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Friday, September 18, 2009 VOL 2, NO 421



Swing in to Malaysia’s idyllic highlands with THE FUN




Some of the country’s most notorious criminals were among 269 inmates who received bachelor’s degrees in a ceremony at Bangkok’s Ban Kwang prison yesterday



Friday, September 18, 2009

THE CITY GRADUATING BEHIND BARS The nation’s studious inmates get their rewards at a prison degree ceremony By Piyanuch Thamnukasetchai DAILY XPRESS


he Department of Corrections yesterday hosted a graduation ceremony for the 269 inmates nationwide who obtained degrees this year. Among those awarded were infamous murderers – former medical student Serm Sakhonrat and former doctor Sorachat “Ham” Sirichote – and singer-turned-drug trafficker Worayos “Power Pat” Boonthongnum. DAILY


At the ceremony at Bangkok’s Ban Kwang Central Prison, Corrections Dept chief Nathee Chitsawang said his department together with Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University (STOU) had given inmates access to higher education since 1984 to help them reform their lives once released from jail. Most inmates studied law to defend themselves in court battles, he said, adding that study helped them focus their minds with the result that they earned

good grades. Many of those released had gone on to find jobs and get praise for their sense of responsibility, he said. So far 5,359 inmates (610 of them female) have enrolled, and 1,261 inmates have obtained bachelor’s degrees. Serm, 11 years in to a 51-year sentence for murdering his girlfriend, received a bachelor’s in law and said he would start on his master’s soon. Sorachat said his bachelor’s in economics was his second degree – his first was in law – and that he was studying for a third, in agricultural business management. Thanking the



OF SCHOOLS say students who get pregnant should be allowed to return to study after giving birth.

Scientists sniff problems with Phuket’s sea water quality

SERM SAKHONRAT, 11 YEARS INTO A 51-YEAR SENTENCE FOR MURDERING HIS GIRLFRIEND, RECEIVED A LAW DEGREE. Corrections Department for the opportunity to turn over a new leaf, Sorachat, who has 14 years left to serve, said the first thing he would do when released was ordain as a monk. Worayos, who received a bachelor’s in arts (library science) said studying behind bars meant fewer distractions and greater opportunities to read. Another convicted drug trafficker, Boonlert Yaemphochai, was receiving his fifth bachelor’s after spending 10 years studying in jail for two degrees in agriculture, and one each in law, political science, and management science.

Fishery experts yesterday expressed concerns over the quality of seawater at Patong and Kamala beaches in Phuket’s Kathu district, which have reportedly deteriorated due to the expansion of the tourist industry and local communities. The Tourism and Sports Ministry and Chulalongkorn University’s Environmental Research Institute will inspect Phuket’s coastal water quality at 14 sites in October to gather data for tourism development. Dr Somkiat Khorkiattiwong from Phuket’s Marine and Coastal Resource Research and Development Centre said seawater quality remained generally high, especially at Muang Phuket’s Karon Beach, but the province had slight pollution problems in areas impacted by tourist and community development. He gave the example of south Patong Beach, where wastewater from factories and wastewater treatment facilities was being released into the sea. While the former created short-term problems, the latter promoted growth of algae which could lead to increasing damage to aquatic life over time, he said. South Kamala Beach also suffered pollution from wastewater released by large communities, he added. By Salinee Prab DAILY XPRESS


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4 MILLION websites show images of children being sexually exploited.

briefly Kangaroo goes ape An Australian psychologist had to be rescued from her office after a “frantic” kangaroo crashed through the window and leapt around the room, toppling furniture, a colleague said yesterday. Suzanne Habib jumped screaming on to her desk in the Queensland town of Atherton as the 1.5-metre marsupial burst through the window behind her with a “big bang”, said colleague Tony Baddock. Baddock said he helped his distressed colleague from her office over a toppled bookshelf. “I was then able to block its pathway and encourage it to head out the front door,” he said, adding that it was puzzling to find a kangaroo in a town so far from its native bushland.

The art

of squatting


A member of arts collective The Oubliette poses for photos in the former Mexican embassy in London’s exclusive Mayfair area. The artists have taken over the property, valued at £50 million (Bt2.78 billion), and turned it into a gallery.

Giant needs love

CRIMES WERE Khmer Rouge’s torture lord seeks forgiveness on last day of trial D P A , Phnom Penh


omrade Duch, the feared former head of the Khmer Skulls of victims at the former exeRouge’s main execution centre, cution centre S-21, now a museum. told Cambodia’s UN-backed war crimes court on tion under the Khmer Rouge Wednesday that the crimes regime which ruled Cambodia committed under the regime from 1975 to 1979. were too big to hide. Duch, the former head of the “The elephant cannot be cov- Khmer Rouge’s execution cenered by a rice basket,” Duch, tre S-21 where at least 15,000 whose real name is Kaing Guek people were tortured and exeEav, said on the final day of tes- cuted, is being tried for crimes timony. against humanity and grave Around two million people breaches of the Geneva are thought to have died from Convention. execution, overwork and starva“The only way to survive was


‘TOO BIG TO HIDE’ to fulfil the duties assigned to us ... so I tried to survive on a daily basis,” he told the court of his actions as S-21 chief when he passed confessions up to his superiors before awaiting their orders to “smash”, or kill. “Yes, you can say I am a coward.” Duch’s foreign defence lawyer, Francois Roux, asked him: “So, do you admit that in reality you were the man who, enjoying the trust of his superiors, implemented in a devoted and merciless way, the persecution of the Cambodian people?” “Yes, I completely admit [that],” Duch replied. Duch went on to say that any of the victims were welcome to visit him in jail. The court was shown a video of Duch on a visit to S-21 in

Former S-21 chief Kaing Guek Eav, aka Duch, talks with a lawyer. February last year in which he was seen fighting back tears and apologising to two survivors. “I open the door to them emotionally, and most importantly I would like to express my inner emotion of my guilty admission so they can see my true self,” Duch replied. Duch, who converted to Christianity in 1996, said: “I was determined to go in order to kneel down and seek forgiveness of those dead souls.” Sentencing is expected to be handed down next year. Cambodia does not have the death penalty, so Duch, 67, faces a maximum term of life in prison.

The world’s new tallest man, measuring 246.5 centimetres, said he was looking for love as he was presented by Guinness World Records in London on Wednesday. Sultan Kosen, 26, takes the title over from China’s Bao Xishun, who stands “just” 236 centimetres Kosen’s record was unveiled to mark the launch of the Guinness World Records’ 2010 edition. The book, now in its 55th year, includes the world’s biggest burger, made in the United States and weighing 84 kilograms, and records for the dog with the longest ears and the world’s biggest skateboard. He said he hoped his newfound celebrity status would enable him “to travel and see the world and have a car that accommodates my size. “My biggest dream though, is to get married and have children – I’m looking for love,” he said. – AFP

Friday, September 18, 2009



‘Eyetooth’ restores sight

World’s first bionic heart is unveiled

Implanted canine helps blind US woman see again A F P , Miami

60-year-old US grandmother, blind for nearly a decade, has recovered her sight after surgeons implanted a tooth in her eye as a base to hold a tiny plastic lens, her doctors said on Wednesday. Sharron “Kay” Thornton, from Mississippi, lost her sight in 2000 when she came down with a case of Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a rare disease that scarred her cornea, according to the University of Miami’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. For patients whose bodies reject a transplanted or artificial cornea, this procedure “implants the patient’s tooth in the eye to anchor a prosthetic lens and restore vision,” said Thornton’s surgeon Victor Perez. In the procedure – which



Sharron Kay Thornton covers her repaired eye as she speaks at a press conference to discuss the surgery for her to regain sight in her left eye. was pioneered in Italy but was a first in the United States – the medical team extracted Thornton’s canine or “eyetooth” and surrounding bone, shaved and sculpted it, and drilled a hole into it to insert an optical cylinder lens. The tooth and the lens are implanted under the patient’s skin in the cheek or shoulder for two months so they can bond, then they are carefully

implanted in the centre of the eye after a series of procedures to prepare the socket. “A hole is made in the mucosa for the prosthetic lens, which protrudes slightly from the eye and enables light to reenter the eye allowing the patient to see again,” read an Eye Institute statement. Following a series of operations, medical personnel re-

Yale student was killed by suffocation A P , Cromwell, Connecticut


Yale graduate student found stuffed in the wall of a research centre had been suffocated, the medical examiner reported as police awaited DNA tests on evidence taken from a lab technician who worked in the building.

Police call Raymond Clark III a “person of interest” in the slaying of Annie Le. He was escorted in handcuffs from his apartment and released early Wednesday into the custody of his attorney, police said. “It’s all up to the lab now,” Police Chief James Lewis said on Wednesday at a news conference. “The basis of the investigation now is really on the physical evidence.” Clark is not talking to police, Lewis said. Investigators said they expect to determine within days whether Clark should be charged in the killing. Clark’s job as an animal-services technician at Yale put him in contact with Le, who worked for a Yale laboratory that conducted experiments on mice.


Lab technician’s DNA taken

Annie Le, who the medical examiner says died of ‘traumatic asphyxiation’. Le’s body was found on Sunday stuffed behind the wall of the basement where lab animals are kept. The Connecticut state medical examiner said on Wednesday that Le died of “traumatic asphyxiation”.

Consistent with choke hold Authorities released no details on how she died, but traumatic asphyxiation could be consistent with a choke hold or some other form of pressure-induced asphyxiation caused by a hand or an object, such as a pipe.

moved the bandages from Thornton’s eyes two weeks ago. She was able to recognise objects and faces a few hours later, and 15 days later she was able to read newspapers, the Eye Institute said. “I’m looking forward to seeing my seven youngest grandchildren for the first time,” said Thornton. “This truly is a miracle.”

New Zealand scientists have developed the technology for a wireless heart pump they say could save thousands of lives and offer an alternative to heart transplants. University of Auckland scientists said yesterday their technology uses magnetic fields to transfer power to heart pumps through a person’s skin rather than using wire cables, which often cause serious infections. Simon Malpas, the chief executive of TETCor, the university company set up to market the technology, said it hoped to start patient trials within two years. “These wireless heart pumps could be implanted in about 50,000 people each year around the world within 10 years,” Malpas said. “It’s probably the most extreme implantable medical device you can get. If these pumps stop, you only have about one minute to live.” AFP


Friday, September 18, 2009




good deal

Is this France?

Chiang Mai choice


Turkish Airlines is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its Bangkok flights by charging Bt19,135 for economy-class round-trip flights to European destinations via Istanbul. That doesn’t cover airport taxes, insurance or other surcharges. Book your seat by October 31

However, it is the tranquillity that keeps the visitors coming back, says operations chief Muhammad Fazil Ahmad. “We provide different types of entertainment for people of all ages, but ultimately, Colmar Tropicale is about a relaxing holiday where you can imagine you’re in different parts of the world, all at the same time.”

On to Japan

The Lanna-inspired Tamarind Village in Chiang Mai welcomes Thai citizens and residents with a Bt3,000-per-night “Early Bird Offer” that includes airport transfers and breakfast for two. You have to book by October 15 for a stay between November 1 and January 31. See the details at

Low fare to Europe


No, it’s the Malaysian highlands’ idyllic Colmar Tropicale resort, built to resemble the Alsatian village By Julia Yeow D P A , Kuala Lumpur



Anantara high The Anantara Si Kao Resort & Spa south of Krabi will teach you the exhilarating art of rock climbing. In a simple, half-day workshop or on a thrilling three-day journey, you’ll appreciate the beauty of nature, including white beaches, limestone cliffs and rainforests for between Bt14,000 and Bt39,000. That includes transportation and equipment. See how it works at

Go golfing under the towering parapets of the mediaeval-style French castle.

rom enjoying the relaxing mood of a rustic French village, to watching sunsets at a Japanese tea house, travellers to a littleknown resort town in Malaysia’s Genting Highlands are treated to an internationally flavoured holiday. Soaring, colourful flags flapping in the crisp, cool air are some of the first things to greet visitors in Bukit Tinggi – literally “tall hill” – a small town about 100 kilometres or a 45minute drive north of Kuala Lumpur. Nestled within the lush tropical rainforests in the central Pahang state, Bukit

Tinggi and its Berjaya Hills Resort are still very much undiscovered, despite a smorgasbord of attractions. The crowd-puller is the Colmar Tropicale, a Frenchinspired resort complete with quaint French delis, cobblestone walkways paved with gaily coloured flags and even an imposing castle complete with a moat and honking geese.

Getting mediaeval Inspired by the 16th-century Colmar Village in Alsace, France, the resort brings an Alsatian ambience with a gorgeous view of the hills, greenery and mediaeval architecture. On weekends, a flea market fills the lanes and alleys with a carnival-like atmosphere. Colmar also boasts a 12-lane bowling alley, golfing, a karaoke parlour, a wine and cigar lounge and restaurants.

From “France”, travellers take a 15-minute ride further uphill to Berjaya Hills’ Japanese Village, which comprises a single, large home able to comfortably accommodate around 10 guests. The house is surrounded by a garden designed by architect Kaio Ariizumi and built by a team of 22 Japanese craftsmen. The Japanese village also boasts a spa centre, which offers foot therapy or traditional massage surrounded by the beauty of the rainforest and the stillness of being 1,000 metres above sea level. “Many visitors choose to stay at the French village, then spend a day here at the Japanese garden,” says Muhammad Fazil. “This place transports you to a totally different place, without having to bust your budget or spend long hours travelling.”

Back to Malaysia And after a trip to Bukit Tinggi, visitors can look forward to another lure of this destination – authentic Malaysian food. Just at the foot of the hill are restaurants serving affordable dishes, as well as fruit stalls with an array of fresh produce. It has become a sort of norm for travellers to complete their visit with a belly-warming meal as a reminder that while they were enjoying their faux-foreign holiday, they were always truly in Malaysia. >> ON THE INTERNET

Friday, September 18, 2009




THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER will open next spring at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida. It’ll feature Hogwarts Castle, the Dragon Challenge roller coaster and Potter-themed shops and eateries.

MOVIES from 64 countries are showing at the Toronto International Film Festival.


Two orchestras combine as Bruce Gaston and Somtow Sucharitkul conduct the Siam Philharmonic and Fong Naam in “Avatar Dvadas: A MetaSymphony in Time and Space” at 7 on Sunday at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre. Part improvisation, part environmental music, the work is designed to be experienced live. Presented in 12 “incarnations”, it will be collated in a video set for later sale. Although admission is free, donations will be accepted for the Bangkok Opera’s HIV Awareness Project.

Jazz Garland


Tomorrow night is your last chance to catch the LIghthouse Trio featuring saxophonist Tim Garland. They’re playing at Niu’s on Silom at 9.30. Tickets with a drink are Bt2,500, and if you want a three-course dinner, Bt4,000. Call (02) 262 3456 or

Tide rises for ‘Moon Water’ Taiwan’s Cloud Gate company is due next week with two shows, a master class and an open discussion By Pawit Mahasarinand S P E C I A L T O D A I LY XPRESS


he hottest ticket at Bangkok’s 11th International Festival of Dance and Music is neither opera nor ballet, but contemporary dance – the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan’s “Moon Water”, which is at the Thailand Cultural Centre on Tuesday and Wednesday at 7.30. Yes, my pre-festival pick was spot on: Bangkok theatre fans know what’s the real deal. Jeane Huang, who helps market Taiwan’s National Performing Arts Centre, calls Cloud Gate’s first visit to Bangkok “groundbreaking”. As well as the media buzz, she credits the theatre company’s track record, especially the many prestigious awards it has collected globally in the past six years. Cloud Gate’s associate artistic director Lee Ching-Chin will conduct a master class on Wednesday under the auspices of Chulalongkorn University’s cultural management pro-

gramme and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Thailand. “As the leading Asian modern-dance company,” Huang notes, “Cloud Gate can serve as an inspiration for Thai counterparts so that they know it’s possible for such a company to claim the world stage.” Cloud Gate’s artistic director Lin Hwai Min will also give a talk, which Huang sees as “a platform for Thai dance students and professionals to share and exchange their views with him”. Lin has invited Pichet Klunchun to share in the forum, which I’ll be moderating as dance and theatre critic for The Nation and Daily Xpress.

XTRA LEARN SOMETHING >> Lee Ching-Chin’s master class for professional dancers only is from 11am to 12.30 on Wednesday at the Thailand Cultural Centre. >> Lin Hwai Min’s forum is from 2 to 4 on Wednesday in Room 105 of the Maha Chulalongkorn Building at Chulalongkorn University. >> Both events are free, but you should pre-register via or >> On the Internet: Tickets for the show are at


A plus at Minus Five Pattaya’s –5 Supperclub will have a special menu on September 26 complemented by Jacob’s Creek wine. After a hot or cold appetiser and soup, there’s duck or beef tenderloin with vegetable roots in a redwine reduction sauce and chocolate cake with apple strudel for dessert. The price is Bt1,500, including the wine. Call (038) 426 768.

Party with the celebs Movie stars and directors will be at the launch party of the Bangkok International Film Festival on Thursday at Q Bar on Sukhumvit Soi 11. The festival’s this year has attracted James Belushi, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Ving Rhames, Kazuaki Kiriya, Gary Daniels, Scout Taylor Compton and more. Entry with two drinks is Bt600. For the festival schedule, visit

Feng shui arranged Indian Host’s “Food for Thought” workshops lets folks meet informally at the restaurant on Sukhumvit Soi 22 to hear guest speakers. On Wednesday from 10.30 to noon, Malaysian master Ooi Wai Loon will explain how feng shui can change your life. The Bt350 fee also pays for snacks. Reserve a seat at (02) 260 1115-6.


Friday, September 18, 2009



The colour and the relevance The return of Pichet Klunchun’s ‘Ganesh’ offers another chance to take a stand on current politics

The Battle of Sang Athit-

by the Pichet Klunchun Dance Company.


By Pawit Mahasarinand SPECIAL TO



>> “Ganesh” is being presented in its classical version tomorrow and Sunday and in contemporary form next Saturday (September 26) and Sunday.


>> Showtime is 8pm at the 30-seat Chang Theatre behind Thung Kharu Market on Soi Pracha-uthit 61. >> Book your Bt500 ticket in advance from (08) 1985 0281. For more details, see

olitics has become so melodramatic lately that it’s surprising the subject isn’t inspiring more local plays, like it did in the 1970s. What’s more surprising is how Pichet Klunchun enables classical dance-theatre to make a strong political comment. Pichet’s studio theatre in Thon Buri had corrugated zinc sheets, sand on the floor and the national flag off to the right for his solo “Ganesh” in July. Expect to see all this again – along with Sunon

Wachirawarakarn’s nifty lighting design – when the production is re-staged this weekend and next. Pichet tested the audience’s ability to analyse and criticise for almost an hour as he shifted back and forth between red and yellow T-shirts while an audio recording was played of the National Theatre’s khon performance of the Ramakien’s “Ganesh” episode. It wasn’t always easy making the connections, but Pichet’s “Ganesh” was another intriguing performance. In mid-August, his company presented another Ramakien episode, “The Battle of Sang

Athit”, at the Alliance Francaise. It began as authentic khon but then, about 20 minutes in, the music stopped, the performers took off their masks and sat in a row of chairs and the backstage crew entered. Everyone took turns voicing opinions on the current political situation. The battle of the red-clad demon Sang Athit and the green-and-yellow attired heroes Phra Ram and Phra Lak resumed. Then, at the point of climax, the warring armies stood still as Sunon Wachirawarakarn, in the formal attire of an emcee, read

IT WASN’T ALWAYS EASY MAKING THE CONNECTIONS, BUT PICHET’S “GANESH”WAS ANOTHER INTRI-GUING PERFORMANCE. the rest of the script. The mythical battle was left to take place in our imagination while we considered current politics, especially the warriors’ true motivation and the damage caused.



Friday, September 18, 2009



Raving etiquette Party, party, party! But behave yourself


clubscene F1-Singapore pre-party Tonight Q Bar Sukhumvit Soi 11 (BTS: Nana), (02) 252 3274 Dress code; ID Get your engine roaring at this Formula 1 warm-up party with DJ Mia, who will take you on a wild spin all night long. Entry with two drinks is Bt800.

Amfab #6 Tomorrow

,, By Manta Klangboonkrong D A I LY X P R E S S


ike good manners at the dining table, there’s etiquette to drinking and dancing at nightclubs too. You try your best to adhere to the dress code and gladly pay the cover charge, but there’s more to it than that. Whether it’s a seedy dive in a dark street or a posh, glittering bistro, the bartenders and DJs appreciate it when customers are considerate and thoughtful. Lek, who’s served drinks in bars all over Thailand for two decades, is asked to define his ideal customer.

“Don’t jump the queue,” he says, calling for order when half the club is trying to place an order. “It’s rude. Everyone wants their drink and everyone wants it fast. You don’t want to upset your fellow clubbers, and we can get mixed up if you don’t follow the queue. “However, a tip’s an accelerator. You should try that sometime!” Is it rude to return a drink?

“Of course not,” Lek says. “If you don’t like it, you don’t have to drink it. Hand it back nicely and tell us what you prefer.” Over the years, he’s seen his share of improper behaviour. That includes smashing your shot glass after you’ve downed the drink (“very dangerous, and what’s the point?”), dancing on top of the bar (“this isn’t a movie – you could hurt yourself”) and telling the bartender how to make a drink (“unless it’s your secret recipe, just stick to the menu”). Top of the 10 commandments: Don’t get too drunk. If the bartender is God, the DJ sits at His right hand. In due reverence, if you’re going to a club with a DJ, do a little research so you know what kind of music to expect. “One girl screamed at me that she doesn’t like house music,” complains DJ Patrick, whose turf covers several Bangkok clubs. “I’m a house DJ, man! What’s her problem?” And keep in mind that not every DJ takes requests. If

EVERYONE WANTS THEIR DRINK AND EVERYONE WANTS IT FAST.YOU DON’T WANT TO UPSET YOUR FELLOW CLUBBERS,AND WE CAN GET MIXED UP IF YOU DON’T FOLLOW THE QUEUE. you find one that does, don’t request a tune that’s way outside his style – it’s an insult. Also, Patrick adds, “It’s okay to wave or smile when you see us, but please don’t expect a full-on conversation. We’re working, and it takes quite a lot of concentration.” One last thing, he says: Don’t rest your drink on his gear – the equipment is expensive and no one wants to get electrocuted.

Indus 71 Sukhumvit 26 (02) 258 4900 Amfab residents Rory and Luko are back with energetic house vibes in the latest episode of the friendly series. It’s free entry all night.

Steve Aoki & Diplo 808 RCA, Zone C (02) 203 1043 Two of the most in-demand DJs team up for a double-time, head-banging night of eclectic music. Entry with two drinks is Bt850.

Whitney Houston Tribute Party Thursday Club Culture Sri Ayutthaya Road (BTS: Phya Thai) (02) 642 5499 Dress code; ID The diva is back! Celebrate the launch of her new album “I Look to You” and turn back the time with the classic hits. From 8pm, entry with one Singha beer is Bt200.

Rehab & DJ Tittsworth Bed Supperclub Sukhumvit Soi 11 (BTS: Nana), (02) 651 3537 Dress code; ID The Rehab crew – Bee Goo and DJ Oum – return with an electrifying set, while DC favourite Tittsworth sets up a showdown at midnight. Entry with a drink is Bt600.



so-ho-t Stand up for Alan The original petition to win justice for Alan Turing (see main story) was only for British citizens. The document, initiated by another computer scientist, John Graham-Cumming, was signed by thousands, including author Ian McEwan and scientist Richard Dawkins. The rest of us can express solidarity by adding our signatures at orldturingpetition.

Tough love

Ukrainian authorities have barred Elton John and his partner David Furnish from adopting HIV-positive 14-month-old Lev because the pop star is too old and not considered traditionally married under Ukraine law. Meanwhile Ellen DeGeneres insisted she’s not “too nice” to be the new judge on “American Idol”. Maybe Elton should adopt Ellen.

Friday, September 18, 2009


The code that Turing couldn’t crack Britain’s belated apology for its treatment of the maths genius rings with irony By Paisarn Likhitpreechakul SPECIAL TO D A I LY X P R E S S


he Turing test is a method to judge whether a computer is capable of human-like thought. It was named after British mathematician Alan Turing, who, by establishing the conceptual and philosophical basis for machine computing, is regarded as the father



Mr Gay Hong Kong The search is on for Mr Gay Hong Kong to represent the territory in the 2010 Mr Gay World contest in Oslo. The world champion will be a spokesperson for the global community on equal and human rights. The Hong Kong contest is on November 28. Given the number of Hong Kong gay men on Silom Road every weekend, they might as well hold it in Bangkok.

Turing is depicted in bronze in Manchester’s Sackville Park.

of modern computers. It is among history’s most tragic ironies that the man who devised the test was himself judged as less than human, due to his homosexuality. Convicted of “gross indecency”, Turing was subjected to chemical castration – injected with female hormones to suppress his libido. In 1954, a year after the end of the treatment, he committed suicide with a cyanidelaced apple at the age of 41. The bite in Apple’s logo is said to be a tribute to Turing. Added to this Greek tragedy was the fact that the society incurring inhumane punishment on Turing was at the time unaware that it had just survived World War II thanks in part to Turing’s decisive role in breaking the Nazis’ Enigma code. His single-handed feat – which remained classified long after his death – is thought to have shortened the war by at least two years and saved countless lives. So it was long overdue last week when British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, in response to

A sculpture at Bletchley Park, Britain’s code-breaking headquarters during WWII, shows Turing with a Enigma machine.

a petition, acknowledged this grievous mistake. “It is no exaggeration to say that, without his outstanding contribution, the history of World War II could well have been very different,” Brown said. “He truly was one of those individuals we can point to whose unique contribution helped to turn the tide of war.” Brown ended the statement with an official apology. “On behalf of the British government, and all those who live freely thanks to Alan’s work, I am very proud to say, ‘We’re sorry, you deserved so much better’.” Britain has come a long way since homosexuality was finally decriminalised in 1967. Unfortunately its anti-sodomy law has left an ugly legacy in many former colonies, not least in Asia. So far, only India has shaken off the shackles – just this year. Many LGBT people in many countries around the world still suffer at the hand of unjust law and traditions. Few of us can hope to be,

like Turing, a national hero and named by the likes of Time magazine among the 100 most influential people of the century, but that doesn’t mean we deserve less. As Turing’s life has proved, cracking the Nazi code was much easier than breaking society’s sexual codes. share idea on gay issue at

Turing took his own life in 1954.

Friday, September 18, 2009



“I CAN DO BAD ALL BY MYSELF”, the latest crossdressing Tyler Perry comedy, debuted at No 1 in North America last week, earning US$23.4 million.


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This is Noriko A young woman (Noriko Tsuji) recalls her life story and how she graduated from primary school despite having no arms. At 6.30 tonight with Thai subtitles only at the Japan Foundation Bangkok. Visit or call (02) 260 8560-4.

Miao Miao Confused sexuality reigns as a shy Japanese exchange student experiences her first love in Taiwan. In

marshal who arrives in Antarctica just before the onset of winter and six months of chilly darkness to investigate the South Pole’s first homicide. Rated 13+. ★★

The Proposal Desperate to avoid deportation to her native Canada, a bossy New York City book editor (Sandra Bullock) proposes a marriage of convenience to her assistant (Ryan Reynolds). Rated 13+.★★★

Mandarin with English and Thai subtitles at House.

Under the Sea 3D


Explore the Coral Triangle for encounters with mysterious and stunning creatures of the deep.

Kate Becksinsale stars as a US

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Crows Zero II


Cult director Takeshi Miike’s violent teenage gangsters have their turf threatened by a new pack of white-clad skinheads. In

Numbered ragdolls – all that’s left of humanity – are threatened when an ancient war machine is activated. At Paragon. Rated G. ★★★★

Japanese with English and Thai subtitles at the Lido.

My Sister’s Keeper Cameron Diaz portrays a mother in this drama about a girl (Abigail Breslin) who resents being the bone-marrow donor for her leukaemia-stricken older sister. Rated G. ★★★

Haa Phrang Five short suspense yarns are all inspired by stories from the headlines. Rated 15+. ★★★★

The Naked Kitchen A husband and wife add an ingredient in this food-based comedy. In Korean with English and Thai subtitles at SFW CentralWorld; Thai-dubbed at other SF branches. Rated 15+.

Gamer Gerard Butler portrays a convict locked into combat in a violent and deadly online game. Rated

Puen Pang Director Cherd Songsri’s classic tale of conflicted love in the countryside, 1983’s “Puen Pang” screens at 5 on Sunday at the Sri Sala Theatre at the Film Archive in Salaya, Nakhon Pathom. Show up early, because beforehand, actress Chanutporn Wisitthasopon, who plays the plucky Pang, will be on hand to have her prints immortalised in cement. There will also be a dedication of the Cherd Songsri Library and Mediatech – a collection of books and audio-visual equipment housed in a converted shipping container behind the cinema. Visit

on tv

18+. ★★★

>> 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

In Bruges Colin Ferrell and Brendan Gleeson star in this comedy about two hitmen hiding out after a job gone wrong. HBO (TrueVisions), 8pm

>> FILM RATINGS >> CHANNEL LINKS Channel 3: Channel 5: Channel 7: Modernine: NBT: TV Thai: True:

District 9 For 20 years, a spaceship has been stalled above Johannesburg, with its alien inhabitants segregated into a shantytown. Now the time has come to move them out. Rated 15+. ★★★★

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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Today’s Birthday: Emotional matters will stand in your way if you let them. Don’t allow anyone to play manipulative games with you when the stakes are high and the end result will determine your future. Stay on top of whatever means the most to you.

Yesterday’s Puzzle Answer

ARIES *** March 21-April 19 You’ll have to gauge your time appropriately. Use common sense and a calm response and you will impress someone who is considering asking you to get involved in an interesting project.

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

TAURUS ***** April 20-May 20 You’re ready to explore new territory. Advancement, a new job or project that offers more money or clout will be worth celebrating. A health or financial issue must be approached differently. GEMINI ***** May 21-June 20 Be creative and you will come up with some fun activities that don’t cost an exuberant amount. Keeping tabs on how much you spend will stop someone from nagging. CANCER **** June 21-July 22 Now is the time for change whether you like it or not. Once you get moving and you have things in order, you will appreciate the way things fall into place and work more efficiently.



LEO *** July 23-Aug. 22 Make the most of your day with activities that will challenge and satisfy your physical and mental needs. Finding out about different lifestyles will change your way of thinking and doing things. VIRGO *** Aug. 23-Sept. 22 You can plan everything to the last detail and there will still be disruptions, delays and a need to make changes as you go along. Uncertainty that you are feeling must be brought out in the open. LIBRA *** Sept. 23-Oct. 22 Dealing with institutions or authority figures is prominent. Make sure you have your papers in order and your facts straight. Take care of any unfinished business or a financial debt quickly. SCORPIO **** Oct. 23-Nov. 21 Pay attention to detail and you will surpass what anyone expects of you. Your input into whatever group you are working with will be valuable. A change in your title, position or status is apparent. SAGITTARIUS ** Nov. 22-Dec. 21 Don’t invite trouble. A risk at this time will not bring the results you are expecting. Stick to basics and be ready to size down or sell off what you don’t need in order to cover any debts or responsibilities. CAPRICORN ***** Dec. 22-Jan. 19 You will be able to take care of personal affairs that have been pending. Your professionalism will determine how much you can accomplish and the gains you can make. There is money to be made.

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Singer Jimmie Rodgers is 76. Actor Robert Blake is 76. Singer-actor Frankie Avalon is 69. Guitarist Kerry Livgren (Kansas) is 60. Actor James Gandolfini is 48. Guitarist Mark Olson of The Jayhawks is 48. Singer Joanne Catherall of Human League is 47. Actress Holly Robinson Peete is 45. Singer Ricky Bell (New Edition) is 42. Actress Jada Pinkett Smith is 38.

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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:

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Robson decision today: Worawi

Chelsea appoint insider as CEO Chelsea have appointed club insider Ron Gourlay as their new chief executive following Peter Kenyon’s decision to step down from the role at the end of next month. Gourlay, currently the chief operating officer at Stamford Bridge, has been on the Chelsea staff since 2005. – AFP

Favre jerseys move fast For all of the negative publicity produced by Brett Favre’s latest retirement flip-flop, fans have flocked to watch him in action – and buy his memorabilia. Over just a 10day span following his joining the Minnesota Vikings, Favre’s No 4 jersey was the top seller on the NFL’s merchandise website for the entire sales period from April 1-August 28. It costs $80. – AP

9-8 Boston’s Alex Gonzalez hit a basesloaded blooper to give the Red Sox a win over the Los Angeles Angels.

City shooters hit the target D A I LY X P R E S S



Football Association of Thailand president Worawi Makudi hinted yesterday that there would be some good news in the negotiations to bring former England captain Bryan Robson to the country as new national coach. Worawi, who is also an executive board member of Fifa, said the association is likely to receive an answer from Robson today as to whether he wants to accept the challenge of managing a side that is languishing in 115th place in the world rankings. Regarding Thailand’s bid to host 2012’s Futsal World Cup and Fifa Congress meeting, Worawi said Fifa president Sepp Blatter received the country’s proposals during his visit this week. The decision will be made by the end of this year, he added. – Daily Xpress


US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro signs autographs on his arrival in Buenos Aires.


TENNIS CAPITAL? Juan Martin del Potro puts his hometown on map AP, Tandil, Argentina


hand-painted sign in Juan Martin del Potro’s hometown of Tandil summed it up: “Welcome to the capital of tennis.” Del Potro’s upset victory over Roger Federer in Monday’s US Open final has put the Argentine city of 150,000 – lying in the foothills of a lowly mountainous area 400 kilometres south of Buenos Aries – on the map. It has also brought attention to the club Independiente de Tandil, where Del Potro switched to tennis after growing up playing football, rugby union and basketball. Marcelo Gomez, who taught Del Potro how to grip a racquet and coached him until two years ago, said Del Potro used to walk by the club’s tennis courts on his way to a football match. Eventually, he decided to give tennis a shot. “Even then you could tell he had nerves of steel and great

strengths,” Gomez said. “His desire, his power and his concentration made me think that this child was going to stand out in tennis just like he did in football. He always wanted to play against others three or four years older – and he’d win. He is mentally very strong and that’s why he beat Federer.” The 198-centimetre Del Potro is known at home, one of the few cities in Argentina where tennis is as popular as football, as the “Tower of Tandil.” Growing up, his friends called him “Midget” and described his long, thin legs as “little sticks.” Because of his height and relative lack of mobility, Gomez said Del Potro worked on finishing off points quickly. “He always played aggressively,” Gomez said. “His size was going to limit his movement, so he always thought about the quick, hard-court game. His dream was the US Open.” Everyone around the club seems to know Del Potro, who turns 21 next week. “I played 1,000 times against him and only won once,” said Bernardo Caballero, a tennis teacher at Independiente. “He

was so angry. He never liked to lose, he was so competitive.” Perhaps the proudest person at the club is its president, Horacio Morrone. “I watched him since he was young,” Morrone said. “He was talented in football despite his height. He was a great goalscorer. If Juan Martin had stayed with football, he’d be a Maradona or Pele.” Tandil has produced other tennis players on the ATP circuit: Juan Monaco, Mariano Zabaleta, Maximo Gonzalez, Diego Junquiera and Guillermo Perez Roldan. However, its biggest sports stars may be Spain and Atletico de Madrid defender Mariano Pernia and Mariano Gonzalez, who won Olympic gold in 2004 in football. Like the city, Del Potro’s family is comfortable yet not prone to publicity. His father Daniel is a veterinarian and mother Patricia a literature teacher, while he gave his 18-year-old sister Julieta a luxury car he won. Raquel Cingolani, who works in a clothing shop, said: “Now, Tandil is the city of Del Potro.”

angkok’s sharpshooters ruled the roost yesterday to gun down all four gold medals on offer in the 38th National Games in Trang, with teenage sensation Thanyaporn Pruksakorn capturing two golds in her favourite pistol event. National shooter Varavuth Majjacheep led Bangkok’s assault to claim both golds in the men’s air rifle individual and team events, while Thanyaporn, 19, and the first Thai woman ever to make the final round in the Olympic Games shooting competition, again proved that she is top in the women’s pistol by handing Bangkok both individual and team gold. Bangkok also pedalled off with the cycling, the capital’s athletes winning three events including the 1km men’s time trial and 500m women’s time trial. Meanwhile, national table tennis players helped Bangkok turn up the heat even further by clinching two golds out of three at stake yesterday. Pakphoom Sanguansin, also a national player from Chon Buri, foiled the capital’s attempt at a clean sweep. Pathum Thani took away both golds up for grabs in the bridge competition, while Bangkok’s Pancharat Prawatyothin won the lone gold on offer in the women’s all-round rhythmic gymnastics. With only two more days to go before the closing ceremony on September 19, Bangkok are in an unassailable position, taking the top position with 100 golds yesterday. Suphan Buri are trailing a distant second with 38, while hosts Trang are in third place with 29. Eighty-four gold medals are up for grabs today including 17 in amateur boxing, 14 in rowing and 10 in amateur Muaythai.

Friday, September 18, 2009



Team chief Briatore felt responsible for crashgate,and quit: Renault chairman Renault chairman Patrick Pelata admitted the “crashgate” affair which has left the company’s Formula One team facing sanctions for cheating has been a massive blow for the company. And Pelata said that former team chief Flavio Briatore, who sensationally quit Renault on Wednesday with chief engineering director Pat Symonds as Renault admitted their guilt in the affair, considered himself

to be “morally responsible”. Pelata is the first representative from Renault to officially comment on the affair which centres on claims of cheating by their Formula One team at last year’s Singapore Grand Prix won by former Renault driver Fernando Alonso. The other Renault driver during that race, Nelson Piquet junior, claims he was asked by Renault to crash deliberately

Flavio Briatore says he agreed to leave Renault to save their future in the sport. so giving a race-winning advantage to Alonso.

Piquet junior was sacked by Briatore in August after failing to live up to the team’s race expectations. When asked by RTL radio if the scandal had been a blow to the company, Pelata said: “Yes.” He added: “The team believes that a [professional] mistake has been made, and when a mistake is made punishment must follow. “Piquet had already gone




Mueller is the toast of Munich AP, Frankfurt

Arsenal fight back to overcome early 2 goal deficit


AFP, Liege, Belgium


rsene Wenger expects Arsenal’s dramatic Champions League fightback at Standard Liege to provide his side with a much-needed injection of confidence. The Gunners were facing the unpalatable prospect of a third successive defeat when goals from Eliaquim Mangala and Milan Jovanovic handed Liege a shock two-goal lead within the first five minutes at the Stade Maurice Dufrasne on Wednesday. After back to back defeats to Manchester United and then Manchester City, another loss, especially against such unheralded opposition, would have raised serious questions about Arsenal’s ability to end their four-year trophy drought. But Nicklas Bendtner gave Arsenal a glimmer of hope when he struck just before halftime. Then Belgian defender Thomas Vermaelen marked his return to his homeland with a close-range equaliser and Eduardo stabbed in the winner with nine minutes left to complete a remarkable 3-2 win. Instead of flying back to London under a dark cloud, Wenger’s team should be feeling on top of the world after a great escape that proved they have the stomach for a fight. “When you are at a big club, you cannot afford to have too many defeats on the trot,” Wenger said. “After being 2-0 down, this will strengthen belief within the group.”

and Pat Symonds has left us. Flavio Briatore considered himself to be morally responsible and resigned.” Asked to comment on the future of Renault in the sport, Pelata said: “This is not the issue right now. We will take our time before looking at our options.” Renault had initially denied all claims made against them by Piquet junior.


Arsenal’s Eduardo, right, evades a tackle by Standard Liege’s Ricardo Rocha in the 3-2 victory. Wenger insisted his side’s poor start could have happened to any team against such firedup opposition. He preferred to highlight his players’ refusal to accept defeat. “We were caught cold by a team who were really ready and started out of the blocks at full power,” Wenger said. “It can happen to anybody and you have to be strong. Standard played like it was a cup final with full commitment. “When you go 2-0 down after five minutes, you know you have a big task in front of you. “To win away from home in the Champions League and score three goals will be tough. “You have to attack with full power, without restriction, and know that the next goal will kill you. We fought back with a goal

WE WERE CAUGHT COLD BY A TEAM WHO WERE REALLY READY AND STARTED OUT OF THE BLOCKS AT FULL POWER. Arsene Wenger and then in the second half, the game dropped a bit in physical intensity. When they got tired,

we got set-pieces and took advantage of it.” Inevitably it was Eduardo who made the decisive intervention just 24 hours after hearing that UEFA had overturned his two-match ban for allegedly deceiving the referee to win a penalty against Celtic. Wenger admitted he had a feeling Eduardo would have his say in the outcome after the Brazil-born Croatian’s mistake led to Liege’s first goal. “It is always inevitable with Eduardo,” Wenger added. “He was caught out on the first goal but he is a guy who can always turn up on crosses because he has that anticipation.” Liege coach Laszlo Boloni bemoaned his side’s failure. “We were not strong enough mentally.”

hirty years after Gerd Mueller played his last game for Bayern Munich, Germany are abuzz about another goal-scoring Mueller. Thomas Mueller has scored four goals in the last two games for Bayern to overshadow the club’s collection of expensive international and domestic stars. Mueller scored two goals in a 5-1 Bundesliga win over Borussia Dortmund on Saturday, the day before his 20th birthday, then followed with another two goals in the 3-0 Champions League win at Maccabi Haifa on Tuesday. One of them was a poached goal of the type Gerd Mueller built his legendary reputation around. “He is the biggest surprise of all,” Bayern general manager Uli Hoeness said after the game in Israel. “The way he plays freely at 20 years of age, how he scores important goals, I can only congratulate our youth department.” While Bayern have a huge amount of money to bring in players like Franck Ribery, Luca Toni and Mario Gomez, Mueller came to Bayern when he was 11 and is the product of their development program. The injured Toni is hoping to play for Bayern’s reserves soon, Ribery was substituted against Maccabi and Gomez did not start. Miroslav Klose has spent time on the bench. All the while, Mueller has been scoring. “Mueller is playing very well,” coach Louis van Gaal said. “He was the best player today. It’s incredible. He just turned 20 on Sunday. I am naturally very pleased when a player scores.”

Friday, September 18, 2009




England job will be last for Capello

INTER FORCE DRAW Mourinho delighted with ‘chess match’ against Barcelona AFP, Milan

ose Mourinho praised his team for their play without the ball following their opening Champions League group F 0-0 draw at the San Siro against champions Barcelona. In a chess match of few chances, defensive discipline, little action but great tactical awareness, Inter contained the attacking flair of their swashbuckling opponents to come away with a valuable point on Wednesday. Barcelona dominated possession, particularly after the break, but Mourinho insisted his team had controlled the match nonetheless. “From the bench I saw two teams with great respect for each other. Two good defences, good organisation, good concentration, few gifts for their opponents. “In the first half the two teams were equal, in the second Barcelona were better, they had more possession, more control but against an Inter that controlled the game without the ball in a defensive sense. “Barcelona are the best team in Europe. They’re not just the European champions because it’s not always the case that the best team in Europe are European champions but they are and so we did really well.” Barcelona had the best early chance when Zlatan Ibrahimovic got behind his former club’s defence but sent a wild volley high and wide. Dani Alves also got behind the Inter backline but pulled the ball back to Kader Keita rather




Inter forward Samuel Eto’o, left, wishes Barcelona forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic good luck before their match.

than shoot and the Mali midfielder’s radar proved askew. After the break Inter came closest with Dejan Stankovic firing just over the bar although Barca again had the best chance when Thierry Henry’s fluffed shot almost found Alves unmarked and six yards from goal only for Lionel Messi to stretch out a foot and divert it over the bar when his team-mate was better placed to slot home. But Mourinho insisted that his team came as close to winning as Barca. “For me it was a match that hinged on details where the minimum defensive error could have led to a goal and three points,” he said. “They had chances and we

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YOU CAN PLAY FOOTBALL WITHOUT THE BALL AND IN THE SECOND HALF THAT’S WHAT WE DID. Jose Mourinho had ours. They obviously had more of the ball and it’s better to control a game with the ball than without it. “But controlling a game with-

out the ball is a quality and worthy of merit. I shouldn’t say this because we’re in Italy and if you’re in Italy you shouldn’t say that without the ball you can play football, but I’m saying it. “You can play football without the ball and in the second half that’s what we did. “I was joking with [Barca coach Pep] Guardiola after the game about the tactical war we had. A 0-0 can be a great match and I think it was a great match.” Mourinho played tribute to Barca’s fluidity of game and instinctive play but said his reconstructed team – that boasts five changes from last year – would need time to find the same understanding.

England manager Fabio Capello said he will coach no other sides, including his native Italy, after his contract with the Football Association ends, a report said yesterday. Capello, 63, has helped England qualify for the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa and is one year into a four-year contract with the FA. And he told The Sun: “I wear the England shirt. The England team will be the last football side I coach.” Asked whether he still has ambitions to manage Italy, Capello said: “No, it simply does not interest me.” England have often fallen at the quarter-final stage of international competitions in the last 20 years, but Italian Capello said last week he wants the side to go all the way to the July 11 final. “Playing in the final would be a success,” he said on Sunday. “For now, playing in it will do, rather than winning it. But if people are asking me what my aspiration is, then it is to reach the final.”

Zico takes charge Brazilian legend Zico was unveiled as the new coach of Greek champions Olympiakos on Wednesday, watching his latest team beat Dutch side AZ Alkmaar 1-0 in the Champions League. The 56-year-old Zico, who has signed a two-year contract, replaces Temuri Ketsbaia who was fired on Tuesday. Zico, whose last coaching job was with CSKA Moscow, has also been in charge of the Japanese team. AGENCIES

Thailand favourites in China DAILY XPRESS


isitors Thailand must prevail over China’s tennis players to remain in group I next year as the two nations tangle today in their Davis Cup Zone Asia/Oceania Qualifying third round play-off in Jiaxing. With the return of ace Danai Udomchoke, the Kingdom have an edge over the hosts in a tie which will put the winners in Group I of the 2010 edition,

with the losers relegated to Group II. Today’s session starts with Kittipong Wachiramanowong and Zeng Shao-Xuan fighting it out in the first rubber, followed by the clash between Danai Udomchoke and Zhang Ze. Danai, who skipped the tie against Kazakhstan in July, will be playing his last Davis Cup tie for the country. “China must be so confident

that they decided to name only two players for all the matches. However I believe we have a stronger team and should win,” said Danai, who is carrying a shoulder injury. Sonchat and Sanchai Ratiwatana are Thailand’s choice for tomorrow’s doubles against Zeng and Zhang. Sunday is reserved for singles with Danai taking on Zeng and Kittipong facing Zhang.


Friday, September 18, 2009


THESPORT Liverpool will hope to make it four wins in a row when they visit West Ham in the Premier League tomorrow after limping to a 1-0 victory against Hungarian champions Debrecen in Europe. “We’re slowly getting back to where we want to be,” Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard said after seeing his side struggle to victory over Debrecen in their opening Champions League Group E tie at Anfield on Wednesday. “It’s three wins on the spin, hopefully we can make that four at West Ham,” added the England midfielder. Dutch striker Dirk Kuyt scored the only goal against Debrecen, who were making their first appearance in the Champions League group stages. “The most important thing is to get the three points,” Reds manager Rafael Benitez said after seeing Kuyt’s goal in added time at the end of the first half secure the win. “People didn’t know what to expect because they didn’t know the other team, but they showed they’re not bad,” added the Spaniard who was celebrating his 300th game in charge of Liverpool. Attention now turns to tomorrow and Liverpool’s visit to West Ham. The Reds, boosted this week by a multi-million pound sponsorship deal signed with Standard Chartered Bank, have endured a mixed start to the new Premier League season. Liverpool have lost two of their opening five fixtures – the same number as during the whole of last season when they finished second to champions Manchester United. “Everyone knows we had a bad start... We are trying to get our confidence back,” Kuyt said on Wednesday. Benitez began the match against Debrecen with the same side that had defeated Burnley 40 in the Premier League last weekend, which meant Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano started on the bench following a short spell out through injury. Israeli Yossi Benayoun, scorer of a hat-trick against Burnley, was involved in creating the goal before making way for Mascherano near the end. The Hungarians, backed by a few hundred noisy fans, defended solidly early on, restricting the home side to long-range strikes fired tamely wide of the visitors’ goal.


POSADABANNED Major League Baseball suspended Yankees catcher Jorge Posada and Toronto pitcher Jesse Carlson for three games for their roles in a bench-clearing brawl.


LIMP TO VICTORY Liverpool’s Dirk Kuyt celebrates after scoring against Debrecen VSC at Anfield.



Jose sees positive in Barca stalemate

Briatore says he quit to save team

Defending champions Barcelona were held 0-0 by Inter Milan in an opening Champions League match-up between Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Samuel Eto’o and their former teams that fizzled to a rain-soaked stalemate. Inter coach Jose Mourinho praised his team for their play without the ball. >PAGE 27

Flavio Briatore says he quit as Renault’s team principal to save the team from the fallout of the crash scandal involving Nelson Piquet Jr, even though they could still be thrown out of Formula One. Meanwhile, Renault chairman Patrick Pelata says that a professional mistake has been made and punishment must follow. >PAGE 25

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