Friday, July 13, 2018

An eventful fortnight around the world

If one were to look across the world, the past fortnight has been unusually eventful. 

THAM LUANG CAVE RESCUE

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Nothing of this sort has happened any time in the recent past. Amazing story of human endurance and resilience. On the 23rd of June, 12 members of a junior football team in Thailand and their coach enter a 10-km long complexly structured cave, which has, among other things, narrow passages and a permanent stream inside. As bad luck would have it, unrelenting rains ensue. Advancing waters drive the team inside in search of drier areas. Only on July 2, a team of British divers find them stuck deep inside the cave. On 8th, a rescue mission is launched. In four batches, all are brought out; the last one on 10th. There will surely be a film made on this.


JAPAN FLOODS, OVER 200 DEAD

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I just couldn’t believe that as many as 200 people have lost their lives (over a few days) in torrential rains and consequent flooding in western Japan, the worst weather-related disaster in 36 years. The fact that it has happened in a developed nation which has good infrastructure and technological tools to predict such catastrophic weather changes, makes it all the more striking.


BREXIT TURMOIL HITS THERESA MAY

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David Cameroon while electioneering in 2016 says if elected to power he will hold a referendum on Britain’s continuance in the European Union. And, see what has followed. Cameron wins; is reminded of the referendum; orders it; and to his surprise, Britain votes to leave the EU. The mess that followed hasn’t cleared still. A new low was reached when on July 8, Brexit Secretary David Davis quit and on the following day Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson quit, saying PM Theresa May is diluting the earlier Brexit promises. She has narrowly fended off a leadership challenge. 


US-CHINA TRADE WAR BEGINS

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US President Donald Trump, in his mission to make America Great Again, has been complaining to everyone in the world that America is being wronged in global trade, and that the US is losing while everyone else is gaining. (Let us not get into a discussion on that here.) One of his measures to right the past wrongs is to impose heavy duties on imports of many goods from China. Thus, on July 5, US tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods kicked off. The impact of that will be long-drawn out and felt across the world.



 FIFA WORLD CUP SEMIS SANS BIG TEAMS

Photo courtesy: The Hindu
Surprises are common in sports. But not the way it has happened during the ongoing World Cup football in Russia. Predictions of who will win and lose, have gone horribly wrong. For the first time ever, the semifinals were played without top teams like Brazil, Germany, Argentina, Spain, Uruguay etc. We will now have a final between France and Croatia on Sunday.

2018 FIFA World Cup (Wikipedia)

EXIT OF TOP SEEDS IN WIMBLEDON

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Not just World Cup Football, Wimbledon too had surprises. For the first time ever, none of the top-10 seeded players reached the quarterfinals in the women’s section. Arguably the best player, Serena is there, but she is seeded 25. Today she is playing the final against Angelique Kerber.


ANYTHING MISSED?

So many other important / interesting events might have happened across the world. Have I left out anything?

11 comments:

  1. Hi Pradeep - now it's so important to remember our own lives and not worry too much about other things - I find it so difficult at times ... lots going on - and I'm so glad the Thai 'team' were got out from the cave ... lucky them - yet so many psychological challenges ahead. Take care - cheers Hilary

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    1. Yes, Hilary, lucky that the children and the coach were saved. Especially since one of the divers himself lost his life in the process.

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  2. Weather is so dangerous. So is our unhinged "president". Trying times. Let's hope that better, more peaceful, and calmer times are a-coming.

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    1. Agree with both your points: on weather and the president.

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  3. Pradeep, you have pretty much covered the important events in the last fortnight.

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  4. Saving all the kids & the coach was a great effort by the Thai Navy. And yes, football results were shocking starting from the exit of Germany in the group stages itself!

    Destination Infinity

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    1. Thanks, Rajesh. The children are leaving hospital today. World Cup was weird.

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  5. We certainly live in an interesting world. I am so glad that the boys all got out of that cave in the end, it could have ended much worse. Even so, it will be a tough thing for them to work through post the event.
    From a Christian perspective, I am glad to have a faithful and all powerful God in control of all these things, having his hand over all the world events and working them together to his purpose. I can't even imagine the sort of wisdom it requires him to have and all I can say is I'm glad it's not me who has to figure it all out!
    Hannah from www.womanontheway.com

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    1. Thank you, Hannah, for dropping by and for your comments.

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  6. All the important instantly occurred events have loomed here. I think whatever rescue-steps may be taken, the destination of life will reach its finishing point. Otherwise through narrow holes also escape will happen. Nice post,Pradeep.

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