Sunday, December 23, 2012

India moves to quell gang-rape protests, but crowds build again

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The Indian government moved on Sunday to stamp out protests that have swelled in New Delhi since the gang-rape of a young woman, banning gatherings of more than five people, but still thousands poured into the heart of the capital to vent their anger.
Demonstrators shout slogans atop a bus in front of the India Gate during a protest in New Delhi December 23, 2012. The Indian government moved on Sunday to stamp out protests that have swelled in New Delhi since the gang-rape of a young woman, banning gatherings of more than five people, but still thousands poured into the heart of the capital to vent their anger. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood
Demonstrators shout slogans atop a bus in front of the India Gate during a protest in New Delhi December 23, 2012. The Indian government moved on Sunday to stamp out protests that have swelled in New Delhi since the gang-rape of a young woman, banning gatherings of more than five people, but still thousands poured into the heart of the capital to vent their anger. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

Police in riot gear used tear gas and batons to hold crowds back from marching on the presidential palace, just as they did the day before in clashes that media reports said injured more than two dozen protesters.
Doctors said the 23-year-old victim of last week's attack, who was beaten, raped for almost an hour and thrown out of a moving bus in New Delhi, was still in a critical condition on respiratory support but responding to treatment.
New Delhi has the highest number of sex crimes among India's major cities, with a rape reported on average every 18 hours, according to police figures.
Most sexual assaults go unreported and unremarked, but the brutality of last week's attack triggered the biggest protests in the capital since mid-2011 demonstrations against corruption that rocked the government of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
The protesters, predominantly college students but also housewives and even children, are demanding more steps from the authorities to ensure safety for women and some want the death penalty for the accused.
Several city metro stations were closed and several roads were barricaded on Sunday to prevent a build-up of protesters.
However, by early afternoon the crowd around the India Gate monument - normally a festive place on a Sunday - had swelled to more than 2,000, according to police there. Scuffles broke out near government buildings, where youths shouted "Down with Delhi police!" and threw bottles at the forces holding them back.
Bowing to public pressure, Sonia Gandhi, chief of the ruling Congress party, emerged from her residence after midnight to talk to protesters. She went out again on Sunday with her son, Rahul Gandhi, who is seen as a future prime minister.
"She assured us of justice," said one of the students who met the Gandhis, though some in the crowds shouted "Down with Sonia Gandhi!".
Since last week's rape, the authorities have promised better police patrolling to ensure safety for women returning from work and entertainment districts, the installation of GPS on public transport vehicles, more buses at night, and fast-track courts for swift verdicts on cases of rape and sexual assault.
(Writing and additional reporting by Mayank Bhardwaj; Editing by John Chalmers and Sanjeev Miglani)
Copyright © 2012 Reuters

Don: More youngsters suffering from diabetes

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KUALA LUMPUR: Some 300,000 young people in the country are suffering from Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM), according to Universiti Sains Malaysia endocrinologist Prof Datuk Dr Wan Mohamad Bebakar.
He said the number was expected to increase as the number of T2DM patients worldwide was expected to almost double from the current 230 million to 440 million by 2030.
He said this meant the risks were higher for more young people to suffer from diabetes complications.
“The fact is 20.8% of the Malaysians are suffering from T2DM right now, 5% of whom are young people aged between 20 and 25.
“The percentage is clearly bigger than in the United States which only recorded 2% of young people suffering from T2DM,” he said at the launch of Kombiglyze Xr, a new medication to treat T2DM.
Prof Wan Mohamad said the pill had been widely used to treat T2DM in the United States where the patient would be prescribed to take a pill daily.
“The Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and can easily spread if not controlled. Within certain period of time, the patient will have to take various types of medicines to treat the disease and its complications,” he said.
Meanwhile, Sime Darby Healthcare endocrinology expert Prof Dr SP Chan said what made it worse was that more than half of T2DM patients usually failed to keep their blood sugar levels under control.
“Although they are provided with information on diabetes and continuous supply of medicine, less than half of them can really control their blood sugar levels,” he said in the joint statement.
In the long run, he said the patients usually had to deal with other complications, such as heart attacks, stroke and kidney failure. - Bernama

Family burnt to death in car accident

The wreckage of the burnt bus The wreckage of the burnt bus
KEMAMAN: A couple and their two daughters were burnt to death when the car they were in burst into flames after it collided with an express bus at Km26 Jalan Kuala Terengganu-Kuantan near the Institut Kemahiran Belia Negara (IKBN), Kemasik here Sunday.
The dead were Mohd Sabirin Sulaiman, 50, a teacher, his wife Halina Saif and their two daughters.
State police chief Datuk Jamshah Mustapa said the family was returning to their home in Dungun after attending a chess competition in which the girls participated.
He said Mohd Sabirin taught Japanese language at Sekolah Menengah Tengku Intan Zaharah (SMTIZ), Dungun and that the family lived in Jalan Tok Mudim, Batu 5, Dungun.
"It was raining lightly at the time and it is believed the road was slippery.
“However, a detailed investigation is being carried out," he said.
"I advise the public to be extra careful when driving in wet weather at this stretch of the road because it is potholed and in the last two weeks, three road fatalities have been recorded here because of this factor," he said.
Mohd Sabirin and the girls were burnt beyond recognition while their mother suffered burns up to her waist.
One of the passengers of the bus, Wan Mohd Al-hakim Wan Yusoff ,27, said he was just about to doze off after replying to an SMS moments before the accident.
"Then suddenly I noticed the bus was veering to the left before there was a thunderous sound followed by shouts for help from outside the bus.
"Within a few seconds there were flames all over in front of the bus. Fear gripped me and my immediate thoughts were on the safety of my son Wan Mohd Adam Al-Haqq who had been flung from his seat because of the impact and was lying on the aisle which was filled with thick smoke," he said.
He said the passengers then rushed to the emergency exit but it failed to open but luckily one of the passengers managed to break down the main door to get to safety.
He only suffered bruises in the incident while Mohd Faiz Sulihan, 23, broke a leg and has been admitted to the Kemaman Hospital. - Bernama

Floods hit Terengganu, 92 people evacuated in Dungun

Floods hit Terengganu

DUNGUN: A total of 92 people from 16 families in three villages here were evacuated since Saturday night when floods hit the district.
Seven of the families, involving 39 people, are from the Kampung Bukit Gendut Housing Project for the Hardcore Poor (PPRT), Pulai Serai, and they were evacuated to the relief centre at Sekolah Rendah Pulau Serai at 9pm.
Six families, comprising 33 people, are from Kampung Tanjung Pagar Lima, and the three remaining families (20 people) are from Kampung Seberang Pintasan. They were evacuated to the community hall in their respective villages.
Dungun Member of Parliament Datuk Matulidi Jusoh, when met after visiting the victims on Sunday, said floods hit the villages following heavy rain since 6am Saturday.
The water in Sungai Pimpin also overflowed its banks and caused flooding at the Bukit Gendut PPRT, he added. He advised residents in flood-prone areas to evacuate when asked to do so by the relevant authorities, and to also not allow their young children to play in the floods.
Meanwhile, one of the flood victims, Raihan Deraman, 48, of the Bukit Gendut PPRT, said water began entering her house at 7pm and this was the second time that her family had to evacuate due to the since they occupied the house three years ago.
She said the family had made preparations in anticipation of the flood, like placing their furniture on high ground, as well as ensure safe keeping of important documents.
In KOTA BARU, Kelantan, residents in low-lying areas, especially along the rivers, have been advised to be prepared in the event of a flood in the state.
Kelantan Fire and rescue Department director, Azmi Osman, issued the advice following continuous rain since last week and report of the river water rising.
"They should be prepared and to evacuate when the need arises without having to wait for instructions to do so," he said when met by reporters after the department's monthly assembly on Sunday. - Bernama

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Wedlock! Suki Low makes manager her husband

Singer Suki Low is officially off the market.
The original One In A Million winner got hitched to her manager, businessman and music executive Jeremy Chong, on 12th December 2012, one day after her 23rd birthday, in both Western and Chinese ceremonies in Penang.
Now, Suki has released her wedding photos, along with a statement saying, "My husband and I are very thankful that everything went as planned without any major glitches."
Her nuptials began in a private garden at the beach, where she exchanged wedding vows in a white gown, witnessed by family and very close friends.
Later, the happy couple cut into a two-tier wedding cake topped with a pair of smooching dolls and a pet pooch.
Then before luncheon, Suki changed into a fiery red Chinese matrimony dress for the traditional tea serving ceremony to her parents and her new in-laws.
That same evening, the couple and their guests boarded the Superstar Libra cruise ship where they were entertained by performances set the theme "Rock The '80s".
"We had an unforgettable night," she said in her statement. "We would like to thank everyone who blessed us with their presence on our wedding day." 
Suki also acknowledged her sponsors for contributing to her big day. "Most importantly, I would like to thank my fans who have always supported and prayed for my success," she added.
Published: 20th December 2012 -

Alyah branded 'greedy' by dumped fashion designers

Two designers have labelled singer Alyah a fashion nightmare.
Two designers have labelled singer Alyah a fashion nightmare.

The relationship between singer Alyah and fashion designers Hatta Dolmat and Rizman Ruzaine has torn apart at the seams, all over a rack of clothes that she commissioned for an awards ceremony but unceremoniously dumped before the show.
The quarrel began when the designers took to Twitter and ripped into Alyah for not wearing the gowns they made for her appearance at the regional Anugerah Planet Muzik show in Singapore last week.
According to reports, Alyah asked Hatta and Rizman, as well as designer Amir Luqman, to sew her some outfits for the event. But she went with one of her own dresses for the red carpet, and later performed on stage her hit Kisah Hati—which won the Best Song award—in one of Amir's pieces.
Annoyed by Hatta and Rizman's tweets, Alyah told reporters she had good excuses for refusing their gowns, blaming "problems with the zipper and other things" for her decision.
"I hadn't even explained my reasons of not wearing their clothes and they're already bombarding me on Twitter,” said Alyah, 31, to mStar Online.
"I feel insulted. I'm not one who runs away from a problem, but I don't want to make a big deal of this. Hatta and Rizman have helped me a lot with clothes before, so I don't want to make this worse."
However, she added, "If they say I'm greedy because I sought another fashion designer for one event, well, whoever has worked with me before knows that I change outfits three times for an awards show."
Rizman and Hatta don't want Alyah's business any more.
Rizman and Hatta don't want Alyah's business any more.
The Johor-born entertainer says no way is she apologising to the designers because she feels "insulted and disrespected" by their outrage. "My dignity has been stepped on," she fumed. "They disrespected me with words that aren't very nice. Why should I say sorry when they have insulted me?"
Rizman, who has dressed Siti Nurhaliza, Erra Fazira and Ziana Zain, says he could care less. He's fed up with Alyah and refuses now to work with her again. He also describes her as "unprofessional", claiming that this isn't the first time she's pulled something like this.
"Three things prove she's a non-professional," he shot back. "She never discussed what she wanted to wear. She just sent pictures as samples of what she wanted. Then when the clothes were done, she never tried them on. And after they were shipped to Singapore, they ended up not being used at all."
"I tried contacting her lots of times," he added, "but she never picked up and we could only carry out discussions through her personal assistant. The clothes aren't cheap. They costs thousands and we sponsored her to promote our label. This is enough! This is my last time working with her!"
Meanwhile, Hatta fired one more salvo at Alyah on Twitter, describing her as "one who doesn't appreciate the hard work fashion designers put into producing clothes for her", for not wearing the clothes, and then refusing to apologise.
Source: mStar Online
Published: 20th December 2012

Water disruption in Petaling and KL from Dec 27 to 29

KUALA LUMPUR: Several areas in Petaling and Kuala Lumpur will experience water disruption on Dec 27 to 29 due to work by contractors of Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas).
In a statement, Syabas said the disruption in Petaling would start at 3pm on Dec 27 until 1am the next day as valves at the Water Terminal Pond Inlet, Jalan Kuchai Lama were being replaced.
The areas affected will be Taman Goodwood, Kuchai Business Park, Taman Lian Hoe, Taman Continental, Taman Indrahana, Taman Pagar Ruyong, Taman GembiraJalan Batalong, Jalan Rukun, Jalan Riang, Jalan Selesa, Jalan Sukacita, Jalan Jiran, Jalan Ramli, Jalan 1/128 and Jalan 1/130.
Also affected will be Sekolah Menengah Sri Sentosa, Sekolah Rendah Sri Setia, KFC and Pizza Hut, Industrial Training Institute, Ajinomoto, Nirvana, Jalan Sungai Besi, Jalan Sungai Besi Petronas station, Kampung Pakar in Sungai Besi, Pusat Hiburan Golden Sun, Kuchai Entrepreneurs Park - Jalan 1/116B until Jalan 10/116B, Taman Kuchai Maju, Taman Sungai Besi and Taman Salak Jaya.
Taman Salak Selatan - Jalan Perkasa 120, Jalan Hang Tuah 16, Jalan Tuanku 14, Jalan Gempita, Jalan Cahaya, Jalan Bendahara, Jalan Laksamana, Sekolah Tunas Bakti, Jalan Sungai Besi temple, ISM Sungai Besi, Kampung Malaysia Tambahan - Jalan 1/141, Kampung Baru Salak Selatan - Jalan 35-37, Salak South Garden, Perumahan Desa Petaling, Kondominium Widuri Impian, Pangsapuri Desa Puteri and Jati Selatan will also experience water supply disruptions.
The water disruption in Kuala Lumpur on Dec 28 from 9pm until 5am the next day will be due to works to relocate pipes to widen Jalan Segambut from the KTM bridge to Jalan Mont Kiara.
The areas involved will be Taman Sri Bintang, Taman Bukit Sri Bintang, Taman Sri Sinar and Taman Prima Pelangi in Segambut, Segambut Dalam, Mont' Kiara - Sunrise (Phase 1 dan 2), Segambut Tengah, Segambut Bahagia, Taman SPPK Segambut, along Jalan Segambut, Taman Segambut, Taman Bukit Segambut, Taman Indah Murni, Jalan Kelapa Bulan, Jalan Kelapa Hijau, Jalan Kelapa, and Taman Prima Impian, also in Segambut.
Syabas advises the affected comsumers to store enough water, to use water judiciously and to exercise patience during the period of disruptions.
Consumers can contact the Customer Service Centre (PUSPEL) at toll-free line 1-800-88-5252 or SMS by typing PUSPEL and send to 39222.
Information on the areas involved can be obtained from the Syabas web page at;, and Facebook. - Bernama

Fazurina’s family had no idea of wedding

<b>Kept under wraps:</b> Fazurina got married without her family's consent.Kept under wraps: Fazurina got married without her family's consent.
FAZURINA has gotten married without her family's knowledge.
Harian Metro reported that the actress, whose full name is Siti Fazurina Famir, 30, tied the knot with a man whom she had been in a relationship with for the past two years in a ceremony at Masjid Jamek, Sungai Pinang, in Penang two days ago.
A source told the daily the wedding was not even known to Fazurina's mother.
Her uncle, the only family member at the ceremony, was told to keep the matter a secret but had informed other family members a day before the wedding.
They then tried to reach Fazurina but there was no response.
The actress of Dunia Anita and Trilogi Cinta 2 had been engaged before the relationship was severed in 2010. - theStarOnline

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Obama pledges to work with Republicans

US President Barack Obama addresses supporters during his election night event at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, USA, 6 November 2012. - EPA/TANNEN MAURYUS President Barack Obama addresses supporters during his election night event at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, USA, 6 November 2012. - EPA/TANNEN MAURY
WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama swept to a emphatic re-election win over Mitt Romney Tuesday, forging new history by transcending a dragging economy and the stifling unemployment which haunted his first term.
The 44th US president and the first African American to claim the Oval Office, was returned to power after a joyless election which appears to have deepened, rather than healed, his nation's political divides.
"In this election, you, the American people, reminded us that while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up, we have fought our way back," Obama said at a triumphant victory party in Chicago.
"We know in our hearts that for the United States of America the best is yet to come," Obama said, striving for inspirational heights rarely touched in a campaign where the prophet of hope of 2008 became a conventional, brawling politician.
As Obama's victory was confirmed with wins in rustbelt Ohio and his spiritual political home in Iowa, large crowds suddenly materialized at the White House, chanting "four more years" and "O-bama, O-bama."
Republican nominee Romney, deflated and exhausted, offered Obama a classy tribute, as he appeared before dejected supporters in Boston, moments after phoning the US leader to formally concede and to congratulate his team.
"I wish all of them well but particularly the president, the First Lady and their daughters," Romney said.
"This is a time of great challenges for America and I pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation."
Obama repaid the compliment in his speech, saying the Romney family "had chosen to give back to America through public service and that is the legacy that we honor and applaud tonight."
And in an intriguing aside, the president said he looked forward to sitting down with his former foe to find if they could find common ground to work together. - theStarOnline

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Thousands angry, K-pop Storm cancelled last minute

The event poster.
The event poster.
It was billed as the biggest K-pop concert in Malaysia—nine South Korean pop groups, headlined by boy band Shinee, together on one stage for the WBS K-pop Stormshow. However, the concert scheduled for Tuesday 6th November in Sunway Lagoon, PJ has been cancelled at the last minute.
Its South Korean organiser Happy Entertainment called off the show after South Korean radio station WBS, which initiated the concert, pulled out of the event following a disagreement between the two parties.
"[The show] has to be postponed, as the problem cannot be solved on time. The concert can no longer go on as planned. Details will be announced after the internal meeting with all parties," Happy Entertainment said in a statement, adding that ticket holders would get a full refund.
"Happy Entertainment is really sorry to all the fans that bought tickets. Procedure, venue, date and time for the refund of purchased tickets will be disclosed on our official Facebook page at," the statement said.
Despite Happy Entertainment's insistence that the show has been moved to next year—without details—TicketCharge stated on its website that the show was indeed cancelled. "We will advise all the ticket purchaser on the refund detail once we have finalise with the organiser," the company posted on its homepage.
Meanwhile, on the WBS website, the drama is far more intense. The radio station declared that they had terminated the deal with Happy Entertainment as of 1st November due to a "breach of contract".
"Happy Entertainment Inc should put right and correct all promotional materials associated with WBS Broadcasting and apologise for this," the statement read.
Naturally, the cancellation has sparked uproar among the fans as hundreds continue to flood the official Facebook page with angry comments and disappointment over the late announcement.
"Thanks for ruining my day, I appreciate your effort on these days but I just lost my trust on you guys," posted Iwin Yeong. Another fan, Jessica Djb, asked: "can u just credited back my money thru the credit card? i am not from kl u know... i hope u dont expect me to come to kl to get the refund..."
NurSyazana Razali wrote, "Make sure it is postpone, NOT cancel! And please bring them come to Malaysia next time! No more like this stupid thingy! We don't want others to look down on Malaysia! TQ." Meanwhile, Azizul Amiruddin commented, "so you mau kami buat apa esok?"
One rant from Nina Zaini Cheong went: "Hrmm, a big sigh I gave to you. You know what? When I heard that I already get the ticket for the concert, I cried because of happiness and now, you postpone it, it will really makes me cries because of sadness. You guys have mind or not?? Let me suggest, Why dont you cancel on the day of the concert?? WHY LAST MINUTE???"
WBS K-pop Storm was meant to feature Shinee, No Brain, U-Kiss, Teen Top, Block B, Girls Day, DalShabet, D-Unit and The Gwangdae. There's no word on whether any of the groups have already arrived in KL for the concert.
Published: 5th November 2012

Teen killed on eve of birthday

JOHOR BARU: A son, who was thankful that his father emerged relatively unhurt after an accident, went to retrieve his dad's motorcycle only to be killed when a vehicle rammed into him. It was a day before his 19th birthday.
Wong Feng Wei died at the scene after he was knocked down near the Permas Jaya bridge here yesterday.
About two hours earlier, his father Ling Kee, 47, had lost control of his motorcycle and grazed his elbow and knees.
“I called a couple of friends who rushed me to the emergency ward at the Hospital Sultan Ismail.
“My wife asked Feng Wei to retrieve my motorcycle which was lying by the road,” he said.
Ling Kee said he was not sure what exactly happened but passers-by told him that a car had rammed into Feng Wei, a furniture shop attendant, before speeding away.
“I had just come out from the X-ray theatre when I got the call about my son's death. I still cannot get over it,” he said.
Ling Kee said Feng Wei had planned to take the whole family out for a movie to celebrate what would have been his 19th birthday today.
“Police told us they have arrested a woman, who is suspected to be behind the wheel of the car that rammed into my son,” he said.
Feng Wei's family was grief-stricken at the Tiong Hua Association, where the body is being kept.
His 17-year-old girlfriend, only known as Elaine, could barely hold back her tears as she described Feng Wei.
“He was such a talkative, happy-go-lucky person,” she said, adding that she was staying in Kuala Lumpur and had rushed over after hearing what had happened.
Elaine said the two had been seeing each other for about two years now and were planning to get married soon.
“We wanted to get registered at the end of this year,” she said while holding tightly to Feng Wei's favourite VCDs and other items for the tomorrow's funeral. - theStarOnline

UPSR results out on Nov 19

KUALA LUMPUR: The results of this year's Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) will be announced on Nov 19, the Examinations Syndicate of the Education Ministry said Tuesday.
Pupils can obtain the results at their respective schools after 10 am on that day, it said in a statement.
It also said that an analysis of the results would be announced at the Main Meeting Room, Level 6, Block E8, Government Offices Complex Parcel E, Putrajaya, on the same day.
A total of 517,139 Standard Six pupils sat for the UPSR from Sept 11 to 13, comprising 507,783 candidates of government and government-aided schools, 9,345 candidates of Malay medium private schools and 11 candidates of Chinese medium private schools. - Bernama

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Mothers-to-be should take folic acid AND vitamin B12 to prevent birth defects, leading expert warns

Women who are trying to conceive, or who are in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, are already advised to take 400 micrograms of folic acid each day
Women who are trying to conceive, or who are in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, are already advised to take 400 micrograms of folic acid each day
Mothers-to-be should take vitamin B12 to prevent their children developing birth defects such as spina bifida, a charity has said.

New research suggests that taking the supplement alongside folic acid will further help prevent the series of birth defects that affect the development of the spine and central nervous system.

Women who are trying to conceive, or who are in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, are already advised to take 400 micrograms of folic acid each day.

But the charity Shine, which helps individuals and families affected by spina bifida and hydrocephalus, is recommending that pregnant women, and those trying to conceive, should take 2.5mcg of B12 once a day with a meal.

It’s thought taking vitamin B12 alongside folic acid may be more effective than taking folic acid alone. 

The recommendation comes after a new report from a leading authority on the issue, Professor John Scott, founder of the Vitamin Research Unit at the Institute of Molecular Medicine, Trinity College, Dublin.

He concluded:  ‘It is clear that, as well as the addition of a folic acid supplement (400 mcg per day), the addition of a vitamin B12 component of at least 2.5 mcg per day would bring about a further significant and worthwhile risk reduction for neural tube defects.’

Neural tube defects (NTDs) still affect 1 in 1000 pregnancies in the UK. When taken correctly before and during pregnancy, folic acid could prevent up to 72 per cent of these cases.

Scientists worldwide have searched for ways to reduce the risk further, including studying the potential benefits of vitamin B12, which is essential for the body to metabolise folic acid. 

This has highlighted a link between low folate and low B12 levels, with some studies suggesting a possible three-fold risk increase for NTDs in women with low levels of B12.

Jackie Bland, chief executive officer at Shine, said: ‘NTDs are a serious health threat which can lead to enormous challenges and painful decisions. 

‘The most serious form, anencephaly, means that the baby will not live long beyond birth, and many babies born with spina bifida face a life with serious, multiple disabilities. 

‘Shine is committed to the primary prevention of NTDs and as such it is our duty to make women aware of the potential benefits of B12.’ - By ANNA HODGEKISS

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Nurse wrote sexually explicit fantasy about seducing and killing a patient then sold the book to clinic visitors

A district nurse wrote explicit fantasy stories ‘based on her job’ about having sex with a terminally ill patient before murdering them, a tribunal heard.

In one titled 'Angel with Black Wings', Kathleen Pugh describes a nurse seducing the patient before killing him with a lethal injection.

The 53-year-old Lancashire nurse promoted Aristocracy Or Not And Other Stories at her clinic and even sold them to patients and staff, a misconduct hearing was told.
Kathleen Pugh is facing a misconduct hearing after publishing the novels in 2010
Kathleen Pugh is facing a misconduct hearing after publishing the novels in 2010.

One patient who bought the book from Pugh said she was ‘disgusted’ by the story, which mirrored her work as a nurse.

Pugh is facing a misconduct hearing accused of being unfit to work after bosses after her bosses at Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust read the book.

Pugh told a local newspaper she had based some of her story on her work, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard. 

‘There are points of the story which detail actions taken by a district nurse, having sex with a patient and also killing them’, said Paul Pretty, for the NMC. 

‘The nature of those parts of the passages directly correlates to the role Ms Pugh was employed in.’ 
Her collection of short stories was published in 2010 by Author House
Her collection of short stories was published in 2010 by Author House.

Bosses at Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, where Pugh works, believe her fitness to work is impaired after reading the book
Bosses at Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, where Pugh works, belive her fitness to work is impaired after reading the book.
The book, published by Author House in 2010, includes the tale of Angela Diablo, a 'shapely' health visitor treating a dying patient for pain relief who fantasizes about having sex with her. 

‘I was concerned by the content of the book, which appeared to be based on her work as a district nurse’, said team leader Susan Kearns, Pugh’s line manager. 

‘There was a story about a dying patient in a dream-like fantasy world. 
Kathleen Pugh denies all the charges against her but did not appear at the misconduct hearing
Kathleen Pugh denies all the charges against her but did not appear at the misconduct hearing

‘The nurse has sex with him before administering a lethal injection.’ 

Mrs Kearns said medication mentioned in the story is used by nurses like Pugh, and she was responsible for patients in the community in similar circumstances to the character in the book.

‘One patient who bought the book told me she didn’t like it and was disgusted by it’, Mrs Kearns said. 

‘She told me she had bought the book from Kathleen.
‘I was quite shocked really, that she even knew about it, and I didn’t realise that Kathleen was discussing the book with patients.’
Pugh is accused of putting up posters in the clinic at Royal Oldham Hospital advertising her book, handing copies to patients and staff, and selling the book to at least one patient, the hearing was told.

Mrs Kearns said Pugh put up a poster in the clinic’s reception area which stayed up for around a month, and initially had a work contact number for anyone looking to buy a copy.
‘It wasn’t appropriate that people should be ringing up about something personal to the district nursing office’, she said. 

‘She was obviously trying to sell it, but I felt it would make the district nurses look like they were promoting the book.’

Pugh denies all the charges against her, but did not to turn up to the hearing in central London. 
‘Ms Pugh denies giving the book away or selling it to patients, and says it is a work of science fiction fantasy,’ said Mr Pretty.

‘She says she was asked to bring in copies of the stories.’ 

The book, which is still available online, is described as a ‘selection of stories that will spark the curiosity of many an avid reader’. 

Pugh says the tales show a ‘world of romance, passion, empathy, and compassion’ from the 19th century to present day. 

Pugh denies putting up posters at work and contests that her fitness to practice as a nurse is impaired. 

The hearing continues. - MailOnline

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