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THE COYOTE KID She’s not more than 10 years old but her provocative pole dancing is drawing criticism as well as outrage... >PAGE 2


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THE CITY

High on longkong

8,700 tons THE AMOUNT of garbage produced by Bangkok per day

Flight plans delayed

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A Himalayan Griffon vulture perches at a wildlife sanctuary in Huay Kha Khaeng, Uthai Thani. Grounded by exhaustion after its long migration to warm Thai shores, it was caught by forest rangers a few months ago. Ten vultures will be released in a ceremony next Thursday.

Teens in South are making a new illicit drug from fruit trees

Rich pickings for pickpockets

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‘8 x 10’ multiplies “We first found the longkong-drug concoction in Songkhla, but soon discovered it in Ranong, Chumphon and Surat Thani,” says Thanu. Yupin Ong-art, director of Ranong Youth Observation and Protection Centre, says that all the young delinquents sent to her facility this year have been involved in drugs. She adds that family problems were the main reason why youths turned to drugs. “Youths from families that are warm and caring tend to have immunity against drugs and other social ills.” The ISOC plans to train youths in Ranong and Chumphon on how to avoid getting involved in anti-social behaviour. DAILY

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eenagers in the South have been using the leaves of the longkong tree to concoct a new illicit drug, a security taskforce member has revealed. Dubbed “8 x 10”, the new substance also contains methamphetamine. “We found this concoction during a recent crackdown on Kratom leaves, which are used as a stimulant,” says Lieutenant Thanu Nuang-utai, a member of the taskforce under the Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC). Longkong is indigenous to the South.

STORM DANCE A little girl’s pole dance raises eyebrows and brings warnings By Pakamas Jaichalard, Wannapa Phetdee D A I LY X P R E S S

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provocative dance can attract huge crowds almost anywhere, but a little local pole dancer has caused public outrage. In video clips posted on many websites, a prepubescent girl waves her hips and moves sexually around a pole. The background suggests she is at a big event, perhaps the motor show. “Several viewers have complained that the use of a young girl for such a dance is totally inappropriate,” Culture Watch Centre director Ladda Tangsupachai said yesterday. “The girl seems to only be about 10 years old.”

“Our officials will check whether the video clips were filmed at Bitec,” Ladda said. Open to the public since March 26, the 30th Bangkok International Motor Show is on at Bitec till Monday.

Motor show denial The committee organising the motor show has firmly rejected any suggestion that the child pole dancer was at the event. “We have a strict rule that all dancers on stage must be over 18,” committee spokesman Jaturont Komolmis said. He added that rule breakers faced a six-figure fine and a ban from the motor show. “The motor show is big business. We are not going to do anything that will ruin our im-

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age,” Jaturont said. A dozen or more security staff patrol the motor show each day, he added. Last Sunday, police arrested a group of scantily clad girls for dancing and posing for video cameras. “They were not part of our motor show. Their clothes were much more revealing than those who really work here,” said Jaturont. Ladda said her centre would also be dispatching its officials to other big events including the annual Thai Red Cross fair and OTOP fairs. “If we find anything inappropriate, we will issue warnings,” Ladda said. She plans to ask the police’s Children, Juveniles and Women Division and the Human Security and Social Development Ministry to take action.

Wanted posters featuring 42 pickpockets went up at main entrances to the Red Cross Society Fair to warn the public yesterday. City police spokesman Pol Maj-General Suporn Phansuea said eight women fell victim to the light-fingered thieves on the fair’s first day. As well as the posters, security has been beefed up with 100 undercover policemen and more cameras.

Caught on camera? Metropolitan Police yesterday urged any Bangkok motorists caught on camera running red lights to pay the Bt500 fine soon at one of the 10 designated locations. Police Maj-General Panu Kerdlarbpol, responsible for traffic, said that more than 100,000 tickets had been issued to red-light-runners since January. Motorists can pay the fine at the police office in Land Transport Department’s second building – (02) 278 1579; the Land Transportation Offices at Bang Khunthien, Taling Chan and Phra Khanong; the Expressway 2 Police Station in Bang Kapi – (02) 248 6891; the Kukanan Loifa Police Station in Thavee Wattana – (02) 888 3249; the Metropolitan Police Area 6 Command – (02) 2228113; the Kamphaengpetch Road police booth opposite the Mor Chit Bus Station – (02) 537 9028; the Fine-Paying Centre under the Rama 4 Expressway in Pathumwan – (02) 252 1321; and the Traffic Police Command in Chatuchak – (02) 515 3013.

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Students find Buri Ram’s famous temple is no longer aligned with the sun – but they know how old it is By Anan Paengnoy D A I LY X P R E S S

hirty-six Thai and 12 Cambodian children teamed up last month to determine the age of Buri Ram’s Panom Rung Temple using astronomical knowledge. The project, part of a scheme called the “2nd Science and Cultural Activities for Next Generation KhmerThai”, had the youths measure the temple’s alignment.

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15 doorways to the sun Originally, the ancient temple was designed with 15 doorways aligned to frame the sunrise and sunset on the twiceyearly equinox day. But over the centuries, the sun and

Earth have shifted under the forces of gravity and the sunshine no longer pierces all 15 doorways. Measuring just how far the temple had shifted from its alignment with the North pole would help identify the temple’s age, explains Mathayom 5 student Narin Asirapornpong, 17, from Bangkok’s Suksanari School.

Shifted over the years The team used compasses placed at 10 different spots, and discovered that the passage made by the doorways was now six degrees out of alignment. With the help of an astronomical model, those six degrees showed that the temple was built about 1,000 years ago – which tallies with the date given by archaeological evidence.

Thai-Cambodian friendship

Narin said that the students came from schools across the country and had to undergo basic training at Kerd Kaew Observatory in Kanchanaburi. The activity at the Panom Rung Temple helped her exchange ideas with fellow students despite the language barrier with the Cambodians, she said. Another Mathayom 5 student, Worawuth Judtho of Buri Ram’s Ban Kruad Wittaya School, said: “The measuring of a temple’s alignment to identify its age is something that I’ve never seen in school textbooks.” A Mathayom 6 student named Suwon from a school in Cambodia’s Udonmeechai province said that he was happy to be chosen for the scheme. He remarked that Thailand was much more developed than Cambodia and that he would pass on the ideas he had learned to students back home.

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Let’s get this straight…

The team of Thai and Cambodian kids check a magnetic compass in Panom Rung Temple as part of an attempt to determine the temple’s age using astronomical knowledge.


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THE WORLD

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27million

people visited Tokyo Disney Resort in the past year despite the economic downturn

briefly Coca-Cola rapped in Australia Coca-Cola was ordered yesterday by Australian regulators to tell consumers an advertising campaign that said soft drinks didn’t make people fat was misleading. The US food and beverage giant had run a campaign stating it was a myth that Coke made people fat, rotted their teeth and contained lots of caffeine. The Australian Dental Association and other health lobbying groups complained to Australia’s consumer watchdog, which ruled Coca-Cola had breached the Trade Practices Act. – DPA

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Two-nose bunny In this image made from video, US First Lady Michelle Obama, centre right, stands with her arm around Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II during a reception at Buckingham Palace in London on Wednesday.

MICHELLE DITCHES PROTOCOL US first lady abandons a curtsy, putting her arm around Queen Elizabeth D A I LY X P R E S S & AGENCIES

ichelle Obama may be comfortable speaking to crowds and standing by hubby President Barack Obama’s side, but the US first lady turned her back on protocol at the couple’s first meeting with Queen Elizabeth II in Buckingham Palace.

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‘Cosying up to the Queen’ “Protocol is abandoned as Michelle Obama cosies up to queen”, The Times screamed in its headline, while The Sun said in a caption under the photo of Michelle and the Queen with their arms around each other: “Arm in ma’am … Queen and first lady forget protocol at 7.37pm.” In Australia, a head-

line in The Herald Sun read: “Prince puts foot in it, Michelle O puts arm around Queen.” New York’s The Daily News also reported that Michelle skipped the optional curtsy and conveniently reached out to shake hands with the Queen and Prince Philip, “while her husband’s head bobbed awkwardly during the introductions”.

‘Not the Queen’s subject’ Obama said he spent several wonderful hours at the palace, and added: “Her Majesty is delightful.” Nevertheless, the media couldn’t help but take a dig at Michelle Obama, who they said ditched royal protocol by

XTRA BEARING GIFTS >> Barack Obama gave the Queen a personalised iPod featuring an electronic travelogue of the Queen’s last US trip in 2007 and a photo of her White House visit, as well as a photo and video of her stop in Virginia. >> The iPod also contains photos of the US president’s January inauguration. >> Obama also gave the royals a rare songbook signed by Richard Rodgers.

putting her arm around the queen. Michelle put her hand around the Queen only after the monarch placed her hand around the first lady’s waist during a conversation. Time.Com reported that in defence of the first lady, she is not a subject of the Queen and that Australians still recognise the queen as their head of state. Thailand’s news stations also

picked up the criticism. TV channels also showed Premier Abishit Vejjajiva’s wife Pimpen touching the UK Queen gently with a curtsy. British etiquette dictates that one should not shake the queen’s hand and should only touch it briefly. The Daily News reports that the White House always briefs the couple on all dos and don’ts before they make any foreign trip.

A pet shop worker has found a baby bunny with two noses in a delivery of six-week-old dwarf rabbits that arrived at a Milford store last week. Both noses have two nostrils. The owner of the Purr-Fect Pets shop says he’s never seen anything like it in 25 years in the business. He says the bunny eats, drinks and hops around like the rest of the litter.

Kidnapping mum Swedish police said yesterday they had arrested a woman accused of kidnapping her two children in a custody dispute with their Australian father. The boys, aged 9 and 11, were handed over to their father after the woman was arrested overnight in central Sweden, police spokesman Svante Melin said. He said the woman had failed to return the children, who had been living with their father in Australia, after they came to visit her in October. The father had travelled to Sweden to search for the boys and pleaded for the public’s help in locating them. – AP


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HK tycoon sues mistress over sex A Hong Kong shoe tycoon is suing his mistress because she broke an agreement not to have sex with anyone else. Patrick Tang, 66, is demanding his mistress Karen Lee, 39, hand back property worth HK$10 million (Bt46 million). Tang, who is married, said Lee had breached the no-sex condition under which he agreed to buy her several properties between 2002 and 2005, the report said. Lee began an affair with a former Mr Hong Kong, Wong Cheung-fat, 23, in the last few months which made the agreement invalid. – AFP

DENIED HOLIDAY CASH The 85-year-old mother of late Canto-pop diva Anita Mui has been stopped from taking HK$800,000 from her daughter’s estate to finance a round-theworld trip. Tam Mei-kam told judge Andrew Cheung she felt bored and stressed from last year’s unsuccessful attempt to gain control of her late daughter’s estate and needed to take along nurses, maids and family on the trip. – DPA

GROWING ADOPTION TREND their daughter, 3-year-old Kylia. Rich foreigners have been adopting children from poorer nations for decades. Mia Farrow, now the mother of 14, began adopting children from Asia in 1973, with an orphan from the Vietnam War. In addition to her daughter Zahara, Jolie adopted her sons Maddox and Pax from Cambodia and Vietnam.

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adonna’s efforts to adopt two youngsters from Malawi have put her in the media spotlight. But she isn’t alone: a growing number of Americans are bringing home children from Africa as countries like China and Russia cut back on adoptions by foreigners. The increase – particularly in Ethiopia – comes as the Aids epidemic ravaging the continent leaves more orphans in impoverished countries without relatives to care for them.

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Raising awareness

Madonna holds her adopted son David as they meet with the boy’s biological father, Yohane Banda, left, in Malawi earlier this week.

While experts don’t attribute Africa’s growing popularity among adoptive parents to a celebrity factor, they do say high-profile adoptions by the likes of Madonna and Angelina Jolie have raised awareness of the availability of orphans on the continent. “One of the good things about the Madonna adoption

or Angelina Jolie is that those adoptions brought the need to the attention of Europeans or Americans,” said Thomas DiFilipo, president of the Joint Council on International Children’s Services. “And it brought the possibility [of adopting in Africa] to people’s attention.”

Witness testifies Britney was ‘afraid of her father’ A P , Los Angeles

he sister of Britney Spears’ former manager testified on Wednesday that the pop singer said in recent months that she was afraid of her father and wanted help hiring her own lawyer. Attorneys for Spears’ father and conservatorship are seeking a longstanding restraining order against Osama “Sam” Lutfi, a manager and close confidant of the singer during her personal meltdown, that forbids him from contacting her. They reiterated on Wednesday that in December and January Lutfi violated an agreement between him and Jamie Spears not to contact the “Circus” singer. That accord was reached last summer, after Jamie Spears agreed not to seek an extension to a temporary restraining order issued when he took control of his daughter’s affairs. Christina Lutfi said Britney Spears told her that she was afraid of her father and needed her brother’s help to hire her own attorney. The 25-year-old was introduced as a surprise witness on Wednesday, moments after a judge rejected a motion to dismiss the restraining order. Christina said her brother gave her a prepaid cellphone, which she secretly gave to Spears at a hotel sauna, so that

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SPEARS’FATHER IS SEEKING A LONG-STANDING RESTRAINING ORDER AGAINST HER FORMER MANAGER ‘SAM’LUTFI. the two could contact each other. She said she repeatedly called the number, trying to make sure the singer was safe. She claimed she used her brother’s cellphone in recent months. But under questioning by Jamie Spears’ attorneys, Christina could not recall the phone number of one of her brother’s cellphones, nor the phone she said she’d handed to Spears. Jamie Spears testified in February that he eventually found and confiscated the phone, which indicated communications to Lutfi and his daughter’s exboyfriend Adnan Ghalib. The phone’s discovery, and a series of late-night and early phone calls from Lutfi, led to the current restraining-order application.

Wes Stout, 41, who with his wife Kristin, 37, has adopted two children from Ethiopia agrees. “I give some of the popularity of Ethiopia to her celebrity influence,” he said of Jolie, whose daughter Zahara was adopted from the north African country in 2005, the same year the Stouts adopted

But critics have slammed Madonna’s efforts to adopt a second child from Malawi this week, accusing her of acting like a rich “bully” and using her money and status to fasttrack the adoption process. Madonna insisted she was following standard procedures. Many adoption agencies and child-rights activists also argue it is preferable for children to be taken care of by relatives or their communities, with foreign adoptions allowed only as a last resort.


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TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT The Jim Thompson Farm in Pak Thong Chai in Nakhon Ratchasima holds its Songkran Baan Hao Heet Kao Duen Ha festival from April 12 to 15.

good deal

Much kneaded in Pattaya

XTRA O L D WAY = B E S T WAY >> The Jim Thompson Farm is open daily from 9 to 5.

Until the end of May, the

Visit www.SivaraSpa.com.

>> Admission is Bt50 for adults and Bt30 for children.

COURTESY OF THE JIM THOMPSON FARM

Sivara Spa at the Amari Orchid Resort and Tower in Pattaya will give you a relaxing twohour massage, a rose footbath, a honey body scrub and a sunsoother body wrap. The Sun Lovers’ package costs Bt2,490 per person and Bt4,490 for two.

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>> Call (02) 762 2566 or (085) 660 7336, e-mail farmtour@jimthompson.com, or visit www.JimThompson Farm.com.

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Authentic sanuk Island tippling Unwind amid the natural

wonders of Koh Chang with the Amari Emerald Cove Resort’s full-flavoured cocktails, soft drinks and tasty snacks served on Klong Prao Beach. Happy hour starts at 5pm daily at the Pool Bar, when it’s buy one, get one free. Visit www.Amari.com/ EmeraldCove.

Phuket for families Until mid-December, the Marriott Phuket on Surin Beach has a “FantaSea Family” package that covers deluxe accommodation, admission and round-trip rides to Phuket FantaSea, and a buffet dinner. Prices start at Bt7,500 for a three-night stay. Visit www.Marriott.com.

Celebrate the Thai New Year Isaan-style at Korat’s Jim Thompson Farm

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ou can be soaked repeatedly in the concrete jungle, or you can celebrate a serene Songkran on a farm with the family. Both ears full of powdery water or both eyes witnessing agriculture being nice to the environment – what’ll it be? Jim Thompson Farm in Pak Thong Chai in Nakhon Ratchasima is welcoming the New Year in traditional Isaan style with a Songkran Baan Hao Heet Kao Duen Ha festival from April 12 to 15. With a newly expanded planting area, the farm is more scenic than ever, a splendid place to mark Songkran amid fields of rice, hemp and flowers. You can try mulberry tea,

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germinated brown rice and a chlorophyll drink made from rice seedlings, and have a go at dyeing fabric the organic way. In the Isaan Cultural Village you can learn about the art,

music and dance of the Northeast, pick up a few useful proverbs, and make merit by cleaning a Buddha image – without even touching it.

Paying respects Monks will be on hand for a bai sri su kwan blessing ceremony, and the elderly members

The Namphueng Muang Surin Troupe will perform its fun-filled pong lang folk music.

of visiting families can be paid respect in the rod nam dam hua ritual. The Namphueng Muang Surin Troupe will perform a kantruem amid the gaiety of pong lang folk music. Local artisans will demonstrate how they make baskets, pots and mats, how they husk rice and how they fashion household utensils from coconut shells. And, while the youngsters are enjoying some old-style toys and games, their parents can relax with some very modern spa treatments, or shop for produce or souvenirs. All around will be plenty of fun, with activities like “Girls and Water”, rowing, shooting, darts and ramwong dancing, and, of course, lots of great food. Delicacies from all parts of Isaan will be on tap, along with khao chae rice in iced water, the classic Songkran fare.


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MUSIC

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Tata ready to take Macau

Kai-Jo Bros jump-up

COURTESY OF TATA ENTERTAINMENT

China’s charming former Portuguese colony finally gets to see our star this Sunday

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eeing Thailand’s favourite songbird in a foreign setting

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ought to fire up that national pride, and on Sunday, Tata Tata Young brings her act to the opulent Venetian Macao Resort Hotel.

Overtone on RCA is hosting another energetic show by Thai reggae act the Kai-Jo Brothers at 10pm tomorrow. Their third CD, “Born to Be Free”, is just out, looking to duplicate the success of their breakthrough hit “Took Took Breakdown” from 2005’s “Paradise”. Also playing will be newcomers Skazz, who fuse reggae with hip-hop. Admission is Bt300.

Dragonforce fury Power-metal group Dragonforce is back in Bangkok next Friday for a show at the Thunder Dome at Impact in Muang Thong Thani. Tickets are Bt900 and Bt1,500 at Thaiticketmajor. Call (02) 262 3456.

Boxing champ to show his kicks THE BOXER REBELLION International Martial Arts Club is hosting seminars tomorrow featuring Dominique Fontanarosa, a former world champion in muay thai and its French variant, savate. The club is on the 11th floor of Sukhumvit Suites on Sukhumvit Soi 13. The seminar sessions are at 11am and 2pm. Admission is Bt200 per session. Call (086) 610 9230 or visit www.Boxer-Rebellion.net.

Phuket film fest eyes Taiwan

‘Island Etude’ (‘Lian Xi Qu’) will be among the Taiwanese films featured.

Wine me up The Wine Pub at the Pullman

Bangkok King Power Hotel is now open daily and for Bt320 you can get a glass of house wine with Mediterranean or Italian snacks or sandwiches. There’s also a buy-one-getone-free deal on Chamdeville and Prosecco for Bt950. Call (02) 680 9999 or visit www.PullmanBangkok KingPower.com.


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Day Freeman’s mascara isn’t running yet, but times are hard. See if she’ll survive this weekend By Manta Klangboonkrong D A I LY X P R E S S

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rag queens get the occasional pinch, and sometimes don’t mind, but the economic crisis is pinching too hard for Day Freeman, so the big question in her first fullscale show this weekend is “Will I Survive?” The veteran showgirl-guy, famed for great punch lines and crazy outfits, Daychawut Chantakaro as Day Freeman is presenting “The Last Day Show: Will I Survive?” It’s two hours of stand-up, theatrical acting, dancing and singing – plus lip-synching. “It’s 80 per cent fun and 20 per cent intellectual,” Day rates the show. Joining her will be actors Wasan “Nong” Utamayotin and Jason Young and producers Yuttana “Jaew” Lorpanpaiboon and Warayut “Kai” Milintajinda. We had to ask the toughest question first.

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BEFORE I BECAME A SHOWGIRL I WAS A PROFESSIONAL HAIRDRESSER AND MAKEUP ARTIST,SO IF THE GOING GETS REALLY TOUGH I’LL GET BACK TO MY OLD LIFE. SOMEHOW I’LL ALWAYS SURVIVE.

Is this really going to be your last show?

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>> See the show at the Thailand Cultural Centre tomorrow and Sunday at 2.30 and 7.30. >> Tickets are Bt500 to Bt2,000 at Thaiticketmajor. Call (02) 262 3456, and meanwhile check out www.LastDayShow.com.

I don’t know, but I hope not – note the “Will I Survive?” part. The show is more like a statement about how I’ve been struggling during the showbusiness crisis. But it’s also the kind of show I’ve always wanted to do and never got the chance. If the fans like it we might have sequels.

year to come up with the story and get all the guests. They’re all very busy, but they’re making time for me. I’m very flattered.

How was the show conceived?

How bad is the showbiz crisis?

The show is really me – my story, my production, my style and my guests. It took about a

The nightlife business is going down, and drag shows aren’t as popular as they were

a couple of years back. These days women – I mean real women – dare to dress really provocatively and do more crazy things that back then only drags had the nerve to do. And, since now they can do what we do, I guess most males prefer to see real boobs and bums.

We wish you the best of luck, but do you have a Plan B? Well, before I became a showgirl I was a professional hairdresser and makeup artist, so if the going gets really tough I’ll get back to my old life. Somehow I’ll always survive.


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clubscene Celeste with T-Bone Tonight Nomad Club Sukhumvit Soi 12 (BTS: Asoke) (02) 229 4448 www.NomadBangkok.com The only Asian resident DJ in Ibiza teams up with the percussionist of Thailand’s top reggae group T-Bone for a night of distorted disco house. Free entry all night.

Club NME Launch Party

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Glow Sukhumvit Soi 23 (BTS: Asoke) (02) 261 4446 www.GlowBkk.com UB Radio puts on a crazy hat party this month with their Allstar DJs Masa from Japan, GazMel from Canada and Mirror Image from the UK. Entry is Bt250 with a drink.

Four casualties of the credit crunch, with the death toll expected to rise D A I LY X P R E S S

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he global economy’s grim reaper has begun severing arteries in Bangkok’s nightlife. There’s still plenty of places for fun, of course, but they too are being forced to quickly come up with new strategies to stay alive. Here are four nightspots that didn’t get that far.

Shela Bar on Soi Langsuan

Luminous on Silom Soi 4

One of Bangkok’s very few girls-only pubs has closed after a little more than a year. The cosy bar delivered femme-friendly vibes and live music by an all-girl band. Like many drinkeries in the area, Shela’s clientele was mostly young professionals and expats. The good news is that Shela’s older sister, Zeta on RCA, is still running.

Another fatality after less than a year, Luminous had in turn been a reincarnation of hip-hop club Speed. It aimed to attract all kinds of customers – hip-hopper straights, house geeks and even fags and fag hags who love drag shows. The notorious drag queen Day Freeman was a regular onstage. In Luminous’ place rises another tapas café.

Twisted Republic on Sukhumvit Soi 11 The dance club on posh Soi 11 says adieu after less than 12 months of top international house and trance DJs. An interactive club, it somehow managed – for a while – to compete with bigtimers like Q Bar and Bed, though with a different demographic. Did the electrical bill for the new ice bar on the second floor drain off all the profits?

The Mad Hatters Tomorrow

RIP, Clubland By Manta Klangboonkrong

Club Culture Sri Ayutthaya Road (BTS: Phya Thai) (02) 642 5499 www.Club-Culture-Bkk.com Dress code; ID The UK’s biggest weekly club night makes its debut in the Big Mango with New Young Pony Club as guests and support from Bangkok’s Club Soma DJs. Entry is Bt350 with a drink.

Dudesweet: Xerox Youth

Aura Rooftop Bar & Restaurant on Sukhumvit Soi 4 Alas, even the great food and view couldn’t save this admittedly unlikely addition to the Nana landscape. Its few short months of life were memorable for the constant and generous promotions of drinks and food and the comedy, movie and networking nights. The last networking party was just last Tuesday. They probably didn’t even have time to distribute life jackets before everything was swept away in the fiscal flood.

Tomorrow 808 RCA, Zone C (02) 203 1043 www.808Bangkok.com Dudesweet goes back to basics with a Summer Session 09 that includes electronica and punk music from Knatz, Nokair and Notakadia. Entry is Bt200 before 10 and Bt300 after.

Zee Nite After Party Tomorrow Club Ibiza Basement, Intercontinental Hotel (BTS: Chidlom) (02) 656 0382 www.IbizaBkk.com Why end the night with the action packed “Sa Re Ga Ma Pa” show? Party on at Ibiza with DJ Sumi Sethi from Delhi who’ll be spinning hot Bollywood tracks. Tickets with a drink are Bt1,000.


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ALTERNATIVE / SOHO

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so-ho-t The Last Day Show The infamous “Day Freeman” and her crew of bitchy katoeys and muscle men invade the Thailand Cultural Centre this weekend for “The Last Day Show: Will I Survive?” The charity musical and talk show features guest appearances by Jason Young, “Nong” Wasan and “Jaew” Yutthana and the curtain rises at 2.30 and 7.30 both tomorrow and Sunday. See the interview with Day on Page 8 or visit www.LastDayShow.com for information.

VIPs on the gCircuit

GCircuit is now offering VIP Privilege and Privilege Cards to those buying Songkran 3 VIP Combo and Standard Combo tickets. The cards can be used for discounts on shopping, dining, spa, beauty and fitness. Check out www.gCircuit.com for details.

Sao-Sao-ed on Facebook

Join the Sao-Sao-ed (Saturday 21st) network and help promote LGBT rights in Thailand. Join the online group “Ending violence against LGBT people in Thailand” at www. Facebook.com/group.php?gid= 62902871889.

Are we hiding human rights in a closet? By Pimann Laohapichitpong SPECIAL TO D A I LY X P R E S S

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n March 26, 2007, the Yogyakarta Principles were launched in Geneva. That’s two years ago but even today when I mention the principles to my family, friends and co-workers, they have no idea what I’m talking about. Here’s a little bit of history. Concerned about human-rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity around the world, UN experts, judges, academics and LGBT organisations representing all continents (including Prof Vitit Muntarbhorn from Thailand, who acted as co-chair) met in the Indonesian city of Yogyakarta in November 2006 to discuss ways to promote and protect rights for sexual diversity. The meeting adopted the 29 principles to pave the way for equality for LGBT people, providing guidelines for countries to deal with rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The principles were launched and supported by many states and organisations. For example, here in Thailand, the National Human Rights Commission referred to the

Yogyakarta Principles during the drafting of the 2007 constitution. But to be validated, rights need to be recognised by society. Jean Jaques Rousseau, one of the most influential figures in the long history of human rights, said “Man is born free, but everywhere he is in chains.” Indeed. It is our right to be gay but our freedom and rights are caught up in the chains of society, since we are all social creatures inevitably bound by it. So unless the general public is made aware of them, the Yogyakarta Principles have only limited use.

Although rights and LGBT activists try hard to promote the Yogyakarta Principles, that work shouldn’t be left to these activists alone. Thailand’s first National Human Rights Day for Sexual Diversity last November may have been organised around the Yogyakarta Principles, but a heterosexual friend of mine commented, “I suppose people like me would never know that.” So, in the third year of the Yogyakarta Principles, let’s tell our families and friends how important these principles are to us. As we come out of the closet, so should our rights.

,, ALTHOUGH HUMAN RIGHTS AND LGBT ACTIVISTS TRY HARD TO PROMOTE THE YOGYAKARTA PRINCIPLES, THAT WORK SHOULDN’T BE LEFT TO THESE ACTIVISTS ALONE.


Friday, April 3, 2009

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DAILY XPRESS

TO SEE

‘MONSTERS VS ALIENS’, a 3-D animated feature, was the top film in North America last weekend, earning US$59.3 million.

don’t miss!

Six Degrees of Separation Incident man from China who ir Shinjuku u tractor repa e yakuza. X

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Knowing Nicolas Cage stars as an astrophysics professor who discovers that an encrypted message from a time capsule accurately predicts major disasters. ★★★

Khan Kluay II War elephant Khan Kluay has to choose between duty to his King and love for his family. With English subtitles at some cinemas. ★★★★

The Great Buck Howard A law-school dropout (Colin Hanks) takes a job as an assistant to washed-up mentalist Buck Howard (John Malkovich).

Tom Hanks also stars. At Paragon Cineplex. ★★★

Twentieth Century Boys: Chapter Two

Four shorts by Jakrawal

Fast & Furiou s

Original “Fast & Furious” stars Pa ul Walker and Vi reprise their role n s as a Los Ange les police detect Diesel fugitive street-r ive and a acer who team up to bring dow kingpin. n a heroin

Winstead) has dreams of entering arts school but ends up working at a burlesque club.

quirky blue-collar workforce. At SF Cinemas. ★★

Chuead Kon Chim

Dragonball Evolution

Heroine Kanna infiltrates the cult to unravel the mystery behind Friend’s mask and the death of her father Kenji. At

A struggling noodle-shop owner (Mai Charoenpura) takes a stab at a special recipe that makes her soup a hit. With English

Son Goku (Justin Chatwin) sets out on a quest to collect a set of seven magical orbs.

Paragon, Major Ratchayothin and Apex. ★★★

subtitles in some cinemas. ★★★★

Slumdog Millionaire

Seven Pounds

Watchmen

Will Smith stars in this twistfilled melodrama as a taxman on a complicated path to redemption. Rosario Dawson also stars. ★★★

Retired superheroes don their masks again to solve a mystery and hopefully prevent nuclear war. ★★★

Make It Happen A young dancer (Mary Elizabeth

New in Town An executive (Renee Zellweger) finds herself at odds with her

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

Maradona by Kusturica

Nilthamrong will be featured at this week’s “Six Degrees of Separation” series at the Kiosk cafe in the Thailand Creative and Design Centre at the Emporium. Jakrawal’s works include “Man and Gravity”, about a tricycle-driving vendor attempting to traverse treacherous terrain. The 10minute short was in the competition at this year's International Film Festival Rotterdam. Other works will be “Parallel Journey”, “Man With a Video Camera” and “Orchestra”. The showtime is 5.30. Admission is free. The series continues on Saturdays until April 11. – DAILY XPRESS

on tv

Emir Kusturica presents an admiring portrait of Argentine legend Diego Maradona, the “Sex Pistol of football”. At House. ★★★

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

Century – The Movie Plaza

Vacancy

(02) 247 9940

A bickering couple (Luke Wilson and Kate Becksinsale) stops for the night at an isolated motel. Hidden video cameras will record the horrors that follow.

House (02) 641 5913-4

Major Cineplex/EGV Bangkok: (02) 515 5555

HBO (TrueVisions), 8pm

Major Hollywood Bangkok: (02) 718 7999

Channel links

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

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

Taew Te Teen Raberd A former girls’ school fields its first boys’ football team. Seven of the players are gay, but everyone is ready to play. Poj Arnon directs. With English subtitles at some cinemas.

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


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Close to Home By John McPherson

LEISURE

Pooch Cafe

The Buckets

Adam

Calvin and Hobbes

By Brian Basset

By Paul Gilligan

By Scott Stantis

By Bryan Basset

By Bill Watterson

Comics&Games

Red and Rover

Friday, April 3, 2009 DAILY XPRESS


Friday, April 3, 2009

LEISURE

DAILY XPRESS

Games&YourStars SUDOKU

The last word in

ASTROLOGY

By Eugenia Last

Today’s Birthday: You will take everyone, including yourself, by surprise this year. You will see things as black and white and, although this can have its negatives, it can also help you clear the dead weight from your life. This is a progressive year and it will lead to a better life and a better you.

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

ARIES ** March 21-April 19 Don’t give in to anyone giving you an ultimatum. Instead, continue in a positive direction. A professional deal is coming your way so don’t let an emotional issue affect your concentration. TAURUS **** April 20-May 20 Don’t go over budget with home renovation projects. Do much of the labour yourself and figure out ways to barter for the extras. Someone from your past may pose a problem. GEMINI *** May 21-June 20 Someone may try to convince you that you need his or her help but, before you take it, ask what you have to give in return. Your ability to pull things together will lead to success.

DIFFICULTY RATING ★★★★★

CANCER *** June 21-July 22 Ask yourself how much you are actually enjoying life and what you do each day. It’s time to make some positive changes that will help you move in a better direction and suit you better. LEO *** July 23-Aug. 22 If you can get away, even for just the day, do so. A change will spark your imagination and lead to a romantic encounter. Now is not the time to make a final decision.

CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY

VIRGO *** Aug. 23-Sept. 22 You can take charge but remember that whatever you do will influence your future. Let your practical side be the judge of what you share with others. Keep things to yourself. LIBRA **** Sept. 23-Oct. 22 Expand your interests or get involved in something you enjoy doing and you will meet someone new who will influence your future. Don’t rule out a professional partnership. SCORPIO ** Oct. 23-Nov. 21 Don’t give in to pressure or to anyone giving you an ultimatum. Take control and refuse to let anyone get a rise out of you that may show your emotional weakness. SAGITTARIUS ***** Nov. 22-Dec. 21 Don’t give in to criticism. Just because someone pulls out of a deal or decides not to go along with your plans doesn’t mean you can’t forge ahead. Opportunity will knock if you embrace change. Amanda Bynes

Actress-singer Doris Day is 86. Actress Marsha Mason is 67. Singer Wayne Newton is 67. Singer Billy Joe Royal is 67. Singer Tony Orlando is 65. Singer Richard Thompson is 60. Bassist Curtis Stone of Highway 101 is 59. Guitarist Mick Mars of Motley Crue is 53. Actor Alec Baldwin is 51. Actor David Hyde Pierce is 50. Comedian-actor Eddie Murphy is 48. Singer Sebastian Bach (Skid Row) is 41. Actress Jennie Garth is 37. Singer Leona Lewis is 24. Actress Amanda Bynes is 23.

CAPRICORN *** Dec. 22-Jan. 19 You’ll have trouble controlling your emotions if you get into a feud with someone you deal with regularly. The less said, the better. Change may be necessary but it doesn’t have to cost a friendship. AQUARIUS *** Jan. 20-Feb. 18 Gauge your response carefully and don’t retaliate. Instead, operate under the pretence that everyone else will eventually see things your way. Move forward positively. PISCES ***** Feb. 19-March 20 Present yourself with a challenge and you will have some fun. Your creativity and imagination will help you come up with some great plans. Progress will be yours as long as you aren’t afraid to go it alone.

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24 GAMES

Friday, April 3, 2009

THE SPORT

DAILY XPRESS

111-109 Paul Pierce hit Ray Allen for the game-winning three-pointer with 2.1 seconds left, lifting the Celtics to a dramatic win over the pesky Bobcats.

briefly Mourinho wants to lead a Spanish club

Toshack turns on the referee Furious Wales boss John Toshack slammed the performance of referee Terje Hauge following his side’s 2-0 World Cup qualifying defeat by Germany here at the Millennium Stadium. Toshack said the throw-in which led to captain Michael Ballack firing Germany into the lead from 30 yards should have gone to Wales and that the home side should have had a penalty after Serdar Tasci handled in the box. “The first goal was a ridiculous decision, the throw was for Wales and the linesman had given it,” said Toshack. “As for the handball, it was a penalty and should have been a red card. If that had happened it may not have been so easy for Germany. The referee produced decisions you would not see on Llandaff [Cardiff] playing fields in park football.” – AFP

Riera saves Spain’s blushes Albert Riera scored in injury time to give Spain a 2-1 win over Turkey and keep the European champions perfect in World Cup qualifying group. “We won as we deserved it,” said Spain coach Vicente del Bosque, who complained that his players had problems dealing with English referee Mike Riley. “Our

players had to deal with the referee quite often,” Del Bosque said. “I think we dominated the play. We’re staying unbeaten thanks to my players.” – AP

Capello relieved after victory Fabio Capello has paid tribute to the resilience of England players after a nervy win over Ukraine. Capello admitted the performance had been “a little bit poor.” He was quick to stress the importance of the result however. “When the referee blew the whistle I was very happy,” the Italian said. “We suffered a bit in the second half but we showed a Capello lot of character and patience and I am very happy for John Terry. I think this is the reason he is the captain.” Despite his relief at the outcome. – AFP

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Inter Milan manager Jose Mourinho said in a remarkable interview he feels like the “Robin Hood” of the club, whom he plans to leave and then lead a Spanish club to title glory. Despite having another year on his contract, he added: “Once my experience with Inter comes to an end I hope to go and coach in Spain because my aim is to win league titles in the top three competitive leagues in the world. All that’s missing is La Liga [Spain].”

Bolivian footballers celebrate a goal against Argentina at the Hernando Siles stadium in La Paz.

‘6 DAGGERS IN MY HEART’ We deserved the Bolivian rout, says coach Maradona AFP, La Paz

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rgentina coach Diego Maradona refused to blame the negative effects of competing at altitude after his side were humiliated 6-1 by Bolivia on Wednesday, thus registering their worst defeat in 60 years. Bolivia’s goals came from a Joaquin Botero hat-trick and Marcelo Martins, Alex Da Rosa and Didi Torrico while Argentina found the net through Luis Gonzalez at La

Maradona’s sense of fair-play. He added: “Whoever played against that Bolivian team would have suffered the same fate as us. I suffered with them [players]. Every Bolivian goal was a dagger in my heart.” Argentinian keeper Juan Pablo Carrizo, who had a memorable night for the wrong reasons, was first beaten in the 12th minute by striker Marcelo Martins, who plays for Shakhtar Donetsk in the Ukraine. Bolivia went further ahead in the 34th minute through hattrick hero Botero. Angel Di Maria was sent off in the 63rd minute to make a terrible night even worse.

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Brazil trounce Peru for 2nd place Luis Fabiano scored two firsthalf goals as Brazil moved into second place in South American World Cup qualifying Wednesday with a commanding 3-0 win over Peru. – AP

Paz’s high-altitude Hernando Siles’s stadium. But the former World Cup winner, who thus suffered his first defeat since taking over as coach last year, refused to explain his faltering team’s performance on playing at 3650 metres above sea level. “No, the altitude was not an issue. We came up against a team that gave very little away and basically they were the better team,” said Maradona. “It seemed to me that Bolivia gave everything they had, they played well and showed us good football.” That remark prompted applause from media representatives, apparently for

Michael Ballack, left, exchanges words with Lukas Podolski during the match.

Striker Lukas Podolski has escaped a German Football Federation (DFB) fine despite his on-field spat with captain Michael Ballack in the 2-0 win over Wales. Ballack and Podolski clashed in the second half of the World Cup qualifier at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium on Wednesday, but despite the Bayern Munich star arguing fiercely with his captain, the DFB will not fine the 23-year-old. The pair exchanged heated words on the Cardiff pitch and the spat was only ended when Germany defenders Per Mertesacker and Philipp Lahm intervened. “The DFB find it hard to take disciplinary measures in this situation,” said team manager Oliver Bierhoff. “There will be no fines or special sanctions.” – A F P


Friday, April 3, 2009

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FOOTBALL

Terry’s mother faces charges for shoplifting

TERRY A CUT ABOVE Rooney’s shearing helps England captain get in the right frame of mind AFP, London

ngland captain John Terry revealed a hair cut from Wayne Rooney helped get him in the right frame of mind to keep his country on course for the World Cup finals. Terry scored England’s late winner as Fabio Capello’s side consolidated their position on top of Group Six with a 2-1 victory over Ukraine at Wembley on Wednesday. The Chelsea defender celebrated his goal by mimicking a trim with Rooney and then admitted he had let his England team-mate loose on his hair earlier in the week. “In the week I needed a little trim up. We’re not allowed to leave the hotel or anything so I asked Wayne and he obliged,” Terry said. “I’m pleased with it. I might go back next time. He was asking for 10 pounds and I still owe him it!” Terry’s tale underlined the positive vibes currently surging through Capello’s squad after an impressing run of five successive victories, which have put England within touching distance of next year’s finals in South Africa. Capello has restored England’s shattered morale since taking over in the aftermath of their failed attempt to qualify for Euro 2008. “I think you can see it in the way the lads are training,” Terry said. “Everyone has got a smile on their face around the camp. “The manager has made

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England’s John Terry, centre, scores the winning goal past Ukraine goalkeeper Andrii Piatov, left. some changes and things are going really well for us. The players are happy and doing what’s right.” Terry was especially pleased with the way they fought back after Andriy Shevchenko cancelled out Peter Crouch’s opener.“We showed good desire. At 1-0 I think it was a little bit too easy for us,” he said. “But at 1-1 the desire and fight was shown. “We could have settled for a draw and walked away half-happy but we got the push from the fans and a kick up the backside from ourselves as well and went on to get the winning goal. So overall we’re very pleased. “It’s disappointing to concede from a set play. We’ve done a lot of work on that over the last 10

I AM PLEASED WITH IT [THE HAIRCUT]. I MIGHT GO BACK NEXT TIME.HE WAS ASKING FOR 10 POUNDS AND I STILL OWE HIM IT! John Terry

days. But we scored two goals from our set-plays so it seemed to work there as well.” Terry wasn’t the only one hogging the spotlight with his celebrations. After his 29th minute volley, Crouch launched into a bizarre shuffling routine based on a comedy sketch from a BBC charity television programme that brought back memories of the robot dance that made the Portsmouth striker such a hit when he first burst onto the international scene. “I’m blaming Rio [Ferdinand] entirely for that. He shouted at me to do it after I scored,” Crouch said. “It’s a bit of a release. It’s always enjoyable when you score a goal.”

England football captain John Terry’s mother and mother-in-law are being sued by Tesco over their shoplifting “spree”, according to the Daily Mail. Sue Terry, 50, and the Chelsea defender’s mother-in-law Sue Poole, 54, face a civil action for more than £300 to pay for the security operation that detained them. The pair were arrested on Wednesday last week after they had loaded their car with £1,450 of goods stolen from Tesco and Marks & Spencer at Brooklands shopping centre in Weybridge, Surrey. The items included watches, pet food and clothes. Tesco expected them to be taken to court and prosecuted for theft but police said they were cautioned “in accordance with national guidelines”. Mrs Terry and Mrs Poole both live at Oxshott, Surrey, in detached houses bought by Terry, who earns £135,000 a week. Terry, 28, was said to be “mortified” by the arrests. Pet food, flip flops and casual clothing were said to be among the items the pair allegedly took. Terry – who has turned his image around after once having a reputation for gambling, drinking and womanising – lives in a palatial home on a private estate with his beautician wife Toni and their two-year-old twins. AGENCIES

Italy still bitter over red card in Irish draw

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Italy’s Giampaolo Pazzini heads off for an early bath.

Italy were still bitter yesterday over a perceived referee’s error that forced the World Cup winners to play with 10 men for nearly all of the 90 minutes of their 1-1 draw with Ireland. Forward Giampaolo Pazzini was sent off with a red card three minutes into Wednesday’s game for elbowing John O’Shea while going up for a header, bloodying the Ireland defender’s face.

Replays showed that Pazzini did not raise his arm and that the act was unintentional. “We’ve been subjected to an injustice. I’ve never had something like this happen to me before,” Italy coach Marcello Lippi said. “I don’t even think the referee saw what happened. He just saw the blood and whipped out the red card.” Vincenzo Iaquinta put Italy ahead in the 10th minute but Ireland captain Robbie Keane

equalised in the 89th. “You had to expect that as the minutes went by we would suffer more,” Lippi added. “I’ve never had to play 90 minutes with 10 men before.” It was the quickest red card in Italian national team history. The previous record belonged to Giorgio Ferrini, who was expelled seven minutes into a 2-0 loss to Chile at the 1962 World Cup. Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon said that the linesman

reported the incident to German referee Wolfgang Stark. Ireland coach Giovanni Trapattoni first said “there was no foul,” then tempered his remark by calling it a “severe decision.” He had mixed emotions after facing his native country. “Usually in these cases I tell jokes, but this time I’m going to ask a question: If you play cards with a friend, do you want to win or lose?” Trapattoni said. “I know my answer.”


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McLaren deny lying; Trulli says honesty rewarded AFP, Sepang, Malaysia

cLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh denied yesterday that Lewis Hamilton lied about an incident at the Australian Grand Prix after the Briton was stripped of his third place result. The world champion was fourth in the Melbourne race when Toyota’s Jarno Trulli passed him under safety car conditions on lap 57 last Sunday. The incident earned the Italian a 25-second penalty, which saw him relegated to 12th, with Hamilton promoted onto the podium behind the Brawn 1-2 team of Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello. But after a hastily arranged hearing in Malaysia yesterday, the sport’s governing body ruled that the Briton and his team deliberately provided mis-

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McLaren Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton lost his Australian GP podium spot. leading information on the circumstances leading to Trulli’s penalty. The decision not only handed Trulli back third place but disqualified Hamilton and McLaren from the race classification. “The stewards, having considered new elements presented to them, consider that Lewis Hamilton and McLaren

Mercedes acted in a manner prejudicial to the conduct of the event,” the FIA said. It added that Hamilton provided “evidence deliberately misleading to the stewards”. The new elements the FIA considered were believed to be radio conversations between Hamilton and his McLaren team which were seen to contradict the original statements

presented to the stewards. Whitmarsh said the team would not appeal but insisted Hamilton did nothing wrong. “Obviously we are disappointed by what happened,” he said. “Lewis didn’t do anything abnormal and it was clear Trulli shouldn’t have passed him. But we have to accept the decision.” He said there was no question of Hamilton lying. “There is no implication that Lewis lied to the stewards. I don’t know what they meant, but I understand there was a belief the team was not explicit enough about the radio conversation,” he said. Trulli has maintained his innocence, claiming he had little choice but to overtake the Briton again after he slowed down. “It was a controversial end of the race and it was hard for anyone to understand,” the Italian told reporters. “But I’m happy because honesty was rewarded. It is good for the credibility of the sport.”

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lan Shearer began work as Newcastle manager yesterday, taking charge of his first training session as he tries to save the Magpies from relegation. He arrived at the club’s Benton training ground to conduct a practice session with the players ahead of tomorrow’s difficult home game against third-place Chelsea.

Club love “It’s a club I love and I, just like many thousands of people, desperately don’t want the club to go down and I will do everything I can to try to prevent that,” he said. Shearer, who has no coaching experience, will be assisted by former Northern Ireland striker Iain Dowie, who has been manager at Queens Park Rangers, Crystal Palace and Coventry. Shearer scored 206 goals in 395 matches for Newcastle.


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NO SHORE THING Tough international teams could spike local hopes at this month’s Thai meets DAILY XPRESS

hailand’s beach volleyball players will face tough competition from their Asian rivals in a string of major tournaments starting with the inaugural Khanom Asian Tour Competition in Khanom, Nakhon Si Thammarat tomorrow. The Thailand Volleyball Association (TVA) is hosting three competitions this month – the Bt720,000 Khanom Asian Tour in Nakhon Si Thammarat from tomorrow to Monday, the Bt720,000 seventh Phatthalung-Loma Asian Tour at Saensuk Lampum, Phatthalung, between April 8 and 11 and the Bt1-million 10th Samila Asian Tour at Samila Beach, Songkhla from April 13 to 16. Last year, Thai women cap-

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Jarunee Sannok, right, and partner Usa Tenpaksee will be out to defend their title. tured titles in Phatthalung and Songkhla, while their men claimed the honours in Phatthalung. Things won’t be so easy this time. “This year our players will have a real fight on their hands as they come up against stronger rivals from China, Japan, Kazakhstan, Australia

and New Zealand. Most of them have played on the World Tour,” said TVA’s secretarygeneral Somkuan Rawirat. “We have to keep an eye on the Indians. We cannot underestimate them. They always come up with new tactics to baffle the opposition,” he added.

In the Songkhla meet last year, Jarunee Sannok and Usa Tenpaksee stunned the SEA Games winners and two-time Asian champions Kamolthip Kulna and Yupa Phukrongploy in an all-Thai showdown, while in the Phatthalung edition, the Jarunee-Usa duo overpowered Chinese Zhang Dan and Ma Yuanyuan to reign supreme. Players from 17 countries confirmed their participation in the three-leg Asian Tour this year. The Khanom meet has 32 men’s teams and 25 women’s squads. The number of women’s teams will rise to 30 for the competition in Phatthalung, while a total of 34 men’s teams and 29 women’s squads will take part in the Songkhla meet. “I am not certain about our chances in the Asian Tour. However, if our teams are able to retain their titles, I’m sure they will go on and win the gold medal in the December SEA Games in Laos.”

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enus and Serena Williams say they’ve seen little of each other for the past week because of their busy schedules. That will change today, when they meet in the Sony Ericsson Open semi-finals. Serena advanced first, overcoming a dismal start to beat unseeded Li Na of China 4-6 7-6 (1), 6-2. Five hours later she was joined by N. 5-seeded Venus, who beat No 26 Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic 6-1, 6-4. The other women’s semifinal will be between No 8 Svetlana Kuznetsova and No 11 Victoria Azarenka. In the showcase night match, No 2 Roger Federer needed dominant serving and one lucky bounce to beat Andy Roddick 6-3 4-6 6-4. Federer lost serve only once and broke after hitting a passing shot on the nextto-last point that clipped the net cord and hopped over Roddick’s racquet for a winner.


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