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      9 Mar 2011
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 Chicken Adopts Baby Rabbits (video)
In animal news, Silky the chicken shares parental duties for newborn rabbits. At the Staglands Wildlife Reserve in Wellington, New Zealand the maternal hen has been adoringly caring for four little bunnies. The mother rabbit stays close by, visiting to feed her babies. Bravo, sweet Silky and kind mother rabbit, on your very special bond and arrangement. May all our animal friends be evermore protected to thrive and form unique loving relationships, adding immeasurable joy to our world.
 7 New Water Wells in Somalia & Ethiopia
In ecology news, an American-based charity helps ensure drinking water in Ethiopia and Somalia. Life for Relief and Development commissioned the digging of several water wells in the countries. In Somalia, five new wells were dug – two in Hargeisa, in the northern part of the country, and three in Lower Shabelle, in the south. Also, two wells were excavated in rural Ethiopia. The US-based American Relief Agency for the Horn of Africa was a partner in the project, which is giving thousands access to clean drinking water. Our sincere appreciation, Life for Relief and Development and American Relief Agency for the Horn of Africa, for your commitment to improving the well-being of Ethiopians and Somalians. May your project bring great benefits to the kind-hearted people of the region.
 Afghanistan: Youth building peace through art and skating
In humanitarian news, Afghani children portray their dreams for the future. The Youth, Arts, Peace (YAP!) Exhibition was held in Kabul as a celebration of the United Nations’ International Year of Youth. Over 300 young people participated in activities which included exhibitions of pictures showing the sun, flying birds, smiling figures, flowers and grass and laminated photographs reflecting a peaceful Kabul. Puppet play performances and skateboarding were also part of the day’s festivities. The fun event was organized by the non-profit Skateistan and funded by the UN Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA). Our heartfelt thankfulness, Skateistan and the United Nations, for this wonderful collaboration. May the beautiful children of Afghanistan have many such fantastic opportunities to participate in creative gatherings, while thriving on a sustainable Earth.
 British UFO files trace sightings (and hoaxes)
SAVE OUR PLANET… Years of UFO sightings become public record. British officials have made available 8,500 pages of reports that document sightings of unidentified flying objects dating back to the 1950s. The public now has internet access to these files, which include photographs, drawings and descriptions of UFO sightings. Those who have reported sightings range from policemen to soldiers, a Royal Air Force officer and members of the public. In the case of the Royal Air Force, the retired officer reported seeing a UFO while on holiday in Sri Lanka in April 2004 and sent supporting photographs. With researchers from the US National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) recently finding that half of the stars in the universe are likely to have Earth-like planets orbiting them, prominent global figures have affirmed their belief in the existence of UFOs. These include theoretical physicist Professor Stephen Hawking, astrophysicist Baron Rees and Lachezar Filipov, deputy director of the Space Research Institute in Bulgaria, who spoke of extraterrestrials, saying, “They are not hostile towards us; rather, they want to help us but we have not grown enough in order to establish direct contact with them." Retired members of the US military recently reported on UFOs that were found to have disabled nuclear missiles, with officer Robert Salas stating, “My speculation is they're trying to point out the folly of nuclear weapons.”

The UK files are available to download free of charge for one month at the website of Britain’s National Archives.

Our thanks, British government for sharing this information with the public. May the insights gained from these remarkable experiences give us further appreciation of our greater cosmic community.

During an October 2010 videoconference with Supreme Master Television staff in Los Angeles, USA, Supreme Master Ching Hai shared insights on a noted increase in UFO sightings in certain places.

Videoconference with Supreme Master Ching Hai
Los Angeles, California, USA - October 3, 2010

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Recently, our planet is in trouble, you see, in danger, in urgency, so they always come to try to give the blessing or to avert some disaster, whatever they can –be it comet or earthquake or typhoon. Without their intervention, we would have been done for. Also, now we are more accepting of their information about UFOs on the internet, in books. And governments help to release many of the UFO facts, so the people are more open now to their existence, so they feel more easy to come to help us in any way they can. Without their intervention, we would have been gone: the planet, gone; people, gone – all gone. They are trying to help us so that we can hang on in there, so that we may wake up and help ourselves. You see, they can’t do everything; they can’t. We have to help ourselves by our spiritual merit, by our moral power. Then we will survive, and we will develop more and more and then we will see them even in person, and we can visit them like I would visit you.
 Abbas: Time for Palestine to join UN
FN… Chile’s president meets with Israeli and Palestinian leaders. In a first-ever visit of a Chilean head of state to Palestine, President Sebastián Piñera met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday, March 5, where he reaffirmed the support already declared by his country for an independent and free Palestinian state. The following day, he also traveled for the first time to Israel and was welcomed by President Shimon Peres, who lauded the Chilean leader as a hero for his steadfast determination in October 2010 to rescue the 33 miners trapped underground for 69 days, while also conveying his agreement with the goal of peace through a two-state solution. The Chilean president responded by saying that a large motivation for his visit to the region was to meet the Israeli leader who had dedicated his life to peace and freedom. Speaking later to journalists, President Piñera stated, “Chile has … recognized the Palestinian state because we have always thought that Israel has the right to live within secure…, internationally-recognized borders, in peace. We also think that the Palestinian people have the right to their own state, a free state, a democratic state.”

Our respectful appreciation, President Piñera, for your amicable meetings with both Israeli and Palestinian leaders as part of a mission of peace. Blessed be such efforts in furthering a fruitful accord and harmonious relations among all people of the Middle East.
 (Video) Hawaii's Kilauea volcano erupts
FN… Kilauea Volcano awakens again in Hawaii, USA. Following an initial eruption on Saturday, March 5, new vent areas in the surface of Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, continued to spew lava on Monday, sending streams up to 80 feet (NFT 24 meters) into the air, with molten rivers that streamed across the mountain’s surface before disappearing into another earth fissure. This activity coincided with the collapse of the nearby Pu'u 'O'o crater floor, which fell some 380 feet (NFT: 116 meters), triggering 150 earthquakes in the area that were still occurring as of Monday. Officials closed the Kulanaokuaiki campground and a number of roads and trails in the popular Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, as volcanologists warned that areas near the vent of Kilauea could collapse or erupt unexpectedly, with vent areas that could emit potentially lethal concentrations of sulfur dioxide. Kilauea’s most recent previous eruption was in January, when several homes were destroyed. Fortunately, the eruptions occurred in a remote area of the park, and the recent activity did not jeopardize any structures or result in human injury.

Our appreciation, Hawaiian scientists and officials, for your initiatives to ensure everyone’s safety. May humans and animals alike be protected from such volatile events through our efforts toward gentler, more eco-conscious lifestyles.
 Japan suspends 2 vaccines while authorities investigate infant deaths
FN… Japan reconsiders vaccine effects following four infant deaths. The Japanese Ministry of Health has suspended the use of two infant vaccines to investigate their safety when four infants perished soon after being administered combination immunizations, where multiple shots that prevent against certain diseases are combined into one high-potency injection. The children were all under the age of two, and all died within three days of the incidents, according to a statement by the Japanese health ministry. A similar event occurred last year in Japan, with one child who died after receiving a second dose of a meningitis vaccine, as well as in the Netherlands when one of the vaccines was administered at the same time as a preventive diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus shot, resulting in three fatalities.

Our thankfulness for the protective endeavors of the Japanese Ministry of Health as we send our sympathies for the tragic loss of these young lives. With Heaven’s grace, may we find gentler approaches to protect and ensure the well being of all vulnerable persons in societies across the globe.
 Alcohol's Disruptive Effects on Sleep May Be More Pronounced Among Women
WARNING NEWS… A new study by scientists at the University of Michigan, USA, reveals that people who drink alcohol before bed experience sleep pattern disturbances, including frequent awakening and reduced overall rest, with effects that are more pronounced for women than men.
 The 13-year-old tree ambassador
SAVE OUR PLANET… Thirteen-year-old old Felix Finkbeiner of Munich, Germany, head of the organization Plant for the Planet, works passionately to save the environment by raising awareness about the importance of planting trees with his "Stop Talking, Start Planting" campaign.
 Vets Recognize Animal 'Welfare' in Oath
The American Veterinary Medical Association announces that the Veterinarian’s Oath has been revised to include a commitment to animal welfare by preventing animal suffering, in addition to caring for animal health.
 Israel dipl. resigns over foreign policy
Senior diplomat Ilan Baruch of Israel’s Foreign Ministry resigns over his country’s foreign policy with Palestine as he advocates conditions that favor the resuming of peace talks.
 Vietnam scrambles to save Hanoi's sacred turtle
SAVE OUR PLANET… After seeing a local lake’s endangered soft-shell turtle surface with wounds thought to be caused by pollution and debris, hundreds of people in Hà Nội, Âu Lạc (Vietnam), work tirelessly to save the turtle by cleaning up the Lake of the Returned Sword, named after the legend for which the turtle is also a sacred symbol.
 Cambodian Red Cross president champions mother and child health
Cambodian Red Cross President, Dr. Bun Rany Hun Sen, is honored at a ceremony in Phnom Penh by several United Nations agencies as a national champion for maternal and child health.
 Horse buried in snow rescued near Steamboat
Firefighters, veterinarians, and community members in Colorado, USA volunteer for hours of shoveling in bleak weather conditions during the middle of the night to safely rescue a horse from being buried chest-high at the bottom of a ravine.
 UAE and Jamaica establish diplomatic relations
United Arab Emirates’ and Jamaican delegates sign a Joint Communique to establish official diplomatic relations between their countries.
 Medvedev instructs to propose on better law over illegal gambling
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev instructs officials to formulate proposals for improving laws that prohibit gambling to protect the country’s citizens.
 New system can warn of tsunamis within minutes
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the USA develop a system known as RTerg that can forecast a tsunami following an earthquake, which the scientists hope will be able to warn local populations.
 Two killed in Muslim-Coptic clash in Egypt
Reuters and the Assyrian International News Agency report that Egyptian Coptic Christians have been peacefully demonstrating for several days, with thousands gathered in front of Cairo’s Egyptian TV building in protest of the army’s refusal to prevent the destruction of a Christian church in the village of Soul. In the city of Minya, Al-Masry Al-Youm reports that another group is protesting before the city’s security headquarters, saying that they were not given election cards, which would prevent them from being able to cast their votes in the upcoming democratic polls.
 Taiwan's first lady teaches Chinese class in US
Formosan (Taiwanese) First Lady Christine Chow reads Chinese folktales to primary school students in New Jersey, USA as well as gifting storybooks to the school to share more youth literature in the Chinese language.
 Supermarket booze ban needed - HANZ
To reduce alcohol availability to youths, the Hospitality Association of New Zealand calls for a ban of its sale of alcohol in supermarkets.
 OIC to Assist in Improving Situation of Muslims in Vietnam
Visiting delegates from the State Committee of Religions in Âu Lạc (Vietnam) meet in Saudi Arabia with representatives from the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) to discuss ways to enhance their general relations, with special focus on improving the lives of Muslims in Âu Lạc.
 Al Jazeera says Gaddafi wants to meet rebels to step down
Al Jazeera news service and two Arabic news sources report that Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has proposed to the National Libyan Council, the interim government group formed by pro-democracy protesters, that a special session of parliament be held to allow him to resign as leader in exchange for guarantees he and his family could leave the country without being prosecuted in Libya or abroad. In an interview reported by various media sources with television station al-Arabiya, National Libyan Council Chair Mustafa Abdel Jalil said that although the group would consider dropping charges through the International Court of Justice, the Libyan leader must step down first before any such negotiations could begin. Meanwhile, many Libyan citizens are asking for the immediate implementation of a no fly zone, to prevent the government from additional air attacks, with support for the idea also coming from the Arab League, the Gulf Cooperation Council, France, United Kingdom and the United States. In a meeting between US President Barack Obama and visiting Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, the two agreed on the importance of the international community’s continued support of the Libyan people’s human rights and democratic ideals.

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