Thursday, May 11, 2017
ANTI-SEMETIC ACTS ON THE RISE IN CANADA-MOST EVER-B'NAI BRITH.
OTTAWA — The federal government's plan to impose a carbon tax on provinces that don't do it themselves is expected to mimic the Alberta carbon program, including rebate payments sent directly to low- and middle-income individuals.A source who has seen the plan tells The Canadian Press that the technical paper outlining Ottawa's proposal will be released next week, seven months after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told provinces they'd have until 2018 to implement a price on carbon or have Ottawa do it for them.The Alberta model applies a tax on carbon generated by burning most transportation and heating fuels, except for those used on farms. It divides the tax revenue among income-based rebates to Albertans, a cut to the small business tax and investments in green infrastructure and renewable energy.Trudeau and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna have always said any revenue from a carbon tax would remain in the province where it is raised, but they have been careful not to say it would go to the provincial government. By following the Alberta model, the federal government can send some of the money raised by the tax to individuals, bypassing provincial governments which refuse to impose their own carbon price.Alberta's rebates are income based, with a maximum rebate this year of $200 for single adults, $300 for couples and $30 per child. The rebates rise to $300 per person, $450 for a couple and $45 per child in 2018.About two thirds of Alberta families are eligible for at least a partial rebate. The payments are made by cheque up to four times a year and are based on income claimed on the previous year's taxes.Alberta's carbon tax started at $20 a tonne in January and will go to $30 a tonne in 2018. Estimates suggest it raised the price of a litre of gasoline by about 4.5 cents. By 2018, a single person will pay about $400 more for gas, heat and other goods affected by the price on carbon. A couple with two kids could pay an average of $600 more.It is expected to raise $5.4 billion between 2017 and 2019, of which $1.5 billion is going to the rebates.An official from McKenna's office speaking on background said no final decision has yet been made about rebates. He said the government is open to feedback on the technical paper, but it is not up for a lengthy consultation.A price on carbon is part of Canada's plan to meet its international commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions to 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. Canada has to reduce its annual emissions by almost 200 million tonnes to get there, which is the equivalent of taking every car in Canada off the road twice.Eight provinces and all three territories signed on to the carbon pricing plan through the Pan Canadian Framework for Clean Growth and Climate Change, but only four provinces have carbon prices in place.B.C. has had a carbon tax since 2008 and it is now $30 a tonne. Ontario and Quebec have cap-and-trade systems, which cap emissions for big emitters and force those who exceed the limit to buy credits from those whose emissions are lower.Ottawa's requirement is for all provinces to have a minimum price on carbon of $10 a tonne in 2018, rising to $50 a tonne by 2022.Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall and Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister have both refused to sign the climate framework. Manitoba's objection was part of a dispute about health-care funding, with Pallister saying Manitoba endorsed the climate plan in principle. Manitoba is to release its carbon reduction plan later this year.Saskatchewan Environment Minister Scott Moe said in an interview Tuesday that the federal government "has always indicated" that any of the revenues from the carbon tax would be under the purview of the province.But, he said, the provincial government's stance against the carbon tax remains the same."We've been clear with respect to the province of Saskatchewan that this tax just doesn't work for our exporting industry here in the province," he said."We have a great footprint here and we need to attract business ... and not try to tax it and drive it somewhere else."Wall and Moe have both said they intend to take Ottawa to court if it tries to impose a carbon levy in Saskatchewan. This week, Wall said federal officials had gone as far to try to link future infrastructure spending to the carbon price as leverage to get Saskatchewan to sign on.—follow @mrabson on Twitter.Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press.
Ontario argues Hydro One suit is political complaint dressed up as a legal one-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-May 9, 2017
TORONTO — Ontario's Liberal government argues a lawsuit over the controversial partial sale of Hydro One is a political complaint "dressed up" as a legal one.Lawyers for the government recently filed a motion to try to get a lawsuit from the Canadian Union of Public Employees thrown out.The union lawsuit — filed last December — was aimed at stopping the sale of any more shares in Hydro One, but the government announced the sale of the final tranche Monday, which will leave the province owning less than half of the giant electricity transmission utility.CUPE's lawsuit alleges the Liberals inappropriately mixed government and party business by holding fundraisers with cabinet ministers, including one $7,500-a-ticket event that was attended by bankers who profited from the privatization of Hydro One."Premier (Kathleen) Wynne has made it clear she will not listen to the experts who warn that the sale is bad for the province, or listen to the people of Ontario who have been unequivocal in their rejection of the plan," CUPE Ontario president Fred Hahn said in a statement."Now she seems determined to push ahead with the sell-off so that she won't have to listen to the court either. It's disgraceful and we will continue to try and stop her."The government argues in its motion to strike the lawsuit that there is no basis for challenging government policy and no conduct was unlawful."This claim appears to be a political complaint dressed up as a legal claim," the government writes."The plaintiffs' claim is an attack on legislation passed by the Legislative Assembly of Ontario and in turn a core policy decision made by cabinet to broaden the ownership of Hydro One. These decisions are not reviewable by the court."More than a year before the Liberal government announced in 2015 that it would partially privatize Hydro One, polling showed strong opposition to the idea.Polling firm Pollara conducted research at the government's behest in January and February of 2014 asking people for their thoughts on selling Hydro One, and just 25 per cent of respondents supported the idea.Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault said Tuesday he understands some of the opposition."But the way I look at it is doing the right thing isn't always the easy thing and making sure that we have over $9 billion now to invest in infrastructure, into transit, into transportation infrastructure, that's the right thing to do," he said.The government has said $4 billion will go to infrastructure spending and $5 billion will be used to pay off hydro debt.The final sale could raise gross proceeds of up to about $3.1 billion and leave the province with a 47.8-per-cent ownership stake. That puts the government over its target of $9 billion, together with $1.7 billion from the previous offering, $1.83 billion from the initial public offering, $2.2 billion from a deferred tax benefit, an $800-million special dividend and $200 million in payments-in-lieu of taxes from Hydro One.The money raised is a small part of the $190 billion the government has promised to spend on infrastructure over 13 years, but Thibeault said the advantage to raising infrastructure money this way was it could be spent quickly.He couldn't, however, explain why the government didn't see an advantage in retaining at least 50.1 per cent of the utility."We said in legislation that we would not go under 40 per cent," Thibeault said. "When looking at the 40-per-cent component we still, as a shareholder, will have and name 40 per cent of the board...we still have other pieces that we put in legislation that allow us to have some of the shareholder controls that any other shareholder would have."NDP critic Peter Tabuns said Thibeault was sticking to his talking points."They're giving up a huge part of Ontario's legacy," he said. "They're undermining Ontario's ability to control its energy future. They're setting the stage for much higher hydro prices in the years to come. No wonder he doesn't want to answer the question."The Progressive Conservatives criticized the "Bay Street bonanzas," referring to the underwriter banks that make money from the sale."The minister is once again more interested in making money for the people sending the hydro bill than he is in protecting the people who are receiving the hydro bills," said critic Todd Smith.Allison Jones, The Canadian Press.
Trump defends Comey firing, says both parties will thank him-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-May 10, 2017
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump defended his firing of FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday, asserting in a flurry of tweets that both Democrats and Republicans "will be thanking me." Trump did not mention any effect the dismissal might have on FBI and congressional investigations into contacts between his 2016 election campaign and Russia."He wasn't doing a good job. Very simply. He was not doing a good job," Trump said in brief remarks to reporters in the Oval Office, where he was joined by former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.The abrupt firing of Comey threw into question the future of the FBI's investigation into the Trump campaign's possible connections to Russia and immediately raised suspicions of an underhanded effort to stymie a probe that has shadowed the administration from the outset. Trump has ridiculed the investigations as "a hoax" and denied any campaign involvement with the Russians.Democrats compared Comey's ouster to President Richard Nixon's "Saturday Night Massacre" during the Watergate investigation and renewed calls for the appointment of a special prosecutor.Ironically, Kissinger, who was meeting with Trump, was Nixon's secretary of state in 1973, just sworn in after being Nixon's national security adviser.Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York urged Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, to appear before the Senate to answer questions about the circumstances surrounding Trump's action.However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell brushed aside calls for a special prosecutor, saying a new investigation into Russian meddling would only "impede the current work being done." He noted that Democrats had repeatedly criticized Comey in the past and some had called for his removal.Trump made a similar case on Twitter, saying Comey had "lost the confidence of almost everyone in Washington," adding: "When things calm down, they will be thanking me!"Vice-President Mike Pence said at the Capitol that Trump had made "the right decision at the right time."The Justice Department said Sessions was interviewing candidates to serve as an interim replacement. Comey's deputy, FBI veteran Andrew McCabe, became acting director after Comey was fired.In his brief letter Tuesday to Comey, Trump said the firing was necessary to restore "public trust and confidence" in the FBI. The administration paired the letter with a scathing review by Rosenstein, the recently confirmed deputy attorney general, of how Comey handled the investigation into Democrat Hillary Clinton's email practices, including his decision to hold a news conference announcing its findings and releasing "derogatory information" about Clinton.While Comey has drawn anger from Democrats since he reopened the email investigation in the closing days of last year's campaign, they didn't buy that justification for his firing. Several Republicans joined them in raising alarms of how it could affect probes into possible co-ordination between Trump associates and Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election.In one of the strongest statements by Republicans, Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, said, "I am troubled by the timing and reasoning of Director Comey's termination.""His dismissal further confuses an already difficult investigation by the committee," Burr said.Schumer told Trump in a phone call he thought dumping Comey was a mistake. On Wednesday, Trump labeled the Senate minority leader "Cryin' Chuck Schumer."Trump will now appoint a successor at the FBI, which has been investigating since late July, and who will almost certainly have an impact on how the investigation moves forward and whether the public will accept its outcome.It was only the second firing of an FBI director in history. President Bill Clinton dismissed William Sessions amid allegations of ethical lapses in 1993.Democrats compared the ouster to Nixon's decision to fire the independent special prosecutor overseeing the Watergate investigation in 1973, which prompted the resignations of the Justice Department's top two officials."This is Nixonian," Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., declared on Twitter. "Outrageous," said Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, calling for Comey to immediately be summoned to testify to Congress about the status of the Trump-Russia investigation. Rep. Adam Schiff of California, top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, said the White House was "brazenly interfering" in the probe.Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona said Congress must form a special committee to investigate Russia's interference in the election.McConnell, R-Ky., said: "Once the Senate receives a nomination, we look forward to a full, fair and timely confirmation process to fill the director position. This is a critical role that is especially important as America faces serious threats at home and abroad."Trump, in his letter to Comey, thanked Comey for telling him three times "that I am not under investigation." The FBI has not confirmed that Comey ever made those assurances to the president. In public hearings, Comey has declined to answer when asked if Trump is under investigation, urging lawmakers not to read anything into that statement.Comey, 56, was nominated by President Barack Obama for the FBI post in 2013 to a 10-year term, though that appointment does not ensure a director will serve the full term.Praised frequently by both parties for his independence and integrity, he spent three decades in law enforcement. Before the past months' controversies, the former deputy attorney general in the George W. Bush administration was perhaps best known for a remarkable 2004 standoff with top officials over a federal domestic surveillance program. In March of that year, Comey rushed to the hospital bed of Attorney General John Ashcroft to physically stop White House officials in their bid to get his ailing boss to reauthorize a secret no-warrant wiretapping program.But his prominent role in the 2016 presidential campaign raised questions about his judgment and impartiality. Though the FBI did not recommend charges against Clinton for mishandling classified information, Comey was blisteringly critical of her decision to use a personal email account and private internet server during her four years as secretary of state.Comey strongly defended his decisions during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week. He said he was "mildly nauseous" at the thought of having swayed the election but also said he would do the same again.Clinton has partially blamed her loss on Comey's disclosure to Congress less than two weeks before Election Day that the email investigation would be revisited. Comey later said the FBI, again, had found no reason to bring any charges.___AP writers Darlene Superville, Ken Thomas, Vivian Salama, Catherine Lucey and Sadie Gurman in Washington and Michael Balsamo in Los Angeles contributed to this report.Eric Tucker, Eileen Sullivan And Julie Pace, The Associated Press.
23 Thus he said, The fourth beast (EU,REVIVED ROME) shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth,(7TH WORLD EMPIRE) which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.(TRADING BLOCKS-10 WORLD REGIONS/TRADE BLOCS)
24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings(10 NATIONS-10 WORLD DIVISION WORLD GOVERNMENT) that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.(EITHER THE EUROPEAN UNION DICTATOR BOOTS 3 COUNTRIES FROM THE EU OR THE DICTATOR TAKES OVER THE WORLD ECONOMY BY CONTROLLING 3 WORLD TRADE BLOCS)
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-7 YEARS.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.
11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.
12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.
26 And after threescore and two weeks(62X7=434 YEARS+7X7=49 YEARS=TOTAL OF 69 WEEKS OR 483 YRS) shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary;(ROMAN LEADERS DESTROYED THE 2ND TEMPLE) and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.(THERE HAS TO BE 70 WEEKS OR 490 YRS TO FUFILL THE VISION AND PROPHECY OF DAN 9:24).(THE NEXT VERSE IS THAT 7 YR WEEK OR (70TH FINAL WEEK).
27 And he ( THE ROMAN,EU PRESIDENT) shall confirm the covenant (PEACE TREATY) with many for one week:(1X7=7 YEARS) and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease,(3 1/2 yrs in TEMPLE ANIMAL SACRIFICES STOPPED) and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
Macron to present plan for a 'forward marching' Europe By Eric Maurice-MAY 10,17-EUOBSERVER
BRUSSELS, Today, 09:24-The new French president, Emmanuel Macron, said on Tuesday (9 May) that he wanted Europe to be "conquering" and "march forward".In a video address posted on Europe Day, which commemorates the 1950 Schuman Declaration, the starting point of the European project, Macron said that the EU was "essential".Without mentioning Brexit or anti-EU forces like Marine Le Pen - the far-right leader he beat in the French election on Sunday - he said that the EU could not "remain frozen for eternity"."If we want to be up to this anniversary … we must build again our Europe and go further," he said. Macron added that he did not want a "naive" Europe that is "sometimes inefficient and insufficient", nor to "go back to an ideal Europe".Referring to the name of his political movement, En Marche! (Marching forward), Macron said that he would "not be a seated president," saying he wanted that "Europe today and tomorrow can march forward again," so that it can "be worthy of yesterday's promises"."We need a Europe that is conquering on climate, on collective security," he added. "A strong Europe that can talk to the US, to China, and to many other powers; a Europe that defends its values".Repeating an idea that was shared by almost all candidates in the French presidential election, Macron also said that Europe "should protect" workers and ensure "coherence and cohesion in an increasingly uncertain and unsettled world".The new French leader indirectly referred to concerns over the rule of law in Poland and Hungary, and insisted on the need to protect EU values."I will fight so that our political and individual freedoms [and] our fundamental rights are scrupulously respected," he said.Macron announced that he would meet German chancellor Angela Merkel next week to "present" his project and "have an exchange" about it. He said he also wanted to discuss with "all European leaders and all European institutions".Although EU leaders greeted Macron's election with relief after he beat Le Pen and defended a pro-EU programme, they have expressed wariness to his ideas.-'Dangerous forest'-Merkel said on Monday that she wanted to see first "which points we [Macron and Merkel] have in common" and noted that she didn't think that "changing [her] policies would be the priority".Also on Monday, while in Berlin, European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said that the EU had "a particular problem" with France: "The French spend too much money and they spend too much in the wrong places."He added that France would have to "compromise with others" because "Germany is not alone in speaking out about a policy of stability".On Tuesday, at a conference in Brussels for Europe Day, Juncker also said that Macron's proposal to create an EU finance minister was "a very dangerous forest" because he raised questions over who would be in charge of controlling the budgets of member states.The commission chief went on to admit that he was "in agreement" with a eurozone budget, another one of Macron's idea, but that he wanted to "see the details".
After Macron win, France's main parties fret over parliament elections-[Reuters]-By Simon Carraud-YAHOONEWS-May 10, 2017
PARIS (Reuters) - France's Socialist Party and the wider political Left splintered on Wednesday as centrist Emmanuel Macron's presidential victory triggered power-struggles between moderates and hardliners ahead of June parliamentary elections.Benoit Hamon, the unsuccessful Socialist Party candidate in the presidential contest, said he would set up a new political movement after several of his hallmark proposals during that campaign were abandoned by his own party.Radical left-winger Jean-Luc Melenchon, also eliminated in the presidential contest, criticized his erstwhile allies in the Communist Party and vowed to campaign without them for seats in the 577-seat National Assembly.The two-stage legislative elections on June 11 and 18 will decide whether a new party created by 39-year-old Macron, who is due formally to take power on Sunday, will win enough seats to allow him to govern effectively for the next five years.Macron's year-old Republic on the Move party does not have any seats in the current parliament but it hopes in June to secure a majority that will allow him to push through economic reforms for reviving an economy beset by high unemployment and sluggish growth.The Socialists, whose term in government comes to an end in tandem with the departure of President Francois Hollande, have traditionally disputed power with the center-right for the past half century.The main right-wing party, The Republicans, is also striving to come to terms with the new political landscape and will be working to try to cling on to its dominant role too.Francois Baroin, head of the Republicans' parliamentary election team, said on Tuesday they would abandon key proposals that their unsuccessful presidential candidate, Francois Fillon, stood for.The party was due later on Wednesday to work further on what Baroin said would be a revamped program for the National Assembly election.On both sides of the traditional divide, the signs so far are that the large parties which have long dominated are struggling to maintain leverage over Macron via the lower house of parliament without losing too many of their troops through defections to his camp.Showing who is in charge right now, his Republic on the Move party made clear on Wednesday that even top-rank politicians from established parties were not guaranteed a slot on its list of parliamentary contenders.Manuel Valls, the Socialist former prime minister who has angered his own party by saying he backs Macron, was told on Wednesday that he could not count on being sponsored by the Macron camp in the June ballot."As of today, he does not fit the criteria that would allow the investiture committee to take him on," Jean-Paul Delevoye, the man in charge of choosing Macron's party's candidates, told Europe 1 radio.Macron, an ex-banker, served as economy minister in a Socialist government under Valls, but left to make his successful bid for president at the head of his new party on a promise to turn the page on old Left-versus-Right politics.Jean-Luc Melenchon, who came fourth with a sizeable score in the presidential contest, said he hoped to gain control of the National Assembly and fight to stymie Macron thereafter."It's time to turn that situation round," he said during a BFM TV interview.(Writing by Brian Love and Andrew Callus; Editing by Richard Balmforth)
EU wrong to block anti-free trade petition, court says-By Aleksandra Eriksson-MAY 10,17-EUOBSERVER
BRUSSELS, Today, 17:52-The European Commission was wrong to refuse registration to a European citizens’ initiative called “Stop TTIP", the European Court of Justice ruled on Wednesday (10 May).More than 3 million people signed the petition, which invited the EU executive to ask the Council, the member states’ body, to cancel its negotiating mandate on free trade agreements with the US and Canada - the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (Ceta).Organisers submitted the text in July 2014, but the commission rejected it shortly afterwards.The EU executive later argued in court that the negotiating mandate did not qualify as a "legal act".It said that the commission may refuse registration to initiatives whose subject matter "manifestly falls outside the framework of its powers to propose a legal act".But the court said in a statement on Wednesday that "the principle of democracy, which is one of the fundamental values of the EU and the objective behind the European citizens’ initiatives", required a broader interpretation.It said that interpretation covered decisions to open negotiations on international agreements that "manifestly seek to modify the legal order of the EU".Judges also rejected the idea that the popular initiative would have led to an "inadmissible interference in an ongoing legislative procedure"."The aim pursued by the European citizens’ initiative is to allow EU citizens to participate more in the democratic life of the EU," the court said.It noted that if the commission had registered the anti-TTIP and CETA text as being admissible it could still have rejected its request later on, but the text would have been subjected to public hearings at the European Parliament.Michael Efler, a member of the citizens' committee, welcomed the court's ruling as "a good day for European democracy".“The commission’s refusal to register our initiative was arbitrary and political. They were not willing to hear the voices of citizens opposing their neo-liberal projects called TTIP and Ceta," he said in an emailed statement.The commission should now decide whether it will appeal the verdict or register the initiative.But even if it does, it would not really matter.Ceta was ratified during the trial and TTIP talks have broken down after the election of Donald Trump as US president.Efler said the court should in the future act more quickly if the commission refused to register an initiative.The court ruling could feed into an upcoming review of the legislation on European citizens’ initiatives, which was recently announced by the commission.The initiatives have proved costly and cumbersome to use.Only a few organisations have been able to fulfil the criteria to submit them, which say a petition must collect at least a million signatures, with special thresholds in member states.Meanwhile, registration does not grant success.Not a single proposal has reached the aim of convincing the commission to propose legislation on a given topic since the instrument was introduced six years ago.
Leaked EU digital progress report reveals hurried changes By Peter Teffer-MAY 10,17-EUOBSERVER
Brussels, Today, 17:20-The European Commission revealed some of the last-minute changes it made to its own assessment of its digital single market strategy, by publishing a draft document instead of the final version on Wednesday (10 May).While EU commissioner Andrus Ansip was presenting the “mid-term review of the digital single market strategy” in the commission's press room in Brussels, the final report was supposed to be made public on the website of the commission, which is the EU's executive body.Instead, the commission's press release linked to a word processor document, which showed a draft version, including changes made by two commission officials.The document is a progress report of the EU's strategy to remove digital barriers and to stimulate the European digital economy.The digital single market file is a key priority of president Jean-Claude Juncker's administration, which is halfway through its five-year term. Wednesday's paper summarised what the commission has done.It has made several legislative proposals that are now in the hands of two other EU institutions, the European Parliament and the Council of EU - the latter of which represents national governments - before they can become law.The mid-term review is as much taking stock as it is a political tool to put pressure on the other EU institutions, to speed up their legislative work."Only the determined commitment of all will allow the EU to make a functional Digital Single Market a reality," the report said.As with all EU commission documents, it was written by a multitude of civil servants and officials.Most word processor programmes allow its users to make so-called "track changes", so that recent alterations to the document can be identified.In this case it was revealed that, on 4 May, a cabinet member of Ansip and a policy coordinator at Jean-Claude Juncker's secretariat-general made substantial last-minute changes.Some were linguistic, such as asking for the commission's digital proposals to be “rapidly” adopted by member states and the EU parliament, instead of “swiftly”.Other changes were more substantive.The final version still stressed that more investments are needed to make sure that EU citizens have good internet connections. But the following sentence was fully removed: “It should also be noted that connectivity by satellite technologies should be promoted, especially in remote areas.”There were also several changes in the section on tackling hate speech online, and what role online platforms such as Facebook should play.According to Julia Reda, a German left-wing MEP, the changes point towards endorsement of censorship filters.In the final text, the commission said it would focus “on the mechanisms and technical solutions for removal of illegal content”. The phrase “technical solutions” had been added just last week.“Removal of illegal content can only be done in two ways,” Reda, a member of the German Pirate Party, told EUobserver in an e-mail. “Either a person is checking the content, or it is taken down by an automatic filter. 'Technical solutions' therefore clearly refers to filters.”The text also removed a phrase that said the EU's response to illegal content would be put under a single “framework”, which was already a watering down of an earlier draft dated April, published by Politico.That earlier draft said the commission would consider whether to “come forward with initiatives in the form of legislative and/or non-legislative instruments” before the end of the year.The commission did not comment on questions from EUobserver, asking for the reasoning behind the changes."The Communication adopted by the College of Commissioners is the one available here," wrote spokeswoman Nathalie Vandystadt in an e-mail that included a link to the press release.That press release now links to the final version, which can be read here. MEP Reda has published a copy of the leaked draft.
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)
THE FIRST JUDGEMENT OF THE EARTH STARTED WITH WATER-IT ONLY MAKES SENSE THE LAST GENERATION WILL BE HAVING FLOODING
6 And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth.
7 And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.
8 Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth,
9 There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah.
10 And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth.
11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.
12 And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.
GOD PROMISED BY A RAINBOW-THE EARTH WOULD NEVER BE DESTROYED TOTALLY WITH A FLOOD AGAIN.BUT FLOODIING IS A SIGN OF JUDGEMENT.
Residents in flood zone should get well water tested, health officials advise-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-May 9, 2017
Residents who get their water from wells in areas affected by flooding should get their water tested before drinking it, and should check well pumps for damage, Ottawa Public Health is recommending.On Monday city officials said more than 300 homes near the Ottawa River have been affected by severe spring flooding.Ottawa Public Health says anyone concerned about the quality of their well water should use bottled, boiled or treated water for drinking and washing until they can get their water tested.Residents can have their water tested for free on weekdays at two city-run facilities at 100 Constellation Dr. and 2380 St. Laurent Blvd. Water samples can also be dropped off for testing on Tuesdays at 17 locations across the city.Wells that have been flooded should be disinfected with household bleach before they're used again, and should be re-tested for bacteria seven to 10 days later, Ottawa Public Health advises.There are no concerns about the quality of the city's drinking water at this time, officials say.Check pumps for damage-Ottawa Public Health also said well users should get a qualified technician to check their well pumps if they think electrical parts may have been damaged in the flood.The pumps themselves may also need to be cleaned.Likewise, residents in flooded areas shouldn't use their septic systems if their septic fields were under water. Ottawa Public Health said those residents may need to get their septic systems checked before using them again.Anyone coming into contact with flood water should wash their hands after in case the water was contaminated.Representatives from Ottawa Public Health will be at four public information sessions planned for Tuesday and Wednesday to answer further questions.
Police believe toddler died in frigid Quebec floodwaters-[Reuters]-YAHOONEWS-May 10, 2017
(Reuters) - A toddler likely did not survive after disappearing with her stepfather in Quebec floodwaters three days ago, authorities said on Wednesday.Rescuers pulled the stepfather's body from the river late Monday afternoon.Police officers searched for the missing girl on the Sainte-Anne River, a Saint Lawrence River tributary, as floodwaters receded, but the debris-filled water was too murky for divers.Authorities believe the child did not survive in the frigid, choppy waters, said spokesman Sgt. Claude Doiron."The temperature, the strong pull of the river, all these factors mean that, unfortunately, we are searching for a body," Doiron said.The 2-year-old, Daphne Levesques, her stepfather, Mike Gagnon, and her mother were in their vehicle when it was swept into the Sainte-Anne on Sunday evening. The mother grabbed a tree branch and made it to safety. Police have not identified her.Authorities have begun a cleanup in the wake of historic flooding that forced more than 2,700 people from their homes and damaged nearly 3,900 structures, Urgence Quebec, the government emergency information department, said late Tuesday.About 3,100 were without power, Canada's Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Tuesday. The federal government has deployed about 1,730 military personnel.Transport Canada restricted marine traffic along the Saint Lawrence, a major shipping route.(Reporting by Anna Mehler Paperny in Toronto; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)
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.
Giant air tanker used to attack growing Georgia wildfire-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-May 9, 2017
Firefighters called up a giant air tanker to attack a rapidly growing wildfire that threatened homes Tuesday on the edge of the Okefenokee Swamp near the Georgia-Florida state line.The modified DC-10 jet liner, capable of dumping 11,600 gallons (44,000 litres ) of chemical fire retardant in a single run, was joining nearly 700 firefighters and support personnel working to contain the blaze with bulldozers, helicopters and smaller planes.The fire was burning Tuesday within a few miles ( kilometres ) of the small, towns of St. George and Moniac in southeast Georgia. Emergency officials in surrounding Charlton County ordered those communities to evacuate as flames crept close Sunday.James Burnsed of Moniac remained at home Tuesday, though he said he could see the orange glow of flames through the trees outside his house Monday night. He said most of his neighbours had also stayed and were running lawn sprinklers in their yards in hopes grasses and plants wouldn't burn."It's absolutely not the best idea," Burnsed said. "We just don't want to lose our stuff and we want to protect it if we can."The fire has burned roughly 220 square miles (570 square kilometres ) since a lightning strike ignited the blaze April 6 inside the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. The flames mostly stayed on public lands and posed no threat to populated areas until Saturday, when strong winds pushed the fire across the protective barrier plowed around the swamp's perimeter.The multi-agency command team fighting the fire had reported no homes burned. But it warned hot, dry conditions Tuesday could cause the fire to spread rapidly."It's going to be ideal for extreme fire behaviour and a high potential for fire growth," said Tom Stokesberry, a spokesman for the fire team.Fire officials said in a news release the DC-10 air tanker was set to make two flights over the blaze Tuesday. It was taking off and landing at Chattanooga, Tennessee, nearly 400 miles (645 kilometres ) northwest of the fire.The giant tanker can carry four times as much retardant as any other firefighting plane, according to the website of 10 Tanker Air Carrier, the company that contracts with the U.S. Forest Service to provide the planes. It says the aircraft can deploy an unbroken stream that's 50 feet (15 metres ) wide for a distance of two-thirds of a mile (1 kilometre ).The Federal Emergency Management agency said Tuesday it has authorized disaster relief grants to reimburse Georgia agencies for their costs associated with fighting the fire.The National Weather Service forecast showed no chance of rain in the areas of the fire until Friday evening. It was unclear how long the evacuation orders would stand, or if they might need to be expanded."We don't know how long this will go on," said Susan Heisey, supervisory ranger for the Okefenokee refuge and a fire spokeswoman. "But it's better to be safe than sorry."Russ Bynum, The Associated Press.
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)
Anti-Semitic incidents on the rise in Canada: B'nai Brith-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-May 9, 2017
TORONTO — Anti-Semitism is on the rise in the country, a Jewish advocacy group said Tuesday, calling it a "made in Canada" phenomenon.B'nai Brith Canada, which has been tracking anti-Semitic incidents for 35 years, said 1,728 anti-Semitic incidents were reported across the country last year — a 26 per cent increase from 2015 and the highest number the group has ever recorded."That means an average of four to five incidents of anti-Semitic harassment, vandalism or violence occurring every day in our country, a country where we pride ourselves as being one of the most tolerant in the world," said the group's CEO Michael Mostyn.The numbers, included in the group's 2016 report that was released Tuesday, were based on phone calls to their anti-hate hotline and police data.Amanda Hohmann, national director of B'nai Brith Canada's League for Human Rights, said the organization believes Canadian anti-Semitism is not a U.S. import."While some have sought to link the global increase in anti-Semitism to November's presidential election in the United States, it's worth noting that the months of September through December actually saw a relative decrease in anti-Semitic incidents in Canada, in relation to previous years," Hohmann said.Twenty per cent of the incidents involved Holocaust denial, a sharp increase from five per cent in 2015, she said."Unfortunately, Holocaust denial is no longer only coming from its traditional home in the extreme right," Hohmann said. "More and more, Islamist extremists are also co-opting this position and spreading the rhetoric of denial, especially within Arab-language media right here in Canada."Mostyn listed a number of examples, including that of the al-Saraha newspaper in London, Ont., which published a report last summer that Mostyn said simultaneously denied the scope of the Holocaust and argued that any slaughter of Jews by the Nazi regime was justified.He said the paper was initially promoted as recommended reading by a local government-funded immigrant settlement organization. It was condemned by Ontario government officials who had taken out advertisements in the paper after B'nai Brith brought it to their attention.Barbara Perry, a University of Ontario Institute of Technology professor who studies hate crimes, said she considers a rise in anti-Semitic events in Canada as part of an increase many kinds of hatred across the Western world, which has also fuelled the rise of far-right political parties."It's really a form of othering across the board, and the Jewish community is one of many targets," she said.In particular, anti-Semitism in Arabic-language media in Canada likely has its roots in global conflicts, Perry said.Perry said Canada has also long had anti-Semitism of its own, traditionally focused on Jewish communities in Toronto and Montreal, which has combined with a global movement to create "a perfect storm."B'nai Brith Canada credits Arabic speakers with bringing these incidents to the group's attention, but Mostyn said it was troubling that only a single Arabic speaker came forward with information in each case.Of the 1,728 incidents reported last year, 490 occurred in Ontario, 249 in Quebec and the Atlantic provinces, 121 in Alberta and British Columbia, and 74 in the Prairies. The number of incidents in Quebec and the Atlantic provinces dropped, proportionally, and Alberta and B.C. saw increases. The prairie provinces also saw an increase in incidents, but B'nai Brith Canada attributes that to increased awareness of the anti-hate hotline.Eleven of the incidents were violent, 158 were vandalism and the remainder were classified as harassment, which includes social media posts, according to the report.The publisher of al-Saraha didn't respond to requests for comment Tuesday. When B'nai Brith first raised the issue last July, Abdul Haidi Shala apologized and told the London Free Press he and he had picked up the article from an Egyptian daily newspaper."I didn't mean to reject something that happened historically," Abdul Haidi Shala, told the Free Press. "I was curious to know why Hitler killed Jews during the Holocaust, so I read through his article and I found information."Jessica Smith Cross, The Canadian Press.
U.S.-backed Syrian militias say capture Tabqa from Islamic State-[Reuters]-YAHOONEWS-May 10, 2017
BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.S.-backed Syrian militias said they fully captured the town of Tabqa and an adjacent dam, Syria's largest, from Islamic State on Wednesday, some 40 km (25 miles) west of Raqqa city.With air strikes and special forces from the U.S.-led coalition, the Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters, have been closing in on Raqqa, Islamic State State's base of operations in Syria.(Reporting by Ellen Francis; Editing by Catherine Evans)
Turkey warns U.S. of blowback from decision to arm Kurdish fighters in Syria-[Reuters]-By Tulay Karadeniz and Tuvan Gumrukcu-YAHOONEWS-May 10, 2017
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey warned the United States on Wednesday that a decision to arm Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State in Syria could end up hurting Washington, and accused its NATO ally of siding with terrorists.The rebuke came a week before President Tayyip Erdogan is due in Washington for his first meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, who approved the arms supply to support a campaign to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa from Islamic State.Turkey views the YPG as the Syrian extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has fought an insurgency in southeast Turkey since 1984 and is considered a terrorist group by the United States, Turkey and Europe."We want to believe that our allies will prefer to side with us, not with a terrorist organization," Erdogan told a news conference in Ankara, saying he would convey Turkey's stance to Trump next week and at a NATO summit later this month.He said he hoped that recently taken decisions would be changed by the time he visits the United States.Earlier, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told reporters the U.S. failure to consider Turkey's sensitivities "will surely have consequences and will yield a negative result for the U.S. as well".The United States regards the YPG as a valuable partner in the fight against Islamic State militants in northern Syria. Washington says that arming the Kurdish forces is necessary to recapturing Raqqa, Islamic State's de facto capital in Syria and a hub for planning attacks against the West.That argument holds little sway with Ankara, which worries that advances by the YPG in northern Syria could inflame the PKK insurgency on Turkish soil.Weapons supplied to the YPG have in the past fallen into PKK hands, said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu."Both the PKK and YPG are terrorist organizations and they are no different apart from their names," he told a televised news conference. "Every weapon seized by them is a threat to Turkey."The YPG said Washington's decision would bring swift results and help the militia "play a stronger, more influential and more decisive role in combating terrorism".The Pentagon said on Tuesday it was aware of concerns in Turkey, which has given vital support to a U.S.-led campaign against Islamic State insurgents in Syria and Iraq. Jets carrying out air strikes against the jihadist group have flown from Turkey's Incirlik air base.Erdogan has repeatedly castigated Washington for its support of the YPG.-"SAME SACK"-Deputy Prime Minister Nurettin Canikli said the United States should review its move. "We hope the U.S. administration will put a stop to this wrong and turn back from it," he said in an interview with Turkish broadcaster A Haber."Such a policy will not be beneficial; you can't be in the same sack as terrorist organizations."But U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he was confident the United States would be able to resolve the tensions."We'll work out any of the concerns. We will work very closely with Turkey in support of their security on their southern border. It's Europe's southern border, and we'll stay closely connected," Mattis told reporters during a visit to the Pabrade Training Area in Lithuania.Ankara has argued that Washington should switch support for the Raqqa assault from the YPG to Syrian rebels Turkey has trained and led against Islamic State for the past year - despite U.S. scepticism about their military capability."There is no reality in the comments that a ground operation against Daesh (Islamic State) can only be successful with the YPG. I hope they turn back from this mistake," Canikli said.Despite the angry language, Erdogan's government has little prospect of reversing Washington's decision, and any retaliatory move would come at a cost.Cavusoglu said Trump would address the issue with Trump during his planned May 16-17 visit to Washington, suggesting there were no plans to call off the talks in protest."Turkey doesn't have much room to move here," said Sinan Ulgen, a former Turkish diplomat and analyst at Carnegie Europe. "I think Washington made such an evaluation when taking this decision."While Turkey could impose limits on the use of the Incirlik base, that would hamper operations against Islamic State, which also menaces Turkey itself and has claimed responsibility for attacks including the bombing of Istanbul airport.Turkey could also step up air strikes on PKK targets in northern Iraq. Turkish warplanes attacked Kurdish YPG fighters in northeastern Syria and Iraq's Sinjar region late last month.But Cavusoglu and Canikli both pointed to a diplomatic, rather than military, response to Trump's decision."We are carrying out, and will carry out, all necessary diplomatic communications," Canikli said. "Our wish is that the U.S. stops this wrong and does what is mandated by our friendship."(Additional reporting by Humeyra Pamuk and Daren Butler in Istanbul and Phil Stewart in Lithuania; writing by Dominic Evans and David Dolan; editing by Mark Heinrich)
Monitor says air strikes kill 11 people north of Syria's Raqqa-[Reuters]-YAHOONEWS-May 10, 2017
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Air strikes killed at least 11 people, including four children, in a village north of the Syrian city of Raqqa overnight, a war monitoring group said on Wednesday.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said warplanes, thought to belong to the U.S.-led military coalition against Islamic State, hit al-Salihiya village before midnight and also injured several civilians.A spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition could not immediately be reached for comment. The United States military has said it makes "extraordinary efforts" to avoid civilian deaths in its bombing runs in Syria and neighboring Iraq.The UK-based Observatory said jets, also believed to belong to the coalition, killed 10 people driving through desert areas near the southwest edge of Raqqa province earlier this week.The U.S.-led coalition has been supporting Syrian militias with air strikes and special forces in a campaign to capture Raqqa city, Islamic State's base of operations in Syria.The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a U.S.-backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters, have seized territory from the jihadist group and advanced on Raqqa from the north, east and west.Islamic State has lost ground in different parts of northern Syria to three separate campaigns - by the SDF, the Russian-backed Syrian army, and Turkey with allied Syrian rebels.Separately, the Syrian air force pounded the remaining Islamic State-held villages in Aleppo province on Wednesday, killing 13 people near al-Maskaneh town, the Observatory said.Government troops were fighting the militants around al-Jarrah military airport, it added.There was no immediate comment from the Syrian army.The Observatory said Damascus ramped up its strikes this week against the jihadist group in the eastern Aleppo countryside, where the army had made gains earlier this year.The war monitor said the strikes had killed dozens of people, including at least 20 children, in the area over the past three days.(Reporting by Ellen Francis; Editing by Andrew Heavens and Ken Ferris)
Families pour out of Mosul as Iraqi troops push into last militant-held areas-[Reuters]-By Isabel Coles-YAHOONEWS-May 10, 2017
HAMMAM AL-ALIL CAMP, Iraq (Reuters) - Thousands more people are fleeing Mosul every day since Iraqi troops began their push into the last Islamic State-held areas of the city last week, with food and water running out and the fighting killing increasing numbers of civilians.More than 22,000 people have fled Mosul since the U.S.-backed forces opened a new front in the northwest of the city on May 4 to try to finally dislodge the militants, the United Nations said on Wednesday, citing Iraqi government figures.In the past two days alone, more than 11,000 people have passed through a screening site at the Hammam al-Alil camp south of Mosul.Islamic State fighters are shooting people who try to escape, although some men have been allowed to go in exchange for taking militants' families with them, said 40-year-old Umm Abdul Rahman, who fled the Musherfa district on Tuesday night.One man waiting to be checked by security at Hammam al Alil had streaks of blood on his clothes from carrying a woman hit by an Islamic State sniper.They join an exodus from Mosul of more than 600,000 people in the seven months since Iraqi forces began their offensive there. Roughly 400,000 of those are from the western side of the city which is bisected by the River Tigris.The militants are now besieged in the northwestern corner, which includes the historic Old City center, the medieval Grand al-Nuri Mosque, and its landmark leaning minaret where their black flag has been flying since June 2014.About ten families, some forced out of other areas of Mosul as Iraqi forces advanced, were now crammed into every house in the northwest, Abdul Rahman said."There is no water, no food. The bombardment is continuous," she said, and the militants were setting civilian cars and trucks on fire to create smokescreens.People are surviving on ground wheat boiled in water, 31-year-old Qatra al-Nada Abdullah said, because Islamic State fighters were keeping any food or water that is left for themselves."Even wheat is scarce," she said.Islamic State fighters are forcing people from their homes to use them as fighting positions, 62-year-old Umm Mohammed said as she clutched a packet of cigarettes forbidden under the militants' rule.She and her family had burned everything, even their own shoes, to cook over after fuel ran out."We saw fear and hunger and death. I am an old woman and I have never seen anything like this."The Sunni Muslim militants seized Mosul in a shock offensive across northern and western Iraq in 2014 but have lost much of that territory to resurgent government forces in the past year. The campaign to recapture the city, Iraq's second largest, began last October.Defeat in Mosul, the militants' last urban stronghold in the country, would still leave Islamic State in control of swathes of Syria and Iraqi territory near the Syrian border.(Reporting by Isabel Coles; Additional reporting by Ahmed Rasheed in Baghdad; Writing by Ahmed Aboulenein; Editing by Louise Ireland)
U.S. criticizes Russian build-up near Baltic states-[Reuters]-By Phil Stewart and Andrius Sytas-YAHOONEWS-May 10, 2017
PABRADE TRAINING AREA, Lithuania (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Wednesday that a Russian missile deployment near the Baltic states was "destabilizing", and officials suggested the United States could deploy a Patriot missile battery in the region for NATO exercises in the summer.U.S. allies are jittery ahead of war games by Russia and Belarus in September that could involve up to 100,000 troops and include nuclear weapons training -- the biggest such exercise since 2013.The drills could see Russian troops near the borders of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.Russia has also deployed Iskander missiles in Kaliningrad, its enclave on the Baltic Sea. It said the deployment was part of routine drills, but U.S. officials worry that it may represent a permanent upgrade.Asked during a trip to Lithuania about the deployment, Mattis told a news conference: "Any kind of build-up like that is simply destabilizing."The United States is ruling out any direct response to the Russian drills or the Iskander deployment.But at the same time, U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, raised the possibility that a Patriot missile battery could be deployed briefly to the Baltic region during NATO exercises in July that focus on air defense, known as Tobruk Legacy.The officials stressed that the Patriots, if deployed, would be withdrawn when the exercises were over. That would most likely happen before the Russian drills began, they said.Mattis declined to comment directly on the possible Patriot deployment to reporters after talks in Vilnius."The specific systems that we bring are those that we determine necessary," Mattis said, saying that NATO capabilities in the region were purely defensive.-BALTIC FEARS-It was Mattis's first trip to the Baltic states, which fear Russia could attack them in the same way that it annexed Ukraine's Crimean peninsula in 2014. The states are concerned about their lack of air defenses and considering upgrading their military hardware.Asked about Baltic air defenses on a visit to the Pabrade training ground, Mattis told reporters:"We will talk to the leaders of each of the nations, and we will work this out in Brussels and we will work together if necessary."The reason for the deployment you see right now is the lack of respect for international law by a nation in the region, and so long as the nation shows respect, we would not have to deploy that," Mattis told reporters, standing in front of a German Leopard tank.A German-led battalion was deployed to Lithuania this year as part of a NATO effort to deter any Russian aggression.Asked about any future Patriot deployment, Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite, standing next to Mattis, said: "We need all necessary means for defense and for deterrence, and that's what we'll decide together."The scale of this year's Russian "Zapad" ("West") maneuvers, which date from Soviet times, when they were first used to test new weapon systems, is one of NATO's most pressing concerns. Western diplomats say the exercises pose an unusual threat.But Mattis told reporters: "It's a routine exercise. I trust it will stay routine."Estonian Defence Minister Margus Tsahkna told Reuters last month that NATO governments had intelligence suggesting Moscow may leave Russian soldiers in Belarus once the Zapad 2017 exercises are over, also pointing to public data of Russian railway traffic to Belarus.Moscow denies any plans to threaten NATO and says it is the U.S.-led alliance that is undermining stability in eastern Europe. It has not said how many troops will take part in Zapad 2017.(Additional reporting by Andrew Osborn in Moscow; Editing by Angus MacSwan and Kevin Liffey)
B.C. has first minority government in 65 years; Greens hold power balance-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-May 10, 2017
VANCOUVER — British Columbia has its first minority government in 65 years as the Liberals squeaked out a razor-thin victory over the NDP on Tuesday, with the Green party holding the balance of power for the first time in Canadian history.Christy Clark's Liberals won 43 seats, the NDP under John Horgan got 41 and the Greens led by Andrew Weaver achieved a major breakthrough by picking up three seats.The NDP won one riding by only nine votes, making a recount a certainty that will determine the difference between a minority and an ultra-thin majority if it were to flip to the Liberals.Clark said she intends to lead the next government, adding the result presents an opportunity to open up a new dialogue "about how we do things, what we should do, how we want to shape the future of our province.""Tonight is the beginning of something very different, and something that I think could be really exciting for the future of our province and our kids," she said.She said her party won the popular vote, finishing with 40.9 per cent compared with the NDP's 39.9 per cent based on preliminary election results. Clark said she is confident that when absentee ballots are counted, they will strengthen the Liberals' margin of victory.As the incumbent premier and with the most seats, Clark would be expected to get the first opportunity to form a minority government with the support of the Greens.Horgan was not ready to concede defeat, however, saying that British Columbians have waited 16 years for a new government and will have to wait a bit longer until all the votes are counted."This is what we do know: a majority of British Columbians voted for a new government and I believe that's what they deserve," he said.The campaign began four weeks ago with Clark and the Horgan locked in a tight race to be premier, and Weaver hoping to build upon his one seat in the legislature.Weaver looked ecstatic as he addressed supporters in Victoria."What a historic day for British Columbia," he said. "People across British Columbia have shown that they are ready for politics to be done differently."Weaver wasn't ready to tip his hand on whether he would support the Liberals or NDP in a minority government."In the days ahead there will be plenty of discussions taking place between all parties. Now is not the time for those discussions, now is the time for Greens across North America to celebrate," he told a cheering crowd.Andrew Wilkinson, advanced education minister in Clark's government, said definitive results might not be available until the end of the month when absentee ballots and judicial recounts must be completed."It could be some time before this is completely clear."The NDP focused its campaign on the seat-rich Lower Mainland. The party took several Liberal ridings in the city of Vancouver and won a handful of battleground ridings in the suburbs of Metro Vancouver, including seats in Surrey, Coquitlam and Delta.The New Democrats also swept all four ridings in Burnaby, where the prospect of increased tanker traffic from the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion loomed large. Clark endorsed the project after the federal government's approval, but Horgan has promised to use "every tool in the toolbox" to stop it.Several Liberal cabinet ministers lost seats in Metro Vancouver, including Attorney General Suzanne Anton, Technology Minister Amrik Virk and Peter Fassbender, the minister responsible for TransLink.The party did well in rural and Interior B.C., where their pro-resource job message appeared to resonate.The Liberals were trying to win a fifth successive majority government after holding power for 16 years.Clark's campaign strategy marked a return to the Liberals' winning approach in 2013, when she promoted her party as the only one that could create and protect jobs while portraying the NDP as disastrous managers of the economy.While Clark's promise of a booming liquefied natural gas industry has not materialized over the past four years, Clark was able to point to B.C.'s strong economy as proof of the Liberals' financial savvy. The province has Canada's lowest unemployment rate and has led the country in economic growth two years in a row.Horgan sought to portray Clark as out of touch with regular British Columbians who feel the economy is not working for them, while Weaver cast the Greens as political outsiders.The New Democrats' platform contained big-ticket promises including $10-a-day childcare, freezing hydro rates for a year and eliminating tolls on two major Lower Mainland bridges.Weaver reminded voters that his party was the only one to ban corporate and union donations and his promises included electoral reform, increasing the carbon tax and investing millions in clean technology jobs.B.C.'s campaign finance laws dominated headlines before the election began. The province allows unlimited corporate and union donations and the RCMP is investigating fundraising by the province's political parties.After months of pressure, the Liberals committed to convening a panel to review political fundraising. The NDP and Greens have promised an outright ban on corporate and union donations.— With files from Geordon Omand and Gemma Karstens-Smith in Vancouver, and Dirk Meissner in Victoria.Laura Kane, The Canadian Press.
HOMOSEXUALS.(SODOMITE RAINBOW GROUPERS)
13 If a man also lie with mankind,(ANOTHER MAN) as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind,(ANOTHER MAN) as with womankind: it is abomination.
2 TIMOTHY 3:3
3 Without natural affection,(HOMOSEXUALS) trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
1 CORINTHIANS 6:9,
9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate,(HARDENED SODOMITE RAINBOW GROUPERRS) nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:(HOMOSEXUALITY,AND ALL SEX SINS)
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:(LESBIENS)
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly,(SODOMITES) and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.(AIDS ETC)
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
GOD CREATED THEM MALE AND FEMALE IN MARRIAGE
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply,(HAVE LOTS OF CHILDREN) and replenish the earth,(HOMOSEXUALS CAN NOT REPLENISH THE EARTH WITH CHILDREN)(BY HAVING SEX WITH EACH OTHER) and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,
5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?
6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
Amherst to host first-ever Pride parade-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-May 9, 2017
The town of Amherst will be holding its first-ever Pride parade next month."This has been a long time coming," said Dawn Ripley, chair of the Cumberland Pride parade committee."We've gotten the courage and the green light from the town to work together and host this event."The organizing committee is urging businesses to get on board to help support the June 3 event."We have a letter that will be going out in the next few days that will be promoting businesses to dress up their storefronts and get ready for the big Pride celebrations," said Ripley."It's just to show that Amherst is a welcoming, diverse community."Gerard Veldhoven, 76, calls himself an LGBTQ activist for equality. He now lives in New Glasgow, N.S., but called Amherst home for 43 years."To have the parade in a small area in a rural town is quite phenomenal," said Veldhoven, who identifies as bisexual."I think it's very important to further raise awareness and how diverse our population really is."Participants in the parade will gather in Victoria Square. Following the parade through downtown streets, vendors and entertainment will be organized in the park."Our new slogan in town is 'See Why We Love It' and 'we' is all-encompassing," said Amherst Mayor David Kogon."We want to show pride in our people and celebrate diversity."
Oregon moves toward allowing third gender option on drivers' licenses-[Reuters]-By Terray Sylvester-YAHOONEWS-May 10, 2017
PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Oregonians may soon be able to identify themselves as neither male nor female as Oregon works toward becoming the first U.S. state to allow a third gender option on its drivers' licenses and state identification cards.Last June, Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Amy Holmes Hehn granted a request by Army veteran Jamie Shupe, who has been transitioning since 2013, to change the retired sergeant's gender from female to a third, nongender option. It was believed to be the first decision of its kind in the United States."I deserve the right to properly classify my identity here on the homeland," Shupe said in an email to Reuters on Tuesday.The rights of transgender people along with public policy involving gender have become polarizing issues across the United States, most notably in several states, including North Carolina, which have tried to address the use of public bathrooms.Since Shupe's request was granted, Oregon's Department of Motor Vehicles has been researching the state's gender laws and determining how to incorporate the third option into state computer systems, DMV spokesman David House said."It was new territory for everybody," House told Reuters on Tuesday, noting that no other state offers a third gender choice.Oregon's DMV has also fielded comments from the public, holding a hearing on the subject in Eugene last week, with another hearing set for Wednesday evening in Portland.Most public comments have been supportive of the change while a handful have questioned the need and whether this would complicate police officers' efforts to identify people, House said.House said he expects the third option on state licenses and identification cards to be available before the end of July.The nongender status will appear as an “X” on an ID card or driver's license, he said.“I’ll display my X with pride to anyone," Shupe said. "This ID will do just that: celebrate and recognize my uniqueness instead of ostracizing me for it."(Writing by Brendan O'Brien; Editing by Matthew Lewis)
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