Paco Alcacer (L) and club captain Marco Reus (C) have been outstanding for current Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund AFP/SASCHA SCHUERMANN BERLIN: Despite finishing the first half of the season six points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund, defending champions Bayern Munich are confident of securing a seventh straight Bundesliga title next May. "That's what we are all assuming in Munich," said Bayern coach Niko Kovac on Saturday, as the Bundesliga breaks for winter until January 18. Their 3-0 victory at Eintracht Frankfurt this weekend was Bayern's fifth consecutive league win, moving them up to second, but Dortmund are eyeing a first Bundesliga title for seven years. Here are five things we have learned from the first half of the Bundesliga season: Crisis averted Kovac, 47, has been in office for six months but has already survived a crisis after Bayern dropped to sixth in October after consecutive defeats by Hertha Berlin and Borussia Moenchengladbach. The losses fuelled reports … [Read more...] about Can leaders Dortmund halt Bayern”s Bundesliga domination?
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APEC fails to reach consensus as U.S.-China divide dominatesThe Saigon Times Daily European and Asian leaders, including Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad (2nd, R, first row), Chinese President Xi Jinping (4th, R, first row), Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (1st, R, back row) and Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (3rd, R, back row) pose for a family picture at a gala dinner during the APEC Summit in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea November 17, 2018 – PHOTO: REUTERS PORT MORESBY (REUTERS) - Leaders of Asia-Pacific economies were unable to agree on a communique at a summit in Papua New Guinea on Sunday as deep divisions between the United States and China over trade and investment dominated the meeting. "You know the two big giants in the room," Papua New Guinea (PNG) Prime Minister Peter O'Neill said at a closing news conference, when asked which members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) group could not agree. When asked … [Read more...] about APEC fails to reach consensus as U.S.-China divide dominates
The Hanoitimes - After a long time making merger and acquisition (M&A) deals to set foothold in Vietnamese market, foreign retailers are ramping up their expansion plans to gain more market share here. Central Group, Thailand’s largest retail conglomerate, has recently planned to spend as much as US$500 million to expand its retail network in Vietnam over the next five years. After M&A deals with Big C and Metro, Central Group has 51 stores in Vietnam “Central Group has already invested US$1.5 billion in Vietnam since 2012 and plan to invest another US$500 million in the next five years, from 2018 to 2022. Store penetration year to date in total is 250 stores nationwide and we plan to reach 720 stores in the next five years, or by 2022,” Philippe Broianigo, chief executive officer of Central Group Vietnam and Big C Vietnam, told the media. With 250 stores covering more than 700,000 square feet in more than 37 provinces and cities, Central Group … [Read more...] about Foreign investors hurry to dominate Vietnam’s retail market
The foreign operators CGV and Lotte Cinema are outclassing local competitors in services and screening rights, Photo: Le Toan Market under foreign control According to statistics from the Vietnam Film Distribution Association (VFDA), cinemas in Vietnam reached VND3.22 trillion ($142.47 million) in revenue in 2017, up 13.6 per cent on-year. South Korean conglomerate CJ’s CGV Vietnam, the leading film distributor and movie theatre operator in the country, makes up 45.3 per cent of this, exceeding the cumulative market share of its four largest competitors, Lotte Cinema (18.2 per cent), Galaxy (12 per cent), BHD Star Cineplex (7.7 per cent), and the National Cinema Centre (NCC – 5.0 per cent). As of early August this year, CGV Vietnam was operating 64 cineplexes in 22 cities and provinces nationwide. Aside from major cities such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Danang, Can Tho, and Haiphong, CGV has 23 sites in 17 provinces with a total of 103 screens and 13,904 seats. … [Read more...] about Foreign players dominate blossoming cinema scene
Pro-Syrian government forces and military equipment are being organised in preparation for a major battle to regain Idlib, the largest Syrian territory occupied by the rebels since 2015. About 60% of the province is currently the under control of the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) jihadist alliance with the remainder occupied by opposition factions. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad stated that the region would be the next liberation target for government forces. Backing the opposition from the early days of the Syrian civil war, Western nations are hardly able to stand by and watch this force lose their ground. Over recent weeks, Russia has repeatedly provided evidence and intelligence information on the possibility of the West’s ongoing preparations for new air strikes in Syria. The West accused the Syrian government of using chemical weapons in Idlib and this will serve as an excuse to launch a war against the Syrian government, similar to the scenario used to justify launching the … [Read more...] about Mediterranean surges with Russia and US calculations for Syrian battlefield