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Important news for important people Volume 3162 Wednesday April 25, 2018
International Business Sports
Italy’s highest court of appeal on Spotify on Tuesday announced a ma- Maria Sharapova crashed out in the Cabo San Lucas
Tuesday rejected a request by the Ger- jor expansion of its free service, hop- opening round of the Stuttgart Grand Partly cloudy (day)
man NGO Jugend Rettet to release its ing that a more option-rich platform Prix on Tuesday as French sixth seed Sunrise: 6:52 AM
migrant rescue boat, impounded eight will boost its ambitions to make mu- Caroline Garcia staged a fightback to Sunset: 7:44 PM
months ago on suspicion... P.2 sic streaming even bigger... P.3 win 3-6, 7-6 (8/6), 6-4... P.5 Humidity: 59% 74-76 F

“This is a deal with decayed foundations. It’s a bad deal, it’s a bad structure” Pop icon’s family
Trump, Macron call for ‘new’ nuclear deal with Iran Prince family files suit after
charges decision
just the two of us,” Macron told a On the heels of prosecutors’ decision
joint press conference with Trump at not to file charges over Prince’s death,
his side. the pop icon’s family has filed its own
Putting on a brave face, he said he lawsuit against a hospital that treated
wished “for now to work on a new him. Prosecutors in Prince’s native
deal with Iran” of which the nuclear Minnesota said last week that they
accord could be one part. could not determine who provided the
Trump -- true to his background in “Purple Rain” star with counterfeit
reality TV -- teased his looming de- painkillers that proved fatal and did
cision. not detect any intention to kill him.
“This is a deal with decayed foun- But Prince’s siblings filed a wrong-
dations. It’s a bad deal, it’s a bad ful death lawsuit against the Trinity
structure. It’s falling down,” the US Medical Center in Moline, Illinois,
leader said. “We’re going to see what where the singer was treated when his
happens on the 12th.” plane made an emergency stop on his
Trump’s European allies have re- way back from a concert in Atlanta
peatedly tried to persuade him not days before he died in April 2016.
to walk away from the 2015 deal, The family said the hospital should
which gave Iran massive sanctions have investigated to see if Prince had
relief and the guarantee of a civilian taken a counterfeit medicine.
nuclear program in return for limiting According to Minnesota prosecu-
French President Emmanuel Macron and US President Donald Trump (Photo AFP) enrichment that could produce weap- tors, doctors in Moline administered
US President Donald Trump and deal,” said Trump, stressing that any ons grade fuel. to Prince two doses of Narcan, which
French counterpart Emmanuel Ma- new accord would have to be built on German Chancellor Angela Merkel reverses opioid overdose, but did not
cron called for a “new” deal with Iran “solid foundations.” will make a similar pitch when she test the pills in Prince’s system -- al-
Tuesday, looking beyond divisions “They should have made a deal visits Washington on Friday. though the singer was famously insis-
over a landmark nuclear accord that that covered Yemen, that covered Neither Trump nor Macron indicat- tent on his privacy.
now hangs in the balance. Syria, that covered other parts of the ed what Iran would get in return for The lawsuit, which was filed in
Trump pilloried a three-year old Middle East,” said Trump. concessions on its ballistic programs Illinois Friday but revealed later by
agreement designed to curb Iran’s “No matter where you go in the or activities in the Middle East. lawyers, also targeted the pharmacy
nuclear program as “insane” and “ri- Middle East, you see the fingerprints Iran, meanwhile, has warned it chain Walgreens for allegedly dis-
diculous”, despite European pleas for of Iran behind problems.” will ramp up enrichment activities if pensing medicine without proper
him not to walk away from the ac- Macron, visiting Washington on a Trump walks away from the accord, checks. “What happened to Prince is
cord. landmark state visit, admitted after prompting Trump to issue a blunt happening to families across Ameri-
Instead, Trump eyed a “grand meeting Trump that he did not know warning. ca,” family lawyers George Loucas
bargain” that would also limit Iran’s whether the US president would “They’re not going to be restarting and John Goetz said in a statement.
ballistic missile program and support walk away from the nuclear deal anything. If they restart it, they’re go- “The family wishes through its in-
for militant groups across the Middle when a May 12 decision deadline ing to have big problems, bigger than vestigation to shed light on this epi-
East. “I think we will have a great comes up. “I can say that we have they ever had before. And you can demic and how to better the fight to
shot at doing a much bigger, maybe, had very frank discussions on that, mark it down,” he said. save lives. If Prince’s death helps save
lives, then all was not lost,” they said.
“I’m not a hero. I’m just a regular person” Walgreens and the hospital declined
comment on the lawsuit, saying they
Man who stopped Tennessee mass shooter honored as hero do not comment on ongoing litigation.
The 29-year-old man who confronted shooting rampage in the early morn- He has already been called a hero Prince is the most visible face of an
and stopped a gunman during a ram- ing hours Sunday. by the survivors of the Sunday shoot- opioid epidemic that, according to the
page at a Tennessee restaurant was Four people were killed and two ing and their family members, as well Department of Health and Human Ser-
hailed Tuesday as a hero by the US others wounded at the Waffle House as by many in the media. vices, claimed more than 42,000 lives
state’s legislature. restaurant in the city of Nashville, Shaw repeatedly has rejected the last year in the United States.
James Shaw Jr singlehandedly America’s country music capital. label, saying he acted for reasons of Prosecutors said that Prince died
wrestled away the AR-15 semi-auto- But Shaw has been credited with self-preservation. “I’m not a hero. from an accidental overdose of fen-
matic rifle from the hands of Travis saving many more lives. He suffered I’m just a regular person” he said tanyl -- an ultra-potent drug that is up
Reinking -- a fellow 29-year-old with a graze wound from a bullet and Sunday amid tears. “I did that com- to 100 times as powerful as heroin
a history of mental illness -- as he was burns on his right hand from grabbing pletely out of a selfish act. I was com- -- in pills marked as the prescription
allegedly reloading in the middle of a the hot barrel of the gun. pletely doing it just to save myself.” drug Vicodin.

Page 2 Wednesday April 25, 2018
Public resentment Impounded eight months ago on suspicion of facilitating illegal immigration
The discontent shaking Italy confirms seizure of German NGO migrant rescue ship
A week of deadly protests in Nicara- days in June 2017 when many boats
gua has exposed widespread public were in distress.
resentment and frustration directed at A detailed study by the Forensic
the government of veteran President Oceanography collective of all avail-
Daniel Ortega. able images and radio exchanges in
Initially triggered by Ortega’s the area over those two days also cast
move -- later shelved -- to reform the doubt on the allegations.
sinking social security system, the At a news conference in Berlin,
unrest has become an opportunity to Jugend Rettet spokesman, Philipp
air a number of grievances that have Kuelker, said the Iuventa case “sets a
long been festering. precedent.” The court was making it
The spark was a plan to increase possible to “criminalise rescue at sea
how much employees and companies and showing solidarity with other hu-
pay into the INSS, the Nicaraguan man beings on the run. But as long as
Social Security Institute, while cut- people continue to die at sea, we will
ting benefits by five percent. continue our fight,” Kuelker said.
When the reform was published By contrast, an Italian judge last
April 18, students and pensioners week ordered the release of another
vented fury that personal contribu- migrant rescue ship, belonging to the
tions were being hiked from 19 per- Spanish aid group Proactiva Open
cent to 21 percent, and eventually to Arms.
22.5 percent by 2020. (FILES) The ‘Iuventa’, a rescue ship run by young German NGO ‘Jugend Rettet’ (AFP) That boat had been seized in mid-
The business sector -- previously Italy’s highest court of appeal on back to October 2016 which suggest- March after NGO workers refused to
allied to Ortega -- also balked that Tuesday rejected a request by the Ger- ed the boat was being used for “activ- hand over migrants saved during a
what they paid was to increase from man NGO Jugend Rettet to release its ities facilitating illegal immigration”. rescue mission off the Libyan coast
6.25 percent to 7.0 percent per month. migrant rescue boat, impounded eight Two security officers employed to the Libyan coastguard, instead de-
The overall aim was to cap a bal- months ago on suspicion of facilitat- on another rescue boat presented im- livering them to the Italian island of
looning INSS deficit that reached $76 ing illegal immigration. ages that they alleged showed Jugend Sicily. The judge argued that Libya
million last year -- and which threat- The Italian Court of Cassation did Rettet members conversing with “was not yet in a position to take in
ened to empty the institute of funds not say why it had turned down the suspected smugglers. They had also rescued migrants while ensuring their
by next year. NGO’s request for the release of the allegedly been seen sending back a fundamental rights were respected”
Faced with the unexpected pro- Iuventa, a 33-metre (110-foot) motor- wooden boat to Libya that was then and considered that the NGO had
tests, Ortega ordered a crackdown by boat seized off the island of Lampe- used to transport more migrants. acted “out of necessity”.
security forces. Then, as the death toll dusa on August 2. But Jugend Rettet denies the alle- In recent days, more than 1,500
climbed and domestic and interna- At the time, the state police force gations, saying the officers had mis- migrants were rescued off Libya and
tional criticism intensified, he ditched had said that circumstantial evidence interpreted particularly complicated at least 11 people have died after
the reform. had come to light in a probe dating rescue operations carried out on two boats capsized.
But the demonstrations have not
ceased. “These protests have gone be- PETA Who faces allegations of campaign finance corruption
yond the concrete act of the social se-
curity reform,” said Alejandro Serrano Blind elephants used by tour- Guatemala protesters call on President Morales to quit
Caldera, a lawyer and diplomat who Thousands of Guatemalan protest- took almost six hours to march from
used to be a Supreme Court justice. ists at popular Indian fort ers including farmers, activists and all corners of the city, occupying public
“You just have to see the violent Dozens of elephants used for tourist indigenous groups, marched through squares as they went, before converg-
reaction of the government against rides at one of India’s most recog- the capital of the Central American ing in the center where speaker after
these demonstrations,” he said. nised forts are blind or suffering other country Tuesday to demand the res- speaker ripped into the government.
According to protesting students, ailments, a report said Tuesday, call- ignation of President Jimmy Morales, Morales, a 49-year-old former tele-
the Ortega government bled the INSS ing for the practice to end. who faces allegations of campaign vision comedian, has spent the past
dry, using it to finance a range of ex- Nineteen elephants used to ferry finance corruption. eight months denying that his right-
penses including personal ones. visitors to Rajasthan’s famous Amer The protesters converged on the wing FCN-Nation party received
Until 2007, it had a surplus of mil- Fort were blind or vision impaired historic center of Guatemala City de- campaign donations which it failed
lions, but since then has slipped into while nine others had tuberculosis, manding not only that Morales quit, to report to the Supreme Court, as it
deficit. found a report commissioned by the but that members of Congress who was required by law to do. The Inter-
“This money has been siphoned government’s Animal Welfare Board have refused to strip him of his legal national Commission against Impu-
off through corruption, it has fi- of India. Almost all the 102 elephants immunity so he can be fully investi- nity in Guatemala (CICIG), a UN-
nanced parties and trips to the point examined by government officials gated also step down. sponsored body charged with fighting
that today, the social security system and the People for Ethical Treatment “We demand the resignation of Pres- corruption in the country, has backed
doesn’t even have the ability to buy of Animals (PETA) displayed some ident Jimmy Morales and the corrupt prosecutors’ calls for Morales’ presi-
medicine,” said Clifford Ramirez, a psychological distress or health trou- deputies,” said Erika Martinez, head dential immunity to be lifted, to al-
student at Tomas Moro University bles like bruised footpads. of the Committee for Rural Develop- low investigators to properly delve
who has been involved since the pro- Tens of thousands of tourists visit ment in Guatemala, the organization into the case, but Congress has so far
tests began. the Amer Fort, a medieval complex on that called the protests. The crowds sidestepped any move to do so.
That is just one of a range of in- a hilltop outside Jaipur, every year and
stances of perceived corruption in the many opt to enter its imposing gates
country. on the back of an elephant. But the
Public officials demanding bribes government’s animal welfare board,
to facilitate paperwork or to turn a which sanctioned the study with
blind eye to legal or tax violations are PETA, said the captive elephants were
some other situations at issue. unfit for safaris and such joy rides en-
Perhaps one of the biggest gripes dangered both the elephants and tour-
leveled at 72-year-old Ortega is ists alike. “Shocking reports of blind
the concentration of power he has and TB-infected elephants forced to
amassed over all levers of authority: haul illegal, backbreaking loads day
Congress, the courts, the military, the in and day out are exactly why these
electoral tribunal. The political op- rides must stop,” PETA India’s Nikunj
position has been rendered toothless. Sharma said in a statement.

Page 3 Wednesday April 25, 2018
It said that users in important emerging markets such as Brazil Wall Street Indexes
Spotify ramps up free service in bid for expansion Dow Jones 24,024.13 - 1.74%
- 1.70%
S&P 2,634.56 - 1.34%
International Stock Indexes
Spotify on Tuesday announced a ma- from existing compilations, as well as billion people, roughly a quarter of Australia 5,921.553 + 0.60%
jor expansion of its free service, hop- ones that are automatically generated whom carry smartphones. Frankfurt 12,550.82 - 0.17%
ing that a more option-rich platform to adapt to users’ tastes. Spotify says it had 71 million Italy 24,035.49 + 0.22%
will boost its ambitions to make mu- Spotify said it has also engineered subscribers at the end of 2017 and London 7,425.40 + 0.36%
sic streaming even bigger worldwide. the new free service to take up 75 per- that another 90 million used the free Madrid 9,883.40 - 0.39%
Weeks after its successful listing cent less mobile data to draw in us- service. It is often a gateway, with Paris 5,444.16 + 0.10%
on the New York Stock Exchange, ers who have limits on their cellular Soderstrom saying that 60 percent of Tokyo 22,278.12 + 0.86%
the leading streaming company said packages. Spotify’s new subscribers last year Toronto 15,477.00 - 0.48%
it saw wide possibilities to grow and It said that users in important migrated from the free tier. Latin-American Stock Indexes
identified its free, advertising-backed emerging markets such as Brazil, The advertising-backed service -- Bogota 1,562.55 - 0.89%
offering as key to its strategy. Mexico and Vietnam relied most of known in the industry as “freemium” Buenos Aires 30,620.50 - 1.04%
“We know that it’s the only way the time on wi-fi to listen, indicating and shunned by most rivals -- was Lima 21,504.17 - 0.06%
that we are going to be able to concerns over how much data the app long controversial among artists and Mexico 48,046.80 - 0.82%
achieve our goal of getting billions of eats up. labels who said it amounted to giving Panama 467.17 + 0.02%
fans on the platform and getting the Spotify unveiled the revamp hours away music for free. Santiago 5,674.35 - 0.53%
entire music industry to the size that after the industry announced that But Soderstrom said that Spotify Sao Paulo 85,469.08 - 0.16%
we think it should be,” Gustav Soder- global revenue from recorded music reached new licensing agreements Venezuela 22,316.920 - 8.23%
strom, the Swedish company’s chief soared 8.1 percent in 2017 -- the fast- with labels for the expanded free- Most Active Stocks
research and development officer, est rate on record. mium. Spotify says it has paid back 3M Co
told a news conference in New York. The third straight year of expan- more than eight billion euros ($9.8 Alcoa
In the first significant redesign of its sion is almost entirely attributable billion) to rights-holders. Amex
free tier since 2014, Spotify said that to Spotify and rival streaming com- And while many artists grumble AT&T
non-paying users will be able to se- panies such as Deezer, Tidal and the that they see little of the music in- B. of America
lect songs to play on up to 15 playlists platforms of Apple and Amazon. dustry’s newfound wealth, the most Boeing
-- roughly 40 hours of music per day. Spotify is by far the largest stream- vocal critics have been mollified. Caterpillar
Non-subscribers -- who earlier had ing company. But Soderstrom said Pop superstar Taylor Swift, who once Chevron
to settle for a shuffle of tracks -- can that far more people could be listen- boycotted Spotify, recently tied up Cisco Systems
create their own playlists or choose ing in a world of more than seven with the company to release a video. Coca Cola
According to government data released Tuesday
Exxon Mobil
US new home sales surge in March General Electric
US new home sales leapt to a four- since November and handily over- error. Ian Shepherdson of Pantheon H.P.
month high in March, and sales in the shooting economists’ expectations. Macroeconomics cautioned against Home Depot
prior months were revised up to re- The results for January and Febru- expecting sustained gains, with inter- IBM
verse the initial weakness, according ary, which had shown a steady weak- est rates likely to make some would- Intel
to government data released Tuesday. ening, were upgraded by a combined be homeowners reluctant to borrow. Johnson & Johnson
The result suggested the housing 71,000 units, turning what had been The Federal Reserve is expected to JPMorgan
market is tightening further, as sup- two months of declines into three raise the benchmark lending rate, that Kraft Heinz Co
plies winnow and prices rise. months of gains. Sales jumped 28.3 impacts mortgages, twice more this McDonalds
But the jump in March in the high- percent in the West to an annual rate year after the increase in March. But Merck & Co
ly volatile figures was entirely driven of 222,000 units, but they plunged many economists expect three more Microsoft
by sales in the West, with home-buy- 54.8 percent in the wintry North- rate hikes. A 60-basis-point increase Pfizer
ing stagnating or falling in the rest of east. Elsewhere sales rates were little in mortgage rates since September is Procter & Gamble
the country. The total sales of newly- changed. Officials say however that “biting,” Shepherdson added, “and Travelers Cos
constructed houses rose four percent the monthly figures are subject to sig- rates are likely to rise further over the United Tech.
to an annual rate of 694,000 units, nificant revision. The March figures next couple of weeks, in response to Verizon
seasonally adjusted, the highest level were all well within broad margins of the jump in Treasury yields.” Wal-Mart
Walt Disney
The IFPI released its data hours before Spotify announced a major expansion of its free
Music business grows at record pace as digital dominates
The global music industry soared a slump, Moore said. The resurgence enue to develop new talent. “We’ve of making streaming universal, espe-
record 8.1 percent last year as digi- is almost entirely due to the rapid fought too hard to get here and, after cially in emerging economies.
tal sales for the first time made up growth of streaming services includ- 15 years of decline, there’s still plen- The industry voiced guarded op-
the majority of revenue thanks to the ing Spotify, Deezer and Apple Music, ty of room to grow,” Bergen said on timism about China, where revenue
streaming boom, the industry said which have given the industry a badly the conference call. jumped 35.3 percent as international
Tuesday. needed new source of revenue. The IFPI released its data hours labels increasingly penetrate the bil-
Recorded music grossed $17.3 bil- The report said that 176 million before Spotify announced a major lion-plus market. The growth, how-
lion in 2017 with digital music -- un- people around the world paid for expansion of its free, advertising- ever, comes from a small base, with
til last year roughly equal to physical streaming subscriptions by the end backed level, which the Swedish China only the 10th largest music
sales worldwide -- amounting to 54 of last year, with 64 million joining company sees as crucial to its hopes market.
percent of the revenue, the IFPI glob- throughout the year -- and there is
al body said in its annual report. plenty of room to grow on a global
The growth marks the third con- level. Foreign Exchange
secutive year of expansion and the Physical sales tumbled again but
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Page 4 Wednesday April 25, 2018
The company has been seen as vulnerable to a potential US-China trade war Corruption probe
Caterpillar boosts outlook but says steel costs are rising Billionaire French tycoon
Caterpillar significantly upgraded its was the “high-water mark” for 2018, In the construction sector, Cat-
full-year forecast Tuesday after first- due in part to exceptionally low capi- erpillar pointed to “broad-based Bollore detained in Africa
quarter profits wowed Wall Street, but tal spending in the first quarter. growth in all regions” in 2018, with Billionaire French tycoon Vincent
signaled earnings would moderate in Halverson said cost inflation for North American and China especially Bollore was detained Tuesday as
the subsequent quarters in 2018. steel and other materials would also strong. part of a corruption investigation into
Shares of the industrial machine weigh on results more as the year The mining industry, which had his group’s activities in West Africa
maker, a Dow component, experi- continues. In the first quarter, Cater- been in a bruising slump a couple of where it operates several ports, legal
enced a roller-coaster session, surg- pillar enjoyed exceptionally strong years ago, has picked up consider- sources told AFP.
ing just after the company reported a pricing on goods made from these ably, leading to higher capital spend- The 66-year-old head of the Bol-
big earnings jump but sagging after materials that more than offset higher ing by companies. lore Group was taken into custody
executives tempered the outlook in a material costs; the pricing won’t be The company also predicted sales in the Paris suburb of Nanterre for
conference call with analysts and said as favorable later in the year, he said. gains in oil and gas due in part to questioning about how the group ob-
costs of steel and other materials had Halverson described steel and oth- strong demand for well servicing tained contracts to run Lome port in
risen er commodity costs as a “headwind and gas compression applications in Togo and Conakry port in Guinea, the
Near 1910 GMT, Caterpillar was all year,” but noted that many of the North America. sources said on condition of anonym-
down 5.7 percent to $145.28. company’s clients benefit from the The figures are based on assump- ity. The news that the magnate was
Chief financial officer Bradley Hal- higher commodity prices, leading to tions of continued global growth but being questioned in the latest probe
verson said the just-completed quar- more investment. it said potential effects from “future into French business dealings in for-
ter was “great,” pointing to “strength Caterpillar reported profits of $1.7 geopolitical risks and increased trade mer colonies in Africa caused Bollore
in the global economy as well as billion for the quarter ending March restrictions have not been included in group stocks to tumble over 8 percent
favorable pricing for both commodi- 31, dwarfing the $192 million in the the outlook.” in Paris on Thursday.
ties has benefiting many of our end year-ago period. The company has been seen as vul- The 195-year-old company, which
markets.” But Halverson said later in Revenues surged 30.9 percent to nerable to a potential US-China trade has interests in construction, logis-
a conference call that the first quarter $12.9 billion. war. tics, media, advertising and shipping,
issued a statement denying “any ille-
He warned them to think about “protecting your own assets” as they try to export their products gal actions” in its African operations.
Its director general, Gilles Alix,
US Commerce Secretary calls China 2025 plan ‘frightening’ and a senior executive from its com-
China’s plan to transform itself into the technology center for the world,” Secretary Steven Mnuchin and US munications subsidiary Havas, Jean-
the global technology nexus is a Ross said. Trade Representative Robert Ligh- Philippe Dorent, were also taken into
“frightening” one that puts American “What they are really trying to do thizer would travel to Beijing in “a custody, a judicial source said.
intellectual property at risk, US Com- is take their immense trade surplus few days” at China’s request. Investigators are probing allega-
merce Secretary Wilbur Ross said from the conventional industries of Ross has previously called China’s tions that the group corrupted offi-
Tuesday. today...and plow them into semicon- strategy a direct threat to the United cials to clinch the Lome and Conakry
“It’s a huge, huge problem,” Ross ductor research and every kind of re- States and Lighthizer said the imports port concessions in 2010 and 2011
told a gathering of fabric industry search you can imagine.” targeted for tariffs were in the indus- respectively.
executives about the repeated theft Washington last month threatened tries that are the focus of the 2025 The ports are among several op-
of technology. “And it’s not going steep tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese plan. Ross also warned the fabric erated by Bollore’s African logistics
away.” goods, because of policies it says aim industry representatives on Tuesday arm, which also has several African
He said Beijing’s development to steal technology, and also filed a that China was even reviewing US rail concessions.
plan -- Made in China 2025 -- maps complaint at the World Trade Orga- patents and filing them in their home Investigators from France’s finan-
out the country’s strategy to domi- nization. That ratcheted up tensions country to prevent the legitimate cial crimes unit are probing possible
nate “every hot industry” from space between the two countries and they owners of the technology from sell- links between the tenders and com-
to telecommunications to robotics to have exchanged increasingly severe ing their ideas in China. munications work done by Havas for
electric cars. tariff threats. He warned them to think about Guinean President Alpha Conde and
“They have been the factory floor But US President Donald Trump “protecting your own assets” as they Togolese President Faure Gnassing-
of the world, now their vision is to be on Tuesday confirmed that Treasury try to export their products. be. In 2016, police searched the Bol-
lore Group’s headquarters in the Paris
“While no laws were broken, we have acknowledged where mistakes have been made” suburb of Puteaux.
Months after he became Guinea’s
Cambridge Analytica says it is ‘no Bond villain’ first freely elected president, Conde
Cambridge Analytica claimed Tues- where mistakes have been made.” dents in the United States only, irre- summarily terminated the contract
day it was “no Bond villain” as it ve- He convened a press conference in spective of how many GSR was able of Conakry’s port operator -- a sub-
hemently denied exploiting Facebook London “to counter some of the un- to get information on. sidiary of French shipping company
users’ data for the election campaign founded allegations and, frankly, the The data that Kogan managed to NCT Necotrans -- and gave it to rival
of US President Donald Trump. torrent of ill-informed and inaccurate collect through the app was tested Bollore.
The marketing analytics firm speculation”. in 2014 and 2015, before Facebook A French court in 2013 ordered the
stressed it had deleted data about CA suspended chief executive complained about it, and was “shown Bollore Group to pay Necotrans 2
Facebook users obtained in breach of Alexander Nix on March 20 after to be virtually useless in that it was million euros ($2.4 million) in com-
the social network’s terms of service. recordings emerged of him boasting only just above random guessing, in pensation, but shortly afterwards Bol-
The information had been gathered that the firm played an expansive statistical terms,” said Mitchell. lore took over the company.
via a personality prediction app de- role in the Trump campaign, doing “Cambridge Analytica did not use Havas executive Dorent also
veloped by academic Aleksandr Ko- all of its research, analytics as well the data further. The firm did work for worked on the communications strat-
gan’s research firm Global Science as digital and television campaigns. Donald Trump for five months.” egy of Gnassingbe, who succeeded
Research (GSR). In undercover filming captured by But, Mitchell insisted: “Any sug- his father Gnassingbe Eyadema upon
Cambridge Analytica (CA) insisted Channel 4 television, he is also seen gestion that the GSR Kogan data was his death in 2005.
it did not use the data during Trump’s boasting about entrapping politicians used in that campaign is utterly incor- After Gnassingbe’s reelection to
2016 campaign and did not support and secretly operating in elections rect. Its effective uselessness had al- a second term in 2010, the Bollore
the pro-Brexit side in Britain’s refer- around the world through shadowy ready been identified by then.” Group won the 35-year Lome port
endum on its European Union mem- front companies. Speaking of Nix, Mitchell said CA was “extremely contract -- a decision also challenged
bership that same year. Mitchell said: “At worst he’s guilty sorry” that it ended up in the posses- by a rival.
Spokesman Clarence Mitchell of over-zealous salesmanship in an sion of data that breached Facebook’s Denying any wrongdoing in a
claimed the company had been por- attempt to apparently win a contract. terms of service. On the Brexit refer- statement Tuesday, the Bollore Group
trayed like the enemy in a James “Staff that saw that were horrified endum, he said CA pitched to Leave. claimed it had obtained the Togo con-
Bond film. and did not recognise the Cambridge EU, before it lost out on becoming the cession in 2001, before it took over
“Cambridge Analytica is no Bond Analytica they worked for.” officially designated Leave campaign, Havas, and that it secured the Guinea
villain,” he said. “While no laws He said the data CA acquired from but its bids to them, and to other refer- contract before Conde’s election, fol-
were broken, we have acknowledged GSR was for up to 30 million respon- endum campaigns, were unsuccessful. lowing the “failure” of its rival.

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“I served well in the first set but had a few doubles at the wrong time. Physically, I felt quite strong”
Sharapova stunned by Garcia in Stuttgart first round

Maria Sharapova crashed out in the Czech fifth seed Karolina Pliskova,
opening round of the Stuttgart Grand who beat Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens
Prix on Tuesday as French sixth seed 6-2, 6-2.
Caroline Garcia staged a fightback to Kostyuk made a breakthrough with
win 3-6, 7-6 (8/6), 6-4. a surprise third-round showing at the
“This was not the result that I Australian Open as a qualifier, finally
wanted, but I can take a lot out of losing to compatriot Elina Svitolina.
this match,” Sharapova said. “I’ve World number 158 Kostyuk has
not competed for a few weeks, but I since claimed a second-tier title in
played pretty solid and did all of the Burnie, Australia and reached a final
right things. in Zhuhai, China in March.
“I served well in the first set but Her defeat of Lottner, ranked
had a few doubles at the wrong time. 155th, took just under 90 minutes,
Physically, I felt quite strong.” with the teenager breaking four times
The five-time Grand Slam champi- while losing serve only once.
on, who turned 31 last week, looked Pliskova, who has been on site for
to be in control as she made just two a week training, is playing Stuttgart
unforced errors in winning the open- for the third consecutive year, after
ing set. losing to eventual champion Laura
But Garcia, who had never beaten Siegemund in the 2017 quarter-finals.
the Russian in four previous meetings “I felt the best today and for sure it
-- they last played in Madrid three Russia’s Maria Sharapova returns the ball to France’s Caroline Garcia (Photo AFP) was not her best match but that was
years ago -- rallied in the second set tary pressure at 0-30 as Garcia tried got lot of free points,” Sharapova not much to do with me,” Pliskova
as she came from 4-2 down and and to serve out the win. said. said.
levelled the contest in a tie-break. But the world number seven suc- “I didn’t get enough balls back. We “The serve was good and I got a lot
The 41st-ranked Sharapova re- ceeded on her second match point as were both playing fast, and aggres- of free points, my shots were work-
turned to tennis in Stuttgart exactly Sharapova struck a return wide to exit sive. ing -- there was no problem from my
a year ago after finishing a 15-month after two and three-quarter hours of “I need to be smarter in the win- side today.”
doping ban for meldonium and battle on the indoor clay court. ning position.” The Czech dominated Bertens,
reached the semi-finals. Sharapova said her game might Garcia will next take on Ukrai- with the winner firing six aces and
She claimed an early break in the have been compromised by weeks nian qualifier Marta Kostyuk who breaking four times.
third set, but lost it in the third game of forearm injury recovery after last scored a 6-4, 6-1 defeat of Antonia Reigning champion Laura Siege-
as Garcia tightened the screw on the playing in Indian Wells six weeks Lottner. mund beat Barbora Strycova 6-4, 6-3,
crowd favourite. ago. The youngster, who doesn’t turn but Marketa Vondrousova did get one
Sharapova was broken to trail 4-5 “Overall I didn’t react as well as 16 until just before the start of Wim- over the Germans for the Czechs with
and put her opponent under momen- I could against a server like her, she bledon, was joined in round two by a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Julia Goerges.

“I have no idea what people are talking about” “You are the next host city so the urgency is quite clear to us”
World Cup hosts Russia defend anti-racism chief in theft probe ‘Answer questions!’ Tokyo 2020 warned by Olympic bosses
Russian football bosses are rally- Dynamo concedes that the docu- Tokyo Olympic organisers were giv- concerned about water quality,” said
ing behind World Cup anti-racism ments authorising the money trans- en a sharp reminder Tuesday to raise Coates. “We received a presentation
inspector Alexei Smertin in an em- fers were signed by Smertin -- a char- their game after complaints from sev- about experiments that will take place
bezzlement probe unfolding less than ismatic former national team captain eral international sports federations for better screening of the water.
two months before kickoff. who played for English Premier about preparations for the 2020 Sum- “There were concerns expressed
The scandal surrounding Moscow League giants Chelsea in 2003-2006. mer Games. by judo as to why their 2019 world
police club Dynamo brings together But it argued on Tuesday that IOC coordination commission championships would not be used as
two major problems facing Russia Smertin was forced into approving chief John Coates warned that as a test event. I think they are going to
ahead of the June 14-July 15 final: the transactions by Muravyov. the spotlight falls on Tokyo after be used, so perhaps there hasn’t been
monkey chants and corruption. “The information available to a successful Winter Games in Py- close enough liaison.”
A former Chelsea player, Smertin (the team) permits us to believe that eongchang earlier this year, Olympic Coates insisted questions raised
serves both as the World Cup’s chief Smertin was intentionally deceived stakeholders would become increas- by sailing officials boiled down to a
anti-discrimination official and Dy- by, and was carrying out the direct ingly impatient for answers. potential clash with local fisherman.
namo’s executive director. orders of, Dynamo’s former general “You are the next host city so the “I think it was to do with the fisher-
His second job turned into a poi- director,” it said. A Russian football urgency is quite clear to us,” Coates men there and how the fishing would
soned chalice when evidence came to source familiar with the investiga- told a news conference in Tokyo. impact on the boats as they were
light of 1.6 million euro ($2 million) tion told AFP that police also did not “It is very important that when you training in that area,” he said.
being stolen from the team by former hold Smertin responsible for the wire do presentations, you just have to an- “I’m assured that those matters are
general director Yevgeny Muravyov. transfers. The interior ministry has is- swer the questions and be forthright under control, or being got under con-
The sums involved are not large sued no comment and Muravyov has in doing so,” he added. “It might trol or certainly receiving attention.”
when compared to the money splash- denied being aware of any wrongdo- not always be in your nature, but the Tokyo’s Olympic organisers have
ing around in the bigger European ing at Dynamo. questions are going to come.” faced criticism over a series of em-
leagues. “I have no idea what people are talk- More than 200 national Olym- barrassing public relations blunders
But they have added to organisers’ ing about,” he told the Sport Express pic committees will visit Tokyo in since beating Madrid and Istanbul for
headaches as they race against the website on Monday. Smertin is respon- November but a handful of sports the right to host the 2020 Games.
clock to put on the most expensive sible for raising awareness about rac- federations have already expressed Most notable was the bungled roll-
World Cup ever staged. ism in Russian football and cleaning up concerns over Tokyo’s preparations, out of the Olympic stadium in 2015
Dynamo on Tuesday confirmed the domestic game. It is a high-profile most recently at a SportAccord meet- when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
that it had submitted financial records role on which world governing body ing in Bangkok earlier this month. ripped up plans for the venue because
linked to Smertin and Muravyov to FIFA is placing special emphasis be- Coates played down the extent of of public fury over its $2 billion price
the interior ministry. cause of racial abuse at Russian match- those fears, claiming they were lim- tag. After being subsequently ordered
The RBK business news site said es in the past months. FIFA has opened ited to judo, sailing and triathlon. to slash costs, Tokyo organisers an-
Muravyov is suspected of wiring the disciplinary proceedings against Rus- Triathlon officials remain worried nounced a cut of $1.4 billion in the
1.6 million euros to his own shell sia over monkey chants heard during a about high levels of bacteria detected budget last December, bringing the
companies using the cover of two fic- World Cup warm-up against France in last year at the 2020 Olympic venue, overall bill to 1.35 trillion yen ($12.5
titious business deals. Saint Petersburg in March. he confirmed. “Triathlon was still billion).

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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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1 In the middle of 1 Coffee brand
3 Madagascar franc (abbr.) 2 Slattern
7 8 9 10 11 12 5 Study a book 3 Food and drug administration (abbr.)
7 Hurray! 4 __ joe (tv cartoon)
11 Fled 6 Arkansas
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13 Net 8 Seed bread
15 You 9 Tree sloth
17 18 19 17 Iron (abbr.) 10 Tender beef
18 “Remember the __” 12 Big Apple
20 Regional plant life 14 Loved
20 21 21 South Dakota 16 Cease
22 Anchorage locale (abbr.) 17 Farm credit administration (abbr.)
24 Layers 19 Capital
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26 Chart 21 Compass point
29 Lay to rest 23 Kilometer
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33 Nothing 27 Both
34 Arise (2 wds.) 28 Greek letter
31 32
30 Rend
31 Zinc (abbr.)
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17 Iron (abbr.) 10 Tender beef
18 “Remember the __” 12 Big Apple
20 Regional plant life 14 Loved
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24 Layers 19 Capital
26 Chart 21 Compass point
29 Lay to rest 23 Kilometer
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