Malaysia has the slowest marathon runners worldwide, according to a study. — Photo thestar.com.my Marathon PETALING JAYA — Malaysia has the slowest marathon runners worldwide, according to a study. The State of Running 2019 study carried out by athletic shoe review site Run Repeat and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), analysed some 107.9 million race results from over 70,000 events. The results include participants from 209 countries participating in running events between 1986 and 2018. In the study, Malaysia was placed 'the slowest in half marathons (HM, 21km) and (full) marathons (FM, 42.195km). The graphs showed in the study, showed Malaysia clocking in at an average of 2 hours, 36 minutes and 20 seconds for HM, and 5 hours, 46 minutes and 24 seconds for FM. The top performer for HM is Russia with an average timing of 1 hour, 45 minutes, and 11 seconds, followed by Belgium (01:48:01) and Luxembourg (01:50:20), while Spain is the top … [Read more...] about Study: Malaysia is the slowest marathon nation
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Merkel has said her government will fulfil its mandate. (Photo: AFP/Odd Andersen) The centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) sank into chaos after its leader Andrea Nahles said in a shock announcement Sunday that she was quitting her party's top jobs following an European election drubbing a week earlier. As the SPD scrambled for a new leader, the chief of Merkel's CDU party conceded that the centre-left coalition partner could end up deciding whether Germany goes to the polls before the end of the electoral term in 2021. "We are ready to keep this coalition going. How the SPD behaves is its decision," Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer told journalists following crisis talks within her centre-right party. She warned however that given the international challenges, it would be "anything but productive if Germany were to go into a government crisis or a lengthy election campaign". Denying that the issue of snap elections was broached in Monday's talks, she added however that "you can be … [Read more...] about Merkel denies coalition instability despite SPD crisis
LONDON: From a clean break to staying in the EU, British MPs are being polled on a variety of Brexit plans on Wednesday (Mar 27) in a bid to break the paralysis in parliament. How to keep trade flowing after Brexit is a big headache. (AFP/Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS) A total of 16 proposals were submitted, out of which House of Commons Speaker John Bercow selected eight to be voted on with green paper ballots. Some build on Prime Minister Theresa May's twice-rejected divorce deal while others offer stark alternatives - including leaving without a deal and stopping Brexit altogether. Here are the main options being considered: CUSTOMS UNION Several proposals advocate Britain remaining in the EU customs union after adopting May's withdrawal plan and its mandated implementation period to the end of 2020. Committing fully to the customs union would ensure the Irish border remains relatively free-flowing after Brexit - one of the main points of contention. This option is favoured by the … [Read more...] about Brexit votes: The options
Brexit is costing the UK economy $1 billion a week. And it could get worse Brexit has been delayed, and may eventually be called off. But it's already done major damage to the UK economy. The vote to leave the European Union in June 2016 caused the pound to weaken dramatically and ushered in years of uncertainty that has reduced economic activity and triggered a slump in investment. The economy is now 2% smaller than it would have been if the United Kingdom had chosen to remain in the bloc, according to the Bank of England. The economic output lost since the referendum is worth about £800 million ($1 billion) per week, or £4.7 million ($6 million) per hour. The economic consequences have piled up despite there having been no structural changes yet to Britain's trading relationship with EU nations or the rest of the world. Britain has continued to sell goods and services into the European Union, its biggest trading partner, while politicians worked to negotiate the divorce. … [Read more...] about Brexit is costing the UK economy $1 billion a week. And it could get worse
The world's billionaires are growing $2.5 billion richer every day, while the poorest half of the global population is seeing its net worth dwindle. Billionaires, who now number a record 2,208, have more wealth than ever before, according to an Oxfam International report published Monday. Since the global financial crisis a decade ago, the number of billionaires has nearly doubled. The annual study was released ahead of the yearly World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, which brings together some of the wealthiest and most influential people on Earth. The 106-page report is meant to call attention to the growing gap between rich and poor. The combined fortunes of the world's 26 richest individuals reached $1.4 trillion last year — the same amount as the total wealth of the 3.8 billion poorest people. Most of these mega-wealthy are American, according to the Forbes list of billionaires used by Oxfam. The names include Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Microsoft's Bill Gates, Berkshire … [Read more...] about The top 26 billionaires own $1.4 trillion
Qatar's Almoez Ali scored four goals against North Korea, with hardly anyone watching from the stands due to the Gulf blockade. (Photo: AFP/Giuseppe CACACE) With Saudi Arabia the chief protagonist in a Gulf crisis that has left Qatar, the 2022 World Cup host, cut off from its neighbours since mid-2017, the group game at Abu Dhabi's Zayed Sports City Stadium resonates far beyond the pitch. Even in sporting terms it is one to watch, with both teams scoring a hatful of unanswered goals in their opening two games, suggesting they are among the favourites to lift the trophy at the same venue on Feb 1. Qatar have entered the lion's den at the tournament in the United Arab Emirates, an unflinching Saudi ally and one of the countries which have slashed diplomatic ties and transport links, protesting that Doha supports terrorism - a claim the Qataris deny. It means that Qatar are playing without any of their fans at the Asian Cup. Just 452 people watched their 6-0 win over North Korea, the … [Read more...] about Mind the gulf as crisis hit Qatar, Saudis clash at Asian Cup
Viet Nam News ITALY — Inter Milan’s new CEO Giuseppe Marotta has begun to ring the changes at crisis-hit Inter Milan with the axe falling on Belgian bad boy Radja Nainggolan who has been suspended for disciplinary reasons by the club despite Wednesday’s key Serie A game against Napoli looming. Marotta arrived at the Chinese-owned Italian club from Juventus this month after an eight-year spell during which the Turin giants won seven Serie A titles and four Italian Cups. And the 61-year-old Marotta wants to turn the clock back for Inter whose best decade, culminating with the treble of Champions League, Serie A and Italian Cup crowns under Jose Mourinho in 2010, has been followed by the worst. Nainggolan was suspended after again turning up late to training on Sunday following the team’s demoralising 1-1 draw against bottom club Chievo. The heavily-tattooed 30-year-old was also dropped by previous club Roma in January after posting an Instagram video of … [Read more...] about Marotta rings the changes as crisis-hit Inter tackle Napoli
VietNamNet Bridge - Turkey, Argentina and other countries have recently witnessed their local currencies depreciating dramatically against dollars. How about Vietnam? Will the crisis spread to Vietnam? Analysts have reasons to worry that the monetary crisis may spread to emerging and frontier economies, including Vietnam. These particular economies are now suffering from foreign capital outflow and bear influences from the China-US trade war. In contrast, the macroeconomic situation in Vietnam is believed to be stable. These particular economies are now suffering from foreign capital outflow and bear influences from the China-US trade war. In contrast, the macroeconomic situation in Vietnam is believed to be stable. RELATED NEWS Can Vietnam escape the '10-year crisis cycle’? Ten-year cycle of recessions does not always occur: economists Kim Chi … [Read more...] about Can Vietnam resist the global monetary crisis?
Viet Nam News By Mai Hiên HÀ NỘI — For years, social housing has been a hot issue in Việt Nam. Living in decent, affordable housing in a reasonable location is one of the most important goals for all Vietnamese people. It is undeniable social housing can help provide for basic housing needs, especially for those with low incomes. But experts say it can have adverse effects on society if it is not planned and executed properly. Hoàng Thị Loan, a resident of Viglacera Corporation’s Đặng Xá social housing project, said she is satisfied with her apartment. “Thanks to a preferential loan from the government’s housing stimulus package, I can own an apartment for just VNĐ350 million ($15,000),” she told Việt Nam News. She added that buying a house was out of reach on her monthly salary of VNĐ5 million. Loan also said social housing was a practical option for young couples and those with low … [Read more...] about Exploring solutions to the affordable housing crisis
VietNamNet Bridge - ‘High expectations’ and ‘excessive optimism’ were the phrases used by Huynh The Du, training director of the Fulbright Economics Teaching Programm (FETP), in describing the 10-year crisis cycle. Vietnam witnessed four economic crises in the last 40 years According to Du, Vietnam witnessed four economic crises in the last 40 years every 10 years, in 1979, 1989, 1999 and 2009. The reforms in agriculture, reasonable policies in foreign trade, and FDI attraction then created a driving force for growth. 1995 was considered the best year of the period. The reforms in agriculture, reasonable policies in foreign trade, and FDI attraction then created a driving force for growth. 1995 was considered the best year of the period. Vietnam re-joined ASEAN and normalized diplomatic relations with the US. GDP grew by 9.5 percent. However, problems still existed, which were seeds for a new problematic period. RELATED NEWS … [Read more...] about Can Vietnam escape the ’10-year crisis cycle’?