Wuhan transported food to quarantined residents with garbage truck

On March 11, some pictures and videos went viral on Chinese social media platforms

3月11日,一些照片和视频在中国的社交网络广泛传播

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Meat and other food supplies for residents of Wuhan were transported by garbage trucks. The pork in plastics bags were dumped to the ground by the garbage truck.

Since January 23, Wuhan has been on lockdown for over one and a half months. Recently the officials have set an even more strict rule that residents are not allowed to go out of their compounds. People of Wuhan have to make bulk orders for food and other necessities.

肉类和其它的一些食物的运输竟然是由垃圾车完成的,这些猪肉装在塑料袋中,被垃圾车随意的倒在路上。自1月23日起,武汉已经封城一个半月。近期官方设置了更为严格的规定,居民将不允许离开所居住的小区,武汉居民需要通过团购等形式购买食物和其它生活必需品。

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These orders are supposed to be distributed by the government and sold to people with lower fair prices, while these batches of food (meat & vegetables) have been transported by garbage trucks

照片中这些食物是政府发放、售卖给居民的爱心菜,然而这些食物(肉类和蔬菜)却由垃圾车来运送。

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Many people commented on Chinese Twitter (Weibo) and were deeply disappointed by it. They asked: “Will the officials from local government eat this pork?”

很多人在微博发帖并表示不满,有人发问:武汉领导也吃这种肉嘛?

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The resident who picked up the pork said “it stinks”

有拿到肉的居民在群里说肉有味道、发臭

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The community staff claimed that the garbage trucks have been washed and disinfected and that there is a shortage of trucks

而社区工作人员回应说,因为没有卡车,而垃圾车经过了“多次清洗并消毒”

People are arguing with community staffs

居民与社区工作人员进行争论(视频1分02秒起)

 

(from 1:02)

Community Staff: You should give us the chance to correct this mistake
(of using garbage trucks)

Resident: I can give you another chance (to correct the mistakes),
But who will give me a chance to stay alive?
(insinuating that they might have been poisoned)

Resident: Why did you decide to use garbage trucks for food?

Community Staff: That was not our call

Resident: So who decided it then?

(No response)

The community posted an apology letter later that night, that they transported 1000 bags of pork which 530 ones have been delivered. They will recall all the pork that has been delivered and will send the same quantity of new pork again tomorrow morning. Meanwhile, the local government has announced that two officials from the district were fired and further investigation will be conducted. The deputy district mayor will also be reviewed by the local government.

事情所在社区当晚即发布了一封道歉信,环卫车运送了1000份,其中530份已经发放。他们“将连夜上门收回、集中销毁”,并于第二天送出“同等份量的平价肉”。同时,该区政府也发表处理通告,免除了两位相关责任人的职务。武汉市纪委对青山区副区长也进行了立案审查。

Video online shows angry people fighting with community staffs

从后续视频中我们看到愤怒的市民和社区工作人员还发生了肢体冲突。

People have been uploading more cases of transporting food with garbage trucks, garbage bins and other unsanitized carts on the internet. Obviously, these are not food-grade containers and probably will cause food safety issues. Yet the local government has not released any response regarding these other cases.

网上人们还上传了很多由垃圾车、垃圾桶、推车等等运送食物的照片。显然,这些都不符合运送食品的规范,很可能造成食品安全问题。到目前为止,当地政府仍未对这些曝光出来的情况作出回应。

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Someone even posted online that he was transported back home after quarantine with a garbage truck modified to look like a bus.

Volunteer in the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

Last week, I volunteered in the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, and worked as a representative for the OAC and the university. The University of Guelph display also showcased the cutting-edge research, e.g. bioproducts, animal welfare and biodiversity.

The role of my partner and I is greeting visitors and answering general questions about the OAC and its program. And we interacted with many students and their parents, who were interested in the OAC, and the alumni who were excited to see their alma mater in the fair.

As these high school students and their parents, the main questions focus on “what are the admission requirements for a specific program” and “I want to be a vet”. For the first question, the answer is to see the admission book for more information because these requirements vary by program. Then for the second question, the doctor of veterinary medicine requires at least three years of an undergraduate science, and it’s extremely competitive, so you should keep your marks high during that time, and then apply for it.

I worked for three days; it’s really fun and challenging. This is a picture of me in the fair below.

Fruit and Vegetable London

A photographer Carl Warner and his team has recreated London’s iconic skyline using 26 different types of fruit and vegetables, for example, the Houses of Parliament.   (From: http://www.dailymail.co.uk link

These are the excellent works:

London's Tower Bridge made from runner beans, celery, pineapple and Shredded Wheat
The London Eye made from radishes, runner bean, rhubarb and a lemon
London's skyline has been recreated using fruit and veg as part of a promotional campaign

FreeRice: donating 10 grains of rice if you get each answer right

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That is an interesting site. It is a “non-profit website run by the United Nations World Food Program.” And it has two goals: 1. Provide education to everyone for free. 2. Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.

So when you get right for each question provided by the site, they will donate 10 grains of rice for the hungry people in the world.

The subjects of the questions include: Art, Chemistry, English, Geography, Language Learning and Math. And they donated 12,255,121,230 grains of rice in 2007!

Try it now!  http://www.freerice.com/index.php

Why did the Taiwanese man eat cow dung?

As what I posted last week, “Taiwan lifts ban on U.S. beef import”, Taiwanese feel disappointed about the government. Then several days ago, a Taiwanese man, zhenlin zhu, has shooting a video on eating cow dung hamburger to protest the import of American beef.

In this video, the man said, “Eating American beef is more poisonous than eating cow dung!” He made a hamburger with cow dung, and then said:” I’m sure that this Taiwanese cow dung hamburger is absolutely safer than American beef, although it looks dirty.” After that, he swallowed the hamburger with a sad expression, and at last, what he wrote on the video is that:” I will use the painful of my body to warn the apathetic government!”

In this video, he said that, the government lift ban on the import of U.S. beef, which regardless of people’s health. You have no choice! Once the beef is imported, they will be everywhere!

Why are Taiwanese so afraid of it? From the comments I noticed that there are several reasons.

On one hand, the infectious agent in mad cow disease is a specific type of protein called a prion, but someone has one kind of gene, which will be immured to this protein. In Europe and America, 45% ~50% of people have this gene, while in Asia; only 4% of them have it.

On the other hand, Americans don’t eat the internal organs, where the prion proteins will aggregate, but Taiwanese people love to eat. And someone also concerned that the bones (After being grated) which will be used as part of feed of livestock, will cause contamination of food chain.

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