In cultural news, today is Brazil’s Independence Day, honoring its sovereignty achieved in 1822. South America’s most sizeable nation and fifth largest country in the world, Brazil is known for its abundance of flora and fauna. The Cerrado, which is among the Earth’s most biologically diverse savannas and oldest tropical ecosystems, contains over 10,000 species of plants. Chapada dos Veadeiros and Emas National Parks in the Cerrado are United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization World Heritage Sites. Brazil’s immense six million-hectare Central Amazon Conservation Complex is also a World Heritage Site and the vastest protected region in the Amazon Basin. We wish all Brazilians a festive Independence Day.
In veg news, plant-based culinary arts are highlighted in Portland, Oregon, United States
In veg news, plant-based culinary arts are highlighted in Portland, Oregon, United States. More than 300 people came to watch the 2nd annual Vegan Iron Chef competition in Oregon’s largest city. Mr. Piper Dixon, Ms. Morgan Grundstein-Helvey, and Mr. Jeff Ridabock shared their creative skills as they prepared appetizers, entrées, and desserts with ginger, the theme ingredient of the contest.
Piper Dixon (Vegan)
Kitchen Dances vegan food cart
Jeff Ridabock (Vegan)
Homegrown Smoker vegan barbecue cart
Morgan Grundstein-Helvey (Vegetarian)
Dovetail Bakery (vegan)
Piper Dixon (m): We’re stepping up the quality of what we’re presenting to people. And I think that is going to be inspiring to people outside the vegan community. Let them know that this is the way we need to go as a species, to eat more compassionately. (24:10-24:15) We’ll clean up the environment this way. We’ll clean up our own personal health, our community health and strengthen the economy.
Jeff Ridabock (m) :It’s just important to get as much of the word of eating a vegetable-based diet out to the community.
Morgan Grundstein-Helvey (f): World Vegan, World Peace.
ANCHOR: Owner of the vegan food cart Kitchen Dances, Mr. Dixon, was the winner. His dazzling dishes included coconut-curry soup with a ginger-cherry chutney and roasted vegetables with a ginger-basil pesto. A perfect score was awarded by the judges for his chocolate tart, chocolate-covered strawberry, and truffle.
Piper Dixon (m):We had a great time and we’re just glad to be here among so many compassionate eaters. World Vegan, World Peace.
ANCHOR: Congratulations, Mr. Piper Dixon, and also many thanks Ms. Morgan Grundstein-Helvey and Mr. Jeff Ridabock, for your amazing plant-based culinary delights. In addition, our appreciation, organizers of this wonderful event, for raising awareness about cruelty-free eating. May a 100% vegan Earth soon become a reality.
New plan to restore 150 million hectares of forest
SAVE OUR PLANET... Global forest restoration initiative launched in Germany. A select group of international ministers, business leaders and conservationists convened on Thursday, September 1 in the city of Bonn for a two-day meeting to discuss ways to restore some portion of the 2 billion hectares of the world's deforested lands. At the meeting's conclusion, they announced the formation of an alliance called the Bonn Challenge and pledged, with the support of the environmental non-profit World Resources Institute (WRI) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), to restore 150 million hectares of forests in different areas across the globe. Commenting on the new initiative, former Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson stated, "Restoring 150 million hectares of degraded lands represents an exciting and largely untapped opportunity to create more jobs and economic growth, while also protecting our climate."
Our sincere accolades, Bonn Challenge participants, for your commitment to this noble project that will benefit lives and the environment. Blessed be such endeavors in helping renew a balance with nature that brings peace to all beings on Earth.
10th All-Afica Games underway in Mozambique
FN… All-Africa Games inaugurated in Mozambique. Some 5,000 men and women from 48 countries have come together for the 10th All-Africa Games in the nation's capital city Maputo, where they are participating in 24 different sporting activities through September 18. Addressing the opening ceremony on Sunday, September 4, Mozambican President Armando Guebuza stated that the Games symbolize African unity as he affirmed a dedication to promoting peace across the continent and called on all athletes to offer their best in a friendly atmosphere.
Bravo, Mozambique, African athletes and all visitors for your participation and support of this lively and exciting event. May the 10th All Africa Games be graced with outstanding sportsmanship amidst warmhearted pride and respect.
Thousands flee as wildfire torches 300 Texas homes
FN… Fire destroys hundreds of homes in Texas, USA. As of Tuesday morning, September 6, firefighters struggled to contain a blaze that had destroyed almost 600 homes in central Texas, as over 35 wildfires still raged across the state. With new fires as of Sunday that had engulfed another 30,000 acres in 17 counties, a mother and her 18-month-old child lost their lives when they were unable to escape the approaching flames in time. Some 5,000 residents had also been evacuated as of Monday. With prolonged drought bringing no significant rainfall to central Texas for a year, officials noted that since December 2010, fires have consumed a record 3.6 million acres, an area that is the size of the state of Connecticut.
With all her love and sorrowful prayers, Supreme Master Ching Hai offered US$20,000 for urgent items, and asked that our Association members please go if possible to bring comfort to the most vulnerable.
We are grateful for the persistent and courageous efforts of the firefighters, as well as for Supreme Master Ching Hai’s wholehearted support. Our prayers for the safety of humans and wildlife alike and that such dangerous conditions are alleviated through our gentler steps on the Earth as a vegan world.
Strong quake hits west Indonesia; at least 1 dead
FN… Earthquake claims lives in Indonesia. At least three people, including a boy, lost their lives after a powerful magnitude-6.6 quake struck the northern end of Sumatra island at about 1 am on Tuesday, September 6. With an epicenter just 100 kilometers southwest of Medan, the provincial capital of North Sumatra, the quake damaged homes and other buildings, according to the National Disaster Management Agency. Further north in Aceh province, electrical poles collapsed onto homes in the hard-hit town of Singkil, causing blackouts, with hundreds of residents who were moved to temporary shelters as officials assessed the damage. In towns and villages across both provinces, people fled out of their homes and hotels in panic, with hospitals being evacuated as well in cities such as Medan. As it struck in a region similar to a massive temblor that hit in December 2004, the quake was especially distressing to area residents, and many refused to return to their homes for fear of aftershocks. Fatalities are also expected to rise as remote areas are searched.
Supreme Master Ching Hai requested that our nearby Association members please go if possible to assist the quake-stricken, pledging US$10,000 for urgent supplies if needed, with all her love and prayers. This amount could acquire US$110,000 in supplies if purchased in the United States, based on Indonesia's cost of living.
Our appreciation, Indonesian officials and personnel, for your swift response, as we also thank Supreme Master Ching Hai for her wholehearted concern and assistance. With sadness for the loss of precious lives, we pray that such calamities may lessen as all of humanity chooses more considerate, eco-stabilizing ways.
Powering prosthetics with thoughts alone
US researchers at Johns Hopkins University reach the prototype testing phase of a new robotic arm prosthetic that responds to thoughts to control its movements and is hoped will benefit many spinal cord injury patients.
Japan donates 124 mln. Birr wheat to Ethiopia
Japan donates nearly 15,000 metric tons of wheat to Ethiopia to help alleviate drought-related food shortages and to stabilize food prices for the nation's people.
Moscow offers to deepen co-operation with Afghanistan
At a summit bringing together the presidents of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Russia, the leaders express unanimous support for efforts leading to Afghanistan's national reconciliation as they also discuss ways to further collaborate while prioritizing regional peace.
Environment group: Fish still dying in Ga. river
SAVE OUR PLANET... Biologists with the Parks and Wildlife Department in Texas, USA report on September 1, 2011 that about 124,000 fish suffocated in Lake Grapevine due to a prolonged heat wave that caused oxygen levels to drop too low for their survival.
Last-ditch efforts to save dying Iran lake
SAVE OUR PLANET... As reported on September 3, 2011, residents near Iran's Lake Orūmīyeh, one of the largest inland salt water bodies in the world, express their concern and ask for help saving the lake, which is now in danger of drying out, with salt dust residues that are endangering the environment as well as placing 14 million people at risk of being displaced.
Giant human remains found in Georgia
Archaeologists in Georgia's Borjomi Gorge discover the remains of human giants who measured up to 3 meters tall and lived some 25,000 years ago, confirming previous speculation about ancient Eurasians of this size who were thought to have developed separately from other civilizations.
Colorado Warns Public of Listeria Outbreak
WARNING NEWS... With nine people recently hospitalized with Listeria infections, two of whom died, the state of Colorado, USA on September 2, 2011 issued an urgent alert recommending avoidance of foods often contaminated with the bacteria such as soft cheeses, canned fish, hot dogs and other processed meats.
Arab film festival honours Tunisian revolution
The 2011 Arab Film Festival in Rotterdam, the Netherlands is featuring 40 films from 20 different countries, with a goal of supporting Arab cinema while encouraging greater understanding among Arab and European peoples.
Buddhist monks from rival Koreas pray together in rare joint service in North Korea
South Korean Buddhist monks travel to gather with their North Korean counterparts in a rare joint service as they pray together for harmony and commemorate the 1,000th anniversary of a sacred Korean Buddhist scripture engraving.