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An inspiration for the world – Mu Pa mission chief in New York

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“The recent multinational rescue operation to free the Mu Pa football team members from Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai province should be an inspiration for people around the globe to help one another.”

– Mission’s chief, Narongsak Ostanakorn

“I hope this experience inspires people to start living for others,” Narongsak said.

“That would be a game changer for the world.”

Narongsak was speaking after receiving the 2018 Game Changer of the Year award at a ceremony hosted by the Asia Society. Narongsak, now governor of Payao province, was Chiang Rai governor when the 13 Mu Pa football players went missing in the Tham Luang caves in late June.

He headed up the 17 day successful mission that caught global attention and dominated the headlines throughout the period. Joining Narongsak on stage were deputy coach Ekkapon Chantawong and one of the young footballers, Adul Samon.

Adul earned international praise for his English skills during a conversation with the two British divers who first found the group 10 days after they went missing without food in the dark, cold and wet cave. He was also an indispensable help in the following week as preparations were made between the Thai and english-speaking experts that figured out how to extract the entire team alive.

Ekkapon was also hailed for his mentoring of the boys and his advice that helped them survive the ordeal.

Also receiving the same award was Indra Nooyi, the barrier-shattering chairman and former CEO of PepsiCo, who was recognised for her transformative stewardship of the iconic American company. Former US President Bill Clinton presented Nooyi with the honour, praising her work to steer Pepsi towards healthier products in spite of investor pressure not to.

The Asia Game Changer Awards was an occasion to recognise those who had taken extraordinary risks to save lives. Syria’s White Helmets, a group of volunteers pulled from all walks of life, have rescued many thousands of innocent civilians trapped in the country’s civil war. The heroes of Fukushima worked tirelessly in the desperate days after the 2011 earthquake to contain a crisis that threatened Japan. And Dr Munjed Al Muderis, who fled Iraq and endured many trying months as a refugee in Australia, pioneered a surgical procedure that has given injured men and women the gift of mobility.

Others awardees were: Wang Shi, a Chinese real estate developer and advocate for environmental sustainability; Mira Rai, a child soldier turned champion distance runner from Nepal; the founders of Koolulam, a musical initiative building bridges through song in Israel; and the awardwinning Afghan Girls Robotics Team.

“I dream that one day we’ll wake up and not spend money on war machines, but [rather] foresting the desert and managing the earth’s large population,” Al Muderis said.

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STORY: The Nation

 


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Mu Pa make their American TV debut and get a surprise visitor

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In their first in-studio interview since their harrowing time in the Tham Luang caves in June/July, the coach and 12 members of the Mu Pa soccer team sat down with American chat show queen, Ellen Degeneres to talk about their experience and how they stayed hopeful for 10 days trapped in the cave. Plus, the boys’ soccer idol, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, stopped by to give the team a surprise.

The former Manchester United star walked into the studio of the Ellen Show where the youngsters and their coach were being interviewed with the help of a translator.

Ibrahimovic, currently playing for the LA Galaxy, then sat down with the Mu Pa 13.

“This is probably the best team in the world,” the Swedish soccer icon told the show.

“This team is braver than me,” Ibrahimovic said.

“They showed their collective team work and had patience.”

The boys told the show when it went to air yesterday, Thai time, that prayer and meditation helped them stay calm during the ordeal. They said that it was now their dream to get a good education and find a job — as well as play professional football — so they can support their families.

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Chiang Rai’s Suwit Jaipom unveils charcoal portrait of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej

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A Chiang Rai Artists, Suwit Jaipom, has unveiled a portrait of the late HM King Rama IX, that he has recently created to mark the second anniversary of King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s passing.

At his studio in Ban Pang Lao in the capital district of Chiang Rai, Suwit Jaipom, the president of ArtBridge Chiang Rai and local artist, has created portraits of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. He also displayed his new work, a charcoal drawing of the late monarch.

The artist said he began the portrait earlier this week and intended to complete it by October 13, when the nation honors the revered King two years after he passed away.

According to Mr Suwit, he has chosen charcoal made from grape vines as the medium for this drawing while the paper used. The work is set to be displayed to the public for the first time at an exhibition in Chiang Mai.

The artist added that he has named his latest work “Father of the Land” due to his belief that His Majesty will continue to be called ‘father’ by all Thais. In the drawing, King Bhumibol is depicted as smiling as if he is giving his people an assurance that he will always be with them.

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Mu Pa – from Mae Sai to Ellen Degeneres Show in LA

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US daytime talk-show queen, Ellen Degeneres, posted on her Facebook page that the Mu Pa soccer team will be appearing on her program tomorrow (US time).

“There was no story more captivating this summer than the Thai soccer team trapped in a cave.”

She also posted a picture of herself with all the 13 Mu Pa team members, wearing Ellen-brand football tops in the show’s California studio. Seated with the team was Swedish football star Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the former Manchester United player and now LA Galaxy player.

“This Monday, they’re all here,” she said in her post.

In Thailand, the show will be broadcast on TrueVisions 339 – Lifetime channel – at 8pm.

This is the Thai team’s most high-profile international television appearance since the gripping three-day rescue operation in July from the Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai, after being trapped inside for two weeks.

Officials had earlier asked that the boys’ right to privacy be respected after their gruelling ordeal. The Thai government even set up a committee to monitor projects and control media access to them. But the PR value of ‘Mu Pa On Tour’ has broken down a lot of the earlier barriers.

In the last few months, several documentary film-makers, Hollywood producers and journalists have jostled to make films and get book deals about the dramatic international rescue.

Last Sunday, the boys played a friendly match with the youth team of the Argentinian giants, River Plate, after attending the opening ceremony of the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires the day before.

SOURCE: The Nation

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