WFP offers assistance worth USD 45 mln to Yemeni poor
In humanitarian news, the United Nations World Food Program pledges US$45 million in food aid to Yemen. The contribution of a bag of flour and five kilograms of vegetable oil will be given to each of more than 180,000 families in need in 8 Yemeni governorates. The distribution will be handled by the nation’s Ministry of Education nutritional department of schools. Our earnest gratitude, World Food Program, for your devoted care. May your very important assistance help many gentle-hearted Yemenis greet brighter tomorrows.
18-year-old gives his $40,000 scholarship to other teens
In community news, a teenager donates his US$40,000 college scholarship to his classmates. Allan Guei, an 18-year-old student who graduated from Compton High School in Los Angeles, California, USA won the funds as first prize for a free-throw scholarship competition held at the school. Allan later was given a full basketball scholarship to California State University, Northridge. Although he was allowed to keep both scholarships, Allan very generously decided to give the US$40,000 to the other 7 individuals who participated in the free-throw contest. Our hats off to you, Allan Guei, for your kind heart and altruistic action. We wish you the best of success in your education and future.
AP to get 5 organic villages
In eco news, an Indian nationwide association advocates the inauguration of 5 organic villages. The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham), which has 300 Chambers and Trade Associations as members, is preparing a report outlining plans for the launch of the villages in 5 districts of the state of Andhra Pradesh. Mr. D. S. Rawat, Secretary General of Assocham, stated, “Farmers producing organically are likely to increase yield significantly. Besides, they could get an increase of 250% in income after 3 years.” Bravo, Mr. D. S. Rawat and The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India, for your Earth-loving proposal. We look forward to seeing organic towns and villages flourishing throughout your blessed land.
Storm blasts Dominican Republic's resort coast
FN… Hurricane Irene causes damage as it continues to strengthen. As the hurricane lashed the Dominican Republic’s north coast as a Category 2 storm on Tuesday, August 23, local media reported at least three fatalities, with several others who were missing. Nearly 38,000 people had been evacuated to safety as over 2,000 homes were destroyed, with 85 communities that were isolated as mud and water submerged roads. The storm also caused damage in the island nation Turks and Caicos, where roofs were completely blown away and floodwaters reached a meter deep in many places. Meanwhile on Tuesday evening, US President Barack Obama issued an emergency disaster declaration for Puerto Rico, which had been first hit by the storm, enabling federal aid to the 78 affected municipalities and 100,000 islanders left without services such as water. On Wednesday, Hurricane Irene intensified to a Category 3 storm as it whipped through the southeast Bahamas, where Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham on Thursday reported isolated damage but so far no deaths or injuries. With the storm expected to directly impact areas of the US East Coast from North Carolina to New England, officials urged for the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of residents in North Carolina, Virginia, New York, and New Jersey as precautionary states of emergency were declared.
When the storm began in the Caribbean, Supreme Master Ching Hai had expressed all her love and prayers as she asked that our nearby Association members please check with regional officials to see if aid is required, and to go if possible to assist the most vulnerable. She also said that urgent financial aid is available.
Our appreciation, officials and personnel in all affected nations, for your efforts to ensure everyone's safety. Wishing all the storm-affected people a smooth return to the regularity of daily life as we pray that such potential catastrophes are minimized as we more kindly care for the environment.
900,000 displaced by Asom floods
FN… Flooding in Assam causes massive displacement. At least nine people were swept away by swollen rivers this past week in India’s northeast state, with three who lost their lives after being struck by lightning. With the Central Water Commission warning on Wednesday, August 24 that the Brahmaputra River and her tributaries were flowing above the danger mark in at least eight places, flash flooding throughout the region has forced an estimated 900,000 people to flee their homes. Many of the affected have sought safety on raised platforms, railway tracks and inside government buildings, with some areas that have been completely isolated as transportation routes were cut off. Some areas have been hit with a second round of flooding, such as Dhemaji District, where the overflowing Jiadhal and Gai Rivers on Thursday inundated dozens of villages that were already struggling to recover from being submerged on August 15. Dhemaji District Disaster Management Authority stated that the roads as well as railway sections have been breached. In addition, forest guards in the state's Kaziranga National Park report that the high water, has forced animals out of the sanctuary as they ran for safety. Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi assured that evacuation centers had been established in some areas and that other measures were being implemented to address the needs of the flood victims.
Conveying her heartfelt sympathies and prayers, Supreme Master Ching Hai asked that our nearby Association members please go if possible to comfort the most vulnerable, saying that funds of US$15,000 for urgent necessities are available. This amount could obtain US$209,000 in emergency items if bought in the United States, based on India’s cost of living.
We are thankful for the officials' actions in easing the plight of the flood-affected as well as for Supreme Master Ching Hai's loving aid. With sadness for the toll on both human and animals' lives, may such turbulent events be eased through our gentler stewardship of the planet.
African leaders meet to raise funds for drought crisis
FN… African Union meets to raise funds for drought crisis. At a special conference held on Thursday, August 25 as the first fundraising summit of its kind, African governments pledged US$351 million to the Horn of Africa. Held in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, the summit hoped to meaningfully contribute to the current US$1.1 billion shortfall in funds needed to aid millions facing starvation. Among the leaders present were African Union Chair Teodoro Obiang Nguema, Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, Djiboutian President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh, and Somali President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed. Of the US$352 million donation announced, US$300 million was from the African Development Bank with another US$46 million in cash pledges from various countries.
Upon first hearing of the hunger crisis in July, Supreme Master Ching Hai pledged US$100,000 each to Save the Children, Oxfam and the Red Cross, for a total of US$300,000 in emergency aid to the Horn of Africa, sending a message that she was doing so “with love and gratitude for these noble organizations' compassionate works.”
Our appreciation, African Union, African Development Bank and contributing nations, for your thoughtful and generous aid as we also thank Supreme Master Ching Hai for her selfless support. We pray for the comfort and protection of the East African people, and that all of humanity may soon flourish in balance and plenty through our more caring lifestyles as a vegan world.
Supreme Master Ching Hai reveals safe locations for leaders' headquarters
FN… Supreme Master Ching Hai reveals safe locations for leaders' headquarters. In an urgent announcement made on Wednesday, August 24, Supreme Master Ching Hai addressed the world’s peace-seeking leaders and concerned fellow citizens to inform them of alternative places to locate their headquarters, to avoid areas that are negatively influenced by the world’s invisible roads and sub-portals leading to the lower worlds and hell. Such sites, often constructed historically in association with war, form a web of negativity that has been contributing over time to conflicts and other troubles in human society, particularly by gripping individuals and groups in power.
Video announcement from Supreme Master Ching Hai
August 24, 2011
Supreme Master Ching Hai: There are alternative ways to win people’s hearts and to make peace on the planet. I hope to contribute to peace by reporting to you some of the incredible information that has been revealed to me through the grace of Heaven, and that I had time to collect through very intense concentration. It costs you nothing to write down and think about it, okay? It might cost a little bit more to build a new palace or new office, but it will cost more if we have war. And we can’t afford to keep having war.
VOICE: Supreme Master Ching Hai shared this urgent unprecedented information freely at the cost of her physical and spiritual welfare, in hopes that leaders may quickly move away from these dangerous locations at this critical time for our planet. Providing detailed explanations and visual graphs, she described specific locations where leaders can move their headquarters that will be more conducive to the righteousness, clarity and benevolence that they deserve, to more easily sow the seeds of world peace.
Supreme Master Ching Hai: So, for the safety and happiness of all people, including yourself and your loved ones, for the continuous survival and flourishing of our planet, our precious world, I would implore all your mighty heroes to sacrifice two things: first, forego the innocent flesh of the animals. Be vegan. Second, move your palace or headquarters to the above auspicious, best locations. I sincerely wish you all the best, and in the name of billions of co-inhabitants on this planet, I thank you again. May God bless our world.
VOICE: Our deep gratefulness to Supreme Master Ching Hai, for courageously sacrificing her precious time, energy and comfort to offer this important information. We pray that the world’s leaders may swiftly use this knowledge to be freed of hindrances so that they may light the way to a harmonious planet of security and contentment.
Please tune in to Supreme Master Television for the full re-broadcast of this live videoconference at a later date on Words of Wisdom, with multi-language subtitles.
On top of the world: Climber hits the heights on 7 continents
After leading the first Singaporean women’s team up Mount Everest two years ago, Ms. Jane Lee becomes the first Southeast Asian woman to climb the highest summits on each of the seven continents.
Help for Lactose-Intolerant Babies in Gaza
A donation from US-based humanitarian aid organization AmeriCares of more than 15,000 containers of soy-based infant formula Isomil to clinics and hospitals in Palestine's Gaza Strip provides the special nutrients found in breast milk, offering lifesaving care for lactose-intolerant infants.
Vietnam Strengthens Multilateral Cooperation with Africa
The National Customs Department of Âu Lạc (Vietnam) reports that exports to African nations, especially of staple items such as rice, more than doubled in the first half of 2011 compared to 2010, indicating the enhanced relations between their countries.
Push to open 42 anti-smoking centres in 21 states
India’s Health Ministry announces the opening of 19 hospital-based tobacco cessation centers, with plans to double the number across 21 states as well as provide training for doctors in an effort to assist citizens nationwide in freeing themselves of the harmful habit.
Turkmen president signs pardon decree
As part of the nation's annual commemoration of the holy Muslim holiday, the Night of Forgiveness, (NFT: Gadyr Gijesi) Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov signs a decree to free prisoners who sincerely repent their wrongdoings, saying that it is issued in the spirit of mercy, humanity, and justice.
'Happy' Bhutan alarmed by Himalayan climate change
SAVE OUR PLANET... Bhutan’s Prime Minister Jigmi Thinley conveys his nation's concern about the effects of climate change, saying that fluctuating water supplies from the Himalayas are now threatening power generation, with workers who also risk their safety as they attempt to relieve pressure from high-altitude lakes formed by glacial melt.
Tunisian jobless grads to benefit from EU funds
The European Union approves a donation of €110 million to Tunisia for programs to support the nation's political and economic stabilization, as well as employment opportunities and enhanced social conditions for the less fortunate.
Eastern Europe wilts in heatwave
SAVE OUR PLANET... As the highest temperatures in half a century are recorded in cities across the Balkans, overheated people collapse in the streets of the Serbian capital Belgrade during the week of August 22, 2011, while wildfires ignited in areas of Montenegro, Bosnia and Albania.