The Great Firewall of China

first_img One of the world’s wonders It took us pretty much a full day to get here, but we are finally in China ahead of the IAAF World Championships in Athletics. It’s been seven years since I was last in this place and four since my last trip to this side of the world. I almost forgot how difficult it can be to sit on a plane for 14 hours. Having our photographer Ricardo Makyn along this time around made things a bit better. His mid-flight ‘bucks’ were rather amusing for a Chinese family sitting across from us, who must have feared for the poor soul, conquered by sleep, as his forehead teased his knees. It’s all on video. He’ll need to give a cut from his per diem or I will be sure to share it with the world. Flight time aside, there are more than a few reasons to get excited for the fast approaching World Championships. Things do, however, seem a bit haphazard, so far, and, in terms of media manuals and certain other pertinent information, nothing seems to be ready despite the fact that the championships start in a few days. This is a major departure from what pertained the last time I was around these parts for the 2008 Olympic Games. I also didn’t remember so many persons mistaking Jamaica for an African country either. “So where are you from?” “Jamaica.” “Oh, Africa!” “No.” “Close to Africa?” “No.” “Close to where?” “It’s in the Caribbean, close to the USA.” “Ah, OK. Caribbean.” The curious middle-aged woman inside the hotel lobby seemed just as confused at the end, as she did at the beginning of our conversation. She was the third person within the hour to make that mistake. Odd. Seems they don’t have maps in China. Now when you think China, you think a few things. Chopsticks and noodles will probably rank high on most persons’ lists, but the Great Wall of China is no doubt the country’s calling card. A 13,000-mile-long series of fortifications, which had its first blocks laid in the 7th century, is certainly impressive, but it is nothing compared to the Great Firewall of China! The likes of Twitter and Facebook were not too big a deal back in 2008 when I last visited China and Instagram wasn’t even founded yet. Back then, I used Yahoo, and though I noticed some lags when trying to access my email, I marked it down to a poor Internet connection. I got a mini scare when I tried to access my accounts, only to realise that they were all blocked! Can you imagine no Facebook, Gmail, Instagram … or worse, NO TWITTER?! “They are American, we block,” laughed the lady at check-in as I raised an alarm when my timeline turned up blank. The Chinese seem to be doing just fine with their own social media platforms though. Youku (Chinese YouTube), Sina Weibo (Chinese Twitter), Pengyou (Chinese Facebook) are the main ‘allowed’ options here. Yes, ‘map lady’ gave me a crash course. Who knows, maybe I’ll create a Chinese alter ego – ‘Lowe Chi’, and create some havoc on Sina Weibo while I’m here!last_img read more

Justice is supposed to be a virtue not a vice

first_imgThe sight of Brassington and Singh in handcuffs on callous and unwarranted charges has left me with a hollow and empty feeling. Vendetta and persecution reign supreme in our land of Guyana. What good does this mean-spirited and vindictive act do? Does it garner votes or lose votes? Does it appease the racists among us? What now? Will we see Carl Greenidge in handcuffs? This is a trampling of justice.The handcuffing of Singh and Brassington is an act of unspeakable cowardice by this APNU/AFC Administration.Sincerely,Nigel Hindslast_img read more

4th suspect arrested for Black Bush triple murder

first_imgPolice on Saturday evening nabbed the fourth suspect in the triple murder, which rocked Black Bush Polder, Corentyne, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) on July 23, 2016, Police spokesman, Superintendent Jairam Ramlakhan has said.Ramlakhan, in a report Sunday afternoon, stated that following a tip-off, ranks from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Headquarters conducted a covert operation in the backlands of the Corentyne, which led to the arrest of the suspect.Carlton Chetram (left); Tameshwar Jagmohan and Jairam Chetram as they exit the holding area at the Georgetown Magistrates’ CourtsDead: Jaikarran Chandradeo, also called “Kevin Naresh”, Pawan Chandradeo, also called “Surish Jaikarran”,Narish Rooplall, also called “Mice”An unlicensed shotgun and seven cartridges were also found, Ramlakhan revealed. He said that two other males were also in custody assisting in the investigation in respect of the firearm used in the triple murder.A Police source identified the suspect as “Rocky” or “Go to front”, who was wanted for some time now.Sources in Berbice confirmed that the man was spotted in the area by a resident who tipped off the Police.Well-placed sources said that the suspect was likely to be charged soon.On Friday, July 23, 2016, the bodies of Pawan Chandradeo, also called “Surish”, 37, of Black Bush Polder; his son Jaikarran Chandradeo, also called “Kevin”, 15 and his brother-in-law, Narish Rooplall, also called “Mice”, 33, of Number 73 Village, Corentyne were discovered lying next to each other on a dam at Cookrite Savannah, Black Bush Polder, with gunshot wounds.Police in a release said each body bore a single gunshot wound.The discovery of the bodies was made shortly after daybreak by a rice farmer. The bodies were lying on a dam about three miles into the savannah, a short distance away from “King’s Camp”.The men had gone on a fishing expedition which began at 15:00h on Thursday. They were expected back about 03:00h the following morning.During the probe, investigators detained several persons and after intense questioning, four of them succumbed to the pressure and eventually confessed to the crime.A farmer, Carlton “Lyman” Chetram; his wife; their son, 19-year-old Jairam Chetram and an employee, Tameshwar Tajmohan confessed to the killing and revealed that another man was involved.That other suspect turned out to be “Rocky”.Based on information received, on the night in question, Chetram, who owns rice land in the area, along with his family and two employees, was breaking the padlock to gain access to the fuel tanks on another farmer’s rice cultivation when they were seen by the trio who were fishing nearby. It was reported that out of fear of being caught, the farmer, his son and his employee killed the three men.The man’s son was said to be the trigger man.The farmer is a licensed firearm holder and the suspected murder weapon, his shotgun, was subsequently sent for ballistic testing following autopsies on the victims’ bodies.The men were subsequently charged and were remanded.last_img read more

Min. Dukuly Assures Cape Mountainians of Gov’t Commitment

first_imgInternal Affairs Minister Morris Dukuly on Friday toured the construction works on two of the three major bridges that are currently ongoing in Grand Cape Mount County.The works include the construction of bridges on Diah and Tallah in Commonwealth District in Tewor as well as the one taking place in Kaylia, Porkpah District.The projects are being funded by the Government of Japan through its Commodity Value Fund (CVF) and a grant of more than US$1.9 million for the implementation of those projects. It is being implemented by the Ministry of Internal Affairs on behalf of the Government of Liberia.Minister Dukuly was accompanied by Roland Worhee, the County Assistant Superintendent for Fiscal Affairs, and some members of the construction companies, including Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and Quest Incorporated.Following the tour Minister Dukuly expressed satisfaction to the ABC Company for the level of work done so far.“I am pleased that government has kept its promise to transform the country.” He then thanked officials of the company and the people of Diah for the cooperation and support for the project.“We could not have done it without your support; so the benefits to you come from yourselves and your own cooperation,” the Minister reminded the residents.He also called on residents of Diah to fully cooperate with the engineers that are working on their bridge, by focusing their attention their equipment so that no one could steal them.When completed, he said, those ridges will increase access, promote trade, lead to the reduction in the prices of basic commodities throughout the county, especially during the rainy season.“We want to assured the people of Cape Mount that the projects will be completed on time,he said.Meanwhile, elder of Diah Goi Fahnbulleh thanked Minister Dukuly and his team for the visitation and expressed happiness for the job.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Guyana listed as “major money laundering jurisdiction” – US report

first_imgThe US Department of State’s International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) Volume Two of March 2018 has listed Guyana, among many other countries, as “major money laundering jurisdictions in 2017”. The report declared that there was a lack of strong interagency cooperation among anti-money laundering (AML) and drug-fighting agencies, adding that these departments did not have adequate human resources and the necessary training for complete effectiveness.The report called for more training, education, and resources to improve the fight against money laundering. In its 2018 overview of Guyana, the INCSR posited that “narcotics trafficking and government corruption are the primary sources of laundered funds”. Other issues outlined were human trafficking, illicit gold mining, contraband, and tax evasion.The report reiterated that Guyana was a transit country for South American cocaine destined for Europe, the Caribbean and North America, noting that traffickers were attracted to Guyana’s remote airstrips, porous land borders, and weak security infrastructure.It was outlined that Guyana should continue to provide training to “increase awareness and understanding of AML laws within the judiciary and agencies. The major agencies involved in anti drug and money laundering efforts, such as the Guyana Police Force (GPF); Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA); the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU); the Special Organised Crimes Unit (SOCU) and the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) were observed as not being effective enough owing to “inadequate human resources, insufficient training, and a lack of strong interagency cooperation”.Apart from Guyana, Brazil, Barbados, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago, Peru, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States itself were, among many others, listed as “Major Money Laundering Jurisdictions in 2017”.Only last month former Attorney General (AG) Anil Nandlall accused his successor, Basil Williams, of conveying the impression that the country was compliant with the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) requirements, based on statements he had made in the National Assembly.He had pointed out that Williams admitted in Parliament he was informed by the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) that amendments made to the AML/CFT Amendment Bill in 2015 were in violation of the international guidelines.Williams, he had observed, told the House that he was also directed to remove them from the legislation.Nandlall recalled that when the coalition took office in 2015, the first Bill it passed was the AML/CFT Amendment Bill, Number 1 of 2015. It was tabled at the very first sitting of the 11th Parliament.“It contained all of the objectionable amendments. It was tabled by Williams. He was boastful that he was able to pass the Bills that the previous Government could not pass. It is obvious, therefore, that we were never compliant with the international requirements, as the AG (had) previously informed the nation,” he stressed last monthThe former AG had also noted that while in Opposition, the now Government caused Guyana to be blacklisted by the CFATF, and to be sanctioned internationally. “Now in Government, they have caused the very same thing to happen!” he posited in March.last_img read more

Sales rep slapped with 9 charges

first_imgA 22-year-old sales representative who was slapped with nine charges including resisting arrest, assault and use of threatening language, appeared before Magistrate Leron Daly at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Jenlisa Fordyce was charged separately for unlawfully and maliciously assaulting Police Officers Welcome, Joseph and Reynolds on February 21, 2019, at the Route 32 Minibus Park, Georgetown.Other charges alleged that Fordyce, also on February 21, 2019, at the same location, caused obstruction to Officers Welcome and Reynolds by resisting arrest as they were acting in the execution of their duties.Another charge alleged that on February 24, 2019, at the Brickdam Police Station, Fordyce unlawfully assaulted Police Officer Morris while causing obstruction to him by resisting arrest as he was acting in the execution of his duties.In court on Monday, Fordyce only admitted to the two charges alleging that on February 21, 2019, at Georgetown, she had in her possession, an offensive weapon, that is, a sharp edged blade. The final charge stated that she used threatening behaviour towards Police Officer Joseph. To that charge, she admitted to the offence and was fined $40,000.Police Prosecutor Adunni Inniss did not object to bail being granted on the remaining charges. Magistrate Daly released her on $150,000 bail for the other offences and adjourned the cases to March 4, 2019.last_img read more

8 drivers fined for traffic violations

first_imgSeveral drivers were fined in relation to traffic offences on Wednesday when they appeared before Magistrate Wanda Fortune at the Linden Magistrates’ Courts.Quincy Stephen was slapped with a $10,000 fine for failure to wear a seatbelt with a default sentence of 10 days’ imprisonment.The other drivers included Keith Warden, who was fined $7500 for the same offence, and Isaaiah Brummel, who was fined $20,000 for being an unlicensed driver, $25,000 for breach of insurance and $7500 for driving under the influence of alcohol.Meanwhile, Lamaizon Wilson was fined $20,000 for failure to conform to a traffic sign with a default sentence of one month in prison while Glaudston Dey was fined $20,000 with a default sentence of one month in prison for breach of insurance.Additionally, Julius Alexander was fined $7500 with a default sentence of 10 days in prison for failure to wear a seatbelt.Kenrick Glasgow was fined $7500 with a default sentence of a month in prison for driving an uninsured motor vehicle while Hakeem Aaron was fined a total of $27,500 with a default sentence of three weeks in prison for the offences of failure to wear a seatbelt and obscured vehicular identification.last_img read more

Fans get price break on Jackson party

first_imgJapan remains one of Jackson’s strongest fan bases, and Jackson fans have been out in force since his arrival in Tokyo on Sunday. A screaming mob greeted him at the airport and more crowded outside a popular electronics shop that gave him the run of the store after hours the following day. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! After a $3,500-a-head gala the day before, Michael Jackson attended another party in Tokyo for his less affluent fans, more than 1,000 of whom crowded a popular nightclub Friday for an evening with the reclusive pop star. Tickets for Friday’s party went for $130, a fraction of the $3,500 that several hundred fans and business people paid for a chance to meet and greet Jackson the night before at a dinner held in his honor. Jackson offered only brief remarks and did not perform. At Friday’s party, guests – most in their 20s or 30s – were treated to a stage show of gospel singers, Michael Jackson impersonators, but were not given the one-on-one opportunity that “premium” ticket partygoers got the night before. Jackson watched the show from a second-floor VIP room. last_img read more


first_imgChampion Irish Shearer Ivan Scott, Letterkenny, Co. DonegalThe Donegal man who holds the sheep shearing world record made a special appearance yesterday at the National Ploughing Championships.Letterkenny man Ivan Scott (32) has led the flock in sheep shearing competitions since he moved to New Zealand and earned his first world record in the skill.Scott shore 736 lambs in eight hours in 2008. He claimed the title again in 2011 with 744 clippings. Training for such a title takes shear determination. Ivan would shear for nine hours a day, followed by weight lifting or rowing in the gym along with running for fitness, he told shares his time between Ireland, New Zealand and Switzerland. Ivan is captain of the Irish team for the World Sheep Shearing Competition next year. Training has already begun in the hopes of bleating the competition.GREAT SCOTT! DONEGAL SHEARING STAR AT PLOUGHING CHAMPIONSHIPS was last modified: September 26th, 2013 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ivan Scottnational ploughing championshipsheep shearinglast_img read more

Antelope Valley Things To Do

first_img“Sister’s Christmas Catechism – The Mystery of the Magi Gold” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 11 at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Tickets: $30; $25 for students, seniors and military. Call (661) 267-5684. “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” will be performed at 7 p.m. today at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. Tickets: $16; $8 for children. Call (661) 723-5950. Country singer-songwriters Craig Morgan and George Canyon will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. Tickets: $37 and $33. Call (661) 723-5950. The Antelope Valley Ballet will perform “The Nutcracker” at 8 p.m. Dec. 10 and 2 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. Tickets: $26; $14 for children. Call (661) 723-5950. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Short stories that won a Palmdale Writers Roundtable competition will be read at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 as part of the Spirit of the Holidays series at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Admission is free. Call (661) 267-5684. The Palmdale Youth and Community Dance Company will perform “The Snow Queen,” dance variations from “The Nutcracker” and tap and jazz pieces to the music of “The Jethro Tull Christmas Album” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 and 2 p.m. Dec. 17 as part of the Spirit of the Holidays series at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Tickets: $10; $8 for students, seniors and military. Call (661) 267-5684. The Palmdale Youth and Community Orchestras will perform the Brandenburg “Sinfonia” and “Sleepers Awake” plus holiday favorites at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 as part of the Spirit of the Holidays series at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Tickets: $10; $8 for students, seniors and military. Call (661) 267-5684. The Palmdale Youth and Community Choirs will perform holiday songs at 2 p.m. Dec. 18 as part of the Spirit of the Holidays series at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Tickets: $10; $8 for students, seniors and military. Call (661) 267-5684. Tony Molina and Friends perform salsa music and Latin ballads, 8-11:30 p.m. Thursdays at Harry’s Place at the Antelope Valley Inn, 44055 Sierra Highway, Lancaster. Salsa DJ Wayne Molina performs, 11:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Call (661) 948-4651. Ranger-led nature hikes will be held at 11 a.m. every Sunday at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road in Agua Dulce. Meet in the first small parking lot by the ranger station. Call (661) 268-0840. The Mojave Desert Information Center offers natural history exhibits, videos and a touch-screen computer to find out more information about desert state parks and the surrounding areas. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week at 43779 15th St. W. Call (661) 942-0662. Bingo will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday by the Knights of Columbus, 719 W. Ave. M. 40 and Up Singles dance, 6:30 p.m. Sunday at 240 E. Ave. K, Lancaster. Admission: $7. Club membership: $20. Call Hester at (661) 718-8997. Fun After 40 Ballroom Dance Club dance, 7:30-10 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Lessons are available, 6:30-7:30 p.m. for $2. Admission: $2 for members and $4 for nonmembers. Bring small dessert. Call (661) 943-0210 or (661) 267-5551. The Antelope Valley Weekend column runs weekly. Fax information or updates to (661) 267-5747 by noon Wednesday. Mailing address is 1645 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite D, Palmdale, CA 93550, attention: Entertainment. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more