The 18-year-old who stunned the tennis world last week by winning her first career title at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells raised eyebrows again with a gritty and spirited comeback that underscored her status as a rising star. Only three women - Steffi Graf, Kim Clijsters and Victoria Azarenka - have completed the ‘Sunshine Double’, winning both Indian Wells and Miami back-to-back, and Begu had looked ready to make sure Andreescu would not add her name to that list. With 28-year-old Romanian Begu a set up and leading 5-1 in the second the Canadian appeared headed for an early exit but refused to go down quietly. Fighting off a match point at 5-2, the steely nerved teenager went on the attack by unleashing a barrage of drop shots and laser forehands to sweep five straight games from her crumbling opponent to force the second into a tiebreak. By then the damage had been done, with a distraught and flustered Begu meekly surrendering the tiebreak. At the changeover the … [Read more...] about Tennis: Teenager Andreescu pulls off great escape in Miami
The world economy is forecast to witness sluggish growth in 2019, due to both the business cycle and a rise in uncertainty that poses big challenges for both the Government and businesses. Recent changes in the global economic outlook and global oil prices have reflected such risks. The International Monetary Fund cut its global growth forecast for the first time in more than two years in the October 2018 edition of the World Economic Outlook (WEO), blaming escalating trade tensions around the world and stresses in emerging markets. The IMF said global economic growth was projected at 3.7 per cent for 2018-19, 0.2 percentage points lower for both years than forecast in April. It was the first downgrade since July 2016. The Fund also slashed its expectations for global trade with total goods and services flow expected to grow by 4.2 per cent this year and 4 per cent next year – down 0.6 and 0.5 percentage points, respectively, from the previous estimate. The two economies which … [Read more...] about Understanding uncertainty key to resilience
Two years later, they became a target for all the curses that could be hurled at them. She was sixteen years older than him, opening them up for criticism. She was then both the choreographer and main dancer in many performances. She had narrowly escaped from being dismissed from the theatre due to the scandal, but the head of the troupe had insisted on keeping her. After Christmas, he moved to live with her in the first-floor apartment. He immediately threw all the presents for her from other men into the fire. On New Year’s Eve, returning home from the market, she found the thach thao (heather bell) flowers as red as flames in the middle of the room. She could not believe her eyes, because she had never seen this kind of flower before. It was so romantic. He had found them while trekking in the mountains. That night, she made a red cocktail, wishing them a happy New Year, although nobody noticed. Yes, they were happy together. Yet, this happiness had come with a lot of wounds. … [Read more...] about Spring thunderstorm
Viet Nam News By Paul Kennedy I’ve an old mate back in England, goes by the name of Russell Beale. Nice lad, smart, good laugh and about to become a father for the first time. He lives in a small town called Stroud in the South West of England but reading his Facebook page this past week or so and you would be forgiven for thinking he’s from another planet. Russell genuinely believes England will win the World Cup. His profile picture is decked out with patriotic colours and his posts and updates read like a motivational speaker employed to lift the entire nation. Before the Panama game, Russell predicted England would win 10-0. He wasn’t far off. I laughed at first at this ridiculous idea that my home nation actually stands a hope in Hell, but after giving it a little more thought I started to come around to his way of thinking. England’s squad for the World Cup is a young team of solid individuals who have … [Read more...] about Can England really win the World Cup?
WIESBADEN — Germany’s Social Democrats on Sunday elected Andrea Nahles, a combative and outspoken former labour minister, as the first woman leader of the 155-year-old party, albeit with a lacklustre vote result. Known for her lectern-thumping speeches and occasional outbursts of child-like humour, the 47-year-old single mother joins Chancellor Angela Merkel at the top of German politics -- and as the woman who may one day seek her job. "We’re breaking though the glass ceiling in the SPD," said Nahles at the delegates’ meeting in the city of Wiesbaden. "And the ceiling will stay open." Well-connected within her party, Nahles, a former leader of its Jusos youth wing, won 66 per cent of the vote, beating Simone Lange, 41, an ex-policewoman and mayor of the city of Flensburg. The less than stellar result against an outsider reflected lingering resentment within the party against the decision, strongly promoted by Nahles, to once more govern as junior partners … [Read more...] about German Social Democrats elect Andrea Nahles as first female leader