Panama Covid-19 update – another 185 new cases reported today, and 6 new fatalities. Active cases are down to 3,573, with 55 in ICU and 226 in other wards.
Back in the office at home but (as you might be able to tell) still having “technical” problems, i.e. my favourite PC remains u/s and goes to some Chinese wizards tomorrow in the hope of a fix. Mind you, though not having to use the laptop now (I am not a laptop person), using a new or different computer, and trying to get everything working like before, is always a pain.
26 September 2021
MUMBAI-BASED SHIPPING COMPANIES BEING INVESTIGATED OVER KARACHI BOUND CHINESE VESSEL
On 25 September, the Economic Standard reported that the investigation involves a Chinese vessel that allegedly carried equipment for making rocket motors for missiles, a cylindrical shell Autoclave. The Da Cui Yun was stopped in February 2020 after the dual use material was found during inspection.
THE HISTORY OF PLUTONIUM’S JOURNEY FROM ASSET TO WASTE
On 7 September, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists published an article which comprises a comprehensive review of a new book, described as an impressive study of technological struggle and ultimate failure, and of plutonium’s journey from regard as a vital energy asset to an eternally troublesome waste. At the end it points out that, even if all civil reprocessing ceased tomorrow, the experiment would have bequeathed the onerous task of guarding and disposing of over 300 tons of plutonium waste, and considerably more when US and Russia’s military excess is added in. Lacking ready solutions, most plutonium waste will probably remain in store above ground for decades to come, risking neglect. How to render this dangerous waste eternally safe and secure is now the question.
LONDON: KARATE TEACHER JAILED FOR SELLING COUNTERFEIT GOODS WORTH MORE THAN £500,000
On 21 September, the Evening Standard reported that a karate teacher, Stephen Anthony Clarke Gostling, 56, has been jailed for 4 years after selling fake DVD and counterfeit foot care products. The court heard Gostling had used 22 eBay accounts, 28 PayPal accounts, and 31 bank accounts, which he set up using around 30 different names to run his business from home.
INFORMATION WARFARE – WHY AREN’T PEOPLE TAKING IT MORE SERIOUSLY?
An article from Coda on 24 September consists of an interview with the author of a new book – “Information at War: Journalism, Disinformation, and Modern Warfare”. He charts the role of information in conflicts, including WW2, Vietnam, and the war in Syria amid a rapidly shifting media ecosystem. The discussion involves how digital tools have influenced the landscape of war and how the public could take the issue more seriously.
ALGERIA POSTPONES GRAFT TRIAL OF FORMER PRESIDENT’S BROTHER
On 26 September, The Nation reported that a court had postponed the corruption trial of the younger brother of ousted President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who died this month. Said Bouteflika, 63, was detained in May 2019, a month after his brother quit office following mass protests. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison for “plotting” against the army and the state, but a retrial in January cleared him of those charges – however, he remains in custody on corrution charges.
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