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      8 Dec 2011
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 Three Egyptians on list of most promising Arab cinema talents
In cultural news, the most promising Arab cinema talents are listed in Screen International magazine. Filmmakers from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and the United Arab Emirates were recognized for both their artistry and success. Among them are Saudi director, producer, and actress Ms. Ahd Kamel; Palestinian director and producer Mr. Basil Khalil; Egyptian director Ms. Ayten Amin; United Arab Emirates director Khalid Al-Mahmoud; and Syrian documentary filmmaker Mr. Ammar Al-Beik. Screen International is a United Kingdom-based multimedia film magazine. Congratulations, gifted Arab individuals, on this fine acknowledgment. May your movies continue to bring much enjoyment to enthralled viewers of all cultures.
 New Mobile App Lets You Scan Food Products for Animal Ingredients
In veg news, a new mobile app helps consumers avoid animal products. Inrfood utilizes a database of over 200,000 products and 40,000 ingredients and is supported by 25 dietitians, nutritionists, and food scientists. Shoppers will be able to identify animal ingredients with a quick barcode scan. Internet users will also be able to check products at their homes. Bravo, the Inrfood team, for your innovative application. May all people transition to the Earth and life-saving vegan diet, with Heaven’s blessings.
 Locals 'can play key role in helping forests recover'
In world news, the Asia-Pacific region experiences an increase in forests thanks to community efforts. The “Forest Beneath the Grass” report, which was produced by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, stated that the decline of tree cover of the 1990s has been reversing. In fact, over the past decade there was a net gain of 1.5 million hectares annually. The rise in forests is attributed to “assisted natural regeneration” (ANR) projects. Local residents helped ensure the success of these plans which included converting grassy sites into productive forests promoting the growth of indigenous tree species. What great news, Asia-Pacific region. May woodlands continue to flourish for a healthy and prosperous eco sphere.
 The island has seen 11 915 earthquakes since July
FN… Volcanic activity and quakes rattle Indonesia, Japan, Greece, Turkey, Peru, Australia, Chile, and Spain. On Monday, December 5, Indonesian officials ordered the closure of the Sultan Baabullah airport in Ternate, North Maluku after the Mount Gamalama volcano erupted on Sunday night. The volcano spewed ash 2,000 meters skyward, which descended over nearly all of Maluku city, prompting the evacuation of thousands of residents throughout 10 subdistricts whose schools were also closed. Also on Monday, two quakes struck in Indonesia, one measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale that hit 70 kilometers north of Tanahmerah Bay in Papua province, followed by a 5.2-magnitude quake in the Maluku Islands. That same day, a 5.2-magnitude quake hit near the east coast of Honshu, Japan, 116 kilometers east of Mito in Ibaraki Prefecture, while a quake of magnitude-4.9 rumbled in the Aegean Sea near the Greek island of Lesbos, shaking Turkey’s Izmir and Aydın provinces and causing panic on the Greek islands near Turkey’s west coast. Peru’s Ica region was also rocked that day by a 4.6-magnitude earthquake centered 105 kilometers south of Nazca. On Tuesday morning, a shallow temblor of magnitude-5.1 hit western Australia 370 kilometers northeast of Carnarvon, as Chile’s northern Tarapacá Region was rocked by a 4.1-magnitude quake 54 kilometers south of Iquique. Meanwhile, the National Geographic Institute in Spain reported a total of 11,915 earthquakes since July at El Hierro, where an undersea volcano has been erupting. There have fortunately been no reports of damage or injuries in any of these events.

Our appreciation, all officials and scientists working to monitor the situations for the safety of the public. Let us strive to restore the balance and stability of our planet through our adoption of more harmonious lifestyles as a vegan world.
 Tizi Ouzou terrorists free kidnapped doctor
FN… Algerian doctor freed. Twenty days after he had gone missing while driving his children to school, cardiologist Dr. Nacer Djellal was released on Monday, December 5 unharmed. The medical specialist from the Algerian province of Tizi Ouzou assured that he was not mistreated during his detainment and that he had been taken to help treat sick people in the bush.

We are relieved to know of Dr. Djellal's safety and well being. Wishing him many happy reunions in the comforting presence of loved ones as we pray for shared dignity and respect to prevail in peace among all people across the globe.
 Freak storm and gale-force winds wreak havoc in Malaysia
FN… Storm disrupts lives in Malaysia. Crews including officers, contractors, fire and rescue personnel, and police worked with residents to clean up after a thunderstorm of rare intensity pummeled Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur and parts of Selangor on Sunday, December 4. Packed with gale-force winds, the storm damaged properties and vehicles, with 10 families evacuated to a local community hall when the roofs of apartments in Kepong were blown off. Uprooted trees and billboards also blocked traffic, while some motorists were forced to stop on roadsides for their safety due to the intensity of rains.

Our appreciation, Malaysian officials and personnel, for your swift and caring response. May such disruptive extremes be alleviated through humanity’s kinder, eco-balancing ways.
 Saving the oceans: a vital climate issue
SAVE OUR PLANET… Saving the oceans: a vital climate issue. Parallel to the main negotiations of the United Nations Climate Change Conference, non-governmental groups, scientists and others have been working to bring the newest information on certain aspects of global warming, such as marine ecosystem impact, to the participants' attention. Supreme Master Television reports from the summit location in Durban, South Africa.

(All in English)
Correspondent (F): As the COP 17 negotiations come to a close here in Durban, members of the Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association have continued to raise awareness about the effective organic vegan diet solution to climate change. Many of the summit participants have received SOS bags containing literature and DVDs to help inform their decision making. Over 700 bags were distributed in cooperation with 11 hotels, all of whom agreed to help deliver the bags to their guests attending the conference. Also in Durban this past week, the Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts and Islands held an event to raise awareness on the urgent need to address the state of the world’s oceans as part of the climate equation.

Ben Ngubane – Board Chair, South African Broadcasting Corporation (M): We always think of rainforests as the main source of carbon sinks, but the ocean is an even bigger sink.

Dr. Wendy Watson-Wright – Assistant Director-General, UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (F): However, what’s happening with this absorption of carbon dioxide is #1, the ocean is becoming saturated, and #2, the ocean is becoming more acid. This has an enormous impact.

Dr. Carol Turley – Senior Scientist, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK (F): Sixty-five million years ago, there was a big carbon perturbation then, and the oceans became more acidic, they became warmer, they had less oxygen. Many, many species on Earth became extinct, including the dinosaurs. And we’re kind of going through something that’s even more rapid now.

Dr. Wendy Watson-Wright (F): The number of dead zones has increased tremendously even in the past few decades from 40 a number of years ago, and it’s up I believe globally over 500 dead zones.

Nick Nuttal – Spokesperson, United Nations Environment Program (M): This is in fact due to the discharge of fertilizer, sewage and animal wastes down the river systems.

Dr. Wendy Watson-Wright (F): The ocean is the lungs of the planet. It is also the heart of the planet, because it pumps the water around and it gives us our atmosphere, it gives us our weather, our climate.

Dr. Carol Turley (F): No, we won’t survive without the oceans.

Correspondent (F): Meanwhile, Supreme Master Television has spoken with many leading participants from governments, groups, and media who shared their thoughts about the necessity of eliminating animal product consumption, including meat and fish.

Dr. Ricardo Navarro – Salvadoran Center for Appropriate Technology (M): Among all the things that humans do, probably the one that has more impact is the way we eat.

Foster Dongozi – Secretary-General, Zimbabwe Union of Journalists (M): It’s best for the climate to go vegetarian. The consumption of animal products is one of the major contributors to global warming and climate change.

Mia MacDonald – Executive Director, Brighter Green; Senior fellow of Worldwatch Institute; vegetarian (F): Governments can certainly encourage people to eat a plant-based diet. It’s a natural state for many, many countries. So it shouldn’t be radical to say, Look, by and large, eat a plant-based diet, for human health, for the environment, for the climate. And to be more public about that.

Correspondent (F): Reporting from Durban, South Africa for Supreme Master Television.

VOICE: Our appreciation, all governments, organizations, scientists and activists working to understand and solve the crisis of our oceans and planet. May leaders and individuals alike be compelled toward all efforts necessary to save the precious ecosphere that is essential for all beings' survival.

As during an October 2009 videoconference in Indonesia, Supreme Master Ching Hai has frequently addressed the need to restore the balance of both marine environments and the Earth.

Videoconference with Supreme Master Ching Hai
Jakarta, Indonesia – October 22, 2009

Supreme Master Ching Hai: You can see that the dead fish are covering the whole entire surface of water. You don’t see water. You only see dead fish floating on top. It’s a horrible sight to witness. As I have said before, if the world’s people all become vegans, nature will rebound almost before our eyes, almost overnight, and we may see the oceans healthy again.Moreover, around the world, countless enormous ocean dead zones will have a chance to return to life. Also, when we stop vacuuming all the poor fish out of the sea, they will have a chance to restore the balance in the oceans. We desperately need the fish in the sea to balance the ocean; otherwise our lives will be in danger. God puts them there for a reason.
When the ocean is healthy again, even the dead coral reefs will revive themselves. Imagine! Nature is miraculous and incredible. But in order to witness nature’s recovery, we must not let our current way of life continue.
 Gumby-like flexible robot crawls in tight spaces
Scientists at Harvard University in Massachusetts, USA announce the development of a small, soft-bodied robot that can fit through very narrow spaces such as those beneath doors, intended to help in situations such as disaster rescue.
 UAE embassy in Tripoli re-opened
Emirati state news agency WAM reports that Sultan Rashid Al Kaytoub, the United Arab Emirates' Ambassador to Libya, re-opens his country's embassy in Tripoli as he also commends relations between the people of Libya and the United Arab Emirates.
 Turkey writes off Kyrgyz debt
In a ceremony attended by Turkish President Abdullah Gül and Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev, Kyrgyzstan’s debt to Turkey in the amount of nearly US$50 million is officially forgiven.
 Households told to save water now for next summer
SAVE OUR PLANET… Warning on December 1, 2011 that the likelihood of repeating this past summer's drought is very high for next year, the United Kingdom’s Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman calls on companies and individuals to begin conserving water now.
 Study: Arctic is warmer, will remain so
SAVE OUR PLANET… In a report released December 1, 2011, a team of 121 scientists from 14 nations concluded that global warming has created a new and higher temperature average in the Arctic, with warmer air and ocean temperatures that are yielding thinner, younger and diminishing amounts of summer sea ice.
 Vegetables, fruits, reduce stroke risk
According to a Swedish study published in “Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association,” women who consume high amounts of antioxidant-rich foods such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains, significantly reduce their risk of stroke.
 Azerbaijan wants to strengthen ties with Vietnam
 David Beckham Visits With Rescued Street Kids in the Philippines
British soccer star David Beckham, also a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and a father of four, visits a group of Philippine children living in a UNICEF-sponsored shelter, where he engages in a friendly game of soccer and speaks of his own inspiration in hearing of their determination and hopeful dreams.
 $6.5 Million in Emergency Aid to Central America Flood Survivors
Humanitarian aid organization AmeriCares sends via air shipment US$6.5 million in medical and food supplies to assist residents of Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Honduras in their recovery from recent floods.
 Dog Rescues Kittens Left For Dead On Roadside (VIDEO)
Thanks to the heroic efforts of canine Reagan, who found a bag on a roadside in Iowa, USA, carried it home and alerted his caregiver to the tiny kittens inside, followed by the care provided by no-kill shelter Raccoon Valley Animal Sanctuary, kittens Skipper and Tipper are now fully recovered and eagerly await adoption into a forever loving home.

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