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Thailand Cave rescue: Remaining trapped boys wait to escape

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Cave divers in Thailand are poised to restart the high-risk operation to extract the remaining eight boys and their football coach from a vast flooded cave system.

Four boys were brought safely out of the cave on Sunday.



But the mission was paused overnight for air tanks to be replaced.

The boys became trapped in the cave on 23 June after heavy rains caused flooding, but were found alive last week by divers.

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Rescuers decided to go ahead with the hazardous operation to free them because of fears that waters would rise again.

Activity at the dive site early on Monday suggests that the operation may have resumed or be about to resume. But there has been no confirmation.

At least seven ambulances have driven towards the cave entrance.

Who are the boys and their coach?

  • Chanin Vibulrungruang, 11 (Nickname: Titan) – started playing football aged seven

  • Panumas Sangdee, 13 (Nickname: Mig), wrote to his parents: “The Navy Seals are taking good care of me”

  • Duganpet Promtep, 13 (Nickname: Dom) – captain of the Wild Boars, reportedly scouted by several Thai professional clubs

  • Somepong Jaiwong, 13 (nickname: Pong) – reportedly dreams of playing for the Thai national team

  • Mongkol Booneiam, 13 (nickname: Mark) – described by his teacher as a “very respectful and good child”

  • Nattawut Takamrong, 14 (nickname: Tern) – told his parents not to worry about him

  • Ekarat Wongsukchan, 14 (nickname: Bew) – promised his mother he would help her at the shop once he was rescued

  • Adul Sam-on, 14 – member of a volleyball team that came second in a North Thailand-wide tournament

  • Prajak Sutham, 15 (nickname: Note) – described by family friends as a “smart, quiet guy”

  • Pipat Pho, 15 (nickname: Nick) – wrote in his letter he wanted his parents to take him for barbecued food once rescued

  • Pornchai Kamluang, 16 (nickname: Tee) – told his parents “don’t worry, I’m very happy”

  • Peerapat Sompiangjai, 17 (nickname: Night) – it was his birthday the day the boys went missing, and his parents have told him they are still waiting to hold his birthday party

  • Assistant coach Ekapol Chantawong (nickname Ake), 25 – apologised in his letter to the parents, but they replied that they did not blame him

How did the group get there?

The boys were found inside the cave by British rescue divers a week ago, about 4km (2.5 miles) from the cave mouth.

Aged between 11 and 17, they belong to a football club called the Wild Boars, and became trapped during an excursion with their coach.

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Ghana: video of police assault on nursing mother goes viral

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Ghana’s social media space – Facebook and Twitter – has been buzzing with a call for the arrest of a police officer for assaulting a nursing mother.

A viral video shows the said officer in what starts like a tussle with the woman in a banking hall. Subsequently, he is seen hitting the woman with an umbrella, punching and slapping her on the face.

Reports indicated that the woman, a client of the savings and loans company, where the incident occured had arrived when the company had closed.

She ostensibly got in despite the close of business and refused to leave till she could withdraw a sum of 250 cedis ($50). Social media users are calling for the immediate arrest of the police officer. 

Local media portals also report that the police heirachy has confirmed that a probe had been opened into the alleged incident and that due process was going to be pursued.

The video continues to be widely shared on Facebook with some prominent media personalities joining the calls for justice for the woman.

 

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Trump extends Somali immigrants’ stay in US

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Somalis living in the United States under protected status have been given permission by the Trump administration to remain in the country for at least another 18 months, because of ongoing violence in the North African nation.

At least 500 Somalis in the United States with Temporary Protected Status will be able to re-register for an extension of their status through March 17, 2020, according to a Thursday statement from the Department of Homeland Security. The status grants beneficiaries the ability to legally work while they are in the United States.

 

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