Hiker missing for six days details fight against ants, prayer for survival

first_imgCourtesy Josh Obeidin(NEW YORK) — Josh McClatchy knew finding water would be a problem if he was to survive after getting lost in the Arkansas woods last week. He did not anticipate the ants.“When it comes to the wildlife, I learned very quickly that the ants were my nemesis,” McClatchy told ABC’s Good Morning America in an interview airing Friday. “Ants that were an inch long, the stinger as large as the head.” McClatchy, 38, had planned his hike in the Caney Creek Wilderness region, near Mena, Arkansas, for weeks. But somehow the Dallas native managed to get off the beaten trail and disoriented. He texted his mother on June 1 to say he needed help, but due to spotty cellphone service he couldn’t reconnect with her.He was reported missing by his mother the same day.But he wasn’t seen for six more days, when a search-and-rescue helicopter finally managed to locate McClatchy in heavily wooded Polk County.“I wasn’t anticipating on being stranded; there’s no way I could have anticipated being stranded,” he said. “I don’t feel ashamed for being stranded. Reason being is that I’ve learned not only in that area, just hiking in general, people get stranded all the time.”He said he spent a few days near the top of Katy Mountain, on the Buckeye Trail, hoping the elevation would help him be seen. But the location also proved detrimental.“When you’re in the mountains and everyone is yelling, everything echoes so you can’t tell where the original sound is coming from,” McClatchy said.And then there were the ants.“I immediately got swarmed by ants, so I dropped everything and got out of there,” he said. “When I say I got out of there, I was around the general area, just trying to avoid the ants.”“Thankfully I was in long sleeves,” McClatchy said. “That first night I learned to tuck everything in, so I had my wool socks and had my pants tucked in to my wool socks. I had long sleeves, I tucked everything in. It could have been much worse.”He stuck to following streams so he knew he would have a source of water. In the end, he came out in fairly good shape — for someone who spent almost a week on the mountain with no supplies.He was dehydrated when he was finally found and had suffered a cut on his head necessitating stitches. But otherwise, he was able to communicate with the rescue team and wear a smile as he was loaded into an ambulance.It took about four hours for the rescuers to carry him out the 3 miles on a one-wheeled rescue cart.“To be honest, when it comes to lost hope and despair, that had already set in by Monday,” McClatchy said. “The reason being, is because I was stranded Saturday night. Sunday was coming around, I wasn’t losing hope at that point, but I was definitely scared.”McClatchy called his rescuers “heroes” and thanked the hospital staff for being “absolutely amazing.” McClatchy, who has bipolar disorder, was without his medication for almost a week.“I’m in one of the best spots mentally that I’ve been in for a long time,” he said. “I have an incredible support team around me and I’m fortunate because not everyone has that,” he said. “My outlook is so different now, I’m so grateful.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

National parks prepare to enforce social distancing on crowded Memorial Day weekend

first_imgkellyvandellen/iStockBy STEPHANIE EBBS, ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) — As the Memorial Day weekend approaches, the National Park Service has begun reopening some big-name national parks closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, but advocates are raising concerns about crowds and limited staffing to enforce social distancing.Many of the more popular parks closed due to concerns about the spread of the virus or statewide stay-at-home orders even as the majority of the park service’s 419 properties have remained open.The agency says its evaluating how to begin reopening properties on a case-by-case basis as shelter-in-place orders are lifted and only when they’re able to maintain social distancing.Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, whose department oversees the park service, said he’s confident Americans will be safe in national parks this summer.“We feel that we can play an important role in the moving forward picture. And I think a lot of people will be out utilizing us this summer,” Bernhardt said in an interview with ABC’s Aaron Katersky.Advocates have raised concerns that it’s impossible for limited park staff to enforce social distancing everywhere in national parks and that potential crowds or out-of-state visitors could bring the virus to areas where health care facilities are limited.“When people think about national parks, they picture wide open spaces. But accessing these spaces often requires walking through crowded parking lots, hiking trails and walkways alongside other people. Well-meaning park visitors may not be able to effectively physically distance in a national park during this time,” Theresa Pierno, President and CEO for the National Parks Conservation Association said in a statement.“The Department of the Interior must put protocols and management tools in place and secure enough personal protective equipment for parks to safely operate without needlessly putting visitors and local communities in harm’s way. As we quickly approach Memorial Day weekend, one of the busiest times for national parks, we remain concerned about the ability of park staff and local and tribal communities to prepare for a potential influx of visitors.”But Bernhardt said he’s encouraged by events like the Thunderbirds and Blue Angels flyover in Washington, D.C., earlier this month, when he said visitors to the National Mall naturally spaced themselves out to respect social distancing in what he called “social clumping.”“I’m frankly encouraged by this. And what I saw was what I’m gonna call clumping. And that’s not a scientific term,” he said.“It’s my belief that groups of people have decided that that – they’re colleagues and maybe they’re a family member, maybe it’s a cohort of workers – but whatever it is, they’ve decided in some way that they are comfortable with social distancing with them in a very narrow space, so maybe like three feet. But. But what you saw is clumps, so like family units or groups that were together, and then space and then individual and space and another clump and space.”The Centers for Disease Control recommends sticking to parks in your area, and avoiding crowds where it may be difficult to maintain 6 feet of distance from others. The CDC also says to avoid going to parks if you feel sick or have symptoms of COVID-19, avoid playgrounds, and be prepared with up-to-date information before your visit.National Park Service spokesperson Alexandra Picavet said visitors should be prepared with any supplies they need and recognize that trash cans and restrooms may be less accessible than usual, and that now may not be the time to try a challenging hike for the first time.“This is definitely a time to be cognizant of the fact that lower staffing in parks means emergency response is limited,” she said.Picavet said the park service wants to be there for Americans who want to celebrate Memorial Day in a park or battlefield site, as well as those who want to mark the holiday from home without the concern of crowds.“Every Memorial Day weekend is a busy Memorial Day weekend in a national park,” she said.“What we want to do is try and help people find their way of honoring people who have lost their lives in service to our nation which is what memorial day is about. That’s why we have really worked hard to try and find a way to help people continue to have that connection with our American history and what Memorial Day is about.”Several national park locations are hosting live stream events, including demonstrations, tributes, and virtual campouts, to commemorate the weekend. The National Park Service has created a website to search virtual events at different parks.Picavet also suggested visitors can search for less well-known parks in their area that may not be as crowded or have more space for visitors to spread out.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reservedlast_img read more

The trade war keeps escalating. Here’s how it’ll impact NYC real estate

first_imgFor months, trade war tensions with China have been on the rise. The Chinese government said Friday morning it would implement a $75 billion retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods — a response to President Trump’s $300 billion tariff on Chinese goods.After the announcement, Trump said he would raise tariffs on Chinese goods by as much as 30 percent, according to the Wall Street Journal.As the back and forth unfolds, watch the video above to see how the multibillion-dollar trade war has hit New York real estate so far.Voice-over by Lucas McGill This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img

Christchurch terror suspect gave money to Austrian far right: Chancellor Kurz

first_imgThe man charged with killing 50 people at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand earlier this month gave money to Austria’s far-right Identitarian Movement, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz confirmed Wednesday.A spokesperson for prosecutors in Austria said that Martin Sellner, head of Austria’s Identitarian Movement, received €1,500 in 2018 from a man with the same name as the one charged over the killings, Reuters reported.“We have to examine these networks quickly and thoroughly,” Chancellor Kurz said in a video published on Twitter, referring to international links between right-wing extremists. “We have to determine whether crimes were committed on Austrian soil and punish all those who are guilty of crimes. Furthermore, we have to examine whether we can dissolve the Identitarian Movement altogether.” Kurz said both the interior and justice ministries intend to “provide all the means necessary to take decisive action against these people,” referring to the Identitarian Movement, which originated in France and is often associated with white nationalism and anti-immigrant ideas.Before the government had confirmed the links, Sellner took to Twitter himself on Monday, announcing that his house had been raided by police “because of Christchurch.” In video messages posted on YouTube, he said he had nothing to do with the suspect, other than having passively received a donation from him.In another tweet published on Tuesday, Sellner said that while the raids might give the impression that he had something to hide, or was an accomplice of the suspect, “that is defamatory, pointless and against the law. We will file a complaint.”A manifesto allegedly by the Christchurch suspect, laying the reasons for the attack, reveals how he was inspired by ideas that have filtered into right-wing discourse across Europe.Austria’s vice chancellor, Heinz-Christian Strache of the far-right Freedom Party, has said his party had nothing to do with the Identitarian Movement. Also On POLITICO How European ideas motivated Christchurch killer By Nicholas Vinocur Turkey’s Erdoğan invokes Christchurch attacks on campaign trail By Zia Weiselast_img read more

BREAKING: Daft Punk FAILS to Perform on Colbert Report

first_imgI’m sure anyone who watched Tuesday night’s episode of the Colbert Report, which was billed as Colbchella ‘013, noticed the lack of Daft Punk on stage. Colbert explained to the audience and viewers the nature behind their absence, but in case you missed it you’re going to have to read this to believe it. Because MTV had booked Daft Punk to perform at the upcoming Video Music Awards, the helmet-wearing electronic duo were supposedly contractually disallowed from playing any other television performance. Colbert explains it as such:Here’s the story: it’s a true story. We booked click and clack over here about a month ago. This network is owned by Viacom, which is also the owner of MTV… Apparently, Daft Punk are going to make a surprise appearance on the MTV Video Music Awards. Don’t tell anyone, because fun fact: no one told me until two hours ago.Colbert was obviously displeased by this turn of events (even jokingly breaking out a bottle hidden under his desk while he told the news), but definitely made light of the situation. Bringing out Ashton Kutcher saying that the whole thing was another rendition of MTV’s Punk’d was the first in his celebrity-fueled episode. What followed was pure genius: Colbert, who had promised the song to his audience, played Daft Punk’s hit Get Lucky and danced along to it, with some notable guest appearances. Hugh Laurie, Matt Damon, Henry Kissinger, the Breaking Bad cast (most notably Bryan Cranston on roller skates), Jeff Daniels, the hosts of America’s Got Talent, and Jimmy Fallon all provided cameos in the song’s play. And Colbert realized that there’s more than one official song-of-the-summer this year, and surprised the audience with another hit performed live; Robin Thicke entertained the audience with a live version of his hit song Blurred Lines, which went off without a hitch. Though it had a rocky start, Colbchella ‘013 was still a memorable night and an entertaining experience. If you still want to catch Daft Punk perform on TV apparently there’s only one place to do it this year, and that will be at the MTV VMAs on August 25th.last_img read more

LU SOFTBALL DOUBLES UP ALABAMA A&M

first_img Next UpThe Cardinals got to Alabama A&M starter Caitlyn Hayden (2-4) early with four runs in the first inning, collecting five hits in the inning and taking advantage of some fielding miscues by the Lady Bulldogs (3-7).LU increased the lead to 6-0 in the second on a two-run double by Brynn Baca. After that it was up to a trio of LU pitchers to hold the Bulldogs at bay.LU starter Laura Napoli (2-3) went the first three innings, leaving with the comfortable lead. Reliever Julia Voluntad wiggled out of a bases-loaded jam with one out in the fourth. Alabama A&M scored three runs in the sixth inning off Amie Cisneros before Napoli came back in to pitch a scoreless seventh inning to close things out. The tourney, which runs through Sunday, has five games scheduled for today. Alabama A&M meets Tulsa at 10 a.m. That is followed by Northern Illinois vs. Alabama A&M at 12:15 p.m., South Dakota State vs. Kansas at 2:30 p.m., South Dakota State vs. LU at 4:45 p.m. and Kansas facing Northern Illinois at 7 p.m. LU plays Kansas at 4:45 p.m. Saturday, Northern Illinois at 10:15 a.m. Sunday and Tulsa at 2:45 p.m. Sunday.— Lamar sports information BEAUMONT – The Lamar Cardinals continued their dominance at the LU Softball Complex, improving to 29-9 all-time at the facility, with a 6-3 victory over the Alabama A&M Bulldogs in the first game of the Cardinal Classic on Thursday.The Cardinals (3-8) jumped out to a 6-0 lead after two innings and held on as they snapped a seven-game losing streak.“We got off to a great start, but we tapered off after that,” LU coach Holly Bruder said. “We didn’t have great at bats after that, but we found a way to win.”center_img Napoli allowed two hits in her four innings, walking one and striking out five. Two of Napoli’s strikeouts came in the seventh, when she set the side down in order. Voluntad pitched one scoreless inning, while Cisneros allowed five hits and three runs, all earned in her two innings of work.“To be honest, I thought Laura pitched better in relief than she did over her first three innings,” Bruder said. “I was very happy with the way she pitched.”Baca led the LU offense with three hits and three RBIs. Brittany Rodriguez had three hits and scored twice for the Cardinals.Hayden pitched a complete game for Alabama A&M, allowing 11 hits and six runs, two earned. She did not walk anyone and had one strikeout. Brandi Foreman and Jessica Alferos had two hits apiece for the Lady Bulldogs.last_img read more

New Groves Fire Station groundbreaking planned

first_imgGROVES — The Groves Fire Department is hosting a groundbreaking ceremony at 2 p.m. Wednesday for the construction of the new fire station. The address is 5911 West Washington in Groves.Construction is set to begin Thursday.The current fire station was built in 1957.last_img

KeyBank earns 2016 Military Friendly Employer designation from Victory Media

first_imgVermont Business Magazine KeyBank has announced that it has earned the 2016 Military Friendly® Employer and Military Spouse Friendly Employer® designation by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs® and Military Spouse. Companies competed for the elite Military Friendly® Employer title by completing a data-driven survey, with data independently tested by EY (Ernst & Young) based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media and its Advisory Board. Criteria for the survey included a benchmark score across key programs and policies, such as the strength of company military recruiting efforts, percentage of new hires with prior military service, retention programs for veterans, and company policies on National Guard and Reserve service.KeyBank is committed to hiring military talent, knowing first-hand that recruiting from the military community is not only the “right thing to do,” but it makes good business sense. “Making the transition to the business world is easier when both the employee and their employer are strongly focused, as we are, on serving our communities,” said Brian Fishel, KeyBank Senior Vice President/Head Talent Management. “Our commitment to service, volunteerism, and helping others makes KeyBank a good fit for veterans. We value the service of the men and women of the military and their families and welcome them to begin their journey to a new and fulfilling chapter in their lives at KeyBank.” Now in its 13th year, Military Friendly® Employers is the premier resource for transitioning service members and spouses seeking civilian employment. Each year, companies taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Advisory Board consisting of leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. A full list of board members can be found at MilitaryFriendly.com/advisory-board.“Companies that have earned the 2016 Military Friendly® Employer award have exceptionally strong hiring programs and meaningful careers for transitioning service members and spouses,” said Daniel Nichols, Chief Product Officer of Victory Media and Navy Reserve veteran. “Our Military Friendly® Employers are moving the needle beyond answering ‘why hire military’—they are truly aligning their jobs and recruiting efforts with Military Friendly® educators to translate military competencies into civilian jobs.”KeyBank will be showcased along with other 2016 Military Friendly® Employers in the December issue of G.I. Jobs® magazine and the January 2016 issue of Military Spouse Magazine, as well as on MilitaryFriendly.com(link is external).About Military Friendly® Employers: The Military Friendly® Employers designation process includes extensive research and a data-driven survey of companies with annual revenue over $100 million nationwide; the Top 100 Military Friendly® Employers list includes companies with annual revenue over $500 million. The survey, methodology, criteria and weightings are developed with the assistance of an independent Advisory Board comprised of higher education, recruiting, HR and diversity professionals from across the country. The survey is administered for free and open to companies meeting the eligibility criteria. The methodology and more information about the program, along with the complete list of employers, can be found on MilitaryFriendly.com.About KeyBank: KeyCorp was organized more than 160 years ago and is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. One of the nation’s largest bank-based financial services companies, Key had assets of approximately $95.4 billion at September 30, 2015.  Key provides deposit, lending, cash management and investment services to individuals and small and mid-sized businesses in 12 states under the name KeyBank National Association. Key also provides a broad range of sophisticated corporate and investment banking products, such as merger and acquisition advice, public and private debt and equity, syndications and derivatives to middle market companies in selected industries throughout the United States under the KeyBanc Capital Markets trade name. For more information, visit https://www.key.com(link is external). KeyBank is Member FDIC.About Victory Media: Based in Pittsburgh, Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business that connects classrooms to careers for the nation’s next generation of professionals. Our data-driven ratings are published in G.I. Jobs®, Military Spouse, Vetrepreneur® and STEM JobsSM media, and featured in national media including USA Today, Wall Street Journal, FORTUNE, Bloomberg, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and others. Learn more about our Media, Training and Ratings solutions at victorymedia.com(link is external), and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.BURLINGTON (November 9, 2015) – KeyBanklast_img read more

Prime Minister visits Ironman New Zealand

first_img Related Helping to celebrate 25 years of Ironman New Zealand, Prime Minister John Key visited Taupo and reaffirmed the importance of the event for the local economy and wider tourism industry.“Ironman New Zealand is critically important for us here in New Zealand,” he said. “We’re a big tourism destination, we want to attract people down here and make sure they see a lot of New Zealand. Something like the Ironman anchors a natural string of tourism into the country but it also showcases New Zealand. We’re going to be in the homes of millions of people around the world, so it’s a fantastic way for them to have a look in to our part of the world and hopefully it’ll wet their appetite to come down and visit.“Attracting off-peak tourism is really important. We get a lot people in January and February, it’s getting people to come the rest of the year. The other thing is the exposure. It’s one thing for people to come here and go back and tell their friends. It’s quite another matter for millions of people to see the race and think that looks like a place to go. They’ve been making such fantastic shows from the previous 24 years of competitions.”www.ironman.co.nzlast_img read more

Prairie Village Mayoral candidates on the issues: What makes you the best candidate to lead Prairie Village?

first_imgToday we finish up with the Prairie Village Mayoral candidates’ responses to our election issues questionnaire.Here’s item number five:What makes you the best candidate to lead Prairie Village government the next four year and possibly beyond?Eric MikkelsonHere are a few of the reasons why I am the best candidate to lead Prairie Village government:I am in favor of maintaining the character of our neighborhoods with the reasonable Phase 2 residential guidelines on teardowns. My opponent repeatedly voted to undermine and kill those guidelines.I made a motion to reduce your 2018 property tax rate. My opponent voted against it.I served a full term on the city council, on my homes association board, and as a municipal judge.I successfully worked with others to create two new PV parks from inception, including using a creative TIF to finance Meadowbrook Park. My opponent states she would “never” support a TIF.I have been a consistent champion of expanding bike and walkability in Prairie Village.I am a successful business owner and business lawyer.I have a college degree and a law degree. I am also a graduate of the Prairie Village Citizens Police Academy.During my time on council I was a consensus builder, including keeping Prairie Village fiscally strong as the Chair of the Finance Committee. I made a successful motion, unanimously backed by that committee, to reject a public financing request for a multi-story parking garage in Corinth Shops.I am in favor of an NDO. My opponent tried to defeat it, suggesting Prairie Village public restaurants could refuse to serve gay residents based on religious grounds.I raised my family here, consistently voted in elections, and actively engaged in the community to support our Prairie Village schools. The first local election my opponent voted in was 2016 when she ran for Council.I kept my campaign focused on the issues and voting records, refraining from the personal character attacks and extremism that poisons so much of our politics. As a result, I earned the support and endorsements of moderate, bipartisan groups such as Mainstream Coalition’s MainPac as well as prominent Prairie Village pillars of the community across the political spectrum.These distinctions make me the best candidate to lead Prairie Village into the future. If you agree, please vote for Eric Mikkelson on November 6.If you can do more to ensure that Prairie Village elects engaged, experienced, effective leadership, please visit www.mikkelsonforpv.com to contact me and find out how you can help the campaign.Thank you!Serena SchermolyI am asking to represent all residents of Prairie Village because we need a mayor we can trust. We need someone who represents our community in a non-partisan, collaborative manner. My professional experience has given me the skills and temperament to lead, listen, get input from all stakeholders and make decisions that lead us forward.I’m not a lawyer, I’m a mother, who has had to work hard for everything I have gotten in my life. I quit school when I was a senior in high school and I found I couldn’t get into the college I wanted to go to, because my school was not accredited. I worked two jobs until I was able to go to college. The month before I left, I found out I was pregnant with my first daughter. As a young expectant mother, raised by her grandparents, I had three options, adoption, abortion or I was on my own. Well, I took my own path. It wasn’t always easy but, my 26-year-old daughter is more than worth the law degree I sought.When I was young I was a single struggling mother, I worked hard to pay the bills like many residents of Prairie Village. I understand struggling for the extra few dollars that it cost for school fees, child care, increases in utility bills, rising property taxes. I have been there, but, I didn’t quit, or blame others for the circumstances of life. I had to work hard. When I moved to Prairie Village I found my home. I got involved in my community, to help out where I could.As Mayor, I would encourage a robust volunteer corps and focused public engagement to explore what’s possible with Property Tax Relief, or Aging in Place, enhancing beautification, working with our schools, and any other opportunity to do more with the resources we already possess. I am committed to environmental issues, finding grants, building our bike and pedestrian paths while protecting our trees, strengthening our Arts programming, from additional concerts, a volunteer orchestra, choir, theater group. There are endless possibilities. We will accomplish much more by bringing our voices and our visions together under a Mayor who listens and has a “pitch in and help” attitude. This is not about me this is about us.I have a passion for Prairie Village. As your mayor, I would have the right attitude and temperament to be the best candidate to work with other council members and city employees to negotiate positive solutions and to reestablish a harmonious atmosphere for the betterment of our city. I want to be your mayor in order to work hard to maintain the quality of life in Prairie Village. I will not use my position to simply add to my resume so as to create a stepping stone for higher elected office.Our city is my sole priority.Please vote for Serena Schermoly for Mayor on November 6th. www.serenaschermoly.org That’s it! Thanks to both candidates for their participationlast_img read more