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)

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Govt team to work on U.S. rules for wood certification

Mustaqim Adamrah, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Thu, 12/04/2008 10:43 AM  

The government has set up a team to address issues in relation to certification requirements imposed by the United States on wood-based products originating from Indonesia. 

Trade Ministry's trade defense director Martua Sihombing said Wednesday that the team consisted of officials from the Forestry Ministry, Trade Ministry, Industry Ministry, Foreign Affairs Ministry, Agriculture Ministry and Finance Ministry, as well as representatives of wood-based business associations. 

"In response to the United States' new regulation issued in May this year, the team will be working for two months, starting today (Wednesday), to determine Indonesia's position," he said. 

During the two-month period, the team will identify all the new procedures and possible constraints under the new regulations to help local industries and perhaps even seek clarification from the U.S. government. 

"On Feb. 3, 2009, we will have a clearer idea as to what we're going to do about the U.S. (regulations)," Martua added. 

He said the regulations, which would be fully implemented in July next year, required global traders selling wood-based products in the U.S. to have a certificate issued by the U.S. government via internationally recognized agencies. 

The certification regulation is meant to provide assurance that the products are derived from sustainable forests and not from illegal logging, which has been very common in the country. 

According to the Central Statistics Agency (BPS), exports of wood and wooden products amounted to US$2.48 billion in the first 10 month of this year, a 3.9 percent drop from $2.58 booked in the same period last year. 

In response to the certification requirements, Indonesian Pulp and Paper Association (APKI) chairman Mohammad Mansyur said the pulp and paper industry was ready to comply with the regulation. 

"We're ready because there are now many global buyers choosing to have wood-based products with certificates," he said. 

He said the requirement would not undermine Indonesia's pulp and paper exports to the U.S., which amounts to less than 10 percent of total exports to that destination. 

The BPS data show paper exports stood at $3.23 billion in the January-October period this year, 19.4 percent higher than last year's record of $2.7 billion. 

In addition to Mansyur's views, Indonesian Furniture and Handicraft Association (Asmindo) chairman Ambar Tjahjono said such certification was necessary to compete in the global market. 

Certification refers to Sustainable Forest Management (SFM), Verification of Legal Origin (VLO) and Chain of Custody (CoC). The VLO and CoC prove the legality of the wood, while the SFM certifies the wood was legally felled and came from a sustainable forest. 

An exporter can choose to use any of the three certificates. 

A project manager at VLO certification issuing firm Technischer Uberwachungs-Verein Rheinland, Cecep Saepulloh, said recently that an SFM or CoC certificate would be valid for five years, and the VLO for three years. 

On average, the United States imports around 30 percent of Indonesia's total furniture output annually, according to the National Agency for Export Development (Nafed). 

The agency said with a market share of 4.26 percent, Indonesia is ranked fourth after Germany, with 5.19 percent, as a top supplier of wooden furniture to the U.S.

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