Tuesday, May 19, 2009 VOL 2, NO 336 dailyxpress.net
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What does a mysterious container on the seabed off Chon Buri hold? A tiny underwater camera should soon provide some answers... >PAGE 2
GOOD MORNING BANGKOK!
Err, guys – you’re getting wet! By Salaithip Charubhumi Lecturer at Chulalongkorn University’s Communication Arts Faculty
t has been raining cats and dogs for the past week but I reckon only one in five men were carrying umbrellas. Why do the majority of men prefer getting soaked to carrying a brolly? Most of them seem to think that an umbrella makes them look less masculine. Maybe they should listen to loved ones who worry about them catching colds. Guys, think about it – it makes sense to stay dry.
>> Catch DJ and turntablist A-Trak as he thunders into town with his pounding hip-hop >> See what went down at the Miss Tiffany Universe competition
Check out the spa fair; see furniture, decorative items and jewellery by local designers; don’t miss French pastries and high tea at the Dusit Thani; treat your kid to a tasty ‘Back to School’ meal, and much more...
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
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Schools open, traffic jams
Two kindergarten students cry on their first day of school in Pattani yesterday.
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Bangkok motorists slowed to a crawl during rush hour in many areas yesterday as primary and secondary schools opened their doors for a new academic year. Deputy Metropolitan Police Commissioner Maj-General Panu Kerdlarpphol said roads that linked Krung Thon Bridge and Taksin Bridge were the most congested between 6am and 8am.
Skytrain ignored Cars were still bumper to bumper in Thon Buri’s Wong Wian Yai despite the opening of the new Skytrain route over the Chao Phya river. “Most parents didn’t switch from driving their children to schools as parking lots at the new stations are not yet available. So the traffic was jammed in the area and along the Taksin Bridge-Sathon Road route,” Panu said. Other congested areas included Samsen and Sukhumvit, where several large schools are located. “All in all, due to the absence of rain, the jams for the opening day of school were less heavy than last year,” said Panu. He added that traffic police, traffic volunteers and municipal officials were helping ease traffic all over the capital, especially in front of big schools. Police were at schools to encourage parents to find alternatives to driving their kids to school or at least spend less time around the entrances. Panu will board a helicopter this morning to pinpoint traffic hotspots and seek solutions to the problem. Wannapa Phetdee D A I LY X P R E S S
Black May’s black boxes? Porntip probes mysterious containers on seabed off Chon Buri amid rumours of human remains inside D A I LY X P R E S S
tiny underwater camera may soon slip through a hole in a mysterious container on the seabed off Chon Buri’s Sattahip district to check what is inside. “We have found a hole in the container through which groupers swim in and out,” Central Institute of Forensic Science director Porntip Rojanasunan revealed yesterday.
Skulls discovered Porntip has been assigned to investigate the containers after rumours spread that the bodies of those who died in the Black May incident were inside. Chon Buri’s Samaesan district chief
Pramote Towsakul said local people had in the past discovered human skulls in sunken containers but were too scared to report to the police. Porntip’s team has already located one of the containers. After examining the size of the barnacles attached to the container, officials say it has probably been on the seabed for more than 20 years. This prompted Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to point out that the mysterious container could not be related to the Black May incident, which took place 17 years ago. In 1992, pro-democracy street protesters in Bangkok faced a violent crackdown
XTRA T H E S E A’ S S E C R E T S The public is anxiously waiting to hear what is inside mysterious containers found on the seabed off Chon Buri’s Sattahip district. So far, rumours include: >> The remains of pro-democracy protesters killed during the Black May incident 17 years ago >> The remains of humantrafficking victims >> Toxic or industrial waste
from which many never returned home. Port Authority of Thailand acting director Sunida Sakulrattana said her agency was poring over old files to identify a company found carrying containers of industrial waste into Thailand’s seas about two or
three decades ago. “Officials turned a ship away for carrying industrial waste into Thailand without permission. Now, we have to find out whether the ship secretly dropped the containers on its way out,” Sunida said. Customs Department director-general Utid Tamwatin said if officials could see the serial number of the container, they would be able to identify its contents and origin. Meanwhile, the chairman of the Committee of the May 1992 Heroes’ Relatives, Adul Khiewboriboon, has submitted a letter urging the army to return the remains of protesters. He said three generals should know where the remains are located. “The three generals were involved in the Black May incident. They should know the answer.”
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London plans to become ‘the cleanest, greenest city on Earth’ by
the year it hosts the Olympics
briefly Bollywood star in hot water Bollywood action hero Akshay Kumar was arrested yesterday on suspicion of obscene behaviour during a recent fashion show in Mumbai, police said. A complaint had been lodged against Kumar and his wife, Twinkle Khanna, after she was photographed unbuttoning a pair of jeans that the actor was modelling on the catwalk at the Lakme Fashion Week in March. “He was arrested and given bail,” said assistant commissioner of police Arvind Mahdadi. Kumar, 41, has said he did not mean to cause any offence by his actions and apologised.
A real star trek Shuttle Atlantis astronauts Andrew Feustel, left, and John Grunsfeld take part in a mission to refurbish and upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope in order to extend its working life by five to 10 years. The shuttle will release Hubble today.
Fooled by beauties
Gambling addict wants his cash back An Australian gambling addict who ended up losing his property portfolio was lured to Melbourne’s Crown Casino with promises of free flights, free accommodation and his own butler, a court was told yesterday. Former property tycoon Harry Kakavas is suing the casino for A$50 million (Bt1.3 billion) over his losses of A$20 million between 2004 and 2006. The self-confessed pathological gambler banned himself from the casino in 1995. But when he began flying the Pacific to gamble in Las Vegas, it’s alleged the casino offered inducements for him to return to Crown. Kakavas, 42, claims he was flown for free 30 times from his Gold Coast home to Melbourne. As well as trips on Crown’s VIP executive jet, Kakavas said he was handed wads of cash to start his sprees on the baccarat tables. D PA
TRIBAL JUSTICE OR
TORTURE TRIAL? UAE says ruler’s half brother appears in torture video; rights groups demand an open-court trial rather than private punishment A S S O C I AT E D P R E S S Dubai, United Arab Emirates
he public disgrace has been without precedent for a member of this Gulf country’s ruling family: first, the government publicly acknowledged that the half brother of the president had appeared in a torture video. Then it ordered his detention while a civil lawsuit moved ahead in the United States. But it’s the private deliberations over Sheik Issa bin Zayed Al Nahyan that could bring the biggest test for the Emirates’ long-enshrined twotier system of justice. The dilemma for Emirates
officials is whether to break tradition and order a courtroom trial for a member of the ruling elite as demanded by international rights groups, or whether to remain loyal to tribal codes and render any possible punishment away from the public eye.
‘Sodomy and beating’ International rights groups have demanded a full and open inquiry into the fiveyear-old video, released by one of Issa’s former business partners as part of a lawsuit filed in Houston. The suit charges Issa and other members of the ruling Al Nahyan
family with false imprisonment and torture in an attempt to get back the tapes. The former partner, Texas businessman Bassam Nabulsi, says the video shows the sheik sodomising and brutally beating an Afghan merchant who, Issa claims, cheated him on a grain deal. Issa is the half brother of Abu Dhabi’s ruler and UAE president Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Issa had entrusted Nabulsi, the sheik’s personal business manager, with the tapes, his financial records and investment documents before their falling out. Nabulsi’s US-based lawyer is convinced the sheik’s case will never get to court and doubts Issa will ever be punished.
Taiwanese prosecutors said yesterday they are probing claims that a pageant organiser conned a beauty contest by pretending his Australian models were in fact from many different countries. Models claiming to be from 24 countries took part in the contest in Taiwan last week, but organiser Huang Chih-hui later found that at least nine women, including winner Esma Voloder of Bosnia, were from Australia. She said she had been fooled by the scam, having paid air fares, hotel and other activities for the women for what was supposed to be an international event. A spokesman for Taoyuan district prosecutor’s office said it was probing fraud and document-forgery charges against Australian organiser Gavin Dooley. Dooley told prosecutors that Australia is a nation of immigrants and the contestants all have dual nationalities. The Australian-born winner, Voloder, said her parents were Bosnian refugees and that she considered herself Bosnian. – AFP
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
IMAN, SUPERMODEL, ON US FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA’S LOOK.
“Mrs Obama is not a great beauty, but she is so interesting looking and so bright. That will always take you farther. If you’re someone like Mrs Obama, you just get better with age.”
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ON TRACK ON A-TRAK
Canadian turntablist Alain Macklovitch drops into town for a night at Q Bar By Manta Klangboonkrong D A I LY X P R E S S
ontreal-born DJ and turntablist A-Trak, real name Alain Macklovitch, was viewed as the prodigy of the ’90s, picking up five world championships as he built his skills and performed alongside Kanye West. Tomorrow night he’ll be in Bangkok, manning the deck at Q Bar and mixing his refreshing hybrids of hip-hop and techno tunes. He found time to trade emails with us before boarding his flight.
What are you working on now?
Lots of stuff, as always! I’m doing a remix for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs that I’m really excited about because I love the song. I just recorded a project with Armand Van Helden by the name of “Duck Sauce” and I’m starting to plan an A-Trak album! Still touring with Kanye West?
XTRA THIRD RAIL >> A-Trak performs at Q Bar tomorrow from 11pm. Entry with two drinks is Bt700. >> Q Bar is on Sukhumvit Soi 11, near Nana Skytrain station. COURTESY OF Q BAR
>> Dress nice and bring your ID. >> Call (02) 252 3274 or visit www.QBarBangkok.com.
I stopped touring with him a year ago but I still collaborate with him from time to time. I just recorded some scratches for a song he did with Kid Cudi, Common and Lady Gaga called “Poker Face”. How did it all start?
I started with the technical stuff when I was 13, experimenting on my dad’s record player. The first couple of years of my career were devoted to learning all these techniques and entering competitions. As time went by, I gradually got more interested in playing records and rocking parties.
I LOVE BEAT JUGGLING – TAKING TWO COPIES OF A RECORD AND REARRANGING THE MUSIC ... DJ A-Trak What’s your favourite technique?
I love beat juggling – taking two copies of a record and rearranging the music to make new patterns. Who’s your idol?
I look up to my older brother Dave, both on a musical level and a personal one. He’s really gifted and a very inspiring person, I’m lucky to have him around. Might you collaborate with your brother’s group Chromeo?
Chromeo and I have collaborated many times. We just don’t make a big deal out of it. I recorded the scratches on their first big hit “Needy Girl”, but I did it under an alias (Kool DJ Alain M) because they asked me to scratch like it was 1982. What’s the show at Q going to be like?
Fun! Expect to hear a wide variety of music, lots of stuff you never heard before, and it will probably move very fast.
50 Who’ll be on the next ‘Academy Fantasia’?
THE SELECTION of contestants for the next season of “True Academy Fantasia” will be broadcast live on Wednesday night, when 50 finalists from regional auditions will be culled down to 20. The contestants, all vying to be on the sixth season of cable-TV network TrueVisions’ 24-hour reality talent channel, will take the stage at the Aksra Theatre in the King Power Complex. “We’ve selected the 50 people from 100 candidates and we thought the live broadcast would be a chance for fans to catch up with the show before we start our reality-show broadcast on June 29,” says producer Atthapol na Bangxang. TrueVisions plans to bring something new to this year’s show, Atthapol says, but he didn’t elaborate further. The first live concert of all the “AF6” contestants will be on July 4 at the Thunder Dome at Impact in Muang Thong Thani. That will be broadcast live on True Inside, True Music channels and on Modernine TV. Wednesday night’s broadcast will be from 7 to 9 on True Inside, TrueVisions channel 19. For more details, see TrueAF.TrueLife.com –
CINEMAS still operate in Africa. An initiative by French actress Juliette Binoche and Cannes Film Festival president Gilles Jacob seeks to revive Africa’s movie theatres.
ALEXANDER RYBAK returned to a hero’s welcome in Norway on Sunday after winning the Eurovision Song Contest. At Oslo’s airport, some 3,000 fans greeted the boyish 23-year-old violinist who’s being dubbed “Alexander the Great”.
Sorrawee Nattee is congratulated by first runner-up Wirittorn Narapaipimol, left, and second runner-up Napatsawan Cholakorn.
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XTRA GLAMOROUS EVENING >> The pageant was put on by Tiffany’s Show Pattaya, which claims to be the world’s largest transsexual cabaret. >> Categories included Best Costume, Miss Photogenic and Miss Unlimited Sexy Star. >> All contestants were born men, and organisers say they hope to raise public awareness of transgender issues.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
B E AU T Y Q U E E N
She’s tops at Tiffany’s
The three Sinjaroen brothers have come up with a hilarious way to promote their May 30 concert at the Scala Theatre. Since they have no sponsors covering the costs, they’ve called it the Sinjaroen Breakup Concert. Here’s the deal: If people don’t buy tickets, they will indeed be breaking up. The brothers point out that they have a nice venue and big-name guests like Nose Taepanich and Kalamare Patcharasri. “We have everything ready except the audience,” says Boy. “Please come see us! Even if you have a ticket some other show happening that day, you can swap it for a ticket to our show.”
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Songkhla’s Sorrawee Nattee claims the crown in the kathoey cabaret’s Miss Universe contest By Newley Purnell A F P , Pattaya
R Atthapol na Bangxang has more in store for this year’s ‘AF’.
esplendent in a figure-hugging grey and black dress, Sorrawee Nattee wept tears of joy after being crowned Thailand’s most beautiful transsexual. Sorrawee took the top prize in the Miss Tiffany’s Universe pageant on Friday in Pattaya, topping 29 other transsexuals and receiving a Honda car and
Bt100,000. “I’m very excited,” the willowy 20-year-old from Songkhla said. Appearing overwhelmed by hordes of photographers, camera crews and well-wishers, the scene played out before a live television audience of 15 million people. Against a soundtrack of thumping music, the pageant featured an Italian Casanovatheme number involving gondolas and masked dancers. A pirate ship drifted across the stage swirled in thick “fog”. The packed theatre was a mix
of transsexuals, gay and straight couples and Western tourists. Dresses ranged from flowing white ensembles to shimmering red numbers and pink miniskirts. “She had smart answers and is very beautiful,” was how judge Marut Sarowat, a wellknown television and stage director, assessed Sorrawee. Asked to name her hero, Sorrawee earned loud applause by naming her mother and father, and as the evening progressed, cheers for her grew louder as the audience urged their favourite to victory.
Yingsak Jonglertjesdawong has had a cooking show on TGN and True for years, sharing countless delightful recipes and hawking the video CDs on his website. As a teacher, he loves to share. It came as a shock, though, when he found a pirate copy of one of his DVDs on sale in Sydney. “They sell it for $1, and business is good,” he says, but he’s philosophical about it. “At least I’m helping the sellers earn a living.”
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FASHION / BEAUTY
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Blonds An Aids fund-raiser parades wild fashion in Vienna
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ienna’s City Hall – a romantic castle complete with moat – was the scene for a waterworld-theme fashion show last week. The fairytale setting was perfect for the extroverted creations of avant-garde New York couple Phillipe and David Blond. Abiding by the motto “You don't have to be blond to be Blond”, they create fashion that’s far from conventional streetwear. It’s elaborate couture with sex appeal and a high glam factor, flamboyant outfits with stunning
accessories, glittering, sparkling and striking. Stars such as Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Shakira, Madonna, Britney Spears and Dita von Teese love clothes by the Blonds. The music for the show came courtesy of pop queen Katy Perry, who performed on the catwalk, paying tribute to the designers and models. The show was one in a series of events comprising the Life Ball, Europe’s largest annual Aids charity fund-raiser. The organisers are hoping the ball will raise more than US$1.6 million this year.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
IT / GAMES
Pepping up with the Peggle An iPhone App for a game like PopCap’s Peggle is serious business
By Mike Musgrove THE WASHINGTON POST
here’s something famously addictive about Peggle, a game that's been a hit on everything from the personal computer to a variety of mobile phones. Developer PopCap says that free sample PC versions of the popular title have been downloaded 50 million times (the number of actual purchases is a subset of that figure that the company declines to disclose).
Now the game is about to appear on the iPhone, news that may bode poorly for the productivity levels of the device’s owners. When the tech culture blog BoingBoing took note of the coming launch, the announcement seemed to inspire an amount of despair among its readers. This month, Apple’s App Store cracked the billion-download milestone — remarkable for an online store that has been open less than a year. So far, games and entertainment titles such as Peggle have been the store’s most popular category, but as Apple tends to share little data about App users except for a list of the store’s latest offerings, we turned to advertising software and research firm Medialets, which tracks usage of applications on mobile devices. Medialets has some findings about behaviour trends among 1,000 App Store users who agreed to install the company’s tracking program on their devices. While the company wouldn’t identify the usage and sales performance of
specific iPhone Apps, the findings provide an early sketch of this new industry’s consumers. According to Medialets, you’ll be more likely to see your fellow commuters playing Peggle on the bus or train home from work: apparently entertainment applications are used more at the end of the day. Developer PopCap, which plans to release the new version of Peggle this month, may enjoy a small, early lift in sales thanks to the upcoming Memorial Day holiday. Weekends, especially three-day weekends, are when iPhone users tend to be most active in downloading new applications. Even at $4.99, Peggle likely will appear near the top of the charts when it debuts at the App Store. Peggle has already been a strong seller on every device it has appeared on, and PopCap seems determined to get this title onto every gadget imaginable. “If your refrigerator had a screen, we’d put Peggle on it," quips PopCap’s Andrew Stein.
PEGGLE HAS ALREADY BEEN A STRONG SELLER ON EVERY DEVICE IT HAS APPEARED ON,AND POPCAP SEEMS DETERMINED TO GET THIS TITLE ONTO EVERY GADGET IMAGINABLE.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Make mine a macaroon As part of the “Printemps Gourmand: A Celebration of French Cuisine and the Art”, on Saturday and Sunday, the lobby lounge of the Dusit Thani Bangkok is offering a different kind of high tea from 3.30 to 5.30pm. Enjoy a whimsical afternoon with French pastries by executive master chef Fabrice and teas from Ronnefeldt at Bt350 net per person. Chef Fabric will demonstrate how to make macaroons from 3 to 4pm. Call
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Behind the crafts Thousands of products by more than 50 groups of village artisans will be on sale at the Thai Craft Fair on Saturday from 10 to 2 at the Ambassador Hotel. Shoppers can check out the photo exhibition, “Khon Lek Lek: Remarkable People Behind the Crafts”. They include Khru Bu, who helps young people with Down syndrome and autism in developing their artistic expression. Call (02) 676 0636-8 or visit www.ThaiCraft.org.
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Seefah restaurant has a “Back to School” set menu for students until June 15 with such dishes as roast duck noodle, steamed chicken with rice, chicken rice with gravy sauce and fried egg, minced pork or beef noodle with gravy sauce and noodle with red sauce. Priced at Bt79, it includes a refillable soft drink. Come in a group of four between 2 and 6 and you get an extra appetiser for free. Call (02) 655 0251-60.
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Pulling strings D&M Music Studio and the Goethe Institut are the hosts of the first Bangkok Piano Pedagogy Symposium from May 28 to 30 at the institute on South Sathorn Soi 1. Lecturers include Bennett Lerner, Narongrit Thammabutr, Nat Yontararak, Benjamin Loh, Denny Euprasert and Mina Ivanova. Nightly concerts at 7.30 feature Eri Nakagawa on May 28, Lerner on May 29 and students of Benjamin Loh on May 30. Call (081) 682 8000.
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Spa sensations Thai Spa Day 2009 is a one-stop fair for services, products and franchises in the health and beauty business. The fair’s open to tradespeople only on June 5 and 6 and the public can check it out on June 7. It’s taking place at Royal Paragon Hall, Siam Paragon with booths offering beauty enhancement products, food and drink supplements, herbal medicine and various types of massage. Call (02) 741 5212-5 extension 107 or 115.
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Winged Creatures 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.
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 Rob Schneider plays a nerdy con man about to go to prison.
Scared of being raped while in jail, he hires a martial arts guru (David Carradine) to teach him some moves. At Paragon Cineplex.
The Horsemen Dennis Quaid stars as a detective on the trail of grisly serial killings that are apparently rooted in biblical prophecy. Zhang Ziyi also stars.
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Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden? “Super Size Me” documentarian Morgan Spurlock treks to the Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan in search of the elusive al-Qaeda leader. At House.
X Men Origins: Wolverine The steel-clawed Marvel Comics superhero’s epic life story is revealed. Hugh Jackman stars. ★★★
Chatting on the Internet, a Bangkok boy strikes up a romance a Phuket girl. With
Saranair Haao Peng
English subtitles at some cinemas.
Pranks are pulled on celebrities including Mum Jokmok, Ad
Carabao, Kotee Aramboy and Korean girl group Baby Vox Rev. With English subtitles at some cinemas.
K-20: Legend of the Mask An acrobatic crimefighter (Takeshi Kaneshiro) hunts a masked Robin Hood-like figure.
In this series loosely based on Kathy Reich’s novels, FBI agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) teams with forensic anthropologist Dr Temperance “Bones” Brennan (Emily Deschanel) to solve crimes. Distributor Catalyst has, for reasons unknown, chosen to release season 3 before seasons 1 and 2. The audio is in English and Spanish with subtitles adding Cantonese, Mandarin, Portuguese and Thai. The price is around Bt620. – DAILY XPRESS
In Japanese with English and Thai subtitles at the Lido.
Mei Lanfang Chen Kaige directs the story of China’s greatest opera performer (Leon Lai). Zhang Ziyi also stars. In Mandarin with English and Thai subtitles at House. ★★★★
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Rain Man A young man (Tom Cruise) regains his humanity through the unexpected love of his autistic savant brother (Dustin Hoffman). Star Movies (TrueVisions), 9.55pm
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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. Ewan McGregor also stars.
★★★★★ = Must see! ★★★★ = Solidly entertaining ★★★ = It’s okay ★★ = Barely watchable ★ = Don’t bother No star rating means no reviews were available from Daily Xpress staff or agencies.
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Tuesday, May 19, 2009 DAILY XPRESS
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
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Yesterday’s Puzzle Answer
By Eugenia Last
Complete the grid so that every row, column and 3x3 box contains every digit from 1 to 9 inclusively.
Today’s Birthday: Your proposals and services will be well received. Your emotions will be high and you will display passion and perseverance in all that you do. New doors will open, based on your performance and a friendship with someone who appreciates you for who you are. Valuable experience will grow with each task. ARIES *** March 21-April 19 Don’t hold back when you have so much to offer. You can easily turn something small into a going concern. A relationship will take on a new life, offering you some real alternatives to consider. TAURUS **** April 20-May 20 There are benefits you aren’t aware of heading your direction. Your ability to be adaptable will be the deciding factor. Let someone else’s experience guide you but don’t let anyone do the work for you.
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GEMINI ** May 21-June 20 Cover your back. No one is going to step in and help, so prepare to go it alone. An unexpected emotional turn of events will cause you to alter plans at the last minute. Protect your assets. CANCER ***** June 21-July 22 Don’t shy away from an opportunity to try something new or to get together with someone a little different. A change in your position and your direction is apparent. Embrace the unfamiliar. LEO *** July 23-Aug. 22 You cannot buy approval and are far better off winning your way into favour by doing the right thing. Ferret out information about good investments. If you aren’t sure, take a pass. VIRGO *** Aug. 23-Sept. 22 Don’t let someone get away with taking credit for something you did. You may have a change of heart if someone you have partnered with doesn’t keep a a promise. A new position is possible.
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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
We know opportunity is out there, PHC is looking for a great confident candidate who has a passion to join a winning team. We offer a competitive remuneration package for the right candidate. If you believe you are qualified for the above positions, please send a detailed resume in English stating the position you are interested in and your current and expected salary, together with your transcript and a recent photograph to
Pacific Healthcare (Thailand) Co., Ltd. Human Resources Department 1011 Supalai Grand Tower, Room No. 01, 29th Fl., Rama 3 Rd., Chongnonsee, Yannawa, Bangkok 10120 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.phc.co.th Only successful applications will be contacted! We accept resume in MS Word only.
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3-1 Bordeaux’s hopes of ending their 10-year wait for the French League title were boosted when defending champions Lyon beat Marseille.
briefly Amr Zaki strikes out after Wigan woes
Utd keeper misses C-League final Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Foster was ruled out of the Champions League final yesterday after undergoing surgery on his right thumb. The 26-year-old Foster will be sidelined for at least nine weeks, missing the May 27 final against Barcelona and the final Premier League round as well as England’s summer internationals. “It is big blow for Ben as not only will he miss the Champions League final but also England’s summer internationals,” United manager Alex Ferguson said. – AP
Yankees’ last at-bat magic goes on The New York Yankees climbed above .500 by winning three straight games in their final atbat for the first time since 1972. The Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins 3-2 yesterday on Johnny Damon’s game-ending home run in the bottom of the 10th inning at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees also celebrated at home plate after last-at-bat victories on May 16, when Alex Rodriguez hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the 11th inning to beat Minnesota 6-4, and on May 15, when they scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth to defeat the Twins 5-4.
“To walk off three times in a row is pretty fun,” Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira said. The last time the Yankees won three consecutive games in their final at-bat at home was August 2729, 1972. Such victories are known in Johnny Damon baseball as “walk-offs,” since the game ends automatically. New York have won a seasonhigh five straight games to move to 20-17, and hosts the Twins tonight in the finale of their four-game Major League Baseball series. - Bloomberg
England eye series win over WIndies Tim Bresnan took his first wickets in Test cricket as England moved to the brink of a 2-0 series win over the West Indies. The tourists, who had been made to follow-on, were 167 for eight at lunch on the last day of the second and final Test, having lost five wickets in the session in total. That left the hosts needing just a further two wickets for victory, with the West Indies still 92 runs behind England’s first innings 569 for six declared.
Egyptian striker Amr Zaki is set to leave Wigan after manager Steve Bruce announced that he would not take up the option of making his loan deal permanent. Zaki has been badly hit by injuries and his relationship with Bruce has turned sour. “The writing has been on the wall for a while now but it’s a shame, it really is. He had a wonderful chance over here but he was badly advised I think, he listened to the wrong people.” – AFP
Chelsea players applaud manager Guus Hiddink, centre, at the end of the game on Sunday.
HEY, BLUE SPENDERS Exiting Hiddink says Chelsea must buy to stop United AFP, London
helsea coach Guus Hiddink bid an emotional farewell to Stamford Bridge on Sunday, but warned his successor he’ll need to spend big money if the Londoners are to stop the Manchester United juggernaut. Since being drafted in to replace Luiz Felipe Scolari, Hiddink has narrowly missed out on a Champions League final spot, guaranteed a top four league finish and could still win the FA Cup. But the Dutchman
insists that Chelsea don’t yet have a squad capable of competing with United who retained their English Premier League title on Saturday. He believes the new manager will need more strength in depth to overhaul the champions. “When you want to compete, you have to renew your squad almost every year,” he said. “To be realistic in the upcoming years we have players who are ageing. “It is up to the new management. It’s my humble advice to bring in even more depth, but people in the club know that. “For the FA Cup, League Cup,
Premier League and Champions League, you need a squad of real depth in quality. You need to be able to use a lot of players, like Manchester United.” He admitted he will be haunted by a nagging sense of regret when he walks away from Chelsea after the FA Cup final. “I have many second thoughts. Sometimes third thoughts. You cannot avoid them,” he said. “You do not have a button to turn them off, but that is how it is. “When I have to leave and I see the reaction of the players and how they have worked, I feel a kind of sadness.”
Hosts Thailand to take on Egypt By Preechachan Wiriyanupappong D A I LY X P R E S S , Nakhon Ratchasima
osts Thailand will take on Egypt while European champions Belgium have a date with Asian champions Japan on the opening day of the 11th FIVB Girls’ Youth World Volleyball Champion-
ship. The 10-day tournament, a competition for girls under the age of 18, is set to take place from July 3 to 12 at The Mall Nakhon Ratchasima’s MCC Hall and Gymnasium 2 inside His Majesty the King’s 80th Birthday Anniversary, 5th December 2007 Sports Complex. Pool A comprises
hosts Thailand, Serbia, Egypt and Germany, while reigning champions China, Turkey, African champions Tunisia and Peru are in Pool B. This is the second time that Thailand is hosting the championship. The country staged the fifth edition in 1997 in Chiang Mai
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Real job is interesting: Wenger
PARTY-POOPERS Mallorca line up to salute league winners Barca – then crash the party AFP, Madrid
arcelona coach Pep Guardiola played down his role behind his team’s league and Kings Cup double, preferring to heap the praise on his players. In his debut season Guardiola, 38, lifted Barcelona’s first domestic double since 1998, but coyly shrugged off the plaudits. “With other players I would not be a champion but they certainly would be with another coach,” said Guardiola. “I appreciate the praise but it is the talent of the players and their humility to work hard that has taken us this far. “I have to pay tribute to them and I would also like to congratulate Real Madrid for bringing out the best in us. “In the second half of the season they gave us a lesson in how you should always carry on looking forward.” Guardiola won six league titles as a Barca player, but this was his first as a manager and he admitted the achievement felt strange. “It is similar feeling but now there is this fictitious authority where it seems you give the orders but don’t carry them out,” added Guardiola. After two years without a trophy under Frank Rijkaard Guardiola came to Barcelona at a difficult time and striker Samuel Eto’o said it was an inspired appointment.
Mallorca players celebrate after scoring against Barcelona at the Ono stadium in Palma de Mallorca. “Guardiola is just want we needed after two difficult years,” said Eto’o. “He has helped us to discover what was missing.” Barcelona were saluted as champions as Real Mallorca lined-up a guard of honour at the Ono Stadium on Sunday before gatecrashing the title party with a 2-1 win. Eto’o gave Barcelona the lead, but missed a last-minute penalty which would have salvaged a point. Barca rested key stars such as Lionel Messi and Xavi, with the Champions League final against Manchester United on May 27 still to come, and several homegrown talents started against Mallorca. “I can’t reproach the team at all,” said Guardiola. “We had a
I APPRECIATED THE PRAISE BUT IT IS THE TALENT OF THE PLAYERS AND THEIR HUMILITY TO WORK HARD THAT HAS TAKEN US THIS FAR. Pep Guardiola, Barca coach
lot of players who had not played much and they had to tonight. Eto’o had his chances, including the penalty miss, but I can’t fault him as he has scored goals all season and will continue to do so.” Elsewhere, Atletico Madrid took pole position in the Champions League race with a 1-0 home win over rivals Valencia. Diego Forlan scored from the penalty spot on the half hour mark for his 28th goal of the season just one behind Eto’o in the goalscoring charts. Atletico leapfrog Valencia into fourth holding a two-point cushion over both Valencia and Villarreal with just two games left and are on course to qualify for the Champions League for the second successive season.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that coaching Real Madrid would be “obviously interesting for any coach”. Florentino Perez announced his candidacy last week to become Madrid president for a second time in the club’s elections in the off-season. He reportedly tried to sign Wenger during his first stint and has been linked again with the Arsenal manager. “With Perez, the project will be obviously interesting for any coach,” Wenger told French TV on Sunday. Asked whether he would be tempted, he replied: “I’m a coach.” Wenger, who says he will stay at Arsenal at least until his contract expires in 2011, wouldn’t reveal if he’d been in contact with Perez. “Allow me to remain discreet on that matter,” Wenger said.
Redknapp angry Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has criticised Roman Pavlychenko for his “disrespectful” reaction after being substituted during the match against Manchester City. Redknapp waited on the touchline to shake his hand, but the Russia striker ignored him before walking straight down the tunnel at White Hart Lane. “I don’t like that,” Redknapp said. “The fans pay their money to watch and when a player runs down the tunnel it’s disrespectful.”
Hughes stays, say Manchester City owners AP, Manchester, England
Mark Hughes has been promised another year as coach.
anchester City owners have quashed speculation that Mark Hughes will be replaced as manager by saying he will stay on at the Premier League club for next season at least. City have failed to make an impact in English football despite the vast wealth of their new owners from Abu Dhabi, leading to suggestions that the administration might look for
another big name to help the club catch up with the traditional Premier League powerhouses. Once more, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal will fill the top four places in the league while City, after a poor start to the season, can finish no higher than ninth. “I have been surprised at all the speculation because I have always been consistent with everyone on the subject of the manager,” Man City chairman
Khaldoon Al Mubarak said. “Every time I have spoken I have said we have the highest confidence in Mark and I would like to reiterate that now. Mark will be our manager next season. Nothing has changed.” Al Mubarak said his Abu Dhabi United Group had added stability to the club. “There has been incredible and unnecessary pressure put on Mark from outside the club. From my perspective, I think we
have come a long way and I am looking for a big finish to the season,” he said. “We have accomplished things since January and now we can start focusing on next season. “This is a club that has had 10 managers in 15 years and changes of ownership. It is hard to believe we have ever had a real preseason. This time we will have that and will do so with a year’s experiences behind us.”
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
N B A P L AY- O F F S
A MAGIC MOMENT Cool Orlando oust champs Boston; LA down Houston D P A , Los Angeles
urkish native Hedo Turkoglu had 25 points with 12 assists, Dwight Howard added 12 points and 16 rebounds with five blocks and the Magic dethroned defending champions Celtics 101-82 to win their Eastern Conference semi-final series in seven games. The Celtics had been a perfect 32-0 record when leading a series 3-2 and a 20-5 all-time record in game seven, including 17-3 at home. However, the Magic led virtually the entire game to break that perfect mark. “I would like to say we played the game exactly the way we wanted,” Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. “We actually played it better.”
Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard goes in for the dunk. “When you look at a team that’s 32-0 when leading a series 3-2, and then you win by 19 points, that’s a big win,” he said. “I can’t say that I’ve ever had one that I’ve ever been happier about.”
For their first conference finals appearance since 1996, the third-seeded Magic are to meet LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers beginning Wednesday night. The topseeded Cavaliers have been off
since May 11 after double-digit sweeps against Detroit and Atlanta. Ray Allen scored 23 points, and Paul Pierce had 16 for the Celtics, who were crippled by the second-half loss to All-Star forward Kevin Garnett to a right knee sprain. “You can’t cry over spilled milk, but I honestly believe we’re the best team in the NBA with healthy guys,” Pierce said. With their run for the NBA Championship ring in serious jeopardy, Pau Gasol and the Los Angeles Lakers left no doubt they were moving on. The Spanish centre powered for 21 points with 18 rebounds as the Lakers ripped the visiting Houston Rockets 89-70 in a decisive game seven to win their Western Conference semi-final playoff series. “I’m proud of the way Pau played,” said Lakers leader Kobe Bryant, who had 14 points.
Ratthapark finishes 5th DAILY XPRESS
ritty Ratthapark “Feem” Wilairot rode his way to fifth place, the best showing of his fledgling Moto GP career, in the 250cc race at the French MotoGP. It was a remarkable turnaround in fortunes for the Honda PTT SAG rider, who had a miserable time in the two previous races. He crashed out in Japan before clinging onto the last point in Valencia, Spain, a fortnight ago. Tw e n t y - o n e - y e a r - o l d Ratthapark, who had not finished higher than eighth place in the world championship, deserved the applause as he battled through pain in his right hand and left foot to achieve the result. “I’m very happy – this is my best finish in the Championship. The team has done a great job setting up the bike and we got a fine reward with this fifth place. “We must now push on with good results.”
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
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A REPEAT FOR ZACH Johnson retains Texan Open title after a play-off AP, San Antonio
ach Johnson successfully defended his Texas Open title on Sunday, winning a sudden-death play-off with an unlikely contender. Seven months after his first victory at La Cantera Golf Club, Johnson beat James Driscoll with a 10-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole after a finalround shoot-out in which seven players stood within a stroke of Zach Johnson with his trophy after winning the Texas Open. the lead with four holes left. “I feel very lucky,” said Johnson, who followed his the top of the FedEx Cup stand- with Bill Haas (65), who birdied third-round 60 with a 70. The ings, passing Geoff Ogilvy and five of six holes Nos 11 through 2007 Masters champion earned Phil Mickelson – the only other 16 but missed a 6-foot putt on $1,098,000 for his sixth career two-time winners on the PGA the par-3 17th. PGA Tour victory. Tour this season. Johnson also Driscoll was an afterthought Driscoll, eight strokes behind won the Sony Open in January. at 5 under when the final round at the start of the round, shot a Paul Goydos had a one-stroke began, eight strokes behind 62 to match Johnson at 15-under lead with two holes to play, but Johnson and his group that in265 after four rounds. closed with two bogeys for a 69, cluded Goydos and Leonard. The win vaulted Johnson to leaving him a stroke back along After wrapping up his 62, he
had to wait more than an hour for Johnson to finish his round. It was worth the wait, but it didn’t last long. Johnson quickly won it with a 6-iron approach to set up his winning putt on the par-4 18th. Driscoll’s birdie attempt from 27 feet rolled 2 feet wide. “You want to put the pressure on your opponent. There’s no doubt about it,” Johnson said. “It’s not like he hit a bad shot. He hit 20-plus feet. He hit a good putt. So it just kind of went my way.” Meanwhile, Ji Young Oh closed with a 2-under 70 Sunday to win the $2 million Sybase Classic by four shot. Meanwhile, Irish amateur Shane Lowry rounded off a remarkable debut on the European Tour by winning the Irish Open title on Sunday after a sudden death play-off against Robert Rock of England. Lowry had missed a threefoot putt to win on the 72nd hole.
Detroit swoop on Blackhawks A P , Detroit
an Cleary scored twice against the team that drafted him, leading the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals on Sunday. Cleary’s second goal came midway through the third period, 1:27 after Mikael Samuelsson’s goahead score, for the defending Stanley Cup champions. Detroit’s Chris Osgood made 30 saves, and Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 38 shots for the Blackhawks, who gave up an empty-net goal to Henrik Zetterberg. Adam Burish gave the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead 5:25 in, but Cleary tied it a few minutes later and Johan Franzen put Detroit in front 2-1 late in the second period. Game 2 is tomorrow in Detroit. “I came here as a tryout,” the 30-year-old Canadian said. “They gave me a chance to be a player.”
Published on May 25, 2009
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