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.

Nature by Numbers (Video)

"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)

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Yogya seminar discusses disaster recovery

Sri Wahyuni, The Jakarta Post, Yogyakarta

Participants at an international seminar on post-disaster reconstruction currently being held in Yogyakarta are looking to establish a framework for post-disaster recovery efforts and disaster mitigation based on experience gained from major disasters around the world.

Along with papers presented during the two-day seminar, the new framework will be published as an international registered proceeding to be made available to government agencies and the wider public.

Speaking at a press conference, chairman of the seminar's steering committee Gembong Prijono, said domestic and international experts as well as government officials and donor agencies involved in post-disaster rehabilitation and reconstruction had been invited to attend the event, scheduled to finish Tuesday.

Some 200 domestic participants are in attendance, along with 15 foreign participants from Japan, Thailand and the Netherlands.

"By comparing our experiences we will try to come up with a framework for long-term recovery planning that will not just include physical reconstruction efforts but also social and economical ones," Gembong said.

Past experiences, including from Aceh after the 2004 tsunami and Yogyakarta and Central Java after the 2006 earthquake, have shown several deficiencies in post-disaster recovery efforts, Gembong said.

Among them, he said, included long-term planning for recovery and integrated rehabilitation and reconstruction, the management and coordination of recovery activities, the effective implementation of mitigation measures and building guidelines and a lack of attention to long-term socio-economic recovery.

"At the seminar we aim to define key problems and bottlenecks encountered in current recovery processes and share lessons learned from past experiences in those areas," Gembong said.

"Another aim is to propose actions to be taken to enhance the effectiveness of future disaster recovery processes," he said.

The newly approved Law No. 24/2007 on disaster management, Gembong said, stipulates that the post-disaster recovery phase is to be further formulated in another government regulation.

"The results of the seminar hopefully will provide effective input for the formulation of the regulation," he said.

Hosted by the Jakarta-based Urban and Regional Development Institute (URDI), the aim of the seminar was to compile the best practices to rebuild disaster-affected areas as well as devise disaster mitigation strategies for long-term recovery.

"Recovery efforts for major disasters so far have been lacking long-term strategies and are too focused on physical reconstruction," URDI's director Budhy Tjahjati Soegijoko said.

She stressed the need for effectiveness and sustainability in reconstruction programs so that affected communities do not just recover from disasters but are more responsive to potential disasters in the future.

Indonesia has been rocked by major disasters since a 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami devastated Aceh, leaving some 170,000 people missing or dead.

High-profile recovery efforts by the government and local and international agencies have raised questions about the effectiveness and sustainability of rebuilding affected communities and preparing them for possible future disasters.

Prior to the seminar, participants were taken to Klaten (Central Java) and Bantul (Yogyakarta), two of the worst-hit areas after the 2006 earthquake, to witness the progress of recovery efforts.

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