CL: We fulfilled our goal, says Lionel Messi after Barcelona seal top spot

first_img Messi, as he has been for much of the last decade, was the architect of Barca’s latest success, opening the scoring with his 106th Champions League goal — the most by any player at one club in the competition. “We have fulfilled the goal of being the first in a complicated group with great teams. We are content,” the Barcelona captain said. On his latest record, he added: “I’m very happy, I just found out now. I’m very happy about this new statistic.” Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever Lionel Messi scores on Argentina return Ernesto Valverde is soothed by Barcelona’s record on the road in the Champions League this season after they guaranteed top spot in Group B with a 2-1 win at PSV Eindhoven. Barca struggled away from the Nou Camp in Europe last term, scoring just once in three group stage matches and surrendering a 4-1 lead against Roma on a dreadful night at the Stadio Olimpico to exit at the quarter-final stage. But they put four goals past Tottenham at Wembley last month and second-half strikes from Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique proved enough for all three points at the Philips Stadion, despite Luuk De Jong setting up a tense finale.Related News La Liga weekly round-up: 16 years for Lionel Messi; David Villa to retire Lionel Messi’s late penalty helps Argentina hold Uruguay 2-2last_img read more

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Premier League: Sergio Aguero hat-trick steers Manchester City to top of the table

first_imgSergio Aguero scored a hat-trick as free-scoring Manchester City climbed to the top of the Premier League table with an irresistible 6-0 victory against Watford on Saturday.Aguero opened the scoring in the 27th minute, heading home Kevin de Bruyne’s superb free kick, and doubled the lead within four minutes when he converted David Silva’s teasing cross from close range.City were in exuberant mood and added a third before the break when the excellent Gabriel Jesus latched on to Aguero’s cute pass to stroke home in the 38th minute.After Nicolas Otamendi headed in a fourth in the 63rd minute, Aguero completed his treble with a neat finish at the end of a sensational run. Raheem Sterling added a sixth from the penalty spot after he was brought down by Christian Kabasele late on.City have 13 points from five games — three more than rivals Manchester United who play Everton on Sunday. Watford, in 10th, have eight points after their first defeat of the season.LIVERPOOL CAP OFF FRUSTRATING WEEKPhoto Credit: Reuters Liverpool’s 125th anniversary celebrations fell flat at Anfield where they completed a disappointing week by drawing 1-1 with Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday.Liverpool gave Philippe Coutinho his first start amid seven changes from their Champions League team but familiar defensive failings surfaced after 26 minutes when they failed to clear the ball and Scott Arfield produced a superb half-volley for his first goal in 11 months.The one consolation for manager Juergen Klopp was the quick response with Liverpool taking just three minutes to equalise thanks to a fine individual effort from Mohamed Salah who collected Emre Can’s through ball on his thigh, beat his man and finished emphatically.advertisementLiverpool pushed for the winner but, for all Coutinho’s brilliance, they lacked the cutting edge in the absence of the suspended Sadio Mane.Burnley, who could even have poached a late winner through Ben Mee, held on for an unexpected point to add to the four they secured at Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.last_img read more

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Champions League roundup: Kylian Mbappé scores hat-trick in PSG rout

first_imgChampions League Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Kylian Mbappé came off the bench to grab a second half hat-trick and inspire Paris Saint-Germain to a runaway 5-0 victory at Belgium’s Club Brugge in the Champions League on Wednesday.The win kept up their 100% record in Group A with the French team on nine points at the halfway mark and on the cusp of qualification for the next phase, a comfortable five points ahead of second placed Real Madrid, who won 1-0 against Galatasaray in Turkey. news Bayern Munich needed two goals from their top scorer Robert Lewandowski to sneak past hosts Olympiakos 3-2 on Tuesday and remain top of Group B.The win lifted Bayern to nine points from three games. Tottenham crushed Red Star Belgrade 5-0 to move up to second place on four, one ahead of the Serbs.And in Group C, Shakhtar Donetsk and Dinamo Zagreb played out a 2-2 draw, with Dodo’s 75th-minute equaliser saving the home side from a surprise defeat, although the Croatians are second behind Manchester City in Group C, the Premier League champions thrashing pointless Atalanta 5-1. Share via Email Share on Twitter Paris Saint-Germain Juventus forward Paulo Dybala scored twice in three minutes late in the game to give the Turin side a 2-1 win over Lokomotiv Moscow after the Russians had taken a shock first-half lead.Aleksei Miranchuk stunned the Juventus Stadium by putting the visitors ahead after half an hour of the Group D match despite the home side having 70% of possession in the first half.Lokomotiv’s blanket defence frustrated the Serie A champions until Dybala equalised with an exquisite shot from outside the area in the 77th minute and the Argentine struck again three minutes later to complete a dramatic win.In the other game in Group D Atlético Madrid substitute Álvaro Morata scored a late header to give his team a 1-0 victory over Bayer Leverkusen. The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Juventus Share on WhatsApp Read more Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Topics Sterling hat-trick helps 10-man Manchester City thrash Atalanta 5-1 Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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NYC Origin Final in the Girls / All Queensland Affair in the Boys

first_imgBy @JulianTFA at Sunshine Coast Stadium, QueenslandIt was a light, bright Sunshine Coast Stadium that set the stage and tone for the business end of the 2016 Harvey Norman NYC tournament; with titles on the line and tight finishes the order of the day. A flat fast track on field one through seven set up a Super Saturday of freestyling Touch Football and finals hopes and dreams delivered and dashed.In the first semi-final of the day in front a packed stadium, it was the NSW Development girls’ team that opened their account early against the South-Queensland Sharks booking their place in the final with an emphatic 4-1 win. In the other match a dominant QSST rolled on and over the Brisbane Cobras 11-3 setting up an Origin finale, youth style. Ahead of the mid-afternoon ‘NSW Dev’ v QSST grand final, coach in the blue corner, Barry Gibson was calm and quietly confident of his girls’ prospects going into the decider. “Look, they (QSST) will be a massive hurdle, but we are going to give everything we’ve got,” he said in a relaxed frame, post team recovery. “We’ve got a good game plan and structures and the girls are all buying into that.  “There are a few niggles in the group but we have 15 girls who desperately want to win. They are very excited and are all enjoying themselves which is what it’s all about.  From the moment Maddison Higgins-Ashby crossed early for NSW Development, they looked assured and ready to go another step further into this competition. The Origin like finale promises to be a beauty with both teams primed for a stellar finish. Over on field two, Gibson’s fellow national Under 17’s coach (boys), Jason Boyd too was quietly confident but expecting a tough grand final rematch from last year. His QSST lads primed too for the big one against Central Queensland Bulls (A). “Very pleased actually just the way they finished off the game (against the South Queensland Sharks),” Boyd said following the 12-6 win over the Sharks. “We layed down some good structure in our defence and pushed on with our attack which was good,” he added. “They run the play book really well and can elaborate on that when need be.” With just a few hours till the finals (3.20pm girls/4.20pm boys), Boyd wasn’t getting himself or his team ahead of themsleves on the cusp of a repeat victory and national youth honours. “You can never be too confident. It will be a classic rematch and another great final. They have some great youth coming through and are building form strength-to-strength.” In the other semi-final encounter CQ Bulls (A) overcame a spirited NSWCHS 11-5 to cement their spot in the grand final replay. Watch out for the sibling rivalry as the brothers’ Moore go at it in the final: Blake of the QSST variety and Aaron for the CQ Bulls. There will be no love lost nor quarter gained as the respecitive number sixes see just who is the best of breed and claims bragging rights in the Moore household of Rockhampton. Tune in for all the action to the TFA livestreaming channel, visit us online and join the conversation – follow us on facebook, twitter, instagram nd snapchatRelated LinksNYC Finalslast_img read more

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10 months agoArsenal boss Unai Emery: I’ve never been to Blackpool

first_imgArsenal boss Unai Emery: I’ve never been to Blackpoolby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery is looking forward to a couple of firsts ahead of facing Blackpool in the FA Cup.The tie will mark Emery’s FA Cup debut – and also his first visit to Blackpool.He said, “I know it’s very important for every English team. It’s a different competition, with a chance for a lot of teams. The first idea when I arrived here was to play for all the titles. Arsenal is in the history the best team in this competition, played 20 finals, won 13 times. “This respect for our supporters and the competition I took quickly. I want to do something important and this is a big opportunity for us. It will be very difficult but we’re excited for this competition and are looking forward to starting on Saturday.”Asked if he had visited Blackpool before, Emery replied: “No. I know it’s 90km from Liverpool and I know they’ve played in the Premier League.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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HAJ to Provide Over 3,000 Housing Solutions in 2019/20

first_img General Manager of the Housing Agency of Jamaica Limited (HAJ), Gary Howell, says that the agency will be providing more than 3,000 housing solutions during the 2019/2020 fiscal year. Story Highlights Mr. Howell was speaking at a Think Tank held on Wednesday (March 13) at the JIS head office in Kingston. “We have five projects coming on stream shortly,” he said, noting that at least one development will start before the end of the current fiscal year on March 31. General Manager of the Housing Agency of Jamaica Limited (HAJ), Gary Howell, says that the agency will be providing more than 3,000 housing solutions during the 2019/2020 fiscal year.“We have five projects coming on stream shortly,” he said, noting that at least one development will start before the end of the current fiscal year on March 31.Mr. Howell was speaking at a Think Tank held on Wednesday (March 13) at the JIS head office in Kingston.He noted that the projects, to be implemented across the island, will be undertaken through public-private partnerships.“With our projects, we use the ‘design, build and finance’ model. The HAJ puts up the land as equity along with its technical, legal and marketing skills, and the partner will design, build and finance the development, which we sell and share the profits,” Mr. Howell explained.Director of Technical Services at the HAJ, Rosemarie Brown, in providing details said that four solutions will start in the first quarter of the new fiscal year.Technical Services Director at the Housing Agency of Jamaica Limited (HAJ), Rosemarie Brown, highlights the various housing projects the HAJ will undertake in the upcoming 2019/2020 Fiscal Year, during a recent JIS Think Tank.“These include [a project at] Bernard Lodge, which should not be confused with the New Town Bernard Lodge development,” she noted.“This project will yield 1,600 solutions… . We’ll be building approximately 600 studio units and the remaining 1,000 units will be one-bedroom houses,” she said.“We have another project at Shooter’s Hill in St. Catherine off the Hillshire main road. We will be building just over 600 housing solutions comprising service lots and housing units, which cater to the lower-middle and upper-middle income brackets,” Ms. Brown shared.She noted that these units will be sold for approximately $8 million each.Meanwhile, the Rhyne Park project in Montego Bay, St. James, will yield approximately 744 units.“We also have a small project in St. Andrew in the Mona area. We expect to start this in short order as it is now at the National Contracts Commission (NCC) awaiting approval for the award of the contract, then it will go on to the Cabinet for final approval,” Ms. Brown told JIS News.This development will entail service lots, which will be approximately a quarter acre in size. They will be marketed to the upper-income bracket as the agency tries to generate revenue to fund its operations.Ms. Brown told JIS News that the HAJ is looking to roll out other projects later in the new fiscal year, including at Grange Pen, St. James; and the Savannah development in Runaway Bay, St. Ann.last_img read more

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Peer Support Program Marks Mental Health Addictions Strategy Anniversary

first_img reduced mental health wait times across the province introduced mental health clinicians in the SchoolsPlus family of schools across the province established a new community grants program expanded the Strongest Families program to the entire province expanded the Mental Health Crisis Line to the entire province extended funding for the Mi’kmaq Crisis Line for First Nations increased the number of Gay/Straight Alliances in schools contributed to the Nova Scotia Housing Strategy supported municipalities to reduce the harm caused by alcohol started work on all other first-year commitments The province is marking the anniversary of its mental health and addictions strategy, by launching a new Peer Support Program to help people living with mental illness move from hospital back into their community. Peer support offers hope, increases resiliency and helps people set their own recovery. The program will be led by Healthy Minds Co-operative, which will hire, train and certify peer support specialists experienced with mental illness. Karen Gilmore, director of the co-operative, said in its first year, Together We Can, Nova Scotia’s first mental health and addictions strategy, is making a huge difference. “Because of the strategy, people everywhere in our province on their recovery journey, will be able to benefit from peer support,” she said. The province is investing $1 million in the peer support program. The funding was announced along with an update on Together We Can, and an outline of what will be done next. “Until the province took this work on, not enough was being done to meet the needs of Nova Scotians living with mental health and addictions,” said David Wilson, Minister of Health and Wellness. “We have brought about real change by listening to people and acting on many of the strategy’s commitments. We know there is more work to do, but we are in this for the long-haul.” Joyce McDonald, member of the Mental Health and Addictions Strategy Advisory Committee, said the province is taking a proactive approach. “It is ensuring programs for children are in place that will provide a better foundation for our future generations,” said Ms. McDonald. “This yearly report reflects that the province has listened to Nova Scotians and is committed to improving services for people living with mental illness.” The mental health and addictions strategy is a five-year plan with 33 action items. To-date the province has: “Understanding that there is more work to be done, people in the province living with mental illness are now being better served, and better supported because of the progress made through Together We Can,” said Geoff Alcock, Truro member of the Consumer, Family, Community Working Group. The first-year report can be found at http://novascotia.ca/dhw/.last_img read more

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Pay drug users for expertise insight to deal with overdose crisis BC

first_imgVANCOUVER – Drug users are often the first responders to an overdose and should be paid fairly for their contributions to research, service delivery and overdose prevention activities, says a report.The BC Centre for Disease Control released the report Wednesday, based on input from a meeting last June of 160 people including drug users, law enforcement personnel, the province’s mental health and addictions minister, researchers and the medical community.The report is aimed at health authorities and other organizations to consult and ultimately empower so-called peers who have past or present experience with substance use as experts who can provide insights into the applicability of policies and programs, such as harm-reduction services.Vancouver Coastal Health, for example, has contracted RainCity Housing to run its peer support program in the Downtown Eastside. Jobs include outreach and support work, drug checking and leading counselling services.Karen Ward, a longtime cocaine user who attended the gathering in June, was consulted for the centre’s report and said drug users’ knowledge has been vastly undervalued.“A friend of mine trains the new employees who then go off to be her boss,” Ward said of an employee who works at an overdose prevention site.“It’s empowering, definitely, but it is tokenizing. You can see that in the inconsistency in pay and the ad hoc nature of the arrangements.”Drug users may have to form associations or unions to work on getting proper protections, said Ward, a former secretary of the board for the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users.“Just the consciousness of understanding themselves as workers is a new thing,” she said.Marion Allaart, executive director of the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users, said some people who work at the organization’s overdose prevention site earn $7 per hour but it has decided to pay them more while awaiting action from the employer.She said it’s often challenging to hire people who continue to use drugs because they sometimes fail to show up for their shifts.“Some people have been addicted since they were 14. We have an aging population in the Downtown Eastside and that makes a difference to how successful they can be.”Mentors are crucial to provide support for workers who live with complex issues and expectations beyond what they can deliver, Allaart said.The BC Centre for Disease Control’s report calls for payment standards across the province, along with stable and fair employment to ensure a good quality of life and support for the rights of workers.The centre has already outlined payment standards with recommendations, including a $25 per hour payment for meetings, reviewing documents and providing an advisory role; $30 per hour for a peer who works as a meeting support worker; $50 per hour for a presentation; and for other tasks, at least the B.C. living wage, which amounts to nearly $21 per hour in Vancouver.Its report released in February included feedback from peers, who said they did not want to be paid by cheque or a coupon and asked for an honorarium for attending meetings of drug users.The report released Wedneday says involvement of Indigenous drug users, who are overrepresented in the overdose crisis, should be encouraged.“Be more inclusive of Indigenous perspectives, both within and outside of our organizations, through meaningful engagement during the planning process and follow-up for events and activities,” it says.Ward said she agrees with Dr. Mark Tyndall, the centre’s executive medical director, who believes a safer drug supply is needed with the reform of outdated drug laws to prevent overdoses in the first place.“I talk to folks all over the country who are tying to set up (overdose prevention) sites and are working in them all the time. We need these desperately to keep people alive but these are not the solution to anything. These are salves, not a remedy,” she said.“People need to find a way to live rather than just not die.”— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.last_img read more

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Global Fund To Fight AIDS Tuberculosis And Malaria Extends Morocco 374

first_imgRabat-  The Global fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and Malaria extended Morocco USD 37.4 million to boost Morocco’s efforts to control AIDS and TB.The subsidy will help Morocco implement its national strategies to fight AIDS and Tuberculosis in the 2014-2016 period, says the health ministry which points out that for the first time, the Fund’s support is expanded to consolidating the health system, with an increase of 74pc compared to the grant of 2011- 2013.The grant, approved by the Global fund’s administrative board which met on March 7, is part of the New Funding Model which enables strategic investment for maximum impact and provides implementers with flexible timing, better alignment with national strategies and predictability on the level of funding available. The Ministry adds that its new approach has helped improve the rate of antiretroviral treatment coverage of HIV affected persons that reached 53pc, 6,464 patients treated for free by the health ministry.Meanwhile, prevalence stood at 0.1 pc of HIV infection. Therapeutic success of tuberculosis treatement reached 85pc.last_img read more

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General Assembly continues highlevel debate as 14 delegations take the floor

As the first speaker to address the Assembly in its afternoon session, General Pervez Musharraf, the President of Pakistan, said his country had condemned the vicious attack against the US on 11 September, but that now was the time for introspection. “The religion of Islam, and Muslims in various parts of the world, are being held responsible for the trials the world is facing,” he said, warning that this point of view was “totally misplaced. For the Pakistani leader, the root causes for terrorism were the unresolved political disputes such as in Bosnia, Kosovo, Palestine, Kashmir and other places. He said the lack of progress in resolving these disputes had created a sense of deprivation, hopelessness and powerlessness among those affected. “The frustration gets even worse when such disputes like Kashmir and Palestine remain unsettled for decades despite the United Nations Security Council Resolutions,” General Musharraf said. The President also said his country had not been the first to initiate nuclear tests and would not be the first to resume them. Pakistan, he said, was ready to discuss with India how to create a stable South Asian security mechanism through a peaceful resolution of disputes, preservation of nuclear and conventional balance, confidence-building measures and non-use of force prescribed by the UN Charter. In that context, he said his administration was “ready to discuss nuclear and missile restraints as well as nuclear risk reduction measures with India in a structured, comprehensive and integrated dialogue.”On Afghanistan, Mr. Musharraf expressed hope that the military operation would be as short and accurately targeted as possible to avoid more human casualties, and that the future political set-up in Afghanistan would be “home-grown and not imposed,” ensuring the country’s unity and territorial integrity. Colombian President Andrés Pastrana said no country was free from the destructive consequences of the illegal drug issue, and that the scourge not only undermined the institutional framework, conspired against democracy, deteriorated governance and planted death and violence, but was also the major source of financing of terrorism and violence in the world. President Pastrana said the shared responsibility in the fight against terrorism also applied to the fight against illegal drugs. He called for such measures as an end to coexisting with asset laundering, a halt to the uncontrolled production and sale of the chemical precursors used in illicit drug production and a stop to illegal or uncontrolled manufacturing and sale of the weapons that propagate death. “If we manage to translate these principles into reality – starting with the developed countries – with concrete facts and political will, then we will give meaning and effectiveness to the fight waged by my country for many years, against the cultivation and production of drugs,” he said.President Alejandro Toledo of Peru said that his country was actively involved in the fight against terrorism and, as such, had already presented a draft for an inter-American treaty against terrorism. Moreover, Peru had also deposited the Statute of the International Criminal Court and other treaties to the United Nations and was now part of all international binding agreements against terrorism. “We are determined unambiguously to fight terrorism, in the context of respect for religions of the peoples and their ethnicity,” he said. The Peruvian President also said that human rights violations and corruption were two faces of the same coin: impunity. It would not be possible to counteract corruption without linking this struggle with the fight against drug trafficking and money-laundering. Another important issue for Latin America was Peru’s proposal for an immediate freeze on the purchase of offensive weapons in the region and an agreement to reduce military expenses. President Toledo said that if all the countries in the region agreed with his country’s desire for peace, then it made no sense to continue spending money on weapons and not “investing in the minds of our people.”Stressing that the action by the United States, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and other countries against terrorism was “imperative,” Slovenian President Milan Kucan warned however that the world “cannot simply rest at that.” It had to make every effort to avoid dividing cultures following the principle of US versus THEM – dividing races, religions and nations into those civilized and those barbaric, and ascribing a priori fundamentalism to any religion or civilization, he said. The Slovenian leader said the international community could not allow terrorism and crime to abuse the possibilities offered by globalization before the democratic world itself was in a position to put these possibilities to good use in finding answers to completely new challenges. Among those challenges, Mr. Kucan highlighted the pronounced divisions between owners of capital, knowledge, ideas and information technologies on the one hand, and “the billions condemned to ignorance, a life of poverty and vegetating […] on the other. He also flagged the dangers of maintaining a global economy “whose only motive and aim is profit” with no regard for people and nature.The President of Bolivia, Jorge Quiroga Ramirez, told the Assembly that his country was making a gigantic effort to fight the ally of terrorism: drug trafficking. Terrorism was “incubated and fed” to a large extent within the underground world of drug trafficking and it was clear that they were “Siamese twins and enemies of the free democracies.”Although Bolivia has irreversibly moved to eliminate the illegal coca crops used to prepare cocaine and was entering into the final stage of the Dignidad Plan, which would eliminate Bolivia from the drug circuit, President Quiroga said his country needed two levels of support to conclude the task: sustained international support for the alternative development programmes that have reduced more than 90 per cent of Bolivia’s coca leaf production, and access to free trade and markets.Speaking in his capacity as the current Chairman of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) and as the President of Zambia, Frederick J.T. Chiluba said that Africa was no stranger to terrorism and that, in 1999 in Algeria, it had adopted a convention on preventing the scourge. On the continent’s help in fostering peace worldwide, President Chiluba said African men and women had served as peacekeepers in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. In turn, he said, the continent expects the international community to be full partners in the search for peace in Africa, and in that context, expressed regret that the Inter-Congolese Dialogue – an effort to bring peace to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) – could not take off last October due to insufficient funds. On the economic front, the Zambian leader said Africa was not asking for charity, but more accessible conditions for its raw materials and products at prices that are fair and conducive to development. Specifically, he said Africa wanted more of the continent’s countries to access the enhanced Heavily Indebted Poor Countries initiative (HIPC), so that the freed resources could be used to build infrastructure, schools, combat diseases, provide safe drinking water and invest in income-generating community activities, because “eventually these are the measures which will reduce poverty.”Ion Iliescu, President of Romania, said the greatest challenge to the international community was how to reduce economic and social disparities and achieve growth through institution-building. He commended the goal set by world leaders to cut poverty in half by 2015, but said it may prove to be more difficult than originally anticipated. “The September 11 attacks have affected not only world security but also global economy, which was already showing signs of a slowdown in the preceding months,” he said, stressing that the UN had an essential part to play in promoting the integration of the world’s economy. President Iliescu also said it was to be expected that the renewed sense of global solidarity triggered by the 11 September events would prompt the world into action to cope with the causes of blind anger born out of misery and hopelessness. “The war against terrorism can only be truly successful if it also becomes a war against poverty, illiteracy, disease and intolerance,” he said. The Prime Minister of Jamaica, P.J. Patterson, said military strikes alone could not eradicate terrorism. In its response, the world community had also to take into consideration the causes that give rise to strife and violence.The expansion of the global economy had not eliminated gross poverty or even reduced its prevalence, he said. A sophisticated, globalized, increasingly affluent world currently co-existed globally and within countries, with a marginalized underclass. The process of globalization, deregulation and privatization had swept the world. “This new era of global relations demands bolder and more ingenious approaches to confidence building and to development as a prerequisite for international peace and security,” he said. “An equitable framework to finance national and global development, to fuel expansion of international trade and foster sustainable development must be placed on the front burner.”In his statement, Alhaji Aliu Mahama, Vice-President of Ghana, told the Assembly that to achieve the Millennium Declaration goal of eliminating poverty, it was imperative to help countries that have created the necessary environment for sound economic development. It was also important, particularly since the World Trade Organization conference was currently taking place in Qatar, to emphasize the critical role of global trade in generating the resources for financing development in developing countries. “The outcome of the Doha Conference, our commitment to pursuing the decisions and processes emanating from that conference, the implementation of the commitments made in the Uruguay Round and how we address intellectual property rights, should clearly determine our commitment to eradicating poverty throughout the world,” he said.Addressing the crises in several regions such as the Middle East, the Balkans and Africa, the Foreign Minister of France, Hubert Vedrine, said the problem that needed solving was one of the coexistence of peoples “who are at once close and antagonistic, deeply affected and divided by history, separated by fear and the spirit of revenge.” Yet, even if the world community were to solve those crises, it still needed to create a concept of globalization with a “human face” that, among other things, distributed wealth in a fairer manner, guaranteed development everywhere and improved the state of health worldwide, particularly in the fight against HIV/AIDS. To accomplish that, Mr. Vedrine said a greater burden of responsibility must be borne by those who live in the “rich countries.”The Foreign Minister of Andorra, Juli Minoves-Triquell, pointed out that there seemed to be “a tragic confusion” between globalization and abstract and oppressive technology. It was this notion of modernity that seemed to be at the heart of the recent protests against globalization. While the protesters have many valid points to make, and need to be listened to, globalization and modernity were not the problem, cooperation between nations, whether economic, political, or cultural was not a threat. “Leaders and intellectuals need to reach out and embrace the limits of knowledge,” he urged. “To speak out against dogmatism. To unravel facile notions of monolithic governments or global compacts.”Foreign Minister John Manley of Canada told the Assembly that the pledges of the Millennium Summit in September 2000 must not be overshadowed by the urgency of the events one year later. “Indeed, their fulfilment can and must form an integral component of how we create a strong, equitable global environment – one that can be neither attacked nor exploited by terrorists,” he said. In order to achieve those goals, Mr. Manley said, national governments must take responsibility, and be held accountable, for their actions and decisions – for fighting terrorism, for undertaking political and legal reforms, for resolving disputes, and for establishing the conditions in which democracy flourishes and development is sustained.The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Zimbabwe, Stanislaus Mudenge, said the lofty objectives of the UN Charter in the economic arena would remain unfulfilled unless all Member States joined in efforts to redress inherited colonial imbalances that persisted in developing countries. In Zimbabwe, that legacy was poignantly evident in the country’s racially skewed land ownership structure as a direct result of the racist policies and laws of successive colonial regimes. Such a situation had to be corrected in the interests of equity, justice, social harmony and political stability in the country and, indeed, in the southern Africa region.Roberto Flores Bermudez, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Honduras, said that apart from terrorism, there were other threats – such as HIV/AIDS and extreme poverty – to peace and the well-being of people. The UN’s special session on AIDS in June had raised the level of understanding of the scope of the epidemic, which went beyond health, as it also has social and economic implications. Meanwhile, eliminating poverty, overcoming educational backwardness and combating epidemics were all linked to economic output. For this reason, there needed to be a fair and just system of international trade, with better access to big markets and a discontinuation of agricultural subsidies in developed countries, he said. read more

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Cyprus UN envoy in Greece for talks with Prime Minister

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Adviser on Cyprus, Alvaro de Soto, met today in Athens with Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis. Afterwards, Mr. de Soto met with Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov of the Russian Federation, who was on a visit to the Greek capital, according to a UN spokesperson. Later Friday, Mr. de Soto returned to the island, where he hosted another meeting between the Turkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktash, and the Greek Cypriot leader, Glafcos Clerides.

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Britains first Bitcoin heist as trader forced at gunpoint to transfer cyber

first_imgArmed robbers broke into the family home of a city financier turned Bitcoin trader and forced him to transfer the digital currency at gunpoint, in what is believed to be the first heist of its kind in the UK.Four robbers in balaclavas forced their way into the home of Danny Aston, 30, who runs a digital currency trading firm, before reportedly tying up a woman and forcing Mr Aston to transfer an unknown quantity of the cryptocurrency.Mr Aston lives in the picturesque village of Moulsford in South Oxfordshire, where episodes of Midsomer Murders have been filmed, in a rented four-bedroom converted barn estimated to be worth at least £700,000 on a private drive.Police were called at around 9.40am on Monday to attend the home after raiders are reported to have entered the property by kicking down the door.The Mail on Sunday reported that the men tied up a woman and kept a baby outside in a pram while forcing Mr Aston to transfer the Bitcoin. The value of a single Bitcoin is now around £8,000.A neighbour confirmed on Sunday the property where the violent burglary took place, but said that Mr Aston and a woman believed to be his partner left Moulsford on Monday to stay with relatives and have not returned. They said: “I was not here at the time, but I know the couple have left and are staying with relatives, they haven’t been back since. The village of Moulsford is home to two schools and a girl from Cranford House Prepatory School described how the students were told to get to safety as the armed robbery happened nearby. “We are all obviously a bit shaken up, even though a few days have passed now. It is not what you expect to happen around here.”Mr Aston – who lives with his 31-year-old business partner Amy Jay, according to the latest Companies House records – previously worked at Trayport, a London-based financial software company that operates a platform for trading energy commodities.In June 2017, he established his own digital currency firm just before Bitcoin’s huge surge in value in July, according to Companies House.Both Mr Aston and Ms Jay are listed online as directors of Aston Digital Currencies Ltd, and a company called Butler Hosting, which specialises in “data processing, hosting and related activities”.A user named Danny Aston has previously been active on trading site Poloniex, which allows users to trade and store digital currency.A local resident described the victim of the attack as well-known, but suggested that the small village community had been left dazed by the news.“Everyone is shocked I think,” he said. “We think we live in a safer space, and then this happens and everyone gets scared.” The cryptocurrency has proved popular with investorsCredit:Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images AsiaPac A police spokesman said: “Thames Valley Police is investigating an aggravated burglary which occurred at a property in Moulsford on Monday.“Officers were called at about 9.40am to a report that offenders had entered a residential property off Reading Road and threatened the occupants. No one was seriously injured during the incident.“An investigation into the incident is underway and officers attended nearby Moulsford School as a precautionary measure. It is not believed there was a threat to anyone at the school. She said: “We were all told to get down on the floor and stay in the middle of the schoolroom. All the curtains were closed and the doors locked. No-one knew what was going on but it was scary to say the least.”Bitcoin is a digital currency that allows users to trade anonymously and securely across the internet without regulation or a central bank.center_img The cryptocurrency has proved popular with investors Show more It is understood that although Bitcoin’s secrecy will make the theft in Moulsford much more difficult for the police to investigate, there is a chance that the stolen currency will appear on the market as thieves try to exchange it into conventional money.In the last 12 months, Bitcoin’s value has risen over 1000 per cent. It hit an all-time high on 17th December, when it was worth over £13,500. “Officers are particularly interested in speaking to anyone travelling through the village on the A329 Reading Road between 7.30am and 10.30am on Monday who has Dashcam footage or anyone with mobile phone footage.“People in the local community may notice an increased presence of officers in the area while our enquiries are ongoing.  The investigation is in its early stages however initial enquiries suggest this may be a targeted incident.“No arrests have been made at this stage.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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New enclosed cabin for Atlas Copcos low profile loader

first_imgAtlas Copco Underground Rock Excavation has made further developments to its Scooptram ST7LP low profile loader. The loader was previously supplied with a canopy, but has now been upgraded to include a fully enclosed operator’s cabin. Operators using 7 t loaders in low seam applications can now look forward to the protection of a fully enclosed, FOPS/ROPS approved cabin. This is the latest upgrade on the Atlas Copco Scooptram ST7LP and allows for a more comfortable working environment with air conditioning, a spacious foot box and a lower noise level.Franck Boudreault, Product Manager at Atlas Copco said:  “The working environment for operators becomes more and more important to our customers.This new cabin is a result of a close dialogue with different mining companies.”Scooptram ST7LP is a low profile 6.8 t capacity loader for demanding conditions in narrow vein mining and is the only low profile loader of this size that is available with a cabin. It is 1.4 m high and 8.5 m long and designed for back heights as low as 1.6 m. It has a short power frame and a long wheel base which makes it easy to manoeuvre.The Atlas Copco RCS control system also contains a unique traction control system that minimises wheel spin when entering the muck pile. This improves penetration, enables one passloading and significantly reduces tire costs.last_img read more

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The Boba Fett Diplomatic Arrives Just in Time

first_img As of late, the Nixon watch company has been releasing some very gorgeous designs for their Star Wars collection. I was able to stare in awe at the Rey female-fit watch at the Star Wars Celebration ThinkGeek booth. It had a clean look, but just enough accents that you could tell it was a watch from the series. I enjoy representing my loves for all things Star Wars when I am out and about. But I really like to be subtle about it. These days there is so much SW merchandise out there that I feel I can be a bit picky with my geeky tastes.Luckily for fans of the most badass Bounty Hunter for hire, Nixon is releasing the Boba Fett Diplomatic piece exclusively today for May the 4th!Honestly, who doesn’t want an EE-3 carbine rifle as their seconds hand?Like the watches that came before it, the Boba Fett Diplomatic piece features a clean silhouette with subtle franchise-inspired design elements that true Fett fans would appreciate. Here are a bit more intricate details.“Equipped with a Swiss made ETA 2824-2 mechanical automatic, three hand movement with sweep seconds hand and custom engraved movement rotor. The model features a Japanese ceramic case with a custom ceramic three-link bracelet band with a Sport Fit extension clasp. The watch is finished in a Boba Fett green color with the character’s kill stripes detailed on the band.”You may want to jump on this one quickly because it is limited to 100 pieces while retailing for $2,500. 00. It will be available at select Nixon stores, specialty retail partners and at Nixon.com.On top of this release, Nixon is teaming up with Geek.com to bring you an exclusive 20% off discount code just for our readers on everything Star Wars related  (minus the Boba Fett Diplomatic). Nixon’s site has more than just Star Wars watches too. There are some pretty sleek themed backpacks, belts and wallets for sale that the code is good for.CODE: NIXONMAYTHE4TH(This code is valid today through May 7th for US, Canada, and EU buyers)Also be on the lookout for these future Star Wars themed items from Nixon.June 15: Limited Edition Darth Vader Re-Run and Darth Vader Landlock Backpack available at BoxLunch.comJuly 14 – 16: Stormtrooper Diplomatic launch in support of Disney’s D23 ExpoFall TBD: Limited edition Skywalker Safari Leather, Princess Leia Crew Leather and Yoda Time Teller with Think GeekHoliday TBD: Limited edition collection for The Last JediWe hope you enjoy the absolutely fantastic selection Nixon has in store for fans, and we are very excited to share this discount with you all. Happy May the Fourth readers! Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have Leaked’Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Stay on targetlast_img read more

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HP Inc buying Samsungs printer business for 105 billion

first_imgHP Inc. sees its future in copiers and printers.The personal-computer maker has agreed to buy Samsung Electronics Co.’s printer business for $1.05 billion, betting that it can grab share and generate income, even in a shrinking global market.The deal will add to earnings in the first full year, Palo Alto, Calif.-based HP said in a statement Monday. As part of the agreement, Samsung has committed to buy $100 million to $300 million worth of HP shares on the open market after the acquisition closes, the companies said. HP Inc. has a location in east Vancouver.The merger opens up a path for HP to focus more on the copier market and get its hands on key laser-printing technology. It’s also part of a bigger plan by the company to expand its portfolio beyond its well-known line of printers and find new sources of growth as smartphones, tablets and other digital devices reduce the need for traditional paper printing. The acquisition is the biggest since HP split from Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. last year to focus on personal computers and related hardware.“This is a major strategic move for HP,” Enrique Lores, president of Imaging, Printing & Solutions at HP, said on a conference call. “The separation is really working.”Still, revenue in HP’s printing division fell 14 percent to $4.42 billion in the latest quarter, while total sales fell about 4 percent to $11.9 billion. When the company reported earnings last month, it said restructuring activities were on track for the fiscal year, including about 3,000 job cuts. HP has a small presence in the office copier market, which is dominated by the likes of Xerox Corp.last_img read more

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Lineker Arsenal could end up like Man United

first_imgArsenal could be set to face a long and difficult spell trying to reinvent themselves in a similar way to what Manchester United have suffered since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, says Gary Lineker.The Gunners are currently in the middle of their first campaign without Arsene Wenger at the helm after 22 years.The Frenchman left Arsenal last summer with a record of 700 wins in 1212 matches in charge with three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups to his name.New manager Unai Emery has been left with some big boots to fill as a result and he’s already experienced his fair share of highs and lows in his first campaign in charge at the Emirates Stadium.The Gunners currently sit in sixth place in the Premier League table and are through to the knockout stages of the Europa League.But hopes of reaching the top-four and returning to Champions League football may have to wait a little longer, as far as Lineker is concerned.The former Barcelona and Tottenham forward cited the example of United, who are still struggling to recover from Ferguson’s retirement in 2013 after 27 years in the dugout at Old Trafford.The Scot won 758 of his 1224 games in charge of United and led the club to an unprecedented 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups, four EFL Cups and two Champions LeaguesSince Ferguson’s exit, United have turned to David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho to restore their glory days with little success.And Lineker believes Arsenal are heading down a similar road and gave his views on what the Gunners are currently lacking in their attempts to return to the Champions League.“Quality of players,” Lineker told Football London.“I was talking the other day with a couple of mates about how many Arsenal players would you put in either City, Liverpool or Tottenham’s side, or even United’s side.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“How many Arsenal players would get in any of those four teams? One or two possibly in one or two clubs maybe, no more than that.“I think that says it all.“He [Emery] will need a few windows to find good players.“Just because you’ve spent big money, which is not what they’ve really done, even if they did they’ve got to get it absolutely right.“Their recruitment is going to be vital.“I think rather like Manchester United after Sir Alex left, I think they’re in for a spell.“I think it’s always hard after a manager has been so dominant at a club for so long, like Arsene Wenger was and like Sir Alex was, it’s hard for a club to kind of reinvent itself which is what they’re trying to do.“It could be long and a bit of a wait for them.”Arsenal will face Huddersfield Town in the Premier League today with kick-off set for 4:00 PM (CET).Our last trip to Huddersfield will always be remembered for this ❤️#HUDARS pic.twitter.com/CMb9T1dgUE— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 9, 2019last_img read more

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EXCLUSIVE Central government to launch online benefits platform

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: The UK central government is to launch a benefits platform to provide 418,000 civil servants with online access to their employee benefits package.The bespoke platform has been developed by Edenred, which has been appointed the sole provider of employee benefits to UK government staff through the Employee Services framework, established by the Crown Commercial Services (CCS).The new platform aims to enhance employee engagement, provide consistency across central government departments and agencies, and deliver commercial savings.The platform will provide employees with access to voluntary benefits and discounts, childcare vouchers, bikes for work, payroll giving, reward and recognition schemes, as well as key resources and information.Departments and agencies will also be able to include additional benefits within their employee value proposition, provided through Edenred, which has received pan-government security accreditation.Individual departments can launch the benefits platform through their own portals. There are expected to be more than 50 portal launches across central government departments and agencies by the end of 2016.last_img read more

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iPadOS storage tech will make Lightroom on an iPad way better

first_img Jun 30 • iOS 13 and iPadOS public betas: How to download and install them now Apple’s new mobile storage abilities are perhaps most interesting on iPads, but they work on iPhones, too. Apple’s upcoming Files app lets you reach the external storage systems, including moving files there from your iPad or iPhone.Only new iPad Pros come with USB-C ports — a fast, flexible and industry-standard connector good for charging and data transfer. Other iPads and all iPhones use Apple’s earlier, proprietary Lightning port. Storage devices can be connected with either Lightning or USB-C, though.Slow shift to PC-like iPadsThe shift to beefier iPads is agonizingly slow to some fans of iOS and its newly announced cousin, iPadOS. But it’s a vindication for Apple, said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of product marketing for mobile devices like iPads and iPhones.”‘It’s just a big iPod Touch’ — that was the worst thing we could imagine hearing,” he said of early iPad criticisms, in an interview at WWDC.Back then, small-screen iPhone software was an awkward fit at best for the iPad, but now the iPad is meeting more of its potential. “We imagined from the beginning a very different experience,” Joswiak said.That different experience may have been slow to arrive, but it’s helped iPads fare better than tablets powered by Google’s Android operating system, he said. “On the other platform, tablets just didn’t really happen.”Indeed, you can buy Android tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Tab, and newer Chrome OS devices like Google’s Pixel Slate can run Android apps, but those devices are relative rarities compared with iPads.With iPadOS, Apple is giving the tablet new abilities: a richer variety of split-screen options for running multiple apps, gestures to copy and paste, and some limited mouse support. It’s not clear how well that’ll work compared with Windows and MacOS, but it shows Apple is trying to help us move beyond games and streaming video and become more productive. Mentioned Above Apple iPad 2018 (space gray, 32GB) Jul 5 • RIP, iTunes. This is what happens to your Apple music now reading • Apple’s new iPad tech lets you leave your Lightroom laptop at home See It Share your voice See also $249 • Tags Amazon Mobile Apple Apple iPad And really, if you could travel with an iPad instead of a PC, wouldn’t you? iPads make even lightweight laptops like the MacBook Air seem a bit thick and heavy, and they can have battery life and mobile network advantages, too.The inability to import photos directly into Lightroom for iPad helped tilt programmer and amateur photographer Richard Gaywood toward purchasing a Microsoft Surface instead of an iPad.”The old through-Camera-Roll thing was just so damned clunky,” Gaywood tweeted Thursday. iPadOS gets a storage boostNew options in iPadOS and iOS make storage a lot more powerful. Apple software chief Craig Federighi announced the change Monday at WWDC.You’ll be able to use USB drives and other external drives on your iPad, not just import from SD memory cards.That means that at least in principle, if your Lightroom catalog gets too big for your iPad storage, you could house the bulk of it on an external drive like you can today with PC versions of Lightroom. Adobe didn’t make any promises of that sort of feature, though, so if you’re a traveling photographer, don’t get too excited. And Apple’s Photos app can handle only photos stored directly on the device. See All See it Comments $249 46 Photos 3 $329 Review • Apple iPad 2018 review: The iPad for everyone Aug 19 • iOS 13 and iPadOS: How to join the beta, use the best new features on your iPhone and iPad Best Buy Adobe Lightroom for iPad, used to edit a photo of Apple’s WWDC 2019 conference. Stephen Shankland/CNET The mobile version of Lightroom is going to get a big step closer to its PC-based big brother with Apple’s decision to let iPhones and iPads connect to storage systems like flash memory cards and external drives.Lightroom, Adobe’s photo editing and cataloging software, can import photos today from flash memory cards to iPhones and iPads — but it’s a pain. You have to transfer the photos to the device’s camera roll then transfer them again to Lightroom. At its WWDC conference this week, though, Apple announced that its new iPadOS will let apps like Lightroom import photos directly.And that’s exactly what Adobe plans to add to Lightroom.”We do plan to support direct import in Lightroom on iPad,” spokesman Roman Skuratovskiy said in a statement.Making Lightroom for iPad more usefulIt might seem like a little thing, but reducing that hassle and giving photographers a faster workflow shows how Apple is helping iPad grow up into a full-fledged computer — with power, control and flexibility gradually closing in on what you get with a PC that runs MacOS or Windows. Jun 14 • Apple Music vs. Apple Podcast vs. Apple TV: What’s the difference? CNET may get a commission from retail offers. WWDC 2019: A quick visual recap of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote See It $249 WWDC 2019 iOS 13 iPadOS Adobe Chrome OS Google Microsoft Apple Lightroom WWDC 2019 See It Apple iOS 13: New Siri voice, camera tools, Dark Mode for iPhone New Mac Pro makes its debut, starts at $5,999 Apple gives the iPad its own OS Returning to Apple’s WWDC after 20 years, now with 5 OSes instead of 1 Get all the latest from WWDClast_img read more

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Esops fable might turn sour if 8 lakh bank staff fail to

first_imgRaghavendra NPublic sector bank employees with a lackadaisical attitude towards recovering loans beyond set quarterly targets will need to rethink their plans if latest draft guidelines from the government are any indication.According to the draft guidelines, bank employees may not get stock options as their employers will need to first improve their financial performance before becoming eligible to issue the incentives, an Economic Times report said on Monday.ET had reported in February that the Banks Board Bureau had made the suggestion to the finance ministry.The proposed rules were issued by the finance ministry to heads of five state-run lenders — State Bank of India, Punjab National Bank, Canara Bank, Bank of Baroda and Bank of India. They stipulate that to grant ESOPs for a particular financial year, banks need to have a minimum provision coverage ratio — a measure of the funds set aside by banks to cover bad loans — of 65 percent as on March 31 and net non-performing assets (NPAs) shouldn’t be more than 35 percent of net worth.The scheme is planned to come into force in 2017-18, the ET report said, adding that it has a copy of the draft guidelines sent by the ministry to the five bank heads in April for their views.However, all save two of the 21 state-run banks have a provision coverage ratio that’s less than 65 percent. The exceptions are State Bank of India (65.95 percent) and Bank of Baroda (66.83 percent), according to data compiled by the ET Intelligence Group (ETIG).According to ETIG data quoted by the report, NPAs exceed 35 percent of the net worth for all the 21 banks, according to ETIG data. This means that the ESOP scheme, which could impact about 800,000 people, cannot fly unless the qualifying thresholds are modified.”As of today, I am not sure if many banks can fulfil this criterion but this is the direction banks should take by making adequate provisioning,” former Bank of Baroda Chairman MD Mallya told ET.About a decade ago, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had said banks needed a minimum provision coverage ratio of 70 percent, Mallya said. However, this was later relaxed and it was left to individual banks to decide their provision coverage.The scheme is to be open for five years from the start date decided by the respective bank, as per the draft guidelines. All permanent employees in Scale IV and above (including whole-time directors) will be eligible for ESOPs. The eligibility can be extended to Scale III at the discretion of the committee of directors.This is the first time that ESOPs have been proposed at public sector banks, ET said.India is currently in the midst of a concerted effort to resolve bad loan burden of banks that looms as a threat to the country’s economy. Given the current status of balance sheets and the possibility of increase in slippages, the smaller banks especially may not be able to meet the conditions for several quarters, Siddharth Purohit, senior equity research analyst, banking, Angel Broking.last_img read more

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