British lawyer pulls out of high-profile Hong Kong case following ‘pressure’ from UK

first_img Tags: Hong Kong British lawyer pulls out of high-profile Hong Kong case following ‘pressure’ from UK Millie Turner Lai has been charged with offences under the city’s controversial new security law and is the highest profile figure to be charged after Beijing imposed the new law on Hong Kong in June of last year. whatsapp Hired by the Hong Kong government, David Perry QC indicated that “the trial should proceed without him”, the Department of Justice said in a statement. Wednesday 20 January 2021 9:06 am A British prosecutor set to lead the case against media mogul Jimmy Lai and several pro-democracy activists has withdrawn after ‘pressure’ from the UK, Hong Kong’s Department of Justice said this morning.center_img The Department of Justice said it had hired another lawyer to prosecute the case. whatsapp Also Read: British lawyer pulls out of high-profile Hong Kong case following ‘pressure’ from UK Also Read: British lawyer pulls out of high-profile Hong Kong case following ‘pressure’ from UK The case against Lai and pro-democracy activists Martin Lee and Margaret Ng was launched following protests in August 2019. Share Show Comments ▼last_img read more

End of lockdown: Half of Brits plan a UK getaway with Wales and Lake District topping the list

first_img whatsapp The Lake District Also Read: End of lockdown: Half of Brits plan a UK getaway with Wales and Lake District topping the list On average, people that have already booked spent £353 per person on staycation bookings, according a new survey by American Express. Post-lockdown spending The Lake District Some 2,000 people were surveyed in March. End of lockdown: Half of Brits plan a UK getaway with Wales and Lake District topping the list Four in 10 over-55s said they are looking forward to returning to hairdressers and beauty salons, compared with 18% of 18 to 34-year-olds. As plans for social get-togethers are made, 18 to 34-year-olds said they have already spent an average of £73 on their post-lockdown wardrobe, compared with an overall average of £37 per person. Michiel Willems center_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeAll Things Auto | Search AdsNew Cadillac’s Finally On SaleAll Things Auto | Search AdsBleacherBreaker41 Old Toys That Are Worth More Than Your HouseBleacherBreakerFactableAluminum Foil Uses You’ll Want to KnowFactableLivestlyPlugs Have These Two Holes At The End, Here’s WhyLivestlyPast Factory”Waltons” Actress Says Magazine Ended Her CareerPast FactoryBlood Pressure Solution4 Worst Blood Pressure MedsBlood Pressure SolutionThe Legacy ReportMan Who Predicted 2020 Crash 45 Days Early Issues Next Major WarningThe Legacy ReportHomeLight.comDon’t Make This Mistake When You Sell Your Home. Try these 7 websites.HomeLight.comBrake For ItSay Goodbye: These Cars Will Be Discontinued In 2021Brake For It Share The Lake District Also Read: End of lockdown: Half of Brits plan a UK getaway with Wales and Lake District topping the list More than half of all Brits are planning to book a UK getaway this year, with Wales and the Lake District being the most popular destinations, followed by Cornwall and the Scottish Highlands. Saturday 24 April 2021 1:11 pm whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Over a third of people (39 per cent) said eating and drinking out is the activity they are most looking forward to, with many people also aiming to spend on shared experiences with family (54 per cent) and friends (43 per cent). Tags: Coronaviruslast_img read more

After years of teaching, a shy Western screech owl retires in Sitka

first_imgShare this story: Education | Southeast | WildlifeAfter years of teaching, a shy Western screech owl retires in SitkaAugust 3, 2015 by Vanessa Walker, KCAW Share:Peanut is a 13-year-old Western screech owl currently living at the Alaska Raptor Center. (Photo by Vanessa Walker/KCAW)There’s a new bird at the Alaska Raptor Center in Sitka, and she’s a little shy. After a long career in education, she doesn’t have a lot of patience for the classroom. She’s now settling into a comfortable retirement.On a cold and rainy day, the yellow-eyed, grey Western screech owl peers out of her small owl house in a cage at the raptor center. Her name is Peanut, and her right wing sticks out just a little further than her left. She’s injured and unable to fly. She used to live in California and at some point moved to Alaska.“We know she’s about 13 years old, which is really old for a screech owl. They usually live to be about 8 or 9,” says says says Jen Cedarleaf, an avian rehabilitation coordinator at the center.Peanut arrived at the center in July, after the bird educational facility she lived at in Ketchikan shut down. Before that she belonged to a California falconer. Cedarleaf says the raptor center tried using Peanut as an education bird at first but it didn’t work out, so the center decided to let her rest.“She’s really enjoying, I think, not being an education bird,” Cedarleaf says. “She really seems to like her little habitat. She gets around in there and doesn’t have to deal with people all day long.”Peanut has already laid 4 or 5 eggs, more than she probably ever has, says Cedarleaf. The little owl is now living a somewhat quiet life.“Peanut is a little beast,” Cedarleaf says. “A lot of times she’ll try to run away from you, but sometimes she’ll come after you. It’s kind of funny because she’s so tiny; she can’t really hurt us that much, but she thinks she can.”Peanut is one of three screech owls currently at the Alaska Raptor Center, and one of about 20 permanent residents that include bald eagles, red tailed hawks, great horned owls and ravens. There are also more than 20 birds being rehabilitated, mostly bald eagles.The center took in a bird nearly every day in June, making it a particularly busy month.Peanut is a 13-year-old Western screech owl currently living at the Alaska Raptor Center. (Photo by Vanessa Walker/KCAW)They don’t know how Peanut injured her wing, but Cedarleaf says common human-related owl injuries are caused by cars.“It’s very possible she was hit by a car. Owls get hit by cars more often than you would think, because they use the headlights to help find their prey, and they’ll swoop in front of a car without realizing it, and then they get it,” she says.Despite Peanut’s reclusive nature, Cedarleaf says visitors stand to learn a lot from her.“She’s a very good bird for teaching us about longevity and just about the different kinds of birds that are out there in the environment that you don’t always see all the time.”It’s not every day you see a Western screech owl. However, if you’re lucky, Peanut may look your way the next time if you’re ever at the Alaska Raptor Center.last_img read more

Lee Health admits 16 new COVID-19 patients

first_imgAdvertisementSeventy-seven percent of their ventilators and 10% of their ICU rooms are currently available for use. Lee Health has 13 COVID-19 patients on ventilators and 29 in the intensive care unit. They are currently at 96% bed capacity, with 11.6% being COVID patients. AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Health Matters: Scoliosis Treatment for Children June 13, 2021 Advertisement Health Matters: Helping Children with Chest Wall Malformation June 13, 2021 LEE COUNTY, Fla– Lee Health released their daily update on COVID-19 patient numbers.They reported having 164 COVID-19 patients isolated in their hospitals, as of January 26.They admitted 16 new COVID patients and discharged 29. A total of 4,723 COVID patients have been discharged from their care since the beginning of the pandemic. On January 26, Lee Health reported an 13.6% positivity rate on the COVID-19 tests processed in their labs. Health Matters: A Partnership in Medical Care June 13, 2021center_img AdvertisementTags: Covid daily totalsCovid-19Lee Health Japan to ease COVID restrictions as country prepares for 2020 Olympics June 17, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Advertisementlast_img read more

Naples woman shoots husband’s truck after argument

first_imgRELATEDTOPICS Advertisement Advertisement AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments NAPLES, Fla. – A Naples woman was arrested Saturday for allegedly firing multiple shots into her husband’s truck, according to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office. Lara Love, 45, is facing a felony charge after her husband told deputies she shot up his vehicle with a handgun just before 12 p.m. while four children were inside the home. The husband told investigators he and Love have been separated for nearly two years but still live together in their Golden Gate Estates home with their four children, according to the arrest report. An argument over the husband getting home late led Love to shoot a 9mm handgun at her husband’s vehicle multiple times, deputies said. AdvertisementTags: Collier County Sheriff’s Officeshooting AdvertisementWhen authorities arrived they said they overheard Love telling one of her children to take her gun and put it in the truck. The 45-year-old was taken into custody by the Collier County Sheriff’s Office. She is facing a charge of shooting a missile into a vehicle. center_img Ex-wife of Palm Beach Publix killer responds to sheriff’s criticism June 16, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Collier school resource officers teach kids how to fish on first day of “Summerfest” June 16, 2021 Two teens arrested in Cape Coral shooting investigation June 16, 2021 Woman shot outside Naples Waffle House June 16, 2021last_img read more

Special Mother’s Day offer on in Fifty Seven Boutique in Athy and Portarlington

first_img WhatsApp Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste Facebook Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Facebook Community Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Thursday March 8, 2018Next articleWATCH: Portarlington Further Education staff and students share their stories as National Learning Week is upon us LaoisToday Reporter Fifty Seven Ladies Boutique, Portarlington and Athy, are showing how much they value Irish Mammys by bringing back their brilliant Mother’s Day Voucher deal again this year.Mother’s Day is this Sunday, March 11, and if you buy your Mother a Fifty Seven Voucher this week, you will get 20% added to the value of your voucher absolutely free.So if you buy a €50 voucher from Fifty Seven you will recieve a €60 voucher and so on.Fifty Seven have also an extensive range of gifts in stock in their shops in Portarlington and Athy including Nicholas Mosse, Stephen Pearce, Foxford, Field Day Candles and Boy Creams, along with a fantastic range of beautiful fashions and accessories in their boutique.SEE ALSO – Would you like to advertise your business on LaoisToday? Get in touch with our team RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Pinterestcenter_img WhatsApp Council Twitter Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining Special Mother’s Day offer on in Fifty Seven Boutique in Athy and Portarlington TAGSFifty Seven Boutique By LaoisToday Reporter – 8th March 2018 Rugby Pinterestlast_img read more

Gardai launch appeal following ransacking of parochial house in Laois

first_imgHome News Crime Gardai launch appeal following ransacking of parochial house in Laois NewsCrime Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR GAA Twitter 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin TAGSGardai Gardai in Laois have launched an appeal for information after a parochial house in Laois was ransacked.The incident took place in Rath, Ballybrittas on Tuesday at sometime between 12.45pm and 3.10pm.Gardai say: “The Parochial house in Rath, Ballybrittas, County Laois was broken into on Tuesday and ransacked between 12:45pm and 3:10pm. GAA Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Twitter Facebook Facebook GAA WhatsApp By Alan Hartnett – 28th August 2019 Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results “The roadside test for drugs has enabled members of the roads policing units to identify those drivers who are under the influence of drugs.“An Garda Síochána have the power to test drivers for the presence of Cannabis, Cocaine, Opiates (e.g. Morphine) and Benzodiazepines (e.g. Valium).“Cannabis has been the most common illegal drug detected in drivers in 2018.“There has been a 15% increase in DUI arrests (alcohol or drugs) in first four months of 2019.“To date in 2019 a total of 95 people have died on the roads, which is four more than the same period in 2018.“The penalty for drug driving is the same as for drink driving – a maximum of €5,000 fine and up to 6 months imprisonment with disqualification periods of up to 4 years for a first offence and 6 years for a second or subsequent offence.“Don’t get into a car with anyone who has been drinking and if possible stop them from driving. Plan for your journey home on Monday.“If driving the morning after remember that 11% of fatal collisions in which a driver had consumed alcohol occurred between the hours of 7am and 11am.“A general rule states that it takes an hour for the effects of half a pint (or a glass of wine) to wear off. It takes your body one hour to process one standard drink and there’s no quick fix.“Common examples of one standard drink include a half pint of beer / glass of wine (100ml) / pub measure of spirits (35.5ml).“There is nothing you can do to remove alcohol from your body any quicker, only time. Common myths are that drinking coffee or having a shower will sober you up but these are simply not true. Even then it’s safer to avoid drinking.“An Garda Siochana encourage people to consider using public transport to attend the event. Dedicated public transport routes along with an allocated drop off area close to the event entrance make this option an excellent alternative to using your car.”SEE ALSO – REVEALED: Laois’s Top 10 Hottest Red Heads of 2019 Previous articleJOB VACANCIES: RGN Nurses for Primary Care in Tullamore and Portlaoise areasNext articleWATCH: Alan and Julie provide a sneak peak of this year’s Electric Picnic Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. “If you passed by the area today and saw any persons or vehicles acting suspicious please let Portlaoise Gardaí know.”Meanwhile, Gardai have also provided a road safety message for those attending Electric Picnic.They say: “Many people will be travelling by car to and from Electric Picnic. A dedicated Traffic management plan is in place for the event and we remind all motorist to abide by same.“From a road safety perspective our priority is to ensure that people who travel to event are not put at risk by the minority of drivers who drive while under the influence of an intoxicant.“Members of the Garda Roads Policing Unit will be conducting roadside screening at Mandatory Intoxicant Testing checkpoints on routes to and from Stradbally over the weekend. Pinterest WhatsApp Gardai launch appeal following ransacking of parochial house in Laoislast_img read more

Deaths in Laois – Wednesday, November 13, 2019

first_img 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Below are the recent deaths in Laois.Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.Margaret (Madge) BYRNE (née Cruite)Margaret (Madge) Byrne (née Cruite) Cabinteely, Dublin and formerly of Balytarsna, Abbeyleix, Co. Laois, 11th Novemeber 2019 peacefully, with family and in the wonderful care of the staff at the Fern Dean Nursing Home, Blackrock. Beloved wife of the late Nicholas and much-loved mother of Martyn and Anne. Cherished sister of her late brothers and sisters, John (twin brother), Anne, Patrick, Mary, Richard, Michael and Patricia. Sadly missed by her son, daughter, daughter-in-law Geraldine and son-in-law John, sisters-in-law Josephine, Peg, Mary, Margaret and Mary Jane, brother-in-law Murt, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family, relatives and friends.Reposing at Quinns Funeral Home, Glasthule Road, Sandycove, Dublin Wednesday evening from 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm. Removal Thursday morning to St. Brigid’s Parish Church, Cabinteely arriving for 10.00 am Funeral Mass followed by interment in Askamore Cemetery, Gorey, Co. Wexford arriving at 1.00 pm approx. Family flowers only please donations, if desired, to Blackrock Hospice or any charity of choice. Enquiries to McCrea Funeral Directors 087 2888981.John Edwin CarterLisbigney, Ballinakill, Laois / Abbeyleix, LaoisJohn Edwin Carter of Kilminchy Lodge Nursing Home and formerly of Lisbigney, Abbeyleix, Co. Laois. John Edwin died in the exceptional care of the staff at Portlaoise Regional Hospital. Sadly missed by his sister Martha (Hendy), brother George, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.Removal from The Chapel of Rest at Portlaoise Regional Hospital on Thursday afternoon at 1.50pm to All Saints Church, Ballinakill for Funeral Service at 2.30pm. Burial afterwards in adjoining Churchyard.Teresa TD Walsh (née Hendrick)7 Maisonettes, Quigley Park, Rathdowney, Laois / Roscrea, TipperaryAnd formerly of 27 Kennedy Park, Roscrea. Pre-deceased by her husband Joe. Sadly missed by her loving family, her daughter Angela, sons Martin (Seven) and Joseph, her brother Tony (Hendrick), son-in-law Kieran, daughters-in-law Margaret and Noreen, grandchildren Martin, Owen, Sean, Laura and Dan, great-grandchildren Mia, AJ, Kayleigh and Dylan, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, kind neighbours and many friends.Reposing in Tierney’s Funeral Home, Roscrea on Wednesday evening from 6.00 with rosary at 8.00. Removal on Thursday morning at 11.30 arriving in St. Cronan’s Church, Roscrea for Funeral Mass at 12.00 noon burial afterwards in the adjoining new cemetery. Family flowers only, donations, if desired, to North Tipperary Hospice.Bernie Daly (née Noonan)Portlaoise, Laois/Ballingarry (NR), TipperaryBernie Daly (née Noonan) Portlaoise and formerly Ballingarry, Co Tipperary died Nov. 11th 2019 peacefully surrounded by her loving family at The Regional Hospital, Portlaoise. Retired Publican Portlaoise Arms and Powerscourt, Abbeyleix Road, Portlaoise. Predeceased by her beloved husband Vincent and dear son Jimmy and loving brothers Paddy and Jim. Deeply regretted by her siblings Anne (Birr), Stephen (Ballingarry), Norah (Clonaslee), Christ (Ballingarry) her close friends Regina and Brian, nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters-in-law, neighbours relatives and many friends.Reposing in the Chapel of Repose at Portlaoise General Hospital on Tuesday from 5pm. Recital of The Rosary at 7pm. Reposing Wednesday morning from 10am. Removal at 10.45am to The Church of The Nativity of The Blessed Virgin, Kilcormac arriving for 12 noon Requiem Mass. Burial afterwards in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Kilcormac. Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu to Laois Hospice.Patrick James DoogueFarnans, Ballickmoyler, LaoisHusband of the Late Patricia. Deeply regretted by his loving sisters Mary and Betty, step-daughter Shelley, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.Reposing at Rigney’s Funeral Home, Athy from 6pm on Tuesday evening with Rosary at 8pm. Removal at 10.30am on Wednesday morning to arrive at The Church of the Sacred Heart, Arles for Requiem Mass at 11am. Burial afterwards in the adjoining Cemetery.Loughlin DelaneyNewpark, Portlaoise, LaoisDelaney, Loughlin. Newpark, Portlaoise and late of Greenview House, Ridge Rd., Portlaoise. 9th Nov 2019. Peacefully in the tender care of Our Lady’s Hospice, Harolds Cross. Surrounded by his loving family. Survived by his loving children, Derry, Frances, Emily and their mother Mary. Son of the late John and Kathleen Delaney, Dear brother to Joe, Mary, Rena, Sheila, Madeleine, and John. Step son of the late Robbie. Sadly missed by his grandchildren, Eve and Jonah, his companion, Carmel, sisters in law, brothers in law, nephews, nieces, relatives and a large circle of relatives and friends.Reposing at Keegan’s Funeral Home from 7.30pm on Monday evening with rosary at 9pm. Removal on Tuesday to arrive at Ss Peter and Paul’s Church for 11.30am requiem Mass. Interment afterwards in Ss Peter and Paul’s Cemetery. Family flowers only; donation if desired to Our Lady’s Hospice, Harolds Cross.Mary Geoghegan (née Deegan)Ballyboden, Ballacolla, LaoisPeacefully in the loving care of the nurses and staff of Brookhaven Nursing Home, Ballyragget. Beloved wife of the late Con. Deeply regretted by her loving children Sean, Kathleen and Anne, grandchildren Claire, Niall and Jacqui, daughter in law Anne Marie, son in law Sean, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends.Rest In PeaceReposing at Phelan’s Funeral Home, Durrow from 3.00pm on Monday with Rosary at 8.00pm. Removal on Tuesday to St Tighearnach’s Church, Cullohill for Requiem Mass at 11.00am. Burial afterwards in Durrow Cemetery.Hugh ConnollyNew Mills, Mountmellick, LaoisPre-deceased by his loving wife Mary. Deeply regretted by his brothers John and Denis, sister Mary, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.Reposing at Rigney’s Funeral Home, Athy from 6pm on Saturday evening with Rosary at 8pm. Reposing on Sunday from 3pm. Removal on Sunday evening at 5pm to arrive at St. Joseph’s Church, Mountmellick for 6pm. Requiem Mass at 11am on Monday morning. Burial afterwards in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Mountmellick.Nicola Dollard (née Kelly)Rathevan View, Portlaoise, LaoisDollard (nee Kelly), Rathevan View and formerly Hawthorn Drive, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. November 9th 2019. Peacefully at her home. Nicola, sadly mourned by her husband Damien and son Andrew, her parents Carmel and Gerry, brother John, sister Michelle, brother in law Alan, mother in law Marcella, father in law Billy, grandfather John, sister in law Erin, brother in law Michael, nieces Chloe, Rebecca, Sophie, Grace, relatives and friends.Reposing at her home Rathevan View (R32.EPWO) on Sunday and Monday from 3pm with rosary at 8pm on both evenings. Funeral Mass on Tuesday at 12 noon in St. Edmund’s Church, Castletown followed by burial in Ss. Peter and Paul’s Cemetery, Portlaoise. House private on Tuesday morning. Family flowers only by request. Donations can be made at Nicola’s funeral to the Cuisle Centre, Portlaoise.Patrick (Paddy) LoughmanQuigley Park, Rathdowney, LaoisLoughman, Quigley Park, Rathdowney, Co. Laois. November 7th 2019. Unexpectedly at home, Patrick (Paddy) sadly missed by his loving wife Mary, daughter Aíne, sons Sean and Padraig, daughters in law Kate and Vicky, grandchildren Finn, Mia, Eliza and Evan, his brothers and sisters, sisters in law, brothers in law, nieces, nephews, neighbours, relatives and friends.Reposing at his home (Quigley Park) on Tuesday evening from 3pm with rosary at 8pm. Funeral Mass on Wednesday at 11am in The Church Of The Holy Trinity, Rathdowney followed by burial in Bealady Cemetery. Family flowers only by request. Donations can be made at Paddy’s funeral to Tullamore Hospital Oncology Unit.SEE ALSO – Deaths in Laois – Tuesday, November 12, 2019 Home Deaths Deaths in Laois – Wednesday, November 13, 2019 Deaths Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results GAA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter GAA center_img By LaoisToday Reporter – 13th November 2019 Previous articleAll the latest CCFL results and fixturesNext articleGoal and assist for Portlaoise teenager as Republic of Ireland make perfect start to Euro U-17 Qualifiers LaoisToday Reporter Facebook GAA Facebook WhatsApp Deaths in Laois – Wednesday, November 13, 2019 Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Pinterestlast_img read more

South Gears Up Test Monitoring

first_img There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China South Korean agencies such as the Korea Meteorological Administration, Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety and Korea Institute of Geosciences and Mineral Resources are stepping up monitoring activities in light of the danger that North Korea could test a nuclear device in the coming days, and are increasing mutual cooperation with the ROK military. Korea Meteorological Administration has established a two-person, 24-hour surveillance team to monitor for signs of man-made earthquakes emanating from the North. At the same time, Korea Institute of Geosciences and Mineral Resources is performing 24-hour monitoring of seismic activity.Seismic waves travel extremely rapidly through the earth’s crust at speeds of 6.5km/sec, meaning that signs of a test should be noted within a few minutes in South Korea, Russia and China.An official with the Korea Meteorological Administration told Daily NK earlier today, “We analyze whether an earthquake’s waveforms are artificial or not, whether it was caused by an explosion or not, and collect information on the place or origin. We then share that with the administration.”Professor Hong Tae Kyung of Yonsei University explained more, saying, “Natural seismic waves occur when the earth’s crust moves, but there is no such occurrence with a nuclear experiment. The two types can be distinguished that way.” “North Korea’s nuclear test site is only 400km away from South Korea’s monitoring station, but it will only take about a minute for us to detect the waves and a few hours to determine whether it was a nuclear test or not,” he added.Elsewhere, Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety is also operating two xenon ‘saunas’. The ‘saunas,’ one in the northern sector of the East Sea and another in the West Sea, are designed to detect xenon, a gas that is released in huge quantities at the time of a nuclear detonation. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak Facebook Twitter By Mok Yong Jae – 2013.01.31 7:19pm SHAREcenter_img News News News AvatarMok Yong Jae South Gears Up Test Monitoring News last_img read more

North Korea creates new camp for violators of COVID-19 quarantine rules

first_img Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store News North Korea recently created a new camp for violators of COVID-19 quarantine rules in Sungho-ri, North Hwanghae Province, Daily NK has learned. Previously, Daily NK reported that North Korean authorities are sending quarantine violators to political prison camps, charging them with violating Workers’ Party policy and treating them as “special criminals” guilty of political crimes.In a phone conversation with Daily NK on Wednesday, a source in North Korea said with the number of quarantine violators “greatly increasing,” a new political prison camp was opened in Hwachon to accommodate them. According to the source, the new camp “isn’t big, and it is managed by the Ministry of Social Security.”The Ministry of Social Security currently manages Camp 17 in Kaechon and Camp 18 in Pukchang, both of which are in South Pyongan Province.The facility may be similar in size to those two camps or slightly smaller.“[The authorities] opened the facility in one of the coal mines where there used to be a work site for the Hwachon Political Prison Camp,” said the source. “They created the new camp by walling off the mine and using the existing buildings.”Google Earth image of the general location of the new camp. / Image: Google EarthCamp 26, which was located in the Sungho district of Hwachon-dong, North Hwanghae Province, was closed down in 1991 after international human rights organizations reported human rights abuse at the facility. After the closure, the facility became Sungho Correctional Labor Facility, and in 2012 it became the Sungho Disciplinary Labor Center, shrinking in size.According to the source, the new political prison camp was created using one of the facilities of the former Hwachon Political Prison Camp that was not being used by the Sungho Correctional Labor Facility.However, it is unclear whether the new facility is a temporary one to deal with the skyrocketing number of coronavirus-related prisoners, or one meant for continued use.Nonetheless, serious human rights abuses are reportedly taking place in the camp, according to the source. “Having opened a new prison, the authorities make an example of newly arrived prisoners by making them run in teams of seven after finishing work in the mine,” said the source. “The excuse is to make them reflect on their crimes before the Fatherland.“If you pass out while running, they make you run more – 10 times the amount of time you were on the ground,” he continued, adding, “In early December, six of 53 new prisoners died a day after entering the camp [from cruel treatment].”The source also told Daily NK that the authorities are not properly enforcing COVID-19 quarantine protocols in the camp. He noted that people are being sent to the camp for violating quarantine rules, but within the facility, “things are a mess.”Please direct any comments or questions about this article to [email protected] in Korean News North Korea hikes “party contributions” Russia-based workers must pay by 30-55% Facebook Twittercenter_img AvatarMun Dong HuiMun Dong Hui is one of Daily NK’s full-time journalists. Please direct any questions about his articles to [email protected] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) SHARE News last_img read more