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United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has pleaded to Indonesia to stop the execution of prisoners on death row for drug crimes. AFP PHOTO

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The pope wrote that the principle of legitimate personal defense isn’t adequate justification to execute someone. Photograph: Zuma/Rex

Obama becomes first president to visit US prison (US Justice Systems / Human Rights)

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US President Barack Obama speaks as he tours the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, Oklahoma, July 16, 2015 (AFP Photo/Saul Loeb)

US Death Penalty (Justice Systems / Human Rights)

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Woman who spent 23 years on US death row cleared (Photo: dpa)


"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. …

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Bali in Budget Beds Battle

The Jakarta Globe, Irvan Tisnabudi

The new Tune Hotel in Kuta, Bali, which some hoteliers claim is using ‘predatory pricing.’ (JG Photo/J.P. Christo)

Hotel owners in Bali are crying foul over the latest arrival in Indonesia’s premier tourist destination.

They claim that Tune Hotels, the Malaysian budget accommodation chain owned by Air Asia founder Tony Fernandes, will “damage” the island’s image by offering spartan rooms for as little as Rp 98,000 ($10.5) a night.

Perry Markus, secretary general of the Bali Hotels and Restaurant Association, told the Jakarta Globe on Monday that other low-cost hotels were unhappy with the arrival of Tune in Kuta and Legian. “With such a low tariff, it is damaging to Bali’s image, which is to uphold quality tourism,” Perry said.

Perry declined to name the unhappy hotels but warned that if Tune does not increase its tariffs, they may report the company to the Business Competition Supervisory Commission (KPPU) for unhealthy business practices.

“We don’t want them to screw up the current situation, which we have been trying very hard to maintain. It’s been very difficult to increase hotel rates since the Bali bombings,” Perry said, referring to the bombs that killed 202 people and injured 204 in Kuta 2002 and another attack that killed 20 in Jimbaran and Kuta in 2005.

Using a similar model to Air Asia and other budget airlines, Tune Hotels eschew the usual frills such as swimming pools, spas and room service, but offer cut-price rates for basic, clean rooms with just a bed, hot shower and ceiling fan. Guests must pay extra for every additional service from towels to air-conditioning.

“Sometimes, all you really need from a hotel is a hot shower and a good night’s rest. Without risking robbery either stepping out of the room, or paying the bill,” Tune says on its web site.

Perry said the association will gather the protesting hotels together to share their views and plans to invite the management of Tune to talks at a later date.

Sendjaja Widjaja, director of Tune in Bali, dismissed the suggestion that the group is pursuing predatory pricing. “Not all the rooms will cost Rp 98,000. No hotel can survive on such a low tariff if it's fixed for all of the rooms.” He added that Tune would be happy to talk to the other hoteliers.

Several business leaders argued that the Tune concept will go down well in Bali.

“As long as the hotel can serve its guests well and satisfy them, then I think it has good prospects because tourists are now very service-oriented,” said Levita Supit, Chairwoman of the Indonesian Franchising and Licensing Society.

Anton Sitorus, head of research at property consultant PT Jones Lang LaSalle Indonesia, noted that Bali attracts many backpackers, for whom the Tune approach may well be appealing.

“These types of visitors look for low-budget hotels and Tune hotels has made some breakthroughs because unlike many cheap hotels in Bali, it is managed professionally,” Anton said.

However, Jacky Yatno, owner of the Barong Hotel, a low-cost establishment in Kuta, insisted that most incumbents were not bothered by Tune’s arrival.

“Tune is way behind a lot of hotels in terms of facilities, as they lack services such as swimming pools and gyms. All they're trying to do is maximize every inch of the small space they have and this does not result in good quality service,” he said.

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