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Thursday, August 27, 2009 VOL 2, NO 405




A recipe for staying carefree By Rungtiwa Yongprapat Film producer


’m good, no matter what.” The words shocked me. They were uttered by a new friend of mine recently. I was amazed someone could say this kind of thing out loud. If it wasn’t meant as a joke, he must be a very self-confident person. Of course, he is, but later he explained what’s behind his attitude: In life, unexpected events and people are always popping up to demand our attention. Sometimes, it’s easier just to say: “I’m sorry, it’s your problem. It isn’t my problem ’cause I know I’m good, no matter what.”

Globetrot >>A palaeontologist aims to doctor chicken embryos to show he can create a dinosaur >>Michael Jackson pleaded for his ‘milk’ to end the agony of insomnia

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PETER REID has made up his mind to quit as national football coach: he was set to appear in Stoke City’s dugout during the Premiership Club’s League Cup tie last night


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or 600,000. Of these, 100,000 study in regular schools, 25,000 at special schools




Vocational students to get single uniform nationwide in effort to stop lethal feuds By Supinda Na Mahachai D A I LY X P R E S S

19 INSTITUTES WILL PROVIDE BA PROGRAMMES EMPHASISING HANDS-ON TRAINING. who recognised each other by their different uniforms. The criteria for the contest were being set to ensure the winning uniforms would be modern, appropriate for study in class and safe for vocational workshop sessions, she said. Narisara also reported on a project to launch 19 vocational institutes to provide bachelor degree programmes emphasising hands-on training. She said the Vocational Education Commission had submitted the case for her consideration and she would be passing it on to the education minister for approval by the Cabinet. She expects the institutes to be open by next year. DAILY



The Education Ministry is organising a contest in October to design a student uniform. The winning design will become the uniform for vocational school students nationwide from next year. Deputy Education Minister Narisara Chawaltanpipat said the idea of the contest was to tackle the problem of fights and feuds between gangs of students from different schools

An art exhibition to honour Her Majesty the Queen is underway at Amari Watergate Hotel. HRH Princess Somsavali (not pictured) presided over the opening ceremony yesterday and presented souvenirs to participating artists. The exhibition runs until September 30.

Walking tall with Vojta Breakthrough treatment arrives in Thailand to give hope to disabled kids By Pongphon Sarnsamak D A I LY X P R E S S


irindhorn National Medical Rehabilitation Centre (SNMRC) yesterday teamed up with the University of Heidelberg’s Orthopaedic Hospital to give children born disabled a better chance of walking and growing up to lead active lives. Over the past 15 years, Thai hospitals have treated 114,381 cases of children with disabilities, many of them with multiple physical impairments.

200 medics to be trained SNMRC director Dr Daranee Suvapan said that under the

collaboration, about 200 healthcare practitioners will be sent on a three-day seminar given by German experts to learn a new multidisciplinary approach to treatment for mobility-impaired children. The new treatment is dubbed Vojta Therapy after its originator Dr Vaclav Vojta, a Czech neurologist concerned with problems of motor rehabilitation. Initially used to treat children with cerebral palsy, Vojta Therapy is well regarded across Europe and Japan. Rather than training the body directly, Vojta Therapy stimulates the brain to create coordi-

VOJTA THERAPY STIMULATES THE BRAIN TO CREATE COORDINATED MOVEMENTS THAT AID FUNCTIONS SUCH AS BALANCE,GAIT, GRASPING AND SPEECH. nated movements that aid functions such as balance, gait, grasping and speech. Daranee said the therapy would provide an alternative treatment for complex problems that are better tackled with a multidisciplinary approach. Cases of stroke, spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy and amputation would also benefit from the longterm follow-up care offered by

Vojta Therapy, she added. Thailand currently has 300 medics specialising in physical rehabilitation, but many of them lack the skills to diagnose disease, evaluate function, set goals and monitor a child’s development. “We need to develop our medical worker’s skills to a level where they can diagnose disease and provide appropriate care to patients,” said Daranee.

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R&B singer Chris Brown was sentenced to five years of probation and 180 days of community labour for assaulting his former girlfriend, pop star Rihanna, in February. The 20-year-old singer, who appeared before a court judge with his mother, best friend and bodyguards, was also ordered to stay at least 90 metres away from Rihanna until August 2014, a distance that can be reduced to nine metres during industry events. Brown will be able to serve his sentence in his home state of Virginia, but will be required to return to Los Angeles every three months to update Judge Patricia Schnegg on his progress. “I wanted to see actual physical labour as opposed to community service,” Schnegg said.

Picking up the trash, cleaning cars Brown will perform labour such as “trash pickup, car cleaning and maintaining grounds”, she said, and will participate in counselling at a Catholic charity. He is also ordered to complete a one-year domestic violence programme. Schnegg said she was aware of broadcast “chatter” that mentioned possible meetings between the two performers, and warned Brown that such encounters would be unacceptable. “This is a felony conviction with the potential for state prison if probation is violated in any way,” the judge said. District attorney spokesman Sandi Gibbons said the DA’s office felt the sentence for Brown “is an equitable one. It’s in his hands”. Brown said he understood the sentence. Upon leaving the courtroom, he and his lawyer declined to speak with reporters. According to a court report, Brown was also involved in two other violent assaults against Rihanna prior to the attack in February, hours before the Grammy awards. AFP

Singer Chris Brown listens inside the Los Angeles Superior Court during the sentencing in his felony assault case against pop star Rihanna on Tuesday.

Scientist aims to turn chickens into dinosaurs Palaeontologist plans to manipulate chicken embryos, aiming to develop dinosaur traits that disappeared millions of years ago in birds A F P , Montreal

Dinosaur hatchery?


Though still in its infancy, the research could eventually lead to hatching live prehistoric animals, but Larsson said there are no plans for that now, for ethical and practical reasons – a dinosaur hatchery is “too large an enterprise”. “It’s a demonstration of evolution,” said Larsson, who has studied bird evolution for the last 10 years. “If I can demonstrate clearly that the potential for dinosaur anatomical development exists in birds, then it again proves that birds are direct descendants of dinosaurs.” The research is funded by the Natural Sciences and

fter years spent hunting for the buried remains of prehistoric animals, a Canadian palaeontologist now plans to manipulate chicken embryos to show he can create a dinosaur. Hans Larsson, the Canada Research Chair in Macro Evolution at Montreal’s McGill University, said he aims to develop dinosaur traits that disappeared millions of years ago in birds.

Flipping genetic levers Larsson believes by flipping certain genetic levers during a chicken embryo’s development, he can reproduce the dinosaur anatomy.

13 Australians have been killed in almost 2,100 crashes involving kangaroos in the 10 years from 1996

Info highway Women, watch that face cream


Chris Brown sentenced for Rihanna assault


Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Canada Research Chairs programme and National Geographic. The idea for the project, Larsson said, came about during discussions with renowned American palaeontologist Jack Horner, who served as technical adviser for the “Jurassic Park” films.

‘Chickenosaurus’ Horner recently wrote a book entitled “How to Build A Dinosaur”, in which he refers to the embryo experiment as part of a quest to create a “chickenosaurus”. Larsson’s team has previously worked to uncover prehistoric animal remains, including eight unknown species of dinosaurs and five new types of crocodile in Niger. He also recently uncovered the remains of a new carnivorous dinosaur in Argentina.

Hong Kong women have been urged not to use a face cream after it was found to contain more than 43,000 times the acceptable level of mercury. The Department of Health issued the warning after a 58-year-old woman was admitted to hospital with mercury poisoning after using the cream. The woman fell sick with headaches, dizziness, tremors and a tingling sensation on her feet after using the cream twice a day for a month. Officials are now investigating the source of the cream, which has only a Chinese name. Mercury has long been used as a whitening agent in cosmetic creams, especially so in Asia where pale skin is seen as a sign of beauty and nobility. – DPA

Bidder can’t pay for crypt The chance to spend eternity on top of Marilyn Monroe is again available after a Japanese person withdrew a US$4.6-million (Bt156-million) bid on eBay for the burial space above the film legend. “The person who was supposed to buy it turned out to be someone who couldn’t buy it,” said Steve Miller, a mortgage broker and banker who represents Elsie Poncher, the seller of the crypt space. Miller said people who had put in similar bids had been contacted again with a “buy it now” offer. “I have no response from anybody yet,” he said, adding: “They’ve got until around 6 o’clock (8pm yesterday)” to make a bid. – AFP

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Set for the fest

A waitress poses during the presentation of the beer mugs for this year’s Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. The world famous beer festival will take place from Sept 19 to Oct 4.

Jackson pleaded for his ‘milk’ to quell agony of insomnia King of Pop’s final days saw him begging his doctor for drugs, including propofol A F P , Los Angeles


t his apex, Michael Jackson moonwalked his way into a billion hearts as music royalty, but his final days saw him plunge into desperate addiction, begging his doctor for drugs, including propofol – the “milk” that ultimately killed him. Severe insomnia tormented the King of Pop just weeks away from launching a series of 50 concerts in London to seal a comeback, revive his tarnished reputation and help lift him out of financial trouble. While trying to put the agonising condition to rest, the star found himself sucked into a vortex of prescription drug addiction facilitated by practitioners who provided him with a medicine cabinet full of Valium, the sedatives lorazepam and midazolam, and the dangerous anaesthetic propofol, among others.

Jackson’s personal doctor Conrad Murray, now in the crosshairs of an investigation into the star’s death, “stated that Jackson was very familiar with the drug [propofol] and referred to it as his ‘milk’ ”, Los Angeles Police Department detective Orlando Martinez wrote in a warrant affidavit.

Craving to sleep The chronology of Jackson’s final hours reveals a 50-year-old whose musical talent, long the envy of millions, took a back seat to his final extravagant craving: to fall asleep in his home aided by a drug cocktail so potent that experts describe it as a potential killer. “There are no treatments for insomnia on Earth that include propofol,” said Drew Pinsky, an internist and addiction specialist. “His problem wasn’t the insomnia, it was his drug addiction.” According to the affidavit, Murray admitted to police that in an effort to help rid Jackson of his insomnia, he administered the pop icon intravenous injections of 50 milligrams of propofol nightly during the six weeks prior to his June 25 death.

Houston schools ban ‘sexting’ In Houston, Texas, thousands of students are returning to school to discover a new rule: no “sexting” – the distribution of nude or semi-nude photographs or videos by text message. In Houston, one of the biggest school districts in the United States, education authorities decided to adopt the new rule before some 200,000 students returned to classes after their summer vacation. “Some principals raised the issue, so we included a provision saying sending, receiving, possessing sexually suggestive messages is forbidden,” said Hans Graff, assistant general counsel at the Houston Independent School district. A recent study found 22 per cent of US teenage girls and 18 per cent of teenage boys have sent messages or posted images or video online showing them nude or semi-nude. – A F P



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“I’m talking to a couple of car companies about being the voice of their GPS system … I probably shouldn’t do it because whichever way I go, I always end up at one place – on ‘Lonely Avenue’. Luckily I’m not totally alone. Ray Charles beat me there.”




Sonthaya Suchada has made fun of the way books and plays are written. Now it’s the movies’ turn By Pawit Mahasarinand S P E C I A L T O D A I LY XPRESS


Neelacha Fuengfookiat puts on the ‘Red Eagle’ mask in ‘Insee Dang Plang Rit’.


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f a movie’s outrageous leaps from reality have ever made your jaw drop, Sonthaya Suchada has a funny story to share. Since winning the Sodsai Award as a senior at Thammasat University in 1994, Sonthaya has consistently presented thoughtprovoking and entertaining shows, “The Insane and Sudsakorn” among them. In 1997 the playwright and director adapted Win Leowarin’s short story “48-Hour Literature” for the first Bangkok Fringe Festival. The satire on contemporary Thai fiction had a retired author taken hostage at a writer’s association party. The other scribes have to save him by completing a melodramapacked novel within 48 hours. “In the end we realise that what happens in life can sometimes be as melodramatic as popular novels,” says Sonthaya. Last year he recruited four directors at a Makhampom workshop to re-stage the play, this time satirising the creation of contemporary Thai theatre. That hilarious version, “24Hour Theatre”, closed the 2008 Bangkok Theatre Festival.

Put on the mask And now, since most people know more about movies than theatre, Sonthaya has come up with “Insee Dang Plang Rit”. Call it “24-Hour Cinema”. “In this version, a former indie film director is taken hostage by a thug wearing an Insee Dang mask,” he says, referring to screen actor Mitr Chaibancha’s best-known role. “The hostage taker wants

THE COMEDY POKES FUN NOT ONLY AT THAI CINEMA BUT ALSO MODERN SOCIETY IN GENERAL. Sonthaya Suchada three other directors to write a screenplay within 24 hours that has a ghost, a miserable woman and a jealous woman.” One of the directors is renowned in gay cinema, another is a former action-film star, and the third is a woman who makes tearjerkers. “The comedy pokes fun not only at Thai cinema but also modern society in general,” promises Sonthaya. The cast includes Makhampom’s leading funnyman Sarayut Petsamrit and veteran theatre actors Surachai Midam and Neelacha Fuengfookiat. TV producer Piyamat Waiyawat returns to the footlights, and Worawit Kaewpetch, star of the 2003 historical battle epic “Khunsuk”, makes a rare stage appearance.

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4.6 million




THE AUCTION BID for the crypt space above Marilyn Monroe, which was withdrawn because the bidder couldn’t pay.

(Bt156.4 million)

JET LI is returning to Chinese film after three Hollywood productions. The action star is to start shooting “Ocean Paradise” for release next year. It’s not a kung-fu movie, reports say.

Walking in the sand


The Sand Sculpture Festival is being held in the Botanical Garden at Moscow State University in the Russian capital, featuring sand renderings of mythical figures and ancient artworks.

Lights,camera,action …Japan


THE JAPANESE EMBASSY in cooperation with the Thai Film Foundation and the Office of Welfare Promotion, Protection and Empowerment of Vulnerable Groups invites mathayom-level students to enter its short-film competition and win a trip to Japan. Films should be three minutes long and can be on any topic and in any style. The 18 finalists will travel to Japan for 10 days in December with the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths to attend the Asian Youth Film Festival. Air travel and accommodation will be covered by the embassy. Entries must be submitted by October 9. Visit

Treasure found

or or call (02) 800 2716.


Unclutter yourself for charity STUCK WITH a new pair of shoes that turned out to be the wrong size? Or furniture that doesn’t match your carpet? If you do, then it is time to unclutter and join the NewsMakers’ fourth Clutter Sale for Charity on October 17 in the Grand Ballroom of the Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok. This year’s recipient is the Queen Sirikit Centre for Breast Cancer. The goods sold are primarily unused or nearly-new items in mint condition. A Diplomats’ Table has been set aside for items donated by the diplomatic community. A drawing will be held for a chance to win prizes, with tickets priced at Bt40 each. Call Annabelle at (02) 126 8833 or (02) 126 8866 extension 1721.

The NewsMakers hold their annual Clutter Sale for Charity on October 17.

Chinese-American actor Russell Wong battles for ancient Thai artefacts in ‘The Sanctuary’, opening on October 7 D A I LY X P R E S S

is brother Michael Wong is probably better known in Thailand, but Russell Wong is hardly a new face to local audiences, as he’s appeared in several Hong Kong and Hollywood flicks including the recent releases “The Mummy 3: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor” and “Romeo Must Die”. Now he’s hard at work on a Thai production with a role in “Sam-Pan-Boke”, also known as “The Sanctuary”, which is scheduled for release in Thai cinemas on October 7. Directed by Thanapon Maliwan (“Brave”), the Chinese-American actor plays a former military reconnaissance expert turned businessman and antiques collector. “Russell’s character is well suited for the script. And once we started worked together, I was very impressed by his ded-

ication and professionalism,” says the director. In “The Sanctuary”, an American gangster hires Wong to locate the treasure that an ancestor has stolen from the palace and hidden before being killed, along with his fellow thieves, by a royal guard. But the guard’s offspring, played by “Brave” star Pairote “Mike B” Boongerd, knows the story and is determined to prevent the treasure from being retrieved. He gets help from a young and beautiful archaeology student (Intira Jaroenpura). Pathawarin Timkul also stars. Thanapon is a son of Chokchai, an action-film director and producer from the 1980s, whose movies were released upcountry rather than on the main circuit. He was also the producer for most of Panna Ritthikrai’s films including the famous action franchise “Kerd Ma Lui” (“Born to Fight”).

soopsip Our shy celebs Some female celebrities won’t wear swimsuits because you never know when the paparazzi are peeking. Male celebrities should be on their guard too. Singharat “Singto” Janpakdi, the champion from television’s “The Singto Star”, is in a stew after a gossip magazine published a photo of a young man in brief trunks. Some readers decline to believe the mag when it stresses that it’s only a Singto look-alike. “My body isn’t that good,” Singto argues. “But I was shocked at first too, because the guy in the photo really looks like me.” Now he’s stuck. “I like swimming, but sometimes I’m afraid someone will take my picture without asking permission. I’m going to have to be more careful!”

Breast defence Actor Shahkrit Yamnarm boy-

cotted the premiere of his own movie, “Fan Kao” (“My Ex”), on Tuesday, ticked off that Shahkrit people think they’re going to see him groping his co-star Attama “Bowie” Chiwanitchapan. There is no boob-squeezing in the film opening today, but that’s the angle some newspapers have selected. Shahkrit thinks production company RS owes him an apology for telling fibs to the press, but studio exec Komsan Chetchotesak says the press came up with this all on their own.

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This teen’s no square Matt McGovern is the hottest square-dance caller in the US Northeast. He livens things up By Elizabeth Sile THE WASHINGTON POST

rom far away, Matt McGovern, a 16-year-old from Ludlow in the Atlantic US state of Massachusetts, looks and sounds twice his age. He wears a crisp, navy polo and flashy gold necklaces that clink when he moves around the stage. With microphone in hand, his voice is a commanding presence in the dance hall. He calls moves rapid-fire and sings along to the songs. McGovern has become a soughtafter square-dance caller in the region, an odd thing when so few people his age square dance. He primarily calls and dances with people who are much older. The teen has been perfecting his calling style and square dancing since age 11. Confidence came with time, he says. Square-dance caller Gene King, who helped teach McGovern, calls him “a phenomenon”.

Matthew McGovern, 15, makes his calls during a square dance at the Edmond Town Hall in Newton, Conn.

“He has a great voice, really knows his choreography and knows how to move dancers really well. He’s got it all.” McGovern got his start accompanying his grandmother to dances. Other dancers, callers and his family encouraged him to try calling because he could sing and dance so well. He started taking lessons when he was 12, then did guest “tips”, or square-dance sessions, with other callers, until he broke away on his own. Even though he doesn’t have his driver’s licence yet, he still manages to travel as far as Maine, Vermont and upstate New York with the help of his parents and grandmother. And since he started, he’s called for more than 30 squares – groups of eight dancers – at the New England Square Dance Convention. In the 1970s and ’80s there were more square-dancing clubs and more younger people were interested, McGovern says. But many square-dancing organisations still exist, as well as hundreds of clubs such as the Hayloft Steppers, to which McGovern belongs, and festivals held nationwide. He views calling not only as a hobby but an unconventional parttime job. He can pocket a decent wage if the event is large. McGovern’s grandmother, June McCarthy, says that even though he has had much less experience,





he manages to stack up to the veteran callers. “I think he’s a little more upbeat,” she says. “He does a lot of the more modern music.” McGovern acknowledges that he puts a lot of energy into the routine. He bounds from one song to the other without seeming the least bit tired. “Some callers don’t really get into it,” he chuckles.

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Mum gets back on her feet


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After nine months of morphing, how does a mother return her body to balance?

By Kupluthai Pungkanon D A I LY X P R E S S


he joy of childbirth often yields to the agony of postpartum pain in the neck, shoulders and back. One source of relief is the traditional yu fai, which involves massage and steaming herbs, but there are modern choices as well. Dr Montanat Rojjanasrirat of the Chirofit Chiropractice Fitness Centre notes that a body can gain up to 30 kilograms during pregnancy, with much of the weight out front, shifting the skeletal and muscular structure. All of that has to be compensated for after birth to bring the body back into balance. Nine months of having

a bent back, weakened hips and stressed muscles demand careful restabilising, he says. Then there are the hunched back and problems with the shoulder muscles that can result from poor posture while breastfeeding. When the spine is no longer properly aligned, the nerves are affected, leading to pain, spasms, spinal-cord stress and disc degeneration. Chiropractors restore normal body mechanics by remodelling the spine, Montanat explains. They get you back into the correct posture through manipulation and exercise and sometimes use acupuncture and massage.

At the Ariya Wellness Centre, therapists capture electronic images of the body structure to evaluate your postpartum condition, then assign a detoxification programme that can range from the hi-tech “Far Infrared System” to very low-tech sweating. The muscles are thus relaxed and blood circulation improved to encourage new cell formation and get the internal organs functioning properly. Throughout the process, tapes of Buddhist chanting are played to help soothe the mind. But ultimately, says Ariya therapist Penpitchayakorn Sandkhum, the easiest and most basic thing a mother should do is make sure she sits, stands, walks and sleeps in a healthy posture.

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health Some simple steps to staying slim tips By Lenny Bernstein



t’s no secret that childhood obesity is a widespread problem, both in the US and increasingly in Thailand. But keeping your children active and getting them off the couch every day can go far in keeping them healthy. How do you do it? Here are some suggestions from the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention: ■ Set a positive example by lead-

ing an active lifestyle yourself.

■ Make physical activity part of your family’s daily routine. Go for walks or play games together.

■ Give your children equipment that encourages activity, such as balls or bikes. ■ Make physical activity fun. If your children don’t enjoy something, don’t force it. Encourage them to try something else. ■ Encourage your children to do something other than watching TV or playing on the computer after dinner.

De-stress at the station Stressed out by traffic jams and long hours at the office? Then stop off and relax for a massage at a price you can afford in the Blue Complex at MRT Chatuchak Station anytime between 10.30am and 7.30pm. An initiative of the Commerce Ministry’s Department of Internal Trade, the complex is run by well-trained and professional staff with massages starting at just Bt100. Also on sale are a variety of products at discount prices.

Beautiful all over The British Council and the British Chamber of Commerce in Thailand are the joint hosts of “Inside Out Beauty”, a talk that’s being given this Saturday at 9.30 at the Novotel Siam Square by actress and yoga guru Atcharapan Paiboonsuwan and Dr Aunchaya Yeamsukon, a lecturer at Mahidol University’s Faculty of Dentistry. After the talk, which is in Thai, relax with fellow participants over healthy snacks and herbal drinks. Admission is Bt300 for UK alumni and BCCT members and Bt400 for guests. Call (02) 657 5634.

Fair of face Amarin Publishing, Health & Cuisine, Cheewajit and Shape magazines hold their annual health and beauty fair at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre from Wednesday through September 6, showing a wealthy of activities plus healthy foods, talks and beauty demonstrations. The fair is open daily from 10 to 8.


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Musical Monarch Chulalongkorn University commemorates Royal Music Day with a concert on September 20 at 4pm in its auditorium. The CU Band will perform Thai and international classic compositions in celebration of His Majesty the King’s musicianship. Admission is free. Call (02) 218 3364-6.

All the way up The Banyan Tree Bangkok holds its 11th annual vertical marathon on September 20 and invites anyone who fancies racing up the 1,093 steps to get into training now. The winner receives a trophy from Her Royal Highness Princess Somsavali while runners-up get complimentary accommodation and gift vouchers. Register online before September

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The bigger picture “See the Bigger Picture”, a photo contest organised by Airbus, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and National Geographic, encourages shutterbugs aged six to 16 to take photos that illustrate the diversity of nature around them. Pictures can be uploaded to www.SeeThe Winning photographers will get a free trip to the National Geographic Society’s headquarters in Washington. The deadline

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The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok offers Thai cuisine in a wine dinner at the hotel’s Sala Rim Naam Thai Restaurant on September 21. Pip Austin from Sileni Estates in New Zealand will be pouring from his bottles and saying a bit about them. The fivecourse dinner is priced at Bt2,648 net. Call (02) 659

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Green Wave 106.5 FM hosts its 12th Green Concert on September 26 and 27, bringing more than 30 artists from three generations to the stage of Siam Paragon’s Royal Paragon Hall. Crooning hits from the past 20 years will be Nunthida Kaewbuasai, Billy Ogan, Sakda Pattasima, Sirasak Itthipolpanich, Juck Chawin, Ruj the Star and Rose Sirinthip. Tickets cost Bt1,000 to Bt2,500 at

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Lav Diaz retrospective

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) A womanisin g actor (Sha hkrit Yamna being stalked rm) discove as he starts rs he’s a new relati around him onship and start dying. people Also stars W Termthanap anida “Gybzy orn, Attama ” “B Navadee “A om” Mokkha owie” Chiwanitchapan and vesa. Rated 15+

Water Drops of Life Eleven short films that celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Royal Development Centre will screen for free at 7 tonight and tomorrow at Esplanade, Paragon and Major Pinklao.

Inglourious Basterds Brad Pitt leads a group of Jewish-American soldiers who are in occupied France scalping and brutally killing Nazis. Rated 18+. ★★★★

Buppah Rahtree 3.2 Yuthlert Sippapak offers a fourth installment in his genre-

blending romance-horror-comedy franchise. With English subtitles in some cinemas. Rated 18+.



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Orphan An angelic little girl displays an unforeseen devilish streak upon moving into the home of her new parents. Censored.

level of her fighting skills. With English subtitles at some cinemas. ★★★

The Wedding Game A pair of superstars (Christopher Lee and Fann Wong) stage a marriage even though they dislike each other intensely. In

Francois Ozon directs this comedy about a very unusual baby who has wings like an angel. In

E-Som Somwang Cha Cha Cha

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

Young couple Som (Suwanan Kongying) and Somwang (Pitisak Yaowananon) arrive in Bangkok where Somwang lands a job as a nightclub singer.

Mandarin with English and Thai subtitles at Lido. ★★★

Jeeja Due Suay Du

A pair of young soldiers join a highly trained secret force tasked with bringing down an evil arms dealer and his ruthless assassins. Stars Channing Tatum and Marlon Wayans. ★★

Coco avant Chanel Audrey Tautou portrays the fashion icon from her days as an impoverished seamstress to her life as a sought-after couturier in Paris. In French with English and Thai subtitles at Apex and SF World CentralWorld. ★★★★

A headstrong young woman (Jeeja “Yanin” Vismitananda) must learn the meaning of true love in order to reach the top

“Death in the Land of Melancholia: Lav Diaz Retrospective in Thailand” heads to Phuket for screenings the next two weekends at Bo(ok)hemian in Phuket town. On Saturday it’s the identity-and-grief study “Melancholia” and on Sunday it’s the disaster drama “Death in the Land of Encantos”. Show times are at noon. Visit or e-mail

on tv

GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra

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

Century – The Movie Plaza

Addams Family Values The Addams family welcomes a new addition and hires a scheming nanny who captures the heart of Uncle Fester. Stars Raul Julia, Anjelica Huston, Christopher Lloyd and Joan Cusack. HBO (TrueVisions), 8pm

(02) 247 9940

Channel links


Bangkok: (02) 718 7999 Channel 3 – Channel 5 – Channel 7 – Modernine – NBT – TV Thai – True –

Paragon Cineplex

Critical consensus

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

★★★★★ = 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.

(02) 641 5177-8

Major Cineplex/EGV Bangkok: (02) 515 5555

Major Hollywood

SF Cinemas Bangkok: (02) 268 8888

Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea


Hayao Miyazaki’s animation adventure about a five-year-old boy and his relationship with a goldfish princess who longs to become human. In Japanese with English and Thai subtitles at Paragon Cineplex and Apex. Rated for general audiences. ★★★★

RCA: (02) 641 5913-14


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Today’s Birthday: Making plans and not following through will lead to emotional upset and unexpected changes in your personal life. This is a good year to take a look at who you are and consider what’s required to update your appeal. Don’t back down when you have so much to gain.

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

ARIES ***** March 21-April 19 Get a better handle on your finances and then budget to suit your current needs. Once you feel better about your spending habits, you will be able to move on to a new project with confidence. TAURUS *** April 20-May 20 There may be a conflict between the changes you want to make at home and those willing to go along with your plans. Don’t back down but do compromise. GEMINI *** May 21-June 20 Take the time to listen to someone who interests you and you can form a coalition that will benefit you both. A change in plans will help you manipulate your professional situation.


CANCER *** June 21-July 22 You’ll get all worked up over nothing. Not everyone will agree with you, but does it really matter? Organisation and good preparation will help you prove your point without rancour. LEO ***** July 23-Aug. 22 You can win at whatever you do if you go about it the right way. Concentrate on making everyone comfortable with your plans and you will get help from someone who really matters to you.


VIRGO ** Aug. 23-Sept. 22 Be careful with whom you share information. Someone may not be as honest as you hope. You can excel but only if you are willing to do the work yourself. Uncertainty will be your downfall. LIBRA **** Sept. 23-Oct. 22 You can talk your way into any deal or activity or group that you wish to be a part of but be sure that you really want to be involved. Chances are good that your motives may not be in the right place. SCORPIO *** Oct. 23-Nov. 21 A work problem may leave you feeling emotionally down. Don’t let this stand in the way of moving forward with one of your own plans. You don’t have to spend to get something off the ground. SAGITTARIUS *** Nov. 22-Dec. 21 You can skilfully market your talent and grab interest but if you cannot follow through, you will face the wrath of someone with more experience. Know what you are doing before you proceed. Alexa Vega

Actress Tuesday Weld is 66. Singer-bassist Tim Bogert of Vanilla Fudge is 65. Actress Marianne Sagebrecht is 64. Actress Barbara Bach is 62. Guitarist Jeff Cook of Alabama is 60. Guitarist Alex Lifeson of Rush is 56. Bassist Glen Matlock of The Sex Pistols is 53. Gospel singer Yolanda Adams is 47. Actress Chandra Wilson is 40. Bassist Tony Kanal of No Doubt is 39. Rapper Mase is 32. Actor Aaron Paul is 30. Guitarist Jon Siebels of Eve 6 is 30. Singer Mario is 23. Actress Alexa Vega is 21.

CAPRICORN *** Dec. 22-Jan. 19 Don’t let anyone take advantage of your financial position or your ability to bring people together. Be sure that the people around you are sound and can offer what they say before you get involved. AQUARIUS **** Jan. 20-Feb. 18 Your playfulness will capture interest and get you involved in something perfect for you to pursue. An idea that can earn you extra cash will intrigue you but make sure it’s not against the rules. PISCES ** Feb. 19-March 20 Your inability to make up your mind will unnerve someone you are trying to befriend or get into a partnership with. Don’t get involved with someone with a colleague on a personal basis.


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∏.°. .  ”π—°ß“π„À≠à 469 ∂.π§√ «√√§å ‡¢µ¥ÿ µ‘ °∑¡. 10300 «—π∑’Ë 19-28  ‘ßÀ“§¡ 2552 „π‡«≈“√“™°“√ A US $29.2 billion corporation, the Aditya Birla Group is in the League of Fortune 500. It is anchored by an extraordinary force of 130,000 employees, belonging to 30 different nationalities. In India, the Group has been adjudged “The Best Employer in India and among the top 20 in Asia” by the Hewitt-Economic Times and Wall Street Journal Study 2007. Over 60 per cent of its revenues flow from its overseas operations. The Group operates in 25 countries - India, UK, Germany, Hungary, Brazil, Italy, France, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Australia, USA, Canada, Egypt, China, Thailand, Laos, Indonesia, Philippines, Dubai, Singapore, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Malaysia and Korea. Globally the Aditya Birla Group is: Thai Rayon Public Company Limited, a flagship company of Aditya Birla Group, Awarded Best Employer in Thailand in 2005 by Hewitt Associates, is a leading manufacturer & exporter of viscose staple fibre with annual turnover of baht 9 million & listed on the stock exchange of Thailand. The company exports 60% of its production to almost 20 countries. The company is looking for qualified candidates for following positions based at factory:

1. Manager - Electrical • Age 35-45 years, Male. • B.E. (Electrical) 12-15 years experience in Process Industry. • Should have handled High voltage 69kv/115kv supply with transformer, switch gear etc. • Should be able to deal with government bodies like PEA, EGAT etc.

2. Manager - Maintenance • Age 35-45 years, Male. • B.E. (Mechanical) with 15 years experience in Maintenance function in large process manufacturing industry.

3. Manager - Production • Age 35-45 years, Male. • B.E. (Chemical Engineer) with 15-20 years experience in Process / Manufacturing Industry.

5. Superintendent - Accounts • Male or Female. • Certified Public Accountant or Graduate from reputed University in the field of Finance or Accounting. • Minimum 5-7 years experience in preparation of financial statements in large manufacturing & preferable multi-national organization listed on SET. • Know and should have experience of Thai accounting standards as well as IAS, corporate and personal tax, costing systems and other regulatory compliance.

6. Plant Manager • Age 35-45 years, Male, B.E. Mechanical / Electrical / Production with 15-25 years experience in heading a small / medium scale industry (Manufacturing / Process / Chemical plant.

4. Manager - Accounts • Age 35-45 years, Male or Female. • Bachelor degree or Higher in Accounting or Finance, CPA/experience in Account function in a manufacturing Industry for 15-20 years. • Should be conversant with Thai Tax level.

* All positions requires Good Command of Spoken & Written English and candidates should possess excellent managerial skills and are for Thai National only. ** Position 1-5 - based in Angthong and Position 6 - based in Saraburi

Interested candidates may send their resume stating present & expected salary along with recent photograph to the address below : Human Resources Department

Thai Rayon Public Company Limited

888/160-1 Mahatun Plaza Building, 16th Floor Ploenchit Rd., Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330 Tel. 662 2536745-54 e-mail,


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6-3 Jason Bay hit a solo homer to break an eighth-inning tie as the Boston Red Sox downed the Chicago White Sox.


Massa to go to the US for tests Brazilian F1 racer Felipe Massa is to travel to the US tomorrow for more tests during his recovery from head injuries sustained in a Hungarian qualifying crash a month ago, Formula 1 officials said. Massa will be examined by the chief doctor of the US-based CART series, Steve Olvey, they said on the official F1 website. The Brazilian, who has been convalescing in Sao Paulo, was quoted as telling his Ferrari team he would go to a Miami hospital for the tests. – AFP

Team-mates refuse to blame Ponting Australian cricketers refused to blame beleaguered captain Ricky Ponting for the deflating Ashes loss to England as they returned home on Wednesday. Fast bowler Stuart Clark, one of a handful of players not required for a limited-overs series in England and Scotland, said calls to replace Ponting were “ludicrous”. – AFP

Sri Lanka make a solid start An unbroken 147-run partnership by Mahela Jayawardene and Thilan Samaraweera put Sri Lanka in command of the second Test against New Zealand, as the hosts closed day one on 262-3. New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori reached a rare double by taking his 300th Test wicket to add to 3,000 Test runs, but Sri Lanka dominated after that milestone was reached. – AP

Charlton gets hospitalised Former England World Cup winner Jack Charlton has been hospitalised after collapsing during a family holiday in Spain. The cause was high blood pressure, said his son.

OZAKI BACK AT HELM Singh swaps management

Japanese draws up battle plans to conquer Europe AGENCIES


aomichi “Joe” Ozaki, holder of 35 professional career titles, has been officially re-appointed as Asian Team captain to continue his successful leadership during the fourth edition of the Royal Trophy. The Royal Trophy is an emotionally-charged inter-continental clash, where Asian and European golfers compete furiously over a three-day series of matches for stewardship of the solid-silver sixteen-kilogram Trophy, graciously donated by His Majesty the King. Ozaki was first appointed captain of team Asia in 2007 for the second edition of the Championship, but suffered a punishing defeat that year. However, he led the team to a historic and resounding victory in 2009, shocking the Europeans with a tremendous performance. “We are determined to keep the Royal Trophy in Asia. We will do our utmost to defeat Europe on our home ground for the second consecutive



Naomichi Ozaki has been re-appointed captain of the Asian Team . time,” said the Japanese golfing giant. “It is indeed an honour to captain the Asian Team for the third consecutive time, and I am fully committed to deliver the Royal Trophy to our people once again. “This has been a truly remarkable year for Asian golf. It started on a high with our Asian Team’s magnificent win over Europe and now YE Yang scored a terrific win at the

PGA Championship – the first ever for an Asian golfer at a Major. YE Yang was a member of my Asian Team for the Royal Trophy in 2007 and it is great to see him achieve such great success,” stated Ozaki. Ozaki’s counterpart is expected to be five-time Major winner Seve Ballesteros, who has confirmed his intention to lead Europe. However, the Spaniard’s return will depend on his state of health.

Vijay Singh has changed putters and caddies throughout his career. Now comes one of the more significant changes. The 46year-old Fijian is leaving his management company. Singh says he has ended his management agreement with IMG. He will use longtime adviser David Lightner of FSM Capital and Charley Moore, a former IMG agent who now is an operating partner of New York-based Falconhead Capital. Singh had been with IMG for 18 years and was close friends with IMG owner Ted Forstman, his frequent partner in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. “I have been represented by IMG for quite some time and am thankful for their years of service,” Singh said in a statement. “I have many good friends there, and nothing is changing at that level. However, I feel this is the appropriate time to take my career management in a new direction. “I spoke with Teddy last week, who is a personal friend, and we had a productive conversation. He knows I wish him and everybody at IMG the best.”

Lisandro shines for Lyon A F P , Paris

A Drinking

to success Thai Paralympic Committee president Jutinan Pirompakdi, is pictured centre with Thai disabled athletes. Major sponsor Singha Corporation held a celebration night for the athletes at Boon Rawd Brewery’s Auditorium following their remarkable success in the fifth Asean Para Games in Kuala Lumpur, where they emerged the overall winners for the fourth time. Baht 1.5 million in cash prizes were given away.

first-half hat-trick from new Argentinian signing Lisandro crushed Anderlecht’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League group stages as Lyon showed their last 32 credentials in a 3-1 win in Belgium. Thanks to their 5-1 victory over the Belgian side at the Gerland stadium last week, giving them an 8-2 aggregate result, Lyon were the most convincing team of the five who qualified for the group stage on Tuesday. Elsewhere Maccabi Haifa joined the lucrative stages of Europe’s premier club competition with a 3-0 win over FC Salzburg which gave the Israelis a 5-1 victory over the Austrians. Debrecen secured their ticket in similar fashion, becoming the first Hungarian side to qualify for the group stages since Ferencvaros in 1995 by beating Bulgarian outfit Levski Sofia 2-0 at home on the night for an aggregate of 4-1. Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas said: “That was an achievement. It was difficult up against a pretty strong Anderlecht side.”

Thursday, August 27, 2009



Real Madrid fans back Dutch midfielder Sneijder as management rips off his shirt The fans of Real Madrid are supportive of the decision of Wesley Sneijder to stay at the club, according to a poll taken by sports daily AS. Eighty-four per cent of the 47,163 readers who participated in the poll voted in favour of the Dutch midfielder staying at the Estadio Bernabeu. Real director general Jorge Valdano has been trying to offload Sneijder all summer, in order to make way for the

club’s new signings. On Tuesday Sneijder seemed poised to sign for Inter Milan, but apparently backed out of the move at the last moment. According to Spanish media reports, Atletico Madrid – who on Tuesday booked their place in the group phase of the Champions League – are also interested in the Dutchman. Sneijder, 25, was bought

Wesley Sneijder’s number has been taken away by Real from Ajax in 2007 for around US$38.62 million.

He was an immediate success in the famous white shirt, helping the club to win La Liga in his first year, but struggled with injuries and poor form last season. Earlier, Sneijder refused to travel to Italy, where he had been expected to sign a new contract with Serie A champions Inter Milan. According to the online editions of Spain’s major newspapers, the midfielder

has refused to budge although the Spanish giants have taken away his number 10 shirt and locker in the team’s locker-room. “After the deal had been completed between the teams, the footballer was expected in Milan this afternoon to sign the terms of his new contract. But the playmaker has already told [Real Madrid] that he is not going to catch a plane.


City snap up Lescott from rivals

REID WALKS OUT Worawi’s mission ends in failure as Thailand coach chooses Stoke

AP, Manchester, England



ational coach Peter Reid’s exit plans reached a conclusion with the Englishman due to make an appearance in Stoke City’s dugout during the Premiership club’s League Cup second-round tie later yesterday. Worawi Makudi, the Football Association of Thailand president, reportedly travelled to England to plead with the veteran coach to return, but found Reid adamant in his decision to take up the role of assistant manager at Stoke. Bowing out as Thailand coach less than a year into his three-year contract, Reid was planning to introduce himself to fans at his new club as they entertained League One side Leyton Orient yesterday. The 53-year-old coach, whose last managerial job in England was at Coventry City four years ago, confirmed that he was happy to be moving into a back-seat role at the Potters. “I did the same thing at Manchester City and England Under-21s, so it’s not a problem. The role is fine for me as long as I can have an impact here and help this club grow stronger. “The club has done fantastic to get to the Premier League and my job is to help the players and Tony [Pulis, Stoke City manager] to improve,” Reid told BBC Radio Stoke. Reid stated that the opportu-




Peter Reid says he enjoyed working with the Thai team but the chance to coach in England was too tempting. nity to return to the English top-flight football was one he could not let it pass by even though he enjoyed his working time in Thailand. “I enjoyed it there. The players are technically good and it’s a great place to live,” said Reid. “But the Premier League is the greatest league in the world, and although it was very difficult to leave, it was always my ambition to come back here and work.” Meanwhile, Ong-art Korsinkha, the FAT secretarygeneral, dismissed a report that Reid decided to leave because the organisation had failed to pay his salary for the past few months.


Lippi to quit coaching Italy’s national team coach Marcello Lippi has said he won’t continue coaching after he ends his stint at the helm of the world champions. Speaking on the Internet TV show KlausCondicio, Lippi said that “after the experience with the Nazionale you won’t see me coach a club”. He added: “Never again, also because I wouldn’t be able, right after a game that possibly didn’t go well, to stand for an hour and a half answering questions from journalists. I could not do it. It would be too much for me.” Lippi, 61, has been back in the Azzurri’s dugout for a second term since the summer.

ngland defender Joleon Lescott completed his move from Everton to Manchester City, the latest arrival in City’s big-spending bid to end decades without a major title. Signing a five-year contract, the 27-year-old centreback is the latest big star to move to the vastly wealthy but underachieving club which has also bought Carlos Tevez, Gareth Barry, Roque Santa Cruz, Kolo Toure, Emmanuel Adebayor and Sylvinho during the transfer window, spending around £120 million. “I am absolutely delighted to welcome Joleon to Manchester City,” said City manager Mark Hughes. “He is an England international who has proved his Premier League ability during his time at Everton.” City last won the league in 1968 and the FA Cup in ’69 but the backing of a member of Abu Dhabi’s royal family has given them a big advantage over their rivals. “The way this club is moving on, I’m really looking forward to being a part of that,” Lescott said after signing a deal which was opposed for weeks by Everton. He was expected to take his place alongside former Arsenal star Toure at the heart of the City defence. “In bringing Joleon to the club I feel we have recruited a defender of the very highest quality,” Hughes said. “He can play in a number of defensive positions, and I’m positive he will make a significant impact for us.”


Thursday, August 27, 2009


THESPORT British police were yesterday hunting

those responsible for “large-scale” violence at a match between London rivals West Ham and Millwall, which revived memories of the hooliganism of past decades. A 44-year-old man was in a stable condition after being stabbed in the chest and two other men were treated for non life-threatening injuries after fighting flared before Tuesday’s League Cup match at West Ham’s Upton Park ground. Inside the stadium, fans invaded the pitch and interrupted the match while police and stewards attempted to remove them. More than 200 riot police and 20 police on horseback battled to contain the violence inside and outside the stadium. John Whittingham, who lives nearby, said supporters were bombarding each other and police with anything they could find. “People were throwing bricks but I haven’t got a clue where they were finding them. Some people were trying to rip bollards off the pavement. There were also some small fires lit,” he said. A 19-year-old man said: “People were chipping bricks off buildings and throwing them at police. I saw one officer getting kicked as he was on the ground.” Television pictures showed fans bleeding from head wounds. London’s Metropolitan Police, which made at least 10 arrests, said the violence was “large-scale” and appeared to have been pre-meditated. “It looks like there has been some planned trouble from fans,” a Metropolitan Police spokesman said. “We will be reviewing all the events, looking at CCTV both inside and outside the ground to identify offences and offenders.” A Football Association spokeswoman condemned the incidents as a throwback to the bad old days of English football in the 1970s and 1980s, when matches were frequently scarred by fighting between rival fans.


RIBERY READY FOR CHANGE Franck Ribery says he is ready to take on the playmaker role in Bayern’s midfield under new coach Louis van Gaal.


Police medics attend to an injured man near Upton Park stadium following the English League Cup match between West Ham and Millwall.



Fans want Sneijder back

Singh tees up a new deal

Real Madrid fans are backing the decision of Wesley Sneijder to stay at the club. Reals’ management are desperate to sell the Dutch midfielder and have banned him from the locker room. Eighty-four per cent of 47,163 fans polled have voted in favour of him staying at the Estadio Bernabeu. >PAGE 23

Vijay Singh has changed putters and caddies throughout his career. Now comes one of the more significant changes. The 46year-old Fijian is quitting his management company IMG to partner up with longtime adviser David Lightner. >PAGE 22