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Scott bounces back with Australian Open course record SYDNEY: Adam Scott bounced back with a course record five-under-par 66 to surge into contention midway through the second round of the Australian Open in Sydney on Friday.The world number three recovered from a shaky three-over 74 in the opening round to be just one shot behind clubhouse leaders American Jordan Spieth and fellow Australian Aron Price.US Masters runner-up Spieth, the overnight leader, fought back with a birdie at the last for a one-over 72 to be three-under overall for the tournament, while Price has an afternoon hit-off.World number one Rory McIlroy, who also had an afternoon tee-off, was well in the mix at his overnight two-under in ideal sunny playing conditions.McIlroy is the defending champion after he overhauled Scott with a birdie at the final hole to win last year's tournament at Royal Sydney in what was his only 2013 tournament success.Scott's round was credited as a course record ...

Australian team grieves with India Test on ice SYDNEY: Shattered Australian players comforted each other Friday as they considered how to move forward after the death of Phillip Hughes, with a decision on next week's Test with India on ice.The cricket world was plunged into mourning when the talented left-hander died Thursday after being knocked unconscious by a ball in a domestic Sheffield Shield game in Sydney this week, sparking an outpouring of sympathy and support.The entire Test team was summoned to the ...

Slumping Murray will be back, says IPTL foe Cilic MANILA: Reigning US Open champion Marin Cilic said Thursday he believes Andy Murray will be back to peak form soon after a difficult year in which the Scot also named a woman head coach.World number-nine Cilic of Croatia faces his fellow Grand Slam winner in the Philippine capital in the marque men's singles match-up when the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) debuts on Friday."I believe Andy's going to show next year the good form that ...

Australian rugby players mourn Hughes LONDON: Australian rugby players are set to wear black armbands against England at Twickenham on Saturday as a mark of respect following the shocking death of Test cricketer Phillip Hughes.Wallabies captain Michael Hooper said Thursday his side would be "thinking of Phil and his family" in the run-up to what will be the team's final international of 2014.Australia batsman Hughes, 25, died on Thursday after being struck on the head by a bouncer while batting ...

Printant appointed Bastia coach until season's end BASTIA: Ghislain Printant has been appointed coach of French Ligue 1 strugglers Bastia until the end of the season, the club announced on Twitter Thursday.Printant has held the post on an interim basis since the sacking last month of Claude Makelele, and has earned four points in his last two matches with the Corsican outfit.Former France midfielder Makelele's first stint in the managerial hot-seat was brought to a premature end early last month.Makelele, 41, was ...

Newcastle form has surprised Pardew LONDON: Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has been surprised by his team's performances in a run of five successive wins which have lifted them to fifth in the Premier League.Pardew was under pressure to be sacked following a poor start to the season but he has turned things round ahead of the visit to his former club West Ham United on Saturday."It has surprised me some of the football we have played," he told a ...

Spieth upstages McIlroy, Scott at Australian Open SYDNEY: Rising American talent Jordan Spieth upstaged Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott with a four-under-par 67 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Australian Open on Thursday.The 21-year-old Texan stormed to the top of the leaderboard with a birdie blitz on the back nine and made it clear he had not come to Australia to be a spectator at a duel between the number one and number three players in the ...


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Banking Review 2013

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.380 bln
Exports $2.181 bln
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WeeklyNovember 13, 2014
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