The youngest example of one of the oldest objects in the universe may have been discovered by astronomers, who say it appears ready to hatch millions of stars. The object, which astronomers are calling the “Firecracker,” is a dense, massiveContinue reading
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The enormity of our world's needs are overwhelming, and without a compassionate heart, distressing news can appear to be just black and white. Hopefully, by raising a few of these intractable issues here would encourage us to pray, and if necessary, to act.
- James 1:12 Friday, 23 March, 2018“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”
2018 Upcoming National Holidays
- 20: Spring Equinox
- 30: Good Friday (Singapore, USA)
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Bits & Pieces of World News TodayMy Tweets
- Africa in the news: African countries sign CFTA, Mozambique conducts debt talks, Boko Haram returns kidnapped girls Friday, 23 March, 201844 African nations signed CFTA but Nigeria sits out On Wednesday, March 21, 44 African countries signed the continental free trade agreement (CFTA) in Kigali, Rwanda, at the 10th extraordinary session of the African Union summit, completing the negotiations on the continent-wide free trade agreement that had begun in 2015. The CFTA will be implemented… […]Mariama Sow
- Undercurrents: Episode 4 – Illegal Hospital Detentions in Africa, and LGBTQ+ Rights in Lebanon Thursday, 22 March, 2018This week, discussing the widespread practice of detaining hospital patients in their wards if they cannot afford to pay their medical bills, and the growth in activism around LGBTQ+ rights in Lebanon.Chatham House
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Sharpless 249 and the Jellyfish Nebula. Image Credit & Copyright: Albert Barr. The Jellyfish Nebula centred in the scene it's anchored right and left by two bright stars, Mu and Eta Geminorum, at the foot of the celestial twin. The Nebula is the brighter arcing ridge of emission with dangling tentacles, a part of bubble-shaped supernova remnant IC 443; the expanding debris cloud from a massive star that exploded. Light from the explosion first reached planet Earth over 30,000 years ago. It is known to harbour a neutron star, the remnant of the collapsed stellar core. An emission nebula catalogued as Sharpless 249 fills the field at the upper left. The Jellyfish Nebula is about 5,000 light-years away. At that distance, this image would be about 300 light-years across.
- NASA Invites Media to View Launch of InSight Mars Lander from West Coast Friday, 23 March, 2018Media accreditation is open for the launch of NASA's next mission to Mars - the Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport spacecraft (InSight) from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
- NASA Briefing on First Mission to Study Mars Interior Thursday, 22 March, 2018NASA's next mission to Mars will be the topic of a media briefing Thursday, March 29, at JPL. The briefing will air live on NASA Television and the agency's website.
The Dogon people of Mali have a rich history and are believed to be descendants of ancient Egyptians. They are renowned for their astronomical knowledge and wisdom dating back to 3200 B.C. The Dogon are also famous for their mask dances, wooden sculptures, and architecture. Their art is centred around religious values and ideals. Like many African societies, the Dogon are agriculturalists, cultivating millet, sorghum, and rice, as well as peanuts, onions, and tobacco. Today, there are approximately between 400,000 and 800,000 Dogon people in Mali.
- Green alert for tropical cyclone MARCUS-18. Population affected by Category 1 (120 km/h) wind speeds or higher is 0. Friday, 23 March, 2018From 15/03/2018 to 23/03/2018, a Tropical Storm (maximum wind speed of 259 km/h) MARCUS-18 was active in SEIndian. The cyclone affects these countries: Australia (vulnerability Low). Estimated population affected by category 1 (120 km/h) wind speeds or higher is 0.
- Alert - Listeriosis in South Africa Friday, 16 March, 2018There is an outbreak of listeriosis in South Africa. People usually become ill with listeriosis after eating contaminated foods. Travelers to South Africa, especially those with higher risk of infection, may wish to avoid certain foods to reduce their risk of infection.
National Flag of Latvia
The national flag of Latvia was used by independent Latvia from 1918 until the country was occupied by the Soviet Union in 1940. Shortly before regaining its independence, Latvia re-adopted on 27 February 1990 the same red-white-red flag. The red colour is sometimes described as symbolizing the readiness of the Latvians to give the blood from their hearts for freedom and their willingness to defend their liberty.
- Dominica – Level 2: Exercise increased caution Tuesday, 20 March, 2018Exercise Increased Caution in Dominica due to the aftermath of a natural disaster. Dominica continues to rebuild following Hurricane Maria in September 2017. Electricity is restored to the capital and other populated areas, but many areas remain without electricity. Roads are clear with ongoing repairs. Hotel accommodations are limited and conditions at some hotels are […]
- Sint Maarten – Level 1:Exercise normal precautions Friday, 16 March, 2018Exercise normal precautions in Sint Maarten. Read the Safety and Security section on the counry information page. If you decide to travel to Sint Maarten: Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter. U.S. […]
- Australia Friday, 23 March, 2018Latest update: Summary - the 2018 Commonwealth Games will take place on the Gold Coast, Queensland, from 4 to 15 April 2018; check out our information and advice page for fans, families and teams travelling to the GamesGOV.UK
- Kenya Friday, 23 March, 2018Latest update: Terrorism section and summary - on 14 March 2018, the Inspector General of the Kenyan Police reported that a major terrorist attack, targeting Nairobi, had been prevented by Kenyan police in February 2018; Terrorism section (Kidnaps) - update to existing information on the threat from kidnapping in the areas within 60km of the […]GOV.UK
Everglades National Park
- Travel Advisory for the Maldives [Updated: 21 February 2018] Tuesday, 20 February, 2018The Maldives Government has extended the state of emergency for 30 days effective from 20 February 2018. In view of the unstable situation in the Maldives, Singaporeans are advised to defer all non-essential travels to the Maldives until the situation stabilises. Singapore has no diplomatic representation in the Maldives which constrains our ability to extend […]
- Travel Notice for Kuwait [Updated: 15 February 2018] Wednesday, 14 February, 2018Singaporeans, who are either travelling to or already in Kuwait, are advised to exercise caution, be vigilant and take all necessary precautions to ensure personal safety. They should monitor the local news closely, observe instructions from local security authorities, and avoid areas of public gatherings or known for disturbances. They should also purchase comprehensive travel […]
The Human Brain
Of the thousands of thoughts a person has every day, it’s estimated that 70% of this mental chatter is negative — self-critical, pessimistic, and fearful.
- APA says omnibus budget bill provisions support public health Friday, 23 March, 2018Bill includes funding for key programs aimed at opioid crisis, increasing mental health workforce.
- 2018 Spring Wildlife Conservation Expo Monday, 5 February, 2018Connect with world-renowned wildlife conservationists and hear their stories of protecting endangered species around the world. Learn how you can be a part of their movement to make a better, safer world for wildlife!Randy
Work of Art
The Lincoln Memorial is an American national monument built to honour the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, and dedicated in 1922. The architect was Henry Bacon, the designer of the primary statue - Abraham Lincoln, 1920 - was Daniel Chester French, the Lincoln statue was carved by the Piccirilli Brothers, and the painter of the interior murals was Jules Guerin. The building is in the form of a Greek Doric temple and contains a large seated sculpture of Abraham Lincoln and inscriptions of two well-known speeches by Lincoln, "The Gettysburg Address" and his Second Inaugural Address.
- dressed (up) to the ninesIf you are dressed to the nines, or dressed up to the nines, you are wearing very smart clothes for a special occasion.
- Lead Us Not Into ScandalWhile some other evangelicals stumbled in national news, Graham's Modesto Manifesto kept him from falling. On countless occasions during his career, usually at a press conference preceding a major crusade, Billy Graham declared that he sensed religious revival was breaking out and about to sweep over the land. In 1948, he happened to be right. […]William Martin
Pray for Christians in Pakistan
DECLARATION OF FAITH NEEDED IN APPLICATION FOR GOVERNMENT JOBS AND OTHER OFFICIAL PURPOSES. Click on the image for more information.