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Jamie Moyer Becomes Oldest Starting Pitcher In MLB History; Strong Storms Strike Western China, Argentina; Thousands of Syrian Refugees Pouring Into Turkey; $10 Million Bounty on Pakistani Man; Fashion Police in Iraq

Aired April 6, 2012 - 08:00:00   ET

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ANNA COREN, HOST: Welcome to NEWS STREAM, where news and technology meet.

Hello. I'm Anna Coren in Hong Kong.

We begin in Syria, where the arrival of a U.N. team seems to have had no effect on the fierce fighting in parts of the country.

Why some Iraqi teens are facing violence just because of the way they dress.

And a ship carried all the way across the Pacific after last year's tsunami in Japan is sunk by the U.S. Coast Guard.

The United Nations is urging the Syrian regime to silence its guns, mortars and tanks. But with just days left before Tuesday's troop withdrawal deadline, the fighting appears to be intensifying.

Anti-government activists say there have been fierce battles in Homs again on Friday, following relentless shelling there on Thursday, where entire neighborhoods in the besieged opposition stronghold have been destroyed. Activists say at least 12 people were killed across Syria Tuesday, after 77 lost their lives on Thursday. Well, the violence continued, despite the arrival of the U.N. advance team in Damascus.

Well, the unrest is driving thousands of refugees across the Syrian border into neighboring Turkey. Our Ivan Watson is in Istanbul and joins us now.

Ivan, tell us about some of these people and what they have endured.

IVAN WATSON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, I want to direct you first towards a map of this border region, northern Syria and the province of Idlib, a city that has been a target of intense attacks, as well as surrounding villages, and then the nearby Turkish border.

The Turkish government says it has received a record surge of more than 2,700 Syrian refugees in a 24-hour period across that border. We've talked to some of them. Some of them say they came on foot with their families, walking through fields.

They are met at the Turkish border by Turkish gendarme soldiers who then provide them with buses and minivans. We have some footage of some of these people coming across the border late at night, where they are being met there, and then they are transferred in these minivans and buses to nearby refugee camps. The border town of Rahanwe (ph) in Turkey has been where most of these refugees have been fleeing to in the past couple of days.

The dramatic increase in refugees who say they are fleeing their own government and their own army, Anna, the dramatic increase prompted the Turkish foreign minister to call the U.N. secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, at around 2:00 in the morning, Turkish time, this morning, to invite United Nations officials to come to the border to see this first hand, and also to pass on that he was getting reports from across the border, from within Syria, that the Syrian military is continuing to conduct operations backed by helicopters. This, despite the fact that the Syrian government has pledged to the United Nations that it will withdraw its forces from Syrian population centers by Tuesday of next week -- Anna.

COREN: Ivan, these refugees are speaking out. What are they saying?

WATSON: Well, we've spoken with some of them. They say they are fleeing artillery and helicopter bombardment. And take a listen to what one woman said as she waited in a bus on the border last night to be transferred to a nearby refugee camp.

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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (through translator): It was a massacre in Taftanaz. They butchered the people. They shelled, they fired rockets.

They displaced us. Bashar is an oppressor and a dog. May God have no mercy on him. He displaced everyone.

We are waiting for the national council, Turkey and Erdogan to solve all these problems and arm this Free Syrian Army. May God protect the Free Syrian Army.

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WATSON: Now, Anna, the town that she is speaking about is the town of Taftanaz. It's a small town that we traveled through in early March. It had opposition, Free Syrian Army checkpoints in it, and over the course of the last week or so, it has been the target of intense Syrian artillery and helicopter bombardment.

On Thursday, Red Crescent volunteers were allowed in during a cease-fire in the afternoon to collect some of the dead after these days and nights of shelling. I have to warn viewers about the images they're about to see. This is a mass grave of some of the dozens of bodies that were recovered in that town of Taftanaz on Thursday.

Almost all of them appear to be males. Some of them appear to be dressed in camouflage uniforms, which suggest that they were not civilians, that they may have been combatants, fighters who were fighting against the Syrian army.

Scenes like this coming out days, again, before the Syrian government has pledged to withdraw its military forces from Syrian cities and towns. And that lends credence to the argument made by some Syrian experts and observers who have argued that this period, up until Tuesday, is giving the Syrian government more time to try to kill as many opposition members as possible before that cease-fire deadline gets enforced -- Anna.

COREN: Definitely tragic.

Ivan Watson, in Istanbul, bringing us an update.

Thank you for that.

Well, the violence in Syria has focused the world's attention on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Before he came to power, it was his father, Hafez al-Assad, who ruled Syria for three decades. Well, his supporters still carry his picture in street demonstrations, and his statute, well, it's sort of the entrance of the flash point city of Homs. During his rule, another city, Hama, rebelled.

Hafez al-Assad's brother is believed to have led the military assault against Hama's uprising. Well, he now leaves in exile.

As Atika Shubert reports, he dreams of returning as Syria's next leader.

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ATIKA SHUBERT, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): This is the city of Homs today, the heart of the Syrian uprising crushed by Syrian troops. And this is the city of Hama in 1982, after then-Syrian President Hafez al-Assad crushed an Islamic rebellion in the city. His brother, Rifaat, a military general, is believed to have spearheaded the assault.

These are rare photographs of the aftermath. More than 10,000 are believed to have died.

We met Rifaat al-Assad at one of his homes in Paris, where he now lives after a power struggle with his brother exiled him from Syria. He denies having anything to do with the 1982 crackdown in Hama. He told us, "The truth is that the regime put this information out."

He dismisses any comparison of Hama to Homs, and he has few good words for his nephew, now Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

"He is not aware of what is happening around him," he says. "He does not know and he thinks he is winning. And every time he thinks he is winning, we should tell him that he is losing day after day, and that he should vacate his position if he stays in Syria," he says.

But perhaps the legacy of what happened in Hama 30 years ago is what drives Bashar al-Assad today, he says. "All he feels is that he must fight against Islamic terrorism. That is the movement that is threatening him and the country," he explains, "as if it is a beast that is going to eat him and his country alive."

Rifaat al-Assad's son Ribal lives in London. He sees himself as a member of the Syrian opposition and his father as a reformer, someone who could be a transitional figure from Bashar al-Assad.

RIBAL AL-ASSAD, ORGANIZATION FOR DEMOCRACY AND FREEDOM IN SYRIA: I personally think -- I think that he could play a big part in it as president because of the support that he has in the army.

SHUBERT: He shows us a video that he says was shot in Syria, posters urging his father's return, he says. But these dreams of a comeback are unlikely, says this analyst.

ANDREW TABLER, WASHINGTON INST. FOR NEAR EAST POLICY: A big black spot on Rifaat's record is the fact that he was in charge of the defense companies, special units of the Syrian military, which bombarded the city of Hama in 1982, but not only that, were in charge of a massive crackdown on the country. It would be hard following such a popular uprising that we have now for someone like that to take power.

SHUBERT: Nonetheless, Rifaat al-Assad believes he still has support. "I left Syria with 85 percent of the Syrian people supporting me and its military," he says. "Rifaat makes them comfortable. Rifaat makes the minority and majority comfortable."

But the thought of one Assad replacing another may be an uncomfortable thought for many Syrians.

Atika Shubert, CNN, London.

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COREN: Well, for the first time in seven years, a Pakistani head of state is scheduled to visit India. Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari will meet Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi on Sunday. The two are due to hold private talks over lunch.

Well, the announced visit comes as the 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai is back in the headlines. Hundreds of activists have begun to take to the streets across cities in Pakistan. They are protesting a bounty that the United States has fixed on a Pakistani man, Hafiz Mohammad Saeed.

Saeed is wanted by Indian authorities for allegedly masterminding the Mumbai attack, but as Jill Dougherty reports, he isn't hiding.

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JILL DOUGHERTY, CNN FOREIGN AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): With a $10 million U.S. reward on his head, Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, the alleged mastermind of the 2008 terrorist attack on Mumbai, India, holds a news conference in Pakistan and thumbs his nose at the U.S.

HAFIZ MOHAMMAD SAEED, LEADER OF LASHKAR E-TAYYIBA (through translator): Why do you want to pay the bounty to someone else? Give it to me. I can let you know my daily schedule. I am available over the phone and address rallies of thousands daily.

DOUGHERTY: Saeed is the founder of the terrorist organization Lashkar e- Tayyiba. The State Department says he helped plan the four-day-long assault on Mumbai that killed 166 people, including six Americans. But at Saeed's news conference, Pakistani authorities took no steps to arrest him.

He has not been indicted in the U.S., and Pakistan's Foreign Ministry says, show us the proof. A former head of Pakistan's security service, the ISI, scoffs.

HAMID GUL, FORMER ISI HEAD: I think it is laughable. It is ridiculous. The timings are wrong, intent is wrong, the method is wrong.

DOUGHERTY: Why is the State Department offering the reward for someone who is in plain view? The reward, officials say, is not aimed at finding out at where Saeed is, but at getting enough information to have him arrested or convicted.

MARK TONER, STATE DEPT. SPOKESMAN: He's clearly trying to bask in the media attention, and we just hope that -- and reiterate that our offer is very real.

DOUGHERTY: CNN's terrorist analyst Peter Bergen believes the State Department has bungled the case of the $10 million man.

PETER BERGEN, CNN NATIONAL SECURITY ANALYST: He's, you know, going around the country, you know, appearing on every chat show and having huge rallies, and it seems to have kind of backfired, because the idea was for the Pakistani government to arrest him, and that's not going to happen.

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COREN: Jill Dougherty reporting there.

Well, coming up on NEWS STREAM, how Iraqi teenagers are being targeted, all for their choice of fashion.

And one man's junk is another man's cash. An abandoned fishing trawler catches the eye of the U.S. Coast Guard and an enterprising fisherman.

And the real cost of chocolate. We'll hear from the industry's youngest workers, a report from Ivory Coast, in CNN's Freedom Project.

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COREN: Well, in Iraq, teenagers are picking up on the latest fashion trends. For boys, it's sporting tight jeans and fitted shirts, but that's not sitting well with some conservatives in the country. And as Arwa Damon finds out, the clash has some dire consequences.

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ARWA DAMON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Hair spiked or worn long, low waist, tight, skinny jeans, fitted T-shirts, all trending among Baghdad's youth. But the Iraqi capital now has a self-appointed fashion police lurking in the streets, especially in the conservative Shia slum of Sadr City.

"My pants are like this now," says Ahmed (ph), whose real identity we are protecting, "but if I pull them down even a little, I will be questioned about it." He and his friend Mahmoud (ph) are terrified that their style could get them killed.

In February, lists of names began circulating, each branded as a "rapper," "gay," or what's known as "emo." The emo look, black, tight-fitting clothes and funky hairstyles, is not common in the streets of Baghdad. It's not clear who is distributing these leaflets, but they warn youngsters to avoid what are called "homosexual haircuts," to stop dressing in "clothes of the devil," with "forbidden graphics like the emos," or else. And these were not idle threats.

Since the leaflets appeared, a senior official says more than a dozen people perceived to be gay or emo were killed. The body of Saif (ph), a young man in his 20s, was found dumped, his head bashed in by a brick. A friend says he was accused of being an emo.

Far from pursuing the killers, Iraq's Interior Ministry says it is "Tracking the devil worshipping emo phenomenon and working to eliminate it." The community police unit is visiting schools, advising students on how to dress.

"There are some young men in the neighborhood who are wearing inappropriate clothing, so we advise them and we try to guide them," Officer Khalid Hassan (ph) says. "And there are young men gathered at coffee shops who are morally deviant." He's attending this religious meeting of women called to discuss the emo phenomenon.

"The community police have been very active on the streets, implanting Islamic principles, culture and morals," Hamdi Tarir (ph) tells us. But despite the risks, some of Sadr City's youth insists they'll wear what they want.

"We are young. We are free to do what we want to do. This has nothing to do with them," says Saif (ph), a senior in high school.

Ahmed (ph) and Mahmoud (ph) say they feel the police advice is a veiled threat. "The community police told us, 'You're not allowed to wear shirts with skulls, bracelets, necklaces, no long or spiked-up hair," Mahmoud (ph) tells us. He shortened his hair and took off his rings. "Even guys that used to wear rings, normal rings, not the ones with a skull or anything, took them off," Mahmoud (ph) says.

(on camera): Most of what you'll find in Sadr City are the more traditional and accepted male accessories like these rings. There's a shop right across that we walked into asking what sort of jewelry he had, and he immediately said, "Oh, are you looking for emo pieces?" and was very quick to say, "No, I don't have any of that."

(voice-over): After all Iraq has been through, Ahmed (ph) is fuming that he has to deal with this. "They question our clothes, our hairstyles, where we go," he says.

He and others say the community police turn a blind eye to those threatening them so they can enforce their ultra-conservative principles. For Baghdad's young men, freedom of expression can be deadly.

Arwa Damon, CNN, Baghdad.

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COREN: Well, after being washed out to sea by last year's tsunami in Japan, and drifting all the way to the Alaskan coast, this unmanned Japanese fishing trawler has met a watery grave. We'll bring you that story next.

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COREN: Well, debris struck up last year by the tsunami off the coast of Japan has found its way to the other side of the Pacific Ocean. Well, one of the items, a rusty fishing trawler, has ended up in Alaskan waters. The worry was it could pose a threat to one of the ships navigating in the area, so the U.S. Coast Guard was sent in to deal with it, but not before an enterprising fisherman got a look first.

Well, the CBC's Chris Brown has this report.

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CHRIS BROWN, REPORTER, CBC (voice-over): After a year drifting at sea, and now a threat to commercial shipping lanes, the plan was to blast the tsunami ghost ship out of the water with cannon fire. Only before the U.S. Coast Guard could send the salvos flying, the owner of a B.C. fishing boat yelled not so fast.

WALTER CADWALLER, FISHING BOAT OWNER: Oh, they wanted to go up there and assess the vessel and see what the condition was and everything, and claim salvage rights if they could.

BROWN: Cadwaller and his wife own the Bernice Sea (ph). It's normally used for herring fishing, but a week ago the six-man crew sailed out with a plan to tow the Japanese ship back to port.

CADWALLER: You know, similar vessels are sometimes for sail for in excess of a million dollars.

BROWN: The U.S. Coast Guard was unaware, but three of Cadwaller's crew actually boarded the rust bucket today to check it out. What they found was interesting, but disappointing.

CADWALLER: Somehow, it had ruptured a fuel tank internally, and there was fuel and oil from one end of the boat to the other.

BROWN: Pumping the fuel out was impossible, and that nixed the salvage plan. So late today, the Bernice Sea (ph) withdrew and the U.S. Coast Guard gave the open fire order.

PETTY OFFICER 1ST CLASS DAVID HOSLEY, U.S. COAST GUARD: We have reports that the firing has caused holes into the side of the vessel, caused it to catch fire and to start sinking.

BROWN: The derelict ship is on the leading wave of tsunami debris headed this way, but this model uses dark swirls to show the heaviest floating material, mostly wood, is now likely north of Hawaii. But this ocean currents expert says other intact ships could be coming, too.

CURTIS EBBESMEYER, OCEANOGRAPHER: This boat is the first of dozens I'm expecting, and they'll range in size from maybe a 14-foot boat up to the present one, which is about 150 foot long.

BROWN: As for Walter Cadwaller, that sounds like a business opportunity.

CADWALLER: We'd like to be the people that were authorized to go and take a look. We have all the equipment and everything, and the proper people to do so.

BROWN: He's maybe out $10,000 for gas for his expedition, but it's a price worth paying, he says, to satisfy a huge curiosity.

Chris Brown, CBC News, Vancouver.

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COREN: Coming up on NEWS STREAM, the bitter human costs of chocolate. While thousands of children are put to work to satisfy the world's hunger for the sweet, well, CNN's Freedom Project investigates. That's next.

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COREN: Welcome back. I'm Anna Coren in Hong Kong. And you're watching NEWS STREAM. These are your world headlines.

Well, more fighting across Syria just days before a UN cease-fire deadline. Activists say at least 12 people have been killed so far today. 77 died on Thursday. Turkey says more than 2,000 Syrians have entered the country in the past day to get away from the violence.

Well, medical sources in Malawi says the nation's president has died of a heart attack. The southern African country now faces questions about who will succeed the leader. He kicked his vice president out of the ruling party last year.

The U.S. Coast Guard has sunk a Japanese fishing trawler off the coast of Alaska more than a year after it was swept out to sea by the tsunami that hit Japan. Well, the rusty ship had drifted across the Pacific, part of a live debris field created by the tsunami. The coast guard said the trawler posed a hazard to shipping in the area.

The U.S. monthly jobs for March are out. They show non-farm payrolls rose by 120,000 last month, that's well below expectations. It also snaps a strong streak by the U.S. economy, more than 200,000 jobs had been added each month since December. The unemployment rate fell to 8.2 percent.

Well, even if you don't celebrate the holiday, you have probably noticed the Easter candy in your grocery store. It's the top season worldwide for chocolate purchases according to Kraft Foods. But there's something you should know before you buy a single bunny or an Easter egg. Well, some chocolate comes at a high human coast. Ivory Coast is the world's largest cocoa producer and farms there are accused of exploiting more than 100,000 children.

Our David McKenzie met some of those young victim's during a CNN Freedom Project investigation.

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DAVID MCKENZIE, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: On this farm, we find Abdul. He survived three years of work. He's just 10. He earns no wages for his work, he says, just food, the occasional tip from the owner, and the torn clothes on his back.

Put in the simplest of terms, Abdul is a child slave.

We move away from the group so he can speak more freely. And through our translator, he tells us his story.

If you had a choice he wouldn't work?

Abdul says he's from neighboring Burkina Faso. When his father died, he says, a stranger brought him to Ivory Coast.

Abdul has never eaten chocolate, tells us he doesn't even know what cocoa is for.

We met Yaku (ph) on the same farm, also from Burkina Faso.

"My mother brought me when my father died," he tells me.

Yaku (ph) insists he's 16, but he looks much younger. His legs bare machete scars from hours clearing the bush. The emotional scars seem much deeper.

"I wish I could just go to school," he says, "to learn to read and write."

But Yaku (ph) says he's never spent a day in school.

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COREN: Well, that is not supposed to be happening. Back in 2001, the chocolate industry agreed to stamp out forced child labor from West Africa's cocoa farms. Well, they signed what's called the Harkin-Engel Protocol, but the agreement deadline has been pushed back multiple times.

Well, now the goal is to reduce the worst forms of child labor by 70 percent within the next eight year.

Well, how can you help? It can be as easy as checking the label on a chocolate bar. As you can se there, the word organic. One expert says simply opt for organic as those growing techniques are not used in West Africa. But that's not the only thing to look for, our Richard Quest hits a county store with an anti-trafficking activist to find out more.

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RICHARD QUEST, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Steve, chocolate and the tasty stuff, but what am I looking for besides a good bargain? What am I looking for when I'm buying it?

STEVE CHALKE, STOP THE TRAFFIK: You should be looking for chocolate that's a good bargain for you, that's delicious for you and actually is good news for those who took part in the production.

QUEST: Right. But as I look at this range of chocolate, what are the signs? Point me to the signs?

CHALKE: Well, the sign is quite clear. Here is Cadbury's dairy milk. And it's got a Fair Trade symbol on. It's got a Fair Trade symbol on because it's been fairly produced.

QUEST: OK, now there's a lot of chocolate here, a lot of chocolate.

CHALKE: Lots of brands, lots of manufacturers, but here's a Kit Kat. A four finger Kit Kat, Nestle, Kit Kat fairly traded.

QUEST: You've got four bars fairly traded, four bars not, four bars not.

CHALKE: But one's a not.

QUEST: So why would any company not do both?

CHALKE: The truth is this, in order to produce fairly traded cocoa, you've got to invest in the lives of those who are producing that cocoa. You've got to treat them fairly.

You see here is Galaxy. And Galaxy says on it Rain Forest Alliance, Rain Forest Alliance and Fairly Traded are two different systems, but they both tell you that there was no slavery involved in the production of this bar.

QUEST: CNN asks Nestle, Mars, and Karft/Cadbury why they certify some, but not all of their products. Frankly, most of them didn't answer the question.

Nestle referred us to a statement saying the company believes child labor has no place in our supply chain. We have firmly committed to eradicate unacceptable practices.

Nestle noted they partnered with the Fair Labor Association to investigate their supply chains in West Africa and said, quote, "where they find evidence of child labor the FLA will identify the root causes and advise Nestle how to address them in ways that are sustainable and lasting."

Mars, which is the maker of Galaxy came the closest saying, "while we will label some products, our primary goal is to reach 100 percent certification by 2020. To encourage more industry commitments, to buy larger volumes of certified cocoa. We have launched one of the largest and most comprehensive cocoa sustainability initiatives to reach this ambitious goal. We are working with Rain Forest Alliance, Fair Trade International and UTZ Good Inside as part of this effort. We are the only chocolate manufacturer to buy cocoa from all three major certifiers."

As for Kraft/Cadbury, they simply said "Kraft Foods is working with others in the industry, supporting the Harkin-Engel Protocol to work towards elimination of the worst forms of child labor in the growing of cocoa beans."

If it's Fair Trade and Rain Forest Alliance has it got less calories?

CHALKE: I'm afraid it's still going to make your fat, but you'll be ethically fat.

QUEST: Which one are we opening first? This one -- no this one.

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COREN: We (inaudible) was calorie free.

Well, you heard from Richard about how some large companies are addressing this problem. Well, let's speak to the owner of a chocolate boutique, Kristin -- Kirsten Hard, I should say, of Cacao Atlanta joins us from CNN Center. Kristen, great to have you with us.

I believe that your love affair with chocolate started in the Caribbean on a sailing boat of all things.

KRISTEN HARD, CACAO ATLANTA: It did.

COREN: Tell us how you got involved with Fair Trade chocolate.

HARD: What we do is deal with -- sorry -- with direct trade. So we deal with farmers direct and we build a relationship with them so that they give us a very high quality product and we pay sometimes double commodity price. So we don't even really deal in any situation where there would be any child slavery or anything unethical happening.

COREN: Now Kristen, I believe that you traveled to these countries and you speak to the farmers directly. Why are you so hands on?

HARD: It's the only way I feel that we can control as a small company all of the processes that growing cacao. You know, on a farm, in a foreign country, really anything can happen, so we would like to manufacture from the cocoa bean not just from the cocoa bean, but managing everything for quality so that the end product is not just ethically produced, but also with the best quality produced.

COREN: Now I believe that you only deal with farmers in Latin America and not with those in Africa. Why is that?

HARD: Yeah, we really find that in Africa with the child slavery that it's a very difficult thing to deal with. So we've chosen to stick with the high quality cocoa beans that are grown in Central and South America. And, you know, eventually I feel we would like to purchase from Africa once we feel like we can trust the sources.

COREN: Tell us about the reaction from your customers to buying Fair Trade chocolate?

HARD: You know, I think our customers really trust our company. We don't -- we're not certified Fair Trade because we do direct trade. So because we do such hands on, we have a lot of relationships with our farmers that we relay to our customers and I think they find it intriguing that we do this direct trade. It's a lot of time and effort that goes into it.

COREN: Now if you can control the supply chain, why is it do you think that these big companies are not following these practices?

HARD: I think it becomes very difficult when you're purchases such large quantities of cacao. The Ivory Coast manufactures -- not manufactures, produces the largest export in the world for cacao. And I think when you have such a high demand it becomes very difficult for them to try and export from several other countries to make up for that quantity.

COREN: Now as we heard in our earlier report with Richard Quest, organic and Free Trade chocolate isn't calorie free, but does it taste different?

HARD: You know, actually I have to say that organic and Fair Trade can be low calorie, actually. The way that we manufacture our chocolate.

COREN: That is good news.

HARD: Yes. The way that we manufacture our chocolate is without added cocoa butter and without any preservatives or additives. And at 75% cacao, it's actually a very low fat food and low calorie. So it's really actually very good for you. I was laughing when I saw that that he said it was going to make your fat.

COREN: Well, you certainly sold me. And I'll be heading to the supermarkets and looking for that organic, Fair Trade chocolate this weekend.

HARD: Sounds good.

COREN: Celebrate Easter.

HARD: Thank you so much.

COREN: Kristien Hard, great to have you on the program. Thank you so much.

HARD: Thank you.

COREN: Well, Kristie helped judge a recent iReport contest. The challenge Make a Dish with ethically sourced chocolate. And dozens of entries came in. Well, this eighth grade class in Germany was one of the winners. They made what translates to cold dog cake. Well, their teacher says they were learning about sustainable development and Fair Trade products.

This looks an especially yummy lesson. The class had to order Fair Trade cocoa powder online, because it could not find any in stores.

And here, a dark chocolate bar is used in bread pudding. Well, this iReporter says she hopes to raise awareness about ethical production methods because it really bothered her that something she enjoys so much could be produced by people against their will.

And the judges also liked these decadent looking cookies made, of course, with Fair Trade coffee. And this creative bowl of lentil soup, yes there is grated dark chocolate in there.

And here is the second runner up.

You can find all of the entries and recipes on iReport.com.

Well, coming up on NEWS STREAM, the newest starting pitcher for the Colorado Rockies is anything but a rookie. James Moyer -- Jamie Moyer shows that it doesn't matter how old you are to play in the Major Leagues.

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COREN: Well, an old hand is turning the new Major League Baseball season for the Colorado Rockies. At 49, Jamie Moyer beat players half his age to earn his starting spot. Ed Lavendera reports on the pitcher proving age ain't nothing but a number.

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ED LAVENDERA, CNN CORREPSONDENT: It doesn't get old walking out onto a baseball field does it.

JAMIE MOYER, PITCHER: No, it doesn't it. No. There's not a better feeling than this right here.

LAVENDERA: Jamie Moyer first walked on to a Major League Baseball field in the summer of 1986. Ronald Reagan was president. America was dancing to Walk Like an Egyptian. And Ferris Bueller's Day Off had just premiered in movie theaters.

Jamie Moyer is 49-years-old and found out just a few days ago that he earned a spot as a starting pitcher for the Colorado Rockies, a team that didn't even exist when he broke into the Major Leagues more than 25 years ago.

You're 49-years-old, playing a kids game, right?

MOYER: That's correct.

LAVENDERA: I mean, it doesn't get any better.

MOYER: It doesn't. And, you know, sometimes I have to pinch myself. And I've been very blessed to, you know, have the opportunities to have a long career and at 49 still feeling like a kid.

LAVENDERA: If Jamie Moyer wins his first game this season, he'll become the oldest pitcher in Major League history to win a game. Three of his pitching teammates were born after Moyer started his big league career. Let the old man jokes begin.

No one has asked if you've played with Babe Ruth?

MOYER: I get that on occasion yeah. And I actually sometimes I kid guys that I used to clean his shoes and things like that. So.

LAVENDERA: Clean Babe Ruth's shoes?

MOYER: Yeah, it breaks the ice.

LAVENDERA: When Jamie Moyer talks, the young baby faced players listen. Moyer says most of his close baseball friends have long retired.

MOYER: You know, when I got on the airplane last night, guys started -- sat down and I went back to the bathroom and I'm thinking oh my gosh I feel like I'm -- we're on a field trip and I'm kind of watching over the kids.

LAVENDERA: Moyer is playing against his oldest son's friends now.

JAMES EARL JONES, ACTOR: The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball.

LAVENDERA: That was James Earl Jones capturing the timelessness of baseball in the movie Field of Dreams, just like Jamie Moyer has been a constant in baseball for more than a quarter century.

Ed Lavendera, CNN, Houston.

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COREN: Well, Jamie Moyer is in exceptional company. The list of professional athletes still competing at his age is short, but impressive. And here are just a few of the older athletes who have proved they've still got game. Well, legendary golfer Jack Nicolas won his last U.S. Masters at Augusta in 1986 at the age of 46. Well, that made him the oldest golfer to win the championship and capped off a career in which he won 18 majors. Well, that record has yet to be beaten by the next generation of players.

Well, they call him George Blander (ph), the Grand Old Man. The American Pro Football Hall of Famer's career spanned a record 26 years. He hung up his boots at the age of 48.

And here is a woman who really needs no introduction. Martina Navratilova, the once ubiquitous Czech ex-patriot capped off her prolific career by winning the mixed doubles title at the 2006 U.S. Open. At the time, she was 49.

Well, right now the second round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia is just getting underway. Britain's Lee Westwood got off to a great start as we mentioned earlier grabbing the opening round lead. But is he the man to beat?

Well, our Patrick Snell is in Augusta, Georgia. And he joins us now. Patrick, what's going on?

PATRICK SNELL, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT: Hi there, Anna.

Yes, welcome back to Augusta. Play for day two Friday here at Augusta is under way. And Lee Westwood will be teeing off in the next hour or so. So the excitement mounting. The patrons, as they call them here, are already out on the course in force.

Let me take you straight to the top of the leader board as it stands right now. As you said, Anna, it was a great first day Thursday for former world number one Lee Westwood from England. The Englishmen looking for his first major. He is atop it at five under par after shooting a really impressive 67 on Thursday.

Then come Louis Oosthuizon of South Africa who has just teed off. The former British Open champion at four under with a 68. Peter Hanson, the Swede at four under as well. And then they counted six players no less at three under par. Ben Crane, Jason Dufner, Bubba Watson, a trio there of big hitting Americna players. Then comes the Scotsman Paul Lorri (ph), Miguel Jimenez, the Spaniard and the Italian Francesco Molinari all locked in at three under par.

What about Tiger Woods you ask? He was level par after day one Thursday after shooting a 72.

Rory McIlroy, the reigning U.S. Open champion at one under par after ending his round really impressively with two consecutive birdies.

A little more on Lee Westwood now. This is a player who at 38 years of age is still looking for that first grand slam title. And he's certainly come close before. He's had a number of high place finishes in majors. 2010 was a particularly good year for the Englishman, he was second here at Augusta. He was also second that year at the British Open.

And you know what, he is ready. He feels he's ready to win his first major. He is certainly determined. And he didn't really appear to like the hype surrounding Tiger and Rory earlier on in the week. But he's really sticking to his guns by saying that he's not going to be distracted by that. He's not going to be put off by talk and speculation.

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LEE WESTWOOD, GOLFER: You let everything that the papers and TV said then you know kind of a sad life, really. So, you know, I've never been one for paying too much attention to that. I just, you know, get on with doing my own thing and I have my own ideas and opinions.

RORY MCILROY, GOLFER: Lee, you know, has had a great chance here before in 2010. So he knows how to play on this golf course. And you know he's one of the best players in the world. So, you know, seeing him going out there today and shooting 67 is, you know -- I don't think it surprises anyone. So, you know, obviously a great start for him.

But, you know, I was surprised at the scoring today that someone didn't go a little lower.

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SNELL: So Westwood teeing off in the next hour. Then it's Rory the hour after that. Certainly a healthy rivalry developing between those two, Anna.

COREN: Yeah, it certainly is.

Interesting you mentioned Lee Westwood. He had said this week is not all about Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy. So we'll just have to wait and see how things pan out.

Patrick Snell, enjoying your green jacket. You are well and truly prepared out there in Augusta, Georgia. We'll catch you later. Thank you for that.

Well, it has been raining here in Hong Kong, but certainly nothing like it has been just to the west of us in Chinas Guangdong province. Ahead, the latest on the severe storms and sizeable damage there.

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COREN: Well, strong storms moved through southern China. And now residents are left cleaning up the damage that's been left behind. Our meteorologist Jen Delgado is following that storm activity and has the latest. Hello Jen.

JEN DELGADO, CNN WEATHER CORRESPONDENT: Hi, Anna.

You're right. You mentioned earlier that there was some rain around across your area, but we're talking in the western part of Guangdong province the storms are quite violent. As we go to this video in from us, you can see the damage left behind. We're talking about homes that were damaged. As we pull up that video for you.

The heavy rainfall came through last night. And there it is for you, showing you how some of those homes and the trees were just ripped from their roots. We're talking about winds in excess of 100 kph. People actually surveying the damage that is out of (inaudible) region.

Again, we did see reports of some fires there. But many areas saw anywhere between 24 to 50 millimeters of rainfall. We're talking also downed power lines and farms and crops were also damaged from some reports of hail.

If I take you back over to our graphic, to give you a better idea some of the reports there. We're talking about a wind of 165 kph, that's ouch of Qingyuan.

And then, for Hong Kong, you picked up 70 millimeters of rainfall. That's the heaviest rain you've seen since November 9. So that's pretty significant. You know, through these months they've been rather dry, been seeing a lot of moisture in the form of fog, but your rain really doesn't come until as we head a little bit farther into the spring as well as into the summer months.

Now as we go through the next 24 hours we're going to start to see things settling down, but we're going to keep a lot of clouds around. Another area that's going to be picking up on a lot of rainfall over the next couple of days, we're talking about Thailand as well as for areas including Laos that is actually some of the remnants left from you remember Tropical Storm Hakar (ph) that we had last week.

High temperatures for your Saturday are looking like this: 20 in Hong Kong, 17 in Chongqing. For Beijing, good for you, that warm air is surging up towards north and for Shanghai we'll see a high of 20 degrees on our Saturday.

Another area dealing with storm: Argentina. Let's go to the video there where reportedly 13 people have died and that's from strong winds as well as hail. Breezy -- or I should say surveying the damage left behind. Reportedly 500 people had to be evacuated after those storms moved through. And the weather service said it was actually very unusually strong storm. But you keep in mind when you get the right situation going, you can get a strong storm wherever it might be.

Anna, we'll send it back over to you. Hopefully you'll have a nice weekend.

COREN: Yeah, and I hope the Easter bunny finds you, Jen.

DELGADO: Oh, he'll find me. And I'll find the (inaudible) the next day.

COREN: I have no doubt about that.

You have a good weekend.

Well, you may not know their names, but you have likely seen or heard what the created. Well, the iconic Porsche sports car and many rockers weapon of choice, the Marshall Amplifier.

Well, Ferdinand Alexander Porsche has died in Salzburg, Austria at age 76. In 1963 he designed the first Porsche 911 with its distinctive look.

And the music world is mourning the death of Jim Marshall. The super star rockers of the 1960s like Jimmy Hendrix, the Who's Pete Townsend, and Eric Clapton all relied on Marshall's amplifiers for their ear shattering sound. Well, Jim Marshall was 88.

That does it for us here at NEWS STREAM, but the news certainly continues at CNN. World Business Today is coming up next.

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