GUIGLO, Ivory Coast -- Five boys are swinging machetes on a cocoa farm, slowly advancing against a wall of brush. Their expressions are deadpan, almost vacant, and they rarely talk. The only sounds in the still air are the whoosh of blades slicing through tall grass and metallic pings when they hit something harder. Each of the boys crossed the border months or years ago from the impoverished West African nation of Burkina Faso, taking a bus away from home and parents to Ivory Coast, where hundreds of thousands of small farms have been carved out of the forest. These farms form the world's most important source of cocoa and are the setting for an epidemic of child labor that the world's largest chocolate companies promised to eradicate nearly 20 years ago."How old are you?" a Washington Post reporter asks one of the older-looking boys."Nineteen," Abou Traore says in a hushed voice. Under Ivory Coast's labor laws, that would make him legal. But as he talks, he casts nervous glances … [Read more...] about Much of the chocolate you buy starts with child labor
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By NORMAN PEARLSTINE, DAVID PIERSON, ROBYN DIXON, DAVID S. CLOUD, ALICE SU AND MAX HAO LU Standing on Huawei Technologies Co.’s sprawling new campus near Shenzhen, it’s hard to conceive that Ren Zhengfei, backed by five friends of friends, could have single-handedly turned his tiny start-up into a technology-driven colossus. Standing on Huawei Technologies Co.’s sprawling new campus near Shenzhen, it’s hard to conceive that Ren Zhengfei, backed by five friends of friends, could have single-handedly turned his tiny start-up into a technology-driven colossus. How could Ren, then in his 40s and possessing no intellectual property, have grown Huawei into the world’s biggest seller of telecommunications equipment and one of the largest makers of smartphones, with 188,000 employees in 170 countries? In fact, it’s entirely unbelievable, according to the U.S. government. Washington would have you believe Huawei’s official history is a sham — … [Read more...] about WHO’S BEHIND HUAWEI?
Eric Talmadge, Associated Press Updated 12:59 am PST, Wednesday, February 27, 2019 FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2018, file photo, Kwon Yong Chol, left, the chief engineer at the Songdowon General Foodstuffs Factory, shows samples of products at his facility in Wonsan, North Korea. With U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un descending on Hanoi for their second summit, there has been a persistent suggestion that Kim will look around at the relative prosperity of his Vietnamese hosts - who are certainly no strangers to U.S. hostility - and think that he, too, should open up his country to more foreign investment and trade. less FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2018, file photo, Kwon Yong Chol, left, the chief engineer at the Songdowon General Foodstuffs Factory, shows samples of products at his facility in Wonsan, North Korea. With U.S. ... more Photo: Dita Alangkara, AP … [Read more...] about Trump touts prosperity, but is that what North Korea wants?
SECTIONS Search E-edition Customer Service Customer Service SacBee Rewards About Us About Us Contact Us Apps Mobile & Apps Twitter, Facebook, Google+, YouTube News in Education (NIE) Newsletters Local Sacramento Region Arena City Beat Crime Local Govt Salary Database The Homeless Marcos Bretón Transportation Education Environment Health & Medicine Traffic Conditions Weather Communities Elk Grove Folsom/El Dorado Roseville/Placer Yolo Sports Sports Kings NBA News 49ers Giants Oakland A's High School Sports Joe Davidson More Sports Raiders NFL News MLB News River Cats Soccer Colleges Golf Autos Racing Politics Politics Capitol Alert State Workers The California Influencer Series Local Elections PoliGRAPH State Worker Salary Database Legislative Gifts … [Read more...] about Rocklin files lawsuit against former Quarry Park Adventures operator, alleging fraud
HSG exports steel sheets to US Steel producer Hoa Sen Group reported that it shipped 17,000 tonnes of steel sheets to the US worth US$14 million on Thursday. The company has been exporting to the US since 2014 and shipments have been increasing recently. A company spokesperson said the shipment proves the company’s capacity and global competitiveness since exports to the US and EU have been hit by the trade barriers they have imposed. Hoa Sen has exported to over 75 nations and territories. In 2017-18, it produced nearly 1.9 million tonnes of steel worth over VND34.4 trillion ($1.5 billion), up 13 per cent in volume and 32 per cent in value over the previous year. Revenues from domestic sales were worth over VND22 trillion ($964 million), up 34 per cent, and exports fetched $538 million, up 27 per cent. Its profit after tax was VND410 billion ($18 million). It uses advanced technologies to meet the standards expected in international markets like the US, the … [Read more...] about BUSINESS NEWS IN BRIEF 14/1