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Important news for important people Volume 3034 Monday December 18, 2017
International Business Sports
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ex- Uber may be shredding business Austrian ski star Anna Veith said she Cabo San Lucas
pressed hope on Sunday that Turkey models for taxi firms the world over was thrilled to be back to winning Partly cloudy (day)
would soon be able to open an em- but it is struggling to make inroads in ways after a long injury lay-off, just Sunrise: 6:54 AM
bassy to a Palestinian state in East Japan, where risk-averse passengers in time for February’s Winter Olym- Sunset: 5:38 PM
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A spokesman for Mueller, Peter Carr, responded on Sunday to the accusations to CNN Revealed
Trump team claims Russia investigator ‘unlawfully’ got emails The Pentagon’s secret
UFO-hunting program
letter published by Politico. The let- The Pentagon has acknowledged
ter added that a warrant should have funding a secret multi-million dollar
been obtained for such materials, and program to investigate sightings of
said it violated the Presidential Tran- UFOs.
sition Act. The shadowy program ended in
A spokesman for Mueller, Peter 2012, according to the Defense De-
Carr, responded on Sunday to the ac- partment, but the New York Times
cusations to CNN. reported that it is still up and running
“When we have obtained emails -- with officials continuing to study
in the course of our ongoing criminal incidents brought to their attention by
investigation, we have secured either US military service members while
the account owner’s consent or ap- performing their regular duties at the
propriate criminal process,” CNN Pentagon.
quoted him as saying. The so-called Advanced Aviation
Two administration officials mean- Threat Identification Program oper-
while Sunday sought to downplay ated from 2007 to 2012 and had $22
speculation that Trump was preparing million a year in funding tucked away
to fire Mueller, who was appointed in the Pentagon’s gargantuan budget,
after Trump abruptly fired then FBI the Times said, quoting program par-
director James Comey, who was lead- ticipants and records.
ing an agency probe into the Russia The program yielded documents
Former FBI Director Robert Mueller (Photo AFP) affair. describing sightings of unidentified
A lawyer for Donald Trump’s transi- In a letter to congressional com- Treasury Secretary Steven flying aircraft that apparently moved
tion team has alleged special counsel mittees, Trump campaign lawyer Mnuchin told CNN: “I haven’t heard very fast with no visible sign of pro-
Robert Mueller unlawfully received Kory Langhofer alleged the General anything about any firing, but we pulsion or hovered with no apparent
tens of thousands of emails, in the Services Administration (GSA) “un- have to get past this investigation. It’s means of lift, the Times said.
latest attack on the credibility of the lawfully produced” private materials, a giant distraction.” Program officials also examined
probe into Russian meddling in the including privileged communications Pressed further, he added: “I don’t video of encounters between un-
US election. which Mueller then used as part of have any reason to think the president known objects and US military air-
With the ex-FBI director’s investi- his Russia probe. is going to do that, but that’s obvious- craft.
gation making inroads into the presi- GSA is the government agency ly up to him.” This included one released in Au-
dent’s inner circle in recent weeks, which supports presidential transi- Critics of the president mean- gust of a whitish oval object about
Republicans have cast doubt on its tions -- the interim period after a new while have reacted with dismay and the size of a jetliner, being pursued
impartiality and pressed for a new president is elected but before he sought to characterize the allegations by two Navy fighter jets from an air-
independent prosecutor to investigate takes office. of illegality as an attempt to stymie craft carrier off the California coast in
anti-Trump bias. Langhofer wrote that Mueller’s the probe, which has already led to 2004, the paper added.
This in turn has led to speculation office “received from the GSA tens charges against Trump’s former na- The Department of Defense said in
that the administration could be lay- of thousands of emails, including a tional security advisor Michael Flynn a statement the program is now over.
ing the groundwork for firing Muel- very significant volume of privileged and three other people linked to the “The Advanced Aviation Threat
ler. material,” according to a copy of the presidential campaign. Identification Program ended in the
2012 timeframe. It was determined
The interior minister said Sunday that there were other, higher prior-
ity issues that merited funding and it
Germany vows to fight local and ‘imported’ anti-Semitism was in the best interest of the DoD to
Germany should appoint an anti- “Every criminal act motivated by condemned the recent flag-burnings as make a change,” it said.
Semitism commissioner to counter anti-Semitism is one too many and a “the symbolic destruction of a coun- It added: “The DoD takes seriously
growing hate speech against Jews and shame for our country,” de Maiziere, try’s right to exist”, while Defence all threats and potential threats to our
Israel from both its home-grown far the caretaker minister since incon- Minister Ursula von der Leyen also people, our assets, and our mission
right and the immigrant community, clusive September elections, told the said such expressions of hate were and takes action whenever credible
the interior minister said Sunday. Bild am Sonntag newspaper. “Anti- “unbearable”. Merkel’s spokesman information is developed.”
Thomas de Maiziere spoke days Semitism must never again take hold Steffen Seibert said last week that, The program was initially funded
after protesters in Berlin burnt Is- in Germany,” he said, pointing to a although Berlin opposed the move by at the request of then Senator Harry
raeli flags to protest the US decision rise of “derogatory remarks, inappro- US President Donald Trump, it strong- Reid, the chamber’s majority leader
to recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli priate jokes and discriminatory behav- ly condemned protests where “hatred” at the time and a long-time enthusiast
capital. iour against our Jewish citizens”. He of Israel and Jews was expressed. of space phenomena, the Times said.

Page 2 Monday December 18, 2017
Industrial activity “But, inshallah those days are near and... we will officially open our embassy there”
Heavy air pollution shuts Erdogan hopes Turkey to soon open ‘embassy to Palestine in Jerusalem’
schools in Iran
Iran shut primary schools in Tehran President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ex-
and other parts of the country on Sun- pressed hope on Sunday that Turkey
day as thick smog blanketed the capi- would soon be able to open an em-
tal despite curbs on road traffic and bassy to a Palestinian state in East Je-
industrial activity. rusalem, as he again denounced Don-
Local authorities late Saturday an- ald Trump’s recognition of the city as
nounced the closure of all primary the Israeli capital.
schools in the province of Tehran, Erdogan has sought to lead Islamic
which is home to 14 million resi- condemnation of his US counter-
dents, except in two towns. part’s move, calling a summit of the
On Sunday, smog enveloped leaders of Muslim nations last week
Tehran and shielded from view the in Istanbul who urged the world to
mountains to the north of the capital. recognise East Jerusalem as the Pal-
Every year, Tehran suffers some of estinian capital.
the worst pollution in the world when East Jerusalem was annexed by
cool temperatures cause an effect Israel after it seized control of the
known as “temperature inversion”. area in the 1967 war, in a move never
The phenomenon creates a layer of recognised by the international com-
warm air above the city that traps pol- munity.
lution from its more than eight mil- “Because it is under occupation we
lion cars and motorbikes. can’t just go there and open an em-
“Tehran is suffocating (but) hun- bassy,” Erdogan said in a speech to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Photo AFP)
dreds of thousands of cars are built his ruling party in the city of Kara- saying it smacked of a “Zionist and United Arab Emirates, who sent low-
each year,” said Hossein, a man in his man. evangelist logic and understanding.” er-level officials rather than leaders.
sixties who did not give his surname. “But, inshallah (God willing) those He said Jews had no right to “ap- In a speech on the eve of the sum-
“They’re building in the moun- days are near and... we will officially propriate” Jerusalem which was the mit, Erdogan had warned Muslims
tains, they’re destroying our forests. open our embassy there,” he said, the “capital of Muslims”. against “internecine warfare” and
We don’t want any more oil, we don’t without giving any precise timescale. “Please stop where you are and “attacks to bring down Muslims from
want any more petrol,” he added. Turkey currently has a general don’t attempt any Zionist operation,” within” saying fighting with each
“We need clean air for our chil- consulate in Jerusalem. Ankara has he said. “If you try, then the price is other “only helps terror states like
dren’s future.” full diplomatic ties with Israel, and going to be high.” Israel”.
Airborne concentration of fine par- like all other nations, its embassy is Erdogan hailed the outcome of the Israel has reacted relatively cooly
ticles (PM2.5) hit 185 microgrammes in Tel Aviv. December 13 summit which he said to Erdogan’s repeated broadsides
per cubic metre in the south of Teh- Erdogan again slammed his US showed the “world a vote of unity”. over the last days, although Prime
ran and 174 in its centre on Sunday counterpart’s decision to declare Je- However the meeting was shad- Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said
morning, local authorities said. rusalem the capital of Israel and move owed by the level of attendance from he was “not impressed” by state-
That is far above the World Health the US embassy in Israel to the city, close US allies Saudi Arabia and the ments made at the summit.
Organization recommended maxi-
mum of 25 microgrammes per m3 Authorities said Biggest Italian candied cake in the world
over a 24-hour period.
The microscopic particles lodge Eleven police killed in Italy bakes world’s biggest Christmas cake panettone
deep in the lungs and are harmful to Forget mistletoe, Christmas is not fruits and raisins not just for Italy
human health. Authorities ordered attacks in Afghanistan Christmas in Italy without a slice of but around the world, with some 200
mines and cement factories in Tehran At least 11 Afghan policemen were panettone -- and festivities kicked off of the golden buns headed to a New
province to close and reinforced reg- killed on Sunday when Taliban fight- in Milan on Sunday with free slices York caterer alone each week.
ular traffic restrictions in the capital’s ers attacked two checkpoints in the of the biggest Italian candied cake in In the run-up to Christmas “we
centre. They called on the elderly, volatile southern province of Hel- the world. never stop,” says Bernasconi’s part-
children, pregnant women and people mand, authorities said. Weighing in at 140 kilogrammes ner Savino Moretti, who is retired but
with heart problems to stay indoors. The assaults were the latest in a se- (308 pounds), the two-metre (over comes twice a week to pass on his
Residents who ventured out wore ries of deadly attacks claimed by the six foot) high marvel was sliced up 50 years of experience to the pastry
face masks while others chose to re- Taliban on Afghan police and troops. into 1,200 pieces for sweet-toothed team.
main at home. Taliban insurgents launched the as- tourists and locals at the Victor Em- The pair, aged 67 and 68, say the
Ali Ebrahimian, a retiree, told AFP saults in the early morning in the Qa- manuel II shopping gallery near the secret to their success lies in the
he only stepped outside to sort out lai Sang area of the provincial capital city’s Gothic cathedral. mother dough, which they inherited
“an urgent matter”. Lashkar Gah. “Panettone is the Christmas dessert along with the shop from the master
Fatemeh Assadi, a woman in her “Our police fought them back, but par excellence. Fashions may change, baker, who made it -- so legend has it
sixties, accused the authorities of fail- unfortunately 11 of our police were but panettone remains an unshakable -- by adding a dash of horse urine to
ing to prevent the pollution. martyred and two wounded,” provin- tradition,” Angelo Bernasconi, owner the mix for acidity.
“The government’s not doing any- cial governor Hayatullah Hayat told of the San Gregorio patisserie behind The giant version had to be cooked
thing,” she said. AFP, adding that the militants fled the giant dome-shaped delight, told in a special oven and was baked “a lot
Iran is expected to produce 1.5 mil- after the attack. AFP. The Milanese factory makes longer and more slowly,” Bernasconi
lion new vehicles by the end of this Provincial police chief Ghafar Safi the traditional cake with its candied says.
Persian year which ends in March, said 15 Taliban fighters were also
according to official figures, in a killed during the skirmish.
country where some 20 million cars After 16 years of war the resurgent
and trucks are already on the roads. militants show no signs of fatigue,
In October, Tehran mayor Moham- ramping up their campaign against
mad Ali Najafi said he wanted to beleaguered government forces.
develop public transport and help re- “We can confirm a suicide bomber
duce traffic in the capital, which lies attempted an attack on a patrol in
at between 1,400 and 1,800 metres Kandahar, Afghanistan today. How-
above sea level. In the northwestern ever, there were no fatalities or in-
cities of Tabriz and Urmia, schools juries sustained by coalition forces,”
remained closed for the second day said Captain Tom Gresback, a spokes-
straight on Sunday, official news man for the NATO-led mission in Af-
agency IRNA said. ghanistan, Resolute Support.

Page 3 Monday December 18, 2017
“They are quite strict when it comes to the quality of service” Wall Street Indexes
Faring badly: Uber struggles to make inroads in Japan Dow Jones 24,651.74 + 0.58%
+ 1.17%
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International Stock Indexes
Uber may be shredding business Uber also ran up against local leg- And Kawanabe, a suave and char- Australia 5,996.972 - 0.24%
models for taxi firms the world over islation -- it is strictly forbidden to ismatic 47-year-old known as the Frankfurt 13,103.56 + 0.27%
but it is struggling to make inroads in operate a taxi without a licence. “prince of taxis”, admitted that Uber Italy 22,094.04 - 0.44%
Japan, where risk-averse passengers So it tried to enter the Japanese had been useful in foisting change on London 7,490.57 + 0.57%
prefer to stick to their high-quality market via another route, setting up a the conservative Japanese taxi indus- Madrid 10,150.40 - 0.26%
traditional taxi service. pilot carsharing service in 2015 in the try. Around nine out of every 10 cab Paris 5,349.30 - 0.15%
Japan, with its wealthy customer western city of Fukuoka. rides in Tokyo is hailed or taken from Tokyo 22,553.22 - 0.62%
base and megacities like Tokyo, Uber said it was a study into the a rank, with only 10 percent ordered Toronto 16,041.98 + 0.16%
should represent rich pickings for needs of the local community but via smartphone, said Kawanabe. Latin-American Stock Indexes
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“They actually give people with those strikes against them a chance”
America’s missing workers: matching jobs to the jobless
A few years ago, Derek Hobbs could phia, the neighborhood featured in is to loosen the “glue” that holds nationwide complain they cannot fill
not find a job. He had three strikes the popular Will Smith sitcom from them in place, surrounded as they are openings, even for jobs that do not
against him: his age, 55, a criminal the 1990s, “The Fresh Prince of Bel- by friends and neighbors who don’t require advanced skills.
record, and a drug addiction that kept Air”: an area so dangerous his mother work, according to Sheila Ireland, The country has over six million
him out of the formal workforce for sent him to live with wealthy rela- who ran the WPSI program for many unfilled jobs, the most since the gov-
more than 25 years. tions in California. years. With the US economy creating ernment first began collecting data in
When he decided to turn his life The West Philadelphia Skills Ini- new jobs at a solid pace of close to December 2000, and yet many workers
around, most employers dismissed tiative (WPSI) is unique among em- 175,000 a month, and with unem- have given up looking and left the work-
him without a thought. Determined to ployment training programs. It has ployment at 4.1 percent, lower than force, or are working part time because
succeed, Hobbs turned to an innova- a hyper-local focus, with workers it has been in 17 years, companies they cannot find a full-time position.
tive program specializing in match- coming only from the area known as
ing people facing employment chal- University City, and it trains workers
lenges, to available jobs. for jobs that already exist in the area. Foreign Exchange
“They actually give people with This 2.4 square mile area houses
those strikes against them a chance,” two prestigious universities, research EURO USA CAN UK AUS SWISS H.KONG JAP
he told AFP. Hobbs is just one ex- hospitals and numerous businesses. EURO - 1.18 1.52 .88 1.54 1.16 9.20 133.00
ample of a growing problem in the But 31 percent of residents live below USA .85 - 1.28 .75 1.30 .99 7.81 112.36
US economy: companies unable to the poverty line. CAN .66 .78 - .58 1.01 .75 6.10 88.00
find workers with the right skills to While Hobbs had a good work his- UK 1.14 1.34 1.72 - 1.75 1.33 10.50 151.00
fill open positions, and workers who tory as a young adult, “from the early AUS .65 .77 .99 .57 - .75 6.00 86.00
can’t find a job because they have the 90s through 2012 I was an addict,” SWISS .86 1.01 1.33 .75 1.33 - 7.90 114.00
wrong skills. he told AFP. Like him, many West H.KONG .11 .13 .16 .10 .17 .13 - 14.40
The program Hobbs attended is Philadelphia residents do not have a JAP .01 .01 .01 .01 .01 .01 .07 -
in an impoverished area of Philadel- solid habit of work. A key challenge

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“The 747 was a major milestone in the history of flight” Grocery store
End of an era: Boeing 747 takes last US commercial flight China shivers as shift from
The Boeing 747, the original jumbo jet “farewell tour” flights have soared wards of 600 passengers. Its origins
that was the favorite American presi- owing to demand from nostalgic con- date to the early 1960s when Boeing’s coal to gas sputters
dents and key to affordable mass mar- sumers. The 747 will still be in the then chief Bill Allen was approached With temperatures dipping below
ket air travel in the United States, will skies for Lufthansa, British Airways by Juan Trippe, head of now-defunct freezing in a northern Chinese vil-
pass into aviation history this week. and Korean Air Lines. Pan Am Airlines, to build a bigger lage, a group of parka-clad women
Nearly 50 years after the its debut, And Boeing also will still build plane to address the growing problem tried to stay warm as they played
the 747 will take its final commercial the jet as a freight carrier and for a of airport crowding. mahjong around a small gas stove in
flight with an American carrier Tues- few unique clients, including the US Boeing originally considered a a grocery store.
day on Delta Air Lines’ Seoul-to-De- president, who has used a specially- double-decker aircraft, but the com- Many in China have been shivering
troit route. outfitted 747 as Air Force One since panies concluded that it would be dif- more than usual this winter as author-
It “made flying available for ev- 1990. But the American aerospace gi- ficult to evacuate passengers in case ities have curbed coal heating to fight
eryone,” said Boeing chief company ant has been shifting to more fuel-ef- of an emergency, opting instead for a pollution and the switch to natural
historian Michael Lombardi said of ficient models for commercial travel. twin-aisle “wide body” design. gas has been plagued by shortages.
the iconic jet. “The 747 gave wings “The 747 was a major milestone in The next challenge, Lombardi said, In northern Hebei province, even a
to the world.” the history of flight,” said Bob Van was to commit enough resources to hospital and schools have struggled
Aerospace consultant Michel Mer- der Linden, curator of the aeronautics the program at a time when Boeing to heat their frigid facilities, prompt-
luzeau said the plane changed travel. department at the National Air and already was building other aircraft ing some teachers to hold classes out-
“All of a sudden, you could go from Space Museum at the Smithsonian such as the 707 and the new 727, doors in the sunshine.
Singapore to London in less than 24 Institution in Washington. while also working on the Apollo “Of course we miss the coal,” said
hours. It made everything more ac- “It’s big, very comfortable, beauti- space program. a woman surnamed Qin, who had
cessible.” ful, it has a staircase on it,” Van der Lacking construction capacity to invited neighbours into her grocery
Delta’s sendoff for the storied Linden added. “It’s a symbol of eco- manufacturer the new behemoth, store in Niezhuang village -- about
aircraft includes special flights on nomic power.” Nicknamed the origi- Boeing built a new assembly plant in 150 kilometres (93 miles) south of
Wednesday for employees and top nal “jumbo jet” because of the huge the northwestern state of Washington Beijing -- to play mahjong, a tradi-
customers. Ticket prices for these hump, the plane is able to carry up- state. tional Chinese game.
Gas power is “completely unpre-
The aerospace giant paid 51 euros ($60) a share for Gemalto dictable,” Qin said. “One moment
we have it, the next moment there’s
French aerospace giant Thales acquires SIM maker Gemalto none. And then it’s freezing.”
French aerospace and defence group than a 46-euro a share bid offer from CEO Patrick Caine said the merger The environment ministry has im-
Thales said Sunday it has bought Eu- French tech firm Atos which Gemalto marked “a key milestone” in imple- posed tough anti-pollution targets
ropean SIM manufacturer Gemalto rejected on Wednesday. menting the firm’s digital security on 28 cities around Beijing. At least
in a bid to become a global leader in The Thales offer showed that it val- strategy, in which it has invested one three million homes must switch
digital security. ued the world-leading chipmaker at billion euros in the past three years and from coal to gas or electric heating.
The aerospace giant paid 51 euros about 4.8 billion euros. “We share the acquired three other companies. “To- In Niezhuang, all the coal stoves
($60) a share for Gemalto, a pre- same values and Gemalto will be able gether with Gemalto’s management, have been destroyed, according to
mium of 57 percent over the closing to pursue its strategy, accelerate its de- we have big ambitions based on a Qin. Some of their dismantled pieces
price on December 8, Thales said in a velopment and deliver its digital secu- shared vision of the digital transforma- lay scattered in people’s backyards.
statement. The price was also higher rity vision, as part of Thales.” Thales tion of our industries and customers.” “Coal was nice because it allowed
us to stay warm and save money,” the
“Wonderful human beings, incredible philanthropists, great leaders in health care” store owner said.
Sales of the fossil fuel traditionally
Billionaire drugmaker, wife found dead at Canada home used in the Chinese countryside was
Police were hunting for clues Sat- “Our parents shared an enthusiasm person in Canada. Canadian media banned in this district of Hebei in the
urday after the pharmaceutical bil- for life and commitment to their fami- said the Shermans had recently put summer.
lionaire Barry Sherman and his wife ly and community totally inconsistent their home up for sale with a price of Niezhuang is part of the Baoding
Honey were found dead in the base- with the rumors regrettably circulated around Can$7 million. municipality, one of 18 districts in
ment of their Toronto home, in what in the media as to the circumstances The deaths sparked an outpouring Hebei with a “zero coal” designation,
investigators reportedly suspect was surrounding their deaths,” a state- of sympathy from the country’s po- but the transition to gas has been dif-
a murder-suicide. ment read. litical elite. ficult. Thin yellow pipes now snake
Investigators were still at the scene “We are shocked and think it’s ir- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said along the walls of the homes in the
in the evening hours, a sprawling responsible that police sources have he was “saddened” by the news, and village, spanning alleyways and shift-
home in a tony neighborhood of Can- reportedly advised the media of a the- tweeted about the “vision and spirit” ing in the wind. They are marked by a
ada’s largest city, with post-mortem ory which neither their family, their of the couple known for their philan- sign: “Caution: Gas Pipes.”
examinations under way to help de- friends nor their colleagues believe to thropy. The gas pipes came into operation
termine how the couple died. be true.” Linda Frum, a member of the Ca- in November.
Police labeled the deaths “suspi- They called for a “thorough, inten- nadian Senate, said she was “gutted The heating is inconsistent, vil-
cious” after the bodies were discov- sive and objective criminal investi- by the loss” of the couple, two weeks lagers said, and the bills costly. Ac-
ered Friday, but clarified that no sus- gation,” urging the media to refrain after presenting a Senate medal “to cording to Qin, a family must spend
pects were being sought. from reporting until the investigation one of the kindest and most beloved at least 5,000 yuan ($750) over the
The Toronto Sun and The Globe is complete. members of Canada’s Jewish com- winter -- compared with 2,000 yuan
and Mail both reported that the deaths There were no apparent signs of munity.” ($300) for coal -- not including the
of the couple -- who counted among premeditation or that either of the They were “remarkable people,” subsidised price of the gas heater that
Canada’s richest people and were pair was suffering from depression. said Bob Rae, former premier of On- must be purchased.
known as charity fundraisers -- were The couple had planned to spend the tario province, which includes To- In some villages to the north of Ba-
being probed as a possible murder- year-end holidays friends in Florida. ronto. “Grappling with this terrible oding, households were cut off from
suicide. Apotex, which Sherman founded news.” coal without even being connected to
The Globe and Mail cited a police in 1974, confirmed the deaths. Lo- Eric Hoskins, Ontario’s Minister of gas heating, Caixin magazine report-
source as saying the Shermans’ bod- cal media said he was not seen at the Health and Long-Term Care said he ed. “There was a clear lack of com-
ies were found hanging from a railing company’s offices Thursday. was saddened “beyond words.” munication and planning,” Green-
around a basement pool, the theory The company, which made its “Wonderful human beings, incred- peace energy campaigner Huang Wei
being that the 75-year-old chairman name producing generic drugs, grew ible philanthropists, great leaders in told AFP, noting that authorities had
of the board of Apotex killed his wife to employ more than 11,000 people health care,” he wrote. months to prepare for the winter.
Honey -- five years his junior -- hung worldwide. Apotex noted the couple had made One local government waited until
her body and then hanged himself by According to Forbes, Sherman significant donations to universities, October, right before the cold weather
the pool’s edge. had an estimated worth of $3.2 bil- saying their foundation had given started, to begin the bidding process
The couple’s children refuted that lion (Can$4.1 billion) at the time of more than Can$50 million over the for the installation of a gas pipeline,
version of the events. his death, and was the 12th-richest past decade. Huang said.

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Austria’s Anna Veith kisses her trophy as she celebrates on the podium Yachting
Veith thrilled to be back to winning ways Frenchman pulverises solo
around the world record
Austrian ski star Anna Veith said she know that everything’s possible and French sailor François Gabart
was thrilled to be back to winning that’s a really good feeling. smashed six days and 10 hours off
ways after a long injury lay-off, just “I want to work like that in the fu- sailing’s around the world record on
in time for February’s Winter Olym- ture and in other disciplines.” Sunday producing what many pun-
pics in Pyeongchang. Veith said the rehabilitation had dits felt was a previously unthinkable
Veith, who formerly raced under made her doubt her ability to return at time of 42 days, 16 hours, 40 minutes
her maiden name of Fenninger, sus- the highest level. and 35 seconds.
tained a devastating knee injury in “When I think back to the days Huge crowds of well-wishers were
October 2015 that saw her sit out the when I was on the ground... After in- on hand to welcome the sailor into the
entire 2015/16 season. jury there were so many days I didn’t port of Brest, accompanied by doz-
Two surgeries and a lot of reha- know whether I could get back into ens of small craft as he burned flares
bilitation later, after a short-lived race mode. at the helm and was carried aloft to
comeback in January 2017 and the “When you feel your body’s right shore by his ground crew where he
St Mortiz world championships, the you have to be very mentally strong. popped a bottle of champagne.
28-year-old is again back and revel- “Now I know I have that race “I’m aching all over and it’s been
ling in the fact she can still win. mode. Now I know I can do this, like like that for weeks, weeks since a
“It has been a real mental chal- today.” proper sleep, I can hardly go on,” an
lenge,” she said. “Physically I have Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather exhausted Gabart told the press on his
worked a lot. claimed second place, but confessed ecstatic arrival in port.
“I wasn’t prepared well enough to skiing what she expected to be “I’ve been at sea all alone for
for racing and after surgery I realised diagnosed as a broken left hand sus- 40-days and now suddenly I’m sur-
the most important thing was to be in Anna Veith (Photo AFP) tained in a fall on Saturday. rounded by everyone here it’s amaz-
good shape.” She will also head to South Korea “Yesterday when I crashed I went ing, I really only thought I had a slen-
Veith, who finished 15th in Satur- as defending super-G champion, hav- down on my hand and shoulder into der chance of breaking the record,”
day’s super-G won by Lindsey Vonn, ing triumphed in Sochi in 2014. the snow,” she said. he claimed.
timed 1min 05.77sec down the OK “That was first step to get there be- “My hand’s black and blue. I have “It was hard and I was on the very
course to win on Sunday, her Ameri- cause our team is pretty strong,” Veith to skip Courchevel, I can’t hold my edge of things the whole time.”
can rival withdrawing with knee pain. said of what should be an extremely pole and I have to go to the doctors The 34-year-old sailor crossed a
It was the Austrian’s 15th victory tough Austrian quartet of racers. tomorrow for an x-ray.” virtual finish line between the island
on the World Cup circuit and third in “The most important thing is to get Italian Sofia Goggia rounded out of Ushant off France’s northwest tip
super-G. into perfect shape for February and the podium in third, 24 hours after and Lizard Point in southwest Eng-
The timing of her return to form defend my title.” claiming second in the opening su- land at 0145 GMT, ripping to shreds
could not be better for Veith who was Veith added: “My dream was to get per-G. the previous record set by compatriot
overall World Cup champion in 2014 back on to the top (of the podium) The Italian mirrored many racers’ Thomas Coville last year by a mas-
and 2015, and is also a three-time and I achieved that today, so it’s per- happiness in seeing the popular Veith sive six days and 10 hours.
world gold medallist. fect. “I showed my best and now I back racing. Moments before crossing the finish
line Gabart, a father of two and engi-
Cycling Sports daily Mundo Deportivo reported on Sunday neer by trade, sent out an emotional
Froome test bad for cycling Barca reach agreement with Griezmann video showing his boat’s progress on
a computer monitor.
“The little blue is us, the red line is
says rival Bardet Barcelona president Josep Maria a new contract with Atletico in June the finish. We should cut it soon, the
Bartomeu has met with the family of
after the club had an appeal against a
France’s top cyclist Romain Bardet Atletico Madrid’s star forward An- transfer ban rejected. The top scorer at computer says 30 seconds,” he said,
said Sunday that Chris Froome’s toine Griezmann ahead of a possible Euro 2016, Griezmann said it would wiping his eyes.
adverse drugs test at the Vuelta a summer move, sports daily Mundo have been “dirty” to walk out on the The race time was announced by
Espana had damaged the credibility Deportivo reported on Sunday. club when they couldn’t replace him an observer from the World Sailing
of the sport. The French international, who has until January. However, Atletico coach Speed Council but will be subject to
Bardet, second to Froome at the been Atletico’s top scorer for the Diego Simeone accepted this week checks of the boat’s black box and its
Tour de France in 2016 and third in past three seasons, has been heavily that Griezmann’s departure is inevita- GPS data before final confirmation.
2017, was speaking on the fringes linked with a move to Manchester ble. Many of Atletico’s other outstand- “I’m happy and proud to have
of a World Cup biathlon event in his United in the past. ing players, including strikers Fernan- made this lovely voyage around the
home region. “This is not good news However, Barca appear willing to do Torres, Sergio Aguero, Radamel world,” he said in the video.
for cycling,” said Bardet, who will meet his 100 million euro ($118 mil- Falcao and Diego Costa, have also “It hasn’t sunk in yet but I know
again be amongst the favourites for lion) buyout clause as they seek to left in recent years for pastures new. it’s a great time. I have cargo ships
the 2018 Tour. again unite Lionel Messi and Luis “Of course Griezmann will be able and fishing boats around me in the
“Pretty much everyone gets hit by Suarez with a prolific attacker fol- to leave at some point, as Diego Cos- dark here and it all seems strange and
something like this, cycling’s cred- lowing the departure of Neymar to ta, Diego Ribas and Arda Turan have extraordinary.”
ibility first and foremost. “We really Paris Saint-Germain in August for a gone,” Simeone told French sports Gabart becomes just the fourth
could have done without it. It’s not world record 222 million euros. daily L’Equipe. title-holder for a world record of sail-
something anyone can rejoice about,” “Barca settled on Griezmann “If a player comes to me and says, ing the globe solo without stopping.
he said. “Let’s hope that a swift and as an objective for 2018 and they ‘coach, I have a chance of a lifetime Huge leaps have been made in that
objective probe can clarify the facts spoke with his entourage to see if and want to leave’, and if he’s left time -- since the record was first set
and leave no doubts about what hap- he was willing to wear the blue and everything on the pitch for me like in 2004, nearly 30 days have been
pened,” said the 27-year-old AG2R red shirt,” reported Barcelona-based Griezmann, I’ll say, ‘no problem’.” shaved off. The debut record holder
team leader. Mundo Deportivo. “After receiving a Atletico are also likely to come was Frenchman Francis Joyon who
Froome, a four time Tour de France ‘yes’ in response, an agreement was under financial pressure to sell after completed the odyssey in 72 days and
winner had twice the permissible reached with the French goalscorer moving into a new 310-million euro 22 hours.
amount of asthma medication Salbu- involving Pep Segura, Barca’s gen- stadium in September and falling to British female sailor Ellen MacAr-
tamol in his system on September 7, eral manager, and Robert Fernandez, make it into the last 16 of the Cham- thur took to the seas a year later, rac-
following the 18th stage of the Grand the director of football. pions League for the first time in five ing against the clock to break that re-
Tour race he won for the first time. “President Josep Maria Bartomeu years. The club have also already cord by just a day and a half (71 days,
Cycling’s governing body UCI has has now entered to finalise the opera- committed to nearly 100 million 14 hours). She remained undefeated
asked the Team Sky rider to provide tion.” the newspaper reported adding euros in transfers for January with until 2016 when Coville set a new
more information but in line with that “Bartomeu met recently with Costa returning from Chelsea and record of 49 days and three hours
World Anti-Doping Agency guide- Griezmann’s family to eat in Barce- Spanish international Vitolo joining which many predicted would be dif-
lines has not suspended him. lona.” Griezmann, 26, agreed to sign from Sevilla. ficult to topple.

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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.
Have fun!

Beginners Advanced
6 4 7 9 1 8 6 1

6 2 8 7 1 8 5

8 7 9 3 5 4 2

3 2 4 5 9 3 6

4 9 3 7 6 8 6 9 1 3
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
6 2 9 5 4 9 9 10 11 5
12 13 14
7 3 5 4 2 5 15 3 16 17
18 19 20 21
2 4 8 7 8 22 7 23 4 24
25 26 27
8 3 1 7 9 3 4 28 29 30 7
31 32 33 34
35 36 37
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1 Cubic centimeter 1 Cassette tape's replacement
9 10 11
3 Spiritedness 2 Silly
6 Fall mo. 3 Promethium (abbr.)
12 13 14 9 Doctrines 4 Flying insect
11 Moving truck 5 Pressure unit
12 Chlorine (abbr.) 6 Kiln
15 16 17
13 What fruit needs to do 7 Support bracket
15 Stretch to make do 8 Tennessee (abbr.)
18 19 20 21 16 Opposed 10 Bottoms
18 Meticulously well-dressed men 14 El __
21 Neuter pronoun 15 Swiss-like cheese
22 23 24 22 Morning hours 17 Object
23 Base 19 Platter
25 26 27 25 Volume 20 Catalyst
27 Rock group 24 Sailing vessel
28 Star Trek Dr. 26 Replace a striker
28 29 30
30 Hospital feeding tube 29 Lubricate
31 Killed in action 31 Kilowatt (abbr.)
31 32 33 34 32 Mental pictures 33 Near
35 Net 34 Southeast
36 Lease
35 36 37
37 Second scale note
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12 Chlorine (abbr.) 6 Kiln
13 What fruit needs to do 7 Support bracket
15 Stretch to make do 8 Tennessee (abbr.)
16 Opposed 10 Bottoms
18 Meticulously well-dressed men 14 El __
21 Neuter pronoun 15 Swiss-like cheese
22 Morning hours 17 Object
23 Base 19 Platter
25 Volume 20 Catalyst
27 Rock group 24 Sailing vessel
28 Star Trek Dr. 26 Replace a striker
30 Hospital feeding tube 29 Lubricate
31 Killed in action 31 Kilowatt (abbr.)
32 Mental pictures 33 Near
35 Net 34 Southeast
36 Lease
37 Second scale note

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