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, May 3, 2008

Bakrie Sumatera Plantations Q1 profit jumps 794 percent

Novia D. Rulistia, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Fri, 05/02/2008 1:33 PM

The country's fifth-largest plantation owner by value, PT Bakrie Sumatera Plantations, booked a 794 percent increase in its first quarter net profit helped by stronger prices of palm oil.

President director Ambono Janurianto said Wednesday the firm's net profit had reached Rp 165 billion (around US$18 million) by the end of March this year, jumping from Rp 18.5 billion in the same period last year.

PALM OIL CONTROVERSY - Palm oil trees at Pangkalan Kerinci in Riau, Central Sumatra, Indonesia, on Thursday. A WWF study found that deforestation, in many cases to plant biofuel friendly palm oil plants, in central Sumatra's Riau Province over the past 25 years has generated 3.7 gigatons of carbon dioxide. (AP/Achmad Ibrahim)

He said sales in the first three months climbed to Rp 678 billion from Rp 264 billion and that its operational income reached Rp 222 billion from Rp 70 billion a year earlier."This indicates that we're going to be very strong in growth this year, both in land ownership and net profit," he said.

Ambono said the company expected to acquire 200,000 hectares of land by the end of 2011. Currently, the company has a total 106,000 hectares of planted land, up from 52,000 hectares at the end of 2007.

For this year's strategies, the company has set aside US$100 million in cash, $40 million of which will be used to buy a further 26 percent of PT Agri Resources BV (ARBV).

"We plan to increase our share in ARBV from the current 25 percent to 51 percent," Ambono said.

He said 25 million of the fund would be used for the company's capital expenditure worth $25 million, with the remaining cash to finance its joint venture company with Bakrie Sentosa Persada, called PT Indo Green International, in its efforts to turn 50,000 hectares of empty land into CPO plantations.

He said the strategies would help the company increase CPO production to 340,000 tons this year, an 88.8 percent increase from 180,000 tons in 2007, and that Bakrie's rubber production would reach 40,000 tons this year, up from 29,500 tons last year.

The company's total 2008 revenue is targeted to reach Rp 3.5 trillion.

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