Shipment of Chinese hair goods seized by US officials suspecting forced labor

first_img Topics : The CBP order dated June 17 called for the detention of goods made by Xinjiang’s Lop County Meixin Hair Product Co.The importers of the detained shipments must prove the merchandise was not produced with forced labor or export it elsewhere, the agency said.”The use of forced labor is not just a serious human rights issue, but also brings about unfair competition in our global supply chains,” said Brenda Smith, executive assistant commissioner of the CBP’s Office of Trade, in a statement accompanying the June order.The autonomous Xinjiang region in northwest China is home to a large population of Muslim Uighur people, an ethnic minority who speak a Turkic language and face repression from the Chinese government. The United Nations has said it has credible reports that 1 million Muslims have been detained in camps in the region.China denies mistreatment of the Uighurs and says the camps are vocational training centers needed to fight extremism.A spokesperson for the Chinese embassy in the United States said in an email that the suspicions of forced labor were an effort to bring down Chinese business.”The lawful labor rights and interests of the Chinese citizens of all ethnic groups, including those in Xinjiang, are protected by law,” the spokesperson said.”The accusation of ‘forced labor’ in Xinjiang is both false and malicious.”The CBP has been criticized for not enforcing US law against forced labor imports enough, and critics say the agency’s forced labor division is understaffed and underfunded.A CBP spokesman told the Thomson Reuters Foundation that the agency has been working to develop and expand the division, and that the number of forced labor investigations was rising.In October, the CBP said had blocked imports suspected to have been made with forced labor from five countries, including clothing from China and diamonds from Zimbabwe.The number of forced labor prosecutions is low, so the CBP’s orders to halt imports are a powerful tool, said Martina Vandenberg, head of the Washington-based Human Trafficking Legal Center.”Criminal justice remedies have failed,” she said. “Advocates are looking for more innovative and creative tools to combat forced labor in supply chains.”There were just 939 labor trafficking prosecutions around the world in 2019, according to the US State Department’s most recent Trafficking in Persons Report.The CBP can issue a “withhold release order” when it believes goods were made by forced labor, and it has issued 16 of them since March 2016.The CBP said the blocked imports from Xinjiang, which included long hair extensions, weighed 13 tons and were held at a port in Newark, New Jersey.Lop County Meixin also could not be reached for comment.Two weeks ago, President Donald Trump signed legislation calling for sanctions on China over its treatment of Uighurs.The State Department separately on Wednesday issued an advisory to caution businesses about supply chain links to Xinjiang.In Britain, lawyers and campaigners are trying to halt imports of cotton goods originating from Xinjiang. center_img The US government on Wednesday said it blocked an $800,000 shipment of hair extensions and accessories from China on suspicions that the products were made with forced labor.The goods were held under a June order against a Xinjiang-based company suspected of using prison labor and forced labor with excessive overtime, withheld wages and restrictions on workers’ movements, the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency said.The United States bans the import of goods made entirely or in part by forced labor, whether prison work or bonded or forced child labor.last_img read more

One smack on bottom. Off to court. As predicted.

first_imgMan admits assaulting a child after smacking 4-year-old son on bottomStuff 9 October 2018Family First Comment: As we predicted would happen… fortunately the judge had more common sense than politicians. But here’s the underlying issue. “The man had met with the mother of the child in a restorative justice meeting, where the woman said she wanted the man to accept responsibility for his actions, and learn a more positive way to interact with their children.” #TimeToChangeTheLaw A Picton man smacked his 4-year-old son on the bottom “in punishment” for crying and screaming.The child had no injuries. Police charged the man with assaulting a child.The man, who cannot be named, was looking after his children on December 11 last year, when he put his hand over the 4-year-old’s mouth to quieten him, before smacking the boy’s bottom once, a police summary of facts said.The man admitted assaulting a child and appeared at the Blenheim District Court on Monday for sentencing.His lawyer, Nick McKessar, applied for a discharge without conviction, saying the consequences and “stigma” the man would face as a result of a conviction were more severe than the crime warranted.The man had met with the mother of the child in a restorative justice meeting, where the woman said she wanted the man to accept responsibility for his actions, and learn a more positive way to interact with their children.READ MORE: Parents worse off without smacking – Duncan GarnerNewsHub 10 October 2018 Duncan Garner has admitted he thinks smacking should be in a parent’s disciplinary arsenal after refusing to use it on his own children.Smacking has been back in the headlines recently after a Picton father was taken to court for smacking his child.The man, who has name suppression, was discharged without conviction after a complaint was laid against him by the child’s mother.He has been charged under a 2007 amendment to the Crimes Act that removed the legal defence of “reasonable force” for parents prosecuted for assaulting their children.READ MORE: prosecution likely result of ‘over energetic’ police officer – expertNewsHub 10 October 2018 A legal expert has defended the anti-smacking law after a Picton father was taken to court for smacking his four-year-old.The man, who has name suppression, was discharged without conviction after a complaint was laid against him by the child’s mother.Massey University professor of humanities Chris Gallavin said the case was likely an oddity, but does not represent a failure of the 2007 amendment to the Crimes Act.The amendment removed the legal defence of “reasonable force” for parents prosecuted for assaulting their children.“Here at most we have perhaps an over energetic police prosecution sergeant or the officer in charge who has pushed through a prosecution which has resulted in a discharge by way of without conviction,” he said.READ MORE: read more

Sluka stars Saturday at Eagle

first_imgBy Greg Soukup  Roger Sluka was badfast in winning the Saturday Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature at Eagle Raceway. (Photo by Joe Orth) Another great night of racing at Eagle Raceway Saturday night as Demon Decals and Budweiser presented Bad Fast Fever. A great crowd, plenty of cars in the pits and a beautiful summer night meant that it was going to be a fantastic show that finished in just over 3 hours.  Harker got past Latture after two more rounds as Arie Schouten moved into fourth. Harker dropped out with just three to go making the final top four Sluka, Schouten, Latture and Brian Baker. Derek Hall passed Draper on lap nine and Scheinost got past Latture for second two laps later, but Latture got the spot back after another two circuits with Shawn Harker jumping up to third.  Clint Homan topped the IMCA Modified feature and Jeff Ware continued his IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock winning streak. Sluka brought the 5S back to the flag stand first with Rich Flock, James Hines and Bobby Draper rounding out the top four. Lap three saw Braydon Latture race into second with Mike Scheinost taking third and Draper holding onto fourth.  EAGLE, Neb. (July 11) – Roger Sluka led start to finish in winning a fast-paced Karl Kustoms North­ern SportMod main event Saturday at Eagle Raceway.  Devin Bruce led from lap three to the checkers in the Mach-1 Sport Compact main event and Joey Danley led Trevor Grossenbacher and Mike Boston across the stripe in the IMCA Rac­eSaver Sprint Car feature.last_img read more

Bulldogs Dirt Road Basketball Results

first_imgBulldogs Dirt Road Basketball ResultsSunday  (2-2)4th grade:Batesville 40, Connersville Red 30Batesville 34, East Central Red 5Batesville 24, Rushville 193rd grade:Batesville 26, Centerville 19.Batesville 68, Rushville 5Good luck to both teams next weekend I. Centerville at they battle for the Dirt Road Crown!!!! Go Bulldogs!Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Paul Drake.last_img

Copa America postponed to 2021, says CONMEBOL

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians This year’s Copa America has been postponed until 2021 due to fears over the spread of the coronavirus, the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) said on Tuesday. The 12-team tournament, originally scheduled for June 12 to July 12 in Colombia and Argentina, follows the 2020 European Championship in being pushed back a year with global sport being brought to a virtual standstill by the coronavirus outbreak. “This is an extraordinary measure for an unexpected situation and responds to the fundamental need to avoid the exponential evolution of the virus,” said CONMEBOL president Alejandro Dominguez. Dominguez said the rescheduled tournament would be played between June 11 and July 11, 2021. “It wasn’t easy to take this decision but we must safeguard at all times the health of our players and all those who form part of the big South American football family,” he added.Tags: 2021CONMEBOLCopa AmericaCoronavirusCOVID-19last_img read more

Archer hailed as one of the best following 10-wicket haul

first_imgLONDON, England (CMC) – Sussex skipper Chris Nash has hailed seamer Jofra Archer as among the best in the country at present, following the Barbadian’s outstanding maiden 10-wicket haul against Leicestershire in the English County Championship on Sunday.Archer snatched six for 70 as the hosts were dismissed for 175 in their second innings at Grace Road, leaving Sussex with a target of 232 for victory.Luke Wells then struck an unbeaten 90 yesterday as the visitors got home by five wickets to register their second straight win in Division Two.However, the foundation was laid by the 22-year-old Archer who ended the contest with match figures of 11 for 137 following his five-wicket haul in Leicestershire’s first innings.“From looking at what we’ve seen over the last two months, he’s one of the best you’re seeing,” Nash beamed.“I think the way he does it is one of the really interesting bits. He bowled 50 overs in the game and didn’t even sweat.”He continued: “He’s a top man. The way he’s playing at the moment is as good as anyone in the country. The pace he bowls and how he keeps coming back and back and back is great.“It’s really refreshing to see someone come in and play with that enthusiasm and just enjoy going out there bowling and he just wants to keep bowling.”Archer was a revelation last season after he broke into Sussex’ first team towards the end of the season, claiming 23 wickets in six outings.Rewarded with a full contract for the new season, the right-armer has not disappointed and has so far picked up 35 wickets from six games at an average of 23.Nash said despite Archer’s success, they were focusing on managing the young talent who had already shouldered much of the Sussex attack this season.“I’m always worried about (over-bowling him) because we don’t want to bowl him into the ground so we have to be careful,” Nash explained.“The last two games have probably highlighted (that concern). We bowled twice in a row in the last game against Worcestershire and we came here (Grace Road) and bowled first. You add to that when (Steve) Magoffin went down in the last game and Vernon (Philander) and David Wiese in this game with injuries so he did have to bowl his overs.“We are very aware of that and we will manage him very effectively over the next two weeks to make sure he does get a bit of recovery time because he’s put in a heavy stint for us.”As an aggressive right-hander, Archer has shown his quality with 251 runs at an average of 35 this season, including two half-centuries.Archer was again superb on Sunday, bowling with hostility and guile, to wreck Leicestershire’s innings.Without Philander who limped off with an ankle injury, Archer assumed the role as leader of the attack and excelled.He got the breakthrough when he had Paul Horton caught at the wicket off a nasty lifter for 16 before trapping Ned Eckersley (1) lbw with a quick full-length delivery, to leave Leicestershire on 72 for four.After lunch, Archer bowled Marl Pettini with a yorker for four and then got the key wicket of top-scorer Harry Dearden for 36, caught at the wicket off another rapid bouncer, as he ran through the lower order.last_img read more

Dundalk say cold weather won’t be factor in St Petersburg

first_imgManchester United are away to Fenerbache in the Europa League.Jose Mourinho’s side are two points behind group leaders Feyenoord.Southampton will look to make the most of home advantage when they take on Inter Milan.They were beaten 1-0 when the sides met in the San Siro in their last group game. Temperatures will be below freezing tonight at the stadium but Gartland told Eir sport it isn’t an issue for them…Meanwhile, Robbie Benson is expected to miss out despite travelling with the squad. The Lillywhites are second in their group 5 points behind Zenit but one ahead of Maccabi Tel Aviv and three ahead of AZ Alkmaar.last_img

Besser Museum had soft opening to welcome visitors

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich –Staff at the Besser Museum were excited to finally welcome their first guests since closing their doors on March 13th.Since closing their doors due to COVID–19, the Besser Museum staff has been anticipating the day they would reopen.That seemed to be the same sentiment for many visitors as the foot traffic was steady today.Executive Director, Christine Witulski said the hardest part of being closed was not having life in the museum.Witulski also said in addition to missing the guests, they also missed the field trip season where approximately 2,000 students come in.Once the announcement was made that the museum was reopening,  a grandmother and her grandson were already prepared for their visit.Another couple who visited from Ogemaw County love coming to see the older exhibits but they also enjoy some of the additional perks when visiting.Witulski said the planetarium will not reopen until July 6th but there will be new exhibits that will be going on through October.For more information on booking your visit, you can go to bessermuseum or call 989–356–2202.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Missing Atlanta boy has been found deceasedNext Protesters march down Chisholm street to fight against hatelast_img read more

Nationals fans show off destroyed Bryce Harper jerseys on Opening Day

first_imgMORE:  Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whip-around show on DAZN What’s a Nationals fan to do with an old Bryce Harper jersey? Alter it bitterly and wear it to Opening Day, of course.With the Nationals kicking off the season at home against the Mets, droves of fans came out with altered versions of Harper’s old jersey. It ranged from crossing out his name to adding some not-nice extras above his name.Naw, no one in D.C. is mad that Bryce Harper signed in Philly.(via @splintersplend)— Yahoo Sports MLB (@MLByahoosports) March 28, 2019These are the only two Bryce Harper jerseys I’ve seen so far at Nats Park.— Eddie Matz (@ESPNeddiematz) March 28, 2019Dude ripped Harper’s name off his jersey 😂— Dawn Dee (@Dawniemyte) March 28, 2019Got the new @bryceharper3 jersey— Brandon Mayfield (@Griffmiester34) March 25, 2019Fans may have not desecrated Harper’s old jersey, but there was plenty of animosity for the former National in Washington.Not finding a whole lot of love for Bryce Harper among fans at @Nationals Park today. Check out this photo a fan shared with me. @nbcwashington #OpeningDay— Julie Carey (@JulieCareyNBC) March 28, 2019Harper appears immune to the noise — he showed up to the Phillies’ opening day game against the Braves with this Pulp Fiction-inspired shirt.BIG MOOD @bryceharper3— Gritty (@GrittyNHL) March 28, 2019last_img read more