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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.
- Romans 8:35,37 Saturday, 17 February, 2018“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”
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2018 Upcoming National Holidays
- 19: President’s Day (USA)
- 20: Spring Equinox
- 30: Good Friday (Singapore, USA)
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- UY Scuti, The Largest Known Star posted on Friday, 7 October, 2016 | under Astronomy
- Dahlia Dreams Floral Display At Gardens By The Bay posted on Thursday, 8 February, 2018 | under Horticultural Wonders
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Bits & Pieces of World News TodayMy Tweets
- Blowing Off Obamacare--Idaho Shows How Saturday, 17 February, 2018
Astronomy Picture of the Day
M57: The Ring Nebula.
Credit: Composite Image Data - Subaru Telescope (NAOJ), Hubble Legacy Archive;
Processing and additional imaging - Robert Gendler.
Except for the rings of Saturn, the Ring Nebula (M57) is probably the most famous celestial band. Its classic appearance is understood to be due to perspective - our view from planet Earth looks down the centre of a roughly barrel-shaped cloud of glowing gas. But expansive looping structures are seen to extend far beyond the Ring Nebula's familiar central regions in this intriguing composite of ground-based and Hubble Space Telescope images with narrowband image data from Subaru. The glowing material of gaseous shroud represents outer layers expelled from the dying, once sun-like star at the nebula's centre. Intense ultraviolet light from the hot central star ionizes atoms in the gas. Ionized oxygen atoms produce the characteristic greenish glow and ionized hydrogen the prominent red emission. The central ring of the Ring Nebula is about one light-year across and 2,000 light-years away in the northern constellation Lyra.
- NASA Awards Contract for Construction, Maintenance, Environmental, Testing Services Friday, 16 February, 2018NASA has selected Firelake-Arrowhead NASA Services of Lenexa, Kansas, to perform facility management, surveying, energy management, life safety code compliance and environmental management services for the agency’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.
- 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.
The De’ang are a small minority that lives primarily in mountainous and semi-mountainous areas and are descendants of people that have lived in the Yunnan for 2,000 years. The grow both wet and dry rice and have grown tea for centuries. The De’ang speak a Mon-Khmer language, have no written language and practice Theravada Buddhism.
- Green alert for tropical cyclone KELVIN-18. Population affected by Category 1 (120 km/h) wind speeds or higher is 0. Saturday, 17 February, 2018From 16/02/2018 to 17/02/2018, a Tropical Storm (maximum wind speed of 111 km/h) KELVIN-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.
- 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 […]
- Ethiopia Saturday, 17 February, 2018Latest update: Summary - On 16 February 2018 Ethiopia declared a State of Emergency. If you are in Ethiopia remain aware of your surroundings and follow the advice of local authorities.GOV.UK
- Trinidad and Tobago Friday, 16 February, 2018Summary and Terrorism section - removal of threat to CarnivalGOV.UK
- Australia Friday, 16 February, 2018Summary – Tropical Cyclone 10 is forecast to hit the north west coast of Australia from 18 February 2018 and may bring hazardous sea and weather conditions to northern parts of Western AustraliaGOV.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 complete lists, click on the respective government department’s heading.
The Human Brain
The latest research shows that the brain’s memory capacity is a quadrillion or 10 to the power of 15, bytes. Astoundingly, this is about the same amount needed to store the entire internet!
- APA president issues statement on Florida school shootings Friday, 16 February, 2018Framing the problem in terms of mental illness does not direct us to appropriate solutions, Daniel says.
- Just 1 hour of gaming may improve attention Saturday, 17 February, 2018Researchers found that playing a video game for just 1 hour led to an increase in brain activity and improved visual selective attention.
- 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
- High levels of microplastics found in Northwest Atlantic fish Friday, 16 February, 2018A new study finds 73 percent of mesopelagic fish caught in the Northwest Atlantic had microplastics in their stomachs -- one of the highest levels globally. Typically living at depths of 200-1,000 meters, these fish could spread microplastic pollution throughout the marine ecosystem, by carrying microplastics from the surface down to deeper waters. They are […]
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.
- go out on a limbIf you go out on a limb, you put yourself in a risky position in order to support someone or something.
Symeon the New Theologian on Non-Attachment To Money
If you have not acquired complete non-attachment to money and the things of this life, do not aspire to be entrusted with economy (with looking after these things and managing them in the monastery), lest you become their captive; and, instead of being rewarded for your labour in serving the monastery, are condemned for theft and sacrilege. If you had been forced by the abbot to undertake this work, do it as though you had to deal with burning fire. Banish the very first suggestion of misappropriation by confession and repentance and, through the prayers of your abbot, you will remain unharmed.
- Interview: My Larry Nassar Testimony Went Viral. But There’s More to the Gospel Than Forgiveness.Former gymnast Rachael Denhollander spent years discovering God’s perspective on sexual abuse. Then her advocacy for survivors cost her her church. Sixteen years after Larry Nassar first sexually abused her, Rachael Denhollander decided to publicly reveal that she had been one of the many victims of the USA Gymnastics team doctor. The former gymnast, who […]Interview by Morgan Lee
Pray for Christians in Iraq
REFUGEES RETURNING TO AREAS DECIMATED BY ISIS. Click on the image to access more information.
Pray for the Persecuted Church
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