Friday, 13.6.2008: 1,344 Primary Schools Will Receive Breakfast Again

Posted on 13 June 2008. Filed under: Week 564 | Tags: , , , , , |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 564

“Phnom Penh: The World Food Program [WFP] announced that, with important special funds received, it can begin again the program to provide breakfast to children at primary schools. Funds which have just been received enable the WFP to distribute food to different schools in Cambodia soon, in order to provide food to children for the period of three weeks before these schools go into vocations. The provision of US$5.4 million at the last minute was made at a time when WFP was almost forced to stop its breakfast program in Cambodia, because food prices are more and more expensive, and at that time it faced a shortage of funds. The contribution is part the funds of WFP to help to keep these programs running in each country, and to continue to provide food aid, although prices of food are more expensive than before.

“Mr. Thomas Keusters, the WFP country director in Cambodia, said, ‘WFP is delighted to hear the news of new funds. Now, food can be distributed to 1,344 primary schools; so that the breakfast program for primary schools will restart, and it will continue until 5 July.’ Mr. Thomas added, ‘However, the future fate of the meal program will very much depend if we will receive donations in the coming weeks and months.’ WFP announced in March that its program could not continue to help the government and other partners to improve the attendance of primary school students at their classes. The shortage of funds and the rising cost of food made it impossible to buy the needed food. Rice supplying companies did default on their contracts with WFP, citing that prices of imported rice were higher than before.

“The Secretary of State of the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports, Mr. Im Sethy said, ‘The achievement of the Millennium Development Goals for primary education is one priority of other priorities of the Cambodian government. We would like to thank the international community for this support.’” Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6370, 13.6.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Friday, 13 June 2008

Areyathor, Vol., #1334, 13-14.6.2008

  • [Sam Rainsy Party parliamentarian] Mr. Son Chhay Asks for Explanation from [Minister of Information] Mr. Khieu Kanharith about the Closure of Radio FM 105.25 MHz>/em> [in Kratie]

Chakraval, Vol.16, #2785, 13.6.2008

  • [Phnom Penh] Municipal Court: During the Period of Six Months [of 2008], There Were More than 700 Lawsuits for Divorce [only 7% of all lawsuits were filed by men]

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1666, 7.6.2008

  • Civil Society Ask the Eleven Parties Not to Use Alcohol for Propaganda to Attract Voters
  • Memorandum of Understanding on Law and Judicial Reforms with the German Technical Cooperation [GTZ] Was Signed [on 11 June 2008, agreeing on three priority strategies for law and judicial reforms – 1. Support for an the Ombudsman system for Cambodia to be included; 2. Support for surveys at the local level about the knowledge of laws and about the capacity of some Ministries to draft laws; and 3. Support for the printings of law collections and of legal standard documents]

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.2, #176, 13.6.2008

  • National Election Committee [NEC] Is Creating Suspicion Among All Political Parties about Ballot Fraud [because the NEC made the final decision to print the ballots without political parties attending]

Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6370, 13.6.2008

  • 1,344 Primary Schools Will Receive Breakfast Again
  • Actions against the Illegal Logging in Phnom Kuleaen National Park Has Been Called for [in Siem Reap]

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4614, 13.6.2008

  • French Company [Ream Resort with Alain Dupuis as president] Invests US$250 Million in the Construction of a Resort in Ream [near Sihanoukville]
  • Banks in Cambodia Are Making Loan Interests to Decline
  • Officials of Seventeen Non Government Organizations Joined the Workshop on a New Tuberculosis Project [for research on and treatment of tuberculosis]
  • A Woman Was Robbed of US$27,000 [which she had just withdrawn from a bank] in a Pharmacy in the Center of Phnom Penh

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.15, #3332, 13.6.2008

  • Well-Known International Organizations [Human Rights Watch’s Asia and Amnesty International] Condemn the Arrest of [the editor-in-chief of Moneaksekar Khmer] Mr. Dam Sith

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #679, 13.6.2008

  • Son Chhay Complains Why New Commune Councilors Are Reshuffled so Late [to replace those who left the Sam Rainsy Party to Join the Cambodian People’s Party]
  • US Naval Criminal Investigative Service Holds Workshop about Forensic Assessments for Cambodian Law Enforcement Officials [from 9 to 14 of June]
  • Russia Seized Two Fishing Ships Flying the Khmer Flag [but all fishers are not Cambodian nationals, they are Russians, Indonesians, and Koreans – 12 June 2008]

Have a look at last week’s editorial: Realizing that energy problems are not simply oil problems – so what shall we do?

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