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Chase Bank Limits Cash Withdrawals, Bans International... Before you read this report, remember to sign up to http://pennystockpaycheck.com for 100% free stock alerts Chase Bank has moved to limit cash withdrawals while banning business customers from sending...

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Richemont chairman Johann Rupert to take 'grey gap... Billionaire 62-year-old to take 12 months off from Cartier and Montblanc luxury goods groupRichemont's chairman and founder Johann Rupert is to take a year off from September, leaving management of the...

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Cambodia: aftermath of fatal shoe factory collapse... Workers clear rubble following the collapse of a shoe factory in Kampong Speu, Cambodia, on Thursday

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Spate of recent shock departures by 50-something CEOs While the rising financial rewards of running a modern multinational have been well publicised, executive recruiters say the pressures of the job have also been ratcheted upOn approaching his 60th birthday...

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UK Uncut loses legal challenge over Goldman Sachs tax... While judge agreed the deal was 'not a glorious episode in the history of the Revenue', he ruled it was not unlawfulCampaign group UK Uncut Legal Action has lost its high court challenge over the legality...

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CUPE Nova Scotia charges so-called ‘cost-savings’ from merged DHAs are fictional

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TRURO, NOVA SCOTIA–(Marketwired – May 6, 2013) - CUPE Nova Scotia President Danny Cavanagh says the two opposition party leaders are floating fictional numbers when it comes to any ‘savings’ that would come from merging the province’s District Health Authorities (DHAs).

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Benjamin Franklin Federal Savings (OR) (BFSL: OTC Link) | Deleted Symbol

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Fri, May 03, 2013 12:00 – Benjamin Franklin Federal Savings (OR) (BFSL: OTC Link) – Deleted Symbol – As of Fri, May 03, 2013, BFSL is no longer a valid symbol. You may find a complete list of deleted symbols at otcmarkets.com.

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Baroma Inc. (BRMA: OTC Pink Current) | BAROMA DTC

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BAROMA, INC. OBTAINS DTC APPROVAL TO BEGIN ELECTRONIC TRADING
Miami, FL, May 1st –
Baroma, Inc. (OTCMarket: BRMA) today announced that DTC approved electronic trading for the Company’s stock. Baroma’s stock is traded on the Over The Counter Exchange and OTC Markets under the stock symbol, BRMA. The Company owns and operates BAROMA Healthcare International, LLC d/b/a Baroma Health Partners; the first Medicare approved Accountable Care Organization (ACO) based in Miami-Dade County, FL participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program. The Company’s three-year agreement with The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) allows for the ACO to receive up to half of the savings generated by quality improvement through coordinated care and cost saving initiatives for the Medicare-Fee-For-Services population in South Florida.
Scott J. Backer, CEO of Baroma, commented, “We are very pleased to have been approved by DTC to begin electronic trading. We are expecting excellent financial results for 2013 and are growing our provider network month after month. We have partnered with leaders in health IT, care delivery and regulatory reporting throughout the country and expect continued growth as we expand to other high value markets nation-wide. Baroma has an excellent outlook for our first year’s performance under the MSSP, with our projected population shared savings with Medicare will be approximately $36 million of which we expect, from the trend of January and February reports, revenues approximately at $18 million EBITDA without calculating our expected month to month growth. A PE (price earnings ratio) of fifteen would put our share price in the range of $.90.”
Since January Baroma has more than doubled its network of participating physicians which is estimated beneficiaries of over 10,000 Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries. In Miami-Dade County, historically one of the nation’s most costly county for Medicare, generating a savings for this population is less difficult than in other service areas. “Targeting waste, fraud and abuse are one of the many strategies we have implemented since our contract took effect in January.” Says Baroma COO Marisela Rodriguez.
Established as an effort to assist at-risk health networks and health plans in minimizing the medical expense, Baroma has developed their ACO delivery model based on the best practices successfully implemented in managed care.
“Our goal is to use tools such as newly developed IT resources in accordance with more developed and coordinated practices implemented in the managed care world to drive innovation in healthcare delivery. Preventative medicine is at the forefront of our initiative to reach the three principle goals of the MSSP: better care for individuals, better health for populations, and slower growth in expenditures for Medicare.” Said Baroma CIO Ricardo Matos.
For more information, please view: www.baromahc.com
Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information
This news release contains “forward-looking statements”, as that term is defined in section 27a of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and section 21e of the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Statements in this news release, which are not purely historical, are forward-looking statements and include any statements regarding beliefs, plans, expectations or intentions regarding the future. Except for the historical information presented herein, matters discussed in this news release contain forward-looking statements that are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such statements. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements that are preceded by, followed by, or that include such words as “estimate,”
Baroma, Inc. 18495 South Dixie Highway | Unit 269 | Miami, FL 33157 | (888) 315-4490
“anticipate,” “believe,” “plan” or “expect” or similar statements are forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties for the company include, but are not limited to, the risks associated with mineral exploration and funding as well as the risks shown in the company’s most recent annual and quarterly reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q respectively, and from time-to-time in other publicly available information regarding the company. Other risks include risks associated with the regulatory approval process, competitive companies, future capital requirements and the company’s ability and level of support for its exploration and development activities. There can be no assurance that the company’s exploration efforts will succeed and the company will ultimately achieve commercial success. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this news release, and the company assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements, or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Although the company believes that the beliefs, plans, expectations and intentions contained in this news release are reasonable, there can be no assurance those beliefs, plans, expectations or intentions will prove to be accurate. Investors should consider all of the information set for herein and should also refer to the risk factors disclosed in the company’s periodic reports filed from time-to-time with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. This news release has been prepared by management of the company who takes full responsibility for its contents. None of FINRA nor the SEC has approved or disapproved of the contents of this news release. This news release shall not constitute an offer to sell of the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.
Investor Contact: finance@baromahc.com | (888) 315-4490

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Baroma Inc. (BRMA: OTC Pink Current) | BAROMA DTC

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BAROMA, INC. OBTAINS DTC APPROVAL TO BEGIN ELECTRONIC TRADING
Miami, FL, May 1st –
Baroma, Inc. (OTCMarket: BRMA) today announced that DTC approved electronic trading for the Company’s stock. Baroma’s stock is traded on the Over The Counter Exchange and OTC Markets under the stock symbol, BRMA. The Company owns and operates BAROMA Healthcare International, LLC d/b/a Baroma Health Partners; the first Medicare approved Accountable Care Organization (ACO) based in Miami-Dade County, FL participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program. The Company’s three-year agreement with The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) allows for the ACO to receive up to half of the savings generated by quality improvement through coordinated care and cost saving initiatives for the Medicare-Fee-For-Services population in South Florida.
Scott J. Backer, CEO of Baroma, commented, “We are very pleased to have been approved by DTC to begin electronic trading. We are expecting excellent financial results for 2013 and are growing our provider network month after month. We have partnered with leaders in health IT, care delivery and regulatory reporting throughout the country and expect continued growth as we expand to other high value markets nation-wide. Baroma has an excellent outlook for our first year’s performance under the MSSP, with our projected population shared savings with Medicare will be approximately $36 million of which we expect, from the trend of January and February reports, revenues approximately at $18 million EBITDA without calculating our expected month to month growth. A PE (price earnings ratio) of fifteen would put our share price in the range of $.90.”
Since January Baroma has more than doubled its network of participating physicians which is estimated beneficiaries of over 10,000 Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries. In Miami-Dade County, historically one of the nation’s most costly county for Medicare, generating a savings for this population is less difficult than in other service areas. “Targeting waste, fraud and abuse are one of the many strategies we have implemented since our contract took effect in January.” Says Baroma COO Marisela Rodriguez.
Established as an effort to assist at-risk health networks and health plans in minimizing the medical expense, Baroma has developed their ACO delivery model based on the best practices successfully implemented in managed care.
“Our goal is to use tools such as newly developed IT resources in accordance with more developed and coordinated practices implemented in the managed care world to drive innovation in healthcare delivery. Preventative medicine is at the forefront of our initiative to reach the three principle goals of the MSSP: better care for individuals, better health for populations, and slower growth in expenditures for Medicare.” Said Baroma CIO Ricardo Matos.
For more information, please view: www.baromahc.com
Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information
This news release contains “forward-looking statements”, as that term is defined in section 27a of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and section 21e of the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Statements in this news release, which are not purely historical, are forward-looking statements and include any statements regarding beliefs, plans, expectations or intentions regarding the future. Except for the historical information presented herein, matters discussed in this news release contain forward-looking statements that are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such statements. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements that are preceded by, followed by, or that include such words as “estimate,”
Baroma, Inc. 18495 South Dixie Highway | Unit 269 | Miami, FL 33157 | (888) 315-4490
“anticipate,” “believe,” “plan” or “expect” or similar statements are forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties for the company include, but are not limited to, the risks associated with mineral exploration and funding as well as the risks shown in the company’s most recent annual and quarterly reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q respectively, and from time-to-time in other publicly available information regarding the company. Other risks include risks associated with the regulatory approval process, competitive companies, future capital requirements and the company’s ability and level of support for its exploration and development activities. There can be no assurance that the company’s exploration efforts will succeed and the company will ultimately achieve commercial success. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this news release, and the company assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements, or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Although the company believes that the beliefs, plans, expectations and intentions contained in this news release are reasonable, there can be no assurance those beliefs, plans, expectations or intentions will prove to be accurate. Investors should consider all of the information set for herein and should also refer to the risk factors disclosed in the company’s periodic reports filed from time-to-time with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. This news release has been prepared by management of the company who takes full responsibility for its contents. None of FINRA nor the SEC has approved or disapproved of the contents of this news release. This news release shall not constitute an offer to sell of the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.
Investor Contact: finance@baromahc.com | (888) 315-4490

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FCA hints it may act on teaser rates

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Action may be taken against so-called “teaser” rates on savings accounts, the Financial Conduct Authority has hinted.

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MPs call for savings safety alert

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Banks should tell customers when their savings increase beyond the level that would be guaranteed if the institution collapsed, MPs suggest.

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Post Office announces plans to launch current account

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Customers want ‘simplicity, transparency and good value for money’, says Post Office director of financial services

Post Office has announced plans to re-enter the current account market with a new banking deal for consumers over the next few weeks. Details of the account are scant, but it is thought that the combination of a well-known brand and a large branch network could make it a serious challenger to the big four banks, particularly when new rules making it easier to switch accounts come into force later this year.

Nick Kennett, director of financial services at Post Office, said that research into the current account market had suggested customers primarily want “simplicity, transparency and good value for money”.

He added: “With over 11,500 branches, which is more than all the UK banks combined, we can provide this through the most convenient and accessible retail network in the UK.”

Post Office already offers a range of financial services including savings, credit cards and travel money, and recently introduced in-branch mortgage advice for consumers. Kennett said that the launch of a current account was part of the “significant transformation” of the brand.

The account will initially be launched in a small number of branches, before a wider-roll out next year.

Kevin Mountford, head of banking at comparison website MoneySupermarket, said the launch was “big news” for consumers. “The fact that the Post Office is a popular trusted brand, already has a large savings account portfolio, and has over 11,500 branches throughout the country means it can be a serious challenger in the current account market,” he said.

Michael Ossei, personal finance expert at uSwitch.com, said the banks should see Post Office as “a serious threat”, with those in rural areas especially likely to be attracted by its branch network.

However, Andrew Hagger, director of Moneycomms.co.uk, cautioned that more detail is needed, pointing out that the excitement surrounding Marks & Spencer’s entrance to the market last year quickly subsided when it emerged the accounts had fees of up to £20 a month.

This is not the first foray into current account banking by Post Office, which was the home of the state-owned Girobank for two decades until its sale to Alliance & Leicester building society in 1990. At that point, it was the sixth-largest provider of current accounts in the UK. It comes at a time when competition in the market is heating up, with Tesco and Virgin Money known to be working on their own launches, and existing providers enhancing their deals to attract consumers.

The Cyprus bank staff hit worst of all

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Cyprus bank workers fear for their jobs, savings and pensions

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British widow’s house-sale money locked up in Cyprus

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Sharon Connor sold her Cyprus house to move back to the UK. The next day the money was frozen – now she fears she has lost much of her cash, and her new home purchase

Sharon Connor lost her husband suddenly when he was struck down by a heart attack, aged just 54, last year. Now, when she had hoped things might be looking up, she has found herself trapped in another nightmare, becoming arguably one of the unluckiest victims of the Cyprus banking crisis.

Connor’s €183,000 (£155,000) – the proceeds from her house sale – is locked out of reach after it landed in her Bank of Cyprus account on the island at lunchtime on Friday 15 March.

In the early hours of Saturday 16 March it was announced that the island’s savers would have to hand over a slice of their cash as a condition of the EU bailout – freezing her account and leaving her money in limbo.

Connor fears she could lose €50,000 (£42,000) as a result of what has been described as a raid on the savings of the island’s most wealthy depositors.

And the clock is ticking, because she has had her offer on a house in Kent accepted and she needs the money tied up in Cyprus to fund the purchase.

Her story shows that it is not just ordinary hard-working Cypriots and wealthy Russian oligarchs being punished by the raid on bank deposits. Britons such as Connor, who lived with her husband Gary on the island for eight years until his death in January 2012, have also been caught up.

She told Guardian Money it was “totally unjust” that she was being penalised when she doesn’t even live in Cyprus now and her funds are not savings, but from the sale of a house – and were in her account for less than a day before the bank levy was announced.

“It’s making me ill,” says the 55-year-old, who has two grown children and five grandchildren and is currently living with her sister in Tonbridge, Kent. “I felt things were moving forward: on 13 March I was offered a job, which I start on Monday; on 14

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Cyprus bailout: savings raid ‘could happen elsewhere’

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Markets take fright as finance chief suggests Cyprus rescue could set the template for future eurozone bailouts

Fears that bank accounts could be raided in any future eurozone bailouts spooked markets on Monday, as Cypriots prepared for their banks to reopen for the first time in over a week on Thursday following a deal to secure a €10bn lifeline.

Markets took fright after the head of the group of eurozone finance ministers indicated that the Cyprus rescue could be a template for similar situations. Cyprus is the first of five bailouts in the eurozone where depositors have been hit.

“What we’ve done last night is what I call pushing back the risks,” Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the Dutch finance minister, told Reuters and the Financial Times after clinching an agreement for Cyprus. “If the bank can’t do it, then we’ll talk to the shareholders and the bondholders, we’ll ask them to contribute in recapitalising the bank, and if necessary the uninsured deposit holders,” he said.

Bank of Cyprus and Laiki, the two largest domestic banks, will remain shut until Thursday while the latter is split into a good and bad bank and a levy – of potentially 40% – is imposed on accounts of more than €100,000.

A big percentage of those deposits belong to Russians. On Monday the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, said there would be a deal to rework the terms of a €2.5bn loan to the Mediterranean island, which had become attractive for its low tax regime and lax vetting laws.

Cyprus president Nicos Anastasiades made a televised address in which he admitted that measures would be in place to stop money pouring out of the banks when they reopen. “The central bank will implement capital controls on transactions. I want to assure you that this will be a very temporary measure that will gradually be relaxed,” he said.

Markets were initially buoyed by news of the “painful” bailout for Cyprus, clinched late on Sunday night following threats by the European Central Bank to switch off liquidity to Cypriot banks, which, carried by international deposits, had grown to eight times the €17bn economy.

But markets reacted badly later in the day after Dijsselbloem’s remarks. As markets tumbled, he issued a clarification insisting that bailout programmes were “tailor-made” and that “no models or templates are used”.

Nevertheless, all markets erased their early gains to close down on the day. The FTSE 100 index lost 0.2% and the German stock market fell 0.5%. Bank shares fell across Europe while the euro, which had nudged up through $1.30 initially, fell back to below $1.29. US markets, which had largely shrugged off the Cypriot problem, were also lower, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average down over 70 points, 0.5%.

Cypriots had reacted to the agreement with European leaders with relief as it appeared that at least deposits below €100,000 had been spared the levy.

In the streets and cafes of Nicosia, and on TV chat shows aired in homes across the nation state, the feeling was that the country had been saved but at a high price.

Interior minister Sokratis Hasiko encapsulated the mood, describing the EU-IMF-backed bailout as the best of a bad range of choices.

“We had got to the point where we were discussing a [depositor] haircut of between 50 and 60%,” he said, adding that the Cypriot parliament’s rejection of the first accord, with its highly controversial levy on depositors big and small, had been hugely negative for the country’s banks. “So this is the best we could get.”

There were warnings the impact could reach beyond Cyprus, particularly with repercussions from Russia, where the prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev, said: “They are continuing to steal what has already been stolen.” This was a phrase Lenin used to answer the allegation that the Bolsheviks were thieves. Russian officials have repeatedly compared the Cypriot bank levy to Soviet-era expropriation.

“For sure there is anger,” said Marios Cosma, head of K Treppides, a firm that serves international clients, mainly rich Russians. “For the first time in Europe, you have a situation where depositors are being called to ‘bail in’.”

While Cyprus’ banking sector has exploded, other countries have even larger banking sectors relative to GDP. Malta’s and Luxembourg’s banking sectors are relatively larger, more than 20 times’ GDP in the case of Luxembourg. Malta’s finance minister wrote an article in the Malta Times expressing concern about what would happen if it encounters similar problems in the eurozone.

In Cyprus there were calls for a referendum on the bailout package. “It is illegal and undemocratic,” said Christos Tombazos, general secretary of the Pancyprian Federation of Labour. “We’re talking about massive changes to the banking system. It should go to referendum for the Cypriot people to decide.”

Russian officials attempted to assuage fears over Russian investments on the Mediterranean island. Russian Commercial Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of state-owned bank VTB, would “not be affected or its losses will be insignificant”, said Igor Shuvalov, a deputy prime minister.

The Bank of Cyprus is 9.7% owned by Dmitry Rybolovlev, a Russian based in Monaco whose wealth is estimated at $9.1bn according to Forbes.

One Russian oligarch, Alexander Lebedev, played down the amount he stood to lose in Cyprus as no more than $10,000. “It’s not worth talking about,” he said. “Cyprus was always a transit jurisdiction – money would pass through and then go to Lithuania, Latvia, Belize, Switzerland, everywhere. There are plenty of ways [to avoid capital controls], they can split accounts.”

The multimillionaire owner of the Evening Standard and Independent expressed doubts that capital controls to be imposed by the Cypriot government in order to stem a bank run would work. “Certain schemes can be put into place,” Lebedev said by telephone from Moscow. “This is how Cyprus was making money.”