Monday, September 05, 2016



JEWISH KING JESUS IS COMING AT THE RAPTURE FOR US IN THE CLOUDS-DON'T MISS IT FOR THE WORLD.THE BIBLE TAKEN LITERALLY- WHEN THE PLAIN SENSE MAKES GOOD SENSE-SEEK NO OTHER SENSE-LEST YOU END UP IN NONSENSE.GET SAVED NOW- CALL ON JESUS TODAY.THE ONLY SAVIOR OF THE WHOLE EARTH - NO OTHER. 1 COR 15:23-JESUS THE FIRST FRUITS-CHRISTIANS RAPTURED TO JESUS-FIRST FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT-23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.ROMANS 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.(THE PRE-TRIB RAPTURE)

GENESIS 16:11-12
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)

ISAIAH 14:12-14
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)

JOHN 16:2
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)


Ambrose says she's against Leitch's proposal to screen for 'anti-Canadian values'-[The Canadian Press]-September 4, 2016-YAHOONEWS

OTTAWA — Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose told CTV that she doesn't support Kellie Leitch's proposal to screen new immigrants for "anti-Canadian values."Leitch, a Conservative leadership hopeful, came under fire when her campaign sent out an online survey to supporters asking whether immigrants should be screened for "anti-Canadian'' values.But the interim Opposition leader said on CTV's "Question Period" that she doesn't know what the screenings "would look like," noting that there are already criminal background checks in place for potential immigrants.Ambrose also says she doesn't think it's something that Canadians would want to see implemented, and that she thought Leitch's proposal was "badly worded."But Leitch doubled down on Friday, saying she intends to put forward policies that will make Canada safer and enhance what she calls a unified Canadian identity.She said she would see potential immigrants screened for values like intolerance toward other religions and violent or misogynist behaviour."Canadians can expect to hear more, not less from me on this topic in the coming months," she said in Friday's statement.The Canadian Press


UK: 1,400 non-Muslim children exploited by Muslim rape gangs, authorities did nothing “for fear of being thought as racist”-August 26, 2014 4:37 pm By Robert Spencer-jihad watch

UKMuslimrapegangYou can write that as the epitaph of Great Britain. The British government kowtowed to Islamic supremacists “for fear of being thought as racist.” The British government hounded counter-jihadists domestically and banned ones from the U.S. from entering the country “for fear of being thought as racist.” The British government worked with Islamic supremacists it mistook for “moderates” “for fear of being thought as racist.” The British government funded liars who exaggerated claims of Muslim victimhood “for fear of being thought as racist.” The British government for years ignored an Islamic supremacist takeover of public schools “for fear of being thought as racist.”As Britain collapses into inevitable chaos, civil war, and jihad in the streets, Blair, Cameron, May and the rest, and all the dreary Sarah Browns (one of the proprietors of the Leftist dhimmi hate site Harry’s Place) among their dreary, dreary supporters, can congratulate themselves that as they bring down a once-great civilization upon their own heads, at least no one will think that they were “racist.”“Rotherham child abuse scandal: 1,400 children exploited, report finds,” BBC, August 26, 2014: At least 1,400 children were subjected to appalling sexual exploitation in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013, a report has found.Children as young as 11 were raped by multiple perpetrators, abducted, trafficked to other cities in England, beaten and intimidated, it said.The report, commissioned by Rotherham Borough Council, revealed there had been three previous inquiries.Council leader Roger Stone said he would step down with immediate effect.Mr Stone, who has been the leader since 2003, said: “I believe it is only right that as leader I take responsibility for the historic failings described so clearly.”The inquiry team noted fears among council staff of being labelled “racist” if they focused on victims’ description of the majority of abusers as “Asian” men.-‘Doused in petrol’-Professor Alexis Jay, who wrote the latest report, said there had been “blatant” collective failures by the council’s leadership, senior managers had “underplayed” the scale of the problem and South Yorkshire Police had failed to prioritise the issue.A victim of sexual abuse in Rotherham told BBC’s Panorama: “I was a child and they should have stepped in”Prof Jay said: “No-one knows the true scale of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham over the years. Our conservative estimate is that approximately 1,400 children were sexually exploited over the full inquiry period, from 1997 to 2013.”Revealing details of the inquiry’s findings, Prof Jay said: “It is hard to describe the appalling nature of the abuse that child victims suffered.”The inquiry team found examples of “children who had been doused in petrol and threatened with being set alight, threatened with guns, made to witness brutally violent rapes and threatened they would be next if they told anyone”.Five men from the town were jailed for sexual offences against girls in 2010, but the report said police “regarded many child victims with contempt”.Ch Supt Jason Harwin Ch Supt Jason Harwin said victims had been “let down”District Commander for Rotherham, Ch Supt Jason Harwin said: “Firstly I’d like to start by offering an unreserved apology to the victims of child sexual exploitation who did not receive the level of service they should be able to expect from their local police force.“We fully acknowledge our previous failings.”Ch Supt Harwin said the force had “overhauled” the way it dealt with such cases and had successfully prosecuted a number of abusers.But he admitted: “I accept that our recent successes… will not heal the pain of those victims who have been let down.”-‘Racism’ fear-The report found: “Several staff described their nervousness about identifying the ethnic origins of perpetrators for fear of being thought as racist; others remembered clear direction from their managers not to do so.”Failures by those charged with protecting children happened despite three reports between 2002 and 2006 which both the council and police were aware of, and “which could not have been clearer in the description of the situation in Rotherham”.She said the first of these reports was “effectively suppressed” because senior officers did not believe the data. The other two were ignored, she said.The inquiry team found that in the early-2000s when a group of professionals attempted to monitor a number of children believed to be at risk, “managers gave little help or support to their efforts”.The report revealed some people at a senior level in the police and children’s social care thought the extent of the problem was being “exaggerated”.Prof Jay said: “The authorities involved have a great deal to answer for.”A victim of abuse in Rotherham, who has been called “Isabel” to protect her identity, told BBC Panorama: “I was a child and they should have stepped in.“No matter what’s done now… it’s not going to change that it was too late, it should have been stopped and prevented.”

Imams promote grooming rings’, Muslim leader claims-The Oxford grooming ring was promoted by imams who encourage followers to think white women deserve to be “punished”, an Islamic leader has claimed.-Oxford sex gang: girls as young as 11 'forced into prostitution'-By Hayley Dixon-10:33AM BST 16 May 2013

Dr Taj Hargey, imam of the Oxford Islamic Congregation, said race and religion were inextricably linked to the recent spate of grooming rings in which Muslim men have targeted under-age white girls.Earlier this week seven members of a child sex ring from Oxford were found guilty of forcing under age girls to commit acts of "extreme depravity".Their victims, aged between 11 and 15, were groomed and plied with alcohol and drugs before being sexually assaulted and forced into prostitution. They targeted "out of control" teenagers.Dr Hargey said that the case brought shame on the city and the community and is a set back for cross community harmony.But worse still is the refusal to face up to its realities, he wrote in the Daily Mail.The activities of the Oxford sex ring are “bound up with religion and race” because all the men - though of different nationalities - were Muslim and they “deliberately targeted vulnerable white girls, whom they appeared to regard as 'easy meat', to use one of their revealing, racist phrases”, Dr Hargey said.That attitude has been promoted by religious leaders, he believes. “On one level, most imams in the UK are simply using their puritanical sermons to promote the wearing of the hijab and even the burka among their female adherents. But the dire result can be the brutish misogyny we see in the Oxford sex ring.”People tiptoe around the issues and refuse to discuss the problems exposed by the scandals such as those “from Rochdale to Oxford, and Telford to Derby”, he wrote.In all cases the perpetrators were Muslim men and the victims were under age white girls.To pretend it is not a problem is the Islamic community is “ideological denial”, Dr Hargey said.“But then part of the reason this scandal happened at all is precisely because of such politically correct thinking. All the agencies of the state, including the police, the social services and the care system, seemed eager to ignore the sickening exploitation that was happening before their eyes.“Terrified of accusations of racism, desperate not to undermine the official creed of cultural diversity, they took no action against obvious abuse.”The men were allowed, he said, to come and go from care homes by the authorities, and if the situation had been reversed with gangs of white men preying on Muslim teenagers ”the state's agencies would have acted with greater alacrity.”True Islam preaches respect for women but in mosques across the country a different doctrine is preached - “one that denigrates all women, but treats whites with particular contempt,” the Imam said.The men are taught that women are “second-class citizens, little more than chattels or possessions over whom they have absolute authority," he claims in the column.“The view of some Islamic preachers towards white women can be appalling. They encourage their followers to believe that these women are habitually promiscuous, decadent, and sleazy — sins which are made all the worse by the fact that they are kaffurs or non-believers.“Their dress code, from miniskirts to sleeveless tops, is deemed to reflect their impure and immoral outlook. According to this mentality, these white women deserve to be punished for their behaviour by being exploited and degraded.”Such cases can only be prevented in the future if Britain abandons the blinkers of political correctness, he concludes.

Military brass told numerous US soldiers in Afghanistan to ignore child sex abuse by Afghan “allies”-September 3, 2016 11:25 am By Robert Spencer -JIHAD WATCH

Women are so despised and devalued in Islamic culture that it leads to this sort of thing. And even though this article says that Muslim clerics and the Taliban object to the practice, the Qur’an says that in Paradise, the blessed will be attended not only by the famous virgins, but by boys like pearls as well:“Those are the ones brought near in the Gardens of Pleasure, a company of the former peoples and a few of the later peoples, on thrones woven, reclining on them, facing each other. There will circulate among them young boys made eternal with vessels, pitchers and a cup from a flowing spring.” — Qur’an 56:11-18-“And they will be given to drink a cup whose mixture is of ginger, a fountain within Paradise named Salsabeel. There will circulate among them young boys made eternal. When you see them, you would think them scattered pearls. And when you look there, you will see pleasure and great dominion.” — Qur’an 76:17-20-And the U.S. military leadership was so intent on pursuing our futile, fruitless, wasteful, pointless misadventure in Afghanistan that they became accessories to this behavior. The whole lot of them should be dishonorably discharged.-Jason Brezler-“Navy analysis found that a Marine’s case would draw attention to Afghan ‘sex slaves,’” by Dan Lamothe, Washington Post, September 1, 2016: Last fall, the Navy Department had a controversial disciplinary case before it: Maj. Jason C. Brezler had been asked by Marine colleagues to submit all the information he had about an influential Afghan police chief suspected of abusing children. Brezler sent a classified document in response over an unclassified Yahoo email server, and he self-reported the mistake soon after. But the Marine Corps recommended that he be discharged for mishandling classified material.The Navy Department, which oversees the Marine Corps, had the ability to uphold or overturn the decision. However, rather than just looking at the merits of the case, Navy officials also assessed that holding new hearings on the case would renew attention on the scandal surrounding child sex abuse in Afghanistan, according to military documents newly disclosed in federal court.The documents, filed Tuesday in a lawsuit by Brezler against the Navy Department and Marine Corps, also show that Marine and Navy officials in Afghanistan were aware in 2012 of allegations of abuse against children by the Afghan police chief but that the chief was allowed to keep his position in Helmand province anyway. This became a major issue after a teenage boy who worked for the chief — and allegedly was abused by him — opened fire on a U.S. base Aug. 10, 2012, killing three Marines and badly wounding a fourth.The five-page legal review, written last October by Lt. Cmdr. Nicholas Kassotis for Vice Adm. James W. Crawford III, the judge advocate general of the Navy, recommended that the Marine Corps’ actions against Brezler be upheld. Calling for a new administrative review, known as a Board of Inquiry, would delay actions in the case another six to nine months and possibly increase attention on the case, “especially in the aftermath of significant media attention to the allegations regarding the practice of keeping personal sex slaves in Afghanistan,” Kassotis wrote. A month later in November, acting assistant Navy secretary Scott Lutterloh upheld the Marine Corps’ decision.Brezler’s case has drawn new attention in recent months as critics of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton have compared her email controversy to Brezler’s, noting that the officer’s military career is on the brink of being over. He sued the Marine Corps and Navy Department in 2014, saying that he was a victim of reprisal for discussing his case with a member of Congress, and it has languished in court since. Brezler wants to block his dismissal, which is now on hold.Navy and Marine Corps officials declined to discuss the case or the new documents filed in it, citing the pending litigation. A spokesman for the Justice Department, which is handling the lawsuit for the government, also declined to comment.The Navy Department’s observation about Brezler’s case was made as another U.S. service member’s career was in jeopardy because of his response to alleged child sex abuse in Afghanistan. In that instance, Army Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland made headlines after the Army decided last year to involuntarily separate him from the service because of a reprimand he had received for hitting an Afghan Local Police (ALP) official in 2011 after the man laughed about kidnapping and raping a teenage boy. The Army overturned its decision in April and allowed Martland, a Green Beret, to stay in the military after Rep. Duncan D. Hunter (R-Calif.) intervened.The Martland case opened a dialogue in which numerous veterans of the war in Afghanistan said they were told to ignore instances of child sex abuse by their Afghan colleagues. The Defense Department’s inspector general then opened an investigation into the sexual assault reports and how they were handled by U.S. military officials who knew about them.Brezler’s attorney, Michael J. Bowe, said Wednesday in an email that his client is entitled to a “real review” of his case — “not a whitewash designed to avoid uncomfortable press stories about child rape by our ‘partners’ in Afghanistan.“Our service members deserve better,” he added….

Bosnia: Reporter who mocked burka goes into hiding after Muslims offer bounty for her murder-September 2, 2016 9:57 am By Robert Spencer -JIHAD WATCH

Mocking the burka: an insult to Islam. Rape and murder threats against those who mock the burka: A-OK.Lejla-Colak- After reporter Lejla Colak compared the wearing of the burka and niqab with the public display of sex toys, she received threats of murder and rape.Bosnian journalist Lejla Colak told BIRN on Monday that she had received a series of threats of violence after criticising Islamic garments like the burka and niqab in a post she wrote on Facebook.In her post on August 26, Colak, an atheist, compared wearing such garments in public to wearing a “strap-on dildo in the streets”.Religion should be intimate, just like sexuality. Keep it to yourself and the like-minded. Do not impose it on others,” Colak wrote.After local Islamic news portal published criticism of her post, Colak began receiving threats via Facebook Messenger and in the comments section of the post.“Are there any volunteers to rape lovely Lejla? … I will personally pay for it???” wrote one man, whose online profile says that he is a member of the Bosnian Army.Two female social media users called for Colak to be run over by a car, soaked in petrol and burned.Colak said she was prepared for negative comments and insults but did not foresee the threats she would receive.“I am not afraid to express my views. I used an analogy awkwardly. I could have constructed it better. But I could not have assumed that it would lead to this,” the Sarajevo-based reporter told BIRN.Since her initial post, she has apologised on Facebook for causing offence by mentioning a sex toy in connection with religion.“I can apologise for the form but not for the content. Yes, religion (all of them) should be a private matter, yes, everything I have said I mean. Forgive me only for that piece of plastic with which I have hurt the feelings of the public,” she wrote….

EZEKIEL 38:1-7
1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog,(RULER) the land of Magog,(RUSSIA) the chief prince of Meshech (MOSCOW) and Tubal,(TOBOLSK) and prophesy against him,
3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog,(LEADER OF RUSSIA) the chief prince of Meshech(MOSCOW) and Tubal:TOBOLSK)
4 And I (GOD) will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws,(GOD FORCES THE RUSSIA-MUSLIMS TO MARCH) and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:
5 Persia,(IRAN,IRAQ) Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:
6 Gomer,(GERMANY) and all his bands; the house of Togarmah (TURKEY) of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.(AFRICAN MUSLIMS,SUDAN,TUNESIA ETC)
7 Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them.

EZEKIEL 39:1-8
1 Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog,(LEADER OF RUSSIA) and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech (MOSCOW) and Tubal: (TUBOLSK)
2 And I will turn thee back,(RUSSIA-ARAB MUSLIM ISRAEL HATERS) and leave but the sixth part of thee,(5/6TH OR 300 MILLION DEAD RUSSIAN/ARAB/MUSLIMS I BELIEVE) and will cause thee to come up from the north parts,(RUSSIA) and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel:
3 And I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand.
4 Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands,( ARABS) and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured.
5 Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.
6 And I will send a fire on Magog,(NUCLEAR ATOMIC BOMB) and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the LORD.
7 So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.
8 Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord GOD; this is the day whereof I have spoken.


Russia, Turkey to form joint investment fund: Russian minister-[Reuters]-September 4, 2016-YAHOONEWS

HANGZHOU, China (Reuters) - Russian Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukaev said on Sunday President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan had agreed to form a joint investment fund between their two countries.The two leaders met on the sidelines of the G20 summit in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou on Saturday."We are concluding work on the formation of a Russian-Turkish investment fund," Ulyukaev said. "At the end of August, Turkey made the necessary legislative changes to create a corresponding partner to our direct investment fund - the Turkish sovereign wealth fund.""I think by some time in October or November we will have a list of projects and allocate a credit line to begin work."Putin and Erdogan have been working to restore ties between the two former regional allies following the downing of a Russian plane on the Syrian border by Turkish forces last year.Turkey announced plans for a sovereign wealth fund last month, intended to boost annual growth over the next decade and reassure investors unnerved by a failed coup attempt in July.(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin Writing Jack Stubbs; Editing by Mark Potter)

Germany's Merkel upbeat on improving ties with Erdogan after meeting-[Reuters]-September 4, 2016-YAHOONEWS

HANGZHOU, China (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel struck an upbeat tone after meeting Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the G20 summit, and said she expected progress on two thorny issues that have marred German and European ties with Ankara.Both Germany and the EU, which depend on Ankara to keep a lid on the movement of migrants to the bloc, are trying to ease tensions with Turkey after criticising Erdogan's crackdown on opponents following the failed coup in July.Merkel said she was hopeful that the European Union and Turkey could resolve their differences over visa-free travel for Turks, but an agreement was likely still several weeks away."The discussions with the European Commission are very intensive and are continuing," she said.Merkel also said she expected a resolution in Germany's dispute with Ankara over visits to an air base in Turkey. She and other German officials have insisted that Ankara must end its ban on German lawmaker visits to 250 German soldiers working at Incirlik Air Base as part of the U.S.-led coalition's air strikes against Islamist State targets."I believe it is possible that we will get positive news on the justified demand in the coming days," the German leader told reporters after meeting with Erdogan in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou.Turkey banned German lawmakers from visiting the base near the Syrian border in June after the parliament passed a resolution declaring the 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman forces a genocide. German lawmakers in turn threatened to end the military mission there.Turkey accepts many Christian Armenians were killed but contests assertions that up to 1.5 million died, and denies the killings were orchestrated.Rainer Arnold, defence spokesman for the Social Democrats in parliament, told Reuters earlier he expected Turkey to approve an Oct. 4 visit by lawmakers to the base next week.The EU worries Turkey applies its anti-terror laws too broadly to go after Erdogan critics and has made easing them a precondition for granting Turks visa-free movement.Ankara previously threatened to walk away from cooperation on migration should it not get more relaxed travel rules in October, but now appears willing to push the deadline to the end of the year, the Welt am Sonntag newspaper reported. [L1N1BF0CS]-Merkel said she and Erdogan also agreed that the political process aimed at ending the fighting in Syria must be resumed since the situation in Aleppo was unacceptable and a ceasefire was urgently needed.(Reporting by Gernot Heller and Andrea Shalal; Writing by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)

To Iranian eyes, Kurdish unrest spells Saudi incitement-[By Babak Dehghanpisheh]-By Babak Dehghanpisheh4 September 2016-YAHOONEWS

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A decision by a Kurdish opposition group to take up arms against Iranian authorities has senior officials in Tehran worrying that Saudi Arabia is seeking to undermine its stability in a deepening of their regional rivalry.Riyadh denies the charge. But tension between the two countries is surging, with Saudi Arabia and Iran supporting opposite sides in wars in Syria and Yemen and rival political parties in Iraq and Lebanon. The contest has largely hewed along sectarian lines as mainly Shi'ite Iran and Saudi Arabia, a predominantly Sunni country, vie for influence.That competition, officials in Tehran worry, has now spread inside their borders, thanks to what they fear is Riyadh's exploitation of the Islamic Republic's communal rifts.They point to clashes -- the first in almost 20 years -- between the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) fighters and Revolutionary Guards in the northwest in June and July that left several dead on both sides.As fighting escalated, Iranian forces shelled suspected Kurdish military bases in northern Iraq, raising the prospect that the conflict could spread across the border."(Saudi Arabia) gives money to any anti-revolutionary who comes near the border and says 'Go carry out operations,'" Mohsen Rezai, the former head of the Revolutionary Guards said after one round of clashes, according to the Tabnak website. "When they ask, 'Where should we carry out operations?' they say, 'It's not important. We want Iran to become insecure.'"Iran’s 8 to 10 million Kurdish community is mostly Sunni. In addition to the claims about Saudi funding for Kurdish armed groups, Iranian officials have also accused Riyadh of stirring up trouble among Iran’s other Sunni ethnic minorities like the Baluch in the southeast of the country and Arabs in Iran's southwest.The PKDI denies receiving Saudi support. And for their part, Saudi officials deny meddling in Iranian affairs. Riyadh in turn accuses Iran of stirring up trouble amongst its Shi’ite minority, a charge Iranian officials have denied.Riyadh fears a nuclear deal with world powers signed last year gives Iran more scope to push its interests internationally by releasing it from many of the sanctions which have crippled its economy.Alarmed by what it sees as a dangerous spread of Iranian activity overseas, the kingdom no longer relies heavily on Western allies to counter it, and is heightening its own efforts to contain Iranian influence.-PROXY WAR-Former Saudi intelligence chief Prince Turki al Faisal showed up at a rally in Paris in July of the Mujahedin Khalq Organisation (MKO), the main exiled opposition group seeking to topple the country's clerical rulers.While Prince Turki holds no official position, his presence suggests Saudi Arabia has crossed a line in terms of willingness to publicly support Iranian opposition groups."The proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran is becoming much more open and much more determined," said Abbas Milani, the director of the Iranian Studies programme at Stanford University.The Islamic Republic has had a tense relationship with its Kurdish minority since the revolution in 1979, which would potentially make them an ally of Iran’s rivals, observers say.The Revolutionary Guard fought Kurdish separatists immediately after the revolution and there have been periodic crackdowns on dissidents within the community since that time.That tension has led Iranian officials to accuse members of Sunni minority groups, particularly the Kurds, of sympathizing with religious extremists, including Islamic State.Last week, Iran’s intelligence minister Mahmoud Alavi announced that 1500 Iranian youth had been prevented from joining Islamic State.“It is a very convenient time to tie any act of persecution of the Sunnis to Islamic State,” said Hadi Ghaemi, the director of the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.-TENSION-In early August, Iran executed 20 Kurdish inmates, allegedly Islamists, in the Rajai Shahr prison, ramping up tension between the central government and the Kurdish region of the country."The timing (of the executions) certainly appears to be sending a message to the Kurdish militant groups and the local Kurdish community,” said Ghaemi. “It’s really punishment of a community to spread fear and intimidation.”The PDKI, for its part, denies any support from Saudi Arabia and says Kurds have been forced to take up arms because they have no alternative to secure their political rights.“Our main goal is not to pursue armed clashes,” said Karim Parwizi, a member of the PDKI politburo who is based in Erbil in northern Iraq. “We want to have organizational, political and civil activities.”The operations by the PDKI come at a time when Kurds across the region appear emboldened: Kurdish armed groups in Syria have been gaining territory and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq is increasingly distancing itself from the central government in Baghdad.PDKI members say they have no official ties or shared operations with other Kurdish parties in Iraq, Turkey or Syria.In mid-August, the secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani told a high level security delegation from the KRG that border security was a "red line", according to Mehr News.The KRG said it would not allow any group to threaten Iran’s border security, but Parwizi from the PDKI said his group had so far not been pressured to stop armed activities at the border, raising the possibility of further clashes.(Reporting By Babak Dehghanpisheh, Editing by William Maclean and Toby Chopra)


Extreme summer, extreme hydro bills: Torontonians dealing with energy sticker shock-[CBC]-September 3, 2016-YAHOONEWS

Hefty hydro bills have made it an expensive summer for many in southern Ontario. And with more warm weather predicted for September, the costs likely will keep adding up.It's got some people facing tough choices.Elfriede Gutri keeps her hydro bills in a stack. The 85-year-old often sits in the dark to save money. Her usage has mostly stayed the same, but her hydro costs keep going up. She's coping as best as she can."I can still manage, that's the way I see it, I have still my food everyday ... and so far I pay all the bills."Not everyone can.The United Way says some are being forced to choose between paying for groceries or their hydro bill. They call it energy poverty.Toronto Hydro says the hefty bills are due to this summer's extreme heat. Last year there were only nine of what the company calls "high demand" days — ones with over 4,000 megawatts of demand. This summer, there have been 26."The weather really tells the story here," says Toronto Hydro spokesperson Tori Gass.  "Last year it was quite cool; this year it was hot, and it was hot early."Gass says people often don't realize how significant an impact the weather can have on their energy bills. "Air conditioning can account for up to 50 per cent of your summer energy cost," she says. The same spikes occur in very cold winters.It isn't just homeowners: businesses are wrestling with higher bills as well. Inside Bunner's Bakeshop in Kensington Market the ovens are humming and shelves are filled with cupcakes and cookies.The air conditioning is on, but sparingly.The bakery has seen its hydro bill jump by about $100 a month compared to last summer, says owner Ashley Wittig. She doesn't want to raise prices or cut worker shifts, but says she may not have a choice. "For us, we can't bake less, we can't have the ovens on less, we can't turn the lights off, things need to be refrigerated,"Wittig says it's a particular challenge for food businesses. "A lot of people don't realize when they come into a bakery or any food place — they might see a cupcake and think about the ingredients and the cost of ingredients, but they're not thinking about the cost of the staff, the cost of the hydro ... things like that."Toronto Hydro hasn't implemented any special programs for people dealing with unexpectedly large bills, but Gass advises anyone who is struggling to call the customer support line to see if their payment schedule can be adjusted.She also says it's a good opportunity for people to look at how they use energy, and whether there are ways they can reduce their use, such as ensuring windows are properly sealed and implementing basic climate control strategies, like keeping blinds closed in summer and open in winter.

Alberta open to talks on electricity dispute, but says consumers to be protected-[The Canadian Press]-September 4, 2016-YAHOONEWS

EDMONTON — Alberta's deputy premier says the province is open to negotiating an out-of-court deal to resolve a potential $2-billion power dispute with private operators.But Sarah Hoffman says the bottom line is that Alberta consumers shouldn't be on the hook for enormous losses in power prices.And she says any change in the government's climate-change plan is off the table."We've been open to conversations for quite some time," Hoffman said in an interview."(But) we're not going to stand there and let companies that made $10 billion in profits pass on what projections say could be $2 billion or could be less (in losses.)"We don't think it (the original contractual arrangement) is legal."A number of private operators, including Enmax and Capital Power, are seeking to return money-losing electricity deals to the province that they say were made more unprofitable by Premier Rachel Notley's new climate rules.The province is going to court to try to nullify the give-back, saying that falling prices — and not changes to climate-change rules — have dropped the value of the contracts.Notley's government launched a lawsuit on July 25 over power purchase arrangements, better known as PPAs, involving Capital Power, Enmax, TransCanada and AltaGas.The PPAs are the backbone of a deregulated electricity system created under the former Progressive Conservative government in 2000. The idea was for power companies to buy electricity from generators at auction via the PPAs, then re-sell it to consumers for profit.But the rules stipulate that no matter what happens to prices, generators always get a reasonable rate of return.The power buyers were, in turn, promised that if the government made changes to make the deals unprofitable or made money-losing deals "more unprofitable," they could effectively turn the contracts back over to consumers through a neutral third-party entity.In recent months, companies that buy electricity off coal-fired plants have done just that.They say the decision by Notley's government in June 2015 to hike the cost of carbon fees on large emitters made money-losing contracts "more unprofitable," triggering the give-back.The government is arguing that low power prices, not government action, triggered the decline in PPA value.It also argues the clause in PPAs allowing companies to return contracts when they become "more unprofitable" is null because it was never officially OK'd by former premier Ralph Klein's government as a regulation.Notley's government has produced memos from 2000 suggesting the change was made at the last minute and in secret at the behest of Enron, an American-based energy giant that was a bidder for the PPAs and soon after collapsed in a massive accounting-fraud scandal.Economist Trevor Tombe, with the University of Calgary, said it's important to note that the third-party entities found almost all of the returned PPAs were still profitable in the months after the government hiked the fees on large emitters in June 2015, but then plunged into the red soon after as electricity prices plummeted.Tombe said while fee changes are the official reason being used by companies to dump the PPAs, the real issue may be proposed changes a government-appointed climate panel is urging the province pass by 2018.Under the new rules, everyone will begin paying at the same threshold. That will reduce production costs for gas-fired electricity companies but send costs for coal-fired electricity producers through the roof, said Tombe.Under this change, he said, costs will have fallen for gas fired-electricity "which makes it very difficult for coal (fired-electricity) to pass their costs on to consumers."Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press

DANIEL 7:23-24
23 Thus he said, The fourth beast (EU,REVIVED ROME) shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth,(7TH WORLD EMPIRE) which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.(TRADING BLOCKS-10 WORLD REGIONS/TRADE BLOCS)
24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings(10 NATIONS-10 WORLD DIVISION WORLD GOVERNMENT) that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.(EITHER THE EUROPEAN UNION DICTATOR BOOTS 3 COUNTRIES FROM THE EU OR THE DICTATOR TAKES OVER THE WORLD ECONOMY BY CONTROLLING 3 WORLD TRADE BLOCS)

Canada-EU trade deal 'best' pact ever negotiated by Europe: European leaders-[The Canadian Press]-September 4, 2016-YAHOONEWS

HANGZHOU, China — The president of the European Commission told the G20 summit that Europe's free trade deal with Canada is the "best and most-progressive" trade agreement the EU has ever negotiated.Speaking at the G20 on Sunday in China, Jean-Claude Juncker said the agreement deserved the full support of the EU's member states and rapid ratification."Our new trade deal with Canada — CETA — is the best and most-progressive agreement we have ever, as a European Union, negotiated," Juncker told reporters in Hangzhou."On top of the new opportunities it creates for businesses and citizens it also marks the new approach to investment protection that is transparent and that is impartial."Canada and the EU have committed to signing the deal this year and ratification in 2017.International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland has called the Canada-EU treaty a gold-plated deal that, once ratified, will give Canada better access to a market of more than 400 million people.The agreement was negotiated under the former Conservative government, but the Liberals supported it while in opposition.On Saturday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged his peers at a G20-related event in Hangzhou to be open to trade as he warned that isolationism does nothing to create economic growth.The Canadian Press

China's Xi at G20 says world economy at risk, warns against protectionism-[Reuters]-By Kevin Yao and Kiyoshi Takenaka-September 4, 2016-YAHOONEWS

HANGZHOU, China (Reuters) - The global economy is being threatened by rising protectionism and risks from highly leveraged financial markets, Chinese President Xi Jinping said at the open of a two-day summit of leaders from G20 nations.His warning on Sunday followed bilateral talks with Barack Obama that the U.S. president described as "extremely productive", but which failed to bring both sides closer on thornier topics such as tensions in the South China Sea.With the summit taking place after Britain's vote in June to exit the European Union and before the U.S. presidential election in November, observers expect G20 leaders to mount a defence of free trade and globalisation and warn against isolationism.The global economy has arrived "at a crucial juncture", Xi said, in the face of sluggish demand, volatile financial markets and feeble trade and investment."Growth drivers from the previous round of technological progress are gradually fading, while a new round of technological and industrial revolution has yet to gain momentum," he said.G20 countries are set to agree in a communique at the end of the summit that all policy measures - including monetary, fiscal and structural reforms - should be used to achieve solid and sustainable economic growth, Japanese Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Koichi Hagiuda said."Commitment will be made to utilising all three policy tools of monetary and fiscal policies and structural reforms to achieve solid, sustainable, balanced and inclusive growth," Hagiuda told reporters on the sidelines of the summit.Xi also called on G20 countries to match their words with actions."We should turn the G20 group into an action team, instead of a talk shop," he said.But some of the G20 leaders have begun drawing battle lines in disputes over issues ranging from trade and investment to tax policy and industrial overcapacity.-BATTLE LINES-On Sunday, Xi held talks with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and told him he hoped Australia would continue to provide a fair, transparent and predictable policy environment for foreign investors.China was angered when Australia blocked the A$10 billion ($7.7 billion) sale of the country's biggest energy grid to Chinese bidders last month.China has accused Australia of bowing to protectionist sentiment in blocking the bid for Ausgrid, as well as an earlier one by a China-led consortium to buy cattle company Kidman & Co.Beijing has also criticised Australia, a staunch U.S. ally, for running surveillance flights over disputed islands in the South China Sea.Meanwhile, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said China must set up a mechanism to address its problem of industrial overcapacity, saying it was "unacceptable" the European steel industry had lost so many jobs in recent years."Overcapacity is a global problem but there is a particular Chinese element," he told a news conference.Britain's future after its departure from the European Union was also subject to discussion.Obama reassured Prime Minister May that Britain's closest political, commercial and military ally would stand by her.But he did not shrink away from his stance that Brexit was a mistake and that London would not be able to jump the queue to arrange a bilateral trade deal.Juncker said that if Britain wanted access to the European Union's common market, it needed to respect the rules of the common market.Turnbull, meanwhile, said Australia wanted an early free trade agreement with Britain so markets could remain open between them when Britain formally left the European trading bloc.-LATE NIGHT TALKS-Obama held talks with Xi on Saturday that ran late into the night.He urged Beijing to uphold its legal obligations in the disputed waters of the South China Sea, and stressed U.S. commitments to its regional allies.Xi said China would continue to safeguard its sovereignty and maritime rights in the South China Sea.But China is keen to keep the summit focused on economic issues and to prevent other disputes from overshadowing it.According to a "fact sheet" on China-U.S. relations issued on Sunday, the two sides agreed on a range of issues, including avoiding competitive currency devaluations and not limiting deal opportunities for foreign information and communication technology providers.Obama, now in the last five months of his presidency, is using the visit to put a final stamp on his signature policy shift toward the Pacific, setting the tone for his White House successor, who will be elected in November and take office on Jan. 20.His visit began chaotically at the Hangzhou airport, where his staff argued with Chinese security over media access. Obama said on Sunday he "wouldn't over-crank the significance" of the airport events."None of this detracts from the broader scope of the relationship (with China)," he told a news conference. "The bilateral discussions that we had yesterday were extremely productive and continue to point to big areas of cooperation."Security was extremely tight in Hangzhou, with parts of the city of 9 million people turned into a virtual ghost town as China seeks to ensure that the G20 summit stays incident-free.(Additional reporting by Sue-Lin Wong, Michael Martina, Roberta Rampton, Ruby Lian, Kiyoshi Takenaka, Vladimir Soldatkin, William James and Engen Tham in HANGZHOU, and Ben Blanchard, Nick Heath, Jason Subler and John Ruwitch in BEIJING; Writing by Raju Gopalakrishnan and John Ruwitch; Editing by Ryan Woo)

Turkey sends EU mixed message on migration By Eric Maurice-SEPT 4,16-EUOBSERVER

Bratislava, Today, 08:58-Turkey reassured the EU on Saturday (3 September) that it would continue to implement a deal to stem the flow of migrants to Europe, but said it would not make further moves unless it is granted visa-free EU travel."Turkey remains committed to the 18 March consensus," Turkey's EU affairs minister Omer Celik said after a meeting in Bratislava with EU foreign affairs ministers.“We will continue to implement it out of humanitarian reasons,” he added.He said that the one-to-one mechanism, by which the EU resettles a Syrian refugee from Turkey for every migrant that Turkey takes back from Greece, was working.But he warned that Turkey would not be ready to do more as long as there is no easing of the visa regime for its citizens traveling to Europe."Without visa liberalisation, Turkey will not be part of any new mechanism," he said.The acceleration of the visa liberalisation process was promised by the EU as part of the March deal, under the condition that Turkey fulfills 72 benchmarks.Six of them remains to be met, including a change in Turkey's anti-terror law, which the EU says uses defines terrorism too broadly.Celik warned that Turkey would not amend the law as long as Turkey faces a terrorist threat."It is not rational to expect from Turkey to make any change in Turkish anti-terror law" in current circumstances, Celik said, referring to the recent wave of attacks in Turkey attributed to the Islamic State and the Kurdish PKK guerillas.Ankara's position on anti-terror law and visa liberalisation leaves the EU in a dilemma over whether to accept a watering down of its requirements to maintain Turkey's cooperation in the migration crisis.Whereas EU diplomacy chief Federica Mogherini said that management of the migration crisis and visa liberalisation were "separate issue[s]", Turkey has lumped both together and has ruled out agreement to EU demands for change.Instead Celik said that Turkey could take "some commitments about some steps" that would reassure the EU and the Council of Europe that it would not use its legislation extensively in a way that threatens the rule of law."In the meantime we could go ahead with visa liberalisation," he said."Work is ongoing," Mogherini said, adding that she hoped that the EU would "manage to end in the direction that politically we decided".-'First class democracy'-The priority for the EU on Saturday was to renew a dialogue with Turkey after weeks of criticism by Turkish officials of the EU's lack of solidarity in addressing the attempted coup in July, reciprocated by the EU criticism of Ankara about the crackdown that followed.The meeting between EU ministers and Turkey's Celik was "long and very substantial," an EU source said. "It was very fruitful," Celik told journalists.He said that he "expressed clearly" to EU ministers that his government and the Turkish people "were disappointed" by the EU's lack of support after the failed coup."Turkey has a first class democracy," he said. "No one should be teaching democracy lessons to Turkey. Turkey has democracy lessons to teach to others."EU ministers, for their part, reiterated their support of Turkey's democratic institutions and, according to Celik, "with very good will said they understood that solidarity they expressed was not sufficient".EU officials felt that some kind of mea culpa was necessary to resume dialogue with the Turks because "their pride was injured," the EU source said.Several ministers and officials recognised that the EU had underestimated the shock the coup was for Turkish officials."Some of them were directly targeted, they were supposed to be killed," the source noted.In a statement that was used both by Mogherini and Celik, the EU and Turkey agreed that they need to "talk less about each other and more with each other".After Austria's push for a suspension, doubts about the future of EU accession negotiations with Turkey were also apparently erased.Mogherini insisted that Turkey was still an EU candidate country, which gave the EU the right to have dialogue with "no taboo" on issues such as the rule of law, the right to fair trial or freedom and expression and the media.The main issue that could block the process could be the re-introduction of the death penalty in Turkey. But Celik assured the EU that the death penalty was not on the Turkish assembly agenda and that "no decision whatsoever" as been taken about it.

Turkey to invest $3.4 billion in rebuilding southeast, PM says-[By Melih Aslan]-September 4, 2016-YAHOONEWS

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey will invest 10 billion lira ($3.4 billion) in rebuilding areas in the largely Kurdish southeast that have been damaged by heavy fighting between militants and the state, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Sunday.Turkey's southeast has been hit by waves of violence following the collapse of a 2-1/2-year ceasefire between the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the state last year.The government has previously estimated some 6,000 buildings have been destroyed in security operations, and put the cost of replacing them at 1 billion lira ($345 million)."We are investing 10 billion lira," Yildirim said in a speech in Diyarbakir, the region's largest city. "Instead of houses destroyed by the PKK we are building beautiful houses."He said the government would invest in seven provincial centres across the southeast, and build houses, mosques and hospitals. The government will also focus on rebuilding Diyarbakir's historic Sur district, he said.Sur's Roman-era walls are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. However, the district sustained heavy damage in fighting this year, leading to concern it may be beyond repair. (Additonal reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu in London; Writing by David Dolan; Editing by Mark Potter and Stephen Powell)

Saudi Arabia strives to prevent repeat of fatal crush at haj-[Reuters]-By Katie Paul-September 4, 2016-YAHOONEWS

RIYADH (Reuters) - A year after the worst haj disaster in a generation, Saudi Arabia is issuing pilgrims with electronic bracelets and using more surveillance cameras to avoid a repeat of a crush that killed hundreds and damaged already strained ties with Iran.The world's largest annual Muslim gathering, bringing some two million to Islam's most sacred sites in Mecca, will also be a focus of concerns about militant violence after a suicide bomber killed four soldiers in early July in the nearby city of Medina, Islam's second holiest.Custodian of Islam's most revered places, Saudi Arabia stakes its reputation on organising haj, one of the five pillars of Islam which every able-bodied Muslim who can afford to is obliged to undertake at least once.Its prestige was damaged by the 2015 disaster, in which Riyadh said 769 pilgrims were killed - the highest haj death toll since a crush in 1990. Counts of fatalities by countries who repatriated bodies showed that over 2,000 people may have died in the crush, more than 400 of them Iranians.Iran, Saudi Arabia's main regional rival, blamed the disaster on organisers' incompetence. An official Saudi inquiry has yet to be published, but authorities suggested at the time some pilgrims ignored crowd control rules.This year, efforts are being made to strengthen crowd management.Thousands of civil servants, security personnel and medics have been conducting drills in preparation for the pilgrimage, which officially starts this week.The kingdom says it is deploying extra staff and increasing coordination with haj missions from pilgrims' home countries to ensure worshippers comply with agreed schedules to perform various rituals. Hundreds of new surveillance cameras had been installed at the Grand Mosque."The scheduling programme is the most important part of the operational programme," Interior Ministry spokesman Major General Mansour Turki told Reuters."This is the area we have to concentrate on, to make sure pilgrims ...comply with it once they get there."Saudi-owned newspaper Asharq al-Awsat said last month the Mecca Development Authority had set up electronic paths and gates to manage crowds heading to Jamarat, the symbolic stoning of the devil where many previous disasters have occurred.The kingdom also is kitting pilgrims out with electronic wristbands to enable authorities to track the flow of people and get early warnings of crowd build-ups.-NO POLITICS-Relations between Shi'ite Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia, which back opposing sides in Syria and other conflicts, plummeted after the 2015 crush.Riyadh then broke diplomatic ties when its Tehran embassy was stormed in January over the Saudi execution of a Shi'ite cleric.Wary that some pilgrims may seek to use haj for ideological purposes, Saudi Arabia said it would not tolerate any attempt to politicise haj - remarks widely seen as referring to Iran.Iran said in May its pilgrims would not attend, blaming Riyadh for "sabotage" and failing to guarantee their safety. Saudi Arabia blamed Iran, saying it had demanded the right to hold demonstrations that would have created chaos.But Saudi Arabia is worried that Iranian pilgrims coming from abroad or pro-Iranian pilgrims from other countries could still exploit the gathering to spread anti-Saudi messages.(Reporting by Katie Paul, writing by Sami Aboudi, Editing by William Maclean and John Stonestreet)


LUKE 21:25-26
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)

Hermine could hit Atlantic Canada by mid-week-[CBC]-September 3, 2016-YAHOONEWS

The Canadian Hurricane Centre predicts it will be Wednesday before post-tropical storm Hermine has any effect on Nova Scotia and New Brunswick."Probably Monday or Tuesday we'll have a better feeling about how this storm will affect Canadian waters," said Doug Mercer, hurricane forecaster. "We have a fairly good handle on what it's going to be doing over in the United States. Probably little effect until at least mid-week next week."By late Saturday afternoon, Mercer said the post-tropical storm's strength was about 60 knots or 111 kilometres per hour. He said Hermine is expected to get up to hurricane strength again in the next 12 to 24 hours.-'Sit there and spin'-"Hermine ... is heading up the northeast towards New York and New Jersey. It's going to stall there within the next day or two and it's not really going to move until late in the coming week," said Mercer. "It's just going to sit there and spin."Hermine was the first hurricane to make landfall in Florida in 11 years.The storm is being blamed for two deaths so far in the United States — one in North Carolina and the other in Florida.

After rampage through South, Hermine threatens U.S. Northeast-[By Daniel Trotta]-September 4, 2016-YAHOONEWS

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Storm Hermine churned off the U.S. Middle Atlantic Coast on Sunday, with forecasters projecting it may regain hurricane strength as it creeps north, spoiling the Labor Day holiday weekend with high winds, soaking rains and surging seas.The storm, which claimed at least two lives, in Florida and North Carolina, is expected to stall off the coast of New Jersey and other major population centers in the Northeast for several days, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). Authorities up and down the coast have ordered swimmers, surfers and boaters to stay out of treacherous waters during the holiday weekend, when many Americans celebrate the end of summer.Overnight, the center of the storm moved farther east and away from the coast than previously forecast, said Rick Knabb, director of the hurricane center, in a webcast."That's good news, but this is not over yet because we still are forecasting it to slow down and meander generally northward ... We think it could become hurricane force again," Knabb said, as the storm was likely to strengthen as it moved over warm water.Projections show the outer reaches of the storm could sweep the coastlines of Rhode Island or Massachusetts later in the week.The center forecast the heaviest rains to remain offshore, with Hermine expected to produce 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 cm) of rain through Monday from Long Island to eastern forecast the strongest winds and heaviest rain would stay offshore much of Sunday, causing dangerous surf and coastal flooding.The storm's exact proximity to the coast would determine the severity of flooding and wind damage."Even a small shift in the track can have a big difference on impacts," AccuWeather said.People posted pictures of flooding and high tides from North Carolina to New York, showing streets that were torn up or under water, vacation homes that were flooded, and tourists flocking away from beach holidays.Hermine was classified as a Category 1 hurricane until it lost strength while cutting across Florida and Georgia, packing sustained winds of up to 65 mph (105 kph). Forecasters expected winds to return to hurricane force of more than 74 mph (119 kph) by Sunday evening.The surge was expected to extend from Virginia to New Jersey.New Jersey Governor Chris Christie declared a state of emergency in three coastal counties of the state, which was devastated by Superstorm Sandy in 2012.Delaware Governor Jack Markell declared a limited state of emergency for Sussex County, which includes the coastal resorts of Bethany Beach and Rehoboth Beach."The most dangerous aspect of this storm is going to be at the beaches. If you stay out of the oceans, avoid the heavy surf and the rip currents and don't go boating in these heavy seas, you're probably going to be all right," Knabb said.Hermine, the first hurricane to make landfall in Florida in 11 years, swept ashore on Friday near the town of St. Marks with winds of 80 mph (129 kph), knocking out power for 300,000 Florida homes and businesses.It left North Carolina with power outages, flooding, downed trees and power lines, while rain and tides brought flooding along Virginia's coast.In the northern Florida town of Ocala, a falling tree killed a homeless man sleeping in his tent. In North Carolina, a tractor trailer overturned on a bridge over the Alligator River, killing the driver.(Additional reporting by Chris Prentice, Ian Simpson, Dan Whitcomb, Frank McGurty and Chris Michaud; Editing by Phil Berlowitz)

Battered Japan braces for new typhoon-AFP-September 3, 2016-YAHOONEWS

Japan was on alert for typhoon winds and heavy rain on Saturday as the death toll from a devastating hurricane that hit the country's north earlier this week rose to 15.Typhoon Namtheun was heading north towards the southern main island of Kyushu with gusts of up to 198 kilometres (123 miles) per hour, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.Namtheun was passing near the small subtropical island of Amami, which lies between Okinawa and Kyushu, Saturday afternoon, the agency said.It issued a warning for strong winds, heavy rain and floods in southern Kyushu, but there was no immediate report of injuries or damage from the typhoon.Meanwhile, the death toll from typhoon Lionrock in northern Japan rose to 15 after the body of a 57-year-old man was found in Iwaizumi, Iwate prefecture, police and local government officials said.Public broadcaster NHK said at least nine people were still unaccounted for.Lionrock landed on Japan's northern Pacific coast on Tuesday evening, dumping torrential rain over a wide area.Overflowing rivers wreaked havoc, stranding many communities in the country's largely agricultural north.Iwaizumi was the hardest hit as nine people were buried inside a building of an elderly care facility, which was engulfed by a massive flood from a nearby river.Some 1,000 people were still cut off in isolated communities in Iwate prefecture, the prefectural government official said."We are dispatching helicopters to bring foods and necessary items to the isolated areas," the official said.Lionrock was the third typhoon to strike Japan's northeast in about 10 days, the previous two causing at least two deaths.In 2013, a powerful typhoon that triggered massive landslides on Oshima island, 120 kilometres (75 miles) south of Tokyo, killed 40 people, while 82 died after a typhoon hit Japan in 2011.

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