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WEEKEND TRAVEL Check out China by the sea in THE FUN section






Friday, May 15, 2009 VOL 2, NO 334

GRIDLOCK UNLOCKED Facing a rush-hour nightmare in Sathorn or across the river? The new Saphan Taksin-Wong Wian Yai Skytrain route will help you out of the jam >PAGE 2


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50 billion


THE ESTIMATED cost to parents of sending their kids to school this year

‘Have you seen my daddy’

A nine-year-old boy in Phichit gets help in the search for his Japanese father By Sayan Chucham D A I L Y X P R E S S , Phichit

apanese newsmen have travelled to Wat Tha Luang in Phichit’s Muang district to cover nine-yearold Keigo Zato’s search for his Japanese father, Katzumi. The journalists are from the Nishi-Nippon Shimbun daily and TV Asahi, says Phichit Governor Somchai Hatayatanti. Meanwhile, the Foreign Affairs Ministry has contacted the Thai embassies in Tokyo and Osaka in an effort to find out whether Katzumi passed through immigration control there nine years ago.

Her Majesty concerned Keigo is continuing to sell fish food to merit makers at the temple’s pier to finance his return to school on Monday. He took time out yesterday to make merit for Her Majesty the Queen, who has shown concern for the boy after he lost his Thai mother following a long battle with disease. The story of Keigo’s quest to find his father by showing his photograph to Japanese visitors at the temple has made the headlines and brought donations pouring in. So far, Bt140,000 has been collected. DAILY




Rails across the river Skytrain launches first flight over Chao Phya today; passengers travel for free By Wannapa Phetdee

opening to the public at 8am.



or years, Bangkok commuters have faced a rushhour nightmare on the way to work or school each morning. That nightmare lasts longest in Sathorn, the capital’s prime business district – and its most congested. But from today, the Skytrain is giving gridlocked commuters a key to freedom. The BTS extension from Saphan Taksin station to Wong Wian Yai – the first Skytrain route to venture across the river to Thon Buri – is being launched with a trial run at 5.20am before

Jump out of the jam It should help ease the traffic jams along the Sathorn RoadKing Taksin Bridge route, the most congested road in Bangkok, says Jumpol Sumpaopol, director-general of the Bangkok Traffic and Transport Department. “We expect about 2,000 vehicles per hour during rush-hour after the BTS extension opens, compared to almost 15,000 vehicles currently,” says Jumpol. Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva will be at the launch ceremony to wave off the first train.

XTRA NO TICKET NEEDED >> The two stations on the extended route are Krung Thon Buri and Wong Wian Yai. >> The extension is 2.2-km long. >> Passengers can travel for free on the extension for the next three months. >> Normal fares will apply from August 13.

The extension is expected to boost the estimated 400,000 Skytrain journeys made every day by 30,000 to 50,000. “We are launching a campaign to encourage parents who usually drive their children to Sathorn schools to use

the Skytrain instead. Parking space has been increased near the newly opened stations and shuttle buses will ferry passengers to stations,” says Jumpol.

Boost for Thon Buri Supoj Saebe, 23, a company employee living in Thon Buri, says the extension is a huge boost for commuters who have to cross the Chao Phya River to get to work. “Normally, I travel to the east bank by bus, but now I’ll take the Skytrain when I’m in a hurry,” he says. Its Skytrain link to the rest of the city means that Thon Buri has become Bangkok’s new hot address, and condominiums have mushroomed close to the extension’s two stations to meet demand.

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people risk losing their homes unless drastic steps are taken to protect Southeast Asia’s coral reefs, which could be wiped out in coming decades

briefly Anna Nicole’s ex pleads not guilty The former boyfriend of late model Anna Nicole Smith pleaded not guilty to charges of supplying the former Playboy centrefold with prescription drugs. At an arraignment hearing in Los Angeles, Howard K Stern and two doctors – Sandeep Kapoor and psychiatrist Khristine Eroshevich – denied funnelling drugs to Smith, who died in February 2007 from an accidental overdose. “Howard loved Anna Nicole with all of his heart and would have never done anything intentional to harm her,” Stern’s lawyer Steve Sadow said. – AFP

Hubble is captured by Atlantis’s robotic arm on Wednesday as the shuttle begins its mission to service the space telescope.

Astronauts taking space walk to fix Hubble


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The hard work of repairing the Hubble Space Telescope has begun. Astronauts John Grunsfeld and Drew Feustel were set to exit the space shuttle Atlantis for the first of five spacewalks to upgrade Hubble. Astronauts will replace the telescope’s 15-year-old workhorse camera with one that sees deeper into the universe. The new camera is the size of a baby grand piano. The old camera will be displayed at the Smithsonian Institution. This spacewalk should take about six-and-a-half hours and includes replacing a computer data device that broke down last year. Hubble and Atlantis are flying in a 563-kilometre-high orbit littered with space junk. And some of that debris put a bit of scare into Nasa late on Wednesday. The air force noticed a 10-centimetre piece of debris was on a path to come close to the shuttle. Left over from the 2007 Chinese destruction of a satellite during a weapons test, the debris was predicted to come within 2.7 kilometres of Atlantis. It was close enough to watch, but far enough that Nasa determined it didn’t need to move Atlantis out of the way, said agency space debris scientist Mark Matney. The debris missed the shuttle and Mission Control let it pass by without noting it.

Dying oceans ‘life and death issue’ We must save them from abuse by humankind, Indonesian president tells 70-nation conference A F P , Manado, Indonesia


he destruction of the world’s oceans due to climate change and overuse is a “life and death issue” for humanity, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said yesterday. “We must come to the rescue of the oceans. We must save them from the ravages of abuse and over-exploitation by humankind, from the havoc due to pollution and dire effects of climate change,” Yudhoyono said at a global conference on oceans. “This is a life and death is-

sue for the community of nations, including Indonesia, who prides itself on being the world’s largest archipelago.” Ministers and officials from more than 70 countries are meeting in the Indonesian city of Manado for the World Ocean Conference, the first global meeting on the relationship between oceans and climate change.

‘Unite to survive’ “Today it is time for the world to hear yet another important message: that we can only survive the 21st century if

we are united in caring for and preserving our oceans,” Yudhoyono said. The president made no mention of his own country’s massive failings in conserving its environment, ranging from rampant illegal logging to over-fishing and the destruction of coral reefs through the use of bombs. Greenhouse-gas emissions from extensive logging of Indonesia’s tropical forests have pushed the country to become the world’s thirdlargest emitter behind the United States and China. Illegal fishing and pollution are widespread, with garbage and diesel oil clogging the waters at Manado’s harbour close to the conference venue.

A high-speed police chase through suburban Los Angeles County ended with a foot pursuit and a police officer kicking a suspect in the head after he gave up and lay face down on the ground. Video from TV news helicopters of the chase showed the driver speeding the wrong way down a street. He then crashed into an oncoming vehicle, got out of the car and ran into a residential backyard. Surrounded by high garden walls and apparently realising he had nowhere to go, the suspect got face down on the grass with his arms outstretched. An officer from the El Monte Police Department ran up to the suspect and delivered what appeared to be a sharp kick to the head or neck. A second officer arrived soon after and used what appeared to be a baton or a flashlight to deliver several blows to the suspect’s side. After the suspect was handcuffed, the officer who kicked him high-fived a colleague. – AP >> ON THE WEB KNBC-TV video:


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Dallying in Dalian With beaches, a fun park and lots of shopping, this old city is still seductive

You make the call

By Ben Davey

The Conrad Bangkok on


Wireless Road is offering “Meetings for Free” in a promotion that’s available through the end of the year. Book before June 30 for any meeting being organised before the end of December, and get a complimentary package that includes room facilities, breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks. Visit

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Sweet dreams The Pathumwan Princess Hotel is giving a sweet deal to

corporate and government clients. Stay two consecutive nights under the ExecuPlus plan and you’ll pay Bt4,500 for a single and Bt5,000 for twin occupancy. You’ll also get a welcoming drink, suit pressing, 10 free local calls and use of the hotel’s facilities. The offer is valid until June 30. Visit

Vista on Sathorn Marriott introduces a new executive-serviced apartment block with Sathorn Vista, a short walk from the central business district as well as Suan Lum Night Bazaar. The building has one- to threebedroom suites with kitchenette, plus high-speed Internet, daily newspaper, breakfast and housekeeping. Visit bkkea.


areering down a mountain along a metal half-pipe track, loosely strapped into a flimsy plastic sled, you can’t help but giggle. Hurtling down this looping course was about the best fun I’d had so far in Dalian, and an amusingly novel way to descend into the fun park below after taking a cable car up to the top of the local TV tower. We arrived in Dalian, in China’s northeastern Liaoning province, a few days before, after two hours on a plane from Beijing, our eyes red from staying up all night watching the World Cup Cricket final. But what better place to rest than a sun-kissed destination? Speeding towards Tiger Beach, a 20-minute cab ride from the airport, this city of a little under two million people was surprisingly smoggy.


Dalian has several beaches where the azure waters can be glimpsed.

During the late 19th century it was a mining town, and in the mid-20th century the Soviets transformed Dalian into a hub for shipbuilding. These days it’s home to several oil refineries. No wonder that the air was more like Beijing’s than an idyllic sand-and-surf getaway. Arriving at the Dalian Regent, where the nightly rate is 430 yuan (Bt2,200), we were escorted to our waterfront room. Unfortunately, the lack of visibility obscured our view of any undulating blue surface.

Coffee break A taxi back to the city centre dropped us off at the New-Mart mall. Espressos at Karffer Coffee gave us the perk we needed to pound the pavement. After exploring the main thoroughfare, which features many of the world’s most expensive brand names, we tramped through an underground strip. Here, the stalls


good deal


The influence of the Russians is still evident in the architecture. sell everything from tea to DVDs and toiletries. After finding our way out of the labyrinth, we popped into Victory Square, which is surrounded by upmarket hotels and restaurants. Alleyways nearby are filled with boutiques and eateries – little streets that wouldn’t be out of place in European cities. In fact, the architecture could fool you into thinking you’re in Europe.

Russian influence is evident in the overall aesthetic of Dalian, yet the gaudy giant soccer ball that sits in Labour Park is probably not something that Muscovites erected. The city boasts one of China’s best football teams, Dalian Shide, and in Zhongshan Square you’ll often pass groups of youngsters toeing a ball around. After a tough day of kicking a lump of leather, you can retreat to the bars and nightclubs near the square.

XTRA STORM THE BEACHES >> Sandy destinations in clude Jinshitan, Fujiazhuang Xinghai and Tiger beaches. Swimming is best at Xinghai. >> Other attractions are an aquarium, a zoo and golf courses. >> At Labour Park, catch the cable car for 35 yuan. Most rides are around six yuan, the best of which sees you spinning in a circular raft that crashes along artificial rapids. >> The best is the unintentionally hilarious horror house – not really scary at all.

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“UP”, Pixar’s cartoon about an elderly man who embarks on an adventure in his flying house, is the first animated feature and the first 3D movie to open the Cannes Film Festival.

ISABELLE HUPPERT, FRENCH ACTRESS AND HEAD OF THE CANNES FILM FESTIVAL JURY. “Filmmakers ... tell us who we are and perhaps who we will become.”

briefly Dwarf convention Galerie N on Wireless Road hosts “Mini Matters” from tomorrow until June 16, in which a whole squad of artists prove that “bigger” isn’t necessarily “better”. Go see if you agree with such top players as Tawee Ratchaneekorn, Pishnu Supanimit and Kongka Srijai. Get the details at (02) 252 1592 or


Log on to Linkin

Making movies at the movies

French director Agnes Varda gets her video camera out on Wednesday night at the gala opening of the Cannes Film Festival. The premiere-opener was the new Disney-Pixar animated feature “Up”. The fest runs until May 24.


Any day of the week If this is Saturday, it must be … KL By Manta Klangboonkrong D A I LY X P R E S S Kuala Lumpur

ow-cost airline AirAsia is now in the music business, flying in overseas talent for shows in the region. First to jet in from London was British girl group the


Saturdays, who appeared at Zouk in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday. The quintet, featuring Una Healy, Rochelle Wiseman, Vanessa White, Mollie King and Frankie Stadford, charted with their debut album, “Chasing Lights”, which includes sugary pop tunes “If This is Love”, “Issues” and a bland cover Depeche Mode’s

“Just Can’t Get Enough”. Another hit, which has given birth to a popular music video, is “Up” and shows the girls dancing in colourful stockings and black tops. The track is remixed in various styles by Bgrade DJs and played extensively in clubs. On Tuesday, the pre-show press conference saw just a sprinkling of regional reporters joining a few Malaysia pressmen. The girls didn’t get to answer many questions, as much of the talking was handled by Universal Music and AirAsia’s management. At 8.30pm, the Saturdays took to the stage and performed their four hits in front of a lukewarm crowd. AirAsia plans to bring the group back to Southeast Asia in July when they’ll perform in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Hong Kong, Manila and possi-

Jump-up at the JJ JJ Mall at Chatuchak Weekend Market becomes the stage for Fat Radio’s San Miguel Muzik Festival Vol 10 next Friday. The music will be bouncy: the Teddy Ska Band, the Kai-Jo Brothers, Buddha Bless and T-Bone will be there, and five emergent ska bands will vie for prizes of up to Bt100,000. JJ Mall is close to the Mor Chit Skytrain stop. Find out more at (02) 641 5394 and

Totally funny The Punchline Comedy Club at the Bull’s Head celebrates its 10th birthday next weekend with a mirth-fest featuring Langford Scotsman Geoff Boyz, Englishman Greg Burns and Irishman Lloyd Langford. The shows start at 9 on May 22 and 23 and its costs Bt1,500 to get in, but come with nine other people and one of them gets in for free. You might even win a prize. The pub is on Sukhumvit Soi 33/1 near the Phrom Phong Skytrain station. Call (02) 233 4141 or giggle over to

Nu-metal chart-toppers Linkin Park have a new mini-album out called “Songs from the Underground”. It’s got eight tunes, including “And One” and “Soul to You Mama”, plus “Dedicated” in a demo version and “Hunger Strike” live with Chris Cornell singing. For a copy, log on to www.LPUnder and get a free month’s membership for the band’s fan club.

Junk has its value The Bed Supperclub’s Green Envy Friday means free admission for anyone toting something that’s recyclable. Drop it in the box at the entrance and walk right in. Didn’t bring anything? That’ll cost you Bt775, but you get a drink for each hand. You’ll need cash either way for the restaurant’s 100 Mile Menu – a four-course dinner for Bt1,550 – which will go down a treat with “A little over 100 Mile” wine from Siam Winery. That costs an extra Bt600. Negotiate a deal at (02) 651 3537 or



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What do you mean by that? Commonplace actions are assessed anew in ‘Signs and Gestures’ By Pawit Mahasarinand SPECIAL TO D A I LY X P R E S S

he new Spontaneous Dance Company and Nophand Boonyai, the visionary director behind “Welcome to Nothing”, “The Adventures of Captain Dan” and last year’s best-reviewed play, “Sunflower”, want you to witness “Signs and Gestures”. “First of all, this is not a play,” says Nophand. “We won’t call it a performance, either, otherwise the audience expects something. We’d prefer to call it ‘a demonstration in communication through body language’.” “I came across a book on the topic and found it very interesting, so I did some further research online.” The troupe began with a few


>> “Signs and Gestures” is at the Makhampom Studio near the Saphan Kwai Skytrain station from May 22 to 24 and 27 to 29. >> The Fridays shows are at 7, and Saturday and Sundays at 2.30 and 7. >> Tickets cost Bt250 at (083) 502 5033 or www.



improvised movements as used in everyday communication, such as greetings, asking directions, and made adjustments to the space and emotions involved. “Then I wrote a draft script,” Nophand says, “with a list of exercises and questions about

whether we can use these same gestures in different contexts. “A thumb up means giving praise, but if you stretch out your arm, it suggests anger, and when you twist your thumb down, you show disapproval.” Nophand has no wish to “teach or lecture”, just share some observations, as he puts his three performers onstage. Saifah Tanthana is the artistic director of the On Box Theatre Group, which recently staged “Tropical Night”. Sasapin Siriwanij has performed most frequently with B-Floor. And Prawit Kittichantheera appeared in “Tropical Night”. These three are the Spontaneous Dance Company. They’ve already offered a sneak peek of the “show” on the BTS Skywalk. “Generally, the public

seemed to censor it perceptually,” Nophand says. “They ‘saw’ the show, but they looked like they didn’t, and some just walked away. Interestingly enough, when they noticed a video camera taping the action, they were more interested.”

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the plunge The Nikki Beach brand arrives in Samui By Manta Klangboonkrong D A I LY X P R E S S


ext time you’re thinking of catching the ferry to the full-moon party on Phangan, do something different and stop off at Samui for a star-studded, upscale beachside clubbing experience. Samui is home to the latest branch of lifestyle brand Nikki Beach and takes a well-deserved berth alongside such other tropical paradises as St Barth, St Tropez, Marbella and Marrakech.

Since setting up on Miami’s famed South Beach in 1996, owner Jack Penrod hasn’t slowed in his mission of catering to the rich and famous. Nikki Beach Koh Samui, which had its soft opening party last month, is the eighth resort in the Nikki family. The brand’s outstanding luxury is known globally, especially among young socialites and celebrities in the West. A resort, beach club, sun lounge and restaurant rolled into one, Nikki Beach is

heaven on earth for those who want to escape the madding crowd yet enjoy a wild, vibrant nightlife. Located on the less commercial and more rural part of the island, Nikki Beach invites partygoers to a deceptively simple open-air compound of wooden pavilions surrounding a free-form swimming pool. Decorated humbly in wooden brown and white, it looks less like a club and more like a restaurant. Those who arrive too early to party can lounge

CLUBSCENE Dudesweet 2.0

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Tonight 808 RCA, Zone C Tel (02) 203 1043 The world is changing and so is Dudesweet. This time, the party organisers encourage you to try something completely new, Entry with a drink before 10pm is Bt200, and Bt300 after.

Tomorrow Nest Bar Le Fenix Hotel Sukhumvit Soi 11 (BTS: Nana) Call (02) 305 4000; Twist Saturday night up a few notches with DJs Luko and Rory Breaker’s dirty electro house, break beats and funky hip hop. Free entry all night.

Residency: Sunju Hargun

Blue Palace: DJ Sumit Sethi

Tomorrow Park Bridge Third floor, Patpong Soi 2 (BTS: Sala Daeng) Tel (02) 236 5006; After a long month away, Sunju Hargun returns to claim his residency, with support from DJ Steek. Admission of Bt300 only applies if you arrive later than 2am.

Kaos & Demons Tomorrow Rain Dogs Bar & Gallery Soi Phrayapiren off Rama IV Tel (081) 832 5494 London’s queer underground party Kaos brings twisted techno and a chance to show your demonic side to Bangkok with resident DJ Bradley Kaos and live drum performance by Beat. Free entry all night.

Thursday Bed Supperclub Sukhumvit Soi 11 (BTS: Nana) Tel (02) 651 3537; Rise Productions brings The Blue Palace to Bangkok so get your dancing shoes ready for Delhi’s favourite DJ’s groovy tunes. Entry with a drink is Bt600. Dress code; ID Sumit

by the pool on a plush sunbed with a good book, a cup of coffee and a fresh chocolate croissant or much on fresh fruits and sip on a smoothie. When the sun goes down, the beat rises. After dinner, get all dressed-up and join the upscale clubbers as the resident DJ pumps out the latest house tunes on the deck. Funkier and more danceable tunes kick in later. Drinks-wise, the menu has just about everything to quench your thirst but the

prices will burn a hole in your pocket. Standard cocktails start from Bt300. Ouch! But hey! You do get to party like a superstar.

XTRA >> Nikki Beach is on Lipa Noi Beach, Koh Samui. >> Call (077) 914 500 or visit KohSamui




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Hats off to Singapore’s women Two groups of woman go to battle in the island state over a free civil society

S21 meets in Ubon Sao-Sao-ed, the Saturday 21st group,will hold its next monthly event next Thursday in Ubon Ratchathani. Check Blog.Nationmultimedia/Soho for the details. The network was formed after the violent shutdown of the Chiang Mai Gay Pride on February 21. It promotes LGBT rights and sexual diversity and tries to stem violence against LGBT people.

Your own Idaho? International Day against Homophobia (Idaho) will be celebrated in many countries on Sunday. Nothing is planned in Thailand, although last year the day coincided with the launch of the Yogyakarta Principles.

Life is Swede Sweden on May 1 became the seventh country to legalise same-sex marriage, following the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa and Norway. Maine recently became the fifth US state to allow gay marriages, and the second, after Vermont, to have done so through legislation.

By Paisarn Likhitpreechakul SPECIAL TO D A I LY X P R E S S


ther than the scripted kind that takes place on stage, little drama happens in the one-party state of Singapore, especially when it has to do with LGBT issues. At least that used to be the case. The drama on the island nation since March hasn’t fallen far short of “Pirates of the Caribbean”. Far exceeding my usual lesbian fantasies of being shown how to ride a Harley Davidson, the plot has involved an alleged conspiracy to turn Singapore into Lesbos and heroic duels against Christian evangelists with 18th-century mentalities and pirate-like behaviour. In March, a group of Christian fundamentals women launched a surprise

takeover of Aware (the Association of Women for Action and Research), Singapore’s main women’sadvocacy, after stealthily swelling their ranks with registration of hundreds of new members. However, it was soon discovered that more than half of those elected

attend the Anglican Church of Our Saviour, which also runs an ex-gay ministry. The hostile takeover was masterminded by a 71-year-old matriarch – a born-again Christian lawyer and selfstyled “feminist mentor” with known homophobic views. In an interview, she wailed, “Are we going to have an entire generation of lesbians?” She also expressed unhappiness at Aware’s alleged pro-gay agenda. The ousted old guard, a diverse group who had run the association for almost two decades, challenged the new committee with a call for a general meeting and a vote of no confidence. roused Singapore’s PLU (People like us) community, who joined their civic-minded sisters for a crusade against

the hijackers. The final showdown on May 2 saw 3,000 people show up and plenty of verbal sabre-rattling. The result was 1,414 votes to 761 against the pirates who dutifully resigned. Considering that Thai women’s groups never touch on LGBT issues and even the lesbian activists within them often return to closet, I take my hat off to Singapore’s gutsy women, straight and lesbian, who bravely battled prejudices. Singapore now has a reason to celebrate this year’s International Day against Homophobia. I can’t wait to see their gay brethren similarly rise up to fight Davy Jones – aka Section 377A of the Penal Code that criminalises sex between mutually consenting adult men.

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‘STAR TREK’, earning US$79.2 million, is the top film in the franchise. The next best earner is ‘Star Trek: First Contact’, which took $30.7 million.

don’t miss! I Am the Director In a new documentary,

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Winged Creatures

Paragon Cineplex.

This ensemble drama focuses on the survivors of a random shooting in a Los Angeles diner. Stars Kate Beckinsale, Dakota Fanning, Guy Pearce and Forest Whitaker. At the Lido.

The Horsemen

Star Trek The classic sci-fi TV series is reimagined, focusing on the early careers of James T Kirk (Chris Pine), Mr Spock (Zachary Quinto) and the rest of crew of the starship Enterprise. ★★★★

Big Stan A nerdy con artist (Rob Schneider), about to go to prison, hires a martial-arts guru to teach him some moves. At

Dennis Quaid is a detective on the trail of grisly serial killings that are apparently rooted in biblical prophecy. Zhang Ziyi also stars.

Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden? “Super Size Me” documentarian Morgan Spurlock searches for the al-Qaeda leader. At House.

X Men Origins: Wolverine The steel-clawed superhero’s epic life story is revealed. Hugh Jackman stars. ★★★

Let the Right One In A

12-year-old boy develops a frien dship with a va small Swedish mpire in a town. With

House. ★★★★

English and Th ai subtitles at

Mor 3 Pee 4 Rao Rak Nai Chatting on the Internet, a Bangkok boy strikes up romance with a Phuket girl. With English

Mei Lanfang Chen Kaige directs the story of China’s greatest opera performer (Leon Lai). Zhang Ziyi also stars.

subtitles at some cinemas.

In Mandarin with English and Thai subtitles at House. ★★★★

Saranair Haao Peng

A Frozen Flower

Pranks are pulled on Mum Jokmok, Ad Carabao, Kotee Aramboy and Korean girl group Baby Vox Rev. With English

Palace intrigue involves a gay Korean king, his military commander and a queen who needs to bear an heir to the throne. In

subtitles at some cinemas.

Korean with English and Thai subtitles at House. ★★★

K-20: Legend of the Mask

Thick as Thieves

An acrobatic crimefighter (Takeshi Kaneshiro) hunts a masked figure. In Japanese

Jewel thieves (Morgan Freeman and Antonio Banderas) plan to steal a pair of Faberge eggs. At

with English and Thai subtitles at the Lido.

SFX Emporium and SFW CentralWorld.

director Nitchapoom Chaianun interviews nine filmmakers – five established helmers and four aspiring directors. The “heavyweights” are Sakchai Deenan (“Sabaidee Luang Prabang”), Aditya Assarat (“Wonderful Town”), Wittaya Tong-U-Yong (“The Possible Kao ... Kao”), Chookiat Sakveerakul (“Rak Haeng Siam”) and Komkrit Treewimol (“The Bedside Detective”), while the indie “lightweights” are Uten Sririwi, Supakit Seksuwan, Harin Paesongthai and Pitchaay Jarussboonpracha. “I Am the Director” is showing at 7 tonight in the William Warren Library at the Jim Thompson Art Centre as part of the Third Class Citizen’s monthly film series. Call (089) 685 5253 or see ThirdClassCitizen.

on tv

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

Four Weddings and a Funeral

Century – The Movie Plaza (02) 247 9940

Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell star in this romantic comedy by British screenwriter Richard Curtis.

House (02) 641 5913-4

Major Cineplex/EGV Bangkok: (02) 515 5555

Star Movies (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

Angels and Demons In this prequel to “The Da Vinci Code”, based on Dan Brown’s novel, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) teams up with a physicist (Ayelet Zurer) to trace the ancient symbols behind a mysterious string of killings that is rocking the Vatican. Channel 3 – Channel 5 – Channel 7 – Modernine – NBT – TV Thai – True –


Close to Home By John McPherson


Pooch Cafe

The Buckets


Calvin and Hobbes

By Brian Basset

By Paul Gilligan

By Scott Stantis

By Bryan Basset

By Bill Watterson


Red and Rover

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Games&YourStars SUDOKU

The last word in


By Eugenia Last

Today’s Birthday: Choose your words and your friends wisely. Focus on what’s important to you and how you can make advances without upsetting people you care for. Being more visible will help you gain trust and support. An opportunity will be made available to you but it isn’t likely to please some of the people it will affect.

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 Strive for equality. Don’t let anyone tell you that you aren’t worth much. Reevaluate your connection to anyone who questions your motives. Your charm and drive are a winning combination TAURUS ** April 20-May 20 Don’t leave anything to chance, especially if it has to do with your personal and professional future. You have to take responsibility for whatever you do or say and be prepared to back statements with facts. GEMINI ***** May 21-June 20 Explore the marketplace for the right item to buy and you will be motivated and stimulated to get things done. Once you have something to look forward to, your work will be a lot easier.



CANCER *** June 21-July 22 Proceed with caution when signing contracts or with deals that are binding. Consider professional options that will allow you greater freedom. Turn something you love into a profitable pastime. LEO *** July 23-Aug. 22 Whether in a couple or single, focus on having fun and enhancing your personal life. Spending more quality time with that special someone will lead to a brighter future. VIRGO *** Aug. 23-Sept. 22 Make some changes at home that will help you improve your lifestyle. A job you’ve been left with can alter your position and improve your finances. Mix business with pleasure. LIBRA ***** Sept. 23-Oct. 22 Set your priorities straight and plan for a fun-filled weekend. You may be tempted to overspend. Don’t let anyone coerce you into a purchase you don’t need. Set your sights on romance. SCORPIO ** Oct. 23-Nov. 21 Don’t get dragged into an argument or family feud. You will do far better working rather than trying to sort through the emotional debris that someone creates. SAGITTARIUS **** Nov. 22-Dec. 21 See, believe and follow through with your plans. A short trip will pay off. A good time is in the stars but don’t promise someone something you have no intention of delivering.

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CAPRICORN *** Dec. 22-Jan. 19 Focus on what you need in your life to feel good about who you are and the way you look. Put time and effort into pleasing and pampering yourself. The result will be greater confidence. AQUARIUS *** Jan. 20-Feb. 18 You’ll be confused by what someone you thought you knew does or tells you. Back up and ask questions until you fully understand what’s being said and done. A friend will confide in you. PISCES *** Feb. 19-March 20 Volunteering for something you believe in will help you in more ways than one. You will meet someone spectacular if you pitch in and help a good cause. Don’t give in too quickly.


Established since 1961, is currently one of the leading importers, distributors and marketers of healthcare and related products in Thailand. Based in Bangkok, Pacific Healthcare has over 300 full-time employees and an annual turnover of approximately USD35 million. The company is solid and reliable, with a well-established reputation and a quality of service that is second to none. To cope with our rapid expansion and diversification, we need talented candidates who are creative, energetic, and hardworking to join out team in the following positions:-

Medical Representative (Bangkok and Up-country) Key Responsibilities Responsible for opening the new product entry, regular visit customers in responsible area, maintain and demonstrate scientific knowledge potential or existing customers. Handle sales target and promote the company’s sales growth. Qualifications:• Bachelor’s Degree in Science or related field • At least 3 years experience in sales: hospital, clinic, modern trade or any other related business • Positive attitude, energetic and able to work independently • Results oriented and keen to learn a new things • Good personality, communication and negotiation skills • Fair command of written and spoken English • Computer literacy • Have own transportation and driving license

Product Manager: Pharma Key Responsibilities:Responsible for products, which requires more tactful marketing skills. Develop marketing plans and programs for the specific products, review, evaluate and adjust plans to cater for changes marketing strategy. Continuously assess and develop new channels to broaden the company’s market share and profit in the specific products. Product training and coaching Med. Rep. to deliver correct messages. Collaborate with SM to drive business and broaden client base. Qualifications:• Male or Female, age 25-35 years old (Only Thai Nationality) • Bachelor’s Degree in Science or Nurse would be preferable • Minimum 3 years experience in marketing of Pharmaceutical Products • Positive attitude, energetic, team player, service minded • Able to work independently with result-oriented • Strong leadership with interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills • Good command of English • Computer literacy • Have own transportation and driver license

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International Sales Manager

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Friday, May 15, 2009



1-1 Rangers handed the initiative in the Scottish Premier League title battle back to Celtic after being held to a 1-1 draw at Hibs on Wednesday.

briefly Danai,Ratiwatana twins march on

Nadal gets down to business

Perez seeks Real Madrid presidency

Spanish clay king Rafael Nadal put aside his tournament complaints to score a resounding opening win as he hammered out a 6-3 6-1 decision over Juergen Melzer to reach the third round Wednesday. “I played much better than I trained,” admitted Nadal. “I’m very happy with this match, and very pleased with how I’ve started the tournament. It is always a special pleasure to play in Spain.” The world No 1 easily claimed his 31st consecutive victory on the dirt, a run which lifts his clay record since 2005 to 148-4 with a 25-1 record in clay finals. – DPA

Florentino Perez announced yesterday his desire to be president of Real Madrid again. Perez, 62, told a news conference that “it is time to officially announce my decision to be a candidate in the Real Madrid elections.” He said that he regretted having resigned as president in 2006, after an initially successful but later errorstrewn sixyear reign. “I should not have left [in February Florentino Perez 2006] before having established the stability which Real Madrid needs...What has motivated me [to be a candidate again] is the difficult situation of the club.” – DPA

Diego confirms Juve intentions Werder Bremen playmaker Diego looks certain to move to Juventus Turin after confirming that he has already agreed terms with the Italian giants and Bayern Munich made clear they aren’t interested in the player. Diego said while he had agreed matters with Juve, no contract had been signed and that if Bremen told him Bayern were interested, he would investigate it. “I think everything will be clear by Friday,” said Diego. “After all, it’s about time a decision was made.” – AFP

F1 crisis meeting today in London Formula One teams and world motorsport supremo Max Mosley will meet today for crisis talks over a controversial budget cap. A FIA spokesman said the meeting will take place at Heathrow airport. – DPA


Danai Udomchoke

Danai Udomchoke and the Ratiwatana twins scored victories to march on to the next round of the US$75,000 Busan Open Challenger. Second-seeded Danai Udomchoke beat Jeong Suk-young of South Korea 6-1 6-0 in the singles second round. Top pair Sanchai and Sonchat Ratiwatana also had no problem, downing Jun Woong-sun of South Korea and Lukas Lacko of Slovakia 6-2 6-2 in the doubles quarter-finals.

Lazio president Claudio Lotito, right, and captain Tommaso Rocchi kiss the Italian Cup after the victory.

MUSLERA, THE HERO Lazio win Italian Cup on penalties AFP, Rome


azio beat Sampdoria 6-5 on penalties following a 1-1 draw to win the Italian Cup at the Stadio Olimpico here on Wednesday and qualify for next season’s Europa League. Lazio goalkeeper Nestor Muslera saved two penalties in the shoot-out, which went to sudden death after both teams missed one each of their first five. Frenchman Ousmane Dabo scored the winning penalty after Hugo Campagnaro had seen his shot saved.

Argentine forward Mauro Zarate had given Lazio a fourth minute lead but Giampaolo Pazzini equalised just past the half hour mark. “I’ve waited so long for a success such as this one and my thoughts go out to the players who deserve this after a season of so many sacrifices,” said a tearful Lazio coach Delio Rossi. “This [the tears] shows how much passion I have for my work, I’m someone who has wanted results for so long.” It was Lazio’s fifth Italian Cup success and first since 2004. Sampdoria won the last of their four cups in 1994. But their coach Walter

Mazzarri was proud of his team’s efforts. “We did justice to this match, it was a final worthy of its name,” he said. “It’s very disappointing to lose a final, I’m sorry for our fans. But that’s life.” Lazio were off to a flying start when Zarate lashed a wonder strike past Luca Castellazzi from outside the area on four minutes. Penalties would separate the sides and Muslera made a good start saving from Cassano. In sudden death Muslera saved from Campagnaro and Dabo stepped up to stroke home the ball and claim the cup.


of cans Heineken has used 200,000 aluminium cans to build a gigantic replica of a threestorey stadium. The stadium of cans is on display at CentralWorld, where it will form the centrepiece of celebrations for the live broadcast of the Uefa Champions League final from Rome on May 27.

Friday, May 15, 2009



Van Gaal is new Bayern manager


THE PARTY BEGINS Fergie refuses to relax as Wigan win puts Man U a game away from the title AFP, Wigan, England

lex Ferguson has warned Manchester United they’ll need to be on top form in their potential title-clincher against Arsenal tomorrow after watching his side come from behind to beat Wigan. United now require just one point to be guaranteed their third consecutive Premier League crown and have two remaining fixtures in which to gain it, against Arsene Wenger’s men at Old Trafford or against Hull City on May 24, the final day of the season. All the expectations are that the title party will start tomorrow, but the United manager insists his side will have to keep their focus against the Londoners if they are to claim their 18th overall league championship. “We will approach the game the same as we always approach them,” Ferguson said. “We will try and win the match against a very good Arsenal side. “We know how good they are and we need to prepare and perform on Saturday and hopefully we will do.” Wigan almost derailed United’s title ambitions after deservedly taking the lead through Hugo Rodallega just before the half-hour after Nemanja Vidic had failed to head clear and allowed the Colombian to slot home. But a backheeled finish from substitute Carlos Tevez and a




Carlos Tevez celebrates after scoring for Manchester United in the 2-1 win against Wigan. fine 87th minute shot from Carrick helped United turn the score around. Ferguson added: “We were up against a very determined Wigan side but we were fantastic in the second half in terms of determination and not giving in. “We just kept going, got a little break and at the end of the day we were the better team in the second half. “At half-time I told them to keep their discipline because you can’t beat the referee, you have to keep him on your side, so keep sharp and play the game. “We had to keep patient. It was a really gutsy performance from us.” Ferguson also made his strongest hint yet that Tevez


will remain a United player next season following months of speculation about his future. The Argentinian’s loan deal at Old Trafford runs out this summer and Ferguson is known to be reluctant to pay the fee that Tevez’s “owners” Media Sports Investment (MSI) are demanding. MSI control Tevez’s playing rights and want United to part with £22 million for the player – on top of the 10 million they have already paid for his two seasons at Old Trafford. But despite the ongoing wrangling, Ferguson insists he wants Tevez to sign a long-term deal at Old Trafford. “He is a fantastic little player,” Ferguson added. “He knows that I want him to stay and I had another chat with him today again.”

German giants Bayern Munich confirmed that Dutch coach Louis van Gaal will take over as head coach on July 1 having signed a two-year contract to replace the fired Jurgen Klinsmann. Having led AZ Alkmaar to the Dutch title this season, the 57year-old has signed a deal with the Bundesliga champions, ending weeks of speculation over whether or not he would succeed Klinsmann, who was fired on April 27. “We are happy to have signed an experienced and successful football coach for Bayern Munich such as Louis van Gaal,” said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge in a statement. “We wanted him to come to Bayern and Louis van Gaal wanted to come to us, it was just a case of sorting out the details.” Having steered Ajax to the Champions League title in 1995, the fiery Van Gaal has a wealth of experience having led the giants from Amsterdam to consecutive Dutch titles between 1994, 1995 and 1996. In 1998 and 1999, he also won La Liga with Barcelona before taking charge of the Dutch national side in 2000, but failure to lead them to the World Cup finals in 2002 meant he was replaced by Dick Advocaat. Then followed brief spells at Ajax and Barcelona, before he joined AZ in 2005.

Four-star Barca crush Bilbao, lift Kings Cup AFP, Madrid

arcelona stayed on course for an historic treble by crushing Athletic Bilbao 4-1 at the Mestalla Stadium on Wednesday to lift the Kings Cup for the first time in over a decade. Gaizka Toquero headed Bilbao into a ninth-minute lead, but Yaya Toure equalised with a great solo goal and then Barca blitzed their rivals with three goals from Lionel Messi, Bojan



Carles Puyol hoists the King’s Cup trophy in Mestalla, Valencia.

Krkic and Xavi in 12 minutes to lift the cup for the first time since 1998. It was coach Pep Guardiola’s first trophy as a manager and Barcelona’s first piece of silverware in two seasons although the Spanish League title could soon follow with only a point needed at Real Mallorca on Sunday to secure a 19th championship. “We hope it’s an historic week and we will go for the sec-

ond title this weekend,” said defender Gerard Pique. “We just want to enjoy this win first and then concentrate on trying to win more titles.” The final part of the treble – which no Spanish team has ever achieved – is the Champions League final against Manchester United on May 27. For Bilbao, who have won the cup 23 times, it was bitter disappointment in their first final since 1985.

Barcelona were without Andres Iniesta and Thierry Henry through injury so the talented Bojan, 18, started the final. At the back, Carles Puyol switched to left back to replace the suspended Eric Abidal while midfielder Toure was deployed at centre-half. The last time these two sides met in the final was back in 1984 when Bilbao won 1-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu.



Friday, May 15, 2009



DENVER RIDE ON Nuggets knock out Mavs, advance to Conference finals DPA, Los Angeles



he Denver Nuggets are riding a Rocky Mountain high for the first time in nearly a quarter of a century. Carmelo Anthony scored 30 points, Chauncey Billups had 28 with 12 assists and the Nuggets beat the Dallas Mavericks 124-110 yesterday to win their Western Conference semi-final play-off series in five games. The Nuggets’ second straight five-game series win moved them into to the conference finals for the first time since 1985. “It has been a long time since the Nuggets have been this successful,” said Denver-native Billups. “So I am just happy for the city and for the fans who have been loyal all year.” Anthony enjoyed proving the


Denver Nuggets’ Chris Anderson blocks a shot by Dallas Mavericks player Jason Kidd in the second half of game five. naysayers wrong. “We were supposed to finish third in our division,” he said. “And to stick together when people said we couldn’t do something and we did it.

“As a result, we’re right here in the Western Conference finals, and we’re not done yet. We’re excited about this opportunity. We’re looking forward to the challenge whether its the

Lakers or Houston. Denver will face the winners of the LA Lakers-Houston Rockets. The Lakers lead the series 3-2, and can wrap it up today. “I think we’re a very good basketball team and we’re playing great,” Denver coach George Karl said “We’re good enough to make some noise.” JR Smith scored 18, Brazilian Nene had 17 and Kenyon Martin chipped in with 16 for Denver, which extended its home-court winning streak to 16. German ace Dirk Nowitzki had 32 points with 10 rebounds for Dallas, who upset San Antonio in the first round, but couldn’t climb out of a 3-0 hole to Denver. Jason Kidd had 19 and Brandon bass finished with 17. “I thought we left it all out there, but it wasn’t meant to be,” Nowitzki said. “I give Denver all the credit they played a great series. and wish them all the luck.”

Pen cross out Capitals AP, Washington


idney Crosby scored twice to take his NHLleading play-off goal total to 12, and Pittsburgh shut down Alex Ovechkin most of the night as the Penguins downed the Washington Capitals 6-2 in Game 7 to win their NHL second-round series 4-3 yesterday. Pittsburgh’s series victory, after trailing 2-0, moves them closer to a second consecutive trip to the Stanley Cup finals, something the team last did in 1991 and 1992. Everyone chipped in for the Penguins, from regularseason scoring leader Evgeni Malkin’s two assists, to fourth-line forward Craig Adam’s first goal in 42 career postseason games. Secondyear defenceman Kris Letang, 38-year-old Bill Guerin and Jordan Staal scored, too. Marc-Andre Fleury made 19 saves and didn’t allow a goal until his team led 5-0.

Friday, May 15, 2009




THAIS STEAM AHEAD In the individual categories Thai golfers had a field day, with Prin Sirisommhai and Tuangthong Saengrattanathongkam leading the boy’s and girl’s Class A on 70 and 73 respectively. A total of 97 golfers from eight countries are competing in the four-day tournament. The event will run until Sunday at the course opposite the Hua Hin railway station.

Country’s young golfers make bright start in Hua Hin DAILY XPRESS


Thai tournament cancelled XPRESS

hailand got their campaign to retain the Janya Cup off to a strong start by seizing an early lead in the boy’s team competition in the 30th AsiaPacific Junior Championship at the Royal Hua Hin Golf Course yesterday. The hosts have won the prestigious title six times in the last 15 years but this young Thai team is new to the event. However, home fans’ expecta- Ratthanon Wanasrichan hits a tee shot during his round of 72. tions were raised by a commanding opening-round per- side topped the standings with Moriya’s younger sister Ariya formance. 220, six strokes ahead of both notched up a 72. Poom Saksaengsil and Taiwan and South Korea. With each team’s two best Ratthanon Wanasrichan The Thai girls were equally scores being taken into considchalked up even-par 72s, while impressive. Setting the early eration, Thailand sit comfortAtthachai Jaichalard and pace were reigning Junior ably at the leader board’s sumNatthawat Suwachanakorn fin- Open champion Moriya mit with 146, three strokes betished with 76s. With each Jutanugarn and Nichakorn ter than South Korea. Hong team’s three best scores being Muangkam, who registered Kong occupy third spot two taken into account, the Thai first-round scores of 74, while strokes further back.

Asia’s top golf tour has cancelled its season-ending tournament in Thailand after Volvo pulled its sponsorship. The Swedish carmaker declined to extend its sponsorship of the Volvo Masters of Asia for 2009, chief executive Per Ericsson said. “The current economic climate, the unstable situation surrounding Asian golf at present and recent unrest in Thailand all played a part,” Ericsson said in a statement.

Korean duo take charge AGENCIES, Seoul


outh Korea’s Kim Jong-duk and SK Ho led the local charge by taking the first round lead with matching five-under-par 67s at the GS Caltex Maekyung Open yesterday. Kim and Ho will head into the second round with a slender one-shot lead over compatriots Ted Oh and Park Hyowon, who are both are tied for third on 68 at Nam Seoul Country Club. Veteran Choi Sang-ho, the oldest winner on the Asian Tour when he won here in 2005 is tied for fifth on 69. Kim, chasing a 10th victory in South Korea, provided the galleries with the early cheers when he posted an impressive round sprinkled with six birdies and a lone bogey. “My tee shots were all hitting the fairways and my short game was very good today. I can’t ask for a better round on a day like this,” said Kim. “Tomorrow’s a brand new day and I’ll continue to do my best.”

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