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Jesus, The Alpha And The Omega
- Psalm 27:14 Wednesday, 18 October, 2017“Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.”
A Christian Icon
The Christ Pantocrator of St. Catherine’s Monastery at Sinai is one of the oldest Byzantine religious icons, dating from the sixth century AD. It is the earliest known version of the pantocrator style that still survives today, and is regarded by historians and scholars to be one of the most important and recognisable works in the study of Byzantine art as well as Eastern Orthodox Christianity. When Saint Catherine’s Monastery was founded by the Byzantine emperor Justinian I, late in his reign, between 548 and 565, it enjoyed imperial patronage and donations from Justinian and his court, with the Christ Pantocrator icon having been one of the many possible imperial gifts. Because of this, it is generally believed to have been produced in the Byzantine capital of Constantinople. Many agree that the icon represents the dual nature of Christ, illustrating traits of both man and god, perhaps influenced by the aftermath of the ecumenical councils of the previous century at Ephesus and Chalcedon. Christ’s features on the left side are supposed to represent the qualities of his human nature, while the right side represents his divinity. His right hand is shown opening outward, signifying his gift of blessing, while the left hand and arm is clutching a thick Gospel book.
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IC 2118: The Witch Head Nebula. Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble -- maybe Macbeth should have consulted the Witch Head Nebula. This suggestively shaped reflection nebula is associated with the bright star Rigel in the constellation Orion. More formally known as IC 2118, the Witch Head Nebula glows primarily by light reflected from bright star Rigel, located just below the lower edge of the above image. Fine dust in the nebula reflects the light. The blue colour is caused not only by Rigel's blue colour but because the dust grains reflect blue light more efficiently than red. The same physical process causes Earth's daytime sky to appear blue, although the scatterers in Earth's atmosphere are molecules of nitrogen and oxygen. The nebula lies about 1000 light-years away. Image Credit & Copyright: Gimmi Ratto & Davide Bardini (Collecting Photons).
- NASA Missions Catch First Light from a Gravitational-Wave Event Monday, 16 October, 2017For the first time, NASA scientists have detected light tied to a gravitational-wave event, thanks to two merging neutron stars in the galaxy NGC 4993, located about 130 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Hydra.
- Microbes leave 'fingerprints' on Martian rocks Wednesday, 18 October, 2017University of Vienna Vienna, Austria (SPX) Oct 18, 2017 At the Department of Biophysical Chemistry at the University of Vienna, Tetyana Milojevic and her team have been operating a miniaturized "Mars farm" in order to simulate ancient and probably extinct microbial life - based on gases and synthetically produced Martian regolith of diverse composition. The […]
- Mars Study Yields Clues to Possible Cradle of Life Friday, 6 October, 2017The discovery of evidence for ancient sea-floor hydrothermal deposits on Mars identifies an area on the planet that may offer clues about the origin of life on Earth.
The Sami people, traditionally known in English as Lapps or Laplanders, are an indigenous Finno-Ugric people inhabiting the Arctic area of Sápmi, which today encompasses parts of far northern Norway, Sweden, Finland, and the Kola Peninsula of Russia. The Sami are the only indigenous people in Scandinavia that are recognised and protected under the international conventions of indigenous peoples, and are hence one of the northernmost indigenous people of Europe. Sami ancestral lands are not well-defined. Their traditional languages are the Sami languages and are classified as a branch of the Uralic language family. Traditionally, the Sami have pursued a variety of livelihoods, including coastal fishing, fur trapping, and sheep herding.
- Green alert for tropical cyclone TWENTYSIX-17. Population affected by Category 1 (120 km/h) wind speeds or higher is 0. Wednesday, 18 October, 2017From 18/10/2017 to 18/10/2017, a Tropical Depression (maximum wind speed of 74 km/h) TWENTYSIX-17 was active in NWPacific. The cyclone affects these countries: Philippines (vulnerability Medium). Estimated population affected by category 1 (120 km/h) wind speeds or higher is 0.
- An Inequality Beyond Wealth: Gaps in Women’s Health Wednesday, 18 October, 2017While many often focus on wealth disparities, economic inequality is often a symptom and cause of other inequalities including women’s access to sexual and reproductive health. In a new report, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) explores the persistent, if not widening, inequalities in sexual and reproductive health around the world, holding back women and girls […]Tharanga Yakupitiyage
- Mobile medical teams provide a lifeline for children in Yemen Sunday, 15 October, 2017SANA’A, Yemen, 16 October 2017 – “He is very weak and cannot even walk anymore. He’s lost so much weight.” Muhammad, 50, is desperate when he reaches the mobile medical team. He came on foot, carrying his feather-light son, Yahya, 4, in his arms. Muhammad has seen other children in his village die from malnutrition […]
The Human Brain
Contrary to the prevailing medical belief, having high total cholesterol is not bad for your brain. In fact, high cholesterol actually reduces your risk of dementia.
- Opinion: The importance of research with nonhuman animals Wednesday, 18 October, 2017APA is a leader in supporting ethical research that enhances the lives of humans and nonhumans alike.
- Flu and pregnancy: Is antiviral medication safe? Tuesday, 17 October, 2017
- Suspected cases from Seychelles test negative for plague Wednesday, 18 October, 2017Suspected cases from Seychelles test negative for plague
- Lions are the most sought-after animals drawing people to Africa, protect them Monday, 9 October, 2017Africa's lions are in trouble. In an interview with WCN's Director for Conservation Initiatives, Dr. Peter Lindsey spoke to The EastAfrican on threats to lions and why protecting them is a matter of urgency.Randy
- Clean Water Act at 45: Despite Success, It's Under Attack Wednesday, 18 October, 2017 Jon Devine
- Our Ocean 2017 Tuesday, 17 October, 2017Since the first Our Ocean in 2014, these annual conferences have brought together the world’s ocean leaders, scientists and conservation practitioners to transform pressing challenges into change. Its key areas of action include sustainable fisheries, pollution, climate change and marine protected areas (MPAs). With each ocean issue, it facilitates tangible and measurable commitments that build towards solutions. […]Marine Conservation Institute
National Flag of Guinea-Bissau
The national flag of Guinea-Bissau was adopted in 1973 when independence from Portugal was proclaimed. The flag features the traditional Pan-African colours of gold, green, red, and also the Black Star of Africa. In the Ghanaian view, the black star stands for the unity of Africa. Red stands for the blood shed during the struggle for independence, yellow stands for the sun, and green represents hope.
- Alert - Plague in Madagascar Monday, 16 October, 2017From August 23 through October 12, 2017, the World Health Organization has reported 684 cases of plague in Madagascar; nearly 10% of those infected have died.
- Watch - Chikungunya in Italy Wednesday, 4 October, 2017The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported locally transmitted cases of chikungunya in four areas of Italy. Local transmission means that mosquitoes in those areas of Italy have been infected with chikungunya and are spreading it to people.
- Alert - Malaria in Cyprus Thursday, 28 September, 2017The United Kingdom has reported three cases of Plasmodium vivax malaria in UK residents who traveled to Esentepe (also known as Agios Amvrosios) in the Kyrenia District in northern Cyprus.
- Alert - Hurricanes Irma and Maria in the Caribbean Monday, 25 September, 2017Beginning on September 6, 2017, Hurricane Irma crossed the Caribbean, followed on September 16 by Hurricane Maria. These storms caused severe damage in a number of countries and territories, including Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, the British Virgin Islands, Cuba, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Martinique, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Martin, Sint […]
- Watch - Malaria in Costa Rica Friday, 22 September, 2017The Costa Rican Ministry of Health has reported limited local transmission of malaria in Matina Canton in Limón Province, Sarapiquí Canton in Heredia Province, and Pital District in San Carlos Canton in Alajuela Province. Local transmission means that mosquitoes in the area are infected with malaria and spreading it to people. Other than a small […]
- Kenya Travel Alert Wednesday, 27 September, 2017The State Department alerts U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to Kenya that Kenya’s Elections Commission has announced that new Presidential elections will be held on October 26, 2017. This Travel Alert replaces the Travel Alert dated April 6, 2017 and expires on November 30, 2017.Rallies, demonstrations, and protests may occur with little notice. As […]
- Europe Travel Alert Thursday, 31 August, 2017The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout Europe.This travel alert expires on November 30, 2017. Recent, widely reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Finland demonstrate that the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS or Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, and their affiliates have the ability […]
- Hurricane and Typhoon Season 2017 Travel Alert Monday, 5 June, 2017The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the Hurricane and Typhoon Seasons in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico.Hurricane and Typhoon Season will last through November 2017, though most tropical cyclones typically develop between May and October. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recommends that those in […]
- Syria Travel Warning Wednesday, 18 October, 2017The Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens against all travel to Syria and strongly recommends that U.S. citizens remaining in Syria depart immediately. The security situation remains dangerous and unpredictable. Violent conflict between government and armed anti-government groups continues throughout the country. There is a serious risk for kidnappings, bombings, murder, and terrorism. […]
- Democratic Republic of the Congo Travel Warning Tuesday, 17 October, 2017The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid unnecessary travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) because of ongoing instability and sporadic violence in many parts of the country. Very poor transportation infrastructure throughout the DRC, and poor security conditions in the Eastern Congo and Kasais, make it difficult for the U.S. […]
- Mauritania Travel Warning Friday, 13 October, 2017The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid travel to far eastern Mauritania due to the activities of terrorist groups active in the neighboring regions of Mali, including al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), and those which pose a threat in the greater Sub-Saharan region, such as the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and […]
- Cameroon Travel Warning Monday, 2 October, 2017The State Department warns U.S. citizens to avoid all travel to the North and Far North Regions and parts of the East and Adamawa Regions of Cameroon due to terrorist threats and the risk of violent crime. The U.S. Embassy’s ability to provide consular services in remote and rural areas of Cameroon is extremely limited. […]
- Cuba Travel Warning Saturday, 30 September, 2017The Department of State warns U.S. citizens not to travel to Cuba. Over the past several months, numerous U.S. Embassy Havana employees have been targeted in specific attacks. These employees have suffered significant injuries as a consequence of these attacks. Affected individuals have exhibited a range of physical symptoms including ear complaints and hearing loss, […]
- USA Wednesday, 18 October, 2017Latest update: Summary – large wildfires are still active in the counties of Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Santa Cruz, Sonoma and Yuba in the State of California.GOV.UK
- Slovenia Wednesday, 18 October, 2017Summary - removal of information on Liverpool v's NK Maribor Champions League matchGOV.UK
- South Africa Wednesday, 18 October, 2017Summary - there are regular protest marches and strike related demonstrations across South Africa, which can turn violent. Such marches and demonstrations can occur anywhere in South Africa, sometimes at short notice; you should avoid areas where demonstrations and marches are taking place, especially universities and government buildings; don’t attempt to cross protester roadblocks as […]GOV.UK
- Spain Wednesday, 18 October, 2017Summary – removal of advice on Tottenham Hotspur v's Real Madrid Champions League matchGOV.UK
- Niger Wednesday, 18 October, 2017Terrorism section – on October 4 2017, four Nigerian soldiers and three US soldiers were killed and others were wounded in an attack in the southwest of NigerGOV.UK
- Travel Advisory: Volcanic Activity in Bali [10 October 2017] Monday, 9 October, 2017On 22 September 2017, Indonesian authorities raised the alert-level for Mount Agung on Bali island to level 4 (Awas or Warning) as a volcanic eruption is imminent. Tremors continue to occur daily around Mount Agung. Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency has warned residents and tourists to stay up to 12 kilometres away from the crater.
- Travel Notice for Spain [4 October 2017] Tuesday, 3 October, 2017
- Travel Notice for the U.K. [19 September 2017] Monday, 18 September, 2017On 15 September 2017, a terror attack on a Tube train at Parsons Green Station resulted in a number of injuries. The British government has assessed that the terror threat level in the UK is “severe”. This means that an attack is highly likely but not imminent.
- Travel Notice for Turkey [Updated: 8 September 2017] Friday, 8 September, 2017
- Travel Advisory for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) [6 September 2017] Tuesday, 5 September, 2017
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- Catalonia to press ahead with independence if Madrid suspends autonomy Wednesday, 18 October, 2017MADRID/BARCELONA (Reuters) - Catalonia's leader pledged to press ahead with his independence bid if Spain moves to suspend the region's autonomy, a regional government source said on Wednesday, hours before a deadline over keeping the euro zone's fourth-largest economy united.
- Theresa May to scrap universal credit helpline charges Wednesday, 18 October, 2017But PM rejects Labour's calls to pause the new benefit's roll-out as she loses symbolic Commons vote.
- Israeli Arabs' Growing Israeli Identity Wednesday, 18 October, 2017Evelyn Gordon, CommentaryOver last week's Sukkot holiday, Israeli Arab couple Khalil and Reem Bakly launched their own personal coexistence venture by building a completely kosher sukkah (aided...
Work of Art
The Scream is the popular name given to each of four versions of a composition, created as both paintings and pastels, by Norwegian Expressionist artist Edvard Munch between 1893 and 1910. The works show a figure with an agonized expression against a landscape with a tumultuous orange sky. Edvard Munch created the four versions in various media. The National Gallery in Oslo, Norway, holds one of two painted versions (1893). The Munch Museum holds the other painted version (1910) and a pastel version from 1893. The fourth version (pastel, 1895; pictured above) was sold for $119,922,600 at Sotheby's Impressionist and Modern Art auction on 2 May 2012 to financier Leon Black. Also in 1895, Munch created a lithograph stone of the image. Approximately four dozen prints were made before the original stone was resurfaced by the printer in Munch's absence. The Scream has been the target of several high-profile art thefts. In 1994 and 2004, the versions in the National Gallery and the Munch Museum were stolen. Both were recovered.
- relevanceThe Buzzword of the Day for 10/18/2017 is:relevance (noun) \REL-uh-vunss\ What does it mean? : relation to the matter at hand : pertinenceHow do you use it? At first, I could not see how such an unusual assignment had any relevance to the subject we were supposed to be studying. Are you a word wiz? […]
Gregory of Sinai on Christian Obedience
On your path of obedience to the commandments, seek the Lord in your heart. When you listen to John, crying in the wilderness, "Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make His paths straight" (Mark 1:3), understand by these words 'commandments,' for the heart as well as for actions; for it is impossible rightly to follow the commandments and to do rightly unless the heart too is right.
- I Never Became Straight. Perhaps That Was Never God’s Goal.Why I embraced the Bible's sexual ethic before I understood it. This is not a story of being gay and becoming straight. But maybe I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s rewind to the beginning. My parents met at a gay nightclub in San Francisco. My mother just wanted a safe place to dance. My father […]Rachel Gilson
- How America Lost Its Mind Wednesday, 18 October, 2017Article by: Bruce Ashford Kurt Anderson’s Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire is one of the bestselling and most discussed books of the year. In this fast-paced and provocative work of revisionist history and diagnostic journalism, Anderson argues that Americans have recently become untethered from reality and that Trump’s election represents the high point of our collective […]Bruce Ashford
Pray for the Persecuted Church
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Pray for Christians in Iraq
BELIEVERS FACING RISING PERSECUTION. Click on the image above to access more prayer information.
- Prayer Shield 18th October 2017 – India Tuesday, 17 October, 2017Despite parents’ protestations, six Christians, including a 17-year-old, have been arrested on charges of kidnapping and forcible conversion of the children they were accompanying to a holiday camp (see 17th October Prayer Shield).PT