BANGKOK - He is Asia’s most-wanted man. He is protected by a guard of Thai kickboxers. He flies by private jet. And, police say, he once lost $66 million in a single night at a Macau casino. Tse Chi Lop, a Canadian national born in China, is suspected of leading a vast multinational drug trafficking syndicate formed out of an alliance of five of Asia’s triad groups, according to law enforcement officials. Its members call it simply “The Company.” Police, in a nod to one of Tse’s nicknames, have dubbed it Sam Gor, Cantonese for “Brother Number Three.” The syndicate, law enforcers believe, is funneling tons of methamphetamine, heroin and ketamine to at least a dozen countries from Japan in North Asia to New Zealand in the South Pacific. But meth – a highly addictive drug with devastating physical and mental effects on long-term users – is its main business, they say. In what it calls a conservative estimate, the United Nations Office … [Read more...] about The hunt for Asia’s El Chapo
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Frank Jordans and David Keyton, Associated Press Updated 12:08 am PDT, Thursday, June 20, 2019 In this Wednesday, March 20, 2019 file photo an aircraft lands at the international airport in Frankfurt, Germany, as the sun sets. There is a small but growing movement in Sweden that's consciously shunning air travel because of its impact on the environment. less In this Wednesday, March 20, 2019 file photo an aircraft lands at the international airport in Frankfurt, Germany, as the sun sets. There is a small but growing movement in Sweden that's consciously shunning ... more Photo: Michael Probst, AP Photo: Michael Probst, AP Image 1 of / 9 Caption Close Image 1 of 9 In this Wednesday, March 20, 2019 file photo an aircraft lands at the international airport in Frankfurt, Germany, … [Read more...] about Climate of guilt: Flying no longer the high road for some
Cash-strapped: A woman begs for money on a street in Bangkok. — Photo HKFP Ollie Arcie ‘Begpacking’ is a common source of anger among expats in Việt Nam and across Southeast Asia. While many Asian cultures have a tradition of giving, the sight of Western travellers asking others to pay for their trips has caused significant outrage among tourists and long-term residents alike. The issue has reared its head once again after Thai authorities announced new laws to stifle the practice and clean the streets of scruffy westerners. The phenomenon has plagued the region for a few years, with photos and videos attracting social media vitriol from Hà Nội to Hong Kong, Bangkok to Jakarta. Despite confrontations and public shaming, the trend continues, with ever-cheaper flights making once inaccessible destinations just a day’s journey away. Combined with plummeting job opportunities in their own countries, is it any wonder … [Read more...] about Begpacking: time to end the travel travesty
By Eliot Brown WSJ Fri., May 3, 2019 In Uber’s vision of the future, most people won’t own cars. Riders will hop on electric bikes and scooters for short distances, and summon cars with drivers for longer rides. Takeout dinner will become a vestige, replaced by hand-delivered meals. Garages will empty and parking lots will be ripped up and transformed into grassy parks. Eventually, robots will rule. Self-driving cars will shuttle people around the roads—and in the air—while drones will make the deliveries. Robotrucks will roam the highways. And Uber will be at the center of it all. But first, there’s the question of whether Uber will ever make any money. As Uber gets set to go public next Friday in one of the largest tech IPOs ever, Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi is trying to sell Wall Street on his vision that Uber will become the dominant force in all forms of transportation. That mission is threatened by an onslaught of … [Read more...] about Uber Wants to Be the Uber of Everything
Sections Skip to content Skip to site index Travel | Adventurous. Alone. Attacked. Sections Skip to content Skip to site index The number of female solo travelers has skyrocketed, but amid Instagram-worthy escapades are tales of violence and death, raising questions about how the world is greeting women who travel alone. Hannah Gavios in Queens, N.Y. Credit Credit George Etheredge for The New York Times Supported by ByMegan Specia and Tariro Mzezewa March 25, 2019 Carla Stefaniak did everything “right,” her best friend said. On a five-day vacation to Costa Rica in November to celebrate her 36th birthday, Ms. Stefaniak, The night before she was to fly to Florida, she contacted her best friend, Laura Jaime, on the FaceTime app. She showed off the crocheted earrings she had bought in a local market and gave a video tour of her villa. The friends planned to see each other the next day, when Ms. … [Read more...] about Adventurous. Alone. Attacked.