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In yet another sharp policy clash with House Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), panel ranking Democrat Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) told federal agencies today that she considers her communications with them subject to federal open records statutes.“I have long understood that my and my staff’s communications with executive branch agencies are subject to [ Freedom of Information Act] disclosure barring an explicit assertion on my part to retain control over such documents,” she said in letters to at least three federal agencies—the NCUA , the CFPB, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.Hensarling recently told agencies under the committee’s jurisdiction that he wanted to keep his communications with them private in an effort to ensure the “unfettered flow of information necessary to assist the Committee in performing its important legislative and oversight functions.”Hensarling and Waters have sharply clashed over the chairman’s Financial CHOICE Act. Hensarling has said his plan to repeal much of Dodd-Frank would provide financial institutions with much-needed regulatory relief. continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
The University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team will head to the Land of 10,000 Lakes compete in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s Final Face-Off tournament this weekend.The tournament starts Saturday afternoon for the Badgers (29-2-4-0, 22-2-4-0 WCHA) when they take on University of North Dakota (16-15-6, 11-12-5 WCHA) at 2 p.m. CT.This weekend is a single-elimination tournament for the Badgers, so every moment counts. The Badgers have a successful record so far this season, and currently have a 4-0 record against North Dakota’s Fighting Hawks.Women’s hockey: Badgers make easy work of Minnesota State in first round of WCHA PlayoffsThe No. 1 University of Wisconsin Badgers are off to a hot start in the WCHA Playoffs yet again. The Badgers Read…The WCHA tournament will take place in Minneapolis again this year and features the top four teams in the WHCA. The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and the University of Minnesota, Duluth join Wisconsin and North Dakota to fill out the rest of the tournament’s roster. All four teams will battle it out to claim the WCHA conference championship.Minnesota’s flagship university and Duluth face off Saturday night at 7 p.m. Whoever wins this game will then go on to play the winner of the Wisconsin/North Dakota matchup.Wisconsin has managed to hold the WCHA championship title, affectionately called “Wilma” by the players, for the last two years. In the past, the Badgers have faced the Fighting Hawks in the semifinal round of the tournament and have usually come out with a win.The real challenge for UW would come during Sunday’s final. If the Badgers make it to this round, they must face either the Gophers or the Bulldogs to bring Wilma back to Madison for a third straight year. Both of these Minnesotan teams have shown to be a challenge for Wisconsin, and they will be even tougher this weekend.Women’s hockey: Nurse wins offensive player of the week against Minnesota StateThe University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team’s Sarah Nurse won WCHA Offensive Player of the Week honors in a weekend Read…Both the Gophers and the Bulldogs have handed Wisconsin a loss this season. They have both shown to be incredibly tough opponents with a pool of talented forwards and defensemen, which will make UW’s task that much harder.During the 2016 Final Face-Off, the Badgers barely managed to slide past the Gophers — a 1-0 score determined the winner that day. Every goal counts in this tournament, and the team that manages to produce quality scoring opportunities should find themselves holding Wilma high in the air Sunday afternoon.After this weekend, the Badgers are back to a best-of-three playoff schedule, taking on a ECAC competitor to see if they are headed back to the NCAA Frozen Four Tournament. Wisconsin’s first-round opponent will not be announced until after this weekend’s tournaments have finished.
…hire car drivers to be removed again todayGeorgetown Mayor Patricia Chase Green has confirmed that the 42 (Timehri to Georgetown) minibuses have returned to their original spot for the Christmas season. During a brief telephone interview with Guyana Times on Tuesday, Mayor Chase Green said City Hall is working along with the Traffic Department in Georgetown and has relocated those drivers to their original bus park to eliminate traffic congestion for the festive season.A senior traffic rank, however, related that the relocation was done after a number of reports were made by passengers and even drivers who were robbed on High Street, Georgetown.According to the traffic rank, short drop hire car drivers who were removed from the 42 (Grove/Diamond) minibus park to facilitate vendors of the Stabroek Market Wharf will once again be relocated today (Wednesday), this time to the Stabroek Market Square, also to reduce the traffic build up in the area.The various minibus parks were removed to pave the way for vendors of the collapsed Stabroek Market Wharf, which was also recently partially burnt after a fire.City Hall first removed the route 42 (Diamond-Grove) minibuses in August and relocated them to Bugle Street, Georgetown, where drivers expressed serious reservations about their safety.The Timehri minibuses, also of the 42-zone, were later removed and placed on High Street, where they also expressed conerns about their safety and that of their passengers, especially those travelling at night.President of the United Minibus Union, Eon Andrews has since viewed City Hall’s move as “visionless” and “ridiculous”.“I think it was ridiculous. I think it is visionless… it is either corruption, mismanagement, thoughtlessness and probably no feelings for anybody but themselves,” he stated during a previous interview with this publication.