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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 13:9-10 Wednesday, 21 February, 2018“The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”
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Bits & Pieces of World News TodayMy Tweets
- Britain Should Vote Again on Exiting the European Union Wednesday, 21 February, 2018
- UN chief ‘deeply alarmed’ by escalating hostilities in Syria’s east Ghouta Wednesday, 21 February, 2018Deeply alarmed by the escalating violence in Syria’s east Ghouta, the United Nations has reiterated a call for an end to hostilities so that the sick and wounded can be immediately evacuated and humanitarian aid deliveries can reach those in need.
- UN: food aid to Palestinian refugees will end soon Wednesday, 21 February, 2018UNRWA is missing millions of dollars from its budget after the US cut funding to the agency. Now, it cannot guarantee food distribution for the rest of the year.
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.
- SpaceX Delays Falcon 9 Rocket Launch Due to High-Altitude Winds Wednesday, 21 February, 2018SpaceX called off an attempted launch of its Falcon 9 rocket in California today (Feb. 21) due to strong high-altitude winds, according to the company's CEO Elon Musk.
- 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 […]
- India Wednesday, 21 February, 2018Summary - removal of information about preparations for Republic DayGOV.UK
- 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
Dry Tortugas 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 […]
- 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 […]
The health notices and travel advice mentioned above only indicate the most recent announcements. To see the respective countries’ complete lists, click on each government’s foreign service 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.
- How to write an op-ed with impact Wednesday, 21 February, 2018Through editorials, psychologists can alert the public to the work they do that addresses society’s greatest problems.
- Do sad children overeat? Wednesday, 21 February, 2018Many adults overeat when they feel low, and some binge when they are elated. A new study investigates whether children do the same.
- 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.
- half-bakedIf something is half-baked, it hasn't been properly thought out or planned.
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
- How ‘Hamilton’ Reveals C. S. Lewis’s ‘Inner Ring’ Wednesday, 21 February, 2018What does the musical ‘Hamilton’ have to do with your heart?Kelly Keller
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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