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Thursday, March 12, 2009 VOL 2, NO 297


Teens need pals, not preachy parents By Krisakorn ‘DJ Kris’ Bhumirat Host of iTeen on Channel 5


orking as a DJ on radio and TV, I get a lot of requests for advice from teenagers. I’d suggest that all parents stay friendly with their kids if they want to raise them well: it’s best to be just like close pals. Listening and giving advice is always better than preaching. Another key is to encourage them in what they love to do. With the right support, teens can be nurtured to become “quality” adults. More importantly, whenever your child encounters a problem, you will be the first one they turn to.


YOUR health

NO laughing matter

Feeling the pinch of the economic crisis, ex-comedian Cholay Dokkradon is dearly hoping to hit the stage again >PAGE 2

Get advice on kid-friendly veggies; check out the latest in eye treatment, and see how you can keep fit >PAGE 10


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75.3 bn


THE AMOUNT spent using credit cards in January – a 9.45% drop compared to last year

Grisly finds

4 bodies discovered during search of sunken dive boat D A I LY X P R E S S Phuket

To the rescue


he bodies of four missing tourists were yesterday found trapped inside their dive boat, which capsized in a sudden storm on Sunday night off Phuket’s Promthep Cape. Six dive masters from the Dive Asia Company, which operated the ill-fated diving trip, began an underwater search at 3.30pm yesterday.

Trapped in sleeping quarters They told police they spotted the bodies of three women and one man inside sleeping quarters on the Chokesomboon 19 boat but were unable to retrieve them, said Pol Lt-Colonel Prasert Srikhunrat, deputy commander of Marine Police Division 8. The mission to retrieve the bodies will resume today. Police said the bodies were believed to be those of an Austrian, a German and two Swiss nationals. The boat was resting 70 metres below the sea’s surface meaning the divers were limited to a 20minute search, said Prasert. Two people remain missing. Meanwhile, the husband and daughter of Austrian tourist Gabrielle Jetzinger, 52, used dental records, and a ring and watch she was wearing to positively identify her body. DAILY


Five-year-old Thanwuth Rungkitthanasal cries for help as a fire rages through the second floor of his family’s home in Udon Thani’s Muang district yesterday. Rescue officials later remove the iron bars and quickly get the boy to safety.

HE’S A BABE! Comedian Cholay Dokkradon began his comeback trail at Victory Monument yesterday By Wannapa Phetdee D A I LY X P R E S S


he economic crash has hit ex-comedian Cholay Dokkradon so hard that he’s decided to try his luck in show biz again. In a dramatic bid to make the headlines (it worked), Cholay donned a sequinned evening gown yesterday for a stroll around Victory Monument.

No whistles, plenty of laughs “I’ve never looked good in women’s clothes,” Cholay said, in masterly understatement. “But I know the audience will go for this.” His dress and hairstyle was a take-off of singer Marsha Wattanapanich’s talk-of-thetown appearance at the recent Subhanahongsa awards ceremony. “I thought a similar style

would catch people’s attention,” Cholay said. He shimmied around Victory Monument, pausing only to hand out name cards and badger people to hire him for a show. “The response is warm. I’m grateful,” he said. There were words of greeting and support, and even flowers. Some people offered him money too, but he politely refused. “I can’t accept money without doing anything for them in return. If they hire me for a show, at least I can give them some laughter.”

New troupe, new shows Plans for shows are underway, with eight veteran comedians already recruited for his new troupe and two new faces yet to be found. “Aside from the ability to

HE SHIMMIED AROUND VICTORY MONUMENT TO BADGER PEOPLE TO HIRE HIM FOR A SHOW.“I CAN’T ACCEPT MONEY WITHOUT DOING ANYTHING IN RETURN.IF THEY HIRE ME FOR A SHOW,AT LEAST I CAN GIVE THEM SOME LAUGHTER,”HE SAYS. provoke laughter, they must be either extremely handsome or hideously ugly,” Cholay said, adding happily that his troupe had already attracted bookings. “We will be debuting this weekend,” he said. Big comedy shows at entertainment venues are only part of Cholay’s plans – he’s taking bookings for birthday parties, wedding ceremonies and other special occasions, too.

Tears of a clown Cholay – real name Nirun Changklang – quit comedy a

few years back to pursue an acting career. When the acting jobs dried up it looked like his show biz dream had ended. With his small savings, he hoped to start a new, quieter life selling books. But after finding that flogging print doesn’t pay, he’s seeking out the limelight again. “Every month, I have to dig deep into my fast-shrinking life savings. I need to make a change because I have a house to pay for, and the debts could get out of control.”

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SWEETENING A BITTER PILL Student volunteers ease the strain and bring smiles to a Nonthaburi hospital

Forget your belongings in a taxi? Don’t worry!

By Wannapa Phetdee D A I LY X P R E S S



he change in patients is easy to see,” says Dr Praputh Leelaprute, director of Bangbuathong Hospital. “They’re simply happy to have the students around, reading books, the dharma or newspapers to them.” The Nonthaburi hospital has been inviting local students to volunteer their services to ease the stress of patients’ life since 2007. To date, more than 1,000 from 12 schools have answered the call, with a core of 200-300 from seven schools volunteering regularly at the hospital. So far 150 students have been presented with certificates of appreciation.

Patients recover faster “The students choose whatever work they think best suits them,” says Praputh. “They can help patients with information, serve them drinks, help out at the pharmacy, and play folk songs, read books or chat to patients to keep their morale up.” Praputh adds that the project aims to instil a volunteer spirit in primary, secondary and vocational students. The

The Metropolitan Police has joined forces with Sor Wor Por 91 (FM91) traffic radio station to launch a project that will help passengers get back their belongings they leave in taxis. Under the Taxi Oonjai Khonghai Daikheun project, passengers can make a free call to hotline 1644 to keep a record of which taxi they ride in, says station executive Jaiton Sriwangpol. If they forget any of their belongings in the taxi, the station can help contact the driver so he can return the items, she adds. The idea came after many passengers contacted the station to ask it to locate forgotten items. Many taxis, too, have asked the station for help so they could return the items to their rightful owners. D A I LY X P R E S S

A student helps parents of a girl to fill in her patient’s personal information form.

benefit to patients is very real. “The students help us reduce patients’ stress, and as a result they get well sooner,” he says. “No one wants to be in hospital, so it’s heartening to see

that patients are actually smiling on the wards,” says Vipada Supphaprachakon, 18, a volunteer student from Bangnuathong School. Vipada has been joining staff

at the information centre to give patients advice for more than a year now, and she’s proud to be easing their burden. “We hardly ever see Thais

helping other people in need these days,” says Vipada. “Getting the chance to do something for distressed people in my community is a great feeling.”



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22% of online gamers in the US are aged 13 to 17

briefly Coolio charged over drugs


Prosecutors in Los Angeles say Coolio has been charged with cocaine possession. The 45-year-old rapper, whose real name is Artis Leon Ivey, was also charged with battery stemming from his Friday arrest at Los Angeles International Airport. Authorities say he grabbed a screener’s arm to prevent a luggage search. Ivey was released on $10,000 (Bt360,000) bail and is scheduled for arraignment on April 3. The rapper gained fame for his 1995 single Gangsta’s Paradise.

That’s not magic!

Japan’s teacher robot Saya smiles and shows surprise during a demonstration in Tokyo yesterday. Saya can express six human emotions because its rubber skin is being pulled from the back with motors and wiring around the eyes and mouth.

Burglar,90, arrested in Peru A 90-year-old woman was arrested in Lima for taking part in a burglary. The woman, who looked like a sweet grandmother, arrived with two other women at a house that was for sale in the neighbourhood of Los Olivos in the Peruvian capital. The elderly woman distracted the owner, pretending to negotiate for the house, while the other two stole valuable objects. When they were found out, the three women fled for a taxi that was waiting for them. The elderly woman, however, did not make it fast enough and had to run off. She was arrested just two blocks away. At the police station, she initially lied about her name and told police that the two other women had tricked her by saying they were just going for a ride. However, when her real name was known, the authorities learned she had a record as a thief. The woman was released given her age. – D P A

Make way for the

robot teacher With an eerily human-like face, Saya can express six basic emotions A P , Tokyo


apan’s robot teacher calls roll, smiles and scolds, drawing laughter from students with her eerily lifelike face. But the developer says it’s not about to replace human instructors. Unlike more mechanicallooking robots like Honda Motor’s Asimo, the robot teacher, called Saya, can express six basic emotions – surprise, fear, disgust, anger, happiness, sadness – because its rubber skin is being pulled from the back with motors and wiring around the eyes and mouth.

In a demonstration, the robot’s mouth popped open, its eyes widened and eyebrows arched to appear surprised. Saya pulled back on its lips to make a smile, and said simple phrases such as “Thank you”, while its lips moved to express pleasure.

A big hit with children “Robots that look human tend to be a big hit with children and the elderly,” said Hiroshi Kobayashi, Tokyo University of Science professor and Saya’s developer. “Children even start crying when they are scolded.”

First developed as a receptionist robot in 2004, Saya was tested in a Tokyo classroom earlier this year with a handful of fifth and sixth graders, although it still can’t do much more than call roll and shout orders like “Be quiet”. The children had great fun, Kobayashi recalled, tickled when it called out their names. Still, it’s just remote-controlled by a human watching the interaction through cameras, he said. Japan and other nations are hopeful robotics will provide a solution to their growing labour shortage problem as populations age. But scientists express concern about using a machine to take care of children and the elderly.

A magician who posted videos online detailing a “trip” he made in a crate aboard a cargo plane from upstate New York to Las Vegas admitted it was an elaborate hoax. “It was a publicity stunt right from the start,” said Wade Whitcomb of North Syracuse, after federal officials declared the event a hoax. “The FBI spoke to Whitcomb; he did not ship himself anywhere. We have no further interest in this,” FBI spokesman Richard Kolko said. – AP

Naked officer An off-duty police officer has been arrested after being caught naked in a Hong Kong park wearing only fishnet stockings. A pair of high-heeled shoes was found next to the 49-year-old senior constable when police were called to the park by an alarmed passerby. The married constable, who hurriedly put on a jacket before his arrest, had driven to the park to seek thrills by dressing as a woman, according to the South China Morning Post. “He was not under the influence of drink or drugs,” a police source said. – DPA

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Utah happiest of US states A P , Washington



Ring true A model displays three latest rings named Macaron designed by FrEnch jewel company Boucheron during a fashion show in Taipei yesterday. The price for each ring ranges between US$6,000 (Bt215,000) and $10,000.

Son jailed for family murder he blamed on brother An Australian man who murdered his parents and got away for 15 years by successfully blaming his brother – whom he also killed – was jailed for life yesterday. Jeffrey Gilham, then 23, stabbed his father, mother and brother to death in their Sydney home in 1993, but told police he killed his sibling in a fit of rage after discovering he had murdered their parents. He pleaded guilty in 1995 to the manslaughter of his 25-year-old brother, escaping with a five-year good behaviour bond. But Judge Roderick Howie said the crimes had been coldly planned for weeks, with Gilham calculating he “would be pitied as a loving son who reacted in an extraordinary fashion to the scene of horror that confronted him”. He described Gilham, 39, as a “consummate liar and brilliant actor”. Gilham was eventually charged with the killings in February 2006 after 13 years of campaigning by his paternal uncles who believed that he, and not his brother, had murdered the family. AFP

Teens with low vitamin D have higher risk of heart disease A F P , Chicago


eens with lower levels of vitamin D have a higher risk of heart disease and diabetes and are significantly more likely to have high blood pressure and blood sugar, a study released yesterday has found. The researchers also found that on average white teens had vitamin D levels almost twice as high as African-American teens and about 30 per cent higher than MexicanAmerican teens. “These data on serum vitamin D levels in young people raise some concern about their food choices and even the amount of time they spend in the sunshine,” said Robert Eckel, a past president of the American Heart Association.

How vitamin D helps The body produces vitamin D in response to exposure to the sun and it can also be found in a number of foods such as fortified milk, fish and eggs. Vitamin D helps to maintain strong bones by aiding in the absorption of calcium and also helps maintain normal blood levels of phosphorus and calcium. It is a fat-soluble vitamin and low levels are common among those who are overweight or have abdominal obesity. But even after adjusting for body mass, physical activity levels, age, sex, race or ethnicity and socio-economic levels, researchers still found significant links between low levels of vitamin D and poor health among teens.

ooking for happiness? It’s familyfriendly communities for some, tropical paradise or the rugged West for others. A survey of Americans’ well-being gives high marks to Utah, which boasts lots of outdoor recreation for its youthful population. Speaking of outdoor recreation, the islands of Hawaii took second place and Wyoming was third in the poll that rated such variables as mental, physical and economic health. The poll was conducted by Gallup in partnership with Healthways and America’s Health Insurance Plans.

Virginia ranked last Fun outdoors obviously was not the only criteria – “wild, wonderful” West Virginia was ranked last among the states. And the bluegrass state of Kentucky was 49th, with Mississippi 48th on the list. In general, highest well-being scores came from states in the West while the

lowest were concentrated in the South. The happiest congressional districts were some of the wealthiest, while the lowest scores came in some of the poorest. Jim Harter, a researcher at Gallup, said he was reluctant to explain regional differences without more study, but he suspected that some of the variations are explained by income. For example, when people were asked to examine their status in life now and five years from now, wealthier people tended to score higher. The survey attempts to measure people’s well-being. It examines their eating and exercise habits, work environment and access to basic necessities, just to name some of the criteria. The massive survey involved more than 350,000 interviews. Examples of the questions include: Did you smile or laugh a lot yesterday? Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with your job or the work you do? Did you eat healthy all day yesterday? Do you feel safe walking alone at night?


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“This is most incredibly fun thing I’ve ever done. Nerds can dance!”



CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH THE CLASSICS House cinema on RCA digs into the vaults for a series of nostalgic screenings during the ‘Week of Siam’ D A I LY X P R E S S


ans of old Thai films are in for a treat as House cinema on Royal City Avenue dusts off celluloid classics for a series of screenings that will run for the last week of every month starting at the end of this month. The “Week of Siam” campaign, which continues to the end of August, will also include seminars and exhibitions and feature 35mm movies as well as 16mm films and digital media.

March 26-April 1: Laan Laew Jaa Six movies by veteran director Dokdin Kanyaman, who coined the popular phrase “Laan Laew Jaa” (“It’s a million!”), whenever box-office takings hit the Bt1million mark (24 movies reached that magic figure). Titles include “Kung Nang” (1976), “Mam Jaa” (1975), “ Sign Sum-oy” (1977) and “Khon Kin Mia” (1974).

April 23-29: Serious Week Five films from different directors focusing on various social problems will be screened, among them “Muang Nai Mok” by the late Permpol Choeiarun, “Khon Klang Dad” (1987) “Cheewit Busob” (1976), “Muang Khorthan” (“Beggar’s Town”) (1978), “Laa” (1977) and “Theppajao Baan Bangpoon” (1980).

May 28-June 3: Than Mui Week Among the movies by MC Chatrichalerm Yukol showcase are the original version of “Khwam Rak K h r u n g Sudtai”

(“Last Love”, 1975), “Khao Chue Kan” (“Dr Karn”, 1973), and the action-packed “Phom Maiyak Pen Pan Tho” (“The Colonel”, 1974).

June 25-July 1: Comedy A variety of comedies have been picked, among them “Mor Song” (1979), “Rak Talen” (1978), “Sueb Yad Sai” (1978) and “Ai Paed New” (1978) by Dokdin Kanyaman.

July 23-July 29: Different kinds of Love These romantic stories from different eras include “Tang Kab Ngan” (1982), “Khoo Kam 2” (1996) and ML Panthevanop Devakula’s “Nang Nuan” (1987).

IN THE HOUSE >> House is on the third floor of the UMG cinemas in RCA Plaza. >> Tickets for film screenings are priced at Bt120 (Bt100 for House members) while DVD screenings are lower at Bt80 (Bt50 for members). >> Part of the proceeds will go towards the fund to build a build a vault for the National Film Archive. >> There won’t be English subtitles on most of the movies. Check beforehand for availability. >> On the Web:

August 27-September 2: Week of Sinjai The campaign will end with films starring talented actress Sinjai Plengpanich, most of them dramas revolving around family affairs and adultery. They include such early works as “Nual Chawee” (1985), “Chan Rak Phua Khao” (1987), and “Chang Man Chan Mai Care” (1986).

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JOHN WOO plans to produce a movie based on the video game “Stranglehold”, which was inspired by his 1992 crime thriller “Hard-Boiled”, which starred Chow Yun-fat and Tony Leung Chiu-wai.

YEARS AGO TODAY, Coca-Cola was sold in bottles for the first time.



a doll!


Girls gather around a life-size Barbie doll cake during Barbie’s 50th-anniversary celebration on Monday in Sydney. Australian designer Alex Perry created Barbie’s dress to commemorate the birthday of the iconic toy.


Rod’s star fans go ‘Sailing’

Nu Wan has Seoul a-flutter Where does

Pawarisa “Nu Wan” Phenjati buy her trademark extra-long eyelashes? There’s a cosmetics store in Nu Wan Seoul that she completely cleans out every time she visits South Korea. She will never, ever run out. Nu Wan runs beauty tours for Thais wanting to get some plastic surgery done in Seoul, so she knows all the best places to shop. When it comes to face-fur, she descends on one particular eyelash emporium and corners the market. On her latest visit she ordered eight dozen pairs – all they had. “I normally just order a whole bunch and pick them up a few days later,” she says, winking loudly.

By Kitchana Lersakvanitchakul

Viva la movies!


John Ratanaweroj, Media of Medias chief executive Charlotte Donavanik and Chatchai Viratyosin, Boonrawd Trading marketing manager.



queezed in with thousands of other Rod Stewart fans at Impact Arena last Wednesday were some of the bright lights of local music history. Surasee Itthikul and Jirapan Ansvanonda of the late-’70s-early-’80s rock band Butterfly were there to see the British veteran sing his greatest hits, as was Somchai Khamlertkul from the Fantasy Five, the 1960s rock ’n’ roll outfit. Also on hand were Jirayus Wattanasin, Saharat “Kong” Sangkaprecha and John Ratanaweroj from the ’80s boy band Nuvo, who sang a number on a small stage in the corridor before the show. And celebrity spotters got to see Rasami Thongsiripaisree, Yasumin Leautamornwattana, Premsinee Rattanasopa and Charlotte Donavanik as they took turns posing in front of the big Rod Stewart poster in the “Singha

California Wow’s Eric Levine and his fiance Varaluck “Joy” Vanichkul.

Benicio Del Toro is the latest

Hollywood celebrity to get chummy with firebrand Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a man despised by American conservatives. Del Toro was in Caracas promoting his biopic “Che” and said he had a “good time” with the “nice” socialist head of state. Chavez, whose best friend is Che Guevara’s old compadre Fidel Castro, has already traded high fives and phone numbers with Sean Penn, Kevin Spacey and Danny Glover.

Contact Soopsip at Premsinee Rattanasopa

Saharat Sangkaprecha

Rasami Thongsiripaisree

Natalie Cheravanont

Surasee Itthikul

Jirapan Ansvanonda




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Araya with a photograph

showing villagers confronted with Van Gogh’s ‘The Midday Sleep’.

The Bangkok Art and Culture Centre is offering a sneak preview of the Thai art project going on display at the prestigious Venice Biennale in Italy in June. From March 26 to 30 you can see “Gondola al Paradiso Co Ltd”, the collective project of Michael Shaowanasai, Sakarin Krue-on, Sudsiri Pui-ock, Suporn Chusongdej, and Wantanee Siripattananuntakul. Thavorn Ko-udomvit is organising the exhibit as a mock tour agency that asks whether what we see is real or an illusion. Check it out at www. The centre is at the Pathumwan intersection opposite MBK and open daily from 10 to 9.

Always a great notion The Ploy Saeng Festival 2 at the Thailand Creative and Design Centre tomorrow through Sunday is an ideas exchange that will be packed with clever inventions. “From Idea to Profit” is the title of a discussion tomorrow from 6.30 to 9pm with Suthipong Thamawuit of the TV show “Khon-Kon-Khon”, animator Wisut Ponnimit and Surapon Leelapanumach of the bookstore Blue Door. Art and crafts from more than 100 shops will be on view in Gallery 2 on the weekend. The centre is on the sixth floor of the Emporium. Call (02) 664 8448 or visit www.TCDC.


Sneak peak at Venice

Renoir among the rustics Plop a famous painting of a banquet in front of a poor farmer and he’ll ask what’s for dinner. What does this say about art?

The farmers analyse Renoir’s By Khetsirin Pholdhampalit D A I LY X P R E S S


ith its naked woman sitting casually on the lawn chatting with a pair of fully dressed men, Edouard Manet’s “Luncheon on the Grass” is baffling even for Western art students. What would an uneducated Thai farmer make of it? Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook decided to find out in response to a Chinese commentator’s prescription that Asian art needs some sharp criticism from the West if it’s to improve. She flipped the quotient around and asked a group of

Chiang Mai villagers to assess the Manet, Van Gogh’s “The Midday Sleep”, Renoir’s “Ball at the Moulin de la Galette” and Millet’s “The Gleaners”. With Araya videotaping them from behind, the farmers perched in front of the well-known European paintings and discussed what they saw in the details. The videos are part of her Bangkok exhibition called “In This Circumstance, the Sole Object of Attention Should Be the Treachery of the Moon”. Revered as masterpieces in the art world, the European paintings are valueless to the

farmers, Araya points out. They react by relating what they see to their own lives. Renoir’s revelry is rated on food and drink. Van Gogh’s work hints at lottery numbers. The videos force you to re-evaluate the “masterpieces” for yourself and give some further thought to what constitutes art. The exhibition’s long title is the name of another video, showing people passing each other in opposite directions in a rice field. It’s Araya’s lament that, when we err, we tend to blame the moon – blame anything other than ourselves.

‘Ball at the Moulin de la Galette’.

XTRA MASTERS IN PIECES >> The show continues until

April 10 at the Ardel Gallery of Modern Art at 99/45 Belle Ville, Boromrachachonnanee Road Km 10.5 in Bangkok’s Thawee Wattana district. >> The gallery is open daily

except Monday from 10 to 6.30. Call (02) 422 2092 or visit

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do it! The Dartmouth Club of Thailand is holding a buffet supper on Sunday at 7 at 30/1 Sukhumvit Soi 47 to meet and welcome Professor Francis E Kennedy and his wife along with two Thayer School students attending Chulalongkorn University. All Friends of Dartmouth are invited to attend. Call (02)

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Tata Young headlines th e Cool Music Fest’s “Yest erday Love Song” on April 5 at Ocean Mari na in Patta ya, along with In B Chalatit, Lip udokan, Ben ta Colour. The , and Tattoo beachfront show starts at 7. Tic Bt1,000 to kets cost from Bt2 concert only ,000 for the o VIP packag r you can get a e for Bt9,0 00 that includ es a two-n ight stay for tw oa Resort and t Rawintra Spa. V

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Save the planet, one cup at a time Fun to run

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Starbucks encourages customers to reduce the use of paper and plastic cups and bring along their own tumblers to fill with their favourite brews. Coffee quaffers with their own mugs get a Bt10 discount. Or you can opt for a Starbucks tumbler, made of recycled materials and available in eight-, 12- or 16-ounce sizes. With the purchase, you’ll get one free beverage to put in it. The offer is available at all Starbucks branches in Thailand except Suvarnabhumi until September 10.

The Plaza Athenee Bangkok’s Reflexions restaurant is putting on a benefit dinner from 6.30 to 8 tonight featuring five wines from Sileni Estates winery in Hawke’s Bay – New Zealand’s oldest established vineyard area. Chef Thibault Chiumenti is preparing French canapes. The fee is Bt500 per person and part of the proceeds will go to the Lotus Flower Foundation. Call (02) 650 8800 extension 4302

In the bag Don’t forget your Central cloth bag next time you go shopping! Show your Wildlife Print or Arianna cloth bag at Central stores between the 15th and 17th of every month throughout this year,

and you’ll receive extra 20 points in your 1Card as a reward. The points are good towards discounts of up to 50 per cent during the 1Card X-Treme Summer promotion, which runs until May 6.

Flying high Airports of Thailand and Silpakorn University’s Fine Arts, Sculpture and Print Faculty invite students to enter a drawing competition on the topic “Ta Arkatsayanthai Pookpan Chewit Thai” (“Thai life in relation to the airport”) in celebration of AOT’s 30th anniversary. Entries can be sent by post or delivered to the university. Submissions are open from April 28 to May 28. Visit www. or call (02) 535 2663.



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Bring on the light

The new ‘Wavefront’ Lasik technology offers new hope to the very short-sighted By Parinyaporn Pajee D A I LY X P R E S S


or those who wear glasses or contact lenses, perfect vision is the ultimate dream. Many short-sighted or myopic people are already realising that dream by opting for Lasik (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) surgery, a corrective procedure that’s been around for more than a decade, is quick and requires only a few days away from work for the eyes to rest. Now the Thai Eye Centre has upped the ante in eye surgery with the launch of a faster Lasik machine that takes just two seconds for one-diopter corrections. The Allegretto Wave Eye-Q from Germany has received US Food and Drug Administration ratings for delivering the fastest laser vision-correction procedures available. It uses Wavefront Optimised technology at 400Hz repetition rates, reducing treatment time.

Step 1: Corneal flap is created with a microkeratome.

“Sometimes people are nervous and excited when the procedure starts and their eyes are constantly moving, so the faster technology combined with the smaller size of the laser is very helpful,” says ophthalmologist Swasdi Pothikamjorn, owner of the Thai Eye Centre. Surgical success rates currently stand at 97 per cent on

patients whose myopia is measured at less than eight diopters. Both government-run and private hospitals currently operate Lasik centres, offering services at prices that range from Bt10,000 to Bt80,000 per eye. The Thai Eye Centre charges Bt50,000 for the procedure with the Allegretto Wave Eye-Q.

“Though Lasik can solve hyperopia and astigmatism, it’s most effective for myopia,” says Dr Swasdi. Certain people make less than-ideal candidates, so expect the ophthalmologist to check the health of your eye and the thickness of the cornea before accepting you as a patient.


Lasik surgery >> Over 20 years old >> Not pregnant >> Free of any eye disease >> No changes in your eye pre-


quick shots Save your life To encourage Thai women to take advantage of the HPV vaccine against cervical cancer, MSD Thailand, a subsidiary of international pharmaceutical company Merck, has decreased the price of the vaccine by 40 per cent. The vaccine was approved by the Thai FDA in 2007 but has yet to be added to the basic list of immunisations, even though cervical cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in Thai woman. The HPV vaccine protects against four types of the human papillomavirus.

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LASIK surgery with the Allegretto Wave Eye-Q at the Thai Eye Centre.

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Sell those veggies, Mum! My children, aged between four and eight, don’t like eating vegetables. How will this affect their health? Are there other things they can eat? Do you have any suggestions? Fruit and vegetables are very important for a healthy life. They provide a vital source of vitamins A and C as well as minerals. Although some vitamins can be substituted by taking supplements in the form of tablets and syrup, it is difficult to find a substitute for fibre in the diet. The fibre in fruit and vegeta-

bles help the bowels to function and can prevent many diseases. Most babies are happy to eat fruit as one of their first solid foods because they enjoy the taste. Allergies to fruits are also much lower than to some proteins at such an early age. But as children grow up, they often refuse to eat, or eat less, fruit and vegetables. The best advice I can give is to keep trying to encourage your child to eat more fruit and vegetables. Never become convinced that your child dislikes a particular fruit or vegetable because tastes change with age. Even if they refuse the first time, keep try-

ing – they may grow to love the thing they disliked. You should also encourage your children to eat healthily as they become teenagers and young adults.

Tips for parents ■ Set a good example by showing that you enjoy eating fruit and vegetables everyday. ■ Do not make mealtimes stressful. ■ Involve your child when choosing the fruit and vegetables you buy and get them to help in preparation and cooking. ■ Offer fruit or vegetables as a reward for good behaviour or a special achievement instead of sugary sweets or snacks.

The revitalite Healthy Life Management Centre is holding a series of Wellness Retreats for customers signing up for its platinum package. Participants will first undergo a BMI (body mass index) check at the clinic on Soi Ruamrudee, then move to the five-star Kirimaya Golf Resort and Spa in Khao Yai for a range of activities including weight control, tai chi and cooking classes. For more information, call (02) 651 4751-3 or visit www. Revitalite

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Maradona – La Mano de Dios

subtitles at some cinemas.

Palme d’Or winner Emir Kusturica presents this engaging documentary about legendary footballer Diego Maradona. At House.

Slumdog Millionaire

5 Huajai Hero Young Thai martial artists fight terrorists who’ve taken over a hospital. With English subtitles at some cinemas. ★★

Khwamjum Sun Tae Rak Chan Yao Memories and romance mix in the drama about two couples, young and old. With English


On the verge of hitting the jackpot on a game show, a young man recalls his life in the Mumbai slums and his lifelong love for a girl. At Apex. ★★★★

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Nixon is still president and it’s five minutes to Doomsday, someone has killed a masked superhero. ★★★

Milk Oscar winner Sean Penn portrays the first openly gay man to be voted into major public office in the US. ★★★★



A TV-show pup escapes from the set and is shocked to discover he doesn’t really have superpowers. ★★★

A soldier from a far-off world (Jim Caviezel) helps the Vikings battle a monster. ★★

Watchmen In a 1985 America in which

The Pink Panther 2 Bumbling French police inspector Clouseau (Steve Martin) heads

an international task force. At SFW CentralWorld. ★★

Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li This video-game adaptation stars Kristin Kreuk in Bangkok as fearsome fighter Chun-Li. ★

Cyborg She Kwak Jae Yong (“My Sassy Girl”) directs this Japanese romantic comedy about a beautiful female cyborg (Haruka Ayase) who enters the life of meek student Jiro (Keisuke Koide). It has the original Japanese soundtrack and the Thai dub and Thai subtitles but no English subs. It’s priced at Bt180. – DAILY XPRESS

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Luang Phi Kab Phi Khanun A conman-turned-monk faces a ghost. With English subtitles at some cinemas. ★★

Valkyrie Tom Cruise stars as a German army colonel who heads a plot to assassinate Hitler. ★★

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Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo star in this flash-forward romance about a pre-teen girl who goes from geek to glamorous.

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Major Cineplex/EGV Bangkok: (02) 515 5555

Major Hollywood

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SF Cinemas Bangkok: (02) 268 8888 Pattaya: (038) 361 500

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A-Nueng Kidtueng Pen Yang Ying (Miss You Again) Bhandit Rittakol’s directs this third entry in his 1990s “A-Nueng” teen-romance series with the gang returning to their school after learning that the site is going to be turned into a superstore. Stars Ratchawin Wongwiriya, Thanachat Tulayahchat and Namo Thongkumnerd. With English subtitles at some cinemas.

★★★★★ = Must see! ★★★★ = Solidly entertaining ★★★ = It’s okay ★★ = Barely watchable ★ = Don’t bother No star rating means no reviews were available from Daily Xpress staff or agencies.


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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: Lots of doors will open this year if you do things a little differently. Your creative input and attitude will get everyone on board with you. Once you realise you don’t have to go it alone, you will excel. Use your flair and your personal and professional lives will take a turn upward. ARIES *** March 21-April 19 Nurture partnerships of all kinds in order to get the most from each encounter. Mingling with others will allow you to break new ground for future dealings. Love is in the stars. TAURUS *** April 20-May 20 Keep things simple, to the point and cost-efficient and you will score points. Use your voice as a tool to persuade others to help you. A strong figure in your life will guide you with his or her expertise.


GEMINI ***** May 21-June 20 Use your Gemini ingenuity to mastermind whatever needs to be done to make things unfold the way you want. There is money to be made and you can network yourself into a good position. CANCER ** June 21-July 22 Don’t confuse your personal feelings with your professional needs. It’s important to see situations clearly in order to make the best decision. Consider all facets rather than impulsively declining. LEO **** July 23-Aug. 22 Travel, socialising and getting to know someone you love that much better will all be to your advantage. Take a walk down memory lane and learn from the experiences you have already encountered. VIRGO *** Aug. 23-Sept. 22 You are better off throwing your efforts behind your work. Talk is fine but, if action isn’t taken, all the words will be wasted and your reputation hurt. Don’t spend because you are depressed.


LIBRA *** Sept. 23-Oct. 22 You will have to hold things together, even if you are a little emotionally fragile. Social events will help you bring about change and lead to some great friendships. Be an imaginative leader. SCORPIO *** Oct. 23-Nov. 21 Lean toward the unusual and pull in from resources that most would never think to use. You will surprise everyone with your clear-cut vision and ability to pull things together. SAGITTARIUS **** Nov. 22-Dec. 21 Love and romance are looking very good so plan an intimate evening for two. Don’t give in to someone trying to upset your plans. New information may leave you questioning what you want.

Al Jarreau Singer Al Jarreau is 69. Singer-actress Liza Minnelli is 63. Singer James Taylor is 61. Keyboardist Bill Payne of Little Feat is 60. Bassist Steve Harris of Iron Maiden is 53. Singer Marlon Jackson of The Jacksons is 52. Actor Titus Welliver is 48. Actress Julia Campbell is 46. Guitarist Graham Coxon of Blur is 40. Actor Samm Levine is 27. Actress Kendall Applegate is 10.

CAPRICORN ** Dec. 22-Jan. 19 Do not let any emotional matter interfere with what you need to accomplish. A trip will lead to emotional turmoil and should be avoided. Don’t fall for someone who is trying to take advantage of you. AQUARIUS ***** Jan. 20-Feb. 18 You are ready and able to make a difference as long as you do so without force. If you talk constructively about your plans, you can get others to jump on board and help you finish what you started. PISCES *** Feb. 19-March 20 Keep a tight lid on what you are trying to do. It will be the element of surprise that will be the talk of the town. Your insight will help you make the right choices and talk matters through.


Home Product Center Public Company Limited was founded on June 27, 1995 with the initial registered capital of Baht 150 million. The Company is a joint venture between Land and Houses Group, American International Assurance Co., Ltd. and the Sarasin family. The Company was listed in the Stock Exchange of Thailand on October 30, 2001. The Company was established with an objective to operate a retail business by selling goods and providing complete services relating to construction, improvement, decoration and renovation of buildings, houses and residence places under the trade name "HomePro".

Management Trainee - District Manager / GM Store Qualifications: • Age 35-45 years old • Bachelor's or Master's Degree in Business Administration or related field • Prior experience in sales team management, sales target management, customer management, inventory management or overall knowledge of retail operation business / department store will be an advantage • Good English communication skill, good personality and good leadership, Able to work upcountry

Management Trainee - Sale / Administration / Customer Service Qualifications: • Age 28-35 years • Bachelor's or Master's Degree in any field • Minimum 3 years experience in logistics management, sales team management, product delivery management areas or customer services • Willing to work on rotating shift schedules • Experience in retails business or department stores will be an advantage • Able to work upcountry

Advertising Division Manager (Head Office) Qualifications: • Age 28-35 years old • Bachelor's Degree in Marketing or Communication Arts • At least 4 years experience in marketing and advertising management • Good English communication skill, good personality and good leadership, Good computer skill

To join our team, please send your resume and recent photograph to:

Qualifications: • Age 22-35 years old (for the division manager over 27 years old) • Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Marketing, Management, Economics, Statistics or related field • 3-5 experience in retails business or department stores at least 2 years will be an advantage • Good personality, confident, and good negotiation skill • Good computer skill especially in MS Excel

for the automotive industry under the world-renowned “LENSO” brand name. The company recently reached a new milestone in its development. We are now urgently seeking energetic and hard working persons to join our rapidly expanding business as follows:

1. Export Sales Manager - Bachelor’s or higher in Marketing or related field - At least 5 years experience and knowledge in the position - Fluent in spoken and written English

2. Export Sales Coordinator (Spain) Bachelor's degree or higher, male or female Good command of English and Spanish Experience in international sale and coordination Able to work well under time constraint

3. Domestic Sales Manager -

Qualifications: • Age 22-35 years old • Bachelor's Degree in Statistics, Marketing, Business Administration, Economics or related field • At least 2 years experience in sales analysis, inventory, gross profit analysis • Good analytical skill and expertise in MS Excel (such as Pivot table, Macro) • Experience in retail business is a preferable

Buyer Division Manager / Buyer (Head Office)

Lenso Wheel Co., Ltd. manufactures high quality alloy wheels


Data Analyst (Head Office)

Bachelor's degree or higher in Sale and Marketing Male, age between 35-40 years At least 5 years experience in sales team supervision Good negotiation, decision making and problem solving skills Able to work well under pressure

4. Product Manager -

Bachelor's degree or higher in Sale and Marketing Age 30-40 years, male At least 5 years experience in sale and marketing Self-motivated, able to work well under pressure Direct experience in product management will be an advantage All positions: Working experience in car accessories will be an advantage. Interested applicants please apply in person or send your application with a recent photo to:

LENSO WHEEL CO., LTD. 90 Moo 5, Wellgrow Industrial Estate Soi 10, T.Bangsamak, A.Bangpakong, Chachoengsao Thailand 24180 Tel. (6638) 570250 Ext. 104 Fax. (6638) 570254 E-mail :

Home Product Center Public Co., Ltd. Head Office 96/27 M. 9 Bangkhen, Muang, Nonthaburi 11000 (Beside of The Mall Ngamwongwan) Download Map: Tel. 0-2832-1000 ext. 1364, 1399, 1681 Fax: 0-2832-1299 E-mail: or Website:

We are the manufacturer of additives for used in coating and printing ink industries. We are dedicated to become one of the major supplier for the additives through innovation and specialized product.In line with our expansion, we are looking for high potential candidate to be our talented member to be based in Bangkok.

Regional Technical Advisor - Thailand • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Chemical, Science or related fields. • Minimium 3 years related work experience especially in the coating industries especially in the R & D and technical service field. • Proactive and decisive problem solver with good root cause analysis skill • Good command in English and computer skill Candidates, who are interested in this position, please send in your resume along with your recent photo and expected salary to us by e-mail at

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3-2 Martin Brodeur moved within two wins of tying Patrick Roy’s NHL career record of 551 when he made 35 saves in the New Jersey Devils’ 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames.


briefly Riquelme quits after feud with Maradona



Star midfielder Juan Roman Riquelme quit the Argentina team on Tuesday, saying he and coach Diego Maradona did not get along. “We did not agree on much. We do not have the same principles. As he’s long as he’s coach of the team, we cannot work together,” Riquelme said. Maradona had criticised the Boca Juniors star last week and said he was annoyed that his phone calls to Riquelme had not been returned. – AP

Real director for the chop after loss Real Madrid sports chief Pedja Mijatovic is close to being fired following the Spanish giants humiliating 4-0 Champions League defeat at Liverpool in Tuesday, sports daily Marca reported. After the “painful loss to Liverpool”, the departure of the top club official before Real’s next general assembly at the end of March is more likely and could be announced very soon, the newspaper added. The only sticking point is the fact that Mijatovic, who took up the post in 2006 and is under contract until 2010, would qualify for a compensation payment of US$1.3 million if he is fired, it said. – AFP

England go down fighting in WIndies England failed in their bid for a series-levelling victory, when West Indies held on stoutly for a hard-fought draw in the fifth and final Test here on Tuesday. England’s bowlers put in a big effort, after the visitors set West Indies 240 for victory from a minimum of 66 overs, but the home team resisted strongly to finish on 114 for eight when time ran out. Graeme Swann was the pick of the England bowlers with three wickets for 13 runs from 21 overs,

Jimmy Anderson snared three for 24 from 16 overs, and Monty Panesar bagged two for 34 from 19.5 overs. The result meant England lost the five-Test series 0-1, following an innings and 23run defeat in the opening Test at Sabina Park in Jamaica. – AFP

Sehwag smashes NZ to seal series India sealed their first ever oneday international series in New Zealand on Wednesday after Virender Sehwag smashed a brutal quick-fire century in the rain-shortened fourth match. India won by 10 wickets to go 30 up in the five-match series as openers Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir treated the New Zealand bowling attack with disdain. New Zealand scored 270 for five Sehwag in 47 overs in their innings and more rain interruptions saw India declared the winners after reaching 201 for none from 23.3 overs. Sehwag scored 125, reaching three figures off just 60 balls to record the seventh fastest oneday century ever and the fastest by an Indian player, ensuring India’s first one-day series win in New Zealand in six attempts. – AFP

Benitez revels in Real good preparation for Manchester United on Saturday AFP, Liverpool


afael Benitez believes Liverpool’s Champions League humiliation of Real Madrid has set the stage perfectly for his side to cut Manchester United down to earth in Saturday’s make-or-break Premier League clash. Benitez admits Liverpool must win at Old Trafford or forget about catching their rivals in the domestic title race, and a Fernando Torres-inspired 4-0 demolition of Real could hardly have been better preparation. “When you have an important game coming up, if the players play well and score four goals against a top side like Real Madrid you have to be really pleased,” the Spaniard said. “As

a manager maybe it is the best way to approach a big game.” The return of Fernando Torres from injury helped inspire what was arguably Liverpool’s finest display of the season, although their fans would be guilty of wishful thinking if they were to anticipate United’s defence conceding as many chances as Real’s hapless back four did here on Tuesday evening. The irrepressible Torres opened the scoring after quarter of an hour, a penalty from Steven Gerrard killed the tie and the Liverpool captain’s second and a late effort from substitute Andrea Dossena sent Benitez’s men into the last eight for the fourth time in his five seasons in

charge. Adopting an unexpectedly bold approach, Benitez once again demonstrated his tactical nous on the European stage as Real were caught cold by Liverpool’s high-tempo pressing, as well as being unable to cope with the pace and trickery of Torres. “We knew that maybe they were expecting that we would play deep and try to play on the counter-attack,” Benitez said. “From the beginning we tried to put pressure on them and we kept on top of them from the beginning to the end. They found it difficult to deal with our tempo.” For Real boss Juande Ramos, the defeat, which means Real have failed to advance beyond this stage since 2004, represents a blow to his chances of continuing in his job beyond the end of



Chris Gayle

Juande Ramos



“I am happy and overjoyed... But this result is not only for the team, but all the people of the Caribbean, especially those living overseas, I am sure they are jumping for joy now.”

Hiddink calls for goal line cameras after blunder


this season. The former Sevilla and Tottenham manager admitted Liverpool deserved to go through but voiced grievances over the manner of their first two goals, claiming Torres had fouled Pepe in the build-up to the first while describing the penalty as doubtful. “We conceded two early goals – both of which were doubtful,”


Liverpool forward Fernando Torres tormented the Madrid defence with a sensational display. Above: Real’s goalkeeper Iker Casillas after Liverpool’s fourth goal.



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helsea boss Guus Hiddink thinks it’s time football started using goalline technology to help officials rule on whether the ball has crossed the line or not. Striker Didier Drogba had a legitimate goal ruled out when his free kick was stopped by Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon in their Champions League match on Tuesday. TV replays showed the ball crossed the line and should have been awarded. Ultimately it wasn’t crucial, as Chelsea drew 2-2 and won 3-2 on aggregate to advance to the quarter-finals. “I think technology must be brought in, so we don’t have the dispute, yes or no,” Hiddink said. “We had it very early on in my career, in the 80s. My team PSV Eindhoven and Philips did some tests and they went well, but the people who were deciding didn’t want to know. Now the technology is so perfect that it has to be done.” Juventus boss Claudio Ranieri agreed. “There’s a lot of talk about this technological aid. They’ve done it in tennis and sometimes the human eye cannot always be right. I think that an instrument like the one they use in tennis would make things better.”

In a pulsating match Juve finished with 10 men following the second half dismissal of Giorgio Chiellini but goals from Vincenzo Iaquinta and evergreen Alessandro Del Piero had briefly given them cause to hope. Instead the first of three anglo-Italian ties in the second round went the way of the powerful Premier League. But Chelsea had to come back from a goal down on the night, something that had coach Hiddink purring about their reaction. “Playing here at Juventus’s home is not the easiest task. We had a job to do, we started rather sloppily, we lost too many duels. They had some easy passes into their front players and the defence was not marking well,” he said. “But the reaction of the team was ok, we knew that at 1-0 or even 2-0 we must not panic because we were able to score any moment. “We reacted at 1-0, had good score on edge of halftime and in the second half we controlled the game a little more and didn’t play stupid long balls. “I think if we had gone through it wouldn’t have been a scandal. They’re a great team of course and if you think of what Chelsea did last year, reaching the final.”

Chelsea’s Didier Drogba after scoring in the 2-2 draw with Juventus. Chelsea go through with a 3-2 aggregate win.



Ramos complained. “That meant we had to go all out for goals and we laid ourselves open to the counter-attack. But they deserved to go through, they were the better side over the two legs.” Real could legitimately argue that the penalty was harsh, Gabriel Heinze having been adjudged to have handled when the ball bounced off Liverpool defender Alvaro Arbeloa and struck him on the upper arm. But it was also true that Liverpool could easily have been three up by that stage with only the outstanding goalkeeping of Iker Casillas preventing a much more embarrassing rout. It was not all good news for Liverpool. The yellow card received by Javier Mascherano means the Argentinian midfielder will miss the first leg of the club’s quarter-final tie.

“We are very disappointed indeed and sad because we are out of the competition. We conceded two early goals which were doubtful: there might have been doubt about the lead up to the first goal and the penalty wasn’t clear.”

Munich’s Lukas Podolski celebrates after scoring.

Klinsmann delighted by Bayern win AFP, Munich, Germany



Thursday March 12, 2009

ayern Munich coach Jurgen Klinsmann says his side are determined to make their record-breaking win over Sporting Lisbon count as they prepare for the Champions League quarterfinals. Bayern hammered Lisbon 7-1 at Munich’s Allianz Arena on Tuesday night to win the Round of 16 tie with a staggering 12-1 aggregate scoreline after winning 5-0 in Lisbon a fortnight ago. The German giants have now set records for both margin of victory and aggregate scoreline in a post-group stage knockout tie in the Champions League. “We took this game very seriously,” said Klinsmann, whose side has been erratic in the Bundesliga. “We wanted to show from the first second who was the boss and Sporting were soon under pressure as we played with a lot of enthusiasm and application. “The Champions League is always a special competition for the players, but they know they must show the same levels of enthusiasm in the Bundesliga. That is why no one is really celebrating in the dressing room. No one was jumping for joy, because they are already thinking about the league game with Bochum.”



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Race driver Hamilton gets royal approval

BEIJING BECKONS Women’s world No 2 mulls quitting Taiwan to play for a foreign country DPA, Taipei

omen’s world No 2 golfer Yani Tseng is mulling playing for a foreign country because she is unhappy about the neglect of the sport in her native Taiwan. Tseng’s father Tseng Maohsin yesterday confirmed a news report from the United Daily News that lack of respect for the sport in her home country, and not money, has prompted the move. The report yesterday said Tseng is unhappy because Taiwan does not take golf seriously and has not responded for her call to hold a LPGA tournament in the country, even though LPGA has already approved the event. Tseng has been invited to play for China and has been asked to give Beijing an answer before the end of the year, the United Daily News said. Her father confirmed the report in an interview with cable TV channel ETTV. “What makes us angry is that even at your home, you are not valued. When Singapore invited her, they let her fly first class and stay in the best hotel. But when she returns to Taiwan, her golf club and hand-carry luggage weighed over ten kilo, and our airline wanted to charge her for excess baggage,” he said. Tseng Mao-hsin said that not only China, but three or four Southeast Asian countries have approached his daughter. “We she quits Taiwan, she




Yani Tseng has been approached by three or four Southeast Asian countries claims her father. would not play for China, but may consider play for a Southeast Asian nation,” he said, hinting at the political tensions between China and Taiwan. Despite improved cross-strait ties, many Taiwanese resent China because Beijing sees Taiwan as its breakaway province, awaiting reunification with the motherland. Yani Tseng, 20, was Taiwan’s top amateur golfer 2004-2006 and turned pro in 2007. She captured her first LPGA Tour title in June 2008 and is currently ranked second in the rankings behind Mexico’s Lorena Ochoa. Like other Taiwanese professional and amateur golfers,


Tseng now lives mostly in the United States because it is easier for her to train and attend tournaments. The news on Tseng came a few days after sports officials confirmed that Taiwan’s top pool player Wu Chia-ching is considering a move to Singapore after talks for increased pay with Taiwan’s billiard association collapsed. Yesterday, Government spokesman Su Jun-pin promised that the island would improve conditions for athletes to prevent them from defecting to other countries. “We need to create a better environment and to give them higher prize money,” he told reporters.

British driver Lewis Hamilton was awarded an MBE by Queen Elizabeth II for his achievement in becoming the youngest Formula One champion in history. Hamilton, 24, who donned a grey pinstripe suit for his visit to Buckingham Palace, said of the queen: “I was so nervous to meet her. It was one of the most overwhelming experiences I’ve ever had. I’m kind of lost for words. “I don’t think you realise until you’re standing in front of her how special it is.” He said the monarch revealed she had watched the crunch race in Brazil in November which saw Hamilton pip local hero Felipe Massa of Ferrari to the title in a thrilling finish to the season. “The queen said she watched very closely the last few laps. She was asking about the car,” he said. Hamilton is currently preparing with his McLaren team for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on March 29 and said he expected the queen would be keeping tabs on his progress. “The pressure’s on now. She’ll be watching as I go into the first race,” he said. The MBE, (Member of the Order of the British Empire) is now the lowest-tier award in the complex hierarchy of Britain’s public honours system. AFP

Chon Buri chew up Hong Kong DAILY XPRESS



Chon Buri take control in the 4-1 win on Monday.

hough Thailand Premier League outfit Chon Buri made a convincing start to their AFC Cup campaign with a 4-1 victory over lowly Eastern Athletic of Hong Kong, coach Kiatisak “Zico” Senamuang said he was disappointed with the team’s performance. Former national striker Kiatisak’s dissatisfaction

seemed understandable since the Thai side could probably have hit double figures, given the dominance it enjoyed in the Group G match at Supachalasai stadium. Kiatisak believed lack of information about the Chinese club was to blame for his team’s unsatisfactory display. “We didn’t know much about their style of play. That’s why we played a bit

sluggishly in the opening session. We gave importance to the attack on both flanks, which I think we did well. We created a lot of openings but failed to take most of them. “I don’t want to put pressure on the players. Getting three points is okay for me. But, some fans might be unhappy. We’ll try to improve our form in the next game. Now, we are competing on

both domestic and international fronts, so we’re considering squad rotation,” said Kiatisak. Meanwhile, Provincial Electricity Authority shrugged off the disappointment of missing out on a place in the group stages of the AFC Champions League with a 3-1 win over Valencia of Maldives in the Group H match.



THESPORT Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard saluted a “fantastic team performance” after his side thrashed Real Madrid 4-0 on Tuesday. Already 1-0 up from the first leg, Liverpool advanced stylishly to the quarter-finals, suggesting their post-Christmas wobble may be over. For Madrid, this was their biggestever Champions League defeat. “The first 30 minutes we were awesome,” Gerrard said. “We got the job done, and then in the second half it was just about seeing it out.” Liverpool trail Premier League leaders Manchester United by seven points – and have played a game more – but could close the gap as they face their north-west rivals at Old Trafford on Sunday. “First and foremost, it’s about enjoying tonight,” Gerrard said. “We need to get some rest, get some treatment, then we can concentrate on Manchester United.” Liverpool were emphatic victors, doubling their first-leg advantage after 16 minutes as Fernando Torres converted Dirk Kuyt’s cross. Gerrard marked his 100th European appearance with the next two – the first from the penalty spot, the second calmly side-footed into the top corner from Ryan Babel’s cross. For Torres, who played with heavy strapping on his injured ankle, the victory was particularly sweet. “I was working all week to stay fit,” the Spain striker said. “I wanted to play Madrid because of my past with Atletico. The pain doesn’t matter “It’s a massive game for the fans and it’s a victory for them.” – DPA

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REDS Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard after scoring his second goal of the night.



Spain disappointed with Real show

Yani may turn her back on Taiwan

Real were slaughtered 4-0 by Liverpool in an embarrassingly one-sided match at Anfield. Catalan television channel TV-3 compared Real’s defeat to the 5-0 slaughter the whites suffered against the AC Milan side of Ruud Gullit and Marco Van Basten in 1989. Goalkeeper Iker Casillas was the only Madrid player who did not let his club down at Anfield, Marca’s radio station said. >PAGE 24

Women’s world No 2 golfer Yani Tseng is considering playing for a foreign country because she is unhappy about the neglect of the sport in her native Taiwan. Lack of respect for the sport in her home country, and not money, has prompted the move. Tseng is unhappy because Taiwan does not take golf seriously and has not responded for her call to hold a LPGA tournament in the country. >PAGE 27

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