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7.4million THAIS USE MSN MESSENGER, spending an average 533 million minutes a month chatting online.

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Wedded bliss

Supreme Patriarch honoured on birthday

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A Sagai bridegroom is poised to kiss his new wife in Phatthalung. More than 500 guests attended the wedding celebration, during which two lengths of precious red cloth and fruit were given as dowry. Local authorities helped organise the ceremony in a bid to promote tourism in the province and the conservation of Banthat Mountain.

Cub gets TV show Chiang Mai Zoo’s cub makes its debut in the panda enclosure this weekend

fter generating millions of baht for Chiang Mai Zoo over the four months since her birth, panda cub Lin Ping is set to become the star of a new 24-hour TrueVisions channel. Zoo director Thanapat Pongamorn told a press conference yesterday that Lin Ping had brought in Bt10 million from visitors, with half of the zoo’s daily income of Bt100,000 to Bt200,000 coming from tickets for the panda section.

show-style format for two years. True president and CEO Supachai Chearavonont said the show would air on TV, via the Internet and on mobile phones. Phone users will also be able to download pandathemed wallpapers, pictures and ringtones. The audience for the satellite TV broadcasts will extend across Vietnam, Burma and India, promoting Chiang Mai and its cutest new resident to an international audience, he said.

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He also unveiled news of a deal with True to broadcast the life of Lin Ping and other animals at the zoo in a reality

Head of the panda section Prasertsak Boontrakulpoonthavee said Lin Ping was taken for her third visit to the panda

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LIN PING WILL BE ON DISPLAY FOR TWO SESSIONS PER DAY FROM TOMORROW TO MONDAY.VISITORS CAN EXPECT TO SEE THE CUB SITTING UNSUPPORTED WHILE BEING BREASTFED. enclosure yesterday to familiarise the cub ahead of its full debut in front of the public this weekend, when its mother Lin Hui’s eighth birthday will also be celebrated. Members of the media got their first chance to record the young panda in her new home. Lin Ping will be on display for two sessions per day from tomorrow to Monday. Prasertsak reports that visitors

can expect to see the cub sitting unsupported while being breastfed – until recently, Lin Hui had to cradle it in her arms. He explained that the size and weight of the fast-growing baby panda meant the mother could no longer carry it for long periods. Lin Ping now measures 72 centimetres in length and weighs nearly nine kilograms.

To mark the Supreme Patriarch’s 96th birthday, on October 3, His Majesty the King has instructed that 5,000 books and CDs of teachings by His Holiness be distributed to libraries and schools, said Deputy Royal Secretary Than Phuying Bootree Viravaidhaya, yesterday. HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn is marking the occasion by initiating a project to publish the book “Lord Buddha’s 45 Years” by His Holiness. Gifts from Their Majesties the King and Queen will be presented to His Holiness, who is currently receiving treatment at Chulalongkorn Hospital, on October 3.

Mong’s back in class Mong Thongdee, whose quest to attend an origami competition in Japan made the headlines earlier this month, was back in class catching up on his schoolwork yesterday, said Ban Huai Sai School director Duangrit Ketima. Mong, who won first in the team category and third in the individual, is getting extra tutoring during lunch breaks and after school to prepare for the mid-term exams early next month. Tambon Suthep is planning a special lunch on October 10 at the school to celebrate Mong’s victory, said Duangrit. So far, formal notification of the scholarships promised to Mong by various agencies hasn’t arrived. – Daily Xpress

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HELP yourself to some happiness Thousands with cancer find hope in the unique holistic care at a temple in Sakon Nakhon – but volunteers are desperately needed By Wannapa Phetdee D A I LY X P R E S S

here’s no such thing as a hopeless case at Wat Khampramong’s Arokhayasarn home. Over the past few years, more than 1,600 people with cancer have benefited from the unique cocktail of holistic care at this temple in Sakon Nakhon province. As an antidote to the cold and clinical atmosphere of a hospital, families of patients are encouraged to take part in the daily routine here. Alongside modern Western-style treatments, residents and their visitors can partake of traditional Thai and Chinese herbal therapies as well as meditation, prayer, acupuncture, breathing exercises, special diets and music therapy. Founded in 2005 by a monk, Phra Ajarn Paponpatchara Jiradhammo (or “Luang Ta”), the home provides free care but is always in need of volunteers to help run the place. “Medical qualifications or even knowledge of patients’ needs are not necessary. If you simply want to help, please come,” says its founder.

Skills not required “There are lots of things to do aside from treating patients. We need skilled people to repair our electrical tools, for example. If you don’t have specific skills, you can help with daily duties like collecting rubbish, mowing the grass, boiling up herbs, cooking and seeing to the needs of patients.” The big-hearted monk has announced a project to encourage more people to work as volunteers at the home for a few years. “Unfortunately, less than 10 per cent of all volunteers are adults; more than 90 per cent are university students who are still in fulltime education. They often feel that, as they are not doctors or nurses, they are not qualified to help the patients in any way.” What he would like to see is more adults volunteering to work at the home. “Volunteers find the happiness they give to patients by easing their suffering rebounds to the giver. Selfish concerns decrease as they learn the truth of life from patients. And as they realise the real value of life, volunteers’ spirits tend to be lifted. Those high spirits are then passed on to the patients.” The project, dubbed “Let’s volunteer for just a day a year (or more)”, is look-

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ing for anyone willing to pitch in and carry out day-to-day tasks at the home. >> If you want to apply as a volunteer or donate money to help the cancer patients, call 042779276 or 0816016960 or visit www.khampramong.org


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more food in 2050 to nourish a human population then likely to be 9.1 billion

Mamas and Papas singer accused of rape by daughter

‘Sick with drugs’ “My father was not a man with boundaries. He was full of love, and he was sick with drugs. I woke up that night from a blackout to find myself having sex with my own father. “Had this happened before? I didn’t know. All I can say is it was the first time I was aware of it.” John Phillips died in 2001 aged 65 after a long career as frontman for The Mamas and the Papas, best known during their 1960s incarnation for singles such as California Dreamin’ and Monday Monday. Mackenzie Phillips’s halfsister Chynna Phillips told US Magazine that she believed her sibling’s allegations. Chynna said her sister had confessed the incestuous relationship to her in 1997. “Somebody could have dropped a piano on my head and I probably wouldn’t have felt it,” she said. – A F P

US actor John Travolta and wife Kelly Preston leave the court in Nassau, Bahamas, on Wednesday after he testified against two people accused of trying to blackmail him. AP

The troubled daughter of The Mamas and The Papas singer John Phillips said on Wednesday her late father raped her as a teen before the two later had a consensual incestuous relationhip. Mackenzie Phillips, 49, a former child star with a history of drug abuse, made the claims in a memoir High on Arrival and repeated the allegations on Oprah Winfrey’s television show. In her book Phillips, best known for her roles in the 1973 film “American Graffiti” and sitcom “One Day at a Time”, recalled how she first had sex with her father on the eve of her wedding in 1979. "On the eve of my wedding, my father showed up, determined to stop it,” Phillips writes. “I had tonnes of pills, and Dad had tonnes of everything too. Eventually I passed out on Dad’s bed.

Travolta recounts son’s death at Bahamas trial Actor is a star witness in a court case against two people accused of trying to extort $25 million from him A P , Nassau, Bahamas

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ohn Travolta said on Wednesday he tried desperately to save the life of his seizure-prone son and made perhaps his first public description of the boy as autistic as he testified in the trial of two people accused of trying to blackmail him. With his wife Kelly Preston looking on inside the Nassau courtroom, Travolta said that he performed CPR on his son after a nanny alerted him that the teen had fallen ill at a fami-

ly vacation home on Grand Bahama island. Jett Travolta later died from a seizure. “I ran downstairs with my wife to help my son,” Travolta said.

We’re innocent: accused Travolta is the star witness at the trial of two people – paramedic Tarino Lightbourne and former Bahamian senator Pleasant Bridgewater – who are accused of trying to extort US$25 million (Bt840 million) from the movie star. Both de-

fendants pleaded innocent to extortion charges at the trial that began on Monday in the island chain off the Florida coast. Travolta testified that he and Preston were awakened by a nanny around 10.15am on January 2, the day of Jett’s death. Travolta said when he went downstairs, another caretaker was doing chest compressions and he began administering breathing help. Travolta also said – apparently for the first time in public – that 16-year-old Jett was autistic, confirming speculation that had swirled for years. The developmental disorder is frequently accompanied by seizures.

Boy was ‘autistic’ “He was autistic. He suffered from a seizure disorder,” Travolta told the jury when asked about his son’s condition. The actor said Jett suffered seizures every five to 10 days. He said the seizures would last 45 seconds to a minute and Jett typically slept for 12 hours after each one. The judge dismissed Travolta on Wednesday but said he would be called back later for further testimony. Travolta, 55, has kept a low profile since Jett’s death. He skipped promotional events this summer for his latest film, “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3”.


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BRITAIN’S PRINCE WILLIAM says his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, is his inspiration when it comes to carrying out good works.

VICTOR EMMANUEL , the son of Italy’s last king, has been ordered to stand trial in a corruption case that briefly landed the scion of the Savoy family in jail. He has maintained his innocence.

Skydivers claim making highest landing

briefly Google introduces ‘Sidewiki’ Google unveiled a new tool which allows notes and comments to be posted alongside Web pages for others to read. “Google Sidewiki” appears as a narrow pop-up browser panel on the left hand side of a website and displays messages from users about the content of the page. The messages are visible to other users of Sidewiki who visit the site and they can post their own comments, but they cannot edit the comments of others. A website about museums in New York City, for example, would have a Sidewiki panel featuring relevant notes and comments from other visitors. – AFP

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British skydivers Leo Dickinson, centre, and Ralph Mitchell, right, and Indian army officer Ramesh Tripathi jumped from an altitude of 6,100 metres and landed at Gorakshep, 5,164 metres above sea level.

Man in slippers gives police the slip

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hree skydivers claim to have made the highest parachute landing ever at a drop zone high in the Himalayas of Nepal. The feat comes only one year after the previous world record was set in the same area when Nepal first started allowing skydiving in the high altitudes around Mount Everest. British nationals Leo Dickinson, 62, and Ralph Mitchell, 24, and Indian Ramesh Tripathi, 45, jumped from 6,100 metres on Tuesday and landed on Gorakshep, a frozen lake bed, at 5,164 metres near Mount Everest, said Surendra Sapkota, chief of Nepal’s mountaineering department. The previous world record landing was also in the shadow of Mount Everest at a drop zone at 3,764 metres. Sapkota said officials from his department, police and the home ministry escorted the skydivers to the area and witnessed the jump. They were still trying to confirm whether it was the highest landing on record.

Anna Nicole Smith in September 2004.

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he former boyfriend of late model Anna Nicole Smith was hit with five more charges stemming from the late centrefold’s 2007 death. Howard K Stern pleaded not guilty to four counts of obtaining fraudulent prescriptions and one count of administering a controlled substance to an addict. Stern and two doctors – Sandeep Kapoor and psychiatrist Khristine Eroshevich – had already denied earlier charges of funnelling drugs to Smith, who died in February 2007 from an accidental overdose aged 39. Prosecutors say Stern, Kapoor and psychiatrist Eroshevich “repeatedly and ex-

cessively” provided Smith with prescription drugs prior to her death. Stern’s lawyer Steve Sadow on Wednesday decried the charges against his client, insisting he had been “concerned over Anna Nicole’s health and safety” throughout their relationship.

‘It makes no sense’ “They’re throwing something against the wall and hoping that it sticks – it makes no sense at all,” Sadow said. According to affidavits and search warrants unsealed in Los Angeles this week, pharmacists had raised the alarm about the drugs sought on Smith’s behalf by Kapoor and Eroshevich.

A fugitive wearing slippers who managed to escape Hong Kong police after a movie-style car chase was on the run yesterday. In scenes reminiscent of an action film, the man drove at speeds of more than 100 kilometres per hour on Wednesday night, circling roundabouts several times and ramming a car and mini-bus that blocked his way. He also jumped a red light and reversed his car into a police car five times in a bid to evade capture as he led police on a 16km chase along highways. The chase came to an end after the driver lost control of the car and knocked down three bollards in a street. He then jumped out of the car and fled on foot. It was at this point that it was noticed he was wearing slippers. – DPA

Pay up or else... Here’s another of the Mafia’s trademark offers-you-can’trefuse: pay or be eaten by a crocodile. Italy’s anti-Mafia police unit has seized a crocodile used by an alleged Naples mob boss to intimidate local businessmen from whom he demanded protection money. Officers searching for weapons in the man’s home outside the southern Italian city

last week found the crocodile living on his terrace. The crocodile, weighing 40 kg and 1.7 metres long, was fed a diet of live rabbits and mice, police official Sergio Di Mauro said. He said the suspect, an alleged boss in the Naplesbased Camorra crime syndicate, used to invite extortion victims to his home and threaten to set the animal on them if they didn’t pay or grant him favours. The man was not arrested but placed under investigation for illegal possession of an animal, Di Mauro said. Investigators are also working on extortion charges against him. – AP

Toddler shot Police say a two-year-old northern California girl is dead after her eight-year-old brother accidentally shot her. Police say the boy was playing with the gun at the family home in Vacaville when it discharged, shooting the toddler in the head, according to The Reporter newspaper. The girl was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Vacaville police Lieutenant Craig Courtemanche says the children’s parents were home at the time of the shooting. Both the parents and the boy were being questioned, with investigators hoping to determine how the boy got his hands on the weapon. – AP


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THE FUN. good deal See that city Treat yourself to a panoramic views of the city from Le Meridien Bangkok’s Avantec Suite. From Bt8,999 per person, you’ll get a night in the suite, breakfast for two, evening cocktails at Bamboo Chic, shoeshine service and priority late check-out. The offer is valid until October 31. Visit

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Kampanath Ruangkittivilas portrays I Teng, the most famous clown in southern Thai puppet theatre.

Go to the snow Scandinavian Airlines is launching special European autumn and winter fares to 36 destinations in Europe from Bt49,000 for travelling during Christmas and New Year. That’s for a round-trip economy-extra flight and it’s Bt69,000 for business class. The booking period lasts until October 5 for travel any time from Sunday until January 31, including Christmas and New Year. Find out more at www.FlySAS.com/th.

Winging it Until October 31, the Shangri-

La Hotel Bangkok’s Krungthep Wing Escape package offers a deal on privacy and exclusiveness. For the rate of Bt8,150 per night, you have to book a minimum stay of two nights in a Krungthep deluxe room for either single or double occupancy. Visit www.ShangriLa.com.

Shadow puppets, contemporary dance and multimedia mix to create a ‘Carmen’ like never before By Pawit Mahasarinand S P E C I A L T O D A I LY XPRESS

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t’s been 12 days since we saw our last production of “Carmen”. Time for another helping! The appetiser, an extraordinary version from Ukraine that lifted more from Merimee’s novel than Bizet’s opera, is followed this weekend and next by a rendition from a new veteran-filled troupe called 12 Inch. This “Carmen”, a co-production with Alliance Francaise de Bangkok, promises an even more exciting concept than the Kiev production. Imagine nang talung – the shadow puppets of southern Thailand – performing French opera. Director Kriengsak “Victor” Silakong, who’s also artistic director of the World Film Festival of Bangkok, loves intercultural experimentation. His last production was the 2007

likay version of Marivaux’s “The Island of Slaves”, and was a great success. Victor says “Carmen” has been close to his heart ever since he translated it from French to Thai when he was a student at Cours Florent. A Yala native himself, he’s added a character to the story for this presentation – I Teng,

the most famous clown in nang talung. “He steps in again and again, making remarks, misinterpreting things and contradicting himself, in the southern Thai dialect,” Victor says.

Can’t settle down This “Carmen” – with Meuanphun Ampunsang as Carmen, Yuko Nakamura as Michaela and Kampanath Ruangkittivilas as I Teng – also features video, contemporary Western dance and Rapeeporn

Pratum-Anon singing opera, accompanied by Weeraphong Thaweesak. “We shouldn’t find something we’re comfortable with and then just settle down until we die,” insists Victor’s co-director and choreographer, Jitti Chompee, acclaimed for “Remember What You’ve Done in 24 Hours” and “In Tune”. “We should be able to keep searching for what we are and what we want to say.” We know the story and we know the music. Now let’s watch and hear “Carmen” in a way we never thought possible.

XTRA FRESH VISION >> “Carmen” is at the Alliance Francaise on South Sathorn Road tomorrow and Sunday and October 3 and 4, each evening at 7.30. >> Tickets are Bt400 (Bt250 for members and students). >> Call (02) 670 4231 or e-mail TwelveInchBkk@ gmail.com.

Jitti Chompee choreographed and co-directed ‘Carmen’.

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“THIS IS IT”, a new single from Michael Jackson, will be released on October 12. Also, tickets for the movie “This Is It” go on sale on Sunday. It opens for a two-week run on October 28.

UNITS of the cut-price PlayStation 3 have been sold in the three weeks since it was launched.

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In a different world Two leading thespians act out scenes from their own lives in Nophand Boonyai’s latest production

members may find some parts quite universal.”

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Nophand likes using video images in his stage productions and this play is no exception. “They’re not pre-recorded this time though. Instead, we’re using two video cameras and two projectors for live feed, plus other simple techniques. So technically speaking, it’s more demanding than my previous works.” He credits his two cast members for helping rehearsals run smoothly. “Damkerng himself is a veteran director, so that helps a lot, and Farida is very quick and her interpretation of my script is spot-on.”

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ophand Boonyai, one of Thailand’s most exciting stage directors and scriptwriters, returns to the theatre this weekend alongside veteran thespians Farida Jirapan (“Waiting for GD”) and Damkerng Thitapiyasak (“Hi 5 Eiei”) for “The World According to Farida and Damkerng”. “Initially, it was supposed to be stories from their lives,” says Nophand, whose 2008 production, “Sunflower”, received critical acclaim. “But in the development process, it didn’t work out, so I started to write the play by myself. “But I still like the original title ‘The World According to Farida and Damkerng’ though I realise it may give rise to some misunderstandings.” The play is comprised of

Farida Jirapan and Damkerng Thitapiyasak star in the play. fragments from the life of this couple, taken in chronological order. “Each fragment deals with a specific subject matter from their living and working together. While each is related to their lives, some audience

XTRA L I F E O N S TA G E >> “The World According to Farida and Damkerng” runs until October 4 at Siam Democrazy Theatre Studio on Soi Saphan Koo, near Lumpini subway station, exit 1.

briefly All about Indian culture The Indian Embassy of Thailand launched its Indian Cultural Centre this past Tuesday, with the debut exhibition “Ways of Seeing” running until October 3. The contemporaryart show has paintings, photography, prints and mixed media by 10 artists. Among the works are two rare prints by Raja Rasvi Verma from the personal collection of Ambassador Latha Reddy. The rest are from the collection of Bangkokbased Indian curator Natasha Tuli of Gallery Soulflower. The centre is on the 27th floor of the Jasmine City building on Sukhumvit Soi 23 and is open Monday to Saturday from 11 to 6. Call (02) 261 501-2.

Elite art More than 1,300 artworks and handicraft pieces are on display in Siam Paragon’s Lifestyle Hall until Sunday in “Thai Art Elite” by the Bangsai Arts and Crafts Centre. Among the paintings is a depiction of the Lord Buddha defeating a demon and the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and nirvana. It took three years to complete. There are also demonstrations. Call (02) 610 8000.

>> Show times are at 7.30 nightly. >> Tickets cost Bt 300. Call (086) 814 1676 or e-mail InseaDang@hotmail.com.

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Fat rendered Fat Radio FM 104.5 continues its “Lek Chin Sod” concert series with “Handmade” music featuring Koi and Yong, all-girl rock band Venus Butterfly and brother rockers Knock the Knock on October 14 at Toys on RCA. If you’re a hard-core fan, bring something that proves it to get tickets on Tuesday from 10 to 6 at the Fat Radio office on RCA. Call (02) 641 5394 or click www.FatDegree.com.

Plants and bugs The giant silk moth and more than 15,000 other species and plants will be on display in the eighth Prueksa Siam Thai Ornamental Plants Exhibition and Contest until October 4 at The Mall Bangkae. There’s also century-old bonsai, the snake plant and the Hercules beetle along with workshops by plant arranger Mikiji Okada. There’s even a competition for stamp collections featuring rare plants. Admission is Bt20. Part of proceeds will go to the Princess Pa Foundation of HRH Princess Bhajara Kitiyabha. Call (02) 310 1845.

Tear it up Terror, a metal-hardcore band from Los Angeles and punkers No Turning Back from Holland will thrash around at Overtone on RCA on Sunday night. Thai rockers Born From Pain will open. Tickets are Bt600 at www.ThaiTicketMajor.com.


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The best of Asian pop Local lads K-otic charm a packed stadium in Seoul

Rusiana

Girls’ Generation By Pattarawadee Saengmanee D A I LY X P R E S S

he young blokes in K-otic aren’t even that well known as home yet, but there they were representing Thailand on Saturday at the Asia Song Festival in Seoul. The South Korean capital’s World Cup Stadium was the setting as the Thai boy band

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made its debut with some khon-style dancing and hit songs “Blacklist” and “Free Style”. The big show for Asian pop music began with a row of drummers in traditional Korean costumes hammering out the intro. Then popular Taiwanese singer Alan Luo hit the stage.

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The roars shook the roof when South Korea’s own 2ne1 appeared, the girl group turning up the dance rhythm with its hits “Fire” and “I Don’t Care”. After K-otic’s set, it was the turn of V6, the big-selling boy band from Japan, who drew a massive response with tunes like “Your Voice”, “Darling” and “Guilty”. J-rockers Gackt did powerful versions of “Ghost” and “Redemption” before the girls took over again. The popsters Girls’ Generation boosted the emotional quotient with “Tell Me Your Wish” and “Gee”, and then shining new Indonesian star Agnes Monica offered Michael Jackson’s “Heal the World” and her own popular singles “Shake It Off ” and “Temperature”. The evening’s climax was a

battle of Korean bands – Super Junior versus Big Bang. Pop sensations Super Junior came out swinging with their new songs “It’s You” and “A Man in Love”, and the Asia-wide hit “Sorry, Sorry”. The hip-hop trio Big Bang fought back gamely with their smash tunes “Lies” and “Gara Gara Go”. Also in the show were Zheng Yi Jien from Hong Kong, mainland China’s Chris Lee, Japan’s MihimaruGT, Rusiana from Ukraine and Ho Ngoc Ha from Vietnam.

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clubscene Chivalry Night Tonight Jam Bar, Rooftop of J Avenue Sukhumvit Soi 55 (BTS: Thong Lor)

Chivas Regal hosts a night of the knights where courageous spirits unite and chivalrous virtues are revealed. The party starts 8.30. Dress code: Smart Gallant.

UB live Tonight D2D (above 7 Eleven) Sukhumvit Soi 4 (BTS: Nana)

UB Radio’s crew takes control of the music with guests Mirror Image from UK and Masa from Japan. Entry with a drink is Bt300.

Madonna celebration Tomorrow

Digweed does the dance

Club Culture Sri Ayutthaya Road (BTS: Phya Thai) Tel: (02) 642 5499 www.Club-Culture-Bkk.com Dress code; ID

Celebrate the queen of pop’s ultimate greatest hits with 34 classic numbers that changed the world plus live acts. Entry with a drink is Bt250.

The UK house magician is back tomorrow – no sign of Sasha, though By Manta Klangboonkrong D A I LY X P R E S S

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ritain’s emperor of house music John Digweed returns to Bangkok tomorrow night and, hailing from Hastings on England’s south coast, where the French landed in 1066, he’s ready to do some conquering. Digweed is 42 and he’s been DJing since he was 13. Along the way he became famous

with a smash hit produced alongside another DJ superstar, Sasha. Prolific and versatile, Digweed has everyone’s thanks for helping promote progressive house in the ’90s. He and Sasha had a monthly residency at the now-defunct New York club Twilo, which they made a key hub for American electronic music. He’s now regarded as one of

the scene’s hardest working and most inspiring producers, and yet somehow he still found time to chat up Daily Xpress.

Are you and Sasha doing another album together? It’s hard to say because our schedules are very busy, so I can’t see anything happening in the near future.

What do you think about the latest changes on the scene?

known” at what I do. Anyone who knows me would say I’m very normal and down to earth.

If you weren’t a DJ, what would you be? I’m not sure. Maybe travelling the world.

What will the show be like this time?

Second anniversary Tomorrow Rain Dogs Bar & Gallery Soi Phrayapiren off Rama IV (MRT: Klong Toei)

It’s been two years! Mingle with the artsy crowd with live bands, DJ sessions and a lot of drinks. Admission is free.

DJ Medhi

The last show was fantastic, so I’m really looking forward to coming back.

The fact that it constantly changes, with new styles, DJs and clubs every year, is what keeps it exciting for me.

How have you evolved as an artist since the beginning? I think you keep getting better and better and you learn so much by playing all over the world to different crowds.

When did you realise you’d become a superstar? I hate that word! I just like to think I’m “very well

XTRA WEED: DIG IT >> John Digweed performs at 808 tomorrow night from 11pm. There’s an entry fee, and don’t forget your ID. >> RCA, Zone C.

Call (02) 203 1043 or visit www.808Bangkok.com.

Thursday Q Bar Sukhumvit Soi 11 (BTS: Nana) Tel (02) 252 3274 www.QBarBangkok.com Dress code; ID

DJ Medhi of Ed Banger’s crew is in town for his debut act with a set of house and electro with funk and b-boy style. Entry with a drink is Bt600.


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Caster’s ordeal changes the rules Banning the ‘intersex’ runner because natural gave her extra male hormones would be like barring tall women from basketball

Popcorn November Indie-friendly cinema House is bringing back four gay-theme movies for its Off-Menu programme each November weekend: “Love of Siam”, “Eternal Summer”, “Mysterious Skin” and an uncut “Lan Yu”. Get the details at www.HouseRama .com.

Ole, and cheers!

Supporters of African runner Caster Semenya

SPECIAL TO D A I LY X P R E S S

A Fighting bulls is supposed to be the height of machismo, so this is one advertising spot that’s bound to raise eyebrows.

Citizen caning The government of Indonesia’s Aceh province has declined to adopt the shariah bylaw that sees adulterers stoned to death and homosexuals whipped, says the Jakarta Post. Lower-level authorities, however, can punish homosexuals with 100 lashes of the whip, a fine of a kilogram of gold or 100 months in prison.

tersex person. Regardless of social belief in a clear line between the sexes, nature doesn’t observe such divisions, and sometimes produce individuals who are between male and female – often regarding their genitalia and secondary sexual characteristics, but sometimes it can involve only chromosome and hormonal levels. According to the report, Semenya has three times the usual level of the male hormone testosterone. If that’s

s our Olympic hero Worapoj Petchkhoom is slapped with a three-month ban for posing innocently in a gay magazine, the ongoing case of South Africa’s Caster Semenya provides a glimpse of the future of sports in which human rights and dignity are respected. After winning the 800-metre gold in Berlin’s 2009 World Championship in Athletics, the 18-year-old runner Semenya had to undergo both blood and chromosome tests as well as a gynaecological exam to prove she’s really a woman. Semenya is lucky to have the support of her family and country, being given the red-carpet treatment, all the way to meeting Caster Semenya the president. The South African government has filed a complaint with the United Nations over how Semenya’s case was handled. An unofficial report now claims that Semenya is an in-

true, the question is whether it’s okay for her to compete with “unfair advantage” over other female athletes. The same can be asked about maleto-female transgenders. This isn’t the first time an intersex person won an international event. Stella Walsh won the gold medal for 100 metres in the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics and silver in the 1936 Berlin Games – in the same stadium where Semenya triumphed. It was only when Stella died in 1980 that her autopsy revealed that she was intersex, having male genitalia – although displaying some female characteristics – and both male and female chromosomes. Gender testing began in international sports in 1966, but in 2000 the International Olympic Committee (IOC), influenced partly by Stella’s case, suspended the tests, absent “valid suspicions”, in a decision arguing that genetic gender was not necessarily equal to biological or social gender. AFP

By Paisarn Likhitpreechakul

AFP

Little-known Spanish matador Joselito Ortega has broken with a tradition by agreeing to have the name of the energy drink Gay Up embroidered on his cape in big script.

Should we not allow a tall woman to compete in basketball because she has an advantage over shorter women? The obvious answer is no and, by this reasoning, it would be wrong to bar intersex or transgender women from competing. Gone are the days when male athletes from the Eastern Bloc competed in female disguise. Such blatant deception can now be easily detected with a simple mouth swab and, if doubts remain, further investigation regarding the gender roles they actually live their daily lives can be easily made in today’s borderless world. That’s why the only way to go – like the 2003 IOC rule changes to allow transgenders in the Olympics – is to permit all people, across the whole spectrum of gender diversity, to participate in the gender with which they identify. From now on, the rule of the game should be non-discrimination and respect of human dignity, regardless of sexual or gender differences.


Friday, September 25, 2009

THE SCREEN 11

DAILY XPRESS

“CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS”, an animated feature from Sony, debuted at No 1 in North America last week, earning US$30.3 million.

TO SEE B A N G K O K I N T E R N AT I O N A L F I L M F E S T I VA L

at the cinema

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rstinct for su h a sharp in it w y t tl ic e v cr n se co gpin while ld illiterate A 19-year-o trust of the prison kin e Grand Prize at e th th of vival gains ns. Winner his own pla entralWorld. g in p lo ve e d WC 7.50 at SF Cannes. At

Mammoth

Pandorum

A husband’s trip to Thailand sets off a chain of ev that has dire co ents nsequences for his family back York. Stars Miche in New lle Williams and Gael Garcia Bern 5.25 at SFW Ce al. At ntralWorld.

A pair of space travellers (Ben Foster and Dennis Quaid) awaken from hypersleep with total amnesia and the feeling that something else isn’t quite right on their ship. Rated 15+.

Rookies Talentime Malaysian director Yasmin Ahmad died in July, and this is her last film, a tale of starcrossed lovers – a Malay-mixed girl and a Indian boy who are competing in a talent show. At 12.45 at Paragon Cineplex.

Er Dong A mother enrols her boy in a Christian school but all he finds is a girlfriend. At 1.30 at SFW CentralWorld.

The Search A director and two friends travel to the Himalayas to find an

actor and actress to play the leads in his Tibetan opera. At 2.30 at Paragon Cineplex.

Adhen Complications arise when the boss of a truck garage decides to open a mosque and designates an imam without consulting the workforce. At 2.50 at SFW CentralWorld.

Call if You Need Me James Lee’s new drama has a woman coming between debtcollecting cousins. At 5.15 at SFW CentralWorld.

All Around Us Courtroom artist Kanao has a front-row seat for high-profile crimes, none of which prepare him for tragedy at home. At

La Pivellina

5.35 at Paragon Cineplex.

In this tale of outcasts in Italy, a circus woman living in a trailer park and a 13-year-old neighbour boy search for the family of an abandoned two-year old girl.

Antichrist

At 3.10 at Paragon Cineplex.

Their infant’s death causes unspeakable suffering for a couple. At 8.25 at Paragon Cineplex.

ALSO SHOWING >> SF World: 2022 Tsunami, disaster, 11.20; Best of Times, romance, noon; 9808, shorts, 12.20; Adhen, drama, 2.50; Twenty, drama, 5; The Scar, romance, 7; Cloud 9,

romance, 8. >> Paragon: The Queen and I, documentary, 12.30; Fireball, action, 1pm; Jerichow, thriller, 3.35; Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi, documentary, 5.30; Antiplano, drama, 5.50; Castro,

drama, 7.25.

>> 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

A baseball team of bumbling misfits gets a new coach. Based on a hit TV series. In Japanese with English and Thai subtitles at Apex.

Streets of Blood Val Kilmer is a police detective in post-Katrina New Orleans, investigating the death of his partner. Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Sharon Stone and Michael Biehn also star. At SFW CentralWorld.

Fun Kote Kote The story of an impossible romance between a 40-something street performer (Ping Lampraperng) and a popular actress (Pavinee Viriyacahikij). Rated 15+.

on tv

>> CHANNEL LINKS 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

Shoot ’Em Up

The Forbidden Door Indonesia’s Joko Anwar directs this bloody thriller about a sculptor who’s receiving mysterious messages asking for his help. The deeper he probes, the more bizarre things become. At 2.30 at SFW Central World.

Clive Owen stars as a skilled lone gunman who takes a baby into his care while fighting off ruthless killers. HBO (TrueVisions), 8pm


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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 25, 2009

Comics&Games

Red and Rover

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Friday, September 25, 2009

LEISURE

DAILY XPRESS

Games&YourStars SUDOKU

The last word in

ASTROLOGY

By Eugenia Last

Today’s Birthday: Get involved with people and things that have meaning for you. Let the old, outdated and impossible people and pastimes go. This is a time to reach your own goals. Accomplishing your goals will lead to peace of mind. If you feel good about who and where you are in life, you will do well in the future.

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 If someone is giving you a difficult time, acknowledge the problem but don’t fight back. Find a suitable solution when you are in a better position to address this situation. TAURUS ***** April 20-May 20 Don’t be fooled by someone trying to divert you from following through with a plan that is good for you. Jealousy may be causing conflict. An investment will be worth every penny you spend. GEMINI *** May 21-June 20 An event you attend may lead to emotional confusion. Expect to be caught in the act if you flirt. A change of heart may be what’s causing your indiscretion. Rethink your current situation.

DIFFICULTY RATING ★★★★★

CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY

CANCER *** June 21-July 22 Don’t worry about being drawn into something that may be different from what you are used to. The change will do you good and introduce you to people who can enrich your life. LEO ***** July 23-Aug. 22 Before you jump into something based on your emotions, consider the consequences. Temptation is apparent and, if you give in, you will have regrets. Nothing is as it appears. VIRGO ** Aug. 23-Sept. 22 Make your decisions based on your needs, not someone else’s. If you aren’t happy with your choices you will have difficulty getting along with others. Volunteer your services. LIBRA **** Sept. 23-Oct. 22 Take one of your ideas that you think is trendy yet serviceable and develop it. You will get interest if you present to someone with a suitable outlet. A new friendship may not be good for you. SCORPIO *** Oct. 23-Nov. 21 Staying cooped up at home will lead to disgruntled behaviour. You need a change of scenery, friends or activities to feel alive and to jumpstart your creativity. A trip can help you find peace of mind. SAGITTARIUS *** Nov. 22-Dec. 21 Stay on top of personal matters. You can easily give someone the wrong impression if you are too flirtatious. A change in your current status is likely to leave you wondering what to do next.

Catherine Zeta-Jones Newswoman Barbara Walters is 80. Actor Robert Walden (“Lou Grant”) is 66. Actor Michael Douglas is 65. Model Cheryl Tiegs is 62. Actor Mark Hamill is 58 Actor Colin Friels is 57. Actor Michael Madsen is 51. Actress Heather Locklear is 48. Actress Aida Turturro is 47. Actor Tate Donovan is 46. Actor-singer Will Smith is 41. Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones is 40. Actor Lee Norris is 28.

CAPRICORN *** Dec. 22-Jan. 19 Complete deals and meet deadlines and you can ease your stress and settle a pending situation. You can make a difference to someone incapable of doing something alone. AQUARIUS *** Jan. 20-Feb. 18 You are better off waiting for others to make the first move. If you think big and act fast, you will have regrets. Don’t let anyone talk you into giving, donating or helping a cause you know little about. PISCES ** Feb. 19-March 20 You’ll be caught in the middle if you meddle. You may want to help out or feel compelled to get involved in something that doesn’t concern you but, if you do, there will be no turning back.

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24 GAMES

Friday, September 25, 2009

THE SPORT briefly

Hamilton backs Piquet for return World champion Lewis Hamilton believes the disgraced Nelson Piquet junior could return to Formula One despite his part in the Singapore race-fix scandal, but other drivers are not so sure. “He’s a good driver and he’s had a great career, so who knows?”, Hamilton said of his old rival in the GP2 Series, the traditional Formula One feeder championship. “For sure, there are opportunities for him in the future and I can only wish him the best.” – AFP

New boys fire Inter Milan top Inter Milan brushed aside the absence of manager Jose Mourinho to climb to the top of Serie A on the strength of a 3-1 success over Napoli . Samuel Eto’o put aside his financial dispute with former club Barcelona to open the scoring in the third minute and his new strike partner, Diego Milito, doubled up two minutes later. Another Inter newboy, Brazil World Cup winning defender Lucio made it 3-0 just after the half hour mark.

3-2 AJ Burnett struck out 11 as the New York Yankees won a series at Anaheim for the first time since 2004.

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West Indies’ little-known paceman Gavin Tonge grabbed four wickets, but failed to stop Pakistan from posting a five-wicket victory in the Champions Trophy on Wednesday. Pakistan were reeling at 61-4 following Tonge’s incisive opening spell, but teenager Umar Akmal helped his side achieve a 134-run target with a responsible 41 not out in the day-night match on a lively track. Tonge finished with 4-25 off 10 overs in only his third onedayer. – AFP

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Lam Chih Bing was struck near his right eye as Mardan Mamat took a practice swing.

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A REAL CLOSE CALL Thankful Lam leads Panasonic Open in Japan AFP, Kyoto, Japan

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am Chih Bing grabbed the joint lead after the first round of the Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open yesterday, days after a freak golfing accident which he at first feared may have blinded him. The Singaporean fired a fiveunder-par 66 at Joyo Country Club but admitted later he had been lucky to even be playing after countryman Mardan Mamat accidentally hit him in the face with a driver during

Monday’s practice round. Lam was struck near his right eye as Mardan, who didn’t realise the 32-year-old was in his way, took a practice swing. Doctors did not stitch the gash because it was too near the eye but Lam was thankful his sunglasses had reduced the full impact of the club. “I was standing on the first tee box waiting to tee off and the next thing I was lying on the ground thinking if it’s the end of my golf career,” Lam said. “Thank God when I removed my hands from my right eye, I was praying that I could still see.” “I’m just very happy that I got

to tee off today and it’s an even bigger bonus that I played good,” added Lam, whose score was matched by Japan’s unheralded Tetsuya Haraguchi. There were high expectations of teen prodigy Ryo Ishikawa of Japan but he struggled home with a 73. Instead, it took another 18year-old to hog some of the limelight as South Korea’s Noh Seung-Yul, 2008’s Asian Tour rookie of the year, fired a 67. He shares third with three Japanese – Tomohiro Kondo, Yuji Igarashi and Katsumasa Miyamoto – at the US$1.5-million event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour.

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GB and Ireland strike early blows in Vivendi AFP,Saint-Nom-La-Breteche

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reat Britain and Ireland made a strong start to the 2009 Vivendi Trophy yesterday, despite going into the biennial team event as slight underdogs. At 1345 local time on the tournament’s opening day, Paul McGinley’s side were ahead in four of the five four-ball

matches out on the course. A birdie from Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell on the first hole put him and compatriot Rory McIlroy one-up against Denmark’s Soren Kjeldsen and Alvaro Quiros of Spain and they were two-up after nine holes. Europe’s strongest pairing of

Swedes Henrik Stenson, the world No 5, and 2008 European Order of Merit winner Robert Karlsson, were three-down against English duo Anthony Wall and Chris Wood. Wall and Wood are both making their debuts in this event, which was formerly known as the Seve Trophy, but Wall stead-

ied their nerves with an eightfoot birdie putt on the first before Wood birdied the second and their opponents could only produce a bogey at the parfour third. English pair Simon Dyson and Oliver Wilson were twoup against Denmark’s Soren Hansen and Sweden’s Peter Hanson.


Friday, September 25, 2009

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FOOTBALL

Joe Cole returns for Chelsea

OH BOY, DANNY! Sizzling strike sets up possible family reunion for Fergie AFP, Manchester, England

anchester United coach Alex Ferguson is praying for one outcome when the draw is made for the last 16 of the League Cup tomorrow – a tie against son Darren and his Championship club Peterborough. Ferguson junior reached the fourth round of the competition with victory over Newcastle on Tuesday, 24 hours before a 1-0 win for the ten men of United earned his father’s League Cup holders their spot in the fourth round. The two managers have never competed against each other in a competitive contest and, while the odds are obviously stacked against that particular outcome, Ferguson is clearly relishing another extended run in a tournament he has used so successfully to blood young players over the years. “Peterborough at home,” replied Sir Alex when asked whom he wanted to meet. “All the family will be happy with that! But blooding the young players is the only thing we can do. Give them the experience of playing at Old Trafford in front of 50,000. It’s a good crowd and it’s a good tournament for young players. “The quality of not knowing when you are beaten is a quality this club has. You have to have it. The young players have come in and responded. They’ve accepted the challenge and enjoyed it.” One of those young players, Danny Welbeck, scored the decisive goal for United on

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Manchester United’s Danny Welbeck scores past Wolverhampton goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann. Wednesday after a 66th minute exchange of passes with Michael Owen. Unfortunately for United, Welbeck’s teenage team-mate Fabio Da Silva, endured a less successful evening as the Brazilian defender was shown a straight red card before the half-hour for a professional foul on Michael Kightly. Ferguson has been an unashamed admirer of Welbeck, even talking of the 19year-old Mancunian as a candidate for next year’s England World Cup squad. “The goal was fantastic. I think it was difficult for him because of the way we had to play when we went down to ten men,” said Ferguson.

...A MAGNIFICENT ONE-TWO WITH MICHAEL OWEN,A GREAT RETURN AND A MAGNIFICENT FINISH. Alex Ferguson on Welbeck’s goal against Wolverhampton

“But the goal told you about the boy’s quality. It was a magnificent one-two with Michael Owen, a great return and a magnificent finish. He has earned his plaudits.” Welbeck took those plaudits in his stride, as Ferguson’s emerging players are supposed to do, and confessed he was disappointed with his display. “I didn’t know Sir Alex had said that about England, but it doesn’t drive me on,” said Welbeck. “It’s a great plus to hear it.” Fabio’s experience was altogether less satisfying although his manager, initially and contrary to everyone else at Old Trafford, believed referee Peter Walton had been hasty in dismissing him.

Joe Cole insists he still has some way to go before he is back to his best after completing his first 90 minutes since damaging knee ligaments last January. Cole’s performance was one of the highlights of a pedestrian Chelsea display as the Premier League leaders struggled to overcome Championship club QPR Rangers, eventually edging to a 1-0 victory in the League Cup third round clash at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. The England midfielder was crocked in an FA Cup tie against Southend nine months ago and he knows he has to keep working to reach a high enough level to press for a regular starting spot in Carlo Ancelotti’s first team – as well as pressing for a recall to Fabio Capello’s England squad. “This is a stepping stone for me,” he said. “It’s not a case of saying I’m back or anything like that. “This is just another step and I will keep working hard and get back to the top of my game and beyond as soon as I can. “You have to get the knee used to all the movement and all the twisting and turning which is a big part of my game.” League Cup results 3rd round: Aston Villa 1 (Agbonlahor 3) Cardiff 0; Chelsea 1 (Kalou 52) QPR 0; Hull 0 Everton 4 (Yakubu 11, Jo 20, Gosling 24, Osman 57); Man City 2 (Barry 52, Toure 111) Fulham 1 (Gera 34) aet; Man Utd 1 (Welbeck 66) Wolves 0; Preston 1 (Brown 83) Tottenham 5 (Crouch 14, 77, 90, Defoe 37, Keane 87)

Maestro Kaka nets first goal for Real Madrid AFP, Madrid

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Kaka celebrates with Ronaldo after opening his account.

eal Madrid kept pace with champions Barcelona at the top of the Spanish First Division defeating 10-man Villarreal 2-0 at El Madrigal on Wednesday with Cristiano Ronaldo continuing his goal-a-game record while Brazilian Kaka scored his first Real goal from the penalty spot. Ronaldo scored a great solo goal in the very first minute to

make it five goals in four games and Kaka converted a controversial penalty for his first goal in Real’s colours. “It was important to start [the season] winning games,” said Ronaldo. “I am really happy to win here and also to continue scoring goals. “Villarreal are strong at home but we managed to get the three points.” It was a fourth straight win

for Real as they joined Barcelona, who defeated Racing Santander 4-1 on Tuesday, on a maximum 12 points. It was a special win for Real coach Manuel Pellegrini – who spent five successful seasons at Villarreal – and also captain Raul who came on as a substitute to equal Manolo Sanchis’s league appearance record of 504 games. It was a great day for Real but

new Villarreal coach Ernesto Valverde is feeling the heat as he searches for his first win in charge after two draws and two losses. “The sending off changed the match and I don’t think the handball [for the penalty] was intentional but the referee decided otherwise,” bemoaned Valverde. Ronaldo has so far not had any problems living up to his world record fee.


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FORMULA ONE

THE DRIVING FORCE? Crash was Piquet’s idea, says Symonds AP, London

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ormer Renault driver Nelson Piquet Jr has been accused of instigating the plot to deliberately crash his car during a race by ex-team official Pat Symonds, according to documents released by Formula One’s governing body. Symonds quit as Renault’s engineering executive director and Flavio Briatore as their team principal last week amid allegations by Piquet that he was ordered to drive his car into a wall at last year’s Singapore Grand Prix to help team-mate Fernando Alonso win. However, Symonds wrote a letter to the World Motor Sports Council for its hearing into the incident in Paris on Monday claiming that

Flavio Briatore was ‘personally and directly involved in the conspiracy’. Piquet came up with the plan. “I was the one who, when the idea was first suggested to me by Nelson Piquet Jr, should have dismissed it immediately,” Symonds said. “It is to my eternal regret and shame that I did not do so. I can only say that I did it out of a misguided devotion to my team, and not for any personal gain whatsoever.”

The WMSC said in its findings that it had received differing accounts of who suggested the idea but ruled it “immaterial” as the breaches “arise from the execution of the crash plan itself”. Alonso had already made his pit stop ahead of the rest of the field when Piquet’s crash brought out the safety car. That

allowed Alonso to move up the field when the other cars had to later refuel. Piquet, the son of three-time world champion Nelson Piquet, was fired by Renault in July. He spoke to the hearing after being given immunity by FIA. Briatore was banned indefinitely from any F1 activities and Symonds was suspended for five years. The WMSC also said Briatore was directly involved despite his claims in a written letter that he had no knowledge of the scam. “In the light of the overwhelming evidence, the WMSC cannot accept the account that Mr Briatore has offered,” the ruling said. “The evidence strongly indicates that Mr Briatore was personally and directly involved in the planning of the conspiracy.” The documents also reveal that a mystery witness, referred to as Witness X, also knew of the plot but was not part of it.

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Briatore ban too harsh,says Ecclestone Formula One ringmaster Bernie Ecclestone said yesterday the lifetime ban meted out to Renault team principal Flavio Briatore was too harsh. But he also made clear his friend should have owned up before the hearing this week into Nelson Piquet junior’s deliberate crash at the Singapore Grand Prix last year. “There were three people who knew what was going on and that is it. No one else was involved,” the sport’s powerful commercial rights holder said at public relations function here, autosport.com reported. “Those people have been dealt with – in my view quite harshly in [regards to] Flavio. I don’t think it was necessary, but I was on the commission so I am probably just as guilty as anyone else. On reflection it wasn’t necessary.” He added: “It was too much. Definitely too much.” AFP


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WOOING THE STARS Thailand Open organisers want Del Potro, Djokovic DAILY XPRESS

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ewly-crowned US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro and world No 4 Novak Djokovic are the favourites to replace Rafael Nadal as organisers of the PTT Thailand Open set their sights on a new star to add glamour and prestige to the event. With the Spaniard backing out a week prior to the ATP event with injury, organisers Juan Martin Del Potro will be the star attraction if he plays next week. are in negotiations with the towering Argentine and the in Malaysia and many top play- nursing an injured wrist. good-humoured Serb, accord- ers have already committed to Last year’s runner-up ing to an inside source. The their chosen event. But Roger Djokovic, and Del Potro, who deal has a deadline of tomor- Federer, Andy Murray, lost in the first round two years row afternoon, when the draw Djokovic and Del Potro have ago, remain the two best bets. for the singles will be made at not yet opted to play either of If negotiations fail, it will be a Impact Arena, Muang Thong the two tournaments. However, big blow to the tournament, Thani. Federer has made it clear that echoing the disappointment in The Thai contest clashes he wants to spend time with his 2007 when big-names such as with next week’s tournament new family while Murray is Nadal and Djokovic pulled out.

But fans can take comfort from confirmation that reigning champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and Gilles Simon, both from France, will be coming to town. “Les Monsieurs” are due to open a tennis clinic at the Sports Authority of Thailand tomorrow. Fans will get a treat as Adidas are staging special singles and doubles matches which will pit the two foreigners against Paradorn Srichaphan, Danai Udomchoke and Sonchat and Sanchai Ratiwatana. For Paradorn, the match will serve as a warm-up before teaming up with Danai in the Open’s doubles competition. Elsewhere, Thailand will take on a team from Pacific/Oceania in the opening tie of the 2010 Davis Cup Zone Asia/Oceania Group II from March 5-7. Relegated to the lower group for the first time in 10 years, top seeds Thailand will host the tie.

Ronaldo in paternity dispute Dual World Cup winner Ronaldo has been ordered by a Brazilian court to take a DNA test to resolve a paternity dispute. The demand was made after a Brazilian resident of Singapore claimed the three-time Fifa Footballer of the Year was the father of her four-year-old boy. Speaking about her child 27-year-old Michele Umrazu said: “His hair, his eyes, his nose are the same as Ronaldo’s.” According to reports the woman had up to now believed her child’s father was her ex-fiance, an American, but when he agreed to a paternity test it came back negative. Michele Umrazu’s mother told Quem magazine that her daughter and Ronaldo had first met at the 2002 World Cup in Tokyo, meeting up again in August 2004, nine months before the baby was born. Ronaldo already has two children. A F P


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