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Monday, October 19, 2009 VOL 2, NO 442



‘Thailand is like a second home’ to BHUTANESE PRINCESS YIWANG PINDARICA, who studies Mass Communications in Hua Hin >PAGE 2


Getting off to a good start By Earth-Sun Ittisukananth DJ, Chill FM 89


ising every morning with our minds refreshed, most of us have a feeling of optimism about the day ahead. But as soon as we turn on the radio or TV, we face horrifying news of murders and suicide bombers. Don’t despair: YOU have the power to design your day. Relax with a cup of coffee and some light reading (Daily Xpress is ideal!). And don’t forget to smile – at least once – at anyone you meet in the morning. Now that should be a good start to a good day.

What’s on


Catch ‘Creatures of the Lost Ocean’; dig your teeth into tasty veggie fare; celebrate Brazilian music, art and culture; audition for the Bangkok Combined Choir and Orchestra; don’t miss the Book Expo >PAGES 9,10



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to students around the country so far this year.

Honouring a King


Kasikorn Bank CEO Banthoon Lamsam, right, conducts a Brahmin ritual at the Royal Plaza to pay his respects to King Rama V – whose equestrian statue is situated there – and other later kings, before commencing the production of a television series to mark the 100th anniversary of the King’s departure next year.

PRINCESS DIARIES Bhutanese Princess Yiwang Pindarica, 21, leads a simple life in Thailand... D A I LY X P R E S S


ears ago, when Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck – the fifth Dragon King of Bhutan – visited the Kingdom, Thais expressed great admiration for him. But how many people really know that his lovely cousin, Princess Yiwang Pindarica, is a student in Thailand? The 21-year-old princess has been studying at Webster University Thailand in Hua Hin for the past two-and-a-half years, while her twin sister Princess Namsay Kumutha is a DAILY


student at the University of British Columbia, Canada. “Thailand is like a second home to me,” Princess Yiwang Pindarica told Daily Xpress and other Thai media during a recent interview. “I chose Thailand because I’m quite familiar with the country and Thailand is not very far from Bhutan.”

Makes up her own room Being in such an exalted position as a princess, ordinary folks may think the Bhutanese princess stays in a luxurious residence with many atten-


By Wannapa Phetdee

Also, her lecturer says the princess does everything at the university herself, and is treated the same as other students.

dants ready to serve her. But she usually makes up her room herself and uses just a two-row passenger truck when she goes shopping. She lives a simple life.

The princess savours Thai food, with Som Tam (spicy papaya salad) being her favourite dish. In fact, she has also cooked Som Tam and Bhutanese food on a television show. She likes playing badminton, basketball and volleyball, and is a fan of Manchester United, with her favourite player being Rio Ferdinand. She also loves to read and sometimes watches movies. Since she studies Media Communications, which focusses on advertising, the

princess’s goal after graduation is to improve the media in Bhutan. “We are a democratic constitutional monarchy and the media is given freedom and treated with much more leniency than before. I can help improve our media using the knowledge I gain here.” The princess aims to promote her country’s alluring scenery, rich culture and traditions, as Bhutanese people are very welcoming, friendly and – like Thais – love their King. She said that after gaining working experience for a few years she would probably come back to study for a master degree in Media Communications.

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THE WORLD Police to file charges in balloon case

The number of undernourished people under the combined effect of high food prices and the financial meltdown

Video of baby surviving train crash stresses mum he mother of an Australian baby which miraculously survived a collision with a train is still recovering from the experience and becomes upset by footage of the accident. The six-month-old boy, who has not been named, was strapped into a pram which rolled away from his mother and into the path of an oncoming train at Melbourne’s Ashburton station on Thursday. The train driver slammed on the brakes but was unable to avoid hitting

in a home-made balloon. Millions tuned in to cable television to watch the drama unfold. More than 80 law enforcement officers, news helicopters and search crews tracked the balloon as it soared 762 metres for more than 80 kilometres before landing in a field near Denver International Airport.

Sixteen-year-old Australian sailor Jessica Watson waves as she sails her bright pink 10.23-metre yacht past the Opera House.

Australian teen sailor starts round-the-world attempt

A hoax? The balloon was empty, prompting concerns the boy had fallen from it. Several hours later, Falcon came down from an attic space in his home where he had been hiding, sparking joyous scenes. Heene brushed off reporters’ shouted questions apart from one which asked him to confirm “once and for all” if the balloon drama had been a hoax. “Absolutely no hoax.”

A 16-year-old Australian steered her bright pink yacht out of Sydney Harbour yesterday to start her bid to become the youngest person to sail solo and unassisted around the world. Jessica Watson’s plan to make a 38,000-kilometre journey through some of the world’s most treacherous waters sparked a debate in Australia about whether someone so young should be allowed to try such a potentially dangerous feat. Watson and her family insist she is an experienced and capable sailor who has studied navigation, electronics and maritime safety procedures. Although she will sail solo and unassisted, she will be in constant contact with her support team via radio, e-mail and a blog. After hugging her parents goodbye, Watson sailed her 10-metre yacht out of Sydney under gray skies and slightly choppy seas. She smiled and waved to scores of well-wishers who lined parts of the shore, and boats that gathered on the harbour.


Many ‘nervous for Jessica’

The home-built balloon, which came untethered from Richard Heene’s backyard and flew more than 80 km before landing near Denver airport.





olice were gearing up to file criminal charges against family members involved in Colorado’s runaway balloon saga as speculation mounted that the entire drama was faked. Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden said officers were preparing search warrants and drawing up charges against eccentric amateur scientist Richard Heene and unidentified members of his family. Heene underwent a day of further questioning by police on Saturday amid suspicions that the event could have been a hoax. Police were initially convinced Heene and his family were telling the truth about the circumstances of Thursday’s drama, when his sixyear-old son Falcon was thought to have floated away


A F P , Melbourne

Big scare, massive search for 6-yr-old who was thought to have fallen from balloon, which landed near airport A F P , Denver


“I think a lot of Australians are nervous for Jessica. I’m nervous for her,” Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard told reporters. “But my words at this stage, given that she’s determined to go, would be to wish her the best of luck and to urge her to keep safe.” Watson’s plans suffered several setbacks before she finally left. Last month, her yacht collided with a cargo ship as she sailed toward Sydney to make final preparations – an accident that triggered some calls for her to abandon the attempt. More recently, strong winds in Sydney delayed her planned departure last week. The first leg of Watson’s journey will take her past northern New Zealand, then Fiji and Samoa. – A P

THE TRAIN DRIVER WAS UNABLE TO AVOID HITTING THE STROLLER ... BUT THE BABY ESCAPED WITH ONLY A BUMP ON HIS HEAD. the stroller, which was pushed about 35 metres along the tracks before coming to a stop. The baby escaped with only a bump on his head. A video of the incident has been shown around the world, sparking the interest of US talkshow queen Oprah Winfrey. The baby’s father said his wife had seen the footage, which shows her slipping as she attempts to grab the pram as it rolls away. “Every time she sees [the footage] she gets very upset,” said the 20-something man.



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GARTH BROOKS, 47-YEAR-OLD AMERICAN COUNTRY SINGER, ON BEING COAXED OUT OF RETIREMENT BY LAS VEGAS CASINO MOGUL STEVE WYNN. “He said my music was something people should hear and I thought that was sweet. I told him he couldn’t afford me. I was wrong.”




The American songstress takes ‘The Fall’ with a new band, yet another musical direction – and a new album By Manta Klangboonkrong D A I LY X P R E S S


merican singer and pianist Norah Jones has a new album coming out and wants Daily Xpress readers to know all about it. “The Fall” takes a different path from her jazzy debut “Come Away with Me” and countrytinged “Feels Like Home”, and isn’t as dark as “Not Too Late”. Here, the multiple-award-winning Jones steps lively into rock, aided by a new band and the likes of alternative country-rocker Ryan Adams. “We just finished the album about a month ago,” she tells us by phone, “so it’s a big turnaround for me to be working again because I’ve been off for the last few years.” What were you doing on your break?


I had to keep myself a little busy – otherwise I would have wanted to go to work again, and I didn’t want to do that! I had a band and we played country music, covering Johnny Cash songs and others. We played a few times a month in New York, and that was fun for me. I bought a dog too, and it’s such a big deal – those who have dogs would know. It’s my first dog! Were you being pressured for an album?


PUTTING ON THE DOG >> “The Fall” will be released on November 17 on the Blue Note label in the US. >> “Chasing Pirates”, the first single, is available on iTunes. >> On the Internet:

It didn’t really feel that way. It would have been so difficult if it did. There are a lot of factors involved making a successful album. Hopefully they’re good, but that’s not always the case. There are things that are out of your control. You just do the best you can and enjoy what you do. That will


come through, and hopefully people will respond to it. You sound very different on this album.

I just wanted to try something new. I’ve reached a period in my music and my life when it’s time to try different things and work with different people. There’s a danger when you try something new or go too far or do something that’s not natural, but the great thing about all this is that it feels so natural. It felt right. You collaborated with rapper QTip on his “Life is Better”.

We have mutual friends. I was happy with it. It was fun. Any more movie work coming up?

I’m not planning to do any more acting right now. It’s something I really had an amazing time doing, but it’s such a big commitment. If I were to do it again, I would really have to have enough time off to commit myself to it.

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THE NORWEGIAN pop group A-ha, known for its 1985 hit “Take on Me”, will disband after a farewell world tour next year.

RUPIAH (Bt1 million) was demanded by Balinese villagers before a crew could start shooting Julia Roberts’ new film, “Eat, Pray, Love”.



is a ride


Students read samples of new books at the 14th Book Expo Thailand at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre. More than 350 booksellers are offering bargains and special gifts. The expo, Bangkok’s second and last major literary event of the year, continues until Sunday. It’s open daily from 10 to 9. Visit www.Thailand


Put some spice in your step Latin American rhythm and movement are on display in the fifth SalsaBangkok Fiesta from November 5 to 8 D A I LY X P R E S S


oreign and local artists will performing sensational dance steps under four different themes and at four different venues in SalsaBangkok Fiesta 2009 from November 5 to 8. One of the highlights is a salsa and Argentine tango extravaganza on November 6 in the two ballrooms of the Grand Millennium Sukhumvit to the accompaniment of an Argentine tango band. The event is being organised by SalsaBangkok, a group of dance professionals dedicated to promoting cultural dances in Thailand, in collaboration with Argentinean Ambassador Felipe Frydman. Another highlight will be presented by Nestor Manuelian from Australia’s Modus Vivendi Dance Productions. A six-time Australian salsa champion, the Uruguayan-born Manuelian started dancing in 2002 and is

well regarded for his teaching and choreography. Mexican-American dance diva Ana Masacote, will demonstrate her sensual body movements in performances with her husband Joel Simeon, a dancer and musician. The couple, who run Boston-based Masacote Entertainment, regularly travel the world to perform and teach salsa. Artists from Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Thailand will also perform. New York-based salsa DJ Henry Knowles will create an ambience for salseros. The four-day SalsaBangkok Fiesta also includes a social dance competition and dance lessons from international instructors. Classes range from beginner to advanced levels. The organiser’s words of wisdom are: “If you can walk, you can dance!”

We’re tops in rabbit races

Post Today photographer and political pundit Chamlong Boonsong picked up the Bad Performance Award on a junket to Malaysia last week – but actually he didn’t do that badly. Chamlong led 12 other Thai journos in competitive action against their Malaysian and Indonesian counterparts. The events were boxing over the water, climbing a greased pole and grating a coconut. The fiftysomething newspaperman was quickly dunked by a younger pugilist and fared little better at scaling oil, but then they brought out the coconuts. Chamlong won the nutgrating race, using one of those old-fashioned wooden “rabbits”. No one else even knew what it was.

Clash-free colour Talk about sitting on the

XTRA SALSA WITH A SMILE >> Tickets are available at Rumpuree dance studio, (081) 430 6684, (081) 439 0200; Salsa Hacha (02) 634 3383, (081) 374 7320 and at La Rueda, (084) 714 7074. >> Also call (081) 333 4545, (081) 846 1233, (086) 303 4776 or e-mail salsabangkok_ >> On the Internet:

fence! TV host Ketsepsawasdi “Na Neck” Palakawongse na Ayutthaya likes wearing red shirts and red glasses and sometimes dyes his hair red. He has an office that’s painted in Na Neck red and yellow and has a bathroom with a double door – one side is red and the other yellow. He says he likes his yellow walls because they provide a brilliant backdrop. Just have a look at the cover of the latest Hello! magazine.

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love scope Your PC gets a holiday

Ear Candy from Samsung The Samsung Candy is a vividly coloured touch-screen phone for teenagers, complete with social-networking widgets for Facebook, MySpace and Twitter and a two-megapixel camera. It comes in chrome yellow, festival orange, romantic pink or just minimal white, but grab one now in black with a

A new LCD monitor with digital photo framing, the Acer D240H shows off your pictures without the need of a computer. Hook in your USB driver or photo-toting external hard drive and admire them on the 24inch, 16:9 widescreen with full high-definition of 1080p. The response time is a snappy two milliseconds and the contrast high at 80,000: 1. It also has integrated speakers to connect to a Bluray disc player for hi-def movies. The monitor retails for Bt11,900.


October 19-24, 2009

ARIES March 21-April 19

Your heart is in the right place and the signals you are sending will arouse someone who is just right for you. Plan a fun-filled week socialising or take that trip that is geared toward meeting people who are looking for love and romance. TAURUS April 20-May 20

Don’t be fooled by someone you know through work or a group you belong to who appears to have an interest in you. An embarrassing situation will develop if you respond with similar actions. Professionalism must be maintained. GEMINI May 21-June 20

You’ll attract attention no matter where you go or what you do if you contribute intellectually. Your sophisticated insight will entice someone who knows the ropes and is anxious to play your game mentally, physically and emotionally. CANCER June 21-July 22

You may be paying too much attention to someone who isn’t worth your time, effort and affection. A change of heart will lead you in a much better direction. Don’t base your personal choices on looks alone. Connect mentally.

fashion-printed back cover and a 2GB memory card for Bt5,990.

LEO July 23-August 22

Your entertaining personality won’t let you down. Someone you find engaging will fit into your lifestyle as if you have known one another forever. You can make plans for the future without fear. It’s love-at-first-sight and commitment to follow. VIRGO August 23-September 22

Your emotions will trick you into thinking you've found someone special. Beware of a chameleon mirroring your every move. Things are not as they appear and you must refrain from moving too quickly or making promises too soon. LIBRA September 23-October 22

If someone interests you, be the one to initiative the first move. It will be easy for you to intrigue and manipulate the person you choose to be with. Let your intuition guide you, your charm captivate and your playful actions entice. SCORPIO October 23-November 21

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Vision-impaired no more The ThinkPad X200 7450 is a new tablet PC from Lenovo with an easy-touse 12.1-inch wide-format touch screen. The screen is an LED-back-lit monitor that’s very bright – 400 nit and coated with an anti-reflective layer – so you can see images even in direct sunlight. The device is powered by an Intel Centrino 2 SL9400 running at 1.86 GHz and has 4GB of DDR3 memory and 160GB on the hard drive. The going price is Bt79,990.

Here’s a webcam that looks like a robot dog, the No MPC007 from, a mere Bt379. Hook it into your PC via the USB port.

Keep your feelings a secret until you know where you stand. You will attract an individual battling a bad relationship. Don’t fall into someone else's melodrama. It’s best not to be the one picking up the pieces. Avoid damaged goods. SAGITTARIUS November 22-December 21

Someone who is off limits will interest you. Don’t risk your position, status or reputation for a short fling that will end in disaster. The potential to be enticed by the thrill of the moment will not be worth the repercussions. CAPRICORN December 22-January 19

Someone you meet will have ulterior motives. Protect your assets and don’t give out too much information about who you are or what you have. If you have to use money to impress someone, you are chasing the wrong partner. AQUARIUS January 20-February 18

You’ll attract some interesting and worthy candidates for love. Follow your heart and you will end up with the perfect person who can offer you a relationship that proves to be equal on all levels. Together you can build a good life. PISCES February 19-March 20

Your uncertainty will cloud any relationship you try to get into. Don’t be surprised if someone tries to persuade you to make a commitment that you aren’t ready to make. You may have to lay down some ground rules or take a pass.

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do it! Tofu ambassador Go vegetarianat the Ambassador Hotel’s Hong Teh Restaurant, with tofu served with plum sauce and then stirfried Szechuan style. There’s veggie dim sum served buffet style for lunch and dinner too. Prices start at Bt359. Call (02) 254 0444 extensions 1562, 1582.

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The Bangkok Combined Choir and Orchestra is preparing its annual Christmas performance of Handel’s “Messiah” and needs singers. Soloists are invited to audition on Sunday from 3 to 4 at Wattana Church on Sukhumvit Soi 19. The concerts take place on December 11, 12 and 13 at the Thailand Cultural Centre, Wattana Church and Holy Redeemer respectively. Auditions are by appointment. Call Bunga at (089) 819 6389 or e-mail


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Strings of plenty French pianist Amandine Habib plays a programme of Bach, Beethoven and Chopin in a recital at the Goethe Institut Bangkok on November 3 at 8. Tickets cost Bt400 (Bt200 for students) at Robinson Piano on the fifth floor of Siam Discovery. Call (02) 658 1080.

Between the lines More than 350 sellers are offering bargain prices at the annual Book Expo Thailand, which continues through Sunday at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre. Fairgoers also have the chance to view an exhibition of learning materials, participate in various activities and attend seminars and discussions. It’s open daily from 10 to 9. Visit www.ThailandBookFair.

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Main Aurr Mrs Khanna Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor and Sohail Khan star in this story of marital infidelity. In Hindi with English subtitles at Grand EGV Siam Discovery at 8 tonight. Visit www.Bollywood

Law Abiding Citizen After his loved ones are brutally murdered, Gerard Butler orchestrates an elaborate revenge plot in an attempt to fix the flawed justice system that failed his family. Jamie Foxx plays the prosecutor who has to stop him. Rated 18+. 

Sam Phan Boke Gangsters are after lost royal treasures. A Thai fighter (Pairote “Mike B” Boongerd) must stop them. Stars Russell Wong. Rated 13+. 

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans Nicolas Cage plays a drugaddicted detective trying to solve the killing of a Senegalese family while keeping his own life and career together. At SF Cinemas. Rated 20+. 

The Ugly Truth Katherine Heigl is is mismatched

Monsters vs Aliens


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with Gerard Butler in this battleof-the-sexes romantic comedy. Rated 18+. 

Broken Embraces The latest collaboration between director Pedro Almodovar and Penelope Cruz is a complex neo-noir drama marked by a four-way romance. In Spanish with English and Thai subtitles at the Lido.

G-Force Guinea-pig operatives are dispatched to stop a diabolical billionaire from taking over the world. In 3D. Rated G. 

Hor Taew Taek Hak Krajerng

Rated 18+. 

A college dormitory run by crossdressing gays is haunted. Their solution is to hire their own ghost to fight back. Rated 15+.


Cherry Blossoms

A remake of Alan Parker’s gritty 1980 classic, this musical drama tracks students as they pursue their dreams at a New York performing-arts school. 

A Bavarian widower fulfills his dead wife’s wishes and goes to Japan. There, he forms a bond with a young woman street performer. At House. 

>> CINEMA NUMBERS Channel 3: Channel 5: Channel 7: Modernine: NBT: TV Thai: True:


on tv

Alien Hunter

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

> > C H A N N E L L I N KS

In this Dreamworks Animation spoof, classic movie monsters are kept locked up by the government until a powerful space alien plans to annihilate Earth. There are four versions of the DVD – the disc only, with extras on the 3D technology used to make the movie, costs around Bt230. For prices that range up to Bt1,250, there are editions with such souvenirs as a BOB pencil holder and 3D glasses. The soundtrack and subtitles include English and Thai. –

A government cryptologist looks for a way to stop aliens from annihilating mankind. Cinemax (TrueVisions), 8pm > > F I L M R AT I N GS 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.

New York, I Love You Ten filmmakers weave tales of romance in the Big Apple. Starring Eva Amurri, Rachel Bilson, Orlando Bloom, James Caan, Hayden Christensen, Julie Christie, Bradley Cooper, Chris Cooper, Drea de Matteo, Shia LaBeouf, Cloris Leachman, Blake Lively, Natalie Portman, Christina Ricci, Olivia Thirlby, Eli Wallach, Robin Wright Penn, Anton Yelchin and John Hurt. Directed by Fatih Akin, Yvan Attal, Allen Hughes, Shunji Iwai, Wen Jiang, Shekhar Kapur, Joshua Marston, Mira Nair, Natalie Portman and Brett Ratner. At the Scala, SFW CentralWorld and SFX Emporium. Rated 15+. 

>> CRITICAL CONSENSUS  = Must see!  = Solidly entertaining  = It’s okay  = Barely watchable  = Don’t bother No star rating means no reviews were available.


Close to Home By John McPherson


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Games&YourStars SUDOKU

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By Eugenia Last

Today’s Birthday: Don’t let life’s little aggravations get to you or hold you back. You are insightful and should be able to manipulate situations in your favour. Changes at home will end up being a blessing in disguise. Be open to the wishes of those around you.

Saturday’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 Deal with paperwork quickly. Partnerships may pose a problem at first but figure out who’s doing what and your load will be lightened. The common ground between you and your partner will grow. TAURUS *** April 20-May 20 Diplomacy coupled with persistence and honesty will bring good results when dealing with colleagues. An opportunity will develop through someone you have worked with in the past. GEMINI *** May 21-June 20 Taking action will bring results. Just because someone else procrastinates doesn’t mean you have to. Get the facts in writing. Don’t let a change someone else makes spoil your plans.


CANCER ***** June 21-July 22 Hobbies will take your mind off your worries. Problems with some of the people you care about will cause you grief if you aren’t willing to overlook shortcomings. LEO ** July 23-Aug. 22 Being too proud to ask for help will hold you back. Building a support system will lead to your popularity and success. Don’t take the blame for something you didn’t do.


VIRGO **** Aug. 23-Sept. 22 Don’t dig up the past unless you are prepared to face the truth. Find out what you need to know before you take on a task that may be too hard to handle on your own. LIBRA *** Sept. 23-Oct. 22 You can expect to be confused by some of the results you get when dealing with personal matters. Before making a career change, consider your motives — if it’s because of a personality clash, work it out. SCORPIO *** Oct. 23-Nov. 21 A change at home will benefit you mentally, physically and financially. Offering a service that you enjoy doing will lead to extra cash. A relationship will change for the best. SAGITTARIUS *** Nov. 22-Dec. 21 Set some rules if you want things to go your way. You can turn something you have to offer into a cash cow if you are unique in your presentation. There is money heading your way.

Jon Favreau

Artist Peter Max is 72. Actor John Lithgow is 64. Singer-keyboardist Karl Wallinger is 52. Singer Jennifer Holliday is 49. Singer-guitarist Todd Park Mohr is 44. Actor Jon Favreau is 43. Comedian Chris Kattan is 39. Singer Pras Michel of The Fugees is 37. Actor Omar Gooding is 33. Country singer Cyndi Thomson is 33. Actor Benjamin Salisbury (“The Nanny”) is 29.

CAPRICORN **** Dec. 22-Jan. 19 Be willing to compromise. Someone will complain if you are too pushy. Sincerity, dedication and understanding will help. Uncertainty will arise due to a decision you made in the past. AQUARIUS ** Jan. 20-Feb. 18 Slow down, watch what you say and be careful while travelling. Don’t let your emotions lead the way. Focus on following through with promises and making decisions that will lead to a better future. PISCES ***** Feb. 19-March 20 The choices you make now regarding partnerships, your personal life and the way you earn your living will determine how much you can accomplish. A sudden change should be welcomed.


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West Ham set for £ 100 m takeover English Premier League club West Ham are the target of a £100 million takeover by a multinational consortium of wealthy fans, according to a report in the News of the World yesterday. – AFP

Campbell, Piercy share the lead Chad Campbell made a double bogey on the par-5 16th, then birdied the 18th for a 4-under 67 and a share of the thirdround lead with Scott Piercy in the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open on Saturday. Piercy – a Las Vegas local whose wife, Sara, delivered son Jett on Thursday – had a 65 to match Campbell at 17-under 196 at TPC Summerlin. “I was pretty upset with myself after that kind of a bad shot,” said Campbell. – AP

1-0 Bordeaux’s hopes of landing a second successive French title suffered a blow when they slid to a loss at Auxerre.

Muang Thong champions D A I LY X P R E S S

Stoner pips Rossi to seal hat-trick



Australian Casey Stoner reigned at Phillip Island for a third straight year with victory over world champion Valentino Rossi in the Australian MotoGP yesterday. Stoner, the 2007 world champion, dominated his home MotoGP, leading for all but one lap of the 27-lap race to claim a sweet, 1.935 seconds victory over the six-times world champion. While Stoner leapfrogged Dani Pedrosa into third place on the world championship standings, Rossi extended his lead to 38 points over Jorge Lorenzo after his Spanish Yamaha team-mate crashed out on the first bend and finished pointless. Rossi could wrap up this year’s world title in the second-last MotoGP of the season in Malaysia next weekend with only a maximum of 50 championship points now on offer. – AFP


Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti is disappointed with the display of his defence.

CRACKDOWN! Ancelotti promises Blues back four will do a better job AFP, Birmingham, England


arlo Ancelotti has pledged to eradicate the dreadful defending that is threatening to increase the pressure on the Italian after the second successive Premier League defeat away from home. Saturday’s 2-1 loss here to Aston Villa combined with Manchester United’s win over Bolton saw Chelsea surrender top spot in the table. Defeat at Villa Park meant six of the eight goals conceded by Chelsea this season have come from set plays, evoking memories of the defensive problems that ultimately ended Luiz Felipe Scolari’s reign at Stamford Bridge. James Collins delivered the killer blow with his first goal in four seasons to extend Aston Villa’s unbeaten home run to six games and heighten optimism that Martin O’Neill can unsettle the established order. But the worry lines on

Ancelotti’s forehead will become more pronounced with further performances like this, despite Didier Drogba’s seventh goal of the campaign gifting Chelsea the advantage. Richard Dunne capitalised on dreadful defending to equalise and Collins pounced early in the second-half to condemn Chelsea to another alarming defeat on the road. Two seasons ago Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich stormed out of Villa Park in a rage after a 2-0 defeat, with then manager Jose Mourinho sacked days later. Italian boss Ancelotti is under no immediate danger but the alarm bells will surely be ringing already following Chelsea’s insipid defeat at Wigan. And ahead of their Champions League game with Atletico Madrid tomorrow, it promises to be a busy few days on the training ground as Ancelotti works on his problems. He said: “I am disappointed because Chelsea played a good match. We lost this game on the set plays and I don’t like to lose games on set plays.

“Aston Villa did a very good job. On the set plays we need to do better because we can. Those are the questions from this match. “The first goal was from a set play and we need to improve on the situation. We have to pay more attention and more concentration in the box. “We work every time on the set plays but we have to improve. We need more focus. At Wigan the first goal was the same. “When we lose a game for sure we are not happy but I think that until this moment the team has played very well and done a very good job. “But there are things we can improve on,” the former AC Milan manager added. “I’m sure the players will do this in the next game.” This was no more than Villa deserved, however, and O’Neill possesses a vibrant squad that could deliver on their mission to gatecrash the Big Four – or Five, as it may be now. O’Neill believes he has his best squad yet after three years in charge.

he curtain came down on the Thailand Premier League, with Muang Thong United celebrating their first ever league title with a 2-0 victory over BEC Tero Sasana. The home fixture at Thunder Dome stadium against BEC, who were flying high in fourth place before the match, was meaningless as Muang Thong were assured of the league success after their 2-1 win over Osotspa last week. However, a goal from either side of half-time ensured the champions ended the season on a winning note, their 19th win out of 30 matches. Pattaya United were also in celebratory mood after they confirmed their place in the top-flight next season at the expense of Chula United, whom they defeated 2-1 in the relegation battle match. Sri Racha FC fans had no reason to celebrate despite their team managing a 3-1 away win at Osotspa. Bangkok United’s 1-1 draw with Samut Song Khram meant the Eastern side joined Chula and already-relegated Nakhon Pathom into Division One. Police FC, Royal Thai Army and Si Sa Ket were promoted to the first-tier league next season.

Ridgewell slammed A F P , London


rsene Wenger has slammed Birmingham defender Liam Ridgewell for the tackle which left Arsenal winger Theo Walcott nursing a potentially serious knee injury. “It was a cut-through tackle, without any restriction. It was meant to impress. It looked quick and hard from outside – I don’t know if he didn’t want to play the ball,” Wenger said.

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Beach-ball goal joins blooper list

DEFLATED BY BALL Everton fan beaches Liverpool’s Premier League title hopes AFP, Sunderland, England

nstant notoriety is guaranteed for a young spectator who effectively condemned Liverpool to a 1-0 defeat against Sunderland here at the Stadium of Light. The ‘supporter’, who was wearing a dark blue top – the colour of Liverpool’s city rivals Everton – has been captured on YouTube throwing a beach ball into the Liverpool penalty area during a Sunderland attack. He could not have imagined the consequences before a shot from Darren Bent struck the ball and diverted it past goalkeeper Pepe Reina for the decisive goal in Saturday’s match. It was an incident which provoked surprising responses from the two managers, with Liverpool’s Rafael Benitez remarkably sanguine about a goal that brought about his team’s third successive defeat. Asked if the goal should have been disallowed, Benitez said: “It’s a technical question. It could be a goal, but it’s difficult to say. In this case, I think it should be a goal.” Steve Bruce, the Sunderland manager, was not so certain after speaking to a referee after the game about “outside interference”. He said: “I’ve been told the laws of the game state it should have been disallowed and the game restarted with a drop ball. But does anybody know that rule?” Bent didn’t care who was right. He was just happy to claim a goal which meant he’d scored in each of Sunderland’s




Sunderland forward Darren Bent’s shot hits a red beach-ball and deflects past Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina into the net. Inset: Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina, right, complains to the assistant referee. last five games. It also moved him level with Liverpool’s Fernando Torres as the Premier League’s top scorer with eight goals. Bent, who is staking a powerful claim for an England return, said: “It was a strange goal, but I will take it.” While it was a freakish winner, the outcome of the game was the right one with Sunderland confirming the promise they showed in drawing at champions Manchester United a fortnight earlier. They outclassed a Liverpool team who were deprived of Torres and Steven Gerrard through injuries and could not fill the gap in class left by those


two internationals. This was their third successive defeat and their fourth in the league this season – and no team has won the championship after losing so many times in the past decade. However, Benitez is refusing to accept that Liverpool’s pursuit of the title is over. “This is a bad defeat, but in a normal season, teams at the top would be wining every single game. “This is a bit different. Chelsea have lost twice and I’ve seen a lot of teams at the top losing games. If we win the next two or three games, we could be top of the table. It’s a question of keeping our confidence and working hard.”

Sunderland striker Darren Bent scored his team’s winner against Liverpool on Saturday when his shot was deflected into the net off a beach-ball thrown from the crowd. Here are four more bizarre Premier League goals: 1. Stan Collymore, Blackburn Rovers v Liverpool, February 1996 - Collymore’s tame leftfooted pea-roller was trundling straight into the arms of Blackburn goalkeeper Tim Flowers, before it hit a mark on the six-yard line that Flowers himself had made and skipped over the keeper’s shoulder and into the net. 2. Steve McManaman, Tottenham v Liverpool, December 1996 – England midfielder McManaman’s speculative long-distance effort looked to have been covered by keeper Ian Walker, but a divot saw it fly up off the turf, over Walker’s out-stretched grasp and into the net. 3. Olof Mellberg, Birmingham City v Aston Villa, September 2002 – Villa defender Mellberg looked to pick out his goalkeeper Peter Enckelman with a throw-in from the righthand touchline but the Finn allowed the ball to run under his foot and into the net. 4. Paul Robinson, Tottenham v Watford, March 2007 – Tottenham goalkeeper Robinson’s free-kick from deep inside the Spurs half took a freak bounce on the edge of the Watford penalty area and looped over his opposite number Ben Foster, who smiled ruefully as he retrieved the ball from his goal.

Valencia deny Barcelona best ever start A F P , Madrid



Real Madrid captain Raul Gonzalez celebrates his goal.

arcelona’s perfect start to the Spanish League season ended on Saturday when the champions were held to a 0-0 draw at Valencia. A seventh successive win would have been Barcelona’s best ever beginning to a league campaign, but Pep Guardiola’s side had to settle for a draw against a resolute Valencia side and now sit one point above

Real Madrid at the summit. “We knew it would be a difficult game here and it was,” said Barcelona’s Dani Alves. “There are a lot of teams that are going to compete for this title and it will be a long fight.” Earlier Real captain Raul celebrated breaking the club’s alltime appearance record with a brace as Real bounced back from their Sevilla defeat with a 4-2 home win over Valladolid.

“It was a good victory and a much-needed one,” said Raul. “Games like this after the international fixtures can be dangerous but we won and that is all that counts.” Xavi shrugged off a knock to start for Barcelona but Thierry Henry missed out through injury and Zlatan Ibrahimovic began on the substitutes bench. Real did not have such problems in front of goal with Raul

overtaking the record of Manolo Sanchis with his 711th appearance in the white shirt and scoring twice inside five first half minutes (13min, 18min) as Real made hard work of overcoming Valladolid. Sevilla’s joy at beating Real two weeks ago was short-lived as the title hopefuls came crashing back down to earth with a 1-0 loss at Deportivo La Coruna.

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A-ROD METTLE Yankees win as throwing error by the Angels’ Macier Izturis ends the game AFP, New York


lex Rodriguez belted a game-tying home run in the 11th inning and the New York Yankees went on to beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-3 in 13 innings yesterday to stretch their lead in the American League Championship Series. A throwing error by the Angels’ Macier Izturis brought the game to an end after five hours and 10 minutes – the latter innings played in cold, steady rain. The victory kept the Yankees unbeaten in this postseason and gave them a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series from which the winners advance to the World Series.

Choke-uthit supreme

“Wow, what a game,” Rodriguez said. Pinch-hitter Jerry Hairston jnr had opened the bottom of the 13th with a single off losing pitcher Ervin Santana. Brett Gardner sacrificed and Robinson Cano was intentionally walked to bring up Melky Cabrera. Cabrera hit a bouncing grounder between first and second and Izturis made the dubious decision to throw back across his body to get the force out at second base. The throw eluded shortstop Erick Aybar and trickled behind third base, where Chone Figgins fumbled it. Hairston raced home for the winning



SHOWS Alex Rodriguez of New York Yankees tosses his gum as he rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run.


run, sending Yankees fans who held on through the rain home happy at 1:07 in the morning. “Izzy just tried to do too

much,” Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia said. “You’re not going to turn two.” While sloppy defence doomed the Angels, it was Rodriguez who kept the Yankees alive long enough to capitalise. He led off the bottom of the 11th with a homer against major league saves leader Brian Fuentes to tie it up again. Figgins had given the Angels a brief 3-2 lead with an RBI single in the top of the frame off Alfredo Aceves. It was Figgins’s first hit in 19 at-bats in these play-offs. Fuentes came on to try and close it out, but Rodriguez smacked an 0-2 pitch into the

front row of the right-field seats. “As soon as he tied it, we knew we were going to win this game,” Hairston said. “We don’t give up. We really don’t.” It was the third homer of this post-season for Rodriguez, who has struggled in past play-offs. The three-time Most Valuable Player has at least one hit and one RBI in every playoff game this year. The series now shifts to Anaheim for game three tomorrow, where Jared Weaver is slated to start for the Angels against Andy Pettitte. The expected balmy southern California weather will be a welcome change after two games in wintry New York.

Buttree and Chutchawal claim bronze DAILY XPRESS


hailand claimed two bronze medals in the WTF World Taekwondo Championships at the Ballerup Super Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark, yesterday. Finweights Buttree Puedpong, silver medallist in the Beijing Olympic Games, and Chutchawal Khawlaor, silver medallist in the world meet in Beijing two years ago and a former Asian champion, went down in the semi-finals. The latter was restricted by an injury to his left shin that became progressively worse since the third round. He was unable to continue the fight against Afghan Haidari Mahmood. After a first-round bye, Buttree cleared her first hurdle successfully with a landslide 16-1 win over Vietnamese Thi Nguyen in the women’s fin-


Thailand’s Choke-uthit Molee made a big splash in the IJSBA World Championships in Lake Havasu, Arizona, yesterday, capturing two world titles including the long-awaited Pro Sport Modified Class. Besides claiming the event he had never won in five years, Choke-uthit also put in a remarkable performance in the Pro Runabout Grand Prix, the biggest watercraft specific event in the jet sports world. Choke-uthit of the Flamingo Team was not expected to make his mark in the Pro Runabout GP class as he was sent to gain experience and make the world’s top five in the near future. However, Choke-uthit was in top form, stunning 14 strong challengers including crowd favourite Nicolas Rius of France.

Buttree Puedpong, left, and Chutchawal Khawlaor after winning bronze medals yesterday. weight (under-46kg). In the third round, the Thai girl narrowly outpointed Chile’s Victoria Alvarez 2-0. She found her touch in the quarter-finals to send Chinese Zhang Qiang, silver medallist in the Belgrade Universiade, packing 4-1. However, Buttree

found Korean Park Hyo-ji, winner at the Belgrade Universiade, too strong. After a 4-all tie, the Thai fighter suffered a three-point head kick to go down tamely 7-4 in the semi-finals. In the men’s finweight (under-54kg), Thailand’s Chutcha-

wal, who enjoyed a first-round bye, narrowly beat Audy Muller of the Netherlands Antilles 7-5 before outpointing Seyfulla Magamedov 6-5. However, he picked up the injury during the fight with the former world silver medallist from Russia. In the quarter-finals, the Pathum Thani-born fighter outclassed Taiwan Hsu Chia 85. Against Afghan Haidari Mahmood, bronze medallist in the world junior meet in Izmir, Turkey, last year, a spirited Chutchawal survived the first round before the pain took its toll on him. He withdrew in the second round as courtside doctors rushed to the scene to treat his swelling. “Chutchawal fought with guts. Though seriously injured, he never gave up,” head coach Choi Young-suk said.


Monday, October 19, 2009


THESPORT Nikolay Davydenko beat Rafael Nadal in a Master 1000 final for the second time in two years yesterday, claiming his fourth title since July with a 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 success in Shanghai. The loss, while not what he had hoped, was far from discouraging for world No 2 Nadal, playing only his second event since taking a month off to heal an abdominal muscle problem. He lost to Davydenko for the title at Miami, 2008. “I did well and played a good match. I don’t like to lose but I had my chances,” said the Spaniard, who has few complaints about his performance despite the outcome. “This was the first time since my injuries that I was competing 100 per cent against a top player. “My attitude and my physical condition were fine, it has been a very good season for me. I’m still working to better my game.” Davydenko added Nadal to a Shanghai victim’s list which included second seed Novak Djokovic in a three-hour semi-final the day before. Davydenko went up an early break in the first set but lost it before the opener went into a tiebreaker and ended after 75 minutes with a backhand winner. “I thought I was losing my chances, when he broke me back,” said Davydenko. “I was just trying to hold him off, wondering how long I could stay in the match.” But the Russian moved ahead 4-2 in the second set to consolidate the win. “It’s been a miracle,” said Davydenko. “I’ve beaten Nadal in two Masters finals, maybe that shows something. I’ve won 18 titles in my career and I find that amazing.” The Russian, chasing one of three spots in next month’s ATP season wrap-up event in London, won his fourth title of the season, all coming since July. The win denied Nadal his first success since Rome in late April and kept the world No 2 on five titles in 2009. Meanwhile in Linz, Austria, Yanina Wickmayer defeated unseeded Czech Petra Kvitova 6-3, 6-4 to win the WTA event at Linz yesterday for the second title of her career, after victory at Estoril in May. Meanwhile in Osaka, Japan, third-seeded Samantha Stosur of Australia earned her first WTA singles title yesterday with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Italy’s Francesca Schiavone at the Japan Women’s Open.


MESSI FAVOURITE Barcelona’s Argentinian star Lionel Messi headlines the 30-strong list of nominees for the Ballon d’Or, or European Player of the Year award.


Nikolay Davydenko after winning the final against Rafael Nadal. Inset: Davydenko with the trophy.



Yankees prevail on Izturis’ error

Freak goal costs Liverpool dear

Coming through under pressure once again, Alex Rodriguez hit a tying home run in the 11th inning as the New York Yankees edged the Los Angeles Angels 4-3 on Maicer Izturis’ throwing error in the 13th for a 2-0 lead in the American League championship series. After the rain came and went on another chilly night, Yankees pulled out their latest late-inning thriller. >PAGE 27

Games of football can be lost in many ways, from a disputed penalty to a wonder strike and a tragic own goal but events at Sunderland brought a new meaning to the term “freak goal”. Darren Bent scored what turned out to be the only goal of the game, but the manner of it was controversial as his shot cannoned off a beach ball that had been thrown onto the pitch by a fan. >PAGE 25

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