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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.
- Philippians 2:14-16 Wednesday, 17 January, 2018“Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the […]
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- John Stuart Mill Showed Democracy as a Way of Life Tuesday, 16 January, 2018David Brooks, New York TimesThe Victorian-era philosopher is a hero of democracy.
Astronomy Picture of the Day
An Elephant's Trunk in Cepheus.
Image Credit & Copyright: Processing - Robert Gendler, Roberto Colombari
Data - Subaru Telescope (NAOJ), Robert Gendler, Adam Block.
The close-up of the dusty Elephant's Trunk Nebula winds through the emission nebula and young star cluster complex IC 1396, in the constellation of Cepheus. Also known as vdB 142, the cosmic elephant's trunk is over 20 light-years long. The colourful view highlights bright, swept-back ridges that outline the region's pockets of cool interstellar dust and gas. Such embedded, dark, tendril-shaped clouds contain the raw material for star formation and hide protostars within. Nearly 3,000 light-years distant, the relatively faint IC 1396 complex covers a large region on the sky, spanning over 5 degrees. This dramatic scene spans a 1 degree wide field, about the size of 2 Full Moons.
- NASA Briefing Thursday Will Preview Upcoming US Spacewalks Tuesday, 16 January, 2018American and Japanese astronauts aboard the International Space Station will embark on a pair of spacewalks Jan. 23 and 29 to service the station’s robotic arm. Experts from NASA and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) will preview this work in a briefing at 2 p.m. EST Thursday, Jan. 18, at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in […]
- 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 1.287 million. Wednesday, 17 January, 2018From 12/01/2018 to 17/01/2018, a Hurricane/Typhoon > 74 mph (maximum wind speed of 185 km/h) BERGUITTA-18 was active in SWIndian. The cyclone affects these countries: Mauritius, Miscellaneous (French) Indian Ocean Islands (vulnerability Medium). Estimated population affected by category 1 (120 km/h) wind speeds or higher is 1.287 million.
- Watch - Measles in Greece Friday, 12 January, 2018Health officials in Greece have reported an outbreak of measles. CDC recommends that travelers to Greece protect themselves by making sure they are vaccinated against measles with the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine.
- Watch - Measles in Italy Friday, 12 January, 2018Health officials in Italy have reported an outbreak of measles. CDC recommends that travelers to Italy protect themselves by making sure they are vaccinated against measles.
National Flag of Jamaica
The flag of Jamaica was adopted on 6 August 1962, the original Jamaican Independence Day, the country having gained independence from the British-protected Federation of the West Indies. The flag consists of a gold saltire, which divides the flag into four sections: two of them green (top and bottom) and two black (hoist and fly). The black colour representing the strength and creativity of the people which has allowed them to overcome the odds, gold for the wealth of the country and the golden sunshine, and green for the lush vegetation of the island.
- 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 […]
- Worldwide Caution Thursday, 11 January, 20181. As part of the Department of State's continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad. This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated […]
- USA Tuesday, 16 January, 2018Latest update: Summary - update to existing information about current hazardous winter weather conditions in the USA; wintry conditions including snow, sleet and freezing are now also affecting Texas and Louisiana; you can check forecasts and weather warnings on the website of the US National Weather ServiceGOV.UK
- Bolivia Tuesday, 16 January, 2018Summary – removal of information on the Dakar rally and strikes by medical professionalsGOV.UK
- Senegal Tuesday, 16 January, 2018minor editorial amendmentsGOV.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.
- Carnegie LearnLab turns classrooms into laboratories Wednesday, 17 January, 2018The LearnLab at Carnegie Mellon University takes a high-tech approach to understanding and improving learning.
- Magic mushrooms: Treating depression without dulling emotions Tuesday, 16 January, 2018Antidepressants may cause 'emotional blunting.' Can a 'magic mushroom' compound treat depression while avoiding this side effect? Two new studies explore.
- Save the Date: 2018 WCN Expos Thursday, 11 January, 2018WCN is excited to announce the 2018 Wildlife Conservation Expo schedule!Randy
- Weather anomalies accelerate the melting of sea ice Wednesday, 17 January, 2018Researchers reveal why Arctic sea ice began to melt in the middle of winter two years ago -- and that the increased melting of ice in summer is linked to recurring periods of fair weather.
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.
- You can say that again!If someone says "You can say that again!", it shows they strongly agree with what was just said.
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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