Public facilities go free in Shaanxi
In good governance news, China inaugurates a free-admittance policy to public facilities in northwestern Shaanxi Province. More than 200 museums, libraries, and cultural centers are now open for people to visit without entry charge. Activities taking place in the facilities include lectures, stage performances, art training for teenagers, and cultural events for the elderly. Our gratefulness, Shaanxi government, for your care of your citizens. May these wonderful offerings bring many happy and uplifting hours to the refined people of your nation.
Egypt yields Alexandria's first basilica
In cultural news, archeologists discover Alexandria, Egypt’s first basilica. Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities announced the finding of the Roman era basilica which was built in the Mediterranean port city. Following five months of excavation, archeologists uncovered two parallel rows of limestone and granite pillars as well as statues of the ancient Egyptian goddess Isis and the Graeco-Egyptian god Serapis. What interesting news, Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities. May remnants of the past help us to reflect on humanity’s history, enabling us to create an even brighter future.
5.1 magnitude quake shakes Hokkaido
FN… Earthquakes jolt Afghanistan, Japan, and Vanuatu. On Thursday morning, August 18, a temblor registering 5.2 on the Richter scale rattled Afghanistan’s mountainous Hindu Kush region, 132 kilometers southwest of Faizabad, followed by another magnitude-4.9 quake in the same area two days later that rocked regions of Kashmir Valley. On Friday in Japan, a powerful 6.3 quake struck off the northeast coast, 113 kilometers east of Fukushima, with tremors that swayed buildings 283 kilometers away in the capital Tokyo, and could be felt all the way from the northernmost island of Hokkaido to the Kinki region in the southwest. An initial tsunami warning was lifted some 40 minutes later. However, another temblor of magnitude-5.1 shook Hokkaido early on Saturday, striking 87 kilometers northeast of Wakkanai. On Sunday, two major earthquakes hit off the coast of the South Pacific island of Vanuatu, with one of magnitude-7.1 occurring 63 kilometers southwest of Port Vila, followed by an aftershock of magnitude-7.0. There were fortunately no reports of significant damage or injuries following the quakes.
Thank Heaven for the protection of those in the affected areas. May such traumatizing events be minimized with our more eco-caring lifestyles as a vegan world.
3 dead, 1 missing in Pittsburgh flash flooding
FN… Twin storms pound Pittsburgh, USA. As two deluges hit the western Pennsylvania city within one day on Friday, August 19, a mother and her two daughters perished when their vehicle was submerged in a flash flood, with another person who also succumbed. Over 8,000 homes as well as hospitals and universities lost power, and flights were grounded at the Pittsburgh International Airport. As waters rose to approximately three meters on some motorways, rescue crews used inflatable boats to save stranded motorists who had climbed onto the roofs of their cars or were attempting to swim to safety. Fortunately, by Saturday the rains had subsided and emergency crews were working to clean the roads and restore electricity in the affected areas.
Our sympathies for those who lost loved ones as we pray that such disturbing weather conditions are eased as humankind seeks to live in greater harmony with nature.
C3. FOREST FIRE PROMPTS THOUSANDS TO EVACUATE IN SPAINS MURCIA
FN… Thousands flee forest fire in Spain. On Friday, August 19, firefighters had brought a forest fire under control in the eastern region of Murcia. The blaze, which began on Thursday, August 18, was fueled by the summer heat and strong winds, and prompted the evacuation of some 2,500 residents from the town of Portman. Spanning eight kilometers at its widest point, the blaze scorched a large part of the Calblanque National Park, a designated protected natural area and nature reserve on the coast east of Cartagena. Some 500 policemen and 350 military personnel aided by 12 helicopters were helping to put out the fire, which had reportedly devastated hundreds of hectares. As the spread of the blaze was halted, residents were allowed to return to their homes.
We thank all firefighting personnel for your brave endeavors to extinguish the flames. May the safety of the land and her inhabitants be restored through humanity’s adoption of more eco-protective lifestyles.
At least 10,000 gathered in Delhi to support Hazare
FN... Citizens speak out. In countries like Afghanistan, Egypt, India, Israel, Libya, Palestine, Syria and Yemen, people continue to gather, sometimes by the thousands, as they pursue government reforms that bring improved living conditions, human rights and democratic principles.
INDIA - At least 10,000 people joined a rally Saturday, August 20 to support the fasting Anna Hazare in a continued campaign demanding that the government strengthen anti-corruption laws.
AFGANISTAN - Various media reported that scores of citizens in Ghazni demonstrated Saturday in protest of the killing of four civilians during a night raid by North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) - led troops on Thursday. Blocking the Kabul-Kandahar Highway, the protesters also called for five people detained during the raid to be released immediately.
ISRAEL, PALESTINE & EGYPT - Thousands of Egyptians demonstrated before the Israeli embassy on Saturday to demand that the flag be lowered to honor three Egyptian border guards who died as Israeli troops engaged in cross-border conflict with Palestinians. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas meanwhile demanded that the UN convene an emergency session of the Security Council to halt Israeli airstrikes and bombardment of Gaza, which have led to 14 Palestinian deaths since Thursday. Meanwhile Egyptian Ambassador to the Palestinian Territories, Yasser Othman, stated that his country is working with all groups to restore a truce.
LIBYA - Residents of Garyan, located on a major supply route to Tripoli, stated that revolutionaries had officially assumed control of the city, as hundreds reportedly attended Friday prayers for the first time in many days. Meanwhile, the Tunisian government announced its recognition of the Libyan Transitional National Council as the legitimate representative of the Libyan people.
With deep sympathies for the loss of fellow human lives as well as for the oppressed and injured, we pray for an end to all strife cease and that people in every nation may decide to live in dignity and freedom as a peaceful world.
Kärntener board wins PETA's
FN… PETA honors Loving Hut Inn with 2011 Progress Award. Located on Lake Klopein, Austria’s first vegan inn has recently been honored by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for “Most Animal-Friendly Inn.” The Progress Awards, sponsored by PETA Germany, USA, and UK, are bestowed in recognition of enterprises that strive to help customers discover new plant-based dishes and other vegan products as well as raise awareness of the needs of animals and encouraging respect for all beings. With locations across the globe, Loving Hut upholds by a 100% vegan philosophy in accordance with Supreme Master Ching Hai’s vision of a harmonious world where the cruelty-free lifestyle may be enjoyed by all in a convenient and affordable way. As stated by PETA Germany, “Loving Hut shows many who are not yet vegan that an animal-friendly lifestyle can be diverse and delicious. In addition, (this) vegan inn spares countless animals a life of torture in factory farms.”
(Interviews in German)
Loving Hut Inn customer, Vegan (F): The food here at Loving Hut tastes so terrific. And it’s really also a holiday for me, not to be confronted with animal suffering, to be able to enjoy a meal and to find everything in your room, just the way you like it at home.
Loving Hut Inn customer, Vegan (F): Our dog has been a vegan for seven years now and also liked it here a lot.
VOICE: Our hearty congratulations, Loving Hut Inn, as we thank PETA for its humane endeavors, as well as Supreme Master Ching Hai for her steadfast support of this compassionate concept. May we soon herald a planet where all beings are respected and everyone reaps the benefit and delight of wholesome vegan fare.
Loving Hut on Lake Klopein
Vegan Restaurant and Pension
Am See XII 7/7a
A-9122 St. Kanzian
Austria / Europe
Tel.: +43 (0)4239 40150
For Loving Hut worldwide locations, please visit: www.LovingHut.com
World's first 'climate change refugees'?
SAVE OUR PLANET... Concerned that they will become among the world’s first climate change refugees, indigenous Torres Strait Islanders of northern Australia in August 2011 call for the government's action to deal with rising sea levels that are causing accelerated coastal erosion and destruction of crops and infrastructure.
NA Chairman meets German, Irish diplomats
Âu Lạc's (Vietnam) National Assembly Chairman Nguyễn Sinh Hùng commends German Ambassador Rolf Peter Gottfried Schulzen for his efforts in developing cooperative relations as he offers reciprocal support for Germany's expanded ties with other Southeast Asian nations.
Vegan NASCAR and TRG Drivers Team Up With Farm Sanctuary
Champion vegan racecar drivers Andy Lally and Spencer Pumpelly of NASCAR and TRG Motorsport, respectively, visit rescued animals at the Farm Sanctuary in New York, USA, to promote the plant-based diet and peaceful co-existence with fellow beings.
Algae bloom causes red tide in S China seawater
SAVE OUR PLANET... Chinese officials reporting on August 18, 2011 say that nearly 100 kilometers of waters off the coast of southern Guangdong province have been infested with a dark red algae that is spreading as the water temperature rises, with thousands of fish that have died so far due to oxygen-deprived suffocation.
South Sudan offers to mediate between Ethiopia and Eritrea over border row
In an Ethiopian visit, South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit appeals for resumed peace talks between Ethiopia and Eritrea, also offering to assist in negotiations as he conveyed his appreciation for both countries' support in South Sudan's recent declaration of autonomy.
Pakistan’s mango orchards disappearing as weather shifts
SAVE OUR PLANET... Due to increasingly unpredictable weather in southern Pakistan, Reuters news agency reports on August 18, 2011 that mango crop yields have declined over last several years, forcing farmers to cut down decades-old trees and switch to growing other crops.
U.S. pledges flood aid to North Korea
The US State Department announces a donation of US$900,000 in emergency flood aid to assist affected residents of North Korea.
Google Maps taking armchair explorers to the Amazon
Internet users can now get a virtual view of life in the rainforest and the legendary Amazon River thanks to a partnership between Google Earth and Amazonas Sustainable Foundation, whose personnel traveled with special cameras by boat and bicycle to gather the images.
China to push forward pragmatic cooperation with Laos.
Visiting senior Chinese official Zhou Yongkang meets with Laotian President Choummaly Sayasone, where both encourage further progress in their countries' relations as they agree to foster partnerships in additional areas of peaceful development.