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Attorneys and prosecutors debated state gambling laws and loopholes Thursday during the trial of a father and son accused of running two illegal casinos in the county.

Defense attorney Kerry O’Brien said Adam Syed had no idea he was committing a crime when he purchased and began operating his second internet cafe in the county, Cyber 777’s on 1733 Pearl Road in Brunswick. He took over the cafe in early 2013, about six months after opening Cyber City on 2696 Medina Road in Montville Township, O’Brien said.

ELIZABETH DOBBINS / GAZETTE Defense Attorney Kerry O’Brien presented his concluding arguments for his client Adam Syed, who is accused of operating two casinos in Medina County. Adam’s father and co-defendant, Azeem Syed listens to the proceedings.

But Assistant Prosecutor Matt Razavi asserted the 33-year-old Fairlawn man was using illegal slot machines in his Brunswick and Montville Township businesses, evading taxes and paying his employees under the table.

“That’s the motive in this case. It’s utter greed,” Razavi said. “He’s ripping off all of Ohio taxpayers.”

Adam Syed and his 60-year-old father, Azeem Syed, face felony charges after law enforcement raided the two internet cafes as well as the elder Syed’s Summit County vending business and Fairlawn home.

Adam Syed was indicted on 12 counts of casino gaming operations and eight counts of possessing criminal tools, all fifth-degree felonies. His father faces five counts of complicity in operating a casino gaming operation, also fifth-degree felonies.

The indictments were filed in June and July 2014, almost a year after the raid — suspicious timing, according to defense attorneys.

“There’s no regulations governing these internet cafes before June 4, 2013 (the day of the raid),” O’Brien said.

House Bill 7, which was signed by Gov. John Kasich on June 4, 2013, severely restricted the operation of internet cafes but did not go into effect until October.

Ohio law restricts gambling, including the Ohio Casino Control Act, which prohibits running a casino gaming operation outside of the four voter-approved casinos in Cleveland, Columbus, Toledo and Cincinnati.

Razavi told Medina Common Pleas Judge Joyce V. Kimbler the slot machines filling the two businesses were bought from out-of-state vendors and illegal to operate in Ohio without modification. Prosecuting and defense attorneys dispute whether the machines were properly modified after entering the state.

Razavi added that the two businesses did not fall under several loopholes in Ohio law sometimes used by internet sweepstakes cafes to circumvent gambling laws and regulations.

“You have to create an illusion that you’re paying for something else,” Razavi said.

But Michael Callahan, Azeem Syed’s defense attorney, said the businesses were operating under the law.

“These people were buying internet time. Whether they used this internet time or played games, that was up to them,” he said.

He added there was not a “scintilla” of evidence that Azeem Syed committed any crimes in Medina County, especially because his son was not guilty of the charges, Callahan asserted.

“If Adam Syed did not commit a crime, then we’re done talking about Azeem Syed,” he said.

Razavi said circumstantial evidence including a lease for the Brunswick location signed by Azeem Syed, financial documents relating to the cafes found in Azeem Syed’s Summit County business and several hundred thousands of dollars in cash, including one bag labeled “Medina,” found in Azeem Syed’s Fairlawn residence shows Azeem Syed was involved in his son’s business.

Callahan told Kimbler the cash seized by law enforcement during the raid pointed to a very different conclusion.

“There is a motive all right, and it’s greed,” Callahan said. “The greed is on the part of the state.”

The concluding statements presented Thursday came after five days of testimony. The defendants waived their rights to a jury trial, and Kimbler will publish a written decision.

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Last Wednesday, a man was found by police lying unconscious behind a shrub near a railway track in Hangzhou, his feet bleeding and infected.

The officer quickly called for ambulance and the the young man woke up briefly to ask for water. He said that he had been wandering aimlessly and hadn't eaten for three days. He had no money for food, spending it all during a feverish 6-day long gaming marathon at an internet cafe, Hangzhou Daily reports.

When police contacted the 19-year-old guy's parents on phone, the father initially said that he didn't want his son back. After thinking about it some more, he requested that his son be sent home. The teenager didn't care about anything except for online gaming. He had run away from home 10 days ago, the father told police.

Netizens online generally voiced their sympathy for the father, commenting that his son was just a hopeless loser. Some also wondered how 6 days spent at an internet cafe could really hurt your feet so badly.

Though its lucky he got away with only a little foot-rot. The officer thinks that if the man had not been spotted in time, he could have died.

The obsessive devotion of China's hardcore gaming community has already been well-documented. Last year, a pair of parents in Zhejiang were surprised and relieved to find out that their daughter wasn't dead; she had just spent the last 10 years living in various Hangzhou internet cafes. It's the kind of behavior that makes taking a dump in front of your fellow gamers or going to see the new Warcraft movie seem fairly normal.

Living the dream.

By Victor Fung

[Images via Weibo]

Article source: http://shanghaiist.com/2016/06/23/foot_rot_gamer.php

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A clerk at a Westside internet cafe was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday morning, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said.

The 23-year-old clerk at Wynn Zone on Blanding Boulevard was not injured in the robbery, police said.

News4Jax is not naming her because the robber has not been caught.

According to the police report, a gunman entered the store around 8 a.m. and pointed a gun at the clerk.

The gunman fled with an undetermined amount of cash and the clerk's purse.

Anyone with information on this robbery is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.

Copyright 2016 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.

Article source: http://www.news4jax.com/news/crime/gunman-robs-internet-cafe-on-westside-police-say

The video, recorded by one of the cafe’s CCTV cameras, shows the owner sitting in a room behind two patrons using his computers.

Clearly irritated by their refusal to leave the store after closing, he sneaks out of his office into the room behind them.

Without hesitation, he pulls his shorts down a drops a stinker in the room before settling back down in his office chair with a smirk on his face, waiting for the fireworks.

Article source: http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/520159/internet-cafe-owner-does-eggy-fart-empties-store-of-customers-hilarious-CCTV-footage-video

The video, recorded by one of the cafe’s CCTV cameras, shows the owner sitting in a room behind two patrons using his computers.

Clearly irritated by their refusal to leave the store after closing, he sneaks out of his office into the room behind them.

Without hesitation, he pulls his shorts down a drops a stinker in the room before settling back down in his office chair with a smirk on his face, waiting for the fireworks.

GAME CHANGER Some 36 computer shops inDavao City changed their image from gaming hubs to education and skills training centers as part of the Tech4ED program of the Department of Science and Technology’s Information and Communications TechnologyOffice.

GAME CHANGER Some 36 computer shops inDavao City changed their image from gaming hubs to education and skills training centers as part of the Tech4ED program of the Department of Science and Technology’s Information and Communications TechnologyOffice.

DAVAO CITY, Philippines—Computer shops here are no longer just gaming centers but have evolved into one-stop shops for government services and hubs for the public to improve their skill sets that would help them land better jobs.

The change in image of 36 computer shops that are part of the Internet Café Association of Davao (Icad) is owed to the Tech4ED (Technology for Economic Development) program of the Department of Science and Technology’s Information and Communications Technology Office (Icto).

Launched in 2014, Tech4ED is an online platform that aims “to harness ICT to enable, empower and transform society toward creating an inclusive, integrated and equitable countryside.”

It consolidates such services as skills training, digital literacy, values formation and government applications under one program.

Friday’s recognition of the computer shops as Tech4ED centers was the first in a partnership with the business sector, as part of Icto’s effort to further “create a Philippines where everyone is given equal opportunities.”

Game changer

Alexis Bangayan, Icad president, said members of his group worked on partnering with Icto for this program not only because there’s a growing number of Internet users in the country but because they want the public to look at them as more than just gaming hubs.

He noted that this partnership had been in the works months before Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte won the presidential election.

“This is really a game changer because there’s more to us now than just being a place where one could play games or surf the Internet. Now we have become more service oriented,” Bangayan said.

Bettina Quimson, Icto deputy executive director for eSociety, said that under Tech4ED’s eEduSkills platform, the approximately 90,000 combined monthly customers of Icad will be given opportunity, at time most convenient to them, to improve their communication skills that would help them land better-paying jobs.

She said that out-of-school youth would also be able to continue their studies and learn a few skills since the platform also hosts the Department of Education’s Alternative Learning System and a number of training modules from the Technical Education Skills Development Authority.

However, the platform has yet to have a function where its users can have themselves certified. Quimson said they are working on adding this feature, in partnership with the agencies concerned.

Alternative form of employment

With Tech4ED’s features, Quimson said they are aiming to build a number of careers for the public but are “definitely promoting home-based” jobs since it is an alternative form of employment. Currently, over a million users are under this category.

In partnership with business organizations such as GoNegosyo and Western Union, the platform also has guides for financial literacy, and career and business development.

For as low as P8 per hour, users can also avail themselves of the various government services, such as applying for certificates from the National Bureau of Investigation and the Philippine Statistics Authority. Quimson clarified that the fee is not for the Tech4ED platform but for the use of the shop’s computers.

She said that while there are existing government portals where one can file a request for certificates, Tech4ED consolidates these to make it easier for those who are not as tech savvy to browse through.

To date, 197 Tech4ED centers have been set up by Icto in barangays, libraries and public schools nationwide./rga

Police are looking for a man who allegedly stabbed two people in Chinatown.

They say at 11:15 p.m. Sunday an argument broke out between a customer and an employee at an internet cafe on Eldridge Street near Canal Street.

The customer allegedly stabbed the 18-year-old employee in the torso and back.

Cops say a 20-year-old man tried to intervene.

He was stabbed in the arm and the attacker ran off.

The two victims were treated and released from Bellevue Hospital.

Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

Article source: http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2016/05/9/nypd-seeks-man-who-allegedly-stabbed-two-others-at-chinatown-internet-cafe.html

Police are looking for a man who allegedly stabbed two people in Chinatown.

They say at 11:15 p.m. Sunday an argument broke out between a customer and an employee at an internet cafe on Eldridge Street near Canal Street.

The customer allegedly stabbed the 18-year-old employee in the torso and back.

Cops say a 20-year-old man tried to intervene.

He was stabbed in the arm and the attacker ran off.

The two victims were treated and released from Bellevue Hospital.

Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

Police are looking for a man who allegedly stabbed two people in Chinatown.

They say at 11:15 p.m. Sunday an argument broke out between a customer and an employee at an internet cafe on Eldridge Street near Canal Street.

The customer allegedly stabbed the 18-year-old employee in the torso and back.

Cops say a 20-year-old man tried to intervene.

He was stabbed in the arm and the attacker ran off.

The two victims were treated and released from Bellevue Hospital.

Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

Police are looking for a man who allegedly stabbed two people in Chinatown.

They say at 11:15 p.m. Sunday an argument broke out between a customer and an employee at an internet cafe on Eldridge Street near Canal Street.

The customer allegedly stabbed the 18-year-old employee in the torso and back.

Cops say a 20-year-old man tried to intervene.

He was stabbed in the arm and the attacker ran off.

The two victims were treated and released from Bellevue Hospital.

Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.