Online censorship hits VPNs
Tech specialists and companies are reporting that the nation is blocking virtual private network (VPN) services that let users skirt online censorship of popular Web sites such as Google and Facebook. The virtual private network provider Golden Frog wrote on its blog that the controls have hit a wide swath of VPN services. Another provider, Astrill, informed its users that the controls have started hitting iPhone access to services such as Gmail this year.
Exercise causes bomb scare
A bomb scare on a ferry that caused major disruptions in downtown Sydney was a training exercise gone wrong, an official said yesterday. The transport hub of Circular Quay, between the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, was shut for two hours on Thursday afternoon after the crew of a moored ferry found a suspicious package. Bomb squad police were called to examine the package, which was described by the Australian Broadcasting Corp as two bottles containing liquid and nails with protruding wires. Harbour City Ferries chief executive Steffen Faurby yesterday described the package as “a training device, which was not recognized as a typical training device by staff.” He said in a statement that there had been “no intentional hoax.” An employee brought the device on board for training, but staff did not know what it was and called police, the statement said.
KFC stops fries sales
Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) in Japan has stopped selling fries, as industrial disputes that have crimped potato exports from the US took another bite out of the nation’s fast food market. The chain became the latest casualty of the potato shortage that has already forced McDonald’s Japan to ration its servings. “Due to the prolonged dockworkers’ disputes on the United States West Coast, it has become difficult to secure stable supplies of potatoes,” the firm said in a statement on Thursday. “The company will halt the sales of potatoes temporarily until a stable supply becomes available.” Fries troubles for “The Colonel” came after McDonald’s in Japan said last month it had airlifted in more than 1,000 tonnes of potatoes and had put in place emergency shipment via an unusual sea route. The airlift eased the shortage that had forced the chain to limit customers to small servings of fries. That came after the operator of the Gusto restaurant chain also said it planned to airlift in about 200 tonnes of french fries to avoid running short. Dockworkers in the US are reportedly on a go-slow and have not been providing full crews for months in a bid to gain bargaining leverage in labor negotiations with employers.
CLOSELY TRACKED: A US officer said that the warplanes were watched as they flew from Russia by way of Iran and Syria to Libya and were photographed multiple times The US Africa Command flatly rejected Russian claims that Moscow did not deploy fighter jets to Libya, saying on Friday that the 14 aircraft flown in reflect Russia’s long-term goal to establish a foothold in the region that could threaten NATO allies. US Brigadier General Gregory Hadfield, deputy director of intelligence, said that the US tracked the MiG-29s and Su-24 fighter bombers flown in by Russian military, passing through Iran and Syria before landing at Libya’s al-Jufra air base. The base is the main forward airfield for Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar and his self-styled Libyan National Army, which has been waging an
‘SACRIFICED’: Hu Weifeng became the sixth doctor to die from COVID-19 at Wuhan Central Hospital, where calls to raise the alarm over the virus were suppressed The death of a Chinese doctor at Wuhan’s “whistle-blower hospital” has prompted a wave of anger at hospital authorities for not protecting front-line health workers in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak. Hu Weifeng (胡衛鋒), 42, a urologist at Wuhan Central Hospital where the whistle-blower ophthalmologist Li Wenliang (李文亮) worked, died of the virus on Tuesday after a four-month battle. Hu is the sixth doctor from his hospital killed by the virus. Another doctor who spoke out, Ai Fen (艾芬), said that authorities told hospital staff not to wear protective gear so as not to cause panic and reprimanded her for “harming
Singapore’s otters, long adored by the city-state’s nature lovers, are popping up in unexpected places during the COVID-19 lockdown, but their antics have angered some and even sparked calls for a cull. With the streets empty, the creatures have been spotted hanging out by a shopping center, scampering through the lobby of a hospital and even feasting on pricey fish stolen from a pond. While many think of tiny Singapore as a densely populated concrete jungle, it is also relatively green for a busy Asian city, and has patches of rainforest, fairly clean waterways and abundant wildlife. There are estimated to be about
Indonesian officials are forcing people who break social distancing rules to recite Koran verses, stay in “haunted” houses and submit to public shaming on social media as the country battles to contain surging novel coronavirus infections. The Southeast Asian archipelago began deploying about 340,000 troops across two dozen cities to oversee enforcement of measures aimed at halting transmission of the disease, such as wearing masks in public. However, provincial leaders are buttressing these efforts with their own zealous campaigns to fight the coronavirus. Police in western Bengkulu Province have assembled a 40-person squad to find lockdown scofflaws and force them to wear