LABUAN: An alleged unpaid-duty cigarettes smuggling operation onboard a passenger speed boat was busted last weekend after marine police found a black plastic bag containing 15 cartons of cigarettes hidden underneath the fuel compartment. Sabah Labuan Marine Police (Region 4) chief commander, ACP Mohamad Pajeri Ali, said no arrests were made during the 4pm ‘Op Gelora Khas’ last Saturday. He said even though the value of the contraband was only RM3,750, the enforcement agency believed they had uncovered another modus operandi of small-time smugglers using passenger boat. “We will work closely with all relevant informants to address this long-standing smuggling issue by passengers, boat skipper or crews onboard passenger boat. “We know smuggling activity generates huge profits to smugglers but it had impacted government’s revenue,” he told Bernama when contacted. The case was being investigated under Section 135 (1) (d) of the Customs Act 1967. — … [Read more...] about Passenger speed boat used to smuggle ciggies in Labuan
By Christopher Hume Star Columnist Mon., May 6, 2019 By the time Ontario Premier Doug Ford is finished with Toronto, the city will be lucky if it’s allowed to hire a dogcatcher without Queen’s Park first passing enabling legislation. Mayor John Tory will want to keep his short pants close at hand. Forget about governing by disruption, Ford’s gleeful politics of destruction have wreaked havoc across the province, nowhere more so than in its largest city, which he is remaking as fast as the legislative process will allow. Last week alone he cleared the way for the province to “upload” Toronto’s subway system, undid Ontario Municipal Board reform and, to add insult to injury, brought back old developer-friendly rules, and then withdrew funding that supports more than 6,000 subsidized daycare spots in Toronto. Last fall, Ford cut Toronto city council in half, seemingly on a whim, and again made a point of adding insult to injury … [Read more...] about Booze, speed and dangerous cuts — is this what Ontarians want?
The first thing anyone notices when they catch sight of Visakan Veerasamy is his height. He stands at a towering 1.95m. The next thing – before the makeover – is his substantial facial hair.Visa, as he likes to be called, is a man of many talents and facets: Entrepreneur and consultant, writer, T-shirt maker… basically, a non-stop bundle of creative energy.Why sign up for Style Switch? “I want an image that gets up to speed with my career,” he explained. “I want my look to represent my identity – I feel dressed down all the time, and I’d like to be more proactive in managing my image. People say they’re used to me not dressing up.”Visa got into the habit of wearing Bermuda and T-shirts with slippers everywhere because of his previous job at a tech startup.“It was super liberal, super anything goes, so I would basically dress T-shirt, shorts and slippers all the time,” he explains. “It came to the point where … [Read more...] about Style Switch: Making off-the-rack fashion work for this lanky, casual dude
LOS ANGELES/WASHINGTON: Amazon's promise of one-day shipping threatens to upend the retail sector, but its rivals’ physical stores give the likes of Walmart and Target powerful assets that Amazon itself is scrambling to match.Amazon.com Inc, seeking to stem slowing sales growth, is plowing US$800 million this quarter alone into its next-day package delivery project, something even Walmart Inc, the world's biggest retailer, will be hard-pressed to duplicate.But there is another battle brewing behind the scenes, with Amazon racing to reproduce the assets of the businesses it aims to upend. The move to expedite shipping is a sign of growing pressure from such brick-and-mortar competitors, experts said.The e-commerce giant, which has a mixed record with brick-and-mortar retail projects, is racing to open shops that sell top-selling items ranging from books to cell phones; rolling out same-day curbside grocery pickup – a service popular with time-crunched suburban Walmart and … [Read more...] about Amazon speeds up shipping, but rivals’ stores buck its challenge
TENCENT, operating in Thailand for the past 20 years, has been busy expanding its service platforms. Three years ago the Chinese technology giant added the music streaming service JOOX and in 2018, the games platform PUBG. In its latest venture, Tencent Thailand has this year added video steaming, with the aim of soon becoming the market leader. In China, Tencent’s content features three main digital service platforms – for music, games and video streaming. Tencent Thailand now matches its parent in providing the same portfolios. Tencent in China first launched its video steaming platform under the name Tencent Video in 2011 and began producing original content the following year. Its content comes from three sources – its own content, hiring content producers to supply the platform, and buying from content service providers. In China, there are around 500 million active users per month, and around 89 million people pay a subscription fee. … [Read more...] about Picking up speed in the STREAM