NEW YORK (Reuters) â€“ A Malaysian man faces charges of attempting to smuggle nine Chinese illegal immigrants into the United States as passengers on board the luxury RMS Queen Mary 2 ocean liner, officials said on Monday.
The group, carrying forged Japanese passports but speaking scarcely any Japanese, was caught by immigration officials after disembarking in New York City on April 26, said John Saleh, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer.
Officials said it was unusual for illegal immigrants to arrive in such grand style.
"We haven't really seen this in the past because of course it is expensive. It's quite an investment just to get on this ship," Saleh said.
"If they feel we'd be less likely to suspect a high-end ship as opposed to one of the fly-by-night cruise liners, they'd use that route," he added.
According to court papers, Fatt Kwee Wong of Malaysia admitted to customs officials he was paid $3,500 each to help the five women and four men sneak into the United States.
The nine Chinese boarded as paying passengers in Dubai for their voyage on the ship, which features 14 decks with opulent dining rooms, ballrooms, theaters and even a planetarium.
Cunard Line, which operates the ship, said the case was unprecedented. "To the company's knowledge, this is a first-time occurrence," said Jackie Chase, Cunard public relations manager.
The Chinese immigrants were in custody while authorities processed their deportation.
The accused smuggler was being held in federal custody and his case was expected to go before a grand jury.
San Marcos, TX - A Texas State student has died from injuries she sustained Monday night after she and two others jumped out of a dorm room window.
Tuesday afternoon Erinn Hicks was taken of life support at UMC Brackenridge Hospital.
According to the university, Hicks and two other students were in a dorm room at Laurel Hall. At 2 a.m., they decided to leave the room through the window.
The room is on the first floor, but is elevated because of a basement underneath the room.
Officials said a male went through the window first and the two females followed.
Both women hit the ground and rolled down a hill.
Texas State University police are investigating the situation. They don't know why the three students left the room through the window.
The other injured student is being treated at University Medical Center Brackenridge.
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Cornell Hood II got off with probation after three marijuana convictions in New Orleans.
He didn't fare too well after moving to St. Tammany Parish, however. A single such conviction on the north shore landed the 35-year-old in prison for the rest of his life.
State Judge Raymond S. Childress punished Hood under Louisiana's repeat-offender law in his courtroom in Covington on Thursday. A jury on Feb. 15 found the defendant guilty of attempting to possess and distribute marijuana at his Slidell home, court records show.
Hood moved from eastern New Orleans to the Slidell area after he admitted to separate charges of distribution of marijuana and possession with intent to distribute marijuana on Dec. 18, 2009, in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court. He received a suspended five-year prison sentence and five years' of probation for each -- which was precisely the same penalty he got in that court after pleading guilty to possessing and intending to distribute marijuana on Feb. 22, 2005.
When Hood switched homes, he also requested a new probation officer based in St. Tammany. Authorities granted the wish, and the officer, Dustin Munlin, drove to Hood's place for a routine visit on Sept. 27, 2010.
Munlin found nearly two pounds of pot throughout the house, according to court records. He alerted Sheriff's Office deputies. They arrested Hood, who apparently shared the King's Point house with his mother and young son.
Prosecutors later charged him with one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
At Hood's one-day trial, the evidence presented by the prosecution included a digital scale and about a dozen bags that had contained marijuana before being seized from the house, testimony showed. Deputies also found $1,600 in cash and a student-loan application with Hood's name on it inside of a night stand.
Jurors deliberated for less than two hours and convicted Hood of a reduced charge, which usually carries no more than 15 years' imprisonment. Assistant District Attorney Nick Noriea Jr. then used Hood's past convictions on Thursday to argue that he was a career criminal worthy of a severe punishment.
Drug offenders in the state are subject to life imprisonment after being convicted three or more times of a crime that carries a sentence exceeding 10 years.
If you are wondering if all phone chat has to do with sex, then you should know that most chat lines end up with the people who are talking to one another in an explicit conversation. While some lines are very explicit and advertise in this manner, others are more subtle and do not advertise sex but chatting or adult chat.
The conversations in these lines usually move slower towards sex with the person who is conducting the phone sex line being experienced at what is turning on a caller and what to say next. It takes some experience to be able to pick up on the needs of callers when they call a phone sex line for chat.
While the conversation might start out innocently enough it will usually lead to sex. This is where it can get very explicit when it comes to phone chat. Those who are comfortable talking about anything and everything when it comes to sex are those who will do the best at this type of business. You should have a good imagination and a sexy voice in order to be successful.
It's Not Like Obama To Miss A Photo Opportunity
I used to be an Army journalist, approximately one billion years ago, and that means your U.S. Government armed me (at the tender age of 18) with an M-16 semi-automatic rifle and a Canon AE-1 fully automatic camera. They even gave me bullets for the camera, and film for the... wait a minute... hmm... I'm starting to get an idea of why I had certain difficulties back in that job.
Anyway, my point, if any, is that we Army journalists were OK with our rifles, but we were very dangerous with our cameras. We took pictures of everything. On assignment, we were required to take the obligatory change-of-command ceremony pictures (often referred to as the classic "grip and grin"), as well as pictures of platoons which had done something worthy of photographic recognition in the division newspaper ("Fighting Fourth Platoon Sets Record For Local Jail Time"). Those photos were called "Mob Of The Month" shots. Not interesting, maybe, but not challenging either.
A well-placed and well-timed joke can work wonders for everything from breaking the ice to rounding out your big speech. Being able to get a small group or even a full room to laugh can also help your own confidence and alleviate anxiousness in an unfamiliar setting. Whether your goal is to add some levity to a stressful situation, or just to have a few laughs with your friends, here are a few tips on how to tell a joke.
Know the joke
It is always a little uncomfortable to watch someone say "Oh! That reminds me of this joke... but, I can't remember how it goes." Or maybe you have been trapped in the middle of a joke that the teller can't quite get through; "so this guy is in a bar, um... or was it a hotel..." Some people get very upset with the Computer Help Desk Technician on the other end of the phone when they ask, "is the computer turned on?" Many times, a ridiculously simple requirement is often overlooked. The same is true with telling a joke. Your very first priority, is to know the joke.
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Have you ever played chess? Did you know that chess is the oldest skill game in the world? But chess is more than just a game of skill. It can tell you about the way people lived in medieval times. If you look at the way a chess board is set up, and then study the pieces and how they are used, you will realise that chess is a history of medieval times in miniature. The six different chess pieces on the board represent a cross section of medieval life with its many ceremonies, grandeur, and wars.
There is no better medicine in this world than a constant smile and a hearty laugh. It lights up the world and brightens the mood; it is as infectious as any virus and spreads as rapid as any bush fire. It is considered more contagious than a cold and when a good laugh id shared it causes people to bind together in love and joy. It is said that a good laugh or even hearing it readies your brain to be receptive to a smile and alerts you that there is fun in the offing. There are also several medical professionals that have attested to the fact that humor is actually wonderful for the physical wellbeing of any individual. It is a remedy for pain because it helps to take the mind away from the other sources of pain.
It is also said that a great sense of humor is a remedy for an ailing immune system. It cuts down on the level of stress hormones that have been injected into the body and instead there is realized an increase in antibodies and immunity. It helps in the release of endorphins which are the body systems natural feel good chemicals and are known to alleviate pain, even temporarily.