Scottish aid for East Africa
In humanitarian news, Scotland donates more than US$815,000 for relief aid to nations in East Africa. The funds are to be allocated to Scottish humanitarian organizations working in the drought affected countries of Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and South Sudan. Our sincere appreciation, Scotland, for your generosity. We pray that your assistance reaches and helps many brethren to brighter tomorrows, with God’s blessings.
Dog saves owner from Christies blaze
In hero news, a grateful artist is saved by Gypsy, his canine companion. Mr. Andrei Oschmanns was sleeping in his home in Christie Downs, a suburb of Adelaide, southern Australia at about 11:30 p.m. one night when he was awakened by Gypsy’s barking. Through an opening in the curtain, Mr. Oschmanns saw that his car and traveling van were on fire, and the blaze was reaching the eaves of his house. Mr. Oschmanns called fire fighters, who immediately arrived and put out the blaze. Mr. Oschmanns said, “There’s no doubt Gypsy saved my life.” Bravo, Gypsy, for your intelligent and timely action. We are so happy that you and your beloved caregiver Mr. Andrei Oschmanns are fine. May you have many more wonderful years enjoying each other’s blessed company.
Strong quake hits Indonesian coast
FN… Powerful quakes jolt Indonesia, Peru, and Vanuatu. Before dawn on Tuesday, August 23, a 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck southwest of Indonesia’s Sumatra Island, its epicenter 315 kilometers west of the nation’s capital Jakarta. In Latin America on Wednesday, a major temblor measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale rumbled deep beneath eastern Peru, near the border with Brazil. The quake was centered 82 kilometers north of Coronel Portillo province’s Pucallpa, where telephone lines and electricity were temporarily cut off, and was also felt in Ica province. The tremor was soon followed by a magnitude-5.3 aftershock. The South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu then experienced a strong 6.2-magnitude earthquake on Thursday, 79 kilometers southwest of Port Vila. Fortunately, none of these events resulted in significant damage or casualties.
Thank Heaven for the safety of those in the quake-hit regions. May such disturbing events be averted through our more eco-caring actions as a vegan world.
Rains in Punjab, Haryana, flood-like situation in 150 villages
FN… Rains deluge Nepal and India. Incessant monsoon rains and resulting landslides claimed the lives of eight people in Nepal as of Tuesday, August 23. Five youths perished and three were injured in Rukum District when a landslide swept away two homes on Monday night, while three children also lost their lives to landslides in neighboring Salyan District on Tuesday morning. Four other family members were rescued alive. Landslides destroyed homes in Jajarkot District as well, with police saying that blocked roads were hindering rescue efforts. In neighboring India, heavy rains in parts of the northern and eastern states of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar triggered flood-like conditions in over 150 villages across at least 35 districts on Wednesday, according to reports in the Times of India. Major rivers swelled, and 70,000 people were evacuated in one district of Bihar state alone as power and water supplies were interrupted in other areas.
When heavy rains affected northern India and Nepal earlier in August, Supreme Master Ching Hai had conveyed her sympathies and loving prayers as she requested that our nearby Association members please check with local officials to see if help is needed. Saying that emergency funds are available, she also asked that they go if possible to assist the most desperate.
Our gratefulness for the response of the rescue personnel, as well as for Supreme Master Ching Hai’s heartfelt concern. May such weather intensities be lessened as we more kindly care for one another and the ecosphere.
Bolivian Govt. for New Dialogue with Indigenous Marchers
FN… UKRAINE - Thousands marked the 20th anniversary of their country's autonomy in the capital city Kiev on Wednesday August 24 by protesting the trial and current detention of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.
INDIA - Activist Anna Hazare's health was noted to be deteriorating on Thursday as he entered the 10th day of a hunger fast to protest corruption and call for a monitoring organization with power to examine all levels of government. Although Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Parliamentarians conveyed agreement for the establishment of such an organization, Mr. Hazare said he would not end his fast until the assurances are placed in writing.
LIBYA - On Wednesday, National Transitional Council chairman Mustafa Abdel Jalil announced the vision of a democratic Libya, with elections to be held for April 2012, as well as the rebuilding of a country of united brethren. Chad and Burkina Faso joined in recognition of the Council as the legitimate government of Libya. Meanwhile, General Khalifah Mohammed Ali, the country's second most senior intelligence official, announced his defection as he declared allegiance to the National Transitional Council, while Colonel Gaddafi's cousin, Ahmed Gaddaf al-Dam, urged fellow Libyans to abide by the unity calls of the Council along with respecting the law and avoiding bloodshed.
Media report: Al Kasha shares about the making of “The Real Love” musical
FN… Media report: Al Kasha shares about the making of “The Real Love” musical. Ahead of this Saturday's world premiere of “The Real Love,” a unique, original musical inspired by Supreme Master Ching Hai’s poetry and her true story, the station KCAL-TV, owned by the US-based CBS television network Los Angeles invited one of the musical’s composers, 2-time Oscar winner Al Kasha, to share more details about the event.
Anchor – KCAL-TV, CBS Los Angeles (M): An Oscar-winning composer has given life now to a brand new musical.
Anchor (F): These are rehearsal scenes from “The Real Love.” It features Tony Award-winning performers. Al Kasha helped write “The Real Love.” He won an Academy Award for his song, “The Morning After” from “The Poseidon Adventure.” Al is here to tell us more about the musical and where you can experience it.
Anchor (F): Let’s talk about it. (Anchor (M): Tell us all about it.)
Al Kasha (M): It’ll be at the Civic in Pasadena, and we’re sold out but we want everyone to come anyway. And Bill Begley – Ed Begley, forgive me – is going to be the host. Cloris Leachman will be there. And it was my idea to come up with the musical, because it has the traditions of all great musicals. And Madam Supreme Master Ching Hai and her life is that she was Aulacese (Vietnamese), she fell in love with a German. But she felt her calling was to speak to the world about love and peace and one world… and all great musicals have that story.
Anchor (F): Based on a true story, right?
Al Kasha (M): It’s based on her true story. So they said, “Okay, Al, if you want to write the musical, then we have other composers – Bill Conti who wrote “Rocky,” and we have David Shire who wrote “Baby” for Broadway. So we have a really good show and we hope everyone comes and shows up.
Anchor (M): Well, that’s quite a writing staff you’ve got there. Those are no small hitters there.
Al Kasha (M): No, all of us are Oscar winners. And the other extra thing is Don McLean will be performing, who did “Bye, bye, Miss American Pie,” and his other hits, “Vincent” and his many other hits.
So I’m thrilled to be involved in this work.
Anchor (M): Now, how did you come together with this story?
Al Kasha (M): They came with the story. And if you look at Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, which just is a natural, “Sound of Music,” “The King and I,” and “South Pacific,” are all the same musical. Oscar Hammerstein said, “Two separate worlds come together.” Our lady, the Master Supreme, is from Vietnam, she falls madly in love with this German man, and she feels her calling is to talk about peace and love in the world, and being a vegan, eating correctly. And she’s now on 50 platforms throughout the world, and I said, “let me write a musical about it.” And other fine composers like Bill Conti and David Shire.
Anchor (F): Yes, looking at the list, you’ve got Tony Award winners, you’ve got Golden Globe winners, (Oscar winners) Oscar winners, the list goes on. (Yes.) It sounds like a wonderful thing. Thank you so much.
Anchor (M): Where can we see it?
Al Kasha (M): You can see it at the Civic Auditorium in Pasadena.
VOICE: Our appreciation, KCAL-TV and CBS Los Angeles for your supportive coverage of Supreme Master Television’s 2-part anniversary celebration. We also thank respected composer Al Kasha for initiating this moving production. Especially with guest of honor and the musical’s inspiration Supreme Master Ching Hai, may this live-broadcast celebration Saturday bring upliftment to all involved.
Martin Luther King memorial unveiled in Washington
A new memorial designed by Chinese sculptor Lei Yixin, honoring renowned American civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is unveiled in Washington, DC, USA inspired by a quote Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech.
Pakistani Foreign Minister Starts China Visit Today
Upon the invitation of Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar arrives in Beijing for a meeting to enhance the two countries' cordial relations through dialog and further cooperation across a variety of sectors.
Venezuela Celebrates Week of Uruguayan Culture
Latin American news agency Prensa Latina reports on Venezuela’s Romulo Gallegos Center for Latin American Studies hosting of a week-long event displaying Uruguayan art, with craft shows, lectures and films that celebrate the two countries' friendship ties.
Cyprus, Turkey resume peace talks
Continuing reunification talks, Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders Demetris Christofias and Derviş Eroğlu, respectively, meet to discuss governance and power-sharing as well as the island’s natural resources.
Woman oldest U.S. female to swim Channel
60 years young Pat Gallant-Charette of Maine, USA, becomes the most senior American woman ever to swim across the English Channel as she successfully completes the 21-mile journey from Dover, England to the shore of France in less than 16 hours.
Melting Glaciers Alter Earth's Gravity
SAVE OUR PLANET... Scientists say that water from ice melting in Greenland and Antarctica appears to be altering the Earth's gravity field, as the mass that was once concentrated as frozen ice at the North and South poles is now flowing into the oceans and collecting around the equator.
Heatwave hits Austria
SAVE OUR PLANET... As a heat wave hits central Europe, record temperatures are being seen in places like Sion, Switzerland, which has registered 35.4 degrees Celsius, and in Austria, where temperatures of up to 38 degrees are making the month of August 2011 the hottest on record since weather records began in 1767.
Gov't Boosting Tobacco, Liquor Taxes
Philippine Finance Undersecretary Gil Beltran announces the country’s plan to increase taxes on tobacco and liquor in an effort to minimize consumption of the harmful products, with the extra funds going toward universal health care for the less fortunate.