Green Planet: A Poem By Lori Triggs

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At one time our planet was colorful as lush with plants even flowers 

And towering trees beautiful I can see,

The planet was filled with animals even birds more species that was plentiful

While the mammals and fish filled the oceans even waters majestic,

The oceans with lakes even rivers as the waters where aqua or

Torques blue lovely green was a fantasy.

 

Now our planet is filled with tons trash on the streets even

At the garbage dumps filled to the top to no end,

The planet not colorful or lush with plants even flowers

And towering trees it becoming a waste land of dirt and mud,

Even homes plus businesses filled with humans to see

The animals even birds is getting scarce means no food or wildlife,

While the mammals and fish are finding up dead in the waters

Or land means no food or sea life.

The oceans with lakes even rivers as the waters are brown,

Or nasty green will be unsafe to drink this is not a fantasy.

 

We should help the planet even ourselves by recycling

bottles, paper, cardboard, cans even glass in recycling centers,

Make green homes by using reused materials granite, tiles, wood,

Bottles, paper, cardboard, cans even glass solar tubes, & solar energy

Plus solar water, everything energy officiant,

The cars we use should be hydrogen, solar, electric or hybrid

So go green not brown if we keep what we are doing we are all dead!

Copyrighted July 17 2008

The Magic Of China, Can They Give Africa One-Tenth Of It?

Summer 4

Football fan Xu Cong and his friends built a field on the top of a two-storey office building in Zhengzhou, capital of Central China’s Henan province.

“It’s amazing to see China, decades ago, as one of the poorest countries in Asia, now on top of the world, leaving Africa far behind in technology and development. How did China made it? This question should be on the lips of all Third World Country leaders, including African leaders, with inspiration to develop Africa, because development doesn’t miraculously come from heaven. May be African leaders need to sponsor the education of some African students to pursue higher education in China, towards the continent’s development.” – Joel Savage

How China plans to eliminate poverty by 2020

By . Credit to GMA News.
NANNING, China – There is a folk tale among the Yao people of China that goes: The Han people got up early, so they farm on the plains and the Zhuang people got up second, so they plant along the mountains. The Yao people woke up last and so they have nowhere to grow crops but on the mountaintops.

This is less true for 90 Yao and Zhuang households in Du’an County in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of China who have been relocated to flatter ground that is closer to the roads of Daxing Township. The move, part of China’s poverty reduction plan, is meant to give residents access to power, water, and markets for their crops and handicrafts.

         According to the poverty reduction office of Guangxi province, the terrain in some parts of the province is too hilly, making it more efficient to relocate the people than to build roads and power lines to reach them.
          Relocation also gave the families an extra source of livelihood. “The flat land is for people and the hilly part is for animals,” the chief of Chihua village says, pointing at animal pens built up a slope outside the small settlement. He said they keep chickens and goats in the pens while corn, sugarcane, walnuts, and traditional medicinal herbs are planted in plots outside their houses.
           The 84-sq.m homes were the last part of the relocation, which included creating a comprehensive plan to support the villagers after the move, designing uniform homes for the villagers, and having the villagers build the homes themselves with the help of a one-time subsidy from the government.
           Part of the comprehensive plan is the government taking responsibility for acquiring the goods from the village and bringing them to the markets.
          “Most of the people support the move from the mountain place to the flat place,” the chief said through an interpreter. He said the relocation in 2010 not only gave them access to roads, power, and water, but also to a health center.
           In nearby Hua Kang, village chief Meng Shaokun said he is “very happy” about the move because “basically, I am out of poverty.”
          The Chinese government sets its poverty line at an annual income of 2,300 yuan (around P16,100) and average income in Hua Kang is from 18,000-20,000 yuan (around P126,000 to P140,000) a year from produce and from subsidies from the government.
Poverty elimination by 2020
        The relocation in Daxing Township is just part of a 120 million-yuan plan to move 100,000 people from the mountains to a “more developed area,” a plan that is also just a part of the poverty reduction plan of Guanxi province, where the average annual income for farmers is 6,971 yuan (P48,797) and around 6.34 million people live in poverty.
        The province has an annual budget of 690 billion yuan for poverty reduction from the central government, private companies, and non-government organizations to eliminate poverty there by 2020.
         Most of the money goes to infrastructure projects. “Roads and electricity and improvement of living conditions. Things like that,” Mo Yanshi, deputy director of the provincial poverty reduction, said.
         The poverty reduction program plan also includes assistance through seeds, fertilizer, and livelihood assistance to increase incomes throughout the province and, because the program is being implemented nationwide, throughout China.
Education subsidies
            The most important aspect of the poverty reduction program is subsidies in education to encourage the youth to pursue higher education.
            The first nine years of school are free and students get yearly subsidies of 1,000 RMB (around P7,000) a year for two years of vocational school and 2,000 RMB a year for two years of university. The central government gives another 1,500 yuan a year for students in vocational schools. With university tuition costing around 6,000 yuan a year, this is a big help for poor families, a student interpreter with Mo said.
No handouts
          Despite the subsidies, an official with China’s foreign ministry made clear that the program is not a cash dole-out scheme. “If we give currency to the people directly, that is not a good way to do it,” the official, who declined to be named for lack of authority to speak on the matter, said.
           China gives subsidies of 200 yuan a year to persons with disabilities and those who cannot work but the rest are expected to work with the tools and help that the government gives them.
         They do not have to do it alone, though. Government agencies are assigned partner communities where they send personnel to conduct surveys and help residents plan the development of their areas. Private companies are also given tax breaks in exchange for helping with the poverty reduction program.
          In some villages, like those near the Tengwang Woven Products Co., residents can earn from cottage industries like basketmaking which the privately-owned company buys from them and sells to foreign companies like US-based Wal-Mart.
        The company, which provides livelihood for around 3,000 families in Duan, Guangxi province sells around 27.1 million RMB of products a year and pays villagers for products made from materials grown in their own backyard.
Progress
         Mo said the poverty reduction program has made a lot of progress in the 30 years since it was launched. Ten years ago, he said, 10 percent of China’s poor came from Guangxi. In 2013, only seven percent of around 100 million poor Chinese came from the province.
         Hua Kang chief Meng Shaokun said that although he is already wealthier than he was when he lived in the mountains—a recent-model Mazda sedan was parked in front of his house—that is only part of the “Chinese dream.”
        His so-called Chinese dream is this: “The improvement of our life, then make much more contributions to society.”  — ELR/KG/VC, GMA News

Summer 5

Pedestrian Over Bridge Front of Financial Department Beijing, China.

Health Matters: Evaluation Of The Quality And Wonders Of Lotus Seed For The Health

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Lotus plant

Lotus seeds are obtained from the lotus flower. They are a versatile food and can be eaten raw or cooked. The dried lotus seeds can be popped like popcorn and eaten. The seeds are harvested in the months of August and September and are then dried under the sun. There are two types of lotus seeds, white and brown peel. The shells, membranes and bitter germ of the seed of the white lotus seeds are removed during harvest.

Brown lotus peels, which get their color from the ripened seed which attaches to the membrane, are cracked in order to remove the germ. Dried lotus seeds are sold widely in Asian markets. They are hardy and rough in texture and hence must be soaked in water overnight. They can be added to various dishes such as soups. Fresh lotus seeds are sold with the seed heads.
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Dried Lotus seed
They must be broken Nutritional Information and Properties of Lotus Seed to remove each seed and then eaten. The shell of the fresh seeds should be removed before eating. Crystallized lotus seeds are made by cooking the seeds in syrup and then drying them. One of the most common uses of lotus seeds is lotus seed paste which is used in Chinese pastries and in Japanese cakes and desserts.
Nutritional Information and Properties of Lotus Seed
Lotus seeds are a rich source of phosphorus, protein, potassium, and magnesium. They may also contain zinc and iron. The seeds contain low levels of sugar, sodium, cholesterol and saturated fat. One ounce of raw lotus seeds contains approximately 94.3 calories.
Health Benefits and Therapeutic Uses of Lotus Seed
Lotus seeds are popular for their nutritional benefits and healing properties. They are commonly used in Chinese medications and also in various recipes. Lotus seeds contain L-isoaspartyl methyltransferase, an enzyme with anti-aging properties. It is known to help in repairing damaged proteins. The seeds contain kaempferol, a flavonoid known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It is known to help in repairing aging gum tissue.
The astringent properties of lotus seeds make them beneficial for the kidneys. They help to regulate the energy levels of the body. Some studies indicate that lotus seeds may be used to treat various sexual conditions. Lotus seeds are used in Chinese medicine to relieve the problem of diarrhea. They are also used to improve the health of the spleen.
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Rich and healthy Chinese Lotus seed cuisine
Lotus seeds were used to treat people with sleeping disorders such as insomnia. They are also known to be effective in alleviating restlessness. This is due to the natural sedative and calming effects of the seeds. The center of the lotus seed is known to be beneficial for the heart due to its cooling properties. The bitterness of the seeds comes from isoquinoline alkaloids which are believed to induce a calming effect and are also anti-spasmodic in nature. They cause dilation of the blood vessels and thus help in controlling blood pressure levels.
Some medicinal researchers believe that lotus seeds help to strengthen the digestive process and relieve diarrhea. The seeds are sometimes combined with other herbs in order to treat urinary ailments such as prostatitis and reproductive diseases. However, it is advisable to consult a doctor before using any natural remedies such as lotus seeds.
Other Uses of Lotus Seed
Lotus seeds also contain a powerful anti-aging enzyme which researchers are now trying to add to various anti-aging products and cosmetics. The dried seed heads are sold for decorative purposes across the world. These seeds are commonly used in dried flower arranging.
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Delicious Chinese Lotus seed pastry.
Delicious meals that can be prepared by Lotus seed are Pork heart Lotus Soup, White Mushroom Lotus Soup and Lotus Seed and Longan porridge.
Medicinal use of Lotus seed
Lotus seeds are classified as astringents. It’s sweetness and neutral are good for the spleen, kidney, and heart. The sweet taste and nourishing qualities of the seed are responsible for the benefit to the spleen; this helps stop diarrhea associated with qi deficiency. The astringent quality helps prevent loss of kidney essence, so the seeds are used to treat weak sexual function in men and leukorrhea in women. The seed also has calming properties that alleviate restlessness, palpitations, and insomnia.