The 2016 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine goes to Yoshinori Ohsumi for discoveries about autophagy – how the body breaks down and recycles cellular components.

Ohsumi’s work is important because it helps explain what goes wrong in a range of diseases, from cancer to Parkinson’s.

Posted by Errol, filed under Uncategorized. Date: October 3, 2016, 2:53 am | No Comments »

The Korea Customs Service has seized 40.4 kilograms of methamphetamine in the first 6 months of 2014.

The amount of methamphetamine smuggled within the past six months has already surpassed the total for all of 2013.

The number of drug-smuggling cases uncovered by the Korea Customs Service has risen from 150 in 2009 to 232 in 2012.

Park Eun-jee, Korea Joongang Daily, 16 July 2014

Posted by Errol, filed under Uncategorized. Date: July 17, 2014, 1:57 am | No Comments »

Cops raid Mactan KTV bar; 8 girls, 35 women rescued

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7:41 am | Friday, January 20th, 2012
Police rescued 35 women and eight girls working in a KTV bar in Lapu-Lapu City last Wednesday.

Three suspected pimps, a cashier and a Korean manager were arrested after law enforcers barged into White Castle KTV past 10 a.m.

Charges for violating Republic Act 9208 or the Anti- trafficking in Persons Act of 2003 will be filed against them today.

An undercover policeman was used to act as a client.

Some foreign customers were waiting in the three-story building when police raiders arrived at White Castle KTV bar, which is about 200 meters from the Mactan Cebu International Airport.

Since some of the victims are minors, the offense falls under “qualified trafficking” which is nonbailable if evidence against them is strong.

The special law’s confidentiality provisions prohibit the identification of both the victims and the accused in the media.

Police agents were accompanied by representatives of the Department of Justice, the Regional Intelligence Division of the Police Regional Office in Central Visayas and the Regional Anti-Human Task Force.

The females were turned over to the custody of the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Central Visayas (DSWD-7).

The minors were aged 16 to 18 while the women are in their early 20s.

Their age was determined through their dental features but the DSWD-7 still has to check their birth certificates.

The International Justice Mission (IJM) is helping law enforcers prepare the complaint against the suspects.

The arrested persons declined to give a statement to Cebu Daily News and are detained for now in the Waterfront Police Station in Cebu City.

Senior Insp. Maria Theresa Macatangay said the RID received reports that White Castle KTV housed victims of human trafficking.

Police surveillance operations began November last year.

She said the sexual services of the females were offered to customers for P4,000 to P5,000.

The special law prohibits the “recruitment, transportation, transfer or harboring, or receipt of persons with or without the victim’s consent or knowledge… for the purpose of exploitation, prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation….”

The victims came from various parts of the country, including Cebu, Manila, Davao and Subic.

“They were just passive,” Macatangay said when asked about how the girls responded in the raid.

Shalaine Marie Sun-Lucero, chief of the operations division of DSWD-7, said the victims refused to be interviewed by the media.

“We let them pour out their emotions. They were angry that they were rescued. That’s normal. They are properly secued by DSWD,” Lucero told CDN.

When asked about their work inside the KTV bar, the victims, who were dressed in skimpy clothes, they just told social workers. “Naa ra mi diri (We’re just here).”

“I won’t dwell on their clothing. What is important is they were rescued,” Lucero said.

She said the adult females will be eventually released while the DSWD evaluates the minors

“We have to make an assessment. We will take into consideration the ability of parents to take care of the child,” she said.

The government has to make sure that the victims won’t go back to work in bars, she said.

IJM Cebu field office director Andrey Sawchenko hailed the first operation against human trafficking for this year.

“The cooperative action by the PNP, DOJ, and DSWD, sends a strong message that the trafficking of women and children for sexual exploitation will not be tolerated in 2012,” he said.

Four prosecutors were present during the operation-Regional State Prosecutor Fernando Gubalane and Cebu City Assistant Prosecutors Liceria Rabillas, Maria Luisa Ratilla, and Simaco Labata.

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Our comment:  I went past this place last Wednesday on the way from the airport. It is high and wide, set back from the road like an old townhall and yes, it is painted white. Mactan Island is a major resort for Koreans wanting to learn English with an American accent, and also for young families who seem to be well contained in secure resorts like the Imperial Hotel. Koreans operate many businesses on this island. However the operators of the castle seem not to have been well briefed on a couple of important aspects of Filipino culture:

1. Although the traditional Filipino idea of “underage” differs from that of western funded charities, there are limits that they do respect, particularly in public; and

2. Every successful business must be prepared to share its proceeds with the local officials. That is the Filipino way. Failure to comply will lead to harassment by means legal, as in this case, or illegal with official impunity (as in the unrelated case of the murder of Jun Arrogante in Daanbantayan http://sites.google.com/site/balitabantay/).

Other Korean businesses do comply and can achieve all sorts of magic in the Philippines. For example last Monday we were on Luzon driving back from Pagsanjan in the usual slow (about 45 kph) traffic when we were passed by two motorcycle policemen dressed in black waving the oncoming traffic to the side, then followed two tour coaches driving at about 80 kph taking the a whole lane on the wrong side. Naturally we fell in behind for while. Both coaches were from Anju tours. Money talks here.

Posted by Dokdodevil, filed under Uncategorized. Date: February 2, 2012, 6:17 pm | No Comments »

Gerry Bevers got a mention on channel sakura in relation to his work on the Liancourt Rocks issue. Awesome.

Posted by Matt, filed under Uncategorized. Date: September 2, 2009, 11:50 pm | 2 Comments »

This is a pretty interesting documentary about robots. Actually it’s subject matter is fairly eclectic – demographics, immigration, host bars, and of course robots.

One part that was a bit annoying was when they gave a zainichi Korean woman a forum to say that she was being being discriminated against because even though she was a taxpayer like Japanese people, she is not allowed to vote (because she is not a citizen, of course, but she is conflating paying taxes with citizenship). She also said that zainichi Koreans have “no rights at all”. This is total bunk and they left it unchallenged. They also said that zainichi Koreans need to adopt Japanese names to get the same civil rights as Japanese people, which is ridiculous. I don’t know why zainichi Koreans say things to overseas media that they know is easily debunked in Japan (probably because the foreign media is so credulous to claims of Japanese racial discrimination). Anyway, her telling bullshit stories like that is not going to help her with what the narrator calls the “fierce discrimination that makes everyday living a challenge”. I guess this is par for the course when it comes to zainichi Korean issues. After all, most non-Japanese are under the false impression that most zainichi Koreans do not get Japanese citizenship because of Japanese discrimination. The reality is that there is such little institutional discrimination against zainichi Koreans that there is very little incentive for them to take on Japanese citizenship. Many zainichi Koreans have an ethnocentric attachment to their Korean (north or south) citizenship, and refuse to give it up.

If you are not in the US and cannot view the video, follow my instructions here and you will be able to do so.

Posted by Matt, filed under Uncategorized. Date: August 26, 2009, 2:20 pm | No Comments »

There is a troll about purporting to be me posting on blogs and sending emails to bloggers, claiming to be me. BE CAREFUL – This individual is trying to stir up trouble between the various bloggers.

If you think I have sent you an email, or wrote a comment on your blog, confirm with me on [email protected]

If the mail or comment in any way is strange or attacks another blogger, especially Michael the Metropolitician, Kushibo AKA Jonathan, or Robert from the Marmots hole, you know it is not me.

I reported it to the cyber-crime division of the NSW police, so we will see what they can do. In the meantime they have advised me not to make any mentions of the stalker on this blog. Someone has a lot of time on their hands and no life.

Posted by Matt, filed under Uncategorized. Date: October 13, 2008, 11:32 am | No Comments »

A group of Korean ex-servicemen are in Tsushima right now protesting against Japan and demanding that Japan recognise Dokdo as Korean territory, and also to withdraw from Tsushima.

According to the article, at 10:20 am the group of 21 Koreans started protesting in front of the Tsushima town hall, with a banner saying “Dokdo is Korean territory, Taema is also Korean territory” (Taema is the Korean name for Tsushima – the natives call it Tsushima). Some of the protesters bit their fingers to the extent that they were able to pour enough blood on a Korean flag to write “Takeshima is our land” in Hangul.

There were some Japanese counter protesters there with a Japanese flag, and in objecting to the Korean protest some yelled “Koreans are mistaken”, “Tsushima is Japanese territory”, and “Go home!”.

A local worker watching the events commented that he could not understand why the Koreans were protesting in Tsushima, and if they want to object they should go to the national parliament. The mayor said that “It is impossible that Tsushima could be Korean territory. I want them to “withdraw” their incorrect historical awareness. Takeshima is a national problem, and we can’t deal with it in this city. I hope for the development of a future oriented and friendly Japan-Korean interchange”.

If and when there are photos of this, I will post them. Protesting about Takeshima is one thing, but fancy insisting to Japanese locals that their land belongs to Korea. Quite a nerve.

Update: Here are some pictures from here and here.

tsushima protest

tsushima protest

Posted by Matt, filed under diplomacy, finger chopping wacky, Uncategorized. Date: July 22, 2008, 10:35 pm | 18 Comments »

I do not know what it looks like in other countries, but the layout of Occidentalism here in Korea is all screwed up, at least on my computers. Also, the Korean language in my old posts is all garbled. What has happened to Occidentalism during the past month or so? Has this been discussed, yet? And can it be fixed?

Posted by Gerry-Bevers, filed under Uncategorized. Date: May 16, 2008, 11:27 pm | No Comments »

The following is my translation of a MBC News report entitled: “East-Sea-Dokdo Goes to Space

Anchor: A native Korean bacteria discovered at Dokdo has gone to space with Lee So-yeon. It is said that Lee So-yeon’s experiment on this Dokdo bateria is her most important, secret mission.

Yun Hyo-jong reports.

Reporter: Lee So-yeon is spending most of her time at the International Space Station conducting a variety of experiments. Among them is the cultivation of “Donghae-Dokdo,” which is a bacteria native to Korea. 

The experiment has symbolic meaning since Korea’s first astronaut is conducting the first experiment in space of a bacteria first discovered on Dokdo. However, Japan has claimed that the experiment was clearly politically motivated and demanded that it be ceased, which is why the experiment was conducted in secret.

Because of this problem, the government is not releasing information, as originally planned, on a kimchi lactic acid bateria experiment, which is another key mission.

Ms. Lee is scheduled to continue the “Donghae-Dokdo” experiment until she returns to earth in nine days.

This afternoon, Ms. Lee So-yeon will continue to conduct experiments using a “space scale,” developed with our technology, and experiments on fruit flies, and the measurement of pressure on the eyeball.

Also,  tomorrow at 4:30 a.m. (our time), Ms. Lee will greet “Astronaut Day” by feasting with the other astronauts on kimchi, soybean soup, and other Korean space foods.

MBC News, Yun Hyo-jeong

According to THIS Korean article, the Korean Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has come out and said that Korea and Japan have not had any disagreement on the experiments on the bacteria discovered on Dokdo, and that there is no truth whatsoever to media reports that Japan has demanded that Korea end the experiment because “it is clearly politically motivated.”

Posted by Gerry-Bevers, filed under finger chopping wacky, Uncategorized. Date: April 13, 2008, 6:51 am | 6 Comments »

Link to a picture of a guy who, if real, can do an amazing facial contortion

LINK

Posted by Gerry-Bevers, filed under Funny, Uncategorized. Date: April 12, 2008, 8:30 am | 4 Comments »

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