With growing caseload World Court optimizes efficiency its chief says

With States using the court more and more to settle their disagreements, ICJ President Shi Jiuyong said he was dedicated to improving the Court’s efficiency so that the caseload could be handled with a budget representing less than 1 per cent of the UN’s total budget.Judge Jiuyong described innovative changes to the Court’s operations, including shortening the period between the closure of written procedures and the opening of oral arguments, technological initiatives and streamlining work methods.Currently the ICJ has 21 cases on its docket, including a border dispute between Benin and Niger, and two cases in which Bosnia, Herzegovina and Croatia respectively have sought condemnation of Serbia and Montenegro for violations of UN conventions on genocide, Judge Jiuyong said.Also addressing the Assembly, its President, Jan Eliasson, recalled that last month’s World Summit reaffirmed the ICJ’s importance and asked all States to support its work by contributing to the Trust Fund to Assist States in the Settlement of Disputes, which currently has a balance of $2 million. read more

BMO grows fourthquarter profit 11 per cent wraps solid year for banks

TORONTO – Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) reported Tuesday that its fourth-quarter profit grew 11 per cent to $1.35 billion, wrapping up a year that has seen Canada’s biggest banks deliver solid results in spite of ongoing economic headwinds.The bank’s profit for the quarter ended Oct. 31 amounted to $2.02 per share, up from $1.21 billion or $1.83 per share a year ago.BMO, which was the last of the five big banks to report its quarterly results, had $5.28 billion in quarterly revenue, compared with $4.98 billion during the fourth quarter of last year.Rock-bottom interest rates, a slowdown in consumer borrowing and the plummet in the price of crude were all expected to dampen the Canadian banking sector’s profitability this quarter.But the five biggest lenders — including Royal Bank (TSX:RY), TD Bank (TSX:TD), Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) and CIBC (TSX:CM) — still managed to rake in $9.13 billion in fourth-quarter profits.That’s up more than 10 per cent from the $8.27 billion they earned during the fourth quarter of last year.Their combined quarterly revenue was $33.72 billion, up 10 per cent from $30.66 billion a year ago.On an annual basis, the five big banks had a combined $35.69 billion in net income, up seven per cent from $33.26 billion in fiscal 2016.Revenue for all five big banks for the full year was $135.19 billion, compared with $124.04 billion last year.Gareth Watson, director of the Investment Management Group at Richardson GMP, says the banks benefited from the fact that the domestic economy was not as gloomy as many had initially predicted.However, there are likely to be rocky roads ahead for the Canadian banking sector, Watson added.“There are still big elephants in the room out there,” he said. “There are still headwinds to come — I just don’t think they’re in the immediate future.”One such concern is the potential impact of future interest rate hikes on heavily indebted consumers, which, in a worst-case scenario, could spur a correction in housing prices, Watson said.“I don’t think that that’s a concern for the markets until 2018, because I don’t see interest rates going higher by the Bank of Canada until then,” he said.The sector’s vulnerability to the mortgage market has been a hot topic during the fourth-quarter conference calls, with some analysts raising concerns about CIBC’s relatively higher exposure.BMO’s CEO Bill Downe said he’s confident about the North American economy, which is projected to grow at a moderate, but slightly faster, pace over the next 12 months.“We are operating in an ever changing environment,” Downe said during a conference call to discuss the bank’s results.“GDP growth is expected to improve to just under 2 per cent in Canada and over 2 per cent in the U.S. on higher oil prices from our U.S. consumer demand and fiscal expansion in both countries, and I do think this is a conservative estimate.”BMO also announced on Tuesday that it’s increasing its quarterly payment to shareholders by two cents to 88 cents per share.The lender had $5.28 billion in quarterly revenue, compared with $4.98 billion during the fourth quarter of last year.For its full financial year, BMO earned $4.63 billion or $6.92 per share, up from $4.41 billion of $6.57 per share last year.Revenue totalled $21.09 billion compared with $19.39 billion in the previous year.Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter. by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 6, 2016 5:42 am MDT Last Updated Dec 6, 2016 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BMO grows fourth-quarter profit 11 per cent, wraps solid year for banks read more

After six years living in limbo Natig Sadygov declared stateless

first_imgRead: 23 years after being declared an alien, Ireland declares Roman Uustalu stateless>Read: Policy u-turn means people seeking asylum can now receive election leaflets>Read: Education, training and legal help all lacking for trafficking victims – Immigrant Council of Ireland> “When people find themselves with no citizenship or in the case of Natig Sadygov have that citizenship removed without warning – they have no security, protections or certainty”.RevokedNatig travelled to Ireland as a citizen of Lithuania but almost three years after arriving in Ireland he was suddenly informed that his citizenship was being revoked in the mistaken belief that he was a citizen of the Republic of Azerbaijan.Azerbaijan did not exist as an independent state when he was born in the old USSR in 1966 and when he left his hometown to move to the Lithuanian part of the USSR in the 80s.When legal proceedings in Lithuania failed to resolve the issue, the Irish immigration service granted Natig a residence permit.The decision to now issue a declaration of statelessness gives him more certainty and increased rights.Over 600,000 stateless persons will be actively taking part in a major campaign on this issue in the coming weeks. SIX YEARS AGO Natig Sadygov was left stranded in Ireland without documentation or the right to a passport.It happened after a bureaucratic dispute unexpectedly arose over whether he was a citizen of Lithuania or the Republic of Azerbaijan.Legal action seeking to reinstate his Lithuanian citizenship failed to resolve the situation and it was also established that he was also not entitled to citizenship of Azerbaijan.Since then Natig has been campaigning to have his rights as a stateless person recognised in Ireland.The Immigrant Council of Ireland today secured a declaration of statelessness for Sadygov.He now hopes that his pending application for Irish citizenship will be processed swiftly and that he will again have access to the most basic right, the right to a nationality.Hilkka Becker, Senior Solicitor with the Immigrant Council of Ireland welcomed the decision in the case:Being a citizen of a country guarantees us some of our most basic rights and entitlements – it is our access to social services, our right to work and travel, the right to a passport and the right to vote.last_img read more

Astronauts Play Cosmic Tennis Match to Kick off US Open

first_img Astronauts are faced with many challenges in space—perhaps none as difficult, though, as playing a zero-gravity doubles tennis match.To mark the start of the U.S. Open, NASA’s Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold faced Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Alexander Gerst (of the European Space Agency) in a gravity-defying game aboard the ISS.Projection-mapped onto Queens’ famed Unisphere, the hour-long event was streamed live on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.“The fact that we don’t have gravity is hard,” Feustel said in a recent statement. “Balls won’t bounce, and gravity has no effect.“To me, it’s going to seem like that old game Pong, where you hit the ball and the ball just goes straight; it doesn’t bounce on anything,” he explained. “So it’s going to be challenging. We might have to invent some new rules.”An American geophysicist and astronaut, Feustel was selected by NASA in 2000, and after two spaceflights in 2009 and 2011, he returned to the cosmos in March as Commander of the International Space Station.He is also an avid tennis player and fan—and the perfect mascot for the United States Tennis Association’s Net Generation program, which promotes tennis for kids.“Drew’s passion for tennis and space travel is inspiring our youth to serve to the Moon and seek the unknown while also demonstrating the benefits of a fit and athletic lifestyle,” USTA Chief Marketing Officer Amy Coyne said.The agency supplied ISS members with mini rackets and balls for their sporting event.“We practiced for weeks and weeks for this match,” Feustel said in a post-game interview. “I feel good. I feel a little bit winded. It was a difficult match” playing in microgravity.The Earth-bound 138th US Open—held from Aug. 27 to Sept. 9 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City—is the fourth and final Grand Slam event of 2018.Feustel made headlines earlier this year when he forgot a crucial piece of equipment during a spacewalk. Less embarrassingly, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev recently took folks on a virtual tour of the ISS’s longest route. Keep up to date with the International Space Station here. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendHubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring System center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

SpaceXs Crew Dragon Capsule Splashes Down in Atlantic Ocean

first_img ESA Satellite Avoids Potential Collision With SpaceX Starlink CraftSpaceX’s Starhopper Aces Final Test Flight in Texas It’s a wrap: SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule safely landed in the Atlantic Ocean and concluded one of the most important missions to the International Space Station (ISS).On Friday at 8:45 a.m. EST, the Crew Dragon splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida, Space.com reported. The capsule, which deployed its parachutes to land in the water, was safely retrieved by SpaceX’s Go Searcher recovery ship. Following this initial mission, the Crew Dragon might be ready to take astronauts to space in a couple of months.Successful splashdown of the #CrewDragon right on time at 8:45 a.m. ET. pic.twitter.com/0qHhHzD4Js— NASA Commercial Crew (@Commercial_Crew) March 8, 2019Yesterday, astronauts at the ISS closed the Crew Dragon’s hatch and prepared it for its journey back to Earth. The Crew Dragon capsule returned with 330 pounds of experiment results and additional gear from the ISS, which will be used for future scientific research.The @SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft docked to the @Space_Station for the first time today. The spacecraft, designed to fly astronauts, is attached to the station’s Harmony module as Earth rotates below. pic.twitter.com/2fT0s8sege— NASA Commercial Crew (@Commercial_Crew) March 3, 2019On March 3, the Crew Dragon successfully docked to the ISS, marking a major step in space travel for NASA and SpaceX. For the Demo-1 test flight, the Crew Dragon transported a sensor-packed dummy named Ripley and some supplies to the ISS. Even though the Crew Dragon didn’t carry any real astronauts, Ripley was joined by a plush Earth toy called “Little Earth,” which was a fun surprise for the ISS crew and everyone watching the mission.Yes buddy, that’s your Mother Earth. Isn’t she beautiful? pic.twitter.com/qY6KDbAIwb— Anne McClain (@AstroAnnimal) March 4, 2019With Demo-1 in the books, SpaceX could be sending another crewed mission to space as soon as summer: The Crew Dragon, which is equipped with a life support system, touch-screen controls, emergency-escape thrusters, seats, windows, and other astronaut-related equipment, seems to have checked off all the safety requirements for sending cosmonauts to the ISS in the near future.Crew Dragon is on SpaceX’s recovery vessel—completing the spacecraft’s first test mission! pic.twitter.com/6K0qgnHd4O— SpaceX (@SpaceX) March 8, 2019In June, the Crew Dragon will have to conduct an emergency abort system test, which will ensure that this feature is good to go before SpaceX sends a human crew to the ISS. According to NASA’s Launch Schedule, the Crew Dragon’s crewed mission, which will bring Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the ISS, is expected to take place sometime in July.For more updates on the Crew Dragon, visit SpaceX’s Twitter account and website. Crew Dragon’s undocking and landing is also streamable on NASA Live.More on Geek.com:SpaceX Crew Dragon Capsule Is Ready to Return to EarthSpaceX Crew Dragon Successfully Docks to Space StationSpaceX, NASA Launch Crew Dragon on Crucial Test Flight to Space Station Stay on targetlast_img read more

Homer gym serves vets and homeless

first_imgKurt Leffler oversees LFS Kali Fight Team’s training. (Photo by Quinton Chandler/KBBI)An outreach program at Homer Gym offers people in need food, clothes, camaraderie and a place to work out. The goal of the Alaskan Warrior Class is to connect the larger Homer community with its veteran and homeless members.Six members of the LFS Kali Fight Team are warming up for their evening training at the Homer Gym. They’re going through the motions of a typical “ground and pound” scenario often seen in Mixed Martial Arts bouts.“Today is a ground fighting day. We’re going to work on maneuvering while on the floor. Some jujitsu, some judo, some ground and pound so to speak,” said Kurt Leffler.Kurt Patrick Leffler is an army veteran currently serving in the Alaska Army National Guard.  He is co-owner of the Homer Gym and coach of its fight team.Homer Gym is a martial arts school with a free weights gym. It’s also the home of the Alaskan Warrior Class, a program trying to connect Homer vets with the rest of the community.“We focus on service projects, mentoring and just something to do for veterans of this generation,” said Leffler. “So [what] we’re trying to do is bring the two communities together and play with each other so to speak. And just be more cognizant and aware of a lot of the issues here; such as veteran suicide, homelessness and the fact that we’re in this community.”It can be hard for veterans in remote rural Alaskan communities like Homer to get help from the Department of Veterans Affairs, which is mostly based in Anchorage. The VA launched a stopgap measure, the Veteran’s Choice Program, in 2014 to make services easier to get to. But, many Alaskans are frustrated and feel the program hasn’t accomplished enough.Leffler says the Alaskan Warrior Class is doing its part on a local level. The program started a canned food drive for veterans last fall. Right now he says they have 10 duffel bags two boxes of food. He says the food is to give away to veterans and any homeless person.“The other thing that we’re doing is something called 96 hour care kits. Basically if there’s a homeless veteran, or a homeless teenager for that matter, this gives them a full pack of food for four days, some winter clothing, some basic toiletry essentials and something that’s their own,” said Leffler.Leffler hopes to eventually provide a bunk house for the homeless in Homer.According to the U.S. Census Bureau there were 528 veterans in the Homer area between 2009 and 2013. That is more than 10% of Homer’s estimated population. Leffler says the number of veteran gym members is also well over 10%. He says working out can be great therapy for veterans.“We all have pent up aggression [and] pent up pain. I’m not a doctor. I’m not a psychiatrist, but the fact is I understand people have trauma [and] they have issues. What better way to expel that energy [than] to put it forth in something productive,” said Leffler.Chad LeBlanc is taking a break from the weights. He retired from the army as a Sergeant First Class after 16 years.Chad LeBlanc: “I lift weights and I help out with the Alaskan Warrior Class quite a bit. Because I was a wounded warrior and I like doing that stuff, helping other people when I can,” said LeBlanc.Quinton Chandler: “You said you’re a wounded warrior. Do you want to go into that anymore?”Chad Leblanc: “I got blown up in 2007. I was in the hospital for six months. It was pretty intense,” said LeBlanc.LeBlanc agrees that working out in the gym is a great way to work through emotions, but he also wants people to understand not every veteran has emotional problems.He says he enjoys coming to the gym for the camaraderie. He says some veterans just want to work out but others want to talk.“It’s good to converse with somebody that knows the lingo. It’s hard to deal with civilians sometimes that don’t understand certain things [that] you do in the military. I help when there are guys coming in that just want to talk. We just talk for hours if that’s what they want. It’s kind of awesome I think,” said LeBlanc.And if veterans want help with services they’re happy to help.“Kurt has lots of resources due to [the] VA. He has pamphlets and numbers and who to call. A lot of the older vets don’t know those things because they don’t get out like they should. They get stuck in Homer. So, it’s good that’s here for them,” said LeBlanc.Leffler says he wants the program to encourage people to help solve problems facing veterans and the homeless in Alaska.last_img read more

Despite Walkers objections Legislature considers dipping into Permanent Fund earnings

first_imgAlaska’s government has never in 40 years used permanent fund earnings to balance the state budget. That could change this year. How the Legislature and Governor Bill Walker handle a plan could have big implications on Alaskans’ Permanent Fund dividends.Download AudioGov. Bill Walker at a press availability, January 28, 2016. Photo: Skip Gray/360NorthWednesday is the last day of the legislative session. And lawmakers head into it without knowing how they’re going to fill a roughly $3.5 billion deficit.Majority legislative leaders would prefer to close this shortfall by spending money from the Constitutional Budget Reserve. This nearly $8 billion reserve has been used to close deficits in previous years.But three quarters of both legislative chambers must approve a Constitutional Budget Reserve draw. The Senate majority could pass it. But members of the Democratic-led House minority caucus are in position to block this draw. They want to make deep cuts in tax credits to oil and gas producers.So legislators, like Senate President Kevin Meyer, are considering drawing money from the Permanent Fund earnings reserve account.“Well, the CBR draw is our preference, of course,” Meyer said. “And we will have the three-quarter vote to do that and that will be our recommendation. If that doesn’t happen, then our only option is to then use the earning reserve account in some capacity. So, that will pretty much be up to the House.”Meyer said the Legislature could pass the budget tomorrow, and then return for a special session that would focus in part on making long-term changes to a fiscal plan for using Permanent Fund earnings, similar to what Governor Walker has called for.Different proposals to restructure fund earnings could lead to cuts to Permanent Fund dividends, possibly cutting them in half.The Permanent Fund is made up of two pieces. The main body of the fund is $43 billion. It’s protected by the state constitution. That’s what makes it permanent.The other piece is the earnings reserve account. It’s about seven and a half billion dollars. Normally, these earnings are just used for dividends, and to replenish the main fund.But it’s also easier for the Legislature to spend than the Constitutional Budget Reserve. It only takes a majority of both legislative body to spend this money.This could happen tomorrow.The prospect is drawing the attention of longtime observers of Alaska’s budget process.Oregon-based economist Gregg Erickson is the former publisher of the Alaska Budget Report.“We know that if you take money from the earnings reserve, it’s going to reduce the dividend, Erickson said. “And that, in a sense, puts the burden of this financing on the people of Alaska who are least able to pay for it.”Erickson added that it would be foolish for Walker to agree to a deep draw from the earnings reserve if he’s not certain what the Legislature would do in a special session.“Anybody who wants to trust the Legislature and give up all their cards, basically, in the expectation that they’ll do something later – particularly when it’s so vague – is just not realistic,” Erickson said.It’s point reinforced by political scientist Clive Thomas. His book Alaska Politics and Public Policy is being published next month.Thomas said legislators may be hoping that oil prices will increase. He added that Governor Walker’s budget plan included both a reduction in Permanent Fund dividends – which affects lower-income and rural Alaskans the most – and an income tax – which would affect upper-income residents more heavily. The Legislature hasn’t passed the income tax. Thomas said lawmakers would like to put off politically difficult choices in an election year.“The state is a bad situation, and you’ve got to do something about it,” Thomas said. “And it’s going to mean in some way a reduction in Alaska’s lifestyle, and quality of life. I think that’s just inevitable. But no politician will say that to anybody.”Institute of Social and Economic Research Director Gunnar Knapp says however the Legislature and governor spend from the state’s savings, it will have significant implications for the future.“There’s all the difference in the world between doing that in a thoughtful, structured way, and simply saying ‘Here’s a pot of money we can go to to make up for the spending we’re not willing to cut and we’re not willing to tax ourselves to pay for,” Knapp said.The Legislature is preparing to pass both the capital and operating budgets on Wednesday. Walker has said he can’t accept a budget with a Permanent Fund draw, without having a sustainable fiscal plan. A spokeswoman for Walker says he’ll decide after the session ends if there’s a need for a special session.last_img read more

With GOP wins Murkowski eyes ANWR

first_imgLisa Murkowski celebrates on Election Night. Photo by Liz Ruskin, APRN.Alaska’s congressional incumbents easily held their seats. With most of the vote counted, Republican U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski was far ahead of Libertarian Joe Miller, and Independent Margaret Stock was in third place. In the U.S. House race, Democrat Steve Lindbeck trailed Republican Congressman Don Young by a substantial margin.Murkowski told reporters that with Republicans in control of Congress and the White House, the odds have improved for her Alaska agenda. She says one of her first efforts will be a push to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, a goal that has eluded Alaska’s congressional delegation for decades. She spoke of finally getting a road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge to help King Cove. And then she checked herself.“This is not Christmas,” she said. “This is governing and governing is hard work.”She says Republicans in the Senate will still need to work with the Democrats in Congress.“And we will. I will,” she said. “It doesn’t mean that you run (Democrats) over. It means you still work to gain that consensus. And we’ll need that with ANWR. We’ll need that with other issues that always have been complicated in Alaska.”Murkowski never supported Trump, and after the videotape emerged of him speaking aggressively about women, she called for Trump to step aside. On election night, Murkowski said she’d have no problem working with him. She said she didn’t know if Trump would extract a price, but she says victory tends to soften any hard feelings.“If there was somebody that was harboring ill-will toward someone and you win, there’s no reason to hold grudges,” she said.With Republicans in control of the Senate, Murkowski retains her chairmanship of the Senate Energy Committee for up to four more years.last_img read more

Caliber Home Loans Hires Branch Manager Sales Manager in Washington

first_img in Headlines, News, Uncategorized Caliber Home Loans Hires Branch Manager & Sales Manager in Washington Branch Manager Caliber Home Loans Sales Manager 2015-08-18 Staff Writer August 18, 2015 577 Views center_img Mike HombergScott BerngarttCaliber Home Loans, Inc., recently announced that Mike Homberg and Scott Berngartt have joined the company as branch manager and sales manager, respectively.”With Caliber’s proprietary paperless loan origination system, H20, and the Company’s ranking as one of the top 10 largest ‘non bank owned’ lenders in the nation, we have a significant opportunity to attract superior talent like Mike and Scott,” said Jim Foley, regional VP of Caliber Home Loans. “Mike and Scott possess considerable management skills and expertise in mortgage originations, and we are confident that they will play key roles in enhancing Caliber’s presence in the Washington Metropolitan area.”Homberg and Berngartt possess more than 38 years of collective experience in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and several other regions, the company says. Currently, they are licensed in Maryland, Virginia and Washington and will serve the Washington metro area.”We are excited to be part of the Caliber team,” Homberg said. “With the ongoing implementation of TRID, our industry is facing another new challenge. As such, it was imperative for me and Scott to be part of a company that has prepared for such a significant industry change. We believe Caliber is a company with a clear road map for continued success and one that is positioned to provide a great customer experience. We’re enthusiastic about working closely with the Caliber team and helping the Company extend its business in Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia.””Additionally, Mike and I are impressed with Caliber’s capacity to retain servicing and its ability to control products, overlays, and price—all of which are critical to offering customers the most efficient service and competitive rates. We are excited that we joined Caliber and became part of an organization that provides significant marketing support to its Loan Officers through both its in-house team of marketing professionals and cutting edge resources that will allow us to market effectively and efficiently,” Scott Berngartt noted. Sharelast_img read more

Relaxation and Recalibration Financial Regulators Shift Gears

first_img As the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection considers changes to its ability-to-repay rules and the Federal Reserve proposes changes to its stress test and capital reserve requirements, concerns and criticisms arise from both sides of the regulatory spectrum. On one side, some view these changes as a positive but perhaps insufficient step toward addressing what they view as burdensome regulations. On the other side are those decrying these proposals as a step toward unhinged deregulation that will lead toward predatory practices and a possible financial crisis.These themes were discussed in an event titled, “The Future of Financial Regulation,” that took place Friday at the Brookings Institute.During his keynote presentation, Randal Quarles, Vice Chairman for Supervision at the Federal Reserve Board, explained that the proposed changes to the Fed’s stress test are “intended to increase both the transparency and efficiency” of the tool and that the tests “will and should evolve as we continue to learn from this management tool.”Instead of placing a uniform capital reserve requirement for all financial institutions in a particular bracket, Quarles supports more “dynamic” capital reserve requirements that are risk-sensitive and tailored to each institution.When asked how he responds to those who say the Fed isn’t doing enough to address perceived burdensome regulations, he said that he believes the proposal is “a move in the right direction, and I think it’s significant simplification of the regime.”He pointed out that while large financial firms currently have to meet 24 separate capital-related requirements, the new proposed rule reduces these to 14 requirements.As to those who believe the Federal Reserve is going too far in relaxing standards for financial institutions, Quarels said, “I do think, when looked at fairly, what we are doing is very justified recalibration as opposed to relaxation.”He emphasized that the Federal Reserve views the countercyclical capital buffer is “a financial stability tool” and not a “macroeconomic dampener.”The issue of over- versus under-regulation of financial institutions, as well as the theme of transparency, were also central in a panel discussion following Quarels’ remarks.Randall Guynn, a renowned bank regulatory expert and head of the Financial Institutions Group at Davis Polk & Wardwell, LLP, complimented Quarels’ commitment to “transparency, simplicity, and efficiency.”However, Kathleen Day, professor at the Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University, discounted this praise, saying she’s heard these keywords before. She expressed extreme concern the “deteriorating standard” of “lowering capital standards,” “weakening of the Volcker rule,” and the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection’s movement to change the ability-to-repay rule.“Reach for your wallet when you hear these things,” she told the audience, suggesting that current proposals will lead toward consumer abuses and another financial downturn.However, H. Rodgin Cohen, Senior Chairman at Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP, took another standpoint.As for whether consumer abuses could lead to a financial crisis, he conceded, “Here I agree 100 percent with Kathleen. The evidence is there. It could. There’s no question about it.”However, he continued: “But whatever the CFPB’s position may be, the bank regulatory agencies were not stripped of their authority to examine these institutions, and they are examining them as fully and comprehensively in the consumer area as they were two or three years ago, five years ago. So I think what Congress did is create a double level of protection.”He furthermore suggested, “It’s not surprising that there’s going to be flaws and errors or that the circumstances have changed.”He simply described the current shift in regulation as “a relatively comprehensive response to what has occurred in the past 10 years.” November 9, 2018 498 Views CFPB Deregulation Federal Reserve Financial Crisis Financial Regulation Overregulation Randal Quarles Stress Test 2018-11-09 Krista Franks Brock in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Newscenter_img Relaxation and Recalibration: Financial Regulators Shift Gears Sharelast_img read more

Private sector deposits in Cyprus banks tick down in Feb ECB

first_imgPrivate-sector deposits declined slightly in Cypriot banks in February, but still reflected broad stabilisation after 18 months of falls starting in June 2012.Big account holders in the two largest lenders on the eastern Mediterranean island were forced to take a hit as part of an international bailout last year.Private-sector deposits fell by 1.4 percent to 34.4 billion euros ($47.42 billion) in February from the previous month, European Central Bank data showed on Thursday. The deposits are about 32 percent below their peak of 50.5 billion euros in May 2012.Banks in the euro zone member state were shut for nearly two weeks last March after Cyprus agreed a 10-billion-euro bailout under which major depositors had to pay part of the cost of the rescue. Capital controls are still in place, with limits on how much people can transfer from their accounts, although Cyprus is gradually easing the restrictions.The ECB data showed deposits in other southern European countries mired in the debt crisis remained relatively stable.In Italy, private-sector deposits rose by 0.2 percent but they fell by 0.2 percent in Greece and by 1.3 percent in Portugal.Monthly fluctuations in the figures are common, though sharp consecutive drops in countries with stable banking systems are unusual.The data, which are for all currencies combined, are not seasonally adjusted and differ slightly from national central bank figures. They exclude deposits from central government and banks.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementBad Digestion Slowing You Down? Top Doctor Reveals What You Need To DoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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But I still feel that Rohit’s batting was special.but for some mothers-to-be, who is actually from Calcutta and adopted by an Australian woman. It is a very big question and it bothers me, download Indian Express App ? 2017 11:31 am Top News Delhi Congress leader AK Walia has reportedly offered to quit the party,but had baulked when the CIA wanted to set up a base for them in Charbatia,protesting to Suman Dubey how come he had never told me a thing while he knew I had been making these visits to Mullick. For all the latest Entertainment News, The CAG has said the “percentage of capital expenditure to total expenditure decreased from 14 per cent in 2010-11 to 10 per cent in 2014-15”.

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