PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – Thailand news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Evidence mounts against 3 DSI agents in police graft scandal The Nation / Phuket Gazette PHUKET: Three DSI agents have been incriminated in the probe of the petrol-smuggling ring in the Deep South allegedly involving former crime-buster policeman Lt Gen Pongpat Chayaphan. Suwana Suwanjuta, director-general of the Department of Special Investigation (DSI), said yesterday that the names of the three DSI officers were found on a list of bribe-takers put together by Sahachai Jiansermsin, an influential Pattani-based businessman on the run. An internal inquiry is now looking to see if the three agents were actually on the take, as the names of innocent DSI officials were frequently misappropriated by impostors or criminals to cheat or defraud the public, she said. Justice Minister Paiboon Koomchaya said he ordered Ms Suwana to probe internally whether DSI agents had taken … [Read more...] about Evidence mounts against 3 DSI agents in police graft scandal
The proposed 1% pay rise for NHS staff is a "slap in the face" and large numbers of nurses could quit after the pandemic, a union has warned as pressure grows on the government over the row. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said the 1% offer had reinforced some of their members' belief "that they are not valued by either the government or perhaps some of the public". NHS Providers, which represents NHS trusts in England, said a long-term plan set out by the government assumed a pay rise of more than 2% for healthcare workers in 2021/22, claiming it was "enshrined in law". And in a sign that a Conservative rebellion may be brewing, a former Tory health minister said it was the "wrong time" to be restraining the pay of NHS workers who have gone "above and beyond" during the pandemic. Follow live COVID-19 updates from the UK and around the world Advertisement As tensions have risen, the RCN has set up a £35m industrial action fund - threatening … [Read more...] about NHS pay row: ‘Large numbers’ of nurses could quit after ‘slap in the face’ offer as pressure mounts on government
Back in 1986 I made a film for the BBC science series Tomorrow’s World about a remarkable new class of drugs called statins. Studies had shown that statins could cut people’s risk of heart disease by lowering their cholesterol levels. It was all very exciting. Thirty-five years on and statins are now one of the most commonly prescribed drugs in the UK, with around eight million people, including me, taking them daily. Yet they continue to be dogged by controversy and fear of side-effects. Studies had shown that statins could cut people’s risk of heart disease by lowering their cholesterol levels. It was all very exciting Last year, for example, there were claims that statins might increase your risk of dying from Covid-19. Studies had shown that people admitted to intensive care tended to have lower levels of cholesterol, so there was a fear that taking cholesterol-lowering drugs might make you more vulnerable. Well, like so many health scares, this one turned … [Read more...] about DR MICHAEL MOSLEY: Can statins save you from Covid as well as heart disease?
Thousands of anti-coup demonstrators returned to the streets of Myanmar on Saturday to protest the return to military rule. Demonstrators have been holding protests ever since a February 1 putsch ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi from power. They rallied nationwide on Saturday despite security forces using increasingly brutal force against them. More than 50 people have been killed since the coup. The bloodiest day was on Wednesday with a death toll of at least 38, according to the UN. Watch video 01:48 Share Violent crackdown in Myanmar Send Facebook Twitter reddit EMail Facebook Messenger Web Whatsapp Web Telegram linkedin Permalink https://p.dw.com/p/3qIQ7 Myanmar: Deaths, detentions fail to quash protests Latest developments in Myanmar On Saturday, people held demonstrations across the country from northern Lashio to central Loikaw city. In Myanmar's commercial hub and largest … [Read more...] about Myanmar: Defiant anti-coup movement returns to streets
KILLER CLOWN is no laughing matter for the bookies in the BetVictor Greatwood Gold Cup (1.50) at Newbury this afternoon. Emma Lavelle’s seven-year-old son of Getaway is learning on the job over fences. Having drawn a blank on his first three attempts in the discipline - at Uttoxeter, Exeter and Sandown Park - Adam Wedge’s mount came good at Kempton Park on Boxing Day. Sent off at 9-2 for a 10-runner event over today’s two-and-a-half-mile distance, Killer Clown jumped with polish before galloping clear to beat Falco Blitz by seven and a half lengths. The British Horseracing Authority handicapper hasn’t taken that performance lying down, raising my selection a whopping 15lb to a new rating of 138. But there’s little doubt that Killer Clown is on the up and, with more to come on the fifth start of his career over fences, he gets the vote to take the £22,780 first prize back to Lavelle’s Wilitshire base. Saturday racing tips NEWBURY 12.40 NOT A ROLE MODEL 1.15 PRESENT … [Read more...] about Saturday racing tips: Newsboy’s best bets as ITV head to Newbury, Kelso and Doncaster