Subject: Timor-Leste Local Media Monitoring Nov 6, 2003

Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring Nov 6, 2003

STL

Heavier Regulation = Poor countries, says World Bank study

Today's edition of STL covered the new report put out by the World Bank entitled Doing Business 2004: Understanding Regulation (in Tetum). The report collected and analysed date from over 130 countries, and the results show that more complex business regulation is associated with longer delays and higher costs for doing business with less employment, less investment, and more corruption.

Power cut if bills are not paid

The Secretary of State for Electricity and Sanitation, Egidio de Jesus, said if consumers don't pay their bills in time they will receive a reminder to pay their bills within fourteen days. He added that the alternative is to cut their off their electrical power.

Fish vendor refuse to leave

A fish vendor in Lecidere, Mariano Belo, said that he does not want to leave the beachfront in Lecidere because its the ideal place for him to sell fish and it's ease for customers to come by. The Government has ordered the fish vendors to move to one of the three markets in Dili.

UNICEF supports sanitation project

An Observer for the United Nation's Children's Fund (UNICEF), Jorge Manuel Mouzinho, said that his organization has financially supported the project for clean water and better sanitation system for Timor-Leste. He added that UNICEF at the moment is supporting the Public Works Service within the 13 districts and 33 sub-districts to implement the projects.

Incident provoked by martial arts groups

The Minister of Interior, Rogerio Lobato , said that the incident involving a group of men armed with light weapons and dressed in black attacked four buses in a village near Atabae, has been caused by rival groups. Mr Lobato said that members of Border Patrol Units (BPU) have detained those responsible for the attack. He added that there is no reports of victims as a result of the attack.

Timor Post

People should not believe liars

During the Open Government in the District of Kovalima the Prime Minister, Dr Mari Alkatiri, said to the population not be intimidated by the group of CPD-RDTL because they are liars. Dr Alkatiri said that the Government will established a regulation to control the illegal groups existent in Timor-Leste.

Timor-Leste wont have an American base

The Ambassador for the USA, Grover Joseph Rees, said that reports circulating saying that the United States of America is going to established a base in Timor-Leste is not true. Mr Rees said that the USA has no plans or he has not received any instructions from his superiors in Washington to established or open a new base anywhere. He added that the warship USS ESSEX visit to Timor-Leste was to have a joint exercise with F-FDTL and give medical assistance which is giving on a regular basis to the clinics in Metinaro, Bairro Pite and Atauro Island.

UNIFEM assists 10 ex-Falintil members

The United Nation Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) has given assistance to ten ex-Falintil members to have X-rays done at the National Hospital in Dili to examine the possibilities for removing bullets that remain in their bodies. The Director of the National Hospital, Antonio Caleres, said that the ex-Falintil members can be operated on in Timor-Leste without any problems.

Nurses patient with patients

The Bishop, D. Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo, said that the best way for nurses in Hospitals is to have patience and avoid confrontation or shouting patients that needs all the care. The Bishop said that nurses need to set a good example, have responsibility within their work environment, and most important of all love thy neighbour.

Jose Filipe External Affairs World Bank, Dili Office


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