"We've taken most of the applications (1) via the Internet and by telephone.
About half of the applicants (2) gave up after learning about the physical
tests ahead," said Andre Lemos, (3) a spokesman for Comlurb garbage
removal service. The first (4) phase where the candidates' size
(5) eliminated all but 7,000 (6) aspiring trash collectors as
the rest were (7) deemed too thin or too fat to do the job. Preference
was given to younger applicants. Comlurb officials (8) insist it is
important that garbage collectors are healthy and can (9) endure
great physical effort. A (10) paramedic crew was busy attending
20 people who suffered from (11) respiratory and other problems
on the first day alone.
The ambulance rushed to pick up Sueli Carvalho dos Santos
who (12) collapsed on the runway. Half an hour later she (13) regained
her breath. "The body just got weak, it was very tiring," she said.
"I'll try to keep fighting for this job," she added, but (14) a monitor
standing behind her (15) shook his head, making clear she wouldn't
pass to (16) the next stage. Dos Santos has a four-year-old
daughter to look after. Milton Rocha, a fit young man from
(17) the suburbs, completed the run on time and expects to get
the job which would allow him to get his mother on
a healthcare plan and (18) stash away some money for college.
"I need this job, but there are older people with kids who
need it more than I do. This test is unfair," he said.
(2) stopped trying
(3) an officer in a company who talks to newspaper or TV reporters
(4) a step in a process, part of a process
(5) got rid of, threw away
(7) thought to be
(8) they say it must be true
(9) put up with or "get through"
(10) a team of medical experts
(13) got back
(14) someone who is watching the sick people
(15) moved his head side to side meaning "no"
(16) the next part of the process
(17) towns outside of big cities
(18) put money away (save it) for the future