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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. …

Monday, June 16, 2014

Indonesian Clothing Firms Cash In on Football Mania

Jakarta Globe, Harso Kurniawan, Jun 15, 2014

Shoppers browse for counterfeit jerseys of the national teams competing
 at the World Cup in Brazil, at a bazaar in Semarang, Central Java. Indonesia
exported $525 million worth of the genuine apparel. (JG Photo/Dhana Kencana)

Jakarta. Football fever will outshine electoral excitement as a fillip to apparel sales, the Indonesia Textile Association chairman predicted over the weekend.

Ade Sudrajad said the association estimated supporter outfits for the 2014 World Cup would add 15 percent to Indonesia’s clothing exports, bringing to $3.5 billion sales over the first six months of this year.

Those $525 million worth of jerseys and jackets would boost overall textile product exports to $13.5 billion, he said.

Sales have also been driven by the demand for T-shirts and other campaign clothing for legislative and presidential elections, Ade said. However since that demand is confined to the local market, Ade said domestic sales were estimated to rise by a little less, to $7.5 billion this year from $7 billion last year.

“The effects of the elections [for sales] was stronger during the 2009 election, but [this year] was not bad. At least, it helped boost demand,” he said.

Last year Indonesia exported textile products worth $12.6 billion. Of that figure 58 percent was contributed by garments, 19 percent by threads, 14 percent by fabrics, and the remaining from other fiber products.

“Export of textile products to May was quite good. There was a rise of around $500 million to $4.8 billion [compared to the period from January-May last year]. One of the boosters is indeed the World Cup,” said Ade.

He said orders for jerseys were flooding in to big textile companies in Indonesia and companies had boosted production to match the demand.

Ade said the main export markets for jerseys made in Indonesia were Europe and Latin America, “because football is very popular in those two regions.”

He said Indonesia was able to benefit from the world’s biggest football tournament as the country is one of the production centers for giant apparel brands such as Nike and Adidas, which produce jerseys for World Cup teams and their supporters.

“Those two brands have ordered jackets and jerseys for men, women and children. This will advantage the local textile companies that have business contracts with them,” he said.

However, Ade said, government policies prevented Indonesia’s textile sector from reaping a bigger World Cup bonanza. Indonesia should have had the capacity to boost textile exports by $1 billion in the first half of this year, beating global competitors such as Vietnam, where production costs are considered lower than in Indonesia.

“There are many constraints for textile companies to boost production, of which most are created by the government. For example, the higher electricity rates announced recently. It will erode the competitiveness of our textile industry,” he said.

With the downstream part of the sector receiving higher demand, the upstream part of the industry was also stimulated, Ade said. There has been a sharp increase in demand for synthetic polyesters to support apparel production. Polyester is used to make threads, for which demand has also increased.

Ade estimated this year’s synthetic polyester production would rise 19.7 percent to 700,000 tons. Last year Indonesia produced 585,000 tons of the polymer.

Overwhelming demand for textile products, according to Ade, forced spinning and weaving companies to import a proportion of fabric and thread to meet a shortfall in domestic production.

Anne Patricia Sutanto, president director at listed textile company Pan Brothers, confirmed the higher demand, saying heavier orders had been experienced since last year.

Pan Brothers, which produces various textile products including cut and sewn knit garments, polo shirts, woven garments and lightweight jackets and pants, booked an 18.5 percent rise in sales to $339 million last year.

Pan’s net income rose more than 50 percent to $10.4 million in 2013.

Anne said last year’s production volume reached 42 million pieces. “From those figures, there were special allocations for the World Cup,” she said.

She said the company had exported World Cup jackets to the United States, Europe and Asia.

Pan Brothers is the biggest listed garment company on the Indonesia Stock Exchange by market capitalization. It regularly receives orders from global apparel makers like Adidas, Nike, Spyder, Lacoste, Nautica and Calvin Klein Jeans. Anne said the textile sector was well placed to boost Indonesia’s economy. Textile products, she said, currently contribute around 10.7 percent to Indonesia’s non-oil-and-gas exports.

The Indonesia Textile Association once released an estimate that Indonesia could boost its market share in the world’s textile market to 5 percent by 2030. Indonesia’s share is now estimated at around 1.8 percent. By that reckoning, textile exports from Indonesia would reach a value of around $75 billion by 2030.

Ade previously said that Indonesia should be more active in participating in global trade deals such as the Trans Pacific Partnership. He said any deals that include Indonesia would help boost exports to the United States.

The Indonesian government has been reluctant to participate in the TPP for fears the pact would not benefit Indonesia as long as domestic industry competitiveness remains weak.

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