Translate This Blog:
I Am That I Am
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 Peter 2:2-3 Tuesday, 20 March, 2018“Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.”
2018 Upcoming National Holidays
- 20: Spring Equinox
- 30: Good Friday (Singapore, USA)
Most Viewed Posts Today
- Jupiter’s Moon Ganymede Has a Salty Ocean with More Water than Earth posted on Friday, 13 March, 2015 | under Astronomy
- Facebook’s Destructive Ethos posted on Monday, 19 March, 2018 | under Technology
- What Is An Uppgivenhetssyndrom? posted on Thursday, 30 March, 2017 | under Psychology
- The Cancer Constellation posted on Friday, 8 December, 2017 | under Astronomy
- Largest Dead Zone In Gulf Of Mexico posted on Saturday, 5 August, 2017 | under Environment
Bits & Pieces of World News TodayMy Tweets
- What Uber’s autonomous vehicle fatality tells us about the future of place Tuesday, 20 March, 2018Sometimes when a news story hits, you just know it will reverberate. The fatal collision involving an Uber autonomous vehicle (AV) hitting a pedestrian in suburban Phoenix fits that profile perfectly. While all details are not yet public, early reporting suggests the Uber AV hit someone crossing a street outside a designated crosswalk. As an… […]Adie Tomer
- How is Saudi Arabian Society Changing? Friday, 9 March, 2018At this event, the panel consider what real, on the ground changes are underway in Saudi Arabia.Chatham House
Astronomy Picture of the Day
IC 2118: The Witch Head Nebula.
Image Credit & Copyright: Gimmi Ratto & Davide Bardini (Collecting Photons).
The Witch Head Nebula suggestively shaped reflection nebula is associated with the bright star Rigel in the constellation Orion. Formerly known as IC 2118, it glows primarily by light reflected from 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 nebula lies about 1000 light-years away.
- NASA to Launch Parachute Test off Virginia Coast March 27 Tuesday, 20 March, 2018NASA will test a parachute for possible future missions to Mars from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Tuesday, March 27. Live coverage of the test is scheduled to begin at 6:15 a.m. EDT on the Wallops Ustream site.
- NASA Mars Mission Tours California Wednesday, 14 March, 2018Scientists and engineers with NASA's next mission to Mars will be touring California cities starting this month.
The Dogon people of Mali have a rich history and are believed to be descendants of ancient Egyptians. They are renowned for their astronomical knowledge and wisdom dating back to 3200 B.C. The Dogon are also famous for their mask dances, wooden sculptures, and architecture. Their art is centred around religious values and ideals. Like many African societies, the Dogon are agriculturalists, cultivating millet, sorghum, and rice, as well as peanuts, onions, and tobacco. Today, there are approximately between 400,000 and 800,000 Dogon people in Mali.
- Green flood alert in Kenya Wednesday, 21 March, 2018On 02/03/2018, a flood started in Kenya, lasting until 21/03/2018 (last update). The flood caused 15 killed and 1000 displaced .
- Alert - Listeriosis in South Africa Friday, 16 March, 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.
National Flag of Laos
The flag of Laos consists of three horizontal stripes, with the middle stripe in blue being twice the height of the top and bottom red stripes. In the middle is a white disc, the diameter of the disc is 4⁄5 the height of the blue stripe. The current flag was adopted on 2 December 1975, when it became a socialist state. The white disk in the centre symbolizes the unity of the Lao people under one nation. It is also said to represent a full moon against the Mekong River. The red stripes stand for the blood shed by the Lao people on both banks of the Mekong River in their struggle for freedom and independence from the French, and the blue symbolizes the Mekong River itself, a symbol of the nation's prosperity.
- Eritrea – Level 2: Exercise increased caution Tuesday, 13 March, 2018Exercise increased caution in Eritrea due to travel restrictions and limited consular assistance. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Reconsider travel to: The Eritrean-Ethiopian border due to potential armed conflict. Remote areas or off main roads due to minefields. Eritrean law enforcement officials routinely block access to foreign nationals in detention. The U.S. Embassy […]
- Mexico – Level 2: Exercise increased caution Friday, 9 March, 2018Exercise increased caution in Mexico due to crime. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Violent crime, such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery, is widespread. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in many areas of Mexico as U.S. government employees are prohibited from travel […]
- Turkmenistan Tuesday, 13 March, 2018Latest update: Safety and security section (Political situation): Parliamentary elections will be held on 25 March 2018; you should avoid demonstrations or large gatherings of peopleGOV.UK
- Nepal Tuesday, 13 March, 2018Latest update: Summary - removal of information on nationwide general strike on 9 and 10 MarchGOV.UK
Everglades National Park
- Travel Advisory for the Maldives [Updated: 21 February 2018] Tuesday, 20 February, 2018The Maldives Government has extended the state of emergency for 30 days effective from 20 February 2018. 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 diplomatic representation in the Maldives which constrains our ability to extend […]
- 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 […]
The Human Brain
Of the thousands of thoughts a person has every day, it’s estimated that 70% of this mental chatter is negative — self-critical, pessimistic, and fearful.
- APA gives mixed review to president's opioid plan Tuesday, 20 March, 2018Calls for more emphasis on nonpharmacological treatments, opposes death penalty for opioid traffickers
- 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
Work of Art
The Lincoln Memorial is an American national monument built to honour the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, and dedicated in 1922. The architect was Henry Bacon, the designer of the primary statue - Abraham Lincoln, 1920 - was Daniel Chester French, the Lincoln statue was carved by the Piccirilli Brothers, and the painter of the interior murals was Jules Guerin. The building is in the form of a Greek Doric temple and contains a large seated sculpture of Abraham Lincoln and inscriptions of two well-known speeches by Lincoln, "The Gettysburg Address" and his Second Inaugural Address.
- in the redIf a person or a company is in the red, their debts are greater than their assets.
- Lead Us Not Into ScandalWhile some other evangelicals stumbled in national news, Graham's Modesto Manifesto kept him from falling. On countless occasions during his career, usually at a press conference preceding a major crusade, Billy Graham declared that he sensed religious revival was breaking out and about to sweep over the land. In 1948, he happened to be right. […]William Martin
Pray for Christians in Uzbekistan
AUTHORITIES HARASSED BELIEVERS AND CHURCHES. Click on the image for more information.
- Family Attacked for Building Church Wall Thursday, 15 March, 2018Photo: World Watch Monitor Five members of a Christian family in northeast Pakistan were attacked and injured as they helped to build a wall around their church on Sunday, March 4th. As church members were inside praying, George Masih, 70, was overseeing the construction of the building project which took place in the village of […]