RiverNorthPhotography/iStock(LOS ANGELES) — Customs and Border Protection agents at the country’s largest seaport seized more than 14,800 pairs of counterfeit Nike sneakers for trademark infringement after examining a shipment that arrived from China.Agents at the Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach discovered the fake kicks in two containers that were “misdeclared as ‘napkins’ in a clear attempt to disguise the illicit cargo,” the CBP said in a statement Wednesday.The shoes, which were seized for infringing on a protected trademark, would have had an estimated retail price of $2,247,680 if they were authentic.Retro classics like the Air Jordan 1s Off-White, Air Jordan 11s and Air Max ’97s were among the designs targeted. Some of the shoes could go for as much as $2,000 on the online collectors scene, according to the CBP.“These special edition Nike and retro designs are highly coveted by collectors and sport shoes enthusiasts. A legitimate pair can potentially sell for $1,500 and up to $2,000 online,” the CBP said in a statement. “Consumers shopping online are eventually likely to encounter fraudulent sellers.”CBP Port Director of the LA/Long Beach Seaport LaFonda Sutton-Burke called the counterfeit shoe business a lucrative criminal industry that “becomes more profitable in markets involving successful and popular products” like Nike’s Jordan brand.“Counterfeit brand-name shoes is a multi-million dollar criminal industry. The trafficking of these items is extremely lucrative and becomes more profitable in markets involving successful and popular products,” Sutton-Burke said. “CBP commits substantial resources to detect, intercept and seize illicit goods at our nation’s largest seaport.”CBP agents at the Port of New York/Newark seized a shipment containing more than 9,000 counterfeit Nike sneakers from China last December. If genuine, those kicks would have been worth nearly $1.7 million, according to the CBP.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsThe new chapter in proffessional career of the Danish back-line player Mads Mensah Larsen. The one of the iconic profiles of the German Rhein Neckar Lowen will reinforce one of the biggest league’s rivals of his “Lions”.The 28-years old World champion with the national team in January 2019, has made the deal with SG Flensburg Handewitt according to Handball-Planet.com sources.Mensah is part of the Rhein Neckar Lowen family since 2014. He won German Bundesliga twice, three DHB Super Cup trophies and DHB Cup once. His current contract last until the end of the season, summer 2020.Ex-member of Aalborg, AG Copenhagen and Nordsjaeland, should become the new leader of the Maik Machulla team, together with Norwegian youngstar Goran Johannesson, to prolong Danish tradition on the German north established with Lars Christiansen, Rasmus Lauge Schmidt… Recommended for you 4 Comments 4 Comments Pingback: “TRANSFER BOMB” – Mads Mensah Larsen étend la tradition danoise au SG Flensburg Handewitt – Handball Actu Pingback: Kæmpe transfernyhed: Mads Mensah skifter angiveligt til Flensborg-Handewitt Pingback: Le SC Magdeburg perd la bataille pour Mensah, mais signe Magnus Gullerud – Handball Actu Related Items:Mads Mensah Larsen, SG Flensburg Handewitt Pingback: Mads Mensah Larsen lämnar Löwen – för Flensburg? – Handbollskanalen Landin MAGIC, Kiel outplay Flensburg! Torbjorn Bergerud to leave Flensburg: “I decided to take a new path” SG Flensburg beat THW Kiel in German derby ShareTweetShareShareEmail Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
When Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX-30) became the first woman in state history to lead a major Texas House committee, the Labor Committee, her supporters knew this would not be the only barrier this Texas native would break.Johnson, who graduated from Saint Mary’s in 1956 with a degree in nursing, was first elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1972. She said her first stint running for office in the Texas State House was largely motivated by timing in her home state and the support of community organizers.“In Texas that year, it was considered the year of the women,” Johnson said. “We had outstanding female candidates for governor, and it was really seen as the year of encouragement. That encouragement extended to my community, and I was pushed to run.”After a successful stint in state office, Johnson said President Jimmy Carter appointed her in 1977 to serve as regional director of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare because he recognized her advocacy for workers, children and families.“I left the administration after President Carter was defeated, and I remained active in the community,” Johnson said. “I had many people suggesting that I get into office again, so that is the reason I ran for the State Senate.”In 1986, Johnson said she was elected a Texas state senator, becoming the first female and African American from the Dallas area to hold this office since the Reconstruction. In 1992, she retired from the state senate because she was encouraged to run for Congress.Johnson began her term in the House of Representatives in January 1993.‘Confident about the education I received’Although she said she does not believe Saint Mary’s as a whole prepared her for a career in politics, she said the College allowed her to feel confident about her educational background.“I think it is important that anyone who decided to run for office have a good educational background,” Johnson said. “I feel very confident about the education I received at Saint Mary’s and am very proud of everything I achieved there.”As the first nurse elected to the House of Representatives, Johnson said her background in psychiatric nursing gave her the skills to work well with people.“The main thing I learned in nursing was the importance of paying attention to detail,” Johnson said. “With this career and training, I developed a strong habit of doing homework and a focus on planning, which I believe has helped me throughout my political career.”Johnson, who serves on the Committee of Science, Space and Technology, said her background in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields gave her the knowledge and ability to contribute to discussion on the committee’s legislation. From 2000 to 2002, she was the ranking member of the subcommittee on Research and Science Education. While on the subcommittee, she said she emphasized education in STEM disciplines.“I really think it is time for America and American women to understand that all professions should be, and for the most part are, open to women,” Johnson said. “Many of the professions that require very strong background in STEM courses have been dominated by males, but we need all the brain power that we can muster to meet the challenges of a global society.”Because of the many strong role models present at the College, Johnson said she was exposed to a strong commitment to social justice on both domestic and international levels.“I had excellent role models among the various nuns, and, of course, we had some professors that were not of order, but the idea of that commitment to people, to the nation, was very impressive,” Johnson said. “Students from all over the world were welcomed, and I think that because of this, I had a very rich experience at Saint Mary’s.”Commitment to peaceAs an African-American woman in the political sphere, Johnson said she has experienced discrimination.“Sometimes I’ve wondered whether I should identify first as an African American or as a woman,” Johnson said. “I have certainly felt and experienced discrimination along the way. I have tried my best to not allow it to get in the way, but rather attempt to practice ways in which I may help those who are prejudice understand that we all — for the most part — want the same things.”Having been involved with several different caucuses, Johnson said she believes all are calling out for peace and equality.After experiencing the 2001 terrorist attacks in Washington, D.C., the congresswoman said she felt she had to do something to reduce war and violence in the world. In order to do so, she believes women have a very special role as peacekeepers in the world.“Throughout my time in office, I have seen the faces of war firsthand in Bosnia and the Congo,” Johnson said. “After 9/11, I decided I needed to do something, however small, to try to develop a culture of peace in the world.“I had seen on the cover of Newsweek magazine two boys from Liberia who were 12 and 14 years old all dressed in war gear with machine guns, and I just thought enough was enough.”Johnson said in 2001 she founded the “A World of Women for World Peace” initiative, which includes conflict resolution programs for women and girls of all ages. By using several different avenues, including radio, travel and Skype, Johnson said she has been able to communicate with women across the world.“I have learned that, generally speaking, people all over the world really do want peace, even when leadership in those countries seem like they are just there for war, the majority of the people, for the most part, scream out for peace,” Johnson said. “So what I try to do is touch the women to make sure they can speak up and gain leadership positions in those countries to focus on peace and conflict resolution. These women can promote respecting differences instead of war.”Going backAlthough it has been years since Johnson attended Saint Mary’s, she said she still goes back for reunions and has periodically served on different boards, one of which is the board of the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL).Over the past two summers, CWIL has hosted a State Department-sponsored program titled “Study of the United States Institute.” The program brings international women to Saint Mary’s for four weeks of intensive training on women’s leadership. The institute concludes in Washington, D.C.Johnson said she had the opportunity to meet the young women studying at the institute in July 2012 and July 2013.“I was impressed with the questions [the women] asked, and I thought it was an excellent example of how internationally, women can be connected, how to encourage networking and how we can work to fit into this global society that we are in,” Johnson said.Johnson said she is thankful for her experience at the College and stays in touch with other Saint Mary’s alumnae in Congress, particularly, Congresswoman Donna Christensen, U.S. representative for the Virgin Islands.“[Congresswoman Christensen] and I meet up sometimes,” Johnson said. “We know the experience of Saint Mary’s. … A little while back, Father Hesburgh was in D.C. and honored for an award, and we were excited to tell him we were from Saint Mary’s.” Contact Kaitlyn Rabach at [email protected]: congresswoman, eddie bernice johnson, first woman, rep. johnson, saint mary’s, texas house committee
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Researchers from University of Helsinki have developed a digital model for tracking the air quality, allowing cities to implement strategies to curb increasing air pollutants. Air pollution leads to millions of unnecessary premature deaths, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). At a meeting in Shanghai, researchers from the University of Helsinki presented a collaborative digital model, ”5G air quality observation model”, the mobile MegaSense, which will make it possible to plan cities in a way that is durable from a climate perspective.MegaSense: Utilizing the Network of SMEAR StationsThe MegaSense model utilizes a network for measuring the interaction between the earth’s surface and the atmosphere that was created by academician Markku Kulmala at the University of Helsinki. The network consists of SMEAR stations (SMEAR = Station for Measuring Earth surface – Atmosphere Relations), which record data on small particles, greenhouse gases, air chemistry, soil, and interactions between all of these. Such stations already exist in Finland, Estonia and China.At the start of 2018, he made case to the international research community that they need ongoing, multi-faceted tracking of the interactions between the earth’s surface and the atmosphere. The idea is to establish a unified network of observatories. With a thousand top-level stations, this worldwide tracking of climate change would be sufficient, according to calculations. Real-time Observation System Using 5G and Sensor TechnologyThe purpose of the MegaSense model on display in China was to create a real-time observation system for the world that provides precise information about air quality and harmful substances in the air. The data can be utilized not just in city planning, but also in various different devices in cars, at home, and in offices. This is made possible by the online calibration of the measuring devices via SMEAR stations, by the University of Helsinki’s geographical information capabilities – involving such processes as data transfer via satellite – and by a smart 5G mobile network developed in Finland.Innovation funding for UrbanSenseIn Finland, the corresponding real-time 5G air quality tracking network received innovation funding from the City of Helsinki. In addition to 5G, another focus of the research at the university is the precise, real-time tracking of air quality using new sensor technology. This project goes by the name UrbanSense.The MegaSense collaboration is led by computer science professor Sasu Tarkoma. The atmosphere is measured by SMEAR stations on the map.Click here to read the published paper.
The Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League has announced the results from area coaches for their ‘Stars of the Week,’ players who “above and beyond” their normal play.Here’s the players chosen by area coaches as stars of the week for week one of the hockey season for 2017Click the Next Page to See this Week’s ‘Stars of the Week’ Pages: 1 2 3 4 Related TopicsGCHSHL Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. Matt Loede
CLEVELAND, Ohio: It was a playoff like atmosphere at Progressive as the Cleveland Indians walked it off Saturday night against the Boston Red Sox 5-4. Michael Brantley got the walk-off single in the 11th to send the sold out crowd home happy. The Red Sox rallied in the eighth inning to tie the game at four apiece scoring a pair. The Indians had led for a good portion of the night, as they took a 4-2 lead in the 4th inning. With the win the Indians are 86-68 on the season. The Red Sox are now 105-50 on the season. The Indians final home game of the regular season will be Sunday night in a National TV affair at 7:05pm on ESPN.Here are three takeaways from the win1. Clevinger fights through command issues: Indians stater righty Mike Clevinger battled finding his command all night long. In fact, he threw 103 pitches and 56 for strikes. Although he struggled, he held the Red Sox to a pair of solo home runs.Pitching line: 5 innings, 3 hits, 2 earned runs, 5 walks, 6 strikeouts, 2 home runs2. Indians starting rotation makes history: The Cleveland Indians starting rotation continued to set records, as Mike Clevinger recorded his 200th strikeout on the season in the no-decision effort. Clevinger joins Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer, and Carlos Carrasco as the only starting rotation in baseball history to have four different pitchers with at least 200 strikeouts. Not only is this rotation the best in Indians baseball history, they now have the record books to back it up.3. Indians and Red Sox could be a fun playoff match up: The Red Sox and Indians have had their battles in the postseason, and it’s very possible these two teams could meet in American League Championship Series. In 2007, the Red Sox came back from a 3-1 lead to move the past the Indians and eventually win the World Series, and two years ago the Indians swept Boston in the ALDS as they eventually reached the Fall Classic. Saturday it was a sneak preview of what could be the ALCS match up. Of course, the regular season is no indication of what could happen in the postseason. This weekend series was simply a sneak peak of what could be a dog fight between powerhouse squads. Related TopicsIndiansMike ClevingerMLBRed Sox Tim Whelan
IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 KUALA LUMPUR – The fourth round of the 2003 Japan GT Championship that was to be held in Malaysia on June 20-21 has been canceled due to the SARS outbreak, the local organizer said Wednesday.Sepang International Circuit (SIC) Sdn. Bhd., the racetrack manager, said in a statement it was informed by the Japan GT Association that the race has been canceled “in view of the current outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in the region. It is unfortunate that we are unable to hold the Japan GT race this year. Like thousands of racing fans in Malaysia as well as in the neighboring countries, we were looking forward to the event,” SIC General Manager Ahmad Mustafa said. SIC had already begun selling tickets for the race. Ahmad said those who have bought the tickets would get refunds.The Japan GT Championship first came to Malaysia in 2000 as a promotional race. It drew more than 22,000 spectators then, and the audience for the annual event has kept growing. In 2002, the Malaysian race became part of the championship, the first outside Japan. Ahmad said the race would be held next year. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES
The 18-year-old has been a standout performer for the club’s Under-21 side and an unused substitute for the first team on three occasions.Vyner, who moved from London to Bath in his youth and has been on the books at Ashton Gate since the age of seven, put in an accomplished display in a crucial game – despite a few pre-match butterflies.“It was a whirlwind day,” he told Bristol City Player HD. “It was crazy. The pace is quick and you’ve got to get used to it early doors.“Mark Little had a fitness test and I didn’t hear until about an hour before the game that I was going to be starting.“But it still gave me a bit of time to prepare for it and I thought I was ready.“When he (the gaffer) first told me I was very nervous, but once I got on the ball I was alright.“Luckily I had a few touches quite early on, which helped me get into the game, but you can tell it’s a step up because it’s so fast.”Vyner, a centre-back by trade, admitted he is not blessed with great experience at right-back despite making such an assured start to his professional career.“The closest I’ve played is as a right-sided centre-half, so I’ve not played as a right-back in an actual game for City recently,” he added.“But I’ve been playing right-back since the gaffer’s been here (in training), so it was pretty comfortable and I knew what I had to do.“I knew the roles and the shape of the team, so it wasn’t too foreign to me.“I’m buzzing. I want it more and more now.”
Mississippi State hopes its recruiting class survives the MLB Draft on Monday.STARKVILLE In the midst of the worst 21-game stretch in the history of Mississippi State baseball, John Cohen held faith within his program.The Bulldogs traveled to No. 1 Texas A&M. Cohen saw similarities between the top team in the country and his squad that was 1-4 on the road heading into the series.“I kind of feel like in some respect we’re right there,” Cohen said before the early April series. “That’s where our club is. Everything hasn’t come together yet, but you know it will.”Last week, in an end-of-season press conference, the seventh-year coach echoed the same confidence for a team that finished 24-30 and missed the postseason for the first time since 2010.Some of that belief comes from what Cohen believes is one of the best incoming freshmen classes in the country.It has to survive the three-day, 40-round MLB Draft that begins on Monday first.“What we’re competing against are dollars,” Cohen said. ” In our society money wins a lot over development and over long-haul assessment of a young man’s life. Dollars can win the battle in a hurry.”Mississippi State doesn’t release its signees but Perfect Game baseball lists 19. Six of those players are ranked within Baseball America’s top 325 MLB Draft prospects. Five rank within the top 203.MLB assigns slot values for the first 315 picks (10 rounds). The final pick of the 10th round belongs to the Los Angeles Angles of Anaheim. The slot value is $149,700.Any player with collegiate eligibility remaining can turn down an MLB contract and opt for college baseball.“When you’re posed with that question, it’s hard to know how somebody will react,” Cohen said. “Somebody calls your house and says, ‘How about $150,000? How about $700,000?’ Until you’re put in that situation, you really don’t know how you are going to respond.”Baseball America ranks left-handed pitcher Jared Padgett 120th among MLB prospects. He’s also the highest ranked MSU signee, ahead of catcher Elih Marerro (No. 124) and right-hander Gray Fenter (No. 135). The slot value at pick 120 – a fourth -round pick — is $470,200. At No. 135, it’s $405,900.“We lost a kid who was a 40th round pick last year,” Cohen said. “We’ve held on to kids who went in the fifth round. It’s really hard to say because every family is different.”The MLB draft is only the first hurdle for MSU’s incoming class. The 18 losses in the final 21 games of 2015 came from consecutive top-10 recruiting classes. The Bulldogs brought in the No. 2 recruiting class in 2014, according to Collegiate Baseball. Last year, the incoming class was rated sixth in the country. That didn’t include, Chase Vallot, who Kansas City poached at No. 40 overall in the draft.“It’s a challenging deal,” Cohen said. “I don’t know if there are any other sports that have to deal with this. Certainly, if you recruit at a very high level, it’s something you have to deal with and you think about all the time.”Mississippi State could also see a pair of current Bulldogs drafted. Right-hander Austin Sexton and the team’s leading hitter, Jacob Robson, are both draft eligible. Neither is ranked with Baseball America’s top 500. Both can return next year.“From a talent standpoint, we’re adding to the top of our program and the top of our league with the kids coming in,” Cohen said.Those officially coming in won’t be known for certain until July 17, the deadline for teams to sign their draft picks.“I think we have a chance to get all of them,” Cohen said. “Even some of them whose folks are mentioning as a late first round or second round pick, I still think we still have a chance to get every one of them.”Conact Michael Bonner at [email protected] Follow @MikeBBonner on Twitter. Names to watch MSU signees* ranked within Baseball America’s top 500Jared Padgett, LHP, Graceville, Florida. No. 120Elih Marrero, C, Coral Gables, Florida. No. 124Gray Fenter, RHP, West Memphis, Arkansas. No. 135Austin Riley,3B/RHP, Southhaven. No. 164Greg Pickett, OF, Aurora, Colorado. No. 203Parker Ford, RHP; Lufkin, Texas. No. 324*According to Perfect Game