Chinese food … and here come the Americans

first_img We did have a little chat, with the sprinter seeming relaxed and ready to step on track. Should be an interesting few days ahead. The Americans arrived shortly afterwards and it’s certainly interesting that the previously blocked social media platforms Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and even Google only became available – like magic – as soon as they arrived. The Americans’ arrival to their hotel was also preceded by a full security sweep of the property with vehicular restrictions said to be put in place around the hotel. I must admit that I’m never too adventurous where food is concerned, and Chinese cuisine doesn’t exactly get me excited. And before you knit your brow, I’ve long discovered that the typical fare served in our neck o’ the woods as ‘Chinese’ food is anything but. Twice I’ve been to China and I have yet to see ‘mallah chicken’ or ‘sweet and sour chicken’ on any menu, for instance. What a rip-off! I arrived at breakfast on our first morning here this time around, having convinced myself that I needed to sample some of the local food on offer. I needed to immerse myself in the culture, experience the heralded Chinese gastronomy, eat like the emperors did. Well, my autogenic pep talk quickly lost its effect as my eyes caught the first item on the line. ‘Stir-fried cabbage with black fungus.’ That didn’t sound too appealing. Judging from the many forks that were sent teeth first into the bowl, it seems to be a favourite among locals. Still, I couldn’t muster the courage. Maybe I’ll give it a try in a few days. There was something quite off-putting about pizza-size egg pancakes as well. But there were some really good surprises like the Chinese dumplings (baozi) with their delightful fillings, as well as the ‘fried jiaozi’, which in this case was crescent shaped and filled with spicy sauce. I suppose you would guess that rice and noodles were never too far away, but perhaps to make the influx of Westerners feel right at home, there was some Sprite and cola to wash it all down – something we learnt is not always on the breakfast menu at our hotel. On another note, the bulk of the Jamaican athletes checked into their Beijing hotel yesterday evening, and the most conspicuous of them all, Usain Bolt, created a stir as usual as he made his way through the lobby, before heading off to training. relaxed and readylast_img read more

MNG GOLD DONATES OFFICE SUPPLIES TO BONG COUNTY ADMINISTRATION

first_imgThe Turkish mineral mining company, the MNG Gold Liberia Inc., over the weekend presented a collection of office materials to the Bong County Administration in Botota and Dean Town in Kokoyah Statutory District, respectively.MNG Gold is owned and operated by a Turkish businessman, Mehmet Nazif Gural, who is engaged in mining activities around the world through which he seeks to create job opportunities in developing countries like Liberia.  MNG Gold took over from the American-Liberia Mining Company (AMLIB) in 2013 after the company pulled out from the gold rich deposit following more than ten years of exploration. This reporter has not established the exact cause of the exit of the AMLIB from Dean Town, the gold rich deposit area.Two office desks, a printer and a computer were offered to the Kokoyah Statutory Superintendent Nixon Kpee, while the office of the County Superintendent Selena Polson Mappy received three new computers, a printer along with an assortment of office supplies.At the Botota presentation on behalf of MNG Gold, the Project Manager of the Kokoyah Mines Mr. Ozkan Umurhan said the donation was the company’s own way of identifying with the local office of the county.Speaking on behalf of the District, Kokoyah Statutory Superintendent Nixon Kpee extolled MNG Gold for the donations given when his office lacked equipment.Mr. Kpee disclosed that since the District was legislated and enacted into law by the 51st Legislature during the administration of former President Charles Taylor, this was the first time the district had ever received modern equipment.“Throughout, we have operated on manual typewriter to do all of our documentations in this contemporary age” Mr. Kpee admitted.He said with the provision of the computer, he is confident most of their documents will be saved.Mr. Kpee confirmed that since MNG Gold took over from AMLIB in2013, the company has provided job opportunities for the local residents.For her part, Bong County Superintendent Selena Polson Mappy thanked the MNG Gold for the supplies and said the materials were provided at the time the local administration was out of office supplies particularly during this period of the country’s health crisis.She recounted the numerous contributions MNG Gold has made to the county in health and infrastructure developments in recent times.Superintendent Mappy named the rehabilitation of roads, bridges and the employment of scores of young people of Kokoyah Statutory including the provision of cash and materials to the County Ebola Taskforce by MNG Gold as some vital contributions of the company.The Superintendent described MNG Gold as a true partner that has come in the county to transform the lives of the impoverished inhabitants through job creation as enshrined in the Mineral Development Agreement.The event which took place in Dean Town (Gold Camp) in Kokoyah Statutory District over the weekend was attended by an array of local government officials including traditional chiefs.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

PPP expresses worry of central bank power grab

first_imgNew fiscal laws– urges caution, consideration for commercial banksThe series of financial bills that were brought to the floor of the National Assembly by the Government has raised concerns in the parliamentary Opposition camp, as worry mounts that increased requirements can drive up the costs of doing business. The PPP is expressing worry over the power accruing to the central bank through legislationAt a press conference on Monday, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo expressed worry that these new laws were laying the groundwork for some banks to fold. Here he cited the bad debt portfolios of certain banks.“When you look at the fineprint of those laws, it gives the central bank greater powers that could harm some of the interests of the commercial banks. Even the deposit insurance scheme the Government wants to put in place, it is now going to assess the banks on a biennial basis, a sum based on the reserve holding that they will have to pay into that fund.“So, now the commercial banks will have a new cost, which could push up interest rates for some people like us, because they have to pay for an insurance scheme. So deposits that are remunerated, they’ll have to push up interest rates. We have to be cautious,” Jagdeo urged.At the last sitting of the National Assembly, Government had brought several bills, including a National Payments System Bill, to the floor. The Bill contains provisions for persons to use “electronic money” through SIM cards and software accepted as a means of payment. There are also provisions for presenting cheques in electronic form.And then there are the penalties, which range from a fine of $500,000 and two years’ imprisonment when convicted as an individual to a fine of $2 million as a body corporate. Part 12, Section 51 speaks to various offences and penalties designed to keep the payment system running smoothly.The penalties apply to Sections Seven and Eight (attaining a licence before providing payment system or service). The Act states that banks, as direct participants in the system, do not have to acquire a licence. The same applies for money transfer service providers. However, Section Three (a) adds that they must comply with all other requirements of the Act.The penalties also apply to Section 13, which prohibits transferring licences, as well as Section 23. Section 23 mandates compliance with the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) laws.In Section 32, operators are also prohibited from outsourcing their services without the bank. In Section 33, they also have to seek approval in order to use agents. And then there are those who refuse to comply with any order issued by the Bank of Guyana as an administrative measure.According to Section 50 (4), “a person who fails to comply with an order issued, pay a fine imposed or otherwise comply with administrative measures taken by the Bank in accordance with this section commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction as specified in Section 51.”last_img read more

Teen dies, friend critical after Bagotville accident

first_img…tensions unfold as driver identifies point of impactA West Bank Demerara (WBD) teen lost his life on the Bagotville Public Road on Wednesday evening, while his friend is in a critical condition following a motorcycle accident.The dead young man has been identified as 18-year-old construction worker Dan Batson, called “Q”, who would have been celebrating his 19th birthday in two weeks.The 20-year-old pillion rider, Trevon Callender was rushed to the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH) where a medical team is battling to save his life.Reports indicate that the duo was proceeding on motorcycle CJ 2217 on theDead biker: Dan BatsonBagotville Public Road, when Batson attempted to turn into the yard of his Lot 119 Bagotville home at about 20:30h but instead collided with a speeding motor car bearing registration plates HC 3870.The duo was flung from the cycle, with Callender landing in a nearby drain and Batson onto the roadway. Initial reports suggested that Batson was travelling without headlamps but eyewitnesses disputed much of what was being reported.According to Police demarcations, the car came to a halt approximately six houses away from the point of impact. Batson’s 17-year old cousin was the main eyewitness and is said to have trouble sleeping after seeing his cousin perish before his eyes.When Guyana Times arrived at the scene, Police had the driver point to the area where the collision occurred. The relatives of the dead man became enraged as the diver told the Police his version of what transpired.He reportedly told Police that his brakes failed moments before the collision.Asked for a comment, the young man’s mother was still in a state of shock andInjured pillion rider, Trevon Callenderwas unable to give an interview.However, with a distraught countenance, the dead lad’s father, Benjamin Batson said he was still in disbelief over his son’s demise, telling Guyana Times that he was in the shop playing dominoes when he heard the crashing sound.The father added that it was his cousin who first ran out and others followed. The senior Batson disputed the driver’s version of events. “According to information, the point of impact is wrong because the distance where the car stopped, it had a van,” he claimed.Police have said that a breathalyser test conducted on the driver of the motorcar showed no trace of alcohol on his breath. (Shemuel Fanfair)The driver was under Police guard as investigators took demarcations at the point where his car came to a halt, reportedly some six houses away from where he struck the menlast_img read more

Shields bags maiden Karibee Rice Golf Title

first_imgFormer Lusignan Golf Club President (LGC) Hilbert Shields flexed his muscles outside of his official capacity to snare the inaugural Karibee Rice Open title on Saturday, July 14.Winner of the Karibee Rice Golf Open, Hilbert Shields (centre) is flanked by other winners including LGC President Aleem Hussain and Joaan DeoIt was a star-studded event featuring a number of high-profile golfers, who commenced battle at 12:30h with the official tee-off. Thereafter, it was Shields, who maintained his grip over the competition to finish with 66/18.The ex-Head of the LGC was closely trailed by Richard Haniff 68/10 (second); Joaan Deo 69/17 (third) and Best Net winner Nazeem Haniff 70/8 (fourth). Nazeem bagged the Best Gross Award for his 78.Following the match, Shields, during his brief remarks. stated: “Firstly, I was very relaxed and played so well today because of the great company. I played with Messrs Clifford Reis and Mark Lashley. Secondly, being also from the Corentyne, I was determined to make a special effort to celebrate this great gesture of our sponsor – Nand Persaud Company.”Also on hand were Honorary Consul of Malaysia to Guyana, Vic Oudit and his wife, Dawn, who assisted in the distribution of the prizes to the winners. Honorary Consul Oudit, in brief remarks, said, “I am delighted and fully in support of the development of the Club house, the course, the lawns, and the ambience of the Lusignan Golf Club, having known it for several years now.”He continued, “In fact, I am determined to bring my friends and expose them to the great atmosphere here, and to promote the Club and golfing in Guyana. Already, one of my friends was also so impressed today that he immediately enrolled his wife and children as members of the Club.”On hand representing Nand Persaud, the producers of Karibee Rice, was Jai Prakash, who thanked the LGC for allowing them to host such a successful tournament and was hopeful of more ventures in the near future.last_img read more

No love for L.A. in Philly

first_imgKobe Bryant returned from his one-game NBA suspension and finished with 30 points but made just 3 of 14 shots in face of double-teams all second half. It was just one factor in an avalanche that saw the Lakers lose the second half 57-35. “That’s called them going in and making some adjustments and us going and out doing the same thing we did in the first half,” Kwame Brown said. “They put that ‘Kobe-dar’ on like every team is going to do and nobody else stepped up and made a play.” Bryant said: “Our execution just fails us because we don’t have the guys out there that know the intricacies of the offense.” The Sixers won their sixth consecutive game while the Lakers remained winless since Lamar Odom was lost to a torn labrum. Jackson spent the third quarter trying to find any combination that worked and contemplated lineup changes afterward. Foremost in his mind is 19-year-old center Andrew Bynum, who has started the last 32 games since Brown went down with a sprained ankle Dec. 31. Bynum missed all four shots he took Friday, committed four turnovers and was called for five fouls in 33 minutes. Jackson said Bynum “didn’t get anything accomplished out there tonight,” and later added, “He needs to get off the front line and get out of that enemy fire for a while.” The question is if Brown is ready to play heavy minutes only five games after returning from the injury. Brown finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds against the Sixers and said afterward, “Whatever (Jackson) decides, I’ll be ready.” Andre Iguodala, the Sixers’ third-year guard, finished with 31 points and punctuated the third-quarter run by burying a 3-pointer while drawing contact from Bryant. He completed the four-point play and scored 14 points in the quarter. Bryant, meanwhile, spent two hours in the afternoon at his old stomping grounds of Lower Merion High in suburban Ardmore, where he visited with coaches and teachers and talked to the boys basketball team on the eve of the state playoffs. The Lakers arrived at the arena barely an hour before tipoff because of the Friday traffic. They didn’t show up at all in the second half, though, losing the third quarter 32-18 and trailing by 16 points with seven minutes remaining. Cook fouled out in barely 90 seconds in the fourth, depriving the Lakers of a both big man and a shooter to help Bryant. Philadelphia made twice as many free throws (29 of 37) as the Lakers shot (11 of 14) for the game. “We didn’t play smart enough,” Jackson said. “I think some of the guys felt we didn’t play hard enough; I thought we just didn’t play smart enough.” The only good news for the Lakers was that Denver lost to Detroit, leaving them with a 2 1-2-game lead for sixth in the Western Conference standings. They also could take comfort in returning home . . . to play a Dallas team that has won 16 games in a row. With Sunday’s loss, the Lakers became the first Jackson-coached team ever to suffer two five-game losing streaks in one season. “You can’t feel that pressure about winning or when you’re going to win or how you’re going to win,” Jackson said. “You just go play (the games) and play hard.” LAKER NOTES: The Lakers explored petitioning the NBA for a roster exception involving injured players that would have enabled them to audition free agent Scottie Pippen on a 10-day contract before deciding such a move didn’t make sense. Although the Lakers have a full 15-man roster, Jackson outlined a special case in which the NBA would allow the Lakers to add a 16th player provided that they declared four of their injured players out for at least 14 days. The Lakers have three players who fit the bill in Chris Mihm, Vladimir Radmanovic and Lamar Odom. When it comes to a fourth player, however, Jackson is hopeful that Luke Walton can return from a sprained ankle next week. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It was a wilting,” Jackson said. All that was left was for the Lakers to pack up and head home from an 0-4 road trip. They dropped their fifth consecutive game, 11th out of the last 14, and have to wonder if they’ll be able to stay in playoff position these final 19 games. center_img PHILADELPHIA – The traffic was so snarled for the bus ride to the Wachovia Center for Friday’s game that Phil Jackson jokingly claimed it must have been a product of the flower show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Then came the second half of the Lakers’ 108-92 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, when Jackson’s team gave up a 20-3 run out of the locker room and left the coach to continue with the horticultural theme for the night. last_img read more

Bahrain footballer to remain in detention: Thai court

first_img0Shares0000Hakeem Alaraibi has been held in detention in Thailand as Australia and Bahrain tussle over his fate © AFP / Lillian SUWANRUMPHABangkok, Thailand, Dec 11 – A former Bahrain national footballer with Australian refugee status must remain in detention in Thailand as he awaits possible extradition, a Bangkok court said Tuesday, as campaigners say they fear he could be “tortured” if returned to the Gulf state.Hakeem Alaraibi says he was arrested and beaten at the start of the Arab Spring protests in Bahrain in 2012, and was granted refugee status in Australia five years later. The 25-year-old, who now plays for semi-professional club Pascoe Vale FC in Melbourne, was stopped by Thai immigration on November 27 after arriving in Bangkok for a vacation with his wife and detained upon request from the Bahraini government, as Australia and Bahrain tussle over his fate.His lawyer Nadthasiri Bergman told AFP Tuesday the court has extended his time behind bars in Bangkok for 60 days.The attorney-general’s office would then file an application for his extradition, she said.“I think he has a good chance not to be extradited because we have evidence” that he will face abuses back in Bahrain, Bergman said.The court denied a bail request after the detention order. Speaking to reporters as he was led into court in the morning by immigration police, Alaraibi begged for the proceedings to be halted.“Immigration Thailand and Immigration Bahrain work together to send me back to Bahrain. But Australia stopped them. Please stop them,” Alaraibi said.“I don’t want to go back to Bahrain — I want to go back to Australia. I didn’t do anything in Bahrain. I’m a refugee in Australia.” Alaraibi left the court looking dejected by the day’s proceedings and his lawyer said he was “terrified”.Officials from the Australian embassy were present at the court as well for the hearing. The office of Thailand’s attorney-general on Friday submitted a request to the criminal court for an arrest warrant — a step forward in a process that could see Alaraibi extradited to Bahrain to face trial.He was convicted in absentia on charges of vandalising a police station in the Gulf state, but says he was out of the country playing in a match at the time of the alleged offence. Asia-Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) slammed Thai authorities for moving forward on their “callous plans” to extradite Alaraibi.“This is someone who fled his home country after being tortured, and there is every risk he will face the same treatment again if he is forced back,” said APRRN’s Evan Jones. Australia’s Foreign Minister Marise Payne called for his “immediate return” and said that returning Alaraibi to Bahrain would be “in contravention of international human rights (standards) given his status”.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Social work program to be

first_imgA half-time field placement coordinator located in the Antelope Valley is also part of future plans. “That person will be closely working with agencies in developing internship opportunities for students,” Evarian said. She added that these developments will give the department a stronger presence on the campus and in the community. Although space is limited in the Antelope Valley program for fall, Evarian encourages interested individuals to submit application materials. The department is accepting applications through May 15. For additional information, contact Evarian at (661) 654-3435.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventEvarian said there is a great need for program expansion in Antelope Valley. “The region is experiencing an explosion in population,” she said. “The Antelope Valley is one of the fastest-growing areas in the state.” Evarian pointed out that nearly half of the department’s prospective student base for the upcoming fall quarter comes from the Antelope Valley area. Two new faculty members will be hired with a focus on significant teaching responsibilities in the Antelope Valley. A number of the courses are currently offered via instructional television (ITV), but the hiring will provide a more traditional means of offering courses from faculty on-site. LANCASTER – California State University, Bakersfield’s Antelope Valley campus is expanding the master’s degree in its social work program to include more students. Starting in the fall quarter, a group of 25 students will begin the part-time program. The campus currently has 10 students in the first year of the program at Antelope Valley, where CSUB has classrooms on the Antelope Valley College campus. “The social work program is community-centric and wraps around the community’s needs. Bakersfield, in many regards, is very similar to Antelope Valley,” said Jane Evarian, CSUB resource development specialist for the social work department. “There is a high need for social workers in mental health, child services and substance abuse.” Interested applicants are invited to attend a free information session on Tuesday from 6 to 7 p.m. in classroom building Room 106 at CSUB’s main campus, 9001 Stockdale Highway, Bakersfield. last_img read more

LIKE & SHARE: HAVE YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT AT THE LUXURIOUS HARVEY’S POINT

first_imgDuchess inspires Harvey’s Point Afternoon TeaTo win an afternoon tea for four people simply Like, Share and tag three people you would like to share your afternoon with.A tradition initiated by the 7th Duchess of Bedford in the mid 19th Century, is becoming a ‘must do’ event at Harvey’s Point Hotel, Lough Eske, Co. Donegal. The hotel’s new Afternoon Tea is dedicated to Anna Maria Russell, Duchess of Bedford and a close friend of Queen Victoria, who asked to be served tea, finger sandwiches and cake in mid afternoon, because she was experiencing a ‘sinking feeling’ in the long interval between lunch and dinner. Initially she consumed the meal alone in her boudoir, but then began inviting friends to join her. The location was transferred to the drawing room and Afternoon Tea became highly fashionably in London society.No matter how grand the town houses of Victorian London, they could never match the vista which accompanies Afternoon Tea at Harvey’s Point. Beyond the manicured garden, swans glide on Lough Eske with the shadows of the Blue Stack Mountains dancing on its surface. Inside the Lakeside Restaurant, Victorian tradition blends with Donegal hospitality. Guests are presented with tiered cake stands, plates of delicate finger sandwiches, Eilish’s home-made scones with mix berry jam and clotted cream, Fermanagh roast chicken and mayonnaise, all accompanied by a selection of teas and infusions from India, Sri Lanka and Africa.Afternoon Tea (€26) is served daily from 1pm to 4pm and there is a special half price service for Young Ladies and Gentlemen.Anna Russell often followed Afternoon Tea with ‘a walk in the fields’ with friends. The staff at Harvey’s Point encourage guests to linger, but many, simply cannot resist the temptation of a leisurely lakeside stroll…just to whet the appetite for dinner. LIKE & SHARE: HAVE YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT AT THE LUXURIOUS HARVEY’S POINT was last modified: July 14th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:afternoon tea giveawayharvey’s pointLike and Sharelast_img read more

SEX CASE CONTINUES AT DONEGAL CIRCUIT COURT

first_imgTHE trial of a man accused of having sex with a 13-year-old girl is continuing at Donegal Circuit Court today.The accused man, now aged 25, is accused of having unlawful sexual contact with the girl at a beach in the south of the county in October 2003. The alleged victim is now aged 20. The alleged offence is that the girl was at the time incapable of giving consent to sex.SEX CASE CONTINUES AT DONEGAL CIRCUIT COURT was last modified: December 15th, 2010 by gregShare 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)last_img read more