Saturday, November 21, 2009

Rice Price - UP not Down.

Strange.  Hundreds of thousands of tonnes and rice has flooded the country, but the World Food Programme says the price is going UP and not down....Money well spent.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Ever wonder about Hercules?

Guns in Parliament. FRETILIN takes it to FACEBOOK!

Wonder has to wonder which PNTL were lounging around in Parliament today causing such a problem with their FNCs, Steyrs and HK33s? Artur Avelar Borges, Angelo Quelo, Abilio Mesquita, Artur Avelar Borges, Almerindo da Costa, Pedro da Costa, Valente Araújo - they were all allegedly at General Ruaks house in the attack in 2006. Or maybe just Antonio da Cruz - the man that gave the guns to Rai Los for Senhor Lobato, now sunning himself in Sanur.Guns in Parliament on Twitpic

Monday, November 16, 2009

Bad Phone Service - Who You Gonna Call - ARCOM.

Ever wondered who you can complain to about bad Timor Telcom service?  The regulator Autoridade Reguladora das Comunicações Timor-Leste - ARCOM! Too bad no one seems to know about them. Feel like voicing your opinions about Timor Telcom.  Contact ARCOM via this website. Or just email them on Then again you can always just call them.....

Autoridade Reguladora das Comunições Timor Leste
Av. Bispo de Madeiros, Dili-Timor Leste
Telephone: +670 333-9330; +670 333-9341
+670 333-9343; +670 333-1163
Fax: +670 333-9339

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Water Park: Pro poor, rural development.

From a reader:

"Regarding the water park mentioned in the Sutera video (which I can't download or watch, given abysmal Timor Telecom internet speeds), you might be interested that it will be built with $7 million of Timor-Leste's money. The MTCI capital budget for 2010 has $4m for this project, with more to come.

Given the rate at which sewage and waste is being dumped into the sea near Tasi-Tolu, which will get worse once Sutera starts building, perhaps the water park will be only place safe to swim!"

This above quote is from pg 247 of Book of the Proposed National Budget for the MTCI (Ministry of Tourism Commerce and Industry) for 2010.

Full pages 246 and 247 as below.

 This is an interesting use of funds seeing as the total personal income tax revenue projection for the entire country in 2010 is $500,000 less than this allotment for a water park for rich people in Dili to play in.  

 Pro poor, rural development, indeed.

Timor Sea Inferno

Timorese Wake Up to the Timor Oil Spill

Well Rai Ketak should be applauded by starting the Timorese oriented clamour on the Timor Sea Oil Spill....

... and finally the Timorese press and politicians have woken up and started talking about it too!  See here for the latest from Tempo Semanal.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Timor Sea: Burn Baby Burn.

For the video click here.  The Montara Oil Rig owned by PTTE has been spilling oil for 10 weeks, now on its third or fourth attempt to plug the leak 2.5 km under the sea bed it has exploded into fire - yesterday.  Some one should really be fired.  For details on background check out Rai Ketak's blog page.