Illegal ExportBRIDGEPORT: MUHAMMAD ISMAIL, 67, of Meriden, and KAMRAN KHAN, 38, of Hamden, pleaded guilty today in Bridgeport federal court to money laundering in connection with funds they received for the unlawful export of goods to Pakistan. A third defendant, Imran Khan, 43, of North Haven, previously pleaded guilty to violating U.S. export laws.

According to court documents and statements made in court, from at least 2012 to December 2016, Ismail, and his two sons, Kamran and Imran Khan, “were engaged in a scheme” to purchase goods that were controlled under the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”) and to export those goods without a license to Pakistan, in violation of the EAR.


The Jamaican bobsled team and Red Stripe beer just schooled us all in great marketing at the Winter Olympics. Call it doing good by doing right. I call it Seize the Moment Marketing. Or maybe “Chutzpah with Smarts.” Whatever you call it, it worked. For the Jamaican bobsled team and for Red Stripe.

In case you missed one of the top feel-good stories of the Winter Games, here’s a review:

The coach of the women’s Jamaican bobsled team had a falling out with the team right before their first-ever Olympic competition. She left the games taking the bobsled with her. Her reasoning was that she had rented the bobsled so she felt financially responsible for it. No bobsled. No competition for a team whose existence was as unlikely as snow in Jamaica.

DIGITAL RHODESSTAMFORD: Keith Rhodes, former Senior Vice President, Group Director at Young & Rubicam Group and former Chief Marketing Officer at Quinnipiac University, is launching University Labs, “a next generation digital design and development company.”

Rhodes says, “University Labs was born with a clear vision to fill an unmet need in the marketplace by providing colleges and universities of all sizes with exceptional marketing services and innovative digital experience products, enabling both brand and digital experience transformation — resulting in greater audience impact, financial stability and growth.”