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In today’s news, volunteers deliver and administer polio vaccinations in Afghanistan, funding sought to address locust outbreaks in the Horn of Africa and Yemen, study finds bird songs increase people’s well-being, German scientists affirm the effectiveness of wearing masks, vegan teen in China dedicates life to climate activism, United States-headquartered cosmetics brand goes vegan, and puppy in United Kingdom helps students cope with pandemic stress.

Volunteers deliver and administer polio vaccinations in Afghanistan.

According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), coronavirus-related disruptions resulted in millions of children missing their polio vaccine in Afghanistan. As a result, there has sadly been a rise in polio cases across almost all the country’s provinces. Thousands of volunteer vaccinators in the country strived to reach as many of the 9.9 million Afghan children as possible, before heavy snowfall blocked access. The program was especially focused on high-risk areas, working in cooperation with the international Islamic Advisory Group for Polio Eradication to improve communication with villagers. Our appreciation, all volunteers and collaborators, for your noble efforts to protect the Afghan children. May such conditions one day be a thing of the past as we look forward to a more healthful future, in Allah’s grace.

FAO seeks more funding to control desert locust crisis.

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has appealed for additional funds, to the nearly US$200 million already donated by a wide range of partners, for the locust-afflicted Horn of Africa and Yemen. Efforts so far have helped prevent the loss of an estimated 2.7 million metric tons of cereal, valued at almost US$800 million and enough to feed 18 million people a year. As locust infestations are expected to surge in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen in 2021, the FAO estimated that an additional US$40 million is required to increase control measures and prevent 3.5 million vulnerable citizens from becoming acutely food insecure. Many thanks, FAO, donors and partners, and we pray that the needed funds arrive soon. In Divine omniscience, may such crises never again appear as humanity enters a benevolent era of honoring all lives.

Up next on Noteworthy News, study finds bird songs increase people’s well-being. We’ll just give thanks to the human resources managers, who strategically use the employees’ talents for their company’s effective performance. Please stay tuned to Supreme Master Television for more uplifting news.

Hallo, adventurous viewers, I am Micah the vegan Malayan Tapir. My compassionate and nourishing way of eating has changed my life and made me more astute too! Be smart and sharp like me by switching to vegan! I have a tip on how you can store latex paint after you’ve used it to paint your home. When you only have a small amount of latex paint leftover in the can and want to reserve it for touch-ups later, place six marbles in an empty water bottle and add in the paint. This way, whenever you decide to do a touch-up, the bottle just needs a good shake and the marbles will mix up the paint nicely for you. Thank you for your attention and love you a lot for Being Veg and Going Green 2 Save the Planet for all of us humans and all co-inhabitants alike. Now, the worldwide weather.

Study confirms the benefit of hearing bird songs.

Wildlife biologist Danielle Ferraro and co-researchers from California Polytechnic State University in the United States recently conducted an experiment to determine if sounds people hear while spending time in nature increase their sense of well-being. Speakers playing bird songs, that alternated weekly between being turned on and off, were hidden along two hiking trails. Participants who walked on the trail and heard the bird sounds reported a greater sense of well-being than those who did not hear them. It was observed that both the sounds themselves and also the hikers’ perception of more birds living there were responsible for the positive effect. Thank you for this fascinating study, Danielle Ferraro and co-researchers. In Celestial love, may our avian friends always dwell in peace as they bless our planet with their vibrant songs and soothing presence.

German study determines the effectiveness of face masks in limiting COVID-19.

A first-of-its-kind study in Germany has used statistical methods to analyze the effect of introducing mandatory face masks in stores and public transport in the nation. It was seen that after 20 days of introducing the mask-wearing requirement, the number of new daily cases was reduced by approximately 47%. Different regions had varying levels of effectiveness reaching up to 75%. Also, people in the age group of 60 years and above saw the greatest benefits, with a drop of over 90% of cases. Thank you, German scientists, for analyzing and confirming the benefits of wearing face masks during a pandemic. We pray that all people will take adequate precautions to help protect themselves and others.

Vegan teen in China dedicates her life to spreading climate awareness.

Ou Hongyi, an 18-year-old environmental activist from Guilin city in southern China, had an “ecological awakening” in January 2018. In a dream, she saw the extremely fearful look of a fish who was about to be killed in a restaurant, and this prompted her to quit eating meat. Then, after watching the Oscar-winning climate documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” on her 16th birthday, Ms. Ou decided to quit school and even her hobbies in order to dedicate her time to spreading awareness on global warming. To date, she has planted trees in her hometown, participated in various one-person protests, and joined international climate campaigns. Ms. Ou, who convinced her parents to also embrace a vegan lifestyle, asserted, “Everyone should realize that the climate crisis is already the biggest existential crisis facing mankind…” Our admiration and applause, brave Ou Hongyi. In Heaven’s guidance, may we all be vegan and go green in order to secure a habitable planet for present and future generations. Supreme Master Ching Hai: “Lovingly present Ou Hongyi the Shining World Heroine Award for your courageous spirit, plus US$10,000 as a helping hand to further your determined efforts to raise climate awareness, with high regard, gratitude and successful wishes, in Buddha’s Greatness.”

Coming up, United States-headquartered cosmetics brand goes 100% vegan. We’ll spend some time to give gratitude to God for helping us maintain our inner strength in times of illness and other life challenges. We’ll be right back with more noble news here on Supreme Master Television. Welcome back to Noteworthy News - Pleasant News for a Deserving World.

Major cosmetics company goes completely vegan.

United States-headquartered Aveda is now 100% vegan after removing honey and beeswax from its last remaining hair care products. Last summer the company stopped using animal ingredients in all their new products. Aveda has also successfully developed its own satisfactory, plant-based replacements for honey and beeswax, thus making 500 previously non-vegan products vegan-friendly. Known for being eco-conscious, Aveda also recently encouraged their customers and employees to become vegan by participating in the global Veganuary campaign, and hopes to be carbon negative by 2024. A high salute, Aveda, for your ethical decision to go totally vegan. In the support of the Providence, may more companies follow your lead as a blissful vegan world dawns on the horizon.

Puppy helps school kids cope with COVID-19 stress.

After seeing that their students were struggling to stay motivated during these uncertain times, Salusbury Primary School in London, United Kingdom decided to bring in Kobe, an adorable and playful young dog, for emotional support. Kobe not only welcomes the children each day when they arrive, he also does wonders when a youngster is sad or upset. Students are also rewarded with spending time with Kobe, when they show good behavior or do well in their schoolwork. Deputy Headteacher Stephanie Armstrong observed, “[Kobe] can change the mood of a room just by walking in it, and in times like this, sometimes it’s that moment of energy he can bring, that the kids need, to feel happier about the day.” Good boy, Kobe! May you and the precious children you help stay well and shielded, in God’s grace.

Now, relax and laugh with us, here comes the Joke of the Day entitled, “Paper Airplane.”

Little Benny looked so sad that his teacher had to inquire what was wrong.

“What’s the problem? I hope it’s not about your homework again.”

“Well, uh, yes it is. I accidentally made my homework paper into a paper airplane.”

“That wasn’t the smartest thing to do. But, just this once, I’ll let you just unfold the paper and hand it in.”

“Sorry, but that won’t work. You see, the plane was hijacked!”

And now we have a heartline from En in Taiwan, also known as Formosa:

Hallo, Dear Respected Supreme Master Ching Hai! We gratefully respond to Master’s call and meditate at the same time as You on Thursdays and Sundays. One time, after I sincerely prayed for humans to wake up, to live a vegan life and to love all animals, I suddenly felt a cool blessing power showering down on my ill body, making me feel pleasantly comfortable and energized. I suddenly realized that this was the protective power which Master brought down from God during our sincere prayer. This is the power that humans on Earth need the most. God and Master truly and sincerely want to protect everyone. So, people all over the world, please take this chance to sincerely pray for World Vegan to protect yourselves, your loved ones and all beings on this planet. I wish Master be forever young and beautiful, safe and healthy, happy and joyful. Thank You. I love You. En from Taiwan (Formosa)

God-loving En, It was a pleasure to read your lines. We are happy to hear about your positive experience while praying for World Vegan.

Master has a message for you: “Bright En, your faith is your guiding star. Wishing you more comfort each day. Please ask those you know also to join in praying for World Vegan. May you and the faithful people of Taiwan (Formosa) enjoy the favor of Heaven.”

We welcome your heartlines, stories and or cute, loving animal clips. Please send them via SupremeMasterTV.com/heartline

Thank you for your company on Noteworthy News. May your life be guided by noble love and wisdom.

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