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K-pop singer’s death sparks suicide alert

Posted by pakin On December - 20 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

The apparent suicide on Monday of 27-year-old Korean singer Kim Jong-hyun, the lead vocalist for the hugely popular K-pop band Shinee, has prompted fears at the Department of Mental Health that young Thai fans might copy the star and try to kill themselves.

The department released a statement Tuesday warning parents to monitor their children’s behaviour to see if there were any changes after they learnt about the superstar’s death, adding that copycat suicides usually happen to people who already have thoughts of self-harm.

Dr Boonruang Triruangworawat, the department’s chief, said suicide is the cause of death of more than 800,000 people a year in Thailand and that number is expected to rise to 1.5 million by the year 2020; meanwhile, the number of people who attempt suicide is 20 times higher.

Warning signs include crying a lot, quietness and talking about suicide, he said.

“Committing suicide is a thing we can prevent and symptoms of depression should be treated. It is very important to talk with family, friends and psychologists when you feel like this,” he said.

According to the department, the number of suicides among Thai people last year was 6.35 per 100,000 people, falling from 6.47:100,000 in 2015. The 35-39 age group has the highest suicide rate.

Many Thai fans have been saddened by the passing of Kim, better known as just Jonghyun, which South Korean police said was a suicide. Some fans said they were still too shaken to talk about what happened.

Ekapol Wong, a representative of the band’s fan group in Thailand, said he was still shocked and saddened by the news.

He added that it was only when he read an official statement released by Jonghyun’s record company about the death that he realised the news was actually true.

“I still had a glimmer of hope he might still be alive.”

The fan group might organise a making-merit session as a tribute to Jonghyun, he said.

The group’s Shinee-Thailand Facebook page has 179,000 Likes and 30,000 followers on Twitter.

Another Thai fan who asked not to be named said fans loved the singer so much because he was really devoted to them.

“He [Jonghyun] didn’t make us feel like he was an ‘idol’. He made us feel like he was our friend, a younger brother, or an approachable big brother. He made us feel we were appreciated,” she said.

“Multiple” people were killed early Monday when an Amtrak passenger train derailed in Washington state near the city of Tacoma, sending cars flying off a bridge and onto a busy interstate, officials said.

It derailed during the morning rush hour at about 7:40 am (1540 GMT), about halfway between Tacoma and Olympia, the capital of Washington state.

“There’s multiple fatalities,” said Ed Troyer, spokesman for the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

Troyer put no number on the fatalities, but local media said at least three people were killed. None of the people in vehicles travelling on the highway below the train were killed, according to Troyer.

Local news outlets reported that dozens of people were taken to area hospitals for treatment.

“When we got to the scene, it was obvious there were fatalities and injuries, and some people were able to get off the train,” Troyer said.

“No fatalities on the roadway. As you can see by the large response, we have taken them out and people that were able to walk are under the tents being cared for by multiple groups,” he said.

Photographs posted online from the scene showed multiple cars having derailed from the train. At least two dropped onto the roadway below, a busy highway that connects Olympia to the busy Seattle metro area just to the north.

The accident snarled morning rush hour traffic and officials warned the highway, Interstate 5, would be blocked in that area for a long period of time.

“We had just passed the city of DuPont and it seemed like we were going around a curve,” passenger Chris Karnes told local CBS News affiliate KIRO-TV.

“All of a sudden, we felt this rocking and creaking noise, and it felt like we were heading down a hill,” said Karnes, adding that several cars had gone off the tracks and passengers kicked out the windows to escape.

“The next thing we know, we’re being slammed into the front of our seats, windows are breaking, we stop, and there’s water gushing out of the train. People were screaming.”

Karnes said the tracks were supposed to have been upgraded to accommodate higher speeds.

“I’m not sure what happened,” he said.

 

South African wins Miss Universe, Thailand in Top 5

Posted by pakin On November - 27 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Miss South Africa, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, was crowned Miss Universe after the elimination of Miss Thailand Mareeya Poonlertlarp in the best showing by a Thai contestant in 29 years.

Miss Universe is 22 years old. She won a year-long salary, a luxury apartment in New York during her reign, and many other prizes.

Ms Mareeya’s showing was the best by Miss Thailand at the Miss Universe pageant since 1988, when US-raised Porntip “Pui” Nakhirunkanok was crowned Miss Universe.

 

Pakistan suicide bomber kills dozens

Posted by pakin On July - 25 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

LAHORE – A suicide bomber struck near a police team in the eastern city of Lahore Monday killing at least 26 and wounding another 54, many of them police officers. An outlawed Taliban faction claimed responsibility.

Senior police officer Haider Ashraf said a suicide bomber on a motorcycle targeted police guarding a demolition site at Kot Lakhpat’s vegetable market on the outskirts of Lahore.

Ashraf said it was believed earlier that the bomb was in a car, but it was later discovered that the vehicle belonged to a police officer, among the eight officers killed.

He said many of 54 wounded are policemen and several bystanders were wounded by the impact of the powerful blast. Ashraf added that near the blast site a high rise building houses important information technology offices but the apparent target was the police gathering.

The outlawed militant group Tehrik-e-Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, confirming they used a suicide bomber on a motorcycle.

Rana Sanaullah, the home minister of eastern Punjab province of which Lahore is the capital, said anti-state elements who want to see instability in the country were behind the attack.

“No matter what name they use, these terrorists are one but they cannot demoralise the Pakistani nation,” said Sanaullah.

Malik Mohammad Ahmed, a spokesman for the Punjab government, said the blast occurred near the secretariat of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif but that he was not in the office oat the time.

Sharif in a statement condemned the attack and called for the best possible medical service for the survivors.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres strongly condemned attack in Lahore and called for those responsible to be brought to justice, U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said.

“He supports the efforts of the government of Pakistan to fight terrorism and violent extremism with full respect for international human rights norms and obligations,” Haq said.

Lahore has faced scores of terror attacks in recent years. A suicide bombing earlier this year killed 16 police on a busy road while another killed over 70 people during Easter last year.

 

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