New Marine Park in Malaysia

La Paz Group

A map of the new Tun Mustapha marine protected area, which occupies just under one million hectares of seascape, including more than 50 islands. Illustration: WWF Malaysia

The more protected areas for wildlife in the world the better, in our book. So we’re happy to hear that Malaysia has created a new marine park, the largest of its kind in the country, that covers a million hectares, or around two million football fields. With so many coral and fish species in the region, it’s a great step forward for conservation in an area at risk for over-fishing or poor practices like blast or cyanide fishing. Johnny Langenheim reports:

Malaysia has just established the biggest marine protected area (MPA) in the country. The Tun Mustapha park (TMP) occupies 1m hectares (2.47m acres) of seascape off the northern tip of Sabah province in Borneo, a region containing the second largest concentration of coral…

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Is it a “Dark Night of the Soul”? No, This is Only a Test……….



Is what you’re going through really a form of depression…or even the fabled “Dark Night of the Soul”…?? No, it’s just a test. God does that, you know. It’s easy to feel the Lord’s Presence when we’re up on the mountain, on a spiritual high, when He’s drawing close to us. But, it’s down in the valley of separation, in the awful darkness, when we don’t seem to be hearing from the Lord and can’t sense His nearness…..only the silent loneliness of our own heart beating——— that we may feel abandoned.


This is what our Lord is looking for, no matter what is going on in our life, no matter what pressures and fiery trials, or the terrible dryness we sometimes feel in our soul, He is looking for our unshakable trust in Him to bring us through on the other side of Jordan.Our complete and utter TRUST…

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Living In God’s Calling


Esther 3:13; Esther 4:4-16

Knowing that we have a calling from God is one thing, but living it out is another. Esther reached a point in her life when fulfilling God’s plan became risky. The Lord had placed her in a position of influence, but using that power could cost the young woman her life.

Few are called to be rulers, but we have all been given places of influence to one degree or another. The Lord has placed you in your family, community, and church to fulfill His purposes for your life in this generation. As long as you are breathing, He is still working out His will for you.

How will you respond to His calling? There are only two options: Cooperate by submitting to His plan, or resist Him. Trying to avoid or ignore the opportunities He presents is a form of resistance. Maybe the cost of…

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Life is all about PAIN

                                               died She

                                times Many

         dead was she Before

un-dead be to Just

   knew she

      !end an was There

                flesh mortal this To

                         immortal to be Wanting

          dreams Immortal the And

   mortal to be Waiting

                      live not did She

                                     her lived Life


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Copa America Soccer Tournament Comes To South Bay

The United States Men’s National Team is taking part in the Copa America Tournament at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, which is expected to bring an influx of fans and teams through the area

Source: Copa America Soccer Tournament Comes To South Bay

1162. Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence. ~Plato

Sacred Touches

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What you encounter, recognize or discover depends to a large degree on the quality of your approach. Many of the ancient cultures practiced careful rituals of approach. An encounter of depth and spirit was preceded by careful preparation. When we approach with reverence, great things decide to approach us. Our real life comes to the surface and its light awakens the concealed beauty in things. When we walk on the earth with reverence, beauty will decide to trust us. The rushed heart and arrogant mind lack the gentleness and patience to enter that embrace. ~John O’Donohue

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By having a reverence for life,
we enter into a spiritual
relationslip with the world.
By practicing reverence for life
we become good, deep, and alive.
~Albert Schweitzer

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Man’s only true happiness is
to live in hope of something to be won by him,
reverence something to be worshipped by him,
and love something to…

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The six seasons of Kalidasa in Bollywood – Pre-winter (Hemanta)


In Ritusamhara, Kalidasa paints a highly romantic picture of the pre-winter season. Given the lower temperatures, metallic embellishments get avoided by the delicately nurtured. The fabric chosen for clothing undergoes a subtle change. The pastes and lotions to be applied to the body are different. Liquors come into play. Passions get aroused by the sheer promise of the winter season which is yet to arrive.

When it comes to capturing different shades of passion and putting across suggestions of love-making, Bollywood is never found wanting. Snow-covered mountains, gently murmuring rivulets, enchanting lakes, flying birds and lotuses in bloom form the perfect backdrop for romantic songs. Heroes can be seen aggressively pursuing lissome heroines clad in figure-enhancing dresses.

Here are some of the couplets from Canto Four of Ritusamhara and the kind of songs which could possibly do some justice to the poet’s evocative portrayal of nature and romance.


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74 Years Ago Today: Attack on Pearl Harbor Remembered

The Tactical Hermit

At five minutes to eight o’clock, on a Sunday morning, Dec. 7, 1941, in Hawaii, Japanese planes attacked the United States military base at Pearl Harbor.

An hour later, a second wave of Japanese planes continued the attack. By 9:45 a.m. (local Hawaii time), the attack was finished, with all but 29 Japanese planes returning to the safety of their aircraft carriers.

The attack on Pearl Harbor wiped out approximately half of America’s military airpower in the Pacific Theater; severely damaged eight Navy battleships, three destroyers and three cruisers; demolished the battleships U.S.S. Oklahama and Arizona; and killed more than 2,300 American servicemen.

Pearl Harbor also spurred an isolationist America into World War II. Directly and indirectly, the attack, during the course of the next three-plus years, led the United States to enlist 11.2 million soldiers, 4.2 million sailors, nearly 670,000 Marines, more than 240,000 members of the

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World War Two History: The Secret War Before Pearl Harbor

The Tactical Hermit


FDR ordered American military forces to ‘shoot on sight’ months before Pearl Harbor, just as Charles Lindbergh, the original America Firster, was about to address an anti-war rally.

In 1941: Fighting the Shadow War: A Divided America in a World at War, historian Marc Wortman depicts how President Franklin Roosevelt led America into war long before Pearl Harbor while the nation remained deeply divided over its role in World War II. By September 1941, American “Neutrality Patrol” ships were sailing deep within Hitler’s declared Atlantic Ocean combat zone. Violent confrontation between the U.S. and Germany was inevitable. The first shots of the “undeclared war” were fired on September 4, 1941.

That day, deep in the North Atlantic, a naval destroyer, the USS Greer, steaming to Iceland, which American forces had occupied in early July, shadowed a German submarine. The Greer’s skipper trailed the U-boat to alert…

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