|Subject: Local Media Monitoring - August
LOCAL MEDIA MONITORING
August 11, 2003
PRESIDENT XANANA SAYS:TIMORESE YOUTH SHOULD CHOSE APPLIED SCIENCES
On Saturday, President Xanana Gusmao attended a vocational training certificate award ceremony held at Don Bosco Training Center ? Comoro ? Dili. During the ceremony, President Xanana told the 90 students who had accomplished their studies that Timor-Leste as a new nation faces a lot of problems. He said it is obvious that students should chose applied sciences as their preferences rather than social sciences such as politics and law to fulfill the market demand. The Don Bosco Educational Center has an vocational course for carpentry, electrical work and welding. President Xanana said that he is very glad of the Don Bosco Education Center's contribution in the capacity building for the young people self reliance. (President Xanana's statement did not refer specifically to this education institution, but it is an appeal to the youth in general).
DEMONSTRATION OF SUPPORT TO PRIME MINISTER ALKATIRI
In a demonstration of support for Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri held on Saturday at Nicolau Lobato International Airport, the Interior Minister, Mr Rogerio Tiago Lobato, told demonstrators that Fretilin is committed to support Mari Alkatiri in hard times. He said Fretilin would continue to hold the legislative agenda of the five years term with Mari Alkatiri as the Secretary General of the Fretilin Party. The article said that about 150 supporters were gathered at the Airport with banners of support for Mr Mari Alkatiri.
PRIME MINISTER HANDED 80 VEHICLES OVER TO PNTL
On Saturday, Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri presented 80 vehicles to the National police (PNTL) in a ceremony held at the Government Palace. The Prime Minister formally handed the vehicle keys over to the Interior Minister, witnessed by all cabinet members. The Interior Minister, Mr Roderio Tiago Lobato, told reporters that the Government had allocated US$900,000 from the budget of 2002-2003 to purchase these vehicles. Mr Lobato said that most of the vehicles will be allocated for border districts of Bobonaro, Covalima and Oecusse.
FRETILIN SYMPATIZERS RECEIVE PRIME MINISTER ALKATIRI AT AIRPORT
Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri told reporters after his official visit to Thailand that :"I know why I became Prime Minister. I know the soil that I stand on. Those who are against me, I know who they are. So I don't feel preoccupied with these concerns. If I become afraid of the people, then it is another matter. But I am not afraid of the people, therefore I undertake the "Open Government Program". Prime Minister Alkatiri was received by supporters at Nicolau Lobato International Airport.
INDONESIAN DIPLOMATIC OFFICER DIED AT NATIONAL HOSPITAL
The Indonesian Representative Office in Timor-Leste (KUKRI) is in profound sorrow after the death of its Political and Information Officer, Mr Harry Say. Mr Say passed away on Saturday after being treated at the Dili National Hospital Intensive Care Unit. Spokesperson for the KUKRI said that Mr Say had died of a heart attack.
INTERVIEW WITH THE PRESIDENT OF OJETIL
In a exclusive interview with Timor Post the Timor-Leste's Students and Youth Organization's (OJETIL) President, Mr Eladio Faculto de Jesus, said "the current political constellation in Timor-Leste appeared to have an impression of divergence of ideas among national political leaders". Mr Jesus said that the people in general and OJETIL in particular were concerned with the current political situation.
DON BOSCO GRADUATION
Timor Post also reported on the graduation of the students of Don Bosco Vocational School as per the STL report.