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Students are having to tone down the carefree styles of summer if they want to be allowed back in for the new year. >PAGE 4
GOOD MORNING BANGKOK!
Living life happily and to the fullest
In his own words
Join us in recalling great moments and athletes of past Games as we count down to the Beijing Olympics, and get a chance to win an Omega watch each week. >PAGE 47
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e have the best news of our life â€“ we still have our life, the breath to tell a person we love them. What more do we need? Life is ours, live it to the fullest, use it carefully and be happy. For me, I just want to live the rest of my life with happiness and share that with others.
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BAHT WILL BE SPENT on students from kindergarten to undergraduates before the new school year starts – Kasikorn Research
Wanlop wants to kiss and make up
briefly Cellphone offenders ‘not aware’
Not fair Wanlop was transferred to an inactive post in the PM’s Office in October and then faced a disciplinary investigation by the previous government into alleged offences of corruption and extramarital affairs. The letter states he was unfairly investigated by the government and requests a return to work. Meanwhile, former deputy minister Poldej Pinpratheep insists that a fair probe was conducted. “We trust the witnesses and evidence. But if this government doesn’t trust the panel appointed by the previous government, Samak could appoint another panel to check whether Wanlop was treated unfairly or not,” he says.
anlop Ploytabtim, former permanent secretary for social development and human security, has written to Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej and Social Development and Human Security Minister Sutha Chansaeng requesting his old job back. Wanlop made the request to Samak and Sutha in the middle of last month, says Anek Hutungkhabodi, a former adviser to the social development and human security minister.
School is reopening but the cost of putting a child into school is just too much for some families to bear.
FA M I L I E S
GOING BROKE Rising costs are going through the roof and pawnshops are doing a roaring trade By Mayuree Sukyingcharoenwong D A I LY X P R E S S
ousewife Wilaiwan Soonparn, 47, says one-third of her family’s Bt25,000 monthly income is going on tuition fees for her fourth-grade daughter. She doesn’t know how much it’s going to cost for her eldest daughter’s seventh-grade education. She will have to pay another Bt3,000 for new uniforms and says she needs to borrow to cover these costs. Wanjit Kornkaew, 40, says she’s having to borrow money from friends despite her household’s monthly income of Bt35,000. She has two school-
age children. She complains that uniforms are more expensive this year. It cost her Bt1,500 to outfit her son and another Bt4,100 for tuition fees and textbooks. She doesn’t know how much it will cost for her youngest who starts kindergarten next week. Because it’s his first year at school, there will be plenty needed to buy.
Bt50,000 loans Bunlert Phatthanarung-anothai, head of the city administration’s pawnshops, says interest rates are lowered prior to every school term and the loan ceiling has been upped to Bt50,000. Gold is the most frequently
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pawned item due to high prices and its portability. Electrical appliances are not popular because customers do not want to be noticed carrying them into pawnshops. Like those run by the city administration or local administrative bodies, private pawnshops are also increasing funds to cope with extra demand before the new school semester. All six Tang Thanasin pawnshops have each added Bt50 million since late April. Owner Sitthiwit Thanakiart says he wants to help low-income parents with low interest rates. The state-run pawnshop in Rangsit has added Bt30 million. Manager Saisanom Suwannajit says many customers reclaim pawned ornaments and resell them at higher prices.
Three days of the ban against using mobile telephones while driving has seen 670 offenders caught and warned by police. City police deputy commissioner Phanu Kerdlarpphol says most offenders have been caught in downtown Bangkok. Lawbreakers say they are unaware of the rule or that the call is essential. From May 20, warnings will cease and offenders will be fined as much as Bt1,000. Police are asking for 100 more closed-circuit cameras from General Insurance Association to be in use by May 22.
Bus, ferry fares to go up on June 1 Bus and ferry fares will rise on June 1 to offset rising fuel costs. The Transport Ministry will consider the level of bus fares on May 20, says deputy permanent secretary Piyapan Jampasut. Bus operators want a Bt2 rise for air-conditioned buses and Bt1 for non air-conditioned buses. Marine Department director-general Prasong Tanmaneewattana says it will consider the rise on May 16. The Thai Boat Association wants a Bt2 increase for Chao Phya River and San Saeb Canal ferries.
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Unruly locks get the chop
IT’S JUST A FASHION AND A WAY WE CAN RELAX FROM SCHO0L RULES.
The kids are not all right about strict new hairstyle rule that could get offenders thrown out of school By Tossaporn Wongwaikolayoot D A I LY X P R E S S
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t’s a bit funky now – and that’s the way they like it. But wacky, off-the-wall hairdos for high-school pupils will have to go next week when the term starts. Nobody’s looking forward to crew-cuts and bobs, but that’s the rule and all good things must come to an end. The hairdresser from hell with rusted scissors springs to mind as teachers take it upon themselves to cut rebellious locks. Besides a bad-hair day, parents will be summoned for counselling, while grades can be affected if pupils buck the trend at Suankularb Wittayalai Nonthaburi school, which is following the Education Ministry’s edict.
Styles galore It was fun while it lasted. Red, blonde, bright brown, Korean, bangs, short, long and curly styles galore. Siam Square’s Centre Point continues to be a favourite hangout for students. Daily Xpress visited. “I like to do my hair; it makes me look better,” says Som, a Wattana Wittaya Academy student. Her hair is short but coloured and curled, something she does herself. “It’s just a fashion and a way we can relax from school rules.” Before the new school term starts, all hair will have to be a natural colour. But what about the cut? “Well, I’ll tell the teacher I didn’t do it. I just didn’t wash my hair.” She says if you apply
A popular hairstyle among teenagers during their summer holidays. Top, a student gets an extension to ensure her hair meets regulations demanded by schools ahead of the new term. small touches teachers won’t notice. “There are so many students.” A Mahaprutharam Girls’ School student says her teachers will make them wear wigs if they break hair rules, or they will trim pupils’ hair themselves, “making it ugly”. Disciplinary scores will be affected, too. “They don’t understand – it’s a big problem for kids,” she says.
Extensions to the rescue It’s the same story in the provinces. Suphan Buri
Kannasoot Suksalai School grade-11 pupil Au says hair is usually styled after exams. “Most of the boys in my class have long hair during summer. The girls cut their hair. When school starts, 80 per cent of the girls go for hair extensions.” These, too, are against the rules, but essential to meet the length requirements. Winzo hair salon in Siam Square says school and university students are frequent customers. “Varsity students have extensions to look older. School kids want to fix hair after having it short in the summer,” the owner said. Extensions cost as much as Bt3,000.
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CITYSCENE IN PICTURES Royally reared dog Khun Khao Daeng Kaeng Ron performed impressively in a charity event yesterday at Kasetsart University. The female was born on January 14, 2004, to a mother who was mothered by the famous Khun Tongdaeng. She swam in a pool used for treating disabled dogs. The pool, named the Suwaanachad Pool by His Majesty the King when he inaugurated it in 2005, belongs to the universityâ€™s veterinary faculty. Khun Khao Daeng Kaeng Ron impressed the crowd by jumping through hoops and collecting items floating in the pool. Dean Thawatchai Sakphoo-aram says more than 5,000 disabled dogs had used the pool during treatment at the faculty.
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Supplies from the US military are given to a Chok Chai, Nakhon Ratchasima school student during the Cobra Gold exercises.
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A US F-18 Hornet fighter/attack aircraft flies beneath a Royal Thai Air Force F-5E, left; and free medical care is given to local residents, below.
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briefly Shower with bleach claim A youth welfare network yesterday lashed out at violent and improper soap operas and misleading television commercials while calling for a total ban on those with rape scenes. In a Bangkok seminar, a 12th-grader said her six-yearold sister was obsessed with commercials featuring women with fair skin, so she regularly took showers using bleach. Arweewan Soikham said many of her friends made themselves throw up after meals as a way to control their weight after also being influenced by TV commercials. Arunchat Khuruwanich, chairman of the Young Bangkok City Assembly, called for more conditions to be attached to television ratings, saying the existing Nor 13 and Nor 18 should be aired after 8pm and 8.30pm respectively. A new rating, Chor, should be aired only after 10pm, while snack and sweet commercials should be banned during children’s programmes.
Thaksin Get Out!!! is one group at Hi5.com creating logos, gimmicks and songs as part of the campaign against former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Some groups have almost 2,000 members.
W E B S I T E N E T WO R K S
A BASH AT THAKSIN
Actor arrested A soap opera actor was yesterday arrested for drunk driving and also charged with not carrying a driver’s licence and refusing to take an alcohol breath test. Nakrob Traipho was taken handcuffed to Hua Mark Police Station after he refused to take one at a checkpoint near Soi Ramkhamhaeng 69, at 2.30am yesterday. He was later released on Bt20,000 bail.
Moonshining An international drug cartel may be using sex workers from Thailand as “merchants of death” and smuggling heroin out of India for African drug dealers in Kuala Lumpur. This follows the arrest by Indian airport authorities of a second Thai woman in less than two weeks attempting to smuggle heroin worth Bt19.5 million into Malaysia. Pincahao Khronvipa, alias Pinkae, 34, believed to be a sex worker, is alleged to have concealed 2.2 kilograms of the drug in hand baggage. The first, Punsakon Patchrut, 25, was arrested in April.
Groups form networks to campaign against ousted prime minister D A I LY X P R E S S
ollowing in the footsteps of social-networking portal Facebook, which is gathering names against former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, website www.Hi5.com is forming anti-Thaksin networks. A blogger called Nanni in www.oknation.net publicised the movement by Hi5 members. The groups in Hi5 include: Anti-Taksin
http://www.hi5.com/friend/gro up/738997--Anti%2B%2BTaksin--front-html THAKSIN get out!! www.hi5.com/friend/group/112 3605-THAKSIN%2Bget%2Bout%252 1%2521--front-html, Stop Thaksin !! www.hi5.com/friend/group/125 3155-Stop%2BThaksin%2B%2521%25 21--front-html,
Say no to thaksin! www.hi5.com/friend/group/118 6900-say%2Bno%2Bto%2Bthaksin%2 B%2521--front-html, THAKKKKKKKKKKSIN GET OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!! www.hi5.com/friend/group/112 7867-THAKKKKKKKKKKSIN%2B% 2BGET%2B%2BOUT%2521%25 21%2521%2521 --front-html, GeT oUT!!!.... TAKSiN Get OuT www.hi5.com/friend/group/127 7570-GeT%2BoUT%2521%2521%2521
....%2BTAKSiN%2BGet%2BOu T--front- html and Thaksin Get Out!!! www.hi5.com/friend/group/314 2545-Thaksin%2BGet%2BOut%2521 %2521%2521--front-html. Some of the groups have been created since 2006 while others were formed this year. Thaksin is abroad and is not scheduled to return very soon, a People Power Party source says. After finishing business in China, he is due to visit Indonesia and Brunei to meet businessmen.
We love you Sven,we do,says City fans Manchester City fans tuned out in force to demand owner Thaksin Shinawatra not sack manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, the Manchester Evening News reports. Crowd estimates ranged between 1,000 and 5,000 and either way it was a big enough attendance to make clear a substantial number of City fans are angry about the probable departure of the man who has guided the club to ninth place and almost certainly a spot in next season’s Uefa Cup. Saturday’s rally, which organisers stressed was not anti-Thaksin or anti-City but a cele-
bration of Eriksson’s work this season, passed off in good humour around Eastlands. There was a pause at the Garden of Remembrance before the Official Supporters’ Club general secretary Kevin Parker presented an 18,000-strong petition at the main reception. Fans chanted Eriksson’s name and went through a repertoire of City songs before departing around half an hour later. “We were delighted with the turnout, thrilled,” says Parker. “This was not a negative rally but one intended to show the depth of
support that there is for Sven and the job he has done. “Hopefully the rally and the petition will make the owner think again about any possible decision to sack Sven in the summer and make him realise the fans want Sven to be allowed instead to carry on his good work. “I would like to thank all those fans who interrupted their weekend to come along.” The rally was organised and backed by the OSC, the Centenary Supporters Association, fanzine King of the Kippax and online supporters’ groups. – D A I L Y X P R E S S
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TOURIST HAVENS 40%
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BUILDING ON PHUKET BAY Government puts Bt100-bn tourism project back on the ‘fast track’ PHUKET GAZETTE
he government of Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej has given the green light to the Ao Phuket development plan, a 100-billion-baht megaproject on 3,000 rai of reclaimed land that would include a convention centre, marina and other facilities. The latest movement in the Ao Phuket plan, first conceived over two decades ago, follows from PM Samak’s assigning responsibility for the project to the the Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (DASTA), a public organisation under the direction of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports established in 2005 under the first Thaksin government. Phuket Governor Niran Kalayanamit met with DASTA’s Ao Phuket working committee at the Phuket Merlin Hotel on May 2. The Ao Phuket committee, accompanied by DASTA chairman General Soonthorn Khum-komkul, earlier that morning traveled to the waterfront to view the intended project site, which stretches across Phuket Bay all the way from Saphan Hin to Rassada Harbor.
Sustainable development Samak authorised the DASTA in March to take responsibility for areas it deems as appropriate for “sustainable” tourism development. Rajathin Syamananda, who heads DASTA’s Ao Phuket project committee, is well acquainted with the project as a former director-general of the Interior Ministry’s Town and Country Planning Department. Allowing DASTA to develop the project meant it could be fast-tracked, he said. Before the Ao Phuket project was put on hold following the coup, responsibility for it fell to the Town and Country Planning Department, who put a Bt63.5-billion price tag on the
Phuket boasts at least 10 bay with Patong bay the most popular.
designs it drew up. That plan in many ways resembled a spectacular Bt130billion plan put forward for the project in 2005 by Japanese construction specialist Umezawa Tadao – except that the Japanese design called for a “floating city”, not one on reclaimed land. “The most important aspect of this development will be environmental and natural resource conservation, and ensuring that it improves the lives of local people,” he said.
Land reclamation Extensive land reclamation in the shallow Phuket Bay, into which most of the wastewater from Muang and Kathu districts flows, would not impede drainage there, he said. Other infrastructure aspects including traffic, wastewater treatment and power supply needs have been carefully considered and quantified, he said. Rajathin is confident that the Town and Country Planning
Department’s plan, if allowed to go forward under DASTA’s management, would attract a good deal of foreign investment and benefit both Phuket and Thailand.
DASTA to co-ordinate DASTA’s role will be to co-ordinate the efforts of the many government agencies involved and present the project to potential investors. After the previous Ao Phuket committee first posted information about the plan back in 2003, there was a great deal of interest from investors in Canada, Japan, China and Thailand, he said. The DASTA committee will re-evaluate the plan put forward by the previous committee in light of changing conditions, he said. Not expected to change would be the project’s two main attractions: a marina and facilities for Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions, or MICE. The
THE MICE FACILITIES WOULD COMPRISE: A 40,000-SQUARE-METRE CONVENTION CENTRE; TWO EXHIBITION AREAS OF 60,000 AND 30,000 SQM EACH; A 40,000-SQM BUSINESS CENTRE; A 1,000-ROOM HOTEL; AND A 60,000-SQM SHOPPING CENTRE MICE facilities would comprise: “Phuket Arena”, a 40,000square-metre convention centre with the capacity to host events for up to 15,000 people; two exhibition areas of 60,000 and 30,000 sqm each; a 40,000sqm business centre with space for 100 businesses to rent; a 1,000-room hotel complex; and a 60,000-sqm shopping centre featuring shopping malls, souvenir shops, restaurants, cinemas and other facilities.
Marina The circular, 690-rai marina development to the south
would include berthing facilities for superyachts, hundreds of slips for smaller vessels, a retail and commercial centre, repair and maintenance facilities, and apartment or condominium blocks. On the economic front, Rajathin said the original cost estimate of Bt63.5 billion when the plans were drawn up might no longer be practical. The total price tag would probably hit Bt100 billion, he said. To begin, an initial budget of Bt4.9 billion would be needed from the government. The project could generate
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Gaelic football,inset, and hurling tournament players pose for photos after the April 11 games.
GAELIC FOOT BALL
IRISH EXPATS PLAY BALL Good sport and craic as Irish nationals gather to play centuries-old sport SPECIAL TO D A I LY X P R E S S
angkok played host to its largest gathering of Irish expats when teams from Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia descended on the capital for its first-ever Gaelic football and hurling tournament. Gaelic football is a centuriesold sport and pre-dates the better-known ball games including rugby, football and Australian rules. In fact, Australian rules is derived from Gaelic football. Hurling, played with a stick and ball, is the fastest ball game in the world. Gaelic football is alive and well in Asia, with the annual Asian Gaelic Games attracting more than 40 teams and 500 players, male and female, from most of the region’s countries.
Bangkok’s own Gaelic football team, the ThaiGAAs, celebrated their first anniversary with the hosting of the inaugural Thailand Invitational. The 11-a-side tournament kicked off on April 19 at Harrow International School with the Irish ambassador to Thailand, Eugene Hutchinson, throwing in the first ball in the ThailandMalaysia game.
Multinational teams Malaysia came out on top with some good possession football. Thailand fielded players from Ireland, England, Wales, the US, Canada, New Zealand and Thailand, many making their debuts in the sport. The highlight was the performance of Thai debutants Top and Nop. The next game saw the two
ThaiGAAs chairman John Campbell with Irish ambassador Eugene Hutchinson, centre, and the captain of the winning Hong Kong team. powerhouses of Asian Gaelic football, Singapore and Hong Kong, renewing their rivalry. This was a fine exhibition displaying the speed, skill and physical aspects of the game. Hong Kong, featuring some current and recent Irish county players, again reigned supreme.
The league format continued for the rest of the day, with the Hong Kong lads eventually coming out on top and Singapore A runners-up.
spoils in the ladies’ tournament. The ladies put on a fine display, and despite the supposed nocontact rule, some crunching tackles went in. Thai girl Kat made her debut and had assembled the makings of a Thailand ladies’ team by the end of the day. The hurling exhibition game saw Singapore overcome a Hong Kong/Thailand All Stars team. Refreshments during the day were provided pitchside by the Dubliner Pub and most players headed to the pub, near Sukhumvit Soi 22, for the evening presentation ceremony. Attention now switches to Vietnam’s mini-tournament in June and the Asian Gaelic Games in Penang in October. For more information, contact email@example.com.
Ladies; limelight The Hong Kong and Singapore ladies shared the
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Britain's Prince William plays with a soccer ball while on a visit to a primary school to experience first-hand the English Football Association's Skills Programme in action. This is his first royal visit to Lancashire.
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JENNA TAKES THE PLUNGE US President George W Bush’s daughter has a private nuptial in Texas A P , Crawford, Texas
enna Bush and Henry Hager said “I do” on Saturday at United States President George W Bush’s ranch in Crawford. The president and the bride picked “You Are So Beautiful” for their father-daughter dance, according to band leader Tyrone Smith. Smith and his 10-piece party band was asked to do “Lovin’ in My Baby’s Eyes” by Taj Mahal for the newlyweds’ first dance. He said afterwards the
groom was dressed in a dark blue suit with powder-blue tie and the bride wore a “very simple and elegant” white dress, but did not wear a veil.
Low-key affair Away from the glare of television cameras, Jenna’s outdoor wedding at the ranch reflected her family’s penchant for privacy and her preference for the casual over grandiose. Even without the prying eyes of strangers, Jenna’s mar-
riage to her long-time boyfriend Henry Hager made presidential history. It will be remembered as an upbeat moment of Bush’s two-term presidency beset by terrorism, war and the nation’s current limp economy. “This is a joyous occasion for our family, as we celebrate the happy life ahead of her and her husband, Henry,” Bush said. “It’s also a special time for Laura who this Mother’s Day weekend will watch a young woman we raised together walk down the aisle.”
France to send aid directly to Burma D P A , Paris
rance will make its own aid action for cyclone victims, sending the warship Mistral loaded with 1,500 tonnes of goods, it was reported. The aid is to be directly distributed to the affected ... either by the ship’s crew or by French aid organisations,” French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner was quoted by Le Figaro, adding “delivering aid directly to [Burma’s military] junta doesn’t come into the question”. “This regime is capable of everything – even organising a constitutional referendum in the midst of a natural catastrophe,” he said. “France will
not move from its position, even at the risk of antagonising China, which is close to the government in Burma. “The survival of millions of people is in question.”
THE SURVIVAL OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE IS IN QUESTION Bernard Kouchner
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UMA THURMAN, the ‘Kill Bill’ star, is suing French cosmetics giant Lancome for $15 million for using her name and pictures in an ad.
LINDSAY LOHAN has pulled out of a movie about murderer Charles Manson, her publicist said. There were reports of her being axed from the project.
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briefly Koehler will not meet Dalai Lama
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MESSAGES ARE USED BY HACKERS TO BUILD BOTNETS THAT ENSLAVE COMPUTERS Users of the Internet Explorer browser run the additional danger of the malicious software exploiting a weakness in the browser to sneak into their computers without being actively selected for download at all. Botnets consist in some cases of several tens of thousands of computers which – unknown to the user – are being controlled remotely. The botnet operators use the networks to send spam or run phishing attacks.
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nternet users should be extra suspicious of an ongoing wave of e-mail messages claiming to hold links to love letters or video clips. The messages are presently the weapon of choice by hackers trying to build what are known as Storm botnets, which enslave the computers of private users, the German Federal Agency for Security in Information Technology (BSI) in Bonn has warned. Suspicious looking e-mail messages are best deleted immediately. Anyone clicking on the links is rerouted to a website that contains a file to be downloaded – containing malicious software.
Cecilia, ex-wife of French president Nicolas Sarkozy, and husband Richard Attias at the wedding of her daughter Jeanne-Marie Martin in Paris.
Castro’s daughter on reform trip A F P , Madrid
he daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro said in an interview in Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia that Cubans should be free to leave the country as they wish. Cubans have to seek advance authorisation to travel abroad and the communist authorities in Havana prevented Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez from travelling to Madrid this week to receive a top journalism prize from Spain’s El Pais daily. “It is not necessary to deprive people of their right to leave. I think we should grant permission to all those who want to leave,” Mariela Castro said. “People can leave, but with a great amount of difficulty,” she said. She believes her father, who in February succeeded his ailing older brother Fidel – the revolutionary icon – wants to usher in reforms but “slowly”. “We do not want to install a consumer society, but to produce the goods and the services that people need,” Mariela said. She said Cuba’s Communist Party was far less rigid than it once was but would remain in power as long as Cuba was a “besieged country”, a thinly-
PEOPLE CAN LEAVE [CUBA] WITH GREAT DIFFICULTY ...WE SHOULD GRANT PERMISSION TO ALL WHO WANT TO LEAVE Mariela Castro veiled reference to the United States and its sanctions. El Pais last month cited an unnamed government official as saying Raul Castro will give a green light soon to migration reform, simplifying exit and entry permits and ending the requirement for people to get permission to leave the country. The potential shift would be the most momentous to date by the 76-year-old president, who has ended several smaller prohibitions.
German President Horst Koehler will not be meeting with the Dalai Lama when he comes to Germany later this month, Bild am Sonntag newspaper reported yesterday. The news follows revelation earlier this week that Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier will also not meet with the Tibetan Buddhist religious leader during his four-day visit that begins on May 16. – DPA
Arab countries meet on nuclear energy
stole seven deadly snakes near the Kenyan Rift Valley town of Naivasha, Kenya News Agency said. Samuel Mwangi, who runs a small-time snake park near Naivasha, about 90 kilometres northwest of the capital Nairobi, said the thief fled with three puff adders, three spitting cobras and a Kenyan horn viper. – AFP
Experts from seven Arab countries met to discuss ways of coordinating their activities in the pursuit of peaceful nuclear technology. The delegates represent Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Syria, the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Yemen and Iraq. They are members of the Cooperative Agreement for Arab states in Asia for Research, Development and Training Related to Nuclear Science and Technology. – DPA
Woman saves swimmer from shark
Chavez condemns Tibetan protests
An Australian woman raced into the water and dragged to safety a swimmer who was being attacked by a large shark which had already removed “huge chunks” from his leg, The Sunday Telegraph said yesterday. Joanne Lucas heard swimmer Jason Cull’s cries as she arrived at Middleton Beach in Western Australia and immediately dove into the water to help him. – AFP
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez condemned pro-Tibet protests and came out in support of China ahead of the Olympics. He accused the United States of trying to “sabotage” the Games and of aiding protests focused on Tibet. Chavez said he will back China against the “secessionist” attempt in Tibet. – AP
A hiss-and-run in Kenya A thief broke into cages and
Cash-growing scam empties man’s pocket A Vietnamese man in Norway was swindled by a French man off US$35,000 (Bt1.12 million) after he was led to believe that mixing the cash with a special liquid would double its value, local daily Romerikes Blad said. The Frenchman is set to stand trial in Oslo next week on charges that he cheated a gullible Vietnamese man. -AFP
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MAY ERUPT ANY TIME Former deputy prime minister says Brown ‘goes off like a bloody volcano’
GUARDIAN A F P , London
ony Blair repeatedly broke promises on making way for Gordon Brown as Britain’s premier, leaving a “furious” Brown exploding like a “volcano”, Blair’s former deputy premier said in comments published yesterday. John Prescott blew the lid on the long-running feud at the very top of British politics in his autobiography, serialised in The Sunday Times newspaper. Prescott branded British Prime Minister Brown as “frustrating, annoying, bewildering and prickly”, saying he could “go off like a bloody volcano” and sulked so often during meetings that they had to be abandoned. Self-confessed “old bruiser” Prescott, 69, was Blair’s deputy and Brown his finance minister for 10 years until Blair resigned in June last year. Prescott said he spent much of his time in office as a peacemaker, with “hundreds” of telephone calls and meetings smoothing out the pair’s spats. Brown stood aside for Blair when he successfully ran for the Labour Party leadership in 1994 – long rumoured to be on the understanding that Blair
would step aside for Brown during a second term in office. But Blair repeatedly reneged on promises to make way. “Each of them tried to get me on his side, complaining about the other. Tony would say Gordon wasn’t cooperating with him at all. Gordon would say he’d been cheated again.”
S E R V I C E , Barcelona
panish health authorities launched a virtual portal through the Second Life website designed to help young people too embarrassed to speak to a doctor about sexually-transmitted disease or a drug problem. Real doctors will log on and offer advice to their anonymous patients. What both will see is an image of a doctor and a typical patient. Dr Rosario Jimenez, of the Adolescent Attention Working Group, is one of the doctors who will answer their virtual patients’ questions. She said, “Teenagers do not often go to see the doctor but this is an efficient and amusing tool to reach them. “This is a way to talk about their doubts about taking drugs or sexual relations which they cannot do in a traditional consultation.” The Second Life health portal was set up by the Spanish Society for Family and Community Medicine (FYC) and the Coalition for Citizens with Chronic Illnesses. The FYC plans to open portals for chronic conditions in six months.
XTRA OPENING UP >> John Prescott blows the lid on the feud between Blair and Brown in his autobiography. >> Brown is ‘frustrating, annoying, bewildering and pricky’, Prescott said. >> The former minister accused Blair of ‘treating me like a performing seal’.
Prescott told Blair to sack Brown if he was fed up with him and advised Brown to resign if he felt he had been misled. “But neither could take the final step.” Prescott also accused Blair of “using me” and “treating me like a performing seal”.
N AT U R E ’ S F U RY
Living in the ashes of the Chaiten volcano A F P , Futaleufu, Chile
ith just three bottles of drinking water and a few boxes of food provided by the military, Remigio Ramos hunkered down in his modest home in this ash-enshrouded
SEVERAL TOWNS WERE EVACUATED AFTER THE VOLCANO ERUPTED
village to wait out Chile’s erupting Chaiten volcano. “I won’t leave here, even by force,” the 63-year-old carpenter said. As thousands flee Chile’s largest eruption in years, he is among the last holding out in the village 70 kilometres from the volcano that in the past week has spewed a massive plume of ash over parts of Chile and Argentina, prompting health concerns for people breathing it. Only 280 out of a population of 2,000 have chosen to stay in Futaleufu – an agricultural
A Chilean town is shrouded in a thick layer of ash spewed by a volcano that was dormant for 300 years
A children’s play area covered by ashes from the erupting of the Chaiten volcano is seen in Futaleufu, Chile. town and adventure gateway in picturesque Patagonia that until last week drew a steady stream of tourists.
The villagers have little access to food or potable water. Several towns in Chile, which has one of the most ac-
tive volcanic chains in the world, were evacuated – some by force – before and after Chaiten volcano blasted out ash, lava and pyroclastic flows, after a 300-year slumber. The ash is everywhere, covering roads, rooftops, the cypress trees at the central plaza and filtering its way into abandoned homes. Most women and children have sought refuge elsewhere in Chile or in Argentina, 10 kilometres to the east. Several men have stayed behind, in part to guard their livestock. Officials said with practically no data on the long-dormant Chaiten, the volcanic emissions could continue for weeks or even months.
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IT TAKES A CULT TO MAKE A MOVIE A Mexican tribe still believes in the powers of the crystal skull A P , Palenque, Chiapas
Some believe the skulls can emit and focus light, project visions and even influence terrestrial forces. Today, these beliefs persist in the jungles of southern Mexico among the Lacandon – the last unassimilated Mayas – who still worship the skulls. In the shadow of the Palenque ruins, Lacandon priest K’in Garcia fans copal incense and holds a heavy crystal skull above his head during ceremonies for Hacha’kyum, the Mayan god of creation. Garcia, son of the
THE LEGEND >> Ancient Mayans revered 13 crystal skulls believed to possess immense power. >> Some believe the skulls have the power to influence terrestrial forces. >> The Indiana Jones film is loosely based on the legend of 13 skulls.
Lancandon’s most respected elder, Chan Kin, believes the skull has special powers, including the ability to stave off sickness and destruction of
Harrison Ford, right, as Indiana Jones, with co-actor Shia LaBeouf in a scene from “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”. the rain forest where the last Lacandon still live. “When I am alone at night, at about 2am, it starts to glow, it emits light and it stays like that for about a minute,’’ Garcia said. Garcia said the skull was given to him by a local man and while he believes it is very old, he does not know where it came from. The true story of the skulls stretches over continents and hundreds of years, and may be even more extraordinary than
Lacandon priest K’in Garcia kneels over a crystal skull at the Mayan ruins of Palenque, Mexico. AP
here is a legend that the ancient Maya possessed 13 crystal skulls which, when united, held the power of saving the Earth – a tale so strange and fantastic that it inspired the latest Indiana Jones film. Experts dismiss the hundreds of existing crystal skulls as fakes that were probably made by traders of antiquities in the 19th century. But Mayan priests worship the skulls, even today, and real-life skull hunters still search for them.
the tale portrayed in the fourth installment of the Harrison Ford franchise.
The plot It is unclear what version of the tale will appear in “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”. The film opens in American theaters on May 22. The plot of the film – the first Indiana Jones film since “The Last Crusade” came out
in 1989 – revolves around a race against the Soviets to find the skulls. Pre-release publicity from Paramount Pictures, the film’s distributor, mentions the legend of the 13 skulls. While much of the film’s action occurs in Peru, the Paramount release also mentions a skull – known as “The Skull of Doom”– said to have been found at a Mayan ruin in 1924.
R E L I G I O N A G A I N S T A RT
Artists feel the heat in extremist Iraq Cinemas, galleries and concert halls destroyed as Western cultural leanings become targets OBSERVER NEWS S E R V I C E , Baghdad
raqi singers, actors and artists are fleeing the country after dozens have been killed by Islamic radicals determined to eradicate all culture associated with the West. Cinemas, art galleries and concert halls are being de-
stroyed in grenade and mortar attacks in Basra and Baghdad. According to the Iraqi Artists’ Association, at least 115 singers and 65 actors, as well as 60 painters, have been killed since the US-led invasion. But the terror campaign has escalated in recent months as both Shi’a and Sunni extremists have grown bolder in en-
AT LEAST 115 SINGERS, 60 PAINTERS AND 65 ACTORS HAVE BEEN KILLED forcing religious restrictions on Iraqis. Those remaining are in hiding, preparing to get them-
selves and their families to safety. Haydar Labbeb, 35, a painter in Baghdad, said he had received five death threats and an attempt was made on his life as he drove his family home from a wedding. He is trying to get into Jordan, where he hopes to continue painting. “My art is seen by extremists as too modern and offensive to Islamic beliefs, For them,
every painting has to be based on Islamic culture. But I am a modern artist,” he said. “Life for artists in Iraq has turned into hell. We have been forced to stay in our homes and to stop working. I don’t remember the last time I saw an exhibition, or a singer at a club, or an actor at a local theatre. All of us have been prohibited from working as a result of the killings,” Haydar said .
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DAY OF ENERGY CONSERVATION HAS DAWNED Campaigners in the past had to work hard to convince us of the need to save power, but with prices skyrocketing people realise they can no longer take their excesses for granted
he ongoing energy crisis and rising food prices may be a blessing in disguise after all. Government agencies used to find it difficult to get across the message of the need to lower energy consumption. But the spike in the prices of fuel, food and the general cost of living in the past few years appears to have made the job of energy conservation campaigners a lot easier. More and more, people are realising they can no longer take for granted affordable fuel, cheap food and carefree lifestyles. With people feeling the pinch of this difficult time, all the energy-conservation messages that used to fall on deaf ears now appear to make a lot of sense. People are seriously looking for ways to cut back on energy consumption to be able to maintain their standard of living or make ends meet because their incomes have either stagnated or have not kept pace with the rate of inflation. In the past, energy-conservation campaigners had to resort to making their causes appear fashionable. Now people have become much more receptive to ideas about how to contribute toward significant energy savings, such as switching to energy-saving light fixtures and appliances, changing wasteful habits and making home improvements to reduce their energy needs.
ENCOUNTERS OF THE VIRTUAL KIND Using Skype with a web cam is just a foretaste of what techhnology can offer By Victor Keegan GUARDIAN NEWS
S E R V I C E , London
In the typical middle-income home, air conditioning accounts for about 50-60 per cent of total energy consumption, while lighting consumes about 15 per cent and electrical appliances the rest. In order to cut overall energy consumption, air conditioning and lighting must be the main targets. Homeowners can reduce their reliance on air conditioners by investing in insulation materials, or make structural adjustments to allow cool air to flow through their home. However, some of the new greener, or more energy efficient, technologies in building materials, lighting fixtures and air-conditioning systems are still either too expensive or unavailable. It is the job of the energy-conservation campaigners and government agencies to find ways to promote wider adoption of such green products through public education and through tax incentives for manufacturers, among other things. Once such products gain wider acceptance among consumers, economies of scale will bring the prices down, people will begin to make more rational choices, and the market forces will do the rest.
hen 3G p h o n e s started in Japan in 2001, a BBC report waxed lyrically about how users of “this revolutionary phone will be able to see pictures of the people they are talking to”. They reached Britain a few years later, but I have to admit that not only have I never seen anyone using the video facility, the only unique feature of a 3G phone, but I don’t even know anyone who has. Is this proof that videophoning is just one of those technologies that is constantly predicted but never arrives? Actually, no. Videoconferencing is now coming at us from
every direction except the mobile, thanks to routing calls through the Internet, which is free if you have a broadband connection. The most successful net-telephony system is Skype, and if your computer has a built-in web camera you can see and talk to anyone in the world similarly equipped, for nothing. Some multiplayer games or virtual worlds such as Second Life also have their own free web-phone facility, not to mention eBay, which owns Skype, or community-videoconferencing services such as the fascinating seesmic.com. It probably won’t be long before all the social networks such as Facebook and MySpace have free videoconferencing as well.
Going upmarket Corporations, however, pre-
fer high-quality, secure networks for sensitive company business. Last week I had a go with WebEx, which claims 61 per cent of the web-conferencing market with 100,000 meetings a day. It enables up to six people around the world to be on at once, with their heads showing on the screen. The group leader can, say, put a spreadsheet up which covers the screen, enabling participants to work on it live. It was impressive but at US$375 (Bt12,000) a month it is definitely for corporations not individuals, who should look instead to a new generation of startups, such as dimdim.com, which enable you to share pictures, videos and documents for nothing as part of a videoconference. It uses open source and operates entirely on the web, and there is nothing to download to your desktop.
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CHRISTINA RICCI, CO-STAR OF ‘SPEED RACER’
“See, I got my three-year lease on my car before I saw the Al Gore movie [‘An Inconvenient Truth’], then immediately went, ‘Oh, no.’ So I’m waiting for my three-year lease to be up, and I’m going to get a green car. I feel really bad about my car.”
INK WITH A KICK
GIVE BOR BOO A CHANCE! Like the PM, sport columnist Buranij Rattanavichien keeps choosing words that are bound to get him in trouble By Veena Thoopkrajae D A I LY X P R E S S
opular football writer Buranij “Bor Boo” Rattanavichien’s life is a lot like a football match – or at least a blizzard of yellow and red cards. The columnist at the Star Soccer daily recently published his autobiography, “Bor Boo…Who are You?”, and it’s a litany of ups and downs, shared in straightforward and often witty language. Student life was fistfights and other nasty behaviour. He’s been suspended at his newspaper, he’s been banned from radio several times, and Channel 7 threw him off its World Cup 2006 coverage. This sort of stuff and his status as one of the country’s favourite sport columnists has ensured his book a spot on the best-seller lists. Bor Boo’s boss at Siam Sport Publishing didn’t know what a character he had on the payroll until he saw Sorrayuth Suthassanajinda interview him on TV. He urged him to write the book. “I started writing in March last year, but it took me a long time to remember everything that’s happened!” he says.
Sport and politics mix
XTRA BEFORE BOR BOO >> Buranij originally used the pseudonym Jom Yuth Luk Nang, and then switched to just Buranij, but he’s been Bor Boo for almost a decade. >> He swore his undying allegiance to Manchester United in 1981. That’s not going to change.
Bor Boo taking in a match at Old Trafford.
MY DREAM IS TO BE A FOOTBALL COMMENTATOR.I KEEP SAYING THIS, BUT NO ONE GIVES ME A CHANCE!
It’s his sharp tongue and sarcasm that keep getting him in trouble. Unlike most football pundits, he always brings up politics and social issues – and fans love him for that. He’s not his own biggest Buranij “Bor Boo” Rattanavichien fan, though. “Of all the stuff I do, TV is the easiest,” he says. “I can do it quite naturally. Writing is something I don’t like because I have to write a column every single day, and there are days when I’m so dissatisfied with the quality that I refuse to read it when it’s published. “My dream is to be a football commentator. I keep saying this, but no one gives me a chance!” Bor Boo has seen younger colleagues like Adisorn “Jackie” Puengya and Sathit “Big Ja” Kreekul move on to TV, and the late Ekkachai Nopjinda was his original inspiration to write about the sport. Ekkachai wrote about sport under the name Yor Yong and went on to become Thailand’s most celebrated football commentator. Bor Boo just wants to be the new Yor Yong.
SONGS are on ‘The Slip’, the new album by Nine Inch Nails, which the band have made available for free from their website, www.NIN.com.
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A cow from Austria draws the attention of a child in Benjasiri Park on Thursday. The plastic sculpture is one of 28 in the European Union herd on display at the park at at the Emporium shopping centre next door. The installation marks European Union Day, which annually falls on May 8. The bovines, each of which represents an EU member state, are in Bangkok until Wednesday.
Vuitton China car rally torched THE OLYMPIC torch had such a rough ride through Paris because of the Tibet issue that the Louis Vuitton Classic China Run – scheduled for the end of this month – has been scrapped. The Wall Street Journal says the motorcade of 50 vintage cars was due to putter from Chengdu to Kunming, a throwback to the century-old ParisRouen car race. But Vuitton has told the entrants that “conditions” aren’t ideal, and has withdrawn plans to sell products linked to the run. The company shelved the rally until next year or 2010.
Old Young on Blu-ray ROCKER NEIL YOUNG has teamed up with Sun Microsystems to release his vast archive of concert videos on Blu-ray DVDs. Young unveiled the collaboration at the JavaOne conference last week in San Francisco. He says the high-definition format allows high-quality music reproduction to be blended with rich graphics in a manner that does his works justice. “It is important for me that the user experience the high-resolution music along with the archival visual material,” Young said. The first Neil Young Archive release will be a 10-disc set, due out late this year. It will contain his music from 1963 to 1972. The Neil Young Archive promises to be a biography of the musician’s career showing movies, letters, manuscripts, videos and a chronology of music released and unreleased. – AFP
REALIT Y TV
A new term ‘Academy Fantasia’ tunes up for its fifth season, with the cast set for some arduous talent training
By Kitchana Lersakvanitchakul D A I LY X P R E S S
opular reality show “Academy Fantasia” returns to the small screen today for its fifth season with a range of new training concepts for the 16 contestants. “This year, we’ll be focusing on much more than voice training,” says Khru Kan, leader of the voice training team. “We’ll be using the swimming pool to develop the lungs and muscles the contestants will need for singing and dancing,” adds Khru Ped of the dancing team. “And I’ll be helping them to enjoy the performance side of singing,” says Khru Lak of the acting team. For viewers, technological innovations include a TrueVisions SIM card that allows them to send 10 or 20 votes in one go and a Touch SIM com-
soop sip No rest for Nopadol Unlike his boss (Samak or
Thaksin, you pick), Foreign Minister Noppadon Pattama loves the news media – he hardly ever declines an interview. Unfortunately he tends to overbook, so now he’s getting a reputation as “Mr Cancellation”. The job has turned out to be more demanding than he figured, what with unforeseen emergencies like people writing on the Thai flag. The solution, he thinks, is being able to sleep in his office – catch a few winks between crises – so he’s asked for a sofa bed or at least a reclining chair to be installed. He told ministry officials that he doesn’t care if the press goes berserk, since even bad publicity is publicity, as they say in show biz. Guy wants to be on the job round the clock? Who’s complaining?
To coin a word
SINGING FOR THEIR SUPPER >> The winner receives a Magnolias condominium worth Bt5 million, plus Bt350,000. >> The first runner-up gets a Mazda 3 Max Sport car worth Bt1.2 million, plus Bt200,000. >> The second runner-up’s prize is a Spirit Mazda 3 worth Bt800,000, plus Bt150,000. >> On the web: TrueAF.Truelife.com
plete with V-receiving set. Fans can record all 12 live concerts through TrueVisions PVR. “‘AF’ is a reality show that takes 16 ordinary people and transforms them into fantastic singers,” says Attaphon Na Bangxang, chief programme and content officer. “We help turn their dreams into reality.”
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Starring in “Iron Man” has revealed the inner comic-book geek in Robert Downey Jr. He grew up reading Marvel Comics and reckons he’s playing the best superhero of the lot. “Superheroes are great,” he says, “but superheroes who manufacture weapons and then build a suit of armour that they can fly around in makes for the ultimate ‘nerdgasm’.” Contact Soopsip at veen
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AT WORK 1.3
THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN JOBS IN NEW ZEALAND fell by 29,000 or % to 2.14 million in the March quarter from the previous three months.
Searching for zzzzzz Find a way to set your inner clock when working shifts By Carina Frey DEUTSCHE PRESSE-AGENTUR Hamburg
he most difficult time for Ullrich Grubig is in the middle of the night, although that’s when there is the least amount of work to do. While his body wants to sleep, Grubig, a precision mechanic, has to stand at his machine. He must hang on until 5am when his shift ends. Then he can go home and go to bed. Grubig actually is lucky that the overnight shift ends relatively early. “When shifts end at 8am, it’s usually too bright by the time you get to bed, and that makes it harder to sleep,” says Daniel Hicklin, who works at a sleep clinic in Bad Zurzach, Switzerland that advises people who work irregular hours. Daylight signals the body that it’s time for activity, not sleep. At many companies, employees rotate from morning shift to afternoon shift and then to the overnight shift. “Today, the recommendation is to change every two to three
days,” says Ingo Fietze of the German society for sleep medicine and sleep research in Berlin. Then the body can adjust better. Ideal is a change
from the morning shift to the afternoon shift and then to the overnight shift and then a day off. “The overnight shift is es-
pecially strenuous,” says Fietze. Body temperature drops at night and the urge to sleep increases. “You’re much more tired and you make mistakes.” But the early shift also can be difficult to deal with. The earlier it starts, the less sleep you get, says Hicklin. A shift that starts at 4am means getting up in the middle of the night and driving to work. In order to make it through the shift, you have to get to bed early. “But often, you’re not tired enough to sleep, yet you feel the pressure to fall asleep as quickly as possible,” Hicklin says. A few rules help to survive late-shift work. “When I go on overnights, I don’t drink coffee at the beginning of the shift,” says Grubig. Caffeine remains in the bloodstream for four to seven hours. So, the effects of drinking it at 2am could still be felt at 7am and thus not be able to sleep. People who have difficulty getting to sleep after an
Spending too much money on fashionable clothes? Here’s some advice on how to avoid splurging D A I LY X P R E S S
he next time you find something you want to buy immediately, resist the urge, advises Piyajit Osatananda, Elle magazine’s cash and fashion columnist. Instead, she says, try it on a few times. Trying on the same item of clothing or pair of shoes repeatedly over a period of several days can help reduce the desire to own it by making it look familiar. “When you see something that you can’t resist, give yourself time to admire the object,” she writes in her new book, “Ruay” (“Rich”). “If you pick it
up for the 10th time and you feel like you already own it, then you’ll get bored with it and put it down.”
This exercise should also stop you from making impulse buys that you might regret later. If Piyajit has her eyes on an expensive pair of shoes, she’ll try them on with different outfits on different days to see if they go with the rest of her wardrobe. If they don’t, she ditches them. Shoppers hemming and hawing over a purchase might want to check out Piyajit’s advice.
PHOTO/ PIYAJIT OSATANANDA
TRYING ON THE SAME ITEM OF CLOTHING OR PAIR OF SHOES REPEATEDLY OVER A PERIOD OF SEVERAL DAYS CAN HELP REDUCE THE DESIRE TO OWN IT BY MAKING IT LOOK FAMILIAR.
overnight shift can put on sunglasses on the drive home. “Light wakes you up,” says Fietze. People who work overnight should go to bed immediately and sleep as long as they can. For people who work the early shift, taking a nap after they get home from work can be sensible to settle down in the evening and fall asleep. Even if it’s difficult, people who work shifts must make sure they get enough sleep. There are people who just can’t come to terms with working various shifts. They have difficulty sleeping, problems with their stomach and intestines and circulation problems. “One can assume that 20 per cent to 25 per cent of the people who work different shifts have problems sleeping and about four per cent must be taken off shift work,” says Fietze. A doctor should be consulted when workers are unable to get over their fatigue and if they also have problems sleeping at the weekends.
XTRA THE WISE BUYING GUIDE >> Don’t buy a fashion item just because it’s a different colour to the ones in your closet. >> Retail therapy is fine, but don’t purchase something you’re not sure about just to cheer yourself up. >> Don’t buy an item because you’ve decided you hate what you’re wearing. >> Avoid buying something just because it’s a luxury brand on sale. >> Don’t be tempted to snatch something off the rack if you’re in a hurry.
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OF MOTHERS ADMIT THEY SECRETLY have a favourite child, according to a survey by www.Shop.com.
Long way from home
love scope BY EUGENIA LAST
ARIES (March 21-April 19) Love will find you in the most ordinary place. Work industry events or the classroom will bring you in contact with someone who shares your interests. Don’t shy away; set up a date.
Thai women moving to their husband’s homelands in the West had better hope he’s understanding SPECIAL TO D A I LY X P R E S S Frankfurt, Germany
n Thailand Supatra Faraci had everything she wanted – car, condo and great career. Everything changed when she decided to say “I do” and moved to Germany in the name of love. “It’s like starting your life over again from zero,” she says – a new environment, language, culture and lifestyle all to be absorbed.
IT TOOK NEARLY A YEAR TO GET TO KNOW HER NEIGHBOURS, WHICH IS A RELATIVE ETERNITY COMPARED TO THAILAND.
From being mobile in her own car, she’s now stuck with public transport. “It’s not bad, but it’s not as convenient.” From earning her own money, she now has to ask her husband. To find a good job, she must excel in a very difficult language, and while Supatra struggles to learn it, her former colleagues are advancing in their careers. She’s encountered the coldness for which some Germans are known. It took nearly a year to get to know her neighbours, which is a relative eternity compared to Thailand. “But once they accept you, they’re very nice and sincere.” Winning acceptance from her husband’s children was a challenge, though fortunately that didn’t take so long. And although Supatra and her husband get along without problems, the switch from a long-distance relationship to living together revealed some personality differ-
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) You’ll be thinking a lot about love. Your personal outlook and attitude will attract someone of stature who has plenty to offer. Volunteer for extra work and you’ll meet your match.
ences that required compromises. All of these changes, both expected and unexpected, were almost too much too bear at times. “It was a really big sacrifice leaving everything behind and moving here,” Supatra says. Her husband understands, and his positive outlook cheers her up. He encouraged her to take it slowly and spend time perfecting her German and made no demands about her finding work. “It would have been much more difficult if I’d had to find job and make money,” she says. Supatra said support from your spouse is crucial in such relationships overseas, and anyone making plans had better know in advance what difficulties lie ahead. “Once you get here you have to accept that it’s going to take time to settle down,” she says. “You have to be very patient and understanding and, most importantly, accept that you’ve already made your decision.”
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Don’t let what someone has be your motivation to get to know him or her. Chances are you will end up in a three-way arrangement that leaves you out in the cold. Proceed with caution. CANCER (June 21-July 22) Invite friends and neighbours over and tell them to bring a friend. Before you know it, you will be introduced to someone quite special who has the same likes and dislikes as you. LEO (July 23-August. 22) You will attract attention but be careful: Someone you gravitate toward may have ulterior motives. You are better off to bide your time and find out more about him or her. Don’t let love cost you. VIRGO (August. 23-September. 22) Open your heart and you will find love. You will radiate a quality that will invite people to approach you and find out what you are all about. Love is on the rise and you are hot. LIBRA (September. 23-October. 22) Someone from your past is likely to come back into your life. Remember why you walked away the first time before you jump back in. People don’t usually change, so ask plenty of questions. SCORPIO (October. 23-November. 21) Partnerships will form in the most unlikely manner and unusual place. Your involvement in an organisation will lead to someone's approaching you with whom you will fall instantly in love. SAGITTARIUS (November. 22-December. 21) What you want won’t pan out. The emotional signals you send will be rejected if directed toward someone who is off-limits. Being emotional at work with a colleague will be dangerous. CAPRICORN (December. 22-January. 19) You’ll be the one everyone wants to be with. Your savvy way of doing things will attract some spectacular partners and lead to a very solid love relationship. Travel, socialise and have fun. AQUARIUS (January. 20-February. 18) Don’t waste your time on someone who is waffling. If you can’t get a straight answer regarding how he or she feels, you are probably trying to spend time with the wrong person.
PHOTO/ SOPAPORN KURZ
By Sopaporn Kurz
May 12 to 17, 2008
PISCES (February. 19-March 20) You can close an emotional deal you have with someone you love. A commitment can be made and a new phase of your life as a couple started. It’s time to make personal plans for the future.
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MUSIC ON THE GO So what if you don’t have a cool smartphone with wireless Bluetooth music? You can always pick a Jabra A120 and enjoy wireless music. It plugs into the 3.5mm jack of any MP3 player or any other music player and transmits your music to your wireless Bluetooth headphones. It can transmit up to a distance of nine metres. It also has 50 hours of standby time and 10 hours of music streaming. There’s also a USB mini charging jack available. For more details, visit www.ShopBot.ca.
TO DO buy it!
HI-TECH DINING A novelty fast-food product line with 1GB USB flash memory has been released by Green House of Japan. Soon you will be able to order a hamburger, pizza, hot dog or sandwich with the flash-memory drive to enhance your onthego image. The unique USB memory drives are capable of storing 355 high-quality photos and 256 zipped MP3 music files. It has a high-speed USB 2.0 device capable of reading, transferring and organising data with ease. For more information visit
There are things we can’t do without, and some of them are here.So go ahead and take your pick!
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The Hello Kitty Camera features an ultra-thin 5.0-megapixel digital camera with a Hello Kitty Face with all your family and friends. The digital camera comes fully equipped with 32 MB of built-in flash memory, zoom function capability. For details, visit www.DreamKitty.com.
GAMES FOR PASSENGERS
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Vtech has come out with a cordless phone system with instant messaging using a qwerty keypad. In addition to its traditional land-line capabilities, the VTech IS6110 offers free access to MSN Messenger, Windows Live Messenger and AOL Instant Messenger. The base unit simply needs to be connected via a USB port to the PC. The VTech IS6110 enables users to easily read messages and text multiple buddies simultaneously. Additionally, the “click-to-talk” feature enables instant voice (peer-to-peer) chats with friends. Offered on the latest DECT 6.0 platform, the WiFi friendly IS6110 also features interference-free sound quality, security and range in cordless phones today. For more information visit
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Monday, May 12, 2008
Nation editor-in-ch,ief National award for Mult imedia Group editor-in-chief was the
Suthichai Yoon, third left, Nation a Award for journalistic work con20th recipient of the prestigious Sriburaph ty. sidered of great value to Thai socie
A new taste for the blue tusker
Phuket Vice Governor Smith Palawatvicha i, third left, is welcomed to the grand opening of Blue Elephant’s Thai Brasserie at Jungceylon Shopping Centre by MR Jatumongkol Sonakul, managing director of Fenix Four, and his wife, along with Nooror Somany Steppe, founding partner and director of Blue Elephant International.
s World at their fingertip guest Tourism Authority of Thailand, was the Pornsiri Manoharn, governor of the g – Inspired by Lonely Planet” event, of honour at the “B2S Never Stop Travellin Dean Thompson and Tony Wheeler, coco-organised by B2S’ managing director B2S CentralWorld encouraged Thai travfounder of Lonely Planet. The event at ellers to explore new destinations.
Loyalty card wins friends at lau
nch David C Tyson, founder and president of Global I-care (Thailand), launched the GIC card at Pimarnman Room, the Four Seasons Hotel. From left are Ong-Ard Chaladkid, Rujiwan Patumtavaph ibal, David C. Tyson, Dr Suvit Yodmani, Dr Nathada Singsomboon, PCC General Terdsak Marrome and Chaivoot Vechasart.
tine task Taking on an elephan olayuth, second right, presided over the
Chiang Rai Governor Precha Kam nament recently held at Anantara Seventh King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tour ral manager Mark Heather, third Golden Triangle Resort together with gene an elephant specialist from the left, and Prasop Tipprasert, second left, Forest Industry Organisation.
Popular Pattaya bar turns two
Dominik Stamm, third left, general man ager of the Amari Orchid Resort & Tower, Alexander Parry, centre, Mantra’s operations manager, and Wichaporn Poopath, social director, welcomed celeb rities and VIPs who came to toast the upmarket restaurant and bar’s second anniversary with a signature drink calle d the “Mantra-tini”.
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Martin Reeves’ photography Wyndham Thai Restaurant & Bar G Floor, Somerset Lake Point Residence
Sukhumvit Soi 16 Martin Reeves was one of 55 international photographers who participated in the major “Thailand: 9 Days in the Kingdom” project last year. Here he shows a wide selection of the photographs he took using his trademark medium of blackand-white infrared film.
turday Monday to Sa 2) 630 3381. to 6pm. Call (0 Sunday, 11am
Mad for aspa ragus
Nai Lert Park
Ma Maison is fe aturing special asparagus-them menu with foie ed gras flan and w hite white asparagu s and leek gratin asparagus crown; , ro crispy pancetta ; and white aspa cket salad and ragus and bean White asparagu stew. s set dinners ar e also available. May 31. Call (0 Until 2) 253 012 3.
Until December 31. Call (02) 258 1783.
Clothes do not make the man
Discovery holidays Siam Centre and Siam Discovery
Galerie N, Wireless Road In “Perfect Skin”, Narissara Pianwimungsa, an up-and ns coming artist, questio society about self and the ipresentation of individual as ty nti ide ty and ng expressed through clothi ese Th and accessories. external representations have become indicators of the wearer’s identity (or have they?). Until June 8.
Spend Bt1,000 on the Discovery Holidays promotion and get a chance to win various getaway packages. Credit card holders from Krungsri GE and Siam Commercial Bank receive double-dip chances to win gifts. Until tomorrow. Call (02) 658 1000.
For a memorable wedding
Call (02) 252 1592.
Nai Lert Park Hotel
The hotel offers wedding packages including floral decoration, wedding cake, ice carving, honeymoon suite and a venue which can welcome up to 1,000 guests. Special for any bridal couple who book at least two months in advance: receive a Bt7,000 treatment voucher from Aster Spring, a world-class skincare centre. Call (02) 253 0123.
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The cafe chain is offering barbecue-chicken sandwiches (Bt130), barbecue chicken salads (Bt100), and smoothies (Bt95) in mango-passion, and bla ckberry-passion flavours.
Until Thursday. Call (02) 233 4329-30 .
Monday, May 12, 2008
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Welcome moos The Emporium and Benjasiri Park
Check out 28 life-size cow sculptures, each one uniquely designed to represent a country of the European Union. Until Wednesday 14. Call (02) 259 8753.
Vietnam’s tasty treats Rama Garden s Hot
The Greenery Ca el fe offers an internationa l buffet with Vietnames e corner for fresh spring rolls, beef with lemon-chi lli sa and minced praw uce, n on sugarcane. Lunc h is Bt370 and dinner Bt39 0.
Until May 31. Call (02) 561 0022.
do it! Donate your voice B2S, Third Floor, CentralWorld
B2S is looking for volunteers to read books for the blind and invites interested people to join in a free workshop conducted by experts from the Department of Public Relations to learn techniques on book reading. A workshop will be held on Saturday, 1pm. Apply by May 16 by calling (02) 101 7133-4.
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Summer gadgets Loft, Third Floor, Siam Discovery
Hi-tech gadgets such as 1GB flash drives, headsets, amplifiers, MP3 players, radios and IT devices are on sale. Call (02) 658 0328-30.
Lingerie Sale Main Hall II, M Floor, Paragon
Until May 29, Wacoal and Sabina offer special prices on lingerie. Enjoy 50- to 70-per-cent discounts on top fashion items. Call (02) 310 1904-5.
26 THE SCREEN
Monday, May 12, 2008
TO SEE on tv
Secrets of an Undercover Wife Linda Ko, Brenda Campbell and Shawnee Smith star in this thriller about a newlywed who goes undercover with the mob to help her husband.
Iron Man The Marvel Comic vividly comes to th with Robert e big screen Do Stark, a wisec wney Jr in the title role as Tony racking billio naire weapo who dons a hi-tech suit ns maker of armour. Je stars. ★★★ ff Bridges co ★ -
See Phrang (4bia) Four frightening stories from four Thai directors about a lonely young woman who receives a mysterious SMS, students with a deadly talisman, boys on a jungle adventure and a scared flight attendant alone on a plane with a dead body as its only passenger. With English subtitles at some cinemas. ★★★★
Cinemax (TrueVisions), 8pm
Entourage 45: Malibooty
What Happens in Vegas
“Medellin” is submitted to Cannes while Vince is in over his head playing cards with Dennis Hopper. Drama finds romance, but not with the girl of his dreams.
After they get married during a drunken night in Las Vegas, two strangers (Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher) can’t remember who won the huge jackpot from the slot machine they played together, which complicates matters in their annulment proceedings. A judge orders them to six months of hard marriage until things can be sorted out. ★★★
HBO (TrueVisions), 10pm
Kinky Boots An uplifting British comedy about two outcast dreamers who finally figure out how to stand up for themselves ... in thigh-high leather stilettos. Star Movies (TrueVisions), 11pm
The Counterfeiters A Jewish forger (Karl Markovics) is forced to help the Nazis in a scheme to bankrupt Britain by flooding the market with fake banknotes. This the first Austrian film to win the
German with English and Thai subtitles at the Scala.
from an angel (Kotee Aramboy) to win the heart of the lovely superstar Fah (Bongkot Kongmalai). With English sub-
titles in some cinemas. ★★★
The Forbidden Kingdom
Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. In
Struggling to balance his university studies with working in a factory, Sumin (Lee Young-Hun) loses his job and becomes a male prostitute in an upmarket boy brothel. There, he starts a relationship with a rich young guy (Lee Han). In Korean with
Martial-arts legends Jackie Chan and Jet Li share the screen for the first time, teaming the two heroes with a geeky American teenager (Michael Angarano) on a magical quest in ancient China. In English with Thai
beloved mother becomes ill and comes to live with him. In Japanese with English and Thai subtitles at Apex and House. ★★★
Three Kingdoms The Chinese epic is told from the perspective of the loyal aide (Sammo Hung) to a general (Andy Lau) who makes a last stand against a warlord. Maggie Q co-stars in a role created for the movie as the fiesty niece of the warlord Cao Cao. In
English and Thai subtitles at House.
Mandarin with English and Thai subtitles. ★★★
Thevada Tha Ja Theng
Tokyo Tower: Mom and Me and Sometimes Dad
A bumbling likay performer (Theng Terdterng) seeks help
The life of a young man (Joe Odagiri) changes when his
When her marine-biologist father (Gerard Butler) goes missing, plucky Nim (Abigail Breslin) e-mails for help to her favourite writer, Alex Rover (Jodie Foster).★★★
Century – The Movie Plaza (02) 247 9940 www.CenturyTheMoviePlaza.com
The fifth season of the popular reality talent search kicks off as 16 contestants settle down in their new house.
EGV, Major Cineplex, Esplanade
True Reality Channel 20 (TrueVisions), 24 hours
Channel links www.NationChannel.com Channel 3 – www.ThaiTV3.com Channel 5 – www.TV5.co.th Channel 7 – www.CH7.com Modernine – www.MCOT.net NBT – TV11.prd.go.th Thai PBS – www.ThaiPBS.or.th True – www.TrueVisionsTV.com
Major Hollywood www.MajorHollywood.co.th
What Happens in Vegas is a romantic comedy starring Ashton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz.
Paragon Cineplex www.ParagonCineplex.com
SF Cinemas www.SFCinemaCity.com
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Deception An accountant (Ewan McGregor), hoping to spice up his humdrum life, is introduced to a mysterious sex club by a lawyer acquaintance (Hugh Jackman), and is soon the prime suspect in a woman’s disappearance and a multi-million-dollar heist. ★★
Ethan Hawke and Philip Seymour Hoffman play brothers who, motivated by greed and desperation, make very bad choices in this film from Sidney Lumet. Critic Ann Hornaday says Hoffman delivers “a tour de force performance”. Extras include commentary from Lumet, Hawke and Hoffman and a short behindthe-scenes documentary. – Washington Post
Adam By Bryan Basset
The Buckets By Scott Stantis
Pooch Cafe By Paul Gilligan
Red and Rover
By Brian Basset
By Bill Watterson
Calvin and Hobbes
By John McPherson
Close to Home
28 LEISURE Monday, May 12, 2008 DAILY XPRESS
Monday, May 12, 2008
The last word in
By Eugenia Last
Today's Birthday: You have the potential to go far if you are willing to make a few changes or take advantage of opportunities as they arise. This is no year to sit back and watch everyone else advance. Much can be accomplished if you are a little more aggressive.
Saturdayâ€™s Puzzle Answer
Aries (March 21-April 19)
Complete the grid so that every row, column and 3x3 box contains every digit from 1 to 9 inclusively.
Nurture your relationships with colleagues and peers. Lend a helping hand now so you are better positioned when you want something in return. Your ability to get twice as much accomplished as your counterparts will ensure you make a good impression. Taurus (April 20-May 20)
You may have problems with children or the people whose company you normally enjoy. You cannot worry about what everyone else is trying to do or wanting you to take care of. Focus on your own tasks and succeed. Gemini (May 21-June 21)
Spend a little more time on your home and family and you will avoid criticism and complaints. Do what suits your needs, not someone else's. If you keep bending, you will never get what you want or gain respect. Cancer (June 22-July 22)
DIFFICULTY RATING â˜…
This is not the time to close your mind to new adventures. Get out and discover what's available so you can expand your personal and professional options. An exotic destination will lead to an interesting new lifestyle. Leo (July 23-August 22)
You may be fooling yourself about how your future is unfolding, both at work and at home. Ask questions if you want to be able to counteract what's going on. Solutions can be found but only if you are aware of the problems.
CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY
Virgo (August 23-Sept 22)
Bring secret matters out into the open. Sometimes it's better not to surprise people with your plans, especially if you want the support and the company. An offer may not be what it appears. Libra (Sept 23-Oct 22)
You can please everyone with your empathy and human touch to others' situations. Your ideas will aid those unable to figure things out for themselves. By teaching others, you will learn something about who you are and what you can do. Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21)
Don't let the people you are close to put you down. You have to believe in your abilities if you are going to get ahead. Love is in the stars and, if you have been neglectful, this is the perfect opportunity to make up for lost time. Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 21)
Jason Biggs Composer Burt Bacharach is 80. Comedian George Carlin is 71. Musician Steve Winwood is 60. Actress Lindsay Crouse is 60. Actor Bruce Boxleitner is 58. Singer Billy Squier is 58. Actor Gabriel Byrne is 58. Actor Ving Rhames is 49. Guitarist Billy Duffy of The Cult is 47. Actor Emilio Estevez is 46. Actor Stephen Baldwin is 42. Actress Kim Fields is 39. Actress Jamie Luner is 37. Actor Mackenzie Astin is 35. Actor Jason Biggs ("American Pie") is 30. Actor Malcolm David Kelley ("Lost") is 16. Actors Sullivan and Sawyer Sweeten ("Everybody Loves Raymond") are 13.
Don't let your emotions take over to the point where you do something for which you'll be sorry. Don't burn bridges, especially if you are in the middle of doing something with the person who has upset you. Capricorn (Dec 22-Jan 19)
You may be tempted to overspend on property, renovations or luxury items for your home. Before you do, consider what you really need and who is behind your unusual spending spree. Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 18)
Be entertaining and fun rather than putting yourself on the line for something you really can't afford. Be honest about your needs, wants and financial position. Pisces (Feb 19-March 20)
Someone you work with may not be giving you the straight goods regarding a job. Do a little research so you don't look incompetent. Trying to fake it will backfire.
30 LANGUAGE LAB
Monday, May 12, 2008
Questions 1. What is the problem? a. China was attacked by Tibet. b. The Chinese crackdown in Tibet has intensiﬁed. c. Tibetans have put a boycott on the Olympic Games. d. The Dalai Lama refuses to lead the opening ceremony of the Olympics.
2. What is the Dalai Lama worried about? a. that Chinese negotiators refuse to pay his ransom b. that other countries might stop supplying him with weapons c. that the talks will be success ful and he has to return to Tibet d. that China doesn’t want to ﬁnd a solution to the problem in Tibet
Tibetan Spiritual Leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama addresses a meeting of Lamas in Dharamsala on May 2. Two Tibetan envoys travelled to Beijing on May 3, for talks with the Chinese leadership after bloody riots in Lhasa.
The Dalai Lama on Sunday warned talks with China would be pointless unless Beijing was “serious” about ﬁnding a solution to the Tibetan issue. China’s state-run Xinhua news agency announced on Friday that Beijing would meet an envoy of the Tibetan leader for talks in the coming days. “We have had six rounds of talks but nothing happened and this time if China is serious, then it is good but if it wants to show the world that ‘we are talking’ then there is no use in meeting,” the Dalai Lama’s spokesman Tenzin Takla told AFP. “We have to consider everything,” he added. The warning came amid reports that Lodhi Gyari, a special envoy of the Tibetan spiritual leader, who has headed the previous rounds of inconclusive talks with China since 2002, would arrive in India on Wednesday. Takla confirmed envoy Gyari’s planned trip but did not
elaborate, except to say he would travel to the northern Indian hill town of Dharamshala for “consultations” with the self-exiled Tibetan leadership. The spokesman of the 72year-old Nobel laureate also said there was an urgent need to reopen contacts as the Chinese crackdown in the Tibetan region had been stepped up. “Ongoing repression inside Tibet has been stepped up,” Takla said by telephone from Dharamsala where the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government-in-exile are headquartered. “Army troops are surrounding monasteries and arrests are going on,” Talka said of the Chinese crackdown, which followed deadly anti-Beijing riots that erupted in the regional capital Lhasa on March 10. “And his holiness feels to solve the problems we have to meet for talks,” the ofﬁcial said. Analysts say the offer by China, which hosts the August Olympics in Beijing, was a response to the intense global
pressure over its crackdown in the remote Himalayan region. Tibetan sources told AFP that an apex forum of the International Tibetan Support Network -- a policy-making global body for the refugees -- was currently meeting in Dharamsala to review events. “The 32 members of the apex group are taking stock of the situation and also discussing the Chinese offer of talks with representatives of his holiness the Dalai Lama,” a source from the Tibetan administration said. The Dalai Lama, who returned from the United States on Saturday, is now scheduled to leave on a two-week trip to Britain and Germany on May 14, Takla said, without giving details of the itinerary. India gave the Dalai Lama and his supporters sanctuary after the Tibetan leader, disguised as a Chinese soldier, ﬂed his homeland in 1959 following an abortive anti-Beijing uprising in the region.
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Dalai Lama says no use talking if China not ‘serious’
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3. Why do analysts think China is offering talks on Tibet? a. Global pressure forced them to. b. China is worried about the escalating violence by her troops. c. They want Tibetans to cheer Chinese athletes at the Olympics. d. They want Tibetan athletes to participate in the Olympics for China.
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Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB), with over 10,000 staff, is one of the world’s largest Project Management and Engineering companies. PB has offices throughout the world with the corporate office in New York. Due to our rapid growth and expansion in Thailand and the region, PB is looking for Engineers and Senior Engineers in the following positions:
1. PROJECT MANAGERS 2. PROCUREMENT MANAGERS 3. QA MANAGERS 4. CONTRACT MANAGERS 5. PROJECT CONTROL MANAGERS 6. COST ENGINEERS 7. RAILWAY ENGINEERS 8. CIVIL ENGINEERS 9. STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS 10. ELECTRICAL ENGINEERS 11. MECHANICAL ENGINEERS 12. FIRE PROTECTION ENGINEERS 13. SANITARY ENGINEERS 14. CAD TECHNICIANS Requirements: Thai national with minimum 3 years experience (for Engineers) or minimum 10 years experience (for Senior Engineers) in the design or construction supervision and management of large-scale projects (Buildings, Bridges, Highways, Rail & Mass Transit) with good command of spoken and written English, and computer literacy. • Positions 1-13 must hold a Bachelor’s degree in related filed (minimum) and professional registration with Council of Engineer of Thailand. • CAD Technician must have at least a Certificate/Diploma. • Background of working in the international environment is an advantage. For the successful candidates, we offer long term employment with the Company. Salaries and Benefits will be commensurate with qualifications and working experiences. Please submit application letter in English with resume and recent photo to: The Human Resources Manager, PB ASIA LIMITED 15th Floor, Unit 1502, Q. House Lumpini Bldg., 1 South Sathorn Road, Sathorn, Bangkok 10120 Thailand Or E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, Fax: (662) 343-8867
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OVERSEAS MERCHANDISE INSPECTION CO., LTD. (OMIC) Accor Advantage Plus is the No. 1 Hotel Loyalty Membership in Asia/Pacific. Accor Hotels has over 320 participating hotels across the Asia Pacific. We have a position available for highly self motivated
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You must be a fluent English speaker. Sales experience is essential. The most professional hotel membership call center in Bangkok. Great environment great bonus potential. Email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org Position must be filled by 21 st May. Work permit available if required. Your new sales career is ready to begin! ●
Overseas Merchandise is a leading inspection company before export.
MARINE SURVEY SECTION MANAGER 1 Position • • • • •
Male, age 35 years up Bachelor's degree or higher in related field Possess very good marine/safety mindset Good leadership and communication skills Good command of marine operation, marine engineering knowledge, team working, positive mindset with cooperative attitude, written and spoken English Please send your application letter or e-mail to Personnel & General Affair
Overseas Merchandise Inspection Co., Ltd. (OMIC) 12-14 Soi Yen Akas 3, Yen Akas Rd. Chongnonsee, Yannawa, Bangkok 10120 Tel. 0-2286-4120 E-mail: email@example.com
WESTINGHOUSE R AIL SYSTEMS AUSTR ALIA Our client is a world leader in railway signaling and train control systems. The Company is established in Bangkok near New Petchburi Road and seeks applicants who can be employed in Thailand and throughout Asia and Australia to fill the following position:-
SENIOR SIGNAL DESIGN ENGINEERS SALARY FROM APPROX BAHT 50,000/MONTH NEGOTIABLE PLUS BENEFITS (B896N) • Appointees will be required to lead a team of Signal Design Engineers both in Thailand and within the Australian and Asian region, as well as liaison with Clients and Senior Management of the Company together with supervision of Signal Design tasks, overall quality control and training. Tasks will include: • Scheme Plans. • Control Tables including Aspect Sequence Charts. • Power Supplies and Distribution. • Wayside Signaling objects, including Signals, Point Mechanisms, Track Circuits and Bonding and/or Axle Counters, Level Crossings. • Relay or PLC Based Logic Control Circuitry. • Operator Control Panels and/or Computer-Based Operator Workstations. • Cabling Distribution. • At least 5-10 years experience working in the signal design and Train Control Systems environment including direct supervisory experience and training. • Bachelor's Degree or higher in Electrical, Electronics, and Telecommunication Engineering/Computer Science/Systems, etc. • Good knowledge of English as well as a good knowledge of standard computer word processing and spreadsheet programs. • A positive attitude towards teamwork, communication and problem-solving is necessary. • Ability to travel domestically and internationally is essential.
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SALARY FROM BAHT 30,000-55,000/MONTH PLUS BENEFITS (B897N) Appointees will be required to complete or produce detailed designs for Railway Signaling and Train Control Systems and Schemes, based on both Relay and Computer Based Technology employing Communications based transmission systems, from Initial Draft Design plans and specified Design Standard Guidelines, to drawings suitable for submission for Client Approval, and subsequently for system assembly, wiring, testing and commissioning. At least 4 years experience in a Signaling System design environment, using CAD and other design tools as well as a working knowledge and understanding of the attributes set out above of a signaling system. Bachelor's Degree or higher in Electrical, Electronics, and Telecommunication Engineering/Computer Science/Systems, etc. Good knowledge of English as well as a good knowledge of standard computer word processing and spreadsheet programs. A positive attitude towards teamwork, communication and problem-solving is necessary. Ability to travel domestically and internationally is essential.
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SALARY FROM BAHT 20,000-35,000/MONTH PLUS BENEFITS (B898N) The appointees will be required to work in a team under the direction and supervision of a Signal Design Engineer Team Leader, producing detailed designs for Railway Signaling and Train Control Systems. At least two years in a design environment using CAD and an appropriate background with experience in safely-critical applications. It is expected that Assistant Designer should progress to a position of Design Engineer/ Junior Design Engineer within a reasonable period of gaining experience, including formal and on-the-job training. Bachelor's Degree or higher in Electrical, Electronics, and Telecommunication Engineering/Computer Science/Systems, etc. Good knowledge of English as well as a good knowledge of standard computer word processing and spreadsheet programs. A positive attitude towards teamwork, communication and problem-solving is necessary. Ability to travel domestically and internationally is essential.
GR ADUATE ENGINEERS • • • • •
SALARY FROM BAHT 15,000/MONTH PLUS BENEFITS (B899N) The appointees will be required to work as Trainees for one to two years while learning to be Railway Signal Engineers. Bachelor's Degree or Diploma in Electrical, Electronics, and Telecommunication Engineering/Computer Science/Systems, etc. Good knowledge of English as well as a good knowledge of standard computer word processing and spreadsheet programs. A positive attitude towards teamwork, communication and problem-solving is necessary. Ability to travel domestically and internationally is essential.
Send your full resume specifying the appropriate file number to:
BMJ Consultancy Group Co.,Ltd. 23/F Thaniya Plaza Building, 52 Silom Road, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Webpage: www.bmj.co.th
Overseas Processing Entity Regional Office for Thailand and Southeast Asia 888/208 Mahatun Plaza, 2ND Floor Ploenchit Road, Lumpini, Bangkok 10330, Thailand Tel: +66 2 253 6519 - 28 Fax: +66 2 253 6529 www.theirc.org
POSITION: COMMUNICATION OFFICER POSITION DESCRIPTION: The IRC-OPE is looking for a qualified and motivated candidate to fulfill the role of Communication Officer. He/She will work with a newly formed communications team and human resource department to develop and implement internal communications strategies to enhance communication flow and team work environment as well as effectively develop staff engagement within our growing organization. He/she will design and organize communication activities including bi-monthly internal newsletter, employee relation activities, updating email/video, produce and oversee production of information/communications products such as electronic staff orientation kit, brochures, video presentation, etc. REQUIREMENTS: • Bachelor's Degree in Communications, Public Relations or related fields. • Minimum 2 years experience in communications, HR, and/or creative fields. • NGO or international organization work experience desirable. • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. • Solid organizational skills, ability to work independently and collaboratively; self starter. • Strong written and verbal English and Thai. • Good computer skills: MS Office, graphic software, and e-mail/internet software. • Some travels upcountry. • Experience working in multi-cultural environment is a plus or delivering communications plans.
HOW TO APPLY: Please submit your application letter, CV, recent photograph and supporting documents in MS Word or PDF format to email@example.com
1.Account Manager : Jewellery experience an advantage but not essential • Must be able to manage several in-house accounts, sales experience also an advantage • Expats welcome • Excellent spoken and written English • Work under pressure
2.Jewellery Sample Production Manager • Excellent spoken and written English • Experience essential
3.3D Graphic Jewellery Designer • Must have experience • Good written and spoken English Any interested applicants, please email CV along with covering letter stating expected salary to
CONSULTANCY GROUP CO., LTD.
The well-known textile company for over 40 years is now hiring qualified
We are a fast growing International Jewellery company looking to recruit the following positions:
Faze Two Group (Thailand) Co., Ltd. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
❖ Male or Female, age ~ 25 years ❖ Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering ❖ Able to work at the factory (Nakornpathom)
Marketing & Sales Assistant
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Male or Female, age ~ 35 years Bachelor’s Degree in related field Good command of English or Japanese Experience in textile or fiber business is an advantage
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Male or Female, age ~ 25 years Bachelor’s Degree in Laws Good command of English Experience in related business is an advantage
Interested applicants please apply in person or send a fully detailed resume in English to
Thai Toray Textile Mills Public Co., Ltd. 6th Fl., Bubhajit Bldg., 20 North Sathorn Rd., Silom, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500 (For more information, please call Tel. 0 2266 6593-4 ext. 414 / 415) within May 20, 2008
CHEWATHAI LTD. is a newly established joint venture company set up to develop real estate busi-
ness in Thailand. Its main business focus will be condominium and housing estates developments. The joint venture partners are Singaporean and Thai investors with extensive business interests including engineering, construction, real estate development (in Singapore), estate management, manufacturing, leasing & financing services, industrial estates, car rental and non-life insurance. Chewathai Ltd. is urgently seeking the following management executives:
Finance & Accounts Manager Key responsibilities:
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Develop sales strategies and plans to achieve sales tagets. Prepare or cause to prepare all budgets, financial & sales projections. Drive volume and revenue growth to meet or exceed agreed sales targets.Manage overhead expenditures to budget levels. Ensure Net Earnings targets are met. Plan, implement , manage and supervise transparent avenues to engage outsourced venders. Perform in-depth financial analysis and promptly address profitability and financial issues. Present clear & timely reports to the company's executive team for consideration.Follow up on the executive team concerns and research issues in a timely and effective fashion. Establish systems and procedures to keep members of the executive team informed about the business status, needs, activities and profitability. Prepare comprehensive business plan, marketing plans, including regular analysis of the company's competition and market potential. To manage effectively the A&P (Anterior & Posterior) Accruals for Brand Building and product development. Oversee the hiring and development of a sales organiza tion appropriatefor the company's maturity/size. Establish compensation, training and sales incentive prgrams. Plan for ongoing sales operational needs, including tech nology, facilitis and equipment. Establish sales personnel policies and procedures that are effective and support the company's values. Responsible for operations management i.e. administration, supervision teams identifying problem areas and providing solution as well as solving ad hoc issues. Able to budget and manage profit and loss to meet agreed targets. Identify and develop new business opportunities in line with corporate objectives and command goals. Work closely with Board of Directors for development of strategies in line with corporate objectives and common goals. Manage and develop a workforce to increase the effec tiveness & efficiency. Manage Marketing functions and support functions to meet the Corporate Quality and Service.
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Age between 35 to 45 years old. Bachelor's degree or higher in Business/Marketing or other related field. Minimum 5 years experience as a senior management in real estate industry Strong leadership with very good people skill. Proven track record in business development will be an advantage. Work closely with new and existing customers to provide value add long-term business relationship. Actively participate in trade associations and other similar vehicles to raise our potentials for market penetration and brand awareness. Identify new customer/market opportunities, and coordi nate introduction of new products. Good analytical skill and logical thinking. Good command of written and spoken English and Thai.
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THE SPORT briefly James helps Cavaliers down Celtics in Game 3 LeBron James scored 21 points on another offshooting night, but Delonte West scored 21, Joe Smith had 17 and the Cleveland Cavaliers raced to a large, early lead in a 108-84 Game-3 victory over the road-challenged Boston Celtics. In Orlando, Richard Hamilton scored 32 points and Hedo Turkoglu missed a layup with time running out as Detroit took a 3-1 lead over Orlando in the Eastern Conference semi-finals. – AP
Kunchala grabs two gold for Kingdom
team will next face Indonesia. – Daily Xpress
Kunchala Voravichitchaikul helped Thailand to two gold medals at the World University Badminton Championships in Minho, Portugal. Kunchala paired up with Patipat Chalardchalaem to beat Wang Chia-min and Wang Peirong of Taiwan 21-16 22-24 21-18 for the mixed doubles title. Kunchala also teamed up with her regular partner Duanganong Aroonkesorn to brush aside their Japanese rivals Yui Nakahara and Mayu Sekiya 21-16 21-17 in the women's doubles. Thailand finsihed with two gold and a silver in the mixedteam competition. Meanwhile, the Thai team got off to a flying start in the Thomas Cup in Jakarta as they edged Germany 3-2 in their first group game yesterday. – Daily Xpress
Henin missing from Rome field
Thais open Futsal campaign with win Thailand opened its campaign in the Asian Futsal Championship with a narrow 1-0 victory over Iraq in their Group A match at the Hua Mark Indoor Stadium yesterday. The only goal of the game came from Panuwat Jantha. This win moved Thailand level on three points with early pacesetters Kyrgyzstan, who disposed of Indonesia 5-1. Thailand
World No 1 Justine Henin is the big name absentee from the Rome WTA Tier I International starting today. The Belgian French Open champion withdrew from the tournament citing fatigue following her elimination at the hands of Russian Dinara Safina in Berlin during the week. But despite missing the best clay court player in the world, the field will still contain seven of the world's top 10 players, including reigning champion Jelena Jankovic of Serbia. – AFP
Massa wins his third Turkish GP Felipe Massa of Ferrari has won his third straight Turkish Grand Prix. Massa finished ahead of Lewis Hamilton of McLaren and team-mate Kimi Raikkonen in the 58-lap Formula One race at Istanbul Speed Park circuit yesterday. Robert Kubica of BMW Sauber was fourth, ahead of team-mate Nick Heidfeld. Heikki Kovalainen of McLaren finished 12th after starting from second on the grid. – AP
DETROIT vs DALLAS
Henrik Zetterberg and Darren Helm scored first-period goals and the Red Wings beat the Stars to grab a 2-0 lead in NHL’s Western Conference.
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THAI TENNIS STAR
ENGLAND CRICKET CAPTAIN
[After losing Fukuoka final] “I was so tired and burnt out. My shoulder hurt and I couldn’t serve. I was fighting hard. Too bad I couldn’t close out the match >Page 46
“We are in a better position [to win the Ashes] now than we were a year before 2005. There are a lot of good players around...”
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Hiroyuki Fujita celebrates after winning the Pine Valley Beijing Open.
apanese star Hiroyuki Fujita battled through a gruelling final day of the Beijing Open to lift the title with a second straight even-par 72 yesterday. Fujita took a three-stroke lead at Pine Valley Golf Club to beat the elite field. The 39-year-old Japanese player shot two birdies against an equal number of bogeys in a wet and windy final round to take a total 12-under-par 276. "It was a tough, tough day. I'm just happy to be standing here with the trophy," said Fujita, who was one over after nine holes, but extended his lead to four strokes after a crucial birdie on the 13th. Compatriot Shintaro Kai claimed lone second place on 68, while Fijian Dinesh Chand enjoyed his best finish on the Asian Tour this season, firing his third consecutive 69 for a 280 total to end third. Thai’s Thongchai Jaidee, Prayad Marksaeng, Chinnarat Phadungsil and Chapchai Nirat were tied seventh with a score of 282. Kai tried to chase down the champion by firing two birdies on the last three holes, but Fujita held on to par the last five holes for the win. "After the birdie on the 13th hole, I knew that I was that much closer to the title. It was a difficult tournament to win. I had a six-stroke lead coming in today but I felt the pressure," said Fujita, a five-time winner on the Japan circuit. The player has been enjoying a steady run in the past year, recording 11 top-10 finishes in 2007 and ranking eighth on the money list. Kai, rated as one of the long hitters on the domestic circuit, finished in second place thanks to six birdies against two bogeys. "It was really cold out there and I had forgotten to bring my jacket today as I had left it at the hotel.
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Goydos leads, Garcia fades Spaniard bogeys final two holes to fall three strokes behind surprise leader after third round A F P , Ponte Vedra, Florida
aul Goydos, with only one top-25 finish since winning last January in Hawaii, fired a two-under par 70 to seize a one-stroke lead entering the final round of the US PGA Players Championship. Goydos, the only player with three sub-par rounds through 54 holes, stood on seven-under 209 entering the final round, leaving the 43year-old US journeyman one stroke ahead of compatriot Kenny Perry and three in front of Sergio Garcia. “We’re still jockeying for position,” Goydos said. “The golf course is, whew, it's hard.” Garcia had four bogeys in his final six holes after sharing the lead to stumble home with a 73. The Spaniard was stung by a 3-putt blunder from 10 feet at the island 17th hole and a 15-foot par miss at the 18th. “I went a little brain dead on 17 on my first putt, jammed it by,” Garcia said. “The last two days I've shot as high as I can shoot, but I
THE GOLF COURSE IS,WHEW,HARD Paul Goydos
still have a chance.” Goydos will claim a top prize of US$1.7 million at the $9 million event that would eclipse the total winnings from his best PGA season if he can turn his first-ever 54-hole PGA lead into victory.
Sorenstam turns on the heat Former world No 1 Annika Sorenstam outclassed topranked Lorena Ochoa in a head-to-head duel to keep a three-stroke lead after three rounds of the LPGA Michelob Ultra Open. The Swedish legend, a winner in 19 of the past 20 events she has led entering the final round, fired a two-under par 69 to stand on 14-under 199 after 54 holes at Kingsmill
with South Korean Jeong Jang three back after a 69. A birdie at the seventh and back-to-back 20-foot curving birdie putts at 13 and 14 gave Sorenstam a four-stroke lead on Jang after 17 holes. But she splashed her tee shot at 18 into the water and scrambled to rescue a bogey to keep the same lead as she had when she began the round. – AFP
Japanese star overcomes tough conditions to lift title; four Thais finish tied seventh
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RACE TO THE FINISH
Bordeaux keep the title hunt bubbling over; winner to be decided next week A F P , Paris
ordeaux maintained their title push with a 2-0 win against Sochaux which ensures their French championship duel with Lyon will go down to a nail-biting finale next week. Lyon, the six-time consecutive champions, emerged 1-0 winners from their home encounter with a Nancy team, fighting to retain third place, to maintain their two-point lead over Bordeaux. However, the display from Alain Perrin’s champions is likely to give Bordeaux renewed hope that Auxerre can cause an upset against Lyon in Burgundy next week.
Breather for PSG
Chamakh, right, was the star in Bordeaux’s 2-0 win over Sochaux, which ensured that his team remain within two points of leaders Lyon.
Paris Saint Germain moved out of the drop zone after a share of the points from a 1-1 draw with Saint Etienne that could prove beyond value. Thanks to 2-1 defeats for Lens and Toulouse by Lille and Rennes respectively, PSG move out of the relegation zone to fifth from bottom.
THIS [RELEGATION OF STRASBOURG] IS DISAPPOINTING BECAUSE WE HAD ALWAYS HOPED TO GET BACK ON TRACK Jean Marc Furnla
Strasbourg, however, were relegated, along with Metz whose fate was decide previously, following their 4-1 home defeat to Caen. Strasbourg coach Jean-Marc Furnla said: “We did not play well in the spring and this is a huge disappointment because we had always hoped of getting back on track. The players on show tonight wanted to fight for the team but they were not up to it.” After what was star striker Pauleta’s final home game for PSG, the Parisians’ top flight
fate, and that of Lens and Toulouse, will be decided in next week’s finale when the third and final relegation spot will be known. Bordeaux went in for the interval virtually level on points with the defending champions, thanks to Fernando’s strike in the dying seconds of the half. However Laurent Blanc’s title-chasers were lucky to escape conceding a penalty to Sochaux after just 13 minutes when Souleymane Diawara’s two-footed defensive tackle on Sebastien Grax caused uproar although a penalty was denied. Minutes later Sochaux had keeper Teddy Richert to thank after he produced an acrobatic save with his trailing leg to parry Marouane Chamakh’s drive from 15 yards. Richert then ran off his line after anticipating Chamakh’s attack and forcing the Bordeaux forward to send his attempted lob wide of the mark. Richert was finally beaten when Fernando found the net with a low angled shot following a corner in first-half injury time. After the restart Bordeaux doubled their lead thanks to the workmanlike Chamakh, who capped a superb cross from Benoit Tremoulinas with a header in the 57th minute.
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Platini looking for more glory
Turkish crown for Galatasaray
Uefa president wants to create ripples as an administrator as he did as a player
A F P , Istanbul
alatasaray claimed their 17th championship title as the Turkish league drew to a close. The Istanbul giants beat Genclerbirligi Oftasspor 2-0, finishing the season with 79 points, six points ahead of arch-rivals and last year’s champions Fenerbahce, who lost 0-2 against Trabzonspor. Galatasaray and Fenerbahce will now represent Turkey in the Champions League next season. The third place was clinched by Besiktas, who defeated Vestel Manisaspor 5-1 and became the second team after Kayseripor to go to the Uefa Cup.
A F P , Paris
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Michel Platini in front of a giant model of the official Uefa Euro 2008 football in Vienna.
XTRA M I C H E L P L AT I N I >> Top goalscorer and best player in the 1984 European Championships. >> Participated in three World Cups and reached semi-finals in 1982 and 1986. >> Part of ‘80s ‘magic square’ of midfielders who formed core of French team.
or the most gifted footballer of his generation Uefa president Michel Platini probably did not accrue the titles his talents deserved. But he will be hoping that Euro 2008 proves that as an administrator he can add to the one international crown he won with France at the European championships in 1984. The 52-year-old former French playmaker experienced many heartbreaks in his stellar career not least the Heysel Stadium tragedy when at the 1985 European Cup final between his side Juventus and Liverpool 39 died and over 600 were injured. However, showing the resilience that has marked his career – which also saw one of the most talented French sides in history lose out to the then West Germany in two World Cup semi-finals in 1982 and 1986 – he has climbed the political ladder to add his mesmerising on-pitch skills to the president’s chair. However, Platini, who enjoyed a roller-coaster ride as France coach when he took what looked like a modestly talented side to the 1992 Euro
finals and saw them exit in the first round, admits that had he not accepted the role of vicepresident of the organising committee of the 1998 World Cup finals, which hosts France won, he might never have acceded to the role he has now. “It was the request of [Sepp] Blatter in 1998 [now president of Fifa but then secretary-general] that I come on board for the organising committee of
the finals and also help him out,” Platini told L’Equipe magazine. “It is thanks to Blatter’s request that I am where I am today.” Platini, scorer of 41 goals in 72 matches, admits that becoming Uefa president was no easy ride, though, he showed the same silky skills lobbying that he did on the pitch hiding an iron will behind the seemingly laid back attitude.
Cash-strapped CSKA Sofia were awarded the Bulgarian league title, one round ahead of the end of the season. CSKA top the table with 75 points, 16 ahead of arch rival and the last two seasons’ champion, Levski Sofia, following their 1-1 draw in the Sofia derby on Saturday. CSKA had embarked on a selling spree ahead of the season and is currently experiencing financial difficulties after its Indian owner, Pramod Mittal, fell into debt problems with his troubled steelmaking plant in Sofia.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Tammy falls to Tomoko
NOPPADON HOLDS ON
n ailing Tamarine Tanasugarn squandered three championship points before surrendering to Japan’s Tomoko Yonemura 1-6 6-2 6-7 (8/10) in the title match of the $US50,000 Fukuoka International. Hampered by a hurting right shoulder and weariness from playing 10 matches in a fortnight, last week’s Gifu champion was three times a point away from her second straight trophy at 6-4 and 7-6 in the tie-break but fell short. "I was so tired and mentally burnt out. My shoulder hurt and I couldn’t serve,’’ Tamarine said, who was reduced to tears. "I was fighting really hard today. Too bad I couldn’t close out the match,’’ said Tamarine who has pulled out of next week’s Kurome event.
Thai star edges compatriot Ratchapol in a tense final 5-4
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Noppadon Noppachorn with his trophy.
or former world champion Noppadon Noppachorn, a long barren run finally ended in Suphan Buri yesterday, but at the expense of another local star, Ratchapol Pu-Ob-Orm. Noppadon lifted the 2008 SangSom Suphan Buri Cup following a 5-4 triumph. Ratchapol, the crowd favourite and also a former world champion, could not get going early in the match, but then turned what seemed to be a rout into a riveting battle. The crowd that flooded the Khum Suphan Hotel ballroom saw an engrossing battle, which got underway with a brilliant clearance of 138 points by Noppadon. This also earned Noppadon the highest
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tournament break prize of Bt15,000 besides the winner’s purse of Bt100,000. Noppadon followed the century break with a 65 in the sec-
ond frame and played with a confidence that is normally missing in Thai players when they are up against Ratchapol to capture a massive 3-0 lead.
Ratchapol, who has not won a local ranking tournament in the past four years, then turned into a potting machine to knock home breaks of 50, 74 and 51 to earn a 3-3 tie. Noppadon took the seventh, but Ratchapol hit back to draw level again. The deciding frame saw the balls favour Noppadon and he was not willing to let the opportunity of winning his first tournament in five years. The victory in the ninth frame was a foregone conclusion as Noppadon had taken massive 60-0 lead. The next ranking tournament of the season will take place at the Max-B Snooker & Pool House in Soi Udomsuk (Sukumvit 103) on May 20-25. Meanwhile, Jin Long of China won the Asian crown for the second time in his career when he beat young debutant Aditya Mehta of India 7-3 in the final on Saturday.
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(THA) 69-70-72-71, Chinnarat Phadungsil (THA) 65-69-76-72, Chapchai Nirat (THA) 75-68-68-71 283 - Bae Sang-moon (KOR) 6775-73-68, Gary Simpson (AUS) 7265-75-71 284 - Taichiro Kiyota (JPN) 69-7571-69, Scott Hend (AUS) 68-6878-70, Artemio Murakami (PHI) 7169-73-71, Gavin Flint (AUS) 73-7069-72 285 - Yasumasa Suzuki (JPN) 7470-74-67, Katsunori Kuwabara (JPN) 68-69-75-73, Koumei Oda (JPN) 70-73-69-73, Simon Griffiths (ENG) 71-68-72-74 286 - Kane Webber (AUS) 70-7376-67, Rahil Gangjee (IND) 72-6878-68, Iain Steel (MAS) 65-73-7969, Keith Horne (RSA) 70-73-7469, Zaw Moe (MYN) 72-70-75-69, Lu Wei-cih (TPE) 69-70-77-70, Kim Kyung-te (KOR) 69-69-76-72, Jason Knutzon (USA) 71-72-71-72 Players Championship Third round (USA unless noted): 209 - Paul Goydos 68-71-70 210 - Kenny Perry 68-70-72 212 - Sergio Garcia (ESP) 66-73-73 214 - Jeff Quinney 71-73-70, Phil Mickelson 70-73-71, Bernhard Langer (GER) 72-67 215 - Greg Kraft 75-72-68, Tom Lehman 73-73-69, Tim Petrovic 73-73-69, JB Holmes 72-72-71, Stuart Appleby (AUS) 72-72-71, Briny Baird 71-71-73, Boo Weekley 70-71-74 EPGA Italian Open Third round(GBR/IRL unless noted) 194 - Hennie Otto (RSA) 65-66-
63 198 - Robert Karlsson (SWE) 6861-69, Alvaro Velasco (ESP) 7064-64, Christian Nilsson (SWE) 67-67-64 199 - Phillip Archer 70-64-65, Ross McGowan 64-71-64 200 - Oliver Wilson 66-69-65, Gregory Havret (FRA) 70-67-63 201 - Anders Hansen (DEN) 6865-68, Estanislao Goya (ARG) 66-67-68, Marcel Siem (GER) 70-66-65, Marco Soffietti (ITA) 72-66-63 LPGA Michelob Ultra Open Third round (KOR unless noted) 199 - Annika Sorenstam (SWE) 64-66-69 202 - Jeong Jang 67-66-69 203 - Christina Kim (USA) 7067-66 205 - Maria Hjorth (SWE) 68-71-66 206 - Jee Young Lee 68-71-67, InBee Park 67-72-67, Candie Kung (TPE) 66-74-66, Ji-Young Oh 6969-68, Karen Stupples (GBR) 6769-70
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snooker Sangsom Suphan Buri Cup Final: Noppadon Noppachorn b Ratchapol Pu-Ob-Orm 5-4 (138(138)-4, 81(65)-1, 76-36, 3270(50), 7-74(74)-7, 47-79(51), 76-20, 39-76, 62-31) Asian Championship final: Jin Long (CHI) b Aditya Mehta (India) 7-3 (65-43, 1-101(101), 106(106)-0, 70-56, 67-14, 70-1, 27-50, 52-46, 47-70, 63-28)
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THE OLYMPIC ANTHEM
An Olympic Anthem composed by Spyros Samaras (music) and by Kostis Palamas (lyrics) was first played at the first Games in Athens. Thereafter, a variety of musical offerings provided the backgrounds to the Opening Ceremonies until 1960, since which time the Samaras/Palamas composition has become the official Olympic Anthem.
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By Preechachan Wiriyanupappong D A I LY X P R E S S
he National Sports Development Fund has decided to double cash incentives for Thailand’s athletes at the Beijing Olympic Games, with Bt10 million on offer for each gold won. Athletes who win gold will
receive Bt5 million, while an additional Bt5 million will be paid in monthly instalments for 20 years. Every silver medallist will be presented Bt6 million, consisting of Bt3m in cash and an additional Bt3m to be paid by instalments, while Bt4 million will go to each
bronze medallist, including Bt2 million in instalments. The payment by instalments is aimed at the welfare of Olympic medallists and their long-term financial support. So far, 36 athletes have earned berths to the Beijing At least two gold medals are expected from the boxing contingent. Olympics.
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Big bonanza awaits medallists