Animation tells the story of Ebola and how to avoid it

first_imgRay Maota Animation is being used to help people in Ebola affected areas to understand the disease and dispel fears (Image: United Methodist Communications).Ebola has the world on tenterhooks as countries and medical groups scramble to contain the rampant disease. And misinformation is adding to the hysteria surrounding the deadly virus. But working in West Africa, the centre of the outbreak, United Methodist Communications has turned to animation to spread factual information about the illness and how it is contracted.Through collaboration with Chocolate Moose Media and iHeed, an Irish social enterprise that produces digital training content, United Methodist has produced a video and is sharing it across West Africa to educate people on the disease. Chocolate Moose Media, founded by Firdaus Kharas, produces animation, documentaries, films and television series designed to educate, entertain, and change societal and individual behaviour via a process Kharas calls culture shift.Ebola is transmitted to humans from wild animals and spreads through person-to-person transmission. The body of a deceased person can also play a role in transmission. “Our goal is to provide education that leads to better understanding to prevent infections,” explained Reverend Larry Hollon, the chief executive of United Methodist Communications. “Ebola gains foothold in poor communities where mistrust, resistance to proper care, and lack of understanding of the virus and is widespread. The church’s advantage lies in its network of trusted leaders who live in the affected regions.”United Methodist Communications is the global communications agency of the United Methodist Church. It uses several methods to convey education, including text messages to clergy in Sierra Leone and Liberia, as well as commentaries by trusted leaders to encourage co-operation with health programmes. The videoThe video has been produced in various languages, including English and French with West African voices, as well as West African languages. Production took place in more than 10 countries, including Canada, Guinea, India, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Switzerland and the United States. The 20-person production team was headed by Kharas.“I have created what I hope will be a compelling video to prevent the spread of Ebola,” he said. “My approach was to combine animation with non-coercive persuasion by having Africans speak to their own broader family.”iHeed’s medical director, Dr Kunal Patel, explained that through a combination of weak health infrastructure, inconsistent levels of education and unpreparedness, the epidemic had become a global threat. “Digital media can fill the gaps. In combination with technologies such as mobile phones, cinemas, projectors and tablets, animated information can help.”The video tells the story of a young boy who is infected with the virus when he tries to help a mother with a baby who has the disease. He tells his family and community the facts regarding the disease, and warns them what not to do. He also gives them words of hope that the disease will be stopped by the medical people helping in the village.The video will be distributed by all three partners through international organisations, non-governmental organisations, civil society and churches, and through social media using the hashtag #Ebolavideo. It can also be also be downloaded on United Methodist’s website.Watch the video here:  EbolaAccording to the World Health Organization, 7 470 cases of Ebola had been reported as of 3 October, with 3 431 deaths in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Symptoms of infection include: fever greater than 38.6°C, severe headache, muscle pain, weakness, diarrhoea and vomiting, abdominal pain and unexplained haemorrhaging and bruising.Symptoms can take anything from two to 21 days after exposure to Ebola to appear, but the average is eight to 10 days, according to the US’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Recovery from Ebola depends on good supportive clinical care and the patient’s immune response. People who recover from Ebola infection develop antibodies that last for at least 10 years. The fight against the virusBrice de le Vingne, Médecins Sans Frontières’ director of operations, described the fight against Ebola as a war. “The fight against Ebola is like a war, and we need a very clear chain of command. There are 3 000 American soldiers being sent to Liberia, and the British army is also sending troops to support NGOs. We still do not really know who will operate the emergency health centres. At the moment, the deployment is slower than the epidemic, so we are losing ground.”He added that the only time the scourge of the virus would be dealt with was once a vaccine was developed. “The development of a vaccine depends on private companies [that] want to make a profit. In order to encourage them, we simply have to promise them orders. That is the job of the international community but we do not have the luxury of time,” he said.last_img read more

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Virgin Hair Fertilizer, It definitely works!

first_imgI appreciate this item and have witnessed a massive advancement in density and length of my hair. I massage it on the scalp each and every morning and the tingling sensation is pleasant. This is my 2nd buy as i was going to give a tube to a close friend who shaved her hair owing to extreme shedding. She is presently possessing new expansion and enjoys it as well.Love this stops itching straight absent and is so calming.What amazed me a lot more with his solution is how powerful and fast it worked on my scalp. So significantly i experienced experimented all sort of steps for my itchy scalp with no positive effects in anyway, including the advice of one dr who explained to me not to clean my hair so commonly ( at the time i was washing my hair as soon as a 7 days).Key specs for Virgin Hair Fertilizer:Anti DandruffHair Conditioning CreamRapid Hair GrowthConditions Broken And Dry HairComments from buyers“It definitely works!, Didn’t work as good this time, The smell is not great and tube seems to break easily and the product , It really works !, fast delivery and fast growth for your edges, Does what it says on the tin”Didn’t perform as fantastic this time. A bit let down as the previews buys had been fairly excellent, the final results had been great, not so very the same this time. I heard that virgin has been adulterated,i could possibly have experienced one of all those, i will give them a second prospect as the previews ones experienced specified me good final results.Been employing this for my edges and of course i do see a development . But you have to be extremely steady and affected individual because it does acquire a though it is certainly a great buy . Use this with drinking water to take in speedier.I am at present using virgin hair fertilizer, i have not. I am at this time applying virgin hair fertilizer ,i have not viewed new growth where by i want to ,but it is an early phase, i can detect my hair has grow to be more robust while.I did not use it as frequently as adviced and. I did not use it as often as adviced and did not see significantly of advancement, on the other hand it nurrishes listen to, provides gravity and thikness to the strands and eliminates freezing effect.Dont kmow if this point is going to operate since av not aeen the resulr but ideally it will function , so much so gud have mot viewed anything. . If it get the job done i will absolutely niy once again and aslo propose it.Rapidly shipping and rapid expansion for your edges. Great fast supply and satisfied with the product for the edges of my hair.Only utilized a few periods but i would unquestionably propose it ,stimulates scalp positive it will assistance hair expansion.This when used to give me outcomes on my edges which have been extremely broken by too much stress styling when i was younger. But for whatever motive this time, i hadn’t definitely professional any change. Potentially i didn’t test it for long sufficient, or maybe my edges are way too damaged for this products.When i recieved it the tube and box was rather mangled, at the time i opened the box the solution wouldnt open and alternatively break up its contents from the back again of the tube. On closer inspection the major ingredient appears to be petroleum jelly with a distinctive smell that makes they eyes water and scalp melt away.Can make my hair improve like magic, it is totally fantastic my mum enjoys it as very well.Does what it says on the tin. I employed this product a although back again, about a few years in the past. I utilised to pull my hair again tightly and finished up with a bald location at the back, how i’m still not completely positive as i utilised to pull the front tight not the again. One working day whilst at my auntie’s home ahe advised me about virgin and informed me to attempt it on the lacking patch of hair. Now i know alot of persons will in all probability say it was just down to usual advancement cycle that my hair came back again but i believe that it was the virgin hair fertiliser as my bald place stayed there for 5months following it disappeared, which judging by the point that hair grows on regular 1/two an inch a thirty day period shouldv grown back again but failed to until i used the fertiliser, 5months soon after my hair fell out. It only took about 6 months to come back and i made use of it about 3 instances. I didn’t see any solution establish up and quite a few say the scent is disgraceful but i didnt recognize considerably in phrases of scent.Enjoy like adore a have to for my hair regiment.The smell is not fantastic and tube would seem to break quickly and the product or service. I have been utilizing this item for four months now and i can presently see my hair is acquiring thicker. The smell is not terrific and tube seems to crack very easily and the item can leak out at the bottom. Also product can be tough to clean out, so do not apply closely.Produced my normal hair thicker .But its so considerably as it says on the web page.My hair is thicker and rarely breaks off now. This merchandise will make my hair strands more powerful and i assume it really is the menthol that opens up my scalps pore. I will not know how it will work but all i know is my hair growth is a great deal greater. 3 inches a month to about .When pressure was causing my hair to commence falling out, this was given to me and within just a few of months, my hair begun to make improvements to. I’ve proposed it and presented tubes away to close friends suffering likewise.Fantastic product if you have a dry scalp. Just rub a little volume into your scalp and all the dryness will be absent within a number of times.Just acquired this a pair of weeks in the past i can see the change.Not as powerful as the kinds i get in nigeria, but great tingle on the scalp.last_img read more

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Civil service probationers train at Statue of Unity

first_imgThe Centre’s first-ever common foundation course Aarambh (Beginning) for 2019 batch probationer civil servants has begun at the Statue of Unity in Kevadia, Gujarat, where around 500 newly recruited bureaucrats are undergoing six-day training.On Monday, World Bank president David Malpass addressed the probationers on the topic of “capacity building for civil servants” at Tent City, near the statue.Around 500 IAS/IPS/IRS/IFS probationers are participating in the foundation course of the Centre’s Department of Personnel and Training at Tent City. “I will encourage probationers and discuss with them additional ways to develop India,” an official release quoted Mr. Malpass.Along with training and seminars by experts, the government has also launched a new initiative under which each official will guide a local youth from villages near the Statue of Unity, which is located in a tribal area along the Narmada river.“Under the mentorship programme Nurture the Future, close to 500 civil service officials will be divided into teams to visit villages near Kevadia and each official will take a youth under his wing and provide career and professional guidance,” said K. Srinivas, additional secretary in the Personnel and Training Ministry. The probationer officials met local youth from 11 tribal villages in Bharuch and Chhota Udepur districts.Government officials said the initiative will ensure a better and brighter future for the youth living in remote and rural areas.Over the next five years, the initiative is expected to cover nearly one lakh youth throughout the country as part of the foundation course of probationers who have just passed the civil services exam and joined the country’s elite bureaucracy. The new initiative is being launched from Gujarat as the first common foundation course for civil servants is being held in the State for the first time. “Aarambh will conclude on October 31, being a fit tribute to the Iron Man of India on his birth anniversary, fondly celebrated as ‘Rashtriya Ekta Divas’. It will be the first-event event recognising the commitment, character and conduct of Sardar Patel,” Mr. Srinivas said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and other top functionaries of the centre will be at the event on October 31.last_img read more

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Cheteshwar Pujara, Indian cricket’s marathon man, turns 31

first_imgCheteshwar Pujara, the man of the hour of the Indian cricket team, celebrated his 31st birthday on January 25. He is currently playing for Saurashtra in the Ranji Trophy semi-final against Karnataka at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.Pujara had a stellar tour of Australia where he scored 521 runs in the series with three hundreds at an average of over 74 and walked away with the man-of-the-series award. Pujara’s performance in Australia caught the attention of the cricketing world as he lead his side to a historic 2-1 series win win.But true to his cricketing ethos, Pujara turned out for his Ranji side on return from Down Under, scoring 11 and an unbeaten 67 in the quarter-final against Uttar Pradesh.Ranji Trophy Semifinals Day 2 Live Score: Saurashtra vs KarnatakaTeam India coach Ravi Shastri had praised Pujara for showing that one can be a successful cricketer without being the ‘Flash Harry’.”He proved that you don’t have to be a Flash Harry to be successful. In this day and age when the bowlers are smart, with analysts studying your weaknesses, bowling attacks being more accurate… you have to earn your runs,” head coach Shastri told India Today’s Boria Majumdar in an exclusive interview.Pujara made his debut for India in 2010 against Australia in Bengaluru and since in 68 Tests, Pujara has scored 5426 runs at an average of 51.18 including 18 centuries and 20 fifties.With India’s Test assignments over for the season, the soft-spoken family man will be looking forward to another stint in county cricket, something which he alluded to in his post-match presentation.advertisement”I’ll be playing some first-class cricket back home. During IPL, I might be playing county cricket. Next Test series is 6-7 months away. Will give me enough time to prepare. I’ll work hard on my game to play white-ball cricket. But Test cricket is my priority, it’ll always remain my priority,” Pujara had said after the Sydney Test.Wishes poured in for Pujara on social media. Here is a select few:He’s India’s Test specialist, a rock in the top order who is the only Indian batsman to face over 500 balls in a single Test innings, against Australia at Ranchi in 2017. His three centuries led India to their recent Test series win in Australia.Happy birthday @cheteshwar1! pic.twitter.com/GceZyDDdYFICC (@ICC) January 25, 2019Happy Birthday @cheteshwar1. On his 31st birthday we relive one of his famous knocks against Australia. A double ton that had the Pujara imprint written all over it #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/IL1bYqTe3mBCCI (@BCCI) January 25, 2019Happy birthday @cheteshwar1 Wishing you a great year ahead full of love, luck and many more hundreds pic.twitter.com/e4E87ieB9HShikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) January 25, 2019Also Read | 521 runs. 1258 balls. 30 hours. Does Cheteshwar Pujara feel bad for bowlers?Also Read | We had a point to prove and we did, says Cheteshwar PujaraAlso Read | Cheteshwar Pujara just can’t dance: Watch India stars celebrate historic winlast_img read more

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10 months agoMan City boss Guardiola: Solskjaer appointment similar to me

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola: Solskjaer appointment similar to meby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola feels Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment at Manchester United can be a positive.Guardiola likened Solskjaer’s appointment at Manchester United to his first major job in management at Barcelona in 2008.”When a young manager like Solskjaer has this chance it’s because the club decided he could do it,” he said.”I was quite similar, quite young and we try to do our best. You can’t compare players to being managers.”The fact that I was there since I was 13, you know the club for sure. Knowing the people and how it works is important. Being there in the past is a positive.” last_img read more

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10 months ago​Howe refuses to rule out more Bournemouth signings

first_img​Howe refuses to rule out more Bournemouth signingsby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEddie Howe has not ruled out dipping into the transfer market again.The Cherries have signed Dominic Solanke on a permanent deal from Liverpool, while Nathaniel Clyne arrived on loan from the same club.But Howe feels there is more that could be done before the window shuts at the end of the month.Bournemouth are hoping their new signings can help them push up the table, where they are currently in 12th position. But they are only two points off 8th spot.The Cherries boss said to the Daily Echo on transfers: “It’s difficult to say with clarity yes or no. We are still looking at different areas.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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11 days agoWorried Barcelona eager to up Ansu Fati buyout clause

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Worried Barcelona eager to up Ansu Fati buyout clauseby Carlos Volcano11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona are eager to secure Ansu Fati to a new contract.While the 16 year-old sensation only penned pro terms last summer to 2023, there is a fear he could yet be tempted away.Fati’s current deal carries an ‘affordable’ buyout clause of €100m – so leaving Barca vulnerable to any hostile raid from a fellow European giant.As such, reports Mundo Deportivo, Barca want to reward the teen for his first team breakthrough with a pay-rise – and to also double his buyout clause to €200m.The new deals of fellow Barca youngsters Oriol Busquets and Juan Miranda boast the same buyout option. last_img read more

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TAT takes bold steps to build quality

first_imgASEAN Tourism Forum Tourism Authority of Thailanddiscover more here TAT takes bold steps to build qualityThailand announced at the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) that it will pursue an aspiring target to grow tourism revenue to 2.41 trillion Baht (66.5 billion US dollars), extend travel connectivity to neighbouring countries and take its high flying travel show, the Thailand Travel Mart Plus 2016 (TTM+ 2016), to North Thailand for the first time.Addressing the media attending the ATF, Friday, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor, Dr. Yuthasak Supasorn, outlined a determined strategy to expand tourism revenue, while promoting travel options that combine Thailand’s top destinations with travel opportunities in neighbouring countries.The strategy also touched on strengthening niche tourism, particularly the luxury travel, female travellers and community-based tourism to a global audience. Achieving a quality, balanced tourism experience was the core theme of the TAT Governor’s address to the ATF media attending the Thailand Briefing.“This year we will focus less on visitor arrivals and more on achieving quality tourism targets,” he explained. “Our marketing strategy for international markets will position the kingdom as a quality leisure destination through Thainess.”He defined “quality” as measured by visitor expenditure, average length of stay, and the overall delivery of a valuable visitor experience.Compared with 2015, when the country earned 2.23 trillion Baht in tourism (1.44 trillion Baht (42 billion US Dollars) in international tourism and 0.79 trillion Baht (23 billion US Dollars) in domestic), this year TAT is forecasting tourism revenue of 2.41 trillion Baht (USD66.5 billion) with 1.56 trillion Baht 43 billion US dollars earned from international tourism (USD43 billion) and 850 billion Baht from the domestic market (USD23.5 billion).According to preliminary figures from the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Thailand attracted 29.88 million tourists in 2015, up 20% on 2014.To refresh the country’s travel options in global markets, the TAT Governor also presented a strategy to work with neighbouring countries to promote “Two Countries One Destination” packages emphasising on connectivity with Myanmar, Cambodia, Lao PDR. and Vietnam.Overland trips will be promoted under the tagline “Crossing 2 Checkpoints, Travelling in 2 Countries” by initially combining historical attractions in both Thailand and Cambodia.“The tour has been designed in a way that allows visitors to fully use new cross-border highways and international border checkpoints,” the Governor explained.Dr. Yuthasak stressed the importance of the up-coming TTM+ 2016 due to be hosted in Chiang Mai. The mart will position the city as a tourism hub for North Thailand and the border regions of Myanmar and Lao PDR. In addition, this event will be open to ASEAN NTO members in support of the ASEAN Economic Community. Prior to this year, the country’s flagship trade event had been held in the Thai capital Bangkok.Themed ‘Smile with Us’ TTM+ 2016 will be held between 8 to 10 June, at the Chiang Mai International Exhibition and Convention Centre.center_img Source = Tourism Authority of Thailandlast_img read more

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In This Issue Greeks are given 15 more days…

first_imgIn This Issue. * Greeks are given 15 more days… * ECB and BOE meet … * China’s inflation spikes… * AUD and NZD hit 6 month highs… And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! The Greeks are given another 15 days to find more cuts… Good day. Chuck left for the Orlando Money Show yesterday, a trip I usually take with him. But I am knee deep in the computer conversion project which has been occupying a majority of my time over the past couple of years. We are extremely close to getting everything in place, and I believe we will finally meet our goal of converting to the new computer system at the end of the quarter. It will be a big relief to finally put this project behind us and move on! I’m sure the EU leaders are thinking the same thoughts regarding the Greek bailout. As Chuck wrote yesterday, the markets were feeling confident that an agreement on a second financing accord for Greece was going to be finalized yesterday. The Euro continued to rally on the news through most of the day, but the talks stumbled over the issue of pension cuts and EU/IMF officials had to give Greece 15 more days to come up with additional cuts. The delay in an agreement caused the euro to retreat from the two-month highs against the dollar, moving back into the $1.32 handle after trading as high as $1.3313. But there is still confidence an agreement will be met, as the parties have agreed on all the issues except a 300 million euro reduction in pension benefits. The ECB meets today to set monetary policy, and ECB President Mario Draghi will hold a press conference following the meeting, so we could see some additional euro volatility throughout the trading day. Draghi will definitely be questioned on the ECB’s possible role in securing a second round of funding for Greece. The ECB reluctantly entered the debt markets, purchasing bonds in order to keep rates from rising too dramatically. They have accumulated a substantial position in Greek debt, and the IMF is wanting them to agree to take a write-down on this debt in order to reduce Greek debt levels. The bonds purchased by the ECB were already at a discount, but Greece is wanting them to take an even larger discount on these holdings. The bonds bought by the ECB in its Securities Market Program are exempt from the current debt-swap deal, but Greece is needing additional debt reductions, and the IMF is pressuring the ECB to write down this debt. It will be interesting to see what Draghi decides to do, as many of his cohorts in the ECB aren’t interested in booking big losses on this debt. And if the ECB is forced to participate in the Greek debt write downs, what will that mean for the other distressed debt which the ECB has purchased? It would certainly seem to set a precedent which the ECB would have to follow in dealing with other debt purchased through their QE efforts of the past year. The data released this morning in Europe will give the ECB a bit of good news to start their meeting. Economic confidence in the euro area rose in the first quarter after posting losses in the previous two. The positive move was led by an improvement of expectations for the Euro region over the next six months according to the IFO research institute, with the indicator measuring future expectations rising from 57.4 to 70.5. This is still under its long term average, but a good move in the right direction. ECB President Draghi has said 2012 will be a ‘much better’ year and this data indicates many of the business leaders seem to agree. The Bank of England will be meeting also, and many expect BOE Governor Mervyn King to announce additional stimulus measures. Economists predict King will announce an increase of $50 billion pounds to their target for bond purchases, and some expect an even larger $75 billion pound increase. Growth in the UK has resumed (albeit very slowly) following a contraction in the last quarter of 2011. But King has indicated he would like to see stronger numbers, and doesn’t seem to be worried about any inflationary impact of pumping additional funds into the UK economy. The risk of slipping back into a second recession seems to far outweigh any future negative impacts of additional stimulus measures in the mind of the current BOE leader. With rates near zero, additional bond purchases is the preferred policy tool of the BOE, and an increase is being priced in by the markets. At least one Federal Reserve President here in the US would also like to see additional bond purchases. John Williams, the Fed Pres of San Francisco, said he thinks there is room for additional purchases of mortgage backed securities by the Fed. “There’s only so much headroom to do further Treasury securities of a medium or long term duration. But there is more room out there in the mortgage backed securities space,” Williams told reporters in California. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said yesterday that he sees a ‘long way to go’ before the job market returns to normal, and additional bond buying is one option which is still on the table. It makes me a bit nervous to be following in the footsteps of the BOE and BOJ in what seems like another round of QE. No data releases in the US yesterday, but today is Thursday which means we will get the weekly jobs numbers. Initial jobless claims are expected to have increased to 370k from 367k last week, and continuing claims are expected to have risen to 3.5 million. This data may seem counter to last week’s unexpected drop in the jobless rate to a three year low, but the reason for this drop in the big number is that workers are simply giving up looking for work. So while last week’s announcement of a drop in the unemployment rate to 8.3% send stocks soaring, the rate doesn’t give the true picture of the US labor market. Chairman Bernanke pointed this out in his speech to the Senate Budget Committee yesterday, saying the job market remains a ‘long way’ from returning to normal. China’s inflation unexpectedly moved higher in January according to reports released yesterday. Consumer prices rose 4.5% from a year earlier, a number which was higher than every economist’s predictions. The rise in prices was partially due to a week long holiday in January which increased the number of shopping days available for consumers to make purchases. The higher inflation rate reduces the possibility of further policy easing in the near term, but most economists are expecting inflation to cool in the coming months. The hike in consumer prices in China is yet another indication that the Chinese economy is not headed for a meltdown. This is good news for the commodity based currencies of NZD and AUD and both hit near term highs yesterday. The Kiwi traded back above 84 cents for the first time since September of last year. A report released in New Zealand showed employment grew last month, albeit at a slower rate than expected. New Zealand employment rose .1 percent in January vs. a median forecast growth of .4 percent. The Aussie dollar’s recent moon-shot stalled a bit yesterday, as the Greek negotiations stumbled. The AUD$ has been on a two month move higher, vaulting from below .97 cents at the end of November to a high of 1.0845 yesterday. The Reserve Bank’s move to keep interest rates unchanged, and their positive outlook on global growth prospects has given investors confidence in the Australian dollar. The guys who read the technical charts say the AUD$ looks overvalued at the current levels, and suggest waiting to see a pull back to $1.05 before making any additional purchases. Another story I read on Bloomberg suggests the Aussie’s recent rally will force the Reserve Bank to resume cutting interest rates as higher AUD$ prices will negatively impact Australian exports. I guess it is just additional proof that you can spin things any way you want. I still feel the commodity currencies are the place to invest. Then there was this. On my drive to work this morning I heard a newscaster describing how it was nice to see congress finally coming together to pass an important piece of legislation. I wondered, could it be real deficit reduction? Tax reform? Tort reform? No, it was the bill which would ban members of congress from profiting from using inside information in trading stocks. Shouldn’t this be illegal already? In fact it is, as members of Congress are not exempt from existing insider trading laws, but the Constitution’s protection of their ‘speech or debate’ makes it extremely hard to investigate violations. A 60 minutes report back in November showed some members of congress, including House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi had bought stock in companies while legislation that might affect those businesses was being debated. I guess it is good news that they are finally doing something about the loop hole, but wouldn’t their ethics already prevent this? Oh, I forgot, I am talking about congress. To recap. The Greek leaders have been given 15 days to find additional cuts to offset pension costs. The ECB and BOE meet and both may be adding to their bond buying. The ECB has to decide if they want to take a haircut on their Greek debt. Chinese inflation pushed higher, causing a rally to the commodity currencies. And our congress is set to pass a law which really shouldn’t be necessary. Mike just pointed out a headline that the Greek parliament has come to an agreement on additional cuts which should ‘seal the deal’ on a second round of funding. This should send the euro and the ‘risk’ currencies higher today! Currencies today 2/9/12. American Style: A$ $1.0789, kiwi .8349, C$ $1.003, euro 1.3253, sterling 1.5858, Swiss $1.0952. European Style: rand 7.6405, krone 5.7654, SEK 6.6537, forint 220.81, zloty 3.1776, koruna 18.8856, RUB 29.8243, yen 77.13, sing 1.2487, HKD 7.7561, INR 49.505, China 6.2951, pesos 12.7626, BRL 1.7238, Dollar Index 78.65, Oil $99.41, 10-year 2.01%, Silver $33.77, and Gold. $1,731.77 That’s it for today, all of us here on the desk were saddened by the news that Ty Keough’s father Harry had passed. I met Harry a couple of times when Ty would bring him by the office and you could tell he was just a great guy to hang out with. The local paper ran a great story on Harry yesterday, referring to him as ‘Soccer Royalty’. I thought I would share it with the readers, as most outside of St. Louis probably don’t know the full story of Harry Keough’s accomplishments. Here is a link . With that I will get this out the door, and hope everyone has a Truly Tremendous Thursday. Thanks for reading the Pfennig! Chris Gaffney, CFA Vice President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837 www.everbank.comlast_img read more

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