Issues on Dietary Supplements Worldwide sales of dietary supplements grew to US$84.25 billion in 2011. In the European Union, supplements are governed by the EU Food Supplement’s Directive 2002, which establishes the criteria of purity, a proven safety before sale, and must be labeled “this is not a medicinal product”Continue reading
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- Watch - Yellow Fever in Nigeria Friday, 18 January, 2019A large, ongoing outbreak of yellow fever in Nigeria began in September 2017. The outbreak is now spread throughout the country. Travelers going to Nigeria should receive vaccination against yellow fever at least 10 days before travel and should take steps to prevent mosquito bites while there.
- Alert - Ebola in Democratic Republic of the Congo Thursday, 17 January, 2019There is an outbreak of Ebola in the North Kivu (Kivu Nord) and Ituri provinces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
ASTRONOMY PICTURE OF THE DAY: Rho Ophiuchi Wide Field. Credit & Copyright: Rogelio Bernal Andreo. Rho Ophiuchi is a binary star system visible in the light-coloured region on the image right. Located 400 light years away, it includes a red emission nebula and numerous light and dark brown dust lanes. Near the upper right of the Rho Ophiuchi molecular cloud system is the yellow star Antares; coincidently-superposed globular cluster of stars, M4, is visible between Antares and the red emission nebula. Near the image bottom lies IC 4592, the Blue Horsehead nebula. On the image’s left is a geometrically angled reflection nebula Sharpless 1. Here, the bright star near the dust vortex creates the light of surrounding reflection nebula.
- NASA Astronaut, Crewmates Return to Earth After 197-Day Mission in Space Thursday, 20 December, 2018Three members of the International Space Station’s Expedition 57 crew, including NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor, returned to Earth Thursday, safely landing at 12:02 a.m. EST (11:02 a.m. local time) in Kazakhstan.
- NASA's InSight Takes Its First Selfie Tuesday, 11 December, 2018Two new image mosaics detail the lander's deck and "workspace" — the surface where it will eventually set down its science instruments.
- Remembering nature poet Mary Oliver Friday, 18 January, 2019In memory of Mary Oliver, a renowned nature poet.Olivia DeSmit
IMAGO DEI: Orang Asli are the indigenous people and the oldest inhabitants of Peninsular Malaysia. Officially, there are three main groups according to their different languages and customs: Semang or Negrito, generally confined to the northern portion of the peninsula; Senoi, residing in the central region; and, Proto-Malay or Aboriginal Malay, in the southern region.
- Haiti - Level 3: Reconsider Travel Friday, 18 January, 2019Last Update: Reissued with updates to U.S. government restrictions on personnel. Reconsider travel to Haiti due to crime and civil unrest. Protests, tire burning, and road blockages are frequent and unpredictable. Violent crime, such as armed robbery, is common. Local police may lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents, and emergency response, including […]
- Venezuela - Level 3: Reconsider Travel Wednesday, 16 January, 2019Last Update: Reissued after periodic review with updates to information on consular access and neighborhoods within Caracas. Reconsider travel to Venezuela due to crime, civil unrest, poor health infrastructure, and arbitrary arrest and detention of U.S. citizens. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel: On roads after dark outside […]
THE FLAG OF PALAU: The flag of Palau was adopted on 1 January 1981, when the island group separated from the United Nations Trust Territory. Blue represents the ocean and the nation’s place within it. The off-centre disc represents the moon, a symbol of peace, love, and tranquility.
- USA Friday, 18 January, 2019Latest update: Summary - revised information on the partial Federal US government shutdown; some airports and forms of public transport are affected by the partial shutdown, while others continue to operate as normal; you should check before you travel; Summary and Natural disasters section - removal of information on previous hurricanes and wildfiresGOV.UK
- Zimbabwe Friday, 18 January, 2019Latest update: Summary - update to information and advice on widespread disruption in many areas of Zimbabwe in the week beginning 14 JanuaryGOV.UK
WORK OF ART: This ancient Byzantine Nativity picture, Mosaics of the Capella Palatina in Palermo, Sicily, has survived as a fresco made from coloured glass and stone fragments, on a high wall, and hence not subject to damp or vandals. Dated 1150 AD, the artist is simply labelled as Master of the Palace Chapel. Mary and Jesus are central in this composite picture, surrounded by singing angels, shepherds with gifts, the Three Wise Men, a perturbed Joseph waking from his dream of danger, and Salome and the midwife.
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