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Thai divers advance as cave search for lost boys gains ground


Rescue divers inched closer to a spot in a flooded cave where 12 boys and their football coach have been missing for more than a week after days of bad weather beset the grueling search.

The children, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old assistant coach have not been heard from since they ventured into the recesses of the Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand on Saturday and were blocked by heavy rains.

But the clouds parted on Sunday and with the help of water pumps divers were able to established a forward operating base inside the twisting chambers, raising hopes that the “Boars”, as the team is known, could be located soon.

“Today is a bright day for me and our team. We have sunlight today, roads are easily walkable,” Narongsak Osottanakorne, governor of Chiang Rai province, told reporters on Sunday afternoon.

He said water levels in the cave had decreased and that almost 60 foreign and Thai divers were involved in the rescue effort.

“Today what we have to do is to rush to the kids,” Thai Navy Seal commander and Rear Admiral Apakorn Yookongkaew said earlier at the site. “We will not stop until we find them.”

Responders are placing extra oxygen tanks, strong ropes and LED lights along the cave’s walls in hopes they can provide a path to an airy chamber called Pattaya Beach where officials believe the 13 are taking refuge because of its elevation.

Rescuers have advanced 600 metres from the base towards the Pattaya site, while heavy drilling at separate chimneys outside the cave has started in an attempt to establish communication with the boys.

The upbeat attitude comes after a week of heavy rains pounded the area near the Myanmar and Laos borders, making it difficult to reach deeper into Tham Luang.

“I’m feeling happy like I’ve never felt in a long time. Many good signs,” the football team’s head coach Nopparat Khanthavong, 37, told AFP on Sunday.

“The rain has stopped and rescue teams have found potential ways to reroute the waterway”, diverting its flow so no more enters the cave, he said. “The families are feeling much better too.”

– ‘I miss them’ –

The dramatic wait has transfixed Thailand, capturing the attention of social media users, dominating front pages of newspapers and grabbing international headlines.

Buddhist monks from all over Chiang Rai gathered at a local school to pray for the football squad.

Teams of foreign experts from including more than 30 US military personnel, have descended on the remote mountainous site to join some 1,000 Thai rescuers.

The field where the Boars used to practice is now a helipad used to lift up heavy machinery.

“Every single day the conditions are changing,” Jessica Tait, a spokeswoman for the US troops, told AFP. “With the improvement with the weather, hopefully some other areas and some of the efforts are becoming easier.”

Large pumps were installed in a nearby village to drain water from the area.

At 10 kilometres (six miles), Tham Luang is one of Thailand’s longest and toughest caves to navigate, but drilling experts hope its limestone formations could make a series of holes and alternative entrances explorable by camera.

“We still expect some difficulties, because we have to drill not vertical, but inclined,” Suthisak Soralump, a geotechnical engineer leading up the effort, told AFP. “But anyway we put our best team in Thailand to come. So let us try.”

Officials said the boys know the site well and have visited many times, so they may have been able to find shelter.

Rescuers discovered footprints and handprints in a chamber earlier in the week, farther in from where they recovered the kids’ football boots, backpacks and bicycles.

Relatives and friends have held vigils and prayed for their safe return.

“I miss them,” said 15-year-old Thananchai Saengtan, a friend of one of the boys. “I want them to come back so we can play football together again.”

Source: JC News

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Ghanaian denied UK visa to save sister’s life


A Ghanaian man has been denied a UK visa which he needed so he could save his sister’s life.

Joseph is a “perfect” stem cell match for Shirley Kordie, who lives in Walsall, England.

She is in desperate need of a transplant due to a rare blood condition, hypoplastic MDS, and will leave her son, Blessing, four, without a mother if she is not treated.

But his visa application was denied due to his “financial circumstances”.

The Home Office has been asked to comment.

By Morning Call

England 2 Tunisia 1: Harry Kane’s last-gasp header rescues Three Lions after night of frustration in Volgograd


HARRY KANE is just too damn good.

England’s captain scored two, directing a 91st minute winner beyond Tunisia’s stand-in keeper Farouk Ben Mustapha in this Group G opener.

England celebrate their dream start to the World Cup after Harry Kane’s opener

Jordan Pickford punched the air after England deservedly took the lead

What a way to do it, stooping at the far post to meet Harry Maguire’s fick-on before setting off in search of England’s travelling fans.

He never got anywhere near them.

Instead he was dragged back by his team-mates, tugging at his red shirt and leaping on top of him in honour of their skipper.

This, unquestionably, was a captain’s performance.

Harry Kane rescued England with his cool, composed header

England fans were thrilled with their side’s flying start in Volgograd

It brought back memories of Captain Marvel, the sort of match-winning qualities England relied on when Bryan Robson wore that armband.

Different positions on the pitch, but inspirational figures all the same.

Kane got the winner when England needed something, lifting a nation when everybody else was out of ideas.

The forward, who has scored in every game he has worn that captain’s armband for England, responded.

Harry Kane led by example with his 11th-minute poacher’s effort

They are up and running.

Injury-time winners can be ruinous and fortuitous, but frankly nobody will care too much for Tunisia.

This turned into England’s night.

To win this, when they had been denied penalties in each half for fouls on Kane by the haphazard refereeing of Colombian Wilmar Roldan, shows guts and determination. Good on them for that.

When they were pegged back, conceding a stupid penalty when Kyle Walker gave Tunisia forward Ben Youssef a shove in the first half, they needed something special to win it.

It came, eventually.

There had been so much to celebrate about this England performance, especially when Kane got them going after just 11 minutes.

Early days, for sure, but they were a joy to watch for half an hour.

There was so much promise, with players feeding off the adrenaline and enthusiasm of a World Cup.

They have been in Russia for the best part of a week, but played like they belonged on the world’s biggest stage.

England deserve a pat on the back for that.

Until Tunisia equalised, they were in charge of this opening group game. Everybody thought they were on to a good thing.

There was so much to get excited about.

Kane’s goal, England’s passing, the tempo, the cohesion, the solidarity among these boys.

This should have had this sewn up long before Kane’s late winner.

He clearly should have had a penalty in the first half when left-back Ali Maaloul dragged the striker back by his shirt.

After the break, Yassine Mariah got away with another when he flung his arms around Kane’s neck.

Tunisia celebrate their equaliser to frustrate England

To his credit, he kept going.

He had his first goal by then, despatching his first tournament goal beyond Tunisia keeper Mouez Hassen after 11 minutes.

All that pent up frustration, the eagerness, all that anxiety, went when England’s captain put the ball into the net.

They were looking at a top class performance here, a polished, powerful and purposeful display in their opening group game.

The rest of the world world was on alert.

There was structure, a very obvious pattern of play and a confidence about them.

Nobody here thought they could possibly settle for one.

Harry Kane was the hero at the death for England at Volgograd

If they had scored four, five or even more, it would have been about right.

Raheem Sterling, picked to play in this creative role behind Kane, could have tucked a couple of early chances away.

Hassen saved his first effort three minutes in, with the Tunisia keeper making a recovery to divert Jesse Lingard’s rebound away with his legs.

This was a fast, fluid England start.

They got their goal when John Stones met Ashley Young’s corner after 11 minutes in, with Kane on target after Hassen’s initial save.

Tunisia were wobbling, with their keeper forced off with a shoulder injury after 15 minutes.

Farouk Ben Mustapha, his replacement, looked like he would be in for a busy night.

Jordan Henderson tested him immediately, hoping for the best when he sent a yorker straight at his toes. He kept that one out.

Lingard missed another chance midway through the half, failing to get a connection when the ball failed to sit up for him at the back post.

The big test, the penalty awarded to Tunisia, was next for this young, inexperienced England side.

Kyle Walker knew that Fakhreddine Ben Youseff was behind him, giving him a little dig when the England defender knew he would miss out on the header. It was soft, but it was enough.

Ferjani Sassi scored, beating Jordan Pickford with a 35rd minute penalty arrowing away to his right.

England responded, with yet another effort hitting the base of the post when the England forward cleverly flicked the ball over the keeper.

They fell away the second half, running out of ideas after all that early optimism.

Southgate made changes, with Marcus Rashford on for Sterling and Ruben Loftus-Cheek providing some more attacking impetus when he replaced Dele Alli.

Rashford, scorer of that belting goal against Costa Rica at Elland Road, added pace to the front-line. England needed it.

They finished the game with five up front every time they were on the ball, throwing men forward in search of another goal.

Incredibly it came in injury time, when Maguire met Kieran Trippier’s outswinging corner to send a downward header into Kane.

After that, there was only ever going to be one outcome.

By Socceruncle

England 2-1 Nigeria! Nigeria Must Improve Before World Cup Admits Mikel


Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel admits his side have to improve quickly if they are to make an impact at the World Cup.

The Super Eagles lost 2-1 to England in a friendly at Wembley on Saturday.

Nigeria were punished for a dismal first half display as goals from Gary Cahill and Harry Kane put England in control.

Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi pulled one back for the visitors after the interval, but Nigeria couldn’t find an equaliser despite their improved second half performance.

Mikel knows Nigeria have to sharpen up in Russia if they to get through a tough group featuring Argentina, Iceland and Croatia.

“We are a very young team and we have to learn, it is good for this young team to have a taste of what we are going to face in Russia,” Mikel said.

“We have to learn together as a team, we have to improve and that is why we played this game against such a quality side.

“We can know where we are and now we go back to training and try and improve.”

Coach Gernot Rohr agreed with Mikel’s assessment that Nigeria have much to work on.

But the Nigeria boss blamed their slow start on fatigue caused by a difficult journey to England and rain that stopped them training the day before the match.

“The first lesson is we are not ready yet. We have to work much more in the two weeks before our first game,” the German said.

“We missed totally the first half but the preparation wasn’t good.

“We couldn’t train on Friday because of rain, the pitch wasn’t good. We arrived after a 10 hour flight, with many stops.

“In the first half our usual formation didn’t work. Some of our players weren’t fit and England put the pressure on us.

“This bad beginning was an opportunity to change and play a bit more like England in the second half. It was much better.

“Also we changed four players. Unfortunately we can’t change four players if there is a problem in the World Cup.”

Meanwhile, former Chelsea midfielder Mikel saw enough from England to feel he can back Gareth Southgate’s team as potential World Cup winners.

“I think they have a very good chance of going all the way because the youthfulness and energy in this team… you can feel it,” he said.

“I think the pace in the team, you can feel it, and that is why we had some problems in the first half.

“In the second half we corrected some mistakes and played a lot better. I think the England team have a good chance.”

By Hi Sports

In England 14-yr-old steps in front of oncoming train after meet with fellow pupil


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Matthew Brittan reportedly stepped in front of an oncoming train a day after the news of his “liaison” with a fellow pupil became common knowledge at his school.

News reports have revealed that a 14-year-old student has committed suicide after news of his liaison with a fellow pupil broke in school.

Matthew Brittan reportedly stepped in front of an oncoming train a day after the news of his “liaison” with a fellow pupil became common knowledge at his school.
Avon Coroner’s Court heard that Brittan’s relations with a female student a day prior to the day he committed suicide, had been exposed at Worle Community School.
Brittan reportedly left his bicycle locked up close to the train tracks before stepping into the path of the of the 4.07pm Taunton to Cardiff Great Western passenger service on a crossing close to his home in Weston-super-Mare, north Somerset.
Daily Mail reports that the teen died instantly from multiple injuries on the fateful day, February, 1, 2016.

Despite the fact that the train driver had repeatedly honked the horn of the train before applying emergency brakes, he had been unable to stop in time to save Britan’s life.

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England Football Players looking dope in official suits for EURO 2016 (Photos)


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M & N, the official suit sponsors of the England
National football team have released pictures of
England players looking dope on suit as they
prepare to compete with other European teams
in this Summer’s EURO 2016 Tournament in
France.
The Three Lions will get their Group B campaign
underway against Russia on June 11, before
clashes with Wales and Slovakia . While we wait
for the official England strip for the tournament,
M&S have unveiled a rather suave navy suit,
complimented by a light blue shirt.
More photos…

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Posted from Ikem Daniel