Diminutive De Joya plays bigger than his size

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I just told myself that this will be mine and I leave everything to God. I’m happy that I made the shot,” he said in Filipino.The 5-foot-5 De Joya has made a good account of himself since debuting with the franchise last conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLittle as he may seem, the Calaca, Batangas native has shown relentlessness on defense and unbridled courage on his gutsy drives on offense where he goes up against bigger foes game-in and game-out. That earned him tons of praise from no less than coach Eric Gonzales.“He’s slowly understanding how basketball is played because before, he’s not really a natural point guard and we’re still educating him. Now, I’m just thankful to our bosses that they invested on Cedric and somehow, he’s responding to whatever we’re teaching him,” the mentor said. Cedric de Joya. PBA IMAGESHe may be the littlest man on the court, but on Tuesday, Cedric de Joya proved that he had the biggest heart.The 23-year-old playmaker went up against the towers of Wangs Basketball and banked the game-winning basket to carry Batangas to a gutsy 81-79 victory in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games LATEST STORIES View comments For De Joya, he’s just treasuring this rare chance to strut his stuff and learn from a champion coach like Gonzales.“I always tell myself that I’m being given the chance here by coach and I have to give my best even though I’m smaller than our opponents. I need to show that I can go toe-to-toe with them. It was intimidating at first, but I know that if I get nervous, that won’t help. I just have to continuously work hard,” he said.And he’s hopeful that all of this sacrifice will bear fruit in the end as he chases his elusive PBA dream.“I want to show everyone that I can play despite my size. I’m happy that I’m playing here in the D-League, but I’m still not content. I wish that I can play in the PBA one day,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastcenter_img Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP LOOK: Blazers’ guard C.J. McCollum enters Harvard Business School Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastlast_img read more

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India’s golden shooting spree

first_imgOmkar, Vijay bag gold; Gagan and Imran join the party too It appears India’s record of 16 shooting gold at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games will obliterated soon. On Friday, Omkar Singh and Vijay Kumar clinched gold in 10m air pistol and 25m rapid fire pistol events respectively. This was Omkar’s third gold of the Delhi games; for Vijay, it was his second.Another gold came through the men’s 50m rifle 3 position pair of Gagan Narang and Imran Hassan Khan. In the men’s trap pairs, Manavjit Singh Sandhu and Mansher Singh combined to shoot an unprecedented 197 birds, only for Australia to pip them to the gold by one bird.Add to this a bronze won by Gurpreet Singh in rapid fire, and India’s tally after Day 4 of the nine- day shooting event stands at 10 gold, seven silver and a bronze.Narang, who is targeting six gold medals, won his third in as many events, thanks to an outstanding 397/ 400 in the prone round. He then shot identical 385s in the standing and kneeling rounds, while Khan shot 395, 381 and 382 to help India break the 16- year- old Games record of 2,300 points with 2,325.In the meantime, Vijay had broken his own record of 581 by shooting 583 in qualification for rapid fire. Gurpreet shot 569 to lie third, heading into the final. Vijay then shot an excellent 204.5 to beat his final record from Melbourne as well, setting 787.5 as the new benchmark.Despite one off- target shot, Malaysia’s Amir Hasan held on for silver, ahead of a surging Gurpreet.advertisementNavy’s Omkar equalled Samaresh Jung’s qualification record of 584 in 10m air pistol to be four points clear of Singapore’s Bin Gai and then shot 97.8 in the final to finish with three gold and a silver in his four events. Gurpreet finished fifth.There was disappointment for India in women’s trap pairs as they could only finish fifth. Australia won the gold, England got the silver and Canada took bronze.But the real battle of the day was in the men’s trap pairs where Australia’s Michael Diamond and Adam Vella, touted as the best trap team in the world, took on India’s vastly experienced Manavjit and Mansher.Mansher shot a brilliant 99 while Manavjit, who had shot 23 in his first round, went perfect over the next three series to finish with 98 and help India get to 197, a Games record.Vella also finished with 98, but two- time Olympic champion Diamond made it a perfect 100/ 100 to help Australia edge ahead.After the match, Mansher paid rich tribute to Diamond’s performance.”It had to be someone like Michael to beat us because nobody else in the world manages to do what he does regularly. This is what happens in shooting – you do so well and yet lose because somebody else has had a stellar day,” Mansher told Mail Today. The shooter, backed by the National Sports Development Fund, defended his teammate Manavjit, saying his was no mean score either.”Yes he did shoot 23 in the first round but then again, he shot 75 straight thereafter. It was a heavy load to carry and he did magnificently,” Mansher said.last_img read more

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Skull fracture

first_imgDefinitionA skull fracture is a fracture or break in the cranial (skull) bones.Alternative NamesBasilar skull fracture; Depressed skull fracture; Linear skull fractureConsiderationsSkull fractures may occur with head injuries. The skull provides good protection for the brain. However, a severe impact or blow can cause the skull to break. It may be accompanied by concussion or other injury to the brain.The brain can be affected directly by damage to the nervous system tissue and bleeding. The brain can also be affected indirectly by blood clots that form under the skull and compress the underlying brain tissue (subdural or epidural hematoma).A simple fracture is a break in the bone without damage to the skin.A linear skull fracture is a break in a cranial bone resembling a thin line, without splintering, depression, or distortion of bone.A depressed skull fracture is a break in a cranial bone (or “crushed” portion of skull) with depression of the bone in toward the brain.A compound fracture involves a break in, or loss of, skin and splintering of the bone.CausesHead traumaFalls, automobile accidents, physical assault, and sportsSymptomsBleeding from wound, ears, nose, or around eyesBruising behind the ears or under the eyesChanges in pupils (sizes unequal, not reactive to light)ConfusionConvulsionsDifficulties with balanceDrainage of clear or bloody fluid from ears or noseDrowsinessHeadacheLoss of consciousnessNauseaRestlessness, irritabilitySlurred speechStiff neckSwellingVisual disturbancesVomitingIn some cases, the only symptom may be a bump on the head. A bump or bruise may take up to 24 hours to develop.advertisementFirst AidIf you think someone has a skull fracture:Check the airways, breathing, and circulation. If necessary, begin rescue breathing and CPR.Avoid moving the person (unless absolutely necessary) until medical help arrives. Have someone to call 911 (or the local emergency number) for medical assistance.If the person must be moved, take care to stabilize the head and neck. Place your hands on both sides of the head and under the shoulders. Do not allow the head to bend forward or backward, or to twist or turn.Carefully check the site of injury, but do not probe in or around the site with a foreign object. It can be hard to know if the skull is fractured or depressed (dented in) at the site of injury.If there is bleeding, apply firm pressure with a clean cloth over a broad area to control blood loss.If blood soaks through, do not remove the original cloth. Instead, apply more cloths on top, and continue to apply pressure.If the person is vomiting, stabilize the head and neck, and carefully turn the victim to the side to prevent choking on vomit.If the person is conscious and experiencing any of the previously listed symptoms, transport to the nearest emergency medical facility (even if the patient does not think medical help is needed).Do NotDo NOT move the person unless absolutely necessary. Head injuries may be associated with spinal injuries.Do NOT remove protruding objects.Do NOT allow the person to continue with physical activities.Do NOT forget to watch the person closely until medical help arrives.Do NOT give the person any medicines before talking to a doctor.Do NOT leave the person alone, even if there are no obvious problems.When to Contact a Medical ProfessionalThere are problems with breathing or circulation.Direct pressure does not stop bleeding from the nose, ears, or wound.There is drainage of clear fluid from the nose or ears.There is facial swelling, bleeding, or bruising.There is an object protruding from the skull.The person is unconscious, is experiencing convulsions, has multiple injuries, appears to be in any distress, or cannot think clearly.PreventionAlthough no child is injury-proof, parents can take some simple steps to keep their children from getting head injuries.Not all head injuries can be prevented. The following simple steps can help keep you and your child safe:Always use safety equipment during activities that could cause a head injury. These include seat belts, bicycle or motorcycle helmets, and hard hats.Learn and follow bicycle safety recommendations.Do not drink and drive. Do not allow yourself to be driven by someone who may have been drinking alcohol or is otherwise impaired.ReferencesKerr HA. Closed head injury. Clin Sports Med. 32 (2013) 273-287.Heegaard WG, Biros MH, Head injury. In: Marx JA, Hockberger RS, Walls RM, et al, eds. Rosens Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice. 8th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Elsevier Mosby; 2013:chap 41.advertisementLing GSF. Traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Cecil Medicine. 24th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 406.Review Date:1/13/2014Reviewed By:Jacob L. Heller, MD, MHA, Emergency Medicine, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.last_img read more

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Don’t play Asia Cup: Virender Sehwag slams India’s shocking schedule

first_imgVirender Sehwag has slammed the shocking schedule at the Asia Cup where India have been scheduled to play One Day Internationals on back-to-back days on September 18 and 19.India will be playing two ODIs on consecutive days according to the schedule released for the biennial tournament — set to take place in the UAE from September 15.Defending champions India will face arch-rivals Pakistan on September 19 in their second match of the 2018 Asia Cup.Group A consists of India, Pakistan and the yet-to-be-decided qualifier while Group B comprises Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. The top two teams from each group will qualify for the Super 4 and two teams will then play the final on 28 September in Dubai.”I am really shocked to see the scheduling because which country plays back-to-back cricket matches these days? There was a gap of two days in between the T20 matches in England and here you are playing ODIs under hot Dubai weather and that too without a break. So, I don’t think this is a correct scheduling,” Sehwag told India TV.”Why there’s such hue and cry over playing the Asia Cup? Don’t play the Asia Cup. Prepare the team for the home series or the away series. It’s really difficult to play back-to-back games,” Sehwag said.Sehwag said a player needs time to attain full fitness after playing a match and BCCI should have at least rescheduled India’s Asia Cup match against the qualifier on September 18.”There shouldn’t be any back-to-back games. If the BCCI had to cancel anything then it should have been the qualifier game in the Asia Cup rather than reducing the four-day practice match against Essex to three days. A player needs at least 48 hours to recover after playing an ODI match because you field for 3.5 hours and after that if you bat for 2 hours then it makes your total time spend on the ground to 5.5 hours. So, it takes a minimum of 24 to 48 hours for a player to recover,” he said.advertisementThe legendary batsman also said playing back-to-back days will tire the Indian players and that will give Pakistan the advantage going into the match.”When Team India will play the Asia Cup in Dubai in September, there will be too much heat and it will hamper the players’ recovery process. Pakistan will be in a good shape whereas the Indian players will be tired. And if we end up losing the match, then there might be a problem as we all are very passionate whenever we play against Pakistan. We always want India to win against Pakistan but if the Indian players are tired then Pakistan will definitely have the advantage,” he said.Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will play the tournament opener in Dubai on September 15. The title clash will be played on September 28 also in Dubai.The 2018 edition of the tournament will be played in 50-over format with the 50-over World Cup scheduled to be held in England and Wales in 2019. The previous Asia Cup was played in the T20 format as it preceded the 2016 World T20.Asia Cup 2018 full schedule:Group StageSeptember 15 – Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka (Dubai)September 16 – Pakistan vs Qualifier (Dubai)September 17 – Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan (Abu Dhabi)September 18 – India vs Qualifier (Dubai)September 19 – India vs Pakistan (Dubai)September 20 – Bangladesh vs Afghanistan (Abu Dhabi)Super FourSeptember 21 – Group A Winner vs Group B Runner-up (Dubai)September 21 – Group B Winner vs Group A Runner-up (Abu Dhabi)September 23 – Group A Winner vs Group A Runner-up (Dubai)September 23 – Group B Winner vs Group B Runner-up (Abu Dhabi)September 25 – Group A Winner vs Group B Winner (Dubai)September 26 – Group A Runner-up vs Group B Runner-up (Abu Dhabi)FinalSeptember 28 – Asia Cup 2018 Final (Dubai)last_img read more

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MS Dhoni plays 150th IPL match for Chennai Super Kings, 50th in Chepauk

first_imgMS Dhoni entered the 150-matches club for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League, as CSK took on Kings XI Punjab at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai Saturday.Dhoni became the second player to play 150 IPL matches for CSK after Suresh Raina, who had achieved the distinction last Sunday against Rajasthan Royals.Incidentally, Dhoni is playing his 50th IPL match for CSK at Chepauk, something Raina against has achieved in the previously mentioned match against RR.In that game, as Raina completed the milestone, Dhoni finished with an unbeaten 75 – his second highest score in the IPL and his highest in Chennai..@msdhoni makes his 150th #VIVOIPL appearance for @ChennaiIPL #CSKvKXIP pic.twitter.com/oMrW2BrOubIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 6, 2019Lion King’s 150th match as the Pride’s #Thala and what better than a game at #AnbuDen! #WhistlePodu #Yellove #CSKvKXIP pic.twitter.com/J8ks7CVRbp Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) April 6, 2019In those match, Dhoni has scored a total of 3561 runs for Chennai Super Kings at an average of 23.8. including 20 fifties.Last year, MS Dhoni led from the front with 455 runs as Chennai Super Kings won the IPL for the third time. It was also last year that Dhoni made his IPL best – an unbeaten 79 against Kings XI Punjab. His IPL form had pleased Virat Kohli but Dhoni failed to replicate that on the international arena.Overall, Suresh Raina leads the chart for most matches played for CSK with 176 (includes matches played in the Champions League) as MS Dhoni is second on that list too, with 174. The third on that list is Ravichandran Ashwin with 121 matches for CSK.advertisementOn Saturday, in Dhoni’s opposite corner was R Ashwin -who was playing his first match against CSK in Chennai.”It’s quite emotional to be honest. I am very happy to be back playing here in Chennai and looking forward to it. I’m looking for the crowd to back us, which I guess is not going to happen,” Ashwin said at the toss.Also Read | R Ashwin on return to Chepauk: Playing in front of Chennai crowd always speciallast_img read more

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Mumbai University to release first merit today @ mu.ac.in: Direct link to check MU list

first_imgMumbai University First Merit List 2019: Mumbai University (MU) is all set to release the first merit list today, June 17. As per reports, over 2 lakh candidates have registered for admission at the varsity. All the candidates who have applied for admission at Mumbai University can check the merit list on the official website, the link for which is mu.ac.inThis year, a total of 2, 60,757 candidates have registered for admission at the varsity.How to check Mumbai University:Log on to the official website, mu.ac.inOn the homepage, click on ‘Mumbai University first merit’PDF file with names of the selected candidate will be displayed on the screenCheck your name in the listDownload the same and take print out of the same for future use.Verification date:As per reports, the verification process will begin from June 18.List of documents requiredSelf – attested class 12 mark sheetSC/ST/PwD/KM/OBC CertificateSelf- attested copies of sports and ECA certificatesEXS Certificate issued by SDM certifying the applicant.Passport size photographScanned signature of the applicantSelf-attested class 10 mark sheet, for the date of birthAbout Mumbai University:The university aims to provide a free and conducive atmosphere for creative thinking and impart deep disciplinary knowledge with interdisciplinary bandwidth to the learners in order to make them problem solvers, leaders, and entrepreneursIt has a mission to assimilate and transmit the values of honesty, equality, human dignity, and inclusivityIt encourages making optimum use of available resources and investments through unconventional meansIt has an objective to undertake research in frontier and emerging areas to advance knowledge and through innovation turn it into intellectual property and entrepreneurship to accelerate growthIt aims to contribute effectively to the welfare of society, address the local and global challenges; respecting the culture, environment, and sustainability.advertisementlast_img read more

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10 months agoCrystal Palace boss Hodgson: Zaha and China?

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace boss Hodgson: Zaha and China?by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson insists there’s been no offer from China for Wilfried Zaha.Hodgson has claimed Crystal Palace know nothing about a Chinese mega-money offer for Zaha in the January window.And Hodgson said: “The speculation we have had so far I have got to say I find it hard to take seriously but who knows? Perhaps I shall be very surprised.“I don’t know if you sign a new five-year contract in the Premier League and then go to China at the age of 26. But who knows? Perhaps I am naïve. Perhaps it does happen.”All I do know is that no-one at the club knows anything at all about this story.” last_img read more

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Nova Scotia Welcomes Contest Winner

first_imgiLove Nova Scotia contest winner Joerg Knoerchen is enjoying his grand prize vacation, and telling the world about it. Mr. Knoerchen arrived in Halifax late last week and is blogging on novascotia.com about his trip. Launched in July 2009, the iLove Nova Scotia contest generated great response from around the world as contestants submitted personal videos showcasing what they love most about the province. The winner of a $15,000 Nova Scotia vacation was selected through online voting. “We are thrilled to welcome Joerg to Nova Scotia,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “The province is using creative marketing opportunities like this to attract visitors from key markets to ensure our tourism industry continues to create good jobs and grow the economy.” Joerg and his wife Nicole, who live in Germany, worked with department staff to develop a Nova Scotia dream vacation customized to their likes and interests. The visit includes a wilderness experience in Annapolis Royal, a visit to Kejimkjik Seaside Adjunct and a tour of the Cabot Trail. “We are so excited to come to Nova Scotia and share our travel experiences with the world,” said Mr. Knoerchen. “I am constantly thinking about how to showcase the beauty of your picturesque province, its hospitality and the friendliness of the people.” Be sure to check out Joerg’s blog at www.novascotiablogs.com/content/i_love_ns/.last_img read more

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Canada keen to see Trans Mountain pipeline built get more oil to

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada will continue to produce oil and ship it across the country whether or not new pipelines are built, says the minister of natural resources says.Building pipelines just means it can be shipped more safely, Jim Carr says in a recent interview with The Canadian Press.Next week, Carr will play host to a major conference in Winnipeg looking at how Canada can and will adjust to a low-carbon energy world.However, he says, even as Canada adapts to that new world, oil resources will be extracted and will continue to be shipped.Getting more oil to the West Coast so it can be loaded on tankers and sold to China will be better for the country and getting it there on pipelines rather than rail cars is better for everyone, he says.The federal government’s approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline is under a legal microscope this week as Indigenous and environmental groups and British Columbia cities argue the process was incomplete and failed to take into account the impact the pipeline could have on everything from killer whales to waterways.The $7.4 billion pipeline project is being built by Trans Mountain, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan, to more than double the capacity of an existing line between Edmonton and Burnaby, B.C.The federal Liberals gave the green light to the project last fall, after making changes to the review process that Carr said included more Indigenous engagement.“We approved it because more than 15,000 jobs will be created,” Carr said. “We approved it because we don’t feel comfortable sending 99 per cent of our oil and gas exports to one country, the United States.”Whether there was enough Indigenous engagement is one of the key questions that will be answered by a court case underway in B.C. this week.Carr said the government remains keen to have the line built. He said the judge will decide whether it can proceed, but the government believed the project was in the national interest when it approved it last fall and still thinks so today.“Nothing has changed that would alter our judgment on why it was approved,” Carr said.Next week’s Generation Energy conference in Winnipeg is a key moment for Carr in his tenure as natural resources minister, as his mandate letter calls for the creation of a national energy strategy. That includes working on energy security and making it easier to produce and transmit cleaner energy across the country.Carr said many key policies and solutions in Canada have come from similar conferences. He also said there is no battle between moving to a low-carbon economy and continuing to produce oil in Canada.“There are examples around the world where the production and distribution of conventional sources go hand in hand with investment in renewable sources of energy and that’s happening more and more now in Canada,” he said.-follow @mrabson on Twitter.last_img read more

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Moroccan Women Who Honored their Country in 2014

Taroudant – Following the list of the Moroccan Men who Honored their Country in 2014, Morocco World News is delighted to share with its audience the list of top women who are a source of pride to their homeland through their positive contribution and exceptional achievements, either abroad or at home. We deliberately made both lists into two separate articles only because these honorable names, who raised the flag of their homeland higher, are numerous to be included in one article.The list of Moroccan women who excelled in their respective fields and made international headlines in 2014 is as follows:Fatima Zahra Mansouri In addition to her illustrious ranking as the first woman in Forbes magazine’s list of 20 young powerful African women released early December, Fatima Zahra Mansouri, Mayor of Marrakech, honored on March as 2014 ‘Young Global Leader’ by Davos World Forum.According to Forbes, Mansouri has, “Significantly cut down on graft, and is widely credited with introducing transparency, accountability and efficiency within Marrakech’s 96-member city council.”Souad BelcaidAfter an extended experience teaching abroad in Massachusetts, Missouri, and Egypt, Mrs. Souad Belcaid returned to her home country, Morocco.Thanks to her dedication and devotion to the honorable field of teaching, the Moroccan teacher at the American School of Tangier has made it to the top 50 finalists early December, in an international competition to find the world’s best teacher.Belcaid is the only teacher in North Africa shortlisted for The Global Teacher Prize, a competition established by the Varkey GEMS Foundation with a grand prize of one million dollars, “to celebrate one outstanding teacher.”Bouchra BaibanouAfter she climbed on June Mont McKinley, the highest mountain peak in North America, with a summit elevation of 20,237 feet above sea level, the Moroccan mountaineer Bouchra Baibanou pursues her dream of being the first Moroccan and Arab woman to climb the seven highest peaks in the world. She waved the Moroccan flag on the many highest picks of the world.An engineer at the Ministry of Equipment and Transport, she has found great delight in ecotourism and nature.Ismahane ElouafiLast February, the English website Muslim-Science.com released a list of ‘Top-20 Most Influential Women in Science in the Islamic World’ featuring Moroccan scientist Ismahane Elouafi.Being the only North African woman included in this ranking dominated by Pakistanis, Elouafi, food safety champion, is among the eight scientists listed under “the shapers” category.Nadine HanafiMoroccan American Nadine Hanafi was honored in November at the United Nations headquarters in New York among the most successful young entrepreneurs in the United States.Nadine was chosen for being the founder and CEO of We Are Visual, a creative agency dedicated to eradicating mediocre presentations and empowering people to turn PowerPoint into a powerful communication tool that enhances their message rather than a design liability that puts their audience to sleep.Myriam BourhailLast July, Myriam Bourhail, a Moroccan high school student in Dumas city, surprised everybody after she received the highest Baccalaureate exam score in France. Scoring 21.03 out of 20 (799 points out of 760), Myriam honored herself and her home land after a year of devoted studying and hard work..After her amazing achievement in France, Bourahil have been received and decorated by the King Mohammed VI, during the feast of the throne held on July 30.Mariam Fatima ParéDespite the tragic accident that left her quadriplegic, Moroccan-born artist Mariam Fatima Paré did not give up her dream to become a professional painter, an art she loved ever since she was a little girl.The artist, 38, learned to paint wonderful drawings with her mouth and develop her passion for painting after a stray bullet struck her while driving nearly 20 years ago and left her paralyzed.Mariam, learned how to control a pencil using her mouth with the help of intense rehabilitation with her physical therapist.Mariama ZhouriMariama Zhouri, a Harvard scholar and passionate advocate of women and children’s rights, won, among other winners, the 2014 Quebec’ Arab Women’s Award (Trophée des Femmes Arabes du Québec).Originally from Salé, Morocco, Zhouri is currently working on her certification in management at Harvard University.Doha BadraneDoha Badrane is another example of successful and determined women who honor their country.After years of hard work and dedication, Doha Badrane, a Moroccan woman who lives in Italy, has been licensed to practice as a surgeon by the medical authorities in Italy making her the first Moroccan doctor to complete all of her medical studies in Italy.Doha Badrane defended her thesis in Medicine and Surgery about the monitoring of hepatitis A and the management of epidemics.Souhaila HayyatIn the footsteps of Bourahil, the Moroccan student Souhaila Hayyat from Bishop David Brown School in London received in August the Silver Award for her outstanding performance at the 2014 UK Junior Mathematical Challenge.The Moroccan student received a Silver Certificate from the UK Junior Mathematical Challenge in recognition of her outstanding performance in the mathematics competition.All these outstanding women have one point in common: they are highly educated. As George Washington Carver put it, “Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.” © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

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China imports from US plunge in June amid tariff war

BEIJING — China’s imports from the United States plunged 31.4% in June from a year earlier amid a tariff war with Washington, while exports to the U.S. market sank 7.8%.Customs data on Friday showed China’s global exports sank 1.3% while imports fell 7.3%.U.S.-Chinese trade has weakened since President Donald Trump hiked tariffs on goods from China in a fight over Beijing’s technology ambitions. China retaliated with its own penalty duties and ordered importers to find non-U.S. suppliers.The Associated Press read more

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Middle East UN relief agency seeks 94 million to help West Bank

Launching the bid in Jerusalem, the Agency noted that over two years of violence, curfews and closures have had a “catastrophic” impact on the humanitarian conditions of the 1.5 million Palestinian refugees living in the area. Some 22 per cent of children are suffering from acute or chronic malnutrition, while unemployment now exceeds 50 per cent and over 60 per cent of the population is living on less than $2 a day.Thousands of Palestinian families have had their shelters demolished or destroyed, and the Agency warned of increasing signs that Palestinian society is teetering on the edge of ruin. “UNRWA is the largest humanitarian actor in the region and is the only organization with the kind of infrastructure able to have an major impact on the living conditions for Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank,” said the Agency’s Commissioner-General, Peter Hansen. “So rapid has been the humanitarian collapse that it will take an emergency programme of the scale we present today to prevent a complete breakdown in Palestinian society.”With $32.4 million, UNRWA hopes to launch the largest food aid programme ever seen in the territories. Around 222,000 families, comprising 1.1 million people, will receive regular supplies of iron-fortified flour, chickpeas, olive oil and other staples designed to provide a nutritional safety net for those worst affected by the crisisThe Agency also plans to create almost 1 million job opportunity days for refugees in Gaza and the West Bank in an effort to inject badly needed cash into the local economy and provide meaningful temporary employment. UNRWA will hire additional teachers, medical staff, labourers and others on short contracts to help it implement its humanitarian programmes and to provide breadwinners with much-needed income.The appeal also envisions a major rebuilding programme to replace or repair shelters that continue to be destroyed or badly damaged in Israeli military operations. Additionally, UNRWA aims to supply extra medicines, medical staff and mobile clinics for refugees cut off from health care by curfews and closures. In the education sector, a large-scale distance-learning project is planned to help children whose schooling is being disrupted by the long periods when they or their teachers cannot reach their classrooms.“It is my hope and my wish that the international community responds generously and urgently to help UNRWA help the Palestinians,” Mr. Hansen said. read more

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UN agency helps Afghanistan develop pioneering environmental legislation

Laws aimed at protecting Afghanistan’s wildlife, waterways and forests, believed to be the first legal conservation tools in the country, have been developed by the Government with assistance from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the agency announced today. “The Environment Act is the cornerstone for the development of an effective and integrated environmental management regime that secures environmentally sound sustainable development and use of natural resources, while still promoting economic and social well-being and development, Klaus Toepfer, UNEP’s Executive Director, said. “If we are to help deliver a stable future for this country and for countries across the globe, the environment must be factored into rehabilitation and future planning,” he added. “For the environment is not a luxury but the basis for economic development and livelihoods.”According to UNEP, over 80 per cent of Afghanistan’s population relies directly on the natural resource base to meet its daily needs, but two decades of conflict, exacerbated by a recent drought, have heavily damaged the country’s natural resource base. The new Environmental Act, developed in partnership with the World Conservation Union and international experts, consists of the frameworks needed to manage Afghanistan’s natural resources in a sustainable way, and to rehabilitate its damaged environment. The Act also clarifies institutional responsibilities and contains compliance and enforcement provisions. In other news from Afghanistan, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) announced today that 130 former officer and soldiers are graduating from the vocational training provided by the New Beginning Programme (ANBP) which aims to reintegrate ex-military into civilian life. The graduation ceremony for the training, which is provided by the non-governmental organization (NGO) World Vision, will take place Wednesday in Kabul.Finally, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) is coordinating the provision of blankets and stoves to areas of the northern part of the country battered by heavy rains in the last few days. read more

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EU predicts blocs economy will fall farther recover more slowly as debt

EU predicts bloc’s economy will fall farther, recover more slowly as debt crisis kills growth AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Sarah Dilorenzo, The Associated Press Posted Nov 7, 2012 9:12 am MDT BRUSSELS – Europe’s economy is still reeling and unemployment could remain high for years in spite of the progress made in solving the debt crisis, the European Union warned Wednesday as it downgraded its forecasts for the 27-country bloc.The European Commission, the executive arm of the EU, on Wednesday revised its forecast for the economy of the entire region, saying that it now expected gross domestic product to contract by 0.3 per cent on an annual basis this year, rather than remaining flat as it predicted in the spring. It also said that the 17 countries that use the euro will contract, with GDP falling 0.4 per cent, against a previous expectation of a 0.3 per cent fall.But the most significant downgrades are for next year’s forecasts. The commission had expected the eurozone to find its footing in 2013, with 1 per cent growth. Now it predicts only a 0.1 per cent uptick. For all 27 countries in the EU, it forecasts 0.4 per cent growth, compared with 1.3 per cent last spring.The report also suggests that unemployment won’t start falling until 2014 — and then only slightly.“The ongoing post-financial crisis correction continues to weigh heavily on economic activity and employment in the EU,” the report said. “Yet, compared to the situation before the summer, over the last few months financial tensions have somewhat abated.”Official third-quarter GDP figures for the EU and the eurozone, which will show whether the region has entered recession, are due to be released on Nov. 15. A recession is defined as two quarters in a row with negative growth.The eurozone has made progress this year toward resolving its debt crisis, which has been dragging down economies throughout the EU and beyond. Countries that use the euro have slashed spending and promised to keep their deficits in check; they’ve vowed to better protect their banks by improving how they’re regulated and supervised; and the European Central Bank has put in place a plan to help countries struggling with high borrowing costs, the hallmark of the crisis and the reason some have sought bailouts.But those measures are still to be felt in the real economy. The unemployment rate across the eurozone is at a record high of 11.6 per cent, and it is 10.6 per cent in the wider EU. In the latest in a steady stream of job cuts Danish wind turbine maker Vestas, Swedish wireless equipment group LM Ericsson, and Dutch bank ING announced a total of almost 7,000 layoffs Wednesday. Eurostat, the EU’s statistics agency, also said retail sales in the eurozone shrank 0.2 per cent in September.Many economists have argued that, in solving one crisis by cutting government spending and raising taxes, politicians have exacerbated another — slow or negative growth. Meanwhile, tighter banking rules have hurt lending, the fuel economies need to grow.The commission Wednesday predicted that Germany, Europe’s largest economy, would eke out just 0.8 per cent growth in 2012, compared with its earlier forecast of 1.7 per cent. ECB President Mario Draghi warned Wednesday that the country is no longer insulated from the troubles in the rest of the eurozone and that “the latest data suggest that these developments are now starting to affect” its economy.In a speech given in Frankfurt, Draghi called on governments to back up the ECB’s plans to help countries with their borrowing costs by cutting debt and improving growth through cutting excessive red tape.“Across the whole euro area, governments are making determined efforts to reverse economic imbalances,” he said. “They are implementing reforms to redress the misguided policies of the past and to create sustainable long-term growth. It is a difficult road and there is still a long way to go. But the early signs are encouraging.”“Financial developments in Germany are the mirror-image of financial developments in the rest of the euro area,” Draghi added. “And this means that measures to ensure the stability of the euro area as a whole will also be to the benefit of Germany.”Greece has suffered the most from this vicious cycle and is now in its fifth year of recession. Many say it’s unclear how the country will ever manage to reduce its debts, spark growth and break the cycle. The new forecast expects Greece’s economy to contract 6 per cent this year and another 4.2 per cent next year. In the spring, the commission had hoped growth would be flat in 2013.___David McHugh in Frankfurt contributed to this article. read more

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Football Ohio State still eyeing the field for a safety

Ohio State then-freshman safety Isaiah Pryor (14) takes down UNLV quarterback Armani Rogers in the third quarter of the Ohio State- UNLV game on Sep. 23. Ohio State won 54- 21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThere’s safety in numbers.Or at least, there should be. Ohio State has an opening in its defensive backfield at the field safety position opposite junior safety Jordan Fuller. Despite having three people competing for the position, head coach Urban Meyer said he views the position battle as the No. 1 concern for his team exiting spring practices because no one has made any noticeable separation to this point.“We’re just not quite sure who that is,” Meyer said after the Spring Game. “[Defensive coordinators Greg] Schiano and Alex Grinch, we’re going to meet probably next Wednesday and they’re going to give me a depth chart and we’ll go from there.”One of the many positions vacated by a senior from last season, safety has not been a major debate for Ohio State in past seasons. Vonn Bell and Tyvis Powell, both now in the NFL, held the roles in 2015. Damon Webb and Malik Hooker were viewed as the clear starters in the 2016 season, and while Fuller split snaps with Erick Smith across the field from Webb in 2017, Fuller soon overtook Smith. Now, there’s three players — sophomores Isaiah Pryor and Brendon White, as well as redshirt sophomore Jahsen Wint — battling against one another for the opening. Pryor, the No. 8 safety in the 2017 recruiting class according to 247Sports composite rankings, entered the spring considered by many to be the favorite to grab the position. Meyer said on March 26 those were the only three competing for the spot, but also suggested freshmen Marcus Hooker — Malik’s younger brother — and Josh Proctor could put themselves into the fight as well.Almost three weeks after that, Schiano still refused to rule those two players out.“Around here, there’s no freshman, sophomore, junior. I mean, if you’re the best guy, you’ll play,” Schiano said after the Spring Game. “There’s a guy by the name of Hooker too that’s coming to town. Who knows? Somebody in his family played that position pretty well.”Hearing the coaches talk about the position battles for the upcoming year, it becomes apparent that the second safety position could be the last decided on defense. The coaching staff appears to have several players in mind for the two linebacker openings.But safety, a position that had an early frontrunner in Pryor, now might not have an answer until the end of the summer.“I know we [won’t] come out of spring with a clear-cut guy,” Schiano said. “The competition will continue into training camp and I’m confident we’ll have two guys that start that game that will be game-ready. It’s developing depth behind it that will be the challenge.”It remains to be seen how that depth will shake out. Even if Pryor separates himself from the rest of the pack, it is unknown how White and Wint will be as backup options.White was burned several times in coverage during Saturday’s Spring Game. And while Wint appeared to have a solid Spring Game performance, he is the only former three-star recruit of the group. There also is four-star safety Amir Riep, who despite coming in with lofty expectations, has not been mentioned as someone ready to start.Part of what has made Ohio State successful in the past with developing young members of the secondary was the ability to plug incoming freshmen onto special teams and have them gain in-game experience while waiting for their chance to shine. If Meyer’s concern over the group of safeties is warranted, some of the freshmen might be in a position where one injury could force them to play meaningful snaps, which is a less-than-ideal situation.But Schiano did not seem worried after the Spring Game. “I do feel we have guys that can play, but you would always like — it’s cleaner if you come out with a guy that established himself,” Schiano said. “It’s not that none of them show things. They did. It’s just none of them showed it that much more than the other that you can say, ‘That’s the guy.’”Regardless of if the talent necessitates the concern, it is not an optimal position for Ohio State. The Buckeyes will leave spring camp unsure who even the top two people are at a key position on the defense. Ohio State’s track record of developing players in the defensive backfield should provide belief that the void will be filled. There is typically safety in numbers. Yet, Ohio State will find more safety if it can narrow that number down to one sooner rather than later. read more

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Football Dwayne Haskins learns how to respond to adversity

Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) walks up to the field prior to the the start of the Ohio State-Penn State game on Sept. 29. Ohio State won 27-26. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorDwayne Haskins walked into Beaver Stadium like a heavyweight boxer walking into a ring. With a camera in front of his face, Ohio State’s redshirt sophomore quarterback threw punches, hyping himself up, displaying confidence. Ohio State hadn’t really seen this before from its starter, as Haskins carried himself in the same way Penn State redshirt senior quarterback Trace McSorley has done his entire career, and did against the Buckeyes on Saturday. After lining up for the first time in a shotgun set, Haskins showed that confidence, rolling out to the right and finding junior wide receiver Austin Mack on an outside curl route, giving him a quick first down and, seemingly, momentum. Haskins sped up the pace, getting to the 30-yard line for the second play. The ball was snapped and he quickly fired one towards redshirt senior Parris Campbell on the left side for a screen pass. The ball was dropped. The momentum was gone. Haskins started to slump.For the first time in his Ohio State career, Haskins faced adversity. He had the opportunity to define what his response to that adversity would be, what play-calling he would lean to in those times of high pressure. Against Penn State, the adversity did not begin because of Haskins. Reminiscent of Mack’s performance against TCU, Ohio State receivers dropped three passes in the first quarter, including a ball off the hands of redshirt junior tight end Rashod Berry that ended up being Haskins’ second interception of the season. With the combination of mistakes from Ohio State receivers and a consistent pass rush by the Penn State defensive line, a unit averaging 3.2 sacks per game, the confidence that Haskins came into the stadium with was not there. From there, Ohio State recorded five three-and-outs on its first eight drives. Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day said he had to encourage Haskins as he struggled in the first half. “It’s his first time going through it. Just talking to him, ‘Hey, you are playing good.’ I thought the ball to Rashod [Berry] was a good throw,” Day said. “I thought he was managing the game well even though it didn’t feel like it at the time.” Going into his final drive of the first half, Haskins completed 6-of-13 pass attempts for 36 yards and an interception.WIth a deficit to make up, Haskins was not going to go the route of former Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett: running the ball for an average of 5.6 yards per carry in last year’s win over the Nittany Lions. Instead, with what Day described as poise and maturity, Haskins threw a screen pass to J.K. Dobbins, watching as the sophomore running back ran 26 yards into the end zone for Ohio State’s first score of the game. This was the major part of the offensive adjustments made in the locker room during halftime. Haskins’ goal, Day said, was to take advantage of the blitzing front and use his accuracy and blockers, either from the offensive line or the wide receivers on the outside, to continue to move the ball downfield. That’s exactly what Haskins did. In the second half, he completed 15-of-23 pass attempts for 208 yards and two touchdowns, both coming off screens. After leading Ohio State to a 27-26 win over then-No. 9 Penn State, Haskins earned his second-straight Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week award and his third of the season. Haskins found his niche for moving the ball downfield when playing from behind: getting the ball into the hands of playmakers as quickly and as often as he could. “I know one thing that seems very comfortable is seeing those screens coming out of his hands so fast and seeing his pinpoint accuracy,” head coach Urban Meyer said. Day said Haskins’ confidence returned as skill players on the outside, like junior receiver Binjimen Victor and redshirt junior receiver K.J. Hill, got the ball, taking advantage of the open space and blockers down field to score. Victor and Hill both scored touchdowns for the Buckeyes in the fourth quarter to give Ohio State the win.Ohio State will not be facing as consistent of a pass rush on Saturday. Haskins will face an Indiana defense that has averaged two sacks per game, ranked No. 9 in the Big Ten. However, when playing from behind and under pressure, Haskins did not rely on himself. He brought in his supporting cast, involving everyone in what Meyer considered “the greatest drive in Ohio State history.” Moving forward, this is the formula that Meyer sees Haskins using when facing adversity. “We are throwing for 340 a game or something like that and we are winning games. That’s our job,” Meyer said. “We are taking care of the football and we are throwing the ball. We are utilizing some very good players and he’s a very good player.” read more

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Duenas calls Spanish girls for OG Qualifications

Spanish NT coach, invites players for the Qualifications tourmanent for Olympic Games, who will be played in Guadalajara from 25 to 27th of May. Spain will have chance to qualify for London against Netherlands, Croatia and Argentina.Goalkeeper: Cristina González (Leon), Mihaela Ciobanu (Alcobendas), Silvia Navarro (Itxako)Backs: Andrea Barnó (Itxako), Macarena Aguilar (Itxako), Beatriz Fernández (Bera Bera), Marta Mangué (Zajecar/SRB), Nely Carla Alberto (Le Havre/FRA), Patricia Elorza (Castro Urdiales)Right wings: Carmen Martín (Itxako), Jessica Alonso (Itxako)Left wings: Eli Pinedo (Bera Bera), Vanessa Amorós (Alicante)Line player: Begoña Fernández (Itxako), Eli Chávez (Sagunto), Verónica Cuadrado (Randers HK) ← Previous Story Gorenje without Director – Ostrelic resigns Next Story → Montenegro against Sweden without Zarko Markovic Jorge DuenasMarta MangueSpanish handball read more

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Police appeals for information on Greeks mystery death on the Peninsula

first_imgVictoria Police set up an information caravan on the Point Nepean foreshore last week in an effort to collect new information about the death of Mavroidis (Blacky) Karpetis in December last year. Mr Karpetis’ body was discovered in grassland near Point Leo Road, Merricks at around 1pm on Christmas Day. The 78 year old Brunswick East man was last seen at his family’s Tootgarook holiday house on the afternoon of Tuesday, 23 December.Detectives from the Homicide Squad were working alongside local police to gather new information from both permanent residents and those with holiday properties in the area. Detective Senior Sergeant Stuart Bateson said police were urging one couple in particular to come forward. “On the morning of 23 December two people spoke to Mr Karpetis and his son-in-law about some windows they had left on the nature strip outside their property on Leonard Street,” he said. “Those people later returned to the property that same morning and collected the windows using a trailer. “Police are appealing for this man and woman in particular to come forward and we believe they may hold vital information for this investigation.” he added. A mannequin wearing the same style of clothing that Mr Karpetis had on at the time of his disappearance and subsequent death was also on display. A number of items belonging to Mr Karpetis have never been recovered, including a leather Esprit wallet, silver Tag watch, Samsung E250 mobile phone, a pair of sunglasses and a pair of shoes. “With the right information, solving a crime like this might only be one call away,” Det S/Sgt Bateson said. “Any information, no matter how small or insignificant you may think it is, could be crucial. “Investigators are asking that anyone who can assist with this case come to the information caravan or contact Crime Stoppers.”Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit www.crimestoppers.com.au Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Evacuation Order Lifted for Kenai Residents

first_imgDownload AudioThe fire management team lifted the evacuation order this morning for Funny River Road from Mile 7 to the end of the road. Homeowners near the road remain under an evacuation alert, which means they should be ready to leave again if the fire gets worse in that area. Residents of Funny River Road were evacuated over the weekend.Many left with just a few necessities and haven’t been back home since.Some are staying with friends or family in the area. Others have spent the past few days sleeping in shelters, RVs, or tents. A few local hotels opened their doors to the evacuees, like Hooligans Lodging and Saloon.last_img read more

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Interim budget 2019 Goyal mentions RBI action on stressed banks early in

first_imgThe central bank’s regulatory decision to remove three lenders from the prompt corrective action (PCA) regime has found a mention in the budget speech.Railway and Coal Minister Piyush Goyal, standing in for ailing Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, made mention of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) decision in the earlier part of his speech while presenting the interim budget for the 2019-20 financial year.Goyal mentioned the RBI action of removing from the prompt corrective action (PCA) framework the banks – Bank of India (BoI), Bank of Maharashtra (Mahabank), and Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC) – as an instance of the Narendra Modi government’s promptness in taking corrective action in case of stressed banks.The RBI on Thursday removed from the prompt corrective action (PCA) framework the three banks that informed it of structural and systemic improvements they have made to meet the regulatory norms.The banks have told the RBI they would on an ongoing basis comply with the norms of minimum regulatory capital, net non-performing assets (NPA) and leverage ratio, a media report says.Their removal from the PCA framework will lift the restrictions on their carrying out normal business, particularly lending.The banks will be subject to close monitoring by the regulator.The central bank decision was based on a review of the banks’ performance December quarter (Q3).BoI and Mahabank have met the regulatory norms, including the capital conservation buffer (CCB) and have net non-performing assets (NPAs) of less than 6 per cent as per their third-quarter results, the RBI said in a statement.Mahabank has welcomed the RBI decision and said it would help the lender pursue a sharper growth trajectory. “We would like to thank the government for the recent capital infusion of Rs 4,498 crore and all our employees for their efforts to help us exit the PCA framework,” AS Rajeev, managing director and CEO, said in a statement. “As the bank steps out of the PCA framework, we aim to continue our higher growth trajectory and enhance lending to key sectors such as retail, agriculture and micro, small and medium enterprises.”The RBI took a lenient view of the OBC, though its net NPA was 7.15 per cent. The government’s infusion of more capital and the steps that the bank had taken to cut the net NPA to less than 6 per cent prompted the central bank to free OBC from the PCA framework.The RBI is sticking to the PCA framework norm to ensure the banks’ financial health. It helps banks, which are at the risk thresholds in areas such as capital, asset quality (net NPA), and profitability, to take timely corrective steps to restore financial health, a statement says.The central bank puts a lender under the PCA if the net NPA crosses 6 per cent, or it makes a loss for two consecutive years, or the capital adequacy falls below the 9 per cent regulatory requirement. Lenders in the PCA framework will face restrictions on big-ticket corporate loans, opening new branches, and hiring.The RBI had placed 12 banks under the PCA because of high levels of stressed assets and a poor financial profile. Apart from the three lenders now released from the PCA framework, the other banks were Mumbai-based IDBI Bank, Central Bank of India, Dena Bank, Corporation Bank, and Indian Overseas Bank, the Kolkata-based Allahabad Bank, United Bank of India and UCO Bank as also Dhanlaxmi Bank, a small South India-based bank, which is the only private sector lender in the PCA framework.last_img read more

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