Daily Archives: July 6, 2018

Global Talents in Port and Shipping Industry Invited to 2018 China ...

SHENZHEN, China, July 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — On July 5th 2018, the third China Merchants C Blue Training Program held its closing ceremony at China Merchants Port Plaza in Shenzhen. 25 participants from 13 countries across 4 continents along the Belt and Road graduated from the program.

C Blue, a journey to cultural exchanges, mutual understanding, friendship and hope

Deputy Secretary General of China Merchants Charitable Foundation (“CMCF”), Ms. Huang Yi; Chairman of Sri Lanka Port Authority, Dr. Parakrama Dissanayake; Associate Dean of Shanghai Advanced Institute of International Shipping of Shanghai Maritime University (“SMU”), Mr. Yu Siqin; and Deputy General Manager of China Merchants Port Holdings Company Ltd. (“CMPort”), Mr. Yan Gang, attended the ceremony.

Ms. Huang extended her congratulations to all the trainees. She believes that C Blue has become a greater success with the joint efforts of all parties. Over a hundred years ago, China Merchants funded children from the Qing Dynasty to go to the U.S.to seek rejuvenation for China. Today, it invites the talents from various countries in the world via C Blue to share China’s development experience and achievements.

Dr. Dissanayake regarded C Blue as a significant innovation where young people can nurture the friendships and mutual trust which pave the way for cooperation. He also appreciated the visions of C Blue that the trainees would contribute to the development of the Belt and Road in the future through a deeper understanding of China’s culture and development experience.

Mr. Yu stated that SMU would fully utilize its faculty and regional advantages to promote C Blue. He believed the project is an important method of connecting different countries’ dreams of socio-economic development.

C Blue Trainees celebrating the graduation in the summer of 2018

On behalf of C Blue trainees, Mr. Kaan Anul from Turkey expressed his heartfelt gratitude to all and shared his understanding of the meaning of C Blue: “C” as the initial of “Culture Exchange”, “Communicate Internationally” and “Collaboration” conveys the values of the above words.

Mr. Yan said that C Blue has been successfully held three times and has become a business card of CMPort. It has built a platform for talent from various countries and is a vivid portrayal of CMPort who dares to undertake historical missions and actively reacts to the “Belt and Road” Initiative.

China Merchants C Blue Training Program Summer 2018, launched in Shanghai on June 12, is funded by the CMCF, co-organized by CMPort and Shanghai Maritime University. Since 2016, it has provided a series of high-end port and shipping training courses for young talent in the global port industry. Trainees are able not only to learn theories of ports, shipping, and free trade zones, but also visit Chinese top companies in these industries, such as Shanghai Yangshan Port, Zhenhua Port Machinery Company, China Merchants Zhangzhou Economic and Technological Development Zone, Shekou Container Terminal, and China Merchants Bonded Logistics.

Global Talents in Port and Shipping Industry Invited to 2018 China Merchants C Blue Training Program’s Summer Edition

The success of the C Blue has made the concept of the Belt and Road better known. From the gradual transition of capital exchanges to management and cultural exchanges, it better explains the mission of the CMPort “We Connect the World.” It is believed that the trainees will apply their experience to the development of the port industry at home and jointly achieve economic and social prosperity of the Belt and Road.

The next edition of C Blue is scheduled to be held in October 2018.

For more information, please contact:

Vincent An
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vincentan@cmhk.com

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Stock thieves caught at Umlazi

It is alleged that on 05 July 2018 at 05:30, SAPS members were patrolling around Glebelands area when they noticed a white Mazda 323 with three suspicious looking men. The vehicle was driving past Glebelands, along Prince Mcwayizeni Road, at a slow pace. The vehicle looked as if it was carrying an unusual heavy load, as the back of the vehicle almost touched the ground. This appeared suspicious to the police officers, as there was only one passenger seated at the back of the vehicle.

The members decided to pull the vehicle over and question the men. Upon inspection the vehicle, they noticed the back passenger was seated on top of a slaughtered cow. The cow had been hacked into pieces with its head, legs and body across the back seat and its intestines hanging out. Upon questioning the men, it was established that they had stolen and slaughtered the cow the previous night in Ixopo. The three men aged 31 and 39 years old were immediately arrested for stock theft and possession of stolen property. The suspects will appear in the Umlazi Magistrates’ Court next week.

Source: South African Police Service

Land expropriation task team to meet traditional leadership

Cabinet’s recently appointed Ministerial Task Team is meeting with the leadership of the National House of Traditional Leaders (NHTL) and leaders of provincial houses this morning.

The ministerial task team appointed by Cabinet to engage traditional leaders on the land issue will meet with the leadership of the NHTL and leaders of provincial houses, said the Ministry of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

On Thursday, Cabinet announced the appointment of a team of Ministers to engage with traditional leaders on their concerns on land expropriation.

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, is the convener of the ministerial team and is supported by Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana, Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane.

At today’s meeting that will take place at the COGTA offices in Pretoria, the team of Ministers is set to engage with the NHTL delegation led by its chairperson, Ikosi Sipho Mahlangu, accompanied by the executive committee and the chairpersons of the provincial houses of traditional leaders.

The Ministers are scheduled to host a media briefing at 11am.

The establishment of the ministerial team is in response to the various concerns raised at the start of Parliament’s public participation process to review Section 25 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa of 1996.

The review of Section 25 will allow for the expropriation of land without compensation.

Parliament set up the Constitutional Review Committee to conduct public hearings countrywide after passing a motion on the expropriation of land without compensation.

The public hearings on land expropriation kicked off on 26 June in the Namakwa District in the Northern Cape. The hearings will take place in all nine provinces until August 2018.

The last public hearings will be on 4 August in the Western Cape.

Source: South African Government News Agency

18 July declared National Day of Service

The South African Government has declared 18 July 2018 a National Day of Service, Chairperson of the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on the Centenary Celebrations of Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu and Energy Minister, Jeff Radebe, announced on Friday.

Radebe made the announcement during a media briefing to provide progress on the implementation of the Comprehensive National Programme for the Centenary Celebrations of Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu.

Mandela, who died on 5 December 2013, at the age of 95, would have turned 100 years on 18 July had he lived.

Radebe said this year’s 18th of July will not be observed as a normal International Mandela Day, where citizens’ across the globe donate 67 minutes of their time performing only acts of good deeds to those in need, but will be used as an opportunity to remember the time in which transformation gained traction in the beloved country and celebrate the man who made a meaningful contribution.

He emphasised that South Africans ought to tap into Madiba’s values and aspirations for the type of a South Africa he would have wanted to see and ask ourselves, what we are doing on a daily to basis to be and live his legacy.

Guided by the spirit of Thuma Mina, the South African Government will not be hosting an official event to celebrate Madiba’s centenary birthdate, but have declared the 18 July 2018 a National Day of Service. On 18 July 2018, the national day of service, we encourage all South Africans to go out in their numbers like never before and make this day extra special.

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Remembering Tata

All South Africans are welcomed to lay flowers and candles at any Nelson Mandela Statue, structure, school or street which bear the Father of our Nations name as a way of remembering our beloved father of the nation, Radebe said.

The Minister further called on all society on the day of service to pause their activities at 12pm and observe a moment of silence, unity and mediation remembering what Nelson Mandela meant to me.

At this moment if our citizens would join hands in a human chain for this symbolic act of unity it would be a fitting tribute to the man who took our country, this continent and indeed the world in his hands but has left us the mission of being the legacy he left, Radebe said.

For his contribution to the National Day of Service, President Cyril Ramaphosa will visit Mveso in the Eastern Cape. This will form part of the humanitarian activities for the day.

Countdown to Mandela Day

Today marks 12 days to the International Nelson Mandela Day on 18 July 2018. Various activities are set as a build up to the day.

The planned activities include the Global Citizen Festival Launch, the National Imbizo Focus Week and Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund Youth Summit.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation will on 17 July 2018 hosts the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture at the Wanderers Stadium in Illovo, Johannesburg. The lecture will be delivered by former US President Barack Obama.

#100MenMarch

Meanwhile, in the spirit of #ThumaMina, government and various social partners will on 10 July host a national #100MenMarch in honour of the centenary of Madiba and MamaSisulu.

Both these stalwarts committed their lives to the fight for human rights particularly the rights of women and children.

A Special Orchid named after Albertina Sisulu will also be unveiled on 10 July by the Departments of Environmental Affairs and Tourism at the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden, Roodepoort in Johannesburg.

As the country continues with the centenary celebrations of both icons, government has dedicated this year’s women’s month to deepen centenary celebrations of MamaSisulu as a selfless and courageous leader who will be celebrated for her contribution to the cause of democracy and the fight for women’s empowerment and gender equality.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Expert: Press North Korea to Reveal All Secret Nuclear Sites

Washington must press Pyongyang to reveal the existence of secret nuclear sites, including the second uranium enrichment facility known as Kangsong, in any nuclear disarmament deal, said a former United Nations nuclear inspector.

The United States must make sure [North Korean officials] include these additional sites upfront into the deal, said David Albright, a former United Nations nuclear inspector and current nuclear proliferation analyst at the Institute for Science and International Security.

Increased nuclear activities

Albright made his comments as another expert said North Korea’s increased nuclear activities since the summit in June have raised concerns whether it has violated the agreement made with the U.S. to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.

Before U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo headed to Pyongyang on Thursday to discuss denuclearization details, reports of North Korea’s secret nuclear sites and upgrades to the Yongbyon nuclear site surfaced. The reports fueled speculation about the real intentions of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un regarding denuclearization, despite what was said to U.S. President Donald Trump during last month’s summit in Singapore.

NBC and The Washington Post reported last week that U.S. officials believe, based on the latest intelligence assessments, that North Korea has been making preparations to deceive Washington about how many weapons it has in its possession and that the Kim regime has been increasing its production of enriched uranium for nuclear weapons at several secret sites since the summit.

These reports came at the heels of another report by 38north.org, indicating last week that Pyongyang was continuing to make improvements to the infrastructure at North Korea’s Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center at a rapid pace based on satellite images taken from June 21.

Secret underground facility

Aside from the Yongbyon facility, which is the only nuclear site the North acknowledges, Pyongyang also operated Kangsong, a secret underground facility that is believed to have the capability to enrich twice the amount of uranium than Yongbyon.

According to Albright, who first mentioned Kangsong in May, the U.S. has known about the site since the Obama administration but remained mum.

We agreed at that time it would have severely complicated the negotiations because the Obama administration had decided that they only wanted to freeze activities at Yongbyon, and they would deal with sites outside Yongbyon later, Albright said. So, if we published information about a secret site, that would become a part of negotiations and disrupt things. So, we agreed not to release it.

Albright said the site needs to be acknowledged now by both sides so that Pompeo’s talks with Pyongyang include discussion of dismantling all of its facilities that have the capacity to produce nuclear weapons.

In this case, I feel that it’s important to get this information out to impress upon negotiators that this agreement has to be different. It has to get at North Korea’s ability to make nuclear weapons, said Albright adding, I think Trump people are intending to do that, but you never know.

Summit agreement

North Korea’s alleged increased nuclear activities since the summit raised concern about whether it has violated the agreement made with the U.S. to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.

I don’t think they have any agreement that would make it a violation at this point, said Christopher Hill, a chief U.S. negotiator with North Korea during the George W. Bush administration.

Hill continued, All they have is a one-page summary from Singapore Secretary Pompeo is going there. And let’s see what he comes back with.

Hill said information about North Korea’s secret sites and continued nuclear activities seemed to have been leaked before Pompeo’s trip to Pyongyang in order to put pressure on him to negotiate a more substantial deal during this visit.

Critics of the Singapore summit have been arguing the joint statement issued by Trump and Kim at the summit failed to include any detailed agreement on denuclearization.

Give Pompeo a chance

Pompeo is expected to meet with North Korean officials through Saturday in what would be his third trip to North Korea and the first meeting since the summit.

While the concerns about North Korea’s undeclared nuclear sites and increased nuclear activities have raised concerns over its intention to denuclearize, Joseph DeTrani, a former U.S. special envoy for negotiations with North Korea said, Let’s be patient. Let’s see what their nuclear declaration looks like and ensure that they sign a verification protocol that’s robust. And we can go from there.

Robert Gallucci, chief U.S. negotiator during the 1994 North Korean nuclear crisis, thinks the leaked reports about Pyongyang’s nuclear activities could be leverage for Pompeo but said, It’s clear that neither the secretary or, more importantly, the president doesn’t want to go back to a hard line.

Summit agreement

North Korea’s alleged increased nuclear activities since the summit raised concern about whether it has violated the agreement made with the U.S. to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.

I don’t think they have any agreement that would make it a violation at this point, said Christopher Hill, a chief U.S. negotiator with North Korea during the George W. Bush administration.

Hill continued, All they have is a one-page summary from Singapore Secretary Pompeo is going there. And let’s see what he comes back with.

Hill said information about North Korea’s secret sites and continued nuclear activities seemed to have been leaked before Pompeo’s trip to Pyongyang in order to put pressure on him to negotiate a more substantial deal during this visit.

Critics of the Singapore summit have been arguing the joint statement issued by Trump and Kim at the summit failed to include any detailed agreement on denuclearization.

Give Pompeo a chance

Pompeo is expected to meet with North Korean officials through Saturday in what would be his third trip to North Korea and the first meeting since the summit.

While the concerns about North Korea’s undeclared nuclear sites and increased nuclear activities have raised concerns over its intention to denuclearize, Joseph DeTrani, a former U.S. special envoy for negotiations with North Korea said, Let’s be patient. Let’s see what their nuclear declaration looks like and ensure that they sign a verification protocol that’s robust. And we can go from there.

Robert Gallucci, chief U.S. negotiator during the 1994 North Korean nuclear crisis, thinks the leaked reports about Pyongyang’s nuclear activities could be leverage for Pompeo but said, It’s clear that neither the secretary or, more importantly, the president doesn’t want to go back to a hard line.

According to Albright, dismantling nuclear weapons, which he thinks is what Bolton meant, as opposed to the verification of the dismantlement, can be done in a short period of time.

Taking apart nuclear weapons isn’t that hard, said Albright. Countries build them and destroy them all the time like the United States. In South Africa, they were taking apart a weapon every week or two.

However, he said it would take more than a year to dismantle a reactor.

If you take a reactor, will it be dismantled after a year? Of course not, said Albright. It is highly radioactive, but you could destroy it so it couldn’t be used as a reactor again. And same with the reprocessing plant.

Source: Voice of America