More carmakers caught in headlights of VW engine-rigging scandal

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Volkswagen emissions scandal

Iran's 'catastrophic mistake': Speculation, pressure, then admission

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Analsyts say it is irresponsible to link the crash of a Ukraine International Airline Boeing 737-800 to the 737 MAX accidents (AFP Photo/INA FASSBENDER)

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A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 commercial jet.

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"The Recalibration of Awareness – Apr 20/21, 2012 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Old Energy, Recalibration Lectures, God / Creator, Religions/Spiritual systems (Catholic Church, Priests/Nun’s, Worship, John Paul Pope, Women in the Church otherwise church will go, Current Pope won’t do it), Middle East, Jews, Governments will change (Internet, Media, Democracies, Dictators, North Korea, Nations voted at once), Integrity (Businesses, Tobacco Companies, Bankers/ Financial Institutes, Pharmaceutical company to collapse), Illuminati (Started in Greece, with Shipping, Financial markets, Stock markets, Pharmaceutical money (fund to build Africa, to develop)), Shift of Human Consciousness, (Old) Souls, Women, Masters to/already come back, Global Unity.... etc.) - (Text version)

… The Shift in Human Nature

You're starting to see integrity change. Awareness recalibrates integrity, and the Human Being who would sit there and take advantage of another Human Being in an old energy would never do it in a new energy. The reason? It will become intuitive, so this is a shift in Human Nature as well, for in the past you have assumed that people take advantage of people first and integrity comes later. That's just ordinary Human nature.

In the past, Human nature expressed within governments worked like this: If you were stronger than the other one, you simply conquered them. If you were strong, it was an invitation to conquer. If you were weak, it was an invitation to be conquered. No one even thought about it. It was the way of things. The bigger you could have your armies, the better they would do when you sent them out to conquer. That's not how you think today. Did you notice?

Any country that thinks this way today will not survive, for humanity has discovered that the world goes far better by putting things together instead of tearing them apart. The new energy puts the weak and strong together in ways that make sense and that have integrity. Take a look at what happened to some of the businesses in this great land (USA). Up to 30 years ago, when you started realizing some of them didn't have integrity, you eliminated them. What happened to the tobacco companies when you realized they were knowingly addicting your children? Today, they still sell their products to less-aware countries, but that will also change.

What did you do a few years ago when you realized that your bankers were actually selling you homes that they knew you couldn't pay for later? They were walking away, smiling greedily, not thinking about the heartbreak that was to follow when a life's dream would be lost. Dear American, you are in a recession. However, this is like when you prune a tree and cut back the branches. When the tree grows back, you've got control and the branches will grow bigger and stronger than they were before, without the greed factor. Then, if you don't like the way it grows back, you'll prune it again! I tell you this because awareness is now in control of big money. It's right before your eyes, what you're doing. But fear often rules. …

Friday, March 26, 2010

Dubai Group Ready to Start $1b Rail Project in Indonesia

Jakarta Globe, Dion Bisara, March 25, 2010

Vice President Boediono calling for more private-sector investment in infrastructure in Jakarta on Thursday. (JG Photo/Yudhi Sukma Wijaya)

MEC Holdings, a subsidiary of the Dubai-based Trimex Group, said on Thursday that it had completed acquiring land for its $1 billion railway project in East Kalimantan and is ready to begin construction in the first half of this year.

The 130-kilometer railway is part of MEC’s plan to invest a total of $5.2 billion in the province, including in a coal terminal, an aluminum smelter and a power plant.

The projects will be developed by a joint venture with the Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority and India’s largest aluminum producer, National Aluminium, MEC said in December.

The railway project will be run and operated by MEC Infra, a joint venture between MEC and Ras Al Khaimah. MEC Infra has obtained Indonesia’s first private railway license to develop a 130km integrated freight corridor from a mine site in Muara Wahau to a port in Bengalon, East Kalimantan.

Mashael Al Naimi, head of corporate communications at MEC, said in an e-mail to the Jakarta Globe that the major land acquisitions had been completed, with construction planned to start by the end of the first half.

MEC has said it expects the first commission of a cargo train in 2011.

Although many foreign developers have complained about the complex land-acquisition process and the frequent difficulties with local villagers, Madhu Koneru, the chief executive of MEC Holdings, said he did not find these traditional hurdles so severe.

“We were dealing with many stakeholders such as ministries in Jakarta, politicians, regional governments and villagers. The biggest concern they talked about was villagers who will not give up their land,” Koneru said.

He was speaking during The Economist’s Indonesia Summit in Jakarta on Thursday, which was attended by hundreds of prominent local and foreign business executives.

“But the truth is villagers are the easiest people to talk to. If you go to them and tell them that your plan will create jobs, they will give you their land,” he said, adding that government also proved especially cooperative in drafting the right policies.

Gita Wirjawan, the chairman of the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM), said MEC’s experience demonstrated that the usual roadblocks deterring many foreign investors from investing in Indonesia have been reduced.

“Their ability to clear most of the land for the 130km corridor in just a few months goes against the traditional perception that land clearance is nearly impossible to do in Indonesia,” Gita said.

Foreign investors have long complained of the difficulties they face in acquiring and clearing land for large infrastructure projects. Part of the problem is that land owners tend to demand excessive prices for their property once they know that a major developer is interested.

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