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Post by Kendra » Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:16 am

ABC is reporting ninth boy out. :fiesta:
Edit: Ten says CNN headline{/edit]

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Post by Kendra » Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:02 am

All 12 and coach out. Waiting on news on the three divers and doctor behind them.

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Post by RTH10260 » Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:53 am

Everyone accounted for
Thai cave rescue operation ends with all 12 boys safe
Divers entered cave to extract final four boys and football coach as others recover in hospital

Michael Safi in Mae Sai @safimichael

“The 12 Wild Boars and coach have emerged from the cave and they are safe,” the Thai navy Seal unit said on its official Facebook page. It added: “Hooyah.”
The final day of the operation began just after 10am on Tuesday as the first eight boys, freed in operations on Sunday and Monday, recuperated at a hospital in the nearest city, Chiang Rai.

The weakest boys were the last to be taken out, sources have said. They are understood to include the youngest in the group – 11-year-old Chanin Wiboonrungrueng.



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Post by Kendra » Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:07 pm

I was so happy to read the news that the doctor and SEALs were out safe as well. What an amazing story from start to end.

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Post by AndyinPA » Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:09 pm

:thumbs:

Well done.

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Post by Suranis » Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:09 pm

Ya. Thailand can deservedly be proud.
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Post by RVInit » Tue Jul 10, 2018 1:16 pm

I am so happy for the boys, coach, and their families. The cooperative nature of this was very inspiring.
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Post by RTH10260 » Sun Jul 15, 2018 9:17 am

rescue mission averted a catastrophe...
Divers ‘went missing for hours’ during Thai cave rescue
George Styllis, Mae Sai, Thailand
July 13 2018, 12:00pm, The Times

More details have emerged of the daring rescue, including dangerous currents and hours spent lost in the complex

Three Thai divers who went searching for the group of stranded young footballers and their coach went missing for 23 hours in the cave complex, narrowly escaping death, it has been revealed.

The navy Seals were reportedly so weak from a lack of oxygen when they were found that they had to be rushed to hospital.

TheNew York Times also reported that during one trip in the Tham Luang caves a diver taking a young boy through the tunnels lost his grip on a guide rope.

About an hour and a half went by before the diver, groping around in murky water with almost zero visibility, backtracked deeper into the cave to find the rope, before safely emerging with the rescued boy.


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Post by Kendra » Sun Jul 15, 2018 9:33 am

What an amazing story this was. I had feared the worst after all the boys and coach emerged, but then there was so much silence about what was happening with the four behind.

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Post by shrek » Sun Jul 15, 2018 3:58 pm

In what must be a PR disaster of epic proportions Elon Musk has just baselessly branded the UK cave dive expert instrumental in the rescue a paedophile.

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/ ... e_btn_link

What a douche.

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Post by RTH10260 » Sun Jul 15, 2018 7:52 pm

shrek wrote:
Sun Jul 15, 2018 3:58 pm
In what must be a PR disaster of epic proportions Elon Musk has just baselessly branded the UK cave dive expert instrumental in the rescue a paedophile.

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/ ... e_btn_link

What a douche.
Considerng that Thai defamation rules are very strict, Musk could see himself in big hurt in a Thai court. I bet Thai officials would support the UK diver in getting a case filed in no time. Even UK rules may apply in this case.

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Post by TollandRCR » Mon Jul 16, 2018 6:10 pm

The Guardian has a thoughtful essay by Jonathan Jones about what a photo can reveal of the boys in the Thai cave, their ordeal, and their grasp of altruism. They are seriously
remembering and honoring the diver who died thst they might live.

Each of the boys has indicated a desire to serve as a monk for a year or so. This had been the norm for Thai young men, but it was beginning to change. I must think that part of what we see in these boys is their Buddhist education.
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Post by MN-Skeptic » Mon Jul 16, 2018 6:28 pm

The New York Times had three excellent stories about the Thai rescue -

Stateless and Poor, Some Boys in Thai Cave Had Already Beaten Long Odds

A fourteen old boy with no citizenship papers to any country was invaluable in the rescue. He was proficient in English, Thai, Burmese, Mandarin and Wa and so could talk to the British divers. The coach, also stateless, had lived in the Buddhist monkhood for ten years and taught the boys how to meditate in order to keep them calm and pass the time.

How Rescuers in a Thai Cave Pulled Off the Impossible

‘Still Can’t Believe It Worked’: The Story of the Thailand Cave Rescue

Interesting fact from the last article - A drainage pump failed just after the rescue was finished.
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Post by RTH10260 » Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:13 pm

A review story of the rescue mission, 55mins, recommended to skip along and take bits of the story.


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Post by TollandRCR » Wed Jul 25, 2018 1:51 am

I am somewhat amazed at the scale and efficacy of the response of the Thai military dictatorship to the cave crisis. I used to come here for relaxation and “centering,” Whether I will ever again come to Thailand is another question, and freedom matters in that. I have had good friends come here for years to learn as monks. One was a “Microsoft millionaire” who spent his life very well.

The tools of the dictators easily pulled together what was required to rescue these kids. There is something Thai Buddhist out there that I suspect played a role. People were committed even at the risk of their own lives. There is something admirable about this culture stressed though it is.
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Post by Addie » Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:47 am

The Guardian
Two parties claim right to lead after 'inconsistent' Thai elections

Worries over polling data as election commission refuses to declare official results


Thai politics has descended into chaos after its first election since a 2014 coup, as two parties claimed the right to govern, the electoral commission refused to announce the official result and concerns were raised over irregular polling data.

Unofficial results from Sunday’s election indicated that the pro-military Phalang Pracharat party outperformed low expectations to win the most votes, while the pro-democracy Pheu Thai party narrowly won the most seats.

“We have the highest vote and following the Thai constitution, whoever has the highest vote will be the one to form government,” said Sonthirat Sonjirawong, the secretary general of Phalang Pracharat, which was formed by the junta as a way to hold on to power through the ballot box and secured about 7.9 million votes nationwide.

Pheu Thai, which was ousted from power in 2014 and is allied with the exiled Thai leader Thaksin Shinawatra, fell well short of the landslide victory that its supporters had hoped for. Nevertheless, its leader, Sudarat Keyuraphan, said it would try to form a government because it won the most constituency races.
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Post by RTH10260 » Fri May 03, 2019 8:04 am

Thai king coronation: Sacred water, royal regalia and a housewarming party

An elaborate three-day coronation is taking place for the king of Thailand, and sacred water plays a key role in the consecration rites.

The official ceremonies, a mix of Brahmin and Buddhist rituals, begin on 4 May in the capital, Bangkok.

King Maha Vajiralongkorn, 66, inherited the throne upon the death of his revered father King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 2016. But in Thai royal tradition only after a king is consecrated does he become a Devaraja, or God king, and the upholder of Buddhism.

This is the first coronation in living memory for most of the Thai population and big crowds are expected to attend.

"This is a significant occasion where Thai people can reassure ourselves that we have long history, rich culture and close ties between the monarchy and the people," says Prof Tongthong Chandransu from Chulalongkorn University - a researcher in Thai culture.


https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-47931922

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Post by RTH10260 » Fri May 03, 2019 8:08 am

Just prior the new kings partner gets married and becomes queen today
Thai king Vajiralongkorn marries 'bodyguard' making her queen
2 May 2019

The king of Thailand has married the deputy head of his personal security detail, and given her the title of queen, a royal statement has said.

The surprise announcement about his long-time consort comes before his elaborate coronation ceremonies begin on Saturday.

King Maha Vajiralongkorn, 66, became the constitutional monarch after the death of his much-loved father in 2016.

He has been married and divorced three times before and has seven children.

A royal statement said: King Vajiralongkorn "has decided to promote General Suthida Vajiralongkorn Na Ayudhya, his royal consort, to become Queen Suthida and she will hold royal title and status as part of the royal family".

Queen Suthida is King Vajiralongkorn's long-term partner and has been seen with him in public for many years, though their relationship has never before been officially acknowledged.


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Post by Somerset » Fri May 03, 2019 12:44 pm

RTH10260 wrote:
Fri May 03, 2019 8:04 am
Thai king coronation: Sacred water, royal regalia and a housewarming party

An elaborate three-day coronation is taking place for the king of Thailand, and sacred water plays a key role in the consecration rites.

The official ceremonies, a mix of Brahmin and Buddhist rituals, begin on 4 May in the capital, Bangkok.

King Maha Vajiralongkorn, 66, inherited the throne upon the death of his revered father King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 2016. But in Thai royal tradition only after a king is consecrated does he become a Devaraja, or God king, and the upholder of Buddhism.

This is the first coronation in living memory for most of the Thai population and big crowds are expected to attend.

"This is a significant occasion where Thai people can reassure ourselves that we have long history, rich culture and close ties between the monarchy and the people," says Prof Tongthong Chandransu from Chulalongkorn University - a researcher in Thai culture.


https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-47931922
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Post by Hurtzi » Fri May 03, 2019 2:54 pm

Does someone here know what happened to the Unsworth / Musk trial in Cal. ? I can finding nothing after Dec. 2018.
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Post by Maybenaut » Fri May 03, 2019 3:41 pm

Hurtzi wrote:
Fri May 03, 2019 2:54 pm
Does someone here know what happened to the Unsworth / Musk trial in Cal. ? I can finding nothing after Dec. 2018.
Looks like it’s going to trial.

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Post by Hurtzi » Fri May 03, 2019 4:07 pm

Thanks for the update.
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Post by Lani » Sat May 11, 2019 11:53 pm

Elon Musk faces trial over 'pedo' tweet
The federal court judge set a 22 October trial date.
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The Tesla boss called Mr Unsworth a "pedo" in a Twitter post after the Briton said Mr Musk's attempt to help in the rescue was a "PR stunt".
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But [Musk] reignited the row in September.

In an email to a Buzzfeed reporter, he implored the journalist to "find out what's actually going on" and suggested the diver had taken no part in the cave rescue.

Mr Unsworth is seeking at least $75,000 (£57,700) in compensation plus punitive damages in his September 2018 lawsuit.
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Post by RTH10260 » Wed Jun 05, 2019 12:48 pm

Democracy Thai style
Thai dictator set to become prime minister
Richard Lloyd Parry, Asia Editor
June 5 2019, 12:00pm, The Times

Thailand’s dictator is poised to be elected as prime minister by a newly chosen parliament packed with his own supporters, five years after seizing power in a military coup.

General Prayuth Chan-ocha, 65, is almost certain to be picked today by the joint assembly after an election designed to favour the military-backed party, and ten weeks of efforts to buy off his opponents.

One of the country’s biggest and oldest parties, which had fought the March 24 election against General Chan-ocha, has mysteriously defected to his side, prompting its own leader to resign in disgust.

Meanwhile, the man chosen as leader of the opposition coalition has been suspended from parliament for allegedly breaking laws about share ownership.

General Prayuth seized power in 2014...


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