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    The Koyal Group Reviews (Sept. 14, 2013) - Geholpen door een reeks economische stimulans maatregelen ingevoerd door premier Shinzo Abe na de verkiezingen van December 2012, komt Japan eindelijk uit de tientallen jaren durende malaise. Onder de maatregelen – collectief genaamd 'Abenomics' – zijn een aantal gemakkelijk geld beleid ter bevordering van consumenten- en zakelijke uitgaven, investeringen in betere infrastructuur en de devaluatie van de yen op de brandstof uitvoer.

    Het beleid lijkt te werken, althans op de korte termijn. De Nikkei 225-Index is tot 64% in het afgelopen jaar, en de economie van Japan groeide door een jaarbasis van bijna 4% in het eerste kwartaal, na contracteren in 2012. Met de heer Abe de regerende partij ontvangen een sterke stempel van goedkeuring in de meest recente parlementaire verkiezingen, zijn dergelijke stimuleringsmaatregelen waarschijnlijk blijven in plaats voor de nabije toekomst.


  • Crown Environmental Capital Management Solutions Green Cleaning... What a Great Scam!

    Many ideas and theories behind "Green Cleaning" are great. I truly believe most people's and even company's hearts are in the right place. But, just because you put the word "Green" on the label and throw up a picture of a leaf (don't look at our logo) doesn't mean it's environmentally friendly.

    I believe our best plan for minimizing our carbon footprint, from the cleaning side, is to use common sense more and cleaning products less.

    Here are 6 ideas to help accomplish this goal:

    1. Use the least amount of cleaning product possible

    Most green cleaning products have the "green" title because the chemicals they use or don't use are supposed to be biodegradable and/or less harmful if they find their way into the ground. I'm sure that is true, but our goal shouldn't be to find the most ecological product, it should be to use as little cleaning product as possible.

    Recommendation: Buy only concentrated cleaning products in the largest size you can or make your own.

    1. Be more concerned about the plastic bottle than the chemical inside

    The negative environmental impact of the plastic bottle, even if you recycle it, may be far greater than the chemicals inside. The bottles needs to be made, stored, shipped and recycled. Each one of these steps require energy and fossil fuels.

    Recommendation: Buy good quality trigger sprayers (the good ones will last a long time)...

  • Koyal Group:Going Green

    Environment, Environmental Design



    "We are very pleased to announce that by the end of 2019, we plan to be completely carbon neutral," said Chief Executive Officer, Edward Neilson, "The first step in our course of action is to become one hundred percent paperless; we are eliminating our inter-office mail system, as well as commissioning the creation of a secure digital communications system for the use of our clients."

    Tokyo based equity research house Koyal Group sees it´s self as a progressive leader amongst Asian companies, helping to set trends across the continent. Chief Executive Officer Edward Neilson commented on his reasoning for deciding to undertake the plan, "Compared with Europe and The United States, Asia is decades behind in areas such as this, and these issues have far reaching consequences, for the future and globally".

    Koyal Group aims to foster a culture of sustainability across Japan and Asia. "Many companies are discouraged by the present costs of green technology, but the future of the planet is priceless," said according to Chief Executive Officer Edward Neilson.

    Over the next six years, Koyal Group has a number of steps in its plan to achieve a carbon neutral footprint • In the spring of 2013, Koyal Group will be planting 1,500 trees in a national forest at the base of Mount Fuji.

    • Koyal Group is also presiding over a plan, with a number of other Japanese firms, to raise capital for the construction of a tidal power station. The...

  • Rodeo refinery pitches gas project as an environmental boon and jobs bonanza, but many residents are skeptical

    RODEO -- Phillips 66 pitched a project to Rodeo residents this week promising to make their air cleaner, create jobs, bring business to downtown merchants, and generate tax revenue for public agencies.

    And according to Mark Hughes, community relations manager for Phillips' Rodeo refinery, it comes with "no significant environmental impacts."

    Hughes' upbeat portrayal of the proposed Phillips 66 Propane Recovery Project was seconded by Rodeo Chamber of Commerce officials; the steelworkers union Local 326 president; an armed forces veteran; and Contra Costa County Democratic Party Chairman Chuck Carpenter, appearing on behalf of Rodeo's New Horizons Career Development Center.

    But a gallery of skeptical

    A view of the Phillips 66 refinery shows rail tracks in Rodeo, Calif. on Wednesday, May 29, 2013.(Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group) residents at a Rodeo Municipal Advisory Council meeting Thursday at the Rodeo Senior Center warned that the projected 200 new high-paying jobs would be mostly temporary and filled by nonresidents, and that the propane project would bring more noise to Rodeo and threaten the town's safety at a time when the downtown fire station has been shuttered for budgetary reasons.

    Several portrayed the refinery as a bad neighbor and major polluter and warned that an accident or terrorist act could set off the large quantities of...

  • Infrastructure fuels warming, Jakarta management fraud watch solutions, CROWN CAPITAL MANAGEMENT GROUP | Dailystrenght

    Scientist’s state CO2 causes climate change, but the government approach is a political/financial green-energy scam destroying the ecosystem, increasing costs for consumers, cutting jobs and destroying the earth's ability to cleanse the atmosphere of "greenhouse" gases as the government continues to issue building permits which destroy the ecosystem. Photosynthesis converts CO2 to O2 plus carbon, sugars and also cooling condensation.

    The current policy of unlimited building permits destroys the environment, including green plants. Environmentalists warned in the ‘80s the destruction of the rain forests/environment would create major environmental damage as countries destroy trees, fill in wetlands for construction and asphalt the countryside. As we increase CO2 by destroying the earth's ability to break down "greenhouse gases," our government brags about new building permits?

    Warming increases as asphalt and cement absorbs heat faster and holds heat longer than soil, creating a warming atmosphere as population increases, civilization modernizes, green plants are destroyed, building permits increase -- which explains the warming climate. Technically, increasing CO2 should have a corresponding increase in green plants/photosynthesis as in previous warming periods, but the destruction of the environment prevents this.

    Obama's environm...


    Renewable energy investments are shifting to developing nations as countries from Morocco to Chile pursue power sources that wean them off fossil fuel imports, two studies promoted by the United Nations said.

    China’s $67 billion of investment in wind, solar and other renewable projects led developing nations to $112 billion of spending in 2012, according to an e-mailed statement today from the UN and other groups involved in the studies. That compares with $132 billion of expenditure in the industrialized world.

    The gap on renewables spending between richer and developing countries shrank to 18 percent last year from 250 percent in 2007, marking a “dramatic change” in investment patterns, the statement said. Two-thirds of the 138 nations that now have clean-energy targets are in the developing world.

    “The uptake of renewable energies continues worldwide as countries, companies and communities seize the linkages between low-carbon green economies and a future of energy access and security,” UN Environment Program Executive Director Achim Steiner said in the statement. “More and more countries are set to take the renewable energy stage,” he said, citing “the logic and the rationale of embracing a green development path.”

    UNEP and the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management worked with Bloomberg New Energy Finance to produce one of today’s reports, whil...

  • The Crown Jakarta Management Review the State of the Nation’s Air, and Your Lungs | Tumblr

    In most places, the quality of air in America is better than ever.

    As China remains blanketed by an ever-thickening haze, we in the United States can be grateful of one thing: The air is getting cleaner in most parts. The American Lung Association reported in its State of the Air 2013 that 18 cities have lower dust pollution compared to previous years, while 16 had their lowest figures ever.

    Nevertheless, the improvement is not that widespread. About 25 million Americans live in conditions of harmful levels of ozone and particle pollution. Around 131 million people (42%) live with either type of unhealthful environment. California’s busy and highly-populated metros rank badly in the rankings, consistently topping the five most-polluted metros by ozone, year-round and short-term particulate pollution. Bakersfield, the highest for particulates among 277 metros, fares worst of all although it has already improved.

    In general, 119 counties have levels of ozone that affect the health of citizens with “aggravated asthma, difficulty breathing, cardiovascular harm and lower birth weight”. Particulate levels in 58 counties are such that they “increase risks of heart attacks, strokes and emergency room visits for asthma and cardiovascular disease”.

    Cities, such as Salt Lake City and Fairbanks, Alaska, experienc...


    The world's economy is in tatters and safe havens are few and far between, says legendary contrarian Marc Faber. The banking crisis in Cyprus has shown that even bank deposits are not safe. The publisher of the Doom, Boom and Gloom newsletter, surveying the world from his perch in Hong Kong, discusses the impact of unemployment in Europe, the economic slowdown in China, asset bubbles and the turnaround prospects for precious metals miners. Faber also reveals his investment strategy for these volatile times in this interview with The Gold Report. The Gold Report: Marc, I recently interviewed James Turk who said that Europe is in a banking crisis, but that some countries are in worse shape than others. Are things on the continent as bad as they seem to be from the headlines in the U.S.?

    Marc Faber: Unemployment is high in both Europe and the U.S., particularly for young people. One reason for the high unemployment rate is that it is very difficult to find highly specialized workers for industry. Perhaps that's due to more university students studying non-user-friendly subjects, such as philosophy. The Western world is lacking in well-trained workers who can handle industrial machines that cost $10–20 million ($10–20M). But if I need a clerical assistant for financial services, I can find hundreds and hundreds of applicants.

    Swiss-born Marc Faber, who at age 24 earned his Ph.D. in economics ...

  • TANA Goldfields United Kingdom Extreme extraction

    Environment, Environmental Design

    [TANA Goldfields United Kingdom Extreme extraction | Chirpstory (

    The increasing price of precious metals has prompted mineral prospectors to consider unusual places. Jon Evans looks into the future of mining. Mining is already a reasonably extreme activity, moving and processing large quantities of material in often unpleasant and hazardous conditions. But imagine how much more extreme it would be to mine at the bottom of the ocean or on asteroids in the depths of space. That is exactly what a few pioneering companies are planning to do.

    The impetus for these extreme forms of mining is the recent dramatic rises in the price of many metals, driven by dwindling supplies from conventional land-based sources and by large increases in demand outstripping available supply. This is the case for bulk metals such as copper, nickel and cobalt, precious metals such as gold and platinum, and the so-called rare earth elements such as lanthanum and neodymium that are used in many modern technologies.

    Since 2000, the price of copper has quadrupled and the price of platinum has tripled. The rare earth elements have collectively increased in price by a factor of 20 since 2005. This all means that potential sources of these metals that were previously dismissed as too far-fetched, such as the ocean floor and asteroids, have now become economically viable – at least theoretically.

    Indeed, the mineral resources potentially available on the ocean floor and i...

  • Renewable energy for GDOE raises concerns

    Environment, Environmental Design

    A bill that could help the Department of Education cut the cost of electricity using renewable energy sources raised some concerns voiced by utilities' officials.

    Speaker Judith Won Pat introduced Bill 74, which would allow Guam DOE to enter into a partnership with a qualified renewable energy provider to help contain the millions the school system spends yearly on power bills.

    Superintendent Jon Fernandez wrote in support of the bill, noting the agency's power bill continues to climb.

    "Unfortunately, despite the conscientious effort of reducing our power consumption, GDOE continues to experience an increase in our billings," Fernandez stated in his written testimony.

    The school system had a power bill of $14.46 million in fiscal 2012. Fernandez said the school system's kilowatt-hour usage in the first half of fiscal 2013 decreased by nearly 6 percent when compared to the first half of fiscal 2012, yet its power bill still increased by $174,000 -- roughly 2.4 percent.

    He added that any savings would be diverted into the classrooms and school sites to improve the services and infrastructure for students. Alternative energy cap

    Fernandez has noted that there's a cap on the amount of alternative energy the department is able to use, which could limit the agency's ability to use alternative energy sources to their full potential.

    Bill Hagen, co-owner of Pacific Solar & Photovoltaics, who submitted written testimony in support o...

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