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Nadal coming to terms with rankings slide BARCELONA: This is normally the time of year when Rafa Nadal comes into his own, honing his formidable claycourt skills in preparation for Roland Garros and leaving a trail of brutalised opponents to pick themselves up off the red clay.Yet things have not gone to plan this season. While last year's injury woes seem to have passed, their legacy is a lack of form and a drop in confidence that have left him struggling for results.Since hitting the big time in 2005, when he won the first of his record nine French Open titles, Nadal has never entered the fifth month of a season with only one solitary title -- that too a low key tournament in Buenos Aires where the highest ranked opponent he faced was world number 59 Federico Delbonis.The Spaniard, who also owns eight Monte Carlo and eight Barcelona Open trophies, is now preparing to play at ...

Aguero overshadows Kane in battle for Golden Boot LONDON: Sergio Aguero won his personal striking duel with Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane, scoring the winner for Manchester City as they ended a four-game losing streak on the road in the Premier League on Sunday.With Chelsea already celebrating capturing City's Premier League title across London, last season's champions were indebted to Aguero's sharp-shooting skills and keeper Joe Hart's agility as they earned a 1-0 win to stay in second place.Aguero now leads the race for ...
Rotting Newcastle show no signs of arresting slump LONDON: Eight straight Premier League defeats, a player getting sent off "on purpose" according to a vexed interim manager and fan unrest towards an owner for his perceived lack of ambition -- Newcastle United are in turmoil.Newcastle slipped to 15th, two points clear of the relegation zone with three games remaining, following Saturday's 3-0 defeat at Leicester City and they finished the match with nine men after defenders Mike Williamson and Daryl Janmaat were sent ...
Deadpan Mourinho plays it cool as Chelsea celebrate LONDON: There was no celebratory run down the touchline, no dancing on the pitch, just a sober reflection of a job well done from Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho on Sunday after his side beat Crystal Palace to win the Premier League title.A 1-0 victory, sealed by Eden Hazard's goal on the stroke of halftime, meant Mourinho added a third league title to the two he won for Chelsea during his previous reign.Despite his deadpan demeanour, ...
Videoton clinch second Hungarian title BUDAPEST: Videoton FC Fehervar were crowned Hungarian champions for the second time on Sunday after second-placed Ferencvaros drew 2-2 at Pecs.The club, founded in 1941, holds an unassailable 13 points lead with four matches remaining and had taken a huge step towards the title by beating Debrecen 2-1 away on Saturday.Videoton, who clinched their first title in 2011, had another memorable season in 1984/85 when they reached the UEFA Cup final, losing 3-1 on aggregate ...
Valencia boost Champions League hopes with Eibar win BARCELONA: A bullet header from Nicolas Otamendi put Valencia on course for a 3-1 victory over Eibar in La Liga on Sunday that boosted their hopes of claiming a Champions League place.Valencia had a poor April with two wins from six games but have now strengthened their grip on fourth place and have a three-point lead over Sevilla after they were beaten 3-2 by Real Madrid on Saturday.Valencia, who occupy the Champions League playoff spot, ...
Ma wins men's singles at world championships SUZHOU: Top-seeded Ma Long of China beat teammate Fang Bo 4-2 in a close fought match to win the men's singles title at the world table tennis championships in Suzhou Sunday.Ma, 26, trumped 14th-ranked Fang 11-7, 7-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-13, 11-4 to win the title for the first time.World number one Ma had made it to the semifinals three times before -- in 2009, 2011 and 2013 -- but never the finals, though he was ...

 



 
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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
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WeeklyApril 30, 2015
Reserves $17.717 bln