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)

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

BSP plans to expand oil-palm plantations

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

Publicly listed PT Bakrie Sumatera Plantations (BSP) plans to expand its oil-palm and rubber plantations to about 83,000 hectares this year by acquiring more land for new plantations, and purchasing existing plantations.

President director Ambono Januarianto said Monday that the expansion plan would include 20,000 hectares of oil palm and rubber plantations that BSP would acquire from other companies, and 10,000 hectares of its own land that would be planted with oil palms and rubber trees at a total cost of Rp 154 billion (US$17 million).

"We have acquired 7,000 hectares from PT Sumbertama Nusa Pertiwi and we need to acquire another 13,000 hectares," he told reporters after the company's annual shareholders meeting.

He said that BSP had recently acquired all of Sumbertama Nusa Pertiwi plantations in Jambi for Rp 260 billion. Sumertama operates 7,000 hectares of plantations, of which 4,300 hectares are under oil palms.

Currently, BSP has about 53,000 hectares of plantations in Sumatra and Kalimantan, of which 62 percent are planted with oil palms and 38 percent with rubber trees. It also operates three CPO refineries and three rubber processing plants in Sumatra.

Ambono said that the expansion was part of a long-term plan to triple its plantation area to 150,000 hectares by 2012.

"Assuming that we will plant new trees in the additional areas, we will need to spend about US$270 million," he said.

Last year, BSP commenced the construction of a biodiesel plant with a capacity of 100,000 tons per year in Batam in collaboration with a local firm. The plant is expected to come onstream next year.

Ambono said that BSP would boost its CPO production to 180,000 tons this year from 158,000 tons last year, and its rubber production to 38,000 tons from 27,000 tons previously.

During the meeting, the company announced that it would pay out a dividend of Rp 34 billion, or about 20 percent of its Rp 172.8 billion net profit for 2006.

"We've decided to disburse only 20 percent of our profit as we need to retain most of it to support our expansion plan," he said, adding that the decision was in line with the company's dividend policy.

He said that BSP was targeting an increase of 20 percent in its net profit to Rp 207.5 billion this year from Rp 172.9 billion last year, and a rise of 35 percent in its revenue to Rp 1.5 trillion from Rp 1.1 trillion previously.

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