Auckland City Council acts to remove suspect chemicals in pre-school’s soil

Saturday, April 1, 2006

Chemicals, which the Auckland City Council said are a suspected cause of cancer and are considered toxic, have been found in soil at a children’s playcentre in Auckland. The contamination was found at the Auckland Central Playcentre in Freemans Bay, and the Council will now spend $100,000 removing the top 50 cm (about 20 in) of soil at the playcentre, doing landscaping and replacing playground equipment.

The presence of “polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, including benzo-a-pyrene,” was suspected at the school playground and was confirmed by a chemical analysis on Tuesday. The chemicals may cause temporary digestive and respiratory distress, as well as irritation of the eyes and skin. The levels of benzo-a-pyrene found were between 0.06 and 4.82 milligrams per kilogram of soil at surface level, according to the Ministry of Education. A potential risk is present at levels above 3.5 mg.

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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This article features first-hand journalism by Wikinews members. See the collaboration page for more details.

Scientists report chemotherapy cocktail may cause adult women to grow new egg cells

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Chemotherapy is usually associated with a collection of side effects ranging from digestive problems to hair loss, but a study published this week in Human Reproduction demonstrated that female cancer patients may find they have something in common with much younger women in one specific area — their ovaries.

Scientists from the University of Edinburgh examined donated ovarian tissue from fourteen female cancer patients, most of whom had Hodgkin lymphoma, and compared it to tissue from healthy women. They found the samples from women who had been treated with a specific chemotherapeutic regimen known as ABVD not only contained greater numbers of dormant ova — egg cells — than those from women treated with harsher regimens but also more than samples from healthy women. ABVD is named for combining several drugs known as adriamycin, bleomycin, vinblastine, and dacarbazine.

These reproductive cells were not merely more plentiful in ABVD patients. They also appeared immature, “new” in the words of lead researcher Evelyn Telfer. This challenges the conventional belief that girls are born with all the ova they will ever have and the numbers can only go down as the cells are either used up by the reproductive cycle or succumb to damage or natural aging. However, further research is needed to confirm this. The study covered relatively few patients by scientific standards, and David Albertini of the Center for Human Reproduction in New York has suggested the cells may not actually be freshly grown. Instead, they may have always been there and were merely rendered more detectable by ABVD treatment.

The ability to grow new egg cells may have significant implications for women in Western societies, many of whom postpone childbearing to establish careers, sometimes into their late thirties or forties. However, Telfer warns against making use of these findings too soon: “There’s so much we don’t know about the ovary. We have to be very cautious about jumping to clinical applications.”

The experiments had been discussed earlier this year at the annual conference of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology.

Nursing Home Abuse: A National Tragedy On The Rise


A recent congressional study found that nearly one-third of all U.S. nursing homes have been cited for some form of abuse. Among some of the incidents were residents who had been kicked by staff members. Other examples were residents who had been punched or choked. Often residents are abused by staff who is angered that the patients need extra care. Such was the case with Helen Love who suffered broken bones and was choked by a nurse’s assistant. The assistant was upset that Love had soiled herself. The ensuring investigation found that three other employees in that nursing home facility had abuse convictions. Curbing nursing home abuse in Pittsburgh means that all such cases should be addressed by a nursing home abuse attorney.

The congressional report also noted that nursing home abuse is on the rise, including physical, sexual, and verbal abuse. Often the abuse cases are serious enough to cause serious harm, injury, or even death to the patient. In addition, these are the nursing home abuse cases that are actually reported, with investigators finding that many occurrences go unreported.

These statistics are alarming. The fact is, however, that even one case of nursing home abuse against an elderly or infirm person is one case too many. When a relative needs nursing home care, the family trusts that doctors, nurses, attendants, and aides are going to do everything possible to care for that relative in a compassionate and competent fashion. Families put a great deal of consideration into choosing which Pittsburgh nursing home facility can best care for their loved one. The most important thing that a family can investigate is whether there have been any reported cases of nursing home abuse. They can also tour the nursing home several times, arriving at different times of the day. This affords the opportunity to see what the residents are eating, what activities they are engaged in, and whether or not the family notices any situations where residents are not being treated as they should be.

Despite the most diligent of efforts, however, the statistics suggest that even after close scrutiny of a nursing home facility, abuse can occur, and Pittsburgh, unfortunately, isn’t immune. Do not assume that your relative will always speak up if abuse is occurring. Often the elderly and infirm are either unwilling to complain or unable to articulate what is happening to them. Therefore, it is important to be attentive to any possible signs of abuse. Some of these signs could be unexplained cuts, bruises, or bleeding; unexplained weight gain/loss; poor hygiene; and/or infection. There are other signs unrelated to the patient’s physical person, such as the disappearance of personal property or unusual financial transactions from the patient’s bank account. If any of these signs are noticed, discuss them with the director of the facility. If questions are not answered satisfactorily, contact a nursing home abuse attorney. A Pittsburgh area nursing home abuse attorney can access the needed medical and personnel records to determine if an abuse case exists and, if necessary, can assist the family in filing a suit against the nursing home facility.

Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with Progessive Conservative candidate Tyler Currie, Trinity-Spadina

Monday, October 1, 2007

Tyler Currie is running as an Progressive Conservative candidate in the Ontario provincial election, in the riding of Trinity-Spadina. Wikinews’ Nick Moreau interviewed him regarding his values, his experience, and his campaign.

Stay tuned for further interviews; every candidate from every party is eligible, and will be contacted. Expect interviews from Liberals, Progressive Conservatives, New Democratic Party members, Ontario Greens, as well as members from the Family Coalition, Freedom, Communist, Libertarian, and Confederation of Regions parties, as well as independents.

Purchasing A New Car? Tips On Finding The Best Pittsburgh Used Autos

byAlma Abell

Brand new vehicles are expensive, costing around $30,000 on average. With the bad economy, it is increasingly difficult to qualify for large auto loans and make high monthly payments on a new car. Another problem with brand new vehicles is that they depreciate in value immediately after they are driven off the lot. It is possible to find Pittsburgh Used autos with clean records and minimal wear for a fraction of the cost of a brand new car. When shopping for a used car, follow these guidelines to ensure you get what you are looking for:


* Before you visit used car dealers, do some research to decide what type of car you want. Consider what details are important to you in a vehicle. For example, common features that people look for are vehicles with high gas mileage, high safety ratings, and a specific appearance. Narrow down a few makes and models that fit your needs so that you can find dealerships that have what you are looking for.

* Many dealerships have a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy when it comes to revealing whether or not a car has been involved in an accident. Always ask if the car you are interested in has been in an accident previously. You should always get a car report on the car you think you might purchase before you make a final decision. A car report does not guarantee a problem-free vehicle, but it can help you avoid serious issues.

* It is expected for people to negotiate lower prices on Blue Knob auto sales for used cars. This can be intimidating for some, but the trick is to go directly to the sales manager to negotiate. They have the final say in what the car sells for. Be sure to get a few quotes on similar vehicles from other dealerships. A dealership is more likely to agree to your asking price if they see that you could purchase a similar car from another dealership for less.

If you are not particularly knowledgeable about cars or price negotiation, bring someone with you who can help ask the right questions. Always ask your friends and family for their recommendations on Pittsburgh Used autos dealerships. Word of mouth is one of the best ways to find a quality dealership.

Wikinews interviews Frank McEnulty, independent candidate for US President

Saturday, February 16, 2008

While nearly all cover of the 2008 Presidential election has focused on the Democratic and Republican candidates, there are small political parties offering candidates, and those who choose to run without a party behind them, independents.

Wikinews is interviewing some of these citizens who are looking to become the 43rd person elected to serve their nation from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

First off is Long Beach, California’s Frank McEnulty (b. 1956), a married father of two with an MBA (Venture Management) and BS (Accounting/Finance).

Representative Tom DeLay not seeking future Majority Leader position

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Republican Tom DeLay, representative from the 22nd Congressional District of Texas, announced on Saturday that he will not attempt to reclaim his majority leader position in the United States House of Representatives. Fellow Republicans, spear-headed by Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Melissa Hart (R-PA), began circulating a petition last week urging to elect a new majority speaker, thus setting the stage for House leadership elections.

In a letter written and addressed to fellow House Republicans on Saturday, DeLay said, “During my time in Congress, I have always acted in an ethical manner within the rules of our body and the laws of our land.”

He asked Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert to convene a body to elect a new majority leader. “I cannot allow our adversaries to divide and distract our attention,” wrote DeLay.

The 58-year-old DeLay held the leadership post for 3 years, until he was forced to relinquish it in late 2005 after he became involved in an ethics scandal. He stepped down after a Texas jury indicted him for money laundering and conspiracy, but initially planned to re-seek the majority speaker post if he was acquitted.

Birks to create 2010 Olympic, Paralympic jewelery; wines on menu

Thursday, February 8, 2007

Birks was recently announced as the “Official Supplier of Jewelery” for the 2010 Vancouver-Whistler Olympics. The company will create licensed products with the logos of the 2010 Olympic Games, 2010 Paralympic Games, and the Canadian Olympic team emblem, including necklaces, earrings, pendants and rings.

The partnership was announced at an employee celebration in Vancouver, to mark the centenary of Mayors Jewelers Inc., an American company Birks acquired in 2002.

The six-year sponsorship includes the rights to the Canadian Olympic team logo during the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games.

Thomas A. Andruskevich, president and CEO, Birks & Mayors stated in a press release:

We are extremely proud to take part in this journey that honors our best athletes and celebrates excellence as the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games shine on the world wide stage. Canadians look to Birks to mark the most important celebrations in their lives which is why Birks wants to commemorate this important moment in Canadian history.

The products will be launched in early 2008.

Also released today is information that Jackson-Triggs Esprit will be a special line of wines, created to celebrate the athletic event. The Vincor Canada wine is named in relevance to “spirit”, both the spirit of the Olympians, and alcoholic beverage usage of the word.

President and CEO of Vincor Canada Jay Wright said, “We are thrilled to have this opportunity to honor our Canadian athletes while affirming our role as Canada’s wine industry leader. Like our Olympic and Paralympic athletes, Vincor Canada shares a passion and determination towards excellence. This agreement is by far Vincor Canada’s most ambitious and broad-reaching sponsorship and will be great for the Canadian wine industry. I hope Canada will join us in the excitement that we feel regarding this exceptional opportunity to position Canadian wine brands on the world stage.”

The wines, featuring Olympic logo, will be distributed to liquor stores and restaurants across the country this summer. Proceeds from each bottle will go towards the Canadian Olympic Team.

Both the Chardonnay and Merlot will retail for CDN$11.95 MSRP. Inniskillin Wines’ vineyards, harvested since 1975, in either the Niagara Peninsula in Ontario pr the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia will create the wine.

Within the past few weeks, the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) has announced a Omega-brand countdown clock that will tour British Columbia events, as the company is the “Official Olympic Timekeeper”. Canadian Pacific was named official rail freight services provider, and the Royal Canadian Mint announced they will create circulation and collector coins to mark the occasion.

There are 1099 days until the XXI Olympiad, according to the official website of the event.