Blacklisted tycoon is key Myanmar player

On the streets of Yangon, it is often said Myanmar is ruled not only by a gun-wielding junta but by a businessman named Tay Za, who is thought to have a finger in every lucrative pie and is now a target of U.S. sanctions.

Although virtually unknown internationally until his blacklisting this month by the United States, Tay Za, 41, is legendary in his Southeast Asian country as one of the richest, best-connected and most successful men in one of the world's poorest nations.

"He is really crucial to the regime. As far as we know, he is also the richest guy in the country," said David Mathieson, consultant for the U.S.-based Human Rights Watch.

Others, however, think his power and wealth may be overstated. But whatever its extent, they say, most of his business is in Asia, and the American sanctions apply only to his assets and business relationships in the United States, which are thought to be few.

Described as eloquent and charismatic, Tay Za is said to have a cozy personal relationship with Senior Gen. Than Shwe, the junta leader, and his family — and a hand in virtually every moneymaking venture in a country where the state dominates the economy.

He has investments in tourism, logging, gems, palm oil, real estate, construction and airlines. His Htoo Trading Co. grabbed most of the construction contracts for the government's multimillion-dollar move from the old capital, Yangon, to the new one, Naypyidaw.

To many, Tay Za represents a group of elite businessmen closely intertwined with the military rulers who farm out concessions for Myanmar's rich natural resources. In return, their access to global markets helps grease the wheels that keep the regime afloat.

Analysts said Tay Za and other influential tycoons on the U.S. blacklist may have more influence on the junta than foreign sanctions and diplomacy.

The U.S. Treasury Department sanctions were imposed on Tay Za; his wife, Thidar Zaw; and son, Pye Phyo Tay, as well as Tay Za's main businesses, including Htoo, Air Bagan Ltd., Htoo Wood Products Pte Ltd. and Pavo Trading Pte.

Four state enterprises are Myanmar's top exporters. Htoo Trading, engaged in logging and exports of timber, is the fifth, earning $65.1 million between 2006 and 2007, according to the Myanmar Times, a weekly newspaper affiliated with the government.

Tay Za started off as an ordinary merchant and married into a wealthy timber family. Then he became an arms dealer, which gained him the generals' trust and enhanced access to large tracts of Myanmar's virgin forests.

A son of a former army colonel and himself a former military academy student, Tay Za accompanied top brass on overseas trips to buy helicopters, according to Irrawaddy, a respected news magazine run by Myanmar exiles in neighboring Thailand.

His Myanmar Avia Export is the country's sole representative of Russia's Export Military Industrial Group and of the Russian helicopter manufacturer Rostvertol, the magazine said. Analysts and diplomats said Tay Za played a key role in buying MiG-29 fighter jets and Mi-17 helicopters last year from Moscow.

His close personal relationship with Than Shwe and his family have been one of the hottest topics in Myanmar's rumor mill.

"He knows how to take care of people, influential people. That's his secret to such a fast rise to such a prominent position," said Irrawaddy editor Aung Zaw.

Tay Za has also hired children of senior military officials, among them Gen. Shwe Mann's son, Aung Thet Mann, who is on Htoo's board of directors.

Some of his companies are based in Singapore, where he owns luxury apartments and does his banking. He is often seen shopping in that island republic's luxury malls.

While some think the U.S. sanctions may weaken the junta, human rights activists say they will accomplish little without the help of Asian countries.

Mathieson said the sanctions would work only with follow-up measures against Tay Za. "It could be a significant move if they could start identifying the full extent of his financial network and his business empire and put pressure on the right spots," he said.

Some suggest assessments of Tay Za's influence may be exaggerated and could divert attention from lesser-known figures who prop up the regime's finances.

Also on the U.S. blacklist are Htay Myint of the Yuzana Co. and Khin Shwe, president of Zay Gabar Co. But editor Aung Zaw said there are many more not yet on the radar of the U.S. and the European Union, which has also imposed some sanctions.

Some analysts say that for all the outward glitz — Ferrari, Lamborghini and a luxury mansion in Yangon — Tay Za may be less a tycoon than a business agent for Than Shwe's family.

His airline, Air Bagan, is said to be in financial trouble. Irrawaddy says his love of gambling hasn't helped either, and he may be too deeply invested in the first family for his own good. One top junta man who reportedly doesn't see eye-to-eye with him is Maung Aye, the army commander in chief.

Source: AP

မန္ခ်က္စတာယူႏိုက္တက္နဲ႔ ေဘာလိ၀ုဒ္ ပထမဆံုးပူးေပါင္း႐ိုက္ကူးတဲ့ ႐ုပ္ရွင္။

ေဘာလိ၀ုဒ္မွာ ႐ိုက္ကူးတဲ့ Goal ႐ုပ္ရွင္ကုိ ဒီလကုန္မွာ ျပသ ေတာ့မွာျဖစ္ရာ ဒီ႐ုပ္ရွင္ကားေပါက္သြား ဖုိ႔ မန္ခ်က္စတာ ယူႏုိက္တက္ ေဘာလံုး အသင္းနဲ႔ ပူးေပါင္းထားတယ္။
အိႏၵိယ႐ုပ္ရွင္သ႐ုပ္ေဆာင္ ဂြၽန္ေအဘရာဟင္ဟာ အဂၤလိပ္ ပရီမီယာလိဂ္ ခ်န္ပီယံအသင္းရဲ႕ လႈံ႔ေဆာ္ႏုိးၾကားမႈကုိ ခံယူထားတဲ့ေဘာလံုးသမားတစ္ေယာက္ အျဖစ္ပါ၀င္ထားတယ္။
"ကြၽန္ေတာ္တုိ႔႐ုပ္ရွင္ကုိ မန္ယူကလပ္ နဲ႔ တြဲဖက္ထားတာ အလြန္ေကာင္းပါ တယ္။ ကြၽန္ေတာ္ဟာ ငယ္စဥ္ကတည္း က ေဘာလံုးကစားတာကုိ အသည္းစြဲ ျဖစ္ၿပီး အဲဒီအခ်ိန္ကတည္းက မန္ယူ အသင္းကုိ ေလးစားျမတ္ႏုိးခဲ့တယ္" The Times of India ကုိ ေအဘရာဟင္က အဂၤါေန႔က ေျပာပါတယ္။
ဒါဟာ မန္ယူေဘာလံုးအသင္းအေန နဲ႔ ပထမဆံုးအႀကိမ္ အိႏၵိယ႐ုပ္ရွင္နဲ႔ ပတ္သက္ခဲ့ျခင္းျဖစ္တယ္လုိ႔ ြသေူ ဒါ႐ိုက္ တာ ဗီဗက္အဂၢနီဟုိထရီက ေျပာပါတယ္။
မန္ယူေဘာလံုးအသင္းရဲ႕ ဥပစာမွာ လည္း ဒီ႐ုပ္ရွင္ကုိ ႐ိုက္ခဲ့ရာ အိႏၵိယ ႐ုပ္ရွင္အတြက္ ပထမဆံုးပဲလုိ႔ အဂၢနီ ဟုိထရီက ေျပာတယ္။
ဒီ႐ုပ္ရွင္ျမႇင့္တင္ေရး ေၾကာ္ျငာေတြမွာ အဂၤလန္က ၀ိန္းရြန္ေနနဲ႔ ေပၚတူဂီက ခရစၥတီယာႏုိေရာ္နယ္ဒုိတုိ႔လည္း ပါ၀င္ တယ္လုိ႔ The Time of India က ေျပာတယ္။
ေအဘရာဟင္ရဲ႕ ခ်စ္သူျဖစ္တဲ့ အင္မတန္မွ မ်က္စိက်ေလာက္တဲ့ ေဘာလိ၀ုဒ္အမ်ဳိးသမီးသ႐ုပ္ေဆာင္ Bipasha Basu လည္း Goalထဲမွာ ပါ၀င္တယ္။
ဇာတ္လမ္းကေတာ့ ေဘာလံုးပြဲေတြ အႏုိင္မကစားႏုိင္ရင္ အသင္းပိတ္ပစ္ ရေတာ့မယ့္ အေျခအေနဆုိက္ေနတဲ့ ေဘာလံုးကလပ္အသင္း တစ္သင္း အေၾကာင္း ႐ိုက္ကူးထားတာျဖစ္တယ္။
အသင္းမန္ေနဂ်ာက သူ႕ရဲ႕ေဘာလံုး သမားေတြကုိ မန္ခ်က္စတာယူႏုိက္ တက္အသင္းဆီကုိ ေခၚသြားခဲ့တယ္။ ေဘာလိ၀ုဒ္ရဲ႕ အစဥ္အလာျဖစ္တဲ့ ကခုန္ ၾကဖို႔မဟုတ္ဘဲ စိတ္တက္ၾကြလာေအာင္ ေခၚသြားျခင္းသာ ျဖစ္တယ္လို႔ ေဖာ္ျပ ထားတယ္။

Source: MMTimes

လိုဏ္ဂူထဲ၌ ေရႀကီးလာ၍ ထိုင္း၌ လူရွစ္ဦးေသဆံုးခဲ့။

ထုိင္းႏုိင္ငံေတာင္ပုိင္းရွိ လိုဏ္ဂူတစ္ဂူတြင္ ဥေရာပကမၻာလွည့္ခရီးသည္ ေျခာက္ဦးႏွင့္ ထုိင္းဧည့္လမ္းၫႊန္ ႏွစ္ဦးတုိ႔ ၀င္ေရာက္ေလ့လာလ်က္ရွိၾကစဥ္ ႐ုတ္တရက္ ေရႀကီးလာသျဖင့္ ေသဆံုးခဲ့ရေၾကာင္း တာ၀န္ရွိသူမ်ားက ၿပီးခဲ့သည့္ တနဂၤေႏြေန႔ က ေျပာၾကားလုိက္သည္။
အားလပ္ရက္ခရီးထြက္သူမ်ားသည္ ၿပီးခဲ့ေသာစေနေန႔တြင္ ခအုိေဆာ့အမ်ဳိးသားဥယ်ာဥ္၌ ၎င္းတုိ႔၏ ဧည့္လမ္းၫႊန္ မ်ားႏွင့္အတူ ေျခက်င္ခရီးၾကမ္းထြက္ၾကစဥ္ မုိးသည္းထန္စြာရြာသြန္းမႈေၾကာင့္ ၎င္းလိုဏ္ဂူအတြင္းရွိ စမ္းေခ်ာင္းမွာ ႐ုတ္တရက္ ေရတက္ခဲ့ျခင္းျဖစ္သည္။
အသက္ ၁၇ ႏွစ္အရြယ္ အမ်ဳိးသမီးတစ္ဦးသာ အသက္ရွင္က်န္ရစ္ၿပီး တနဂၤေႏြ ေန႔က ကယ္ဆယ္ႏုိင္ခဲ့ေၾကာင္းႏွင့္ အေလာင္းရွစ္ေလာင္းကုိ ေရထဲမွ ဆယ္ယူရရွိ ခဲ့ေၾကာင္း ခ႐ိုင္အရာရွိ စီးတီးခ်ဳိင္းထုိင္းခ်ာရြန္းက ေျပာသည္။
]]အခုေတာ့ အေလာင္းေတြကုိ ဘယ္သူဘယ္၀ါဆုိတာ ခြဲလုိ႔ ရပါၿပီ။ ၁၀ ႏွစ္သား ဂ်ာမန္လူငယ္ေလးတစ္ေယာက္၊ အဂၤလိပ္အမ်ဳိးသားတစ္ေယာက္၊ ဆြစ္အမ်ဳိး သားတစ္ေယာက္နဲ႔ ဆြစ္အမ်ဳိးသမီး သံုးေယာက္ပါ}}ဟု ၎င္းက ေအအက္ဖ္ပီကုိ ေျပာသည္။
]]အသက္ရွင္က်န္ရစ္သူက အဂၤလိပ္ အမ်ဳိးသမီးတစ္ေယာက္ပါ။ သူကေတာ့ အေျခအေန အေတာ္ေကာင္းပါတယ္။ လိုဏ္ဂူထိပ္ကုိ တက္ႏုိင္ခဲ့လုိ႔ အသက္မေသဘဲ လြတ္ေျမာက္လာခဲ့တာပါ။ သူ႔ကုိ ေဆးကုသေပးဖုိ႔အတြက္ ျပည္နယ္ ေဆး႐ံုကုိ ပုိ႔ထားပါၿပီ}}ဟု ၎င္းက ဆုိသည္။
ခအုိေဆာ့ အမ်ဳိးသားဥယ်ာဥ္သည္ ဘန္ေကာက္ၿမိဳ႕မွ ေတာင္ဘက္ ၆၄၅ ကီလို မီတာ(မုိင္ ၄၀၀)အကြာ ဆူရတ္ ဌာနီျပည္နယ္တြင္ တည္ရွိသည္။
၎င္းဥယ်ာဥ္သည္ ႀကီးမားေသာ ေရကန္၊ ထူထပ္ေသာ သစ္ေတာ၊ ထံုးေက်ာက္ ေတာင္ကမ္းပါးမ်ားႏွင့္ လိုဏ္ဂူ အေျမာက္အျမားတည္ရွိမႈတုိ႔ေၾကာင့္ ၂၀၀၆ ခုႏွစ္တြင္ ကမၻာလွည့္ခရီးသည္ ၂၀ç၀၀၀ ေက်ာ္ လာေရာက္ခဲ့ၿပီး ေျခက်င္ခရီးၾကမ္း ထြက္သူမ်ားအတြက္ အထူးေရပန္းစားေသာ ခရီးပန္းတုိင္တစ္ခုျဖစ္ေၾကာင္း ေဒသႏၲရခရီးသြား လုပ္ငန္းဆုိင္ရာ ၀က္ဘ္ဆုိက္တစ္ခုက ဆုိသည္။

Source: MMTimes

ေယာက္်ားအားသန္ေဆးနဲ႔ နားအၾကားအာရံုခ်ိဳ႕ယြင္းမႈဆက္စပ္။

ေယာက်္ားသဘာဝ ပန္းေသပန္းညွဳိးေပ်ာက္ေဆးမ်ားျဖစ္ေသာ Viagra ၊ Cialis ႏွင့္ Levitra ေဆးဝါးမ်ားနွင့္ နားအၾကားခ်ိဳ႕ယြင္းမႈအႏၱရာယ္တို႔ ဆက္စပ္မႈႏွင့္ ပတ္သက္၍ အေမရိကန္အစားအေသာက္ႏွင့္ ေဆးဝါးအုပ္ခ်ဳပ္စီမန္ေရး အဖြဲ႔ၾကီးကသတိေပးခ်က္ထုတ္ျပန္ထားသည္။
ရုတ္တရက္ အၾကားအာရံုခ်ိဳ႕ယြင္းသြားပါက မည္သို႔ျပဳလုပ္ရမည္ကိုလည္း ညြန္ၾကားထားသည္။ အခ်ိဳ႕ေသာသူမ်ားတြင္ ယခုကဲ့သို႔ေဆးဝါးမ်ားမွီဝဲျပီးပါက အၾကားအာရံု ခ်ိဳ႕ယြင္းမႈမ်ားျဖစ္ေပၚခဲ့ေၾကာင္း သတင္းမ်ားထြက္လာသည္။
Source: Phatpa

စိတ္မခ်ရတဲ့ ကြန္ဒံုးေတြအသိမ္းခံရ။

ကေလးေမြးဖြားႏႈန္းနွင့္ HIV ေရာဂါထိန္းခ်ဳပ္မႈအတြက္ ေတာင္အာဖရိကအစိုးရကႏွစ္စဥ္ ကြန္ဒံုးသန္း ၄၀၀ ကို အခမဲ႔ျဖန္႔ေဝေပးေနသည္။
သို႔ေသာ္ မၾကာေသးမီက Kohrs Medical Supply မွအစိုးရထံေပးသြင္းေနေသာ ကြန္ဒံုးမ်ားသည္ စိတ္ခ်ရမႈမရွိေၾကာင္း စမ္းသပ္ေတြ႔ရွိခဲ့၍ ျပန္ရုပ္သိမ္းရန္ အမိန္႔ထုတ္ခဲ့သည္။ ျပီးခဲ့ေသာ ဩဂုတ္လကလည္း Zalatar ကုမၸဏီမွထုတ္လုပ္ေသာ ကြန္ဒံုးသန္း ၂၀ ကိုစိတ္မခ်ရ၍ ျပန္လည္ရုပ္သိမ္းရန္ အမိန္႔ထုတ္ခဲ့ဘူးသည္။
ေတာင္အာဖရိကတြင္ HIV ေရာဂါစြဲကပ္ေနသူေပါင္း ၅ သန္းေက်ာ္ရွိသည္။ အစိုးရကမူ အဆိုပါကုမၸဏီမ်ားႏွင့္ ခ်ဳပ္ဆိုထားေသာ စာခ်ဳပ္မ်ားကို ဖ်က္သိမ္းပစ္ခဲ့သည္။ Source: Phatpa

အ္ိပ္ေရးမဝတဲ့ ဦးေဏွာက္ စိတ္ေျခာက္ျခားႏိုင္။

အိပ္စက္နားေနမႈမရရွိပါက လူ၏ဦးေႏွာက္သည္ ပင္ပန္းႏြမ္းနယ္ျပီး စိတ္လႈပ္ရွားမႈလြန္ကဲတတ္ေၾကာင္းကို ဦးေႏွာက္ scans ျဖင့္စမ္းသပ္စစ္ေဆးေတြ႔ရွိရသည္ဟု အေမရိကန္သိပၸံပညာရွင္မ်ားက ေျပာသည္။
ေစတနာ႔ဝန္ထမ္းစမ္းသပ္ခံမ်ားကို ၃၅ နာရီၾကာမအိပ္စက္ေစပဲ functional magnetic resonance imaging (FMRI) ျဖင့္စမ္းသပ္ၾကည့္ရာတြင္ ဦးေႏွာက္တြင္ေသြးလည္ပတ္ စီးဆင္းမႈႏွင့္ ဦးေႏွာက္၏မည္သည့္အစိပ္အပိုင္း အတက္ၾကြဆံုးျဖစ္သည္ တို႔ကို စမ္းသပ္ေတြ႔ရွိခဲ့ၾကသည္။
စိတ္လႈပ္ရွားမႈဆို္္င္ရာ ဦးေႏွာက္တြင္းမွ တုန္႔ျပန္မႈအစိပ္အပိုင္း amygdale သည္ပို၍ ျပင္းထန္ေသာ တုန္႔ျပန္မႈျဖစ္ပြားေၾကာင္း ေတြ႔ရွိခဲ့ၾကသည္။ ၎ေတြ႔ရွိမႈမွလည္း အိပ္စက္မႈႏွင့္ စိတ္ေရာဂါဆိုင္ရာ ကစဥ္ကလ်ားျဖစ္မႈကို ဆက္စပ္မႈကို အခုသုေတသနေတြ႔ရွိခ်က္က မီးေမာင္းထိုးျပခဲ့သည္။ Source: Phatpa

Considering the Move to Team Leader or IT Manager?

If you are considering a career move from healthcare IT team member into team leader, IT manager, or even CIO, here is an interesting article to read and ponder. It provides an interesting quiz (of sorts) that, in my opinion, seems to capture the pros and cons of being a manager in any industry.

Motivation: At some point almost every healthcare IT team member — say an interface engine analyst at a hospital/clinic or HL7 implementation/support person at a software vendor — will consider a move into management. The first and hardest move, IMO, is being the team leader — you are expected to continue doing “real work” (building interfaces, troubleshooting issues, maybe even carrying the on-call pager) and at the same time you are asked to be Mr. (or Ms.) Manager. You are truly stuck in the middle of being both “one of the gang” and being “in charge” at the same time. This article outlines the challenges pretty well — read before you leap.

John McKee is the author of two books and blogs weekly (Success Coach) on TechRepublic. Here are his 10 signs that you’re not cut out to be an IT manager.

At one time or another, most of us will come to a point in our lives when it’s time to determine our next step. As a business and success coach, I often hear from people who are wondering if it’s time to make a change in their lives.

We are all more successful when we are doing things we enjoy. To help clients decide what that may be, I ask them a few questions designed to get them to take an honest look at who they are at their core.

For those of you who’ve been thinking, “Maybe I should make the move into management,” I’ve put together this list of 10 warning signals. If any of these hit you as your personal reality, the chances are that you are not cut out to be a manager.

-You have a real desire to be liked
-You prefer to avoid the spotlight and just be a part of the gang
-Every time you are called on to comment about the topic being discussed, you experience short-term memory loss
-Having a tough conversation with an employee causes you a great deal of duress
-You don’t like to make tough decisions
-Being stuck in the middle between the leaders and the team makes your stomach churn
-You prefer to keep a low profile, just doing your job; when people look at you, it reminds you how many flaws you have
-Having a verbal duel in a meeting isn’t your idea of fun and you feel uncomfortable standing up to communicate in a meeting
-You dislike having to work hours beyond the “regular” schedule
-You could never fire someone because after all, everyone needs a job