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Hacienda Digest

May 22nd, 2018

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Fitness Class Schedule
Fitness Center 6 am – 9 pm daily
Each of our cardio stations is equipped with a
television. We supply headphones, towels and A visit to the Spa at Hacienda Beach Club and Residences is a journey into a world of sensation,
bottled water for your visit. Maintain your fitness beauty and balance. The Spa’s serene desert garden environment creates an atmosphere of luxury
with a sense of place and invites guests to relax while restoring a connection with the natural
regimen or start a new one with guidance from our rhythms of life. Poised amid the historic architecture and traditional decor of Hacienda, and the
personal trainers! vibrant colors and textures of Cabo San Lucas, the Spa offers a peaceful haven for physical,
mental, and emotional renewal.
Fitness Class Schedule Hacienda Signature Ritual

Monday, May 21 Inspired by the rhythms and formations abundantly present in nature, this
Yoga: 8:00 am-9:00 am beautiful ritual brings balance and harmony to the mind and body. Like the ocean
Glutes, Abs and Legs: 9:30 am- 10:30 am waves and delicate patterns
in the sea shells, the body´s
Tuesday, May 22 energy undulates and spirals,
Spinning: 8:00 am – 9:00 am creating the vibrancy and
Reformer Pilates: 10:30 am– 11:30 am
power inherent in each of us.
Wednesday, May 23 This ritual will awaken and
Boot Camp Training: 8:00 am- 9:00 am stimulate that energy, release
Yoga: 10:00 am-11:00 am the tensions built up in daily life, and promote overall well-being. The experience
begins with a welcoming foot cleanse, followed by a purifying exfoliation,
Thursday, May 24 continued by a deep massage to relieve tension and expand the breath. We use
Glutes, Abs and Legs: 9:00 am 10:00 am herbal compresses with traditional medicinal plants to reach areas of profound
Mat Pilates: 10:30am-11:30 am tension and release blocked energy, while pure essential oils nourish and
replenish, leaving you feeling refreshed and vibrant.
Friday, May 25
Functional Training: 8:00 am-9:00 am 2hrs. - $270 USD + TAX
Spinning: 9:30 am- 10:30 am
Reformer Pilates: 11:00 am- 12:00 pm
Gentleman´s Facial
Saturday, May 26
*Cardio Strength Circuit 8:00 am - 9:00 am A deep cleansing and therapeutic facial designed
Yoga: 10:00 am – 11:00 am for the unique skin care needs of men. It includes
exfoliation and a soothing mask to help repair
Sunday, May 27 the damage caused by the environment, daily
shaving, skin sensitivities, and aging.
Boot Camp Training: 8:00 am – 9:00 am This treatment leaves the skin refreshed and
Spinning: 9:30 am – 10:30 am invigorated.
80 minutes - $170 USD + TAX

*Mix of cardio on bike, step including
TRX & Weights overall cardio workout Spa Café
with added strength exercises.

The Hacienda Spa Café is available daily serving a
Private classes selection of healthy snack foods, beverages and
Hacienda Spa offers personal training classes freshly-made smoothies. Let the Café create a
upon request. smoothie to your taste or choose from our Smoothie
menu. The Café offers Wi-Fi service. Adjacent to the
Spa Café you can practice and improve your golf
game on the putting green. Putters and golf balls
are available at the Spa Café.

HACIENDA SPA Daily 7:00 am – 3:00 pm

Daily 7:00 am – 7:00 pm Rejuvenate your Body.
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Group Fitness Class Schedule
May 14 to May 27

Monday, May 14 Monday, May 21

Yoga: 8:00 am - 9:00 am Yoga: 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Glutes, Abs and Legs: 9:30am – 10:30am Glutes, Abs and Legs: 9:30am – 10:30am

Tuesday, May 15 Tuesday, May 22

Spinning: 8:00am – 9:00 am Spinning: 8:00am – 9:00 am

Reformer Pilates: 10:30 am – 11:30 am Reformer Pilates: 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Wednesday, May 16 Wednesday, May 23

Boot Camp Training: 8:00 am- 9:00 am Boot Camp Training: 8:00 am- 9:00 am

Yoga: 10:00 am- 11:00 am Yoga: 10:00 am- 11:00 am

Thursday, May 17 Thursday, May 24
Glutes, Abs and Legs: 9:00 am – 10:00am Glutes, Abs and Legs: 9:00 am – 10:00am

Mat Pilates: 10:30 am – 11:30 am Mat Pilates: 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Friday, May 18 Friday, May 25

Functional Training: 8:00 am – 9:00 am Functional Training: 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Spinning: 9:30 am – 10:30 am Spinning: 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Reformer Pilates: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Reformer Pilates: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Saturday, May 19 Saturday, May 26
*Cardio Strength Circuit 8:00 am –9:00 am *Cardio Strength Circuit 8:00 am –9:00 am

Yoga: 10:00 am – 11:00 am Yoga: 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Sunday, May 20 Sunday, May 27

Boot Camp Training: 8:00 am –9:00 am Boot Camp Training: 8:00 am –9:00 am

Spinning: 9:30am – 10:30 am Spinning: 9:30am – 10:30 am

*Mix of cardio on bike, step including *Mix of cardio on bike, step including
TRX & Weights overall cardio workout TRX & Weights overall cardio workout
with added strength exercises with added strength exercises.

Hacienda Spa offers personal training classes upon request.
(Fitness classes for ages 16 and up)


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Important news for important people Volume 3189 Tuesday May 22, 2018
International Business Sports
Former London mayor Ken Living- The compromise reached over the There will be questions about sus- Cabo San Lucas
stone quit the opposition Labour weekend between Washington and pensions, favouritism and rivalries, Sunny
Party on Monday, saying his 2016 Beijing has reduced the threat of a and fashion, parties and candy lines. Sunrise: 6:37 AM
suspension for alleged anti-Semitic trade war, but the Americans won few There will be accusations of slights -- Sunset: 7:56 PM
comments had become... P.2 concessions from the... P.3 real or imagined -- greeted... P.5 Humidity: 62% 70-76 F

“It must cease its threatening behavior against its neighbors” His lawyers say
US to impose ‘strongest sanctions in history’ on Iran Deadly Texas school shoot-
ing gunman ‘confused’
“Who are you to decide for Iran times, and no longer pays attention,” The gunman accused of killing 10
and the world?” Rouhani said in a Rouhani added. Iran foe Israel’s people and wounding 13 at a Texas
statement carried by multiple Iranian Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu high school last week was in a state
news agencies. hailed Pompeo’s speech, and urged of mental confusion, his attorneys
“The world today does not accept the rest of the world to follow suit. said Monday, as schools beefed up
that the United States decides for the “The US policy is correct. Iran is security for students returning to
world. Countries have their indepen- spreading aggressively throughout classrooms.
dence,” he added. Pompeo said if Iran the Middle East. It aspires to achieve At least two of those wounded in
were to abide by stricter terms, includ- nuclear weapons by various means,” Friday’s mass shooting at Santa Fe
ing ending its ballistic missile program Netanyahu said. European allies High School were still hospitalized,
and its interventions in regional con- heard how Pompeo expects their sup- including school police officer John
flicts from Yemen to Syria, the United port for the new US plan -- but he Barnes, who remained in critical con-
States would lift its new sanctions. offered nothing in return, and threat- dition, said the University of Texas
President Donald Trump has long ened economic fallout for anyone still Medical Branch.
said the 2015 deal with Iran -- also dealing with the Islamic Republic. Dimitrios Pagourtzis, a 17-year-old
signed by Britain, China, France, “We understand that our re-impo- student at the school, faces charges of
Germany and Russia -- did not go far sition of sanctions and the coming capital murder and aggravated assault
enough, and now wants the Europe- pressure campaign on the Iranian of a public servant. He is alleged to
ans and others to support his hard- regime will pose financial and eco- have used his father’s legally owned
line strategy. The deal was designed nomic difficulties for a number of our shotgun and revolver in the rampage.
to prevent Iran from developing a friends,” he said. “We want to hear Pagourtzis’s attorneys told report-
Mike Pompeo (Photo AFP) nuclear weapon. The internat ional their concerns. But you know, we will ers Monday that their client was “in
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo community, including top US offi- hold those doing prohibited business a state.”
on Monday warned Tehran would cials, have said Tehran had been in in Iran to account.” “I think that there is definitely
be hit with the “strongest sanctions compliance. The re-establishment of US sanc- something going on in terms of men-
in history” and cautioned European But Trump despised the deal, tions will force European companies tal health history,” attorney Nicholas
firms against continuing to do busi- pointing to other aspects of Iranian to choose between investing in Iran Poehl told NBC News.
ness with it, toughening up Washing- behavior not covered in the pact, and or trading with the United States. “I still think he’s very confused
ton’s policy line after its withdrawal on May 8 he pulled America out de- In reality, there is no choice -- Eu- about the incident.”
from the Iran nuclear deal. spite intense diplomatic lobbying by ropean companies cannot afford to A statewide moment of silence
In his first major foreign policy ad- European allies who had beseeched forsake the US market. was held in the morning to remember
dress since moving to the State De- him to stick with it by adding tougher For now, the European Union is the eight students and two teachers
partment from the CIA, the longtime new elements. trying to persuade Iran to stay in the killed. Mourners gathered at white
Iran hawk and ardent opponent of Instead of suggesting a re-negotia- 2015 agreement, even without Wash- wooden crosses planted in front of
the 2015 nuclear pact outlined an ag- tion of the Iran deal, Pompeo outlined ington’s participation. the school, with a victim’s name and
gressive series of moves designed to 12 tough conditions from Washington Russia and China have also criti- a red heart on each cross.
counter Tehran, which he called the for any “new deal” with Tehran to cized the US move and vowed to Recalling the attack on ABC tele-
world’s top sponsor of terror. make sure it “will never again have maintain trade with Iran. vision’s “Good Morning America,”
“We will apply unprecedented carte blanche to dominate the Middle British Foreign Secretary Boris student Trenton Beazely said the
financial pressure on the Iranian re- East.” These essentially address ev- Johnson said the sort of “jumbo Iran shooter “was playing music, making
gime. The leaders in Tehran will have ery aspect of Iran’s missile program deal” Pompeo envisioned would not jokes, had slogans and rhymes he
no doubt about our seriousness,” and what the US calls its “malign in- be “very easy to achieve in anything kept saying.”
Pompeo said in a speech at the con- fluence” across the region, including like a reasonable timescale.” “Every time he’d kill someone he’d
servative Heritage Foundation think support for Syrian President Bashar And the EU’s foreign policy chief say, ‘another one bites the dust.’”
tank. “This sting of sanctions will be al-Assad, Hezbollah and Huthi rebels said there was “no alternative” to the Already frayed nerves were rat-
painful if the regime does not change in Yemen. Iran nuclear deal. tled in neighboring communities
its course from the unacceptable “It must cease its threatening be- “Secretary Pompeo’s speech has where three schools reported gun
and unproductive path it has chosen havior against its neighbors,” Pom- not demonstrated how walking away threats.
to one that rejoins the league of na- peo said. Rouhani compared the from the JCPOA (nuclear deal) has One student brought an unloaded
tions.” comments as akin to those made by made or will make the region safer gun to campus, while at another
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani the administration of George W. Bush from the threat of nuclear prolifera- school a student brought a gun appar-
quickly dismissed the threats, saying ahead of the 2003 Iraq invasion. tion or how it puts us in a better po- ently to harm himself, and a student
the rest of the world no longer ac- “The era of such statements has sition to influence Iran’s conduct in texted someone else asking them to
cepts Washington making decisions evolved and the Iranian people have areas outside the scope of JCPOA,” bring a gun at a third school, accord-
on their behalf. heard these statements hundreds of Federica Mogherini said. ing to local media.

Page 2 Tuesday May 22, 2018
Re-engagement “I abhor anti-semitism, I have fought it all my life and will continue to do so”
Zimbabwe applies to rejoin Ex-London mayor Livingstone quits Labour Party in anti-Semitism row
Zimbabwe has applied to rejoin the Former London mayor Ken Living-
Commonwealth, the group said Mon- stone quit the opposition Labour
day, marking a major step in the coun- Party on Monday, saying his 2016
try’s international re-engagement after suspension for alleged anti-Semitic
Robert Mugabe was ousted last year. comments had become a “distrac-
Mugabe angrily pulled Zimbabwe tion” to a party recently dogged by
out of the bloc of former British colo- the issue.
nies in 2003 after its membership was “After much consideration, I have
suspended over violent and graft-rid- decided to resign from the Labour
den elections the previous year. Party,” Livingstone said in a state-
The Commonwealth said it had ment on his website. “The ongoing
received a letter dated May 15 from issues around my suspension from
Zimbabwean President Emmerson the Labour Party have become a dis-
Mnangagwa applying to re-join. traction.”
Member countries “very much The mayor of the capital between
look forward to Zimbabwe’s return 2000 and 2008,the first person to hold
when the conditions are right,” said the post, Livingstone denied that he
Secretary-General Patricia Scotland had “brought the Labour Party into
in a statement from London. disrepute” or that he was “in any way
“Zimbabwe’s eventual return to the guilty of anti-Semitism.”
Commonwealth, following a success- “I abhor anti-semitism, I have
ful membership application, would fought it all my life and will continue (FILES) Former mayor of London Ken Livingstone (Photo AFP)
be a momentous occasion.” to do so,” he said. after such a long and vital contri- Livingstone acknowledged that his
Scotland confirmed that the Com- Livingstone, 72, was suspended bution to London and progressive comments “caused offence and upset
monwealth would send observers to in April 2016 after saying on a radio politics”, but added it was “the right in the Jewish community,” for which
elections due in July or August, the show that when Hitler won power thing to do.” he was “truly sorry”.
first polls since Mugabe was ousted in Germany in the early 1930s, “his The anti-Semitism issue came back “Under Labour’s new General
in November after a brief military policy then was that Jews should be into public view recently follow- Secretary I am sure there will be
takeover. moved to Israel. He was supporting ing mounting allegations by Jewish rapid action to expel anyone who
Mugabe was replaced by his for- Zionism before he went mad and end- groups that the party under Corbyn genuinely has antisemitic views,” he
mer deputy Mnangagwa, a veteran ed up killing six million Jews”. had become increasingly anti-Semit- explained.
ruling ZANU-PF party loyalist who Despite the row, party leader Jer- ic. The issue appeared to hurt the par- “I am loyal to the Labour party
was backed by senior military offi- emy Corbyn, a veteran leftist and ty in recent local elections, when it and to Jeremy Corbyn. However any
cers. long-time ally, had refused to expel performed worse than expected, and further disciplinary action against
Mnangagwa has vowed to hold fair Livingstone despite calls from many failed to deliver the expected blow to me may drag on for months or even
and free elections, and has pledged to MPs and party members. Leader Theresa May’s divided Conservative years, distracting attention from Jer-
revive the moribund economy by re- Corbyn called the resignation “sad Party. emy’s policies.
pairing international ties and attract-
ing foreign investment. “It seems likely that the longer the government is unable or unwilling to tackle Venezuela’s crisis”
Scotland called for “a credible,
peaceful and inclusive (election) that What’s ahead for crisis-hit Venezuela after Maduro’s contested re-election
restores citizens’ confidence, trust Following the disputed re-election loyal to Maduro, withdraws support ing list of countries joining the Unit-
and hope in the development and of Nicolas Maduro, the future looks given escalating protests.” ed States in refusing to recognize the
democratic trajectory of their coun- bleak for Venezuela, already mired in For political analyst Michael Pen- election result.
try.” Britain said last month that it the worst economic crisis in its his- fold the high abstention rate in the The 14 countries of the Lima
would strongly support Zimbabwe tory that has left dire shortages of election is also evidence of “the col- Group, including Argentina, Brazil
returning to the Commonwealth. food and medicines and led to violent lapse of the Chavist system... in the and Canada, said Monday they were
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson protests. face of the people’s discontent with recalling their ambassadors from
tweeted Monday: “Fantastic news Amid heightened instability, new Maduro.” According to the Venebaro- Venezuela to protest what they called
that Zimbabwe ... wishes to rejoin the international sanctions and escalating metro polling institute, 76 percent of an illegitimate presidential election.
Commonwealth”. economic woes, here is what the im- Venezuelans disapprove of Maduro. Several G20 countries announced
“Zimbabwe must now show com- mediate future could hold for the for- Meanwhile, the bitterly divided on the sidelines of a meeting in Bue-
mitment to Commonwealth values of merly wealthy oil-producing nation: opposition has vowed to “up the pres- nos Aires that they were mulling
democracy and human rights,” John- For Maduro, the biggest risk now sure” on Maduro. sanctions.
son added. is an “implosion” if government offi- The first step may be to reconcile Hours after Maduro’s victoy, Presi-
Zimbabwe had fractured relations cials are cornered and pressed by the with Henri Falcon, Maduro’s main dent Donald Trump tightened finan-
with the West under Mugabe, who international sanctions, said analyst rival in the election who distanced cial sanctions against Venezuela,
had held power since independence Luis Vicente Leon. himself from the Democratic Unity making it harder for the government
from Britain in 1980. For now, the president can count Roundtable (MUD) opposition co- to sell off state assets.
The government in Harare was not on support from the military, but “the alition, which boycotted the “fraud” The financial response to the vote
immediately available to comment. crisis is so severe that it could pro- vote. Venezuela is facing increasing was accompanied with diplomatic ef-
If readmitted, Zimbabwe will be- voke either friction within the ruling international isolation, with a grow- forts to further isolate Caracas.
come the fifth country to re-join the civilian-military alliance or social
voluntary association of mostly for- breakdown on a much greater scale,”
mer territories of the British empire, said Phil Gunson, senior analyst with
after Gambia, South Africa, Pakistan the International Crisis Group.
and Fiji. “It seems likely that the longer the
The Gambia re-joined the Com- government is unable or unwilling to
monwealth in February this year after tackle Venezuela’s crisis, the more
the impoverished west African nation likely it is to provoke further instabil-
was in 2013 suddenly pulled out of ity, potentially even among civilian
the bloc by ex-president Yahya Jam- or military elites.”
meh. The other countries to have quit Analyst Diego Moya-Ocampos of
the organisation are Ireland, which London-based IHS Markit said “re-
left in 1949 and the Maldives which gime change is only possible in the
exited in 2016. unlikely event that the military, still

Page 3 Tuesday May 22, 2018
“These are sort of like peace treaties in a sense” Wall Street Indexes
New Washington-Beijing trade ‘consensus’ resolves little: analysts Dow Jones 25,013.29 + 1.21%
+ 0.54%
S&P 2,733.01 + 0.74%
The compromise reached over the Edward Alden, a trade expert at ing it a threat to US workers and International Stock Indexes
weekend between Washington and the Council on Foreign Relations, businesses. He has called on China to Australia 6,084.489 - 0.05%
Beijing has reduced the threat of a agreed. “I think this is at best a very end allegedly unfair trade practices, Frankfurt 13,077.72 - 0.28%
trade war, but the Americans won preliminary agreement,” he said. in particular the forced transfer, or Italy 23,092.38 - 1.52%
few concessions from the Chinese Both said President Donald “theft,” of technology and know-how London 7,859.17 + 1.03%
side, with key disagreements far from Trump’s administration appeared that American companies say the can Madrid 10,066.50 - 0.45%
being resolved. ready to declare victory because the suffer as a condition of doing busi- Paris 5,637.51 + 0.41%
Both sides said Saturday they were Chinese had acknowledged the need ness in China. Tokyo 23,002.37 + 0.31%
committed to reducing the soaring to reduce the US goods deficit with Observers said that on these points Toronto 16,162.31 + 0.12%
US trade deficit with China, one of China, which stood at more than Saturday’s White House statement Latin-American Stock Indexes
President Donald Trump’s central $375 billion in 2017. was vague and general. Kuijs of Ox- Bogota 1,516.71 - 0.25%
demands. To get there, China will However, analysts pointed Mon- ford Economics pointed out that the Buenos Aires 31,690.12 - 0.56%
“significantly” increase purchases day to the glaring lack of details and statement made no reference to Chi- Lima 21,114.27 + 0.09%
of American goods and services and dollar amounts. na’s industrial and technology poli- Mexico 45,305.02 - 0.79%
open its domestic markets wider. In sum, according to Alden, Team cies, which are “highly controversial Panama
Top White House economic advi- Trump won a “vague Chinese com- in the US (and elsewhere).” Santiago 5,667.86 - 0.38%
sor Larry Kudlow called the results a mitment” to buy more American If the Trump administration gets no Sao Paulo 81,815.31 - 1.52%
“big step.” goods and services. further than Saturday’s commitments Venezuela 22,795.881 - 0.66%
“These are sort of like peace trea- Louis Kuijs, chief Asia economist from Beijing, “then this is a huge Most Active Stocks
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in at best a temporary truce, while the ante repeatedly in the following absurd” to point to possible increases Cisco Systems 43.75 + 1.25%
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US firm Harbour Energy ups bid for Australia’s Santos JPMorgan 112.15 + 0.92%
US private investment firm Harbour 4.6 percent higher than the Aus$6.50 agreed to hedge 30 percent of oil- Kraft Heinz Co 56.45 - 0.60%
Energy on Monday boosted its bid for offered in early April. linked production in 2020. McDonalds 161.48 + 0.31%
Australian energy giant Santos as oil The revised proposal is conditional While Santos has stakes in oil and Merck & Co 58.57 - 0.96%
prices soar, in a deal valuing the com- on Santos undertaking extra hedging gas production in several countries, Microsoft 97.6 + 1.29%
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New Guinea, said it had received a Harbour indicated the price would ural gas venture in Papua New Guin- United Tech. 128.05 + 2.28%
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“Let him deal with Germany, and we’ll take care of what is good for Italy”
Italy’s populist parties to name future premier pick
Italy’s anti-establishment Five Star posts -- interior minister for the na- of Pisa, has also been touted as anoth- set with his right-wing ally Salvini,
Movement (M5S) and the far-right tionalist Salvini and minister of eco- er contender, along with Paolo Savo- has also offered himself up as future
League party prepared Monday to nomic development for Di Maio. na, 81. Minister for industry between premier. Following a recent court rul-
present their pick for future premier “We have agreed on the leader and 1993-94, Savona was staunchly op- ing, the ageing billionaire is once again
of the country’s nascent populist gov- ministers of government and we hope posed to the signing of the Maastricht legally allowed to hold public office
ernment after months of deadlock. that no one will veto a choice that Treaty which, in the M5S-League and has expressed his discontent with
The leaders of the two parties were represents the will of the majority of programme, is cited as the moment the coalition programme, especially
due to formally present their choice Italians,” Salvini said Sunday. the EU went off track. the strict measures against conflict of
to President Sergio Mattarella late Rumours are also swirling around Never afraid of a long shot, former interests in parliament which he sees
Monday afternoon. the nomination for premier with premier Silvio Berlusconi, who is up- as directly targeting his media empire.
After a week of haggling, M5S the media betting on a handful of
head Luigi Di Maio and League lead- candidates. Giuseppe Conte, 54, a
er Matteo Salvini on Friday closed a lawyer who teaches law in Florence Foreign Exchange
coalition deal and announced a joint and Rome is the rumoured top pick.
programme, which turns its back on Though little known in Italy, he has EURO USA CAN UK AUS SWISS H.KONG JAP
austerity measures. an impressive CV with teaching stints EURO - 1.18 1.52 .88 1.56 1.18 9.20 131.00
Both men dreamt of running the at Yale, Cambridge and Sorbonne. USA .85 - 1.28 .75 1.33 1.00 7.87 111.11
first anti-establishment government Di Maio had presented Conte as CAN .66 .78 - .58 1.03 .80 6.10 86.00
within an EU-founding nation, but a part of his team of ministers ahead UK 1.14 1.34 1.72 - 1.79 1.35 10.50 149.00
clash of egos and lack of majority in of the March 4 general election, put- AUS .64 .75 .97 .56 - .75 5.90 83.00
parliament forced them to opt for a ting him in charge of simplifying the SWISS .85 1.00 1.25 .74 1.33 - 7.80 111.00
third candidate. country’s infamous bureaucracy. H.KONG .11 .13 .16 .10 .17 .13 - 14.10
Media reports say the pair will, Andrea Roventini, a 41-year-old JAP .01 .01 .01 .01 .01 .01 .07 -
however, lay claim to top ministerial economist teaching at the University

Page 4 Tuesday May 22, 2018
“Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid” Study
Han Solo’s ‘Return of the Jedi’ blaster up for auction Costly eczema injection also
In the wildly popular “Star Wars” York on Monday by Julien’s Auctions tion, set for June 23 in Las Vegas,
films, Han Solo once told a light- -- after more than 30 years tucked Nolan said. helps relieve severe asthma
saber-wielding Luke Skywalker: away in the belongings of James The announcement of the auction An injectable drug for the skin disor-
“Hokey religions and ancient weap- Schoppe, the art director for “Return coincides with the release this week der eczema is also effective against
ons are no match for a good blaster of the Jedi” (1983). of “Solo: A Star Wars Story” -- a severe asthma, a study released Mon-
at your side, kid.” Now, fans of the Martin Nolan, the auction house’s standalone film that tells the story of day said, pointing to broader uses
space saga can own one of the blaster executive director, said Schoppe, a young Han Solo, this time played for a costly class of drugs known as
pistol props Harrison Ford used in his an Oscar nominee for his work on by Alden Ehrenreich. biologics.
iconic role as Solo in “Return of the the film, finally decided to part with Last year, an R2-D2 droid used in Dupilumab (Dupixent) was ap-
Jedi” -- an item expected to sell for Solo’s gun and about 40 other ‘Jedi’ the making of several “Star Wars” proved by the US Food and Drug
between $300,000 and $500,000 next items, including an Ewok axe and films sold for $2.76 million at auc- Administration in 2017. The drug’s
month at auction in Las Vegas. plans for Jabba the Hutt’s ship. tion in Los Angeles. Skywalker’s maker, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals,
The faux weapon, mainly made The price for Solo’s blaster lightsaber from the first two movies set the price at $37,000 per year.
of wood, was put on display in New “could go much higher” at the auc- fetched $450,000. Now, the anti-inflammatory has
been tested in a randomized, con-
“Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg have amassed a scary amount of power” trolled trial of more than 2,000 pa-
tients with moderate to severe asth-
Activist groups launch campaign to break up Facebook ma.
A coalition of activist groups on Mon- digital rights, privacy and other so- The effort comes with Facebook When 200-300 milligrams were
day announced a campaign to break cial causes. under fire in the US and elsewhere given by injection every two weeks
up Facebook, arguing that the huge “Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg over the hijacking of private user for a year, it cut potentially life-
social network “has too much power have amassed a scary amount of pow- data on some 87 million users, add- threatening asthma attacks almost in
over our lives and democracy.” er,” the groups said on their website. ing to concerns on how internet plat- half when compared to a placebo.
The groups created a website, and “Facebook unilaterally decides the forms were manipulated to spread It also improved patients’ lung
a Facebook page, to garner support news that billions of people around misinformation during the 2016 US function, said the findings released
for a petition to the US Federal Trade the world see every day. It buys up election. at the 2018 American Thoracic So-
Commission to require the social me- or bankrupts potential competitors to Responding to the campaign, a ciety Conference in San Diego, and
dia firm to spin off Instagram, What- protect its monopoly, killing innova- company spokesman said Facebook published online in The New England
sApp and Messenger into competing tion and choice. It tracks us almost “is in a competitive environment Journal of Medicine.
networks, and to “impose strong pri- everywhere we go on the web and, where people use our apps at the For patients with high numbers of
vacy rules.” The effort was launched through our smartphones, even where same time they use free services of- a specific type of white blood cell,
by a handful of groups focusing on we go in the real world.” fered by many others.” called eosinophils, asthma attacks
were cut by two-thirds.
The benchmark Dow Jones Industrial Average finished up nearly 300 points “This drug not only reduced severe
Wall Street forges higher on China-US trade truce cheer symptoms of asthma, it improved the
ability to breathe,” said co-author
Wall Street started the week with to reduce the soaring US trade dis- Industrial stocks that had been Mario Castro, a doctor and professor
a rally on Monday, sending stocks pute with China -- though observers most vulnerable to the prospect of at the Washington University School
higher as investors heaved a sigh of said the details were sketchy. a trade war -- meaning higher input of Medicine in Saint Louis.
relief that Washington and Beijing The benchmark Dow Jones Indus- costs from tariffs and reduced sales “That’s important because these
had decided to step back from a pos- trial Average finished up nearly 300 from Chinese retaliation -- lifted the patients have a chronic disabling dis-
sible trade war. points, adding 1.2 percent to close at Dow. ease that worsens over time with loss
The good spirits came from the 25,013.36. Aircraft giant Boeing jumped 3.6 of lung function. So far, we do not
Trump administration’s pledge to put The broader S&P 500 rose 0.7 percent, while conglomerate United have a drug for asthma that changes
its trade dispute with China “on hold” percent to 2,733.02 and the Nasdaq Technologies added 2.3 percent and the course of the disease,” he added.
after both sides reached a consensus gained 0.5 percent to hit 7,394.04. Caterpillar gained two percent. Side effects included pain and
swelling at the injection site.
“Results of this research could potentially lead to a number of improved technologies ...” Five patients who received dupi-
Cement, extreme cold experiments head to space aboard Cygnus cargo ship lumab and three patients who were
given a placebo died during the study,
Food for astronauts, new space gar- “CAL creates a temperature 10 bil- and whether it will harden up and set but researchers said those patients all
dening gear and experiments to test lion times colder than the vacuum of like it does on Earth. had multiple severe medical condi-
extreme cold and how cement forms space, then uses lasers and magnetic Plant Habitat-01, an experiment tions and the drug was not deemed to
in weightlessness blasted off Mon- forces to slow down atoms until they that could boosts astronauts’ ability to have caused their deaths.
day to the International Space Sta- are almost motionless,” NASA said grow their own food, is also on board. The study’s results make it likely
tion aboard Orbital ATK’s unmanned in a statement. It contains “a closed environment that dupilumab will be approved for
Cygnus spacecraft. “Results of this research could unlike any other plant growth we use against severe asthma, said an
The white Antares rocket, embla- potentially lead to a number of im- have had to date on the station,” said accompanying editorial in the New
zoned with a US flag, rumbled and proved technologies, including sen- Kirt Costello, ISS chief scientist. England Journal of Medicine.
roared into the dark night sky over sors, quantum computers and atomic “This will really allow us to look That means at least three other
Wallops Island, Virginia at 4:44 am clocks used in spacecraft navigation.” at all the variable parameters in an in- biologics -- drugs which have some
(0844 GMT). Also on board is the first European vestigation and get down to the brass kind of natural source, whether from
The spacecraft is carrying 7,800 commercial system aimed at increas- tacks of what is going on in micro- humans, animals or microorganisms,
pounds (3,500 kilograms) of cargo ing researchers’ access to space lab gravity.” and are manufactured using biotech-
on the ninth of a series of launches by offering “plug-and-play” experi- Three other plant boxes, where nology -- could also be candidates for
by Orbital ATK, under a $1.9 billion ment cubes that are low-cost and easy astronauts grow lettuce to eat, are al- use against asthma.
contract with NASA to resupply the to install and remove. ready on board the ISS. They include mepolizumab, resli-
orbiting outpost. SpaceX also runs The International Commercial The cargo ship is scheduled to ar- zumab, and benralizumab -- all anti-
supply missions using its Falcon 9 Experiment, or ICE Cubes Service, rive Thursday morning at the space inflammatory treatments approved by
rocket and Dragon cargo vehicle. is a joint venture of the European station. US regulators in the last few years.
Thirty-four new experiments are Space Agency (ESA) and the Bel- During the rendezvous, NASA “This new class of treatments is a
on board, including one that will cre- gian company Space Application flight engineer Scott Tingle will grap- clear advance in the treatment of asth-
ate the coldest man-made tempera- Services. ple the spacecraft using the space sta- ma,” wrote the journal editors Jeffrey
tures anywhere in the universe, called For human explorers to set up tion’s robotic arm, called Canadarm2. Drazen and Michael Harrington.
the new Cold Atom Lab (CAL) facil- camp on Mars, they will need to Cygnus will remain in space until But none offer a true cure for asth-
ity. The US space agency hopes that build habitats to live in and places to July 15, when it will be loaded with ma, only a reduction in symptoms,
CAL will lead to new breakthroughs protect their gear, and one experiment trash and sent off to burn up on re- and more research is needed, they
in modern physics. aims to test how cement acts in space entry into Earth’s atmosphere. warned.

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“Behind this little black dress and the Swarovski crystals” World Cup stadiums
True grit Sharapova back at French Open with point to prove Russia prepares for World
Cup drone attack
There will be questions about suspen- a player who was champion in 2012 Russia will reportedly deploy jam-
sions, favouritism and rivalries, and and 2014, runner-up in 2013 and ming devices used in Syria and the
fashion, parties and candy lines. semi-finalist in 2011. war in Ukraine to defend World Cup
There will be accusations of slights Having endured a four-match los- stadiums against a drone attack.
-- real or imagined -- greeted either ing streak for the first time since 2003, The threat of terror has been a
with a giggle, an icy stare or a pitch- Sharapova arrives in the French capi- prime concern for organisers of the
perfect, withering put down. tal on the back of a last-eight run in June 14 to July 15 football show-
It can only mean one thing -- Maria Madrid and semi-final spot in Rome piece. Russia has been hit by a string
Sharapova is about to play in a Grand where she took the first set off world of suicide bombings since winning
Slam event. number one Halep before drowning the right to host the world’s most
But not just any Grand Slam. in a sea of errors. watched event in 2010.
This is the French Open where she Reunited with former coach Thom- Some have been blamed on mili-
has won two of her five career majors as Hogstedt, her performance in tants from the north Caucasus with
but where, 12 months ago, Roland Rome was her best run at such a level ties to the Islamic State group in
Garros chiefs took to the moral high since the 2015 WTA Tour Finals. Syria. Russia’s military bases in the
ground. “I like the way I’m competing and war-ravaged Middle East nation have
From there, they told the Russian the way I feel out there. It’s an inner also been targeted by deadly drone at-
icon that she was not welcome, her feeling. I like the attitude that I’m tacks this year.
recently-concluded 15-month doping playing with,” said Sharapova, who The possibility of someone using
ban considered too raw to allow her added she was “going be so excited” the increasingly ubiquitous devices
the convenience of a wildcard into to be heading back to Paris after “a to drop a bomb on a stadium is one
the clay court showpiece. Maria Sharapova (Photo AFP) tough period” in her life. Russia’s defence ministry is not tak-
Injury then ruled her out of Wim- Back then the former world num- “I’ve had an incredible amount of ing lightly.
bledon before she made a stunning ber one had seen her ranking slump to memories there. Being in that envi- Moscow’s RBK news site said
Grand Slam return at the US Open 173 as she started to rebuild a career ronment, just even the practice and army chief Valery Gerasimov issued
under the lights of Arthur Ashe Court which also doubles as a multi-million getting there on the first day, practis- orders in February to set up jamming
in August. dollar brand empire. ing on centre court for the first time stations outside the 12 stadiums that
“Behind this little black dress and Now, thanks to the characteristic ... I love it. would make remotely operating a
the Swarovski crystals, there is a girl cussedness that has served her well “There’s nothing that can replicate drone impossible.
with a lot of grit and she’s not going since her tennis odyssey began in it. As long as I can continue to feel A source in the Russian defence
anywhere,” said Sharapova after see- Russia before being honed in Florida, motivated by that moment, I’ll keep ministry told RBK that some of the
ing off second seed Simona Halep in the 31-year-old Sharapova is back in loving it and playing there.” units are still classified as top secret
her New York opener. the top 30 and guaranteed a seeded Fans and sponsors will be delight- and only available to the FSB secu-
It could just as well have been a ri- place when the 2018 French Open ed to see Sharapova back on Court rity service.
poste to Roland Garros three months starts on Sunday. Only the very brave Philippe Chatrier, such is her pulling Others have reportedly been set up
earlier. would write off the title chances of power. in Syria and spotted in east Ukraine
by European monitors of the four-
US Olympic “If I gain anything on Tom Dumoulin I’ll be very happy” year conflict between Kiev forces and
USOC hires FBI exec Guth- Froome prepares final push in ‘brutal’ Giro Russian-backed separatists.
“Drones are an effective way to de-
rie as athlete safety director British pre-race favourite Chris Froome, speaking on Monday’s final liver two or three kilogrammes (one
Froome said Monday he was ready
rest day.
or two pounds) of TNT, land them on
Wendy Guthrie, a US Federal Bu- to fight until the finish line to make Froome took third place in the a target and detonate them,” former
reau of Investigation executive, was up lost time in the final week of the time-trial at the 2017 world cham- anti-terror officer Alexei Filatov told
named Monday to the US Olympic Giro d’Italia. pionships shortly after learning of RBK.
Committee’s newly created post of “It’s been a brutal race, but it’s also his adverse doping test at the Vuelta Russia has set up dozens of no-
senior director of athlete safety. been a beautiful race,” said Froome, a Espana which he won, an affair flight zones and other air space re-
The move comes in the wake of who suffered two falls in the race which is still pending. strictions for the coming months.
lawsuits and accustions against the which started in Jerusalem before a “I’m going to give it everything These cover not only the stadi-
USOC by former women’s gymnasts stunning stage win Saturday on the I’ve got and I’m certainly not going ums and 11 host cities but also train-
saying not enough was done to safe- summit of the imposing Monte Zon- to expect anything (to be easy) for the ing grounds and hotels that will be
guard them from molestation and colan. rest of this Giro. used by the 32 participating national
abuse from coaches. “This is bike racing at its best and “(The gap) is big, especially the teams.
“The importance of athlete safety it’s what people want to see. Real way Simon has been riding, he hasn’t The transportation ministry has
cannot be overstated, and this is edge-of-the-seat stuff and unpredict- shown one moment of weakness identified 41 locations around which
another critical step in our fight to able racing too.” so far and only seems to be getting all types of flights -- from drones to
prevent future abuse,” USOC acting Four-time Tour de France champi- stronger. planes -- are prohibited.
chief executive Susanne Lyons said. on Froome slipped from fifth to sev- “I’m not going to give up.” These stretch from anywhere be-
“Wendy will have a deliberate fo- enth place after trailing home in 17th France’s Thibaut Pinot -- fourth tween 500 metres (500 yards) and 10
cus on athlete safety, helping us im- on Sunday in the Dolomites. overall and 2min 37sec behind Yates kilometres (six miles).
prove our processes and ensure the He is trailing pink jersey wearer -- said he was pushing for a podium But operating a drone will be ille-
necessary policies and procedures are Simon Yates of Britain by nearly five place after finishing fourth last year. gal within around 100 kilometres of
in place and enforced.” minutes going into the final week “The level this year is higher,” any of the 11 host cities.
Guthrie will lead and oversee the with the race finishing in Rome next he said. “Certain riders are stronger Drone flights over Moscow are
implementation of all USOC athlete Sunday. like (Domenico) Pozzovivo. Yates is permanently banned.
safety policies and work with nation- The 33-year-old said defending much stronger than (Nairo) Quintana Russian state media have been
al sport governing bodies on athlete Giro champion Tom Dumoulin of the last year in the mountains. issuing regular reporters in recent
safety measures. “I am thrilled to join Netherlands would be the man to beat “I would have preferred to do bet- months of state security services con-
the Team USA family,” Guthrie said. in Tuesday’s 34.2 kilometre time-trial ter, sixth at Zoncolan and also yester- ducting raids that led to the capture
“The USOC is focused on keeping at Rovereto in Trentino, northern day wasn’t sufficient.” of alleged terror masterminds. Presi-
athlete safety at the forefront of its Italy. “For the moment he’s (Yates) re- dent Vladimir Putin also took the
mission and this position ensures that “If I gain anything on Tom Du- ally untouchable but we know that unusual step in December of person-
focus. “I am committed to working moulin I’ll be very happy. the Giro is a race unlike others, there ally thanking US counterpart Donald
tirelessly to ensure athlete safety and “He’s the world champion time-tri- have been situation reversals in re- Trump for providing intelligence that
wellbeing as we collectively seek to allist, I don’t expect to gain anything cent years. “Until Saturday evening helped avert the bombing of a major
eliminate abuse in sport.” on him tomorrow, but let’s see,” said there is always hope.” cathedral in Saint Petersburg.

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The aim of the game is to fill a 9x9 grid (81 squares) that is subdivided into 3x3 “sub-squares, with each of the numbers one through nine, besides
the ones that are already filled with numbers.
The rule is that each number appear only once per row, once per column, and only once per sub-square. It is rather easy to solve, in fact no math-
ematical knowledge is required. The solutions are indicated below.
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1 2 3 4 5 6 7
4 8 3 5 1 6 9 5 10
11 12 13 14
6 9 5 7 15 16 17 3
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3 7 1 2 5 6 4 3 30 8 31 7 32 5 6
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9 Control 3 Clergymen
10 Scale note after mi 4 Ruler
11 12 13 14 11 You 5 Bone
13 Bro. or sis. 6 By
14 European Nomad 7 Yin's partner
15 16 17
15 Cherishing 8 Colorer
18 Make over 10 Merriment
18 19 19 Scottish “one” 12 Vane direction
20 Letter afterward 14 Hello
22 Decorative needle case 16 South Dakota
20 21 22 23 24 25
26 German city on the Rhine 17 Wanting
30 Tree 21 Floral leaf
26 27 28 29 31 Luau dish 23 Toward
32 Newfoundlnd (abbr.) 24 Vase
33 Canadian prov. 25 Fluky
30 31 32
34 Miraculous food 26 Wet
36 Fast (music term ) 27 Ship initials
33 34 35 28 Quiet!
29 Isolated
36 34 Cubic centimeter
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14 European Nomad 7 Yin's partner
15 Cherishing 8 Colorer
18 Make over 10 Merriment
19 Scottish “one” 12 Vane direction
20 Letter afterward 14 Hello
22 Decorative needle case 16 South Dakota
26 German city on the Rhine 17 Wanting
30 Tree 21 Floral leaf
31 Luau dish 23 Toward
32 Newfoundlnd (abbr.) 24 Vase
33 Canadian prov. 25 Fluky
34 Miraculous food 26 Wet
36 Fast (music term ) 27 Ship initials
28 Quiet!
29 Isolated
34 Cubic centimeter
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