A Vietnamese entrepreneur has come up with an ingenious idea to help hungry people in Vietnam. Businessman Hoang Tuan Anh designed an ATM that dispenses rice instead of cash. He arranged for the ATMs to be installed on streets in cities across Vietnam. Mr Anh said he was troubled by the number of people going hungry after losing their jobs in the coronavirus. An estimated five million people lost their livelihoods as a result of the pandemic. The “free-rice ATMs” have become so popular that Anh is arranging for more to be manufactured and installed. He told reporters that other businesses, sponsors and donors have offered to help fund his project, allowing him to extend the reach of the ATMs.Mr Anh explained what was behind his initiative. He told the BBC: “I wanted to invent a 24/7 automatic dispensing machine providing free rice for people out of work following an ongoing nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.” Mr Anh estimated that his machines have dispensed around 3,000 tons of free rice to those in need. People are permitted to “withdraw” 1.5kg of rice twice a day. Many people are appreciative of Mr Anh’s efforts. A mother who recently lost her job told the Reuters news agency: “I read about this rice ATM on the Internet. I came to check it out, and couldn’t believe it came out of the ATM. I really hope the sponsors keep doing this.A new study has revealed that climate change will threaten global sports events over the next three decades. The report was published by the Rapid Transition Alliance. This group monitors climate change, development and global issues. Researchers said that nearly all sports would be impacted by what they called “an accelerating climate crisis”. They highlighted how the weather has already disrupted major sports events. Bushfires in Australia made playing conditions hazardous at the Australian Tennis Open and torrential rain from a huge typhoon disrupted last year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan. The report predicts that fires, floods, heatwaves and rising sea levels will cause greater disruptionRapid Transition Alliance coordinator Andrew Simms urged the sports industry to do more to become carbon-neutral. He said: “Sport provides some of society’s most influential role models. If sport can change how it operates to act at the speed and scale necessary to halt the climate emergency, others will follow.” He added that the carbon emissions from sports events worldwide are equal to those produced by a medium-sized country. The report’s author, David Goldblatt, said sport should be more proactive. He said: “Making a carbon-zero world the common-sense priority of the sports world would make a huge contribution to making it the common-sense priority of all politics.”
A man in Austria has been fined for a very unusual act. His “crime” was “farting loudly in front of police officers”. The unnamed man was sitting on a bench in Austria’s capital Vienna. The Vienna Police Department tweeted earlier this week about the man’s actions. It described what happened after police officers approached the man. It wrote: “He rose slightly from the park bench, looked at the officers, and apparently intentionally released a massive fart in the immediate vicinity of the officers.” The police immediately gave the man a fine. The offence was for “violating public decency by loudly blowing a bowel in front of police officers”. It was also for making, “an unduly disturbing noise”.
The fine issued to the man is for 500 euro – about $560. If the man does not pay the fine within five days, he could go to prison for five days. The Austrian police have defended their actions and say the officers were right to issue the fine. A spokesperson said the man had been doing other annoying things before he farted. The police officers who issued the fine said the man was misbehaving. They said that he had been behaving in a way that would upset other people. The spokesperson said the man only had one thing on his mind when he stood up in front of police officers, and that was to fart at them. The officers said he, “let go a massive intestinal wind apparently with ful