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Some 300 members and supporters of the Triumph International (Thailand) Labour Union rallied yesterday in front of police headquarters to ask police to cancel arrest warrants for three leading protesters, ordered after a protest and roadblock at Government House last month.

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Saving a bygone beauty Samphraeng residents fight to preserve the charm of Old Bangkok By Mayuree Sukyingcharoenwong D A I LY X P R E S S

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he Bangkok Metropolitan Administration is backing similar efforts by locals to conserve the historical charm of Samphraeng with plans for a cultural festival of its own. The 42-rai neighbourhood in Phra Nakhon district is a showcase for King Rama IV and V’s plans to modernise 19th-century Siam with shophouses, fresh markets and trams.

Festival of historical treats “Tarn Arharn, Chim Kanom, Chom Ardee Samprang” (“Enjoy Food, Desserts and Learn About Samphraeng’s DAILY

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History”) will be held between September 18 and 20, 11am to 11pm. “We’ll focus on the rich historical background of the area including Phraeng Nara, Phraeng Phutorn and Phraeng Sanphasart, which house lots of old shops,” said BMA Governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra. More than 300 families living in the neighbourhood’s 144 heritage buildings will join the event. Community leader Teeraporn Kachaceevar says about 40 shops will also be part of celebrations, which will include an exhibition on bygone days in Samphraeng. Traditional plays and outdoor cinema will add to the nostalgia. “We’re hoping the Suntara-

THE CELEBRATION WILL INCLUDE AN EXHIBITION ON SAMPHRAENG’S OLDEN DAYS, PLAYS AND OUTDOOR CINEMA. porn band will turn up to play,” said Teeraporn. The idea of the festival is to bring the area to the attention of the average city resident. “We want people to be able to jump in a taxi and ask for Phraeng Phuthon without adding that

it’s near Chao Por Sua Shrine.” After holding a similar event on a smaller scale in 1998, the community believes this time it can do better. Teeraporn says residents are desperate to promote their case for sustainable development of the area. “There are plans for building and infrastructure but we believe the community should be consulted over all new development.” Samphraeng was home to the country’s first market of luxury goods, opened during the reign of King Rama V. Many of the other commercial buildings that first rose here when roads replaced canals are still operating. “So far 10 to 15 per cent are still in business as shops,” says Samphraeng Community president Kanlawat Talathat.

The Culture Ministry will propose changes to the sevencategory film-rating symbols, including Arabic translations of numerals, Permanent Secretary for Culture Veera Rojpojanarat said yesterday. The proposal, which features ratings of Nor 13+, Nor 15+, Nor 18+ and Chor 20+ to make it easier to understand universally and places an X mark in front of each symbol, will soon be submitted to the National Committee for Film and Video, he said. Film and Video Classification Office director Pradit Prosil said more than 10 movies have been submitted under the new rating system and no complaints have been filed by film producers or cinema operators. He said the office will speed up plans for a public opinion poll asking if the films submitted were properly rated.

Quicker hip surgery The Police General Hospital, the first in Southeast Asia, has completed a sophisticated type of surgery to replace hip joints. Dr Wiroj Larbphaiboonphong, a senior orthopaedist, said the Hip Resurfacing Arthroplasty, of the Birmingham type, has been successfully performed on 55 patients. This new computerised technology inflicts smaller wounds on patients. Patients who undergo the Birmingham-type surgery can go home within two days, compared to many days required by conventional surgery.

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THE WORLD China’s first batch of women fighter pilots take part in a ceremony with their new flight gear designed for women. China could launch its first woman into space as early as 2012, with the candidate being chosen from this batch.

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36 million cases of dengue fever occur each year – 2.3 million are severe and 21,000 people die on average.

Info highway

AFP

Expat HK prof jailed for groping undergraduates

Well-rounded US model wins hearty applause The appearance in Glamour magazine of a model who fills more of the page than fashion’s usual rake-thin stars is getting big cheers from US women. Lizzie Miller has blonde hair and an effortless smile, but it is her chubby tummy and fuller legs that are winning attention. Miller, 20, graces an article on feeling good in one’s own skin – not something that fashion industry critics believe the regular army of impossibly sculpted youngsters promotes. More than 1,000 readers have responded since Glamour’s September issue came out. “I am gasping with delight ... I love the woman on P 194,” one wrote. “Anyone who thinks that this model is unhealthy should have their head examined. She’s tall, has an athletic build and a bit of a tummy. End of story,” another said. AFP

Jackson estate will pay ‘extraordinary’ funeral costs Among quirky pricing associated with burial will be a bill for a batch of fresh ricotta doughnuts from Connecticut A F P , Los Angeles

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oney from Michael Jackson’s estate can be used to pay what were described as the “extraordinary” costs of the pop icon’s funeral, a Los Angeles judge ruled on Wednesday. Judge Mitchell Beckloff approved a request from Jackson’s mother after lawyers for administrators of the singer’s estate said they were willing to pay for the send-off at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Jeryll Cohen, an attorney for the administrators, John Branca and John McClain, said

the costs of the service were likely to be steep. “The expenses will be extraordinary, but Michael Jackson was extraordinary,” Cohen said, without specifying the anticipated bill.

No objection Margaret Lodise, an attorney representing the interests of Jackson’s three children, said she did not object to using estate funds to pay for the funeral. “It seems to me this particular expense is not going to be the straw that breaks the camel’s back regarding the sol-

vency of the estate,” Lodise said. Among the quirky costs associated with Jackson’s funeral will be a bill for a batch of fresh ricotta doughnuts from a restaurant in Connecticut, the entertainment news website TMZ.com reported. Jackson was to be laid to rest this morning at Forest Lawn in a ceremony which will be attended by only close family and friends. The 50-year-old singer is to be interred in the cemetery’s Great Mausoleum, an elaborate neo-classical building inspired by Genoa’s famous Campo Santo. The mausoleum is also home to the final resting places of Clark Gable, Jean Harlow and Carole Lombard.

An expatriate professor was yesterday jailed for nine weeks for molesting two female students in his office at the University of Hong Kong. Terence Shortall, 54, an associate professor of education at the university, was found guilty of two counts of indecent assault. He was also fined HK$5,000 (Bt22,000). The professor’s first victim, a 21-year-old student, testified how Shortall touched her back and inner thigh when she went to his office for help with her studies when she faced being kicked off her course. Shortall kissed her then grabbed her hand and placed it on his groin. A second student said Shortall pressed her legs between his and tried to kiss her. Shortall claimed the stories were fabricated. “I wouldn’t do anything stupid to jeopardise my career,” he said. – DPA

iPhone tracks disease outbreaks Apple iPhone owners wondering if there is a case of swine flu nearby can now find out instantly with a new program that tracks outbreaks of infectious diseases. “Outbreaks Near Me” is an application for the popular smartphone. The application enables users to track and report outbreaks of infectious diseases such as swine flu in real time. It is available for free from Apple’s iTunes App Store. The Outbreaks Near Me program is associated with HealthMap, an online resource that collects, filters, maps and disseminates information about emerging infectious diseases. – AFP


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HK star Andy Lau apologizes for lying about marriage Critics claim that he wanted to protect his image as an idol A P , Hong Kong

eteran Hong Kong actorsinger Andy Lau has apologized for lying about his marriage, saying he behaved inappropriately for a public figure. Lau denied that he was married in an interview with Hong Kong's Cable TV in February, but Hong Kong journalists last week discovered marriage records from the Clark County Recorder’s Office in the US state of Nevada that showed the 47-year-old star had wed Malaysian girlfriend Carol Chu in June 2008. Lau confirmed the nuptials in a brief message on his website late on Saturday, saying he did not announce the marriage

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Andy Lau: I don’t have any children. I don’t have any sons or daughters. The children you have photographed are the children of my relatives or friends. because he wanted to shield Chu from the press. Speaking publicly about the issue for the first time on Tuesday afternoon, Lau said he was sorry he deceived the press and the public. “My recent behaviour

amounts to a lie. It disappointed many people. Because I’m a public figure, I think I should publicly apologize to everyone who believed me. I hope everyone will forgive me,” Lau told reporters at Hong Kong’s international airport after returning

Graphic British safety video is an Internet hit

Illegal in Britain

THE FILM SHOWS A BUBBLY TEENAGER WHO TRIGGERS A PILE-UP THAT KILLS FOUR PEOPLE WHEN SHE TRIES TO SEND A TEXT MESSAGE WHILE DRIVING. THE VIDEO SHOWS HEADS GOING THROUGH WINDSHIELDS,BLOODIED BODIES AND THE LIFELESS EYES OF A BABY.

Talking on a hand-held mobile phone and texting while driving are both illegal in Britain. “The film is hitting home because it has a hard edge and it taps into something that lots of people do but know they shouldn’t,” said the film’s director, Peter Watkins-Hughes. The film has been discussed on

television shows in the United States, where more than a dozen states have banned text messaging while driving and where legislation is before Congress that would force states to ban drivers from texting or e-mailing.

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graphic British public service announcement about the dangers of sending text messages while driving has become an Internet hit and sparked debate around the world. The Gwent police force in Wales said on Wednesday that an excerpt from a video it made for use in schools has been viewed more than 6 million times on YouTube and other websites since it was posted last month. The 30-minute film shows a bubbly teenager named Cassie – “a nice girl from a nice Gwent Valleys family” – who triggers a pile-up that kills four people when she tries to send a text message while driving. The graphic, slow-motion depiction of the crash shows heads going through windshields, bloodied bodies and the lifeless eyes of a baby.

from Beijing, where he was filming a music video. Critics say Lau lied about his marriage to protect his image as an idol. One of Asia’s biggest celebrities, the star of “Infernal Affairs” and “House of Flying Daggers” has appeared in more than 100 movies since his debut in 1982. Dubbed one of Chinese pop’s “Four Heavenly Kings” in the 1990s, he also enjoys a successful recording career. Lau denied on Tuesday that he and his wife have any children. He said on his website he and Chu had married so they could try to have children through artificial insemination, which is only authorised for married couples in Hong Kong. “I don’t have any children. I don’t have any sons or daughters. The children you have photographed are the children of my relatives or friends,” he said.

Man who ‘smacked children 2,800 times’ goes on trial A man who is alleged to have smacked his children 2,800 times over a period of two years went on trial in Germany on Wednesday for deliberate corporal injury. Smacking children has been controversial round the world. New Zealanders voted by 90 per cent in a referendum last month to legalise “reasonable” slapping. Prosecutors said the man, 47, had punished his five children, aged 1 to 10, for “trivial” errors, mostly hitting them with the flat of his hand, but had sometimes used a stick. The man, appearing in court in Bitburg in the west of the country, also faced four more serious charges of caning his daughters on the bottom, the bare soles and the knees. Sweden is believed to have been the first nation, in 1979, to criminalise smacking. D PA


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THE FUN. Africa? Here you go! Emirates will be flying daily and direct from Bangkok to Durban, South Africa, starting on October 1, and thrice weekly to the Angolan capital Luanda beginning on October 25. The airline also has 21 flights a week to Dubai and seven each to Hong Kong, Sydney and Christchurch. Visit www.Emirates.com/th.

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Highland reverie On Malaysia’s good green hills, Governor Cameron said, ‘Let there be tea’ DAILY XPRESS/PATTARAWADEE SAENGMANEE

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Easygoing in Pattaya

Every Sunday to Thursday this month you can check in

early at the Fraser Resort Pattaya and check out late too. A cocktail meets you on arrival and you get your own deckchair on the beach. It’s part of Fraser’s Gold Standard Service, and your room can be a deluxe, deluxe courtyard, studio premier or one-bedroom premier. Have a look at www.FrasersHospitality.com.

Meeting all your needs All this year the Shangri-La

Hotel Bangkok’s “Meeting+” arrangement offers a night’s stay in a deluxe room, breakfast, unlimited in-room broadband Internet and everything you need for a full-day meeting. The price is Bt4,800 for single occupancy and Bt5,800 for double. Crunch the numbers at www.ShangriLa.com/bangkok.

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alaysia’s Cameron Highlands are a popular destination for folks keen to see some natural wonders and the good, green use to which man can put them. British colonial governor William Cameron turned the lush mountain into a posh resort for English millionaires during the 1880s, knowing they’d love the view and the year-round summer breeze that the locale offers 5,000 feet above sea level. Today the orderly terraces of tea plantations and the scented beauty of strawberry farms and rose gardens add to the allure. The BOH Tea Garden, which has won awards for creativity and innovation, is part of a triple-plantation of black tea owned by a firm established in 1929. The Boh, Sungei Palas and Fairlie plantations together cover 1,200 hectares and produce 600 tonnes of leaves a year. That’s about five million cups a day, so bring plenty of biscuits. BOH’s Parthipan Ramadass will give you a tour and explain what it takes to concoct a special taste.

Hi-tech tea It takes hi-tech machines these days, to wither, crush and ferment the leaves. Baking them at 100 degrees Celsius halts oxidation, and finally what’s left is sorted by size, with the dregs destined to become fertiliser.

The BOH tea plantations were established in 1929. The Boh, Sungei Palas and Fairlie spreads together cover 1,200 hectares and produce 600 tonnes of leaves a year – about five million cups a day. The good stuff ends up steeping in hot water in the US, Japan, Singapore, Brunei and the Emirates.

BOH has a new Tea Centre with historical exhibits and a souvenir shop, plus the Tea’ria, where you can sip the goods

and inhale the scenery. A wonderful day can end at Cactus Valley in neighbourhood Brinchang, not a geological formation but a two-storey building and garden devoted to cacti and fruit and veggies grown with hydroponics. It’s yet another eye-popper. The writer travelled to Malaysia as a guest on one of Isuzu’s caravans.

XTRA B R E W U P, C A L M D O W N >> The BOH Tea Garden in Pahang province is free to visit daily from 8 to 6. Call (605) 493 1324 or visit www.Boh.com.my. >> Cactus Valley has the same hours but costs about Bt40 to look around, half price for kids. >> Call (605) 491 5109 or check out www.Cameron. com.my/Cactus-Valley.

Cactus Valley is a greenhouse where strawberries and succulent plants are grown hydroponically.


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CATE BLANCHETT had blood gushing from her head on Wednesday after she was hit with a prop radio and fell to the floor in the Sydney Theatre’s “A Streetcar Named Desire”. She was back on stage last night.

THE LENGTH of “24h Berlin - A Day in the Life”, a film shot on September 5, 2008. It will be broadcast tomorrow on German television.

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a festival Russia’s Ekaterinburg Opera Theatre opens Bangkok’s 11th International Festival of Dance and Music on Monday at 8 with a performance of “La Traviata” at the Thailand Cultural Centre. Based on Alexandre Dumas’ “La Dame aux Camelias”, Verdi’s opera tells the story of a young poet who falls in love with a courtesan. Mikhail Granovsky from Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre conducts. The opera will be performed in Italian, with surtitles in Thai and English. Tickets are Bt1,000 to Bt4,000 at www.ThaiTicketMajor.com. The festival runs until October 17. Visit www.BangkokFestivals.com.

Call (02) 2252 1592 or see www.GalerieNBangkok.com.

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And now, it’s Fergie! The phenomenal Irish DJ will preview tracks from his upcoming debut album tonight at 808 on RCA By Manta Klangboonkrong D A I LY X P R E S S

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he wait is over! Hard house fans will finally get a glimpse tonight of one of the scene’s most prolific DJs, Fergie, in his Bangkok debut. Hailing from Northern Ireland, DJ Fergie (real name Robert Ferguson) got started at age 14, and has since become one of the most in-demand spinners at parties and top clubs all over Europe. “Being in the rave is what I live for,” Fergie told us. “I’ve been very lucky in that I’ve been able to fly round the world and see some great parties for the past 15 years. I’m totally looking forward to the next 15! “I think the music scene is in the best place right now. Everyone can easily access the

Galerie N’s second New Folders exhibition for emerging young Thai artists opens on September 11. Suntorn Piama makes his solo debut with “E-scape”, a merging of old and new techniques and styles. The gallery is on Wireless Road and open 10 to 7 Tuesday to Sunday.

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“The Memorial of Michael Jackson – The King of Pop” is a 148-page, photo-intensive, Thai-language book examining the singer’s life and work. IS Song Hits has also included the lyrics and guitar chords to 35 Jacko classics. Have Bt159 ready and call the publisher at (02) 880 1876, extensions 101 to 103.

music, which is great because I feel we’re hearing the freshest and most groundbreaking music right now. “Times have changed from when everyone wanted to be just a DJ,” he notes. “Now all the young guys at the clubs are out raving then going home and making this incredible music, so it’s a great time to be around.” A master of remix, Fergie has been busy revamping tracks for luminaries like Unkle and Irish producers Psycatron. His own debut album will be out soon, and some of the new tracks will be played at tonight’s gig. “I’ve heard so much from friend about the scene in Bangkok. If it’s half as good as they say, it’s going to be an animating experience. I have lots

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Bookazine and Gaysorn’s International Book Fair tomorrow through September 15 lets bookworms bore into every single kind of reading material in the world. You can get to the Gaysorn mall on the Skytrain – stop at Chidlom. Call (02) 656 1149.

Little engines The Easy Kart track in RCA Plaza is hosting races on Thursday with the Old German Beerhouse and GOYP. Form your own team or sign on with GOYP and get kart-krazy. Prizes and racing

vouchers await. Get revved up by e-mailing michael@goyp.de.

Currying readers Indian people and lovers of Indian culture will want to check out Masala, a Bangkok-based, English-language bi-monthly magazine that covers health, travel, business, technology, cars, fashion, sports, spirituality and, of course, food and Bollywood. Keep track of who’s who in the successful and ever-growing Indian diaspora. Find out more at www.MasalaThai.com.

808 IS THE HOUSE >> DJ Fergie performs at 808 tonight at 808 on RCA. >> Entry with a drink is Bt600. Don’t forget your ID. >> Call (02) 203 1043 or visit www.808Bangkok.com.

Suntorn Piama makes his solo debut with “E-scape” at Galerie N. of new music to play, so it’s going to be crazy!”


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Striptease revisited The ‘Thai Chippendales’ of ‘Plueang’ are back with a mystic message in their meaty motions By Pawit Mahasarinand SPECIAL TO D A I LY X P R E S S

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angkok University Theatre, an affiliate of the university’s performing-arts department, is re-staging “Plueang”, one of last year’s most highly acclaimed musicals. The troupe’s dance-theatre spectacle “Maha Janaka” toured Thailand and was presented in Prague, and earlier this year they premiered “Dear Death” in Singapore. Students form most of the cast, but professors and guest artists on the production team ensure that the quality of the productions is professional.

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>> “Plueang” is at M Theatre on New Phetchaburi Road today through Sunday and again next Wednesday to Sunday, at 7.30pm each day with weekend matinees at 2. >> Tickets are Bt500 to Bt1,000 (just Bt250 for students) at www.ThaiTicketMajor.

“Plueang” – a Thai musical i nspired by Terrence McNally’s stage adaptation of the British film “The Full Monty” – was originally staged a year ago at the Rangsit campus. Now it’s come downtown to M Theatre. The popular movie was also a big hit with “Plueang” playwright and director Pannasak “Khru Tu” Sukhee, an assistant professor at BU. “These six men are ordinary people, neither rich nor goodlooking,” he chuckles, “but they have to perform a strip show to prove their worth – not just as human beings, but as men, fathers and husbands. “I was thinking what if this actually happened in Thailand, where all kinds of people, including university graduates, are now losing their jobs.” Khru Tu not only transplants the characters and the locale from England to Bangkok’s Chimplee Alley, he ties the story to Buddhist teachings. “Buddhism suggests we plueang – strip off – what we use to cover our true self.” Among the cast changes this year, the lead character Chartchai, a university grad forced to drive a taxi, is portrayed by Sasit Suthikasem, a BU

,, alumnus now starring in the TV drama series “Nong Mai Rai Borisut”. Theatregoers will recall his star turns in “M Butterfly” and “Kon Rak Game Love”.

BUDDHISM SUGGESTS WE PLUEANG– STRIP OFF – WHAT WE USE TO COVER OUR TRUE SELF.


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The Black Russian in the fridge Smirnoff Black No 55 gets its clever taste from, among other things, a century-old tin pot

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you can’t smell vodka on the breath, making it perfect for secret boozing as well as multi-ingredient cocktails. Russians bang it back unattended from the shot glass, of course, or maybe with a splash of beer. Elsewhere, the modern trend is vodka with coke or juice, though there are no rules – it parties well with other spirits, like martini, brandy and liqueur. But yes, all right, if you need to neutralise the alcohol a bit, drop some pickled fruit in it, like olives. Keep the bottle in the freezer – except when you’re actually drinking from it, we mean – and remember that empty stomachs tend to react with alarm to quantities of vodka, so at least get a few slices of toast with caviar down the hole first.

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odka lovers, glasses ready? Let Smirnoff fill them with its Black No 55, boasting more “style and substance” than the customary red label. It’s purer, still disarmingly smooth and has more flavour – yes, flavour, but not that artificial fruity flavouring that robs vodka of its crazedCossack-riding-across-the-steppe realism. There’s a rich, distinctive flair in the aftertaste of every sip, keeping it enjoyable even when taken straight. The Black series gets its character from the copper pot used in the fi-

nal stage of distillation, just before it’s filtered through birch charcoal. There’s only one copper pot – the original Smirnoff family pot that’s been in use for 150 years – so they can only make one small batch a day. Smirnoff likes to tell people (after a few snootfuls) that back in the day, Russian peasants loved its vodka, but so did the tsars and other elite types. Vodka was the favourite tipple of Tsar Peter the Great. No surprise there – that’s why he was great! Tsarina Catherine Also the Great handed out bottles as gifts to visiting aristocrats. They discovered, like millions of teenagers since, that

THERE’S ONLY ONE COPPER POT – THE ORIGINAL SMIRNOFF FAMILY POT THAT’S BEEN IN USE FOR 150 YEARS – SO THEY CAN ONLY MAKE ONE SMALL BATCH A DAY.

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clubscene Superzaaap! Tonight Club Culture Sri Ayutthaya Road (BTS: Phya Thai) (02) 642 5499 www.Club-Culture-Bkk.com Dress code; ID Celebrate Superrzaap’s first anniversary with the Space Man DJs including crews from Action Replay, Nonsense Bros and Superb Org. Entry is free before 11pm and Bt200 with a drink after.

Dudesweet party Tomorrow 808 RCA, Zone C (02) 203 1043 www.808Bangkok.com Dudesweet goes back to indie rock with music from DJs Notekadia, Badnews, Nokair, Non the Neon Boy and Knatz. Entry with a drink is Bt180 before 10.30pm and Bt280 after.

Examined Life Tomorrow Rain Dogs Soi Phrayapiren off Rama IV (MRT: Klong Toei) Raindogs presents “Examined Life”, a documentary by Astra Taylor at 8pm with critical discussion afterwards. Then party on with DJs James Alexi, and Julie Lavoie. Admission is free.

Rave culture Tomorrow Club Culture Dance till you drop to the underground sound of DJ Kristian Sinco at this rave party with many local guest DJs. Entry is free before 11pm and it’s Bt200 with a drink after.

UB Live Overdrive Thursday Q Bar Sukhumvit Soi 11 (BTS: Nana), (02) 252 3274 www.QBarBangkok.com Dress code; ID UB Radio brings another session of live underground DJ sets to Q with the infamous duo Sunju and Steek on the decks. Entry with two drinks is Bt500.


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so-ho-t End of Days Today and tomorrow are the last chances to catch Day Freeman and Khaimook in “Return of the Last Day Show”, a funny romp at the Aksara Theatre co-starring Tao Somchai, Jason Young, Top Daraneenuch, Kai Warayuth, Jaew Yudthana and Nong Wasun. Grab a seat from www.ThaiTicketMajor.com or (02) 262 3456.

US ice-cream firm Ben & Jerry’s has commemorated the sanctioning of gay and lesbian marriage in the state of Vermont by renaming its popular Chubby Hubby flavour “Hubby Hubby”. Reports that other flavours will be renamed Karamel Sutra and Jamaican Me Crazy remain highly unconfirmed.

Uruguay changes the rules Despite opposition from the Catholic Church, lawmakers in Uruguay have given gay and lesbian couples the right to adopt. President Tabare Vazquez’s Broad Front coalition previously legalised gay civil unions and lifted a ban against homosexuals in the armed forces.

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The tolerance myth gets knocked out Straight boxing hero Worapoj shows up in a gay magazine and the macho world comes out swinging By Paisarn Likhitpreechakul SPECIAL TO D A I LY X P R E S S

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elcome to Thai-style homophobia, in which head-bashing is unnecessary, since glass ceilings and invisible electric fences work fine already. It might have come as a shock to those subscribing to the myth that Thailand tolerates homosexuality, but it was entirely predictable that Nick Youngquest, Footballer

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Olympic boxing hero Worapoj Petchkhoom would be banned from the sport for three months for appearing in a gay magazine. Compared to the underwear ads featuring another Olympic champ, Somrak Khamsing, Worapoj’s images in the July edition of Stage were pretty meek. General Taweep Jantararoj, president of the Amateur Boxing Association of

Thailand, admitted at a press conference that the shots weren’t obscene, but he insisted that Worapoj (who says he’s straight) had tarnished the reputation of the national athletes.

IF THE SAME PICTURES HAD APPEARED IN A WOMEN’S MAGAZINE,THE PUBLIC WOULD BE CLAMOURING FOR MORE AND THE BOXING ASSOCIATION WOULD BE SMILING.

If the same pictures had appeared in a women’s magazine, the public would be clamouring for more and the Boxing Association would be smiling. The obvious subtext here is that anything associated with homosexuality is bad. In supposedly less tolerant Britain, David Beckham told BBC Radio he is “honoured” to be known as a gay icon. “I’m quite sure of my feminine side,” he told Sports Illustrated, “and I’ve not got a problem with that at all. These days it’s the norm, and it should be.” Attitude magazine’s current “Sex” issue has revealing photos of rugby player Nick Youngquest, not the first time he’s graced gay publications. With a dozen other players, he also appeared in the gay-targeted 2009 “Gods of Football” calendar, a fund-raiser for a breast-cancer charity. These straight sportsmen can do this without fear of hurting their career. What matters is how they perform on the field, not the macho image they need to uphold. The moral in all of this for gay Thais is clear: Don’t fantasise about national sports heroes, or even dream of becoming one. This will push Thai gay athletes deeper in the closet, and stop many younger gays from taking up sports seriously. Thailand may never know the likes of Australia’s Matthew Mitcham and, I guess, it doesn’t deserve to anyway.


Friday, September 4, 2009

THE SCREEN 11

DAILY XPRESS

“THE FINAL DESTINATION”

TO SEE

debuted at No 1 in North America last weekend, earning US$27.4 million.

don’t miss!

Polamuang J uling

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The Scene at the Sea

Land of the Lost

Takeshi Kitano’s 1991 comedy kicks off a month of humanitythemed films. It’s about a deafmute garbage collector who wins surfing contests. At 6.30 tonight in Japanese with Thai subtitles at the Japan Foundation Bangkok. Visit

A scientist, his research assistant and a redneck surivivalist are sucked into a space-time vortex and end up in a strange, prehistoric realm. Based on the cult 1970s TV series by Sid and Marty Krofft. Stars Will Ferrell, Anna Friel and Danny McBride. At Paragon, Esplanade, Major Ratchayothin and EGV Seacon.

www.JFBKK.or.th or call (02) 260 8560-4.

Young@Heart This documentary looks in on a senior citizens’ choir in Northampton, Massachusetts, as they struggle with unfamiliar melodies and lyrics by the likes of Coldplay, Sonic Youth and James Brown for an upcoming concert. At House. Rated P.

This four-hour do cumentary by Kr aisak Choonhav Manit Sriwanich an, Ing K and poom examines Thai politics and how they relate society and to the Islamic in surg after the brutal beating of teache ency in southern Thailand r Juling Pongkunm tonight with En ul. At 6.30 glish subtitles at House. ★★★★ ★

Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea Animator Hayao Miyazaki’s latest fantasy is about a five-yearold boy and his relationship with a goldfish princess who longs to become human. In Japanese with English and Thai subtitles at Paragon Cineplex and the Siam. Rated G. ★★★★

Rated G. ★★

Bandslam

Under the Sea 3D

A nerdy teenage boy (Gaelan Connell) becomes the manager of a rock band headed by a pair of female classmates (Vanessa Hudgens and Alyson Michalka). Their goal is to compete in a battle of the bands. LIsa Kudrow also stars. Rated 13+.★★★

Explore the depths of the Coral Triangle, including Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and the waters off Papua New Guinea, for face-to-face encounters with mysterious and stunning creatures. At Krungsri Imax.

Fan Kao (My Ex) A womanising actor (Shahkrit Yamnarm) is terrorised by the ghost of a heartbroken ex-girlfriend. With English subtitles in some cinemas. Rated 15+. ★★★

Buppah Rahtree 3.2 Yuthlert Sippapak offers a fourth installment in his horrorcomedy franchise. With English subtitles in some cinemas.

>> 13th Thai Short Film & Video Festival encore – Showing for free at 5 today and Monday and 2.30 tomorrow are winning

entries from this year’s fest, and at 2.30 on Sunday, experimental films from the Digital Forum at the Sri Sala Cinema at the Film Archive in Salaya, Nakon Pathom. Visit www.Fapot.org. >> Death in the Land of Melancholia: Lav Diaz Retrospective in Thailand

– “Evolution of a Filipino Family” tomorrow and “Heremias” on Sunday completes the series at Bo(ok)hemian in Phuket. The show time is noon. Visit Bit.ly/DiazRetro.

Rated 18+. ★★★

Inglourious Basterds Brad Pitt leads a group of Jewish-American soldiers through occupied France scalping Nazis. Rated 18+. ★★★★

on tv

>> CINEMA NUMBERS Apex: Lido, (02) 252 6498, Siam, (02) 251 3508, Scala, (02) 251 2861 Century: (02) 247 9940 House: (02) 641 5177-8 Imax: (02) 129 4631 Major Cineplex/EGV/ Esplanade: Bangkok, (02) 515 5555 Major Hollywood: (02) 718 7999 Paragon Cineplex: (02) 129 4635 SF Cinemas: Bangkok, (02) 268 8888 UMG: RCA, (02) 641 5913-14

Gamer Gerard Butler portrays the star player in a violent and deadly online game in which he is actually controlled by a geeky teenager. Michael C Hall also stars. Rated 18+.

Bee Movie Having just graduated from college, a bee by the name of Barry B Benson (Jerry Seinfeld) finds himself disillusioned with the prospect of having only one career choice – honey. HBO (TrueVisions), 10.45pm

> > F I L M R AT I N GS > > C H A N N E L L I N KS www.NationChannel.com Channel 3: www.ThaiTV3.com Channel 5: www.TV5.co.th Channel 7: www.CH7.com Modernine: www.MCOT.net NBT: TV11.prd.go.th TV Thai: www.ThaiPBS.or.th True: www.TrueVisionsTV.com

As of August 2009, Thailand has these motion-picture ratings: G – General audiences. P – Promote as educational. 13+, 15+ and 18+ – Suggested minimum ages for viewers. 20+ – Restricted to viewers aged 20 and older; ID check mandatory.


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Close to Home By John McPherson

LEISURE

Pooch Cafe

The Buckets

Adam

Calvin and Hobbes

By Brian Basset

By Paul Gilligan

By Scott Stantis

By Bryan Basset

By Bill Watterson

Friday, September 4, 2009

Comics&Games

Red and Rover

DAILY XPRESS


Friday, September 4, 2009

LEISURE

DAILY XPRESS

Games&YourStars SUDOKU

The last word in

ASTROLOGY

By Eugenia Last

Today’s Birthday: You have to clear up any partnership problems that exist professionally or personally. The longer you let things hang over your head, the longer it will be before you can make progress and achieve your goals. This is a year of change, so take advantage of the opportunities that lie ahead.

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 Someone will be secretive about his or her dealings. Reconsider your approach based on the realisation that you don’t have backup or all the information required. TAURUS **** April 20-May 20 Work with your peers and you will gain popularity that will lead to your advancement. A change of plans will allow you to make the most of your time and adapt to what works for everyone else. GEMINI ** May 21-June 20 Don’t let anyone take you for granted. An opportunity will provide you with an interesting option for love and romance. An unexpected alteration will cause an emotional response.

DIFFICULTY RATING ★★★★★

CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY

CANCER ***** June 21-July 22 Making some personal changes to your living arrangements will help out someone you care about and put you in a better financial position. You can start a home-based business. LEO *** July 23-Aug. 22 Be ready to act fast if a deal of interest comes your way. There is money to be made if you are smart, efficient and know your facts. Someone you want to get to know better will take notice. VIRGO *** Aug. 23-Sept. 22 You’ll be torn between what you should do and what you want to do. Don’t give in to emotional meddling when everything hinges on sticking to your principles. Expect changes. LIBRA *** Sept. 23-Oct. 22 Stay cool and let everyone else make a scene. Your calm approach will have people gravitating toward you, giving you the upper hand. Don’t bend under pressure. SCORPIO ***** Oct. 23-Nov. 21 Don’t be fooled by a promise someone makes. You will end up being the one who pays in the end if you agree to something without a written agreement. Don’t let a love interest take advantage. SAGITTARIUS ** Nov. 22-Dec. 21 You may feel the need to embellish a situation. If you do, someone will not appreciate your point of view. Keep things simple and you can avoid sudden changes to your personal life.

Beyonce Knowles

Actress Mitzi Gaynor is 78. Actress Jennifer Salt is 65. Bassist Ronald LaPread is 59. Actress Judith Ivey is 58. Drummer Martin Chambers is 58. Actress Khandi Alexander is 52. Actor-comedian Damon Wayans is 49. Guitarist Kim Thayil (Soundgarden) is 49. Actress Ione Skye is 39. Singer Richard Wingo of Jagged Edge is 34. Actor Wes Bentley (“American Beauty”) is 31. Singer Beyonce Knowles is 28.

CAPRICORN **** Dec. 22-Jan. 19 You can sidestep some of the problems presented by taking charge and making concessions for anyone who doesn’t want to follow suit. Pleasing everyone will put you in a winner’s position. AQUARIUS *** Jan. 20-Feb. 18 Don’t mix money and personal matters. If you do business with a friend or relative, you will pay emotionally as well as financially. Don’t let anyone force you into making a decision. PISCES *** Feb. 19-March 20 Project your concerns and discuss your intentions and the feedback you get will enable you to proceed with confidence. An experienced individual will shed some light on an emotional situation.

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ENERGY FOR ENVIRONMENT FOUNDATION (E FOR E) is looking for competent, energetic, and motivated candidates for the following positions.

FINANCING OFFICER:

Bachelor’s Degree in Finance/Banking/Business Administration or Engineering with MBA; 3 years experience in the banking/business sector; Experience of financial analysis, financial modelling in power or petrochemical plant; Demonstrated experience and skills in preparing for financing arrangement and project evaluation for energy projects.

ENERGY POLICY ANALYST: Postgraduate in Economics/ Science/Engineering field; 3-5 years experience in energy; Experience in renewable energy or CDM is a plus. Interested candidates are invited to visit our website at www.efe.or.th for detailed information of each position. Please send your application letter, indicating position applied, with resume and expected salary to: Energy for Environment Foundation, fax 0 2642 6426 or email: efe@efe.or.th by 31 August 2009. For more information please contact

K. Jaijin Tel: 0 2642 6424-5


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 www.thairayon.com e-mail banthoeng.c@adityabirla.com, ruchikarn.k@adityabirla.com

We are the leading group in the watch making industry. To support the growth of our prestigious Swiss brands in the retail business, we are looking for the positions below:

BOUTIQUE MANAGER / ASSISTANT BOUTIQUE MANAGER Main responsibilities • Supervise and manage the overall operations of the boutiques i.e. inventory, sales report and etc. • Set the sales target for leading and motivating sales team to achieve sales target Qualifications • Thai nationality, Bachelor’s Degree or higher in related fields • At least 4 years working experience in retail business preferably with luxury brand or high-end consumer goods, experience in the watch field is an asset • Good interpersonal and communication skills, possess a leadership style, service minded, sales oriented and able to handle multi tasks • Computer literacy and strong knowledge of Microsoft Office software • Good command of spoken and written English • Working 6 days a week

BOUTIQUE SALES REPRESENTATIVE Main responsibilities • Responsible for driving sales to achieve a monthly target • Deliver a premium service and product knowledge to customers Qualifications • Thai nationality, age not over 35 years old • Bachelor’s Degree in related fields • At least 2 years working experience in selling background preferably with luxury brand or high-end consumer goods, experience in the watch field is an asset • Good personality, service minded, dynamic and sales oriented • Good command of spoken English • Working 6 days a week Successful candidates will be offered competitive remuneration package. If you are interested, please send application letter and expected salary to: HR & Administration Department, The Swatch Group Trading (Thailand) Ltd.

4th Floor, M Thai Tower, All Seasons Place, 87 Wireless Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330 Tel: 02-610-0294-5 (HR Dept.) Fax: 02-654-3246 E-mail: hr.recruit@th.swatchgroup.com

A multinational oilfield service company is searching for dynamic self-motivated applicants to join our distinguished team of experts based in Thailand to serve both the domestic and international clients. New “talent” is continuously being hired to strengthen and grow our team. Are you ready to integrate into our training program, specifically designed to promote existing employees to succeed within the ranks of our organization and in their own lives? • • • • • •

Related degree preferred, but solid experience may serve in lieu of degree Minimum experience may be required Excellent verbal and written communication skills (English is a plus) Intermediate computer and software skills International travel required Thai national only

Administration Positions *English Required* • Accounting Manager • Procurement Manager • Inventory Manager

• Logistics Manager • Admin. Coordinator • Messenger

Technical • Workshop Supervisor *English + • Crane Mechanics • Crane Operators

• Diesel Mechanics • Hydraulic Mechanics • Electricians

Thunder Oilfield Services (Thailand) Limited 117/60-61 Moo 4, Tambol Plutaluang, Amphur Sattahip, Chonburi 20180 Tel: +66(0)38 722281 Fax: +66(0)38 722169 E-mail: reporting@thunderoilfield.com


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24 GAMES

Friday, September 4, 2009

THE SPORT briefly

Argentina coach Diego Maradona watches Lionel Messi at a training session.

Hull snap up Vennegoor Hull have recruited former Celtic striker Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink to bolster their bid to stay in the Premier League. The 30-year-old Dutchman was a free agent after leaving Celtic at the end of last season, so Hull were able to complete his signing outside of the transfer window, which closed on Tuesday. He has signed a two-year deal. – AFP

Man Utd’s Obertan still recovering French winger Gabriel Obertan may still be six weeks away from making his Manchester United debut as he recovers from a spine injury. The 20-year-old Obertan was struggling with the back complaint when he joined United on a four-year contract from Bordeaux in the off-season. He was signed for around £3 million to help fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer to Real Madrid. – AFP

10-2 CC Sabathia earned his 16th victory and Alex Rodriguez got his 2,500th hit as the Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles.

Fifa slaps Chelsea with transfer ban AP, Zurich

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Loeb gains early edge on Hirvonen French defending champion Sebastien Loeb gained an early advantage over series leader Mikko Hirvonen after the opening Australian round of the World Rally Championship yesterday. Loeb’s factory Citroen was marginally quicker than the Finn around the two special stages held at Murwillumbah in northern New South Wales, although both drivers were off the outright pace. Loeb’s team-mate Sebastien Ogier led after the second of the rally’s 35 stages with a combined time over the two brief runs of three minutes 35.1 seconds. Norwegian Ford driver Henning Solberg was in second, 3.5 seconds back while Loeb was 0.8 of a second further away in third place. Hirvonen finished in sixth spot. – AFP

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razil are not too worried about Argentina star Lionel Messi ahead of their World Cup qualifier tomorrow. Brazil coach Dunga said yesterday he does not plan any special defensive scheme to try to contain the Barcelona playmaker when the rivals meet in Rosario. “Every player deserves attention,” Dunga said after Brazil’s practice at the Granja Comary training camp just outside Rio de Janeiro. “You can’t mark only one player and let 10 others remain free.” Dunga praised Messi’s skills and recognised the dangers he can create, but said Brazil have to play their own game and not worry too much about the opposing players. “It’s natural to have some precautions,” Dunga said. “But we have to play like we normally do.” Messi has told Argentine media that although both teams

Football,rugby fight over pitch Football and rugby are involved in a bizarre tug of war over Fiorentina’s Franchi stadium due to a fixture clash. The Italian football association announced on Tuesday that the Serie A match between Fiorentina and Parma would be held on November 21. However, the date and stadium have already been booked for a rugby union international between Italy and world champions South Africa, for which tickets are already on sale. Neither Fiorentina nor Parma have commented on the clash but a spokesman for the Italian Rugby Federation said all parties, which includes the city of Florence, which owns the stadium, were working on a solution. One possibility is that the football match will be moved to either December 2 or 16 or the rugby match would have to be moved to another stadium. – A F P have great players, he thinks Argentina have what it takes to beat the Brazilians. Messi, who is from Rosario, says he is motivated, and reportedly scored five times in practice on Wednesday. Tomorrow’s match is key to Argentina, who are only fourth in South American qualifying for next year’s World Cup in South Africa. Brazil lead the group with 27 points, one more than Chile and three more than third-place Paraguay. Argentina have 22 points, and a loss could put the team in danger of missing out on football’s biggest

showcase for the first time since 1970. The top four nations automatically qualify, while the fifth-place nation will face a play-off with the fourth-place finisher in the Concacaf region. Although Argentina were under the most pressure, Dunga said he doesn’t expect the Argentines to play overly aggressive or violently. But some of the Brazilians are bracing for a physical match. “As always, they will be playing hard,” Brazil striker Robinho said. “We know they will give all they have to beat us.”

ifa says it has banned Chelsea from signing any players for the next year because it encouraged a French player to break his contract and sign for the club. Fifa said yesterday that Chelsea can’t register new players, from England or abroad, during the next two transfer windows – in January 2010 and the next off-season. Fifa’s Dispute Resolution Chamber made the ruling after Lens complained that Chelsea lured Gael Kakuta to break his contract with the French club and move to London. The dispute panel banned also Kakuta from playing for four months, and ordered Kakuta and Chelsea to pay Lens ¤780,000 in compensation. Chelsea must pay Lens a further ¤130,000 as a training fee. Chelsea can appeal the decision.

Trezeguet to leave Juve David Trezeguet plans to leave Juventus at the end of the season, the French striker announced yesterday. “Sooner or later there’s an end to everything. Nothing has changed regarding my relationship with the club and I never asked to leave, the contract was never a problem. It’s a decision that I made some time ago,” Trezeguet said. Trezeguet has fallen down the pecking order for Juventus strikers, behind Vincenzo Iaquinta, Amauri and captain Alessandro Del Piero at times. The 31-year-old Trezeguet is in his 10th season with Juve, having scored 116 goals in 195 Serie A games, but only one goal last season. Trezeguet wouldn’t commit when asked about where he might play in the future. “I don’t know. It’s not the time to talk about that. We’re only two rounds into the season.”


Friday, September 4, 2009

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Money buys success: it’s official

TRAGEDY LIFTS DEFOE Striker reveals heartache behind his new lease of life AFP, Watford, England

ngland striker Jermain Defoe has revealed the secret torment he went through watching his half-brother die at the age of just 26 and says it has inspired him to produce the best form of his life. Defoe, who has scored six goals already for Tottenham and England this season, is rapidly becoming a key player for his country and is a serious contender to partner Wayne Rooney as Fabio Capello’s side prepare for the World Cup. The 26-year-old hopes to play a part in England’s friendly against Slovenia tomorrow and the crucial qualifier against Croatia at Wembley four days later when victory would be enough to ensure the team reaches South Africa. But Defoe admitted his impressive form has been fired by personal tragedy. Just five months ago his halfbrother Jade, a talented rapper and DJ, died of head injuries in hospital after being attacked on the street in Leytonstone, east London. “I remember the day he died,” Defoe said. “I was training on the Friday before the Man United game and my mum turned up at the training ground. The manager said to me, ‘Your mum’s in the car park.’ “I knew straight away when I saw her face. She basically just said to me, ‘I think he’s got two hours to live.’ So I had to get myself to the hospital and just be there for him. “I was there when he died, it was crazy. All the family were

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I KNEW STRAIGHT AWAY WHEN I SAW HER FACE.SHE BASICALLY JUST SAID TO ME,‘I THINK HE’S GOT TWO HOURS TO LIVE.’ Jermain Defoe pitch and so far this season it has reaped rewards.

“It changed me,” he admitted. “I actually sat down with my cousin just recently and said that the last year has been really difficult. “But sometimes in life you get difficult times and at some point you get good times. This is my good time now and I’m really enjoying it. I just want to keep myself strong and keep focused and make sure I have a good year. “I think when you’re playing it’s the only place you get away from everything. You focus on football when you’re on the pitch. When you’re off the pitch you think about things. The reason why you play, get on with it and do so well is because that’s where you get your peace.”

Twelve of the 20 clubs that spent the most money on players in Europe’s five biggest leagues went on to win the title over the last four years, and 90 per cent of the top-spending clubs in those leagues have gone on to finish in the top three, according to research published Wednesday. The Castrol Performance Analysis predicts that Real Madrid may be right in thinking they can loosen Barcelona’s grip on the Spanish League title after spending $372.5 million during the transfer window, far more than any other football team. Manchester City also have grounds for optimism in their bid to win the league title for the first time in 42 years. The Sky Blues have invested £124 million in new players, making the club the Premier League’s biggest spenders this summer. “This level of expenditure should be enough to break open the closed shop at the head of the table where Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal have filled the top four places for the last four years,” the analysis said. Manager Mark Hughes’s spending spree has brought in Carlos Tevez, Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure to the City of Manchester Stadium to join existing players, including Brazil forward Robinho. City’s expected progress mirrors a trend that runs through the league table, underlining the link between spending money on new players and eventual league position, the research says.

Van Nistelrooy returns to fight for place at Madrid AP, Madrid

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Ruud Van Nistelrooy, right, with Rafael Van der Vaart.

uud van Nistelrooy believes his recovery from a serious knee injury has given him the confidence to stick it out and fight for playing time at Real Madrid. Madrid have spent about $360 million to revamp their squad, buying scoring threats Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Kaka. Despite the wealth of talent, the 33-year-old Van Nistelrooy is confident he

can break into coach Manuel Pellegrini’s line-up even with Gonzalo Higuain and captain Raul Gonzalez ahead in the pecking order. “The easiest thing for me to have done would have been to leave for a lesser team. But I’m not going to leave Real Madrid,” Van Nistelrooy said yesterday. “I want to know what I’m capable of. There are still a lot of options when it comes to playing.”

Van Nistelrooy said it was just a matter of time before he got back to his best form. “I know I can play at the highest level. Physically, I feel better than before the injury,” he said. “I only need to find my rhythm and that will come with matches.”

Sidelined in November Van Nistelrooy had been sidelined by knee surgery since last November.

The Dutchman has scored 60 goals in 89 appearances and won two league trophies since joining from Manchester United in 2006. He was the Spanish league’s leading scorer during the 2006-07 season. “The doctor who operated on me said that I could play three more years and then when I retire from football I won’t have any problems,” Van Nistelrooy said. “Before the injury I didn’t feel good. I lost three years.”


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Rafael Nadal to promote Thailand to the world during his stay in the Kingdom Six-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal will touch down in Thailand for the first time on September 23 to promote local tourism in the south before letting his racquet talk in the PTT Thailand Open. The world No 3 is scheduled to arrive with an entourage of 12 – but minus his family and girlfriend – on the morning of September 23 and will take a connecting

flight to Krabi province right away, according to Suwat Liptapanlop, president of the Lawn Tennis Association of Thailand (LTAT). The Spaniard will be staying at the Rayavadee Resort for a week and will involve himself in promotional activity for the southern province. The LTAT executive said Nadal will pay a visit to Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on September 30,

Rafael Nadal hits a return to Richard Gasquet yesterday.

while his first match will be on October 1. Along with three other seeds, No 1 seed Nadal has a first-round bye. The Thailand Open is scheduled for September 26 to October 4 at the Impact Arena in Muang Thong Thani. Also featuring in the tournament will be defending champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and Gilles Simon and Marat Safin. Nadal is currently com-

peting at the US Open, where he says he’s feeling relaxed after suffering no pain from the knee tendinitis that sidelined him for two months. The third seed defeated France’s Richard Gasquet 6-2 6-2 6-3 in a first-round match, happy to be healthy after missing a chance to defend his 2008 Wimbledon title. DAILY XPRESS

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Swiss happy to be Serena’s warm-up act

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oger Federer used to wonder how he was ever going to beat Lleyton Hewitt, but the situation will be reversed when the world’s No 1 and one of his predecessors meet in the third round of the US Open. Hewitt dominated their matches back when the Australian was in the midst of winning two Grand Slam titles and Federer was still chasing his first Major championship. It’s hard to remember now that the Swiss has won 13 straight match-ups. The two set up another showdown by winning their secondround matches on Wednesday. Federer beat Germany’s Simon Greul 6-3 7-5 7-5 while Hewitt defeated Argentina’s Juan Ignacio Chela 6-3 6-3 6-4. “On any given day, a former world No 1, a guy who’s won Majors, is very, very dangerous,” Federer said. “That’s why I have to make sure I get into the match quickly, not give him the lead, because we know he’s not going to go down without a fight.” Hewitt won at Flushing Meadows in 2001. Three years later, Federer beat him in the final – the first of five straight titles that he’s seeking to turn into six. “He started his run here in 2004 in the final, so it would be nice if I could finish it,” Hewitt said with a smile. The player who has given Federer fits more recently – Rafael Nadal – motored around

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Roger Federer on his way to victory over Simon Greul at the US Open. the court like a guy with two healthy knees on Wednesday. He defeated Richard Gasquet 62 6-2 6-3 in his first Grand Slam action since May 31, when Nadal’s 31-match French Open winning streak ended in the fourth round at Roland Garros. Tendinitis in both knees sidelined Nadal for more than two months. He pulled out of Wimbledon instead of defending his title, saying he couldn’t play without thinking about the injury, but not anymore. “I don’t have pain, so I don’t think,” Nadal said. The defending women’s champion, Serena Williams, needed just 53 minutes to dispatch 51st-ranked Melinda Czink of Hungary 6-1 6-1.

ON ANY GIVEN DAY,A FORMER WORLD NO 1, A GUY WHO HAS WON MAJORS,IS VERY, VERY DANGEROUS. Roger Federer Her third-round opponent is Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, who pushed Williams to three sets in a dramatic match at the same stage of the French Open.

Williams insisted the ball went off Martinez Sanchez’s arm on a point that helped the Spaniard win the first set; she later accused Martinez Sanchez of cheating. “She plays a fun game,” Williams said Wednesday. “She’s a tough cookie.” Venus Williams had heavy strapping on her left knee, which began bothering her when she struggled through a first-round win Monday. But like Nadal, Williams looked fine Wednesday, and she easily eliminated Bethanie MattekSands of the United States 6-4, 6-2. Kim Clijsters was away for two years, not two months, but she’s rolling, too.

oger Federer is not accustomed to taking second billing to anyone in tennis, but he settled for being a world-class warm-up act for Serena Williams yesterday (Bangkok time) at the US Open. US Tennis Association officials switched the typical order of US Open night matches and put Federer’s best-offive match against Germany’s Simon Greul on ahead of Williams’s best-of-three meetings with Hungary’s Melinda Czink. Defending champions Federer and Williams each won in straight sets to provide an expected early night for everyone in the first Arthur Ashe Stadium night test of putting the men ahead of the women. “We’re very happy from the men’s side,” Federer said. “It’s a cool thing to start off from day to night. I was the one who could do it so I’m very happy.” Federer made the case for the switch after years where certain matches went from nearly straight-set romps to early morning finishes thanks to a collapse from a men’s leader or an epic fightback from a valiant foe after losing two sets. “I think it’s fun to mix it up a little bit. It gets really late for us too sometimes,” Federer said. “I think it was great.” And Federer saw no problem in the break with tradition, playing the warm-up act for what proved to be a record night session crowd of 24,206. “I guess it is a bit like that,” Federer said. “It feels fine. This is more unique, more special.”


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MAGICIAN SLAMS THE DOOR After 20 years of pro tennis and a record 69 Grand Slam appearances, "The Magician" is finally pulling a disappearing act. Fabrice Santoro ended the longest Slam run by any man with a loss.

LEAVE SAFINA

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Marat Safin questions a call during his match against Jurgen Melzer.

Marat Safin, relaxed about his impending retirement after a first-round loss at the US Open, had one final passionate Grand Slam message to deliver – quit picking on his little sister. Safin defended women’s world No 1 Dinara Safina on Wednesday, a day after she struggled past 18-year-old Australian Olivia Rogowska into the second round of the year’s final major tournament. “I have to protect my sister,” he said. “The poor girl, she’s trying her best. She’s doing really well. She gets the attention, but not the kind of attention that a person deserves, especially when you’re No 1 in the world.” Safina has yet to win a Grand Slam title but has ascended to the throne in the WTA rankings and will remain there after the US Open even if Serena Williams defends her title for her third Slam crown of the year. “Everybody is giving her hard time,” Safin said. “Why is she No 1? Is she a real No 1 or not? She made eight double faults, 43 unforced errors. She struggled, almost lost to an 18-year-old. “Who cares? I mean, she’s No 1 in the world. On this ranking, she’s No 1. Serena, even though she won two Grand Slams this year, she’s No 2. “Sorry, but that’s the way. Deal with that.” Acting every bit the big brother, 29-yearold Safin – six years older than Safina – made it clear he has had it with people diminishing 52-week ranking success in favour of twoweek Slam success. “They ask, ‘Are you really No 1 in the world?’ Yes, she’s really No 1 in the world. Go check on the ranking. She didn’t do the ranking,” Safin said. “Personally, I’m really like, I have to protect her. She deserves a little bit more than what she’s getting right now. You can’t imagine how crazy she is about sport. I don’t think there is one person in the world more professional than her.” Safin hit out at reporters for questioning Safina’s credentials.“Everybody is like hitting on her and giving her a hard time about this – what happened to this, what happened with that? Leave her alone,” Safin said. “Give her a little bit less questions. Make her happy.”

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Defoe finds peace in playing game

Federer faces dangerous old foe

Jermain Defoe has been scoring regularly for club and country at a time when he would have been forgiven if he had faltered. In April his half-brother Jade died of a head injury after an alleged attack in London. Defoe has found a greater focus than ever despite those events. >PAGE 25

Roger Federer used to wonder how he was ever going to beat Lleyton Hewitt, but the situation will be reversed when the world’s No 1 and one of his predecessors meet in the third round of the US Open. >PAGE 27

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