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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.
- Matthew 22:37-39 Sunday, 25 February, 2018“Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
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2018 Upcoming National Holidays
- 20: Spring Equinox
- 30: Good Friday (Singapore, USA)
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Bits & Pieces of World News TodayMy Tweets
- Trump's Impromptu CPAC Poll: 2nd Amendment or Tax Cuts? Saturday, 24 February, 2018
- UN chief condemns Mogadishu attacks, reiterates support in fight against terrorism Saturday, 24 February, 2018Secretary-General Antonio Guterres strongly condemned the 23 February attacks in Mogadishu, Somalia, which claimed the lives of many civilians and injured numerous others.
- Suspect in killing of Filipina maid interrogated in Lebanon Sunday, 25 February, 2018Lebanese citizen Nader Essam Assaf handed over to Lebanon after his arrest in Syria, Lebanese authorities say.
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Facing NGC 6946.
Composite Image Data - Subaru Telescope (NAOJ) and Robert Gendler; Processing - Robert Gendler.
From our vantage point in the Milky Way Galaxy, we see NGC 6946 face-on. The big, beautiful spiral galaxy is located just 10 million light-years away, behind a veil of foreground dust and stars in the high and far-off constellation of Cepheus. From the core outward, the galaxy's colours change from the yellowish light of old stars in the centre to young blue star clusters and reddish star forming regions along the loose, fragmented spiral arms. NGC 6946 is also bright in infrared light and rich in gas and dust, exhibiting a high star birth and death rate. In fact, since the early 20th century at least nine supernovae, the death explosions of massive stars, were discovered in NGC 6946. Nearly 40,000 light-years across, NGC 6946 is also known as the Fireworks Galaxy. This remarkable portrait of NGC 6946 is a composite that includes image data from the 8.2 meter Subaru Telescope on Mauna Kea.
- NASA Astronauts Available for Final Interviews Before Space Station Mission Friday, 23 February, 2018Veteran NASA astronauts Ricky Arnold and Drew Feustel will be available Thursday, March 1, for final interviews before their launch to the International Space Station. The interviews will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.
- This Week's Top Space Stories Saturday, 24 February, 2018upiter's Great Red Spot could disappear in a few decades, scientists spotted the most distant star explosion ever seen and the Opportunity rover witnessed its 5,000th Martian sunrise. These are just some of this week's top stories from Space.com.
- Seven Ways Mars InSight is Different Thursday, 22 February, 2018NASA has a long and successful track record at Mars. Since 1965, it has flown by, orbited, landed and roved across the surface of the Red Planet. What can InSight -- planned for launch in May -- do that hasn't been done before?
Dolgans are a Turkic people, who mostly inhabit Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia. The Dolgan identity began to emerge during the 19th and early 20th centuries, under the influence of three groups who migrated to the Krasnoyarsk area from the Lena River and Olenyok River region: Evenks, Yakuts, Enets, and the Tundra peasants. Originally, the Dolgans were nomadic hunters and reindeer herders, though the majority are now peasants and collective farm workers.
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- 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 Kosovo
The flag of the Republic of Kosovo was adopted by the Assembly of Kosovo immediately following the declaration of independence of Kosovo from Serbia on 17 February 2008. It shows six white stars in an arc above a golden map of Kosovo on a blue field. The stars symbolise Kosovo's six major ethnic groups: Albanians, Serbs, Turks, Gorani, Romani (often grouped with the Ashkali and Egyptians) and Bosniaks.
- Mauritania – Level 3: Reconsider Travel Thursday, 22 February, 2018Reconsider Travel to Mauritania due to crime and terrorism. Violent crimes, such as mugging, armed robbery, rape, and assault, are common. Local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious crimes. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting places frequented by Westerners. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to […]
- Trinidad and Tobago – Level 2: Increased Caution Thursday, 22 February, 2018Exercise increased caution in Trinidad and Tobago due to crime and terrorism. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to Laventille, Beetham, Sea Lots, Cocorite, and the interior of Queen's Park Savannah in Port of Spain due to crime. Violent crime, such as murder, robbery, assault, sexual assault, home […]
- Guinea – Level 2: Exercise increased caution Friday, 16 February, 2018Exercise increased caution in Guinea due to civil unrest. Sporadic demonstrations continue to occur across the country. Some have turned violent, resulting in injuries and several fatalities. Demonstrators have also attacked vehicles when drivers attempted to pass through or around the protests. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you […]
- Nigeria Friday, 23 February, 2018Latest Update: Terrorism section; Terrorist kidnaps - exercise vigilance when travelling.GOV.UK
- Fiji Friday, 23 February, 2018Health section – there has been a recent outbreak of dengue fever in Nadi & Ba. The outbreak in Labasa as announced in early January is ongoing; you should follow the advice of the National Travel Health Network and CentreGOV.UK
- Brazil Friday, 23 February, 2018Summary – on 16 February 2018, President Temer signed a decree putting the army in charge of security in Rio de Janeiro city and state. The police and army now both fall under the command of an army general. The army has previously been involved in security for the 2016 Olympics and since August 2017 […]GOV.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.
- Department of Veterans Affairs Community Provider Toolkit Friday, 23 February, 2018A comprehensive online resource for psychologists providing care to military personnel and veterans.
- What are the signs of a nervous breakdown? Saturday, 24 February, 2018A look at nervous breakdown, a condition now known as mental breakdown and identified by emotional and physical stress. Included is detail on prevention.
- 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
- Link between surface-water salinity and climate change examined Friday, 23 February, 2018New research explores the impact of de-icing salt from roads and highways on a local watershed. The findings offer hope for the watershed's future surface-water chloride concentrations.
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.
- take something the wrong wayIf you take something the wrong way, you misunderstand what someone says and think they're being critical when they aren't.
Symeon the New Theologian on Suffering
Fear of torment and the sufferings of the heart it engenders are salutary to everyone who begins life in God. A man who hopes to lay the foundations of righteous life without such sufferings, or to free himself from the bonds of fear, lays the foundations of his work on sand and dreams to build his house in the air without groundwork, which is of course impossible. At the same time, very soon these sufferings turn to joy, these bonds sever the bonds of all sins and passions, and this executioner leads a man not to death, but to eternal life. (Click on the image for an explanation on the Philokalia).
- Rick Warren: What I Learned from BillyFocus. Integrity. And a God-directed heart. Billy Graham had a life-long influence on me as a person and as a pastor. It began in my childhood with my grandmother. My grandmother told me, "I pray for two people every day. I pray for Billy Graham, and I pray for you." She always wanted me to […]Rick Warren
- The Danger of Neglecting Beauty Saturday, 24 February, 2018When we neglect the pursuit of beauty, we neglect pursuing one of the primary qualities of God.Russ Ramsey
Pray for Christians in Turkey
GOVERNMENT BLOCKED SELECTION OF ARMENIAN PATRIARCH. Click on the image for more information.
- Bomb Scare Aims to Increase Intimidation Friday, 23 February, 2018Photo: World Watch Monitor Staff members of Santa Maria Catholic Church in Trabzon were alarmed when they found the smouldering remains of a homemade pipe bomb in their church garden on the morning of February 4th. Thankfully it had failed to explode. Local authorities checked security camera footage and spoke with neighbours but have not […]
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