Robber fly - Nature photographer Thomas Shahan specializes in amazing portraits of tiny insects. It isn't easy. Shahan says that this Robber Fly (Holcocephala fusca), for instance, is "skittish" and doesn't like its picture taken.

Nature by Numbers (Video)

"The Greater Akashic System" – July 15, 2012 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Caroll) (Subjects: Lightworkers, Intent, To meet God, Past lives, Universe/Galaxy, Earth, Pleiadians, Souls Reincarnate, Invention: Measure Quantum state in 3D, Recalibrates, Multi-Dimensional/Divine, Akashic System to change to new system, Before religion changed the system, DNA, Old system react to Karma, New system react to intent now for next life, Animals (around humans) reincarnate again, This Animal want to come back to the same human, Akashic Inheritance, Reincarnate as Family, Other Planets, Global Unity … etc.)

Question: Dear Kryon: I live in Spain. I am sorry if I will ask you a question you might have already answered, but the translations of your books are very slow and I might not have gathered all information you have already given. I am quite concerned about abandoned animals. It seems that many people buy animals for their children and as soon as they grow, they set them out somewhere. Recently I had the occasion to see a small kitten in the middle of the street. I did not immediately react, since I could have stopped and taken it, without getting out of the car. So, I went on and at the first occasion I could turn, I went back to see if I could take the kitten, but it was to late, somebody had already killed it. This happened some month ago, but I still feel very sorry for that kitten. I just would like to know, what kind of entity are these animals and how does this fit in our world. Are these entities which choose this kind of life, like we do choose our kind of Human life? I see so many abandoned animals and every time I see one, my heart aches... I would like to know more about them.

Answer: Dear one, indeed the answer has been given, but let us give it again so you all understand. Animals are here on earth for three (3) reasons.

(1) The balance of biological life. . . the circle of energy that is needed for you to exist in what you call "nature."

(2) To be harvested. Yes, it's true. Many exist for your sustenance, and this is appropriate. It is a harmony between Human and animal, and always has. Remember the buffalo that willingly came into the indigenous tribes to be sacrificed when called? These are stories that you should examine again. The inappropriateness of today's culture is how these precious creatures are treated. Did you know that if there was an honoring ceremony at their death, they would nourish you better? Did you know that there is ceremony that could benefit all of humanity in this way. Perhaps it's time you saw it.

(3) To be loved and to love. For many cultures, animals serve as surrogate children, loved and taken care of. It gives Humans a chance to show compassion when they need it, and to have unconditional love when they need it. This is extremely important to many, and provides balance and centering for many.

Do animals know all this? At a basic level, they do. Not in the way you "know," but in a cellular awareness they understand that they are here in service to planet earth. If you honor them in all three instances, then balance will be the result. Your feelings about their treatment is important. Temper your reactions with the spiritual logic of their appropriateness and their service to humanity. Honor them in all three cases.

Dian Fossey's birthday celebrated with a Google doodle

Dian Fossey's birthday celebrated with a Google doodle
American zoologist played by Sigourney Weaver in the film Gorillas in the Mist would have been 82 on Thursday (16 January 2014)

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Mandiri sets aside Rp 11t for plantations

Urip Hudiono, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

Bank Mandiri will provide up to Rp 11 trillion (US$1.2 billion) in new loans to the small holder plantation sector over the next three years, says a senior Madiri executive.

The loans are intended to finance the development of up to 321,268 hectares of plantations by some 80,000 growers, and will be disbursed in stages between 2007 and 2010, Mandiri's micro and retail banking director, Budi Gunadi Sadikin, said at an agricultural expo Friday.

"The plantations concerned consist of those producing such commodities as palm oil, cocoa and rubber," he said.

The loans to small-scale plantation growers would be channeled through large-scale plantation companies, which would guarantee the loans, and provide advice and guidance to the growers.

Budi said that the new loans would increase the value of Mandiri's total outstanding loans to the plantation sector to Rp 14.39 trillion, consisting of Rp 11.3 trillion to industrial plantation firms and Rp 3.09 trillion to small-scale plantation cooperatives and growers. The bank has also provided Rp 7.14 trillion in loans to associated processing enterprises, he added

Mandiri's outstanding loans to the plantation sector account for 36 percent of the Rp 39.5 trillion in total borrowing by the sector, according to central bank figures.

Mandiri president Agus D. Martowardojo said the additional lending would support the government's program to revitalize the country's agricultural sector, develop the biofuel sector, and grow small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

A consortium of five state and local government banks recently banded together to provide Rp 25.56 trillion in loans for the development of the plantation sector, including plantations producing biofuel feedstock.

Besides Mandiri, which will provide Rp 11.08 trillion of the Rp 25.56 trillion, Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) will stump up Rp 12 trillion, Bank Bukopin Rp 1 trillion, the West Sumatra provincial bank Rp 980 billion, and the North Sumatra provincial bank Rp 500 billion.

Indonesia is the world's largest palm oil producer. Palm oil, along with jatropha oil, can be processed into biodiesel, and is also used in the production of cooking oil, soap and detergent.

The country also has vast tracts of rubber plantations, most of which are owned and managed by small farmers or cooperatives operating as SMEs.

Palm oil and rubber, whose production and prices grew strongly last year, provided the backbone for Indonesia's strong 2006 export performance, bringing in more than $100 billion in foreign exchange earnings.

Agus said he expected the increased lending to the plantation sector to help Mandiri achieve its 20 percent lending growth target for this year.

Mandiri, Indonesia's largest lender by assets, saw lending grow by 10 percent to Rp 117.7 trillion last year.

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