Monday, December 22, 2008 VOL 1, NO 243 dailyxpress.net
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GOOD MORNING BANGKOK!
The face of harmony By Chusit Wijarnjoragij
CONTROVERSY Nude calendars from alcohol companies are becoming a hot sell these days but getting the Public Health Ministry all steamed up >PAGE 2
t was a big honour – and pleasure – to be one of the artists chosen to paint a portrait of Their Majesties the King and Queen for Siam Commercial Bank’s 2009 calendar. I hope the painting channels my wish for the happiness and harmony of all who see it. The compliments we’ve already received from people means the fourmonth period of work has paid off for myself and all the artists involved. Hopefully, the portraits will remind us all of how hard Their Majesties work for their people.
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Monday, December 22, 2008
260,000 CHILDREN DIE from road accidents each year, according to the World Health Organisation
the crowds His Majesty the King’s dog, Khun Gaeng Kio Wan, jumps through blazing hoops at the Thailand Pet Festival 2008 at Rose Garden Riverside Hotel in Nakhon Pathom. Another of His Majesty’s dogs, Julius Caesar, also entertained the audience. The festival ended yesterday.
Licensed to thrill By Wannapa Phetdee D A I LY X P R E S S
he popularity of nude calendars by alcohol companies has been growing each year since the economic crisis that they have proven to be a hit. This year, however, they have become a controversy, pitting a manufacturer against the Public Health Ministry. Boon Rawd Brewery’s 2009 nude calendars for Leo beer is facing the wrath of the ministry, which says that it violates the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act of 2007. “Nude calendars have become popular again since the economic recovery,” says Witawat Jayapani, president of DAILY
the Advertising Association of Thailand. “And alcohol sellers have bigger budgets to spend on making these calendars as part of their sales promotion.”
Bt3 million to pose nude In 1985, a famous actress received Bt100,000 to pose nude. But during the economic crisis and with strong social opposition, alcohol companies did not gain as the desire for nude calendars waned, Witawat says. Then, as lately as 2001, another famous actress reportedly bagged as much as Bt3 million for posing nude. Anyone disseminating pictures of nudes or so-called
B E WA R E ! >> The distribution of calendars by alcohol companies violates Article 30 (5) of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act 2007. It prohibits distribution of any material or even free samples of alcoholic drinks. Article 32 prohibits advertising. >> Anyone violating Article 30 (5) faces up to six months in jail and/or a fine of up to Bt10,000. Violators of Article 32 face up to one year in jail and/or a fine of up to Bt500,000.
An alcohol manufacturer is feeling the heat from the Public Health Ministry over its calendars of nudes
“farm sex” or even posting Internet messages considered to provoke dangerous behaviour – such as persuading people to commit suicide – will probably be found guilty, says Culture Surveillance Centre director Ladda Thangsu-pachai.
Bill to tackle crimes She says the Judicial Council is considering if some part of a draft bill tackling such crimes should be changed or not before proposing it to the Cabinet and then the Senate for consideration. “The act is expected to be launched within three months,” she adds. Dr Saman Futrakul, director
of the ministry’s Alcohol and Tobacco Consumption Control, says he is monitoring Boon Rawd Brewery to see whether it will continue distributing the calendar. He warned the company last week not to do so or he would inform the police. Witawat believes that the distribution of nude calendars will face more resistance in the future. Top model Methinee “Luk Ked” Kingpayom was in charge of the controversial nude-calendar project for Leo beer. She has been leading the project for the past five years. Cheers beer is another which has gone in for such calendars this year.
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Monday, December 22, 2008
Dedicated researcher D A I LY X P R E S S
Prince of Songkhla University scientist who developed aquatic animal food technology that improves the fish-processing industry has been named Outstanding National Researcher by the National Research Council of Thailand. Professor Suthawat Benjakhul of Prince of Songkla University’s Faculty of AgroIndustry has over the past 10 years conducted nearly 200 studies in a bid to develop the technology. “Observing is an important skill for a researcher. When you face a problem, you have to think how to resolve it by using clear assumptions,” he says. “We have to make an effort
THE 41-YEAR-OLD SCIENTIST HAS ENHANCED THE COUNTRY’S COMPETITIVENESS IN WORLD MARKETS. to work on it again and again to produce a quality result. Nothing is too easy to reach,” he adds. A 41-year-old scientist, he graduated in food technology from Prince of Songkhla University, obtaining a masters
degree. He then received a Fulbright scholarship for a doctoral degree at Oregon State University in the United States. His prominent papers on the improvement in the quality of Surimi gel and the use of material from aquatic animal processing and preservation have been published in international journals. He also wrote “Chemical
Professor Suthawat Benjakul is named Outstanding National Researcher for his breakthrough in animal-food technology
Professor Suthawat in his workroom. substances and the quality of aquatic animals” and “The science and technology of Surimi fish”. These publications have created knowledge and given rise to technology development in the fish-processing industry, which has enhanced the country’s competitiveness in world markets.
Now, he is working to develop material from aquatic animal processing to be used as a new product. Moreover, he is studying about the development of shrimp. He believes his work will be a sustainable approach to developing and producing aquatic animal products.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Sotheby’s overtook Christie’s for the first time with sales of
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briefly Sing a duet with Elvis Sony BMG is using the magic of the digital age to let Elvis Presley lovers sing Christmas duets with their departed idol and send the songs in electronic holiday greeting cards. Those wishing to join Elvis in singing “Blue Christmas” can start their recording sessions at singwiththeking.com. The website plays visitors a recording of Elvis singing the song with country music star Martina McBride, and then provides visitors with a telephone number to call and take their shot at McBride’s part. – AFP
Hot pursuit The Japanese harpoon whaling vessel, the Yushin Maru No 2, is seen from Sea Shepherd Society’s MV Steve Irwin as the Sea Shepherd’s deck crew prepare a fast boat for pursuit. Sea Shepherd is chasing the Japanese whaling fleet to stop it from harpooning the giant animals. AP
Adults, too, hooked to videogames A F P , Washington
ideogames are not just for kids. A new survey has found that more than half of American adults aged 18 and older play videogames, and that about one out of five play every day or almost every day. According to the survey by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, 53 per cent of American adults aged 18 or older play videogames, although the number decreases significantly with age. Eighty-one per cent aged between 18 and 29 play videogames, 60 per cent of those aged between 30 and 49, 40 per cent of those aged between 50 and 64 and just 23 per cent of those aged 65 and older, the survey found. Men are more likely than women to play videogames.
CYBER-BULLIES IN CROSSHAIRS 45 American states update harassment laws to cover bullying and stalking through e-mails, text messages A P , St Louis
21-year-old woman accused of sending a vulgar text message to a 17-year-old girl is one of the first cases brought under a law against cyberbullying spurred by the suicide of a teenage girl following cruel messages. The 2006 death of 13-yearold Megan Meier prompted Missouri lawmakers to update the state harassment law earlier this year so that it now covers bullying and stalking done through electronic media, like e-mails or text messages. A handful of cases relating to electronic communication
have been filed statewide since the law took effect on August 28. In one of the new cases, Nicole Williams is accused of using electronic communications to harass a teenager in a dispute over a boy.
Fictitious personality The 17-year-old girl received voice messages with lewd and threatening comments, including some threatening rape. Williams told police others sent those messages from her phone, according to a probable cause statement. In a landmark cyberbullying
trial last month, Lori Drew, 49, of Missouri, was convicted in Los Angeles on misdemeanor federal charges of accessing computers without authorisation. Prosecutors said Drew and two others created a fictitious teenage boy on MySpace and sent flirtatious messages from him to neighbour Megan Meier, 13. The “boy” dumped Megan in 2006, telling her: “The world would be a better place without you.” Megan hanged herself. Now, about 45 states have updated their laws to address harassment through electronic communications or crafted new laws to respond to the concerns of cyberbullying or cyberstalking.
A suspected arsonist accused of killing 17 people in a fire in a Hong Kong karaoke bar has been charged with murder after 11 years on the run. Choi Kam-fai will appear in a Hong Kong court today to face charges of murder and arson in relation to the fatal attack in which karaoke customers were burnt to death. The 33-year-old is allegedly one of three members of a triad gang who hurled fire bombs into a crowded karaoke bar in January 1997. – DPA
Hilton robbed American socialite and heir Paris Hilton was robbed at one of her homes, with local media reporting that the burglar swiped US$2 million (Bt69 million) worth of jewellery and other valuables. The break-in took place at a home the young heir owns in the Sherman Oaks area northeast of Los Angeles, said police spokesman Richard French. “According to detectives, a man wearing a hooded sweatshirt forced entry through the front door and ransacked her bedroom,” said French. “Miss Hilton was not at home at the time.” – AFP
Monday, December 22, 2008
LEONARDO DICAPRIO, ON HIS CO-STAR KATE WINSLET IN “REVOLUTIONARY DIARY” “She takes on her character like a detective might survey a crime scene. Kate is the most talented actress of her generation.”
CELEBRITIES IN 2008
STARS AND SUPERNOVAS From bizarre baby names to Britney and Heath, that was one weird celebrity year By Rob Woollard AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
itter divorces, eccentrically named babies and a tragic death dominated the celebrity headlines in 2008 as Britney Spears began her long road to recovery after hitting rock bottom. When Spears was rushed to the psychiatric unit of a hospital in early January it looked as if the New Year would echo the previous 12 months, during which a clutch of troubled starlets were rarely out of the news. Spears’ long and tortured fall from grace appeared to be complete when she was wheeled out of her Los Angeles mansion strapped to a stretcher after a threehour custody stand-off involving her baby sons. Yet the drama of the meltdown was surpassed just weeks later, when she was again rushed back to hospital – this time in a police convoy.
A dark night Mercifully, however, the hospital drama signalled the nadir for Spears, whose fortunes began to change for the better. Her woes in January coincided with the death of Australian actor Heath Ledger. The 28-year-old Oscar-nominated star of “Brokeback Mountain” was found in his New York apartment after an accidental drug overdose.
Crazy baby names Meanwhile, with Spears out of the limelight, the tabloids were able to return to one of their favourite story genres – the celebrity birth. Nothing gripped the paparazzi quite like the arrival of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s newborn twins in July. The Hollywood power couple’s attempts to draw a veil of privacy over the births by relocating to the south of France were successful, and then in true A-List style, Vivienne Marcheline and Knox Leon were introduced to the world in a People magazine photo-spread. As baby names went, the Pitt-Jolie monikers were among the least adventurous this year. From Bronx Mowgli (born to Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz) to Zuma Rock (Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale), no name was deemed too quirky. “I’d say that this is the biggest double whammy since Moxie CrimeFighter [daughter of magician Penn Jillette] and Pilot Inspektor ‘son of actor Jason Lee],” said Linda Rosenkrantz, co-author of “The Baby Name Bible”.
Angelina Jolie added to her brood, giving birth to twins fathered by Brad Pitt.
The fascination with Ledger translated into a box-office phenomenon for the actor’s last completed film role, however, his portrayal of Batman villain the Joker propelling summer blockbuster “The Dark Knight” to a record cash haul.
Britney Spears was wheeled from her home on a stretcher in January, but by the end of the year was back in her old form.
Heath Ledger died of a drug overdose shortly after filming his role as the Joker in ‘The Dark Knight’.
Monday, December 22, 2008
OUT OF EVERY FOUR German youths play video games.
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Models dressed up as videogame characters were a hit with shutterbugs at the Asia Game Show 2008 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Wrapping up today, this year’s expo drew some 400,000 visitors.
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Heavyweight talent A-listers dominate the nominees for Golden Globe A F P , Beverly Hills, California
he big names in Hollywood talent are among the nominees for the Golden Globe Awards, with Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep and Angelina Jolie all picking up nods. No one film has emerged as the overwhelming favourite, with love story “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”, political thriller “Frost/Nixon” and “Doubt” sharing five nominations each.
“Button”, an adaptation of an F Scott Fitzgerald short story, stars heartthrob Pitt as a man who ages in reverse. The film faces competition in the best picture race from "Slumdog Millionaire”, “Frost/Nixon”, “The Reader” and “Revolutionary Road”. Pitt’s rivals in the best actor drama race include DiCaprio, who plays a frustrated 1950s suburbanite in “Revolutionary Road”, Sean Penn, a trailblazing gay politician in “Milk”, Frank Langella, disgraced US President Richard Nixon in “Frost/Nixon” and Mickey Rourke, a washed up brawler in “The Wrestler”.
THE ENVELOPE PLEASE >> The Golden Globe Awards will be be held on January 11. >> For the full list of nominees, see www.GoldenGlobes.org.
In the best actress drama race Pitt saw partner Jolie nominated for her performance as a mother searching for her son in Clint Eastwood’s period film “Changeling”. Other nominees included Anne Hathaway for “Rachel Getting Married”, Streep for her performance as a tyrannical nun in “Doubt”, Kristin Scott Thomas in “I’ve Loved You So Long” and Kate Winslet for her role opposite DiCaprio in “Revolutionary Road”.
Dote,Dad,but don’t get weird Actor Theradej “Ken” Wongpuapan is so proud of his four-month-old son Khunnatham that he changes the wallpaper on his mobile phone – adding the latest baby photo – as often as the kid’s diapers. Well, okay, Ken doesn’t actually switch the pictures because he’s low- Ken tech, but he enlists the help of Sunisa Jet, his co-star on the soap series “Jai Rao”. Yes, lots of dads show off their kiddie snaps, but do they sit around at work sniffing their toddlers’ bonnets? When the toddlers aren’t wearing them? Ken insisted his boy’s cap just happened to end up in his bag that day. And it sure does smell great.
History’s echoes A couple of observations and nothing more: ML Nattakorn “Pleum” Devakula rides the bus and walks as he canvases the city in the hope of becoming Bangkok’s governor; Chamlong Pleum Srimuang rode a bike on his campaign for the post. Pleum is competing as an independent against the big political parties, and so did Chamlong. Pleum is the election’s Candidate No 8, and so was Chamlong. Chamlong polled more than 400,000 votes to win the race, and Pleum is praying like crazy.
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Monday, December 22, 2008
Building on dreams The upcoming ‘Architect ’09’ fair draws attention to the profession’s involvement with community projects
By Kupluthai Pungkanon D A I LY X P R E S S
he Association of Siamese Architects celebrates its 75th anniversary next year with a showcase that will see its members taking a good look at where they really want to be. The “Architect ’09’ fair on the theme “Re-Vision” is scheduled to run from April 29 to May 3 at the Impact Exhibition and Convention Centre. Chief organiser Smith Obayawat says the time has come for Thai architects to re-examine their responsibilities. “We are deeply affected by our fast paced lifestyle and suffer from an overflow of information and communication,” he says. “Architects should serve the people and build dwellings rather than monuments that only satisfy their egos.” Community service is the new ambitious goal for the association, whose ongoing projects include the Orphan Home, a collaboration with the Thai Red Cross Society, the Art for All Village, a housing development for the disabled where art is used as a tool to improve quality of living, a playground for a congested community in Min Buri district, and the preservation of Wat Pong Sanuk in Lampang province. “Architects are often perceived as expensive, although we actually look for opportunities to do something for the community. For exam-
ARCHITECTS SHOULD SERVE THE PEOPLE AND BUILD DWELLINGS RATHER THAN MONUMENTS THAT ONLY SATISFY THEIR EGOS. ple, I’ve designed monks’ chambers in Hawaii,” he adds. “We live in a complex society. There is much that needs to be improved.” Smith says there are no real trends for the coming year, with most developers still opting for modern Western-style houses and buildings. “The focus is still on whether we use too much power, consume too many resources or if what we are building is too expensive,” he says. “Personally I find all the talk about the ‘green concept’ nothing but public relations propaganda. Architecture is far more complex than that. What we really want is to create a saving energy building and to do we need more resources.” Exhibition highlights at the fair include Phra Meru architecture, designs that emphasise His Majesty the King’s sufficiency economy philosophy and how the association views the future.
Monday, December 22, 2008
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A playful explorer when it comes to the more obscure tunes, American jazz singer Alice Day is now back at the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit’s Living Room. Known as “The Lady”, she’s performing until February 1 with the Shawn Kelley Trio and the Randy Cannon Power Trio. Catch them Tuesday till Thursday and any Sunday at 9pm or Friday and Saturday at 9.30. Check out the vibes at www.SheratonGrandeSukhumvi t.com
Banking on Rattanakosin “Kwam Ob Un Heang CheewitNo 2” by Kittiong Suriyathongchuen is one of works on display at the newly opened Krung Thai Art Gallery on Yaowaraj Road. The exhibition, which runs through the end of the year, showcases Krung Thai Bank’s collection of works by Thai artists as well as prize-winning paintings. The gallery is open from 9 to 4 Monday to Friday and is also home to a shop and a small library with books on art from the Rattanakosain era and Chinese history.
Cinderella is in Bangkok Award-winning actress Lea Salonga plays the title role in the musical “Cinderella”, which is thrilling audiences of all ages until Wednesday at Muangthai Ratchadalai Theatre. Tickets cost from Bt1,000 and Bt4,000 from Thaiticketmajor.com.
Siam through a canvas window National artists Pichai Nirund and Preecha Thaothong, Teerawat Kamana, Netikorn Shinyo and Jintana Piamsiri, illustrators of His Majesty the King’s book “Mahajanaka”, portray Thai culture in “Siam Scenes” showing at Number 1 Gallery until January 1. The gallery is in the basement of Silom Galleria on Silom Road. For details, call (02) 630 3381 or (081) 567 9671.
Monday, December 22, 2008
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For a better future The Mirror Foundation invites Thais to donate second -hand books for its “Reading to build the nation for a change” project. The foundation, which aims to get one million books, asks that donors carefully screen the titles to match the project’s objective of “change” and points out that children will select books which match their interests. Books must be sent directly to the foundation as there is no budget available to arrange collection. Send your parcels to 41 Lert Panya Building ninth floor, room 906, Sri Ayutthaya Road, Phya Thai, Bangkok 10400. For more information call (081) 018 3004 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Life on the ocean waves On January 17 and 18, English radio sta-
tion Wave FM 88, is organising “Wave Sailing to Freedom”, and exclusive trip with a fun sailing workshop by sailing professionals from Blue Wave and Yachtpro International Sailing School on the turquoise waters off the Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Jomtien Beach, Pattaya. For details on how to join, visit www.WaveFM88.com or call (02) 714 3988.
The beauty of impermanence Distract your mind from economic woes by focusing on the impermanence of everything in this life at the Perishable Beauty Exhibition, which runs at Thailand Creative & Design Centre until February 22. The show features thousands of stunning antiageing formulas and also looks at mummification. It's open daily from 10.30 to 9, except Mondays. Admission is free. Call (02) 64 8448.
Monday, December 22, 2008 THIS YEAR, THE MEDIAN TIME Americans spent working, which included housekeeping and studying, was 46 hours a week while the median time spent playing was just 16 hours.
love scope BY EUGENIA LAST
In Panpuri there is purity
December 22 to 26, 2008
ARIES March 21-April 19
You’ll discover love in unusual places. A challenge that gets you involved in something you’ve never done before will lead to an encounter with someone you cannot resist. The wild card of love will be your ticket to fun, adventure and romance. TAURUS April 20-May 20
Don’t trust anyone who comes on too strong or makes unrealistic promises. Someone who may be a good talker but isn’t telling you the whole truth, will tempt you. Proceed with caution by sidestepping intimacy for now. GEMINI May 21-June 20
Vorravit Siripark says we can travel through time, borne by different scents alone
You can dance-the-dance and talk-the-talk when it comes to love. Someone will be dazzled with your spontaneous nature and clever rhetoric. Engage in conversations that stimulate you mentally and heighten your imagination physically. CANCER June 21-July 22
Long distance romance via Internet dating sites will lead to unusual connections. You may be honest about who you are and what you are looking for in a relationship but chances are good whoever you encounter will not be as truthful.
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LEO July 23-August 22
By Kupluthai Pungkanon D A I LY X P R E S S
hailand’s not short of spas – this much we know. Anyone getting into the business had better have a unique selling point and top-quality services, says Vorravit Siripark, whose company Puri distributes the Panpuri spa and aromatherapy products. “People are more sophisticated now – they know what they want – so the business is quite challenging and competitive,” he says. “The Thai brands are strong in natural, oriental, exotic ingredients, but weak in packaging.” Vorravit’s master’s degree in luxury-foods management from Milan, Italy, is paying off. “My studies were very specialised, focusing on business, marketing and managing high-
end brand names. As a student I did research on the potential for spa businesses in Thailand, before the boom started.” Panpuri has been offering top-quality spa and personalcare products, often customised, since 2003. They’re found in spas, resorts and department stores in 21 countries,
including in Europe. The success of Panpuri, Vorravit says, begins with its name. Pan, or panya, is Sanskrit for “wisdom, the awakening of the mind”, and puri has multiple meanings in several languages.
In India it refers to the holy city of Orissa. In Bahasa Indonesia it means “palace”, suggesting luxury, and it suggests “purity” in English, French, Italian and Spanish. Panpuri adds Eastern sophistication, the subtle scents of its essential oils – jasmine, lemongrass, ylang ylang, sandalwood and more – and impressive packaging. “I like to think of Panpuri products as having a personality,” says Vorravit. “It could be a Mister, Miss or Missus. If it happens to be a lady, she has many dimensions – elegance, sophistication, and yet a unique heritage in the modern world. “I believe people can travel through time when they smell different scents. To me, the smell of jasmine reminds me of my childhood with my grandmother. She gave me refreshing drinks with jasmine blossoms floating in them.”
Don’t let love cost you financially. You can put your heart on the line but, if you put your cash too, you will lose on both counts. Get out and have fun but protect your heart and don’t be too willing to give in to the physical temptation you face. VIRGO August 23-September 22
You deserve a break when it comes to having some fun and finding love. There will be sudden changes in your attitude if you get out and try your hand at something a little different. A chance meeting with someone will lead to love. LIBRA September 23-October 22
You’ll be easily swayed by someone who knows how to please you but don't be surprised if this gets a rise out of someone who has had his or her eye on you for some time. Consider what both suitors have to offer before making a final choice. SCORPIO October 23-November 21
Someone from your past may cause you to second-guess your current relationship. Take it slow so as not to make an irreversible mistake that might mean losing the love of your life. Don’t be swayed by the heat of a moment. SAGITTARIUS November 22-December 21
You’ll dazzle whoever you come in contact with. Your extraordinary self-presentation and the way you make whoever you are with feel special will certainly help you gather plenty of potential partners. Don’t lead anyone on. CAPRICORN December 22-January 19
Don’t be too quick to fall in love. You have to take your time and make sure that whoever you choose is right emotionally, mentally, physically and financially. An unequal match will turn into a lifelong liability. Be smart. AQUARIUS January 20-February 18
Don’t make a commitment if you are uncertain about whether or not you want to spend the rest of your life with someone. You are innovative and imaginative enough to hold someone’s interest without making a long-term promise. PICES February 19-March 20
If you feel uncertain about someone, follow your instincts and hold back until the person gives you ample reason to trust him or her. A lack of information regarding this person’s past may be a deciding factor in your future together.
Monday, December 22, 2008
TO DO buy it! There are things we can’t do without, and some of them are here.
Wake up and watch AJL308 is an alarm clock, radio, photo frame, video player and music player all in one. It has a bright, 16:9, seven-inch LCD screen on which you can view your favourite photos and videos, which you can save along with music on a USB drive or SD card and plug in to this little (209x169x91mm) beauty, which sells of a suggested Bt6,990.
So go ahead and take your pick! The A900 click starter Sony’s alpha DSLR-A900 is the top-of-the-line camera with a 35mm full-frame image sensor and 24.6-megapixel resolution. It comes with a three-inch display and HDMI output with PhotoTV HD compatibility. It supports 5fps burst mode and the shutter speed gets as fast as 1/8000 of a second. Measuring 156x117x82mm, the A900 without lens has a suggested retail price of Bt95,990.
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Monday, December 22, 2008
TO SEE on tv
The Last Man on Planet Earth A futuristic look at Earth after a biological warfare plague has wiped out nearly all the male population. Cinemax (TrueVisions), 8pm
Pride and G lory
A family of N ew York City Po against each other in the lice officers are pitted investigatio bust that w n of ent Norton, Colin horribly wrong. Stars E a drug dward Farrell, Noah Voight. ★★★ Emmerich a nd Jon
Transporter 3 Driver Frank Martin (Jason Statham) has a new assignment: deliver the feisty daughter of a Ukrainian official from Marseilles to Odessa. For added excitement, Martin is fitted with a bracelet that will explode if he fails to make his delivery on time. ★★
Open Season A domesticated grizzly bear stranded in the woods, forms an unlikely friendship with a fast-talking mule deer. HBO (TrueVisions), 6.01pm
Happy Birthday Director Pongpat Wachirabunjong’s follow-up to “Me … Myself” stars Ananda Everingham as Then, a travel photographer who becomes close to Pao (Chayanan Manomaisantiphap), a tour guide. The two vow to stay together until death do them part and when Pao falls into a
coma, Then proves he is a man of his word. With
stars. Also at Krungsri IMAX. ★★★
English subtitles at some cinemas. ★★★★
The Day the Earth Stood Still
Jigsaw might be dead, but his grisly traps live on. Costas Mandylor stars as a detective trying to piece things together. At SF
In this update of the 1951 sci-fi classic, Keanu Reeves plays an alien who comes to warn Earthlings of their impending doom. Jennifer Connelly also
Twilight A teenage girl (Kristen Stewart) risks everything when she falls in love with a vampire (Robert Pattinson). Based on the first book in a series of novels by Stephenie Meyer. ★★★
A champion swimmer with a troubled past enrols in the US Coast Guard’s “A” School, where he learns some hard lessons about loss, love, and self-sacrifice. Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher star. Star Movies (TrueVisions), 8pm
Darkness Falls A vengeful spirit takes the form of the Tooth Fairy to exact vengeance on the town that lynched her 150 years earlier. Her only opposition is the child, now grown up, who survived her before. True Movie Hits (TrueVisions), 10.30pm
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
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Phanom “T ony Jaa” Ye erum co-dir magnum o ect pus, starrin g as a fierce s his rior who ha young wars only a tast e English su btitles at so for vengeance. With me cinemas. ★ ★★★
‘Happy Birthday’ stars Chayanan Manomaisantiphap.
Beverly Hills Chihuahua A pampered lap dog named Chloe (voiced by Drew Barrymore) finds herself accidentally lost in the mean streets of Mexico. ★★
Monday, December 22, 2008
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TO SEE on dvd REGION 3
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Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s dark drama is about a Japanese family that disintegrates after its patriarch loses his job. In
Keira Knightley plays Georgiana Cavendish, a beautiful and clever woman who becomes a celebrity of British high society when she marries the Duke of Devonshire.
Japanese with Thai and English subtitles at House and the Lido. ★★★★
At the Lido. ★★★
The Orphanage An adopted child awakens old memories for Laura (Belen Rueda) and her husband Carlos (Fernando Cayo), and the couple buys the creeky old orphanage where Laura was raised. Soon the past begins to haunt her and what’s real and what’s imagined are difficult to see. In Spanish with English and Thai subtitles at the Scala. ★★★★
Burn After Reading In this black comedy by the Coen brothers, a disk containing the memoirs of a fired CIA agent (John Malkovich) ends up in the hands of two unscrupulous gym employees (Brad Pitt and Frances McDormand). At the
Asato (Teppei Koike) has the power to transfer other people’s wounds to his own body. His strange healing powers lead to a friendship with the troubled Takeo. In Japanese
Produced by the man who etched the tiger on Angelina Jolie’s back, spiritual tattoo master Noo Kanpai, this action drama tells the story of a man empowered by an inked alphabet. With
with Thai and English subtitles at House. ★★★★
English subtitles at some cinemas.
Lido and Paragon Cineplex. ★★★★
James Bond: Sean Connery This box set, devoted to arguably the best actor to play 007, contains “Dr. No”, “From Russia With Love”, “Goldfinger”, “Thunderball”, “You Only Live Twice”, “Diamonds Are Forever” along with a special, “Bond Girls Are Forever” and a behind-thescenes package. Languages are English, Spanish, Portuguese and Thai plus Mandarin and Korean subtitles. Prices start Bt1,120. – Daily Xpress
Apex Lido: (02) 252 6498 Siam: (02) 251 3508 Scala: (02) 251 2861 www.ApexSiam-Square.com
Century – The Movie Plaza (02) 247 9940 www.CenturyTheMoviePlaza.com
House (02) 641 5913-4 www.HouseRama.com
Major Cineplex/EGV Bangkok: (02) 515 5555 Chiang Mai: (053) 283 939 www.MajorCineplex.com
Major Hollywood Bangkok: (02) 718 7999 www.MajorHollywood.co.th
Paragon Cineplex (02) 129 4635 IMAX: (02) 129 4631 www.ParagonCineplex.com
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Critical consensus ★★★★★ = Must see! ★★★★ = Solidly entertaining ★★★ = It’s okay ★★ = Barely watchable ★ = Don’t bother
Close to Home By John McPherson
Calvin and Hobbes
By Brian Basset
By Paul Gilligan
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By Bill Watterson
Monday, December 22, 2008
Red and Rover
Monday, December 22, 2008
The last word in
By Eugenia Last
Today’s Birthday You can secure your position financially and professionally by staying on top of your investments and sticking to conservative alternatives. Selling big ticket items or property will help you get things back on track. Reassess your relationships and consider who’s costing you too much emotionally or financially. Be secretive about your intentions concerning emotional issues.
Saturday’s Puzzle Answer Complete the grid so that every row, column and 3x3 box contains every digit from 1 to 9 inclusively.
ARIES *** March 21-April 19 Do whatever you can to push forward with a partnership or to protect your interests from someone who may want to take advantage of you. Don’t be fooled by anyone offering compliments. TAURUS *** April 20-May 20 As long as you keep things straight when it comes to personal matters or relationships, you can achieve whatever you set out to do. Talks will help clear matters up one way or another. GEMINI *** May 21-June 20 Stay focused on what you are trying to accomplish. If you let your emotions get involved in your business affairs, it will backfire. An energetic, innovative approach will be what grabs attention.
DIFFICULTY RATING ★
CANCER ***** June 21-July 22 Changes are heading your way so take advantage of every opportunity to promote your talent. Talks will lead to some great ideas but question anyone who wants to partner with you. LEO ** July 23-Aug. 22 Don’t let a love relationship get you down. A business opportunity that you’ve been trying to get off the ground shows potential if you can spread the word among associates. Get out and network.
CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY
VIRGO **** Aug. 23-Sept. 22 Last minute shopping or talking to someone about your future intentions will both pay off in terms of what you achieve. Brings the family together and make this time of year special for everyone. LIBRA *** Sept. 23-Oct. 22 Don’t take things to heart. Everyone around you is overreacting and stressed out. Do your best to help out by relying on your creative imagination to come up with workable solutions. Love is on the rise. SCORPIO *** Oct. 23-Nov. 21 Emotions will be high and tempers short if you don’t pay close attention to the needs of the ones with whom you are most involved. Elders may be demanding but don’t neglect the one you love. SAGITTARIUS *** Nov. 22-Dec. 21 A personal relationship is likely to run into trouble if you aren’t prepared to make the next move. Changes at home will occur if you don’t follow through with a promise made a long time ago.
Actress Diane Sawyer is 63. Musician Robin Gibb (The Bee Gees) is 59. Actor Ralph Fiennes is 46. Actress Dina Meyer is 40. Actress Lauralee Bell is 40. Actress/singer Vanessa Paradis is 36. Actress Heather Donahue is 34.
CAPRICORN **** Dec. 22-Jan. 19 You can make some major headway today if you act fast. The better equipped you are for the holiday season and the more efficient your budget for the upcoming months, the happier you will feel. AQUARIUS ** Jan. 20-Feb. 18 Don’t let anyone talk you into something you aren’t sure about. Purchasing something for someone else can turn into a chore. Before hitting the stores, have a good list and a backup plan. PISCES ***** Feb. 19-March 20 You mustn’t be fooled into thinking you are getting one thing when in truth you are not. Ask questions and be prepared to walk away if need be. A partnership will lead to a brighter future.
Greenpeace is taking action all over the world for our planet's future. We need individuals dedicated to the hard work and professional standards that millions of members worldwide expect of the world’s leading environmental campaigning organization. Greenpeace Southeast Asia (GPSEA) employs around 60 staff throughout its existing offices in Bangkok, Jakarta and Manila. Established in 2000, GPSEA currently operates and runs environmental campaigns in Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines. Inspired by the vision to be the leading and most compelling environmental organization in Southeast Asia, we are looking for passionate, creative, and dynamic team players who want to make a difference.
Communications Director As part of the Senior Management Team, the Communications Director will be responsible for developing and ensuring the implementation of Greenpeace's communications strategy in Southeast Asia, aligned with agreed campaign, fundraising and organizational objectives. The main responsibilities for this position include the following: ● ●
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Design and implement a comprehensive communications plan and program for GPSEA Provide strategic communications advise and input to the Executive Director and the Senior Management Team (SMT) in the implementation of communication programs in support of Greenpeace overall objectives Lead, motivate and manage the Communications Department and provide guidance and support to Communications Staff in the development of departmental and individual work plans Prepare and manage the budget and expenditures of the Communications Department Improve GPSEA’s organizational reputation and brand recognition with key stakeholders and audiences and maintain positive relations with the press and electronic media Oversee the creation and execution of large-scale, web-based campaigns and strategies to expand awareness of GPSEA’s activities and on-line presence Oversee the effective maintenance and provision of support for the organization’s IT systems, network and websites
Human Resources Senior Advisor Reporting to the Executive Director, the Human Resources Senior Advisor will be directly responsible for developing and implementing HR strategies and development programs in support of Greenpeace Southeast Asia's goals and objectives. The main responsibilities for this position include the following: ●
Develop, align and implement HR management and development programs taking into account the organization’s long-term needs for expansion and growth ● Lead the development and implementation of an incentive-based performance management system ● Develop and propose systems for building staff morale and motivation including organizing team building and leadership development programs ● Provide strategic support relating to HR management and procedures Qualifications and Skills Required: ● ●
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At least 5 years senior management and team leadership experience Strong planning, organizing, budget management and problem solving skills Good interpersonal skills and team player with proven ability to manage, motivate and supervise people Relevant tertiary academic qualifications, background in environmental work and/or knowledge of environmental issues desirable Knowledge and hands-on experience in strategic communications and marketing concepts, principles, methodology and techniques, public relations, brand management, mass-networking, public engagement, new media. communication principles, media and direct (e)mail Contacts in regional/global media networks and experience with implementation of global communication strategies across multiple media platforms Experience working in a non governmental organization, or media organization Excellent written and verbal English skills, fluency in one or more Southeast Asian languages preferred Willingness to work outside core working hours and to travel frequently within Southeast Asia
Listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand, Laguna Resorts & Hotels is Thailand’s largest integrated resort operator in Phuket comprising Banyan Tree Phuket, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket, Sheraton Grande Laguna Phuket, Laguna Beach Resort, Laguna Holiday Club Resort and a wide range of resort amenities and services. Our Phuket operations are complimented by Banyan Tree Bangkok hotel, centrally located in Bangkok’s central business district. We are currently seeking candidates for the following positions.
SENIOR MANAGER - PROPERTY LEGAL Requirements ❁ Thai, age 35-40 years ❁ Bachelor’s degree or higher in Laws ❁ Strong legal knowledge with experience in laws of property and land development ❁ Good interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently and under time pressure ❁ Proficiency in written English and communication skills ❁ Good computer skills ❁ Based in Phuket
SECRETARY TO ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT - LEGAL Requirements ❁ ❁ ❁ ❁ ❁ ❁ ❁
Thai, female, age 25-35 years Bachelor’s degree in Secretarial, Laws or related field Minimum 3 years working experience in executive secretarial work with international companies Good interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently Good computer skills of Microsoft Office Program Mature with pleasant personality Based in Bangkok
Applicants are invited to submit a detailed resume in English, stating current as well as expected salaries, and a recent photograph. An attractive remuneration package will be offered to the successful candidates. Please mail, fax or email to: Human Resources Department, Laguna Resorts & Hotels Public Company Limited 21/11, 21/12B, 21/13, 21/65B, 21/67, 21/68A, 6th Floor, Thai Wah Tower 1, South Sathorn Road, Bangkok 10120 Tel. 0-2677-4455 ext. 272, 862 Fax: 0-2677-4455 ext. 265 Email: email@example.com
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At least 5 years hands-on experience in a Senior Human Resources Development position, preferably with an international organization Strong management, planning, organizing, coaching and problem solving skills, able to confront issues and achieve effective resolution Appropriate tertiary qualifications in related fields eg Psychology, Behavioural Sciences, Human Resources, Professional Education, etc. Cross cultural sensitivity and experience working with other Asian cultures desirable Excellent spoken and written English, fluency in one or more Southeast Asian language(s) a plus Computer literate, familiarity with relevant computer programs and database systems Experience and familiarity with labour laws in Thailand, Philippines and Indonesia would be an advantage Willingness to work outside core working hours and to travel frequently within Southeast Asia
Please email your application in English with latest CV, photo and expected salary to firstname.lastname@example.org Deadline for all applications: Jan 15, 2009
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Monday, December 22, 2008
THE SPORT briefly The Baltimore Ravens used two late touchdowns yesterday to beat the Dallas Cowboys 33-24 in the last National Football League regular-season game to be played at Texas Stadium. Willis McGahee ran 77 yards for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter, then fullback Le’Ron McClain ran 82 yards for a score with 93 seconds to play McGahee as the Ravens continued their push for an AFC wild card berth. – AFP
Titiya Plucksataporn shot a twoover 74 in the final round of the US$250,000 Orient China Ladies Open yesterday to finish the tournament equal 10th, best among the 11 Thais in the field for the national championship. The Bangkok-native posted an erratic round of three birdies, three bogeys and one double bogey to finish the 54-hole tournament with an aggregate score of three-over 219, 14 strokes behind South Korea’s Choi Heyong’s winning margin. – Agencies
South Africa cruise to famous victory South Africa completed the second-highest successful run chase in Test history as they made 414-4 to beat Australia in the first Test in Perth. The tourists began the final day on 227-3, with Jacques Kallis (57) and AB de Villiers at the crease. Mitchell Johnson removed Kallis – his 11th wicket of the match – at 303-4. But de Villiers made a sparkling 106 not out, adding 111 for the fifth wicket with debutant JP Duminy (50 not out) as the Proteas cruised home. – Agencies
Valuev stops a defiant Holyfield Nikolai Valuev ended any hope
LYON vs CAEN
Seven-time champions Lyon are in customary position midway the French League with striker Karim Benzema providing the finishing touch.
Ravens soar past Dallas Cowboys
Titiya finishes in the top 10
of Evander Holyfield winning a fifth heavyweight title, narrowly defending his WBA title by majority decision. The 46-yearold American started the fight brightly, moving around the ring to neutralize Valuev’s long reach advantage. One judged scored the bout a draw, while the others had Valuev winning 116-112 and 115-114. – AP
Lakers lose to Magic, drop 2 games All of a sudden, the Los Angeles Lakers are slumping. The Lakers wasted a season-high 41 points from Kobe Bryant and dropped consecutive games for the Nelson first time this season with 106103 loss to the host Orlando Magic. Jameer Nelson scored 27 points and Rashard Lewis added 22 for the Magic, who won their fourth straight game. – DPA
India hit back after Pietersen ton India dealt two late blows to leave England fighting for survival in the second Test after Kevin Pietersen had lifted the tourists with a robust 144. England ended the third day’s play on a shaky 282-6. – AFP
Striker Rooney to the rescue as Red Devils win the Club World Cup AFP, Yokohama, Japan
ayne Rooney came to the rescue as Manchester United beat South American champions Liga de Quito 1-0 yesterday to win the Club World Cup and lift one of the few trophies to have eluded them. The England striker pounced in the 73rd minute after being set up by Cristiano Ronaldo, with United rallying to victory after Nemanja Vidic was needlessly sent off for a deliberate elbow early in the second half. His goal gave them an unprecedented treble this year, with the English and European champions now able to call themselves world champions, helping silence those who have criticised the long trip here.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s men also became the first British team to win the tournament, putting them alongside Italy’s AC Milan and Brazil’s Internacional and Sao Paulo. “I’m very happy because we won this with 10 men,” said Rooney. “To be crowned the best in the world is a great achievement. We are all very proud because we’ve worked hard. “To score the winning goal in a match like this is a great feeling for me personally.” Conscious that he needs fresh legs for Stoke City on Friday, Ferguson made a number of changes to the side that beat Gamba Osaka on Thursday, with Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs, Paul
Scholes and Nani relegated to the bench.On a windy night, Ronaldo was clearly a marked man and was heavily tackled twice in the opening minutes as the Ecuadorians made their intentions clear. It was Liga who created the first chance, almost taking the lead on four minutes when Jairo Campos beat the offside trap from a freekick but fluffed his shot. United though soon found their feet and Rooney chested down a through ball from Vidic just inside the box on 10 minutes and unleashed a fierce shot that goalkeeper Jose Cevallos did well to punch away. He tested Cevallos again minutes later when he sent another powerful drive towards goal which the keeper deflected for a corner. Ronaldo was putting on a show for the 68,000 fans, em-
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Nikolai Valuev BOXER AFTER DEFEATING HOLYFIELD
“He was a strong opponent and he made me work very hard for the win. It was a challenging fight, it was a hard fight, he was unbelievably fast with his punches. I am proud to have fought him, it was a fast-paced fight.”
Manchester United after winning the final over Ecuador’s Liga De Quito in the Fifa Club World Cup.
TO SCORE THE WINNING GOAL IN A MATCH LIKE THIS IS A GREAT FEELING FOR ME PERSONALLY. Wayne Rooney ploying his full bag of tricks. Liga maintained their discipline and tried to keep possession but there was nothing they could do when Rooney and Tevez combined superbly to feed Rafael on the right, with the young Brazilian forc-
ing yet another good save. Park Ji-sung should have put United one up but volleyed over from six yards and the two sides went to the break all square. United got off to the worst possible start in the second half when Vidic was given a straight red card on 49 minutes for elbowing Claudio Bieler. Despite being down to 10 men, United knuckled down, with Ronaldo troubling Cevallos with a long range strike and Rooney getting a header on target. With the game looking like it could go either way, Michael Carrick slipped the ball to Ronaldo who deftly laid it off to Rooney and the 23-year-old made no mistake, side-footing beyond Cevallos and into the right hand corner. The win earned United five million dollars, with Liga taking home four million.
BOXER AFTER LOSING HIS BOUT
“I don’t doubt myself, people doubt me, but I have a history of proving people wrong. I always make good bets, I know who I am. Of course I am disappointed. I thought I had done enough to get the win. Now I have to go home and think about my future.”
Fergie tips Ronaldo to emulate Pele, Diego AFP, Yokohama, Japan
ristiano Ronaldo has all the attributes needed to become a legend with Sir Alex Ferguson tipping him to emulate the likes of Pele and Maradona. The 23-year-old Portuguese winger, who beat Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Liverpool striker Fernando Torres to win the Ballon D’Or this month, has time on his side. “Cristiano is superb,” said Ferguson. “He has timing getting into the box, ability with two feet – and you would never associate a Portuguese winger with such magnificent ability in the air. He is like an old-fashioned centre forward. “He’s only 23 and still a very young lad and there’s a lot of things in his favour to go on and prove himself as a legend. The next few years, when he reaches 28 or 29, I think you will get your answers.” Ferguson’s praise comes amid another row with Real Madrid over Ronaldo, with both sides trading barbs after reports that there was an agreement for the player to move to the Bernabeu at the end of the season. Working against Ronaldo reaching the same heights as Pele and Maradona is that Portugal don’t play as
much high profile football as Brazil or Argentina, depriving him of a world stage to show off his skills. “When you have a star like this, a young player with such huge potential, they normally make an impact very early, which is what Cristiano has done,” said Ferguson. “Pele scored in a World Cup semi-final as a 17-yearold. Maradona played for his country at 17. Cristiano was 18. All the signs are the same. “What you don’t know about him but can say about Pele and Maradona is that their careers lasted for a number of years. “They both played in two World Cup finals. Maybe Portugal do not have the same profile as Brazil and Argentina to get to finals, so you have to judge Cristiano in a different way. “I’m always expecting more from Cristiano because he has such high expectations himself,” he said. “Last season, his best scoring came in the second half of the season and he needs to recapture that. But I am very satisfied with the way he is playing. “He always wants the ball and there are few wingers in the game who have an impact like him.”
Sam Allardyce wants to deal with the issue professionally.
Allardyce plans Santa showdown AFP, Blackburn, England
Monday, December 22, 2008
Man United forward Cristiano Ronaldo, left, is fouled by Liga de Quito midfielders Eder Vaca, No 10, and William Araujo.
lackburn manager Sam Allardyce is planning showdown talks with Roque Santa Cruz after the Paraguay striker revealed he wants to quit Ewood Park in the January transfer window. Allardyce had made it clear when he was unveiled as successor to Paul Ince in midweek that he had no intention of selling his best players, so Santa Cruz’s admission that he wants to move on drew an angry response from his new boss. Santa Cruz, who was missing from Allardyce’s 3-0 debut win over Stoke at Ewood Park with a calf injury suffered in training, will have to explain himself this week. “Did it bother me on Saturday? No. Is it going to affect my night out? No. Will it bother me on Monday? Yes,” Allardyce said. “I will sit down and see what the situation is. We will deal with it professionally very quickly. “I think there is an issue but it is not going to be resolved tonight. It is not going to detract from a night out with a good friend on his 60th birthday. “You keep asking me questions I don’t want to answer now because I want to have a good night out,” he said.
Monday, December 22, 2008
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CROWNING GLORY Singaporean Lam makes a point on a big stage
Jeev Milkha Singh says he is yet to measure up to his father’s iconic status.
Jeev eyes Major title
Lerpong Amsa-ngiam D A I LY X P R E S S
ingaporean Lam Chih-Bing came up with a solid performance when it mattered most to hoist his maiden trophy on the Asian Tour in the US$750,000 Volvo Masters of Asia at the Thai Country Club yesterday. Lam showed absolutely no sign of nervousness as he was chased all afternoon by a group of co-leaders that included Thai Chapchai Nirat and Australian David Gleeson. He fired a bogey-free round of five-under par 67 for a total 14 under-par 274 to canter to a two-shot victory over the Thai. “I was never in danger of making a bogey today. At the first tee, I knew I needed to shoot a solid round,’’ said Lam, who became the first Singaporean to win the tournament, which was previously dominated by Thai, Indian and South Korean players. It was an early birthday present for Lam, who will turn 32 next Monday. The Volvo Masters of Asia has by far been his biggest accomplishment and earned him the top prize of US$135,000. “I have won a bunch of small ones but this is just unbelievable. It was such a jam-packed leaderboard and I’m just glad I went out and finished the job,” said Lam who had his parents, wife Sophie, daughter Tian Lei and countryman and golfing idol Mardan Mamat, congratu-
Lam Chih-Bing celebrates his victory with his family members at the Thai Country Club yesterday. late him on the 18th hole. Chapchai recovered from a disastrous start to card a 69 and trailed two strokes behind the winner with an aggregate 12-under 276. An uncomfortable shoulder troubled the Thai, who made four bogeys on the first six holes but he gritted his teeth to birdie five holes on the back nine. “I was playing with pain at the start. But I gave it a fight on the back nine. I was more than happy to be the runner-up because my goal was to finish among the top three,’’ said the 25-year-old Chapchai, who had injured his shoulder smacking a club in anger after missing a shot on Saturday. “This is nice way to end the year. My goal for 2009 is to be in the top 20 on the European Tour,’’ said the Thai, who went
home US$81,645 richer, A stroke behind was Australian Terry Pilkadaris whose unblemished round of 66 placed him at lone third with 11 under-par 277. Compatriot Andrew Dodt, with the lowest round of 65, shared the fourth position with Gleeson for an aggregate 10under par 278. At joint sixth with a total 279 were Taiwan’s Lin Wen-tang, who is ranked second behind India’s Jeev Milkha Singh in the 2008 Order of Merit, and Adam Blyth of Australia. Thailand’s Chawalit Plaphol, who was one of the five leaders, ended up with a disappointing 73 to share eighth place with Mitchell Brown of Australia for an aggregate 280. Last year’s winner Prayad Marksaeng settled at 12th.
Kim takes the lead Anthony Kim matched the best score of the week with a 5-under 67, taking a oneshot lead when Jim Furyk found the water for double bogey on the 18th hole at the Chevron World Challenge in Thousand Oaks, California on Saturday. Kim was worried about rust coming off a five-week break, but his putter worked just fine in making six birdies at Sherwood Country Club. He was at 8under 208. Furyk made a double bogey on the 18th for a 70. – A P
ew Asian No 1 Jeev Milkha Singh believes he can now win a Major title that will enable him to “sit at the same table with my father”. The Indian star wrapped up his campaign at the season-ending Volvo Masters of Asia yesterday when he was officially crowned the 2008 Asian Tour’s Order of Merit champion, and said his next goal was one of the four most prized trophies in world golf. “This has been the best year so far in my career,” he said after shooting rounds of 76, 70, 70 and 72 to finish in the middle of the field. “I think I’ve got the game to win a Major. A lot of it comes down to the short game,” said Singh. The son of Milkha Singh, who is a decorated Olympic runner for India, Singh said that despite his golfing achievements over the past three seasons, he still feels he has yet to measure up to his father’s iconic status. “Dad is still a bigger name than me in India,” said Singh. “A Major under my belt, then I can sit at the same table as him.”
Monday, December 22, 2008
REAL UP AND RUNNING Higuain strike gives Madrid coach Ramos first win A F P , Madrid
n early goal for Gonzalo Higuain was enough to give Real Madrid a 1-0 victory over Valencia on Saturday and the first win for Juande Ramos as coach. Real bounced back from the 2-0 defeat in the clasico against Barcelona last weekend to score after just three minutes with Higuain firing home after good work from Arjen Robben. In Saturday’s late game, Atletico Madrid moved to second spot in the table, eight points behind leaders Barcelona, thanks to a 3-2 victory at Espanyol with the help of two goals from Maxi Rodriguez. For new Madrid coach Ramos, it was a welcome win. “It was very important that we won, we had three points in our hand and if we had only managed a draw in
Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain, centre, celebrates with team-mates after scoring against Valencia. the end it would have been a big problem,” said Ramos. “Players in these situations are uncertain whether to push for a second or look to hold on to the advantage.” Real had chances to add to their lead but Higuain and Juan Guti in particular missed excellent chances.
Eight in a row for Inter Inter Milan stretched their lead at the top of the Serie A table to nine points, for a day at least, after a crucial 2-1 victory at Siena on Saturday. Brazilian full-back Maicon was the hero with both goals, either side of an equaliser from Moroccan Houssine Kharja, as
the reigning three-time champions won for the eighth league match in a row. Inter have not dropped points since October and coach Jose Mourinho was so happy with the winning goal that he was the first to reach Maicon to celebrate, even though the full-back was behind one end. But the Portuguese admitted his side had been lucky to win. “I have to say we didn’t deserve to win this match and not because Maicon’s second goal was clearly offside, that’s part of the game, but because of the way Siena played,” he said. “They played really well with a lot of pressing and intensity which gave us a lot of problems. But to win the title you also have to win some matches like this. “Why am I so happy? Because it seemed to me as if Siena were the more likely to win it and that we’d go home with a maximum of one point.”
Becks takes nothing for granted David Beckham has admitted he might struggle to get into AC Milan’s first team during his loan spell with the Italian giants as he was unveiled to the world’s media at the club’s training ground. The former England captain, who will wear No 32, stressed he did not expect to “arrive here and change everything.” “It will be difficult to get in the team as it always is at a big club,” said Beckham, whose loan spell runs until March 8 when he rejoins Los Angeles Galaxy for the start of the new Major League Soccer season. “It is tough at any of the biggest clubs in the world to go straight into the team – it just doesn’t happen. I hope to train hard with my new teammates. But I don’t want to upset the balance that’s already here, I want to help the team. “ - A F P
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TOTAL DOMINATION Natthanan shines as City swimmers scoop 30 gold DAILY XPRESS
angkok’s swimmers yesterday left the pool with their heads high after dominating the five-day competition with 30 gold in the 37th National Games in Phitsanulok. The swimmers made a big splash on the final day of the competition, winning five out of six gold at stake yesterday. Beijing-bound Natthanan Chankrajang handed Bangkok two gold in the women’s 200m freestyle and 4x100m relay events. The SEA Games four-gold medallist is a sure bet to win the most gold medals in the 37th edition of the Games. Her overall tally yesterday was eight gold. Out of 40 gold in swimming events, Bangkok claimed 30. Chiang Mai, who took the gold
RESULTS am football NFL Saturday’s result: Baltimore 33, Dallas 24
basketball NBA Yesterday’s results: Golden State 110, Charlotte 103; Orlando 106, LA Lakers 103; Indiana 95, Philadelphia 94; Houston 109, Minnesota 102; New Orleans 99, Sacramento 90; Miami 106, New Jersey 103; Chicago 106, Utah 98; San Antonio 107, Toronto 97; Milwaukee 119, La Clippers 85; Phoenix 108, Denver 101
cricket New Zealand v West Indies Second Test at Napier, New Zealand West Indies first innings: 307 (S Chanderpaul 126 not out, B Nash 74; I O’Brien 6-75) New Zealand (1st innings): T McIntosh b Taylor 136; J How c Chattergoon b Edwards 12;D Flynn c and b Edwards 57; R Taylor c Ramdin b Edwards 4; J Ryder c Ramdin b Edwards 57; B McCallum c Ramdin b Taylor 31;J Franklin
Bangkok’s rhythmic gymnast Tharathip Sridee, who won six gold, in action in the ribbon event. in the women’s 200m backstroke yesterday, won seven gold. Chon Buri took two while Nonthaburi claimed the remaining gold. Bangkok also showed their talent in rhythmic gymnastics with the pretty Tharathip Sridee making a clean sweep of four gold medals in the individual apparatus yesterday.
c Gayle b Powell 0; D Vettori c Ramdin b Edwards 29; K Mills lbw Edwards 18;J Patel c Marshall b Edwards 2; I O’Brien not out 0 Extras (lb 19, nb 6)25 Total (all out)371 Fall of wickets: 1-19 (How), 2137 (Flynn), 3-145 (Taylor), 4245 (Ryder), 5-316 (McIntosh), 6-317 (McCullum), 7-319 (Franklin), 8-367 (Vettori), 9-368 (Mills), 10-371 Bowling: Taylor 23-6-76-2 (1nb), Powell 26-7-85-1 (1nb), Edwards 29.4-6-87-7 (4nb), Gayle 18-6-33-0, Nash 6-2-22-0, Benn 24-5-49-0 West Indies (2nd innings0: C Gayle not out 36; S. Chattergoon c Taylor b Patel 25; R. Sarwan lbw Vettori 1; X. Marshall not out 0; Extras 0 Total (2 wickets) 62 Fall of wickets: 1-58 (Chattergoon), 2-61 (Sarwan) Bowling: O’Brien 4-0-33-0, Mills 2-0-14-0, Patel 7-4-9-1,
golf Vettori 5-1-6-1 Chevron Challenge Saturday’s third round scores at Thousand Oaks, California: Anthony Kim 71-70-67 – 208 Jim Furyk 68-71-70 – 209 Vijay Singh 71-72-67 – 210;
The SEA Games winner left the Games with a haul of six gold medals. Bangkok look set to retain their overall crown after leading the medal standing with 96 gold, 61 silver and 51 bronze. Chiang Mai won three gold yesterday to overtake Chon Buri for the second place with 26 gold.
Sharks edge Rangers The NHL-leading San Jose Sharks recovered from rare consecutive losses by edging Rangers. Steve Stricker 71-71-68 – 210; Camilo Villegas 74-6769 – 210 Hunter Mahan 71-72-70 – 213 Fred Couples 73-69-72 – 214;KJ Choi 70-71-73 – 214 Paul Casey 74-72-69 – 215; Boo Weekley 70-73-72 – 215 Ben Curtis 72-73-72 – 217 Mike Weir 78-71-70 – 219 Kenny Perry 73-72-75 – 220
ice hockey NHL Yesterday’s results: Boston 4, Carolina 2; Philadelphia 7, Washington 1; Ottawa 5, Dallas 4, OT; Montreal 4, Buffalo 3, OT; Detroit 6, Los Angeles 4; Atlanta 4, Tampa Bay 3; Toronto 7, Pittsburgh 3; Nashville 1, N.Y. Islanders 0; St Louis 4, Minnesota 2; Phoenix 2, Columbus 0; Chicago 3, Vancouver 1; San Jose 3, NY Rangers 2
soccer English Premier League Saturday’s results: Blackburn 3 (McCarthy 9pen, 27, Roberts 18) Stoke 0; Bolton 2 (Taylor 1, Gardner 3) Portsmouth 1 (Crouch 20); Fulham 3 (Bullard 41, Murphy 54-pen, Dempsey 59) Middlesbrough 0; Hull 1
(Barmby 19) Sunderland 4 (Malbranque 10, Zayatte 78og, Jones 84, Cisse 90); West Ham 0 Aston Villa 1 (Neill 78-og) French League Saturday’s results: Saint Etienne 2 (P. Machado 12, Gomis 87) Auxerre 0; Nantes 1 (Capoue 87) Sochaux 1 (Erding 69); Lorient 1 (Morel 45+1) Rennes 2 (Gyan 75, Sow 81);Grenoble FC 2 (Baning 34, Paillot 47) Le Mans 1 (Maiga 55); Toulouse 2 (Gignac 33, 86) Nice 2 (Modeste 8, Hognon 90+3);Lille 3 (Obraniak 31, Cabaye 82, Bastos 90+3) Le Havre 1 (Alla 61); Caen 0 Lyon 1 (Benzema 42) Italian Serie A Saturday’s results: Lazio 1 (Rocchi 66) Palermo 0; Siena 1 (Kharja 44) Inter Milan 2 (Maicon 34, 83) Scottish Premier League Saturday’s results: Hearts 0 Dundee Utd 0; Hamilton 2 (McCarthy 45, 67) Motherwell 0; Inverness CT 0 Aberdeen 3 (Mulgrew 6, McDonald 51, Mackie 56); Kilmarnock 0 St Mirren 1 (Dorman 38); Rangers 1 (Boyd 61) Hibernian 0 Spanish League Saturday’s results: Real Madrid 1 (Higuain 3) Valencia 0; Espanyol 2 (Sanchez 58, Valdo 90+4) Atletico Madrid 3 (Rodriguez 7, 90+1, Aguero 81)