This is the season to enjoy Lokam Oranges

Fujian Yong Chun famous Lokam oranges are as delicious as ever and have been certified safe, so consumers needn't fret about an infestation of Mandarin maggots elsewhere in China.The skin texture for the lokam is better with stronger aroma, especially for the medium and large fruits. This year’s harvest was also 20% better than the last season.
This is the season to enjoy the harvest of Lokam oranges and other citrus fruits from Yong Chun. Sweet, smooth and juicy oranges are always highly anticipated in Fujian.

A farmer dumps basketsful of infested maggot oranges on the side of a road in Yichang, Hubei province, November 10, 2008.

Agriculture experts and officials say there's no need to be concerned about the "Mandarin maggot" event that broke out in the Guangyuan area of Sichuan Province and spread rapidly. The fruit fly maggot (wormlike larval stage) infestation seriously damaged the harvest, market and sales in many parts of China. Sales of citrus are slow in China.

Words from agriculture experts:

Oranges with Maggots

Fruit flies lay their eggs in oranges and other fruit the eggs hatch into larva, tiny white worms that develop into flies. Maggots are unpleasant but they are not harmful to health.
To spot infested fruit, look for fruit that usually has small holes in the skin where flies lay their eggs. Maggots can be seen in segments of infested fruit.

Consumers should be careful, but calm.

Fruit fly infestation is caused by contact with already-infested plants and produce.
Fruit fly maggots are not harmful to humans but should not be ingested.
If you do ingest a fruit fly maggot and feel ill, see a doctor.



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California Doctor Used Human Fat to Power Car

Did a former Beverly Hills doctor use the fat he liposuctioned out of patients to fuel his car?
The odd accusation was allegedly made in lawsuits filed by former patients and unearthed by
Unfortunately, if he was in fact fueling his car with fat, the practice was illegal, according to California state health officials.

An investigation has been launched by the California public health department into the now-closed liposuction practice of Craig Alan Bittner, who once claimed on a Web site that he created "lipodiesel" from his patients' fat and used it to power his Ford SUV and his girlfriend's Lincoln Navigator,
California law apparently forbids the use of human medical waste to power vehicles.

Dr Craig Alan Bittner, who runs the Liposculpture clinic on Rodeo Drive, said that he had created “lipodiesel” with his patients’ excess subcutaneous fat.

Several former patients have filed lawsuits against the doctor, claiming he allowed his unlicensed girlfriend and an assistant to perform procedures, causing mistakes that left the patients disfigured, attorney Andrew Besser, who represents three of the former patients, told

Bittner's practice, Beverly Hills Liposculpture, closed in November.

Dr Bittner left a message on his clinic’s website on November 20 to tell clients he was moving to South America to volunteer at a small clinic “where I can help those most in need.”

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Japanese love McDonald's"Quarter Pounder with Cheese"

Some 1,000 "customers" who lined up for the release of McDonald's new hamburger in Japan were actually hired in advance, it was learned.

Around 1,000 people were paid to join the queue outside the Midosuji-Suomachi branch of McDonald’s for the release of their Quarter Pounder burger

About 15,000 people flocked to McDonald's Japan's Midosuji Suomachi store in Chuo-ku, Osaka, on Tuesday, to buy the new "Quarter Pounder with Cheese," which was released for the first time in the Kansai region. McDonald's Japan announced on Wednesday that the store has set record sales of about 10.2 million yen on the day.

On Thursday, however, it turned out that 1,000 of the customers in the long line were part-time workers that McDonald's Japan requested a marketing company supply, including the first 20 to 30 people who waited from midnight.

"We didn't ask the company to make the people line up. We didn't intentionally do it," a spokesperson for McDonald's Japan explains.
McDonald's Japan previously asked the marketing company to conduct research on the hamburger, and the marketing company requested staffing company Fullcast Co. to hire part-time workers. Fullcast recruited part-time workers on the Internet, describing the job with an hourly pay of 1,000 yen near Shinsaibashi Station as "Easy work, just waiting in line to buy a new product and eating it." The staffing company conducted a questionnaire regarding the hamburger -- including its taste and the service at the store -- among 1,000 part-time workers and collected answers from 300 respondents. The part-time workers were also given money for the hamburgers.

McDonald's Japan has said that it won't correct the store's sales figures even though it included the amount that the part-timers paid for the burgers.



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Shocking: KFC sells trash chicken

The KFC fried chicken to many Hong Kong people is both delicacy and convenient fast food. A KFC Restaurant in Hong Kong (Name Cannot Be Mentioned) sells trash throw away food and then retrieve it from the dustbin to sell to customer. See picture below. This incident happened during closing time when all the remainder unsold food is thrown into the dustbin. It is so unlucky for a customer to order food during closing time.

Throw in the trash to find the fried chicken wings

The chicken wings into the take-away box

Will be packaged chicken wings

Remainder unsold food is thrown into dustbin

Retrieve throw away food



KFC Malaysia staff in scandalous videos

We’ve been tipped off by on a recent social media disaster at KFC Malaysia that was caused by two scandalous videos of several KFC employees.

But many might not have realized that such a big problem was brewing at KFC Malaysia since the fast food chain’s PR folks, in my opinion, did a pretty good job in handling the case.

The social media disaster started last October when someone sent a video clip to KFC Malaysia that shows a staff member tampering with the food while preparing it. We did a quick search and found these two videos, which likely show the offending incidents:

In response, KFC Malaysia reported the incident to the police and at the same time did an internal investigation. But unfortunately for the company, the video was uploaded to YouTube on June 25th. The video disgusted many viewers, and they voiced their concerns across the web. Some of you might recall a similar fiasco suffered by Domino’s Pizza several years ago.



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Chinese Body Painting Calendar 2009

Get inspiration from artists' quotes the whole year round with this Chinese Body Painting Calendar for 2009 created Just For You. The calendar features quotes by, among others, Robert Henri, Leonardo da Vinci, and Edgar Degas.

"The mind of the painter should be like
a mirror which always takes the color
of the thing that it reflects, and which is
filled by as many images as there are
things placed before it."
– Leonardo da Vinci




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'Tree man' condition had worsened again

An Indonesian man dubbed the "tree man" because of the gnarled warts all over his body said on Friday his condition had worsened again although he still hoped to recover and find a job.
Dede, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, returned home from hospital in August after six kilograms (13 pounds) of warts were surgically removed from his body and has been treated as an out-patient since.

The growths make it difficult for Dede to smoke a cigarette

"Those (warts) that were removed are growing again and started to reappear after I returned home," Dede told Reuters, adding that for a time he could go fishing and use a cell phone but now needed assistance again for such activity.
An American doctor has previously said the warts were the result of severe human papilloma virus (HPV) infection, but the disease is not life-threatening. Doctors say his case is thought to be the worst of its type in the world.

Discovery Channel recently made a documentary about Dede's affliction and his life.
Dede, 37, first noticed the warts on his body after cutting his knee as a teenager.
Over time, Dede was sacked from his job, deserted by his wife and shunned by neighbors as the horn-like extensions covered much of his body and stopped him working. He has two children.

X-Ray photo

"I'm not desperate but I want to recover," he added, speaking from his home in the remote West Java village of Tanjung Jaya.
An Indonesian doctor said he would have further operations at the end of December or early next year to remove and reduce warts.

"We have told him that his disease could not be 100 percent cured. In the previous operation, we only tried to increase his quality of life," said Rachmat Dinata, one of a team of doctors treating him at the Hasan Sadikin hospital in Bandung, a city near his village.

Dinata said he would need at least two operations every year.

For a while, Dede was forced to take part in a circus act in Bandung in order to make ends meet.But after his case received widespread publicity, donations from the public and government help allowed him to get treatment.
He has also been able to buy some land to grow rice and a second-hand car so his relatives can bring him to hospital.



UPDATE:21 Dec 2009

'Tree Man' Dede Koswara once again battling branches

DEDE Koswara, known more famously to the world as 'Tree Man', is once again battling woody growths that are threatening to cover his body.

Having been largely freed from what doctors say are an extreme case of Human Pappiloma Virus (HPV) warts, Dede's life began returning to normal after surgery in August.

He first made headlines around the world in 2007, when shocking pictures emerged of the mysterious Indonesion man who appeared to be covered in bark.

It took almost two years for doctors to diagnose "Tree Man" with a rare genetic problem that robbed him of the ability to fight HPV, which meant the warts caused by the virus were raging out of control over his body.

In August, Dede returned home and began rebuilding his life after doctors removed some six kilograms of warts.

His hands - once an indistinguishable mass of scales - could hold a mobile phone or cigarette, even enable him to enjoy a spot of fishing.

With the help of his mother, he was able to properly bathe and eat noodles.

But now, just four months after leaving hospital, Dede spoke to of his dismay to find the warts were fighting back. Read the story here - warning - story contains graphic images.

"Those (warts) that were removed are growing again and started to reappear after I returned home," he said from his home in the West Java village of Tanjung Jaya.

"I'm not desperate but I want to recover."

Before his treatment, Dede was shunned by his fellow villagers and forced to take work in a circus to feed himself.

He has two children but his wife has left him.

However, since publicity grew about Indonesia's famous Tree Man, boosted by a moving Discovery Channel documentary that highlighted Dede's grace and humility in the face of such distress, donations have helped him buy a car and some land to grow rice.

Doctors admit they'll never be able to stop the warts from returning, but said that with two operations a year, Dede would at least enjoy a better quality of life.



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