While you were sleeping Three more days of heat, Japan”s new panda named

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The late-September heat wave will be with us for three more days, with temperatures finally dropping to 20 degrees on Thursday, with a chance of showers, Environment Canada says. “This won’t last forever,” said Bruno Marquis, a meteorologist at the federal agency’s Quebec Storm Prediction Centre in Montreal. Temperatures have been between one and four degrees above normal for the past 15 days, “That’s quite unusual,” Marquis said. It’s not clear whether Hurricane Maria will bring precipitation to Quebec and the Maritimes next week, he said. But there’s no rain expected before Wednesday, with an expected high of 25 degrees and 60-per-cent chance of showers.

900 runners treated after half marathon: One of the organizers of the Montreal marathon says almost 900 people received medical attention as Sunday’s 10-kilometre and half-marathon events took place in the blazing heat. The shorter events were still held even after the full 42.2-kilometre distance was cancelled because of concerns over high heat and humidity. On average, 500 to 600 people are treated for medical issues during the marathons in years when temperatures are around 15 to 18 Celsius, said the event’s medical co-ordinator, Eddy Afram. The number of medical interventions Sunday was higher than usual, but still in line with the organizers’ expectations given the temperature, which reached a high of 30 degrees in the afternoon, with a humidex of 40.

Japan’s baby panda now has a name: Xiang Xiang, or fragrance: Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike said Monday the 3-month-old giant panda is called Shan Shan in Japanese, or Xiang Xiang in Chinese. The name, whose Chinese characters mean fragrance, was chosen from more than 320,000 suggestions and was approved by Chinese authorities. The Ueno Zoo in Tokyo says the panda is healthy and growing rapidly. She weighs 6 kilograms (13 pounds) and measures 65 centimetres (26 inches) long, nearly twice as big as she was a month ago. Videos released last week showed the fluffy black-and-white cub crawling, and some teeth coming in. Xiang Xiang was born on June 12 to the zoo’s resident giant panda, Shin Shin.

Egyptian once known as ‘world’s heaviest woman’ dies in UAE: Doctors say an Egyptian once known as “the world’s heaviest woman” has died in a hospital in the United Arab Emirates. She was 37. Burjeel Hospital in Abu Dhabi said that Eman Abdul Atti died at 4:35 a.m. on Monday. Doctors described her death as being due to complications from her weight, including heart disease and kidney dysfunction. The hospital said: “Our prayers and heartfelt condolences go out to her family.” At one point, Abdul Atti reportedly weighed around 500 kilograms (1,100 pounds). Doctors blamed her weight on a thyroid condition. Abdul Atti arrived in the UAE in May, receiving care from a team of 20 doctors at Burjeel Hospital. She earlier received medical treatment in India and underwent surgery that saw her lose some 300 kilograms (660 pounds).

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