of Ninth Party Congress
1. Imagination breakthrough by unlocking
and addressing the characteristics of dogmatism.
2. Breakthrough in human resources development.
3. Breakthrough in improving management
and governance regulations.
4. Breakthrough in poverty reduction.
No 1315 Monday, January 23, 2012/ Published by Lao News Agency (KPL) Tel. 251090/ www.kplnet.net / 2,950k
National News page 2 National News page 4 Sport News page 15 Le KPL Quotidien : le cahier des-
Wreath laying on Army Day Cambodian Premier Receives
nouvelles françaises pages 7-10
Beckham signs 2-year deal
Lao National Security Minister with Galaxy Le président de la république à
Party Secretary General Chicken price hikes
during Chinese Lunar
visits Sayaboury to boost New Year celebration
village development welcomed by Mr. Lien Thikeo, President’s delegation.
member of t he Pa r t y C entra l Sasathane district has just built
Committee and Secretary of the two years ago and it is 11th dis-
provincial Party Committee and tricts of the Sayaboury province.
governor of Sayaboury province, The total area of the district is
his senior officials and people of 954 square meter with 21 villages
Sayaboury province. and 2174 families. The main job of
Comrade Choummaly Saya- the people here is a rice planting
sone and his entourage which was and animal raising while the crop
accompanied by Mr. Lien Thikeo planting is their subsidiary work.
then visited Sasathane district On this occa sion, Comrade
where they were briefed about Choummaly Sayasone also pro-
the social-economic development vided advice for building up Party Lunar New Year dessert
made in the past few years by the membership and improving its
district authorities from Mr. Vong- organization. He urged the lo- By Vinnaly market on the coming celebra-
Comrade Choummaly Sayasone keo Luangsamphanh, Chief of Sas- cal cadres to provide firm guid- tion of Chinese or Vietnamese
athane district. He also briefed ance for Sayaboury. He also asked KPL The transaction con-
KPL Comrade Choummaly Saya- Comrade Choummaly Sayasone the provincial party committee to ditions in Thongkhankham CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 >
sone, Secretary General of the Lao on his district activities on polit- pay more attention on implement-
People’s Revolutionary Party and ical building and integrated ru- ing the 9th Party Congress reso-
President of the Lao PDR visited ral development at the grass root lution.
on 18 January a northern province level. The implementation of the The Lao leader also urged all
of Sayaboury. Politburo decree no.03 on village party members of the province
Comrade Choummaly Sayasone development and village cluster
and his entourage was warmly building was also reported to the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 >
Leaders observe military training operations
KPL Leaders from the eral Duangchay Phichit; Asang Laoly; Politburo of Foreig n A f fairs Dr
L a o Pe ople’s Re volu- Politburo member and member, Deputy Prime
tionar y Par t y and the Deputy Prime Minister Minister and Minister CONTINUED ON PAGE 3 >
government last Friday
visited the Lao People’s
Army’s Chor-11 battalion
in Vientiane province to
mark the 63rd anniver-
sary of the founding of
The delegation was
led by Politburo mem-
ber and Vice President
of Laos Bounnhang Vor-
achit, Politburo member
and National Assembly
President Ms Pany Yat-
hortou, and former Po-
litburo members General
and Lieutenant General
Pol itbu ro member,
Deputy Prime Minister
and Minister of National
Defence Lieutenant Gen- High ranking officials view IT technology on display at Nam Xouang Battalion
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Wreath laying on Army Day Message of
KPL On 20 January, a delega- congratulations
tion of the Ministry of National
Defence led by Lieutenant KPL Prime Minister of lith, Deputy Prime Minis-
General Douangchay Phitchit, the Lao People’s Demo- ter and Minister of Foreign
LPRP CC Politburo member cratic Republic Thongs- Affairs also sent a message
, Deputy Prime Minister and ing Thammavong has sent to H.E Mr. Saad-Eddine El
Minister of National Defence, a message to H.E Mr. Ab- Othmani, Minister of For-
on the occasion of 63rd found- delilah Benkirane, Prime eign Affairs and Cooper-
ing anniversary of the Lao Peo- Minister of the Kingdom ation of the Kingdom of
ple’s Army, laid a wreath at the of Morocco. Morocco.
Unknown Soldiers’ Monu- “ On behalf of the Gov- “ On behalf of the Gov-
ment in recognition of the sac- ernment and people of ernment and people of
rifices of the combatants who the Lao People’s Demo- the Lao People’s Demo-
lost their lives for the cause of cratic Republic and on my cratic Republic and on my
the nation. own behalf, I have a great own behalf, I have a great
The same day, a delegation plea sure to ex tend my honor to extend my warm-
of the Vientiane Capital ad- warmest congratulations est congratulations and
ministration led by Mr. Som- to Your Excellency on your best wishes to Your Excel-
vandy Nathavong, Vice Mayor appointment as the Prime lency on the occasion of
of Vientiane also carried out its Minister of the Kingdom your appointment as Min-
function at the the Unknown of Morocco. ister of Foreign Affairs and
High ranking military officials lay wreat at the Unknown Soldiers Munument in Vientiane Soldiers’ Monument. “ I look forward to work- Cooperation of the King-
ing with Your Excellency dom of Morocco.
in both bilateral and re- “ I lo ok f or w a r d t o
gional frameworks as well working with Your Excel-
Praseuth Drinking Water expects double proﬁt as in the international for
a for further promotion of
lency to further strengthen
and enhance the existing
By: Singkham only available in Vientiane,” be built in Dongkhamsang friendship, mutual under- friendly relations and good
she explained. “In the near village, Saysettha district of standing and cooperation cooperation between our
KPL Drinking water sup- future, we would export Vientiane, and another one between our two coun- two countries and our two
plier – Praseuth Drinking 250-ml drinking water bot- to be built in Luang Pra- tries for the interest of our Foreign Ministries, Laos
Water has anticipated that tles to Vietnam.” bang. two nations and peoples as and Morocco, for the mu-
its annual profit will be Mrs. Oulay vanh con- Besides to drinking wa- well as for peace, cooper- tual interests of our two
twice it made last year. tinued that her company ter production, the fac- ation and development in nations and peoples in the
General Director of the planned to have two more tory produce strawberry the region and the world years to come.
Dokchampakham Drink- small drinking water fac- juice ‘Dodi’ in 250-ml bot- at large. “ I avail myself of this
ing Water, Mrs Oulayvanh tories built by the end of tles with raw material is im- “ I avail myself of this opportunity to convey my
Bouapha, told KPL News this year. The first one is to ported from Thailand. Mrs Oulayvanh Bouapha opportunity to express my best wishes to Your Excel-
on Wednesday that last year best wishes to Your Excel- lency for your good health,
her factory could rake in lency for your good health, happiness and great suc-
about 6oo million kip from happiness and great suc- cess in performing your
selling drinking water, but cess in your noble task as noble task.
her factory anticipated to well as for peace, progress “ Please accept, Your
earn around 1.2 billion kip and prosperity of the Mo- Excellency, the assurances
this year. roccan people”. of my highest considera-
“The upward adjustment Dr. Thongloun Sisou- tion”.
of drinking water prices by
the Ministry of Industry
and Commerce would be
one reason that help drink-
ing water providers make
Party Secretary ...
more prof it,” said Mrs. < CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 people in trade produc-
“We have four different to concentrate all their Comrade Choummaly
drinking water products work to address the pov- Sayasone also presented
available at the moment in- erty problem for the peo- consumer goods, educa-
cluding 18-L bottles, 1-L ple by upg rading their tional materials and 50
ones, 500 ml bottles and knowledge on community million Kip to the author-
250 ml bottles and they are Praseuth Drinking Water employee at work development and leading ity of Sasathane district.
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KPLN ews 23 January, 2012 3
Beeline presents Hyundai
Protected wildlife animals seized Elantra to customer
have been seized by the
authorities of Vientiane
Forest Investigation Divi-
sion in cooperation with
For e s t r y D epa r t ment ,
Ministry of Agriculture
and Forestry after the in-
spection. This is thanks
to a regular inspection
carr ying out four times
The i n sp e c t ion w i l l
be then conducted at the
boutique shops, Morning
market and hotels featur- Mr. Yasser Hamer, Manager of VimpelCom Lao Company, left,
ing animal bones and ele- present the first prize to Mr. Hai Vanquang.
“Merchants have been KPL The VimpelCom Lao uary, the lucky number of
warned as writing for the (Beeline), on 19 January Hyundai Elantra was No
f irst time. If they con- at Don Chan Palace Ho- 77579789, belonging to
tinue doing so, they will tel presented prizes to its Mr. Hai Vanquang.
be punished as the law customers’ lucky numbers F ive luc k y nu mb er s
identified,” said Head of joining a new promotion of 77605040, 77177277,
Wildlife and Aquatic Ani- of Beeline for a bid fare- 77710029, 77441953 and
mals Protection Unit, Mr. well 2011 and welcome 77488725 were awarded
Viengsay Am-mata. New Year. Yamaha Fino (motorcy-
The seized wildlife an- The lucky draw is par- cles).
Carcase and parts of wildlife animals imal including 36 alive ticipator y to ever y cus- Seven lucky numbers
turtles and seven snakes tomers who have bought aw a r d i ng Ip a d 2 w e r e
By Diamond the possession of over 50 Chanthabour y district, w ill be then brought to 10,000kip-refill cards dur- 7 7569272 , 7 76 11209,
kg of prohibit ed w i ld- Vientiane Capital, on 18 release back to their habi- ing December 2011. 7 7 17 9 7 8 8 , 7 8 3 4 1 2 0 1 ,
KPL W i ld l i fe a n i m a l l i fe - de a d a nd a l ive at January. tats and dead wildlife an- The prize of lucky draw 78777076, 76818151 and
traders were seized with Phonsava ng ma rket , The w ildlife animals imals will be burned. included a car “Hyundai 78876683.
Elantra”, five Yamaha Fi- Te n lu c k y nu m b e r s
nos (motorcycles), seven awarding mobile phone
Leaders observe ... and ran drills on both flat
and mountainous terrain.
They practiced their
armour, artillery, and an-
ti-artillery units. The visit
Ipad2 and 10 Sumsung
Gala x y Cooper (mobile
phone), totaling to 300
Sumsung Galaxy Cooper
were 77989989, 78402518,
76 3 0 3 5 6 3 , 76 41 9 370 ,
< CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 tactics at the Academy of combat skills in both ru- is one of several activities million kip. 7 7 5 7 0 6 7 0 , 7 7 9 7 74 5 8 ,
Ground Troops. ral and urban battle areas, being undertaken by Party Throughout the Beeline 7 8 1 1 1 6 5 8 , 7 74 4 6 4 6 6 ,
Thongloun Sisoulith; and The hou r long dem- and strategies for coun- and government leaders to random was held on 6 Jan- 77733551 and 77699911.
Politburo member a nd onstration included re- tering various situations mark the army’s anniver-
Minist er of E duc at ion hearsals of battle tactics such as terrorist attacks sary today.
and Sports Dr Phankhan in various situations and or rebels. They have already vis-
Viphavanh also took part
in the visit.
The soldiers took part
Party leaders were also
on hand to observe and
ited var ious battalions
and divisions and will visit
Drug traﬃcker detained
Party leaders and gov-
ernment officials watched
in training operations in-
volving various obstacles
inspect the equipment of
different divisions of the
more army units through-
out the country over the
a demonstration of battle on both land and water, army, including commu- next few days. tablets possession
By Soulaphone Kanyaphim Throughout the inves-
tigation, Mr. Norhuewa
KPL The authorities of confessed that the amphet-
LAO STATE FUEL COMPANY Drug Suppression Division amine tablets and money
of Oudomsay province de- were his own possession.
tained a drug trafficker, The amphetamine tablets
Mr. Norhuewa, 50, Hmong and money were trans-
ethnic group with posses- ported by his two friends,
sion of amphetamine tab- Mr. Viengsay, 45, and Mr.
Public Water Supply lets and a huge amount of Tonglaxong, 55 who are
“Save water for future prosperity” Km 7, 13 South Road. PO Box 1642 money, late last year. residents of Houaysay dis-
The careful use of water is benefi-
Tel: (+856–21) 710173 / 451985 / 414371 The authorities have trict, Bokeo province to his
cial for everyone. It helps reduce Fax: (+856–21) 413995; 451986 raid Mr. Norhuewa’s house, house 28 December before
your monthly water bill in ad dition a drug trafficking suspect leaving for Luang Prabang
to making water available to others at his house, in Donesay province and they will get
who are experiencing water short- village, Say district, Ou- it back later.
ages. domsay province. Mr. Norhuewa’s behav-
You should not waste water, espe- The policemen have ior acted against law of
cially in the bathrooms and kitch- found 11 kg of ampheta- Lao PDR, article 146.
ens. Always use buckets instead of mine pills, over 4.12 mil- Presently, the defendant
letting the water flow freely. lion Thai baht and 107 is under investigation be-
Regular inspection of the water million kip. fore filing to court.
supply system and sanitary wares
in your houses and offices is advis-
In case of break or leak of water sup-
ply pipes, please call 021 450308
during office hours, or our 24 SERVICES
hour service line at 021 460998,
020 5508490, 020 5514386,
Fuel: Gasoline, Diesel, Fuel Oil, Gas, Jet
4 KPLNews 23 January, 2012
Cambodian Premier Receives Viettel venture reaps
bonanza in Lao market
Lao National Security Minister KPL Laos ‘ leading mobile
operator Star Telecom said
Nguyen Thanh Sang, the
company last year also
H.E. Ieng Sophalet, Assist- it posted a revenue of 110 completed the backbone
ant to the Cambodian pre- million USD last year, an cable connecting Vietnam
mier told reporters. increase of 80 percent over – Laos – Cambodia with a
For his part, Samdech 2010. total transmission capacity
Techo Hun Sen said the The company, a joint ven- of 400Gb/s. The backbone
close relationship between ture between Laos Asia Tel- cable uses DWDM (dense
ministr y and ministr y, ecom and Vietnam ‘s Viettel wavelength division multi-
province and province, and Group, attracted 1.6 million plexing), one of the world’s
people and people is very new subscribers to its Unitel most advanced transmis-
necessary to boost more co- mobile network last year, up sion technologies, said Sang,
operation in all sectors, es- 42 percent year on year. who is representing Viettel
pecially along the border Star Telecom said it built Group in the joint venture.
in order to maintain secu- additional 500 BTSs (Base The company last year
rity and safety for the peo- Transceiver Stations) last also finalised the construc-
ple living along the border year, bringing its total BTSs tion of ten international
of both countries, the as- to 2,400, one of the largest telecom gateways in Laos
sistant said. mobile operators in Laos in , ensuring seamless con-
Samdech Techo Hun Sen term of BTSs. nection between Laos and
urged both sides to deepen Over 3,500 km of optical the world. Viettel Group,
their cooperation, particu- cabling was installed last owned by Vietnam ‘s Min-
Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen meet in Phnom Penh on 18 January at the Peace Palace Lao larly in combating terrorism year, extending the total op- istry of Defence, is one of
National Security Minister Thongbanh Sengaphone and illegal cross border acts, tical cable network in Laos the fastest growing mo-
and proposed the Lao prov- to 15,000 km and covering bile operators in the world,
KPL/AKP Cambodian Lao National Security Min- the good cooperation on in- inces of Champasak and 80 percent of the country. running 56,000 BTSs and
Prime Minister Samdech ister H.E. Thongbane Sen- formation and experience Pakse to continue its good According to Star Tel- 200,000 km of fibre optic
Akka Moha Sena Padei Te- gaphone. exchange between province cooperation with Stung ecom’s deput y director cable around the world.
cho Hun Sen met in Phnom During the meeting, and province, ministry and Treng province of Cambo-
Penh on 18 January at the H.E. Thongbane Senga- ministry and people and dia in information exchange
Peace Palace with visiting phone highly appreciated people of both countries, on climate change issue. Lao Ambassador
Over 80 graduate telecommunication and IT presents credentials
KPL Over 80 have grad- 13, at the institute in Vi- tion Institute Mr. Mysith graduates and relevant of-
to President of the
uated from the Post, Tel-
ecom munic at ion a nd
The g r a du at e s h ave
Present at the g rad-
On the sideline, certif-
Republic of Macedonia
Communication Institute completed courses of tel- uat ion c eremony were icates of congratulations KPL H.E Khamkheuang fence and socio- economic
for 2010-2011 academic ecommunication and in- Deputy Minister of Post were also presented to 17 Bounteum recently pre- development in Laos.
year. for mat ion t ech nolog y, Telecommunication and students and seven teach- sented his credentials as President Ivanov wel-
A graduation ceremony according to Office Head Communication, Mr. Sy- ers who have academically ambassador extraordinary comed the decision on
for the academic awardees of the Post, Telecommu- thong Thongkeo, parents, outperformed,” said Mr. and plenipotentiary of the appointing the first non-
was held last Friday Jan nication and Communica- relatives and friends of the Mysith. Lao PDR to the Republic of resident Laotian Ambas-
Macedonia, to the President sador to Macedonia, which
of the Republic of Macedo- opens up new possibilities
Chicken price hikes ... is ava ilable for sa le in
45,000 kip per kg of hybrid
Year fallen in 21, 22 and 23
January. The price of pork is
35,000 kip per kg.
nia, Dr. Gjorge Ivanov.
On this occasion, the Lao
ambassador conveyed the
for boosting relations. Both
interlocutors voiced their
hopes that the cooperation
< CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Som who is a chicken mer- chicken species and 25,000 The sale of khao tom, a Lao President’s best wishes at bilateral and multilateral
chant for years, said the kip per kg of meat chicken very large dish made of yel- to the President of the Re- level would be further im-
Lunar New Year, last week hike of chicken price cur- breed. low beans, pork and sticky public of Macedonia and proved.
made a good sound but na- rently due to the shortage Mrs. Lath who is a pork wrapped in banana leaves Macedonian people. President Ivanov said
tive chicken price has been of chicken in the market. seller in Thongkhankham and boiled in huge boiler, a The Lao ambassador that Macedonia is inter-
already increased to 50,000 The price of native chicken market said the pork price special food for traditional also informed President of ested in cooperating with
kip per kg. has rocketed to 50,000 kip has still been existed during of Chinese and Vietnamese the Republic of Macedonia Laos within the Francoph-
A merchant in Thong- per kg. the celebration of Chinese Lunar New Year is on hot of the situation and achieve- one, where this country is
khankham market, Mrs. Now the price of chicken and Vietnamese Lunar New cake. ments of the national de- particularly active.
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KPLNews 23 January, 2012 5
Senior officials of armed force lay wreat at the Unknown Soldiers Munument in Vientiane in celebrat- PM Thongsing Thammavong, fourth right, along with Vientiane Mayor Soukanh Mahalath, centre,
ing the 63rd anniversary of Army Day (Jan 20) Minister of Industry and Commerce Nam Viyaket, fourth left, poses with Lao-Indochina Group Public
Company Chairman Sengmaly Sengvatthana, third right, and staff of the company at the company’s
tapioca factory in Nasone, Park Ngum, Vientiane Capital. Jan 20, 2012.
Press conference on ASEAN Concert at the National Cultural Hall. The concert will be held at the Hall
on Jan 21 from 19.00 hours
6 KPLNews 23 January, 2012
Kodak falls victim to technology
revolution, ﬁling for bankruptcy
NEW YORK-Xinhua could realize. sor of New York University
Kodak, who claimed to Stern School of Business
U.S. Film and camera pio- have invented the tech- who focuses on how firms
neer Eastman Kodak filed nology of digital photog- manage to modernize and
for Chapter 11 bankruptcy raphy, failed to catch the retain a good position in
early Thursday, ending a whistling train and ceded the global economy.
century of ruling the world that market to competi- Kodak, who cooked a
of film photography. tors such as Nikon, Sony technology feast for oth-
The fall of the iconic and Canon. ers, finally found there is
company marked the lat- From 2000 to 2003, no place for himself to eat
est casualty of the explod- the profits of Kodak plum- at the table.
ing dig ita l technolog y, meted over 70 percent and KODAK’S LESSON Looking
leaving generations of peo- its market share shrank back into the long history
ple who grow up with the dramatically over time. of Kodak, it stood firmly
“yellow giant” mourning Since 2005, Kodak has at the top of the industry
those Kodak Moments in been losing money every in 80 percent of its life-
their lives. year but one. The number time until the recent two
LAST FIGHT In a letter of its employees plunged decades.
to customers announc- from 145,000 in its hay day Koda k ’s fa i lure w i l l
ing the bankruptcy deci- to about 17,000 right now, definitely become a clas-
sion, Chairman and Chief Kodak World Headquarters is pictured in Rochester, New York January 19, 2012. Eastman Kodak Co, and market value plunged sic c a se st udy in most
Executive Officer Anto- which invented the hand-held camera and helped bring the world the first pictures from the moon, to less than 150 million bu s i ne s s s c ho ol s , a nd
has filed for bankruptcy protection, capping a prolonged plunge for one of America’s best-known
nio Perez said the board companies. dollars from 31 billion dol- some good lessons can be
of directors and the entire lars 15 years ago. learned from it.
senior management team Then came the painful History waits for no-
unanimously believe that serve all customers around other stakeholders.” For decades, the com- restructurings, one after body. When photography
filing for bankruptcy was the world during the proc- FALL OF GIANT Kodak is pany enjoyed a v ir tua l another, but failed to keep technology ran from “film
a “necessary step and the ess. preparing for the last fight, monopoly on film, which the company from falling. time” to “digital era”, Ko-
right thing to do for the fu- “Chapter 11 does not trying to bring the 131- provided high margins and “As film began its path dak didn’t have the insight
ture of Kodak.” mean Kodak is going out year-old company back to a steady cash flow. to obsolescence, Kodak and most importantly, the
“ We l o o k f o r w a r d of business,” said Perez. life. In the year of 1981, the missed the opportunity on courage to shift with it,
to work ing w ith our “We are taking this step S i nc e r e g i s t e r e d i n sales of Kodak broke 10 several occasions to jump but chose to hang onto its
stakeholders to emerge a at this point in our trans- 1888 in New York by in- billion dollars, a level its into the digital world. It identity, film, and watched
lean, world-class, digital formation in order to build ventor George Eastman, competitors could only first underestimated the it fade before its eyes.
imaging and materials sci- the strongest foundation Kodak has been a house- dreamed of. impact that digital would “If you are an incum-
ence company,” he said. possible for the Kodak of hold name for generations When Kodak was still have on its business and bent, a strong, powerful
According to the com- the future -- and emerge in America and around enjoying its glorious mo- then it ignored what it incumbent in a particular
pany, only Kodak and its from the reorganization the world as it made pho- ments, the world entered might mean for its busi- industry, what you want to
U.S. subsidiaries are part as a vibrant enterprise that tography accessible for the into a new digital era at ness. Once it tried to jump do is constantly scan and
of the reorganization and will be an even better part- mass with the invention of such an amazing speed in it was far too late,” said explore new technologies
Kodak w ill continue to ner for our customers and handheld cameras. even before most people Robert Salomon, profes- and as they come to fru-
ition, as these new tech-
nologies start to enter the
market,” Salomon said.
“You don’t want to wait too
long, you want to be able
to move rather f lexibly
into those new businesses
on the early side.”
For a company living in
a fiercely competitive en-
vironment, innovation is
meaningful only when it
can make money.
Kodak, who owned a
huge portfolio of patents
including digital image
technology, was not able
to make money from it and
only to see others like Ap-
ple, HTC and Samsung to
boom and grab huge prof-
its.Diversification is not al-
ways a good idea. In order
to plug the hole when its
film operations came to an
end, Kodak tried to lever-
age its imaging and chem-
ical technology by getting
into other businesses such
as pharmaceuticals, bath-
room cleaners and medi-
cal- testing devices, which
has been proved to be sim-
ply burning money. -- by
KPLNews 23 January, 2012 11
Vietnam strives to access Chinese car maker to
make bid for Saab
New Zealand market STOCKHOLM-Xinhua
Chinese car manufacturer
supplied by American auto
giant General Motors at
present will be purchased
2011, Vietnam’s export to the mar- You ng ma n pla n ned t o from other suppliers, the
ket surged by about 30 percent while make a bid for the bank- source added.
imports rose just 8 percent. r uptcy estate of Swed- According to Daily In-
With such speed, the trade bal- ish Saab Automobile next dustry, Youngman is well
ance between the two countries is week, Sweden’s Daily In- aware that the amount of
expected to equalise. The depart- dustry reported. bid is an overcharge and
ment described New Zealand as a Both Chairman of more than enough to even
provider of material milk and wood Youngman Pang Qingnian compensate about 800
for Vietnamese producers and proc- and CEO of Youngman’s Saab contractors waiting
essors. car division Pang Caiping to be paid.
Each year, New Zealand’s imports will f ly to Gothenburg to Since early 2011, Saab
of minerals, machinery and con- present the bid of about 5 had been trapped in diffi-
sumer goods from Vietnam increase billion Swedish krona (0.74 cult situation that produc-
by about 25-30 percent. billion U.S. dollars) to the tion in Trollhattan, western
The New Zealand Ministry of Ag- bankruptcy administrators Sweden, has stopped and
riculture and Forestry allowed Vi- next week, said the report. wage payments have been
etnamese mango fruit to enter the The report added that lat e for mont h s. S we -
market from November 11, 2011. Youngman also prepared to den’s Vanersborgs District
Notably, apart from goods, next invest in the development C our t approved Sa ab’s
VOV market effectively. year Vietnamese businesses will con- of new models on Saab’s bankruptcy petition last
According to the Export-Import duct a number of new cooperative platform Phoenix with the month.
Vietnamese businesses should take Department under the Ministry of programmes with their New Zea- same amount of money. However, a Swed ish
advantage of the ASEAN- Australia Industry and Trade, although New land partners in kiwi fruit planting, “Once an ag reement delegation group, made
-New Zealand Free Trade Agree- Zealand is a small market, it has pro- husbandry, afforestation, timber ex- has been signed with the up of government of f i-
ment (AANZFTA) to better exploit vided many consumer products of ploitation and labour export. bankruptcy administra- cials and representatives
the New Zealand market, said econ- good quality for Vietnam while im- However, the department warned tor, the production of Saab of Saab headed to China
omists. porting many goods from the coun- Vietnamese businesses to pay atten- 9-3 in the city of Trollhat- on Wednesday for meet-
The economists also suggested the try. tion to the quality of agricultural, tan is hoped to start again i ng You ng m a n , w h ic h
Vietnam Trade Promotion Agency New Zealand also proves itself a forestry and aquatic products in ac- within 15 weeks,” said the ha s been interested in
build trade promotion programmes market of high taste and stable price, cordance with the country’s bio- source. The components purchasing Saab for some
and help businesses to access the the department added, noting that in security regulations. of Saab 9-3 that have been time.
EU launches visa-free travel
dialogue with Kosovo
PRISTINA-Xinhua Kosovo prime minister Hashim
Thaci welcomed Malmstrom’s deci-
European Commissioner for Home sion as “good news,” saying that the
Affairs Cecilia Malmstrom launched beginning of the dialogue “proves
a visa liberalization dialogue with Kosovo is in the right path of Euro-
Kosovo during her visit here. pean integration.”
“Our commitment to visa liber- In order to speed up this process,
alization for the citizens of Kosovo Kosovo authorities have taken sev-
is real, and I am very pleased that eral steps in fulfilling EU require-
we can now start making concrete ments for free visa liberalization,
progress towards this goal. I know such as issuing biometric passports.
how important visa-free travel is to During the past several years, EU
the citizens of Kosovo and I’m happy has launched visa liberalization di-
that we’ve now set the ball rolling,” alogues with five Western Balkans
said the Commissioner. countries in order to allow free travel
Meanwhile, Malmstrom urged to EU for their citizens, including the
the Kosovo authority to implement former Yugoslav republics of Mace-
substantial reforms in key areas, donia, Montenegro, Serbia, Albania
such as the security of travel docu- and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
ments, border, migration and asylum Kosovo declared independence in
management, public order and secu- 2008 but Belgrade still considers the
rity issues. territory to be a Serbian province.
IMF chief talks with Jordan's
king on economy
WASHINGTON-Xinhua to discuss recent global, regional and
domestic economic developments," the
The Washington-based International IMF said in a short statement.
Monetary Fund (IMF) announced "The managing director reiterated
that its Managing Director Christine the IMF's support for Jordan 's efforts
Lagarde met with King Abdullah II of to put in place home-grown policies
Jordan earlier in the day in Washing- that promote inclusive growth and
ton D.C. to discuss economic issues. higher employment," the statement
"The meeting was an opportunity added.
12 KPLNews 23 January, 2012
Chinese Premier Wen THIS WEEK
visits Cambodian royal
family in Beijing
• Kaysone Museum,
Premier Wen Jiabao visited former Cambodian Saysettha district, • Vientiane
King Norodom Sihanouk, his wife and Vientiane. International School
Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihamoni in Tuesday-Sunday Adult volleyball, every
Beijing. from 8-12; 1-4 pm. Wednesday. 5:30 pm
Wen also conveyed President Hu Jintao’s at VIS School. Contract
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his wife good health. • That Luang
Wen spoke highly of their important (Buddhist shrine) • Vientiane
contribution to boosting China-Cambodia That Luang Esplanede, Rugby Club
friendship, adding the ever-lasting friendship Saysettha district, Men and Women, all
between both countries had withstood tests of from 8-12; 2-4 pm. ages Thursday. 5-6 pm,
various kinds. Sunday. 10 am Thechnical
He said he believed China-Cambodia ties School, Sokpaluang
would move forward more vigorously with joint • Army Museum, or call 020-517455.
efforts from both sides. Phonkenh Rd. Open daily.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (2nd L) visits former Cambodian King Sihanouk and Sihamoni extended their New • Dutch Language &
Norodom Sihanouk (2nd R), his wife Norodom Monineath (1st R) Year greetings to the Chinese people. They Culture Programme
and Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihamoni (1st L) in Beijing, cap-
ital of China, Jan. 20, 2012. Wen Jiabao visited the Cambodian wished China greater prosperity and hoped • Hor Phakeo Libraly and Video
royal family members here on Friday to extend Lunar New Cambodia-China cooperation could progress (Buddhist art), services. Contract
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• Gender and
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pecially here in Indonesia retariat to launch some the region within its dia- Stretching, respiration
The Association of South- where you have more than activities like this. For log partners. • National Library with an oriental touch,
east Asian Nations 230 million people. We now, we start from the "With the promotion, Setthathirath Rd, Tuesday and Thursday 5:30
(ASEAN) needs to be pro- want to bring it on public capital," he said. I think more people are Namphu, Open Monday- pm to 6:30 pm at Vientiane
moted within and outside areas like shopping malls According to Puspana- aware of ASEAN, espe- ay, 8-12; 1-4 pm. Accueil, Khounvieng Rd.
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people can know more can come together," said tariat uses various media, we are doing this promo-
about their ASEAN's iden- Puspanathan. especially television, to tion campaign, " he said. • Wat Sisaket • Aerobics Dance
tity while foreigners could He said that such event promote the region. The promotion will also (Buddhist art) Course
learn more about it, an of- could remind people that "We already have pro- beneficial for economic Setthathirath Rd, Fitness Centre, Lao Plaza
ficial told Xinhua in a re- they are parts of ASEAN duced promotion videos community as more busi- Chanthabouly district; Hotel. From 6 to 7 pm.
cent exclusive interview. family. "We want to show on TV in cooperation with nesses can benefit from from 8-12; 2-4 pm.
Deputy Secretary Gen- our rich culture, not only the Tourism and Creative it. • Aerobics
eral of ASEAN Sundram in Indonesia but also Economy Ministry and However, he said that At Sokpaluang Swimming
Puspanathan said that other parts of the ASEAN, CNN to promote ASEAN. more efforts could be done • Lao Textile Museum pool, Sisattanak district,
one of the efforts to pro- And the people should We have investments to for small and medium en- Nong tha tai Village, 6-7 pm and 7-8 pm. And
mote ASEAN within the also enjoy it, " he said. promote ASEAN tourism terprises (SMEs). Chanthaboury District, Horkang Wat Chane,
bloc is by holding the As the activities are destination," he said. "I hope we can do more everyday From 9 am to Mekong River side,
ASEAN Cultural Show & conducted in the capital He said that many tele- for SMEs because more 4 pm. tel: 030-525.8293 6-7 pm, every day.
Exhibition 2012 that was city of Jakarta, Puspana- vision stations in ASEAN than 90 percent of busi-
opened on Jan. 20 and it than said that hopefully, are working together to nesses in ASEAN coun-
will be lasted on Jan. 22. these could be spread promote the region."If you tries are SMEs, not big • French Language • Meditation
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Community Awareness through cooperation with around, they are working a lot economic opportuni- Lane Xang Ave. Open at Wat Sokpaluang every
to promote ASEAN Com- local provincial govern- together, broadcasting ties in ASEAN, not only Monday-Friday. from Saturday from 4 pm to
munity to ASEAN people ments. ASEAN news, juts like in inside their own countries 8:30 am-6:30 pm, and 5:30 pm, Contract Kooba
because ASEAN is about "Various provinces will Indonesia," he said. but also in their neigh- Saturday 8:30 am 5:30 pm. Khuan or Meakao Keo at
people, on how we bring promote this, working to- He also said that bors," he said. the temple or call: Don
• Ethnic Handicrafts 213938; Manu: 216214
Myanmar, India reach MoU Between main Post
Office and LFNC Office.
• Zen meditation
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civil authorities in Nay Pyi der for peace and stability and Home Secretary R.
Myanmar and India have Taw Friday. of the region and in capac- K. Singh from the Indian The Lao-American
reached a memorandum According to the MoU, ity building of the police side. college • Emergency call
of understanding on coop- the two governments will forces of the two countries. The national level coor- Ban Phonkheng, Saysettha for Ambulance.
eration in border security, cooperate in addressing The meeting was rep- dination of Myanmar-In- district. Open Monday 150-beds Friendship
official media reported. the issues of security threat resented by Deputy Home dia border civil authorities to Friday. 8 am-8:30 pm. Hospital, tel: 56131 4
The MoU was signed at and cross-border and tran- Minister Brigadier- Gen- was held alternatively since Sat: 8 am-12 noon
the 17th state-level meet- snational crimes along eral Kyaw Zan Myint 1994.
KPLNews 23 January, 2012 13
UN chief deplores
Portuguese PM: structural attack on UN-AU
peacekeepers in Darfur
reforms to continue even if UNITED NATIONS-Xinhua
UN Secretary-General Ban
also expressed his condo-
lences to the government of
external situation worsens for the structural reforms On the justice reform,
Ki-moon condemned a
deadly ambush by uniden-
tified gunmen on a United
Nigeria and to the family of
the fallen peacekeeper.
The head of UNAMID,
Ibrahim Gambari, also
is the Portuguese economy Passos Coelho said that (UN-AU) patrol in Sudan’s condemned the attack and
urgency to get more com- companies need a stable Darfur region. stressed that it constitutes
petitiveness. environment. The aim of The attack, which took a war crime. Gambari, in
“We are doing this for the reform will be to give place earlier in the day, left a message issued by his
us, not for you,” he said, more competitiveness: a Nigerian peacekeeper of spokesperson, committed
addressing the representa- “There are contradictions the UN-AU Mission in Dar- the mission to work closely
tives of the European Cen- in our economic ambiance fur (UNAMID) killed and with Sudanese authorities
tral Bank, the European that urgently need to be re- three others wounded. in order to apprehend the
Commission and the IMF moved.” In a statement issued perpetrators as fast as pos-
that were in the audience. On the labor market by his spokesperson, Ban sible.
In his speech, the prime reform, the prime min- urged the Sudanese govern- Since the initial deploy-
minister quoted some of ister capitalized the agree- ment to carry out a speedy ment of UNAMID on Dec.
the achievements of his ment that will make firing investigation and to ensure 31, 2007, 35 peacekeepers
economic policy. In his list a worker easier in Por- that the perpetrators will be have been killed as a result
of victories were the 4.4 tugal and will reduce the brought to justice. of hostile action.
percent of the GDP struc- payment for extra working
Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho tural deficit and the curve hours.
that points out to a 2.6 per- He spoke about the cur- Medvedev, Abbas hold
cent primary structural rent labor legislation that
LISBON-Xinhua the prime minister stressed surplus. He also quoted will be change as a result of talks in Moscow
the government’s economic the Bank of Portugal report the agreement signed this the Palestinians and Is-
Portuguese Prime Minister policy and celebrated the that points out to an exter- week by representatives of raelis have been stalled
Pedro Passos Coelho said labor policy agreement nal balance of trade very workers, employers and the since 2010 over the is-
that the government will signed with employer’s as- near to a surplus. government. sue of Israeli settlement
carry on structural reforms sociations and one of the Among the structural “The current law should construction. Abbas says
even if the external situa- two Portuguese trade un- reforms, he emphasized be substantially improved the Palestinians will not
tion gets worse. ion federations. two aspects: the labor mar- to create better and more resume talks unless Israel
Speaking on a work- According to Passos ket reform and the justice attractive jobs,” said the stops building in the West
shop on structural reforms, Coelho, the main reason reform. prime minister. Bank and east Jerusa-
lem. Abbas says continued
growth in the settlements,
Russian President Dmitry now home to some 500-
U.S. Republicans vote in first Medvedev, right, welcomes
Palestinian Authority President
Mahmoud Abbas in Gorki
residence outside Moscow
thousand Israelis, is a sign
of bad faith by Israel.
Israel maintains that
presidential primary of South
on Friday, Jan. 20, 2012.
the issue of settlements
would be solved auto-
BEIJING-Xinhuanet matically once there are
COLUMBIA-Xinhua influence to lobby for the agreed-upon borders and
mortgage giant. But voters Palestinian National Au- rejects any preconditions
U.S. Republicans braved are clearly swayed in Gin- thority President Mah- to negotiations. Abbas
thunderstorms in much of grich's way. Janet Buser, a moud Abbas has met told Medvedev that he was
South Carolina to vote in Paul supporter who casted his Russian counter- to be honored by having
first presidential primary her vote at a polling sta- part Dmitry Medvedev in a street in the West Bank
of the South, with former tion in Greenville, told Xin- Moscow for talks focused town of Jericho named af-
House speaker Newt Gin- hua she voted for Gingrich, on ways to resume Mid- ter him.
grich getting a major boost which she said was a "stra- dle East peace talks. Di- Medevedev visited
in polls over former Mas- tegic vote" in order not to rect discussions between Jericho in January, 2011.
sachusetts governor Mitt fragment the conservative
Romney, the perceived vote against Romney, be-
frontrunner. U.S. Republican presidential candidate and former
Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney
cause she believes Gingrich Italy announces
The polling in the state has the best chance to beat
began at 7 a.m. local time all Romney.But Santorum, liberalization package
over the state. Kim Wallace, The Gingrich camp re- with 26 percent. who is competing against BEIJING-Xinhuanet The legislation will al-
who voted in Columbia, ceived some good news as Buoyed by the numbers, Gingrich for conserva- low more taxi licenses, per-
the state capital, said she the voting gets underway, Gingrich told diners at the tive votes, refused to bow The Italian government mit pharmacists to discount
came out to vote because with two polls putting him Grapevine Restaurant in out. At a polling station in has approved hotly-con- some medicines and al-
"it's very important that we ahead of Romney, who led Boiling Springs that "with Chapin, Santorum told re- tested emergency measures low gas stations operators
get out and vote and voice the race for much of the your help, I think we' ll get porters that he's optimis- to open up competition in a to choose whom they buy
our opinion. This country past month. According to a tremendous, tremendous tic he is going to do well in wide-range of sectors. The fuel from. Monti says that
needs change. " With only a poll by Public Policy Poll- victory." South Carolina, and he's "in move is aimed at boosting the greater competition will
four candidates left in the ing conducted over the last Romney wasn't ready to for the long haul." growth and making room improve Italy’s highly-rigid
race, the primary is shaping three days, Gingrich was just give in. Damaged by his The day's voting was met for young people in the society.
up to be a two-person race the top choice of 37 percent unwillingness to release tax with thunderstorm in most workforce. Analysts, however, say
between Romney and Gin- of Republican voters, with returns soon, Romney tried part of the state, and that The measures approved Monti needs to have solid
grich, whose poll numbers Romney at 28 percent. to deflect the criticism by could somehow dampen Friday are the second prong parliamentary support for
were boosted by robust de- Another poll, conducted asking Gingrich to release turnout. The poll closes at in Italian Prime Minister his efforts to succeed, given
bate performances. Texas by American Research documents relating to his 7 p.m., and full statewide Mario Monti’s efforts to growing opposition to his
Congressman Ron Paul and Group, found Gingrich with work for Freddie Mac. The results should be expected protect Italy from the sov- policies. Taxi drivers have
former Pennsylvania sena- 40 percent support of South gig earned Gingrich over some time after 9 p.m., ac- ereign debt crisis, following been staging strikes for
tor Rick Santorum trail be- Carolina Republican vot- one million dollars, but he cording to state Republican a $30 billion austerity pack- days against the proposed
hind them. ers, with Romney in second insisted he never used his Party. age passed in December. reforms.
14 KPLNews 23 January, 2012
UN chief looks forward to Kim Jong Un Inspects
KPA Unit 3870
productive meeting with Greek Pyongyang-KCNA diers’ hall and constructing
Cypriot, Turkish Cypriot leaders Supreme Commander
of the Korean People’s
Army Kim Jong Un, su-
its facade well.
He personally tasted
bean paste produced by
the unit itself and learned
UNITED NATIONS-Xinhua coup apparently aimed at preme leader of the Work- about the use of the agro-
making it part of Greece. ers’ Party of Korea, state stock farm and the general
UN Secretary-General The UN-facilitated talks and army of the DPRK, in- processing center built by
Ban Ki-moon said that he began in 2008 with the aim spected KPA Unit 3870 it and its other supply serv-
looks forward to “a produc- of eventually setting up a honored with the title of ice facilities. He repeatedly
tive meeting and concrete federal government with a the O Jung Hup-led Sev- praised its commanding
progress” with expectations single international person- enth Regiment. officers for doing a lot of
for a resolution as he meets ality in a bi-zonal, bi-com- He waved back to the work by fully displaying the
leaders of the Greek Cypriot munal country, with Greek enthusiastically cheering revolutionary spirit of self-
and Turkish Cypriot com- Cypriot and Turkish Cyp- service personnel before reliance.
munities near New York on riot constituent states of having a photo session with Walking the compound
Monday for talks aimed at equal status. them. of the barracks, he said the
reunifying the island of Cy- The UN has maintained He learned about the service personnel of the
prus. a peacekeeping mission unit’s performance of duty unit successfully spruced
“The secretary-general (UNFICYP) in Cyprus since and training. up the barracks and areas
looks forward to a produc- 1964 after an outbreak of Praising the unit for around it as required by the
tive meeting and concrete inter-communal tensions. having prepared all its serv- Songun era and as befitting
progress,” said a statement On Dec. 14, 2011, the ice personnel as a-match- the creators of the revolu-
released by Ban’s spokes- UN Security Council unan- for-a hundred combatants tionary soldier culture in
person. “He has conveyed imously adopted a resolu- through the intensified the Songun era.
his expectations to the lead- tion to extend the mandate training in hearty response This unit set an example
ers for a resolution of this United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of the UN peacekeeping to the Party’s slogan “Train- not only in combat and po-
issue.” force in Cyprus for six more ing Is Also a Battle!” he litical training but in all as-
This is fifth time that the months, strongly encour- highly appreciated their pects including command
secretary-general is meet- In the statement, Ban ers can and should reach aging ethnic Greeks and militant spirit of train- and management of the
ing with Greek Cypriot said that the UN is provid- a much-needed settlement Turks to move towards a ing, the spirit of thinking unit and its supply serv-
leader Dimitris Christofias ing all possible support to on Cyprus,” said the state- more “intensive” stage of of preparations for combat ice, he noted, adding all the
and Turkish Cypriot leader these Cypriot-led negotia- ment. negotiations that would only awake or asleep. service personnel glorifying
Dervis Eroglu set for Jan. tions. Cyprus has been divided speed up negotiations He set forth the tasks to their precious youth after
23- 24 in Greentree which “He believes that with since 1974, when Turkish and ideally set the stage be carried out to bolster the turning out to defend the
is in Long Island, New political will and firm com- forces invaded the island for an exit strategy for the combat capability of the country are excellent rev-
York. mitment the two lead- in response to a Greek-led mandate. unit. He looked round the olutionaries and precious
soldiers’ hall, mess hall and treasures of the country.
various other places to take Noting that such traits
deep care of their living. of revolutionary comrade-
China urges Sudan, South Sudan He dropped in at a li-
brary and stressed the
ship whereby commanding
officers love their soldiers
need to send more must like their real younger
to keep calm after S. Sudan's books to the soldiers. Once
they finish their service in
brothers while the latter
follow the former like their
decision to stop oil production the army, they should be
let to acquire the same am-
ple knowledge as college or
eldest brothers and sis-
ters and help and lead each
other along are in fuller
BEIJING-Xinhua line shared by Sudan and with mediation by the Af- legal rights of Chinese university graduates’, he bloom, he said that this is
South Sudan," Chinese rican Union and other par- enterprises and those of noted, underscoring the the proud tradition and
China urged Sudan and Foreign Ministry Spokes- ties to resolve their dispute other partners." need to prepare all service traits of the heroic KPA,
South Sudan to remain man Liu Weimin said in through negotiation at an The South Sudanese personnel as Songun revo- the army of the party and
calm and restrained af- response to a question on early date and to benefit government on Friday de- lutionary fighters equipped the revolution.
ter South Sudan's decision South Sudan's decision. the two countries and their cided to stop oil produc- with the spirit of devot- He was accompanied by
to stop the production of "We urge the two sides peoples," he said. tion due to a disagreement edly defending the socialist KPA Generals Kim Myong
oil and its exportation to remain calm and re- "The Chinese side hopes with Sudan over exporta- homeland. Guk and Kim Won Hong
through Sudanese territo- strained, avoid taking any that the two governments tion of South Sudan's oil He praised the unit for and KPA Lieut. General Ri
ries. extreme action and con- will fulfill their commit- via Sudan's pipelines and splendidly building the sol- Tu Song.
"Oil is the economic life- tinue working together ment to protecting the harbors.
Benin signs agreement with IMF Israeli FM faces
to reduce impact of economic crisis BEIJING-Xinhuanet
COTONOU-Xinhua) lize the ratio of public debt financial crisis on Benin," 1989, thanks to the pro-
with the GDP, the govern- Benin's Finance Minister grams launched with the One of the key figures in
The government of Be- ment said on Wednesday.. Matrhyrs Adidjatou said. collaboration of the IMF, the Israeli government
nin and the International "This program aims to This program, she said, Benin has restored its is in the midst of a legal
Monetary Fund (IMF) have revive economic growth by will increase funding for macro- economic stability. hearing that may deter-
signed an agreement to re- stimulating investment in social services and limit "The implementation mine his political future.
duce the impact of the eco- the infrastructure and im- spending on non-priority of these programs helped Foreign Minister Avig-
nomic and financial crisis. plementing reforms that areas while improving the to limit the impact of the dor Liberman, the leader
The new agreement will help to increase the efficiency of the public sec- crisis on the country's of a nationalist party,
signed under the auspices country's competitiveness tor. economy, especially the might be accused of cor-
of the Extended Credit Fa- in order to preserve mac- Benin's first economic increase of prices of ba- ruption in the follow-
cility (FEC) aims to reduce ro-economic stability and and financial program sic food products and the ing weeks and taken to
the West African country's accelerate reforms as well with the IMF support was 2009-2010 economic and court. And this might pro-
primary debts between as reduce the negative ef- launched in 1989. financial crisis," the finance voke early elections in the Foreign Minister
2010 and 2013 to stabi- fects of the recent global Adidjatou said since minister said. country. Avigdor Liberman
KPLNews 23 January, 2012 15
Beckham signs 2-year Kei Nishikori makes
Japanese tennis history
deal with Galaxy
main with the reigning
MLS champion LA Gal-
axy, spurning offers from
several European clubs, in-
cluding French giant Paris
Saint-Germain to stay in
The 36-year-old mid-
fielder has spent the last
5-years with the club,
helping lead the team to Kei Nishikori of Japan makes a backhand return to
a championship this past Julien Benneteau of France during their third round
match at the Australian Open tennis championship,
season. His decision to stay in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012.
in North America could be
based more on playing time MELBOURNE: Kei Nishikori it was so many ups and
than on money. became the first Japanese down. Mentally it wasn't
Becks will certainly be man to reach the Austral- easy," said Nishikori.
a fixture in the Galaxy’s ian Open fourth round here The 22-year-old Jap-
starting 11, but that may on Saturday after defeating anese reached two finals
not have been the case at Frenchman Julien Benne- and beat world No.1 No-
PSG or at another Euro- teau 4-6, 7-6, 7-6, 6-3. vak Djokovic in 2011, to
LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena (R) and President and CEO of LA Galaxy Tim Leiweke (L) pean club. No financial de- The 24th-seeded Japa- become the highest-ranked
present ‘’Old New’’ jersey to English star midfielder David Beckham (C) during a press confer- tails of the deal have been nese, who also reached the Japanese man in history.
ence after Beckham re-siged a new two-year deal with the Los Angeles Galaxy in Los Angeles.
released, but Beckham was fourth round of U.S. Open His current world ranking
reportedly paid a base sal- in 2008, had a three-hour is No. 26.
ary of six-point-five mil- 25-minute match to book a Nishikori is also the first
BECKHAM pledged his fu- new two-year contract with being the biggest star in his lion dollars a year during perth in the top 16. Japanese man to take an
ture to America’s Major the Los Angeles Galaxy. Galaxy. his last contract with the Nishikori was broken ATO tour title in 16 years
League Soccer by signing a David Beckham is happy He has chosen to re- Galaxy. twice in the first set as Ben- when he won at Delray
neteau drew first blood, Beach in 2008.
but he held his nerve to Nishikori's next round
win two consecutive tie- opponent will be sixth
Bolivian president to award breaks before also taking
the fourth set.
The key to the match,
seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of
France, whom he beat in
Shanghai last year.
medal to Brazilian striker said Nishikori, was coming
back from a perilous posi-
tion in the third set.
"Tsonga is really aggres-
sive. He has a great serve
and comes to the net a lot,"
Ronaldinho including a peasant "pon-
"That was a really tough
moment for me because
I was up a break in the
first and second sets, and
said Nishikori. "But I'm ex-
cited to get through here,
round of 16. That's my best
result right now in a grand
cho", a traditional Boliv- he came back. Third set slam. Yeah, I want to win
ian garment that he wore he was 5-2 up. You know, the next one."
before the applause of the
Flamengo meanwhile Brazil gets World Cup
continue with their train-
ing work in Sucre, at 2,790
meters above sea level. The RIO DE JANEIRO:- After his
team is trying to adapt visit to Brazil to inspect the
to the height for its first country's progression to-
match in the first qualify- wards the 2014 World Cup,
ing stage of Copa Liberta- FIFA's Secretary-General
dores. The Brazilian team Jerome Valcke praised Bra-
will also train in Potosi on zil.
Sunday, so that players will Valcke came to Brazil
adapt little by little to the on a routine inspection es-
city's height and also to the corted by Brazil's head of
Bolivia’s President Evo Morales (L) talks with Ronaldinho in Sucre January 20, 2012. Ronaldinho field. the local organizing com-
flew off with the Flamengo squad to Bolivia on January 17 for a Libertadores Cup match against Real Potosi, the Brazil- mittee (LOC) Ronaldo. Val-
Real Potosi in one of the world’s highest first division stadium at 4,070 metres above sea level.
ian team's rival in the re- cke described the visit as a FIFA’s Secretary-General
gional tournament, on pleasure, adding that it's a Jerome Valcke
Wednesday night played privilege to walk next to Ro-
LA PAZ:- Bolivia's President team Flamengo are train- above sea level. his second training match naldo, still the record holder of the 2010 World Cup in
Evo Morales will decorate ing to face Bolivian Real The awarding ceremony winning against Nacional for most goals scored in South Africa.
Brazilian soccer star Ro- Potosi for 2012 Copa Lib- will be in the seat of Chu- de Potosi with a score of World Cup history with 16. Valcke also claims to be
naldinho Gaucho with the ertadores, Conmebol' s pre- quisaca department gov- 2-1. Valcke confirmed the rooting for Brazil to win the
medal "Sports Merit" in miere international club ernment in Sucre, at 1600 The winner between stadiums visited were all World Cup on its own ter-
Bolivian south central city tournament. local time (2000 GMT), Real Potosi and Flamengo within the expected time- ritory.
of Sucre, official sources The match between Fla- with the presence of Pres- will complete Group 2, lines and said that every In his next inspection,
said. mengo and Real Potosi will ident Evo Morales, who is which also includes Ar- single person working on yet to be scheduled, Val-
The awarding of the be on Jan. 25 in Potosi, also an enthusiastic soccer fan. gentina's Lanus, Ecuador's the construction of stadi- cke will be accompanied by
medal will be in Sucre, con- in south central Bolivia and On Tuesday, Ronaldinho Emelec from Guayaquil ums will earn at least one both Ronaldo and Pele as
stitutional capital of Bo- one of the highest cities in received several presents and Paraguay's Olimpia ticket to watch a World Cup they visit the cities of Bra-
livia, where Ronaldinho's the world, at 4,090 meters from the people of Sucre, from Asuncion. match, as did the workers silia, Cuiaba and Recife.
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Entertainment Printed by: Lao News Agency (KPL)
Zhang Yimou’s epic “The Sport
Flowers of War” failed to win
over Academy voters Neymar voted South
LOS ANGELESXINHUA: Chinese
director Zhang Yimou ‘s latest
wan, China; Polish Holocaust
drama “In Darkness”; “Bullhead”
America’s player of year
war epic “The Flowers of War” (Belgium); “Monsieur Lazhar”
failed to advance into the first (Canada); “Superclasico” (Den-
round of contention for the best mark); “Pina” ( Germany); “Foot-
foreign language film award at note” (Israel); and “Omar Killed
the 84th Academy Awards, as Me” (Morocco).
the Academy of Motion Picture Zhang Yimou also walked
Arts and Sciences short-listed away empty-handed from the
nine movies for the next round 69th annual Golden Globes held
of voting. in Hollywood, Los Angeles Sun-
The film, one of China’s high- day evening as Asghar Farha-
est grossing film which stars di’s drama “The Separation” was
Academy Award best supporting crowned with the best foreign
actor Christian Bale in the role of language film trophy.
a Westerner who attempts to lead A total of 63 films had been
a group of Chinese women seek- deemed qualified for the conten-
ing refuge in a church to safety tion.
during Japan’s rape of Nan- Special committees based in
jing in 1937, was not included Los Angeles and New York will
in a list of nine films, which fea- pick up five nominees this week- Brazil’s Neymar poses for the media after winning the
tures Iranian Golden Globe win- end. The Academy will announce 2011 Player of the Year awards, in Montevideo January 19,
ner “A Separation”; “Warriors of the nominees on Jan. 24 and 2012. Neymar won polls which were organised by
The poster of Chinese mov- the Rainbow: Seediq Bale,” a war hold the award ceremony at the Uruguayan newspaper El Pais and voted on by sports
ie The Flowers of War” flick by Wei Te-sheng from Tai- Kodak Theatre on Feb. 26. journalists from the Americans and Europe.