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Reckless Mount Hood Climbers Put Rescue Crews at Risk During Pandemic -

Reckless Mount Hood Climbers Put Rescue Crews at Risk During PandemicApparently a global pandemic isn’t enough danger for some people. Rescue crews had to save three people on Mount Hood this weekend, endangering their own health in the process.Portland Mountain Rescue said the first mission began late Friday night after a climber summited but got lost in whiteout conditions on the way back, with no water and a dying cellphone.By the time a team reached him early in the morning, he was hypothermic, and it took two teams 12 hours to bring him down from an elevation of 6,200 feet.The volunteer search-and-rescue organization said it was finishing up the first mission on Saturday when it got a call about a couple who triggered an avalanche on a challenging stretch of the mountain.“They were swept all the way down the route onto the Reid Glacier and miraculously survived with limited injuries,” PMR wrote on Facebook.The first mission required 30 rescuers and the second one needed 20, the group said, asking outdoor enthusiasts not to take chances that might put crews in danger—not just from the mountain conditions, but from COVID-19.“We know you want to get out, but please, please be conservative in your choices,” the group wrote. “Although we have conservative Covid protocols, it really is impossible to maintain them throughout a mission.”PMR’s Mark Morford told The Oregonian that Mount Hood was even more crowded than on previous Memorial Day weekends.“I think there’s a tremendous amount of pent up demand, people wanting to get out,” he said. "It looked like a conga line going up Hogsback… What a circus.”The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said that more than 200 climbers were on the mountain on Saturday despite a high avalanche danger caused by 10 inches of fresh snow amid warming temperatures.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

Sun, 24 May 2020 22:02:18 -0400

Iran fuel shipment nears Venezuelan shores, Maduro thanks Tehran -

Iran fuel shipment nears Venezuelan shores, Maduro thanks TehranThe lead vessel of a five-tanker flotilla carrying fuel supplied by Iran to gasoline-thirsty Venezuela neared one of state-run PDVSA's ports as President Nicolas Maduro thanked Tehran on Sunday. Iran is providing Venezuela with 1.53 million barrels of gasoline and components in a move criticized by U.S. authorities as both nations are under Washington's sanctions, according to the governments, sources and calculations by Tanker Fortune was due to arrive at PDVSA's El Palito port, close to the capital Caracas, according to a company source and Refinitiv Eikon data showing its trajectory.

Sun, 24 May 2020 21:59:03 -0400

A world redrawn: US coronavirus response fatally 'chaotic,' says Noam Chomsky -

A world redrawn: US coronavirus response fatally 'chaotic,' says Noam ChomskyThe United States is on a chaotic path with no federal plan against the coronavirus pandemic as it reduces public health funding and ignores the advances of climate change, according to activist scholar Noam Chomsky, considered the founder of modern linguistics. What follows are extracts, edited for clarity, from an AFP interview with the 91-year-old leftist intellectual, who has authored more than 100 books and is currently a professor at the University of Arizona. Question: How do you read the current situation in the United States, where coronavirus has killed more residents than any other nation in the world?

Sun, 24 May 2020 21:34:58 -0400

New Zealand PM unruffled as quake hits mid-interview -

New Zealand PM unruffled as quake hits mid-interviewA moderate 5.6-magnitude earthquake rattled New Zealand's North Island early Monday but failed to crack Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's trademark composure as she conducted a live television interview. The quake struck just off the coast before 8:00 am local time (2000 Sunday GMT) at a depth of about 52 kilometres (32 miles) near Levin, about 90 kilometres north of Wellington, the US Geological Survey said. St John Ambulance and New Zealand Police both said there were no initial reports of injuries or damage.

Sun, 24 May 2020 21:26:53 -0400

Taiwan promises 'necessary assistance' to Hong Kong's people -

Taiwan promises 'necessary assistance' to Hong Kong's peopleTaiwan will provide the people of Hong Kong with "necessary assistance", President Tsai Ing-wen said, after a resurgence in protests in the Chinese ruled territory against newly proposed national security legislation from Beijing. Taiwan has become a refuge for a small but growing number of pro-democracy protesters fleeing Hong Kong, which has been convulsed since last year by protests. Hong Kong police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse thousands of people who rallied on Sunday to protest against Beijing's plan to impose national security laws on the city.

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