Man revives dog with kiss of life
In animal welfare news, canine Peanut is saved by mouth-to-mouth intervention. The Chihuahua’s caregiver, from Auckland, New Zealand, performed life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) after his dog companion had gone into a seizure and stopped breathing. Luckily, sweet Peanut revived, was taken to the veterinarian, and was fine after a few days. Peanut’s caregiver said, “I love this dog, you know? And I'd do anything to save his life.” We are happy to hear of your recovery, Peanut. May you and your human caregiver have many more healthy, safe, and fun years together.
Assistance by the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security to the Project in the Republic of Congo
In humanitarian news, the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security donates more than US$4 million for the Republic of Congo. The “Joint United Nations Project for Peace Consolidation, Conflicts Prevention and Human Security in the Republic of Congo” will be implemented by a number of UN agencies, and will work in five communities. Goals of the program include helping former military personnel to find means of sustainable livelihoods, improving water, sanitation, health, and education services, and promoting harmony. Our earnest appreciation, the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security and all United Nations institutions involved in this peace-building initiative. May the kind-hearted Congolese citizens be blessed with stability and prosperity on a long-lasting Earth.
Paraguayan Govt Gives Houses to Low-Income People
In good governance news, Paraguay provides 150 houses for individuals in need. According to Prensa Latina, the homes given to residents of Itaugua City are part of a government plan to construct 800,000 dwellings across the nation. The goal of the initiative is to improve the availability of housing for low-income citizens. Our heartfelt thankfulness, Paraguay, for your care of your people. May all be blessed with safe and cozy homes, filled with love and joy.
Nigerian world champion Bada dies
FN… Nigerian sprinter and Olympic medalist remembered. On Tuesday, December 13, the passing of 42-years-young world champion track and field hero Sunday Bada was announced as having occurred suddenly the previous evening in Lagos, Nigeria. Mr. Bada, whose specialty had been the 400-meter event, had set many records for his country as he also earned three medals at the World Indoor Championships, including a gold in 1997. In addition, he was part of the Nigerian team that placed silver in the 2000 Olympics' 4 x 400 meter relay, with the team's overall time setting a national record for the event. More recently, Mr. Bada had been technical director of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria as well as secretary general of the Nigeria Olympic Committee. He had also gone on to become a Chief Superintendent of Police. His colleague and fellow champion Henry Amike paid homage as he said of Mr. Bada, “He was an honest gentleman, dedicated, friendly, and most importantly, he was a cheerful giver.” In his honor, an athletic competition in the Nigerian capital Lagos is being named the “Sunday Bada All-comers Championship.”
Our sincere sympathies for the family, colleagues and admirers of Mr. Sunday Bada, whose vital presence will be sadly missed. May his soul rest peacefully in the love and grace of the Divine.
US Defence Secretary marks end of US war in Iraq at flag ceremony
FN... US troops return home from Iraq. In a ceremony in Baghdad, Iraq on Thursday, December 15, US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced that the US mission in Iraq had officially come to an end.
Leon Panetta: Challenges remain, but the United States will be there to stand by the Iraqi people as they navigate those challenges to build a stronger and more prosperous nation.
This followed an address made the previous evening at Fort Bragg in Virginia, USA, where President Barack Obama and First Lady Michele Obama, who has been working to assist returning veterans with employment, welcomed soldiers back to the United States.
Barack Obama: So, as your Commander-in-Chief, and on behalf of a grateful nation, I’m proud to finally say these two words, and I know your families agree: Welcome home! Welcome home. Welcome home. Welcome home.
With thousands who are returning now, nearly all are expected to be home for the holidays.
We join in thankfulness and welcome, all returning troops. Wishing you many joyous reunions with loved ones and new beginnings of life as we pray that peace may prevail in Iraq and all countries of the world.
State of Emergency After Worst Floods for Decades
FN… New Zealand floods cause widespread disruption and damage. Torrential rains on Wednesday, December 14 set off some of the worst flooding in decades across large parts of South Island. Hundreds of residents were evacuated as over 54 mudslides occurred, deluging dozens of homes in mud and debris. A state of civil emergency was declared in Nelson, where some two months of average rain fell in just 24 hours, and in Tasman, where residents were stranded in water-blocked areas. Police and other emergency service personnel responded to emergency calls around the clock, as Civil Defense teams were dispatched to assess the widespread damages.
Conveying all her love and prayers, Supreme Master Ching Hai requested that our local Association members please check with regional officials to see if assistance was required, asking that they also go if possible to comfort the most desperate. She added that funds for emergency needs are available.
Our appreciation, New Zealand officials and all responding agencies, for your prompt efforts to ease the situation, as we also thank Supreme Master Ching Hai for her heartfelt concern. May such distressing occurrences be minimized through humanity's kinder actions as a vegan world.
Mongolian pastureland damaged by illegal activities: official
SAVE OUR PLANET… Overgrazing behind degradation of Mongolia’s grasslands. In a recent address to the nation's Parliament, cited in the online news provider China Network Television, Mongolia’s Deputy Minister for Food, Agriculture and Light Industry J. Saule stated that over 70% of the country’s grasslands had become degraded from illegal mining and overgrazing, with livestock numbers that had increased by more than 12 million since the 1990s. At the same meeting, a Water Resource Department official said that due to extreme droughts caused by climate change, more than 1,000 of the country's rivers, lakes, and streams had disappeared. The land condition known as desertification has also become a major problem for the Asian country, where the regions classified as being severely affected have increased by more than five times in the past ten years.
Our sincere thanks, Deputy Minister J. Saule and all officials who are raising awareness about these challenges of human-caused decline to our environment. May we hastily implement measures to protect Mongolia’s precious grasslands and renew the flourishing of our planet.
During an April 2011 videoconference in Mongolia, Supreme Master Ching Hai urged for the halting of livestock raising as a dual solution both to climate change and land degradation.
Supreme Master Ching Hai’s Book Premiere:
“The Love of Centuries,” Mongolian Edition
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia – April 22, 2011
Supreme Master Ching Hai: The Mongolian National Agency for Meteorology, Hydrology and Environment Monitoring have identified livestock overgrazing as the most prevalent cause of land degradation which worsens desertification in your country. And 70% of Mongolia’s land has already been affected by desertification. Meanwhile, more than half of the Mongolian people don’t have access to clean water. This is partly due to climate change, which is also impacting Mongolia with extreme weather disasters such as droughts, floods and heavy snowfall – heavy snowfalls you have experienced, yes? The number one cause of climate change is livestock breeding; we all know that by now. So in our urgent situation of climate change, I think it would be more effective also, apart from the proposal that you made, we should stop the damage-inflicting activities such as livestock breeding.
Shrinking Glaciers Point to Looming Water Shortages
SAVE OUR PLANET... A report presented at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union in the first week of December 2011 indicates that climate change has caused the glaciers of Peru's Rio Santa Valley to shrink beyond the point of peak discharge, with water supplies that are now forecast to diminish more rapidly in regions that have already experienced shortages.
South African President visits Nigeria
As a visiting guest of honor in Nigeria for several commemorative occasions, South African President Jacob Zuma meets with President Goodluck Jonathan, and the two leaders agree on the importance of unity in carrying out African Union initiatives to increase peace and stability across the continent.
FARMERS SAY 2011 IS 6TH HOTTEST YEAR IN TWO CENTURIES
SAVE OUR PLANET... The National Research Council's Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Sciences Institute in Italy states that 2011 ranks as the 6th hottest year since recordkeeping began some 200 years ago, reports the Italian news agency AGI.
Worsening humanitarian situation in Yemen triggers a €5 million boost in European assistance
Based on concern for continued instability in Yemen, the European Commission donates an additional €5 million, bringing its 2011 total to €25 million contributed to provide humanitarian aid to vulnerable Yemeni residents as well as some 220,000 people seeking refuge from Horn of Africa countries.
Boy climbs out of wreckage to save mom
Following an accident in which his car overturned on an embankment, leaving his mom trapped inside, six-year-old Aaron Wright of New York, USA climbed out of the vehicle and ran to alert help for her rescue and treatment of what thankfully turned out to be minor injuries.
Venezuelan Youths Run in Paraguay for Latin American Unity
Prensa Latina reports that a group of Venezuelan youths are completing a run through 12 South American capitals, in efforts to send a message of unity among these countries, with plans to extend their activities to Central America and the Caribbean in 2012.
LatAm countries agree on strategies to tide over economic crisis
Finance ministers from Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay convene in an effort to ensure that their countries are shielded from global economic instabilities as they agree on measures to encourage economic growth in their respective countries.
Ban cut-price alcohol to save lives, leading doctors warn
British Prime Minister David Cameron pledges to review alcohol prices in response to a letter published by The Daily Telegraph from 19 of the UK's top doctors and academics, asking the government to limit the affordability of alcohol in an effort to reduce its harmful effects and save lives.
Bay wetlands may face losing battle against sea level rise
SAVE OUR PLANET... A study released on December 13, 2011 by researchers at San Francisco State University in California, USA finds that continued climate change with its associated sea level rise could cause the disappearance of up to 93% of the local tidal marshes over the next century.
Russia, Poland agree on visa-free cross-border travel
Foreign Ministers Sergey Lavrov of Russia and his counterpart, Radoslaw Sikorski of Poland sign an agreement allowing visa-free travel between Russia’s Kaliningrad Region and shared border regions of Poland.
South Korea altering course with North Korea
Press TV reports that South Korea’s new Unification Minister Yoo Woo-ik is seeking improved relations with North Korea through efforts that include meetings with dignitaries of other countries such as Germany, where reunification success has been achieved.