Thursday, April 27, 2017
US SETS UP MISSLE DEFENCE IN SOUTH KOREA AS NORTH SHOWS POWER.
SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - China says its Silk Road initiative is helping create "a new era of globalization" open to all, according to a draft communique for a summit next month on the project, as Beijing burnishes its free trade credentials amid protectionist forces elsewhere.Leaders from 28 countries will attend the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on May 14-15, an event orchestrated to promote Chinese President Xi Jinping's vision of expanding links between Asia, Africa and Europe underpinned by billions of dollars in infrastructure investment.Although only one Group of Seven leader is due to attend, the forum will be China's biggest diplomatic event of 2017.It offers Xi a chance to flesh out China's global leadership ambitions as U.S. President Donald Trump promotes "America First" and voters in some European nations turn against globalization.The government is pulling out the stops to make it a success, offering soothing words about sharing the bounty of economic growth and promising inclusivity.Companies in some host countries complain they are being frozen out of major "One Belt, One Road" projects while China's state-owned firms grab the lion's share.Many Western countries also worry about a lack of detail and transparency in the project and are suspicious about China's broader political intentions behind the Silk Road."Our joint endeavor to promote the Belt and Road Initiative provides new opportunities and impetus for international cooperation," said the draft communique, seen by Reuters but open to revisions."It helps to usher in a new era of globalization that is open, inclusive and beneficial to all."Diplomats briefed on China's thinking say Beijing hopes to make the summit an annual event.-"CIRCLE OF FRIENDS"-Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi last week compared the project to a "circle of friends" open to all countries that share the same goals, rather than an exclusive club.Still, state media has proclaimed China's key role in the Silk Road and how Beijing plans to use it to challenge the West.The official Xinhua news agency, in a commentary on the front page of the People's Daily earlier this month, lauded the project as the "China solution" for the world's economic woes.Zhao Lei, a professor at the influential Central Party School that trains rising officials, told the China Daily the initiative was "poised to provide more inclusivity than the Western-led elite clubs".A senior Beijing-based Western diplomat said the May forum was an attempt to "institutionalize" China's otherwise amorphous "One Belt, One Road" scheme, while building its clout.A senior Indonesian official told Reuters the Chinese were "gunning for" global leadership and that the summit would be a big deal.Others, meanwhile, think the "One Belt, One Road" forum is something positive for proponents of globalization, as the United States and parts of Europe retreat to more protectionist positions."The uncertainly over Trump and his 'America First' is leading countries to realize they need to get on good terms with China," said a senior Asian diplomat, whose country will be represented by a top leader at the summit."It's a great exercise in soft power for China and great timing."-PUBLIC GOOD-The proposed communique for the "leaders' roundtable" on May 15, drafted by the Chinese Foreign Ministry, is under discussion among countries planning to attend and revisions are likely, a source with knowledge of the process said.It said "One Belt, One Road" had already become "a major international public good" since its introduction three years ago.The focus was on enhancing connectivity between Europe and Asia but the scheme was "open to the rest of the world", it added.The communique, expected to be published at the end of the summit, backed "upholding the rules-based, transparent, non-discriminatory, open and inclusive multilateral trading system with the WTO at its core".Some of China's most reliable allies and partners will attend the forum, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev.However, only the Italian prime minister will attend from the G7, according to China's foreign ministry.Diplomatic sources in Beijing said China had hoped for at least some senior Western leaders to attend to strengthen the plan's image and make it less China-centric.Beijing is sensitive to any suggestion that what it projects as benign intentions do not have a receptive global audience, especially in Western capitals.But suspicion about China's motives runs deep."It's not win-win, as the Chinese like to say," said a senior EU diplomat. "It is China seeking to dominate."Other Western diplomats have expressed concern in private about the attendance of Putin and other leaders from countries with poor human rights records, suggesting that has contributed to senior Western leaders staying away.(Additional reporting by Robin Emmott in Brussels and John Chalmers in Jakarta; Editing by Mike Collett-White)
7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
China talking with European Space Agency about moon outpost-[Associated Press]-MATTHEW BROWN-YAHOONEWS-April 26, 2017
BEIJING (AP) — Representatives of China and the European Space Agency are discussing potential collaboration on a human outpost on the moon and other possible joint endeavors, according to a spokesman for the European agency and Chinese media reports.The secretary general for China's space agency, Tian Yulong, first disclosed the talks about the envisioned lunar base in Chinese state media. They were confirmed Wednesday by Pal Hvistendahl, a spokesman for the European Space Agency, or ESA."The Chinese have a very ambitious moon program already in place," Hvistendahl said. "Space has changed since the space race of the '60s. We recognize that to explore space for peaceful purposes, we do international cooperation."The director general of the 22-member ESA, Johann-Dietrich Woerner, has described its proposed "Moon Village" as a potential international launching pad for future missions to Mars and a chance to develop space tourism or even lunar mining.China arrived relatively late to space travel but has ramped up its program since its first manned spaceflight in 2003, more than 42 years after a Soviet cosmonaut became the first to reach orbit.Last week the China National Space Administration launched an unmanned spacecraft on a mission to dock with its currently unoccupied space station. It plans to launch a mission to collect samples from the moon by the end of this year and next year conduct the first mission to the moon's far side and bring back mineral samples.The ESA hopes to conduct a mission analysis on samples brought back by this year's Chinese mission, known as Chang'e 5, and also have a European flying on the Chinese space station at some future date, Hvistendahl said. Neither prospect has been finalized.China was excluded from the International Space Station mainly due to U.S. legislation barring such cooperation and concerns over the Chinese space program's strong military connections.___Follow Matthew Brown on Twitter at https://twitter.com/matthewbrownap
CHINA AND KINGS OF THE EAST MARCH TO ISRAEL 2ND WAVE OF WW3 (200 MILLION MAN ARMY)
12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates;(WERE WW3 STARTS IN IRAQ OR SYRIA OR TURKEY) and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.(THE TURKEY ATATURK DAM ON THE EUPHRATES CAN BE SHUT AND DRIED UP ALREADY BY TURKEY)
13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon,(SATAN) and out of the mouth of the beast,(WORLD DICTATOR) and out of the mouth of the false prophet.(FALSE POPE)
14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.(WERE 2 BILLION DIE FROM NUKE WAR)
15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.(ITS AT THIS TIME I BELIEVE WHEN AMERICA GETS NUKED BY RUSSIA ON THE WAY TO THE MIDEAST)
DANIEL 11:44 (2ND WAVE OF WW3)
44 But tidings out of the east(CHINA) and out of the north(RUSSIA, MUSLIMS WHATS LEFT FROM WAVE 1) shall trouble him:(EU DICTATOR IN ISRAEL) therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.( 1/3RD OF EARTHS POPULATION)
12 One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.
13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,
14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four(DEMONIC WAR) angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.(WORLDWIDE WAR)(TURKEY-IRAQ-SYRIA)(EUPHRATES RIVER CONSISTS OF 760 MILES IN TURKEY,440 MILES IN SYRIA AND 660 MILES IN IRAQ)
15 And the four(DEMONIC WAR) angels were loosed,(WORLDWIDE WAR) which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.(1/3 Earths Population die in WW 3 2ND WAVE-2 billion)
16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand:(200 MILLION MAN ARMY FROM CHINA AND THE KINGS OF THE EAST) and I heard the number of them.
17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.(NUCLEAR BOMBS)
18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.(NUCLEAR BOMBS)
US sets up missile defense in S. Korea as North shows power-[Associated Press]-FOSTER KLUG-YAHOONEWS-April 26, 2017
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Hours after a display of North Korean military power, rival South Korea announced Wednesday the installation of key parts of a contentious U.S. missile defense system meant to counter the North.South Korea's trumpeting of progress in setting up the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, comes as high-powered U.S. military vessels converge on the Korean Peninsula and as a combative North Korea signals possible nuclear and missile testing.North Korea conducted live-fire artillery drills on Tuesday, the 85th anniversary of the founding of its million-person Korean People's Army. On the same day, a U.S. guided-missile submarine docked in South Korea. And the USS Carl Vinson aircraft supercarrier is also headed toward the peninsula for a joint exercise with South Korea.The moves to set up THAAD within this year have angered not only North Korea, but also China, the country that the Trump administration hopes to work with to rid the North of nuclear weapons. China, which has grown increasingly frustrated with North Korea, its ally, and Russia see the system's powerful radars as a security threat.South Korea said in a statement Wednesday that unspecified parts of THAAD were installed. It said that Seoul and Washington have been pushing to get THAAD quickly working to cope with North Korea's advancing nuclear and missile threats. According to the Yonhap news agency, the parts include two or three launchers, intercept missiles and a radar.Some people near the site in the country's southeast are worried that THAAD may cause health problems, and thousands of police officers assembled Wednesday, blocking the main road, Yonhap reported. About 500 protesters rallied, and 13 villagers and police officers were injured in scuffles and treated at hospitals, reportedly for broken bones, according to the Seongju fire department.Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Wednesday that the system's deployment would "disrupt the regional strategic balance and further aggravate the tension on the peninsula."Geng said "China will firmly be taking necessary measures to defend our own interests" but offered no details. China's defense ministry has also repeatedly criticized THAAD's deployment and said the military will take unspecified actions in response.On Tuesday, North Korea conducted what it called its largest ever combined live-fire drills, near the east coast port city of Wonsan.North Korea's official media reported Wednesday that leader Kim Jong Un personally observed the exercises, which involved the firing of more than 300 large-caliber artillery pieces and included submarine torpedo-attacks on mock enemy warships.Along with sending U.S. military assets to the region in a show of force, President Donald Trump is leaning on China to exert economic pressure on North Korea. Chinese President Xi Jinping, who spoke to Trump on Monday, is urging restraint from both North Korea and the U.S.In Washington, top Trump administration officials are due to brief the entire U.S. Senate on Wednesday. A rapid tempo of North Korean weapons testing in the past year has pushed Kim Jong Un's authoritarian nation closer to developing a nuclear-armed missile that could reach the U.S. mainland.Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham voiced confidence that Trump won't allow North Korea to reach that point. Graham, a defense hawk who dined with Trump on Monday night, said North Korea should not underestimate the president's resolve.The USS Michigan, a nuclear-powered submarine, arrived Tuesday at the South Korean port of Busan for what was described as a routine visit to rest crew and load supplies. The U.S. 7th Fleet said two American destroyers were conducting simultaneous maritime exercises with naval ships from South Korea and Japan.North Korea routinely accuses the United States of readying for an invasion, and threatens pre-emptive strikes to stop it. An unidentified North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman said the U.S. administration's policy to maximize pressure on North Korea was "little short of lighting the fuse of total war," the state news agency reported Tuesday.The streets of Pyongyang, however, were quiet for Tuesday's anniversary, which was overshadowed by April 15 celebrations of the birthday of the nation's late founder, Kim Il Sung, and were marked by a missile test the following day.On Friday, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is to chair a special meeting of the U.N. Security Council.Tillerson will be "very vocal" about nations enforcing sanctions on North Korea, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said. Trump said Monday the council must be prepared to impose stronger sanctions.___Associated Press writers Hyung-jin Kim and Kim Tong-Hyung in Seoul, South Korea; Eric Talmadge in Pyongyang, North Korea; and Chris Bodeen in Beijing contributed to this report.
Dont expect 'quick fix' in Syria, China tells EU By Eric Maurice-APR 26,17-EUOBSERVER
BRUSSELS, Today, 09:08-The EU should not expect a "quick fix" in Syria, China's special envoy on the issue said on Tuesday (25 April), warning that "imposing a solution" from the outside would "not be workable".Xie Xiaoyan was in Brussels for the second time in a month and met officials from the EU external service before heading to Moscow. He told a group of journalists that China, a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, had a "shared interest" with the EU to find a political solution in Syria.He said that Beijing agreed with the EU on the need to have a cease-fire and a political discussion on "a transitional authority, democratic elections and a rewriting of a constitution".While describing the talks with EU diplomats as a "useful, informative discussion", Xie admitted that China and the EU "may have different approaches as to how to resolve the crisis".He said that all parties involved, including the EU, should be aware that they would "meet difficulties, twists and turns, ups and downs, flips-flops"."It will not be a smooth sailing," he said, adding that the 6-year old conflict was "the most complicated issue in [his] diplomatic career", because "there are so many players".Earlier this month, EU foreign affairs ministers said that "there can be no lasting peace in Syria under the current regime" of Bashar el Assad.But for the Chinese envoy, "regime change will bring disaster" in Iraq and Libya, where Western powers took dictators Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi down."External forces have a role to play but there is a line beyond which it is meddling in internal affairs of another country," said Xie, insisting on a fundamental principle of China's diplomacy.He said that the future of the Syrian regime and of its leader - whose name he didn't use - as well as what kind of government would replace it, are "in nature internal affairs of Syria"."It's not our job to make a pre-judgement, it's not our duty to decide the future of that particular person," he added."Don't think we are more clever than the Syrian people himself," he insisted.He said that China "strongly advocates" the Syrian regime and the opposition to "engage in serious discussions and make progress". He added that both sides "should abandon the illusion that they can win militarily".The Chinese Syria envoy said that Beijing could talk with all parties involved in Syria, in the region and at a global level, and that it wanted to be "bridge the gaps" between all.-Common interest-He also suggested that no solution would be found if China's position were not taken into account.He said that if the UN Security Council, where Beijing holds veto power, was "split", it would "reduce its effectiveness".He said that despite the US shifting positions under president Donald Trump, Washington would play "a very important if not a vital role". He also said that the influence of Russia, whose army is in Syria to support Assad, would "remain very strong".He added that if the US and Russia could "continue their dialogue" it would be "a good omen for the region and for everybody".For the EU, his message was that "consultation and coordination" are needed."We don't have to see eye to eye on all the major issues," he noted. "As long as we have one common interest, we can work together."
DRUG PUSHERS AND ADDICTS
1 PET 5:8
8 Be sober,(NOT DRUGED UP OR ALCOHOLICED) be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries (DRUGS) were all nations deceived.
21 Neither repented they of their murders,(KILLING) nor of their sorceries (DRUG ADDICTS AND DRUG PUSHERS), nor of their fornication,(SEX OUTSIDE MARRIAGE OR PROSTITUTION FOR MONEY) nor of their thefts.(STEALING)
Justin Trudeau offers new details on future of legalized pot in Canada-[Yahoo Canada News]-Jonathan Rumley-April 25, 2017
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sat down with an audience at Vice headquarters in Toronto Monday night to answer questions about the future of legalized marijuana in Canada.As Vice points out, the prime minister offered a number of details regarding the new laws, such as plans to accommodate large and small licensed marijuana producers — comparing it to the beer industry where major brewers and craft brewers compete in the same marketplace. He also confirmed there are no plans to expand the law to make other drugs, such as opioids, legal for recreational use.Here are some other key new details we learned from the Trudeau’s open house discussion on pot legalization:-Canada learning from U.S. states-“We’ve been able to go down and learn from their successes, their failures that has definitely helped inform how we’re going to move forward on a legalization framework,” Trudeau said, referring to the eight U.S. states where marijuana is legal.The prime minister added that a state like Colorado has more of a “commercial mindset” while Canada is “approaching it from a purely public health and safety standpoint.” Boosting revenue is secondary to eliminating profits gained by organize crime organizations through the black market, Trudeau maintained.-Current law is the law for now-The prime minister explained why his government won’t implement decriminalization now as Canadians continue to face charges for possessing a drug that is expected to be legal to carry sometime next year.“If you’re decriminalizing, the only people who are going to be growing and allowed to sell it will be criminals themselves because if you’re decriminalizing possession but you’re not creating a legal framework for producing it, then it’s still going to be organized crime, Hells Angels, street gangs controlling the sale of marijuana. And we don’t want that,” he said.“Until we have a better system in place, the current system has to stand.”-Feds may consider pardons, eventually-After Trudeau spoke about his younger brother’s legal battle with pot possession charges, a Toronto man asked him whether the government would consider pardoning people with marijuana-related convictions.“We will start a process to look at how to make things fairer for those folks,” Trudeau responded.-Zero tolerance for black market-Responding to another question from the audience, the prime minister dismissed the notion of allowing Canadians to keep using their weed dealer of choice once legalization is implemented.“There’s no black market for beer,” he said. “There’s no black market for alcohol.”The prime minister insisted that “if prices were even, people would choose to buy legal,” especially if the government moves ahead with plans to regulate the drug for quality, strength, origin and purity.-Edibles could be ‘in the future’-The Liberal leader was careful not to make any promises regarding the potential legalization of edible marijuana products, such as weed brownies, which is not included in the current federal plan. Trudeau insisted that the government has to “get it right” before making edibles legal.“We don’t yet have full confidence that we know what regulated framework around edibles will look like,” he said. “That next step, we’re going to be working on it within the new framework, and it’s in the future.”-No changes to medical marijuana-While the government works toward a plan to legalize recreational marijuana use, a system is already in place to deal with Canadians wishing to use medical marijuana.“The current medical marijuana regime will stay in place exactly as is,” the prime minister told the audience. “We are not going to be removing or reducing or limiting in any way the medical marijuana field.”-Cannabis Act moving forward-If enacted, the move would allow for the government to strictly regulate and control marijuana across Canada. Provinces would have the ability to sell and distribute the substance as they see fit, with the freedom to set prices.The bill would make it legal for Canadians to carry as much as 30 grams of marijuana for those aged 18 years and older. Canadians would also have the ability to grow as many as four plants per household. Those who provide minors with marijuana or illegally traffic the drug could face up to 14 years in prison under the strict new framework.If the bill becomes law, marijuana would become legal for Canadians to use recreationally by July 1, 2018.Here are pot bill facts. pic.twitter.com/dMr54mEsX0— Tonda MacCharles (@TondaMacC) April 13, 2017.
SIGNS IN THE SUN, MOON AND STARS-CHEMICAL WEAPONS
11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences;(BIOLOGICAL/CHEMICAL/NUCLEAR) and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.
25 And there shall be signs in the sun,(HEATING UP-SOLAR ECLIPSES) and in the moon,(MAN ON THE MOON-LUNAR ECLIPSES) and in the stars;(ASTEROIDS-PROPHECY SIGNS) 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)
NASA's Cassini poised to plunge beneath Saturn's rings-Kerry SHERIDAN, with Mari�tte Le Roux in Vienna-YAHOONEWS-April 25, 2017
Miami (AFP) - An unmanned NASA spacecraft, Cassini, is poised to plunge into the gap between Saturn and its rings, a pioneering journey that could offer an unprecedented view of the sixth planet from the Sun.The first of the spaceship's 22 deep dives between Saturn and its innermost ring is scheduled for April 26 at 5:00 am Florida time (0900 GMT), NASA said.Then comes a nail-biting wait.Communications with the spacecraft will go dark during the dive and for about a day afterward, while it makes scientific observations of the planet.If Cassini survives the trip, it could make radio contact with Earth as early as 3:05 am (0705 GMT) on April 27."Images and other data are expected to begin flowing in shortly after communication is established," NASA said.Cassini is a 20-year-old joint mission of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency.The 22-foot-tall (6.7 meter) spacecraft launched in 1997 and began orbiting Saturn in 2004.Cassini is running low on fuel, and will make a death plunge into Saturn's surface on September 15.The decision to end the mission was made in 2010, to avoid damaging moons like Enceladus, which could be explored for signs of life in the future.- Dangerous moment -Venturing between the planet and its rings for the first time represents "a dangerous moment for the mission," Luciano Iess, Cassini team member at Italy's Sapienza University of Rome, said at a meeting of the European Geosciences Union in Vienna.Skimming Saturn at an altitude of about 1,800 miles (3,000 kilometers), the spacecraft will be closer than ever to the band of ice and space rocks that circle Saturn.The debris move at a speed of about 67,800 miles (109,000 kilometers) per hour.The rings around Saturn -- a gas giant that is second in size in our solar system only to Jupiter -- are thousands of miles (kilometers) wide, but only 30 to 300 feet (nine to 90 meters) deep.The spacecraft's final dives aim to offer a fresh look at the rings, potentially revealing more about their mass and whether they are old or new."If the rings are massive, this means that they are old. They can date back to the formation of the Saturnian system," Iess said."If the mass is small, then the rings are young and they have been formed by a different process."Some scientists believe that rings could have formed after asteroids smashed into some of Saturn's moons, creating a trail of debris.Saturn has more than 60 moons, and Cassini has made new discoveries on some of them, which may have conditions suitable for a form of life.The flyby should also provide more information about the interior of Saturn."We hope to get a measurement of the core mass, how many heavy elements are concentrated in the interior of Saturn," said Iess.Cassini dropped a European probe on Saturn's massive moon Titan and revealed its surface of methane liquid seas, including a complex system of methane rain and runoff.It discovered that the icy moon Enceladus conceals a subsurface, salty ocean beneath its crust, and may be able to support living microbes.Cassini also observed storms, lightning and clouds around Saturn for the first time.Cassini has made "a wealth of discoveries," said Nicolas Altobelli, Cassini project scientist with the European Space Agency."We will have to rewrite many textbooks on planetary science."
16 When I shall send upon them the evil arrows of famine, which shall be for their destruction, and which I will send to destroy you: and I will increase the famine upon you, and will break your staff of bread:
5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.
6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.(A DAYS WAGES FOR A LOAF OF BREAD)
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
Exclusive: S. Africa considers strategic grain reserve as possible El Nino looms - minister-[Reuters]-By Ed Stoddard-YAHOONEWS-April 26, 2017
POTCHEFSTROOM, South Africa (Reuters) - South Africa, the continent's biggest maize producer and hard hit by an El Nino-triggered drought last year, is considering a strategic grain reserve as a buffer against future shortages, its agriculture minister told Reuters.Neighboring countries such as Zimbabwe and Zambia have such reserves, but it would entail a significant policy shift in South Africa, where commercial agriculture is market driven and the state does not act as a buyer and holder of crops.A strategic grain reserve usually involves the government buying crops and taking responsibility for their storage until they are needed to make up for shortfalls."Yes, we are thinking about it," Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana told Reuters late on Tuesday when asked if a grain reserve was being considered."It is one of the things that the inter-ministerial committee on drought should look at," he said, referring to a cabinet committee set up in 2015 to look at ways of mitigating the drought.Zokwana did not go into specifics, such as budget allocations for such a project, which would be difficult in South Africa's strained fiscal environment after damaging ratings downgrades.In major global grain producer Russia, which has a strategic grain stockpile, budget cuts caused by the financial crisis in recent years have made it difficult for the agriculture ministry to build up the reserve and to service the storage of the current stock.South Africa will likely reap 14.54 million tonnes of maize in 2017, almost double last year's harvest and its second largest ever after good rains returned, the government's Crop Estimates Committee (CEC) said on Tuesday.This is more than 40 percent more than the roughly 10.5 million tonnes South Africa typically consumes of the crop, the staple of lower-income households which are a key political base for the ruling ANC and were hard hit last year by rising food prices and inflation linked to the drought.But the El Nino weather pattern, which faded in May of 2016, may reform again around September, just ahead of South Africa's maize planting season, according to a number of national and global forecasts."If we have a bumper crop this year how do we make sure that we have some grain that is reserved for darker days? El Nino is going to be with us, we have to adapt," Zokwana said, adding that commercial farmers should also hold some stocks."The challenge we are faced with as a country is that we need to engage with the private sector and say don't sell all you have because the El Nino may be on the door," Zokwana said.Grain SA, South Africa's largest grain producer group, said in response to questions from Reuters that it was "not in favor of government carrying a strategic stock. The market is already working on such signals of a potential El Nino."Some farmers and other market players may be tempted to hang onto stocks because prices have plummeted with the abrupt change in weather. But some may also need to sell as much as they can to service debts and other costs.The July white maize contract was 1.25 percent higher on Wednesday at 1,862 rand ($142) a tonne, around 65 percent lower than record peaks of more than 5,000 rand a tonne scaled early last year during the drought.El Nino is a warming of ocean surface temperatures in the eastern and central Pacific that occurs every few years, with global consequences. In Africa it often brings excessive rains to the east while the southern cone gets parched.(Additional reporting by Polina Devitt in Moscow; Editing by Louise Heavens and David Evans)
OZONE DEPLETION JUDGEMENT ON THE EARTH DUE TO SIN
26 Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold,(7X OR 7-DEGREES HOTTER) as the light of seven days, in the day that the LORD bindeth up the breach of his people,(ISRAEL) and healeth the stroke of their wound.
27 Behold, the name of the LORD cometh from far, burning with his anger, and the burden thereof is heavy: his lips are full of indignation, and his tongue as a devouring fire:
21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
22 And except those days should be shortened,(DAY LIGHT HOURS SHORTENED) there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake (ISRAELS SAKE) those days shall be shortened (Daylight hours shortened)(THE ASTEROID HITS EARTH HERE)
29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
7 And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.
8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.
9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.
Warmer weather seen for May-July in most of Europe, except UK-[Reuters]-YAHOONEWS-April 26, 2017
LONDON (Reuters) - Most of Europe should experience above-normal temperatures from May to July, except Britain, coastal Norway, and northwestern areas of Iberia and France, the Weather Company said on Wednesday.Nine of the last 10 summers have been cooler and wetter in northwestern Europe and hotter and drier in southeastern Europe, said Todd Crawford, the forecaster's chief meteorologist."Our theory is that the historically low Arctic sea ice levels are driving this pattern, which would argue for a similar summer again this year," Crawford said."However, many of the other models and indicators are suggesting a warmer, drier summer across northern Europe, with cooler, wetter conditions across the south," he added.The Weather Company, owned by IBM, provides weather forecasts aimed at the commodities and energy sectors.MAY:Nordics – Warmer than normal in the east, cooler than normal in the west-Britain - Cooler than normal-Northern mainland – Warmer than normal in the east, cooler than normal in the west-Southern mainland – Warmer than normal in the east, cooler than normal in the west-JUNE:Nordic region – Warmer than normal, except coastal Norway-Britain – Slightly warmer than normal-Northern mainland – Warmer than normal-Southern mainland – Warmer than normal-JULY:Nordic region – Warmer than normal, except southern coastal Norway-Britain – Slightly cooler than normal-Northern mainland – Warmer than normal, except far west-Southern mainland – Warmer than normal, except Iberia-(Reporting by Nina Chestney; Editing by Dale Hudson)
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
OH BY THE WAY WHEN THE MEDIA SAYS ALLU-AK-BAR MEANS GOD IS GREAT LIE. IN ISLAM ALLU-AK-BAR MEANS OUR GOD IS GREATER OR GREATEST. THIS IS HOW THE MEDIA SUCK HOLES UP TO ISLAMIC-QURANIC-MUSLIMS. BY WATERING DOWN THE REAL MEANING OF THE SEX FOR MURDER DEATH CULT ISLAM. TO MAKE IT SOUND LIKE A PEACEFUL RELIGION (CULT OF DEATH AND WORLD DOMINATION).
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)
Analysis-Orban set to face down EU threats By Eszter Zalan-APR 26,17-EUOBSERVER
BRUSSELS, Today, 09:13-The European Commission is expected to take legal decisions against Hungary on Wednesday (26 April) over recently adopted laws, particularly its attempt to close down the Central European University.Prime minister Viktor Orban will take centre stage at a European Parliament debate on his country's backsliding on democratic values.It is the kind of scene Orban has been involved in repeatedly since his 2010 election.In 2011, the EU Commission launched a probe into his attempt to curb media freedom in 2011. A year later, the commission launched a series of investigations into whether Hungary had broken EU laws on the independence of institutions including the judiciary, the national bank and the data protection authority.He has defended himself in the European Parliament six times.Several infringement procedures followed, but most ended in political compromise.The commission received little encouragement from member states and Orban continued to enjoy domestic support in the face of a weak and divided opposition.An 18-month inquiry by MEPs produced a report on Hungary in 2013 that listed the problematic rules introduced by Orban's government and suggested setting up a special commission to examine threats to democracy and European values.However, it did not call for the Article 7 procedure that checks if there is a "clear risk of a serious breach by a member state" of the European values, dubbed the "nuclear option" because it can end up with the suspension of the country's voting rights.The difficulty of dealing with Orban's self-proclaimed "illiberal" democracy gave birth to the so-called rule of law framework now in motion over Poland's alleged breaches of EU rules.Yet, even two weeks ago, when commission vice-president Frans Timmermans announced that the executive would again scrutinise several Hungarian laws, he maintained the rule of law in Hungary does not face a systemic threat.Some had placed their hope in the political family of Orban's Fidesz party, the European People's Party (EPP), to bring Orban in line. But fellow EPP members did not go beyond scolding their stiff-necked colleague.-Over and over-On Wednesday, the commission could decide to launch new probes, particularly into the latest amendment to the higher education law that critics say target the EU over the mobility of non-EU researchers. It could announce further examination into a planned legislation on NGOs, on Hungary's treatment of migrants and on Roma integration.Orban, whose government runs a campaign called "Let's stop Brussels!" at home, will once again debate MEPs in the EP.According to Hungarian media, the Hungarian delegation of the EPP sent out a letter to fellow group members saying: "We'd also like to confirm that our party, Fidesz, and our prime minister are committed Europeans."The EPP leadership will discuss Fidesz on Saturday before the Brexit EU summit. Despite some frustration in the group, it is unlikely that they will sanction Orban.Sabine Verheyen, a German MEP from the EPP, who represented her group on Tuesday in an event supporting the Central European University, a school that has come under fire from the Hungarian government, told Euobserver that while "she is not happy with the what seems to be a direct attack on a university", the EPP must move carefully."You have to ask, if you want to have influence, is it easier with him [Orban] in the group or outside the group," she said.She pointed to Poland, saying while Hungary has tweaked some of its laws under EU pressure, there has been little impact in Warsaw.-Contamination-In 2015, EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker once greeted Orban with a jovial "Hello, dictator!". EPP chairman Joseph Daul amicably calls Orban the party's "enfant terrible" that one finds in every family.Belgian MEP Phillippe Lamberts, co-chair of the Green group in the EU parliament, has warned however that the risk Orban poses, as he constantly stretches the EU's red lines, is greater than that of the far-right politicians."I'm not so much afraid of the nationalist populist parties, I am much more afraid that they are contaminating traditional political families," he said on Tuesday at the CEU event.
Peel police chief 'very concerned' after Sikh officer denied promotion because of race-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-April 25, 2017
The chief of the Peel Regional Police Service described an Ontario Human Rights Tribunal ruling that an officer was denied a promotion because of his race as "very concerning" — and said the force has since adopted different advancement criteria.The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario found Friday not only that Staff Sgt. Baljiwan Sandhu had been denied a promotion to inspector based on his race and cultural background — but that Peel Regional Police didn't consider the portion of the 28-year veteran's work in diversity relations as "real police work."Chief Jennifer Evans did not respond to CBC's questions about the ruling.Instead, she issued a video statement Tuesday in which she said that such ambassador roles are critical to the success of Peel police."It's important to note that since 2013, Peel Regional Police have introduced changes to our promotional process," the chief said in the video. "The enhancements ensure all officers are recognized for the area they work in, be they front line or support services." -Not 'real police work'-While Sandhu's lawyer said his client was harassed since he was a cadet in 1989 — including an alleged incident in which fellow officers asked whether anyone ordered a cab when they saw Sandhu — it was the fact that his superiors didn't value the work they'd assigned him that prompted the complaint in 2013, Barry Swadron said.Sandhu emigrated to Canada from India in 1981; he speaks fluent English, Punjabi, Urdu and Hindi.The tribunal found that the officer's cultural and linguistic background resulted in his superiors routinely seconding him for assignments involving the South Asian community.And yet while those skills were considered an asset for those portfolios, his superiors said he needed more "traditional" front line policing experience to become an inspector, according to evidence submitted to the tribunal."The superiors in his particular case said that the work he did in diversity where he was an absolute star didn't really count because it wasn't real police work," Swadron said in an interview."To think that the brass of the Peel Regional Police Service take the position that diversity or officers who are not white are to be undervalued, it was too much to swallow."Other officers 'had no more experience' but had support for promotion.Among the 33 officers who applied for promotion to inspector in 2013, only Sandhu and another applicant failed to get the backing of their immediate supervisors. That support is required for an applicant to move forward.The other officer, however, met only the minimum requirements. Sandhu had held the role of staff sergeant or detective sergeant for about four years at the time, the tribunal adjudicator found in his decision.And many of the officers who moved on to the next round of process also "had no more experience supervising front line officers than did the applicant," the adjudicator found.In fact, one of the two inspectors who rejected Sandhu's application earned his own leadership experience by working in community support and internal affairs.Sandhu, meanwhile, excelled in his work with the South Asian community, earning 21 awards, including the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal."One South Asian newspaper in 2011 selected him as one of the three most influential South Asians in law enforcement in the country, along with Harjit Sajjan, who has since become Canada's Minister of Defence," the ruling reads.-'Troubling' findings: police board-Nobody from the Peel police board would agree to an interview with CBC Toronto.But in an emailed statement, the board's chairman, Amrik Ahluwalia, described the tribunal's findings as "troubling."Ahluwalia noted, too, that the police service recently hired a contractor to conduct an equity audit of its hiring practices to see whether its officers and staff reflect the diversity of their community.The police chief echoed that commitment to equitable hiring and promotion in her video statement.-What it means for Sandhu-Sandhu has 35 days to request "remedies" from the police force.Due to the stress caused by his dispute with the force, he has been on long-term disability for the past three years while the human rights hearings were underway, Swadron said, and it's unclear whether he will decide to return."What he wants is the police chief and the senior brass to recognize that there is a significant problem concerning race relations within the Peel Regional Police Service and it should be remedied."
Erdogan says Turkey won't wait at Europe's door forever-[Reuters]-By Samia Nakhoul, Nick Tattersall and Orhan Coskun-YAHOONEWS-April 25, 2017
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey will not wait at Europe's door forever and is ready to walk away from EU accession talks if rising Islamophobia and hostility from some member states persist, President Tayyip Erdogan told Reuters in a wide-ranging interview on Tuesday.Speaking at the presidential palace less than two weeks after winning sweeping new powers in a referendum, a relaxed Erdogan said a decision by a leading European human rights body to put Turkey back on a watch list was "entirely political" and that Ankara did not recognize the move.The Strasbourg-based Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe said it put Turkey back on review over its crackdown on dissent since last year's coup attempt, rights violations, and concerns about Erdogan's increased grip on power.Turkey's relations with the EU soured further ahead of the referendum, when he accused Germany and the Netherlands of acting like Nazis by banning rallies by his supporters."In Europe, things have become very serious in terms of the extent of Islamophobia. The EU is closing its doors on Turkey and Turkey isn't closing its doors on anybody," Erdogan said, showing photos of vandalized mosques and supporters of the outlawed Kurdish militants rallying against him in Europe."If they're not acting sincerely we have to find a way out. Why should we wait any longer? We're talking about 54 years," he said, referring to the 1963 Ankara Agreement which acknowledged the long-term goal of Turkish membership of a united Europe.If necessary, he said, Turkey could hold a vote similar to Britain's on EU membership. He said Brexit had given Britain "peace of mind" and that it was "walking towards a new future".It is a critical week for Turkish-EU relations. EU lawmakers will debate ties on Wednesday, while the bloc's foreign ministers will discuss the issue on Friday.Erdogan said he would be closely watching."I'm very curious as to how the EU is going to act," he said, criticizing EU states that have called for an end to accession talks.Turkey, he said, was still committed to negotiations."There is not a single thing that we are not ready to do, the minute they ask for it. Whatever they wish, we do. But still they are keeping us at the door," he said.Erdogan pointed to the French presidential election, in which far-right leader Marine Le Pen has threatened to take France out of the European Union, and said the bloc was "on the verge of dissolution, of breaking up"."One or two countries cannot keep the EU alive. You need a country like Turkey, a different country symbolizing a different faith ... But EU member states don't seem to realize this fact. They are finding it very difficult to absorb a Muslim country like Turkey," he said.-BUFFER AGAINST SYRIA AND IRAQ-Europe, Erdogan said, had failed to appreciate Turkey's role in stemming the flow of migrants from neighboring Syria and Iraq across it borders, and said the burden had fallen on Turkey and other countries in the region including Lebanon and Jordan.He insisted there could be no solution to Syria's conflict while President Bashar al-Assad remains in power, and said Russian President Vladimir Putin had told him he was not personally committed to the Syrian leader."Assad is not the address for a prospective solution in Syria," Erdogan said, voicing frustration at international failure to compel the Syrian leader to leave."He has attacked his people with tanks, with cannons, with barrel bombs, with chemical weapons, with fighter jets. Do you think he could be the vehicle for a solution?"The Turkish leader hinted at a softening of Russia's support for the Syrian president. Putin, he said, had told him: 'Erdogan, don't get me wrong. I'm not an advocate for Assad, I'm not his lawyer'."Syria's war, pitting rebels mostly from its Sunni majority against a minority rule rooted in Assad's Alawite community, has killed 400,000 people, created millions of refugees, drawn in regional and global powers and allowed Islamic State to seize swathes of territory.Russia's dramatic military intervention in 2015, after four years of inconclusive fighting, tilted the balance of power in favor of Assad, who is also backed by Turkey's regional rival Iran.Turkey is part of the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq but its role has been complicated by U.S. support for the Syrian Kurdish YPG, viewed by Turkey as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has waged a three-decade insurgency in Turkey's southeast.Turkish warplanes bombed Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq's Sinjar province and in northeast Syria on Tuesday, in a widening campaign against groups linked to the PKK.Turkey will not let Sinjar become a PKK base and will continue military operations there and in northern Syria "until the last terrorist is eliminated", Erdogan said.(Additional reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu and Tulay Karadeniz; Editing by Andrew Roche)
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