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  2. Oops I meant to say “on” the list.. I hate typing on my phone..... it definitely needs to be on the swear word list! I want to see **** in its place
  3. The Supreme Council for Combating Corruption reviews the statistics of integrity issues for 2019 Date of edit:: 2019/8/24 9:40 • 168 times read (BAGHDAD: Al-Furat News) The Supreme Council for Combating Corruption, on Saturday, a statistic of the integrity issues presented in the competent courts for 2019. "The Supreme Council for Combating Corruption held its seventeenth session under the chairmanship of Adel Abdul Mahdi, where he reviewed the latest developments, especially with regard to measures taken in the field of combating corruption by the executive, judicial and supervisory authorities," the prime minister's office said in a statement. And follow-up the implementation of the recommendations approved by the Council and implementation as appropriate. " The statement added, "The Council was briefed on the statistics provided by the Supreme Judicial Council, including the integrity cases submitted for the year 2018 before the competent courts and the number of 8824 cases in all of Iraq, including 5847 cases for all the trials," stressing "the need to assign the judiciary and enable judges to perform their functions, especially related to cases Integrity with the need for speedy decision. The Council discussed, according to the statement, "a number of topics on the agenda," while the Prime Minister directed "the necessity of the commitment of the Ministry of Oil to implement the recommendations on the file of oil smuggling and the timetable set for this purpose, while following up the executive procedures to ensure the elimination of corruption systems in the file Oil. " The Council reviewed, "Draft Memorandum of Understanding with the Iranian side on the file of combating drugs and integrated measures that are in the interest of both countries," noting that "Abdul-Mahdi commissioned the relevant authorities to prepare a comprehensive study to ensure aspects of drug control, and empower the cadres, and provide equipment and tools, as well as making This draft is the basis for the conclusion of further agreements with neighboring and regional states, as well as bilateral agreements with various countries, and the need to finalize and sign the final draft urgently. " The statement pointed out that "the Council discussed the report of the Commission on the integrity of companies operating in the field of customs clearance at the border outlets, which did not meet the legal requirements and directed the Council to take legal procedures and hold accountable all violators and those involved in this aspect." The Cabinet discussed "a set of steps and measures that enhance transparency and protect public money, which the Prime Minister directed to the need to present to the concerned and complete their requirements in order to be adopted and announced and obliged government institutions to implement as far as it is concerned." The Supreme Council for Combating Corruption welcomed "the attitudes of MPs and their initiatives to provide the necessary documents and evidence to enable the supervisory and judicial authorities to support them in the performance of their work."
  4. Markets return 100% probability of US rate cut in September 23 August 2019 07:09 PM From: Ahmed Shawky Mubasher : Investors raised their expectations for a 100 percent US interest rate cut again at their next meeting in September. There is a 95 percent probability that the central bank will cut interest rates in September by 25 basis points, according to the CME index, which follows the Fed's futures trading on Friday. Markets also see a 5 percent chance of a 50bp cut in US interest rates next month. The likelihood of a 100 percent US rate hike again rose after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the central bank would do what was necessary to sustain economic expansion. The economic data negative of rising fears of slowing economic growth with trade escalation between China and the United States , where the first announced its intention to impose tariffs on US goods worth $ 75 billion at a time when President Donald Trump called for companies to search for another alternative non - Beijing. The markets briefly abandoned a certain rate cut as the likelihood of a stabilization rose to around 9 percent yesterday, with uncertainty over the Fed's stance on recession fears following comments by central bank members that they would not favor a rate cut. The Fed is scheduled to meet on September 17-18 with broad expectations that it will cut rates for the second time since the global financial crisis after last month's cut.
  5. Been there many of times. Had lunch by the water, looking into the city. I live about 50 k from there.
  6. Yota Thanks, Excellent article calling out the Barzani's & Talabani's for the corrupt dealings with the Region's Oil & Gas. Both families are corrupt & greedy and don't give a crap about Kurdish citizens. The Oil wealth belongs to all Iraqis. GO HCL
  7. Parliamentary economic reveals the features of the 2020 budget 08:37 - 24/08/2019 The information / Baghdad .. The Committee on Economy and Investment Parliamentary, on Saturday, details of the budget 2020, noting that the government failed to implement most of the current budget clubs in the field of investment. Committee member Nada Shaker Jawdat said in a statement to the information that "next year's budget will include the allocation of huge amounts of investment in the field of industry and agriculture in order to reduce dependence on oil and world prices." She added that "the wave of popular and youth discontent is increasing demands for job opportunities in the government sector, which requires a serious pause from parliament and the government to improve the reality of factories and operation as well as increased spending on agriculture." Jawdat said that "the government failed to implement the provisions of the current budget on reducing dependence on oil despite the achievement of achievements in the field of agriculture, but it did not succeed in improving the reality of factories and turn them into profitable." Jawdat is a deputyThe coalition victory that "next year's budget will include increased support for the domestic product and the addition of other products on the list of government ban to allow them to compete in the local market, especially the food and agricultural industry." Ended / 25 KD
  8. Small world, went from Innsbruck south to ski in Northern Italy, then through Trento and around to get to the San Bernardino Pass.
  9. Glad you know Spain and share my enthusiasm...But of course ANY PLACE / COUNTRY will do...I imagine there'll be a sort of poll for deciding the place....And the majority will have the last say as it's norm in a Democracy...Could be even the Arctic or Antartica...tHE IMPORTANT THING IS TO MEET EACH OTHER AND CELEBRATE WITH A JOYFUL SPIRIT, PEACE, HARMONY AND SERENITY......
  10. This is how Iran defies the embargo Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 10:16 GMT Iranian Energy Minister Reza Ardakianian has announced the launch of 227 mega projects in the water and electricity sectors as of March 20, 2020, despite the ban on the country. The projects include power plants, dams, water and sewage treatment plants, desalination, irrigation and drainage systems in different governorates and a credit of 330 trillion riyals (US $ = 42,000 riyals), Erdakanyan said on Saturday. On the other hand, he stressed that the Ministry of Energy will begin the operational operations of electrical and water projects, including 8 hydroelectric plants and 3 major sewage plants and others to purify water with credit of 430 trillion riyals until 20 March next.
  11. Good news for employees of Iraqi Kurdistan! Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 05:06 GMT The Central Bank of Iraq announced on Thursday the transfer of the amounts allocated for the salaries of employees of Iraqi Kurdistan for the month of August, to the branch of the bank in Erbil. The Director General of the Central Bank, Ihsan al-Yasiri, in a press release, today (August 22, 2019), that "the salaries of Iraqi Kurdistan employees have been transferred by the federal government." The director of the Erbil branch of the Central Bank, Abed Saleh, the arrival of the amounts allocated to the salaries of Kurdistan employees. "Salaries will be distributed more quickly to all employees," he said. It is worth mentioning that Iraqi Kurdistan needs 881 billion dinars per month to cover the salaries of employees, of which 378 billion dinars are provided by the Ministry of Natural Resources in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, and 453 billion dinars by the Iraqi central government, and the rest of local imports.
  12. S&P confirms Iraq's credit rating with a stable outlook An archive image of the Iraqi flag 24 August 2019 01:42 PM Mubasher: Standard & Poor's has confirmed its rating of Iraq at " B- / B " with a stable outlook . The agency said in a report, it may cut its ratings for Iraq if the government increased spending beyond its expectations. She added that her ratings for Iraq are under pressure from its emerging political institutions, local political tensions and security risks . It is likely that Iraq will record a budget deficit in 2019 and the coming years, due to low oil prices and the volume of large spending. It pointed to its forecast for recovery in 2019, supported by expected increases in oil production and a gradual recovery of non-oil economic activity . Last month, Fitch maintained Iraq's credit rating at B- , a risk rating and a stable outlook. For oil in the south . Fitch estimated that closing the strait for a month could result in Iraq losing $ 6.5 billion in oil revenues, or nearly 3 percent of GDP . Iraq is the second largest producer of crude oil in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) after Saudi Arabia, with an average daily production of 4.5 million barrels per day . Iraq's budget shifted to a surplus of 8 percent as a percentage of GDP in 2018, after five years of deficit, as a result of the high price of Iraqi oil exports 33 percent.
  13. Ok thanks again, Chuck...You're always very kind and cooperative which is greatly appreciated....I love NYC....Visited many times....I went across Jersey as I was travelling to other destinations a few times but never really stopped there.... I only visited ( while in NYC with a female friend) 2 places in NJ....One being Jersey City and the other one was F.Sinatra hometown meaning Hoboken...I only recall that one of the two towns ( it was 1992) we reached by subway leaving from the WTC / Battery park area....I had no idea it was possible to reach some place in Jersey by subway from NYC..... Oh...And another time was when we headed for NJ by bus only to get to a place in order to take a boat and go to visit the super-interesting Ellis Island and then on to Bedloe Island ( Liberty statue)...We then got back ny bus and reached Port Authority.....That's all my NJ experience.....So far
  14. Hey CF, I'm originally from Long Island! Previous neighbors!!
  15. SOMO sells two shipments of Basra crude to Chinese buyers at lower premiums The headquarters of the oil marketing company "SOMO" energy Economy News - Baghdad: SOMO sold 2 million barrels of Basra Light crude for loading in October at a premium of 60 to 80 cents a barrel above the official selling price, traders said. SOMO also sold 2 million barrels of Basra heavy crude for loading in October at a premium of 50 to 60 cents a barrel to the official selling price, they said. They said bonuses had fallen and that the shipments had been sold to Chinese buyers. Earlier, SOMO sold a shipment of Basra Light for loading in September at a premium of about $ 1.26 a barrel, and a shipment of Basra Heavy for loading in September at a premium of more than $ 1.60 a barrel. Views: 67 Date Added: 24/08/2019
  16. Religious reference warns of two fronts, one of which represents the occupation plans Political | 02:10 - 24/08/2019 BAGHDAD - The balance of News warned the religious authority, Jawad al - Khalisi, Saturday from occupation schemes deliberately confuse between the Mujahideen of scientists, and between the acquiescent and followers of advocates belonging to Islam Ziva. " Said Khalisi, on his page in the " Twitter "," in Iraq today we have fronts The first is the occupation front, its loyalists and corrupt followers, and the second, the people's front and its resisting and steadfast people. ”The reference added,“ In the second front stands every loyal Iraqi; And to mix the papers between the Mujahid Yin of scholars, and among the submissive and followers of the proponents of belonging to Islam falsely. " He continued, that "under the occupation and in his political project; you must pay attention, O Iraqi faithful to the occupation plan and his tails to deliberately mix the papers in order to challenge the nation in the center of its power; which is Islam and his great message."
  17. Abdul Mahdi calls on the Ministry of Oil to implement its obligations to eliminate oil smuggling Abdul Mahdi during the meeting of the Anti-Corruption Council energy Economy News - Baghdad: Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi called on the Ministry of Oil to implement the recommendations of the oil smuggling file to eliminate corruption in the oil file. Abdul-Mahdi's office said in a press statement received by the economy news, "The Prime Minister directed the necessity of the commitment of the Ministry of Oil to implement the recommendations on the file of oil smuggling and the timetable set for this purpose, while following up the executive procedures to ensure the elimination of corruption systems in the oil file." Views: 65 Date Added: 24/08/2019
  18. Report: US to flood world with oil over the next decade Economy | 12:07 - 24/08/2019 Follow - up - the balance of News likely report issued by the Organization "Global tennis" world on the environment that the United States cause flooding the world with oil over the next decade, which would serve as a "disaster" as described by the organization for the global efforts to combat climate change. According to, the US is likely to account for 61 percent of new oil and gas production over the next decade, which Global Witness has warned would have bad effects on climate change. Stressing that the results of the analysis indicates that the climate can not tolerate further drilling of new fields anywhere in the world. The Global Witness report noted that the oil industry is not slowing down in the US, despite recent cuts in spending by financially troubled oil and gas companies. According to Rystad Energy, the global oil industry is poised to give the green light for new $ 123 billion offshore oil projects this year, nearly double what the industry has seen over the past year. While shale exploration has slowed slightly over the past year, amid investor uncertainty and poor financial returns, offshore oil projects are finally on the rise. However, the report noted The United States is currently the world's largest producer of oil and natural gas, with its production increasing in recent years. In 2018, US oil and gas production increased by 12 and 16 percent respectively.According to the International Energy Agency, the United States outperformed Russia in gas production in 2011 to rank first, and surpassed Saudi Arabia in oil production last year. . Because much of the drilling in America is concentrated in a few areas, Texas production will be a nation's own. It is expected to contribute the largest volume of new oil and gas production in the world. That Texas accounted for 28 percent of total additional production. In contrast, Canada and Pennsylvania will take second and third place in production with 7 percent each, New Mexico with 5 percent of growth, and North Dakota with 4 percent, while Oklahoma and Brazil will capture , Colorado, Russia, and Ohio at 3 percent. In other words, 7 of the top 10 sources of oil and gas production in the world over the next decade will be US states. If things do not change by the end of the next decade, new oil and gas fields in the United States will produce more than twice what Saudi Arabia produces today. The worst effects of climate change, global oil and gas production will need to fall by 40 percent over the next decade. But instead of falling, US oil and gas production is set to rise by 25 percent during this time, driven by expansion in new fields.
  19. Fully agreed on all accounts....
  20. Standard & Poor's confirms its credit rating of Iraq at B- / B with a stable outlook Economie 2019-08-24 | 03:41 2,270 views Standard & Poor's confirmed its credit rating for Iraq at B- / B with a stable outlook. The agency predicted that Iraq will record a budget deficit in 2019 and the coming years, due to the decline in oil prices and the needs of large spending. Standard & Poor's also forecast that growth in Iraq will recover in 2019, supported by expected increases in oil production and a gradual recovery of non-oil economic activity. The agency said it could cut its ratings for Iraq if the government increased spending beyond its expectations.
  21. You are so right, been there and the people and food are great. Was between Barcelona and Valencia. Costa Brava baby, I was out there hitting the clubs. I assure you we will have people from all over interests to this. Novice Investor is from Australia. I am sure we have more people in Europe that would join as well as from the States.
  22. Ice-cold shower.....Sob.......
  23. Sho nuff...Didn't know you were / are on e of my Paesano...Nice to know.... Where from originally, if I may ask? I'm in the North ...My Mother -RIP was from Trento ( deep North)...While my Father-RIP was from Messina, Sicily......My father had to move due his job to Trento and he met my Mom and the rest ( myself) is History......
  24. No worries. I am originally from New Jersey about 35 clicks from the City ( 35 Kilometers from New York City). So you will be learning some Jersey Slang.
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