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Don961: Cabinet: Eid al-Fitr holiday starting Thursday

6/12/2018 11:16:40 AM

BAGHDAD – The General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers announced Tuesday (June 12th, 2018) the Eid al-Fitr holiday, and indicated that it will begin from next Thursday until Monday, June 18 .

The Secretariat said in a brief statement that it was decided “to disrupt the official working hours on the occasion of the Eid al-Fitr, starting from next Thursday of this week, corresponding to 6/14, until Monday .”

The office of the supreme religious authority Ali al-Sistani in Najaf ruled out last Monday, the vision of Hilal Shawwal next Thursday, so it is likely that the office of the reference next Saturday as the first day of Eid al-Fitr.     link

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Samson:  America is launching an international campaign to hunt down “electronic scammers” and arrest dozens

12th June, 2018

US authorities have launched an international campaign to hunt down and arrest “dissidents fraudsters” and managed to arrest 74 crook until now.

According to Western media, US authorities arrested 74 people, including 30 Nigeria, as part of an anti-fraud campaign. The arrests were aimed at fraudsters who persuaded them to pay them money for illegal activities, she said.  The United States states that this type of fraud has become “popular” and vows to prosecute those involved “where they are.”  The authorities revealed that they had confiscated, recovered and monitored more than $ 16 million since last January.

The campaign, involving local police and federal police, targeted fraudsters who trick and convince people to send money by impersonating a partner or a friend.  Police in one case said two Nigerian nationals living in Dallas, impersonating a man selling property and asking a real estate lawyer to transfer $ 246,000. The authorities also targeted “intermediaries” who consciously or unconsciously participate in such operations, receiving money from the victims and diverting them according to the instructions of the fraudsters.

The United States said the arrests were made in Nigeria, Canada, Mauritius and Poland.  “The process demonstrates the commitment of the FPI to pursue and dismantle criminal fraud networks targeting Americans and US institutions,” said Christopher Ree, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FPI) who funded and coordinated the operation.

According to the FPI, a loss of $ 3.7 million has been reported since the crackdown began. He added that “the impact of this fraud is not limited to individuals, but the world economy.”   LINK

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Samson:  Oil rises with Trump’s tribute to a positive meeting with Kim

12th June, 2018

Oil prices rose in line with global markets on Tuesday after US President Donald Trump said the Singapore summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had made “significant progress”, boosting hopes for an agreement to end the nuclear standoff on the Korean Peninsula

But signs of growing output from top producers Russia, the United States and Saudi Arabia have curbed price gains

Traders said the activity was also calm ahead of the meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and some of its allies on June 22, which may determine the policy of production of several major producers

As of 0547 GMT, Brent crude futures were at $ 76.55 a barrelup 9 cents, or 0.1 percent, from the previous close

US crude oil futures for the week were $ 66.24, up 14 cents, or 0.2 percent

Global markets rose after Trump said his closely watched meeting with Kim on Tuesday had made “significant progress” and was “very positive indeed” after his signing and Kim was close to talks as part of efforts to end the nuclear standoff on the Korean Peninsula
Any positive result could be good news for the markets,” said Shannon Rivkin, investment manager at Reifen Australia Securities   LINK

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Don961: Wow!!!

Iraqi oil tankers resume their activities to all countries of the world

– One Day Ago Shatha Khalil *

The Iraqi Ministry of Oil has been keen to promote the rehabilitation and development of the tanker companies and to resume its national export of crude oil to all parts of the world after a three-decade hiatus.

The ministry recently completed the loading of the first oil tanker called “Baghdad” with crude oil and leaving for southern export ports en route to the United States.

Oil Minister Jabbar al-Luaibi said the ministry plans to build a national fleet to transport oil and oil derivatives in favor of companies contracting with the Iraqi oil marketing company “Sumo”.

Al-Luaibi said that the ministry has made important steps in transforming this company into a winner after the decline and discontinuation of its maritime activity in the past decades because of wars and difficult economic conditions, pointing to its efforts to provide more support and support to the company, thus contributing to elevate it to the ranks of international companies.

The director general of the company Hussein Allawi said that this step comes under the direction of Oil Minister Jabbar Ali Al-Allaibi to restore the activity of the Iraqi tankers company in the transfer of crude and oil derivatives to all parts of the world and a step for the progressive construction of this sector as it will transport crude oil to international ports by the operation of 4 giant carriers, 3 other carriers in the near future and will carry the Iraqi flag as it roams the world.

Allawi said that the company will load the tanker named “Basra” after the departure of the tanker, “Baghdad”, which carries two million barrels of crude oil in favor of a company that contracts with the oil marketing company.

The company has signed several cooperation agreements with the Arab Shipping Company, including transport and joint cooperation, and the training of national capacities by 600 trainees to manage the tanker fleet in the coming period, pointing out that the company plans to build an integrated fleet of giant tankers to be the national carrier of oil and its derivatives.

The spokesman of the Ministry of Oil Assem Jihad, that the company has recently received the certificate of quality (ISO), which is an important step of the ministry to revitalize the company and turn it from loser to winner through activating its activities in the transfer of oil derivatives and crude oil, pointing out that Iraq is the second largest producer Of oil in the Organization of Petroleum Ex

In the context of the planning, achievements and development of the ministry, new contracts were signed in the initials, on June 4, 2018 for the rehabilitation of oil fields and the exploration border with two Chinese companies, and three other contracts with the UAE company. Al-Luaibi said that the ministry has ambitious plans to develop these fields and the exploration of the border. The ministry will work on developing the remaining five border fields in the near future, adding that it is hoped that the production rate of the six fields will reach 500 thousand barrels per day in the future.

Al-Allaibi said that the ministry hopes the companies signing the contracts to develop the necessary plans for the development of production rates and increase in accordance with the time periods specified in addition to the implementation of service projects for areas surrounding the fields and patches exploration, relying on the employment of Iraqi workers by not less than 95%

The Director General of the Department of Contracts and Licenses of Petroleum Abdul-Mahdi Al-Amidi said that the ministry signed with the Chinese company (GEO-JADE) two contracts for the development of exploration patches and fields in the (oil Canna) in Diyala province and (Huweiza) in Maysan province, in addition to the signing of a contract with the company (UEG) To develop the field of exploratory fields (Sinbad) in the province of Basra, adding that the ministry will present the six contracts signed with companies to the Energy Committee in the Council of Ministers for the view and ratification.

A representative of GEO-JADE of China, Henry Soo, expressed the company’s readiness to work with the Ministry of Oil and abide by the terms of the contract and implement them to achieve the common interests of both parties.

In the presence of the ministry’s agents for extraction, liquidation and distribution, a number of general managers, ministry officials, the inspector general’s office and the media, the ministry signed another contract with the representative of Shankwei Company (UEG), which expressed the company’s readiness to develop working relations with the ministry in new fields.

The Ministry of Oil is keen to develop oil fields and rehabilitate the working cadres and conclude contracts with the firm companies to increase the production and upgrading of the oil sector at the appropriate level of the volume of wealth in Iraq, especially after the exposure of the oil fields and refineries in the north and west to sabotage and complete destruction, Since June 2014, and freed from his fist, on 10 December last.

Iraq is the second largest producer of oil in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, “OPEC” after Saudi Arabia, with a capacity of 4.8 million barrels per day.
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