SINCE THE RAPTURE OCCURS BEFORE THE FUTURE 7 YR TREATY IS SIGNED, I WONT BE AROUND TO HAVE THE ACTUAL TREATY SIGNING. BUT UNTIL THEN THIS SITE IS DEDICATED TO THE BEGININGS OF THE ISRAELI / ARAB PEACE PROCESS. AND AS CLOSE TO THE 7 YEAR SIGNING THAT WE GET BEFORE THE RAPTURE OF THE SAVED TO HEAVEN. UNTIL WE MEET JESUS IN THE CLOUDS BODILY, AND COME TO EARTH 7 YRS LATER.

Monday, May 07, 2018

LIBERMAN REJECTS ABBAS APOLOGY-CALLS HIM A PATHETIC HOLOCAUST DENIER.

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

LUKE 21:28-29
28 And when these things begin to come to pass,(ALL THE PROPHECY SIGNS FROM THE BIBLE) then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption (RAPTURE) draweth nigh.
29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree,(ISRAEL) and all the trees;(ALL INDEPENDENT COUNTRIES)
30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.(ISRAEL LITERALLY BECAME AND INDEPENDENT COUNTRY JUST BEFORE SUMMER IN MAY 14,1948.)

JOEL 2:3,30
3 A fire devoureth (ATOMIC BOMB) before them;(RUSSIAN-ARAB-MUSLIM ARMIES AGAINST ISRAEL) and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.(ATOMIC BOMB AFFECT)

ZECHARIAH 14:12-13
12 And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their eyes shall consume away in their holes,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB)(BECAUSE NUKES HAVE BEEN USED ON ISRAELS ENEMIES)(GOD PROTECTS ISRAEL AND ALWAYS WILL)
13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.(1/2-3 BILLION DIE IN WW3)(THIS IS AN ATOMIC BOMB EFFECT)

EZEKIEL 20:47
47 And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee, and every dry tree: the flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the south to the north shall be burned therein.

ZEPHANIAH 1:18
18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD'S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.

MALACHI 4:1
1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven;(FROM ATOMIC BOMBS) and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

And here are the bounderies of the land that Israel will inherit either through war or peace or God in the future. God says its Israels land and only Israels land. They will have every inch God promised them of this land in the future.
Egypt east of the Nile River, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, The southern part of Turkey and the Western Half of Iraq west of the Euphrates. Gen 13:14-15, Psm 105:9,11, Gen 15:18, Exe 23:31, Num 34:1-12, Josh 1:4.ALL THIS LAND ISRAEL WILL DEFINATELY OWN IN THE FUTURE, ITS ISRAELS NOT ISHMAELS LAND.12 TRIBES INHERIT LAND IN THE FUTURE

Liberman rejects Abbas apology, calls him a ‘pathetic Holocaust denier’-Palestinian Authority president says sorry 'if people were offended' by speech that claimed Holocaust caused by Jewish banking practices-By TOI staff-MAY 6,18

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman on Friday rejected an apology from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas over a speech blaming Jews’ behavior for the Holocaust, and not anti-Semitism, calling the Palestinian leader “a pathetic Holocaust denier.”“Abu Mazen is a pathetic Holocaust denier who wrote a doctorate on Holocaust denial and later published a book on Holocaust denial,” tweeted Liberman, using Abbas’ nickname.“This is how he should be seen. His apology isn’t accepted,” Liberman said.Earlier, Abbas condemned anti-Semitism and apologized to Jewish people offended by his speech earlier this week in which he blamed Jews’ “social function” for the Holocaust, rather than anti-Semitism.“If people were offended by my statement in front of the [Palestinian National Council], especially people of the Jewish faith, I apologize to them,” Abbas said in a statement from his office.“I would like to assure everyone that it was not my intention to do so, and to reiterate my full respect for the Jewish faith, as well as other monotheistic faiths,” he said.Abbas, who has long been accused of Holocaust denial for his doctoral thesis claiming secret ties between Zionists and the Nazis, also condemned the Holocaust “as the most heinous crime in history.”“Likewise, we condemn anti-Semitism in all its forms, and confirm our commitment to the two-state solution, and to live side by side in peace and security,” he said.Abbas had been castigated by Israel and much of the international community including the United Nations, following an address in which he claimed the Holocaust was the result of Jews’ own behavior.During a lengthy speech Monday in front of hundreds at a rare session of the Palestinian National Council in Ramallah, the 82-year-old PA leader alleged that the Holocaust was not caused by anti-Semitism, but rather by Jews’ “social behavior, [charging] interest and financial matters.”Abbas’s speech has been criticized as anti-Semitic by various political figures in Israel, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, the European Union and Germany, among others. The New York Times called for Abbas’s resignation in an editorial Wednesday.The incendiary content of Abbas’s speech, which was reported by The Times of Israel late Monday night, was not included in the official Palestinian news agency’s English press release about his address or in most initial international coverage of it.Prior to his apology Friday, his senior aide Saeb Erekat sought to claim his words had been distorted by Israel.Netanyahu said after the speech that “apparently a Holocaust-denier remains a Holocaust-denier,” alluding to Abbas’s doctoral dissertation, and called on the international community to condemn the speech and its expression of an anti-Semitism “whose time has come to disappear off the face of the earth.”Abbas touched on a number of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories during what he called a “history lesson,” as he sought to prove the 3,000-year-old Jewish connection to the Land of Israel is false.He said, “Their narrative about coming to this country because of their longing for Zion, or whatever — we’re tired of hearing this. The truth is that this is a colonialist enterprise, aimed at planting a foreign body in this region.”“Those who sought a Jewish state weren’t Jews,” Abbas said, repeating a claim he made in January when he said that the State of Israel was formed as “a colonial project that has nothing to do with Judaism” to safeguard European interests.“From the 11th century until the Holocaust that took place in Germany, those Jews — who moved to Western and Eastern Europe — were subjected to a massacre every 10 to 15 years,” he said. “But why did this happen? They say ‘it is because we are Jews.’”The “proof” that it was not because they were Jews, he asserted, “is that there were Jews in Arab countries. Why wasn’t there ever one incident against Jews because they’re Jews?” he asked. “Not even once. Do you think I’m exaggerating? I challenge you [to find] even one indecent act against Jews in over 1,400 years — because they were Jews in Arab lands.”The Palestinian leader has a history of Holocaust denial. His 1982 doctoral dissertation was titled “The Other Side: the Secret Relationship Between Nazism and Zionism,” and he has in the past been accused of denying the scope of the Holocaust. The dissertation reportedly claimed that the six million figure of Holocaust victims was hugely exaggerated and that Zionist leaders cooperated with the Nazis.Raphael Ahren and AFP contributed to this report.

After blaming Jews for Holocaust, Abbas apologizes and condemns anti-Semitism-Palestinian Authority president says sorry 'if people were offended' by speech that claimed Holocaust caused by Jewish banking practices-By TOI staff-MAY 6,18

Palestine Authority Mahmoud Abbas condemned anti-Semitism and apologized to Jewish people offended by his speech earlier this week in which he blamed Jews’ “social function” for the Holocaust, rather than anti-Semitism.“If people were offended by my statement in front of the [Palestinian National Council], especially people of the Jewish faith, I apologize to them,” Abbas said in a statement from his office.“I would like to assure everyone that it was not my intention to do so, and to reiterate my full respect for the Jewish faith, as well as other monotheistic faiths,” he said.Abbas, who has long been accused of Holocaust denial for his doctoral thesis claiming secret ties between Zionists and the Nazis, also condemned the Holocaust “as the most heinous crime in history.”“Likewise, we condemn anti-Semitism in all its forms, and confirm our commitment to the two-state solution, and to live side by side in peace and security,” he said.Abbas had been castigated by Israel and much of the international community including the United Nations, following a speech on Monday in which he claimed the Holocaust was the result of Jews’ own behavior.During a lengthy speech Monday in front of hundreds at a rare session of the Palestinian National Council in Ramallah, the 82-year-old PA leader alleged that the Holocaust was not caused by anti-Semitism, but rather by Jews’ “social behavior, [charging] interest and financial matters.”Abbas’s speech has been criticized as anti-Semitic by various political figures in Israel, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, the European Union and Germany, among others. The New York Times called for Abbas’s resignation in an editorial Wednesday.The incendiary content of Abbas’s speech, which was reported by The Times of Israel late Monday night, was not included in the official Palestinian news agency’s English press release about his address or in most initial international coverage of it.Prior to his apology Friday, his senior aide Saeb Erekat sought to claim his words had been distorted by Israel.Netanyahu said after the speech that “apparently a Holocaust-denier remains a Holocaust-denier,” alluding to Abbas’s doctoral dissertation, and called on the international community to condemn the speech and its expression of an anti-Semitism “whose time has come to disappear off the face of the earth.”Abbas touched on a number of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories during what he called a “history lesson,” as he sought to prove the 3,000-year-old Jewish connection to the Land of Israel is false.He said, “Their narrative about coming to this country because of their longing for Zion, or whatever — we’re tired of hearing this. The truth is that this is a colonialist enterprise, aimed at planting a foreign body in this region.”“Those who sought a Jewish state weren’t Jews,” Abbas said, repeating a claim he made in January when he said that the State of Israel was formed as “a colonial project that has nothing to do with Judaism” to safeguard European interests.“From the 11th century until the Holocaust that took place in Germany, those Jews — who moved to Western and Eastern Europe — were subjected to a massacre every 10 to 15 years,” he said. “But why did this happen? They say ‘it is because we are Jews.’”The “proof” that it was not because they were Jews, he asserted, “is that there were Jews in Arab countries. Why wasn’t there ever one incident against Jews because they’re Jews?” he asked. “Not even once. Do you think I’m exaggerating? I challenge you [to find] even one indecent act against Jews in over 1,400 years — because they were Jews in Arab lands.”The Palestinian leader has a history of Holocaust denial. His 1982 doctoral dissertation was titled “The Other Side: the Secret Relationship Between Nazism and Zionism,” and he has in the past been accused of denying the scope of the Holocaust. The dissertation reportedly claimed that the six million figure of Holocaust victims was hugely exaggerated and that Zionist leaders cooperated with the Nazis.Raphael Ahren and AFP contributed to this report.

Amid anti-Semitism row, British Labour loses in heavily Jewish London borough-Says one defeated councillor: 'Every Jewish Labour household we visited, people said, Not this time. Activists were being told, 'This is an anti-Semitic party'-By TOI staff and Agencies-MAY 6,18

Britain’s’ Labour Party suffered heavy losses in council elections in Jewish areas following widespread criticism of leader Jeremy Corbyn and his perceived failure to deal with anti-Semitism within his party.Labour, whose leadership many British Jews believe is ignoring or encouraging the proliferation of anti-Semitism in its ranks, failed in Thursday’s elections to win from the Conservatives control of the council of Barnet, which is a northern borough of London where 14 percent of the population is Jewish. The council represents areas such as Golders Green, Hendon and Edgware.Labour has never controlled Barnet Council since the borough’s creation as a municipal unit in 1964, but in West Hendon, which is an area of Barnet, and which the party had held for nearly 40 years, all three Labour candidates lost to Conservative rivals.Barry Rawlings, Labour leader in Barnet, admitted the losses were because his party had not dealt with anti-Semitism properly. “It wasn’t because they disagreed with our manifesto, but because they felt the Labour Party has failed to deal with anti-Semitism at a national level. They are right,” he told the Daily Mail.Rawlings vowed to tackle anti-Semitism and remove it from his party.“I pledge that Barnet Labour will be a beacon to the rest of the Labour Party in tackling and defeating this anti-Semitism virus that has infected our party,” he said. “For me dealing with anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and all forms of hate is not an electoral issue, win or lose, it’s a moral responsibility that defines who we are as a party.”Defeated Labour councilor Adam Langleben told the Guardian that Jews did not want to support the Labour Party even though they may have broadly agreed with its policies.“Every Jewish Labour household we visited, people said, ‘Not this time,'” he said. “Activists were being told, ‘This is a racist party, an anti-Semitic party’, doors were slammed in their faces.”The failures in Barnet followed street protests by Jews against Corbyn, who became Labour leader in 2015. Corbyn in 2009 called Hezbollah operatives his “friends” and Hamas an organization “dedicated towards the good of the Palestinian people and bringing about peace and social justice.”He also defended an artist who drew a mural depicting Jewish men playing monopoly on the backs of black men.He has expressed regret for these statements and vowed to kick out anti-Semites from Labour, but the Board of Deputies of British Jews dismissed these pledges as lip service, citing multiple failures to act on them and the absence of guidelines defining anti-Semitic speech.The street protests were unprecedented and highlighted a deep crisis in relations between representatives of British Jewry and the party that used to be many of their constituents’ political home.The Conservatives also appeared to have benefited in Thursday’s votes from the collapse of the right-wing UK Independence Party (UKIP), which was instrumental in the Brexit vote but has since lost its way.With results in early Friday from 99 of the 150 English councils that were holding elections, the Conservatives had a net loss of two seats, Labour had a net gain of 37 and the Liberal Democrats were up 40. UKIP was down 92.Despite Labour’s gain, it had been expected to do better, and analysts said it had little to celebrate.This is because in local elections in Britain, the party that’s in national government usually loses seats as voters views at an opportunity to kick the party in national power. “For Labour to barely be ahead of the Tories in overall net gains is poor,” Robert Hutton, British political reporter for Bloomberg News, wrote.UKIP general secretary Paul Oakley denied his party was all but over, bizarrely comparing it to the Black Death plague which wiped out as much as a third of Europe’s population in the 14th century.“Think of the Black Death in the Middle Ages. It comes along and it causes disruption and then it goes dormant, and that’s exactly what we are going to do,” he told BBC radio.“Our time isn’t finished because Brexit is being betrayed.”

Abbas re-elected head of PLO executive amid furor over anti-Semitic speech-Palestinian leader does not address uproar regarding his comments, but Palestinian lawmakers accuse Israel and US of trying to distract attention-By TOI staff-MAY 6,18

The Palestine Liberation Organization’s executive committee unanimously reelected Mahmoud Abbas as its leader, the PLO said early Friday, giving the Palestinian Authority president political backing amid an international uproar over remarks he made earlier this week deemed anti-Semitic.The decision to keep Abbas as the head of the PLO’s Executive Committee came at the end of a four-day meeting by the Palestinian National Council in Ramallah, the first such summit in decades. Abbas has led the PLO since the death of Yasser Arafat in November 2004.Talk has ramped up recently over a possible replacement for the 82-year-old statesman. A move by the National Council Thursday to grant the 115-member Central Council authority to assume the political body’s powers is expected to help clear the way to appointing a successor to Abbas and resolve the decade-long rift with the rival Hamas party ruling Gaza.A statement by the council at the close of the meeting early Friday also condemned the US for plans to move its embassy to Jerusalem, rejected a peace plan being formulated by the Trump administration, and empowered the Executive Committee to rescind the PLO’s recognition of Israel.Abbas has come under fire for a Monday speech at the start of the PNC’s days of meetings in which he appeared to blame Jews for the Holocaust, saying it was the Jews’ “social function,” including money-lending, that caused animosity toward them in Europe and led to repeated persecutions and finally the Holocaust. He also portrayed the creation of Israel as a European colonial project, saying “history tells us there is no basis for the Jewish homeland.”The comments have been widely castigated as anti-Semitic and have led to renewed calls in some quarters for Abbas to back away from the Palestinian leadership.On Wednesday, PLO Secretary General Saeb Erekat, a top Abbas backer, sought to claim that the content of his speech — which was televised — had been distorted by Israel, and condemned the accusations leveled at the PA leader.Abbas did not address the furor during a short speech at the closing session late Thursday, according to a transcript from the official Palestinian news agency WAFA released early Friday.In a closing statement, the PNC accused Israeli and American officials of orchestrating a campaign to accuse Abbas of anti-Semitism as a diversionary tactic.Abbas touched on a number of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories during what he called a “history lesson” in his Monday speech, as he sought to prove the 3,000-year-old Jewish connection to the Land of Israel is false.“Their narrative about coming to this country because of their longing for Zion, or whatever — we’re tired of hearing this. The truth is that this is a colonialist enterprise, aimed at planting a foreign body in this region.”He said his arguments were backed by points made by Jewish writers and historians, including a theory often criticized as anti-Semitic that Ashkenazi Jews are not the descendants of the ancient Israelites.He went on to claim that the Holocaust was not the result of anti-Semitism but rather of the Jews’ “social behavior, [charging] interest, and financial matters.”Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Abbas’s remarks were “the pinnacle of ignorance” and that the Palestinian leader was “again reciting the most disgraceful anti-Semitic slogans.”The Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial said in a statement that Abbas’ speech was “replete with antisemitic tropes and distortions of historical facts” and accused the Palestinian president of “blatantly falsifying history to the point of accusing the Jewish victims as being responsible for their own murder.”The UN’s special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, Nickolay Mladenov, said in a statement that “leaders have an obligation to confront anti-Semitism everywhere and always, not perpetuate the conspiracy theories that fuel it.”“Denying the historic and religious connection of the Jewish people to the land and their holy sites in Jerusalem stands in contrast to reality,” he said.US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman on Tuesday censured Abbas, referring him by his nom de guerre and saying he had “reached a new low.”Abu Mazen has reached a new low in attributing the cause of massacres of Jewish people over the years to their "social behavior relating to interest and banks." To all those who think Israel is the reason that we don't have peace, think again.— David M. Friedman (@USAmbIsrael) May 1, 2018-In a tweet, Friedman added, “To all those who think Israel is the reason that we don’t have peace, think again.”US President Donald Trump’s envoy to the region, Jason Greenblatt, also weighed in, saying Abbas’s remarks were “very unfortunate, very distressing & terribly disheartening. Peace cannot be built on this kind of foundation.”He called for widespread condemnation of the Palestinian leader’s assertions.The Holocaust historian Deborah Lipstadt on Tuesday told The Times of Israel the speech constituted “classic anti-Semitism.”President Abbas’ remarks yesterday in Ramallah at the opening of the Palestinian National Congress must be unconditionally condemned by all. They are very unfortunate, very distressing & terribly disheartening. Peace cannot be built on this kind of foundation.— Jason D. Greenblatt (@jdgreenblatt45) May 1, 2018-The Palestinian leader has a history of Holocaust denial. His 1982 doctoral dissertation was titled “The Other Side: the Secret Relationship Between Nazism and Zionism,” and he has in the past been accused of denying the scope of the Holocaust. The dissertation reportedly claimed that the six million figure of Holocaust victims was hugely exaggerated and that Zionist leaders cooperated with the Nazis.AP contributed to this report

Army warns Gazans against flying firebomb kites into Israel-IDF Arabic spokesman tells residents of coastal enclave to stop following Hamas, which is trying to drag them 'into a cycle of terror'-By TOI staff-MAY 6,18

The Israeli military warned Gazans against sending firebomb-bearing kites over the border Thursday, after a slew of incidents in which airborne combustibles launched from the coastal enclave managed to set Israeli fields ablaze.The warning, in a tweet from IDF Arabic spokesman Avichay Adraee, came as both sides braced for fresh demonstrations and clashes expected Friday as part of a weekly series of protests.Adraee tweeted to his 171,000 followers that the Israel Defense Forces would not tolerate the burning kites which have destroyed acres of fields and crops.“The arson phenomenon is not hidden from our eyes, and we are taking it very seriously.” he tweeted in Arabic “Attack kites are not a kids game and we don’t see it that way.”In a subsequent tweet, he advised Gazans to stop being used by their leaders from the Hamas terror group who were trying “to drag you into a cycle of terror.”He said that the army held Hamas, the de facto ruler of the Strip, responsible for all attacks.“I advise you to stop working for Hamas and start working for yourselves to solve your own problems,” he tweeted.For the past several weeks, Gazans have been regularly flying kites outfitted with containers of burning fuel, often including charcoal and bags of sugar to ensure a long, slow burn.The tactic was introduced as part of the “March of Return” demonstrations at the border fence, which began on March 30 and are due to continue through mid-May.The mass protests, which have been taking place every Friday, are being encouraged by Hamas, whose leaders say their goal is the erase the border and “liberate Palestine.”With the number of firebomb kite launches now reaching as many as 15 per day, military planners have begun to consider new measures to end the practice.According to Hadashot TV news and Channel 10, the army is now considering retaliating for kite launches with airstrikes against Hamas infrastructure, as it does each time a rocket is launched from Gaza toward Israel.It is also considering deploying special ground-based snipers and airborne drones capable of destroying the kites in the air — and, Hadashot said, of targeting those on the ground in Gaza launching the kites.Lacking the means and official orders to do more to prevent the arson-by-kite attacks, IDF soldiers have reacted mostly by tracking kites heading over the border and alerting firefighters to reach their landing areas.The tactic, in which a Molotov cocktail is attached to a kite and sent flying over the border into Israel, caused its largest blaze yet on Wednesday, with one fire consuming dozens of acres of grasslands and agricultural fields and burning for six hours near Kibbutz Be’eri despite the best efforts of 10 firefighting teams.The blazes have been aided by hot and dry weather conditions, which are expected to persist through Friday.Judah Ari Gross contributed to this report.

EARTH DESTROYED WITH THE EARTH IN NOAHS DAY(BECAUSE OF SIN,VIOLENCE AND GODLESS PEOPLE)

GENESIS 6:11-13
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.

Hawaii volcano shoots lava into sky, triggering evacuations-Lava seen spurting from cracks in the ground after earthquake, geologists say no way to predict how long the volcanic activity will last-By Caleb Jones-TOI-MAY 6,18

HONOLULU, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupted Thursday, sending lava shooting into the air in a residential neighborhood and prompting mandatory evacuation orders for nearby homes.Hawaii County said steam and lava poured out of a crack in Leilani Estates, which is near the town of Pahoa on the Big Island.Footage shown on local television showed lava spurting into the sky from a crack in a road. Aerial drone footage showed a line of lava snaking through a forest.Resident Jeremiah Osuna captured drone footage of the lava burning through the trees, a scene he described as a “curtain of fire.”“It sounded like if you were to put a bunch of rocks into a dryer and turn it on as high as you could. You could just smell sulfur and burning trees and underbrush and stuff,” he told Honolulu television station KHON.Lava fountains were shooting 150 feet (46 meters) in the air, and molten lava spread out over an area about 200 yards (183 meters) wide behind one house in Leilani Estates, Big Island resident Ikaika Marzo told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.“It sounds like a jet engine. It’s going hard,” he said.Officials said there is no way to predict how long the eruption will continue.Asta Miklius, a geophysicist with the US Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory, told The Associated Press that there is quite a bit of magma in the volcano’s system.“It won’t be just an hours-long eruption probably, but how long it will last will depend on whether the summit magma reservoir gets involved,” she said.County, state and federal officials had been warning residents all week that they should be prepared to evacuate, as an eruption would give little warning. Officials at the US Geological Survey on Thursday raised the volcano’s alert level to warning status, the highest possible, meaning a hazardous eruption is imminent, underway or suspected.The county has ordered evacuations for all of Leilani Estates, which according to the 2010 US Census has a population of 1,500. Hawaii Gov. David Ige also mobilized the Hawaii National Guard to assist with evacuations and security.Ige also signed an emergency proclamation providing state money for response efforts. There are about 770 structures in the subdivision where lava is flowing.Nearby community centers have opened for shelter.Ranson Yoneda, the recreation director for a Pahoa community center, was readying the gymnasium for evacuees after it was selected as a Red Cross evacuation center.He said so far, about 15 people have arrived, some with animals, and they are hungry for information.“They just want to know what’s going on because they were told it’s a mandatory evacuation,” he said by telephone.The US Geological Survey said new ground cracks were reported Thursday afternoon. Hot vapor emerged from a crack and spattering lava began to erupt.Scientists said areas downslope of the erupting vent were at risk of being covered by lava. Leilani Estates appeared to be at greatest risk, but scientists said new vents and outbreaks could occur and it’s not possible to say where.The eruption comes after days of earthquakes rattled the area’s Puna district. A nearby school was closed due to the ongoing seismic activity and several roadways cracked under the strain of the constant temblors.The Puu Oo crater floor began to collapse Monday, triggering a series of earthquakes and pushing the lava into new underground chambers.The collapse caused magma to push more than 10 miles (16 kilometers) downslope toward the populated southeast coastline of the island.USGS geologist Janet Babb said the magma crossed under Highway 130, which leads to a popular volcano access point, on Tuesday night.Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency closed the area to visitors on Tuesday and ordered private tour companies to stop taking people into the region.Most of Kilauea’s activity has been nonexplosive, but a 1924 eruption spewed ash and 10-ton rocks into the sky, leaving one man dead.Puu Oo’s 1983 eruption resulted in lava fountains soaring over 1,500 feet (457 meters) high. In the decades since, the lava flow has buried dozens of square miles of land and destroyed many homes.

STORMS HURRICANES-TORNADOES

LUKE 21:25-26
25 And there shall be signs in the sun,(HEATING UP-SOLAR ECLIPSES) and in the moon,(MAN ON MOON-LUNAR ECLIPSES) and in the stars;(ASTEROIDS ETC) and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity;(MASS CONFUSION) the sea and the waves roaring;(FIERCE WINDS)
26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear,(TORNADOES,HURRICANES,STORMS) and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth:(DESTRUCTION) for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.(FROM QUAKES,NUKES ETC)

THE FIRST JUDGEMENT OF THE EARTH STARTED WITH WATER-IT ONLY MAKES SENSE THE LAST GENERATION WILL BE HAVING FLOODING
GENESIS 7:6-12
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.

Flooding 'far from over' in southern New Brunswick as EMO warns of continuing rising water-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-May 6, 2018

Emergency officials continued today to warn residents about the risk of rising water levels in the southern half of New Brunswick on Friday after a week of severe flooding."This is very much far from over for the southern half of the province," said Geoffrey Downey, a spokesperson for the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization."It's not over for the Fredericton area and other spots either. We're still well past flood stage."- New Brunswick calls in coast guard to help flood relief effort -Downey said a combination of rain and rising temperatures of about 13 C in the north won't help areas south of New Brunswick's capital city.Meanwhile, temperatures are expected to drop overnight and hover around 8 C in the northern part of the province."At night you're not getting any relief, it's not dropping down far enough to slow down [flooding]," Downey said.The province can also expect between 20 and 30 mm of rain in the north.In the central part of the province, about 15 to 25 mmn are expected, with 10 to 20 mm anticipated in the south.Premier Brian Gallant announced on Thursday that the province has enlisted help from the Canadian Coast Guard during the worst spring flood in over 80 years.The coast guard and the Emergency Measures Organization will determine details of its involvement, the premier said.As evacuations continue along the lower basin of the St. John River, emergency officials warned residents that the water levels will surpass record highs in many areas, and they are expected to continue rising for at least five days."The water is being pushed in areas that no one has ever seen before, you don't know how the water is going to behave," Downey said.​Officials urge anyone in communities such as Grand Lake, Jemseg, Gagetown, Hampstead, Belleisle, Oak Point, Grand Bay-Westfield, Quispamsis and Saint John to be on high alert.Gallant again urged residents to leave their homes while they still can.- Premier warns N.B. residents of flood levels never seen before - 'This is pretty crazy': Flooding inundates Saint John homes and businesses -As of Thursday night, 468 people were registered with the Red Cross from across the province."Even if you don't need help, even if you're an old pro at securing your property and getting out safely, we really would like you to register with the Red Cross so we have an accurate picture of what people are doing," said Downey.The province launched a disaster financial assistance program earlier this week, which will help individuals, small businesses and municipalities that suffered property damage from flooding.Water levels continue to rise-Saint John reached the 1973 high mark of 5.4 metres during high tide early Thursday morning. The level is expected to peak at 5.9 metres on Monday.The city is urging more than 2,000 residents to leave their homes — about 1,400 of them live in the Westfield Road area, which has been isolated by floodwaters."Get out, stay out and stay away," said Saint John Mayor Don Darling. "I think it's getting very serious here and there's a lot more water to come and it's unpredictable."Supporting a sister city-Fredericton Mayor Mike O'Brien said the city is willing to offer support to Saint John by providing public transit buses, command posts and any other kind of expertise if needed.The local mayor said the cost of those resources doesn't matter in times of crisis."Our hearts go out to the folks downriver and the good folks in Saint John as well," he said. "Stay safe and stay strong Saint John."The record upriver in Oak Point, also from 1973, is 5.74 metres. The river is expected to rise to 5.8 metres Friday and six metres by Sunday.Maugerville is projected to approach its all-time level of 7.11 metres by Friday, hovering around seven metres, and the Sheffield level has already passed the record mark of 6.45 metres and will rise and hold at 6.8 metres until Tuesday.Water levels in Jemseg and the Grand Lake area are expected to remain stable, but well above flood stage, about 6.6 metres and 6.7 metres, respectively, for the next five days."The real question is, how high is it going to go in the point south of Fredericton?" said Downey."Saint John has already beat its flood record, Jemseg and Maugerville are certainly on the cusp, and other points like Sheffield and Grand Lake and Oak Point, they could do so as well."Water levels in Fredericton will remain around the eight-metre mark for the 72 hours and start to decline.Roads still closed-Floodwaters forced the closure of the Trans-Canada Highway between Fredericton and Moncton on Thursday and could remain closed for several days.Downey said the road will reopen again once water levels drop."That's closed on an 'as needed basis."More than 140 provincial roads, bridges and culverts have been affected by flooding, including about 80 road closures. That number is still expected to rise."This is unprecedented flooding in a lot of places," said Downey. "It's very hard to put a number on when things can open."

Opinion-Ratifying CETA after 'Achmea scandal' is anti-European By Laura Gintalaite and Layla Hughes-MAY 4,18-EUOBSERVER

BRUSSELS, Today, 11:50-Keeping the European project alive requires EU members to abide by the principle of loyalty to European institutions.With the Achmea decision, any EU country that ratifies the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) before the decision of the European Court of Justice on CETA's investment provisions compliance with the European treaties, will be breaking the principle of loyalty to European Union institutions.Although few people in Europe have heard about the ECJ's 'Achmea ruling', the case will have far-reaching consequences and it is important for member states to understand the implications of the case quickly, especially those states that are considering ratifying CETA.In 2008, Achmea, a Dutch financial insurance company, using its privilege as a foreign investor under the Slovakia-Netherlands Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT), succeeded in winning an arbitration award that required Slovakia to pay for the costs to the company from the health insurance reform.Slovakia challenged the award in a German court, which asked the ECJ to give its opinion as to whether the BIT was compatible with EU law.The fundamental problem with investor-state arbitration, in the court's view, is that they "remove from the jurisdiction of their own courts, and hence from the system of judicial remedies which [EU law] requires them to establish in the fields covered by EU law, disputes which may concern the application or interpretation of EU law".The ECJ decided that because arbitration tribunals set up through investor-state dispute settlement are not part of the EU judicial system, because such tribunals may resolve disputes that relate to the application or interpretation of EU law, and because the awards of the tribunal are not subject to review by member state courts, the decisions of these tribunals are not compatible with EU law.The immediate effect of the ECJ decision was that the people of Slovakia will not have to pay €22m to Achmea simply because their government decided that health insurance should not be for profit.But more broadly, this monumental decision casts a shadow on the legality of investor protection clauses in Europe's many free trade agreements, including CETA, currently in national ratification phase.Belgium had already requested the ECJ to determine whether the investment provisions in CETA are in compliance with the EU Treaties, but the court's reasoning in Achmea strongly suggests that the answer will be no.As an earlier decision by the ECJ clarified, the general duty of loyalty resulting from the Treaty of the EU is that member states have an obligation to "have recourse to the [Union] judicial system and to respect the court's exclusive jurisdiction, which is a fundamental feature of that system."As part of this duty of loyalty, member states are under a legal obligation not to ratify agreements that are contrary to EU law.As professor of European law at the University of Amsterdam and director of the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance Christina Eckes puts, "In the light of the foreseeable risk that CJEU declares the CETA investment chapter to be capable of undermining the autonomy of the EU legal order, member states are required by the principle of EU loyalty to halt ratification."The Lithuanian Parliament ratified CETA last week, becoming the second country (after Sweden) to do so after Achmea scandal, and thus endangering European principles.Lithuania's decision to ratify CETA before the ECJ's decision not only violated the state's duty of loyalty to the EU, but is also contrary to the pro-European nature of Lithuania, whose institutions typically embraced EU law wholeheartedly.In support of their loyalty to the EU, other countries should not proceed with ratifying CETA until the ECJ has reached its ruling.In order to save the European project, a respect to EU law must be shown.Layla Hughes is Senior Attorney at the Center for International Environmental Law, Laura Gintalaite is a freelance trade campaigner.

SINS OF PEOPLE

ISAIAH 5:20-25
20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
21 Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!
22 Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink:
23 Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!
24 Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.
25 Therefore is the anger of the LORD kindled against his people, and he hath stretched forth his hand against them, and hath smitten them: and the hills did tremble, and their carcases were torn in the midst of the streets. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.

2 TIMOTHY 3:1-5
1 This know also, that in the last days perilous (DANGEROUS) times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

1 TIMOTHY 1:9
9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,
10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;

ROMANS 3:13-18
13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:
14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:
15 Their feet are swift to shed blood:
16 Destruction and misery are in their ways:
17 And the way of peace have they not known:
18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.

2 TIMOTHY 4:3-4
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

DECIEVERS WAXING WORSE AND WORSE.

2 TIMOTHY 3:13
13 But evil men and seducers (RAPERS AND SEX SIN DOERS) shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

MORE SIN SIGNS

EPHESIANS 5:5-8
5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them.
8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

1 CORINTHIANS 6:9-10
9  Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers,(sex while married) nor effeminate,(HARDENED SODOMITES) nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
10  Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards,(ALCOHOLICS) nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

JEREMIAH 17:9
9  The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

LUKE 6:43-45
43  For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
44  For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.
45  A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

MATTHEW 15:17-20
17  Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?
18  But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.
19  For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:

MARK 7:21-23
21  For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,
22  Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:
23  All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.

GALATIONS 5:19-21
19  Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21  Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

REV 22:15
15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers,(DRUG ADDICTS-PUSHERS) and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

Wife: Cosby convicted by 'mob justice, not real justice'-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-May 3, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — Bill Cosby's wife called Thursday for a criminal investigation into the suburban Philadelphia prosecutor behind his sexual assault conviction, saying the case that could put the 80-year-old comedian in prison for the rest of his life was "mob justice, not real justice" and a "tragedy."Camille Cosby made her first comments on the verdict in a three-page statement sent to the media through a family spokesman, as institutions from Hollywood to Madison Avenue continued to wipe away the remnants of his legacy. He was expelled on Thursday from the motion picture academy and the Advertising Hall of Fame.Camille Cosby compared her husband of 54 years, convicted a week ago on three counts of aggravated indecent assault, to Emmett Till and other blacks mistreated by the justice system."Once again, an innocent person has been found guilty based on an unthinking, unquestioning, unconstitutional frenzy propagated by the media and allowed to play out in a supposed court of law," she said. "This is mob justice, not real justice. This tragedy must be undone not just for Bill Cosby, but for the country."Camille Cosby, 74, said chief accuser Andrea Constand was a liar whose testimony about being drugged and molested at Cosby's home in January 2004 was "riddled with innumerable, dishonest contradictions."She echoed Cosby's lawyers, who contended that Constand framed him to score a big payday.Cosby is on house arrest while awaiting sentencing. His lawyers have vowed to appeal.Her statement did not address behaviour Cosby has admitted to, such as philandering and contention that he was having a consensual affair with Constand.Constand's lawyer bristled at the statement and asked, "why would any reputable outlet publish that?""Twelve honourable jurors — peers of Cosby — have spoken," lawyer Dolores Troiani said. "There is nothing else that needs to be said."Constand said in a tweet last week that "Truth prevails." The jury said in a statement Monday that she was "credible and compelling."Prosecutors opposing a request for juror names from The Associated Press and other news media outlets urged a judge on Thursday to consider a "cooling off" before they're disclosed. They cited a 90-day wait in the case of Casey Anthony, the Florida mother acquitted in 2011 of charges she killed her young daughter.Camille Cosby stayed away from both of her husband's trials, except for the defence's closing arguments. She and Bill Cosby had five children — two of whom have died — and she served as his business manager.Before the jury came in last week to hear from Cosby's lawyers, she went to the defence table and put her arm around Cosby, who is legally blind. They embraced, smiled and chatted, and he gave her a peck on the cheek.When it was the prosecution's turn to argue, she left the courtroom, and Constand entered.Constand sued Cosby in 2005 when prosecutors dropped a criminal investigation after four weeks. Cosby wound up settling for nearly $3.4 million after giving four days of depositions, including testimony about giving quaaludes to women before sex, that a juror said Monday was instrumental in his conviction.Camille Cosby compared the dozens of other women who've accused her husband to a "lynch mob" spurred on by the media's "frenzied, relentless demonization" of the man who earned a reputation as America's Dad playing Dr. Cliff Huxtable on the top-rated family sitcom "The Cosby Show."She compared his treatment to Till, the black teenager who was kidnapped and murdered after witnesses said he whistled at a white woman in a Mississippi grocery store in 1955, and Darryl Hunt, a black man wrongly convicted of raping and killing a white woman in North Carolina in 1984. Constand is white."Someday the truth will prevail, it always does," Camille Cosby said.She said her husband's prosecution was politically motivated, repeating his team's contention that he had been a pawn in a heated race for district attorney.Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele attacked opponent Bruce Castor in campaign ads over his decision not to charge Cosby in 2005 and announced Cosby's arrest a month after winning the November 2015 election.She said Steele and his team were "exploitive and corrupt" and that their "primary purpose is to advance themselves professionally and economically at the expense of Mr. Cosby's life.""If they can do this to Mr. Cosby, they can do so to anyone," she said.Steele's office declined to comment.The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, as Constand has done.___Follow Sisak at twitter.com/mikesisak___Michael R. Sisak, The Associated Press.

United Conservative Party denied permission to march in Edmonton Pride parade-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-May 5, 2018

Edmonton's Pride festival has rejected an application by Alberta's Opposition United Conservative Party to participate in its parade.The Edmonton Pride Festival Society says the party did not meet criteria that include connecting with the community, having policies and values that include the community and being sincere in an application."When the committee reviewed the application of the United Conservative Party, they found it did not meet expectations," the society said in a release Thursday.It said the party didn't include any actions it would take to support the LGBTQ community."Compared to other applications, the content was sparse," the society said. "It did not include any details as to how they would be supportive of the community, only that they say they will."In its application, which the party posted on Twitter, the United Conservatives said they believe in equality for all."It is important that Albertans understand that the United Conservative Party, as the official Opposition, is an inclusive and welcoming organization," said the application. "Beyond that, it is important to us to be a part of this vibrant and joyful celebration of Edmonton's LGBTQ2S+ community and to clearly demonstrate our support."Party leader Jason Kenney and his caucus declined to comment on the Pride decision. They called it a party matter and referred questions to the party.The United Conservative Party's executive director Janice Harrington said the application speaks for itself.Kris Wells, assistant professor in the education faculty at the University of Alberta, said he's not surprised that the application was rejected."Being in a Pride parade is a privilege not a right," he said. "It's something that needs to be earned through more than just words, but actions."Wells, who is also faculty director of the university's Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services, said the party hasn't shown it values the community."It's very concerning that the UCP would even apply to march in a Pride parade given the comments from Jason Kenney about gay-straight alliances, outing LGBT youth in schools without their consent and even, most recently, the policy resolutions that have been presented for this weekend's inaugural policy convention, many of which are extremely homophobic and transphobic."The United Conservatives were also denied permission to march in the Calgary Pride parade last year but some legislature members attended as spectators.Kenney, a UCP leadership hopeful at the time, initially said he could not attend the parade because he had not been invited. A spokesperson later said Kenney's day was booked with several multicultural events.Alberta Party house leader Greg Clark said his party will be at the parade. He said he understands why the United Conservative application was rejected."They're not supportive of that community," said Clark. "If you are not supportive of that community, Pride is well within their right to choose who marches in their parade."NDP cabinet minister Ricardo Miranda, who is gay, said the NDP will march in the parade because "we've been very solid on this particular issue." He said he and fellow members, Estefania Cortes-Vargas and Michael Connolly, have "put forward policies and government directions that have supported the community."— With files from Dean Bennett at the Alberta legislature-Colette Derworiz, The Canadian Press.

Alberta United Conservatives walk out of chamber as abortion clinic bill debated-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-May 6, 2018

EDMONTON — Alberta's Opposition United Conservatives sat stonefaced and silent Thursday, looking at phones and tablets as opponents accused them of misogyny and political cowardice over the government's proposed abortion clinic buffer zone bill.When it came time to vote, the United Conservatives walked out of the chamber.Party leader Jason Kenney was not in the house and his caucus said no one would be commenting.Premier Rachel Notley told reporters, "To be scared to talk to people about your position ... is absolutely ridiculous. It doesn't show leadership. It shows ducking, diving, hiding from what your real agenda is."That shows a tremendous level of political cowardice."Deputy Premier Sarah Hoffman told the house it was cruel irony that the United Conservative members come to work every day surrounded by security in the legislature but would not vote to extend a modicum of the same protection to women exercising their medical rights."We're asking for them to have some safety, some protection and some dignity," said Hoffman.The bill would create 50 metre zones, tied to hefty fines, around abortion clinics to keep away those who would harass clinic patients and staff.Alberta's two main abortion clinics, in Edmonton and Calgary, already have civil restraining orders in place, but clinic officials say the protesters ignore them.The bill was voted on twice Thursday.About eight to 10 members were present on the UCP side to listen to debate in the morning and afternoon, but all left the chamber when the votes were called.The first vote was on a motion by Independent MLA Derek Fildebrandt, a former UCP member, who was turfed from caucus in a disagreement with Kenney.Fildebrandt said that while the abuse at the clinics is intolerable, the bill should be pulled and overhauled to broaden the no-abuse zone to other public venues as well.The NDP defeated the motion, but just before the vote Fildebrandt, scanning the sea of empty chairs to his right, elicited laughs from the NDP when he shouted across the aisle, "We should pass (the amendment) just to screw with them (the UCP)!"When the bill was voted on at second reading, Fildebrandt was the lone dissenter.After shouting "Nay" to the bill, he again scanned the void on his side of the chamber and then playfully announced himself as "Leader of the Opposition" to more laughs and desk-thumping.The Alberta Party, the Liberals and Independent PC member Richard Starke also voted for the bill in second reading, with more debate still to come.Alberta Party house leader Greg Clark said, "They (the UCP) are not doing their job as MLAs. If they want to vote against Bill 9 they should have the guts to do that. Walking out is not representing their constituents."NDP backbencher Robyn Luff told the house, "People who oppose this are fundamentally opposing women and women's rights."It's like, 'You're misogyny is showing.'"After the second vote, NDP caucus shouted "Shame" as the UCP members immediately re-entered the chamber.The bill has become a political wedge between Kenney's UCP and Notley's NDP.Kenney is a longtime abortion critic but has said he won't legislate on it.He has called the buffer zone bill political gamesmanship by the NDP and has said he and his members will not participate.Kenney has said existing court protections suffice.Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press.

Trudeau vows cannabis will be legal by summer as senators urge delay-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-May 5, 2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday recreational cannabis use will be legal by summer, despite calls from some senators to put off legalization by up to a year to allow for further consultation with Indigenous communities.Speaking to reporters alongside the Portuguese prime minister today, Trudeau said it should come as no surprise that the Liberal government is determined to enact its marijuana policy in its first mandate given the pre-election pledge the party made to dismantle prohibition."We have been working with our partners across the country to make this happen and we are going to be moving forward this summer on the legalization of cannabis," he said."Obviously, as I've said many times, this is not an event, this is a process, and we will continue to work with our partners in the municipalities, in provinces and Indigenous leadership in communities to make sure we're doing this right and moving forward in a responsible way."The Senate's Aboriginal peoples committee suggested Bill C-45, the legislation that will do away with criminal sanctions on adult cannabis possession, should be amended to allow for a delay in implementation of up to a year.Indigenous communities need more time, Senate told-The committee said the government should take the extra time to make certain "culturally sensitive" materials are available to warn Indigenous peoples about the risks of consuming cannabis, and to negotiate a revenue-sharing deal with First Nations governments to ensure they get a cut of the millions of dollars expected to be collected in excise taxes on the drug.The senators also recommended the federal government set aside 20 per cent of all licenses for cannabis producers for Indigenous peoples so they can pursue business ventures.Manny Jules, chief commissioner of the First Nations Tax Commission, urged senators to amend the bill to, among other things, give Indigenous communities the resources to develop cannabis-related laws and regulations on-reserve, fund campaigns to educate young people about the dangers of the drug and bolster First Nations police forces.The Senate committee, chaired by Liberal Saskatchewan Sen. Lillian Dyck, made those recommendations after hearing from a number of Indigenous representatives who said federal consultation with their communities on the bill has been woefully inadequate.The government has said the task force created by the government to study the issue before the introduction of legislation met with Indigenous peoples and heard their concerns.The 148-page Bill C-45 is silent on the role Indigenous communities will play under the new legal framework for cannabis. In fact, the word "Aboriginal" is mentioned only once in the "definitions" section of the bill.Chiefs gathered at special meeting of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) this week also passed a resolution demanding the government give First Nations governments the authority they need to levy excise taxes on cannabis grown and sold on reserves. The First Nations Fiscal Management Act (FNFMA) would have to be amended to allow for such powers.Home cultivation challenged-The call for a delay comes as other stakeholders are raising the alarm about the plan to allow Canadians to grow up to four cannabis plants in their homes.The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) warned this week that allowing such small grow-ops to flourish could cause home prices to drop — or make some properties uninsurable because financial institutions are reluctant to protect properties once used for these purposes because of the possibility of structural damage.The country's police services say they also fear home-growing could lead to more property crime.As a result, two provinces — Quebec and Manitoba — have said they will ban home cultivation, despite the federal legislation.Trudeau said today he expects all provinces to follow the federal law as it's written — a signal to Quebec and Manitoba that the federal government might not stand for limits on the law's scope."The decision and the ways we have chosen to move forward are based on months, if not years, of consultations with experts and looking at best practices around the world and looking at the best way to eliminate criminal elements," Trudeau said in French."The decision on home cultivation of up to four plants was based on logic and evidence and it's one that we will continue to establish as part of the federal framework."Appearing before a Senate committee in March, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said Ottawa would not challenge provincial laws on home cultivation, but the federal government could not stop individuals from taking the matter into their own hands."If that is the case, they would go to court and there would be discussions about the conflict of laws, if there is a conflict of laws between the provincial and the federal law. And if there is a conflict, then the federal law will prevail," Wilson-Raybould said.The Senate's social affairs committee is considering the amendment suggested by the Aboriginal peoples committee, and other recommendations made by four other Red Chamber committees studying the historic legislation.The Senate's leaders have agreed to have a third reading vote on or before June 7. If the Senate amends the bill, the House of Commons would then have to accept those changes before they take effect.The federal government has said that once the bill is passed, full legalization would follow eight to 12 weeks after to allow provinces to get their own systems up and running.

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