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- Psalm 51:12 Friday, 20 October, 2017“Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.”
Work of Art
This 900 year-old antique Chinese Song dynasty porcelain bowl fetched $38 million at Sotheby’s on 3 October 2017. The auction house touted the blue-green brush washer as a highly important and extremely rare piece of art. Brush washers are shallow porcelain bowls that were used in ancient China to clean calligraphy and paint brushes. The multimillion-dollar bowl comes from the once-famous kilns of Ruzhou, situated in what is now the central Chinese province of Henan. It dates from the late Northern Song dynasty, which lasted from 960 to 1127. The style of the bowl is known as Ru guanyao, or Ru "ice crackle." Ru porcelain is known for the cracked glaze's ability to reflect light. The look is accomplished when pieces are pulled from kiln fires, when 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. The last piece, another Ru ice crackle bowl, sold at Sotheby's for $27 million in 2012.
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Astronomy Picture of the Day
Infrared Portrait of the Large Magellanic Cloud.
Cosmic dust clouds ripple across this infrared portrait of our Milky Way's satellite galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud. In fact, the remarkable composite image from the Herschel Space Observatory and the Spitzer Space Telescope show that dust clouds fill this neighbouring dwarf galaxy, much like dust along the plane of the Milky Way itself. The dust temperatures tend to trace star forming activity. Spitzer data in blue hues indicate warm dust heated by young stars. Herschel's instruments contributed the image data shown in red and green, revealing dust emission from cooler and intermediate regions where star formation is just beginning or has stopped. Dominated by dust emission, the Large Magellanic Cloud's infrared appearance is different from views in optical images. But this galaxy's well-known Tarantula Nebula still stands out, easily seen here as the brightest region to the left of center. A mere 160,000 light-years distant, the Large Cloud of Magellan is about 30,000 light-years across. Credit: ESA / NASA / JPL-Caltech / STScI.
- International Space Station Crew Invites Public Along for Photographic Trip Around World Friday, 20 October, 2017NASA astronaut and Expedition 53 Commander Randy Bresnik will spend one full orbit photographing Earth from the International Space Station on Monday, Oct. 23, and he is inviting people around the globe to share images from their Earth-side vantage point on social media.
- These headsets are made for walking over Mars Friday, 20 October, 2017Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 20, 2017 When NASA scientists want to follow the path of the Curiosity rover on Mars, they can don a mixed-reality headset and virtually explore the Martian landscape. Starting today, everyone can get a taste of what that feels like. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, collaborated with Google to […]
- Take a Walk on Mars - in Your Own Living Room Thursday, 19 October, 2017When NASA scientists want to follow the path of the Curiosity rover on Mars, they can don a mixed-reality headset and virtually explore the Martian landscape.
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Those who know the rules of true wisdom are baser than those who love them. Those who love them are baser than those who follow them. A Chinese Proverb.
- Venezuela Maduro warns of repeat elections in states won by opposition Friday, 20 October, 2017CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan state elections may be repeated in the five states won by the opposition if the governors-elect continue to refuse to be sworn in by a controversial pro-government legislative superbody, President Nicolas Maduro warned on Friday.
- Tony Warren's script for Coronation Street forerunner found Friday, 20 October, 2017Tony Warren tried writing a different northern soap opera before creating Corrie.
- Why the United States Needs a 355-Ship Navy Now Friday, 20 October, 2017Robert O'Brien & Jerry Hendrix, NRThe U.S. Navy must expand to a strength of 355 ships or else the nation will have to forfeit its position of global leadership ...
The Sami people, traditionally known in English as Lapps or Laplanders, are an indigenous Finno-Ugric people inhabiting the Arctic area of Sápmi, which today encompasses parts of far northern Norway, Sweden, Finland, and the Kola Peninsula of Russia. The Sami are the only indigenous people in Scandinavia that are recognised and protected under the international conventions of indigenous peoples, and are hence one of the northernmost indigenous people of Europe. Sami ancestral lands are not well-defined. Their traditional languages are the Sami languages and are classified as a branch of the Uralic language family. Traditionally, the Sami have pursued a variety of livelihoods, including coastal fishing, fur trapping, and sheep herding.
- Green alert for tropical cyclone TWENTYSEVE-17. Population affected by Category 1 (120 km/h) wind speeds or higher is 0. Friday, 20 October, 2017From 19/10/2017 to 20/10/2017, a Tropical Depression (maximum wind speed of 83 km/h) TWENTYSEVE-17 was active in NWPacific. The cyclone affects these countries: Guam (vulnerability Medium). Estimated population affected by category 1 (120 km/h) wind speeds or higher is 0.
- Global Interfaith LGBTIQ Leaders Convene at UN for Expert-level Dialogue Friday, 20 October, 2017Rev. Patricia Ackerman is an Episcopal Priest in the Diocese of New York, and the New York UN Representative for the International Fellowship of Reconciliation.The post Global Interfaith LGBTIQ Leaders Convene at UN for Expert-level Dialogue appeared first on Inter Press Service.Patricia Ackerman
- Mobile medical teams provide a lifeline for children in Yemen Sunday, 15 October, 2017SANA’A, Yemen, 16 October 2017 – “He is very weak and cannot even walk anymore. He’s lost so much weight.” Muhammad, 50, is desperate when he reaches the mobile medical team. He came on foot, carrying his feather-light son, Yahya, 4, in his arms. Muhammad has seen other children in his village die from malnutrition […]
National Flag of Guyana
The flag of Guyana, known as The Golden Arrowhead , has been the national flag of Guyana since May 1966 when the country became independent from the United Kingdom. The proportions of the national flag are 3:5. The colours are symbolic, with green for agriculture and forests, white for rivers and water, gold for mineral wealth, black for endurance, and red for zeal and dynamism.
- Watch - Cholera in Chad Friday, 20 October, 2017The Ministry of Health of Chad has reported a cholera outbreak in Koukou and Goz Beida Districts in Sila Region and Am Timan District in Salamat Region in the southeast of the country.
- Watch - Malaria in South Africa Friday, 20 October, 2017Health officials in South Africa have reported limited cases of locally transmitted malaria in Gauteng Province, where Johannesburg and Pretoria are located. Local transmission means that mosquitoes in the area may have been infected with malaria and are spreading it to people.
- Alert - Plague in Madagascar Thursday, 19 October, 2017Although bubonic plague occurs nearly every year in Madagascar, an unusual outbreak of plague pneumonia is occurring in widespread areas of Madagascar, including in heavily populated cities of Antananarivo (the capital city and its suburbs) and Toamasina.
- Watch - Malaria in Italy Thursday, 19 October, 2017Italy has reported limited local transmission of malaria in the town of Ginosa in the Apulia region. Local transmission means that mosquitoes in the area may have been infected with malaria and are spreading it to people.
- Watch - Chikungunya in Italy Wednesday, 4 October, 2017The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported locally transmitted cases of chikungunya in four areas of Italy. Local transmission means that mosquitoes in those areas of Italy have been infected with chikungunya and are spreading it to people.
- Kenya Travel Alert Wednesday, 27 September, 2017The State Department alerts U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to Kenya that Kenya’s Elections Commission has announced that new Presidential elections will be held on October 26, 2017. This Travel Alert replaces the Travel Alert dated April 6, 2017 and expires on November 30, 2017.Rallies, demonstrations, and protests may occur with little notice. As […]
- Europe Travel Alert Thursday, 31 August, 2017The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout Europe.This travel alert expires on November 30, 2017. Recent, widely reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Finland demonstrate that the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS or Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, and their affiliates have the ability […]
- Hurricane and Typhoon Season 2017 Travel Alert Monday, 5 June, 2017The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the Hurricane and Typhoon Seasons in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico.Hurricane and Typhoon Season will last through November 2017, though most tropical cyclones typically develop between May and October. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recommends that those in […]
- Sudan Travel Warning Thursday, 19 October, 2017The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Sudan. U.S. citizens should avoid all travel to the Darfur states, Blue Nile state, and Southern Kordofan state and consider carefully before planning travel to other areas of Sudan due to the risks of terrorism, armed conflict, and violent crime. The […]
- Syria Travel Warning Wednesday, 18 October, 2017The Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens against all travel to Syria and strongly recommends that U.S. citizens remaining in Syria depart immediately. The security situation remains dangerous and unpredictable. Violent conflict between government and armed anti-government groups continues throughout the country. There is a serious risk for kidnappings, bombings, murder, and terrorism. […]
- Democratic Republic of the Congo Travel Warning Tuesday, 17 October, 2017The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid unnecessary travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) because of ongoing instability and sporadic violence in many parts of the country. Very poor transportation infrastructure throughout the DRC, and poor security conditions in the Eastern Congo and Kasais, make it difficult for the U.S. […]
- Mauritania Travel Warning Friday, 13 October, 2017The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid travel to far eastern Mauritania due to the activities of terrorist groups active in the neighboring regions of Mali, including al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), and those which pose a threat in the greater Sub-Saharan region, such as the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and […]
- Cameroon Travel Warning Monday, 2 October, 2017The State Department warns U.S. citizens to avoid all travel to the North and Far North Regions and parts of the East and Adamawa Regions of Cameroon due to terrorist threats and the risk of violent crime. The U.S. Embassy’s ability to provide consular services in remote and rural areas of Cameroon is extremely limited. […]
- Peru Friday, 20 October, 2017Latest update: Summary – on 22 October 2017, a national census will take place in Peru during which there will be a curfew during the census from 8am to 5pm. Tourist services such as hotels and restaurants should continue to function as normal; if you’re travelling to Peru or are in Peru on that date, […]GOV.UK
- Spain Friday, 20 October, 2017Summary -– removal of advice on forest fires in Galicia and AsturiasGOV.UK
- Somalia Friday, 20 October, 2017Summary & Terrorism section – presidential elections will take place across Somaliland on 13 November 2017; on 14 October 2017 a large truck bomb exploded in central Mogadishu (Hodan District). This was Somalia’s deadliest ever terror attack with over 300 hundred killed and hundreds more injured.GOV.UK
- Ecuador Friday, 20 October, 2017Natural Disasters section (Volcanoes) – on 4 October 2017, the summit of Cotopaxi volcano was re-opened after more than two years of restrictions following the August 2015 eruption. You should monitor official sources of information closely before considering a climb; (Rainy season) - removal of information on orange alerts in place for the rainy season; […]GOV.UK
- Sri Lanka Friday, 20 October, 2017Safety & security section (Wildlife) – you should be aware that some wildlife can be dangerous; iIf in doubt follow advice from authorised guides or local authoritiesGOV.UK
- Travel Advisory: Volcanic Activity in Bali [10 October 2017] Monday, 9 October, 2017On 22 September 2017, Indonesian authorities raised the alert-level for Mount Agung on Bali island to level 4 (Awas or Warning) as a volcanic eruption is imminent. Tremors continue to occur daily around Mount Agung. Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency has warned residents and tourists to stay up to 12 kilometres away from the crater.
- Travel Notice for Spain [4 October 2017] Tuesday, 3 October, 2017
- Travel Notice for the U.K. [19 September 2017] Monday, 18 September, 2017On 15 September 2017, a terror attack on a Tube train at Parsons Green Station resulted in a number of injuries. The British government has assessed that the terror threat level in the UK is “severe”. This means that an attack is highly likely but not imminent.
- Travel Notice for Turkey [Updated: 8 September 2017] Friday, 8 September, 2017
- Travel Advisory for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) [6 September 2017] Tuesday, 5 September, 2017
The Human Brain
Contrary to the prevailing medical belief, having high total cholesterol is not bad for your brain. In fact, high cholesterol actually reduces your risk of dementia.
- Assessment, imagination science and more from APA's psychology and educaton blog Friday, 20 October, 2017Featuring strategies for improving assessment, memory and learning.
- Canned pumpkin: Better than fresh? Thursday, 19 October, 2017
- WHO supports containment of rare virus on Uganda-Kenya border Friday, 20 October, 2017WHO supports containment of rare virus on Uganda-Kenya border
- Lions are the most sought-after animals drawing people to Africa, protect them Monday, 9 October, 2017Africa's lions are in trouble. In an interview with WCN's Director for Conservation Initiatives, Dr. Peter Lindsey spoke to The EastAfrican on threats to lions and why protecting them is a matter of urgency.Randy
- WHALE TAILS at the California DMV Friday, 20 October, 2017 Taryn Kiekow Heimer
- Our Ocean 2017 Tuesday, 17 October, 2017Since the first Our Ocean in 2014, these annual conferences have brought together the world’s ocean leaders, scientists and conservation practitioners to transform pressing challenges into change. Its key areas of action include sustainable fisheries, pollution, climate change and marine protected areas (MPAs). With each ocean issue, it facilitates tangible and measurable commitments that build towards solutions. […]Marine Conservation Institute
- bulkThe Buzzword of the Day for 10/20/2017 is:bulk (noun) \BULK\ What does it mean? 1 : greatness of size or mass : volume2 : a large body or mass3 : the main or greater partHow do you use it? In Jonathan Swift's _Gulliver's Travels_, Gulliver tells of how the tiny people called Lilliputians fed him, […]
Gregory of Sinai on Christian Obedience
On your path of obedience to the commandments, seek the Lord in your heart. When you listen to John, crying in the wilderness, "Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make His paths straight" (Mark 1:3), understand by these words 'commandments,' for the heart as well as for actions; for it is impossible rightly to follow the commandments and to do rightly unless the heart too is right.
- I Never Became Straight. Perhaps That Was Never God’s Goal.Why I embraced the Bible's sexual ethic before I understood it. This is not a story of being gay and becoming straight. But maybe I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s rewind to the beginning. My parents met at a gay nightclub in San Francisco. My mother just wanted a safe place to dance. My father […]Rachel Gilson
- How ‘LBGT-Affirming’ Is Like KJV-Onlyism Friday, 20 October, 2017Article by: Joe CarterIn the book of Judges, after the warriors of Gilead defeated the tribe of Ephraim, the surviving Ephraimites tried to cross the Jordan River back into their home territory. The Gileadites attempted to cut them off from the fords of the Jordan and needed a way to determine if a person was […]Joe Carter
A Christian Icon
The earliest surviving image of the Transfiguration is from St Catherine’s monastery in Sinai, a place which, because of its seclusion, is home to many early icons. In the apse of the catholicon there is a mosaic of the Transfiguration, dating from the middle of the sixth century. Christ is the centre and focus of the image, his hand held in a blessing, eyes directed at us. His clothes are depicted “white as light” as the Gospel writers describe, and the glory of God overshadowing the scene is shown by the mandoria around his body. From His body, shafts of light are shown striking each of the five others present: to Christ’s right, the Prophet Elijah; to His left Moses; scattered about His feet, the Apostles John, Peter, and James. The mosaic captures the drama of the event: the three Apostles on their faces in confusion, whilst Christ stands serenely in the centre above them, flanked by Moses and Elijah, who appear to be blessing Him. All subsequent icons of the Transfiguration vary little from this basic composition.
Pray for Christians in Algeria
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- Pray 173 – Day 118 Friday, 20 October, 2017Ask God to give prisoners of faith opportunities to share His word with their guards and torturers today. Thank God that His word is ‘alive and active and sharper than a two-edged sword’ (Hebrews 4:12). Pray that it will penetrate deep into the heart of those who hear it, so they are convicted of their...PT
Pray for the Persecuted Church
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Jesus, The Alpha And The Omega
Yahweh said to Moses, "I AM THAT I AM."