Wednesday, August 17, 2011

En el mar la vida es más sabrosa

En el mar la vida es más sabrosa

En el mar la vida es más sabrosa

Posted: 17 Aug 2011 12:26 PM PDT

Jacksonville, Texas. Ese día era espectacular! No había nada mejor que tomar una caminata en la playa, así que después me senté y comencé a admirar el vasto mar.

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Fotos de Acapulco

Posted: 17 Aug 2011 12:21 PM PDT

La bahia de Acapulco y puerto, terminal de cruceros

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The Pink House

Posted: 17 Aug 2011 10:03 AM PDT

1. Bailabe Bing Sampaco a.k.a. The Lady Pink of Marawi City (seated second row: fifth from left), a Muslim with her clan is the lady behind The Pink House and Collections.


2. The Pink House of Marawi City Lanao del Sur, Philippines. No doubt that the owner loves pink. Even all her stuffs inside the house are PINK! yes! Pink!


3. Kitchen


4. Living Room

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Where I Come From: Joplin MO Getting back into a school routine

Posted: 17 Aug 2011 09:03 AM PDT

Joplin Mo students started school today as scheduled. The high school students are now meeting at what use to be called Shopco at the local North Park Mall. The shots above are of the new High School location, the old High School location and the old middle school. The schools were destroyed in the F5 tornado that ripped through the town on May 22, 2011.

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Sanitation Truck Accident NYC

Posted: 17 Aug 2011 08:31 AM PDT

At the sanitation facility in Queens.. Truck drove through the wall. Driver saved.  Dozens of FDNY & NYPD on scene/

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Centenarian gets a pie from Bachmann, a kiss from Perry

Posted: 17 Aug 2011 06:09 AM PDT




A kiss from Gov. Rick Perry and a pie from Michele Bachmann.
That's what Mary Canfield, a Cedar Falls centenarian, got at the Black Hawk County Republicans Lincoln Day Dinner Sunday after Bachmann crowned her the "oldest Republican mother" at the fourth annual fundraiser on Aug. 14.
With 117 media members at the Electric Park Ballroom, many of the 300 guests found themselves in an unfamiliar territory under the intense spotlight of cameras.
"There is nothing more American than apple pie," Bachmann said as she aptly wrapped the unexpected symbolic gift, "the biggest, fattest, deepest" apple pie she could buy, in a personal memory of a mother-daughter contest at a local church. "Mary, you may not be the oldest," she said to laughter. "There's very good genes here in the Black Hawk County area, is there anyone else? I want to be fair…"
But with the gesture of a token pie, the winner of the Iowa Straw Poll may have lost more votes in Waterloo than she garnered in Ames because she turned down an invitation, relished by both Sen. Rick Santorum and Gov. Rick Perry, to mingle with fellow Republicans from her native town. They had paid $30 per plate for the opportunity to get to know the candidates personally.
"She can give away the pie, but it would have been nice if she could eat the pie that was served at the dinner," said Judd Saul, the spokesperson for Black Hawk County Republicans. "We are not animals here, and  she is not the president yet. She will still have to win our votes.  We would like a more humble approach where she could break bread with the people."
On the stage, Bachmann, whose entry was rockstar-like after her rivals had spoken, got the crowd going with her talking points.
But it was Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the new kid on the block, who fired up the crowd after his Saturday announcement that he was running for commander-in-chief.
All eyes were on Perry as he walked into the ballroom, shook hands and chatted—in espresso-shot style—with supporters. When he reached Mary Canfield, the Cedar Falls centenarian, he leaned over her chair and gave her a peck on the cheek. Followed by a beehive of cameras clamoring to capture his every gesture and comment, he worked the crowd with charisma and eventually got in front of the microphone.
"One of the powerful reasons why I am running for the presidency of the United States is to make sure that every young man and woman who puts on the uniform for this country respects highly the president of the United States," Perry said to applause.
In his remarks, which he delivered as he occasionally glanced at notes and carried on an impromptu dialogue with U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, Perry outlined four principles he said he had already implemented in Texas.
If applied from the Oval Office, he argued, these measures – cutting spending, keeping taxes low, ensuring predictability in the regulatory system and passing tort reform to curb frivolous law suits – would drive "the American economy skyward like a rocket."
"We're not angry, we are indignant," he said. "We are indignant at the arrogance and the audacity that this administration is showing about the values that are important to the people of America. We're indignant about a government that borrows trillions of dollars because they do not have the courage to say no. We are indignant about activist agencies like the EPA that attempt to destroy the local economies at the expense of state sovereignty…We are indignant about a president who  goes on an American apology tour instead of talking about American exceptionalism."
Perry's delivery pizzazz drew enthusiastic applause, and stood in contrast with the low-key remarks given by Rick Santorum, who kicked off the candidate lineup earlier in the evening.
Santorum called his efforts the "little engine that could campaign" and pledged to continue diligently to stump in Iowa, where he has been to 65 counties.
"The straw poll for us was a victory for dollars spent for votes," Santorum said. "We won yesterday."
Wes Gade, a computer programmer from Waverly, said that while he would not have any problem voting for any of the social conservatives in the race, Santorum's stance on issues and his down-to-earth approach appeal to him the most.
"He was not reading a speech or notes, he was talking from the heart," Gade said. "He did better than what I was expecting [at the straw poll]. He took fourth for a guy that hasn't run any TV commercials, or radio ads and doesn't drive around in a big tour bus like Bachmann does. Like he said, votes for dollar, he won. That kinda says that local people and grassroots gravitate to him, but it is probably going to be hard for him to overcome all the national media and hype that Bachmann, Perry and Romney get."
Wes's brother, Brad, a broker at CUNA Mutual, said Perry's passion stood out for him.
"It's gonna be tough to decide," he said. "He brings a lot of excitement to the race. What sets him apart is the experience that he has, years of executive experience that even our current president was lacking in the last election. He seemed prepared to handle the turbulent times. If one of them gets the nomination, we can say we shook hands with them."
Marcella Gruver, a retired nurse, now 80, who accompanied Canfield, and later savored a small piece of the pie at her home, said that it would be hard for her to choose among the conservative candidates.
"I'm really pleased that finally a conservative woke up and said, 'I have to be a candidate myself. I cannot just complain against the liberals, I have to be active and participate,'" she said.
Gruver said that preserving marriage is the most important issue for her.
"Marriage is between one man and one woman," she said. "You don't give civil rights to sin. Homosexuals do not deserve special rights because the Constitution gives it to them. I don't believe in mistreating anybody, but they should get justice through the law, not special treatment."
Gruver said she enjoys going to political gatherings, an activity she has picked up even more since the death of her husband, Charles, in 2002.
"I thought it was well planned," she said of the fundraiser. If you are running for president, you should be entitled to your own parade."

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CNN iReport 5 Yr Anniversary in Los Angeles - PreEvent

Posted: 17 Aug 2011 01:09 AM PDT

Edwin Duterte of California will be hosting the CNN iReport 5 year anniversary in Los Angeles on Thursday August 18th.


We will be mixing and mingling with other iReports at the Microsoft Store in Los Angeles.  Microsoft will be giving us goodie bags and from what I hear... maybe even raffle a cool toy (perhaps a Bloggie)!


We've even asked Jeff Kaufman, an award-winning journalist, TV and New Media producer and showrunner, radio host, and an adviser to audience-facing businesses, to take a look at our iReports and give us a few pointers to make our ireports even more news worthy.


He leads STORY INDUSTRIES (, which collaborates with select Media, Corporate, Non-profit and Individual Clients to Create Content, Build Brands, Sharpen Staffs and Streamline Systems, enabling on- and offline businesses to identify, reach and engage audiences on the air, on the web and on the go!


RSVP to L.A.'s Celebration at

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Historic Wisconsin Recalls Conclude- Lessons Learned

Posted: 16 Aug 2011 10:52 PM PDT

Wisconsin- Just before the stroke of midnight on August 16, 2011, another chapter of Wisconsin state history was made. Since 1848, there arguably has never been a more tumultuous, popularized political struggle in the state. Never before have there been larger protests, more dollars spent, more tears shed, or more politicians recalled- ever. Without doubt, this was "the season of political discontent," not only in Wisconsin, but perhaps throughout the entire country.

What were the lessons learned? With a Republican majority in both the House and Senate in Wisconsin, legislation was rushed through to strip away most collective bargaining rights of public workers. Union and non-union workers protested, the national press covered the issues, and people throughout the U.S. watched intently for the results. Facebook posts and blogs grew in intensity and Twitter feeds were throttled back as comments, tweets, and retweets streamed across the screen at speeds that could barely be read, or for that matter comprehended. In the end, out of nine recalls, the Democrats picked up 2 seats in the Senate, narrowing the GOP majority 17-16.

But more important than mere majority numbers, is the fact the citizens of Wisconsin became intensely engaged in having their voices heard. Thousands of signatures were gathered to start the recalls and large numbers of people voted in the resulting elections. But perhaps most striking is how citizens were reawakened to vote, maybe for the first time- in an attempt to slow down a political agenda that to some seemed too extreme. The nation watched.

As the votes were cast, some striking images come to mind. An image of nearly 200,000 protesters gathered at the state capitol in March to have their voices heard.   An image of a family voting together in rural Hamburg Township, Wisconsin, for the first time.  An image of a student, who registered to vote for the very first time- hoping to become an elementary education teacher someday. And an image of this future teacher getting a chance to vote.

People were engaged in the political process. Yes, it has been a year of historic proportions.  But our most important lesson is that citizens can become engaged on issues that matter. Passionate voices are a powerful thing. And, in the end, perhaps "a family who votes together may in fact stay together."  A lesson learned indeed.

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Traditional African Food

Posted: 16 Aug 2011 10:45 PM PDT

Ever wondered what the food is like in Africa?  As in most parts of the world I travel, there are some dishes I loved and others that didn't quite fit my palette.  From cow intestines to maize, learn about the staple foods and traditional dishes that are in the heart and soul of this culture. You may find yourself surprised by my reaction to many of the selections.


To me, trying new food in an unfamiliar culture is one of my favorite parts about traveling.  If you find yourself in Africa, you won't be dissapointed by the number of unique dishes avaiable. Here, even the most sophisticated palatte will be in pure bliss.

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Assorted Indian Appetizers

Posted: 16 Aug 2011 09:41 PM PDT

Ashoka is one of the best Indian restaurants in California. Every dish is intensely flavorful and attacks all of your senses at once. Outstanding. This is their "assorted appetizer" dish. It's marinated vegetables, chicken and lamb cooked tandoori-style in a clay oven. This cooking method makes the chicken and lamb very tender and flavorful by sealing in the juices. The added spices and yogurt sauce battle with your taste buds as your mouth explodes in gastronomical ecstasy. Yes, it is that good.

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Carne Asada Torta and Taquitos

Posted: 16 Aug 2011 09:17 PM PDT

Once you taste El Patio's carne asada you will never want it anywhere else. There is something about the way it's cut, spiced and cooked. No other restaurant I've tried can duplicate this perfection. Their homemade taquitos with real guacamole is to die for. I've been patronizing this restaurant for almost 35 years. The same lady runs it with her son, who was just a little boy when I first met him. Tonight my son and I went to El Patio, and the son knew exactly what we wanted before we even ordered. He even gave us an extra side of onions and cilantro even though I forgot to ask. I love this place, even though it's a "dive." We all know dives have the best food.

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Wish it. Dream it. Do it.

Posted: 16 Aug 2011 07:00 PM PDT

I have an uplifting story idea about a young girl from a suburb of Phoenix, Ariz., that seems appropriate during an economic downturn when people really need to hear some good news to press on.

Alexandra Cockett is a 12-year-old girl scout who is wise beyond her years and always looking for ways to make a difference.

If I had to summarize her personality – she is not afraid to wish it, dream it and just do it.

Alex is a girl scout who is pursuing a Silver Award for community service.

She'll tell you that she will be a veterinarian one day so she wanted to volunteer in some capacity that involved animals.

She asked to join me on biweekly pet therapy visits to a rehab center with my golden retriever, Remington, and has been doing so for months with a huge smile on her face.

What happened next surprised everyone.

After learning about age restrictions for young people to volunteer in this capacity, she came up with a plan.

And it was no simple plan.

Last May Alex approached me with a well-thought out, typed, multi-page report about a "club" she wanted to create for kids ages 10-13.

Her vision included establishing a club that would eventually expand to have multiple chapters statewide.

The purpose of her club would be three-fold.

Kids would learn about: responsible pet ownership, how to train their pets in preparation for volunteer service as therapy dogs, and ways they can give back to the community while learning about careers and volunteer opportunities with animals.

There is no organization like it, so the community is stepping forward to make her dream come true.

Marketing experts helped her come up with the club's official name: PACK Club, which stands for Pets And Caring Kids.

A graphic artist created a logo for free.

An attorney provided proper paperwork tied to liability issues.

Alexandra's mother is working with a charter school to form  the first class of recruits.

And multiple reputable guest speakers in the pet industry have volunteered to present at club meetings for free (with a bartering component like stuffing envelopes, etc.)

The first club meeting takes place in September.

It's amazing what fearless young people can do!

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Stock Market

Posted: 16 Aug 2011 06:04 PM PDT

Although I lost over a thousand dollars on the market today I am still up well over $3000 dollars this year to date.

Since I started watching stocks a couple of years ago, it looks to me like people look for a reason to panic. If you are in a stock that you do not believe in then don't invest in them.

I buy stock in things that people need and use. I buy stocks in companies that are local and that no matter how bad it gets they will still survive.

I also protect my self by holding on to gold and that always goes up when things are bad and will always go up....


The picture above is me sneaking a look at some of my investments at work.

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Mt Kiliminjaro from the Mara

Posted: 16 Aug 2011 04:34 PM PDT

We spent a weekend in the Mara with Mt Kiliminjaro obscured by clouds and mist until the final morning. As we finally viewed the Mt we came upon the lone elephant.   May, 2010

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My handwriting

Posted: 16 Aug 2011 03:16 PM PDT

As a leftie, I developed kind of an unusual writing style. I start my letters from the bottom, which is the opposite of most people. It's nothing compared to my parents' impeccable penmanship, but not too shabby.

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One Evening, Looking Eastwards from a High Hill

Posted: 16 Aug 2011 02:54 PM PDT

A birthday greetings to iReporters on for the 5th iReporters birthday. This location is a few miles East of the party location at the San Diego Wild Animal Park.


This twenty second video takes about an hour in real time. I added no sound. I just like the pictures.


A High Res version of thisvideo can be seen here. ...

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Famous Dave's Baby Back Ribs

Posted: 16 Aug 2011 02:35 PM PDT

It was a perfect visit in Los Angeles last year when my cousin took me to this restaurant. I took this shot while having lunch at Famous Dave's located in Long Beach, CA. This place has some of the best BBQ. I tried the baby back ribs, and they're so delicious. We had to take home the leftovers due to the generous portions. I would definitely go back to this restaurant. Famous Dave's BBQ is the best with such a good price, and I also can't forget the amazing BBQ sauces.

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Journalism is the first draft of history

Posted: 16 Aug 2011 02:15 PM PDT

"Journalism is the first rough draft of history," said Washington Post publisher Philip Graham.


That's what I tell people who ask how my history major relates to my journalism career. I knew I wanted to be a journalist from age 13, but I also knew I didn't want to major in journalism. I wanted to have a field of expertise, and I was interested in politics and history, so history it was! With minors in poli sci and information science.


It's difficult to get a job in journalism no matter what your major, but when I graduated college in 2008 and started looking for jobs, I never felt like I was at a disadvantage because I didn't go to j-school. Being a successful history major requires excellent writing and research skills, which are the same skills you need to be a successful journalist. And topping it off with that information science minor was a good decision; it gave me marketable web and video skills that have proven enormously helpful.


So if you ever ask me, "what can you do with a history degree? Just teach?" please don't be offended when smoke starts puffing out of my ears. I'm a firm believer in the usefulness -- and yes, marketability -- of liberal arts degrees. And hey, if you don't want to take it from me, check out this story on and take it from Oprah.


First photo: Getting ready to show off iReports on the magic wall, live on CNN!


Second photo: Enjoying a trip to the beach just before graduating from Duke University in 2008.

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Super Bowl Breakfast

Posted: 16 Aug 2011 02:10 PM PDT

I love indulging in an occasional guilty pleasure of a country breakfast, complete with biscuits and gravy. The Super Bowl breakfast at the Woods Creek Cafe is a sourdough boule bread, scooped out deeply and filled with scrambled eggs plus chopped ham, bacon, sausage, or -- if you dare -- all three meats, then topped off with a generous helping of country gravy, a light sprinkle of cheddar cheese and briefly baked for a finishing touch. The bread top is toasted and served with the meal. It's a complete country breakfast in a bread bowl! It's heaven!

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A Donut Hole Option Canadian Drugs Online

Posted: 16 Aug 2011 10:21 AM PDT

Million of people cannot afford their prescription drugs. It has reached the point in my life where I am willing to purchase drugs from a  Canadian Pharmacy. Cymbalta is something I need for my symptoms of MS.  I did try to cut my dose in half and went through a couple weeks on miserable nerve pain. I plan to be able to tell viewers my exxperience. This  is a big step to buy drugs from Canada. It makes me a little nervous . What are going to be the issues in buying drugs from Canada online? I will share it and we will learn together.

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How will we go down in history?

Posted: 16 Aug 2011 09:50 AM PDT

This no a softball question.  What will historian say about our generation?



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Would you consider not running for re-election if you thought it would help the country?

Posted: 16 Aug 2011 09:18 AM PDT

Mr. President,


Even though I'm a big fan of yours, I am sad to say that you may be too polarizing of a President in order to get things done in this country.


My question is, would you consider not running for re-election if you thought it would help the country?


Thank you!



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Will You Support A Plan to create jobs in America by Building Africa

Posted: 16 Aug 2011 09:06 AM PDT

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Each Week as part our responsiblity to create job opportunities as part of the CIVIL RIGHTS TO PLATINUM RIGHTS Movement WCN Transmedia will be showcasing opportunities to work in Africa or for Afro Centric companies wishing to expand their Global presence.

We keep hearing about Poor Africa and while there are many aid-related needs the Continent with the Richest of Resources is NOT Broke. As a former Wall Street Executive working with the SEC, NASD and CME I have done more than a little bit of research to keep then Bache Halsey Shields out of trouble with customers and regulatory agencies and as such a review of the CME's Website brought me to this report. Given by CME Group Executive Chairman Terry Duffy.

Here is his statement in full from their website from 2008.  I will let your review of why Africa is the world's hope and by allowing its' people to starve when the world needs jobs makes no sense.

Let's build Africa and create jobs for American's and in the UK. The Youth of our respective nations need jobs and there is no shortage of work in Africa.  See Google's list of 29 jobs and Apply Today.

Here is a video that is very important to the point of Job Creation in Africa.  I congratulate Google for making a start with the jobs listed below:


Join the Africa Heritage Society's Civil Rights to Platinum Rights Movement by signing our Petition for 2011 Songs for Africa.  We are creating 2011 Hours of Content to Document the Movement and create actual jobs in the Entertainment Industry.  Soon we will be hiring Sales, Marketing and merchandising Candidates for the I WANT TO LAUNCH A GLOBAL BRAND TELEVISION SHOW.  Subscribe, Join and Inform Others. Thanks so much.  Jay O'Conner Chairman & CEO WCNTV.

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CME Group Executive Chairman Terry Duffy Remarks The Corporate Council on Africa U.S.-Africa Agribusiness Forum Hyatt Regency Hotel Chicago, Illinois 8:30 a.m., June 26, 2008

Good morning and welcome to Chicago. I am Terry Duffy, Executive Chairman of CME Group. As the world's largest and most diverse derivatives exchange and largest agricultural commodities marketplace, we are delighted to sponsor the U.S.-Africa Agribusiness Forum. This venue provides an important opportunity to discuss the forces that are reshaping the development of agricultural markets around the world, including Africa.

It has been said that these are the best of times and worst of times for agriculture. Your view, I suppose, depends on where you are in the industry food chain. The fact is, increased demand and limited supply on a worldwide scale are pushing up the price of commodities. For some, like U.S. corn farmers, the price increases are seen as welcome. For others, such as millers who need to buy wheat to make flour or restaurants who are buying food to serve customers, it isn't such welcome news. However, regardless of your personal perspective, we can all agree that higher commodity prices are telling us one important thing – the world needs more food. Meeting increasing demand will require more investment, innovation and infrastructure throughout the agriculture industry. And that means more opportunity for agribusinesses globally. Africa, in particular, has the potential to be a key player in the future of agriculture.

As the Corporate Council on Africa has stated, "Despite tremendous challenges on the continent, there are also tremendous opportunities for agribusiness – opportunities to invest in and produce virtually everything – from grain to grapes to infrastructure." Last year, agriculture generated more than one-third of Africa's GDP. That said, Africa is a net importer of agricultural commodities. At a time when the world needs more from agriculture, we need Africa to reach its potential and become a global partner in commodity production. Global food shortages, rising commodity prices and the debate about biofuels have impacted the agribusiness marketplace tremendously. The factors that have come together include increasing demand, decreased supplies, weather, mandates on corn for ethanol use, and the declining value of the dollar.

2 All of these factors are creating unprecedented conditions that are being reflected in agricultural markets. We are seeing record prices in almost every grain product across the board. Fertilizer and farm land are also at a premium. I will address these issues in more detail in just a moment.

Against this backdrop, let's look at how CME Group helps agribusinesses and farmers succeed in such a challenging environment. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with our business, CME Group operates the world's largest and most diverse derivatives exchange. We offer futures and options on the widest array of asset classes – including fixed income, short-term interest rates, stock indexes, foreign exchange, energy and metals, alternative products such as weather and real estate – as well as one of our staple products, agricultural commodities.

The world comes to CME Group for price discovery and risk management. All of our contracts serve as global benchmarks. Our commodity products have served our customers for over 160 years. We have continually focused on ensuring the integrity, transparency and efficiencies of all of our markets. In 2007, our volume exceeded 2.8 billion contracts, easily surpassing the prior year's 2.2 billion contracts. In dollar terms, it represents a number you don't hear very often – more than 1.2 quadrillion dollars. By way of comparison, the global GDP is $61 trillion.

Of the 12 million contracts we handle each day on average, about 80 percent is traded electronically on our global electronic platform. CME Globex is accessible in 85 countries, including five African nations. The other 20 percent of our volume, or about 2 million contracts, is traded in the traditional way, on our trading floors. While futures markets are dominated by financial products, our roots are in agriculture.

Today, CME Group offers the widest range of commodity futures and options of any exchange, with trading available on a range of grains, oilseed, livestock, dairy, lumber and other products. Our agricultural products help farmers and agribusinesses manage the constant price risks they face, affected by such forces as weather, disease, governmental policies, natural disasters and wars. CME commodity products offer a way to manage these risks by making it possible for users to lock in prices and enhance business planning. Many of our agricultural products trade virtually around the clock on CME Globex. Like all of our markets, our agricultural markets are transparent and liquid. They provide a venue for price discovery by reflecting the market's expectations for future pricing. Our markets operate on a central counterparty clearing model in which our clearing house serves as the buyer to every seller and the seller to every buyer. This protects both parties from the risk of a counterparty default.

Because the clearing house publishes prices of each contract, our markets are extremely transparent and market participants know where they stand. Our markets are liquid, enabling agribusinesses and other participants to easily move in and out of the positions they hold. Our model has proven to work well, and has served as the blueprint for other exchanges around the world, including a number of emerging markets that are working to emulate it. Lately our free market system has been tested in the face of some of the highest grain prices in history. There are a number of factors that have combined to create this volatile environment for agribusiness worldwide. They are:

1. Biofuels In the U.S., the mandate to produce biofuels created additional market stress. The expectation is for continued growth in biofuel use/demand. In Europe, legislation will require significantly increased use of biofuel by 2010. The problem is that there simply is not enough land to set aside in the entire EU to meet these ambitious requirements. They will need to import significantly higher levels of either finished product or higher levels of oilseeds in order to produce the needed biofuel.

Add to that, the 2005 energy bill in the U.S. called for approximately 93 million acres of corn to be planted in 2007. This is the highest level since World War II. It is estimated that roughly 1/3 of these acres will be dedicated to ethanol by 2017.

2. Limited Farmland Farmers are intelligent and economically rational. Last year, U.S. farmers planted the  most land to corn since 1944 as demand from the ethanol sector boosted prices. This year, those farmers struggled as flood waters covered their fields across Iowa and throughout the Midwest, delaying planting and drowning crops already in the ground.

3. Weak U.S. Dollar Since 2000, the dollar has depreciated by 28 percent as measured by the U.S. Dollar  Index, which is comprised of six major currencies (Euro, Japanese Yen, British Pound, Canadian Dollar, Swedish Krona, and Swiss Franc). The U.S. dollar is the currency in which international grain trade is conducted. This means that commodity prices are, on average, 28 percent lower for these importers than they would be if the value of the dollar had remained constant during this period.

4. Slower Growth in Production vs. Rapid Growth in Demand The average annual growth rate in the production of grains and oilseeds has slowed from 2.2 percent per year in the 1970s and 80s, to only 1.3 percent since 1990. USDA projects further declines in the next 10 years.

5. Additional Livestock Requires More Grain As the demand for meat rises, especially from fast-developing countries like China and India, the demand for grain and protein feeds grows at an even faster rate.

6. Weather Multi- and single year droughts in Australia, the Black Sea states, Russia and Canada reduced wheat, barley and rapeseed production. As mentioned, the recent catastrophic floods in Iowa and other Midwestern U.S. cities could drive up prices even further.

7. Export Curbs During recent months, there has been a pattern of increasing export tariffs and decreasing import tariffs on grains and oilseeds. For example, Russia extended a grain export tariff from April 30 to July 1. In addition, they have banned the four members of the Commonwealth of Independent States from re-exporting Russian grain to third countries. The pattern we are witnessing is one of keeping domestic production off the global market, while at the same time lowering barriers for the import of grains and oils.

8. Inventories Surplus stocks are low. U.S. wheat stocks are at the lowest in 60 years, and also global wheat stocks are forecast to be the lowest in 30 years.

Clearly, everyone in this business is operating in a challenging environment. CME Group plays a highly visible role as the venue where buyers and sellers come together to set the prices – that, in turn, serve as benchmarks for the world.

However, with rising food prices, questions have been raised about the role of speculation in agriculture markets. We provide an important public service because we operate a free market that permits risk transfer from hedgers to speculators in an open, transparent and regulated marketplace. CME Group is a neutral facilitator of transactions. We do not profit from higher food or energy prices, increased volatility or speculation.

Our core philosophy is to operate free markets that foster price discovery and the hedging of economic risks in a transparent and regulated environment. Over the next two days, we will discuss what is needed for agricultural businesses in Africa to reach their full potential. As we do, we must consider the role that derivatives play in offering agribusinesses and farmers valuable pricing, hedging and riskmanagement tools.

Derivatives markets are essential adjuncts to fueling further economic growth in developing countries. To do this successfully they will need to develop local markets, as well as have access to global ones such CME Group's.

Throughout our history, our primary concern has always been maintaining the integrity of the markets: access and transparency are paramount. The same is true today.

To my earlier statement that these are the best of times and the worst of times to be in agriculture, I would add that these are the most exciting times to be in our business.  Despite some of the current challenges and uncertainties, the agriculture commodities market is growing. And from all indications, it will continue to expand well into the future – bringing new opportunities to all of us. Thank you.

Here are this week's jobs listed on Africa Job Station AHS.  We look forward to more employers using this service to find exceptional talent for building Africa while creating opportunities for jobs at home.


Google has 29 active jobs

JobJob CategoryJob CountryLocationCreated Date
Business Development ManagerBusiness AdministrationSouth AfricaJohannesburg-S.Africa20 June 2011
Recruiting CoordinatorHuman ResourcesSouth AfricaJohannesburg-S.Africa20 June 2011
Policy ManagerLegal & ComplianceSouth AfricaJohannesburg-S.Africa20 June 2011
Product Marketing ManagerIT - Sales & MarketingSouth AfricaJohannesburg-S.Africa20 June 2011
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Jobs back to America

Posted: 16 Aug 2011 08:59 AM PDT

What will you do to bring call center jobs back to America?

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Fight Back

Posted: 16 Aug 2011 08:57 AM PDT

Republicans have united to defeat President Obama at the expense of Americans and even the world economy.  Why is President Obama taking such a concilliatory tone towards them? 

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My Question for President Obama

Posted: 16 Aug 2011 08:56 AM PDT

My question for President Barack Obama.

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Veer away from dependence on oil!

Posted: 16 Aug 2011 08:46 AM PDT

Question to Pres. move away from our dependence on the oil industry...

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Mortgage and The Banks

Posted: 16 Aug 2011 08:40 AM PDT

Not getting Loans as promised through Banks like Bank of America and Wells Fargo after 3 months late and before why can't they help .

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Posted: 15 Aug 2011 08:23 PM PDT

my opinion on BART's attempt to thwart the peaceful rioting.

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re: #disconnect

Posted: 15 Aug 2011 07:30 PM PDT

This is how we disconnect! Since we had no cell phone reception at our cabin and no wifi - we had to disconnect but loved it!!! Our family at Yellowstone Nationa Park - hiking, horseback riding, whitewater rafting! August 2011   Susan Henderson (susanhtml)

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America's Recession: A Dream Suspended

Posted: 15 Aug 2011 05:36 PM PDT

The American Dream. A sweet dream swaddled with a sequence of images of achievement, opportunities, prosperity, and success regardless of social class, race, or creed. What was once the American dream has now become an American nightmare for many. Ameirca is no longer  associated with the dream of good fortune but a sort of dream deferred by high unemployment rates, a downward spiraling economy, high gas prices and food cost. In  2008,, former President George W. Bush declared America was in an economic "slowdown". The government bailed out major financial firms and more than 2.2 million jobs were lost in 2008. The prelude to an American dream deferred. Three years later, Americans are still suffering from financial insomnia. Still awaiting to be lulled back into the American Dream.


The focus of my story is on present state of the economy and how it has tattered the American Dream. My story will focus on businesses, recent graduates, the unemployed, middle-aged americans and baby boomers alike who all once lived or wanted to live the American Dream. This story will remain relevant and of interest to CNN's viewing audience particularly because they can relate personally or second-handly. Everyone knows someone who has been affected by the economy and the prospect of the economy recovering within the next seven weeks are bleak.


Video will be my selection of presentation. Why do I want to be a part of this year's boot camp? I want to be a part of CNN iReport 2011 Boot Camp because I would like to hone my skills as a future journalist. I anxiously await to deliver a different view of telling news stories to an audience.

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Away to the real world

Posted: 15 Aug 2011 05:32 PM PDT

I am a teleworker and have been married to my computer for 5 years now. In the wee hours of the morning, it would be normal for most working people to jump out of bed and go straight to the bathroom and begin their daily routine.


In my case, the first thing I do is push the power button of that quiet rectangular box on the table and wait for the blue light to rouse my sight and the short beep to stimulate my brain. It is after that that my daily routine follows.


I retreat from my online existence once in awhile. I love to travel and go on nature trips but, most times, I cannot afford to travel far since I have kids to take care of and a very tight budget to secure.


Luckily, I find other ways to escape and disconnect from my daily grind.


I try to brush up the skills I've gained from school, like sewing.


I know…I know…it may sound boring for most but when you try to imagine and create something whimsical like a costume (photo 1) for your child's first Halloween, it's actually really fun. I had doubts about how it was going to look in the end. But hey, try looking at your child's excitement and smile as she sees, bit by bit, that what you're making for her is coming about. It's just priceless.


Empty the loot from her bag and indulge.


I also try to get off of my computer chair and organize charity and volunteer events with friends.


Repackaging of goods with my kids and good friends, travelling from one point to another to deliver the food packs to the recipients and having a good sleep after, are just few of the easiest ways for me to unplug and yet still be productive.


And yes, I go back to my dear computer chair and say hi again to my machine, go back to my old routine and wait for another opportunity to get away.

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True Blood is Slowing its Pace.

Posted: 15 Aug 2011 04:01 PM PDT

     Nearing the end of its fourth season, the HBO show True Blood seems to be boring audiences and slowing down its usually fast-paced plot. This season brings a new supernatural character into the Bon Temps, the witch. In the book that this season is based off of, it was very drawn out to say the least. It took forever for them to kill this witch. In the show, it seems to be taking longer. When the vampires have wanted to kill people previously, they haven't had lengthy conversations with them. They just snapped their throats. Now it is seeming to get ridiculous. They could have easily killed this witch at least five times now, but have been taking the diplomatic approach which proves to bring nothing but casualties to the vampire side. I am hoping soon that they will kill off this character, because, forgive my pun, but this season is starting to "suck".

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Vegas Gay Pool Party - Luxor

Posted: 15 Aug 2011 03:45 PM PDT

Temptation Sundays LGBT pool party takes place every Sunday at the Luxor hotel and resort in Vegas from May thru September.


I wanted to share some of the photos from the event. Being a Vegas local events like Temptation Sundays are a fun was to have a Vegas vacation in my own back yard. A perfect mxture of Vegas locals and Vegas visitors makes for a fun and unique party each weekend.


Fore more information on the party you can check out - If you come by make sure to say hi, I am the host and MC of the event, my name is J.Son. See you in Vegas.


iReport from J.Son of and

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Michele Bachman at the Iowa Straw Poll

Posted: 15 Aug 2011 02:28 PM PDT

Michele Bachman and her husband on the back of an extended golf cart. They had just dropped off the last group she personally escorted to the polls. A great day for politics and being outdoors here in Iowa.


Frame grabs from video, Canon T2i, 50mm 1.8.



By: Michael A. Gruich Jr.  (Please credit if used)

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Whatta Dog!

Posted: 15 Aug 2011 12:04 PM PDT

Captured this video with surprise and amazement. A motorist with his pet dog along EDSA, Philippines.

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Aung San Suu Kyi's First Political Trip To Bago State After House Arrest Lift

Posted: 15 Aug 2011 11:40 AM PDT

Bago, Myanmar (Burma), 14 August 2011 Pro Democracy Leader Aung San Suu Kyi taking her first political trip to Bago since being released from house arrest back in november 2010. This is her official political trip with her party National League for Democracy (NLD) after seven years later.


She visited to Bago which is about 50 miles away from Yangon City. She went to nearby town called Tha Nat Pin to open small library founded by her NLD Party. There were  thousands supporters greeting and waving hands a long roadsides during her trip. Some holding "We love Suu" banners.


Authorities also watched all the activities and helped to convenient during her trip. This would be the test to Myanmar Democracy and freedom since authorities announced and hold restricted election last year. She was under house arrest at that time.


She urge people for strong and unite during her speech at opening ceremony of library called "Aung San Jar Mon". She went and met Bago flood victims at West Shwe Na Thar Buddhist monastery and donated rice and instant noodles. Her one day trip was successfully finished by arriving to Yangon at 5:30pm local time.


This is video report that I did record during her trip as a photojournalist. Recorded with Canon 7D by using built in microphone.

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Invest at your own risk!

Posted: 15 Aug 2011 05:22 AM PDT

Every time there is some sort of upheaval in the markets a lot of people will joke about taking their money out of the bank and putting it in a mattress which on the surface seems like a safe bet. Of course upon further analysis the truth is if everyone did indeed take their money and hide it away in their homes the markets would be in even worse shape because no one would have enough courage to take a chance and invest in anything thus causing the entire world economy to collapse. With investing as with most things in life the key is moderation which I realize is something we as Americans seem to be slowly doing away with in much the same way Common Sense has become a rare commodity, but it's not to late.  If you're going to invest do your research and try not to listen to all the Talking Heads who's jobs depend on chaos. Educate yourself about the global market and our nations place in it. I realize it's a cliche but knowledge is really power and a wise investor is better than an ill informed one. Of course if common sense were an actual commodity I would encourage everyone to put everything they own into it because in the long run it's probably the one thing that might save us from ourselves. The again I'm just a Cartoonist so taking investment advice from me is probably not all that wise to begin with. Still if that investment in Common Sense paid off then you would know that already wouldn't you? Invest Wisely My Friends!

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Posted: 15 Aug 2011 04:41 AM PDT

Hi iReport and iReporters, My Story on the iReport boot camp will be the drought situation gripping the region of East Africa


With this i hope to reveal the plight facing the people of this region and hopefully modest ways to helps this group will spring out. My modes of reporting will be photos and texts written since i do not own a video camera. Thanks!!

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Historic Snow storm from Antartica slams into Wellington.

Posted: 14 Aug 2011 08:59 PM PDT

What is historic is that snow is falling at sea level in Wellington. An historic snow storm has hurled itself onto Wellington. Snow in Lyall Bay at sea level, Kapiti Coast. Higher altitude  suburbs like Newlands and Karori ,Khandallah,Brooklyn are under deep drifts are all under drifts of up to 15-30 mm.

The storm comes straight off the Antarctic continent and coming in directly from the South Pole itself. The huge high off to our country which stretches from Papua New Guinea right down to the Antarctica is a significant event in itself . We are seeing this high  converging with a series of lows and together acting as two big cogs turning and churning the weather onto New Zealand. Just sucking in all the cold stuff and dumping it onto us.

Many people have been unable to attend work today due to dangers existing with travel and isolation as public transport has in some locations been unable to run the gauntlet of road conditions. Wellingtonians are staunch bunch but not used to these conditions or prepared for them and with no salt trucks and Wellington's position existing on three major earthquake faults has dominated our geography. With steep hills and sweeping roads that drop at times to over 150 ft can make life here exciting for our city of spectacular views and perspectives

Blizzard like conditions exist in the South of New Zealand and are continuing now onto the lower and central North Island. It is believed that weather will continue like this for the next few days and then followed by intense frost conditions as the high starts to travel over  New Zealand.For best up dates I suggest you go to Weather Watch New Zealand or view the NZ Herald.

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Please let me remind you: HOLD ON TO YOUR BUTT!

Posted: 14 Aug 2011 09:00 AM PDT

Saturday morning, August 13th, along Mission Blvd. in Mission Beach, pedestrians, bicyclists, drivers, and any one else that happened to be in the area got an earful from about a dozen Surfrider volunteers:



What this means is that discarded cigarette butts are the #1 item picked up and listed on the data cards at the various beach clean-ups the Surfrider group does monthly. While small in size, the cigarette butts pose an enormous environmental problem.


Estimiations are that at least 4.5 trillion cigarette butts are littered each year world wide. The filters do not biodegrade and they trap chemicals that are leached out into the waterways when disposed of improperly. Wildlife, aquatic animals and marine creatures ingest these butts-thinking them to be food-and the end result is life-threatening and environmentally catastophic.


If contaminating our oceans, bays and lakes is not bad enough, every year forest fires ravage vast areas. Especially in perenially dry San Diego, we must be very careful to avoid anything that might stoke another disasterous fire like the Cedar Creek fire that consumed our region in 2003. According to the National Fire Protection Agency, 90,000+ fires each year can be attributed directly to cigarettes.


To that effect, the California Highway Patrol sent out two of their motorcycle officers to park their bikes on the green grassy lawn at the corner of Mission Blvd. There, the officers spoke of enforcement and how the CHP is getting serious about ticketing offenders who pitch out their cigarette butts carelessly onto the highways of California.  A group of kids came in a caravan and stood at the corner to cross the street to get to Mission Beach. Surfrider activists, including myself, gently reminded these beach-loving youngsters to be careful and not leave trash on the

beach. I also imprinted on them the importance of keeping our oceans clean and remembering to remind their family members and friends:


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Disconnect and Walk Away

Posted: 14 Aug 2011 06:35 AM PDT

Last year, I turned 30. It's one of those milestones you celebrate however things didn't go according to plan so the boy and I headed up to Mendocino County for two weeks.


While traveling there I was on Facebook, Twitter, etc sharing photos of the food we were eating, checking in on Foursquare, and sending constant updates about our trip. Arrival was a different story. The immediate area around the town of Mendocino is supporting a cell phone tower ban and the only Internet available was wi-fi via the hotels/motels.


Misery quickly sank in when I couldn't Foursquare my arrival, tweet out a photo about the beautiful city, and update my status on Facebook. I was forced to disconnect for 2 weeks. Two weeks! That's a lot for a social media junkie like me.


This forced vacation from technology taught me a lot about life and this new phase I was entering: the 30's.


-Life is beautiful if you stop and smell the roses

-That you should live life through your eyes, not the lens of your phone, camera, etc.

-Not everything has to be shared. There are some moments you can keep to yourself and remember forever

-Life doesn't stop if you can't check in on Foursquare, send a tweet, or Facebook

-Disconnecting can relieve stress. You're not worried about emails, if your apps will crash, and your phone itch will slowly start to go away


It usually takes 21 days to create a habit but I took those lessons learned in two weeks back home with me. Now I make it a habit to never sleep with my phone, to disconnect for two hours to read a book, focus on my cooking resolution, or take a walk outside. In those 2 hours, I get great ideas about blogs, what I want to do with my life, and my next steps.


When we're plugged in we don't realize that stepping away might actually do us some good. You can't solve your problems if you're knee deep in them. Nature and the universe works its own miracles to bring solutions to you.


Disconnect and discover your own super powers.

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