Hong Kong Smashes Human Smuggling Ring

first_img In 2009, Hong Kong Police destroyed a vice syndicate suspected of trafficking women from the Philippines and luring them into prostitution in the southern Chinese capital. Illegal migrants paid the syndicate US$32,250 to leave China through Hong Kong or the southern city of Shenzhen, before they travelled to intermediary countries in the Middle East or Southeast Asia. By Dialogo April 08, 2013 Hong Kong officials said on April 5, they had smashed a syndicate that used fake documents to smuggle people from Mainland China into Argentina, Brazil, Spain and Australia. At least half of those arrested were residents of Hong Kong, according to Fung. They then used fake documents to get to their final destination in search of jobs. The immigration department said 28 arrests were made in a joint operation with Mainland Chinese authorities that ended on April 5, adding that the ring had smuggled some 50 people since 2011. “During this eight-day operation, we have succeeded in neutralizing an international human smuggling syndicate,” the immigration department’s assistant director, William Fung, told a press conference. last_img read more

Suffolk Police Probe 6 Armed Home Invasions in 4 Weeks

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police are investigating a half dozen armed home invasions over a recent four-week span, including one last week in which a family was tied up in Bay Shore, authorities said.In the first case, a man entered a Huntington Station home on Whitson Road, flashed a gun and stole both cash and a cell phone before fleeing the scene on foot shortly before 2 p.m. Nov. 20, police said. The following day, three men entered a Brentwood home on Lorraine Street, flashed a gun, demanded money and stole a PlayStation video game console at 10 p.m. Nov. 21, police said. There were neither any arrests, injuries nor descriptions of the suspects in either case.Then at 11:09 a.m. Nov. 30, Noel Hernandez allegedly entered a Brentwood home on Gates Avenue, threatened a victim with a screwdriver and stole cash and a screwdriver before fleeing the scene on foot, police said. Hernandez pleaded not guilty to charges of burglary and robbery. He was ordered held without bail and is due back in Suffolk court on Jan. 14.Of the six, that case was the only one in which an arrest has been made. The following day, two suspects entered a North Amityville home on Nathalie Avenue, where one of the duo pistol-whipped a victim at 2:45 p.m. Dec. 1, police said. Nothing was stolen in that case and the victim refused medical attention.Two weeks later, two men entered another North Amityville home, this time on Somerset Road North, where one of the suspects flashed what appeared to be a handgun and the other brandished a stun gun before they stole money from the victims at 6:51 p.m. Dec. 16, police said.A day after that case, a 35-year-old woman was entering her Bay Shore home on Woodbine Avenue with her 20-year-old female friend when they were followed into the house by two men who were armed with a handgun at 9:30 p.m. Dec. 17, police said.The suspects tied up both women, the older woman’s 35-year-old boyfriend and her 12-year-old son with zip ties before they ransacked the home for three hours and stole cash, police said. The couple was treated for minor injuries at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore. One shot was fired inside the house, but no one was injured.The suspects fled in the female victim’s 2013 Honda westbound on Greenwood Road. Police found the vehicle on 3rd Avenue in Bay Shore at 5:20 a.m.Detectives are continuing the investigations into each case. Anyone with information on these home invasions can call in tips anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.last_img read more

Dale Earnhardt Jr. still has ‘the itch’ to race

first_imgThat competitiveness, though, is something he credits for making his job in the booth more fulfilling.”The way that I feel about (racing) and the way that I miss it is kind of healthy toward doing the job as a broadcaster,” Earnhardt said. “It makes me excited to go watch the race and excited about what I’m going to see.”The 44-year-old had his growing pains this year in the booth but was happy to learn from his mistakes and will work to get better.”The majority of the feedback that I got was positive, and that spurred me on just to keep digging and keep working and keep doing what I was doing,” he said. “Hopefully that will be enough to keep me around for a while.” Dale Earnhardt Jr. may have retired from full-time NASCAR racing, but that doesn’t mean he never wants to race again.”I have this itch or an urge to go race or run a race or just drive a car somewhere,” Earnhardt said Thursday, via ESPN. “But I don’t have a clear regret or a real urge that’s got to be satisfied.” Earnhardt spent almost the entirety of the season in the broadcast booth with NBC in 2018, but he did find his way onto the track once for an Xfinity race in Richmond.He finished fourth there and looked every bit of the competitor he always has been — he just didn’t quite have the car to come away with a win. Related News Dale Earnhardt Jr. wants to race again in 2019 after finishing 4th in Richmond While Earnhardt has not indicated he wants to get back to racing full time, he would like to get in a car again. Immediately after finishing his Xfinity race in Richmond this year he said just that.”We’ll try to do another one next year, we’ll see where we go,” he said. “We’ll be with Hellmann’s again, and we have to figure out what race that’s going to be.”last_img read more

England’s winning run is halted

first_img England’s winning run in the U16 boys’ international series was brought to an end by Ireland in a high-quality match on the Isle of Man.England won all three matches last year and had beaten Wales and Scotland this season, but the Irish edged past them by a point, winning 8.5-7.5 at scenic Castletown Golf Links.The visitors showed their strength in the singles, coming back from a two-point deficit after the opening sessions, when England had won the foursomes 3-1 and halved the fourballs 2-2.Michael Gilbert, a member of England’s winning team at the boys’ Home Internationals, led the way in the singles and withstood the pressure to take his point on the final green.Immediately behind him, English U14 champion Conor Gough and Ireland’s Mark Power were playing superb golf, eventually halving their game having both played round in six-under par. And, at the bottom of the order, James Cooper also won for England, defeating his opponent 4/3.But in the five games in between the Irish took charge and, when Callum Macfie’s 18th hole birdie putt slid past, the victory was theirs.Gough was top scorer for England with an unbeaten performance of 2.5pts from three games.Steve Burnett, the England Golf Men’s Performance Manager, said: “This was a very high-quality match and there was some excellent golf from both teams. Congratulations to Ireland and we look forward to next year’s re-match.“Castletown was a fabulous venue for the match and we were all made so welcome.”The course is surrounded on three sides by the Irish Sea and this was the first international to be played on the Isle of Man for many years. During the two-day match the club offered free coaching to island youngsters aged between eight and 16.The England team was: Barclay Brown (Hallamshire, Yorkshire), James Cooper (Cumberwell Park, Wiltshire), Charlie Daughtrey (Rotherham, Yorkshire), Michael Gilbert (Chelmsford, Essex), Conor Gough (Stoke Park, BB&O), Hugo Kedzlie (Spalding, Lincolnshire), Callum Macfie (Lindrick, Yorkshire) and Tom Stagg (Salisbury & South Wilts, Wiltshire) 12 Oct 2016 England’s winning run is halted last_img read more

Jimmy White highlights ‘whirlwind’ charity pool & snooker fundraiser

first_imgVeteran snooker ace Jimmy White was in Pattaya recently where he gave up his time to play against local pool and snooker enthusiasts at different venues, and all for charity. Players paid 1000 baht to take on the ‘Whirlwind’ at four bars across the city for the Father Ray Foundation educational fund. This was hot on the heels of a press conference announcing a high profile snooker event that will take place in August 2015 which will also raise funds for Father Ray.Jimmy has a long affinity with Pattaya and recently purchased a unit at the Palm Condo, so for him Pattaya is like a second home and is a familiar and friendly face around town.Jimmy White plays for the side pocket in one of his many charity games played last week to raise money for the Father Ray Foundation. On Sunday the 7th of September Jimmy first played a number of regulars at the Sportsman Bar where 13,840 baht was raised.The following night Jimmy played at the Kilkenny Bar on LK Metro where a further 20,660 baht went into the pot.On Tuesday he ventured out by Mabprachan Lake to the very popular Brasshouse where things started to get a bit crazy. 68,000 was pledged to play Jimmy, then there was an auction for a signed snooker cue which went for 51,000 baht, which was then doubled by a generous guy making it 102,000 for the cue – so a total of 170,000 baht was raised.Jimmy Deakin from the Brass House and his lovely wife present Jimmy White with flowers as a small token of appreciation.And finally, on Wednesday the 10th Jimmy went to a small bar off of Soi Khao Noi which used to be called the Golden Gate but recently changed hands and has been rebranded as The Dukes Lounge.  26 players took on Jimmy raising 26,000 baht. This was followed by a raffle which made 5,400 baht, which Jamie Saunders from the Dukes Lounge and Jimmy Deakin from the Brasshouse doubled to make it 31,400. An auction followed that raised a further 22,000, and finally, to top it all off, some very generous donations of 42,000 made a total of over 126,000 baht for the night.In an exclusive interview with PMTV Jimmy stated that some of the most competent opponents were Thai women who play a lot of pool and are confident and determined.Jimmy also stated that for him it was a pleasure to be involved in events like this and that he was amazed at the generosity of people.Over the four nights, over 330,000 baht was raised for the Father Ray Foundation, a charity that is well loved here in Pattaya and that takes cares of over 800 children across its various communities. With Jimmy White’s help these children are promised a brighter future.last_img read more

The Jersey Speed Skiffs of the Navesink and Shrewsbury Rivers

first_imgBy Rick Geffken |HIGHLANDS – Ned Lloyd spent a lot of time on Shrewsbury and Navesink rivers while growing up in Rumson. That doesn’t make him a whole lot different from thousands of other kids lucky enough to live in and around the Two River peninsula. What distinguishes this current Connecticut resident is that he’s deepened his love for, and encyclopedic knowledge of, the indigenous small crafts of our local waterways, particularly the revered and inimitable Jersey skiff.Lloyd will be the featured speaker at a meeting of the Navesink Maritime Historical Association (NHMA) scheduled for Wednesday evening, Oct. 17 at Bahrs Landing Restaurant. His discussion and presentation, “The Pound Boats and Beach Fisheries of the Jersey Shore” will start after light refreshments at 7:30 p.m. It’s free and open to the public.Lloyd recently made the trip from his home in the Nutmeg State back to Monmouth County to participate in the annual Thunder on the Shrewsbury at the Long Branch Ice Boat & Yacht Club just a few weeks ago. “It’s a rendezvous and get-together,” said Lloyd, “for owners, aficionados, and racers of a Jersey speed skiff which is a Jersey-born, 16-foot inboard race boat class with a strong local following.”These world-renowned Jersey speed skiffs are nothing like the typical fiberglass speedboats running on the Shrewsbury these days, powered by Yamaha or Honda outboards. “Back in the 1960s, they were 50-60 mph wooden-hulled boats, close to the fastest things in the water,” said Lloyd about the local boats he fell in love with as a kid. He noted that an Oceanport resident, Rob Garretano, recently set the American Power Boat Association (APBA) record in Devils Lake, Oregon when his 16-footer hit 85 mph over a quarter-mile run.“It’s fairly well established that the first Jersey speed skiff, named PJ, was built by Harold ‘Pappy’ Seaman in the Port-au-Peck section of Oceanport in 1922. She was strictly a pleasure boat. Pappy’s family was building boats as early as the 1840s. “With a name like that you just have to build boats,” said Lloyd. When smaller, more high-powered in-board marine engines became available in the early 1920s, Seaman’s skills easily ported to the development of a new kind of small wooden watercraft.The story is that J. P. Bowers of Red Bank asked Pappy Seaman to build a little 16-foot boat for his family. “Seaman came up with an unusual deviation, a flat bottom. Previously, Jersey Shore boats had rolled garboard keel bottoms to let them stand upright on the beach, easier to push into the ocean. Those resulting high stern ends also shielded their propellers from damage,” Lloyd said.At the Long Branch Thunder event, Oceanport’s Charlie Boland consulted with Lloyd on some maintenance and restoration aspects of Charlie’s own Suds, named after a similar sea skiff his father once owned. Jim Janeczko of Belford has also relied on Lloyd’s expertise for years. “I bought back my dad’s old 1965 cigar box (boat) and I’m restoring it now.”Lloyd displayed his voluminous scrapbooks, notes and other historic maritime pictures during his visit to the Long Branch Ice Boat & Yacht Club Sept. 29. More than a few visitors suggested Lloyd should write a book showcasing his vast knowledge of this intriguing local subject. “If I ever find time,” is his stock answer.Lloyd was still in grade school in Rumson when he was first attracted to boats. He remembers going to speed skiff races in Atlantic Highlands as well as to the National Sweepstakes Regatta in Red Bank. Speed skiffs were still racing near Oceanport well into the 1970s and Lloyd’s family would travel by boat to watch the races while they anchored nearby. He smiled as he recalled, “Growing up, if I wasn’t in school, I was either mucking around the saltwater marshes, playing with wooden boats or hanging around boatyards.”“There were times I’d be at the tip of Sandy Hook at five in the morning but make it back to homeroom in time,” he said. His consistent classroom attendance paid off. Lloyd eventually graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a major in fisheries and marine technologies. From there he spent a short time working in a small shipyard and now designs custom electric wiring and cable for a living. He’s also a frequent contributor to a boat lover’s website, thehulltruth.com.A pivotal life experience for Lloyd was the 1977 day he got a ramshackle old skiff, long abandoned in Red Bank. It was originally a product of Bill Tallman’s 1930’s-era “Row No More Boats” yard in Fair Haven. Lloyd spent a year and a half restoring Bits ‘N’ Pieces, so called after the driftwood and other jetsam he scavenged. Forty years on, he’s restoring her once again, hoping to have her back in the water next year.NHMA president Rik van Hemmen said, “Ned Lloyd has one of the best collections of information, memorabilia and pictures of the Jersey Sea Skiff and the local builders.”To learn more about Ned Lloyd’s local appearances or the NHMA, visit navesinkmaritime.org/events.This article was first published in the Oct. 11 – Oct. 17, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more


first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES JOE TURNER, SIRCAT SALLY, WINNER: “This is special. Three different riders, three different wins, three different tracks and two different surfaces . . . what more could you ask for?“I still have the dam and people from the Square Eddie camp are very anxious to see the baby. She’s in foal to him now.“I could breed back to Surf Cat, too, she’s doing so well with him. I was going to try to get her to Vronsky but I’m undecided. I’ve known Bruce Headley for many, many years so I may lean his way (and breed to Surf Cat).” JERRY HOLLENDORFER, SIRCAT SALLY, WINNER: “That was the question, whether she would do that or not (run well on turf), and she did it I think in pretty nice fashion. I was very pleased the way she rated off the pace, and showed good enough speed to get up and be tactical. That was very beautiful, for me.”Hollendorfer added he had “no thoughts yet” on her next race.             NOTES: Winning owner Joe Turner is from Fresno. TYLER BAZE, SIRCAT SALLY, WINNER: “I had a beautiful trip. Mr. Hollendorfer and I talked before about the speed in the race and he left it up to me. She pulled me to the lead. I just let her break and find her own stride. She loved it. She was comfortable out there and had no problems sitting second. It was a fun ride.” TRAINER QUOTES -30-last_img read more


first_imgThe St Conal’s garden crew with their pumpkinsWould you like the opportunity to grow your own vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers? If so then the community gardens at St Conal’s Letterkenny is the place to become the modern day good-lifer!Since its inception in 2010 the garden has grown into a natural , sustainable and healthy community. The garden which holds over forty outdoor plots alongside four polytunnels, fruit picking orchards and an indoor gazebo is now accepting names from individuals for the 2014 growing season plot spaces. Alongside your plot space this year you will have the opportunity to get involved in tutored garden time and also some competitive growing!You can grow all sorts in the St Conal’s Garden!Community gardener Joanne Butler will be on hand one day a week to offer assistance and advice to all growers at St Conal’s.“Next year we will start a seed sharing & saving scheme along with a possible box scheme being launched at the garden ”One of the community groups involved in the garden this year is Cara House who are finishing up a very successful garden course there. Participants not only learned practical horticulture but also built a pallet garden, had a go at pumpkin carving, and made christmas pots which go on sale in a few weeks time .Chairperson of the gardens Ann Wilkilson said “increasing consumer interest in where our food comes from combined with concerns about air miles, GM foods and sustainability has led to a community garden renaissance here in which I firmly believe is growing by the year.”So if you would like to get growing with outdoor exercise and relaxation then come on and get involved in the community gardens at St Conal’s.Plot spaces are limited so call Ann on 0868591619 for more information .Busy at work potting some plants. ST CONALS COULD PLANT A NEW IDEA IN YOUR HEAD was last modified: November 18th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Joanne ButlerSt Conal’s Gardenlast_img read more

Drake Athletics Lives the Bulldog Way By Packaging 40,000 Meals

first_imgStory Links Photo Gallery DES MOINES, Iowa – The entire Drake athletic department convened on Sunday, Aug. 28, afternoon at the Knapp Center to recognize its student-athletes and pledge to live the Bulldog Way both on and off the field.In addition to reaffirming their commitment to living the Bulldog Way, Drake student-athletes and staff lived it by partnering with Meals From the Heartland to package more than 40,000 meals that will be delivered to malnourished people in Iowa, across the United States and around the world.Director of athletics Sandy Hatfield Clubb was joined by Drake University president Marty Martin and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee members in detailing the tenets of the Bulldog way and the success it has created.Every team, student-athlete, coach and staff member pledged to live the Bulldog Way and signed a copy of the Bulldog way, which states We act with INTEGRITY.We demonstrate and uncompromising COMMITMENT to EXCELLENCE.We OUTWORK and OUTHUSTLE our opponent in pursuit of CHAMPIONSHIPS.We desire the BEST FOR and expect the BEST FROM each other.We MAXIMIZE OUR POTENTIAL by ASPIRING TO GREATNESSWE LIVE THE BULLDOG WAY.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Meralco zaps lackluster Star, nears PBA semis sweep

first_imgBSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight “We did a good job at sustaining our effort from start to finish. We executed on both ends very well,” Meralco head coach Norman Black told reporters.“Total team effort. Everybody stepped up led by AD (Durham) and JD (Dillinger) also hit some big shots,” Black said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFive players scored in double-digits with Allen Durham, Jared Dillinger and Ranidel de Ocampo tallying 18 points each.Durham, the reigning Best Import, also hauled down 25 rebounds while Dillinger and de Ocampo combined for nine triples. PBA Women’s 3×3 Tournament – February 24, 2016 PLAY LIST 35:57PBA Women’s 3×3 Tournament – February 24, 201635:47PBA Women’s 3×3 – March 18, 201603:49Will Ginebra’s Barangay be a huge factor in the PBA Finals?01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next PBA IMAGESSTA. ROSA — Meralco dominated Star from start to finish, 98-74, to gain a 2-0 lead in their 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals series Tuesday night at Santa Rosa Multipurpose Complex here.The Bolts showed no signs of slowing down after racing to splitting start, 36-13, early in the second quarter and even led by as much as 30 points, 78-48, entering the fourth period.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Prince Eze out of the NCAA MVP race View comments Dillinger went 6-of-8 from downtown as he and de Ocampo teamed up with Durham to create a lethal inside and out game that had the Hotshots’ defense guessing.The Bolts go for the sweep on Thursday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“We gave to play our best basketball to beat them.”Mark Barroca had 16 points for Star, which blew a big lead late in Game 1.The Hotshots shot just 32% from the field while the Bolts displayed a potent offense, hitting 53% of their attempts with 28 assists.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more