Friday, July 07, 2017
PULL SODOMITE RAINBOW GROUPERS GAY PRIDE FUNDING IF POLICE CAN:T WEAR UNIFORMS IN PARADE,COUNCILLOR SAYS.
26 Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold,(7X OR 7-DEGREES HOTTER) as the light of seven days, in the day that the LORD bindeth up the breach of his people,(ISRAEL) and healeth the stroke of their wound.
27 Behold, the name of the LORD cometh from far, burning with his anger, and the burden thereof is heavy: his lips are full of indignation, and his tongue as a devouring fire:
21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
22 And except those days should be shortened,(DAY LIGHT HOURS SHORTENED) there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake (ISRAELS SAKE) those days shall be shortened (Daylight hours shortened)(THE ASTEROID HITS EARTH HERE)
29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
7 And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.
8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.
9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.
Farmers eye the sky, yearning for rain as heat wave covers southern Alberta-YAHOONEWS-[CBC]-July 5, 2017
As Albertans head into a week of heat, farmers say they'll be keeping a close eye on their crops.In some areas, the mercury is expected to rise above 30 C for several days in a row.Cochrane-area farmer Greg Hawkwood grows barley, canola and peas and also raises cattle.He says the cows will hold up thanks to shade and water, but this season's crop yield could take a hit from the heat."The key to this thing is we can survive this hot spell as long as we get a shot of rain when it's over," he said.Lynn Jacobson, president of the Alberta Federation of Agriculture, farms near Enchant, northeast of Lethbridge.He says farmers in his area have been going through a bit of a dry spell over the past two weeks — and this latest heat wave won't help."Any interruption in moisture and that does affect yield and probably grade," he said.Farmers in parts of southern Alberta have been irrigating their crops over the past month and will keep pouring it on this week, Jacobson said.Overall, Hawkwood says it has been a good growing season, so far.But there are no guarantees, he said."We just sit there and stare at the sky and just kind of hope for the best," he said.
Seniors at risk during extreme hot weather events-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-July 5, 2017
As temperatures rise in southern British Columbia this week, so will health risks for seniors.Environment Canada is forecasting temperatures in the Southern Interior in the mid to high 30s this week and up to 39 C for the weekend."I don't think that people take [heat waves] as seriously as they probably should," said Sarah Henderson, senior environmental scientist with the B.C Centre for Disease Control.Henderson studied the effects of a week-long extreme heat event in the Lower Mainland in 2009 which caused an estimated 110 premature deaths and found many of those victims were between 65 and 75 years old."Can you imagine what it would look like if 110 people died of the flu in a week?" said Henderson, "It would be insane."She said researchers think older seniors might be less at risk because more of them are in care facilities with access to air conditioners or health care practitioners than their younger peers.Hard on the heart-The human body loses the ability to regulate temperature as it ages for a number of reasons, putting people without access to shelter, shade or air conditioning at a higher risk of heat-related illness or death.On top of that, older bodies have a delayed thirst response. "By the time they think they're thirsty, they are really dehydrated," according to Gareth Jones, assistant professor at the School of Health and Exercise Sciences at the University of British Columbia Okanagan.When a person becomes dehydrated, their blood thickens and it puts more stress on the heart, according to Jones. For seniors, dehydration can be deadly, because they're already dealing with a weakened circulatory system."The veins and arteries get a little bit softer and harder to move blood through. It's just a compounding effect. Basically, the heat puts stress on the body and it can knock people over the edge," said Henderson."Staying cool is staying safe"Theoretically, it's easy to stay safe during a heat wave if you have access to shelter and water, according to Henderson."Staying cool is staying safe," she said.Jones suggested a number of ways for seniors to keep their cool through the hot spell; first of all, by avoiding strenuous activity.He also suggests checking in on friends, family and neighbours who are at risk or live alone.Seniors should eat crackers or try drinking tomato juice, which has much needed potassium and sodium that is lost through sweating, said Jones.Other ways to keep cool include misting skin with a spray bottle and wearing light, loose fitting clothing,.It's also important to be aware that some drugs can affect the body's temperature-regulating ability, including pharmaceuticals used to treat psychosis, epilepsy and Parkinson's disease, according to Henderson.Children and poor at risk-Seniors aren't the only group at an increased risk of mortality during an extreme weather event.Henderson said her research showed an increase in heat-related illness and death as well as an up-tick in suicides in low-income neighbourhoods during the 2009 heat wave in Vancouver.Very young children from infancy to early grade school are also at an increased risk. Because their temperature regulation isn't fully developed until later in life, they should be given extra attention to ensure they stay cool and hydrated, said Ian Pike, a pediatrician at B.C. Children's Hospital.Pike suggested parents keep children's skin covered using hats and clothing and sunscreen, but most importantly, make sure kids are drinking water throughout the day and keep them inside when possible.With files from CBC Radio One's Daybreak South.
25 And there shall be signs in the sun,(HEATING UP-SOLAR ECLIPSES) and in the moon,(MAN ON MOON-LUNAR ECLIPSES) and in the stars;(ASTEROIDS ETC) and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity;(MASS CONFUSION) the sea and the waves roaring;(FIERCE WINDS)
26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear,(TORNADOES,HURRICANES,STORMS) and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth:(DESTRUCTION) for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.(FROM QUAKES,NUKES ETC)
Freak rain storms pound Japan, at least three dead: NHK-[Reuters]-By Issei Kato and Teppei Kasai-YAHOONEWS-July 6, 2017
ASAKURA, Japan (Reuters) - Torrential rains battered southwestern Japan for a second day on Thursday, killing three people, with 100,000 ordered to evacuate their homes and while thousands of rescuers, some in helicopters, searched for survivors.Parts of Fukuoka prefecture, on the island of Kyushu, were hit by 556 mm (22 inches) of rain in the 40 hours to 4 p.m. (0700 GMT) on Thursday, about 1.6 times the amount that usually falls in the whole of July, the weather agency said.Television showed a military helicopter airlifting a stranded resident to safety and houses half submerged in murky water or destroyed by landslides."I heard this tremendous rumbling noise and then the house exploded. A tree burst through the wall into the room," a sodden, dishevelled man told public broadcaster NHK after his house was hit by a landslide.Three people had been killed, three were in "cardiopulmonary arrest" and eight were injured, NHK reported, while about 300 people were stranded, mostly in their homes, cut off by floods or landslides.Thousands of soldiers, police and fire fighters fanned out, wading through water and plodding through mud to search for victims."Since daybreak today, we have mobilised 7,800 people from police, fire authorities and the Self-Defence Forces to do our utmost in searching and rescuing the affected," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference.About 250 people had been rescued, but there were some areas where the rescue teams had yet to reach, he said.The weather agency downgraded a special warning issued on Wednesday to Fukuoka and neighbouring Oita prefecture to a regular alert, but heavy rain was likely continue into Friday."Soil has been loosened in these regions because of the heavy rain ... Strict vigilance should be maintained," an agency official told reporters.Fukuoka and Oita prefectures are both largely rural.The rain was caused by a low pressure area over the Pacific that fed warm, moist air into Japan's seasonal rainy front.Television footage showed a railway line left broken and twisted and roads eaten away by floods.All operations stopped at a Daihatsu Motor Co plant in Oita because staff and parts could not get to the plant. The company also cancelled a shift at a plant in nearby Fukuoka.A spokesman for JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy Corp said there was no impact on its Oita refinery operations and Toshiba Corp said its semiconductor plant in Oita was operating normally.(Writing by Elaine Lies, Kiyoshi Takenaka Additional reporting by Kaori Kaneko, Osamu Tsukimori, Naomi Tajitsu, Kentaro Hamada, Takahiko Wada; Editing by Paul Tait, Robert Birsel)
Philippine quake knocks down building, kills 2, injures 100-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-July 6, 2017
TACLOBAN, Philippines — A strong, shallow earthquake shook the central Philippines on Thursday, leaving at least two people dead and injuring more than 100, including several in a collapsed building where others were trapped for several hours, officials said.The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 6.5 and struck at a depth of 6.5 kilometres (4 miles) in Leyte province. Filipino seismologists measured the depth at just 2 kilometres (1.2 miles) and said the quake, caused by movement of the Philippine Fault, was felt most strongly in Leyte's Kananga town.Shallow earthquakes generally cause more damage on the Earth's surface.A building collapsed in Kananga, killing one person, injuring more than 20 others and trapping six people, including children, who were later rescued, Kananga Mayor Rowena Codilla told The Associated Press by cellphone from the scene."I can see that the child looks pale and weak but the others are OK," Codilla said as she watched while the victims were treated by medics for bruises and other injuries."I'm really happy," she said, adding that the victims guided the rescuers by cellphone to where they were trapped. She said many people managed to dash out of the building when it started to sway, but the six were unable to escape in time.One person was pulled out earlier from the building alive but injured, she said.The building had a grocery store, a hardware store and a beauty parlour on the ground floor and a guest house on the second floor, she said.The quake caused power outages in Kananga and outlying areas.Thousands of residents, office workers and students fled from homes, buildings and schools, with some falling over as the ground shook. Many refused to return home because of aftershocks.Mayor Richard Gomez of Ormoc city, about 30 kilometres (17 miles) from Kananga, told DZMM radio that a landslide hit a house and killed a young woman. More than 100 others were injured in the area, including many who were "traumatized and hysterical," he said.The strong shaking caused cracks in some buildings and roads in the city and power was automatically shut off, Gomez said.Ormoc's airport was closed after the quake damaged its runway, Gomez said.Delia Vilbar, the treasurer of Ormoc, said she was attending a meeting on the second floor of City Hall when the earthquake struck."It was very strong, and the building was shaking," she said. "I sat down while others in the room went under the table."When she went outside to the street, she saw people crying and embracing each other, she said.Asked about the earthquake, President Rodrigo Duterte, who was visiting southern Bukidnon province, said he had not received any reports of major damage.The quake struck in a region that was devastated in November 2013 by Typhoon Haiyan, which whipped up huge waves that left more than 7,300 people dead or missing, levelled entire villages and displaced more than 5 million villagers. Tacloban city, which was hard hit by Haiyan, lost electrical power after Thursday's earthquake.The Philippines sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," where earthquakes and volcanoes are common. A magnitude 7.7 quake killed nearly 2,000 people in the northern Philippines in 1990.___Associated Press writer Jim Gomez in Manila contributed to this report.The Associated Press.
Magnitude 5.8 earthquake rouses slumbering Montana residents-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-July 6, 2017
LINCOLN, Mont. — An earthquake strong enough to rouse sleeping residents more than 30 miles (48 kilometres ) from its epicenter struck western Montana early Thursday.A magnitude 5.8 earthquake hit at 12:30 a.m. about 6 miles (9.7 kilometres ) southeast of Lincoln, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. A magnitude 4.9 quake rattled the same general area about five minutes later.The USGS noted seven other quakes ranging from magnitude 3.5 to 4.4 over the next hour. Two others followed, with the most recent being a 3.6 quake at 7:15 a.m.The USGS received reports of people feeling the earthquake throughout Montana and in parts of Idaho, Washington and Wyoming.There were no immediate reports of injuries or serious damage, but the eight patrons at the Wilderness Bar in Lincoln headed for the doors as stools and glass bottles started falling over."I just jumped over the bar and pretty much landed in a guy's lap," bartender Sheri Deluca told the Great Falls Tribune.At the nearby Wheel Inn Tavern, bartender Lisa Large said the power went out and bottles flew off the shelves."It slopped all the grease outta the fryer," she told the Missoulian. "The kitchen's a mess right now."Food was knocked off grocery store shelves in Lincoln and Helena.Mike Stickney, a seismologist at the Earthquake Studies Office with the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology in Butte, said the quake was probably the strongest in Montana since October 1964 and was located along the axis of the intermountain seismic belt.Stickney does not believe the quake is seismically linked to the recent swarm of more than 1,100 smaller earthquakes in and around Yellowstone National Park over the past two weeks.Ray Anderson, 76, tells The Associated Press that it was the strongest seismic activity he had ever felt while living in Helena, which is about 34 miles (54 kilometres ) away from the quake's epicenter.He said his wife told him the temblor woke up the dogs.Musician John Mayer, a part-time Bozeman resident, took to Twitter to marvel at the event."Wow," he wrote on Twitter. "Earthquake in Montana."There have been more than 70 quakes measuring larger than 4.5 in Montana and parts of Wyoming and Idaho since 1925, according to the USGS. The largest quake in Montana history was magnitude 7.2 near West Yellowstone in 1959.The Associated Press.
Mars surface 'more uninhabitable' than thought: study-Agence France-Presse-YAHOONEWS-July 6, 2017
Paris (AFP) - Hopes of finding life on Mars, at least on the surface, were dealt a blow Thursday by a study revealing that salt minerals present on the Red Planet kill bacteria.In lab tests on Earth, the compounds known as perchlorates killed cultures of the bacteria Bacillus subtilis, a basic life form, a research duo from the University of Edinburgh?s School of Physics and Astronomy reported.Perchlorates, stable at room temperature, become active at high heat. Mars is very cold.In the new study, Jennifer Wadsworth and Charles Cockell showed the compound can also be activated by UV light, without heat, in conditions mimicking those on the martian surface.It killed bacteria within minutes, said the team, implying the planet was "more uninhabitable than previously thought.""If we want to find life on Mars, we have to take this into consideration and look at trying to find sub-surface life that wouldn't be exposed to these conditions," Wadsworth told AFP.Perchlorates are natural and man-made on Earth, but are more abundant on Mars where they were first recorded by NASA's Phoenix Lander in 2008.The fact that perchlorates killed B. subtilis in the presence of UV radiation did not necessarily mean that all other life forms would similarly die, said Wadsworth. Further tests would have to be done to confirm this.Perchlorates have previously been spotted in lines, thought to be brine streaks, on the surface of Mars.Their presence was presented as evidence by scientists in 2015 of liquid water on the Red Planet.But the new study said brine seeps, "although they represent local regions of water availability, could be deleterious to cells" if they contain perchlorates.The findings do contain some good news.They mean that organic contaminants left on Mars by robotic exploration, of which B. subtilis is a common one, are unlikely to survive long.It is widely accepted that the Red Planet once hosted plentiful water in liquid form, and still has water today, albeit frozen in ice underground.Liquid water is a prerequisite for life as we know it.
Physicists find new particle with a double dose of charm-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-July 6, 2017
WASHINGTON — Scientists have found an extra charming new subatomic particle that they hope will help further explain a key force that binds matter together.Physicists at the Large Hadron Collider in Europe announced Thursday the fleeting discovery of a long theorized but never-before-seen type of baryon.Baryons are subatomic particles made up of quarks. Protons and neutrons are the most common baryons. Quarks are even smaller particles that come in six types, two common types that are light and four heavier types.The high-speed collisions at the world's biggest atom smasher created for a fraction of a second a baryon particle called Xi cc, said Oxford physicist Guy Wilkinson, who is part of the experiment.The particle has two heavy quarks — both of a type that are called "charm"— and a light one. In the natural world, baryons have at most one heavy quark.It may have been brief, but in particle physics it lived for "an appreciably long time," he said.The two heavy quarks are in a dance that's just like the interaction of a star system with two suns and the third lighter quark circles the dancing pair, Wilkinson said."People have looked for it for a long time," Wilkinson said. He said this opens up a whole new "family" of baryons for physicists to find and study."It gives us a very unique and interesting laboratory to give us an interesting new angle on the behaviour of the strong interaction (between particles), which is one of the key forces in nature," Wilkinson said.Chris Quigg, a theoretical physicist at the Fermilab near Chicago, who wasn't part of the discovery team, praised the discovery and said "it gives us a lot to think about."The team has submitted a paper to the journal Physical Review Letters.The Large Hadron Collider, located in a 27-kilometre (16.8-mile) tunnel beneath the Swiss-French border, was instrumental in the discovery of the Higgs boson. It was built by the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known by its French acronym CERN.___Follow Seth Borenstein on Twitter at @borenbears. His work can be found here.By Seth Borenstein, The Associated Press.
7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse:(CHLORES GREEN) and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword,(WEAPONS) and with hunger,(FAMINE) and with death,(INCURABLE DISEASES) and with the beasts of the earth.(ANIMAL TO HUMAN DISEASE).
Spain hit by deadly bacteria threatening olive trees-Agence France-Presse-YAHOONEWS-July 6, 2017
Madrid (AFP) - A deadly bacteria that infected thousands of olive trees in Italy has been detected for the first time in mainland Spain, the world's top producer of olive oil, a regional government official said Thursday.The Xylella fastidiosa pathogen, which dries out trees leaving their leaves looking scorched, was found in June in almond trees near the town of Guadalest in the eastern region of Valencia, Elena Cebrian, head of the regional government's agriculture department, told AFP.Tests carried out on olive trees in the same area came back negative.All trees and plants within a 100-metre radius of the almond tree that was found to be infected in Valencia are being destroyed.The area is also being treated against insects which are suspected of transmitting the bacteria.The bacteria, which emerged in 2013 in southern Italy and has also been detected in France, was found on Spanish soil for the first time in October in a cherry tree in the Balearic Islands.The affected trees in two islands of the archipelago were destroyed as well as those in a 100-metre radius.Local authorities also banned exports of plants from the Balearic Islands to prevent the bacteria, dubbed "olive tree leprosy" by some farming associations, from reaching mainland Spain.Spain is home to around 340 million olive trees. It produces about half of the world's olive oil.
23 Thus he said, The fourth beast (EU,REVIVED ROME) shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth,(7TH WORLD EMPIRE) which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.(TRADING BLOCKS-10 WORLD REGIONS/TRADE BLOCS)
24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings(10 NATIONS-10 WORLD DIVISION WORLD GOVERNMENT) that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.(EITHER THE EUROPEAN UNION DICTATOR BOOTS 3 COUNTRIES FROM THE EU OR THE DICTATOR TAKES OVER THE WORLD ECONOMY BY CONTROLLING 3 WORLD TRADE BLOCS)
9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.(THE VATICAN IS BUILT ON 7 HILLS OR MOUNTAINS)
10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen,(1-ASSYRIA,2-EGYPT,3-BABYLON,4-MEDO-PERSIA,5-GREECE) and one is,(IN POWER IN JOHNS AND JESUS DAY-6-ROME) and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.(7TH-REVIVED ROMAN EMPIRE OR THE EUROPEAN UNION TODAY AND THE SHORT SPACE IS-7 YEARS.THE EUROPEAN UNION WILL HAVE WORLD CONTROL FOR THE LAST 3 1/2 YEARS.BUT WILL HAVE ITS MIGHTY WORLD POWER FOR THE FULL 7 YEARS OF THE 7 YEAR TRIBULATION PERIOD.AND THE WORLD DICTATOR WILL BE THE BEAST FROM THE EU.AND THE VATICAN POPE WILL BE THE WHORE THAT RIDES THE EUROPEAN UNION TO POWER.AND THE 2 EUROPEAN UNION POWER FREAKS WILL CONTROL AND DECIEVE THE WHOLE EARTH INTO THEIR DESTRUCTION.IF YOU ARE NOT SAVED BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS.YOU WILL BE DECIEVED BY THESE TWO.THE WORLD POLITICIAN-THE EUROPEAN UNION DICTATOR.AND THE FALSE PROPHET THAT DEFECTS CHRISTIANITY-THE FALSE VATICAN POPE.
11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.
12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.
Heres the scripture 1 week = 7 yrs Genesis 29:27-29
27 Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years.
28 And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week:(7 YEARS) and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also.
29 And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter Bilhah his handmaid to be her maid.
26 And after threescore and two weeks(62X7=434 YEARS+7X7=49 YEARS=TOTAL OF 69 WEEKS OR 483 YRS) shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary;(ROMAN LEADERS DESTROYED THE 2ND TEMPLE) and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.(THERE HAS TO BE 70 WEEKS OR 490 YRS TO FUFILL THE VISION AND PROPHECY OF DAN 9:24).(THE NEXT VERSE IS THAT 7 YR WEEK OR (70TH FINAL WEEK).
27 And he ( THE ROMAN,EU PRESIDENT) shall confirm the covenant (PEACE TREATY) with many for one week:(1X7=7 YEARS) and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease,(3 1/2 yrs in TEMPLE ANIMAL SACRIFICES STOPPED) and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
EU and Japan champion free trade ahead of G20 summit By Eszter Zalan-JULY 6,17-EUOBSERVER
BRUSSELS, Today, 15:31-EU and Japanese leaders agreed on a free trade deal on Thursday (6 July) and emphasised the importance of shared values in a snub to US president Donald Trump a day before the G20 summit in Germany.Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe met with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council chief Donald Tusk in Brussels to announce the political agreement.The two sides, which are responsible for over 30 percent of the world’s GDP and 40 percent of global trade, hammered out the agreement after Trump’s decision to pull the US out of the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TTP), giving new impetus to the EU-Japan talks that started in 2013.The leaders hailed the agreement as evidence that free and fair trade can go hand-in-hand, and that protectionism has no winners.The agreement “shows that closing ourselves to the world is neither good for business, nor for the global economy, nor for workers,” Juncker told reporters at the press conference of the EU-Japan summit.“There’s no protection in protectionism,” he quipped.Tusk said the agreement was possible because Japan and the EU share the same values.“It is, above all, about the shared values that underpin our societies, by which I mean liberal democracy, human rights and the rule of law,” he said.Highlighting the need for a level playing field and a rule-based system, leaders also sent a message to China, which is often accused by critics of subsidising overcapacity in several sectors, particularly steel.Tusk said that although the danger of isolationism lingers on, the EU-Japan deal proves it does not have to come back."That the world really doesn't need to go a hundred years back in time,” Tusk said.“Prior to the G20 summit in Hamburg tomorrow … we were able to demonstrate a strong political will, to the effect that the EU and Japan will hoist the flag of free trade high against protectionist trends,” Shinzo Abe told reporters.The agreement, once in force, will eliminate customs tariffs worth €1 billion for European exporters, Juncker said.The EU commission chief also said the deal has the potential to increase European exports to Japan, now worth €80 million annually, by more than a third.Juncker said, for instance, that wine producers will save €134 million a year, and leather and shoe-manufacturers will be able to hold onto an extra €174 million annually, thanks to the deal.The agreement will be a model for the 21st century's economic order, the Japanese premier said.Shinzo Abe added that he hoped the agreement with the EU would have a positive effect on the early entry into force for TTP.He said he tried to explain to president Trump that TTP is not a win or lose issue, because it has a “positive advantage” for all the countries involved.-Investment protection-However, the EU and Japan still need to agree on the legal framework for protecting investments.Negotiators hope to wrap up the issue in a few months.Juncker also referred to investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS), an ad hoc arbitration system that was widely criticised in previous deals and was eventually scrapped by the EU.Juncker said he made it clear that private tribunals have no place in deciding on matters of public interest.“We have strong and independent courts, both in EU and Japan. They will uphold the rule of law and nobody else,” the EU commission chief said.The EU has tabled a proposal to use the investment court system to settle disputes.The Japanese side, however, has a different approach, which still tends towards the ISDS system."Both ideas are on the table. We need to see how we can narrow distance, separating positions," a Japanese spokesman told reporters after the meeting.Once negotiations on the court system are over, the free trade deal will need to be ratified by the European Parliament and the parliaments of member states.Juncker said he does not expect any difficulties during the ratification process, and said the EU aims for the deal to come into force in early 2019.On the Japanese side, however, press secretary Norio Maruyama stressed that he was "not quite sure how long it will take". He added that all will depend on details that still have to be discussed, insisting that "a huge job has to be done on the EU side."Belgium’s Wallonia region held up the ratification process for the trade deal with Canada last year, almost hindering the signing of the accord.-Brexit’s shadow-Leaders also reflected on the political context, given the looming Brexit negotiations.Tusk said the EU-Japan deal is proof that a key argument for Brexit, which stated that it is easier to achieve trade deals outside the EU, is flawed.Shinzo Abe said Japan hopes that close cooperation will be maintained between the UK and the EU. He also said Japan supports strong unity in Europe.During his discussions with Juncker and Tusk, Japan's prime minister insisted that Japanese companies present in the UK need "transparency and predictability" during the period leading up to Brexit.The leaders also called for the early adoption of a new and comprehensive UN Security Council resolution on North Korea.They strongly condemned North Korea's continued nuclear tests and ballistic missile launches.
COUNTRIES WITH ISRAEL AND THE ENEMIES OF THE WEST
10 Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought:
11 And thou shalt say,(RUSSIA,ARAB,MUSLIMS) I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates,
12 To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.
13 Sheba, and Dedan,(SAUDIA ARABIA)(JORDAN) and the merchants of Tarshish,(ENGLAND) with all the young lions thereof,(USA,CANADA,AUSTRALIA,NEW ZEALAND,EU,ENGLAND,ENGLISH SPEAKING shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?
14 Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, Thus saith the Lord GOD; In that day when my people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it?
PSALMS 83:3-7 (COUNTRIES AGAINST ISRAEL)(EXCEPT JORDAN)
3 They (ARABS,MUSLIMS) have taken crafty counsel against thy people,(ISRAEL) and consulted against thy hidden ones.
4 They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.
5 For they (MUSLIMS) have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:(TREATIES)
6 The tabernacles of Edom,(JORDAN) and the Ishmaelites;(ARABS) of Moab, PALESTINIANS,JORDAN) and the Hagarenes;(EGYPT)
7 Gebal,(HEZZBALLOH,LEBANON) and Ammon,(JORDAN) and Amalek;(SYRIA,ARABS,SINAI) the Philistines (PALESTINIANS) with the inhabitants of Tyre;(LEBANON)
ISRAEL-WEST ENEMIES EZEK 38:4-6,15-19
4 And I (GOD) will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws,(GOD FORCES THE RUSSIA-MUSLIMS TO MARCH) and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:
5 Persia,(IRAN,IRAQ) Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:
6 Gomer,(GERMANY) and all his bands; the house of Togarmah (TURKEY) of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.(AFRICAN MUSLIMS,SUDAN,TUNESIA ETC)
15 And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts,(RUSSIA-ARAB/MUSLIMS) thou, and many people with thee,(AFRICAN ISLAMIC COUNTRIES) all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army:
16 And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes.
17 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Art thou he of whom I have spoken in old time by my servants the prophets of Israel, which prophesied in those days many years that I would bring thee against them?
18 And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, that my fury shall come up in my face.
19 For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel;
DANIEL 11:44 (CHINA WITH RUSSIA-MUSLIMS)
44 But tidings out of the east(CHINA) and out of the north(RUSSIA, MUSLIMS WHATS LEFT FROM WAVE 1) shall trouble him:(EU DICTATOR IN ISRAEL) therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.( 1/3RD OF EARTHS POPULATION)
EZEKIEL 39:1-6 ISRAELS ENEMIES DESTROYED
1 Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog,(LEADER OF RUSSIA) and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech (MOSCOW) and Tubal: (TUBOLSK)
2 And I will turn thee back,(RUSSIA-ARAB MUSLIM ISRAEL HATERS) and leave but the sixth part of thee,(5/6TH OR 300 MILLION DEAD RUSSIAN/ARAB/MUSLIMS I BELIEVE) and will cause thee to come up from the north parts,(RUSSIA) and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel:
3 And I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand.
4 Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands,( ARABS) and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured.
5 Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.
6 And I will send a fire on Magog,(NUCLEAR ATOMIC BOMB) and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the LORD.
Why China and Russia will be best frenemies forever By Sijbren de Jong-JULY 6,17-EUOBSERVER
The Hague, Today, 08:53-On 3 and 4 July, Chinese president Xi Jinping visited Russia for a two-day state visit that included his third meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin in the space of a year.Despite what these visits and the pledge to forge closer strategic and economic ties between the two nations suggest – and much to the chagrin of Vladimir Putin – Russia features awkwardly little in China’s major strategic plans for Eurasia.At any rate, few things appear to unite Russia and China more these days than their mutual disdain for what they see as Western interference in their respective "spheres of influence".This train of thought is well illustrated by the reaction to North Korea’s latest missile test. Xi and Putin called upon Pyongyang, South Korea and the US to join a Chinese de-escalation plan. But their real concern lies elsewhere.The Chinese plan calls for a halt to joint South-Korean-American large-scale missile exercises, and calls on the US to stop the deployment of its Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) in South Korea.In other words, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un’s missile pointing behaviour, in a way, gives leverage to both Moscow and Beijing.But beyond the anti-Western rhetoric and the shared interest of keeping the US at bay, there is little that sustainably binds Moscow and Beijing together.Illustrative of the Russian pivot to Asia that never materialised is the so-called Power of Siberia pipeline.When announced in May 2014, the $400-billion gas deal was heralded by Putin as an "epochal event". Fast-forward three years and the project is moving at a snail’s pace.China drove a hard bargain, knowing that Russia needed it a lot more than the other way around, received a bottom price and, as a result, the project is gradually turning into a loss-making endeavour for the Russians.The pipeline is another prime example of Russian state-owned natural gas company Gazprom being forced into a deal that makes little commercial sense, but was pushed by the Kremlin for political purposes.China has plenty of alternatives, including pipeline gas coming from Central Asia and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) from Qatar and elsewhere. The Kremlin knew this, but stubbornly pushed on. And Beijing? They smiled and gladly profited.-Not all roads lead to Moscow-Following the summit between Russia and China at the beginning of July, Russian state development companies announced that the two countries will create a $10 billion investment fund and a $850 million innovation fund.The two funds are designed to invest in cross-border projects as part of China’s "Belt and Road Initiative" and to further develop the Russian energy, industrial and transport sectors.Despite all the bilateral drum rolling, the creation of these funds pale in comparison to the vast sums of money doled out throughout the region and should really be viewed as a way of easing concerns in Moscow that China’s new Silk Road is steadily encroaching upon the Central Asian former Soviet republics in Russia’s backyard.China’s Belt and Road initiative comprises as much as sixty countries and hundreds of billions of dollars, but sadly for Russia, a string of proposed rail and pipeline networks are limited to Russia’s southern periphery, along with Moscow and St. Petersburg and new pipelines to Kazan and Irkutsk.In the long term, Russia’s conspicuous absence spells major problems for the the country's leadership.The issue for Moscow is that China’s investment spree in its backyard could end up costing Russia not only a sizeable share of Chinese investment, but a substantial loss of both market share in the region, as well as having to relinquish control over valuable natural resources.Worse, the lure coming from Beijing’s deep pockets serves to undermine support for the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), an economic union of former Soviet states in northern Eurasia.Putin may continuously praise and claim expanding cooperation between the EEU and the Chinese Silk Road, but the reality tells a very different story: one whereby Moscow continues to play second fiddle to Beijing’s tune. No lavish summit statement can do much to change the music.The Crude World monthly column on Eurasian (energy) security and power politics in Europe’s eastern neighbourhood is written by Sijbren de Jong, a strategic analyst with The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS), specialised in Eurasian (energy) security and the EU’s relations with Russia and the former Soviet Union.
Analysis: Despite test, North Korean ICBM likely years away-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-July 6, 2017
TOKYO — Despite North Korea's claim its intercontinental ballistic missile launch shows it can attack targets anywhere it wants, experts say it will probably be years before it could use such a weapon in a real-world scenario.The test on Tuesday demonstrated the North is closer than ever before to reaching its final goal of developing a credible nuclear deterrent to what it sees as the hostile policy of its archenemies in Washington.But even for an experienced superpower, getting an ICBM to work reliably can take a decade.Launching a missile under test conditions is relatively easy. It can be planned and prepared for and carried out whenever everything is ready, which makes success more likely. The real game-changer would come when the missile is considered operational under any conditions — in other words, when it is credible for use as a weapon.For sure, the North's Fourth of July fireworks were a major success.Initial analyses indicate its new "Hwasong 14" could be capable of reaching most of Alaska or possibly Hawaii if fired in an attacking trajectory. It was instead shot at a very steep angle, a technique called lofting, and reached a height of more than 2,500 kilometres (1,550 miles) before splashing down in the Pacific Ocean 930 kilometres (580 miles) away.Hwasong means "Mars.""If a vague threat is enough for them, they could wait for another successful launch and declare operational deployment after that, and half the world will believe them," said Markus Schiller, a leading expert on North Korea's missile capabilities who is based in Germany. "But if they take it seriously, as the U.S. or Russia do, it would take at least a dozen more launches and perhaps 10 years. Mind you, this is their first ICBM."Schiller noted the example of Russia's latest submarine-launched missile, the Bulava."They really have a lot experience in that field, but from first launch to service it took them almost 10 years (2004 to 2013)," he wrote in an email to The Associated Press. "They still have troubles — one of their test launches just failed."The bar for having an operational ICBM is also higher for the North if the United States is its target.An ICBM is usually defined as a land-based ballistic missile with a range in excess of 5,500 kilometres (3,420 miles). That comes from U.S.-Soviet disarmament talks and in that context makes good sense. The distance between Moscow and New York is about 7,500 kilometres (4,660 miles).But Narushige Michishita, a defence expert and professor at Japan's National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, pointed out that although the range required for North Korea to hit Alaska would be 5,700 kilometres (3,550 miles) and Hawaii 7,500 kilometres (4,660 miles), reaching the other 48 states requires ranges of 8,000-12,000 kilometres (5,000-7,500 miles)."In the U.S.-DPRK context, the 5,500 kilometre-range ICBM means nothing," he said. "We must take a look at the range, not the title or name."Pyongyang made a point of trying to dispel two big questions about its missiles with the test: re-entry and accuracy.It claims to have successfully addressed the problem of keeping a nuclear warhead intact during the descent to a target with a viable heatshield, which would mark a major step forward. The Hwasong 14 isn't believed to be accurate enough to attack small targets despite Pyongyang's claims otherwise, but that isn't a major concern if it is intended to be a threat to large population areas, such as cities on the U.S. West Coast.The reliability problem, however, remains."These missiles are very complex machines, and if they're launched again tomorrow it might blow up on the pad," said David Wright, co-director and senior scientist at the Global Security Program of the Union of Concerned Scientists. "You don't want to do that with a nuclear warhead on top."Wright said he believes Kim Jong Un decided to start a number of different development programs for different missile systems a couple of years ago and that the frequency of launches over the past 18 months suggests those programs have moved forward enough to reach the testing stages."I have been surprised by how quickly they have been advancing," he said.Wright said the North is believed by most analysts to have a nuclear device small and rugged enough to be put on a long-range missile, or to be very close to having one.But he said it remains to be seen if its latest missile can be further modified to get the range it needs to threaten the contiguous U.S., or whether that would require a new system with a scaled-up missile and more powerful engine."I suspect that latter, but don't know yet," he said.The answer to that question matters because it has implications for how long it will take North Korea to really have an ICBM that could attack the U.S. West Coast — and how long Washington has to take action to stop it.What is Wright's estimate? "I would expect a couple years," he said.___Talmadge is the AP's Pyongyang bureau chief. Follow him on Twitter @EricTalmadge and Instagram @erictalmadge.Eric Talmadge, The Associated Press
Trump calls out Russia, cites efforts to subvert Western civilization-[Reuters]-By Roberta Rampton and Pawel Sobczak-YAHOONEWS-July 6, 2017
WARSAW (Reuters) - President Donald Trump affirmed U.S. commitment to the defense of NATO allies on Thursday in a Warsaw speech that gently criticized Russia, and said Western civilization must stand up to "those who would subvert and destroy it".In his second trip to Europe as president and shortly before leaving for a potentially fractious G20 meeting in Germany, Trump appeared at pains to soothe U.S. allies after unnerving them in May by failing to endorse the principle of collective defense enshrined in Article Five of the NATO treaty.As a presidential candidate, Trump called NATO obsolete, but he has since changed his position on the alliance's relevance.The president also had tough words for Russia on Thursday, though he did not fully endorse allegations, backed by U.S. intelligence agencies, that Moscow interfered in the 2016 presidential election that he won.Trump meets President Vladimir Putin for the first time face-to-face on Friday in Hamburg, the site of the G20 summit."We urge Russia to cease its destabilizing activities in Ukraine and elsewhere and its support for hostile regimes including Syria and Iran, and to instead join the community of responsible nations in our fight against common enemies and the defense of civilization itself," he said.The Kremlin said Russia was not guilty of any destabilizing activity.The brief visit to Warsaw, to take part in a gathering of regional heads of state, was billed by the White House as an effort to patch up relations with European allies after a tense NATO summit in May.Trump was received by enthusiastic crowds on a central Warsaw square, some 15,000 people according to police estimates, many arriving on busses organized by parliamentary deputies of the ruling conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party.Many carried U.S. flags or placards with photographs of Duda and Trump. Some wore t-shirts with American flag colors.Trump reiterated criticism of low defense spending levels by many European nations and praised Poland for meeting the alliance's target of spending two percent of economic output on defense."To those who would criticize our tough stance, I would point out that the United States has demonstrated not merely with words but with its actions that we stand firmly behind Article 5, the mutual defense commitment," he said to applause.Article five of NATO's 1949 founding charter states that an attack on any member is an attack on all, and allies must render assistance, military if need be.The stopover was a major diplomatic coup for Poland's conservative government, which has faced mounting criticism from Brussels over its democratic record and a refusal to accept migrants fleeing war in the Middle East.The euroskeptic administration agrees with Trump on issues such as migration, climate change, coal mining or abortion, and wants EU institutions to give back some of their powers to national governments."We are against abortion, we promote life. These values are shared by president Trump. There is no other leader who would evoke God in his speeches so frequently," said Lukasz, a 30-year-old teacher from the seaside city of Szczecin, who travel led to Warsaw with 40 others.-QUESTION OF SURVIVAL-"We've discussed our mutual commitment to safeguarding the values at the heart of our alliance: freedom, sovereignty and the rule of law," Trump said in a joint press conference after meeting Polish President Andrzej Duda.In what was likely veiled criticism of the European Union, Trump condemned "the steady creep of government bureaucracy" and cited the importance of national sovereignty.In his speech near a monument that commemorates the 1944 Warsaw Uprising against Nazi Germany, the president painted the fight against terrorism, illegal immigration and excessive government powers as an existential one."The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive...Do we have enough respect for our citizens to protect our borders? Do we have the desire and the courage to preserve our civilization in the face of those who would subvert and destroy it?" he asked.European and other G20 partners have a view of Western values that does not align with Trump's. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has allowed scores of Syrian refugees into her country, drawing both criticism and praise, and has made fighting global warming a top priority at the summit.Trump has decided to pull the United States out of the Paris accord on climate change.Trump's repeated mention in his speech of the Warsaw Uprising against Nazi occupiers resonated strongly with supporters of the Law and Justice party.Many conservative Poles see the event, in which thousands died and Warsaw was razed to the ground, as a defining moment in Polish history, symbolizing the country's struggle against its powerful neighbor to the west, Germany."Honor to the heroes!," they chanted when Trump mentioned the uprising.But Trump's welcome of Lech Walesa, the legendary hero of the Solidarity movement that shook communist rule in the 1980s, drew boos from the crowd, underlining deep divisions in Polish society over the country's recent history and values.The PiS believes Walesa, who won a Nobel Peace Prize, was a communist-era collaborator and see his term as president between 1990 and 1995 as a time when Poland lost sight of its Catholic identity.(Additional reporting by Marcin Goclowski, Marcin Goettig and Agnieszka Barteczko; Writing by Jeff Mason and Justyna Pawlak; Editing by Ralph Boulton)
The Latest: Merkel seeks 'win-win' solutions at G20 summit-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-July 6, 2017
HAMBURG — The Latest on the G-20 summit in Hamburg (all times local):6 p.m.German Chancellor Angela Merkel says that she hopes to find "compromises and answers" on a raft of issues at the meeting of the Group of 20 top economic powers.Merkel told reporters in Hamburg on Thursday that the leaders would address a wide range of issues, including financial market regulation, fighting terrorism, climate change, supply chains and fighting pandemics.The meetings open Friday morning and run through Saturday afternoon.Merkel says even though not everybody sees eye-to-eye on matters, "globalization can be a win-win situation; it must not always be that there are winners and losers."___3 p.m.People of Hamburg: No drones, no remote controlled airplanes and no hot air balloons either.Hamburg reminded residents and visitors on Thursday over Twitter that during the Group of 20 summit in the northern port city all such recreational aircraft will be banned from flying.Police themselves are using drones — both aerial and underwater — as they seek to keep tabs on expected protests.More than 100,000 protesters are expected to be taking part in multiple demonstrations through the Friday-Saturday summit. Some 20,000 police are also on hand.___1:30 p.m.A Chinese finance official says he hopes Washington and Beijing will be able to bridge gaps over trade at the Group of 20 meetings in Hamburg.Zhu Guangyao, a Chinese deputy finance minister, told reporters Thursday that despite President Donald Trump's "America First" stance, "the Trump administration actually supports free trade but also sees the U.S. as suffering from it at the same time, so how to balance the issue of free trade and the principle of inequality is a major task for us."He says China's convinced of the benefits of free trade, and that it "can bring benefits to all of us." He says "that's why we are confident we can reach important consensus in this year's Hamburg summit."___1:25 p.m.China says it doesn't plan on signing on to a climate change statement at the Group of 20 meetings in Hamburg if it excludes the U.S.Zhu Guangyao, a Chinese deputy finance minister, told reporters Thursday that despite President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord, China hoped the U.S. would agree to a statement at the G-20 about the need to fight climate change.But he says "the policies produced by the G-20 should be by the consensus of all member states. No one should be excluded."German Chancellor Angela Merkel has also rejected the idea pushed by some of a "G-19" statement on climate change excluding the U.S.Regardless of the statement, Zhu says "China will firmly promote its policies taking more measures against climate change."___1:10 p.m.China is stressing the need for friendly economic co-operation with the U.S. after recent comments from President Donald Trump suggested he may be reviving his criticism of Beijing's trade practices.Zhu Guangyao, a Chinese deputy finance minister, told reporters Thursday before the start of Group of 20 meetings in Hamburg working together was a "win-win" situation.He says "China and the U.S. have very practical economic teams, we all know that peace can bring win-win outcomes, while fighting will leave everyone the loser."He says the two countries have maintained close co-operation since meetings in April between Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping and that China hopes to "follow the important consensus reached at the (April) Mar-a-Lago meetings at the upcoming meetings of the G-20 summit."___11 a.m.Germany's foreign minister is supporting the idea of holding future Group of 20 summits in New York, home to U.N. headquarters.Sigmar Gabriel said in an interview with Deutschlandfunk radio Thursday that this year's host, Hamburg, and its predecessors have done a good job of hosting the summit — but it would make sense to connect the event more closely to the U.N.Gabriel says that many feel left out by 20 heads of state and government "talking about the rest of the world."He says he supports a proposal by Martin Schulz, the leader of his centre -left party and Chancellor Angela Merkel's challenger in Germany's September election, to take the event to the home of the U.N.Gabriel says "that would be a big symbolic step forward."___10:15 a.m.Ten cars were set ablaze overnight outside a Porsche dealership in Hamburg. Police say they're investigating whether the incident was related to the upcoming Group of 20 summit.Police said Thursday that unidentified perpetrators set the cars alight in the city's Eidelstedt district shortly before 4 a.m. The blaze was extinguished before 6 a.m.The situation in Hamburg has been largely calm ahead of the G-20 summit that starts on Friday but authorities are concerned about possible trouble at a large protest by anti-globalization activists later Thursday.___9:25 a.m.Russian President Vladimir Putin is assailing "politically motivated" sanctions as a hidden form of trade protectionism ahead of the Group of 20 summit in Germany.Putin wrote in a guest article for Thursday's edition of German business daily Handelsblatt that "protectionism is developing into a behavioural norm."He added that "limits by one-sided, politically motivated sanctions on investment, trade and particularly technology transfer are becoming its hidden form."Putin said that such sanctions not only lead nowhere but "contradict the G-20 principles" of working together in the interests of all countries.The European Union and United States have imposed sanctions on Russia over its actions in Ukraine.Putin and other G-20 leaders will meet in Hamburg Friday and Saturday.___8:35 a.m.Hamburg police are gearing up for a major protest by anti-globalization activists as Germany's second-biggest city prepares to welcome leaders of the Group of 20 economic powers.Organizers of Thursday's demonstration have titled the event "G-20: Welcome to Hell." While protests so far have been largely calm, city police chief Ralf Martin Meyer told ZDF television: "We are skeptical as to whether this evening and tonight will remain peaceful."Hamburg is boosting its police force with reinforcements from around the country for the summit, which takes place Friday and Saturday, and will have 20,000 officers on hand to patrol the city's streets, skies and waterways.Leaders of the participating countries, among them U.S. President Donald Trump, are expected to arrive in Hamburg Thursday.The Associated Press.
WORLD POWERS IN THE LAST DAYS (END OF AGE OF GRACE NOT THE WORLD)
EUROPEAN UNION-KING OF WEST-DAN 9:26-27,DAN 7:23-24,DAN 11:40,REV 13:1-10
EGYPT-KING OF THE SOUTH-DAN 11:40
RUSSIA-KING OF THE NORTH-EZEK 38:1-2,EZEK 39:1-3
CHINA-KING OF THE EAST-DAN 11:44,REV 9:16,18
VATICAN-RELIGIOUS LEADER-REV 13:11-18,REV 17:4-5,9,18
OH BY THE WAY WHEN THE MEDIA SAYS ALLU-AK-BAR MEANS GOD IS GREAT LIE. IN ISLAM ALLU-AK-BAR MEANS OUR GOD IS GREATER OR GREATEST. THIS IS HOW THE MEDIA SUCK HOLES UP TO ISLAMIC-QURANIC-MUSLIMS. BY WATERING DOWN THE REAL MEANING OF THE SEX FOR MURDER DEATH CULT ISLAM. TO MAKE IT SOUND LIKE A PEACEFUL RELIGION (CULT OF DEATH AND WORLD DOMINATION).
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.(WORLD TERRORISM,MURDERS)(HAMAS IN HEBREW IS VIOLENCE)
12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence (TERRORISM)(HAMAS) through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
11 And the angel of the LORD said unto her,(HAGAR) Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael;(FATHER OF THE ARAB/MUSLIMS) because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.
12 And he (ISHMAEL-FATHER OF THE ARAB-MUSLIMS) will be a wild (DONKEY-JACKASS) man;(ISLAM IS A FAKE AND DANGEROUS SEX FOR MURDER CULT) his hand will be against every man,(ISLAM HATES EVERYONE) and every man's hand against him;(PROTECTING THEMSELVES FROM BEING BEHEADED) and he (ISHMAEL ARAB/MUSLIM) shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.(LITERAL-THE ARABS LIVE WITH THEIR BRETHERN JEWS)
12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer,(SATAN) son of the morning!(HEBREW-CRECENT MOON-ISLAM) how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14 I (SATAN HAS EYE TROUBLES) will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.(AND 1/3RD OF THE ANGELS OF HEAVEN FELL WITH SATAN AND BECAME DEMONS)
2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.(ISLAM MURDERS IN THE NAME OF MOON GOD ALLAH OF ISLAM)
Italian ports left alone to handle EU migrants By Andrew Rettman-JULY 6,17-EUOBSERVER
BRUSSELS, Today, 15:53-EU countries have declined to help Italy by opening their ports to migrants, but aim to expel more people and impose “rules” on NGO rescues."We do not support the so-called regionalisation of the rescue operations," German interior minister Thomas de Maiziere said at an informal EU meeting in Estonia on Thursday (6 July).Stephanus Block, the Dutch security minister, said: “Just opening more ports will not solve the problem”.Theo Francken, a Belgian state secretary, joked: “I don’t think we’re going to open Belgian ports. No”.The EU talks took place amid a surge in people coming via Libya to Italy and amid near-record migrant fatality rates in the central Mediterranean.Italy had called for solidarity, but its interior minister, Marco Minniti, said on Thursday that the ports proposal had met with “difficult opposition”.Estonia, which holds the EU presidency, did not mention ports in its communique on the meeting.It said the EU and Libya should do more to stop people from coming. It also said there should be “rapid returns” of economic migrants from Italy and that the EU should be “using all possible levers and incentives” to clinch readmission deals in Africa.It said NGO rescues should take place “within a set of clear rules” amid warnings on “pull factors” for migrants.The European Commission on Wednesday proposed to resettle 37,000 refugees from Africa to ease the burden on Italy, but the Estonian statement made little mention of that.It also made little mention of Commission quotas for relocating 160,000 asylum seekers from Italy and Greece.“Returns policy is … the key word in the migration crisis. If we can send people back this will be the first and most important preventative measure, so that they understand there is no reason to come here,” Estonian interior minister, Anders Anvelt, said.“Illegal migration and also economic migration must be stopped,” he said in Tallinn.The EU migration commissioner, Dimitris Avramopoulos, said Thursday’s conclusion was that “we have to do more to improve implementation of what has already been agreed”.He was among the few who praised the work of NGO rescue boats.Morgan Johanson, Sweden’s migration minister, said: “There may be a limit where cooperation between these voluntary organisations and human traffickers has gone as far as human trafficking is helped”."It is necessary to raise the awareness of NGOs that they … do not promote illegal immigration,” Spanish interior minister Juan Ignacio Zoido said.Italy is currently drafting the NGO rules, which will be examined by the EU before it gives its nod.Germany’s De Maiziere also spoke critically of NGO activity.“If transponders [boat sensors] are deliberately turned off [by NGOs] in order to obscure the location, then that does not arouse confidence,” he said.
From a Navy carrier, pilots take aim at ISIS. On the ground in Iraq, civilians suffer.[Yahoo News]-Ash Gallagher-July 6, 2017
ABOARD USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH — Under a blanket of stars, in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, miles from the coast of Greece, a U.S. Navy carrier is bustling with activity. Twinkling lights in the distance that look like stars move fast toward the ship, but they are F/A-18 fighter planes returning from their missions, some over Syria or Iraq.The USS George H.W. Bush carrier, a part of the Navy’s 6th Fleet, sends out more than 20 “sorties” or missions each day to support military air strategy and conduct airstrikes against the Islamic State.More than a dozen strikes hit northern Iraq almost daily while Iraqi forces on the ground fight to push out the remaining ISIS fighters. But damage and casualty numbers from the U.S. led-coalition airstrikes are raising heavy concerns for human rights groups.Airwars, an advocacy organization tracking airstrike casualties, says there have been at least four thousand civilian deaths from coalition strikes since last August in Iraq and Syria. But the U.S. has only acknowledged causing around 400 fatalities based on its own investigations. Yet in Iraq specifically, American planes have carried out at least 68 percent of the total airstrikes.Yahoo News spoke via Skype with Chris Woods, the director of Airwars, which is based in London. He described his organization’s mission as “engaging with militaries, engaging with governments on the issues of civilians being killed and trying to get those numbers down.”Airwars’ concern is shared by other groups. Last month, Human Rights Watch issued a statement, saying, “Rising civilian casualties from aerial operations have heightened concerns regarding coalition and Iraqi forces’ use of airstrikes. The use of explosive weapons with wide-area effects such as air-dropped bombs of 500 lbs and above, … in densely populated civilian areas of western Mosul may be resulting in civilian casualties. … Such disproportionate military attacks are prohibited under international humanitarian law.”But naval pilots say while they are aware of the feedback on the ground, they are more focused on the tactical implications of their work, and they argue that following protocols helps keep them from making mistakes.Lt. Commander Scott Welles Butters, an F/A-18 pilot based on the George H.W. Bush, told Yahoo News, “We are certainly aware of what is discussed and presented as popular opinion of what’s going on, but frankly we don’t get too tied up because we’re doing what’s been asked of us.”Butters, 36, is a tall, blond fighter pilot and full of energy. He believes in the U.S. mission and has no objections about his orders.He explained there are briefings before and after their sorties to evaluate their mission and that pilots are in constant communication with controllers before they strike a target. “There’s always an assessment of the implications of a strike to include potential civilian [casualties],” and so far, he said, he hasn’t made any serious mistakes that would have impacted his mission.Another pilot, Lt. Andrew Wolfe, said he gets an accurate picture of the situation on the ground ahead of time. “We get an intelligence update from a ground officer — a liaison officer,” he said, “so we’ll know specifically where the bad guys are, where the good guys are and what progress has been made.”Wolfe’s concern is focused on what to do in the moment and how the friendly forces on the ground need his help. “Where do [they] need my bombs right now? I feel comfortable with how much we know and what we don’t,” he said.Pilots are fairly isolated onboard the ship. While there are TV screens in the briefing rooms, showing reports from CNN, Fox News and other organizations, the ship’s Internet service is relatively slow, limiting regular access to social media or other sites. Some of the sailors on the ship even use pay phones hanging on the walls.Airstrikes in Syria and Iraq by the U.S. Navy and 21 other coalition forces are coordinated by ground-based controllers in various locations in the Middle East, including Baghdad.In Baghdad, U.S. Army Gen. Rick Uribe, the deputy commanding officer for coalition forces, believes they have a “process” for determining a strike protocol that is “solid.” Uribe describes “five pillars” in the decision-making process U.S. forces follow to determine if a strike is warranted, both for “deliberate” strikes, or those initiated by U.S. intelligence, and “dynamic” strikes, which Iraqi forces and other coalition partners can request when they are in need of tactical assistance.Uribe explained to Yahoo News, “We have to have proper intelligence that says ‘we’ve got positive identification’ of a target.” Then, he said, commanders “assess in that area whether or not there is a civilian pattern of life.”After that, the coalition determines if they have the right weapon for the target. “I’m not going to strike a machine gun team with a two thousand pound bomb,” Uribe explained. U.S. forces also assess the risk of damage to the structures and surrounding areas, and check whether they are within the rules of engagement and law of armed conflict. Finally and most important, Uribe said, “all strikes must have the permission” of the Iraqi authorities in order to be conducted.While Uribe did not specify the amount of time it takes for vetting the target, he did say the coalition’s airstrike campaign over Mosul in particular has been “pretty successful.”Reports from witnesses on the frontlines have said a strike can be carried out within minutes of the initial call. And many civilians on the ground, such as those trapped in Mosul, have said they believe Iraqi forces are aware of their presence when an airstrike is called in — as they say was true of the strike in March in the neighborhood of Jadida in west Mosul that killed more than 200 people.Iraqi forces have not commented on that strike, but human rights activists are calling for caution over heavily urbanized places such as west Mosul, where it’s estimated as many as 20,000 civilians are still trapped inside, according to the United Nations.In Erbil, U.S. Gen. Scott Efflandt said making decisions to approve a strike can be complicated because “the enemy gets a vote.” When ISIS fighters use places of worship or hospitals as a base, the decision to strike requires further evaluation of civilian casualties. “We have yet to find a mechanical way to alleviate those hard decisions,” Efflandt admitted. “It’s incomplete facts that lead to an undesirable or tragic conclusion.”Capt. James McCall, the air-wing commander for the George H.W. Bush, told Yahoo News, “We come back at the end of every flight and debrief [pilots] fairly rigorously. We go through every step of that flight. By our very nature we are very self-critical.” He explained pilots are trained to notice if something on the ground changes and to abort the mission, adding, “that’s something I expect of them.”Nevertheless, at Airwars, Woods said he has “had detailed briefings with militaries on how they conduct their assessments and I find them problematic.” He believes the U.S. military is limited in their intelligence because they don’t have their own forces on the ground investigating and their own cameras are not enough to determine the number of civilians on the ground.U.S. military officials consistently expressed to Yahoo News their view that ISIS is an evil enemy using civilians as a weapon and it’s their duty to “annihilate” them, referring to a May statement by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. They believe they’re helping bring freedom to civilians on the ground.Butters said, “I know there’s always an assessment of the implications of a strike to include potential civilians to be impacted — the way we contribute to the process [is through] the different type of weapons we deploy that can mitigate or change the explosion.”But from Woods’ point of view, precision is not enough. “We’ve gotten awfully caught up in precision warfare,” he said, but it didn’t help the 4,000 who died. “With technological shifts, what used to be anonymous statistics, we [now] know who many of the civilians are, we know their ages, we know their names, we know the village they grew up in.” The numbers can be counted and so can their identities. Of the 4,000 victims, Airwars has names for more than half.Back at sea, the carrier crew prepare for the day’s tasks. Inside the pilot watch house, a control room of sorts, young Navy personnel keep the ship on course and maintain careful watch over the flight deck. In a room off the flight hangar, mechanics check air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles.Butters heads for a dressing room following his morning briefing. The room is lined with flight suits and helmets. After putting on his gear, he walks to the flight deck, where pilots double-check their instruments and line up for takeoff on their assigned missions — ones they believe make the world a better place.But the results of their efforts and skill and the systems put in place to avoid mistakes aren’t as visible on the ground in Mosul, where much of the city is destroyed. Houses are flattened, rubble covers the streets, cars are overturned and burned out. The city will take years to rebuild and many civilians won’t have a proper home to live in while it’s being rebuilt. Many may not even come home.For the civilians on the ground, freedom from ISIS occupation comes at a risk — one that could end in their death, killed by a foreign entity from the air that will never know their names and won’t stay to help them start over.Ash Gallagher is a journalist covering the Mideast for Yahoo News.
At least 14 reported dead in gunbattle between Mexican gangs-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-July 5, 2017
MEXICO CITY — A series of raging gunbattles between two drug gangs left at least 14 people dead Wednesday in the mountains of the northern Mexico state of Chihuahua.Authorities said the number of dead could rise. Initial reports from the relatively isolated region had put the death toll as high as 26 but officials said later that only 14 bodies had been recovered.Oscar Alberto Aparicio, the Chihuahua state security commissioner, said security forces came under fire when they arrived at the scene of the clash in Las Varas, a town about 185 miles (300 kilometres ) northwest of the state capital.Soldiers and police "were met with gunfire, but they managed to beat back the attack and only one patrol vehicle was hit by gunfire," Aparicio said.Aparicio said gunfights were continuing as police and soldiers chased gang members through the mountains. Authorities called in a Black Hawk helicopter to help in the search in the area, which is in a region known for marijuana and opium poppy production.Felix Gonzalez, a spokesman for Chihuahua state prosecutors, told local media the initial confrontation pitted members the La Linea gang, based in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, against a faction of the Sinaloa cartel.Another state prosecutors' spokesman, Eduardo Esparza, confirmed 14 bodies had been found, but added that "there could be more." He said all the dead were adult males. Twenty rifles were found at the scene, along with grenades and grenade launchers.Gonzalez had initially reported 26 died, but later told Milenio television that the higher toll had mistakenly included some wounded.Aparicio said the gangs had apparently killed two state police officers who went up into the area to investigate about 10 days ago."These criminals were the ones who killed in a cowardly way two of our agents a week ago," Aparicio said, noting there were about 50 gunmen in one of the gangs.Mexico is experiencing its highest homicide total in at least 20 years as splintered drug cartels battle over territory.The Associated Press.
Mosul population 'traumatized' by conflict, infrastructure badly damaged-[Reuters]-By Stephanie Nebehay and Stephen Kalin-YAHOONEWS-July 6, 2017
GENEVA/ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - The population of Mosul has endured huge suffering in the war to retake the northern Iraqi city from Islamic State and trauma cases among civilians are sharply rising in the last stages of battle, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said on Wednesday.The city's basic infrastructure has also been hard hit, with six western districts almost completely destroyed and initial repairs expected to cost more than $1 billion, the United Nations said.Tens of thousands of civilians remain trapped among the shattered buildings in Islamic State's final redoubt in Mosul's Old City by the western bank of the Tigris river, MSF said.Civilians who have managed to get medical treatment are suffering from burns and shrapnel and blast injuries, while many are in need of critical care and are under-nourished, MSF officials said.But there is concern that only a small number of the civilians were getting the medical attention they required."Really, (there is) a huge level of human suffering," Jonathan Henry, MSF emergency coordinator in west Mosul, told reporters in Geneva after spending six weeks in Iraq."This is a massive population that has been traumatized from a very brutal and horrific conflict," he said.Iraqi commanders have predicted final victory in Mosul this week after a grinding eight-month assault that has pushed Islamic State into a rectangle no more than 300 by 500 meters in the city whose population used to be 2 million.International charity Save the Children said in a separate report that fighting and years of living under Islamic State have left Mosul's children with dangerous levels of psychological damage.Findings from focus group discussions with 65 children in a displacement camp south of Mosul found that children are so deeply scarred by memories of extreme violence they are living in constant fear for their lives, unable to show emotions, and suffering from vivid "waking nightmares".The loss of loved ones was the biggest cause of distress, with 90 percent reporting the loss of at least one family member through death, separation during their escape, or abduction, the report said.Children said they had seen family members killed in front of them, dead bodies and blood in the streets, and bombs destroying their homes. Others shared stories of family members shot by snipers, blown up by landmines or hit by explosions as they fled.In short, Mosul is an "extremely traumatic environment for people to flee from and to return to," affecting their mental health on a large scale, MSF's Henry said."The west (of the city) has been heavily destroyed. It's really mass destruction ... similar to the blitz of the Second World War, hospitals have been destroyed, neighborhoods are in ruins."The battles in the Old City's maze of narrow alleyways is fought house-by-house in streets packed with civilians and planted with multiple explosive devices by the militants, who are also using drones and suicide bombings.Shrapnel and blast injuries, broken bones from collapsed buildings and burns are the main type of wounds seen by the MSF team of surgeons in west Mosul, Henry said.Half of the 100 war-wounded over the past two weeks at the MSF 25-bed hospital were women and children in need of critical care and many were malnourished, he said."But the most urgent patients we feel are not able to leave the conflict area."About 900,000 people have been displaced by the fighting, taking shelter in camps or with relatives and friends, according the aid group.(Writing by Maher Chmaytelli; Editing by Richard Balmforth and Robin Pomeroy)
Arab sanctions stir defiance, patriotism in wealthy Qatar-[Reuters]-By Tom Finn-YAHOONEWS-July 6, 2017
DOHA (Reuters) - At dusk, young Qataris gather outside the house of a ruling family member in Doha to sign a portrait of Qatar's emir mounted on a giant billboard.A month of sanctions imposed on Qatar by Egypt and Arab neighbors that have cut ties and accused Doha of supporting militants has galvanized patriotic feelings among Qataris, who number 300,000, as well as fear about the possibility of military escalation.While Doha denies the charges and there are no signs the standoff will spiral into military confrontation, the crisis has bolstered nationalist support for the 37-year-old ruler of the world's wealthiest country per capita."We will go to the streets and fight for him [Sheikh Tamim]," said Ahmed al-Kuwari, a 32-year-old engineer.Local media say that hundreds of men are signing up for the military, as others deliver jibes at Arab rulers on social media and rail against "fake news" they say some Arab media outlets are spreading to divide them.After an announcement on Wednesday by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates that their boycott of the tiny Gulf Arab state would continue, playful Qataris shared on Twitter photoshopped images ridiculing officials from those countries. One showed a minister wearing rabbit ears.Others shared a clip of the UAE foreign minister berating Qatar for supporting terrorism followed by a clip of Sheikh Tamim drinking a cup of tea and laughing.-LUXURIOUS LIVES, CUSHY JOBS-Accustomed to luxurious lives and cushy government jobs, thousands of Qataris are cut off from relatives as well as properties they own in the UAE and Bahrain. Some say they won't return even if the dispute is settled.Amira, a Moroccan curator at a Doha fashion house that imports designs from the UAE, says the dispute is affecting the decisions of her customers."People are starting to ask where the fabrics come from," she said. "Last week a Qatari woman found out a dress was from the UAE. She said 'get it away from me'."There is broad support for Sheikh Tamim among young people who associate their wealth with his family's rule.Officials from the four countries have also ruled out any plans to try to change the ruler or use force in the crisis."No one in the family is worried about him stepping down," said Haya Alwaleed al-Thani, a student at Doha's Georgetown university and a member of Qatar's ruling family.-MEMORIES OF WAR-"He has legitimacy. He has treated people with equality."The al-Thani tribal rulers of Qatar, a small peninsular country protruding into the Gulf with a population of 2.7 million, most of them foreign workers, have been rattled in the last few decades by internal palace coups or threatened intervention by Saudi Arabia.But the discovery of vast liquefied natural gas reserves in the 1970s that crowned Doha with skyscrapers and ushered in cradle-to-grave welfare has brought stability and lured in foreign investors.For older Qataris who knew leaner years and witnessed wars in the Gulf including Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait, the feud is more troubling."During the Kuwait invasion my relatives barricaded their windows and stayed inside. They are scared of that happening again," said Haya, the Doha student.Others fear enmity between Gulf states could linger on."After this conflict, Sheikh Tamim can't easily deal with the Gulf nor America," said Ahmed, a civil servant who declined to give his second name.(Reporting by Tom Finn; editing by Sami Aboudi)
Police look into what prompted deadly ambush of officer-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-July 6, 2017
NEW YORK — At the start of her midnight shift, Officer Miosotis Familia was in a New York Police Department mobile command post, writing in her notebook, when a gunman strode toward her.She never saw Alexander Bonds coming before he shot her in the head through the passenger-side window, killing her before officers ultimately killed him, police said.Police are investigating what may have prompted Wednesday's shooting, which Police Commissioner James O'Neill described as an officer being "assassinated in an unprovoked attack on cops.""Officer Familia was murdered for her uniform and for the responsibility she embraced," O'Neill said in a message to officers Wednesday night. "For the NYPD, regularly achieving lower and lower crime figures means absolutely nothing when one of our own is brutally shot and killed."A 12-year NYPD veteran, the 48-year-old Familia had come to police work later in life than most on a force where the average recruit is 26. She had been a nurse and medical assistant first, according to her profile on the career site LinkedIn. A mother of three who lived with her own mother in the Bronx, she felt a calling to help her community, friends said."She'd give you the shirt off her back," said Tom Ritter, 59, a plumber who lived downstairs from Familia and said she treated his now-22-year-old son like one of her own children."She was the sweetest person you ever want to meet," Ritter said.Familia worked her entire police career in the Bronx precinct where she was killed while staffing the RV-like command post, stationed to help combat rising crime in the neighbourhood after a triple shooting in March.Her policing earned praise even from a woman whose husband she had arrested."She gave me good advice, like a mother to a daughter," said Keisha Williams, 31, who said her husband was arrested on a marijuana charge last year. "She's good, but she's a tough cookie. She's a good cop. I'm just sad it was her."Attorney General Jeff Sessions called the shooting "the latest in a troubling series of attacks on police officers over the past two years."While tensions have been running high in recent years between police and black people around the country, there was no immediate indication the killing had a racial dimension. Bonds was black; Familia was black and Hispanic, her family having come from the Dominican Republic. She apparently had no previous contact with him.Still, the attack recalled the 2014 ambush killings of two New York City officers who were gunned down in their cruiser by a man who had announced online moments before that he was planning to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner in New York. The gunman then killed himself.Bonds, also known as John Bonds, had a violent history and had vented his anger about police in a Facebook video last September. Rambling that law officers got away with killing and abusing people, he warned them to leave him alone or "we gonna do something.""I'm not playing, Mr. Officer. I don't care about 100 police watching this," the 34-year-old said in a Facebook page otherwise filled largely with inspirational quotes and quizzes."It's time for people to wisen up," he added.He had been released in 2013 after being sentenced to eight years in prison for a 2005 armed robbery in Syracuse. He had other arrests, including one in 2001, when as a teenager he was accused of attacking an officer with brass knuckles.While he railed in his video about how inmates are treated behind bars, prison records show he had been written up more than two dozen times for disciplinary reasons — mostly for relatively minor infractions, but sometimes for top-level violations such as assaulting an inmate or fighting.Early Wednesday, Bonds was caught on video leaving a convenience store, then moving tightly along the wall, pulling a hoodie over his head and walking purposefully toward the command post vehicle with gloved hands, according to police. The video didn't capture the shooting itself but showed him running away with a gun in his hand, police said.Familia's partner frantically radioed for help, and officers caught up with Bonds about a block away and killed him in a hail of about 20 bullets when he pulled a stolen revolver, police said. He didn't get off a shot, authorities said.All the NYPD's new patrol cars have bulletproof glass, and older vehicles are being fitted with window inserts to harden them against gunfire. But there are no plans to do the same with the rolling command centres , officials said.___Associated Press writers Jennifer Peltz and Tom Hays in New York, Carolyn Thompson in Buffalo, New York, and Patrick Mairs in Philadelphia contributed to this report.Colleen Long And Karen Matthews, The Associated Press.
Pull Pride funding if police can't wear uniforms in parade, councillor says-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-July 5, 2017
The City of Ottawa should withdraw funding for Capital Pride if the organization bans off-duty police officers from wearing their uniform in the annual parade, a city councillor says.Kanata South Coun. Allan Hubley spoke out about this year's event after Capital Pride issued a statement last week requesting a limited police presence in the parade, which will be held in August.The statement said that after consultations with members of the LGBT community and other marginalized groups, "we respectfully request that participating officers reserve their uniforms and vehicles for official work duties only this year."Hubley, whose teenage son Jamie was openly gay and died by suicide in 2011 after being bullied over his sexual orientation, told CBC News he thinks Capital Pride is headed in the wrong direction."I don't think the city should be giving them anything at all if this is the new direction for this parade. We should just walk away from it. Because who's next?" he said Wednesday.Mayor Jim Watson said that while he doesn't agree with Pride's request, he doesn't want to "punish" the festival by withdrawing public funding."I think the Pride parade is one about inclusion and I'm not sure what's accomplished by telling one group of people — who have worked very hard to strengthen relations with the LGBTQ community — to stay away and not wear your uniform," Watson said.However, the mayor was not in favour of pulling funding."Councillor Hubley is, obviously, entitled to his opinion, but I don't share it."Last year, Capital Pride organizer Tammy Dopson faced similar requests to have police not wear their uniforms in the 2016 parade, but the group ultimately decided against it."What I can say is that we have no intentions of making exclusion a part of inclusion, obviously it doesn't fit," Dopson said at the time.Hubley, who sits on the Ottawa Police Services Board, said it doesn't make sense if the Pride group doesn't want uniformed officers in the parade, but is OK with them wearing uniforms to direct traffic and keep people safe."If you object to the uniform, you can't object to it in these terms. It doesn't make a lot of sense and shows a lot weakness in their argument, in their decision," he said.Councillor concerned Pride being 'bullied'Earlier this month, the Black Lives Matter group took over a stage at the Montreal Jazz Festival to protest after a Black man was killed in a shooting with police in that city.Hubley also worries about a takeover of the Ottawa Pride parade, similar to what happened last year in Toronto. Black Lives Matter activists in that city brought the parade to a halt for approximately 30 minutes."If they're [Capital Pride] getting bullied by another group, we can certainly help them with that and I would be very supportive, making sure that the parade goes as planned and as wanted by this group," he said.Police Chief Charles Bordeleau said in a statement last week that it will be up to individual officers to decide if they want to march in the parade wearing plainclothes or their uniform.On social media Wednesday, Bordeleau wrote that he plans to march in the parade in uniform with other police officers.
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