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Shakira, Santana, samba for Cup closure RIO DE JANEIRO: Colombian star Shakira, Mexican guitarist Carlos Santana, Brazilian singer Ivete Sangalo and a samba school will lead the musical entertainment at Sunday's World Cup closing ceremony.The show will start at 1720 GMT, an hour and a half before Argentina and Germany emerge to do battle at the Maracana stadium in Rio. Also on the bill are Haitian hip hop star Wyclef Jean and Brazilian singer Alexandre Pires, who will sing the theme tune "Dar um Jeito (We Will Find A Way)" as fans pour into the venue for the trophy match.Following the opening song, Shakira, performing at her third World Cup, will bound on stage to sing "La la la (Brazil 2014)" alongside home favorite Carlinhos Brown.Shakira says she is "very excited.""Hi Brazil, here I am, miss you. very happy to see you again! Shak," she wrote on her @shakira Twitter feed Friday in Portuguese after arriving ...


Mixed-race 'Rola' changing the DNA of Japanese pop culture TOKYO: In celebrity-obsessed Japan with its conveyor belt of 15-minute stars, fashion icon 'Rola' is blazing a meteoric trail at the forefront of a galaxy of mixed-race stars changing the DNA of Japanese pop culture.Turn on the TV and there's no escaping the bubbly 24-year-old of Bengali, Japanese and Russian descent -- she even dominates the commercial breaks. A marketing gold mine, Rola smiles down celestially from giant billboards, her wide eyes and girlie pout ...

Ancient graffiti to street art: Rome walls tell a story ROME: Scribbling emotions on walls has been a tradition in Rome going back thousands of years and even the word "graffiti" was first used for markings found in the ruins of Pompeii.The modern version could be the scrawls seen in maternity wards in the Italian capital: "Get a move on, auntie's waiting!", "Chiara is born!", "Welcome little Mattia!".From wealthy neighbourhoods in the city's north to working class suburbs in the south, Romans are not shy ...

‘Planet of Apes’ sequel swings in to rave reviews LOS ANGELES: “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” swings into the US box office this weekend accompanied by rave reviews for a film pitting humans against their Simian cousins again, in spectacular fashion. Starring Gary Oldman, the sequel to 2011’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” could also win big at the box office, in a summer relatively thin on blockbuster releases, experts say.“Apes will certainly benefit from the weak slate over the ...

Last survivor of The Ramones punk band dies NEW YORK: Drummer Tommy Ramone, the last surviving founding member of the pioneering punk band The Ramones, has died, the band announced on social media Saturday.Born Erdelyi Tamas in Budapest, Tommy Ramone died Friday at his New York home following treatment for cancer, the entertainment magazine Variety reported. He was 62. "We are saddened to announce the passing of Ramones founding drummer Tommy (Erdelyi) Ramone," the band said on its Twitter feed.The four original members, ...

‘Harry Potter’ actor found dead in Death Valley LOS ANGELES: British actor David Legeno, who played a werewolf in the “Harry Potter” movies, has been found dead in Death Valley, United States police said.He apparently died of heat-related issues, the local sheriff said, after the 50-year-old’s body was found near Zabriskie Point, a famed movie-related panorama spot.Legeno played the werewolf Fenrir Greyback in several of the “Harry Potter” movies, including “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” and the two-part finale “Harry Potter and ...

Jazz bassist Charlie Haden dies aged 76 LOS ANGELES: Grammy Award-winning Charlie Haden, a legendary jazz bassist who played with artists including John Coltrane and Chet Baker, died Friday in Los Angeles. He was 76. Haden also joined pianist Keith Jarrett's ensemble in the 1960s and was considered as revolutionizing double bass playing in jazz music. He won three Grammy Awards, the most recent in 2004, and best Latin Jazz Album for Land of the Sun. "It is with deep sorrow that ...


 



 
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Banking Review 2014


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyMarch
Trade Balance $-1.586 bln
Exports $1.932 bln
Imports $3.518 bln
WeeklyApril 16, 2015
Reserves $16.818 bln