Review ‘hiding decisions’ over tuition fees

first_imgOUSU this week accused the Russell Group of universities of concealing its plans for tuition fees until after the general election. 26 of Oxford’s JCR Presidents signed an open letter that publicly condemns the decision of the Russell Group to withhold their submission to the Browne Review, which examines fees and university funding. OUSU criticised the Russell Group for “collaborating with the government’s independent review of higher education funding to suppress evidence submitted to the review.” “As student representatives, we find it disingenuous and underhand that the UK’s elite universities do not feel that they have a duty to share their submission to the Browne Review with the general public, and indeed their current and prospective students.” The Review, chaired by Lord Browne, is evaluating how much students should pay to go to university and is considering options such as raising fees or charging a more commercial rate on student loans. A Freedom of Information request by OUSU to force the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) to publish the documents submitted by the Russell Group has been rejected by the Department. OUSU has now published the full e-mail exchange on its website. The Department has refused to release the documents, saying it is respecting the request for confidentiality of the Russell Group.It has also said cited an exemption under the Freedom of Information rules which states that “it may not be in the public interest for information to be released prematurely and out of context.” “Our fears that it’s little more than a smokescreen for raising fees have been confirmed”, said OUSU VP for Access and Academic Affairs, Jonny Medland. “The Russell Group is not entitled to special treatment and should release its vision for universities like everyone else,” he said.All other institutions published their evidence to the review in late February. OUSU President Stefan Baskerville called for the Browne Review to come clean about its work with the Russell Group. “All three major parties are hiding behind the Browne Review to avoid saying how they’ll fund universities,” he said.“Now we see that the Review is more interested in working with universities to suppress debate than listening to students. “It’s time that politicians and the Review came clean on what they think about student fees. We’re days away from a General Election where this has barely been discussed.” However, the Russell Group has denied wanting to conceal its intentions, saying that its submission was a draft document that needed to be seen in the context of a complete report, due to published in the next few weeks.“We are working on our own independently researched report into the issues surrounding the funding of higher education which we anticipate will be completed in the next few weeks,” a Russell Group spokeswoman told the BBC. “We submitted our early findings for this report to the Browne Review in time for their first deadline and asked the review team to treat our advice as confidential” “There is and has always been an intention to publish our final analysis of the issues addressed in the submission.” James Evans, a first-year PPE student at St Hugh’s, said, “If there really wasn’t an issue with raising tuition fees then the Browne Report should be made public and the Russell Group should come clean.“With the forthcoming election a key issue for students is education and tuition fees. I’m already coming out of university with a £20,000 debt, so it’s an important issue for me if tuition fees will be increased and will probably affect my vote.”last_img read more

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High School Football Teams Clash in “7 on 7”

first_imgThe Youth Gridiron Academy-sponsored “7-on-7” event will give a taste of the upcoming high school football season. (Photo courtesy of ochsfootball.com)  By Tim Kelly Wiffle balls and Frisbees — Ocean City’s normal summer projectiles — will have some competition on Friday night. Footballs will be flying through the airspace above Carey Stadium at Ocean City High School for a unique pre-season scholastic grid event.The host Red Raiders, coming off two straight appearances in the state football playoffs, will welcome five other powerhouse programs for the Youth Gridiron Academy-sponsored “7-on-7” event, free and open to the public from 4 to 7 p.m.The contest will pit the teams’ offenses in passing drills against the opposing school’s defenses. Anyone who spectates at a football practice or training camp will tell you the 7-on-7 drills are among the most entertaining things to watch.Carey Stadium is an attraction in its own right for the visiting teams and coaches, with its picturesque setting just steps off the beach and Boardwalk. Its home squad went 4-6 last year, a misleading record considering its Division mark of 3-2 in the West Jersey Football League, two losses by margins of less than a touchdown, and its second straight playoff appearance.“It should be a great event,” Ocean City Head Coach Kevin Smith said in an e-mail. “It will showcase some of the most talented football players in the region.”In addition to the Raiders, high school fans will have the opportunity to see student-athletes from five other outstanding programs:Haddonfield: The Bulldogs are the defending Group II South Jersey champions.Cedar Creek: Playoff qualifiers in the last four consecutive seasons and the 2015 South Jersey Group II champs.Clearview: The Pioneers were runners up in the Group IV playoffs in 2018.Salem: Authors of a 42-15 record over the last five years, the Rams were Group I playoff runners up in 2016.Millville: The always tough Thunderbolts won the South Jersey Group IV crown in 2016.Fans attending the event will be able to purchase concessions, and a professional DJ will be on hand to add some music into the afternoon-into-evening excitement. Also expected will be coaches from college programs and media representatives eager to see many of the area’s top returning high school players at the same location.“We hope everyone will come out and enjoy some great summer football,” Smith said.The event’s sponsor, Youth Gridiron Academy, is affiliated with NFL FLAG and NFL Play 60, the pro football league’s health and fitness campaign.For more information on Youth Gridiron Academy and its local events and programs, visit www.yganj.com or call 609-892-5443. Carey Stadium was alive for the recent Vinny Curry Football Youth Camp, and will again be jumping for Friday’s 7-on-7 competition hosted by the OCHS Red Raiders and featuring five other top South Jersey programs.last_img read more

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Wildwood Trump Rally Countdown is On

first_imgBy TIM KELLYIt’s history in the making.President Donald Trump will appear in Wildwood and make a speech Tuesday night at the Wildwoods Convention Center as part of his re-election campaign and also on behalf of Congressman Jeff Van Drew.Van Drew, who represents the Second Congressional District, including Cape May County, was elected in 2018 and will be seeking re-election for the first time as a Republican following his switch from the Democratic Party in December.The rally and similar ones preceding it are part of Trump’s campaign strategy to get his message out in locations where his support has been strongest. While Cape May County is arguably one of the most solidly conservative regions in New Jersey, Trump is venturing into a state that has traditionally been solidly Democratic.The district is considered to be a battleground in what is shaping up to be among the most closely watched congressional races in the country.Wildwood Mayor Peter Byron, a Democrat, sees the Trump rally as a positive for his seasonal resort town and a rare chance for an economic shot in the arm during a part of the off-season that is traditionally the slowest of the year.“This isn’t about whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat,” Byron told NJ.com. “It’s about (the presidency). Check your party affiliation at the door and let’s just all participate in this monumental and exciting time for Wildwood.”It is the first visit by a sitting president to the district since George H.W. Bush came to Vineland in 1992. Ronald Reagan campaigned in Hammonton in 1984. Before that, one must turn back the history books all the way to 1904 and Theodore Roosevelt, the 25th president, who made appearances in Hammonton during his famous “Whistle Stop” campaign.That would make Trump only the fourth president to campaign in the district ever, which in Byron’s mind will produce enough national notice to make any inconveniences or differing political views well worth it.“Whatever the motivation for the president to come here, I’ll take it and I’m excited,” Byron said to NJ.com.Congressman Jeff Van Drew shakes hands with President Trump at the White House in December. (Image courtesy C-SPAN)In addition to Trump’s address, Van Drew is scheduled to speak at the rally. At least one other local person may be speaking, although that could not be confirmed on Monday.Published reports stated Van Drew would be traveling to the rally with Trump on Air Force One, slated to land at Atlantic City International Airport. The presidential motorcade is expected to head to Wildwood on the Garden State Parkway.Following is a rundown of important facts for those planning on attending:What: President Donald Trump will conduct a campaign rally in support of his re-election bid, and that of Congressman Jeff Van Drew, R-2nd.When, Where: 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 28 at the Wildwoods Convention Center, 4501 Boardwalk, in Wildwood. Doors open at 3 p.m. The rally is expected to end by 9 p.m.Tickets: Free, by visiting DonaldTrump.com and clicking on “events.” There is a two ticket per person limit. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Having a ticket is not a guarantee for admittance.Admission: People were already lining up for the event on Monday morning. The Convention Center has a capacity of 7,000. However, that number is expected to be reduced for this event because of the stage configuration. When the maximum crowd is admitted, doors will be closed.Overflow crowd: Two large video screens will be set up outside the Convention Center, allowing spectators unable to gain admission to view the rally from outside.Parking: Free, on-street parking is available, as are a number of small private lots. Parking is expected to be very tight as the time of the rally approaches. Some streets in the areas near the Convention Center are expected to be closed to traffic beginning at noon.The Wildwoods Convention Center will be the site of the campaign rally for President Donald Trump and Congressman Jeff Van Drew. (Photo courtesy thewildwoodsnj.com)Drop-off Area: Cabs, ride share services and private vehicles may drop passengers off along the 4600 block of New Jersey Avenue. The event is a short walk from there.Comforts for those in line: Large heaters will be set up and portable toilets will be available.Weather: According to weather websites, there will be sunny skies, a light breeze and temperatures ranging from a low of 32 to a high of 40 Tuesday in Wildwood.Food options: Food trucks will be serving those in line and concession stands inside the Convention Center will also be open. There will also be many restaurants in town expected to be open all day on Tuesday and into the evening.Closings: Wildwood schools are closed, as is the beach.Banned items: Following are items not permitted inside the Convention Center: Aerosol and spray containers, alcoholic beverages, ammunition, animals (except for service animals), bags larger than 12 inches by 14 inches by 5 inches, coolers, balloons and balls, banners, chairs, e-cigarettes, drones, explosives and fireworks, glass, thermal and metal containers, laser pointers and laser lights, packages, poles, sticks and selfie sticks, recreational mobility devices, signs exceeding 20 feet by 3 feet by 3 inches, tents or other tent-like structures, toy guns, tripods, umbrellas, firearms or any weapons of any kind and any other item that may pose a threat to security, at the discretion of security screeners. President Donald Trump, shown at an October rally in Minnesota, will speak Tuesday night in Wildwood. 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Bettys challenges name use for Cheesey Nibbles

first_imgBettys Café Tea Rooms, based in Harrogate, Yorkshire, has lodged a complaint with the Patent’s Office, after a local company starting selling a cheesey nibble using the name ’Betty’.’Fat Betty Organic Cheesey Nibbles’ have been sold for the last two years by Jonathan Kidd, owner of Cheese & Co, under his Taste of Yorkshire label.However Bettys, which operates six tearooms in the county, is said to have became worried about possible confusion over the product’s name. “We have a responsibility to protect the Bettys name for the future of our business and if we allow one business to use our name, we have to let others use it,” said a spokesperson for Bettys.Kidd told British Baker that his company had trademarked the name Fat Betty – unopposed – in October 2006, but in February 2007, Bettys made an initial complaint. “They have lodged an action to get our trademark invalidated, on the grounds that there will be confusion in the marketplace. We’ve submitted evidence to the Patent’s Office to say we don’t believe there’s a single element of confusion,” said Kidd.Cheese & Co’s Fat Betty nibbles are named after a landmark stone of the North York Moors called Fat Betty.—-=== In Short ===== Charge challenged ==The Freight Transport Association has challenged The Association of Greater Manchester Authorities’ plans to implement a congestion charge in Great Manchester on the grounds that it will have a damaging effect on local businesses. Bakeries operating in the area could see their transport costs rise significantly.== Rural award ==The Old Farmhouse Bakery, based in Steventon, Hampshire, is in the running for the Rural Enterprise accolade in the Countryside Alliance Awards. The awards seek to recognise and celebrate rural individuals and businesses who are ambassadors for both local produce and their communities. The bakery produces traditional recipe breads by hand and in small batches.== Bread in favour ==A survey carried out by EBLEX, the English Beef and Lamb group, found that freshly baked bread was ranked as Britain’s third-favourite taste. Of the 3,000 people polled, Belgian chocolate came out top, with bacon butties coming in second.== Local web drive ==A new website to promote top local and regional food and drink producers has been launched. Localfoodadvisor.com has sections on bakery, meat, fish & seafood, fruit & vegetables, deli, dairy, regional specialities and drink, and features a producer database.== Delice recognised ==Delice de France scooped two awards at the National Payroll Giving Excellence Awards, winning The Best Launch of a New Scheme and The Most Successful Payroll Giving Promotion accolades. Supplier of baked and part-baked frozen bakery, Delice, was praised by the judges for creating a good spirit within the company.last_img read more

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Banks on alert for pork in Phase Four relief bill

first_img Google+ Twitter Google+ Banks on alert for pork in Phase Four relief bill By Network Indiana – May 13, 2020 0 377 Facebook Twitter Facebook Previous articleWorkers may have to return to jobs while sickNext articleNew Michigan grants, loans available to small businesses and entrepreneurs Network Indiana WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews (Photo supplied/Jim Banks for Congress) WASHINGTON, D.C.–The next relief bill could be ready for the U.S. House to vote on as soon as Friday. But, Congressman Jim Banks (R-Ind.), says he will not vote for any bill that is full of earmarks and bailouts for states that have built up budget deficits after decades of unwise spending.“The price tag of the current coronavirus aid package that Speaker (Nancy) Pelosi is working on at the moment could be as high as $2 trillion,” said Banks in a Facebook live video Monday afternoon. “There are lots of special interest, pork barrel spending deals that are being added to that package.”Banks said he believes House Democrats have put out an open invitation to lawmakers to add what they want to the bill.He said he’s particularly offended at one part of the bill.“She (Pelosi) wants to spend most of that $2 trillion in bailing out blue states like Illinois, states that have a record of decades of mismanagement that have led to deficit spending,” he said.Some Democratic governors, like New York’s Andrew Cuomo, have argued that their states deserve bailout money because of the amount they have paid in that has gone to help relieve red states in the past. Banks argued on Facebook that that is not the case with Indiana, pointing out Indiana’s rainy day fund, compared with Illinois’ budget shortfalls.Banks said he doesn’t want to see some Democrats in Congress push a socialist agenda, using the pandemic.“We can’t let Democrats use COVID-19 to reshape America to pursue the socialist agenda that Pelosi and so many House Democrats have staked out,” he said.Banks said that he is proud to be a part of the new China task force, formed in the House.“We can’t let the Chinese Communist Party profit off a pandemic of their own making,” he said. “This task force was supposed to be a bi-partisan effort. Sadly, Democrats backed out of the deal and said they wouldn’t participate.”He said he believes that studying the origins and causes of the pandemic is the way to keep it from happening again and America from having to endure anything similar in the future. Pinterestlast_img read more

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Sneak Peek! Peter Gallagher & Kristin Chenoweth in On the Twentieth Century

first_imgPass the champagne! Peter Gallagher and Kristin Chenoweth are headlining the new Broadway revival of On the Twentieth Century this spring, and we’ve got an adorable first look of the stars (and their mountains of luggage) all dressed up and ready to go. Directed by Scott Ellis, the musical by Cy Coleman, Betty Comden and Adolph Green tells the story of down-and-out Broadway producer Oscar Jaffe (Gallagher), who is struggling to convince his former muse and lover, successful film actress Lily Garland (Chenoweth) to return to Broadway. Check out this Hot Shot of the glamorous twosome, then see On the Twentieth Century at the American Airlines Theatre beginning February 12, 2015! Related Shows View Comments Kristin Chenoweth Show Closed This production ended its run on July 19, 2015 Star Files On The Twentieth Centurylast_img read more

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Replacing “big data” with “usable information” — where it matters most

first_img 28SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Trevor Knott Trevor Knott is a strategic marketing veteran who has spent much of his 20-year career developing marketing and distribution products and services for top-tier banks and suppliers to the banking … Web: www.bsgfinancial.com Details For all of us who have spent a good part of our careers around the long-gathering storm of “big data”, we would be wise to remember the old adage about the difference between “data” and “information”. Data for the sake of data is just data – an often overwhelming series of bits and bytes that can do little to improve (let alone transform) our businesses. When data gets transformed into information, and specifically usable information, it inherently connotes that the bits and bytes have now been organized into insights that can be acted upon for greater customer and corporate benefit.For credit unions, it is precisely at the crossroads of data and information that we have been prone to “analysis paralysis”, perhaps ironically because of the preponderance of data that has long been literally at our fingertips (before most other industries). The data is there, but we may not know how to turn that into knowledge we can use. With some basic analytics, you may be able to tell that your member has two services with your institution, and to know that she only uses one of these two services on a regular basis, but what tools do you have to make a positive impact on this member going forward? Rather than getting overwhelmed by big data and paralyzed by the thought of all the “information” we can produce, why not focus instead on putting usable information into the hands of business line leadership?!Information can be leveraged into making a meaningful impact only when it is paired with the right set of tools in the hands of business line leaders to effect positive change and positive outcomes. Consider again the scenario above, but this time the information is delivered to the business line leaders with the proper companion tools to affect change – so that your bankers not only know that your member has two services (one active, one inactive) but also can offer education and personalized incentives to “activate” the second service, and potentially even offer a third helpful service as well. Your member with a lone checking account and inactive debit card can now learn about the incredible utility and flexibility of their debit card to make payments and everyday purchases, get incented for e-statement trial through cash-back offers, and be introduced to your savings account with auto-transfer from checking. Or how about another member who has multiple active services with your credit union and is an active online banker but still is collecting costly, cumbersome paper statements every month — shouldn’t we put this “information” to use by equipping our bankers to offer him tangible education and incentive to try e-statements?There is a four-step pathway out of the dense forest of big data into the greener pastures of usable information. Too often we have taken just the first step on this pathway, and found ourselves still stuck in the forest. Do some of these questions and frustrations sound familiar?1st : Access YOUR data to transform it into usable information. It’s all there, but how do I get at it and make sense of it?2nd : Design and develop new products and programs to educate and reward your members. New products on our existing core system? Not so easy. And what if we don’t get the design right – we may only have one shot at this!3rd: Effectively launch these products and programs through measurable, targeted marketing. But how do I do this – by running manual promotions out of my desk drawer with duct tape and paper envelopes? There has to be a better way!4th: Measure and iterate improvements. Great in theory; lousy in execution. Any resources I might have had to do this were long gone somewhere between steps 1-3 above!Credit unions – even the largest, best-equipped credit unions – can’t tame the beast of big data into usable information on their own. The questions that arise are too numerous, the resource constraints too great, and the shear doubt caused by prior failed attempts too daunting to go it alone. Yet, to simply turn our backs on the data is to wave a white flag in the faces of much larger and better resourced impersonal financial institution “machines” that dot the landscape on the other side of the forest. And to ignore the data is ultimately irresponsible to our members themselves. They are entrusting us with their data. Shouldn’t we be acting upon it to serve them better?Look to your vendors. Find trusted partners to guide your institution down this pathway. Turn your members’ data into usable information for your bankers. Your members – and your industry – are counting on it.last_img read more

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Your inner game … how is it going?

first_img continue reading » It was brilliant to meet and work with the leaders who participated in CEO/Executive Team Network last November.I wanted to take a minute to remind participants—and to share with CUES members who couldn’t attend—all we covered in the closing keynote, “The Inner Game of Executive Leadership,” and to check in on their inner game and see how they are doing.1. Remember: You Are a Success.You have reached the pinnacle of success. You are a leader of a value-based organization that serves thousands, no doubt positively impacting many more people in the communities and businesses in which you operate. Well done!It is extremely important to your future leadership impact and success that you really accept this acknowledgment. Why? ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Arsenal head of football Raul Sanllehi visited the dressing room after dreadful draw with Southampton

first_imgUnai Emery is struggling for results as Arsenal manager (Picture: REUTERS)The pressure on Arsenal manager Unai Emery was ramped up on Saturday when head of football, Raul Sanllehi, visited the team’s dressing room after the below-par draw with Southampton at the Emirates.The Gunners scraped a 2-2 draw with the relegation-threatened Saints thanks to a 96th minute Alexandre Lacazette goal after conceding 21 shots on their goal.The result made it six games without a win for Emery’s side in all competitions and eighth in the Premier League, eight points off the top four.Such was the poor nature of the performance and the result, that Sanllehi took it upon himself to come into the dressing room after the game, reports the Times.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe head of football held a meeting two weeks ago at the Emirates in which he explained that performances had not been good enough, and his appearance in the dressing room will have heaped more pressure on the struggling Emery. Comment Arsenal head of football Raul Sanllehi visited the dressing room after dreadful draw with Southampton Advertisement Raul Sanllehi (L) is thought to be considering Emery’s future (Picture: Getty Images)Emery’s future was always going to be up for discussion in the summer as he entered the final year of his three-year contract, but these woeful performances may force the hand of the Arsenal hierarchy.The Gunners are reportedly considering Mikel Arteta and Max Allegri as possible successors to the Spaniard, and will move to sack Emery and appoint one of them before the end of the season unless results improve.Arsenal’s next four games are all winnable, but that makes them all the more high-pressure for Emery as they will be expected to pick up maximum points Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League, followed by Norwich, Brighton and West Ham in the Premier League.Continued failure in terms of results and performances over these four games could see the Arsenal boss sacked comfortably before Christmas.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArteta and Allegri were both interviewed for the Arsenal job in the summer of 2018 when Emery took over and the Gunners are clearly regretting their decision.Former Gunners midfielder Arteta is working as an assistant coach to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, although the Premier League champions have said they will not stand in his way if he wants to take the top job at the Emirates.Allegri is out of work since leaving Juventus at the end of last season and has regularly been linked with a move to the Premier League, having been learning English for some time.Arsenal host Frankfurt on Thursday and in their current form, with Frankfurt fans banned from the trip for disturbances in a previous Europa League fixture, there are concerns that there could be the lowest attendance in Emirates history.MORE: ‘The problem is the coach’ – Arsenal players turn on Unai Emery after Southampton drawMORE: Robert Pires makes damning claim about Arsenal under Unai Emery Metro Sport ReporterMonday 25 Nov 2019 7:45 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link771Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

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Hill calls for US collaboration to avoid ‘devastating’ clearing house collapse

first_img“So Europe and the US need to cooperate at an early stage and decide together how the risks of a failing CCP could be tackled safely.”Hill said during his confirmation hearings that one of his goals would be to tackle the ‘too big to fail’ risk of CCPs, pledging that a resolution framework would be published in 2015.Pension investors are currently exempt from central clearing as demanded by the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) and were recently offered a further two-year exemption by the European Commission, as the executive decided there were still too many hurdles facing the sector to be able to clear trades.The commissioner also sought to assuage fears that closer cooperation, as part of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), would undermine the overhaul of financial regulation implemented by the US with the Dodd-Frank Act.“But we do think it makes sense to do what we can to make our rules compatible,” Hill said, “so that global businesses can operate more easily, and so that we have a larger and more efficient market, which should allow businesses to finance the rest of the economy more easily, thereby helping create jobs and boost growth.”Hill’s intervention came days before the general court ruling found in favour of a complaint by the UK and Sweden that argued it was discriminatory to require CCPs clearing euro-denominated trades to be based in a euro-zone member state. The court said the European Central Bank (ECB) had no right to limit the locations as part of the 2011 Eurosystem Oversight Policy Framework, despite its concerns “malfunctioning” CCPs outside of the euro-zone could destabilise the single currency. Ruling T-496/11 further found that, under the founding statues governing the ECB’s activities, it only had the ability to adopt regulations on CCPs, “rather than granting it an autonomous regulatory competence in respect of all clearing systems”.As a result, the court annulled the ECB’s framework in regards to CCPs.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to General Court ruling on ECB regulation of CCPs The European Commission must work collaboratively with the US to draw up a resolution framework for central clearing counterparties (CCPs), Jonathan Hill has urged.The commissioner for financial stability’s recommendation came days before the General Court of the European Union, part of the European Court of Justice, ruled that CCPs clearing euro-denominated trades did not need to be based in a country that was part of the single currency. Speaking at a conference in New York, Hill noted that an estimated $570trn (€509trn) in risk being cleared was “centralised in a handful of global CCPs”.“If one of these were to fail, the consequences could be devastating, and would be felt worldwide,” he said.last_img read more

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