More carmakers caught in headlights of VW engine-rigging scandal

More carmakers caught in headlights of VW engine-rigging scandal
Volkswagen has admitted it installed illegal software into 11 million 2.0 liter and 3.0 liter diesel engines worldwide (AFP Photo/Josh Edelson)

Volkswagen emissions scandal

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

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

Missing MH370 likely to have disintegrated mid-flight: experts

Missing MH370 likely to have disintegrated mid-flight: experts
A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 commercial jet.

QZ8501 (AirAsia)

Leaders see horror of French Alps crash as probe gathers pace

"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. …

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Merapi eruptions force Garuda to skip Yogyakarta airport

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Sun, 10/31/2010 5:00 PM

National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia continues to skip Yogyakarta's Adi Sucipto airport following Mount Merapi eruptions despite a guarantee that the airportis safe.

All Garuda flights departing to Yogyakarta landed at nearby Adi Sumarno airport in Surakarta.

"All regular flights schedules except Garuda have returned normal. The airport runways are now free from volcanic ash," Halindra, the manager of AdiSucipto airport operator Angkasa Pura I, said as quoted by

Garuda Indonesia spokesman Pujobroto admitted all Garuda flights leaving for Yogyakarta had been transferred to Surakarta.

"Volcanic ash really disturbs the plane engines, thus we decide for a re-route," hesaid.

Top NASA astronaut discloses shuttle encounter with disc UFO, By Terrence Aym, October 29, 2010

(Photo courtesy: NASA)

In a bombshell story, a former astronaut of NASA's space shuttle fleet announced that he--and NASA--know that ETs are real.

Clark C. McClelland, a senior member of MUFON from 1958 to 1992, has revealed in the Canadian press that secret details of an amazing incident occurred during the STS-80 mission aboard the space shuttle Columbia. Top space officials rushed to hush it up.

Object appeared from "nowhere"

According to internal NASA reports -- confirmed by Dr. Story Musgrave, a Payload Specialist crew member aboard the STS-80 mission -- a disc-shaped object much larger than the orbiting American spacecraft suddenly appeared beneath the shuttle. At the time the Columbia was maintaining an altitude 190 nautical miles above Earth.

Mysterious disc.
(Courtesy: NASA)
Musgrave admitted that, although he got a good look at it, he wasn't able to identify the object. "I don't know what it is. Whether it's a washer, debris, ice particles, I don't know. But it's characteristic of the thousands of things which I've seen. What is not so characteristic is it appears to [have] come from nowhere. You would think that if it's facing the dark side or facing a side towards you which is not reflecting the sun, you would think that you would see something there. It's really impressive."

After the shuttle returned to Earth, Musgrave was debriefed about the unworldly encounter. According to the report, the scientist reviewed a video recording of the encounter between Columbia and the UFO as the orbiter flew above Denver, Colorado. The disc-shaped object suddenly appeared, seemed to be intelligently controlled, changed its flight vector and -- most unnerving of all -- seemed to track the Columbia and her crew through space.

Mission of disclosure

After the mission, the space scientist retired from NASA. Convinced that alien intelligence not only exists, but is indeed here, the NASA astronaut has embarked on his own personal mission of disclosure.

Dr. Story Musgrave. NASA

On a recent speaking tour, he gave a presentation about astronomy. At the end of his lecture, he projected a slide upon a large screen depicting an artist's conception of the infamous "Grey" aliens who have become a part of modern day culture. His final words shocked many in the audience when he proclaimed: "These guys are real...I guarantee it!"

Recently former USAF officers revealed at a press conference in Washington, DC that UFOs are real and cited several incidents at two air force bases where UFOs "took control" of nuclear missiles and changed their launch codes.

Historical archives concerning military and intelligence information regarding UFOs has been released by the UK, France, Spain, Brazil and South Africa.

Dr. Musgrave is not alone in his assertion that UFOs and RTs are a reality. In past years, other NASA personnel have struggled to get the word out. Such space faring luminaries as Gordon Cooper, Donald Slayton, Gene Cernan, Frank Borman (former chairman of Eastern airlines as well), Neil Armstrong and Scott Carpenter insist UFOs are real and alien intelligences exist.


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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Life in Jakarta’s Slow Lane

Jakarta Globe, Tasa Nugraza Barley & Marcel Thee | October 27, 2010

“Jakarta is hell.” Strong words from Aidil Akbar, who works as a video editor.

Aidil is not alone in expressing this sentiment. For all intents and purposes, his familiarity with Jakarta traffic should have prepared him for Monday’s gridlock.

Heavy rains coupled with the city’s notoriously chaotic street layout and backed upsewers led to extreme flooding, drawing traffic to a stand still.

To cope with the situation, some people used their smartphones to vent on micro-blogging site Twitter.

One of the night’s popular topics on the site among Indonesian users was a play on words using Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo’s nickname, Foke, and an expression used for cursing.

“There was a lot of urinating on the streets, I can tell you that,” said Mayke Wauran,a pharmacy employee, without a hint of humor in her voice.

She witnessed a fair share of pedestrians fall down while navigating floodwater snear her home in Sunter, North Jakarta.

Office worker Melisa Kurniawan and her colleagues waited until 11 p.m. to leave Ratu Plaza in Sudirman, thinking that traffic would be much better then. The situation was still bad.

Roseline Setyono, who works in the Kuningan area, said that many of her colleagues also opted to wait things out at the office because their carpool took “six hours to arrive here from Kelapa Gading.”

Amelia, who didn’t want to use her real name, summed up her frustration on Twitter: “I hope the governor is stuck in traffic, wants to go to the bathroom, has to drive alone, his gas low, his air-conditioning dead and all his cellphones are low on battery.”

Commuters were not the only ones who were affected. The gridlock also had an impact onthe business sector.

Roy Siregar, owner of steak restaurant Frenzo in Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta,said that traffic hurt his business badly.

“My sales dropped by as much as 50 percent last Monday,” he said. “I assume people were stuck in their cars or offices and they couldn’t go anywhere.”

Dede Haris, who does marketing for bar and club Barcode in Kemang, South Jakarta,also blamed the traffic jam for the drop in customers.

“We had a very significant drop in the number of guests who came to our place,” hesaid.

Dede himself was also stuck in traffic.

Even though he believes that being on a motorcycle is the fastest option to getaround the city, he still spent three hours on his motorbike from Kemang toKuningan, South Jakarta. “I’m speechless, it was just crazy,” he said.

Monday’s gridlock proved to be a test that had even the sturdiest of Jakartans shaking their fists at the sky.

With the situation bound to repeat itself, here are a few survival tips on how to beatthe traffic blues, should you find yourself, once again, stuck in your vehicle for hours on end.

Have a good collection of music on hand

Music can make a three-hour drive end up feeling like, well, a two-hour drive.

“A good collection of music is a life saver. Even if it’s loud heavy metal, at least you can get the anger out of your system. A calmer collection is recommended, though,” video editor Aidil said, adding that it helped him get through histwo-and-a-half hour ordeal on Monday.

Stock upon beverages

It’s a good idea to have your favorite drinks and some snacks handy in your car incase you find yourself stuck in traffic again.

Stretch to relieve stress

Yelling at cars who are also stuck in front of yours won’t do any good. Instead, take a deep breath and try to calm down.

It is also good to do some simple and easy stretching exercises inside your car.

“You’ll be surprised to find how easy and simple moves can make you feel better,” said Budi, a fitness instructor.

Budi suggests the following exercises. With your eyes closed, put both of your arms up above your head and stretch them to the right and then to the left.

Then move your head up, down, left and right.

Try to avoid stiffness in your fingers. Starting with the right hand, gently extend the fingers back, one by one. Take them all back at the same time. Stretch out both your hands, make a fist and slowly open them up.

Don’t forget to move your legs too. While sitting, pull up your knees for a few seconds, first with the left, then the right.

Go to the office prepared

If you live far from the office, bring along items that you would normally do for a sleepover.

Try tobe on good terms with colleagues who live close to the office and wouldn’t mind taking you in for the night.

If you live near where you work, be nice and offer your colleagues a place for the night.

If you have no friends at the office, check out nearby accommodations.

“A female friend of mine walked four kilometers alone because no ojek [motorcycletaxi] was willing to go through the traffic,” office worker Melisa said, adding that she and her husband ended up letting that friend and a few others stay at their home for the night.

Familiarize yourself with your vehicle

When you’re exhausted after a long day at the office, all you want to do is go home and rest, so a nasty traffic jam can certainly pose a headache.

In your rush to get home, you may find yourself doing things, like splashing through deep puddles.

But think before you do anything that may endanger you and those around you.

There is also your vehicle to think of. “You have to make sure that your car is fit to face traffic jams that can last for hours,” car mechanic Adela said.

“You have to know how deep the puddle is before you cross over,” he said, adding that generally, the water level should be below half of your wheel height.

He said that cars mostly have their air intake channels located near the back fender, which are low enough to absorb water.

Getting water inside your car is the last thing that you want to happen. If you drive through a deep puddle and your car sucks water up, “it’s what we call a water hammer.”

“Things can get really ugly,” Adela said. “Chances are, your engine will break and you’ll end up paying a lot of money to fix it.”

He added that if you think it’s safe to go through a puddle, it’s very important to keep your car moving at a constant speed without going too fast.

Otherwise, you risk water getting into the car’s muffler. If your car stalls, you can pullover and try to dry the machine.

But if the car is severely damaged, you will have to call a tow truck.

Let your cellular phone be your savior

Make sure your phone’s battery is always fully charged. Buying a car charger for your phone may be a good idea.

You definitely don’t want to risk not being able to make an important call whenyou’re stuck in traffic.

Your phone can also be your source of entertainment while waiting.

Not only can you read articles on online news portals, but you can also check up-to-date information about the current traffic situation on Twitter accounts, such as@tmcpoldametro, @infoll and @lewatmana.

Police aircraft crashes in Papua

Antara News, Thursday, October 28, 2010 10:55 WIB

Jakarta(ANTARA News) - An aircraft of National Police Headquarters with five crewmembers crashed at Wami area in Wanggar district, Papua, on Wednesday.

"Theaircraft is predicted to have crashed at Wami area on Wednesday. Three bodieshave been discovered while two others remain missing," National Policespokesman Insp Gen Iskandar Hasan said here on Thursday.

Iskandarsaid the police ill-fated Skytruck plane was with five crews, namely AdjunctCommissioner Irwan as pilot, Inspector-I Bayu as co-pilot, and Inspector-IIMohamad Amri, Brigadier-I Hadirianto, and Brigadier-I Aipul Bahri when it wentmissing.

"Threebodies have so far been discovered but two others remained missing,"Iskandar said, adding that the ill-fated plane transported logistic assistanceto Wasior flood victims, and was flying from Nabire to Jakarta via Ambon andMakassar when it went down at Wami in Wanggar district.

Iskandarsaid that after refueling at Nabire, it took off to Ambon at 3.55 pm local timebut 35 minutes afterward it lost contact.

Then at11.30 pm the people of Wami in Papua informed the local police that they saw anaircraft went down not far from the area where they lived.

Iskandarsaid the crash of the police Skytruck aircraft was due to bad weather.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

BA attacks U.S. airport security demands

CNN News, ByPilita Clark,, October27, 2010

  • BA chairman has launched an attack on "completely redundant" airportchecks
  • Chairman Martin Broughton said the UK should stop "kowtowing" to US demands
  • "America does not do internally a lot of the things they demand that we do"
  • Made remarks at the annual conference of the UK Airport Operators Association

(FT) --The chairman of British Airways has launched an attack on "completelyredundant" airport checks and said the UK should stop"kowtowing" to US demands for increased security.

BA Chairman attacked U.S. demands on
increasing airline security.
The comments by Martin Broughton reflect broader industry and passenger frustrationover the steady accumulation of rules on everything from onboard liquids tohand baggage that have blossomed since the September 11 terrorist attacks.

In remarks at the annual conference of the UK Airport Operators Association inLondon, he said that the practice of forcing people to take off their shoes andhave their laptops checked separately in security lines should be ditched.

Mr Broughton said there was no need to "kowtow to the Americans every timethey wanted something done" to beef up security on US-bound flights,especially when this involved checks the US did not impose on its own domesticroutes.

"America does not do internally a lot of the things they demand that we do," hesaid. "We shouldn't stand for that. We should say, 'we'll only do thingswhich we consider to be essential and that you Americans also consideressential'."

The US required extra passenger checks at international airport gates after a Nigerianman tried to detonate a device hidden in his underwear on a flight to Detroitin December, a move some European airlines say unnecessarily duplicatesexisting checks.

Colin Matthews, chief executive of BAA, owner of Heathrow, told the Financial Times:"Today's arrangements are incremental and I think there is a case forsaying let's start from a clean sheet of paper to achieve what we want toachieve."

M rBroughton said no one wanted weak security, but he added: "We all knowthere's quite a number of elements in the security programme which arecompletely redundant and they should be sorted out."

These included the requirement to remove footwear, brought in after British"shoe bomber" Richard Reid hid explosives in his shoes on atransatlantic flight in 2001, and differing approaches to checking laptops andother equipment.

"Take the iPad, they still haven't decided if it is a laptop or it isn't a laptop. Sosome airports think you should take it out and some think you shouldn't,"Mr Broughton said.

The US Transportation Security Administration is thought to regard shoe examination asa key part of a security sweep because of things such as exposives that may behidden in them.

Philip Hammond, the British transport secretary, has said he wanted a new regulatorysystem under which the government would set security outcomes and operatorswould come up with processes to deliver them.

However, the Department for Transport added these had yet to be finalised and there wereno plans to change rules on checking shoes and laptops.

The TSA told the FT in response to Mr Broughton that it worked closely withinternational partners to ensure the best possible security. "Weconstantly review and evolve our security measures based on the latestintelligence," it said.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Landslide disrupts Bandung-Jakarta railway services

Antara News, Tuesday, October 26, 2010 16:56 WIB

Purwakarta, West Java (ANTARA News) - Bandung-based Indonesian Railway Company (PT KAI) workers on Tuesday kept attempting to clean the landslide materials burying the Ciganea-Sukatani rail track.

PT KAI`s spokesman, Sugeng Priyono, said here Tuesday that the landslide materials still buried 50-meter-long section of the rail track following several hours of heavy rainfalls on Monday.

The landslide with the height of three up to five meters hit the rail track of Pasiripis block in Mekargalih village, Jatiluhur sub-district, at about 05.00 pm on Monday.

"This landslide is worse than the one happening last Thursday," he said adding that the latest landslide disrupted the flows of Argo Parahyangan train serving Bandung-Jakarta routes.

In cleaning the landslide materials and halting potential landslides of the hill near the rail tracks, PT KAI`s workers used a backhoe, he said.

Sugeng Priyono said the Monday landslide of the 30-meter-high hill happened following torrential rainfalls. This could likely be caused by the unstable soil.

The PT KAI workers would be placed in the Pasiripis block to watch the condition of vulnerable rail track and help train drivers because the landslides frequently hit the curving rail track, he said.

A local resident named Yahya said the Monday landslide hit the 50-meter-long sections of Pasiripis block`s rail track about 15 minutes after a passenger train passed on its way to Bandung.

"The landslide occurred after torrential rain showered the area for several hours," Yahya said.

On Monday, Serpong-Tanahabang commuter train services were also suspended after a flash flood inundated certain rail tracks at Palmerah Railway Station in Central Jakarta.

The Jakarta-based PT KAI`s spokesman, Meteta Rijarulhaq, said the train services were stopped since 4.45 pm local time after a 30-centimeter-high flood submerged the tracks.

The extreme weather phenomena have been hitting various parts of Indonesia, causing such natural disasters as flash floods, landslides, and forest fires.

The most deadly flash floods occurred in Wasior town, West Papua province, on October 3 and 4, killing at least 150 people.

On Sumatra Island, a few hundreds of hot spots were detected before being doused by rainfalls last week.

As a result of the hot spots, caused by forest and bush fires in various parts of the island, the skies of certain parts of Riau and Riau Islands provinces were blanketed by haze.

The haze of forest and bush fires also affected Singapore and Malaysia.

Terrible traffic to last into late evening

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Mon, 10/25/2010 9:41 PM

Hectictraffic conditions in Jakarta, following three hours of heavy rains, willlikely last well into Monday evening, a Jakarta Police Traffic ManagementCenter officer says.

FirstInsp. Kasno told that the traffic would begin to easebetween 10 and 11 p.m., considering the massive queues of vehicles headingtoward Depok, Bekasi and Tangerang.

Thepolice said the worst traffic snarls were on Jl. Thamrin and Jl. Sudirman, theSenayan traffic circle, Jl. Latuharhari, Palmerah junction, Jl. Rasuna Said,Jl. Senopati, Blok O and Dharmawangsa.

Theheavy rains caused a number of rivers in Jakarta to flood, inundating severalmajor streets and felling a number of trees, bringing rush hour traffic to astandstill.

Motorists stranded on a flooded Jalan Thamrin in Central Jakarta. Inundated streets citywide caused huge delays as a rainstorm hit at the commute hour. (JG Photo/Yudhi Sukma Wijaya)

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Runway opens at world's first spaceport

BBC News, 23 October 2010

Commercial space travel took a step closer with the opening of the runway at the world'sfirst spaceport in the US state of New Mexico.

The project's backers say the first commercial
flight may take place within 18 months
The event was marked with a flypast of an aircraft carrying SpaceShip Two.

The vehicle has been designed to take fee-paying tourists on trips to the edge of space and back.

British billionaire Sir Richard Branson - whose Virgin group has backed the venture -said the first passenger trip should take place within 18 months.

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The opening of the nearly two-mile (three-kilometre) runway comes less than two weeks after another major step for Sir Richard's Virgin Galactic company: the first solo glide flight of SpaceShip Two.

"Today is very personal as our dream becomes more real," Sir Richard said.

"People are beginning to believe now. I think the drop flight two weeks ago, which went beautifully, I think it made people sit up and realize this is really reality."

More than 300 people have already paid at least $200,000 (£128,000) each for a three-hour flight.

Virgin Galactic's White Knight Two - the jet-powered mothership that will carry SpaceShip Two to launch altitude - appeared at Friday's ceremony at Spaceport America near the Mexican border.

The craft, carrying SpaceShip Two, passed over the spaceport several times before landing on the new runway.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Bengkulu govt to survey site for satellite launching station

Antara News, Sunday, October 17, 2010 21:27 WIB

Bengkulu (ANTARA News) - The Bengkulu provincial government will soon survey a location for a satellite launching station in Enggano island in North Bengkulu district.

A proposal for the budget of the project had been made in the revised 2010 statebudget, Head of the Bengkulu Provincial Development Planning Board M Nasyah said on Sunday.

The provincial government and the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (LAPAN) signed an agreement in August this year to build a satellite launching station in Bengkulu.

Under the agreement, both sides will form a team of officers to conduct a number of studies and surveys to decide a location for the satellite launching station,he said.

"The LAPAN team will conduct the survey, including a six-month feasibility study andan environmental impact analysis. Hopefully, work on the construction of theproject will start in 2011," he said.

Meanwhile, chief of the Enggano Customary Institute Pa`buki Rafli Zen Kaitora asked the government to familiarize the local people with the plan to build the satellite launching station in Enggano island.

He said he found out about the plan from the local media when he was in Bengkulu city."The Enggano people has not been told about the plan," he said.

Analysts believe Bolden may hold talks on possible co-operation
in space with China during his six-day visit [AP]

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

UFO panic that stopped the Big Apple, By staff writers, From: The Daily Telegraph, October 15, 2010

The "UFO" spotted in Manhattan.
THE bizarre cluster of shiny objects in the sky that brought bustling New York City to a standstill has the internet abuzz with talk the event was foreshadowed as a UFO phenomenon.

If one retired US Air Force officer and thousands of witnesses are right, UFOs hovered the skies over the Big Apple this week, but they came in peace.

The mysterious balls of light stopped traffic and sparked an alien scare as hundreds of New Yorkers gawped at the hovering globes on Wednesday.

Thousands have since taken to Twitter and social websites to talk about the unidentified flying objects sighting and post videos and photos of the bizarre event.

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Although officials could not confirm what the celestial objects were, sceptics believed the objects were balloons used in a promotion event on Broadway in Times Square despite the Federal Aviation Administration reporting that nothing was in that area around that time of day.

But believers cite a September 13 press release for the book Challenges of Change by retired Air Force officer Stanley A. Fulham, which predicted a fleet of UFOs would descend upon Earth's major cities on Wednesday, October 13.

Mr Fulham stated the extraterrestrials would neither land nor make any communication with Earth on Wednesday.

But their presence would be "the first in a series intended to avert a planetary catastrophe resulting from increasing levels of carbon-dioxide in the earth's atmosphere dangerously approaching a 'critical mass'. (...)

They are aware from eons of experience with other planets in similar conditions their sudden intervention would cause fear and panic."

He says their contact with Earth is part of their process of leading mankind into accepting the "alien reality and technologies for the removal of poisonous gases from the earth's atmosphere in 2015, if not sooner".

The Federal Aviation Administration said that after reviewing radar information, they only found typical helicopter traffic above the West Side but could not detect anything unusual that would prompt the avalanche of reports they received.

"We re-ran radar to see if there was anything there that we can't account for but there is nothing in the area," spokesman Jim Peters said.