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Sports physician diagnoses gorilla’s injury

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Jumoke, a 32-year-old female gorilla who was born and raised at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, Washington, began to limp after an altercation with a young female gorilla in their sleeping den.

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Image:Jumoke will undergo physical rehabilitation. Pic: John Loughlin/Woodland Park Zoo

The zoo’s director of animal health said they needed to intervene because animal patients can’t communicate their pain, so they wanted to call in a team of specialists to conduct a diagnostic examination.

“Who better to call than the head physician of one of the nation’s top ranked football programs? We were very fortunate she used her expertise for Jumoke’s welfare,” said Dr Darin Collins, Woodland Park Zoo’s director of animal health.

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Image:Dr Aguila, Dr Gee, and Dr Harmon. Pic: John Loughlin/Woodland Park Zoo

Jumoke was examined by head physician of the University of Washington’s football team Dr Kimberly Harmon, who is used to treating torn ligaments, cartilage damage and other injuries in humans.

She was assisted by her team, Dr Albert Gee, a sports orthopaedic surgeon at UW Medicine, and Dr Alex Aguila from the Animal Surgical Clinic of Seattle.

Jumoke was examined at the zoo’s veterinary hospital.

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Image:Jumoke was diagnosed with a bone fracture. Pic: John Loughlin/Woodland Park Zoo

She underwent radiographs and was diagnosed with a bone fracture in her lower leg, which already showed signs of healing.

The 275-pound western lowland gorilla will receive antibiotics, pain relief and will need lots of rest.

She will also undergo physical rehabilitation.

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Fake wife? Melania Trump body double conspiracy

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Twitter users say the woman standing next to President Donald Trump as he spoke on the White House lawn on Friday did not look like his wife.

This is not Melania. To think they would go this far & try & make us think its her on TV is mind blowing. Makes me wonder what else is a lie pic.twitter.com/JhPVmXdGit

— BuyLegalMeds.com (@JoeVargas) October 18, 2017

“This is not Melania. To think they would go this far and try and make us think it’s her on TV is mind blowing,” posted Twitter user Joe Vargas.

“Makes me wonder what else is a lie,” he added.

Mr Trump spoke to the waiting media on the lawn before a trip to visit a nearby US Secret Service training facility.

Mr Vargas said the President was clearly trying to convince the media that his wife was with him during his remarks.

In a video clip, Mr Trump is heard saying: “My wife Melania, who happens to be right here, finds that subject to be of such vital importance, she’s very much involved.”

Mr Vargas’ tweet racked up nearly 50,000 retweets, and #FakeMelania started trending on the social media site.

okay look this “Melania body-double travels w Trump” story is silly I mean where would they find another woman willing to go places with him https://t.co/aaPQ40tWIu

— shauna (@goldengateblond) October 18, 2017

While some are convinced the woman standing next to Mr Trump was not his wife, others joked it could not be possible because the President would not be able to find another woman prepared to spend time with him.

The President and First Lady during their trip to the Secret Service training facility
Image:The President and First Lady during their trip to the US Secret Service training facility

Photos from later in the trip, where the First Lady is not wearing sunglasses, show clearly that Melania Trump was at the Secret Service facility with her husband.

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Pole dancing could become an Olympic event

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Along with dodgeball and arm-wrestling, it has been awarded observer status by the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF).

This means organisers will be given help to become compliant with World Anti-Doping Agency rules and towards receiving the required recognition from national Olympic committees.

It comes following an 11-year campaign by the International Pole Sports Federation (IPSF).

IPSF president Katie Coates told Sky News it was “phenomenal” to be recognised – and that the plan now is to get to the Olympics.

Image of Katie Coates the president of IPSF after given "observer" status
Image:International Pole Sports Federation president Katie Coates

“We’ve been given interim recognition which is fantastic – fantastic for our sport, fantastic for our athletes and fantastic for our community,” she said.

“We want those gold medals up there in the Olympic games for our athletes, to be proud of our athletes and our sport.”

Asked if the sport could be judged as part of gymnastics, Ms Coates said she wanted to “compete in our own right”.

In the last six years, pole dancing has had an 82% increase in male participation, according to Polesports UK.

GAISF president Patrick Baumann said the Olympics could be in reach.

“We warmly welcome our first observers,” he said. “This is an exciting time for them and for us and we will do everything within our remit to help them realise their full potential as international federations within the global sports family and, one day, maybe become part of the Olympic programme.

“The new sports debuting at Tokyo 2020 and at the Buenos Aires Youth Olympics are evidence that the pathway is there.”

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Tokyo’s 1964 Olympic flame went out four years ago

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The “sacred” flame from Tokyo’s 1964 Olympics was meant to burn forever… but an embarrassed official has revealed that it actually went out four years ago.

Before the 1964 Games, the flame, lit in Olympia, Greece, wound its way through 10 countries before landing in Okinawa.

It was then divided and sent to the cities of Kagoshima, Miyazaki and Chitose.

The flame in Kagoshima was kept in a a sports training facility where it remained without incident for many years.

But the flame found its way back into the spotlight in September 2013, when Japan’s capital was awarded the right to host the 2020 Games.

An official, who – perhaps understandably – asked to remain anonymous, has admitted to AFP news agency that the flame actually went out a few months later, in November 2013.

“At that time, I could not say something that could destroy (people’s) dreams,” said the man, who had been in charge of the facility at the time.

“I saw with my own eyes that the flame went out on 21 November.

“We re-lit the fire and kept it going for about two weeks but I thought that was not good.”

This was only a few months after Japan had won the right to host the 2020 Games, and the flame’s fame was at its peak.

Olympic flame torchbearer Yoshinori Sakai mounts the steps to light the cauldron at the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympic Games at the National Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, 10th October 1964
Image:Sakai mounts the steps to light the cauldron at the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympic Games

He said: “We kept receiving a number of requests from various people to use the sacred flame for town festivals and weddings.

“I decided to come clean.”

Mitsuru Horinouchi, an official in Kagoshima, also confirmed to AFP that the flame went out for good in November 2013.

There is now a different flame in its place, lit by a magnifying glass and sunlight in December 2013 and kept in a camp site.

Nearby is a panel that explains the sad fate of its predecessor.

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Chocolate teacake travels to space

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Terry, a Tunnock’s teacake made of marshmallow and chocolate, was lifted into the atmosphere and reached a peak altitude of 37,007 metres.

Around 33,000 people watched a livestream of the event on Facebook.

They witnessed the teacake gliding over the curve of planet earth, the sun peeking from the darkness of space, before falling back through the atmosphere.

It landed in a tree in Galloway Forest Park and was described as “pretty intact” on impact.

The teacake was attached to a weather balloon for its journey, which was made possible by the Glasgow Science Centre.

“We are delighted by how many people joined us at GSC, and online, to watch Terry’s space adventures,” GSC chief executive Dr Stephen Breslin said.

“We engage people with space science every day, and we thought what better way to spark people’s imaginations and interest in STEM than for us to launch something into space ourselves.”

To demonstrate the conditions of outer space, scientists subjected teacakes to several training exercises.

The snack was placed in liquid nitrogen to simulate freezing temperatures, kept in an airless jar similar to a low-pressure, high-altitude environment, and melted with a blowtorch.

Glasgow Science Centre described the variety of teacake as “Scotland’s favourite snack”.

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Man saved after fish jumps down his throat

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The 28-year-old angler went into cardiac arrest after the Dover sole, which he had just caught, jumped into his mouth on Boscombe pier in Dorset on 5 October.

Joking with friends, he had put the fish over his mouth but it wriggled free and jumped in, blocking his throat completely.

Paramedics arrived within minutes to find the man’s friends giving him CPR after he had collapsed and stopped breathing.

“We were told he had a whole fish stuck in his windpipe,” said Martyn Box, from South Western Ambulance Service (SWAS).

The paramedics managed to restore his pulse after discovering his heart had stopped, but despite using artificial ventilation could not get oxygen into his lungs.

SWAS paramedic Matt Harrison said they knew time was very short.

“It was clear that we needed to get the fish out or this patient was not going to survive the short journey to Royal Bournemouth Hospital,” said Mr Harrison.

He used a laryngoscope to fully extend the mouth and a pair of forceps to “dislodge the tip of the tail”.

“Very carefully, so as not to break the tail off, I tried to remove it, although the fish’s barbs and gills were getting stuck on the way back up,” explained Mr Harrison.

“I was acutely aware that I only had one attempt at getting this right, as if I lost grip or a piece broke off and it slid further out of sight then there was nothing more that we could have done…

“Eventually after six attempts the fish came out in one piece and to our amazement it was a whole Dover sole, measuring approximately 14cm in length.”

The patient – who has not been named – suffered no lasting effects and has made a full recovery.

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Angler ‘kissed’ fish that ‘swam down his throat’

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The 28-year-old angler went into cardiac arrest after the Dover sole, which he had just caught, jumped into his mouth on Boscombe pier in Dorset on 5 October.

Joking with friends, he had put the fish over his mouth but it wriggled free and jumped in, blocking his throat completely.

Paramedics arrived within minutes to find the man’s friends giving him CPR after he had collapsed and stopped breathing.

“We were told he had a whole fish stuck in his windpipe,” said Martyn Box, from South Western Ambulance Service (SWAS).

The paramedics managed to restore his pulse after discovering his heart had stopped, but despite using artificial ventilation could not get oxygen into his lungs.

SWAS paramedic Matt Harrison said they knew time was very short.

“It was clear that we needed to get the fish out or this patient was not going to survive the short journey to Royal Bournemouth Hospital,” said Mr Harrison.

He used a laryngoscope to fully extend the mouth and a pair of forceps to “dislodge the tip of the tail”.

“Very carefully, so as not to break the tail off, I tried to remove it, although the fish’s barbs and gills were getting stuck on the way back up,” explained Mr Harrison.

“I was acutely aware that I only had one attempt at getting this right, as if I lost grip or a piece broke off and it slid further out of sight then there was nothing more that we could have done…

“Eventually after six attempts the fish came out in one piece and to our amazement it was a whole Dover sole, measuring approximately 14cm in length.”

The patient – who has not been named – suffered no lasting effects and has made a full recovery.

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Van wedged into cottage wall after crash

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The vehicle flew over a hedge after coming off the road on a bend.

The driver, a 34-year-old man, has been arrested and is suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Val Fossey, who has lived in the house for 14 years, told the BBC she heard a noise “like an earthquake” when the van smashed into her property.

“This van came flying over a hedge and crashed into our hall and kitchen,” she said.

“If I had (not) left the room I don’t know what would have happened.”

The thatched cottage – in the village of Maulden – is a listed building.

Luckily, it has been found to be structurally safe and nobody was hurt, but Mrs Fossey and her husband are yet to learn when they will be allowed to return home.

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‘Shark’ cautioned under Austria’s burka ban

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The worker had donned a furry suit with a shark’s head for a hat to advertise the opening of a branch of computer store McShark in Vienna.

The Anti-Mask Act, prohibiting full-face coverings including headwear worn by some Muslims, came into force on 1 October.

The law states faces must be visible from the hairline to the chin in public places.

Off-piste ski masks, surgical masks outside of hospitals and party masks are included.

But the law, which is popularly known as the “burka ban”, is mostly seen as aimed at the conservative Islamic clothing.

A page from the McShark Facebook page showing the man in the shark costume
Image:A page from the McShark Facebook page showing the man in the shark costume

Those who break the law can be fined €150 and police are allowed to use force to make people show their faces.

The man arrested was apparently dancing outside the store at the time police arrived, according to Heute newspaper.

He is understood to have refused several requests to take off his shark’s head.

Heute said he told police he was only doing his job.

The managing director of the advertising agency responsible for the campaign, Eugen Prosquill, told the newspaper he was not aware the new law applied to mascots.

“It would be a pity if there were no mascots left,” he said.

Austria’s “burka ban” came after similar restrictions were brought in across France and Belgium and partial bans introduced in the Netherlands, Italy and Spain.

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Pumpkin air freshener prompts school evacuation

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A hazardous materials response team was called to Cristo Rey Jesuit School in Baltimore, Maryland, after two students and three adults were taken to hospital with upset stomachs.

Several people also reported difficulty breathing.

Firefighters sourced the offending stench to a classroom on the third floor and, specifically, to a pumpkin spice plug-in air freshener.

Fire spokesman Roman Clark confirmed that five people had been taken to hospital for stomach ailments.

Panic over, classes resumed the next day.

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