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Important news for important people
www.dedicatedpress.com Volume 3083 Monday February 05, 2018
International Business Sports
Tens of thousands of Greeks staged The United States is gearing up to US ski queen Lindsey Vonn says Cabo San Lucas
a mass rally in Athens Sunday, urg- conduct its next population census things ‘couldn’t be better’ ahead of Cloudy
ing the government not to compro- in 2020 but a thorny question on citi- the Olympics after claiming her 81st Sunrise: 6:58 AM
mise in a festering name row with zenship has ignited controversy even World Cup win on Sunday to com- Sunset: 6:10 PM
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It was the third deadly incident involving an Amtrak train since December Germany
Two dead, more than 100 hurt in South Carolina train crash Europe must brake mount-
ing nuclear arms race
ing the crash, the leak was contained Europe must lead the way in push-
and there was no danger to the pub- ing for nuclear disarmament after
lic. Washington proposed upgrading and
“The incident is very near the state expanding the United States’ nuclear
farmers’ market and other residential arsenal, German Foreign Minister
areas but right now, everyone is safe,” Sigmar Gabriel said Sunday.
said Derrec Becker, public informa- “As in the times of the Cold War,
tion officer at the South Carolina we in Europe are especially endan-
Emergency Management Division. gered” by “a renewed nuclear arms
Passenger Derek Pettaway told race”, Gabriel said.
CNN he was traveling south from “That is why precisely we in Eu-
Philadelphia to Orlando in a sleeper rope must begin new initiatives for
cabin when he was awoken by the arms control and disarmament.”
impact of the crash. Gabriel was responding to a so-
“Nobody was panicking,” he said. called Nuclear Posture Review re-
“I’m pretty sure everybody was leased Friday by the Pentagon that
asleep and I think people were in details the US military’s vision of
shock.” nuclear threats and its response in the
Pettaway added Amtrak staff had coming decades.
evacuated passengers in a “really Upgrading the US arsenal and
A derailed Amtrak car can be seen up the tracks near a crossing after an early morning calm fashion.” complementing massive “strategic”
collision with a CSX freight train (Photo AFP)
The Lexington County Sheriff later bombs with smaller “tactical” weap-
Two Amtrak employees were killed while cautioning that a full investi- said four buses had been made avail- ons was “aimed at making use of nu-
and more than 100 others injured gation was needed to determine the able to take Amtrak passengers to clear weapons less likely”, President
Sunday when a passenger train car- exact cause. their final destinations. Donald Trump said in a statement.
rying 147 people hit a freight train in “We need a conversation around “My prayers are with the fami- American nuclear planners be-
the US state of South Carolina, au- the country” about rail safety, he lies of those killed in the train crash lieve potential adversaries abroad,
thorities said. added, after visiting passengers at a in Lexington County this morning, especially Russia, assume America
Amtrak train 91 -- traveling be- shelter set up by the local Red Cross and hoping for the best for all those would never use its existing arsenal
tween New York and Miami -- de- in a school. injured. South Carolina is with you as the effects would be too devastat-
railed in Cayce, outside the state cap- “As you and your loved ones all!” tweeted Tim Scott, one of the ing and provoke globally catastrophic
ital Columbia, when it collided with gather at church and other houses of state’s two US senators. retaliation.“The US and NATO re-
the CSX freight train at around 2:30 worship today, we ask that you pray Congressman Joe Wilson called quire a wider range of credible low-
am (0730 GMT). for those affected and the families of the incident “heartbreaking.” yield nuclear options” to deter Russia
It was the third deadly incident those who have passed away,” he said It comes just days after an Amtrak from using its own smaller nuclear
involving an Amtrak train since De- on Twitter. train carrying several dozen Repub- weapons, Greg Weaver, the deputy
cember, raising questions about the US President Donald Trump, lican lawmakers including House director of strategic capabilities for
safety of the national railway ser- who was in Florida for the week- Speaker Paul Ryan hit a garbage the military’s Joint Staff, told report-
vice. end, was briefed and was receiving truck in Virginia, killing one person ers Friday.
Amtrak said in a statement that the updates, a White House spokes- and causing six others, including a Gabriel acknowledged that Rus-
lead engine derailed along with some woman said. congressman, to need hospital treat- sia’s annexation of Crimea from
passenger cars. Eight crew members “Our thoughts and prayers are with ment. Ukraine had led to a “dramatic loss
and 139 passengers were on board. everyone that has been affected by In December, three people were of trust towards Russia” in Europe
A total of 116 people were taken this incident,” deputy press secretary killed when an Amtrak passenger as well as Washington, and that
to area hospitals for treatment, many Lindsay Walters said. train derailed in Washington state “signs that Russia is re-arming, not
with “minor injuries,” Governor Hen- The National Transportation Safe- near the city of Tacoma, sending cars only conventionally but with nuclear
ry McMaster told reporters. US me- ty Board (NTSB) said it was inves- flying off a bridge and onto a busy in- weapons, are obvious”.
dia reported injuries ranged from cuts tigating the incident. CSX said its terstate highway. Berlin would press “with its allies
and bruises to broken bones. personnel were on site to assist law Preliminary information obtained and partners” for further worldwide
He identified the dead as Amtrak enforcement. from an event data recorder in the disarmament, he said.
personnel and said the freight train, The Lexington County Sheriff’s rear locomotive showed that train, “Our long-term aim must continue
which was stationary, appeared to be Department confirmed all passengers which was traveling on a new route to be a world without nuclear weap-
empty. had been evacuated. for the first time, was speeding at 80 ons,” Gabriel continued -- the stated
“It appears the Amtrak train was on Officials added that although miles (128 kilometers) per hour in a aim of US nuclear policy under for-
the wrong track,” the governor said, 5,000 gallons of fuel spilled follow- 30 mph zone. mer president Barack Obama.

International
Page 2 Monday February 05, 2018
“Macedonians united Greece against the (Persian Empire)”
Thousands of Greeks protest against Macedonia name compromise


Tens of thousands of Greeks staged The protest -- the second on the
a mass rally in Athens Sunday, urg- Macedonia issue in a fortnight --
ing the government not to compro- was organised and funded by Greek
mise in a festering name row with diaspora groups, with the support of
neighbouring Macedonia. retired officer associations, cultural
Organisers claimed some 1.5 mil- unions and church groups.
lion people from across Greece and Anarchists stationed a counter-pro-
the Greek diaspora turned out to ex- test nearby, with riot police deployed
press their opposition to attempts by to keep the two crowds apart.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ gov- Two weeks ago, tens of thousands
ernment to broker a deal. had protested in Thessaloniki, the
Police put the figure at around capital of Greece’s Macedonia re-
140,000. gion. Police had estimated the turn-
As a huge Greek flag flew over out at over 90,000, while organisers
central Syntagma Square from atop a claimed at least 400,000 attended.
crane, Greeks from all over the coun- The dispute has remained unre-
try and abroad chanted “Hands off solved since the former Yugoslav re-
Macedonia”, “Macedonia is Greek” public’s independence in 1991.
and “We won’t leave until we are Greece considers the name “Mace-
vindicated”. donia” to be part of its own cultural
Among those in the cross-genera- People hold Greek flags as they demonstrate to urge the government not to compromise heritage, as the province was the core
tion crowd were former PM Antonis in the festering name row with neighbouring Macedonia (Photo AFP) of Alexander the Great’s ancient em-
Samaras -- who was foreign minister is no doubt it must first ask the Greek However, leftist Tsipras has been pire. Athens seeks guarantees that
when the name row began in 1991 -- people,” he said, calling the neigh- considering a resolution to the the use of the name by its neighbour
in addition to mayors, senior clerics, bouring northern state “illegitimate”. 27-year-old dispute, angering many implies no claim to parts of its own
army officers and monks. Athens objects to Macedonia’s opposition members and his own na- territory.
Keynote speaker Mikis Theodora- name, arguing it suggests that Skopje tionalist coalition partners. The government has accused far-
kis, the renowned Zorba the Greek has claims to the territory and heri- Several protesters wore traditional right hardliners and the neo-Nazi
composer and resistance icon, called tage of Greece’s historic northern re- garb, including the uniform of Greek Golden Dawn party of trying to
on the government to hold a referen- gion of the same name. guerrillas who fought Bulgarian exploit the issue. The government
dum before taking a decision. “Macedonians united Greece bands and Ottoman forces in Mace- insists the rallies will not affect its
“Macedonia was, is and will for- against the (Persian Empire),” said donia in the early 20th century. determination to solve the issue and
ever be Greek,” 92-year-old The- Nina Gatzoulis of the US Pan-Mace- “Cretan eagles lie in the earth of boost stability in the often tense Bal-
odorakis told the cheering crowd of donian Association, arguing that a Macedonia,” a Cretan representative kan region. Athens says it is ready to
protesters. Greek climbdown on the name issue told the crowd. “We tell our sister, accept a composite name that will es-
“If a government considers sign- would create “permanent instability” Macedonia, we will not allow anyone tablish a clear distinction from Greek
ing on behalf of our country... there in the region. to carve you up.” Macedonia.

Mayor and agencies said Control of the country Many of the high-profile suspects
One dead as record snowfall Air raid hits Yemen criminal Riyadh’s Ritz ‘luxury prison’ to reopen on February 11
Many of the high-profile suspects,
hits Moscow investigations unit Riyadh’s Ritz-Carlton will reopen on including billionaire Prince Al-
February 11, the hotel said Sunday,
At least one person died and several An air raid hit the criminal investiga- more than three months after it be- Waleed bin Talal, have been released
were injured after Moscow experi- tions unit in Yemen’s rebel-held capi- came a holding place of princes and in recent weeks in exchange for what
enced its heaviest day of snowfall tal Sanaa on Sunday as insurgents ministers detained in an anti-corrup- officials have dubbed financial settle-
since records began, the city’s mayor battle the government, backed by a tion purge. ments. Attorney General Sheikh
and agencies said Sunday. Saudi-led coalition, for control of the The luxury hotel was closed for Saud al-Mojeb has said that $107 bil-
Russia’s meteorological service country. business since the unprecedented lion has been recovered so far in the
said Moscow had seen more than half The four-storey building and a line probe was launched on November crackdown in various forms of assets
its average monthly snowfall in the of police cars parked outside were 4 by Crown Prince Mohammed bin handed over that included property,
space of 24 hours, with 43 centime- largely destroyed in the attack. Salman, who has consolidated his securities and cash. Prince Moham-
tres (17 inches) blanketing the capital The Iran-backed Huthi rebels grip on power since his shock ap- med, the 32-year-old son of the king,
by Sunday morning, agencies report- blamed the attack on the Saudi-led pointment as heir to the throne in June. has spearheaded the crackdown on
ed. “One person died from a falling military coalition that has been fight- A hotel receptionist reached by corruption among members of the
tree that hit an electric power line,” ing to prop up the Yemeni govern- phone confirmed to AFP that room government and royal family over
Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin said ment since March 2015. bookings were available from noon the past three months. Some critics
on his VKontakte social media page, Rebel-run Yemeni media said on February 11. have labelled Prince Mohammed’s
adding that 2000 trees had already seven people were killed and 58 The Ritz-Carlton’s website had last campaign a shakedown and power
been brought down by the extreme wounded in the Sunday attack. The month listed rooms as available from grab, but authorities insist the purge
weather. “According to the latest in- toll could not be independently con- February 14. On Sunday it showed targeted endemic corruption as the
formation, five have been injured. Be firmed. availability from February 11. country prepares for a post-oil era.
careful. The forecast says the weather A spokesman for the coalition did
will get worse,” he later said via Twit- not immediately respond to a request
ter, warning of strong winds to come. for comment.
Nearly 150 flights were delayed The coalition is the only party
and dozens cancelled at the city’s air- known to regularly operate air raids
ports. “There will be a blizzard, poor on Sanaa.
visibility... heavy snowfall on the The Huthis, who hail from north-
roads,” said meteorologist Evgueni ern Yemen, in December claimed
Tichkovets, quoted by news agency full control of Sanaa, three years
Ria Novosti. after they forged an agreement with
Nearly 70,000 City Hall employees strongman Ali Abdullah Saleh to
have been mobilised to clear snow off jointly rule the capital. Saleh was
the roads and authorities have asked killed in the December Huthi take-
people to avoid driving. over after their alliance fell apart.

Business
Page 3 Monday February 05, 2018
Only US citizens are allowed to register to vote Wall Street Indexes
US citizenship query could threaten 2020 census: experts Dow Jones 25,520.96 - 2.54%
Nasdaq
7,240.95
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S&P 2,762.13 - 2.12%
The United States is gearing up to fully torn from their families and de- the Congress by March 31st.” The de- International Stock Indexes
conduct its next population census ported, large segments of the popula- bate over the questions and how they Australia 6,121.389 + 0.51%
in 2020 but a thorny question on citi- tion could refuse to participate in the could affect response numbers is not Frankfurt 12,785.16 - 1.68%
zenship has ignited controversy even census, out of fear authorities could just one of politics. Required by the Italy 23,202.66 - 1.44%
before it has begun. use the information against them, Constitution, the census determines London 7,443.43 - 0.63%
When the decennial national head- critics say. the number of seats allotted to each Madrid 10,211.20 - 1.81%
count gets under way, census takers In December, the Justice Depart- state in the House of Representatives, Paris 5,364.98 - 1.64%
may have to ask respondents if they ment kicked up a storm when it asked the lower chamber of the US legisla- Tokyo 23,274.53 - 0.90%
are US citizens, which observers say to have a question on nationality ture. Toronto 15,606.03 - 1.61%
would discourage some ethnic mi- added to the survey conducted by the Stanford sociology Professor C. Latin-American Stock Indexes
norities from participating and under- Census Bureau, which is a part of the Matthew Snipp, the survey is “essen- Bogota 1,567.74 - 0.84%
mine the accuracy of the data. Commerce Department. tial for American democracy.” Buenos Aires 32,614.77 - 5.85%
Arturo Vargas, head of the NA- The Justice Department argued The population tally also impacts Lima 20,720.94 - 1.73%
LEO Educational Fund, said sur- that citizenship information would distribution of more than $675 billion Mexico 50,395.84 - 0.39%
veys have shown as recently as help enforce the Voting Rights Act, in annual federal funding for schools, Panama 453.51 + 0.01%
September that test respondents are however that law is aimed at prohib- hospitals, roads and public services, Santiago 5,825.99 - 0.62%
now experiencing “unprecedented iting racial discrimination at the bal- according to the Census Bureau. Sao Paulo 84,041.34 - 1.70%
fear of the US government.” Presi- lot box. Underreporting in some communi- Venezuela 2,827.560 - 11.29%
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nected power plant. network, the government said. 24,000 public housing properties be- JPMorgan
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This comes at a time when all major global economies are growing simultaneously
New leader to take the helm at US Federal Reserve
Jerome “Jay” Powell, the Republican years, with the growing US economy percent -- half the rate when she Yellen prevailed in the debate to
former investment banker tapped by adding jobs at a solid pace, and while became chair -- quiet inflation and raise interest rates only gradually to
President Donald Trump to lead the business and consumer confidence nearly four years of uninterrupted ensure the economic recovery was on
US Federal Reserve, will take the remains high just as a massive cor- growth. solid footing. The Fed has raised the
reins of monetary policy starting porate tax reform is starting to take In addition, she steered the Fed out key lending rate five times in her ten-
Monday. effect. of its massive bond buying program ure, including three times last year.
Perhaps the wealthiest Fed chair This comes at a time when all ma- and began the process of “normaliza- “Yellen hands the incoming Chair
ever, Powell -- who turns 65 on Sun- jor global economies are growing si- tion,” or reducing the size of invest- Jerome Powell a more ‘normalized’
day -- succeeds Janet Yellen, who multaneously, an unusual and happy ment holdings, without upsetting the economic and monetary policy envi-
ends the first and only term held by coincidence, but one that begins to skittish financial markets. ronment,” Bostjancic said.
a woman. raise concerns about when the recov-
He takes over at a remarkably quiet ery will end. And how.
time following a decade of economic “His biggest challenge will be Foreign Exchange
turmoil that forced the central bank leading the further calibration of in-
into uncharted policy waters to try terest rates when the US economy is EURO USA CAN UK AUS SWISS H.KONG JAP
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crisis. economic upswing and fiscal stimu- USA .80 - 1.23 .70 1.25 .93 7.81 109.89
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rare non-economists to fill the role, of Oxford Economics told AFP. UK 1.14 1.42 1.75 - 1.79 1.32 11.10 156.00
could soon face difficult policy deci- As Yellen departs, the only Fed AUS .64 .80 .99 .56 - .75 6.30 87.00
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of debate over how fast to raise inter- reappointed for a second term, she H.KONG .10 .13 .16 .09 .16 .12 - 14.00
est rates. Wages in January posted the leaves an economy with unem- JAP .01 .01 .01 .01 .01 .01 .07 -
biggest annual increase in nearly 10 ployment at a 17-year low of 4.1

Business
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Eskom Online shopping Country’s busiest seaport In quest for growth
The power giant at the core Afghan delivery men feel The gridlock hurting busi- German toymakers
of S. Africa’s state rot pressure as online sales rise ness at Nigeria’s busiest port keep it real
The name of Eskom, Africa’s largest Afghan courier Sarajuddin stops his Even okadas, the motorcycle-taxis In an industry upended by the chang-
electricity company, has become syn- motorbike on a dirt road in the heart of that buzz fearlessly around Nigeria’s ing play habits of tech-savvy kids,
onymous with the worst corruption war-torn Kabul and calls his custom- commercial capital, Lagos, struggle German toymakers are pinning their
scandals in South Africa and the util- er for directions: “I am in the second to negotiate the road to Apapa -- the hopes for growth on traditional, real-
ity could well become the final nail in street. Which way should I go now?” country’s busiest seaport. world toys -- with a little help from
the political coffin of President Jacob As Afghans embrace online shop- Riders pick their way gingerly the big screen.
Zuma. ping, harried delivery men in the around giant potholes that resemble At the world’s biggest toy fair in
The sacking of yet another of its capital are increasingly running the blast craters, and among the lines of Nuremberg this week, it was a large
short-lived CEOs this week and the gauntlet of security checkpoints, stationary trucks perched at precari- panel showing a bearded Playmobil
release of dire financial results con- gridlocked traffic, and potholed roads ous angles on the rutted surface. figure peeking from behind a curtain
firmed the depth of the crisis plaguing -- as well as the near-constant threat Getting to and from Apapa -- the that perhaps best exemplified an in-
the power utility. of blasts and attacks. catch-all name for Lagos’ two sea- dustry in flux.
Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba Lost in Kabul’s labyrinthine ports of Apapa and Tin Can Island -- “We see us 2019” read the tagline,
admitted Eskom represents the single streets, Sarajuddin often arrives at his has increasingly become a nightmare a tongue-in-cheek nod to how a Ger-
worst crisis facing the government. destination late, sometimes by sev- for pretty much everyone. man person with clumsy English
“Eskom is the biggest risk,” Giga- eral hours. He then has to endure the Now, with the chronic traffic jams might say it.
ba said. “There would be no currency, abuse of angry customers who have hurting business and no sign of any The teaser for the first-ever Play-
and no economy for the country if Es- been waiting for their package. swift resolution to the problem, la- mobil movie may seem unremarkable
kom went belly up.” “You never know how long it takes bour unrest is looming large on the -- rival Lego has been doing movie
Parliament in South Africa has for to reach an address in Kabul,” the horizon. tie-ins for years.
months been probing Eskom over 24-year-old tells AFP as he prepares The Maritime Workers Union of But for a company that has hardly
so-called “state capture” -- alleged to set off on what he hopes will be a Nigeria (MWUN) has given the fed- tweaked its recipe for success since
corruption at South African state in- quick delivery. eral government an ultimatum: fix the 1974, it marks a sea-change -- evi-
stitutions. “It is a problem that is likely to roads or face an indefinite walk-out. dence of the upheaval sweeping the
A damning report published a year worsen as more and more delivery MWUN leader Adewale Adeyanju sector as toymakers compete not just
ago by the then-ombudswoman Thuli men fight their way through Kabul to said an open-ended strike by its mem- with each other, but also for the atten-
Madonsela first laid bare misconduct satisfy the country’s nascent e-com- bers would paralyse port activities tion of children glued to tablets and
at Eskom, a state-owned monopoly merce market. but they had no alternative. smartphones.
founded in 1923. In recent years a new generation of “The road is now a safe haven for Toy companies have in part re-
Madonsela detailed how the Gupta tech-savvy entrepreneurs has tapped criminals, who use every opportunity sponded by joining kids in the digital
business family, who are close friends into a small but growing online mar- to attack, assault and rob innocent Ni- world, with apps, online games and
of Zuma, allegedly arranged the 2015 ket -- currently around eight million gerians, including our members, who YouTube videos.
appointment of Brian Molefe as Es- people, less than one-third of the pop- trek to and from work daily on the They have also chased licensing
kom chief to line up lucrative con- ulation, can access the internet. road, because it is no longer motor- deals with Hollywood studios, hop-
tracts to syphon off cash. Countless online stores offering able,” he told AFP. ing that links with popular movie or
Officials and former workers ap- everything from prayer beads to penis As well as security, he said ship- television characters will win fans in
pearing before a parliament hearing enlargement creams have appeared, ping companies and businesses were new markets.
in recent weeks have made startling many using popular social media net- increasingly using alternative berths But some of Germany’s favourite
revelations of how Eskom executives works such as Facebook to promote such as those in Cotonou, in neigh- toy brands are bucking these trends,
helped the Gupta family benefit from their products. bouring Benin. keeping the focus on the physical
favourable deals. “We promise to deliver the product “While our neighbouring ports are products that they themselves cre-
Whistle-blower Mosilo Mothepu, to a customer in an hour but then it booming, our ports have been desert- ated.
who worked for a company advising takes two or more hours to find the ed because of the failed access roads “Parents are getting bored of all
on the deals, told the parliamentary address,” says Ahmad Asmar Faqiri, to the ports, the gateway to the na- these tablets,” said Schleich chief
committee that Eskom was identified who recently launched Foodbooking, tion’s economy,” said Adeyanju. executive Dirk Engehausen, whose
as a “cash cow” by the Guptas. an online delivery service for eater- Union leaders are due to meet the company is best known for its hand-
In one case, Eskom paid more than ies in Kabul. “It is a huge headache in labour minister in Abuja on Tues- painted, plastic animal figures.
$49-million to a Gupta-owned min- Kabul. In most cases, even when you day. But it’s possible that even then, “It’s much easier for a child to re-
ing firm Tegeta to help it buy a coal get to the areas it takes our men an oil tanker drivers like John Chinedu ally understand the fascination of an
mine from Glencore. The Guptas average of three phone calls to physi- will still be waiting on the dilapidated elephant, giraffe or cheetah by having
would then sell the coal to Eskom. cally reach the customer.” highway. it in your hand instead of just swiping
Former Eskom chairman Zola Adding to the woes of Kabul’s “We have been at this same spot for over the surface of an iPad,” he told
Tsotsi told lawmakers how one of the stressed-out delivery men is the ab- the last four days and we’ve not been AFP at the fair.
Gupta’s three brothers, Tony, sum- sence of mobile payment, which able to enter the port,” he said. Daniel Barth, CEO of Steiff, the
moned him to a meeting and threat- means customers must pay cash on Chinedu, though, is a recent arrival 138-year-old company behind the
ened him with dismissal because he delivery. compared to Lekan Yinusa. iconic teddy bears with a button in
was not “helping” them. The government says it is work- “It’s been two weeks since we ar- their ear, agreed.
“Tony told me ‘Chairman, you are ing on developing a transaction- rived in Lagos to help an importer “We see ourselves as an analog
not helping us with anything. We are processing system but entrepreneur carry his container that has been ly- brand,” he said. “You can’t cuddle an
the ones who put you in the position Lais Shujja tells AFP it “has all been ing in the port for several weeks,” he iPad.”
you are in. We are the ones who can mainly talk so far”. said. So far, the strategy has paid off.
take you out!’” he said. In the meantime couriers must “But we have not been able to In a near-stagnant toy market,
Respected former finance minister carry wads of cash with them, mak- because of the bad condition of the Schleich’s global revenues climbed
Pravin Gordhan, who was abruptly ing them prime targets for robbers in road. I go to the toilet, wash and even nine percent in 2017 to a record 156
sacked by Zuma last March, sharply a city beset by violence. eat over there,” he added, pointing to million euros ($194 million), driven
rebuked former Eskom executives A Foodbooking courier was recent- the side of the road. by robust demand for its Horse Club
appearing before the committee. ly attacked on his way to a customer. The dismal state of the roads is all range.
“You brought Eskom to its knees, The assailants beat him up before the more astonishing for a port that Looking ahead, both companies
the biggest utility in Africa,” Gord- stealing his money, mobile phone and handles more than 60 percent of Ni- plan to join Playmobil in moving to
han told the utility’s former chief fi- motorbike, Faqiri said. The Afghan geria’s cargo and generates some 70 the silver screen to reach new audi-
nancial officer Anoj Singh. government hopes the embryonic e- percent of customs revenue. ences.
All implicated executives have commerce sector -- which officials Jonathan Nicol, a Lagos-based im- Schleich is bringing its popular
pleaded innocence. “There are hun- vaguely estimate to be worth “mil- porter, said the condition of the roads Bayala fantasy world populated by
dreds of decisions taken at Eskom lions of dollars” -- could help gen- has had a knock-on effect on busi- elves, unicorns and mermaids to life
that the CEO will not know about or erate jobs in a country where unem- ness, and spiralling costs had forced with an eponymous movie set for re-
know the details of,” said Molefe. ployment hovers around 40 percent. some to shut down. lease next year.

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Vonn says it will be “all or nothing” on the Jeongseon course
Vonn tunes up for Olympics with downhill double, 81st World Cup win


US ski queen Lindsey Vonn says more,” she added. “For sure, I will
things ‘couldn’t be better’ ahead of ski another season and then I will see
the Olympics after claiming her 81st how high I can get the number.
World Cup win on Sunday to com- “It’s not easy to win, especially
plete the downhill double at Gar- with people like Tina and Sofia ski-
misch-Partenkirchen in the final races ing so well.
before the Winter Games. “I know I can continue to win, I
Vonn clocked one minute, 37.92 just don’t know for how long.”
seconds with Italy’s Sofia Goggia, the In total, the 33-year-old has now
current overall downhill leader, just won the downhill at Garmisch five
behind in second at 0.11 secs back. times with her 2018 double following
Tina Weirather of Lichtenstein was wins in 2012, 2016 and 2017.
third at 0.12 secs. Despite Vonn’s double success
Vonn also pipped Goggia in Satur- here, the Kandahar course claimed
day’s downhill in Garmisch to give three US racers this weekend.
her the perfect warm-up before the Stacey Cook crashed on Sunday
PyeongChang Games. She has won after double falls on Saturday when
the last three downhill races on the Laurenne Ross fell fall and Jacque-
World Cup circuit after also claiming line Wiles suffered a double broken
victory in Cortina d’Ampezzo a fort- leg and torn knee ligaments.
night ago. “Two wins here is as good Vonn has now won nine times in
as it gets,” beamed Vonn. Lindsey Vonn of the US reacts after the Ladies’ Downhill event (Photo AFP) Garmisch, eight of which came on
“It has been a perfect weekend, her first Olympic medals since down- I crashed in Cortina a fortnight ago.” the Kandahar course.
with the timing of Cortina as well. hill gold and super-G bronze at the The women’s Olympic alpine pro- She always enjoys vocal support
“This is the exact preparation I was 2010 Vancouver Games. gramme starts with the giant slalom racing here, partly due to the town’s
hoping for going into South Korea. However, Goggia does not plan to on February 12 while the downhill US Army base, and often spent
“I feel really good mentally and let Vonn have her own way after two -- the blue-riband event -- is on Feb- Christmas here with retired ex-world
physically. “My equipment is work- narrow downhill defeats this week- ruary 21. champion Maria Hoefl-Riesch.
ing well, my preparation is perfect end behind the American. Vonn says it will be “all or noth- Despite her impressive record in
-- things couldn’t be better going into “I hope it won’t be like that after ing” on the Jeongseon course. Garmisch, Vonn insists the twisting,
the Olympics.” The Winter Olympics the Olympics downhill,” said Gog- Vonn’s 81st win edges her closer icy Kandahar does her few favours.
open on Thursday where Vonn will be gia, who is now just 23 points ahead to Inge Stenmark’s all-time alpine re- “This course doesn’t actually suit
gunning for gold in South Korea after of Vonn in the overall downhill rank- cord of 86 World Cup victories, but my technique, but despite that, I
missing the 2014 Sochi Games with ings. retirement is clearly on her mind. know where I can pick up speed and I
injury. Vonn will race in the downhill, “I am happy with two solid races “You get a little greedy when always try to find the right line,” she
super-G and combined as she chases and two good times, especially after you keep winning, you want to win admitted.

NBA “We would never have expected this” NFL
Horford’s buzzer beater IOC chief urges sports court reform after Russia bans lifted Colts player Jackson killed
“Before taking any stand, we will
carries Celtics past Blazers Olympics chief Thomas Bach called first seek clarification from the IOC by suspected drunk driver
for reforms to the Court of Arbitration
Al Horford rattled in a fadeaway for Sport on Sunday as he slammed as to the kind of reforms mentioned Indianapolis Colts player Edwin
jumper as the buzzer sounded to lift its “extremely disappointing” deci- by its President today, beyond the Jackson was killed, along with an-
the Boston Celtics to a 97-96 win sion to lift the life bans for doping disappointment he expressed in rela- other man, on Sunday when he was
over the Portland Trail Blazers on imposed on 28 Russian athletes. tion to the sentences of the CAS con- struck by a suspected drunk driver
Sunday. Bach said the International Olym- cerning Russian athletes,” he said. near downtown Indianapolis.
Horford, Semi Ojeleye and Jay- pic Committee’s executive board Bach said an IOC panel would an- Jackson was killed after a black
son Tatum scored consecutive three was “not satisfied at all” with the nounce in the “next couple of days” Ford F-150 pickup driven by a
pointers late in the fourth quarter as approach by CAS, which comes just whether 15 of the now-reinstated 37-year-old man struck both of them
the Celtics took the lead with an 11-0 days before the start of the Winter Russians -- 13 athletes and two coach- as they were standing on the side of a
run after trailing 85-79. Games in Pyeongchang. es -- would be invited to take part in highway, The Indianapolis Star news-
Horford finished with 22 points Last week, the independent sports Pyeongchang. The rest of the 28 have paper reported.
and 10 rebounds for Boston, who tribunal cited insufficient evidence as either retired or are unavailable for Police told the newspaper the inci-
won their fourth NBA game in a it lifted the bans, adding to the sense undisclosed reasons. “The absence of dent took place about six kilometres
row. Tatum had 17 points and Jay- of confusion surrounding Russia at sanctions by CAS does not mean that (four miles) southwest of the down-
len Brown scored 16 for the Celtics the Pyeongchang Olympics. you are entitled to receive an invita- town in the early morning hours when
in front of a crowd of 18,600 at the Although Russia has been banned tion from the IOC because receiving the truck drove into the emergency
Boston Garden arena. from the Games over its wide-rang- this invitation is a privilege of clean shoulder where the men were stand-
Terry Rozier, who is starting in ing doping conspiracy, 169 athletes Russian athletes,” said Bach. ing outside their stopped vehicle.
place of injured guard Kyrie Irving, are due to compete under a neu- He added that the request to reform “We were heartbroken to hear the
had 11 points on five-of-18 shoot- tral flag as “Olympic Athletes from CAS has already been forwarded to news of Edwin Jackson’s passing,”
ing. Russia”. “We feel that this decision John Coates, president of its govern- the Colts said in a news release.
Damian Lillard scored the final shows the urgent need for reforms in ing body ICAS, who was “very ap- “Edwin was loved by all in the
eight points for the Blazers, including the internal structure of CAS,” Bach preciative”. It is the second succes- Colts organization. We admired his
a three-point play with seven seconds said, after a two-day meeting of the sive Olympics where the IOC has outgoing personality, competitive
left to give them the lead 96-95. executive board. been embroiled in problems involv- spirit and hard-working mentality.
Lillard finished with 21 points “And that means in particular that ing Russian doping, after accusations Police said after truck hit them, the
shooting six-of-19 from the field. C.J. CAS has to change its structure in of systemic drug cheating blew up driver then tried to flee the scene on
McCollum led the Blazers with 22 a way that it can better manage the just before Rio 2016. foot before being arrested.
points. quality and the consistency of its ju- Russia topped the medals table “He was transported to the Marion
Elsewhere, the Milwaukee Bucks risdiction.” when it hosted the Sochi 2014 Winter County Jail, the result of the test for
breezed past the Brooklyn Nets 109- CAS secretary general Matthieu Olympics. But it later emerged that intoxication is pending,” police ser-
94 despite missing star Giannis Ante- Reeb told AFP on Sunday he would dirty samples involving its athletes geant John Perrine said in a statement
tokounmpo who left the game in the like deeper precisions before com- were switched using a “mousehole” to The Star. Team owner Jim Irsay
final quarter with a right ankle injury. menting on Bach’s position. in the anti-doping laboratory’s wall. expressed his sadness.

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Sudokumania
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