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Monday, 17 September

22:04

World view Tuesday Your NZ

Monday GMT For posting on events, news, opinions and anything of interest from around the world.

22:01

September 18 in history Homepaddock

96  Nerva was proclaimed Roman Emperor after Domitian was assassinated.

324 Constantine the Great decisively defeated Licinius in the Battle of Chrysopolis, establishing Constantines sole control over the Roman Empire.

1180  Philip Augustus became king of France.

1454  In the Battle of Chojnice, the Polish army was defeated by the Teutonic army during the Thirteen Years War.

1709 Samuel Johnson, English writer and lexicographer, was born (d. 1784).

1739  The Treaty of Belgrade was signed, ceding Belgrade to the Ottoman Empire.

1793  The first cornerstone of the Capitol building was laid by George Washington.

1809 The Royal Opera House in London opened.

1810  First Government Junta in Chile.

1812  The 1812 Fire of Moscow died down after destroying more than three quarters of the city. Napoleon returned from the Petrovsky Palace to the Moscow Kremlin, which was spared from the fire.

1837  Tiffany and Co. (first named Tiffany & Young) was founded by Charles Lewis Tiffany and Teddy Young in New York City.

1838 The Anti-Corn Law League was established by Richard Cobden.

1850  The U.S. Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850.

1851  First publication of The New-York Daily Times, which later becameThe New York Times.

1858  Kate Booth, English Salvation Army, officer was born (d. 1955).

1863  American Civil War: Battle of Chickamauga.

1870  Old Faithful Geyser was observed and named by...

21:23

The International Medical Council on Vaccination: Significant Risk Of Harm Uncensored Publications

How safe is vaccination? To hear it from proponents of the vaccine industry, vaccines are based on rock-solid science that proves them to be completely safe and widely effective.    from: https://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/salud/salud_vacunas67.htm (click link for full story) To hear it from proponents of the vaccine industry, vaccines are based on rock-solid science that proves them []

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19:36

365 days of gratitude Homepaddock

A text telling you your flight to Queenstown hs been cancelled is not what you want to be greeted with when you land in Auckland after spending the best part of a day travelling.

Wonderful service from Air New Zealand staff to get you on an alternative flight in spite of technical problems helps.

Today Im grateful for calmness when you would be excused for being anything but, and service above and beyond the call of duty.

19:15

Huge late snowfalls in New Zealand build at 10 cm (4 inches) per hour "IndyWatch Feed World"

The 2018 ski season is in to its final month in the southern hemisphere and a number of areas have already closed until next winter begins in June/July 2019, but New Zealand's South Island is currently enjoying some of the biggest snowfalls of their season. Coronet Peak, pictured above earlier today, says it expects to have 60cm (two feet) of fresh snow waiting by tomorrow morning. Treble Cone (pictured below) reported it had had 50cm of snow and that the snow was still falling at a rate of 5-10cm per hour. Most areas were forced to close today and will assess conditions in the morning top see if it is possible to re-open on Tuesday. This was Cardrona earlier today with 35cm of snow at that point and still dumping:

18:54

North Island farmers in New Zealand lose 100,000 lambs after spring snow storm "IndyWatch Feed World"

Farmers have suffered "devastating" lamb losses in eastern and central North Island over the last two weeks with an estimated toll of about 100,000. At current prices of $144 per mature lamb, the economic hit could be $14.4 million. By contrast Otago and Southland farmers are expected to escape lightly from the impact of snow that has fallen on Monday. Federated Farmers high country chairman Simon Williamson said lambing would not begin in the areas where most snow had fallen until the beginning of October.

16:48

Jacinda's latest speech Lindsay Mitchell

I could find nothing to say about it.

But ACT has and it's worth repeating:

What Did She Say?
Ardern wants a growing economy that is working for all of us, wellbeing for New Zealanders and their families, and a country we can be proud of....

How to Tell if a Policy is Absurd
If the opposite of a policy sounds absurd, then the policy is absurd. Who would campaign for a shrinking economy that doesnt work, misery for New Zealanders and their families, and a country we should be ashamed of on the global stage? The opposite of ACTs policies are more state control in education, heavier handed regulation of the economy, higher levels of taxation and Government expenditure, and more Government ownership. All inferior opposites of ACTs actual policies, but not absurd.

15:55

Party leaders on the election campaign Your NZ

Chapters on a Victoria University book reviewing the 2017 election by each of the party leaders. Newshub  Stardust and Substance: the 2017 election through politicians eyes Accounts of political events by politicians themselves can be worse than useless and should be read with great caution. Politicians are simply too close to what happened to really []

14:30

Word of the day Homepaddock

Atamai  knowing, quick-witted, ready, intelligent; intellect.

(Celebrating Maori Language Week).

10:00

Rural roundup Homepaddock

2018-19 lamb and beef exports forecast to both break $3 billion for the second time:

As the 2018-19 meat export season begins, Beef + Lamb New Zealands (B+LNZ) New Season Outlook 2018-19 report forecasts beef, lamb, and mutton prices to remain firm at historically high levels, helped by an expected weakening New Zealand dollar and strong export demand.

We forecast slight increases in farm-gate prices for lamb and mutton in 2018-19, as prices are expected to remain relatively steady in New Zealands main export markets and benefit from an expected easing of the New Zealand dollar, says B+LNZ Chief Economist Andrew Burtt. . .

NZ sheep & beef farm profits forecast to slip as expenses rise  Tina Morrison:

(BusinessDesk) New Zealand sheep and beef farm profits are expected to decline in the coming year as higher spending outweighs a lift in revenue from the products they sell.

The average farm is expected to earn a pre-tax profit of $129,700 in the June 2019 year, down 2.8 percent from a pre-tax profit of $133,500 in the 2017/18 year, according to industry group Beef+Lamb New Zealand. . .

China is the key market for New Zealand sheep meat Keith Woodford:

Some weeks back I wrote how the New Zealand sheep industry is in a sweet spot, with record prices. I also wrote that China is now easily our largest sheep meat market by volume. Here I share the story of some of the things that have been happening in that market, and how demand for New Zealand sheep meats has potential to further increase.

The starting point is to recognise that Chinas own sheep industry is much bigger than New Zealands.  Whereas New Zealand has about 27 million sheep, China has about 150 million. However, most of these are farmed on arid lands in the west and far north of China, often at high altitude. Much of the product is consumed by the local people and does not reach the big cities. . .

Dry in south but wet up north Annette Scott:

A mild, dry winter and a good start to spring has set Canterbury farmers up well but theres concern of a big dry setting in.

Opuha Water chief executive Andrew Mockford said farmers have revelled in the great win...

08:30

Ignorance kills Homepaddock

Animal rights activists in Germany killed four cows and left 40 more critically ill:

Idiot  animal rights activists KILLED four cows and left 40 others critically ill after releasing them into a feeding pen where the beasts ate themselves to death.

Suspects are believed to have trespassed onto an organic farm in Germany on Saturday night and released dozens of dairy cows and calves.

The cows then headed straight to the feeding pen where they ate up to 10kg of concentrated feed with catastrophic results.

They are normally fed a maximum of 2kg a day.

Anja Schiemann, the farms managing director, told the Berliner Zeitung: Too much concentrate feed causes the digestive system in the rumen to be severely disturbed.

The damage to the liver is just too much. . . .

Ignorance kills.

A similar accusation could be made against anti 1080 activists. Without it native plants, birds and insects will die.

The ODT opines:

The case for 1080 use in New Zealands forests is overwhelming, no matter the fervent protests of the past two weeks.

Each independent investigation into its use has come to that conclusion. 

Yet, the Department of Conservation and its staff have had to put up with abuse and worse. Tampering with the wheel nuts on vehicles, as has been reported, is downright criminal and dangerous.

Blatant fake news and completely misleading photographs have been spread around the internet, news stories hijacked by activists, and 1080 drops disrupted.

There is, indeed,  no doubting the genuine feelings of the anti-1080 brigade, including the majority who act responsibly in their opposition. But they, like the irresponsible, are sadly and badly misguided.

Some of the fervour is understandable.  Dog owners are fearful of the awful death their charges might suffer should they eat carcasses of mammals killed by the poison.  Others are concerned about the deer by-kill, meaning fewer animals to hunt.

Much worse than these concerns, though, is the massacre by possums, stoats and rats. They lay waste forests of birds and chick...

08:16

Futuna rejects seabed exploration and mining "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Photo: AFP

Radio New Zealand | 14 September 2018 

The kingdoms on the French Pacific island of Futuna have ruled out allowing any work related to seabed mining in their waters, saying their stance is final.

The rejection of any further exploration of the seabed was expressed at a meeting in Futuna with French delegates sent to explain the potential of mining rare earths.

The king of Sigave as well as a leader of the kingdom of Alo told local television that any discussion about land matters had to held with the customary leadership and not with the assembly of Wallis and Futuna.

They said they had seen the negative impact of activities in French Polynesia and didnt want a repeat of them in Wallis and Futuna.

At the beginning of this decade French teams carried out three exploratory missions in the territorys waters without consulting the local kings who are officially recognised by the French republic and on its payroll.

...

07:00

Priorities, platitudes, no plan Homepaddock

Jacinda Ardern has bowed to Winston Peters her big speech yesterday talked not of a Labour-led governs but either this government or the coalition government.

The speech was an attempt to show coalition unity after the recent shambles, and told us very little new.

She talked of 12 priorities, but when it came to details, it was mostly the what with little how, and the what was more about what theyve done or already announced than what they will do.

It was full of platitudes like:

. . .We will:

A. Ensure everyone who is able to, is earning, learning, caring or volunteering . . 

And the plan? It was a whole lot more about where they want to go with little about how theyll get there.

A good government knows where its going, and how to get there,  from the start, not nearly one year into a three-year term.

The plan such as it is, is here.

06:37

QotD: "Calling a product or service a human right doesn't magically render it immune to scarcity." Not PC



"Calling a product or service a human right doesn't magically render it immune to scarcity."~ Twitter meme, hat tip Sally Mayweather

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05:44

Male survivors of childhood sexual abuse Your NZ

An important item in Sunday last night on male sexual abuse they claimed that 1 in 6 males have been victims of abuse. In this item the abusers were men, women, children, teens. Male survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Brave Kiwi guys, sharing their stories in the hope that others will seek help. Brave []

05:32

Winston Peters on Morning Report Your NZ

An interesting interview on Morning Report. Kim Hill is a rarity amongst interviewers, she gave at least as good as she got. UP NEXT: @winstonpeters discusses coalition govt, & after 0730, @simonjbridges for his regular Monday interview. Tune in: 101FM, https://t.co/cx9lxfi98A https://t.co/IK6HfYTAyk Morning Report (@NZMorningReport) September 16, 2018 "Of course [Jacinda Ardern] is driving []

05:23

But John Key Your NZ

Whataboutism, like what about John Key is common. Urban dictionary: When you deflect criticism by pointing out flaws in your opponent, specifically using the phrase what about x? This is an attempt to excuse you from changing you behavior by painting your opponent as a hypocrite. An example came up yesterday in one of many defences of Jacinda Ardern pulling []

05:01

The most pure form of MMP? Your NZ

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern claimed pure MMP in her speech at the Governments PR rally in Auckland yesterday: Next month marks the first anniversary of this Government. Not only have we achieved a huge amount, weve done it as the most pure form of MMP government New Zealand has ever had. Perhaps the lady doth []

05:00

Quote of the day Homepaddock

One thing I am convinced more and more is true and that is this: the only way to be truly happy is to make others happy. When you realize that and take advantage of the fact, everything is made perfect. William Carlos Williams who was born on this day in 1883.

03:20

Media watch Monday Your NZ

17 September 2018 Media Watch is a focus on New Zealand media, blogs and social media. You can post any items of interested related to media. A primary aim here is to hold media to account in the political arena. A credible and questioning media is an essential part of a healthy democracy. A general []

03:15

General chat Your NZ

Is there any way we could have a thread for the more lightweight stuff like music and general chat? Do it here. Please no personal attacks or bickering. Anything abusive, provocative or inflammatory may be deleted.

03:08

Open Forum Monday Your NZ

17 September 2018 This post is open to anyone to comment on any topic that isnt spam, illegal or offensive. All Your NZ posts are open but this one is for you to raise topics that interest you.  If providing opinions on or summaries of other information also provide a link to that information. Bloggers []

02:30

18.1 Million New Cancer Cases, 9.6 Million Cancer Deaths Expected in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Submitted by Zombie Democracy Blog Welcome to NZ: We offer 2nd highest rates of cancer in the world! Cancer deaths to rise to 9.6 million worldwide in 2018 WHO 20 Countries with the Highest Cancer Rates in the World Ranked by estimated new cases per 100,000 people in 2018: Australia (468.0) New Zealand (438.1) Ireland (373.7) []

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Sunday, 16 September

22:07

World view Monday Your NZ

Sunday GMT For posting on events, news, opinions and anything of interest from around the world.

22:01

September 17 in history Homepaddock

1111 Highest Galician nobility led by Pedro Frilaz de Traba and the bishop Diego Gelmrez crowned Alfonso VII as King of Galicia.

1176  The Battle of Myriokephalon.

1462  The Battle of wiecino (also known as the Battle of arnowiec) during Thirteen Years War.

1577  The Peace of Bergerac was signed between Henry III of France and the Huguenots.

1631  Sweden won a major victory at the Battle of Breitenfeld against the Holy Roman Empire during the Thirty Years War.

1683  Antonie van Leeuwenhoek wrote to the Royal Society describing animalcules: the first known description of protozoa.

1778  The Treaty of Fort Pitt was signed, the first formal treaty between the United States and a Native American tribe (the Lenape or Delaware Indians).

1787 The United States Constitution was signed in Philadelphia.

1809  Peace between Sweden and Russia in the Finnish War, the territory which became Finland was ceded to Russia by the Treaty of Fredrikshamn.

1859 Joshua A. Norton declared himself Emperor Norton I of the United States.

1862 American Civil War: George B. McClellan halted the northward drive of Robert E. Lees Confederate army in the single-day Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest day in American history.

1862  American Civil War: The Allegheny Arsenal explosion resulted in the single largest civilian disaster during the war.

1883 William Carlos Williams, American writer, was born (d. 1963).

1894  The Battle of Yalu River, the largest naval engagement of the First Sino-Japanese War.

1900  Phil...

20:41

Tennis Lebanon rewrites history in Davis Cup with Thailand win "IndyWatch Feed World"

While the countrys eyes are on New Zealand for tomorrow mornings basketball match between Lebanon and the Tall Blacks, a 20-year-old Hady Habib, ranked #643 in the ATP, claimed the final point in the tie against Thailand on their soil in the early hours of Sunday, to promote our countrys tennis delegation once more to the highest state it reached on 4 occasions previously: the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Zone Group I, having slipped to as low as Group III in 2016.

After a couple of wins yesterday with Hadi Habib edging past Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul 4-6 7-6 (2) 5-3 (ret.) and 23-year-old ATP #370 Benjamin Hassan securing a 2-0 lead on day 1 for Lebanon with a 6-3 6-4 victory over Palaphoom Kovapitukted, we looked poised to win the tie against Thailand, with the need to claim 1 more match out of the 3 remaining rubbers to clinch the encounter.

But the far-eastern team, who previously reached the Davis Cup World Group Play-offs on 4 occasions and are ranked #41 at this level, dug deep to draw the tie 2-2 after a doubles win this morning 6-0 6-3 between Sonchat Ratiwatana/Sanchai Ratiwatana and Jad Ballout/Giovanni Samaha, followed by Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul narrowly beating Benjamin Hassan 6-4 4-6 6-4.

The final word, however, was for Lebanon, currently ranked #52 in the Davis Cup up from #93 in 2016, with Hady Habib proving too good for the Thai, securing the tie by dismantling Palaphoom Kovapitukted 6-3 6-3 to send Lebanon yet again to the 2019 Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Zone Group I, having been there 4 times before in the late 1990s and early 2000s (2002), without being able to win a single match at this level.

Note that Lebanon has never reached the World Group Play-offs stage in its 35 years of participating at the Davis Cup (started in 1957), and will be vying to qualify for it in 2019, by battling in a tough Asia/Oceania Zone Group I that will include so far #28 P.R. China, #34 Pakistan and #36 South Korea.

The moment Hady Habib turned the clock back to 2002

17:47

BREAKING: 5.6 magnitude earthquake in Western Australia. Unusual Seismic Activity Uncensored Publications

This just in on my MSN newsfeed: A magnitude-5.6 earthquake has hit the West Australian town of Manjimup, about 300 kilometres south-west of Perth, with tremors felt as far away as Perth and Albany. The earthquake happened about 1:00pm (WST). There were no reports of damage. The Bureau of Meteorology WA said there was no []

The post BREAKING: 5.6 magnitude earthquake in Western Australia. Unusual Seismic Activity appeared first on Uncensored Publications.

17:33

What is/are the Woke? Your NZ

Ive seen the term the Woke a bit lately and havent taken much notice of it, apart from noting that it as an unfamiliar term to me. I was at a loose end so had a quick look at The Daily Blog, first time there in a month or two, the website design puts me []

17:30

365 days of gratitude Homepaddock

If in this I have been tedious, it may be some excuse, I had not time to make it shorter. William Cowper

My Scottish uncle used to quote his brother-in-law who was a minister who when delivering sermons practiced his theory that if you couldnt strike oil in 10 minutes you should stop boring.

Today Im grateful for people with the time, and wit, to make shorter whatever it is they have to say.

 

14:30

Word of the day Homepaddock

Hari  to be delighted, happy, glad; to dance, sing a song to a dance, lead a song.

(Celebrating Maori Language Week)

11:04

Jacinda Ardern This Is Our Plan Your NZ

The Governments Priorities For New Zealand Peters is up first. He is doing a Trump, saying that the media dont tell the public what the Government  are doing. The first true MMP government thats repeated nonsense. Otherwise its a general revision of what the Government is doing in relation to NZ First policies, tree []

10:00

So Clear Homepaddock

So Clear Prints

One of those days when the light is so clear it sings, and even though you feel like theres something you came here to do & theres something in the light that reminds you of that, its not as important as you thought & maybe its better to just be there in the day instead, singing right along.  So Clear   2016 Brian Andreas  posted with permission.

You can buy books, posters, cards, ornaments and more and sign up for a daily dose of whimsy like this by email at Story People.

08:51

Nottingham has not been acting alone Your NZ

Dermot Nottingham has not acted alone in his actions taken against many people, including harassment and defamation via laudafinem.com and in a number of legal proceedings, some of which have been described as abuses of process, vexatious and more by various judges. In April Nottingham was found guilty at a jury trial of five charges []

08:30

Farm diary Homepaddock

A reminder to enjoy the good in farming.

08:04

Thanks to Obama and Trump, Americas Five Largest Banks Raked in $583 Billion Since 2008 Crash Uncensored Publications

With no jail time for executives and half a trillion in post-crisis profits, the big banks have made out like bandits during the post-crash period. September 11, 2018 at 10:16 pm Written by Jake Johnson (CD) The 2008 financial meltdown inflicted devastating financial and psychological damage upon millions of ordinary Americans, but a new []

The post Thanks to Obama and Trump, Americas Five Largest Banks Raked in $583 Billion Since 2008 Crash appeared first on Uncensored Publications.

07:01

Arderns Coalition Reset speech Your NZ

Jacinda Ardern has been, in my opinion, justifiably criticised for pulling out of two weekend interviews that had been scheduled with Newshub Nation and Q+A. Instead Ardern is giving a Coalition Reset speech today at 1 pm. Sam Sachdeva previews it at Newsroom:  Arderns chance to change the narrative Ardern will unveil what is intended []

07:00

Rural round-up Homepaddock

No answers and more mystery animal killings in South Island :

The identity of a South Island livestock killer remains a mystery.

Nine months ago Peter McLeod, who farms in Kauri Bush near Dunedin, was left with nine dead lambs cattle from neighbouring farms were also shot and killed.

But the culprit was never caught.

Earlier this week three newborn lambs were killed in Mosgiel, bringing back bad memories for Mr McLeod. . .

B+LNZ welcomes Sir Peter Gluckmans report on agricultural emissions:

Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) welcomes the final report from the Prime Ministers former Chief Science Advisor Sir Peter Gluckman which effectively endorses B+LNZs approach for individual farm plans as a tool for helping the agricultural sector play its part in combating climate change.

In May of this year in launching its Environment Strategy B+LNZ set itself two ambitious goals for the sheep and beef sector to be carbon neutral by 2050 and for every farm to have an active farm plan by the end of 2021. . .

Women want more time off-farms:

Rural women want more time off-farm, better sleep and more exercise to improve their wellbeing, a Farmstrong survey has found.

More than 800 farming women did the survey online or at in-depth, face-to-face interviews.

There was also a high interest in other topics that Farmstrong focuses on including nutrition and thinking strategies to deal with the ups and downs of farming, Farmstrong project manager Gerard Vaughan said.

Some of the other topic areas that the survey revealed women are interested in include mindfulness, relaxation techniques, self-confidence and self-compassion.  . .

...

05:07

Poetry News Kpiti Independent

Time again for poetry talk., says Gill Ward, of Raumati South. Our next guest poet at High Tide Caf is on []

05:00

Sunday soapbox Homepaddock

Saturdays soapbox is yours to use as you will within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. Youre welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse, but not abuse.

A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes allot he difference  A.A. Milne (via Eyeore).

03:17

Media watch Sunday Your NZ

16 September 2018 Media Watch is a focus on New Zealand media, blogs and social media. You can post any items of interested related to media. A primary aim here is to hold media to account in the political arena. A credible and questioning media is an essential part of a healthy democracy. A general []

03:16

General chat Your NZ

Is there any way we could have a thread for the more lightweight stuff like music and general chat? Do it here. Please no personal attacks or bickering. Anything abusive, provocative or inflammatory may be deleted.

03:10

Open Forum Sunday Your NZ

16 September 2018 This post is open to anyone to comment on any topic that isnt spam, illegal or offensive. All Your NZ posts are open but this one is for you to raise topics that interest you.  If providing opinions on or summaries of other information also provide a link to that information. Bloggers []

01:25

There Is Soft Kill, Hard Kill and Then There Is Spermageddon-Why There Is a War On Heterosexuality "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Thanks to Ted Turner for making it clear what the globalists truly desire. Ninety percent depopulation of the population is the goal. There are hard kill methods eg war) and there are soft kill methods (eg Chromium 6 in the water) and there is spermageddon!!!

 

Sperm counts are way down. This is a striking finding that has profound implications for humanity.

For this reason and many other reasons, some questioning if this is the last generation of humans that will inhabit the planet.

What the Data Tells Us

Research on men in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand found that there respective sperm counts are plunging, according to several recent studies.

Among the subjects from these recent studies there has been a collective average of over a 50% decline in sperm concentration and a 60% decline in total sperm count over a nearly 40-year period ending in 2015.

One study published in the Journal of Human Reproduction, found that the trend was peaking. This is very startling and suggests that we have not seen anything close to the apex.

Extraneous Factors

The globalists have tried to censor the Carlson study which was a meta-analysis of 61 studies that found the same emerging trend as far back as 1992. The most striking variable about the sperm studies is that even the quality, not just the quantity of the sperm is being impacted.

The attack on human reproductivity is not confined to the quality and quantity of sperm counts. Humanity is also attack from a social and cultural perspective as well. Kindergartens in Sweden are not allowed to use the pronouns of he and she. Boys can and will marry boys. The same is true for girls. Boys are often taught to wear dresses. And it is not just Sweden. In Canada if one addresses another, even innocently, by a gender pronoun not preferred by the person being spoken to, the offender can be sent to jail. In America, gay marriage (ie one that does not produce offspring) is legal. There are emerging arguments to wrong-headed academia types are embracing the concepts of 97 genders. These same people engage in scathing rebukes of anything resembling masculinity. Homosexuality is glorified in th...

Saturday, 15 September

23:05

US tracking foreign ships delivering fuel to North Korea "IndyWatch Feed World"

A US Navy ship will reportedly host military personnel from the Five Eyes countries plus Japan and South Korea to monitor foreign vessels delivering fuel to the North in violation of UN sanctions.
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The coalition will include the US, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada Americas partners within the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing alliance as well as Japan and South Korea, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing an American military official. This is apparently the first US-led effort to track fuel deliveries to North Korea.

FILE PHOTO: North Korean railway workers next to a train Kyodo

 

The coalition countries will contribute warships and military surveillance aircraft to track maritime traffic in the area. USS Blue Ridge, the command ship of US Navys 7th Fleet stationed in Yokosuka, Japan, will host over 50 multinational personnel.
Additionally, a so-called Enforcement Coordination Center has been created on the Blue Ridge to man monitoring operations. The WSJ says this will ensure more bridge-to-bridge communications between allied ships and other vessels.

However, the move is not free of setbacks, WSJ notes. Japan and South Korea are reluctant to share intelligence with each other, while Seoul has its own disagreements with Washington. Also, the US Indo-Pacific Command, the body in charge of the coalition effort, has little experience in running multinational operations.

The story has emerged as the US tries to tighten its grip on North Korea despite both countries having sought to mend ties after the milestone Trump-Kim summit in Singapore last July. Earlier this week, Washington called an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council in response to what it claims are efforts by some countries to undermine and obstruct sanctions imposed on North Korea.

Altho...

21:31

US sets up coalition to track foreign ships delivering fuel to North Korea "IndyWatch Feed World"

A US Navy ship will reportedly host military personnel from the Five Eyes countries plus Japan and South Korea to monitor foreign vessels delivering fuel to the North in violation of UN sanctions. The coalition will include the US, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada - America's partners within the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing alliance - as well as Japan and South Korea, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing an American military official. This is apparently the first US-led effort to track fuel deliveries to North Korea. The coalition countries will contribute warships and military surveillance aircraft to track maritime traffic in the area. USS 'Blue Ridge,' the command ship of US Navy's 7th Fleet stationed in Yokosuka, Japan, will host over 50 multinational personnel. Additionally, a so-called Enforcement Coordination Center has been created on the 'Blue Ridge' to man monitoring operations. The WSJ says this will ensure more "bridge-to-bridge" communications between allied ships and other vessels.

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