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Important news for important people Volume 3468 Monday February 25, 2019
International Business Sports
French Prime Minister Edouard Huawei’s chairman on Sunday Dustin Johnson captured his 20th US Los Cabos
Philippe on Sunday urged partners to shrugged of the risk that President PGA Tour title on Sunday, firing a Partly cloudy (day)
stand with Paris in driving back jihad- Donald Trump could issue an execu- five-under par 66 to beat Rory McIl- Sunrise: 6:45 am
ist violence in the Sahel. France, with tive order banning the Chinese telecom roy by five strokes in the final round Sunset: 6:20 pm
troops on the ground in... P.2 giant, saying the company... P.3 of the WGC-Mexico... P.5 Humidity: 51% 55-74 F

Tamaki hailed the results as “extremely significant” Royal couple
Japan’s Okinawa votes against controversial US base move Harry and Meghan meet Mo-
roccan girls during official tour
Voters on the Japanese island of Oki- US sought to calm local anger after “The result could be a negotiating Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife
nawa have rejected the relocation of US servicemen gang raped a local card for the governor, but it’s unlike- Meghan on Sunday met with Moroc-
a controversial US military base, ac- schoolgirl. ly to have an immediate impact,” he can schoolgirls at the foothills of the
cording to official results from a non- But the plan has long been stalled added. High Atlas mountains, during their
binding referendum Sunday. in part over local opposition. “The dispute is far from its resolu- last official foreign tour before be-
Some 72 percent voted against the The ballot asked residents whether tion.” coming parents.
move with 19 percent in favour from they supported a plan to reclaim land The base has stoked tension with Clutching British and Moroccan
a 52 percent turnout, the local gov- at a remote coastal site for the reloca- local residents over problems ranging flags, the teenagers lined up to meet
ernment said. tion of Futenma from its current lo- from noise and military accidents to the royal couple during their visit to
Opponents of the relocation -- cation in a heavily populated part of crime involving base residents. the town of Asni south of the tourist
some 434,000 -- had turned out in Okinawa. Abe’s government says the reloca- hub Marrakesh.
sufficient numbers to meet the thresh- It was initially planned as a yes-no tion will address those concerns, but The British royals’ tour was set to
old required for Okinawa Governor vote, but a “neither” option was add- many in Okinawa want the base relo- focus on initiatives promoting girls’
Denny Tamaki to “respect” the result ed after several cities with close ties cated elsewhere in Japan. education, women’s empowerment
of the symbolic referendum, it said. to the central government threatened They argue that the region bears and the inclusion of people with dis-
For this to happen, one quarter of to boycott the vote. a disproportionate burden when it abilities.
the eligible electorate -- or around Polls opened early on Sunday comes to hosting US military troops A heavily pregnant Meghan, with
290,000 people -- had to vote for one morning, with about 1.15 million in the country. henna on one hand, accepted flowers
of the three options: for or against re- Okinawans eligible to vote. Okinawa accounts for less than one from one of the girls in Asni while
location or a third choice of “neither”. Speaking after casting her ballot percent of Japan’s total land area, but she and Harry chatted outside to a
Tamaki hailed the results as “ex- at a local school, voter Yuki Miya- hosts more than half of the approxi- group from the programme Education
tremely significant”. gaki said: “They are using a lot of mately 47,000 American military For All Morocco.
“I will strongly demand that the tax money and manpower for this personnel stationed in Japan. The organisation runs free board-
government squarely face the reso- referendum, even though the result Anti-base rallies have been staged ing houses to give girls aged 12 to 18
lute will of our people, review its will not have any legal power. So daily in Okinawa since campaigning from the High Atlas region access to
present policy immediately and halt we thought that we should take this for the referendum began in mid- education, working with 185 teenag-
the construction,” the anti-base gov- opportunity and think very carefully February. ers in 2017.
ernor told reporters. about this issue.” But the vote has not stopped recla- “Wow, that’s impressive!” Meghan
The vote, however, is non-binding “We usually shout no to the new mation work at Nago, with construc- told a girl who has ambitions to study
on the central government and turn- base construction. This is a good op- tion workers continuing to shovel dirt astronomy, an exchange filmed in a
out was just above 50 percent, raising portunity to tell the government di- into the ocean offshore with bulldoz- dorm room and posted on Twitter by
questions about what effect the refer- rectly with concrete numbers: ‘No’. ers. Kensington Palace.
endum will have. This is an important vote,” 32-year- “We hope the referendum will The couple also visited a classroom
The government of Prime Minister old Narumi Haine told AFP. boost the momentum of our fight,” where pupils were practising their
Shinzo Abe has vowed to press on “The referendum has underlined demonstrator Masaru Shiroma told English, according to the royals’ so-
with moving the base and the reloca- once again Okinawa’s strong oppo- AFP on Friday, as more than 100 fel- cial media account.
tion is also backed by Washington. sition to the relocation,” Yoshinobu low activists tried to block trucks en- A quarter of Moroccans aged 15 to
The relocation of the Futenma base Yamamoto, professor of politics at tering the construction site. 24 are out of work and not in train-
to Nago, 50 kilometres (30 miles) the University of Niigata prefecture, “The government is making a fool ing or education, according to official
away, was first agreed in 1996 as the told AFP. out of Okinawa.” data for 2016, a figure which rises to
44 percent for girls and young wom-
“The Europeans were fully supportive of our decision ...” en. Asni is close to the mountainous
area where two Scandinavian women
Pompeo dismisses Putin missile threat as ‘bluster’ were murdered in December and
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo weapons targeting “decision-making something the Russians will actually some British media have raised fears
dismissed Sunday a threat by Russian centers.” But in an interview with live by,” said Pompeo. “His bluster is over safety during the royal tour.
leader Vladimir Putin to deploy new CNN, Pompeo said Putin’s com- aimed at trying to convince the world, But local diplomatic sources have
missiles against Western capitals as ments amounted to an empty threat to drive a wedge between the United dismissed concerns about security in
“bluster” designed to divide Wash- and the Russian leader was trying to states and Europe when everyone is Morocco, where on Thursday police
ington and its allies. divert attention away from Moscow’s fully on board. dispersed protesting teachers with
In a speech last week, Putin warned violations of the Intermediate-Range “The Europeans were fully sup- water cannon in the capital Rabat.
the US against deploying any new Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty. portive of our decision, and we’ll “Medical provisions” have been
missiles in Europe after the collapse “The Russians violated that trea- move forward together in ensuring made for Meghan, who is due to give
of a key Cold War-era treaty, saying ty... Now it’s time to figure out how the security of the United States’ birth in the spring, according to offi-
Russia would respond by deploying to move forward and come up with people.” cial sources.

Page 2 Monday February 25, 2019
Pro-EU forces accusing “We require everyone’s commitment to progress towards durable stabilisation”
Ruling party accused of French PM urges joint stand against jihadists in Sahel
fraud as Moldova votes
Moldova held a chaotic parliamen- French Prime Minister Edouard after chaos engulfed Libya in 2011.
tary vote on Sunday, with both pro- Philippe on Sunday urged partners Jihadist attacks erupted in northern
Russian and pro-EU forces accusing to stand with Paris in driving back Mali as Boko Haram emerged in the
the ruling party of massive election jihadist violence in the Sahel. north of Nigeria.
fraud. France, with troops on the ground Large areas of Mali remain out of
They said the Democratic Party, in the region, is backing a 5,000-man control, and the jihadists have gained
led by powerful oligarch Vlad Pla- joint mission among the five-nations ground in neighbouring Burkina Faso
hotniuc, had bussed in voters from in the G5 Sahel force on the frontline: and Niger, while Chad is battling un-
the former Soviet state’s breakaway Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Ni- rest on its borders.
region of Transnistria and told them ger and Chad. France sent troops into Mali in
how to vote. “We require everyone’s commit- 2013 to help drive back Islamist in-
Moldova’s pro-Moscow President ment to progress towards durable sta- surgents who took control of the
Igor Dodon and pro-Brussels op- bilisation. Nobody can boast of being north of the country. Since then its
position leader Andrei Nastase both able to do that without the backing of French-led Operation Barkhane anti-
alleged the party had conspired with others,” Philippe said, citing a Malian insurgency campaign has kept troops
Transnistrian separatist authorities to proverb at his troops’ headquarters in in the region.
organise the fraud. Gao. “It is the action of all, with
Videos and reports about unknown He was speaking days after the Barkhane, alongside Malian forces,
men offering transport and money to African Union’s peace and security which will drive back jihadism,” said
voters circulated on social media. chief Smail Chergui urged member Philippe, who arrived in Mali late
Dodon urged people not to be states to tackle the root causes of ex- Friday for a two-day visit.
tempted by bribes. tremism in the Sahel region. Edouard Philippe (Photo AFP) In an address to French, Malian,
“Don’t be afraid or let people buy Chergui voiced disappointment the capital, where the EUTM Europe- British and Estonian forces on Sun-
you off. Don’t be afraid of losing at the difficulties in financing and an training mission and Mali’s officer day, the French premier saluted their
your job,” Dodon said after voting in equipping the force at a time when training school is located, the Malian “remarkable and decisive” results,
the capital Chisinau. “I know people the future of the UN’s MINUSMA ministry for security and civil protec- which included the recent killing of
are encouraging you to vote for cer- mission in Mali is uncertain. tion said in a statement. Djamel Okacha, a top jihadist leader
tain parties.” Highlighting Mali’s fragile secu- No Western trainers were wound- accused of kidnapping Westerners in
Nastase alleged that “they (the rul- rity, two Malian troops and a civil- ed. the Sahel.
ing party) are bussing in vulnerable ian were wounded on Sunday when The attackers, who were travel- “Every day our enemies are suf-
people ripe for corruption,” he said. suicide bombers in vehicles attacked ling in two cars, first attacked a fering important losses, reducing
Adding to the mutual mudslinging a military base near Bamako where checkpoint before guards at the their capacity to cause trouble,” said
in the country of 3.5 million people, European military trainers are based, camp returned fire forcing the as- Philippe, while conceding the threat
Democratic Party deputy chairman local authorities said. sailants to detonate their explosives has not disappeared. On Saturday he
Vladimir Chebotar said he had in- Two assailants were killed in the at the entrance of the military train- said the 2,700 French forces in the re-
formation that it was Socialist Party attack on Koulikoro Training Centre ing centre, the ministry said. The gion since 2014 “will remain as long
leaders who were offering bribes some 60 kilometres (37 miles) from Islamist revolt in the Sahel took off as is necessary”.
to residents of Transnistria to back
its candidates. Authorities in Trans- “Across Europe, the winds of xenophobia are blowing”
nistria -- which broke away from
Moldova after the fall of the USSR Europe facing ‘winds of xenophobia’, Spain’s Sanchez warns
but is not recognised internationally Spain’s Pedro Sanchez on Sunday The visit came as Sanchez, who Later he visited the burial site of
-- did not allow polling stations to be urged Europeans to resist the “winds took over as prime minister last June, Sevillian poet Antonio Machado,
opened in the region. of xenophobia” threatening the conti- gears up to face a populist challenge who died in the seafront village of
But around 220,000 people living nent, as he marked 80 years since the back home ahead of early elections in Collioure, near the border, just weeks
in the narrow stretch of land hold flight of 475,000 Spaniards to France April in the latest chapter of political after fleeing when Franco’s forces
Moldovan citizenship and are eli- after Francisco Franco seized power turbulence in Spain. His efforts to took Barcelona in January 1939.
gible to vote on the opposite side of after a brutal civil war. honour the memory of Franco’s vic- The city’s fall signalled the start
the Dniester River that separates the “Across Europe, the winds of xe- tims have infuriated the new far-right of the Retirada, as hundreds of thou-
rebel republic from government-con- nophobia are blowing,” the Spanish Vox party and the rightwing Popular sands of people fled over the Pyr-
trolled territory. premier said in Argeles-sur-Mer, a Party, alongside his pledge to move enees, many on foot, while being
Chebotar on Sunday acknowledged seaside town just across the border the former dictator’s remains from an bombarded by Franco’s forces.
that there had been “violations” dur- in southern France where he paid opulent mausoleum near Madrid. “Both of them died in France, far
ing the election but shrugged them tribute to the exiles of the “Retirada” Earlier on Sunday, Sanchez be- from their native lands,” Sanchez
off, saying they would “not affect the (Retreat). came the first Spanish prime minister said of Azana and Machado. “Spain
voting process.” He pointed to the recent desecra- to visit the grave of Manuel Azana, should have asked their forgiveness
Polls opened at 7 am (0500 GMT) tion of Jewish graves in France and the last Republican president before much sooner for this infamy. From
and were due to close at 9 pm, with to the ongoing dispute over migrants Franco overthrew the government in them and so many others who were in
results expected on Monday morning. arriving by sea from Africa, pointing 1939. As he visited the site in Mon- the same struggle.” At Sanchez’s re-
No party is likely to gain the ma- to “the ports which refuse to let ships tauban, north of Toulouse, he laid a quest, no French government officials
jority needed to form a government, full of sick and hungry people dock.” wreath of flowers in the red and yel- joined him on the visit although local
and analysts are concerned the vote “Don’t look the other way,” he low of the Spanish flag on his tomb. officials did participate.
will be followed by a period of insta- said.
bility. While many want to maintain “Don’t think that anti-Semitism,
close ties with Moscow, others are homophobia, xenophobia and na-
looking towards the European Union, tionalism that excludes people, are
seeking to follow the example of Ro- just small winds that will blow them-
mania, with which Moldova shares a selves out.”
language and long history. Argeles-sur-Mer was where around
Victoria Chetrean, 40, told AFP 100,000 Spanish refugees were ini-
she voted for the pro-European alli- tially held at a squalid open-air camp
ance that favours joining the EU and that the photographer Robert Capa
NATO. “My husband has worked in denounced as called a “hell on sand”.
Italy for over 10 years for us to have It was the final stop on Sanchez’s
a bare minimum standard of living,” visit which also took him to several
she said. other key Retirada sites.

Page 3 Monday February 25, 2019
Huawei strenuously denied its equipment could be used for espionage Wall Street Indexes
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“I am very angry with them”
French minister tackles daunting task of purging online hate
Having initially welcomed the “yel- frontlines. He has called out Twitter speech, the self-made minister is ment in the city’s multi-ethnic 19th
low vest” movement as giving a especially for ignoring calls to work eyeing his next challenge. In the in- district in 2017, has his pitch ready,
voice to France’s voiceless, Digital with French regulators on establish- terview, he made no secret of his am- even if he has yet to declare his can-
Affairs Minister Mounir Mahjoubi is ing filters for hate speech. bition to became the French capital’s didacy.
now trying to purge social media of “I am very angry with them,” the first mayor of Arab origin. “My parents came from Morocco
the racist bile and other hate speech minister told AFP in an interview last Macron’s Republic on the Move with nothing in the 70s and their son
spewed by often faceless users. week, reading aloud some of the end- party has yet to pick a candidate to became a minister, purely thanks to
The 34-year-old web entrepreneur less stream of racist and homophobic try to unseat Socialist Mayor Anne Paris,” he said.
was one of the first in President Em- messages he has received, especially Hidalgo in next year’s elections. But “I want the city to do that for ev-
manuel Macron’s government to since going public about his homo- Mahjoubi, who was elected to parlia- erybody.”
establish a rapport with the demon- sexuality last year.
strators at a time when most of the Mahjoubi has vowed heavy fines
political class was running scared. for online platforms that fail to re- Foreign Exchange
He has since been trying to take move hate speech in the 24 hours af-
the heat out of French public debate ter it has been reported by users. EURO USA CAN UK AUS SWISS H.KONG JAP
in the street and on the internet as He has also used his social media EURO - 1.13 1.49 .87 1.59 1.14 8.90 125.00
France battles an outpouring of anti- savvy and humble origins in a poor USA .88 - 1.32 .77 1.41 1.00 7.87 111.11
Semitism unseen since World War II. immigrant family -- his father was a CAN .67 .76 - .58 1.06 .75 5.90 84.00
With swastikas being scrawled in house painter and his mother a clean- UK 1.15 1.30 1.72 - 1.82 1.30 10.20 144.00
areas around Paris -- often discov- er -- to try and bridge the divide be- AUS .63 .71 .94 .55 - .70 5.60 79.00
ered after yellow vest demonstrations tween Macron’s little-loved govern- SWISS .88 1.00 1.33 .77 1.43 - 7.80 111.00
-- and a Jewish academic mobbed ment and disaffected voters. H.KONG .11 .13 .17 .10 .18 .13 - 14.10
by hostile protesters in the street, But even as he tackles the enor- JAP .01 .01 .01 .01 .01 .01 .07 -
Mahjoubi has found himself on the mous task of curbing incendiary hate

Page 4 Monday February 25, 2019
“They can solve real problems” Agriculture
New kid on the blockchain: Stablecoin promises steady crypto Tech connection boosts
As the extreme volatility of crypto- 2017 before plunging 80 percent in The leader stablecoin in terms of
currencies makes them difficult to 14 months. tokens in circulation and value is NY vertical farmers
depend on for day-to-day use, anoth- But this volatility could all change tether, which is designed to always be Workers at Bowery Farming’s ware-
er type of virtual currency is gaining thanks to stablecoins, according worth $1. house near New York have swapped
popularity: stablecoins. to Garrick Hileman, head of research Tether represents more than 95 out a farmer’s hoe for a computer
Seen as more steady because they at Blockchain. percent of trading volume in non-vol- tablet that takes real-time readings of
are pegged to traditional currencies “They can solve real problems,” he atile digital currencies and 69 percent light and water conditions.
such as the US dollar, stablecoins told AFP. of their combined value. Launched in 2015, Bowery is part
have been a quiet crypto success, According to Tom Shaughnessy, Taking into account all cryptocur- of the fast-growing vertical farming
even though questions remain over co-founder of cryptocurrency con- rencies, tether is second only to bit- movement, which employs technol-
their reliability. sultants Delphi Digital, a reduction in coin in daily traded volumes and sev- ogy in a controlled, man-made setting
The total value of stablecoins in volatility would allow consumers to enth in terms of valuation, according to grow fresh vegetables indoors all
circulation has more than doubled to buy simple things like a cup of cof- to data provider Coinmarketcap. year long.
$3 billion from $1.4 billion over the fee. According to Blockchain’s Hile- Champions of the practice see ver-
past year, according to a study pub- In a sign that stablecoins are gain- man, stablecoins should be seen as tical farming as a key tool to meet the
lished by Blockchain, a firm which ing in credibility, US investment complementing cryptocurrencies world’s food needs at a time when the
offers wallets for digital currencies. banking giant JPMorgan Chase ear- rather than as direct competitors. population is rising and the climate is
Cryptocurrencies are now rarely lier this month unveiled a prototype “Bitcoin may come to be seen as changing.
used to buy products and services for a digital coin system using block- digital gold,” he said, a place to store The company’s chief executive and
because of their wild price swings, chain, known as JPM Coin. value, while stablecoins would serve co-founder, Irving Fain, said his com-
as they dramatically soar or plummet A total of 26 stablecoins currently as a means of exchange. pany’s Kearny, New Jersey site uses
depending on the speculative interest exist, while a further 28 excluding However stablecoins also have fewer resources than traditional farms
of the moment. JPM Coin are in development. Most their doubters. and does not employ pesticides.
The value of the world’s first and of them are expected to launch this Since its creation in 2014, tether “I have been a big believer my en-
best-known cryptocurrency bitcoin, year, according to the Blockchain has failed to totally overcome suspi- tire life in technology as being able
for example, multiplied by 15 in study. cions of manipulation. to solve not only hard problems, but
also important problems,” said Fain,
“Very productive talks yesterday with China on Trade. Will continue today!” who previously ran a company that
Trump says trade talks with China ‘very productive’ provides data analysis for big compa-
nies on their loyalty programs.
US President Donald Trump said when US duty rates are due to rise And on Friday he held out the pos- Bowery employs more program-
Sunday US trade talks with China sharply. sibility of a meeting with Chinese mers than agricultural scientists. The
have been “very productive” but of- “Very productive talks yesterday President Xi Jinping “in a not too dis- company says its use of algorithms
fered no hint of the outcome as they with China on Trade. Will continue tant future,” possibly as early as next enables it to be 100 times more pro-
entered their fourth day. today!” Trump tweeted. month. In Sunday’s tweet, Trump ductive per area compared with a tra-
The negotiations in Washing- Trump has said he is considering praised Xi for his support on North ditional farm and to use 95 percent
ton were extended on Friday until pushing back the deadline for raising Korea ahead of the president’s sum- less water.
Sunday as officials race to reach a tariffs on more than $200 billion in mit this week in Hanoi with North Vertical farming has long been
deal ahead of a deadline next week Chinese exports. Korean leader Kim Jong Un. practiced in Japan and some other
places but it did not take off in the
“We were overly optimistic on delivering savings that did not materialize” United States until recent technologi-
cal leaps made it viable.
Kraft Heinz facing the painful downside of austerity approach A key component has been LED
The American food giant known for Kraft’s strategy worked for two in fast food, in 2016 stopped selling bulbs, which have enabled indoor
its iconic ketchup and hotdog brands years, allowing it to generate profit chicken treated with antibiotics, and farmers to drastically cut electricity
is facing the downside of austerity as margins that were the envy of its ri- now offers hamburgers made with costs.
a strategy for boosting profits. vals. fresh beef. But Bowery is also making heavy
Kraft Heinz, born of the $49 billion But growth in sales stalled in the Volokhine said Kraft Heinz seems use of robotics and artificial intel-
merger of Kraft Foods and Heinz in first quarter of 2017, and six consecu- to have “applied recipes that worked ligence to keep prices under control.
2015, had a disastrous fourth quarter, tive quarters of poor performance for a time, but the problem was no The combination of these newer
posting a net loss of $12.6 billion on led to an asset write-down of $15.4 longer in the expenses but in prod- tools “is how we really rethink what
Thursday, leading to a plunge of 27 billion on two of its flagship brands, ucts that became obsolete,” like Jell- agriculture will look like in the next
percent in the share price on Friday. Kraft and the Oscar Mayer meat O desserts. century and beyond,” Fain said.
A scathing article in the Wall Street products. To make up for its shortfall, Kraft The company has also benefited
Journal called that proof that the JPMorgan analyst Kenneth Gold- Heinz rapidly deployed $300 million from more than $120 million in fund-
company’s “experiment in radical man warned that “the intense cost- last year to beef up brand marketing, ing from tech titans including Google
cost-cutting has failed.” saving efforts will, over the long run, recruit salespeople, improve its sup- Ventures and Uber Chief Executive
“The company’s management has sort of erode brands ... if the belt- ply chain and modernize its recipes. Dara Khosrowshahi.
few good options,” it said. tightening strategy goes too far.” “We were overly optimistic on de- The Silicon Valley connection has
Controlled by the Swiss-Brazilian Kraft has built its reputation on livering savings that did not material- also boosted San Francisco-based
billionaire Jorge Paulo Lemann, via products such as ready-to-eat maca- ize,” CEO Bernardo Vieira Hees ac- Plenty, another prominent vertical
the investment firm 3G Capital, and roni and cheese, while Oscar Mayer knowledged. farming company, which has gar-
American billionaire Warren Buffett, is known for deli meats and hot dogs But as he added in a call Thurs- nered more than $200 million from
who holds 25 percent of the com- and Heinz for its ketchup and other day with analysts, “We still believe Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos,
pany’s capital, Kraft Heinz has relied condiments. strongly that our model is working Softbank and others.
on its famed zero-based budgeting But consumer tastes have been and has a lot of potential for the fu- US-based Crop One and Emirates
approach to cost-cutting. changing, with rising concerns about ture.” Flight Catering have launched a $40
Basically, that system requires ev- health issues and a growing shift from The company is considering drop- million joint venture to build a giant
ery expense to be justified in each pe- processed foods to fresh produce. ping failed brands, a step that would vertical farming facility in Dubai.
riod, pushing managers to drastically “All they have done is lower costs allow Hees to pave the way for a The world’s biggest vertical farm is
reduce spending. But that philosophy as competing companies like Danone merger, which could achieve more in Newark, New Jersey and operated
can lead to the elimination of invest- and Nestle invest in products that savings and boost profits. by AeroFarms.
ments needed to drive profit and sales are more in line with current public The company approached Uni- The company, founded in 2004 and
growth, and it can be undermined by demand,” said Gregory Volokhine at lever, which makes Lipton tea and considered a pioneer in the sector,
a market downturn. Meerschaert Capital Markets. Dove soap, in 2017 but withdrew its remains privately-held and does not
The food industry has for several Many companies in the food indus- $143 billion offer after news of its disclose financial data. But the com-
months faced a rise in logistic costs try have responded to the changing talks with the Anglo-Dutch giant be- pany says it is now profitable after a
and ingredients and materials. trends: McDonald’s, the world leader came public. series of fumbles.

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Johnson has won at least won US PGA event in 12th consecutive years Tennis
Johnson holds off McIlroy to win WGC-Mexico Championship Federer takes century quest
to Dubai
Dustin Johnson captured his 20th US Roger Federer heads into the Dubai
PGA Tour title on Sunday, firing a Championships on Monday con-
five-under par 66 to beat Rory McIl- vinced that it’s only a matter of time
roy by five strokes in the final round until he wins his record-setting 100th
of the WGC-Mexico Championship. career title.
The 34-year-old American finished The 20-time Grand Slam cham-
with a 21-under 263 total to win this pion, who has long used the emirate
event at the Club de Golf Chapulte- as a winter training base, will take to
pec for the second time in three sea- the court for the first time since his
sons. McIlroy closed with a 67 thanks Australian Open fourth-round defeat
to a sizzling back nine -- six birdies by Stefanos Tsitsipas.
in seven holes before a bogey at 18 The Greek youngster is also in the
-- but it wasn’t enough catch red-hot Dubai field, buoyed by his Marseille
Johnson, who posted five of his six title win on Sunday.
birdies on the back nine. The 37-year-old Swiss, seeded sec-
Johnson has won at least won US ond behind tournament debutant Kei
PGA event in 12th consecutive years, Nishikori, explained on Sunday that
with 20th career win coming in his he is perfectly content to let things
246th start. take their natural course and is not
Englishmen Paul Casey and Ian stressing over finally cracking his
Poulter shared third on 273, shooting trophy century.
65 and 68 respectively in the fourth US golfer Dustin Johnson poses with the trophy after winning the World Golf Championship “That’s got to be the mindset, that
round, with Thailand’s Kiradech which left him ninth. In was another bogey on the par-3 third hole before you try your best every match, every
Aphibarnrat, who fired 68 to join the stroke back to Tiger Woods, who making birdie on the par-5 sixth. week anyway,” said Federer, who
pack 10 off Johnson’s pace. closed out his week with a 69 and He kicked it into high gear on the reached 99 titles last October.
Sergio Garcia, Patrick Cantlay and tied for 10th with fellow Americans back nine with back-to-back birdies “Things fall into place or they
Cameron Smith shot identical 70s and Keegan Bradley and David Lipsky on the 10th and 11th holes and then don’t. It’s not because of lack of ef-
shared sixth. Justin Thomas had the and Dutchman Joost Luiten. John- strung together three birdies in a row fort.”
round of the day with a nine-under 62 son got off to a tentative start with a beginning at the par-4 14th. The tennis icon added: “We’ve
been talking about 99 titles ever since
“I’m sure she’s going to adapt, she just needs the time” Basel, every tournament I’ve played.
“There’s nothing new. Of course,
Osaka will learn to deal with fame, says Nishikori coming to Dubai where I’ve enjoyed
Kei Nishikori is confident his Japa- Nishikori. “There is more pressure, The top Asian in the men’s game, a lot of success sort of makes you
nese compatriot Naomi Osaka will for sure. Being number one, winning based in the US like Osaka, is playing believe maybe it could happen here.
learn to cope with pressure as she Grand Slams, that’s something I nev- Dubai for the first time as he shakes “Then again, the draw is tough. I
deals with her new elite status in ten- er had before. It’s a bit different. It’s up his 2019 schedule. He said that he haven’t played in a few weeks so you
nis. more than me, I think.” is looking forward to a fresh ATP ex- reset everything, get ready for your
Nishikori, who is top seed at the The 29-year-old said Osaka will perience. “It was always comfortable first round, hope everything is going
Dubai Championships this week eventually find her way into a public to play this week in Acapulco. I used to click again here in Dubai.”
ahead of Roger Federer, believes that comfort zone. to play Memphis all the time, it was Federer will be starting his quest
the painfully shy 21-year-old Osaka “I’m sure she’s going to adapt, she easier for me to play on the US side. for a record eighth Dubai title as he
ranks ahead of him as a national just needs the time. She has great “But I always wanted to come takes a 13-0 head-to-head record
sporting star after winning back-to- mental (strength), very strong, very here. Schedule-wise it wasn’t easy. into his first-round contest on Mon-
back Grand Slam titles at the US and calm. She doesn’t panic too much. Something new. It’s fun, so I chose day against longtime friend Philipp
Australian Opens, igniting fresh ten- “I’m sure in time she will get used to play here.” Kohlschreiber.
nis hysteria across the Pacific. to it. It’s unfortunate she lost here Nishikori started 2019 with the The German went down to Federer
“It’s much more than me, maybe (first round at last week’s women’s Brisbane trophy, his 12th title, and in the Rotterdam second round a year
a year ago she wasn’t ranked top 10. event against Kristina Mladenovic) opens his Dubai campaign in the ago, with the Swiss winning the tour-
Suddenly everything changes -- she’s but I’m sure she’s okay. first round against Benoit Paire, the nament and taking back the ATP num-
number one, I’ve (only) been top “She’s going to be winning more Frenchman he has defeated in five of ber one ranking at the record age of 36.
three before,” said world number six Grand Slams.” seven matches. “I just practised with Kohlschreiber a
couple (of) days ago, we played two
“I was just trying to win today. I didn’t want to spoil it trying to get a record” sets basically,” said Federer.
“We really both know what we’re
Brazier sets 600m world best at US Indoor Championships getting into. He looks good, so it’s
Donavan Brazier set a world best and October at Doha, Qatar. “I can af- indoor pole vault crown by clearing going to be tough.”
by winning the 600 meters in 1min ford to take a little rest because I got 4.81m, but she needed a third-try The crowd at the Aviation Club
13.77secs on Sunday at the US In- in this shape this early,” he said. “I clearance at 4.61 to secure the vic- will be delighted to see Federer return
door Track and Field Championships. can come back in May.” tory. Craig Engels won his first mile for the first time since 2017, when he
The 21-year-old 800m runner from Sam Ellison was a distant second indoor crown in 3:59.69 while Shelby lost in the second round to Evgeny
Michigan smashed the old 600 mark in the US men’s 600 final in 1:15.20 Houlihan took the women’s two-mile Donskoy.
of 1:14.79 set in January 2018 by with Kameron Jones third in 1:15.32. in 9:31.98. “It gives me confidence that I know
Kenya’s Michael Saruni, who edged Athing Mu, only 16, won the Ajee Wilson, twice a world indoor I can play well here in Dubai on this
Brazier two weeks ago at 800 in the women’s 600 in an American record runner-up at 800, won the women’s court in these conditions,” he added.
Millrose Games. 1:23.57. “I’m so shocked. I’m just 1,000 in a meet record 2:34.71. “But conditions are playing much,
“I was just trying to win today. I blown away right now,” Mu said. Sharika Nelvis won the women’s much slower than the previous years.
didn’t want to spoil it trying to get Clayton Murphy, third at 800m 60 hurdles in a 2019 world best 7.85 “You can really grind a player
a record,” Brazier said. “Because I at the 2016 Rio Olympics, won the seconds, then took third in the wom- down now. It’s been actually quite a
didn’t win (at Millrose) I was still men’s 1,000 in 2:20.36. en’s 60 behind winner Shania Collins big change. I’m excited to be here.
hungry.” Reigning US outdoor champion (7.16). Devon Allen took the men’s “I do believe this surface also lends
Brazier said the win at the less- Kenturah Orji, fourth at the 2016 Rio 60 hurdles in 7.60, edging Aaron itself very well for me to play well
contested distance signals good Olympics and World Indoors, won Mallett by .04, and looked to the out- here. Hope I can show it tomorrow.”
things ahead for a season that features the US women’s indoor triple jump door season. Top seed Nishikori will open his
a US outdoor meet in July and the crown by leaping 14.55m. Katie Demek Kemp won the men’s 60 in campaign against Frenchman Benoit
World Championships in September Nageotte defended her US women’s 6.55 in his meet debut. Paire, but is not in action on Monday.

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