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Important news for important people Volume 3351 Wednesday October 31, 2018
International Business Sports
Denmark on Tuesday recalled its General Electric slashed its stock Simone Biles led the US to the wom- Cabo San Lucas
ambassador to Iran after it accused dividend to just a penny on Tuesday en’s team gold at the world gymnas- Cloudy
Tehran of plotting a foiled “attack” amid continued losses, and disclosed tics in Doha on Tuesday, as the Amer- Sunrise: 6:23 AM
against three Iranians living in the that US authorities have broadened icans dominated the event to clinch Sunset: 5:43 PM
Scandinavian country... P.2 an investigation into... P.3 victory for the... P.5 Humidity: 59% 78-81 F

“The Federal Bureau of Investigation was notified and an investigation has been initiated” Rhetorical bombs
Notorious Boston mobster Whitey Bulger dead at 89 Divider in chief? Trump in
his own abrasive words
Gang” was found “unresponsive” weapons in the modest apartment As calls mount to defuse US politi-
Tuesday morning at the Hazelton where Bulger and Greig had lived for cal tensions following a week of vio-
penitentiary in Bruceton Mills, West years as Charles and Carol Gasko. lence including the killing of 11 wor-
Virginia. “Life-saving measures were A $2 million reward for Bulger’s shippers at a Pittsburgh synagogue,
initiated immediately by responding capture was doled out to a former Donald Trump continues to throw his
staff,” the bureau said in a statement, Icelandic beauty queen who tipped rhetorical bombs.
but “Mr. Bulger was subsequently off the police to their whereabouts. A The president did urge Americans
pronounced dead.” 12-person jury found Bulger guilty in to “unify” last week after authori-
“The Federal Bureau of Investiga- Boston in 2013 of 31 separate charg- ties intercepted pipe bombs mailed
tion was notified and an investigation es. “The scope, the callousness, the to mainly Democratic targets of
has been initiated,” it said. depravity of your crimes, is almost Trump’s rage.
The prisons bureau said Bulger, unfathomable,” Judge Denise Casper But an aggrieved Trump swiftly
who had previously been incarcer- said at his sentencing. reverted to form, accusing the “fake
ated in Oklahoma and Florida, had Bulger ruled the Boston under- news” media of stoking fear and an-
been in custody at the Hazelton facil- world with an iron fist for nearly 30 ger. Then on Tuesday, Trump dropped
ity since Monday. years while also working as an infor- a surprise announcement linked to his
Bulger was serving two life sen- mant for the FBI. anti-immigration platform: he intends
tences for 11 murders, racketeering, His trial, which featured 72 wit- to scrap a constitutional guarantee to
extortion, money laundering, posses- nesses and 840 exhibits, produced citizenship for anyone born on US
sion of firearms and other crimes. chilling testimony worthy of a pulp soil. Here is a look back at some of
Arrested in 2011 after 16 years on novel. Trump’s most inflammatory past
James “Whitey Bulger (Photo AFP) the run, Bulger’s life of crime has It heard harrowing tales of teeth statements:
Notorious Boston gangster James been the subject of several books and being pulled from the mouths of Trump earned national political
“Whitey” Bulger was found dead on movies including “Black Mass,” a murder victims to foil identifica- prominence by promoting the false-
Tuesday at a prison in West Virginia, biopic featuring Johnny Depp as the tion and the strangulation of a hood that Barack Obama, America’s
one day after he was transferred to Irish-American mobster. mobster’s girlfriend who “knew first black president, was not born in
the high-security facility to serve the Bulger also provided the inspira- too much.” the United States.
remainder of two life sentences for a tion for Jack Nicholson’s mob boss Bulger refused to testify at his trial As a leader of the so-called
string of brutal crimes, the Federal character in Martin Scorsese’s Oscar- claiming he had been given immunity “birther” movement, Trump repeat-
Bureau of Prisons said. winning 2006 gangster film “The De- from prosecution by federal agents. edly cast doubt on whether Obama
According to The New York parted.” The subject of a years-long He steadfastly denied being an was a natural-born US citizen -- and
Times, the 89-year-old Bulger, who manhunt, Bulger was finally arrested FBI informant, but close links be- therefore qualified to be head of state.
was an FBI informant in addition to in Santa Monica, California, where tween some FBI agents in Boston “An ‘extremely credible source’
being a crime boss, had been beaten he had been living quietly under an and Bulger’s Winter Hill Gang in has called my office and told me that
“unrecognizable” by fellow inmates. assumed name with his longtime girl- the 1970s and 1980s have been well @BarackObama’s birth certificate is
There was no immediate confirma- friend, Catherine Greig. documented. a fraud,” Trump tweeted in 2012.
tion from the authorities that Bulger She was sentenced separately to Former FBI agent John Connolly He grudgingly acknowledged late
had been murdered. eight years in prison for aiding and was sentenced to prison after being in his 2016 presidential campaign
The prisons bureau said the former abetting him. Police found some convicted in 2002 of effectively be- that Obama was born in the United
head of south Boston’s “Winter Hill $800,000 in cash and an arsenal of coming a member of the gang. States.
When the provocative billionaire
“I’m angered that we as a society continue to have issues of racism and violence” descended the Trump Tower escala-
tor to announce his White House bid
Funerals begin after ‘racist’ shooting in Kentucky in June 2015, his detractors argue he
The first of two African American and as a spate of mail bombs sent Church in the suburb of Jeffersontown. brought the level of national political
grocery shoppers shot dead by a to high-profile liberals was fueling He is then alleged to have headed to a discourse down with him.
white gunman in an attack described a national reckoning over deepening nearby grocery store and opened fire Mexico is “sending people that
by police as racially-motivated was political and racial divisions. multiple times on Stallard and Jones. have lots of problems... They’re
to be laid to rest Tuesday. Stallard’s funeral was due to take Jeffersontown police chief Sam bringing drugs. They’re bringing
Maurice Stallard, 69, and Vickie place at a church in southeast Louis- Rogers told a Sunday service at the crime. They’re rapists,” Trump said.
Lee Jones, 67, were gunned down on ville while Jones will be laid to rest First Baptist Church the attack was A year later he argued that the
Wednesday last week at a suburban in the city on Saturday. The suspected “racist in nature.” Mexican heritage of a US-born fed-
store in Louisville, Kentucky. gunman, 51-year-old Gregory Bush, “I’m angered that we as a society eral judge should disqualify him from
Their deaths came days before an allegedly tried but failed to get into continue to have issues of racism and presiding over a fraud lawsuit involv-
anti-Semitic massacre in Pittsburgh the predominantly black First Baptist violence,” he said. ing Trump University.

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Opposition “It is the Iranian government, it is the Iranian state that is behind”
DR Congo ‘not ready’ for Denmark recalls ambassador to Iran over foiled ‘attack’
December polls
The Democratic Republic of Congo Denmark on Tuesday recalled its responsibility, and Iran staged sev-
is “not ready” to hold long-delayed ambassador to Iran after it accused eral operations in Iraq and Syria in
elections in December, the main op- Tehran of plotting a foiled “attack” response.
position party said Tuesday, the day against three Iranians living in the Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke
after the army handed over 150 trucks Scandinavian country. Rasmussen echoed Samuelsen’s
and a dozen aircraft for use by the “I have decided to recall Den- comments, writing on Twitter: “It is
electoral commission. mark’s ambassador in Tehran for totally unacceptable that Iran or any
“One hundred fifty trucks can’t cover consultations... Denmark can in no other foreign state plans assassina-
our vast national territory which doesn’t way accept that people with ties to tions on Danish soil. Further actions
even have the road infrastructure,” said Iran’s intelligence service plot attacks against Iran will be discussed in the
Augustin Kabuya, spokesman of the against people in Denmark,” Danish EU.”
main opposition Union for Democ- Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen In Oslo, where he was meeting
racy and Social Progress (UDPS). told reporters. other Northern European leaders,
An opinion poll released Tuesday “It is the Iranian government, it is Rasmussen spoke with British coun-
showed that, regardless of any logis- the Iranian state that is behind” the terpart Theresa May, whom he said
tical problems, two opposition candi- plot, Samuelsen said. expressed “support” for Denmark.
dates are leading voting intentions in He added that he was consulting “In close collaboration with UK
the lead-up to the presidential elec- with “partners and allies”, including and other countries we will stand up
tion. UDPS leader Felix Tshisekedi the EU, about possible sanctions. to Iran,” he added.
led the poll with 36 percent support, Earlier Tuesday, the head of Den- Iran’s ambassador to Denmark was
followed by Vital Kamerhe -- head mark’s intelligence service PET, Finn summoned to the foreign ministry
of the Union for the Congolese Na- Borch Andersen, said his agency be- Anders Samuelsen (Photo AFP) Tuesday for an explanation.
tion who came third in the 2011 elec- lieved the Iranian intelligence service were part of a European conspiracy Meanwhile, US Secretary of State
tion -- with 17 percent. “was planning an attack in Denmark” against Iran. Mike Pompeo said the US also stood
Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, against three Iranians suspected of In late September, Tehran accused behind Denmark.
the hardline former interior minister belonging to the Arab Struggle Move- Denmark, the Netherlands and Brit- “We congratulate the government
backed by President Joseph Kabila, ment for the Liberation of Ahvaz. ain of “hosting several members of of Denmark on its arrest of an Ira-
was in third place on 16 percent. A Norwegian of Iranian origin was the terrorist group” that Iran holds re- nian regime assassin. For nearly 40
Kabila himself has bowed to inter- arrested on October 21 for allegedly sponsible for an attack in the mainly years, Europe has been the target of
national pressure to step aside after planning the attack and spying for ethnic Arab city of Ahvaz in south- Iran-sponsored terrorist attacks. We
nearly two decades in power. Iran. The suspect was detained in the western Iran. call on our allies and partners to con-
According to the same poll, carried southwestern Swedish city of Gote- The September 22 attack, during front the full range of Iran’s threats
out by the BERCI consulting group borg, according to the Swedish secu- which five commandos opened fire to peace and security,” Pompeo wrote
and the Congo Research Group at rity service Sapo. on a military parade, left 24 people on Twitter.
New York University, two-thirds of Iran has denied the Danish allega- dead. The US and European countries
voters backed the call for the elec- tions, with foreign ministry spokes- The so-called Islamic State group nonetheless have different approach-
tions to be delayed. man Bahram Ghasemi saying they and a separatist Arab group claimed es to engagement with Iran.
The conflict-ridden DR Congo
sprawls over 2.3 million square ki- In Jerusalem there was a 0.1 percent rise to 34 percent, the interior ministry website said
lometres (890,000 square miles),
making it the largest country in sub- Protests as Druze vote in Israeli local elections
Saharan Africa, some two-thirds the Israelis voted in local elections Tues- many Druze who feel connected to The international community has
size of Western Europe. day that saw an ally of Prime Min- Syria fear it will help Israel legitimise never recognised Israel’s annexation
The former Belgian colony boasts ister Benjamin Netanyahu vie for its control over the occupied plateau. of the Golan.
just 27,877 kilometres (17,322 miles) Jerusalem mayor and controversial Several hundred protesters in the In Yarka, a separate Druze village
of roads, President Kabila said in first-time polls in part of the occupied village of Majdal Shams, some carry- in northern Israel outside of the Go-
July. By comparison France, which Golan Heights draw protests. ing Syrian flags, temporarily blocked lan, police said two polling stations
is around a quarter of the size of the Polling stations opened as sched- a polling centre as police sought to were closed after a stun grenade
central African nation, has more than uled at 7:00 am (0500 GMT) and maintain calm, an AFP correspondent was thrown at one of them, lightly
a million kilometres of roads. closed at 10:00 pm in cities and reported. wounding 10 people. There is similar
UDPS spokesman Kabuya said the towns, although small rural commu- There had been calls to boycott the controversy in east Jerusalem, which
handover of the trucks, planes and nities ended voting earlier. election during campaigning and a Israel also occupied in 1967 and later
helicopters, conducted with great Main results were not expected un- string of candidates pulled out. annexed, though there were no re-
fanfare on Monday, was “staged” to til Wednesday. For the first time, vot- Polling was to occur in four Druze ports of incidents there.
lend international credibility to the ing day was declared a national holi- villages in the Golan, though it was Unlike in national elections, Pal-
elections. day, in an effort to boost attendance. called off in two because there were estinian residents of east Jerusalem
“We know (however) that... Cor- Average turnout nationwide posted no candidates. who have not taken Israeli citizenship
neille Nangaa is not ready to organise at 10:30 pm was 54 percent, com- The elections followed a court are eligible to vote in local polls.
the elections on December 23,” Ka- pared to a final figure of 50.9 percent challenge by a group of Druze who But the vast majority stay away,
buya told AFP, referring to the head in 2013 during the last round of local pressed for the right to hold the vote. refusing to recognise Israel’s control
of the Independent National Electoral polls. Israel has previously appointed lo- over the sector of the city they see as
Commission (CENI). In Jerusalem there was a 0.1 per- cal leaders in the villages. the capital of their future state.
During Monday’s ceremony, the cent rise to 34 percent, the interior
Congolese authorities said the vote -- ministry website said.
postponed in 2016 and again last year Elections for mayors and coun-
-- would go ahead without help from cils, held every five years, are seen
the international community. as largely local affairs with few na-
Previous elections, in 2006 and tional implications, though they have
2011, took place with material and served as a springboard for politi-
logistical support from the UN mis- cians harbouring national ambitions.
sion to the DR Congo known as MO- One significant new element to
NUSCO. Tuesday’s vote saw minority Druze
However relations between MO- cast ballots in the Golan Heights for
NUSCO, the world’s largest peace- the first time since Israel seized the
keeping operation, and Kabila’s gov- strategic region from Syria in 1967.
ernment have long been strained. The vote was controversial since

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“The UK has been leading attempts to deliver international corporate tax reform for the digital age”
UK ratchets up pressure on US tech giants with new tax
Britain could become the first major The 2.0-percent tax levy on sales the potential impact of the tax. “It’s earlier this month approved a tax on
world economy to impose a specific made by large digital companies in a very bold and surprising move,” big internet companies as part of its
tax on tech giants, as international Britain would apply to search en- said Tej Parikh, a senior economist 2019 budget, hoping to raise up to 1.2
negotiations to overhaul analog-era gines, social networks and e-com- at the Institute of Directors, told the billion euros ($1.4 billion) next year.
global tax regulations drag on. merce channels, the UK Treasury BBC. The tax, which still requires par-
The announcement was made in a said. There has been public outrage “There’s always a risk you could liamentary approval, will “moder-
budget speech on Monday by finance over relatively low levels of tax paid hamper the competitiveness of the nise tax rules” for 21st-century busi-
minister Philip Hammond, who said: in Britain by giants such as Amazon, country,” he said. Some smaller econ- nesses, Finance Minister Maria Jesus
“The UK has been leading attempts Facebook and Google. omies have announced similar initia- Montero told reporters following a
to deliver international corporate tax Hammond said the tax would ap- tives. Spain’s socialist government weekly cabinet meeting.
reform for the digital age. ply to companies with more than
“A new global agreement is the £500 million (561 million euros,
best long-term solution. But progress $638 million) in global revenues and Foreign Exchange
is painfully slow. We cannot simply was expected to raise £400 million a
talk forever. year from 2022. EURO USA CAN UK AUS SWISS H.KONG JAP
“So we will now introduce a UK The announcement in the week of EURO - 1.14 1.49 .89 1.61 1.14 8.90 128.00
Digital Services Tax,” Hammond Halloween prompted The Sun tabloid USA .88 - 1.32 .79 1.41 1.00 7.81 112.36
added. to report the news with photo-mon- CAN .67 .76 - .60 1.08 .75 6.00 86.00
Chancellor of the Exchequer Ham- tage depicting Facebook chief Mark UK 1.12 1.27 1.67 - 1.79 1.28 10.00 143.00
mond said Britain would at the same Zuckerberg as Dracula. AUS .62 .71 .93 .56 - .70 5.60 80.00
time continue to engage with interna- The paper said Hammond had SWISS .88 1.00 1.33 .78 1.43 - 7.80 112.00
tional partners to come up with a new “put the bite on tech giants suck- H.KONG .11 .13 .17 .10 .18 .13 - 14.30
global agreement, saying this was ing the lifeblood from British high JAP .01 .01 .01 .01 .01 .01 .07 -
“the best long-term solution”. streets”. Experts have warned about

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The Military Intelligence Budget came in at $22.1 billion, up from $18.4 billion in fiscal 2017 Work “like robots”
US intel budget soars under Trump Apple Watch supplier under
US spending on intelligence has some 16 agencies including the Cen- strikes in conflict zones, and also ex-
soared under President Donald tral Intelligence Agency, National Se- panded investments into human intel- fire over China student labour
Trump, figures released on Tuesday curity Agency, some defense opera- ligence. Apple is investigating a factory in south-
showed, as the government stepped tions and reconnaissance from space, There has also been a focused ex- west China after a labour rights group
up cyber warfare activities and boost- rose to $59.4 billion from $54.6 bil- pansion of investment into offensive said the tech giant’s supplier forced
ed spying on North Korea, China and lion in fiscal 2017. cyber capabilities, with the aim of student workers to work “like robots”
Russia. The Military Intelligence Budget blunting hacking attacks by China, to assemble its popular Apple Watch.
Spending on civilian and military came in at $22.1 billion, up from Russia, North Korea and Iran. The report raises fresh questions
intelligence jumped by 11.6 percent $18.4 billion in fiscal 2017. But besides revealing the gross fig- about the practices of suppliers Apple
to $81.5 billion in fiscal 2018, which The Trump administration has ure for expenditures, neither the Pen- uses to build its gadgets in the coun-
ended on September 30, according to sharply increased both military and tagon nor the Office of the Director of try following the deaths of a number
the Department of Defense and the intelligence outlays, spending more National Intelligence would provide of workers in 2010 apparently linked
Office of the Director of National In- on personnel, equipment and opera- any details on where the money goes, to tough working conditions.
telligence. Spending for the National tions. Under Trump, the CIA has re- saying “such disclosures could harm Many of the students were com-
Intelligence Program, which spans sumed paramilitary actions like drone national security.” pelled to work in order to get their vo-
cational degrees and had to do night
Prices at ride-share services rise or fall depending on demand shifts, according to an investigation
by Hong Kong-based NGO Students
Lyft and Uber out to be everyday rides with passes and Scholars Against Corporate Mis-
US ride-share rivals Lyft and Uber Prices at ride-share services rise or goes something like this: you pay one behaviour (SACOM).
are out to lure everyday riders with fall depending on demand. low price for the ride to work, only to SACOM interviewed 28 students
monthly passes for discounted or free For example, a ride into work find the ride back home is a different at the plant in Chongqing municipal-
rides, dabbling with a subscription early, ahead of the pack, is typically story.” ity over the summer, and all of them
model aimed at commuters. cheaper than a ride home at day’s Lyft earlier this month unveiled said they had not voluntarily applied
Uber on Tuesday introduced “Ride end during peak commute time when a subscription plan that lets passen- to work there, according to the report
Pass” in five cities to let users lock in “surge pricing” kicks in. gers pay $299 monthly for 30 rides published last week.
lower rates by paying monthly sub- “One thing we hear a lot from rid- priced at $15 or less. Passengers pay They worked under the guise of
scription fees. ers is that changes in price, however the difference for rides costing more “internships”, SACOM said, a prac-
Uber “Ride Pass” costs $14.99 a small, can make it tough to plan their than $15. “This is the first step toward tice rights groups say is widespread in
month in Austin, Denver, Miami and day with Uber,” product manager Dan delivering on our goal of making car China as manufacturers pair up with
Orlando, and $24.99 per month in Bilen said in a blog post. “The daily ownership optional,” Lyft said in a vocational schools to supply workers
Los Angeles. commute is a classic example, and it blog post. and fill labour shortages when they
ramp up production for new models
“After a review of the progress of the listening campaign” or the Christmas rush.
“Our graduation certificate will be
NASA will keep trying to contact stalled Mars rover Opportunity withheld by the school if we refuse to
NASA has changed its mind about tempting to make contact with the own recovery procedures. Its last come,” said one student majoring in
how long it will continue to seek Opportunity rover for the foreseeable contact with Earth was June 10. e-commerce, according to SACOM.
contact with an aging robotic vehicle future,” said a statement posted on Opportunity and its twin rover, Spir- The US titan has sold tens of mil-
that was blanketed in a dust storm NASA’s website late Monday. it, are a pair of unmanned robotic vehi- lions of Apple Watches -- which
on Mars back in June and has been “Winds could increase in the next cles designed by NASA to move short can cost up to $1,499 -- since it was
stalled ever since. few months at Opportunity’s loca- distances on the Martian surface and launched three years ago and chief
Now, the space agency plans to tion on Mars, resulting in dust being transmit data about conditions there executive Tim Cook said it was the
keep trying, rather than abandon ef- blown off the rover’s solar panels. back to Earth. Opportunity is going on most popular watch in the world.
forts some time this month, as offi- The agency will reassess the situation 60 times its planned mission life, has Earlier labour abuse allegations
cials had said in late August. in the January 2019 time frame.” traveled 28 miles (45 kilometers) and focused on workers building iPhones
“After a review of the progress of Engineers hope the solar-powered found evidence of water on Mars and and other gadgets for Taiwan-based
the listening campaign, NASA will rover will someday get enough sun- conditions that may have been suitable Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., bet-
continue its current strategy for at- light to automatically kickstart its for sustaining microbial life. ter known as Foxconn.
As the world’s largest contract
“We buy Big to pass on the savings!” electronics maker Foxconn assem-
‘Pre-tariff’ sales latest tactic by US stores caught in trade war bles products in huge plants in China
where it employs more than one mil-
Are you looking for big, big savings? A Flooring America employee The company which is known for lion workers.
How about a “pre-tariff sale” -- the contacted by AFP did not want to be its many charitable causes, and stores In 2010, at least 13 Foxconn em-
latest gimmick US stores have de- identified or quoted but confirmed that feature IMAX theaters, ice cream ployees in China died in apparent
ployed to sell anything from carpet to the store was offering a 10 percent and a ropes course, has received some suicides, which activists blamed on
furniture to bicycles. discount on goods stocked before the blowback for the advertisement. tough working conditions, prompting
Caught in the crossfire of President new duties took effect. “Did Jordan’s furniture just use calls for better treatment of staff.
Donald Trump’s trade wars that im- But he said most customers did not politics to drive up their sales in the Although Foxconn denied the ac-
posed steep tariffs on thousands of seem to care about the special offer. short term?” Twitter user Henry Da- cusations, it raised wages by nearly
products, many US businesses rushed Meanwhile, chain of furniture vid said. But the store denies it is get- 70 percent at its China plants in 2010.
to import material and goods before stores in New England is running a ting involved in politics. Foxconn also admitted to intern
the tariffs and now have a glut in in- television commercial warning con- “Thank you all for your recent violations in 2013, with overtime and
ventory. sumers that prices will be going up tweets. We appreciate the feedback night shift problems similar to those
Flooring America in Grand Rapids, starting in 2019 due to the tariffs and on our recent commercial about tar- levelled at the Apple Watch supplier
Michigan -- a state that helped elect- encouraging to buy before the hike. iffs. Our intentions are not political,” this year. Manufacturing internships
ed Trump -- sent out a flyer touting Eliot Tatelman, CEO of Jordan’s the store tweeted. “We are simply are permitted under Chinese labour
the “Pre-Tariff SALE!” Furniture -- “The official furniture stating that all furniture prices, do- law in some cases, but SACOM found
“We buy Big to pass on the sav- store of the Boston Red Sox,” accord- mestic or overseas might soon go up the work has “literally nothing to do
ings!” ing to their telephone message -- said should a tariff be imposed. Thanks with learning” and violated some of
Carpet, flooring, furniture, mat- he took no position on whether the for understanding!” the country’s labour law provisions
tresses, and thousands of other prod- tariffs were good or bad. Twitter user Rob Burgundy in San permitting intern work in factories.
ucts are the targets of 10 percent pu- “I’m just saying that if it happens, Francisco said multiple furniture “We are like robots on the production
nitive tariffs that took effect in late it’s going to cost more money, so buy stores were offering a 25 percent dis- lines,” one 18-year-old student told
September. But the rate is set to more now,” the ponytailed face of the com- count. Online bicycle seller Wiggle SACOM. “We repeat the same pro-
than double to 25 percent on January pany told the Business Journal in a is advertising no duties or tariffs on cedure for hundreds and thousands of
1. report on Tuesday. orders under $800. times every day, like a robot.”

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“I think it shows how strong we are but we still have little things to work on” WADA’s Niggli
Biles leads US to women’s team gold at world gymnastics Russia at a crossroads over
doping scandal
Simone Biles led the US to the wom- Critics of the World Anti-Doping
en’s team gold at the world gym- Agency’s decision to reinstate Russia
nastics in Doha on Tuesday, as the should focus on whether they will de-
Americans dominated the event to liver on the final steps that will lead to
clinch victory for the fourth succes- full rehabilitation, says the organisa-
sive championships. tion’s director general Olivier Niggli.
They led the competition through- WADA has been assailed from all
out and ended up winning by a sides -- administrators, national dop-
comprehensive margin of almost 10 ing agencies, athletes and Niggli’s
points, finishing on 171.629. predecessor David Howman -- since
In contrast to the night before in its decision to lift the ban on Russia’s
the men’s event which went down to anti-doping agency (RUSADA) in
the very final gymnast, this felt like a September.
victory parade from start to finish by RUSADA was initially suspended
the peerless American team. by WADA in 2016 after an inde-
“I’m really proud, it’s been a long pendent report by Professor Richard
year,” Biles said afterwards. McLaren found that more than 1,000
“I think it shows how strong we are athletes across more than 30 sports
but we still have little things to work were aided by state-sponsored dop-
on.” She added: “We are going to ing. The Russians now have until
keep trying to push ourselves harder Simone Biles of the US competes in the women’s floor during women’s team final of the December 31 -- a deadline imposed
but hopefully we get to celebrate a 2018 FIG Artistic Gymnastics Championships (Photo AFP) by WADA -- to grant an independent
little bit and then get back to work.” star Biles. This latest gold was her And if she claims two more gold panel access to a laboratory in Mos-
Russia took silver, amassing a 15th medal at a world championships medals in Doha it will make her the cow and to the data they hold there.
score of 162.863, edging out China drawing her level with Romania’s first gymnast, female or male, to win Niggli staunchly defended the
who took bronze on 162.396. Gina Gogean, to make her the joint 13 world titles. She is favourite to move, which paves the way for Rus-
This triumph means that the last second highest female medal winner win several individual events here. sian athletes to return to the interna-
time the Americans failed to take in championship history. On Tuesday she high-scored on tional sporting fold, and warned the
gold in a world team event was back She now stands just five behind several apparatus, including a mark country was not out of the woods yet.
in 2010 in Rotterdam, when they fin- the world-record holding Svetlana of 15.500 on the vault. “As regards RUSADA, the pres-
ished in the silver medal position. Khorkina of Russia. The 21-year- Adding to her growing list of sure now should be on Russia to de-
The margin of victory in Doha was old has a chance to make history as achievements, Biles also had a vault liver on what it has promised,” Niggli
the largest of their six world champi- she will compete in five more events named after her this week and re- told AFP. “It is at a crossroads and
onship team golds. this week. Biles’ victory on Tuesday markably is performing despite a has the chance to safeguard the future
As well as a team triumph it was earned her an 11th world gold medal kidney stone problem which saw her of Russian sport.
yet another notable night for super- -- a record for any woman. rushed to hospital at the weekend. “Will Russia deliver? We certainly
hope so because that is what is best
Amfoot Two top receivers found new clubs for clean sport but WADA again
Disgraced NFL star Kend- Unbeaten Rams obtain defender Fowler at NFL trade deadline stands ready to respond if it doesn’t.”
The Swiss lawyer, who has been in
ricks banned for eight games Dante Fowler, with 14 quarterback to the Houston Texans, both deals his post since July 2016, says he be-
sacks in 2 1/2 seasons with Jackson-
for 2019 draft picks. Tate played his
lieves the Russians will honour their
Seattle Seahawks linebacker Mychal ville, was sent to the unbeaten Los first four NFL seasons for the Seattle promise after two years of stagnation
Kendricks will miss eight games af- Angeles Rams for draft picks just Seahawks, helping them to victory in and obfuscation on their part.
ter a September guilty plea on insider before Tuesday’s NFL trade deadline. the 2014 Super Bowl before signing “There is no reason to believe they
trading charges, the league confirmed The move gives the Rams the pass a five-year deal with Detroit just a will not do it,” he said. “It was a big
Tuesday, setting an end date to his in- rusher coach Sean McVay said he month after the title win. step forward for before they had re-
definite suspension. wanted to join a defense that already Tate has 581 catches for 6,936 fused to provide access to the labora-
The ban includes three games that ranks eighth in the league with 22 yards and 37 touchdowns in his ca- tory because of the ongoing criminal
Kendricks has already missed since sacks in an 8-0 start. reer and leads the Lions this season investigation. “I want to believe they
his October 2 suspension. He can “So thankful for this opportunity,” with 44 receptions for 517 yards and will deliver on it now.”
return to practice November 12 and Fowler tweeted. The Rams sent the three touchdowns. Niggli said that speed is crucial.
play again on December 10 when the Jaguars lower round draft picks in “For more than four years Golden “It is a two-step process,” he said.
Seahawks face Minnesota Vikings, 2019 and 2020 in exchange for de- displayed an unwavering commit- “Firstly, an independent panel cho-
where his younger brother Eric is a fensive end Fowler, the third overall ment to not only his coaches and sen by Russia and WADA must go
starting linebacker. Kendricks signed selection of the 2015 NFL Draft who teammates, but also the City of De- and get the data and then, step two,
with Seattle last month after being cut missed that year’s campaign with a troit,” Lions general manager Bog analyse the data and decide if there
by the Cleveland Browns in August knee injury suffered on his first day Quinn said. “The impact he made on are samples still in the lab that need
amid charges of securities fraud and of workouts. The Green Bay Packers, and off the field set an example for to be re-analysed.
conspiracy. He pleaded guilty and who lost 29-27 to the Rams on Sun- our team and serves as a testament to “Then we would request access to
faces up to 25 years in prison. day, traded running back Ty Mont- his character.” those samples specifically.”
Kendricks made just under $1.2 gomery to the Baltimore Ravens for The Eagles, 4-4 and trailing 5-2 Niggli is indignant at the criticism
million (1.06 million euros) from a 2020 later-round draft pick. pace-setter Washington in the NFC being levelled at him and WADA over
July 2014 to March 2015 by using The move came two days after East division, had been looking for the decision to lift the ban, claiming
information from a banker at a global Montgomery made an ill-advised another top receiver since Mike Wal- some of the critics are sore losers.
investment firm in exchange for Phil- run out of the end zone and fumbled lace suffered a season-ending leg in- “It was a very democratic process
adelphia Eagles tickets and $10,000. away the ball to deny the Packers a jury in the second week of the cam- following an independent compliance
This season Kendricks made two chance at a game-winning drive. paign. “Demaryius had an incredible commission, chaired by a British bar-
sacks and 13 tackles in three appear- Green Bay also sent safety Ha Ha run here and we can’t thank him rister, made its recommendations
ances, two of them starts, for the Se- Clinton-Dix to the Washington Red- enough for everything he has meant then we had a debate and a vote at the
ahawks. He has 474 career tackles skins. to the Broncos,” Broncos general executive committee,” he said.
and 15 sacks with three interceptions, Two top receivers found new manager John Elway said. “He de- “They (the critics) argue about
six forced fumbles and five fumble clubs, with Detroit dealing Golden veloped into an elite player over the good governance and democratic
recoveries. At 4-3, the Seahawks Tate to the defending Super Bowl years, establishing himself as one of process when they don’t get the deci-
are in the final National Conference champion Philadelphia Eagles and the NFL’s most productive, consis- sion they wanted, a process they fully
wildcard playoff spot. Denver trading Demaryius Thomas tent and reliable wide receivers.” supported before.

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The aim of the game is to fill a 9x9 grid (81 squares) that is subdivided into 3x3 “sub-squares, with each of the numbers one through nine, besides
the ones that are already filled with numbers.
The rule is that each number appear only once per row, once per column, and only once per sub-square. It is rather easy to solve, in fact no math-
ematical knowledge is required. The solutions are indicated below.
Have fun!

Beginners Advanced
9 4 6 1 7 2 5 2

1 2 8 9 4 7 1 5

3 2 7 9 5 8 7

3 9 6 3 9 6

2 4 8 8 6 7
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12
7 8 6 6 8 1
14 15 16 17 18
8 1 5 4 2 4 1
19 20 21 22
23 24 25
4 5 6 9 7 3 4 9
26 27 28
29 30
1 2 9 8 5 3 5 8
31 32 33 34 35
36 37
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 ACROSS DOWN
1 Scale note after mi 1 Seeking victory by delay
10 11 12
3 Taps 2 Entirely outstanding performers (2
10 Brew wds.)
13 12 Rib joiners 4 Freak
13 Bacon-lettuce-tomato sandwich 5 Neuter pronoun
14 15 16 17 18 14 Abraham's son 6 Atlanta location
16 Scarlet 7 Oregon (abbr.)
19 By 8 Nashville locale
19 20 21 22
20 Humble 9 Gloomy
23 Kenya capital 11 Airport abbr.
23 24 25 25 Virginia (abbr.) 15 Skilled gymnast
26 River (Spanish) 17 Emergency room
27 Radiuses 18 That divides in math
26 27 28
30 American sign language 21 Hug upon greeting
31 Phony 22 Grabbed
29 30
35 Garden tool 24 Caesarʼs two
36 Taken of 28 Telegraphic signal
31 32 33 34 35 37 Road (abbr.) 29 Spiritedness
32 Sun god
33 Strontium (abbr.)
36 37
34 Toward
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12 Rib joiners 2 7 1 6 8 3 5 4 9 4 Freak 9 2 3 8 5 S P I G O T S F A
13 Bacon-lettuce-tomato sandwich 5 Neuter pronoun Solution:
14 Abraham's son 6 Atlanta location
16 Scarlet 7 Oregon (abbr.)
19 By 8 Nashville locale
20 Humble 9 Gloomy
23 Kenya capital 11 Airport abbr.
25 Virginia (abbr.) 15 Skilled gymnast
26 River (Spanish) 17 Emergency room
27 Radiuses 18 That divides in math
30 American sign language 21 Hug upon greeting
31 Phony 22 Grabbed
35 Garden tool 24 Caesarʼs two
36 Taken of 28 Telegraphic signal
37 Road (abbr.) 29 Spiritedness
32 Sun god
33 Strontium (abbr.)
34 Toward


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