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)

Friday, March 16, 2007

Water contract may be revised in city's favor

Adisti Sukma Sawitri, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

The city administration is set to evaluate its water concession contracts with its two operators -- PT Thames PAM Jaya (TPJ) and PT PAM Lyonnaise Jaya (Palyja) -- this year.

Although it is a routine evaluation conducted every five years, it is hoped it will lead to a decision to revise the 1997 concession agreement and amendments, which were aimed at delivering better water services.

The evaluation talks are scheduled to begin after July.

"Indonesia has a steadier economy now, which puts the administration in a better bargaining position to revise the contract," said Wijanto Hadipuro, an economist with nonprofit group the Amrta Institute for Water Literacy, during a seminar on the city's water concession.

The water rate, currently Rp 6,525 per cubic meter, has long been an issue among activists.

Palyja's commissioner Bernard Lafrogne, however, said it was too early to say whether the contract would be amended.

"All of the stakeholders must sit together to determine the charges for water service," he said.

Antiprivatization groups have alleged the provision of water services is driven by profit, despite access to clean water being a basic human right. But private water companies insist the periodic rate increase is part of the agreed concession.

The companies, however, have other issues to contend with, such as the lack of support from the central and city administrations in improving infrastructure.

The 1997 contract awarded water concessions to the two private operators. Palyja operates in the western part of the city while TPJ operates in the eastern part.

As of this year, Palyja has 352,311 connections while TPJ has 372,000.

Both water operators underwent "internal reorganization" following the bonds sale two years ago.

Wijanto from Amrta pointed out that Palyja's move to sell bonds on the Surabaya Stock Exchange two years ago should eliminate currency risk as a factor in justifying water charges as they no longer calculated their cash flow in U.S. dollars.

According to Palyja's financial report in 2005, the company earned Rp 644.7 billion in fixed assets, whereas it obtained Rp 646.2 billion from the bonds sale to finance its investment.

"Palyja is financing its investment from the domestic capital market and using rupiah. The administration does not need to increase consumer charges for the reason of financing the currency risk of its foreign investment," Wijanto said.

The water contracts in 1997 with the two operators used currency risk as the basis for determining water rates since Indonesia was entering a financial crisis, during which the exchange rate dropped from Rp 2,000 to 17,000 against the U.S. dollar.

The two operators, which borrowed capital in their countries in dollars, proposed the option to avoid losing money due to the currency risk.

Now as the rupiah steadies and the inflation rate stands at 6.6 percent, Wijadi said there was no reason to factor the currency risk in when calculating the rate increase.

TPJ, which has new owners Singaporean Acuatico Ltd and Alberta Utilities Ltd, is facing a similar situation.

Acuatico, which was put to the test prior to taking over TPJ early this year, is owned mostly by Indonesian investment bank PT Recapital Advisors.

The administration may encourage TPJ to convert its investment into rupiah considering the presence of a local parent company.

Another clause in the contract that may be amended is the high rate of investment return at 22 percent.

Acuatico's agreement to adjust the rate of investment return during the acquisition process may cause the two operators to reconsider the rate during the contract evaluation.

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