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the importance of land rights issues in Myanmar. “The increased coverage of ‘land grabbing’ in recent months shows that this problem is not going away any time soon. Journalists and editors in Myanmar need to continue reporting on this important topic so that companies and individuals think twice before engaging in illegal or unethical land acquisitions,” he said. “Hopefully we will also see a more meaningful response to this problem from the government and parliamentarians in the near future so that farmers in Myanmar no longer need to live in fear that their land will be taken away at any time.” The Myanmar Times and The Phnom Penh Post both competed in the category for English-language publications that circulate primarily in one country, against such newspaper as the South China Morning Post, Straits Times and Jakarta Globe. The Editor-in-Chief of The Myanmar Times, Mr Ross Dunkley, said the award was a validation of the paper’s standing as the most professional publication in the country. “For more than 12 years The Myanmar Times has set the pace for quality journalism in Myanmar. Almost every publication in More page 4
The Myanmar Times shines at Asian media awards
By Stuart Deed THE Myanmar Times beat some of the region’s top publications to win a prize for editorial excellence at Asian media’s most prestigious awards night in Hong Kong on June 7, the first awarded to a publication from Myanmar. The Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) judges praised the paper’s “brave” November 2011 editorial on controversial farmland bills, awarding it the prize for Excellence in Opinion Writing. Sister publication The Phnom Penh Post took home the coveted Excellence in Investigative Reporting for an exposé of illegal logging in Cambodia, along with honourable mentions in two other categories. SOPA, a non-profit organisation based in Hong Kong dedicated to promoting excellence in journalism, received a record 580 entries in 17 categories from publications throughout the region, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, India and China. The awards were selected by a team of more than 100 judges and presented at a gala dinner at Hong Kong’s JW Marriot Hotel. Mr Thomas Kean, editor of the English-language edition of The Myanmar Times, said he was pleased that the judges recognised
Mr Thomas Kean, the editor of the English edition of The Myanmar Times, accepts the award for Excellence in Opinion Writing at the Society of Publishers in Asia event in Hong Kong on June 7. Pic: Kaung Htet
Australia to lift more sanctions
By Geoffrey Goddard AUSTRALIA will lift its remaining targeted travel and financial sanctions against Myanmar within weeks, its Foreign Minister, Senator Bob Carr, announced during a visit last week. The decision to lift the remaining sanctions, except an arms embargo, was announced after Senator Carr met President U Thein Sein in Nay Pyi Taw on June 7. During the visit, Senator Carr also said Australia would more than double its aid program to Myanmar to A$100 million a year by 2015; provide an initial
Lift them completely: presidential adviser
SINGAPORE – Myanmar called last week for sanctions imposed on the country to be completely lifted as they are hurting efforts to attract foreign investment amid a historic reform drive. Ko Ko Hlaing, chief political adviser to President Thein Sein, said that without fuller access to Myanmar companies were adopting a “wait and see” attitude. “We need to lift sanctions, but still sanctions remain. It’s only suspended, not totally lifted,” he told a forum in contribution of A$5 million to promote peace efforts in conflict-affected regions; allocate $3 million to support human rights Singapore on June 8. Myanmar has surprised observers with a series of reforms following the end of nearly half a century of military rule last year, leading Western nations to start rolling back sanctions. But Ko Ko Hlaing added: “Without the total lifting of sanctions, only the suspension of sanctions, it doesn’t work to persuade the long-term investors.” His comments came a day after Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr announced the lifting of all remaining sanctions against the country and a doubling of foreign aid to encourage democratic reforms. US President Barack Obama announced last month that the United States was easing investment restrictions on Myanmar while maintaining wider US sanctions on the government and figures linked to the former junta. US secretary of state Hillary Clinton said Washington would keep broad sanctions in place an “insurance policy” against “backsliding” on reforms. – AFP fully-paid scholarships for Myanmar to undertake post-graduate study in Australia. The decision to expand
initiatives; and give A$5000 and fund visits by conservation experts to assist the Yangon Heritage Trust in its efforts to
preserve old buildings in the commercial capital. Senator Carr also announced an increase from 20 to 50 in the number of
the scholarship program, funded by Australia’s overseas aid agency, AusAID, reflected Australia’s interest in helping to build human capacity in Myanmar, he said. In an exclusive interview with The Myanmar Times at the Strand Hotel on June 7, Senator Carr said the decision to lift the remaining sanctions was based on the advice of the Australian ambassador, Ms Bronte Moules, that “any good they might have done has been done.” “Engagement is going to produce better results than coercion,” he said. More page 4
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The importance of media ethics
By Kyaw Thu ABOLISHING media censorship is a prerequisite for countries transforming from systems of centralised, authoritarian governance to more liberal and inclusive democratic societies. Myanmar is no exception. As Myanmar walks the reform path and transitions to democracy, outdated customs and policies not in line with democratic principles need to be abandoned. Censorship is but one such policy. As a journalist who has worked under pre-publication censorship for most of my career, I have always hoped to see censorship abolished. So I was overjoyed when I heard the announcement made by an official at the Press Scrutiny and Registration Division (PSRD) that newspapers, or rather news journals, would no longer need to submit content before publication from the end of June. This good news should be welcomed by both journalists and the public. Independent and vibrant news media is essential for the democratic system, in terms of both uncovering truth and promoting transparency more generally. Journalists in Myanmar have been handcuffed by the rules and regulations imposed by successive governments for several decades. But the changing political landscape after U Thein Sein was sworn in as president has created opportunities for Myanmar journalists, with the government loosening its grip on the media. As these changes were taking place, I conducted a survey of Myanmar journalists from August 2011 to March 2012 with the support of Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism based in Oxford. The majority of the 77 working journalists said U Thein Sein’s government had relaxed censorship of the media compared with the previous military government. Publishers also want to see a liberalisation of the media industry, and foresee that the post-censorship period will present good opportunities for expansion of particularly print media.
The Mail Box
Dear editor, “PEOPLE'S Forum” disappeared from our state-owned newspapers more than two decades ago and, as a regular reader and contributor to that section, I can say we have been longing for its return for many years. I am glad to see that The Myanmar Times has since passed a glorious 12 years of uninterrupted publication. Certainly, it is the only internationalstandard weekly newspaper in our country that is within the easy reach of the reader to purchase. Undoubtedly it has produced umpteen numbers of readers and writers in its wonderful course of publication. It is a periodical that can stimulate us to read, think and write our thoughts. As I harbour high hopes regarding this publication, I would like to offer some suggestions for its betterment. Since it is an international standard periodical, the font and the pages of The Myanmar Times should be also in colour like other international magazines. At the same time I want to mention that “Readers’ Column”, “People’s Forum” or “Mailbox” as you like to call it should be included in this publication each week as large as it was previously in the state-owned daily newspapers, such as The Guardian Daily and The Working People’s Daily. It is frustrating for common writers like me that we cannot inform our friends living at home and abroad by contributing our thoughts and opinions about events in our country and also international affairs. I hope that like me all of your regular readers would prefer to see an enlarged “Readers’ Column” in your publication from the next issue. I ardently hope that the authorities concerned, namely your editorial board, will ponder over the matters mentioned above for the publication’s benefit. Finally, I wish all luminous tomorrows will go in favour of The Myanmar Times. Yours very sincerely, Mirza Munir Ahmed Siddiqui, Translator (local staff) Bangladesh consulate, Sittwe, Rakhine State
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A newspaper vendor waits for customers at his stall in Yangon on January 3. Pic: AFP However, liberalisation will also create challenges for media companies and individual journalists, particularly because it is likely to herald fierce competition between rival papers. Since most publishing houses in Myanmar are family-owned ventures, the anticipated influx of new investment in the industry could force small companies out of business. Over the next few years, we are likely to see fierce competition between old and new media companies trying to take control of the market. Publishers who are not financially strong will be forced to sell up to larger competitors. As in the former communist countries in Eastern Europe, liberalisation of the media market could favour wealthy individuals or groups and lead to them controlling the market in the future. While mounting investment in the media sector should create more employment opportunities for journalists and attract young people to the profession, the current lack of human resources could also force newspapers to compete to attract qualified and experienced journalists. In the meantime more and more young journalists will be recruited to meet demand. The worst-case scenario is that the large pool of relatively inexperienced but dynamic young journalists increases tension in our transitioning society. Competition between newspapers for “scoops”, sales and a larger share of the market could encourage polarisation between media organisations and personal attacks. As a result, the public could lose trust in the press. This scenario can be prevented, however, by establishing journalism training schools to provide proper training to budding journalists and allowing the formation of journalist associations. Some progress has been made on the latter and while I welcome the founding of journalist associations in Myanmar, I expect these associations will face enormous challenges. Regulating media in a liberal democracy is a sensitive and difficult task. In Britain, the Press Complaints Commission, a body that settles dispute between newspapers and the public, receives thousands of complaints annually. Most recently, the phone hacking scandal has served to undermine the reputation of a number of newspapers. We cannot guarantee that similar problems will not take place in Myanmar when the free market environment encourages aggressive marketing strategies, including journalists’ desire to get the scoop on their rivals. Under pressure from their editor or publisher, journalists might use unethical reporting techniques to beat their rivals. Indeed, some journalists responded in my survey that they were worried that the absence of censorship would encourage unethical reporting that in turn could damage the credibility and reputation of the press. They saw the censorship board as a referee and said it sometimes acted as a mediator to solve disputes between the press and businesses or individuals. While we should welcome greater press freedom in Myanmar, we must remember that it is our duty to ensure that ethical reporting and quality journalism are not lost in the battle for market dominance that is likely to ensue. Kyaw Thu is a former reporter and editor at The Myanmar Times. He completed a fellowship at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism in 2012. His study on the impact of censorship in Myanmar can be read at http:// reutersinstitute.politics.ox.ac.uk/ fellowships/journalist-fellows/ journalist/kyaw-thu.html.
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should be established to provide help for children and families living with HIV. “Social protection is about supporting parents to have access to treatment and supporting orphans to keep them in school or to educate them about HIV and to provide them economic support services,” Mr McClure told a news conference at Traders Hotel on May 30. Social protection would help to ensure that children living with HIV grew up happily and healthily, he said. Mr Clure said UNICEF also wants to work with the Myanmar government to implement the social protection programs to help the most vulnerable children and families. “At this exciting time of changes in Myanmar, one of the important things we want to do is to work with the government to implement social protection programs that help children and families who are most in need,” Mr McClure said. UNICEF’s efforts to fight HIV in Myanmar focus on three areas: children, adolescents and families that have a high risk of HIV infection, are living with HIV infection, or are affected by the disease. Mr McClure said getting sufficient funding for these programs was still a challenge. “We need more money from donors outside of Myanmar and also a greater contribution from the government for scaling up the HIV programs,” he said. Mr David Alnwick, regional adviser of UNICEF’s HIV section at the UN’s East Asia and Pacific regional office in Bangkok, told the news conference that HIV care, prevention and treatment services in Myanmar was still weak compared with other ASEAN countries. “Myanmar is not working the best among ASEAN countries in prevention. A lot of good works have been done in prevention but more needs to be done,” he said. UNICEF figures show there are about 240,000 people living with HIV in Myanmar, of whom almost two-thirds are aged under 34.
Children with HIV need more help, says UNICEF official
By Yamon Phu Thit MORE funding and greater efforts are needed to fight HIV in Myanmar, especially among children, a senior official from the United Nations Children’s Fund, said last month. The chief of the HIV/ AIDS section at UNICEF’s headquarters in New York, Mr Craig McClure, said social protection programs
Team appointed to probe killings
Curfews declared in Rakhine State
CURFEWS were declared at Maungdaw and Buthidaung in northern Rakhine State on June 8 after another outbreak of sectarian violence in which one person was killed, state-run media reported on June 9. A back-page announcement in the New Light of Myanmar said the 6pm to 6am curfews were ordered after rioting in Maungdaw in which five people were attacked, perpetrators of the rape and murder were on board. The attack resulted in the deaths of 10 Muslims who had been travelling on the bus. In an effort to defuse the situation, several groups have released statements asking for Buddhists and Muslims throughout the country to stay calm. The Rakhine National Development Party (RNDP) released a statement on June 4 asking for people from “all sectors” to remain peaceful. one of whom, a 65-year-old man, later died of his injuries, and houses were set on fire or looted. The announcement also said that gatherings of more than five people were prohibited in public places in the two towns. Other back-page announcements issued by the All Myanmar Muslim Association called on all Muslims to remain calm in line with Islamic teachings. “The Union is made up of different religious and ethnic groups, so we want to solve this issue with justice and in a peaceful way,” the party’s chairman, Dr Aye Maung, told The Myanmar Times by telephone from Rakhine State on June 5. The government-recognised All Myanmar Islam Association, which comprises five Islamic groups, published a statement on June 5 calling for the issue to be resolved “within the legal framework”. It asked all Muslims to avoid The announcements said the association had issued a statement condemning the “terrorising and destruction of lives and property of innocent people”. The statement, signed by leading members of five Islamic organisations, also expressed “deepest sympathy for the loss of lives of innocent people, destruction of public property and those dismayed”. – Geoffrey Goddard taking part in protests and to live peacefully according to Islamic rules. On June 4 the 88 Generation Students released a statement saying that the violent incidents in Rakhine State were antithetical to the country’s efforts to create a democratic political system. Ko Mya Aye, one of the leaders of 88 Generation Students, also addressed the crowd at Bengali Sunni Jamae Mosque on June 5. “I am also Muslin. For a very
By Ei Ei Toe Lwin with AFP THE government last week formed a 16-member committee to investigate an outbreak of sectarian violence in Rakhine State that resulted in the deaths of 10 Muslim men, state media reported on June 7. The notice, which appeared on the front page of The New Light of Myanmar, stated that the investigation committee had been formed “to expose the truth and take legal actions” following the occurrence of “organised lawless and anarchic acts that can harm peace, stability and rule of law” in Rakhine State. The chain of events under investigation started on May 28 when a Buddhist Rakhine woman, Ma Thidar Htwe, 27, was raped and murdered in Kyauknimaw village, Ramree township. Despite the fact that three suspects – identified as Muslims by state media – were taken into custody, on June 3 a mob of hundreds of Rakhine locals attacked a bus in Taunggup in the belief that the
long time all religious, cultural and ethnic groups have worked toward living together in unity and peace,” he said. “We are now marching toward the development of a federal democracy, which must stand against religious and racial discrimination. We need equality and the rule of law in Myanmar.” On June 5, the leader of the National League for Democracy, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, told the media that she was concerned at the handling of the situation by Rakhine authorities, in particular their failure to dampen anti-Muslim sentiment after the woman was attacked. Urging understanding between Rakhine’s religious communities, she said “don’t base your actions on anger” and called on the majority Buddhists to “have sympathy for minorities”. The investigation committee formed last week is tasked with probing the causes of the incidents, identifying the offenders and the leaders of the incidents, and taking legal action after the inquiry.
Information for public
THE Ministry of Information launched a website early this month to provide news to the public as well as to Myanmar nationals living abroad, an official from the ministry told The Myanmar Times last week. U Ye Htut, director general of the ministry’s Information and Public Relations Department, said the Myanmarlanguage website (www. ministryofinformation.gov. mm) was intended to provide information to people in Myanmar in a timely manner, collect feedback from the public and inform Myanmar citizens living abroad who are beyond the reach of state media. “We intend to offer information and transparency to the public,” he said. He added that the website will also be used to debunk rumours, “depending on the kind of rumours and whether we think it is the right time to explain about them”. U Myint Htwe, chief of staff at the ministry, said the website will include local news, announcements from the President’s Office and the Ministry of Information, and contact details for government ministries and state-run newspapers. – Win Ko Ko Latt
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Ko Zaw Myint Thu (foreground) and other members of the Myanmar Astronomy and Science Enthusiasts Society gather at Swedaw Pagoda in Yangon to witness the transit of planet Venus across the face of the Sun on June 6. Pic: Boothee
Sight to remember for astronomy enthusiasts
By Aye Sapay Phyu ABOUT 50 astronomy aficionados gathered at a pagoda in Yangon on June 6 to witness the transit of Venus across the face of the Sun, a member of the Myanmar Astronomy and Science Enthusiasts Society said last week. Ko Zaw Myint Thu said the group spent about four hours enjoying the rare celestial event From page 1 at the Swedaw Pagoda Pagoda compound in Mayangone township. “We waited at the pagoda starting at about 5am to see the transit, but we couldn’t see the Sun until about 7:30am because the weather was cloudy,” he said. He said the shadow of Venus crossed the boundary of the Sun at 4:35am Myanmar Standard Time, but the Sun did not rise in Yangon until 5:29am. “When we saw the Sun, the shadow of Venus was already in its surface. The transit lasted until 11:20am, but cloud cover sometimes interrupted our viewing,” the astronomy enthusiast said. He said last week’s event marked the second time that Venus has crossed in front of the Sun this century. Society members viewed the first event, which occurred in 2004, from the Eain Taw Yar Pagoda compound in Dagon township. “This time we saw a dark spot that moved from the lower part of the Sun to upper left-hand edge. In 2004 it exited from the right-hand side of the Sun,” he said. He said some people cancelled their daily activities to see the transit because it’s such a rare event. The next transit will not occur until 2117. • Related story, P. 16.
Australia to lift
Senator Carr said it was important for Australia to encourage the reform process in Myanmar because it wanted to “see economic development, and economic growth and modernising and liberalising governments go hand in hand.” He also said that closer bilateral ties were in Australia’s interests. “It’s good global citizenship,” he said. On his visit to Nay Pyi Taw, Senator Carr said he had told President U Thein Sein that he deserved credit for taking “brave steps” and had invited him to visit Australia at a mutually convenient time. Australia would assist Myanmar to present its case in the United Nations “where every year there’s a standard condemnation of Myanmar passed by the General Assembly: it looks increasingly out of date.” Senator Carr said he had also discussed with President U Thein Sein Australia’s interest in providing expertise to Myanmar for providing benchmarks to regulate its mining sector. “We’re in the middle of a mining boom and we’ve
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got good environmental and planning processes,” he said. Senator Carr’s visit included a meeting on June 6 with the leader of the National League for Democracy, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, who said she welcomed Australia’s decision to ease sanctions. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi had shown particular interest in Australia’s decision to increase aid to Myanmar, he said. “When I said we were expanding our aid, especially for education, she closed in and wanted to explain to me about the shortcomings of the education system,” he said. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi had also accepted an invitation to visit Australia, which she hoped to do next year. Senator Carr also met other opposition party members at a roundtable discussion which focused on reconciliation and social needs in their areas. Those at the roundtable included Dr Than Nyein and U Khin Maung Swe (National Democratic Force), U Thu Wai and Daw Than Than Nu, of the Democratic Party (Myanmar), Pu Zo Zam (Chin National Party), U Zaw Aye Maung (Rakhine Nationalities Democratic Party), U Khun Htun Oo (Shan National League for Democracy), and
Dr Saw Simon Tha (Kayin People’s Party). Among other Myanmar whom Senator Carr consulted at various meetings during his visit were senior presidential adviser (political), U Ko Ko Hlaing, presidential adviser on economics, U Winston Set Aung, the president of civil society organisation Myanmar Egress, U Tin Maung Thann, historian, author and founder of the Yangon Heritage Trust, U Thant Myint-U, as well as student activists released from prison earlier this year and people involved in community development and health care. Asked if the use of ‘Myanmar’ in news releases about his visit meant that Australia no longer used a colonial invention to refer to the country, Senator Carr said the policy change had been made “in the last couple of days.” “You can’t argue with that,” he said, referring to the decision to refer to Myanmar by its official name. “All their neighbours use that; ASEAN uses that,” he said.
Asian media awards
Myanmar has been affected by it. Its publishing helped to alter the landscape of the media in the way newspapers are designed,
laid out and the way newsrooms and media companies operate,” he said in Hong Kong. “Whilst our organisation has had traumatic moments in its history, throughout the paper has continued to grow in stature and quality. “But, in particular our resolute, independent stance on the way the 2010 election was covered marked a defining point where the paper showed itself to be head and shoulders above others,” he said. “Since then we have continued to produce incisive, influential newspapers that portray Myanmar as a dynamic country undergoing exciting change. Our challenge will be to defend the right to transparency of information and to further forge the path as a free media comes into force. “And the person who deserves most of the credit must go to Tom Kean, the paper’s editor for his outstanding performance over the past couple of years. He is one of the most terrific newspapermen I have encountered. I couldn’t think of a better person to be walking down to accept the prize in Hong Kong last night. It was entirely appropriate and I applaud him and all of our hard working team at The Myanmar Times.”
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because of this project but afterwards we were able to rent it. Now this arrangement has stopped unexpectedly so we’re all in a lot of trouble,” said U Kyaw Hlaing from Alwan Sut. “We have already prepared everything for growing paddy. They only told us on May 11 that they could not permit us to grow and then bulldozed the land, including the embankments we made. But we are not in a position to stop it,” said farmer U Win Pe. The farmers have appealed to the president’s office for the chance to release the land permanently, citing section 37(a) of the 2008 constitution, which states that “the union is the ultimate owner of all lands”, and the new Farmland Law, promulgated on May 30. Paragraph 32 of chapter 11 of the land law states that when confiscating land for projects “that are of benefit to the state”, only the minimum amount of land shall be confiscated;
Farmers seek right to use land
By Ei Ei Toe Lwin FARMERS from Alwan Su t v illa g e i n Y a n g o n Region’s Thanlyin township are seeking the right to continue to farm land they were forced to sell 15 years ago for a dormant building project. About 200 acres was bought from the farmers for the project for K5000 an acre. Each of them also got a plot measuring 40 feet by 60 feet when the land was sold. However, when the project never began the farmers were allowed to keep farming the land by leasing the land annually for 10 baskets of paddy an acre. But with the project apparently about to start, the farmers have been told they will no longer be given permission to farm the land. “We have been growing on this land for more than 60 years. Twenty-one acres of my land was taken away
Can’t stand corruption? We want to hear about it, says BSI
By Sandar Lwin A DIRECTOR at the Bureau of Special Investigation has urged members of the public to contact his office if they have information about cases of corruption. U Myo Khaing Swe, director of the Law and Service Department at BSI, which is under the Ministry of Home Affairs, said the bureau’s staff would take all complaints seriously. “If people file a complaint about corruption individually to our bureau, we will act on each complaint. They should be addressed to the Director General of Bureau of Special Investigation, Nay Pyi Taw,” U Myo Khaing Swe said at a securities exchange MOU signing ceremony in Nay Pyi Taw on May 29. “The complainant needs to be genuine. It is better if they mention their identity and address so that it is a formal complaint rather than an anonymous tip off. The two are very different,” he said. He said there had been no “legal complaints” about corruption filed with BSI during the past 18 months, and therefore it had not filed any lawsuits against corruption. Complaints can also be sent to the president or minister for home affairs, he said. “For complaints addressed directly to our bureau, we report on them to the minister and if the minister instructs us to investigate them, we do and report our findings to the minister. If the minister instructs us to file a legal complaint in relation to the case, we file it to the relevant court. Our department has to give a legal opinion on each case.” The Bureau of Special Investigation can be contacted on 067-412-071 (director general) or 067-412-389 (director admin).
A bulldozer destroys freshly ploughed fields in Alwan Sut village, Thanlyin township late last month. Pic: Ko Taik the project shall be executed quickly so as to be completed within the stipulated period of time; and if the project is not implemented, the land shall be returned to the original owner. “When we discussed the issue with the deputy township officer, he said they could not stop it according to the law but said that we could [attempt to stop it through legal means] if we wanted to. We will go ahead,” said U Thaung Tun, a central committee member of the Democratic Party (Myanmar) who has been helping the farmers. The farmers said they had no other means of supporting themselves other than farming and if the right to use the land was not granted they would face significant financial hardship. They also said they were not seeking ownership of the land, only the right to farm it permanently. – Translated by Thit Lwin
Renovations planned at three Yangon hotels
By Yu Yu Maw THREE hotels run by Strand Hotels International (Hong Kong), a joint venture with the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, are scheduled to be renovated this year, a spokesperson for the company told The Myanmar Times on June 3. The refurbishments will involve the Strand, Inya Lake and Thamada hotels. “We are going to increase the number of rooms at Strand Hotel. We aim to finish this project during this year,” said Daw Yu Yu Win, group financial controller and administrative manager of Myanmar Hotels International, the name by which Strand Hotels International is known in Myanmar. “We will also redecorate the wedding hall and increase the number of rooms at Inya Lake Hotel. We can’t say yet how many new rooms there will be at Strand or Inya Lake. Then there will be small renovations at Thamada Hotel such Pic: Ko Taik to start renovations.” “We also want to see the lawn at Inya Lake Hotel restored so it looks beautiful for the coming peak season,” he added. Daw Yu Yu Win said her company was still finalising plans with the ministry to determine how much money would be spent on the renovations. She added that after the renovations were finished, room rates at the three hotels were likely to rise. The new rates will also be based on anticipated increases in market demand. “Now there is stronger competition in Myanmar’s hotel market, so it’s very important for the hotels to provide the best quality and services. And we do hope the renovations can lift up our star ratings too,” Daw Yu Yu Win said. Under the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism’s official five-star rating system, the Strand Hotel is a fivestar facility, while Inya Lake Hotel has been awarded four stars and Thamada Hotel three stars.
The planned renovations at the Strand Hotel include adding more rooms. as changing the curtains and bed sheets, which we will also do at Strand or Inya Lake,” she said. U Hla Htay, director of Myanmar Travels and Tours under the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, emphasised the importance of renovating Inya Lake Hotel, explaining that the Minister of Hotels and Tourism, U Tint Hsan, had said that the hotel should not be “left behind” by other hotels that have been established using foreign direct investment. “Inya Lake Hotel is 50 years old and one of the senior hotels in Yangon. The location is very good, and it has a famous history, especially the wedding hall. But is has been left behind by other hotels that have appeared more recently,” U Hla Htay said. “So we checked Inya Lake, as well as the other two hotels, and pushed them
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Shadows of the past haunt USDP
By Sandar Lwin THE transition to democracy has not been kind to the Union Solidarity and Development Party, the political vehicle of the nation’s former top military officers. While its links to the previous military g o v e r n me n t e n s u r e d a massive win in the 2010 general election, giving it a majority in both the national legislatures, these same connections mean the party has struggled to inspire voters in the more politically open environment of 2012. For people desperate to see improvement and change, the USDP remains a reminder of the difficult economic and social situation of the past two decades. It is an image party leaders are understandably keen to dispense with. “The people do not understand us,” the party’s general secretary, U Htay Oo, told The Myanmar Times in a recent interview. “We have to try to ensure that the people understand us and our pragmatic policies.” Analysts say the USDP’s woes stem from its roots in the Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA), a quasi-political organisation the military government established in 1992 and nurtured as a means of entering the multi-party political system in 2010. The lack of clarity over where both the USDA and USDP got their funding, which has been used to build roads, repair bridges and offer low-interest loans to impoverished households, has tarnished the party’s public image, said Maung Wuntha, a respected journalist and former politician. U Htay Oo said he had frequently responded to and clarified these criticisms. He said the funding had come from businesses that
A discarded signboard from a Union Solidarity and Development Association office in Mandalay. Pic: Christopher Davy the USDA operated with licences and permits handed out by the government but declined to give further details. “I have heard many of those criticisms [over funding]. The association’s funds never came from the government budget. [The USDA] raised its funds by collecting money from members, from other donors and the businesses owned by the association,” U Htay Oo said. “Also, the [projects] were not done by us alone. Many of them were funded by private donors and we just organised the donation to help solve the difficulties of the people.” He suggested that the criticisms came from people who were seeking to hurt the party’s standing with voters. “In regards to these criticisms, I would like to say that if you look at someone with a loving eye you will see them positively. If not, you will always see them negatively.” The party’s path to hluttaw dominance was undoubtedly eased by the NLD decision to boycott the 2010 election. However, the USDP deserves much credit for developments in Myanmar over the past 18 months, particularly efforts to reach out to the opponents, both domestic and foreign, of the former government. Its victory in the 2010 election led to the formation of a government, comprising mostly USDP members, that has embarked on a series of reforms. The USDP-dominated parliament has also won many plaudits, and perhaps most importantly shown that it will not be beholden to the government. Given Myanmar’s fraught political history, the smoothness of the transition, with the USDP at the helm, has been nothing short of remarkable. But its successful steering of Myanmar’s transition has failed to materialise into electoral gains. Voters deserted the party in droves during the 2012 byelections: The NLD received twothirds of all votes cast, far ahead of the USDP, which won only one constituency, with 27 percent of votes. Where does the USDP go from here, with a general election little more than three years away? U Htay Oo conceded that the party needs an overhaul, not least of all in its public image. “We need reform. Before, we occasionally did reform,” he said. “In my opinion, it is not the policy [that needs to change] but our style of working and tactics. “Our party is also weak in its relations with the media. We need to fix that. We need to try to make the people understand our policies [which are] solving the people’s difficulties by doing social work outside the parliament and, at the same time, developing and installing pragmatic new policies step by step. “I believe that only the party that can bring practical benefits to the people will survive in the future.” But analysts say the crucial question, the one that will decide the USDP’s future, is whether the party can shake off its old image and exchange it for a new, more attractive look. The populist politics employed elsewhere in Southeast Asia by Thailand’s Thaksin Shinawatra and Cambodia’s Hun Sen perhaps offers one model for the USDP. While the party might claim it has tens of millions of members, a major issue for the USDP – and, it should be noted, almost every other party – is a lack of political capacity and experience. Maung Wuntha said leaders should look to rebuild from the ground up by recruiting “party cadres” with strong political convictions who can help to rebuild trust with communities. “The party should clarify its budget first to gain the people’s trust. It must attract and sign up members who have real political spirit, people who consider themselves politicians,” Maung Wuntha said. “And the easiest way to change people’s perceptions about the party is to reverse the weak points of the previous government, the points that made the people disgusted. More than avoiding them, the USDP must do the opposite. If people don’t like fraud and corruption, the party must avoid those. If the people don’t like command-style leadership and management, it must [change its style]. If the people don’t like [feeling as though] the USDP always being in command and speaking to them like servants, the party’s members must change their such mindset and accept the people as voters, and so their benefactors,” he said. Political analyst Kyaw Win said there had been signs that the USDP was changing its operating style and how it made decisions. “The USDP needs to transform from working by command to doing things by consensus. We can see [USDP members] are doing this to some extent,” he said. The background of the party’s leaders should necessarily be an impediment to future electoral success, he said. “All influential politicians in our country come from the military and all political parties still need to build capacity,” said Kyaw Win, editor of political journal The Wave. “They [USDP leaders] need to clearly show their performance. If they can perform well enough to satisfy people, this will change perceptions.” Change, in terms of both the party’s image and operations, has mostly come from the top, in the form of its former chairman, President U Thein Sein, and acting chairman, Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker Thura U Shwe Mann. However, it is not clear whether their leadership style will reverberate down to the party’s lower echelons. Thakin Tin Mya, a veteran politician, said perceptions about the party would only change through the actions of its members. “The better [USDP representatives] can perform as politicians, the better for the country,” he said. “I think the change [of the USDP leaders] from military men into politicians is good for the country and it is normal that there could be some weaknesses because it is quite an abrupt change in their life. But they can learn from their experiences and improve. Politicians need to support each other and must avoid fomenting trouble.” All analysts said reforming the USDP was an issue of national importance that would be watched closely and that the fledgling democratic system would benefit from a stronger and more politically capable USDP. “A multi party democratic system needs to have at least two or three strong political parties so they can balance each other and the bureaucrats,” Maung Wuntha said. “If the USDP develops into a capable and honest party, it will be good for the country.”
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he wanted there to be “some understanding” between himself and the workers. “I want discussions as well. I want our workers to come back to the factory because I want to comply with their demands. The problem was not that big initially. I will listen what they want because I want our workers to understand me,” he said. The Hi-Mo workers started their strike on May 9. On May 11 they returned to work after coming to an agreement with a representative from the factory. However, the agreement was revoked by the factory representative, prompting the employees to go back on strike. On May 24, about 1500 women employed by Hi-Mo held a 24-hour vigil in front of the factory. Although the factory owners had earlier agreed to a list of minor demands by the workers, the main sticking point was a request by workers that the basic monthly salary be increased to K30,000 from K8000. At the negotiating meeting U Myint Soe proposed the institution of a fixed basic salary system for workers, to which all of the workers agreed except those at Hi-Mo, who held out for a renegotiation of the In response to complaints by some workers that they had been abused and unfairly punished by management during earlier meetings, Deputy Minister of Labour U Myint Thein told The Myanmar Times that action would be taken in such cases. “According to the 1951 Factories law, factory owners and managers cannot punish workers in this manner. This is not the way factories should operate according to international standards,” he said. “Now we know that there are many kinds of problems between workers and owners. If we know about these issues, we can take action to correct them. If someone makes a legitimate complaint, we will take action.” Ma Mya Hnin Yi, a representative of the striking workers, told The Myanmar Times on June 6 that “everything was fine” as a result of the negations and agreements. “Everyone in the factory is happy now. The days when we were striking were too long, we had no food or water. Everyone was upset, and many people got sick from sitting in the rain and the direct sunlight. But now everything is alright,” she said.
Strikes end at five factories in Yangon
By Noe Noe Aung A MONTH-LONG strike at Hi-Mo wig factory in Yangon ended on June 5 after the South Korean owner agreed to comply with the demands of the workers, with the same round of negotiations also resulting in the end of strikes at four other factories. The negotiations where the breakthrough occurred took place at Kanaung Hall in Hlaing Tharyar Industrial Zone. The meetings were attended by the owners and workers from Hi-Mo factory, as well as representatives from four other factories where workers were on strike: Costec, Great Forever, CNN Myanmar Trading and San Kaung. Also in attendance were Deputy Minister of Labour U Myint Thein; U Win Shein from the Factories and General Labour Laws Inspection Department; U Myint Soe, chairman of Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association; freelance legal consultant U Htay; and U Ko Ko Gyi, an activist with the 88 Generation Students. During the meeting, Mr Kwak, the South Korean owner of Hi-Mo factory, said
Workers at Hi-Mo wig factory in Yangon prepare to return to work on June 6, the day after negotiations ended a 28-day strike. Pic: Boothee agreement that had been reached on May 11 but was later cancelled by the factory owners. According to U Myint Soe’s proposal, trainees will be paid K1000 a day for a monthly basic salary of K27,000. An additional costof-living allowance of K100 will be paid, totalling K2700 a month. In addition, K273 an hour will be paid for overtime, with a maximum of 88 hours a month allowed for overtime (K24,000). A K3000 bonus will also be paid for regular attendance at work. Therefore, the maximum monthly salary for a trainee will be K56,700 a month. Grade C operators will get K1100 a day (K29,700 a month) for basic salary, K300 a day for cost of living allowance, K300 an hour for overtime and K3000 for regular attendance. With another K3000 productivity bonus, the maximum salary comes to K70,200 a month. Grade B operators will get K1150 basic salary, K500 a day for cost of living, K5000 for regular attendance, K313 and hour for overtime and a K5000 productivity bonus, for a maximum salary of K82,904. U Myint Soe said factory owners needed to understand the situation of the workers, but workers also had to understand that the owners faced their own difficulties. “The first problem is electricity. The owners must run generators, spending money on diesel fuel. And the owners have also had to deal with weak markets since international sanctions were imposed, and they also have to pay expensive transport fees when they export their products,” he said.
Chaungtha Beach hotels to offer rainy season discounts
By Yu Yu Maw HOTELS at Chaungtha Beach are planning monsoon sales to attract visitors during the rainy season, an official from the Chaungtha Hoteliers Association said last week. Chaung Tha Beach Hotels are going to open with big sale during monsoon season, “Customer can get 10 percent to 40pc discount if they visit Chaungtha during monsoon season,” said association secretary U Min Kyaw Oo. “We normally offer those kinds of discounts each rainy season because just a few travellers usually visit the beach at this time of year. So you can stay two nights stay here in monsoon for the same price as a one night stay during summer,” he said. Another factor that could help to attract more visitors is the good condition of the 44-kilometre (27-mile) road, which has recently been repaired by the Ministry of Construction and the Chaungtha Hoteliers Association. “Visitors to Chaungtha Beach normally complain that the Chaungtha-Pathein road is really rough. This year, the road is better so we do hope visitors will find it more convenient,” joint secretary U Kyaw Khine added. The association will continue to cooperate with the ministry to ensure the road stays in good condition, U Kyaw Khine said, adding that hotels were also cooperating on weather monitoring. There are 15 licensed hotels and four guesthouses at Chaungtha.
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Govt encourages upgrade of hotels and guesthouses
By Yu Yu Maw A MINISTRY push to upgrade and licence guesthouses and small hotels so they can accept foreign tourists has been welcomed by the tourism industry, which has in recent months struggled to meet a surge in demand for hotel rooms. The plan is designed to reduce dependency on a handful of foreign-owned hotels in Yangon, which have responded to the increased number of foreign visitors by doubling or tripling prices. “If the ministry can’t get new hotel zones up and running immediately they should encourage existing hotels to upgrade. At the moment travel agents rely only on [foreign-owned] hotels because there are few local hotels that offer reliable service,” said U Win Tin, managing director of Journey Travel and Tours in Mayangone township. “So this program is a good step for the industry. Hopefully we won’t have to worry so much about using the local hotels.” The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism last month inspected budget and midrange guesthouses and hotels and encouraged them to renovate before the peak season, which begins in October, Director General U Aung Zaw Win told The Myanmar Times. “Travel agencies mostly rely on the foreign direct investment hotels – mostly four and five star hotels – for their packages and that means those hotels can set the room rate at whatever they want,” he said. “If we can upgrade our local hotels and guesthouses so they are acceptable for foreigners to stay, this could help to solve the hotel room shortage.” The hotels are told what they need to upgrade in terms of facilities and services in order to receive a licence to accept foreign tourists, and have three months to meet the criteria. Those that are already licensed are encouraged to upgrade so as to be able to accept higher-end tourists. To help hotels meet language requirements, the ministry plans to conduct an Englishlanguage proficiency course in June open to all hotel staff. The director general said the program would give tourists more accommodation options, particularly foreign independent travellers (FITs). “We have gone to each hotel and guesthouses, especially those that are one or twostar or no stars. We found that some guesthouses are not suitable at all, even for FITs, so we won’t encourage those places to renovate,” he said. The owners of some guesthouses and hotels said they were already taking steps to improve their properties. “We understand the situation and will follow up on the ministry’s activities. We know that we should renovate our rooms because in the future I believe that more foreigners will come to Myanmar. This is a kind of preparation for that,” said U Kyaw Myint Swe, owner of Golden Smile Inn in downtown Yangon’s Pabedan Township. Manager U Than Htun said the rooms at Golden Smile Inn would be redecorated and some staff sent for English training. “We haven’t set a room rate for after renovation. Whether we change the room rate or not depends on the market demand,” U Than Htun said. However, agents have also cautioned that the upgraded hotels need to offer value for money, and also expressed some doubt that the push would help meet demand from high-end travellers. A spokesperson from Pearl Nadi Travels and Tour in Pazundaung township said clients had complained that the quality of one and two-star accommodation in Yangon was not acceptable and wasn’t worth the money they had paid. “We have experience that if we put package tourists in one or two-star hotels, we get feedback that [the hotel] is not good, including the facilities and service. We know that there are some local hotels that can accept the foreigners with good service. But most of those kind of hotels don’t have good facilities and services,” the spokesperson said. British traveller Tom Nononen said most FITs preferred smaller and less expensive hotels but these still needed to offer a basic level of service. “I have already visited several countries in Asia and Europe. The first time
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Pedestrians walk past Mahabandoola Guesthouse near Sule Pagoda. Pic: Boothee I visited Indonesia I stayed in a five-star hotel. Now I change my viewpoint because I want to meet with local people. If I stay in one of those five or fourstar hotels I will not get in touch with local people’s life. This guesthouse is quite alright for us,” he told The Myanmar Times at Mahabandoola Guesthouse near Sule Pagoda. M a h a b a n d o o l a Guesthouse manager U Tin Soe said his three-storey, 14-room property was fully booked and about 80 percent of his customers were foreigners. Mahabandoola charges from US$5 a night (K3500K for local) to $10 (K5000). According to ministry figures, Yangon has 189 hotels and guesthouses, including five five-star hotels, six four-star, 13 three-star, 21 two-star, 28 one-star and 116 unrated.
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Daw Suu Kyi says Thailand trip “productive”
By Zaw Win Than DAW Aung San Suu Kyi said last week that her trip to Thailand from May 29 to June 3, her first overseas trip in more than two decades, was “productive” despite rumours that some were “dissatisfied” by her comments. “I appreciate everything the Thai government did to make my visit there a very happy one. In particular I would like to thank the security forces and I would like to thank the people of Thailand for the warmth with which they accepted me,” Daw Suu Kyi said at a press conference at National League for Democracy headquarters in Yangon on June 6. “I also managed to meet Burmese migrant workers and refugees, and to address issues related to them. The authorities in Thailand were very, very cooperative. I have no complaints whatsoever to make about my time in Thailand, and I hope relations between the two countries will get better with every passing day and every passing year,” she said. Daw Suu Kyi addressed world business leaders at the World Economic Forum on East Asia in Bangkok on June 1, during which she talked about the current political and economic situation in Myanmar. “I spoke very openly about the current situation in Burma at the forum. ... We can keep going on the right reform path only if we understood and realise the current situation in Burma,” she said. “What I did was go to meet migrant workers and to meet those officials in Thailand who are responsible for the migrant workers’ situation, and we discussed matters of mutual benefit,” she said. “I also went to see the refugee camps in Mae La where we had fruitful discussions, and I do not think my activities there could in any way affect the situation of Burmese people adversely,” she said. She said true friendship depends on be able to build up genuine friendship and understanding,” said Daw Suu Kyi said. Daw Suu Kyi also revealed plans at the press conference for her upcoming trip to Europe. The trip will start on June 13, with the first stop in Geneva, Switzerland, to deliver a speech at a session of the International Labour Conference. Subsequent stops will include Norway, Dublin, London and Paris. The highlight of her visit to Norway will be her formal acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize that she was awarded in 1991. According to Norway’s Foreign Affairs office, Daw Suu Kyi is scheduled to arrive in Oslo on the afternoon of June 15. She will have a meeting with Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg in the late afternoon, followed by a press conference at the prime minister’s residence. Daw Suu Kyi will deliver her Nobel lecture at Oslo City Hall on June 16, and a public meeting will be held later that day. On June 17, she will hold talks with the foreign minister in Oslo before travelling to Bergen, where she will meet with members of the Rafto Foundation. The next day she will meet with the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence. After that Daw Suu Kyi will travel to Dublin to receive Amnesty’s Ambassador of Conscience Award for 2009, followed by a week-long sojourn to England. She will then travel to France on June 26 before returning to Myanmar on June 30.
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By Aye Thidar Kyaw and Juliet Shwe Gaung THE Central Bank of Myanmar announced last week it was introducing a blue coloured ten thousand kyat currency note, receiving mixed reactions from economists and traders. The government announced on June 8 it will put into circulation the new denomination starting from June 15, according to a statement published in the state-run New Light of Myanmar. The move is expected to help raise the exchange rate against the dollar but could also push up inflation. Dr Maung Aung, a senior economist said the recent appreciation of the Kyat had caused a headache, especially for exporters, as well as a decline in the economy and a decrease in overall demand. “The appreciation of the kyat does not support exporters. The point of the new note is to increase the money supply and could result in the value of the exchange rate reaching about K900 to the dollar,” he told The Myanmar Times. He said exporting industries like fisheries could not survive under the current exchange rate of slightly over K800 to the dollar but would be able to operate with an exchange rate of about K900. He also said it would support the agriculture industry. “Farmers have suffered the worst with the appreciation of the kyat. But this will benefit them only if export earnings are high enough.” On the negative side, he warned that the new notes could result in a rise in commodity prices.
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Government introduces K10,000 note
A copy of the new K10,000 note provided by the Ministry of Information. “Nevertheless, the positive impact would exceed the negative ones,” he said. Traders like Ayeyarwaddy groundnut oil manufacturer U Khin Soe said the government should use the new note to pay for loans for farmers as collateral. With about 70 percent of the workforce in Myanmar being farmers, it would greatly help the agriculture sector, he said. At present, consumption is not high because per capita income remains low. Basic commodity prices are up because farmers cannot grow enough to cover the amount for local consumption and exports, he said. “If their production is up, prices are likely to go down and consumption grow,” he said. “However, if the government were to exchange the notes with old ones for public salaries it would likely just raise inflation [as has happened with previous introductions] and nothing will change in a positive way,” he said. “That’s why we want to know how the government will manage the introduction of the new note.” A beans and pulses exporter, U Win Aung, from Bayintnaung commodity warehouse compound said this was a better way to raise the exchange rate. The government’s recent moves to increase car imports has pushed the exchange rate up by about K100 in the last six months, but was not beneficial for other sectors. There needs to be ways to raise the exchange rate that supports all the people, he said. “I think this is the right time because we need higher value in the exchange rate, we want more exports,” U Win Aung said.
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K46 billion needed for private insurance company
By Aung Kyi PRIVATE insurance companies offering only life insurance policies will be required to have paid-up capital of K6 billion (about US$7.2 million) but firms offering a range of policies will need at least K46 billion ($57 million), a senior Myanma Insurance official said last week. U Mg Maung Thein, the staterun company’s general manager, made the comments during a seminar on the formation of private insurance companies at the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry headquarters in Yangon on June 3. “Composite insurance companies will require paid-up capital of K46 billion but life insurance specialist companies will only require paid-up capital only K6 billion, while general insurance companies that do not offer life policies will need paid-up capital of K40 billion,” he said. U Mg Maung Thein said 60 percent of the total paid-up capital, which must be held in state-run banks, will be refunded after one year. Of the remaining amount, 30pc must be used to buy treasury bonds and 10pc must be put into an interest bearing Myanma Economic Bank account, he said. He added that the paid-up capital levels had been set to control the number of companies operating in the soon-to-beprivatised sector and prevent bankruptcy or insolvency issues. “Myanma Insurance has sold 180 application forms to business groups interested in setting up companies but no applications have been submitted yet,” he said. U Mg Maung Thein said all 18 private banks had bought application forms to set up insurance companies and most were expected to submit applications. However, only a handful of the country’s biggest business groups were expected to apply due to the large paid-up capital requirements. While Myanma Insurance announced in early May that private insurance companies recently submitted a proposal of a K5 billion premium to Myanma Insurance but was refused because it would require about half of Myanma Insurance capital if a pay-up was to be made. The general manager also said that the government would prefer the insurance companies to be public companies, but later told The Myanmar Times this did not exclude private companies. U Aye Myint, a factory owner in Hlaing Tharyar township, said: “It’s good that private companies will be allowed into the insurance sector. I think the large paidThe state-run Myanma Insurance has been the sole insurance company in Myanmar for 47 years. After the country gained independence in 1948, there were over 100 private insurance companies in operation. All were later closed and the market monopolized by the government in 1965, a situation which continued until this year. “There are only two countries left in the world, North Korea and Cuba, that have not yet allowed private companies to run insurance business. But Cuba is expected to allow private insurance companies in the near future as it is also reforming its economic model,” U Aye Myint said. U Aung Lwin, vice-chairman of UMFCCI, said: “It is a good thing to allow private companies to run insurance business. Customers would have more choice and there will be more private agents for marketing. Before, only a few people knew about insurance policy, premium or pay-out regulations.” There are currently over 800 private insurance agents for Myanma Insurance operating throughout the country. The shake up of the sector would be expected to benefit the agents. “We expect that there will be more opportunities for private insurance agents in the future because we might be able to work not only for state-run Myanma insurance but also for private insurance companies,” said Daw Khin Myat, a private agent.
‘It’s good that private companies will be allowed into the insurance sector.’
would be given the green light to set up, some foreign firms, including Hong Kong-based AIA Insurance and the United States’ Star Insurance, had also expressed interest. “Currently foreign insurance companies will not be allowed to run insurance businesses in Myanmar because the government would like private domestic companies to set up in preparation for the ASEAN Free Trade Area in 2015,” he said. The government had decided to allow private companies to facilitate economic reforms and because Myanma Insurance alone could not meet the nation’s needs, he said. He added that a company had up capital requirements will mean that only banks and big companies, such as Shwe Taung Development Company, will be able to set up. “But I don’t think the domestic private banks alone have enough capacity to run insurance businesses without foreign investment. Private banks cannot even handle the foreign currency exchange markets,” U Aye Myint added. Questions also remain over large pay-outs for disasters such as cyclone Nargis in 2008. It was not yet clear how cases or probable disputes would be settled between private insurance companies and customers for destruction or ruin after disasters, he said.
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Debit cards set to arrive
By Aye Thidar Kyaw PRIVATE banks in Myanmar are looking to set up an inter bank network system enabling the use of debit cards in a number of commercial centres later this month, banking sources said last week. “We are trying to implement this system for the general public, and is likely to start at the end of June or early July,” said Daw Than Than Swe, a secretary of the Myanmar Payment Union (MPU) committee. “Tests are under way to find out possible weaknesses or strong points, we can’t release details yet,” she said. The move would follow the Central Bank’s issuing of authorized dealer licenses to handle foreign currency to 17 private banks on April 1 (the start of 2012-2013 fiscal year), and opening official money changer counters in tourist areas such as banks in dow n tow n ar eas, th e airport, hotels and shopping centres. Under the first phase of Central Bank policy, about six private banks started offering Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) services through an intra bank network system last November but the system only linked the main office of a bank with its branches. Now, the inter bank network will link all local banks under a second phase where debit card payments will be facilitated by MPU. That system will be
South Korean consortium to build power plant in Yangon
By Stuart Deed YANGON is set to receive improved electricity supply in the future following an agreement signed between the government and a South Korean consortium to build a gas-fired power plant outside Yangon last week. South Korea’s BKB Consortium, Korea Western Power Co and Hyundai Engineering and Construction Co Ltd signed a deal with the Yangon Electricity Supply Board to build a 500-megawatt gas-fired power plant on June 3, the state-run New Light of Myanmar newspaper reported the following day. Union Minister for Electric Power 2 U Khin Maung Soe attended the meeting, which included high-ranking officials from the companies concerned and took place at the Yangon City Electricity Supply Board headquarters in Ahlone township. However, the report did not say when the project would begin, when it was expected to be finished or where the natural gas would be sourced from. The reports said the parties signed a memorandum of agreement to build a 500MW natural gas-fuelled power plant in Yangon’s Thaketa township. The plant will be built under a build, operate and transfer joint venture agreement between the ministry, BKB Consortium and Hexa International Co.
An elderly customer inserts a card into an automatic teller machine (ATM) in Yangon. Pic: Kaung Htet used in shopping centres, car showrooms and certain restaurants in Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw, Daw Than Than Swe said. “Then, we will target the international link system with swift as a third phase. The Central Bank is already prepared for that by building a data centre and consulting foreign technicians. That will start early next year,” she said. Initially, the Central Bank targeted the swift system to start last April, with the system linking to international banks in order to facilitate money remittance and transfers via banks, according to a Central Bank spokesperson. “This system is very wide ranging, we needed to prepare so many aspects and that takes time,” he said. The inter bank network for debit card payment services will involve Kanbawza, Asia Green Development, Cooperative and Ayeyarwaddy banks. “Private banks have already prepared for debit cards, but we have to wait for the MPU committee’s decision. However, the Minister of Finance and Revenue announced on June 4 it will be implemented soon,” said Co-operative Bank managing director U Pe Myint, adding that private banks have already sent about 3000 ATMs with debit card payment services to shopping areas. Petrol stations are also waiting confirmation having already applied for a card payment system last September.
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by British bank HSBC showed a contraction for the same month. China has already cut bank reserve requirements three times since December as exports – a key engine of growth – have stumbled, causing economic growth to weaken to its slowest pace in three years for the first quarter. There are signs that Beijing is ramping up spending with infrastructure projects, but officials and state media have ruled out a massive stimulus plan like a four-trillion-yuan (US$635-billion) spending spree in 2008. Meanwhile, India’s economy grew at a nineyear low of 5.3 percent in the first quarter, data showed on May 31, as the global downturn hit the emerging market giant. The unexpectedly grim figure was well below analysts’ forecasts for 6.1pc growth and coincided with China’s bleak data, dimming hopes that emerging countries will power the global economy back to health. HSBC’s chief India economist Leif Eskesen said India’s weakening economy was like a “gasping elephant”. “The slowdown in growth has proven deeper than expected,” he said. India’s other indicators are a source of worry: the rupee is at historic lows against the dollar, annual inflation remains high at around 7pc, and the current account and public deficits are large. That makes it difficult for policymakers to respond to slowing growth, since the bulging public deficit gives little scope for added government spending and high inflation makes cutting interest rates difficult. Elsewhere, South Korea’s exports – an indicator for the region – declined yearon-year for a third straight the contraction level of 50. Asian stocks have taken a further hit, following a miserable May in which most regional markets gave up almost all the gains they had made since the start of 2012 as Europe’s debt crisis came back into sharp focus. Companies are also yanking massive initial public offers, citing the weak market conditions. London-based jeweller Graff Diamonds said on May 30 it had decided to delay its $1 billion offer in Hong Kong. Another glamorous business, Formula One, is waiting for “the most opportune” time to launch its $2.5 billion IPO in Singapore after turbulence returned to financial markets, a source said on June 1. – AFP
Asia struggles to ward off EU crisis impact
By Bill Savadove SHANGHAI – Weak manufacturing activity in China and dismal growth data from India have underscored Asia’s vulnerability to the European turmoil and sparked fresh calls for government intervention. Asia was long considered a global bright spot, even a haven from Europe’s deepening crisis and the weak US recovery. But the continent is starting to feel the heat as overseas markets deteriorate. World Trade Organisation chief Pascal Lamy said last week that the region was increasingly “interconnected with the rest of the planet and I don’t think this relative immunity will be forever”. “I would expect, given what is happening in other parts of the world economy, this region to be more affected than it has been so far,” he said. Lamy’s fears were borne out within hours as the disappointing data stoked calls for China’s and India’s governments to kick-start their economies to escape hard landings, which could worsen the already fragile global outlook. “China’s economic slowdown is more severe th an ex p e c t e d . E x p o r t orders are continuing to fall, which is definitely related to Europe’s debt crisis,” said Liao Qun, chief economist for Citic Bank International in Hong Kong. “Uncertainty in Europe is high. China needs to move faster and more aggressively to speed up loosening of its monetary and fiscal policies.” China’s official purchasing managers’ index (PMI) for manufacturing indicated a sharper-than-expected slowdown in May, while separate PMI data released
A Chinese woman works at a cotton thread factory in Huaibei, in eastern China’s Anhui province on June 1. Pic: AFP month in May as the eurozone turbulence and China’s slowdown took their toll on the economy, figures showed on June 1. South Korea’s shipments to the United States dropped 16.5pc and those to the European Union fell 16.4pc. A PMI reading for resources giant Australia fell deep into negative territory while Taiwan’s HSBC PMI fell to 50.5 from 51.2, barely staying above
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Spanish town’s building plan sparks protest
By Elodie Cuzin MADRID – A jobs-starved town in southern Spain has sparked uproar by agreeing on a scheme to build 350 homes and a batch of hotels with 1400 rooms on unspoiled land along a “paradise” beach. On windy days, the colourful sails of wind- and kite-surfers dot the horizon beyond the pristine, sands by the small Andalusian town of Tarifa. In the distance you make out the coast of Morocco. Just across a small road running behind the beach, wild grasses grow, dotted with just a few homes, camping grounds and small hotels. This is the site the town hall has chosen for the hotel and housing project: a total 84,000 square metres (904,000 square feet) in construction on an area of 70 hectares (170 acres). The mayor, Juan Andres Gil Garcia, says it will help the economy in a region with a 33percent unemployment rate, the highest in Spain, which in turn has the highest in Europe. One reason unemployment is so high however is because a Spanish real-estate burst, leaving parts of the country marred by vast tracts of unsold property. Green groups and beach-goers are outraged by the latest plan. “It’s crazy, they are going to destroy a paradise,” said 37-yearold Noelia Jurado, a member A windsurfer prepares his board at Valdevaqueros beach in Tarifa on June 1. Pic: AFP Until now, Tarifa’s main beach has been spared in part because of a wind that discourages sunseekers. But elsewhere in Andalusia the damage widespread, symbolised by the hell of a huge hotel on the beach at Algarrobico, at the gateway of a natural desert park. Despite repeated demolitions orders from the courts, some residents still back it in the hope it will create jobs. In Tarifa, the major is stung by the reaction to the town’s new building project. “This is modern town planning, nothing like the excessive construction along our coasts from decades ago,” said the mayor on the town hall’s internet site, which stresses that the scheme only allows one-storey homes and limits hotels to three floors. Most importantly, it would create jobs. Opposing the construction is against residents’ interests, he said. “It is the worst thing they could do to us.” Defenders of the beach are unconvinced. The hotels and homes “will never fill up because the best publicity for Tarifa is its untouched beach”, said Greenpeace’s Pilar Marcos. Besides, said Noelia Ju rado of Save Valdevaqueros, “there are still a huge number of new homes in Tarifa that have been empty for four years”. – AFP
of the citizens group Save Valdevaqueros. The lobby group was set up after the town council voted to clear the project, which still needs final approval from the regional government of Andalusia. Details of the scheme, approved by the right and the Socialists, with only the ecological-communist Izquierda Unida party against, have yet to be revealed to the residents. “It is all very opaque,” Noelia said.
She is not alone. The group’s Facebook page has 11,000 members, and dozens of people have posted holiday snaps of the beach on the online edition of leading daily El Pais, which opened a dedicated area. “Please, don’t destroy it,” said one reader who sent in a picture of three young girls sitting on a dune dominating the beach. The indignation is also a symptom of the damage done to Spain’s coastline in decades of unrestrained construction.
A 2008 property crash plunged Spain into economic and financial crisis, and analysts estimate there are now a million new homes unsold. In the past 20 years, Spain has lost coastline equal to eight football fields a day to construction, according to Greenpeace. “It is incredible that the public authorities are still launching this kind of project when the economic model is obsolete,” said the group’s coastline protection official, Pilar Marcos.
Pending sales of US homes decrease by most in a year
By Shobhana Chandra WASHINGTON – The number of Americans signing contracts to buy previously owned homes fell in April by the most in a year, indicating the US housing recovery remains uneven. The index of pending home resales dropped 5.5 percent following a revised 3.8pc gain the prior month, figures from the National Association of Realtors showed on May 30 in Washington. The median forecast of 42 economists surveyed by Bloomberg News called for no change in the measure. Mortgage rates at record lows failed to sustain the pace of demand as some buyers may have waited for home prices to decline further. Limited access to credit and persistent foreclosures still weigh on housing, adding to concern it will remain a source of weakness for the world’s largest economy. “I don’t think we can see imminent signs of a robust rebound in housing yet,” Ryan Sweet, a senior economist at Moody’s Analytics in West Chester, Pennsylvania, said before the report. “There are a num ber of hurdles f or housing. Even though the labour market is improving, hiring has slowed in recent months and it is still hard to qualify for a loan.” Estimates in the Bloomberg survey ranged from a drop of 4.3pc to a rise of 3.1pc. The Realtors group revised March data from a previously reported gain of 4.1pc. Three of four regions saw a decrease, the May 30 report showed. That included a 12pc slump in the west and a 6.8pc decline in the south. Pending purchases rose in the northeast. Compared with a year earlier, the index climbed rate, with gains in all four regions. The Realtors group revised this year’s forecast to 4.66 million pre viously owned home sales, up from 4.26 million in 2011. It projects 4.92 million purchases in 2013. Toll Brothers is among the builders reporting growth in orders. Secondquarter profit at the Horsham, Pennsylvaniabased company exceeded analysts’ estimates as orders surged 47pc from a year earlier. “We are feeling better than we have at any time in the past five years,” Chairman Robert Toll said on a May 23 earnings call. “We would like to say we’re back, but we need a little more confirmation. Nonetheless, it sure feels good compared to the desert we’ve just crossed.” Borrowing costs remain attractive. The average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage fell to an all-time low of 3.78pc in the week ended May 24, according to Freddie Mac data going back to 1971. The average 15-year rate held at 3.04pc, also a record low, the McLean, Virginia-based mortgage-finance company said. A r eal e state ag en ts group’s affordability index, which is based on a combination of resale prices, household income and mortgage rates, reached a record high in the first quarter, a report showed this month. – Bloomberg
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14.7pc after a 10.5pc gain in the prior 12-month period. Pending home sales provide insight into actual contract closings a month or two later. Purchases of existing homes, which made up about 93pc of the housing market last year, are tabulated when the contract closes. Other figures signal demand is improving. Newhome purchases, also logged when contracts are signed, climbed 3.3pc to a 343,000 annual rate in April, a Commerce Department report showed May 23. Data the previous day showed sales of existing homes increased 3.4pc to a 4.62 million annual
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Bayintnaung to get flyover
By Noe Noe Aung A NEW flyover is set to be built at the Bayintnaung junction in Insein township. The project, which is being undertaken by First Myanmar Investment Company (FMI), was inaugurated by the company on June 5. The junction will see two connected overpasses, with one running along the Bayintnaung road from south to north and another following the Thamine Butaryone road from east to west, U Thein Wai, president of First Myanmar Investment Company (FMI), said at the event. “The company is also planning to build a new bridge in the place of Bayintnaung bridge. Not to replace the main bridge but to connect with the flyovers and to cross the road,” he said. The company is also planning to extend the connecting Bayintnaung and Thamine Butaryone roads. “Bayintnaung road, which originally has six lanes will be extended to eight lanes and will act as the first layer or ground road. The South-north flyover will be a second layer bridge and the east-west flyover will be the third,” U Thein Wai said at the ceremony. The flyover project, which was designed by a Thai group, Asian Engineering Consultants Corp Ltd, will be constructed by FMI in collaboration with another Thai company, Thailand Pre-stressed Concrete (TPC), as well support from Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC). The flyovers are to be made from a reinforced concrete structure. The load of the second layer is a maximum 75 tons and will be 440 meters long. The third layer bridge load has a maximum 60 tons and will be 600 meters. YCDC will cooperate by moving telephone towers, street lightings, trees, billboards, bus stops, transformers and underground electric wires, telephone communication wires, water pipes and gas pipes. “We are trying to finish the flyover within at least 12 months,” U Thein Wai said.
Car imports hit property sector
By Htar Htar Khin RECENT upheaval in the car market has had a negative impact on property sales, real estate agents said last week. The government’s changes to import licenses for cars has seen a rush of new cars come in, with prices falling and attention diverted away from the real estate market. U Zaw Zaw, the manager of Unity real estate agency in Mingalar Taung Nyunt township, said the car market has drawn interest away from the Yangon real estate sector. “Buying a property in this season brings less of a profit for buyers compared to the car market. Real estate and land prices are at a peak right now and things are likely to remain bad until the wave of car imports slows down,” he said. “The market is distorted to some extent by the impact of vehicle imports but we are also seeing lower levels of FDI coming into the industry which is evidence of a slowing market,” said U Zaw Zaw. Demand has dropped by 25 percent in the last two months for U Zaw Zaw, with sales continuing only for its core market and necessity purchases. “Some wealthy buyers are looking for a place to buy land for hotel businesses during this month but most buyers are quite reluctant. The hike in land prices is also a major cause of slow demand,” said U Zaw Zaw. Sales of properties around K300 million and above, particularly in Yankin, Bahan, Mayangone, Thingangyun and South Okkalapa townships, are proving particularly poor at the moment, he said. He said the outlook is likely to remain uncertain until the end of the year, but will hopefully pick up with new developments. U Sai Khung Noung, the managing director of Sai Khung Noung real estate agency in Tarmwe township, agreed that the car market had made the property sector stagnate, but there was light on the horizon. “You can see the change in the government’s car permit policy has led many buyers to stay away from the property market. “Sales dropped by 20pc in May compared to previous months, particularly for the properties worth K300 million and above across Yangon,” said U Sai Khung Noung. The government is expected to approve a foreign investment law within the next few months, and U Sai Khung Noung said this would hopefully attract more foreign demand into the sector. “I think that after the [FDI] law is approved, it will bring in more foreign investment into the real estate industry. At the moment, the market is quite uncertain and suffers from irregular demand. Most rely on rentals,” he said. His agency has made a handful of transactions in early June but demand has not picked up yet, he said. Ko Min Min Soe from Mya Pan Tha Khin real estate agency in Lanmadaw township, said potential buyers in the market are prefering to wait and see. “With vehicle prices falling because of relaxation in the government’s import policy it will continue to lower demand in real estate sector. That pushes buyers to more or less wait and see where the sector is heading,” Ko Min Min Soe said.
A newly imported car sits in front of a construction site on Pansodan Street in Yangon on June 8. Pic: Boothee
Assad has ‘lost all legitimacy’: UN
US is losing patience, Panetta tells Pakistan
KABUL – Defence Secretary Leon Panetta warned Pakistan on June 7 that Washington is losing patience over its failure to eliminate safe havens for insurgents who attack US troops in neighbouring Afghanistan. Panetta lashed out at Pakistan and the alQaeda-linked Haqqani network during a brief visit to Kabul overshadowed by fury over a NATO air strike that allegedly killed 18 civilians, an issue that the Pentagon chief did not address in public. “Even though we are seeing an uptick in violence in recent days, the overall level of violence is down from past years,” said Panetta, who is assessing plans to withdraw US combat troops by the end of 2014. The Haqqani group is blamed for some of the deadliest attacks in Afghanistan’s 10-year war. “It’s an increasing concern that this safe haven exists and that there are those like the Haqqanis who are making use of that to attack our forces,” Panetta told a news conference with his Afghan counterpart, Abdul Rahim Wardak. “We are reaching the limits of our patience here,” he said. “For that reason, it’s extremely important that Pakistan take action to prevent this kind of safe haven,” he said. The Afghan and US governments have suggested the war in Afghanistan cannot be won unless safe havens in Pakistan are dismantled. Analysts say Islamabad allows the Haqqanis to operate to hedge against any influence by their archfoe India in Afghanistan, while critics in Pakistan accuse the Americans of deflecting blame for the increasingly deadly war. The chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, told reporters in Washington that he shared Panetta’s frustration but acknowledged that Pakistani forces were fighting militants on parts of their own soil. “Make no mistake about it: Although we are extraordinarily dissatisfied with the effect that Pakistan has had on the Haqqanis, we are also mindful that they are conducting military operations – at great loss, by the way,” he said. – AFP UNITED NATIONS – The United Nations said its monitors in Syria were fired upon on June 7 and prevented from accessing the site of a new massacre, as UN chief Ban Ki-moon warned of an “imminent” threat of civil war. Ban said President Bashar al-Assad has “lost all legitimacy,” but world powers were as divided as ever on how to end the violence as the United States clashed with UNArab League envoy Kofi Annan on whether to involve Iran in seeking a solution. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 55 people were killed in the June 6 assault on Al-Kubeir, a small Sunni farming enclave surrounded by Alawite villages in the central province of Hama. Pro-regime militiamen swept through the farmlands, slaughtering women and children, activists said. The Syrian opposition reacted by urging more armed rebellion to bring down Assad’s brutal and defiant regime. The Al-Kubeir incident comes after at least 108 people were killed in a May 25-26 massacre near the central town of Houla, most of them women and children who were summarily executed. Addressing a special session of the UN General Assembly hours after reports emerged of the slaughter in Al-Kubeir, Ban condemned the assault as “shocking and sickening” and blamed Assad. “The trail of blood leads back to those responsible,” he said. “Any regime or leader that tolerates such killing of innocents has lost its fundamental humanity.” Ban later told reporters, “Syria can quickly go from a tipping point to a breaking point. The danger of a fullscale civil war is imminent and real, with catastrophic consequences for Syria and the region.” The United Nations said its four-vehicle convoy was hit by small arms fire in the nearby protest hub of Hama while en route to Al-Kubeir. A vehicle was damaged but the observers were unhurt. Ban told a later UN Security Council meeting that heavy weapons, armour-piercing bullets and surveillance drones had been used against UN observers to hamper their efforts to monitor the worsening conflict. Regime forces are accused of bombarding the tiny settlement of Al-Kubeir before pro-militia thugs sectarian violence and even all-out civil war.” Annan called for the creation of a contact group bringing together Western powers, regional players and Russia and China in a bid to force Assad into talks, and even said he wanted Iran to be involved in finding a “solution.” The United States immediately objected, with its ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, telling reporters: “There is no question that it is actively engaged in supporting the government in perpetrating the violence on the ground.” US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called the latest atrocity “simply unconscionable,” and said a solution to the crisis required a ceasefire, a transfer of power and the formation of a representative interim government. Russia and China have vetoed two Security Council resolutions against Assad’s regime, but backed Annan’s blueprint to end a conflict in which the Observatory says more than 13,500 people have died since March 2011. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov vowed there would be no UN Security Council mandate for outside intervention in Syria, indicating Moscow would use its veto to block any military action. China reiterated through its state news agency Xinhua that it was firmly opposed to “outside armed intervention” or “any attempt to forcibly promote regime change.” – AFP
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United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon addresses a news conference at the UN on June 7. Ban condemned the latest massacre in Syria as “shocking and sickening.” Pic: AFP Damascus denied responsibility for the massacre and, as it has done repeatedly in the past, pointed the finger at “terrorists” backed by foreign forces. The White House condemned the “outrageous and China, whose leaders oppose any foreign military intervention. Expressing horror at the latest massacre, Annan told the major powers that it was time to threaten “clear consequences” if Assad does not act to halt the strife.
‘The trail of blood leads back to those responsible.’
went on an afternoon killing spree, hacking, stabbing and shooting residents. “There are 49 confirmed and identified victims in AlKubeir, the majority of them from the Al-Yateem family,” said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Britain-based Observatory. “Among the dead are 18 women and children,” he said. targeted killings of civilians” and said that, coupled with the regime’s refusal to let UN observers verify the reports, it was an “affront to human dignity and justice.” The United States is pushing for a full transfer of power in Syria but is coming up against strong opposition from Russia The international envoy, who secured Assad’s agreement to a six-point peace plan, grimly told the UN General Assembly: “I must be frank and confirm that the plan is not being implemented.” He warned that without change in Syria, “the future is likely to be one of brutal repression, massacres,
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Sun-powered flight makes history
“For one hour I had the full moon on my right and I had the sunrise on my left and that was absolutely gorgeous,” Piccard told AFP in an interview from the cockpit shortly after setting out. After more than 10 hours’ flight, Piccard had climbed to more than 5500 metres (18,000 feet). Flying at 45 kilometres (28 miles) an hour in freezing, high altitude temperatures, he needed an oxygen mask to breathe. The aircraft has 12,000 solar cells in the wings turning four electrical motors. To qualify as an intercontinental flight, Piccard had only to cross the Strait of Gibraltar –14 kilometres (nine miles) at its narrowest point – from Europe to Africa. The aircraft is not using a drop of fuel.
RABAT – A solar plane made history on June 5 by landing in the Moroccan capital after flying across the Strait of Gibraltar from Spain on the world’s first intercontinental flight in a plane powered by the sun. Bertrand Piccard, 54, a Swiss psychiatrist and balloonist, landed Solar Impulse at 11:30pm local time under a full moon at Rabat Sale airport after a flight lasting nearly 19 hours. The plane was to stay in Rabat for five days before leaving for Ouarzazate in the south of Morocco for the launch by King Mohammed VI of work on the world’s largest solar thermal plant. Piccard had taken off from Madrid’s Barajas airport before dawn in the Solar Impulse, an aircraft as big as an Airbus A340 but as light as an average family car.
Each of the motors on the carbon-fibre craft charges 400-kilogram (880-pound) lithium polymer batteries during the day, allowing the aircraft to keep flying after dark. In the bright Spanish sun, the batteries had been
recharged to full capacity by the afternoon. “The question is not to use solar power for normal airplanes,” Piccard said. “The question is more to demonstrate that we can achieve incredible goals, almost impossible goals,
with new technologies, without fuel, just with solar energy, and raise awareness that if we can do it in the air, of course everybody can do it on the ground.” Piccard, who made the world’s first non-stop around-the-world balloon
flight in 1999 together with Briton Brian Jones, took over the plane’s controls from project co-founder Andre Borschberg, 59, a Swiss executive and pilot, who flew a first leg from Payerne in Switzerland, landing in Madrid on May 25. The voyage, 2500 kilometres (1550 miles) overall, is also intended as a rehearsal for Solar Impulse’s round-the-world flight planned for 2014. The aircraft made history in July 2010 as the first manned plane to fly around the clock on the sun’s energy. It holds the record for the longest flight by a manned solar-powered airplane after staying aloft for 26 hours, 10 minutes and 19 seconds above Switzerland, also setting an altitude record by flying at 9235 metres (30,298 feet). – AFP
Rare celestial event thrills thousands around world
SYDNEY – Sky-gazers around the world held up their telescopes and viewing glasses on June 6 to watch Venus slide across the sun – a rare celestial phenomenon that will not happen again for more than 100 years. The spectacle began in parts of North America, Central America and the northern part of South America, and was seen, with magnification, as a small black dot on the solar surface. All of the transit was visible in East Asia and the Western Pacific, although poor weather conditions spoiled the view for some. “This is a once in a lifetime thing and if you miss it you have to wait until 2117,” said Jong Tze Kian from the National Planetarium in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, where clear skies afforded prime viewing. Australia was one of the best places to watch with the nearly seven-hour transit visible from eastern and central parts of the country. “Everyone’s having a great time,” NASA scientist Richard Vondrak told AFP from the Goddard Space Flight Center in the US state of Maryland, where 600 people gathered to observe the phenomenon. The event has special significance to Australia as a previous transit in 1769 played a key part in the “discovery” of the southern continent by the British navy’s James Cook. Captain Cook set sail for Tahiti on HMS Endeavour to record the transit that occurred that year and after a successful observation he was sent to seek the “great south land” thought to exist in the Pacific Ocean. During the voyage, he charted the east coast of Australia, staking a British claim in 1770. Planetary transits have enduring scientific value. “Timing the transit from two widely separated places on the Earth’s surface allows you to work out the distance to Venus and hence the size of the solar system,” Fred Watson, astronomerin-chief at the Australian Astronomical Observatory, told AFP. Scientists say it also allows them to learn more about how to decipher the atmospheres of planets outside our solar system as they cross in front of their own stars. Only six transits have been observed – in 1639, 1761, 1769, 1874, 1882 and 2004 –because they need magnification to be seen properly, though the event has happened more than 50 times since 2000 BC. – AFP
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Egyptian parties back charter panel
CAIRO – Egypt’s political parties on June 7 agreed on the formation of a commission tasked with drafting a new constitution, ending a row that lasted nearly three months, officials said. The agreement came at a meeting between representatives of the political parties, including Islamists who dominate parliament, and Egypt’s military ruler, Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, the sources said. At the end of the meeting Tantawi called for a joint sitting of the lower and upper houses of parliament on June 12 to elect the 100 members who will sit on the constitutional panel.
Al-Qaeda number two killed in drone strike, confirms US
WASHINGTON – The United States said last week that al-Qaeda number two Abu Yahya al-Libi was dead, after a drone strike dealt the biggest blow to the terror group since the killing of Osama bin Laden. The demise of Libi, a charismatic figure beloved by rank-and-file radicals with a flair for media and managerial authority over terror affiliates, meant another victory in President Barack Obama’s ruthless bid to crush alQaeda. “Our government has been able to confirm Al-Libi’s death,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said on June 5, ending a prolonged US tussle with a man who once escaped from a US jail in Afghanistan and had defied previous attempts to kill him. Officials refused to confirm the circumstances of Libi’s death, but Pakistani authorities previously spoke of a pre-dawn CIA drone strike on June 4 on a compound in North Waziristan, near the Afghan border. “It is significant,” another US official said, saying Libi headed al-Qaeda operations in Pakistan and outreach to affiliates such as Yemen-based al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which has attacked US targets. Officials were unable to say whether there were any other casualties in the attack on Libi, after earlier reports that 15 people had died in the drone strike. election, Mitt Romney. Republicans have complained that the White House is selectively leaking intelligence data to bolster Obama’s reputation as a steely commander in chief. The Libi killing may again worsen tenuous US ties with nominal antiterror ally Pakistan, which have been severely harmed by drone strikes, the US raid that killed bin Laden last year and Islamabad’s refusal to reopen NATO supply lines into Afghanistan. A trusted lieutenant of bin Laden, Libi appeared in countless al-Qaeda videos and was considered the chief architect of its global propaganda machine. The US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said on June 4 that Libi had served as the group’s “general manager” and had overseen day-to-day operations in Pakistani tribal areas. The official described the killing of Libi as a “major blow” to al-Qaeda’s core that would put further pressure on the group’s leader Ayman alZawahiri. Analysts said that Libi had played a talismanic role in al-Qaeda, and his loss could be a blow from which the movement may not recover. “If Zawahiri is put down soon, al-Qaeda’s senior leadership will be broken and the torch will have to pass to AQAP,” said terrorism expert Jarret Brachman, of North Dakota State University. – AFP
Washington condemns decision on settlements
WASHINGTON – The United States last week denounced Israeli plans to expand a West Bank settlement by 300 homes, saying it posed a hurdle towards resuming moribund peace talks with the Palestinians. “We’re very clear that continued Israeli settlement activity in the West Bank undermines peace efforts and contradicts Israeli commitments and obligations,” a State Department spokesman, Mark Toner, said on June 6. “You know, our position on settlements remains unchanged. We do not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed on June 6 to build the 300 new settler homes in Beit El, after MPs voted down a bill which would have saved five buildings in one of its neighbourhoods from demolition. The Knesset vote, which saw the bill defeated 6922, effectively ended legislative efforts by the settler lobby and its rightwing supporters to avoid a court-mandated July 1 removal date. But Netanyahu warned after the vote that he would not allow people to “use the legal system to harm the settlement movement,” and announced plans to add the 300 new homes to Beit El, near the West Bank city of Ramallah. Direct talks between the Israelis and Palestinians on a peace deal remain in deep freeze after grinding to a halt in late 2010 over the issue of settlement construction. – AFP
Scientists warn of ecosystem collapse
PARIS – Climate change, population growth and environmental destruction could cause a collapse of the ecosystem within a few generations, scientists the journal Nature warned on June 6. The paper by 22 top researchers said a “tipping point” by which the biosphere goes into swift and irreversible change, with a potentially cataclysmic impact on humans, could occur as early as this century. The warning contrasts with a mainstream view among scientists that environmental collapse would take centuries.
Abu Yahya al-Libi, in an image released on June 5 by US-based IntelCenter, which monitors jihadist websites. Pic: AFP/IntelCenter News of the killing of Libi followed reports detailing the scope of the US campaign against global terrorism, including revelations that President Barack Obama personally presides over a “kill list” of top suspects. Libi’s death will also bolster Obama’s national security credentials as he seeks to repel claims of weakness abroad levelled by his Republican opponent in November’s
Jailed Mubarak suffers ‘breakdown’
CAIRO – Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak suffered an “emotional breakdown” in prison on June 5, days after he was sentenced to life in prison over the death of protesters last year, a senior interior ministry official said. The ailing Mubarak’s “health deteriorated while in prison,” the official told AFP without describing the nature of the breakdown. “Doctors from the police hospital have been called to treat him, along with the prison doctors after he suffered an emotional breakdown” a security official said. The former leader’s lawyer, Yasser Bahr, confirmed to AFP that Mubarak, 84, “had an emotional crisis that affected his general health.” Mubarak’s son, Gamal, who is in the same prison compound, has been moved to be closer to his father, the security official added. On June 2, Mubarak and his interior minister Habib al-Adly were sentenced to life in prison over the killing of protesters during last year’s uprising that ousted him and that left some 850 people dead. Until the ruling, Mubarak had been held at a military hospital on the outskirts of Cairo, and according to media reports was enjoying comfortable surroundings. After he was flown to Tora prison on Cairo’s outskirts on June 2, a tearful Mubarak refused to leave the helicopter and security officials said he “suffered from a surprise health crisis” before they finally convinced him to disembark. He reportedly has a heart condition, but the health ministry has denied his lawyer’s assertion that he has cancer. – AFP
White House denies win a bad omen
WASHINGTON – The White House on June 6 shrugged off the victory of Wisconsin’s Republican governor in a closely watched election and denied it was a bad omen for President Barack Obama’s re-election prospects. Republican Governor Scott Walker survived a recall election aimed at ousting him mid-term in a vote that some observers see as a barometer of the presidential election in November between Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney. Romney said in a statement that the win would “echo beyond the borders of Wisconsin.”
Regional grouping stands by Iran
BEIJING – Leaders of a regional grouping led by Russia and China issued a statement in Beijing on June 7 opposing any use of force in Iran, saying it could threaten global security. “Any attempts to solve the Iranian problem with force are unacceptable and could lead to unpredictable circumstances that threaten stability and security in the region and the entire world,” said the statement signed at the end of a Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit that was attended by Iran’s leader. The statement expressed “serious concern about the situation around Iran”, which is an observer nation to the security organisation that groups China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. The West believes Iran is trying to develop an atomic bomb under cover of a civilian programme, but Tehran insists its intentions are purely peaceful and the situation has brought about a shaky standoff. On June 6, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao told Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that Beijing was against any Middle Eastern country seeking to acquire nuclear weapons, China’s staterun Xinhua news agency reported. “China opposes any Middle East country’s push to acquire nuclear weapons and upholds that the Iranian nuclear issue should be addressed through diplomatic channels in an impartial way,” Wen said. In a related development, the United States denied on June 6 that world powers were delaying setting up more talks with Iran over its suspect nuclear program. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, speaking in Beijing, accused the so-called P5+1 powers of looking for ways to “find excuses and to waste time” in talks over Tehran’s controversial nuclear program. But State Department spokesman, Mark Toner, said “these claims aren’t true.” Officials from EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton’s office “confirmed that we replied on June 4th and stressed that we need to see clear signs from the Iranian side that it wants to engage in constructive talks on the P5+1’s proposals, focusing on substance, not process,” Toner said. Iran’s doubts were publiciwed a day after reports that it had sent two letters to Ashton deputy Helga Schmid asking for a preparatory meeting of experts as agreed to in talks last month in Baghdad. Schmid is due to meet with Ali Bagheri, the deputy of Iranian negotiator Saeed Jalili, to prepare an agenda for the next talks in Moscow on June 18-19. – AFP
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Dock washes up on US west coast
PORTLAND, Oregon – A floating dock cast adrift by Japan’s killer tsunami in March last year has washed up on an Oregon beach, among the biggest pieces of flotsam to make landfall so far on the US west coast. The 20-metre (66-foot) long dock, made of concrete and metal, washed in with the high tide on a beach, 160 kilometres (100 miles) southwest of Portland on June 6. – AFP
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June 11 - 17, 2012
Queen Elizabeth ‘touched’ by diamond jubilee celebrations
LONDON – Queen Elizabeth II greeted 1.5 million cheering subjects from the balcony of Buckingham Palace on June 5 but faced the crowning moment of her diamond jubilee festivities without her ill husband, Prince Philip. A dramatic fly past capped four days of celebrations marking her 60th year on the throne as the crowd waved Union Jack flags at the monarch and her family, surrounding the palace in a sea of red, white and blue. The monarch later said in a special television message broadcast to the nation and the Commonwealth that the jubilee had been a “humbling experience.” “It has touched me deeply to see so many thousands of families, neighbours and friends celebrating together in such a happy atmosphere,” the queen, 86, said. “I will continue to treasure and draw inspiration from the countless kindnesses shown to me in this country and throughout the Commonwealth,” she added. “Thank you all.” But Prince Philip, 90, the queen’s stalwart companion throughout her reign, was poignantly absent from the red-and-gold-draped balcony after he was taken to hospital with a bladder infection the previous day. The couple’s youngest son, Prince Edward, told reporters after visiting Philip in hospital that his father was “getting better”
Pope’s butler faces jail if convicted, says Vatican judge
VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI’s butler risks up to six years in prison if convicted on a charge of aggravated theft for stealing classified documents from the papal chambers, a Vatican judge said Tuesday. Paolo Gabriele, a staunch Roman Catholic who is regarded as the layperson with the most access to the Vatican’s corridors of power, was caught last month in possession of the documents in his home and is being detained in the Holy See. The 46-year-old, whose lawyer says he is ready to cooperate with the inquiry, was formally questioned on June 5 for the first time before a judge with his lawyers present and is awaiting a ruling on whether he will stand trial. The unprecedented inquiry has been kept under close wraps by the Vatican but Italian media have reported that the inquiry could extend much further than Gabriele and that a fierce behind-thescenes power struggle is under way. Gabriele’s current charge carries a sentence of between one and six years. The Vatican’s criminal code also contains charges such as offence against the sovereign, receiving stolen goods and revealing state secrets. Judge Paolo PapantiPellier, who is not currently involved in the case, told reporters that Gabriele would be tried in the Vatican if the trial goes ahead but if convicted could not be imprisoned there as the Holy See has no prison. “If the defendant is convicted, the Vatican would make a request to the Italian government for him to serve out his sentence in an Italian prison” under the Lateran Pacts signed by Italy and the Vatican in 1929, he said. The judge said Gabriele was being held in a 16 square metre (170 square foot) Vatican “security room” decorated only with a crucifix. He said Gabriele had been allowed to attend mass on June 3 in a church in the Vatican accompanied by two officers but without wearing handcuffs. The judge said the Vatican’s criminal code was based on the one in force in the then Kingdom of Italy in 1889 and was relatively lenient. He added that the pope could issue a pardon at any stage of the investigation or trial. Documents allegedly stolen by Gabriele, including sensitive memos about the church’s handling of child abuse scandals and of accusations of money laundering, have been published by Italian newspapers and in a book. Some Vatican watchers say Gabriele may have been acting with others to defend the pope against an overly powerful entourage, while others say he may have been helping to prepare the way for a new Italian pope to succeed Benedict. – AFP
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince William look out from the balcony of Buckingham Palace at the enormous crowd which gathered on June 5 to honour the monarch on the final ceremonial day of her diamond jubilee celebrations. Pic: AFP but would remain in hospital for several days. The queen braved the rain with her heir Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, as well as Prince Harry, Prince William and his wife, Catherine, to wave from the balcony. “We were told by police that there were 1.5 million in and around The Mall area,” a spokeswoman for Buckingham Palace told AFP in reference to the crowd between the palace and Trafalgar Square. The crowd boomed the national anthem as historic World War II planes flew overhead, followed by the Royal Air Force Red Arrows display team who filled the skies with plumes of red white and blue smoke. Minutes earlier, the royals had driven to the palace from the Houses of Parliament in horse-drawn carriages, again cheered by thousands – many of whom camped out overnight to get a glimpse of the queen. Military bands and more than 100 mounted soldiers in traditional uniform accompanied the carriages in a classic display of British pageantry. Banners saying “Elizabeth the Great” were held above the crowd. Charles had earlier taken his father’s place by the queen’s side at a special jubilee service at St Paul’s Cathedral attended by political leaders, foreign ambassadors and royals. The monarch insisted on attending a spectacular concert on June 4 in front of the palace –which featured stars including Paul McCartney, Elton John and Stevie Wonder – despite Philip’s ill health. After the final set, Prince Charles urged the crowd to show their support, and they responded by chanting “Philip, Philip”. He appeared in good health on June 3 as he travelled on the royal barge in cold weather during a 1000-boat river pageant, the centrepiece of the jubilee, but doctors said it could have worsened his infection. – AFP
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June 11 - 17, 2012
Suspect in grisly killing says he won’t oppose extradition
BERLIN – A porn actor dubbed the “Canadian Psycho” for allegedly killing and chopping up a Chinese man was taken to a Berlin prison on June 5 after telling a judge he would not fight his extradition from Germany. Luka Rocco Magnotta, 29, was arrested the previous day at a Berlin internet cafe on suspicion he murdered a Chinese student in Canada last month with an ice pick and hacked apart his body while filming the grisly killing. “He has been before the judge, who has confirmed the arrest,” Martin Steltner, a spokesman for the Berlin public prosecutor’s office said, a day after Magnotta’s capture in the German capital following a global manhunt. “He said he would not fight the extradition,” Steltner added. The case came to light after body parts were mailed to political party offices in Ottawa, triggering an international search that started in Montreal and shifted to Paris before ending in Berlin. Those human remains have been confirmed as belonging to the Chinese student, Lin Jun, 33, who is believed to have been in a relationship with Magnotta, though Chinese media reports quoted Lin’s friends saying that was not the case. More human body parts were discovered on June 5 in packages mailed to two schools in the Canadian city of Vancouver, police said, though they stressed that they had not yet been able to positively link them to the same murder. German authorities have asked Canada to provide the necessary documents for Magnotta’s extradition. German police faced little resistance when they detained the suspect in Neukoelln, a working-class district of the capital, after a tip-off. He initially tried to give a false identity before admitting simply, “You got me,” Steltner said. Before the hearing, Steltner said Magnotta had arrived in Berlin by bus from Paris on June 1. Magnotta, also dubbed the the refrigerator and in the freezer,” said Commander Denis Mainville from Montreal’s major crimes unit. Interpol had issued a Red Notice wanted-persons alert for Magnotta, also known as Eric Clinton Newman and Vladimir Romanov, to its 190 member countries after a video purportedly showing the gruesome murder surfaced online. In the video, which Canadian police have reportedly said shows the crime, a man repeatedly stabs another man with an ice pick and dismembers him, as a song from the soundtrack of the film American Psycho plays in the background. Canadian investigators said Magnotta boarded a France-bound plane in Montreal on May 26. Magnotta travelled to Berlin under a false name, Tramell, French police said. Catherine Tramell was the main character in the 1992 film Basic Instinct. Played by Sharon Stone, she uses an ice pick to murder a lover. – AFP
Virus targeted Iran, says Russian firm
MOSCOW – A mystery computer virus discovered last month and deployed in a massive cyber attack chiefly against Iran sought to steal designs and PDF files from its victims, a Russian firm said last week. Kaspersky Lab, one of the world’s biggest producers of anti-virus software, announced last month the discovery of the Flame virus, which it described as the biggest and most sophisticated malware ever seen. In the latest update on Kaspersky’s analysis of the virus, released late on June 4, the firm’s chief security expert, Alexander Gostev, said the malware’s creators had focussed on file formats such as PDF and AutoCAD, a software for computer design and drawing. “The attackers seem to have a high interest in AutoCAD drawings,” Gostev said in a statement. The malware also “goes through PDF and text files and other documents and makes short text summaries,” he added. “It also hunts for emails and many different kinds of other ‘interesting’ (high-value) files that are specified in the malware configuration.” He confirmed that Iran was by far the biggest target with a count of 185 infections, followed by 95 in Israel and the Palestinian Territories, 32 in Sudan and 29 in Syria. The discovery of Flame immediately sparked speculation that it had been created by US and Israeli security services to steal information about Iran’s controversial nuclear drive. Kaspersky said that hours after the existence of the virus was first announced on May 28, “The Flame commandand-control infrastructure, which had been operating for years, went dark.” It gave no further information over the possible perpetrators of the mystery attack, though it identified about 80 domains that appear to belong to the Flame infrastructure, in locations from Hong Kong to Switzerland. Kaspersky said it had used a procedure known as sinkholing – which allows internet security experts to gain control of a malicious server – to analyse the operation. During the sinkholing it found that on three computers in Lebanon, Iraq and Iran the Flame versions changed, suggesting Flame upgraded itself in the process. – AFP
An image released by Montreal police on June 5 of murder suspect, Luka Rocco Magnotta, 29, known as the ‘Canadian Psycho’. He was arrested in Berlin on June 4. Pic: AFP/Service de Police de la Ville de Montreal. “Butcher of Montreal”, has been wanted since late last month when Lin’s severed hand and foot were sent by mail to Conservative and Liberal party offices. Lin’s torso was found in a suitcase left for garbage collection outside Magnotta’s Montreal apartment, which police said on June 5 was virtually covered in blood. “We found blood on the mattress, on the tables, in
June 11 - 17, 2012
People-smuggling suspect flees Australia after TV expose
SYDNEY – Australian police said on June 7 that an alleged people-smuggling kingpin who was granted a refugee visa fled the country last week after a television expose and they were powerless to stop him. Tony Negus, head of the Australian Federal Police, said the accused smuggler known as Captain Emad flew out of Melbourne on June 5 after a damning documentary about him aired in Australia the previous evening. Emad h ad t r a v e l l e d f r o m Indonesia on a people-smuggling boat in January 2010 and set up smuggling operations in the national capital, Canberra, after being granted asylum under a false name, reported the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Four Corners program. The allegations angered Jakarta, which described them as “disappointing and difficult” given that Australia expected its help in tracking down peoplesmugglers. “If somebody is suspected o f b e i n g the brains behind people smuggling crimes and then given permission to live in Australia, while others who become their victims are detained, this is difficult to accept,” said Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa, speaking before the news broke that Emad had left Australia. Negus took the unprecedented step of confirming on June 7 that Emad had been the focus of police inquiries for two years given the significant public interest in the case, but said the Iraqi-born man had since fled. “There was an operational decision made by investigators that he could not be detained as the officers had no lawful basis to prevent him from departing Australia,” Negus told reporters. Negus added there were considerable resources allocated to the investigation of Emad and his associates and there had been a raid on a home in Canberra late last year. “Despite this effort, however, there remains insufficient evidence to charge any of the syndicate members with a criminal offence at this time,” he said. Emad was described as the “head of the smugglers, the head of the snake” by an informant who linked him to a powerful Indonesian ring behind two illfated boats which sank before reaching Australia, killing almost 150 people. He was sent as part of a plan to expand the ring’s operations in Australia, along with “at least” another six agents on board his ship who were also granted refugee status, said the program. The issue of asylum-seekers is politically sensitive in Australia and dominated national elections in 2010 due to a record number of boat arrivals from Asia. – AFP
Suicide attacks, NATO air strike kill dozens of civilians in Afghanistan
KABUL – Dozens of civilians were killed in a bloody day across Afghanistan on June 6 as a twin suicide bombing ripped through a crowded makeshift bazaar and a NATO air strike hit a home, Afghan officials said. Two NATO soldiers were also killed in a helicopter crash, the cause of which was under investigation, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said. Twenty-three people were killed and 50 others were wounded in the suicide attack in a car park crammed with vehicles supplying the largest NATO base in southern Afghanistan, police said. A suicide bomber on a motorcycle struck first and as a crowd gathered to help the victims a second bomber walked into their midst and set off explosives strapped to his body, Kandahar provincial police chief General Abdul Raziq told AFP. “All casualties are civilians – not a single military person,” he said. Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility for the bombing. Hours earlier, the civilians were killed in a NATO air strike on a home in Logar province south of Kabul, police said. ISAF said “multiple insurgents” were killed in the air strike, which was ordered after troops were attacked “with small-arms fire and a grenade”. Deputy provincial police chief Rais Khan Sadeq Abdulrahimzai told AFP: “Eighteen civilians, including KABUL – Afghan President Hamid Karzai on June 7 condemned as unacceptable a NATO air strike that killed 18 civilians and would cut short a trip to Beijing to return home, his office said. “Attacks by NATO that cause life and property losses to civilians under no circumstances could be justified and are not acceptable,” Karzai said of the attack. women and children, are dead”, adding that seven Taliban insurgents were also killed. ISAF said in a statement a “precision” air strike was called in after coalition forces were fired on during an operation to detain a Taliban leader. “As a result of the operation, multiple insurgents were killed and the Afghan and coalition security force seized several weapons and a quantity of explosives,” ISAF said. An ISAF spokesman told AFP later, after allegations of civilian deaths surfaced, that they were “assessing and gathering facts to try to determine what happened”. Civilian casualties caused by NATO have strained ties between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the US, which leads NATO forces in the fight against the Taliban. A little over a week earlier, Karzai ordered an investigation after Afghan officials said a NATO air strike killed a family of eight, including six children, in eastern Afghanistan. – AFP
India a ‘linchpin’ in new US defence strategy: Panetta
NEW DELHI – Pentagon chief Leon Panetta vowed last week to expand defence ties between India and the United States, saying New Delhi was a “lynchpin” in a new US military strategy focused on Asia. At a think-tank in the Indian capital on June 6, Panetta said that military ties had dramatically improved over the past decade. But he said more work was needed to ensure the two countries could safeguard the “crossroads” of the global economy spanning the Indian Ocean and the western Pacific. “For this relationship to truly provide security for this region and for the world, we will need to deepen our defence and security cooperation. “This is why I have come to India,” Panetta told an audience at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses. Panetta said he believed the relationship “can and should become more strategic, more practical, and more collaborative.” He said a new US strategy sought to “expand our military partnerships and our presence in the arc extending from the Western Pacific and East Asia into the Indian Ocean region and South Asia.” “Defence cooperation with India is a lynchpin in this strategy.” Panetta called for more joint research and production, expanding military exercises and for both countries to tackle legal dilemmas posed by space weapons and cyber warfare. Panetta’s visit has focused in part on the planned withdrawal of US-led forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2014, with India concerned about a dangerous vacuum after foreign troops exit. The United States favoured a more active role for India in Afghanistan, Panetta said in his speech. He also acknowledged that both India and the United States faced difficulties with Islamabad.
US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta shakes hands with Vietnamese military officers ahead of his departure for India from Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on June 5. Pic: AFP “Pakistan is a complicated relationship for both of our countries, but one that we must work to improve,” he said. The US tilt towards Asia – including closer ties to New Delhi – is widely seen as a response to China’s growing military and economic might, particularly in the South China Sea. But Panetta said both the United States and India wanted to see Beijing play a prominent role in the region. “As the United States and India deepen our defence partnership with each other, both of us will also seek to strengthen our relations with China,” he said. He hailed growing arms sales with India but said both countries needed to remove obstacles that were holding back defence trade and the transfer of technology. The US defence chief’s visit to India was part of a regional tour that included stops in Singapore and Vietnam, as Panetta sought to define Washington’s plans to shift towards Asia. During a visit to Cam Ranh Bay in Vietnam on June 3, Panetta said its port – used by US forces in the Vietnam War – could play a pivotal role in American military’s shift towards the Asia-Pacific. Panetta’s visit to Cam Ranh Bay was the first by a Pentagon chief since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975 and the highly symbolic trip reflected Washington’s efforts to deepen ties with its former enemy as it seeks to counter China’s growing power. “Access for US naval ships into this facility is a key component of this relationship and we see a tremendous potential here,” he told reporters on the deck of the USNS Richard E. Byrd, an American naval cargo ship at the port. With new plans to shift most of the US naval fleet to the Pacific by 2020, Panetta described the deep-water harbour as strategically vital. Cam Rahn Bay is one the region’s best natural harbours and the United States sees it an ideal spot to bolster an American naval presence in the contested South China Sea. – AFP
June 11 - 17, 2012
‘Pill’ targets the scourge of dengue
year, with 17 deaths. Just eight dengue deaths were reported for all of 2011. Among Naquiyuddin’s diverse business activities is the biotech company he founded in 2007, EntoGenex, which has taken a preexisting protein called the Trypsin Modulating Oostatic Factor, or TMOF, and developed it into what he calls a fatal “diet pill” for mosquitoes. TMOF is mixed into yeast cells which are then inserted in rice husks, allowing them to float on water where they will be eaten by mosquito larvae, said Alan Brandt, EntoGenex’s research head. “Larvae love yeast,” he added. Once consumed, it shuts down mosquito larvae digestive systems, starving them to death before they can grow and spread dengue, Naquiyuddin said as he showed slides and photographs of dead mosquitos at the firm’s hightech research facility in downtown Kuala Lumpur. “The ‘pill’ has a 100 percent success rate against all larvae species within 24 hours, and there is no way for resistance to build as it is not a toxic chemical but a protein which only affects mosquitos,” Naquiyuddin said. The protein stops production of trypsin, a
KUALA LUMPUR, June 6, 2012 (AFP) – A Malaysian prince is promoting a novel weapon against the worsening scourge of dengue fever: a protein “pill” that starves mosquito larvae and could revolutionise the global dengue fight. It is a fight that is intensifying: more than 2.5 billion people – around 40 percent of Earth’s population – live in areas susceptible to the mosquitoborne virus, with up to 100 million infected annually, says the World Health Organisation. Dengue kills 20,000 people worldwide every year, and its complexity – and what health advocates say is a lack of priority given the race to find cures for higher profile viruses such as AIDS – means a vaccine has proved elusive. It is mainly transmitted to humans by the aedes aegypti mosquito, and causes symptoms including high fever, body aches, rashes and heavy fatigue. In severe cases, white blood cells drop to potentially fatal levels. Enter Prince Naquiyuddin Jaafar, one of the most popular members of Malaysia’s nobility, whose anti-dengue technology targets the offspring of mosquitoes in a bid to win the battle against the virusspreading pest. A former diplomat and son of Malaysia’s past king, Naquiyuddin, 65, has been involved in a wide range of philanthropic and charitable pursuits, but dengue has been a particular passion. It is a growing problem in Malaysia, where cases surged 22pc to 6141 from January to March this
weather as a result of changing climate patterns could be a factor. Current methods of mosquito control include fogging with chemicals such as the insecticide DDT which can be harmful to both humans and animals, and to which insects can develop a resistance. Malaysia in 2010 released 6000 genetically modified mosquitoes designed to have offspring with shorter lifespans but no more releases were made amid concerns as to how the insects would interact with their cousins in the wild. Naquiyuddin’s “pill” is registered for use in Malaysia, Pakistan and the Philippines, while Ghana, South Africa, Cameroon and Sri Lanka are either conducting field trials or seeking approvals to use it. He hopes it could potentially become a weapon in the even larger fight against malaria, which kills an estimated 650,000 people a year. More than US$5 billion is needed annually to control malaria but only $1.8 billion down with a glass of water trials with universities and health problem in recent is being put into the fight, decades as cases have said Roll Back Malaria, a health authorities. in his laboratory as proof. group that carries out global “What they have come up rapidly mounted. The firm has combined This spread has been anti-malaria campaigns. the TMOF with the equally with is quite remarkable in The “pill”, which costs tongue-twisting bacillus combining Bti and TMOF, blamed on factors including thuringiensis israelensis and the field trials have p o p u l a t i o n g r o w t h , about one-eighth the price (Bti) bacteria, which eats shown that there is success in urbanisation, and increased of making conventional neurotoxins like DDT, will lower costs dramatically, said Naquiyuddin. The ‘pill’ has a 100 percent success rate against all larvae species within 24 hours… “We are offering a cheaper and much healthier alternative critical enzyme without holes in the gut of larvae but using it,” said the Malaysian human mobility taking the to fighting dengue and malaria, and this is why Health Ministry’s Disease disease to new areas. which digestion cannot is non-toxic to people. Authorities in Malaysia we are in the business: to Most larvae die within an Control Division director occur. are unsure of the reasons improve the quality of life TMOF is harmless to hour, and nearly all within Chong Chee Kheong. A l t h o u g h k n o w n f o r driving the recent spike of people, while helping to a n i m a l s a n d h u m a n s , 24 hours, said EntoGenex, Brandt said, washing a which has held several hundreds of years, dengue in cases there, but have solve a major health threat,” handful of the rice husks successful Malaysian field has emerged as a global speculated that wetter he said. – AFP
China faces ‘serious epidemic’ of drug-resistant TB, warns study
a person prematurely stopping WASHINGTON – China faces a for TB. Patients for the study were treated treatment. “serious epidemic” of drug-resistant “MDR tuberculosis is linked tuberculosis according to the first at TB clinics, not hospitals, and nationwide estimate of the size of the survey was conducted by the to inadequate treatment in both the problem there, said a study National Tuberculosis Reference t h e p u b l i c h e a l t h s y s t e m a n d published in the United States on Laboratory (NTRL) of the Chinese the hospital system, especially tuberculosis hospitals; however, Centers for Disease Control. June 6. According to an accompanying primary transmission accounts for “In 2007, one third of the patients with new cases of tuberculosis and one e d i t o r i a l b y J o h n s H o p k i n s most cases,” said the study. Chaisson said the findings half of the patients with previously U n i v e r s i t y i n f e c t i o u s d i s e a s e highlight the need for treated tuberculosis had faster testing and for drug-resistant disease,” of TB said the study in the In 2007, one third of the patients with new casessigns of to be tested for drug New England Journal of resistance, not just Medicine. new cases of tuberculosis and recurrent forms. The prevalence of Of the estimated nine multi-drug resistant one half of the patients with million new cases of TB (MDR) TB in new cases reported throughout the (5.7 percent) was nearly previously treated tuberculosis had world each year, one twice the global average, drug-resistant disease. million were in China. said the study, funded by Known formally the Chinese Ministry of as Mycobacterium Health. Using World Health Organisation specialist Richard Chaisson, the tuberculosis, TB spreads through the figures as a basis for comparison, growth of drug-resistant TB presents air when infected people cough up bacteria. TB kills about 1.5 million “China has the highest annual an “enormous challenge.” Even more concerning was the people worldwide each year. number of cases of MDR tuberculosis It can often be cured with in the world – a quarter of the cases finding that most of the 110,000 drug-resistant cases were in people antibiotics, though drug availability worldwide,” it added. is limited in the developing world and “China has a serious epidemic of newly diagnosed with the disease. This suggested that the virulent sometimes patients do not follow the drug-resistant tuberculosis.” The data came from a survey of bacteria were being transmitted entire regimen of treatment, which more than 4600 Chinese people who from person to person and not can encourage the development of were recently diagnosed or treated developing solely as a result of resistant strains. – AFP
Hong Kong remembers Tiananmen crackdown
HONG KONG – Hong Kong marked the 23rd anniversary of the bloody crackdown in Tiananmen Square on June 4 with impassioned calls to never forget the students who sacrificed their lives for democratic reform. The former British colony is the only place in China where the brutal military intervention that ended weeks of nationwide democracy protests in 1989 is openly commemorated. Tens of thousands of people attended a candlelight vigil at the city’s Victoria Park on the evening of June 3, an annual act of remembrance for the hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people killed in the June 3-4 onslaught. The anniversary is a “very symbolic event for the future of Hong Kong’s social development”, said Cheston Cheung, 28, who was among those at Victoria Park. “It represents the things that we believe in and we want to remind the Hong Kong people about this. The June 4 events are not dead. It is very much alive.” An official Chinese Communist Party verdict after the Tiananmen protests branded the movement a “counter-revolutionary rebellion” and the events of 1989 have largely been expunged from Chinese official history. Hong Kong reverted to Chinese rule in 1997 as a semiautonomous territory with its own mini-constitution that guarantees basic rights and freedoms not enjoyed on the mainland, including freedom of speech and assembly. Many thought attendances at the candlelight vigil would dwindle in the years after the 20th anniversary, but young Hong Kongers have made it a point of pride to turn out in force every year since. “This serves as a reminder that the June 4 Tiananmen protests were airing genuine grievances and issues that remain valid today, such as corruption and political reform,” the South China Morning Post said in an editorial. “There is still a need for China to move on from the Tiananmen tragedy,” it added. – AFP
By Zon Pann Pwint A COURSE on the therapeutic use of music to help disabled children was held in Yangon from May 28 to June 8, led by an Israeli flute player who said she became a music therapist after she noticed that “playing instruments aided emotional and social development”. “When I was teaching children how to play the flute, I saw how the lessons helped them emotionally and socially, and they gained motivation to learn at school too,” said Tsvia Horesh, who studied flute at Ruben Music Academy in Jerusalem. “I knew they might never become professional musicians but I saw how music helps the child develop himself. That’s why I wanted to learn music therapy, to get a better understanding of how to do this,” she said. M s H o r e s h ’s 1 0 - d a y course on music-making as a therapeutic approach to helping disabled children was held at Yangon School for the Blind in Insein township and was funded by EuropeAid. Teachers from 10 local schools attended, including Eden Centre for Disabled Children, Yangon School for the Blind, and Mary Chapman School for the Deaf. “To make music is fun, and it helps people in many other ways. It is not just to be a musician,” Ms Horesh said. “Any person who learns to play an instrument, sings in a church choir, listens to music, goes to concerts, or composes music can get benefit from it.” “They have a pleasurable experience, especially those with mental and physical disabilities. Their disability can prevent them from doing
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the people an opportunity to do something good in their lives,” she said. “One man who was in prison for 20 years discovered that he had a nice voice and he made people happy by singing, and he developed his talent. When he was released from prison, he was able to consider a different way to live his life.” Myanmar lags far behind other countries in utilising music therapy due to lack of training, she said, adding that China and Japan have developed courses on music therapy. “After this course people [in Myanmar] will hear about the use of music in local schools through newspapers, television and radio. They will become more aware of the benefits of music therapy,” Ms Horesh said. “I don’t expect a big change after the course, but there are many changes and possibilities. We have to start from putting very small seeds in the ground. We have these big trees but it takes time,” she said. Ms Valentina Di Grazia — project manager for Francebased Triangle Génération Humanitaire (TGH), which organised the 10-day training — said it was “amazing to see participants from all these schools that work for disabled children enjoying the course”. “During the course, participants asked many questions. They were very responsive, and they were very excited and happy. I guess they will get a good chance to utilise music therapy in their schools after the course,” Ms Di Grazia said. Daw Lilian Gyi, director of Eden Centre for Disabled Children, sent five teachers from her school to take the course. “The course period was short and it was the first course on music therapy for us, but the teachers learned as much as they could and they will try their best to use music therapy at Eden Centre with the children, both in groups and with individuals,” she said. She added that Triangle Génération Humanitaire supplied musical instruments to Eden Centre. “Children enjoy when we use music. There are a few children who don’t speak because of distress, and we will use music therapy to help them vocalise what they feel,” Daw Lilian Gyi said.
Tsvia Horesh from Israel leads a workshop on the use of music therapy for disabled children at Yangon School for the Blind on June 1. Pic: Kaung Htet what they want to do, and they don’t always join in regular society. But after [music therapy] school they can do normal things like singing, playing and dancing together, and it builds their confidence too,” she said. Ms Horesh said that if children are given the chance to make music together with their teachers, they can then express their anger in an acceptable way. “They don’t throw things or hit people when they are angry. They don’t express their feelings in an unacceptable way when they are offered the possibility to dance, sing and play instruments,” she said. She added that there are professional music therapists in hospitals in Israel, who visit bedridden children, give them instruments, and create improvisational songs together with them. “They sing songs and listen to music, for example, to give children an opportunity to talk and express what they feel about being in hospital, such as whether they are feeling afraid or sad,” she said. “Music also help the child feel better emotionally. If he expresses the sadness or fear of being in hospital, it can help him feel stronger, and he won’t be so afraid or so sad.” Ms Horesh also related her experiences working with elderly people and those suffering from memory loss. “They remember things through music, and music keeps their memory alive. They sing songs from the past. Also, letting them use their fingers to string the instruments encourages movement,” she said. Ms Horesh was quick to add that “music therapy is not magic”. “It doesn’t help a patient to recover from his illness, but it helps him to deal more easily with this illness or problem. Things can change, things can get better and things can become easier for him,” she said. Ms Horesh also worked with addicts at a drug rehabilitation centre called Ramot-Yehuda Zoharinm Therapeutic Community near Jerusalem, from 1995 until the centre closed in 2010. Therapists used music there as an expression of emotion. “Even in prison they form music bands and choirs to sing together, and it gives
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Photos reveal plight of Kachin refugees
By Nyein Ei Ei Htwe REFUGEE camps in Kachin State are the focus of a photo exhibition being held at Thiri Hall at Royal Rose Restaurant in Bahan township, Yangon, from June 9 to11. T h e “ 5 f o r Pe a c e ” exhibition features nearly 100 image by five photographers and journalists: journalist Ye Naing Moe, freelance photojournalist Soe Win Nyein, 7Day journal editor Arr Man, Myo Min Htike from Venus News journal, a n d S a n Yu K y a w f r o m Modern and Kumudra news journals. The photos were taken during a trip to Kachin State in second week of May. U Ye N a i n g M o e s a i d the group traveled to the Myanmar-China border in Kachin State to cover the news about the situation there. “Although many of the photos have already been published, the exhibition is being held so that people who missed them when they first appeared in our journals can still have the chance to see them,” he said. “The main purpose is to show our wish for a ceasefire in the region where so many Kachin people have been killed, which is why we chose the title ‘5 for Peace’,” U Ye Naing Moe said. Prints of the photos are being sold for about K35,000 each, and souvenirs such as t-shirts and postcards are also for sale. All proceeds will be donated to refugee camps in Kachin State. Poetry recitals are also being held at Thiri Hall during the three days of the exhibition, with readings starting each day at 2pm. Poet Min Htet Maung, who is leading the recital program, said participating poets are mostly reading their own work, but some are also reading works by classic poets such as Dagon Tar Yar and Min Thu Wun. “All the poems are about the miserable images of war and the wish for peace for those who have suffered from it,” he said. Min Htet Maung said about 30 poets are participating over the course of three days, including some who have been invited from Mandalay Region.
Work starts on Myanmar’s first 3D movie production
By Nuam Bawi SHOOTING started last month on Myanmar’s first 3D movie, a horror-comedy film directed by Ko Thaung and produced by Studio 35 Plus. The film, titled Thoun Nyah Eiq Lei Yeq (Three Nights and Four Days), tells the story of a man whose car breaks down while traveling on a highway. Stranded, he spends three nights in a strange house, during which he makes the acquaintance of a girl who turns to be a ghost. The movie, featuring actors Kyaw Kyaw and San Yati Moe Myint, is expected to take about two months to finish. U Tin Maung Win, managing director of Studio 35 Plus, said the film is being made using unknown actors. “The first thing that established actors ask is how long it will take to finish the movie. But we couldn’t give them an exact time-frame because it’s the first time we’ve made a 3D movie and we didn’t know what kind of obstacles we would meet,” he said. “The only thing we were sure of was that it would take longer to make than a normal movie. Therefore, I only used actors who were new to the movie industry so they would be patient and give their time to the film,” he said. U Tin Maung Win said making the movie is like testing a new product because they are undergoing the process of creating a 3D film for the first time. “I wanted to experience the entire process for making a 3D movie. After this movie, we can plan to make others with famous directors and actors,” he said, adding, “I want to introduce the 3D technique not only to the movie industry but also to local audiences.” Before starting work on the film, Studio 35 Plus — which produced the film Pinlae Htet Kah Nay Wun Ni (Red Sun above the Sea) that won five Myanmar Academy Awards in 2010 — bought two Canon 3D cameras from overseas and learned filming techniques from Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. Director Kyi Phyu Shin said she was “very happy” to hear that a 3D movie was being made in Myanmar. “When 3D cinemas opened here, it didn’t change anything for us artists became we had no equipment to make 3D movies. So I was glad to hear that [Studio 35 Plus] bought the cameras and plans to rent them out in the future,” she said. “These steps can only be made when there are people who appreciate art and who can invest money, because most of us can’t spend that kind of money. We can see how much they love art and how much they want to help the film industry.” She added that the introduction of 3D cameras to Myanmar has come at a good time for the local film industry. “Now the government is allowing us to make horror films, and it will be fantastic to see these movies in 3D because they can be more frightening for the audience than if they were filmed normally,” Kyi Phyu Shin said. She said that although she has no immediate plans to make a 3D movie of her own, she was anxious to see how Thoun Nyah Eiq Lei Yeq turns out. “I want to know how much effort it takes and how it turns out. It’s a new path they’re opening up in Myanmar, so I’m interested in the outcome,” she said. Interest in 3D movies has grown in Myanmar since 3D cinemas started opening in Yangon in April, including at Taw Win Center, Junction Square and Dagon Center 2. Myo Aung, assistant manager at Taw Win Centre, said 3D was best used in “fighting and adventure movies”. “If they only use 3D to make drama or love stories, it won’t work out,” he said. “But whatever they make, we’re excited that Myanmar is starting to produce 3D movies and of course we will show them at our cinema because they are from our own country.”
A photo taken by U Ye Naing Moe at a refugee camp in Kachin State, and displayed at the ‘5 for Peace’ exhibition at Royal Rose Restaurant in Yangon from June 9 to 11.
Tributes to Ray Bradbury, dead at 91
By Michael Thurston LOS ANGELES — Tributes poured in last week for science fiction writer Ray Bradbury, author of dystopian postwar classics including Fahrenheit 451, who died aged 91. President Barack Obama led praise for Bradbury, seen as one of the genre’s greatest authors, who died on June 5 in Los Angeles after an unspecified “lengthy illness” according to his publisher HarperCollins. “His gift for storytelling reshaped our culture and expanded our world,” said Mr Obama. “But Ray also understood that our imaginations could be used as a tool for better understanding, a vehicle for change, and an expression of our most cherished values.” Director Steven Spielberg added: “He was my muse for the better part of my sci-fi career. He lives on through his legion of fans. In the world of science fiction and fantasy and imagination he is immortal.” In all, the award-winning writer penned nearly 600 short stories and 50 books, including 1950’s The Martian Chronicles about human attempts to colonise Mars and the unintended consequences. Bradbury’s most famous work, 1953’s Fahrenheit 451, was a Cold War-era warning of the evils of censorship and thought control in a totalitarian state. It reached a worldwide audience as a film adapted by Francois Truffaut in 1966. “In a career spanning more than 70 years, Ray Bradbury has inspired generations of readers to dream, think, and create,” HarperCollins said in a statement. He was not the first to examine the dual potential for good and bad in science and technology, but he sought out a larger audience. Before Bradbury, science fiction had mostly been published in pulp magazines, aiming for mass-circulation magazines such as Mademoiselle and The Saturday Evening Post. He helped bring modern science fiction into the literary mainstream. More than eight million copies of his books have been sold in 36 languages. Ray Douglas Bradbury was born August 22, 1920 — an event he claimed to remember — in Waukegan, Illinois, the third son of a telephone lineman and Swedish immigrant Esther Marie Bradbury. The family moved to Los Angeles, where Bradbury attended Los Angeles High School and joined the drama club with plans to become an actor. He graduated in 1938, but skipped university in favour of independent depiction of the unreal” and giving as an example The Martian Chronicles, because it was a story that could not happen. Fahrenheit 451 was his only scifi book, he said, because it was a “depiction of the real” — or of something that could actually happen in a totalitarian state. Bradbury said the novel — named after the temperature at which printed books ignite — was not meant to be grim: “I wasn’t trying to predict the future. I was trying to prevent it.” “You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them,” he once said. Bradbury branched out into film, television and theatre, with an A c a d e m y Aw a r d n o m i n a t i o n f o r his 1962 animated film, Icarus Montgolfier Wright, and an Emmy as a television writer for The Halloween Tree. In his private life he was terrified of flying, and, surprisingly for someone who wrote about the future, Bradbury rejected computers — he insisted on using a typewriter, saying PCs were too quiet — and the internet. “People are talking about the internet as a creative tool for writers. I say, BS. Stay away from that. Stop talking to people around the world and get your work done,” he told Playboy magazine in 1996, aged 75. Flowers were placed on June 5 on his sidewalk star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. He was also immortalised by having an asteroid named after him: 9766 Bradbury. “The sound I hear today is the thunder of a giant’s footsteps fading away. But the novels and stories remain, in all their resonance and strange beauty,” said writer Stephen King, cited by the Hollywood Reporter. — AFP
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study at a local library, reading Leo Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoyevsky and others, while selling newspapers on the street. His first pay check as a writer came for the short story “Pendulum” published in Super Science Stories, a pulp magazine. He published his first book, Dark Carnival, in 1947, the year he married Marguerite McClure. Bradbury preferred the label fantasy to “sci-fi”, defining it as “a
Kyaw Zin Oo (left) and U San Htay (centre) from Studio 35 Plus inspect one of the studio’s 3D cameras. Pic: Supplied
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India’s unlikely romance with ‘derided’ literary figure Ayn Rand
By Ammu Kannampilly NEW DELHI — Literary tastes in India, as anywhere, change with the times, but one writer has never gone out of vogue: Ayn Rand — the high priestess of free-market capitalism and unfettered individualism. A marginal, and often derided literary figure in many other countries, Rand is a perennial presence on Indian bestseller lists and regularly name-checked on the “favourite author” list of influential Indians — from company CEOs to Bollywood stars. Until 2007, Indians conducted more Google searches for the RussianAmerican novelist than residents of any other country, and in recent years have ceded the top spot only to Americans. Rand’s rabid anti-statism and promotion of laissezfaire capitalism has long resonated with conservatives in the United States, where former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan numbers among her highprofile devotees. She is currently championed by the right-wing Tea Party movement, whose members focus on her opposition to state welfare programs, while selectively ignoring her staunch advocacy of abortion rights. The historic and enduring popularity in India of Rand’s seminal novels, Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead, seems, at first glance, harder to explain. Decades of quasi-socialist state planning dampened Indians’ entrepreneurial spirit, and the economic liberalisation of the past 20 years has done little to promote the individual freedoms Rand held sacrosanct. According to entrepreneur Monisha Singh, 43, Rand speaks to a part of the Indian psyche that has traditionally been denied its place or voice in society. Singh, who picked up The Fountainhead when she was just 14, said reading Rand was “a rite of passage” among her contemporaries when she was young. “The socio-cultural milieu in India was very conformist, and suddenly this voice emerges that challenges the established order, that celebrates individuality. It was very aspirational,” she said. Three decades later, Singh believes Rand’s work remains relevant. “Indian society, despite economic growth, despite globalisation remains very conservative. So I think her work still resonates here, it provides a space for people to question the traditional order and be an individual,” she said. Pirated copies of Rand’s novels are hawked by pavement booksellers in India’s major cities and the country’s leading online bookstore, Flipkart.com sells her books in multiple languages. Although Flipkart.com would not reveal exact sales figures, Ankit Nagori, vice president for categories, said Rand “consistently ranks amongst our top 20 writers, in terms of sales, across genres”. In south Delhi’s busy Midland bookstore, 45year-old Mirza Afsar Baig remembers the days when his father used to run the shop. “Way back in 1973 I would see my dad working here and university students wandering in to buy her novels for 15 rupees [28 US cents] each,” he said. “Today, when I am running the place, she still sells in big numbers.” Prominent Indian media commentator and brand management expert Suhel Seth believes Rand’s antiestablishment message strikes a particular chord with modern, middle-class Indians frustrated by social constraints. “Indians are still fighting for certain freedoms, their fight for individual rights is thwarted all the time, whether it is by the family structure, or by politicians,” Seth said. “So it makes sense to me that Ayn Rand’s popularity hasn’t changed in all these years.” In some respects, that popularity taps into a nationwide fascination with inspirational and self-help literature. In bookshops across India, shelves sag under the weight of tomes offering guidance on everything from making a fortune to holding a conversation. A f t e r I n d i a ’s f o r m e r president A P J Abdul Kalam wrote a best-selling autobiography in 2000, he followed up with a series of motivational titles aimed at young readers. You Are Born to Blossom, Yo u A r e U n i q u e a n d Indomitable Spirit are just some of the books written by the former head of state. The taste for “inspirational” literature has even extended to Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf — popular in business student circles as a management strategy guide. Novelist Shobhaa De recalled how Rand’s books had acquired “a cult status” on university campuses some 40 years ago. “As far as young Indians are concerned the cult has never ended. Her books are about idealism, heroism and corruption — issues that are of particular interest to the young of India,” De said. — AFP
Japanese-born artist Masami Teraoka, age 78, straightens his painting ‘Namiyo at Hanauma Bay 1985’ at his exhibition in Sydney, Australia, on May 25. Pic: AFP/Torsten Blackwood
Painter Teraoka sees Asia at forefront of global art
By Madeleine Coorey SYDNEY — Japanese-born a r t i s t M a s a m i Te r a o k a remembers the bombing of Hiroshima as the day when he saw two suns rising — one in the east as usual, the other an orb burning eerily in the west. “Two suns, that’s for sure. That’s my memory,” he explained from a Sydney gallery where his confrontational images of geishas ripping condom packets open with their teeth and naked women frolicking with priests are being exhibited. “I’m not looking at the mushroom cloud at all, but from a distance it looked like the sun. The diameter was the same size as the sun,” he said of the massive atomic explosion he viewed some 70 kilometres (45 miles) from Hiroshima. Teraoka has thought a lot about the reliability of his schoolboy recollection since that day in August 1945, but he believes it is possible that his memory, even then highly attuned to the visual, is genuine. “So I may not be totally crazy, I think this is totally right,” the chatty, long-haired artist said with a laugh. Teraoka left Japan when he was 25, after studying at Kobe’s Kwansei Gakuin University, and while he credits his move away as crucial to his development, he now sees Asia at the forefront of the contemporary art scene. Back then, moving to the United States allowed him to follow his passion rather than run the kimono shop owned by his father and grandfather. He believes his move to Los Angeles in the early 1960s, where he studied at the Otis Art Institute, allowed him to develop. “Actually if I stayed in Japan, I would have become a businessman,” the artist, now in his mid-70s, said. “Japanese culture is very much a conformist culture and I kind of doubt I would have blossomed the way I have blossomed and matured as an artist in the States.” More than 70 solo exhibitions later, including at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Washington’s Arthur M Sackler Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution and San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum, Teraoka said China is now tackling art on a scale unseen elsewhere. “ I t h i n k H o n g Ko n g , Beijing, Shanghai are leading contemporary arts scenes from now on,” he said. His art has also reflected the changing times — beginning with traditional Japanese ukiyo-e “floating world” drawings and prints, admittedly with a modern take such as his 1974 Burger and Chopsticks about creeping western influence. Since his move to the US in 1961, he has continued to marry East and West, with his paintings sometimes reminiscent of Northern European work from the late 15th century. His latest pieces, which focus on sex abuse among the clergy, feature full-figured nude women and bishops and priests in large-scale paintings that subvert traditional religious iconography with modern symbols such as traffic lights, gyms and IVF equipment. “The themes that I am dealing with are pretty tough themes: religion and sexuality and ethics and human rights and also power against powerless people,” he explained. “So all these issues are underneath my clergy sex abuse issue paintings. What I am focussing on in my series is something that is not even recorded and documented but the more I kind of look into my references and historical books there are so many records … that there are many women who were abused.” Based in Hawaii since 1990, Teraoka’s work is in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, London’s Tate Modern, and the Singapore Art Museum. His pieces on display in Sydney command prices of up to US$385,000. But he says Japanese geishas are now making a return to his work — including in an AIDS series in which they can feature as ghosts. “I haven’t really used the geisha image for a while,” he says. “But recently geisha is becoming part of the scenario or narrative, in a sense I might be coming back to Asia, or Japan, if you would like to say that. That might be part true.” — AFP
Plug pulled on Pakistani ‘Sesame Street’
WASHINGTON — The United States has cut funding to a popular Pakistani version of the children’s program Sesame Street amid allegations of fraud and abuse, a US official said last week. The program, run under the umbrella of the US-based Sesame Workshop by a local theatre group, had been awarded some US$20 million in funds from the US Agency for International Development (USAID). Known as Sim Sim Hamara it included some of the same furry puppets beloved by children in the West such as Elmo as well as locally developed characters including Baily, a fluffy donkey who wants to be a pop star, and a crocodile, Haseen-o-Jameel, who loves words, rhymes and songs. But through an anti-fraud hotline set up by the US, Washington received “what we believe were credible allegations of fraud and abuse by the Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop, which manages the Sesame Street program in Pakistan”, said State Department spokesman Mark Toner. An investigation has been launched into the allegations and Rafi Peer had been sent “a letter that terminates the project agreement”, he added. Toner refused to go into the nature of the allegations against the project, which he said had already spent some $6.7 million of its funds. “We do acknowledge the program is beneficial. But, we had what we believe were credible allegations. So rather than to continue to throw good money after bad, we thought it was prudent to cut off this program and wait for the results of the investigation,” he told journalists. Sesame Workshop said in a statement that it was “surprised and dismayed to learn about the serious allegations made against Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop.” It added that it was awaiting the outcome of the investigation and did “not know the specific details of these allegations”. “It is our hope that the achievements of Sim Sim Hamara, and the gains we have made in the lives of children in Pakistan, will carry on.” — AFP
June 11 - 17, 2012
Italian National Day
SOCIALITE launched her week at Jingpaw Myay restaurant on May 29 at a press conference for popular singers who are raising donations to help refugees in Kachin WITH NYEIN EI EI HTWE State, and later that day she attended the KMD graduation ceremony at IBC Centre. On June 1 Socialite swung by the Italian National Day celebration at the Italian Residence. The following day was a busy one, with a full lineup of events that had Socialite flitting to and fro like a butterfly in a Texas tornado: the Traders Hotel “Memories of Love” bridal fair, the kids compliments launch event at Hello Maki and Sushi House, the YIUS graduation ceremony at Sedona Hotel, the lucky draw program at Junction Square Centre, and the Ko Pxyos wedding M-Zine+ Magazine launch party at Sedona Hotel.
Dr Aung Tun Thet
Daw May Myat Mon Win, U Myint Soe and Dr Saw Seng Mon Thar
Mr Paolo Andrea Bartorelli and Ma Soe Soe
U Nyunt Tin and U Hla Htway
Mr Nimo Maljevic
Sai Sai Kham Leng Ko Khin Zaw and family Bride and groom
Ma Thidar, Mr Teng Wei Ping, U Si Line and Ms Valentina
Junction Square Centre Lucky Draw
Nan Thu Zar Ma Ei Kalyar Hlaing, Daw Nang Maisy Kyaw, Ma Thet Su Aye, Pan Thaw Dar Ma Myat Thandar Oo and Ma Han Oo Khin
Ko Htway and family
Pan Thaw Dar
Traders Bridal Show
U Aike Htun
Ma Phyu Phyu Soe and Ms Sara
YIUS Graduation Ceremony
Daw Yee Yee Tun
Guide day at padonma
U Myo Thant, Ko Thurein, Ko Than Htun Oo
Mr Julian U Hsan Yee and Daw Mu Mu Thin Si
Ma Moh Moh Zaw Htun
U Eddie Aung Myint
U Htun Aung, Ko Thurein, Ko Mg Mg and Ko Tin Aung Moe
Sandy Soe Thwin
Ms Maria Ficco and Ms Bronte NadineMoules
Ma May Thu Zaw
Uncle U Sonny, Kyi Lei Lei Oo and Ko Tony U Aye Cho and Daw Mie Mie Ma Aye Thet Htar, Ma Mon Yi Nyein and Ma Wah Wah Win Soe Ya Wai Aung and Pearl Win
Zu Myat Htet and Htet Htet Moe Oo
Ms Maria Ficco with graduates
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June 11 - 17, 2012
Kachin Refugee Donation Press Conference Hello Maki & Sushi Kids Compliments Launch
KMD Graduation Ceremony
Mr Peter Morris Daw Lasee Bauk Nu
U Phaw Lar Kam Phan U Thaung Tin Ma Moe Thanda Win, Ko Kyaw Myint and Ma Wai Wai Lwin
Ma Htet Htet Su Hlaing, Ma San Thiri Aye and Ko Htoo Mg Thit
M-Zine+ Magazine Launch Party
Ko Sai Kyaw Naing, Ma Htet Htet Nyein Aye and Ma Nang Mai Ngin
Staff members Ko Zaw Win Than, Ma Swe Yinmar Oo and Ko Kyaw Thu
Italian Food Festival
Ko Lin Bo Bo and Ko Soe Myint
Ye Lwin, Min Ko Naing and Attendee
Ma Aye Nu War Khine and Ma Hnin Yu Wai
Mr Andrea and Ma Win Win Tint Phyo Phyo Khine
Ko Min Min, Daw Tin Tin Khin and U Kyaw Thein Tan
Daw May Thu, Yun Wati Lwin Moe and Yun Nadi Lwin Moe
June 11 - 17, 2012
‘Slum tourism’ treads fine line
By Loic Vennin JAKARTA – “I decided to experience the real Jakarta,” said a tourist, stepping gingerly between puddles of putrid water and a scurrying rat in a scene that would never make a postcard. Rohaizad Abu Bakar, 28, a bank employee from Singapore, said he could not believe his eyes as he wandered around the slum in the Indonesian capital, a jumble of hundreds of shacks, some less than 1 metre from a railway line. Nearby, a small girl picked up a discarded juice bottle in search of a sip while a man wearing tattered shorts lay slumped on a dirty old mattress. Only a blue plastic tarpaulin offered shelter from tropical downpours. So-called “poverty tourism” is on the rise in Jakarta. Organisers say it raises awareness and brings aid to the destitute of the city, but accusations of exploitation are never far away and critics say poverty should not be a tourist attraction. A few hundred families cram into the slum in the Tanah Abang neighbourhood, minutes from gleaming shopping malls where the likes of Gucci and Louis Vuitton compete to lure the newly minted beneficiaries of Indonesia’s economic miracle. Abu Bakar opted against the picturesque landscapes of other parts of the country to instead join a Jakarta Hidden Tours trip, which aims to show visitors the
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Jakarta Hidden Tours organiser Ronny Poluan (left) talks to tourists visiting a slum in North Jakarta on April 6. Pic: AFP/Loic Vennin squalid conditions of the nation’s poor. “Tourists stay in their ghetto. We show what is really Jakarta,” said Ronny Poluan, 59, an Indonesian documentary maker who created the non-profit organisation in 2008. Recent years have seen “poverty tourism” mushroom globally, from the favelas of Brazil to the slums of Dharavi in Mumbai, popularised by the film Slumdog Millionaire. “We have about 10 tours per month, with two to four tourists each time. More and more people are coming, some now even come just for my tour,” Poluan said. “I’ve had tourists from as far away as Washington. They’re not only backpackers, but also businessmen, bankers,” he added before being cut short by shouting reverberating around the slum. “Kereta! Kereta!” (“A train, a train”) cried mothers rushing to grab children playing on the track as a roaring locomotive approached, whipping up clouds of dust and garbage as it surged towards the flimsy-looking shacks. The train recently claimed the life of one little girl who died as she ran after her cat. The slum dwellers, like half of Indonesia, live on less than US$2 a day. Each tourist pays 500,000 rupiah ($54) to visit, with half of that going to the tour company, and the rest funding doctor visits, microfinance projects or community projects such as school building. “I don’t give cash. I pay the doctors directly for example,” said Poluan. But that does not reassure some critics. “I’m against slums being turned into tourist spots,” said Wardah Hafidz, an activist with the Urban Poor Consortium. “It’s not about shame. People should not be exhibited like monkeys in the zoo.” “What residents get from these tours, in cash or whatever form, only strips them of their dignity and self respect, turning them into mere beggars,” she said. “They not only become dependent on handouts, but come to expect them. It doesn’t help them to believe they are capable of standing on their own two feet or getting them out of the spiral of poverty.” Nonetheless, residents say they look forward to the daily influx of foreigners witnessing their lifestyles. “I like that foreigners want to know about us. It’s good they want to know about us,” said Djoko, a father in his 50s, as he removed labels from a pile of glass and plastic bottles before selling them for recycling. Tourists deny voyeurism, instead saying that what they witness inspires them to action. “If I had not seen it, I would not have done anything about it,” said Caroline Bourget. A teacher at Jakarta’s French school, she is now discussing setting up a mobile school in the slum to give disadvantaged children a better chance in life. “Here we are at the heart of reality,” she said. – AFP
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Australia seeks Chinese travellers
SYDNEY – Australia launched a multimillion dollar global tourism campaign in Shanghai last week, targeting China’s growing affluent classes who are venturing overseas in greater numbers. Australia said it will spend A$170 million (US$164 million) over the next three years to boost tourism with officials choosing the Chinese city to kick-off the “Nothing Like Australia” campaign. China is already Australia’s fastest growing and most valuable international tourism market, worth more than A$3.8 billion in 2011, but officials have said it could be worth up to A$9 billion a year by the end of the decade. “Using fresh imagery of some of Australia’s most appealing attractions is an integral part of a long term strategy to grow our $73.3 billion tourism industry,” Tourism Minister Martin Ferguson said. “Attracting visitors to Australia … we have to constantly remind international visitors that Australia possesses tourism attractions, products and experiences that are amongst the best in the world.” The campaign was launched in China as part of Australia’s plan to tap the country’s fast-growing second tier cities to boost revenue and will also be taken to Britain and the United States. Currently their focus is the big three centres of Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. But growing middle and upper classes outside these places is seeing Australia turn its attention to cities such as Chongqing, Hangzhou and Nanjing. Tourism Australia managing director Andrew McEvoy said China could deliver around 900,000 annual visitors to Australia worth up to A$9 billion a year by the end of the decade. As well as television commercials and print advertising, the campaign boasts a strong digital and social media focus, and will leverage Tourism Australia’s three million Facebook fans. Other elements include a new, interactive tablet app. – AFP
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HEHO TO YANGON
YANGON TO BANGKOK
BANGKOK TO YANGON
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YANGON TO HEHO
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8M = Myanmar Airways International PG = Bangkok Airways MI = Silk Air VN = Vietnam Airline MH = Malaysia Airlines CZ = China Southern CI = China Airlines CA = Air China IC = Indian Airlines Limited W9 = Air Bagan 3K = Jet Star
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YANGON TO CHI MINH
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HO CHI MINH TO YANGON
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June 11 - 17, 2012
Shiraz with Peking duck? Sacre bleu!
By Stephen Coates H O N G K O N G — C h i n a ’s rapid emergence as a major international wine market has sparked intense debate among growers about how best to pair their wines with the country’s rich array of culinary delights. Drawn by the prospect of vast, relatively untapped pools of new Chinese consumers, wine growers from around the world are competing to claim that their products go best with the Asian giant’s unique national dishes. The debate among French foodies about how to pair wine and food is as old as the country’s famous vineyards, but it is relatively new to China. Predictably, there seems to be little agreement between the foreign “experts”. “There are a lot of people thinking about that, making courses and writing books,” said Robert Beynat, the French chief executive of Vinexpo, the world’s biggest wine fair, which held its Asian edition in Hong Kong last month. “We have conferences about that, but I’m not a specialist. I drink red with Chinese food, even the sweet and sour. It’s personal.” Among the growers and distributors at the three-day expo, which concluded on May 31, it seems everyone has an opinion about a topic that vexes even the best sommeliers. After all, the food pairing is essential to the whole enjoyment of wine and, from a purely business point of view, to the industry’s mission to encourage the Chinese to drink it. G e o r g e s H a u s h a l t e r, president of the Bordeaux Wine Council that represents growers from the French region that dominates the Chinese market, has a complicated theory about Chinese food and acidity in wine. Perhaps unsurprisingly, however, he concludes that as long as you stick with a Bordeaux all will be well. “The critical factor is acidity because of the spicy nature of Chinese cuisine, because of the mixture of sweet and sourness,” the Frenchman said. “You need a good level of acidity in the wine so it can sustain the strength of the Chinese cuisine. To this end, Bordeaux is well equipped.” Although the varied dishes of a Chinese banquet made it almost impossible to offer a one-wine-fits all suggestion, red wines from Bordeaux were, for better or worse, the most popular choice, he said.
A mainland China visitor checks a French Bordeaux red wine during the Vinexpo Asia-Pacific trade fair in Hong Kong on May 30. Pic: AFP
“I can’t guarantee it will always work, but because of the good level of acidity and the good balance of Bordeaux wines, most of the time it works pretty much better than it would with other wines.” While French appellations clearly dominate the market for high-end imported wine in China, countries such as Australia, Chile and South Africa are important players in the mid-range and entry levels. Nikki Palun, the Mandarinspeaking export manager for De Bortoli Wines of Australia, has travelled extensively in China and says wines should be chosen to match the qualities of t h e c o u n t r y ’s r e g i o n a l cuisines. From the hearty pork, lamb and pickled vegetable dishes of the northeast, to the fiery spices of southwestern Sichuan and the mild, steamed
specialities of the southern Cantonese-speaking region, there are many opportunities for wines to find their perfect culinary pairing, she said. But of the great French varietals, she preferred the pinots of Burgundy to the heavier cabernets of Bordeaux to go with her Chinese dinners, due to the tannin which helps give a wine its flavour and structure. “I’ll stick with chardonnay and Burgundy. Pinot is a great match with a lot of Chinese cuisine, the pork and duck,” she said. “The tannin [of a Bordeaux] can clash with the chillies. If you’re eating something that’s delicate in flavour, the shiraz or cabernet can be quite overpowering. That’s why pinot can be a bit more harmonious for Chinese foods. But it depends on the region because in China
each region has a different cuisine.” For Sichuan, she suggested an off-dry riesling for a little sweetness to offset the chillies. “If you drink something with a strong tannin structure, it’s just going to make the spice even hotter,” she said. Philippe Garnier of VinsVignerons, which represents the major chateaux of B u r g u n d y, a g r e e d t h a t Chinese diners too often overlooked white wine as a match for seafood-based or spicy dishes. “It doesn’t have the tannin, which gives the spicy character to the red wines,” he said. The discussion may have been going on in France for centuries, but in China it is only just beginning, and Haushalter of the Bordeaux Wine Council said: “It’s a big debate and I don’t think it’s going to end.” — AFP
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N/daGON, No.17, (Rose Garden) shwe pinlon, 8325 sq ft, land & building , 2RC price : 4500 lakh ph: 09-503-5522. HlaING , Near Yangon Insein Rd For more information K Khaing Kyaw : 09-518-2894 lAShIO : Ward 12, 2Acres Land including the main house and 2storey building. In downtown and Very Good place for business. Price: negotiable. Ph: 09-5171377, 09-515-8738 NaYPYIdaW, 15 acres of land near Naypyidaw Highway 20 miles. Ph: 09-512-3186.
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malTEsER Int'l is seeking medical Officer Location: Pang Kham, Northern Shan State : Qualified medical doctor with 2 years experience in public health, preferably with clinical / management experience in HIV / AIDS & STIs programmes. Ability to ensure supportive supervision, data collection & reporting. Good communication skills & ability to facilitate training. Ability to work independently, to tight deadline and ensure staff coordination. Ability to organize and conduct training and proper utilization of IEC materials. Ability to live & work under demand-ing work environments with minimum avail-able basic facilities. Language: Myanmar, Chinese, English (Shan is a plus). Pls submit application incl. CV, photo, copy of educational certificates and references to the nearest Malteser Int'l Office; Kyaing Tong : 159 Airport St, Myo Thit, Kyaing Tong. Email: adfi. malteser.ess@ gmail. com (or) Tachileike Office: 193 Par Lain (3) St, Taw Kawt,Tachileike Email: adfi.malteser. sr@ gmail. com (or) Country Office: 14-15 (6F), Pyi Taw Aye Yeik Thar St, Yankin Email: hr.co. malteser@gmail. com Closing date: 14th June 2012 MEDECINS du Monde (MDM) is looking for (1) medical Doctor (Methandone), 1 post: MBBS (with valid medical registration: Sama). 1 year experience as a medical doctor. Fluent oral & written English. Good computer skills especially Microsoft Office package. Good clinical skill. (2) Nurse (Methandone) in Hopin, Kachin State: Diploma in Nursing. 1 years experience as a nurse. Myanmar (oral & written). Good clinical skill. Basic computer skills. (3) Nurse in Moegaung, Kachin State: Diploma in Nursing. 1 year experience of working as a nurse (taking vital sings, sample taking, nursing care). Myanmar (both oral and written). Pls submit CV & a cover letter to MDM Coordination Office in Myitkyina : 429, Mye Myint Qtr, Myitkyina. Ph: 074 20 718, 09-470 12 910. MEDECINS du Monde (MDM) is seeking(3) Nurse in Moegaung, Kachin State: Diploma in Nursing. 1 year experience of working as a nurse (taking vital sings, sample taking, nursing care). Myanmar (both oral and written). Pls submit CV and a cover letter to MDM Coordination Office in Myitkyina : 429, Mye Myint Qr, Myitkyina. Ph: 074-20718, 09470 12910. Email: admin. kachin.mdmmyanmar@ gmail.com sOlIdaRITEs Int'l (SI) is looking for Survey Consultant - 1 post: Degree in Business and/ or Agriculture. Previous professional experience in conducting Market Surveys. Good analytical & communication skills. Excellent English writing skills.Pls submit application (CV, cover letter, references) to the attention of: Ko Aung Kant, Program Manager - Solidarites Int,l Kanpetlet: sol. progdevmya@ gmail. com and hr.solidarites. mm@ gmail.com. Closing date: 15.6.2012. sOlIdaRTIEs Int'l (SI) is looking for Agriculture Manager: Agriculture degree and 2 years of professional experience in INGO. Demonstrated team management & plann-ing abilities. Know-ledge of the Rakhine State. Good level in both written and spoken English. Good computer skills. Pls submit application (CV, cover letter, references) to : Jonche Manevski, Administrative Coordinator - Solidarites Int'l office : 44(A), Thayawaddy Lane, Sayasan Ward, Bahan, or per email: hr. solidarites. rk. mm@ gmail.com . Closing date: 15.6.2012 caRE Myanmar organization is seeking (1) senior Program Officer (Partnership) - 1 post. (2) Senior Program Officer (WASH) - 1 post. (3) senior Program Officer - 1 post: (Monitoring & Evaluat-ion) (4) Program Officer (WASH) - 1 post (5) Program Officer (Monitoring & Evaluation) - 1 post. Location: Loikaw, Kayah State. Closing date: 15th June 2012. Pls request the detailed Terms of Reference at the CARE Myanmar office :17A, Pyi Htaung Su St, Sayarsan Rd, Sayarsan NorthWest Ward, Bahan. Tel: 401419, 401420, 401421 during office hours (8:30 to 5:00) between Monday to Friday or can obtain by email: recruitment@ care.org.mm ThE AllIANCE is currently seeking Programme Officer 1 post : Bachelor degree in medical field with relevant tertiary education in Public Health, or Social Sciences. 2 years proven HIV/AIDS project management & implementation experience. Experience in conducting trainings & presentations. Ability to communicate effectively in writing and verbally in English & Myanmar. Experien-ce working with key populations affected by HIV/AIDS including Sex Workers, MSM and PLHAs. Experience in working with local NGOs & community partners. Pls submit application including a letter of interest and complete CV to the Country Director, Int'l HIV/AIDS Alliance, No.12/F, Pyi Thu St, 7 miles, Mayangone or via email to yamin@ alliance.org.mm by 15 June 2012. Copies of the job description are available upon request. a similar capacity with humanitarian agencies, in particular the UN, preferred. Fluency in English & Myanmar language. Knowledge in any other local languages will be an asset. Candidates should clearly indicate the Vacancy Number and Post Title in their applications, & should submit them together with complete duly filled UN-Pll form, biodata stating personal details, academic qualification and work experience, copies of master degree certificate & scores transcript, and a recent passport sized photograph and addressed to: Admin & HR Unit, UNOCHA Myanmar Inya Lake Hotel, 1st Flr, Rm 113, 37, Ka Bar Aye Pagoda Rd, Mayangone. Closing Date: 14 June 2012 (COB). and others testimonials to HR Department not later than 16 June, 2012. A wEll established services company requires for highly motivated, aggressive & dynamic individuals to fill following positions: (1) sales Executive 1 post M/F. (2) Sales Manager M/F 1 post : Age under 35 with pleasant personality & good interperso-nal skills. Able to speak, read and write English fluently. Able to speak a second foreign language is an advantage. computer knowledge is a must with (Microsoft Word & Excel & power point presentation. It is also a must with good typing skills both English and Myanmar. Preferable for the applicants who got well experiences in Sales & Marketing field. (3) Customer Service Assistant - M/F 2 posts graduate with 1-2 year experience will be preferred. Interested candidates are requested to drop updated resume/ CV to 92/94, Rm#3B, 52nd St, Pazundaung, Ph: 09-294859, or email: kyaw. zar.min@ gmail. com, Mobile: 09-5190127. Closing date: 30July-12. ThIS IS a fantastic opportunity for a business manager/ analyst with two to ten years experience to step up into a career with a leading investment management and holding company. We are a key player in several industries in Asia and have an opening in our business development team for a technicalminded individual to assist in all aspects of deal execution. Your responsibilities will include: Performing Research on Companies. Liaising with Companies. Financial Modeling . Recognizing business problems & growth opportunities: At least a college graduate. 2 to 10 years experience. Proficient in, or can quickly grasp applicable business processes & functions. Effective verbal and written communication skills in English & Myanmar. Proficiency with Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, and Power Point).If you have what we are looking for please contact Cynthia on +95-942-105-3104 or send your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org. BlaZON Head Office: (1) Import Manager - M 1 Post. (2) Brand Manager - M 1 post. (3) Brand Executive - M/F 3 posts. (4) Rental car Service Manager - M 1 post. (5) Chief Security - M 1 post. (6) Sales & Marketing Supervisor - M/F 3 posts. (7) Sales Representative - M 5 posts. (8) Assistant database administrator - M 1 post. (9) Office Secretary - F posts. (10) Interior Designer -M/F 2 posts. (11) merchandiser - M/F 2 posts. (12) Management Trainee - M/F 7 posts. (13) Receptionist - F 2 posts. (14) Store keeper - M 3 posts. Above all positions must be graduate, must have work experiences and good level of computer skills and good personality. Pls submit CV together with copies of academic certifi-cates, a copy of NRC, original and updated police clearance form, labor registration card, a copy of family registration & 2 recent photos to Blazon Head Office :(15, 16, 17, 18), Thamain Bayan Rd, Myittar Yeik Mon Housing, Tarmwe or email@example.com within two weeks. Ph : 09-8623381~84 Ext: 139. HORIZON Int'l Kindergarten is looking for dedicated native teachers - F 2 posts for fulltime job. If you are match to criteria below. English Native Speaker. Ages 20 ~ 35 years. Childcare experienced. Ready to start as soon as possible. Contact mail: T.Angel (nattayaari@ gmail.com) Ph: 548452 Related Website: www. horizonmyanmar.com. mm HR. maNaGER - M/F 1 Post : Any graduate, more preferable Master degree. 5 years work experience in related job. Ability to understand the principle of employment practice & labor law. Knowledge on leadership skill, planning,management of resources monitoring, reporting, communication, networking and completency of self management.Effective spoken & written English. Age 40-50 years. Pls send detailed up-to-date curriculum vitae along with 1 nonreturnable photograph, labor registration card copy of NRC card within 2 weeks to 9, Shwe Marlar Avenue, Bayintnaung Rd, Kamayut, Tel: 512239, 512259. EXPERIENcEd male teacher taught Myanmar and English to several foreigners. Those who require a tutor, pls call at 44, Athoka St, Nat Chaung Ward, Tamwe. sEcRETaRY - F 1 Post; University graduated and must be fluent in speaking and writing in English. Pls, summit CV with recent photo to Marine Acary Co.,Ltd, Tel: 95-1-664741 Ext: 105, 108, 01-662147. Email: andamanwari@ gmail.com ShENzhEN GrenTech RF Communication Ltd is seeking Sales Executive - M/F 2 posts : College degree or above in Telecommunications, Wireless, Electronics Engineering or related. At least 3 years experience in related industry. Able to finish the assignment with a tight schedule and short notice. Good communications in written / spoken English (or Chinese) & Myanmar. Willing to travel frequently. Send application with full CV, detailing skills, knowledge & experience to e-mail : xiezhenwei @ powercn. com WE aRE now hiring for the following positions. We offer basic salary and accommodation for the right candidates.(1) Sewing technician 10 posts (2)Sewing manager - 8 posts (3) Sewing supervisor 10 posts (4) Cutting technician - 3 posts (5) Cutting manager 3 posts (6) QA manager -3 posts (7) QA supervi-sor - 3 posts (8) Packing manager - 3 posts (9)Operation manager - 2 posts (10) Production Planner - 3 posts (sewing) Pls forward your resume at; Email: asiatopjob@ asiatop job.com FOREIGN base Freight forwarding company is urgently seeking for a Chinese Interpreter : any graduate , proficient in Chinese and Myanmar, good communication skills and personality, male or female. Pls send update CV, photo & other data reference to nicerealproperty @ gmail. com or contact Ko Shein Bo :09-5167085 ImPORT maRKETING - Male 1 post : Any Graduate, Age 30 to 45, Experienced person having experience of government tender sales for items like bitumen & steel, Good command of English, Excellent Public relation skills, Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines, Must be able to travel, Computer literate candidate is also preferable. Interested persons may apply with their cv to vatsal@ evertopcom.com NEW PROPERTY Company with strong international connections wishes to employ staff in administration and property rentals/ sales. Must speak and read English. Ability to communicate with foreign investors essential, as well as Word and Excel proficiency. CV and covering letter to CIMyanmar@gmail. com. mEKONG EcONOmIcs :Are you a bright, confident & organized person with good English and computer skills? If so, we would be interested in talk to you about full-time employment as an administrative staff member in our office. Pls send CV to bart. robertson@ mekongec onomics. comInterviews will begin after June 16th.” BusINEss Manager /Analyst This is a fantastic opportunity for a business manager/ analyst with two to ten years experience to step up into a career with a leading investment management and holding company. We are a key player in several industries in Asia and have an opening in our business development team for a technical-minded individual to assist in all aspects of deal execution. Your responsibilities will include: Performing Research on Companies. Liaising with Companies. Finan-cial Modeling. Recog-nizing business problems and growth opportunities. Requirements: Any graduate. 2 to 10 years experience. Proficient in, or can quickly grasp applicable business processes & functions. Effective verbal & written communication skills in English & Myanmar. Proficiency with Microsoft Suite (word, excel, & power point) If you have what we are looking for pls contact Cynthia on +95-942-105-3104 or send CV to kntanwani@ mpic.com.ph dOORa Cargo Services Co., Ltd (1)Manager - M or F 1 Post : Age 25 ~ 35, Any University graduate, Good personality, Fluent in English & good computer skill, 3 + years in forwarding environment preferably. (2) Assistant - F 1 Post :Age : 20 ~ 30, Any graduate, Good personality, Accounting knowledge & Good computer skill preferab-ly (3) Driver M 1 Post : Age under 35, Good driving skills and willing to work. (Base on working experience and qualification). Interested candidates are required to submit a comprehen-sive resume & expected salary together with a recent color photo to 310 (F), Paukzaydi St, 8mile, Mayangone (or) send Email to doorargn1 @ gmail. com. doorargn@ gmail. com. Ph: 01-667505, 09-731-66017,Closing date: 16 June, 2012.
WE aRE seeking for a personal driver for diplomat, who can drive very well and non-drinker. It’s preferable who live in near Pun Hlaing Golf Estate. For more detail informat-ion, please feel free to call 527142~4 in office hour.
ThE UNITED Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) in Myanmar is seeking Field coordination Officer (NOA, 1 post): Master’s Degree or equivalent in Economics, Social Sciences, Int'l Relations, Political Sciences or related field. 2 years of progressively responsible professional experience in the field of humanitarian/ recovery affairs, knowledge on global policies & guidelines related to humanitarian/ recovery affairs & humanitarian reform. Ability to write clearly & concisely in English & local language(s). Strong computer skills. Proven highlevel representat-ion skills, such as speaking at meetings & providing situational analysis. Proven capa-city to work effectively in small teams. Experience working in implementation and delivery of humanitarian / recovery projects at the field level is a must. Experience work-ing in a complex settings that requires sound judgment, & operational flexibility. Previous experience in
SUMMIT PaRKvIEW Hotel is seeking (1). account Executive - F 1 Post : B.Com, LCCI Level III, Graduated in any disciplin. 2 years experience in hotel field. Proficiency in English. Experience in (ACE Payroll software & ACCPAC software) is preferable. (2) Night auditor - M 1 Post : Graduate in any discip-line. 1 year experience in hotel field. Proficiency in English. (3). security Officer M 1 post : Graduate in any discipline. 3 years experience, knowledge & skill. Can speak English. Must have necessary physical fitness & strength (4). Receptionist - M/F 2 Posts : Age under 25, Good personality. Proficiency in English. For 1, 2 & 4 : Computer literate. (5). Porter/ Driver - M 2 Posts : 1 year experience. Good ability to speak in English (6). waiter/ waitress - M/F 2 Posts : Proficiency in English. (7). linen attendants - F 2 Posts : Linen services experience in hotel is more preferable (8). Room attendants M/F 2 Posts : Room services experience in Hotel is more preferable (9). Pa attendants/ General Worker - M/F 2 Posts : PA services experience in Hotel is more preferable. Pls submit an application letter, C.V with a recent photo, copies of NRC & Labour Registration card, Educational certificate
: age under 35 with pleasant personality & good interpersonal skills. Able to speak, read & write English fluent. Able to speak a second foreign language is an advantage. Computer knowledge is a must with (Microsoft Word & Excel & Power Point presentation. It is also a must with good typing skills both English and Myanmar. Interested applicants are invited to submit a written application stating their particulars including full address and contact ph number, copy of certificates, recent photo, labour registration card and expected salary to; Full Moon Services Co., Ltd: 7, Pyidaw Aye Yeiktha St, Yankin, Yangon within 7 days Tel: 660365, 651193, (For Attractive Salary). NEED a lady “junior staff”, at least a graduate, aged around 20~25, for an int’l trade promotional organizat-ion in Yangon, capable of fluent English, computer knowledge, Japanese language skill as an added value, office logistical & secretarial works with keen interest in teamwork. Pls submit applications attached with bio data, copies of certificates & N.R.C, and a recent photo to (JETRO Yangon, Sedona Hotel Business Suites#04-02, No. 1, Kaba Aye Pagoda Rd., Yankin, Yangon, Tel: 544051~3) not later than June 29th, 2012. INcEPTa Pharmaceuticals Ltd. is seeking medical Promotion Officer: graduate from any discipline (science
wEll experienced and authorized your guide (Eng; Fr.,)seeks suitable position with a well established your company. Pls call: David, 44, Athoka Street (3rd floor), Nat Chaung Ward, Tamwe, Yangon, any day before 9:00 am and after 6:00 pm.
EMBASSIES Australia 88, Strand Road, Yangon. tel : 251810, 251797, 251798, 251809, 246462, 246463, fax: 246159 Bangladesh 11-B, Than Lwin Road, Yangon. tel: 515275, 526144, fax: 515273, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. mm Brazil 56, Pyay Road, 6th mile, Hlaing Tsp, Yangon. tel: 507225, 507251, 507482. fax: 507483. email: Administ.yangon@ itamaraty.gov.br. Brunei 317/319, U Wizara Road, Sanchaung Tsp, Yangon. tel: 526985, 524285, fax: 512854 email: bruneiemb@ bruneiemb.com.mm Cambodia 25 (3B/4B), New University Avenue Road, Bahan Tsp, Yangon. tel: 549609, 540964, fax: 541462, email: RECYANGON @mptmail. net.mm China 1, Pyidaungsu Yeiktha Road, Yangon. tel: 221280, 221281, 224025, 224097, 221926, fax: 227019, 228319 Egypt 81, Pyidaungsu Yeiktha Road, Yangon. tel: 222886, 222887, fax: 222865, email: egye mbyangon@mptmail. net.mm France 102, Pyidaungsu Yeiktha Road, Yangon. tel: 212178, 212520, 212523, 212528, 212532, fax: 212527, email: ambaf rance. rangoun@ diplomatie.fr Germany 9, Bogyoke Aung San Museum Road, Bahan Tsp, Yangon. tel: 548951, 548952, fax: 548899 email: info@rangun. diplo.de India 545-547, Merchant Street, Yangon. tel: 391219, 388412, 243972, fax: 254086, 250164, 388414, email: indiaembassy @mptmail. net.mm Indonesia 100, Pyidaungsu Yeiktha Road, Yangon. tel: 254465, 254469, 229750, fax: 254468, email: kukygn @indonesia.com.mm Israel 15, Khabaung Street, Hlaing Tsp, Yangon. tel: 515115, fax: 515116, email: info@ yangon.mfa.gov.il Italy 3, Inya Myaing Road, Golden Valley, Yangon. tel: 527100, 527101, fax: 514565, email: ambyang.mail@ esteri.it Japan 100, Natmauk Road, Yangon. tel: 549644-8, 540399, 540400, 540411, 545988, fax: 549643 Embassy of the State of Kuwait Chatrium Hotel, Rm: No.416, 418, 420, 422, 40 Natmauk Rd, Tarmwe Tsp, Tel: 544500. North Korea 77C, Shin Saw Pu Road, Sanchaung Tsp, Yangon. tel: 512642, 510205, fax: 510206 South Korea 97 University Avenue, Bahan Tsp, Yangon. tel: 527142-4, 515190, fax: 513286, email: email@example.com Lao A-1, Diplomatic Quarters, Tawwin Road, Dagon Tsp, Yangon. tel: 222482, fax: 227446, email: Laoembcab@ mptmail. net.mm Malaysia 82, Pyidaungsu Yeiktha Road, Yangon. tel: 220248, 220249, 220251, 220230, fax: 221840, email: mwkyangon@mptmail. net.mm Nepal 16, Natmauk Yeiktha, Yangon. tel: 545880, 557168, fax: 549803, email: nepemb @mptmail.net.mm Pakistan A-4, diplomatic Quarters, Pyay Road, Yangon. tel: 222881 (Chancery Exchange) fax: 221147, email: pakistan@ myanmar. com.mm Philippines 50, Sayasan Road, Bahan Tsp, Yangon. tel: 558149-151, fax: 558154, email: p.e. firstname.lastname@example.org Russian 38, Sagawa Road, Yangon. tel: 241955, 254161, fax: 241953, email: rusinmyan@mptmail .net.mm Serbia No. 114-A, Inya Road, P.O.Box No. 943Yangon. tel: 515282, 515283, fax: 504274, email: serbemb@ yangon.net.mm Singapore 238, Dhamazedi Road, Bahan Tsp, Yangon. tel: 559001, fax: 559002, 559922, email: singemb_ ygn@_ sgmfa. gov.sg Sri Lanka 34 Taw Win Road, Yangon. tel: 222812, fax: 221509, email: slembassy. email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.slembyangon.org Thailand 94 Pyay Road, Dagon Township, Yangon. tel: 226721, 226728, 226824, fax: 221713 United Kingdom 80 Kanna Road, Yangon. tel: 370867, 380322, 371852, 371853, 256438, 370863, 370864, 370865, fax: 370866 United States of America 110, University Avenue, Kamayut Township, Yangon. tel: 536509, 535756, 538038, fax: 650306 Vietnam Building No. 72, Thanlwin Road, Bahan Township, Yangon. tel: 511305, fax: 514897, email: vnemb myr@ cybertech.net.mm Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia No.287/289, U Wisara Rd, Sanchaung Tsp. tel : 01-536153, 516952, fax : 01-516951 UNITED NATIONS ILO Liaison Officer Rm (M1212~1220), 12 Fl-A, Traders Hotel. 223, tel: 242 393, 242811. fax: 242594. IOM 12th Flr, Traders Hotel, 223, tel: 252560 ext. 5002 UNAIDS Rm: (1223~1231), 12 Fl, Traders Hotel. tel: 252361, 252362, 252498. fax: 252364. UNDCP 11-A, Malikha St, Mayangone tsp. tel: 666903, 664539. fax: 651334. UNDP 6, Natmauk Rd, Bahan tel: 542910-19. fax: 292739. UNFPA 6, Natmauk Rd, Bahan tsp. tel: 546029. UNHCR 287, Pyay Rd, Sanchaung tsp. tel: 524022, 524024. fax 524031. UNIAP Rm: 1202, 12 Fl, Traders Hotel.tel: 254852, 254853. UNIC 6, Natmauk St., BHN tel: 52910~19 UNICEF 14~15 Flr, Traders Hotel. P.O. Box 1435, KTDA. tel: 375527~32, fax: 375552 email: unicef.yangon@unicef. org, www.unicef.org/myanmar. UNODC 11-A, Malikha Rd., Ward 7, MYGN. tel: 666903, 660556, 660538, 660398, 664539, fax: 651334. email: email@example.com www. unodc.org./myanmar/ UNOPS Inya Lake Hotel, 3rd floor, 37, Kaba Aye Pagoda Rd, Mayangone Tsp. tel: 951657281~7. Fax: 657279. UNRC 6, Natmauk Rd, P.O. Box 650, TMWE tel: 542911~19, 292637 (Resident Coordinator), fax: 292739, 544531. WFP 3rd-flr, Inya Lake Hotel, 37, Kabar Aye Pagoda Rd. tel: 657011~6 (6-lines) Ext: 2000. WHO 12A Fl, Traders Hotel. tel:250583. ASEAN Coordinating Of. for the ASEAN Humanitarian Task Force, 79, Taw Win st, Dagon Township. Ph: 225258. FAO Myanma Agriculture Service Insein Rd, Insein. tel: 641672, 641673. fax: 641561.
Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon 40 Natmauk Rd, Tarmwe. tel: 544500. fax: 544400. Summit Parkview Hotel 350, Ahlone Rd, Dagon Tsp. tel: 211888, 211966. fax: 227995. Thamada Hotel 5, Alan Pya Phaya Rd, Dagon. tel: 243639, 243640, 243641. Traders Hotel 223 Sule Pagoda Rd. tel: 242828. fax: 242838. Winner Inn 42, Than Lwin Rd, Bahan Tsp. tel: 535205, 524387. email: winnerinnmyanmar @gmail.com Yangon YMCA 263, Mahabandoola Rd, Botataung Tsp. tel: 294128, Yuzana Hotel 130, Shwegondaing Rd, Bahan Tsp, tel : 01-549600, 543367 Yuzana Garden Hotel 44, Alanpya Pagoda Rd, Mingalar Taung Nyunt Tsp, tel : 01-248944
ACCOUNTANTS AND CONSULTANTS
Charted Certified, Certified Public Accountants. tel: 09-5010563. firstname.lastname@example.org
Chigo No. 216, 38 Street (Upper), Kyauktada Tsp, tel : 373472
No.7A, Wingabar Road, Bahan Tsp, Yangon. Tel : (951) 546313, 430245. 09-731-77781~4. Fax : (01) 546313. www.cloverhotel.asia. email@example.com Confort Inn 4, Shweli Rd, Bet: Inya Rd & U Wisara Rd, Kamaryut, tel: 525781, 526872 Golden Aye Yeik Mon Hotel 4, Padauk Lane, 4th Word, Aye Yeik Mon Housing, Hlaing. tel: 681706. Hotel Yangon No. 91/93, 8th Mile Junction, Mayangone. tel : 01-667708, 667688. Inya Lake Resort Hotel 37 Kabar Aye Pagoda Rd. tel: 662866. fax: 665537. Orchid Hotel 91, Anawrahta street, Pazundaung Township, Yangon, . Tel: 399930, 704740, 293261. E-mail: orchidhotel@myanmar. com. mm.
ACCOMMODATIONHOTELS (NAy PyI TAw)
The First Air conditioning systems designed to keep you fresh all day GUNKUL Engineer supply Co., Ltd. No.437 (A), Pyay Road, Kamayut. P., O 11041 Yangon, Tel: +(95-1) 502016-18, Mandalay- Tel: 02-60933. Nay Pyi Taw- Tel: 067-420778, E-mail : sales.ac@freshaircon. com. URL: http://www. freshaircon.com General 83-91, G-F, Bo Aung Kyaw St, Kyauktada Tsp, tel : 706223, 371906
Reservation Office (Yangon) 262-264, Pyay Road, Dagon Centre, A# 03-01, Sanchaung Tsp, Yangon. Tel: 95-1-501937, 536255, 09-520-0926.
The Oasis Hotel (Nay Pyi Taw)
Saya Min Thoun Dara Astrologer No(2), Maha Wizaya Pagoda North Stairway, Dagon Tsp. tel: 296184
Tel: 95-67-422088, 422099
ACCOMMODATION LONG TERM
No. 205, Corner of Wadan Street & Min Ye Kyaw Swa Road, Lanmadaw Tsp, Yangon. Myanmar. Tel: (95-1) 212850 ~ 3, 229358 ~ 61, Fax: (95-1) 212854. info@myanmarpandahotel .com http://www. myanmarpandahotel.com Panorama Hotel 294-300, Pansodan Street, Kyauktada Tsp. tel: 253077. PARKROYAL Yangon, Myanmar 33, Alan Pya Pagoda Rd, Dagon tsp. tel: 250388. fax: 252478. email: enquiry.prygn@ parkroyalhotels.com Website: parkroyalhotels. com. Savoy Hotel 129, Damazedi Rd, Kamayut tsp. tel: 526289, 526298, Seasons of Yangon Yangon Int’l Airport Compound. tel: 666699. Sweet Hotel 73, Damazedi Road, San Chaung Tsp, Ph: 539152 Sedona Hotel Kabar Aye Pagoda Rd, Yankin. tel: 666900. Strand Hotel 92 Strand Rd. tel: 243377. fax: 289880. Easy Expat Accommodation Specialist in Yangon. Tel: 09-730-33776. Eco-Apartment Fully Furnished Ga 21, Pearl Centre (Pearl Condo), Bahan Tsp. Tel: 557488. Espace Avenir No 523, Pyay Rd, Kamaryut Tsp. tel: 505213-222. Golden Hill Towers 24-26, Kabar Aye Pagoda Rd, Bahan Tsp. tel: 558556. ghtower@ mptmail.net.mm. Marina Residence 8, Kabar Aye Pagoda Rd, Mayangone Tsp. tel: 6506 51~4. fax: 650630. MiCasa Hotel Apartments 17, Kabar Aye Pagoda Rd, Yankin Tsp. tel: 650933. fax: 650960. Sakura Residence 9, Inya Rd, Kamaryut Tsp. tel: 525001. fax: 525002. The Grand Mee Ya Hta Executive Residence 372, Bogyoke Aung San Rd, Pabedan Tsp. tel 951-256355 (25 lines). fax: 951-256360. email: gmer@ mptmail.net.mm, www. grandmeeyahta.com Yangon City Villa (Residence) Pyay Rd, 8 Mile Junction, MYGN, tel: 513101
50th Street 9/13, 50th street-lower, Botataung Tsp. Tel-397160.
Green Garden Beer Gallery Mini Zoo, Karaweik Oo-Yin Kabar.
Ambulance tel: 295133. Fire tel: 191, 252011, 252022. Police emergency tel: 199. Police headquarters tel: 282541, 284764. Red Cross tel:682600, 682368 Traffic Control Branch tel:298651 Department of Post & Telecommunication tel: 591384, 591387. Immigration tel: 286434. Ministry of Education tel:545500m 562390 Ministry of Sports tel: 370604, 370605 Ministry of Communications tel: 067-407037. Myanma Post & Telecommunication (MPT) tel: 067407007. Myanma Post & Tele-communication (Accountant Dept) tel: 254563, 370768. Ministry of Foreign Affairs tel: 067-412009, 067-412344. Ministry of Health tel: 067-411358-9. Yangon City Development Committee tel: 248112. HOSPITALS Central Women’s Hospital tel: 221013, 222811. Children Hospital tel: 221421, 222807 Ear, Nose & Throat Hospital tel: 543888. Naypyitaw Hospital (emergency) tel: 420096. Worker’s Hospital tel: 554444, 554455, 554811. Yangon Children Hospital tel: 222807, 222808, 222809. Yangon General Hospital (East) tel: 292835, 292836, 292837. Yangon General Hospital (New) tel: 384493, 384494, 384495, 379109. Yangon General Hospital (West) tel: 222860, 222861, 220416. Yangon General Hospital (YGH) tel: 256112, 256123, 281443, 256131. ELECTRICITY Power Station tel:414235 POST OFFICE General Post Office 39, Bo Aung Kyaw St. (near British Council Library). tel: 285499. INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Yangon International Airport tel: 662811. YANGON PORT Shipping (Coastal vessels) tel: 382722 RAILWAYS Railways information tel: 274027, 202175-8.
INYA1 Resturant & Bar No.(1), Inya Road, Kamayut Tsp. Tel: 01-527506 email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.inya1.com
Strand Bar 92, Strand Rd, Yangon, Myanmar. tel: 243377.fax: 243393, email@example.com www.ghmhotels.com
Lobby Bar PARKROYAL Yangon, Myanmar. 33, Alan Pya Phaya Road, Dagon Tsp. tel: 250388.
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Inya Day Spa 16/2, Inya Rd, Kamayut Tsp, Yangon, Myanmar. Tel: 537907, 503375.
SAIL Marketing & Communications Suite 403, Danathiha Center 790, Corner of Bogyoke Rd & Wadan Rd, Lanmadaw Township, Yangon, Myanmar. Tel: (951) 211870, 224820, 2301195. Email: admin@ advertising-myanmar.com www.advertising-myanmar. com
Room - 4021, 3rd Floor, Taw Win Centre. Ph: 8600111 (Ext:4021), 09-803-2581. Qi Foot Spa At Inya Lake Hotel, Yangon. Tel: +951-662866, 662857 Ext: 1725 Zen Wellness Care No.62 (A), Rm-3, Yaw Min Gyi St, Dagon Tsp, Yangon. Tel: +951-252939.
MYANMAR BOOK CENTRE Nandawun Compound, No. 55, Baho Road, Corner of Baho Road and Ahlone Road, (near Eugenia Restaurant), Ahlone Township. tel: 212 409, 221 271. 214708 fax: 524580. email: info@ myanmarbook.com
GAS COOKER & COOKER HOODS
24 hours Cancer centre No. 330, Yangon International Hotel, Ahlone Road, Dagon Tsp, Yangon, Myanmar. Tel: (951) 218388, 218292 Fax: (951) 218389
Zamil Steel No-5, Pyay Road, 7½ miles, Mayangone Tsp, Yangon. Tel: (95-1) 652502~04. Fax: (95-1) 650306. Email: zamilsteel@ zamilsteel.com.mm
Dance Lessons Mon-Fri 12:00 to 23:00. Sat-Sun 10 am to 8 pm Fun dancing Friday nights with Filipino musicians 4, U Tun Myat St, Tamwe. Tel: 01-541 550 The Uranium Dance Studio Pearl condo Bldg (C), 2nd flr, Bahan Tsp. Tel: 09731-42624, 09-514-0404.
La Brasserie (International) PARKROYAL Yangon. 33, Alan Pya Phaya Road, Dagon Tsp. tel : 250388. Cafe de Angel Always Pure & Fresh No.24, Baho Rd, Ahlone Tsp. tel : 703449 Opening Hour: 9 am to 11 pm
Yangon : A-3, Aung San Stadium (North East Wing), Mingalartaungnyunt Tsp. Tel : 245543, 09-730-37772. Mandalay : Room No.(B,C) (National Gas), 35th St, Btw 80th & 81st, Chanayetharzan Tsp. Tel : 09-6803505, 02 34455, 36748, 71878.
GEMS & JEWELLERIES
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Espace Avenir 523, Pyay Rd, Kamayut Tsp, Tel : 505214, 505222 FIT Club - Rm 101~3, Marina Residence, 8, Kaba Aye Pagoda Rd, Mayangone Tsp, Tel : 650634, 650651 Ext:102 Parkroyal Fitness & Spa Parkroyal Yangon. 33, Alan Pya Phaya Road, Dagon Tsp. Tel: 250388.
Architecture 3 Construction Co, Ltd. No. 154, 39th Street, Between Maha Bandoola & Anawratha Road, Kyauktada Tsp, Yangon. Contact: Ma Khaing Tun Business Development 09-502-5782
La Source Beauty Spa 80(A), Inya Rd, Kamayut. tel: 512 380, 511 252. Sedona Hotel, Kabar Aye Pagoda Rd. tel: 666 900 My Way Diamond Condo, Bldg(A), Rm (G-02), Pyay Rd, Kamayut Tsp, Yangon. Tel: 52717, 09 51 70528
No. (8), Panchan Tower, Sanchaung Tsp, Yangon. Tel: 951-516891~3 firstname.lastname@example.org, www.mtg. biz.mm, www.mmnic.biz.mm.
INYA1 Resturant & Bar No.(1), Inya Road, Kamayut Tsp. Tel: 01-527506 email: email@example.com www.inya1.com Traders Café Traders Hotel, Yangon. #223, Sule Pagoda Rd. Tel: 242828 ext: 6519
Natural Gems of Myanmar No. 30 (A), Pyay Road (7 mile), Mayangone Tsp, Yangon, Myanmar. Tel: 01-660397, 654398~9. E-mail: spgems.myanmar @gmail.com
24 hours Medical centre No. 330, Ground Flr, Yangon Int’l Hotel, Ahlone Road, Dagon Tsp, Yangon, Myanmar. 24 hour Call Centre : (951) 218 445 Clinic : (959) 4921 8159 Office : (951) 218 446 Fax : (951) 218 389 www.leomedicare.com
Shimmering Gold Services Co., Ltd.
vIcTORY FOR lIFE
BEAUTY & MASSAGE
A Little Dayspa No. 475 C, Pyi Road, Kamayut, Yangon. Tel: 09-431-28831.
ISO 9001:2008 (QMS)
Duty Free Airport Shopping Yangon International Airport Arrival/Departure Tel: 662676 (Airport) Office: 17, 2nd street, Hlaing Yadanarmon Housing, Hlaing Township, Yangon. Tel: 500143, 500144, 500145.
Mr. Betchang No.(272), Pyay Rd, DNH Tower, Rm No.(503), 5th flr, Sanchaung Tsp, Tel: 095041216 The Yangon GYM Summit Parkview Hotel 350, Ahlone Rd, Dagon Tsp. tel: 211888, 211966. Traders Health Club. Level 5, Traders Hotel Yangon#223 Sule Pagoda Rd, Tel: 951 242828 Ext: 6561
Traders Hotel, 5th Floor Tel: 242828,Ext: Coreana. Sedona Hotel, Mandalay Ground Fl. Tel: 02-36488, Ext: Coreana
Proven Technology Industry Co., Ltd. No. FS 14, Bayintnaung Rd, Shwe Sabai Yeik Mon, Kamayut Tsp, Yangon. Tel: 951-951-701719~20, 527667, 531030, 531041, 530694. Fax: 527667, 531030. http//www. toyobatterymyanmar.com.
MHR Business & Management Institute 905, 9th floor, Modern Iron Market(Thanzay Condo) Lanmadaw St. Tel: 707822. NLEC 82 Anawrahta Rd, Corner of 39 St, Kyauktada Tsp. Tel: 250225.
Winning Way No. 589-592, Bo Aung Kyaw St, Yangon-Pathein highway Road. Hlaing Tharyar tsp. Tel: 951645178-182, 685199, Fax: 951-645211, 545278. e-mail: mkt-mti@ winstrategic.com.mm
VEJTHANI MYANMAR REPRESENTATIVE OFFICE No.125(C), West Shwe Gon Dine Road, Bahan Township, Yangon, Myanmar. 01-3449977. Hot Line: 09-507-1111, 01-555448, 555998. firstname.lastname@example.org www.vejthani.com
22, Pyay Rd, 9 mile, Mayangone Tsp. tel: 660769, 664363.
G-A, Ground Floor, Pearl Center, Kabaraye Pagoda Road, Yangon. Tel: 09 500 6880 Email: chocolateheaven. email@example.com
Lemon Day Spa No. 96 F, Inya Road, Kamaryut Tsp, Yangon. Tel: 514848, 09-732-08476. E.mail: lemondayspa.2011 @gmail.com
Innwa Book Store No. 246, Rm.201/301, GF, Pansodan Street (Upper Block), Kyauktada Tsp. Tel. 389838, 243216, 374324, 514387
Est. 1992 in Myanmar Cold Storage Specialist, Solar Hot Water Storage Solutions. Tel: 09-504-2196, 09-73194828. E-mail: gei.ygn2@ gmail.com, glover2812@ gmail.com
Est. 1992 in Myanmar Electrical & Mechanical Contractors, Designers, Consultants. Tel: 09-504-2196, 09-73194828. E-mail: gei.ygn2@ gmail.com, glover2812@ gmail.com
Floral Service & Gift Shop No. 449, New University Avenue, Bahan Tsp. YGN. Tel: 541217, 559011, 09-860-2292. Market Place By City Mart Tel: 523840~43, 523845~46, Ext: 205. Junction Nay Pyi Taw Tel: 067-421617~18 422012~15, Ext: 235. Res: 067-414813, 09-49209039. Email : eternal@ mptmail.net.mm
81, Kaba Aye Pagoda Road, Bahan Township, Yangon. Tel: 548022, 542979, 553783, 09-8030847, 09-730-56079. Email: asiapacific. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hotel ManagementConsultants (Singapore) Yangon Office Tel. : 09-516-6400 Email: email@example.com Agent Office, 5th Floor, Junction Centre (Maw Tin), Lanmadaw Township, Yangon. Myanmar. Ph: 09-731-56770, 09-5117584, Fax: 01-516313, myanmarmeditour@gmail. com
U Min Sein, BSc, RA, CPA.,RL Advocate of the Supreme Court 83/14 Pansodan St, Yangon. tel: 253 273. firstname.lastname@example.org
Floral Service & Gift Centre 102(A), Dhamazaydi Rd, Yangon.tel: 500142 Summit Parkview Hotel, tel: 211888, 211966 ext. 173 fax: 535376.email: sandy@ sandymyanmar.com.mm.
MARINE COMMUNICATION & NAvIGATION
Acupuncture, Medicine Massage, Foot Spa Add:No,27(A),Ywa Ma Kyaung Street, Hlaing Township, Yangon. Tel: 01-511122, 526765. Piyavate Hospital (Bangkok) Myanmar Represent ative (Head office) Grand Mee Yahta Executive Residences. No.372, Bogyoke Aung San Rd, PBDN. Ph: 256355, Ext: 3206. Hotline: 09-73777799. Email: piyavate@cnt. com.mm, piyavate.cnt@ gmail.com, Website: www. piyavate.com PHIH-Specialist Clinic FMI Centre (4th Floor) #380, Bogyoke Aung San Road, Pabedan Tsp. tel: 243 010, 243 012, 243 013
Foral Service & Gifts shop No.2, Corner of Khay Mar St & Baho Rd (Near Asia Royal Hospital), Sanchaung Tsp, Yangon. email: yangonflorist@ myanmar.com.mm. Tel: 01-510406, 09-73184714.
Top Marine Show Room No-385, Ground Floor, Lower Pazundaung Road, Pazundaung Tsp, Yangon. Ph: 01-202782, 09-851-5597
Media & Advertising
FOAM SPRAY INSULATION
Foam Spray Insulation No-410, Ground Floor, Lower Pazuntaung Road, Pazuntaung Tsp, Yangon. Telefax : 01-203743, 09730-26245, 09-500-7681. Hot Line-09-730-30825.
NatRay Co., Ltd. Rm 807, La Pyayt Wun Plaza. tel : 01-370833, 370836
24 hours Laboratory & X-ray No. 330, Ground Flr, Yangon Int’l Hotel, Ahlone Road, Dagon Tsp, Yangon, Myanmar. Tel: (951) 218388, (951) 218292 Fax: (951) 218389
Intuitive Design, Advertising, Interior Decoration Corporate logo/Identity/ Branding, Brochure/ Profile Booklet/ Catalogue/ Billboard, Corporate diary/ email newsletter/ annual reports, Magazine, journal advertisement and 3D presentation and detailed planning for any interior decoration works. Talk to us: (951) 430-897, 553-918 www.medialane.com.au 58B Myanma Gon Yaung Housing, Than Thu Mar Road, Tamwe, Yangon.
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Streamline Education 24, Myasabai Rd, Parami, Myangone Tsp. tel: 662304, 09-500-6916. No. 105/107, Kha-Yae-Bin Road. between Pyi Daung Su Yeik Tha (Halpin) and Manawhari Road/Ahlone Road, Dagon Tsp. Tel/Fax: 538895, Tel: 09730-29973, 09-540-9469.
padonmar.restaurant@ gmail.com. www.myanmarrestaurantpadonmar.com
House of Memories Piano Bar & Restaurant Myanmar Cuisine & International Food 290, U Wizara Rd, Kamaryut Tsp, Yangon. tel: 525 195, 534 242. e-mail: houseofmemories email@example.com
MMRD Research BLDG C, New Mingalar Market, 10-story BLDG, 8 & 9 flr, Coner of Mill St & Banyardala Rd, Mingalar Taungnyunt Tsp. Tel: 200326, 200846, 201350. Fax: 202425.
Legendary Myanmar Int’l Shipping & Logistics Co., Ltd. No-9, Rm (A-4), 3rd Flr, Kyaung St, Myaynigone, Sanchaung Tsp, Yangon. Tel: 516827, 523653, 516795. Mobile. 09-512-3049. Email: legandarymyr@ mptmail.net .mm www.LMSL-shipping.com
1. WASABI : No.20-B, Kaba Aye Pagoda Rd, Yankin Tsp,(Near MiCasa), Tel; 666781,09-503-9139 2. WASABI SUSHI : Market Place by City Mart (1st Floor). Tel; 09-430-67440 Myaynigone (City Mart) Yankin Center (City Mart) Junction Mawtin (City Mart)
No.35(b), Tatkatho Yeik Mon Housing, New University Avenue, Bahan Township, Yangon. Tel: 951-549451, 557219, 540730. www.yangon-academy.org
The Brightest AC CFL Bulb 21, 9th St, Lanmadaw Tsp. Ph: 212243, 216861, 216864. spsolarstation@ gmail.com. www. spsolarstation.com
INYA1 Resturant & Bar No.(1), Inya Road, Kamayut Tsp. Tel: 01-527506 email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.inya1.com Phoenix Court (Chinese) PARKROYAL Yangon. 33, Alan Pya Phaya Road, Dagon Tsp. tel: 250388. Royal Garden Nat Mauk Road, Kandaw Gyi Natural Park, Bahan Tsp. tel: 546202 Signature Near U Htaung Bo Round, about Bahan Tsp. tel: 546488, 543387. Summer Palace (Chinese) Restaurant Level 2, Traders Hotel, #223, Sule Pagoda Road. tel: 242828. ext:6483 Target Bldg B, 1-fl, Rm F-23, Pearl condo. Bahan tsp. Tel: 09-513-5924, 09-5048750. TG Bar & Restaurant The Grand Mee Ya Hta Executive Residences (2nd Flr), Bogyoke Aung San Rd. Tel: 385101, 256355. Horizon Int’l School 25, Po Sein Road, Bahan Tsp, tel : 541085, 551795, 551796, 450396~7. fax : 543926, email : contact@horizonmyanmar. com, www.horizon.com ILBC 180, Thunandar 9th Lane, Thumingalar Housing, Thingungyung.tel: 562401.
Monday to Saturday (9am to 6pm) No. 797, MAC Tower II, Rm -4, Ground Flr, Bogyoke Aung San Rd, Lamadaw Tsp, Yangon. Tel: (951) 212944 Ext: 303 sales.centuremyanmar@ gmail.com www.centure.in.th
Schenker (Thai) Ltd. Yangon 59 A, U Lun Maung Street. 7 Mile Pyay Road, MYGN. tel: 667686, 666646.fax: 651250. email: sche email@example.com.
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From page 40 Tactically, the 4-2-3-1 formation is likely to dominate as it did at the 2010 World Cup, where the three European semifinalists – Germany, the Netherlands and eventual champions Spain – all deployed versions of the same system. All three are expected to keep faith with the 4-23-1 shape, although their approaches will differ: Spain are renowned for their ‘tiki-taka’ passing style, while both Germany and Holland rely more on fleetness of foot in attack. Laurent Blanc’s determination to cram as many attack-minded players into his team means that France are likely to stick to the 4-3-3 system that was adopted to impressive effect in the recent 2-0 friendly defeat of Serbia. Italy were set out in a classically Italian 4-31-2 in their only pretournament friendly match, against Russia, but the 3-0 defeat inflicted upon them may prompt coach Cesare Prandelli to adapt his approach. He has hinted that he could introduce a threeman defence of Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini – the Juventus trio who let just 20 goals past them in their side’s Serie A title triumph last season. “There’s a block of seven Juve players in the squad and it’s thought that the [3-5-2] system would be beneficial for several reasons,” says James Horncastle, a football writer specialising in Italian football. “The spine of the team has played it often this season; it’s fresher and comes easier to them than the 4-3-1-2, which many have had to re-learn; and why not channel the confidence and winning mentality Juve players show and transplant it to Italy?” England could be one of the few leading sides to play with two central forwards, given new coach Roy Hodgson’s longstanding preference for the 4-4-2 formation. “If you play with two [forwards], you have the added advantage that whoever receives the ball has someone in close support at all times,” says Hodgson. “And if balls are going to be played forward, you’ve got someone to threaten the back of the defence.” However, Wayne Rooney’s absence through suspension for the first two matches of the Euro encouraged Hodgson to experiment in England’s warm-up games, with Ashley Young deployed in support of a lone striker in a 4-4-1-1 system in both matches. On the whole, innovation is likely to be thin on the ground. At major tournaments, coaches have only a limited amount of time to drill their players and the emphasis usually falls on pragmatism rather than tactical creativity. – AFP
Tiger hits landmark win to his legend
DUBLIN, Ohio, - With golf icon Jack Nicklaus watching in amazement, Tiger Woods added another epic shot and tension-packed victory to his own legendary career on June 3 by winning the Memorial for his 73rd pro title. Woods won for only the second time since his infamous sex scandal erupted in November 2009 after chipping in for birdie from dense rough 48 feet from the cup at the par-3 16th hole at the Nicklaus-designed Muirfield Village course. That pulled Woods level for the lead and the 36-yearold American won his fifth Memorial crown when South African Rory Sabbatini made bogey at 16 and Woods closed with a birdie. Woods, a 14-time major champion chasing the all-time record of 18 major titles won by Nicklaus, caught Nicklaus for second on the all-time US PGA win list, each of them now nine back of Sam Snead’s record 82 career triumphs. “To be able to tie Jack at 73 wins and to do it at such a young age, it feels really special,” Woods said. “And to do it with Jack there at 18, he means a lot to all us players. He’s the greatest champion that ever lived. “And to pull off that shot at 16, that was kind of sweet, too.” Matching the shots that were commonplace for Woods a decade ago but have been rare in the past two injury-nagged seasons, Woods blasted the ball from the rough, plopped it just onto the green and watched it roll into the cup. “It was one of the hardest ones I’ve pulled off,” Woods said. “More magic than memory, I think.” Woods, who had felt ill and feverish entering the weekend, knew that he risked sending the ball into a water hazard on the far side of the green if he botched the shot. “The shot was really difficult, but it wouldn’t have been so bad if I had a good lie,” Woods said. “I went for it. I pulled it off and for it to land as soft as it did was kind of a surprise. It just fell in. I didn’t think it was going to get there at one point. And then it fell in.” The last-roll aspect of the shot brought back memories of an epic putt at the 16th hole at Augusta National Tiger Woods hits his third shot on the par 4 10th hole during the final round of the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio on June 3. Pic: AFP when Woods used a slope to send a putt into the cup, the ball hanging on the edge of the hole just before dropping in. “What a shot,” Nicklaus said. “I don’t think under the circumstances I have ever seen a better shot. “Tiger has been struggling. He found himself in a position where it was either fish or cut bait. He had one place to land the ball. If he leaves it short, he’s going to leave himself again a very difficult shot. If he hits it long, he’s going to probably lose the tournament. He lands the ball exactly where it has to land. Going in the hole was a bonus.” In his final tuneup event for the US Open in two weeks at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, Woods showed his game was in fine form. “Just every shot was exactly the shape, the trajectory, the distance control – I had it all today, shape off tees, whatever club I wanted to hit, I could hit. That was fun to have it when I needed it.” And to match the career total that Nicklaus did not achieve until age 46 at the event hosted by Nicklaus made the result all the sweeter. “It just makes it that much more special,” Woods said. “If I would have won it somewhere else, it would have just been I tied Jack. But to do it here and have him here right next to me, that means something. It’s awfully special.” Nicklaus replied to the adoring comments with a joke, saying, “He had to rub it in my face right here, didn’t he? “No, if he was going to do it, which he was obviously going to, I would like to see it happen here. That was great. And the way he did it, he just played great.” Woods snapped a 17month win drought in March at Bay Hill in a PGA event hosted by another golf icon, Arnold Palmer, but was a disappointing 40 th at the Masters two weeks later. “At Bay Hill I played well on that day, but I just didn’t quite have the control I did today,” Woods said. “I’m able to hit the ball, compressing it higher than I did at Bay Hill. “At Augusta I got exposed, wasn’t able to get the ball up in the air comfortably, and it showed. Went to work on it for the next few weeks, and I finally got it. It came around here when I needed it.” – AFP
Sri Lanka dare to dream of World Cup in 2019
By Amal Jayasinghe COLOMBO – Sri Lanka has launched a major campaign to develop rugby on the island with the president’s eldest son leading efforts to build a team that can qualify for the 2019 World Cup in Japan. Last week more than a dozen foreign players participated in a seven-a-side tournament which was seen as a successful attempt to expose domestic players to top-class international-standard rugby. Though Sri Lanka is famous for its cricket team, rugby has been on the island since 1879, during British colonial times, and is still played by nearly 50,000 school boys today at 100 clubs. “We have given our players an opportunity to play alongside international stars,” Namal Rajapakse, the national team’s hooker and the son of President Mahinda Rajapakse, said during the Carlton Super 7s tournament. “This is the kind of experience our players need. If we train properly from now on, we can qualify for the World Cup,” added Namal, 26, who helped organise the event and is a member of parliament. “It is all about putting everything together and we now have a plan to move forward.” Sri Lanka’s full 15-player side, who have never made it to a World Cup, are ranked a lowly 46th in the world and missed out on a spot in the top tier of this year’s Asian Five Nations tournament, won by Japan. The powerful Rajapakse family exert great influence in Sri Lanka, and their backing of the game is Tomasi Cama (left) of New Zealand’s Jaffna Challengers running with the ball for a try during the Carlton Super 7’s tournament match against Sri Lanka’s Uva Vipers in Colombo on June 3. Pic: AFP
likely to be a significant factor for the sport’s future prospects. The president is a keen fan and Namal’s younger brother Yoshitha, 24, is the national skipper. Such a set-up has led some to suggest Sri Lanka’s renewed interest in the sport is just a family affair, but new team coach Phil Greening insisted that the country has the depth of talent to nurture a genuine international squad. “I was surprised and excited by the standard of the players, how well supported rugby is, how it has some great people involved, how the schools game is huge,” Greening, a former England international who retired in 2005, said. “Sri Lanka has a great deal of talent that needs to be nurtured and allowed to develop,” he said. “It is an
exciting time to be involved in Sri Lankan rugby. Sri Lanka has such great resources that other unions would envy.” Getting to Japan in 2019 is hugely ambitious, but one sign of hope was the thousands of fans who packed stadiums for the Carlton Super 7s games in Kandy and Colombo. Among the overseas stars playing in the event, which finished on June 3, was New Zealand Sevens captain D.J. Forbes, Sevens Player of the Year Tomasi Cama, England’s Dan Norton and Matt Turner. Eyeing more competitive rugby in Sri Lanka, Namal Rajapakse says lessons can be learnt from the Indian Premier League cricket: foreign and domestic players in a short-format game, with some off-
the-pitch razzmatazz. A multi-million-dollar project is under way to convert a disused racecourse in Colombo into an international rugby venue, new sponsorship deals are being signed and the government has arranged tax breaks for foreign players and coaches. Sri Lankan columnist and historian Neil Wijeratne said the game was in decline three years ago when the sport’s administration appeared to be in disarray, but a strong resurgence was in evidence. “There is hope now,” Wijeratne said. “We have time to get our act together [for the World Cup]. What we need is a clear long-term plan. “Our advantage is that we have a rugby history and people know the game.” – AFP
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Which tactics will prevail at Euro 2012?
By Tom Williams PARIS - A goal-rich European football season suggests Euro 2012 could be a high-scoring tournament, despite the likely preponderance of apparently conservative single-striker formations. The 2011-12 campaign was one of the most prolific in the modern history of the European game. Barcelona and Real Madrid both smashed through the 100-goal barrier in La Liga, the Catalans amassing 114 goals and champions Madrid plundering 121 to obliterate the 107-goal season record set by John Toshack’s Madrid side in 1989-90. There were freak scorelines in the English Premier League – notably Manchester United’s 8-2 annihilation of Arsenal – and the goals-per-game ratio climbed in all five of Europe’s major leagues except the already high-scoring German Bundesliga. The continent’s leading goalscorers sent records tumbling, and not just Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, who claimed 96 league goals between them. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar was the first player to notch 29 goals in Germany since KarlHeinz Rummenigge in 1981, while his Dutch team-mate Robin van Persie became only the fourth player to reach the 30-goal mark in England since 2000. Despite a steadily diminishing goals-per-game ratio at recent World Cups (from 2.71 in 1994 to 2.27 in South Africa in 2010), the goals do not appear to be drying up in the European Championship. Both Euro 2004 and Euro 2008 averaged 2.48 goals per game, which was less than the 2.74 goals per game recorded at Euro 2000 but more than the rather disappointing 2.06 witnessed at Euro 1996 in England; the first tournament to feature 16 teams. More page 38 By Tom Williams PARIS – As Euro 2012 kicked off in Poland and Ukraine this weekend, the lead-up to the tournament has been charactarised by injuries and off-pitch controversies that could shape the outcome of the competition. None of the 16 teams competing in the quadrennial showpiece have enjoyed a hiccup-free build-up to the event, and the main contenders have been among the most obviously inconvenienced sides. Reigning world and European champions Spain are bidding to become the first nation to win three consecutive major tournaments, but they must attempt to do so without record scorer David Villa and talismanic centre-back Carles Puyol. The Barcelona pair have both fallen victim to injury, obliging coach Vicente del Bosque to make unwanted adjustments to a team that have swept all before them since embarking on the road to glory at Euro 2008 in Austria and Switzerland. Victory in the final in Kiev on July 1 would give this Spain team legitimate claim to the title of the greatest international side in the sport’s history, but midfielder David Silva knows that La Roja’s rivals will not stand idly by. “We can always dream about it, of course, but we have to be conscious of the fact that the other teams are equally strong, of the potential of the other teams, and the fact that winning is very demanding and you must suffer a great deal,” said Silva. “It can happen, but nobody should think that it is going to be easy.” Drawn alongside Italy, Croatia and the Republic of Ireland in Group C, Spain began their campaign in Gdansk on June 10 against an Italian side rocked by the impact of yet another investigation into match-fixing in the country. Left-back Domenico Criscito was forced to withdraw from the tournament after being implicated in the affair, while Juventus pair Gianluigi Buffon and Leonardo Bonucci have both had accusatory fingers pointed in their direction. Coach Cesare Prandelli subsequently made the startling declaration that “it would not be a problem” if Italy had to withdraw from the competition.
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Lead-up problems shape Euros
Spain forward David Silva (left) fights for the ball with China defender Liu Jianye during an international friendly at the Cartuja stadium in Sevilla June 3 in preparation for Euro 2012. Pic: AFP However, the turmoil is not necessarily a portentous sign. Italy is no stranger to football controversies, and their World Cup successes in 1982 and 2006 both unfolded beneath the shadow of off-pitch scandals linked to matchfixing. Whereas Prandelli will draw on a core of Juve players buoyed by their roles in the club’s first Serie A title success since 2003, his Germany counterpart Joachim Loew must hope his sizeable Bayern Munich contingent can shake off the disappointment of their penalty shootout loss to Chelsea in the Champions League final. Like Spain, Germany enjoyed a perfect record in qualifying, and having been drawn alongside Denmark, Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal and beaten World Cup finalists the Netherlands in a finely balanced Group B, they can afford no time for self-pity. Both Germany and Holland will have designs on the Henri Delaunay trophy, but habitual contenders England have had to downsize their ambitions after a build-up punctuated by setbacks. Roy Hodgson was only installed as coach on May 1, following the abrupt departure of Fabio Capello, and he has already had to witness the withdrawals of key midfielders Jack Wilshere, Gareth Barry and Frank Lampard due to injury. “I’m satisfied with the group we’ve put together. I believe in the group,” Hodgson insisted. “I’m disappointed to have lost two senior players [Barry and Lampard], but on the other hand, it’s a great opportunity for someone else.” He also has problems in attack, with Wayne Rooney suspended for England’s two opening Group D matches against France and Sweden. France continue to make steady progress under Laurent Blanc, but the scars of the 2010 World Cup – when they crashed out in the group phase following a player revolt – mean Blanc refuses to look beyond a place in the quarterfinals. Ukraine have their work cut out to reach the last eight, but Poland received a more favourable draw that placed them alongside Russia, the Czech Republic and shock Euro 2004 champions Greece in Group A. The Poles have also been largely spared the criticism aimed at their fellow hosts, amid concerns over security, high hotel prices and the threat of hooliganism in Ukraine. – AFP
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