North Korea Flaunts UNSC 1718 with Wine Purchase

first_img Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak It has been revealed that North Korea purchased 600 bottles of top quality wine from French producer Maison Michel Picard in July this year, just the latest in a long list of luxury food and wine purchases by the Kim regime dating back to the March of Tribulation.The daughter of company owner Michel Picard, Francine Picard revealed the news in a presentation for journalists at Seoul Finance Center today, saying, “On average, we do approximately one transaction with North Korea per year, and while the quantity is small, we maintain a good relationship with them.” “This July too, a North Korean government representative bought 600 bottles of high end wine including Chassagne-Montrachet and Échezeaux Grand Cru,” Picard explained, adding, “These wines sell for between 310,000 and 400,000 won in Europe.”Specifically, it was Maison Michel Picard’s “Cote de Nuits-Villages” with which Kim Jong Il offered a toast at a banquet during the October 2007 summit with former President Roh Moo Hyun in Pyongyang, an event which Picard said had a big impact on the wine producer.“When Kim Jong Il offered a toast with our wine at the 2007 Inter-Korean Summit, we were flooded with so many calls that we couldn’t work properly,” Picard said, adding, however, “That kind of thing is just an event; letting many different people enjoy Picard wine is our mission.”North Korea’s relationship with the company began 15 years ago when an official from the North Korean Mission (of UNESCO) in Paris took a tour of one of the company’s wineries and, after tasting the product, bought 12 bottles of 15 of the company’s wines. However, it is unclear whether the French government is aware of the export of luxury wines to North Korea, a trade that is in probable violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1718, which expressly forbids the export of “luxury goods” by any UN member state to North Korea. SHARE There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter News By Mok Yong Jae – 2010.10.22 1:16pm center_img News News News AvatarMok Yong Jae North Korea Flaunts UNSC 1718 with Wine Purchase North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

[Photos] Heat wave, sanctions bring increased hardship to Sino-North Korea border

first_img Residents in Namyang, North Hamgyong Province gather during the public holiday. Image: Daily NK 1 of 12 Water purification plant in North Pyongan Province. Image: Daily NK North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) North Korean residents catching fish on the banks of the Amnok River in North Pyongan Province. Image: Daily NK View of Namyang Station in North Hamgyong Province. / Image: Daily NK Due to the holiday, Wonjong-ri Customs Office was closed as Daily NK’s reporter passed through, likely explaining the lack of vehicles or people in the area. To the left of the bridge in the above photos is the Wonjong-ri International Market, which opened in July as reported by Daily NK.A separate source in the region said that the market has not been able to produce significant revenue yet due to sanctions which, in theory at least, prevent Chinese tourists from buying seafood products and returning with them to China.A local North Korean who had been in China on a personal travel visa for three months told Daily NK that life in North Korea had gotten harder recently compared to the last few years. “There’s plenty of people selling things in the markets but fewer people buying them because most don’t have the money. Those that do have a bit of money give it to cadres so that they can get a visa to China and earn money that way. That’s been the trend for a while now,” he said.“I really hope things go well with South Korea and we won’t have to worry so much about how to earn a living.” News North Pyongan Province as seen from along the Amnok River. Image: Daily NK chagang province Taxis and delivery/ transportation vehicles in North Pyongan Province as seen from the Amnok River. Image: Daily NK Residences in North Pyongan Province as seen from along the Amnok River. Image: Daily NK A taxi at the gate of a village in North Pyongan Province. Image: Daily NK Factory in North Pyongan Province, North Korea US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again Wonjong-ri Customs House in Rason,, North Hamgyong Province. Image: Daily NK Daily NK traveled to the Sino-North Korea border region in July to investigate whether international sanctions and the heatwave gripping the country are having visible effects on residents.Looking over the Amnok River from the Chinese city of Dandong into North Korea’s North Pyongan Province, one of the first things that can be noticed in the first set of photos below is that the riverbank is dotted with corn crops rather than trees. The surrounding hills feature a few propaganda signboards, but the general landscape is sparsely forested. 1 of 9 “A lot of houses in the city were completed flooded and the water damage was so bad that the only option was to tear them down and rebuild. But as part of the propaganda-driven campaign to show Kim Jong Un’s ‘love for the people,’ they only really focused on rebuilding dwellings next to the river and didn’t pay attention to other areas,” a local source told Daily NK.These photos were taken on Victory Day, a national holiday in North Korea (National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day in South Korea). The atmosphere was decidedly less rushed. Men were playing volleyball while women could be seen dancing. Most of the mountains in this area are used as farmland and residents can be seen riding an ox wagon using it to work the land. According to a source Daily NK spoke to in the area, the early corn harvest will serve as the primary staple for many North Korean residents this summer but that it’s “been really bad compared to last year.” Further upstream is Sakju County, North Pyongan Province. The houses in this area are notably run down. Potato and corn plots dot the mountains but the land is mostly barren and without trees. North Korean residents with precariously overloaded bicycles traverse the narrow roads snaking through the plots, while taxis and delivery vehicles navigate narrow paths along the mountain slopes. Residents cautiously fish by the river under the constant watch of the ever-present guard posts, as Chinese tourist vessels meander by.The water purification facilities in the surrounding industrial region are outdated or retired, with only a few operating at a reduced capacity evidenced by smoke billowing out of a chimney or two. A source in Dandong told Daily NK that the sanctions have further reduced factory operations due to sanctions targeting the country for its nuclear and missile programs. “Consequently,” he said, “most of the workers in this area aren’t getting regular rations or remuneration.”Below are images of Namyang, North Hamgyong Province, the site of a devastating flood in 2016. New apartments have been constructed in the area, but some older dwellings remain. Propaganda slogan in North Pyongan Province calling for tree protection. Image: Daily NK Proposal to shift “general markets” to “specialized markets” finds little support among N. Korean leaders Wonjong-ri Customs House in Rason,, North Hamgyong Province. Image: Daily NK A farmer heads home after working the land with an oxen and cart. Image: Daily NK Residents of Namyang, North Hamgyong Province. Image: Daily NK AvatarKim Song Il RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Overlooking Namyang, North Hamgyong Province. Image: Daily NK North Korean guard post in North Pyongan Province. Image: Daily NK View overlooking Namyang, North Hamgyong Province. Image: Daily NK Another panoramic view into North Pyongan Province from along the Amnok River. Image: Daily NK Factory in North Pyongan Province, North Korea. Image: Daily NKWater purification plant in North Pyongan Province. Image: Daily NK 1 of 8 Residences in Namyang, North Hamgyong Province. Image: Daily NK Wonjong-ri Customs House in Rason,, North Hamgyong Province. Image: Daily NK News All the following images are various shots of Wonjong-ri Customs House and the adjacent international market in Rason,, North Hamgyong Province. Image: Daily NK Wonjong-ri Customs House in Rason,, North Hamgyong Province. Image: Daily NK Farmland in Namyang, North Hamgyong Province, Image: Daily NK Residents in Namyang, North Hamgyong Province passing the time together during the public holiday. Image: Daily NK Corn being grown along the banks of the Amnok River in North Pyongan Province. Image: Daily NK TAGSsanctionsborder SHARE Facebook Twitter News North Korean residents on bicycles in North Pyongan Province as seen from the Amnok River. Image: Daily NK last_img read more

Kirk VanAllen Chavis

first_imgKirk VanAllen Chavis departed this life on May 28, 2020 at his residence in Port Arthur, Texas surrounded by family and loved ones. Funeral Services will be held at the Mount Sinai Baptist Church, 501 W. Thomas Boulevard, Port Arthur, Texas on Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 11:00 am.Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, limited seating capacity, masking, and social distancing will be observed.Burial will be at the Hollywood Cemetery, Orange Texas.last_img

H7N9 gene tree study yields new clues on mixing, timing

first_imgMay 2, 2013 (CIDRAP News) – The most detailed genetic analysis so far of H7N9 viruses that have infected humans in China shed more light on how the virus may have emerged—a complex set of events that could have involved mixing between wild and domestic ducks and reassortment in poultry.In analyzing the family tree of H7N9 and related viruses Chinese researchers also found a long branch between the new virus and avian influenza viruses from wild birds, suggesting that an intermediate host might exist. The study appeared yesterday in an early online edition of The Lancet.The group used H7N9 genetic sequences from the GISAID database that are linked to the first four human isolates. Using sophisticated analysis tools, they compared the H7N9 sequences with public ones from the Influenza Virus Resource, a flu sequence data source and tool. They used leading-edge techniques to estimate the phylogenies, divergence times, and other evolutionary information for all eight gene segments.The researchers pointed out that their analysis lacks extensive surveillance data, partly because H7 virus subtypes have low pathogenicity for avian hosts, which can harbor the virus for long periods without showing symptoms. However, the team wrote that the study includes most publicly available related sequences.The new virus fell within the Eurasian H7 lineage and was most closely related to sequences from ducks in Zhejiang province in 2011, and the team estimated that the most recent common ancestor of the H7N9 virus was in January 2012.Similarly, their analysis of the N9 phylogenetic tree found the H7N9 virus belongs to the Eurasian lineage. It was closely related to H7N9 viruses from wild ducks in South Korea in February and April of 2011. At that time, the wild ducks were colonized for breeding in southeast China during their northward migration along the East Asian flyway.The six internal genes of the H7N9 virus clustered with H9N2 viruses from China from at least two different origins: one for the NS gene and one for the rest of the internal genes. The most closely related ones were all from one strain, a virus collected from a brambling in Beijing in November 2012. The group’s phylogenetic analysis also found that the H7N9 polymerase gene fell within a clade of chicken H9N2 viruses from near Shanghai in 2012 and Zhejiang province in 2011.The new virus could have at least four possible genetic origins, which is more than an early analysis of the virus proposed, the group wrote.The NA gene of H7N9 might have traveled from Europe through bird migration and could have been carried by wild birds. The team said a likely scenario is that wild ducks transferred the viruses to domestic ducks, which share similar behaviors and habitats in eastern China. The ducks could have obtained the HA and NA genes from migratory birds sequentially and simultaneously, such as when large colonies of mixed wild ducks winter in southeast China.The group noted that a long branch between the new H7N9 virus and those from wild birds raises the possibility of an intermediate host, which touches on a question that flu experts are still puzzling over. Though investigations of human cases have found a link to market poultry and environments, little is known about how the market birds are becoming infected.Taken together, the group wrote that the evidence so far suggests that new H7N9 virus emerged from an HA gene that was circulating in the East Asian flyway in wild birds and ducks, from an NA gene that was introduced from a European lineage early and transferred from migrating wild birds, and from H9N2 viruses in eastern China’s chickens and ducks that possibly reassorted with H7 and N9 viruses in ducks.”After these reassortment events, the new viruses started to circulate in chickens, with low pathogenicity,” they wrote, adding that the reassortment events probably occurred in Shanghai and nearby provinces.The time to the most recent common ancestor for the gene segments, as well as frequent poultry transportation, might have played a role in the increasing sporadic detections of the H7N9 virus in humans, according to the report.The diversity that they found in the isolates suggests H7N9 has evolved into at least two lineages, with the possibility of unknown intermediate hosts, pointing to a need for heightened global surveillance in animals and humans, they wrote.Liu D, Shi W, Shi Y, et al. Origin and diversity of novel avian influenza A H7N9 viruses and causing human infection: phylogenetic, structural, and coalescent analyses. Lancet 2013 May 1 [Abstract]last_img read more

Australia abandons costly biosecurity levy

first_imgThe decision to not proceed with the levy, which was widely criticised for its ambiguity when first introduced in 2018, follows industry consultation and consideration of the impacts it would have on industry, said Australia’s Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.It added: “The department undertook a co-design process with industry to develop a levy model that was practical for industry and the government. This process highlighted that a levy could not be implemented without significant regulatory impacts on industry and proposed levy payers.“The decision not to proceed with the levy has also been made with consideration of the ongoing impacts of drought, bushfires and Covid-19 on the Australian economy and the rapidly changing trade environment.”The levy was intended to raise funds to support Australia’s biosecurity system. It was estimated that it would generate approximately AUD360 million (USD237.2 million) of revenue over three years. After the initial announcement of the levy, concerns were quickly raised about the proposal.Speaking at the time, Ports Australia chief executive Mike Gallacher said: “The complete lack of detail on this ambiguous proposal lends weight to the impression that it is a broad import levy across all goods coming into the country.“The revenue measure estimates AUD360 million over three years. Only AUD76.6 million (USD50.4 million) of this is will be spent enhancing Australia’s biosecurity system over the same period. That leaves AUD283.4 million (USD186.6 million) unaccounted for.”Further still, the levy could have been incredibly damaging to Australia’s heavy goods industries. Infrastructure costs, for example, would have been dramatically impacted if the levy had been introduced – importing 50,000 tonnes of concrete would have incurred an additional AUD50,000 (USD32,912.5) charge.Following the consultation, Australia’s Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment said that an alternative levy would not be explored or progressed. This decision will not impact on the overall biosecurity budget or the capacity of Australia’s biosecurity system, added the department, which noted that this will continue to be funded through existing arrangements.www.agriculture.gov.aulast_img read more

Dominica seeking to benefit from CARILED fund

first_img Tweet 160 Views   no discussions Share Share Scottshead beach. Photo credit: maureenblogspot.comDominica is seeking to obtain financial assistance from a 22.9 million dollars fund from Caribbean Local Economic Development Program, (CARILED) which will potentially “enhance and augment” on the government’s development plan for the country.CARILED is a six-year $2.29 million project in which local governments will utilize assets and human capital to stimulate economic growth, create jobs and develop the business sector. “It is designed to spearhead local economic development in Dominica which is a grass roots process of economic development where, through the village councils we would empower local agencies like community organizations …to really facilitate a process of developing a micro, small and medium sized businesses in those areas,” local officer for that program, Jahisiah Benoit said.The fund does not make specific financial allocations to the participating Caribbean countries; hence Mr. Benoit noted that with the support of the Ministry of Social Services, Community Development and Gender Affairs, they are working speedily to send their proposals for funding.The focus villages for soliciting assistance are Woodfordhill/Wesley and Scotts Head/Soufriere/Gallion. Mr. Benoit and a team from the local government visited these villages between December 2012 and January 2013 and inquired from the villagers as to what areas needed funding.“In Woodfordhill, you have a very vibrant livestock sector, the agro-processing sector which is of critical importance and also the health and wellness sector. “In Soufriere, Scotts Head and Gallion where it is more of a tourism scene you have the restaurant and bar; their stuff needs to be upgraded, you have the improvement of standards. Also you have the dive sector which needs to be revisited, agriculture, dairy farming, all of these products and also you have entrepreneurship,” Mr. Benoit explained.The team is now in the process of getting all stakeholders “mobilizing everybody that can come to the table immediately, getting all the stakeholders on board, so we can prepare ourselves to draw down on as much of those resources as we can through the relevant channels.“…Each area is unique in its own right and what we want to do is not prioritize or limit anyone’s ideas but try to push forward with as many of the ideas as we can in a comprehensive approach”. From 2012 to 2018, the Caribbean Local Economic Development Program, (CARILED) will support nearly 50 local governments and agencies in their Local Economic Development initiatives targeting more than 500 small and medium size enterprises (MSME) throughout the Caribbean. CARILED is funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).Belize, Grenada, Guyana, Saint Lucia, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago will also receive assistance from CARILED. Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Sharing is caring! LocalNews Dominica seeking to benefit from CARILED fund by: – January 29, 2013 Sharelast_img read more

Volleyball roundup: Pentwater and Hart sweep their way to non-league wins

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