Originally posted on The International Rhino Foundation Blog:

In his book, The Future of Life, biologist Edward O. Wilson had this to say about the first time he laid eyes upon the rare Sumatran rhinoceros in the flesh: “One of the most memorable events of my life occurred on a late May evening in 1994, in a back room of the Cincinnati Zoo, when I walked up to a four-year-old Sumatran rhinoceros named Emi, gazed into her lugubrious face for a while, and placed the flat of my hand against her hairy flank.  She made no response except maybe to blink her eyes. That’s it; that’s all that happened.  No matter: I had at last met my real-life unicorn.”

The unicorn is an imaginary creature that symbolizes purity.  It was first described by Ancient Greek naturalists as a species that inhabited the distant land of India.  Pliny the Elder (23–79 AD) spoke of the…

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Originally posted on House of Kitty Blog:

If you’re a fan of Hello Kitty and Vans sneakers, you’re going to love hearing that they’ve partnered together. I was just walking by a store a few days ago and snapped this picture:

hello kitty vans shoes

There are 6 designs for kids and 6 designs for adult shoes (that’s right ladies and men, we can get them too!). These were my favorites:

hello kitty pink and black vans shoes


hello kitty black and red vans shoes

hello kitty colourful vans shoes

You can see all the designs and buy the Hello Kitty Vans shoes here.  Kids shoes cost $32 while adult sizes ranged in cost from $50 to $55. If you want to find a store that sells them, check out the Vans search tool here.  The Hello Kitty Vans line is limited edition and only came out this month.


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Originally posted on House of Kitty Blog:

From September to December of 2007, the Penang International Lantern Festival in Malaysia featured Hello Kitty and her friends. Below are a couple of pictures taken by a visitor who attended. The carefully crafted lanterns were spread out on 4 hectares and illuminated with 20,000 light bulbs. The theme was Hello Kitty and Friends in Penang Safari.

hello kitty lantern festival 3
Courtesy of Mau Horng

hello kitty lantern festival 1
Courtesy of fumiharu_ho

hello kitty lantern festival 2
Courtesy of fumiharu_ho

Here’s a link to more pictures of the lantern festival.

Penang International Lantern Festival 2007 Pictures by vkeong.com
Penang International Lantern Festival 2007 Pictures by jayceooi.com

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Originally posted on For The Truth!:

Berikut ini merupakan artikel yang saya ambil dari Aneka Jepang edisi 316, sangat menarik untuk disimak.

Bapak Shoichi Oni dan Japan Muslim Association (JMA):

Islam Dapat Memberikan “New Sense of Values” Kepada Masyarakat Jepang.

Berikut ini Aneka Jepang menyajikan tulisan yang merupakan paduan hasil wawancara dengan Bapak Shoichi Oni (nama Islam beliau: Arif Rahman), wakil Japan Muslim Association di jakarta, serta bahan-bahan yang diperoleh dari Bp. Oni. Dalam tulisan ini, pertama kami memperkenalkan Japan Muslim Association, organisasi Muslim yang tertua di Jepang. Pembaca juga bisa mengetahui situasi kehidupan seorang muslim di Jepang secara umum, dan apa pendapat Pak Oni mengenai prospek perkembangan agama Islam di masa mendatang.

Japan Muslim Association dan kegiatannya

Merupakan organisasi Muslim yang pertama di Jepang. Organisasi yang didasarkan pada sistem keanggotaan mi, dibentuk pada tahun 1953. JMA bertujuan menjadi wadah bagi kaum Muslim – yang merupakan minoritas di Jepang – untuk mempraktekkan Islam secara selaras dengan…

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Originally posted on The International Rhino Foundation Blog:

Say “No” to Rhino Horns!

That’s the message that retired Chinese basketball superstar Yao Ming has for his fans back home, many of whom believe that rhino horn has powerful tonic or curative properties. Unfortunately, these traditional, but mistaken, beliefs have fueled an increasing international trade in rhino horn that ultimately threatens the survival of the world’s five remaining rhino species. Yao visited Kenya last year to observe the desperate situation firsthand. He is working closely with the organizations Wild Aid and the African Wildlife Foundation to stop rhino and elephant poaching by creating public awareness of the slaughter involved in bringing illegal horn and ivory to market. Billboards at airports across China and graphic online videos tell the gruesome story and present stark statistics to would-be consumers. The campaign slogan – When the Buying Stops, the Killing Can Too!

In Houston to attend the 2013 NBA All-Star Game, Yao stopped…

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Originally posted on The International Rhino Foundation Blog:

Rhinos are broadly split into two categories – grazers and browsers – based upon their style of feeding and the types of food they eat.  Grazers prefer grasses and typically feed low to the ground.  Browsers favor leaves, twigs and hanging fruits, which often focuses their attention above eye level.  Grazers might be likened to lawn mowers, heads held low and broad mouths sweeping the ground.  Browsers are more like pruning shears, with narrower, prehensile lips reaching upwards into the trees.

The wide-mouthed white rhino of Africa is the consummate grazer.  Short grasses are its favorite foods.  The greater one-horned or Indian rhino is more difficult to categorize – sometimes a grazer and other times a browser.  It likes tall grasses, but also consumes leaves, branches and submerged aquatic plants.  The black rhino, which may share African grassland or savanna habitats with its white rhino cousin, is a browser that…

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Perubahan PTKP dan Iuran Jamsostek-JPK

Sehubungan dengan kenaikan PTKP (PMK No. 162/PMK.011/2012) yang berlaku sejak 1 Januari 2013:

“Besarnya penghasilan tidak kena pajak disesuaikan menjadi sebagai berikut:

a) Rp24.300.000,00 (dua puluh empat juta tiga ratus ribu rupiah) untuk diri Wajib Pajak orang pribadi;
b) Rp2.025.000,00 (dua juta dua puluh lima ribu rupiah) tambahan untuk Wajib Pajak yang kawin;
c)Rp24.300.000,00 (dua puluh empat juta tiga ratus ribu rupiah) tambahan untuk seorang isteri yang penghasilannya digabung dengan penghasilan suami sebagaimana dimaksud dalam Pasal 8 ayat (1) Undang-Undang Nomor 7 Tahun 1983 tentang Pajak Penghasilan sebagaimana telah beberapa kali diubah terakhir dengan Undang-Undang Nomor 36 Tahun 2008;
d) Rp2.025.000,00 (dua juta dua puluh lima ribu rupiah) tambahan untuk setiap anggota keluarga sedarah dan keluarga semenda dalam garis keturunan lurus serta anak angkat, yang menjadi tanggungan sepenuhnya, paling banyak 3 (tiga) orang untuk setiap keluarga.”

PP NO. 53 Tahun 2012 Pasal 9 mengatur:

“ayat 1-d: Jaminan Pemeliharaan Kesehatan, sebesar 6% dari upah sebulan bagi tenaga kerja yang sudah berkeluarga, dan 3% dari upah sebulan bagi tenaga kerja yang belum berkeluarga.

ayat 4: Dasar perhitungan iuran Jaminan Pemeliharaan Kesehatan dari upah sebulan sebagaimana dimaksud pada ayat (1) huruf d, paling tinggi 2 (dua) kali PTKP – K1 (Pendapatan Tidak Kena Pajak – Tenaga Kerja Kawin dengan Anak 1 (satu)) perbulan.”

Maka dengan demikian dasar perhitungan JPK yang paling tinggi dari Rp. 3.080.000,- (PTKP K-1 per 1 Januari 2009) menjadi Rp. 4.725.000,- (PTKP K-1 per 1 Januari 2012).

Iuran JPK yang harus dibayar:
Bila upah sebulan di bawah Rp. 4.725.000,- —-> 3% x upah sebulan (utk yg belum berkeluarga)
—-> 6% x upah sebulan (utk yg berkeluarga)
Bila upah sebulan di bawah Rp. 4.725.000,- —-> 3% x Rp. 4.725jt=Rp. 141.754,- (utk yg belum berkeluarga)
—-> 6% x Rp. 4.725jt=Rp. 283.508,- (utk yg berkeluarga)

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