Thursday, February 09, 2017
TORNADOES STRIKE LOUISIANA-20 HURT.AND IMMIGRATION TEMPORARY BAN DECISION COULD HAPPEN TODAY.
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)
Southern Sask. digging out after 3 days of snow-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-February 7, 2017
People in Saskatchewan are breaking out the shovels today after a snowy weekend.Environment Canada issued several heavy snow advisories.Areas in Saskatchewan's southwest were hit hardest. - Snowfall warning issued for southern Sask.There were two fatal highway crashes: One near Fort Qu'Appelle and one near Moose Jaw, in which someone has been charged with impaired driving.Here are the official snowfall numbers from Environment Canada: - Cypress Hills: 30-35 centimetres. - Val Marie: 22 cm. - Mankota: 22 cm. - Maple Creek: 21 cm. - Rock Glen: 20 cm. - Estevan: 20 cm. - Swift Current: 20 cm. - Moose Jaw: 18 cm. - Weyburn: 17 cm.- Regina: 12-15 cm.
3,100 homes hit by overnight power outage in southern Saskatchewan-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-February 7, 2017
It was a cold, dark night for as many as 3,100 SaskPower customers in southern Saskatchewan.The electrical utility said it had a problem with one of its main power lines near the U.S. border around 7 p.m. CST Monday.The lights went out in at least eight small communities and their surrounding rural areas, including Ogema, Coronach, Big Beaver, Radville, Tribune, Viceroy, Minton and Ceylon.SaskPower tweeted that repair crews had been dispatched at 7:15 p.m. and were still working to switch over power at 1 a.m. Tuesday.Cuddled up with pets for warmth-Wendy Caldwell, who lives in Ceylon, said she noticed the lights flickering just before seven, and started preparing for the worst.When the lights went out and did not come back on, "I just put on a warm robe and cuddled up with my two cats and dog. We were cosy with lots of covers," Caldwell said.The power finally came back on in Rockglen, Coronach, Radville and Lake Alma at 4:08 a.m., as temperatures dipped to -23 C.Caldwell said her thermostat indicated an indoor temperature of 13 when the furnace started back up again.A downed main power line was reported as the cause.SaskPower said 3,100 customers were without electricity at the peak of the outage.-Prepared for emergency-Caldwell said she always has a flashlight within reach — she bought a package of several small flashlights for just such a purpose — as well as a battery-powered radio."It keeps me company, but I also have it tuned to a station like the CBC," she said, in case information is released in lengthy outages.She encourages others to prepare for utility outages as well — especially during the winter.
Schools closed in snowy Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-February 7, 2017
Despite a brief reprieve in the snowfall, a number of school districts across B.C.'s Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland remain closed Tuesday.Schools in the Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission, Langley, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Fraser-Cascade and Surrey districts are all closed Tuesday.It's the second day in a row that many schools in Surrey and the Fraser Valley have shuttered.A number of Vancouver Island districts have closed schools as well, including in Cowichan Valley, Saanich, Sooke, Comox Valley, Campbell River and the Southern Gulf Islands.The University of the Fraser Valley is also closed. The University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University and the University of Victoria are all open.TransLink says bus service is running slower than usual, and warned to expect some gaps in service. Trains will be running at reduced frequency on the Millenium Line, as all trains have staff on board to ensure tracks are clear.Chris Bryan, a spokesperson for TransLink, says the reduced capacity is due in part to operators having trouble getting to work."Some live in Abbotsford or Chilliwack," Bryan said. "It's really difficult [for them] just to get in to work."Environment Canada expects a few flurries today and overnight, with another bout of heavy snowfall Wednesday night, changing to rain on Thursday — with a potential for freezing rain during the transition, particularly in the Fraser Valley.The region has been hit with record-breaking snowfall that began on Friday. Some areas in the Fraser Valley have seen as much as 80 centimetres of snow, breaking records that go back almost 100 years in some cases.
Tornadoes tear path of destruction through Louisiana, at least 20 hurt-[Reuters]-By Bryn Stole-YAHOONEWS-February 8, 2017
BATON ROUGE, La. (Reuters) - Six tornadoes tore through New Orleans and other parts of Louisiana on Tuesday, injuring at least 20 people as the storm roared across highways and streets, leveling trees, power lines and homes.Governor John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency throughout Louisiana, while search and rescue teams scoured the landscape for survivors."The width of the devastation was unlike any that I have seen before," Edwards told a news conference. "When you see it from the air you're even more impressed that so few people were injured and that nobody's life was lost."The Louisiana National Guard said it was conducting search-and-rescue operations, looking for injured people who may be stranded, and assessing damage.The storm system battered New Orleans and suburban Baton Rouge, marking the fourth time in a year the state has been jolted by natural disasters.A string of tornadoes struck in February 2016 and four people died in widespread floods in March. Louisiana was then devastated by major flooding in August, when more than 60,000 homes were damaged or destroyed in 20 parishes, or territorial districts, marking the state's worst disaster since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu told reporters that one twister carved out a swath of destruction about two miles (3 km) long and about half a mile (1 km) wide, affecting an area that holds 5,000 properties."It's devastating and a lot of families have lost everything that they have," Landrieu said.Edwards estimated the number of injured at 20, some of them he termed "not life-threatening, but very serious."Storm reports on the National Weather Service website said some 29 people suffered injuries.One person was injured and about 200 cars damaged at a National Aeronautics and Space Administration assembly building in New Orleans, but flight hardware for NASA's new heavy-lift Space Launch System rocket and Orion capsule appear to have escaped damage, associate administrator Bill Gerstenmaier said.Nearly 7,800 customers were without power in the New Orleans area by early Wednesday, according to Entergy New Orleans Inc .Nancy Malone, communications director for the Red Cross of Louisiana, said damage was reported in about six parishes, where the Red Cross was assisting first responders."While this was not expected, communities in southeast Louisiana have been affected numerous times in the last 12 months," Malone said. "Here we are again."(Additional reporting by Gina Cherelus, Mike Cooper and Irene Klotz; Writing by Daniel Trotta; Editing by Lisa Shumaker and David Gregorio)
Southwestern Pakistan rattled by magnitude 6.4 earthquake-[Associated Press]-YAHOONEWS-February 8, 2017
QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani official says a strong, magnitude 6.4 earthquake has struck the country's remote southwest and that there are reports of damages to houses but no casualties.Nasir Mahmood of Pakistan's Meteorological Department says the epicenter of the quake was west of the coastal town of Pasni in Baluchistan province, which borders Afghanistan and Iran. The town lies about 700 kilometers (437 miles) south of Quetta, the provincial capital.The official says Wednesday's quake had a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles). The U.S. Geological Survey described the temblor as a magnitude 6.3 quake.Regional commissioner Tufail Baluch says disaster management departments have been put on high alert in case of any aftershocks.
Meteor lights up the night sky over Illinois and Wisconsin-[Reuters]-YAHOONEWS-February 7, 2017
(Reuters) - (This February 6th story has been refiled to correct location of Lisle to west of Chicago in paragraph three.)-A meteor plummeted in a fireball over Lake Michigan early on Monday, lighting up the night sky in bright blue just before scattering over the lake in many pieces, according to a police video and an expert's description.Lisle, Illinois, police officer Jim Dexter recorded the meteor's descent on the dash camera of his patrol car at 1:25 a.m.Aside from Lisle, which is less than 30 miles (48 km) west of Chicago, and other parts of Illinois; witnesses reported seeing the meteor from Wisconsin, Michigan and as far away as New York state and the Canadian province of Ontario, according to a description on the website of the American Meteor Society.The meteor's fiery descent is likely to rank as one of the most spectacular events of its kind anywhere in the world this year, Mike Hankey, operations manager for the society, said by telephone.The meteor broke apart into pieces of rock and metallic dust that descended in a cloud onto Lake Michigan, Hankey said. No one is reported to have been injured by debris, he said.(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; Editing by Sandra Maler)
FIRES AND EXPLOSIONS
7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.
15,000 residents lose homes in Manila shantytown fire-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-February 7, 2017
MANILA, Philippines — About 15,000 residents of a shantytown beside Manila's port have lost their homes in a fire that raged overnight before being put out Wednesday morning, officials said.Fire department officials said 1,000 homes were gutted in the sprawling Parola Compound, where several families often share tiny houses running along narrow alleyways.Fire officer Edilberto Cruz said seven people suffered minor injuries in the fire that broke out Tuesday night then quickly spread. No fatalities were reported.Three evacuation centres were opened, and food and water are being provided to the 3,000 families who lost their homes, said welfare officer Regina Jane Mata.But hours after the blaze was put out, many of the people were still huddled on a nearby road with their belongings, including clothes and even washing machines and electric fans.The fire snarled traffic, blocking delivery trucks going to and from the port.The Associated Press.
Judges hammer attorneys on both sides of travel ban case-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-February 8, 2017
SAN FRANCISCO — President Donald Trump's travel ban faced its toughest test yet Tuesday as a panel of appeals court judges hammered away at the administration's claim that the ban was motivated by terrorism fears while also directing pointed questions to an attorney challenging the executive order on grounds that it unconstitutionally targeted Muslims.The contentious hearing before three judges on the San Francisco-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals focused narrowly on whether a restraining order issued by a lower court should remain in effect while a challenge to the ban proceeds. But the judges also jumped into the larger constitutional questions surrounding Trump's order, which temporarily suspended the nation's refugee program and immigration from seven mostly Muslim countries that have raised terrorism concerns.The hearing was conducted by phone — an unusual step — and broadcast live on cable networks, newspaper websites and various social media outlets. It attracted a huge audience, with more than 130,000 alone tuned in to the court's YouTube site to hear audio.A decision by the 9th Circuit was likely to come later this week, court spokesman David Madden said.Judge Richard Clifton, a George W. Bush nominee, asked an attorney representing Washington state and Minnesota what evidence he had that the ban was motivated by religion. The two states are suing to invalidate the ban."I have trouble understanding why we're supposed to infer religious animus when in fact the vast majority of Muslims would not be affected."Only 15 per cent of the world's Muslims are affected, the judge said, citing his own calculations. He added that the "concern for terrorism from those connected to radical Islamic sects is hard to deny."Noah Purcell, Washington state's solicitor general, cited public statements by Trump calling for a ban on the entry of Muslims to the U.S. He said the states did not have to show every Muslim is harmed, only that the ban was motivated by religious discrimination.Clifton also went after the government's attorney, asking whether he denied statements by Trump and former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who said recently that Trump asked him to create a plan for a Muslim ban. Judge Michelle T. Friedland, who was appointed by President Barack Obama, asked why the case should not move forward to determine what motivated the ban."We're not saying the case shouldn't proceed, but we are saying that it is extraordinary for a court to enjoin the president's national security decision based on some newspaper articles," said August Flentje, who argued the case for the Justice Department.Under questioning from Clifton, Flentje did not dispute that Trump and Giuliani made the statements.Clifton said he understood if the government argued that statements by Trump and his advisers should not be given much weight, but he said they are potentially evidence in the case.Friedland also asked whether the government has any evidence connecting the seven nations to terrorism.Flentje told the judges that the case was moving fast and the government had not yet included evidence to support the ban. Flentje cited a number of Somalis in the U.S. who, he said, had been connected to the al-Shabab terrorist group.The ban has upended travel to the U.S. for more than a week and tested the new administration's use of executive power.Whatever the court eventually decides, either side could ask the Supreme Court to intervene.The government asked the appeals court to restore Trump's order, saying that the president alone has the power to decide who can enter or stay in the United States. Several states insist that it is unconstitutional.Flentje offered the 9th Circuit a third option, saying the court could exempt from the ban people who have previously been admitted to the U.S., but keep it in place for people who have never been to the country.The judges repeatedly questioned Flentje on why the states should not be able to sue on behalf of their residents or on behalf of their universities, which have complained about students and faculty getting stranded overseas.Purcell said that restraining order has not harmed the U.S. government. Instead, he told the panel, Trump's order had harmed Washington state residents by splitting up families, holding up students trying to travel for their studies and preventing people from visiting family abroad.Trump said Tuesday that he cannot believe his administration has to fight in the courts to uphold his ban, a policy he says will protect the country."And a lot of people agree with us, believe me," Trump said at a round table discussion with members of the National Sheriff's Association. "If those people ever protested, you'd see a real protest. But they want to see our borders secure and our country secure."Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told lawmakers that the order probably should have been delayed at least long enough to brief Congress about it.If the case does end up before the Supreme Court, it could prove difficult to find the necessary five votes to undo a lower court order. The Supreme Court has been at less than full strength since Justice Antonin Scalia's death a year ago. The last immigration case that reached the justices ended in a 4-4 tie.How and when a case might get to the Supreme Court is unclear. The travel ban itself is to expire in 90 days, meaning it could run its course before a higher court takes up the issue. Or the administration could change it in any number of ways that would keep the issue alive.___Associated Press writers Brian Melley in Los Angeles and Eugene Johnson in Seattle contributed to this report.Sudhin Thanawala, The Associated Press.
Warren violates arcane rule, sparking Senate dustup-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-February 7, 2017
WASHINGTON — Sen. Elizabeth Warren has earned a rare rebuke by the Senate for quoting Coretta Scott King on the Senate floor.The Massachusetts Democrat ran afoul of the chamber's arcane rules by reading a three-decade-old letter from Dr. Martin Luther King's widow that dated to Sen. Jeff Sessions' failed judicial nomination three decades ago.The chamber is debating the Alabama Republican's nomination for attorney general, with Democrats dropping senatorial niceties to oppose Sessions and Republicans sticking up for him.King wrote that when acting as a federal prosecutor, Sessions used his power to "chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens."Quoting King technically put Warren in violation of Senate rules for "impugning the motives" of Sessions, though senators have said far worse stuff. And Warren was reading from a letter that was written 10 years before Sessions was even elected to the Senate.Still, top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell invoked the rules. After a few parliamentary moves, the GOP-controlled Senate voted to back him up.Now, Warren is forbidden from speaking again on Sessions' nomination. A vote on Sessions is expected Wednesday evening.Democrats seized on the flap to charge that Republicans were muzzling Warren, sparking liberals to take to Twitter to post the King letter in its entirety.Warren argued: "I'm reading a letter from Coretta Scott King to the Judiciary Committee from 1986 that was admitted into the record. I'm simply reading what she wrote about what the nomination of Jeff Sessions to be a federal court judge meant and what it would mean in history for her."Warren was originally warned after reading from a statement by former Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., that labeled Sessions a disgrace.Democrats pointed out that McConnell didn't object when Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, called him a liar in a 2015 dustup.The episode was followed by lamentations by Senate veterans, including its most senior Republican, Orrin Hatch of Utah, about how the Senate is too partisan.Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press.
23 Thus he said, The fourth beast(THE 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.(TR BLOCKS)
24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise:(10 NATIONS) and another shall rise after them;(#11 SPAIN) and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.(BE HEAD OF 3 KINGS OR NATIONS).
May defeats plan to give MPs Brexit veto By Ben Fox-FEB 8,17-EUOBSERVER
London, Today, 08:49-UK MPs will get a "take it or leave it vote" at the end of Article 50 talks with the EU, but Theresa May’s government defeated an attempt by opposition MPs to ensure that parliament gets an effective veto over Brexit.Under the deal offered by the May government on Tuesday (7 February), MPs will get a vote on any deal struck with EU negotiators during the Article 50 process, to take place before any Brexit agreement was voted on by the European Parliament.This initially seemed like a significant concession when it was announced by Brexit minister David Jones at the start of four hours of the second day of debate on the Article 50 bill, but it isn’t.If parliament rejects the deal, the UK will leave the EU anyway and would fall back to trading with the bloc on the basis of World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules."This will be a meaningful vote," Jones told MPs, adding that it would "be the choice of leaving the EU with a negotiated deal or not".“The vote they’re offering – which will give MPs a choice between an extreme Brexit and falling off a cliff edge into WTO trade rules – isn’t a concession, it’s an ultimatum,” said Caroline Lucas MP, co-leader of the Green Party.“MPs must not be duped by the government’s attempt to quell unrest on their back-benches.”-Out voted-MPs also voted by a majority of 33 against an amendment proposed by Labour MP Chris Leslie that would have stopped ministers striking a Brexit agreement until it had been passed by MPs and peers.Seven Conservative MPs voted with Labour. The amendment was seen as a means of keeping alive the slim prospect of the UK remaining in the EU.A Labour proposal which would have forced the government to publish impact assessments of the different potential trading models with the EU, indicating the likely economic effects of leaving the single market or customs union, was also defeated.The government faces a potentially close vote on an amendment calling for the rights of EU nationals living in the UK to be guaranteed, but it is highly probable that the bill will be passed without any of the 287 amendments to it being adopted when MPs take a final vote on Wednesday (8 February).As it stands, the only risk - albeit slim - to May’s plans would be a delay in the House of Lords, where the Conservatives number only 253 out of 805 peers.The Lords is not elected and it is extremely unlikely that peers will risk a constitutional crisis by opposing the Brexit bill.In the more likely event that the Lords proposes amendments, these would then, in turn, be subject to the approval of MPs.The bill is timetabled to be signed into law on 13 March, giving May time to keep to her self-imposed deadline of formally triggering Article 50 before the end of March.Separately, the Scottish parliament backed a symbolic motion rejecting the decision to trigger Article 50 on Tuesday with the support of the Scottish National Party, Greens, Liberal Democrats and most Labour MSPs.The devolved assemblies have no power to prevent or delay the Brexit process, although Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has warned that the UK exiting the EU, despite a large majority for "Remain" in Scotland, could lead to her government demanding a second referendum on independence from the UK.
EUobserved-EU announces digital deal, but where is the text? By Peter Teffer-FEB 8,17-EUOBSERVER
Brussels, Today, 09:29-Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed. That's what EU diplomats often say when they are asked about the progress of legislative negotiations.Their PR machines however seem to have a different maxim.On Tuesday evening (7 February), a deal was announced that would give EU citizens the right to access films, music, and other digital content to which they have a subscription at home, anywhere in the EU.The deal was reached behind closed doors between the European Parliament and national governments meeting in Council, brokered by the European Commission, in a process called trilogue.“Today's agreement will bring concrete benefits to Europeans,” said EU commissioner for the Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip, in a press release.The Liberal group Alde, whose MEP Jean-Marie Cavada was involved in the negotiations, also said citizens will “very soon benefit from wider access to online content across the EU”.“This is one of the main achievements accomplished by the European Parliament, who reached an agreement today with the European Commission and Member States representatives on a new piece of legislation on cross-border portability of online content services,” said the Alde press release.Similar statements were issued by the European Parliament press service, and the Council.But when EUobserver asked around for the actual text, it emerged that there would be another “clean-up meeting” on Friday, and that the final text “should be ready on Monday” – six days after the press releases. A second source said the text "will be ready at the earliest on Friday".-So why the press releases?-“The deal was done,” a European Parliament source, who was not allowed to be named, told EUobserver on Wednesday.“The text is not available yet,” she said, noting it had to be run by legal experts.While it is understandable that experts may need to scrutinise the compromise, the dynamics of the press release mania are a symptom of the undemocratic nature of trilogue meetings.Until the actual text is published, there is an information imbalance between EU institutions and the press. EU institutions shape the narrative that a deal is done, and journalists hoping to write critical articles will miss the news cycle.It is tricky to write about new legislation when you have only press releases to go on.The press releases only focus on the successful outcome of the trilogue, but the devil is in the detail.In 2015, the press was told that a deal had been reached on net neutrality and roaming surcharges. In fact, basic definitions including the concept of net neutrality itself still had not been agreed.“I understand it's frustrating,” said a parliament source. “This is how it always unfortunately is.”And, she added, it is not only the parliament that does this. “Everybody announces the deal.”In an age where the EU as a whole is struggling to portray itself as relevant, it is understandable that institutions want to jump on any opportunity to brag about the improvements they have made to the daily lives of EU citizens.Once the text of the digital deal is available, this website will explain just how your daily life will be improved.
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)
New counter-radicalization office aims to catch potentially violent extremists-June Chua-Yahoo Canada News-February 7, 2017
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says his department’s forthcoming outreach office will help identify lone wolf terror threats to hopefully prevent attacks like the one that left six Muslim men dead at the mosque where they were praying in Quebec City on Jan. 29.In an interview with Global News, Goodale said his government is planning to set up a centre for community outreach and counter-radicalization. The goal would be to “find a way to detect this behaviour better … and then to identify the right ways, with the right people at the right time to intervene in that behaviour, before it leads to tragedy,” Goodale told Global News.Accused shooter Alexandre Bissonette, 27, has been charged with six counts of first-degree murder and five counts of attempted murder in the Sainte-Foy neighbourhood mosque attack. As the Globe and Mail reports, the suspect’s online behaviour demonstrated views supporting the far-right politics of France’s National Front Leader Marine Le Pen, U.S. President Donald Trump, as well as a distaste for refugee and immigration programs.Goodale reiterated that the focus would be on radicalization of any kind and not just about individuals or groups being influenced by the extremist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria group.“The most effective means of countering radicalization to violence begins in the community and involves working with leaders to develop intervention programs,” Goodale’s office wrote in a statement sent to Yahoo Canada News.“We want Canada to be a world leader in countering radicalization.”Goodale’s office also said they will be co-ordinating federal, provincial and international initiatives, with an initial budget of $35 million over a five-year period. The location of the centre and its opening date has yet to be announced. According to the minister’s office, it will be open in “the next few months.”“There is no recipe for someone being radicalized,” said Marian Misdrahi, program co-ordinator at the Centre for the Prevention of Radicalization Leading to Violence in Montreal. The centre, which is backed by the city and the Quebec government, was established in November 2015. It has a 24-hour hotline to help families worried about children or relatives who may be becoming extremist.“There is no typical profile,” Misdrahi told Yahoo Canada News. “It can happen to anyone.”Hate speech growing-Misdrahi says she’s worried about the acceptance of hate speech in modern society. The growing tolerance for it has meant that early detection of radicalization has been made more difficult, she explains.“Since the attack at Sainte-Foy, we’ve had a lot more phone calls from people noticing hate speech,” she said. “They tell us: ‘I didn’t think much of it before, but with the mosque attack, I think you should check this hate speech online.”Misdrahi reveals there are certain things in the study of radicalization that most experts understand.“We know everything starts with someone questioning their social situation and having a feeling of not belonging or having no opportunities or equal rights,” she explained.Then, the person starts looking for answers — they have a kind of “identity crisis,” which precipitates their search and for a social network that supports their grievances.“Under certain circumstances, a person can be radicalized,” she said. “Their family is not stable, they are isolated and have issues dealing with people in general due to their personality.”But these factors don’t always lead to extremism, Misdrahi notes.“There are people who go through this process but never get radicalized.”-Watch for red flags-When does it become clear that someone is about to cross that line into violent behaviour? Misdrahi says it begins with a person cutting ties to their regular life.“They start cutting out people, friends, family members who don’t adhere to the way they think,” she said. “Their world becomes black and white — if you don’t have the same perspective as me, then you are out. That’s a big, red flag.”Misdrahi reveals the best way to counter and prevent radicalization is to make sure the community is aware of how it happens and how to detect the signs.“We need the community to be the [eyes and ears] and to catch those early signs and to call us.”So far, the centre has received 1,242 inquiries from the public and 411 that “might involve radicalization” since it opened.
Overwhelmed': Manitoba community seeing influx of unauthorized border crossers-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-February 7, 2017
EMERSON, Man. — An increasing number of people seeking asylum are braving the elements of the open prairie to come into Canada from the United States, says the head of one small community that is calling for federal help to deal with the influx.Last weekend alone, 22 people crossed the border from North Dakota into Emerson-Franklin, RCMP confirmed Tuesday. Nineteen were put up in a community hall where they were supervised and fed by officials and volunteers in the community of 2,000 residents."It's starting to get overwhelmed here, and now we're starting to have concerns that we maybe need to have more security or do something different," said Greg Janzen, the municipality's reeve."We will be sending a bill to (the federal government) because there is a cost to our ratepayers."The area has always seen the occasional border jumper due to the short walk from communities such as Pembina or Noyes in North Dakota to Emerson-Franklin, which sits right on the boundary. The numbers have increased in recent months and have shot up dramatically in the last couple of weeks following planned new restrictions in the United States on refugees.Many of the border crossers are from African nations such as Somalia who have been living in the U.S, said Cliff Graydon, who represents the area in the Manitoba legislature. They have two choices at the border — go to an official entry point and be turned back under the Safe Third Country Agreement with the U.S., or sneak onto Canadian soil, get picked up by police and start the refugee process with the help of non-profit groups.They used to come individually or in twos or threes, but are now coming in large groups after being driven to areas near the border."A number of the people that are refugees are coming from the Minneapolis area, for example. There's a large core of Somalis there," Graydon said.Federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Tuesday that border crossings in other parts of the country have also seen an increase, but the overall numbers are not as high as they were several years ago."The number has risen over the last three or four years, but compared to 10 years ago, the number is substantially down," Goodale said in Ottawa.He said he would consider providing more resources to Emerson-Franklin and other areas, but was noncommittal.Graydon said an aggravating factor is that the RCMP has cut some positions in the surrounding communities. The Mounties are responsible for patrolling the border outside of official entry points.One of the highest-profile crossers was Yahya Samatar. Originally from Somalia and fearing persecution from a group affiliated with al-Qaida, he came to the United States and was denied refugee status. In the summer of 2015, he made his way from Minneapolis to the border area not far from Emerson-Franklin.He got lost, saw the Red River and jumped in, hoping that Canada was on the other side. After getting out and walking for another 45 minutes or so, he came across a Good Samaritan who helped him."When a person is very desperate, you have to take any options that can save your life," Samatar recalled Tuesday. He has been allowed to stay in Canada and now works at an office in downtown Winnipeg.Janzen said he is concerned that the flow of people coming across the border is going to increase even more once the weather warms up."We don't mind helping. We don't mind opening up the doors, but it has to be in a safe and responsible way."— By Steve Lambert in Winnipeg-The Canadian Press.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version had Gred Janzen.
Turkish plan to drive Islamic State from Raqqa under discussion - Erdogan spokesman-[Reuters]-YAHOONEWS-February 8, 2017
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey has presented a detailed plan to drive Islamic State out of its Raqqa stronghold in northern Syria and discussions on the issue are underway, the spokesman for Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday.Speaking to broadcaster NTV, Ibrahim Kalin said there had been better coordination with the U.S.-led coalition on air strikes in the last 10 days and Ankara's priority was to establish a safe zone between the Syrian towns of Azaz and Jarablus.(Reporting by Ece Toksabay and Humeyra Pamuk; Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by Nick Tattersall)
Six Afghan Red Cross workers killed by suspected Islamic State - officials-[Reuters]-By Bashir Ansari-YAHOONEWS-February 8, 2017
MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Suspected Islamic State gunmen killed at least six Afghan employees of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Wednesday as they carried supplies in the north of the country to areas hit by deadly snow storms, government officials said.Another two employees were unaccounted for after the attack in Jowzjan province, ICRC spokesman Thomas Glass said, but the aid group said it did not know who was responsible.The aid workers were in a convoy carrying supplies to areas hit by avalanches when they were attacked by suspected Islamic State gunmen, Lotfullah Azizi, the Jowzjan provincial governor, told Reuters."Daesh is very active in that area," he said, using an alternate name for Islamic State, which has made limited inroads in Afghanistan but has carried out increasingly deadly attacks.Jawzjan police chief Rahmatullah Turkistani said the workers' bodies had been brought to the provincial capital and a search operation launched to find the two missing ICRC employees.Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said his group was not involved in the attack and promised that Taliban members would "put all their efforts into finding the perpetrators".Last month, a Spanish ICRC employee was released less than a month after he was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen in northern Afghanistan.That staff member was travelling with three Afghan colleagues between Mazar-i-Sharif and Kunduz on Dec. 19 when gunmen stopped the vehicles.The other Afghan ICRC staff were immediately released.In a recent summary of its work in Afghanistan last year, the ICRC said increasing insecurity had made it difficult to provide aid to many parts of the country."Despite it all, the ICRC has remained true to its commitment to the people of Afghanistan, as it has throughout the last 30 years of its continuous presence in the country," the statement said.(Additional reporting by Mirwais Harooni and Josh Smith in Kabul.; Editing by Nick Macfie)
Kuwait welcomes Iran's readiness for dialogue with Gulf - Kuwaiti state news-[Reuters]-YAHOONEWS-February 8, 2017
RIYADH (Reuters) - Kuwait has welcomed Iran's willingness for dialogue with its Gulf Arab neighbours, saying any talks are likely to help resolve civil wars in Syria and Yemen, according to Kuwaiti state news agency KUNA.Iran and U.S. ally Saudi Arabia, which dominates the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), back opposite sides in Syria and Yemen. U.S. President Donald Trump has added extra strain by ratcheting up pressure on Iran over its missile programme.Saudi Arabia and other members of the GCC accuse Iran of using sectarianism to interfere in Arab countries and expand its sphere of influence in the Middle East.Kuwaiti Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled al-Jarallah, responding to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif's comments that his country was ready for dialogue with the GCC, said: "It’s what we’re looking for".Such a dialogue would "contribute effectively to containment of many areas of tension in the region, whether in Yemen or in Syria or anywhere else in our region," KUNA quoted Jarallah as saying at a reception at the Iran's embassy in Kuwait.Referring to a letter sent in January to Iran's President Hassan Rouhani by Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah on the "basis for dialogue" between the six-member GCC and Iran, Zarif said Tehran hoped the message would show that Gulf states were willing "to resolve the issues"."In that case, Iran is also ready. We should all look forward and agree that we should aim together for a future that looks different,” Iran's Ettelaat newspaper quoted Zarif as saying on Tuesday.(Reporting by Katie Paul and Bozorgmehr Sharafedin; Editing by Sami Aboudi)
The Latest: EU nations took 12,000 refugees from 160K plan-[Associated Press]-YAHOONEWS-February 8, 2017
VIENNA (AP) — The Latest on Europe's response to the influx of migrants and refugees to the continent (all times local):1:15 p.m.European Union countries have only taken in around 12,000 refugees from overburdened Greece and Italy despite promising to share 160,000 almost 18 months ago.A European Commission progress report on the refugee emergency shows that only 9,000 were relocated from Greece. Hundreds of thousands of migrants entered the country last year.Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans said Wednesday that it is "highly urgent" for countries to live up to their pledges, with the legally binding scheme set to expire in September.Timmermans urged countries to use "peer pressure" to force EU partners to react, but ruled out any immediate legal action against those not fulfilling requirements.He said the Commission's March progress report will be "the moment where I draw my conclusions what next steps we could take."___12:50 p.m.Albanian prosecutors say that six people have been detained on suspicion of illegally smuggling refugees from Arab countries.A statement Wednesday said the six were part of an 18-member group whose arrests started in September after police found some 100 migrants, mainly from Syria, coming from neighboring Greece. The migrants would then head to Kosovo hidden in trucks, then Serbia before trying to reach Austria or Germany.Each migrant would pay 900 to 1,250 Euros ($963 to $1330) for the illegal transport, prosecutors said.Albania, a NATO member since 2009, has not been a major transit route for migrants through Europe so far, although small groups have tried crossing it to reach its northern neighbors.___10:30 a.m.The interior and defense ministers of 13 European nations are meeting in Vienna on ways to prepare for a possible uptick in migrant flows once winter is over.Convened by Austria's interior and defense ministers, Wednesday's meeting includes counterparts from the Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Albania, Macedonia, Serbia, Kosovo and Greece.Some of the countries became arrival or transit points along the now-closed west Balkans route for the influx of hundreds of thousands of migrants looking for better lives. Others oppose resettling migrants already in the EU on their territories.Austria was instrumental in coordinating last year's shutdown of the migrants' path into prosperous EU countries that began in Greece and wound through the western Balkans.
UN: 120,000 Nigerians likely face Boko Haram-created famine-[Associated Press]-MICHELLE FAUL-YAHOONEWS-February 8, 2017
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — More than 120,000 Nigerians likely will suffer "catastrophic" famine-like conditions caused by Boko Haram's Islamic uprising, among 11 million confronting severe food shortages this year, according to a new U.N. report.The report from the Food and Agriculture Organization predicts that Africa's biggest humanitarian crisis likely will deteriorate during the "lean" food season between June and August in northeast Nigeria.Worst affected is Borno state, the birthplace of Boko Haram, which may hold 65 percent of those "expected to face famine conditions."U.N. agencies have reported that children already are dying in the region and some half a million face death if they don't get help.Corruption and conflict between the government and aid agencies is compounding the crisis. Officials are investigating reports that local government agencies are stealing food aid.Despite the crisis, Nigeria's cereal production went up by about 5 percent in 2016, the report said, even though the Boko Haram uprising has forced hundreds of thousands of farmers off their land.The report credited increased government support for agriculture, above-average rainfall and increased commodity prices.But Nigeria remains a "food-deficit country" with cereal imports, mainly rice and wheat, forecast to exceed 7 million tons this year, it said.Nigeria remains the world's biggest importer of rice, indicating a failure of government efforts to reduce dependence on food imports amid a crushing shortage of foreign currency caused by low global prices for oil.Thousands of Nigerians marched this week to protest growing hardship brought on by high food prices, poverty, corruption and unemployment, among other issues.Vice President Yemi Osinbajo told them he feels their pain but life will get better. "With complete focus on improving the economy every day, the recession will soon be history," he said in a statement Tuesday, without elaborating.
Syria rejects Amnesty's report of mass hangings as 'untrue'-[Associated Press]-SARAH EL DEEB-YAHOONEWS-February 8, 2017
BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's justice ministry on Wednesday rejected an Amnesty International report of mass hangings of as many as 13,000 people in a prison near Damascus, calling the allegations "totally untrue" and part of a smear campaign.The ministry's statement, published by Syria's state-run news agency, came a day after Amnesty released its report , based on a year of research and interviews with 31 former detainees of the Saydnaya prison near Damascus and over 50 former guards, prison officials, judges and experts.Amnesty's report included chilling details from witnesses who saw various stages of the killings, down to the actual implementation and last- minute wishes of the men hanged, most of whom were civilians.In Damascus, the justice ministry said "misleading and inciting" media outlets carried the Amnesty report with the intention to smear the Syrian government's reputation on the world stage — particularly after recent "military victories against terrorists groups." The government refers to all armed opposition as "terrorists."It also called the allegations "baseless" and stated that executions in Syria follow due process and various stages of litigations. It also questioned testimonies of a href='https://apnews.com/598e200135e24dee822cfaf87ee4a0cc/Amnesty:-Up-to-13,000-hanged-in-Syria's-'slaughterhouse"survivors/a who are currently outside of Syria. "Why didn't the Syrian authorities execute them and why were they released if others were executed?" it said."The justice ministry denies and condemns in the strongest terms what was reported because it is not based on correct evidence but on personal emotions that aim to achieve well-known political goals," the statement said.The statement also said the report refers to judges and lawyers among those executed. However, there is no such reference in the report — Amnesty only states that it interviewed former judges and lawyers and that human rights defenders were among those imprisoned in Saydnaya.Saydnaya has become the main political prison in Syria since 2011, according to witnesses. Amnesty said Damascus did not respond to its own request for comment ahead of the report's publication. Syrian government officials rarely comment on allegations of torture and mass killings. In the past, they have denied reports of massacres documented by international human rights groups, describing them as propaganda.Amnesty said its investigation revealed that Syrian authorities hanged between 5,000 and 13,000 people over the course of four years in Saydnaya — known by detainees as the 'slaughterhouse' and operated by the military police. The hangings took place once, sometimes twice a week, after trials that last only a few minutes, the report said.Other rights groups have found evidence of widespread torture leading to death in Syrian detention facilities. In a report last year, Amnesty found that more than 17,000 people have died of torture and ill-treatment in custody across Syria since 2011, an average rate of more than 300 a month.___Associated Press writer Albert Aji in Damascus, Syria, contributed to this report.
FALSE POPE FROM THE VATICAN
15 And it shall come to pass in that day, that Tyre shall be forgotten seventy years, according to the days of one king: after the end of seventy years shall Tyre sing as an harlot.
16 Take an harp, go about the city, thou harlot that hast been forgotten; make sweet melody, sing many songs, that thou mayest be remembered.
17 And it shall come to pass after the end of seventy years, that the LORD will visit Tyre, and she shall turn to her hire, and shall commit fornication with all the kingdoms of the world upon the face of the earth.(COULD THIS BE 70 YEARS AFTER ISRAEL BECAME A NATION IN 1948)(IF SO THIS SATANIC ONE WORLD WHORE CHURCH WILL MINGLE TOGETHER BY 2018)(AND NOW ISLAM AND CHRISTIANITY AND ALL RELIGIONS ARE MINGLING AS ONE PEACE-LOVE-JOY-GET ALONG RELIGION LEAD BY THE VATICAN RIGHT NOW 4 YEARS FROM THE 70 YEAR TIME WHEN ISRAEL BECAME A NATION).AND IN CONTROL OF JERUSALEM.
11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth;(FALSE VATICAN POPE) and he had two horns like a lamb,(JESUS IS THE LAMB OF GOD) and he spake as a dragon.(HES SATANICALLY INSPIRED,HES A CHRISTIAN DEFECTOR FROM THE FAITH)
12 And he (FALSE RELIGIOUS LEADER) exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him,(WORLD DICTATOR) and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.(THE WORLD DICTATOR CREATES A FALSE RESURRECTION AND IS CROWNED LEADER OF THE NEW WORLD ORDER).
13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:
2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication,(VATICAN IN POLITICS) and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.
3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
4 And the woman (FALSE CHURCH) was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour,(VATICAN COLOURS)(ANOTHER REASON WE KNOW THE FALSE POPE COMES FROM THE VATICAN) and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.(THE VATICAN IS BUILT ON 7 HILLS OR MOUNTAINS)
10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen,(1-ASSYRIA,2-EGYPT,3-BABYLON,4-MEDO-PERSIA,5-GREECE) and one is,(IN POWER IN JOHNS AND JESUS DAY-6-ROME) and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.(7TH-REVIVED ROMAN EMPIRE OR THE EUROPEAN UNION TODAY AND THE SHORT SPACE IS-THE EUROPEAN UNION WILL HAVE WORLD CONTROL FOR THE LAST 3 1/2 YEARS.BUT WILL HAVE ITS MIGHTY WORLD POWER FOR THE FULL 7 YEARS OF THE 7 YEAR TRIBULATION PERIOD.AND THE WORLD DICTATOR WILL BE THE BEAST FROM THE EU.AND THE VATICAN POPE WILL BE THE WHORE THAT RIDES THE EUROPEAN UNION TO POWER.AND THE 2 EUROPEAN UNION POWER FREAKS WILL CONTROL AND DECIEVE THE WHOLE EARTH INTO THEIR DESTRUCTION.IF YOU ARE NOT SAVED BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS.YOU WILL BE DECIEVED BY THESE TWO.THE WORLD POLITICIAN-THE EUROPEAN UNION DICTATOR.AND THE FALSE PROPHET THAT DEFECTS CHRISTIANITY-THE FALSE VATICAN POPE.
15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.(VATICAN-CATHOLICS ALL AROUND THE WORLD OVER 1 BILLION)
16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast,(WORLD DICTATOR) these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.(BOMB OR NUKE THE VATICAN)
17 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.
18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city,(VATICAN) which reigneth over the kings of the earth.
Pope repeats 'bridges not walls' after Trump travel ban-[Associated Press]-YAHOONEWS-February 8, 2017
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis repeated his appeal for people to build bridges of understanding, not walls as he marked a feast day of a Sudanese immigrant amid a global uproar over the Trump administration's attempts to impose a travel ban on seven mostly Muslim countries.The pope didn't refer to President Donald Trump in his comments. But at the end of his audience, he noted that Wednesday marked both the church's day of reflection for young victims of human trafficking and coincidentally the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita.She was a 19th-century Sudanese slave who, after migrating to Europe, became a nun. Sudan is one of the seven countries on the U.S. travel ban list."In the social and civil context as well, I appeal not to create walls but to build bridges," he said. "To not respond to evil with evil. To defeat evil with good, the offense with forgiveness. A Christian would never say 'you will pay for that.' Never."That is not a Christian gesture. An offense you overcome with forgiveness. To live in peace with everyone."Francis made the reference during his weekly Wednesday catechism lesson, dedicated to the general Christian precepts of hope and forgiveness in forging peace.Francis has frequently invoked the "bridge not walls" appeal in urging countries to welcome migrants, including when he returned from a visit last year to the U.S.-Mexico border. On that occasion, he was asked about Donald Trump's campaign pledge to build a border wall and said anyone who wants to build a wall is "not Christian."The Vatican has in recent weeks come out strongly and directly to criticize the Trump immigration policy, with a senior official saying the Vatican was indeed concerned and the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, saying the recourse to walls and travel bans was against U.S. economic interests.In his remarks Wednesday, Francis also appealed for prayers for members of Myanmar's Muslim Rohingya ethnic minority, who face official and social discrimination in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, also known as Burma."These are good people, peaceful people," Francis said. "They're not Christians, but they're good, our brothers and sisters. And they have been suffering for years. They've been tortured and killed, simply because they are continuing their traditions, their Muslim faith. Let us pray for them," he said.Most of the estimated 1 million Rohingya do not have citizenship and are regarded as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, even when their families have lived in Myanmar for generations. Communal violence in 2012 forced many to flee their homes, and more than 100,000 still live in squalid refugee camps.
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