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Nogales CBP Officers seize drugs worth an estimated $840,000

NOGALES: Last week four people were arrested by Customs and Border Protection Officers at the Port of Nogales, after they attempted to smuggle drugs across the border into the U.S. The first two incidents occurred on Friday, Oct. 27 at the Dennis DeConcini crossing when a CBP canine alerted to vehicles about the possibility of drugs.  The first happened in ... Read More »

Ulster Bank to pay some overcharged customers over €100,000

DUBLIN: Ulster Bank said it will have to pay more than €100,000 in redress and compensation to some of its 3,500 customers caught up in an industry-wide tracker mortgage overcharging scandal, though it could be “well into 2018” before all cases are addressed. It is understood that this level of remediation largely, if not exclusively, relates to customers who lost ... Read More »

Customs and Border Protection seizes toy airplanes worth $575,000

WASHINGTON: US Customs and Border protection recently announced the seizure of a shipment of 36,000 toy airplanes. According to a news release, the shipment of airplanes was in a rail container crossing the border from Canada. Examination of the merchandise led officers to further investigate licenses and trademarks required. Upon discussion with the trademark holders, it was determined that neither ... Read More »

San Luis CBP Officers seizes meth, cocaine worth $362,000

WASHINGTON: U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of San Luis arrested a 27-year-old Somerton, Ariz. man after finding nearly 44 pounds of cocaine and methamphetamine in his vehicle Thursday evening. Officers referred the man for a secondary inspection of his Hyundai sedan when he attempted to cross into the United States. As a result, a CBP narcotics-detection ... Read More »

Kedah Customs seizes fireworks worth over RM225,000

ALOR SETAR: The state Customs Department seized 164 boxes of fireworks valued at over RM225,000. The fireworks, believed to have been smuggled from Thailand, were found in a lorry at KM52.5 of the southbound North-South Expressway during an operation codename “Ops Raya 2017” at about 2.55pm on Tuesday. Department director Datuk Johari Alifiah said they received a tip-off about an ... Read More »

KPDNKK Terengganu seizes 100 pairs fake Siti Khadijah ‘telekung’ worth RM 12,000

KUALA TERENGGANU: The Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry (KPDNKK) Terengganu seized 100 pairs of fake Siti Khadijah brand ‘telekung’ (an outfit worn by Muslim women during prayers) worth RM12,000 in a raid yesterday. Its director, Azlan Abdul Samat said it was the first such seizure in Malaysia thus far. “Acting on complaintS lodged by the trademark owner Siti Khadijah ... Read More »

U.K. labour plans tax on companies that pay over $425,000

LONDON: The U.K.’s opposition Labour Party will introduce a tax on companies that pay staff more than 330,000 pounds ($425,000) a year if it wins the June 8 general election, according to a person familiar with the plans. Party leader Jeremy Corbyn will unveil the proposed levy on Tuesday as part of a range of policies intended to “reverse” seven ... Read More »

Tax reform seen to push PSEi beyond 8,000

WASHINGTON: Enacting the tax reform program this year is the key catalyst that would bring the Philippines to a new economic “supercycle” that could lift the main stock barometer beyond the 8,000, the chief of BPI Securities said. Michaelangelo Oyson, in an investors briefing last week, said while the economy had expanded by over 6 percent in the last six ... Read More »

Uganda labour export to Middle East increases by 15,000

KAMPALA: Up to 65,000 Ugandans are doing odd jobs in the Middle East, the Uganda Association of External Recruitment Agencies (UAERA), has said. This is 15,000 higher than the number that was working there one year ago. Most of them are working as either cleaners, waiters/waitresses, drivers, tailors, construction and factory workers or security guards. “Their annual contribution in the ... Read More »

Household expenditure rises to almost €21,000

LISBON: Average household expenditure in Portugal rose by 2.6 percent in 2015/16 compared to 2010/11, to €20,916, according to provisional results of the 2015/2016 Household Spending Survey drawn up by the National Statistics Institute (INE). According to INE, expenditure on housing (31.8 percent), transport (14.7 percent) and food (14.4 percent) still accounted for the largest slice of average household expenditure, ... Read More »

Long Beach Port temp CEO for $275,000

WASHNGTON: The Long Beach Harbor Commission isn’t exactly asking a temporary help agency to find a fill-in person, but the board is expected to appoint an interim CEO of the Port of Long Beach Wednesday. Duane Kenagy, the port’s capital programs executive, will be the temporary replacement for Jon Slangerup, who announced earlier this month that he is stepping down ... Read More »

Scotland’s unemployment falls by 11,000

WASHINGTON: Unemployment in Scotland fell by 11,000 between February and April and now stands at 160,000, according to official figures. The jobless rate is now 5.8%, compared with 5% for the whole of the UK. But employment in Scotland fell by 48,000 over the three months to a total of 2,580,000. The employment rate is now 73.2% – below the ... Read More »

Thailand seizes 87 African ivory tusks worth $800,000

BANGKOK: Officials in Thailand say they seized 315 kilograms (695 pounds) of African elephant tusks worth an estimated USD 800,000 at Bangkok’s international airport. Kulit Sombatsiri, director-general of the Thai Customs Department, said today that the haul of 87 ivory tusks was found March 27 in a dozen barrels sent from Mozambique on a Kenya Airways flight. A routine X-ray at ... Read More »

Amalgamated Regional Trading narrows loss to $590,000

HARARE: Listed diversified group Amalgamated Regional Trading (ART) Corporation remained in the red but narrowed its loss for the full year ended September 2015 to $590 000 from $1,1 million last year on the back of improvements in sales on the domestic market. Presenting the group financials, ART chairman Moses Chundu said in the period, revenue went up four percent ... Read More »

Ireland customs discovers cigarettes worth €357,000

ROSSLARE HARBOUR: Customs officers made the seizure after inspecting a truck that had arrived in Rosslare port from Cherbourg in France. The lorry was registered in Lithuania. The Revenue said the vehicle had been identified as suspicious and the cigarettes, which had a retail value of more than 357,000 euro, were discovered after a scanner was used to examine the ... Read More »

Hyderabad ASO seizes smuggled fireworks items worth Rs 3,00,000

HYDERABAD: Hyderabad Anti Smuggling Organization (ASO) has seized smuggled fireworks of different kinds worth Rs 3,00,000 during an operation in Hyderabad. ASO Hyderabad foils a bid to smuggle 1005 kilograms of fireworks, which was on the way to Lahore from Quetta. Sources told Customs Today that ASO Hyderabad has conducted raid on the directions of collector Customs Hyderabad Dr. Ahmed ... Read More »

Company fines $90,000 in West Australian court over worker injury

CANBERRA: A company has been fined $90,000 in a West Australian court after a worker was injured while unloading pipes from a truck. In October 2012, Process Minerals International employee Meliton Garcia and another worker were rigging 20-metre polyethylene pipes to a crane when Mr Garcia was struck by a one-tonne pipe and fell four metres. Process Minerals, which operates ... Read More »

Global 3D printer shipments increase to over 490,000 in 2016

LONDON: Global 3D printer shipments are expected to increase to more than 490,000 in 2016, a new study has found. Research from Gartner found that the 3D printer market is expected to enjoy rapid growth as worldwide shipments are set to reach 5.6 million. The findings suggest that shipments will reach 496,475 units in 2016, marking a 103 per cent ... Read More »

Australian Oil Company increases sales revenue by $1,000

CANBERRA: Australian Oil Company has increased its daily sales revenue by $1,000 after the operator of its Rancho-Capay Gas Field in the Sacramento Basin, California, established gas flow from a new reservoir. Australian Oil Company has increased its daily sales revenue by $1,000 after the operator of its Rancho-Capay Gas Field in the Sacramento Basin, California, established gas flow from ... Read More »

Man fines $20,000 for illegally importing dairy products into Australia

CANBERRA: A man has been fined $20,000 and handed a suspended sentence for illegally importing dairy products into Australia. Wonsoek Lee of Changshin International today pleaded guilty of deliberately contravening Australia’s biosecurity requirements, after illegally and knowingly importing dairy products into the country. Mr Lee was convicted of breaching the Quarantine Act 1908, fined $20,000 and handed a suspended sentence ... Read More »