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first_imgFulham head to Goodison Park this weekend hoping to avenge their defeat against Everton earlier in the season. But history is not on their side. See how much you know about that history between the two clubs by answering these five questions…[wp-simple-survey-12]Follow West London Sport on Twitter Find us on Facebooklast_img

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first_imgThe search for extra-terrestrial intelligence is like a detective story without a body.  All those new planets, but no signal—at least not one that most scientists will accept.SETI has fallen on hard times.  News reports seem to waver between optimism and pessimism, with the pessimists gaining ground.  Space.com said no signals have come from the trove of new earthlike exoplanets (cf. 2/08/13).  Another Space.com article suggested that scientists might have to conclude we are alone, or that life is rare in the universe.  “When it comes to life across the cosmos, the universe might just be an ‘awful waste of space’ after all,” Miriam Kramer wrote.But this month, more earthlike planets were found by the Kepler space telescope.  Optimists are optimizing at Astrobiology Magazine, asking “Are the Newly Discovered Planets Ideal SETI Targets?”  All they can do is think about it and speculate, because technology to detect life optically is not far enough along.  Both optimists and pessimists exchanged ideas in a meeting reported by Astrobiology Magazine, part of its “Great Exoplanet Debate” series.  A candidate planet must not only be the right size in the habitable zone; it has to have a breathable atmosphere, the pessimists say.Mike Wall at Space.com takes the new Kepler planet count as justification for revving up SETI.  “Time Right for Next Phase in Search for Alien Life,” he headlined.  Astrobiologists usually are quick to point out that alien life does not necessarily imply intelligent life.  Many would be happy to find bacteria.  Perhaps that’s why PhysOrg reported that some SETI Institute scientists, with NASA dollars, are going to work on the next generation of planet finders: “NASA doubles down on exoplanets and SETI institute will be part of the search.”Live Science put the I back in SETI with a catalog of “13 Ways to Hunt Intelligent Aliens.”  In addition to standard radio SETI, there’s optical SETI, looking for artifacts on earth or in the solar system (including alien footprints on the moon), looking for tinkering with our DNA, focused searches on the best candidate stars, hunting for life that consumes its asteroids, shows green lifestyles, or presents non-natural shapes against stars, and more.  Maybe dolphins are aliens.  Maybe we should wait for them to invade us.  Still, the opening line is pessimistic: “Really. Where are all the aliens? We should have been probed, exterminated, assimilated, infected, invaded or abducted by now, shouldn’t we?” That’s the old Fermi paradox.  Some of the speculations get ridiculous.  Maybe aliens have put us on their “Do not call” list.  It’s a hard sell, reporter Ian O’Neill confesses, but SETI “is one of the most profound things we, as a species, can do.”Nigel Henbest at New Scientist calls SETI a detective story without a body.  Reviewing a book by Paul Murdin titled Are We Being Watched?, Henbest thinks the first resort remains the best: good old radio SETI.  Combing the radio sky for signals of intelligent origin would provide “the thrill that would come from answering the provocative question in the title.”Want to find out if you are being watched?  Want to solve the Fermi paradox?  Want to engage in the most profound thing we, as a species can do?  Want a method that is scientifically tractable?  Want to ensure that the universe is not a waste of space?  Want a thrill that would come from answering a profound question?  Want verifiable answers, not idle speculation?  Want a non-question-begging, non-self-refuting approach?  Want assurance that the answer is real?  Then read the artifact left by Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence.  Start with the first chapter and verse, Genesis 1:1, and continue on to the grand finale. (Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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first_img18 November 2011President Jacob Zuma concluded his state visit to the Sultanate of Oman this week with the signing of agreements on taxation and a plea to businesspeople from both countries to take advantage of close political ties to increase trade and investment.Zuma held talks with his counterpart, Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said, discussing and reviewing bilateral relations, as well as worldwide developments.On recent developments in North Africa and the Middle East, the two leaders agreed that regular consultations should be held in order to explore ways in which the respective countries could contribute to peace and security.The two leaders also signed a Supplementary Protocol amending the Agreement for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with Respect to Taxes on Income.Zuma was accompanied by the Ministers of Defence Lindiwe Sisulu, Tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk, Trade and Industry Rob Davies, and International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane. They met with their counterparts to discuss the deepening of cooperation in their respective fields.He was also accompanied by a business delegation to explore investment opportunities in areas of tourism, ICT, mining, energy and agro-processing.Several lucrative opportunitiesZuma addressed a business forum, telling delegates that South Africa was committed to creating the correct and enabling environment for Oman traders to do business.Zuma told them that South Africa saw “great potential” in the Omani economy, which has over the past 41 years developed at a rapid pace, thanks to prudent and visionary policies that have prioritised infrastructure projects such as airports, railways and harbour developments.“We, as South Africa, are serious when we say we wish to deepen and broaden our economic ties with Oman through stronger trade and investments between the two countries. We believe that there are several lucrative opportunities where our two economies can complement each other.”Zuma gave the multibillion-dollar Sohar Free Zone development project in the north of Muscat as an example of the many business opportunities that existed in Oman. He said South African businesses had an opportunity to get involved, or for the country’s expertise to make a contribution.“We urge you, therefore, as the two business communities, to take advantage of the opportunities presented today by both countries,” said Zuma, hopeful that his visit would lead to further high-level exchanges between the two countries.Potential not fully exploitedSince diplomatic relations between South Africa and the Oman were established after South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994, relations have expanded in various fields, aided by the exchange of high-level visits, the negotiation of bilateral agreements and greater people-to-people contact.However, despite the opportunities that exist, the potential for closer collaboration has not yet been fully exploited, Zuma said, explaining that trade volumes remained low and that the South African government wanted to see this changing for the better.“South Africa wants to see an expansion and growth of investments, defence cooperation and tourism linkages amongst others,” he said, adding “We would like to see companies and government institutions of Oman seriously consider South Africa as an investment destination.”Oman is to send a business delegation to South Africa next year to identify investment opportunities.SAinfo reporter and BuaNewslast_img read more

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first_img22 May 2014Ladies European Tour rookie Nicole Garcia will line up alongside South Africa’s number one, Lee-Anne Pace, in the 2014 US Women’s Open Championship at Pinehurst in North Carolina next month.The young South African was among the eight players who successfully negotiated the Sectional Qualifier Europe on Monday to earn their spots in the 2014 season’s second major championship at Pinehurst Number Two from 19 to 22 June.The 69th edition of the US Women’s Open drew a record number of 1 702 entries worldwide, but with only 80 entrants exempt for the major, the United States Golf Association added four international sectional qualifiers in Asia and England, offering 17 spots into the championship.Vying for one of eight placesGarcia was one of 73 hopefuls at the Buckinghamshire Golf Club just outside London on Monday that vied for eight spots on offer.The 23-year-old Ekurhuleni golfer offset two bogeys with three birdies for an opening round of one-under-par 71 and erased three bogeys with three birdies for a second round of 72 to tie for second with Kelsey MacDonald from Scotland on one-under-par 143.The pair finished a stroke off the pace set by Amy Boulden of Wales, who carded two 71s.The other qualifiers included Australians Nikki Campbell and Stephanie Na, and English golfers Lucy Williams and Holly Clyburn.ThrilledGarcia declared herself thrilled at the prospect of her first trip to the US Open. “This is my first year on Tour, so truthfully, I didn’t expect to make it,” the 23-year-old golfer from the Ebotse Golf Estate said in a statement.“I was fine through the first 18 holes, but I was incredibly nervous teeing it up in the second round. I somehow managed to hold it together and I played the last couple of holes really well to tie for second.“It’s quite exciting, but I don’t think it has completely sunk in yet. I’ve been so nervous every time I tee it up in the Ladies European Tour events, so I expect to be very nervous when I go the USA.“I’m going with no expectations and hopefully that works for me and I play well enough to make it to the weekend.”Turning proGarcia rose to third in the South African amateur rankings last year before she turned pro at the Ladies European Tour’s (LET) Qualifying School, where she just missed her card by two shots.She did, however, earn a provisional card that allows her a number of starts on the LET this season and a chance to gain her full card.Garcia performed exceptionally well in her rookie season on the Sunshine Ladies Tour, recording five top five finishes, including a runner-up spot in the Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies Houghton to finish the season ranked fifth on the final Order of Merit.HistoricThe 69th U.S. Women’s Open is historic in that it will be contested in the week following the U.S. Open at Course Number two at the Pinehurst Resort and Country, marking the first time the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open will be played on the same course in consecutive weeks.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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first_imgThe Homo naledi fossils have been carefully placed in the highly secure Phillip V Tobias Fossil Primate and Hominid Laboratory, which houses most of the world’s information on human evolution. We take you on an exclusive tour. Homo naledi fossils has been relocated to the Phillip V. Tobias Fossil Primate and Hominid Laboratory where further tests will be done. (Images: Shamin Chibba) The gallery • Local researchers honoured at their ‘Oscars’ • Space science can solve socio-economic problems• Hanli Prinsloo: ‘Fall in love with the ocean, to save it’ • New push for careers in science and innovation • DNA detective work could end poaching  Shamin Chibba The Homo naledi fossils, which were recently discovered in the Dinaledi Cave in Gauteng, have been given a new home at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.The fossils are now housed in the vault at the Phillip V Tobias Fossil Primate and Hominid Laboratory on campus, after spending a month on display at the Cradle of Humankind in neighbouring Mogale City.The new species, Homo naledi, was named after the chamber in which it was discovered, in the Rising Star caves. The underground room where the fossils were found was called the Dinaledi Chamber, which means “chamber of stars” in SeSotho.At a recent Forum on China-Africa Co-operation (FOCAC) media tour hosted by Brand South Africa, local and foreign journalists were given exclusive access to the vault.Archaeologist Lee Berger, an American based at Wits’ world-renowned centre, said the vault was home to almost 60% of the world’s fossils, including the recently discovered Homo naledi. Berger and his team of excavators were on hand to show and explain their experiences during their discovery of the Homo naledi fossils.At its opening in July, Berger said the vault held more scientific information on how humans evolved and where we came from than any other facility worldwide. “Right here in this vault, this word-class vault, is the majority of their assemblage. It’s held in high security because this is all of human heritage.”“This is a very special place,” he told the journalists on the FOCAC tour earlier this month. “We don’t allow anyone other than scientists to enter here.”But the press members were given a chance to view the Homo naledi remains up close.And now, we present to you exclusive pictures from the vault taken during that media tour.  Pictured is the inside of the vault at Wits University. Berger said there was an “extraordinary spike in discoveries across Africa over the last decade” and that there is still more to find on the continent. Berger believes that this young woman’s curved hand could have been shaped that way for climbing. What startled Berger and his colleagues is that the Dinaledi Cave where the homo naledi fossils were found was just 1.5-kilometres away from Sterkfontein, a site that is rich in hominid fossils. Homo naledi had the ability to move its arms and legs like modern humans. The homo naledi fossils were on display at the Cradle of Humankind between September and October this year. Schoolchildren were given the chance to view the remains of the homo naledi when it was kept at the Cradle of Humankind earlier this year. The bones showed no traces of their being in fights with carnivores or other hominins. This suggests that the Dinaledi Cave was where the homo naledi disposed of their dead, a sort of burial site. This is an indication of their sophistication and what Berger said was a recognition of their own mortality. “It is what separated us from the animal kingdom.” Berger said fossils of 15 individuals of various ages were found 12 metres into the Dinaledi Chamber. Taung Child, pictured above, which is a fossilised skull of a young Australopithecus africanus, is also housed in the vault at Wits University. It was discovered in 1924 by quarrymen working for the Northern Lime Company in Taung, North-West province. An illustrated representation of the Dinaledi Cave where the homo naledi fossils were found. (Image: Wits University)last_img read more

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 27, 2017 – Providenciales – The second day of the Caribbean Development Bank’s Youth Vybzing Forum gets underway this morning also; catering to young entrepreneurs and potentials over three days.  The Forum opened Wednesday at Beaches Resort with remarks from the main presenters and brought on behalf of the Minister of Education & Youth, Josephine Connolly.  Thirty young adults filled the room and are counted as among the ‘creative beings’, some with start-ups already in fashion, jewelry, design and music.Today attention shifts to shaping creative projects led by Dr. Jo-Anne Tull, researcher, lecturer and consultant and Dexter Musgrave, a regional branding boss – both from Trinidad and Tobago.#MagneticMediaNews#CDBYouthVybzingForum2017 Related Items:#CDBYouthVybzingForum2017, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

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first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, May 31, 2017 – Providenciales – Kiwanis & Graceway Supermarkets team up to feed nearly 500 GSAT exam candidates.   This is the first year the partnership is nationwide.  Above is the volunteer team at Gus Lightbourne Gym in Provo for day one of the initiative where children get a sandwich, fruit and drink.South Caicos groupNorth Caicos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img #IwannatakeGSATnowtoo#kiwanisTCI#GracewaySupermarketslast_img

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first_img Fitbit Charge HR Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Comments Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Mentioned Above Fitbit Charge HR (black, large) The 17 best health and fitness apps for Apple Watch Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Review • One year later, Fitbit Charge HR stands out as the best Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier 3:49 Now playing: Watch this: Fitness trackers could have a flaw, according to Stat.  Sarah Tew/CNET Since their debut, fitness trackers and smartwatches have become a common sight on people’s wrists. As of February, Apple, Samsung and Fitbit made up 88% of smartwatch unit sales in 2018, the Smartwatch Total Market Report said. However, the gadgets might not work as effectively for people of color or those with tattoos, according to findings published Wednesday by Stat, a health and medicine publication. Users have complained on Fitbit forums and on Reddit about the smartwatches having trouble giving readings on people with darker skin. Fitbit replied in the community forum and said the Charge HR tracks “heart rate on every complexion” and directed users to a support article. “Fitbit takes accuracy very seriously and continuously performs studies to rigorously test the accuracy of our products among diverse groups of users,” a Fitbit spokesperson said in a statement Wednesday.The company said its PurePulse technology performs to industry-standard expectations for optical heart rate on the wrist. The company said it designed its optical system to emit green light at a sufficient strength to effectively penetrate darker skin and its detector is sensitive enough to accurately detect the heart rate signal.Fitbit, Samsung watches, Garmin devices and other wearables use green lights, which are cheaper than infrared lights, to take readings. Stat’s report said that green light has a shorter wavelength and is “more readily absorbed by melanin.” This makes it harder for people with darker skin tones to get accurate readings.  CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Apple told Stat that it also uses green lights to continuously monitor, but uses infrared light to take readings every five minutes. The company’s support page says its watch measures a user’s heart rate using photoplethysmography. PPG is a low-cost optical technique that illuminates the skin and measures changes in light absorption, according to the US Library of Medicine. Apple’s support page says this works because your blood reflects the red light and absorbs the green light. Samsung and Garmin didn’t immediately respond to request for comment.  Tagscenter_img Share your voice Fitbit Versa 2 and Fitbit Premium promise to revamp my… reading • Fitbits might not track your heart rate right if you’re a person of color • Originally published July 24.Update, July 25: Adds comments from Fitbit and more background information on the Apple Watch. See it Wellness Gadgets Mobile Apps Mobile 18 Photos 8 Fitbit Garmin Samsung Apple $94 Apple See Alllast_img read more

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first_imgSouth Korean electronics giant Samsung on Monday announced that it will acquire Harman International, a US-based car and audio systems supplier. The all-cash deal is valued at $8 billion.The electronics company will buy Harman for $112 per share and is the company’s biggest acquisition to date. The deal, which is subjected to approval from Harman’s shareholders and regulators, is expected to be completed by mid next year. After the deal, Harman will be a standalone Samsung subsidiary. It has said that the automotive electronics segment is likely to grow to more than $100 billion in the next nine years and the deal is a strategic priority for the company making it a single major player in the world of automotive technology. “Harman perfectly complements Samsung in terms of technologies, products and solutions and joining forces is a natural extension of the automotive strategy we have been pursuing for some time,” Oh-Hyun Kwon, Samsung Electronics vice chairman and CEO, said. Harman International, which describes itself as a global leader in connected car technology, lifestyle audio innovations, design and analytics, cloud services and IoT solutions, has in the recent years pushed aggressively in the automotive world. The company has also earned billions in new businesses in addition to winning contracts with General Motors Co and Fiat Chryslers Automobiles NV, the Wall Street Journal reported. The company has projected an order backlog of $24 billion, which is roughly three-folds the size of its annual revenue.last_img read more

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first_img Share AP imagesFILE – In this July 17, 2016 file photo, Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort talks to reporters on the floor of the Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland as Rick Gates listens at back left. Emails obtained by The Associated Press shed new light on the activities of a firm run by Donald Trump’s campaign chairman. They show it directly orchestrated a covert Washington lobbying operation on behalf of Ukraine’s ruling political party, attempting to sway American public opinion in favor of the country’s pro-Russian government. Manafort and his deputy, Rick Gates, never disclosed their work as foreign agents as required under federal law. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, secretly worked for a Russian billionaire to advance the interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin a decade ago and proposed an ambitious political strategy to undermine anti-Russian opposition across former Soviet republics, The Associated Press has learned. The work appears to contradict assertions by the Trump administration and Manafort himself that he never worked for Russian interests. Manafort proposed in a confidential strategy plan as early as June 2005 that he would influence politics, business dealings and news coverage inside the United States, Europe and the former Soviet republics to benefit the Putin government, even as U.S.-Russia relations under Republican President George W. Bush grew worse. Manafort pitched the plans to Russian aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska, a close Putin ally with whom Manafort eventually signed a $10 million annual contract beginning in 2006, according to interviews with several people familiar with payments to Manafort and business records obtained by the AP. Manafort and Deripaska maintained a business relationship until at least 2009, according to one person familiar with the work. “We are now of the belief that this model can greatly benefit the Putin Government if employed at the correct levels with the appropriate commitment to success,” Manafort wrote in the 2005 memo to Deripaska. The effort, Manafort wrote, “will be offering a great service that can re-focus, both internally and externally, the policies of the Putin government.” Manafort’s plans were laid out in documents obtained by the AP that included strategy memoranda and records showing international wire transfers for millions of dollars. How much work Manafort performed under the contract was unclear. The disclosure comes as Trump campaign advisers are the subject of an FBI probe and two congressional investigations. Investigators are reviewing whether the Trump campaign and its associates coordinated with Moscow to meddle in the 2016 campaign. Manafort has dismissed the investigations as politically motivated and misguided, and said he never worked for Russian interests. The documents obtained by AP show Manafort’s ties to Russia were closer than previously revealed. In a statement to the AP, Manafort confirmed that he worked for Deripaska in various countries but said the work was being unfairly cast as “inappropriate or nefarious” as part of a “smear campaign.” “I worked with Oleg Deripaska almost a decade ago representing him on business and personal matters in countries where he had investments,” Manafort said. “My work for Mr. Deripaska did not involve representing Russia’s political interests.” Deripaska became one of Russia’s wealthiest men under Putin, buying assets abroad in ways widely perceived to benefit the Kremlin’s interests. U.S. diplomatic cables from 2006 described Deripaska as “among the 2-3 oligarchs Putin turns to on a regular basis” and “a more-or-less permanent fixture on Putin’s trips abroad.” In response to questions about Manafort’s consulting firm, a spokesman for Deripaska in 2008 — at least three years after they began working together — said Deripaska had never hired the firm. Another Deripaska spokesman in Moscow last week declined to answer AP’s questions. When asked Wednesday about Manafort’s work for Deripaska, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “we do not feel it’s appropriate to comment on someone who is not an employee at the White House.” Manafort worked as Trump’s unpaid campaign chairman last year from March until August. Trump asked Manafort to resign after AP revealed that Manafort had orchestrated a covert Washington lobbying operation until 2014 on behalf of Ukraine’s ruling pro-Russian political party. The newly obtained business records link Manafort more directly to Putin’s interests in the region. According to those records and people with direct knowledge of Manafort’s work for Deripaska, Manafort made plans to open an office in Moscow, and at least some of Manafort’s work in Ukraine was directed by Deripaska, not local political interests there. The Moscow office never opened. Manafort has been a leading focus of the U.S. intelligence investigation of Trump’s associates and Russia, according to a U.S. official. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the investigation were confidential. Meanwhile, federal criminal prosecutors became interested in Manafort’s activities years ago as part of a broad investigation to recover stolen Ukraine assets after the ouster of pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych there in early 2014. No U.S. criminal charges have ever been filed in the case. FBI Director James Comey, in confirming to Congress the federal intelligence investigation this week, declined to say whether Manafort was a target. Manafort’s name was mentioned 28 times during the hearing of the House Intelligence Committee, mostly about his work in Ukraine. No one mentioned Deripaska. On Monday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer had singled out Manafort when asked about possible campaign contacts with Russia. He said Manafort “played a very limited role for a very limited amount of time” in the campaign, even though as Trump’s presidential campaign chairman he led it during the crucial run-up to the Republican National Convention. Manafort and his associates remain in Trump’s orbit. Manafort told a colleague this year that he continues to speak with Trump by telephone. Manafort’s former business partner in eastern Europe, Rick Gates, has been seen inside the White House on a number of occasions. Gates has since helped plan Trump’s inauguration and now runs a nonprofit organization, America First Policies, to back the White House agenda. Gates, whose name does not appear in the documents, told the AP that he joined Manafort’s firm in 2006 and was aware Manafort had a relationship with Deripaska, but he was not aware of the work described in the memos. Gates said his work was focused on domestic U.S. lobbying and political consulting in Ukraine at the time. He said he stopped working for Manafort’s firm in March 2016 when he joined Trump’s presidential campaign. Manafort told Deripaska in 2005 that he was pushing policies as part of his work in Ukraine “at the highest levels of the U.S. government — the White House, Capitol Hill and the State Department,” according to the documents. He also said he had hired a “leading international law firm with close ties to President Bush to support our client’s interests,” but he did not identify the firm. Manafort also said he was employing unidentified legal experts for the effort at leading universities and think tanks, including Duke University, New York University and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Manafort did not disclose details about the lobbying work to the Justice Department during the period the contract was in place. Under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, people who lobby in the U.S. on behalf of foreign political leaders or political parties must provide detailed reports about their actions to the department. Willfully failing to register is a felony and can result in up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, though the government rarely files criminal charges. Deripaska owns Basic Element Co., which employs 200,000 people worldwide in the agriculture, aviation, construction, energy, financial services, insurance and manufacturing industries, and he runs one of the world’s largest aluminum companies. Forbes estimated his net worth at $5.2 billion. How much Deripaska paid Manafort in total is not clear, but people familiar with the relationship said money transfers to Manafort amounted to tens of millions of dollars and continued through at least 2009. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the secret payments publicly. In strategy memos, Manafort proposed that Deripaska and Putin would benefit from lobbying Western governments, especially the U.S., to allow oligarchs to keep possession of formerly state-owned assets in Ukraine. He proposed building “long term relationships” with Western journalists and a variety of measures to improve recruitment, communications and financial planning by pro-Russian parties in the region. Manafort proposed extending his existing work in eastern Europe to Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Georgia, where he pledged to bolster the legitimacy of governments friendly to Putin and undercut anti-Russian figures through political campaigns, nonprofit front groups and media operations. For the $10 million contract, Manafort did not use his public-facing consulting firm, Davis Manafort. Instead, he used a company, LOAV Ltd., that he had registered in Delaware in 1992. He listed LOAV as having the same address of his lobbying and consulting firms in Alexandria, Virginia. In other records, LOAV’s address was listed as Manafort’s home, also in Alexandria. Manafort sold the home in July 2015 for $1.4 million. He now owns an apartment in Trump Tower in New York, as well as other properties in Florida and New York. One strategy memo to Deripaska was written by Manafort and Rick Davis, his business partner at the time. In written responses to the AP, Davis said he did not know that his firm had proposed a plan to covertly promote the interests of the Russian government. Davis said he believes Manafort used his name without his permission on the strategy memo. “My name was on every piece of stationery used by the company and in every memo prior to 2006. It does not mean I had anything to do with the memo described,” Davis said. He took a leave of absence from the firm in late 2006 to work on John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign. Manafort’s work with Deripaska continued for years, though they had a falling out laid bare in 2014 in a Cayman Islands bankruptcy court. The billionaire gave Manafort nearly $19 million to invest in a Ukrainian TV company called Black Sea Cable, according to legal filings by Deripaska’s representatives. It said that after taking the money, Manafort and his associates stopped responding to Deripaska’s queries about how the funds had been used. Early in the 2016 presidential campaign, Deripaska’s representatives openly accused Manafort of fraud and pledged to recover the money from him. After Trump earned the nomination, Deripaska’s representatives said they would no longer discuss the case.last_img read more