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The enormity of our world's needs are overwhelming, and without a compassionate heart, distressing news can appear to be just black and white. Hopefully, by raising a few of these intractable issues here would encourage us to pray, and if necessary, to act.
- 1 John 4:11-12 Monday, 19 February, 2018“Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.”
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2018 Upcoming National Holidays
- 19: President’s Day (USA)
- 20: Spring Equinox
- 30: Good Friday (Singapore, USA)
Most Viewed Posts Today
- Pneumonia Is A Lethal Enemy In Hospitals posted on Monday, 19 February, 2018 | under Medicine
- God’s Sovereignty And Human Responsibility posted on Sunday, 18 February, 2018 | under Reflections From Scripture
- A Breakthrough Stroke Treatment Can Save Lives posted on Monday, 19 February, 2018 | under Medicine
- The Surprising Secrets To Living Longer And Better posted on Sunday, 18 February, 2018 | under Humanities
- Photographs February 2018 3 posted on Monday, 19 February, 2018 | under Art In All Its Forms
- Anti-Satellite Weapons Increasingly Likely In A Few Years posted on Monday, 19 February, 2018 | under Humanitarian
- Safe, Happy And Free: Does Finland Have All The Answers? posted on Wednesday, 14 February, 2018 | under Humanities
Bits & Pieces of World News TodayMy Tweets
- Security Clearances, Not Rob Porter, Are the Real Issue Monday, 19 February, 2018Sebastian Gorka, The HillPolitical bias can have no place in adjudicating who is granted a security clearance in the United States.
- 'America's Harvest Box' & the Trumpian View of Poverty Monday, 19 February, 2018Sasha Abramsky, New YorkerOn Monday, the Trump Administration rolled out a budget that would dramatically alter the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program—also known as snap, or, more colloquially, food stamps—which helps protect almost one-sixth of the American population from falling into hunger. There’s a good chance that the proposed changes to snap, like so many of […]
- Douthat's Latest Gun Control Proposals Miss The Mark Monday, 19 February, 2018Sean Davis, The Federalist
Astronomy Picture of the Day
LL Ori and the Orion Nebula.
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team.
Adrift in Orion's stellar nursery and still in its formative years, variable star LL Orionis produces a wind more energetic than the wind from our own middle-aged Sun. As the fast stellar wind runs into slow moving gas a shock front is formed, analogous to the bow wave of a boat moving through water or a plane travelling at supersonic speed; the structure left of centre is LL Ori's cosmic bow shock, measuring about half a light-year across. The slower gas is flowing away from the Orion Nebula's hot central star cluster, the Trapezium, located off the upper left corner.
- NASA Awards Contract for Construction, Maintenance, Environmental, Testing Services Friday, 16 February, 2018NASA has selected Firelake-Arrowhead NASA Services of Lenexa, Kansas, to perform facility management, surveying, energy management, life safety code compliance and environmental management services for the agency’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.
- New Mexico Students to Speak with NASA Astronaut on Space Station Friday, 16 February, 2018Students from six schools in Alamogordo, New Mexico, will speak with a NASA astronaut living, working and doing research aboard the International Space Station at 11 a.m. EST Wednesday, Feb. 21.
- Minnesota Students to Speak with NASA Astronauts on Space Station Friday, 16 February, 2018Students in central Minnesota will speak with NASA astronauts living, working and doing research aboard the International Space Station at 1:35 p.m. EST Tuesday, Feb. 20.
- NASA's Next Mars Lander Spreads its Solar Wings Tuesday, 23 January, 2018NASA's next mission to Mars passed a key test Tuesday, extending the solar arrays that will power the InSight spacecraft once it lands on the Red Planet this November.
- Sol 1943: From the South Rim of Vera Rubin Ridge Tuesday, 23 January, 2018Having spent 1943 sols on the surface of Mars, Curiosity is in its 6th Earth year on Mars, but it is in its 3rd Mars year of exploration.
- Government Shutdown (2018) Monday, 22 January, 2018We're sorry, but we will not be posting updates to this blog during the government shutdown.
Guaraní is a group of culturally related indigenous peoples of South America. The traditional range of the Guaraní people is in present-day Paraguay, between the Uruguay River and lower Paraguay River, the Misiones Province of Argentina, southern Brazil once as far north as Rio de Janeiro, and parts of Uruguay and Bolivia. Early Guaraní villages often consisted of communal houses for 10 to 15 families. Communities were united by common interest and language and tended to form tribal groups by dialect. They practised a form of animistic pantheism, much of which has survived in the form of folklore and numerous myths.
- Green earthquake alert (Magnitude 5.9M, Depth:40.17km) in Mexico 19/02/2018 06:57 UTC, 1070000 people within 100km. Monday, 19 February, 2018On 2/19/2018 6:57:01 AM, an earthquake occurred in Mexico potentially affecting 1070000 people within 100km. The earthquake had Magnitude 5.9M, Depth:40.17km.
- Red alert for tropical cyclone GITA-18. Population affected by Category 1 (120 km/h) wind speeds or higher is 82817. Monday, 19 February, 2018From 09/02/2018 to 19/02/2018, a Tropical Storm (maximum wind speed of 231 km/h) GITA-18 was active in SEPacific. The cyclone affects these countries: Tonga (vulnerability Medium). Estimated population affected by category 1 (120 km/h) wind speeds or higher is 82817.
- Green alert for tropical cyclone KELVIN-18. Population affected by Category 1 (120 km/h) wind speeds or higher is 0. Sunday, 18 February, 2018From 16/02/2018 to 18/02/2018, a Hurricane/Typhoon > 74 mph (maximum wind speed of 148 km/h) KELVIN-18 was active in SEIndian. The cyclone affects these countries: Australia (vulnerability Low). Estimated population affected by category 1 (120 km/h) wind speeds or higher is 0.
- Watch - Listeriosis in South Africa Monday, 12 February, 2018There is an outbreak of listeriosis in South Africa. People usually become ill with listeriosis after eating contaminated foods. Travelers to South Africa, especially those with higher risk of infection, may wish to avoid certain foods to reduce their risk of infection.
- Watch - 2018 Winter Olympics (PyeongChang 2018) Thursday, 8 February, 2018The 2018 Winter Olympics will take place in PyeongChang, South Korea, from February 9 to February 25, 2018. The Paralympic Games are scheduled for March 9 to March 18, 2018.
- Alert - Malaria in Brazil Wednesday, 31 January, 2018Public health officials in Brazil have reported an outbreak of locally transmitted malaria in the town of Wenceslau Guimarães in Bahia State. Local transmission means that mosquitoes in the area may be infected with malaria and spreading it to people.
National Flag of Kiribati
The flag of Kiribati is red in the upper half with a gold frigatebird flying over a gold rising sun, and the lower half is blue with three horizontal wavy white stripes to represent the ocean and the three groups of islands: Gilbert, Phoenix and Line. The 17 rays of the sun represent the 16 Gilbert Islands and Banaba Island. The new flag was hoisted during the independence day celebrations in the capital, Tarawa, on July 12, 1979. The frigatebird symbolises command of the sea, power, freedom and Kiribati cultural dance patterns, the blue and white wavy bands represent the Pacific Ocean, which surrounds Kiribati and the sun refers to Kiribati's position astride the Equator.
- South Africa – Level 2: Exercise increased caution Friday, 9 February, 2018Exercise increased caution in South Africa due to crime. Be aware that Cape Town and Western Cape Province are experiencing a severe drought. Please read entire message. Violent crime, such as armed robbery, rape, carjacking, mugging, and "smash-and-grab" attacks on vehicles, is common. There is a higher risk of violent crime in the central business […]
- Maldives – Level 2: Exercise increased caution Tuesday, 6 February, 2018Exercise increased caution in Maldives due to terrorism and civil unrest. Terrorist groups may conduct attacks with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities. Attacks may occur on remote islands which could lengthen the response time of authorities. A country-wide state of emergency is in effect. Security forces […]
- Philippines – Level 2: Exercise increased caution Wednesday, 24 January, 2018Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Exercise increased caution in the Philippines due to crime, terrorism, and civil unrest. Do not travel to: The Sulu Archipelago, including the southern Sulu Sea, due to crime, terrorism, and civil unrest. Marawi City in Mindanao due to terrorism and civil unrest. Reconsider […]
- China – Level 2: Exercise increased caution Monday, 22 January, 2018Exercise increased caution in China due to the arbitrary enforcement of local laws and special restrictions on dual U.S.-Chinese nationals. Chinese authorities have the broad ability to prohibit travelers from leaving China (also known as ‘exit bans’); exit bans have been imposed to compel U.S. citizens to resolve business disputes, force settlement of court orders, […]
- Mauritius – Level 1: Exercise normal precautions Thursday, 18 January, 2018Exercise normal precautions in Mauritius. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Mauritius: Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter. Review the […]
- Zimbabwe Sunday, 18 February, 2018Latest Update: Summary - On Monday 19 February there will be large political rallies and other events in the centre of Harare to mark the death of the Opposition Leader. Health section – there are currently outbreaks of typhoid in Harare and cholera in Chegutu; you should follow the advice of the National Travel Health […]GOV.UK
- Ethiopia Saturday, 17 February, 2018Latest update: Summary - On 16 February 2018 Ethiopia declared a State of Emergency. If you are in Ethiopia remain aware of your surroundings and follow the advice of local authorities.GOV.UK
- Trinidad and Tobago Friday, 16 February, 2018Summary and Terrorism section - removal of threat to CarnivalGOV.UK
- Australia Friday, 16 February, 2018Summary – Tropical Cyclone 10 is forecast to hit the north west coast of Australia from 18 February 2018 and may bring hazardous sea and weather conditions to northern parts of Western AustraliaGOV.UK
- Bonaire/St Eustatius/Saba Friday, 16 February, 2018Summary - removal of information on Hurricanes Irma and MariaGOV.UK
Dry Tortugas National Park
- Travel Notice for Kuwait [Updated: 15 February 2018] Wednesday, 14 February, 2018Singaporeans, who are either travelling to or already in Kuwait, are advised to exercise caution, be vigilant and take all necessary precautions to ensure personal safety. They should monitor the local news closely, observe instructions from local security authorities, and avoid areas of public gatherings or known for disturbances. They should also purchase comprehensive travel […]
- Travel Notice: Volcanic Activity in Bali [11 February 2018] Saturday, 10 February, 2018Mount Agung has erupted several times since 21 November 2017. On 10 February 2018, the Indonesian authorities lowered Mount Agung’s alert status from the highest Level 4 to Level 3 (Standby). The exclusion zone was also reduced from 6km to 4km around its crater. Indonesian authorities have said that Mount Agung continues to show signs of […]
- Travel Advisory for the Maldives [6 February 2018] Monday, 5 February, 2018The Maldives Government has declared a state of emergency for 15 days effective from 5 February 2018. Security forces have been deployed in Malé due to ongoing political developments. In view of the unstable situation in the Maldives, Singaporeans are advised to defer all non-essential travels to the Maldives until the situation stabilises. Singapore has no […]
- Travel Notice for Belgium [Updated: 1 February 2018] Wednesday, 31 January, 2018On 22 January 2018, the Belgian Co-ordinating Body for Threat Analysis (OCAM) revised downwards the general threat level for Belgium from level 3 to level 2. However, the threat level remains at level 3 for certain key locations (Note: Level 2 on a scale of 4 signifies that an attack is less likely, while level […]
- Travel Advisory: Mayon Volcano in Albay Province, Philippines [23 January 2018] Monday, 22 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 latest research shows that the brain’s memory capacity is a quadrillion or 10 to the power of 15, bytes. Astoundingly, this is about the same amount needed to store the entire internet!
- Up to code: Your money matters Monday, 19 February, 2018Psychologists' participation in the Relative Value-Scale Update Committee survey is integral to your reimbursement.
- APA president issues statement on Florida school shootings Friday, 16 February, 2018Framing the problem in terms of mental illness does not direct us to appropriate solutions, Daniel says.
- It's official: Pets benefit our mental health Monday, 19 February, 2018A systematic review of existing studies lists the many ways in which pets provide people with mental health issues some much-needed comfort.
- How making fun of yourself can make you happy Sunday, 18 February, 2018A new study has examined the psychological benefits and disadvantages of self-deprecating humor. The findings may come as a surprise for many.
- 2018 Spring Wildlife Conservation Expo Monday, 5 February, 2018Connect with world-renowned wildlife conservationists and hear their stories of protecting endangered species around the world. Learn how you can be a part of their movement to make a better, safer world for wildlife!Randy
- The Unorthodox Blue Whales of Sri Lanka Thursday, 1 February, 2018It’s no secret that at 100 feet long, blue whales are the largest living animal on Earth. Despite all we know about their incredible size, these undersea giants still have secrets to hide. That’s why Dr. Asha de Vos has dedicated her life to studying the mysteries of the blue whale.Randy
- High levels of microplastics found in Northwest Atlantic fish Friday, 16 February, 2018A new study finds 73 percent of mesopelagic fish caught in the Northwest Atlantic had microplastics in their stomachs -- one of the highest levels globally. Typically living at depths of 200-1,000 meters, these fish could spread microplastic pollution throughout the marine ecosystem, by carrying microplastics from the surface down to deeper waters. They are […]
- Rapid pollution increases may be as harmful to the heart as absolute levels Thursday, 15 February, 2018Rapid increases in pollution may be as harmful to the heart as sustained high levels, according to new research. The authors urgently call for confirmatory studies as even residents of clean air cities could be at risk.
Work of Art
The Nefertiti Bust is a painted stucco-coated limestone bust of the Great Royal Wife of the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten. The work is believed to have been crafted in 1345 B.C. by the sculptor Thutmose, because it was found in his workshop in Amarna, Egypt. A German archaeological team led by Ludwig Borchardt discovered the bust in 1912. It is one of the most copied works of ancient Egypt and Nefertiti has become one of the most famous women of the ancient world, and an icon of feminine beauty. Despite doubts over its authenticity, various testing and analysis of the bust have proved it to be authentic. It is currently on display at the Neues Museum in Berlin.
- (your) heart isn't in itIf your heart isn't in something you're doing, you don't really want to do it.
Symeon the New Theologian on Non-Attachment To Money
As earth thrown over it extinguishes a fire burning in a stove, so worldly cares and every kind of attachment to something, however small and insignificant, destroy the warmth of the heart which was there at first.
- The New View of Heaven Is Too SmallOur recent emphasis on “kingdom work” misses the real hope of the afterlife. Heaven isn’t what it used to be. A friend of mine’s favorite Sunday school song growing up was “Dwell in Me, O Blessed Spirit,” the first verse of which goes, “Dwell in me, O Blessed Spirit, Gracious Teacher, Friend Divine. For the […]J. Todd Billings
- Interview: My Larry Nassar Testimony Went Viral. But There’s More to the Gospel Than Forgiveness.Former gymnast Rachael Denhollander spent years discovering God’s perspective on sexual abuse. Then her advocacy for survivors cost her her church. Sixteen years after Larry Nassar first sexually abused her, Rachael Denhollander decided to publicly reveal that she had been one of the many victims of the USA Gymnastics team doctor. The former gymnast, who […]Interview by Morgan Lee
- Christian Unity in AshesAsh Wednesday is an opportunity for Christians from many traditions to come together and recognize our need for Jesus. E. C. is a Presbyterian. I am not. I know that he’d love to make me so. He fits Presbyterianism. He loves the arc of the liturgy, the commitment to ever put God’s grace and covenantal […]Matthew Ingalls
Pray for Christians in Malaysia
CASE UNRESOLVED BY AUTHORITIES A YEAR AFTER PASTOR'S ABDUCTION. Click on the image to access more information.
Pray for the Persecuted Church
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