Thursday, March 26, 2009 VOL 2, NO 307 dailyxpress.net
GOOD MORNING BANGKOK!
Rahtree reborn with Mario By Mario Maurer Actor
’m a fan of “Buppha Rahtree” and its great to be a part of the sequel. Since it was my first horror film I had to try very hard. Fans of the Buppha franchise should definitely see this film – it’s got all the flavours you would expect including romance, comedy and thrills. I’m sure fans won’t be disappointed.
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REAL-LIFE HERO Clad in a Spider-man outfit, firefighter Somchai Yoosabai spins people out of trouble >PAGE 2
Catch Metal band DragonForce, dig your teeth into summer coolers, don’t miss the Otop festival and more... >PAGE 10
Thursday, March 26, 2009
1.7million THE ESTIMATED NUMBER of broadband Internet subscribers in Thailand
Canning the loan sharks
Female presenters pose with an Aston Martin DBS worth Bt34 million, a star at the 30th Bangkok International Motor Show. The show opens today and runs until April 6 at Bitec in Bangna.
By Wisit Chuanpipatpong D A I LY X P R E S S
ive people in Ubon Ratchathani filed complaints with police yesterday about loan sharks charging them interest of 150 per cent per year. They said they faced bullying and even threats to their lives over the debts, which total several million baht. One of them, 28-yearold salesperson Nanthiya Jaijing, said she needed to buy cosmetics to sell so she borrowed Bt450,000 from former school friend Nattanicha Buayai on April 26 last year. When she fell behind with payments, she borrowed Bt700,000 from other sources to repay the debt.
Debts sold, doubled Nanthiya says she has now used four lenders to pay off each previous debt, including a local police lieutenant. She now owes a total of Bt1.8 million to her current lender, a friend of Nattanicha. Nanthiya says he threatened to destroy her property after she could no longer even keep up with the interest payments of 10 per cent per month plus another eight per week. Consumer Protection Centre official Nattinee Duangdamrongsak said it was representing a group of five debtors all facing harassment after their loan contracts had been shifted from one lender to another, doubling their debt. DAILY
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Spider-man unmasked By Thidarat Na Pattalung D A I LY X P R E S S
pider-man usually saves people from monsters while firemen usually rescue them from burning buildings. Both try to make the world a better place, but they often lead complicated lives themselves. Recently, fire fighter Somchai Yoosabai managed to coax an autistic boy to safety from a third-floor window ledge by showing up in a Spider-man outfit. The boy had ignored all pleas to get down but smiled as he saw the superhero and immediately ran into Spidey’s arms.
This isn’t the first time that fireman Somchai Yoosabai has dressed up to save someone
I’M GLAD I’VE HELPED PEOPLE REALISE THAT FIREMEN WILL DO EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO HELP IN A 199 EMERGENCY. Real-life superhero Somchai has been a fireman for five years. He enjoys helping people but says he also loves the adventurous, exciting and challenging side of his work.
He normally uses the Spiderman costume for fire-prevention lectures he gives at schools but he’s also worn it to lead dancers through aerobics routines. “I chose the outfit because
Spider-man is a very famous superhero. Most children know him and he’s easy to remember. Spider-man also shares characteristics with firemen: both wear red, climb high buildings and help people.” This isn’t the first time the fireman has dressed up to save someone. A drunkard planning to jump to his death was talked (or maybe laughed) out of it when Somchai turned up dressed as his favourite morlam singer, Poifai Malaiporn. “I’m glad I’ve helped people realise that firemen will do everything they can to help in a 199 emergency,” says Somchai.
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Thursday, March 26, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
THE WORLD Rescue
in vain? Rescuers lower a whale into the water at Flinders Bay as they attempt to get it and nine others back out to sea after the latest wave of beaching in Hamelin Bay, western Australia. Ten whales were pushed into deeper waters on Tuesday, but nine of them have come back ashore and are unlikely to survive.
Alaska’s Mount Redoubt erupted, spewing clouds of ash high into the sky and triggering
35-km volcanic mudflows
briefly Praying pilot convicted A pilot who began praying instead of enacting emergency measures before a Tunisian charter flight plummeted into the sea and killed 16 people off Sicily in 2005 was convicted of manslaughter. The plane’s black box showed that the Tunisian pilot Chefik Gharbi lost control of the situation, ceded command of the plane to his co-pilot and began praying. Gharbi and his co-pilot, who was also convicted in the case, were among 23 people who survived the crash. Both were sentenced to 10 years in prison. Prosecutors contended that the pair had failed to put emergency measures in place. – AP
This time it’s legal
Samoan woman charged over in-flight birth A 29-year-old Samoan woman who gave birth on a flight to New Zealand was charged yesterday with abandoning her baby girl in an aircraft toilet. The baby was found by cleaners in the plane’s toilet rubbish bin after the 150 passengers and cabin crew, who reportedly knew nothing about the birth, had disembarked. The woman was identified when authorities noticed her bleeding as she told immigration officials that she had misplaced her passport. She faced a second charge of assault on a child, Radio New Zealand reported. The woman underwent surgery at Middlemore Hospital after what police said was a difficult and complicated birth on board the plane as it arrived in Auckland from Apia, the capital of Samoa. News reports said the woman was flying to New Zealand as part of a group recruited to work as seasonal fruit pickers. – D P A
Finalist selected for dream job Taiwanese woman bags 151,676 votes; winner will be declared on May 6 A P , Sydney
skydiving, mountainclimbing interpreter from Taiwan has scored herself a shot at what’s been dubbed the “Best Job in the World” – getting paid to serve as the caretaker of a tropical Australian paradise island. Officials with the tourism department of Australia’s Queensland state announced yesterday that Clare Wang won a spot among 11 finalists vying for the job – a A$150,000 (Bt3.7-million) contract to relax on Hamilton Island in the Great Barrier Reef for six months while writing
a blog to promote the area. Wang was selected by the public as the “wild card” winner from a pool of 50 shortlisted entries the department had chosen earlier. She received 151,676 votes – almost three times as many as her nearest competitor – on the job ad’s website, which featured the video applications of all 50 hopefuls. Nearly 35,000 people from across the world applied for the gig.
Ten others short-listed Tourism Queensland will choose the other ten finalists and announce the names on
April 3. All 11 hopefuls will be flown to Hamilton Island in early May for interviews, and one will be declared the winner on May 6. The job begins on July 1. “Clare has done a remarkable job of promoting her quest for the Best Job in the World in Taiwan and has become an overnight media celebrity,” Tourism Queensland CEO Anthony Hayes said in a statement. “Not only has she gained the support of the Taiwanese people, she has done an amazing job of promoting Queensland and the islands of the Great Barrier Reef, which is exactly what the Best-Jobin-the-World campaign is all about.”
A New Zealand teenage whizzkid who admitted developing software that infected a million computers around the world has been hired by telecommunications company TelstraClear to advise companies how to avoid hackers. Owen Walker, 19, admitted when he appeared in court in July to being part of what the FBI called “an elite international botnet coding group” that caused chaos around the world, including shutting down the entire network of 50,000 computers at the University of Pennsylvania. – DPA
Maid abuse A Singapore court yesterday charged a property agent with seriously hurting the eye of his Indonesian maid and 10 other counts of maid abuse. Lim Beng Tai, 38, is charged with beating the maid several times. His wife Connie Ng Lay Har is accused of punching the maid once and slamming her right hand against a car. If convicted, Lim faces a jail term of up to 10 years and a fine, or caning. – DPA
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
OLIVER STONE, ON BARACK OBAMA’S PRESIDENCY.
“I’m hoping for the best. [Obama’s] a reform candidate. He thinks. He analyses. [But he’s] trapped in a system which is driven toward militarism and greed on Wall Street.”
‘ K H A N K LU AY I I ’
TUSKER PRIDE The animated war elephant returns for his second big-screen adventure By Parinyaporn Pajee
D A I LY X P R E S S
COURTESY OF KANTANA ANIMATION
t’s been three years since a tiny blue elephant with enormous eyes bounded his way into the hearts of filmgoers in the first Thai animated feature in almost 30 years. Now Kantana Animation’s Khan Kluay, who since his 2006 big-screen debut has been entertaining the little ones with a TV series on Channel 7, is back in another movie adventure. In “Khan Kluay II”, the hero elephant (voiced by Atthapporn Teemakorn) is a veteran soldier in King Naresuan’s army. He and his mate, Chaba Kaew (Ann Thongprasom) are the proud parents of twins. When his family is kidnapped, he has to choose between his duty and those he loves. He ends up confronting the vindictive elephant Nga Nin and the brutal king (Nonzee Nimibutr) who is still furious and sad at having lost his son during the battle with King Naresuan.
Taking the reins
The men behind the elephant are voice director Montree Jen-aksorn, left, and Taweelap Srivuthivong, who takes over as director for character creator Kompin Khemkumnerd.
Kompin Khemkumnerd has handed over the director reins to Taweelap Srivuthivong, art director of the first film, while he continues work on his next movie. “We’ve worked hard to improve on the mistakes in the first part,” says Taweelap, adding that the two-plus years of production for the sequel was necessary to ensure that the movie didn’t look outdated. “The story and animation are more complicated and animation technology is constantly moving forward,” Taweelap says. “The sequel has more adventure and,
NEVER FORGET >> “Khan Kluay” was released in May 2006 and earned Bt100 million at the box office. >> It was Thailand’s first computer-animated feature and the first animated feature since 1976’s “The Adventure of Sudsakorn” by Payut Ngaokrachang. >> “Khan Kluay II” cost Bt150 million to make. >> The movie opens in cinemas today.
to make the scenes more incredible, we sent a team to Burma to research the locations.”
Powerful voices With Khan Kluay all grown up, it was essential to pick the right voices, says voice director Montree Jen-aksorn. He’s made an unexpected casting call, picking filmmaker Nonzee Nimibutr to portray the Burmese king. “He has a powerful voice, which is a perfect fit for the king’s character. Kids will tremble in their seats,” grins Montree, who lends his own voice to the sorcerer Ong Sa Another remarkable choice is that of actress Apiradee Phawapootanon, who modulates her usual high-pitched voice to the gentle crystal tones of Princess Suphankanlaya. Other voice actors include Warut Worratham as the pigeon Jid Rid and Nattha Loyd as Sang Da, Chaba Kaew’s mother.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
NICOLE KIDMAN is in Udaipur, northern India, to shoot parts of the action-adventure ‘The Eighth Wonder’. The actress is staying at the Lake Palace, the luxury hotel featured in the James Bond film ‘Octopussy’.
YEARS AGO TODAY, the Fine Arts Department, the brainchild of King Rama VI, was established.
Cutting off a ‘Slice’
COURTESY OF FIVE STAR PRODUCTION
Kongkiat Khomsiri, second from left, director of the critically acclaimed martial arts drama “Muay Thai Chaiya”, is serving up a crime thriller called “Chuean” (“Slice”). Stars include, from left, “Muay Thai Chaiya” pal Sonthaya Chitmanee, veteran actor Chatchai Plengpanich and Arak “Pe” Amornsupasiri. “Slice”, which started filming on Tuesday, is co-scripted by Wisit Sasanatieng, who directed Kongkiat’s script for the 2006 horror “Pen Choo Kab Phee” (“The Unseeable”), so perhaps Wisit is returning the favour.
A world of celluloid THE THAI FILM FOUNDATION holds its annual film appreciation course every weekend from April 18 to May 31 at the 14 October Foundation on Rajdamnoen Klang Road. The course, which runs on Saturday and Sunday from 10 and 5, will be conducted in Thai by film critics Kittisak Suwannaphokin and Prawit Tang-aksorn. While it’s not about filmmaking, those attending will learn the meaning of cinema techniques, camera angles as well as movie elements that reflect the director’s ideas and movie themes. The fee is Bt3,000 with snacks. Call (02) 800 2716, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.ThaiFilm.com.
C O M I N G AT T R A C T I O N
A new ’do for Jeeja Action and romance blend in new project for ‘Chocolate’ star
Yanin “Jeeja” Vismitananda sports a new hairdo for ‘Due Suay Du’, an action romance directed by Rashane Limtrakul, left, and also starring Kazu Patrick Tang.
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ction heroine Yanin “Jeeja” Vismitananda has a new look for her second project – an action-romance that’s been dubbed “Due Suay Du”, literally “stubborn, beautiful and fierce”. “I play a stubborn young woman,” says Jeeja, who’s cropped and dyed the curly frizz she wore in “Chocolate”. “I’m happy about changing my hair. The new style is good for doing an action film.” The project marks the return of Rashane Limtrakul, who directed a segment in the “4 Romances” short-film collection. But his last feature was his directorial debut in
1995, “Loke Thung Bai Hai Nai Khon Diaw” (“Romantic Blues”). Joining Jeeja on the set are familiar faces Panna Rittikrai and Weeraphol Phoomatfon, with whom she worked on “Chocolate”. They’re helping the young actress perfect her high-kicking moves for her character, a girl who has to fight for her love. “We never see martial-arts
films that have love as a central theme,” says Rashane. “But I firmly believe that love always comes with a fight and a fight is always involved with love.” Jeeja’s love interest is Kazu Patrick Tang, a FrenchVietnamese martial artist who’s making his debut in a starring role. He’s previously appeared in Luc Besson’s action flick “Unleashed”.
soopsip This Buppha’s a ghostly babe Film director Yuthlert “Tom” Sippapak has to give Cherman “Ploy” Boonyasak the credit for the new-look ghost in “Buppha Rahtree 3.1”. Ploy persuaded him to make her character more beautiful Ploy – still spooky, but gorgeous spooky. “I insisted that Buppha had to wear mascara,” she says. And how about the hair? “She used to have a bob, but I thought it was too cute,” says Ploy. “Long hair looks sexier – and scarier, especially when the ghost is out haunting and her hair gets messy. “Sex appeal is very important for Buppha – without it, the character is so dull!”
Is Sarah shy? Sarah Jessica Parker
doesn’t talk about sex nearly as much as Carrie, the character she played in “Sex and the City”. Parker “I just feel there’s a time and place for it,” says Parker, who’s been happily married for 12 years to fellow actor Matthew Broderick. Interviewed by Ladies Home Journal, Parker says she’s kept her marriage fresh for so long by not talking about it, and certainly not to reporters! “We have a marriage like every other marriage. We muddle through, just like everyone else.”
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ART & CULTURE
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Celadon set free
Vipoo Srivilasa lets factory workers unleash the creativity in mass-produced ceramics
XTRA MONSTERS A-PROWL >> The Pongnoi Art Space is
open Tuesday to Friday from 1 to 6pm and on weekends from 11 to 6, but it will be closed for Songkran on April 12 to 15. Call (081) 288 3908. >> Thai Celadon welcomes artists, including beginners, to participate in its residency programme. E-mail email@example.com.
s artist-in-residence at Thai Celadon in Chiang Mai, ceramist Vipoo Srivilasa has tapped into the creativity of the factory’s employees. The pieces they’ve created under his guidance will be on view in the exhibition “Monsters by Hands” at the northern city’s Pongnoi Art Space from April 5 to 26. “I usually work with lowfired earthenware, but celadon is a high-fired stoneware formed with a wood-ash glaze and a cracked, glazed surface,” says Melbourne-based Vipoo, known for his quirky creations. “I wanted to combine these two techniques, and during my stay I conducted a workshop to share some fun and creativity with the 40 employees.” Vipoo showed some of his new dual-technique pieces
in his solo show “Colonies” at Bangkok’s Surapon Gallery last month. You won’t find the familiar celadon tableware in “Monsters by Hands”. Instead, expect alien figures that challenge preconceptions about factory-made products.
Vipoo invited photographer Jatturong Sartkhum to document the creation process at Thai Celadon with pictures of the individual artists and their efforts. “For 49 years
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COURTES Y OF VIP OO SRIV ILASA
By Khetsirin Pholdhampalit
we’ve made celadon using the original organic methods,” says Thai Celadon executive director Taksabhongse Bodhipakti. “Here we’re infused liveliness into the pieces and broadened celadon’s horizons. “Vipoo’s stay has been a dazzling start to our artist-inresidence programme. The project just dissolves all protocol, and proves that creativity and fun know no age limits.”
Thursday, March 26, 2009
HEALTH & FITNESS
The road to recovery
Nephrologists prove that blood really is thicker than water with the first ABO-incompatible kidney transplant
Areejit Photales, is the first Thai patient to receive a kidney from a
donor with an incompatible blood type – her brother, Saringkharn Naruemitklinkamol.
D A I LY X P R E S S
or Areejit Photales, a 34year-old nurse from Si Sa Ket province, life as she knew it collapsed the day she was diagnosed with chronic kidney failure. Exhausted from twiceweekly dialysis, she knew life could only return to normal if she had a kidney transplant. But where to find a donor? Her younger brother tested but was a different blood type. Her elder brother was Type O – a match – and agreeable, but Areejit’s hopes took another battering when tests showed he was infected with Hepatitis C. “I felt desperate. Then I got a call from heaven,” says Areejit. That call was from Assoc Prof Yingyos Avihingsanon, a nephrologist at Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Medicine. He asked whether Areejit wanted to be the first Thai to undergo the ABO
Wacharaporn Weerakul, MD is a specialist in gynaecology and reproductive medicine at Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital.
incompatibility kidney transplant with her younger brother, whose blood type is A, acting as donor.
The procedure has given new hope to patients with chronic kidney failure, whose number increases every year and for whom the wait for a donated kidney now stands at four years. “Those with kidney failure who feel they cannot face life-long dialysis can consult about the possibilities for the surgery But, like for any organ transplant, the decision is made carefully under the supervision of the organ donation committee to prevent any problems with organ trafficking,” says the doctor. “Areejit’s case needs more research and follow-up so that future transplants are more effective.”
Free bloodpressure advice Bangkok Hospital and Novaltis (Thailand) are hosting a free seminar on Sunday morning on the “time bomb” that high blood pressure represents. Learn about the symptoms and means of prevention and be safe from heart disease and diabetes. The Mifa Music Academy will conduct a body-movement class and you can get a free health check-up too. That’s at the hospital’s rehabilitation building on the seventh floor, starting at 7.30am. Call 1179.
Piyavate helps out families
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By Parinyaporn Pajee
“She’s a nurse so she understands the procedure,” says the nephrologist, explaining why he selected her for the country’s first procedure. “Also, the donor needed to be someone very strong, otherwise we risked having two patients as a result of the operation.” This innovative programme, introduced some 10 years ago in the West, allows patients to receive a kidney from living donors even though their blood types are incompatible. They must, however, undergo several treatments before and after the transplant to remove harmful antibodies that can cause organ rejection. That treatment is called plasmapheresis and is similar to dialysis.
The medical team talks with the recipient and the donor six months after the first successful ABO
incompatibility kidney transplant was undertaken in Thailand.
Is mid-cycle pain normal? I am 38 years old and have lower abdominal and pelvic pain that occurs roughly midway through my menstrual cycle – that is, around a week after my period ends. I asked my doctor and he said that it’s normal and is because of ovulation. What can I take to ease the discomfort? Ovulation may well be the cause mid-cycle pain, though you should consult your doctor next time you are experiencing discomfort so he can conduct
an ultrasound and confirm that you are indeed ovulating. If the pain is caused by ovulation, it’s not a serious problem. As for treatment, I would suggest you start taking the oral contraceptive pill (birth control pill), which will stop you from ovulating. If you still have the pain while using the pill, then other possible causes should be explored through laparoscopic surgery. Send question about health via firstname.lastname@example.org
Piyavate Hospital’s Family Healthcare campaign includes some special deals. All through April in the G Floor lobby, if you have a check-up, you can have an Exclusively Yours TRIA Massage as well. On Saturday there’s a free talk on blastocyst culture in the event of difficulty during pregnancy, and on Sunday a discussion on new surgical techniques for osteoarthritis. Call (02) 625 6555 or www.Piyavate.com.
Healthy summer for kids at BNH Children ages three to nine can let their creativity go wild in the BNH Hospital Healthy Summer programme. There’ll be art, music, sports and hobbies and you get to stage a play as well. On Saturday from 9am to 1pm, on the fourth floor, everyone can get a health check-up at prices reduced by as much as 55 per cent. Call (02) 686 2700.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
do it! A nutty festival The Koh Kae Festival on Saturday and Sunday at CentralWorld celebrates the peanut snack brand’s 33 years with an exhibition and a host of other activities including concerts by indie musicians, graffiti demonstrations and B-boy dancing. You can also shop for handmade accessories, postcards and books. Call (02) 416 0077 or visit www.Koh-Kae.com.
Backpacking in Tokyo The Thai Youth Hostel Association and Japan Youth Hostel invite applications for the “Exciting Tokyo Expedition”, which takes place from May 8 to 13. It’ll include visits to major attractions like the Meiji Shrine, Asakusa Temple, Kamakura Daibutsu, Yokohama and Mount Fuji. Call (02) 628 7413-5 or visit www.HiThailand.com.
Study in Indonesia In the “Developing Countries Partnership” scholarship programme master’s students can study in Indonesia for three years, taking a year to learn the language and the remainder to complete their degree. The Indonesian government’s programme covers tuition, monthly allowances, books and a return ticket. Applications are due by April 7. Visit www.KBRI-
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The top of Otop Thousands of products from all over Thailand will be on offer at Otop Festival in the City from tomorrow until April 5
at the National Stadium, daily from 2 to 11pm. More than 2,500 stalls will be offering handicrafts, clothes, decorative items and herbal supplements. Cultural and traditional shows will be held on Sunday from 10am.
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Roaring like the Dragon British power metal band DragonForce will be back in Thailand on April 10 rocking the Thunderdome at Impact in Muang Thong Thani. The band, which features ZP Theart on vocals, Herman Li and Sam Totman on guitars, Vadim Pruzhanov on keyboards, Dave Mackintosh on drums, and Frederic Leclercq on bass, is known for lightning-fast solos and fantasy-based lyrics. Tickets cost Bt900 and Bt1,500 at Thaiticketmajor.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
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Khan Klua y II
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New in Town
Will Smith stars in this twistfilled melodrama as a taxman on a complicated path to redemption. ★★★
An executive (Renee Zellweger) finds herself at odds with her quirky blue-collar workforce. At
Chuead Kon Chim
A struggling noodle-shop owner (Mai Charoenpura) takes a stab at a special recipe that makes her soup a hit. With English
Retired superheroes in a dystopian 1985 America don their masks again to solve a mystery and hopefully prevent nuclear war. ★★★
subtitles in some cinemas.
SF Cinemas. ★★
Make It Happen A young dancer (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) has dreams of entering arts school but ends up working at a burlesque club.
Bolt In this Disney animated feature, a TV-show pup (John Travolta) escapes from the set and is shocked to discover he doesn’t really have superpowers. ★★★
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ing portrait of the “Sex Pistol of football”. At House. ★★★
A school’s former students reunite to try and save the building from being razed to make way for a superstore. No
Song of Sparrows
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 admir-
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 Thai subtitles at House.
Khwamjum Sun Tae Rak Chan Yao A lovelorn veterinarian (Arak Amornsupasiri) sees a chance for romance with his old high-school crush (Yarinda Bunnag). Directed by Yongyooth Thongkongtoon.
Sombat Metanee star in “Ai Tui”, a colourful musical comedy from 1971. Directed by Dokdin Kanyamarn, who also stars, it’s part of the “Week of Siam” of classic Thai cinema taking place the last week of every month until August at House cinema on Royal City Avenue. “Ai Tui” (“Mr Tui”) is among the films under this week’s theme of “Laan Laew Jaa” – “it’s a million!” – a phrase coined by Dokdin to signify a million-baht box-office smash. The print of this film was prepared for the 2004 World Film Festival of Bangkok, and it’s the only one in this month’s “Week of Siam” programme to have English subtitles. Showtimes are 1pm on Saturday, 4pm on Monday and 7pm next Wednesday. – DAILY XPRESS
With English subtitles at some cinemas. ★★★
Apex Lido: (02) 252 6498 Siam: (02) 251 3508 Scala: (02) 251 2861
Century – The Movie Plaza (02) 247 9940
A housewife learns her husband was killed in a car accident, then awakens the next morning to find him alive and well at home. Sandra Bullock stars.
(02) 641 5913-4
Major Cineplex/EGV Bangkok: (02) 515 5555
Bangkok: (02) 718 7999
Star Movies (TrueVisions), 8pm
Bangkok: (02) 129 4635 IMAX: (02) 129 4631
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
SF Cinemas Bangkok: (02) 268 8888 Pattaya: (038) 361 500
Nicolas Cage stars as a schoolteacher who discovers that an encrypted message from a time capsule accurately predicts major disasters. Rose Byrne and Laura Robinson also star. ★★★
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Close to Home By John McPherson
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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: It’s a year of haste, but not waste. Utilise every moment to accomplish your goals. You will have the drive, originality and innocence to go where others may question or fear. You are the pioneer and must put your skills to the test. ARIES *** March 21-April 19 An invitation to join a group you believe in will help you discover your true calling. You have lots to offer and will be able to move into a leadership position if you step up and show your skills. TAURUS *** April 20-May 20 Taking on too much will give the impression that you are not capable of large-scale tasks. Gauge your time and remain patient if you want to come across as being professional.
DIFFICULTY RATING ★★★★
GEMINI **** May 21-June 20 Use your talents to make reforms. By showing where you stand on issues, you can take a position of leadership. A new project may seem daunting but will be easy to follow through. CANCER ** June 21-July 22 Be careful not to give out too much information. Someone will take advantage of you and twist your words in order to undermine what you are trying to accomplish. Stay alert and do not give in to bribes. LEO ***** July 23-Aug. 22 Rediscover some of the goals you set a long time ago. You have a lot to share as well as learn and a whole new attitude regarding your philosophy of life will develop. Make a life adjustment. VIRGO *** Aug. 23-Sept. 22 Don’t let anyone push you into an uncomfortable financial situation. Be careful when it comes to money and handouts. Children, friends and lovers can cost you if you don’t use a firm hand.
CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY
LIBRA *** Sept. 23-Oct. 22 You can drum up some excitement and get everyone on your team with a little enthusiastic talk and a few examples of what you plan to do. Love is looking very hot. Get out and socialise. SCORPIO *** Oct. 23-Nov. 21 Don’t believe everything you hear. You will have to be careful not to give in to emotional rants at home or someone who is trying to get you to take on his or her responsibilities. Focus on what’s important. SAGITTARIUS ***** Nov. 22-Dec. 21 Some changes at home will add comfort and emotional wellbeing. Do not let someone take over or make changes you don’t like. Be creative in the way you deal with others.
Actor Leonard Nimoy is 78. Actor Alan Arkin is 75. Actor James Caan is 69. Singer Diana Ross is 65. Singer Steven Tyler of Aerosmith is 61. Actor Martin Short is 59. Actress Jennifer Grey is 49. Actor Michael Imperioli is 43. Guitarist James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins) is 41. Country singer Kenny Chesney is 41. Actor TR Knight is 36. Actress Amy Smart is 33. Actress Keira Knightley is 24.
CAPRICORN ** Dec. 22-Jan. 19 Keep a lid on whatever you feel like saying. You are likely to strike a disruptive chord if you are too vocal or pushy. Be careful to avoid being criticised. A love relationship may be on shaky ground. AQUARIUS **** Jan. 20-Feb. 18 You can make some interesting professional changes that will turn your cash flow into a positive. Put on the pressure in order to get the deal you want. An old goal can be achieved. PISCES *** Feb. 19-March 20 You’ll be in the mood to get things done, so put in overtime. Don’t let anyone push you around or get in the way of achieving your goals. Move forward with clarity and forcefulness.
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Thursday, March 26, 2009
2-1 Teemu Selanne scored the only shoot-out goal as the Anaheim Ducks beat Nashville to move into a play-off place in ice hockey’s Western Conference.
briefly Mason hits the winner as Spurs pip Warriors Roger Mason Jr, came to the rescue again, and the San Antonio Spurs’ continued their homecourt mastery over the Golden State Warriors. Mason Jr hit the go-ahead jumper with 23.8 seconds left, and the Spurs held on to beat the pesky Warriors for the 22nd straight time at home, 107-106. “They had nothing to lose,” said Mason after finishing with 24 points, and his fourth-game winning shot of the season. “They Roger Mason Jr gave us a run for our money.” – DPA
Kaka doubtful for qualifier
South Africa will host the Indian Premier League (IPL) during April and May, it was confirmed. The decision follows days of frenetic speculation over whether South Africa or England would earn the right to host the second edition of a dazzling show featuring the international stars of cricket. IPL commissioner Lalit Modi and Cricket South Africa chief executive Gerald Majola said the Twenty20 tournament would be staged from April 18 into May, probably at six venues. – AFP
Kaka missed training with Brazil to treat a left foot injury, and team doctors weren’t sure he would be available for this weekend’s World Cup qualifier against Ecuador. Inter Milan’s Adriano also missed practice because of a left ankle ailment, but doctors said he will be able to play on Sunday in Quito. “Adriano could be practicing normally by Thursday,” Brazil trainer Paulo Paixao said. “But Kaka will be far from his best condition if he plays on Sunday.” – AP
Gillett: No decision on Liverpool stake Liverpool co-owner George Gillett Jr has not yet made a decision about whether to sell his 50 per cent stake in the Premier League club or offload the Montreal Canadiens. Gillett has hired financial companies in Canada, Gillett the United States and Europe to reassess his varied holdings. At Liverpool, which Gillett coowns with Tom Hicks, a July deadline is approaching to refinance the loan that funded their takeover two years ago. – AP
Scott resigns as WTA Tour chief Larry Scott is resigning after six years as chairman and chief executive officer of the WTA Tour to become a commissioner in a US college sports conference. Scott will remain with the women’s professional tennis circuit into June, the tour said. He will work with the tour board to select his successor. – AP
SA to host Indian Premier League
Force India driver Adrian Sutil has fun overtaking Australian inline figure skater Kristen Slade at St Kilda beach in Melbourne.
BULLYING BRAWN Rivals fear new boys in Melbourne season-opener AFP, Melbourne
he new Brawn Formula One team has the potential to dominate Sunday’s Australian season-opener here based on its sensational preseason testing times, rival team boss Frank Williams said yesterday. Brawn GP carries the name of Ross Brawn, the former Ferrari engineer who put together a management buy-out of the Honda team when it
one of the great F1 survivors for 40 years, says the Brawn car is absurdly superior based on its test track performances. “They are making the rest of us look like amateurs,” Williams said. “In Australia they will disappear on the basis of what we have seen in testing. I just hope we can be up there, too.” Barrichello, who worked with Brawn at Ferrari, said he was thrilled with his car ahead of the Melbourne race. “Just the driveability of the engine is a dream,” Barrichello said.“The power is wonderfully manageable and predictable.”
Bodywork is illegal,says team
Friedel’s red card rescinded Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Friedel had the red card he received during Sunday’s 5-0 thrashing by Liverpool overturned by the Football Association. – AFP
pulled out of F1 because of the global economic crisis. Brazilian Rubens Barrichello and British team-mate Jenson Button both topped the timecharts in Barcelona earlier this month in the Brawn GP outfit’s first tests since the buyout. Such has been the reaction to Brawn GP’s impressive testing times, local bookmakers have installed Button as the favourite for Sunday’s GP on the Albert Park street circuit. Button’s popularity comes despite his winning just once, in 2006, from a total of 153 races. But Williams, who has been
Fernando Alonso plays with the Melbourne Victory team.
Red Bull yesterday said it will lodge an official protest if “illegal” bodywork sections of several Formula One cars pass official scrutineering for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix. The British team said the Brawn GP, Toyota and Williams cars run with rear diffusers, underbody sections to aid air flow, which are contrary to the rules. Ferrari and Renault have also expressed their unhappiness. “It’s illegal,” Red Bull adviser Helmut Marko said. “We’ll make a protest on Thursday if the component isn’t modified to conform to the regulations, because that diffuser guarantees a five-tenths [of a second] advantage per lap.” The ruling International Automobile Federation has declined to intervene with president Max Mosley reportedly saying the decision rests with race stewards in Melbourne. – A F P
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HEIR TO ARNOLD Can Woods step into the shoes of the undisputed king of golf AP, Orlando, Florida
he ageing, yellow Labrador named Mulligan stretched out on the carpet next to the office door at Bay Hill and didn’t move except to lift his eyelids when footsteps disrupted his morning nap. Suddenly, he lifted his head and staggered to all fours, wagging his tail when he heard a familiar voice coming up the stairs. Arnold Palmer climbed the final few steps and smiled at his dog. For more than 50 years, Palmer has made everyone around him feel better. That’s why he’s the “King”. And that’s why he is more relevant than ever in the world of golf. US PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem is asking players to be more aware of how good they have it. He wants them to be reminded that they essentially are working for the corporate sponsors writing the cheques and for the fans behind the ropes. Last week, tour officials posted a notice on the bulletin board in the locker room at the Transitions Championship. “Please remember to thank the CEO of this week’s event,” it read. “Cards have been placed in your lockers for you convenience.” Anyone think Palmer ever needed a reminder like that? Brad Faxon remembers the first time he played with Palmer. It was his rookie season
Tiger Woods with Arnold Palmer after winning the Bay Hill Invitational last year. in 1984 at The US Players Championship, and when the announcer began to introduce Faxon by saying, “In his first year on tour,” Palmer mocked surprise as if the announcer was talking about him. The gallery roared with laughter. Even more memorable about that day was what Palmer said to him as they walked off the first tee. “He said, ‘If you want to have an impact, be sure to look every fan in the eye,”’ Faxon said. With his power and charisma and sheer passion for the game, Palmer was responsible for bringing golf to the modern masses a half-century ago. He won his first Masters the year it was first televised. No other athlete has remained more rele-
PALMER SAID,‘IF YOU WANT TO HAVE AN IMPACT,BE SURE TO LOOK EVERY FAN IN THE EYE. Brad Faxon on golfing legend Arnold Palmer vant in retirement. Palmer is the host this week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. The defending champion at Bay Hill is Tiger
Woods, the greatest player of his generation, well on his way to winning more tour events and major championships than anyone. Players like him don’t come around very often, if at all. He has transcended his sport to become one of the most famous athletes in the world. He won a US Open by 15 shots. He won another US Open on one leg. Palmer is golf’s greatest ambassador. Woods might be its greatest player. All of which leads to an intriguing question. Which is golf more likely to see next? Another Tiger Woods or another Arnold Palmer? Padraig Harrington cast his vote for another Tiger, mainly because of the media and
celebrity culture. “It’s hard to be an Arnold Palmer now,” he said. “I don’t know if the era could happen again where you could have somebody like Arnold Palmer, who was a man of the people. Now, sports people tend to be a bit more aloof and detached.” Peter Jacobsen said he expected to see another Palmer before another Woods. “Like day turns into night, I think you’ll see the tour change again very soon,” said Jacobsen. “I think we’re likely to see the next Arnold Palmer.” “Tiger is more like Jack [Nicklaus] was early in his career,” Faxon said. “He was dedicated to improving himself and his career, and winning majors, which is great for the tour.” But does Woods look fans in the eye? Does he remember the names of people he met 10 years ago no matter the size of their role? Does he see the media as a way to promote golf, or does he see it as an obstacle? Finchem is asking players to do more for the tour, for the fans and for the sponsors. Woods has said he will do his part, but the details were vague until word began to leak about a private function on Monday at Isleworth Country Club where Woods hosted a breakfast and a clinic for a dozen or so CEOs of companies that are US PGA Tour title sponsors. “He did something extra that he was asked to do,” Rocco Mediate said. The best thing for golf would be the arrival of another Arnold Palmer. Especially if his name was Tiger Woods.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
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Suzuki: God descended on me
BECK OF A MATCH German top seed cruises past Levy and into quarters By Lerpong Amsa-ngiam DAILY XPRESS, Nakhon Ratchasima
he weather gods smiled on top seed Andreas Beck as the German took advantage of a cloudy sky to cruise past Israeli veteran Harel Levy 6-2 6-1 in the second round of the US$50,000 LTAT-Korat Open yesterday. The lithe left-hander unleashed a series of heavy groundstrokes from the baseline to finish off his 30-year-old rival in less than an hour under friendlier weather conditions than the heat that’s played havoc over the previous two days. “The conditions were much better today because of the cloud and wind. Two days ago it was terrible for everyone. But it doesn’t matter if you are mentally focused,’’ said the 23year-old who moves into his second Challenger event quarter-final in a week. “The score was a bit deceptive – the match wasn’t that easy. He’s a good player. But I was confident with my game and I’m happy to get to the next round,’’ said Beck who has set up a rematch with Israel’s Noam Okun, the giant-killer who knocked him out of the Bangkok Open last Friday. “I had a bad day and didn’t play well in that match. I hope to do better this time,’’ added the top seed whose world ranking plummeted to 104 this week after a career high of 86 earlier this month, helped by his
Top seed Andreas Beck of Germany says the match wasn’t as easy as the score suggested. Challenger win in Sarajevo a year ago. “It’s not a problem if I’m No 86 or No 104. If I win here I can get back there again.” In other second-round matches , Okun, last week’s semi-finalist, continued his impressive form, outlasting the fourth-seeded Frenchman Mathieu Moncourt 6-3 4-6 7-5. Paolo Lorenzi of Italy easily thrashed the injured Joshua Goodall of Britain 6-4 6-0 while American Rajeev Ram ousted Russian Alexandre Kudryavtsev 7-5 6-3. Goodall, suffering from an injured left wrist, had to withdraw from the doubles first round where he and Joseph Sirianni of Australia, last
IT’S NOT A PROBLEM IF I’M RANKED 86 OR 104 IN THE WORLD. IF I WIN HERE I CAN GET BACK THERE. Andreas Beck week’s champions, were scheduled to meet Sonchat and Sanchai Ratiwatana. The twins
had a walkover and will today play Kittipong Wachiramanowong and Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria, surprise winners against Chris Guccione and Marcio Toresso of Brazil 6-3 7-6 (9-7). Danai Udomchoke and South Korean Im Kyu-tae beat Russian Michail Elgin and Alexandre Kudryavtsev 7-5 6-3.
Clijsters seeking wild card Former No 1-ranked star Kim Clijsters has asked the US Open for a wild card for this year’s tournament as part of her comeback. The 25-yearold, who retired in 2007, will hold a news conference today in Belgium to announce her plans for 2009.
Seattle Mariners star Ichiro Suzuki has declared “God” finally descended on him after leading Japan to a second straight World Baseball Classic title. For better or worse, the 35-year-old outfielder remains the Samurai’s top drawcard with his erratic batting and amusing remarks. He was lavishly praised by media for his tie-breaking two-run single in the extra 10th inning that powered Japan to a 5-3 win over arch-rivals South Korea in the Classic final in Los Angeles. “I’ve got it, you know. God descended on me,” an exalted Suzuki said. “I knew everyone in Japan was focused on me and I was making playby-play comments to myself at the plate,” he added. “It produced a result and I felt I had cleared the barrier.” The winning two-out hit helped Suzuki put behind him a rollercoaster batting record which had led some media and fans to speculate that age was taking its toll, even accusing the star of being a liability. “Personally, I had kept dragging down the team until the last game,” admitted the left-handed batter. “I had worn South Korea’s uniform, Cuba’s uniform and the uniforms of various other teams. But finally I wore Japan’s uniform,” he said in another example of cryptic remarks that have captivated media. AFP
John Terry mulls Army transfer
Players from Mercedes Benz Thailand and Nellies battle for the ball during the 8th King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament in Chiang Rai.
A F P , London
ngland captain John Terry has revealed he is envious of the soldiers who serve in the British Army and would love to serve alongside them. The Chelsea captain – who is preparing for the friendly against Slovakia and then the crucial 2010 World Cup qualifier against Ukraine next week – was speaking after the squad had trained under the watchful gaze of several members of
the Armed Forces.“They [the armed forces] love their football,” 28-year-old Terry told the Daily Telegraph. “They like to look up to us but I would like to be in their shoes and do what they do. They are brilliant at their job. “I would love to [serve] of course. Put your life on the line for the country – I would love to, but I don’t think many of us could.” Several of those who
watched the England squad go through their paces had just returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan and clearly their experiences left an indelible impression on the players. “I was shocked, I didn’t expect that,” said England football icon David Beckham, after Ben McBean who lost an arm and a leg in Afghanistan asked the former skipper to sign his fake arm.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
THESPORT Steven Gerrard wants England coach Fabio Capello to give him more freedom to produce the kind of matchwinning heroics that have fired Liverpool back into the Premier League title race. Gerrard’s dynamic displays have hauled the Reds to within one point of leaders Manchester United and also helped humiliate Real Madrid in the Champions League. The Liverpool captain hit a hat-trick against Aston Villa on Sunday to cap a superb run of form that has seen the midfielder come into his own in a more advanced position just behind Spanish striker Fernando Torres. After two seasons being used in a variety of ways by Kop boss Rafa Benitez, who found it hard to tame the sometimes tactically undisciplined star, Gerrard is thriving in his new role and is hopeful Capello has taken note ahead of Saturday’s friendly against Slovakia at Wembley. “I’ve never been happier than I am now in my career,” Gerrard said. “I played a couple of years on the right when Rafa first came to Liverpool. I had a little moan and a little complain that I was there every week. “Now I’ve got two holding midfielders behind me doing an awful lot of running for me and freeing it up for me. And I feel that’s when you get the best out of myself, when I’m free to run at defenders and cause danger in the attacking third. “Rafa’s certainly helping me to improve in this position. I’m getting my head around it and really enjoying the freedom of playing in there. “If I was picked to play there [for England] I would be really happy. I’ve played there all season for Liverpool. I think it would help me. “I’d love nothing better than to be given the chance in that role to try to find that form. But that’s the manager’s decision. Fabio has to make that decision.” – A F P
MANNYPACKS A PUNCH Filipino star Manny Pacquiao has been voted fighter of the year by the Boxing Writers Association of America after a dominating win over Oscar De La Hoya.
GIVE ME FREEDOM!
Best thing for golf, Tiger or Palmer? Arnold Palmer was responsible for bringing golf to the modern masses a half-century ago with his power, charisma and sheer passion for the game. Tiger Woods is the greatest player of his generation. But does Woods look fans in the eye? Does he remember the names of people he met 10 years ago no matter the size of their role? >PAGE 25
Jose plots Inter revolution Jose Mourinho wants to rejuvenate Inter Milan by bringing in two or three younger players for next season, and has indicated he may stay with the Italian club for “another four or five years”. “The teams needs a bigger margin of improvement. When you have two young players like [Mario] Balotelli and [Davide] Santon with enormous possibilities of growth you can’t be satisfied,” Mourinho said, referring to the club’s two 18-year-olds. “Actually, we should aim at having four or five young players of their level next year,” Mourinho said. “We’ve got to have more youngsters with potential. Even if that means reducing winning potential in the near future. I think it’s a risk we shouldn’t be afraid to take. I don’t want to protect myself, win tomorrow and then leave my successor a team without any potential,” added Mourinho. “I’m not an egoistic coach. I’m working for Inter’s future.”