CHIANG RAI, THAILAND
Four of the twelve boys soccer team and coach trapped in a cave in Thailand have been rescued. Rescuers said the four boys are in good health. That’s the good news. The bad news for the kids who have been trapped in the cave for over a week, is that the rescue mission has been paused for at least 10 hours according to rescuers. The pause in the mission is due to air tanks needing to be replaced.
BBC News World (@BBCWorld) reports, according to Chiang Rai Governor, Narongsak Osottanakorn, the next phase of the rescue will begin on Monday morning, after relaying all of the air tanks and all systems along the way.
A team of 90 divers have been working to navigate the waters surrounding the cave. The process includes wading, climbing, and diving…all in complete darkness. All of which is done along guide ropes already put in place. Each boy is being accompanied by two divers who will carry the kids’ air supply. The journey from the cave to the surface is a treacherous one even for the most experienced adult divers. For inexperienced kids, that journey will be even more treacherous. A former Thai Navy Seal perished earlier this week when he lost consciousness during a rescue attempt.
The 12 boys on the soccer team are all between the ages of 11-17. The one adult, assistant coach, Ekapol Chantawong is 25 years old.
BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
Three popular YouTube vloggers have died in a fatal accident at Shannon Falls in British Columbia on Tuesday.
Ryker Gamble, Alexy Lyakh and Megan Scraper were reportedly part of a group of friends who were swimming in the pool above the Shannon Falls waterfalls. They three reportedly slipped and fell into the waterfall 30 meters below. Medical services received a call about three individuals who had fallen into the pool at around noon. The police recovered all three bodies a short while later. The case was referred to the coroners office to determine the official cause of death.
According to the Vancouver Sun (@VancouverSun), after Scraper fell over the waterfall, Gamble and Lyakh got swept away by the water as they attempted to save her. The three vloggers were members of a group of Youtube vloggers who called themselves “High On Life.” The group traveled the world and filmed their various experiences.
Adults will be able to carry and share up to 30 grams of marijuana in public. Adults in the country will also be allowed to cultivate up to four plants in their households and prepare products such as edibles for personal use. That sound good to you? Well that’s about to be what’s happening in Canada come October.
CNN (@cnn) reports, recreational marijuana use will soon be legal in Canada after its Senate passed the bill on Tuesday with a 52-29 vote.
Canada is only the 2nd country in the world to legalize weed nationwide. Only 9 states in the U.S allow recreational marijuana use, and 30 states in the U.S allow medical use of weed. Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau said the bill will help keep marijuana out of the hands of underage users and reduce marijuana related crimes in the country.
The bill is scheduled to go into effect on October 17th. Think something like this will be coming to America anytime soon?
A man born in Texas who rose to the very top of the drug-trafficking food chain in Mexico, has been sentenced to 50-years in prison and ordered to forfeit over $192 million.
The Guardian (@guardian) reported, Edgar Valdez Villarreal a.k.a. “La Barbie” because of his light eyes and complexion, was sentenced to 49 years and one month in federal prison on Monday. He was also ordered to forfeit over $192 million. The feds estimate of the value of the cocaine Barbie trafficked into the US.
Valdez was accused of bringing truckloads of coke into the US from Mexico. And bringing truckloads of money into Mexico that came from the US.
Valdez was arrested in Mexico in 2010. In September of 2015 Valdez was extradited to the United States along with 13 co-defendants. Valdez pleaded guilty to drug trafficking, money laundering, and conspiracy to distribute cocaine charges in January of 2016.
Valdez was born in Laredo, Texas, along the Mexico border. Valdez was a middle class kid whose father was a nightclub owner. Valdez started selling drugs as a low-level street dealer when he was still in high school. He ended up rising to the top of the ranks in the Beltran Leyva Organization (BLO) during the era when the gang’s leaders were associated with Juan “El Chapo” Guzman and the Sinaloa drug cartel, according to prosecutors.