US: Melamine from contaminated pet food enters human food chain

Sunday, April 29, 2007

At least 45 people are reported to have eaten pork which came from a hog farm in Ceres, California in the United States, where pigs from the farm were fed pet food which was recalled because it was contaminated with the chemical melamine.

So far none of the individuals have experienced signs of illnesses, but it is not known what effect the chemical, when ingested, has on humans because no major study has taken place on melamine.

On April 21, at least seven urine samples taken from pigs at hog farm, were tested and the results came back positive for the chemical melamine. At least three samples from the feed used to feed the pigs were tested and those results also came back positive for melamine.

Yesterday, the United States Food and Drug Administration or FDA, said in a statement that “we have no evidence of harm to humans associated with the processed pork product” and that “no recall of meat products processed from these animals is being issued.”

Despite the consumption of pork by humans, the FDA states that the risk to human health is minimal.

“The assessment that, if there were to be harm to human health, it would be very low, is based on a number of factors, including the dilution of the contaminating melamine and melamine-related compounds from the original rice protein concentrate as it moves through the food system. First it is a partial ingredient in the pet food; second, it is only part of the total feed given to the hogs; third, it is not known to accumulate in the hogs and the hogs excrete melamine in their urine; fourth, even if present in pork, pork is only a small part of the average American diet. Neither FDA nor USDA has uncovered any evidence of harm to the swine from the contaminated feed,” added the statement.

On March 19, the manufacturer of the food, Menu Foods, which is based in Mississauga, Ontario in Canada, recalled all of its dog and cat food which totaled over 60 million items. On April 28, Canadian officials announced that they will hold products, such as wheat and corn gluten, as well as soy and rice proteins that have been imported from China until they can be tested for melamine.

It is not known how extensive the outbreak is.

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21 September

Australian government announces $52.5 million financial assistance package for Ford

Friday, May 5, 2006

Australian Prime Minister John Howard and federal industry minister Ian MacDonald today announced that the federal government would be providing Ford Australia with a AU$52.5 million (US$40.4 million) “financial assistance package”. Additional assistance will also be provided by the Victorian state government.

According to Mr Howard, the injection will secure Ford’s manufacturing operations in Australia “for the long term”.

From the package, AU$40 million will be used for the design and manufacture of Ford’s next model Falcon and Territory vehicles, which will be built in Australia.

Despite being given a major facelift in 2002 and another in 2005, the Falcon’s bodyshell dates back to 1998. The current Falcon will need to serve the company until at least 2007 when the new model is anticipated. In the meantime, it will face stiff competition from the completely new Holden Commodore (the Falcon’s major competitor) which will be released in the second half of this year.

The additional AU$12.5 million will be spent on the development of a light commercial vehicle platform, which will be built overseas and marketed to around 80 countries. Mr Howard said that the light commercial project would involve construction of a research and development centre, which will become the base for R&D projects in the region.

Mr MacFarlane said that the research facility was exciting for Australia and that it would put the Australian automotive in the spotlight.

“The funding has helped Ford Australia secure the largest automotive R&D project ever undertaken in Australia which is equally exciting news for local Ford employees and Australian component producers” he said.

“The project will see Ford Australia become a centre for automotive design and engineering excellence in the Asia Pacific region which will bring spin-off benefits for the broader industry,”

“This opportunity will put both Ford Australia, and the Australian automotive and components sectors on the world map as far as our automotive design and engineering capabilities are concerned.” Mr MacFarlane said.

Mr Howard claims that the projects will create 273 jobs and secure the future of the “iconic” Ford Falcon, which has been built in Australia since 1960.

The financial package is conditional upon Ford Australia giving the Australian automotive component industry an opportunity to supply components for the vehicles produced by the two projects.

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21 September

Reasons To Think Seriously About Internet Real Estate Courses


Of all the careers that you can choose from, one of the most lucrative and rewarding is real estate. The benefits of being a real estate agent are innumerable and include job flexibility, a unique and demanding work environment, and you get to experience rewarding moments for homeowners who have just found their dream homes. In terms of becoming a real estate agent, you will first need to complete a real estate agent certification course. Here are the top five reasons to complete your real estate education using internet real estate courses.


Another benefit of internet real estate courses is that they can be completed anywhere. If you have a mobile device such as a smartphone or a tablet, you can complete your real estate training while you wait at the doctors’ office, while you sit in the dentist’s chair for a cleaning, or while you are at the park with your kids.


Every person going through internet real estate courses to become licensed as a real estate agent will learn in different ways. One of the benefits of an online course is that you are not tied down to a classroom listening to a lecture and trying to learn from someone else’s point of view. With online courses, you have the option of learning the way that works best for you. In addition, if you do not understand a concept the first time, you can always go back and work through it again.


People learn in different ways and at different speeds. If all the time you have to commit to studying and going through your course one day is five minutes between errands, then that is okay. You complete the course on your own time. This contributes to a much higher success rate since you are better able to focus when you need to focus and not stress about it when you have other worries.


The nature of internet real estate courses is that they are extremely personalized and custom to everyone that goes through them for their real estate education. Whether you work best through reading and studying study guides or going through story problems and real life situations, there is a place for you learning what you need to know about real estate through an online study and testing environment.

If you have always dreamed of becoming a real estate agent, now is the time to start looking at internet real estate courses. Internet real estate courses are beneficial to you in terms of time, money, and by providing a more effective and productive learning environment for a variety of learners. Visit

20 September

14 killed in Russian bus-truck collision

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Fourteen have died and four more have been injured after a bus and a truck collided near Moscow, Russia. The bus caught fire in the accident.

“According to our latest information, 14 people died — the driver of the truck and 13 people on the bus,” said a spokeswoman for the Emergency Ministry. The crash occurred in Petushinsky, a district 100 kilometres (60 miles) to Moscow’s east.

The crash occurred on the Moscow-Nizhny Novgorod-Ufa highway, and the death toll may yet rise as the burnt-out wreckage makes identifications difficult. The death toll has already been revised from 25. A criminal investigation has been launched regarding possible violations of traffic laws.

It is unclear where the vehicles were going. Reports suggest both were headed towards Moscow. It is thought that the truck left its lane and crossed into the path of the bus.

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20 September

Family of Chile’s former leader Augusto Pinochet arrested on embezzlement charges

Friday, October 5, 2007

The widow and five children of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet have been arrested in Chile on embezzlement charges. They are accused of illegally transferring USD27 million to foreign bank accounts during Pinochet’s rule from 1973 to 1990. Seventeen of Pinochet’s former associates, including his former personal secretary and three retired army generals, were also arrested.

Pinochet had been charged with tax evasion, fraud, and embezzlement following a 2004 U.S. Senate investigation. In December 2006, he died without having been brought to trial. However, Chilean Judge Carlos Cerda said there were “solid indications” that Pinochet’s family and associates had also “participated in the misuse of fiscal funds”.

Jose Miguel Vivanco of Human Rights Watch called the decision “an extremely important development for Chile’s democracy and the rule of law. Going after the relatives of the powerful and the fortunes they amassed used to be considered off limits,” he said.

Pinochet family lawyer Pablo Rodriguez said he was “astonished by this illegal and abusive decision by the judge”, and that he was “sure that it will be reversed by the Court of Appeals.”

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20 September

Wikinews interviews New York bar owner on Santorum cocktail

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Wikinews interviewed one of the owners of a New York City bar about a popular new politically-themed cocktail drink called Santorum. The beverage was inspired by the santorum neologism coined in advice columnist Dan Savage’s column Savage Love in response to comments made by former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum about homosexuality; Savage’s readers voted to define santorum as: “the frothy mixture of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the byproduct of anal sex.”

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19 September

About Dentures And Partial Denture Repair

Dentures can be full and partial. Full dentures are the ones where the patient is missing all the teeth, whereas, in partial dentures, a patient is missing only some teeth. So in case of partial dentures, the original teeth should be healthy enough to support the new dentures, but if they are not healthy, they have to be fixed, which might take a few days. Here we will briefly talk about the whole procedure of making dentures and related things:

Creating dentures

The partial dentures usually take 4-5 visits to be made completely. It takes time because firstly an x-ray of your teeth is done to check their health and strength. Then proper impressions are created which form your dentures. Then there is a task of reshaping the teeth to give them a proper shape to fit the new dentures. The next stage is checking the reshaping and fixing the dentures, which are adjusted and worn. The dentist may require you to revisit to check your new dentures for any soreness.

What If they break?

It is to be noted that dentures can be break very easily. These can lead to some chips or fracture to the dentures. Your dentist can repair these if the damage is minimal. But if there is severe damage to the same, they have to be sent to the laboratory for repairs because they require special tools.

Getting used to dentures

It is possible that you might feel odd because of dentures in the initial stage, and it will take time for your mouth and tongue to get used to them. This can also have an impact on your everyday speech and might require you to practice for a couple of weeks to gain the same fluency back. Your mouth might also produce more saliva, but your brain will recognize the same and thereby produce less saliva. It is also advisable that you eat soft food as it might be a little uncomfortable for you to eat food as well.

How long will they last?

There is always a chance that your dentures will wear down so, your dentist may advise you to go for a partial denture repair service. If the damage is less, then the dentures can be repaired by your dentist only. It is to keep in mind that as you and dentures grow older, there are high chances of them being more susceptible to breakage and would also need more repair.

The need for partial denture repair

There is no need to be creative and repair them at home to save time and money using glue. This might lead to an unprofessional repair causing ill-fitting of the dentures, which might hurt your mouth. It is always advisable that if you lose or damage your dentures, then you should just go to your dentist. If even he is not able to repair them, then you must go to a dependable partial denture repair lab for the necessary repairs.

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16 September

Creationist sentiments affect Imax business strategy

Tuesday, March 22, 2005Imax cinemas in several southern US states have begun to refuse screening of films that deal with evolution and the big bang, fearing they will drive away customers. This step follows pressure from customers claiming such films are blasphemous to the Christian religion and are counter to biblical teachings which fundamentalists take to be the literal word of God.

Some of the affected cinemas are located in science museums often visited by families. Carol Murray, the marketing director of the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History in Texas, commented that trial customers complained, “I really hate it when the theory of evolution is presented as fact,” a view reflected by several others. Conversely, a producer of an Imax film entitled Volcanoes of the Deep Sea, James Cameron, said that he was “surprised and somewhat offended” at some of the reactions.

Films suppressed by this controversy include Cosmic Voyage (which deals with the big bang), Galapagos (dealing with the development of evolutionary theory by Darwin) and Volcanoes of the Deep Sea (about deep-sea thermophiles).

Although this move only affects about a dozen Southern US cinemas, it has proved significant due to the manner in which Imax operates. Imax presentations are filmed and projected using specialized equipment in specially adapted theatres. Imax films also have tight production and marketing budgets. At any one time, an Imax film may be shown at only two dozen locations. As such, profits may be significantly reduced if just a few locations refuse to show a given film, swaying producers to avoid producing films on contentious subjects which may be construed by Christian fundamentalists as blasphemous.

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16 September

Ritual sacrifice in Nepal sees 320,000 animals slaughtered to Hindu goddess

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

In a tribute to Gadhimai, a Hindu goddess of power, a Nepalese festival began today with the mass sacrifice of 20,000 buffalo in the village of Bariyapur. Shortly after, 300,000 birds, sheep and goats were similarly ritually slaughtered.

It is estimated as many as 750,000 people travelled from India, which recently banned similar mass-sacrifices, to make up the majority of the festival’s estimated one million attendees. Member of Parliament Shiv Chandra Kushwaha skipped Tuesday’s legislative meeting, saying that the festival had more importance as a religious celebration.

Although animal rights groups have condemned the ceremony as cruel, the Nepalese government has ignored requests to cancel the festival, held once every five years. Last year, the government banned a similar slaughter during the festival of Yanya Punhi, and was greeted with angry protests.

The meat is taken to local villages, who host large feasts for those in attendance, as it is believed to ward off evil.

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15 September

The 5 Safest Strategies Of Betting

Flat betting system

It is a system which the amounts never change. The punter never worries whether it is a win, loss or draw. The wager upon the bet is same regardless of the game outcome. It is for people who are not affected by the possible result of a match. The reason why it is common is that of its safety rate. The system is safe, for you lose only once with the same amount. The punter can handle his losses or wins in betting environment. It also assures a better longer, fun sessions in betting which is the biggest desire of a punter.

The flat bet system provides low rates of risks. The punter benefits from low risk where he suffers less in case of losing a bet. It is so for the wager does not change and is constant regardless of the outcome of any sport.

The system enhances discipline in betting environment. The punter stays strong and sticks to the usual chance whether you win big or lose. You are to follow the order to reduce risk chances. For a beginner in betting, the safest system is the flat strategy. You learn various rules and regulations of a sport while using it. It gives a chance to learn as you bet, the payouts and odds, understand rules without being distracted.

Miller investment management

Their strategy focuses on long-term and adjustable risk returns. For a punter using the approach, you benefit from long-term wins and chances that you can adjust. You have to be a punter who reasons and understands the world of betting. The knowledge of betting ground will help you:

Identify opportunities

As a punter to be on safe side, you have to win. A safe way of winning is carefully finding out about the sports teams. Analyze each and every team according to their previous performance, recent changes in the team, managing officials of the team, the team’s aspirations and motivations. Go through the records of the teams and sport you wish to put your money on. You will find the process that will help identify winning opportunities thus you are sure to gain profit.

Analyze and assess the odds in betting

As a punter, always take your time to examine the odds given in any sport. Assess the reasons behind each odd awarded to a particular team. Know the stakes that are worth and which will benefit you. By so doing, you can predict and put a wager where you are sure to make profits.

Research on various sports

Research is key to knowledge and success. In betting, many different games are involved. Take your time to identify the best set to indulge in betting. There are game’s that are easy to predict than others. Use your research findings to lead you to the best type of game.

Kelly betting system

In the system, a bettor is required to calculate the proportion of the wager on an outcome whose odds are high. In it, your money multiplies significantly thus you can make a big profit. It does not work to those who bet without searching, and it requires thorough search into the betting game. A punter is expected to find out who to put a wager upon and by doing the search, you are sure of the type of team that is worth your money. Also, determine on outcome results you wish to bet on. The betting gives you a chance to bet on various outcomes, can be negative or positive. Choose a team that will make profits. The circumstances are different for every occasion, and it will be wise to know the right time to place a bet. Choose a betting company that offers lottery odds for they differ according to bookmakers in every company. After you accomplish the above, ask yourself why the selected team has the odds awarded and how much that odd deserves staking. Kelly betting criteria allow and make sure you have all the above before placing a bet.

Bank charges on on-line betting

A punter’s primary reason for engaging in betting is to make money. Choose choices that are sure to gain you money. The system where betting money is through your bank is safe to work with, and the transaction is always between your account and the Ladbrokes. You are not charged any transaction fee and regulated on how to use your money. The system benefits the bettor in that; you cannot use your money recklessly, and chances of money loss are limited. Some companies will put back the exact amount from the bank, ensuring the punter never goes bankrupt.

Sure bet strategy

The primary system focus is betting odds variables. Odds vary from bookmakers. Take advantage of the variations to place bets with no loss fear, and risk-free. To use the betting system, you require speed and various accounts of betting in various sites. It is because odds changes quickly.


There are many ways to bet but before indulging in any of them, be aware of its benefits and disadvantages. Know why you are betting so as to choose the right system that will make your reasons happen. In the options, all involves a punter’s way of thinking but theKelly betting is the only one which the outcome is determined by mathematical calculation thus termed as most accurate. To be sure, combine thinking and calculation in betting.

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13 September