Toyota 'Walking' Robots Will Help Sick, Elderly Get Around
In innovation news, the Japanese car manufacturer Toyota presents prototypes of four robots with health care applications. The Independent Walk Assist is a battery-operated brace which enhances a person’s strength and mobility through the use of sensors. The Walk Training Assist robot helps people regain use of their legs. The Patient Transfer Assist supports caregivers in moving immobilized people in and out of bed, while the Balance Training Assist helps with physical rehabilitation. The machines, which are expected to be commercially available in 2013, will be smaller and lighter than those exhibited. Hats off, Toyota, for these promising developments. May we see more such inventions which are helpful to all beings.
Ipas-Ethiopia, Engender Health donate 8.5 mln Birr ambulances, generators
In humanitarian news, the Ethiopian Ministry of Health receives US$500,000 in equipment for improving maternal care. Eight ambulances and seven generators were donated by two international organizations for women’s rights and reproductive health, Ipas-Ethiopia and Engender Health, to support the country’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The contribution is expected to help increase maternal and infant survival rates by building service capacity, improving quality of care, and responding to medical emergencies in five regions of the country. Our heartfelt appreciation, Ipas-Ethiopia and Engender Health, for your generosity. May all Ethiopian citizens be blessed with vibrant health and a bright future.
Cat believed to have walked 1,865 miles
In animal news, feline Jessie travels 3,000 kilometers to get back home. Jessie apparently was on the road for more than a year to return to her previous home and friends in Berry Springs, Australia. Jessie’s caregivers Andre and Sheree Gale had relocated from South Australia to the Northern Territory in March 2010. While they had taken Jessie with them, the new owners of their former home had become the caregivers of the Gales’ two other cat companions. Courageous Jessie, whose identity was confirmed by a picture sent to the Gales, is now happily reunited with her feline friends. She will remain at her old home, cared for by the new residents Troy and Jenn Humby. What an amazing story! Brave and loyal Jessie, may you enjoy many delightful years with your cherished feline friends and human caregivers, with God’s abundant blessings.
Top 11 Kids Who Made A Difference In 2011
FN… Children recognized for their efforts to change the world. On Wednesday, December 7, the US-based Huffington Post highlighted the accomplishments of 11 youths, as young as 7 years of age, for the differences they made in the lives of others this year. Among those honored was 17-year-old visually impaired Jeff Hanson whose donations of his colorful and gifted artistry have raised US$350,000 for children’s health charities. Also distinguished was 7-year-old Evan Moss, who was diagnosed with a rare condition resulting in severe epileptic seizures and needed a service dog that his family couldn't afford. So he wrote his own book to raise the funds and provide insights into the world of children living with such a condition. In the southern state of Florida, after raising some US$200,000 that was donated to build 27 homes in Haiti for her quake-affected residents, 12-year-old Rachel Wheeler went on to raise funds for the reconstruction of a school so that children could return to their classes. Finally, a posthumous honor went to 9-year-old Rachel Beckwith of Washington state who sadly succumbed to an auto accident but whose birthday wish to construct wells in developing countries was fulfilled as individual donors contributed over US$1 million to the organization charity: water.
Our hats off, all 11 young honorees for your selfless and giving hearts as we also thank Huffington Post for sharing these noble deeds. May we all be inspired by such acts of kindness to create a more loving world.
'Weather bomb' hits East Coast
FN… North-eastern US and Canada hit by chilling storm. A mixture of heavy rain, gale-force winds and some snow starting late Wednesday, December 7, and into Thursday, wreaked havoc in parts of Massachusetts and Rhode Island in the US, and further north in the Canadian Maritime provinces of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. The sudden and severe weather caused some structural damage, flooding and power outages in affected areas of the US, with the Red Cross offering help for affected residents. Meanwhile, wind gusts in Canada of up to 136 kilometers-per-hour resulted in downed trees and power lines that left almost 50,000 homes without electricity. Snowfall also hit in areas such as the city of Bathurst in northern New Brunswick, where 16 centimeters fell within one day, with ferries in the region that were canceled, schools that were shut down, and the Confederation Bridge being temporarily closed to traffic.
We thank all officials and other emergency teams as well as the Red Cross for your assistance in the storm-stricken areas. Our prayers that such disruptive conditions are eased through humanity's more benevolent stewardship as a vegan world.
Parts of Britain are battered by gale force winds and storms
FN… UK and Ireland battered by storm. A severe weather system struck parts of Scotland and Ireland on Thursday, December 8, uprooting trees and damaging property, with at least one person who suffered minor injuries when a caravan was blown over. As wind gusts in Scotland reached speeds of up to 165 miles per hour (265 kilometers per hour), a 300-foot wind turbine was toppled, while another tower exploded in flames. Moreover, a major search was launched in the Scottish Cairngorms after five hikers went missing, with all who were fortunately later found. Meanwhile, the Met Office issued a red alert warning throughout Scotland, where schools were also closed and 70,000 people were still without power on Friday. Widespread travel restrictions were implemented, with roads that were closed and police warning against driving, while a number of flights were cancelled at Edinburgh and Glasgow airports. Severe weather warnings were issued for parts of England, and wind speeds in Ireland approached storm force 11. On Friday, despite the adverse weather continuing in some areas, repair crews had been dispatched and were working continuously to restore power and clear debris.
Our appreciation, officials and all emergency personnel, for your initiatives to ensure the safety of the affected residents. May our striving for kinder lifestyles swiftly secure a calmer and more balanced ecosphere for all beings.
Halting meat consumption to solve climate challenges.
SAVE OUR PLANET… Halting meat consumption to solve climate challenges. As the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 17) concluded in Durban, South Africa on Friday, December 9, delegates from the more than 190 convening nations had made progress on details of the US$100 billion Green Climate Fund intended to assist developing countries most vulnerable to climate change. But for now, the many urgent challenges faced by such countries, including in the summit’s host continent of Africa, must be addressed through their own actions.
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Tina Joemat-Pettersson – South African Minister of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries (M): Africa faces the twin challenge of poverty and climate change.
Mbareck Diop – Advisory Board chair, Climate Change Adaptation in Africa (M): Ninety percent of Chad Lake has disappeared. You see the Kilamanjaro ice also, the majority of this ice has disappeared due to climate change effect. You see floods and also desertification effects.
VOICE: Supreme Master Television’s correspondent reports on some of the ways South Africa and others are approaching the climate change problem.
Correspondent (F): Coinciding with the COP 17 summit, the South African government unveiled the country’s first ever solar plant at Hazelmere-Verulam. Certainly, while sustainable energy is the way we all should go, some experts point out the need to prioritize measures that would help with more rapid cooling of the atmosphere. Namely, they urge governments to focus on mitigating the potent greenhouse gas, methane, whose biggest human-made source is the meat industry. This was the message of Indian Member of Parliament and vegan the Honorable Maneka Gandhi, who spoke at a press conference just 3 blocks away from the COP 17 conference center.
Maneka Gandhi – Chair, Climate Change Committee, Indian Parliament; vegan (F): What needs to be done is not to concentrate on carbon dioxide. Do the things that can be done, which means that you go to the next and most important gas, which is methane. You can say, "All right, we will not eat meat. We will not grow meat for others to eat." Not only is it a real solution, but it’s an immediate solution.
Correspondent (F): Many others expressed support for the dietary solution to global warming.
Mbareck Diop – Advisory Board chair, Climate Change Adaptation in Africa (M): We have the livestock which is polluting a lot with methane gas, which is more potent than CO2.
Dr. Jane Goodall – British primatologist; meat-free advocate (F): As more and more people eat more and more meat, it’s causing extra methane emissions, it’s cutting down the forest, in addition to being very, very cruel.
Correspondent (F): South African vegan cyclist Sven Fortley cycled thousands of miles from Cape Town to Durban over two weeks in his own inspiring campaign.
Sven Fortley - South African vegan cyclist, environmentalist (M): I’m basically highlighting the fact that climate change has a lot to do with individuals, individual choice, daily choice of what drives you, and it’s not only about the fuel that you put in your cars, it’s about the fuel that you put in your body.
Correspondent (F): Reporting for Supreme Master Television, from Durban South Africa.
VOICE: Meanwhile, countries like those in Africa must also quickly find ways to ensure food security for their populations as part of climate change adaptation – which global dietary changes could again significantly help.
Tina Joemat-Pettersson – South African Minister of Agriculture Forestry & Fisheries (M): Right now, Africa produces, and what it produces it doesn’t eat. And it eats what it doesn’t produce. So if you’re producing grains at a good and phenomenal capacity, but using that grain to feed your livestock, then you’ll never have food security.
Mbareck Diop – Advisory Board chair, Climate Change Adaptation in Africa (M): We have to cut meat consumption, and not to give incentives to produce more food for the livestock in the developed countries.
VOICE: We thank the concerned delegates, activists and others for your calls to urgent, proper measures for both the effective reduction of global warming and food security. May nations everywhere delay no further in adopting life-protecting policies to save our planet.
Sven Fortley - South African vegan cyclist (M): Be Veg, Go Green 2 Save the Planet!
Speaking during a December 2010 videoconference in the United Arab Emirates, Supreme Master Ching Hai emphasized the simple actions needed from world leaders to avoid global disaster for humanity.
Videoconference with Supreme Master Ching Hai
Dubai, United Arab Emirates – December 7, 2010
Supreme Master Ching Hai: I hope, the government encourages the farmers to forgo the cattle and poultry raising, to be vegan, organic vegan. Because, for one, it is still much more costly in terms of food, energy, water uses to raise animals. Whereas, it costs less and less to have organic farming.
Supreme Master Ching Hai: We need every help right now in this emergency situation, urgent time, to save our planet. I hope our government will guide the agriculture sector to the organic vegan path, and also use their knowledge and talents to share these good techniques with other countries, because the world is interdependent and can cooperate together for a sustainable future.
Again and finally, we must change our lifestyleWe should live more simply, sustaining ourselves on the best diet, and the economy, ecology diet that is organic vegan.
Pakistani President receives Abdullah bin Zayed
President Asif Zardari of Pakistan and United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan agree to increase their countries' cooperation in fields that include banking, telecommunications, infrastructure and trade.
More than 10,000 people join run for poor children
In Âu Lạc (Vietnam), over 10,000 people participate in an annual charity run to benefit disadvantaged children at Hà Nội Heart Hospital and the National Hospital of Pediatrics, both of which provide life-saving surgeries for youths in need.
Food processing curbs climate losses for Cameroon's women farmers
SAVE OUR PLANET... In an effort to cope with climate change-related weather extremes that have ruined perishable crops, a December 4, 2011 report cites the success of Cameroonian farmers as they process fresh versions of fruits and vegetables into more durable plantain chips, potato and cassava flour.
Council approves admission of Croatia as 28th member of the EU in July 2013
Following successful talks with European officials and the signing by delegates of an accession treaty in Belgium, Croatia is now set to become the 28th member of the European Union on July 1, 2013.
Clinton, Obama promote gay rights as human rights around the world
As US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addresses the UN Human Rights Council, emphasizing that gay rights are human rights, US President Barack Obama states that other countries' protection of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered persons should also be prioritized in awarding foreign aid.
UN Humanitarian Fund allocates US$6 million to ensure early response to food insecurity in Niger
The UN Central Emergency Response Fund has allocated a total of US$6 million to agencies for the provision of nourishment aid for people in Niger, especially vulnerable populations such as women and children.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arrives in Lebanon
Visiting Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov is welcomed for meetings with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman, Prime Minister Najib Mikati and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri intended to further their countries' cooperative relations.
Wing of Peru’s terrorist group Shinning Path admits defeats and wants peace talks
In an interview with journalists in Peru, Shining Path leader Jose Flores Hala, also known as Artemio, offers a ceasefire truce as he asks for the Peruvian government to engage in talks toward the goal of a long-term peace agreement.
Antarctic Glacier Melting Linked to Warm Pacific Waters
SAVE OUR PLANET... A study by British Antarctic Survey scientists culminating in December 2011 reveals that warming Pacific waters are resulting in the accelerated melt of the Antarctic's vast Pine Island and Thwaites Glaciers, which could add precipitously to rising sea levels across the globe.
Dun-Well Doughnuts Opens Their NYC Vegan Shop
With a goal of providing delicious traditional baked goods that are both innovative and ethically humane, Mr. Christopher Hollowell and Mr. Daniel Dunbar launch the much anticipated and all vegan Dun-Well Doughnuts in New York City, USA.