There has been a surge in demand for the traditional Thai herb fah talai jone (Andrographis paniculata) since the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic with the herb selling out in several provinces. Also known as green chireta, the traditional cold medicine has long been used to cure the flu, sore throat and inflammation in Thailand and Asian countries. Currently, the department has conducted more research by prescribing the medicine to Covid-19 positive people at Thammasat University Field Hospital. However, there are misunderstandings about the properties of fah talai jone. That's why the department has recently launched the Fah Talai Jone Hotline to clarify misconceptions and answer all questions people might have about the medicine.
May 03, 2021 23:15 UTC
Yum optimistic on prospectsA digital rendition of the new KFC flagship which will open in Ekamai. The delivery arm of Yum Restaurant Thailand recorded a new high in the first four months of this year, driven by the third wave of the pandemic. From the Songkran holiday period until now, its delivery business grew 1.5 times compared with the same period last year. Some 790 KFC stores provide delivery service to customers. Restaurants Development Co (RDCL), a franchisee partner, is also preparing to open its 100th store, a KFC standalone branch in Ekamai.
May 03, 2021 22:52 UTC
Researchers have also noticed that more than half of the world's population has gained weight during lockdowns due to Covid-19. In Japan, 38% of around 400 surveyed Japanese women had also gained weight -- ranging from 1-7kg -- during lockdowns. Chalat said that not only has people's food purchasing behaviour changed during the pandemic, so have their eating habits. "Pay attention to healthy ingredients rather than those high in, say, sugar and sodium. Snacks should be healthy ones like dried fruits or peas."
May 03, 2021 22:52 UTC
Govt drops ball again as Covid deaths mountThe government seems to be pinning its hopes for salvation on big lots of AstraZeneca vaccines scheduled to be rolled out in June. It's not just the death rate that has been accelerating, rising from two on April 17 to more than 30 yesterday, but the number of patients with severe symptoms. Why stop at 100 million doses? It mainly depends on the vaccines' rate of efficacy and the virus's reproduction rate. If these rates change, the government is likely to need more than 100 million doses to achieve its goal.
May 03, 2021 22:30 UTC
Can Power help Biden's foreign policy? There is little doubt that Mr Biden wants to use foreign assistance as a key tool to accomplish the US's broader foreign and strategic objectives. Ms Power is a well-known US policy maker as she has advocated humanitarian intervention in Africa and Syria. These challenges will also test the US leadership in the world under Mr Biden. In the past 100 days, Mr Biden has been able to undo some of Mr Trump's misdirected foreign policies.
May 03, 2021 22:30 UTC
Yet, the emerging Klong Toey cluster proves the opposite to be the case. According to the Public Health Ministry, a total of 304 Klong Toey slum members tested Covid-19 positive in April. It should be noted that these worrying numbers contradict the impression projected by the Klong Toey District Office. She was quoted by Thai-language media as saying that Klong Toey cases, as of April 28, were dwindling. The agency admitted that the new surge was linked with the Thong Lor cluster as some entertainment workers live in the slum.
May 03, 2021 22:28 UTC
Napoleon and world history: What if...? Napoleon Bonaparte doesn't come up much in conversation these days, which is hardly surprising given that he has been dead for two centuries. People often compare Napoleon to Hitler, another dictator who allegedly tried to "conquer the world", but that's just wrong. Hitler never wanted to conquer the world. The plan was abandoned because nobody told Napoleon that those warships could carry enough drinking water for such a large army.
May 03, 2021 19:30 UTC
Rising border fears of virus spillAn official checks the temperatures of illegal Myanmar migrants rounded up near the border in Sangkhla Buri district of Kanchanaburi on Sunday. "Authorities are intensifying border checks with Malaysia, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos," Apisamai Srirangson, a spokeswoman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said on Monday. Along the 370 kilometre border in Kanchanaburi, almost 300 people from Myanmar were caught illegally crossing into Thailand last week. On the southern border, Malaysia has reported detecting new coronavirus variants first identified in South Africa and India and regarded as highly contagious. Soldiers patrol the Thai side of the border with #Malaysia in Songkhla's Sadao district to prevent a possible spread of #COVID19 through illegal crossings.
May 03, 2021 11:48 UTC
Online food delivery operators have seen a substantial growth of orders during the third wave of the pandemic. “We experienced a nearly 26% increase in food orders from March to April, with the largest volumes on weekends and long holidays,” he said. Food delivery continued to experience growth as an increasing number of consumers chose to dine in during the pandemic. Food delivery app Robinhood under Siam Commercial Bank also saw a surge in orders following the third wave of the pandemic. Food merchants took the hardest hit from the fresh outbreak, he said, adding other food delivery platforms should consider reducing gross profit (GP) or commission fee applied for food vendors.
May 03, 2021 11:48 UTC
The Department of Medical Sciences reveals that tests show AstraZeneca vaccine samples produced by Siam Bioscience meet all requirements. It has raised the number of infections to over 65,000 and deaths to more than 200, stretching the country's public health system to its limit. I think the government is too complacent about its vaccine management. The government distributed about 1.3 million doses between Feb 28-April 28, accounting for only 1.7% of the entire population. It has now ordered an extra 60 million doses of Pfizer's booster jabs.
May 02, 2021 23:37 UTC
Upbeat Patty ready for home challengePatty Tavatanakit in action at the HSBC Women's World Championship. (HSBC Women's World Championship photo)SINGAPORE: Major winner Patty Tavatanakit is ready to establish herself as a strong contender for this week's Honda LPGA Thailand after enjoying a tied-third finish at the HSBC Women's World Championship in Singapore on Sunday. But if anything, I'm just really happy to be back in Asia and play again," said Patty. Patty is also looking forward to her homecoming, having been away from Thailand for more than a year already. The Honda LPGA Thailand will be held at Siam Country Club in Chon Buri.
'Penguin' dares to dream of better thingsParit 'Penguin' Chiwarak along with another 21 political activists are taken into detention last September as they await trial on sedition and lese majeste charges. The second time was last year, when he become a big shot on the Thai political landscape -- a prominent protest leader. Yet his political campaign as well as his upcoming trial may cost him his dream career. "When I look back, it reminds me of the disparity that plagues Thai society. Parit told me that history books also offer lessons and examples -- that the upper echelons do not last long in many countries.
Don't reject private helpThe government has announced a new plan to procure 100 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine to cover 50 million people by the end of the year, up from the 65 million doses it had originally planned to procure. From July onwards, the company has committed to produce 10 million doses per month, which brings the total doses available by the end of the year to 61 million doses. Last week, Gen Prayut invited the private sector to discuss ways to involve them in the procurement of additional vaccines. The PM may feel that the private sector's support in vaccine procurement isn't yet necessary. It's a good sign that the private sector is willing to help.
Spaniard first 'but not last' woman to join German blue-chip CEOsBelen Garijo will become the first woman to singlehandedly run a DAX 30-listed company from MayFRANKFURT - Belen Garijo will take over as CEO at German pharmaceuticals giant Merck from May -- the first woman to singlehandedly run a DAX 30-listed company -- as Europe's top economy debates quotas for greater boardroom equality. German software group SAP made the first cracks in the glass ceiling in 2019 when it appointed Jennifer Morgan as co-CEO alongside a male executive. Garijo for her part puts her success down to "hard work" and to having seized her chances "when they arose". - 'It's time' -Under the draft law approved by Merkel's government earlier this year, listed companies with four executives or more must appoint at least one woman to their executive boards. Merkel, in power since 2005, has spoken out at foot-dragging by business leaders, against the resistance of some in her own conservative bloc.
May 02, 2021 05:37 UTC
Welcome to the year's merriest monthWe are already in the merry month of May, not that there's much to be merry about these days. A big influence, especially in Britain, is because the month coincides with the arrival of summer and alleged warmer weather. It is the month when flowers bloom, trees blossom and England indeed resembles "a green and pleasant land". In The Canterbury Tales he refers to the squire being "as fresh as the month of May". For the curious, it is the only British plant that is named after the month in which it flowers.
May 02, 2021 00:00 UTC