Metinaro Water drilling

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Lidia carrying water on the last Solidarity visit to Metinaro

Narciso and Rosa’s smallholding in Metinaro.

Narciso has  lived there  with Rosa, his son Fuku and Lavan for about 10 years. He grows vegetables and lots of fruit, has free range chickens (they roost in the trees) all of which benefit them, the local community, many families in Mehara, a few families in Dili and Bacau. At the moment Narciso’s nephew, who  he and Rosa put through school in Metinaro, works there full time. He also has a couple of friends and of course Rosa who help out. I can guarantee it is an oasis in a desert of food deprivation. Narciso would like to be able to grow more and perhaps be able to employ another full time worker and thus be able to benefit more people. Narciso would also like to grow coconut trees and keep a few pigs, he also intends to keep everything as organic as possible.

The problem is the shortage of water. There is no piped water to their home or smallholding. They  try to store as much water as they can during the water season, again I can guarantee this as I have run out with them to collect as much water as possible in buckets, drums etc. when it rains- but it soon disappears –  once it is gone, they then have to relay on water being trucked in from Bacau or Dili once a week but
only enough to last a few days.This is unreliable, costly and does  provides only enough water for a few days. If the truck does not come they have to use large plastic flagons of drinking water from a small shop.
Very costly indeed. They have tried digging a ditch around the smallholding to store water but once the heat comes the water evaporates very quickly!

Tyneside Solidarity has sent them the money to part fund a well drilling rig which should give them year round on-site water.

 

Oil dispute prompts East Timor PM to stay

Oil dispute prompts East Timor PM to stay.

VETERAN East Timorese leader Xanana Gusmao says he's pushing back plans to stand down as the fledgling nation's prime minister as his fledgling nation continues to dispute oil revenues with Australia.

GUSMAO told The Associated Press in an interview on Thursday he'd intended to resign this September, but will now stay on until the first half of 2015, as East Timor grapples with disputes over oil revenues with Canberra and US energy giant ConocoPhillips.

He said he remained committed to transferring leadership responsibilities to a younger generation, but declined to say who might succeed him. "If I suddenly leave without stabilising these issues it's like running away from your responsibility," Gusmao said ahead of his address on Thursday to the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations. The 68-year-old was a leader of East Timor's 24-year resistance against a brutal Indonesian military occupation that left more than 170,000 dead. He was elected the nation's first president after independence in 2002 and became prime minister in 2007. The half-island nation is struggling with high rates of poverty and meeting post-independence expectations, but Gusmao said he didn't believe there would be repeat of the unrest if the country's elite was unified. Ties with Australia have been strained by a legal dispute over a 2006 treaty that carves up revenue from oil and gas under the sea between the countries. "We are not desperate for more dollars, but it must be recognised that resources within our maritime borders are ours," Gusmao said. East Timor alleges Canberra spied in order to gain an advantage during the negotiations over the treaty. It has taken Australia to the United Nations' highest court in The Hague over the seizure of documents from a lawyer working for East Timor in the arbitration case. The two nations recently agreed to try to settle those differences outside the International Court of Justice, but Gusmao said if the negotiations did not yield a satisfactory response, East Timor would resume litigation. East Timor is also in arbitration proceedings with ConocoPhillips over what it alleges are unpaid tax revenues from the company's operations at a joint petroleum development area between Australia and East Timor. Source: theaustralian

Government wants East Timor spy charged

Sydney Morning Herald
Tom Allard  National Affairs Editor

http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/government-wants-east-timor-spy-charged-20140831-10aoad.html

Australia cuts aid support for Dr Dan at Bairo Pite Clinic

Following link is an ABC tv report on the Clinic:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-08-12/health-workers-in-east-timor-battle-to-treat-preventable-disease/5663508

Letter to Comic Relief about their Arms Trade Investments

Having telephoned your office I was advised  to look at the statement on your web site regarding your investments  in the arms trade to see if my concerns re these investments have been allayed.

I am pleased to note that you are conducting an urgent review into where money raised by an innocent public is invested and that you have withdrawn the shares relating to BAE Systems until the review is completed.

However, I urge that you put out a statement confirming that you will never again invest money  with BAE Systems or any other arms company. Arms dealers are very cunning and can make investors believe that countries need weapons for the purpose of defence,  so it is okay to invest your money with them. This is of course untrue,  the decimation of countries and killing of innocent civilians is really what supporting the arms trade means.

That you then have projects in countries torn apart by war to alleviate poverty and suffering does not excuse your investing in this trade, a trade I would link to the slave trade, making money out of death and destruction, for much of the poverty and suffering has been caused directly by  weapons that have maimed, killed, destroyed infrastructure and decimated ways of life.

I have seen the devastation first hand in East Timor, a country independent since 1999, but still  struggling against a brutal occupation of 25 years by the Indonesian military, made possible  by the purchase of Hawk Jets and other weapons manufactured by BAE systems and Heckler and Koch. Many of the weapons were purchased by soft loans given to its government by our government.  It will take years to heal the scars of the  many who were maimed and had family murdered,  every family in East Timor lost at least one member of their family murdered, indeed one third of the population was killed within the first 3  years of occupation.  Villages, towns and its capital city were destroyed, infrastructure was decimated, rebuilding the country is a huge task,  adding  to the trauma the population is suffering.

This is one country, imagine the destruction, resulting in loss of life and poverty, caused by weapons manufactured by BAE systems  on a world wide scale.  Investors in the trade are in many ways saying it is fine to carry on in this way as long as we have good returns for our money.

I once more urge you to desist in supporting this trade in any way

Lidia Tindle

Timor Leste swears in larger cabinet

Posted: 09 August 2012 0108 hrs

DILI: Timor Leste’s president swore in the nation’s new coalition cabinet Wednesday, announcing three additional ministerial posts that the opposition has dubbed an “unnecessary” use of the poor nation’s money.

President Taur Matan Ruak announced 16 ministers, three more than the former government. Six are from Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao’s National Congress for Timorese Reconstruction (CNRT), which leads the coalition government after winning the general election in July.

“I am satisfied with this structure. But what I ask of you all, the new ministers, is that you work efficiently. I also ask that you don’t repeat the mistakes made by past ministers,” Ruak said, after corruption allegations marred the former cabinet.

Fernando “Lasama” de Araujo, president of the minority Democratic Party (PD) that joined the coalition after the CNRT failed to win an absolute majority, will be deputy prime minister and minister for social welfare.

Jose Luis Guterres of minority Frente-Mudanca, another ally, was appointed foreign affairs minister.

The size of the new cabinet, with three additional ministerial posts, drew criticism, especially from the ranks of the opposition Fretilin Party, which came second to the CNRT in the July legislative elections.

Fretilin said the government’s creation of new ministries was wasteful for the tiny half-island nation of just 1.1 million people, half of whom live under the international poverty line.

“This will increase spending on government ministers and vice ministers, and it’s completely unnecessary for such a small country,” Fretilin vice president Aresenio Babo told AFP upon seeing an earlier draft list.

“The only explanation is creating jobs for friends to satisfy coalition and individual interests.”

Michael Leach of Australia’s Swinburne University in Melbourne said that the Timorese would judge over the five-year term whether the spending had been in the public’s interest.

“Ultimately, the public will decide if their performance justifies the extra cost, or if it’s seen as a form of reward to governing party members and supporters,” he said.

Timor Leste won independence from Indonesia in 2002 after a bloody 24-year occupation.

Presidential and legislative elections this year were seen as key tests of the nation’s stability as UN peacekeepers plan to pull out of the once restive country by the end of the year.

Timor-Leste Elections: grave concerns with ballot papers, ballot boxes and ballot box seals emerge

*MEDIA ALERT No.1: **14:00 hours Dili 6.7.2012*

A number of grave and concerning occurrences have begun to be registered beginning last night by FRETILIN party representatives at STAE district offices and voting centres. This is based on information received from FRETILIN party representatives on the ground:

1. In Liquica district yesterday 421 ballot papers received from the STAE national office and destined for distribution to voting centres were identified to have already been perforated and/or spoiled and therefor seized and cancelled; the same occurred with 2 ballot papers in Suai and 104 in Lautem.

2. In Ermera district STAE office today FRETILIN party representatives were refused the serial number of the seals affixed to the ballot boxes by the STAE staff. Despite repeated requests they were informed that the numbers of the seals would be provided at the voting stations later when the boxes would be open.

3. In Baucau district today two sealed balot boxes destined for the Buibau voting station from the STAE District office in Baucau, arrived at the Buibau voting centre with seals with different serial numbers from the serial numbers provided to party reresentatives at the district office prior to transportation from there to the voting centre in Buibau.

4. It was also detected today that numerous voter registration cards had been delayed in their issue by STAE, but remained in Dili when they should have been delivered to the voter in question. STAE are now acting on delivering these to the districts and sub districts.

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