Subject: Timor - Leste International and Local Media Monitoring September 28 2004

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PSD protests Parliament report

Timor Post

A protest against the National Parliament (PN) was held by the members of the Social Democrat Party (PSD) on the education commission, due to charges of false educational information presented in Parliament. Mr. Fernando Gusmao, the Education Commissioner, noted there were many false statements contained in the report presented; having visited the districts on five occasions, he noted that this information was untrue. The commissioner advised the PN not to provide and distribute false information as the copies of the report would be widely spread to the President, the Prime Minister and to the communities of Timor-Leste.

Import potatoes dominate three markets

Timor Post

According to vendors in Comoro, Becora and Taibessi domestic potatoes have not been particularly profitable, with a consumer preference for imported products. One customer noted that he chose imported potatoes due to their better storage condition and their size. Mr. Americo, a spokesperson for market vendors, complained that the government should consider local produce and take immediate action to set quotas for potato importation. He also suggested that the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery conduct farmer training, in order to achieve a better quality of local production.

Saburai communities utilize new road

Timor Post

A road connecting Saburai village to the Sub-district of Maliana has been fully rehabilitated by the Respect Fund.

The road rehabilitation cost US$ 4.500,50 and is expected to be part of the planned national road connecting the district of Bobonaro to Suai.

A community member said that they are now proudly using the new road. The road supports all types of vehicles and has been particularly useful in transporting agricultural products for marketing.

Hospitals face continuing problems

Suara Timor Lorosa'e (STL)

The director of Guido Valadares National Hospital (HNGV), Mr. Antonio Caleres Junior, noted that there are many things that need to be fixed in the National Hospital as well as the Regional Hospitals. To fix these items, he said, both money and increased attention to these matters would be required.

He also said that patients of HNGV would be required to wear uniforms in hopes of improving hospital management and patient care.

Student success requires parent-teacher cooperation Suara Timor Lorosa'e (STL)

Cooperation must increase between parents and teachers in order to in order to improve student achievement, said the assistant director of Continues Training for Teachers Institute (IFCP), Mr. Armindo de Jesus. Parents and teachers must both contribute and support students in order to improve the teaching and studying process, he added.

Pests, dry season resulted in failed harvest says village leader Suara Timor Lorosa'e

Estimates largely blame the failed harvest production this year on a series of pests. Mr. Domingos da Costa, head of the Luro village (sub-district: Betano, district: Maufahi), noted that these pests destroyed almost all the rice fields in his village. The pests combined with the long dry season contributed to this year's production of 25% said Mr. Costa. By comparison, last year?s harvest production was 75%.

UN: Bird flu 'a permanent threat' The Sydney Morning Herald Two United Nations agencies have warned that bird flu is ?a crisis of global importance.? A joint statement from the Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Organization for Animal Health says the virus represents "a permanent threat" to human and animal health.

The statement comes as Thai officials confirmed that a woman who was feared to have contracted bird flu from her daughter had actually come into contact with dead chickens.

The two UN agencies have released a new set of guidelines on combating outbreaks of bird flu and on ways to prevent outbreaks occurring. To accompany the guidelines they have issued an unusually stark warning.

Based on recent outbreaks in Cambodia, China, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam, they say the virus will probably not be eradicated in the near future.

The new guidelines stress the importance of surveillance and early detection, something which the agencies say governments in east Asia are not doing well enough.

David de Araujo Receptionist World Bank, Dili Office Tel: 332 4649 Email:

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