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Thailand’s cave boys wake up at home for first time in weeks

CHIANG RAI – Thailand’s rescued cave boys woke up in their own homes for the first time in more than three weeks on Thursday, with many rising at dawn to take part in a religious ceremony. The 12 boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach were discharged from a hospital in the northern […].....»»

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Thai cave boy speaks of ‘miracle’ moment they were found – Manila Video

One of the 12 boys dramatically rescued from deep inside a Thai cave says the moment they were found by British divers was a “miracle”. source link: Thai cave boy speaks of ‘miracle’ moment they were found – Manila Video.....»»

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Thai boys recount cave rescue: Voices in dark, then hello

Trapped in the recesses of a flooded cave, the 12 boys and their soccer coach were trying to dig their way out when they heard voices in the darkness. Their coach quickly told everyone to be quiet......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: News9 hr. 15 min. ago Related News

Thai boys recount cave rescue: Voices in dark, then ‘hello’

  CHIANG RAI, Thailand --- Trapped in the recesses of a flooded cave, the 12 boys and their soccer coach were trying to dig their way out when they heard voices in the darkness. Their coach quickly told everyone to be quiet.   "We weren't sure if it was for real," 14-year-old Adul Samon said. "So we stopped and listened. And it turned out to be true. I was shocked."   That stunning moment when two British divers found the missing soccer team was recounted by the boys on Wednesday at their first news conference since the rescue that riveted the world.   They all looked healthy as they walked out to applause from classmates and reporters in a ha...Keep on reading: Thai boys recount cave rescue: Voices in dark, then ‘hello’.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: 11 hr. 2 min. ago Related News

Parker looks to get career back on track with hometown Bulls

CHICAGO --- Jabari Parker recalled playing on the court with the Chicago Bulls' logo as a young child. It was at the James Jordan Boys and Girls Club where his dad was a supervisor and not the nearby United Center. But it sure felt big time to him. "It was like our United Center, that gym," he said. Now, the United Center is his home arena. Parker agreed Saturday to a $40 million, two-year contract with the Bulls, hoping he can get his promising career back on track after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee two times in four seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks. "No better way to live a dream as a kid than playing down the street from where I grew up --...Keep on reading: Parker looks to get career back on track with hometown Bulls.....»»

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Thai cave boys speak of miracle rescue after hospital discharge

CHIANG RAI, Thailand – Twelve boys and their football coach who survived a highly dangerous and dramatic rescue from a flooded Thai cave spoke publicly of their incredible ordeal for the first time on Wednesday, July 18, at a press conference that was beamed around the world. The "Wild Boars" ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: News12 hr. 2 min. ago Related News

Why did Duterte join Lucio Tan’s birthday party?

The rains were relentless, from morning throughout night; young girls and boys got a day off from school, government workers were told to leave their offices, and the streets were covered with knee-high waters. Indeed, everyone scrambled to go home......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: Finance14 hr. 2 min. ago Related News

Thai youth soccer team meets with the media

CHIANG RAI, Thailand — The 12 boys and their soccer coach who were rescued from a cave in northern Thailand have appeared at a news conference, entering to applause from the media and classmates. The boys put on a quick demonstration of their ball-handling skills in a special miniature soccer field set up in the […].....»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: News21 hr. 15 min. ago Related News

Meet the 17-year-old teen who’s set to conquer space

For the rest of us, space may seem more like a far-fetched concept we're content to quietly ponder upon when we're feeling extra emo or profound, but for 17-year-old Alyssa Carson, space is a tangible dream; a constant reminder on her bedroom wall as the one and only ultimate goal. Alyssa's fascination with space took root when she was just three years old. After watching an episode of the cartoon showThe Backyardiganswhich featured the characters on an adventure on Mars, the intriguing red planet stuck with her. At seven, her fatherpromptedAlyssa on her dream by enrolling her at a space camp. She loved the experience so much, she came back 18 more times. She actually holds the recor...Keep on reading: Meet the 17-year-old teen who’s set to conquer space.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jul 18th, 2018Related News

Thai cave boys, discharged from hospital, speak of ‘miracle’ rescue

Twelve boys and their football coach who survived a highly dangerous and dramatic rescue from a flooded Thai cave spoke publicly of their incredible ordeal for the first time on Wednesday at a press conference that was beamed around the world. The "Wild Boars" team members looked healthy and happy as they answered questions about the nine days they spent in the dark before being discovered by members of an international rescue team. A packed crowd greeted the youngsters after they were discharged from hospital in Chiang Rai, and watched as they played with footballs on a small makeshift pitch before taking their seats. "It is a miracle," Wild Boars footballer Adul Sam-on, 14...Keep on reading: Thai cave boys, discharged from hospital, speak of ‘miracle’ rescue.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jul 18th, 2018Related News

NU Bullpups target ASEAN School gold

    MANILA, Philippines – The National University Bullpups leave for Klang, Malaysia looking to capture the boys' basketball title in the 10th ASEAN School Games starting Friday, July 20. The Bullpups are heavily favored to rule the annual tournament with their top players Carl Tamayo, Gerry Abadiano and Terrence Fortea ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJul 18th, 2018Related News

PFF President Nonong Araneta reveals exciting times ahead for Philippine football

Mariano “Nonong” Araneta is pumped up for Philippine football, and it's easy to see why. The Philippine Football Federation president has divulged exciting details of the federation's plans to develop the national training center in the San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite. Plus the Azkals are also getting ready for a busy few months ahead. Araneta is keen on ramping up the federation's partnership with the Manila Jockey Club in SLLP, where the FIFA Artificial Turf Pitch is situated. Already a training ground for youth national teams and club sides, Araneta says that lighting towers will soon be installed that will permit nighttime play. “We are just waiting for AFC because the lights will be bidded out,” Explains Araneta. “Hopefully they will be installed by the end of the year.” The lights will feature an intensity of 900 lux, more than the accepted 800 lux minimum for televised matches. The lights will complement the hundreds of new seats that have already been put in place around the pitch. But that is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what the PFF has planned for Carmona. “We have spoken to Manila Jockey Club about transferring our headquarters there,” says Araneta. “We are ready to start the bidding and construction.” The PFF is planning to purchase a 3000 sqm parcel of land within the San Lazaro Leisure Park and build a complex with dormitories, classrooms for coaching and referee courses, and a gym. “The funds are ready, initially we will be getting US$1.5 Million from FIFA,” says Araneta, who says the federation will be selling their current building in Pasig to help fund the move. But Araneta says that another option is available, to buy a different 2000 sqm plot of land beside the artificial pitch that is separate from the 3000 sqm parcel. There a grandstand could be constructed, transforming the pitch into a stadium. The headquarters could then be situated under the seating while the other site houses the dorms, classrooms, and gym. More fields are also in the pipeline in the training center. Araneta says that two artificial turf mini-pitches measuring 40 by 20 meters will be made right beside the main pitch. These will also be lighted and can accommodate recreational play and festival competitions. Incredibly, there will be yet another pitch in the training center, a natural grass regulation field within the Manila Jockey Club's racetrack. “That is for our national teams so that if they are set to play on grass, they can train there,” explains Araneta. The middle of the racetrack already has a grass area where football is played. Manila Jockey Club and PFF have yet to decide if the new grass pitch will be a brand new one or if the current surface will be improved. “We want our activities to be there,” declares Araneta. “We have already had coaching seminars there. Schools can also use our facilities. The pitch is there to be used not to be seen,” he adds with a chuckle. Araneta is a former national team player himself and is also optimistic about the near future with the Azkals. The squad is facing two big tournaments in the coming months: the AFF Suzuki Cup in November and December and their maiden appearance in the AFC Asian Cup in January 2019. Araneta says the Azkals will travel to Bahrain during the September FIFA window to play a Bahraini club side, likely on Sept 7, before tangling with the Bahrain national team on September 11. There will also be a FIFA window in October, and Araneta says the Filipinos can enjoy at least one friendly at home. Araneta hopes that Rizal Memorial will still be available before it gets spruced up in preparation for the country's hosting of the 2019 SEA Games. “Our fans will get to watch our new team,” said the president with evident pride. Crunch time begins in November, with the Azkals in a five-team round-robin group with a new home-and-away format. The Philippines will host Singapore in Bacolod's Panaad Stadium on November 13 before playing either Brunei or Timor Leste away four days later. The two ASEAN minnows will square off in a two-legged qualifying series in September to to determine who makes the group stage. On November 21 the Azkals entertain Thailand in Panaad in what promises to be a mouthwatering contest, before closing their group stage against Indonesia, probably in Jakarta, on November 25. The semis will run from December 1 to 6, with the two-legged finals being held on the 11th and 15th. After a quick Christmas break the team jets off to the Middle East on December 26, where final preparations for the Asian Cup will commence in earnest. There are plans to play in Qatar against either a club team or their national side, and then perhaps a game in Kuwait before the team goes to the United Arab Emirates. The group schedule is as follows: January 7 against Korea Republic in Dubai, January 11 versus China in Abu Dhabi, then January 16 against Kyrgyzstan in Dubai. The top two will advance to the knockout round, but the Philippines can also sneak through as one of the better third-placers. But the senior national team isn't the only competition Pinoy football fans can focus on this year. The boys U15 national team were in action while the U16 girls play in an AFC competition. The U19 men also played in the AFF U19 Championship, where they beat Singapore 2-1. The senior ladies team also notched a win against the Lion City in their AFF tournament. Araneta says the very successful PFF Women's League from last year will be run again, and that the PFF also plans a youth league. Both will be partly funded by FIFA. Of course the Philippines Football League will continue, with a League and Cup phase. The realization of these plans will be one of the achievements of Araneta's presidency. Another will be his membership in the 33-person FIFA Council, which acts as a board of directors of the organization. Araneta was recently in Russia to watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup along with other council members. Araneta is one of six Asians in the FIFA Council, alongside members from China, Malaysia, Korea Republic, Bahrain, and Bangladesh. He is the first Filipino to serve in this level of leadership in FIFA. The Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo native freely explains the benefit the country can enjoy from this connection. According to Araneta “we have firsthand information on funding, and the Philippines is part of the body that will decide on what's best for football.” He says that in the next cycle of FIFA funding he might be able to acquire an additional US$ 2 million for the development of the training center. The PFF President also enjoys the inside track when it comes to acquiring development funds from the Asian Football Confederation, since he also serves as the Chairman of the AFC Finance Committee. “All budgets pass through us. We know the funding, the revenues. We know when to ask for projects. Like the lights in Carmona, that was approved by the AFC development committee,” continues Araneta. But being part of the FIFA Council is not all glitz and glamor, confesses Araneta. He mentioned a recent Council meeting in Bogota, Colombia, that necessitated an arduous 33-hour trip through Europe for a stay that lasted just two days. Sometimes deliberations in FIFA meetings can stretch for as long as six hours. Immediately after the Bogota confab he jetted off to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for another meeting. “It's no joke,” says Araneta, who is 64 years old. But the former striker and defender has no complaints and reveals his motivation to keep on going at the job. “I went to the Youth Football League. I visited the Allianz National Youth Futsal Invitational. You see the kids playing there, you see kids play everywhere. The enthusiasm of the players is what keeps me going.” - RELEASE.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 18th, 2018Related News

WHAT A SCOTTISH BASH!

Page Maker: Zedrick Señeres HAPPILY married to her ever-loving hubby Les Blair of Scotland, the bubbly Grace Poli-Blair marked her 64th milestone in true Scottish fashion at their family-owned Troi Oi Vietnamese Resto. The well-wishers and loved ones of the Blairs were “full of Grace” as they indulged in a long array of Scottish cuisines. […] The post WHAT A SCOTTISH BASH! appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Source: Thedailyguardian ThedailyguardianCategory: NewsJul 16th, 2018Related News

TRAIN: ‘til death are we taxed – softening the imposition of estate tax

It is difficult to accept the death of a loved one. The lifetime bonds that were formed with them make it all the more difficult to come to terms after they pass away......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: FinanceJul 16th, 2018Related News

Thai cave rescue divers given diplomatic immunity - report

In this handout photo released by Tham Luang Rescue Operation Center, Thai rescue teams walk inside cave complex where 12 boys and their soccer coach went missing, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province,.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsJul 16th, 2018Related News

Muslims in China s Little Mecca fear eradication of Islam

LINXIA, China – Green-domed mosques still dominate the skyline of China's "Little Mecca", but they have undergone a profound change – no longer do boys flit through their stone courtyards en route to classes and prayers. In what locals told AFP they fear is a deliberate move to eradicate Islam, the ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJul 16th, 2018Related News

British caver considering legal action after Elon Musk pedo tweet

BANGKOK, Thailand –  A British caver who helped rescue 12 boys from a Thai cave said on Monday, July 16, he may take legal action against Elon Musk after the entrepreneur called him a "pedo." Tesla CEO Musk launched the extraordinary tirade against Vernon Unsworth without providing any justification or explanation, ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJul 16th, 2018Related News

Five teen footballers drown

DHAKA, Bangladesh — Five teenage footballers drowned in a river in southeast Bangladesh moments after they played a friendly match between supporters of Argentina and Brazil, police said Sunday. Police recovered the bodies from the Matamuhuri river at Chokoria town Saturday night, some six hours after the boys drowned as they went to bathe in […].....»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsJul 15th, 2018Related News

Thai boys rescued from cave mourn diver who died

CHIANG RAI, Thailand – The 12 boys and their coach rescued from a Thai cave mourned the death of an ex-Navy SEAL who died while taking part in the mission, the health ministry said Sunday, July 15. The "Wild Boars" football team are recovering in hospital following 18 days spent inside the ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJul 15th, 2018Related News

Diaries from the field: How my village copes with the loss of a loved one

Losing a loved one is always painful, and my village recognizes this pain. A death in the village takes the whole community to celebrate the life and mourn the departure of one villager. People can skip happy gatherings like weddings but not gatherings for difficult times......»»

Source: Nordis NordisCategory: NewsJul 15th, 2018Related News