An employee walking along a thermal pipe at the Kamojang geothermal
power plant near Garut, West Java, on March 18. State utility provider
 Perusahaan Listrik Negara is targeting an additional 135 megawatts of
electricity from three new geothermal plants. (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta)

"Update on Current Events" – Jul 23, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: God, Gaia, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Benevolent Design, Financial Institutes (Recession, System to Change ...), Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Nuclear Power Revealed, Geothermal Power, Hydro Power, Drinking Water from Seawater, No need for Oil as Much, Middle East in Peace, Persia/Iran Uprising, Muhammad, Israel, DNA, Two Dictators to fall soon, Africa, China, (Old) Souls, Species to go, Whales to Humans, Global Unity,.. etc.)
"A Summary" – Apr 2, 2011 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Religion, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Intelligent/Benevolent Design, EU, South America, 5 Currencies, Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Middle East, Internet, Israel, Dictators, Palestine, US, Japan (Quake/Tsunami Disasters , People, Society ...), Nuclear Power Revealed, Hydro Power, Geothermal Power, Moon, Financial Institutes (Recession, Realign integrity values ..) , China, North Korea, Global Unity,..... etc.) - (Text version)

“.. Nuclear Power Revealed

So let me tell you what else they did. They just showed you what's wrong with nuclear power. "Safe to the maximum," they said. "Our devices are strong and cannot fail." But they did. They are no match for Gaia.

It seems that for more than 20 years, every single time we sit in the chair and speak of electric power, we tell you that hundreds of thousands of tons of push/pull energy on a regular schedule is available to you. It is moon-driven, forever. It can make all of the electricity for all of the cities on your planet, no matter how much you use. There's no environmental impact at all. Use the power of the tides, the oceans, the waves in clever ways. Use them in a bigger way than any designer has ever put together yet, to power your cities. The largest cities on your planet are on the coasts, and that's where the power source is. Hydro is the answer. It's not dangerous. You've ignored it because it seems harder to engineer and it's not in a controlled environment. Yet, you've chosen to build one of the most complex and dangerous steam engines on Earth - nuclear power.

We also have indicated that all you have to do is dig down deep enough and the planet will give you heat. It's right below the surface, not too far away all the time. You'll have a Gaia steam engine that way, too. There's no danger at all and you don't have to dig that far. All you have to do is heat fluid, and there are some fluids that boil far faster than water. So we say it again and again. Maybe this will show you what's wrong with what you've been doing, and this will turn the attitudes of your science to create something so beautiful and so powerful for your grandchildren. Why do you think you were given the moon? Now you know.

This benevolent Universe gave you an astral body that allows the waters in your ocean to push and pull and push on the most regular schedule of anything you know of. Yet there you sit enjoying just looking at it instead of using it. It could be enormous, free energy forever, ready to be converted when you design the methods of capturing it. It's time. …”

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Too much of a good thing will be disastrous for the retail sector

Debnath Guharoy, Consultant

The Jakarta Post - The runaway development of shopping malls in Jakarta is living proof of reckless greed, a monumental disaster in the offing. It is a good example of how poor information, bad planning and a lack of common sense is already hurting, and will continue to hurt, investors and workers alike.

As always, it is the people at large who will eventually pay the price for the folly of a few.

Anybody who has wandered into one of the shiny new malls in Jakarta will have been surprised by the eerie quiet at midday.

Where is the midday crowd, you wonder? How do the owners pay the staff for waiting patiently for that elusive customer? How will these shiny new shops get returns on their investments? How will the banks recover their loans?

Of all Jakartans 14 years of age and older, 43 percent have been to a shopping mall in the last month. Thirty-four percent have actually spent some money at the mall.

These numbers reflect the collective weight of Jakarta's affluent, its middle class and some of the less privileged. Significantly big, both in terms of footfall and spending. But there is a limit to how many malls they can visit or how much money they can spend.

Not surprisingly, there is no dramatic surge in mall visitation in recent years, with inflationary pressures and rising prices keeping many in the middle class at home. The kind of surge in mall development that Jakarta is going to witness in the next 24 months will overwhelm many, but will "underwhelm" the shopper.

Fourteen new malls, with an estimated floor space of some 600,000 square meters, are mushrooming right now. For whom? Like most of Indonesia's top 20 cities, the middle class in Jakarta isn't really growing and any assumptions of expansion based on population growth are simplistic and inaccurate.

The reality is quite the contrary, in fact.

Developers, bankers and builders are putting up shopping malls as if the country is in the middle of an economic boom. "Build and they will come." That mantra may work in Dubai, an oasis among the rather bland cities in its neighborhood.

But it cannot work here. It is unlikely that Jakarta is going to become a shopper's paradise for the region, in competition with Singapore, anytime soon. Depending on Jakartans to fill the empty spaces or aiming to attract shoppers from the other cities of Indonesia is wishful thinking.

These conclusions are based on Roy Morgan Single Source, the country's largest syndicated survey with over 27,000 Indonesian respondents annually, projected to reflect almost 90 percent of the population over the age of 14. That is a universe of 140 million people. The results are updated every 90 days but the opinions expressed here are my own.

The prognosis isn't difficult to construct. The developers are going to be hit hard. Distress sales will bring down revenues from existing malls. Banks who have financed some of these mammoth new projects will find themselves unwilling owners of real estate.

As always, they will aim to recover those losses from their other customers, big and small. Big retailers and franchise-owners will see smaller returns from each outlet they currently own and feel pressured to open in the new malls to protect their overall market share.

Small retailers hoping to win from their mere presence in a glitzy new mall will suffer from sparse traffic. Many of the new retail jobs created will wither away in time, creating anguish among families. The shopping mall "pie" simply isn't growing and slicing the same one up in even smaller pieces is going to leave a lot of red on the balance sheet. It won't be ketchup.

Why does this kind of self-inflicted malaise occur in Indonesia? Whether it is developers, retailers or bankers, there is an amazing lack of maturity among decision-makers.

While some industries have their own associations, very few of them are effective. This appears to be true of industries across the spectrum.

The utter lack of appropriate data, the misplaced over-confidence and the scant regard for basic marketing discipline are the primary culprits.

There is no advantage in jumping off a cliff ill-equipped, either individually or one after the other.

If industry association meetings are forums to protect vested interests and spread disinformation to confuse the competition instead of being the industry platform to collate and share hard data, experiences and concerns, the immaturity of individuals at the helm will inflict pain not only upon themselves but also upon their associates and society at large.

Without intellectual maturity, without commercial discipline, every type of business is vulnerable -- not just the retail sector. If an essential resource for a successful business is reliable information, not misinformation or disinformation, what does your association offer? Then ask yourself what you have done for it lately.

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