North Korea eyes Chinese tourist boom

North Korea is eyeing a potential Chinese tourist boom as it shifts focus to economic development.North Korea’s proclaimed shift from nuclear arms to economic development is prompting cautious optimism across the Chinese border in Dandong, a trading hub hit hard by United Nations sanctions against Pyongyang.
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Travel agents in the Chinese city say they have seen a surge of interest from across the country in recent weeks, boosting an already strong peak tourism season.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s economic reform plans and warming ties between Pyongyang and its main backers in Beijing are behind the jump in activity, agents say.

“People who may have long been curious about seeing North Korea may think that now it is safer than ever,” said tour guide Teng Yi, who returned from leading a tour to Pyongyang on Sunday.

After meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on June 19, their third such summit since March, Kim spent the subsequent month inspecting factories and industrial projects along the Chinese border region.

The unusually long trip, plus meetings with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and South Korea’s unification minister, underlined Kim’s desire to rally support at home for his economic drive and convincing outsiders of his willingness to denuclearise.

A dip in visitors after a tour bus crash killed 32 Chinese nationals in April proved a mere blip. Half-day and one-day tours to the neighbouring North Korean city of Sinuiju now book out within an hour of tickets being released, travel agents in Dandong say.

Four-day tours, which take in the capital Pyongyang and the Panmunjom truce village are fully booked through to the end of August, despite increased capacity through more frequent trains and coaches.

Tourism is one of the few remaining reliable sources of foreign income for North Korea, after the UN imposed sanctions targeting 90 per cent of its $US3 billion annual exports including commodities, textiles and seafood.

China has not provided a breakdown of the number of tourists travelling to North Korea since 2013.

The Korea Maritime Institute, a South Korean think-tank, estimates tourism generates $US44 million a year for the isolated country, with Chinese tourists making up about 80 per cent of all foreign visitors to the North.

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Bowel cancer: Are you at risk?

Cut back: The link between consumption of red meat and bowel cancer incidence is evident, and you should also watch your alcohol intake.Australia has one of the highest bowel cancer rates in the world, with 15,253 people diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2014.
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After lung cancer, bowel or colorectal cancer (cancer of the large intestine or rectum) is our second biggest cancer-related killer, responsible for 4346 deaths in 2015.

“Australia has a growing overweight and obese population. Along with insufficient physical activity, dietary factors and high tobacco and alcohol consumption rates, these factors contribute to the high rate of bowel cancer,” said Sydney-based Gastroenterologist Dr Darren Pavey. Genetic predisposition also plays a role.

“The first thing I tell my patients is to stop smoking and to reduce alcohol consumption,” Dr Pavey said. “For men that means no more than two standard drinks a day, and for women no more than one.”

Although not entirely clear what makes red meat carcinogenic (cancer-promoting), the link between its consumption and bowel cancer incidence is evident;Dr Pavey said that people should eat no more than 100 grams of lean red meat per day and avoidcharred meat and processed meats.

He said adiet rich in fibre is likely to reduce bowel cancer risk. The theory is regular bowel movement allows for less contact between foods and potential carcinogens with the bowel lining.

Non-Modifiable Risk Factors:“Bowel cancer incidence goes up significantly from age 50,” Dr Pavey said.The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program distributes kits to detect blood in the stool to 50 to 74-year-olds every two years.

“Patients are at higher risk of developing bowel cancer if there is a family history of bowel cancer or bowel polyps (pre-cancerous lumps). They should be screened earlier and more frequently, as should those with an inflammatory bowel disease history, such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.”

Treatment:“If a polyp or growth in the bowel that may be an early cancer is found, we can remove it at the time of colonoscopy, following a positive faecal occult blood test (where traces of blood are found in the stool). That may be all that is required,” Dr Pavey said.

“In more advanced cases patients might require surgery, and chemotherapy or radiotherapy.”

Early detection is key:“One, be aware of those modifiable (lifestyle) risk factors, and two, participate in screening from age 50, because often there are no symptoms,” Dr Pavey said.

“Patients should discuss with their doctor any bleeding from the bowel, changes in bowel habit, unexplained weight loss or severe abdominal pain.

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Newcastle Knights fall to Wests Tigers 25-16 at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle

Pearce injured as Knights lose 25-16 to Wests Tigers | PHOTOS, VIDEO Newcastle Knights take on Wests Tigers at McDonald Jones Stadium. Pictures: AAP/Daren Pateman
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Newcastle Knights take on Wests Tigers at McDonald Jones Stadium. Pictures: AAP/Daren Pateman

Newcastle Knights take on Wests Tigers at McDonald Jones Stadium. Pictures: AAP/Daren Pateman

Newcastle Knights take on Wests Tigers at McDonald Jones Stadium. Pictures: AAP/Daren Pateman

Newcastle Knights take on Wests Tigers at McDonald Jones Stadium. Pictures: AAP/Daren Pateman

Newcastle Knights take on Wests Tigers at McDonald Jones Stadium. Pictures: AAP/Daren Pateman

Newcastle Knights take on Wests Tigers at McDonald Jones Stadium. Pictures: AAP/Daren Pateman

Newcastle Knights take on Wests Tigers at McDonald Jones Stadium. Pictures: AAP/Daren Pateman

Newcastle Knights take on Wests Tigers at McDonald Jones Stadium. Pictures: AAP/Daren Pateman

Newcastle Knights take on Wests Tigers at McDonald Jones Stadium. Pictures: AAP/Daren Pateman

Newcastle Knights take on Wests Tigers at McDonald Jones Stadium. Pictures: AAP/Daren Pateman

Newcastle Knights take on Wests Tigers at McDonald Jones Stadium. Pictures: AAP/Daren Pateman

Newcastle Knights take on Wests Tigers at McDonald Jones Stadium. Pictures: AAP/Daren Pateman

Newcastle Knights take on Wests Tigers at McDonald Jones Stadium. Pictures: AAP/Daren Pateman

Newcastle Knights take on Wests Tigers at McDonald Jones Stadium. Pictures: AAP/Daren Pateman

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The Knights hit back six minutes later when Pearce kicked across-field and centre Sione Mata’utia caught cleanly to plunge over and score.

Two more penalty goals from Marsters added to the pressure on Newcastle, and then a minute beforethe interval, Brooks dummied and stepped his way to leave Newcastle facing a 12-point deficit.

The only concern for the Tigers was a calf injury that forced Benji Marshall to leave the field 10 minutes before full-time and seek an ice pack.

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How Coles could have avoided its plastic bag fiasco

It was in the bag. Almost.
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Apparently, Coles customers are having trouble remembering to bring their own bags for shopping and are feeling cranky. Funnily enough, they don’t forget to bring money to pay for the shopping.

Some customers raged when the old, flimsy single-use plastic bags were first removed, so Coles started providing, for free, thicker reusable plastic bags: first, saying it was a temporary measure, then, after more ‘‘outrage’’,saying it was indefinite, andnow they’ve backflipped againand said it’s until the end of this month.

The logic of how that changes behaviour is lost on me. Online forums have exploded with the various announcements and, gosh, did comments drip with vitriol and anger on both sides – if we could have harnessed some of the passion as energy, the grid would have glowed.

The resistance to the bag ban is a little bewildering; other states in Australia have had this policy for years and seem to be looking at their tantrum-throwing neighbour with raised eyebrows. We have done so well with otherchanges that this outcry seems way out of proportion.

When leaded fuel was phased out because it was bad for our health and the environment, people prepared, adapted and got on with it. When seatbelts were introduced for safety, the same thing happened. When the world united to ban CFCs, once people and the ozone layer had time to adjust, we saw a satisfying and positive improvement.Changing habits takes time; Coles gave customers barely any before it baulked and embarked on its series of confusing U-turns.

Arguments about which bag material is less environmentally damaging or that people may die if they reuse unclean plastic bags are side issues, easily solved with a little research. (And I’m sorry, but if you’re using your chicken bag to then collect apples, that’s Darwinism right there.) The issue is greater than just plastic bags– it is how much we put our own short-term convenience ahead of the impacts on the whole planet. We cannot keep ignoring the evidence of microplastics in our food, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, marine life being strangled, and clogged waterways. We are behaving like we have another planet up our sleeve.

My message to Coles is that if people are complaining, be patient and also be clever: provide a financial incentive to facilitate the change process. Offer a significant discount if people manage to bring their own bags and continue to charge people who don’t (and please, more than 15¢).

This rewards people who are already making the effort, as well as encouraging people to join in. Meanwhile, I’ll grab my upcycled hessian-sack shopping bags and head off to the market humming to myself; it sounds something like “Down, down, standards are down”.

Nicola Philp is a Fairfax columnist.

French artist Sebastien Jolivet’s new look at city’s coal

French artist Sebastien Jolivet’s new look at city’s coal Artist at work: Sebastien Jolivet in The Lock Up with a model of his proposed installation, Carbonic Climate. Picture: Jonathan Carroll
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Fascinating: Sebastien Jolivet took several photos in 2016 at night, including this one at Carrington, saying he felt like a child in front of a “Star Wars scene”. Picture: Sebastien Jolivet.

Waratah. Picture: Sebastien Jolivet.

Glendell open-cut mine. Picture: Sebastien Jolivet.

Kooragang Island. Picture: Sebastien Jolivet.

Kooragang Island. Picture: Sebastien Jolivet.

Carrington. Picture: Sebastien Jolivet.

TweetFacebookAges, which isthree panels with images of coal machinery printed on tarpaulin.

Carbonic Climateis a 1.5 tonne block of coal connected to a fan.

“We use fans to refresh us and give us comfort, but it is paradoxical, it is making the [world’s] temperature increase,” he said.

“The block of coal comes from the past, but the fan is contemporary.”

Generationis 13tonnes of coal connected to a LED light.

“It’s sort of evidence –coal is not used for nothing and energy doesn’t comefrom nowhere.”

He is also working on a new version of the 2016 projectDark Light, which is coal pieces labelled with how much energy each would produce.

Over the past fortnight, Mr Jolivethas visited the Convict Lumber Yard and Newcastle Museum,researched coalminer James Fletcher and met other artists.

He is planning to take more photographs of machinery atKooragang Island, as well as coal ships fromNobbys Beach.

He said he will continue to incorporate several of the photographs he has taken and ideas he developed in Newcastle into his work in France.

Mr Jolivet said the world’s relationship with coal remained complex.

“I think all of us should in our own way reduce our own usage of not only electricity, but all fossil fuels.

“Industries have their own work to do to lead us to sustainable energy.

“The question is not escaping from coal, but what should we use in its place?”

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