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Important news for important people Volume 3084 Tuesday February 06, 2018
International Business Sports
Moscow authorities battled to clear SpaceX is poised for the first test Chris Froome said Monday he is Cabo San Lucas
streets and told children they could launch Tuesday of its Falcon Heavy, “confident” of progress in a probe into Cloudy
skip school as the city was blanketed which aims to become the world’s his adverse doping test as the British Sunrise: 6:58 AM
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“We’re still negotiating the contents and the duration of that” Military base
Trump defiant as deadlines loom on budget, immigration Okinawa vote seen as boosting
Japan’s bid to relocate US base
retary Steven Mnuchin has warned Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Monday
Congress that the Treasury has only welcomed the result of a mayoral
enough cash to pay its bills through election in the southern Japanese is-
February 28, without hitting the debt land of Okinawa seen as key to push-
limit and using extraordinary mea- ing ahead with a decades-old plan to
sures to keep payments flowing. relocate a US military base.
That is earlier than expected, the Taketoyo Toguchi, a candidate
Congressional Budget Office said, backed by Abe’s ruling bloc, narrow-
because last year’s $1.5 trillion tax ly won Sunday’s vote in the town of
cut is resulting in less federal reve- Nago in northern Okinawa, prevent-
nue. The crammed to-do list is further ing incumbent Susumu Inamine from
jeopardized by the partisan feuding serving a third term, the local election
gripping Washington over an explo- board said.
sive Republican memorandum that Inamine is a strong opponent of
Trump declassified on Friday. the joint US-Japan project to move
House Intelligence Committee the US Marines’ Futenma Air Sta-
chairman Devin Nunes argues in the tion from an urban area in the south
document that the FBI engaged in of Okinawa to Nago, which lies on
abuse of power by relying on unsub- the coast. Toguchi has not openly dis-
stantiated evidence to authorize sur- cussed his position on the relocation
veillance of a Trump campaign aide. plan, running instead on a pledge to
US President Donald Trump (Photo AFP) In a strongly worded letter to the boost the city’s tourism.
Bitterly divided US lawmakers grams and the military, as lawmakers president, top Democrats including Local media had dubbed the race
faced a shrinking window Monday seek to finalize a budget for the re- congressman Adam Schiff warned of a “proxy war” between Okinawa
to reach elusive deals on immigra- mainder of 2018. “a constitutional crisis” should he use governor Takeshi Onaga, who is op-
tion and federal spending, as Presi- Republican leaders have already the memo as a pretext to fire the spe- posed to the US base plan, and Abe’s
dent Donald Trump complained he acknowledged they will not meet cial prosecutor heading an investiga- government, with the vote seen as a
is getting zero cooperation from Thursday’s deadline for a spending tion into possible collusion between precursor to Okinawa’s gubernatorial
Democrats. bill, and will have to pass yet another Trump’s campaign and Moscow. election later this year.
Trump vowed during his State of stopgap measure -- with help from Trump fired back on Twitter: “Lit- Abe welcomed Toguchi’s victory
the Union address last week to “ex- Democrats -- to avoid a new govern- tle Adam Schiff, who is desperate to in comments Monday.
tend an open hand” to both parties ment shutdown. run for higher office, is one of the “I’m really grateful for the victory
in pursuing an immigration deal that House Speaker Paul Ryan said biggest liars and leakers in Washing- and I appreciate Nago citizens for
shields 1.8 million undocumented while both sides were “making prog- ton,” he said. “Must be stopped!” electing him,” he told reporters.
migrants from deportation -- in ex- ress,” a temporary spending bill was Against this toxic backdrop, law- “On the base issue, I will proceed
change for curbs on legal immigra- necessary to keep the lights on in makers are bracing for a heavyweight with the plan with the understanding
tion. But his proposal has been sav- Washington. brawl on immigration. of the citizens,” Abe said.
aged by Democrats, and Trump’s “We’re still negotiating the con- Last September, Trump decided Japan and the United States agreed
“open hand” was soon wagging an tents and the duration of that,” he to end DACA, meaning that its ben- in 1996 to move the base from the
accusatory finger at an opposition he said. Lawmakers are smarting from eficiaries, the “Dreamers,” could face town of Ginowan to the Nago coast
accuses of refusing to help replace an embarrassing three-day shutdown deportation if Congress fails to act. but the plan has been stalled due to
the program known as Deferred Ac- last month, when Democrats refused Last week he unveiled a proposal opposition from many residents of
tion for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to back a spending measure that that put Democrats in a bind. It would Okinawa, which hosts the bulk of
before a March deadline. did not address the situation of the place 1.8 million immigrants, includ- some 47,000 US troops based in Ja-
“Any deal on DACA that does not “Dreamers” -- hundreds of thousands ing some 700,000 Dreamers, on a pan. Several recent incidents have
include STRONG border security of immigrants brought to the country pathway to citizenship -- a top prior- fuelled local opposition, including an
and the desperately needed WALL is as children. ity for the opposition. emergency landing by an American
a total waste of time,” Trump tweeted Senate Majority Leader Mitch But it would also require tighten- military helicopter two weeks ago.
Monday, referring to his long-sought McConnell said this time he did not ing border security including through A series of crimes including rapes,
wall on the US border with Mexico. expect a repeat of the shutdown, for $25 billion for Trump’s border wall, assaults, hit-and-run and drink-driv-
“March 5th is rapidly approaching which both camps have traded blame. ending the green-card visa lottery, ing accidents by US personnel have
and the Dems seem not to care about “There’s no education in the sec- and curtailing the family reunifica- also triggered protests on Okinawa,
DACA. Make a deal!” ond kick of a mule,” the Kentucky tion procedure that prioritizes rela- and are a frequent irritant in relations
Congress has also been haggling lawmaker said. Complicating the tives of US citizens in immigrating to between close security allies Japan
over spending caps for domestic pro- legislative schedule, Treasury Sec- the country. and the United States.

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Nationalist bastion “But nevertheless there has been no collapse or catastrophe”
Macron in high-stakes visit Moscow authorities struggle to clear record snowfall
to nationalist Corsica
Emmanuel Macron embarks on one Moscow authorities battled to clear
of the trickiest visits of his young streets and told children they could
presidency Tuesday when he travels skip school as the city was blanketed
to Corsica, a nationalist bastion de- by its heaviest snowfall in 100 years.
manding greater freedom from the The city hall said that 45 centime-
highly centralised French state. tres (17 inches) of snow had fallen
Macron’s visit comes two months between Saturday and Monday morn-
after a nationalist alliance trounced ing, or 20 percent more than the aver-
Macron’s centrist Republic on the age for the whole month.
Move party in regional elections, Up to 20 centimetres more was ex-
boosting their quest for greater auton- pected to fall on Monday with tem-
omy for the island of 330,000 people. peratures forecast to fall to minus 17
On Saturday, thousands of nation- degrees Celsius (1.4 degrees Fahren-
alists set the tone for his two-day stay heit) by evening, officials warned.
with a peaceful march in the island’s Mayor Sergei Sobyanin told jour-
capital Ajaccio to demand “democ- nalists: “The snowfall of the century
racy” and “respect for the Corsican as it’s been called has descended on
people”. Moscow” and resulted in “a huge
Speaking to RTL radio on Monday, amount of snow and thousands of
the leader of the regional govern- toppled trees,” RIA Novosti news
ment, Gilles Simeoni, said Macron’s agency reported.
visit had the potential to be “historic”. “But nevertheless there has been no A bulldozer shovels snow off Red Square as snow falls in Moscow (Photo AFP)
“There is an historic window of collapse or catastrophe,” he stressed. from the city hall that the snowfall was temperature falls below minus 35
opportunity to end the cycle of con- RIA Novosti dubbed the conditions an all-time record. degrees Celsius. The emergency ser-
flict,” Simeoni said, referring to the a “snowy apocalypse”. The defence Early Monday morning, the city vices also urged drivers to use public
nearly four-decade bombing cam- ministry has sent soldiers to help clear announced that children need not transport unless there was “extreme
paign conducted by the National snowdrifts on Moscow’s streets as re- come to school -- although they need” due to the risk of snowdrifts
Liberation Front of Corsica (FLNC) quested by city officials, it said in a would stay open. and black ice. Mayor Sobyanin said
before a 2014 ceasefire. statement. “In the first five days of Feb- “Due to the bad weather, we have on Sunday that the sheer weight of
The Corsican question has plagued ruary the monthly average (snowfall) announced that attending lessons in snow had toppled 2,000 trees, and the
French governments for decades. was reached,” Nadezhda Tochenova, Moscow schools is optional,” city city authorities said more than 100 of
Unlike Catalonia, leaders of the the deputy head of Russia’s Hydro- hall’s website said. those fell on cars.
picturesque island where Napoleon metcentre weather research centre told Usually schools in Russia close “One person died from a falling
Bonaparte was born have stressed AFP. “That’s an anomaly of course.” only when temperatures fall extreme- tree that hit an electric power line,”
that they are not seeking full indepen- A depth of snow of 55 centimetres was ly low. For example, in the Siberian Sobyanin said on his personal web-
dence -- for the time being. measured at one city weather station, city of Krasnoyarsk, older school site, adding the victim was a 27-year-
The island remains economically Tochenova said, while denying claims children can only skip school if the old man.
dependent on the mainland.
Macron had suggested during cam- Reports Turkey has carried out air strikes
paigning for president that he was
prepared to go further than his pre- Armed man shot trying to Lebanon Kurds protest Turkey’s Syria offensive
decessors in recognising the distinct Hundreds of Kurds protested in Leb- The Kurds in Syria were the main
nature of Corsica, which has its own enter Iran presidency anon on Monday against Turkey’s partner on the ground for the US-led
language. Iranian security forces shot and military offensive in Syria’s Kurdish coalition that has carried out thousands
But so far his government has wounded a man wielding a bladed enclave of Afrin. Several demon- of air strikes against the jihadists since
appeared reluctant to give into the weapon who tried to force his way strations in support of Syria’s Kurds 2014. They spearheaded a massive
nationalists’ demands, particularly into the presidential compound in have taken place in the Lebanese offensive that last year expelled IS
the idea of an amnesty for prisoners central Tehran on Monday, media re- capital and across the world since from Raqa, the city that was the inner
jailed for separatist violence. ported. Ankara launched its operation last sanctum of its now-defunct “caliph-
Other demands include expanded “An individual wearing a shroud month. ate”. Now many feel the United States
use and recognition of the Corsican tried to push through the doors of the The demonstrators, some of them and its allies in the coalition are do-
language and measures to give locals presidential complex and was warned refugees and others members of ing little to protect them from neigh-
preferential access to the property by security guards,” Tehran’s deputy Lebanon’s long-established Kurdish bouring Turkey, which is alarmed by
market -- a move aimed at keeping governor for security Mohsen Nasj- community, held their protest near the consolidation of Kurdish-held
out wealthy mainlanders. Hamedani told the Fars and Tasnim the US embassy on the outskirts of territory along its border with Syria.
The official purpose of Macron’s news agencies. Beirut. Turkey has carried out air strikes
visit is to commemorate Claude Eri- It was not clear if the assailant was “We brought an end to the Islamic and used its Syrian rebel allies to at-
gnac, the state’s top representative on wounded at a checkpoint outside the State group in the world and now the tack the Kurdish People’s Protection
the island who was assassinated 20 presidential compound or at the en- entire world is against us,” said one Units (YPG), a group Ankara consid-
years ago in a nationalist attack that trance to the complex which houses demonstrator, who gave his name as ers a terrorist organisation linked to
shocked the country and brought tens President Hassan Rouhani’s office. Rida and who was originally from the Kurdish insurgency active on its
of thousands of Corsicans onto the “The person was prevented from Afrin. own soil.
street in protest. going further and was wounded by
Macron will lead a ceremony at the police gunshots,” Nasj-Hamedani
spot in Ajaccio where Erignac was said, adding that authorities were
gunned down while on the way to the trying to determine the individual’s
theatre with his wife. identity and motive.
Simeoni, a moderate nationalist, Mehr news agency said the man
will attend the ceremony but his more was 35 years old and had been
radical coalition partner, separatist wounded in the leg.
assembly president Jean-Guy Tala- Tehran governor Mohammad Hos-
moni, will pointedly stay away. sein Moghimi said the assailant was
In an opinion piece in Le Monde, hospitalised. “We are waiting for that
Talamoni urged Macron to “send a person’s health to improve so that we
very strong sign of openness and dia- can begin interrogating him,” Moghi-
logue” on his visit. mi said.

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The Delta IV Heavy costs about $350 million per launch, according to United Launch Alliance Wall Street Indexes
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The destination is deep space, into Space Station. nearly 141,000 pounds (64 metric Most Active Stocks
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close to the Red Planet itself. and restores the possibility of flying Previous rockets that are no longer Amex
Musk has cautioned that the maid- missions with crew to the Moon or in commission have been more pow- AT&T
en launch of the Falcon Heavy may Mars,” SpaceX said in a statement. erful than the Falcon Heavy -- includ- B. of America
indeed fail. “When Falcon Heavy lifts off, it ing the Saturn V moon rocket, last Boeing
“Will be in deep space for a billion will be the most powerful operational flown in 1973, which delivered more Caterpillar
years or so if it doesn’t blow up on rocket in the world by a factor of payload to orbit. Chevron
Cisco Systems
“We intend to keep it that way”
Coca Cola
Powell sworn in as 16th US Federal Reserve chair Dupont
Former investment banker Jerome posed. Powell also said the banking Barack Obama in 2012, the year the Exxon Mobil
“Jay” Powell was sworn in Monday reforms enacted since the 2008 crisis Fed adopted a two percent target for General Electric
as the 16th leader of the US Federal made the financial sector stronger. annual inflation. H.P.
Reserve, taking a key role in oversee- “We intend to keep it that way,” Inflation has run below target since Home Depot
ing the world’s largest economy. he said in comments after taking the then, allowing former Chair Janet IBM
Perhaps the wealthiest Fed chair oath of office. Yellen to leave the post amid low Intel
ever, Powell, 65, takes the reins of But he struck a note of balance, price pressures, steady growth and Johnson & Johnson
monetary policy just as a decade of perhaps a nod to the Trump admin- rising employment. JPMorgan
economic recovery has begun to istration priority to reduce regulatory Despite her solid record, Yellen, Kraft Heinz Co
crest, and as analysts are pointing to burdens in the economy. “We will also the first woman to lead the Fed, be- McDonalds
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for the central bank to follow strict can households and businesses.” cal pressures following December’s United Tech.
formulas in setting interest rates -- a Powell joined the Fed as a gov- massive tax cut and concerns infla- Verizon
requirement Fed officials have op- ernor appointed by then-President tion may finally be poised to heat up. Wal-Mart
Walt Disney
The price hike steps up the pressure on California-based Qualcomm
Broadcom sweetens bid for Qualcomm to $121 bn
Broadcom raised its bid for rival would be off the table if it fails to win would evaluate it “consistent with its phone chips, is well-positioned for
computer chipmaker Qualcomm on approval next month by shareholders. fiduciary duties” and “in consultation emerging technologies for connected
Monday to $121 billion, offering the The new bid represents $82 per with its financial and legal advisors.” devices and 5G, or the fifth genera-
richest-ever takeover effort in the Qualcomm share, up from a previ- Up to now, Qualcomm has rejected tion of wireless networks.
tech sector in an effort to become the ous offer of $70 a share, and was said the tie-up, with CEO Steve Mollen- If completed, the deal would be
dominant player in the fast-growing to be 50 percent higher than Qual- kopf arguing last year there was “no the largest-ever in the tech sector and
market for connected devices. comm’s share price before the tie-up real path to value” with Broadcom. create a powerful player in the boom-
Singapore-based Broadcom, which was proposed in November. Mollenkopf, in comments in De- ing sector fueled by growth in smart-
has begun a process to reincorporate “We continue to hope you choose cember, maintained that Qualcomm, phones and an array of connected de-
in the United States, called the hostile to engage with us for the benefit of the leading global supplier of smart- vices from cars to wearables.
bid its “best and final offer.” your stockholders,” Tan said.
The price hike steps up the pres- “However, we will withdraw this
sure on California-based Qualcomm, proposal and cease our pursuit of Foreign Exchange
the dominant producer of chips for Qualcomm immediately following
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Survey “As for the sales of oil and trade in oil that exist” UN
US services sector sees US mulling sanctions on Venezuela oil: Tillerson US tax overhaul could see
“Obviously sanctioning oil or pro-
record growth in January The United States said Sunday it has hibiting the oil to be sold in the Unit- $2.0 trillion repatriated
not ruled out sanctions on Venezuelan
The US services sector expanded at oil as it turns the screw on President ed States ... is something we continue The recent US tax overhaul could
a record pace in January, springing Nicolas Maduro, but is wary of hurt- to consider,” Tillerson said, while ac- prompt US multinationals to repatri-
to life after slowing for two straight ing the country’s people. knowledging Faurie’s concerns. ate around $2.0 trillion (1.6 trillion
months, according to a business sur- Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is “As the foreign minister indicated, euros), making a significant impact
vey released Monday. in Argentina during a tour of Latin our disagreements are with the Ven- on global foreign direct investment,
The record growth represented the America to bolster a common front ezuelan regime not with the people, the UN said Monday.
96th month of uninterrupted expan- against Venezuela’s bid to hold a the Venezuelan people are suffering The forecast from the United Na-
sion and was driven higher by surg- presidential election that opponents mightily in the current circumstanc- tions Conference on Trade and De-
ing new orders and rising employ- deem illegitimate. es.” velopment (UNCTAD) came just
ment, but also saw prices tick higher, The top US diplomat has received Tillerson said oil sanctions could over a month after US President Don-
according to the Institute for Supply support from other governments in be deployed if it is decided that this ald Trump signed into law a sweep-
Management. the Americas, including on Sunday would bring the crisis to a more rapid ing and controversial overhaul of the
ISM’s monthly non-manufacturing from his Argentine counterpart For- end “because not doing anything to US tax code, offering dramatic tax
index jumped 3.9 points to 59.9 per- eign Minister Jorge Faurie, but some bring this to an end is also asking cuts for corporations and temporary
cent, seasonally adjusted, the highest are cautious about sanctions. the Venezuelan people to suffer for a reductions for individuals.
since the survey began in 2008. At a joint news conference, Tiller- much longer time.” In its annual report on trends in
The result far outshot a consensus son -- a former chief of oil giant Exx- But he added that Washington was foreign direct investment (FDI) -- a
analyst forecast, which called for the onMobil -- confirmed the ultimate also looking at how to “mitigate the measure of cross-border private sec-
index to rise just slightly to 56.7 per- option of sanctioning Venezuela’s impact on US business interests.” tor investments -- UNCTAD warned
cent. Any reading above 50 percent key oil sector is under consideration, Faurie agreed with Tillerson that that the US tax reform package would
indicates growth. but that Washington shares its allies’ Maduro’s attempt to call an election have “significant implications for
Anthony Nieves, chair of ISM’s concerns. on terms set by Venezuela’s non- global FDI patterns over the coming
non-manufacturing survey commit- Oil-rich and once one of the elected Constituent Assembly was years.” The tax overhaul “will affect
tee, told reporters that a pickup in wealthiest countries in Latin Amer- illegitimate and would be rejected by the multinationals and their affili-
growth in the services sector more ica, Venezuela under Maduro faces Argentina. ates,” James Zhan, who heads UNC-
typically comes in February. economic collapse and widespread “As for the sales of oil and trade in TAD’s investment and enterprise di-
“Indications are that this is prob- popular protest. The US, Canada and oil that exist, that is particularly im- vision, told reporters in Geneva.
ably a month sooner than what we the European Union have imposed portant, we should closely follow up He said the affected multinationals
see going into a new year,” he said in economic sanctions targeting Maduro on this to ensure appropriate balance account for nearly half of the some
a conference call. loyalists seen as profiteers or human between what the Venezuelan nation $26 trillion in current FDI stock,
“The heart of the economy has rights abusers. needs and what is being used by the which measures the total level of
come out really strong for the month Tillerson did not push back against leaders of the Venezuelan govern- global direct investments at a given
of January,” due to the confidence the suggestion that sanctions on oil ment,” he said. Maduro shot back, in point.
within companies in the key sector. might also hurt US companies that a video on Facebook, saying that Til- “The reform (could) lead to the re-
The orders index jumped 8.2 points have built refineries in the southern lerson “has just threatened us with an patriation of almost $2.0 trillion of re-
to 62.7 percent while the employment United States geared to accept Ven- oil boycott. Well, we are ready. Noth- turned earnings,” Zhan said, referring
index rose 5.3 points to 61.6 percent. ezuelan crude. ing and nobody is going to stop us.” to the amount of easily-repatriated
FDI cash US multinationals are esti-
“Oppression as a bar to extradition requires a high threshold, not readily surmounted” mated to be holding abroad.
The new tax bill, which slashes the
UK judges block US extradition of alleged hacker Lauri Love corporate tax rate to 21 percent from
British judges on Monday agreed to Love, who has dual British and “I’m not saying that I’m looking 35 percent previously, could entice
block the extradition to the United Finnish citizenship, suffers from As- forward to being prosecuted but I some businesses to return with the
States of a man accused of hacking perger’s syndrome and has also been think that there is a better chance that promise of higher profits.
into thousands of American govern- diagnosed with depression. it will be done justly and fairly here in UNCTAD said the US move could
ment computers in a ruling that could After his arrest at his home in Brit- the UK,” Love said. lead to increased global tax competi-
set a precedent for similar pending ain in October 2013, his lawyers ar- “We’re not fighting for impunity. tion. “Over the longer term we may
cases. gued he would be prone to physical We’re fighting for what any other see that the US tax reform will trigger
Lauri Love, 33, has for several and mental danger in American pris- defendant would expect in the UK if tax reforms worldwide,” Zhan said.
years been battling extradition to face ons, and should instead face charges they’re accused of wrongdoing: that But according to UNCTAD’s anal-
multiple charges for allegedly hack- in Britain. they will be treated under the law of ysis, the most significant change in
ing into the networks of the US Fed- They appealed against a 2016 Brit- our country.” the US tax regime for multinationals
eral Reserve, US Army and NASA, ish court ruling in favour of extradi- Naomi Colvin, of the Courage le- is a shift away from a worldwide sys-
among others, in 2012 and 2013. tion, subsequently signed off by inte- gal support group, added: “the cam- tem, in which income earned around
“I am greatly relieved that I am rior minister Amber Rudd. paign’s slogan has been ‘a trial at the globe was taxed, but was only
no longer facing the prospect of be- Two High Court judges now hear- home’ -- that’s what we’ve been ask- payable when funds were repatriated
ing locked up for potentially the rest ing the latest appeal agreed with their ing for.” to the United States.
of my life in a country I have never argument, with the decision greeted But America may still try to force Under the new territorial system,
visited,” he said following the ruling. by raucous cheers from Love’s sup- his extradition through. where Washington only taxes income
“But I am also thankful for the porters who packed the court. The US has 14 days to lodge their earned in the United States and is of-
precedent that’s been set hopefully “Oppression as a bar to extradition grounds for appealing the decision to fering multinationals to pay a one-off
by this case.” requires a high threshold, not readily Britain’s Supreme Court, according tax on accumulated foreign income,
Kaim Todner, the law firm repre- surmounted,” wrote Judge Ian Bur- to Love’s lawyers. the companies have much less incen-
senting Love, hailed the ruling as a nett in a joint ruling released Monday. “We can’t really comment on the tive to hoard their foreign-made in-
“landmark judgement”. “But we are satisfied, in the par- likelihood of that happening,” said come outside the country.
“The British justice system has ticular combination of circumstances Kevin Kendridge, head of extradition UNCTAD pointed out that the last
taken the stance that we should deal here, that it would be oppressive to at Kaim Todner. time the United States offered a tax
with the matter ourselves, rather extradite Mr Love.” “We just have to wait for the 14- break on the repatriation of funds, in
than accept the US government’s de- However, the decision lays the day period.” 2005, firms brought home two-thirds
mands,” it said. groundwork for British prosectors A spokeswoman for the US De- of their foreign-retained earnings.
“It has also been recognised that to take on the case, with the judges partment of Justice said it was re- “Funds available for repatriation
mental health provisions in US pris- noting “it would not be oppressive to viewing the judgement and had no are today seven times larger than in
ons are not adequate to satisfy us that prosecute Love in England for the of- further comment. The High Court 2005,” UNCTAD pointed out.
Lauri would not have come to serious fences alleged against him”. ruling could impact on other extradi- The UN agency cautioned that the
harm if he were extradited,” the firm The defendant and his supporters tion requests pending against British impact of a possible major repatria-
said in a statement. welcomed the ruling. citizens by the US. tion of funds remained unclear.

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Froome will be part of Team Sky’s line-up for the five-day stage race in Andalusia Winter Olympics
Cycling: Froome to start season in Spain under doping cloud Flags welcome await North
Korea’s Olympic cheer squad
Chris Froome said Monday he is Tight security awaits North Korea’s
“confident” of progress in a probe 230 cheerleaders who will make this
into his adverse doping test as the exclusive South Korean mountain
British rider prepares for his first race resort their home-from-home from
of the season at this month’s Ruta del Wednesday during the Pyeongchang
Sol. Winter Olympics.
Froome will be part of Team Sky’s Flags of welcome are already fly-
line-up for the five-day stage race in ing here for the North Korean cheer-
Andalusia, southern Spain, which leaders -- mostly elite, attractive fe-
runs from February 14 to 18. males in their 20s -- who will arrive
Froome and his Team Sky revealed in a convoy of buses after crossing
in December that the 32-year-old had the world’s most heavily fortified
tested for elevated levels of the asth- border earlier in the day.
ma medication salbutamol during the The cheer squads are leading a
Vuelta a Espana, which he won for North Korean charm offensive in the
the first time in September. South following a diplomatic thaw
Although salbutamol is permitted between the two bitter rivals trig-
in certain doses, the four-time Tour gered by the nuclear-armed North’s
de France winner gave a urine read- agreement to take part in the Games.
ing of twice the allowed limit. North Korea’s ceremonial head of
However, as the medication can be state Kim Yong-Nam will attend the
taken legally, Froome was not sus- British cyclist Chris Froome of Sky Team (Photo AFP) opening ceremony on Friday.
pended by cycling’s governing body uation has created a lot of uncertainty. clusion is reached. “It is a complex Surrounded by mountains in the
the UCI but merely asked to explain I completely get why there has been situation but we’re working as hard sparsely populated town of Inje, the
the elevated reading. so much interest and speculation. as we can with Chris to resolve things Inje Speedium hotel, near to a 3.9 ki-
Team Sky said in December they “I hope that people will appreci- as soon as possible.” lometre auto racing track, is seen as
were providing information to the ate there are limits to what I can say Froome, who will line up in Spain an ideal spot for enforcing tight se-
UCI over the matter and confirmed in whilst the process is still ongoing but after spending the early part of the curity while at the same time main-
a statement on Monday that the pro- no one is keener than me to move year training in South Africa, last taining close surveillance on the large
cess was ongoing. things forward as quickly as pos- raced the Ruta del Sol in 2015, when group of Northerners.
“I’m confident that we will be able sible.” he took overall victory and picked up Aging low-rise apartments and
to get to the bottom of what has hap- Team principal Dave Brailsford a stage win along the way. army bases dot the rural town where
pened and I’m working hard with said: “We all recognise that these are “I have put in a hard training block a dozen South Korean flags wave in
the team to do that,” Froome said in difficult circumstances but it’s impor- in January,” said Froome. “It’s been the breeze against the chilly winter
the statement on the team’s website. tant for all sides that this process is good to be out on my bike and to get weather in the remote spot around
“Obviously I understand that this sit- conducted fairly before a final con- the miles under my belt”. 120 kilometers from the Olympic sta-
dium in Pyeongchang.
“The scariest bit will be the opening ceremony” Only a short drive out of the town,
Brrr! Brutal cold raises concerns over Olympics opening ceremony the hotel and luxury resort opened
only five years ago, with a bright or-
Freezing weather at the Winter Olym- ally quite warm in comparison (to with 27 heating respite areas. Organ- ange mock-up racing car showcased
pics threatens to force some athletes today). isers will also issue survival kits that in the modern lobby.
and staff to pull out of Friday’s open- “But it’s still a big ask to have ath- include a blanket, heating packs for Banners saying “We welcome the
ing ceremony as Pyeongchang shiv- letes standing outside and then sitting the hands and feet and a heating pad North’s cheerleaders” flutter on the
ers in temperatures plunging to minus for at least an hour and a half in the that spectators can sit on. roads near the resort town.
20 degrees Celsius. cold.” Ian Chesterman, Australia’s chef But the hotel stands empty -- all
Forget Russian doping, North He added: “Quite a few (Kiwi ath- de mission, said they had been in guests had checked out as of Monday
Korea and US speed queen Lindsey letes) may decide they don’t want to talks with their kit manufacturer for and the hotel is accepting no other
Vonn: much of the talk among those march, particularly those competing more than three years about how to reservations for its 252 rooms until
arriving in South Korea this week is really soon after.” keep their athletes warm. the end of the Olympics, a staff mem-
the brutal cold. The mercury dipped to minus 13 “Whilst this is the coldest Olym- ber at the front desk told AFP.
The Pyeongchang Games are shap- degrees Celsius (9F) on Monday ear- pic Games for a while, Australia’s In one of the rooms where the
ing up to be one of the coldest Olym- ly evening and was set to go as low as athletes regularly perform and train North Koreans will be staying, a
pics ever. minus 20 into early Tuesday. in equally or colder conditions,” he flat-screen television offered a list of
Italy are among the countries fear- That would put Pyeongchang on a said. cable channels including US news
ing the dangerous effects of the big par with parts of Siberia. “From memory, Lillehammer in network CNN.
chill and are advising their competi- Winter athletes are used to being 1994 remains the coldest on record Foreign news outlets are strictly
tors to ensure they are moving at all exposed to the cold, but even some of with regular temperatures of minus banned in the North and the hotel said
times during the traditional curtain- them say they are feeling the effects 25.” it is still making adjustments ahead of
raiser on Friday. with the vicious wind making for a But not everyone is suffering. the arrival of its special guests.
Doctors with the Italian team have punishing climate. Some say it is the Winter Olympics, “There have been some requests
ordered coaches and staff with heart Noriaki Kasai, the Japanese ski after all, and others are relishing the (from the North) for security but ev-
problems or diabetes to keep in the jumper, said: “I don’t think the cold cold. erything is being handled by the gov-
warm instead -- the stadium for the will be a problem while I’m jumping Bryce Bennett, an alpine skier for ernment,” Kim Tae-Eun told AFP.
opening ceremony is open to the ele- because it’s just for a short time. the United States, said: “We’re ski Everything outside the rooms, Kim
ments with no roof. “The scariest bit will be the racers, we deal with being cold a lot. said, including its arcade station in
New Zealand are taking no chanc- opening ceremony. I’ll have to “It will be interesting how every- the basement blaring “Surfin’ USA”
es and Peter Wardell, their chef de stick heat patches all over my body one adapts to it.” and where games can be used for
mission, admitted on Monday: “We for that.” Park Hyun-Joo, 18, a volunteer, roughly $1 per go, will be left un-
are a little trepidatious about the Organisers are taking measures donned ear muffs, scarf, gloves and changed for the guests to enjoy.
opening ceremony, which is going to to make sure that the athletes and several layers to ward off the ele- The near two-hour commute from
be at night, and how we are all going 35,000 spectators at the opening cer- ments. the hotel to the Olympic venues will
to keep warm if it’s going to be these emony do not freeze. “It’s cold, especially at night, but offer the North Koreans a glimpse of
sorts of temperatures. They are putting up a windscreen I can endure it and it’s our duty to the landscape of one of the world’s
“They tell us it’s likely to be mi- to block the powerful winds and set- volunteer for the Olympics,” she said most technologically advanced
nus eight, minus 10, which is actu- ting up 40 portable gas heaters, along stoically. countries.

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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
3 6 7 8 5 7 8 1 9

8 9 3 6 5 1 5 7

4 7 8 3 4 3 8

7 3 2 2 9 8

8 1 2 9 6 4 1
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
3 5 7 6 8 9 10 9 3
11 12 13
4 5 3 7 3 14 15 16 17 1
18 19
20 21 22 23
7 6 3 8 1 2 5 4
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27 28
1 5 7 9 4 8 2 4 6
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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 ACROSS DOWN
1 Essence 1 South American plain
8 9 10
4 Growing older 2 Roman nine
8 Hatchet 3 Not his
11 12 13 9 Native ruler in Asia 4 Artificial intelligence (abbr.)
10 Minneapolis locale 5 Grubby
11 Oregon (abbr.) 6 Albuquerque locale
14 15 16 17
12 Neuter pronoun 7 African antelope
14 Tropical treesʼ fruit 11 Unrefined metal
18 19 18 Brew 13 Toward
19 Small gulf 15 Railroad track
20 Director (abbr.) 16 Wading bird
20 21 22 23
21 Pen stuff 17 Artist Chagall
24 Teach own kids (2 wds.) 20 Keep free of ice
24 25 26 27 Two 21 Note of debt
28 Gold (abbr.) 22 North
27 28 29 Seattle locale 23 Clod
31 Phone 24 Chops
33 By 25 Megabyte
29 30 31 32 33 34 Moves in fright 26 50%
35 Fizzle 30 I see
34 35 32 Like
33 Phoenix locale
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11 Oregon (abbr.) 6 Albuquerque locale
12 Neuter pronoun 7 African antelope
14 Tropical treesʼ fruit 11 Unrefined metal
18 Brew 13 Toward
19 Small gulf 15 Railroad track
20 Director (abbr.) 16 Wading bird
21 Pen stuff 17 Artist Chagall
24 Teach own kids (2 wds.) 20 Keep free of ice
27 Two 21 Note of debt
28 Gold (abbr.) 22 North
29 Seattle locale 23 Clod
31 Phone 24 Chops
33 By 25 Megabyte
34 Moves in fright 26 50%
35 Fizzle 30 I see
32 Like
33 Phoenix locale

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