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Post by Adster on Sun Jul 13, 2008 5:23 am

CBI site under maintenance today.........







http://www.cbiraq.org/

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Post by Adster on Sun Jul 13, 2008 5:25 am

Iraq handing out cash to people on the streets









By SALLY BUZBEE and QASSIM ABDULZAHRA,Associated Press Writers AP - Sunday, July 13
BAGHDAD
- It is a politician's dream: Handing out cold, hard cash to people on
the street as they plead for help. Iraq's prime minister has been doing
just that in recent weeks, doling out Iraqi dinars as an aide trails
behind, keeping a tally.
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handouts by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and a handful of other top
officials are authorized _ as long as each goes no higher than about
$8,000, and the same people don't get them twice. Aides say they are
meant merely to ease the pain a bit, and are motivated by a belief that
better conditions will lead to more security.The cash handouts
are just one small _ if eye-catching _ part of a major investment push
this summer by Iraq's government. The aim is to rebuild basic services
and jumpstart Iraq's damaged economy by quickly distributing as much of
the country's glut of oil revenue as possible.U.S. officials and
a fed-up American public are urging exactly that _ for Iraq to spend
its own money, not America's, to rebuild the country now that violence
has eased.Yet the new Iraqi effort runs a high risk of failure:
The government is disorganized, fears of favoritism remain and the
shadow of corruption haunts every step."Money is not a problem,"
al-Maliki told a recent gathering of tribal chiefs in the southern city
of Basra, after government forces had defeated Shiite extremists there.
"But we must put it in honest hands to spend."Despite such
problems, Iraq's oil revenues, an estimated $70 billion this year,
still provide the best chance of leveraging the country's fragile
period of calm into something more lasting, many officials say.Top
U.S. commander Gen. David Petraeus has repeatedly called money a
crucial weapon to lure neighborhoods from extremists and stabilize
Iraq. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen,
urged the government to pass out money even faster this week on a trip
to devastated Mosul in the north.The United States has been
doling out cash itself, most effectively to former Sunni militants who
switched sides to fight al-Qaida. The military has also provided money
and assistance to projects like fixing damaged roads in the Shiite
enclave of Sadr City after battles there.Yet most recent big
spending announcements have been Iraqi: $100 million to rebuild Sadr
City; another $100 million to the Shiite city of Basra after fighting
there; $100 million for another southern Shiite town, Amarah; and $83
million to help internal refugees return home.It's unclear how
fast the project money will actually get out. Past U.S. surveys have
found Iraqi officials actually spent only tiny portions of the money
they had allocated, often because of disorganization in government
offices or a lack of technical know-how.Also, discrepancies feed
fears of favoritism. One violence-battered and needy northern province,
Ninevah, which is mostly Sunni and Kurdish, has received only 20
percent of what the central government has promised, U.S. officials
said this week.Many of the provinces where al-Maliki, a Shiite, has recently pledged money are Shiite.Yet
there are signs of small improvement, other officials say. First Lt.
Paul Horton, an assistant civil military operations officer in Diyala,
a mixed area north of Baghdad, sees it in efforts to get government
money to local farmers suffering from drought."We're starting to get a lot more attention and a lot more love," he said.As for al-Maliki, Arab leaders have long used personal handouts to also gain political loyalty.Most
of the grants the prime minister gives out are only $200 to $400 to
help those needing medical care, widows or people without jobs. On one
recent visit to the riverside Abu Nawas park in Baghdad, he gave a
group of boys each the equivalent of $40 in dinars to buy soccer balls.
The biggest grants require documentation like letters from a hospital,
his aides say.On a trip last month to Amarah, an Associated
Press reporter saw the prime minister approached by several supplicants
during a meeting he was chairing of tribal sheiks. An aide from
al-Maliki's office handed out cash at his direction, making each
beneficiary sign a receipt.Asked the reason for such handouts, a
senior adviser to the prime minister, Sadiq al-Rikabi, said: "Citizens
must realize that security is not just making the law prevail ...
Reconstruction and jobs are a big part of it."

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Re: CBI site down for maintenance.

Post by RoyalBeluga on Sun Jul 13, 2008 5:30 am

No CBI auction today then?

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Post by Adster on Sun Jul 13, 2008 5:40 am

Who knows. Coincidence all this money is being given out and their site is down? Most probably.

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Post by debrobb on Sun Jul 13, 2008 5:43 am

A little odd!!! Thats okay as long as when the website is up and running it moves a pip or two. lol!

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Post by RoyalBeluga on Sun Jul 13, 2008 5:43 am

Adster wrote:Who knows. Coincidence all this money is being given out and their site is down? Most probably.

We can only sit and watch..............

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Post by RoyalBeluga on Sun Jul 13, 2008 5:45 am

Has it ever been under maintainence in the past? I've seen it down but never under maintainence - they are obviously modifying it somehow - perhaps the rate?

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Post by Adster on Sun Jul 13, 2008 5:46 am

debrobb wrote:A little odd!!! Thats okay as long as when the website is up and running it moves a pip or two. lol!

More like 1194 pips. Laughing Laughing Laughing

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Re: CBI site down for maintenance.

Post by debrobb on Sun Jul 13, 2008 5:54 am

More like 1194 pips. Laughing Laughing Laughing

C'mon Adster have a little faith...........1193! Razz

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Post by Adster on Sun Jul 13, 2008 6:02 am

Interesting that you can get in and it's only the front page stating under maintenance. Rate still on Thursday.

http://cbiraq.org/cbs6.htm

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Post by debrobb on Sun Jul 13, 2008 6:10 am

Interesting that you can get in and it's only the front page stating under maintenance. Rate still on Thursday.
http://cbiraq.org/cbs6.htm[/quote]


I saw that, definitely strange!!

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Post by Adster on Sun Jul 13, 2008 6:13 am

After 3 years I try to never build hopes up but this is weird what with the money being given out, stipends, Election Law being voted on next week and of course the GOI having worked through their recess this month. But it's probably nothing but wishful thinking. Shocked Laughing

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Re: CBI site down for maintenance.

Post by RoyalBeluga on Sun Jul 13, 2008 6:22 am

Never seen it under maintenance though, have you? Seen it down but never this ...

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Re: CBI site down for maintenance.

Post by Adster on Sun Jul 13, 2008 6:24 am

Nope, not me. And no rate for Sunday yet, that's normally up by now. We'll see, probably nothing.

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Re: CBI site down for maintenance.

Post by Dinar_OS on Sun Jul 13, 2008 6:34 am

error 1194

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Re: CBI site down for maintenance.

Post by jj on Sun Jul 13, 2008 7:05 am

lets hope all this is good news until know everything in our favor lets hope its like that

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Re: CBI site down for maintenance.

Post by debrobb on Sun Jul 13, 2008 7:32 am



by Dinar_OS Today at 12:34 pmerror 1194





What does this mean????

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Re: CBI site down for maintenance.

Post by 8ball on Sun Jul 13, 2008 7:36 am

Well it could be nothing, but it also could mean..... a change is coming.....

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Post by 8ball on Sun Jul 13, 2008 7:42 am

It's strange that the main page has been replaced with a maintenace page and the other pages are still there..... So all the links are broken and you couldn't get to the exchange page unless you had the driect link......

Normally the whole website goes down..... for maintenace....


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Re: CBI site down for maintenance.

Post by Sponson on Sun Jul 13, 2008 7:48 am

I haven't had any trouble getting onto the site, and I've not seen any messages regarding any maintenance - although it's true the rate hasn't been updated.

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Re: CBI site down for maintenance.

Post by Adster on Sun Jul 13, 2008 7:52 am

In the last few hours Sponson?

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Post by Sponson on Sun Jul 13, 2008 7:54 am

Adster wrote:In the last few hours Sponson?

Since about 5:15am CST - no problems.

I believe your 4 hours ahead of me.

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Re: CBI site down for maintenance.

Post by Adster on Sun Jul 13, 2008 7:59 am

So you've not had the maintenance sign on the main front page? Shocked

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Post by Sponson on Sun Jul 13, 2008 8:03 am

Adster wrote:So you've not had the maintenance sign on the main front page? Shocked

Nope.

Odd.

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