Grant Suneson 24/7 Wall Street Published 12:56 PM EDT Sep 21, 2018 U.S. Customs and Border Protection processes over 278 million cargo and parcel shipments from overseas each year. While the majority of these contain legal goods, a small percentage contain counterfeit items. Customs and border officers seized and destroyed some 34,143 shipments containing counterfeit items in the 2017 fiscal year. Thousands more shipments of counterfeit goods likely went undetected and made it into the United States. The CBP seized 8.2 percent more shipments of counterfeit goods in 2017 compared to the year before, when it seized 31,560 shipments. However, the value of the counterfeit items seized was considerably less, dropping from $1.38 billion in 2016 to $1.21 billion in 2017. Forgers from across the globe send falsified goods to the United States to undercut prices set by the companies that actually own the intellectual property rights of the items. Knockoff electronics, accessories, and … [Read more...] about Fake products: Clothing, jewelry among America’s most counterfeited items
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Nate Davis USA TODAY Published 12:12 p.m. UTC Jul 19, 2018 It's time to dig into those playbooks and hit the ice baths. NFL training camps begin opening this week as veterans for the Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears officially report for duty. Summer vacation ends for the league's other 30 teams next week. It won't be long after that until injuries begin to mount, holdouts potentially simmer and flare and other manners of controversy surface. But based on what I know (or think I know) as we embark on the NFL's 99th season, here's my annual prediction of how the season will unfold with record projections for each team based on picking all 256 games, plus a playoff forecast. NFC EAST Philadelphia Eagles (11-5): Underdogs no longer, the champs may be in for a rocky start based on a rough early schedule (particularly October, which includes a Thursday night road game and trip to London) that coincides with Carson Wentz's presumed re-entry from December's ACL tear. Dallas … [Read more...] about 2018 NFL record projections: Will Patriots falter on road to Super Bowl LIII?
As Brendan O’Brien points out, the new format for the quarter-final phase of the All-Ireland SFC is the second biggest revolution in the championship structure in over 125 years.If the action delivers anything like the anticipation, it will be a Super 8s in every sense of the phrase.We asked eight of our staff writers and football analysts eight questions to whet the appetite for the weeks ahead.Tomás QuinnWhich Super 8 game are you most excited about and why?“Kerry and Galway: If Paddy McBrearty was fit, it might have been Dublin-Donegal but the top billing next Sunday is the stand-out tie. Galway will look to keep it tight and will know they need to get a press on Kerry out the pitch to limit the supply of quality ball into their full forward line. The Kerry youngsters will get to sample a different defensive challenge from much of what they have seen to date.”If there’s to be a surprise result, what will it be and why?“After seeing their … [Read more...] about Eight Super heroes battle for control of the football universe
Almost £5m was spent on English players in this year’s Indian Premier League auction, including £1.39m on Ben Stokes, the most any team spent on an overseas player. England Test captain Joe Root was unsold in the auction, along with Jonny Bairstow and one-day captain Eoin Morgan. The IPL is the India’s domestic T20 competition and is the most attended cricket league in the world. After six weeks of swanky matches, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Chennai Super Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals now compete in a series of knockout games to win the IPL and its $4m prize money. England’s Test series against Pakistan starts this week and Ben Stokes, Jos Butler, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood have all been called up to the side after playing in the IPL. English players were popular and expensive in the IPL auction, but how have they performed? Ben Stokes 4 out of 10 Matches: 13. Batting Average: 16.33. Strike Rate: 121.73. Wickets: 8. Bowling Economy: 27.75. After … [Read more...] about IPL: How every England player performed this season
After years of under-representation in the world's biggest T20 tournament, 12 England internationals were selected for this year's IPL, as well as Jofra Archer, who hopes to qualify to represent England in the future. As the group stage nears its conclusion and England prepare for their first Test of the summer against Pakistan, the involvement of most of those players is reaching an end. Mark Wood has already flown back home and Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali are likely to be called back to prepare for international action within the next week. Here are the hits, misses and those who have performed to levels somewhere in between in this year's IPL. Hits Jos Buttler - Rajasthan Royals 10 matches - 320 runs A consistent performer now in his third season of IPL action, Buttler has found his groove at Rajasthan after a slow start to the campaign. He has scored 67, 51 and 82 in his last three matches and has kept the gloves for every match so far. Jofra Archer … [Read more...] about How have England’s players fared at the 2018 IPL?