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Greenpeace Finds Toxic Chemicals NPE in Top Clothing Brands in China, including Adidas and Li Ning

Posted by Author on August 25, 2011


(Epochtimes)- Traces of toxic and hormone-disrupting chemicals have been found in clothes bearing 14 top manufacturing brands, Greenpeace said in its report released on Tuesday in the Philippines and China, where many of the clothes are made.

Nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPE) were found pervading clothing and fabric-based shoes sold internationally by brands such as Adidas, H&M, and Abercrombie & Fitch. NPE breaks down to form nonylphenol, which interrupts biological endocrine functions and harms the reproductive system.

“Scientific research has shown that NPE have direct correlation with premature puberty,” Zhang Kai, who was in charge of the investigation, told Chinese business daily Changjiang Daily. “Experiments have confirmed that these environmental hormones could induce male fish to transform into female fish.” Read the rest of this entry »

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US in huge federal crackdown on alleged luxury fakes from China

Posted by Author on August 4, 2010


AFP, Aug. 4, 2010 –

SAN FRANCISCO — US authorities announced Tuesday the biggest federal crackdown ever on West coast shopowners who allegedly sell counterfeit luxury handbags and other goods worth some 100 million dollars.

Prosecutors said they have charged operators of eight San Francisco shops with selling suspected designer fakes made in China, the US attorney for northern California and US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said.

The 25-count indictment is “part of the largest federal enforcement action ever taken against West Coast retailers suspected of selling counterfeit designer apparel and accessories,” they said in a statement.

“To consumers who think designer knockoffs are a harmless way to beat the system and get a great deal, ‘buyer beware,'” said ICE Director John Morton.

“Trademark infringement and intellectual property crime not only cost this country much needed jobs and business revenues, but the illegal importation of substandard products can also pose a serious threat to consumers’ health and safety,” he said.

Authorities revealed the details of the case in an indictment unsealed Monday. The indictment was filed in federal court July 22.

It charged the defendants, mostly residents of San Francisco, with conspiracy, smuggling goods into the United States, and trafficking in counterfeit goods.

“The investigation has led to the seizure of nearly 100 million dollars worth of counterfeit merchandise [based on the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) had the products been legitimate],” a statement said.

Among the items seized were “clothing, handbags, wallets, jewelry, watches, scarves, sunglasses and shoes that were illegally imported from China,” it said.

The suspected counterfeit items purported to be luxury brands such as Dooney and Bourke, Nike, Coach and Kate Spade, Armani, Burberry, Prada and Louis Vuitton.

“Interdicting and destroying counterfeit and trademark infringing goods has long been a priority of the federal government,” US Attorney Joseph Russoniello said.

“The significant impact of trafficking in such merchandise on the American economy should be obvious.”

AFP

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Global Chinese Han Couture Competition a Stunner

Posted by Author on October 23, 2008


Epoch Times Staff,  Oct 20, 2008-

“Memory of Friendship” by Elsie He

GOLD MEDAL WINNER: “Memory of Friendship” by Elsie He

NEW YORK—Silk painted with lotuses, long trailing sashes, and royal brocade were some of the fine details on display at the first Global Han Couture Design Competition held at Manhattan’s Prince George Ballroom on Sunday, Oct. 18.

The competition was part of a series of competitions held by New Tang Dynasty Television this year, including piano, violin, traditional Chinese dance, martial arts, and voice.

More even-paced than your average fashion show, several hours of eye-popping designs from over 50 contestants paraded down the catwalk. The designs ranged from familiar styles seen in traditional Chinese paintings—simple lines, broad panels and airy fabrics—to ones resembling those worn by characters in martial arts comic books.

The competition’s guidelines were to “borrow the patterns in clothing of the Tang, Song, and Ming dynasties…to create contemporary garments,” leaving the door wide open for a variety of styles and inspirations. But because the Western-Eastern combinations tended not to work, judges reverted to authenticity as their main judging criteria.

“Our selection process is designed this way because we want to use this to help guide the development of Han fashion down the line,” said judge Amy Li, who is an award-winning fashion designer trained in China. “We will be holding this competition in the future, we would like to see, in Chinese culture we have 5,000 years of fashion so we feel it’s already very rich and there’s a lot to draw upon already and we wanted to see a little bit more of that. There were some other pieces that were not as Asian and we felt that, having incorporated the western elements, even though it was nice in some cases, that it somehow doesn’t match, so it detracted from the overall effect.”

Each contestant was allowed to submit several pieces in two categories: casual wear and formal wear. In addition to a trophy and certificates of awards, $10,000 cash prizes were rewarded to gold winners, $5,000 to silver winners, and $2,000 USD to bronze winners.

Liqing Chen from Taiwan, whose pieces featured scooping sleeves and shapes that virtually leaped out from a painting, won silver in the casual division.

“Ancient Chinese fashion was very elegant, simple yet bold,” Chen said. “Mine was not very fancy but you don’t need a lot with Han couture to make it beautiful.”

Amy Li commented on the pieces that won gold in the formal wear division. Its theme was “Moments.” “The evening wear gold winner, the theme was ‘moment’ and we felt that it captured a moment in time of traditional Chinese couture,” Li said. “It was again very beautiful and at the same time very authentic.”

Some members of the fashion industry were in the audience. Sandi Grant, a New York fashion show producer, found the show impressive.

“The different colors, I loved the colors, the sequins, the embroidery, done stitch by stitch, they’re geniuses,” she said.

Lavera Wright, a former model and fashion consultant, now trains young models and holds fashion shows for upcoming New York designers. “It’s different from regular fashion shows,” Wright said. “The models took the time to pause, they really wore those gowns – they didn’t just run across the stage. They were elegant and graceful. That’s the way I am and how I teach my girls.”

5,000 Years of Fashion

The Han clothing is designed based on an old saying, “being one with heaven and man.”  The couture reflects on people’s respect and faith in gods at the time.

Clothes initially appeared in China around 2000 BCE, which ended the prehistoric state of people covering themselves with animal skins. Since then, people learned to observe their surroundings and incorporate those natural elements into their clothing. For instance, the sky was black; therefore their top clothing was black in color, as it should symbolize heaven. The earth was yellow, as the bottom clothing was dyed yellow in resemblance of the earth. A sash tied around the waist symbolized the balance man must strike while living between heaven and earth. The Chinese people expressed their faith in heaven and earth clearly in such manner through their intricate attire.

The ancient Chinese believed that gods would unveil the truth to them when they had a kind heart, where human beings could then attain wisdom and a prosperous life.

The Epochtimes

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China: Thousands of Residents Protests Over Sichuan Quake Aid

Posted by Author on May 30, 2008


By Don Lee, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer, U.S. May 29, 2008-

LUOJIANG, CHINA — This county in Sichuan province sustained relatively little damage from the devastating May 12 earthquake. But nine days later, Luojiang felt one of the biggest political aftershocks: Thousands of residents jammed a public square here, demanding that local officials explain why relief supplies were misused.

The protesters, many of them young students, fought police with their fists and water bottles, witnesses said. They smashed police vehicles, even flipping one upside down.

“The government was corrupted, so ordinary people were all protesting,” said Yang, a 13-year-old student who left her family store nearby to participate.

The Chinese central government has been widely applauded for quickly and effectively mobilizing national resources for rescue and relief efforts, but the magnitude 7.9 quake and its aftermath have sparked anger toward local governments. In several cities and towns, residents have accused officials of corrupt acts, including taking the best tents for themselves and underreporting the extent of quake casualties so as not to draw scrutiny from Beijing.

Protests and complaints against local officials aren’t rare, but what’s different is that the grievances are being captured on television or being reported by a press that has traditionally been tightly controlled but has had more freedom in the immediate aftermath of the natural disaster.

As well, parents whose children were killed are protesting the failure of local leaders to provide answers about why so many schools collapsed while structures around them, including government buildings, remained standing. Some believe local officials are trying to cover up shoddy construction.

In Mianzhu, villagers clashed with police Sunday over the government’s handling of disaster relief and its response to the collapse of the Fuxin No. 2 Elementary School, where as many as 129 children were buried alive. Earlier that day, dozens of parents marched to complain to higher authorities in Deyang, and, in a scene that has been widely publicized, were met by Mian- zhu’s party secretary, Jiang Guohua, who kneeled and begged them to stop.

“None of us were listening to him. We all kept walking,” said Chen Xuefen, 32, whose 11-year-old son was killed when the school crumbled. “They ignored us. It has been so many days since that day, but no one came to investigate. . . . I told him [Jiang], ‘Now you’re kneeling to us, but if you can return my son to me, our entire family will kneel to you for three days and nights.’ “……. (more details from Los Angeles Times: In China, protests flare over quake aid)

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(video) High Praise for Chinese New Year Spectacular in Philadelphia

Posted by Author on January 12, 2008


By Sharif Roach, Epoch Times Philadelphia Staff, Jan 05, 2008-

PHILADELPHIA— Matinee and evening performances of the Spectacular were held on Saturday, January 5, at the Merriam Theater at the University of the Arts. During intermission and after the final curtain, the theater was filled with smiles and compliments for the show.

“It was excellent,” said Glen from Yardley, PA. “It was very moving. The dances were beautiful, the drums were great. It was a wonderful message of compassion and truth.”

Becky Jenison, a preschool teacher from Collegeville, PA brought her two adopted daughters; Emily, age eight, and Sarah, age four. Ms. Jenison noted that the children have not previously been able to stay at a performance past intermission. At the Spectacular, they very much wanted to stay.

“Great, great,” commented Ms. Jenison about the show. “I liked when the angel girls came out in the beginning—they did it so elegantly.” Emily said with a shy smile, “I liked when they played the drums.”

Linda Cooper, from Philadelphia who taught ballet for many years, spoke very highly of several aspects of the show and said, “I understand why the show is called Spectacular.” “I love the colors. I love all the costumes. I’ve never seen anything like this.”

She especially enjoyed the shows’ two hosts, Leeshai Lemish and Mei Zhou, who prepared the audience for each portion of the show, elucidating pieces with background information and also offering light-hearted comic routines.

“It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before.It’s very beautiful,” said Lisa. “It’s peaceful, it’s energizing, it’s everything all wrapped up into one. It’s a terrific night.”

Above video: Short introduction of the show and warm feedback from audience/ by NTDTV

“It was all very colorful. Everything was so detail oriented,” said Liz from Collegville, PA, who saw the show with her husband.

Marie, a senior citizen and an an usher of five years at the Merriam Theater, said, “I love it. It was gorgeous, color. And they’re so light on their feet, it’s like something I never saw before.” “It is perfection, it is definitely perfection,” she added enthusiastically.

Andrew McCann, a teacher at Drexel University and owner of a software company, saw with the show with his wife and two daughters adopted from China.”I really enjoyed it,” he said. “We’d been to China twice. Our goal, at least for an afternoon, was to immerse ourselves in culture beyond going to Chinatown and having dinner. It was really great for that.”

“I like it a lot. The drum, strongest part of the show, you feel it the most,” said Gregg Ferhman, a structural engineer.

Patricia Ackerman, a retired educator from Cleveland, Ohio, was invited to the show by the house guest of a friend. She said she enjoyed the show a lot. The Spectacular gave her the opportunity to reminisce about her trip to China, where she visited a performing arts school that taught students various art forms, including dance and orchestra.

The Saturday shows were two of five scheduled performances in Philadelphia.

Additional reporting by Clearwisdom.net.

Original report from the Epochtimes

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Holiday Wonders’ Classical Chinese Dance Thrills Florida Audience

Posted by Author on January 5, 2008


Epoch Times Florida Staff, Dec 30, 2007-

Holiday Wonders dazzled the audience on its opening night at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Produced by the Divine Performing Arts, the show features classical Chinese dance, vocal performances, and musical instruments; acrobatics; drumming; legends set to song and dance; and a vibrant array of costumes based on designs from China’s 5,000-year-old culture.

“The turnout is great,” said Jimmy Johnson ( photo above, by the Epochtimes) , mayor of Seminole, Florida. “This is football time. To have this many people attend is truly remarkable, truly amazing.”

“I have been to London, New York—halfway around the world—and this has to be the most beautiful show that I’ve seen,” continued Mayor Johnson. “It’s so colorful, so intriguing, and you can hardly wait until the next number. I wish everyone could see this.” Mayor Johnson especially liked the performance about forbearance and the “Mongolian Bowl Dance.”

Thomas Barnhorn, vice mayor of Seminole, said the show was an eye-opener to Chinese culture and history. “The vast beauty is overwhelming. They showed the Communist Party coming in and not allowing freedom of speech. … To me, being here in the United States, I can’t imagine that taking place.

“I definitely would recommend it to everybody—for all ages. I would encourage everyone in the city of Seminole to see it,” he said.

Frank, from Deland, Fla., who had worked for the U.S. government in China for more than 30 years, would agree. He said that in China, you’d never be able to have a show like this that encourages people to seek out the truth on their own.

He added, “The performance was much better than I expected. I saw a lot of cultural shows in China, and this one was much better choreographed and much more interesting.”

Yachen Chen, a third-grade teacher from Tampa, originally from Taiwan, said, “I loved it. I’m so glad I didn’t miss this opportunity. It reminds me of my culture and what a wonderful history we have. I wish I could bring my children to see this show.” She would most like her students to see the drummers—”so powerful, so much meaning.”

The mission of the Divine Performing Arts is to rediscover and promote “the essence of true, traditional culture” and to present artistic performances that “celebrate human dignity and positive values … to provide an experience of consummate beauty and goodness,” according its Web site. The Mahaffey theater was filled with appreciative viewers. (The Epoch Times)

Frances Font had invited her two daughters to the show as a holiday gift. Her daughter Valerie came out after the show with a smile on her face: “I really liked the acts where there was a story. It was quite a spectacle.”

(photo: The Mahaffey theater was filled with appreciative viewers. /The Epoch Times)

Frances appreciated “the peacefulness that prevailed, and the tolerance—it’s what the world needs now.” They knew the show would be fun, festive, and joyful, but also found the message powerful.

Kerry Chen, director of the St. Petersburg International Folk Fair Society, said: “I thought it was absolutely spectacular. It was my first time ever seeing something so grand and so well put together.”

This was the first year the show played in Florida, opening in Ft. Lauderdale on Dec. 27.

– Original report from the Epochtimes: ‘Holiday Wonders’ Thrills Florida Audience

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China: Bra Ads Banned For Political Party Meeting

Posted by Author on October 1, 2007


Reuters, Sep 28, 2007-

BEIJING (Reuters) – Days after banning “sexually provocative sounds” on television, China has now stopped networks showing “saucy” adverts for push-up bras and figure-hugging underwear ahead of a major Communist Party meeting next month.

Other targets of the crackdown are “low-brow and base” commercials for sex toys and those featuring famous people or experts attesting to the efficacy of medicines, the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television said on its Web site (www.sarft.gov.cn) on Friday.

“Every television advertisement management bureau and television station must strengthen their political consciousness and responsibility towards society,” Tian Jin, deputy head of the regulator, was quoted as saying……. ( more details from Reuters: Bra ads banned ahead of political party meet)

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New Zealand: 500 Times Higher Poison Found In Kids’ Clothes From China

Posted by Author on August 19, 2007


By KAREN ARNOLD, Sunday Star Times, New Zealand, Sunday, 19 August, 2007-

Poison in children’s clothing is emerging as the latest health risk from China.

TV3’s Target programme will this week detail how scientists found formaldehyde in woollen and cotton clothes at levels 500 times higher than is safe.

It questions why there are no New Zealand safety standards for clothes.

National Poisons Centre spokesman Dr John Fountain told the Sunday Star-Times the testing had highlighted an area where little was known in New Zealand about the effects tainted clothing would have on people.

However, international research supported by the World Health Organisation shows exposure to formaldehyde in concentrations of 20 parts per million (ppm) can cause eye, skin and nasal irritations, respiratory problems, asthma and cancer.

The European Union limits formaldehyde residues in children’s clothes to a maximum of 30ppm. The chemical is used to give a permanent press effect to clothes.

Consumers are advised to wash and air all clothes before they are worn for the first time.

Target producer Simon Roy said a variety of new clothes were tested, including a girl’s top, school shorts, a Spiderman T-shirt, and pyjamas. Adult clothing was also tested. Roy said the results were so astounding the AgriQuality scientists thought they had made a mistake. “Our results were shocking, ranging from 230ppm to 18,000ppm.

This is almost unbelieveable. Some of the clothes Target tested have a reading 900 times the level that actually causes harm.”

But the potential harm wasn’t limited to formaldehyde or clothing made in China.

Four children’s garments were tested for their ph level, which measures acidity or alkalinity. Levels outside 4 to 7.5 on the scale can damage skin. Two items, a pair of pants and a girl’s top, had ph levels above 7.5. Roy said garments made in New Zealand with imported Chinese fabrics also contained chemicals such as harmful dyes that did not wash out or wear off the way formaldehyde did. That included clothes from top-end designer labels. Buying Kiwi-made or expensive brands was no safety net for consumers, he said.

Europe had banned 22 aromatic amine dyes which were known carcinogens. But Target investigations showed 10% of clothes tested in China contained them and, once again, New Zealand had no regulations about what it accepted into the country.

Auckland mother Raewyn Rasch said the findings were horrifying.

She told the Star-Times her son bought four pairs of trousers labelled 100% cotton. But even after washing, each pair caused a rash round his middle. Rasch thought formaldehyde could be a cause after she read about toxins in clothing. “What really annoys me is that, for mothers, kids are always coming up with scratches and marks and rashes. You ask them what they’ve been eating and where they’ve been. You wouldn’t expect it to be the clothes they’re wearing.”

New Zealand consumers deserved protection and needed to know about the dangers they and their children were exposed to, she said.

Details of the unsafe clothing and its risks follow a global recall this month of millions of Mattel toys, also made in China and deemed unsafe. Sanitarium is now getting its peanut butter made in Australia rather than China because of consumer concerns, and last month a toothpaste made in China was recalled after it was found to contain a toxin used in anti-freeze.

Green MP Sue Kedgley said New Zealand risked becoming a dumping ground for unsafe imports, some of which China itself regulated against.

“I believe it is so serious it demands a parliamentary investigation of our complete lack of consumer protection for most products in New Zealand. Technically they are supposed to comply with the Consumer Guarantees Act but how would anyone know if it’s being systematically breached when no one is looking or doing any monitoring?”

Target will reveal the full details of its investigation on Tuesday at 7.30pm on TV3.

– Original report from Sunday Star Times : Poison found in kids’ clothes from China

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