UN PEACEKOR Hosts The 1st Global Virtual Forum Amidst Covid-19 Pandemic

On September 16, UN PEACEKOR (Chairman Dug-Ryong Kim) held the global meeting through Zoom and Youtube live for the first time ever in history due to coronavirus pandemic.

This forum was held by foreign compatriots from around the world with different time zones on the actual conditions and prospects of North Korea’s three sufferings (sanctions, corona, flood damage), and where to find clues for the recovery of South-North relations in this difficult situation. We had time to express each other’s opinions using the internet space as a place.

The forum was hosted by Jun-Hyuk Huh, Secretary General of UNPEACEKOR, and led to discussions by Yong-Han Choi, head of the National Security Strategy Research Institute, Jong-Cheol Park, a Research Fellow at the Institute for Unification, Yoo-seok Jeong, a senior research fellow at the Northeast Asia Research Center at Export-Import Bank of Korea, and Dae-jin Jeong, a professor at Ajou University.

The chairman of the organization stated that despite US’ distraction during a presidential election year, and North Korea focusing on its internal structure, there is still tremendous responsibility to bring to awareness, the importance of restarting the peace process on the Korean Peninsula.

The members of the forum focused heavily on the kind of development necessary in North Korea, and talked about the impact of Covid-19 on both the social and economic infrastructure of China and North Korea, but also how this could require heavier interest by South Korea or the US to improve relationship with North Korea, especially in the area of trade.

The forum garnered much interest, as almost 400 people tuned in to watch the forum.

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BTS Hits Billboard 100 with a Dynamite #1

After landing with Billboard #4 with the last single “On,” in March, K-Pop boy band BTS debuted with an all-English single, “Dynamite” at the top of the Billboard’s Hot 100.

BTS is the first K-Pop group to lead the Hot 100. Released on August 21, 2020, showed a result of 33.9 million US stream, 300,000 sold, and drew 11.6 million radio airplay audience impressions the week ending August 30.

BTS’ “Dynamite” made the best digital sales since One Direction’s “Drag Me Down” 5 years ago, and marks BigHit entertainment’s first #1 on the Billboard chart. Consultations to BTS!

Of course, much of BTS’ success comes from BTS’ use of technology (mainly YouTube and V Live) to gain followers, interact with them, and establish themselves as serious brands. Many analysts tout that the globalization of Broadband access has made not only information flow throughout the world, but also allow easier means for fans to gain access to their favorite bands’ music and show clips.

 

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Covid-19’s Real Problem: Organ damage

As US sees 150,000 deaths from COVID-19, some of those who are for quick reopening tout the relatively low death percentage rate as an argument against the severity of COVID-19. However, those who are recovering from COVID-19 show something more sinister from coronavirus infection: organ damage.

Two German studies found that many patients recovering from COVID-19 had heart abnormalities that didn’t exist before. The study included 100 patients from the University of Hospital Frankfurt COVID-19 Registry.

1/3 on the registry recovered at the hospital, while the other 2/3 recovered at home; however, in the 78 of the original 100, there were now heart abnormalities, with 60 of them showing inflammation in the heart muscle from COVID-19.

This abnormality would not be found on the echograms more frequently used to detect heart abnormalities.

Such results are quite damaging; those who have this weakness will likely require more extensive treatments and be at risk for abnormal heart beats and other heart problems.

So yes, maybe COVID-19 only kills around 1 percent of those infected; however, the true harm of COVID-19 isn’t necessarily the fast death, but the lasting impact on the majority of those that recover from the disease; mostly, the weakening of the organs in the rest of the body.

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Pickling: Prepping Greens During Pandemic Winter

(양배추 피클)

오는 겨울은 다른 해의 겨울보다 더 가혹한 겨울이 올 지도 모른다는 생각이 든다. 코로나바이러스 백신이 개발 되고 있다고 하지만 서민들에게 공급될 때까지 그 기간을 우리는 알 수 없기 때문이다. 올 겨울이 오기 전에 미리 준비를 해 두어야 할 것들을 언급해 보자.

1.독감 예방, 폐렴 예방 주사를 미리 맞자.

2. 비상 식량, 쌀, 밀가루, 콩을 비롯한 각종 잡곡을 미리 준비해 두자.

3. 만약을 대비해 항상 비상 준비금을 확보해 두자.

4.생필품을 지금부터 하나씩 사서  넉넉하게 준비해 두자.

5.마스크를 한 사람당 10개씩 만들어서 준비해 두자.

6.평상시에 아스마 ( 천식) 이 있는 사람은 인해일러(호흡보조기구)을 넉넉히 준비해 두자.

7. 가정 상비약 중 (마늘+꿀), 생강조청, 흑마늘과 흑도라지 등을 준비해 두자.

10. 손 세정제를 사서 준비해 두자. 집에서 만들어 보는 것도 하나의 지혜다.

11.소금, 설탕, 이스트, 간장, 된장, 고추장 등도 넉넉하게 준비해 두자.

여기에서 우선 비상용 음식을 열거하지 않은 것 같아 첨언 하자면, 김치를 담아서 김치 냉장고에 담아 놓고 내년 봄 까지 먹을 수 있게 준비해 두는 것도 좋을 듯 하다.

마늘, 오이, 양파, 양배추, 고추, 케일, 브로컬리, 시금치 등을 피클을 만들어 저장해 두는 방법이 있다. 콩은 노란 콩, 검정콩, 완두콩, 녹두콩등 다양하게 구입해서 김치 냉장고에 보관해 놓았다가 때로는 콩나물도 길러서 해 먹고, 또 때로는 두부도 만들어 먹을 수 있다. 물론 콩장은 기본이다.

아무리 세상이 전염병으로 살기 흉흉하다고 할 지라도 미리 준비하고 미리 대비하면, 위험에 노출될 확률이 그만큼 낮아질 수있다고 생각한다.

유비면 무환이라! 항상 미리미리 준비하고 예비하면 환란이 닥친다 하더라고 걱정하지 않고 유연하게 대처할 수 있다고 우리는 그렇게 믿어왔고 또 그렇게 믿고 있다. 누구 말대로, 당근이기 때문이다.

위기를 잘 극복하여 이 기간이 지나면 우리 모두 새 해 2021의 봄, 화안한 봄, 맞이하길 바래본다.

 

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BTS and Its fan club donate $2 Million to BLM

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K-Pop Megastar BTS and its fan group, “One in An ARMY” has raised funds to support the Black Lives Matter movement and donated $2 million.

BTS initially donated $1 million to Black Lives Matter, and its fan club raised the additional $1 million more, matching the group’s donation.

BTS tweeted last week, “We stand against racial discrimination. We condemn violence. You, I and we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together.#BlackLivesMatter” on its tweet account.

The BTS is the first donor to donate to Black Live Matter movement as a foreign figure.

BTS, also known as the Bangtan Boys, is a seven-member South Korean boy band formed in Seoul in 2010 and managed under Big Hit Entertainment. The group is ranked #4 in Billboard’s Top Social Artists of the 2010s, and the highest group on the list.

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Coronavirus Fears Lead US to Telework

As universities and government agencies employ telework policies in fear of coronavirus, Alphabet, Google’s parent company has recommended its North American employees to work from home through April 10.

Although governments and schools have implemented telework or online course policies regionally or within its city boundaries, Google is asking everyone in the entire continent to follow this system.

As COVID-19 spread throughout Washington state, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and Facebook had encouraged its employees to work from home.

Google has also cancelled its annual developer conference Google I/O, due to COVID-19 worries. Furthermore, Google will establish COVID-19 fund which will enable temporary staff and vendors globally to take paid sick leave if they have potential COVID-19 symptoms or cannot work due to quarantine.

The US executive branch plans to meet with representatives from tech companies to discuss COVID-19 response efforts, where they will meet remotely.

Unwittingly, it seems that a virus may trigger a permanent shift in business and administration in the American workforce.

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A Cup of Poem~~달팽이/송현채

달팽이/은강 송현채

나만 걷는다
모든 것은 제자리에 있고
더듬더듬 기어오른다

힘겨운 삶을 메고
시간 속으로
느릿느릿 빨려 들어가고 있다

미끌미끌
알몸으로 더듬더듬
이어지는 길

따가운 햇살에
심장이 따뜻해지고
코끝으로 다가오는
싱그러움 읽어 내리며

가는 세월을 벗 삼아
나는 죽음의 날
모르기에 살아간다

나는 언제나 혼자다
조바심이 나는 삶
한 몸 뉘일 집 짊어지고 간다

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Sun’s surface is like Rice Cake: Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope produces Photo of the Sun

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The National Science Foundation’s 4-meter, preeminent solar telescope on the summit of Haleakala, Maui in Hawai’i captured the clearest image of the Sun’s surface to date, which showed a pattern of turbulent “boiling” plasma, covering the entire star.  Each cell-like structures’ sizes are comparable to the State of Texas.

These cells represent signature of violent motions which allow transportation of heat from the inside of the Sun to its surface, before collapsing back below the surface once cooled by the vacuum of space, in a process called convection.

National Science Foundation’s Inouye Solar Telescope will also be used to map the magnetic fields within the Sun’s corona, and will be used to help predict and understand the Sun’s effect on space weather and Earth.

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The coronavirus outbreak that started in Wuhan, China in US?

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Originating from Wuhan City in China, the coronavirus infected more than 400 people and caused at least 17 people to die. With one confirmed case of infection reported in Washington State, it is unclear whether another infection has taken hold in New Jersey. However, the hospital officials are taking all precautions in attempting to verify the diagnosis.

The coronavirus can cause fever, cough, shortness of breath and can develop into pneumonia. While China has quarantined Wuhan to prevent the spread of the virus, people who traveled to Wuhan recently could have been exposed to the virus.

It seems however, the general concern is that the risk to the public health is still low.

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Japan’s Nuclear Levels Still Too High for Safe Olympics

The Japanese national safety standard for allowable radioactivity is 0.23 microsieverts per hour. For a good example, Tokyo averages at about 0.04 microsieverts per hour.

Greenpeace urged Japan to abandon Olympic activities including the Olympic torch relay in Fukushima, the site of extensive radioactive damage from the 2011 tsunami. Based on reading as high as 1.7 microsieverts per hour measured at one meter above the surface, and a reading of 71 microsieverts per hour at the surface level.

In response, Japan argued that it read 0.111 microsieverts per hour at the main entrance one day, and one of the fields showed a rating of 0.085 microsieverts per hour.

Given that Japan has been very inconsistent in acting upon its nuclear waste policy, it is unclear whether the data from Japan can be trusted. It is also questionable as to whether Greenpeace’s data can be trusted, given the organization’s reputation.

It would be advisable for a neutral third-party such as the UN or the International Atomic Energy Agency to step in and provide a non-partisan data, as an average person safely absorbs about 3.65 microsieverts a year.

It would be advisable for a neutral third-party such as the UN or the International Atomic Energy Agency to step in and provide a non-partisan data, as an average person safely absorbs about 3.65 microsieverts a year.

Japan’s data may show that it is safe for olympic athletes to engage in sports in Fukushima, but if Greenpeace’s data is correct, then the international community is putting the lives of these valuable athletes in great danger.

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