Italian cruise ship thwarts attack by Somali pirates

Sunday, April 26, 2009

An attempted hijacking of an Italian cruise ship carrying 1,500 passengers by Somali pirates was thwarted on Sunday by the vessel’s security guards. Nobody was injured. The incident occurred about 290 kilometres north of Victoria, the Seychelles.

According to the captain of the ship, Ciro Pinto, six pirates in a speedboat approached the ship and started shooting, but were forced to flee after security started firing pistols and spraying water from hoses at them.

“One white small boat with six people on board approached the port side of the ship and started shooting,” Pinto said, saying that two hundred rounds were shot. He continued that “our security started shooting in the air […] and also we started spraying some water” in an effort to stop the pirates.

Witness reports say that there were many passengers on the ship’s deck when the incident happened, and some of them threw chairs at the attacking pirates.

The ship, which is named the Melody, is owned by the Italian MSC Cruises company. It had departed from South Africa and was en route to Italy.

Piracy is rampant in the waters off the eastern coast of Africa and the Gulf of Aden. Since the start of this month, pirates have attacked approximately a dozen ships, despite the presence of about a score of naval warships patrolling the vicinity.

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A Clear Understanding Of The Electric Scooters And The Use Of Bicycle Motor Kits}

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A clear understanding of the electric scooters and the use of bicycle motor kits


Vikram Kumar

Nowadays people have become too much conscious about their money and time. There are so many restrictions that have chained their life like monetary constraints, health issues, environmental conditions, etc. But there is something about these people that have never changed and that is; the urge of comfort. Life isn’t meant to be spent on fueling the old-rugged scooter or peddling the bicycle forever, it is indeed more than that and there can’t be a better way of proving it by trying an electric scooter or by integrating a bicycle motor kit into a regular bicycle.

Electric scooters are the new generation scooters, which are run by electricity. These scooters have a high-tech battery system, which needs to be charged before they are used. Because of their various advantages, such scooters are preferred by almost anybody who is a consistent bike user. Initially an electric scooter can cost more than an ordinary scooter therefore, it can be difficult for a teenager to buy it if he/she is not into some part time job. In such a case, a cheap yet reliable bicycle motor kit can be of great help. It is very easy to reconfigure a normal bicycle into an electric bike by using the tools present in a bicycle motor kit. But such a task needs some technical assistance from a mechanic who understands the working of the electric bikes. Additionally it also saves the riders from the tiresome peddling of their bicycle.

Not only an electric scooter does negate the cost of filling up the fuel tank every time it is been used, it also keeps a control on the environmental pollution as there is no emission of harmful byproducts. They also have powerful speed regulators and do let the users to speedup beyond a certain safe limit, which make these bikes super safe to use. Due to the easy riding mechanism and intelligent features they can be effortlessly used by ladies and old people also. The steady speed contrivance that is been maintained in these scooters is very much appreciated by the matured riders and therefore has gone popular among the parents who care about their children’s safety. Currently loads of stylish models of such scooters are been released to promote their usage among the youths.

As a fact there is no such thing on this planet that is free from any drawback. Every single thing has both advantages and disadvantages; therefore the ever amiable electric scooter does also have a few disadvantages of its own. Some of its pitfalls come with the limited speed range, maintenance cost, delicacy of its design, reduced longevity, no chance to do exercise, etc. It doesn’t allow the user to ride fast and so it takes a lot more time to cover long distances as compared to the regular fuel bikes. The battery life is the crucial thing that needs to be taken care of. Overcharging and overuse of the battery usually causes untimely damage to the motor. Furthermore, due to the heavy battery that is equipped inside the scooter its weight results to more than the bicycles whose services are almost parallel to it.

There are hundreds of reason for the approval or disapproval of the

electric scooter

by the individuals. If somebody utterly admires the qualities of these bikes then he/she must privilege themselves with one of these. The people who can’t afford to cope up with the cost of a branded electric scooter; they can obviously take the help of a decent

bicycle motor kit

and fulfill their dream of riding an electric bike.

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

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.

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