Roketa Scooters Still Reeling?

By Alexes Lebeau

Which is Which?

Chances are people have been mulling about buying a scooter. Perhaps they wanted roketa scooters but were put off by the horror stories they have heard online and from the grapevine. Roketa scooters are made in China, and unfortunately, there are a lot of complaints about the poor quality of the product. Surprisingly though, several buyers are contented with their roketa scooters.

Roketa scooters come in cheap, compared to their Japanese, European, or American counterparts. The price of roketa scooters was a great enticement, considering that other makes and brands cost twice as much and even more. But the complaints about roketa scooters have damaged the reputation of Chinese manufacturers trying to break into the American market.

Chinese Lemons?

Some of the complaints were broken filler cups and speed cables, radiator and defective starters. If the complaints will be listed here, it will take up the whole page. Chinese manufacturers are in a frenzy trying to rebuild their reputation. This may take awhile considering the vicious reaction of angry consumers.

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Many of the complaints though blamed the dealers for the shortcomings of their roketa scooters. Buyers should beware of purchasing scooters without doing some research on the scooters they have in mind. They can check out scooter blogs online to get an idea of the scooters in the market.

Beaten, But Not Bowed

There are several Chinese manufactured scooters in the market aside from the infamous roketa scooters. But in China, the roketa scooter is a developing brand. It is also a big blessing in disguise though that some spare products of other brands work well for roketa scooters. A little adventure with the wrench and some diagnostics can help too.

Scooter repair services have given the Chinese roketa scooters a little boost. According to them, these scooters are very simple; hence working on the repairs of the scooter is relatively easy. Perhaps knowledge of the mechanism would ease the reputation of the roketa scooters.

Take Time to Shop

If you are intending to buy some Chinese brand scooters, take note if these are registered in your state. Be forewarned that some scooters do not follow the safety regulations because of some omitted features. Not all Chinese scooters are lemons though. There are some good buys at reputable dealers. You can hop online to check the rules and regulations on scooters in your state, just to be sure.

The prices of Chinese made scooters may be irresistible to the budget conscious. At this point, it would be better to be cautious about getting roketa scooters. There is no point on hoping to chance on a fluke. So hold on to your money and assess products of different brands coming from other countries.

China has become a great manufacturer of scooters. The roketa scooters fiasco has egged on China to make better quality scooters that meet DOT and EPA standards of the USA. Should this be achieved in a short time, perhaps roketa scooters will reclaim its piece of the American pie.

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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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Wikinews interviews Joe Schriner, Independent U.S. presidential candidate

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Journalist, counselor, painter, and US 2012 Presidential candidate Joe Schriner of Cleveland, Ohio took some time to discuss his campaign with Wikinews in an interview.

Schriner previously ran for president in 2000, 2004, and 2008, but failed to gain much traction in the races. He announced his candidacy for the 2012 race immediately following the 2008 election. Schriner refers to himself as the “Average Joe” candidate, and advocates a pro-life and pro-environmentalist platform. He has been the subject of numerous newspaper articles, and has published public policy papers exploring solutions to American issues.

Wikinews reporter William Saturn? talks with Schriner and discusses his campaign.

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Treating Plastic Surgery Scars With Topical Scar Treatments

By Stephen Hilt

Plastic Surgery Scars are not what they once were. Modern plastic surgery scars are much less noticeable and are much smaller. This is because modern advancements in technology and medicine has enabled surgeons to make smaller, more precise incisions which often result in a very minor scar.

However, despite the advancements in medical technology as well as surgical techniques, many patients are still left with visible scars. To some people, these scars may seem inconsequential, but to those who have just underwent elective plastic surgery, these scars are a visible reminder of their surgery. This is why those that have plastic surgery scars often look for ways to diminish their appearance.

Treatment Options

Finding an effective way to diminish and heal a plastic surgery scar depends on the scar itself. This is because some minor plastic surgery scars may develop into much larger, more serious scars such as Keloid scars. Keloids are scars that have the potential to expand in size. While some Keloids may be treated using a topical scar treatment gel, more serious cases may require additional surgery.

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However, as previously stated, most plastic surgery scars are small. For these scars, there are essentially two choices: laser treatments or using a topical scar treatment.

Laser treatments help reduce the size of the scar by reducing the amount of scar tissue. Although it should be noted that in order to produce a noticeable difference in appearance, multiple treatments may be required. This in turn is often very expensive.

The other option is to use a topical scar gel/cream which is applied directly to the scar. This kind of treatment softens the scar tissue and allows the scar to heal by working and realigning the collagen fibers. In addition, the topical scar treatment forms a protective barrier over the plastic surgery scar which protects it from additional physical damage such as wind and water damage.

It should also be noted that massaging the scar is very beneficial, especially if the plastic surgery scar is a result of surgery to the breast. Massaging the scar will help break up the scar tissue.

Finding an Effective Scar Treatment Gel

If you have a plastic surgery scar or even a non-plastic surgery scar, and would like to use a scar gel to help heal it, there are a few key things that you need to be aware of. The first and most important aspect of finding an effective scar treatment gel is determining if it contains silicone. This is because silicone has been proven to be an extremely effective ingredient used to help heal scars.

Silicone also helps form a protective barrier over the scar which will help it heal faster.

You will also find that there are both silicone based gels as well as sheeting. The only problem with silicone sheeting is that it is not as flexible as using a gel. For example, when you place the sheeting over the scar, you risk loosing contact with the scar when you move. Using a gel will form a flexible barrier over the scar which will naturally move with your body and therefore will never loose contact with the scar.

In conclusion, using a scar treatment gel is a safe and effective way to diminish the size and appearance of a plastic surgery scar. It is also less expensive and less risky than laser treatments.

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Former UK MP Mo Mowlam ‘critically ill’

Thursday, August 4, 2005

Former Labour Party MP and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Mo Mowlam, 55, is reported to be critically ill at King’s College Hospital, London.

According to a King’s College Hospital spokeswoman, Ms. Mowlam is “critical but stable,” and added that her family did not want further details disclosed.

Ms. Mowlam survived a brain tumour in the 1990s, which saw her lose her hair, forcing her to wear a wig.

Many state that her charismatic personality played an important role in the Northern Ireland peace talks, leading to the Good Friday Agreement in 1998 and an IRA ceasefire.

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Political pundits debate Fred Thompson’s younger wife

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Political analysts widely regard Fred Thompson as a potential, if not likely, candidate in the United States presidential election in 2008. Thompson is a lawyer, lobbyist, character actor and former Republican Senator for Tennessee now residing in McLean, Virginia near Washington D.C.

A recent article in The New York Times (NYT) labelled his wife, Jeri Kehn Thompson as a “trophy wife” and a potential liability in the 2008 race. The NYT article described her as having “youthfulness, permanent tan and bleached blonde hair” and wonders if “so-called values voters” would “accept this union.”

Thompson and Kehn, married in June 2002, when he was 60 years old and she 35.

Television commentator and former Republican congressman Joe Scarborough compared Kehn to a stripper and asked if “she works the pole.”

According to the Associated Press, “trophy wife” originally “meant the second (or third) wife of a corporate titan, a woman who was younger, beautiful and — equally important — accomplished in her own right.”

ABC News says that the current definition of “trophy wife” suggests Donald Trump‘s ex-wife Marla Maples and the late Anna Nicole Smith as examples.

However, ABC News also questions whether Kehn fits this definition. “Though she’s blond, beautiful and nearly 25 years younger than her husband, Kehn Thompson, a political media consultant who previously worked for the Senate Republican Conference and a prestigious Washington law firm, doesn’t appear to fit the typical description,” wrote Emily Friedman.

Karen O’Connor, a political scientist and the director of the Women & Politics Institute at American University, said Thompson may lose support from Republican women, a group he needs. It may also make it difficult to gain the support of the “value voters”, already skeptical after the report that he lobbied for an abortion-rights group.

“You have a situation where a candidate happens to have an attractive wife, therefore it’s open season for smutty thoughts and lowbrow humor, and no concern for the fact that this is a wife and mother, a professional woman?” said Mark Corallo, a former Justice Department official who is a consultant and the chief media adviser to the Thompson campaign. “One picture on the Internet and all of a sudden she’s reduced to being a bimbo?”

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Eye LASIK Surgery


Brian Miller

Individuals who would like to benefit from a procedure such as eye LASIK surgery should consider various matters. The cost of LASIK eye surgery is one of these important matters. The risk of surgical complications is another important problem that all potential patients must consider.

Most people who wear glasses face many challenging activities every day. Whether it is about relaxing, sports or job related activities, there are all too difficult to perform with eyeglasses on your nose. Under such circumstances, a great number of persons envisage the idea of improving their performances while performing these activities. What better way to improve your life than a simple procedure like eye LASIK surgery? It is advisable to contact a reliable clinic within the purpose of a free consultation. Depending on your vision correction needs, the price might increase. If you are willing to accept all the risks that come with this procedure, you shouldn’t hesitate to contact an experienced ophthalmologist. These specialists are the most suitable to provide you all the information you need regarding this surgery.

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Furthermore, there are many job opportunities that require an excellent eye vision. On the other hand, few organizations have prohibited, lately, their employees or members to have refractive surgery. Those working in the military area should ask the permission of their employer for an eye LASIK surgery. In case your career doesn’t allow you, you must find other solutions. We should mention that there are some conditions you must fill in, as a potential candidate. The cost of LASIK eye surgery is one of these important matters. First, your vision must be stable for a long period, at least one year. In case your prescription continues to get progressively stronger, each year, we have some bad news. In this case scenario, you may not yet be a good candidate for refractive surgery.

Having good health is another important condition for those who want to be accepted as candidates for a similar procedure. It is important to mention that some autoimmune diseases like lupus may influence postoperative healing. Individuals who are practicing sports such as boxing, martial arts or wrestling aren’t good candidates for this procedure, due to the risk of flap dislocation. If you are willing to accept all the risks that come with this procedure, you shouldn’t hesitate to contact an experienced ophthalmologist. The age factor is a very important one as well. You must be over eighteen. It is highly recommended to consider all this before asking for information about the cost of LASIK eye surgery.

Regarding the total cost of LASIK eye surgery, it depends on various factors. It is advisable to contact a reliable clinic within the purpose of a free consultation. Depending on your vision correction needs, the price might increase. Reputed centers have the possibility of presenting you various partnerships. These are known as popular solutions for additional savings.

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Fidel Castro resigns as Cuban president

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

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Fidel Castro, the Cuban president who seized power in a 1959 revolution, has stated in a quote in Cuba’s state-run newspaper Granma that when the National Assembly of Cuba meets on February 24 he “will not aspire to or accept… the positions of President of Council of State and Commander in Chief.”

81-year-old Castro handed over control to his 76-year-old brother Raúl when he underwent surgery in July 2006. “It would betray my conscience to take up a responsibility that requires mobility and total devotion, that I am not in a physical condition to offer,” Castro explained.

United States President George W. Bush said, “I believe that the change from Fidel Castro ought to begin a period of democratic transition.” Although, John Negroponte, Deputy Secretary of State, said that this does not mean that the 1962 trade embargo will be lifted “any time soon.”

European Union said that it hopes to improve relations with Cuba, which were almost at a standstill under Castro. Spokesperson John Clancy said the EU is willing to engage with Cuba in constructive dialogue to foster a peaceful transition to pluralistic democracy in Cuba.

China said it will maintain its current cooperation with Cuba and termed Fidel Castro an old friend. A spokesperson for the foreign ministry of Vietnam similarly praised Castro as a great friend and comrade.

BBC reports that Raúl Castro is seen by analysts as the likely choice as successor by the National Assembly, though some see 56-year-old Carlos Lage Dávila as potential candidate. Lage is currently Vice-President and Executive Secretary of the Council of Ministers.

The decision is scheduled for February 24, 2008.

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Why Adding A Blog Is Beneficial To Seo

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Submitted by: John Barrow

Blogging, as they say, is the copywriters task. However, as time has passed and the online world has experienced a Web 2.0 makeover, the importance of including blogging as an integral part of SEO packages has taken a completely different route (positive) of late.

Now there have been enough speculations on whether Blogs actually help improve the impact of affordable SEO packages or if they are just there for the sake of establishing a positive brand image online. However, as experts have suggested only recently, a blog (or more) can have serious benefits for an SEO campaign, even when using affordable SEO packages.

Here are some benefits if adding a blog for SEO purposes

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Indexed URLs Unlike in actual live websites, Blogs or content management systems that provide blog setups can actually be pretty simple and easy to setup. So even when using affordable SEO services, you can actually set up a blog and complement the campaign, instead of worrying about the technical details that this may entail!

One-way Links Aplenty One-way links are the easiest to get and solicit when through your Blog. Authority back-links, such as from sites like .EDU and .ORG can be easier to fetch while commenting through your Blog s domain. And the more back-links, especially the authoritative ones you can fetch, the faster you can climb up the SERPs.

oHowever, all you need to keep in mind is that spam blogs and links for the sake of link-building should be discouraged, for stricter policies have made such avenues tougher for SEO experts and blogging is no exception either.

Regular Content Updates Unlike with live sites, updating fresh or new content in the form of posts is a cakewalk in most Blogs. This has two main benefits one, it allows you to publish far more regularly and hence get crawled by search engines faster and in a more effective fashion. Two, even readers and visitors to the post can become loyal fans, if you can keep posting informational and interesting articles regularly.

oAlso this way, you can build a complete target fan base, which you can always use for viral or word-of-mouth marketing when necessary!

Networking Benefits Networking is another benefit of having a personal Blog for your site. For instance, you may not have many fans of your web site when you kick off an online enterprise, but you can actually spread the word with the help of your Blog. Not only can you direct targeted traffic from your Blog to your site, but also use it as a platform to build upon your site s brand itself!

So you see, a blog may not have as many aesthetic benefits in itself, but from the SEO perspective, site Blogs have become as crucial as the website s contact information itself.

So before you start researching and bargaining over affordable SEO packages online, get your Blog up and running! For you never know what might help in an SEO campaign!

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Looted, possibly contaminated body parts transplanted into USA, Canadian patients

Monday, March 20, 2006

Fears of contaminated bone and skin grafts are being felt by unsuspecting patients following the revelation that funeral homes may have been looting corpses.

Janet Evans of Marion Ohio was told by her surgeon, “The bone grafts you got might have been contaminated”. She reacted with shock, “I was flabbergasted because I didn’t even know what he was talking about. I didn’t know I got a bone graft until I got this call. I just thought they put in screws and rods.”

The body of Alistair Cooke, the former host of “Masterpiece Theatre,” was supposedly looted along with more than 1,000 others, according to two law enforcement officials close to the case. The tissue taken was typically skin, bone and tendon, which was then sold for use in procedures such as dental implants and hip replacements. According to authorities, millions of dollars were made by selling the body parts to companies for use in operations done at hospitals and clinics in the United States and Canada.

A New Jersey company, Biomedical Tissue Services, has reportedly been taking body parts from funeral homes across Brooklyn, New York. According to ABC News, they set up rooms like a “surgical suite.” After they took the bones, they replaced them with PVC pipe. This was purportedly done by stealth, without approval of the deceased person or the next of kin. 1,077 bodies were involved, say prosecuters.

Investagators say a former dentist, Michael Mastromarino, is behind the operation. Biomedical was considered one of the “hottest procurement companies in the country,” raking in close to $5 million. Eventually, people became worried: “Can the donors be trusted?” A tissue processing company called LifeCell answered no, and issued a recall on all their tissue.

Cooke’s daughter, Susan Cooke Kittredge, said, “To know his bones were sold was one thing, but to see him standing truncated before me is another entirely.” Now thousands of people around the country are receiving letters warning that they should be tested for infectious diseases like HIV or hepatitis. On February 23, the Brooklyn District Attorney indicted Mastromarino and three others. They are charged with 122 felony counts, including forgery and bodysnatching.

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