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The land of the $20 smartphone

“This one $40, this one $30 … that one $20!” The owner of the street stall, a man of about 30 years wearing a traditional longyi tied around his waist, is gesturing at a phone that looks, to my eyes, like a mid-range Android phone. It bears the brand Singtech, a brand among myriad others […]

Business Brief: What Makes APR Energy ‘The Most Interesting Jacksonville Company’

One of the most successful businesses based in Jacksonville doesn’t do any business in Jacksonville —or even the U.S. This is the story of APR Energy. Its co-founder and Executive Chairman John Campion shared his life’s journey at a recent World Affairs Council Jacksonville luncheon. Campion arrived in the U.S. from Ireland in the early 1980s […]

US human trafficking report blacklists Myanmar

WASHINGTON: The United States on Thursday blacklisted eight more countries for failing to combat human trafficking, including fledgling democracy Myanmar, but was criticised for taking an easier line on Thailand. Announcing the release of the State Department’s annual human trafficking report, Secretary of State John Kerry insisted the rankings were based on objective criteria, and […]