Fake Sneakers | Chinese Authorities Destroy $87.5 Million Worth of Shoes

The black market for counterfeit sneakers has been dealt a big blow Today after Chinese authorities finally acted on twelve months-worth of investigative planning. Mike DeStefano of Sole Collector quoted China.org.cn who first published the story for domestic audiences only. The report indicates that local police in the Chinese town of Bengbu were first informed of a counterfeit sneaker operation in their township, but were told to hold back on making any arrests until the cavalry was set up.

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The conveyor belt of fake Converse footwear in Bengbu was only the first of many discoveries Chinese authorities between now and 2015. From there authorities were able to pinpoint illegal workshops in Guangdong, Fujian, and Zhejiang, resulting in the arrest of four individuals believed to be holding the operation together.

From there, authorities ordered nine production lines destroyed, which included an additional of counterfeit Vans sneakers, made to resemble the American manufacturer’s signature detailing. In all, 500,000 pairs of Converse and Vans sneakers were incinerated. But it didn’t stop there – the remaining local task forces who were instructed to “hold back” were next in line, destroying five more factories, and the arrest of seven more individuals responsible for their existence. Sneakerheads worldwide can breathe a sigh of relief, with the knowledge someone has their best interest in mind, even inadvertently.

The fake sneaker market for Vans and Cons just got a helluva lot lighter.

Wife Beats up Husband for Denying him sex

Sibonokuhle Msipa from New Magwegwe, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe is reported to have assaulted her husband Mthandazo Msipa in the middle of the night last week, using a pot.

Msipa was angry that Msindo had been starving her s_exual needs after reportedly refusing to be intimate with her for several months. She decided to vent out her anger by giving the delinquent husband a thorough beating.

Speaking to B-Metro, Sibonokuhle said, “It’s been hell, living with a husband who does not want to sleep with me. I have sexual needs and it’s his job to sleep with me. I can’t take it anymore.

“This is not love but torture. Why am I being punished? I will continue to beat him until he does his bedroom duties.”

When reached for comment, Mthandazo did not wish to speak on his private sexual issues. However, he categorically refused the claims that he had received a thorough beating from his wife. Said Mthandazo

“I have never been beaten by a woman, that’s a lie,” he said

What I Loved About Paul Allen By Bill Gates

Paul Allen, one of my oldest friends and the first business partner I ever had, died yesterday. I want to extend my condolences to his sister, Jody, his extended family, and his many friends and colleagues around the world.

I met Paul when I was in 7th grade, and it changed my life.

I looked up to him right away. He was two years ahead of me in school, really tall, and proved to be a genius with computers. (Later, he also had a very cool beard, which I could never pull off.) We started hanging out together, especially once the first computer arrived at our school. We spent just about all our free time messing around with any computer we could get our hands on.

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Here we are in school. That’s Paul on the left, our friend Ric Weiland, and me on the right.

Paul foresaw that computers would change the world. Even in high school, before any of us knew what a personal computer was, he was predicting that computer chips would get super-powerful and would eventually give rise to a whole new industry. That insight of his was the cornerstone of everything we did together.

In fact, Microsoft would never have happened without Paul. In December 1974, he and I were both living in the Boston area—he was working, and I was going to college. One day he came and got me, insisting that I rush over to a nearby newsstand with him. When we arrived, he showed me the cover of the January issue of Popular Electronics. It featured a new computer called the Altair 8800, which ran on a powerful new chip. Paul looked at me and said: “This is happening without us!” That moment marked the end of my college career and the beginning of our new company, Microsoft. It happened because of Paul.

As the first person I ever partnered with, Paul set a standard that few other people could meet. He had a wide-ranging mind and a special talent for explaining complicated subjects in a simple way. Since I was lucky enough to know him from such a young age, I saw that before the rest of the world did. As a teenager, I was curious about (of all things) gasoline. What did “refining” even mean? I turned to the most knowledgeable person I knew. Paul explained it in a super-clear and interesting way. It was just one of many enlightening conversations we would have over the coming decades.

Paul was cooler than I was. He was really into Jimi Hendrix as a teenager, and I remember him playing Are You Experienced? for me. I wasn’t experienced at much of anything back then, and Paul wanted to share this amazing music with me. That’s the kind of person he was. He loved life and the people around him, and it showed.

Sports was another passion that Paul loved to share with his friends. In later years he would take me to see his beloved Portland Trail Blazers and patiently helped me understand everything that was happening on the court.

When I think about Paul, I remember a passionate man who held his family and friends dear. I also remember a brilliant technologist and philanthropist who wanted to accomplish great things, and did.

Paul deserved more time in life. He would have made the most of it. I will miss him tremendously.

This story is adapted from GatesNotes.

Thai Police Plan Criminal Checks on 1400 Nigerians in Thailand

Tourist police plan to visit 1,400 Nigerians in Thailand, next week, to check that they have no connection with criminal activities, deputy tourist police chief Pol Maj Gen Surachet Hakpal has revealed.

He said the measure is necessary for preventing criminals from coming to use Thailand as a base for illegal activities.

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Fig – A google search will tell you more about Nigerians scammers in Thailand .

According to The Nation, Surachet also urged members of the public to call the Tourist Police Bureau 1155 hotline if they detect foreigners involved in suspicious activities.