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With Type-A (H1N1) influenza spreading at an alarming rate, the Public Health Ministry plans to warn at least 2.4 million people via SMS to beware of the disease >PAGE 2 GOOD MORNING BANGKOK!

Great cuisine at our fingertips By Ian Chalermkittichai New York-based chef and restaurateur


hai cuisine has gained international popularity over the past decades. Our culinary diversity and intense flavours have attracted a lot of fans – chefs and diners all over the world. We Thais are so fortunate to have such food at our fingertips on a daily basis! Whenever I am in Bangkok, I love to get back to basics by spending time at local markets such as Vong-Vien-Yai market, Samyarn market, and JJ (Chatuchak) food market. In addition to all of the amazing produce, fresh meat and fish, setting foot in these markets brings back fond memories of childhood shopping with my mother.

What’s on Catch singers Maleewan, Saranya, Rudklao and Rose as they take the stage with actress Sinjai; enrol in a kick-boxing course; satisfy your tastebuds with a wine dinner, or party in a spa... >PAGE 10

Shop for the latest HOT GADGETS >PAGE 9


Monday, July 13, 2009


Snow dome opens on Saturday



THE AVERAGE RATIO of university lecturers to students in Thailand


Chiang Mai Zoo’s Snow Dome will open its doors to tourists from Saturday. The temperature inside the 580-square-metre dome is as low as minus 5 degrees Celsius. The dome sports a Chinese background and also boasts a big “slider” for tourists to ride down in donut skis. “Snow is falling here,” zoo director Thanapat Pongpamorn said yesterday, “The floor is covered with snow. I want to call this real snow, not artificial snow, because it’s exactly like real snow. The only difference is the snow here does not fall naturally.” The admission fee is Bt150 for each adult and Bt100 per child. After paying the fee, tourists will be handed a coat and shoes to keep them warm inside the dome. Each tourist will be allowed to stay inside for 20 minutes. The dome, which cost Bt70 million to construct, can accommodate no more than 50 tourists at a time. “Tourists can make a snowman or any sculpture from the snow, if they like,” Thanapat said. The dome also has a special zone for pandas. “It will be the new home to the panda family,” Thanapat said. There are three pandas at the Chiang Mai Zoo – Chuang Chuang, Lin Hui and their cub, which was born on May 27. The pandas are on loan from China. Deputy Chiang Mai Governor Chumporn Saengmanee says the snow dome will be like a second gift to the baby panda, which is now a superstar. The first gift was the threeday celebration held earlier this month to mark its birth.

1:30 Mama panda Lin Hui gives her baby a warm hug at Chiang Mai Zoo yesterday.




SMS WARNING 2.4 million people in the high-risk group will be advised to seek swift treatment if they develop flu-like symptoms D A I LY X P R E S S


n estimated 2.4 million people will receive warning about Type-A (H1N1) influenza via an SMS from the Public Health Ministry because their lives will certainly be at risk if they are infected. “We are going to seek cooperation from cellphone operators,” Public Health Minister Witthaya Kaewparadai said yesterday. He said people with chronic diseases face a higher death risk from the Type-A (H1N1) virus, which has already killed

18 people in Thailand. According to Witthaya, the SMS will advise people in the risky group to seek immediate medical treatment if they develop flu-like symptoms.

Health volunteers to be deployed Witthaya added that health volunteers would be deployed to monitor people. “Type-A (H1N1) influenza will likely stay with us until we have an effective vaccine against it or have developed immunity against it,” the

public health minister said. To guard against the new virus, many people have already turned to facemasks but these have run out of stock at some places. “We have sold hundreds of facemasks each day,” said Thammanoon Prasertsap, who runs a pharmacy in Nakhon Sawan. Locals in this central province have their facemasks on at crowded spots like hospitals and shopping complexes. More than 4,000 students in the province also wore the masks when they sat for the General Aptitude Test and the Professional Aptitude Test. “We have been on the watch for students with flu-like

symptoms,” Nakhon Sawan Educational Service Area 1 Office director Somboon Tiprangsee said. In Ranong, provincial public health chief Dr Thongchai Kiratihattayakorn said there were two confirmed Type-A (H1N1) cases in Kra Buri district. “It’s now impossible to prevent the spread of the disease, but we should at least be able to control its spread and reduce the fatality rate,” he said. Thongchai will convene a meeting with relevant local agencies today in a bid to tackle the deadly disease. >> For inquiries, call Hotline 1669, 1330 or 1442.

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Monday, July 13, 2009

THE WORLD Bull-headed

Greenland’s Ilulissat, one of the globe’s largest glaciers, has receded more than

15km since 2001

Info highway

A man is gored by a Miura fighting bull during the sixth run of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, northern Spain, yesterday. The festival is a symbol of Spanish culture, despite heavy condemnation from animal-rights groups, and attracts thousands of tourists who either watch the bull runs or take part.

Man seeks ride from detective after heist




Island-hop through space Space pioneers envision launching high-end Hawaii tourists from the sand to the stars, taking islandhopping to new heights. Hawaii could become the first place where travellers can use the planes for real transportation. Planners envision planes taking off in one place, travelling through space, then landing in another, going from the Big Island to Oahu. Within a decade, space travellers could island hop from Hawaii to Japan in 45 minutes. And promoters promise a unique perspective during the flight. “Flying down the Hawaii island chain, it’s a completely different view of the planet than you’ll see when you launch from landlocked states,” said Chuck Lauer, vice president of business development for Rocketplane Global. If the plan goes forward, tourists would pay US$200,000 (Bt6.8 million) for a week-long package including spaceflight training and resort accommodations. – A P

MICHAEL WAS KILLED, SISTER LA TOYA SAYS Blames a bunch of ‘greedy hangers-on’ who saw the pop star as a ‘cash cow and got him hooked on drugs’ A F P , London


ichael Jackson was killed by a band of greedy hangers-on, his sister La Toya alleged in interviews with British Sunday newspapers. The King of Pop’s sister spoke about her younger brother’s death and the aftermath with The Mail on Sunday and the News of the World weeklies. “I believe Michael was murdered, I felt that from the start,” the 53-year-old said. “Not just one person was involved, rather it was a conspiracy of people. He was sur-

rounded by a bad circle. Michael was a very meek, quiet, loving p e r s o n . People took La Toya advantage of that. “Less than a month ago, I said I thought Michael was going to die before the London shows because he was surrounded by people who didn’t have his best interests at heart. La Toya said she had ordered a private autopsy. “Michael was worth more

than a billion dollars. When anyone is worth that much money, there are always greedy people around them. I said to my family a month ago, ‘He’s never going to make it to London’. He was worth more dead than alive.” Murder under Californian law can include killings that are not premeditated. La Toya accused a “shadowy” group of cutting her sibling off from his family and friends and forcing him to sign up for 50 comeback concerts in London. They saw him as a “cash cow” and “got him hooked on drugs... I think it shocked his system so much it killed him,” she claimed.

Authorities say a parolee who robbed a Michigan bank was caught when he tried to hitch a ride from an undercover police detective. Mark E White was arraigned on charges that include bank robbery and making a false bomb threat. He is being held at the Saginaw County Jail. Authorities tell The Saginaw News that White flagged down Saginaw Township Detective Scott Jackson after the bank robbery a few blocks away. White was parolled on June 16 after serving time for operating a vehicle while intoxicated and violating an earlier parole. – AP

M’sian police bust Filipino gang Malaysian police have detained 23 Filipino nationals, believed to be part of a pickpocket syndicate that has been active in the capital Kuala Lumpur. Police arrested eight men and six women as they were targeting a victim at a shopping complex, The Star daily reported. Following the arrest, police caught five other syndicate members at another shopping complex, the report added. Police formed a task force to investigate the pickpocket cases after receiving at least five reports daily over the past week, district police chief Zulkarnain Abdul Rahman said. “We raided several condominiums in the Klang Valley and arrested four men,” he said, adding that police are still seeking five syndicate members. – DPA


Monday, July 13, 2009



MICHAEL MOORE, ON HIS LATEST DOCUMENTARY, “CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY” DUE TO OPEN IN THE US ON OCTOBER 2. “It will be the perfect date movie. It’s got it all – lust, passion, romance and 14,000 jobs being eliminated every day. It’s a forbidden love, one that dare not speak its name. Heck, let’s just say it: it’s capitalism.”

K- P O P

AJ PUTS ON HIS DANCING SHOES The new South Korean singer is being hailed as the successor to superstar Rain

By Kitchana Lersakvanitchakul D A I LY X P R E S S


newcomer to South Korea’s music industry, young singer AJ has been called by some the next Rain, one of the country’s biggest celebrities. AJ, an abbreviation for Ace Junior, shakes his head when reporters ask him what he thinks of the comparison between himself and superstar Rain. However, he does admit that Rain is his favourite singer and was his inspiration for entering the cut-throat music world. “I’d love to duet with Rain as well as with other artists such as Usher and Justin Timberlake, who are my favourite international singers,” says the 19-yearold singer. “While I was studying at high school, I used to watch music programmes on TV. I was really impressed with [Korean] popu-




XTRA A S TA R I S B O R N >> AJ was selected to open for US pop singer Lady Gaga’s showcase at the Chung Dam Dong Club in South Korea last month. >> The album “First Episode: A New Hero” was released by GMM Grammy last week. >> On the Web:

lar artists Rain and S7ven. I wanted to be just like Rain so as soon as I felt ready, I went for an audition at JYP,” he says.

Groomed for stardom AJ, whose real name is KiKwang Lee, was accepted for JYP Entertainment’s training course and spent four years learning how to sing and dance. He released his debut album, “First Episode: A New Hero” on April 2 on the Cube Entertainment label It opens with the R&B-dance-styled first single, “Dancing Shoes” written by producer and songwriter Brave Brothers, the man behind the success of Big Bang. “Dry My Tears” is the second single. “‘Dancing Shoes’ is a rousing song on which I show my dancing skills, while ‘Dry My Tears’ is a sad love song that showcases my singing,” AJ says. The music video of the first single features ex-Wonder Girl Hyun Ah, who also rapped on “2009”, a hip-hop and electronica-style track. The lad who says he he enjoyed learning dance steps from some of the top trainers, is now a freshman at Seoul Art College. “Much to my delight, Rain also gave me advice on dancing,” he says proudly.

Monday, July 13, 2009





COMMENTS and messages regarding Michael Jackson having been posted on MySpace since he died.

GEORGE CLOONEY says he’s going to make a movie in the earthquake-hit region of L’Aquila, Italy, which he toured on the sidelines of the G-8 summit. Actor Bill Murray accompanied Clooney on the visit.


Olympics or else

Poll triumph for Abhisit


An 18-metre statue of Japanese animation hero Gundam turns heads in a Tokyo park. The robot is there through August to commemorate the 30th anniversary of “Mobile Suit Gundam”. Then it’s going to promote Tokyo’s bid to host the 2016 Olympics.

All about ARTE’


THE GROOVE RIDERS will be performing at the ARTE’ Concert on July 25, and fans are in for a treat as the pop-funkers will unveil some new songs. Held on the artificial turf of Futsal Stadium Arena 10 on Thonglor Soi 10, the concert marks the official opening of Bangkok ARTE’ Weekend, featuring a flea market with stalls offering a variety of goods and artworks, some of them owned by celebrities. There’ll also be plenty of delicious food. The concert starts at 6. A free shuttle will be available between the venue and Thonglor Skytrain station. Tickets are Bt800 at Thaiticketmajor.

Lunar time Watchmaker Omega commemorates the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing with a nod its Speedmaster and JFK D A I LY X P R E S S

Mamma Mia gets fatter MUSICAL-THEATRE FANS have given such overwhelming welcome to production of “Mamma Mia!” that’s coming to the Muang Thai Rachadalai Theatre next month that organisers Scenario and BEC-Tero have added eight more shows. Starting August 11, it has been extended until August 30 with one show on weekdays and two shows on weekends. Tickets are priced at Bt1,000 to Bt4,000 at Thaiticketmajor. Since debuting in London back in 1998, “Mamma Mia!” has enjoyed an amazing run around the world. Ticket sales have broken records in several places including Australia, Europe and the US. ‘Mamma Mia!’, weaving the songs of Abba into a musical theatre production, opens on August 11 at the Muang Thai Rachadalai Theatre at the Esplanade.


ith the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing, Omega is launching a campaign for its Speedmaster watches with a photograph of the late US President John F Kennedy. The use of JFK’s image was arranged in cooperation with the John F Kennedy Library Foundation, which administers the rights to the late president’s name and image. The connection is a natural one. It was during Kennedy’s 1,000 days in office that America’s first manned space flights took place. On the final two flights in this early programme, Project Mercury astronauts Wally Schirra and Gordon Cooper wore Omega Speedmasters. The popular watch has been part of every Nasa mission since. “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achiev-

ing the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him back safely to the earth,” Kennedy said in his address to Congress on May 25, 1961. While Kennedy would not be alive when it happened, a little more than eight years after he first voiced the challenge, Apollo 11 landed on the moon on July 21, 1969 and Neil Armstrong stepped onto the lunar surface. “And,” as Omega president Stephen Urquhart has pointed out, “he did it wearing a Speedmaster.”

Omega’s Speedmaster watches are worn by US astronauts.

People who gripe that Abhisit Vejjajiva has never won an election will be chagrined to know that the staff at women’s magazine Dichan voted for him overwhelmingly as cover boy for their 777th issue. Editor Khetsuda Maravichai brought the blanket when the mag sent a team of no fewer than 10 people to Government House to give the prime minister blanket coverage. Thanks goodness it was a Saturday when the opposition wasn’t around.

Prabda on the road Don’t assume that Prabda Yoon’s publishing business has gone bankrupt when you see the sign “Going Away Special – 25-35% Off”. Actually Typhoon Books is only closing its online shop temporarily, albeit right through October 2010. Prabda Prabda, who’s the son of the boss here at Daily Xpress, really is going away, however. As a writer and artist, he’s been awarded a Nippon Foundation Asian Public Intellectuals scholarship and will be doing a year’s worth of research in the Philippines and Japan. It’s something about a “line” between contemporary art and natural inspiration – way too intellectual for us, but he’ll probably write a book trying to explain it.

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Pamongkol Chayavichitsilp at

his own hotel – the All Seasons Sathorn.

XTRA S O L I D A DV I C E >> “Everyone has his own working style, but the most important thing is to be responsible and know what you’re doing. >> “Don’t be afraid to hire a master in a given field to work for you – you can’t know everything yourself. Be open to suggestions from someone more experienced. >> “How do you cut a

lemon to get as much juice as possible? Lemonade sellers know, so you can ask them!”

Young man for All Seasons Hotel owner ‘Pump’ Chayavichitsilp reckons a satisfied guest trumps the profit margin every time By Pattarasuda Prajittanond D A I LY X P R E S S


t age 24, Pamongkol “Pump” Chayavichitsilp owns the designer budget hotel All Seasons Sathorn, a completely revamped incarnation of the grand, 1955-vintage King’s Hotel, where celebrities like Hollywood star Kirk Douglas once stayed. “I like doing things that make people say, ‘Thank you’, or surprise them that there are still fine things like this,” says Pamongkol. “I think it’s good to do something when no one else is, even when the market isn’t quite right. Travellers Pamongkol enjoys riding the

superbike outside town.

don’t have to pay a lot for the kind of lifestyle this hotel offers.” Pamongkol’s father Manat founded the Meko beauty clinic and his mother Wannapar subsidised his 30year lease on the hotel. To their cash infusion Pamongkol added motivation and financial flair, plus his experience with US-based Hewlett Packard. His aim is to satisfy buyers, even if it means less profit and risk. As a child he sold glass tubes filled with coloured sand for Bt6 – the going rate was Bt10. “I did that because it was fun, but I also wanted my friends to pay less than Bt10,” he laughs. If the All Seasons Sathorn is a village, Pamongkol says, he’s the headman, making sure everyone’s satisfied. He admits he’s inadequate at managing senior staff, but has a professional running the overall system. Pamongkol bases his decisions on careful research, but there are still stressful moments, as when the construction contractor had to be replaced. To blow off steam he goes sailing, enjoying the quiet propulsion, and driving his sports car 1,000cc superbike outside town when he wants to hear a roar. Out on the waves or out on the road, the young entrepreneur is thinking next about investing in a condominium.

The young executive with his sports car.




Monday, July 13, 2009



BEST OF THE BIG-BRAND CROP The top brands have fired up the mobile-phone market with new releases of high-end “smart” and infotainment phones. These handsets are good for taking high-res photos and videos as well as functioning as portable media players.

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A SONY SENSATION The Sony Ericsson W995 is good for playing music with its Clear Bass and Clear Audio technology. It comes with an 8.1-megapixel cameral with Smile Shutter and Face Detection technology. It can be linked to the Internet via a wireless network for watching video clips online. The W995’s screen has 240x320-pixel resolution. The phone has only 118 megabytes of internal memory but the package comes with an 8GB Memory Stick Micro card. Expect

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SAMSUNG SHARPNESS The Samsung I8910HD is a powerful multimedia touch-screen phone that can record high-definition video at 720p resolution. It can also decode, and the HD video on its 3.7-inch AMOLED screen offers very sharp pictures. It captures still pictures at eightmegapixel resolution too. The device has eight gigabytes of internal memory, which can be expanded by up to 32GB with a microSD card. The asking price is Bt26,900, and the first 300 customers to order get a free SBH650 stereo Bluetooth headset, a leather case and an 8GB memory card.

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to pay Bt18,990.



love scope BY EUGENIA LAST

July 13 to 18, 2009

ARIES March 21-April 19

An old lover may come to mind when you reflect on some of the best moments in your life. Don’t be afraid to make contact with this person you can't seem to forget. Find out where you stand so you can move on or get back together. TAURUS April 20-May 20

As truthful as you might be, someone you meet who is trying to impress you will not be as honest about the past, present or the future. Ask questions and hold back your feelings until you have a better idea what’s fact and what’s fiction. GEMINI May 21-June 20

Don’t let the chemistry you have with someone confuse you. Attraction is important but so is being treated properly. Do not put up with anyone who is possessive, abusive or jealous about the people or the activities you currently enjoy. CANCER June 21-July 22

Be willing to compromise. Don’t let a disagreement stifle your love life. A passionate encounter with someone who is exciting, adventurous and fun to be with may not be lasting but it will be a memorable occasion that you shouldn’t miss. LEO July 23-August 22

You’ll attract attention. Flaunt what you’ve got to offer and see who takes the bait. You are likely to interest someone who has just as much to give in return. Meeting your match will open up options that can lead to a firm commitment.

buy it!

VIRGO August 23-September 22

There are things we can’t do without, and some of them are here.

Keep everything in your life in order, including your love life. Getting involved with someone you work with will have its disadvantages. Separate business from pleasure if you want to ensure that you hold on to your job. LIBRA September 23-October 22

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ACER IS A-ONE The Acer M900 is a “smart” handheld device with a 3.8-inch WVGA touch screen and slide-out full keyboard. It runs on Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional. It comes with a five-megapixel camera, GPS, FM Radio and an embedded fingerprint sensor. The price in the shops should be around Bt27,000.

You can mesmerise and match-make your way into anyone's heart. Your sophisticated charm coupled with your intelligence and quick wit will be hard to resist. Attend events that attract the type of lover you want and the rest will be history. SCORPIO October 23-November 21

Don’t let love cost you financially or emotionally. Keep things simple and take your time getting to know anyone who interests you. It is better to be safe not sorry when it comes to an affair of the heart. Protect what’s yours. SAGITTARIUS November 22-December 21

You will be drawn to someone who can match you in every way. A strong sense of belonging will accompany someone you run into by chance. Don’t rule out a past lover. The timing was probably wrong during your first encounter. CAPRICORN December 22-January 19

It’s time to get serious about life, love and happiness. Talk about your intentions, plans and future prospects and someone who is of the same mindset will quickly find a way into your heart. Equality should be your objective.

NOTABLE FROM NOKIA Another touch-screen phone, the Nokia N97 features a 3.5-inch screen and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. It has a five-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics. It plays most major video and digital-music formats and runs on both the GSM and WCDMA networks. The 8GB-memory version retails for Bt23,730.

AQUARIUS January 20-February 18

A love connection can be made but it will be emotionally draining due to uncertainty. Don't put too much onus on yourself to be the one to entertain and impress. A relationship has to be a two way street to work long-term. PISCES February 19-March 20

A good lover will be difficult to find and not easy to hold on to. Let your uniqueness be what draws partners to your side but don't move too quickly. It's better to be nonchalant and see where things go intellectually before getting physical.


do it!

Monday, July 13, 2009



Culinary creations Cooking and spa treatment go together at the Mandara Academy of Spa Cuisine at the Bangkok Marriott Resort and Spa. For Bt7,900, two of you will get one night’s accommodation in a deluxe or deluxe river room, breakfast, a 60-minute Bali floral oil massage, a spa cuisine session and lunch. The package is valid through October 31. Call (02) 477 0755.

A map of yourself French photographer Nathalie Darbellay is exhibiting her dreamlike self-portraits in “The Geography of Oneself” at the Kathmandu Gallery until July 26. The gallery, at 87 Pan Road near the Indian Temple, is open daily except Monday from 11 to 7. Call (02)

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Dress up as Doraemon Kids up to age 10 are invited to dress as their favourite superheroes or cartoon characters for Seacon Square's YoYo Land Cosplay Cartoon contest on Mother’s Day, August 12. Sign up by August 11 for a chance to win prizes totalling Bt30,000. Call (02) 721 8888 extension 3134 or visit www.SeaconSquare. com.

Gunning for the guys Vasan Sitthiket portrays women’s fight for equality in his solo exhibition “Woman with Weapon” at Yoshi Gallery until July 29. The gallery is at 126/41 Park Avenue, Sukumvit Soi 63. Call (02) 381 6879.

Party in the spa How about a chat and a chuckle with your friends while everyone’s getting a massage? Lullaby Spa on South Sathorn Road has a “spa party” concept that allows you to do just that. Activities such as hairstyling, yoga and makeup demonstrations can also be included. The spa is on the second floor of the Life Centre at Q House Lumpini. Call (02) 677 7261-2 or visit

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their troubled marriage into a foreboding jungle. With English subtitles at some cinemas.

A 13-year-old girl discovers that she is the only hope for banishing an ancient curse from a magical kingdom.

“Cannes Version” at SFW CentralWorld and Paragon Cineplex, “Director’s Cut” elsewhere. ★★★★


Public Enemy No 1 Part 1

Petchtai “Mum Jokmok” Wongkamlao plays the head of a comically dysfunctional wealthy family in this parody of soap operas and high society. With English subtitles in some cinemas. ★★★★

Vincent Cassel stars in this epic biographical drama about French gangster Jacques Mesrine, covering his rise to power. In French with English and Thai subtitles at the Lido.

Nang Mai (Nymph)

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big screen. Tomer Sisley stars. With English and Thai subtitles at SFW CentralWorld. ★★★

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs The talking prehistoric mammals address family issues as they contend with giant reptiles. In 3-D in some cinemas.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) again finds himself at the centre of a war between giant alien robots. Megan Fox also stars. Also at IMAX. ★★

Departures An unemployed musician finds a new calling in a taboo profession as an “encoffineer”. In Japanese with English and Thai subtitles at Apex and House. ★★★★

Fireflies in the Garden

The 13 episodes making up the first season of this American fantasy-comedy-drama series about a lawyer and his visions are spread over four discs along with a wealth of special features including the extended pilot, deleted scenes, bloopers and behind-the-scenes. The audio language is English with subtitles adding Thai, Chinese, Bahasa, Malaysian, Korean, Spanish and Portuguese. It’s priced at Bt829. – DAILY XPRESS

on tv

A fatal car accident stirs painful childhood memories for the son of a domineering father. At SFW CentralWorld. ★★

Let the Right One In A boy befriends a girl vampire. In Swedish with English and Thai subtitles at House. ★★★★


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Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet star in this romantic tale of a rich girl and poor boy who meet on the ill-fated voyage of the “unsinkable” ship.

Century – The Movie Plaza

Star Movies (TrueVisions), 8pm


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Critical consensus

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Tattooed cop Damien (Cyril Raffaelli) and shaven-headed neighbourhood tough Leito (David Belle) are on a mission to quell a gang war in Paris’ troubled Banlieue 13. In French with English and Thai subti-

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Close to Home By John McPherson


Pooch Cafe

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Calvin and Hobbes

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By Paul Gilligan

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By Bill Watterson


Red and Rover

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Monday, July 13, 2009



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

Today’s Birthday: Learning something new will reawaken the spirit within you. An unusual friendship will encourage you to try new things. You don’t have to give up what you already have in order to enjoy a taste of different lifestyles. Visit places you haven’t been for a long time and focus forward, not back, once you have reflected on your roots. ARIES *** March 21-April 19 Stay focused. Honesty may not always be appreciated but it is necessary and, in the end, will spare your having to explain something embarrassing. TAURUS **** April 20-May 20 You will be a mystery if you keep changing and challenging everyone. You can be the winner both at work and at home if you are engaging, fast to respond and confident.


GEMINI ** May 21-June 20 Fight for what you want but do so with integrity or you will be blamed for not giving valid information. Choose your words carefully or someone with a smooth appeal may outmanoeuvre you. CANCER ***** June 21-July 22 A good attitude can carry you a long way, especially with work and advancement. Your ability to do a good job will get twice the recognition if the people around you also enjoy your company. LEO *** July 23-Aug. 22 You will exceed your expectations if you are diligent about finishing your work before starting something new. Keep things simple. As soon as you try to take on too much, confusion will set in. VIRGO *** Aug. 23-Sept. 22 Someone is likely to cover up what’s really going on, leading you to make wrong assumptions and miss the point. Once you know the score, give individual attention to everything that needs to be addressed.


LIBRA *** Sept. 23-Oct. 22 Pamper yourself and take care of your needs before you venture into territory littered with individuals who want your undivided attention. Look inward and revamp your goals to suit your needs. SCORPIO *** Oct. 23-Nov. 21 You may be reluctant to open up to strangers but it may be necessary if you want to make progress. You can expect to get some interesting contributions to your plans. Be willing to compromise. SAGITTARIUS ***** Nov. 22-Dec. 21 Be prepared for the out-of-the-ordinary to manifest itself in situations you thought you had under control. Overreacting will be your downfall, so play it cool and be calm and collected.

Harrison Ford Actor Patrick Stewart is 69. Singer-guitarist Roger McGuinn of The Byrds is 67. Actor Harrison Ford is 67. Actor-comedian Cheech Marin is 63. Actor-director Cameron Crowe is 52. Singer-songwriter Victoria Shaw is 47. Actor Michael Jace is 44. Country singer Neil Thrasher is 44. Singer Deborah Cox is 36. Drummer Will Champion of Coldplay is 31.

CAPRICORN ** Dec. 22-Jan. 19 Don’t slow down when you have so much to do. You will face adversity along with complaints and criticism but that must not stop you from forging ahead. Don’t let emotions stand in your way. AQUARIUS **** Jan. 20-Feb. 18 You have to be the one to decide what you want to do and how you want to do it. Input is fine but bullying will set you back. Let others know where they stand. PISCES *** Feb. 19-March 20 This is not the time to question what needs to be done but instead to take action and deal with matters head-on. You will realise that there is plenty to gain by moving forward swiftly.


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14-8 The LA Angels scored seven runs in the fifth inning for their second straight comeback victory over the NY Yankees in the American League.

briefly Former boxing champ Gatti dead


Mavs ink 3-year deal with Kidd All-Star point guard Jason Kidd signed a three-year National Basketball Association contract worth more than US$25 million yesterday to remain with the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavericks announced the deal that could assure Kidd, 37, finishes his NBA career with the same club where he began in the league as the second selection in the 1994 NBA Draft. – AFP

Bangladesh fight back against WI Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes took Bangladesh to 26-0 in their second innings, and a deficit of 43 runs, at stumps against the West Indies on the third day of the first Test on Saturday. Tamim and Kayes kept their nerve through a tricky sevenover period to remain not out on 14 and 11 respectively, after West Indies, replying to Bangladesh’s first innings total of 238, were dismissed for 307. Left-handed opener Omar Phillips hit the top score of 94 for West Indies, Dave Bernard Jr made 53 and Darren Sammy hit 48. – AFP

Sri Lanka sitting pretty in Test Kumar Sangakkara scored an unbeaten 81 to give Sri Lanka a

74-run first innings lead on the first day of the second cricket Test after dismissing Pakistan for a paltry 90 runs yesterday. Sri Lanka reached 164-3 at stumps in response to Pakistan’s worst-ever Test innings against the hosts, eclipsing their 117 in Sangakkara the first Test at Galle last week. At stumps Sangakkara was batting with Thilan Samaraweera on 13. Earlier, seam bowler Nuwan Kulasekera claimed four wickets to bundle out Pakistan in the second session as they struggled against the new ball on a seaming pitch. – AP

ASHESCRICKET Israel’s Andy Ram, left, and Jonathan Erlich celebrate after beating Marat Safin and Igor Kunitsyn.

MAKING HISTORY Israel beat Russia to reach semis, US stay alive A F P , Paris


srael reached the Davis Cup semi-finals for the first time on Saturday while 32-time champions USA kept their hopes of making the last four alive. Israel stunned 2002 and 2006 champions Russia in Tel Aviv. They took an unassailable 30 lead when Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram clinched the

crucial point beating Igor Kunitsyn and Marat Safin 6-3 6-4 6-7 (3/7) 4-6 6-4. Israel will face either defending champions Spain or Germany in September’s semifinals while Russia suffered their earliest defeat in six years. Captain Eyal Ran was carried shoulder-high around the Tel Aviv venue as he took the applause of the 10,000-strong crowd. “I have to thank the team for all the remarkable work they have done,” said Ran. Israel’s previous best per-

formance in the Davis Cup was in 1987 when they reached the quarter-finals only to lose to India. On Friday, they had opened up a 2-0 lead when Harel Levy beat Igor Andreev 6-4 6-2 4-6 6-2 before Dudi Sela saw off Mikhail Youzhny 3-6 6-1 6-0 7-5. In Porec, meanwhile, world No 1 pair Bob and Mike Bryan kept the USA alive in their quarter-final against Croatia with a 6-3 6-1 6-3 doubles win over Roko Karanusic and Lovro Zovko. Croatia still lead the tie 2-1 ahead of yesterday’s reverse singles.

Danai promises to lift Thailand

Loeb will have to wait: Citroen There is no way five-times world rally champion Sebastien Loeb could switch from rallying to Formula One during this rally season, the Frenchman’s Citroen team said. L’Equipe quoted Loeb as saying he had his eye on a possible vacancy at the Torro Rosso team where under-performing F1 pilot Sebastien Bourdais could be deprived of his first-line driver’s seat.– AFP


Former boxing champion Arturo Gatti, whose epic trilogy with Micky Ward branded him one of the most exciting fighters of his generation, was found dead in a hotel room in the posh seaside resort of Porto de Galihnas early on Saturday. Police investigator Edilson Alves said the body of the former junior welterweight champ was discovered in his room at the tourist resort, where Gatti had arrived on Friday with his wife Amanda and infant son.

Danai Udomchoke says he will play for the country again.

Danai Udomchoke vowed to put Thailand back in Group I when he returns to the national Davis Cup team in September for the match against China. Yesterday, Kazakhstan inflicted a gaping wound on Thailand by winning the tie 5-0. The Thai No 1, who opted out of the tie against Kazakhstan to play a professional tournament in Newport, Rhode Island, is confident that the team will beat China in the third play-off for a spot in the 2010 Zone Asia/Oceania Group I. “I think we can win the next tie and remain in Group I next year. China have new and young players coming up. Some of them are quite good in the doubles,’’ said the 110th-ranked Danai, who is on a tour of the US. After conceding three rubbers, Thailand’s woeful form continued yesterday. Kittipong Wachiramanowong was outclassed by Andrey Golubev 6-16-4 while Peerakiat Siriluethaiwattana squandered several leads before losing to Alexey Kedryuk 7-6 (8-6) 7-6 (8-6).

Monday, July 13, 2009




Ibra claims Chelsea interest

BECKHAM FIRES BACK English midfielder says Donovan is unprofessional AFP, Los Angeles

ngland star midfielder David Beckham ripped Los Angeles Galaxy team-mate Landon Donovan as unprofessional yesterday ahead of his return to the Major League Soccer squad today. US star Donovan criticised Beckham as stingy, selfish and a poor captain in book excerpts published last week in Sports Illustrated, with Beckham answering that Donovan should have come to him with the complaints first. “It’s unprofessional in my eyes,” Beckham said. “In every soccer player’s eyes throughout the world it would be unprofessional to speak out about a team-mate, especially in the press, and not to your face. “But I’m going to turn it on a positive spin because that’s what this needs. In 17 years, I have played with the biggest teams in the world and the biggest players and not once have I been criticised for my professionalism.” Beckham rejoins the Galaxy for practice today ahead of his return match on Thursday at New York and a home exhibition on July 19 against AC Milan, the team for which Beckham was loaned for five months during the Italian season. “It’s important to get this cleared up and I will be speaking to Landon... over the next couple of days,” Beckham said. “Me and Landon will talk, but that will be a private conversation.” Donovan told the Los




David Beckham, left, and Zinedine Zidane leave their footprints in cement in Los Angeles.

Angeles Times on Wednesday that he wished he had spoken to Beckham rather than reveal his feelings to a reporter. “I’m not going to apologise for the way I felt,” Donovan said. “What I feel badly about is that I should have been a man and told David how I felt as opposed to telling a reporter. “Obviously, the lesson I learned is that it’s not something that needs to be public. It’s something we need to figure out within the team and it will get solved.” Beckham said he does not see any problem in working with Donovan, whose finishes would be vital to Beckham’s precision centreing kicks. “I’m personally


the field,” Beckham said. “I don’t care what people say about me off the field Once I’m on the field I’m professional and if there is a chance for him to score, I’ll be giving him the ball.” The book, “The Beckham Experiment”, hits shelves on Tuesday. Beckham said that he will not be among those reading it. “This is an unofficial book that I have not participated in,” Beckham said. “I haven’t sat down one to one or spoken about the book so there is no comment where I have sat down with the journalist. There are many unofficial books that have been published about me, so this is just another one.”

Inter Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic claimed yesterday that Premier League giants Chelsea are set to make a £60 million move for him. The Swedish international said: “I am fully aware that Chelsea want to sign me and, of course, it is very flattering. They are one of the biggest teams in Europe and the Premier League is one of the best leagues in the world.” He told the News of the World: “Money is not the most important thing. I will base my decision on what’s good for me, what suits me. “It is about asking: will I still be able to be special in the league that I am going to, to the team that I am going to? “Are my qualities right for the Premier League or not?” Ibrahimovic, 27, has spent the past five years with the Serie A side who won the Italian league title this season, and has netted more than 150 league goals to date as well as 20 for his country. Meanwhile, Chelsea have appointed Frank Arnesen as their new sporting director at Stamford Bridge. The Dane previously worked as chief scout and director of youth. A statement from Chelsea read: “Chelsea Football Club is delighted to confirm that Frank Arnesen is to become sporting director with immediate effect. “He will continue with his roles relating to the reserves and academy but will also now take on responsibilities relating to the co-ordination of first team activity and supporting the manager.”

‘Two-faced Mourinho forced me out’ A F P , London



Glen Johnson, left, with manager Rafael Benitez.

ngland defender Glen Johnson claimed yesterday that a breakdown in trust with former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho led to his departure from the Premier League club. Johnson, who this week completed a £17 million move from Portsmouth to Liverpool, accused Mourinho of breaking promises when they were both at Stamford Bridge. And Johnson said he knew

he could not continue with the club when he did not feature against Barcelona in the Champions League. “I remember the lowest point was when Chelsea were set to play Barcelona in the Champions League,” said Johnson, who later moved to Portsmouth for £4 million. “We had a couple of Premier League games to play before we played Barca, and Mourinho picked me for one of

those games and told me in front of five witnesses that if I played well I would keep the shirt. “I immediately told my agent that it didn’t matter how well I played I would be dropped – because Mourinho wouldn’t want me anywhere near the team for the Barcelona game. “Sure enough, I was voted man of the match – and I was dropped from the squad.” Johnson has still not figured

out why he did not figure in the plans of the Portuguese coach who is now with Inter Milan. “You would have to ask Jose Mourinho what his reasons were, but I know it was because he didn’t want to see me play well again and be forced to pick me for the Barcelona game. “That was the day I knew I had to leave Chelsea. Managers have to stick to their word. You have to be able to trust them.”



Monday, July 13, 2009


BRAZIL CHAMPIONS South American nation wins the World Cup again after four years Preechachan Wiriyanupappong D A I LY X P R E S S , Nakhon Ratchasima

razil were crowned world champions after they powered past Serbia in a gruelling 107-minute hard-fought battle in the final of the FIVB Girls’ Youth Volleyball World Championship yesterday. The 25-20 26-24 23-25 25-17 victory over Serbia handed the green and yellow girls from Brazil their third world crown. The South American nation captured their first world title in 1997 in Chiang Mai after beating Russia in the final. They repeated the feat in 2005 in Macao after outclassing the same rivals in the final. “The victory is really sweet. It came after four long years. We will celebrate this all



Brazilians celebrate their victory over Serbia yesterday. night,” said Rosane Maggioni, who has been representing her country for a long time. The Brazilians acknowledged that Serbia, who lost to them in the group match, gave

them a fright. “They were quite tough. There was very little difference between the teams in the second and third sets. We won because of our superior firing power and mental

strength,” Samara Rodrigues de Almelda said. Meanwhile, the European champions Belgium came from behind to beat Turkey 20-25 24-26 25-19 28-26 15-7 to finish third in the championship. The Asian winners Japan gunned down Peru 3-1 (27-25 21-25 25-12 25-22) to come fifth with hosts Thailand toppling Italy in a hard-fought five set thriller 25-23 24-26 25-22 16-25 15-10. For Thailand, it was a sweet revenge as the Italians beat them 3-1 in the round-robin match. Elsewhere, Egypt beat Tunisia 3-2 (25-21 18-25 21-25 2516 15-9) to finish 15th, while defending and three-time champions China came 13th following a 3-2 (25-23 21-25 26-24 19-25 15-13) win over Slovakia. The 11th-12th play-off between the USA and Dominican Republic and the 9th-10th playoff between Germany and Mexico were due to finish late last night.


Kerr seizes 2-shot lead A P , Pennsylvania


ormer champion Cristie Kerr scrambled for a 1-over 72 to take a two-shot lead over Ji Eunhee of South Korea after three rounds of the US Women’s Open on Saturday. Kerr, the 2007 champion, was at 2-under 211, the only subpar score after three rounds at Saucon Valley Country Club as she chases her second title in three years. Meanwhile, Steve Stricker vaulted into second place at the John Deere Classic by tying a course record and matching the lowest score of his career with a 10-under 61 that left him three strokes behind Darron Stiles. Stiles (65), the firstround co-leader with Lee Janzen, remained on top at 13-under 129. Nick Price hit a 4-under 68, and has a one-shot lead after the second round of the Champions Tour’s 3M Championship.

Monday, July 13, 2009




WEBBER VICTORIOUS Aussie claims first win as Red Bull continue fightback D P A , Nurburgring, Germany


ark Webber overcame a drive-through penalty to claim his first career win in Formula One racing at the German Grand Prix yesterday. The Australian was punished for an incident with Brawn GP driver Rubens Barrichello seconds after the start, but his Red Bull was the superior car on the day in victory from pole position. Webber triumphed ahead of team-mate Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari driver Felipe Massa as Red Bull continued their comeback on the earlyseason dominators Brawn whose six-time season winner and championship leader Jenson Button had to settle for fifth. Red Bull have now won two races in a row and three for the season as Brawn appeared to

suffer in cool conditions as in the last race in Britain where Vettel won from Webber. But Button still leads the standings after nine races with 68 points. Vettel moved into second with 47 points, Webber has 45.5 and Barrichello lost two places with 44 points. Webber is the first Australian since Alan Jones in October 1981, the US Grand Prix in Las Vegas, to win a race. He fractured his leg in a bicycle accident in January but made a remarkable recovery to be ready at the start of the season. There was relief all around that the conditions were dry yesterday after rain played havoc with part of the previous day’s qualifying, but the start was nonetheless tumultuous. Webber was unable to take advantage of his first career pole, he briefly touched with Barrichello in the first seconds and then also unintentionally sliced the right rear tyre of

Red Bull driver Mark Webber of Australia steers his car during the German Formula One Grand Prix at the Nuerburgring racetrack. Lewis Hamilton’s McLaren with his front wing as the Briton had a super start from fifth on the grid with the help of the power booster KERS. That ended Hamilton’s am-

bitions before the first turn as he had to limp to the pits. The world champion later considered retiring but his crew told him via team radio that he had to drive on.

Webber had to swallow the drive-through penalty which cost him valuable time, but he remained in the frame because Barrichello was held up by the KERS-powered Massa for 11 laps until the Ferrari finally pitted in the 25th lap. Barrichello latest hope of a first race win since September 2004 went up in smoke for good when refuelling on his second stop in the 31st lap went wrong and he had come in once more instead of driving the final 28 laps. Webber was untroubled up front while both Brawns had a third stop in the closing stages which allowed Vettel into second place for Red Bull’s third one-two of the campaign. Nico Rosberg of Germany finished fourth ahead of the Brawns, ex-champ Fernando Alonso was seventh in a Renault and Heikki Kovalainen eighth in a McLarenMercedes. The next race is the Hungarian Grand Prix on July 26.

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