Vietnam Installs Innovative ‘Rice ATMs’ to Give Food to Local Residents

A "rice ATM" in Hanoi, Vietnam.
A "rice ATM" in Hanoi, Vietnam.
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Residents of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, are lining up on bright orange tiles—spaced 6 feet away from each other—to wait their turn at the “rice ATM,” a silo that dispenses uncooked white rice through a tube.

Travel + Leisure reports that the innovative machine was created by Vietnamese technology businessman Hoang Tuan Anh as a way to give citizens access to free food while they’re out of work. Vietnam, which has about 270 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (as of April 17), launched a 15-day period of nationwide isolation on March 31, causing many small businesses to close their doors and many workers to find themselves temporarily without a source of income. According to Reuters, occupations of those waiting in line at the rice ATM range from street vendors to housekeepers.

Nguyen Thi Ly, a 34-year-old mother of three whose husband just lost his job, told Reuters the service provides enough rice to feed her family for a day. Each recipient can fill their bag with up to 1.5 kilograms (about 3.3 pounds) of rice.

“I read about this rice ATM on the internet. I came to check it out, and couldn’t believe it came out for real,” she told Reuters. “I really hope the sponsors would keep doing this until the end of the pandemic.”

It’s not clear how long the rice ATM in Ho Chi Minh City will continue operating, but another one in Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital city, will stay open until the end of April or whenever it runs out of rice. Machines have been installed in other large cities like Hue and Danang, too.

Wondering how to help out in your own community during the coronavirus pandemic? Here are 7 things you can do.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

Blue Apron’s Memorial Day Sale Will Save You $60 On Your First Three Boxes

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If you’ve gone through all the recipes you had bookmarked on your phone and are now on a first-name basis with the folks at the local pizzeria, it might be time to introduce a new wrinkle into your weekly dinner menu. But instead of buying loads of groceries and cookbooks to make your own meal, you can just subscribe to a service like Blue Apron, which will deliver all the ingredients and instructions you need for a unique dinner.

And if you start your subscription before May 26, you can save $20 on each of your first three weekly boxes from the company. That means that whatever plan you choose—two or four meals a week, vegetarian or the Signature plan—you’ll save $60 in total.

With the company’s Signature plan, you’ll get your choice of meat, fish, and Beyond foods, along with options for diabetes-friendly and Weight Watchers-approved dishes. The vegetarian plan loses the meat, but still allows you to choose from a variety of dishes like General Tso's tofu and black bean flautas.

To get your $60 off, head to the Blue Apron website and click “Redeem Offer” at the top of the page to sign up.

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The World's 10 Richest Cities

New York City.
New York City.
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When a city has vibrant culture, a booming economy, and appealing real estate, it attracts a lot of high-profile residents. To see which world-class cities have the largest populations of wealthy individuals, check out this list of the richest cities in the world.

As CNBC reports, the United States is home to several wealthy cities, accounting for six of the urban centers in the top 10. New York takes the top slot, with 120,605 of the people living there boasting a net worth of $5 million or more. That's more than 4 percent of the global wealth population.

It's followed by Tokyo, where 81,645 residents have a net worth totaling at least $5 million. Hong Kong ranks third with 73,430 wealthy citizens. Other U.S. cities on the list include Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Dallas. The other two cities in the top 10—London and Paris—are Europe's only representation.

The information used to compile the list comes from the data firm Wealth-X, which looked at global wealth statistics from the past decade. Cities that attract wealthy residents tend to have a high cost of living, but the richest cities in the world aren't always the most expensive to live in. After reading the list below, compare it to the 10 most expensive cities in the world.

  1. New York City, U.S.
  1. Tokyo, Japan
  1. Hong Kong
  1. Los Angeles, U.S.
  1. London, UK
  1. Paris, France
  1. Chicago, U.S.
  1. San Francisco, U.S.
  1. Washington, D.C., U.S.
  1. Dallas, U.S.

[h/t CNBC]