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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.
- James 1:2-3 Saturday, 20 January, 2018“[Trials and Temptations] Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”
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Bits & Pieces of World News TodayMy Tweets
- New National Defense Strategy Has One Clear Priority Friday, 19 January, 2018Aaron Mehta, Defense NewsThe National Defense Strategy outlines a world where great power competition, not terrorism, is the driving factor for the Pentagon.
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Credit: ESA, SPIRE & PACS Consortia, Doris Arzoumanian (CEA Saclay), et al.
In this remarkable infrared sky-scape of interstellar clouds adrift in the high flying constellation Cygnus, the eye is drawn to the Cocoon Nebula. Also known as IC5146, the dusty star forming region is shown in blue hues in the Herschel Space Observatory false colour image, at wavelengths more than 100 times longer than visible red light. And while visible light images show the Cocoon nebula at the end of long dark nebula Barnard 168, Hershel's infrared view finds the cosmic Cocoon punctuating a trail of filamentary clouds of glowing dust. The filaments have widths that suggest they are formed as shockwaves from exploding stars travel through the medium, sweeping up and compressing the interstellar dust and gas. Herschel data also indicate stars are forming along the dusty filaments. The Cocoon Nebula itself is about 15 light-years wide and 4,000 light-years away.
- NASA Announces Updated Crew Assignments for Space Station Missions Thursday, 18 January, 2018NASA is announcing an addition to the NASA lineup for upcoming launches, and making changes to some assignments for International Space Station missions in 2018.
- 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. Saturday, 20 January, 2018From 12/01/2018 to 20/01/2018, 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.
- Alert - Yellow Fever in Brazil Friday, 19 January, 2018The Brazilian Ministry of Health has reported an ongoing outbreak of yellow fever. In response to this outbreak, health authorities have recently expanded the list of areas in which yellow fever vaccination is recommended for travelers.
- Watch - Measles in Serbia Friday, 19 January, 2018Health officials in Serbia have reported an outbreak of measles. CDC recommends that travelers to Serbia 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 […]
- Burma Friday, 19 January, 2018Safety and security section (Rakhine state) – on 16 January 2018 protests related to an Arakan national event took place in Mrauk U in Central Rakhine in which 7 were killed and 30 civilians and police were injuredGOV.UK
- India Friday, 19 January, 2018Summary - there are reports that the taxi strike in Goa will continue into Saturday 20 January, continuing to affect travel in and around Goa, including on the road to the airport and around hotels and beaches. You should monitor the media for the latest information, and follow the instructions of the local authorities. Allow […]GOV.UK
- Mexico Friday, 19 January, 2018Health section – there has been an increase in reported cases of a food and water bug, cyclospora, affecting travellers returning from Mexico, you should follow the advice of the National Travel Health Network and Centre; Entry requirements section (Departure tax) – you may need to pay a departure tax when leaving Mexico by air […]GOV.UK
Denali National Park
- 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.
- What sleep talkers say during slumber Saturday, 20 January, 2018If you're a sleep talker, read on. Researchers reveal the words we're most likely to say during slumber — many of which shouldn't be repeated.
- Finding Answers When Disasters Strike Saiga Thursday, 18 January, 2018In May 2015, over 200,000 saiga antelopes in central Kazakhstan died in just three weeks, more than a third of the world’s saiga population. Researchers narrowed the cause down fairly early to a bacteria that up until that point had been living harmlessly in the saigas’ tonsils, but why was it suddenly fatal and so […]Randy
- Radioactivity from oil and gas wastewater persists in Pennsylvania stream sediments Friday, 19 January, 2018More than seven years after Pennsylvania officials requested that the disposal of radium-laden fracking wastewater into surface waters be restricted, a new study finds that high levels of radioactivity persist in stream sediments at three disposal sites. Radioactivity at these sites is 650 times higher than at unaffected sites upstream. The contamination comes from conventional, […]
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.
- an axe to grind (2)If you have an axe to grind, you have a strong opinion about something and you express this opinion whenever you can.
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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Pray for the Persecuted Church
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