Briona: I have been pinching pennies for so long that my fingers are cramping, time to change that forever, and let it be this week.
SassyD: briona..... I hear ya'...... Our Moto (my late hubby & I)....... "We've done sooo much, with sooo little, for sooo long, that we can do almost anything, with nothing, in no time flat !!"
Tanker47: Intel is dead as a hammer .
G8way2k: Silence may just be golden.
RVAlready: The holdups just need to get their jobs done. The world is waiting.
MNGoodman: Old intel: This will happen when it happens. A couple of wise men (not the Magi!) once said, "Be ready so you don't have to get ready."
Pigmy577: and you got to go thru it to get to it !
Sherry13: And watch what they do, not so much what they say.....
Greyeagle: Yesterday is HISTORY, tomorrow is MYSTERY today is the ONLY time you can do something about your life. GET GOING !!!
Eccle519: Iraq has done everything they've said they were going to do in-country as far as economic reforms...many think that every time they make progress means US banks are going to exchange the program IQD for USD and be international!. Going international exposes Iraq to a whole new ball game which there is no return. It's basically scary for them and all involved but they will/must do it to compete in the world market
Briona: Time for Iraq to put on its big boy pants and get it done…. The solution to many of Iraq's problems lies in the simple act of currency revaluation, the sooner they realize this the better off they will be…. And so will the rest of the world as a consequence.
JCNoble: briona agree. A tier 1 nation needs to act like one.
Rogue: QUESTION= if the revaluing of their currency will solve most of their problems ( corruption, reparation dues, rebuilding, advancing the economic structure, etc, etc ) why haven't they revalued yet ???
Netglobal: Rogue, good question. I believe it is because Iraq had UN sanctions on their country and their currency…. I believe the UN sanctions issue is now behind them even though the UN still has some control.
Yada: The rv creates greater spending power to resolve their issues
JCNoble: Yada agree. that is why I think others (PTB) have control or it will already be done. Iraqi will need to finally say we control ourselves and just do it.
Rogue: i understand there was a multitude of things they had to do in order to get to the point of revaluing, but i am trying to wrap my head around the reason for not revaluing now ; unless ABADI has not been given the "NOD" as of yet . In any case we await a nod from Ray...STANDING BY
Harambe : AP Interview: Iraq patriarch looks to life after war with IS
Harambe: CNBC: Oil rises on UK pipeline outage, but US supply caps gains https://www.cnbc.com/2017/12/18/oil-markets-focus-on-disruptions-offset-by-rising-us-output.html
Tishwash: Iraqi Stock Exchange announces the end of trading 2017 and the beginning of 2018 transactions
The Iraqi Stock Exchange announced on Tuesday that the last trading session for 2017 will be held on Monday, 25 December, with the first trading sessions for 2018 on Tuesday the second of January.
The general index of the stock exchange ended Tuesday up 0.1%, supported by the rise of shares of 11 companies, headed by: the Islamic Bank of the country, the production and marketing of meat, Bank of Babylon, the Islamic Bank, and Baghdad Iraq for public transport.
Trading volume jumped 14.92 billion shares at KD 11.86 billion. The Development Bank accounted for 93.8% of the volume and 94.4% of liquidity. link
Mot: He had to give her the greatest gift he could -- not dolls or games or toys -- but the gift of HOPE.................
Three years ago, a little boy and his grandmother came to see Santa at Mayfair Mall in Wisconsin . The child climbed up on his lap, holding a picture of a little girl.
"Who is this?" asked Santa, smiling, "Your friend? Your sister?"
"Yes, Santa," he replied. "My sister, Sarah, who is very sick," he said sadly.
Santa glanced over at the grandmother who was waiting nearby, and saw her dabbing her eyes with a tissue.
"She wanted to come with me to see you, oh, so very much, Santa!" the child exclaimed. "She misses you," he added softly.
Santa tried to be cheerful and encouraged a smile to the boy's face, asking him what he wanted Santa to bring him for Christmas. When they finished their visit, the Grandmother came over to help the child off his lap, and started to say something to Santa, but halted.
"What is it?" Santa asked warmly.
"Well, I know it's really too much to ask you, Santa, but " the old
woman began, shooing her grandson over to one of Santa's elves to collect the little gift which Santa gave all his young visitors. "The girl in the photograph... my granddaughter well, you see ... she has leukemia and isn't expected to make it even through the holidays," she said through tear-filled eyes. "Is there any way, Santa . any possible way that you could come see Sarah? That's all she's asked for, for Christmas, is to see Santa."
Santa blinked and swallowed hard and told the woman to leave information with his elves as to where Sarah was, and he would see what he could do.
Santa thought of little else the rest of that afternoon. He knew what he had to do. "What if it were MY child lying in that hospital bed, dying," he thought with a sinking heart, "this is the least I can do."
When Santa finished visiting with all the boys and girls that evening, he retrieved from his helper the name of the hospital where Sarah was staying.
He asked the assistant location manager how to get to Children's Hospital.
"Why?" Rick asked, with a puzzled look on his face.
Santa relayed to him the conversation with Sarah's grandmother earlier that day. "C'mon.... I'll take you there," Rick said softly.
Rick drove them to the hospital and came inside with Santa. They found out which room Sarah was in. A pale Rick said he would wait out in the hall.
Santa quietly peeked into the room through the half-closed door and saw little Sarah on the bed. The room was full of what appeared to be her family; there was the Grandmother and the girl's brother he had met earlier that day. A woman whom he guessed was Sarah's mother stood by the bed, gently pushing Sarah's thin hair off her forehead. And another woman who he discovered later was Sarah's aunt, sat in a chair near the bed with a weary, sad look on her face.
They were talking quietly, and Santa could sense the warmth and closeness of the family, and their love and concern for Sarah.
Taking a deep breath, and forcing a smile on his face, Santa entered the room, bellowing a hearty, "Ho, ho, ho!"
"Santa!" shrieked little Sarah weakly, as she tried to escape her bed to run to him, IV tubes intact.. Santa rushed to her side and gave her a warm hug.
A child the tender age of his own son -- 4 years old -- gazed up at him with wonder and excitement. Her skin was pale and her short tresses bore telltale bald patches from the effects of chemotherapy. But all he saw when he looked at her was a pair of huge, blue eyes. His heart melted, and he had to force himself to choke back tears. Though his eyes were riveted upon Sarah's face, he could hear the gasps and quiet sobbing of the women in the room.
As he and Sarah began talking, the family crept quietly to the bedside one by one, squeezing Santa's shoulder or his hand gratefully, whispering "thank you" as they gazed sincerely at him with shining eyes.. Santa and Sarah talked and talked, and she told him excitedly all the toys she wanted for Christmas, assuring him she'd been a very good girl that year.
As their time together dwindled, Santa felt led in his spirit to pray for Sarah, and asked for permission from the girl's mother. She nodded in agreement, and the entire family circled around Sarah's bed, holding hands. Santa looked intensely at Sarah and asked her if she believed in angels.
"Oh, yes, Santa... I do!" she exclaimed.
"Well, I'm going to ask that angels watch over you, "he said. Laying one hand on the child's head, Santa closed his eyes and prayed. He asked that God touch little Sarah, and heal her body from this disease. He asked that angels minister to her, watch and keep her. And when he finished praying, still with eyes closed, he started singing softly, "Silent Night, Holy Night.... all is calm, all is bright."
The family joined in, still holding hands, smiling at Sarah, and crying tears of hope, tears of joy for this moment, as Sarah beamed at them all. When the song ended, Santa sat on the side of the bed again and held Sarah's frail, small hands in his own.
"Now, Sarah, "he said authoritatively, "you have a job to do, and that is to concentrate on getting well. I want you to have fun playing with your friends this summer, and I expect to see you at my house at Mayfair Mall this time next year!" He knew it was risky proclaiming that, to this little girl who had terminal cancer, but he "had" to. He had to give her the greatest gift he could -- not dolls or games or toys -- but the gift of HOPE.
"Yes, Santa! "Sarah exclaimed, her eyes bright.
He leaned down and kissed her on the forehead and left the room. Out in the hall, the minute Santa's eyes met Rick's, a look passed between them and they wept unashamed. Sarah's mother and grandmother slipped out of the room quickly and rushed to Santa's side to thank him.
"My only child is the same age as Sarah," he explained quietly. "This is the least I could do." They nodded with understanding and hugged him.
One year later, Santa was again back on the set in Milwaukee for his six-week, seasonal job which he so loves to do. Several weeks went by and then one day a child came up to sit on his lap. "Hi, Santa! Remember me?!"
"Of course, I do," Santa proclaimed (as he always does), smiling down at her.
After all, the secret to being a "good" Santa is to always make each child feel as if they are the "only" child in the world at that moment.
"You came to see me in the hospital last year!" Santa's jaw gaped.
Tears immediately sprang in his eyes, and he grabbed this little miracle and held her to his chest. "Sarah!" he exclaimed. He scarcely recognized her, for her hair was long and silky and her cheeks were rosy -- much different from the little girl he had visited just a year before. He looked over and saw Sarah's mother and grandmother in the sidelines smiling and waving and wiping their eyes.
That was the best Christmas ever for Santa Claus. He had witnessed --and been blessed to be instrumental in bringing about -- this miracle of hope.
This precious little child was healed. Cancer-free. Alive and well.
He silently looked up to Heaven and humbly whispered, "Thank you, Father.. 'Tis a very, Merry Christmas!
If you believe in miracles you will pass this on...I did!
The highest courage is to dare to be yourself in the face of adversity. Choosing right over wrong, ethics over convenience, and truth over popularity... These are the choices that measure your life. Travel the path of integrity without looking back, for there is never a wrong time to do the right thing.
God Bless You and Have A Good Day
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