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Trang teen kills mother and brother, Buri Ram man kills nephew

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A teenager in Southern Thailand allegedly shot and killed his mother and brother before killing himself yesterday. In another case in Northeast Thailand, a man allegedly stabbed and killed his nephew Sunday night.

In Trang, the mother and her 14 year old son were found in bed with gunshot wounds. The suspected shooter, a 16 year old boy, was found sitting with a gunshot wound to his face and .38 revolver in his hand.

The mother was supposed to go into work at a local bank branch. Police say she was a manager at the bank, but did not give any additional information on her identity. When the woman did not show up to a meeting she had planned that morning, her staff called her family.

The woman’s family and neighbors knocked on the door. When there was no answer, they entered the home and found the mother and her children dead.

In Buri Ram, 74 year old Ka-ed Miadtiab allegedly stabbed his 60 year old nephew Ruey Plaiprakhon after an argument. Miadtiab was arrested and charged with murder and carrying a weapon without permission.

Miadtiab told police his nephew came into the house while he was watching a boxing match on TV. His nephew criticised the uncle’s TV habit and how he doesn’t contribute to paying the electricity bill, Miadtiab told police. The argument led to a fight. The uncle allegedly took out a knife and killed his nephew.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Keith Fitzgerald

    Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 12:47 pm

    Is there any connection between these murders?
    What’s the point of linking them in one story?
    And what is the value anyway of such stories? Is there any journalistic substance here?

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      rinky stingpiece

      Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 1:36 pm

      I imagine the idea was to somehow imply that covid-induced stress is the cause, but the writing is so poor that it failed to flesh out anything of substance. It’s as if they copypasted a Thai article into a translation website.

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      Keith Fitzgerald

      Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 1:47 pm

      Also, since there are apparently not any qualified or perhaps even working editors there, here’s some useful information which of course you should have learned in journalism school and at this or that newspaper in America:

      When an adjective is comprised of more than one word, it’s known as a compound adjective, and a hyphen is required between each word in that compound adjective.

      To wit, this is not correct:
      “…14 year old son were found in bed with gunshot wounds. The suspected shooter, a 16 year old boy …”

      It should be 14-year-old son” and “16-year-old boy.”
      The fewer technical errors in a piece, the more that readers can focus on just the content, although, in this case, there’s really nothing of journalistic merit in the article, anyway.

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        The Thaiger & The Nation

        Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 4:50 pm

        Hi Keith. Without responding to your numerous missives about our grammar, I’ll respond to this by saying we intentionally remove many hyphens, and specifically for the example you provided. We’ve taken on a lot of conversational English terms and slang as part of our general ‘tone’. We also write for our main and most enthusiastic reader, Google. And you’re right there are no editors working at The Thaiger, and no journalists. And whilst we’d love to make fewer mistakes we do try and limit them as best we can (I know, we shouldn’t start a sentence with ‘and’.) Being Thailand’s most read English news provider is good enough for us but we’ll promise to improve our grammar and spelling within our style sheet guidelines.

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          Keith Fitzgerald

          Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 5:17 pm

          Actually, I don’t care about starting sentences with “And.” Many superb writers do precisely that. There are things we can be quite flexible on, and then things which should not be chucked, just because, as with Dunghole Rump, the norm has become buffoonish subliteracy. As regards the use of a hyphen in compound adjectives, the spoken quality of sentences not only loses nothing with those hyphens, but in fact gains, as such punctuation is meant to reflect the sound, rather than just being there because someone felt like making up and then an enforcing a stupid rule.
          Periods, commas, semi-colons, dashes, apostrophes, etc. are all, when properly used, great aids to fine, well-voiced, engaging writing.
          As regards your claim that no editors or journalists work for you, when then have you posted job announcements looking for both, and why are your writers here self-advertised as journalists?
          My comments have not just involved poor or non-existent punctuation and grammar, but the content of some stories, as in the willy-nilly tossing together, in the piece above, of one murder in one part of Thailand and another murder in another region.
          What’s the point? That murders happen in Thailand? In what sense is that news?

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          Tropical Girl

          Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 7:41 pm

          Google is the name of an American technology company. It must be very high tech to be the most enthusiastic reader of “The Thaiger & The Nation.”

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            The Thaiger & The Nation

            Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 7:15 am

            Google ‘reads’ The Thaiger every 7-10 minutes. By far our most engaged reader. They use ‘bots’ to crawl our site for new content.

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    Tropical Girl

    Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 7:50 pm

    Why put two completely unrelated murders into one article? Was it because each event would have been too short to write about? Why not add a 3rd or 4th murder? One from each region of Thailand, hey? Then you can have a series called, “Murders from the Four Corners.”

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    Keith Fitzgerald

    Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 9:09 pm

    Correction: ” … why then …” not ” … when then …”

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    Keith Fitzgerald

    Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 6:37 pm

    Leaving aside this notion of Google ‘reading,’ Google being an “engaged reader,” and Google using bots to “crawl” in a bottom-feeding sort of way, these questions remain:
    * Why does the above article randomly poop out some information about two unrelated murders in two different parts of Thailand? Is there any thematic link, or was this just a brain-dead exercise in padding?
    * Why do we see so many major English errors in articles here? In other words, why aren’t the stories edited? The point was made in one response to this question that hyphens are not used in compound adjectives in this “newspaper” (or, rather, advertising platform) because the goal is to achieve a common, on-the-street English style, rather than one that reflects a respect for grammar and punctuation. That’s my understanding of the “defense” that was given for various cases of laziness and sloppiness. But, if the goal is what was claimed, then why use any hyphens, apostrophes, commas, or even periods?
    Why, within the same article, do some compound adjectives have hyphens, while others don’t?
    Let’s just be honest: The bottom-line explanation is that the staff is neither concerned, nor competent.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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Immigration police arrested a French man who was allegedly involved in a crime network who allegedly smuggled cannabis, and arrested 3 other foreigners on overstay charges. Police say the crime network sold cannabis to foreigners living in tourist cities in Thailand.

Officers say they suspect there are more people involved in the alleged smuggling operation on the Eastern seaboard, which includes Chon Buri and Rayong. Police are now launching an investigation.

Police were tipped off earlier this year about an alleged French gang selling cannabis to tourists. Apparently, the drug suspects would rent rooms to store the cannabis and frequently change locations. Foreigners had rented a room off a soi in Bangkok, but the manager noticed they were acting suspicious. No one appeared to actually be living in the room and people would stop by the room for less than an hour, the manager told police.

Police arrested a man who was stopping by the room. Officers say the 28 year old, identified as Samy, had a suitcase filled with dried cannabis and scales. He faces charges for possession and distribution of a Category 5 narcotic.

The police went to the man’s apartment in the Charoen Nakhon area and arrested 2 French nationals, ages 27 and 28, and a 29 year old woman from the UK for overstaying their visas. Police say they had thrown cannabis and smoking equipment out the window before officers entered the room.

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Thailand is hoping its newest anti-human trafficking report will earn an upgrade from the US from Tier 2 to Tier 1. The report was submitted to the Washington’s Trafficking in Persons Report. Deputy government spokeswoman, Rachada Dhnadirek, said the government is ready to be upgraded after remaining on Tier 2 for 3 years in a row. Those nations who fall on the Tier 2, are deemed to not be fully complying with the minimum standards set out in the US’ Trafficking Victims Protection Act. Those on the Tier 2, however, are supposed to be making efforts to comply with the minimum standards.

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Rachada says now Thailand is processing human trafficking cases more quickly by shortening the investigation time to 70 days as of last year. In 2015, the investigation time was 118 days. She says the country has also set up centres to help LGBT human-trafficking victims as well as helping migrant workers with work-related issues.

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A 25 year old Phuket man who was allegedly beaten and shot by an off-duty, drunken police officer, will never walk again as he remains paralysed in the hospital. The news, according to doctors at Vachira Phuket Hospital, comes after Aroon Thongplab, was shot from a close range, with the bullet hitting his spine.

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The Phuket Provincial Court is allowing Pornthep to go out on bail, despite the Royal Thai Police asking the court to keep in locked up.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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