Wales' first solar park powers up in Pembrokeshire
In green energy news, Great Britain welcomes the launch of its first solar park in Wales. The US$4 million project has been funded by Dr. Glen Peters and is located on his 6-acre Rhosygilwen estate in Pembrokeshire. It consists of 10,000 solar panels, especially suitable for the regional cloudy weather, which will provide power for 300 homes. Thanks to government incentives, solar power is now supplying 96 megawatts of electricity to the country compared to 4 megawatts one year ago. Congratulations, Great Britain, on your impressive development of green energy. May governments and individuals of all lands take Earth-loving steps for a flourishing future.
In eco news, Cuba shares expertise on sustainable agriculture with Venezuela. Seventeen specialists from Cuba helped train members of Venezuela’s indigenous communities in initiatives including creating organic gardens and orchards. The project was part of the Comprehensive Cooperation Agreement between the two countries and took place in the states of Amazonas, Apure, Bolivar, Monagas, and Zulia. Our heartfelt gratitude, Cuba, for assisting Venezuelan brethren in this fantastic endeavor. May organic agriculture thrive in both your beautiful lands, helping to usher in a vibrant and long-lasting era of our planet.
US naval soldiers play music for Vietnamese disabled children
In inter-cultural news, a United States naval orchestra gladdens children in Âu Lạc (Vietnam). Named the Orient Express, the orchestra was part of a three-ship friendly visit to Đà Nẵng to commemorate the 16th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the US and Âu Lạc (Vietnam). The 12-member ensemble entertained hundreds of delighted young listeners at the Thanh Tâm School for Children with Disabilities. Later in the day, they performed in Đà Nẵng’s city center. A standing ovation, Orient Express Naval Orchestra! May you have many more such wonderful occasions, bringing joy to beautiful individuals throughout the world, with God’s blessings.
5.1 earthquake stirkes off the Kermadecs
FN… Earthquakes shake the US, Philippines, Ecuador, Kermadec Islands, and Argentina. As of Thursday, September 1, at least 20 aftershocks had struck near Mineral, Virginia, USA, after a rare 5.8-magnitude quake in the region rattled states across the East Coast the previous week. On Friday, a number of aftershocks also followed a major 6.8-magnitude temblor in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska. On Thursday evening, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology reported a temblor of magnitude-5.1 off the island province of Batanes, 175 kilometers southeast of Mahatao. Meanwhile in Ecuador, a 4.9-magnitude quake hit off the coast of Loja. A 5.1-magnitude tremor was registered for the Kermadec Islands on Friday morning by New Zealand’s GNS Science, 130 kilometers east of Te Araroa on North Island. On the same day, a powerful earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale struck in Argentina, 130 kilometers southeast of Santiago del Estero. With tremors that were felt across the country, people were evacuated from high-rise buildings for their safety in populous regions such as the capital Buenos Aires. Fortunately, none of the events resulted in reports of damage or injuries.
With thankfulness for the safety of those in the quake-hit regions, we pray that potential calamities may be averted as we join in kinder care of the ecosphere as a vegan world.
CNN Airs Pro-Vegan Diet Special with Bill Clinton
FN... Media report: Cardiac health restored through a vegan diet. In a recent documentary aired on the globally broadcast channel CNN, chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta, MD reveals the findings of a year's research in which he evaluated the preventive role of diet in avoiding and reversing heart disease. Titled "The Last Heart Attack," the documentary featured the recently acclaimed cardiac health success story of 42nd US President Bill Clinton, who turned to the plant-based diet after two heart surgeries that halted symptoms but did not cure his disease. About one year into eating what he says is almost exclusively vegan fare, the former president states that his medical tests are all normal, he enjoys the plant-based foods he eats now, and he has more energy than ever. The program goes on to interview other medical experts such as Dean Ornish, MD, who consulted with President Clinton on his diet, and Caldwell Esselstyn, MD, who has conducted peer-reviewed studies that show the reversal of heart disease, with patients' arteries becoming unblocked after some time on a plant-based diet. Dr. Gupta concludes by pointing out that these findings are especially timely given the current all-time high in obesity and diabetes in the USA, both of which are considered precursors to heart disease. According to the American Heart Association, the situation is set to become even worse, as this number one cause of death in the country will afflict 33 million more people over the next two decades unless significant changes in lifestyle are made.
Our appreciation, Dr. Gupta, CNN, former President Clinton, and other esteemed contributors, for sharing these vital facts with the public along with the empowering message that we can change our health for the better. May more and more people realize the vitality and joy of switching to humane and delicious plant-based fare.
Namibia’s seals better off alive
SAVE OUR PLANET… Campaign to save Namibian seals supported by both economy and compassion. A new study jointly commissioned by animal welfare organizations Bont voor Dieren (BvD), Humane Society International (HSI), Respect for Animals (RFA), and the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) has found that even in terms of financial value, seals are worth much more alive than slaughtered. Comparing the most recently available statistics from 2008, the report titled, “The economies of seal hunting and seal watching in Namibia,” states that seal watching generated US$2 million in direct tourism, while the cruel hunt and killing of some 85,000 animals produced only US$513,000. Calling for a complete ban on the country's ruthless seal hunting industry, WSPA celebrity ambassador and vegetarian singer-songwriter Leona Lewis, said, “No price would ever be high enough to justify the killing of these harmless animals. This country has so much natural beauty to offer tourists. Why allow (such a) brutal practice to tarnish its reputation forever?”
Our heartfelt appreciation, World Society for the Protection of Animals, Ambassador Leona Lewis, other caring organizations and individuals for your noble endeavors to safeguard the precious seal co-inhabitants. With sorrow for the loss of innocent lives, we pray for an end to all slaughter as humans live in peaceful coexistence and respect for every fellow being on Earth.
Speaking during a press conference in Cancún, Mexico, Supreme Master Ching Hai offered additional spiritual insight into how the love from animals like the precious seals helps sustain human life on our planet.
Press Conference with Supreme Master Ching Hai
Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico – December 18, 2010
Supreme Master Ching Hai: All the animals can talk to us, telepathically, inside. If we love them, they correspond with us. They are very lovely, very intelligent, very noble, and very, very forgiving. The birds can give us spiritual blessing. Same with dogs, cats, ducks, chickens, rabbits, horses, cows, elephants, whales, sharks, seals, etc. The animals are here to help to bless and balance the planet with loving energy so that we still can have time to be awakened and save our world. So, the more we protect them, the more we protect ourselves.
Forest fire in 17 Brazilian conservation units by drought
FN… Forest fires scorch Brazilian nature reserves. On Thursday, September 1, Brazilian officials reported that around 241,000 hectares of land has been consumed by wildfires across 17 protected national parks in the midst of an exceptionally harsh drought. More than 1,600 firefighters as well as volunteers and local agencies have been working tirelessly to contain the blazes that are also consuming several wildlife refuge areas, with numbers that have more than doubled in Amazonas state alone this year compared to last, with over 260 that have ignited thus far.
Our deep appreciation, all firefighting crews and volunteers for your devoted efforts to extinguish the flames. May we join in more caring protection of the environment to ensure the safety of humans and cherished animal co-inhabitants alike.
UN warns on mutant bird flu in China, Vietnam
WARNING NEWS... In addition to countries throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia recently affected by deadly bird flu, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization on August 29 identified a new vaccine-resistant strain of the virus in China and Âu Lạc (Vietnam), saying that it could spread to nearby nations and beyond.
GMO corn falls prey to bugs it was supposed to thwart
SAVE OUR PLANET... In Iowa, USA, the devastating western corn rootworm has been spreading on Monsanto’s genetically modified corn, despite it having been specially engineered for resistance, thus prompting fears of a superbug and questions about the safety of GMO crops.
Vietnam, China for Peacefully Resolving Eastern Sea Dispute
Vietnamese (Aulacese) Deputy Defense Minister Nguyễn Chí Vịnh and Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie vow to increase cooperation regarding a territorial dispute in the South China Sea, to achieve peaceful resolution of the issue.
Australian High Court blocks Malaysia refugee swap
Australia's High Court halts the implementation of a controversial refugee law as it stops the government from sending vulnerable asylum seekers to be processed in Malaysia, saying that the country is not yet a signatory of the UN Refugee Convention and thus may not provide adequate legal protection for their rights.
Aid ship arrives in Libyan capital of Tripoli
In addition to providing medical staff support, France-based charity Doctors Without Borders donates 20 tons of medical supplies, along with much-needed fuel and drinking water to displaced and injured victims of war in Tripoli, Libya.
Tarpan wild horses to be reintroduced to Bulgaria
SAVE OUR PLANET… In an effort to restore horses that had become extinct in the wild, 12 tarpans, whose origins date back to prehistoric times, are being reintroduced in Bulgaria's Rhodope mountains through a project supported by the Dutch organization New Thracian Gold.
Tdh intervention against child labour in Egypt
International children's welfare organization Terre des Hommes, working in Egypt's Assiout province, helps free 4,000 youths from forced labor, supporting their return to school by helping improve the living conditions of their families.
UNFC Forms Peace Group for Govt. Talks
Leaders of the Nationalities Federal Council, a coalition of eight ethnic parties in Myanmar (Burma), form a unified group in preparation for future talks with the government regarding constitutional reform, including equal rights for ethnic minorities toward a goal of national peace.
Nepal's former Maoist rebels hand over their weapons
The Maoist group in Nepal hands over more than 3,000 weapons to a multi-party diplomatic committee as a major step in a five-year peace process that also hopes to see some 19,000 former soldiers constructively reintegrated into society.
Drought intensifies in U.S. south, no end in sight
SAVE OUR PLANET... As temperatures continue to surpass 100 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius) in parts of the southern US, climate experts reported on September 1, 2011 that the effects of prolonged drought are intensifying and moving east, with indications that the conditions could persist into next year or even longer.