CME to focus on clearing as hits its target

first_img CME to focus on clearing as hits its target CME Group, the world’s biggest futures exchange operator, reported profit in line with Wall Street’s expectations, and pegged future growth to global expansion and its derivatives clearing business.The operator of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Chicago Board of Trade and New York Mercantile Exchange benefited from a surge in Treasury futures and energy contracts trading.But trading in contracts tied to short-term interest rates, which generates 12 per cent of fee revenue, may slow as the Federal Reserve Bank keeps overnight borrowing costs near zero.Chief executive Craig Donohue is moving to counter such headwinds by offering clearing for the $615 trillion derivatives market, which regulators globally are forcing into clearinghouses, seen as safer than the current off-exchange system.Donohue is also targeting global expansion, and will not be repeating the string of acquisitions that characterized his earlier tenure at the CME.“I don’t think you will see us taking on large transactions to further expand our business when we’ve got those kinds of organic growth opportunities,” he said. Donohue added CBOT and Nymex to the company’s roster in 2007 and 2008.CME’s third-quarter revenue rose 13 per cent to $733m, as trading increased 14 per cent. Net income rose 21 per cent to $244m, or $3.66 per share, in line with the average forecast. Share KCS-content Show Comments ▼ whatsappcenter_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity Timesmoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCutethedelite.comNetflix Cancellations And Renewals: The Full List For 2021thedelite.comReporter CenterBrenda Lee: What Is She Doing Now At 76 Years of Age?Reporter CenterGloriousaCouple Wins Lottery, 5 Years Later, Their House Had To Be DemolishedGloriousa Thursday 28 October 2010 8:15 pm More From Our Partners Kamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org whatsapp Tags: NULLlast_img read more

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Euro rises on inflation concerns

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Unilever Ghana Limited (UNIL.gh) 2009 Abridged Report

first_imgUnilever Ghana Limited (UNIL.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2009 abridged results.For more information about Unilever Ghana Limited (UNIL.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Unilever Ghana Limited (UNIL.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Unilever Ghana Limited (UNIL.gh)  2009 abridged results.Company ProfileUnilever Ghana Limited manufactures and markets fast-moving consumer goods which includes food, home and personal care products. Its food range includes margarine, spreads, beverages, soups, bouillons, sauces, snacks, mayonnaise, salad dressing and olive oil and ice-cream and frozen foods. Beverages include tea, weight management products and nutritionally-enhanced staples. Its home care range includes laundry and household care products. Its personal care range includes skin cleansing, skin care, oral care and deodorant products. The company provides products for professional chefs and caterers through its global division, Unilever Foodsolutions. Unilever Ghana Limited also has interests in investment management and real estate development in Ghana. The company is a subsidiary of Unilever PLC and its head office is in Tema, Ghana. Unilever Ghana Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Umeme Limited (UMEME.ug) 2010 Annual Report

first_imgUmeme Limited (UMEME.ug) listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2010 annual report.For more information about Umeme Limited (UMEME.ug) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Umeme Limited (UMEME.ug) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Umeme Limited (UMEME.ug)  2010 annual report.Company ProfileUmeme Limited supplies and distributes electricity in Uganda. It is the main electricity distribution company in the region; operating and maintaining a distribution network of some 31 790 kilometres of medium and low voltage electricity lines as well as providing after-sales services to its customers. Umeme Limited supplies electricity for domestic, commercial, industrial and public works usage, and is responsible for the purchase of electricity for Independent Power Producers. Umeme Limited is a subsidiary of Umeme Holdings; which is a subsidiary of Actis Infrastructure 2LP. Umeme Limited took over the supply and distribution of electricity in Uganda from UEDCL under a 20-year concession period. Umeme Limited is listed on the Uganda Securities Exchangelast_img read more

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Canada: Fresh ideas for church structure, finances elude church council

first_img [Anglican Journal] Emerging from daylong discussions on May 25 about the future of the Anglican Church of Canada, members of the Council of General Synod (CoGS) appeared to lack ideas about what the next steps should be.In fact, members expressed feeling “overwhelmed” by the question of how to renew church structures.Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, said that instead of hearing new ideas, he heard a lot of familiar ones following reports coming out of small group discussion. Further, he said he wasn’t convinced that members were grasping the urgency of our situation.“We need to address [the issue] of finances and structure…I felt at times we were going up to it and then we stepped back,” said Hiltz. “Things must change if we’re going to go ahead in the spirit of the Marks of Mission.”Members had been divided into small, more intimate type of dialogue known as “World Café” as part of the Council’s goal to “consider clear directions and a plan for the efficient utilization of financial, staff and structural resources in the achievement of the priorities and practices set aside in Vision 2019.”Hiltz acknowledged that the intent was merely “to open the conversation and identify the challenges we face.” More focused conversations and courses of action are expected in meetings leading up to the 2013 Joint Lutheran-Anglican National Assembly.Members were asked to consider the following questions:How might God be using the current financial situation of General Synod to tell us about our future in carrying out Vision 2019?What might the Holy Spirit be telling us about ourselves as we grapple with the complexities of our current governance and structural challenges?How might Jesus be leading us on a journey of spiritual renewal through the presence of indigenous peoples among us, and their witness in the Mississauga Declaration.Some themes emerged. In conversations about finance, members prescribed that General Synod, the church’s governing body, “clearly and proactively articulate its unique mission and ministry” to Anglicans across Canada. Stewardship education is “essential” in helping improve the church’s financial stability, they said. Some members expressed a desire to “reframe current discussions” around finances, emphasizing that Anglicans must move from “a taxpayer to citizen mentality.” The church is not the national office in Toronto but “all local ministry in Canada,” and it is “a community not a bureaucracy,” they said.On the issue of governance, members said they “felt overwhelmed” because of the “complexity” of the structures.  Some said there is no mechanism to evaluate what’s in place, while others said future structures need to be “nimble and flexible.” There are structures that are “working well,” but members also recognize that in some places, they need to be overhauled due to financial constraints. Significant changes that are taking place in some parts of the church have been largely inspired and ushered in by indigenous ministries, others noted.Members said they have learned a lot about spirituality and renewal through General Synod’s partnership with the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples (ACIP).  Others said that lack of knowledge about the partnership has impeded growth in the relationship. Some “resisted grouping all non-indigenous people together,” the report added.Council members had an opportunity to speak further when they formed a sacred circle after the reports were heard. A number noted that there was more “openness” in the life of the church.Archbishop Colin Johnson observed that Council wrestled with issues “in a way that moved from blame and despair into much more engaged, if not hopeful and forward-looking” mode. Johnson, who is diocesan bishop of Toronto and metropolitan of the ecclesiastical province of Ontario, said he came away from the discussions “far less dispirited and much more energized about the opportunities God has given us.” The church “is not any more broken than it ever was,” he added.Ron Chaplin (Diocese of Ottawa) said it was “more than fortuitous” that CoGS was discussing the church’s future on the eve of Pentecost. “We are approaching the cusp of profound change. What that looks like is not clear,” said Chaplin. But he reminded CoGS to be hopeful, citing that Jesus himself had said, “the wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit (John 3:8).”Martha Gardner, Episcopal Church partner to CoGs, challenged Council members to think in terms of “God’s mission and God’s church” and not “our church.” She said the question is, “How can we get out of ourselves and get a sense of where we need to go, where God is leading us?”— Marites N. Sison is staff writer for the Anglican Journal. 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No known motive in photographer’s murder in Cúcuta

first_img RSF_en December 21, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 No known motive in photographer’s murder in Cúcuta ColombiaAmericas Reporters Without Borders is deeply shocked by the fatal shooting of Rafael Bruno, 76, a photographer with the regional daily La Opinión, on 19 December in the northeastern city of Cúcuta. The organisation extends its condolences to the victim’s colleagues.“We join La Opinión’s staff in mourning Bruno, who had no wife or children,” the press freedom organisation said. “The department of Norte de Santander, where he lived and worked, has many paramilitaries and drug traffickers but the kind of work Bruno did was not likely to have made him a target. We hope the investigation will identify the motive. But first the murderer or murderers must be found.”Bruno’s body was found in his Cúcuta home after neighbours called the police. A revolver was found beside the body, suggesting it might have been suicide. But the police also found five spent shells and yesterday’s autopsy established from the trajectory of the shot to the head that killed him that it could not have been suicide.No theories have yet been developed about the motive. His colleagues at La Opinión say he had not received any threats. He usually covered stories that were not at all sensitive, such as beauty competitions. The most recent sensitive subject he had covered was the demobilisation of the Bloc Catatumbo – a wing of the paramilitary alliance known as the United Self-Defence Groups of Colombia (AUC) – in Tibú at the end of 2004. The newspaper has not received any serious threats in recent months.Bruno was also the owner of a brickyard and an ice plant. He was a member of both the Cúcuta Association of Journalists and the Colombian Association of Small-Scale Industrialists (Acopi). His only relatives are a sister and a nephew living in Venezuela. His funeral took place today in Cúcuta. April 27, 2021 Find out more ColombiaAmericas Follow the news on Colombia May 13, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News to go furthercenter_img RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Reports News 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia Organisation Help by sharing this information News October 21, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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China – Newspaper president’s release after four years hailed

first_imgNews to go further Receive email alerts China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures Reporters Without Borders welcomes the release today of Yu Huafeng, the former president of the liberal Guangzhou-based newspaper Nanfang Dushi Bao, after his sentence was reduced for the third time. He ended up serving four years of what originally was a 12-year sentence on corruption charges. RSF_en Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes March 12, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News ChinaAsia – Pacific Follow the news on China February 8, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 China – Newspaper president’s release after four years hailed Organisation China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison June 2, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific April 27, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders welcomes the release today of Yu Huafeng, the former president of the liberal Guangzhou-based newspaper Nanfang Dushi Bao, after his sentence was reduced for the third time. He ended up serving four years of what originally was a 12-year sentence on corruption charges. When the sentence was reduced to eight years on appeal in May 2004, Yu said: “You can manipulate the law but not history.” “Yu’s release, obtained thank to the efforts of thousands of Chinese journalists, comes just two days after the release of Ching Cheong and clearly shows that campaigns of support for imprisoned journalists and cyber-dissidents can be successful,” Reporters Without Borders said. The campaigning for the release of other prisoners of conscience, including Hu Jia, must be stepped up before the Olympic Games.” Reporters Without Borders pays tribute to Yu, who headed one of China’s most independent and innovative dailies. He was the victim of a conspiracy by officials in Guangdong province who wanted to punish the newspaper for its outspoken reports, including its exposure of the death of a student in a police station. Yu’s wife, Xiang Li, told Reporters Without Borders that he left Panyu prison, near Guangzhou, at 8 a.m. today and is already at home getting ready to celebrate the Lunar New Year with his family. She said she was very happy and thanked all those in China and abroad who had supported Yu. Yu and the newspaper’s managing editor, Li Minying, were arrested in January 2004 and were sentenced to 12 and 11 years in prison respectively for alleged corruption. The newspaper’s editor, Cheng Yizhong, was also detained in 2004 in the same case, without ever being brought to trial. The sentences of Yu and Li were reduced to eight and six years respectively on appeal. Another year was taken off Yu’s sentence in February 2007, a few days after Li was released. More than 2,300 Chinese journalists signed a petition for the release of Yu and Li in 2005, pointing out that all they did was award some employees bonuses linked to an increase in the newspaper’s earnings from advertising. News Newslast_img read more

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Mc Conalogue calls for immediate action on Child Deaths in State Care report

first_img Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Pinterest Twitter Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Previous articleIndependent Councillors to decide Donegal’s next MayorNext articleConstituency Commission: Donegal constituencies merge into single 5 seater News Highland Donegal North East Deputy Charlie Mc Conalogue says the government must quickly implement the findings of the report from the independent review group on the deaths of children in State care.Deputy Mc Conalogue, the Fianna Fail Spokesperson on Children says it’s imperative that resources and proper management structures be put in place to ensure that children are not allowed slip through the net as happened on a number of occasions over the past 10 years.196 children in state care died between 2000 and 2010, a situation which Deputy Mc Conalogue says cannot be allowed happen again………….[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/ccmcc1pm.mp3[/podcast] Google+ Facebook Newsx Adverts Google+center_img By News Highland – June 21, 2012 WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North WhatsApp 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Mc Conalogue calls for immediate action on Child Deaths in State Care report RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Pinterestlast_img read more

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Breaking: Centre Moves Supreme Court Against Delhi HC’s Show Cause Notice On It’s Failure Of Oxygen Supply To Delhi, CJI Directs To Place Before Chandrachud.J’s Bench

first_imgTop StoriesBreaking: Centre Moves Supreme Court Against Delhi HC’s Show Cause Notice On It’s Failure Of Oxygen Supply To Delhi, CJI Directs To Place Before Chandrachud.J’s Bench Mehal Jain4 May 2021 11:15 PMShare This – xCentral Government has moved Supreme Court against Delhi High Court Order to show cause why contempt action should not be taken against Centre for non-compliance of its order of May 1 and Supreme Court order regarding supply of Oxygen to Delhi Government.SG Tushar Mehta mentioned before the Supreme Court on Thursday the Centre’s plea arising out of a Delhi High Court order of yesterday regarding contempt action against its officials over oxygen supply to the national capital.It may be noted that the Delhi High Court on Tuesday pulled up the Centre for its failure to meet the assurance with regard to the supply of 700MT per day liquid medical oxygen to the Delhi Government in line with the directions passed by the Supreme Court.A division bench comprising Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli has directed the presence of Central Government officers Sumita Dawra and Piyush Goyal, who are handling oxygen allocation to states, tomorrow, to explain the failure to comply with the High Court and Supreme Court’s order to supply the required oxygen to the Delhi Government to treat critical COVID patients.Mentioning the matter before the bench of CJ N. V. Ramana and Justice Surya Kant, the SG advanced, “I have mentioned the matter before the Listing Registrar. There is some urgency. It needs to be heard today. An order has been passed by the Delhi High court yesterday regarding the oxygen issue. The High Court, relying on Your Lordships’ directions, has asked the government officials to be present in person in contempt””What can we do?”, asked the bench.”This issue needs your attention. Please look into it. It is a pan-India issue”, urged the SG.”I don’t hear his matter, that is why I have given it to Justice Chandrachud’s bench”, said the CJI.”It may go anywhere. But let it be heard today, please”, prayed the SG.The CJI then directed that the matter be placed before a bench headed by Justice D. Y. Chandrachud and be listed as per his convenience.The Supreme Court, in an order passed on April 30, had directed the Central Government to rectify the oxygen deficit of NCT of Delhi on or before the midnight of May 3. The direction was passed based on an assurance of the Solicitor General that the oxygen needs of Delhi will be met. The Supreme Court bench comprised Justices Chandrachud, L. Nageswara Rao and Ravindra Bhat.Tags#Supreme Court #Delhi High Court #Contempt #Show cause notice #Oxygen Supply Next Storylast_img read more

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Judge rejects request to move trial of only officer charged in Breonna Taylor killing

first_imgShelby County Detention CenterBy BILL HUTCHINSON, ABC News(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — A judge has rejected the request by a fired police officer facing charges related to the killing of Breonna Taylor to change the venue of his trial after his attorney argued that the jury pool in Jefferson County, Kentucky, has been tainted by an “avalanche” of negative publicity.Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Ann Bailey Smith ruled that moving Brett Hankison’s trial at this point is premature, but cautioned that she remains open to granting the request if it becomes apparent that an impartial jury can’t be seated in Louisville.An attorney for Hankison said it would be nearly impossible for the former Louisville Metro Police Department officer to get a fair trial in Jefferson County, where Oprah Winfrey has paid for numerous billboards to be erected calling for Hankison and two other white officers to be indicted for the shooting of the 26-year-old Black woman in her own home.During Thursday’s hearing, defense attorney Stewart Matthews told Smith that because Hankison is the only officer facing criminal prosecution as a result of Taylor’s death, he is a “convenient target” for people who want revenge, according to the Louisville Courier Journal.Jim Lesousky, a prosecutor with the state attorney general’s office, asked Smith to deny the request. He noted a jury was successfully seated on Tuesday in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd, a case that generated just as much, if not, more protests and pretrial publicity.Hankison was indicted in September on three felony counts of wanton endangerment for firing errant shots that penetrated a wall in Taylor’s apartment and entered a neighboring residence occupied by three people. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is scheduled to go on trial in August.Matthews argued that the pretrial publicity, protests and statements by nationally known celebrities portraying Hankison as a “murderer” have snowballed to the point that an unbiased jury can’t be found in Jefferson County, which, according to U.S. Census data, is the most diverse county in Kentucky.The billboards put up around Louisville to encourage residents to “demand that the police involved in killing Breonna Taylor be arrested and charged,” quoting Winfrey as saying, “If you turn a blind eye to racism, you become an accomplice to it.”Matthews also argued that the public disclosure of Hankison’s termination letter from the police department — in which former police Chief Robert Schroeder said Hankison used deadly force by “wantonly and blindly” firing 10 shots into Taylor’s apartment — “most certainly lends an unfair and unsubstantiated air of credibility to the charges” against his client.Taylor, an emergency medical technician, was shot to death in her apartment on March 13, 2020, when Louisville police served a warrant in connection to a drug investigation targeting Taylor’s ex-boyfriend. Police said that although they had obtained a “no-knock” warrant, they knocked and announced themselves before ramming open the front door.Taylor’s new boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, claimed the officers neither knocked nor announced themselves, prompting him to fire a single shot at them as they came through the door, hitting Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly in the leg.Police responded by firing a total of 32 shots, authorities said.Mattingly and former officer Myles Cosgrove fired a combined 22 shots, six of which hit Taylor. Hankison was standing outside the apartment and fired 10 shots through a sliding glass patio door, missing Taylor.State Attorney General Daniel Cameron justified the use of deadly force because Walker fired the first shot. Cameron said his office did not present evidence to the grand jury supporting any homicide charges against the officers.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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