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January 31, 2012 Corporate Governance: proxy advisory guidelines and the shifting landscape of benchmarking executive compensation

Source: Reuters

NEW YORK– Last year’s introduction of say-on-pay regulations via Dodd-Frank helped to arm shareholders with the capacity to disapprove compensation policies, but the SEC’s evolving compensation disclosure regulations and recent...

January 31, 2012 California’s Low Carbon Standard Rules Spark Controversy

Source: NACS Online

WASHINGTON – An article in yesterday’s Washington Post assessed California’s efforts to modify the standards of gasoline. The state’s proposition, to lower the amount of carbon in fuel sold in the state, has sparked a public...

January 31, 2012 Politicians obscure facts, impact Americans' views on healthcare reform

Source: Healthcare Finance News

You’ve heard the litany of twisted health reform clichés at backyard BBQs, cocktail parties, and family functions. Indeed, boiling more than 2,000 pages of legislation and legalese into phrases like “socialized medicine” and...

January 31, 2012 Japanese auto parts firms to pay US anti-trust fine

Source: BBC News

Japan's Yazaki Corporation and Denso Corporation have agreed to plead guilty and pay fines for fixing prices of parts supplied to US manufacturers.

January 31, 2012 Seven held in China for polluting river

Source: Times of India

BEIJING: Seven people were detained in southern China on charges of polluting a river that threatened people's health. The chemical plant executives were accused of releasing Cadmium, an industrial waste, into the Longjiang...

January 31, 2012 Czechs to scrutinise EU treaty, no final word yet

Source: Reuters

The Czech Republic will scrutinise an EU pact on stricter budget discipline in the coming weeks before making a final decision on whether to join, its government said, a day after joining Britain as one of only two member states...

January 31, 2012 U.N. Watchdog Tentatively Backs Japan’s Nuclear Stress Tests

Source: NY Times

TOKYO — A United Nations fact-finding mission on Tuesday tentatively supported new stress tests designed to determine whether Japan’s nuclear plants can withstand another emergency, throwing its weight behind a government push to...

January 30, 2012 Health Reform Law Gaining Wider Acceptance: Poll

Source: US News and World Report

Americans are slowly starting to embrace some key components of the controversial health care reform act signed into law by President Barack Obama nearly two years ago, a new Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll found.

January 30, 2012 California green lights tough low carbon car standards

Source: BusinessGreen

California on Friday approved some of the world's most ambitious green car standards, with officials rubber-stamping a wide-ranging package of regulations that promises to halve greenhouse gas emissions and deliver 1.4 million...

January 30, 2012 New Poultry Inspection Will Make a Difference, FSIS Says

Source: Food Safety News

Philip Derfler, deputy administrator at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service, touted the new proposed rule on poultry inspection last week at a Food and Drug Law Institute's conference. Under...

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