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Columbus Zoo celebrates the birth of female western lowland gorilla

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Open or closed, you know the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium are always on hand to bless the adoring public with cute new zoo babies.

On Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 9:09 p.m, zookeepers welcomed a female western lowland gorilla baby named Jamani. Jamani is the offspring of two of the zoo’s adult gorilla population: mother Cassie, and first-time father, Ktembe.

“We are extremely proud of the Columbus Zoo’s successful contributions over the years to the knowledge and understanding of these incredible gorillas, as well as our continued commitment to gorilla conservation,” Columbus Zoo and Aquarium President/CEO Tom Stalf said in a statement. “Each birth is extremely special and is important to celebrate as it offers hope for their future. This week, as we also marked the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, we have the perfect opportunity to reflect on how each and every one of us can make a positive difference. At the Columbus Zoo, we are inspired every day by the animals in our care, as well as by our community and supporters, who share with us a passion for protecting wildlife and wild places.”

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The name Jamani, which means “friend” in Swahili, was selected by longtime Columbus Zoo supporter and docent Mary Anne Huber. Huber won the honor of naming the baby gorilla in an auction at the Rwandan Fête, a Columbus Zoo autumn fundraiser that supports gorilla conservation.

The zoo’s animal care experts continue to monitor the gorillas, and report that experienced mom, Cassie, is providing excellent care to her little one. Cassie and Jamani will likely remain behind the scenes with Ktembe and the other members of their troop for several months to ensure minimal disruptions so they can continue to bond.

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has been closed to the public since March 16 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. If you believe in the zoo’s mission of conservation, education and care, please consider making a donation to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Animal Care Fund.

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Organize Your Life: Bullet Journaling

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After three months of isolation, and the general productivity lull it created, I began searching for a way to bring some structure back into my life. After a week of stumbling through various self-help forums, I came across the world of Bullet Journaling.  Originally developed by Ryder Carroll, a NYC Product Designer.

Bullet Journaling works by allowing the rapid listing of thoughts, tasks, and events. In its simplest form, it allows you to organize the quick, fleeting ideas we have and go back through, organizing them at the end of the day. As the name suggests, Bullet Journaling relies on bullet points as the main method of organizing information. Each point acts as a reference to a thought. However, unlike other task management methods, one of the biggest aspects of Bullet Journaling is reflecting on what was written over the course of the day, and transferring what's essential to the next day. It’s this aspect of reflection that has proven to be so effective for me.

As a journalist I often find myself juggling multiple stories at different stages of progress. Bullet Journaling has allowed me to prioritize each of these stories and their deadlines. Where I once had pages of random scribbles, I now have a system to easily find and reflect upon all the information I’m constantly intaking.

How to make your own Bullet Journal:

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Former OSU Linebacker partners with local CBD Company

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Former Ohio State University All-American linebacker, and NFL Fox analyst, Chris Spielman has announced a partnership with CBD Health Collection. Speilman was first introduced to the company while looking for solutions to his “nagging pain”, the result of injuries sustained throughout his football career. CBD Health Collection was founded in 2017 by Rick Bauer in conjunction with his son and daughter who run production and marketing respectively.

In conjunction with the new partnership, CBD Health Collection will be launching a Spielman branded line of CBD products targeted at former athletes and weekend warriors experiencing residual pain from sports. The new products will initially be available online as the company finalizes their retail distribution plans. 

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It’s no longer necessary to do squats outside of your gym, for now

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Gym rats rejoice! Those who’ve been missing the arduousness of wiping down salty equipment after each use or hoping that they come across some top-secret CIA information on the lockerroom floor are in luck.

Since the closing of all non-essential business on March 24, gyms have been void of protein shakes and Affliction t-shirts. Following a court order on Tuesday, workout facilities are now allowed to open their doors earlier than the previous May 26 ruling. Those who were adamant about getting leg day in while also exercising their first amendment rights will no longer have to do so outside of gym complexes.

Lake County Common Pleas Judge Eugene Lucci ruled on Tuesday that state and county health officials, including Ohio Director of Public Health Dr. Amy Acton and the Lake County General Health District, won’t be able to take any action against fitness facilities violating the original reopening date. This comes following a complaint filed by The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law on behalf of 35 Ohio gyms, including Columbus’ Ohio Strength.

The general public would be harmed if an injunction was not granted. There would be a diminishment of public morale and a feeling that one unelected individual could exercise such unfettered power to force everyone to obey," Lucci wrote in the injunction

"The public would be left with feelings that their government is not accountable to them. Prolonged lockdowns have deleterious effects upon the public psyche."

When Lt. Gov. Jon Husted announced several opening days this past Thursday, guidelines that gyms would have to follow to remain open were also outlined. Gyms, fitness centers, and dance studios must keep employees and clients six feet apart, which also includes equipment. Upon entering these facilities, everyone will be asked to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer. 

Fitness facilities will not be asked to close if they follow these guidelines.

This doesn’t mark the end of the lawsuit, though. Restrictions placed on fitness centers are being temporality lifted while the case makes its way through the court system. A successful lawsuit, however, could mean that gyms could sue the state for lost income.

“The ruling by Judge Eugene Lucci of the Lake County Court of Common Pleas explains that private property rights are fundamental rights in Ohio, and that the Ohio Department of Health has both violated those rights and exceeded its own authority,” according to a statement from Cincinnati-based Finney Law Firm.

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