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Victims face long wait for justice Monday, 24 November 2014 12:04 Alleged victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse are being forced to live for years at shelter homes as they await an outcome from Timor-Leste’s lethargic justice system. Read the Full Story
Drug traffickers target Timor-Leste Friday, 21 November 2014 11:34 Weak maritime, air and land border security has contributed to the expansion of the illicit drug trade in Timor-Leste, according to Fundasaun Mahein director Nelson Belo. Read the Full Story
Timor-Leste mental health system not good enough Wednesday, 19 November 2014 10:59 The government does not have a coherent policy for the treatment of those suffering from mental illnesses, says Member of Parliament Virgilio da Costa Hornai. Read the Full Story
Community members destroy water pipes Monday, 17 November 2014 16:44 Several Dili suburbs still do not have access to clean water due to the actions of their residents, according to National Directorate of Water Services general director Gustavo da Costa. Read the Full Story
Call for tobacco advertising regulations Monday, 17 November 2014 16:14 Tobacco advertising has once again come under fire in Parliament. Read the Full Story
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Capital

Mon 24 Nov 2014, 11:50
fragility-in-public-institutions-caused-by-poor-hr-managementAn absence of opportunities for promotion and the appointment of staff to roles unrelated to their qualifications has led to fragile administrative systems in state institutions, says Member of Parliament...
Fri 21 Nov 2014, 11:13
eye-health-brought-into-focusThe National Eye Center has partnered with the The Fred Hollows Foundation New Zealand to provide free eye tests to the public.National Eye Center (SNM) director Marcelino Vicente Correia said the...
Wed 19 Nov 2014, 10:53
cristo-rei-earthworks-could-cause-landslidesConstruction work on the cliffs around Cristo Rei could lead to landslides, according to Member of Parliament Estanislau da Silva.Da Silva said land surrounding the landmark had been declared a...

Development

Mon 24 Nov 2014, 11:44
stoves-help-slow-deforestationThe Secretariat of State for Environment (SEMA) has distributed free Timor stoves to homes in order to cut back on the burning of wood.SEMA general director Joao Carlos Soares said the program also...
Fri 21 Nov 2014, 11:20
nz-provides-teacher-trainingThe government of New Zealand, through its embassy in Timor-Leste, will establish a road construction teacher-training faculty at the Professional Training Center of Dom Bosco, Dili.New Zealand...
Fri 21 Nov 2014, 10:39
construction-halts-on-baucau-hospital-projectMembers of the National Parliament have instructed the National Development Agency (ADN) and the Health Ministry to follow up on the progress of the Baucau Referral Hospital which has been under...

Education

Mon 24 Nov 2014, 12:10
portuguese-promotion-pushThe Education Ministry, through the National University of Timor Lorosa’e, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Portugal’s University of Coimbra committing the parties to the promotion of the...
Mon 24 Nov 2014, 11:57
students-cram-for-their-studiesJust six classrooms accommodate 920 students at Rumbia Primary School in Kaikoli. Rumbia principal Abilio Pereira da Conceicao said there was no money to build extra classrooms to hold the...
Fri 21 Nov 2014, 11:44
teachers-sell-goods-on-class-timeEducators are using classroom time to conduct business activities, according to Timor-Leste Coalition for Education (TLCE) program manager Matias dos Santos.He said the Education Ministry needed to...

Health

Fri 21 Nov 2014, 10:29
hiv-aids-rates-riseHIV infection rates are on the rise in Timor-Leste according to Health Ministry data which shows 447 people were diagnosed with the disease from 2003 until July 2014.Ministry of Health HIV/AIDS...
Wed 19 Nov 2014, 10:25
mp-demands-answers-over-health-servicesMember of Parliament Manuel de Castro Pereira has demanded answers from the Health Ministry regarding its management of medicines as some health facilities still lack essential equipment.MP Manuel de...
Mon 17 Nov 2014, 15:41
medicines-rejected-by-health-ministryA container holding medicines nearing expiry has been found by the Ministry of Health’s National Commission for Receipt and Inspection (RNI).The container was one of 19 imported by Kimia Farma.  RNI...

Human Rights

Tue 11 Nov 2014, 11:25
thai-embassy-donates-computers-to-orphansThe Royal Thai Embassy in Timor-Leste has donated eight computers to the Fundasaun Lar Do Bom Samaritano training centre.The Thai ambassador Tawatchai Koopirot, said the computers were given after...
Tue 11 Nov 2014, 11:19
book-celebrates-freedom-fightersThe Secretary of State for Defence has launched a book chronicling the efforts of freedom fighters who battled for Timorese independence from the day of the Indonesian invasion in 1975 until 1999.The...
Tue 11 Nov 2014, 11:14
consent-not-a-factor-in-incestThe Ministry of Justice and National Parliament have made a commitment to change the penal code to specifically outlaw incest.Deputy Justice Minister Ivo Jorge Valente acknowledged that currently,...
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Gender

Fri, Nov 2014, 11:01
women-ready-for-election-challengeCAUCUS is providing training for female members of political parties in Aileu, Ermera and Liquisa in preparation for them to compete in the 2016 municipal elections.CAUCUS executive director Paula...
Wed, Nov 2014, 10:45
cash-woes-halt-gender-studies-programsLimited finances are preventing the National University of Timor Lorosa’e’s (UNTL) Gender Studies Centre from conducting research and holding academic debates about gender issues.The centre’s...
Mon, Nov 2014, 16:34
ermera-women-keen-to-take-on-leadership-rolesErmera women are ready to contribute to the district’s pre-decentralization project, says Ermera Women’s Association president Maria da Costa Exposto.Ermera has been chosen by the government to take...

Children/Youth

Fri, Nov 2014, 11:53
uni-students-learn-about-gender-relationsSpanish NGO Paz y Desarrolo (Peace and Development) has been working to improve knowledge of the electoral process and gender relations among Timor-Leste university students.Paz y Desarrolo...
Wed, Nov 2014, 11:08
youth-parliamentarians-learn-about-women-s-rightsThe State Secretariat for the Promotion of Equality (SEPI) is working with the Alola Foundation to provide human rights training to members of the Youth Parliament.The training specifically relates to...
Mon, Nov 2014, 16:27
construction-internship-helps-youth-build-for-futureFour Timorese youths have been given an opportunity to undertake construction internships with major companies in New Zealand.New Zealand ambassador to Timor-Leste Jonathan Schwass said the internship...

Security/Defence/Justice

Fri, Nov 2014, 10:49
pntl-members-to-undergo-performance-evaluationsA new performance appraisal system will be implemented by the National Police of Timor-Leste (PNTL) to evaluate the work done by individual police officers.PNTL Deputy Commander Commissioner Afonso de...
Wed, Nov 2014, 10:37
pntl-hiv-testing-still-not-operationalThe National Police of Timor-Leste’s (PNTL) HIV testing service, Voluntary Confidential Counselling and Testing (VCCT), has been non-operational for a year due to a lack of staff.Clinic head Inspector...
Mon, Nov 2014, 16:20
hiv-border-threatThe National Commission for Combating HIV/AIDS in Timor-Leste (CNCS-TL) is working with its Indonesian counterpart in border communities to raise awareness of how to prevent the spread of the deadly...

Editorial Corner

Wed, Nov 2014, 17:09
family-planning-and-the-millennium-development-goalsThe Timorese government recently released its Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Report for 2014. Overall the MDG indicators show that living standards and human development have improved significantly...
Mon, Oct 2014, 16:49
and-why-is-it-that-timor-leste-needs-a-media-lawThere will soon be a Media Law for Timor-Leste to include a media regulator authority, this seems more a matter of time rather than a point for debate. But why is it that we need one, or rather why is...
Wed, Nov -0001, 08:22
editorialThis week Timor-Leste is in shock after the gruesome murder of Rita Soares.  The young woman was found washed up on the beach in Metiaut, with her body in a terrible condition after being beaten and tied...

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Fri, Mar 2014, 18:56
a-journey-to-health-begins-for-lucasElda de Jesus is a poor subsistence farmer, raising vegetables to feed her family on the outskirts of Dili. But she didn't need a medical degree to know that the blood noses, headaches and wildly racing...
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Editorial Corner

According to the Deputy Commander of the Immigration Police Service (SPI), Chief Inspector Luis Barreto, his Unit by law does not have the competence to search passengers’ bags.
He said this in relation to claims that his Unit, the SPI, is responsible for the availability of illegal drugs in Timor-Leste.

 


“Our problem is that we are not mandated by law to search bags for drugs. That is the role of the Criminal Investigation Unit, they are mandated to investigate cases while the searching bags is the responsibility of Customs officials,” said Chief Inspector Barreto, last week, from his office in Vila-Verde, in Dili.


“We can only check whether travelers have the right documentation such as valid passports and visa documents,” he added.


When after a criminal investigation a foreigner is deemed to have illegally brought drugs into the country, “we will start a process called voluntary abandonment or even deport the person should that be the decision of the courts,” said Chief Inspector Barreto.


In the meantime, according to a source who declined to be identified from the Criminal Investigation Service (SIC), many drugs are available in the capital Dili, but the police so far has not been able to arrest anyone because the drugs circulate underground.


TDW tried to confirm the above statement with the Commander for SIC, Superintendent Calistro Gonzaga, but he was not available for an interview.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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