Kingston Gleaner, February 2, 2012, Page 32

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February 02, 2012

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Kingston Gleaner (Newspaper) - February 2, 2012, Kingston, Kingston ABIDJAN ( AP): THE HERSHEY Company says it will invest $ 10 million in West Africa to reduce child labour and improve the cocoa supply, mostly in Ghana and Ivory Coast. Spokesman Andy McCormick says the measure will bring higher productivity for farmers and will increase supply to meet the demand of a growing middle class in countries like China and India. McCormick said that West Africa produces 70 per cent of the world’s cocoa. Combined with coffee, the cocoa sector in Ivory Coast accounts for 15 per cent of its GDP. Cocoa production hit a record 1.48 million tons in Ivory Coast in 2010 despite a political crisis. UNICEF estimates 600,000 children work on cocoa farms in Ivory Coast and that 35,000 are victims of trafficking. McCormick says that Hershey is already trying to address childlabour issues in West Africa, “ but we all recognise that more needs to be done”. Hershey fights child labour CALIFORNIA ( AP): F IRST LADY Michelle Obama yesterday said the campaign to bring healthy food to all Americans is happening neighbourhood by neighbourhood. Standing in a vacant Southern California store set to be refurbished and reopened this summer, Obama lauded efforts to bring large grocery retailers to inner- city areas that traditional supermarket chains spurn. “ That’s how we solve this problem, one community, one household at a time,” Obama said, speaking in front of a display depicting an old- fashioned grocery store with crates stocked with fresh fruit and vegetables. “ We’re not just making this generation healthy. We’re making the next, and the next and the next.” Obama, who is on the second day of her two- day visit to the Los Angeles area, made the stop in the blue- collar, largely Hispanic neighbourhood as part of her ‘ Let’s Move!’ campaign to boost healthy food and fitness. Part of the campaign includes promoting initiatives such as the $ 264- million California FreshWorks Fund, which finances grocery businesses willing to open in urban areas. D8 THE GLEANER, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2012 | NEWS  UNITED STATES: MICHELLE OBAMA’S FOOD AND FITNESS CAMPAIGN  UKRAINE ‘ Making a healthy generation’ Four men sentenced for murder JOHANNESBURG ( AP): A SOUTH African court has sentenced four men to 18 years for a murder rights activists say was carried out because the victim was a lesbian. The men were sentenced Tuesday for the 2006 stabbing and stoning attack on Zoliswa Nkonyana. Activists say such violence is increasing, highlighting the gap between society’s sometimes narrow view of sexual identity and the role of women on one side, and South Africa’s liberal constitution, which has some of the strongest provisions on gay rights on the continent. In a statement, the Commission for Gender Equality says the Cape Town court’s ruling is a lesson to perpetrators of homophobic violence. Plot to relocate Gaddafi’s son foiled MEXICO CITY ( AP): PROSECUTORS SAID yesterday they broke up not one, but two Indiana Jones- style plots to “ extract” the son of late dictator Moammar Gaddafi from Libya and bring him to Mexico as his father’s regime crumbled. The plan to sneak out al- Saadi Gaddafi involved piles of stolen passports, white- knuckle flights with pilots who refused to land in wartorn Libya, and luxury homes bought under false names in Mexico, according to Assistant Attorney General Jose Cuitlahuac Salinas. He said it was led by a Canadian woman, a Danish man and two Mexican suspects who were charged this week with attempted immigrant trafficking, falsifying documents and organised crime. Salinas said the group hired pilots to fly from Mexico to Kosovo, from there to the Tunisian capital of Tunis and on to Libya in July, but that attempt failed to extract the dictator’s son. Homeless perish in extreme cold AP First Lady Michelle Obama, joined by Inglewood Mayor James Butts ( background), speaks at the future site of a Northgate Market in Inglewood, California, yesterday. KIEV ( AP): THE DEATH toll from a severe cold spell in Eastern Europe rose to 71 yesterday, most of them homeless people. Temperatures dropped to minus 30 C ( minus 22 F) in some regions, causing power outages and traffic chaos and prompting authorities to close schools and nurseries. Ukraine alone reported 43 deaths. The Emergency Situations Ministry said yesterday that 28 people were found dead on the streets, eight died in hospitals and seven in their homes. More than 720 others were hospitalised with hypothermia and frostbite. Authorities have deployed over 1,730 heating shelters across the country where the homeless people can get warm and eat hot food, including boiled potatoes, pork fat ( a traditional Ukrainian dish), tea and coffee. Ukraine’s 1+ 1 channel broadcast footage of a man being treated for frostbite in his toes, which had turned completely black. “ I drank and fell asleep on the bench. I woke up in the middle of the night and couldn’t feel my feet,” the unidentified man said from a hospital bed. Hospitals were told not to discharge homeless patients even if their treatment was finished to save them from the cold, said Svitlana Tikhonenko, spokeswoman for the Health Ministry.  IVORY COAST  MEXICO  SOUTH AFRICA INTERNATIONAL ;

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