May 7, 2012

Glacial Lake, Nepal     Photo: NicholasWatts/Flickr

Glacial-Lake Burst Kills 17 in Nepal

50 people remain missing

At least 64 people are feared dead after a glacial lake burst in western Nepal on Saturday and sent a flash flood through the city of Pokhara. Officials recovered 17 bodies by Monday but fear that many more are still missing after houses, farms, and cattle were swept away into the Seti river. "There is very slim chances of getting alive 47 people including three Ukrainian tourists who went missing," said Superintendent of Police Shailesh Thapa. Pokhara is the second largest city in Nepal and is often used as a base for climbers attempting to summit Annapurna.

Read more at Global Post

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Base Camp     Photo: ilkerender/Flickr

Team Calls It Quits on Everest

HimEx says rockfall risk is too high

The leader of a major Himalayan guiding company on Saturday cancelled his his team's Everest expedition amid hazardous conditions in the Khumbu icefall and on the Lhotse face. Himalayan Experience owner Russell Brice said that drought-like conditions on the mountain have loosed boulders and sent ice blocks tumbling onto the most popular routes through the Khumbu. Several climbers were hurt last week and risk remains high for further crossings. "We can no longer take the responsibility of sending you, the guides, and the Sherpas through the dangerous icefall and up the rockfall-ridden Lhotse Face," Brice told his clients in Base Camp.

Read more at Himalayan Experience

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Usain Bolt     Photo: Phil McElhinney/Flickr

Usain Bolt Opens Season With Win

Jamaican sprinter posts world-leading 9.82

Usain Bolt opened his 2012 track season with a victory and world-leading 9.82 run in the 100 meters on Saturday in Kingston, Jamaica. He bettered the previous world's best of 9.90, set by countryman and training partner Yohan Blake last week. Blake won gold at last year's world championships after Bolt was disqualified for false starting and is one of a small handful of runners expected to challenge Bolt at the upcoming London Olympic Games. Bolt, 25, is the reigning Olympic champion and world record holder at both 100 and 200 meters.

Read more at The Guardian

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Falkland Islands memorial     Photo: Liam Quinn/Flickr

IOC Unhappy with Argentine Olympic Ad

TV spot inflames Falkland tensions

The International Olympic Committee condemned a television ad produced by the Argentine government that shows an Argentine athlete training in the Falkland Islands. Argentina and the United Kingdom are engaged in a long-running dispute over ownership of the islands, which Argentina lost control of in 1982 at the end of the Falklands War. The ad shows the athlete running near several British landmarks in the capitol city of Stanley, including a pub and war memorial. It ends with the words: "To compete on English ground, we train on Argentine ground." The IOC has warned Argentina not to use the Olympics as a political platform.

Read more at The Washington Post

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