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Badwater Race – Hypocrite Harper

Badwater Race – Hypocrite Harper
It’s the hottest, hardest, most grueling foot race in the world, one that’s on the bucket list of thousands of runners around the world.

But the Badwater 135, a sweat-lathered endurance race that runs through the hottest place in the world in the middle of the summer, will be taking a detour in 2014 after Death Valley National Park placed a moratorium on cycling and running competitions until it can determine how safe they are.

Officials at the California park said there have been growing concerns about participants and visitors to the park during races, particularly due to increased car and bicycle traffic. The study should be done by next spring, and such events could start being scheduled again after Oct. 1, Death Valley spokeswoman Cheryl Chipman said this week.

“We want to make it clear, we’re not canceling or banning any events,” Chipman told The Associated Press. “At the moment, we’re just not taking any more applications for them until we finish our safety evaluation.”

The Badwater race, held in July when the average high temperature in Death Valley is 116 Fahrenheit (47 Celsius), has been run since 1987. The course takes runners from Nevada’s Badwater Basin, the lowest point in North America at 282 feet below sea level, to California’s Mount Whitney Portal at 8,300 feet.

“There is a misconception that we’re canceling events or putting a ban on events. That’s not true,” she said. “We are, at this point, postponing decisions on events. I don’t anticipate us canceling all events in the future. At the end of our review, we hope to have criteria in place that will allow us to permit events in the future.”

The 2014 Badwater race will be moved to a new route based in Lone Pine, Calif. and have it finish at Whitney Portal, AdventureCORPS, which stages it along with four other ultra-endurance events in the park, said in a statement on its website.


Hypocrite Harper

“Through fire and water, Canada will stand with you,” Harper said in closing his speech to Israel’s parliament, echoing a prayer that is said on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.
The two hecklers, Ahmad Tibi and Abu Arar, are Arab-Israeli members of the Knesset from a small coalition party called Ra`am-Ta`al-Mada.
They walked out part way through the speech as Harper spoke out against what he said is anti-Semitic criticism of Israel.

Canada warned Russia on Friday not to breach the sovereignty of its Ukraine neighbour, joining other countries in sending a strong message to Moscow.

“As Canadians we emphasize our very strong support — and we emphasize this to all the countries in the region — our very strong support for the territorial integrity and the respect of the territorial integrity of Ukraine,” Prime Minister Stephen Harper said at an event in Toronto.
Baird said he was calling on Ukraine’s neighbours to respect its sovereignty “and avoid any actions that could prove and appear provocative.”

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