In cultural news, a new book highlights Iran’s rich heritage. “Iran, Land of Eternity” presents the nation’s arts, festivals, and architecture, among other aspects. Released by Sarzamin Ahurai publications, it contains introductions in English and Persian by respected scholars of the nation. It also presents calligraphy, graphic designs, and photographs by renowned Iranians. From exquisite natural scenery to ancient and modern structures and religious sites, the book provides an inclusive view of the country’s enthralling past and present. Congratulations, Iran, on this impressive offering. May it guide many individuals to a deeper understanding and appreciation of your time-honored culture.
WFP Welcomes Saudi Arabian Donation Of More Than US$ 900,000
In humanitarian news, Saudi Arabia donates more than US$900,000 of dates to Ethiopia. The 275 metric ton contribution was given to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to provide nourishment for school children. WFP’s Deputy Country Director Ms. Lynne Miller expressed appreciation for the gift, stating that it complements students’ diets. Our sincere appreciation, Saudi Arabia, for your generosity. May the bright children of Ethiopia have a promising future on a calm and sustainable Earth.
Norb Krzak, Good Samaritan From Georgia, Saves Man From Oncoming Train: Listen To 911 Call (VIDEO
FN… US worker makes heroic train track rescue. Mr. Norb Krzak of Georgia, USA was on his way to work when he saw a car drive over a steep embankment, landing near railroad tracks below. As he pulled over to help, he also saw that the car's occupants had been ejected from the vehicle, with one who was lying in the middle of the track and unresponsive. Hearing an oncoming train, Mr. Krzak immediately called the emergency dispatcher and rushed to get the man off the train tracks, lifting him to safety just a minute before the train passed. As Mr. Krzak later remarked that he had not planned to be in the area that day, he said, “God had something to do with that... He has a plan for everybody. Maybe that was his plan for me.” In a ceremony attended by leaders of Madison County on Thursday, October 27 to honor both him and dispatcher Rita Fulcher, the humble Mr. Krzak, who originally did not want to be awarded, said that he was more worried for the injured man than himself.
We join in salute, Mr. Krzak, for your quick-thinking bravery and selflessness. Your kind heart is surely a shining inspiration to us all.
Elderly poet wins Irish presidency
FN... Ireland elects her 9th president. With a record seven presidential candidates to select from in elections held on Thursday, October 27, the voters of Ireland resoundingly chose renowned human rights advocate and poet Michael D. Higgins as their next leader. As official results were announced Saturday, the new president-elect, who has also served previously as the nation's culture and arts minister, expressed his gratitude and spoke of goals including continued bridge-building among all communities and being "a president for all people."
President-elect Higgins, our respectful congratulations on your new role. May your noble ideas be put into action for the greater good of fellow citizens and the world.
Seismic awakening? Earthquakes are increasing in Oklahoma and no one knows why
FN… Earthquakes hit US, Italy, Ecuador, and Colombia. Early Friday, October 28, temblors measuring 3.3 and 3.5 on the Richter scale were recorded in Oklahoma, 15 kilometers northeast of Oklahoma City. Also that day in central Arkansas, a series of six minor earthquakes struck some 5 kilometers southwest of Quitman as the latest of over 50 that have shaken the region in October alone. On Saturday morning, residents of northern Italy felt a 4.4-magnitude quake centered 33 kilometers from Verona. Also on Saturday, Ecuador was rattled by three earthquakes. The first registered at a magnitude of 4.0 and struck 17 kilometers northeast of Quito, triggering landslides, with several cracks in houses reported. This was followed by a 4.3-magnitude quake located near the shared border with Colombia, some 57 kilometers west of Nueva Loja, then a 4.6-magnitude quake 13 kilometers northeast of El Triunfo.
We are grateful for the general safety of all in the region. Our prayers that humanity’s kinder ways as a vegan world may restore our ecosphere and safeguard from potential calamities such as these.
Rare October snowstorm hits Northeast
FN... Early snow shuts down parts of US northeast. A storm that hit starting Saturday afternoon, October 29, brought wet, heavy snow in record depths to several northeastern states, causing at least three deaths, with initial power outages to some 2.2 million homes and businesses due to downed branches and the toppling of still-leafy trees. Connecticut, New Jersey, and Massachusetts all declared states of emergency as service personnel arrived from other states to assist. With 700,000 who lost electricity in Connecticut alone, state Governor Dannel P. Malloy warned that it could take days to restore all homes and businesses in the region. Meanwhile, Amtrack suspended train service in areas of Pennsylvania, while several commuter trains were delayed or halted between New York and Connecticut. Record snowfalls were seen in places like New York City's Central Park, where the snow for that date was at its highest level known since 1869. By Sunday, the snow had stopped in most areas, and crews were working around the clock to clear debris and restore services.
Our thankfulness for the prompt endeavors of all personnel in your help to the storm-affected. It saddens us to know of the loss of precious lives, and we pray that such extremes become a thing of the past as we strive for more considerate stewardship of our shared planetary home.
GM crops promote superweeds, food insecurity and pesticides, say NGOs
SAVE OUR PLANET… A group of 20 southeast Asian, African and Latin American food and conservation groups publish the October 2011 Global Citizens’ Report on the State of GMOs as they warn that genetically engineered crops do not increase food crop yields but have instead been shown to increase the use of chemicals and the growth of superweeds.
Ozzy Osbourne - Ozzy Osbourne Trying Out Vegan Diet
British rock star Ozzy Osbourne announces that he is embarking on the vegan lifestyle after he and his wife, Sharon Osbourne watched the documentary, “Forks Over Knives,” about the health and other benefits of the plant-based diet.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov becomes Hero of Turkmenistan
The Turkmen Parliament bestows President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow with the title of Hero of Turkmenistan for exemplary service to his fellow citizens that includes the nation's increased autonomy, progress and prosperity as well as integration into the global community.
France loses its harvest wild flowers
SAVE OUR PLANET… In an October 25, 2011 report, France’s Environment Ministry states that of the country's total 102 wildflower species, more than 50% are now endangered, with seven whose colorful beauty has disappeared altogether, and food supplies also potentially affected due to the flowers' vital role in the pollination process.
Photos: camera traps reveal oil's unexpected impact on Arctic birds
SAVE OUR PLANET… A pioneering study by the Wildlife Conservation Society published on October 26, 2011 has revealed that oil drilling and development in the Alaskan Arctic is disrupting delicate ecosystems and in particular is endangering populations of migratory nesting birds.
Lufthansa joins BUAV's list of airlines that do not transport monkeys for research
Germany's national carrier, Lufthansa, adopts a new policy to halt the international transportation of any wild animals, including primates, whales, and dolphins that are destined for research.
Norway provides NOK 5 million in emergency relief to El Salvador
Norway donates over €650,000 in emergency aid to help the more than 55,000 people in El Salvador affected by recent torrential rains, a gesture that Salvadoran Vice President of Parliament Roberto Lorenzana receives with much gratitude on behalf of his country.
Japan grants Egypt $3 million for Agriculture support
Japan donates US$3 million to Egypt to help 5,000 small farmers in the Nile Delta improve irrigation systems on their land.
Dog Survived Gas Chamber, up for Adoption in NJ
Following his survival of a euthanization attempt in Alabama, USA, the beagle mix dog now dubbed named Daniel Milagro is getting a new chance at life in New Jersey, where nonprofit Eleventh Hour Rescue is helping find him a new home.