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)

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Furniture makers want more rattan available

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Sat, 02/28/2009 2:23 PM

Lacking in rattan supply, the nation's furniture and handicraft industry have proposed to the government to take off the 10 percent value-added tax on semi-processed rattan sales in the domestic market.

Ambar Tjahyono, chairman of the Indonesia Furniture Industry and Handicraft Association (Asmindo), said the removal of the tax was needed as producers now prefer selling it to overseas markets.

"We have had discussions with the Trade Ministry and Industry Ministry on the proposal," Ambar told The Jakarta Post on Friday.

Asmindo hopes that the removal of the value-added tax will encourage suppliers to intensify their supply of rattan to local furniture and handicraft companies, which depend largely on the commodity for their raw material.

The removal on the tax will also enable craftsmen to purchase raw material at a cheaper price, so helping to make their final products more competitive.

Higher costs and a lack of rattan supply have been the major problems facing the rattan furniture and craft industries over the years.

Despite Indonesia contributing some 80 percent of the world's rattan supply, local craftsmen have often faced problems when it comes to accessing raw materials.

As well as value-added taxation on the domestic sales of rattan products, better export prices for rattan have also discouraged suppliers from selling to the domestic market.

The commodity's price in the domestic market is around Rp 10,000 (US 80 cents) per kilogram while according to a report on the Industry Ministry website, the export based prices for the commodity are between $0.82 and $1.40 per kilogram.

To ensure rattan availability in the local market, the government has introduced a regulation banning the export of the commodity in 2005. But recently, the government lifted the regulation.

Asmindo discussed with the government how to sustain the availability of rattan domestically after the regulation is lifted, and came out with some other suggestions.

"First, every rattan supplier must fulfill their obligations by supplying 70 percent of their output to the local market and second, Asmindo will hold a monthly audit to ensure implementation of this provision."

Despite the problems however, the country managed to increase its furniture exports to $2.7 billion in 2008, from $1.9 billion recorded in the previous year.

"We try our best to at least retain exports for 2009 at the same level as in 2008, during the global crisis. We will also diversify our market. We will try to penetrate markets in Russia, Latin-America and the Middle-East."

According to Ambar, the country's locally produced furniture products now dominate the domestic market taking up a market share of around 70 percent. (hdt)

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