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Important news for important people Volume 3274 Wednesday August 15, 2018
International Business Sports
Spain and Portugal on Tuesday of- President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Nick Kyrgios served 39 aces, includ- Cabo San Lucas
fered to take in most of the 141 mi- Tuesday said Turkey would boycott ing one to save match point, to power Mostly cloudy (day)
grants on board the Aquarius after it US electronic goods like the iPhone into the second round of the Cin- Sunrise: 6:56 AM
was given permission to dock in Mal- in retaliation for punitive sanctions cinnati Masters with a dramatic 6-7 Sunset: 7:53 PM
ta, resolving a new standoff... P.2 from Washington, as the... P.3 (2/7), 7-5, 7-6 (11/9) win... P.5 Humidity: 78% 79-82 F

“Everything was negotiable except two things: our freedom and our future” Four-drug combination
Taiwan leader irks China with rare US speech US state poised for first
execution with fentanyl
force if necessary -- even though the Taiwan militarily. Last month, the Nebraska was scheduled Tuesday to
two sides split in 1949 after a civil US sent two warships into the Tai- carry out America’s first execution
war. wan Strait. That followed a string employing the opioid fentanyl as part
Beijing is always swift to condemn of military drills staged by Beijing of a four-drug combination that has
any move that could be interpreted as around the island. never before been used.
de facto diplomatic recognition of the China’s Taiwan Affairs Office on The powerful synthetic painkiller
government in Taipei and has stepped Tuesday reiterated its opposition to -- a key cause of death in America’s
up pressure on Taiwan since Tsai, of any attempt to promote Taiwan’s in- opioid and heroin abuse epidemic --
the independence-leaning Democrat- dependence when asked to comment was to be the second injection admin-
ic Progressive Party (DPP), came to on Tsai’s US transit. istered to Carey Dean Moore, sen-
power in 2016. “Taiwan is an inalienable part of tenced to death for two 1979 murders.
Tsai made her speech at the Ron- China. We firmly oppose any attempt Moore is not contesting his execu-
ald Reagan Presidential Library, to create ‘two Chinas’, ‘one China, tion, the Midwestern state’s first in 21
whose namesake she praised for his one Taiwan’ and ‘Taiwan indepen- years. But a last-minute legal chal-
contribution to Taiwan-US relations, dence’ in the international arena,” it lenge filed on his behalf could still
including a commitment not to pres- said in a statement responding to a cause a delay.
sure Taipei to negotiate with Beijing. question from AFP. Underscoring the difficulty states
“Everything was negotiable ex- The Chinese foreign ministry said across the country have had in obtain-
cept two things: our freedom and our it had lodged an official protest with ing previously employed execution
future,” she quoted from Reagan’s the United States as it recalled that it drugs, three of the four intravenous
remarks in her talk, adding that this has always “firmly opposed” the US medications Nebraska is scheduled to
Tsai Ing-wen (Photo AFP) is also the sentiment of Taiwanese or other countries with diplomatic use have never before been used for
Taiwan’s president has given a speech people at the moment. relations with China arranging such lethal injections.
in the United States -- the first time Her transit in Los Angeles was the transits. It is a pivotal test for the state,
in 15 years that a leader of the island most high-profile since former Tai- The ministry urged Washington to which last performed an execution in
has spoken publicly on American soil wan president Chen Shui-bian’s 2003 “scrupulously abide by the one China 1997 with the electric chair.
-- prompting an official protest from stopover in New York, where he ac- principle” and “not send any wrong The American Civil Liberties
Beijing. cepted a human rights award and de- signals to the ‘Taiwan independence’ Union on Monday asked the state’s
During a stopover en route to Para- livered several public speeches. forces”. Chinese state-run newspaper highest court to delay Moore’s execu-
guay, Tsai Ing-wen, whose govern- Washington switched diplomatic Global Times accused the US and tion, according to the Omaha World-
ment refuses to endorse Beijing’s recognition to Beijing from Taipei in Taiwan of “shady dealings”, warn- Herald newspaper.
view that Taiwan is part of China, 1979, but it remains the island’s big- ing that the mainland was capable The civil rights group claimed
vowed to defend democratic values. gest arms supplier and most impor- of giving the Taiwanese authorities Moore’s death sentence had been
“We will keep our pledge that we tant unofficial ally. “a drastic punishment”. Tsai’s trip to automatically commuted to a life
are willing to jointly promote region- Ties have warmed further since Paraguay comes as Taiwan seeks to sentence in 2015, when the Nebraska
al stability and peace under the prin- Donald Trump came to power, and firm up ties with its dwindling band state legislature abolished the death
ciples of national interests, freedom were further bolstered by the pas- of diplomatic allies, whose number penalty, the newspaper reported.
and democracy,” she said on Monday. sage this week of the National fell to 18 after Burkina Faso and the Nebraska voters reinstated capital
China views Taiwan as part of its Defense Authorization Act, which Dominican Republic switched recog- punishment by referendum in the No-
own territory -- to be reunified by includes a commitment to support nition to Beijing in May. vember 2016 election.
Moore has been on death row for
Saying it was to guard against marriage-wrecking rumors 38 years and has said he does not
want further delays.
‘Fortnite’ gaming star defends not playing with women While in his early 20s he was sen-
“Fortnite” star Tyler “Ninja” Blevins my views mean I have something Critics accused the US gamer of tenced to death in 1980 for the kill-
on Monday defended not streaming against playing with women, I want reinforcing a gender stereotype that ings of two Omaha taxi drivers five
video game play with women, say- to make clear the issue I’m address- the world of gaming and eSports is days apart.
ing it was to guard against marriage- ing is online harassment, and my at- for men. “I really like Ninja, but this Moore admitted to shooting to
wrecking rumors. tempt to minimize it from my own feels like a cop out,” a fan tweeted. death the first driver during a robbery
Blevins took to Twitter to address life,” Blevins said in a message at his Blevins has millions of subscribers to with his brother.
a furor that erupted online after his verified @ninja Twitter account with his channels on Google video shar- He publicly wrote in 2007 that the
reasoning for not streaming live play more than three million followers. ing platform YouTube and Amazon- second killing occurred at the end of
with women was shared at gam- “It is something that affects all owned Twitch, reportedly earning a cab ride, because “I had to foolishly
ing website Polygon. “While I un- streamers, especially ones that make more than $500,000 monthly thanks prove to myself that I could take a
derstand some people have implied their relationships public.” to his fans. man’s life all by myself.”

Page 2 Wednesday August 15, 2018
Attorney general said “Malta will be making a concession allowing the vessel to enter its ports ...”
Venezuelan general arrested Spain, Portugal to take in most of Aquarius migrants
over ‘attack’ on Maduro
Venezuela has arrested a general as wrote on Twitter. Malta confirmed
part of a continuing probe into the al- afterwards it would allow the ship
leged attempt to assassinate President to dock to disembark its passengers,
Nicolas Maduro, the attorney general many of whom are unaccompanied
said Tuesday. children from violence-wracked So-
Major General Alejandro Perez malia and repressive Eritrea.
Gomez of the country’s national “Malta will be making a conces-
guard appeared before a judge on sion allowing the vessel to enter its
Monday along with opposition poli- ports, despite having no legal obli-
tician Juan Requesens and another gation to do so,” said a government
military officer, Colonel Pedro Javier statement posted on Twitter.
Zambrano, Tarek William Saab told a After elections in March that
press conference. brought a populist, anti-immigrant
To date, 14 people have been ar- government to power in Italy, new
rested and charged for allegedly tak- far-right Interior Minister Matteo
ing part in the August 4 incident in Salvini began turning away rescue
which Maduro was seen reacting on ships operated by foreign NGOs.
live television to an off-camera ex- For years, Italy had pleaded with its
plosion while he addressed a military EU partners for help with a massive
parade in Caracas. A second explo- influx of arrivals that has seen 700,000
sion was heard and then the assem- Migrants on a wooden boat are seen after receiving life jackets from crew members of the people land in the country since 2013,
bled troops could be seen breaking rescue boat Aquarius (Photo AFP) most of whom had made the short
formation and scattering in panic. Spain and Portugal on Tuesday of- the Libyan coast on Friday. The Aquar- but treacherous sea crossing from
Maduro said the blasts were from fered to take in most of the 141 mi- ius, which hit the headlines in June af- Libya. The Italian coast guard con-
explosives-laden drones sent to as- grants on board the Aquarius after ter being stranded with 630 migrants tinues to rescue migrants, however.
sassinate him, though opposition fig- it was given permission to dock in on board, causing a major diplomatic Malta’s government had initially
ures accuse Maduro of fabricating the Malta, resolving a new standoff over row, resumed its rescue operations off defended its decision to turn the
incident to step up repression. the rescue ship. Libya last week. Spain’s new Social- Aquarius away, saying it was “nei-
Saab told journalists in Caracas Madrid said it would accept 60 ist government helped resolve the first ther the coordinating nor the compe-
that further arrests were possible. people, while Portugal offered to standoff by allowing the boat to dock in tent authority for such a rescue” and
He said his office had requested welcome 30, with the remainder dis- Valencia and was again at the forefront had “no legal obligation” to provide
Requesens’ bank accounts be blocked tributed between France, Germany of the solution on Tuesday. a place of safety. The government of
along with those of opposition parlia- and Luxembourg, government sourc- “Spain has coordinated a pioneer- Gibraltar also announced late Mon-
ment chairman Julio Borges, who has es in Malta and Spain said. ing agreement with six countries to day that the ship would no longer be
fled to neighboring Colombia. The boat was initially refused entry share the hosting of the people on the allowed to operate under its maritime
The Constituent Assembly, a pow- by Italy and Malta after rescuing the Aquarius... Spain will take 60 peo- flag; it was registered on the British
erful super-legislative body of Madu- migrants in two separate missions off ple,” Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez overseas territory in 2009.
ro loyalists created last year that has
arrogated powers from the opposi- “Some soldiers were killed, some captured and some fled to nearby hills”
tion-dominated National Assembly,
last week stripped Borges and Reque- Taliban capture northern base as Afghan forces fight in Ghazni
sens of their parliamentary immunity Taliban fighters overran an army base,” said the ministry’s spokesman. he added that “some Taliban forces
so they can be put on trial. base in northern Afghanistan, offi- Tahir Rehmani -- head of Faryab’s remain in the city”.
Maduro’s government has also re- cials said Tuesday, killing at least 17 provincial council -- said the base With reports of fighters hid-
quested Interpol to arrest Borges. soldiers with dozens feared captured fell after the soldiers begged for rein- ing among the civilian population,
Two of those arrested, the colonel in a stinging blow to security forces forcements and air support from Ka- O’Donnell said residents had been
-- Zambrano -- and Juan Monasteries, already struggling to push insurgents bul but were ultimately ignored. “terrorized and harassed”.
a retired soldier, were also charged in from eastern Ghazni. “They were too busy with Ghazni,” “The Taliban, who falsely and re-
connection with an assault on a mili- The fall of the base in Ghormach said Rehmani. peatedly claim that they do not target
tary fort at Paramacay in August last district of volatile Faryab province Ghazni, further east and which the civilians, have executed innocents,
year, in which weapons were stolen. came with security forces -- who have Taliban first assaulted late Thursday, destroyed homes, burned a market
Authorities said opposition militant struggled to hold back the Taliban remains in government hands, offi- and created the conditions for a po-
Oscar Perez, who shot to prominence since NATO combat troops pulled cials have said. tential humanitarian crisis with this
during unrest in 2017 when he used a out in 2014 -- already stretched by the But fears of civilian casualties in attack,” he said.
helicopter to bomb the supreme court days of fighting in Ghazni, a strate- the city were growing as Afghan se- The United Nations said unverified
and interior ministry buildings, had gic provincial capital two hours from curity forces backed by US air power reports put civilian casualties at more
led the attack on the fort. Perez was Kabul. struggled to push the Taliban out five than 100, with residents also at risk
killed in a police assault on his hideout Militants gained control of the base days after the assault began. from several days of US air strikes.
in January. The arrest of the general after days of heavy fighting, accord- A spokesman for US Forces in Af- Bombs placed along the road lead-
and colonel comes after the detention ing to army spokesman for northern ghanistan, Lt. Col. Martin O’Donnell, ing north and south from the city also
of several soldiers in recent months for Afghanistan Mohammad Hanif Reza- said there had been “no reported en- “prevented civilians from safely flee-
allegedly conspiring against Maduro. ee. He said around 100 soldiers were emy activity” so far Tuesday, though ing the violence”, said a UN report.
Military expert Rocio San Miguel on the base when it was first attacked
told AFP there was a “witch hunt” Sunday.
against generals and other senior “It is a tragedy that the base fell to
military officers as part of a “purge the enemy. Some soldiers were killed,
unleashed since Maduro’s rise to some captured and some fled to near-
power.” Within days of his contro- by hills,” Rezaee told AFP.
versial re-election in May in a poll At least 17 were killed in the at-
boycotted by the opposition, Maduro tack, according to defence ministry
announced the capture of a group of spokesman Ghafoor Ahmad Jawed,
soldiers accused of plotting to desta- while a local MP said Taliban fight-
bilize the elections. He said they had ers captured another 40 in the base,
received backing from the opposition known as Chenaya.
as well as from the US and Colom- “Preparations are underway to
bian governments. launch an operation to recapture the

Page 3 Wednesday August 15, 2018
The lira has lost about a fifth of its value against the greenback since Friday Wall Street Indexes
Erdogan says Turkey to boycott US electronic goods Dow Jones 25299.92 + 0.45%
+ 0.26%
S&P 2839.96 + 0.64%
International Stock Indexes
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Turkish Airlines also announced Markit, calling for “a sharp central Australia 6299.64 + 0.76%
Tuesday said Turkey would boycott on Twitter that it would join a bank rate rise”. Treasury and Finance Frankfurt 28.15 + 0.09%
US electronic goods like the iPhone campaign circulating on social Minister Berat Albayrak, Erdogan’s Italy 20906.35 - 0.30%
in retaliation for punitive sanctions media with a hashtag #ABDyeR- son-in-law, will speak with about London 7611.64 - 0.40%
from Washington, as the Turkish lira eklamVerme (don’t give ads to 1,000 foreign investors on Thursday Madrid 9507.0 - 0.25%
finally clawed back some ground af- America). via a teleconference, the private NTV Paris 45.6 + 1.56%
ter going into a tailspin over the ten- “We, as the Turkish Airlines, stand broadcaster said. Tokyo 22356.08 + 2.28%
sions. by our state and our people. Neces- Albayrak said Tuesday Turkey Toronto 16330.67 + 0.49%
The dispute between the NATO al- sary instructions on the issue have would press ahead with its action Latin-American Stock Indexes
lies -- brought to a new intensity by been issued to our agencies,” Yahya plan to prop up the lira against the Bogota 1523.72 + 0.24%
Turkey’s holding of an American pas- Ustun, spokesman for the country’s dollar, calling for a trade that is con- Buenos Aires 26564.32 + 1.93%
tor for two years -- has raised ques- flag-carrier, wrote on Twitter. ducted “in our own currency.” Lima 19989.92 + 0.17%
tions over the future of their partner- Erdogan said Turkey was facing “We will protect our Turkish lira, Mexico 49096.13 + 0.67%
ship and fanned fears of a looming an “economic attack” and a “bigger, we will march with Turkish lira and Panama 474.51 - 0.64%
economic crisis in Turkey. deeper operation”. we will see a stronger lira in the com- Santiago 5272.05 + 0.85%
“We will boycott US electronic “They don’t hesitate to use the ing period.” Sao Paulo 78602.11 + 1.43%
goods,” Erdogan said in a speech in economy as a weapon,” he said. The current crisis was sparked by Venezuela 140157.22 + 19.47%
Ankara, again showing no sign of “What do you want to do? What do Ankara’s refusal to release pastor An- Most Active Stocks
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Shares in Vestel zoomed up seven of 7.24 to the dollar and 8.12 to the US embassy charge d’affaires Jef- Cisco Systems 44 + 0.57%
percent on the Istanbul stock ex- euro seen Monday. frey Hovenier on Tuesday visited Coca Cola 45.89 + 0.13%
change after Erdogan’s remarks. The lira has lost about a fifth of Brunson in the western city of Izmir. Exxon Mobil 78.31 - 0.32%
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speech on the night of the July 2016 necessary measures” to ensure finan- manner”. Intel 48.12 - 0.68%
failed coup calling citizens out into cial stability after the collapse of the Turkey’s ambassador to Wash- Johnson & Johnson 129.5 - 0.55%
the street through FaceTime, an lira, promising to provide banks with ington Serdar Kilic on Monday held JPMorgan 114.65 + 0.67%
iPhone app. liquidity. talks with US National Security Ad- Kraft Heinz Co 59.52 + 0.4%
Some joked bitterly on social me- However, the move failed to im- visor John Bolton in a meeting what McDonalds 160.6 + 1.56%
dia that the plunge of the lira would press financial markets, which want Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavuso- Merck & Co 66.46 - 0.39%
make Apple products unaffordable to see a massive rate hike of as much glu said was arranged by the White Microsoft 109.56 + 1.25%
for Turks in any case. as 1,000 basis points by Turkey to House. Pfizer 40.71 - 0.24%
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ongoing for weeks -- was turned into inflation. message the pressure and threats Travelers Cos 127.54 - 0.4%
a rout on Friday when US President “Significantly more than just of- would only lead to a “chaos” in rela- United Tech. 132.42 + 0.18%
Donald Trump tweeted that Wash- ficial promises of action are needed tions which could only improve after Verizon 52.87 + 1.24%
ington was doubling aluminium and to exit the current crisis,” said Andy Washington abandons the language Wal-Mart 90.85 + 1.35%
steel tariffs for Turkey. Birch, principal economist at IHS of “threats”, Cavusoglu said. Walt Disney 112.75 + 0.56%
“This particular phase is expected to continue for at least five years”
Brace for extra-warm weather through 2022: study
Manmade global warming and a between ice ages and balmy periods Second, they used a streamlined impact of anthropogenic warming.”
natural surge in Earth’s surface tem- warmer than today. statistical approach rather than the Natural warming, in other words,
perature will join forces to make the Over the last 11,000 years, those comprehensive climate models that will have about the same impact as
next five years exceptionally hot, ac- variations have become extremely generate most long-term forecasts. manmade climate change over the
cording to a study published Tuesday. modest, allowing our species to flour- “We developed a system for pre- next five years.
The double whammy of climate ish. dicting interannual” -- or short-term The new method -- dubbed PRO-
change and so-called natural variabil- Manmade climate change -- caused -- “natural variations in climate,” CAST, for PRObabilistic foreCAST
ity more than doubles the likelihood by billions of tonnes of greenhouse Sevellec said. -- was tested against past temperature
of “extreme warm events” in ocean gases injected into the atmosphere, “For the period 2018-2022, we records and proved at least as accu-
surface waters, creating a dangerous mainly over the last century -- has found an anomaly equivalent to the rate as standard models.
breeding ground for hurricanes and come on top of those small shifts, and
typhoons, they reported in Nature today threatens to overwhelm them.
Communications. Teasing apart the influence of car- Foreign Exchange
“This warm phase is reinforcing bon pollution and natural variation
long-term climate change,” lead au- has long bedevilled scientists trying EURO USA CAN UK AUS SWISS H.KONG JAP
thor Florian Sevellec, a climate sci- hey to quantify the impact of climate EURO - 1.14 1.49 .89 1.56 1.14 9.00 126.00
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to continue for at least five years.” the problem in a different way. AUS .64 .73 .95 .57 - .70 5.70 81.00
Earth’s average surface tempera- First, they focused on the natural SWISS .88 1.01 1.33 .79 1.43 - 7.90 112.00
ture has always fluctuated. fluctuations that -- for most climate H.KONG .11 .13 .17 .10 .18 .13 - 14.10
Over the last million years, it vac- scientists -- are “noise” obscuring the JAP .01 .01 .01 .01 .01 .01 .07 -
illated roughly every 100,000 years climate change fingerprint.

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Space race “We’ve seen increases in imports” Cyber laws unveiled
SpaceX vows manned flight Canada imports of cheap steel diverted from US by tariffs surges Tech giants face hefty fines
to space station is on track Canada’s finance minister warned steel imports. He noted that any ac- under Australia cyber laws
Tuesday that US tariffs on steel have
tion would target specific products,
Tech magnate Elon Musk’s SpaceX led to a spike in imports of cheap for- and not countries, listing a few of Tech companies could face fines of
vowed Monday to send its first astro- eign steel that threaten the local indus- them: steel plates, concrete reinforc- up to Aus$10 million (US$7.3 mil-
nauts into orbit on schedule next year try. “We’ve seen increases in imports,” ing bars, steel tubular products, hot lion) if they fail to hand over cus-
-- part of a drive to restore America’s Minister Bill Morneau told reporters. rolled sheets, pre-painted steel, stain- tomer information or data to Austra-
dominance of the space race. “We’re concerned with, as a matter less steel wires, and wire rods. lian police under tough cyber laws
Gwynne Shotwell, the aerospace of fact of tariffs that have been im- “We want to make sure that we unveiled Tuesday.
manufacturer’s president, told jour- posed in the United States, that there keep the market stable, that we deal The government is updating its
nalists in Los Angeles an unmanned will be producers in other parts of with import surges in a way that communication laws to compel local
flight to the International Space Sta- the world that will divert their steel doesn’t harm Canadian producers and international providers to co-op-
tion in November would pave the to Canada, causing harm to Canadian and workers,” Morneau said. erate with law enforcement agencies,
way for a manned mission in April producers,” he said. The United States in June unveiled saying criminals were using technol-
2019. Morneau said he would consult 25 percent tariffs on steel products, ogy, including encryption, to hide
“Predicting launch dates could with industry executives over the and 10 percent on aluminum. Ottawa their activities.
make a liar out of the best of us. I hope coming weeks before deciding on hit back with retaliatory tariffs on The legislation, first canvassed
I am not proven to be a liar on this measures to block the surge in cheap July 1. by Canberra last year, will take into
one,” she said. NASA awarded con- account privacy concerns by “ex-
tracts to SpaceX and Boeing in 2014 as “Following the US sanctions on Iran ...” pressly” preventing the weakening
part of its commercial crew program, of encryption or the introduction of
aimed at helping private industry build UK investor halts Iran solar project over US sanctions so-called backdoors, Cyber Security
spaceships to reach low-Earth orbit. British group Quercus, an investor Trump’s withdrawal from a nuclear Minister Angus Taylor said.
On August 3 the agency named in renewable energy, said Tuesday it accord in May. Taylor said over the past year,
the first nine astronauts who will fly will halt work on a major solar plant Trump insisted that the 2015 deal some 200 operations involving seri-
to space on Boeing and SpaceX ve- in Iran after the country was hit by with Iran -- designed to prevent the ous criminal and terrorism-related
hicles in 2019 -- a mix of novices US economic sanctions. Islamic republic from developing a investigations were negatively im-
and veterans. Those named for the “Following the US sanctions on nuclear weapon and that was signed pacted by the current laws.
SpaceX test crew include shuttle vet- Iran, we have decided to cease all ac- also by Britain, China, France, Ger- “We know that more than 90 per-
erans Bob Behnken, Michael Hop- tivities in the country, including our many and Russia -- did not go far cent of data lawfully intercepted by
kins and Douglas Hurley, alongside 600 MW (megawatt) project,” Quer- enough. the Australian Federal Police now
naval aviator Victor Glover, a novice cus chief executive Diego Biasi said Several major foreign companies uses some form of encryption,” he
to spaceflight. The flights to the ISS Tuesday in comments later confirmed have either already exited Iran or are added in a statement.
will be the first leaving US soil to by a company spokesman. planning to cease activities in the “We must ensure our laws reflect
put people into orbit since the iconic The US last week reimposed sanc- country as a result of the US sanctions the rapid take-up of secure online
space shuttle program ended in 2011. tions on Iran after President Donald impacting their business activities. communications by those who seek
to do us harm.”
Revised estimate The US Justice Department announced Tuesday The laws have been developed in
Eurozone growth revised US finalizes $4.9 bn fine on RBS for financial crisis conduct consultation with the tech and com-
munications industries and Taylor
“Many Americans suffered lasting stressed that the government did not
higher, matches Britain Britain’s Royal Bank of Scotland will economic harm as a result of the 2008 want to “break the encryption sys-
pay $4.9 billion to settle charges it
Economic growth in the eurozone misled investors on mortgage-backed financial crisis,” said Acting Associate tems” of companies.
was better than previously thought in securities ahead of the financial cri- Attorney General Jesse Panuccio. “This “The (law enforcement) agencies
the second quarter, matching Brexit- sis, the US Justice Department an- settlement holds RBS accountable for are convinced we can get the balance
bound Britain’s, according to a re- nounced Tuesday. Edinburgh-based serious misconduct that contributed right here,” he told broadcaster ABC.
vised estimate by the EU on Tuesday. RBS committed a variety of ills as- to that financial crisis, and it sends an “We are only asking them to do
Figures released by Eurostat sociated with the underwriting and important message that the Department what they are capable of doing. We
showed that growth hit 0.4 percent in packaging of subprime loans into se- of Justice will pursue financial institu- are not asking them to create vulner-
the 19-country single currency bloc curities that became toxic in the US tions that illicitly harm the American abilities in their systems that will re-
in the April to June period, and had housing bust, US officials said. economy and our consumers.” duce the security because we know
not slowed to 0.3 percent as previ- we need high levels of security in
ously thought. “No assurances can be given regarding the likelihood” our communications.”
The new figure means growth has The type of help that could be re-
remained the same as in the first quar- Tesla board forms committee to consider going private quested by Canberra will include
ter of 2018. It also means that British Tesla’s board of directors said Tues- to any transaction proposed by Mr. asking a provider to remove elec-
growth no longer outpaces the euro- day it formed a special committee to Musk.” It added that no transaction tronic protections, concealing covert
zone’s in the second quarter. Figures consider chief executive Elon Musk’s would be consummated without the operations by government agencies,
released on Friday had showed that proposal to take the electric auto gi- approval of the special committee. and helping with access to devices or
the UK’s Gross Domestic Product ant private. “No assurances can be given re- services.
grew 0.4 percent in the three months Musk disclosed on Monday that he garding the likelihood, terms and If companies did not comply with
to the end of June Supporters of Brit- had been in talks with Saudi Arabia’s details of any proposal or potential the requests, they face fines of up
ain’s exit from the EU next year had sovereign wealth fund and other po- going private transaction, that any to Aus$10 million, while individu-
said that the faster growth showed tential investors on a plan that would proposal made by Mr. Musk ... will als could be hit with penalties of up
Britain was more competitive than delist Tesla from the stock market. be accepted by the special commit- to Aus$50,000. The requests can be
the eurozone despite mounting con- By going private, Tesla could op- tee,” the statement said. challenged in court.
cerns over Brexit negotiations. erate without requirements for finan- Musk said that the Saudi Ara- The draft legislation expands the
Germany, the eurozone’s biggest cial reports and other pressures of a bian sovereign wealth fund “has ap- obligations to assist investigators
economy, posted 0.5 percent growth publicly traded firm. But it could also proached me multiple times” start- from domestic telecom businesses
in the second quarter while France lose visibility and limit its ability to ing in early 2017 about taking Tesla to encompass foreign companies, in-
was at 0.2 percent. raise capital. private and had already taken a stake cluding any communications provid-
Growth across the 28-nation EU A statement Tuesday from Tesla’s of nearly five percent though share ers operating in Australia.
was also at 0.4 percent in the second board said the special committee “has purchases. The Digital Industry Group (DIGI),
quarter, Eurostat said. the full power and authority of the He said the Saudis were interested which represents tech firms includ-
When the EU initially estimated board of directors to take any and all “because of the important need to di- ing Facebook, Google, Twitter and
the eurozone’s second quarter growth actions on behalf of the board of di- versify away from oil” and added that Oath in Australia, said the providers
at 0.3 percent it blamed global trade rectors as it deems necessary to eval- the sovereign fund “has more than were already working with police to
tensions fuelled by US President uate and negotiate a potential going enough capital needed to execute on respond to requests within existing
Donald Trump. private transaction and alternatives such a transaction.” laws and their terms of service.

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The Australian will next face Croatian Borna Coric, who beat Daniil Medvedev 6-2, 6-3 Two-time world champion
Big-serving Kyrgios saves match point to beat Kudla Alonso to retire from Formu-
la One at end of season
Nick Kyrgios served 39 aces, includ- Two-time world champion Fernando
ing one to save match point, to power Alonso announced on Tuesday that
into the second round of the Cin- he will retire from Formula One at
cinnati Masters with a dramatic 6-7 the end of the season after his re-
(2/7), 7-5, 7-6 (11/9) win over Denis cent struggles with underachieving
Kudla on Tuesday. McLaren.
Last year’s losing finalist Kyrgios The 37-year-old Spaniard -- who
finally saw off the plucky American has 32 Grand Prix wins to his credit
on his sixth match point. in 17 seasons -- has become increas-
The Australian will next face Croa- ingly disenchanted with Formula One
tian Borna Coric, who beat Daniil as the once all-powerful McLaren
Medvedev 6-2, 6-3. team have fallen way off the pace.
The 23-year-old Kyrgios has strug- Alonso -- who in 2005 became the
gled since Wimbledon, retiring from youngest ever Formula One world
his second-round match against Cam- champion while driving for Renault
eron Norrie in Atlanta before losing before defending his title the following
at the first hurdle to Stan Wawrinka year -- has garnered 44 points this sea-
in last week’s Rogers Cup. son and is ninth in the drivers’ cham-
But the world number 18 dug deep pionship. Alonso went on to drive for
against Kudla after losing a first-set McLaren for a year in 2007 followed
tie-break, saving three break points by a return to Renault and then four
in game 11 of the second set, before Nick Kyrgios serves to Denis Kudla (Photo AFP) years at Ferrari, before beginning his
levelling the match on his third set set for an apparent back problem. in Toronto last week, put out Spain’s second spell with McLaren in 2015.
point and winning a thrilling decid- Sock discussed the situation with of- Albert Ramos-Vinolas 2-6, 6-3, 6-2. “I have seen you (Formula One)
ing breaker. ficials before opting to play on, but In the women’s draw, Czech ninth changing, sometimes for good, oth-
South Korea’s Chung Hyeon ral- Chung, an Australian Open semi- seed Karolina Pliskova made a per- ers, in my opinion, for bad,” said
lied past a struggling Jack Sock for a finalist earlier this year, charged sonal breakthrough as she beat Ag- Alonso, who on three occasions fin-
2-6, 6-1, 6-2 victory. through the remainder of the match to nieszka Radwanska for the first time ished runner-up in the drivers’ cham-
Chung handed the slumping Amer- set up a showdown with fourth seed after seven previous straight-sets pionship while at Ferrari.
ican an eighth straight defeat, with Juan Martin del Potro. losses to the Pole, winning 6-3, 6-3. “And this year, while still driving
Sock’s last win coming in the open- Unseeded Milos Raonic advanced “It was a tough round for me be- at my best, is how I want to remem-
ing round at Rome three months ago. past Serb Dusan Lajovic 6-3, 6-3 at cause I’ve never beaten her, never ber you.”
The 22-year-old Korean, who the combined ATP and WTA event, even taken a set,” said Pliskova. “I Alonso, whose best finish for
pulled out of Toronto last week with the last major tune-up prior to the US was so happy when I won the first set McLaren so far was 10th in 2016,
injury, prevailed after Sock took a Open on August 27. Russian Karen because I thought, ‘Finally, one set said he would carry on endeavour-
long medical timeout in the second Khachanov, who reached the last four for me!’” ing to finish with a flourish. “After
17 wonderful years in this amazing
The two companies announced Tuesday sport, it’s time for me to make a
change and move on,” said Alonso
Coca-Cola takes stake in Kobe Bryant-backed sports drink in a statement.
Coca-Cola has taken a stake in which owns Gatorade, face chal- beverage company,” said Coca-Cola “There are still several Grands Prix
BodyArmor, a sports drink supported lenges growing soda sales because of North America President Jim Din- to go this season, and I will take part
by Kobe Bryant, in the soda giant’s concerns about obesity and artificial kins. in them with more commitment and
latest bid to challenge market leader sweeteners. Retired basketball star Bryant, passion than ever.” He left the door
Gatorade, the two companies an- The joint press release emphasized now the number three shareholder in slightly ajar, saying in a statement
nounced Tuesday. that BodyArmor contains no artificial BodyArmor, took a direct shot at the posted on the McLaren website he
Coca-Cola will take a minority colors or flavors and that a diet ver- competition. could return when it is “the right mo-
stake in BodyArmor that could later sion of the drink is naturally sweet- “Proud of our team at @Drink- ment for me to be back in the series”,
be increased and grant the smaller ened. BODYARMOR & our new partner- but the personal message on his Twit-
company access to the Coca-Cola BodyArmor will be “a strong of- ship with the @CocaColaCo who ter account sounded like a farewell.
bottling system. Terms were not dis- fering to our system alongside our al- believes in our mission of becoming Alonso, whose first win came in
closed in a joint statement. The move ready powerful hydration portfolio as the #1 Global Sports Drink,” he said the 2003 Hungarian Grand Prix but
comes as Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, we accelerate our position as a total on Twitter. who hasn’t won since the Spanish
Grand Prix five years ago, says new
“The difficulty level of the mountain is extreme” challenges await.
The former Ferrari star is known
Myanmar climbers eye Hkakabo Razi -- the peak conquered only once to be keen to complete the ‘Triple
A two-week jungle trek followed by sucking leeches. But it is the chal- 32, aspire to make history as the first Crown’ of world Formula One
a sheer climb up avalanche-prone lenging climb itself that has thwarted all-Myanmar team to summit the champion, winning the 24 Hour Le
slopes to a jagged ridge of icy pin- nearly all of the handful of attempts mountain. They also hope to settle Mans race and the Indy500 -- he has
nacles awaits three Myanmar moun- to reach the summit, one of which re- a decades-long dispute over whether achieved the first two of those aims.
taineers planning to take on Hkakabo sulted in a deadly rescue attempt. Hkakabo Razi or the nearby Gamlang “Let’s see what the future brings;
Razi, a peak so treacherous it has “The difficulty level of the moun- Razi -- also in Myanmar -- claims the new exciting challenges are around
been conquered only once. tain is extreme,” Zaw Zin Khine, 32, honour as the region’s highest. the corner,” said Alonso.
Believed to be the highest in told AFP during a break from a train- The three climbers, now waiting for “I’m having one of the happiest
Southeast Asia, the mountain stands ing session on a limestone karst cliff the right window in the weather to start times ever in my life but I need to go
at an estimated 5,881 metres (19,294 in eastern Karen state. their expedition, have been in intensive on exploring new adventures.”
feet) in the northern tip of Myanmar The team will have to negotiate training for months, including a trip to McLaren -- whose unpopular rac-
near the border with China and India, precipitous faces of loose scree, fre- Nepal and sessions in a Yangon gym, ing director Eric Boullier resigned in
a Himalayan cap of the largely tropi- quent avalanches and a choice be- wearing masks to simulate low-oxygen early July -- issued a statement bor-
cal nation. tween ridges spiked with towers of levels at altitude. Team member Pyae dering on a eulogy to the Spaniard.
The formidable route to the top rock and shrouded in snow and ice. Phyo Aung is one of only two people “Fernando is not only an out-
starts with a gruelling 240-kilome- “There is a risk we won’t come from Myanmar to have summited standing ambassador for McLaren
tre (150-mile) slog by foot through back alive,” the climber added. Mount Everest but he says Hkakabo but also for Formula 1,” said Zak
Kachin state’s dense jungle, filled He and his two partners Pyae Phyo Razi’s isolation and lack of infrastruc- Brown, McLaren Racing’s CEO in
with venomous snakes and blood- Aung, 36, and Aung Khaing Myint, ture makes it far more perilous. a statement.

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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.
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18 Awake 12 Commercial
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20 Large (abbr.) 15 Cincinnati baseball team
21 British princess 16 Organization of Petroleum Exporting
23 Government agency Countries
25 Bounciness 20 No Nonsense competitor
29 Workout place 22 Annoying, like a bug bite
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32 Salon 27 Computer picture button
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Monday, August 13th
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Boot Camp Training: 8:00 am –9:00 am
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