The Greek Community’s honorary treasurer and Epworth Hospital’s orthopaedic surgeon, Associate Professor Marinis Pirpiris, volunteered his time at the Royal Melbourne Zoo earlier this week, swapping humans for orangutans. Thirty-six-year-old Suma, also known as Kianni, is the zoo’s oldest resident orangutan, and after showing signs of arthritis has been taking medication since 2013. Dr Pirpiris joined senior veterinarian Dr Helen McCracken in taking x-rays of areas where arthritis was present, including the hips and ankles. The doctors manipulated Suma’s joints, performing a procedure to assist in relieving her from chronic arthritic pain. Feeling privileged to have the chance to work on the ape, he went on to tell the Herald Sun: “It is quite a special moment when we try to apply our own skill set on primates. We are trying to help … (but) they can’t quite comprehend what is going on.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Source = American Airlines American Airlines took home the top prize once again in Global Traveler magazine’s GT Tested readers survey. For the fifth year in a row, the readers of Global Traveler magazine have named American “Best Domestic First Class Airline.” oneworld also earned top honors as “Best Airline Alliance” for the second consecutive year. The annual GT Tested Awards program surveyed more than 35,000 business and leisure travelers with an open-ended reader survey to determine the best in business and luxury travel for 2011. The GT Tested Awards were presented on Dec. 1 in Los Angeles and are featured in the December issue of Global Traveler. American was also honored in August in Global Traveler’s annual “Wines on the Wing” awards, taking the top award for Best North American Wines on the Wing, Best North American Sparkling Wine and Best North American Red Wine. Global Traveler’s panel of wine experts and consultants selected American as serving the Best Sparkling Wine in the North American Premium Class category for its Gloria Ferrer Brut Sonoma, while the California Pellegrini Family Blend won among red wines. American provided tastings of its award-winning wine to attendees at the GT Tested Awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Dec. 1.
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A Hoosier substance abuse counselor says Colorado‘s newly legal marijuana industry could be the beginning of a national public policy shift. Coloradoofficially opened two dozen marijuana shops where people can legally purchase pot without a doctor‘s note or other heavy restrictions. Most of the shops are located in the Denver area. Indianapolis-based Heartland Intervention‘s Scott Watson says the policy issue is really not about “right or wrong.” He says he‘s not “the morality police.” Watson says the Colorado experiment is progressive and he believes that if there are negative results – such as a rise in marijuana abuse – the state will hopefully take swift action to address the issue. Ultimately, Watson says it‘s way too early to say what impact the new law will have on Colorado or the nation.