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Flood health risks considered

October 7, 2011
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Friday, 07 October 2011 12:03 Bridget Di Certo     Deadly floods could continue to wreak havoc on Cambodia even after the waters recede, due to the potential spread of water-borne and communicable diseases. “We worry that after the flood there will be an outbreak of severe diarrhoea,” Ministry of Health official Ly Sovann...

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Hotel owner stands ground

October 7, 2011
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The owner of the Angkor Village Hotel and Resort in Siem Reap yesterday baulked at demands made by officials and protesters that she reinstate 67 workers who were fired after allegedly trying to start a union. The sacked workers claim they were unlawfully dismissed after unionising and have been protesting outside the luxury hotel...

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Vale Karl Balch: Siem Reap mourns a local legend

October 7, 2011
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Shockwaves of grief rippled through the Siem Reap expat community last week as news of Karl Balch’s sudden death spread. Balch, 47-years-young, a guesthouse owner and warden for the British embassy, was quite simply a beaut bloke and a stalwart amongst the expat community, having arrived in Temple Town in 1994. I sat next...

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Saturation of markets turns up heat on owners

September 9, 2011
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THE Angkor Night Market in Siem Reap has been an iconic tourist magnet since it was founded in 2007. But with so many copycat night markets, not to mention day markets, muscling in on the territory, market director Lim Nam feels he is under siege. Battling to wrest the tourist dollar from his competitors,...

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Sofitel evokes the memories of Mouhot

August 19, 2011
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More than 150 years since French explorer and naturist Henri Mouhot hacked his way through the dense foliage surrounding Angkor Wat and published a breathless account of uncovering “the ruins of a lost civilisation”, a new exhibition of some of the earliest sketches and photographs of the temples gives visitors the chance to see...

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Phnom Penh struggles to cope with tragic stampede

November 23, 2010
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Cambodian officials today were struggling to cope with the aftermath of last night’s tragic stampede on Koh Pik bridge in Phnom Penh that left more than 300 people dead and several hundreds more injured. Prime Minister Hun Sen announced early this morning via video conference that 339 were confirmed dead. Nhim Vanda, deputy director...

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Hundreds die in tragic end to water festival

November 23, 2010
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Hundreds died and hundreds more were injured last night in a stampede on Diamond Island’s north bridge, bringing a tragic close to the final day of water festival celebrations in Phnom Penh. Prime Minister Hun Sen announced via video conference at 2:30am that 339 people had been confirmed dead and 329 injured. “With this...

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Dollars on sale to boost the riel

May 24, 2010
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THE National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) has put out US$4 million for sale in a bid to stabilise the riel, which depreciated to a three-year low last week. According to an NBC announcement, signed by Director General Tal Nay Im late last week, the bank is inviting bids from commercial banks, licenced money changers...

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Consumer food prices on the slide in April

May 24, 2010
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CAMBODIA saw its first month of deflation this year as the price of consumer goods slid by 0.3 percent in April, when compared to March, government figures released Friday reveal. The Consumer Price Index (CPI), drawn up by the National Institute of Statistics (NIS), showed that prices stood 5.3 percent higher than in April...

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9 die, 300 others suffer from diarrhea in Cambodia

May 23, 2010
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  PHNOM PENH, May 23 (Xinhua) — At least nine Cambodians have died and about 300 others have been medically treated and hospitalized by diarrhea in Cambodia’s northeast province of Kratie, a provincial official said Sunday. Chhneang Vutha, chief of Kratie provincial health department, told Xinhua by telephone from the province that at least...

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