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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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2018 Upcoming National Holidays
- 16: Lunar New Year (Singapore)
- 17: Lunar New Year, 2nd Day (Singapore)
- 19: President’s Day (USA)
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- Could Biodiversity Destruction Lead To A Global Tipping Point? posted on Thursday, 18 January, 2018 | under Earth Science
- Some Christmas Traditions Around The World posted on Friday, 22 December, 2017 | under Humanities
- UN Rohingya Hunger Report Withdrawn At Myanmar’s Request posted on Wednesday, 18 October, 2017 | under Humanitarian
- Childhood Trauma Influences Brain Development posted on Friday, 18 August, 2017 | under Psychology, The Brain & Genetics
- The First Climate Refugees In Vietnam posted on Thursday, 18 January, 2018 | under Environment
Bits & Pieces of World News TodayMy Tweets
- Is China About to Do U.S. a Big Favor? Wednesday, 17 January, 2018Cal Thomas, Washington TimesIs China about to do the United States a big favor, however unwittingly?
Astronomy Picture of the Day
In the Valley of Orion.
Visualization Credit: NASA, ESA, F. Summers, G. Bacon,
Z. Levay, J. DePasquale, L. Frattare, M. Robberto, M. Gennaro (STScI) and R. Hurt (Caltech/IPAC).
This unfamiliar view of the Orion Nebula from 1,500 light-years away is a visualisation based on astronomical data and movie rendering techniques based on Hubble data on the left to infrared data from the Spitzer Space Telescope on the right. The perspective at the center looks along a valley over a light-year wide, in the wall of the region's giant molecular cloud. Orion's valley ends in a cavity carved by the energetic winds and radiation of the massive central stars of the Trapezium star cluster. The single frame is part of a multi-wavelength, three-dimensional video that lets the viewer experience an immersive flight through the Great Nebula of Orion.
- 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 0.34 million. Thursday, 18 January, 2018From 12/01/2018 to 18/01/2018, 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 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 […]
- Bahrain Thursday, 18 January, 2018Safety and security section (Demonstrations) - removal of information on demonstrations on 12 JanuaryGOV.UK
- India Thursday, 18 January, 2018Latest update: Summary - There is a planned strike by taxi drivers in Goa on 19 January which is expected to affect travel in and around Goa, including on the road to the airport and around hotels and beaches. Monitor the media for the latest information, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local […]GOV.UK
- Philippines Wednesday, 17 January, 2018Summary – Mayon volcano in Albay Province (Bicol region) is demonstrating low level activity and the Philippines Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has issued a level 3 alert warning that a hazardous eruption is possible within day or weeks; a “state of calamity” has been declared in Albay province and local residents have been evacuated; […]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.
- Surviving financial instability Thursday, 18 January, 2018Two early career psychologists provide tips to prepare for financial fluctuations.
- Why we're more likely to overeat in the evening Wednesday, 17 January, 2018Stress and changes in levels of 'hunger hormones' may help to explain why we're more likely to overeat in the evening than earlier in the day.
- Save the Date: 2018 WCN Expos Thursday, 11 January, 2018WCN is excited to announce the 2018 Wildlife Conservation Expo schedule!Randy
- Release of ancient methane due to changing climate kept in check by ocean waters Wednesday, 17 January, 2018Ocean sediments are a massive storehouse for the potent greenhouse gas methane. But methane only acts as a greenhouse gas if and when it reaches the atmosphere. Environmental scientists recently set out to discover whether or not this ancient-sourced methane, which is released due to warming ocean waters, survives the journey from the seafloor and […]
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
Pray for Christians in China
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Pray for the Persecuted Church
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