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Jun 23, 2014

YouTube | Al Jazeera English has uploaded Victims of a political show trial? -June 23, 2014.

I Join The worldwide indignation and I demand the immediate release of prisoners of conscience in Egypt for violating the right to express freely and without any intimidation

     Fernando Guzmán Cavero

Al Jazeera English has uploaded Victims of a political show trial?

Victims of a political show trial?
Al Jazeera English

Al Jazeera English said the verdict against its journalists defies logic. Hazem Sika speaks to guests: Padraig Reidy, columnist for Index on Censorship; Vaughan Smith, founder of Frontline Club and former war correspondent; and Mohamed Lotfi, executive director of the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms. He monitored the trial of Al Jazeera staff on behalf of Amnesty International.

YouTube | VOAvideo has uploaded Scientists Looking at Coldest Objects in Universe.

VOAvideo has uploaded Scientists Looking at Coldest Objects in Universe

Scientists Looking at Coldest Objects in Universe
Astronomers have a new powerful tool for looking deep into space while trying to better understand the origins of the universe. It is a new telescope that will look for signals coming from the coldest objects in deep space. The telescope is called Atacama Large Millimeter/sub-millimeter Array or "ALMA. As VOA's George Putic reports, the last of its 66 dish antennas has been moved to its site in Chile's high desert

FDIC | Depositary Institutions Reports - June 23, 2014: Proposed Regulatory Capital Reporting Changes.

TO:CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Chief Financial Officer)
SUBJECT:Proposed Regulatory Capital Reporting Changes
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Federal Reserve Board (Board), and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) (collectively, the agencies), under the auspices of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC), are requesting comment on proposed revisions to the risk-weighted assets portion of Schedule RC-R, Regulatory Capital, in the Consolidated Reports of Condition and Income (Call Report). As the FFIEC has previously advised, the agencies are proposing to replace existing Part II, Risk-Weighted Assets, of Schedule RC-R with a revised version of Part II that would incorporate the standardized approach for calculating risk-weighted assets under the revised regulatory capital rules approved by the agencies in July 2013 (see FIL-41-2013, dated September 24, 2013, and FIL-3-2014, dated January 22, 2014). The agencies also are proposing to revise the reporting of securities borrowed in Call Report Schedule RC-L, Derivatives and Off-Balance Sheet Items. These proposed changes would take effect as of the March 31, 2015, report date.
The proposed Call Report changes, which are described in the attached Federal Register notice, are consistent with the agencies' revised regulatory capital rules. A summary of the proposed changes to Schedule RC-R, Part II, and Schedule RC-L also is attached to this Financial Institution Letter. In addition, drafts of the proposed reporting form for revised Part II of Schedule RC-R, the limited revision to Schedule RC-L, and the related instructions will be available on the FFIEC's Web site ( on June 24, 2014. The FFIEC and the agencies encourage you to review the proposal and comment on those aspects of interest to you. You may send comments to any or all of the agencies by the methods identified in the Federal Register notice. Comments must be submitted by August 22, 2014. The FFIEC and the agencies will review and evaluate all comments as they finalize the proposed changes to the Call Report.
To assist you in understanding the proposed revisions to Schedule RC-R, Part II, and Schedule RC-L, the agencies will be holding a teleconference for depository institutions that file the Call Report on Friday, June 27, 2014, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). The agencies will describe the proposed reporting changes and respond to questions requesting clarification about the proposed changes. Depository institution officers and employees wishing to participate in the teleconference should dial 888 455-0408 and enter passcode 2453966 #. Participants are asked to join the presentation 30 minutes before the 2:00 p.m. EDT starting time. Presentation materials for the teleconference will be available on the FFIEC's Web site ( on June 26, 2014. Participants also are encouraged to have copies of the drafts of the proposed revised reporting forms and the related instructions available for reference during the teleconference.
The agencies have issued an interagency Community Bank Guide to the revised regulatory capital rules ( to help such institutions understand the sections of these rules most relevant to their operations. Additional resources for community institutions on the revised rules are available on the FDIC's Web site at and on the OCC's Web site at The Federal Reserve System publishes additional information for community banking organizations through itsCommunity Banking Connections Web site at ,, and the Board maintains additional resources related to the revised regulatory capital rules on its Web site at
In addition, institutions are reminded that a revised version of the regulatory capital components and ratios portion of Schedule RC-R is currently being phased in (see FIL-14-2014, dated April 7, 2014). Advanced approaches institutions began to complete this revised portion of Schedule RC-R — designated Part I.B, Regulatory Capital Components and Ratios — in March 2014. All other institutions will continue to complete the previously existing version of the regulatory capital components and ratios portion of Schedule RC-R — now designated Part I.A of the schedule — through December 2014. As of the March 31, 2015, report date, Part I.A will be removed from Schedule RC-R; Part I.B will be relabeled Part I, Regulatory Capital Components and Ratios; and all institutions will complete Part I of Schedule RC-R. Part I of Schedule RC-R is aligned with the revised regulatory capital rules and provides a more detailed breakdown of the components of regulatory capital, including deductions and adjustments, than the version of the regulatory capital components and ratios portion of Schedule RC-R currently designated Part I.A..
Please forward this letter to the persons responsible for calculating regulatory capital and preparing the Call Report at your institution. For further information about the proposed revisions to Call Report Schedules RC-R and RC-L, state member banks should contact their Federal Reserve District Bank; national banks and federal savings associations should contact the OCC's Office of the Chief Accountant in Washington, D.C., by e mail at; and FDIC-supervised banks and savings associations should contact the FDIC's Data Collection and Analysis Section in Washington, D.C., by telephone at (800) 688-FDIC (3342) or by e mail

Judith E. Dupré
Executive Secretary
Attachments: Summary of Proposed Changes to Call Report Schedule RC-R, Part II, and Schedule RC-L 
Federal Register Notice - PDF (PDF Help)
Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings) and Savings Associations, National Banks and Federal Savings Associations, and State Member Institutions

Complete Financial Institution Letter: 

FTC | Scam Alerts - June 23, 2014: The latest scam targeting Spanish-speaking consumers.

Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information

by Cristina Miranda
Consumer Education Specialist, FTC

You know those commercials you see on national TV selling everything from clothing to electronics, even weight-loss products? It’s tempting to call the number on the screen, many of us do. When you place an order, you trust that the company you call will send quality products. But the latest scam targeting Spanish-speaking consumers shows that isn’t always what happens.
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BIV | Asia Pacific - June 23, 2014: Co-operation accord underscores China’s global gold market ambitions.

Mining and Energy

Co-operation accord underscores China’s global gold market ambitions

China took an important step June 18 toward playing a larger role in global gold markets that could lead to more investment in ... READ MORE

China’s biggest gold mining company sets up operations in Vancouver

China's largest gold mining company, China National Gold, is officially setting up shop in junior mining hub Vancouver as part of ... READ MORE

Human Resources


Employers, unions not satisfied with temporary foreign worker changes

The federal government introduced sweeping new changes to Canada’s controversial temporary foreign worker program June 20 — but the overhaul has ... READ MORE

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China: Trade corridor stirs debate

Thailand: Investors like economic plan

Myanmar: Rice exports hit plateau

Indonesia: Crisis looms, educators warn

Japan: Immigration hurdle lowered

DealBook P.M. Edition June 23, 2014: White Collar Watch: House Resists S.E.C.'s Insider Trading Inquiry.

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MONDAY, JUNE 23, 2014
Congress adopted the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act in April 2012.
White Collar Watch: House Resists S.E.C.'s Insider Trading Inquiry Despite a law that makes members of Congress and their staff subject to insider trading laws, the House has shown little willingness to cooperate in an S.E.C. investigation, Peter J. Henning writes in the White Collar Watch column.
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France's economy minister, Arnaud Montebourg, said he intervened in G.E.'s bid to protect French interests.
In G.E.'s Deal for Alstom, French Interventionism Wins Out After much posturing, the French government and G.E. are both declaring victory.
Stock prices are displayed at a securities firm in Tokyo.
In Japan, Hundreds of Shareholder Meetings on Same Day This year, more than one in three companies will hold their meetings on Friday. Experts say the practice underscores Japanese companies' dismissive attitude toward shareholders.
On Friday, Valeant offered about $53 billion for Allergan, which makes Botox.
Botox Maker Allergan and Valeant, in Takeover Battle, Trade Competing Claims Allergan told its shareholders on Monday not to hand over any stock to Valeant Pharmaceuticals, while Valeant said Allergan's rejection of its offer was based on assumptions "not supported by the facts."
Shire Makes Its Case Against a Deal With AbbVie The Irish drug maker Shire said that as an independent company it could more than double its revenue in the next seven years, adding that it expected double-digit sales growth each year from its current portfolio of drugs.
Hedge Fund and ValueVision Shopping Network Settle Differences The Clinton Group has been arguing that ValueVision Media was in need of a makeover, and on Monday it won: ValueVision announced a new chief executive officer and board of directors.
Mark Hurd, an Oracle president, said the deal for Micros Systems will offer
Oracle to Buy Micros Systems for $5.3 Billion The deal for Micros Systems, a maker of software for restaurants and hospitality providers, is Oracle's biggest since the takeover of Sun Microsystems five years ago.
Larry Ellison, Oracle's chief executive.
Reuters Breakingviews: Oracle's Deal Won't Do Much for Its Cloud Computing Efforts Micros still gets the vast majority of its revenue from sales of less sexy hardware and services, making the deal is more of an add-on for Oracle rather than a supercharged foray into cloud computing, writes Kevin Allison of Reuters Breakingviews.
Falcone's Harbinger Group Offers to Buy Central Garden and Pet The Harbinger Group, which took a stake in the Central Garden and Pet Company this month, also says that as an alternative it would buy the pet business for $750 million.
Wisconsin Energy to Buy Integrys for $5.7 Billion The deal uniting two big Midwestern utilities, the Wisconsin Energy Corporation and the Integrys Energy Group, is the latest combination involving utility companies.
Sequoia and Greylock Lead $40 Million Round for Skyhigh Networks Skyhigh Networks, which makes security software for cloud computing, plans to use the money to increase its existing offerings, hire more employees and develop new products.
Santander to Buy G.E.'s Nordic Banking Business The deal to acquire GE Capital's Scandinavian consumer finance business for about $952 million is part of the Spanish lender's plan to grow in Sweden, Denmark and Norway.
British Roadside Assistance Company AA Raises $2.36 Billion in I.P.O. The offering represents the final dismantling of Acromas, which was created in 2007 by the merger of the AA and Saga, a seller of travel and insurance packages targeting the over-50 crowd. The AA's shares fell 4 percent after the offering.
Supreme Court Erects Obstacle to Class Actions for Securities Fraud The Supreme Court made it harder on Monday for investors to band together to pursue claims that they were misled when they bought or sold securities, reports Adam Liptak of The New York Times.
Antitrust Hearing Is Set for AT&T and DirecTV You can't tell the players without a scorecard, especially if you are a Congressman monitoring telecommunications mergers. On Tuesday, executives from AT&T, including its chief, Randall Stephenson, and DirecTV will try to justify to the House Judiciary Committee why their proposed $48.5 billion deal should pass antitrust muster. The companies will argue that AT&T, which has broadband service but little video programming, needs the satellite television offerings of DirecTV, which does not sell broadband service.
First Quarter Was Weak, and May End Up Even Weaker On Wednesday, the Commerce Department will release its third and final estimate of the rate of economic growth in the first quarter. Economic activity was hard-hit by cold weather and a weaker trade balance, but new data about demand for services like health care is expected to prompt government statisticians to revise their estimate of the pace of growth downward to negative 1.7 percent from negative 1 percent late last month. Some observers think a 2 percent contraction is possible. The annualized growth rate is expected to rebound to more than 3 percent in the current quarter and remain in that range for the second half of 2014.
Marshals to Auction Bitcoins After Silk Road Closure The United States Marshals Service will hold its first Bitcoin auction on Friday. The government seized the 30,000 Bitcoins after it closed down Silk Road, an online marketplace accused of fueling drug deals and other crimes. The auction will be largely secret - at least in theory. Registered bidders and winning bids won't be made public, although last Thursday the marshals service accidentally leaked a list of people who had inquired about the auction.
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WSJ | Most Actives Closing June 23, 2014:

Most Actives Closing
Most Active Stocks by Volume
4:47 pm ET 06/23/2014
Bank of America (BAC)57,632,686$15.640.191.23
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)49,521,6014.01-0.09-2.20
General Electric (GE)31,067,16326.68-0.29-1.08
Pfizer (PFE)24,828,70829.45-0.33-1.11
Rite Aid (RAD)24,344,9467.08-0.06-0.84
Ford Motor (F)22,723,09316.880.211.26
Twitter (TWTR)21,987,80439.520.280.71
Citigroup (C)18,266,45848.060.721.52
Vale ADS (VALE)17,819,73313.160.302.33
Oracle (ORCL)16,828,35241.100.280.69
Coach Inc. (COH)16,802,15934.02-0.71-2.04
Regions Financial (RF)16,790,81110.71-0.06-0.56
J.C. Penney (JCP)15,447,6258.69-0.31-3.44
AT&T (T)14,376,40235.390.000.00
JPMorgan Chase (JPM)13,469,59658.190.641.11
Freeport-McMoRan Copper&Gold (FCX)13,367,88336.041.183.38
Delta Air Lines (DAL)13,247,17639.07-0.50-1.26
Wells Fargo (WFC)12,947,12052.980.090.17
Coca-Cola (KO)12,858,72341.730.040.10
EMC (EMC)11,830,14726.380.040.15
Verizon Communications (VZ)11,775,29649.730.340.69
SunEdison (SUNE)11,309,65822.21-0.17-0.76
Chevron (CVX)10,932,722132.980.640.48
General Motors (GM)10,448,50836.670.451.24
Petroleo Brasileiro ADS (PBR)10,175,63015.63-0.13-0.82
Micron Technology (MU)44,383,037$31.26-0.59-1.85
Apple (AAPL)43,256,31490.83-0.08-0.09
BlackBerry (BBRY)37,357,43810.120.313.16
Facebook Cl A (FB)34,315,01665.370.871.35
Sirius XM Holdings (SIRI)27,107,5923.420.031.03
Intel (INTC)26,347,18930.230.030.10
Yahoo! (YHOO)26,125,00233.64-0.41-1.20
Micros Systems (MCRS)24,520,79667.982.213.36
Corinthian Colleges (COCO)23,850,8090.400.0618.92
Groupon (GRPN)20,602,2796.490.345.53
Applied Materials (AMAT)19,907,25022.900.150.66
Cisco Systems (CSCO)18,614,67624.70-0.13-0.52
Microsoft (MSFT)18,519,09341.990.310.74
American Airlines Group (AAL)18,431,73344.36-0.19-0.43
PowerShares QQQ Trust Series 1 (QQQ)17,705,57992.790.020.02
PLX Technology (PLXT)15,796,9276.480.549.09
Zynga (ZNGA)14,292,3643.120.082.63
American Realty Capital Properties (ARCP)14,158,83612.55-0.04-0.32
Hercules Offshore (HERO)12,446,6664.05-0.31-7.11
NVIDIA (NVDA)10,318,90718.71-0.22-1.16
Ericsson (ERIC)10,081,43612.490.181.46
21st Century Fox Cl A (FOXA)9,413,01134.34-0.20-0.58
eBay (EBAY)9,250,15449.390.050.10
Achillion Pharmaceuticals (ACHN)9,226,8287.77-0.36-4.43
MannKind (MNKD)8,870,13510.730.383.67
SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY)54,018,310$195.88-0.06-0.03
Market Vectors ETF Trust Market Vectors Gold Miners (GDX)27,495,63526.270.451.74
iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM)26,509,60243.47-0.09-0.21
Barclays Bank iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN (VXX)22,346,40428.83-0.73-2.47
iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM)19,362,412118.02-0.23-0.19
Select Sector SPDR-Financial (XLF)18,574,88922.880.050.22
iShares MSCI Japan ETF (EWJ)16,833,59612.09-0.10-0.82
iShares China Large-Cap ETF (FXI)14,925,77837.36-0.47-1.24
Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (VWO)13,088,02443.41-0.20-0.46
VelocityShares 3x Inverse Natural Gas ETN linked to the S&P GSCI Natural Gas Index Excess Return (DGAZ)12,893,8343.060.217.37
iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (EWZ)11,802,81649.50-0.06-0.12
Direxion Daily Small Cap Bear 3x Shares (TZA)10,714,60514.300.100.70
iShares MSCI EAFE ETF (EFA)9,515,81670.36-0.19-0.27
Select Sector SPDR-Utilities (XLU)9,321,01143.32-0.15-0.35
Select Sector SPDR-Energy (XLE)7,816,664101.290.360.36
iShares Silver Trust (SLV)7,635,23220.050.020.10
iShares U.S. Real Estate ETF (IYR)7,341,36672.07-0.17-0.24
ProShares Ultra VIX Short-Term Futures ETF (UVXY)6,938,07427.18-1.45-5.06
Market Vectors Junior Gold Minets ETF (GDXJ)6,163,11541.990.751.82
Direxion Daily Small Cap Bull 3x Shares (TNA)5,997,71779.75-0.50-0.62
iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT)5,517,249111.45-0.35-0.31
Select Sector SPDR-Industrial (XLI)5,136,98754.70-0.32-0.58
SPDR Gold Trust (GLD)5,077,375126.850.350.28
Vanguard REIT ETF (VNQ)4,775,16075.31-0.31-0.41
Market Vectors Russia ETF Trust SBI (RSX)4,486,13726.660.190.72
Bank of America (BAC)57,591,286$15.640.191.23
SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY)54,018,310195.88-0.06-0.03
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)49,521,6014.01-0.09-2.20
Micron Technology (MU)44,380,73731.26-0.59-1.85
Apple (AAPL)43,161,78790.83-0.08-0.09
Parkervision (PRKR)39,072,8991.85-3.16-63.07
BlackBerry (BBRY)37,357,43810.120.313.16
Facebook Cl A (FB)34,308,61665.370.871.35
General Electric (GE)31,026,56326.68-0.29-1.08
Market Vectors ETF Trust Market Vectors Gold Miners (GDX)27,495,63526.270.451.74
Sirius XM Holdings (SIRI)27,094,3923.420.031.03
iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM)26,509,60243.47-0.09-0.21
Intel (INTC)26,345,78930.230.030.10
Yahoo! (YHOO)26,121,60233.64-0.41-1.20
Pfizer (PFE)24,761,10829.45-0.33-1.11
Micros Systems (MCRS)24,520,79667.982.213.36
Rite Aid (RAD)24,344,9467.08-0.06-0.84
Corinthian Colleges (COCO)23,850,8090.400.0618.92
Ford Motor (F)22,707,89316.880.211.26
Barclays Bank iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN (VXX)22,346,40428.83-0.73-2.47
Twitter (TWTR)21,911,10439.520.280.71
Groupon (GRPN)20,602,2796.490.345.53
Applied Materials (AMAT)19,907,25022.900.150.66
iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM)19,362,412118.02-0.23-0.19
Cisco Systems (CSCO)18,595,87624.70-0.13-0.52
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