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Tuesday, January 13, 2009 VOL 2, NO 256


In a day of firsts at this year’s Golden Globe – Kate Winslet and Mickey Rourke win their first; the rags-to-riches tale from India, ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, cleans up; while Heath Ledger is awarded posthumously >PAGE 6

Punchy resolutions By Chatchawal Khaolaor World Universiade taekwondo gold medallist


know the show must go on, even though I had a big letdown during the Beijing Olympics last year. With continuous training, I hope my future prospects will be brighter. As for New Year resolutions, I want to come home with gold medals from all competitions.

Find your pleasure Snap up top-quality crafts, rediscover Chiang Rai, or admire abandoned beauties captured on canvas... >PAGES 9-10



Good enough to eat Jewellery is taking on bright, candy-like hues this year. >PAGE 12


Tuesday, January 13, 2009



500,000 PEOPLE HAVE failed to repay their Student Loan Fund debts more than a year after graduating.

Baby,it’s cold outside!


Temperatures will continue to fall tomorrow and the day after, the Meteorological Department said yesterday. The department’s statement said the mercury would drop 1 to 3 degrees Celsius and warned of strong winds and high waves in the Gulf of Thailand. The temperature in Bangkok fell to 14 degrees on Sunday night.

A first for His Majesty

Frozen up North Chiang Mai weather bureau forecaster Pensiri Trisat predicted the North’s cold snap would get worse, with the mercury falling 1 to 3 degrees by Thursday. That would bring the temperature in the hills down to between 1 and 7 degrees, and the plains hovering between 8 and 14 degrees Celsius, she said. Loei province has been suffering an even deeper freeze: residents have been waking up to frost after the temperature crept below zero in some areas. Loei weather bureau chief Khampahn Butrarat said the chill – caused by an area of high pressure from China – would deepen by 1 or 2 degrees in the next couple of days. In Phetchabun, tourists are still pouring into Nam Nao National Park, braving frosts and temperatures of one degree Celsius, the A tourist’s snap of the frosty scene in Chiang Mai’s Doi Inthanon National Park. lowest there in eight years. – DAILY XPRESS

His Majesty the King will tomorrow become the first recipient of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)’s Global Leaders Award. WIPO director-general Francis Gurry will present a medal to His Majesty at Prachuap Khiri Khan’s Klai Kangwon Palace. The award is in recognition for the King’s inventions for rural community development and use of the intellectual property system to protect these works. To date, more than 20 of his inventions have been patented.

Caught on camera

SPACE SCHOOL’S A BLAST Bangkok’s budding astronauts get a boost with a lesson straight from Nasa By Wannapa Phetdee DAILY XPRESS


tudy hard, do what you love and set high goals if you want to become an astronaut, kids were told yesterday – but don’t apply if you are scared of heights or cramped spaces. These were the words of British Nasa astronaut Nicholas JM Patrick, who landed at Harrow International School, the Bangkok branch of his old London school, to give students a taste of what it takes to get a career in space. DAILY


“You have to study hard not just in academic subjects but also in everything that you’re trying to learn,” Patrick said. His own favourite subjects were mathematics, physics and engineering – a preference that’s helped him get this far.

Path to the moon “The high goal I set myself when I was five or six years old was to walk on the moon and I still haven’t achieved it. But in trying to achieve it, I have a very interesting career.”

Patrick blasted off on board December 2006’s STS-116 Discovery Space Shuttle on a mission to help with construction work at t h e International Space Station. Careful preparation, he said, was his key to success: “We don’t just Astronaut practice the Nicholas Patrick things we expect to do, we also practise procedure to handle all kinds of malfunctions and problems.

Looking down from space One student asked him how he felt when he looked down on the Earth from outer space. “I couldn’t believe that I had finally made it into space after eight years training, or how beautiful the planet looked!” he answered. His next trip to space will be with the crew of the STS-130, which is due to launch in December with a payload of the final pressurised components for the space station. Looking further ahead, Patrick said he would like to be involved in the future of space travel as a teacher of a new generation of astronauts.

Police yesterday reported that nearly 40,000 Bangkok motorists ran red lights between December 30 and January 11. Deputy city police chief Pol Maj-General Panu Kerdlarppol said the new cameras installed at 30 intersections across the capital had caught 36,642 motorists ignoring red lights. Taxis accounted for 60 per cent of the violations and the cameras flashed most at the Ban Ma intersection. So far, said Panu, traffic tickets have been sent out to 23,070 vehicle owners. Fines should be paid within seven days, he added, or those caught on camera would face problems renewing their licenses and annual vehicle tax.

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18months The time it takes for two rats to produce a million offspring

briefly Protesting with fire A daily says Singapore lawmaker Seng Han Thong was set on fire by a 70-year-old attacker who was upset he didn’t receive a traditional cash handout for Lunar New Year. The Straits Times said yesterday that Seng, 59, was burned on his head, arms and upper body when Ong Kah Chua, 70, poured gasoline on him and ignited it. Ong was arrested and charged with two counts of causing grievous harm. It reports that Ong, a former taxi driver, has been a patient several times at the Institute of Mental Health. – AP

Awaiting the Ox


Saved by bananas

report said, adding that many people were migrating to border areas in India.

Teenager Rudi Alvian was one of the lucky few to escape the Indonesian ferry disaster alive thanks to a bunch of bananas which kept him afloat in wild seas and cyclonic winds. Alvian said he would have drowned if he had not found the bananas floating among the debris after the 700-tonne Teratai Prima capsized and sank in a storm on Sunday. “A bunch of bananas helped me float until I found a lifeboat,” he said. The 17-yearold was one of 22 survivors. Almost 250 other people are missing feared drowned. – AFP

Difficult to reach

Even cats not safe

Shanghai residents purchase traditional decorations and firecrackers yesterday as they prepare to welcome the Year of the Ox on January 26.

Prince Harry in hot water for remarks AFP, LONDON


rime Minister Gordon Brown said yesterday that the public should give Prince Harry the “benefit of the doubt” over his home movie showing him calling army colleagues “Paki” and “raghead”. Brown said the royal knew his language was unacceptable and his apology was sincere.

More is needed But the father of the Pakistani soldier who Harry called “our Paki friend” said he could not accept the apology, insisting that he say sorry to the Islamabad government. “It was a mistake, and once he has made his apology, I think the British people are good enough to give someone who has done well fighting for our country, I think they will give him the benefit of the doubt,” Brown said.

RATS PLUNDER FOOD SUPPLY Large rodents infest remote corner of Burma, leaving 70,000 people hungry A F P , Rangoon


ens of thousands of people in a remote area in northwestern Burma face a food crisis after their farmlands were destroyed by a rat infestation, a non-governmental organisation said yesterday. The infestation erupted two years ago in Chin state, which borders Bangladesh and India, and some residents were now receiving handouts, said Joseph Win Hlaing Oo, director of the Country Agency for Rural Development. “We estimate that some 70,000 people in Chin state have been suffering from a

food crisis since two years ago because of rat infestation and drought,” he said. “We started rice distribution to local people in the first week of this month under a food-for-work programme.”

Adding to the struggle A separate report by the UN World Food Programme said the rodents had destroyed 75 per cent of crops in the area and forced 30 per cent of the farmers to leave their fields. “Farmers are reported to be struggling to meet day-to-day needs, resorting to edibles gathered from the forests,” the

Problems with communication, transportation and funding were limiting access to other areas in Chin state which may also be affected, Hlaing Oo added. He said he had seen some 15 rats, each measuring about 45 centimetres, that had been shot by the villagers. “They were so big and unusual,” he said. Military-ruled Burma suffers from severe levels of malnutrition. The WFP has said that more than one third of the country’s children are malnourished.

A mystery dog poisoner, who has killed scores of Hong Kong pet dogs over the past 20 years, has started targeting cats, animal welfare experts warned yesterday. The body of a cat was found last week off Bowen Road, the regular haunt of the poisoner who lays tainted meat and has evaded capture for two decades. Police say there have been around 72 cases of dog poisoning in the area between 1995 and end of October 2007, and three in the first 10 months of 2008. – DPA


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“It’s been a very long road back for me.”


Big winners at the Golden Globes were ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, directed by Danny Boyle, left, and starring Freida Pinto and Dev Patel. It won for best dramatic picture, director, screenplay and score. Kate Winslet, below, was named best actress for ‘Revolutionary Road’ and best supporting actress for ‘The Reader’.

66TH ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBES WINNERS >> MOTION PICTURES Drama: “Slumdog Millionaire” Musical or Comedy: “Vicky Christina Barcelona” Actor, Drama: Mickey Rourke, “The Wrestler” Actress, Drama: Kate Winslet, “Revolutionary Road” Director: Danny Boyle, “Slumdog Millionaire” Actor, Musical or Comedy: Colin Farrell, “In Bruges” Actress, Musical or Comedy: Sally Hawkins, “Happy-GoLucky” Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight”



Supporting Actress: Kate Winslet, “The Reader” Foreign Language Film: “Waltz With Bashir” Animated Film: “Wall-E” Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy, “Slumdog Millionaire” Original Score: AR Rahman, “Slumdog Millionaire” Original Song: Bruce Springsteen, “The Wrestler” >> TELEVISION Series, Drama: “Mad Men”


UNDERDOGS SALUTED Plucky ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, Mickey Rourke in ‘The Wrestler’ win Golden Globes

Actor, Drama: Gabriel Byrne, “In Treatment”

By John Horn

Actress, Drama: Anna Paquin, “True Blood”


Series, Musical or Comedy: “30 Rock” Actor, Musical or Comedy: Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock” Actress, Musical or Comedy: Tina Fey, “30 Rock” Miniseries or Movie: “John Adams” Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Laura Linney, “John Adams” Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Paul Giammatti, “John Adams” Supporting Actress, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Laura Dern, “Recount” Supporting Actor, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Tom Wilkinson, “John Adams” >> Cecil B DeMille Award: Steven Spielberg



n a ceremony alternatively as solemn and celebratory as the movie that won a leading four prizes – the rags-to-riches drama “Slumdog Millionaire” – the Golden Globe awards helped focus the Oscar race as it honoured the late Heath Ledger for his performance in “The Dark Knight.” By winning trophies for best dramatic picture, director, screenplay and score, “Slumdog Millionaire” cemented its place as the awards season’s most beloved underdog. The modestly budgeted story of an unlikely Indian game show contestant now has become not only a powerful Academy Award contender but also a minor box-office hit. “We really weren’t expecting to be here in America at all at one time, so it’s just amazing to

be standing here,” screenwriter Simon Beaufoy said in accepting his honour from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Ledger remembered If “Slumdog Millionaire” provided the most joyous moments at the awards, Ledger’s posthumous win for supporting actor offered its most poignant. Ledger died last January from an overdose of prescription medications, before “The Dark Knight” was released and became Hollywood’s secondhighest grossing movie, trailing only “Titanic”. “The Dark Knight” was the actor’s last completed film role. “I for one will start to be able to look less at the gap in the future and the incredible place Heath made for himself with his talent and with his dedication,” director Chris Nolan said in accepting Ledger’s award for his performance as the Joker.

Rourke wrestles Ledger’s win was not unexpected, but in one of the surprising picks, Mickey Rourke was named best dramatic actor for his role as an over-the-hill grappler in “The Wrestler”. The veteran actor’s wild offscreen behaviour nearly cost him the role. He was initially dropped from the film when producers couldn’t raise money with him in the lead, and he was recast only after his replacement, Nicolas Cage, and director Darren Aronofsky parted ways on the movie.

Foul language More of an extended, freewheeling and alcohol-soaked dinner party than most awards show, Sunday night’s ceremony may have reached new highs (or lows) for bawdy banter. Rourke’s acceptance speech was peppered with mild pro-

fanities, Aronofsky made a joking (but nevertheless obscene) gesture toward Rourke, and “Slumdog Millionaire” producer Christian Colson uttered a four-letter expletive when music was cued up in the middle of his acceptance speech. A few winners were surprised and flattered, including English actress Kate Winslet, who won for dramatic actress (as an unhappy suburban housewife in “Revolutionary Road”) and supporting actress for “The Reader” (in which she played a German trolley worker with a horrendous secret.) “I was so shocked to win one. Honestly, I can’t believe it,” Winslet said after collecting her second trophy. “To have been here so many times and to have not won so many times. To win twice in one night …” said the actress. She was a previous Golden Globe nominee for “Little Children”.

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ACTORS have won posthumous Golden Globes: Peter Finch for ‘Network’, a special achievement award for James Dean and Heath Ledger for ‘The Dark Knight’.

Celebrities glam it up on the red carpet at the Golden Globes. > Page 8





The Amazing Isaan Fair at the Queen Sirikit Convention Centre from Thursday to Sunday will have the alwaysentertaining puppets of the Northeast, including phi ta khon – the ghost puppets from Loei’s Dansai district. Running from 10 to 8 daily, you can soak up the culture and fill your belly with genuine somtam and spicy laab.


OB-OOM CHUTRAKUL, the executive consultant chef at S Cuisine, is conducting a workshop on lowcalorie food this Saturday from 9.30am to 1pm at the restaurant in the Phakdee Building on Wireless Road. She’ll whip up rich and creamy dishes like prawn spring rolls, green curry with chicken and a tuna omelette wrapped in a banana leaf – delicious and low-cal! The registration fee is Bt1,500. Call (02) 253 1010.

Indian-Chinese fusion flair WITH CHINESE NEW YEAR coinciding with India’s 60th Republic Day on January 26, Indian Host at the Park Avenue Grand Mercure Hotel is putting on a banquet of Indian-Chinese fusion cuisine. Expect a wide array of dishes, including vegetarian, that combine the species and cooking techniques of both countries. The feast will be served from Thursday to January 31, from 11.30 to 11.30 daily, at the hotel on Sukhumvit Soi 22. Call (02) 260 1115-6.


Is Tintin gay? As he celebrates his 80th birthday, the Belgian cartoon boy is dogged by persistent rumours

A-Time Media

A F P , London


n age-old question has resurfaced: is Tintin gay? One British commentator says the signs are unmistakeable. “Billions of blue blistering barnacles, isn’t it staring us in the face?” wrote Times journalist Matthew Parris under the headline “Of course Tintin’s gay. Ask Snowy”, in a story ahead of Tintin’s 80th anniversary on Saturday. “What debate can there be when the evidence is so overwhelmingly one-way? A callow, androgynous blond-quiffed youth in funny trousers and a scarf moving into the country mansion of his best friend, a middle-aged sailor?” Tintin, the creation of Belgian Georges Remi – whose pen name Herge comes from his initials, inverted and pronounced in French – first appeared in 1929. Translated into 60 languages, the cartoon books

Abhisit Vejjajiva has to pay a price for being prime minister, which includes phone threats and sleep deprivation, but the upside is he actually enjoys hard work, according to his wife Pimpen. He’s shed some weight in recent weeks because of the workload, she says. “He hardly has time for anything else now. We went to Krabi but we didn’t even have a chance to go swimming. Everywhere we went people wanted to have their pictures taken with him!” He does eat, though, right? Yes, Pimpen says, his diet hasn’t changed, and it remains free of food supplements. “I think it’s good that he’s slimmer,” she adds. “A lot of people had been saying before that he’d put on weight.”

Paeng flutters off


Low-cal spring rolls?

In lean times, a skinny PM

Tintin and his dog Snowy adorn a building in Brussels. still sell upwards of two million copies per year. Parris, a former British lawmaker who is openly gay, said Tintin’s sexuality is obvious. “Tintin never talks about his parents or family, as though trying to block out the very existence of a father or mother. As psychologists will confirm, this is common among young gay men.”

boss Saithip “Phi Chod” Montrikul na Audhaya confirms that Kwankow “Paeng” Sawetwimol will Phi Chod not be among the DJs on a new show at FM 89. “She has no time for us,” Phi Chod explains. “She’s always busy with other Paeng things.” Paeng’s busy being the centre of attention ever since she started dating Kirkphol “Fluke” Massayavanich. She’s invited to all kinds of social functions now. Just one more employee who got too big for Phi Chod’s nest.

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Hollywood has a ball The stars weren’t holding back on theire Golden Globes glamour By Samantha Critchell A S S O C I AT E D P R E S S


he Golden Globes are a party and the stars came dressed for it. Sunday night’s red carpet in Beverly Hills was full of both classic Hollywood glamour and up-and-coming fashion trends. There were lots of hues of ocean blues, tropical shades and sandy neutrals, strapless corsetstyle gowns, one-shoulder numbers and a little glitz thrown in. The jewels — big chunky earrings and oversized necklaces — apparently are recession-proof. Jennifer Lopez could have been a Globe statuette herself in her plunging V-neck, gold-bead gown by Marchesa. Penelope Cruz went for a more subtle gold in a slim column gown by Giorgio Armani Prive with the occasional beaded horizontal stripe. A blonde Drew Barrymore channelled Marilyn Monroe with a pouffed-out hairdo and dove

grey off-the-shoulder John Galliano for Dior gown. Kate Winslet wore a glamourgirl black Yves Saint Laurent strapless gown with a black velvet belt and a bow at her waist and a 47-carat, five-row bracelet by Chopard. Angelina Jolie captured a bit of a boho vibe in a loose Versace tank gown, while Brad Pitt went a more traditional route with aviator sunglasses and a classic bow tie. The star piece of Debra Messing’s outfit: 19th-century diamond-and-emerald drop earrings by Fred Leighton. An elegant Anne Hathaway was among the many stars dressed in blue. She wore an Armani Prive strapless gown with a crystal-studded bustier and skirt of layered gazar. Blake

Lively was in a midnight-blue strapless satin gown with iridescent sequin embroidery by Nina Ricci. Three made a trend for white: Kate Beckinsale in a J Mendel sculptured strapless, Beyonce in a beaded Elie Saab with a high slit, and Miley Cyrus in an empirewaist Marchesa with peek-a-boo gold embroidery. Fans of red included Eva Longoria in a supersleek strapless gown by Reem Acra and Kyra Sedgwick in a corseted Oscar de la Renta. Those wearing one-shoulder creations included Maggie Gyllenhaal in a subtle blue leopard print gown by Lanvin, Cameron Diaz in bright pink Chanel and Sandra Bullock in a cream Dior. Demi Moore wore a peach Dior chiffon gown, while her daughter Rumer Willis, the official Miss Golden Globe, wore a rose-red strapless gown by Reem Acra that had an embroidered jewelled waist. Moore’s husband, Ashton Kutcher, did the black-on-black combination also favoured by Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers. A fashion black strike went to Sting, who forgot to shave, which made his oversized black coat look all the more unkempt.

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Conservative crafts Get over to River City today between 11 and 8 and you can enjoy a unique opportunity to snap up high quality crafts at “Bangkokian Handicraft”. The exhibition and sale is being held in the shopping complex’s grand hall and features several models of Thai boats, stone-set bowls, Thai musical instruments, masks, mini-puppets, and models of Thai traditional houses. Visitors can also see demonstrations of such Thai handiwork as the refined and delicate garlands made the traditional way. There’s a free shuttle boat service to River City from BTS Saphan Taksin station.

Broadway in Bangkok The much-loved musical “Chicago” comes to Bangkok with 15 performances running from February 12 to 22 at Muang Thai Ratchadalai Theatre. Tickets costing from Bt1,000 to Bt4,000 are available at Thaiticketmajor. Call (02) 262 3456 or visit

Through the lens Lensmen Chamni Thipmanee, Noppadol Khaosamang and Kornkrit Jianpinijnan portray the thoughts and feelings of local people towards the First Royal Factory in Chiang Mai’s Fang district in the exhibition “Napakunkir”, which runs until January 25 at Thailand Creative and Design Centre. Chamni draws his inspiration from the unaffected simplicity of the local people while Kornkrit captures the impact that the Royal projects have had on the physical landscape of the North. Meanwhile, Noppadol’s work is on the very real economic benefits that the Royal Factory has brought to the lives of local people. The centre is on the sixth floor of the Emporium and is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10.30am to 9pm. Call (02) 664 8448 or visit or

An unforgettable life Charoon Boonsuan celebrates his 71st birthday with a solo show “The Splendour of Nature – Reflecting the Unforgettable Life” at the Gallery from January 21 to February 15. His paintings depict peaceful and quiet rural nature, surrounded by forest and mountains. The gallery is in the basement of Silom Galleria Building and is open Monday to Saturday from 10 to 7 and Sunday from 11 to 6. Call (02) 630 3381 or visit

Seascapes and flowers

Discovering C Rai’s wonder hiang s Until January

Pam Sripian’s showcases small and medium-size oil paintings of dreamlike flowers and seascapes in her debut solo show at Rotunda and Garden Galleries until February 1. The gallery is part of the Neilson Hays Library and is open daily except Saturday from 9.30 to 5. Call (02) 233 1731 or visit

31, Le Meridien Chiang Rai is of a “Discover Chia fering ng Rai Package” from Bt6,999 th includes one ni at ght’s accommod ation for two, da breakfast and a ily tour of Chiang Ra i. On the itinera are Wat Rong Kh ry un, Mengrai Mili tary Camp, Phra That Doi Tung, Wat Phra That Doi Wao, Wat Ph That Pha Ngao ra and the Kok Rive r. Call (053) 60

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Star Wars Join the stars of reality TV on January 31 at Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani, as Kam and Ruj, winner and runner-up of the 2008 season of “The Star”, go up against the winners and runners-up of the three earlier seasons in a battle for best singer. Tickets ranging from Bt500 to Bt2,500 are on sale at Call (02) 262 3456.


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WHAT’S ON/WHAT’S UP Bangkok over time

Discover two centuries and the imagined future of Bangkok in “Krung thep 226” at Bangkok Art and Culture Centre

until February 15.

Among the highlights are reproductions of old graphics include a map of Thon Buri drawn by an 18thcentury Burmese spy and another of Bangkok commissioned by French priest Bishop Pallegoix in 1854. Also on show are Silpa Bhirasri’s high-relief murals of the Democracy Monument and replicas of murals by Khrua Inkhong, one of the first Siamese artists to employ Western perspective and shading. The art centre at the Pathu m Wan intersection is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 to 9. Call (02) 214 66301 or visit ww

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enjoy authentic Japanese flavours at Hyatt Regency Hua Hin’s You & Mee poolside restaurant served by guest chefs Masahiko Miura and Hirokazu Nakazato from Tokyo’s Roppongi Hills Club. Guests can also discover the art and secrets of sushi making with Nakazato. Call (02) 254 6200 or (032) 521 234 or email

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Four play, five eat Throughout January, head to the Ambassador Hotel Bangkok’s Am Cafe for an international lunch buffet featuring Western and Asian cuisine, as well as a salad bar and Thai, Chinese, Japanese, French and pasta cooking stations, The buffet is open from 11 to 2.30 and costs Bt399. Go in a group of five and pay for four. For reservations, call (02) 254 0444 extension 15812.

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Dr Luephorn Punn akanta, centre, of Pattana Medical Ce Dr Suthipong Tree ratana, second lef ntre Clinic and t, of MSD Thailan the “Home Templ d recently launched e School” (Bawor n) project to help patients tackle os underprivileged teoporosis. The joi nt programme, wh cate and provide tre ich aims to eduatment to 80 oste oporosis patients community, marks from Plabpla the 81st birthday of His Majesty the birthday of Her M King and the 76th ajesty the Queen.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

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winter Candy hues add festive accents to jewellery and much more By Melissa Magsaysay LOS ANGELES TIMES

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Sniffing springtime For a refreshing scent to brighten your day, try a sprits of L’Occitane’s Honey Lemon Shimmering Eau de Toilette. Its honey and lemon fragrance is spiced with notes of cut grass, yellow freesia and orange blossom. Base notes of apricot and vanilla complete the springtime picture, yours for Bt2,250.

Two shades for faces NARS Multiple Duo is a best-seller with two complementing colours for your lips, cheeks and eyes. It can be used with a brush, but the creamy matte-powder mix makes it great to apply with your fingers. There are five natural tones to choose from, designed for all occasions. It costs Bt1,600.

For skin like a petal Jurlique’s Rose Body Collection is a lotion made with natural ingredients for sensitive skin. A biodynamic blend of hand-harvested flowers, the lotion’s aromatherapy qualities soothe the mind and work to soften and hydrate the skin. The price is Bt1,750.

Jurlique: Rose Body Collection


fter the deep and ashen colour palette of autumn, a surge of hard-candy hues exploded over the holidays in jewellery. It’s bright, brilliant and dripping with fun and a sense of possibility. The trend isn’t just about strong hues – what’s striking is the unexpected mix of shades. A vibrant green peridot meets a smattering of pave pink sapphires on a Suzanne Felsen cocktail ring. A 25-carat pink tourmaline shines like a berry-bright flashlight from the centre of a Martin Katz ring. And mandarin garnets and yellow sapphires glow in Van Cleef & Arpels’ Mandarin collection, which echoes the orange that was all over the spring runways. Of course, that 25-carat ring and those other eye-popping pieces have price tags with as many zeros as there are facets on the stones. We don’t know too many people who are actually going to line up for these baubles, but the intense Jolly Rancher palette of the high-end fantasy gems is informing accessories at all other price points. Whether you can manage Bt100,000 or just Bt300, the trend is colour, colour, colour. “People want something different and refreshing,” says jewellery designer Felsen. “You see

colour in clothes and architecture all the time. Colourful jewellery is an evolution of that.” Freedom by Topshop plays out the newest combinations in fun accessories that marry orange, blue, pink and green all in one necklace or ring. H&M takes the fantasy one step further, putting colour on flowers and bugs entwined on a twist of chains. And a large blue “stone” on an inexpensive cocktail ring might not have

the lustre of the real thing, but it’s a bright alternative for tapping festive spirits. You can also let an uplifting mix of hues spill into clothing and makeup. Throw a vivid fuchsia cashmere scarf over a black sweater or sweep a thin line of electric blue eyeliner across your lid.

The idea is to get playful, push the limits of the colour you wear and experiment with how you wear it. Let a shock, even a jumble of colour add some optimism and cheer.


Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Who’s ‘The Star’ tonight? By Lou Kesten A S S O C I AT E D P R E S S




hanks to the current wave of musical games, you can have your guests singing all night long. For “Academy Fantasia” wannabes, there are karaoke games like Sony’s “SingStar”. For those of us who can’t carry a tune, there are instrumental games like “Rock Band 2” and “Guitar Hero World Tour”. These familiar titles remain your best bets for a lively party, but there are some new contenders. “Lips”, for the Xbox 360: “SingStar” has found a niche of karaoke-loving PlayStation owners, with hundreds of songs available for downloading. “Lips” has a long way to go to catch up, but it’s a worthy alternative for Xbox owners. It’s easy to play: Just pick up a mike, pick a song and start warbling. You’re judged on timing and pitch, and you aren’t penalised much if you miss a note. Hardcore gamers may object to the complete lack of challenge, but karaoke’s more about having fun than trying to rack up high scores. The 40-song set list is nicely diverse, from country crooners like Johnny Cash to pop stars like Beyonce and Rihanna. “Ultimate Band” for the Wii: Less successful are two latecomers to the guitar game craze that began in

2005 with “Guitar Hero”. Both try to eliminate the need to buy fake plastic instruments. Instead you use the Wii controller to simulate holding a guitar or beating on drums. In “Ultimate Band”, you choose notes with the Nunchuk controller and strum with the Wiimote. It never feels close to playing a guitar, although drumming feels a little more realistic.

“PopStar Guitar” for the Wii: This game comes with a doohickey that connects to the Wiimote, giving it four large buttons (like the five on a “Guitar Hero” guitar). You choose notes by pressing the buttons and strum by flicking the Nunchuk controller. It works fairly well. Otherwise “PopStar” is a bland take on the now-familiar guitargame formula. The track list consists entirely of current teen-pop faves like the All-American Rejects and the Jonas Brothers. But the notes you’re asked to play often don’t match the notes you hear – the timing is all off.

50 Cent shoots back D A I LY X P R E S S


merican rap singer 50 Cent, who knows a thing or two about guns, is the subject of a popular shoot-’em-up video game that on January 25 will have a sequel called “50 Cent: Blood on the Sand”. Players get to be 50 Cent and lead the “G-Unit” – Tony Yao, Whoo Kid, Lloyd Banks and others – in battle in two war-torn countries. The rapper is a media tycoon, taking turns running his business and firing 20 high-powered weapons on land and in the air. Naturally, there’s a thumping great hiphop soundtrack – more than 40 tunes performed by “Fiddy” and the G-Unit – and also included are 10 music videos. The game from Swordfish Studios is for Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3. Hunt down a copy at Don’t dawdle, though – the first game from the singer, 50 Cent: Bullet-Proof, has sold more than a million copies in three years.



Tuesday, January 13, 2009


TO SEE on tv

Fugitive Nights Two honest, hardworking detectives investigating a fugitive soon find themselves embroiled in a mysterious and well-connected murder. Stars Teri Garr and Sam Elliott. Cinemax (TrueVisions), 8pm

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Avant-garde Bri enigmatic lo tish director Thomas C lay offers an ok at Thaila nd, drum, mono chromatic lif featuring the humeo Thai couple and fratricid f a mismatched farang e in the colo side. Somlu urful countr ck Kamsing ystars. At P ★★★★ ★

aragon Cin eplex.

Jesse Stone: Sea Change A police chief reopens an investigation into a bank heist and discovers fresh clues to a rape case that put him and those he cares about in danger. Stars Tom Selleck. HBO (TrueVisions), 8pm

Khwamsuk Khong Kati

Bal Ganesh This Indian animated feature focuses on the childhood of the Hindu elephant god. With

The beloved SeaWrite Award-winning youth novel by Ngarmphan Vejjajiva comes to the big screen. It’s about a nine-year-old girl who lives an idyllic life along a rural canal with her grandparents. Her life changes when she’s taken to the seaside to visit her terminally ill mother. With English

Hindi sountrack with English subtitles at Paragon Cineplex, elsewhere Thai-dubbed.

Bedtime Stories Adam Sandler stars in this family-friendly comedy about a hotel handyman who finds

subtitles at some cinemas. ★★★

Step Up Romantic sparks fly between two dance students from very different backgrounds as they team up for a competition. Star Movies (TrueVisions), 8pm

The Waterboy Adam Sandler plays a football team water boy with a unique tackling ability in this 1998 comedy. True Movie Hits (TrueVisions), 11.10pm

Channel links Channel 3 – Channel 5 – Channel 7 – Modernine – NBT – Thai PBS – True –

Madaga Africa scar: Escape 2 Escaped zo oa African ma nimals make their wa inland, whe y re they enco to the species of th unter eir own kin d for the firs Also at Kru t time. ngsri IMAX .★ ★★

Yes Man Jim Carrey stars as a negative guy whose boring life is turned around after he meets a self-help guru (Terence Stamp) who convinces him to say yes to everything. Luis Guzman also stars. ★★★ that the fantastic bedtime stories he tells his niece and nephew are coming true. ★★★

Hawkins) who has an irrepressibly bright outlook on life. At the Lido

woman (Ploy Jindachot) who is actually a giant snake. With

and House. ★★★★

English subtitles at some cinemas. ★★★


Patiharn Rak Tang Phan

Super Hap

Mike Leigh directs this comedy about a 30year-old Londoner (Sally

A secret agent (Jessadaporn Pholdee) falls in love with a

The latest heartthrob (Film Rattapoom) is lipsynching, while the actual talent (Kiatisak

Tuesday, January 13, 2009



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“Sena Hoy” Udomnak) lacks the looks of a superstar. With English subtitles at some cinemas. ★★

Fun Waan Aai Joop Chukiat Sakveerakul, Prachya Pinkaew,

Bhandit Thongdee and Rashane Limtrakul each direct a short love story, exploring different styles, including action-comedy, melodrama, psychological thriller and animated fantasy. Mario Maurer stars. With English subtitles at some cinemas. ★★★

Private Practice Season 1

Happy Birthday A photographer (Ananda Everingham) and a tour guide (Chayanan Manomai-santiphap) fall in love. Then tragedy strikes. With English subtitles at some cinemas. ★★★★

The Orphanage


Pride and Glory

The past haunts a couple after they buy a spooky old orphanage.

The government issues death messages. With

A family of New York City Police officers are pitted against each other. Stars Edward Norton, Colin Farrell, Noah Emmerich and Jon Voight. ★★★

In Spanish with English and Thai subtitles at the Lido. ★★★★

Mutant Chronicles Earth’s resources are exhausted, and four corporations are at war over what remains. Based on a role-playing game.

English and Thai subtitles at the Lido.

Burn After Reading


Two bumbling gym employees (Brad Pitt and Frances McDormand) try to blackmail a fired CIA agent (John Malkovich). At the Lido. ★★★★

Ong Bak 2 Phanom “Tony Jaa” Yeerum stars as a fierce warrior who has only a taste for vengeance. With English subtitles at some cinemas. ★★★★

Diary of the Dead

(02) 247 9940

Siam Paragon: (02) 129 4631

Major Cineplex/EGV Bangkok: (02) 515 5555

Major Hollywood Bangkok: (02) 718 7999

Paragon Cineplex


(02) 129 4635 IMAX: (02) 129 4631

Tokyo Sonata


Century – The Movie Plaza

Krungsri IMAX

Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman star in Baz Luhrmann’s sweeping epic set in the Land Down Under at the outbreak of World War II.

‘Kwamsuk Khong Kati’ (‘The Happiness of Kati’) stars Patsorn Kongmeesook and Michael Shaowanasai.

Lido: (02) 252 6498 Siam: (02) 251 3508 Scala: (02) 251 2861

(02) 641 5913-4


English subtitles at House and the Lido.



A film crew making a mummy movie decides to make a documentary when they chance upon the dead rising from their graves.

A family disintegrates after its patriarch loses his job. With Thai and

A spin-off from “Grey's Anatomy”, this series focuses on Dr Addison Montgomery (Kate Walsh) and her new life at California’s Oceanside Wellness Group. Extras include a featurette about Walsh, behind the scenes, and extended episodes. Audio languages are English and Spanish with subtitles adding Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Bahasa, Malay and Thai. –

SF Cinemas

Toi et Moi

Julie Depard ieu and Ma rio comedy as sisters tryin n Cotillard star in this g to deal in with roman various ways ce. In French su btitles at House.

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Critical consensus ★★★★★ = Must see! ★★★★ = Solidly entertaining ★★★ = It’s okay ★★ = Barely watchable ★ = Don’t bother


Close to Home By John McPherson


Pooch Cafe

The Buckets


Calvin and Hobbes

By Brian Basset

By Paul Gilligan

By Scott Stantis

By Bryan Basset

By Bill Watterson

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Red and Rover


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Yesterday’s Puzzle Answer

By Eugenia Last

Complete the grid so that every row, column and 3x3 box contains every digit from 1 to 9 inclusively.

Today’s Birthday: You must be strong this year, if you want to maintain your status quo. Unusual changes regarding work will take you on an adventure that, in the end, will have positive results. Keep your ideas and your plans on a small scale for now; there will be time to expand when the economy is better. ARIES ***** March 21-April 19 Don’t spare any expense when it comes to what you really want. You can budget elsewhere. You can make a great impression by doing a firstclass job in both your personal and professional life. TAURUS ** April 20-May 20 Do things you enjoy instead of taking on what others request you to do. You will meet people who interest you and who make better friends and companions.


GEMINI **** May 21-June 20 It’s time to re-evaluate your situation and do something about it. If your relationships are dragging you down, discuss the problems you are experiencing and move on. CANCER **** June 21-July 22 Don’t be shy when there is so much to be done. A change at work will be to your benefit in the end, so don’t make a fuss. Getting involved with someone unusual will give you a new lease on life. LEO *** July 23-Aug. 22 Take care of responsibilities and you will be praised for your ability to get things done. Once you put your duties behind you, you can enjoy a pastime that will allow you to feel easier about your future. VIRGO *** Aug. 23-Sept. 22 A personal message can be sent if you are prompt and focused on getting what you want. Honesty and sincerity will be what count in the end. Love is in the picture.


LIBRA *** Sept. 23-Oct. 22 If you mix business with pleasure, you may be taken advantage of or used for someone else’s benefit. Focus quietly on your work until you are in a position to take a piece of the action. SCORPIO ** Oct. 23-Nov. 21 Be very secretive about your plans. If someone gets wind of what you are doing, he or she will steal your ideas and run with them. Protect your interests and your future. SAGITTARIUS ***** Nov. 22-Dec. 21 You’ll have to draw the line between thrill-seeking and experiencing a little adventure. Don’t take a risk or you may end up in a very uncertain position. Travel can be interesting. CAPRICORN *** Dec. 22-Jan. 19 Don’t rely on what you are told. Dishonesty is prevalent. Do your own research and you will avoid an unsavoury situation. It’s best not to take on a partner if you can get a job done on your own. Orlando Bloom Guitarist Trevor Rabin (Yes) is 55. Musician James Lomenzo (Megadeth)is 50. Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus is 48. Actress Penelope Ann Miller is 45. Snooker player Stephen Hendry is 40. Actress Nicole Eggert is 37. Actor Orlando Bloom is 32. Actor Qaasim Middleton is 14.

AQUARIUS *** Jan. 20-Feb. 18 Do not overdo it in any way. You’ll be tempted to overspend, overindulge and make unrealistic promises. Back off before you let your emotions take over and lead you into difficult situations. PISCES *** Feb. 19-March 20 Don’t get dragged into something you aren’t ready to deal with yet. You don’t want to be put in a position where you have to make a decision you are not prepared to make.


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THE SPORT briefly Nelson helps Magic shoots down Spurs The Orlando Magic hit the long ball yesterday to beat the San Antonio Spurs at their own game. Jameer Nelson scored 12 of his 22 points in the final quarter, and the visiting Magic hit 14-of-22 three-pointers to shoot down the Spurs 105-98 in a battle of division leaders. “It was a really well played game with neither Nelson one of us able to stop the other for any length of time,” said Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy.– DPA

Dominant Sainz keeps team on track Spain’s Carlos Sainz edged closer to winning the Dakar rally on Sunday when he captured the eighth stage, keeping Volkswagen on course for a cleansweep. Sainz, a former double world rally champion, beat home team-mate Dieter Depping of Germany by 4min 2sec on the 294km special from Valparaiso with another Volkswagen driver Mark Miller, 4min 12sec off the pace. It was Sainz’s fourth stage win in this year’s race and gave him a 10min 57sec lead in the overall standings over South Africa’s Giniel De Villiers, also in a Volkswagen and who was fifth on the day. – AFP

‘Pietersen tried to quit in India’ Kevin Pietersen first threatened to resign as England captain in India before Christmas, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) vice-chairman Dennis Amiss has said. Amiss told BBC Radio Five that Pietersen had initially offered his resignation as captain after last month’s drawn second Test against India in Mohali, a result which meant England lost the two-match series 1-0. “He mentioned resigning the captaincy in our discussions with him but we wanted him to go




Magical Yoann Gourcuff led Bordeaux to a 4-0 thrashing of Paris Saint Germain on Sunday night to open their 2009 league programme on a high and give a warning to French League leaders Lyon.


RAFA! Manchester United forward Dimitar Berbatov, centre, celebrates with team-mates after scoring the third goal against Chelsea. Inset: Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech sits disconsolate between the posts.

away and think about it while he was in South Africa [on holiday],” ex-England batsman Amiss said. “We said, ‘Go away and think about it and we will resolve the situation as quickly as we can’.” – AFP

Mendis breaks mark in Sri Lankan win Ajantha Mendis became the fastest bowler to complete 50 wickets in one-day internationals as Sri Lanka crushed Zimbabwe by 130 runs in a triangular series match yesterday. The unorthodox spinner finished with 3-15 off 5.2 disciplined Mendis overs as Sri Lanka dismissed Zimbabwe for a paltry 80 after scoring 210-6. Mendis, playing his 19th one-day international, broke Indian fast bowler Ajit Agarkar’s record of 50 wickets in 23 matches. – AFP

Safina strolls in at Sydney Dinara Safina carried momentum from last week’s Hopman Cup final into her start at the Medibank International in Sydney yesterday with a 6-2 6-1 opening defeat of Romanian Sorana Cirstea. – DPA

Man United boss Ferguson savours sweet riposte to Benitez onslaught AFP, Manchester, England


ir Alex Ferguson will savour the riposte provided by his players to Rafael Benitez’s criticism: a 3-0 win over Chelsea that puts Manchester United in the driving seat in the Premier League title battle could scarcely have been more sweetlytimed. But the Manchester United manager is far too wily an operator to celebrate victory over any adversary prematurely. So it was not entirely surprising that last week’s extraordinary outburst from Benitez was treated by Ferguson as if he were discussing the worryingly erratic behaviour of a distant, elderly relative. Where Liverpool’s manager

had vented his anger over what he sees as his counterpart’s hypocrisy, bullying of officials and serial whingeing, Ferguson restricted his response to an expression of bemusement in a tone that veered towards the pitying. “There was a lot of venom in what he has said and I don’t understand where it has come from,” the Scot said. “He is obviously disturbed about something. When he reflects on it he must realise what a ridiculous thing he is saying. “But I don’t want to say anything else because all I want to do is keep my focus on my team.” Sunday’s win means United will displace Liverpool at the

top of the table if they win their two games in hand, the first of which is a rearranged fixture at home to Wigan on Wednesday. Having taken five points out of six from Chelsea and with home fixtures against both Liverpool and Arsenal to come, United are looking ominously well-placed at a time of the season when Ferguson’s sides traditionally hit their stride. The Scot will be happier however when his squad have navigated their way through a fixtures backlog generated by appearances in the European Super Cup and the World Club Championship. “We have got some tough games coming up – Wigan who are playing fantastically well at the moment and Bolton at Bolton [on Saturday] which is always a tough game. “Eight games in January is a big test for us. But we have the

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“They [the players] put the club in it, it is up to them to get us out of it. There is plenty of flair, but we are in a relegation scrap and we need some men and some characters to get us out of it ... We’ve got some but not enough.”


“I got to the green and saw I had a one-shot lead – I figured it was mostly gone – and it felt like a normal tournament again. I just told myself, ‘It’s a great spot to be after 63 holes, get on with it. From then on, I was a different person.”

Crisis looms for Scolari in Chelsea hotseat


squad and hopefully we can cope.” Important as it was, Sunday’s victory will not go down as a vintage performance from Ferguson’s men. Instead, it was

Chelsea’s combination of impotent attacking with seriously slipshod defending that provided the defining features of this encounter and it would be intriguing to know what Jose Mourinho, watching from the VIP seats, must have made of it all. Certainly it is hard to imagine a Mourinho side defending as ineffectively as Chelsea did on United’s second and third goals, both close range finishes from Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov in which their markers were culpable. But, as both managers agreed, the contest had been effectively settled by the Nemanja Vidic header which gave United the lead in first-half stoppage time. “Getting the goal at half-time certainly made the difference – they had to chase the game a bit in the second half,” Ferguson said.

top with these players or I go down.” He readily conceded that Chelsea could not afford to produce many more performances like Sunday’s if they want to harbour serious ambitions of knocking United off their perch. “If we play three or four games as now [today], we’re sure not to win [the title] but now it is the time for me and the players to think about our future,” Scolari said. “Either we lose everything or we are men and we improve.” In the current context, Wednesday’s FA Cup third round replay at Southend now looks like exactly the kind of encounter that Scolari could have done without. The same could be said of Mourinho’s presence at Old Trafford on Sunday although the Portuguese coach had good reason to be there with his current charges, Inter Milan, due to face United in the Champions League next month. Scolari shrugged off the presence of the man whose record he will inevitably be judged against. “Mourinho came here to watch Manchester United, that is normal,” the Brazilian said. “Mourinho is an intelligent man. He didn’t come here to tell me he loves me.”

Liverpool’s manager says Man U chief exec David Gill has too much power at the FA.

Benitez sick of Gill AGENCIES, Liverpool






uiz Felipe Scolari is only one defeat away from the first full-blown crisis of his reign at Chelsea – but the Brazilian insists he will not seek be plunging into the transfer market in search of a remedy. As they surrendered meekly in a 3-0 defeat to Manchester United here on Sunday, the Londoners looked a pale shadow of the side that pushed Sir Alex Ferguson’s side to the wire last season. Devoid of inspiration going forward and calamitously casual in defence, Scolari’s class of 2009 suffer even more in comparison with the Chelsea sides that Jose Mourinho – who was in the VIP seats at Old Trafford – led to back-to-back Premier League titles in 2005 and 2006. But Scolari remains convinced that Chelsea’s current squad have sufficient reserves of quality to prevent United from claiming a third consecutive title. Asked if Sunday’s defeat would force him to knock on Roman Abramovich’s door with a request for transfer funds, Scolari’s response was defiantly indignant. “More players? I don’t want more players,” he snorted. “I have very good players. Either we got to the


A F P , Manchester, England

Chelsea manager Luis Philipe Scolari winces at his team’s display against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

iverpool manager Rafael Benitez has continued his attack on Manchester United by questioning chief executive David Gill’s position on the Football Association board. Benitez delivered a calculated criticism of his United counterpart Alex Ferguson. But now Benitez has stepped up his row with the Premier League champions by querying the influence Gill has at the FA. “They were saying we are not a threat,” said Benitez in the Daily Mirror. “Now they know we are, they are starting mind games. “But I don’t think it’s a mind game when you have control over everything, it’s a mind game when you have the same level as the other people, then you can show you are cleverer than the others. “But when you have control of everything and your chief executive is powerful in the FA and things like this, then that is not mind games. “Is there a conflict of interest with David Gill at the FA? “That is another fact. It is a fact that one person has a lot of power and control, and is on a lot of committees in the FA. To me that is very strange.”

Tuesday, January 13, 2009




YO-YO WINNER Ogilvy rebounds to take the PGA Tour’s opener by six shots AP, Kapalua, Hawaii


Geoff Ogilvy with his trophy on the 18th green yesterday.

two hours,” Ogilvy said. “Once I got through nine, I really enjoyed every hole. I felt a lot better about everything.” Anthony Kim nearly made double eagle on the last hole for a 67 to tie for second with Davis Love III, who also had a 67. It was the fifth PGA Tour victory for Ogilvy, adding to his US Open title in 2006 and a pair of


ustralian Geoff Ogilvy led from start to finish to claim a six-shot victory in the Mercedes-Benz Championship yesterday, overcoming a choppy start to the final round before closing with a 5-under 68. Former US Open champion Ogilvy was on the verge of an unseemly collapse, his six-shot lead down to one as he stood in the ninth fairway, when he drilled his approach onto the green and holed a 20-foot eagle putt to steady his nerves and send him on his way to victory at Kapalua. With four straight birdies on the back nine to restore the margin, he sailed home to join Ernie Els and Vijay Singh as the only wire-to-wire winners since the season-opening PGA Tour event moved to Kapalua in 1999. “I enjoyed the last 2 1/2 hours more than I enjoyed the first

World Golf Championships. He finished at 24-under 268, earned $1.12 million and moved up to No 6 in the world. “When Geoff plays well, it never looks like he’s going to hit a bad shot,” countryman Adam Scott said. Ogilvy had made only one bogey in the first three rounds, but doubled that count after this

first two holes yesterday. With the Plantation course soft from overnight rain that lasted into the morning, Ogilvy missed the fairway to the right on the opening hole and couldn’t reach the green, missing an 18-foot par putt. He found a bunker with his tee shot on the second hole, blasted out to about 6 feet and missed that putt. Just like that, his lead was down to three shots over Kim, who birdied two of the opening three holes. And even after Ogilvy appeared to steady himself with an up-and-down birdie on the par-5 fifth, followed by another good pitch to 5 feet for birdie on the sixth, he was grinding. He hit the wrong club on the seventh, came up short and took bogey. Then he missed his target some 20 yards to the right on the par-3 eighth and took another bogey. “I’ve never had a six-shot lead before. It’s a pretty uncomfortable feeling, to be honest with you,” Ogilvy said.

Jo’burg joy for Hansen AP, Johannesburg



Anders Hansen celebrates his victory with bubbly.

nders Hansen birdied the final hole on Sunday to finish at 15-under 269 and beat Andrew McLardy by one stroke at the Joburg Open. The Dane shot a 5-under 66 at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club East Course to hold off McLardy, who finished second for the

second time in three years after a 68. “I played really nice on the front side there hitting a lot of good shots so that was very good,” said Hansen, who had six birdies, including four straight from the sixth hole. Hansen had a 20-footer for eagle on No 18, but he left it three feet short before sinking his birdie putt. McLardy birdied

Nos 10, 11 and 12 to close in on the leader, but six consecutive pars – five of which could have been converted to birdies – left the South African short. McLardy also had a 25-foot putt to get into a play-off, but his shot fell two feet short. Retief Goosen (74) entertained the crowd with a 240yard albatross on the 18th.


Linesman baffled by Utd corner AP, Manchester, England


espite beating Chelsea 3-0 on Sunday, Manchester United’s players were angry after a canny corner that Cristiano Ronaldo headed into goal was disallowed. When United won a corner on the stroke of half-time, Wayne Rooney nonchalantly rolled the ball into the quadrant and then nudged it back out. The touch signified the corner being taken and the ball was left for Ryan Giggs. It was virtually unnoticed inside Old Trafford and apparently the linesman didn’t notice it either because when Giggs ambled back to collect the ball – and then run it forward before delivering the cross to Ronaldo’s head – referee Howard Webb blew his whistle. “I don’t think the linesman knew Wayne had taken a short one. I don’t know if Wayne had told him,” Giggs said. “I just jogged past Wayne and he said he’d took it, so it was clearly outside the D so I just ran across and took it.” Rooney and Giggs reacted angrily after the goal was disallowed and confronted the linesman. “I don’t see what the problem was,” Rooney said. “I took the ball and rolled it out of the D ... the linesman got it wrong.” Although Webb wouldn’t reverse his decision, Giggs floated in a traditional corner seconds later and Nemanja Vidic headed it in to give United a 10 lead. “Luckily we scored just after that,” Giggs said.



Tuesday, January 13, 2009



BECKS SURPRISED Englishman gets a starting place for Milan in Rome draw AFP, Rome

ormer England captain David Beckham admitted he was surprised to be handed a start on his debut for AC Milan in their 2-2 Serie A draw at AS Roma. On-loan Beckham was taken off a minute from time in a pulsating encounter that saw Mirko Vucinic, for the hosts, and Pato, for Beckham’s team, both grab a brace. It wasn’t the dream start that Beckham would have wished for but he gave an industrial performance on the right of a three-man midfield and showed several glimpses of his passing range, crossing ability and even his sterling defensive work. He had one shot on goal but his curled effort from outside the area lacked the pace to trouble Doni in the Roma goal. But that didn’t detract from



AC Milan forward Alexandre Pato, right, celebrates with David Beckham after scoring against AS Roma. the former Manchester United and Real Madrid man’s enjoyment of the occasion. “I enjoyed it immensely, I was surprised to start the game but given the chance I really enjoyed it,” he said. Beckham began the match by staying deep and often leaving his team-mates to forage for-

ward but as the game wore on and he found his feet, he increasingly started to make typical bursting runs down the right flank, whilst also coming inside to see more of the ball. He said, however, that the differences between Italian football and that in Spain or England were not so great.

“It’s similar, of course there’s more of a tactical level in Italy, there always has been that and there always will be but I think I adapted pretty well and I enjoyed it. Tactically we like to keep the ball in midfield and play the ball forward as much as we can and once you get into the game it opens up more.” Beckham didn’t get a chance to strike one of his trademark free-kicks despite Milan having two opportunities around the edge of the box. But with Ronaldinho and Andrea Pirlo in the side, the Englishman admitted he might have to bide his time before getting to set his sights. “Of course we all take it in turns, if one of the other players feels like he can score from a free-kick then I’ll let them do that but I’m sure I will get my chance.” As for communication, Beckham, who speaks Spanish but not Italian, revealed he is having few problems talking to his team-mates.

The striker celebrates his 500th goal for Madrid.

Raul joins elite club Real Madrid icon Raul notched up his 500th league appearance for the club in Sunday’s 3-0 win over Real Mallorca for another personal landmark in a career spanning 14 years. Raul was on target scoring Real’s second goal and his match tally means he is just 24 games short of the club record held by former team-mate Manuel Sanchis. At 31, Raul becomes the youngest player to reach 500 league games and sits in sixth position in the standings. “I’ve given 14 years of my life to this badge and I’m still hungry,” Raul said. “I still remember my debut against [Real] Zaragoza.” - A F P

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


Datsakorn fit for Asian Cup D A I LY X P R E S S


hailand received good news after touching down in Jordan’s capital, Amman, with key midfielder Datsakorn Thonglao being declared fit for the opening match of the Asian Cup qualifiers tomorrow. The Thai team is seeking to banish memories of the heartbreaking loss to Vietnam in the final of last month’s ASEAN Football Federation’s Suzuki Cup with a strong start to the qualifying campaign in Group E, which also includes regional powerhouse Iran, and Singapore. After taking a four-hour flight from its training camp in Qatar, the team, led by assistant trainer Steve Derby after national coach Peter Reid had to return to England due to a family bereavement, was greeted with chilly conditions in Amman. The daytime temperatures are hovering around 13 degrees Celsius but can drop to below zero at night.

RADOMYOS SUPERB National swimmer claims two golds for Chulalongkorn DAILY XPRESS


ational athletes plunged into the second day of the 36th Thailand University Games in Ramkhamhaeng yesterday, with Chulalungkorn and Kasem Bundit students coming up top. Radomyos Madjua made a big splash at the Sports Authority of Thailand’s pool to rewrite his own 200m butterfly record. Radomyos, who performed superbly at the recent National Games in Phitsanulok to capture seven gold medals for overall champions Bangkok, clinched two golds yesterday. His surge to win the men’s 200m breaststroke was impressive, but in the 200m butterfly event, the Chulalongkorn swimmer retained his title with a record-shattering 2:06.74. Swimming queen Natthanun

RESULTS NFL Yesterday’s second round play-off results: American Football Conference At Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh 35 San Diego 24 National Football Conference At New York: Philadelphia 23 New York Giants 11

basketball NBA Yesterday’s results: Boston 94, Toronto 88; Philadelphia 109, Atlanta 94; Phoenix 109, LA Clippers 103; Orlando 105, San Antonio 98; Golden State 120, Indiana 117; Sacramento 102, Dallas 95; LA Lakers 108, Miami 105

golf USPGA Mercedes-Benz Championship Yesterday’s fourth round scores in Kapalua, Hawaii (USA unless noted): 268 - Geoff Ogilvy (AUS) 67-6865-68 274 - Anthony Kim 71-68-68-67, Davis Love 69-70-68-67 275 - Sean O'Hair 69-70-71-65 276 - Justin Leonard 74-67-65-70 277 - Ernie Els (RSA) 68-69-73-

67, Zach Johnson 71-75-64-67, Kenny Perry 68-71-68-70, DJ Trahan 70-66-70-71 278 - Johnson Wagner 68-71-7069 279 - Dustin Johnson 72-72-6867 280 - Will MacKenzie 72-70-6969, Chez Reavie 75-70-68-67, Camilo Villegas (COL) 74-67-6673 281 - KJ Choi (KOR) 71-71-66-73, Boo Weekley 70-70-69-72 282 - Carl Pettersson (SWE) 7272-70-68 283 - Brian Gay 72-70-70-71, Ryuji Imada (JPN) 69-70-74-70, Adam Scott (AUS) 73-67-73-70 284 - Trevor Immelman (RSA) 72-74-69-69, Richard S. Johnson (SWE) 72-72-71-69 285 - Cameron Beckman 76-7366-70 286 - Stewart Cink 74-67-71-74, Steve Lowery 69-75-70-72, Parker McLachlin 77-69-69-71 287 - Daniel Chopra (SWE) 7969-67-72, Vijay Singh (FIJ) 73-7371-70 Joburg Open Sunday’s final round scores in Johannesburg: 269 - Anders Hansen (DEN) 7168-64-66 270 - Andrew McLardy (RSA) 6568-69-68 271 - David Drysdale (SCO) 6566-71-69 272 - Tyrone van Aswegen (RSA) 69-65-70-68, Danny Willett (ENG) 67-66-71-68, Charl Schwartzel (RSA) 68-71-63-70 273 - David Dixon (ENG) 68-69-



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Natthanun Junkrajang on her way to winning the 50m breaststroke gold yesterday. Junkrajang of the University of Thai Chamber of Commerce, who swept nine golds at the National Games, also landed two titles – the 50m breaststroke and the 800m freestyle.


However, her determined bid for the 4x100m freestyle relay medal was sunk by a poor showing from her team-mates. UTCC finished fifth. Chulalongkorn swam away

with the gold medal, clocking 4:07.08. Chula ruled the pool yesterday, plundering four out of the six golds at stake. Meanwhile, Beijing-bound javelin thrower Buoban Pamang of Kasem Bundit overcame her shoulder injury to take the gold with a 45.08m first attempt, a far cry from her personal best of 61.40m at the Bangkok Universiade. In the badminton competition, world No 34 Salakjit Ponsana assisted Sripatum University to win the women’s team gold, while Chulalongkorn took the men’s competition. Hosts Ramkamhaeng University claimed its first two gold medals, one going to Junya Kerdtho in the women’s singles petanque. Kasem Bundit and Chulalongkorn lead the medal charge with five golds apiece. However, the former are in pole position with eight silvers versus the latter’s two.

Blackhawks gun down Predators Nikolai Khabibulin made 26 saves, and Dustin Byfuglien, Dave Bolland and Martin Havlat scored to help Chicago defeat Nashville.

68-68, Joakim Haeggman (SWE) 69-68-66-70, Richard McEvoy (ENG) 69-65-72-67 274 - Estanislao Goya (ARG) 7069-69-66, Louis Oosthuizen (RSA) 71-66-67-70

ice hockey NHL Yesterday’s results: Chicago 3, Nashville 1; Anaheim 4, New Jersey 3; Edmonton 2, St Louis 1

rallying Dakar Results of Sunday’s eighth stage from Valparaiso to La Serena, Chile: Cars: 1. Carlos Sainz (ESP/Volkswagen) 3hr 47min 19sec, 2. Dieter Depping (GER/Volkswagen) at 04:02, 3. Mark Miller (USA/Volkswagen) 04:12 Overall standings: 1. Carlos Sainz (ESP/Volkswagen) 27hr 29min 59sec, 2. Giniel De Villiers (RSA/Volkswagen) 10:57, 3. Mark Miller (USA/Volkswagen) 18:05 Motorcycles: 1. Cyril Despres (FRA/KTM) 4hr 07min 39sec, 2. Marc Coma (ESP/KTM) at 01:49, 3. Francisco Lopez (CHI/KTM) 02:56 Overall: 1. Marc Coma (ESP/KTM) 30hr 33min 15sec, 2. David Fritigni (FRA/Yamaha) at 1 h

06:28, 3. Cyril Despres (FRA/KTM) 1 h 33:34

soccer English Premier League Sunday’s results: Wigan 1 (Figueroa 90) Tottenham 0; Man United 3 (Vidic 45, Rooney 63, Berbatov 87) Chelsea 0 French League Sunday’s results: Bordeaux 4 (S Diawara 10, Cavenaghi 35, Gourcuff 70, Fernando 87) Paris Saint Germain 0 Italian Serie A Sunday’s results: Napoli 1 (Maggio 80) Catania 0;Bologna 1 (Di Vaio 45-pen) Chievo 1 (Pellissier 43);Udinese 1 (Domizzi 62) Sampdoria 1 (Delvecchio 57); Palermo 3 (Miccoli 22, Bresciano 39, Cavani 81) Atalanta 2 (Floccari 65, Ferreira Pinto 78);Reggina 2 (Corradi 4, Cozza 63) Lazio 3 (Pandev 14, 21, 76);Fiorentina 1 (Felipe Melo 24) Lecce 2 (Giacomazzi 6, Castillo 28); Juventus 1 (Del Piero 33) Siena 0; AS Roma 2 (Vucinic 22, 71) AC Milan 2 (Pato 48, 53) Spanish League Sunday’s results: Real Mallorca 0 Real Madrid 3 (Robben 3, Raul 17, Ramos 66); Numancia 2 (Barkero 8-pen, Aranda 80) Getafe 0; Racing Santander 1 (Pereira 33) Recreativo Huelva 1 (Camunas 42); Sporting Gijon 2 (Carmelo 18, Barral 35) Valladolid 1 (Calvo 88); Real Betis 1 (Emana 38) Malaga 2

(Apono 18-pen, Eliseu 90); Atletico Madrid 2 (Lopez 15, Forlan 90) Athletic Bilbao 3 (Koikili 45, Dominguez 50-og, Llorente 65); Espanyol 2 (Roman 62, Pareja 90) Almeria 2 (Uche 4, 54); Osasuna 2 (Flano 62, Pandiani 72) Barcelona 3 (Eto'o 44, Xavi 80, Messi 84)

ON TV Cilic, left, and Somdev

tennis Sydney International Women Caroline Wozniacki (DEN x8) b Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 6-1 62; Kaia Kanepi (EST) b Angelique Kerber (GER) 6-1 7-5; Alize Cornet (FRA) b Nadia Petrova (RUS x7) 6-2 6-4; Vera Dushevina (RUS) b Emelyn Starr (AUS) 6-0 6-1; Melanie South (GBR) b Marion Bartoli (FRA) 1-1 ret. (left calf strain); Elena Dementieva (RUS x3) b Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) 7-5 6-1Men Tommy Robredo (ESP x7) b Jurgen Melzer (AUT) 6-3 6-4; Michael Llodra (FRA) b Denis Gremelmayr (GER) 6-0 6-2; Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) b Feliciano Lopez (ESP) 6-2 7-6 (11/9) Chennai Open Sunday’s results: Singles final: Marin Cilic (CRO x3) b Somdev Devvarman (IND) 6-4 7-6 (7/3) Doubles final: Eric Butorac/Rajeev Ram (USA) b Jean-Claude Scherrer/Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) 6-3 6-4



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VINTAGEDEL Alessandro Del Piero, 34, strikes a blow for seniors, proving that age is no barrier to thriving at the top level. MOTOR R ACI NG


World Championship runner-up Felipe Massa described the new Ferrari F60 Formula One car as “cute” after it was unveiled on Monday. Massa was the first to test the 2009 Ferrari model – successor to the F2008 – which has been radically adapted to comply with new International Automobile Federation (FIA) stipulations aimed at encouraging overtaking. “With all the new rules I was expecting a different type of car, like 10 years ago with big wings, so I was surprised. The new F60 seems tiny, very compact and cute.” The car is named F60 in reference to the number of championships Ferrari have participated in and becomes the 55th different F1 car designed by the Italian manufacturer. Most of the design changes have been imposed by the FIA in order to increase overtaking in a sport often lacking in excitement due to the difficulties in passing the car in front. – AFP



McNabb sends Giants crashing

Fergie bites back at Benitez criticism

Donovan McNabb ran for a touchdown and threw for another as the Philadelphia Eagles dethroned reigning Super Bowl champions, the New York Giants . The Pittsburgh Steelers also advanced to the Conference Championship round by defeating the >PAGE 24 San Diego Chargers 35-24.

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson hit back at his Liverpool counterpart Rafael Benitez on Sunday, calling the Spaniard’s criticism of him “ridiculous”. “I think you have to cut through the venom of what Benitez said. He was an angry man, for some reason >PAGE 22 or other.”

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In a day of firsts at this year’s Golden Globe – Kate Winslet and Mickey Rourke win their first; the rags-to-riches tale from India, ‘Slumdo...

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In a day of firsts at this year’s Golden Globe – Kate Winslet and Mickey Rourke win their first; the rags-to-riches tale from India, ‘Slumdo...