Subject: Timor-Leste Local Media Monitoring Dec 22, 2003

Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring Dec 22, 2003

Antara

Military, Police in border areas show reformed attitudes

Atambua - Indonesian military and police personnel assigned to the border regions shared by Indonesia and East Timor have shown reformed attitudes in accordance with current era of reforms, a local legislator has said. "We notice that the Indonesian military and police personnel assigned to the border areas have begun to show the principle of reforms as they now give priority to the people`s interest," chairman of the Belu district legislative council, Herman Yoseph Loe Mau, said here Sunday. Herman said Indonesian military and police personnel showed encouraging attitudes to the people in Belu district, East Nusa Tenggara province, when they were safeguarding the elections of Belu district head and deputy head for the 2004-2009 period on December 2, 2003.

STL

Iralalara can generated power

The Vice-Administrator of Lospalos, Jacinto da Costa, said that during the Indonesian time experts from Japan did an investigation of the lake and the result showed that it can be the source of energy for Timor-Leste. Mr da Costa also said that a new study has been conducted again by Japanese experts after Timor-Leste gained its independence, and the report has been handed to the Government. He added that the Government of Norway has shown interest in investing in the porwer generated by water from Iralalara lake.

National Police Force reinforced for Christmas

The National Police Commissioner, Paulo de Fatima Martins, said that throughout Christmas festivities until the New Year the National Police Force will double their patrol in the capital and in the sub-districts and districts.

Health Department recruited 50 new staff

During a ceremony to initiate the training for the 50 new recruits, the Vice-Minister of Health, Luis Lobato, said that the training will be important for the new recruits to learn about their moral responsibilities and discipline within the work place.

Only 35% can read in Timor-Leste

The Minister for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Dr Armindo Maia, said that according to the report published by UNICEF only 10% of women can read out of the 50% of women that make up the population. He added that the report also shows that only 25% of men can read in Timor-Leste. Dr Maia also said that one the major difficulties for women is their inability to attend school because of the nature of the social environment in Timor's society.

Heavy rain destroyed houses and corn fields

According to an article published in today's edition, four houses were destroyed by strong ghusty winds in Suco Kova, Sub-District of Balibo. The occupants were able to walk away without sustaining any injury. Meanwhile in the Sub-District of Kailaco, due to heavy rain for the past few days, 30 houses in Suco Atudara and Aldeia Via Dilla were washed away by the strong current of the river Osala. According to the newspaper the head of the village in Atudara, Manuel Ximenes, said that not only the houses were washed away, but also corn fields, pigs, goats and buffalos.

No relevant stories in the Timor Post today

Jose Filipe External Affairs World Bank, Dili Office Ph: 723 3110 Tel: 332 4649


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