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Warm single-storey house in Thingangyun

UNCOMPLICATED suburban living sums up this single-level house in Thingangyun township. The house is not overly spacious but there is a nice garden and lawn as compensation. more

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Information Technology

Toyota announces mass recalls

TOKYO – Toyota said on last week it would recall more than 400,000 hybrid vehicles around the world, plunging deeper into crisis as lawsuits in the US piled up. (Volume 26, No. 510)News

Google Earth dives into oceans, WWII

SAN FRANCISCO – Google Earth mapping service is letting people use the internet to dive into the world’s oceans or see the ruin that World War II bombings rained on European cities. (Volume 26, No. 510)News

Australian government websites blocked in protest

SYDNEY – A shadowy group of cyber-activists blocked key Australian government websites on February 10 to protest against controversial plans to filter the internet. (Volume 26, No. 510)News

MCC to open master and doctoral courses

MYANMA Computer Group (MCC) announced last week that it plans to open masters and doctoral courses in IT and business in September this year as a joint effort with Siam University of Thailand. (Volume 26, No. 510)News

A Yangon City Development Committee worker cleans up debris at Thingangyun Market on February 13

Blaze guts Thingangyun Market

A HUGE fire destroyed about 80 percent of one of Yangon’s largest markets on Friday evening but no casualties have so far been reported, officials told The Myanmar Times last week.News

Local News

Australia boosts Myanmar aid

INTERNATIONAL obser-vers have applauded the Australian government for a shift in aid policy that will see funding to Myanmar almost double over the next three years.News


First-time voters to decide 2010 poll

FOR 25-year-old Wai Wai, the 2010 general election will be her first opportunity to shape the future of her country. She says she has already decided to give her vote to the political party she feels will bring economic development and improve people’s real living standards.News

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Members of the ODC dance company perform at the American Club

ODC perform in Yangon

OBERLIN Dance Company from the US performed a series of contemporary dances at the American Club in Mayangone township on February 9. News

Timeout

Monks donate blood to needy patients

IT is midnight and the telephone is ringing in the compound of Ywar Ma Pariyati Sarthindeik monastic school. A young monk picks up the phone, on the other end a woman beseeches him to find a monk who is willing to donate blood to her sick relative. This is not a one-off, but a daily occurrence. News


Chinese New Year lion dance

CAPITAL Hypermart’s Chinese New Year lion dance contest came to a close on February 10 with Hong Bao Shi team winning the top prize. News


Hip-hop dancers break ground not limbs

SINCE hitting the mainstream in the 1970s, hip-hop dancing has maintained its status as a technically difficult, high intensity form of dance most associated with the street rather than polished stage performances. Although late to arrive in Myanmar, plenty of kids are still risking their limbs to impress their friends with some cool moves. News

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Computer market enjoying healthy new year revival

SPRING has come to Yangon’s computer hardware market. After a cool spell during the last quarter of 2009, both demand and prices are up, say retailers.News

Business & Property

Buyers snap up Labutta plots

MORE than 400 buyers have seized a chance to acquire plots of land in Labutta township, Ayeyarwady Division, which bore the brunt of Cyclone Nargis in 2008. News


Avian influenza fears depress poultry markets

AN outbreak of the deadly H5N1 avian influenza strain at an army-run poultry farm in early February has had little impact on the market, industry sources said last week. News

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the skies above the newly built National Sports Complex

Myanmar firms as favourite

VALENCIA– German Formula One legend Michael Schumacher admitted he felt like a kid with a new toy as he took his Mercedes car out for the first time, February 1, ahead of his official return to the sport after a three-year absence. News

Sport

MFF terminates coach

A series of poor performances in the lead up to the AFC Challenge Cup has resulted in the Myanmar Football Federation(MFF) terminating the contract of head national coach Drago Mamic. News


Equestrian event

Myanmar’s Equestrian Federation is to hold its first event for 2010, The Baron’s Cup. The event will be held on February 27 at the federations equestrian grounds in North Dagon Township.News


Shane Warne announces plans to create a global‘IPL style’ series

LONDON – Shane Warne said he wished he was “20 years younger” as he helped unveil plans for a new global Twenty20 alliance.News

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Ravenous Garra rufa fish consume the dead skin on the feet of a traveller at a Dr Fish Massage stall in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Feasting fish relieve weary travellers

CURIOSITY stirred, I decided to take the plunge and test the popular Dr Fish Massage. The signboard advertised 20 minutes in the pool with hordes of Garra rufa fish for just US$3 and promised that the fish would remove the dead skin from my hands and feet. This would leave them smooth, while at the same time acting as a form of stress relief. News

Singapore welcomes 9.7 million visitors

SINGAPORE – Singapore welcomed 9.7 million visitors in 2009, down 4.3 percent from 2008 but exceeding forecasts due to an aggressive marketing campaign amid a global recession, the government said last week News


Tourism Myanmar Update

Inya Lake Hotel is launching www.eventsinyangon.com, the one and only website with updated events listings for Yangon. This website features a calendar of events, from music concerts and art gallery openings to social occasions in the hotels and bars around the city. News


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GETTING THOSE TRICKY PET SHOTS RIGHT

Toyota announces mass recalls

TOKYO – Toyota said on last week it would recall more than 400,000 hybrid vehicles around the world, plunging deeper into crisis as lawsuits in the US piled up.News

IT

Google Earth dives into oceans, WWII

SAN FRANCISCO – Google Earth mapping service is letting people use the internet to dive into the world’s oceans or see the ruin that World War II bombings rained on European cities. News


MCC to open master and doctoral courses

MYANMA Computer Group (MCC) announced last week that it plans to open masters and doctoral courses in IT and business in September this year as a joint effort with Siam University of Thailand.News

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