October 13, 2011
Mexican Soccer Fans

Mexican Soccer Fans     Photo: Frank/Flickr

Mexico to Athletes, Don't Eat Street Food

Clenbuterol warning before Pan-Am Games

Pan-American Games officials have warned athletes to avoid street food that could be contaminated with clenbuterol. The advisory comes days before the games are scheduled to begin in Guadalajara on Saturdaym and a day after the World Anti-Doping Agency announced that it would not sanction five Mexican soccer players who tested positive for clenbuterol during last year’s World Cup. Farmers in Mexico commonly use steroids to beef up their livestock. Charges were also dropped against Danish cyclist Philip Nielsen, who tested positive after racing in Mexico. The news could weaken WADA's case against Alberto Contador, the Spanish Tour de France champion who claims that contaminated Spanish meat is responsible for his positive test for clenbuterol at the 2010 tour. In Spain, supplement regulations are stricter and feeding steroids to livestock is less common, however.

Read more at the Guadalajara Reporter


Everest base camp

Everest base camp     Photo: ilkerender/ Flickr

Group Wants Toilets at Everest Base Camp

Waste management plan inadequate

A Nepalese environmental group is pushing to have port-a-potties installed at Everest base came in an effort to control a growing problem with human waste on the mountain. Earlier this year, the group Eco Himal was part of a clean-up expedition that hauled more than 17,000 pounds of trash and waste from base camp and camps one and two. But periodic clean ups aren't enough to keep the camps clean, the group says. "Cleaning up Everest every once in a while does not help," says group head Phinjo Sherpa. "The main thing is management, waste management."

Read more at The Guardian


Great white shark

Great white shark     Photo: Paul Mannix/Flickr

Oregon Surfer Accidentally Rides Shark

Great white knocks man, man stands up

An Oregon surfer accidentally went for a ride on a great white shark after it knocked his board out from under his feet. Doug Niblack was surfing near Seaside, Oregon, when he felt his board hit what he thought was a rock, but then found himself standing on the shark's back. "It was pretty terrifying just seeing the shape emerge out of nothing and just being under me," Niblack told the Associated Press. While rare, encounters like Niblack's are not unknown. In 2008, a woman paddling near Catalina Island ended up on a great white's back after the fish slammed her kayak out from under her.

Read more at The Guardian


Kent Wind Farm

Kent Wind Farm     Photo: Phault/flickr

RI To Host First U.S. Offshore Wind Farm

Project would power 10,000 homes

Deepwater Wind plans to break ground on the first U.S. offshore wind farm by next year after Rhode Island moved to fast track development of the project. The initial 30-megawatt Block Island facility will power 10,000 homes in Rhode Island, but the company is aiming to build three additional 1,000-megawatt along the New England coast. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has indicated that offshore wind power in the Atlantic has the potential to produce more electricity than all U.S. onshore wind-generating projects combined.

Read more at Reuters


Black bear

Black bear     Photo: Mr Empey

Judge Dismisses Suit in Bear Death Case

In ruling, Utah not liable for boy's mauling

In a decision released on Tuesday, a judge in Salt Lake City has ruled that the state of Utah is not liable for the death of a 12-year-old boy in a 2007 bear attack. District Court Judge David Mortensen said that because bears are a "natural condition" of the state, Utah officials are not compelled to protect the public from attacks. Sam Ives, 12, was camping with his parents in June 2007 when a black bear entered the family's campsite and pulled Ives from his tent. The animal had menaced campers earlier in the day, and Ives's parents have said that state officials should have warned campers of the bear's behavior. Earlier this year, a federal judge awarded Ives's family $1.65 million in a separate suit brought against federal wildlife officials. A similar lawsuit filed by the family of a man killed by a mountain goat is pending in the State of Washington.

Read more at The Salt Lake Tribune