The Ministry of Health (Minsa) reports 7 new infections of monkeypox have been detected and the accumulated figure since the first case was confirmed in July 2022 is now 167.
Just when it seemed the talks between the Panamanian Government and the copper mining company were getting somewhere, we hear the talks have been suspended.
Had a day out today at the Summit Gardens, a lovely place along the Canal, full of flora and fauna, and peaceful (even with the children still on their school holidays for a few days). It used to be the site of the Canal Zone Experimental Gardens during the US occupation, and was used to try out and develop new plants that could be used in the Zone. The day before I had read an interesting story that, in 1931, when cannabis use in the US Army was still not officially banned, the Gardens were used to grow some of the narcotic to use in an official test. 34 soldiers (presumably volunteers) were given the drug, and then had it withdrawn – to see what the results of either were. They were retained in hospital for the duration. The eventual report in 1932 included the recommendations that –
· the then present military regulations prohibiting the introduction, sale, possession, or use of marijuana on military reservations should continue in force, as they were believed to restrict the use of marijuana among soldiers; and
· with the evidence obtained and considered by the committee no recommendations for further legislative action to prevent the sale or use of marijuana in the Canal Zone, Panama, are deemed advisable under existing conditions.
At the time, small quantities of the narcotic was being grown in the Canal Zone, and consumed as an infusion or smoked. This was how the local garrison were getting their supplies.
On 1 March, as part of its new “Deforestation Inc” project, the ICIJ reported that major environmental auditing firms ignore or fail to recognise glaring environmental damage caused by loggers and other clients whose practices they certify as sustainable, undercutting an elaborate global system meant to fight forest destruction and climate change. The new investigation is said to show how companies use the results of flawed audits to advertise products and operations as compliant with environmental standards, labour laws and human rights, misinforming shareholders as well as customers. ICIJ found that many companies declared as sustainable forestry operations that fell well short of their own claims or voluntary standards. For instance, a Brazilian wood products company operating in the Amazon claimed that it was “certified with flying colours” despite having been fined 37 times since 1998 for stockpiling and transporting wood without legal documentation, among other violations.
On 1 March, KPMG reported that OFAC had announced that an India-registered tobacco company, Godfrey Phillips India Limited, has agreed to pay $332,500 to settle its potential civil liability for 5 apparent violations of the North Korea sanctions regulations in 2017.
On 1 March, OFAC announced that it had sanctioned 3 entities and 2 individuals illicitly generating revenue in support of the government of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). Chilsong Trading Corporation and Korea Paekho Trading Corporation are agencies, instrumentalities, or controlled entities of the Government of North Korea or the Workers’ Party of Korea. Chilsong is subordinate to the Government of North Korea, which uses trading companies like Chilsong to earn foreign currency, collect intelligence, and provide cover status for intelligence operatives. Paekho has generated funds for the DPRK government since the 1980s by conducting art and construction projects on behalf of regimes throughout the Middle East and Africa. Hwang Kil Su and Pak Hwa Song established Congo Aconde SARL in the DRC to earn revenue from construction and statue-building projects with local governments. The EU has previously designated Chilsong, Paekho, Pak, and Hwang for engaging in sanctions evasion and being responsible for supporting the DPRK’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
An Occasional Paper from RUSI on 1 March explores the impacts of climate change on IUU fishing over the next 10 years and beyond. Comprising everything from small-scale, near-shore activity to industrial-scale, long-distance operations, the current IUU fishing threat has the potential to evolve significantly in a warming world.
On 1 March, a news release from the Isle of Man advised that, on 1 March, the Export Control Joint Unit (ECJU) advises of 6 updates to various open general licences taking into account changes to the EU military list.