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Wednesday, May 16 shaking all to release muscle
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Friday, May 18
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Spinning: 9:30 am- 10:30 am designed to encourage your body to release and flow, completely
Reformer Pilates: 11:00 am- 12:00 pm surrendering to its own internal rhythm. Our
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Important news for important people Volume 3182 Tuesday May 15, 2018
International Business Sports
Cracks appeared in nascent coalition US media giant CBS filed suit Mon- Novak Djokovic got off to a winning Cabo San Lucas
negotiations between Italy’s far-right day, alleging that majority share- start in his bid for a fifth ATP Italian Partly cloudy (day)
and anti-establishment political forc- holder Shari Redstone is seeking to Open title on Monday with a straight Sunrise: 6:39 AM
es Monday after nationalist League “force” a merger with rival Viacom sets win over Ukraine’s Alexandr Sunset: 7:53 PM
leader Matteo Salvini said... P.2 on unfavorable terms... P.3 Dolgopolov as he gears... P.5 Humidity: 73% 74-78 F

“The nuclear deal is a significant development which should be preserved” Seemingly resigned
US has lost ‘mediator role’ in Middle East: Erdogan Jubilation and resignation as
US opens Jerusalem embassy
of the controversial embassy open- bolster future trade ties after leaving Reactions to the opening of a US
ing, leaving dozens of Palestinians the EU next year. On Tuesday he will embassy in Jerusalem on Monday re-
dead and hundreds wounded in the meet British Prime Minister Theresa flected the city’s ethnic and religious
conflict’s bloodiest day in years. May. The meeting is “an opportunity divide, with Israelis jubilant and Pal-
Erdogan urged the international for the UK and Turkey to build on our estinians seemingly resigned.
community to “take swift action to close cooperation on counter-terror- About a mile from the embassy
put an end to Israel’s increasing ag- ism, migration, regional stability and building, the Palestinian neighbour-
gression”, denouncing the embassy in other vital areas,” her spokesman hood of Jabal Mukaber was peaceful
move as violating international law said. although it has seen violent confron-
and United Nations resolutions. “Our close relationship with Tur- tations between its inhabitants and Is-
Jerusalem is one of the most thorny key allows us to have frank discus- raeli security forces in the past.
issues of the Israeli-Palestinian con- sion and you can expect that the prime Moving the embassy from Tel
flict, with both sides claiming it as minister will raise human rights. Aviv “is not going to affect the lives
their capital. Most of the international “We want Turkey to uphold its in- of residents, but it will have a politi-
community does not formally recog- ternational obligations, including re- cal impact because it will strengthen
nise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and spect for freedom of expression and Israel and incite intolerance,” neigh-
almost all embassies are located in political freedoms.” bourhood leader Hussein Iwesiat told
Tel Aviv. “The establishment of an Erdogan will meet also Queen AFP. “The (Israeli) occupation will
independent Palestinian state with Je- Elizabeth II on Tuesday. be encouraged to become more vio-
rusalem as its capital is the only way As he spoke at Chatham House, a lent,” he said.
for lasting peace and stability,” the group of Kurdish activists protested For Palestinians, the order given
Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Photo AFP) Turkish leader said. outside, with further demonstrations by President Donald Trump to break
The US has lost its role as mediator Erdogan was also deeply critical of expected near Downing Street on with decades of US policy, recognise
in the Middle East by moving its em- US President Donald Trump’s deci- Tuesday by media rights group, Re- Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and
bassy in Israel to Jerusalem, Turkish sion to withdraw Washington from porters Without Borders. move the embassy there is deeply
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the Iran nuclear deal. Erdogan’s visit comes just weeks provocative.
in London on Monday. “The nuclear deal is a significant before Turkey holds early parlia- In east Jerusalem’s walled Old City
“With its latest step, America has development which should be pre- mentary and presidential elections all was quiet on Monday and shops
chosen to be a part of the problem, not served,” Erdogan said, adding that on June 24. Erdogan, who has domi- were open as usual, but there was
a solution, and lost its mediator role political dialogue with Iran was nated Turkey’s political scene for the frustration beneath the calm surface.
in the Middle East peace process,” “beneficial” to the international com- past 15 years, is seeking to reinforce “I feel insulted as an Arab, hu-
Erdogan told the Chatham House in- munity. his authority as Turkey moves to a miliated by everything that happens,”
ternational affairs think-tank. Turning to Turkey’s decades-long new presidential system of govern- shopworker Ali Jaber, 53, said. “But
Moving the embassy from Tel Aviv efforts to join the European Union, ment with expanded powers. what can we do?” Sitting amid the co-
to Jerusalem was “very, very unfor- Erdogan said it remained a strategic Earlier on Monday, he met three lourful clothes in her shop in an Old
tunate”, he said, warning it would goal for Ankara but he condemned footballers from Turkey or of Turkish City bazaar, 32-year-old Nihad Abu
“increase tensions and ignite an even the “politicisation” of the process. origin who play in the English Pre- Sneineh said she does not believe that
greater fire between communities”. Erdogan began a three-day visit to mier League -- Cenk Tosun, Mesut demonstrations are the answer.
His remarks came as violent clash- Britain on Sunday, with London roll- Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan, state-run “If there is ever mass protest the
es erupted along Gaza’s border ahead ing out the red carpet as it seeks to news agency Anadolu reported. Israeli police will not be handing out
gifts,” she said.
“They will beat the demonstrators
Will include a replica Oval Office and augmented reality elements and put them in prison,” she added.
Obama center in Chicago to include replica Oval Office “They even put children in prison.”
The Obama presidential center, a mu- of the Resolute Desk used by multiple Several of those institutions also Working in a shop across the al-
seum and library to be built in Chica- presidents. The details reported by the include Oval Office replicas, includ- ley, Hamed, 25, said that Israeli joy
go and dedicated to Barack Obama’s Chicago Sun-Times newspaper were ing the libraries of Bill Clinton and over the move could actually reflect
presidency, will include a replica the first to emerge about the presi- George W. Bush. anxiety.
Oval Office and augmented reality dential center’s museum since Obama The Obama Center is expected to “When a house does not belong to
elements. unveiled the initial designs a year ago. take at least two more years to com- you, you feel obliged to tell everyone
The museum, which is to chronicle A nationwide network of 15 presi- plete. It will be located in Chicago’s that it’s really yours,” he said.
Obama’s eight years in the White dential libraries maintain the archives South Side, near the neighborhoods Just beyond the Old City walls in
House and his history-making path of various US administrations in part- where Obama first entered politics the commercial downtown of west
as the first ever African-American nership with the National Archives and taught law at the University of Jerusalem, Israeli and US flags flutter
president, will also include a replica and Records Administration. Chicago. in the breeze.

Page 2 Tuesday May 15, 2018
Corruption appears “If I go to the government, I want to do what I promised the Italians”
Victorious against IS, Iraqi PM Italy’s League leader sets conditions on government talks
flunked fight with corruption
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi Cracks appeared in nascent coalition election, which was dominated by
won plaudits for overseeing the war negotiations between Italy’s far-right concerns over a struggling economy,
to defeat the Islamic State group -- and anti-establishment political forc- the refugee crisis and illegal immi-
but his failure to beat corruption ap- es Monday after nationalist League gration.
pears to have cost him at the polls. leader Matteo Salvini said “key is- Five Star and the League have been
Many were dubious when the lit- sues” remained unsolved and the negotiating a power-sharing deal
tle-heralded Shiite politician came to Five Star Movement (M5S) asked for since last Wednesday, when Salvini’s
power in 2014 as the jihadists’ ram- more time to close a deal. right-wing coalition partner, former
page across the country placed Iraq’s Following a weekend of intense prime minister Silvio Berlusconi,
very existence in doubt. negotiations, the leader of the anti-es- gave the green light for the pair to
As Baghdad clawed back territory tablishment M5S Luigi Di Maio and form a government without his Forza
in a bloody campaign -- rebuilding its Salvini had been widely expected to Italia party.
shattered forces -- his stock began ris- announce a “government agreement” But coming to a deal was never go-
ing both at home and abroad. and a nominee for prime minister on ing to be easy given the parties’ vastly
In the run-up to elections Saturday, Monday afternoon. different stances on a wide range of
the stocky 66-year-old was seen as But speaking to the press after a issues.
the frontrunner to claim a new four- meeting with President Sergio Mat- According to reports, Salvini and
year term. tarella, Salvini seemed to cast doubt Di Maio had been willing to make
But with the results coming in, it on the feasibility of an accord, say- compromises over their flagship poli-
seems voters punished him for his ing that the two parties had “different cies -- the League’s drastic drop in
failures on another front -- failing to visions” on certain “key issues” such taxes and Five Star’s universal basic
live up to a vow to tackle Iraq’s en- as infrastructure, immigration and Matteo Salvini (Photo AFP) income -- which look tricky to rec-
demic graft. Italy’s relations with the European telling reporters he had asked Mat- oncile in one of the eurozone’s most
“If he had kept his promise then Union. tarella for “a few more days” to come indebted countries.
he would have got a second mandate The bullish leader insisted that his to an agreement with the League. The media also suggested the
with the support of all the people,” party wanted a “free hand” to deal “We are writing what will be the pair had agreed step back from their
shopkeeper Amer al-Ameri told AFP with illegal immigration and reiter- government programme for the next political ambitions and nominate a
in Baghdad. ated his eurosceptic stance, demand- five years and it’s very important for neutral candidate for the premier-
“He missed a golden opportunity.” ing the right to re-negotiate the EU’s us to finalise it as best as possible, so ship.
Widely nicknamed “I will, I will” tight fiscal rules. we have asked the president for a few Both leaders insisted Monday that
by a populace long tired with the “If I go to the government, I want more days to definitively close the no names within their future cabinet
empty pledges of out-of-touch rulers, to do what I promised the Italians,” discussion,” Di Maio said after meet- would be made public before they
Abadi could never shake his reliance he said, adding that his party was not ing Mattarella, adding that a finalised had been approved by Mattarella.
on Iraq’s old political elite. afraid to return to the polls if discus- deal would be put to an online vote At the March polls, Five Star
“He was not brave enough to tack- sions failed. for Five Star members. emerged as Italy’s largest single party
le the symbols of corruption, despite Earlier in the afternoon Di Maio Italy has been in political dead- in parliament by far after winning
the major popular support,” said jour- had adopted a more optimistic tone, lock since an inconclusive March 4 nearly 33 percent of the vote.
nalist Kazem Ajrich.
Abadi fashioned his own Victory Domestic intelligence Inflation rose to 13,779 percent in the past year
Alliance coalition for the parliamen-
tary poll but drew heavily from the French investigators quiz Lima Group countries call on Venezuela to cancel polls
ranks of his establishment Dawa par- friend of Paris knife attacker The Lima Group of countries seeking tries. The early elections are being
ty, which has dominated Iraq. a peaceful solution to the spiralling boycotted by the Venezuelan oppo-
“He chose to surround himself French prosecutors extended the de- crisis in Venezuela urged President sition, and much of the international
with Dawa people,” said political tention of a friend of Paris knife at- Nicolas Maduro on Monday to cancel community has condemned them as
analyst Hisham al-Hashimi. tacker Khamzat Azimov for another weekend elections that the group has illegitimate.
Infighting between Abadi and his 24 hours on Monday, transferring denounced as undemocratic. Maduro, the political heir to the
predecessor as premier Nuri al-Ma- him to the domestic intelligence The group “calls for the last time late leftist firebrand Hugo Chavez,
liki -- who heads Dawa -- seriously headquarters for questioning over the on the Venezuelan government to has presided over an implosion of
dented the reputation of what has stabbing spree claimed by the Islamic suspend the general elections” sched- once wealthy oil producer Venezu-
been the preeminent force in Iraqi State group. uled for Sunday, Mexican Foreign ela’s economy.
politics. Despite railing against Mali- A source close to the inquiry said Minister Luis Videgaray told a press The South American country is in
ki -- widely reviled for losing ground Abdoul Hakim A., like Azimov a conference after the countries met in partial default on its debt and suffers
to IS and stirring sectarianism -- Aba- 20-year-old of Chechen origin from Mexico City. severe shortages of food and medi-
di failed to really distance himself. Strasbourg, had been transferred The elections were called “without cines.
“The list of candidates Abadi put from the eastern city to the offices of the participation of all political actors Inflation rose to 13,779 percent in
forward was full of people who have the DGSI intelligence agency in Paris in Venezuela, without independent in- the past year, according to a recent
been in power for 15 years and were under high security. ternational observers and without the study by the opposition-dominated
accused of having done nothing dur- Azimov, a naturalised French citi- necessary guarantees to make them National Assembly -- confirming oth-
ing that time,” said Hashimi. zen, was shot dead by police on Sat- free, transparent and democratic,” he er estimates showing that Venezuela
Instead of choosing Abadi’s list urday night after stabbing a 29-year- said, reading a statement on behalf of has by far the world’s highest infla-
voters apparently either opted to stay old man to death in the busy Opera 12 North and South American coun- tion rate.
home -- with turnout at a record low district of central Paris and wounding
of 44.5 percent -- or opt for candi- four other people.
dates who portrayed themselves as A source said Hakim A. was the
anti-establishment. Tackling graft “individual closest” to Azimov,
was one of the key demands in one whose parents have also been taken
of the most corrupt country’s in the into custody.
world. He invited a US-led coalition He was arrested by heavily armed,
to help roll back the jihadists and kept masked police on Sunday at his home
up good ties with Tehran. in Strasbourg.
The complex arithmetic and Byz- A source close to the inquiry told
antine machination of the Iraqi po- AFP he had been under surveillance
litical system mean that he could still since marrying Ines Hamza, a woman
emerge again as a consensus pick for from the Paris region who tried to
PM -- albeit seriously weakened. leave for Syria in January 2017.

Page 3 Tuesday May 15, 2018
The lawsuit said Shari Redstone could force a merger by replacing CBS board members Wall Street Indexes
CBS sues to block effort to ‘force’ merger with Viacom Dow Jones 24,899.41 + 0.27%
+ 0.11%
S&P 2,730.13 + 0.09%
International Stock Indexes
US media giant CBS filed suit Mon- CBS said in February it had estab- the board will be able to protect all Australia 6,135.297 + 0.31%
day, alleging that majority share- lished a committee to consider reunit- stockholders by considering at the Frankfurt 12,977.71 - 0.18%
holder Shari Redstone is seeking to ing the two companies, combining next Board meeting whether to take Italy 24,221.47 + 0.26%
“force” a merger with rival Viacom CBS with Viacom’s networks, which action in response to her threats and London 7,710.98 - 0.18%
on unfavorable terms. include Nickelodeon, MTV, BET and breaches of fiduciary duty,” the suit Madrid 10,257.80 - 0.13%
The lawsuit filed in the Chancery Comedy Central. alleges. National Amusements re- Paris 5,540.68 - 0.02%
Court in the state of Delaware claims The companies previously ex- sponded by saying it was “outraged” Tokyo 22,865.86 + 0.47%
“breaches of fiduciary duty” by Shari plored a combination in 2016, but by the CBS lawsuit and its character- Toronto 16,085.61 + 0.64%
Redstone and National Amusements abandoned the effort. ization of recent events. Latin-American Stock Indexes
Inc. (NAI), the holding company cre- Shari Redstone, acting on behalf of The holding company “had abso- Bogota 1,550.08 - 0.16%
ated by her father, 94-year-old Sum- her father, effectively controls both lutely no intention of replacing the Buenos Aires 30,441.60 + 1.97%
ner Redstone. firms through National Amusements’ CBS board or forcing a deal that was Lima 21,090.15 - 0.75%
CBS is seeking a temporary re- special voting shares. not supported by both companies,” Mexico 46,519.29 - 0.45%
straining order “to protect the status CBS has called a special board the statement sent to AFP said. Panama 478.78 + 0.01%
quo and to prevent imminent and ir- meeting for Thursday to consider is- It said it believes the lawsuit was Santiago 5,695.82 - 0.12%
reparable harm” from merging CBS suing a dividend that would dilute the filed because the holding company Sao Paulo 85,232.19 + 0.01%
and Viacom, two media groups which voting power of the holding company had expressed concerns over “bully- Venezuela 19,927.460 + 8.01%
were split a decade ago by the elder from 79 percent to 17 percent. ing and intimidation” of a CBS board Most Active Stocks
Redstone. The dividend “would enable the member, but it did not elaborate. 3D Systems Corp 12.22 + 1.50%
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stone is seeking “to force through a dent, non-controlled company, and involving the media-entertainment Alcoa 52.33 - 3.02%
merger of CBS and Viacom on terms more fully evaluate strategic alterna- empire built by Sumner Redstone, Amex 101.29 - 0.13%
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of the public stockholders -- without The lawsuit said Shari Redstone been questioned in legal proceedings. B. of America 31.12 + 0.65%
allowing them any voice on the trans- could force a merger by replacing A separate legal clash ended in Boeing 344.59 + 0.62%
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board-approved Special Committee Board members or modify the Com- drop his lawsuit alleging a power Cisco Systems 45.7 - 0.50%
process” that has been evaluating a pany’s governance documents in the grab by Shari Redstone in the ab- Coca Cola 42.04 - 0.24%
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Tesla reorganizing to speed up production Home Depot 191.08 + 0.40%
Tesla chief Elon Musk told employ- functions where sensible and trim- ny this month, and make sure we’re IBM 144.3 + 0.11%
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being reorganized to speed up pro- success of our mission.” Musk said during the call. JPMorgan 113.9 + 0.04%
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firm. duction positions. that we’re using has really gotten out Merck & Co 59.68 - 0.02%
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pared for the future, we have been un- month, Musk said Tesla was on the barnacles on that front.” Word Pfizer 35.86 + 1.01%
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Since then, the maker of Big Macs and McMuffins had not improved
McDonald’s slammed for post-Brexit tax moves
Top European and US labour unions Federation of Trade Unions in the and 2013. Since then, McDonald’s linked to offshore activities,” accused
on Monday slammed McDonald’s re- Food, Agriculture and Tourism sec- has shifted its fiscal headquarters for French MEP and fair tax campaigner
cent tax moves and pointed the finger tors and the US-based Service Em- some non-US operations to Britain Eva Joly.
at Britain, which critics believe could ployees International Union. from Luxembourg, raising alarms For Joly’s Greens party in Euro-
become a dangerous tax haven after Since the EU probe, “McDonald’s that the company was also seeking to pean Parliament, “the EU should use
Brexit. has moved from Luxembourg to ... benefit from Brexit. the Brexit negotiations to press the
In a report titled “Unhappier the USA using a myriad of interme- The McDonald’s case was a “wor- UK to reform its tax system inherited
Meal”, the unions railed against Mc- diate companies in Singapore, Hong rying sign” that had to be taken “all from a colonial past, instead of giving
Donald’s for embarking on further Kong and the UK while making use the more seriously given that some it the opportunity to increase unfair
aggressive tax practices despite an of companies in the Cayman Islands, of the main players in Brexit ... are tax competition,” she said.
EU crackdown on tax deals struck Bermuda and Guernsey,” the unions
by multinationals including the fast- said in a statement. A spokesman for
food giant. Based on a complaint by the EU Commission said it “takes Foreign Exchange
the same unions, the EU in December note” of the report but it was not part
2015 launched a probe into tax deals of its ongoing investigation, as it was EURO USA CAN UK AUS SWISS H.KONG JAP
between McDonald’s and Luxem- put in place after that probe opened in EURO - 1.20 1.54 .88 1.59 1.19 9.40 131.00
bourg, saying the arrangements ap- 2015. McDonald’s did not respond to USA .83 - 1.28 .74 1.33 1.00 7.87 109.89
peared to breach state aid rules. an email for comment. CAN .65 .78 - .58 1.04 .80 6.10 86.00
Since then, the maker of Big Macs The initial case against McDon- UK 1.14 1.36 1.72 - 1.79 1.35 10.70 149.00
and McMuffins had not improved, ald’s stemmed from a complaint by AUS .63 .75 .96 .56 - .75 5.90 83.00
said the report. trade unions and the charity War on SWISS .84 1.00 1.25 .74 1.33 - 7.90 110.00
The report was drawn up by three Want that accused McDonald’s of H.KONG .11 .13 .16 .09 .17 .13 - 13.90
unions: the European Federation of avoiding around one billion euros JAP .01 .01 .01 .01 .01 .01 .07 -
Public Service Unions, the European ($1.1 billion) in taxes between 2009

Page 4 Tuesday May 15, 2018
“President Trump underscored the importance of quickly concluding an agreement” Ross
Trudeau, Trump: NAFTA talks could conclude soon US looking at alternative
Canadian Prime Minister Justin “President Trump underscored the not reached. If the agreement is not
Trudeau and US President Donald importance of quickly concluding an finalized by Friday, he will have to sanctions for China’s ZTE
Trump discussed Monday ongoing agreement,” the White House said in a decide whether to keep the current US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross
negotiations to revamp the North statement. The pair also discussed the agreement until talks can resume next said Monday he was looking for “al-
American Free Trade Agreement, upcoming Group of Seven (G7) sum- year, or try to submit a partial deal to ternative remedies” to replace the
with the White House highlighting mit in Canada, Trudeau’s office said. Congress. sanctions that forced Chinese tele-
the “importance” of reaching a quick Canada, Mexico and the US are The NAFTA revision is vital for coms giant ZTE to essentially cease
conclusion. renegotiating their 24-year-old free another reason: the exemptions for operations.
While Trudeau’s office mentioned trade pact -- a process triggered last Canada and Mexico from steep US He also said he expected Chinese
the “progress” made, and the “possi- year by Trump, who called the deal a tariffs on steel imports expire June 1. officials to raise the issue in talks in
bility of bringing the negotiations to a “disaster” that has destroyed US jobs. Unless officials agree on terms Washington this week on behalf of
prompt conclusion,” the US side was He has repeatedly threatened to covering steel and aluminum, the tar- the company that was cut off from US
more direct. leave the pact if a satisfactory deal is iffs would take effect. technology products for violating US
sanctions against North Korea and
“This is a very, very special Picasso that I’ve been trying to get forever basically” Iran. “ZTE did do some inappropri-
Picasso ‘accidentally’ damaged, withdrawn from sale ate things. The question is are there
alternative remedies to the one that
A Picasso self-portrait estimated to to begin,” it added. The auction house and later reportedly sold for $155 we had originally put forward,” Ross
be worth $70 million and due to go gave no further details on the incident million. said following a speech.
under the hammer in New York on or the extent of the damage. In January, Wynn was hit by accu- “And that’s the area we will be ex-
Tuesday, has been “accidentally dam- In the marketing blitz to accom- sations from dozens of people in The ploring very, very promptly.”
aged” and withdrawn from auction, pany the sale, Christie’s spoke glow- Wall Street Journal alleging decades ZTE was fined $1.2 billion in
Christie’s said. The 1943 masterpiece ingly of the significance of the work of sexual misconduct. March 2017 but last month it was
called “The Marin” or “The Sailor” and its importance on the market. The businessman, who is a politi- hit with a steeper sanction, prohibit-
had been a highlight of Christie’s “This is a very, very special Picas- cal ally of President Donald Trump, ing US firms from supplying it with
marquee impressionist and modern so that I’ve been trying to get forever denied the allegations and accused needed parts after the Commerce De-
evening art sale. According to US basically,” Loic Gouzer, co-chairman his ex-wife Elaine of instigating the partment found the company had lied
media, it belongs to former casino for postwar and contemporary art at accusations as part of a “terrible and multiple times and failed to take ac-
magnate Steve Wynn. Christie’s, had told AFP. nasty lawsuit” seeking a revised di- tions against employees responsible
Christie’s said the damage hap- Neither would it be Wynn’s first vorce settlement. for sanctions violations.
pened on Friday “during the final Picasso to come a cropper. Last Tuesday, Christie’s sold Pablo “This egregious behavior cannot
stages of preparation.” In 2006, the billionaire acciden- Picasso’s 1905 “Fillette a la corbeille be ignored,” Ross said at the time.
“After consultation with the con- tally poked an elbow through Pi- fleurie” (“Young Girl With a Flower But President Donald Trump made
signor today, the painting has been casso’s 1932 “Le Reve,” while Basket”) for $115 million, making a surprise announcement on Twitter
withdrawn from Christie’s May 15 showing it off to guests in Las Ve- it the Spanish master’s second most on Sunday, offering to intervene to
sale to allow the restoration process gas. The painting was refurbished expensive work ever sold at auction. prevent the company from shutting
down. “President Xi of China and
“The investigation process is in full swing” I are working together to give mas-
Facebook suspends 200 apps over data misuse sive Chinese phone company ZTE a
way to get back into business, fast,”
Facebook said Monday it has sus- president Ime Archibong. “We have tions over Cambridge Analytica have Trump tweeted.
pended “around 200” apps on its plat- large teams of internal and external prompted investigations on both sides “Too many jobs in China lost.
form as part of an investigation into experts working hard to investigate of the Atlantic and led Facebook to Commerce Department has been in-
misuse of private user data. these apps as quickly as possible. To tighten its policies on how personal structed to get it done!”
The investigation was launched date thousands of apps have been in- data is shared and accessed. Face- That move stunned many observ-
after revelations that political con- vestigated and around 200 have been book made a policy change in 2014 ers due to the president’s unusual if
sulting firm Cambridge Analytica hi- suspended -- pending a thorough limiting access to user data but noted not unprecedented move to intercede
jacked data on some 87 million Face- investigation into whether they did that some applications still had data directly in a law enforcement matter.
book users as it worked on Donald in fact misuse any data.” Archibong it had obtained prior to the revision. Ross said that, while he expected
Trump’s 2016 campaign. added that “where we find evidence “There is a lot more work to be done Chinese officials would bring up the
“The investigation process is in full that these or other apps did misuse to find all the apps that may have mis- issue this week, “our position has
swing,” said an online statement from data, we will ban them and notify used people’s Facebook data -- and it been that that’s an enforcement action
Facebook product partnerships vice people via this website.” The revela- will take time,” Archibong said. separate from trade.” Trump waded
into the issue again on Monday after-
In the wake of the announcement of Xerox’s takeover in January noon with another tweet but the pur-
Xerox ends merger with Fujifilm in victory for shareholders pose was unclear.
“ZTE, the large Chinese phone
US photocopier and printer maker members who were replaced by five ed that Fujifilm immediately enter company, buys a big percentage of in-
Xerox on Sunday announced it was new members. In Tokyo, Fujifilm dis- into negotiations on improved terms dividual parts from US companies,”
terminating a merger with Fujifilm puted Xerox’s “unilateral decision.” for a proposed transaction,” the firm he said on Twitter. “This is also re-
and appointing a new chief executive “We do not believe that Xerox has said. “Despite our insistence, Fujifilm flective of the larger trade deal we are
after entering into a settlement with a legal right to terminate our agree- provided no assurance that it will do negotiating with China and my per-
activist shareholders who had con- ment and we are reviewing all of our so within an acceptable timeframe. sonal relationship with President Xi.”
tested the takeover. available options, including bringing “The Xerox Board believes that Vice Premier Liu He -- considered
In a statement on its website, Xe- a legal action seeking damages,” the the transaction cannot reasonably be President Xi Jinping’s right-hand
rox cited “material deviations” in the Japanese firm said in a statement. expected to be completed under these man on economic issues -- led talks
audited financials of an existing joint The company called on the Xerox circumstances, particularly given the with Ross and a senior US team in
venture known as Fuji Xerox that is board of directors to “reconsider their court’s injunction of the transaction Beijing early this month, and will
controlled by Fujifilm. decision.” The new board will be and the lack of shareholder support head the Chinese delegation to Wash-
The move follows a lawsuit by chaired by Keith Cozza, who is the for the transaction on current terms, ington this week.
powerful shareholders Carl Icahn current CEO of Icahn Enterprises, as well as the unresolved accounting The officials will try to find a way
and Darwin Deason, who together while its new CEO is set to be John issues at Fuji Xerox.” to head off a major trade battle after
owned more than 15 percent of the Visentin. Xerox said the board would The conflict was the latest involv- the United States threatened to put
group and had vigorously opposed immediately convene to “evaluate ing a big company and a high-profile tariffs on as much as $150 billion in
the merger announced in January. all strategic alternatives to maximize shareholder activist, in this case Chinese imports, while Beijing has
Xerox added that Jeff Jacobson had shareholder value.” Icahn, a battle-tested billionaire who targeted $50 billion in US goods in
resigned from his role as the com- “Over the past several weeks, the has aggressively challenged compa- the dispute over China’s failure to
pany’s CEO, along with five board Xerox Board has repeatedly request- nies since the 1980s. protect intellectual property rights.

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“The conditions here are pretty suitable to my game. In 2008 it was one of the first titles I won and I always play well in Rome”
Djokovic blasts into Rome second round

Novak Djokovic got off to a winning kori, who hit 18 winners to counter
start in his bid for a fifth ATP Italian the seven aces fired down by Lopez.
Open title on Monday with a straight Nishikori arrived in Rome after
sets win over Ukraine’s Alexandr losing his two matches on clay in
Dolgopolov as he gears up for the Spain -- retiring in Barcelona due to a
French Open in two weeks time. recurring wrist injury problem before
The 11th-seeded Serb, who has losing his opening-round in Madrid
reached eight of the last ten finals in to Djokovic.
Rome and won four -- took 55 min- “He used a lot of slice and great
utes to oust Dolgopolov 6-1, 6-3 on serves, but I think I handled his slice
the red clay of the Foro Italico. well,” continued Nishikori who won
Former world number one Djokov- his last title in Memphis in February
ic has slipped six places to 18th after 2016. “The first set could have gone
his second round defeat in Madrid, both ways, luckily I got it and after
his lowest ranking since October that, I was more confident and I was
2006. The 12-time Grand Slam win- playing better tennis.”
ner broke 54th-ranked Dolgopolov Nishikori took a one-set lead after
three times in the opening set, with a first set-tiebreak that featured nine
another break in the second helping mini-breaks. The pair exchanged
him wrap up the match. serves in the second set before 2016
“Today’s match is encouraging and semi-finalist Nishikori broke again and
gives me reason to believe I can go all Serbia’s Novak Djokovic serves against Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine (Photo AFP) served out to love to book his place in
the way, but at the same time I have And the 30-year-old said his focus 6-0, 6-3 to Serbian qualifier Aleksan- the second-round where he meets third
to be modest” said Djokovic who has was on the French Open where he dra Krunic. seed Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria.
been battling his way back from el- won his last Grand Slam title in 2016. The 35-year-old reached the US Robin Haase of the Netherlands
bow surgery. “The French Open is where I want Open final in 2010 and won ten needed three sets to get past Russian
“The conditions here are pretty to play my best tennis that is one big singles title in her career spanning Daniil Medvedev 3-6, 6-4, 6-,1 with
suitable to my game. In 2008 it was goal for this part of the season. I feel nearly two decades. ninth seed Davis Goffin of Belgium
one of the first titles I won and I al- I’m going in the right direction.” Nishikori -- who had lost his two seeing off Argentina’s Leonardo
ways play well in Rome.” Earlier Japan’s Kei Nishikori eased matches on clay in Spain in the previ- Mayer 6-1, 6-2.
Djokovic, who last won in Rome in into the men’s second round with a ous two weeks -- needed 1hr 48min In the women’s event, Japan’s
2015, next plays either Nikoloz Basi- 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 win over Spaniard Feli- to hand Lopez his sixth defeat in sev- Naomi Osaka powered her way past
lashvili or Filippo Baldi two quali- ciano Lopez as Italy’s Roberta Vinci en trips to the Italian capital. former world number one Victoria
fiers before a potential third round bowed out of her final WTA tourna- “It wasn’t an easy match. It was Azarenka of Belarus 6-0, 6-3 to set
meeting with American eighth seed ment with a first round defeat. For- windy so conditions were tough for up a meeting with top seed Simona
John Isner. mer US Open finalist Vinci fell 2-6, both of us,” said 24th-ranked Nishi- Halep of Romania.

Coach “This is a few minutes and we have to react quickly” Winter Olympics
Serena will be ready to tar- eSailing can help conquer high seas, says Olympic champ Sapporo 2026 Olympic bid
get Roland Garros victory Chinese Olympic gold medallist medalist on home waters in 2008, is faces bullet as city eyes 2030
also confident the game can open up
Xu Lijia says eSailing can sharpen
Serena Williams might well be decision-making on the water and the sport to a whole new audience. The Japanese city of Sapporo is re-
“stressed and excited” at the prospect open up the sport to a new audience “I think almost all kids in China are considering plans to host the 2026
of her season clay debut at the French as gamers battle it out to be the first brought up with technology,” said the Winter Olympics in favour of an im-
Open, but she remains capable of world champion. Virtual Regatta’s 30-year-old. “But I hope they can still proved bid for the 2030 Games, of-
winning the tournament, according to free Inshore game offers millions of go out and enjoy the real sport, see ficials said on Monday.
her coach Patrick Mouratoglou. armchair sailors the opportunity to pit the sun shine, experience the fresh air Sapporo, which staged the Winter
Williams landed a 23rd major at their wits against the forces of nature and the water. “For those kids who Olympics in 1972, appears to have
the 2017 Australian Open while preg- -- all without the need to get wet. are particularly interested in those decided that waiting an extra four
nant, but Mouratoglou admitted that The inaugural eSailing World games this may well fuel their inter- years for bullet train and road proj-
the American, who lost early in In- Championship, which comprises a est and they will say ‘mummy, daddy ects to be completed would give it
dian Wells and Miami in March and series of weekly challenges and play- I want to go out in a sail boat’.” a better chance of winning hosting
then withdrew from this month’s Ma- offs, with the boat types and venues World Sailing President Kim An- rights.
drid and Rome tournaments, returned changing on a regular basis, runs dersen said eSailing could inspire “Sapporo’s urban development is
to the WTA Tour too soon. from May until October. millions more to engage with the unlikely to be fully ready by 2026,”
Mouratoglou, however, insisted: The playoffs, involving 1,000 com- sport. “Aimed at everyone from ex- Sapporo mayor Katsuhiro Akimoto
“Serena will play the French Open to petitors, will be an online regatta and pert sailors to sports gamers, the told a joint news conference with
win it. will last up to 14 days in September. eSailing World Championship will Japanese Olympic chief Tsunekazu
“Can she do it? Serena can achieve The top four ranked women and enable sailors on shore and fans with- Takeda.
anything -- after being her coach for top four men from the playoffs will out access to sailing equipment or “By 2030 they will be ready to a
six years, I’m even more sure of that qualify for the eSailing World Cham- facilities to become engaged and in- degree, so we are currently discuss-
statement,” he told pionship Final in Florida. spired by the excitement of sailing,” ing whether to go forward with our
“After her pregnancy, Serena had Xu, who won gold at London 2012 he said. The game’s creator, Philippe bid for the 2026 Games along with
to rebuild her body. When she arrived in the Laser Radial class, is in no Guigne, said thousands of people had the possibility of looking instead at
at the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy doubt the online game can help pro- discovered sailing through the game 2030.” Akimoto insisted Sapporo
(in Nice), around April 30, we re- fessionals hone their skills. and had gone on to try it for real. had not yet decided to pull the plug
alised that she was not ready yet. The “Because it is so fast-changing it Guigne, who was part of the win- on plans for 2026, but the northern
time she lost after the delivery with can help us become faster in reactions ning team in the 1997 Tour de France city may also be conscious of the fact
all the medical issues she had to go and decision-making and we can ap- a la voile, talked about the challenge it would be Asia’s third successive
through, was missing,” said Moura- ply that on the water,” she said at last of making the sport accessible for all. Winter Olympics and fourth overall.
toglou. “So far, things are going very week’s world championship launch “I discovered with my Paris friends The 2018 Winter Olympics were
well. She is working extremely hard, in London. who I brought down to La Rochelle held in Pyeongchang earlier this year,
she is improving in all the areas fast. “This is a few minutes and we have to sail that they had no idea of the the 2020 Summer Games will be in
I am very satisfied and confident that to react quickly, otherwise we get left terms I was using and implored me Tokyo and the 2022 Winter Olympics
she will be ready for Roland Garros.” far behind.” Xu, an Olympic bronze ‘Speak French to us’. in Beijing.

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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.
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6 Walked 3 Legal instrument
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14 Not regular 9 Cozily
17 Manipulate 10 Aurora
17 18 19
18 Awake 12 Commercial
19 Big Apple 13 Make a contribution
20 21 22 23 24 20 Large (abbr.) 15 Cincinnati baseball team
21 British princess 16 Organization of Petroleum Exporting
23 Government agency Countries
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25 Bounciness 20 No Nonsense competitor
29 Workout place 22 Annoying, like a bug bite
29 30 31 30 Milliliter 24 Hole
31 British drink 26 Americium (abbr.)
32 33 32 Salon 27 Computer picture button
34 Cut open 28 Sweet potatoes
35 Voids 32 Road (abbr.)
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14 Not regular 9 Cozily
17 Manipulate 10 Aurora
18 Awake 12 Commercial
19 Big Apple 13 Make a contribution
20 Large (abbr.) 15 Cincinnati baseball team
21 British princess 16 Organization of Petroleum Exporting
23 Government agency Countries
25 Bounciness 20 No Nonsense competitor
29 Workout place 22 Annoying, like a bug bite
30 Milliliter 24 Hole
31 British drink 26 Americium (abbr.)
32 Salon 27 Computer picture button
34 Cut open 28 Sweet potatoes
35 Voids 32 Road (abbr.)
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