Lapang Islanders in Indonesia

"A Summary" – Apr 2, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Religion, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Intelligent/Benevolent Design, EU, South America, 5 Currencies, Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Middle East, Internet, Israel, Dictators, Palestine, US, Japan (Quake/Tsunami Disasters , People, Society ...), Nuclear Power Revealed, Hydro Power, Geothermal Power, Moon, Financial Institutes (Recession, Realign integrity values ..) , China, North Korea, Global Unity,..... etc.) -

“ … Here is another one. A change in what Human nature will allow for government. "Careful, Kryon, don't talk about politics. You'll get in trouble." I won't get in trouble. I'm going to tell you to watch for leadership that cares about you. "You mean politics is going to change?" It already has. It's beginning. Watch for it. You're going to see a total phase-out of old energy dictatorships eventually. The potential is that you're going to see that before 2013.

They're going to fall over, you know, because the energy of the population will not sustain an old energy leader ..."

(Live Kryon Channelings was given 7 times within the United Nations building.)

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.

Japan's Antarctic whaling hunt ruled 'not scientific'

Japan's Antarctic whaling hunt ruled 'not scientific'
Representatives of Japan and Australia shake hands at the court in The Hague. (NOS/ANP) - 31 March 2014
"Fast-Tracking" - Feb 8, 2014 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Carroll) - (Reference to Fukushima / H-bomb nuclear pollution and a warning about nuclear > 20 Min)

China calls for peaceful settlement of maritime disputes

China calls for peaceful settlement of maritime disputes
Wang Min, China's deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, speaks during a meeting to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the enforcement of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, at the UN headquarters in New York, on June 9, 2014. The Chinese envoy on Monday called for a harmonious maritime order, saying that maritime disputes should be settled through negotiation between the parties directly involved. (Xinhua/Niu Xiaolei)

UNCLOS 200 nautical miles vs China claimed territorial waters

UNCLOS 200 nautical miles vs China claimed territorial waters

Friday, September 5, 2014

BP could face up to $18bn in extra fines after US ruling on Gulf of Mexico spill

Oil firm reckless and negligent over Deepwater Horizon disaster, says judge in decision wiping £5bn off stock market value

The Guardian, Terry Macalister, Thursday 4 September 2014

BP has already paid out or set aside in penalties or compensation more than $43bn
 as a result of the Gulf of Mexico accident in which 11 workers died. Photograph: KPA/
Zuma/Rex Features

BP could face up to $18bn (£11bn) in further fines after being found guilty of gross negligence for the Deepwater Horizon blowout that killed 11 workers and led to millions of barrels of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico.

The oil firm had repeatedly expressed confidence it could avoid such a damning verdict over America's biggest offshore oil accident but a US district judge, Carl Barbier, ruled on Thursday that BP had been reckless as well as negligent.

The long-awaited decision from the New Orleans court hit the firm's share price – which fell by 5%, wiping more than £5bn off its stock market value – despite BP promising to launch an appeal.

The firm has already paid out or set aside in penalties or compensation more than $43bn as a result of the accident and has periodically been tipped as a takeover target in its weakened state.

The judge apportioned 67% of the blame for the disaster to BP, 30% with its US rig operator, Transocean, and 3% for Texan-based well expert Halliburton.

"BP was reckless," wrote Barbier in a 153-page judgment. But he will not rule until next year on how much oil was spilled, an important factor in deciding the full extent of BP's financial liability. Under the US Clean Water Act the additional penalties could reach $18bn.

The judge said BP could also be liable for punitive damages from other claims, opening up the possibility that others whose interests had been damaged by the spill could yet sue.

The company had earlier settled a criminal case with a $4bn fine after pleading guilty to 14 federal charges, including manslaughter for the 11 deaths plus obstructing Congress as it investigated the size of the spill. There was a further $9.2bn settlement with civil claimants in 2012 but the latest ruling from New Orleans is the outcome the company most feared.

The UK oil group had only ever set aside $3.5bn specifically for this and said on Thursday it "strongly disagrees" with Barbier's decision.

"BP believes that the finding that it was grossly negligent with respect to the accident and that its activities at the Macondo well amounted to wilful misconduct is not supported by the evidence at trial. The law is clear that proving gross negligence is a very high bar that was not met in this case. BP believes that an impartial view of the record does not support the erroneous conclusion reached by the district court."

The accident in April 2010 led to the departure later that year of the then-chief executive, Tony Hayward, and his replacement by Bob Dudley.

BP's share price has never recovered from the tragedy and the firm – the largest operator in the US Gulf – at one stage was temporarily barred from receiving US government contracts. The spill damaged the livelihoods of shrimp fishermen and other groups as the tar-like materials swept on to the southern US beaches, but there have been arguments about exactly how much oil was spilled.

The statutory maximum penalty under the Clean Water Act is $1,100 a barrel where the court finds simple negligence and $4,300 a barrel for gross negligence or wilful misconduct.

"During the penalty proceedings, BP will seek to show that its conduct merits a penalty that is less than the applicable maximum after application of the statutory factors," the company said.

Despite the share fall, the heaviest since June 2010, Jason Gammel, an equity analyst at investment house Jefferies, still rates the stock a "buy" and said in a note there should be no need for BP to ditch planned payouts to investors.

He said: "We believe that BP has sufficient liquidity to meet its obligations. We further expect that a worst case scenario of fine level would not be paid in the near term; we would expect a lengthy appeals process first. We thus do not believe there is risk to the current BP dividend."

BP has been through a series of controversial incidents in the US including the Texas City refinery fire, spills in Alaska as well as a propylene trading scandal. But in recent months it has faced further potential reputational and financial damage following its decision last year to take a 20% stake in the Kremlin-controlled Russian oil company Rosneft.

The chairman of Rosneft, Igor Sechin, has been hit with travel restrictions under western sanctions over Russia's involvement in the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

But BP's trading operations have been going though a better period with second quarter replacement cost profits, which strip out volatility in oil prices, up 33% to $3.2bn from the same period last year.

Disaster costs

$18bn The extra penalty BP could face after the latest court ruling.

$43bn The amount so far set aside by the oil firm to cover all costs related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Of the $43bn

• $25bn on litigation and claims costs

• $14bn on clean-up costs in the wake of the spill

• $3.5bn on environmental payouts, under the clean water act

Out of the $25bn

• $11bn has been paid out to compensate businesses and individuals damaged by Macondo

• $4bn: paid to settle a criminal court case for manslaughter and other charges

Of the $11bn paid in compensation to businesses

• $180m paid out to compensate the tourism sector

• $48m to help with new marketing for Gulf seafood.

Transocean and other BP partners paid BP a total of $5.7bn for their part in the Macondo blowout.

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