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Satima Tanabe, deputy general manager of Gaysorn Land Asset Management, operator of the Gaysorn Shopping Centre, shows some of the ‘Pure Awards’ for the Gaysorn Christmas Fantasy campaign yesterday.

Merry shopping! Malls are launching splashy marketing campaigns for Christmas and New Year as a huge increase in foreign visitors promises a bumper festival season >PAGE 2 GOOD MORNING BANGKOK!

Look at the numbers – modern life is unhealthy By Dr Sant Chaiyodsilp Executive director, Phyathai 2 Hospital

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ndicators such as blood pressure, blood sugar, lipid profile and body-mass index show the health of the Thai population has decreased significantly over the last 20 years. Total lifestyle modification is the only way to reverse the trend.

Globetrot >> A judge blocks Jennifer Lopez’s ex-hubby from selling intimate home-made videos of the couple >> Australian student hatches worm that burrows into Apple’s iPhone

What to see, what to do, where to go...

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900,000 people have signed messages wishing His Majesty the King a speedy recovery in the past 51 days.

MALL

Blowing hot and cold Expert sheds light on Bangkok’s fickle winter weather

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angkok’s proximity to B the sea means winter will follow the pattern of several cooler days alternating with four to five days of sweltering heat and rainfall until next February, a meteorological expert said yesterday. Dr Anon Sanitwong na Ayutthaya, director of Chulalongkorn University’s Global Change System for Analysis Research and Training, said the cool weather that blew into Bangkok early this month was an after-effect of Typhoon Mirinae, which claimed lives in the Philippines. But the downgraded storm was driven away by southerly winds, making it warmer again.

Christmas comes early to Bangkok’s shopping district as an avalanche of foreign visitors hits town By Kwanchai Rungfapaisarn D A I LY X P R E S S

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he biggest malls in Bangkok are rushing to launch attention-grabbing marketing campaigns for Christmas and New Year’s as the reappearance of foreign visitors promises a bumper festival season. “This month, we have seen a full recovery in foreign tourists. Thai consumers are also in a better mood with the pick-up in local and global economies and fall in unemployment,” Satima Tanabe, deputy general manager of Gaysorn Land Asset Management, the operator of the Gaysorn Shopping Centre, said yesterday. Without unexpected incidents such as political unrest, the economy will get stronger quite smoothly, she said.

Tourists are back “We found that 3,000 hotel rooms in the Ratchaprasong area are fully booked for Christmas and New Year. Tourists from the Middle East, Russia, India, China, Singapore and Hong Kong have returned to Bangkok in dramatic numbers,” she said. During the political unrest that rocked the capital in April and May, traffic at the mall DAILY

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dropped by almost 50 per cent, she said. The shopping centre has had to revise its strategy to focus more on locals, and recently launched a Facebook page to communicate directly with young shoppers.

Christmas promotions Gaysorn yesterday introduced its Christmas Fantasythemed Pure Reward scheme with regional allies such as American Express and the Leading Hotels of the World group. Running in parallel is the shopping centre’s Bt10-million seasonal campaign, “The Promotion of the Year”, with prizes and special activities for every generation and lifestyle. “We expect to increase visitor traffic by 5-8 per cent, or 12,000-13,000 shoppers a day, over the festive season,” Satima said.

Invaded by Europe Central Pattana (CPN) is about to launch its “World of Happiness” campaign for the festive period at CentralWorld shopping complex. “An army of toy soldiers from European countries will be marching in to decorate our ‘EU’ theme,” said Nattakit Tangpoonsinthana, CPN’s

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And the apocalypse?

A Christmas tree in Gaysorn Shopping Centre. The centre’s Christmas Fantasy-themed Pure Reward campaign takes off tomorrow.

AROUND “3,000 HOTEL ROOMS IN THE RATCHAPRASONG AREA ARE FULLY BOOKED”. executive vice president for marketing. “And the shelves will be packed with EU products.” The shopping mall has seen shopper numbers grow by 20 per cent over the past few months, to 100,000 on weekdays and up to 130,000 on weekends. “However, trade from foreign tourists is expected to stay flat due to the global type-A

(H1N1) flu and financial crises. But as compensation, more local shoppers are visiting the complex, especially teenagers and university students, who see CentralWorld as a good place to hang out,” he said. About 60-70 per cent of visitors to CentralWorld are locals, with foreign tourists making up 30 per cent of shoppers.

Anon explained that winter temperatures fluctuated so much in Bangkok because cool air was periodically driven off in this way by winds from the sea. He added that the effect of the cooling El Nina phenomenon would be strong but intermittent until February. Responding to the media hype surrounding the predictions of natural disasters leading to an apocalypse in 2012, Anon said it was driven by the publicity campaign for a film (“2012”) rather than scientific evidence. He urged people to check the facts rather than relying on rumour and media manipulation.

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THE WORLD JLo’s ex can’t sell sex video A

Los Angeles judge on Monday issued a temporary order barring the first husband of Jennifer Lopez from distributing intimate home videos of the couple as part of an upcoming movie. Los Angeles Superior Court judge James Chalfant’s temporary order was issued ahead of a full hearing on the matter scheduled today. According to court papers filed on behalf of Lopez, the singer-actress’s ex-husband Ojani Noa is attempting to find a buyer for a film, which includes a steamy home video of the couple’s honeymoon.

Lopez is claiming breach of contract and seeking $10 million (Bt333 million) in damages over Noa’s attempts to sell the film. Film-maker Ed Meyer is also named in the suit, records show. The case is the second lawsuit filed by Lopez, 40, against Noa, who she married in 1997 and divorced 11 months later.

Tell-all book In the first case Lopez successfully sued to prevent publication of a tell-all book Noa was writing about the couple. Lopez was eventually awarded $545,000 by an arbitrator for breach of contract. Lopez said

260,000 The number of divorces in France each year

iPhone fears as worm spreads in Australia A F P , Sydney

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n Australian student sparked fears of a new era of computer viruses yesterday after creating a worm which infects Apple’s iconic iPhone with pictures of 1980s pop star Rick Astley.

Can spread from phone to phone

Judge bars him from distributing intimate home videos of the couple A F P , Los Angeles

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THE CASE IS THE SECOND LAWSUIT FILED BY LOPEZ,40,AGAINST NOA,WHO SHE MARRIED IN 1997 AND DIVORCED 11 MONTHS LATER. Noa had signed an agreement before their wedding agreeing not to publish details of their relationship. Lopez’s second husband was choreographer Cris Judd,

whom she married in September 2001 and divorced less than nine months later. Lopez and singer Marc Anthony were married in June 2004 and are the parents of twins.

Ashley Towns, 21, who lives near Sydney, said he was trying to raise security awareness with his cheeky but harmless “Ikee” worm, which spreads from phone to phone along wireless networks. “This virus pretty much exploits people’s laziness to change their password,” he said, according to public broadcaster ABC. “Somebody with more malicious intent could have done anything – read your SMSs, go through your e-mails, view your contacts, photos – anything,” he added. It affects only phones that have been modified to install applications not approved by manufacturer Apple. But experts warned Towns may have caught the attention of cyber-criminals.

Brazilian govt helps student win mini-skirt battle A Brazilian student expelled from university for wearing a mini-skirt that sparked controversy was re-admitted on Monday. Under government pressure to reinstate 20-year-old Geisy Arruda, the private Bandeirante University reversed its decision. The minister for women’s rights, Nilcea Freire, also waded in on Sunday, criticising the university for “this total intolerance and discrimination”. Geisy slammed hundreds of students who jeered and called her a “whore” on October 22, when she turned up in her revealing pink outfit. – AFP


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RUPERT MURDOCH, ON PLANS TO BLOCK GOOGLE’S SEARCH ENGINE AND CHARGE FOR ACCESS TO NEWS CORP’S WEBSITES.

“The people who simply just pick up everything and run with it – steal our stories, we say they steal our stories – they just take them ... they shouldn’t have had it free all the time, and I think we’ve been asleep.”

D A N C E & T H E AT R E Setsuko Yamada will premiere her ‘Wearing Rose Pink’ on November 27 and 28 at the Patravadi Theatre.

STAGE FULL OF SKILLS The Japan Foundation is bringing in top talents to share with Thai artists and audiences

By Pawit Mahasarinand S P E C I A L T O D A I LY

XTRA RISING SUNS >> “Wearing Rose Pink” will be at the Patravadi Theatre on November 27 at 8 and November 28 at 4. >> Tickets are Bt400 (50 per cent off for students and 10 per cent for anyone booking by November 15) at www.Total Reservation.com. Call (02) 412 7287-8. >> Shows in Chiang Mai and Ubon are on November 29 and December 2. Workshops are full.

COURTESY OF THE JAPAN FOUNDATION

>> The Bangkok workshops can be joined by e-mailing chuladrama@gmail.com by Friday. >> See the show at the Siam Society on December 4 at 7 for free. >> On the Internet: www.PatravadiTheatre.com and www.JFBkk.or.th.

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hanks in part to JapanMekong Exchange Year, the Japan Foundation Bangkok has become the city’s most active cultural organisation. It has two visual-arts exhibitions on view at the Art and Culture Centre and 100 Tonson Gallery, and on the way to Thailand are a contemporary dancer, a theatre-costume designer and a playwright. The world premiere of the contemporary dance “Wearing Rose Pink” by Setsuko Yamada, co-hosted by Patravadi Theatre and the Japan Foundation, will be on November 27 and 28. On November 29, Yamada will conduct a “Finding Bodies” workshop. Yamada studied with Butoh master Akira Kansai before developing her unique movement vocabulary from Japanese breathing techniques, tai chi and martial arts.

“Wearing Rose Pink” – described as “a dance on the poignancy and elegance of life” and compared to “a dainty piece of chinaware” – takes inspiration from Andrew Wyeth’s painting “Christina’s World” and Virginia Woolf ’s novels “To the Lighthouse” and “The Waves”.

Workshops Starting the same weekend, the Japan Foundation is collaborating with Chiang Mai, Ubon Ratchathani and Chulalongkorn universities to host costume designer Shingo Tokihiro and celebrated playwright Ryoko Takami for dayand-a-half workshops. Tokihiro’s diverse works range from “The Magic Flute” to Noh version of “Hamlet”. Takami studied with worldrenowned theatre master Tadashi Suzuki and, with the Kamonegi Shot troupe, writes plays, acts, dances and produces.


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YEARS AGO TODAY, US Route 66 opened. The storied 3,940km highway inspired a song that was a hit for Nat King Cole, the Rolling Stones and other artists.

JOHN LENNON’S “Give Peace a Chance”, released 40 years ago, will benefit the UN’s Peace Building Commission, with proceeds from iTunes downloads.

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Chula wants Lilly back

Visual rockers SuG land in Bangkok for a quick gig, much to the delight of their teenage fans

SuG is, from left, bassist Chiyu, drummer Shinpei, singer Takeru and guitarists Masato and Yuji.

C O N C E RT R E V I E W By Kitchana Lersakvanitchakul D A I LY X P R E S S

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uG, the indie visual-rock quintet from Japan, jetted into Bangkok recently for a promo concert dubbed “The First Attack in Bangkok, Love Scream Party” at Baroque pub. They played for 250 teens who were lucky enough to land tickets for the show. Bassist Chiyu, drummer Shinpei, singer Takeru and guitarists Masato and Yuji opened with the track “Love Scream Party” off their first EP “I Scream Party” and followed up with “Ore Shiki Continue”, “Candy Roll Pop”, “Gaki Sensou – Desperado wa Totsuzen ni” and “Call Number”. They also played new tracks “Life 2 Die” and “39 GalaxyZ”. The audience, which also included Japanese fans, went

Coloured in smiles wild as the band played and continued to scream as the group gave an interview. “We are wilful but very kind to ladies,” said Takeru, when asked about the band’s name, which is derived from sagu, the Japanese transliteration of “thug”. “It is a great honour to join PS Company, which is No 1 in rock not only in Japan but also all around the world,” added Masato, referring to the band’s recent signing with the Japanese entertainment giant, which also represents Alice

Nine, Kra and Screw. The five Japanese boys were warmly welcomed by Thai fans at Suvarnabhumi Airport. “We were really excited to see fans following us from the airport in two vans,” said Chiyu. “We’re used to Japanese fans imitating our costumes but Thai fans are much more colourful,” said Takeru, adding that their outfits are inspired by the decorations covering Japan’s trucks. The boys were also asked about shooting the music video of “Life 2 Die”. “It was very hot work. We sweated a lot,” said Yuji.

XTRA P L AY T H AT T U N E >> Who will be the next band to come to Thailand? Tune in to 93.5 FM Asian Paradise every Saturday and Sunday from 9am to noon. >> On the Internet: www. AsianParadiseRadio.com.

Thai and Japanese fans go wild as the boys take the stage.

Celebrated Thai-language tutor Kitmanoj “Kru Lilly” Rojanasub never skips a class at her Siam Centre tuition school, but she’ll make an exception this Saturday. Kru Lilly has proudly informed her students that Chulalongkorn University, from which she graduated in communication arts, is honouring her as one of five outstanding Lilly alumni. Dr Kantima Kunchorn na Ayutthaya, Duangdao Suwanrangsri and Boonyord Sukthinthai are among the others receiving the biannual award on the university’s Homecoming Day. “I’ve waited too long for this!” Kru Lilly joked.

Second income The mother of one of the

country’s top comedians ought to be able to kick back and watch TV, but Kohtee Aram Boy’s mum works just as hard as ever. She lives with her son – whose real name is Charoenporn Onlamai – in his big, posh house, but every morn- Kohtee ing she rises early and collects morning glory to hawk. Mama Onlamai also collects discarded plastic bottles to resell. Her income for all this labour is about Bt20 a day, says Kohtee, a little embarrassed. “But what can I do? She’s happy, and at her age there’s no point trying to stop her!”

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sound bytes By Mr Badboy

Love Drunk Boys Like Girls (Columbia)

Boston’s emo rockers are back with their second outing Love Drunk”, featuring 11 tracks with pop hooks and catchy choruses. The album opens with “Heart Heart Heartbreak” then segues into “She’s Got a Boyfriend Now” and “Contagious”. Of particular interest are the ballads, among them the outstanding “Two is Better Than One” featuring Taylor Swift. “Someone Like You” is a touching lament and “Go” is a good way of closing out the album, closer. “The Real Thing” had me thinking of Bon Jovi.

Your Songs Harry Connick Jr

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World saved this weekend Here’s a concert that lets you see, hear, smell and taste the music By Kitchana Lersakvanitchakul D A I LY X P R E S S

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hailand’s first-ever “4D” concert, Mission to Save the World, takes place this Saturday at Impact Arena in Muang Thong Thani, and organiser Toyota Mahankorn insists it really cares about global warning. The concert, which will use technical procedures similar to a film shoot and is costing Bt20 million, offers new sensory thrills, allowing you to see, hear, smell and even taste the experience. Taking part are Groove Riders, Usamanee

Bee Peerapat Waithayanond, Chris Horwang, VJ Woonsen, Apartment Khunpa, Marisa Annita, TBone, Pong The Sun, Po Yokee Playboy, Trai Bhumirat, Bee Peerapat and Jaraspong “Sumo

(Sony)

The singer, pianist and actor responds to the requests of his thousands of fans with this album of 14 timeless covers that he sings with the backing of a full band and with guest solos by Branford and Wynton Marsalis, as well as bluegrass guitar virtuoso Bryan Sutton. He opens with “All the Way” and follows up with Billy Joel's “Just the Way You Are” and a bluegrass version of Elton John’s “Your Song”.

Groove Riders Too” Surasawadee. The concept is a threat to the world – like an incoming meteorite. “This concert tells a story through three media,” says

Burin Boonwisut, Groove Riders’ singer and an executive at Toyota Mahanakorn. “The first medium combines a large LED screen and music, while the second adds special effects. The third is the synchronisation of the film scenes and the music.”

XTRA PRICES IN 1D >> Daily Xpress has a pair of

Bt800 tickets for the first five people who e-mail ntlife@nationgroup.com by 4pm today. Just the e-mail, nothing else. Put “save the world” in the subject line. The winners will be announced in Friday’s paper. >> Tickets cost Bt500 to Bt2,000 at www.ThaiTicketMajor.com. >> Proceeds go to the Chai

Pattana Foundation. T-Bone


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do it! Going bananas The Sky Lounge on the 42nd floor of the Baiyoke Suite Hotel on Rajprarop Road introduces a new cool-season cocktail. Sweet, sour and substantial, the Banana Colada is a blend of Bacardi rum, creme de banana, lime juice, syrup and fresh banana. The drink is served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and costs Bt120 a glass. It’s available all this month. Call (02) 255 7755.

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Until November 22, the Dusit Thani Bangkok’s Italian restaurant Il Cielo invites foodies to savour imported fresh live lobster from Maine. The dishes include warm lobster terrine, giant ravioli lobster with lobster tail and panfried lobster wrapped with speck ham. The restaurant is open daily 11.30 to 2.30 and 6 to 10.30. Call (02) 200 9000.


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WHAT’S UP

Jukebox Boyd Director Ekachai Uekrongtham’s “Lom Hai Jai: The Musical” is a story constructed around the hit songs of Boyd Kosiyabong, including the title song, “Yud” and “Home”. Catch the show until November 22 at the Muangthai Rachadalai Theatre, Wednesday to Sunday at 7.30 with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2. English surtitles are used on some days. Seats cost Bt500 to Bt2,800 at

poro From Sap with logvkoek welcomes

www.ThaiTicketMajor.com.

Down on the farm The Jim Thompson Farm offers cultural “eco-tourism” amid giant pumpkins, fields of sunflowers and views of the traditional Isaan way of life. Admission is Bt60 for adults and Bt40 for children from December 9 to January 10, daily from 9 to 5. Call (085) 660 7336 or (02) 762 2566 or (044) 373-116 or visit www. JimThompsonFarm.com.

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TO SEE

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W O R L D F I L M F E S T I VA L O F B A N G K O K

Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif star in this romantic comedy. In Hindi with English subtitles at 7.30 tonight at SFW CentralWorld. Call (089) 488 2620.

The Brothers Bloom

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76 drama is ab friendship are Alain Tanner’s 19 whose bonds of 68 19 of ys da revolutionary y. 11am the birth of a bo strengthened by

Adrien Brody and Mark Ruffalo are sibling conmen who meet their match in an eccentric heiress (Rachel Weisz). At the Siam and SFW CentralWorld. Rated G. ★★★★

Suay... Samurai A CIA agent (Sophita Sribanchean) tries to stop Bangkok from blowing up. Rated 18+.

Short Wave Programme 1 Various shorts from around the world, including a look at a 73year-old bench-press champion. 11am

Cuba is Music Bulgarian singer Yordanka Hristova opens a door to a secret room of Cuban music. With “A Rag in the Sky” at 11am.

Green Rocking Chair Filipino documentarian and animator Roxlee gathers his friends in a lively, music-and-dance filled search for Baybayin or Alibata, the original Filipino writing system. With “Ahmad’s Garden” at 1.15pm.

A Virus in the City Revisit the places where in the 1990s French-Israeli artist Absalon erected six small houses, and see what’s left of them today. 4pm

Billo, il Grand Dakhaar Senegalese tailor Billo sets off for Rome to make it big in the fashion world, while back home preparations are being made for his wedding. 4pm

A Lake In an isolated house near a lake

lives a young woodcutter who is terribly close to his sister. Then another young man, a stranger, arrives. 7pm

The Inheritors This documentary looks at the child labourers of rural Mexico, who for generations have been trapped in a perpetual cycle of inherited poverty. 7pm

Somewhere Between Here And Now A young woman returns to Belgium and after years of travels. She meets a man who is about to embark on a journey. With Q&A by cinematographereditor Bowland Olan and ThaiBelgian director Olivier Boonjing at 8.15pm.

An Indonesian boy yearns to be a football star. A friend thinks he has the talent, but the boy’s grandfather sees no future in playing sports. 8.15pm

on tv

> > F E S T I VA L T I M E

The World Film Festival of Bangkok runs until Sunday at Paragon Cineplex. Visit www.WorldFilmBKK.com.

Fatal Woman Colin Firth plays a newly married man searching for his missing wife in the sordid underbelly of Los Angeles. Cinemax (TrueVisions), 9.30pm

A dairy-farm worker has dreams of being a poet, but can’t write. Falling milk prices and an affair his mother is having make matters worse. 1.15pm

> > 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.

Shanghai Versus Bangkok This experimental programme comprises “Shanghai, Waiting for Paradise”, about a family facing the demolition of their home, and the “Shanghype Condensed!” shorts. 1.15pm

A look at people who sell sex toys. With “Bodily Fluid is Revolutionary” at 4pm.

Cameron Diaz and James Marsden are given a box. If they press its buttons, they get rich, but people die. Rated G. ★★★★

Garuda in My Heart

Milk

Sex Toy Story

The Box

>> CRITICAL CONSENSUS

Father of My Children A film producer struggles to balance his family life with his increasingly demanding job. But too many productions, too many risks and too many debts take their toll. Despair looms. 8.15pm

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


Adam By Bryan Basset

The Buckets By Scott Stantis

Pooch Cafe By Paul Gilligan

Red and Rover

By Brian Basset

By Bill Watterson

Calvin and Hobbes

By John McPherson

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LEISURE

Games&YourStars SUDOKU

The last word in

ASTROLOGY

By Eugenia Last

Today’s Birthday: A move or a shift in the dynamics of a situation you live with will give you greater insight into the people around you and the direction you should take in the future. Don’t let things get out of perspective. Be articulate and you will avoid being opposed or blamed for making wrong assumptions.

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 Getting to know some of the people who work in a profession similar to yours will help you create a better work environment. A business acquaintance can turn into a good friend. TAURUS ***** April 20-May 20 Take your assets and attributes and turn them into something marketable. Don’t pass up a social or industry event with the potential to connect with someone influential for your future. GEMINI ** May 21-June 20 Don’t pay attention to unsubstantiated criticism you receive from a perfectionist in your circle of friends or family. If you feel good about what you are doing or producing, that’s all that matters.

DIFFICULTY RATING ★★★

CANCER **** June 21-July 22 Do what you can to help a friend or relative in need. Your generosity and kindness will not be forgotten. An unusual occurrence will lead to a new development in your life, bringing positive results. LEO *** July 23-Aug. 22 Finances and new ways to bring in more cash should be your top priority. Starting a small homebased business can be your answer to greater prosperity and less financial worry.

CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY

VIRGO *** Aug. 23-Sept. 22 It won’t take much to upset you. Avoid conflicts or people who tend to stress you out or cause you grief. Spend more time fixing up your surroundings or making personal changes. LIBRA *** Sept. 23-Oct. 22 Stop dreaming about what you want to do and make it happen. Take the initiative and change the things that are bothering you. Invite friends over. The suggestions offered will be invaluable. SCORPIO **** Oct. 23-Nov. 21 Interact all you can with people who have similar interests and your ideas will expand to a place they can turn into a reality. Don’t stop short of your dreams or you will have regrets. SAGITTARIUS ** Nov. 22-Dec. 21 Back away if someone doesn’t want to do things your way. Instead, go it alone. A strong sense of what you want and what you feel you can achieve will come into play and help you reach your goals.

Leonardo DiCaprio

Singer-guitarist Andy Partridge of XTC is 56. Singer Dave Alvin is 54. Actor Stanley Tucci is 49. Actress Demi Moore is 47. Actress Calista Flockhart is 45. Actor Philip McKeon is 45. Drummer Scott Mercado of Candlebox is 45 Actor David DeLuise is 38. Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is 35.

CAPRICORN ***** Dec. 22-Jan. 19 The more accepting you are, the more you will learn. Travel, communication and following through with your research and plans will bring good results. Take positive action AQUARIUS *** Jan. 20-Feb. 18 Don’t let confusion cause you to miss out on an opportunity. Ask someone you trust to give you some insight into a situation you face. You can make a substantial gain by following through. PISCES *** Feb. 19-March 20 Romance and love should be on your mind. You can develop a closer bond with someone you love or meet someone special by getting involved in an event that interests you. Don’t hold back.

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Wenesday, November 11, 2009

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Abdul-Jabbar has rare leukaemia

Series hero Matsui now free agent Japanese slugger Hideki Matsui, the World Series Most Valuable Player for the New York Yankees, became a free agent yesterday as the first moves ahead of the 2010 Major League Baseball season began. Matsui and Johnny Damon were the top names among five Yankees and 151 players overall who have made themselves free to accept offers from any club following the end of the World Series and ahead of a November 19 deadline. Although both said they want to stay with the Yankees, the Yankees have said it is too early to ponder plans for 2010. – AFP

Schumi’s first title car is on eBay Michael Schumacher’s first Formula One world championship-winning car is up for auction at Internet sellers eBay, with the US$1 million mark passed yesterday. The Benetton B174 was driven by Schumacher in 1994 when he won the first of a record seven world titles. The seller said it has undergone a complete overhaul and is “in racing condition.” According to the auction page, there were 51 bids by 2.30pm Bangkok time.

28-10 Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger threw three second-half touchdown passes to defeat Denver for their fifth win in a row.

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Basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is being treated for a rare form of leukaemia, and he said his prognosis is encouraging. The NBA’s alltime leading scorer was diagnosed last December with chronic myeloid leukaemia, he said. The 62-year-old AbdulJabbar said his doctor didn’t give any guarantees, but informed him: “You have a very good chance to live your life out and not have to make any drastic changes to your lifestyle.” – AP

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Security escort Tiger Woods off the course after a practice round for the Australian Masters.

TIGER FEVER Thousands turn out for Woods’ practice round in Australia AP, Melbourne, Australia

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he size of the gallery yesterday at Kingston Heath was nothing new for Tiger Woods, who also played before some 7,000 people two days ago in China. That was the final round of a World Golf Championship. This was merely a practice round for the Australian Masters, and it showed just what kind of buzz Woods has generated in his return to Australia after 11 years. Perhaps even more peculiar than TV network helicopters circling overhead as Woods played nine holes with Craig Parry was the sign posted at the ticket office: “Sold Out”. Australia sporting events, particularly golf, thrive on walk-up sales, and no one could remember the last time a tournament had no tickets available. Just another day in the life of the world’s No 1 player? Not quite.

“No, it’s not normal,” Woods said at his press conference, which was broadcast live around Australia. “Thank God it’s not normal.” Woods is looking for a different result from two days ago in Shanghai, when he started the final round only two shots behind Phil Mickelson and quickly fell out of contention, finishing in a tie for sixth as Mickelson won the HSBC Champions. Woods is making his fourth appearance in Australia, which he described as one of his favorite spots in the world for golf. His last appearance was the Presidents Cup in 1998, when the International team gave the Americans their only loss. Woods played Australian icon Greg Norman, beating him in singles at Royal Melbourne. This was his first time playing Kingston Heath, which already is firm and fast under hot sunshine. “Unbelievable golf course,” Woods said. “I always have been a huge fan of the sandbelt courses. The bunkering is just phenomenal. You never get a

chance to see bunkering like this is any other place in the world. You don’t need a golf course that is 7,500 yards for it to be hard. You can build it just like this and have it nice and tricky, and it’s just a treat to play.” Woods is being paid a $3 million appearance fee, an investment by the Victorian government that supporters say already has been returned by the massive crowds. Rod Pampling is the defending champion, a fact that has been lost in the build-up to the tournament. Pampling, who used to frequently play practice rounds with Woods at the majors, doesn’t mind. “I think it’s a stroke for us,” Pampling said. “It’s great for Australian golf. It’s what Australian golf needed, was to have this impact. Seeing the crowds are sold out, we haven’t had that since the days of Norman. Hopefully, this will spur on other tournaments to realise that yes, you have to spend the money to get the money back.” The course was subdued late in the afternoon.

ormer No 1-ranked Marat Safin believes that Andre Agassi should give his tennis titles back after confessing he tested positive for a banned substance during his career and lied about it to the ATP. Agassi admitted in his book “Open” that he used crystal meth in 1997 and failed a drug test, a result he says was thrown out after he lied by saying he “unwittingly” took the substance. Safin, who will retire this month, said in an interview with L’Equipe newspaper yesterday that Agassi should “give his titles, his money and his Grand Slam titles” back. “I’m not defending the ATP, but what he said put it in a delicate position,” Safin said. “The ATP allowed him to win a lot of tournaments, a lot of money. It kept his secret. Why does he need to be so cruel with it?” Agassi, who retired in 2006, won 60 titles, including eight Grand Slams, during his career. He recently said that he had to speak about his lies because he couldn’t live with it anymore. “If he is as fair play as he says he is, he has to go to the end,” Safin said. “You know, the ATP has a bank account and he can give the money back if he wants.” Safin, who will retire after this week’s Paris Masters, won the 2000 US Open and 2005 Australian Open. The 29-year-old Russian said he isn’t going to write his autobiography when his career will be over. “Me, I don’t need money,” he said. “The question is: Why did he do this? What is done is done. Does he hope to sell more books? It’s absolutely stupid.”


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BENDER PUT STRAIGHT Real’s Ronaldo wins damages over drink binge libel A F P , London

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National coach Bryan Robson yesterday announced a 20-member squad for Saturday’s crucial away match against Singapore in the Asian Cup qualifiers. Singapore, who are a point ahead of Thailand in second spot in Group E, arrive for the return leg four days later. With regional powerhouse Iran currently topping the group, Thailand and Singapore are fighting it out for the other automaticqualification spot. Robson has trimmed down his provisional squad list to 20, with Muang Thong United’s midfielder Pichitpong Choeichiew, who will serve out his suspension with Saturday’s fixture, among those omitted.

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ortuguese football star Cristiano Ronaldo won “substantial” libel damages over a newspaper report saying he went on a drink-fuelled “bender” in a Hollywood nightclub. The Daily Mirror reported in July last year that Ronaldo, who does not drink alcohol, had gone on a drinking binge despite the fact that he was on crutches, recovering from an ankle operation. Under the headline “Ron the Lash”, it said the then Manchester United player had spent £10,000 on champagne and vodka for friends and models, having drunk four glasses of red wine himself earlier in the evening. “It described how one clubber claimed to have seen him throw his crutches down on the floor and try to dance on his uninjured foot,” his lawyer Ronald Thwaites told the court. But a lawyer for publishers MGN Limited told London’s High Court the newspaper “offers its apologies to the claimant for the distress, embarrassment and offence caused by this article. “The defendant accepts that the allegations are false and ought never to have been published. It is therefore happy to set the record straight and to apologise to the claimant.” Thwaites said that, although Ronaldo was in the nightclub in question, he did not drink any alcohol at all while there. “He does not drink alcohol

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Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo took the Daily Mirror to court over allegations he partied while injured. because he takes his health, fitness and recovery from injury very seriously. Nor did he throw his crutches to the floor and try to dance. “He sat in a private corner under the care and supervision of the respected Portuguese national team physiotherapist, Antonio Gaspar.” In a statement issued by his lawyer, the injured Real Madrid striker said: “I am delighted with this outcome. “I take training and recovery from injury very seriously and would never have ‘gone on a bender’ and danced in a nightclub without my crutches as the Mirror falsely claimed,” Ronaldo added.

I TAKE TRAINING AND RECOVERY FROM INJURY VERY SERIOUSLY AND WOULD NEVER HAVE GONE ON A BENDER AND DANCED. Cristiano Ronaldo

Rooney warned Wayne Rooney has been warned about his future conduct following a remark the striker made to television cameras after Manchester United’s defeat by Chelsea, the Football Association said on Monday. Rooney appeared to mouth “12 men” to the cameras following Premier League champions United’s 1-0 loss to leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, a remark implying referee Martin Atkinson had been biased in favour of the Blues. An FA spokesman said on Monday: “Wayne Rooney has been warned as to his future conduct following remarks made yesterday [Sunday].”

Once the darlings of American sport for their global success, women footballers are now Internet video hits thanks to a hairpulling harridan and a set of US teen girls gone wild. Highlights making the rounds on US television and with online video viewers now feature University of New Mexico defender Elizabeth Lambert pulling down an opponent by her ponytail and a late-game brawl between high-school players. Lambert was handed an indefinite suspension for her actions on Thursday in a 1-0 Mountain West Conference play-off semi-final loss to Brigham Young University, which including hitting, kicking and punching rivals. “Her actions clearly crossed the line of fair play and good sportsmanship,” Lobos coach Kit Vela said. AGENCIES

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Harry Redknapp joined other managers in backing the idea.

lasgow rivals Celtic and Rangers have won backing for their bid to join the English Premier League from Tottenham coach Harry Redknapp. The long-standing Old Firm campaign to join the English setup was given a boost last week when both Everton’s David Moyes and Aston Villa’s Martin O’Neill endorsed Bolton

chairman Phil Gartside’s plan for them to be included in a new two-tier top flight. Gartside’s proposal is expected to be discussed at a meeting of Premier League clubs this week and Redknapp has become the first English boss to publicly back the concept. He told the Daily Record: “Absolutely, I would welcome Celtic and Rangers to English

football if they wanted to play down here. No doubt about it. I’m sure they would be good for the English game. “We are talking about two huge football clubs and if they were to join our league you would be looking at great games in great stadiums. “I was up in Scotland only a couple of months ago to watch Celtic play Arsenal in the Champions League qualifiers

and the atmosphere was out of this world. It was incredible and I’d love to see games like that on a more regular basis. “The one worry I would have is what happens to the rest of Scottish football if the two of them are allowed to leave but only the people up there know the answer to that. “If you’re asking me if it would be good for the English game then the answer is yes.”


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Superstars Venus and Sharapova to light up Hua Hin’s centennial celebrations More than Bt20 million will be spent to stage the Centennial Invitation match between former world No 1s Maria Sharapova and Venus Williams in Hua Hin on January 2. Co-hosted by the Lawn Tennis Association of Thailand and the city of Hua Hin, the exhibition will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the resort town. According to LTAT president Suwat Liptapanlop, the two tennis queens will be paid more than Bt10 million in appearance fees.

“The meet is designed to create awareness of tennis among fans but also to boost Hua Hin tourism,’’ said Suwat. The friendly match will be held on a temporary court with a capacity to seat 4,000 people at the Hua Hin Centennial Park. The Russian cover girl and the American big-hitter played an exhibition in Chiang Mai four years ago. For this visit they will play a best-of-three-set match (super tie-break for the third set). The marquee match will be

Venus Williams is not new to Thailand, having played in Chiang Mai four years ago.

followed by a one-set mixed doubles match featuring Paradorn Srichaphan and Danai Udomchoke. Channel 3 will broadcast the matches live from 3pm. Sharapova is due to touch down on New Year’s eve, Williams a day later. Fans can buy tickets at Bt1,500 from November 21 at all Thaiticketmajor outlets and Major Hua Hin. Sharapova

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THE LION TAMER

Thailand go down fighting

Cameroon roar back into World Cup picture under Frenchman Le Guen

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ameroon football supporters were contemplating the unthinkable just two months ago – a second consecutive World Cup without their national team. The country that had qualified a record five times from Africa were bottom of Group 1 in the final elimination phase for the 2010 tournament in South Africa. Minnows Gabon had six points after two rounds, shock 2006 qualifiers Togo four and Morocco and Cameroon one each with the “Indomitable Lions” last on goals scored. A 1-0 away defeat by Togo was bad enough, but being held goalless by serial poor travellers Morocco before 50,000 Cameroonians in Yaounde was hard to stomach and veteran German coach Otto Pfister quit soon after. Enter Paul Le Guen, a 45year-old former France defender and coach of Lyon, who he guided to three consecutive national league titles before less happy spells at Rangers and Paris Saint-Germain. He knew his only chance of World Cup salvation for Cameroon lay in winning the remaining four qualifiers, and his team have cleared the first three obstacles with space to spare. The last hurdle is away to Morocco this Saturday in Fes, where a win will guarantee Cameroon a place among the five African qualifiers for the first World

Paul Le Guen inherited a team bottom of their qualifying group. A draw on Saturday could put them through. Cup staged on the continent. A draw will suffice if secondplaced Gabon fail to win away to Togo and the Lions could even afford a loss if a similar fate befalls the unpredictable Gabonese “Panthers”. The only certainty is a French-coached team will top the group as Gabon are led by Alain Giresse, a member of “le carre magic” (the magic square) midfield that mesmerised Europe two decades ago. Morocco need maximum points to have any hope of making the 2010 African Nations Cup – the World Cup qualifiers double as eliminators for the biennial continental tournament – so Cameroon face formidable foes.

THE REVOLUTION INSTIGATED BY LE GUEN INCLUDED AXING CAPTAIN RIGOBERT SONG IN FAVOUR OF SAMUEL ETO’O. But former star Cameroon striker Patrick Mboma has faith in Le Guen and believes Cameroon will clinch a sixth

World Cup appearance after appearing in the 1982, 1990, 1994, 1998 and 2002 tournaments. “Paul is ambitious and although it is a tough assignment, he has the talent to do it. All the ingredients are there because Cameroon possesses excellent footballers,” Mboma said in a radio interview. The revolution instigated by Le Guen when he took over three months ago included axing long-serving defender Rigobert Song and replacing him as skipper with three-time African player of Year Samuel Eto’o. Le Guen is in pole position, one point ahead of Giresse entering the final straight with the greatest qualification prize in football at stake.

sian champions Thailand kicked off their maiden campaign in the quadrennial FIVB World Grand Champions Cup in Japan with a 27-25 25-22 25-22 defeat at the hands of two-time European champions Italy in the curtain-raiser at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gym yesterday. Against the world No 5s and current World Cup holders, the Thais showed plenty of spirit , none more so than in the first set when they came back from 10-15 and 14-19 down to lead 2320. Onuma Sittirak displayed awesome defensive prowess, while hard-hitting Wilavan Apinyapong and Pleumjit Thinkaow contributed some effective attacks. After going down in the closely-contested first two sets 25-27 22-25, Thailand pulled their game together in the third set to tie 19-19. However, the stronger Italians powered on to win the set 25-22 and take the match. Thai head coach Kiattipong Radchatagriengkai admitted after that match that the mission against Italy, one of the world’s top teams, had been daunting. “My players tried their best, but it’s not so easy to beat Italy, one of best teams in the world. However, the experience of playing them has taught us a lot. It was a great honour to play the Italians.”


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David Ngog goes down without a touch from Lee Carsley. The referee, Peter Walton, pointed to the spot.

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PHELPS FLOPS IN SWEDEN Michael Phelps failed to qualify for the finals of the 100-metre freestyle and 100 backstroke events at a World Cup short-course meet while wearing an old-style swimsuit. Liverpool striker David Ngog was accused of indulging in “an embarrassing case of cheating” on Monday night as a controversial penalty salvaged a draw against Birmingham City but left Rafael Benitez’s team seventh in the Premier League and 11 points behind leaders, Chelsea. Liverpool were dominant but trailing 2-1 with 20 minutes remaining when the former Paris St Germain forward dived over a challenge from Lee Carsley and the referee, Peter Walton, pointed to the spot. Steven Gerrard, making his first appearance in five matches following an adductor problem, duly converted but Ngog’s theatrics prompted a furious response from Birmingham and Benitez admitted the award was dubious having spoken to the 20-year-old in the dressing room.“I was absolutely nowhere near him. It’s a joke,” said Carsley, the former Everton midfielder. “I know I didn’t touch him and I said to the referee to book me or send me off. That would have made me feel better. I’m sure he has got a family but, if I went home having done that, I’d be embarrassed. You are supposed to be teaching your kids an example and this is just an embarrassing case of cheating. But the lad has taken a chance and got his team a point, so I’m sure they’ll be patting him on the back.” Ngog, in for the injured Fernando Torres, had given Liverpool a merited lead until Christian Benitez’s and Cameron Jerome’s first league goals of the season transformed the contest. The home side put Joe Hart’s goal under relentless pressure in the second half but beat the Birmingham goalkeeper thanks only to the game’s incendiary incident. “He is a top referee,” said Alex McLeish, the City manager, “but he didn’t get that one right and I’m sure when he looks at it again he’ll see that Ngog dived. It was a terrific dive. Sometimes there is a debate over a penalty when there is contact but there was none here. It was not even close to being a penalty.” Liverpool have now won only once in nine matches and their injury problems continued with both Albert Riera and Yossi Benayoun suffering hamstring injuries. “We have to be disappointed with a draw at home,” said the Liverpool manager. “The performance of the team was pretty good for me. We had plenty of possession, a lot of attempts and showed character until the end. Everyone in the stadium thought we would get a third goal but we just couldn’t do it.” Benitez revealed he had questioned Ngog on the legitimacy of the penalty award. “I asked him about the penalty and he said maybe it wasn’t. I haven’t seen a replay but I spoke to him about it,” he said.

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Tiger Woods was left stunned in Melbourne after Australian fans and media gave golf’s world No 1 a rapturous welcome ahead of his first tournament appearance Down Under for 11 years. Thousands of fans turned out to watch Woods practice at the Kingston Heath course while television helicopters recorded his every move from overhead. >PAGE 24

Real Madrid winger Cristiano Ronaldo has accepted libel damages from a tabloid newspaper that claimed he drank heavily and danced at a Hollywood nightclub while recovering from a foot injury. Ronaldo, who claims he does not drink alcohol, received an undisclosed amount in compensation and an apology from the Daily Mirror. >PAGE 25

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