ITV fined A$3000 for cruelty to rat on “I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!”

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

A spokesperson stated on Monday that UK television company ITV have been fined A$3000 (about US$2591 or £1663) for cruelty to animals in an incident on programme “I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!“, where two celebrities killed and ate a rat.

The incident involved actor Stuart Manning and television chef Gino D’Acampo, who went on to win the ninth series of the programme, which was broadcast in 2009. Inside the jungle, having been reduced to rations of beans and rice, the two celebrities caught a rat before killing it and then cooking it, to give the beans and rice “more protein”, before eating the rat, which contestant and actor George Hamilton described as “actually quite nice”. Inside the programme’s video diary room, at the time of the recording of it, Gino D’Acampo said: “I saw one of these rats running around. I got a knife, I got its throat, I picked it up.”

RSPCA Australia had stated that performing an act like this on television was “not acceptable”. Initially, Manning and D’Acampo were charged for animal cruelty. However, their charges were dropped when ITV made the confession that production staff had allowed the celebrities to carry out the act of killing the rat. After a court trial in Sydney, Australia, ITV got a fine of A$3000. The company also had to pay costs of A$2500 (US$2192 or £1396).

An ITV spokesperson said that “ITV has apologised for the mistake which led to this incident. The production was unaware that killing a rat could be an offence, criminal or otherwise in New South Wales, and accepts that further inquiries should have been made. This was an oversight and we have since thoroughly reviewed our procedures and are putting in place a comprehensive training programme to ensure that this does not happen in future series.”

Woman finds human finger in bowl of chili at Wendy’s restaurant

Thursday, March 24, 2005

San Jose, California — A woman eating a bowl of chili at a Wendy’s restaurant bit into a chewy bit that turned out to be a human finger. She immediately spat it out, warned other patrons to stop eating, and upon recognizing the object as a finger, vomited.

“I’m more of a Carl’s Jr. person,” the 39-year-old Las Vegas woman, Anna Ayala, told Knight Ridder. She said this incident was her first visit to a Wendy’s restaurant. Ayala described how she found the finger, “Suddenly something crunchy was in my mouth,” she continued, “and I spit it out.”

According to Devina Cordero, 20, after Ayala found the finger, she ran up to her and Cordero’s boyfriend and said, “Don’t eat it! Look, there’s a human finger in our chili.”

“We went up to the counter and they told us it was a vegetable,” Cordero continued. “The people from Wendy’s were poking it with a spoon.”

The restaurant is located at 1405 Monterey Highway, just south of downtown San Jose.

Wikinews reporter David Vasquez drove his car up to the drive-thru menu and found that chili was still on the menu, at a price of US$1.19 for a small serving. He also witnessed workers unloading supplies from a semi-trailer truck in the restaurant’s parking lot, and carting them into the back door of the establishment.

According to Ben Gale, director of environmental health for Santa Clara County, the finger did not come from any of the employees at the restaurant. “We asked everybody to show us they have 10 fingers and everything is OK there,” he said. The found portion of the finger likely belonged to a woman because of its long and manicured fingernail, also found in the food.

Officials seized the food supply at the restaurant and are tracing it back to the manufacturer, where they believe the finger may have gotten mixed in with the raw ingredients used to prepare the chili. The restaurant’s operators were later permitted to re-open after preparing new chili prepared from fresh ingredients.

As this story was filed, there was no mention of the incident on the Wendy’s corporate web site. Wendy’s issued a statement through a spokesman.

“Food safety is of utmost importance to us,” said Wendy’s spokesman Joe Desmond. He referred to the incident as an “unsubstantiated claim.”

“We are cooperating fully with the local police and health departments with their investigation. It’s important not to jump to conclusions. Here at Wendy’s we plan to do right by our customers,” Desmond said.

According to county health officials, the unfortunate woman who bit into the finger is doing fine, despite her initial reaction. Officials also noted that the finger would have been cooked at a high enough temperature to destroy any viruses.

The Santa Clara county medical examiner reported that the finger had a solid fingerprint, although investigators did not say if a search of fingerprint databases would be performed to find the owner of the finger.

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Shooting Games Get Ready For The Real War}

Submitted by: Peter Rodrick

Shooting games are action games and they are considered as great stress reliever! There is nothing to confuse that what how can the gun work like anti-depressant? Many psychiatrics have now come to the conclusion that people who play shooting games can let out their anger by gunning down the enemies and objects in those action games. There could be a lot of variety in action games to choose from. Shooting games can also be included in the adventure genre of games, but have been labeled separate due to games extreme popularity.

Giant game consoles such as Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation have contributed making online shooting games as revolutionary change in the world of computer games. Such sophisticated and interactive games assure the entertainment and are proven to be an excellent fun-pack program. Providing innumerable games console to its diehard players, shooting games software library includes plenty of different action and adventurous games that may or may not contain mission or story.

Shooting games are the video game or computer game that is equivalent of some action movies that includes wars, gunning down the enemies, some mission to be accomplished or to rescue some of the warriors. Such games normally feature physical fighting including great explosions, shooting, punch-bangs, nimble flying or driving aircraft or any other funky vehicles like motorbike or a sports car while shooting. This everything is in order to terminate enemies with minor puzzle solving involved. These games center on speed and physical drama that set high requirements on the reflexes of the players and brain-to-hand coordination skills.

Some of these games that come under adventurous or action games have created hallmark of such genre. For instance, Microsoft Game Studio has produced Gears of War, which is a great hit. With the Xbox 360, the Windows gamer love playing such an attractive game with mouse, keyboard or Windows-enabled controllers. This popular shooting/action game boasts dainty and original content, new matchless accomplishments, and high resolution visual effects. New campaign stages consist of an epic war; terrorizing Brumak is added to make the entire shooting game more interesting. Such action-packed game console comes with 3 special multiplayer maps, a King of the Hill and compatible with Games for Windows LIVE. It is also having the Unreal Editor that enables one to have user-created levels.

Shooting games can also include some space games that feature some mission and/or destroying some meteorites and other targets that come in the way of your space craft. In between, you can also get some power that adds extra strength to the players spaceship such as double missiles, power missiles, protecting ring and many more. These games are action-packed exciting and amusing games that assures stirring experience to its players. The colored flames, horrid night creatures like bats, stylish spaceship or some funky vehicle, ultra-violet beam weapons, different types of guns and missiles all make shooting games marvelous. The software used in such game gives realistic flair with eye catching graphics and excellent sound effects.

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Wikinews interviews William Pomerantz, Senior Director of Space Prizes at the X PRIZE Foundation

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

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European Union demands release of Belarusian opposition leader

Sunday, March 26, 2006

The European Union (EU) has demanded the release of Alexandr Kozulin, a Belarusian opposition leader arrested during a protest rally in Minsk. Kozulin was one of the leaders in a series of rolling protests against the recent election victory of President Alexander Lukashenko.

The EU president is “appalled by the violence used against demonstrators by the Belarusian authorities,” it said in a statement. “It expresses serious concern about the arrest of demonstrators and members of the democratic opposition, including presidential candidate Alexander Kozulin, and demands their immediate release,” the statement said.

Reports indicate that the streets of Minsk have settled to a “peaceful standstill” on Sunday, after riot police moved in to break up a protest rally – a day after reports that police brutally dispersed large crowds in the capital. Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Friday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck. During a rally on Saturday, Alexander Kozulin was “pulled out of a car by police and taken away.”

Kozulin’s spokeswoman Nina Shedlovskaya said he had been beaten by police. On Sunday, Kozulin’s wife, Irina, described his condition was “OK.” “The rescue squad wasn’t called for him,” she told the Associated Press. Also Sunday, about 80 pro-Lukashenko youth activists picketed the U.S. Embassy in Minsk, shouting “Hands off Belarus.” Russian news agencies report that the Polish Embassy was also picketed.

Kozulin was detained as protesters marched on a jail holding others detained during what is being called “the biggest protests in Belarus for ten years.” Belarus Independent Media Centre reports that the “arrest of 460 people in the protest tent camp on Friday morning had provoked the population and strengthened the general protest mood in Belarus.”

The Belarus IMC report says: “More than 5000 people gathered on Saturday in the centre of Minsk for the demonstration which had been announced. Authorities opposed the protest with all available police forces, special services and the army.”

Demonstrators demand a repeat of last week’s election poll. Mr Lukashenko, President of Belarus since 1994, has been widely accused of pursuing “Soviet-style policies, closing down the media and cracking down on rivals.” President Lukashenko contends the United States and Western European countries are giving financial and moral support to the opposition group.

EU Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner also demanded that Belarus release members of the opposition. “I urge the Belarussian government to adhere to the rules of democracy,” Ferrero-Waldner was quoted as saying. “If the Belarussian government does not show remorse, visa bans will probably be sharpened. In concrete terms, that means that those responsible will not be able to travel to EU member states. Foreign assets of Belarussian lawmakers could also be frozen. It’s important that sanctions do not hurt the people.”

Alexander Milinkevich, Belarus’s main opposition leader, praised Belarussians who have been protesting since the election. However he acknowledged that their numbers were not enough to defeat Lukashenko’s government.

Kia Forte Wins My Vote}

Submitted by: Pat Munro

Get to your local Kia dealership this New Year, and check out the Kia Forte. Kia has shed its dowdy, plain styling and average power under the hood for greatness. The Korean brand has to this point been known as a bargain basement type of vehicle, with cheap yet descent cars which never stood up to the big players like Toyota or Honda. The Forte changes all that, its still in the least expensive small car category, but has the elements of a more expensive vehicle. Previously Kias Spectra, the predecessor, wasnt a bad car, it just sat flat on the showroom floor. Its styling was generic, and its features werent anything to go running to. Kia put some long awaited effort into the look and features of their new Forte. It is a strong contender in the compact car arena, last year the 2010 Forte won the NADA award for most impressive styling, fuel efficiency, extensive features and a low price point. The NADA award is the automotive online resource for car buyers in the U.S.

Designed in California, the styling of the 2010 Forte has a nice wide stance reminiscent of the charger from the back, and the Honda Civic from the front. Despite the similarities the look is surprisingly upscale to each. Chunky fenders give the Forte a masculine look and feel, also the Forte boasts a tall roof and wider body which allows for some wiggle room for both the driver and passengers. It has loads of leg room for everyone and the rear seat fits 3 comfortably and did I mention the trunk is large. The entire Forte line has all of the standard safety features, all of the airbags, anti-lock brakes with brake assist and electronic stability control. Beyond the standard safety features all of the Fortes have Bluetooth, Sirius radio, auxiliary jacks, voice activation and steering wheel controllers. These arent standards on any other car or model at the Fortes price point. Ex models come with air conditioning and power accessories, the SX model along with a stronger engine comes standard with a sportier suspension, larger brakes and 17 inch alloy wheels. Come on, are you kidding me, all this for its great low price.

Now lets talk about whats under the hood. In its category consumers are pleasantly surprised by the driving satisfaction and sophistications than all others in its class. It boasts great acceleration, 60 mph in 8 seconds, a well responsive hydraulic power steering, great visibility and the firm yet comfortable ride. The four wheel disc brakes stop hard and confidently. I personally like the EX automatic Forte, it keeps the 2.0 liter engine but upgrades to a five speed automatic. It includes electric power steering, a smart alternator, low resistance tires and some aerodynamic enhancements. All this and its fuel economy rating is 27 MPG in the city and 36 on the highway.

Overall, I am impressed with the Kia Fortes style, comfort, value, warranty and fuel economy, plus its fun to drive. If anyone out there is looking for a fun little spit fire coupe or sedan it is well worth the trip to the dealership to look at and test drive. You wont be disappointed. Forget everything you thought you knew about the Kia brand, this bold, new compact car is going to change your mind and your life. I am looking forward to seeing what Kia has planned for its next unveiling, could it be even better?

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Gunman killed outside Colorado governor’s office

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

A man identified as Aaron Richard Snyder showed up on Monday around 2:25 p.m. outside the Colorado Capitol offices of Governor Bill Ritter. He was carrying a 357-caliber 7 shot Smith and Wesson revolver with 20 extra rounds of ammunition and started screaming “I am the emperor” and “I am here to take over the state”.

When he was confronted by a Colorado State trooper, Snyder opened his jacket showing that he was carrying a gun. The trooper ordered Snyder to drop the gun, but instead he moved “menancingly” in the direction of the trooper who then shot him once in the head and twice in the chest.

Snyder died from the multiple gunshot wounds on the floor of the Capitol office building. The Capitol went on a full lockdown with employees, tour groups and visitors in the building at the time ordered to stay where they were.

Governor Ritter was interviewing a judge candidate in his office at the time of the shooting. He held a press conference on the Capitol step two hours later.

Mr. Snyder was under doctors care for delusional behavior. The Northglenn, Colorado police issued a BOL “Be On the Lookout” to all law enforcement agencies in Colorado for Snyder and his car, a 2004 black Kia, around 25 minutes before the shooting occurred.

Contemporary Ladies And Home Automation}

Submitted by: Ishan Goradiya

The present is so different from the past! Just after the Second World War, home automation was a dream for many simply because it would liberate time needed by the busy mother who held a job outside the home. Many a woman wished for the automatic dishwasher that doubled as a china cabinet, the food warmer that may hold the food just right until the husband came home, and also the vacuum cleaner which whisked dust away like a bad dream.

Science fiction movies glorified the concept by introducing concepts such as the teleportation devices and rocket fueled vehicles that would fly. Both children and adults were mesmerized with the whole idea as they were able to visualize it as a result of the continuous support of American television? There was Batman and Robin? With all of the computers manning their homes (and everyone’s favourite, the Batcave), that was about just all they could do to wish they’d the same to save them from seemingly endless chores!

But now, home automation is something quite common yet not what it had promised to be at that hopeful time. What used to be ideas only sixty years ago has now become a reality as exemplified by the wireless phones, microwave ovens, automated coffee machines and smart laundry equipment.

Presently there remains to be the necessity to control the functions in the home with the help of a handheld computer, a laptop and in some cases the Next Generation Smart Phones. These ingenious devices can control the lights, the interior temperature, as well as the sounds within the home.

So, the modern woman can expect to leave her home early in the morning and have the lights dim in various rooms about five minutes roughly after she leaves. The temperature will rise also, saving energy by lowering on the power used throughout the house.

The usual appliances like the slow cooker and refrigerator still run, while everything else unneeded have their power cut at the source. Home security like IP CCTVs may also be remotely controlled by people that prefer to keep their homes and families safe when they’re from home. It would have the capacity to put on the radio as well, as long as you leave it plugged in.

No lights will be on unless absolutely needed, since they might all be on motion detectors. You can be sure your kitty won’t be left alone in the dark if you’re late coming back.

Women love the thought of the controls for this means they do not have to rush home to cook dinner after they had a stressful day at work. She would have no need of even lifting a finger to do so.

The warmth is a home could be adjusted through motion detectors that will kick in the thermostat . Although it will be quite possible to have the computer do that a few moments before arriving at the door. It would just take a simple message out of your phone or the correct email for it to turn on the air conditioning unit.

Now if a computer that washes the dishes after clearing the table could be invented…

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Four families left homeless after apartment fire in Buffalo, New York

Monday, June 25, 2007

Buffalo, New York — At least four families have been left homeless after a fire ripped through an apartment in a four-apartment building at 630-632 Plymouth Avenue in Buffalo, New York. One person had to jump out of a second floor window to get to safety and one firefighter was injured while fighting the blaze.

At approximately 4:30 p.m. (Eastern time) firefighters were called to the building after initial calls reported that an oven had caught on fire after grease had spilled in Apt. #4. When firefighters arrived, Apt. #4 was completely engulfed in flames.

“When [the firefighters] arrived, one person was trapped on the second floor, but jumped out of a window to the neighbors second floor porch. The fire started in a kitchen oven, maybe by grease, but an investigation is being conducted,” said Buffalo Fire Department Chief Joe Fahey.

“One firefighter was injured,” added Fahey. Catalano, the injured firefighter, and whose first name is not known, received a small cut under his left eye, but did not require hospitalization and was treated at the scene by paramedics.

It is estimated that there is at least “US$100,000 in damage. $60,000 damage to the building and $40,000 to the contents,” said Fahey. At least three floors and two apartments were severely damaged by the fire.

All of the building’s occupants made it out safely, and none were injured. Arson is not believed to be the cause.