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I Am That I Am
Our world's needs are enormous, and at times, overwhelming. We need to view them through God's compassionate eyes and heart. One of this Blog's aim is to bring a few of these intractable issues to our awareness for prayer, and if necessary, action.
- John 17:17 Saturday, 18 November, 2017“Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.”
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2017 Upcoming National Holidays
- 23: Thanksgiving Day (USA)
- 21: December Solstice
- 25: Christmas Day (Singapore, USA)
Most Popular Posts Today
- The Secrets Of Resilience posted on November 12, 2017 | under Psychology
- Secure Connection posted on January 10, 2017 | under Technology
- Bedok Methodist Church Christmas Evangelistic High Tea 2015 posted on December 27, 2015 | under Family Matters
- Be Merciful Just As Your Father Is Merciful posted on June 18, 2017 | under Reflections From Scripture
- Facial Disfigurement And Disability Hate Crime posted on July 27, 2015 | under Humanitarian
- Lucky House, Hong Kong’s Coffin Homes posted on August 30, 2017 | under Humanitarian
- A Monster Bomb Too Big To Use posted on August 18, 2017 | under Humanitarian
Astronomy Picture of the Day
The Seagull Nebula.
A broad expanse of glowing gas and dust presents a bird-like visage from planet Earth, suggesting its popular moniker - The Seagull Nebula. This portrait of the cosmic bird covers a 1.6 degree wide swath across the plane of the Milky Way, near the direction of Sirius, alpha star of the constellation Canis Major. Of course, the region includes objects with other catalogue designations: notably NGC 2327, a compact, dusty emission region with an embedded massive star that forms the bird's head (aka the Parrot Nebula, above centre). IC 2177 forms the sweeping arc of the seagull's wings. Dominated by the reddish glow of atomic hydrogen, the complex of gas and dust clouds with bright young stars spans over 100 light-years at an estimated 3,800 light-year distance. Image Credit & Copyright: Harel Boren.
- NASA Selects Instrument for Future International Mission to Martian Moons Thursday, 16 November, 2017NASA has selected a science instrument for an upcoming Japan-led sample return mission to the moons of Mars planned for launch in 2024.
- NASA's Mars 2020 Mission Performs First Supersonic Parachute Test Tuesday, 14 November, 2017First flight tests of the mission's supersonic parachute have yielded dramatic video.
Work of Art
This 900 year-old antique Chinese Northern Song dynasty (960 to 1127 AD) porcelain bowl fetched $38 million at Sotheby’s on 3 October 2017. Blue-green brush washers are shallow porcelain bowls used in ancient China to clean calligraphy and paint brushes. These bowls were fired in the famous kilns of Ruzhou, in the central Chinese province of Henan. The Ru guanyao, or "ice crackle" style of the porcelain bowl is known for the cracked glaze's ability to reflect light; when pieces are pulled from kiln fires, and the different contractions of the pottery and the glaze cause cracks during the cooling process. Since 1940, only six Ru ceramics have appeared at auctions.
Bits & Pieces of World News TodayMy Tweets
- Zimbabwe: 'A Slow-Motion Coup' Friday, 17 November, 2017David Pilling & Joseph Cotterill, Financial TimesThe military intervention was designed to ease Robert Mugabe from power but retain Zanu-PF rule. Now the opposition hopes for a more open system.
The Hmong ethnic group living chiefly in China and Southeast Asia and speaking one of the Hmong-Mien languages (also known as Miao-Yao). Since the late 18th century, the Hmong alone among the Miao groups have slowly migrated out of the southern provinces of China, where about 2.7 million still remain. The Hmong practice the shifting cultivation of unirrigated upland crops; buckwheat, barley, and millet grown at the highest altitudes, and rice and corn at lower elevations. The two main cultural divisions are the White and the Green or Blue Hmong, referring to the colour of women’s clothing. The White Hmong traditionally lived in separate villages, rarely intermarry, and speaks different dialects from the Blue Hmong.
- Green alert for tropical cyclone THIRTYONE-17. Population affected by Category 1 (120 km/h) wind speeds or higher is 0. Saturday, 18 November, 2017From 17/11/2017 to 18/11/2017, a Tropical Storm (maximum wind speed of 83 km/h) THIRTYONE-17 was active in NWPacific. The cyclone affects these countries: Viet Nam, Cambodia (vulnerability High). Estimated population affected by category 1 (120 km/h) wind speeds or higher is 0.
National Flag of Iceland
The flag of Iceland was officially adopted on June 19, 1915. The cross design is modelled after the Danish flag. The colour red is said to symbolise the island's active volcanoes; white the ice and snow that covers most of the country, and blue is symbolic of the surrounding Atlantic Ocean.
- Watch - Mumps in New Zealand Thursday, 16 November, 2017Public health officials in New Zealand have reported an outbreak of mumps. CDC recommends that travelers to New Zealand protect themselves by making sure they are vaccinated against mumps.
- Alert - Hurricanes Irma and Maria in the Caribbean Tuesday, 14 November, 2017Beginning on September 6, 2017, Hurricane Irma crossed the Caribbean, followed on September 16 by Hurricane Maria. These storms caused severe damage in a number of countries and territories, including Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, the British Virgin Islands, Cuba, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Martinique, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Martin, Sint […]
- Watch - Measles in Indonesia Monday, 13 November, 2017Health officials in Australia, Canada, and Taiwan have reported several cases of measles in travelers returning from Indonesia, including the island of Bali. CDC recommends that travelers to Indonesia protect themselves by making sure they are vaccinated against measles.
- North Korea Travel Warning Friday, 10 November, 2017The Department of State strongly warns U.S. citizens not to travel to North Korea/the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).Due to the serious and mounting risk of arrest and long-term detention of U.S. citizens, effective September 1, 2017, U.S. passports were invalidated for travel into, in, or through North Korea. Persons who wish to travel […]
- Niger Travel Warning Monday, 30 October, 2017The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Niger due to terrorist activity, kidnappings, and high crime.The Department recommends U.S. citizens avoid travel to Niger’s border regions, particularly the Malian border area, the Libyan border area, the Diffa region, and Lake Chad Basin area because of activity by various […]
- Venezuela Travel Warning Tuesday, 24 October, 2017The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid travel to Venezuela due to concerns regarding violent crime, pervasive food and medicine shortages, and social unrest.Effective October 23, 2017, ordered departure of eligible family members of U.S. government personnel posted to the U.S. Embassy in Caracas and authorized departure of U.S. direct-hire government personnel was […]
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
- Zimbabwe Friday, 17 November, 2017Summary - the political situation in Harare remains uncertain and there continues to be a military presence in and around the city; this doesn't appear to have been replicated in other parts of the country. You should continue to exercise caution when travelling around the capital. There have been calls for several marches in support […]GOV.UK
- USA Friday, 17 November, 2017Summary – removal of information about restrictions on the carriage of electronic items on flights departing to the US from a number of countries in the Middle East and North Africa region, which have now been lifted by the US Department of Homeland SecurityGOV.UK
- Mongolia Friday, 17 November, 2017Entry requirements section - you can only use a UK Emergency Travel Document (ETD) to enter Mongolia if you’re a permanent resident or for airside transit. ETDs can be used to exit Mongolia. If your ETD has been issued in Mongolia and you are a permanent resident in Mongolia, you’ll need an exit visa from […]GOV.UK
- Travel Notice for Zimbabwe [18 November 2017] Friday, 17 November, 2017Given recent political developments in Zimbabwe and the uncertain situation in Harare, Singaporeans should reconsider the need to travel there. Singaporeans in Zimbabwe should take necessary precautions for your personal safety, heed the instructions of the local authorities, and closely monitor the local news. You should remain vigilant and avoid public gatherings and crowded places. […]
- Overseas Travel - Be Informed & Be Safe [18 November 2017] Friday, 17 November, 2017
- Travel Notice for Tunisia [Updated: 17 November 2017] Thursday, 16 November, 2017Following a series of fatal attacks on locals and foreigners in Tunisia, the Tunisian government had declared a state of emergency on 25 November 2015. The state of emergency was recently extended to 12 February 2018. The decree empowers the authorities to prohibit strikes and gatherings that might provoke disorder, and to temporarily close theatres […]
The above-mentioned health notices and travel advices only indicate the most recent announcements. To see their complete lists, click on the respective government department’s (orange) heading.
The Human Brain
Your brain starts slowing down at the ripe old age of 24, but peaks for different cognitive skills at different ages. In fact, at any given age, you’re likely getting better at some things and worse at others. An extreme case is vocabulary skills which may peak as late as the early 70s!
- The emotional challenges of student veterans and more education research Friday, 17 November, 2017Research highlights from APA's psychology and education blog.
- Generous people 'listen to their hearts,' quite literally Saturday, 18 November, 2017New research measures interoception, or people's ability to 'listen' to their bodies, and their willingness to give away money. The heart plays a key role.
Leafy Sea Dragon
- Cinderella, Cinderella Friday, 17 November, 2017We all know the story of Cinderella: a girl who toils in obscurity, until one day she is invited to a ball and discovered by a prince, finding her happily ever after. But what does that have to do with wildlife, aside from the fact that Cinderella’s best friends were mice?Randy
- Seaweed Sorting? There’s Now an App for That! Thursday, 16 November, 2017“What is that squishy brown stuff on the rock?” – said every tidepool enthusiast ever. Just in time for the low winter tides, the brilliant minds of the Martone Lab out of University of British Columbia have come to the rescue (just in case you needed one more reason to love Canadia). With over 100 different […]Alex Warneke
- confectionThe Buzzword of the Day for 11/18/2017 is:confection (noun) \kun-FEK-shun\ What does it mean? : a fancy dish or sweetHow do you use it? We found it hard to resist the confections beckoning from the bakery's display case. Are you a word wiz? Which of the following do you think is the ancestor of our […]
Gregory of Sinai on Being Formed In Christ
He will share in Christ's glory who, through being formed in Christ, has received renewal by the Spirit and has preserved it, and so has attained to ineffable deification. No one, there, will be one with Christ or be a member of Christ, if he has not become even here a receiver of grace and has not, thereby, become 'transformed by the renewing of his mind' (Romans 12:2).
- China Tells Christians to Replace Images of Jesus with Communist PresidentPropaganda effort in poor province latest sign of Xi Jinping consolidating control. Thousands of Christian villagers in China have been told to take down displays of Jesus, crosses, and gospel passages from their homes as part of a government propaganda effort to “transform believers in religion into believers in the party.” The South China Morning […]Kate Shellnutt
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