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LibriVox | free public domain audiobooks Meet the Banking Caucus, Wall Street's secret weapon in Washington Rep. Scott of Georgia, at a February Financial Services hearing, urged regulators from five agencies to re-think the treatment of CLOs, saying the securities “provide large amounts of credit to small businesses.” “They are not toxic. They didn't cause the problem,” Scott continued, adding that small and regional community banks would be hurt. A senior official with one of the regulators, who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to speak on the topic, said that Scott’s remarks were taken almost word-for-word from a list of suggested questions written by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association and passed around to members of the committee. SIFMA — which represents huge investment firms such as Morgan Stanley and Fidelity and spent more than $5.2 million last year on lobbying — declined to comment. None of the other elected officials in this story responded to requests for interviews or comments. Issuance surged back. ‘You can get a letter done’

Justice Doesn’t Come Cheap. Can the ICC Afford It? The Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court (ICC) made public new findings on Tuesday with respect to alleged crimes committed in Nigeria. After receiving 59 complaints since 2005, the OTP has concluded that there are grounds to believe that Boko Haram, a militia group mainly active in northeastern Nigeria, has committed the crimes against humanity of murder and persecution. The OTP report said it had found that the group has, since July 2009, “launched a widespread and systematic attack that has resulted in the killing of more than 1,200 Christian and Muslims civilians in different locations throughout Nigeria.” This moves the OTP into the final stages of its decision whether to open a new investigation. The timeline for a final decision has not been announced. The ICC depends on voluntary cooperation from states in order to implement its mandate. States have consistently demanded that the ICC comply with a “zero growth” approach to its budget.

Livres échanges Par Laurence Legoupil Il y a trois ans encore, je n’accordais aucun intérêt aux séries télévisées, j’en étais restée à la niaiserie des séries que mon frère aîné regardait le week-end, telles Amicalement Vôtre ou Starsky et Hutch. Très peu pour moi! Je ne regarde plus la télévision depuis 20 ans, je préfère regarder des DVD ou aller au cinéma, et je ne pensais guère trouver de la créativité dans ce domaine-là, jusqu’à ce que j’entende parler par des amis d’une série semblait-il formidable: Les Soprano. J’ai acheté les DVD de la saison 1 en 2007, et nous avons découvert mon fils Laszlo (15 ans) et moi une vision contemporaine d’un monde où un parrain de la Mafia consulte une psychanalyste pour résoudre ses crises de panique! Nous avons regardé pendant un an, émerveillés, les six saisons (86 épisodes de 50 minutes) des Soprano. L’auteur nous montre que «la Mafia n’est pas le sujet, mais la fiction des Soprano (...) elle s’efface derrière le portrait des Italo-Américains (...) 1.

Open Access Publishing: Predatory Publishers | The LINGUIST List The LINGUIST List hosts over 10,000 books and almost 900 publishers from around the world. Linguistic Analyst and Publications Editor, Justin Petro, has been with the Publications team here at ILIT for three years, and is a pedestal of academic integrity for The LINGUIST List. On August 29th 2013, Justin gave a spirited talk about Open Access publishing models and some of the pitfalls and abuses the modern world has imposed on them. Modern academic culture is faced with the dilemma of an enduring need for information constrained by business models. Justin opens his presentation with the most sensible question – what is Open Access and why should we care? The premise of Open Access has two crucial components: Unrestricted accessUnrestricted use & reuse The Public Library of Science lists three specific benefits to Open Access: Open Access publication models currently have two different instantiations: Is it possible for a ‘free’ system to be free of abuse? Open Access_Predatory Publishers

The Biggest Price-Fixing Scandal Ever | Politics News Conspiracy theorists of the world, believers in the hidden hands of the Rothschilds and the Masons and the Illuminati, we skeptics owe you an apology. You were right. The players may be a little different, but your basic premise is correct: The world is a rigged game. We found this out in recent months, when a series of related corruption stories spilled out of the financial sector, suggesting the world's largest banks may be fixing the prices of, well, just about everything. You may have heard of the Libor scandal, in which at least three – and perhaps as many as 16 – of the name-brand too-big-to-fail banks have been manipulating global interest rates, in the process messing around with the prices of upward of $500 trillion (that's trillion, with a "t") worth of financial instruments. That was bad enough, but now Libor may have a twin brother. The Scam Wall Street Learned From the Mafia Why? The bad news didn't stop with swaps and interest rates. "You name it," says Frenk.

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Access to water and sanitation is a fundamental human right and essential to life, health and dignity. Timely and adequate provision of clean water and sanitation services to uprooted people is particularly important, given the vulnerability of their situation. The UN believes that all refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced people and returnees should have access to adequate drinking water whether they stay in camps or in urban areas [ECOSOC, 2002]. The provision of adequate sanitation services is equally important. Proper disposal of all waste as well as control of the carriers of communicable diseases, including mosquitoes, rats, mice and flies, is crucial to mitigate health risks and prevent epidemics. But the optimum benefit from water and sanitation interventions can only be achieved if communities and individuals are made aware of the links between hygiene practices, poor sanitation, polluted water sources and disease.

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