North Korean iron ore exports to China booming despite sanctions

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsEconomy By Choi Song Min – 2016.08.12 5:09pm Facebook Twitter News Thousands of tons of iron ore exports from the North are pouring into China daily, despite UN Security Council sanctions issued in April that ban states from procuring minerals from the regime unless related to “livelihood purposes”, Daily NK has learned. “The Chinese regions facing Musan County in North Korea are teeming with thirty- and forty-ton trucks loaded with iron ore,” a source in China with knowledge of North Korean affairs told Daily NK in a telephone conversation on August 11.Sources in North Hamgyong Province corroborated this news.The trucks, he added, are mostly transporting iron ore to a classification yard near Helong City in China. In the past, the railways near Helong running along the Tumen River border area were not frequently utilized. But recently China added express freight trains on this route, presumably to facilitate more expedient transport of North Korean iron ore to local steel mills. More broadly, the source asserted the development indicates Beijing’s future intentions to expand trade with the North. Connecting dozens of 100-ton freight cars, the express trains transport some 2,000 tons in a single shipment, with several round trips transpiring daily. Moreover, the source noted, “Some cargo trucks transport goods from Musan Mine across the submerged bridge on the Tumen River directly to steel mills in China.” The partially underwater bridge, made by connecting slabs of rock large enough to permit vehicular transport, was constructed in the early 2000s to facilitate the Sino-North Korean iron ore trade industry. However, following the implementation of strong global sanctions earlier in the year, iron exports plummeted, rendering the bridge obsolete.  More recently, however, this crude piece of infrastructure is experiencing a resurgence, coming as quite a surprise to local Chinese residents. The source explained that goods passing through Chilsong Customs are checked thoroughly, item by item. Customs officers at the underwater bridge, on the other hand, merely record the total number of shipments passing through, making it the preferred conduit for proscribed goods.The general rise in trade can also be noted in Dandong, the gateway to 70 percent of trade between the North and China. A source in the city told Daily NK earlier in the month that after the reopening of the aging Sino-North Korean Friendship Bridge, after yet another round of repairs, the volume of shipments has been on a steady uptick.“Roughly 1,000 trucks, each with a 20-ton loading capacity, are laden with diverse goods and pulling into Sinuiju daily. That’s more than a ten-fold increase,” she said. The number of trucks coming out of the North to Dandong has also climbed, energizing trade and overall activity in the border area–so much so, in fact, that some residents have asked whether sanctions on the North have been lifted. Others speculate the reversal is a form of retaliation from Beijing against Seoul for deciding to deploy the U.S. missile defense system THAAD to the South.  AvatarChoi Song Min SHAREcenter_img North Korean iron ore exports to China booming despite sanctions US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) News News Proposal to shift “general markets” to “specialized markets” finds little support among N. Korean leaderslast_img read more

Broadcasting Commission Promotes Media Literacy

first_imgBroadcasting Commission Promotes Media Literacy Office of the Prime MinisterDecember 30, 2009 RelatedBroadcasting Commission Promotes Media Literacy FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Executive Director of the Broadcasting Commission, Cordel Green, has said that if Jamaica is to participate, fully, in the new information economy, it will need to develop a media literate population.According to the Executive Director in an interview with the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Jamaicans must not be satisfied just being consumers of the products, but must also aim to become creators.“The ability to access the internet and information is just one part of media literacy, we must also be able to interpret what it is that we are receiving and, most importantly, be able to create content to be able to participate fully in this new information economy and be able to guide ourselves along the highway”, he said.He said that the Commission has been active in content regulation and media literacy, but more needs to be done to ensure that the public is made more media literate.He stated that while information was now available far beyond the radio and television age, Jamaicans need to ask, what is that about and why do we need it?Mr. Green assured that the Commission would continue to help the population to participate in the new information economy, and would also provide the requisite information so that they can make informed judgements and choices.“It makes no sense for you to give people access to the internet and all these platforms for information, but you don’t help people to navigate through your formal system of education and, informally, through your agencies and media, [especially] as standards such as source verification, objectivity and fair-play are not necessarily applicable everywhere in the internet space” he reasoned.Apart from media literacy, the Commission is also strengthening its capacity to deal with other issues emerging in the new information age, such as: the increased need to promote competition and a level playing field in the media landscape in the face of new ownership structures; issues of content monopolization; and intellectual property and digital rights management.To address these and other issues, the Commission has recommended a unified policy, a new or reformed legislative and regulatory framework and additional support from electronic systems which is needed for content monitoring, he said. RelatedBroadcasting Commission Promotes Media Literacycenter_img RelatedBroadcasting Commission Promotes Media Literacy Advertisementslast_img read more

Axiata mulls M1 options

first_img Apple llevará las aplicaciones de iOS al Mac con el nuevo chip M1 Related Joseph Waring Previous ArticleSamsung NA chief explains secret of 5G successNext ArticlePoliticians urged to back big data at UNGA Home Axiata mulls M1 options Axiata Group said it would consider an offer to sell its stake in Singapore operator M1 to two other key shareholders if the pair make a formal approach.In a statement responding to announcements made to the Singapore Exchange (SGX) by Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) and Keppel Telecommunications and Transportation, the Malaysia-headquartered company said it would consider any offer which enhanced its “own shareholders’ value”.A deal with a market value of SGD1.51 billion ($1.1 billion) could be finalised in the next few days, a source told Bloomberg.Axiata holds a 28.5 per cent interest in M1, Keppel Telecommunications and Transportation 19.2 per cent and SPH 13.4 per cent.In a filing submitted to SGX, Keppel Telecommunications and Transportation announced it is considering a move involving indirect interests in M1, which may or may not lead to a transaction. In a separate filing SPH said it was approached by Keppel to participate in a possible transaction involving its interest in M1.Axiata said it will “consider all appropriate and viable options” depending on the “official proposal” made by the pair.Fresh attemptIn July 2017 M1’s three largest shareholders decided not to move ahead with a plan to sell their combined 61 per cent stake after reviewing bids from a number of parties. A few months earlier, the three companies announced a strategic review of their investments and approached a number of telecoms companies, cash-rich business groups in China and Japanese technology companies.GSMA Intelligence data showed M1 held a 23.43 per cent market share by subscribers at end Q2, behind market leader Singtel (48.7 per cent) and StarHub (26.95 per cent).In 2016, Axiata reportedly was looking to offload part of its stakes in three overseas units, which would help it raise as much as $700 million to pay down its debt.In May 2017 Axiata sold a 10 per cent stake in its Cambodian subsidiary Smart Axiata to Japan-based Mitsui for $66 million. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 26 SEP 2018 M1 opts for Nokia SA 5G corecenter_img Asia M1Singapore Press Holdings M1 makes commercial 5G move Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more Tags Authorlast_img read more

HUL launches extensive ‘Contagion’ collection

first_imgThe Harvard University Library (HUL) Open Collections Program recently launched http://ocp.hul.harvard.edu/contagion. Created with support from Arcadia, the new collection, titled “Contagion: Historical Views of Diseases and Epidemics,” brings carefully selected historical materials from Harvard’s renowned libraries, special collections, and archives to Internet users everywhere.The collection includes more than 500,000 pages of digitized books, serials, pamphlets, incunabula, and manuscripts. The goal is to contribute to the understanding of the global, social history, and public policy implications of disease and to offer important historical perspectives on the science and public policy of epidemiology today.“Contagion” is the third online library collection developed by the Open Collections Program since the program’s inception in 2002.In developing “Contagion,” the program has been guided by a distinguished committee of Harvard faculty members, including:Allan Brandt, dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Amalie Moses Kass Professor of the History of Medicine, and professor of the history of science, Harvard Medical SchoolKatharine Park, Samuel Zemurray Jr. and Doris Zemurray Stone Radcliffe Professor of the History of Science, Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS)Charles Rosenberg, professor of the history of science and the Ernest E. Monrad Professor in the Social Sciences, FASBarbara Gutman Rosenkrantz, professor of the history of science emeritus, FASRosenberg describes the new collection as “A wonderfully accessible and invaluable tool for the scholar or student at any level. It demonstrates not only that we need to think about disease and its history, but that we can think with it — about society and its values, about government, and about changing ideas. It was an honor to have been associated with this innovative project.”last_img read more

SVHC adds three members to Board of Trustees

first_imgSouthwestern Vermont Health Care,Vermont Business Magazine Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) has announced the appointment of Richard Ader, Kathleen Fisher, and Sue Maguire to its Board of Trustees. “These individuals have unique skills and experiences and will make tremendous contributions to our Board of Trustees,” said David Meiselman, the board chair. “I am delighted to welcome them and eager to see what we can accomplish together.” Ader is the founder of U.S. Realty Advisors, LLC and a recognized real estate expert. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont and serves on the Board of the University of Vermont Foundation and as Chairman of the Advisory Board to the College of Arts and Sciences.Ader is the owner of the Bennington Tennis Center. He became aware of the hospital when a family member was a patient in the emergency department.“I was impressed with SVHC’s service, doctors, and leadership. This is a very exciting time in the health care industry, and hospitals are right at the center of it,” Ader said. “I am eager to bring my experience in business to this distinguished group.”Fisher is head of the Wealth and Investment Planning at Bernstein Private Wealth Management in New York City. In this role, she leads the team responsible for developing and communicating asset allocation advice and investment strategies for the firm’s high-net-worth clients. Fisher joined the firm in 2001 as a senior portfolio manager and member of Bernstein Private Wealth Management’s Private Client Investment Policy Group. She was appointed a National Managing Director in 2009.“With my background in investment management, I’ve seen how industry change affects industry participants, and I can draw on my past experiences in thinking about issues that are relevant to SVHC,” Fisher said. “I’m very excited and honored to have the opportunity to get involved with this important organization.”Maguire, a native of Hoosick Falls, NY, has lived in North Bennington, VT, for nearly 40 years. She recently retired as principal of Mount Anthony Union High School in Bennington and a leader in the full-service community school model, in which health care services play a significant role. She has presented on the full-service school to audiences at Harvard University; to the American Youth Policy Forum in Washington, DC; and on ABC News. In addition, she is the author of Inside Full Service Community Schools, 2002, with Joy Dryfoos.                                                                                           “Health care has been an interest of mine for many years. Easing access to health care for students, which is so fundamental to their ability to learn, was a big part of my work in education,” said Maguire. “I am pleased for this opportunity to represent the interests of children and families while serving on the hospital board.”Board members are nominated by the board’s Nominating Committee and voted on by the entire board. In selecting new SVHC board members, the nominating committee looks for candidates who exemplify SVHC’s values, can be counted on to actively participate in board work, and have leadership capabilities. SVHC looks for candidates who represent the communities the health system serves and have special expertise in fulfilling board duties.Southwestern Vermont Health CareSouthwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) is a comprehensive, preeminent health care system providing exceptional, convenient, and affordable care to the communities of Bennington and Windham Counties of Vermont, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties of New York, and northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts. SVHC’s providers are members of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians, a multispecialty medical group operated in partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock. SVHC includes the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, a 150-bed long- and short-term care skilled nursing facility; the SVHC Foundation; and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), a 99-bed community hospital. SVMC’s services include an emergency department staffed by physicians each of whom is board certified in emergency medicine; the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center, which is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and managed by Dartmouth-Hitchcock; and a fully-digital imaging department. SVMC also includes 19 primary and specialty care practices and primary care offices in Bennington, Manchester, Pownal, West Dover, and Wilmington, VT. The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission and is the state’s first Magnet Center for Nursing Excellence, a designation it has held since 2002. To learn more, visit svhealthcare.org(link is external).last_img read more

Civil procedure

first_img In person for the appellant; Christopher Brown (instructed by Thompson & Co) for the respondent. Legal profession – Course of conduct – Defence statements – Harassment X had previously worked for D as an assistant solicitor. During that period D had had clients whose legal fees had been guaranteed by an individual (B). X ceased his employment with D and later ran his own firm. D issued proceedings against B under the guarantee and B instructed X to act for him in those proceedings. Within the following month D wrote three letters to X alleging a conflict of interests and acts of impropriety by X and questioning his motivation for acting for B. The third letter made allegations of illegality and impropriety by an individual with whom X had previously run a partnership. X made a claim under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997. D served a defence in which they made further allegations against X including of bigamy and forging a statement of truth. X’s claim was later struck out. On appeal the judge found that: the third letter was arguably capable of being described as harassing but that it was only one instance and so did not form a course of conduct; the defence did not amount to an occasion of harassment, partly because the cause of action had to be established as at the date of the claim form and what was said in the defence occurred thereafter; a partnership could not be a ‘person’ within the meaning of the act. The instant court was required to determine: (i) the difference between the third letter and the first two letters; (ii) whether, even if the first two letters by themselves were not capable of constituting harassment, they could amount, together with the third letter, to a ‘course of conduct’ within the meaning of the act; (iii) whether the defence could be relied upon as evidencing a course of conduct and whether it mattered that the defence post-dated the claim form; (iv) whether a partnership could be a defendant to a civil action under section 3 of the act. Held: (1) The three letters, particularly when viewed in light of each other, and especially the last two, arguably amounted to a deliberate attack on X’s professional and personal integrity, in an attempt to pressurise him, by his exposure to his client, the court or both, into declining to act for B or else advising B to meet D’s demands. Each letter, when considered side by side, arguably evidenced a campaign of harassment against X. They were arguably capable of causing alarm or distress and were arguably unreasonable, or genuinely offensive and unacceptable. Where a professional man’s integrity was deliberately and wrongly attacked, a potential claim lay under the act, Thomas v News Group Newspapers Ltd [2001] EWCA Civ 1233, [2002] EMLR 4 and Majrowski v Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Trust [2006] UKHL 34, (2007) 1 AC 224 considered (see paragraphs 41-42 of judgment). (2) The act was concerned with courses of conduct that amounted to harassment, rather than with individual instances of harassment. The course of conduct had to amount to harassment, both objectively and in terms of the required mens rea. The judge therefore erred in failing to ask himself, in light of his finding as to the third letter, whether the three letters as a whole could amount to a relevant course of conduct, Kelly v DPP [2002] EWHC 1428 (Admin), [2002] 166 JP 621 considered (paragraphs 45, 51). (3) X could refer to the defence as throwing evidential light on the proper understanding, interpretation and assessment of the letters. If it was doubtful that they arguably amounted to a course of conduct amounting to harassment the question could be looked at with the evidential assistance of the defence. For those purposes it did not matter that the defence post-dated the claim form. Further, in as much as X sought to rely on the defence as a second occasion making up a course of conduct, the judge erred in excluding it from consideration because it occurred after the claim form. That was a rule of practice, rather than a rule of law, and it could be departed from when the justice of the case required. Under the act a victim could seek an injunction before a course of conduct had been established if they could show a suitable case of fear of such a course of conduct. That was part of what X sought to do. In those circumstances it was profitless and harsh to force a claimant back to the issue of a further claim form where a defendant provided a further occasion making up a course of conduct amounting to harassment in the course of proceedings (paragraphs 52-53). (4) There was no reason why ‘person’ in section 3 should not be given its natural meaning, Majrowski considered. Therefore, a partnership could be a defendant to a civil action under that section (paragraph 63). Appeal allowed. center_img The appellant (X) appealed against a decision upholding the striking out of his claim of harassment made against the respondent firm of solicitors (D).last_img read more

Carol Burnett to receive new TV achievement Golden Globe award named in her honor

first_imgAlberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — What’s even better than receiving a special achievement award?  Having the award named after you.TV legend Carol Burnett will receive the first-ever Carol Burnett Award for television achievement at the upcoming Golden Globe awards. The award will be the equivalent of its film counterpart, the Cecil B. DeMille Award, and will be presented annually to someone who has made outstanding contributions to television on or off the screen. Recipients will be chosen based on their body of work and the lasting impact they’ve had on audiences and the industry.Burnett, 85, is already a five-time Golden Globe winner and the most decorated person of all time in the television category. She’ll accept the special achievement honor when the 76th annual Golden Globes air live coast to coast on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019 from 5-8 p.m. PT/8-11 p.m. ET on NBC.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Olympique Marseille wins local Ligue 1 Tournament

first_imgThe first half was back-and-forth, where both teams got great chances to score. Dimitri Payet struck first for Marseilles in the 12th minute as a strong goal flew by St-Ettiene goalie Stephane Ruffier. But a mere five minutes later, Arnaud Nordin answered for ASSE, scoring an impressive shot out of the corner. Though there were threats in stoppage time, neither team could add to their scores. Photo Credit: Olympique Marseille In the finale to a stunning exhibition tournament, Olympique Marseille defeated rival AS St-Ettiene 2-1 for the EA Ligue 1 title. Their first visit to DC under these circumstances was met with applause from the sidelines and a great showing for local soccer fans. Those who had not seen European soccer before were in for a treat as Marseille closed out the game late. The second half was every bit as competitive as the first. Five penalties were administered and ASSE forward Romain Hamouma had to leave the game late. Though in the 73rd minute, the final breakthrough came. Nemanja Radonjic, who had entered the game late, scored from the side to the roar of the fans in Marseille’s section. Le Bleu never looked back and held on to win the inaugural EA Ligue 1 Cup. The EA Ligue 1 tournament is a preseason warmup for the top soccer division in France. Audi Field hosted the first tournament in America to strong turnout and great play from all sides. Tomorrow, Marseille will face the home team D.C. United in an exhibition game. In many ways, it is fitting for the champion to challenge their hosts in this manner. Given tonight’s performance, this game should be enjoyable for the French visitors. Please follow and like us:last_img read more