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Important news for important people Volume 3080 Friday February 02, 2018
International Business Sports
Ukraine’s leader said Thursday he Automakers reported mixed US car Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Cabo San Lucas
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“If any city needs to relax a little bit and calm down, slow down, it’s New York” Trump
Kava, the drink soothing the stress of NY millennials FBI on collision course as
secret memo’s release looms
alone more than doubled from 2012- Washington braced Friday for the
16. release of an explosive memo alleg-
“Unlike in the 1990s, the scholarly ing abuse of power in the FBI’s probe
understanding of the plant is much of Donald Trump’s campaign, which
better. It has been widely studied and has magnified tensions between the
it’s generally perceived as safe and White House and the government’s
beneficial,” says Zbigniew Dumien- premier law enforcement body.
ski, a researcher at the University of A White House official told AFP
Auckland, New Zealand. that Trump has read the memo, and
There is a well-established scene Fox News and other media reported
in Florida, yet kava has been rela- Wednesday he has decided to allow
tively slow to take root in America’s the release of the highly classified
most populous city, where there are document before the weekend.
only three kava lounges but 10,000 The four-page memo was writ-
bars, with drinks after work and hap- ten by Republican lawmaker Devin
py hours part of daily life. Nunes, chairman of the House Intel-
Astonishingly two of the lounges ligence Committee, and purports to
are a short walk from each other in show the Justice Department and the
Bushwick, known for its artistic FBI as deeply politicized, anti-Trump
scene and influx of young people agencies.
drawn by more affordable rents. Its release would amount to an out-
A bowl of Lemon Mint Kava served at Brooklyn Kava (Photo AFP) This is the perfect breeding right rejection of the FBI’s extraor-
It’s been a mainstay in the South booze by younger people who want ground for the American kava cus- dinary warning Tuesday against the
Pacific for thousands of years. Now to go out, but not wake up with a tomer: residents in their mid-20s, memo’s release -- a warning that was
stressed-out millennial New Yorkers hangover the next day. embarking on stressful careers, navi- unsigned but had to be approved by
are kissing goodbye to alcohol and “It’s very relaxing. It’s not like al- gating relationships, battling chronic agency director Chris Wray.
gulping down a mildly narcotic drink cohol or drugs,” says Brooklyn artist subway delays and, in a Democratic “We have grave concerns about
to ease the pain of long hours, bottle- Sabrina Cheng, 26, a recent convert. city, dealing with Donald Trump material omissions of fact that fun-
neck commutes and Donald Trump. “I have a very low tolerance for blues. damentally impact the memo’s accu-
Kava -- a root ground to powder, alcohol anyways. But kava, you can “I went through quite a lot of anxi- racy,” the FBI said.
mixed with water and then strained hang here all day, read your book, ety with my previous job and this A decision to release the four-page
-- might taste like muddy water and have the laptop, talk.” definitely helped a lot,” says Phil document put the White House on a
make fans gag without a fruit juice With teenagers and millennials Mai, 25, a financial analyst at a media direct collision course with Trump’s
chaser or blended into a “kavatail,” drinking less alcohol than their par- firm in Manhattan, sitting at the bar in own Justice Department, the broader
but it’s the mood enhancer taking the ents, entrepreneurs jumping on the House of Kava on Ladies Night with intelligence community, Congres-
edge off for those struggling to cope bandwagon believe a less booze- his girlfriend Susie. sional Democrats and many Repub-
with hectic modern life. soaked future might be just around “I used to drink alcohol two-three licans. Wray and Deputy Attorney
The effects include a mild numb- the corner. times a week and, on a weekend, General Rod Rosenstein have both
ing of the tongue and lips, relaxation “It’s not as cool anymore to go to sometimes binge,” he says. “I think pressed the leaders of Congress and
and euphoria -- feelings in short sup- bars every night,” explains Stowe. I had my last drink probably like two the White House to hold back the
ply in congested, rat-race New York, “People want something new and weeks ago.” memo, to no avail.
a cacophony of noise, sleep depriva- they want something healthy.” The House of Kava has a string of Based on highly classified docu-
tion and yelling. An initial kava boom in the West in theme nights to keep people hooked: ments dealing with Russian espio-
“If any city needs to relax a little the 1990s fueled low-quality exports open-mic nights that bring in rappers, nage, Nunes’ memo is his summary
bit and calm down, slow down, it’s which -- combined with little under- poets and stand-up comics and while of what lay behind the FBI obtain-
New York,” says Harding Stowe, the standing of the plant -- led to nega- most people are in their mid-20s, re- ing a so-called FISA national secu-
31-year-old owner of Brooklyn Kava tive publicity about health concerns cently people in their mid-60s have rity warrant in 2016 to surveil Trump
in the rapidly gentrifying, artistic and prohibitions in Europe. That all started stopping by. campaign official Carter Page, who
neighborhood of Bushwick. led to a bust. “I’m from a conservative family had many Russian contacts.
“I really think it’s going to explode But while the US Food and Drug and I’m the only liberal, so given the Nunes alleges that the basis of the
and I think it’s starting right now.” Administration warned in 2002 of state of the world, that is like the big- warrant application was the “Rus-
Kava may be steeped in tradition a “rare” but potential risk of severe gest stresser in my life, I would say,” sia dossier,” information on contacts
and ceremony on Pacific islands such liver injury associated with kava-con- says Kellianne Holland, 24, who between the Trump campaign and
as Fiji, but in the West, it is seen in- taining products, kava is again seeing works for a non-profit when asked Moscow compiled by former British
creasingly as a healthier alternative to another boom, and exports from Fiji what makes her most anxious. intelligence agent Christopher Steele.

Page 2 Friday February 02, 2018
“Travesty of justice” “Historical truth calls for a frank conversation and dialogue and not prohibitions”
Turkey court rules local Am- Ukraine leader slams Polish wartime history law
nesty chief to remain in jail
An Istanbul court ordered the con- mon victories and the fight against
tinued detention of Taner Kilic, the totalitarian regimes.”
head of Amnesty International in Some historians say Ukraine’s
Turkey, in a dramatic reversal of its UPA nationalists committed atroci-
decision to release him into judicial ties during World War II, notably
control within 24 hours which the against Poles in Ukraine.
rights group slammed as a “travesty In Poland, however, UPA fighters
of justice”. were seen as death squads who were
Kilic has been held since June 2017 responsible for the ethnic cleansing
in the western city of Izmir, accused of Poles from what is now western
of links to US-based preacher Fethul- Ukraine.
lah Gulen who Turkey says ordered a In 2015, Ukraine’s parliament gave
failed coup in July 2016. unprecedented recognition to those
Amnesty has denounced the alle- who served in the UPA, recognising
gations against Kilic as “baseless”. them as “Ukrainian independence
“The Istanbul court has now over- fighters”.
turned its own release verdict,” Tur- Earlier on Thursday Poland’s sen-
key’s Amnesty researcher Andrew ate approved the bill, after the lower
Gardner said on Twitter. “This is house of parliament passed the mea-
devastating for Taner’s family and a sure last week.
disgrace to justice.” The bill, which must still be
To the delight and relief of Taner’s (FILES) Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko (Photo AFP) signed by Polish President Andrzej
family and friends, the Istanbul court Ukraine’s leader said Thursday he by Ukrainian nationalists in a move Duda before it becomes law, allows
had on Wednesday ordered his re- was “deeply concerned” by Poland’s which has sparked an outcry in Kiev. the prosecution of anyone who de-
lease on judicial control, meaning he adoption of a controversial Holocaust “I am deeply concerned by the deci- nies crimes committed in 1925-1950
would remain charged but have to re- bill which was designed to defend sion of the Polish parliament,” Ukrai- by Ukrainian nationalists, including
port regularly to the authorities. the country’s history but has instead nian President Petro Poroshenko those who collaborated with Nazi
But their joy was sapped hours sparked an uproar. wrote on Facebook Germans.
later after he was taken back into cus- The Polish legislation stirred out- “Historical truth calls for a frank Volodymyr Vyatrovych, head of
tody straight after his release. rage in Israel as it sets penalties for conversation and dialogue and not the Ukrainian Institute of National
It later emerged that the prosecutor anyone who refers to Nazi German prohibitions. The assessments which Remembrance, denounced the Polish
had appealed the decision to release death camps as Polish or accuses this decision contains are totally bi- bill as a “political diktat.”
him on Wednesday, while a second Poland of complicity in the Third ased and completely unacceptable.” “I am convinced that the law will
court ordered his continued detention Reich’s crimes. Poroshenko said the legislation harm Ukrainian-Polish relations,” the
and issued an arrest warrant, Gardner But a different passage of the bill violated principles of “strategic part- historian said in televised remarks.
told AFP. allows for the prosecution of anyone nership” between the two countries, Ukraine and its EU neighbour Po-
Then on Thursday the first court who denies war crimes committed saying Ukraine remembered “com- land have close ties.
reversed its own decision, he added.
The case has sparked major con- Refugee agency Openly calls for the independence of the south
cerns over freedom of expression in
Turkey, with activists accusing the UN slams Nigeria over Cam- Aims of Yemen’s Southern Transitional Council
authorities of using the state of emer- eroon extradition After battling Yemen’s government, remained independent from the north
gency to crack down on opponents. the Southern Transitional Council until the country’s unification in
The emergency was imposed fol- The UN refugee agency on Thursday now controls the city of Aden and its 1990. The STC statement, released in
lowing the July 2016 attempted criticised Nigeria for breaching inter- mission statement, seen by AFP on January without fanfare, revives the
putsch and was renewed for a sixth national agreements after the leader Thursday, openly calls for the inde- language of that era, calling for the
time last time. of a Cameroonian anglophone sepa- pendence of the south. “complete liberation of all territories
Some 55,000 people have been ratist movement and his supporters While STC leader Major General of South Arabia from the occupying
arrested and 140,000 public sector were extradited at Yaounde’s request. Aidarouss al-Zoubeidi on Wednes- and invading forces” (of the north)
workers sacked or suspended in its The UNHCR said it learned “with day declined to confirm that the and the establishment of a “civilian
aftermath over alleged links to Gulen. great concern” about the case of Sisi- separatists had their sights set on state of the South”.
Gulen and his followers deny any ku Ayuk Tabe, who was sent back to independence, the six-point mission North Yemen is home to the Huthi
links to the coup, and reject the Turk- Cameroon this week with 46 others. statement clearly states its goal of an rebels whom the southerners drove
ish government’s attempt to label They were arrested in Nigeria’s independent state. out of Aden in 2015.
them as a terrorist group. capital, Abuja, on January 5. The council says it aims to meet The rebels seized control of the Ye-
Amnesty slammed the decision Cameroon has called the 47 “ter- “the aspirations of the people of meni capital Sanaa in 2014 with the
and urged the authorities to release rorists” and said they would “answer South Arabia (South Yemen) to re- beleaguered government moving to
Kilic, with its secretary general, Salil for their crimes”, as tensions mount gain their sovereignty and indepen- Aden, which has become the de facto
Shetty, describing the move as “a in the Southwest and Northwest Re- dence, and build their federal state on capital. Among the STC’s objectives
travesty of justice of spectacular pro- gions, home to most of the country’s all of its territories”. is now “to achieve political, admin-
portions”. English-speakers. After the withdrawal of the last istrative, and financial independence
He added: “To have been granted They have complained about de- British troops in 1967, South Yemen from Sanaa”.
release only to have the door to free- cades of economic inequality and
dom so callously slammed in his face social injustice at the hands of the
is devastating for Taner, his family French-speaking majority.
and all who stand for justice in Tur- Ayuk Tabe wants the two regions
key,” Shetty said. Amnesty’s Europe to separate from the French-speaking
director Gauri van Gulik said on Twit- part of the country.
ter she was in Ankara to meet Turkish The UNHCR said most of the 47
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu: sent back to Cameroon had submitted
“Grateful for his time. Clear what asylum claims in Nigeria.
will be on the agenda. #FreeTaner”. “Their forcible return is in viola-
France said it learned “with deep tion of the principle of non-refoule-
concern” about the continued de- ment, which constitutes the corner-
tention of Kilic and called for his stone of international refugee law,” it
“speedy release”. said in a statement.

Page 3 Friday February 02, 2018
Ford’s January sales dropped 6.6 percent from the same month of 2017 to 161,143 Wall Street Indexes
US car sales mixed in January; trucks stay strong Dow Jones 26,186.71 + 0.14%
- 0.35%
S&P 2,821.98 - 0.06%
International Stock Indexes
Automakers reported mixed US car Ford’s January sales dropped 6.6 cent jump last month to 167,056, on Australia 6,090.067 + 0.87%
sales in January, with strong demand percent from the same month of 2017 gains in light trucks and in its sedan Frankfurt 13,003.90 - 1.41%
for SUVs and pickup trucks continu- to 161,143. Within the total, car sales business. The Toyota Camry, which Italy 23,541.46 + 0.15%
ing to provide a cushion in a declin- slumped 23.3 percent, including big was revamped with the 2018 model, London 7,490.39 - 0.57%
ing overall auto market. drops for the Fusion and Focus, but saw a 21.3 percent increase in Janu- Madrid 10,399.00 - 0.50%
Ford and Fiat Chrysler reported de- that was partially countered by in- ary. The company also will introduce Paris 5,454.55 - 0.50%
clines in year-over-year sales, while creased sales of the market-leading an upgraded Avalon sedan to dealer- Tokyo 23,486.11 + 1.68%
General Motors scored a modest in- F-Series pickups. ships this spring. Toronto 15,860.92 - 0.57%
crease and Toyota saw a more sub- Fiat Chrysler (FCA) saw sales fall had projected a 1.4 Latin-American Stock Indexes
stantial jump. 13 percent to 132,803, with gains for percent drop in overall sales com- Bogota 1,580.97 + 1.46%
US car sales fell last year for the the Jeep brand offset by hefty de- pared with the same month of last Buenos Aires 34,641.37 - 0.85%
first time since the financial crisis clines in other models. year, largely due to seasonal factors. Lima 21,084.97 + 0.08%
and are projected to decline again in And in contrast with the trend for “In January, automakers are ex- Mexico 50,591.15 + 0.27%
2018. Still, analysts and industry ex- strong sales of pickup trucks, the Ram pected to pull the reins in on the more Panama 453.48 + 0.12%
ecutives expect US sales this year to truck brand fell 16 percent. However, generous incentive programs that Santiago 5,862.57 + 0.12%
come in above a solid 16 million ve- FCA introduced a revamped fleet of we saw at the end of 2017,” Jessica Sao Paulo 85,495.24 + 0.69%
hicles amid low unemployment and the popular pickup at the Detroit Auto Caldwell, executive director of in- Venezuela 3,187.340 - 13.10%
strong consumer confidence. Show last month. Meanwhile, GM dustry analysis at Edmunds, said in Most Active Stocks
“US economic factors are very posted a 1.3 percent increase in over- a forecast note. “However, it’s typi- 3M Co
healthy and we’re seeing the effect in all sales compared to January 2017 to cal to see a slowdown at dealerships Alcoa
the auto industry -- not just in strong 198,548. The biggest US automaker in January following the high-selling Amex
demand for SUVs and pickups, but pointed to strong sales of larger ve- holiday months. This isn’t necessar- AT&T
in demand for high trim versions of hicles, including the Silverado pickup ily a solid indicator of the direction B. of America
vehicles,” said Mark LaNeve, Ford’s truck and Chevrolet Equinox SUV. that the year is headed in terms of Boeing
vice president for US marketing. Toyota lead the pack with a 16.8 per- overall sales.” Caterpillar
“Employment is very tight in our area”
Cisco Systems
US manufacturing growth still brisk but edges lower in January Coca Cola
Growth in the US manufacturing 50 percent indicates growth. Of the The exports index rose 2.2 points to Dupont
sector remained robust in January, 18 manufacturing industries sur- 59.8 percent, the highest since 2011, Exxon Mobil
moderating only slightly from De- veyed, 14 reported expansion, down and the prices index, a possible sign General Electric
cember’s near-record performance, two from December, according to the of future consumer inflation, jumped H.P.
according to an industry survey re- report. 4.4 points to 72.7 percent. Home Depot
leased Wednesday. “All six big industry sectors, ac- Those surveyed reported strong de- IBM
Mounting prices as well as rising counting for 71 percent of manu- mand but tight labor supplies. Intel
deliveries and inventories for manu- facturing GDP, continued to expand “Employment is very tight in our Johnson & Johnson
factured goods meant the sector, export activity during the period,” area,” one respondent from the food, JPMorgan
crucial to the US economy, carried Timothy Fiore, chair of ISM’s Manu- beverage and tobacco category said. Kraft Heinz Co
its momentum into the start of 2018, facturing Business Survey Commit- “Business is starting the new year McDonalds
the Institute for Supply Management tee, said in a statement. strong. Consumer confidence seems Merck & Co
said. The report marked the 17th con- to be driving a lot of our customers’ Microsoft
ISM’s monthly Purchasing Manu- secutive month of uninterrupted ex- order requirements higher,” said an- Pfizer
facturer’s Index slowed a token 0.2 pansion for the sector but the index other in paper and plastics. Procter & Gamble
percentage points to 59.1 percent, for employment fell 3.9 points to 54.2 Ian Shepherdson of Pantheon Mac- Travelers Cos
which beat an analyst forecast by six percent -- held down limits on capac- roeconomics said the report suggest- United Tech.
tenths and marked the third-highest ity, as well as weather and seasonal ed manufacturing was in for contin- Verizon
level since 2011. Any reading above adjustment factors, Fiore said. ued, steady growth. Wal-Mart
Walt Disney
“Grapevines have greater resistance to drought than we thought, and that’s good news for the future of wine”
Vines from Napa, Bordeaux tough against heat, drought
Worry not, wine drinkers. Some drought, he told AFP. Long-term ob- water from leaving. This process was Knowing more about how vines
of the world’s most popular wines, servations in two of the world’s most “similar across all V. vinifera variet- react to heat and drought will help
grown in California’s Napa Valley important wine regions -- Bordeaux ies,” said the report. farmers know how to better manage
and the Bordeaux region of France, and Saint-Emilion in France and the “By losing its leaves, the vine re- irrigation, said the report.
are more resistant to drought than Napa Valley in California -- showed duces its water loss, which prevents “When those thresholds are
previously believed, researchers have that grapevines “never experienced it from losing its hydraulic capacity,” crossed, you must irrigate,” said Del-
concluded. a full failure of their water transport said Delzon. zon.
However, the crops may be vulner- systems, also known as hydraulic Still, “climate change will raise the In Bordeaux, irrigation is currently
able to climate change as the planet failure,” said the report. Therefore, stress on grapevines, and reduce this forbidden except for in the first three
warms, leading to more frequent heat they “were not at risk of dying from margin of security.” years after grapevines are planted.
waves and less rain, warned a study even very dry conditions.”
published Wednesday in the journal However, researchers cautioned
Science Advances. that grapevines came close to the Foreign Exchange
“Grapevines have greater resis- edge of survival in July, the hottest
tance to drought than we thought, month of the year. EURO USA CAN UK AUS SWISS H.KONG JAP
and that’s good news for the future By studying how grapevines regu- EURO - 1.25 1.54 .88 1.54 1.16 9.70 136.00
of wine,” said co-author Sylvain late water loss, a process called tran- USA .80 - 1.23 .70 1.23 .93 7.81 108.70
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Cuban “sovereignty” Seeks to allay iPhone X fears Ice, ice baby
Havana protests US move to in- Apple delivers record profit Unilever posts rising
crease internet access in Cuba Apple on Thursday reported a $20 lease of the earnings figures. Despite 2017 profits
Apple’s spectacular trajectory in the
billion profit in a record-setting quar-
Havana has formally protested the ter and said sales of its newest iPhone decade since the introduction of the Food and consumer products gi-
creation of a US task force aimed at X smartphone were better than ex- iPhone, the California technology ti- ant Unilever Thursday posted soar-
increasing internet access on the is- pected. tan is facing challenges on whether it ing 2017 profits of 6.5 billion euros
land, saying it “violates” Cuban “sov- Revenue in the final three months can continue growth. ($8.05 billion), after a year of “ma-
ereignty.” of last year increased 13 percent to Apple’s image meanwhile has been jor change” when it spurned a Kraft
The communist-ruled island is one $88.3 billion, according to the Cali- bruised by revelations that the com- Heinz takeover bid. The announce-
of the least connected countries in the fornia-based technology giant. pany updated its mobile software to ment came a day after Unilever an-
world. “We’re thrilled to report the big- slow the performance of old iPhones nounced it was adding to its popular
The US State Department has said gest quarter in Apple’s history, with as batteries weaken from age. ice-cream ranges, which include
the task force will February 7 with broad-based growth that included The latest earnings report showed Magnum, by scooping up Romania’s
the goal of promoting “the free and the highest revenue ever from a new gains for Apple in all its regions in- leading ice-cream maker, Betty Ice,
unregulated flow of information in iPhone lineup,” said Apple chief ex- cluding “Greater China,” where it has for an undisclosed price.
Cuba.” ecutive Tim Cook. faced challenges. Net profit leaped 16.9 percent on
It will examine “technological “iPhone X surpassed our expec- While the iPhone delivered the sales of 53.7 billion euros, up 1.9 per-
challenges and opportunities for ex- tations and has been our top-selling bulk of its revenues at $61.6 billion cent year-on-year, which chief execu-
panding internet access and indepen- iPhone every week since it shipped in in the quarter, the key segment of ser- tive Paul Polman said “demonstrates
dent media in Cuba,” it said. November.” vices saw revenue growth of 18 per- the progress we have made in trans-
Cuba on Wednesday lodged an However, Apple reported that cent to $8.5 billion and “other prod- forming Unilever into a more resil-
“energetic protest” against Washing- overall iPhone sales in the quarter uct” which include the Apple Watch ient and more agile business”.
ton’s “desire to flagrantly violate Cu- 77.3 million from were about a mil- and Apple TV, increased 36 percent “We have delivered a good all-
ban sovereignty concerning national lion fewer than the same period a to $5.5 billion. round performance with competitive
laws regulating the flow of informa- year earlier. But iPhone revenues rose Apple said its cash pile grew to growth,” he said in a statement, add-
tion,” in a diplomatic note to the top 13 percent from a year ago, suggest- $285 billion, which much of that ing the company had also made two
US diplomat in Havana, Lawrence ing its newer models were gaining stashed overseas. billion euros in savings during the
Gumbiner. traction. The company said last month it year. “This puts us well on track to-
This “attempt to manipulate the in- The earnings come amid concerns would bring back most of its profits wards our savings target of €6 billion,
ternet ... for political and subversive over weak demand for the newest from abroad to take advantage of a and a targeted underlying operating
purposes” is aimed at “altering or de- and most expensive iPhone X, the favorable tax rate in legislation ap- margin of 20 percent by 2020,” Pol-
stabilizing the constitutional order” 10th anniversary edition of the iconic proved by Congress last year. man said.
in Cuba, it said. smartphone. The repatriation will result in a The Rotterdam-based Unilever,
Havana demanded that Washington Apple also forecast that revenue tax bill of some $38 billion, but also which employs some 169,000 people
“cease its subversive, interventionist in the current quarter would be be- would free up big chunks of money around the world, owns more than
and illegal actions against Cuba.” tween $60 billion and $62 billion in for investment. 400 household brands including Dove
According to Cuban government an outlook less rosy than analysts had For the latest quarter -- the fiscal beauty products, Knorr soups, Lipton
figures, 40 percent of the island’s 11 expected. Apple shares dipped and first quarter for the three months to teas, Magnum ice cream and Mar-
million inhabitants had internet ac- then rose two percent to $171.08 in December 30 -- Apple set aside $6.97 mite. Since rejecting the bid by its US
cess in 2017. after-market trades that followed re- billion for taxes. rival Kraft Heinz in February 2017,
Unilever has sought to prove to share-
“We made changes to show fewer viral videos to make sure people’s time is well spent” holders that it is better off on its own
and has vowed better profitability.
Facebook booming even as time spent on it drops The company has been under “im-
Facebook on Wednesday reported “We made changes to show fewer Analysts have been cautious about mense pressure to convince investors
a big jump in profits even though viral videos to make sure people’s Facebook as it revamps its News that it can go-it-alone,” said compa-
people are spending less time on the time is well spent,” Zuckerberg said. Feed as part of an effort to curb mis- nies analyst Simran Jagdev from the
world’s biggest social network. “In total, we made changes that information and focus on updates Economist Intelligence Unit.
The company said its priority is reduced time spent on Facebook by from friends and family, which are Now Unilever’s “aggressive acqui-
to encourage personal interaction roughly 50 million hours every day.” highlighted over advertisements, ce- sitions and new brand launches have
among users, rather than simply Chief operating officer Sheryl lebrity and media posts in a recently- paid off and helped it end a tough
boost the number of hours they spend Sandberg said that getting people to introduced update. year on a positive note,” he added.
on Facebook. engage with more posts by friends The company cast the latter chang- The company bought up or took
Co-founder Mark Zuckerberg actually ramped up opportunities for es as part of a refocus on “communi- stakes in 11 companies in 2017, with
said changes enacted by Facebook the social network to make money. ty” -- prioritizing social interactions a heavy focus on organic and natural
cut time spent on the site by some Facebook shares dropped more and relationships. “2017 was a strong products including Mae Terra organic
50 million hours per day. But Face- than four percent after the earnings year for Facebook, but it was also a food in Brazil and Pukka Herbs or-
book’s chief operating officer argued figures were released, but regained hard one,” Zuckerberg said. ganic herbal tea in Britain.
that having users engage more with lost ground and even rose slightly to “In 2018, we’re focused on making “We are evolving the portfolio at
friends’ posts could lead to further $189.30 in after-market trades that sure Facebook isn’t just fun to use, an accelerated pace to ensure we have
financial opportunities for the com- followed the earnings call. but also good for people’s well-being the platforms in place for long-term
pany. Facebook said that profit in the fi- and for society.” growth,” Polman said.
“Helping people connect is more nal three months of last year climbed He cited research indicating that Following the tensions triggered
important than maximizing the time 20 percent to $4.26 billion as both ad interacting meaningfully with friends by Kraft Heinz’s unsolicited bid,
they spend on Facebook,” Zucker- revenue and ranks of members grew. or family improves happiness and Unilever unveiled a 3.5-billion euro
berg said during an earnings call. Revenue in the quarter leapt 47 health, which is not the case with pas- restructuring plan and announced
“We can make sure the service is percent to nearly $13 billion, but sively viewing videos or news stories. the spin-off of its margarine division,
good for people’s well-being and for expenses also rose as its ranks of Facebook this week announced it will hoping to soothe investors concerns
society overall.” employees grew to finish the year at deliver more local news to US users, after rejecting the proposed tie-up
He said that in the last couple of 25,105 workers. and announced earlier this month that which would have valued the group
years, content from viral videos or Facebook said the number of it will ask its two billion users to rank at $143 billion.
posts by businesses have grown to a monthly active users hit 2.13 billion their trust in news sources as part Excluding spreads, sales reached
point where it is “crowding out the in the past quarter, up 14 percent of an effort to combat the spread of 50.7 billion euros, an increase of 2.2
connections people value most.” from a year ago. Facebook said it set misinformation. The changes come percent over the previous 12 months.
Facebook is giving posts from aside an additional $2.27 billion for as the online giant seeks to address Sales were particularly strong in
friends and family priority over con- taxes on profits to be repatriated from charges that it has failed -- along with Asia, increasing 5.9 percent and
tent that is not as likely to engender overseas, taking advantage of a lower Google and Twitter -- to prevent the driven by increasing online sales in
genuine personal interactions, ac- rate in a recently approved US fiscal spread of fake news, especially ahead China, and strong demand in India
cording to Zuckerberg. overhaul. of the 2016 US presidential election. and Pakistan.

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Almost two months after suffering a severe spinal injury in an NFL game against Cincinnati NBA
Teenager Jalibert ready for France debut, says Brunel Canaan has surgery after
shocking broken ankle
Phoenix reserve guard Isaiah Canaan
had surgery Thursday to repair his
broken left ankle, the Arizona Repub-
lic reported, and the Suns expect him
to make a full recovery from a hor-
rific injury that shocked the NBA.
Suns General Manger Ryan Mc-
Donough told the newspaper Canaan
should be fully fit for training camp
next season.
McDonough said he was with Ca-
naan Thursday before his surgery and
the player “was in good spirits”.
Canaan slashed for a layup in the
waning seconds of the first quarter
of the Suns’ victory over the Dallas
Mavericks in Phoenix on Wednesday
He tangled with Dallas’ Wesley
Matthews and came down awkward-
ly, his left leg twisting underneath
Ryan Shazier #50 of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo AFP) him, leaving his foot cocked at an un-
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan program through UPMC Centers for pital. “... I want everyone to know that natural angle.
Shazier left a rehabilitation hospital Rehab Services,” the statement read. all of the support and prayers are abso- Canaan remained calm as he was
Thursday, almost two months after Shazier offered a statement of his lutely being answered. I will continue tended to by medical staff and taken
suffering a severe spinal injury in an own on Instagram, complete with a to work hard and push and find a way off on a stretcher, but the injury clear-
NFL game against Cincinnati. photo of him standing next to Steel- back. #Shalieve#Steelers #prayfor50” ly shocked his teammates and oppo-
The University of Pittsburgh Medi- ers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Shazier hit wide receiver Josh Malone nents. Players from around the NBA
cal Center announced in a statement “I’ve had a lot of 1st downs at low with his shoulder pads, then im- took to Twitter to offer support and
on Thursday that Shazier has been UPMC, but you know being the de- mediately reached for his back while well-wishes for his recovery.
discharged from its Rehabilitation fensive guy I am, my mind is on 3 and his legs remained motionless during a McDonough said he was struck
Institute. out,” Shazier wrote. “With that being game on December 4. The 25-year-old by Canaan’s composure during the
“Ryan Shazier was discharged said, I want everyone to know that I’m Shazier underwent spinal stabilization ordeal.
from the UPMC Rehabilitation Insti- moving on to the next step of the pro- surgery two days later. He has at- “He was just very matter of fact,”
tute at UPMC Mercy today and will cess. “Today’s a big day for me as I’m tended Steelers games while watching McDonough said. “I think he was in
transition into an outpatient therapy officially being released from the hos- from a suite at Heinz Field. a little bit of shock.”

NBA “Not being sanctioned does not automatically confer the privilege of an invitation”
Lakers rookie Ball to miss Olympic confusion as CAS lifts doping bans on 28 Russians
The exonerated group were among
at least two more games Sport’s top court CAS on Thursday 42 Russians -- bobsleighers, cross- Russian officials would continue
overturned Olympic life bans on 28
talking to the IOC.
Lonzo Ball will miss the last two Russians accused of doping, a deci- country skiers, competitors in the Last week’s mass CAS hearings
games of the Los Angeles Lakers’ sion hailed by Moscow but a major skeleton and ice hockey players -- to were as a result of allegations of a
current road trip as he recovers from embarrassment for the International appeal their bans. vast state-sponsored doping pro-
a sprained knee ligament, coach Luke Olympic Committee just days away In addition to clearing the 28, CAS gramme contained in the report into
Walton said Thursday. from the start of the Winter Games in also lifted the life bans of another 11 Sochi authored by sports law profes-
Ball is travelling with the team but Pyeongchang. Russians but barred them from com- sor Richard McLaren for the World
didn’t practice in Brooklyn on Thurs- The Court of Arbitration for Sport peting at Pyeongchang. Anti-Doping Agency.
day ahead of Friday’s game against ruled that the there was “insufficient” Delivering its judgement CAS His explosive findings laid out the
the Nets. Walton said Ball will also evidence that the athletes had benefit- said: “In 28 cases, the evidence col- workings of the programme -- from
miss Sunday’s game at Oklahoma ed from a system of state-sponsored lected was found to be insufficient the use of secret state agents to pass-
City because the schedule won’t give doping at the 2014 Winter Games, to establish that an anti-doping rule ing urine samples out of testing labs
Ball time to test the knee in training. hosted by Russia. violation was committed by the ath- through mouseholes.
“Today was our last real practice,” The cleared 28, which includes So- letes concerned. “The evidence put But for Russian deputy prime
Walton said. “Saturday will be a chi cross-country gold medallist Al- forward by the IOC in relation to this minister Vitaly Mutko, CAS’s ruling
shootaround and he will not play be- exander Legkov, are now eligible to matter did not have the same weight proved Moscow never orchestrated a
fore he practices, so he is out until at compete in the Pyeongchang Olym- in each individual case.” state-sponsored doping programme.
least we get home.” pics starting next week, but their par- CAS’s decision was warmly wel- “One can say that there wasn’t any
Ball, sprained the medial collateral ticipation is by no means certain. comed by Russian President Vladi- system or any sort of manipulation
ligament in his left knee on January “Not being sanctioned does not mir Putin. “We are very glad for our at the Sochi Olympic Games, we’ve
13 in a game against the Dallas Mav- automatically confer the privilege of athletes,” Putin’s spokesman Dmitry always said that but today the Court
ericks. Through Sunday he will have an invitation” to the 2018 Games in Peskov told reporters. of Arbitration for Sport issued such a
missed 10 games recovering. South Korea, the IOC explained in “The information about the deci- ruling,” said Mutko, who himself is
He missed six with a sprained a statement. Russia are banned from sion of the Court of Arbitration for appealing to CAS over his life ban.
shoulder in December and January. Pyeongchang over the doping scan- Sport proves that energetic work to He was banned after being singled
Walton indicated at the weekend dal but 169 Russian competitors have stand up for our rights in court and out in McLaren’s report.
that the Lakers won’t rush Ball, the been cleared to take part as neutrals. elsewhere -- it is justified, it can be With Legkov and the other 27
second overall selection in last June’s The IOC warned that CAS’s ver- effective and it should continue,” having their Sochi results reinstated
draft. “He’ll be back when he’s ready dict “may have a serious impact on Peskov added. “And we are hoping Russia roared back to the top of the
to play,” Walton said on Saturday. the future fight against doping”. that this work will certainly contin- medals table.
“Whenever his knee feels good. Once “Therefore, the IOC will analyse ue.” He said it was unclear whether The Russian team initially won 33
he gets cleared it will be about getting the reasoned decisions very carefully the 28 who had their appeals upheld medals in Sochi, including 13 golds,
him into practice and seeing how he once they are available and consider would now compete in South Korea. to put it ahead of Norway and Canada
feels the day after that, and we’ll start consequences, including an appeal to “It is a difficult question,” the but they slipped to fourth after the
going from there.” the Swiss Federal Tribunal.” Kremlin spokesman added, noting IOC-imposed sanctions.

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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
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6 Skullcap 2 Silver (abbr.)
9 Eyeing 3 Illinois (abbr.)
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12 Truss (2 wds.) 5 Dimension
14 15 16 17 14 Hey! 7 State of being
16 Tree 8 Parents
18 Border 10 Popular appliance brand
18 19 20 21 22 21 Drug doers 13 Poem creator
23 Onion roll 15 American river
23 24 24 Airport abbr. 17 Arabian
25 Decompose 19 Dines
27 Baby's first word 20 Cubic centimeter
25 26 27 28 29 Book holder 22 Compass point
32 Des Monies locale 23 Mastermind
34 Infamous Nazi concentration camp 26 Alack's partner
29 30 31
37 One of Columbus' ships 28 Greenish blue
38 Popular condiment 30 Education (abbr.)
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25 Decompose 19 Dines
27 Baby's first word 20 Cubic centimeter
29 Book holder 22 Compass point
32 Des Monies locale 23 Mastermind
34 Infamous Nazi concentration camp 26 Alack's partner
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38 Popular condiment 30 Education (abbr.)
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