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March 26th, 2016:

Hong Kong Customs detects suspected sea-smuggling case

Hong Kong (HKSAR) – Hong Kong Customs detected a suspected case of smuggling and seized suspected illicit cigarettes, suspected duty-not-paid motor spirit and manufactured fireworks, valued at about $120,000 in total with duty potential of about $80,000, from a motorised sampan in the southern waters of Hong Kong yesterday (March 25).

Yesterday afternoon Customs officers intercepted a suspicious motorised sampan in the southern waters off Cheung Chau. A total of about 40 000 sticks of suspected illicit cigarettes, 150 litres of suspected duty-not-paid motor spirit and 26 kilograms of manufactured fireworks were found on board. One man and two women, aged between 55 and 69, on board were arrested and the motorised sampan was also detained.

The case is still under investigation.

Under the Dutiable Commodities Ordinance, anyone involved in dealing with or possessing illicit cigarettes or motor spirit commits an offence. The maximum penalty on conviction is imprisonment for two years and a fine of $1 million. Under the Dangerous Goods Ordinance, anyone involved in possessing manufactured fireworks commits an offence.

The maximum penalty on conviction is imprisonment for six months and a fine of $25,000.

Membersofthe public are urged to report any suspected smuggling activities to the Customs’ 24-hour hotline at 2545 6182.

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Barcelona open doors of Camp Nou stadium to fans for Johan Cruyff memorial

“A one-time heavy smoker who gave up after double heart by-pass surgery in 1991, Cruyff revealed in October last year that he had lung cancer.”

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Barcelona fans will flock to the cavernous Camp Nou stadium on Saturday to pay their final respects to football legend Johan Cruyff, the man who engineered some of the club’s greatest triumphs.

Cruyff, 68, died on Thursday after a battle with lung cancer.

The Spanish giants said a memorial space at the famous ground will open to the public throughout the day where fans can leave messages to their former star and coach.

Workers were building the installation on Friday, with a sign bearing the words “Thank you, Johan” on the front of a tribune bearing a photo of the Dutchman.

I knew nothing about football before knowing Cruyff Pep Guardiola

Fans as well as tourists had already placed tributes at the entrance to the ground on Friday, including roses and lollipops.

Cruyff often patrolled the touchline sucking on a lollipop which became his prop after he stopped smoking cigarettes.

On Friday night, the Netherlands’ international against France in Amsterdam was halted in the 14th minute as a mark of respect.

A huge portrait banner showing Cruyff and his familiar Dutch orange number 14 shirt was hauled across one end of the ArenA stadium in his home city as fans and players applauded.

A seat covered with flowers and a number 14 shirt was left empty in the VIP stand at a game which saw the Dutch slip to a 3-2 defeat against the hosts of the Euro 2016 tournament this summer.

It was the first time that an international has been halted for such a gesture.

“It was special,” said France coach Didier Deschamps. “A great man like Johan Cruyff deserved such a tribute and the stadium responded to him.”

In Cruyff’s childhood home area in the Amsterdam working class Betondorp (Concrete Town) neighbourhood, fans laid hundreds of flowers and other tributes.

“He was a god. He was football and he was the Netherlands,” a teary Peter Heysteeg, 52, said.

Leading football figures also highlighted the importance of Cruyff’s impact.

“I knew nothing about football before knowing Cruyff,” said Pep Guardiola, the Bayern Munich coach who played under Cruyff at Barcelona and later became its most successful coach.

“He helped us to understand football … and he encouraged you to trust your instinct, your nose. To make decisions,” Guardiola told Catalan radio station Rac1.

“He revolutionised football and, in particular, he embodied everything about Barcelona’s playing philosophy,” said Joachim Loew, coach of the German team who won the 2014 World Cup.

Pictures of Cruyff in his favourite shirt covered front pages around the world on Friday.

“Dutch Master” said the Dutch tabloid Algemeen Dagblad with a picture of a young Cruyff in full flight in the Ajax Amsterdam colours.

“Immortal” said De Telegraaf daily which also reported that Cruyff’s cremation was held on Friday although that was not confirmed by his family.

“Heaven has a new playmaker,” headlined the British tabloid, The Sun.