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Helping the poor By Suthi Atchasai Coordinator for Map Ta Phut villagers

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s I learned a lot about the lives of poor people I began to understand the root cause of poverty. This knowledge inspired me to work for those who are less fortunate. After realising that industrial development spelled trouble for the future of villagers, I tried to get the message across to others, stressing that pollution is a big threat in Rayong’s Map Ta Phut district. I also asked locals to form an environmental group to get their voices heard.

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THE AMOUNT of greenhouse gases the world will produce this year

Save the dugong

Catwalk Models parade on the runway at Parc Paragon during the Siam Paragon Bangkok International Fashion Week, which wrapped up yesterday with “Fly Now” as the finale.

By Methee Moungkaew D A I LY X P R E S S

rang’s fishermen have asked the government to strictly control the illegal dugong trade after they found many foreign mariners hunting the animals and smuggling them out to Singapore for Bt50,000 each, villager leader Isma-Ann Ben SaArd said. The illegal hunt is being carried out by foreign fishermen especially from Satun province. They throw bombs into cairns or near coral reefs, with the resulting explosion throwing up many fish, he added. Isma-Ann explained that some wayward local fishermen have pointed out the area to foreign fishermen.

25 killed in a month Moreover, they use seine and large fishing nets to hunt stingray and other kinds of fish two kilometres from the coast. They use a local fishhook called “Rawai” to hunt dugong, killing more than 25 of the creatures during the past month alone. Trang authorities have announced that Rawai is an illegal piece of fishing equipment as it endangers dugong and sea turtles. He said each dugong commands a price of Bt50,000 on the black market, with its bones and teeth going for Bt30,000. Singapore is the biggest market for this trade. The country uses dead dugong to produce medicine and amulets. DAILY

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STUCK ON STUDYING Not tired of cramming, students congregate at the modern Wanasorn building to attend tutorial classes during the long summer break By Wannapa Phetdee D A I LY X P R E S S

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modern education centre located near Bangkok’s Sri Ayutthya-Phyathai Intersection that houses renowned tutorial institutions has become a hot new meeting point for teenagers this summer. All day long, teenagers flock to the Wanasorn building, aiming to increase their academic capacity. “I’ve noticed that there are more students coming here during the long summer vaca-

tion than during the period when schools open,” Thayini Jeerapornbundith, 15, and Natkittha Chatteerapat, 16, told Daily Xpress.

about 30 minutes to go down from the 15th floor to the ground floor,” they added. The 18-storey building houses around 20 leading tutorial institutions. Students can choose to study several subjects, including mathematics, chemistry, physics, biology, Thai and English, basic engineering or even law.

Bt1-billion building Crowded in the evenings Even though there are fewer students during the school opening, they said they had often seen a crowded building after 6pm, when most of the students finished their tutorial classes. “We can’t use the elevators as they are full; it takes us

The Bt1-billion building belongs to a popular chemistry tutor known as ‘Kru Ou’ and her husband of the Chem-Ou Education Centre, which has been moved from Siam Square. Most of the Wanasorn building is taken up by the tutorial institutions, while food and beverage shops, a convenient

store and a book store are located on the first and second floors. Tanakij Jivacharoen, 13, and his elder brother from Pracha Uthit area are just two among the thousands that spend most of their day here during summer. “My brother gets tutored in all four of his courses [biology, physics, mathematics and English] while I study two courses [mathematics and physics] here,” Tanakij said as he waited patiently for his brother’s classes to end for the day. Tanakij has been attending classes here six days a week from Monday to Saturday. His one-month courses are due to end at the beginning of April.

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A burning pride Selling firewood is no life for an 85-year-old, but it’s the only life Thong Khorplongklang knows D A I LY X P R E S S Nakhon Ratchasima

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With her left eye still covered following surgery to treat cataract, 85-year-old Thong Khorplongklang prepares firewood for sale.

omesickness is just too much to bear for an 85year-old woman who has bravely confronted hardship throughout her life. It’s the reason why Thong Khorplongklang has refused to stay at a state-sponsored home for elderly. “I have been working all my life. So, staying idle is a big discomfort,” she says. For years, Thong has supported herself by collecting and selling firewood on the corner of a local street. Despite her fragile health, poor eyesight and hearing problems, she has always been independent. But after hearing of her case, the authorities moved Thong to the home. Crying and distraught, Thong threatened suicide, prompting her carers to change their minds.

“We decided to let her go back home,” says Natcha Srimanthathamkul, chief of the old person’s home. Thong’s own home is small, windowless and furnished with nothing more than a pillow, a mosquito net, a blanket, a candle and a few bowls. “I would like to thank everyone for their kind help. But I think I should return to my work now,” Thong said. She usually sells between 50 and 100 bundles of firewood each day at Bt1 each. “On good days, a few customers tell me to keep the change.” Aside from money for food, she needs to make Bt40 to meet each day’s travel expenses. Single throughout her life, Thong’s only company was the son she adopted. But he died nine months ago. “Sometimes I feel so discouraged. But I know I need to get back on my feet and go on

I WOULD LIKE TO THANK EVERYONE FOR THEIR KIND HELP.BUT I THINK I SHOULD RETURN TO MY WORK NOW. Thong Khorplongklang with my life,” she says. “I have to do so till my last breath.” At the moment, Thong is waiting for authorities to reissue her documents, including an identification card. Then she can get free medical treatment under the government healthcare scheme as well as the monthly living allowance of Bt500.


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GLOBETROT

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THE WORLD Watch

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YRS OLD

The age of a Nigerian man who was arrested for stashing 100 bags of cannabis in his Ogun home

briefly Hanson gets an apology

this space Space shuttle Discovery crew members Joseph Acaba, top, and Steven Swanson work outside the international space station during a space walk orbiting Earth on Saturday. Discovery, on a 14-day mission, is presently docked to the International Space Station.

Australia’s largest newspaper group apologised to far-right politician Pauline Hanson yesterday for publishing photos it incorrectly claimed showed her in a series of raunchy poses. Admitting the woman in the pictures was not Hanson, editors from News Limited’s stable of Sunday newspapers claimed they had been conned over the images, which have prompted a defamation lawsuit from the politician. – AFP

AP

Wedding madness

Asia’s first Buddha Bar under attack It wants to set new standards in chic for the sons and daughters of Indonesia’s elite, but instead Asia’s first Buddha Bar has become embroiled in an ugly row over religion and alleged corruption. The plush lounge bar and restaurant featuring a huge statue of Buddha is fighting calls for its closure less than three months since its grand opening in a renovated Dutch colonial-era building in central Jakarta. The bar is the scene of almost weekly protests from enraged Buddhists as it struggles, in the words of the Paris-based chain’s website, to “conquer the hearts” of the “local beautiful people”. Lawyers for the Buddhists’ Anti-Buddha Bar Forum have filed a police complaint alleging the business is insulting their religion. “For us, Buddha is our revered teacher. But for them, Buddha is a decoration and the worst thing is the statues are in such an indecent place,” said protest coordinator Eko Nugroho. – A F P

Octuplet mom: I won’t reveal father I’m sorry for all this mess, and I hope he isn’t scared it’ll come out because it won’t, she says A P , La Habra, California

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he southern California woman who gave birth to octuplets apologised in a video posted to the father of all 14 of her children and promised that she would never reveal his identity. “I’m sorry for all this mess, and I hope he isn’t scared it’ll come out because it won’t,” Nadya Suleman said in the RadarOnline.com video. “As far as I’m concerned, I’ll never disclose who he is.” Suleman said the man is a foreign-born California resident in his 30s, but did not disclose his current address.

He was a friend who would make a good father, Suleman said, adding that their sevenyear-old son Elijah resembled him. She said he was speechless when she told him how many children she was carrying, and then he asked Suleman if the doctor knew she already had many children.

Four babies still in IC unit The 33-year-old unemployed single mother gave birth to octuplets on January 26. They were born nine weeks premature and are the world’s longest-surviving set of octuplets. She already had

six children aged 2 to 7. Two more of Nadya Suleman’s babies, Maliyah and Nariyah, were sent home on Saturday. Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Centre officials said the two girls were discharged privately at Suleman’s request. The remaining four babies remain in the neonatal intensive care unit. The release of the first two octuplets was a chaotic media event, as gawkers converged on the Suleman home late on Tuesday night and photographers in a frenzy clung to the Sulemans’ car as it pulled into the driveway. The mother of 14 called 911 to complain about the paparazzi and express concern for her children’s safety.

A woman who claims she was humiliated on her wedding night because she had to spend it in jail in her wedding gown has filed a complaint with Texas authorities. Jade Puckett, 26, filed the complaint midweek over a picture taken while she was in a courtroom in her wedding dress. “It had turned the best day of my life into my greatest nightmare,”' she said in the complaint. She and Billy Puckett, also 26, were arrested following their March 14 reception as part of a Harris County sweep targeting drunken drivers. – AP

Airport killing Horrified passengers at Sydney airport witnessed a clash between rival outlaw motorcycle gangs yesterday in which one man was bludgeoned to death with metal posts used for roping off the check-in area. Police said members of one gang lay in wait for members of another gang to arrive on a flight to Sydney and set about them as they emerged in the arrival hall. The attackers fled in taxis, but four men were later arrested. Police said the attack could be connected to drive-by shootings in Sydney on Saturday. – DPA


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GLOBETROT 5

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Prince Charles blue over green crusade

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Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, admitted in an interview published yesterday that he found it “depressing” that his frequent warnings over climate change had not been heeded. The Prince of Wales added, though, that he was “delighted” that it seemed people had begun to realise that he had in fact been ringing the alarm over a serious issue and not “complete nonsense”. “All I have been trying to do is

Jade Goody in January 2007 on the sets of Big Brother.

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ritish TV reality star Jade Goody, 27, died in her sleep at home early yesterday. Goody, who suffered a public battle with cervical cancer, died at her home in Upshire, Essex, on Mother’s Day. Goody’s mother Jackiey Budden said: “My beautiful daughter is at peace.” Goody’s publicist Max Clifford said Jackiey and husband Jack Tweed were at her side. A family friend, Kevin Adams, was also there. The ex-dental nurse from south London found fame on the Big Brother reality television show in 2002, and has been in the public eye ever since.

Reality uproar She sparked uproar when she taunted Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty on British TV’s Celebrity Big Brother in 2007, calling her “Shilpa Poppadom”, but the two patched things up, and the Briton later appeared on India’s version of the programme. It was on this programme, which 33-year-old Shetty hosted, that Goody found out she was suffering from cancer, and her one-time nemesis had hoped to visit Goody last week, while on a trip to Britain. “I think she’s going to be remembered as a young girl who has, and who will, save an awful lot of lives,” Clifford said, referring to how her public battle with cancer has raised awareness of the disease. “She was a very, very brave girl,” he said. “And she faced her death in the way she faced her whole life – full on, with a lot of courage.”

remind people that we have to live and work in harmony with nature if we are to have any chance of surviving on this planet,” Charles told the Sunday Telegraph in the Galapagos Islands at the end of a 10-day tour of South America. Asked if he was frustrated his warnings had not been taken seriously, he replied: “It is depressing. I am not doing this for myself but, as I keep saying, for everyone’s children and our grandchildren.”

Charles added, however, that “if now people are beginning to realise perhaps, after all, I wasn’t talking complete nonsense, then I am delighted.” While in Brazil earlier this month, Charles said the current global financial crisis is “nothing” compared to the long-term impact of climate change, telling a meeting of Brazilian business leaders and officials: “We are, I fear, at a defining moment in the world’s history.” – A F P


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THE FUN

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JULIA ROBERTS, ON HER FAMILY’S PRIVACY.

“I’ve never taken my kids to an event or a premiere. We appreciate privacy. We don’t hide, but we want to keep our family to ourselves.”

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Inspired by ancient motifs, Poramats Voravan created his decorative shapes out of high-density rubber.

IT CAN BE USED FOR VARIOUS PURPOSES, LIMITED ONLY BY THE USER’S IMAGINATION.

XTRA TERRIFIC IDEAS >> Founded in 1953, the iF awards drew more than 2,800 contenders this year from 39 countries. >> Judges looked at quality, workmanship, materials, innovation, functionality, brand value and safety to both users and the environment.

Poramats Voravan

>> They gave 802 products the iF seal of excellence.

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CUT-OUT’S A STAND-OUT The clever Thai Keawkoi that brightens homes wows judges in Europe By Sopaporn Kurz S P E C I A L T O D A I LY X P R E S S , Frankfurt, Germany

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eawkoi, the filigreed decorative cut-out made by Thai firm Voravan, was the only product from Southeast Asia to win an iF award for design this year, in a crowded international field. Voravan managing director and designer Poramats Voravan is proud of the win in the Germany-based competition, noting that his high-densityrubber shapes were always intended for global use. Poramats graduated in decorative arts from Silpakorn

University before pursuing studies in industrial design in Italy and then joining Lego, the Danish toy-brick maker. He believes Keawkoi won the iF “seal of excellence” because it answers all the criteria. “It’s unprecedented, yet functional and creative. It can be used for various purposes, limited only by the user’s imagination, and it has a strong brand image.”

Interlocking patterns Keawkoi’s patented formula binds the individual units together seamlessly. It’s sold in various sizes, patterns and colours. Poramats recognised that patterns were a form of communication before written language and continue to convey messages between peoples who speak different languages. He reckons that’s part of his

product’s appeal. Keawkoi was selling in 24 countries within two years of its release. Most of the motifs he incorporated were inspired by ancient symbols. “Some were the symbols of kings, which commoners wouldn’t have been allowed to use. Other patterns represent love and passion.” And colours have different meanings in different countries, he notes. “The Chinese love red because it signifies prosperity, but using black as a decorative shade is taboo. “Scandinavians don’t like bright colours. Red, green and pink products don’t sell well in those countries, but black and white items do. In Japan they love brown.” Next up, says Poramats, is “a surprise”. His firm is collaborating with top Italian designers on something new.


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A MUSIC VIDEO directed by Heath Ledger for alternative rockers Modest Mouse will be released this year. Ledger, who died last year at age 28, directed an animated video for “King Rat”, a track off the band’s 2007 album “We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank”.

PORTRAITS were produced by Andy Warhol between 1972 and 1986, the year before his death.

Galactic

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Miss Thailand Universe contestants march around the Centara Ladprao Hotel pool before heading south to Surat Thani for more appearances. The finals in the pageant, now in its 10th year, will be broadcast on Channel 7 on Saturday night. The winner will receive Bt1 million and a Toyota Camry, as well as a shot at the Miss Universe title.

Universe of creativity

MUSIC

ACTION STAR Thatchakorn “Jaa Panom” Yeerum and Pantip.com founder Wanchat Phadungrat are among the winners of the first Penguin Awards, which salute people who’ve brought change to society. The Thailand Creative and Design Centre (TCDC) announced the winners during the recent Ploy Saeng Festival 2, which was held at the centre on the sixth Wanchat floor of the Emporium. The TCDC also honoured Suthipong Thamawuit, host of TV’s “Khon-kon-Khon”, Sarakadee magazine founder Teera Hanharutaiwan, and Wanchai Tantiwitthayaphithak, president of Carryboy, the pioneering maker of fibreglass canopies for trucks.

Big Mouth x 2

COMEDIAN KOTEE ARAMBOY aka Charoenporn Onlamai promises to have audiences rolling in the aisles as he takes to the stage of Royal Paragon Hall on May 30 and 31 for his first concert and talk show. Concert promoter A-Time Showbiz promises that “Kotee Cafe” will be packed with stars. Joining the comedian are divas Saowalak “Am” Leelabutr, Viyada “Tuk” Komarakula na Nakhon and Mum Laconic along with actress Panisara “Opal” Pimpru and luk thung singer Apaporn Nakhon Sawan. Fellow comedians Jaturong Mokjok and Kom Chuang Chuen will also drop by and Sukrit “Bee the Star” Visetkaew will be there to put Kotee’s singing and dancing skills to the test. Tickets cost from Bt800 to Bt2,000 and will be on sale from Friday at Thaiticketmajor.

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Coffee,tea & Kotee

A Korean rap duo gets together with Thai sibs Golf-Mike By Kitchana Lersakvanitchakul D A I LY X P R E S S

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angchul and Shorry J, who make up the South Korean hip-hop duo Mighty Mouth will join up with GMM Grammy’s Golf-Mike for a special project after jamming on the Thai duo’s song “Let’s Get Down” over the weekend at Pattaya International Music Festival 2009. Sangchul whose real name is Lee Sang-chul and Shorry J, who was born So Jun-seop, say they’ve always wanted to sing. “We’re born rappers with big mouths and we’re heading for success,” says Sangchul. “And our name is a play on the cartoon ‘Mighty Mouse’, so it’s easy to remember!” Last year, the boys released their first digital single, “Saranghae” (“I Love You”) featuring Yoon Eun-hye of the TV series “Coffee Prince”. It was a smash hit.

Mighty Mouth’s Sangchul and Shorry J. “Yoon Eun-hye has a terrific voice and she’s lovely to work with,” says Shorry J. Their first studio album, “Energy”, was released with a title track featuring Sun Ye of Wonder Girls. The album blends pop with rapping. “We call it rap fusion,” says Sangchul. “Most of songs are about moral support and encourage people to go for their dreams.” >> ON THE WEB Watch the video interview at www.DailyXpress.net

Mai prays for a hit

How scary is Mai

Charoenpura’s new movie “Cherd Kon Chim” (“Meat Grinder”)? Well, she’s taken to praying a lot. In the flick, which has the tagline “So delicious you don’t realise you’re dying”), Mai plays a beef-noodle vendor who spices up her food with chunks of annoying customers. “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “Sweeney Todd” might spring to mind as you watch Mai in a blue blouse wading through a sea of blood. “There were no colours on the set other than the blue blouse and the red blood,” she says. Every day when she left the set and got in her car she said some prayers. “It helped calm me down.” The funny thing is, she still loves noodles.

Instant eBay item Anne Hathaway knows there’s no use crying over spilled wine. So when the American actress attended a party for fashion designer Valentino and dumped a glass of Bordeaux Hathaway down the front of the Valentino gown she was wearing, she just laughed and got other celebrities at the bash to autograph it. We predict that outfit’s going to be in a charity auction very soon.

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LIFE

Monday, March 23, 2009

DAILY XPRESS

AT HOME

Modern means

modular

Flexibility is the key to homemaking these days as living space becomes ever more individual DEUTSCHE PRESSE-AGENTUR

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sofa, a love seat and a chair. That's how living room seating has looked for decades. But in times of constant change, the days of such static seating combinations are numbered. Nowadays, flexibility is in demand. Designers have answered by creating modular sofas or sectionals. Customers select the height, width, colour and fabric that meets their individual needs and essentially put the elements together themselves. This individuality is some-

thing experts see as crucial. “On the one hand, we seek a collective experience like being part of a public viewing of something, but at the same time home interiors are becoming ever more individual,” says Ursula Geismann of the association representing the German furniture industry in Bad Honnef. “We want our living spaces to be beautiful and we want to outwardly show it,” said professor Peter Wippermann of an organisation in Hamburg that charts trends. In terms of sofa design, that means customers can play de-

signer, at least Furniture makers are offering modules in various within pre-set depths, widths, heights and with or without arms. Model limits. Ulla sits comfortably on the Tiziana sofa from Bretz The furniture GmbH at a furniture fair in Cologne, Germany in January. makers offer modules in various depths, modules in a furniture line widths, heights and with or “The sole use of the cubic, called Kelp, designed by without arms. After selecting linear form has been exhaustStudio Vertijet for the German the shape and size, the cused,” says Roland Meyer-Bruhl furniture maker Cor, can be set tomer chooses from dozens of furniture maker Bruhl. Now up to create a seating “landof colours and fabrics. linear and curved forms are scape”. “Of course, there is a danbeing mixed. At Bruhl the reLikewise, the Dutch compager that the customer will be sult is Ladybug, which the firm ny Montis is offering Domino overwhelmed,” says describes as “living sculpture”. a name that practically gives Geismann. There could be re- It has just a few elements that away the look. It involves comlief in the fact that the trend can be arranged in innumerbining rectangular shaped is going toward a comparaable ways. units in rows, stacked at the tively uniform look. In a similar way, the various corner or combined as islands.

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EVENTS 9

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WHAT’S UP Jewellery with a twist

Songkran splash The Anan

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Students fr om the Me tal Works and Jewellery Departmen to Chang Aca f Pohdemy of Art s at Rajaman ga University o la f Technolog y Rattanako sin show off and sell the ir funky cre ations from March 31 to April 7 in “A rt Exhibition 8 Thesis ” at River C ity. Associate P rofessor Issaree Hun sa will preside charoonroj over the opening ce rem fashion sho ony and a w March 31. C at 5pm on atch the sh uttle boat fro m Taksin Skyt Saphan rain station .

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do it! CentralWorld sale Discounts of up to 70 per cent on brand-name goods are being offered at CentralWorld from Thursday until March 31. With purchases of Bt1,500 or more, you get a lucky coupon and a chance to win prizes, including Zen gift vouchers, a MacBook and a free stay at the Sala Resorts and Spas in Phuket and Koh Samui.

It’s in the stars Find out what your future holds from astrologers Ajarn Katha Chinanbanchon, Aorawan Kallayamit, Rawadee Paethong, Thodsapol Mitrisuansirki and Puthida Thiengthong at the Grand Mercure Fortune Bangkok until Sunday. Consultations cost Bt350, with proceeds benefitting the Foundation for the Welfare of the Crippled. Call (02) 641 1500 extension 112.

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a singer tains diners Lilibeth Antonio ente rfrom tomo rrow until Sunday fr om 6 to 10 .30 a the Shangri -La Hotel. A t Next2 at n her band p erform sou tonio and lful ballads and jazz st and buffet of lo ards while a bountifu cal and inte l rn dishes is se rved from n ational ine cooking stations. Ca ll (02)

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LEISURE

Pooch Cafe

The Buckets

Adam

Calvin and Hobbes

By Brian Basset

By Paul Gilligan

By Scott Stantis

By Bryan Basset

By Bill Watterson

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Comics&Games

Red and Rover

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Monday, March 23, 2009

LEISURE

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Games&YourStars SUDOKU

The last word in

ASTROLOGY

Saturday’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 have plenty to accomplish and very little time to waste. Opportunities will come, so go about your business showing originality and discretion. It’s a year to experiment, so accept trial-and-error as you push your way into the future. ARIES **** March 21-April 19 Don’t let the little things get to you when there is so much you can accomplish by doing a little research. You have to use what works best for you. Take the information given and go about your business. TAURUS ** April 20-May 20 Think about going the distance if you want to really accomplish your set goals. Seeing someone in person will have a far greater impact. Just don’t overdo, overindulge or overspend in the process.

DIFFICULTY RATING ★

GEMINI ***** May 21-June 20 Someone will dangle a carrot in front of you and, if you aren’t careful, you may end up in hot water. Balance will mean everything and, the less drama, the better the results will be. CANCER *** June 21-July 22 Stick to what you know and do best and you can manage any of the pitfalls that drop in your lap. Being forceful will pay off, even if it isn’t a position you like to take. Do what you must. LEO *** July 23-Aug. 22 You should be thinking about a trip, getting together with someone you love or touching base with an old friend. Stick to legitimate ways of obtaining cash and you will do well.

CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY

VIRGO *** Aug. 23-Sept. 22 You may have trouble finishing what you start or sticking to what you have promised to do. Now is not the time to spend on anything that isn’t necessary. An honest effort will pay off. LIBRA *** Sept. 23-Oct. 22 You’ll be drawn toward someone who can make a difference to your future. Don’t let your attraction stop you from doing what must be done to get ahead. Think big. SCORPIO ***** Oct. 23-Nov. 21 Use your powerful, creative style to take care of business. Talks will lead you in a new direction, allowing you a new way of presenting what you have to offer. SAGITTARIUS ** Nov. 22-Dec. 21 If you cannot control your anger or your disappointment, walk away until you know you can face wisely whatever challenge is being presented. Take a philosophical look at your past. CAPRICORN *** Dec. 22-Jan. 19 Don’t start something you cannot finish. Be sure of your capabilities but don’t fear doing things a little differently. Be ingenuous and you can challenge anyone who may try to stand in your way.

Patiparn “Mos” Pataweekarn Singer Ric Ocasek (The Cars) is 60. Singer Chaka Khan is 56. Actress Amanda Plummer is 52. Actress Hope Davis is 45. Actor Richard Grieco is 44. Singer-keyboardist Damon Albarn of Blur is 41. Singer/actor Patiparn “Mos” Pataweekarn is 36. Actress Keri Russell is 33. Actress Nicholle Tom is 31.

AQUARIUS *** Jan. 20-Feb. 18 You will be looking at things very emotionally. Try to hone your skills and your outlook so you can get ahead without promising too much. Staying within your budget will be essential. PISCES *** Feb. 19-March 20 Not everything will be easy for you to decipher. Someone will withhold information that is crucial to a decision you are supposed to make. Don’t give in to the pressure.

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NEW GADGETS

Monday, March 23, 2009 CALL, WATCH, TAKE PICTURES TOO

LET THAT IPOD ROAR The Philips Docking Entertainment System DC570 lets you enjoy iPod music out loud with a 2.1 Hi-Fi sound system, sleek tower speakers and built-in subwoofer. In USB Direct mode you can select and play back tunes on any USB device. And the Digital Sound Control let you select pre-set the equaliser for any kind of music. You’ll be pay-

The phoneOne M306 is a highly affordable multimedia phone from AIS. It’s a tri-band phone, supporting GSM 900/1800/1900 MHz, and has a two-inch screen with 176-by-220-pixel resolution. It supports MP3 audio and MP4 video formats and, best of all, it can function as a Web camera. The suggested retail price is Bt3,450.

Light at less than two kilograms and amiably portable, the Acer TravelMate 6293 beams content out from a 12.1-wide screen. It’s powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo T9400 processor running 2.53 GHz, and is equipped with two gigabytes of working memory and 250GB of hard-disk storage. Its wireless LAN adapter supports the new Draft-N protocol, which has greater range of connection. You get an Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD that shares the RAM for video memory. The TravelMate 6293 selling for around Bt43,000.

each. Until May 9 you can get the device for Bt6,950.

YOU’RE FACING THE BEST New from Canon, the IXUS 980IX is a 14.7-megapixel digital camera bearing the company’s advanced face-detection technology, able to spot a friendly mug at most angles. It also has advanced motion detection and Servo AF, which lets you shoot continuously. To top it off, its Intelligent Contrast Correction can automatically improves image quality in high-contrast environment. The camera has 3.7x optical zoom, optical image stabiliser and a 2.5inch LCD. It’s available in black, silver and red at about Bt15,900.

BY EUGENIA LAST

March 23 to 28, 2009

ARIES March 21-April 19 Aggressive behaviour will not work when it comes to love. Disagreements will surface that will make it impossible to further a relationship you have been considering. Getting involved with someone who is already attached will end poorly.

GEMINI May 21-June 20 You will be the one in the driver’s seat when it comes to relationships, love and romance. Call the shots and you will end up with exactly what and whom you want but, before you do, make sure that your motives are just or it will not last.

THEATRE ON THE GO

Tickle your vehicle’s dashboard with the DEH-4150SD from Pioneer. Pop in a CD or an SD card full of songs or link it up to a USB drive. The unit is also designed to support direct connection with an iPhone or iPod via the USB port, and gets along fine with WMA, AAC and WAV formats. It has four channels of 50 watts

love scope

TAURUS April 20-May 20 Don’t let someone's uncertainty cause you to do something you wouldn't normally do. You can’t buy love or give in to demands in order to win someone’s favour. The truth may not be kind but it will set you free to do as you please.

ing around Bt9,000 for this baby.

CAR’S BIRTHDAY COMING UP?

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CANCER June 21-July 22 Don’t miss out on things because you are sulking about a lost love or someone you can’t seem to get to first base with. Get out and be spontaneous and you will discover that there are a number of people who will interest you intimately. LEO July 23-August 22 Give an old lover a chance. Someone from your past is longing to get back into your life. Poor timing was probably what broke down what you once had. Make the first move and show that you have an open mind and are willing to make a go of it. VIRGO August 23-September 22 You’ll be emotionally unpredictable and that may lead you in the wrong romantic direction. Look beyond what someone has to offer you, or his or her looks, before you decide to rule out the possibility. Consider what it is you really want. LIBRA September 23-October 22 You’ll be drawn to someone who excited you. A partnership will develop if you get to know one another from top to bottom mentally and emotionally before letting your physical attraction take over. Take it slow and prolong the pleasure. SCORPIO October 23-November 21 Passion will probably overrule any sense of practicality when it comes to relationships. You will be caught in a situation that you cannot back away from even though you know you shouldn’t proceed. Prepare for disappointment. SAGITTARIUS November 22-December 21 Don’t take advantage of someone who has shown an interest in you unless you feel the same way. You may end up dealing with someone who is not easy to discourage. Abrupt changes in your personal life are likely to develop. CAPRICORN December 22-January 19 Don’t give in to pressure. Getting involved with someone who cannot live up to your standards will lead to heartache. Someone with common interests and life goals will help you achieve what you want instead of holding you back. AQUARIUS January 20-February 18 You are in a positive romantic cycle and should entertain the idea of making plans with someone you find interesting. Don't be shy when it comes to your feelings. It’s best to find out upfront if someone has the same interest in you. PISCES February 19-March 20 You will find love to be unpredictable. When you think you have attracted someone you’ve been pursuing, you will discover someone else has an interest in you - and that cannot be overlooked. Don’t make promises. Enjoy the moment.


Monday, March 23, 2009

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TO SEE

on dvd REGION 3

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New in Town An ambitious company executive (Renee Zellweger) finds herself at odds with the bluecollar workforce in a small Minnesota factory town. At SF Cinemas. ★★

Watchmen Retired superheroes in a dystopian 1985 America don their masks again to solve a mystery and hopefully prevent nuclear war. ★★★

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

Taken

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Make It Ha ppen A you

superpowers. John Travolta is among the voices in this cartoon. ★★★

A-Nueng Kidtueng Pen Yang Ying A school’s former students reunite to try and save the building from being razed to make way for a superstore. No English subtitles.

Dragonball Evolution Young warrior Son Goku (Justin Chatwin) sets out on a quest to collect a set of seven magical orbs. Also stars Emmy Rossum and Chow Yun-fat.

Maradona by Kusturica Emir Kusturica presents an admiring portrait of the “Sex Pistol of football”. At House. ★★★

Song of Sparrows A man loses his job on an ostrich farm and ends up in the city, where he accidentally becomes a motorcycle-taxi driver. In Persian with English and

subtitles at some cinemas. ★★★

5 Huajai Hero Young Thai martial artists fight terrorists who’ve taken over a hospital. With English subti-

Liam Neeson stars in this gritty action drama – a surprise boxoffice smash – as a retired spy who uses his “particular set of skills” to save his estranged daughter from the slave trade. The disc has English and Thai audio and subtitles along with a “making-of” featurette and storyboards. It’s priced at Bt220. – DAILY XPRESS

on tv

tles at some cinemas. ★★

Slumdog Millionaire

Thai subtitles at House.

A young man recalls his life in the slums and his lifelong love for a girl. At Apex. ★★★★

Khwamjum Sun Tae Rak Chan Yao

Milk

A lovelorn veterinarian sees a chance for romance with his old high-school crush. With English

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

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

The Tudors Passion sparks between Brandon and Princess Margaret as he escorts her to Portugal for her marriage to the king, and Henry seeks to divorce Katherine. HBO (TrueVisions), 10pm

Century – The Movie Plaza (02) 247 9940

Channel links www.NationChannel.com Channel 3 – www.ThaiTV3.com Channel 5 – www.TV5.co.th Channel 7 – www.CH7.com Modernine – www.MCOT.net NBT – TV11.prd.go.th TV Thai – www.ThaiPBS.or.th True – www.TrueVisionsTV.com

House (02) 641 5913-4

Major Cineplex/EGV Bangkok: (02) 515 5555

Major Hollywood Bangkok: (02) 718 7999

Critical consensus Paragon Cineplex Bangkok: (02) 129 4635 IMAX: (02) 129 4631

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

Vista Chiang Mai: (053) 894 415

Chuead Kon Chim (Meat Grinder) A noodle-shop owner (Mai Charoenpura) takes a stab at a special recipe that makes her soup a hit. With English subtitles in 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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Computer Graphic / Photoshop Expert Thai staff with at least 2 years experiences in working with Photoshop and basic English knowledge

Bilingual Secretary (German-Thai) / Translation Center Staff Support

Language Centre Srinakharinwirot University is looking for:

English Language Lecturers (5 positions) Qualifications: • •

To interpret, translate and summarize information in order to ensure effective and efficient communications through our international network.

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Thai native; Bachelor degree, graphic or related field is a an advantage; Experience with Adobe Photoshop for Photoshop Expert Workable English and German for bilingual secretary Knowledge of Microsoft Offices and Outlook; Interested candidates are invited to send the English resume to:

Thai Nationality Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in - English - English Literature - Linguistics - Applied Linguistics - English Language Teaching (TESOL / TEFL) - English Language Curriculum Management and other fields related to English language teaching Teaching experience is preferable but not necessary. Interested candidates are invited to apply at

Language Centre Srinakharinwirot University

CLX Asia Company Limited

Sukhumvit 23, Wattana District, Bangkok 10110 For more details, contact Khun Ubolrat (Tel.02-260-3934)

44 Moo 3, Palai Soi 2, Chalong, Muang, Phuket 83130 Tel. 076-380653 Fax. 076-380655 or email: info@clxasia.com

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Leader in filter manufacturing TOURISM MALAYSIA BANGKOK OFFICE VACANCY

1. Marketing Manager (MM) 2. Marketing Executive (ME) Requirements: ● Thai National. ● Male/Female, below 35 years of age. ● At least a Degree (MM) / Diploma (ME) in Marketing, Business, Tourism or other related field. ● At least 5 years (MM) / 3 years (ME) working experience preferable in tourism industry.

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Monday, March 23, 2009

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5-2 San Jose Sharks beat Dallas Stars for the second time in four weeks to pull within a point of leaders Detroit in the NHL.

briefly O’Neal becomes NBA’s fifth leading scorer

Security fears force India’s IPL abroad Cricket’s lucrative Indian Premier League will be held abroad this year, organisers said yesterday, blaming the government for being unable to provide security at the same time as national elections. The high-octane tournament, which pits star-studded teams against each other in the short-form Twenty20 format of the game,is likely to be played either in South Africa or England. – AFP

‘We’ve blown a golden chance’ Guus Hiddink admits Chelsea might have spurned their best opportunity of overhauling Manchester United in the Premier League title race. Chelsea slumped to a 1-0 loss at rivals Tottenham, leaving their hopes of restoring the title to Stamford Bridge after a threeyear absence in tatters. “We lost a huge opportuHiddink nity, knowing that United were losing, it was a great chance to really change things,” Hiddink said. “These are the typical days in a tough league. They are key moments. If Manchester United lose, we have to strike but we

didn’t do that. There’s not just pressure on United but also ourselves and Liverpool. When you’re chasing you have to win your games but to lose the goal as we did in the 10 minutes after half-time, with so many professionals and internationals, is bad for us.” – AFP

Marseille back to top after 10 years Renato Civelli and Brandao fired Marseille to a 2-0 victory over Nantes on Saturday to shoot Eric Gerets’ men to the top of the French championship for the first time in 10 years. Argentinian defender Civelli netted 10 minutes after the break, and Brazilian Brandao four minutes later, knocking seven-times reigning champions Lyon off their perch. Gerets said he wasn’t afraid to think about the title. “I am somebody who dares to say it. It makes me laugh when I hear our rivals say that they are not thinking about the championship,” said Gerets. – AFP

Impressive Koreans rout Venezuela South Korea’s finest players showed they have the talent to humble US Major League superstars, overwhelming Venezuela 10-2 yesterday to reach the final of the World Baseball Classic.

Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney, right, is sent off by referee Phil Dowd.

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Shaquille O’Neal scored 13 points to help lift Phoenix to a 128-96 win over Washington and become the NBA’s fifth all-time scorer. O’Neal surpassed Moses Malone, moving into the top five spot with 27,411 career points. “It was good, but I’m still kind of disappointed in myself,” O’Neal said. Mathematically, I’ve missed three years worth of games and I missed 5,000 free throws. If I was there, I’d probably be No 2 or No 3 right now.” – AFP

FOOTBALL

IN DEFENCE OF ROO Fergie admits title race back on after Fulham defeat AFP, London

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ir Alex Ferguson conceded the Premier League title race is back on after his Manchester United side fell to a second successive defeat by losing 2-0 at Fulham on Saturday. The United manager was angered by the dismissals of Paul Scholes and, in particular, Wayne Rooney during the shock reverse at Craven Cottage. But having seen his side fail to respond to the shock of losing 4-1 at home to rivals Liverpool seven days previously, Ferguson admitted that United face a tense, final nine league games of the campaign as they attempt to stay clear of Rafael Benitez’s side and Chelsea. “You lose games in March and April and it can cost you,” Ferguson said. “Fortunately we have a slender lead at the moment but it’s not a lot and I’m hoping they go

away for internationals and they will come back and be back to our best. We have a home game against Aston Villa and that’s going to be crucial.” Ferguson’s side will face Villa without Scholes and Rooney who will both be suspended. Scholes can have no complaints after his handball had denied Bobby Zamora’s goalbound 17th-minute header and allowed Danny Murphy to put Fulham ahead from the penalty spot. Rooney’s dismissal was more contentious in the manager’s eyes, with Ferguson insisting the striker had not shown dissent when he reacted in frustration to a quick free-kick being called back after Zoltan Gera had put the home side two up with three minutes to play. “Did he throw the ball at the referee?” questioned Ferguson. “The ball was thrown direct to where the free-kick was taken. Did the ball hit the referee? No, the ball didn’t hit the referee. “Did he throw in anger? Yes, because he wants the game hurried up. He threw it with pace to get the game going. What can you say to that?

“There was not really a bad tackle in the game. But there is no point talking about referees, we didn’t play well enough to win the game in the first half and that’s the reason we have lost it.”

Time on Wenger’s side Arsene Wenger believes time is on Arsenal’s side after a 3-1 victory over a Newcastle team who now languish in the bottom three in the Premier League. Arsenal completed a win that puts Chelsea and Liverpool in their sights with Wenger still not writing off their chances of overhauling the current leaders from Old Trafford, although he admitted: “It’s a billion to one.” Wenger said: “I saw the other results and thought it was a good opportunity for us to take advantage and close on the top of the table. “Now we want to fight on and finish as close as we can to the team that finishes top. “We have a very, very young side and they are improving from game to game. The spirit is great and we showed today that the quality is there.”


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Fitness first for England boss Johnson

LONG WAIT ENDS Ireland use ‘10 years of luck’ to claim Grand Slam AFP, Cardiff

reland used “10 years of luck” to claim their first Grand Slam since 1948 after beating Wales in a 17-15 thriller at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday, Irish captain Brian O’Driscoll said. Ireland looked to have wrapped up the game with two converted tries in six magical minutes early in the second-half for a 14-6 lead. But Wales clawed their way back into the game, Stephen Jones nailing two further penalties and also a drop-goal four minutes from the end to give the home side a 15-14 lead. Ronan O’Gara, however, showed a cool head to knock over a drop-goal of his own in a thrilling match, and Jones then missed a long-range penalty with the final kick of the game. “It feels like just reward for a lot of work over a lot of years,” O’Driscoll said of ending Ireland’s 61-year Grand Slam drought. “We’ve had good time and not-so-good times but this is a great time.” Irish expectation had been high on a team that has often been dubbed as including a golden generation of players but has regularly underachieved in the Six Nations, the title of which they won for the first time since 1985. “We’ve been close before but it’s an absolute delight that finally we achieved our goal we set out to do,” said O’Driscoll, the scorer of Ireland’s first try.

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Ireland’s Brian O’Driscoll celebrates with the trophy after his team beat Wales 17-15 in Cardiff. “The guts of this team have been together for a number of years and we wanted a big one, we wanted a slam.” The Irish captain acknowledged that the margins of winning and losing at this level were tiny, given that Wales could have claimed the Triple Crown had Jones’ last ditch kick gone over. “You need the occasional kick to drop short, you need the bounce of ball now and then, and the odd referee’s decision. It all helps,” he said. “I felt that on overall performance we deserved it [the victory], but you need that bit of lady luck and thankfully 10 years of luck came today.” O’Driscoll said that his team had realised that a massive start

1948 and all that... Ireland secured their first Grand Slam since 1948. Here are five of the world’s major news events of that year: - Berlin Airlift - US President Harry Truman re-elected - State of Israel founded - MK Gandhi assassinated - UN adopts Universal Declaration of Human Rights ...and in sport: - Don Bradman dismissed for nought in his last Test innings - Ireland win Five Nations Grand Slam beating France 13-6, England 11-10, Scotland 6-0 and Wales 6-3.

to the second period was needed to cut back Wales’ 6-0 interval lead. “We knew we had to score and stop them playing. We had to be patient and go through the phases,” he said. “We hadn’t had out just rewards in the first-half. “We knew we were going to need as many points as possible because Wales are not a side that lie down.” Ireland coach Declan Kidney said the game had been won because his players had stuck to their focus. “The boys did exactly as they said they would,” he said. “They concentrated on the game today and if we hadn’t shown that concentration we could have been caught at the end.”

England manager Martin Johnson called on his side to improve their fitness levels if they were to match the Tri-Nations after overseeing a 26-12 win over Scotland at Twickenham. Victory saw England regain the Calcutta Cup and this win, combined with Ireland’s Grand Slam clinching win over Wales later Saturday in Cardiff, meant England finished the Six Nations in second place. However, the memory of England’s trio of convincing Twickenham defeats by Australia, world champions South Africa and New Zealand in November were all still fresh in 2003 World Cup-winning captain Johnson’s mind. “Our guys are fit, but you have to be fit enough to beat the best teams in the world. Some are there, but some now know what it takes. “A lot of them have put themselves into real contention for the [British and Irish] Lions, though,” added Johnson, with the likes of flanker Joe Worsley and full-back Delon Armitage among those now in contention. “How many wins did the northern hemisphere get against the southern hemisphere in the autumn [Wales’s win over Australia was Europe’s lone success over the Tri-Nations]? Are we as good as those guys yet? No, because we are not winning the games.” England lost both their away matches this Six Nations, against Wales and Ireland, in contests where a lack of discipline cost them dear. – A F P


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DANAI’S DREAM DASHED Germany’s Mayer proves a tough nut to crack for Thai Lerpong Amsa-ngiam DAILY XPRESS

lorian Mayer of Germany shattered Danai Udomchoke hopes of winning a trophy at home as the former world No 33 outplayed the Thai star 7-5 6-2 in the championship match of the US$50,000 SAT Bangkok Open at the Rama Gardens Hotel yesterday. The towering Mayer, who just returned to the circuit in January after six months out of action due to a wrist injury, kept the country’s No 1 at bay with his piercing groundstrokes and devastating serves to win the match in one hour and 22 minutes to the disappointment of a partisan crowd. “I was very lucky because it was not so hot like other days. I could breath normally and played much better than in the semis. Otherwise I wouldn’t

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Florian Mayer and Danai Udomchoke with their trophies. have won today,’’ said the 25year-old, whose 190 cms height helped in sending booming serves. “I was a break down but came back to win the first set. In the second set I served so well that he barely won points on my serves. He tried too much and made many mistakes,’’ said the man from Bayreuth, Germany,

who claimed his first trophy since the injury-induced break. He earned US$7,200. Mayer, who was 350 when the week started, will be back in the top 250 when the latest ATP rankings are released today. However, he opted to fly back home last night instead of participating in the US$50,000 Challenger, which starts in

Nakhon Ratchasima today due to the sweltering conditions. “I decided days ago when people said it will be lot hotter there. I’ve been here for 10 days and it’s becoming tough for me. Now that I won a trophy, I can go home happy,’’ said Mayer who hopes to return to the top 100 by the end of the year. Danai had been at the top of his game all week but his baseline game failed to inflict any damage on the German whom he had beaten easily three years ago. “Mayer ran down all my shots and hit back even better. So I tried to hit harder but I missed. He was too good and there’s nothing I could do,’’ said Danai, still chasing his first Challenger trophy since Busan 2006. With several players skipping this week’s Challenger in Nakhon Ratchasima fearing the scorching heat there, Danai is seeded eighth and will play a qualifier in the first round on Tuesday.

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Murray puts out Federer A P , Indian Wells, California

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ndy Murray beat Roger Federer for the fourth straight time 6-3 4-6 6-1 to advance to the BNP Paribas Open final against Rafael Nadal yesterday. No 4 Murray has won six of eight matches overall against No 2 Federer. The 21-year-old Scot will face Nadal after the Spaniard edged No 7 Andy Roddick 6-4 7-6 (4) in their semi-final. Nadal will have another difficult match today against Murray, the 21-yearold Scot who’s off to a career-best 20-1 start this year and already has won two tournaments. “I think he’s more focused all the time, he’s more regular,” Nadal said. “Before, he has one good match and later he plays one set well and two sets not at the same level. Right now he’s playing all the time very solid and very regular. You look at his results the last seven, eight months, he’s not losing to anyone.”


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AGE ISN’T EVERYTHING Two weeks after turning 50, Lehman takes lead AP, Palm Harbor, Florida

wo weeks after turning 50, former Ryder Cup captain Tom Lehman looked like his old self in the Transitions Championship with a 3-under 68 for his first 54-hole lead in more than four years on Saturday. Lehman ran off four straight birdies and shot 31 on the back nine at Innisbrook to grab a one-shot lead over Retief Goosen. Lehman will try to become only the seventh player in his 50s to win on the US PGA Tour. Goosen, a two-time US Open champion, kept his composure on firm, crusty greens usually only seen in June. The greens were brown in spots and hard all over, reminding him of Shinnecock Hills in 2004 when he won his second Major. Lehman, who was at 8-under

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Tom Lehman plays a shot from the bunker on the 1st hole. 205, missed five months last year with tendinitis and missed the cut in his first four starts this year before a tie for 49th against a weak field in Mexico last month. “I really enjoyed myself today,” Lehman said. “The front nine was a comedy of errors. On the back nine, things got going.” The highlight of his birdie

streak came at the par-3 13th, a tee shot over the water and onto a putting surface that is so hard the ball kicks up dry soil when it lands. The ball stopped inside a foot for the easiest birdie he had all day. The last time Lehman was atop the leaderboard after 54 holes was in the fog-delayed Buick Invitational in 2005, when he finished in a tie for second

behind Tiger Woods. Winning the Transitions Championship might be just as difficult – partly because of the tough Copperhead Course, and partly because of the cast of challengers who are chasing him. Masters champion Trevor Immelman is starting to play like one with his return to Augusta National around the corner. He had a 70 and was in the group at 5-under 208 that included Stuart Appleby (71), Jonathan Byrd (71) and Charles Howell III (71), an Augusta native suddenly presented with a chance to win and get into the Masters. Ryo Ishikawa, the 17-year-old from Japan, shot a 75 and was 14 shots out of the lead. Steve Stricker and Nick Watney, tied for the lead going into the third round, both struggled. Stricker regarded among the best in golf with the short stick three-putted twice for bogey on the back nine. He shot 73. Watney tumbled to a 74, leaving him at 3-under 210.

Tseng surges to the front A F P , Mexico City

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aiwan’s Tseng Yani, who was last year’s runner-up, fired a three-under 69 to surge into a tie for the lead after the second round of the LPGA MasterCard Classic on Saturday. “Actually I feel pretty good today. But I had a bogey to start,” Tseng said. “I am very disappointed because I had a bet with Lorena for bogey-free and I’m like, ‘Oh my God, I made a bogey on the first hole.’ “I had seven birdies today and I had one four-putt, and that’s really bad.” Tseng is tied at seven-under 137 with South Korea’s Na Yeon Choi who shot two-under 70 at the BosqueReal Country Club course.

Wu wins in Xiamen China’s Wu Weihuang shot a one-under-par 71 to win by four strokes over fellow locals Alex Wu Ashun and Zhou Jun in the Dell Championship in Xiamen.


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