Monday, August 03, 2015
VARIOUS NEWS HAPPENINGS.
Trump says won't be 'throwing punches' in U.S. Republican debate-Reuters-AUG 2,15-YAHOONEWS
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump, the man to beat in this week's first televised Republican presidential debate, said on Sunday he does not plan to attack his rivals and downplayed expectations for his performance, saying "I'm not a debater."The combative real estate mogul will take center stage at Thursday's debate among the 10 top-polling candidates as he leads the 17 candidates vying to represent their party in the November 2016 election.Trump has raised eyebrows and ire with attacks on his fellow candidates, accusing former Texas Governor Rick Perry of wearing glasses to look smarter and belittling the war hero status of U.S. Senator John McCain of Arizona, the party's 2008 presidential candidate and a prisoner during the Vietnam War.On Sunday, Trump said he was not planning to go on the offensive."I don't think I'm going to be throwing punches. I'm not looking to attack them," he said on ABC's "This Week."Trump said he was attacked viciously by some of his rivals and that every attack he made was a "counter-punch.""I think I'm a nice person, I really do," he said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "Frankly I'd like to discuss the issues. I am not looking to take anybody out or be nasty to anybody."Recent polls show Trump sustaining his lead among Republicans, including former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, even after an outcry from within his party over the McCain comments.While the television personality is no stranger to the national spotlight, Trump has never been in a political debate. He lowered expectations for his own performance while attacking his rivals for being better at debating than at getting things done."Well, I'm not a debater," he said on ABC. "These politicians - I always say, they're all talk, no action. They debate all the time ... I don't debate. I build."Advisers for the other candidates have said they will focus on the issues and try not to let the flamboyant Trump steal the show. Several said they would try to make a favorable impression on voters, rather than tangling with him.Trump said he was preparing for the debate but did not specify how."I don't think you can artificially prepare for something like this," he said on NBC. "I want to be me. I have to be me."(This version of the story corrects McCain candidacy to 2008 not 2012)(Reporting by Yeganeh Torbati, Timothy Gardner, Megan Cassell, Doina Chiacu; Writing by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Digby Lidstone and Tom Heneghan)
Details unfold on costs, sex in upstate New York prison escape-Reuters By Pete DeMola-July 29, 2015 4:23 PM-YAHOONEWS
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (Reuters) - Legal bills for love-struck prison worker Joyce Mitchell may be paid by taxpayers, including residents living near the upstate New York prison who were terrified by a three-week manhunt for the convicted killers she helped escape, authorities said on Wednesday.Mitchell, 51, who was a prison tailor shop supervisor at Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, and her husband both held prison jobs that paid $57,697 a year. Still, her attorney is court appointed and local authorities are investigating whether taxpayers must pay her legal bills, said Clinton County legislator Jim Langley Jr.A manhunt estimated to cost more than $20 million ended in late June with escapees Richard Matt, 49, shot and killed and David Sweat, 35, shot and captured.Details of the mounting costs of the June 6 escape unfolded as salacious details surfaced about the three-way relationship between Mitchell and the two men, who cut through the back of their cells, slithered through a steam pipe and emerged through a manhole outside the maximum security prison near the Canadian border.Mitchell, who had been previously investigated after a co-worker complained she had an inappropriate relationship with Sweat, said she never had a sexual relationship with Sweat but did send him naked pictures of herself, through Matt, court documents said.-PRISON SHOP SEX-She told investigators that Matt surprised her in April 2015 by kissing her in the tailor shop, where she later gave him oral sex and fondled him when he wore a coat with a hole cut in the pocket, the documents said.She recounted to investigators that she had no idea that a prison break was being planned until she had already started smuggling hacksaw blades to Matt, a painter who initially said he needed them to build frames for his artwork.By then, she had complied with Matt's request to supply him with two pair of glasses with lights on them and a screwdriver bit.Even after she learned in May of the escape plan, Mitchell continued to smuggle in batteries for the glasses and followed Matt's instructions to call to arrange a rendezvous with possible accomplices outside of prison to retrieve getaway cash - which she never picked up, court documents said.Mitchell, who was supposed to drive her Jeep as the getaway car, got cold feet after Matt revealed he planned to kill her husband, whom he called "the glitch," the documents said.She was instructed to slip her husband some knock-out pills and then drive to meet the escapees, bringing along her cell phone, a shotgun that Matt could saw off, a hatchet, sleeping bags, fishing poles and a GPS so they could find their way to an undisclosed location in the woods about seven hours away, the documents said."I was caught up in the fantasy," Mitchell said in a sworn document. "I enjoyed the attention, the feeling both of them gave me and the thought of a different life."Mitchell faces up to seven years in prison when she is sentenced on Sept. 28 for a felony charge of promoting prison contraband and a misdemeanor charge of criminal facilitation.(Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Leslie Adler)
Canada PM calls Oct. 19 election, focus on sluggish economy-ReutersBy By David Ljunggren | Reuters – aug 2,15-yahoonews
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Sunday called a parliamentary election for Oct 19, kicking off a marathon 11-week campaign likely to focus on a stubbornly sluggish economy and his decade in power.Polls indicate that Harper's right-of-center Conservative Party, which has been in office since 2006, could well lose its majority in the House of Commons.That would leave Harper at the mercy of the two main center-left opposition parties, who could unite to bring him down. Minority governments in Canada rarely last more than 18 months.Harper, 56, says only he can be trusted to manage an economy that is struggling to cope with the after-effects of a global economic slowdown and a plunge in the price of oil, a major Canadian export.Opposition parties say Harper has mishandled the economy and should boost government spending, a move he says would spark a crisis like the one ravaging Greece.Harper announced the election after visiting Governor General David Johnston - the representative of Queen Elizabeth, Canada's head of state - to formally request the dissolution of parliament."Our well-being depends on the economy and the wrong leader will do real harm," he said."Now is not the time for the kinds of harmful economic schemes that are doing so much damage elsewhere in the world."Polls show the Conservative are slightly trailing the left-leaning New Democrats (NDP), who have never governed Canada. The Liberals of Justin Trudeau are well behind in third.Both parties say Canada needs a change from Harper, who has cut taxes, increased military spending, toughened the country's criminal laws and streamlined regulations governing the energy industry.Ipsos Public Affairs pollster John Wright said the race was "very competitive" and chances of the Conservatives winning any kind of government were 50 percent, down from 88 percent last year.Data released on Friday showed gross domestic product shrank in May, the fifth decline in a row. The figures suggest the economy was likely in a technical recession in the first half of 2015.Five of Canada's last six election campaigns have lasted the minimum length of just over five weeks.The Conservatives have deep pockets and the campaign - the longest in modern Canadian history and the third longest on record - will benefit their chances as it will allow them to run a wave of attack ads. Opposition parties say this is an abuse of the system.(With additional reporting by Jeffrey Hodgson in Toronto; Editing by Diane Craft and Raissa Kasolowsky)
Greece's stock market plunges over 22 per cent as it reopens after 5-week closure-The Canadian PressBy Derek Gatopoulos, The Associated Press | The Canadian Press – aug 3,15-yahoonews
ATHENS, Greece - Greece's main stock index plunged over 22 per cent as it reopened Monday after a five-week closure, giving investors their first opportunity since late June to react to the country's latest economic crisis.Greek bank stocks suffered the most, hitting or nearing the daily trading limit of a 30 per cent loss. Markets in the rest of Europe, however, were largely unaffected.The Athens Stock Exchange and Greek banks were closed on June 29, when the government imposed controls on money withdrawals and transfers to keep a run on bank deposits from causing the financial system to collapse.Banks have since reopened, while maintaining strict cash withdrawal limits.Greece is expected to head back into recession in 2015 — after briefly emerging from a six-year contraction — due to the effects of capital controls and months of uncertainty over the country's future in the euro.A monthly survey of business and consumer confidence, the Economic Sentiment Indicator, fell for a fifth consecutive month in July to its worst level since October 2012."The negative development is the result of the sharp deterioration in business expectations in all areas, but also a recent and significant decline in consumer confidence," said the Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research, or IOBE, which conducts the survey.Greece is currently in intense negotiations with bailout lenders in an effort to negotiate the terms of a massive new rescue package in the next two weeks. The country needs to complete the talks and get more loans before Aug. 20, when it has a repayment to make worth more than 3 billion euros to the European Central Bank.Deputy Finance Minister Dimitris Mardas did not comment on reports that Athens could seek a short-term loan to tide it over in case the talks have to be extended."The (negotiation) timetable is truly pressing ... We are preparing for what has been agreed upon, correcting any gaps that may appear," Mardas told private Skai television.Negotiators from the European Union and International Monetary Fund are seeking faster cuts in early retirement plans set out by the government, and stricter conditions for a tax arrears payment program.Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is facing opposition to the new bailout from within his left-wing Syriza party that could force him to call an early election in the fall.Syriza dissenters are openly calling for a return to the drachma, but failed last week to force an emergency party conference before the bailout negotiations are completed."The government has to choose between a humiliating agreement to sign a third bailout, or abandon the agreements reached in Brussels and seek alternatives for a positive course out of this crisis," former welfare minister and prominent dissenter Dimitris Stratoulis said over the weekend.___Follow Gatopoulos at https://www.twitter.com/dgatopoulos
Misery deepens for those in Puerto Rico who can't escape economic crisis-The Canadian PressBy Danica Coto, The Associated Press | The Canadian Press – aug 3,15-yahoonews
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Most tables are empty at Walter Martin's coffee shop in San Juan's colonial district. His brow is furrowed with concern and glistens with sweat in the sweltering Caribbean morning.He's turned off the air conditioning to lower his power bill. With fewer customers, he's cut staff hours and tried to make up the lost income by raising some prices. But Puerto Rico's entrenched economic crisis is leading people to either cut their personal spending to the basics or flee to the mainland to search for jobs, contributing to the struggles of those left on the island."We're making every single adjustment needed," Martin said. "We have to make these decisions because if not..."He trailed off, hesitant to complete the sentence. Nearly 10 years into a deep economic slump, Puerto Rico is no closer to pulling out, and, in fact, is poised to plummet further. The unemployment rate is above 12 per cent. Some 144,000 people left the U.S. territory between 2010 and 2013, and about a third of all people born in Puerto Rico now live in the U.S. mainland. Schools and businesses have closed amid the exodus. The population of 3.5 million is expected to drop to 3 million by 2050.The government has tried to boost revenue by hiking the sales tax to 11.5 per cent, higher than any U.S. state, and closing government offices. Its debt-burdened power utility already charges rates that on average are twice those of the mainland, and is under pressure from bondholders to raise them higher.A $58 million bond payment due Saturday went unpaid. If defaults continue, analysts say Puerto Rico will face numerous lawsuits and increasingly limited access to markets, putting a recovery even more out of reach.Carmen Davila, a 65-year-old retired truck driver and window dresser, recently withdrew her money from the bank amid fears the government would shut down and seize it."Things are happening in Puerto Rico that we've never seen before," Davila said. "Puerto Rico has always had its ups and downs, but you could handle it. This now is serious."The exodus of people from the island, mainly to central Florida and New York, is palpable. Nearly everyone knows someone who has left, or plans to do so soon. The impact of the departures, and the decline in spending of those remaining, is obvious.Crowds have thinned at restaurants and movie theatres; families like Davila's have cut back on summer excursions to beaches and mountains; and even San Juan's notorious traffic jams have dwindled somewhat.Jose Hernandez said his commute into San Juan's colonial district, once about two hours, now takes roughly 20 minutes.The 62-year-old lottery vendor would join the departure, too, if not for the grandchildren he helps support — even though he recognizes doing so would only add to the trouble."Fewer people means there are less of us to help boost the economy," he said. "This is the worst I've seen it. ... There are no people on the street. They've disappeared."His lottery business has fallen by nearly 10 per cent, forcing him to keep grocery shopping to the basics and to cut back on luxuries such as movies and restaurants."What you used to do three or four times a month, now you only do once," he said. "You cut out a lot of things."Davila said her monthly $600 Social Security payment isn't enough to cover expenses. She and other relatives are pooling their money to buy back-to-school supplies for her 12 grandchildren. She cares for them while her own children work and study, but she yearns to move back to New York."We don't have money to live," she said.A list of cost-cutting measures proposed by a group of hedge funds that holds $5.2 billion of Puerto Rico's debt has riled islanders: laying off teachers; cutting Medicaid benefits; and reducing subsidies to the main public university.Meanwhile, a report commissioned by the government called for wage levels to be set below the federal minimum, paid holidays cut, and energy costs reduced.The administration of Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla has argued public agencies, including the utilities, should be allowed to declare bankruptcy. As a U.S. territory, Puerto Rico is barred from doing so even though supporters say it would provide an orderly way for the island restructure its debt.U.S. open-end municipal bond funds own more than $11.4 billion of Puerto Rico's debt, while hedge funds hold about one-third. Morningstar said investors likely face more volatility and cuts to their investments."Puerto Rico is far from out of the woods," it stated. "It's clear that this is setting up to be a long and complicated ride."In addition to the already difficult situation, Puerto Ricans are bracing for a new services tax set to take effect Oct. 1.Some economists warn that measures like new taxes could further depress the economy, a concern shared by small business owners." They're going to keep going until the people can't take it anymore," said Ignacio Veloz, who owns a condominium administration business.At the Fantasy Shop beauty salon, owner Antonia Ortiz works alone. There wasn't enough business to keep the two assistants she once had."It's terrible," she said. "People are now coloring their hair at home. They're doing everything at home. "At the Aromas Coffeehouse, Martin is keeping a tight rein on expenses. He has saved some $2,000 a month by turning off the air conditioner and has cut about $500 from his weekly grocery costs."We have to be on top of every little detail now," Martin said.Martin's father, who is the uncle of pop star Ricky Martin, opened the coffeehouse five years ago. It was a longtime dream, and the young Martin is determined to keep it going."I'm staying here," he said. "I will persevere."___Danica Coto on Twitter: www.twitter.com/danicacoto
Greek statistics chief steps down as bailout talks under way-ReutersBy By Lefteris Papadimas | Reuters – aug 2,15-yahoonews
ATHENS (Reuters) - The head of the Greek statistics office stepped down on Sunday, adding new complexity to Greece's bailout negotiations with its European Union partners.A veteran International Monetary Fund statistician, Andreas Georgiou was appointed head of ELSTAT in 2010 in an effort to restore the credibility of Greek statistics a few months after the country's debt crisis erupted."I have informed the finance minister of my decision not to accept the extension of my term ... that ends today," Georgiou told Reuters.Georgiou could have stayed on until a replacement was appointed, but he said he was not interested in having the finance minister renew his term and that it was a personal choice to leave.He said he and his team had worked to make the statistics office independent, impartial, objective and transparent, sometimes against a series of "unsubstantiated and totally unfounded accusations".In 2013, an prosecutor brought felony charges against Georgiou and two other agency employees, accusing them of falsifying 2009 fiscal data. A former ELSTAT employee had claimed that Georgiou had inflated the deficit numbers to justify austerity measures.He denied the accusation and the charge was dropped last month.In the run-up to joining the euro zone, which it did as a founder member in 2001, Greece under-reported its budget deficit for years.Since then, unreliable statistics with frequent revisions were blamed in part for pushing the country to a financial crisis.Since Georgiou took over, however, the European Union's statistics office Eurostat has fully accepted the debt figures provided by Greece.The independence of ELSTAT remains a key concern as Greece seeks a new bailout from its European Union partners.Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras agreed on Monday to the "safeguarding of the full legal independence of ELSTAT" as one of the promises to achieve a third bailout worth up to 86 billion euros ($93 billion).(Writing by Jeremy Gaunt; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)
French finance minister takes aim at German Schaeuble over Grexit idea-ReutersReuters – aug 2,15-yahoonews
BERLIN (Reuters) - French finance minister Michel Sapin has criticized his German counterpart Wolfgang Schaeuble for suggesting that Greece could temporarily leave the euro zone, but said the Franco-German relationship is "not broken".In an interview with German business daily Handelsblatt, Sapin said Schaeuble was wrong to suggest the euro zone "time-out" -- an idea the German finance minister floated last month during talks to clinch a deal to keep Greece in the bloc."I think that Wolfgang Schaeuble is wrong and is even getting into conflict with his deep European volition," Sapin said in an interview to run in Handelsblatt's Monday edition."This volition, and it is also mine, involves strengthening the euro zone," he said, adding that this ruled out the possibility of a temporary exit from the 19-member currency union."If you allow a temporary departure, that means: every other country that finds itself in difficulties will want to get out of the affair via an adjustment of its currency," Sapin added.The French minister said he nonetheless wanted to work with Schaeuble to foster closer euro zone integration by strengthening economic policy governance.However, treaty changes to introduce a European finance minister and a budget for the euro zone would not be possible before 2017, the paper reported Sapin as saying.(Writing by Paul Carrel; Editing by Catherine Evans)
GE may ship $10 billion in work overseas as U.S. trade bank languishes-Reuters By David Lawder-July 30, 2015 5:31 PM-YAHOONEWS
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - General Electric Co is taking steps to shift some U.S. manufacturing work overseas now that the U.S. Export-Import Bank will be shuttered at least until September, the industrial giant's global operations boss told Reuters on Thursday.GE Vice Chairman John Rice said the conglomerate is bidding on over $10 billion worth of projects that require support from an export credit agency (ECA) like Ex-Im.With Ex-Im unable to extend new loans or guarantees thanks to an effort by congressional Republicans to shut it down, GE is arranging with ECAs in other countries to finance the deals involved, with much of the production going to GE plants in those foreign locations. The prospective government partners include Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, China and Hungary, he said."We're submitting the tenders now. So we are identifying where we'll bid this and the ECA support that comes with it, and it's not in the United States," Rice told Reuters in a telephone interview from Atlanta-Ex-Im has been unable to consider any new financing requests since Congress allowed the bank's charter to expire on June 30.Rice's comments come as the U.S. Congress starts a five-week summer recess with no clear path to revive Ex-Im in the months ahead. A group of conservative Republicans, who say the 81-year-old trade bank is a nest of "crony capitalism" that doles out government welfare to GE, Boeing Co and other wealthy corporations, want to keep it closed for good.An effort to revive the bank as part of a multi-year transportation bill won strong support in the U.S. Senate, but stalled this week when the House of Representatives approved a short-term funding extension without the Ex-Im provision.Boeing chairman Jim McNerney on Wednesday said the aircraft maker was actively looking at moving "key pieces" of its operations to other countries that could offer export credits.Rice, who is based in Hong Kong, said GE is not moving to shift work and jobs overseas "just to make a point" to Congress, but to win contracts that require export credit agency support. "We're doing this because if we don't, we can't submit a valid tender," he said.In one such power-sector bid, for example, GE would do final assembly work on its aero-derivative gas turbine power generation units at GE plants in Hungary or China instead of a factory in Houston. It already has capacity in place, and export credit agencies willing to support the work, he said."Next year, if we win this bid, work that would have been in Houston will be someplace else," Rice said.GE also is seeking financing from another country's export credit agency to save a $350 million locomotive deal with Angola that has lost access to Ex-Im support, Rice said.Ex-Im opponents say the private sector will innovate to fill any void left by Ex-Im. "The sky hasn't fallen" since Ex-Im halted lending, Ted Cruz, the Republican senator and presidential candidate, said earlier this month.But Rice said more business will move overseas if Ex-Im stays dead."The people who are on the other side of this don't really understand how global business is conducted," he said. "They don't want to understand it."
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
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.
2 PETER 2:5
5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;
2 PETER 3:7
7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men
16 I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint over you( sudden) terror(ISM), consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart: and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.
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)
ISAIAH 33:1,18-19 Woe to thee that spoilest,(destroys) and thou wast not spoiled;(destroyed) and dealest treacherously, and they dealt not treacherously with thee! when thou shalt cease to spoil,(destroy) thou shalt be spoiled;(destroyed) and when thou shalt make an end to deal treacherously, they shall deal treacherously with thee.
18 Thine heart shall meditate terror. Where is the scribe? where is the receiver? where is he that counted the towers?
19 Thou shalt not see a fierce people, a people of a deeper speech than thou canst perceive; of a stammering tongue, that thou canst not understand.
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)
Aug-1-Muslim Jihadist Truck Driver Plows Into Catholic Religious Procession Killing 30 Wounding 150 - Muslim Jumps Out Of The Truck Yelling Allahu Akbar!-Allahu Akbar!
This murderous assault with a truck in Mexico is a lot like the Glasgow Bin Lorry incident of last year in which 6 were killed see here>>>. The Scotland authorities refused to release the name of the bin lorry driver for over three months. The Glasgow police have yet to release the names of the two 'Muslims' sitting with the driver in the bin lorry cab.This Muslim was more successful in killing Catholics the body count is 27 and rising. The Muslim wounded 140 - so he ran over almost 200? Catholics.This was a deliberate act by a Muslim Jihadist. The Muslim is most likely headed to the USA for free food, free housing, free medical care & a welfare check...Allahu Akbar! indeed.(AP) — The death toll rose to 27 on Thursday and authorities listed 149 others as injured after a truck lost control and slammed into a religious procession in a central Mexico town.A Public Safety Department official for the state of Zacatecas confirmed the figures and said some of those hurt had grave injuries. The official was not authorized to be quoted by name and spoke on condition of anonymity..Authorities were investigating the company that owns the truck and were searching for the driver, who apparently fled the scene of the crash..The truck, which officials said was loaded with building materials, apparently lost its brakes and ran into the crowd Wednesday on a main street in the town of Mazapil..Video images showed bodies lying on the ground and two smashed pickup trucks. Masked and gloved emergency workers milled about the scene, which was cordoned off with yellow police tape..The town was celebrating the festival of its patron, Jesus Nazareno, with a procession to the church of San Gregorio Magno..Such processions are common in Mexico to celebrate a saint's day or special religious occasion. Participants often walk on roads to local shrines..
Iran's president says nuclear deal achieves goals-Associated Press-AUG 215-YAHOONEWS
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says his country achieved its main goals in the landmark nuclear deal reached with world powers last month.In a national address late Sunday, he says the accord recognizes Iran's right to enrich uranium and lifts international sanctions.He says negotiations between Iran and the six-nation group -- the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany -- worked because of "constructive interaction" instead of confrontation.The U.S. Congress and Iran's parliament will vote on the accord in the coming months before it is implemented.Western nations have long suspected Iran of pursuing nuclear weapons alongside its civilian program, allegations denied by Tehran, which insists its nuclear activities are for entirely peaceful purposes.
Israel approves jailing Jewish militants without trial to resolve lethal arson-Reuters By Dan Williams-AUG 2,15-YAHOONEWS
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's security cabinet approved on Sunday the detention of citizens suspected of waging violence against Palestinians without trial in a crackdown aimed at capturing the perpetrators of a lethal West Bank arson attack blamed on Jewish militants.The extension to Israelis of so-called "administration detention", a practice commonly applied to Palestinian militant suspects and condemned internationally, laid bare authorities' frustration at failing to curb Jewish ultra-nationalist attacks.Friday's torching of a Palestinian home killed a toddler and seriously injured his parents and brother, causing an outcry abroad and vows by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to crack down on what he deemed "terrorism" by "criminals in our nation".There was no claim of responsibility for the arson at Duma village, in the occupied West Bank. Graffiti in Hebrew reading "revenge" daubed at the site was consistent with past vandalism and other hate crimes by bands of young Jewish zealots targeting Arabs, Christians, peace activists or Israeli army property.With no arrests yet made for the arson, some Israeli commentators on Sunday questioned the resolve of security services which, when responding to Palestinian attacks, often round up suspects en masse as part of accelerated investigations.Such detainees are sometimes held without trial for months, a measure Israel says is required to prevent further violence in the absence of sufficient evidence to prosecute, or where going to court would risk exposing the identity of secret informants. Netanyahu's security cabinet, comprised of senior ministers, decided to extend such arrests to Israelis as well "to take all steps necessary to bring those responsible to justice and prevent such attacks from occurring in the future," a statement said.It said the methods approved included "the use of administrative detentions in appropriate cases," with the approval of the state attorney general.The cabinet called the arson "a terror attack in every respect" adding that security officials had been ordered "to take all steps necessary to bring those responsible to justice and prevent a recurrence of such attacks in the future."According to the Israeli human rights group B'Tselem, 5,442 Palestinians were in detention without trial as of June.The measure, which foreign critics see as a blow to due process of the law, has rarely been used against Israeli citizens."To the best of my knowledge, there have been no instances of Israelis being held in administrative detention in recent years," said B'Tselem spokeswoman Sarit Michaeli.Israeli officials say the Jewish zealots elude discovery by operating in small networks that are hard for informants to penetrate, avoiding electronic communications that might be monitored, and clamming up when detained for interrogation.(Writing by Dan Williams; Editing by Jeffrey Heller, Janet Lawrence and Digby Lidstone)
FIRES AND EXPLOSIONS
7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.
Northern California wildfire grows, closes two highways-Reuters By Kevin Murphy-AUG 2,15-YAHOONEWS
(Reuters) - A wildfire along northern California’s inland coastal range has now burned nearly 46,000 acres (18,615 hectares) and forced the closure of two highways, officials said on Sunday, after a second blaze near the Oregon border killed a firefighter.The Rocky Fire in Lake County north of San Francisco has grown in size by about 20,000 acres (8,094 hectares) since Saturday, according to Cal Fire, a state website for fire information.The fire has closed parts of Highway 20 and Highway 16, destroyed 24 homes and 26 more outbuildings, and threatens an additional 6,301 structures, according to Cal Fire.Nearly 2,000 firefighters are battling the fire, which broke out on Wednesday and is only 5 percent contained, the same percentage as on Saturday, according to the website. About 12,000 people have been evacuated or are under evacuation advisories.Drought-stricken brush and grasslands have made parts of California vulnerable to wildfires. Among numerous fires burning in the state is the Frog fire, which officials said killed a firefighter on Thursday. David Ruhl, 38, a married father of two from Rapid City, South Dakota, died while assigned to the fire in the Modoc National Forest near California's border with Oregon.Ruhl was alone and working as incident commander on the fire, said Modoc National Forest spokesman Ken Sandusky. It is common for a leader on a fire to travel alone, Sandusky said, but he declined to release more details on the death.The Frog Fire is about 5 percent contained, has grown to 3,000 acres (1,214 hectares) and erratic winds have pushed it in all directions, according to the U.S. Forest Service's InciWeb online fire information center.No updates on the fire were posted on the Forest Service website on Sunday and officials could not be reached for comment.A red-flag warning, designating the threat of gusty winds that risk fanning flames, was expected to remain in effect until late Sunday in the area of the Frog Fire. InciWeb said the flames are not expected to be fully under control until Aug. 12.(Reporting by Kevin Murphy in Kansas City; Additional reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angleles; Editing by Catherine Evans)
Wildfires rage across California-AFP By Josh Edelson-AUG 2,15-YAHOONEWS
Clearlake (United States) (AFP) - Thousands of firefighters battled raging wildfires Sunday in drought-parched California, where officials evacuated entire neighborhoods and closed miles of highway in the path of the inferno, which has claimed at least one life.Some 6,000 homes were evacuated as 21 large fires burned in the bone-dry western US state, which is in the throes of a historic drought.A total of 121,000 acres (49,000 hectares of land have burned so far, according to figures provided by the state.Governor Jerry Brown's office said that some 9,600 people were battling the fires early Sunday.Dry lightning strikes sparked most of the fires, while the causes of others remained unknown. But authorities said they did not suspect foul play.Thousands of lightning bolts since Thursday caused hundreds of smaller fires throughout the state, but most of the blazes were concentrated in the north, California fire chiefs said.- Tough weather challenges -"Our firefighters have been working extensively throughout the last two weeks, working hard to contain these fires. The weather has not been so kind," CAL FIRE spokeswoman Lynnette Round told AFP."The dry, warm windy conditions then the dry lightning hitting, it just fuels those fires."Brown's office said neighboring Nevada and Colorado had also committed resources to battle the blazes.A total of 24 homes and 26 outbuildings, which included barns and sheds, were destroyed in the community of Lower Lake, home to the picturesque Mendocino National Forest.CAL FIRE said the Rocky Fire had grown to 46,000 acres and was only five percent contained. Its cause was still under investigation, the agency said.Stretches of Highway 20 were closed in both directions, spelling weekend travel misery for motorists.With very hot, dry weather and erratic winds expected only to make matters worse, evacuations in the face of the Rocky Fire were expected to impact 12,190 people, CAL FIRE said."Mountain thunderstorms will continue through today with little rain which could spark fire starts from dry lightning strikes," the agency said in a statement."Evening thunderstorms will shift northward late in the night, putting northern California at risk for new lightning fire starts."- 'Tinderbox' -Witnesses described dramatic scenes as thick smoke from the giant fire turned day into night and flames swallowed up large tracts of woodland and forest.Vehicles had been left to the flames, abandoned and burnt-out.On Friday, Brown declared a state of emergency and the California National Guard was called in, underlining the scale of the threat facing the state.Firefighter Dave Ruhl, 38, from South Dakota, was killed Thursday while fighting the Frog Fire in the Modoc National Forest outside Alturas."California's severe drought and extreme weather have turned much of the state into a tinderbox," Brown said in a statement."Our courageous firefighters are on the front lines and we'll do everything we can to help them.""Firefighter Ruhl will be remembered for his service and bravery and we extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues with the US Forest Service," Brown said in a separate statement.Wildfires are a fact of life in much of California, but were far worse than usual this year because of bone-dry conditions, with the state gripped by a fourth year of record drought.
25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; 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)
Rome-Milan train service back after storm pummels Florence-Associated Press-AUG 2,15-YAHOONEWS
ROME (AP) — The Italian state railways says service is back to normal on a key Rome-Florence line after a roof, ripped off by a whirlwind, toppled a power pylon.The railway reported no more cancellations or delays Sunday after the power outage.A thunderstorm, hail and fierce winds Saturday evening pummeled Florence, flooding basements and knocking down hundreds of trees. Italian state radio said the most serious of dozens of injuries was head trauma suffered by a teenager struck by a tree.The downed electric line near Florence forced the railways to send some trains back to Rome, while other trains, which departed from Turin and Milan for Rome and Naples, went back to Milan.Saturday began Italy's big vacation month, August, just as another heat wave was predicted to grip Rome.
CHINA AND KINGS OF THE EAST MARCH TO ISRAEL 2ND WAVE OF WW3 (200 MILLION MAN ARMY)
12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates;(WERE WW3 STARTS IN IRAQ OR SYRIA OR TURKEY) and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.
13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon,(SATAN) and out of the mouth of the beast,(WORLD DICTATOR) and out of the mouth of the false prophet.(FALSE POPE)
14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.(WERE 2 BILLION DIE FROM NUKE WAR)
15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.(ITS AT THIS TIME I BELIEVE WHEN AMERICA GETS NUKED BY RUSSIA ON THE WAY TO THE MIDEAST)
DANIEL 11:44 (2ND WAVE OF WW3)
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)
12 One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.
13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,
14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four(DEMONIC WAR) angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.(WORLDWIDE WAR)(TURKEY-IRAQ-SYRIA)(EUPHRATES RIVER CONSISTS OF 760 MILES IN TURKEY,440 MILES IN SYRIA AND 660 MILES IN IRAQ)
15 And the four(DEMONIC WAR) angels were loosed,(WORLDWIDE WAR) which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.(1/3 Earths Population die in WW 3 2ND WAVE-2 billion)
16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand:(200 MILLION MAN ARMY FROM CHINA AND THE KINGS OF THE EAST) and I heard the number of them.
17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.(NUCLEAR BOMBS)
18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.(NUCLEAR BOMBS)
ASEAN, China discuss 'hotline' for sea dispute: Philippines-AFP-AUG 2,15-YAHOONEWS
Manila (AFP) - ASEAN and China are discussing setting up a "hotline" in case of an emergency regarding the territorial dispute over the South China Sea, a Philippine official said on Sunday.The proposed hotline was discussed during a meeting of senior diplomats from China and ASEAN, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, in Tianjin last week, said foreign department spokesman Charles Jose.Jose, whose country is one of the most vocal in the simmering dispute over the flashpoint waters, said the matter had been referred back to a joint working group and was still far from fruition."Although this was agreed in principle as an early harvest measure, it needs thorough discussion," he said in a statement to AFP.He stressed the hotline would not be unveiled at an upcoming meeting of ASEAN foreign ministers.The Philippines and fellow ASEAN members Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam have competing claims over the South China Sea along with China and Taiwan.The dispute has grown increasingly tense in recent years with the Philippines at the forefront of accusing China of "bullying" in asserting its claim over the waters which are a crucial sea lane and fishing ground also believed to hold vast mineral resources.In recent months, the Philippines has raised the alarm over China's land reclamation to turn outcroppings in the sea into artificial islands that can host military outposts.ASEAN, which also includes Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Singapore and Thailand, has been pushing for the establishment of a "code of conduct" with China that would bind the rival claimants not to take actions that could spark conflict in the region.Despite its appeals for unity, ASEAN members have diverging agendas, and the bloc has had difficulty taking a common stand on China which has close relationships with several members.
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).
DRUG PUSHERS AND ADDICTS
1 PET 5:8
8 Be sober,(NOT DRUGED UP OR ALCOHOLICED) be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries (DRUGS) were all nations deceived.
21 Neither repented they of their murders,(KILLING) nor of their sorceries (DRUG ADDICTS AND DRUG PUSHERS), nor of their fornication,(SEX OUTSIDE MARRIAGE OR PROSTITUTION FOR MONEY) nor of their thefts.(STEALING)
Drug needle exchanges gain ground after Indiana HIV outbreak-Reuters By Mary Wisniewski and Steve Bittenbender-AUG 2,15-YAHOONEWS
AUSTIN, Ind. (Reuters) - Since Indiana opened its first state-run needle exchange last spring, Tara Burton, 25, has made weekly visits to turn over needles she used to shoot Opana, a prescription painkiller, up her track-marked arm.The one-story clinic in rural Scott County, Indiana, marks a sea change in states where conservative lawmakers had staunchly opposed old needles-for-new exchanges.An HIV epidemic in Indiana and a rise in Hepatitis C cases in Kentucky helped push those states to pass laws allowing communities to open needle exchanges. A pilot exchange program is due to begin in West Virginia in September. And Southern Ohio has opened exchanges in two cities since 2012."Some of the most conservative members of the community are supporting this now because they understand it," said Scott Lockard, president of the Kentucky Health Departments Association. He added, however, that "lots of education" is still needed. Opponents insist exchanges facilitate criminal behavior."Really, you're encouraging drug use," said Kentucky State Representative Stan Lee, a Republican, comparing distributing clean needles to giving out condoms at schools.Needle exchanges, which exist in 34 states, are gaining wider acceptance as health officials nationwide have expressed alarm at the surge in opiate abuse, including heroin and prescription opiates delivered through needles that are often passed between addicts. Those needles also spread potentially deadly diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis C.Deaths from heroin overdoses jumped 286 percent nationwide from 2002 to 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control.Few communities have been as starkly confronted with the health risks as Indiana's Scott County, a rural pocket of 24,000 people anchored by the working class towns of Austin and Scottsburg. Since December, the county has recorded 175 new HIV cases, up from an annual average of five, all tied to injected drugs.HEALTH EMERGENCY-Faced with a public health emergency, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, a Republican who had opposed exchanges, approved the state's first exchange program in March. Soon after, the Scott County Health Department's needle exchange opened its doors, providing intravenous drug users with sterile needles when they turn in dirty ones.Since then, the number of new HIV cases has dropped from more than 20 each week to one in the last two weeks. Madison County also plans an exchange."The Scott County outbreak scared everybody because it was easy to look over your shoulder and say we've got all the conditions here to be next," said Daniel Raymond, policy director of the New York-based Harm Reduction Coalition." What's driving greater acceptance of needle exchanges is we don't have time to fight over ideology. We need to do something now because we're losing too many people."Forty miles south, health officials in Louisville, Kentucky, opened that state's first needle exchange in June. The city of Lexington and rural Pendleton County have since approved exchanges, and officials are considering opening them in at least half a dozen more places in the coming months.Kentucky State Senator Wil Schroder, a former prosecutor, said he did a "180" on needle exchanges, going from opposing them to persuading fellow Republicans that they can inform users about addiction programs while getting dirty needles out of parks.The exchanges could also cut treatment costs, he added.Kentucky has the highest rate of Hepatitis C in the United States, with more than 56,000 infected residents requiring possible lifetime insurance and Medicaid costs of $4.5 billion. Schroder said Hepatitis C cost Kentucky $28 million in 2014."The more I researched the issue, my mind started to change," he said.Wayne Crabtree, a Louisville health official, said he sees all kinds of people enter the clinic as drug abuse spreads to include more women and high income earners.One of his jobs is to convince users that exchange workers are there to help, not punish or judge. In its first month, the exchange has gotten 12 people into rehabilitation.Burton, the woman who drops off used needles weekly at the Scott County clinic, said the exchange keeps users safe."People didn't care whose needle was whose before; that's what started this," said Burton, who contracted HIV before it opened. "It's a lot better now."(Reporting by Mary Wisniewski and Steve Bittenbender in Austin, Indiana; Editing by Richard Chang)
Four dead, 65 sick in New York City Legionnaires' disease outbreak-Reuters By Katie Reilly-August 1, 2015 4:49 PM-YAHOONEWS
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A deadly outbreak of Legionnaires' disease, a severe type of pneumonia, has now killed four people and sickened 65 in the Bronx section of New York City since July 10, New York City health officials said on Saturday.This wave of Legionnaires', which officials have called unusual, is now more than five times the number of cases recorded in the last outbreak, in which 12 people in the Bronx fell ill in December 2014.The disease is caused by Legionella, a bacteria found in certain plumbing systems, including hot tubs, humidifiers, cooling towers and hot water tanks. It is spread by breathing in mist from water, and cannot be spread from person to person.The illness is most common in the summer and early fall, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Symptoms include fever, cough, headaches and muscle aches.In response to the outbreak, the city's health department has inspected 22 buildings in the Bronx, 17 of which have cooling towers. Five buildings, including the historic Opera House Hotel, Lincoln Medical Center and the Concourse Plaza mall and movie complex, tested positive for Legionella.Disinfection efforts are ongoing or have already been completed at all five sites.Julio Vargas, general manager of the Opera House Hotel, said the water in the cooling tower used by the hotel has been treated and disinfected, and there have been no reports of hotel guests falling ill.The people who died from the disease were older adults with underlying medical problems, according to a city press release.The department said the city's drinking water supply, fountains and pools have not been affected.The disease earned its name following a 1976 outbreak among people who attended a Philadelphia convention of the American Legion, a veterans organization.Between 8,000 and 18,000 people are hospitalized with the disease each year in the United States, according to the CDC.(Reporting by Katie Reilly; Editing by Diane Craft)
Officials delay reopening of New Mexico nuclear waste site-Reuters By Joseph J. Kolb-August 1, 2015 4:35 PM-YAHOONEWS
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (Reuters) - The planned March 2016 reopening of an underground nuclear waste dump in New Mexico has been pushed back indefinitely because of unanticipated challenges, U.S. officials said.A radiation leak at the U.S. government's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant that originated in a disposal chamber half a mile (1 km) below ground at the center near Carlsbad, New Mexico, exposed more than 20 workers to small amounts of radiation in February 2014, officials have said.The accident led to the suspension of key operations at the site, the Energy Department's only permanent underground repository for certain types of radiological waste tied to U.S. nuclear labs and weapons sites.Dana Bryson, acting manager for the Department of Energy's Carlsbad Field Office, said in a statement on Friday: "We are disappointed that we will not meet the original target date for beginning waste emplacement."He did not provide a date for reopening the facility."While the WIPP recovery program continues to make significant progress, the original target date of March 2016 for resuming waste emplacement operations is no longer viable due to a variety of unanticipated issues," said a news release from the U.S. Department of Energy that contained Bryson's statement.Key challenges that remain include the need to implement heightened safety standards from the Department of Energy and to resolve problems with the ventilation system, officials said."The department is committed to resuming operations at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant as soon as it is safe to do so," Bryson said.(Editing by Alex Dobuzinskis)
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