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The enormity of our world's needs are overwhelming, and without a compassionate heart, distressing news items can appear to be just black and white. Hopefully, by raising in this Blog a few of these intractable issues would call us to pray, and if necessary, to act.
- 1 Corinthians 10:13 Thursday, 18 January, 2018“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
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Bits & Pieces of World News TodayMy Tweets
- Blue-Haired Soldiers? Just Say No Thursday, 18 January, 2018Mark Cancian, War on the RocksA generation of easy victories over weak opponents has encouraged the notion that future wars require a new type of warrior. Along these lines, Jacquelyn S
Astronomy Picture of the Day
The Fairy of Eagle Nebula.
Image Credit: The Hubble Heritage Team, (STScI/AURA), ESA, NASA.
The dust sculptures of the Eagle Nebula are evaporating as powerful starlight whittles away these cool cosmic mountains. This fairy in the Eagle Nebula is ten light years tall and spews radiation much hotter than common fire. The Eagle Nebula or M16 is actually a giant evaporating shell of gas and dust inside of which is a growing cavity filled with a spectacular stellar nursery currently forming an open cluster of stars. This image in scientifically re-assigned colours was released in 2005 as part of the fifteenth anniversary celebration of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope.
- Long-Term Warming Trend Continued in 2017: NASA, NOAA Thursday, 18 January, 2018Earth’s global surface temperatures in 2017 ranked as the second warmest since 1880, according to an analysis by NASA.
- NASA Mars Rover Team's Tilted Winter Strategy Works Wednesday, 6 December, 2017NASA's Mars rover Opportunity has passed the shortest-daylight weeks of the Martian year with its solar panels in clean condition for a potential dust-storm season in 2018.
The Huli are an indigenous people who live in the Southern Highlands districts of Tari, Koroba, Margaraima and Komo, of Papua New Guinea. They speak primarily Huli and Tok Pisin; many also speak some of the surrounding languages, and some also speak English. They are one of the largest cultural groups in Papua New Guinea. They paint their faces yellow, red and white and are famous for their tradition of making ornamented wigs from their own hair. An axe with a claw completes the intimidating effect.
- Orange alert for tropical cyclone BERGUITTA-18. Population affected by Category 1 (120 km/h) wind speeds or higher is 0.34 million. Thursday, 18 January, 2018From 12/01/2018 to 18/01/2018, a Tropical Storm (maximum wind speed of 185 km/h) BERGUITTA-18 was active in SWIndian. The cyclone affects these countries: Miscellaneous (French) Indian Ocean Islands, Mauritius (vulnerability Medium). Estimated population affected by category 1 (120 km/h) wind speeds or higher is 0.34 million.
- Watch - Measles in Romania Friday, 12 January, 2018A measles outbreak has been reported in Romania. CDC recommends that travelers to Romania protect themselves by making sure they are vaccinated against measles.
- Watch - Measles in Indonesia Friday, 12 January, 2018Health officials in Australia, Canada, and Taiwan have reported several cases of measles in travelers returning from Indonesia, including the island of Bali. CDC recommends that travelers to Indonesia protect themselves by making sure they are vaccinated against measles.
National Flag of Japan
The national flag of Japan is a white rectangular flag with a crimson-red disc in the centre. The flag embodies Japan's nickname as the Land of the Rising Sun. The Nisshōki flag is designated as the national flag in the Law Regarding the National Flag and National Anthem, which was promulgated and became effective on August 13, 1999. The sun plays an important role in Japanese mythology and religion as the Emperor is said to be the direct descendant of the sun goddess Amaterasu and the legitimacy of the ruling house rested on this divine appointment and descent from the chief deity of the predominant Shinto religion.
- Mauritius – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution Tuesday, 16 January, 2018Exercise increased caution in Mauritius due to Tropical Cyclone Berguitta. A cyclone warning is in force in Mauritius and Reunion. Expect strong winds, heavy rains, and possible flooding and property damage. More information about cyclones and weather updates can be found on both the Mauritius Meteorological Service website and the Meteo-France Reunion website. Read the […]
- Colombia – Level 2: Exercise increased caution Friday, 12 January, 2018Exercise increased caution in Colombia due to crime and terrorism. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: Arauca, Cauca (except Popayan), Choco (except Nuquí), and Norte de Santander (except Cucuta) departments due to crime and terrorism. Reconsider travel to: Several departments throughout the country due to crime and […]
- Turkey – Level 3: Reconsider travel Friday, 12 January, 2018Reconsider travel to Turkey due to terrorism and arbitrary detentions. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: Areas along the Turkey-Syria border and the southeastern provinces of Hatay, Kilis, Gaziantep, Sanliurfa, Sirnak, Diyarbakir, Van, Siirt, Mus, Mardin, Batman, Bingol, Tunceli, Hakkari, and Bitlis due to terrorism. Terrorist groups […]
- Jamaica Thursday, 18 January, 2018Latest Update: Summary Section - State of Emergency declared in St James Parish which includes Montego Bay, in response to recent violence including shooting incidentsGOV.UK
- Mauritius Thursday, 18 January, 2018Summary - Tropical Cyclone Berguitta passed through Mauritius on 18 January and all cyclone warnings have been lifted. There has been serious flooding in some areas. Before making your journey you should contact your airline for the latest information on flight disruptions or cancellations.GOV.UK
- Honduras Thursday, 18 January, 2018Summary & Safety and Security Sections – the opposition have called for nationwide protests and demonstrations on 20 and 21 January and also on 25, 26 and 27 January, the latter may target roads and airports; it’s likely transport will be significantly disrupted in the week leading up to the presidential inauguration on 27 JanuaryGOV.UK
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- Travel Advisory on Iraq [Updated: 9 January 2018] Monday, 8 January, 2018
- Travel Advisory for Syria [Updated: 9 January 2018] Monday, 8 January, 2018
- Travel Notice for Egypt [Updated: 5 January 2018] Thursday, 4 January, 2018
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 brains of introverts and extroverts are measurably different. MRIs reveal that the dopamine reward network is more active in the brains of extroverts while introverts’ brains have more grey matter.
- Helping American Indian students become psychologists Friday, 19 January, 2018Melissa Tehee, PhD, supports American Indian students who are defying the odds to become psychologists.
- Cannabis: Brain alterations may explain feelings of alienation Thursday, 18 January, 2018New research examines the effects of heavy cannabis use on brain activity, behavior, and feelings of negative emotionality such as alienation.
- Save the Date: 2018 WCN Expos Thursday, 11 January, 2018WCN is excited to announce the 2018 Wildlife Conservation Expo schedule!Randy
- 20 percent more trees in megacities would mean cleaner air and water, lower carbon and energy use Thursday, 18 January, 2018Planting 20 percent more trees in our megacities would double the benefits of urban forests, like pollution reduction, carbon sequestration and energy reduction. The authors of the study say city planners, residents and other stakeholders should start looking within cities for natural resources and conserve the nature in our urban areas by planting more trees.
Work of Art
The School of Athens (Scuola di Atene), painted between 1509 and 1511, is one of the most famous frescoes by the Italian Renaissance artist Raphael, to decorate the rooms now known as the Stanze di Raffaello, in the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican. The Stanza della Segnatura was the first of the rooms to be decorated, and The School of Athens, representing Philosophy, was probably the second painting to be finished there. The architecture contains Roman elements, but the general semi-circular setting having Plato and Aristotle at its centre might be alluding to Pythagoras' circumpunct. The picture has long been seen as Raphael's masterpiece and the perfect embodiment of the classical spirit of the Renaissance.
- have a soft spot forIf you have a soft spot for someone or something, you feel a warm affection for them.
Symeon the New Theologian on Fears
He who has acquired purity of heart has conquered fear. But a man who is still in process of purification, at times is conquered by fear, and at times conquers it. A man, however, who does not strive at all after this purity, is either for ever sunk into a state of insensibility and, being a friend of passions and demons and filled with vanity and conceit, "thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing" (Gal 6:3); or he is a slave , delivered into the hands of fear and, being of a childish mind, trembles and is afraid, where for those who fear God there is no fear or trembling.
- Why We Need to Talk about Trump’s Haiti RemarksChristians can expand their compassion by looking at the deeper story of development and immigration. Yesterday in a meeting about immigration reform, President Donald Trump questioned why he should accept immigrants from “s—hole countries” like Haiti, El Salvador, and nations in Africa, instead of places like Norway. Even in the constant onslaught of news and […]Kent Annan
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