Cambodia morning news for May 13

Cambodia morning news for May 13

Cambodia morning newsIn Cambodia, Japan Digs in to Keep China’s Rise in Check
When western governments were busy condemning a sweeping political crackdown in Cambodia that saw the ruling Cambodian People’s Party win all of the seats in parliament during a poll last year, Japan remained tight-lipped.
— VOA Cambodia

Half of construction work completed on China-aided stadium in Cambodia
The construction work on a China-funded national stadium here is currently halfway towards completion, Thong Khon, president of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia, said on Sunday.
— Xin Hua

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has been getting remarkable momentum in Cambodia over the last several years. With more and more companies and institutions now having embedded CSR programs as part of their annual priorities with budget allocated to resource relevant social initiatives.
— Phnom Penh Post

Education Ministry hands hundreds of devices for students to learn
The Education Ministry has handed over 200 mobile tablets and laptops provided by South Korea to state schools in Phnom Penh, and the provinces of Kampong Cham and Siem Reap, in order to promote digital learning.
— Khmer Times

UN Rights Expert Calls for More Political Space for Former Opposition Members
Rhona Smith, the special rapporteur for human rights in Cambodia, has said there have been some positive developments regarding legal reforms, land resolutions and social network protection, but the fundamental freedom of assembly and people’s political rights remain a concern.
— VOA Cambodia

Elongated Tortoise’s Conservation Status Changed to Critically Endangered
Elongated Tortoise (Indotestudo elongata) is now changed from endangered to critically endangered on The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List.

U.S.-China in War of Words to Win Cambodian Hearts and Minds
The embassies of the United States and China have recently exchanged jibes over what their aid and investment strategies in Cambodia have achieved. The sparring on social media platform Facebook went viral, sparking a debate among Cambodians over the superpowers’ influence in the country.
— VOA Cambodia

Cambodian People Sends Best Wishes to His Majesty the King on 66th Birthday
Cambodian people from all walks of life have been extending their best wishes to His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah Boromneath Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia, on the occasion of his 66th Birthday to be held on May 14.

Banana investment shows high potential in Cambodia
Khmer Times reporter Chhut Bunthoeun sat down with Hun Lak, Longmate Agriculture director, to discuss banana investment prospects in Cambodia following his company’s recently-launched packaging facility in Kampot province, which will aid the export of 120 tonnes of bananas to the Chinese market.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia Downplays Criticism of Investment Amid Increased Crime by Chinese Nationals
Cambodia’s government has sought to downplay public criticism of Chinese investment in the wake of a recently released police report which found that Chinese citizens were the top perpetrators of crime committed by foreign nationals in the country in the first quarter of 2019.
— Radio Free Asia

Robust growth prospects but prominent risks for Cambodia: Moody’s
CAMBODIA is expected “to see continued robust growth, although risks are prominent”, said Moody’s Investors Service in a May 10 update.
— The Business Times

Hunt For Chinese Gangsters After Video Threats
Gen. Neth Savoeun, Commander of National Police, ordered authorities to work closely and track down a group of Chinese gangsters after a video was released, supposedly announcing that they were a threat to local security.
— Cambodia News English

More than 70 prisoners to be granted Visak Bochea day clemency
The National Commission for the Evaluation of Prisoners has selected 77 inmates to either be pardoned for their crimes or have their sentences reduced for the upcoming Visak Bochea Day on Saturday.
— Khmer Times

Rhona Smith “deeply concerned” with Kampong Chhang relocation sites
Rhona Smith, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Cambodia, has called on Cambodian authorities to ensure that all temporary and permanent relocation sites have the necessary infrastructure.
— Khmer Times

China playing greater role in safeguarding Cambodia’s cultural heritage
China has been playing a greater role in safeguarding and developing Cambodia’s cultural heritage, Apsara National Authority’s spokesman Long Kosal said.

Cambodian surrogates face an impossible choice — forced motherhood, or years in prison
Sitting cross-legged in pyjamas on the concrete floor of her home, Phalla presses a bottle to a baby girl’s lips.
— ABC News

Cheated Chinese Workers Protest at Embassy
25 Chinese men and 1 women went to the Chinese embassy to ask for intervention after they were cheated by a broker from China and came to work in Sihanoukville.
— Cambodia News English

Kampot Street Violators Face Legal Action
If any business continues to violate the sidewalk and prohibit the movement of pedestrians, the Kampot City Administration will take legal action without further exception.
— Cambodia News English

Cinco Speu Sex Shops Shuttered
The Police Inspectorate of Samrong Tong District Police in collaboration with Anti-Human Trafficking and Minor Protection Office raided five provincial massage shops after reports of sexual exploitation.
— Cambodia News English

Malaysian-Khmer Wedding Stopped in Kampong Speu
A wedding ceremony between a Cambodian and a foreign male was held in Borseth district, Kampong Speu province, on May 10, 2019, at 2 pm. Authorities went to the scene and closed down the party, as it was a violation of the Royal Cambodian Law.
— Cambodia News English

Cambodia’s Deadliest Snakes Part 2
Part 2 of the venomous snakes found in Cambodia. For part 1, scroll down. Remember, most snake species encountered in the kingdom are not dangerous and fulfil a vital role in the ecosystem.
— Cambodia News English

Arrested A Month After Mondulkiri Shooting
An arrest has been made almost a month after a man was shot dead during Khmer New Year.
— Cambodia News English

CPP lays out election victory plan
Ms Sam An said CPP officials should implement the fourth phase of the government’s Rectangular Development Strategy, which prioritises human resources development, economic diversification, the private sector, job development, and inclusive and sustainable development.
— Khmer Times

Some 50,000 ballots to be used in May 26 elections
Some 50,000 paper ballots will be issued for the 3rd Mandate Council Elections that will be held on May 26, said National Election Committee (NEC) spokesperson Hang Puthea.
— Phnom Penh Post


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John is an Australian national with more than 40 years experience as a journalist, photographer, videographer, and copy editor.

He has spent extensive periods of time working in Africa and throughout Southeast Asia, with stints in the Middle East, the USA, and England.

He has covered major world events including Operation Desert Shield/ Storm, the 1991 pillage in Zaire, the 1994 Rwanda genocide, the 1999 East Timor independence unrest, the 2004 Asian tsunami, and the 2009, 2010, and 2014 Bangkok political protests.

In 1995 he was a Walkley Award finalist, the highest awards in Australian journalism, for his coverage of the 1995 Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) Ebola outbreak.

Prior to AEC News Today he was the deputy editor and Thailand and Greater Mekong Sub-region editor for The Establishment Post, predecessor of Asean Today.

In the mid-80s and early 90s he owned JLF Promotions, the largest above and below the line marketing and PR firm servicing the high-technology industry in Australia. It was sold in 1995.

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