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Resources shares tumbled for a second consecutive day with Energy down 0.35 percent and Metals and mining diving 2.54 percent when oil and gold prices were losing ground.

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Canada's biggest bank Royal Bank of Canada rose 0.85 percent to 77.91 Canadian dollars (about 60.07 U.S. dollars) while Toronto- Dominion Bank, the second largest lender in Canada, rallied 1.12 percent to 53.30 Canadian dollars, and the third biggest lender Bank of Nova Scotia advanced 1.26 percent to 64.93 Canadian dollars.

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BRATISLAVA, Jan. 22 (Xinhua) -- The greatest academic sport event of the planet is knocking on the door.

The 27th Winter Universiade of 2015 will kick off on Saturday in Slovakia and go through to Feb. 14 to finish in Spain. The 2015 edition will be the first Universiade to be hosted by two countries as the first part of this event is located at Strbske Pleso and Osrblie in Northern Slovakia to Feb. 1.

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"Not only our staff, but also a number of external partners are busy 247 in order to make the whole area at Strbske Pleso and Osrblie 100% ready. No one is going to ask for reasons if it doesn't get done, so there's no other way; we just have to," added Hamaj.

The majority of delegations have already arrived at Strbske Pleso , resort in the High Tatras. Furukawa Toshimasa, head of the Japanese delegation, said they are looking forward to the event.

"We would like to meet and communicate with other countries, they also want to win some medals," stressed Toshimasa.

The Ukrainian team expect successful results as well.

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The final preparations in the High Tatras are gaining momentum. Not only the sports venues, but the accreditation center and official premises as well are finally beginning to resemble the Universiade.

"The only thing that is complicating life for all of us is the weather. The Tatras are experiencing a temperature inversion, with temperatures above zero and fog. Therefore we are forced to artificially cover the cross-country skiing trails and ski jump with snow," explained Hamaj.

The Universiade is an international sports festival organized for university athletes by the International University Sports Federation - FISU. The name is a combination of the words "University" and "Olympiad".

RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec. 27 (Xinhua) -- Former Uruguay international striker Sebastian "Loco" Abreu said Tuesday that his signing with Brazilian minnows Bangu represented "a good fit" as he extends his professional career to a 23rd year.

Abreu, 40, was officially presented to the media almost two months after the Rio state-league club announced his signing.

"I liked the eagerness of the board, who showed that I could be an important part of a winning project," Abreu told a press conference.

"I thought it would be a good fit, apart from coming back to Rio, which is a very special city."

Abreu was a free agent after helping El Tecla win El Salvador's league title last week with two goals in the final against Alianza.

Bangu will be the 24th club of Abreu's professional career, which started at Uruguay's Defensor Sporting Club in 1996.

It will be his second spell with a Rio de Janeiro-based side, having also represented Botafogo from 2010 to 2012.

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