Report Card: Assessment Tool

By Daniel Valles, Posted to Editor's Blog: 03/21/2015
 
     
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The Bible reminds us many times that, as servants of God, we will all have to give account one day. This new resource is a self-assessment tool to help examine our life, and compare it to the mark and goal that Christ has laid before us. Click here to access the PDF.

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Major 7.5 earthquake strikes off Papua New Guinea, tsunami warning issued
03/29/2015, smh.com.au
There was no sign of damage from the earthquake at Rabaul airport and flights were landing as scheduled, Joe Tamlik, a safety officer, said by telephone.
Putin to Arab League: Palestinians have right to state with capital in east Jerusalem
03/29/2015, jpost.com
...Putin said that "Palestinians have the right to establish an independent and habitable state with a capital in east Jerusalem." ...He had reiterated Russia's support for the Palestinian's failed resolution brought to the UN Security Council in December which called for the end of the occupation of the West Bank and a full Israeli withdrawal to pre-1967 lines by 2017.
The Temple Institute Conducts Unprecendented Passover Offering Practice Drill
03/28/2015, facebook.com
In preparation for the upcoming festival of Passover, this past Wednesday (5 Nisan - 25 March) the 'Priestly Training Academy' established by the Temple Institute held a Passover offering practice drill that was documented by professional photographers. This was the most accurate and authentic reenactment of this service to have taken place in nearly 2,000 years.
Egypt calls for joint Arab military force at summit
03/28/2015, english.alarabiya.net
Saying that the crises in the Middle East and North Africa region have reached an unprecedented danger, Sisi said he “backs calls for a unified Arab force” to confront regional security threats.
Russia is joining a Chinese-led development bank
03/28/2015, businessinsider.com
The Beijing-backed AIIB, unveiled in October, is a multinational lender that the United States perceives as a threat to the Washington-led World Bank.
Magnitude-4.1 earthquake shakes central California; no damage or injuries reported
03/28/2015, startribune.com
...there were no reports of damage. The largest in the sequence — a magnitude-4.1 temblor — hit at 6:30 a.m. Friday and was centered 6 miles north of Coalinga at a depth of 7 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
Magnitude 5.5 Earthquake Rattles Crete
03/28/2015, greece.greekreporter.com
There are no reported casualties but the quake was strong enough to worry locals in Crete and the neighboring Greek islands. - See more at: http://greece.greekreporter.com/2015/03/28/magnitude-5-5-earthquake-rattles-crete/#sthash.cHpWRqv8.dpuf
6.0-magnitude earthquake strikes northern Chile
03/28/2015, channelnewsasia.com
Chile's National Emergency Bureau said there were no initial reports of injuries, "or changes to basic services and infrastructure". It added that the earthquake did not meet the criteria necessary to create a tsunami off the Chilean coast.
5.7 magnitude earthquake hits Egypt’s Delta, no casualties reported
03/28/2015, thecairopost.com
The earthquake occurred at 1:34 a.m. local time and lasted for 10 seconds, was recorded at a depth of 50 kilometers below the seabed and was centered 450 kilometers to the north of Egypt’s Mediterranean governorate of Matrouh, head of NRIAG Abu el-Ela Amin was quoted by Youm7 Saturday.
Obama’s latest concession guts what’s left of the Iran nuclear deal Read more: https://www.commenta
03/28/2015, businessinsider.com
But instead of threatening to walk away from a process that appears on track to ending sanctions on the Islamist regime over this key point, the administration is preparing to amend the current draft of the deal to allow the Iranians several years’ leeway before they’d be required to give a full reckoning about how close they are to a bomb.
The battle for the Middle East’s future begins in Yemen as Saudi Arabia jumps into the abyss
03/28/2015, independent.co.uk
Who decided that this extraordinary battle should take shape in the poorest of Arab nations? The Saudis, whose King is widely rumoured in the Arab world to be incapable of taking decisions of state? Or the princes within the Saudi army who fear that their own security forces may not be loyal to the monarchy?
US military rescues 2 Saudi pilots off Yemen coast, says official
03/28/2015, deccanchronicle.com
The Saudi F-15 fighter jet appeared to be participating in the operations in Yemen, though a US defence official declined to confirm why the men ejected from the plane or why it went down in international waters late on Thursday.
Woman Who Cut 7-Month-Old Baby Out of Mother’s Womb Won’t Face Murder Charge
03/27/2015, lifenews.com
That’s because the state lacks an unborn victims law to hold criminals accountable when they kill or injure unborn children in such criminal attacks. ...Officials will like charge Lane with unlawful termination of a pregnancy, a much lesser charge that essentially amounts to a hate crime against pregnant women that does not acknowledge the baby’s death or status as a second victim.
With Yemen strikes, Saudis show growing independence from U.S.
03/27/2015, reuters.com
Saudi Arabia kept some key details of its military action in Yemen from Washington until the last moment, U.S. officials said, as the kingdom takes a more assertive regional role to compensate for perceived U.S. disengagement.
Arab foreign ministers agree on unified military force
03/26/2015, af.reuters.com
...agreed a draft resolution on Thursday to form a unified military force, in a move aimed at countering growing regional security threats. ...The draft resolution will be referred to the Arab leaders during their March 28-29 summit in Egypt. ...Egyptian TV reported earlier that the ministers asked Elaraby to coordinate with Arab armies' chiefs of staff within one month to begin forming the unified force.
Pressure rises on Greece as savers drain bank deposits
03/26/2015, utsandiego.com
Greece has its back against a wall as it badly needs money — it faces debt repayments and rollovers of nearly 3 billion euros ($3.3 billion) in April, mainly in the middle of the month. That sum will rise to about in July. Not being able to raise money on bond markets, Greece depends on bailout creditors for the money to meet those obligations.
Pakistan says it will respond to any threat to Saudi Arabia
03/26/2015, reuters.com
Pakistan would send a delegation, including military officials, to Saudi Arabia on Friday, the statement said. Pakistan was considering a request from Saudi Arabia for troops to send to Yemen, the foreign office said on Thursday.
Yemen shuts major sea ports due to conflict
03/26/2015, english.alarabiya.net
Yemen shut down its major seaports on Thursday as a Saudi-led military operation continued to strike Houthi forces, Reuters news agency reported citing industry sources.
Yemen: Egyptian Navy Chases Iranian Warships to Retreat from Port of Aden
03/26/2015, israelnationalnews.com
...it should be noted that Iran threatened Saudi Arabia today (Thursday), announcing that its foray into Yemen would end up costing it dearly.
Iran, Assad regime condemn Operation ‘Decisive Storm’ in Yemen
03/26/2015, english.alarabiya.net
The Iranian Foreign Ministry demanded on Thursday an immediate halt to the Saudi-led military operation describing it as “military aggression,” semi-Official Fars news agency reported.
Iran demands immediate end to ‘dangerous’ Saudi-led action in Yemen
03/26/2015, ynetnews.com
The crisis now risks spiralling into a proxy war with Iran backing the Houthis, and Saudi Arabia and the other regional Sunni Muslim monarchies supporting Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.
Egypt warships head to Gulf of Aden; Sudan to take part in Operation Storm of Resolve
03/26/2015, gulfnews.com
Egyptian warships en route to secure Gulf of Aden ...Saudi Arabia is contributing as many as 150,000 troops and 100 warplanes to the operations. Egypt, Jordan, Sudan and Pakistan are ready to take part in a ground offensive
US Declassifies Document Revealing Israel’s Nuclear Program
03/25/2015, israelnationalnews.com
In a development that has largely been missed by mainstream media, the Pentagon early last month quietly declassified a Department of Defense top-secret document detailing Israel's nuclear program, a highly covert topic that Israel has never formally announced ...by publishing the declassified document from 1987, the US reportedly breached the silent agreement to keep quiet on Israel's nuclear powers for the first time ever, detailing the nuclear program in great depth.
Saudi Arabia, allies launch air campaign in Yemen against Houthi fighters
03/25/2015, reuters.com
...carrying out air strikes in coordination with a 10-country coalition seeking to beat back Houthi militia forces besieging the southern city of Aden where the country's president had taken refuge.
Moscow says new U.S. national security strategy is anti-Russian
03/25/2015, reuters.com
The Security Council also repeated an assertion Washington might try to engineer political change in Russia using the same tactics of mass protest the Kremlin says it applied to topple a pro-Russian president in Kiev last year.
Putin reviews war games, says more drills will come
03/25/2015, stripes.com
Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to Putin Tuesday that the maneuvers were aimed at checking the readiness of the newly formed group of forces in the Arctic, as well as the military's capability to quickly field troops to several theaters of operations. "I proceed from the assumption that this was just the start of efforts to train the armed forces," Putin said.
Fighter rose to the German Wings Airbus
03/25/2015, translate.google.com
What initially eyewitnesses, the French Government confirmed now. Minister of Transport, Royal told the media that a fighter jet of the French Air Force had risen to the Airbus A320. The pilot of this flyer may have important information about what was going on in the cockpit of flight 4U9525.
Electric fault delays relaunch of CERN collider after two-year refit
03/24/2015, reuters.com
"Current indications suggest a delay of between a few days and several weeks," a statement from the world's leading particle physics research centre said on Tuesday.
Saudi Arabia building up military near Yemen border - U.S. officials
03/24/2015, reuters.com
One U.S. government source described the size of the Saudi buildup on Yemen's border as "significant" and said the Saudis could be preparing air strikes to defend Hadi if the Houthis attack his refuge in the southern seaport of Aden.
March for Life in Lima, Peru Breaks Record, Pro-Lifers Flood Streets to Protest Abortion
03/24/2015, lifenews.com
On Saturday, March 21st, 2015 more than a half million people marched in the streets of the Peruvian capital in defense of innocent unborn human life. ...the largest pro-life march in all of Latin American history.
Search aircraft find the remains of Germanwings Flight 4U 9525 scattered all over an alpine mountain
03/24/2015, dailymail.co.uk
Witnesses have described hearing an explosion 'like the sound of dynamite' then seeing fighter jets fly past, suggesting the passenger plane had been under military escort. ...One eyewitness in the village of Le Vernet, where some wreckage has been sighted, told Le Parisien newspaper: 'This morning I heard a massive thud and soon after saw several jets fly over.
White House chief of staff: 50 years of Israeli occupation must end
03/23/2015, haaretz.com
“Israel cannot maintain military control of another people indefinitely,” he said. “An occupation that has lasted for almost 50 years must end.” He denied claims that the administration’s reevaluation of its approach to the peace process stemmed from U.S. President Barack Obama’s “personal pique” with Netanyahu...
How Much Time Do Americans Spend Plugged Into The Matrix Every Day?
03/23/2015, theeconomiccollapseblog.com, By Michael Snyder
Instead of humans being forcefully connected to “the Matrix”, we are all willingly connecting ourselves to it. There is a giant system that defines our reality for us, and the length of time that the average American spends connected to it just continues to keep growing.
Air Force test-launches Minuteman missile from Vandenberg
03/23/2015, militarytimes.com
The Air Force says an unarmed Minuteman 3 missile was launched from California in a test of the intercontinental ballistic missile system.
Yemen foes square off as fears of war, Saudi-Iran rivalry grow
03/23/2015, reuters.com
...the Houthis or Sunni jihadi groups may gain the space to threaten regional energy facilities and the Bab al-Mandeb shipping route, a vital energy gateway for Europe, Asia and the United States.
Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan sign agreement on Nile dam
03/23/2015, reuters.com
Leaders from Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan signed a cooperation deal on Monday over a giant Ethiopian hydroelectric dam on a tributary of the river Nile, in a bid to ease tensions over regional water supplies.

 

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