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                                                                                                                                           Four-breakthrough resolution
                                                                                                                                           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/ / 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 army.
    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
Sisavath Keobounphanh,
and Lieutenant General
Samane Vinhaket.
    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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2 KPLNews 23 January, 2012

National News
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-
Oulayvanh.                                                                                                                                                               tion.
   “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

National News
                                                                                                                                       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.
                                                                                                    phant ivories.
                                                                                                        “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
                                                                                                    nications, construction,
                                                                                                    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.
                                    geographic conditions.
                                       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
                                                                                                                                       with amphetamine
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,
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4 KPLNews 23 January, 2012

National News
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
                                 entiane Capital.
                                    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
                                                                   Thonkhankham market:
                                                                   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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Photo focus

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
                                                                                                                                                                        Niu Hairong
                                                                                                                                              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

Regional News
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
                                                                         greetings to them, and wished Sihanouk and                                         Don at 314512.
                                                                         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
Year greetings. Wen also conveyed President Hu Jintao’s greet-
ings to them, and wished Sihanouk and his wife good health.              further in the Year of the Dragon.                     Setthathirath Rd, 
                                                                                                                                Chanthabouly district,
                                                                                                                                from 8-12; 1-4 pm.
                                                                                                                                                            • Gender and
ASEAN needs to be promoted                                                                                                      • National
                                                                                                                                Museum(Lao history)
                                                                                                                                                            Development Centre
                                                                                                                                                            Phonthan Rd, across
                                                                                                                                                            from Rattana Business

within, outside region                                                                                                          Samsanthai Rd,
                                                                                                                                Chanthabouly district,
                                                                                                                                8-12; 1-4 pm.
                                                                                                                                                            College. Open Mon-
                                                                                                                                                            Fri. 8 am-12; 1-4 pm.

                                ASEAN to the people, es-          gether with ASEAN Sec-         ASEAN are promoting            Tel: (856-21) 212460 -62    • Body Language
                                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.
the region so that local        so that ordinary people           than, the ASEAN Secre-         cially younger people, as                                  Contract: 020 5612107.
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
   "It is a part of ASEAN       throughout the country            look at ASEAN televisions      companies. They can find       Centre                      Vipassana
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.
                                                                                                                                                            Hermiene: 351620

                                                                                                                                                            • Zen meditation
on cooperation in border security                                                                                               Textiles, Silverware.
                                                                                                                                Open every day.             at Kounta residence.
YANGON-Xinhua                   ing of Myanmar- India             the Myanmar-India bor-         from the Myanmar side                                      Please call: (020) 5518217
                                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

International News
                                                                                                                                  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
                                                                                                                                                                       The secretary-general
                                                                                                                                                                    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
                                                                                                                                  Nations-African Union
                                                                                                                                                                    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

International News
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
                                                                                                                                  corruption allegation
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

Sport News

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
                                                                                                                                      preparation nod
                                                                                                      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.
16 KPLNews 23 January, 2012

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Zhang Yimou’s epic “The                                                                                Sport
Flowers of War” failed to win
over Academy voters                                                                                    Neymar voted South
                              LOS ANGELESXINHUA: 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.

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