3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Senate Banking Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., said last week that measures providing regulatory relief to smaller financial institutions – including NAFCU-backed provisions for credit unions – could move forward in Congress before year-end.“We are treating all the banks the same and putting them all in the same straight jacket,” said Shelby, in a speech at the Birmingham Kiwanis Club last week reported by the Birmingham Business Journal. “I want to try to give relief to the small and midsized banks because they didn’t cause the problem, but they’re paying the same price.” He said the next couple of weeks will be key in negotiations with Democrats in an effort to get a package that is “substantive” and “politically doable.”In May, the committee reported out Shelby-authored S. 1484, the “Financial Regulatory Improvement Act,” which contains many NAFCU-backed provisions, including a requirement for public NCUA budget hearings, statutory relief from annual privacy notice requirements and the granting of safe harbor qualified-mortgage status for certain loans held in portfolio.The language of S. 1484 was included in the Senate Appropriations Committee’s spending bill for FY 2016. continue reading »
Lee Cattermole and Danny Graham confronted McClean, who played for Sunderland between 2011 and 2013, before McClean was taken away by team-mate Craig Gardner. Referee Martin Atkinson mentioned the incident in his official report, but did not see McClean’s initial clenched fist gesture to the Sunderland fans. The FA studied the video and decided to warn the Republic of Ireland international who had been jeered by the visiting fans during the game. They sung ‘f*** the IRA’ following his refusal to wear a Remembrance Day poppy on his shirt while playing for them against Everton in 2012. He claimed he was ‘hung out to dry’ by the club, insisting he was not allowed to tell his side, and finally explained his reasons in an open letter to then Wigan chairman Dave Whelan when playing for the Latics in November last year. McClean also refused to face the English flag while on West Brom’s American tour in the summer and was told by boss Tony Pulis he must show more respect. The 26-year-old has already confirmed he will not wear a poppy while playing for the Baggies next month. He told the club: “We are coming up to Remembrance Day and I won’t wear a poppy on my shirt when those games come around. People say that by not wearing a poppy, I’m being disrespectful, but they don’t ask why it is that I choose not to wear it.” Press Association The Baggies midfielder has escaped a fine or suspension while both clubs have been reminded of their responsibilities following the melee which was sparked by McClean’s actions. The ex-Sunderland midfielder appeared to taunt the travelling fans at the end of West Brom’s 1-0 Barclays Premier League win on Saturday, which sparked an angry reaction from the Black Cats’ players. The Football Association have issued West Brom’s James McClean with a formal warning after his celebration against Sunderland.