KATHMANDU: Ameesha Chauhan, a survivor of the Everest "traffic jam" who is in hospital recovering from frostbite, said climbers without basic skills should be barred to prevent a recurrence of this year's deadly season on the world's highest peak.Ten people have died in little more than two weeks after poor weather cut the climbing window, leaving mountaineers waiting in long queues to the summit, risking exhaustion and running out of oxygen.Nepal issued a record 381 Everest permits this season, and several hundred of the summiteers are not properly trained, take poor decisions and "put their own life in risk and also the Sherpa guides", Chauhan said.The 29-year-old Indian had to wait 20 minutes to come down from the 8,848-metre peak, but others were held up for hours."I saw some climbers without basic skills fully relying on their Sherpa guides. The government should fix the qualification criteria," she told AFP in Kathmandu's general hospital, all the toes on her left foot black … [Read more...] about Everest ‘traffic jam’ survivor calls for tougher rules
Climbing for life
And so, the tough get going as this year’s grueling Spartan Races kick off under the blazing sun on the tortuously challenging terrain of historic Corregidor with Luminox-Lucerne as the official timing partner. As for the not-so-tough (like me and other press invitees), we’re simply happy to lend our robust voices in cheering on the high-spirited racers who include an actor, a beauty queen, a media sportsman, and a publishing company CEO-turned-fitness addict. The challenges: running (3k for the non-pros and 10k for the pros), jumping over an eight-foot wall, lifting sandbags while running up and down a hill, crawling through deep mud, and swimming after all those sweat-inducing activities. Certainly not for the faint of heart, a Spartan Race is not your ordinary race. Not for ordinary mortals, it’s a little bit of what the Navy Seals or army groundwork feels like. Of course, a little bit is a whole lot for those whose physical activity is limited to jumping to … [Read more...] about Are you tough enough for the Spartan Races?
Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus each scored twice, while David Silva and Kevin de Bruyne netted to cap a glorious campaign with the biggest margin of victory in a FA Cup final since 1903. City also lifted the Community Shield in August for a clean sweep of domestic silverware, but again missed out on the Champions League as Tottenham edged their quarter-final tie on away goals. Winning the European Cup for the first time in the club's history remains the holy grail for Guardiola, but he believes his side have raised the bar in England for consistent brilliance. "It means being consistent every three days during 10 months," said Guardiola. "I love the Champions League but do that (the treble) is more difficult than winning the Champions League." Watford's wait to win their first ever major piece of silverware goes on as after going behind they had little answer to Guardiola's relentless champions. It could have been very different for the Hornets had Roberto Pereyra not missed … [Read more...] about Man City treble better than Champions League for Guardiola
DECHA Siriphat, now in his 70s, could have had a good time taking a rest from his work, climbing up to the treehouse at his Khao Khwan Foundation in Suphan Buri, listening to Mozart’s Godspell melodies or reading good books including Dhamma as he had always done. Instead, the 71-year-old long-time sustainable agriculture advocate turned newly-endorsed traditional medicine practitioner, has taken on a new challenge to overcome: campaigning for a new round of legal amendments to the already newly amended Narcotics Law in order to free marijuana from any obstacles preventing its use for medical purposes. So, instead of reading Dhamma and listening to Mozart in his treehouse, the advocate is busy discussing plans with his colleagues and supporters, who will in the next few days launch the country’s first long-distance Cannabis Walk Thailand to raise public awareness on marijuana and surrounding issues. “If people looked at me from the lens of advocacy and were … [Read more...] about SPECIAL REPORT: A work life anchored in Dhamma
LIVERPOOL: The church organist wanted to meet outside Liverpool's Anfield Stadium. Her name is Anne Preston, and she carried the program of a funeral she'd played the day before, as a document of something both ancient and achingly current.She wanted me to see it, so I'd understand how life, death and resurrection are so tied together with football along the banks of the Mersey River.She arrived with her husband, meeting me between the Sir Kenny Dalglish Stand and the Kop, the mighty Liverpool Kop. As he went over to sort his tickets for the first leg of the Champions League semifinal in Barcelona, she produced the programme and told me about a musical request from the family.The mom made the request herself. To honor her son, whose funeral program had Anfield on the front and the club crest on the back, she wanted Anne to subtly work in "You'll Never Walk Alone" during the Mass.It's a familiar request to Anne, and to every funeral director and organist in Liverpool.At the crematorium … [Read more...] about What a Premier League title would mean for Liverpool