Vancouver's kiss of life

Canada-based photojournalist Richard Lam took the photograph while covering the riots that followed the Vancouver Canucks' 4-0 loss to the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup.
Scott Jones comforting his girlfriend, Alex Thomas, after she was knocked to the ground by an officer's riot shield.

YouTube video appears to show Vancouver riot kissing couple before photo

Fresh video footage appearing to show Vancouver's famous riot couple seems to end speculation that the picture was faked, and indicates that sympathy more than passion was the motivation behind the kiss that was captured on camera.

The footage, uploaded to YouTube, seems to show Australian Scott Jones comforting his girlfriend, Alex Thomas, after she was knocked to the ground by an officer's riot shield.

The photo of the couple, taken by photographer Richard Lam, became a global sensation and was taken as Lam was documenting the riot that began after the hometown Canucks lost ice hockey's Stanley Cup to the Boston Bruins. The picture became an internet sensation and fuelled speculation that the embrace was staged.

The video shows the crowd retreating as the couple find themselves caught in the path of two riot police. Both officers collide with the pair with their shields, knocking them to the ground. The couple appear to be holding up their arms up in defence. The camera moves on, returning to show the man comforting the distraught woman.

Jones and Thomas have been inundated with offers to describe the events surrounding the famous kiss and had said they did not want the "extra stress" of media appointments. But they are now believed to have hired celebrity publicist Markson Sparks PR.

Jones is an aspiring comedian. "I think for Scott, it's a tremendous opportunity for him to springboard his acting and standup comedy," Markson told the Toronto Star. "Overseas people know more about that photo than the Stanley Cup." He said the couple's global exposure could be worth a potential $10m.




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Mom Plans to Donate Womb to Daughter

A 56-year-old mother hopes to have her uterus implanted into her daughter by next year so the 25-year-old can have a baby, The Daily Mail reported

Sara Ottosson, a biology teacher in Sweden, was born without reproductive organs due to a rare syndrome, but she wants to have a baby. Her mother, Eva Ottosson, of Nottingham, England, is hoping to give her the same womb she carried her in.
“I’m a biology teacher and it’s just an organ like any other organ,” Sara Ottosson told to the Daily Telegraph. “It would mean the world to me for this to work and to have children.”
The surgery would happen at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Sweden, where doctors have been looking at potential patients for the surgery.
Both mother and daughter have been tested and are awaiting a decision on their eligibility for the transplant.
The medical team’s leader, Dr. Mat Brannstrom, said the surgery is much more complicated than a kidney, liver or heart transplant.
"The difficulty with it is avoiding hemorrhage and making sure you have long enough blood vessels to connect the womb," he told the Telegraph.

Another womb transplant took place in Saudi Arabia in 2000 when a 26-year-old woman received a donated womb, but it had to be removed after 99 days due to complications. Scientists in Sweden, where the procedure will take place, think that medical knowledge has come far enough to do the transplant successfully now, although it remains an extremely complex procedure.



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Age is nothing but a number

Ernestine Shepherd, 74, of Baltimore, has been crowned by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's oldest competitive female bodybuilder.
Shepherd has impeccably toned "six-pack" abs that are the marvel of her Baltimore fitness center.

She trains rigorously with Yohnnie Shambourger, 57, a former Mr Universe who won the gold medal in bodybuilding at the Pan American Games in 1995, The Daily Mail reports.

Over the past 18 years, Shepherd has run nine marathons and won two bodybuilding contests.

She told the Washington Post: "Age is nothing but a number."

She is a Dorothy Dandridge beauty, a knockout. Her makeup is perfect, lips painted candy red to match her workout clothes. She has thick, black eyelashes and wears her hair in a long, gray braid that swings down her superbly sculpted back.

Shepherd wakes up at 3 a.m. every day to meditate, then hits the trails in a local park to run 10 miles before lunch. She eats only plain brown rice, bland chicken breast and vegetables, washed down with a glass of raw egg whites, three times a day.

The Shepherds live in Baltimore with their son, 53, and grandson, 14. Her husband of 54 years, Collin Shepherd, says he "has trouble keeping guys away from her."

U.S. grandma bodybuilder: "Age is nothing but a number"



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Cool hut at an altitude of 4,003 meters.

The Solvay Hut at 4003 m(13,133 ft) is the highest hut on the Matterhorn. It is a small emergency refuge for about 10 persons situated on a ledge immediately above the Moseley Slab on the Hörnligrat. It is strictly to be used in the event of an emergency. About two thirds up the mountain, 743 m above the Hörnli Hut and 475 m below the summit, many Matterhorn climbers have rested on the small ledge outside the hut admiring the spectacular view of all the Monte Rosa summits.

The hut was built in August 1915. All the building material was brought up to the Hörnli Hut at 3260 m by help of animals. From there a small temporary cable car was used to transport the material up to the building site at 4000 meter. The hut was erected within only five days. In 1966 the hut was rebuilt and in 1976 an emergency telephone was installed.

Perched at 4,003m on a rocky ridge of the Matterhorn, Switzerland’s iconic triangular peak, the Solvay Hut managed by the Swiss Alpine Club offers emergency cover for some ten daring climbers, who expect to conquer the rocky and rugged terrain.

UPDATE: 26 JUNE 2011

France: Six mountaineers die in Alps avalanche

Six mountaineers have died in the French Alps, officials say.

A British hiker found the bodies near the Neige Cordier summit at an altitude of 2,700 m (8,850 feet).

"The victims were climbing roped together in two groups. It looks like there was a slide of snow and stones mixed together," the local mayor, Xavier Cret, told AFP news agency.

The climbers appear to have died while making an ascent in good weather on Saturday, police said.

The bodies have been flown to the village of Villar-d'Arene for identification.

Their nationalities have not yet been confirmed.

The hiker discovered the climbers' bodies as he followed the same route as they had taken a day before, mountain rescue police said.

It is thought they stayed overnight in a mountain hut before attempting an ascent to a point at about 3,600 meters (11,800 feet) in the Massif des Ecrins.

They were in a narrow chasm used by both skiers and climbers.

Police have opened an investigation into the accident.



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