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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.
- Proverbs 17:9 Tuesday, 20 February, 2018“Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.”
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2018 Upcoming National Holidays
- 20: Spring Equinox
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- Scientists Unravel Secrets Of Superagers posted on Tuesday, 20 February, 2018 | under The Brain & Genetics
- Burned To The Ground posted on Thursday, 15 February, 2018 | under Humanitarian
- Generalised Anxiety Disorder posted on Wednesday, 21 February, 2018 | under Psychology
- 18 Tonnes Of Plastic Waste Found On Uninhabited Island posted on Wednesday, 17 May, 2017 | under Environment
Bits & Pieces of World News TodayMy Tweets
- As Saudis Go Nuclear, U.S. Seeks Edge Over Rivals Tuesday, 20 February, 2018Bronner & Dlouhy, BloombergAt a meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna last September, word spread that Saudi Arabia had identified a handful of countries that could build two nuclear reactors in the kingdom. The U.S. wasn't among them -- until Energy Secretary Rick Perry buttonholed the Saudi delegates and told them America wanted […]
- Targeted support, reconstruction needed as displaced Iraqis return and rebuild their lives, urges UN agency Tuesday, 20 February, 2018Iraqi civilians, driven from their homes in fear by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, Da’esh), are now starting to make their way back home after the terrorist group has been uprooted from its bastions in the country, the United Nations International Organization for Migration (IOM) has reported.
- Denis Zvizdic: Bosnia's future lies with Europe, NATO Tuesday, 20 February, 2018EU membership will help resolve Bosnia's border issues and bring economic prosperity, says Denis Zvizdic.
Astronomy Picture of the Day
M82: Galaxy with a Supergalactic Wind.
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA). Acknowledgement: M. Mountain (STScI), P. Puxley (NSF), J. Gallagher (U. Wisconsin).
What's lighting up the Cigar Galaxy or M82, as this irregular galaxy is also known, was stirred up by a recent pass near large spiral galaxy M81. This doesn't fully explain the source of the red-glowing outwardly expanding gas. Recent evidence indicates that this gas is being driven out by the combined emerging particle winds of many stars, together creating a galactic superwind. The photographic mosaic highlights a specific colour of red light, strongly emitted by ionized hydrogen gas. The filaments extend for over 10,000 light years. The 12-million light-year distant Cigar Galaxy is the brightest galaxy in the sky in infrared light and can be seen in visible light towards the constellation of the Great Bear (Ursa Major).
- NASA Awards Contract for Facilities Operations, Maintenance Services Tuesday, 20 February, 2018NASA has awarded the Facilities Operations and Maintenance Services (FOMS) III contract, an 8(a) set-aside acquisition, to Akima Support Operations, LLC of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
- This Martian Crater Has a Weirdly Earth-Like Secret Tuesday, 20 February, 2018Is this mountain from Mars, or Hawaii?
- NASA's Next Mars Lander Spreads its Solar Wings Tuesday, 23 January, 2018NASA's next mission to Mars passed a key test Tuesday, extending the solar arrays that will power the InSight spacecraft once it lands on the Red Planet this November.
Guaraní is a group of culturally related indigenous peoples of South America. The traditional range of the Guaraní people is in present-day Paraguay, between the Uruguay River and lower Paraguay River, the Misiones Province of Argentina, southern Brazil once as far north as Rio de Janeiro, and parts of Uruguay and Bolivia. Early Guaraní villages often consisted of communal houses for 10 to 15 families. Communities were united by common interest and language and tended to form tribal groups by dialect. They practised a form of animistic pantheism, much of which has survived in the form of folklore and numerous myths.
- Red alert for tropical cyclone GITA-18. Population affected by Category 1 (120 km/h) wind speeds or higher is 82817. Monday, 19 February, 2018From 09/02/2018 to 19/02/2018, a Tropical Storm (maximum wind speed of 231 km/h) GITA-18 was active in SEPacific. The cyclone affects these countries: Tonga (vulnerability Medium). Estimated population affected by category 1 (120 km/h) wind speeds or higher is 82817.
- MSF challenges Pfizer’s monopoly on lifesaving pneumonia vaccine in South Korea Tuesday, 6 February, 2018“In our work, we see many children with life-threatening respiratory infections; many deaths could be prevented if more kids were vaccinated with PCV.” Language English
- Watch - Listeriosis in South Africa Monday, 12 February, 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.
- Watch - 2018 Winter Olympics (PyeongChang 2018) Thursday, 8 February, 2018The 2018 Winter Olympics will take place in PyeongChang, South Korea, from February 9 to February 25, 2018. The Paralympic Games are scheduled for March 9 to March 18, 2018.
National Flag of Kiribati
The flag of Kiribati is red in the upper half with a gold frigatebird flying over a gold rising sun, and the lower half is blue with three horizontal wavy white stripes to represent the ocean and the three groups of islands: Gilbert, Phoenix and Line. The 17 rays of the sun represent the 16 Gilbert Islands and Banaba Island. The new flag was hoisted during the independence day celebrations in the capital, Tarawa, on July 12, 1979. The frigatebird symbolises command of the sea, power, freedom and Kiribati cultural dance patterns, the blue and white wavy bands represent the Pacific Ocean, which surrounds Kiribati and the sun refers to Kiribati's position astride the Equator.
- South Africa – Level 2: Exercise increased caution Friday, 9 February, 2018Exercise increased caution in South Africa due to crime. Be aware that Cape Town and Western Cape Province are experiencing a severe drought. Please read entire message. Violent crime, such as armed robbery, rape, carjacking, mugging, and "smash-and-grab" attacks on vehicles, is common. There is a higher risk of violent crime in the central business […]
- Maldives – Level 2: Exercise increased caution Tuesday, 6 February, 2018Exercise increased caution in Maldives due to terrorism and civil unrest. Terrorist groups may conduct attacks with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities. Attacks may occur on remote islands which could lengthen the response time of authorities. A country-wide state of emergency is in effect. Security forces […]
- Philippines – Level 2: Exercise increased caution Wednesday, 24 January, 2018Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Exercise increased caution in the Philippines due to crime, terrorism, and civil unrest. Do not travel to: The Sulu Archipelago, including the southern Sulu Sea, due to crime, terrorism, and civil unrest. Marawi City in Mindanao due to terrorism and civil unrest. Reconsider […]
- North Korea Tuesday, 20 February, 2018Summary – updated information and advice on the political situation and further editorial amendments throughoutGOV.UK
- Morocco Tuesday, 20 February, 2018Latest update: Summary - trade unions and human rights organisations have called for nationwide protests on 20 February; large numbers of people may take part in main cities across Morocco; you should remain vigilant and exercise cautionGOV.UK
- Lithuania Tuesday, 20 February, 2018Latest update: Terrorism section and summary - updated information and advice about the threat from terrorism, reflecting an increased threatGOV.UK
Dry Tortugas National Park
- 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 […]
- Travel Notice: Volcanic Activity in Bali [11 February 2018] Saturday, 10 February, 2018Mount Agung has erupted several times since 21 November 2017. On 10 February 2018, the Indonesian authorities lowered Mount Agung’s alert status from the highest Level 4 to Level 3 (Standby). The exclusion zone was also reduced from 6km to 4km around its crater. Indonesian authorities have said that Mount Agung continues to show signs of […]
- Travel Advisory for the Maldives [6 February 2018] Monday, 5 February, 2018The Maldives Government has declared a state of emergency for 15 days effective from 5 February 2018. Security forces have been deployed in Malé due to ongoing political developments. 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 […]
The health notices and travel advice mentioned above only indicate the most recent announcements. To see the respective complete lists, click on each heading.
The Human Brain
The human brain is capable of 1,016 processes per second, which makes it far more powerful than any existing computer.
- Telling stories for behavior change Tuesday, 20 February, 2018Social psychologist Timothy D. Wilson, PhD, says revising the stories we tell about ourselves can lead to lasting behavior change.
- It's official: Pets benefit our mental health Monday, 19 February, 2018A systematic review of existing studies lists the many ways in which pets provide people with mental health issues some much-needed comfort.
- 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
- Climate change, evolution, and what happens when researchers are also friends Tuesday, 20 February, 2018A new study that addresses how climate change is affecting the evolution of organisms underscores the need for evolutionary, ecosystem and climate scientists to work together to better understand eco-evolutionary feedback dynamics.
Work of Art
The Nefertiti Bust is a painted stucco-coated limestone bust of the Great Royal Wife of the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten. The work is believed to have been crafted in 1345 B.C. by the sculptor Thutmose, because it was found in his workshop in Amarna, Egypt. A German archaeological team led by Ludwig Borchardt discovered the bust in 1912. It is one of the most copied works of ancient Egypt and Nefertiti has become one of the most famous women of the ancient world, and an icon of feminine beauty. Despite doubts over its authenticity, various testing and analysis of the bust have proved it to be authentic. It is currently on display at the Neues Museum in Berlin.
- can't see the wood for the treesIf you can't see the wood for the trees, you can't see the whole situation clearly because you're looking too closely at small details, or because you're too closely involved.
Symeon the New Theologian on the Cares of This World
As earth thrown over it extinguishes a fire burning in a stove, so worldly cares and every kind of attachment to something, however small and insignificant, destroy the warmth of the heart which was there at first. (Click on the image for an explanation on the Philokalia).
- The New View of Heaven Is Too SmallOur recent emphasis on “kingdom work” misses the real hope of the afterlife. Heaven isn’t what it used to be. A friend of mine’s favorite Sunday school song growing up was “Dwell in Me, O Blessed Spirit,” the first verse of which goes, “Dwell in me, O Blessed Spirit, Gracious Teacher, Friend Divine. For the […]J. Todd Billings
- Why Transgenderism Threatens Parental Rights Tuesday, 20 February, 2018In a case that portends the future of parental rights, a judge in Ohio gives grandparents custody of a transgender teen.Joe Carter
Pray for Christians in Nigeria
FULANI MILITANTS BURNT VILLAGE & PASTOR'S HOME. Click on the image for more information.
- Pastor Found Slain in His Home Thursday, 15 February, 2018Photo: Morning Star News The body of a pastor in southern India was found hanging in his home on January 20th, one week after a complaint had been filed about harassment from militant Hindu groups in his area. Gideon Periyaswamy, 43, was pastor of the Maknayeem Church in Adayachery village, Kanchipuram District. He was found […]
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