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united-nations:In the lead up to World Wildlife Day, people around the world have been showing their support for ‪#‎SeriousAboutWildlifeCrime‬ campaign. Now, even our non-human friends – those most affected by organized wildlife crime – are joining in!   Post a photo using #SeriousAboutWildlifeCrime to tell the world that it’s time to take a stand against organized wildlife crime before it’s too late. Find out more from UNODC - United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime at: http://www.wildlifeday.org Photo: UN in Brussels / Pairi Daiza Animal Park

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First Lady Michelle Obama and Deputy Secretary Heather Higginbottom pose for a photo with 2014 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award Winner Ruslana Lyzhychko. First Lady Michelle Obama Secretary Kerry recognize Second Lieutenant Malalai Bahaduri of Afghanistan as a 2013 International Women of Courage Award Winner. First Lady Michelle Obama honors 2014 International Women of Courage Awardee Laxmi at the 2014 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award Ceremony. First Lady Michelle Obama and Deputy Secretary Higginbottom recognize 2014 International Women of Courage Awardee Oinikhol Bobonazarova. Every year, the State Department recognizes women who are at the forefront of bringing positive change to their communities — often against great odds.  These women are nominated by our Embassies around the world, and after being selected, they come together for a two week tour of the United States. Their first stop: Washington, D.C. And that’s where you come in.On March 5, in a very special ceremony, Secretary of State John Kerry will honor 10 amazing women who embody courage. If you’re interested in joining us, apply to be a part of this year’s International Women of Courage (IWOC) #StateMeetUp.  Applications are due Thursday, February 26 at 5:00PM ET.Read more about this inspiring ceremony on DipNote!

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With less than 6 hours to go, Mr. Speaker, stop the games. Pass a clean Homeland Security bill now! ‪#‎DontShutDownOurSecurity‬

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Ray of (volatility) Light

Economics by Otmane El Rhazi : With the dust having cleared from the Swiss franc move, the Greece situation having been resolved (at least for now) and twenty central banks having now eased policy so far this year, FX volatility has been falling in the past week, like a caped fallen Madonna from a Brits Award stage. The CB CVIX index (similar basis to equities VIX) is now back at levels prevailing around the middle of December last year. Still, there is a ray of light for some currencies. Sterling has been pushing ahead…Regards,Otmane El RhaziBusiness Assets ManagementForex & Equity TradingText/Mobile, +44 7414 782 320 RISK DISCLOSURE STATEMENT PAST RESULTS ARE NOT NECESSARILY INDICATIVE OF FUTURE RESULTS. HYPOTHETICAL PERFORMANCE RESULTS HAVE MANY INHERENT LIMITATIONS. PAST PERFORMANCE IS NOT NECESSARILY INDICATIVE OF FUTURE PERFORMANCE.

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exchangealumni:Important ‪#‎AEIF2015 Update: Deadline Extension! Due to technical difficulties many of you experienced this weekend, we are extending the 2015 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) deadline to 12 pm ET, February 25, 2015. Thank you for your patience! http://goo.gl/NhfRieHere are a few things to keep in mind:1) To avoid timing-out on the website, please draft your proposal in a document prior to completing the proposal form. Copy and paste your responses into the proposal form, then click SAVE at the bottom of the form.2) To make changes to your proposal, you must visit the EDIT tab at the top of your proposal page.3) To add Team Members, you must visit the “STEP TWO Share your Project” tab on your proposal page and search for team members by name to invite them to join your project (do not search by email address).4) Make sure that you submit your project by 12 pm ET (Noon) on February 25, 2015. Late projects will not be considered for funding.Do you have additional questions? Please review the AEIF Help Desk, and read our AEIF 2015 Commonly Asked Questions (CAQs):http://goo.gl/ovt0fZ

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FTSE 100 Records New All Time Closing High

Economics by Otmane El Rhazi : There we have it after a previous attempt in October 2007 and numerous efforts in 2014, fifteen years since the all-time high was recorded by the FTSE 100, today has seen the index close at levels that it has never seen before. The FTSE 100 has been lagging its peers but now it has finally cracked the nut.  The fact that the US’s Dow Jones achieved this feat as far back as Q1 of 2013 and Germany’s Dax shortly after in the same year, shows just how far behind the UK’s benchmark has been…Regards,Otmane El RhaziBusiness Assets ManagementForex & Equity TradingText/Mobile, +44 7414 782 320 RISK DISCLOSURE STATEMENT PAST RESULTS ARE NOT NECESSARILY INDICATIVE OF FUTURE RESULTS. HYPOTHETICAL PERFORMANCE RESULTS HAVE MANY INHERENT LIMITATIONS. PAST PERFORMANCE IS NOT NECESSARILY INDICATIVE OF FUTURE PERFORMANCE.

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exchangealumni:Today is International Polar Bear Day! How can we help preserve their habitat?

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President Obama Renews Charge to Help Rural Companies and Communities Compete Globally

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This post originally appeared on the Department of Commerce blog. Yesterday, President Obama announced new commitments in the “Made in Rural America” export and investment initiative, which is charged with bringing together federal trade-related resources for rural communities and businesses. This announcement reflects the Administration’s strategy for ensuring workers and businesses of all sizes, from ...

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The Senate has acted to fully fund the Department of Homeland Security for a year. No more games, Mr. Speaker. It’s time to act.  #DontShutdownOurSecurity

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Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker Announces Twenty-Six States Achieved Record Export Levels in 2014

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This post originally appeared on the Department of Commerce blog. U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today announced new data that shows 26 states achieved records in goods exports in 2014, while eight additional states experienced growth in merchandise exports over 2013 levels. Total merchandise exports from all 50 states helped the U.S. achieve the ...

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The record dollar run

Economics by Otmane El Rhazi : We highlighted yesterday the fall in volatility that had been seen over the past week, but also mentioned that month end brings with it risk of more erratic trading. Some of that was evident yesterday in the wake of the latest price data from the US, which showed headline inflation falling into negative territory. Still, the dollar managed a decent recovery, especially against sterling and the euro, largely on the firmer than expected increase in core prices. Sterling itself failed to push…Regards,Otmane El RhaziBusiness Assets ManagementForex & Equity TradingText/Mobile, +44 7414 782 320 RISK DISCLOSURE STATEMENT PAST RESULTS ARE NOT NECESSARILY INDICATIVE OF FUTURE RESULTS. HYPOTHETICAL PERFORMANCE RESULTS HAVE MANY INHERENT LIMITATIONS. PAST PERFORMANCE IS NOT NECESSARILY INDICATIVE OF FUTURE PERFORMANCE.

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What is the SelectUSA Academy?

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This post contains external links. Please review our external linking policy. By Genilson Brandao, Outreach and Communications Senior Specialist, SelectUSA The 2015 SelectUSA Investment Summit is fast approaching and the excitement around it continues to build. To date, there are more than 2,100 registrants from almost 80 international markets and nearly every U.S. state. The Summit ...

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Being patient for volatility

Economics by Otmane El Rhazi : In the wake of Fed Chair Yellen’s testimony yesterday, the algo and machine readable news programs will be set to buy the dollar when the word “patient” is removed from the Fed statement. Yellen stated that the removal of this word, which replaced the phrase “considerable time” for keeping the current rate that existed up to the December Fed meeting. In sum, the impact was to weaken the dollar, push stocks higher and delay future dollar volatility and gains. Stocks were also modestly firmer as…Regards,Otmane El RhaziBusiness Assets ManagementForex & Equity TradingText/Mobile, +44 7414 782 320 RISK DISCLOSURE STATEMENT PAST RESULTS ARE NOT NECESSARILY INDICATIVE OF FUTURE RESULTS. HYPOTHETICAL PERFORMANCE RESULTS HAVE MANY INHERENT LIMITATIONS. PAST PERFORMANCE IS NOT NECESSARILY INDICATIVE OF FUTURE PERFORMANCE.

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Secretary Pritzker Joins Bipartisan Roundtable on the Benefits of Trade During National Governors Association Winter Meeting

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  This post originally appeared on the Department of Commerce blog. Yesterday, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker joined a bipartisan roundtable at the White House on the importance of trade and new trade agreements. The meeting was part of the National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting in Washington. NGA is the bipartisan organization of the nation’s ...

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united-nations:In the lead up to next month’s World Wildlife Day, use your voice to tell the world that it’s time to take a stand against organized wildlife crime before it’s too late. Visit http://www.wildlifeday.org/, download and print the action poster (or create your own) and share your photo on social media using #SeriousAboutWildlifeCrime.

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It's all about the rate

Economics by Otmane El Rhazi : Today’s focus will be with Fed Chair Yellen’s testimony to the Senate Banking Committee in Washington. This happens every six months and is a key element of the Fed’s accountability to the US Administration. The dollar will be looking closely for further clarification of when the Fed may start tightening rates, having moved their forward guidance language from referencing “considerable period” to them being “patient”. But the Fed has struggled with such guidance and Yellen in particular,…Regards,Otmane El RhaziBusiness Assets ManagementForex & Equity TradingText/Mobile, +44 7414 782 320 RISK DISCLOSURE STATEMENT PAST RESULTS ARE NOT NECESSARILY INDICATIVE OF FUTURE RESULTS. HYPOTHETICAL PERFORMANCE RESULTS HAVE MANY INHERENT LIMITATIONS. PAST PERFORMANCE IS NOT NECESSARILY INDICATIVE OF FUTURE PERFORMANCE.

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