Five people charged in New York with trafficking $73 million in counterfeit Nike Air Jordans: Police and HSI

first_imgObtained by ABC News(NEW YORK) — It’s gotta be the shoes! Except these weren’t THE shoes.Five people have been charged in New York with trafficking in counterfeit Nike Air Jordans, sneakers that, if authentic, would have been worth $73 million, according to the NYPD and Homeland Security Investigations.The counterfeit sneakers look like real Air Jordans in design and color but lack the logos that are registered trademarks, court records said.After the fakes arrived at the Port of Newark from China, they were taken to locations in Brooklyn and Queens where the logos were added and then distributed for sale, NYPD and HSI investigators said.For the last two years the counterfeiting ring has shipped 42 containers full of these generic sneakers that would retail for $190 per pair, court records said.In the last eight months investigators inspected nearly 27,000 pairs of sneakers before charging Miyuki Suen, Jian Min Huang, Songhua Qu, Kin Lui Chen and Fangrang Qu with counterfeit trafficking conspiracy and trafficking in counterfeit goods, police said.“These five individuals are alleged to have been a part of a large scale counterfeiting scheme, importing nearly a half million pairs of knock-off Nike sneakers. These counterfeiting networks can be both detrimental to our economy and threaten our national security, and HSI will continue to take every measure in investigating and dismantling these organizations,” ICE HSI Special Agent-in-Charge Angel M. Melendez said.Each defendant faces a maximum potential sentence of 20 years in prison.“The five defendants in this case allegedly counterfeited over $70 million in fake Nike shoes and sold them to buyers on the U.S. market. I commend our law enforcement partners for helping to bring today’s charges, which send a clear message to would-be counterfeiters: ‘Just don’t do it,’” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said.Nike’s Air Jordan line of sneakers are some of the most popular and expensive athletic shoes on the market. Nike has released a different model almost every year since they were first introduced in 1984.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Oxford backs COVID-19 tracking study

first_imgThe University has announced that it will be supporting a new government study to track coronavirus in the general population. “In this study we want to work out how many people of different ages across the UK have Covid-19 now and how many have had Covid-19 in the past. We do this by testing for the virus in the nose and throat of people and by measuring levels of antibody in the blood. The study is led by the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) and the Office for National Statistics (ONS), drawing on the scientific expertise of the University. It is also backed by the data science company IQVIA UK and the National Biosample Centre in Milton Keynes. Professor Sarah Walker of the University of Oxford Nuffield Department of Medicine will be the Chief Investigator for the study. Walker said: “This is one of the largest and most important studies underway into the COVID-19 virus and will transform our understanding of the infection. The University of Oxford is delighted to be the study sponsor. Participants will self-administer nose and throat swabs as well as answering a few questions from a health worker. These tests will reveal whether or not they have been infected with the virus. Some will also provide blood samples which can be examined to determine what proportion of the population have developed antibodies to COVID-19. Initial findings are expected to be available in early May. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “Understanding more about the rate of COVID-19 infection in the general population, and the longer-term prevalence of antibodies, is a vital part of our ongoing response to this virus. The study aims to improve understanding about the current rate of infection and how many people are likely to have developed immunity. Twenty thousand households in England will be contacted to take part in the first wave of the major study, with hopes it will reach up to 300,000 people in the next year. Participants will form a representative sample of the entire UK population by age and geography. “This survey will help to track the current extent of transmission and infection in the UK, while also answering crucial questions about immunity as we continue to build up our understanding of this new virus. “We also want to find out how many people have Covid-19 over time – either with symptoms or without knowing they have the infection because they don’t have any symptoms. We want to do this in a group of people that reflects the population of the UK, so a range of ages and places where people live.” “Together, these results will help us better understand the spread of the virus to date, predict the future trajectory and inform future action we take, including crucially the development of ground-breaking new tests and treatments.” Image Credit to Felipe Esquivel Reed/ Wikimedia Commonslast_img read more

Dragan Kovačević, Croatian Chamber of Commerce: We need more intensive promotion of strengthening the image of Croatia as a destination for health tourism

first_imgAccording to the TOMAS summer 2017 survey, seven percent of tourists visit Croatia motivated by health reasons, while almost eight percent come for wellness. Tourists spend 20-30% more in health tourism than the average guest, and Croatia has all the predispositions for year-round tourism through health tourism. “Health tourism is the fastest growing part of the tourism industry, growing annually at a rate of 15 to 20 percent. In this segment, Croatia has an extremely strong resource base and rich tradition. It is a product that is not related to the sun and the sea and as such has a strong impact on the extension of the tourist season, both on the coast and on the continent. I am sure of the positive effects of the ESPA conference, which brought together many foreign experts who will exchange examples of good practice with their Croatian colleagues when it comes to this type of tourist offer.”, Said the director of the CNTB Kristjan Staničić, adding how Representatives of this growing tourism niche, with revenues at the EU level of more than 47 billion euros, gathered in Terme Tuhelj at the annual congress of the European SPA Association (ESPA), which takes place from 8 to 10 May, co-organized by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and the CNTB partnership. Spas and medical wellness services in many European countries account for up to 25 percent of tourism revenue. Also, they are the drivers of the economic development of the regions, they employ the local population and work all year round, and the guests of health and health tourism achieve above-average consumption and stay longer than average. “The potential for the development of health tourism for year-round operations is exceptional, therefore it is included as part of the Strategy for the Development of Croatian Tourism until 2020. , “Said Assistant Minister of Tourism Olivera Šarić, emphasizing that through cooperation at congresses like this we learn about best practices since each country has something special and indigenous to offer to its guest. The aim of the event is to follow new trends and innovations in the field of health tourism, through the presentation of best practices and new niche markets in spa, spa and wellness tourism. The event brings together representatives of 21 European countries, and during the congress, awards will be presented “ESPA Innovation Awards“For the innovation of medical wellness and spa hotel providers, as very important references in health tourism.  “We see health tourism as a great chance to strengthen the off-season offer, extend the tourist season and attract guests of higher purchasing power. In order to achieve greater competitiveness of Croatian health tourism, it is crucial to intensify marketing activities in order to strengthen the image of Croatia as a destination for health tourism. The second thing is new investments, ie construction of new and renovation of existing capacities. In this way, we are approaching the possibility of obtaining international certificates, which are key to increasing the number of foreign guests,”Said the Vice President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce for Agriculture and Tourism Dragan Kovacevic on the occasion of the opening of the Congress of Health Tourism of the European SPAS Association (ESPA).last_img read more

Aibel doing final preparations on two Sverdrup platforms

first_imgTwo platforms for the Statoil-operated Johan Sverdrup development off Norway are now at Aibel’s yard in Haugesund, Norway, following the arrival of the riser platform from South Korea. The first of the two, the drilling platform, was built by Aibel. Following the integration of three modules that constitute the drilling platform in Klosterfjorden in September 2017, the platform was moved to Haugesund where it was moored over autumn and winter for installation completion.The drilling platform was joined by the riser platform on Wednesday, Aibel said on Thursday. The second of the two platforms was built by Samsung Heavy’s shipyard in South Korea. Its journey to Norway started in late February.Both platforms are now undergoing the final preparations at Aibel’s yard before sailaway to the Johan Sverdrup field in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea.Aibel will install two cranes on the riser platform before it heads to the field later this month. Aibel’s work includes hoisting and installing the two cranes, which is an operation that will take two to three days. Each crane measures 69 x 18.5 meters and weighs 182 tons.Bjørn Tollefsen, Aibel EVP Modifications and Yard Services, said: “It is the first time in history we have two big platforms at the yard at the same time, and it is a fantastic sight. Also, when you get to see two of the four Johan Sverdrup platforms together like this, it is a rather unique preview of how it is going to look out on the field.”According to plan, the finished drilling platform for the Johan Sverdrup field will leave Aibel’s yard in Haugesund in the turn of the month May/June.Johan Sverdrup is one of the five largest oil fields on the Norwegian continental shelf with expected resources of between 2.1—3.1 billion barrels of oil equivalents. Production start for Phase One is planned for late 2019.Back in March, Statoil proceeded with maturing Phase 2 for the investment decision and submission of the plan for development and operation (PDO) in the second half of 2018. Statoil also awarded FEED contracts for Phase 2 to Aker Solution, Kværner, and Siemens.In April, Statoil moved ahead with its Phase 2 plans by awarding a contract for modifications of the riser platform and the field center for the Johan Sverdrup development to a joint venture between Aker Solutions and Kvaerner. Aibel was awarded more work on the project with a contract for the construction of the processing platform topside.Phase 2 of the giant Johan Sverdrup development is scheduled to come on stream in 2022.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more