Wednesday, July 13, 2016
OIL AND SHIPPING MARKETS ON EDGE AS CHINA LOSES DICTATORSHIP OVER THE SOUTH CHINA SEA.
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.
Fort McMurray evacuee says furniture rental business tried to dupe her-[CBC]-July 12, 2016-YAHOONEWS
The Consumers' Association of Canada has received dozens of complaints from Fort McMurray wildfire evacuees about furniture rental stores, a spokesperson says.Association president Bruce Cran said companies like this prey on the vulnerable, but they do operate within the law.He said it is unfortunately a case of "buyer beware," and a reminder to always read the small print before signing anything.Single mom Kayla Benoit, 26, is among those feeling like they've been kicked while they're down.After being forced from her Fort McMurray home due to the wildfire in May, Benoit temporarily rented an apartment in Fort Saskatchewan.50 per cent off for Fort McMurray evacuees-With her furniture still back in Fort McMurray, she followed the advice of her insurance company and opted to lease home furnishings.A friend who was a fellow evacuee told her about a company called Easyhome, which was offering deals to those displaced by the fire."They were offering 50 per cent off for Fort Mac evacuees," Benoit said.When Benoit visited the store on 42nd Street in Edmonton, she said she was told there was high demand and items were going quickly so she should act fast.'You have to sign this before we can bring the stuff in'-The customer sales agent was vague on pricing, Benoit said. But when she was given the final tally, Benoit thought it was a reasonable deal, especially considering the 50-per-cent markdown.For the price of $208 every two weeks, she leased a sectional couch, a queen-size bed frame, two night stands, coffee and end tables, two lamps and a TV.But Benoit said she didn't learn about an additional fee of hundreds of dollars until the furniture had arrived at her apartment."The two delivery guys came into my apartment and he slapped a piece of paper down on the counter," Benoit said. "And he's like, 'You have to sign this before we can bring the stuff in.'-Caught off guard by the cost-"So I started reading it and it stated that, when giving the furniture back, I have to pay an extra four weeks without even having the furniture. So that's an extra $416 or so."Benoit said she was caught off guard by the extra cost."I was like, really? How does that even work? They didn't explain any of this to me when I was in the store. If I had known about this I probably wouldn't have gotten the furniture, because that makes no sense."But Benoit said she felt cornered."I signed it (the sales document) anyway because I needed the furniture."A manager with the store confirmed to CBC there is a charge when furniture is returned that amounts to about a month's worth of payments. She described it as a restocking fee that gives the company time to have the items steam cleaned and made fit for another customer.Benoit soon regretted her decision, suggesting that purchasing second-hand furniture was a cheaper option. So she returned the furnishings.The fees and charges are listed in the agreement that Benoit signed. And while she was aware of them at the last minute, she argues she was desperate and thinks the company took advantage of her.A manager with the company, who would not give her name, told CBC News she feels they went above and beyond for Fort McMurray evacuees by offering them a 50 per cent discount.After hearing from the CBC, the manager decided to waive the restocking fee for Benoit, noting the customer had a stressful ordeal with the wildfire and evacuation in Fort McMurray.Easyhome's pricing not always transparent-It's not the first time there have been complaints about Easyhome's business practices, nor the first time the CBC has done a story on the company.A CBC Marketplace investigation in 2010 showed that Easyhome's pricing is not always transparent. For instance, the prices you see online only show the weekly charges, not the full price.The company's website currently lists a 13-inch Macbook Air at a price of $45 a week for 130 weeks. That amounts to a total of $5,830. Apple lists the same model on its website starting at $1,199 - more than a $4,000 difference.In an email to CBC News, Easyhome spokeswoman Andrea Fiederer said the company lists their payments as weekly to "best help" customers manage their payments within fixed budgets."Given that over 70% of our customers chose to lease their product to meet a short term need rather than leasing with the intention to purchase the product, the total purchase price is not their motivation for leasing," Fiederer said.Customers can purchase Total Protection Coverage in order to avoid paying a termination fee if they choose to stop the service.Fiederer said the company's services aren't for everyone, but exist as a way to provide a service to customers with limited access to credit or cash to purchase certain things. "Perhaps the biggest misconception of the lease-to-own industry is that we are "taking advantage of people," she said."Our customers choose to do business with us because we provide access to what they need with no credit checks and the flexibility of returning their items at any time without penalty. Should a customer have the financial resources and motivation to purchase goods at a traditional retailer, we would always advise them to do so."
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.(THE TURKEY ATATURK DAM ON THE EUPHRATES CAN BE SHUT AND DRIED UP ALREADY BY TURKEY)
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)
Oil and shipping markets on edge after South China Sea ruling-[Reuters]-By Henning Gloystein and Keith Wallis-July 12, 2016-YAHOONEWS
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Global oil and shipping markets reacted nervously on Tuesday after an international arbitration court ruled against Beijing's claims across large swathes of the South China Sea, fuelling geopolitical tensions in the vital waterway.A tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, found China had breached the sovereign rights of the Philippines and had no legal basis to its historic claims in the South China Sea, a major shipping lane between Europe, the Middle East and Africa.The ruling will be seen as a victory by other regional claimants such the Philippines and Vietnam, but with China rejecting the ruling and saying its military would defend its sovereign rights, nerves were on edge.Although shippers and oil traders said they did not expect an immediate impact on shipping as a result of the ruling, oil prices jumped following the findings. Brent crude futures were up over $1, or more than 2 percent, to $47.60 per barrel at 1110 GMT."It is vital that merchant ships are allowed to go about their lawful business on the world’s oceans without diversion or delay. We will of course be monitoring for any interference in the coming weeks," said Peter Hinchliffe, Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping in London.The deep waters of the South China Basin between the Spratly and also-disputed Paracel Islands are the most direct shipping lane between northeast Asia's industrial hubs of China, Japan and South Korea and Europe and the Middle East.The geography of the region offers few economically viable alternative routes for large oil tankers or dry-bulk ships and container ships.Esben Poulsson, president of the Singapore Shipping Association, said any actions that restricted the right of innocent passage and freedom of safe navigation for merchant shipping would potentially drive up shipping costs, resulting in a detrimental impact on maritime trade.Reuters shipping data shows that, counting just Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) super-tankers, some 25 VLCCs are passing between the disputed Spratly and Paracel islands at any time, with enough capacity to carry the equivalent of about 11 days' worth of Japanese demand.Some industry participants were more relaxed, however."It's just pure politics," Ralph Leszczynski, head of research at ship broker Banchero Costa said."China will simply ignore it, and it will not change in any way the reality on the ground. All there is at stake is access to offshore oil and gas deposits and perhaps fishing grounds," he said.Insurers said costs were unlikely to rise in the short term."We don’t currently foresee any increase in insurance costs as a result of the ruling and would be surprised to see operators being penalised by the insurance market for trading in this area,” said Andrew Brooker, founding partner, at Hong Kong marine marine insurance broker’s Latitude Brokers.Neil Roberts, manager of marine underwriting at the Lloyd’s Market Association, said the South China Sea is not listed by the LMA’s joint war committee which highlights insurance hotspots."Unless it is there would be no prospect of premiums rising," Roberts told Reuters. “The shallow waters and numerous reefs in the Spratly island region means that commercial shipping is unlikely to be sailing within the territorial waters of any of the islands.”(Editing by Lincoln Feast)
Tribunal rejects China's expansive South China Sea claims-[The Canadian Press]-Mike Corder And Jim Gomez, The Associated Press-July 12, 2016-YAHOONEWS
THE HAGUE, Netherlands - An international tribunal rejected China's extensive claims in the South China Sea in a landmark ruling Tuesday that also found the country had aggravated the seething regional dispute and violated the Philippines' maritime rights by building up artificial islands that destroyed coral reefs and by disrupting fishing and oil exploration.While the decision is seen as a major legal declaration regarding one of the world's most contested regions, China immediately rejected it as a "farce" and the true impact is uncertain given the tribunal has no power of enforcement.While the findings cannot reverse China's actions, it still constitutes a rebuke, carrying with it the force of the international community's opinion. It also gives heart to small countries in Asia that have helplessly chafed at China's expansionism, backed by its military and economic power."The Philippines strongly affirms its respect for this milestone decision as an important contribution to ongoing efforts in addressing disputes in the South China Sea," Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay said in Manila, calling on "all those concerned to exercise restraint and sobriety."Former Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario, who helped oversee the filing of the case, said the ruling underscored "our collective belief that right is might and that international law is the great equalizer among states."Del Rosario stressed that it was important for the ruling to be accepted by all."For the sake of maintaining international order, it is imperative that the Award and clarification of maritime entitlements be accepted by all relevant countries - without exception - so that we can work together on how remaining issues can be peacefully resolved," he said.China and the Philippines are among six governments that have overlapping territorial claims in the South China Sea, waters through which an estimated $5 trillion in global trade passes through each year and which have rich fishing stocks and a potential wealth of oil, gas and other resources.The disputes have also increased friction between China and the United States, which has ramped up its military presence in the region as China has expanded its navy's reach farther offshore.The U.S. said the ruling was an important contribution to peacefully resolving the sea disputes and called on both parties to comply with their obligations under the ruling, according to a statement from State Department spokesman John Kirby. The U.S. did not immediately comment on the contents of the ruling.The Philippines, under a U.N. treaty governing the seas, asked in 2013 for arbitration on a number of issues it had with treaty co-signee China.The five-member panel from the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, Netherlands, unanimously concluded China had violated its obligations to refrain from aggravating the dispute while the settlement process was ongoing.It also found that China had interfered with Philippine petroleum exploration at Reed Bank, tried to stop fishing by Philippine vessels within the country's exclusive economic zone and failed to prevent Chinese fishermen from fishing within the Philippines' exclusive economic zone at Mischief Reef and Second Thomas Shoal.China, which boycotted the entire proceedings, reiterated that it does not accept the panel's jurisdiction. China "solemnly declares that the award is null and void and has no binding force. China neither accepts nor recognizes it," a statement from the foreign ministry said.It added that "China's territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests in the South China Sea shall under no circumstances be affected by those awards." The ministry repeated China's often-expressed stance that the Philippines' move to initiate arbitration without China's consent was in "bad faith" and in violation of international law.A professor of Asian political economy said the ruling could be a "transformative moment" in the region.Speaking outside the Peace Palace in The Hague, Leiden University professor Jonathan London said the decision will "give countries with a common interest in international norms something to point to and to rally around."He said they can say to China: "Look, here are the results of an international organization that has found that your claims have zero historical basis."Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said the tribunal's decision is "final and legally binding" and that the two sides should comply with it. He said in a statement that "Japan strongly expects that the parties' compliance with this award will eventually lead to the peaceful settlement of disputes in the South China Sea."China considers bilateral talks with the other claimants the only way to address the South China Sea disputes.It has said vast areas of the South China Sea have been Chinese territory since ancient times and demarcated its modern claims with the so-called nine-dash line, a map that was submitted under the U.N. treaty. Manila brought the case to arbitration because China's claims infringe upon its own 200-mile exclusive economic zone.The tribunal said that any historical resource rights China may have had were wiped out if they are incompatible with exclusive economic zones established under the U.N. treaty, which both countries have signed.It also criticized China for building a large artificial island on Mischief Reef, saying it caused "permanent irreparable harm" to the coral reef ecosystem and permanently destroyed evidence of the natural conditions of the feature.Dozens of rallying Filipinos jumped for joy, wept, embraced each other and waved Philippine flags after news of the sweeping victory broke out. One held up a poster that said: "Philippine sovereignty, non-negotiable."The new Philippine leader, who took office late last month and has spoken of having friendlier relations with Beijing, could influence the aftermath of the ruling. President Rodrigo Duterte said last week his government stood ready to talk to China if it gets a favourable ruling. It remains to be seen, however, how far Duterte can stray from Manila's previously critical stance, given his country's growing nationalist sentiment against China's actions.Vietnam, meanwhile, accused Chinese vessels of sinking a Vietnamese fishing boat in disputed waters. Nguyen Thanh Hung, a local fisheries executive in the central province of Quang Ngai, said two Chinese vessels chased and sank the Vietnamese boat around midday Saturday as it was fishing near the Paracel islands. The five fishermen were rescued by another trawler around seven hours later.Vietnam was among several claimants welcoming the ruling in the Philippines' case.___Gomez reported from Manila, Philippines. Associated Press writers Gillian Wong in Beijing, Mari Yamaguchi in Tokyo, Vijay Joshi in Bangkok and Teresa Cerojano in Manila contributed to this report.
China rejects ruling on South China Sea as 'null and void'-[Gillian Wong And Gerry Shih, The Associated Press]-July 12, 2016-YAHOONEWS
BEIJING, China - China swiftly rejected an international tribunal's ruling Tuesday that its expansive claim to the South China Sea had no legal basis, saying the ruling was null and void and that Beijing would not accept it.The ruling by the five-member panel at The Hague handed a massive victory to the Philippines, which had filed the case in 2013 challenging the so-called nine-dash line that China uses to claim virtually the entire South China Sea. Manila opposed it because it infringes upon its own 200-mile exclusive economic zone.Chinese President Xi Jinping repeated Beijing's stance that the South China Sea has been Chinese territory since "ancient times" and said China's territorial sovereignty and interests in the region would not be influenced under any circumstances by the ruling, the official Xinhua News Agency said."This farce is now over," said Foreign Minister Wang Yi, in an interview with state broadcaster CCTV. Meanwhile, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement: "China opposes and will never accept any claim or action based on those awards."The ministry repeated China's often-expressed stance that the Philippines' move to initiate arbitration without China's consent had been in "bad faith" and in violation of international law.The tribunal also said China had violated its obligations to refrain from aggravating the dispute while the settlement process was ongoing and also ruled that China's large-scale land reclamation and construction of artificial islands that destroyed coral reefs and the natural condition of the disputed areas.Analysts said the ruling dealt a blow to China's South China Sea strategy by potentially providing ammunition to the arguments of other countries involved in maritime disputes with China. Six governments have overlapping territorial claims in the South China Sea — China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei. In addition, China's nine-dash line overlaps waters that are part of Indonesia's internationally recognized exclusive economic zone."It goes much farther than most people expected that this was going to go. It's really devastating for China," said Bonnie Glaser, senior adviser for Asia at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. "It's quite serious for China and it doesn't open up a lot of opportunities for face saving-ways out."Glaser said the ruling also meant that the Philippines would have less of an incentive to talk to China about sharing or jointly developing resources in the South China Sea.Chen Xiangmiao, a researcher at the Chinese government-backed National Institute for South China Sea Studies, said the ruling was "very unfair" but he urged China to tone down its rhetoric against the arbitration process.A strategic next step should be heightened diplomatic dialogue with the Philippines and Vietnam, he said. "Successful bilateral negotiation to work around the ruling would be an effective repudiation of the arbitration."But China might choose to take a hard line with the Philippines, perhaps taking punitive measures such as sanctions, to send a message to other claimants, said Chinese military expert Yue Gang, a retired colonel."China will take counter-measures to punish the Philippines and that will make other claimants such as Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia to adopt a prudent attitude on the South China Sea issue," Yue said. "The most likely measure China may adopt will be economic sanctions against the Philippines.""When it comes to the territorial integrity, China has no way to retreat and make concession," Yue said. He added that China could likely establish an air defence identification zone over the South China Sea-Earlier Tuesday in Beijing, ahead of the tribunal's ruling, the European Council's president told Chinese Premier Li Keqiang that in dealing with the South China Sea dispute, it was in the interest of both sides to protect a global order underpinned by rules.European Council President Donald Tusk, in opening remarks in a meeting with Li on Tuesday, said: "The South China Sea we will see an important ruling today. Therefore let me repeat this: The rule-based international order is in our common interest and both China and the EU have to protect it, as this is in our people's best interest."Xinhua reported Tuesday that China's government earlier in the day had successfully landed a Cessna CE-680, a midsized business jet, on airstrips on the Mischief and Subi Reefs in the contested Spratlys.The news of the newly-operating runways — on the day of the Hague arbitration ruling — could be particularly worrisome for the Philippines, which has a contingent of marines stationed roughly 20 miles away at the Second Thomas Shoal and is seeking to drill oil nearby.Two new runways on Mischief and Subi Reefs, along with a third on Fiery Cross Reef, would form a strategic triangle that would help China consolidate its air patrol capabilities in the Spratlys, according to analysts at the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative.___Associated Press researcher Yu Bing contributed to this report.
3 The shield of his mighty men is made red, the valiant men are in scarlet: the chariots(AUTOMOBILES) shall be with flaming torches in the day of his preparation,(LIGHTS) and the fir trees shall be terribly shaken.
4 The chariots shall rage in the streets,(DRIVE FAST) they shall justle(ACCIDENTS) one against another in the broad ways: they shall seem like torches, they shall run like the lightnings.(LIGHTS AND FAST)
Twenty killed, dozens injured as trains collide in Italy-[Reuters]-By Vincenzo Damiani-July 12, 2016-YAHOONEWS
BARI, Italy (Reuters) - Twenty people died and dozens were injured on Tuesday when two passenger trains collided at high speed in southern Italy, sending debris flying into surrounding olive groves.Three carriages were torn apart by the violence of the impact after the two trains hit each other head-on as they traveled down the same stretch of track that links the small towns of Corato and Andria in the region of Puglia."Unfortunately the death toll has risen to 20," said Giuseppe Corrado, deputy head of the local province. He appealed for blood donors to go to local hospitals, with at least 30 people hurt in the crash.There was no immediate indication of what had caused one of Italy's worst train disasters in recent years, but the government promised a full and swift investigation."Tears and grief for the victims and their families, but also a lot of anger. We demand clarity over what happened in Puglia this morning," Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Twitter. He was expected in the region later on Tuesday.The crash happened at around 11.30 a.m. (5:40 a.m. ET) on a fiercely hot summer's day.Both trains were made up of four carriages. The front carriages on each were pulverized as they slammed into one another. Sky Italia TV quoted sources as saying one of the drivers had died, with no word yet about the fate of the other one."It looks like there has been a plane crash," said the mayor of Corato, Massimo Mazzilli.Rescue services parked their ambulances and fire trucks among the olive trees and set up a field hospital to treat the injured. The sound of crickets rang out as the first bodies were extracted from the site in metal caskets."I dug through the wreckage and managed to save my husband. But I saw people cut to pieces," said an elderly woman standing alongside her husband, whose head was swathed in bandages. Another survivor said he was thrown to the floor by the impact. "When I got up, I saw hellish scenes around me."Kicking up clouds of dust, helicopters landed in a nearby field to pick up the most seriously injured.It was not clear how many people had been on the trains at the time of the collision. By mid-afternoon a giant crane had arrived at the scene to start lifting the smashed carriages to see if any bodies were still trapped under the wreckage.The stretch of track is operated by a small, private rail company Ferrotramviaria. Italian media said the European Union had earmarked funds to build a second track along the route but that the work had been delayed.The last major rail disaster in Italy was in 2009 when a freight train derailed in Viareggio, in the center of the country, and more than 30 people living close to the tracks died in the subsequent fire.(Additional reporting by Antonella Cinelli; Writing by Crispian Balmer; Editing by Mark Heinrich)
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.
11 And the angel of the LORD said unto her,(HAGAR) Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael;(FATHER OF THE ARAB/MUSLIMS) because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.
12 And he (ISHMAEL-FATHER OF THE ARAB-MUSLIMS) will be a wild (DONKEY-JACKASS) man;(ISLAM IS A FAKE AND DANGEROUS SEX FOR MURDER CULT) his hand will be against every man,(ISLAM HATES EVERYONE) and every man's hand against him;(PROTECTING THEMSELVES FROM BEING BEHEADED) and he (ISHMAEL ARAB/MUSLIM) shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.(LITERAL-THE ARABS LIVE WITH THEIR BRETHERN JEWS)
12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer,(SATAN) son of the morning!(HEBREW-CRECENT MOON-ISLAM) how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14 I (SATAN HAS EYE TROUBLES) will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.(AND 1/3RD OF THE ANGELS OF HEAVEN FELL WITH SATAN AND BECAME DEMONS)
2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.(ISLAM MURDERS IN THE NAME OF MOON GOD ALLAH OF ISLAM)
Trudeau caps eastern European trip visiting Canadian troops in Ukraine-[Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press]-uly 12, 2016-YAHOONEWS
LVIV, Ukraine - A show of force capped Justin Trudeau's six-day swing through eastern Europe on Tuesday, underlining the risks and challenges Canada faces in an increasingly volatile and politically important part of the world.The prime minister flew into Lviv in western Ukraine before driving to a nearby military base for a first-hand look at the work of 200 Canadian soldiers who have been training the Ukrainian army since last summer.From a distance, Trudeau, his son Xavier and defence chief Gen. Jonathan Vance watched through binoculars as a Soviet-era armoured personnel carrier led a group of Canadian and Ukrainian soldiers toward a wooden building. The air shook as the vehicle's cannon fired several bursts in quick succession.The troops then moved away from the vehicle and spread out in a line facing the building. Four Canadians followed close behind as the eight Ukrainians slowly closed on the building while firing their rifles before placing an explosive inside and setting it off.The exercise was the type of attack those Ukrainian soldiers could soon be conducting on their own in the east of their country, where the army has been fighting Russian-backed separatists for more than two years. Nearly 9,500 people have been killed in the conflict, including civilians. Thousands more have been wounded.Earlier in the day, Trudeau spoke to the soldiers — members of the Valcartier-based Royal 22e Regiment, or Van Doos — about Canada's role in helping Ukraine in its struggle with Russia, as well as other countries that find their democracies or territory under siege."It has been a long time since Canada had to defend our valour and defend our territory," Trudeau said in French."But we need to continue to work with those who are fighting for democracy and their territorial integrity. It is essential."The unanswered question, however, remains just how far Trudeau's Liberal government, which has declared its commitment to peacekeeping efforts and re-engaging with Russia — are prepared to go when such a fight looms.Trudeau's comments in Lviv, as well as remarks he made Monday in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, suggested a shift in tone, albeit a slight one.He called Russia's recent actions in the region "illegitimate" and "illegal," and voiced strong support for NATO members in eastern Europe as well as Ukraine, despite rampant corruption in Ukraine and its failure to implement parts of a peace deal with Russia and the rebels.The message may well have been aimed at the 1.2 million Canadians of Ukrainian descent, including the sizable Ukrainian-Canadian delegation that accompanied him in Kyiv and Lviv.But during emotional visits to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp and several memorials in Kyiv for those killed in mass atrocities, he also bore first-hand witness to the devastation and tragedy that can result when authoritarianism and intolerance runs unchecked.Early in the trip, Trudeau announced Canada would be one of four countries leading NATO battle groups in the Baltics and Poland — a direct response to Russia's actions in Ukraine, meant to dissuade it from trying to destabilize other parts of eastern Europe.But despite a personal request from Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Trudeau wouldn't commit to extending the training mission he visited on Tuesday, a mission that's due to end next March.And while Trudeau said the Liberal government was "extremely enthusiastic" about leading NATO's multinational force in Latvia, the decision was announced only after U.S. President Barack Obama and NATO Secretary General Jen Stoltenberg placed very public pressure on Canada to step up.If the Ukraine mission isn't extended, the actual number of Canadian troops in eastern Europe might see only a small bump in the next year. Canada has had 200 soldiers in Poland since 2014, but officials say that mission will end at the same time the effort in Latvia begins ramping up.Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and Foreign Affairs Stephane Dion maintain, meanwhile, that the government is committed to signing up for a peacekeeping mission.There are fears NATO and Russia are on the brink of a new Cold War, if they aren't in one already. The fact Canadian troops being sent to Latvia will be there for the foreseeable future will likely add to those comparisons.But when it comes to the effort in Ukraine, there's more at stake for Canada and the world than the relations between two friendly countries, Trudeau noted during the last public remarks of his visit."It's because the values, the principles that they're fighting (for), are the values and principles that we stand for and we fight for," he said.— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter
Sheriff: Inmate who killed 2 at courthouse was handcuffed-[The Canadian Press]-David Eggert And Ed White, The Associated Press-July 12, 2016-YAHOONEWS
ST. JOSEPH, Mich. - An inmate charged with violent crimes was handcuffed when he wrested a gun from a sheriff's deputy and killed two bailiffs at a southwestern Michigan courthouse, a sheriff said Tuesday.Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey said he had wrong information Monday night when he told reporters that Larry Darnell Gordon was not restrained during his deadly escape attempt as he was being escorted from a holding cell to the courtroom in St. Joseph, about 100 miles northeast of Chicago."After further investigation from the crime scene techs, the suspect in this incident was handcuffed in the front," Bailey said.Bailey said a fight broke out in a non-public area of the courthouse Monday afternoon, giving Gordon, 44, the opportunity to disarm Deputy James Atterberry Jr. He provided no information on how that happened except to say that "it's not an easy thing to do."People scrambled for cover after Gordon, who was locked up on several felony charges, shot Atterberry, then killed Joseph Zangaro, 61, and Ronald Kienzle, 63, both retired police officers. He also shot a woman in the arm, the sheriff said."Our hearts are torn apart. ... I have known them for over 30 years. It's a sad day," Bailey said Monday.Bailey said Gordon took hostages for a short period before trying to leave through another door. The inmate then was fatally shot "by two other bailiffs who came to render aid, along with several other officers," Bailey said."He was trying to escape," the sheriff said.Gordon was charged in April with kidnapping, assault with a dangerous weapon and criminal sexual conduct, according to state police records. No other details were immediately available Tuesday."He's always been co-operative the entire time he was here," Bailey said of Gordon's stay in jail while the case was pending.Zangaro was head of court security. He retired from the Michigan State Police as commander of the Bridgman Post. Kienzle retired as a sergeant in the Benton Township police department after serving in the U.S. Army.In 2011, Zangaro told The Herald-Palladium newspaper that security staff had a "ton of experience," more than many police departments."Probably 90 per cent of the people who are here don't want to be," he said of people with business in the courthouse. "They have either a criminal issue, a civil issue or a family issue, and those become very emotionally charged sometimes."The courthouse was closed Tuesday but was expected to reopen Wednesday.Gordon's ex-wife, Jessica Gordon, told WOOD-TV and the Detroit Free Press that he likely was trying escape to see his family. She added that he was "not a monster," but "an amazing man that got mixed up with the wrong people."Jessica Gordon said they divorced earlier this year but he remained close with his 6-year-old daughter. His ex-wife said she spoke with him Sunday and had no indication he was planning an attack.Gov. Rick Snyder cut short a visit to Midland and travelled across the state to St. Joseph — a city of about 8,300 people — to meet with investigators and victims' families.Snyder called it a "terrible day in a wonderful community. ... This is a particularly tough time for law enforcement. So I ask that everyone reach out and try to be as supportive of law enforcement across the state and across the country as possible in a difficult case like this."Marcus Muhammad, mayor of nearby Benton Harbor, said "together, we can pull through it and hopefully come out stronger."___White reported from Detroit.
Obama to honour 5 Dallas officers shot by man out for revenge-[The Canadian Press]-Darlene Superville, The Associated Press-July 12, 2016-YAHOONEWS
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will be in a different city but still in an all-too-familiar place when he leads the nation in honouring more lives cut short by gun violence, this time five white police officers slain by a black man who said he wanted revenge for the killings of blacks by police.Obama will try Tuesday to help grief-stricken Dallas begin to heal less than a week after its officers were killed and others wounded by an Army veteran-turned-sniper. Obama has denounced the shooting as a "vicious, calculated and despicable attack on law enforcement" by a "demented" individual.Just a few weeks ago, Obama spent hours in Orlando, Florida, consoling the loved ones of 49 people who were killed in a shooting rampage at a nightclub.In what has become an unwelcome but regular duty of his presidency, Obama was preparing to address an interfaith memorial service in Dallas for the officers. They were killed last Thursday while standing guard as hundreds of people peacefully protested the police killings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota earlier in the week.The attack ended with the gunman, Micah Johnson, 25, blown up by a bomb delivered by a police robot. The black Army veteran portrayed the attack on the white officers as payback for the fatal police shootings of black men in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and suburban Minneapolis.Portions of both shootings were videotaped and broadcast nationwide, leading to fresh outrage, protests and scores of arrests. The killings also put the country on edge, heightened racial tensions and pushed the issue of the use of deadly force against black males by white police officers to the forefront.Obama will seek to bridge those issues with his tribute to the fallen five, which include a former Army Ranger, a Navy veteran and a newlywed starting a second family.Some police officials blame the president for the rise in racial tension, saying he is insufficiently supportive of law enforcement. In comments since the Dallas shooting, Obama has urged the public to recognize and respect that police officers have a tough job.The president, joined by his wife, Michelle, and Vice-President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, will also meet privately with the families of the slain officers as well as the injured to convey the support and gratitude for their service and sacrifice that has been expressed around the country. At least nine other officers and two civilians were injured in the attack.Former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, will also attend. Bush, a Dallas resident, will also speak at the service.White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama recognizes that people across the U.S. are grieving with Dallas."The president is hoping to offer some measure of comfort," Earnest said.Obama and Biden met Monday with police chiefs, sheriffs and rank-and-file officers to discuss adopting a series of reforms that were drafted by a White House task force on policing, as well as how to restore trust between police officers and the communities they are sworn to serve and protect.Obama also planned a meeting Wednesday with a broader group that includes law enforcement, activists and academics.___Follow Darlene Superville on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/dsupervilleap
Black doctor's conflict: Saving officers, distrusting police-[The Canadian Press]-Lisa Marie Pane, The Associated Press-July 11, 2016-YAHOONEWS
DALLAS - When officers who'd been shot by a sniper in downtown Dallas started showing up at Parkland Memorial Hospital, trauma surgeon Dr. Brian H. Williams went to work, pushing aside the inner conflict he faces every day as a black man who's fearful when encountering police.He sees the news about black men dying at the hands of police. He sees the aftermath of those killings and recoils when the victim is demonized or defamed. He's had his own encounters with police in which he thought he might die. But he also knows the sacrifices that police officers make putting their own lives on the line each day.His voice quivering as he expressed regret Monday at the officers' deaths at the storied hospital, Williams also gave voice to the intense racial turmoil roiling the country."All I wanted to do was save those police officers. And we did everything but we couldn't do it," he said with a deep sigh. "I admit I have my own burdens that I carry when I deal with law enforcement, but that was not an issue for me at that time. These were my patients."It was near the end of what had been a peaceful protest against recent fatal police shootings that a 25-year-old man wielding a semi-automatic rifle fired on officers who were patrolling the demonstration. The first call came about an officer being shot; moments later, there were a flurry of notifications that even more victims were on the way.It quickly became evident that something catastrophic had happened. Five officers were killed, nine others were injured as well as two civilians: the deadliest attack on police since 9-11.The hospital's hallways were abuzz with activity, the usual rings and beeps of machinery, the doctors and nurses moving in and out of treatment rooms, police lined up in the hallways praying for their wounded colleagues.Williams reckons he walked back and forth in front of the crowd of officers dozens of times."I certainly during that time felt the despair they were going through. I knew that they were angry at this assailant. ... It was palpable and I felt it," Williams told the AP. "But I also had a personal understanding of where that (anger against police) all came from. Not that I condone what happened. I certainly abhor the results. But I can see where the roots of that have been laid. "The gunman, Micah Johnson, was a black Army veteran who followed black militant groups online. His parents said his military service changed him and he became a hermit.A self-described military brat who moved around a lot as a child, Williams turned to medicine after spending six years in the Air Force as an aeronautical engineer. He got his medical degree from the University of South Florida in 2001, did his residency at Harvard's Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and a fellowship at Emory University's Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta before joining Parkland — the same hospital where President John F. Kennedy was brought after he was shot — six years ago. He's married with a 5-year-old daughter.He's been stopped by police himself over the years and said he is mindful each time that he must act and speak in a way that doesn't seem threatening. He lives each time in fear that he could be killed. He sees the news about other black men killed by police.In one traffic stop, he ended up "spread eagle" on the hood of the cruiser. In another, when he was stopped for speeding, he had to wait until a second officer arrived. Just a few years ago, he was stopped by an officer and questioned as he stood outside his apartment complex waiting for someone to pick him up and drive him to the airport.He doesn't have such encounters every day but when he does, he's on his guard and, "I'm always just praying for the encounter to end."As Friday morning turning into Friday night, the trauma unit's efforts came to an end. They had done all they could and it was time to bring the bodies of those they were unable to save to the medical examiner.Police were lined up in the ambulance bay, the blue line in full force to escort and pay respects to their fallen colleagues. Williams joined the officers, standing with them in their formation."I didn't know if I belonged with them. I was a civilian. I don't go through the daily challenges that they go through. I don't put my life on the line every day like they did," Williams said, tearing up. "But I was grieving with them. I felt the same degree of sorrow. And I wanted to show my respects. ... I hope that what I did was not offensive to them. But I wanted to show my appreciation to them."Through it all, Williams can't help but question why he was there that night. He wasn't supposed to be, except for a last-minute schedule change."I wonder if this was the reason that in the midst of all this racial tension and dead black men and violence against cops — was I the one put there to experience this and tell my story and get the conversation started?" he said.
Black Lives Matter Toronto wins praise ahead of meeting with premier, mayor-[CBC]-July 12, 2016-YAHOONEWS
Ontario's minister responsible for anti-racism praised Black Lives Matter Toronto (BLMTO) for sparking a conversation about race with its series of high-profile protests.BLMTO and other community groups are set to discuss issues pertaining to racism – specifically anti-black racism – with Premier Kathleen Wynne and Mayor John Tory later this week at the Daniels Spectrum in Regent Park.Michael Coteau, Ontario's minister responsible for anti-racism, praised BLMTO's work, saying that while the group may anger some, it is forcing residents to have difficult conversations about race."When you talk about race – period – people get uncomfortable, because people don't know how to react," Coteau told CBC Radio's Metro Morning.Wynne agreed to the meeting after BLMTO's lengthy protest outside Toronto police headquarters wound up on the front lawn of Queen's Park in early April. More recently, the activist group blocked Toronto's Pride parade until a list of its demands was agreed to, including the banning of police floats from future parades.The demonstrations have been controversial, but effective, Coteau said.Coteau noted many policymakers and institutions are now talking about the issues raised by BLMTO, and that those discussions are "necessary."The province, meanwhile, has launched an anti-racism directorate with the goal of keeping the conversation going.Thursday's meeting will be the first of 12 consultations for the newly formed entity. The other meetings are expected to take place across the province, and may not solely focus on anti-black racism, Coteau said.He said the province is trying to get a handle on what racism looks like in Ontario. His belief is that racism is now systemic, rather than as up-front and personal as it was in the past. Coteau compared racism to cars, where every year there's always a new model."It's always been here in Canada and North America … but it does change, it constantly changes," he said.Coteau, who previously worked with the Toronto District School Board, said big institutions in the realms of education, health and employment – all of which are big pieces of life that the province is involved in – will need to change in the future.Barriers need to be eliminated if Ontario is going to reach its potential, Coteau said.The minister, who grew up mostly surrounded by West Indian and black people, also said he feels some personal responsibility to help curb racism in the province.
Aleppo rebels brace for long government siege-[Reuters]-By Tom Perry and Suleiman Al-Khalidi-July 12, 2016-YAHOONEWS
BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) - Rebel areas of Aleppo have stockpiled enough basic supplies to survive months of siege by pro-Syrian government forces that cut off their half of the city last week, even though some goods are already in short supply, an opposition official said.Syrian government forces backed by allies including Lebanon's Hezbollah and the Russian air force last week advanced to within a few hundred meters of the only road into the rebel-held area of Aleppo, making it impassable for the several hundred thousand people living under rebel control in Aleppo.The advance has brought Damascus closer to achieving its long-held aim of fully encircling rebel-held areas of Aleppo, a major symbol of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad now in its sixth year. Rebel forces are fighting back in an attempt to reopen the Castello road. The opposition does not expect the Syrian army and its allies to storm the populous, rebel-held sector of Aleppo, and is preparing for the possibility of a long siege.As prices sky-rocket, opposition authorities are seeking to ration consumption, to prevent hoarding, and to regulate prices so traders do not overcharge, said Brita Hagi Hassan, president of the city council for opposition-held Aleppo. He said opposition authorities were also moving toward opening "alternative ways" into the rebel-held part of the city."We have the capability to open new ways because the situation is still under control," Hassan told Reuters. The plans were secret, he added, speaking from rural areas west of Aleppo after twice failing to enter the city last week.Prices of non-perishable staple foods have tripled and fresh produce has gone up by even more - if it is can be found at all. A kilo of tomatoes, which are now in season, cost at least five times more than they did before the blockade.-AIR STRIKES-The city council had stockpiled flour, wheat, fuel, sugar and rice, and residents were being urged to adapt to the new situation, Hassan said. "I reassured people on this matter ... we can remain for several months without a problem," he said."There are posters, pamphlets and there will be a press conference about this matter, so that the people are aware of the new situation, because the situation is very bad."Operators of generators had been told to cut back their use to two hours a day, and the council had set aside fuel for essential uses such as bakeries.As part of their counter attack, rebel groups had heavily shelled government-held areas of Aleppo, where the population is estimated at slightly over 1 million people. Air strikes have also targeted rebel-held areas of the city."The streets are abnormally quiet after several barrel bombs hit our neighborhood. People are waiting," said Malek Idrees, a father of five who lives in rebel-held Aleppo."I could not find fresh produce for the last two days even but there are no severe shortages with most goods still in the markets," he told Reuters from the city. "I could not find bread yesterday," he added.The United Nations said it was deeply concerned about increased fighting in and around Aleppo and called for humanitarian aid access and the safe and rapid evacuation of civilians.U.N. spokeswoman Alessandra Vellucci said that intensified hostilities between government forces and armed groups had cut off 300,000 people.Hassan put the population in rebel-held Aleppo at 400,000.Assad is supported by Moscow, which launched air strikes in September, as well as Iranian fighters and Lebanese Shi'ite Hezbollah fighters. Hezbollah has said it sees Aleppo as the most important battle in Syria, equating it with the defense of the capital Damascus.Assad's allies say they are battling the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front in Aleppo. But Western-backed nationalist insurgents loosely grouped under the banner of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) say they control the rebel-held part of the city.(Writing by Tom Perry; Editing by Dominic Evans and Ralph Boulton)
Sanders endorses Clinton in belated show of party unity-[Reuters]-By John Whitesides-July 12, 2016-YAHOONEWS
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (Reuters) - Democrat Bernie Sanders endorsed former rival Hillary Clinton for president in a belated show of party unity on Tuesday, saying it was critical that Democrats come together to defeat Republican Donald Trump in the Nov. 8 election."She will be the Democratic nominee for president, and I intend to do everything I can to make certain she will be the next president of the United States," Sanders told a raucous crowd that included plenty of vocal Sanders supporters.Five weeks after Clinton clinched the Democratic presidential nomination, the U.S. senator from Vermont ended his upstart campaign and joined her at a rally in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, to put their bitter primary battle behind them."I have come here to make it as clear as possible as to why I am endorsing Hillary Clinton and why she must become our next president," Sanders said.Sanders' endorsement brought the most prominent holdout in the party's liberal wing into Clinton's camp less than two weeks before the opening of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, where Clinton is expected to become the party's nominee.Clinton hopes the joint appearance will help her win over Sanders supporters, some of whom carried Sanders signs into the rally and frequently drowned out her supporters. In recent Reuters/Ipsos polling, only about 40 percent of Sanders backers said they would back Clinton, and the crowd at Tuesday's rally made it clear she still had work to do."I am absolutely certain I will not vote for Hillary Clinton," said Gale Bailey, a Sanders supporter and an unemployed graphic designer from Rochester, New Hampshire, who attended the rally in a Sanders T-shirt."She's a crook, and I'm not going to vote for a crook," Bailey said, adding that she would write in Sanders' name on the November ballot.The appearance in Portsmouth concluded weeks of negotiations between the two camps as Sanders pressed for concessions from Clinton on his liberal policy agenda.It came after Clinton last week adopted elements of Sanders' plans for free in-state college tuition and expanded affordable healthcare coverage. Sanders also successfully pushed to include an array of liberal policy positions in the Democratic platform, which a committee approved on Saturday.Sanders did not win all of his policy fights, most notably failing to win support for blocking a vote in Congress on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.But he told reporters at the rally in Portsmouth that "our job now is to see that platform implemented by a Democratic Senate, a Democratic House and a Hillary Clinton president – and I am going to do everything I can to make that happen."Top Democrats, including President Barack Obama and Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, a favourite of the party's liberal wing, have already announced their support for Clinton, leaving Sanders at risk of being left behind in the Democratic battle against Trump."I think all signs point to the fact that we're going to have a very united party going into Philadelphia," Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon said on CNN earlier on Tuesday, "and when you compare it to the Republicans, we're going to be miles ahead of them."Trump has struggled to unify the Republican Party after alienating many establishment figures with his stances on immigration, Muslims and women. A number of prominent Republicans are skipping the party's convention in Cleveland next week.In another sign of the Democrats' growing unity, two prominent liberal groups that had backed Sanders, the Communications Workers of America labour union and the Congressional Progressive Caucus PAC, announced their support for Clinton on Monday.The congressional group is led by two of Sanders' biggest backers in Congress: Raul Grijalva of Arizona, who already had endorsed Clinton, and Keith Ellison of Minnesota.New Hampshire is where Sanders first served notice of the strength of his campaign by beating Clinton handily in the primary.In 2008, Clinton and Obama held their first joint rally in the state after his victory in that brutal primary race. To make sure everyone got the point, it took place in the town of Unity.(Editing by Leslie Adler and Lisa Von Ahn)
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