Tuesday, June 14, 2016
TUSK AND JUNKER-BREXIT COULD BE THE END OF THE WEST.
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.
South African president wades into Fort McMurray firefighter pay dispute-[CBC]-June 12, 2016-YAHOONEWS
South African President Jacob Zuma has waded into the murky waters surrounding the payment of his firefighters sent to help fight the Fort McMurray wildfire.In a press release, the president requested that his minister of the environment intervene to resolve the firefighters wage dispute.The firefighters were sent to Alberta by the Working on Fire organization, part of South Africa's extended public works program, run through the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA). "The DEA will be assisted by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation in finding a solution to the impasse," Zuma's statement read. "South Africa warmly welcomes the opportunity provided to South African youth to work abroad."As the firefighters prepared to depart from the Edmonton International Airport en route to South Africa Sunday evening, the pay increase earlier this week by Premier Rachel Notley is now out of Alberta's hands.Officials with the Alberta government told CBC that senior officials with the South African government have confirmed that the pay increase will happen. It is still uncertain when the firefighters will receive the money.Mike Long, director of communications for the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, said Sunday that the time and place of payment for the firefighters is "between South Africa and their employees."He added: "This is an unfortunate situation, the South African firefighters performed well in 2015 while in Alberta." -A hero's welcome-The firefighters arrived in Edmonton May 29 to a hero's welcome, with people cheering for them and personally thanking them for coming. They performed traditional dances and chants, winning over Canadians across the country.However, when it came to fighting fires the South Africans spent a limited time on the front lines. They stopped showing up for work on June 8 after learning that a broadcast in their home country stated they were making $21 Cdn an hour, when they understood they were earning far less.In fact, they are making $50 a day on top of their South African wages. This was promised by the South African government-funded program Working on Fire organization, which successfully filled a tender issued by the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre (CIFFC).Notley stepped in during the wage dispute, promising the firefighters will receive wages in accordance with Alberta law. The minimum wage in the province is $11.20."I can say right now that every hour that every firefighter from South Africa or anywhere else has worked on these fires will be compensated in accordance with our laws in this province," Notley said Thursday.The firefighters originally said they wouldn't leave Fort McMurray until the pay dispute was solved.On Saturday, they filed into buses en route to CFB Edmonton, where they spent the night. Sunday night they filed into Edmonton's airport in a quiet procession, much different than the celebratory arrival. -Raising spirits-While in a northern camp during the dispute, the firefighters gained fame for seemingly non-stop singing.Lori Styles, who was working in the Wapasu Creek East camp outside of Fort McMurray, said that every time she would return from work she would see the South Africans singing — not in protest, but for each other."It wasn't really a protest like we would in Canada," she said. "They're not waving flags or different posters or that kind of thing. "It was more to sing and keep your spirits up, basically. That's what their culture is all about, I think."She said the atmosphere at the camp was buoyed by their presence, and others would join in with their songs to show they weren't alone.Styles, who plays the drums, would join in with the bongos."It was our way to kind of say that we care about them and we all love them and we were wishing that they weren't going through this hard time," she said."They come all the way here and it's important for them to come and feel part of Canada, to get basically equal pay. And when I found out it was $50 a day, it was quite shocking."In a statement, Working on Fire said "it's part of the firefighter ethos to first and foremost deliver an emergency service. We are extremely disappointed that we couldn't resolve this internally before it escalated to become an international incident."But the efforts of Working on Fire have never been about "making money," the statement added.Working on Fire did not respond to CBC's requests for comment. A reporter at the Edmonton airport Sunday night was denied access to the firefighters.
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.(THE EU (EUROPEAN UNION) TAKES OVER IRAQ WHICH HAS SPLIT INTO 3-SUNNI-KURD-SHIA PARTS-AND THE REVIVED ROMAN EMPIRE IS BROUGHT BACK TOGETHER-THE TWO LEGS OF DANIEL WESTERN LEG AND THE ISLAMIC LEG COMBINED AS 1)
THIS HEADLINE IS A COMPLETE LIE. MY BIBLE SAYS THE EUROPEAN UNION WILL LEAD THE WORLD GOVERNMENT. SURE AMERICA WILL BE USELESS. BUT THE EU WILL CONTROLTHE WORLDS SYSTEM. AND BESIDES THE BIBLE SAYS 3 EUROPEAN UNION COUNTRIES WILL BE KICKED OUT OF THE EU. WHEN THE JEWISH EUROPEAN UNION LEADER LEADS THE EUROPEAN UNION. AND SIGNS THE 7 YEAR PEACE TREATY WITH ISRAEL-ARABS AND MANY NATIONS (ARAB-MUSLIMS OVIOUSLY THE ARAB LEAGUE)
Tusk and Juncker: Brexit could be 'end of West' By Eric Maurice-jun 13,16-euobserver
BRUSSELS, Today, 17:22-Ten days before the EU referendum in the UK, leaders of the European Council and Commission have suggested Brexit would destroy Western political civilisation.In an interview with Germany's Bild newspaper published on Monday (13 June), the council president Donald Tusk said that a British exit from the EU would have "long term consequences that nobody can foresee"."Brexit could be the beginning of the destruction not only of the EU but also of the whole Western political civilisation," he said, adding that he was speaking "as an historian".He said that "all radical anti-Europeans in EU member states would rejoice" and also that "external enemies would drink champagne".But he said he was sure that the EU would "survive, even if the price would be high".The civilisational warning is not just Tusk's personal opinion.A European Commission spokeswoman told press in Brussels on Monday that the commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, and Tusk "meet regularly" and have "discussed the matter several times"."Therefore president Juncker conveyed exactly the same message in his own words, for example on 12 May in Berlin”, she said.Speaking at a forum organised by a German radio broadcaster, West Deutscher Rundfunk, Juncker said that a Brexit would create "manifold problems".Asked at that the time if it would be a catastrophe, he answered: "Yes."
Tusk: Brexit talks could take seven years By Eszter Zalan-JUNE 13,16-EUOBSERVER
BRUSSELS, Today, 09:09-EU Council chief Donald Tusk warned that renegotiating the relationship between the UK and the EU could take up to seven years, in case Britons vote to leave the bloc in the 23 June referendum.Tusk told German newspaper Bild that while the exit has to be negotiated in two years, agreeing to a new deal on the relations which would have to be approved by all the 27 governments and the European Parliament, could take up to five years more.The former Polish prime minister warned that even then it is not a done deal."That would take at least five years, and I'm afraid, without any guarantee of success," added Tusk.Under EU rules, article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, the member state wishing to leave needs to notify the European Council.Then a "withdrawal agreement" needs to be negotiated on such things as tariffs on British goods and freedom of movement with the remaining member states within two years after the notification.But if no deal is reached within that timeframe, EU rules automatically cease to apply to the country that wants to leave, unless all member states agree to extend the negotiating period.At this stage, EU sources suggested, member states favoured a quick and tough deal with the UK to dissuade others from leaving.But ratification could be long and painful, Tusk suggested.Earlier British prime minister David Cameron also said that Britain could face a “decade of uncertainty” while a new relationship is established with the rest of the EU.The EU Council president's comments came as one poll suggested a strong lead for the Leave camp.An online opinion poll for the Independent newspaper Friday showed the Brexit camp leading by 10 percentage points ahead of the referendum next week.Another poll published by the Financial Times also suggested that the Leave camp is leading by one percent.Former Labour prime minister Gordon Brown will step up his campaign efforts this week to shore up working-class voters, many of whom have now sided with the Leave camp. Brown will also visit Brussels on Monday (13 June).
Focus-Are the EU and US ready for free trade? By Lisbeth Kirk-JUNE 13,16-EUOBSERVER
BRUSSELS, Today, 15:29-European business broadly backs the The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), because the EU-US pact is expected to boost economic growth.But Europe’s engineering industry has lit an amber light, saying that the two markets are very unlike and that a lot of effort is needed to be able to achieve a good trade deal.American firms would get direct access a single European market, which has the same rules and standards in all 28 countries. But the US market is not as unified or easy to sell into.Testing of products is regulated by the US Department of Labour's Occupational Safety & Health Administration, (OSHA). Currently, 39 different product types are subject to testing and certification in the US.OSHA’s main priority is workers’ health, which is why it operates under the Labour department.The products are tested and certified at 17 privately owned test centres (NTRLs), but the 17 US entities are not obliged to recognise each other's results.-One third of export affected-Up to one third of Europe's exports to the US is subjected to this system. As much as 75 percent of electronic exports are affected."The decentralised nature of the US system makes it difficult for European companies, in particular small and medium size businesses," said Adrian Harris, Director General of Orgalime, representing the European engineering industry."In practice, such fragmentation and lack of transparency means that European companies need to spend much more time and effort to continually monitor new standardisation work”, he said."This also results in the need to purchase standards from different sources, which is becoming increasingly complex and costly”.When an EU company sells, for instance, an electronic sensor to US clients, the product must jump through 17 regulatory hoops. But under TTIP, its US competitor would have direct access to 28 markets through just one.One study found that 5 percent of the price of any product sold in the US market is made up of certification costs.US behind the curve-There’s been little talk of the issue until now, one source told EUobserver. But OSHA recently began negotiations with the European Commission as part of the TTIP process.Orgalime’s Adrian Harris underlined that industry is not against TTIP as a whole."You’ll never find Orgalime campaigning against TTIP. We depend on trade and want as much free trade as possible," he said, adding that export to the US in the sector had grown from €75 billion in 2010 to €116 in 2015.He said both American and EU firms would benefit from unified global standards.Some US multinationals, such as GE, have managed to set global norms with their products. But in general US regulators have less international standards than the EU.-Running short on time-TTIP would form the world's biggest free trade area if it is agreed.It faces political and popular resistance on both sides of the Atlantic.In Europe, the pact would have to be approved by an increasingly sceptical European Parliament as well as member states.In the US, president Barack Obama’s term is likely to end before TTIP is concluded, but there is no guarantee that the next administration would support it.Presidential candidates from both leading parties, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, have opposed trade agreements for decades.The leading Democratic Party candidate, Hillary Clinton, endorsed the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a US trade pact with Asian states, when she was secretary of state. But she has flip-flopped on free trade.“I have said I oppose the TPP agreement - and that means before and after the election,” she said in early May at an election rally.
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)
Power restored after thunderstorms cause outages across Manitoba-[CBC]-June 12, 2016-YAHOONEWS
Crews at Manitoba Hydro worked hard into the night Sunday to restore power to people across the province as thunder and lightning took out poles and left people in the dark for hours.Bruce Owen, Manitoba Hydro public affairs officer, said "dozens and dozens" of calls from customers started flowing in at 8:30 a.m.There were two major outages reported in Transcona Sunday morning. Both outages lasted for about two hours but have since been repaired, Owen said.St. Boniface and several other parts of Winnipeg were also hit and restored in the afternoon and evening.Elsewhere in the province, lightning strikes and a tree blown onto a line caused an outage in Altona, located about 100 kilometres southwest of Winnipeg.Outages in Lorette were the result of a pole fire. It was replaced and power was restored just before 8 p.m., Owen said.There were multiple outages reported in Morden because of heavy rain, lightning and downed trees.A pole fire also caused outages in Foxwarren, St. Lazare, Binscarth, Angusville and Rossburn. Hydro said they had to switch to an alternate supply and that a few customers would remain without power until the burned pole can be fixed.Owen said the majority of outages have been fixed, but added Manitoba Hydro was still receiving reports of a few outages Sunday night.Owen encouraged people to follow Manitoba Hydro on Twitter for updates and to report any outages online.
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)
Drugs for physician-assisted death: What will they cost and who will pay?-[The Canadian Press]-Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press-June 12, 2016-YAHOONEWS
TORONTO - With medically assisted death now legal in Canada, doctors need access to specific drugs that will painlessly and humanely terminate a suffering patient's life.But just what are these drugs and what do they cost? And most importantly perhaps, who will cover that cost?One week after the ban on physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia was officially lifted under the Supreme Court of Canada's mandate, doctors, provincial health ministries, private insurers and the pharmacy sector are still trying to sort out the answers.Complicating the issue is the fact that oral drugs that would be taken by eligible individuals seeking to end their lives on their own are not readily available in Canada, so doctors willing to help a patient die must administer the lethal medications.Vancouver's Dr. Ellen Wiebe has so far delivered those injections to seven patients who fit the top court's criteria for assisted death due to intolerable suffering from a "grievous and irremediable" medical condition."We prescribe a double-dose, that's the standard protocol and the idea is you're giving one dose and the other is a standby, and then the doctor has to bring those drugs back to the pharmacist," said Wiebe, noting that the unused portion must be destroyed.But in B.C. at least, the trio of powerful and fast-acting anesthesia-related drugs Wiebe uses — midazolam, propofol and rocuronium — aren't covered by either provincial or private insurance, so their $250 cost must be paid for by the patient."Basically, this is just in process," she said. "I expect and want the government to pay for these drugs and I expect that will happen, it just takes time."A few provinces have already committed to covering the cost.That includes Quebec, which brought in its own physician-assisted dying legislation last December. The province covers the price tag for euthanasia drug kits provided to doctors willing to help a patient end their life.While all the details haven't been worked out, Ontario has also said it will cover the cost of the medications."When it comes to patient access to medical assistance in dying, I don't think financial costs should be a barrier," said Ontario Health Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins.Hoskins said a letter has been sent out to all pharmacists informing them the drugs will be made available to eligible patients for free and outlining the process for dispensing them and covering their cost."So it won't require patients to purchase the drugs and then be reimbursed," he said. "The health-care provider will receive the drugs from a licensed pharmacist and the pharmacist will bill the province directly."Alberta, which is in the process of drafting its own regulations based on the high court's ruling, is also prepared to cover the cost of the lethal drugs, where applicable."If you're in a hospital setting or another primary-care setting like a long-term care facility, it would be covered in accordance with the Canada Health Act, so the hospital would pick up the cost," Health Minister Sarah Hoffman said from Edmonton."And if you're at home, we're working to make sure this is absolutely not a barrier," added Hoffman. "We're working with our own drug plan — with Blue Cross — and having conversations with others."But we want to ensure that again in accordance with the Supreme Court direction that access is not a barrier, and that of course includes access to the actual drugs."As for private insurers, Joan Weir of the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association suggested the decision as to whether employee-based plans or policies held by individuals would cover medications for assisted dying is still in flux."From the perspective of drugs, we're just starting to look at this now," said Weir, director of health and dental policy for the association, noting that individual insurance companies have their own lists of medications eligible for coverage, called formularies."Private plans pay for drugs that are dispensed by pharmacies and not knowing what these drugs are, I'm not certain that pharmacies actually dispense these drugs today," she said."Depending on what that drug mix is, they could already be on formularies. That's the next step for us to take a look at. And if they're not, we probably will be looking at what the industry should do on a whole."Phil Emberley, director of pharmacy innovation at the Canadian Pharmacists Association, said his sector is also seeking clarity on the issue of which drugs are appropriate for helping patients who meet the necessary criteria to end their lives.Of particular concern are oral pharmaceuticals that patients could take themselves on their own timetable, rather than booking a specific time to have a physician provide a lethal injection."When we looked to other jurisdictions that have assisted dying, such as the State of Oregon and the Netherlands, in general they use medications known as barbiturates," he explained. "This is a class of medications that in the past were used for sleeping disorders, but they have very limited therapeutic uses other than assisted dying these days."But these drugs — secobarbital and pentobarbital — are not readily available because manufacturers are no longer producing the medications in any quantity, Emberley said."So that's one of the concerns we have in light of the many drug shortages that we've dealt with recently. And this is a very specific need that would be out there."We are very much pressing for medications that would be available and could be prescribed and accessed when there is a need."Wiebe said patients aren't able to choose to die with self-administered oral drugs because pentobarbital is difficult to obtain and other medications are not considered effective for bringing on death without potential complications and in a reasonable amount of time."The ones we have are just not acceptable for that," she said. "And so none of us are going to be using oral until we get pentobarbital."Wiebe could have accessed this barbiturate — the drug is approved in Canada — but the company that has the rights to sell it in this country told her it would cost $23,000 for a single dose.So doctors like Wiebe — and the patients who wish to seek an end to their suffering on their own terms and in their own time — must wait to see whether pentobarbital will become accessible at a reasonable cost."The issue with the oral drugs is very complex and it would be nice if it could be solved," said Wiebe. "But that's not going to happen quickly."Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.
GOD CREATED THEM MALE AND FEMALE IN MARRIAGE
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply,(HAVE LOTS OF CHILDREN) and replenish the earth,(HOMOSEXUALS CAN NOT REPLENISH THE EARTH WITH CHILDREN)(BY HAVING SEX WITH EACH OTHER) and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,
5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?
6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
U.S. urges United Nations to unite for gay rights-[Reuters]-By Michelle Nichols-June 13, 2016-YAHOONEWS
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States appealed on Monday for the United Nations to unite to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, not just express outrage over a massacre in a Florida nightclub on Sunday in which 49 people were killed.Being gay is a crime in at least 74 countries, the U.N. has said."If we are united in our outrage by the killing of so many – and we are – let us be equally united around the basic premise of upholding the universal dignity of all persons regardless of who they love, not just around condemning the terrorists who kill them," Deputy U.S. Ambassador David Pressman said-A shooter pledging allegiance to the radical group Islamic State carried out the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history on Sunday at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.Rights organizations have accused Islamic State militants of killing dozens of gay men by throwing them from buildings or stoning them.Pressman noted that there is just one General Assembly resolution referencing "sexual orientation" and "gender identity," a resolution that urges states to protect the right to life of all persons and investigate killings.He said every year "there is a pitched fight over whether it is appropriate to include sexual orientation in that protection."U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has long advocated for gay rights but has faced opposition from African, Arab and Muslim states, as well as from Russia and China. On Sunday he condemned the Orlando attack.In 2014, Ban announced the United Nations would recognise all same-sex marriages of its staff, allowing them to receive U.N. benefits. Russia unsuccessfully tried to overturn the move last year, with Saudi Arabia, China, Iran, India, Egypt, Pakistan, and Syria among 43 states that supported Moscow.In February the 54-member African Group, the 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and 25-member "Group of Friends of the Family," led by Belarus, Egypt and Qatar, protested the launch of six U.N. stamps promoting LGBT equality.Then a group of 51 Muslim states blocked 11 gay and transgender organizations from officially attending a high-level U.N. meeting last week on ending AIDS, sparking a protest by the United States, Canada and the European Union.(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)
Heavily armed man was going to Los Angeles gay pride parade-[The Canadian Press]-Christopher Weber And Andrew Dalton, The Associated Press-June 13, 2016-YAHOONEWS
SANTA MONICA, Calif. - Authorities were trying to figure out why an Indiana man had three assault rifles and chemicals used to make explosives some 2,000 miles from home in Southern California, where he told the officers who arrested him that he was headed to a gay pride parade.James Wesley Howell, 20, told police he was going to LA Pride in West Hollywood, an event that draws hundreds of thousands of people each year. But Santa Monica police and the FBI don't yet know his intentions.His arrest came just a few hours after at least 50 people were shot and killed in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, though police said they had found no evidence the incidents were connected.Howell, of Jeffersonville, Indiana, was arrested around 5 a.m. after residents called police to report suspicious behaviour by a man who parked his white Acura sedan facing the wrong way. When officers arrived, they saw an assault rifle sitting in Howell's passenger seat, Santa Monica police Lt. Saul Rodriguez said.They searched the car and found two more assault rifles, high-capacity magazines and ammunition, and a five-gallon bucket with chemicals that could be used to make an explosive device, police said.Santa Monica Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks initially tweeted that Howell told officers he wanted to "harm" the gay pride event, but she later corrected her statement to say that Howell only said he was going to the parade.Howell's father was shocked by his son's arrest and is co-operating with investigators, said Louisville, Kentucky, attorney Bobby Boyd, who represented Howell in a local case.Boyd, who asked that the father not be identified, told Kentucky station WDRB-TV (http://bit.ly/25XoJG5 ) that the FBI has contacted Howell's family and they are working to find an attorney in Southern California.Howell was scheduled to appear in Los Angeles court Tuesday.In Louisville, he was charged in April with evading police, speeding and reckless driving. He pleaded not guilty after authorities say he fled when an officer pulled him over, court records show.In Clark County, Indiana, Howell was charged in October with pointing a firearm at someone and with intimidation. He made a deal with prosecutors to plead guilty only to the misdemeanour intimidation charge. He was given one-year prison sentence that the judge suspended in favour of strict probation that prohibited him from having weapons.A Facebook page that apparently belongs to Howell includes photos of the white Acura he was driving. The postings on the page are unremarkable: There's no enmity toward gays or notable political activism. One post says he's signing a petition to legalize marijuana.The page's most recent public post, from June 3, shows a photo comparing an Adolf Hitler quote to one from Hillary Clinton. An anti-Clinton, pro-Bernie Sanders photo was posted in February.The page says Howell worked as an auditor for a company that makes air filters.A friend of Howell's, Joseph Greeson, 18, said Howell's parents in Jeffersonville had not seen him for days and that they called Greeson's parents looking for him. Greeson told the Los Angeles Times that he and Howell are in a car club together and that Howell had a gun collection.Greeson also said Howell harboured no ill will for gays or lesbians.In California, the gay pride event went on as usual, albeit with increased security. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the arrest at the start of the parade and struck a defiant tone."We are here as Angelenos, as the LGBT community and allies," he said. "And we will not shrink away, we will not be stuck in our homes, we will not go back into our closets. We're here to march, to celebrate and to mourn."Carl Oliver of Los Angeles attends the parade every year. He said he cried after hearing about Orlando, but he never considered not coming."This is about love," he said. "We have to show our love and unity."___Dalton reported from Los Angeles.
U.S. says Apache helicopter carries out strike in Iraq-[Reuters]-June 13, 2016-YAHOONEWS
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The United States carried out a strike in Iraq on Monday against an Islamic State target using an Apache attack helicopter for the first time since President Barack Obama authorized its use in offensive operations earlier this year.U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter declined to disclose details of the operation, saying only that it was to support Iraqi forces positioning ahead of an operation to retake the city of Mosul from insurgents.A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said two helicopters flew the mission but the strike was carried out by a single Apache firing at a vehicle on the ground.(Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by James Dalgleish)
Russia says it will not attend historic all-Orthodox meeting-[The Canadian Press]-Nataliya Vasilyeva, The Associated Press-June 13, 2016-YAHOONEWS
MOSCOW - The Russian Orthodox Church said on Monday it would not go to a historic meeting of all of the world's Orthodox churches because other churches have walked out.The meeting on the Greek island of Crete due to start on Sunday would be the first in more than a millennium.Hilarion, a bishop who heads the Moscow Patriarchate's department of external church relations, said in a televised statement that Russia would not take part if others are walking out, and suggested the meeting be postponed."We have made a decision that we will not be able to take part in the all-Orthodox Synod if other churches do not go," Hilarion said.The announcement of the Russian Orthodox Church with an estimated 100 million flock is a heavy blow to the plans by Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I who hoped the gathering of leaders from 14 independent Orthodox churches later this month could promote unity among the world's 300 million Orthodox Christians. Bartholomew I ranks as "the first among equals" in the Orthodox world.Bulgaria's Orthodox Church put the plans in jeopardy last week saying it would not attend, citing differences over the agenda.Unlike the Roman Catholics, the Orthodox churches are independent and have their own leadership.Hilarion said the Russian church will reach out to Bartholomew I to suggest postponing the meeting until the differences are resolved and all the churches agree to come. Russia will have to give the Crete gathering a miss if Bartholomew does not agree to reschedule, the Russian church said in a statement at the end of an extraordinary meeting in Moscow."All churches should take part in the all-Orthodox Synod and only in this case the decisions of this assembly will be legitimate," Hilarion said.Orthodox church leaders haven't held such a meeting since the year 787, when the last of the seven councils recognized by both Orthodox and Catholics, was held. The "great schism" that divided the Roman Catholics and the Orthodox followed in 1054 amid disputes over the Vatican's power.The Holy and Great Council has been 55 years in the preparation. Since the "great schism" there have been about a dozen smaller Orthodox councils over the centuries to discuss theological or doctrinal issues, but there has never been a meeting on the scale of the Holy and Great Council.The Crete council will discuss the mission and role of the Orthodox Church and its global flock, issues relating to the function of the churches and its relations with other Christian faiths. Unity of the Orthodox churches is considered a key prerequisite to any reconciliation with the Vatican.
North Korea mounts long-running hack of South Korea computers, says Seoul-[Reuters]-By Jack Kim-June 13, 2016-YAHOONEWS
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea hacked into more than 140,000 computers at 160 South Korean firms and government agencies, planting malicious code under a long-term plan laying groundwork for a massive cyber attack against its rival, police in the South said on Monday.South Korea has been on heightened alert against cyber attacks by the North after Pyongyang conducted a nuclear test in January and a long-range rocket launch in February that led to new U.N. sanctions.The North has always denied wrongdoing.The hacking began in 2014 and was detected in February, after North Korea managed to steal information from two conglomerates including defense-related material, South Korea's police cyber investigation unit said."There is a high possibility that the North aimed to cause confusion on a national scale by launching a simultaneous attack after securing many targets of cyber terror, or intended to continuously steal industrial and military secrets," it said.The hackers took no action after gaining control of servers and computers at some corporate groups and waited, as they continued to hack into more targets in what police said was likely an effort to build the scale of a planned attack.Reclusive North Korea and the rich, democratic South are technically still at war because their 1950-53 conflict ended in an armistice, not a peace treaty. The North regularly threatens to destroy the South and its main ally, the United States.In March, the South's spy agency said it had intercepted an attempt to hack into South Korean computer networks to attack the transport system's control network, blaming the North for the attempt.-"F-15 FIGHTER JET WINGS BLUEPRINT"-The United States accused North Korea of a cyber attack against Sony Pictures in 2014 that led to the studio cancelling the release of a comedy based on the fictional assassination of leader Kim Jong Un. North Korea denied the accusation.In the most recent case, documents stolen from the two conglomerates included blueprints for the wings of F-15 fighter jets, an official at the cyber investigation unit told Reuters by telephone.Of the more than 42,000 materials stolen, more than 40,000 were defense-related.South Korean media said the two conglomerates were the SK and Hanjin groups, but police declined to confirm that.A spokesman at SK Holdings said four group affiliates were affected by the hacking but they worked with the police to quickly close the breach and the leaked documents were not classified.A spokesman at Korean Air Lines, part of Hanjin Group, said the documents leaked from its network were not classified and no other group affiliates were affected.A Defense Ministry official said none of the defense-related materials stolen was secret and there was no security breach.The hacking originated from an IP address traced to the North Korean capital and targeted network management software that is widely used by private companies and government agencies, police said, declining to identify the software.The IP address was identical to one used in a 2013 cyber attack against South Korean banks and broadcasters that froze computer systems for more than a week. South Korea blamed the North for that attack, and the North denied responsibility.Police said they worked with the affected companies and agencies to neutralize the malicious codes and prevent them from being used in a large-scale cyber attack.(Additioal reporting by Jee Heun Kahng, Ju-min Park and Hyunjoo Jin; Editing by Tony Munroe and Nick Macfie)
Orlando shooter is example of homegrown extremism - Obama-[By Timothy Gardner and Alana Wise]-June 13, 2016-YAHOONEWS
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday there was no clear evidence that the shooter in Sunday's massacre in Orlando, Florida, was directed by a larger terrorist network."It appears that the shooter was inspired by various extremist information that was disseminated over the internet," the president told reporters in the Oval Office after a briefing by senior officials including Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey."As far as we can tell right now, this is certainly an example of the kind of homegrown extremism that all of us have been so concerned about for a very long time," Obama said.The shooter, Omar Mateen, expressed allegiance to the radical group Islamic State, also known as ISIL and ISIS, in a call to the city's 911 emergency telephone line during a standoff with police while holding hostages in a gay nightclub called Pulse.Obama said there was no evidence that Mateen, who killed 49 people at the club before he was shot dead by police, was part of a wider plot.Administration officials were examining various internet sites that had been visited by the shooter, Obama said.He said the United States had to think about the risks of firearms laws that allow easy access to guns. Police have said the gunman was armed with an assault-rifle-type weapon and a handgun that were purchased legally.The president said he was concerned that the response to the massacre would turn into a debate over whether to toughen gun laws or pursue extremist groups like Islamic State."We have to go after these terrorist organizations and hit them hard," Obama said. "But we also have to make sure that it is not easy for somebody who decides they want to harm people in this country to be able to obtain weapons."(Reporting by Timothy Gardner and Alana Wise; Editing by Toni Reinhold)
Clinton vows to prioritize stopping 'lone wolf' attackers-[The Canadian Press]-Julie Pace, Jill Colvin And Lisa Lerer, The Associated Press-June 13, 2016-YAHOONEWS
WASHINGTON - Hillary Clinton vowed Monday to make stopping "lone wolf" terrorists a top priority if elected president, saying that while the shooter in the deadly weekend attacks in Orlando may be dead, "the virus that poisoned his mind remains very much alive."In a sober national security address in Cleveland, the presumptive Democratic nominee also called for ramping up the U.S. air campaign targeting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. She pointedly called out U.S. partners in the region by name, saying Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar must stop their citizens from funding terrorism.And she vigorously reiterated her call for banning assault weapons, like one of the guns the Orlando shooter used."I believe weapons of war have no place on our streets," she said.Clinton's address in Cleveland was supposed to mark the official start of her general election campaign against Republican Donald Trump. But Sunday's shooting altered her plans and she avoided direct attacks on her GOP rival, declaring, "Today is not a day for politics."Still, much of Clinton's comments were aimed at drawing policy and temperamental contrasts with Trump. The businessman's initial responses to the Orlando attacks included accepting "congrats" for "being right" about the terror threat facing the U.S. He also redoubled his calls for temporarily banning Muslims from the U.S. and increasing surveillance of mosques — policies that have concerned even some of his fellow Republicans."We have to have a ban on people coming in from Syria and different parts of the world with this philosophy that is so hateful and so horrible," Trump said Monday on ABC's "Good Morning America."Because the shooter was American-born and lived in Florida, Trump's ban would not have prevented the shooting.The presumptive Republican nominee was to speak on national security later Monday in New Hampshire. He had planned to use the speech to make his case against Clinton, as well as her husband Bill Clinton, but he, too, changed his focused after the shooting.Authorities say Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old American-born Muslim, was responsible for the horrific attacks. FBI Director James Comey said that Mateen had "strong indications of radicalization" and was probably inspired by foreign terrorist organizations, though there was no evidence Monday that he had been directed by a network to carry out the attacks.These apparent "lone wolf" attackers have deeply worried counterterrorism officials because they often leave fewer intelligence trails to monitor. Clinton said she would put together teams of government and private sector officials to try to identify lone wolf terrorists and ensure law enforcement agencies have the resources they need for such efforts.In his morning television interviews, Trump redoubled his call for banning Muslims, although Mateen was an American citizen born in New York. While Trump focused in particular on keeping out refugees from Syria, he said a ban should apply to people from "different parts of the world with this philosophy that is so hateful and so horrible."The presumptive Republican nominee also appeared to suggest that President Barack Obama may sympathize with Islamic terrorists — a stunning statement about the current commander in chief."He doesn't get it or, or he gets it better than anybody understands," Trump said on Fox News Channel's "Fox and Friends." ''It's one or the other. And either one is unacceptable."Trump said there were thousands of people living in the United States "sick with hate" and capable of carrying out the same sort of massacre."The problem is we have thousands of people right now in our country. You have people that were born in this country" who are susceptible to becoming "radicalized," the billionaire real estate mogul said on Fox. He claimed there are Muslims living here who "know who they are" and said it was time to "turn them in."Trump's longstanding proposal to temporarily ban foreign-born Muslims from entering the United States has triggered outrage from Democrats and Republicans alike, who see it unconstitutional, un-American and counterproductive. But it has helped him win over many primary voters who fear the rise of Islamic extremism and believe that "political correctness" — the fear of offending Muslims — is damaging national security.__Lerer reported from Cleveland and Colvin reported from Manchester, New Hampshire. Associated Press writer Eric Tucker contributed to this report.
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