The Myanmar Times
Monday, 31 August 2015
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Dry laundry that’s worth the wait

Yan Ma and her Mrs Show Laundry Service on Yae Kyaw Street is one answer to dealing with the monsoon season and how to dry clothes that never seem to – especially useful if, like me, you have one of those newfangled “fuzzy logic” top-loading washing machines that can’t tell a spin cycle from its elbow.

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Casting the net within the law

Fishing families in Rakhine State know their food security and livelihoods are under threat. While a new law puts communities in charge of conservation, the biggest hauls continue to be stolen away by illegal commercial trawlers, operating just outside their reach.

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Keeping flood victims afloat

You can hear them halfway down the street. Above the roar of the traffic and the chatter of the tea shop comes the column of young people, collection tins in hand, calling for donations for the victims of flooding.

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The blind leading the blind to a better outlook

It was the last thing he ever saw. The explosion in the school laboratory blinded Thein Lwin and cost him his left hand. He was 18.

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All the world’s a stage for Globe players

Gentlemen, you are welcome to Elsinore or, in this case, to Yangon. Ladies too. The 16 globetrotting actors who are travelling round the world to perform Shakespeare’s Hamlet will be performing here on August 31 after working their magic in the Philippines and Brunei and about 100 other countries.

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Myanmar movie star wins Magsaysay award

A movie star from Myanmar, two Indians, a Filipina cultural researcher and a Laotian handicrafts promoter were named on July 29 as this year’s winners of Asia’s Magsaysay Awards.

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Veteran Myanmar rappers pass the ACID test

If a week is a long time in politics, 15 years in the world of hip hop is an eternity. In 2000, the hip hop band Acid released their first and only tape, Sa Tin Chin (Start). There were four of them: Zay Yar Thaw, Yan Yan Chan, Anegga and Hein Zaw. It was a big hit.

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Alarm sounded over Myanmar’s betel habit

As he manoeuvres his taxi through the barely moving traffic of downtown Yangon, Myo Min Htaike’s jaw methodically pounds a pulpy mass of nuts and tobacco, his teeth stained a dark blood-red.

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Stars behind bars: celebs in the slammer

The Yangon Dream Factory can be unkind to those striving to see their names glittering on the marquees of the grand old cinema houses along Sule Pagoda Road. Move aside, Mr DeMille – these stars are ready for their mug shots.

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Want to stop smoking? Here’s how

Everyone knows smoking is bad for you. While it is difficult to estimate the number of annual deaths that can be attributed to tobacco in Myanmar, we do know that, along with poor nutrition, smoking is in the top two modifiable risk factors contributing to disability and death.

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