Steffi
51 The Muses, as a group
53 Nebraska metropolis
55 Boredom
56 Times for headlights
57 Asian nurse
58 Cutting remark
59 Annul
61 Barbers motion
63 Come together like gears
65 Sun or moon, e.g.
66 Salon application
67 Musical aptitude
Tuesdays solution Tuesdays solution
Paralympian Milford blown
away by womens ball skills
AMERICAN Paralympic gold medal-
ist and disability sport expert Mary
Milford is in no doubt that a bright
future awaits Cambodian womens
wheelchair basketball.
Appointed as the national coach/
technical advisor by the Cambodian
National Volleyball League (Dis-
abled), or CNVLD, to run its Women
Working With Women program, Mil-
ford made her rst visit to the King-
dom in the last week of May, during
which she conducted a training clin-
ic for 30 national team probables at
the Battambang National Rehabili-
tation Center.
Her weeklong trip was funded by
the International Committee of the
Red Cross.
Affable and daringly dynamic in her
approach, Milford systematically put
the participants through their paces
with court practicals, theory and vid-
eo lessons, a special tness regimen
and nutrition advice over eight hours
of training per day.
Even amid all this hectic activity
in such a compact time-frame, she
also lent her expertise in the classi-
cation of all the athletes in line with
international standards.
The 2008 Beijing Paralympics gold
medal winner in wheelchair basket-
ball makes a return trip to Cambo-
dia in October to train the national
team that she has helped select to
try to take them to the South Korean
city of Incheon for the Asian Paralym-
pic Games.
The CNVLD is working closely with
Milford, the National Paralympic
Committee of Cambodia and the Ko-
rean organisers of the games to secure
a wild-card entry for the Cambodian
team and to gain afliation with the
International Wheelchair Basketball
Now back home in Alabama, Mil-
ford, in this email interview with Post
sports writer H S Manjunath, shared
her experiences in Cambodia and her
thoughts on the wheelchair basket-
ball program and its marked impact
on social life.
It was your rst trip to Cambodia.
How did it come about?
I believe Chris Minko, secretary-
general of the CNVLD, sent an inquiry
to Carole Oglesby, who is a professor
of sport in California, about a female
wheelchair basketball coach interest-
ed in coaching in Cambodia.
Carole then passed the inquiry on
to Lakeshore Foundation, an adapt-
ed sport and recreation facility in
Birmingham, Alabama. I happen to
work and coach at Lakeshore and my
boss presented the opportunity to
me. It sounded like an opportunity I
could not pass up!
What was your rst impression
upon meeting with the teams
Before I arrived, I tried not to have
any preconceived ideas or expecta-
tions of the team or Cambodia, but
I did wonder what level the women
would play at.
After the rst 30 minutes with the
ladies, I was so impressed how nat-
urally talented they were and how
quickly they picked up new skills and
concepts. By the second session the
women were transitioning perfectly
from offense to our defensive set.
Being a high achiever yourself,
could you see that glint of hope and
promise among the participants?
Yes! Denitely. The women have
a lot of natural talent and skill. The
hard part will be teaching them
the game.
Wheelchair basketball is a very ce-
rebral game. Its not just about which
team is the fastest or strongest, its
about which team can play as one
unit and play with intelligence.
I know the women are capable of
doing this, they just have to learn the
details of the game in a very short
amount of time.
You spent a week training the team.
What was a typical day like?
Each day we had two on-court
training sessions and one classroom
session. Our rst session ran from
7:30 to 10:30am, and then we took a
break for lunch.
After lunch, we had a classroom
session from 2 to 3pm and then n-
ished the day with another session on
the court from 3 to 5pm.
During our court sessions, we fo-
cused on the basics of the game,
including ball and chair skills, and I
also introduced some basic offensive
and defensive concepts. The women
were also able to watch video of other
national teams play.
The women really enjoyed this, and
it helped them understand the con-
cepts they were working on.
How signicant was it in your life
to come to a country like Cambodia
to train aspiring athletes?
When I returned home from
Cambodia, everyones rst and nat-
ural question was: So how was it?
What a loaded question.
Overall it was a wonderful, life-
changing experience. I did not do a
lot of research on Cambodia before
I arrived, because again, I did not
want to have a preconceived notion
of what it would be like.
While I was not a fan of the heat
and humidity, the people were ab-
solutely wonderful and made me
feel so welcome. After a couple of
days I began feeling like a local,
crossing the street with authority
and learning some Khmer.
In terms of basketball, I was
blown away by the skill level of the
women. Yes, there were challenges
with the language barrier and the
quality of adapted sports equip-
ment, but we can work through
those challenges.
I am most excited about the 16
women I get to work with when I
return. I cant wait to see how they
progress and grow.
How excited are you to get back in
I am excited to get back to Bat-
tambang in the fall. The women pro-
gressed quickly with just a few days of
instruction, so I cant wait to see how
much progress is made.
I also want to learn more of the lan-
guage so I can communicate better
with the local people.
Whats your most memorable ex-
perience during the trip?
Probably the best part of my trip
was the nal night when several of
the women invited me over to their
house for a traditional Khmer dinner.
I was so impressed with how much
food they were able to make with
just a few bowls, a cutting board, and
one burner.
It was wonderful to sit on the oor
with the ladies, share a meal with
them and listen to their stories, even
though I didnt always know what
they were saying.
US wheelchair basketball coach Mary Milford (second left) conducts a training session in Battambang last month with the Cambodian womens team. ANYA MINKO
Sterling pursues lawsuit, pulls out of sale: reports
DONALD Sterling, the embat-
tled owner of the Los Angeles
Clippers, has decided to fight to
keep the NBA team and pull out
of a $2 billion sale deal, accord-
ing to reports on Monday.
Sterling, whose racist com-
ments prompted NBA com-
missioner Adam Silver to ban
him for life, had announced
last week through his attorney
he had agreed to sell the Clip-
pers for Steve Ballmer for
$2 billion.
The deal is off, Sterling
attorney Max Blecher said in an
email to ESPN, which also
reported that Sterling has
instructed the lawyer to pursue
a $1 billion lawsuit against the
league and Silver and withdraw
support for a sale.
Blecher would not say if the
decision to change his mind
came as a result of the NBA
being unwilling to back off the
life ban and $2.5 million fine
imposed by Silver.
I have decided that I must
fight to protect my rights,
Sterling said in a statement to
NBC. While my position may
not be popular, I believe that
my rights to privacy and the
preservation of my rights to
due process should not be
trampled. I intend to fight to
keep the team.
NBA owners were set to meet
last week and vote on whether
or not to strip Sterling of the
Clippers, but the gathering was
called off when the deal with
Ballmer, negotiated by Ster-
lings wife Shelly, was thought
to be done. The unravelling of
the sale could lead owners to
reschedule the meeting and
vote on Sterlings fate as an
owner, a vote Silver said he
expects will support pulling the
team from Sterling.
From the onset, I did not
want to sell the Los Angeles
Clippers. I have worked for 33
years to build the team, Ster-
ling said. He repeated his apol-
ogy for saying in a taped con-
versation that he wanted his
girlfriend not to bring black
people to Clippers games or
post photos with black people
on social media.
To be clear, I am extremely
sorry for the hurtful state-
ments I made privately. I made
those statements in anger and
out of jealousy all in the con-
text of a private conversation,
Sterling said. While this is not
an excuse for the statements,
like every other American, I
never imagined that my pri-
vate conversation would be
made public.
I believe that Adam Silver
acted in haste by illegally
ordering the forced sale of the
Clippers, banning me for life
from the NBA and imposing
the fine. Adam Silvers conduct
in doing so without conduct-
ing any real investigation was
wrong. AFP
Rejuvenated Choo is
primed for maiden win
hopes his recent good run of
form will spur him to victory at
the PGM Vascory Templer Park
Championship which starts
today in Kuala Lumpur. Buoyed
by his careers first top-10 finish
on the Asian Tour last week,
Choo will be amongst an
international field from over 16
countries challenging for
honours in the RM250,000
(US$80,000) Asian Development
Tour (ADT) event at the Templer
Park Country Club. His title
challenge will be put to the test
against a talented field that
includes proven ADT winners,
Filipino brothers Jay and Rufino
Bayron, Pavit Tangkamolprasert
of Thailand, Japans Mitsuhiko
Hashizume and American Brett
Froome wins again to
show 2014 Tour form
A SECOND stage win in the first
two days of racing at the
Critrium du Dauphin on
Monday confirmed that Chris
Froome is building impeccable
form for the defence of his Tour
de France title, while the sight of
the Briton and the Spaniard
Alberto Contador doing battle at
the top of the Col du Beal, the
first summit finish of the race,
indicated that, as many expect,
the 2014 Tour may come down
to a duel between the pair. It
was really tough between the
two of us, said Froome, who
extended his overall lead to 12
seconds thanks to a time bonus
for the stage win. I tried to
attack [Contador] a couple of
times but he was very strong.
Everyone here is almost at the
same level as at the Tour de
France. Today it was our first
duel with the two of us in form.
New coach vows switch
in Bangladesh woes
NEW Bangladesh coach
Chandika Hathurusinghe said
yesterday he wanted to turn
international crickets whipping
boys into match-winners at
home and abroad as he took up
one of the toughest jobs in the
game. The Sri Lankan, who
previously coached the Sydney
Thunder Twenty20 team, has
taken over from Australian
Shane Jurgensen and his first
assignment is this Sunday with
the start of a three-match ODI
series against India. Jurgensen
quit in April after presiding over
a disastrous run at home, which
saw Bangladesh thrashed by Sri
Lanka in a limited-over series
and humbled in the Asia Cup
and ICC World Twenty20 despite
being hosts. AFP
Banned Stephen Lee
fined for cue sale fraud
BANNED British snooker player
Stephen Lee was fined on
Monday after admitting fraud,
having arranged to sell his cue
to a fan in Hong Kong and never
sending it. Victim Marco Fai Pak
Shek paid 1,600 (US$2,700)
into Lees wifes bank account
following the agreement made
on Facebook but the former
world number five continued to
play with the cue and never sent
it. At a magistrates court in
Swindon, southwest England,
Lee was fined 1,815 which
includes 1,600 in
compensation to Shek after
admitting a charge of fraud by
false representation. AFP
face Syria in
opening tie
H S Manjunath

AMBODIA will open their pro-
motional bid in this years Da-
vis Cup Asia Oceania Group
III series today with a clash
against Middle Eastern rivals Syria at
Tehrans Enghelab Sports Complex.
The ofcial draw placed Cambodia
in Pool A along side Malaysia, Syria
and Turkmenistan. Hosts Iran are
clustered with Lebanon, United Arab
Emirates and Singapore in Pool B.
The top two teams from each pool
will play crisscross play-offs for next
years elevation to Group II, while the
others will be involved in survival bat-
tles to determine the two teams drop-
ping down to Group IV.
After a brief opening ceremo-
ny scheduled for 9am local time
(11:30am Cambodian time), the rst
singles rubber between Cambodia
and Syria will be down for decision
beginning at 10:30am.
Cambodia will in all probability eld
Bun Kenny and Mam Panhara for the
singles while keeping the doubles
option open. Syria, who lost a tough
Group II relegation battle against Ku-
wait last year, are expected to pin their
faith on experienced players.
Syria is a strong side but we are
ready for the combat and now that we
know who our rivals in the pool are,
we can mentally prepare ourselves to
take them on in the next three days,
Cambodias non-playing captain Tep
Rithivit told the Post right after the
draw was completed.
The bottom line is that we have to
perform at our best to reach the goals
we have set out for. In Davis Cup there
is no easy way out every rubber
counts, he added.
Meanwhile, the national players are
well aware of the physical and mental
challenges the compact format will
throw at them.
The more relaxed home and away
ties over extended weekends that
teams upwards of Group II enjoy is so
vastly different from the lower rung,
playing 12 straight rubbers over four
days on a single-site.
It calls for a tougher than normal
mental make up and if it is a surface
the players are not so fond of but have
no choice but to cope with, like in the
case of the Cambodian lot, the level
of anxiety in the locker room will be
much higher than usual.
You need to just toughen yourself
up and give it your best shot. I am
glad we had quality time to get used
to the playing surface and conditions
and I feel the players are in great heart
after three solid practice sessions,
Tep Rithivit said.
The non-playing status does not
exclude him from the on court pres-
sures. In any layer of Davis Cup, the
captains chair in many ways is indeed
a hot seat.
Sitting on that chair by the court-
side you can not imagine the slew of
emotions the ups and downs you
personally go through. You need to
keep your poise rst and ensure that
your player keeps his.
Two years on that seat has taught
me a lot about patience and persis-
tence and I am condent I can guide
them through this, said Tep Rithivit,
who has made it a point this year to
take his 14-year-old son Timothy,
grandson of legendary Tep Khunnah,
along with him to Tehran for what he
calls passing on the baton.
Many people wondered why
Timothy, why so early. For me as a
tennis-loving parent from a tennis
loving family, it is building on my fa-
thers legacy.
He didnt play Davis Cup. I didnt,
but Timothy has a chance to and
thats the reason why I spent from
my own pocket to take him along
with me. It is not an entitlement. It is
education for him.
Here are some details on all the eight
Group III contenders.
Cambodia: Gained promotion to
Group III on debut at Doha in
2012, winning round robin matches
against Jordan, Singapore, Qatar and
Myanmar followed by a promotional
play-off victory against Turkmeni-
stan. In 2013, Cambodia retained
the Group status in Dubai.
UAE: Got promoted to Group III
at Doha, along with Cambodia, by
beating Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Iraq
and Turkmenistan in the round-
robin phase before beating Qatar in
the play-off. Stayed in Group III at
Dubai. UAE first played Davis Cup
in 1993 and the teams best perfor-
mance came in 2002, when they fin-
ishing third in Group III.
Malaysia: Will figure in Group III for
the third consecutive year. In 2012,
they narrowly missed out on pro-
motion to Group II after losing to
Kuwait. Beat Cambodia in the pro-
motional play-off in Dubai last year.
Malaysia reached Group II second
round in 1992, 2000 and 2001. They
first played Davis Cup in 1957.
Lebanon: Competing in Group III for
the rst time since 2011 after suffer-
ing relegation from Group II at the
hands of Sri Lanka last April. Lebanon
rst played Davis Cup in 1957 and
reached Group I on four occasions in
the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Iran: Iran will compete in Group III
in 2014 for the third straight year fol-
lowing their relegation from Group
II in 2011. Iran played their first Da-
vis Cup tie in 1962 and have reached
the final round of Group II in 1994
and 1997.
Syria: Dropped down to Group III
after losing a relegation play-off
against Kuwait last year. Syria made
their Davis Cup debut in 1986. Their
best performance was reaching
Group IIs second round in 1988.
Turkmenistan: Won a promotional
ticket from Group IV last year for
the first time in the countrys his-
tory. After making a Cup debut in
2004, Turkmenistan lost their first 14
ties, but picked up an inaugural win
against Bahrain in 2007.
Singapore: Promoted to Group III
last year along with Turkmenistan.
Made their Davis Cup bow in 1984
and got up to Group II multiple
Bun Kenny (front) and Mam Panhara (behind) are expected to be involved in todays Davis
Cup singles rubbers in Tehran against Syria. SRENG MENG SRUN
ONE FC announces bouts for Taiwan bow
Dan Riley
ONE Fighting Champion-
ship is bracing for its inau-
gural fight card in Taiwan
on July 11.
The blockbuster event,
entitled ONE FC: War of Drag-
ons, will take place at the
National Taiwan University
Sports Center in Taipei City.
The first four bouts have
been added to the card,
including Taiwanese heavy-
weight Paul Cheng (4-1) com-
peting on home turf for the
first time to take on Egypts
Mahmoud Hassan (1-3).
Also featuring is a light-
weight bout between top
contenders Koji Ando (8-3-2)
of Japan and Brazils Rafael
Nunes (10-0), American Jake
Butler (3-1) and Mohamed Ali
(9-6) of Egypt clashing in the
light heavyweight division
and Japanese bantamweight
Koetsu Okazaki (9-3-1) up
against Yusup Saadulaev
(13-3-1) of the US.
ONE FC CEO Victor Cui
stated: Fans in Taiwan have
been clamoring for a live
MMA event in their country
and ONE FC will now bring
world-class mixed martial
arts action to Taipei City for
the first time.
ONE FC next event is Era of
Champions this Friday in
Jakarta, headlined by a f ly-
weight contest bet ween
Kosuke Suzuki (10-3) of
Japan and Brazils Adriano
Moraes (10-1).
An event in Phnom Penh is
slated for September 12 with
details expected to be
announced at a press confer-
ence on June 24.
Taiwans Paul Cheng (right) celebrates after beating Hong Kongs Alain Ngalani by TKO at the end of the rst
round of their heavyweight bout at ONE FC: Moment of Truth in Manila last December. ONEFC.COM
Naga aim to keep up
the pace, face BBU
TWO-TIME champions Naga
Corp will look to keep the 2014
front-runners in check with a
positive result in todays Metfone
C-League clash against Build
Bright United from 6pm at the
Olympic Stadium. Naga are
currently nine points behind
leaders Phnom Penh Crown
and seven off the pace of
second-placed Boeung Ket
Rubber Field, but with a game in
hand. In the 3:30pm kickoff at
the same ground, last years
winners Svay Rieng, who occupy
a demoralising ninth place in
the standings, take on bottom
club Albirex Niigata. DANRILEY
FFC boosted by lump
sum from BIDC Bank
Investment Association
president and BIDC Bank
representative Chin Pak Hour
donated $100,000 to the
Football Federation of
Cambodia during a ceremony
held at the FFC headquarters
on Monday, presided over by
FFC president Sao Sokha. Chin
Pak Hour also promised
identical grants from the bank
for the next four years. In a
press release on Monday,
BIDC president Ngen Ding
Yern was quoted as saying:
The financial support we offer
shows the commitment of our
bank to Cambodian football
and also [enhances] the
reputation of our bank. More
importantly, this action helps
consolidate the long-term
cooperation between Vietnam
and Cambodia. CHHORN NORN,
Hat-trick by Ayew puts
Ghana over South Korea
JORDAN Ayew scored three
goals and Asamoah Gyan
netted another Monday in his
return to the starting lineup as
Ghana blanked South Korea 4-0
in a World Cup warm-up
match. Ayew opened the
scoring in the 11th minute,
followed with another goal in
the 53rd minute and completed
the hat-trick in the 89th minute.
Gyan, the former Sunderland
striker, scored in the 44th
minute. He had been among
reserves earlier in Ghanas
World Cup tuneups but was
among 10 players moved into
the starting lineup for the Black
Stars. Ghana will open World
Cup Group G play on June 16
against the United States. The
Black Stars knocked the
Americans out of the World Cup
in the round of 16 in 2010 at
South Africa and with a group-
stage win over them in 2006 at
Germany. Ghana will also face
Germany and Portugal in other
Group G matches at Brazil. AFP
Balotelli set to marry
his model girlfriend
striker Mario Balotelli ensured
headlines of the positive sort on
Tuesday announcing on his
Twitter account he is to marry
his girlfriend the Belgian model
Fanny Neguesha. The 23-year-
old AC Milan star who is in
Brazil with his countrys World
Cup squad also posted a
photograph on his Instagram
account showing the beach in
Rio de Janeiro where he
proposed to his sweetheart.
She said yes . . . The most
important yes in my life,
Balotelli tweeted. AFP
Mourinho: I wanted to take
England job but wife said no
OSE Mourinho reaches for a pen
and he holds it about half a foot
above a piece of paper and an
imaginary dotted line.
This close, he says. The way the
Portuguese tells it, he was this close to
signing as the England manager in De-
cember 2007, to having the job as Steve
McClarens successor instead of Fabio
Capello, who would be appointed by
the Football Association.
Mourinhos rst spell in charge at
Chelsea had ended on September 20
of that year and he had been at home
in London for a couple of months, des-
perate to work and probably getting
under the feet of his wife, Matilde.
He wanted to stay in England and,
because of the terms of his severance
with Chelsea, there was only one posi-
tion that he could take.
At that time I could not get an
English club because of my contract
when I left Chelsea . . . I couldnt get
an English club in the next two years,
Mourinho says. I could get the na-
tional team but not a club.
The England job was appealing be-
cause of the prestige and Mourinho
also felt that he had the support of
the players, and not only those from
Chelsea. Lampard, Terry, Joe Cole,
everybody, was saying, Come, come,
come, Mourinho says.
My players said: The guys from
Manchester United and Liverpool
call us and say to us: Tell your boss to
come. I had lots of positive things to
push me.
It is fun to speculate how the na-
tional team might have fared under
Mourinho, who has always admired
the traits of English football and, in-
deed, sought to embrace some of
them; he can even say that his sides
are rubbish at penalty shootouts.
It would certainly have placed a dif-
ferent spin on his assessment of the
current squads chances in Brazil,
which he delivers from his role as a Ya-
hoo World Cup ambassador.
But one person stood in the way. One
person insisted that the job was wrong
for him. It was Matilde and, if her rea-
soning might have been inuenced
by the possibility of Mourinho idling
about the lounge during the week, it
was undoubtedly sound.
My wife told me not to take it and
she was right, the Chelsea manager
says. It was the right decision. We are
talking about seven years ago . . . and I
cannot wait two years for a big com-
petition. I cannot be spending two
years playing against Kazakhstan and
San Marino.
What would I do during the week?
I could go to see the players training
with their teams, I ask for permis-
sion to spend time with them and to
have individual coaching with them
. . . I have to work with them, I can im-
prove things.
Im not going to stay at home, I have
to travel, I want to see the players, I
want to participate in their evolution
blah, blah, blah, blah. But in the end
my wife was saying: No football, no
matches, is not good for you.
And she was right. It was not the
job for me seven years ago, its not
the job for me now and I dont think it
will be the job for me in seven years
time. Maybe in 15 years from now but
not seven.
Back when England were lamenting
that 3-2 Wembley defeat by Croatia
in November 2007, which scuppered
their qualication for the Euro 2008
nals, and one mans temerity to shel-
ter from the driving rain under an
umbrella, Mourinho found himself
analysing the countrys best players.
He remembers there being no short-
fall in technical quality or experience
and yet he could not answer the ques-
tion as to whether they possessed the
requisite mentality.
You had Lampard and Gerrard in
the best years of their career, Mourin-
ho says. Rooney was in the beginning
of his maturity. You had a group of
central defenders, all of them in the
top moment of their career.
Terry, King, Ferdinand, Carragher
. . . Carragher was not even selected!
He was coming in as the fourth or the
fth [choice]. You have fantastic play-
ers and [are] never doing it. Why? I
dont know.
Mourinho still cannot answer the
question and, like many England fans,
he prefers simply to accept that any-
thing is possible from the team. Eng-
land is the kind of team [from whom]
I am always expecting something good
but I am never surprised when things
go wrong, Mourinho says.
If England is world champion, its
not a surprise for me. If England is
knocked out in the group phase, its not
a surprise for me. THE GUARDIAN
Jos Mourinho says he would have become the England manager in 2007 but for his wife
Matilde talking him out of it. AFP
Troubled World Cup legacy silences vuvuzelas
SOUTH Africas vuvuzelas will
be quiet when the football
World Cup kicks off in Sao
Paulo tomorrow.
Four years after the tourna-
ment first came to Africa,
many see the global event as a
poisoned chalice for its host.
Diehard South African fans
will no doubt tune in to the
games in Brazil, but gone are
the flags flying from car win-
dows, the colourful hard
hats and those ubiquitous
plastic trumpets.
Apart from nostalgia, little
is left of the optimism that
swept the country, symbol-
ised by a beaming Nelson
Mandela taking to Sowetos
Soccer City pitch in a golf cart
for the final.
It really united a lot of peo-
ple, and it brought a lot of
excitement, remembers infor-
matics student Sihle Dube, 20.
That intangible unity meant
a lot to a nation still grappling
with centuries of racial segre-
gation. But it was short-lived.
National unity, national
pride that we had in the
World Cup and everything
else I think that probably
wore off about three years
ago, political analyst Dale
McKinley said.
A few months after the
World Cup there might have
been that sense, but now the
day-to-day realities take over,
he added.
National team Bafana Bafa-
na (The Boys) failed to qualify
for Brazil, and the focus has
shifted instead to the high
costs of hosting the tourna-
ment and what South Africa
got out of the deal.
The monuments to that
memorable event still stand:
five new stadiums, renovated
airports, better roads and the
continents first high-speed
rail transport, locally called
the Gautrain.
But while South Africans
footed the $3.5 billion bill,
most people cant access the
impressive infrastructure and
some of the stadiums are little
more than white elephants.
The vast sums of money
would have been better spent
on schools or other develop-
ment projects, said public
management student Lerato
Nxumalo, 21.
People from [poor] loca-
tions and the rural areas, they
didnt benefit at all, she said.
The benefits of the Word
Cup are similar to the economy
of South Africa, which is very
unequal, McKinley said.
The Gautrain ferries thou-
sands of commuters daily
between the capital Pretoria
and commercial hub Johan-
nesburg or on to OR Tambo
international airport.
Soccer City hosts high-pro-
file international artists like
Lady Gaga and Coldplay.
But all this only serves the
countrys comparatively small
middle class, McKinley said.
The poor, the working class
people, dont benefit. They
cant even afford the Gautrain.
In the context of the stadiums
most people cant afford the
prices to get into the concerts,
he told AFP.
Forty per cent of households
still live in townships, areas
formerly reserved for blacks,
which are characterised by
underdevelopment and poor
water and electricity services.
The prospect of a similar
dubious legacy has already
overshadowed the tourna-
ment in Brazil, where pro-
testers have taken to the
streets to question spending
on stadiums despite so many
other pressing social needs.
While world football body
FIFA made around $3 billion
from the 2010 World Cup,
South Africas monetary loss-
es were huge.
Strip out the emotion of
the event, and its clear that
financially this left a nasty
hangover, the countrys Sun-
day Times recently said.
Spending far exceeded the
economic benefits, as FIFA
gave South Africa only a frac-
tion of the ticket sales in
exchange for hosting the
event, it continued.
Tourist figures have broken
one record after another, fall-
ing just shy of 15 million last
year. Many of these were Bra-
zilians, who previously
werent common visitors to
Mandelas Rainbow Nation.
But whether this was thanks
to the countrys exposure
through the World Cup or the
steep slide in the value of the
national currency since 2010
is less certain. AFP
Brazils Neymar (left) vies for the ball with South Africas Ayanda Patosi
during a friendly at Soccer City stadium in Soweto on May 5. AFP
Blatter takes aim at destroyers
LOBAL football chief
Sepp Blatter blasted crit-
ics trying to destroy
FIFA on Monday, suggest-
ing that racism was partly behind
corruption allegations engulng
Qatars winning bid for the 2022
World Cup.
Blatter, 78, who is poised to an-
nounce his candidacy for a fth
term as president of footballs global
governing body, launched a strong
defence of his term during address-
es to Asian and African ofcials.
Speaking to the Asian Football
Confederation (AFC) gathered in
Sao Paulo ahead of FIFAs 64th Con-
gress, Blatter branded his critics
Show unity and conrm this unity,
its the best way to reply to all the de-
structors in the world, Blatter said.
They want to destroy, not the
game, but they want to destroy the
institution, because our institution
is too strong, he added.
Blatter said FIFA was so strong
we are sure theyll not destroy it.
In separate comments to Con-
federation of African Football
(CAF) delegates, Blatter said he
believed unnamed critics of Qatar
2022 were motivated by racism
and discrimination.
African ofcials in turn pointed
the nger directly at the British
media over the Qatar claims, ac-
cusing outlets of waging a hateful,
defamatory and degrading cam-
paign against the entire African
The same statement meanwhile
praised Blatter, citing his continu-
ous involvement in the develop-
ment of football in Africa. Blatters
rallying cry comes as FIFA faces
mounting pressure over its 2010
decision to award the 2022 World
Cup to Qatar.
Five of FIFAs six biggest commer-
cial partners Adidas, Sony, Visa,
Coca-Cola and Hyundai have de-
manded an investigation of claims
that Qatari ofcial Mohammed bin
Hammam paid millions of dollars
in bribes to secure the tiny Gulf
states victory in the 2022 race.
Qatar beat the United States, Aus-
tralia, Japan and South Korea to the
2022 tournament, despite a FIFA
technical report that warned the
searing temperatures during June
and July posed a health risk.
Amid calls for a re-vote, FIFA in-
vestigator Michael Garcia was to
nish his inquiry into the 2022 vote
and the 2018 bid contest, won by
Russia, on Monday.
Garcia is to speak at the congress
about his work, but his report will
not be handed over to the FIFA ad-
judicatory chamber until mid-July,
when the World Cup nal is held.
Blatter said on Monday he ex-
pected the FIFA Ethics Committee
to decide what, if any, action to take
over Garcias report in three to four
months time.
I hope it will be in September or
October, he told AFC ofcials.
Blatter expects to use the FIFA
Congress yesterday and today to
announce his intention to stand
again for a fth term as FIFA
On Monday Blatter told delegates
he still had the passion to carry on his
position, 16 years after his election to
the post at a 1998 vote in Paris.
I still have the re inside,
Blatter told his audience, hint-
ing once again that a declaration
for the presidential race is almost
certain. AFP
FIFA president Sepp Blatter launched a scathing attack on the racist British media after 2022 World Cup corruption allegations. AFP
Kings blank Rangers to reach brink of Stanley Cup
JONATHAN Quick made 32
saves and the Los Angeles
Kings reached the brink of a
Stanley Cup final sweep Mon-
day with a 3-0 victory over the
New York Rangers.
The Kings took a 3-0 lead in
the best-of-seven National
Hockey League championship
series and would complete a
sweep for their second title in
three seasons by winning
game four tonight at Madison
Square Garden.
Couldnt score, lamented
Rangers coach Alain Vigneault.
[Quick] was obviously the best
player on the ice tonight.
No team has swept the
Stanley Cup Final since the
Detroit Red Wings blanked the
Washington Capitals in the
1998 NHL championship
Los Angeles also led New Jer-
sey 3-0 in the 2012 final but
needed six games to win the
Really that has nothing to do
with this series when you look,
Kings coach Darryl Sutter said.
I mean, hell, we got thrown
under the bus by everybody on
earth seven weeks ago.
The Kings lost their first three
games of the NHL playoffs then
stunningly won four in a row to
oust San Jose, won games six
and seven to eliminate Ana-
heim and then dethroned
defending champion Chicago
in overtime of game seven in
the Western Conference final.
As Quick played a starring
role in 2012, he sparked the
Kings on Monday, including 17
saves in the second period and
11 in the third.
It was his best of game of the
series, Sutter said.
Jeff Carter beat the buzzer
with a wrist shot to score with
0.7 of a second remaining in the
first period to give the Kings a
1-0 lead.
That was their only chance
in the first period, Vigneault
said. We out-chanced them
4-1. We had some real good
looks. Stuff like that happens.
We came out hard in the sec-
ond and kept trying.
Shortly after killing off a pen-
alty, Justin Williams skated
across the blue line up the mid-
dle and flipped a short pass to
his left for Carter, who fired a
shot from the face-off circle
that went into the goal off the
glove of Rangers goaltender
Henrik Lundqvist of Sweden.
Give them credit. They found
a way to put the puck past a real
good goaltender and we
couldnt do it, said Vigneault.
Jake Muzzin added a power-
play goal 4:17 into the second
period to double the Los Ange-
les advantage.
The Kings stretched the lead
to 3-0 with only 2:46 remaining
in the second period when
Mike Richards blasted a shot
past Lundqvist.
Sutter said his club might
have been better able to play
the day after a cross-country
flight for both teams because of
the relatively longer travel
required of them in the Western
Conference, which stretches
across much of the United
States and Canada.
Were used to the travel the
day before, he said. Being in
the West, we do it a lot. We
moved past all that fatigue part
of it a couple days ago. You look
at it as you have to play a really
solid road game.
The Rangers went 0-for-6 on
power-play chances while the
Kings were 1-for-4 with an
extra man on the ice due to
Youve got to finish in this
game. It is a performance-ori-
ented business, Vigneault said.
Power play had some looks,
but it didnt finish. AFP
Jonathan Quick (left) of the Los Angeles Kings makes a save on Chris Kreider of the New York Rangers during game three of their 2014 NHL
Stanley Cup nal at Madison Square Garden in New York. AFP