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.

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"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, July 5, 2014

Investment craze for China's Dairy Farms

Want China Times, Staff Reporter 2014-07-05

A man milking a cow at a ranch owned by the Yili Group in Jiangsu,
July 8, 2010. (File photo/CFP)

There has been a recent investment craze for the dairy business in China, attracting the participation of several major enterprises, including internet giant Alibaba Group.

The Chinese-language Beijing News reported that an equity fund set up by Jack Ma, chairperson of Alibaba, and some other investors, will team up with an industrial investment fund under the auspices of CITI in securing a 60% stake, through subscription to cash capital increments, in a husbandry firm, a subsidiary of Yili Industrial Group in Inner Mongolia, at 2 billion yuan (US$322 million).

Yili reported that the fresh funds will help the husbandry subsidiary augment its capacity for fresh-milk supply by expanding and improving its dairy farm.

Hua Xia Dairy Farm, in Sanhe in Hebei province, has also received a fresh injection of funds totaling US$106 million from a consortium, organized jointly by the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation, Singapore's sovereign fund, and a private equity fund set up by Taishan Capital Corporation. Of the fresh fund, US$70 million will come from GIC, US$30 million from Taishan, and the remainder from other investors. Taishan will also chip in a total of US$108 million to Hua Xia, emerging as the largest shareholder.

This follows an investment in February of 1.5 billion yuan (US$242 million) by private equity fund RRJ Capital for a 45% stake in Shanghai Bright Holstan, a subsidiary of Bright Dairy and an announcement last September by private equity fund KKR that it was teaming up with CDH Investments and Modern Farming to invest US$140 million in two large-scale dairy farms in China.

"The huge potential of China's dairy market has attracted heavy investments from various parties, especially in dairy farms," remarked Shen Meng, an investment banker.

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