Today: 19.07.2018
News
Opinion
Business
Living
Metro
Tech
Sport

Last News

14:49
Today
14:27
Today
12:38
Today
12:32
Today
12:25
Today
12:16
Today
12:04
Today
12:00
Today
11:56
Today
11:21
Today
10:05
Today
09:35
Today
09:35
Today
09:24
Today
08:50
Today
08:37
Today
08:06
Today
05:38
Today
03:06
Today
02:48
Today
02:34
Today
01:46
Today
01:23
Today
01:01
Today
00:59
Today
00:14
Today
23:36
18.07.2018
23:32
18.07.2018
22:55
18.07.2018
22:42
18.07.2018

What we can all learn from the trapped Thailand soccer kids.

This week, the world watched with bated breath as 12 boys, members of The Wild Boars soccer team, and their coach were rescued from deep inside an underwater cave in Thailand. It was a situation that had seemed beyond hope and yet, the boys’ steely determination and preternatural calm stand as a lesson to Americans...
Time: 20:38     Date: 12.07.2018
Last US News - Opinion: What we can all learn from the trapped Thailand soccer kids. NY Post 24 - US News

It was a situation that had seemed beyond hope and yet, the boys’ steely determination and preternatural calm stand as a lesson to Americans letting every political fight further tear society at the seams.

The boys, ages 11 to 16, went missing on June 23 after deciding to explore a cave near Mae Sai, on the Thailand-Myanmar border. Torrential rain fell unexpectedly, and the waters rose, forcing them deeper inside.

For nine full days, the boys and their coach survived, together, in near total darkness, on a ledge surrounded by water, with no sustenance or contact with the world, before their location was discovered by an international team of rescue divers. Their trial wasn’t over yet; it would be another nine days until the last four and their coach were rescued on Tuesday.

British, American, Chinese, Belgian and other volunteer divers assisted the Thai Navy SEALs, forming teams that pushed forward 200 meters at a time, passing oxygen in a “daisy chain” through sharp, labyrinthine passages that claimed the life of Saman Gunan, one heroic Navy SEAL who died in the effort to rescue the boys.

Israeli entrepreneurs provided the video and voice linkage to the boys, and the radio system that helped enable the rescue operation. And Ruengrit Changkwanyuen, a Thai diving enthusiast, reportedly briefed and trained the Thai SEALS in cave-diving, which is different from the combat and rescue they had been trained for.

Of course, the practical skills of engineers, technology experts, divers and military top the list of what enabled this rescue effort. But there’s another story here — one of quiet emotional fortitude, solidarity and spiritual strength.

Surely if the boys or their coach had panicked or turned on one another in the darkness, they couldn’t have survived. The boys’ coach, 25-year-old Ekapol Chanthawong, had worked with them — even choosing the name “Wild Boars” (“Moo Ba” in Thai) — to build their self-esteem. Mostly poor children who, in a soccer-obsessed country, had been rejected by their school teams, the boys found camaraderie on the Boars.

A Buddhist monk as well as soccer coach, Chanthawong instructed the boys to meditate to help them through the nightmare. According to some reports, the boys and their coach assembled a list of who would be rescued first.

The maturity and spiritual selflessness of their behavior is truly staggering.

At a time when most Americans, though comparatively comfortable, struggle to remain positive, work together and problem-solve, the Wild Boars stand as a reproach.

“As time went by, my belief is these boys didn’t get weaker and more disconsolate, they became the Wild Boars they came together to be,” said Bob Trask, a Unity Church minister from Bellingham, Wash. “They got that strong sense of community from their coach.”

Timothy Cardinal Dolan of New York agreed: “At a time when we seem to be wallowing in a sense of fracture and disunity in the United States and the world, to see the world act as one on behalf of these kids in distress — Hallelujah!”

Buddhism, according to Kadem Morton, principal teacher at Kadafa Meditation Center of New York City, preaches just this type of inner calm in the face of life’s difficulties. It also stresses kindness and interdependence.

The rescue shows that “everyone is longing to do something good and meaningful, and if you give people the opportunity to put themselves on the line to be of benefit to others, people will do it,” he said.

“America is in a lot of trouble,” said Trask. “We are way back in a cave. Now the water has come and we’re stuck. We have to come together in trust.”

He added: “If we become fragmented, stuck in, ‘I hate Trump, I hate the liberals,’ we’ll stay stuck. We must stop this … so we can come back out of this cave.”

Heather Robinson is a New York-based journalist.

Opinion

Last US News - Opinion: The next phase in America’s War on Poverty. NY Post 24 - US News
The next phase in America’s War on Poverty.
“Based on historical standards of material well-being and the terms of engagement, our War on Poverty is largely over...
Last US News - Opinion: If state DOT can take down flag, it can remove Cuomo’s illegal highway signs. NY Post 24 - US News
If state DOT can take down flag, it can remove Cuomo’s illegal highway signs.
Geniuses at the state Department of Transportation found a novel way to deal with complaints that the American flag wasn’t...
Last US News - Opinion: De Blasio’s cover-up for his corrections commissioner just got exposed. NY Post 24 - US News
De Blasio’s cover-up for his corrections commissioner just got exposed.
Mayor de Blasio has always resisted firing incompetent or ethically challenged commissioners. Now it turns out that in one...
Last US News - Opinion: City Council’s new gift to the hotel industry will strangle tenants. NY Post 24 - US News
City Council’s new gift to the hotel industry will strangle tenants.
If you want to see why struggling tenants will hate the pro-hotel, anti-Airbnb bill the City Council passed Wednesday, consider...

Opinion

Last US News - Opinion: The next phase in America’s War on Poverty. NY Post 24 - US News
The next phase in America’s War on Poverty.
“Based on historical standards of material well-being and the terms of engagement, our War on Poverty is largely over...
Last US News - Opinion: If state DOT can take down flag, it can remove Cuomo’s illegal highway signs. NY Post 24 - US News
If state DOT can take down flag, it can remove Cuomo’s illegal highway signs.
Geniuses at the state Department of Transportation found a novel way to deal with complaints that the American flag wasn’t...
Last US News - Opinion: De Blasio’s cover-up for his corrections commissioner just got exposed. NY Post 24 - US News
De Blasio’s cover-up for his corrections commissioner just got exposed.
Mayor de Blasio has always resisted firing incompetent or ethically challenged commissioners. Now it turns out that in one...
Last US News - Opinion: City Council’s new gift to the hotel industry will strangle tenants. NY Post 24 - US News
City Council’s new gift to the hotel industry will strangle tenants.
If you want to see why struggling tenants will hate the pro-hotel, anti-Airbnb bill the City Council passed Wednesday, consider...
Last US News - Opinion: NY firetruck crews need 5 firefighters – not 4. NY Post 24 - US News
NY firetruck crews need 5 firefighters – not 4.
Just a few days into my tenure on the City Council, I responded to the scene of a bad fire raging in my district. It was...

Living

US Living News: The government has no idea how many gig workers there are. NY Post 24 - US News
The government has no idea how many gig workers there are.
Antoinette Kunda wasn’t always rushing to make deliveries for strangers and pick up riders. Prior to the Great Recession,...
US Living News: The Great Barrier Reef isn’t coming back from the dead. NY Post 24 - US News
The Great Barrier Reef isn’t coming back from the dead.
Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef could be in more trouble than we thought. New research carried out by scientists...
US Living News: Millennial homeowners are making a big mistake. NY Post 24 - US News
Millennial homeowners are making a big mistake.
This is one point financial experts want to drive home. More millennials are buying homes as the economy rebounds. Now, more...
US Living News: Remains found of African-Americans forced into labor. NY Post 24 - US News
Remains found of African-Americans forced into labor.
The bodies of nearly 100 people found at a school construction site in Sugar Land, Texas, have been determined to be the...
US Living News: This wedding cake is made for meat lovers. NY Post 24 - US News
This wedding cake is made for meat lovers.
Wedding cakes are sweet and all, but one baker from Philadelphia couldn’t help but wonder, where’s the beef? Sam Jacobson,...
US Living News: Town adopts Bigfoot as its official animal. NY Post 24 - US News
Town adopts Bigfoot as its official animal.
Leave it to a small town in upstate New York to adopt an urban legend as its “official animal.” The village of...
US Living News: Authorities open 2,000-year-old sarcophagus, apparently avoid curse. NY Post 24 - US News
Authorities open 2,000-year-old sarcophagus, apparently avoid curse.
A mysterious 2,000-year-old black sarcophagus recently unearthed in Egypt was opened Thursday, revealing three decomposed...
US Living News: Turtle researcher stripped of award after ‘skimpy swimsuit’ presentation. NY Post 24 - US News
Turtle researcher stripped of award after ‘skimpy swimsuit’ presentation.
Go ahead and file this in the “WTF?” news pile: Dick Vogt, a veteran scientist who studies Brazilian turtles and is apparently...

Business

Last US Business News: Wells Fargo said to be refunding charges for add-on products. NY Post 24 - US News
Wells Fargo said to be refunding charges for add-on products.
Wells Fargo is in the process of refunding millions of dollars to customers for adding services to their accounts without...
Last US Business News: Jeff Zucker to take six-week heart surgery leave from CNN. NY Post 24 - US News
Jeff Zucker to take six-week heart surgery leave from CNN.
CNN boss Jeff Zucker will take a six-week leave from the company to deal with heart surgery. CNN confirmed the details provided...
Last US Business News: Ford recalls half a million potential roll-away vehicles. NY Post 24 - US News
Ford recalls half a million potential roll-away vehicles.
Ford said Wednesday it’s recalling approximately 550,000 sedans and SUVs in North America, saying a problem with the gear...
Last US Business News: FCC action roils prospects of Sinclair’s merger with Tribune. NY Post 24 - US News
FCC action roils prospects of Sinclair’s merger with Tribune.
There will be no quick fix for Sinclair Broadcast Group’s proposed $6.6 billion acquisition of Tribune Media. The FCC on...
Last US Business News: Comcast drops out of Fox bidding war, will focus on Sky. NY Post 24 - US News
Comcast drops out of Fox bidding war, will focus on Sky.
Comcast has dropped its pursuit of a group of media assets owned by Twenty-First Century Fox on which it was bidding against...
Last US Business News: Powell’s optimism could mean higher interest rates. NY Post 24 - US News
Powell’s optimism could mean higher interest rates.
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome H. Powell told Congress this week that the economy is growing “considerably stronger.”...
Last US Business News: What’s behind the government’s record income tax collection. NY Post 24 - US News
What’s behind the government’s record income tax collection.
Speaking of the economy: According to the Treasury Department’s monthly statement, our government collected a record $1.305...
Last US Business News: Conservative media boss told Trump he opposed Sinclair-Tribune merger. NY Post 24 - US News
Conservative media boss told Trump he opposed Sinclair-Tribune merger.
The Federal Communication Commission’s surprise move to block Sinclair Broadcast Group’s $6.6 billion acquisition of...

Metro

Metro News: Gang member convicted in killing of Cuomo aide. NY Post 24 - US News
Gang member convicted in killing of Cuomo aide.
A Brooklyn man was convicted of manslaughter Thursday for his role in the gang fight that killed a former aide to Gov. Andrew...
Metro News: Teen accused of killing 15-year-old held without bail. NY Post 24 - US News
Teen accused of killing 15-year-old held without bail.
A Brooklyn teen accused of fatally shooting a 15-year-old boy and wounding a man has been held without bail. Elijah Harris,...
Metro News: De Blasio: I didn’t go to pipe explosion scene because it wasn’t serious. NY Post 24 - US News
De Blasio: I didn’t go to pipe explosion scene because it wasn’t serious.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said he steered clear of Thursday morning’s steam-pipe blast and asbestos scare in Manhattan’s...
Metro News: State GOP still owes Skelos $50K — but there’s a catch. NY Post 24 - US News
State GOP still owes Skelos $50K — but there’s a catch.
Republicans in the state Senate are in a jam — they owe $50,000 to former Majority Leader Dean Skelos, but if they...
Metro News: Woman killed mom, grandma before fleeing to NYC: police. NY Post 24 - US News
Woman killed mom, grandma before fleeing to NYC: police.
A New Jersey woman bludgeoned her own mother and grandmother to death, then went on the lam to Manhattan, where she was arrested,...
Metro News: NYPD to immediately launch internal trial for Eric Garner cops. NY Post 24 - US News
NYPD to immediately launch internal trial for Eric Garner cops.
The NYPD will immediately launch its internal disciplinary proceedings for the officers involved in Eric Garner’s 2014...
Metro News: Man busted in fatal Brooklyn shooting. NY Post 24 - US News
Man busted in fatal Brooklyn shooting.
Cops busted a 19-year-old Brooklyn man in connection to a fatal shooting earlier this week at the Bushwick Houses, authorities...
Metro News: Man arrested in gang-related shooting of 16-year-old. NY Post 24 - US News
Man arrested in gang-related shooting of 16-year-old.
A 24-year-old man was arrested for the fatal gang-related attack on a teenager in Brooklyn, cops said Wednesday night. Ralief...

Sport

Last US Sport News: Danny Amendola sounds so happy to be done with Belichick. NY Post 24 - US News
Danny Amendola sounds so happy to be done with Belichick.
Danny Amendola shouldn’t be looking for a tribute video in his return to Foxborough. For the second time since leaving...
Last US Sport News: The British Open round from hell started in a different country. NY Post 24 - US News
The British Open round from hell started in a different country.
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland — Jhonattan Vegas took “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” to the extreme en route to his...
Last US Sport News: Stephen A. Smith is not happy with ESPN over his simulcast. NY Post 24 - US News
Stephen A. Smith is not happy with ESPN over his simulcast.
The Stephen A. Smith radio show will soon be simulcast on TV, but Stephen A., quite frankly, is not thrilled about it. Beginning...
Last US Sport News: Brady, Rodgers not fans of Tony Romo’s Super Bowl prediction. NY Post 24 - US News
Brady, Rodgers not fans of Tony Romo’s Super Bowl prediction.
Tony Romo left the Patriots out of a Super Bowl prediction last week, and Tom Brady noticed. The former Cowboys quarterback...
Last US Sport News: Can Jets’ other safety make leap to needed ballhawk?. NY Post 24 - US News
Can Jets’ other safety make leap to needed ballhawk?.
As the Jets get close to training camp, I am going to examine the roster and give you my top 25 players. Each weekday, we...