Life is beautiful : Live a meaningful life

27 10 2010

The song is: “Comptine d’un autre été: l’après midi” composed by: Yann Tiersen
Animation by Aidan Gibbons

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一次性筷子 : Disposable chopsticks made in China

26 10 2010

http://www.youtube.com/v/gqmgSHGU5Ds?fs=1&hl=en_US

一年一度备受瞩目的央视315晚会在京开幕,晚会现场还揭露一次性筷子的惊人黑幕:为使筷子不生虫子竟然使用工业硫磺,为让黑筷子变白用具有很强的腐蚀性和漂白作用的工业双氧水漂白。

以下为节目实录:

陈伟鸿:中国人常常说民以食为天,所以食品安全领域是大家非常非常关心的,接下来聚焦这个领域的老话题,那就是“一次性筷子”。筷子是中国人最常使用的餐具之一,自从出现了一次性筷子之后很多人觉得用起来非常方便,也非常卫生,所以在现在的餐饮服务当中一次性筷子使用相当普遍,在很多人眼中用起来方便又卫生的一次性筷子到底有多卫生呢,让我们一块看看。

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在湖北怀化我们见证了筷子的整个生产过程,为了使筷子不生虫子他们竟然使用了工业硫黄。为了使筷子手感更光滑还得进行抛光,在抛光机里不光是筷子还有一块块白色的东西。

记者:这是什么?

工作人员:石蜡。

在整个生产过程中记者没有见到厂家对筷子进行任何消毒处理。

怀化市其他厂家情况又如何呢?在当地最大的筷子厂,昌健筷子厂为了使筷子更白还用焦亚硫酸钠进行蒸煮。

江西省宜丰县被称为南竹之乡,这里也是一次性筷子的产地,我们看到刚刚熏过硫黄的筷子在火炕上进行烘干,这时记者看到惊讶的一幕。

记者:你为什么要踩。

现场工作人员:为了使筷子翻个。

在调查中记者发现一些黑筷子并没有被扔掉而是继续进行加工处理。记者看到了黑筷子如何被煮白的一幕。

工业双氧水具有很强的腐蚀性和漂白作用,经过双氧水煮过的黑筷子确实变白了,为了使速度更快甚至有人使用其他的材料,工业无水焦磷酸钠。记者了解到用工业双氧水把便黑的筷子煮白了再卖已经成为行业内公开的秘密。经过加工处理一次性开子会产生多种化学残留,记者在怀化和宜丰的一次性筷子生产厂没有看到消毒环节。筷子就这样从厂家到批发商手里,有的被批发到加工厂做成一次性餐具,在湖南怀化记者遇到了供货商马连森。

记者:筷子在你这消不消毒?

马连森:消毒。

筷子真的消毒吗,记者来到了吉利来制品厂,结果发现并没有消毒,最终这样的筷子却以消毒筷子摆在我们面前。

陈伟鸿:我们之所以一次性使用筷子就是为了避免病菌交叉传播,但是现在这样的一次性筷子非但成为我们健康的守护神而成为了健康的杀手。在看完刚才的记者调查之后每个人应该反思一下消费习惯,让我们拥有更健康的消费主张。今年以来国家进一步加强和对食品安全的监管,出台了一系列的措施保障食品安全,接下来要进行的是晚会的第四次权威发布。

王小丫:说实在的一次性筷子既不卫生更不环保,所以还是不要用的好。接下来进行权威发布,有请国家食品药品监督管理局,食品安全监管司司长徐景和为大家进行权威发布。

徐景和:为进一步加强餐饮服务监管,确保消费者饮食安全,根据食品安全法及实施条例制定了餐饮服务食品安全监督管理颁发,将于5月1日实施,国家对餐饮服务实行许可制度,申请从事餐饮服务的单位和个人应当依法取得餐饮服务许可证,并依照食品法规及有关要求从事餐饮服务,对社会公众负责,保证食品安全,接受社会监督承担社会责任。办法规定被吊销食品生产单位,其直接负责的主管人员自处罚决定做出之日起,五年内不准从事餐饮服务管理工作,消费者有权举报,餐饮服务的违法违规行为,食品药品监管部门将及时进行核实依法做出处理,维护您的合法权益。

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Advertisement : Low Bandwidth problem

26 10 2010

http://www.youtube.com/v/cHdrevWMpf8?fs=1&hl=en_US

Hong Kong broadband advertisement talk about the low bandwidth problem

so, what is Bandwidth?

http://www.youtube.com/v/VWxGtl5J7WM?fs=1&hl=en_US






2010 Most Expensive Laptop in the World

26 10 2010

KUALA LUMPUR: Who in their right mind would pay RM42,320 for a laptop?

Kolej Kemahiran Tinggi Mara Balik Pulau in Penang not only paid the price but bought two units of the same brand – Acer Aspire-5052ANWXMI, at a whopping price of RM84,640, said the Auditor-General’s Report.

In addition, the college purchased 450 units of computer CAD with network card at RM3.45mil for 12 labs. Each 19-inch monitor costs RM8,500 while a 17-inch monitor costs RM7,500.

“A check with local companies showed that the market price for the latest model is between RM5,350 to RM6,500 each. Worse still the computers, Precision 390 Dell, that were supplied are no longer in the market,” it said.

Also purchased were 15 laser printers, Hewlet Packard P3005X, at the price of RM7,722 each when the market price was about RM5,000 per unit.

In reply, Mara said the equipment were purchased in a lump sump and there was no price breakdown for the laptops.

The price breakdown was only done after the equipment was supplied for the purpose assets record and it could not be used as a basis for reference.

“Nevertheless, Mara has created a task force and is conducting a price adjustment for all the equipment,” it said.

The report also stated that the college had paid between RM1,398 and RM2,945 for 204 teaching manuals.

“Checks found that the teaching manuals supplied were bound using comb binding. The teaching manuals obtained at a cost of RM358,476 is a waste because they were never used,” it said, adding that the supplier has been notified to provide the original version of the teaching manual in hard cover.

Mara also spent RM2.08mil buying computer software it didn’t need.

Audits also found many discrepancies in prices paid for the same equipment, including the same LCD projectors that costs RM3,500 and RM8,000 for two different laboratories.

“Swivel stools were also purchased at three different prices – RM340, RM350 and RM450 per unit and they did not even meet the agreed specifications in the agreement.

“Other swivel chairs were bought for between RM810 to RM1,050 per unit when the college had bought the same chair previously at RM336 per unit,” it said.

The report also stated that the German-Malaysian Institute which was picked as the consultant, had proposed a ceiling price of RM84.5mil for the purchase of equipment for the college while the Economic Planing Unit (EPU) fixed the price at RM127.65mil.

“The reason for the higher price was to speed up the process of obtaining the supplies. In the end the agreed contract was fixed at RM112.42mil. Mara had submitted a letter to the Finance Ministry to say that the figure was reasonable.

“Audit found that the agreed price for the purchase of equipment is not reasonable. This is because the approach taken by Mara did not fufill the criteria set by the Finance Ministry, which is to negotiate for the lowest price possible.

Source : http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/10/22/nation/4953964&sec=nation





Google Self-drive car – Driverless Car

26 10 2010

http://www.youtube.com/v/-nYhKD8leAg?fs=1&hl=en_US

Google: Tested Self-drive Cars

Google has tested cars that drive themselves. These cars, according to Google, have already done thousands of miles all on their own. Engineers at Google pride themselves at having tested a self-driving car on California streets, the company announced.

These cars use radar sensors, a laser range finder, and video cameras that are mounted on the roof in order to ‘see’ other road traffic, said software engineer Sebastian Thrun. At all times, the cars are manned by a trained driver, who is always ready to take control, together with a software expert.

Google has high hopes that the cars have the potential to reduce road traffic as well as reduce the number of accidents experienced today. Mr. Thrun added that the cars had already covered 140,000 miles of road distance. They have managed to cross the iconic Golden Gate bridge of San Francisco, negotiated the famous sloping streets of the city, driven right between Google’s offices, and made successfully around Lake Tahoe.

Engineers recently told New York Times that generally, the highway forays have been incident-free, except for one bump when the car was reported to have been hit from behind near a traffic light stop. Mr. Thrun, in his blog post, insisted that the project’s first priority was safety.

He says that routes are pre-planned, mapped by real drivers, and local police briefed beforehand. But he alluded to figures provided by the World Health Organization, which indicate that 1.2 million people die each year in road accidents. He said that this number could and ought to be reduced.