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The enormity of our world's needs are overwhelming, and without a compassionate heart, distressing news items can appear to be just black and white. Hopefully, by raising in this Blog a few of these intractable issues would call us to pray, and if necessary, to act.
- James 1:5 Tuesday, 23 January, 2018“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”
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2018 Upcoming National Holidays
- 16: Lunar New Year (Singapore)
- 17: Lunar New Year, 2nd Day (Singapore)
- 19: President’s Day (USA)
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Bits & Pieces of World News TodayMy Tweets
- The Tragic Metamorphosis of Mahmoud Abbas Tuesday, 23 January, 2018Grant Rumley, The AtlanticAs he enters what may be his final years as the leader of Palestine, he appears poised to duplicate the mistakes of Arafat.
Astronomy Picture of the Day
A Dusty Iris Nebula.
Image Credit & Copyright: Máximo Ruiz.
These clouds of interstellar dust and molecular gas have blossomed 1,300 light-years away in the fertile star fields of the constellation Cepheus. Called the Iris Nebula and catalogued as NGC 7023, this nebula evokes the imagery of a flower. Within the Iris, the dusty nebular material surrounds a hot blue young star, characteristic of dust grains reflecting starlight. The central filaments of the cosmic dust glow with a faint reddish photoluminesence as some dust grains effectively convert the star's invisible ultraviolet radiation to visible red light. Infrared observations indicate that this nebula may contain complex carbon molecules known as PAHs. At the estimated distance of the Iris Nebula this remarkable wide field view is over 30 light-years across.
- NASA Announces Updated Crew Assignments for Space Station Missions Thursday, 18 January, 2018NASA is announcing an addition to the NASA lineup for upcoming launches, and making changes to some assignments for International Space Station missions in 2018.
- Government Shutdown (2018) Monday, 22 January, 2018We're sorry, but we will not be posting updates to this blog during the government shutdown.
Sarayaku is a territory and a village situated by the Bobonaza River in the province of Pastaza in the southern part of el Oriente, the Amazonic region of Ecuador. The territory incorporates a number of villages totalling between 1,000 and 2,000 Kichwa-speaking people. Since the early 21st century, the Sarayaku have engaged in a decade-long effort to resist efforts to drill for oil in their community, putting them at cross purposes with the Ecuadorian government and various multinational oil companies. The Sarayaku have used protests and legal challenges, successfully pursuing a suit in court.
- Red earthquake alert (Magnitude 8.2M, Depth:10km) in United States 23/01/2018 09:31 UTC, No people within 100km. Tuesday, 23 January, 2018On 1/23/2018 9:31:40 AM, an earthquake occurred in United States potentially affecting No people within 100km. The earthquake had Magnitude 8.2M, Depth:10km.
- Alert - Yellow Fever in Brazil Friday, 19 January, 2018The Brazilian Ministry of Health has reported an ongoing outbreak of yellow fever. In response to this outbreak, health authorities have recently expanded the list of areas in which yellow fever vaccination is recommended for travelers.
- Watch - Measles in Serbia Friday, 19 January, 2018Health officials in Serbia have reported an outbreak of measles. CDC recommends that travelers to Serbia protect themselves by making sure they are vaccinated against measles.
National Flag of Japan
The national flag of Japan is a white rectangular flag with a crimson-red disc in the centre. The flag embodies Japan's nickname as the Land of the Rising Sun. The Nisshōki flag is designated as the national flag in the Law Regarding the National Flag and National Anthem, which was promulgated and became effective on August 13, 1999. The sun plays an important role in Japanese mythology and religion as the Emperor is said to be the direct descendant of the sun goddess Amaterasu and the legitimacy of the ruling house rested on this divine appointment and descent from the chief deity of the predominant Shinto religion.
- Mauritius – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution Tuesday, 16 January, 2018Exercise increased caution in Mauritius due to Tropical Cyclone Berguitta. A cyclone warning is in force in Mauritius and Reunion. Expect strong winds, heavy rains, and possible flooding and property damage. More information about cyclones and weather updates can be found on both the Mauritius Meteorological Service website and the Meteo-France Reunion website. Read the […]
- Colombia – Level 2: Exercise increased caution Friday, 12 January, 2018Exercise increased caution in Colombia due to crime and terrorism. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: Arauca, Cauca (except Popayan), Choco (except Nuquí), and Norte de Santander (except Cucuta) departments due to crime and terrorism. Reconsider travel to: Several departments throughout the country due to crime and […]
- Turkey – Level 3: Reconsider travel Friday, 12 January, 2018Reconsider travel to Turkey due to terrorism and arbitrary detentions. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: Areas along the Turkey-Syria border and the southeastern provinces of Hatay, Kilis, Gaziantep, Sanliurfa, Sirnak, Diyarbakir, Van, Siirt, Mus, Mardin, Batman, Bingol, Tunceli, Hakkari, and Bitlis due to terrorism. Terrorist groups […]
- Japan Tuesday, 23 January, 2018Latest update: Summary - Mount Kusatsu-Shirane, near Kusatsu ski resort, in Gunma Prefecture erupted on Tuesday 23 January with reports of people injured. Japan's Meteorological Agency has issued a level-3 volcanic alert on a scale of 5, telling people not to approach and a warning about the danger of falling volcanic rocks. If you are […]GOV.UK
- Bolivia Monday, 22 January, 2018Latest update: Summary - general strikes across Bolivia are expected to begin on Tuesday 23 January; there may be significant disruption in the coming days, including blockades on main transport routes and streets within cities; you should monitor local news before travelling, avoid demonstrations and follow the guidance of local authoritiesGOV.UK
- Philippines Monday, 22 January, 2018Latest update: Summary - Mayon volcano in Albay Province (Bicol region) is demonstrating increased eruptive activity, including a lava fountain and ash plumes; the local alert level has been raised to level 4, meaning a more hazardous eruption may be imminent; if you’re in the area, you should remain vigilant, monitor local media and follow […]GOV.UK
Denali National Park
- Travel Advisory: Mayon Volcano in Albay Province, Philippines [23 January 2018] Monday, 22 January, 2018
- Travel Advisory for Syria [Updated: 9 January 2018] Monday, 8 January, 2018
- Travel Advisory on Iraq [Updated: 9 January 2018] Monday, 8 January, 2018
The health notices and travel advice mentioned above only indicate the most recent announcements. To see the complete lists, click on the respective government department’s heading.
The Human Brain
The brains of introverts and extroverts are measurably different. MRIs reveal that the dopamine reward network is more active in the brains of extroverts while introverts’ brains have more grey matter.
- Webinar: How did you get that job? Monday, 22 January, 2018The knowledge, skills and experience gained through your psychology training can successfully transfer to a variety of jobs.
- Being rich might make you want to hook up, but not for long Sunday, 21 January, 2018What is the impact of wealth and availability of resources on mating preferences? New research investigates and makes surprising discoveries.
- Finding Answers When Disasters Strike Saiga Thursday, 18 January, 2018In May 2015, over 200,000 saiga antelopes in central Kazakhstan died in just three weeks, more than a third of the world’s saiga population. Researchers narrowed the cause down fairly early to a bacteria that up until that point had been living harmlessly in the saigas’ tonsils, but why was it suddenly fatal and so […]Randy
- New Eocene fossil data suggest climate models may underestimate future polar warming Monday, 22 January, 2018A new international analysis of marine fossils shows that warming of the polar oceans during the Eocene, a greenhouse period that provides a glimpse of Earth's potential future climate, was greater than previously thought.
Work of Art
The School of Athens (Scuola di Atene), painted between 1509 and 1511, is one of the most famous frescoes by the Italian Renaissance artist Raphael, to decorate the rooms now known as the Stanze di Raffaello, in the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican. The Stanza della Segnatura was the first of the rooms to be decorated, and The School of Athens, representing Philosophy, was probably the second painting to be finished there. The architecture contains Roman elements, but the general semi-circular setting having Plato and Aristotle at its centre might be alluding to Pythagoras' circumpunct. The picture has long been seen as Raphael's masterpiece and the perfect embodiment of the classical spirit of the Renaissance.
- across the boardIf something is across the board, it relates to all without exception.
Symeon the New Theologian on the Fear of God
He who is permeated by fear of God is not afraid to be among evil men. Having the fear of God in him, and wearing the unconquerable amour of faith, he is strong in everything and can even do things which seem harrd and impossible to others. He walks among them like a giant among young monkeys, or a roaring lion among dogs and foxes, and, putting his trust in God, fills them with wonder at the strength of his reasoning, brings awe to their understanding and strikes them down with words of wisdom, as with a rod of iron.
An Explanation of the Philokalia Here: https://www.britannica.com/topic/Philokalia
- Why We Need to Talk about Trump’s Haiti RemarksChristians can expand their compassion by looking at the deeper story of development and immigration. Yesterday in a meeting about immigration reform, President Donald Trump questioned why he should accept immigrants from “s—hole countries” like Haiti, El Salvador, and nations in Africa, instead of places like Norway. Even in the constant onslaught of news and […]Kent Annan
Pray for Christians in China
GOVERNMENT PLANS NEW REGULATIONS TO TIGHTEN CONTROL OVER CHURCHES. Click on the image to access more information.
Pray for the Persecuted Church
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