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|Posted on January 2, 2016 at 11:19 AM||comments ()|
The chances are pretty decent of the worldwide economic Recovery continuing this year, with the promising possibility of enhancement.
Japan seems to have decided to continue its Stimulus, running at some $85 billion a month. This is gigantic for the size of their population, and guarantees the highest standards of living in the world to all Japanese citizens, plus a growing influence around the world, where their capital is likely to foster growth and development. For example, they have offered $35 billion to India for joint venture in developments of infrastructure, and this will certainly add to Japanese GNP.
India has done joint venture and co-operation treaties with Germany and France, to help develop some of the 100 new cities that Pradhanmantri Shree Narendra Modi announced at the beginning of 2015. Since then, he has visited China and Russia, and is signing up co-operation and trade agreements with every likely nation, including many in Africa. As a lot of Indians lived in Africa and grew up there, it seems India is taking an altruistic stance, wishing to repay with gratitude to their African brothers and sisters. This is a laudable gesture, and will enable the inherent and huge potential growth that is in places such as Lagos and Zimbabwe.
China too is extending its sphere of influence, Hon Xi Jinping visited so many nations and signing up trade and co-operation treaties. I can imagine joy for all these nations, where they will have expertise been made available to them, together with the machinery and transportation to fully benefit from their resources as well as create infrastructure developments which they so badly need. How can people not imagine dams, electricity, drinking water available on the doorstep, schools, dispensaries, hospitals, hotels, housing, tourists.....thriving economies....where God has blessed them with the rich fertile lands, mineral wealth, green vegetation, fragrant flowers, livestock to provide them plenty of milk. Africa is most likely to come up with the most number of billionaires soon....or if not, at least top social entrepreneurs who will instead contribute to their lands through holding together and creating business enterprises which serve the communities. If not dollar billionaires, these will be the enlightened spiritual billionaires who will do great good for their communities....at once, their people will have increasing standards of living. If the local African banks can back these entrepreneurs, they can create the development and wealth and growth that is the potential. I pray all these people receive the rich blessings from God.
The United States has steadily grown from the dark days of the 2008 meltdown to today, where the economy seems to have been totally restored, and is growing, with confidence, more jobs, more enterprise, more homeowners, more cars......Now the Fed will just need to fix the Debt Ceiling (in March, it seems). If they just expand the balance sheet to January 2017, the Obama administration will be home and dry, and all the senators and representatives can continue to collect their pay checks.
The alternative policies of the Tea Party crowd or Republicans like Donald Trump would see Obamacare repealed, and poor students being sent home due to lack of a free lunch at school. Those dark days caused due to sequestration are something that is best forgotten.
I pray Hillary Clinton shall become elected as the President at November 2016. Simply, it seems her destiny. It would resonate with the times and the perceptions of people today, everybody seeking self-expression in a democracy. Her election will enshrine the highest achievement in gender equality. That is a truth the people will not wish to hide, nor deny themselves. The time has come for this Democrat to rise as the dove, and sit in the highest office in the land.
She was very successful as a peacemaker in the Middle East when she was the Secretary of State. She has a natural gift for making peace agreements, and people trust her. She is a natural ambassador for peace. The world atmosphere will change when she becomes President, the whole tone of political relations will change, I believe, for the better. It is up to the people, to honour her, and elect her to the White House.
The One Trillion Eighty Billion Stimulus that the European Central Bank has rolled out has the promise of being extended beyond September 2016, as announced by their President Mario Draghi recently. That will offer ample scope for upgrade and innovation by the companies in the Euro Area (and by extension Europe) to meet the challenges of these times. On that note, the one thing the world is waiting for is the Juncker Plan. With reforms under way, Greece must surely be ready for it.
The low Oil price has depleted the reserves of the oil exporting nations, and their budget deficits have been bigger than envisaged. That suggests they will review their stance on cutting productions, and introduce some cuts before long; their stance has hurt their purses deeply, so some change may be expected. Russia too could follow suit, unless they are happy to foster a recession at home. Common sense would suggest oil price could begin to rise.....but when is only known to the bigwigs in OPEC and Russia. It is past the post-panic stage; it seems it is a time when they must be regretting not cutting back production earlier. And there would be no loss of face. Economic reality seems pretty harsh.
May I wish you good health and joy for the New Year.
Durudarshan H. Dadlani
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|Posted on November 10, 2013 at 11:40 AM||comments ()|
Remembrance Day at the Ilford chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was marked by the Bishop and congregation paying respects to the memories of the heroes and heroines who gave their lives in the quest for freedom from tyranny and injustice.
How great a freedom we enjoy today as citizens of England is all due to the heroes and heroines who laid down their lives, as well as those valiant men and women who helped negotiate peace and brought forward this day into being.
Brother Jeremy Boyden : "We remember all those who made the ultimate sacrifice, like our Saviour, and we mark this day when peace was first agreed between all nations, on 11th November 1918".
The President's wife Sister Saltzman read a poem about Flanders Fields.
The Bishop's son, Brother Michael Onaolapo Jnr : "Greater love hath no man then He who gave up His own life so that others may live."
Sister Shannon Pickering, who was baptised in the Ilford ward two weeks ago, spoke a few words about the loving atmosphere that prevails in this land, thanks to people like her gransparents who did their bit during the war.
Sister Joanne Boyden read a famous poem, starting The glory shines upon my tears....She read the bit about hopes and expectations and stars and then became very emotional. (I asked her later; she explained that her Mother lost two brothers in the war). (For the Fallen, Robert Laurence Binyon).
Brother Michael Lighten paid tribute to the great example of Captain Noel Godfrey Chavasse, recounting events in the Captain's life in the Royal Army Medical Corp, who had to combine civilian with military duties at the front, where he saw within a few hours 189 casualties out of 600. Captain Chavasse worked behind enemy lines for four hours, just 500 yards to safety. On another occasion just 25 yards from enemy trenches. Altogether, Captain Chavasse saved the lives of approximately 20,000 men.
On another occasion, he worked with protection against an attack of mustard gas.
Noel picked up his torch, and rose up in his time, working against impossible conditions of mud, blood and water. Captain Chavasse was decoated with a rare second Victoria Cross. Such men are rare indeed, and we all recall his courage with awe and celebration.
"For their tomorrows, we give our today" John Maxwell Edmonds. That was the spirit of the unknown solider, great soul who's memory we salute today.
We stood and paid our respects to the memories of the men and women who have won the freedoms that have greatly contributed to the enjoyment of peace and peaceful life that England enjoys today.
Bishop Onaolapo made these closing remarks : "We are here because of the sacrifices the soldiers, male and female, have made for us. That is why the great atmosphere of stability and safety, friendliness and love prevails in this nation. I am sure this country will go from strength to strength because of that, and I am proud to be a citizen of this great country of ours."
I believe this sums up the congregations sentiments on this day, when we salute those whose lives were lost, as well as those who brought about peace.
May God's blessings be upon all.
(written by Duru-darshan
LDS Ilford ward)
|Posted on October 28, 2013 at 8:34 AM||comments ()|
It has taken all of five years for the world economies to be restored to semblance of normality from the dark days of 2008.
Remember those days when the interest rates were quite high in the advanced economies, anything from 4 to 7 percent - and that for the benchmark European Central Bank, Federal Reserve and Bank of England rate.
The crisis created by the collapse of Lehmann Bros sent shockwaves throughout the financial system worldwide, with stockmarkets tumbling, loss of confidence in trade, fall in house prices, and a mood of pessimism gripped the world.
At the vortex of the crisis, when Oil price reached $147 per barrel, according to OPEC AND European Union figures, about $250 billion additional bills were imposed on the European Union's oil expenditure, and what a terrible crisis it created, making transportation and manufacturing unviable in many countries, e.g. Portugal, Spain, Greece, the extra drain sucking the life-force out of the system.
At the peak of the crisis, people who were earlier working in the textile industry were suddenly without work, and wondering how they would find their cod-and-chips. Enterprising young people and old were trying their hand at the e-commerce economy, and finding lot of work but little revenue. The Prime Minister of a sovereign nation which was so prosperous not so long ago was visiting the heads of state of various nations, asking for help. The social security systems were severally stretched, the tax revenues not corresponding to the new outflows. The interest on the bonds became quite high, to attract investors. Talented people from universities were not able to find opportunities to make a living.
Demand on housing was as high as ever, but people didn't have money to rent, nor were banks willing to extend mortgages. Indeed, banks and loan corporations were suddenly unviable, after the property price plunge and bankruptcies of many individuals.
Today, comparatively, there has been a return of confidence. Things are getting better. Spain, Portugal and Greece have seen their bonds become more attractive to international investors.
But the worst is hardly behind us, yet the oil price remains so high. The pending closure of the Grangemouth Refinery is an indicator of the havoc the oil price plays with the balance sheet of such businesses. A business that was viable up until recently today stands in need of £300 million, with that it would support 800 jobs until trade is more favourable. This may be a microcosmic illustration of what could be in store for the OPEC nations, unless they decide to reduce the oil price to a level that is affordable to the rest of the world, and would give the OPEC nations an on-going stable income on a long-term basis into the future, and allow the world to breathe, and help sustain Recovery.
It took two-and-a-half years after the high oil price knocked the economies for six for a return to some kind of normal business activity. Common sense tells me that the high price today will probably hamper growth for about a year-and-a-half, and it is already restricting growth and causing hardships in many places, e.g. Yemn, Kenya, India, and almost all the nations outside the G20.
I WOULD RESPECTFULLY SUGGEST THAT THE OIL PRICE NEEDS TO BE BELOW $85 A BARREL.
That would help the hard-pressed developing nations meet their bills from their depleted reserves or devalued currencies, and enabling continuation of trade with the U.S., China, European Union, Israel and indeed OPEC, which would create a dynamic of mutual co-operation and support that may help all nations thrive and develop all their potential. That is the missing piece of the jigsaw in the picture of a continuation of the worldwide economic Recovery.
All the listening hearts of the world know what I am saying, and those who sit in positions of influence will do what is necessary, for that I pray.
|Posted on August 15, 2013 at 6:17 PM||comments ()|
It has been called a massacre, the deaths of nearly 500 people in clashes between the military and pro-Mursi supporters, after the ruling junta lost patience with the protestors occupying squares in Cairo and Alexandria. Bulldozer-tanks demolished the barricades Dr Mursi's supporters had built around themselves, and soon thus provoked the people started to throw bricks and stones at the tanks, and soon the army moved in to confront the protestors.
In the midst of this, or soon after it started, the Interim Vice President Mr El Baradei resigned, leaving the leadership mostly composed of military brass headed by General Sisi.
It has been a sad situation, and I hope and pray that during the one month of a State Emergency, when curfew is being enforced rigidly at night time, the ruling junta will consider the possibilities of how to now form a civilian government under its aegis and continue with restoration of the democracy and continuation of the economy vis a vis the world. The best solution, a pragmatic jigsaw fix, would be to reinstate Dr Mursi in a power-sharing leadership, which will appease the Muslim Brotherhood and not give U.S. the excuse to withdraw aid, which it could well do if the leadership is a de facto military one.
Under the aegis of the military, Dr Mursi can be relied upon to interpret the constitutional parameters of his duties. Perhaps if peace prevails, Dr El Baradei hopefully could be asked to also resume his position, perhaps as Joint Vice President with Dr Mursi. I am taking the liberty to give my impartial view, but I believe the Egyptian democracy must be saved at this first sign of trouble, so that it can continue to function normally with the tourism and trading, thereby putting this nation onto a path of Recovery, which it can achieve if there is a peaceful outcome to the current situation. I dread to imagine this nation of Nasser's and Anwar Sadat's people, who believe in Arab unity and regional peace, having such violence and anger which has visited Egypt in the last few days. I pray all sides will show restraint and unending patience and help to resolve the crisis peacefully.
The stock market in Cairo was a plunger, and the world markets too have taken fright, fearing escalation of violence in Egypt in the absence of a sound plan of reinstatement of an acceptable leadership that will appease the Muslim brotherhood protestors, who feel robbed of legitimate representation in the form of Dr Mursi, who the Yemini Nobel laureate Tawakkol Karman has described as 'the Nelson Mandela of the Arab world'.
The Oil price has headed up again, when really it should be heading down given the weak figure of 0.1 percent growth in Eurozone GDP. Okay, we don't have a recession, but it is very weak growth.
The high unemployment in Israel should give people food for thought. Oil price is far too high, and a few traders becoming millionaires will leave a lot of people suffering, especially in places like Yemen, Kenya, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar and China. High oil prices just slow the economies down, that is now pure common-sense, based on extensive data from the time Oil hit a high of $147 and saw the world economies suffer a slow down and the deepest recession in living memory.
May Allah inspire the Egyptian people to bridge their differences and set their nation back on track for peace and Recovery. My prayers are with all brothers and sisters in Egypt.
|Posted on July 31, 2013 at 1:52 PM||comments ()|
Hello, dear Readers, my posts this month have been as follows. There was a slight problem with my Vistaprint site, and I was not getting the up-to-date statistics recently, so in case there has been a problem with the communication, I thought I'd bring you up-to-date with my posts :-
1) Hello, Oakland, Cairo, Goma 16/7
2) In God we trust, Charity, Spiritual and Temporal Blessings 17/7
3) Detroit filed for Chapter 9 Bankruptcy 19/7
4) Hello Everybody...Oakland, Detroit, Miami 21/7
5) Could the Himalayan tsunami have been averted? 22/7
6) Potholes, potholes everywhere...hello India 25/7
7) Right selection, with confidence, will restore Prosperity 26/7
8) Baba Ramdev shop in Seven Kings 27/7
9) 'I trust according to the spirit of God that is within me' 28/7
As always, I look forward to receiving your comments. Keep them coming in- at lasts count, I had received a gratifying 806 comments to 1180 posts. Wey hey, readers, I am glad to hear from you.
Wish you a joyful time in your activities.
|Posted on July 21, 2013 at 12:36 PM||comments ()|
The Chapter 9 Bankruptcy of Detroit last Friday is a stark reminder of what happens to an economy when trust breaks down between communities and disrupts the social fabric, leading to decline and decay and a sad breakdown of an economy.
I understand from cursory reading of books on Detroit that the 1967 riots sparked off a distrust between the communities, and may have been the turning point for the breakdown of the economy which has now resulted to this sad, sad decline.
No two children of the same family will be totally understanding or obedient to their parent(s), but if family members work in harmony and common objectives, they tend to be more successful. That rule of harmony holds true for organisations as well as for communities, there is no reason why it should not hold true for cities or even nations, hence last week I referred to Cario and Oakland but of course I should also have mentioned Miami.
Just imagine Detroit in the 1950s, which now appears to have been its heyday, full of harmony and enterprise, inspiring dreams, the American dream, contributing to its status as a city of great reputation worldwide, with its ballrooms, museums, theatres, skyscrapers....The industry and enterprise was there to give a livelihood to the 465,000 residents there, who soon grew to over a million and to nearly two million towards the peak. The infrastructure was added to as it served the citizens and visitors, and the town grew to a city.
The decline has seen people leave, mainly white people leaving the city to suburbs, leaving a ghetto at its core, the deserted buildings falling apart, now ready for demolition or refurbishment.
The population has fallen, leaving the municipality with an income of about $1 billion a year, when it probably needs at least a billion-and-a-half just to service the interest on the bonds.
A solution may be repopulation, with some company and a group of New Economy companies able to generate a lot of jobs and sustain the livelihoods of the citizens. Obviously there is a lot of talent and raw energy, that can be purposefully employed and will create wealth and sustain the people and regenerate the city. All that is now needed is for a few men and women of vision to locate their wealth generating companies there, and give a boost to the regeneration of the housing and public buildings.
The talent is there, you cannot stand and see a great city die. Hopefully, the government can make a special provision for a funding programme to regenerate this great iconic city with its beautiful landmarks.
As harmony exists between people, so will Recovery and Prosperity bloom in their midst. Today, I pray for restoration of faith in Detroit.
|Posted on July 16, 2013 at 9:12 AM||comments ()|
The people are not happy with the acquittal in the U.S. of George Zimmermann, accused of shooting dead the teenager Trayvon Martin. It seems people both black and white and all ethnic groups are pouring out onto the streets of Oakland and Los Angeles, California. According to the law of the land, the jury found the accused aquitted, but the people are not satisfied with this verdict.
In the minds and hearts of the people protesting for justice for the late Trayvon Martin, the verdict delivered is not what they expected. I don't know if they are likely to now lodge an appeal for a re-trial, but the current situation suggests that may be an option to cool people down.
Meanwhile, in Cairo the pro-Mursi suppoters are filling the streets and the situation is far from peaceful. Here about 20 million out of 86 million of the Egyptian people voted for Dr Mursi. He seems to be the accommodative voice of peace and tolerance in this region, and obviously the U.S. were happy to see him in charge. The Muslim Brotherhood under his guidance provides an orthodox but democratic brand of Islam, which itself means Democracy, and keeping within their cultural interpretation, are a progressive people. The U.S. educated Dr Mursi and his supporters insist that the deposting was a coup d'état, counting on the U.S. to withdraw aid support for Egypt, which would hurt the nation. An accommodative stance for the Egyptian military leaders would be to give Dr Mursi a position in the political top.
Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo is a sad place, a country that is blessed with fertile land, plentiful rain, and used to provide plenty when it was Belgian Congo. Alas, the dam at Matadi which was built to generate a huge amount of power, probably needs technical know-how to keep functioning and potentially provide the power that could electrify a good part of that region. It seems sad that a million people of bare means are often being driven round and round in circles by a military that must now become their well-wishers and protectors and guides, so that the potential of this region can find fuller expression.
My Facebook friend Marc Allen, the living apostle of New Age thinking, sees sea changes around the globe which will bring changes in the collective consciousness. His words today inspired a recap of the above scenarios. Humanity loves peace, and strives for justice. It is part of the unfolding picture today and when the leaders make efforts to provide pragmatic solutions to the situations that face them, then hope is there peace will be restored.
Mahatma Gandhi popularised the concept of Satyagraha - non-violent struggle for justice. Martin Luther King found success for his struggle with this method, although regretfully his life was cut short. In South Africa, the great soul Nelson Mandela is glorious proof of this philosophy.
I pray for peaceful outcome to all these situations. As we emit peace from our hearts, so may peace reciprocate from those around us.
|Posted on July 10, 2013 at 12:51 PM||comments ()|
The price of the West Texas Intermediate and the Brent crude, traded on the International Commodities Exchange (hence ICE) seems to be spiking upwards and will probably match any time soon.
The situation in Egypt may have caused that spiking, but since Egypt is not a major oil exporter, there can be no logical reason for the price of oil to be so affected. However, perhaps the excuse is good that both prices move together in tandem, to create a global parity.
The Fitch downgrading of Italy's rating today may be contested; however, it indicates the weak state of the Recovery in Europe. Similarly, the news from China that their boom is not so strong as figures had previously indicated (due to numbers which had been inflated) shows there is euphoria amongst the traders. This brings a reality check, especially for the Oil price bulls, who perhaps will ignore the plentiful supply that currently prevails and the strategic oil reserves that are always there and have not been utilised for a long, long time.
Why Oil price should be up under the circumstances can only be explained by some traders and commentators, whose kudos will be to make a fast buck or get some furthering of controversy on the grades and quality of oil. Great talking points, but not anything to help the worldwide economic Recovery, which would suggest the Oil price ought to be lower. I imagine the OPEC economists and Ministers would agree, to sustain their own economies on a growth phase. If the rest of the world stalls, the reduction in their GDPs will automatically have an effect on the OPEC nations as well. The world is a joined-whole, where development and prosperity moves hand in hand for all together.
I have previously suggested that the Oil price needs to be under $85 a barrel for the worldwide economic Recovery to be sustained. At that price, most of the infrastructure development in the OPEC nations can be viable, according to several Ministers comments that I have noted previously. The current spike I hope will be only temporary, until the price starts to trundle down once again. Market forces and the situations worldwide will hopefully prove favourable.
Sometimes the numbers of contracts traded at higher prices are so thin; perhaps the reporting price ought to be based on a wider number of actual sales, from a reliable source.
I will be pleased to receive your comments on this issue.
|Posted on July 9, 2013 at 5:43 PM||comments ()|
I have just returned from a reception held to host the Governor of Utah, Gary Herbert, at Dechert llp's spacious offices in Queen Victoria Street, EC4.
I learnt a few things about Utah that tells me it is a very business friendly and enjoyable place to work in, live in or visit.
Utah, together with Dakota and Texas, are the fastest growing states in the U.S, and of the three, Utah is the only one with an economy diversified in seven sectors (Dakota and Texas are mainly concentrated on Energy).
Financial Sector, Aerospace and Defense, Software, are big number producers for Utah, which has kept businesses taxation low for the last 15 years, and has an impressive GDP growth of 4 percent. It has five national parks, ski slopes, the famous church in Salt Lake City, places of historical interest.
Talking to Governor Herbert, I realized that he and his administration have allowed a pro-growth citizen-friendly philosophy that naturally creates growth. Activity and consumption create wealth and support a successful economy. There is something to emulate about the leadership and governance in Utah, I believe.
Governor Herbert mentioned he had recently visited Ramallah, so I asked him what were the three things they need there to create peace and economic growth. "Eighty five percent of the people in Ramallah want to live peacefully and get along with the rest of the world." Is there something the rest of the world community can do to help them? "Yes; investment and aid and trade". What else?
"Good leadership. A people need a leader like they need a king. But they don't need any king; they need a good king, a righteous king." The Guvnor and his delegation had talks with Mr Haddad there, who must be a good leader, representative of his people, for the visitors from Utah to engage in talks with him.
In a nation which has donkey carts for transport, and a small fridge is a prized possession, can one imagine what it would do to create a wherewithal to provide Gaza and the West Bank with fridges, cars (which are plentiful in the developed countries), and help with building their infrastructure, so life for the people there can improve? As people see such gestures of help and co-operation, their hearts will listen that they too are of the same family as the people of Isaac and Ishmael, of Israel and the twelve tribes of North Africa (which are the modern twelve rich and powerful kingdoms in the Middle East).
I imagine some good gesture for that region following on from the visit of these worthy men, who are the representatives of the spirit of Christ, of the Mormon Church (officially known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints).