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Thaksin’s friend-turned-foe Newin Chidchob went all out yesterday in a bid to stop what could become the biggest red-shirt rally yet, challenging the ousted PM and accusing him of betrayal. What do some have to say about Newin’s speech? >PAGE 2
GOOD MORNING BANGKOK!
Time out of mind By Jirawan Kanchananant Freelancer
’m staring at a computer screen as usual when my favourite song starts playing in my earphones, making me question myself. Why am I here? I could be listening to the sea and wind whisper under the stars on some beach, but instead I’m busy doing what my mind says is right. If I could lie back and gaze at the starlight, it would bring a deeper message. How long will I ignore my heart? But there’s no need to answer all this. I just thank my heart for asking, and move on.
What 2 do
>>Veteran DJ Benze motors his way to Champion of the Year at the Pro DJ Digital contest >> ‘Yesterday’s Love Song’ fest takes a 3,000-strong Pattaya audience by storm
Celebrate Songkran in Ayutthaya, learn to cook like a chef, indulge in tasty sushi, and get a break from the office with an adventurous outdoor package or, if you’re a student, take part in a drawing competition
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
THE CITY Red-shirt traffic alert With as many as 100,000 antigovernment red-shirt protesters expected to rally to Privy Council President Prem Tinsulanonda’s Sisao Thewes residence today, police have decided to close three main roads. Motorists should avoid Phitsanulok Road from Nang Loeng intersection to Thewes, Rajdamnoen Nok Avenue from the Royal Plaza to U Thong Nai Road, and Sri Ayutthaya Road from Wat Benchamabophit (the Marble Temple) to Si Sao Thewes intersection. Roads could also be shut on Thursday and Friday – police have urged the public to listen out for announcements.
Road protests In related news, three separate groups blocked roads as part of protests yesterday, causing heavy traffic jams. In the afternoon, a group of Michelin employees in 40 pickup trucks gathered on the inbound Phaholyothin and outbound Rajvithi roads, causing heavy traffic jams around the Victory Monument and Bot Mae Phra intersection areas. The group was requesting talks with the labour minister. Meanwhile Rama 4 Road was congested by a merit making ceremony held by Klong Toei Market vendors in the morning and a funeral for two security guards in the afternoon. Elsewhere, Sara Buri garbagedisposal men protesting their factory’s closure at the Industry Ministry caused build-ups on Rama 6. D A I LY X P R E S S
THE AVERAGE TIME spent reading each day by Thais last year, down from 51 minutes in 2005
NEWIN SEES RED Furious response as one-time ally calls on Thaksin to show loyalty by halting today’s huge red-shirt march D A I LY X P R E S S
ewin Chidchob, who once led the red-shirts in support of Thaksin Shinawatra, yesterday went all out to stop what is touted to become the biggest red-shirt rally ever. Since Newin’s switch of allegiance paved the way for Abhisit Vejjajiva to take over as premier, the once-close ties between Newin and Thaksin have been completely severed. Now, with Newin bent on thwarting the pro-Thaksin rally, Thaksin’s aides have rushed to attack their former ally.
Loyalty to His Majesty “What we saw at the press conference was acting,” fumed Pheu Thai MP Surapong Towichakchaikul, after watching Newin urge Thaksin to prove his loyalty to His Majesty the King by putting a brake on the red-shirts’ campaign. Thaksin’s personal spokesman Pongthep Thepkanjana said he could guarantee that Thaksin was just as loyal to His Majesty as Newin. “I cannot understand what agenda Newin is harbouring,” Pongthep said. Banned Thai Rak Thai executive Chamlong Krutkhuntod believes Newin’s latest move was intended to prevent more people from joining the ongoing red-shirts’ protests.
Red-shirts’ ‘D-Day’ march The United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) has designated today their “D-Day” and organised a red-shirt march to Privy Council President Prem Tinsulanon-da’s residence. Chamlong also suggested that Newin, who has switched his allegiance before,
This file photo shows Newin Chidchob hugging then prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra on the day Thaksin announced he was stepping down at Government House in 2005. Yesterday, Newin branded Thaksin a betrayer. has shown where his true loyalty lies. “He has done everything out of selfinterest,” Chamlong said. He also commented that Newin’s latest move would have no impact on Thaksin’s supporters. “What he’s done will only encourage more people to come out.”
Newin’s ‘delusions of grandeur’ Powerful Pheu Thai MP Chalerm Yoobamrung said Newin had over-estimated his importance. “He must have thought he had enough charisma to convince people or to win people’s hearts. But he is
wrong,” said Chalerm, adding that Newin’s words carried no power. “I also want to tell Newin that his old friends are happy that he’s gone. No one is longing for his return,” Chalerm said. Pheu Thai spokesman Prompong Nopparit said Newin should have limited his comments to his own loyalty to His Majesty. “What Newin is doing is clearly for his own survival and benefit,” Prompong said. >> For in-depth coverage of Newin’s speech at yesterday’s press conference, see The Nation.
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Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Expert cavers rescued a woman from the rubble
23 hours after a massive quake struck Italy.
briefly World’s oldest person celebrates 115th birthday The world’s oldest person celebrated her 115th birthday in Los Angeles on Monday with music, cake and a letter of congratulation from US President Barack Obama. Gertrude Baines became the planet’s longest living human in January following the death of Portuguese woman Maria de Jesus, also 115. Baines, who attributes her longevity to her religion and clean living, attracted worldwide headlines in November when she became the oldest African-American to vote for Obama. – AFP
Bird’s-eye view Visitors hang from a carnival ride near the National Olympics Stadium, known as the Birds Nest, in Beijing yesterday. The Birds Nest Carnival theme park was opened in the Olympics complex in March and will run through October.
Girl jumps from third floor in fear of teacher A secondary school student was seriously injured after she jumped from her school’s third floor in fear of her teacher. The girl rushed out of class and jumped into the playground, scared of how her teacher would react to her failure to do her homework. The girl, whose age was not given, was taken to hospital in Kafr el-Sheik province, north of Cairo. In October, an 11-year-old student in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria died after his teacher kicked him in the stomach for not doing his homework. The teacher was convicted of manslaughter and jailed for six years. Last month, an Egyptian high school teacher was detained after he allegedly threw boiling water at a student’s face, angered that the student interrupted him during a break at the teachers’ room. AFP
Arctic ice thinner
than ever: scientists Thin ice now makes up about 70% of area’s sea ice in winter, up from 40-50% in the 1980s and 1990s A F P , Washington
he Arctic ice cap is thinner than ever, satellite observations have revealed, while also indicating that the sea ice cover continues to shrink due to global warming. This winter saw the fifthlowest maximum ice extent on record since monitoring by satellite began in 1979, said the Colorado-based National Snow and Ice Data Centre (NSIDC). The period between 2004 and 2009 saw the lowest ice extent, said Charles Fowler, a University of Colorado (CU) glaciologist who led a team of scientists for the research.
The researchers found that the maximum sea ice extent for 2008 and 2009, reached on February 28, was 15.2 million square kilometres, 720,000 square kilometres less than the average extent between 1979 and 2000.
Vulnerable ice “Ice extent is an important measure of the health of the Arctic, but it only gives us a two-dimensional view of the ice cover,” said Walter Meier, research scientist at the NSIDC and CU. “Thickness is important, especially in the winter, because
it is the best overall indicator of the health of the ice cover. As the ice cover in the Arctic grows thinner, it grows more vulnerable to melting in the summer.” Until recently, most Arctic sea ice survived at least one summer and often several. But the situation has changed dramatically, according to the scientists. Thin seasonal ice, which melts and refreezes every year, now makes up about 70 per cent of Arctic sea ice in wintertime, up from 40-50 per cent in the 1980s and 1990s. Thicker ice (2.74 metres) that survives at least two summer seasons now only accounts for 10 per cent of wintertime ice cover, down from 30 to 40 per cent.
An Australian woman with a drug habit stole more than 1,000 bags from the luggage carousels at Perth airport. Asvina Dhatt, 29, got off with a fine of A$950 (Bt23,500) and a suspended prison sentence of eight months. Dhatt was charged last year after police found the luggage among other stolen property at her home. – DPA
Back to caning Malaysia is to revive caning in schools to curb discipline problems among pupils, three years after making moves to ban corporal punishment. The government will issue specific guidelines on how to implement the punishment, Deputy Education Minister Wee Ka Siong said. “We will allow the headmaster or anyone who has been authorised to execute the punishment, while parents will be notified and invited to witness the caning to be done in a confined area,” he said. “We need to take precautions because students nowadays are too creative in breaching the rules,” Wee said. – AFP
Fawcett’s cancer spreads to liver Farrah Fawcett is being treated for anal cancer that has spread to her liver, a producer who worked with the actress said in detailing a more serious situation than has previously been described. Fawcett’s producer and her doctor said that Fawcett is in a Los Angeles hospital, recovering from complications from a medical procedure in Germany, and is “not at death’s door”, as the producer put it. “She had a minor procedure. That procedure led to a small amount of bleeding into a muscle in her abdominal wall,” which created a sac of blood that caused pressure and pain, said her cancer specialist, Dr Lawrence Piro. “She’s on the mend and will be going home very shortly,” said her producer, Craig Nevius. “She’s doing fantastic. Her fight goes on ... She’s not going anywhere anytime soon.” However, confirmation that the cancer had spread was dire news. Piro said in a statement that Fawcett was using a wheelchair because it was painful for her to walk. – A P
iPod repairman guilty of fraud A Michigan man has pleaded guilty to fraud and money laundering in a scheme to acquire more than 9,000 replacement iPod Shuffle music players. Nicholas Woodhams appeared in court on Monday, less than a month after charges were filed. Woodhams had an iPod repair shop and knew that owners could get a replacement if their Shuffle had problems. He guessed valid serial numbers and entered them into Apple Inc’s website. Woodhams then resold the Shuffles shipped by Apple. He has agreed to give up property, including a house, an Audi sedan, a race car and more than US$570,000 (Bt20.1 million). Woodhams will be sentenced on August 25. – A P
BROWN DENIES HE ASSAULTED RIHANNA “My client would prefer this case be resolved quickly, and when this case is over going back to her life and career,” Etra said.
A F P, L O S A N G E L E S
&B singer Chris Brown pleaded not guilty on Monday to felony charges of allegedly attacking his pop-star girlfriend Rihanna earlier this year. Brown, 19, spoke in a barely audible whisper to formally deny charges stemming from his alleged assault of Barbadosborn “Umbrella” singer Rihanna following a preGrammy Award party on February 8.
Faces probation or jail The incident shocked the music world and left Rihanna nursing cuts and bruises on her face, forcing her to cancel a scheduled performance at the Grammys later that day. Brown is charged with felony counts of assault and making criminal threats.
‘Punching and biting’
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Singer Chris Brown arrives at Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday for his arraignment in the alleged assault and threatening of his pop star girlfriend Rihanna. If convicted on all counts, Brown could face a sentence ranging from probation to four years and eight months in state prison, officials have said.
Immigrant gunman justifies NY slayings A F P, N E W Y O R K
Vietnamese immigrant, who gunned down 13 people in New York state before killing himself, sent a letter to a television station before his rampage, blaming police and bemoaning his “poor life”. “I am Jiverly Wong shooting the people. First I want to say sorry; I know a little English. I hope you understand all of this. Of course you need to know why I shooting? Because undercover cop gave me a lot of ass during eighteen years,” reads in part the letter received by News 10 Now in Syracuse, New York. The two-page letter was posted on Friday, the day his killing spree jolted the small city of Binghamton where he was living. “Undercover cop usual coined some nasty was not true about me and spread a rumour to the receiver and some people know me conduce toward many people prejudiced and selfish to me ... cop made me lost my job ... cop put me became poor,” the letter went on. Wong had recently lost his job at a Shop Vac facility. Early Friday Voong, 41, who had legally changed his name from Wong, donned body armour, blocked the American Civic Centre’s back doors with his car and then burst into the building, unleashing a hail of gunfire. Voong shot two receptionists, killing one, then strode into a classroom where an English lesson was being held and shot dead another 12 people before turning the gun on himself.
The case was adjourned until a hearing on April 29. Rihanna’s lawyer Donald Etra said after the hearing that the singer wanted the case to be concluded swiftly.
Asked if Rihanna wanted a plea deal, he added: “It’s not up to her to decide what kind of deal she wants. It’s up to the DA [district attorney].” Brown issued an apology following the alleged attack, saying he was “sorry and saddened” by the events and that he was seeking the counselling of his pastor, family and friends. Affidavits filed in the case have said Brown allegedly slammed Rihanna’s head against the window of a car the couple were travelling in before repeatedly punching and biting her.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
MILEY CYRUS OF “HANNAH MONTANA”, ON LIFE AS A SUPERSTAR.
“I can’t help it if there are 40 photographers outside my house, I try to keep my life as private as I can. If I had known coming into this that I would have all those photographers outside my house I might have given it all a second thought.”
Top nominees for the Seed Awards include, clockwise from right, Sweetnuch, Tattoo Color, Big Ass, Moderndog and Apartment Khunpa.
XTRA GOOD PLANTING >> This year’s Seed Awards has prizes in 16 categories. >> The honorary Hall of Fame award was given for the first time in 2007 to superstar Thongchai "Bird" McIntyre.
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>> The ceremony starts at 6 tomorrow in Thammasat University’s main auditorium.
M U S I C AWA R D S
SOWING THE SEED Alternative rockers Moderndog are expected to take home the prizes for duo and song
By Kitchana Lersakvanitchakul D A I LY X P R E S S
ast year, when it came to music awards, the name on everyone’s lips was Bodyslam. This year, the band sweeping up the prizes is Moderndog. The indie outfit, who’s been around since the mid-1990s and is considered the pioneer of Thai alternative rock, has won this year’s nods for Best Duo or Group and taken home the prized statuettes for “Ngern Larn”, a song off their latest album “Ting Nong
Noy”, at both the 21st Season Awards and the sixth Kom Chad Luek Awards. So the pundits are expecting that they’ll pick up these same two categories at the fourth Seed Awards tomorrow night. Strangely though, Moderndog doesn’t have the most nominations this time round. That honour is shared by Tattoo Color, Apartment Khunpa, Silly Fools, Big Ass and Sweetnuch, who all have five. With the exception of Tattoo Color, they’re all com-
peting for Song of the Year, with Silly Fools and Big Ass facing off for Rock Band of the Year and Rock Album of the Year prizes.
Tattoo too Tattoo Color is nominated for Indy Artist, Duo or Group, Popular Song and Album of the Year, while Apartment Khunpa gets the nod for Indy Artist, Producer and Album. Silly Fools are nominated for Music Video, Big Ass for producer and Sweetnuch for
Popular Artist, Popular Song and Album. Slot Machine, Clash, Tor Saksit, Lula, ETC, Off Pongsak and Moderndog are next in line with three nominations apiece. The artists will walk along a white carpet to reflect this year’s theme, “Seed Do-D”, meaning Seed Do Goodness. The honorary “Hall of Fame” award will be presented to rock’s much loved duo, brothers Asanee-Wasan Chotikul.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
WARNER BROS warn they will sue over a planned Bollywood remake of ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’. A movie called ‘Action Replay’ has Akshay Kumar’s character going through a reverse-ageing process, ‘just as Brad Pitt does in Benjamin Button’.
THE PRICE of the seaside former home of Charles Dickens in Broadstairs, Kent. Named Bleak House, it was built in 1801.
Rockin' for a cause
Following their world tour, brothers Asanee and Wasan Chotikul will be back on stage at the Royal Thai Army Sports Centre on Vibhavadi Road on April 25 for their “Khon Huajai Singha” charity concert. All 40,000 seats are expected to be sold out for a show that supports army families as well as the purcase of medical appliances for an animal hospital. Tickets are Bt500 and Bt1,000 at Thaiticketmajor.
Slimming down for song
MTV THAILAND joins with Nestle Fitnesse’s “Get Fit, Lose Fat” campaign for “Men in Dream” at the Bangkok Convention Centre in CentralWorld on April 25 at 6. The concert, which is aimed at the ladies, features pop outfit ETC, electronica wizard Dome Nologo and young pop rockers Tattoo Color. Five free VIP tickets are being offered to gals who e-mail in a photo of themselves looking fabulously fit and firm and holding up a Fitnesse or Fitnesse and Fruit product, to email@example.com before April 20. Each of the winners can take a pal along to the show. Tickets cost from Bt800 to Bt2,000 at Thaiticketmajor. Call (02) 681 4757 or visit
Rose cheers up
www.MTVThailand.com or www.ThisIsClick.com.
When Nirvana ruled ON APRIL 26, music lovers can travel back in time to the ’90s, when Nirvana pioneered dirty grunge and Oasis and Radiohead ruled with alternative rock, as Thai indie artists Pollution and Bhumijit let rip at TK Park on the eighth floor of Central World. The activity, which kicks off at 1, is being organised by Music Express magazine and the Rock Music Institute. This month’s special guest is Tar Paradox. Admission is free.
Sirintip Harnpradit loses the gloom and gets dancing on ‘Rose Show’ By Kitchana Lersakvanitchakul D A I LY X P R E S S
op sensation Sirintip “Rose” Harnpradit has come up with a nice change for her third album “Rose Show”, moving from her trademark melancholy into a dance groove. “I wanted more songs that people can dance to,” she says. “Everyone thinks of sad songs when they think of me. I am the sensitive type and easily moved to tears, but most of the time you’ll find me smiling radiantly. “And the new album is the same format, anyway – a mix of pop and easy-listening music, with piano and strings.” The 12 tracks were produced by Krich Kritsanawarin, who’s had a hand in successful releases by many artists, including Thongchai “Bird” McIntyre, Peacemaker and Beam Jaruwan. The disc is more colourful than Rose’s previous output, with a saxophone showing up on “Khon Plaek
MOST OF THE TIME YOU’LL FIND ME SMILING RADIANTLY. Sirintip “Rose” Harnpradit Na” and a string quartet on “Khae Khrai Sak Khon”. And, surprisingly, “Khwam Rak Bang Ta” and “Namkhaeng Nai Mue” are influenced by Korean and Japanese pop. Rose also shows her songwriting ability on “Khwam Song Jam Khrang Sudthai”. “On my first album I didn’t know how to express the feeling of sadness,” she says. “It took more experience singing in the studio and onstage to get the feeling right. “When I read a song’s lyrics I imagine myself as the lead actress in the song, as if I were performing in a theatrical drama.”
soopsip Nook can’t compute Singer and actress Suthida “Nook” Kasemsan na Ayutthaya may be capable of taking care of her two boys but being a single mother, she sometimes needs help. Nook “My two sons love playing computer games, but I know nothing about computers so if there’s a problem, I need my friends to come and help me out,” she says. The waiting sometimes leaves the boys without a computer to play their games on. Nook says that the only thing she knows about computers is how to turn them on. “That, I know because the button is similar to a mobile phone. I can turn it on and after that I don’t know what to do and if something wrong happens, I just switch it off and take it to my friends.” Here, fix this. That’s what friends are for.
Stooge fetish Jenny McCarthy
is about to have one chubby boyfriend. Her main man Jim Carrey is preparing to “get in shape” to play tubby Curly McCarthy in a new “Three Stooges” movie co-starring Sean Penn and Benicio Del Toro, and he’s warned McCarthy that he’ll be packing on the pounds. McCarthy doesn’t mind a thicker Jim and says, “Oh my God! I get to be dating Curly! That is the greatest thing ever!”
Contact Soopsip at firstname.lastname@example.org.
sound bytes By Mr Badboy
100 Years: Euea Sunthornsanan
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
In the groove DJ Benze picks up top prize at the national Pioneer Pro DJ Digital contest
Best Hits Now Various Artists (Sony Music)
This new compilation album from Sony Music consists of one CD and one VCD karaoke. The CD features 14 hits off recent albums by such renowned artists as Tor Saksit, (“Mang?”), Crescendo (“Jai Klang Khwam Jeb Puad”), Scrubb (“Ther Moon Rob Chan Chan Moon Rob Ther”), Tata Young (“One Love”), Nuvo (“Love You Never Die”), Tattoo Color (“Kha Moo”) and Bee Peerapat (“Khon Diew Nai Loke”). There’s also a bonus track “Nai Arkas”, performed by nine artists from Sony, Bakery and LoveIS. The VCD features 10 of the 14 songs on the CD.
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Euea Sunthornsanan (Metro Records-Tape)
Euea Sunthornsanan, the founder of Thailand’s famous band Sunthraporn, was the 19th Thai national nominated for the Unesco list of Great Personalities of the World to mark the centenary of his birth in 2010. The Culture Ministry plans to build a statue in his home town of Samut Songkhram, and his music company honours him with this set of seven CDs featuring 100 timeless songs along with a booklet covering his life, his works and photos. All the songs were composed by Khru Euea, who performs both solo and in duets with the band’s female singers. The set, which also features some instrumentals, is priced at Bt1,900 and some of the proceeds will be used by the Sunthraporn Foundation to organise an anniversary event.
By Kitchana Lersakvanitchakul D A I LY X P R E S S
fter disappearing from the competition scene for almost four years, DJ Benze has been declared Champion of the Year at the Pioneer Pro DJ Digital Battle Mixing 2009. “I won because of all my experience,” says the 25-year-old club DJ, who spins at Zoo, Idol, 400 Club, and Route 66. DJ Benze, whose real name is Pakasit Puangngern, receives two Pioneer CDJ-1000MK3 and one DJM-700 Mixer with latest HDJ2000 headphones worth Bt150,000 after competing against other finalists recently at Narz – Narcissus Bangkok. Most importantly, he’ll represent Thailand at the upcoming Asian battle, where he’ll be up against the DJ champions of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore. “We are certain that the DJ Battle will improve the standard of Thai DJs, and at the same time reinforce Pioneer’s position as a leading producer of Pro DJ prod-
ucts,” says Lertpun Mounglek, car audio marketing and CDJ product sales section manager of Pioneer Electronics (Thailand). Pakasit decided to be a DJ almost 10 years ago after spending time in Phuket. He started practising with Pioneer equipment and took part in the “Pioneer CDJ100” project in Siam Square. He’s been taking part in the Pioneer contests since 2001, coming in ninth in the CDJ 2004 competition and winning the Countdown DJ Battle in 2005. He defines himself as a techno minimal DJ but says he listens to a variety of music from house, hiphop, chill out and techno to drum & bass. His favourite DJs are Steve Angello, Deadmau5, and Kenichi, as well as DJ Boy SAB who gave him advice on effect and synth. “I think it’s really important to listen to a lot of music as well as to a variety of genres,” he says. “Music is an art and mixing is like painting. The DJ competition isn’t only concerned about skills but also about how beautifully you paint in several tones.”
COURTESY OF PIONEER
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
COURTESY OF 2 MAGAZINE
Perfect gentlemen Ten guys are rewarded for treating ladies with the respect they deserve
Kuan Teo and Sonia Couling
They are Pariphan Nunbhakdi of JSL Global Media, who won the prize in the Sacrifice category; Weeraphong Thaweesak of the Department of Corrections (Mentor); MR Chakrarot Chitrabongs (Commitment); TV host Cheathavuth Watcharakhun (Love); feng shui expert Tossapol Sritula (Belief); Bin Bunluerit, volunteer with the Ruamkatanyu Foundation, (Protect); Jay Spenser, TCDC, (Faith); Dr Paradai Theerathada, TMB Bank, (Visionary); Dr Teerasak Na Ranong, Abac University, (Kindness); and actor Ray Macdonald, (Grateful). Presenting the awards was Dr Jean D’Cunha, regional programme director, Unifem. “These awards serve to acknowledge gentleman who respect and treat
women with the equality and esteem they deserve. It’s a perfect opportunity to raise awareness and funds for the ‘Say No To Violence Against Women’ initiative,” says editor-in-chief Kuan Teo. Guests included Mario Mauer, Peter Corp Dyrendal, Ase Wang, and Sonia Couling. – Kitchana Lersakvanitchakul DAILY XPRESS
Kuan Teo, Ase Wang and Peter
The Gentlemen's Awards winners without Ray
Music of the past Tata Young and old favourites Byrd & Heart headline a beach love fest in Pattaya last weekend
Last weekend’s sold-out music festival, “Yesterday Love Song”, held on the beach of Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Pattaya, was packed to the gills, as the 3,000-strong audience travelled back in time to their teenage days, clapping their hands and singing along with the golden oldies.
The show kicked off at 7 with new generation artists Ben Chalathit, In Budokan and Pew Chotiros singing covers of favourite love songs. Veteran crooner O Isoon, who just released a new album “O+I0” after a 10-year hiatus, took the audience back to 1980s with his hits “Chan Ja Bin” and “Sai Yai”, before segueing into new track “Khor Klub Ma.” Then it was the turn of the oldtimers to take the stage, with Koong Tuangsit performing “Thang Rak Thang Klied” and Saichol Radomkij singing “Phieng Krasib”. They were followed by Od Brandy, Sam Sixth Sense, Chompoo Fruity and Byrd & Heart. Mum Laconics walked down from the stage to joke with the audience in “Chan Rak Phua Khao” while Tata Young drew her fans closer to her during her magnetic performance. The festival wrapped with young pop rock outfit Tattoo Color who had the audience up and dancing to “Kha Moo” and “Ngarn Wat. – Kitchana Lersakvanitchakul DAILY XPRESS
Tata with Ben Chalthit
COURTESY OF SKY-HIGH NETWORK
Weeraphong Thaweesak plays
the glass harp
Southeast Asia’s leading English language men’s fashion and lifestyle consumer title 2 Magazine celeb-rated its third anniversary last week at the grand ballroom of InterCon-tinental Hotel by presenting awards to the 10 winners of the inaugural Gentlemen’s Awards.
Editor-in-chief Kuan Teo, left and Mario Mauer, centre
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Back to th e past
Airports of Thailand and Silpakorn University’s Fine Arts, Sculpture and Print Faculty invite students to join a drawing competition on the topic “Ta Arkatsayanthai Pookpan Chewit Thai” (“Thai life in relation to the airport”) in celebration of AOT’s 30th anniversary. Entries can be sent by post or delivered to the university. Submissions are open from April 28 to
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Out of the office The Anantara Koh Samui gives workers a break from the office with its “Adventurous Outdoor Team Building Package” for 30 people. Given clues and a map, teams will require planning, goal setting, organisation, communication and problem-solving to complete their task. The price is Bt3,550++per person. Call (077) 428 310 or e-mail samui@anantara. com.
Asia on a wing Asian cuisine expert Alex Sharia has a new book on grilling, “The Asian Barbecue Book”, which is available at Asia Books, B2S and Kinokuniya for Bt995. It offers inspiration and practical guidance for countless meals. All the recipes can be made easily using back-yard grills and utensils. Dishes include Indonesian satay, Korean barbecue, Indian tandoor and different styles of chicken wings.
Savings in store Until April 30, the Loft
stores in Siam Discovery and Chamchuri Square are offering special prices on summer goodies. The “Loft Hot” promotion includes the latest collections of funky home decor items and handy utensils. With every Bt600 spent, you’ll get a discount stamp for use on your next shopping trip. Call Loft Siam Discovery at (02) 658 0328-30 or Chamchuri Square at (02) 160 5161-3.
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Wednesday, April 8, 2009
THE SCREEN 11
in cinemas tomorrow
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Director Yuthlert Sippapak brings his vengeful female ghost back for a murderous turn of horror and comedy. Cherman Boonyasak and Mario Maurer star. >> Monsters vs Aliens –
Dreamworks’ animated feature pits classic Earth monsters against invaders from space. In 3-D at IMAX. >> Race to Witch Mountain – Disney remakes
Knowing Nicolas Cage stars as an astrophysics professor who discovers that an encrypted message from a time capsule accurately predicts major disasters. ★★★
Khan Kluay II War elephant Khan Kluay has to choose between duty to his King and love for his family. With English subtitles at some cinemas. ★★★★
The Great Buck Howard A law-school dropout (Colin Hanks) takes a job as an assistant to washed-up mentalist
Buck Howard (John Malkovich). Tom Hanks also stars. At Paragon Cineplex. ★★★
Twentieth Century Boys: Chapter Two Heroine Kanna infiltrates the cult to unravel the mystery behind Friend’s mask and the death of her father Kenji. At Paragon, Major Ratchayothin and Apex. ★★★
Chuead Kon Chim A struggling noodle-shop owner (Mai Charoenpura) takes a stab at a special recipe that makes her soup a hit. With English subtitles in some cinemas. ★★★★
New in Town
Will Smith stars in this twistfilled melodrama as a taxman on a complicated path to redemption. Rosario Dawson also stars. ★★★
An executive (Renee Zellweger) finds herself at odds with her quirky blue-collar workforce. At SF Cinemas. ★★
Make It Happen
A young dancer (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) has dreams of entering arts school but ends up working at a burlesque club.
Young warrior Son Goku (Justin Chatwin) sets out on a quest to collect a set of seven magical orbs.
Retired superheroes in a dystopian 1985 America don their masks again to solve a mystery and hopefully prevent nuclear war. ★★★
A young man recalls his life in the slums of Mumbai and his lifelong love for a girl. At Apex.
its popular 1970s adventure tale. Dwayne Johnson stars. >> Let the Right One In –
This Swedish vampire film has been a hit on the festival circuit. At House. >> Last Chance Harvey –
An unlucky middle-aged man is revitalized by love in London. Stars Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson. At Apex.
Apex Lido: (02) 252 6498 Siam: (02) 251 3508 Scala: (02) 251 2861
Century – The Movie Plaza (02) 247 9940
Jean-Claude Van Damme stars in this action-packed thriller as a down-and-out detective who is addicted to heroin.
(02) 641 5913-4
Major Cineplex/EGV Bangkok: (02) 515 5555
Star Movies (TrueVisions), 8pm
Major Hollywood Bangkok: (02) 718 7999
Paragon Cineplex Bangkok: (02) 129 4635 IMAX: (02) 129 4631
SF Cinemas Bangkok: (02) 268 8888 Pattaya: (038) 361 500
Vista Chiang Mai: (053) 894 415
Taew Te Teen Raberd A former girls’ school fields its first boys’ football team. Seven of the players are gay, but everyone is ready to play. Poj Arnon directs. With English subtitles at some cinemas.
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Close to Home By John McPherson
Calvin and Hobbes
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By Bryan Basset
By Bill Watterson
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Red and Rover
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
The last word in
Yesterday’s Puzzle Answer
By Eugenia Last
Complete the grid so that every row, column and 3x3 box contains every digit from 1 to 9 inclusively.
Today’s Birthday: This could be a highly emotional year but not necessarily a bad one. It’s a time of transformation and doing what’s best for you. Embrace the inevitable and find a way to reinvent who you are and what you do best. Soon you will be back up on top in a secure position. ARIES *** March 21-April 19 Don’t be afraid to take a day off to sort through your plans and make sure that you have everything you need. An interesting proposition will get you thinking about new possibilities. TAURUS *** April 20-May 20 Don’t give away any secrets. Pushing your will or taking physical action will not get you what you want. Situations will be hard to control and problems will escalate due to misinformation.
DIFFICULTY RATING ★★★
GEMINI ***** May 21-June 20 Everything will come down to your personal performance. Expect someone to resent you. Target what you want and go about getting it through hard work and honest, fair play. CANCER ** June 21-July 22 Don’t give in to someone trying to back you into a corner. Realising that you can do with much less will be half the battle. Change may not be your cup of tea but the tables will turn if you are flexible. LEO **** July 23-Aug. 22 A meeting will help you coordinate with the needs of others. Love is in the stars and by making an effort to please someone, you can ask for what you want in return. An old friend may be dishonest. VIRGO *** Aug. 23-Sept. 22 Look for a deal and you will find it. Don’t let someone hold you hostage when you aren’t responsible for the turn of events that have unfolded. Take care of your health.
CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY
LIBRA *** Sept. 23-Oct. 22 Think before you take action and you will avoid making an embarrassing mistake. Things aren’t nearly as bad as you imagine. Remember: there’s always a silver lining. SCORPIO *** Oct. 23-Nov. 21 Don’t be fooled by what someone is promising you. Rely on your own efforts. Sudden change can be expected and will be directly linked to someone you have learned a great deal from in the past. SAGITTARIUS **** Nov. 22-Dec. 21 Don’t give in to idle threats. Use your clout and your charm. You can make a difference but don’t exaggerate in order to do so. Making the wrong person angry can cause setbacks.
Kofi Annan Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan is 71. Guitarist Steve Howe of Yes is 62. Bassist Mel Schacher of Grand Funk Railroad is 58. Singer-actor John Schneider is 49. Guitarist Izzy Stradlin (Guns N’ Roses) is 47. Singer Julian Lennon is 46. Rapper Biz Markie is 45. Actress Robin Wright Penn is 43. Actress Patricia Arquette is 41. Actor Taran Noah Smith is 25.
CAPRICORN ** Dec. 22-Jan. 19 Someone will try to talk you out of something that you know you should pursue. Don’t give in to meddling or unrealistic plans. Stay ahead of the crowd with the latest information. AQUARIUS ***** Jan. 20-Feb. 18 You are sitting in a much better position than you think so negotiate on your terms. Your receptiveness will help things move along faster. Don’t become emotional over finances. PISCES *** Feb. 19-March 20 If you give in to your emotions or anger you will lose sight of your goals and waste valuable time. Secrets will be divulged that may incriminate you. Make sure you are not involved.
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Phetburi 37 Rd.
3-storey bldg., 7 units, 166 sq.w. on main road, near Vanit Bldg., Witthayu Complex, suitable for showroom, hotel, office
Silom, Soi Saladaeng Sukhumvit 33 Rd. 5-storey building, 42 sq.w. 12 m. wide, 14 m. deep, w/ elevator, near MRT Silom
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on main road, near BTS, The Emporium
7-storey building, 2 joined units, 28 sq.w., Pratunam area, suitable for office or rent
Sell@35 MB./2 units
3-storey building + m. floor, 55 sq.w., on main road, suitable for restaurant/showroom
3-storey building, 27 sq.w. 8 m. wide, 13.5 m. deep, suitable for family business
Silom 6 Rd.
4.5-storey home office, 14 sq.w. 4-storey office building, 4.5-storey building, 21 sq.w. 4 brs., 4 bths., CBD area, 116 sq.w., parking 12 cars, 3 brs., 3 bths., 4 m. wide, near BTS, MRT w/ elevator, on main road parking 1 car, suitable for Sell@70 MB. No.28536-051 Sell@19.8 MB. No.28579-032 office or residence
Chan 31 Rd.
4-storey building, 14 sq.w. 3.5-storey building w/ roof, 4 m. wide, 14 m. deep, near Chan 2 units, 25 sq.w., 11. m. wide, Rd., suitable for shophouse corner unit, near school
Sukhumvit 26-28 Sukhumvit 49 Rd. Ratchada-Thapra Rd. 4.5-storey building, 14 sq.w.
Naradivas 24 Rd. Chan-Chalaemnimit Rd.
4-storey building, 3 units 45 sq.w., near Central, Lotus Rama III, suitable for office
5-storey building, 2 joined units, 46 sq.w., with tenants, income 250,000 Baht/month, suitable for restaurant
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4-1 Dodgers hurler Hiroki Kuroda of Japan outpitched San Diego ace Jake Peavy Monday as Los Angeles launched the season with a victory.
briefly I want to stay at Milan – Shevchenko
India secure first NZ series win India secured their first series win in New Zealand since 1968 on Tuesday despite rain cheating them of a huge victory in the third Test here Tuesday. The draw at the Basin Reserve was all the tourists needed for a 1-0 series win, breaking the 41year gap since their last series victory in New Zealand. Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said the mood in the dressing room after the long awaited win was “fantastic”. “We have achieved something that is big, but the tough part is to maintain it,” he said. But New Zealand had the weather to thank for not losing a second Test in the series on Tuesday, with the home side poised on the brink of a humbling defeat at 281 for eight when rain led to the game being washed out early in the afternoon. – AFP
Williams Tasered and arrested NFL receiver Reggie Williams was charged with drug possession after off-duty policemen used a Taser to subdue him when he refused to leave a bar. Houston police spokesman Kese Smith says Williams was impaired when he refused to leave a bar on Sunday night. He struggled with two off-duty offi-
cers who tried to escort him out and one of them used a Taser on him. – AP
Ferrari misery not Schumi’s fault Michael Schumacher’s agent went on the attack in the face of criticism over the seven-time champion’s role in Ferrari’s dismal start to the new season. The 40-year-old German driving legend was taken to task by none other than former champion Niki Lauda for Ferrari’s failings. “It astonishes me that with such an advisor such a Schumacher shambles could occur,” chipped in another former driver, Marc Surer. But Schumacher’s agent Willi Weber turned on the detractors: “These criticisms are idiotic, but as everyone knows him [Schumacher] it’s easy to make him a target.” – AFP
Ukrainian striker Andrei Shevchenko, on loan at AC Milan from Chelsea, said that he hoped to prolong his stay at the Italian giants beyond the end of the season. “I feel good at the moment,” he said. “I want to continue in this vein and do my best between now and the end of the season,” Shevchenko said. “My wish is to stay at Milan next season. But on that subject, no decision has yet been taken.”– AFP
Fernando Torres, front, and Steve Gerrard have been striking terror in the hearts of defences.
RED ALERT FOR BLUES Liverpool’s deadly duo take aim at Chelsea in Euro tie AFP, Liverpool
ernando Torres believes his lethal partnership with Steven Gerrard will help Liverpool hand Chelsea another dose of Champions League misery in tonight’s quarter-final first leg. After watching Robbie Keane struggle to gel with Torres earlier this season, Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez decided to move England midfielder Gerrard into a move advanced position just behind Spain
successive season.Torres knows it will be hard to separate them again, making the potency of his partnership with Gerrard even more important. “Stevie has been getting a lot of praise from some of the best players in the world,” Torres said. “That is quite right because I think he is the best in the world. He is a great team player but he can also win a game on his own when maybe we are not playing so well. “I cannot think of a player I would rather be playing with. We know it is not going to be easy against Chelsea but both Stevie and I are happy with our form.”
Lazio claim foul over Macheda
OneAsia Tour’s Beijing Open off The second leg of the controversial new OneAsia Tour, the Pine Valley Beijing Open from May 710, has been called off to the dismay of players who said it was a lost opportunity. – AFP
striker Torres. The switch has transformed Liverpool as an attacking force. For much of Benitez’s reign they have focused on a safetyfirst philosophy that delivered results but few thrills. But with Gerrard in tandem with Torres, Liverpool’s two best players have formed a formidable double act which has provided the firepower to keep the Reds hot on Manchester United’s heels in the Premier League title race and set up yet another European showdown with Chelsea. The two English powerhouses will be meeting in the Champions League for the fifth
Federico Macheda has become a hero at Man Utd.
Manchester United have been accused by Lazio of snatching away their star youngster Federico Macheda, who made a sensational Premier League debut when scoring the winner against Aston Villa on Sunday. Lazio, who first groomed the young striker before he moved to Manchester, have been angered by the loss of Macheda. “All these players are robbed as a matter of course by this club,” Lotito told Tuesday’s Daily Mail. “They are always outside what is normal in terms of etiquette. “They go to the parents and give them money and important jobs. These are boys who come from poor families. The families base their choices on economic interests. “It’s not moral. It is like a cattle market. The young players are treated like cattle.”
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AMNAJ Ex-convict spearheads Thailand’s bid for the King’s Cup by overwhelming Russian with storm of accurate punches
RUTHLESS IN VICTORY Amnaj Ruenroeng was in complete control during his fight against Russia’s Semen Stepanov.
he Amateur Boxing Association of Thailand president General Taweep Jantararoj has warned ex-prisoner Amnaj Ruenroeng that he has to improve his performance if the flyweight wants to become the successor to Beijing Olympic hero Somjit Jongjohor. At the Mall Ngamwongwan yesterday, Chon Buri native Amnaj spearheaded the hosts’ attempt to retain the overall title for the eighth successive time in the 31st King’s Cup tournament by cruising into the final of the 51kg division. In doing so, the 27-year-old Amnaj made light work of Russia’s Semen Stepanov, who
Tammy falls in round 1 Top seed and world No 45 Tamarine Tanasugarn was knocked out by Belarus’s Victoria Ktuzova 6-3 6-2 in the first round of the US$100,000 Koddaert Ladies Open in Torthout, Belgium, yesterday. The Thai veteran quickly built a 3-1 lead against her 133rd ranked opponent, who took full control of the situation by winning the next eight games with power tennis. Tammy managed to break to trail 1-3 in the second set but handed the break back to go down 4-1. She held just one more game thereafter. “She was too good today. I tried to fight but it was not my day,’’ said Tamarine who will return home.
simply had no answer to the Thai’s punch accuracy, before securing a well-deserved 9-4 victory to set up a date in the final with compatriot Chatree Ngaongam of Thailand B. After watching Amnaj promoted from the light flyweight class and move within a fight of a title, Taweep cautioned the former inmate that a lot of work needed to be done if he wanted to follow in the footsteps of Somjit, who won a gold medal in Beijing. “At this level, I would say that there is still a long way to go before he [Amnaj] can step into Somjit’s shoes. In my view, his performance in the event was not up to the mark. “In the first fight, he looked
I WOULD SAY THAT THERE IS STILL A LONG WAY TO GO BEFORE HE [AMNAJ] CAN STEP INTO SOMJIT’S SHOES . Taweep Jantararoj
sluggish. Today, he boxed better but he still has several weak points. He needs to improve on defence as well as throw more punches. In boxing, keeping punching is the best means of defence,” said Taweep. Taweep, though, expressed satisfaction at the overall performance of the two home teams, mostly made up of young fighters. “Our boxers showed remarkable improvement, particularly in defence. They’re clever in avoiding the opponent’s blows. They still have to add more punch power, though, because nowadays amateur fighters are adopting habits from professional boxing.”
Veteran Kaew Kongprayoon and youngster Anant Pongkhet set up another all-Thai tie in the light flyweight class after the two edged out opponents from the Philippines and China respectively. Former Wushu exponent Angkarn Chomphuphoung outboxed his Singaporean adversary 8-0 to book a place in the middleweight final. Three other Thais, including Nakhon Ratchasima SEA Games champion Sailom Ardee, also managed to make it to the finals, with welterweight Wuthichai Baothet the hosts’ only causality. The annual tournament’s finals will take place tomorrow.
Hot Barcelona dream of historic treble AFP, Madrid
o Spanish side has ever won the treble of league, Kings Cup and Champions League but Barcelona have it in their sights with German powerhouse Bayern Munich the next obstacle tonight. Barcelona start as favourites for the Champions League quarter-final match-up and hope to make home advantage count against a Jekyll and Hyde Bayern team. Pep Guardiola’s side lead the Spanish League and face Athletic Bilbao in the Kings Cup final on May 13, meaning Europe is the final part of their treble bid. Barca, semi-finalists last season and winners in 2006, have been unplayable at times this season with Lionel Messi, Xavi,
Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, right, and team-mate Thierry Henry at a training session. Samuel Eto’o and Thierry Henry ripping sides apart at home and abroad. Henry has won the English Premier League, FA Cup, European championships and
World Cup leaving the Champions League as the only medal missing from his collection. “I want to win the Champions League. It is a com-
petition I am passionate about and I have never won it,” said Henry. “Bayern are a tough team and have a lot of players that can make a difference in a game like Luca Toni or Bastian Schweinsteiger.” Henry singled out French international team-mate Franck Ribery, who has been linked with a summer move to Barca, as the German giant’s danger man. “Franck Ribery is Bayern’s Lionel Messi,” said Henry. “When there seems to be no space to move, Franck can still do things. With his talent he can hurt Barca, Real Madrid, Manchester United or any team you care to mention.” Ribery is a slight doubt with a foot problem and faces a race against time to be fit for the Camp Nou duel.
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Woods a late arrival for practice
TEENAGERS ON PARADE
The fans lined up behind the wooden gates along the first fairway, waiting for 8am so they could go onto the course for the first practice round of the Masters. That’s usually the best time to see Tiger Woods. But the four-time Masters champion took a detour from his infamous “Dawn Patrol”. Woods didn’t show up until about 4pm, when he putted and worked in the short-game area. He finally teed off at No 10, but after finishing the 14th hole, made a detour to the 18th and called it a day.
Tiger’s next big rival will be from the kiddie corps AP, Augusta, Georgia
anny Lee figured he would see Tiger Woods at some point during the Masters. Even so, it was no less surprising to look up from the putting green at golf’s biggest star hitting a 3wood off the 10th tee. “I thought he would be big and ripped like I’ve seen him on TV,” Lee said. “But he looked tall and skinny from where I was standing.” No telling what Woods might have thought had he looked over his shoulder. Lee is 18 and doesn’t appear to be a day older. The New Zealand-based amateur hardly appears to be a threat to the world’s No 1 player, but his results suggest otherwise. He already has replaced Woods in the record books as the youngest US Amateur champion, and he made more history in February when he won the Johnnie Walker Classic to become the youngest winner in European Tour history. But at this Masters for the ages, Lee isn’t even the youngest player at Augusta National. That honour goes to 17-yearold Ryo Ishikawa, who already has rock star status in Japan. Ishikawa won his first Japan Golf Tour event when he was 15, won as a pro last year and is taking time away from high school to play in the Masters. Filling out this crowd of teenagers is Rory McIlroy, who beat a strong field in Dubai this year and already is No 17 in the
world. “I don’t feel like a 19year-old,” McIlroy said. “Obviously I am, but I feel like I’ve matured very quickly since coming on tour, and I’m sure Danny and Ryo will tell you the same thing. But it’s obviously a great position to be in.” Twelve years ago, Woods became the youngest Masters champion ever at age 21. Now, he is older than 41 players at the Masters. “It’s a different time,” Woods said recently. “Guys are developing at an earlier age and a faster rate.” It is rare for the Masters to have three teenagers in the field, but the youth movement goes beyond them. Over the last year, especially with Woods taking an eight-month break
Danny Lee, left, watches Ryo Ishikawa’s shot from the eighth tee during their practice round.
I DON’T FEEL LIKE A 19-YEAR-OLD.I FEEL LIKE I’VE MATURED VERY QUICKLY SINCE COMING ON TOUR Rory McIlroy from golf because of knee surgery, more younger players are starting to thrive. ● Anthony Kim, 23, won twice on the PGA Tour last year
and was the inspirational leader on a US team that finally won the Ryder Cup. ● Dustin Johnson, 24, earned his first trip to the Masters by winning at Pebble Beach, his second PGA Tour victory. ● Camilo Villegas, 27, won the BMW Championship and Tour Championship in consecutive starts late last year in the FedEx Cup playoffs. ● Alvaro Quiros, 26, has won twice in his last nine starts on the European Tour. ● Trevor Immelman, 29, is the defending Masters champion. For those wondering who might be the next rival to Woods, it could be any number of them from the kiddie corps.
Bad hair day Rory McIlroy already is known as the teenager from Northern Ireland with the mop of brown hair. That might change. “It’s starting to annoy me a little bit. It’s getting a little much. I might get it cut whenever I come back from this little stint after Hilton Head ... I’ll just get it trimmed and see how it goes.” Someone asked if he would get it cut before winning a major. “Depends how fast I win a Major,” he replied.
Advice for a champ Trevor Immelman has not won a tournament since he slipped on the green jacket last year. His mentor, Gary Player, offered him a sage piece of advice. “ I said to him today, ‘And when you win a second time, or you win another major, it will change again. It’s a process of change.’”
One last Masters for legendary Gary Player AP, Augusta, Georgia
Trevor Immelman, left, walks down the second fairway with Gary Player during practice.
ifty-two years ago, Gary Player arrived at the Masters with less than $5,000 to his name but an unwavering confidence that he could beat anyone. Arnold Palmer? Jack Nicklaus? Bring ’em on. For one decade after another, Player teed it up with the greats of the game at Augusta National, watching the rise of Tiger Woods and hanging around long enough to see yet
another wave of promising young golfers arrive on the scene, mere teens born long after the South African won the last of his three green jackets. But no one lasts forever, not even a fitness buff such as Player. Instead of dropping to his knees to rip off some pushups, the Man in Black announced on Monday this will be his final Masters. “I’m exercising profusely, but it’s very difficult at 73 to build
strength,” Player said. “The golf course is so long. It is just so long. I mean, I’m hitting a wood to almost every single hole.” Even when his chances of winning had long since passed, Player revelled in more modest accomplishments such as making the cut, or outlasting contemporaries such as Palmer and Nicklaus. He hasn’t made the cut since 1998, when at age 62 he became the oldest player to reach the weekend at
Augusta (a record eclipse by 63-year-old Tommy Aaron). “I’ve managed to break 80 the last two years,” Player said. “It’s getting to a stage now where I don’t know whether I can do that out here. It’s so long and I’m getting weaker.” He did play long enough to set the mark for most Masters appearances, snapping a tie with Palmer by playing in his 51st last year. No 52 will be his last.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
THESPORT As a youngster, he never thought about it, but Michael Jordan soared into the Hall of Fame like one of his patented slam dunks. Arguably the greatest to ever play the game, Jordan was elected yesterday to the class of 2009. “Growing up, I would never have envisioned myself at any point in time, being in any Hall of Fame,” Jordan said. “All I wanted was a chance to go to college and whatever happened after that happened.” However, with his impeccable credentials, it was a no-brainer that the former University of North Carolina star would make the cut the first year he was eligible. “It’s an honour to be here and to be a part if it,” he said. “My career speaks for itself, you guys recognise that, and all the fans and my competitors I played against. It’s truly a joy to play basketball.” “Air Jordan” was joined by NBA greats David Robinson, John Stockton, Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan and Rutgers women’s coach Vivian Stringer. The class will be inducted on the weekend of September 10-12 into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. With his dazzling dunks and last-second game-winning shots, Jordan was the most recognisable figure in the sporting world during his playing days. The five-time league MVP led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA championships in the dominating decade of the 1990s, during a storied 15-year career, twice interrupted by retirements before finishing with the Washington Wizards in 2003. On the court, Jordan was a fierce competitor. His 32,292 points is third best in league history behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone. And his 30.12-point career scoring average is the best of all-time. Off the court, Jordan was perhaps bigger as the face of successful Nike ads that helped popularise basketball globally. Robinson, nicknamed the Admiral after starring for Navy, made an immediate impact on the league, while carrying the San Antonio Spurs to a pair of NBA Championships during his 14-year career.
ROBINHORUNS FREE Manchester City striker Robinho will not face charges following allegations of a serious sexual assault made in January, police said.
A CLASS OF THEIR OWN Michael Jordan, right, with David Robinson, centre, and John Stockton.
Just bring on the Blues, says Torres
No more Player days at Masters
Liverpool have been enjoying a resurgence in the English Premier league. Their newfound confidence, together with their history in the competition, makes them a big threat to the hopes of last season’s runners-up Chelsea. Striker Fernando Torres says he’s desperate to play a role in the latest chapter of Liverpool’s European >PAGE 24 story.
Nine-time Major winner Gary Player will play his final Masters this week. The 73-year-old South African legend announced he will call it quits after his 52nd Augusta National start. “I’ve decided I would like to make this my last appearance in the tournament,” Player said. “This will be my last major championship that I will play on the regular tour.” >PAGE 27
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