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  1. Waitstaff do not make full minimum wage. They earn about half of their state's minimum wage for every hour they work. The real money they make is in tips. That being said, there is too much debate about tips. Even though all waitstaff get stuck with the occasional bad table, people serving in nice restaurants are working to earn 20 percent of the bill in tips. When a waitress is good at her job, that means she is working for $10 for every $50 spent on food and drink. On a busy Friday or Saturday night, that can amount to hundreds of dollars for a few hours' work, not to mention that there is money to be had serving diners during the workweek as well. Read more:
  2. Anyone want to join my Fantasy Football League ... here is the link! We will be having a live draft this Monday at 8pm Central (9pm Eastern) (Copy/paste into search engine if link doesnt work)
  3. I will run it .... Here we go everyone! To join our new FF league: DinarVetsFantasyFF ..... Copy/Paste this link to join!
  4. China's CPECC wins $547.9 mln Iraqi oilfield contract inShare Share this Email Print Analysis & Opinion Asia’s pain unevenly spread as China slows Related Topics Financials » BAGHDAD, July 24 | Wed Jul 24, 2013 7:15am EDT (Reuters) - China Petroleum Engineering &Construction Corporation (CPECC) has won a $547.95 million service contract to develop Iraq's Halfaya oilfield, Iraq's cabinet said on Wednesday. CPECC, which is affiliated to China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), will handle engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning work at the oilfield, which is forecast to produce 535,000 barrels of oil per day (bpd) in 2017, Iraq's oil ministry has said. Iraq signed a contract in 2010 to develop Halfaya with CNPC, France's Total, and Malaysian state company Petronas for a fee of $1.40 per barrel. CNPC has a 37.5 percent interest in the consortium. State-owned China National Petroleum Corp said last year the first phase of the Halfaya field had started operating and had a production capacity of 100,000 barrels per day. Export bottlenecks and long-neglected energy infrastructure are the main hurdles to the OPEC member country keeping exports steady, forcing it to review its final production target of 12 million bpd. (Reporting by Ahmed Rasheed; Editing by Louise Heavens) FINANCIALS
  5. Adam did say the RV could happen without warning ... I think Ole Sarge may be on to sumfin
  6. Ports Company announces increased commercial vessels entering after the withdrawal of Iraq from Chapter VII 07/10/2013 09:13 Company announced the ports of Iraq, about the high numbers of commercial vessels entering the ports of Iraq after his release from Chapter VII. Said Director of the Office of Public Relations and Media Anmar net that "the withdrawal of Iraq from Chapter VII reflected positively on ports in Iraq and in particular ports south," he said, adding " high numbers of commercial vessels entering the ports of South from all over the Arab and European countries. " And the net that "economic sanctions that were imposed on Iraq, including Chapter VII قيدته of dealing with all countries only after the approval of the United Nations to enter the commercial Bwaka to Iraq." He added that "the end of Chapter VII Hassan activity of Iraqi ports, which in turn will be reflected in increased imports of the Iraqi economy and opens the doors of Iraqi ports for all materials and goods coming from Arab and European countries." This Iraq has seen in the June 27, 2013 signing of the UN Security Council to take it out of Chapter VII, to give him greater freedom in economic transactions and political "to that received the ports of Basra trade on Monday, five ships of different nationalities, carrying food, equipment and construction materials and diversified products, while held the export of Material BR remnants of iron from the port. The company said Ports Authority in Iraq, said "the port of Umm Qasr commercial southern city of Basra, greeted the ship to Lummen Lambo loaded with 52,500 tons of wheat for the Ministry of Commerce also received port the ship (Aoshaj) Qatar Nationality loaded (443) Container and the ship you cert payload variety and the ship BBC and Ji-loaded 617 tons of pipes. " The company added that "the port of Khor Al-Zubair commercial south of Basra received today also ship (Ktoya Star) Tanzanian citizenship payload variety as the port received the tanker Iraq (Euphrates) load gas oil, as was the export of material (BR remnants of iron) on board the Panamanian ship (Koldnk Cote / 1). " It is noteworthy that Iraq has five ports on the Arabian Gulf, a stronghold port and the port of Faw port of Umm Qasr and Khor Al-Zubair port and the port of Abu Flus, as well as to two oilfields ports and two port of Basra and Khor al-Amaya
  7. Economic News French companies renewed desire to reconstruction and rebuilding Iraq 07/10/2013 07:16 Examine a delegation from the Iraqi National Business Council with international French ميديف organization in Paris means of economic cooperation between the two sides. The head of the Iraqi delegation, Ibrahim al-Baghdadi after returning from France, said the visit represents active internationally on a high degree of importance, where they discussed the mechanisms of cooperation and the working environment in Iraq and how they can create a twinning between the Iraqi economy, which live transition towards a free economy with the French economy, which owns brands its global clout on the global economy. Number of readers 31
  8. Tourism and Antiquities is considering the implementation of tourism projects in the marshes include gliders and Tervka aerobically 07/09/2013 09:35 The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities it is considering the implementation of tourism projects in the area of ​​the marshes in Maysan province. The marshlands in Iraq, one of the most prominent sectors wet at the level of the globe, as one of the most important centers of biodiversity in the world because they contain these areas of Pajuluggi richness full of various types of aquatic and terrestrial plant diversity and rare birds. The general director of aggregates tourism ministry Mahmoud al-Zubaidi: that through Astqraúna to the reality of the marshes and the importance of this site to be an investment in tourism we used to study since this matter and provide all the supplies for the implementation of complexes tourist and afford the marshes and the data fit with the reality tourism in the marshes and will have a future and in the establishment of this promising tourist resorts because of carry data such as water, fish and birds and Albeiot all that succeeds where the tourist operation. And: So we think that there will be tourist resorts and houses floating on the waters of the marshes and the city of games within this space, as well as events in paragliding tourism and there are preliminary approval from the Ministry of Interior that these aircraft in these areas and there are other ideas such as the establishment [Tervk antenna] etc. . The Director General of aggregates tourism that what ails the marshes of the lack of services will not hinder projects and our ministry because it will be consistent with the environmental situation of the marshes even houses floating will be of reeds and fit with the development of the marshes as the projects will give the area an aesthetic more when chime and consistent with the environment marshes. The Ministry of Environment expressed fears of displacement of the population of the marshes in Maysan province to environmental hazards in their areas. The Director-General in the Ministry Raji Naima singer told [where]: we are Ankhva concern over the presence of more than limit the environmental of these areas and we have fear of displacement of families remaining in the marshes current situation which is not encouraging for the return of the population to those areas and our demand of ministries providing services to encourage families who were displaced To return because the marshes now is livable and very harsh life for its residents. The singer pointed out that there are problems and environmental challenges related to the inhabitants of the marshes Some villages lack potable water and electricity and there are areas containing military shells, cluster, and now the ministry embarked technical survey lift mines in coordination with specialized companies to raise these mines. The Ministry of Environment launched on June 16 of the last national strategy to protect the environment of Iraq and the executive work plan for the period 2013 - 2017, revealing where the most important plans that aspires to be implemented in the field of environment. The strategy includes the National Environmental Protection as announced by the Ministry of Environment: mechanisms of action and the establishment of nature reserves in different environments Iraq to maintain biodiversity and biological and protect it from pollution or the extinction of some kinds of causing disruption in the natural balance of the environment after years of neglect and the accompanying policies poured in its entirety loss of Iraq, many types of wealth of animal and plant, particularly the years after the popular uprising and the accompanying processes drying of the marshes and scraping for many agricultural areas that were containing varieties unique to Iraq without the other countries, which has become a threat to the future of many organisms in the Iraqi environment.
  9. Missan oil tends to raise production capacities 07/09/2013 06:57 Director General predicted Maysan Oil Company Ali Qubool Bahadli achieve an actual increase in the company's production of crude oil after the completion of a number of drilling oil wells in several fields, pointing out that the company was able to overcome the barrier of 250 thousand barrels per day over the past month. He said in a telephone interview with the (morning) that the drilling efforts in Maysan fields are made through local efforts is the expertise of the company's engineers and technicians have been trained both inside and outside the country in addition to the efforts of companies that won licenses in the fields of tours Halfaya, Bazerkan and some other fields. Bahadli pointed out that local expertise is rapidly evolving and will be able to manage most of the joints of the oil industry in the coming years, and this is the goal of the company and aspire bringing our expertise to the global implementation and administration of our oil fields. He pointed to the completion of the connecting two wells in the field Halfayah a total capacity of up to 4900 barrels per day, noting that the company Bohai contracting with the company's President (Petrojayna) Chinese conducting field development Halfaya under contracts licensing rounds, recently completed linking the well M119 production capacity of 4,000 barrels daily within the reservoir and the well N210 supervisor capacity of 900 barrels per day within the Fertile configuration, to the production system. He said that the development processes in the field in question are rapidly rising as the number of the total number of wells completed drilled in the field Halfayah alone since the introduction of a licensing 39 wells and reclamation of 9 wells outdated. Considered Halfayah field of large fields belonging to the Maysan Oil Company with an estimated oil reserves of the field by about 16 billion barrels featuring 8 unexplored reservoirs, were the first wells drilled by the year 1976. He said the Iraqi Drilling Company commenced drilling Well No. (20) in the field of Abu west-east province of Maysan under a contract with the operator of President of the field., Said Director General of Maysan Oil Company Ali Qubool Bahadli that the cadres of the Iraqi Drilling Company started drilling the well (AG 20) According to the contract with the operator of the President of the field, the Chinese company CNOOC, which operates in the fields of development processes Abu west, Bazerkan and loose change. He added that the assignment of drilling operations for the Iraqi Drilling Company by CNOOC art is a testament to Iraqi companies become so trusted by the international companies.
  10. Parliamentary debates on Iraq's accession to the New York Convention to encourage investment 07/09/2013 06:19 After rid Iraq of Chapter VII restrictions is looking forward to entering into the realm of the global economy, especially with the growing international desires seeking to double the volume of trade exchange with Iraq, and that what called االى the thinking in the country's accession to the New York Convention to encourage investment. Members of the Economic Committee in the House of Representatives varied views on Iraq's accession to the New York Convention, while counting some of it, "a good step" in order to preserve the rights of Iraqis and local investors in disputes International, had others some reservations, which stressed the need to be studied and clarified before making a decision final. And encourages NYC air investment of the member states where, they represent a point of arbitration between the investment companies and between countries working in it if they have a dispute between the parties. Decision of the Economic Commission Mahma Khalil stressed the importance of Iraq's accession to the New York Convention of International Arbitration in order to maintain the rights of Iraqis and investors local in international disputes. He said Khalil that his committee held a hearing Astmaih with the participation of representatives of the American Chamber of Commerce and the presence of other members of the United Nations, as well as the presence of judges from different disciplines to learn the importance of this agreement, especially with the increasing desires International seeking to double the volume of trade exchange with Iraq. The MP said in a statement »Center Brief for the Iraqi Media Network»: that many countries have benefited from this agreement, indicating that the interests of Iraq today require join them, especially since the time is right after his release from Chapter VII, and the increasing desire of investors and companies to work in Iraq. He noted that the advantages of joining this agreement is greater than the drawbacks, ruling out at the same time that there is objection by the political blocs them., In turn, noted member of the Economic Commission Abdel-Salam al-Maliki conservatively government to accede to this Convention despite the transformation of the economic system in the country , to the open market, which depends mainly on the role of the private sector and investment companies, domestic and foreign. And said Maliki in a statement »Center Brief for the Iraqi Media Network», that the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers asked to wait in the subject to join this agreement because of the unresolved issue of Iraqi funds, and the issue of lifting the immunity it, where saw it will be exposed to more suits counterfeit, or issue the provisions of some of the parties to control the money. pointed deputy to the State Council did not support the accession to this Convention, to his conviction possibility attached to harm the money of Iraq, launched from its forecast in the possibility that the cause of this Agreement damage matters of arbitration issued on matters of trade and finance, adding More than 149 countries officially Anzmt to the Convention. For his part, member of the Economic Committee expressed Amer Al-Fayez astonishment of sending this Agreement by the government to the House of Representatives without sending international treaty. Al-Fayez said in a statement «Center Brief for the Iraqi Media Network»: The Economic Commission had not seen this Convention. And between the MP that his committee had called on the government in the event of sending any of the laws to the parliament for ratification, to attach the text of the treaty with him, pointing out that this is one of the reasons for the delay in approving a number of laws, wondering about how to vote on the treaty without the knowledge of the original agreement, especially The House of Representatives has no right to put any note them as Notes International. noted that the New York Convention since its conclusion in 1958 received recognition many countries Arbitral Awards and implementation of the various countries of the world, where the Convention encourages air investment of the member states where they represent a point of arbitration between the investment companies and among its workforce States if you have a dispute between the parties.
  11. Someone 'negged' you Possum .... I tried to even you out but already used my plus on ya! Can someone even Mr. Possum out for me?
  12. The million dollar question is: 'Who's getting the last laugh now?' .... Hopefully us soon!
  13. Saddam Hussein's half brother dies of cancer QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA 1 hour ago . View gallery FILE - In this September 1995, file photo made available Monday, Feb. 28, 2005, Sabawi Ibrahim al-Hassan, … BAGHDAD (AP) — Saddam Hussein's half brother, who was facing the gallows for his role as chief of the regime's feared security service and allegedly one of the architects of the insurgency against U.S. and allied forces in Iraq, died of cancer on Monday in a Baghdad hospital, a senior official said. Deputy Justice Minister Busho Ibrahim told The Associated Press that Sabawi Ibrahim al-Hassan, who had received several death sentences, was transferred to the hospital from prison as his health deteriorated at dawn. His body will be handed over to his family. Al-Hassan had lived in exile for a period after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, but was deported to Iraq by the Syrian government in 2005. He was suspected of directing and financing insurgency operations from Syria carried out by Saddam loyalists in Iraq. His photo appeared as the Six of Diamonds in decks of playing cards distributed by the U.S. military featuring members of Saddam's deposed regime. Al-Hassan was No. 36 on the U.S. list of the 55 most-wanted Iraqis at the time. Under Saddam, al-Hassan served as head of intelligence and security during the 1991 Gulf War. He then ran the general security service until 1996, when he took up his final post of presidential adviser to Saddam. His son, Ayman Sabawi Ibrahim, was arrested in Saddam's hometown of Tikrit and was sentenced to life in prison, but escaped in northern Iraq in late 2006. Saddam was executed by hanging on Dec. 2006 for his role in the 1982 killings of 148 Shiites following a failed assassination attempt in the early 1980s. ________ Associated Press writer Sinan Salaheddin contributed to this report.
  14. Wall St. Cheat Sheet » Banks » Is JPMorgan the Next Big Thing in Iraq? By Eric Schaal | More Articles July 08, 2013 Page 1 of 2 view all Iraq, a perennially sanctioned and war-torn country, is opening up for business. JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM) is the latest U.S. bank to start expanding its presence in the country. With the UN’s Chapter 7 sanctions lifted, JPMorgan has signed a deal with the Trade Bank of Iraq in order to assist in importing goods and services to the country, Bloomberg reports. The bank’s decision follows the announcement that Citigroup (NYSE:C) will be opening several branches and offices throughout Iraq. Iraq is the second-largest oil producer in OPEC (trailing only Saudi Arabia), and the country’s centralbank is looking for ways to help businesses grow following the devastating period following the ousting of Saddam Hussein in 2003. JPMorgan’s deal with the Trade Bank of Iraq is to “open more letters of credit… on behalf of the government and its ministries,” said a spokesperson for Morgan. The IMF estimates the Iraq economy will grow by 9 percent, which is second only to Libya’s rate among countries in the region. The recent lifting of Chapter 7 sanctions returned approximately $82 billion to the Iraq central bank, and the government is expected to increase its spending by more than 18 percent this year, creating a wealth of opportunity for foreign investors. Citigroup has already announced it will begin opening branches to capitalize on the estimated $1 trillion in infrastructure spending slated for the coming years. Citigroup has plans for Baghdad, Basra, and Erbil at the moment, while the bank’s lending arm is set to finance an oil pipeline that will go through Jordan. The largest U.S. banks are hoping to become the latest companies capitalizing on the reconstruction of the country as a whole. JPMorgan’s role will be tied to government and central banking activities to start. EXCLUSIVE OFFER! Take Advantage of the Tax Relief 50% Off Sale for a Limited Time. CLICK HERE for your Weekly Stock Cheat Sheets NOW!Between 2010 and 2012, the five largest banks in Iraq saw their combined net income rise over 200 percent. Their earnings per share doubled during that period as well. Clearly, it is a wide-open market. JPMorgan is positioning itself to be the next bank winning big in a rapidly rebuilding economy.
  15. REFILE-UPDATE 2-Iraqis say oil flow via Kirkuk-Ceyhan link to resume in 2-3 days inShare Share this Email Print Related News Oil jumps $2 on Egypt, U.S. data, biggest weekly gain in a yearFri, Jul 5 2013 UPDATE 9-US oil vaults above $99 on Middle East worry, spread tradeTue, Jul 2 2013 Nearly 50 killed in Iraq bombingsTue, Jul 2 2013 Special Report: Return to Baghdad, epicenter of Islam's growing divideTue, Jul 2 2013 UPDATE 7-Oil gains, Brent-U.S. crude spread hits 2-1/2 year lowMon, Jul 1 2013 Analysis & Opinion My return to Baghdad, the epicentre of Islam’s growing divide Thwarting America’s crude awakening Related Topics Energy » Industrials » Mon Jul 8, 2013 9:00am EDT (Adds additional reporting credit) By Mustafa Mahmoud (Reuters) - The flow of crude from Kirkuk in Iraq to the port of Ceyhan inTurkey will resume in two to three days after being interrupted for weeks due to a pipeline leak, two sources in Iraq's state-run North Oil Company (NOC) said on Monday. Pumping through the pipeline has been suspended since June 21 because of the leak in the Ain al-Jahsh area, around 290 km (180 miles) northwest of Baghdad. A senior Turkish energy official said Iraq had given notice flows would resume by Friday. "Iraqi officials told Turkey that the flow on Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline will resume by Friday at the latest, but it is possible that it may be delayed until after Friday," the official said. Flows through the pipeline, which has an official capacity of 1.6 million barrels per day (bpd), are regularly interrupted due to technical problems and attacks by insurgents. "Every time we had a bomb attack, a quick fix was required to avoid disruption to exports from Ceyhan, but that's not working anymore as parts of the pipe have become like a sieve," an NOC official said on condition of anonymity. Work on the pipeline was suspended last month after unidentified militants ambushed a repair crew, killing two technicians and two members of the oil police, NOC and Iraqi security sources said. Security forces have since been sent up from Baghdad to provide cover for the repair team, and an oil ministry official said security measures along the pipeline would be reviewed. Shipping and trading sources said loading of Kirkuk crude onto tankers at the Turkish port of Ceyhan had been halted for more than two weeks because there was not enough oil in storage there. Typically, when the pipeline is idled, tanker loadings at Ceyhan can continue for a few days using stored oil, maintaining supplies to the Mediterranean market. "The pumping had been very problematic over the past couple of months. Every single ship has had to wait for at least 2-3 days... the problem is on the Iraqi side," said a Ceyhan-based shipping source, adding that eight tankers were currently waiting to be loaded. The stoppage contributed to a decline in OPEC member Iraq's June oil exports to 2.328 million bpd from 2.484 million the previous month, short of its 2.9 million bpd target for 2013. Iraq has the world's fourth-largest oil reserves and is targeting exports of 6 million bpd by 2017, which would see it overtake its neighbour and fellow OPEC member Iran. (Additional reporting by Ahmed Rasheed in Baghdad, Alex Lawler in London, Humeyra Pamuk and Orhan Coskun in Ankara; writing by Isabel Coles; Editing by Anthony Barker)
  16. Yep ... we are sure. Posted Today, 02:01 PM Kurdish MP reveals deal between CG, Kurdistan Region over Oil& Gas law draftAdded by Ahmed Hussein on June 30, 2013.Saved under Politics Baghdad ( MP, Mahdi Hachi, of the Kurdistani Democratic Party headed by the President of Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, revealed a deal between the Central Government and Kurdistan Region over the final draft of the Oil and Gas law. Speaking to Iraqi News (, he said “The Oil and Gas law draft is in its final steps and there is a suggestion presented since 2007 and another since 2010 where the two sides, during the meeting between Barzani and the Premier, Nouri al-Maliki, have shown a primary agreement over this draft.” “The joint committees have reached a final draft for this law to endorse it at the parliament,” he concluded. http://www.iraqinews.../#ixzz2XpGHUYfQ Read more:
  17. OKIE is out to sea again? ... He doesn't have both oars in the water. Gotta love him anyways ... Go RV
  18. Parliament meets tomorrow ... HCL is on the table. I agree with sandfly ... one more day! Here's to dreamin', hoping, and praying!
  19. LOL .... I see the Las Vegas economy getting a huge boost soon! I will be there too
  20. I wondered what happened to Okie and why he spends so much time at sea! I think we finally found him ... poor Okie
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