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.

Thursday, July 05, 2018

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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

Palestinian teen shot in Jerusalem embassy Gaza border protests dies of wounds-Hamas-run health ministry says Mahmoud al-Gharabli, 16, had been in critical condition since sustaining a head injury on May 14; death brings day's death toll to at least 63-By AFP and TOI staff-JUL 4,18

A Palestinian teen shot by Israeli forces in May during major clashes on the Gaza border died of his wounds on Wednesday, the Hamas-run health ministry said.“Mahmoud al-Gharabli, 16, died after being injured in the head east of Gaza City on May 14,” ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said.Gharabli’s death brings the number of Palestinians killed on that day — when thousands approached the heavily guarded border fence as the United States moved its Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem — to at least 63, according to the health ministry.Since the organized protests and clashes began along the Gaza border on March 30, more than 130 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire. Dozens of the fatalities were members of terror groups, Hamas and Islamic Jihad have acknowledged.Israel said its troops were defending the border and accused Hamas of trying to carry out terror attacks under the cover of the protests.The protests at Israel’s border peaked on the day al-Gharabli was injured, when some 40,000 Gazans protested along the fence and violent clashes took place between troops and Palestinians.In addition to the border protests, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have launched countless kites, balloons and inflated latex condoms bearing flammable materials, and occasionally explosives, into Israeli territory, sparking near-daily fires that have burned thousands of acres of farmland, parks and forests.The Israeli military says it has insisted its soldiers adhere to the rules of engagement to defend Israeli civilians and security infrastructure from attacks cloaked by the protests.But Israeli leaders have been split on how to respond to those responsible for the airborne arson attacks, with some calling for the IDF to shoot the kite flyers and balloon launchers on sight, while others argue that it would be a step too far.The IDF has carried out multiple warning strikes in recent weeks at groups of Gazans preparing to launch incendiary devices toward Israel. The army has said repeatedly that it will act to prevent the launch of the airborne incendiary devices and explosives.Last Wednesday, the Israeli military carried out a number of strikes in Gaza in response to the launches. Terror groups in Gaza launched over a dozen rockets toward Israel in retaliation for the strikes, setting off warning sirens and sending thousands of Israelis to bomb shelters.In recent weeks, the military has adopted a policy of targeting Hamas positions in response to repeated incendiary kite and balloon attacks from Gaza in an effort to force the group, which rules the coastal enclave, to stop launching the arson devices and to force others in the Strip to abandon the tactic as well.However, Hamas is attempting to maintain that the near-constant airborne arson attacks, which have burned thousands of acres of Israeli land, do not warrant retaliatory strikes by Israel and therefore accuses Jerusalem of violating the tacit ceasefire between the two sides.“Bombings will be answered with bombings,” Hamas said after its rocket attacks last week.Israeli leaders have warned that the military is prepared to take more intense offensive action against the phenomenon.

Netanyahu: Rouhani’s attempts to stave off US sanctions will fail-PM says Iran displaying 'brazen gall' in seeking European economic guarantees, even as it plans attacks on the continent-By TOI staff-4 July 2018

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday said Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will fail in his bid to stave off American sanctions during his ongoing lobbying trip to Europe to salvage the 2015 nuclear deal.Rouhani arrived late Tuesday in Vienna hoping to boost economic cooperation to help offset the return of US sanctions following Washington’s pullout from the historic deal. His visit came after the arrest of an Iranian diplomat, along with five others, over an alleged bomb plot against opposition exiles in Paris.The prime minister accused Iran of “hypocrisy” in seeking European support, even as its diplomat was implicated in planning an alleged bomb attack.“This week there was an example of Iran’s boundless hypocrisy and brazen gall,” Netanyahu said, speaking at the Underground Prisoners Museum in Acre. “This week the president of Iran met with leaders in Europe in order to try and overcome President Trump’s sanctions regime – and I tell you that this attempt will fail – even as Iran planned a terrorist attack on French soil in Europe.”“It was no coincidence that this attack was thwarted,” the prime minister added cryptically, possibly hinting at an Israeli link to the foiled attack.In May, the prime minister said that Israel’s security services and intelligence services had prevented terrorist attacks in over 30 countries, and in January said that Israel has prevented hijacked airplanes from crashing into European cities.On Tuesday, after the plot was uncovered, Netanyahu had urged European countries to call off planned talks with Iran over preserving the nuclear deal.The prime minister on Wednesday called on Europe to stop funding Iran.“Stop financing the terrorist regime that is financing terrorism against you on your soil,” he said. “Enough with the policy of appeasement and weakness regarding Iran.”Netanyahu said Israel would continue to act to protect itself.“Against those who threaten to destroy Israel we are taking strong action to ensure the future of Israel,” he said. “Even when we are the few against the many and when it is necessary to stand against the entire world we do this here, in our region; we do it in the international arena, we break down wall after wall, and sometimes it is necessary to break down walls of hypocrisy.”In a move staunchly backed by Israel, US President Donald Trump unilaterally pulled out of the nuclear agreement nearly two months ago and reinstated sanctions, to the ire of the other signatories — China, France, Germany, Britain and Russia — which along with the European Union have continued to back the accord.The nuclear deal has been the cornerstone of Rouhani’s policy of greater openness with the West, and the US departure has seen him severely criticized by ultra-conservatives at home.Iran’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, has demanded Europe provide a number of economic guarantees in order for Tehran to continue its commitment.Increasing the pressure on Iran’s European partners, he ordered preparations be made to quickly restart nuclear activities in case talks collapse.AFP contributed to this report.

IDF chief visits Golan Heights as masses of Syrians flee to the area-Israel reportedly working with UN forces to set up safe zones near the border to protect the tens of thousands displaced by dictator Assad's renewed offensive-By Judah Ari Gross-TOI-4 July 2018

IDF chief Gadi Eisenkot and other top military officers traveled to the Israel-Syria border on Wednesday to hear updated assessments from soldiers in the field about the battle raging next door between Syrian dictator Bashar Assad’s forces and rebel groups in the Daraa province, the army said.“During the visit, the IDF chief of staff held a situational assessment about the fighting in Syria and the preparedness of the Northern Command,” the army said in a statement.Last month, Assad and his Russian allies launched a renewed offensive against rebel holdouts in the country’s southwest. Bombing raids by the Russian and Syrian air forces, along with a ground offensive, have resulted in dozens of deaths and the displacement of over a quarter of a million Syrians, according to UN assessments.Tens of thousands of displaced Syrians have made their way toward the Israeli Golan Heights, settling in overflowing, under-resourced tent cities near the border. In some cases, the displaced person camps are located some 100 meters from the security fence, clearly visible from Israel.The Walla news site on Wednesday reported that Israel was quietly working with the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force, which is meant to keep the peace between Israel and Syria, in order to set up “safe zones” near the border where Syrian civilians can be spared the Assad regime’s onslaught.Israel, which has technically been at war with Syria since 1948, has offered humanitarian assistance to residents of the country’s southwest, including taking in injured Syrians for medical treatment, but has repeatedly stated that it will not allow refugees to cross the border.“The IDF is tracking what is happening in Syria and is prepared for a variety of scenarios in order to protect the security situation along the border. The IDF will continue to provide humanitarian aid to residents of the area in Syrian territory, and will also prevent the entrance of refugees into the territory of the State of Israel,” the army said Wednesday.During this trip, Eisenkot heard from the head of the Northern Command, Maj. Gen. Yoel Strick, and Brig. Gen. Amit Fisher, who commands the 210th Bashan Division, which guards the Syrian border.He was joined on his visit by the head of the IDF Operations Maj. Gen. Aharon Haliva, the head of the IDF Planning Directorate Maj. Gen. Amir Abulafiya and the head of the Military Intelligence’s Research Division Brig. Gen. Dror Shalom.Eisenkot visited the United States this week on an official work trip, in part to discuss the recent developments in southern Syria as well as Iran’s military entrenchment in the war-torn country.The US, Russia and Jordan are said to be in negotiations over the fate of the largely rebel-held Daraa and Quneitra provinces of southern Syria. Since the start of Assad’s offensive, a number of towns in Daraa have surrendered, while others have rebuffed offers for so-called “reconciliation” and vowed to fight.The UN Security Council was scheduled to hold an emergency meeting on Thursday to discuss the Syrian army’s offensive against rebel groups in southern Syria that has forced some 300,000 people to flee toward the Jordanian and Israeli borders, diplomats said.Sweden, which holds the rotating Security Council presidency, requested the closed-door meeting along with Kuwait, Swedish diplomats said Tuesday.The United Nations estimates that between 270,000 and 330,000 Syrians have fled since the bombings began in the southwestern province of Daraa on June 19.For Thursday’s meeting, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs will report to the 15 Council members about the humanitarian situation in Daraa.The increased violence “indicates yet another failure by the parties of the conflict to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure,” Sweden’s UN mission said.“Efforts must be intensified to de-escalate violence, also to enable the UN cross-border convoy from Jordan that is on standby at the border to deploy as soon as possible.”Jordan and Israel have said their borders would remain closed, even as tens of thousands of Syrians have fled the government offensive.Jordan, which has recorded some 650,000 Syrian refugees to the UN on its soil, says it can no longer accept more. It too has provided some humanitarian aid to the displaced Syrians.“Intense air and ground-based strikes have reportedly continued in multiple areas in Syria’s Daraa Governorate, resulting in the death and injury of civilians and the largest displacement in the area since the conflict began,” UN deputy spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters.“The situation of internally displaced people at the Jordanian border is precarious, aggravated by dusty desert winds and high temperatures of up to 45 degrees Celsius (113 Fahrenheit).”He pointed to local reports of at least 12 children, two women and one elderly man who have died near the Jordanian border from scorpion bites, dehydration and disease spread through contaminated water.Haq said the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights had urged Jordan to open its border and for other countries in the region to welcome the civilian refugees.More than 350,000 people have been killed since Syria’s brutal civil war began in 2011, with millions more displaced. All international calls to halt the offensive in Daraa have so far fallen on deaf ears.AFP and Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

Police find 'items of interest' at home linked to accused killer Bruce McArthur-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-July 4, 2018

Toronto police say "items of interest" yet to be identified have been found at a property where accused serial killer Bruce McArthur worked as a landscaper.Police had already found the remains of seven men buried in planters at the property in midtown Toronto, but resumed digging at the property on Wednesday.McArthur, 66, has been charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of eight men with ties to Toronto's gay village.Police spokeswoman Meaghan Gray says investigators originally did a dig at the property over the winter and nothing was found.She says it was decided to revisit all the properties where McArthur worked again when the springtime hit and the thaw was done.Gray says canine units found "a number of different spots" of interest on the property when they returned in the spring."We did find ... items of interest," Gray said Wednesday evening."They have been taken away by the coroner's office where they will undergo testing and, until the coroner has been able to do their testing, I'm unable to confirm exactly what it is," Gray said.Police dogs also searched about 100 other properties with links to McArthur's landscaping business but found nothing, she said.The excavation began Wednesday and is expected to last multiple weeks, Gray added.McArthur, currently in custody at a western Toronto jail, is alleged to have killed Selim Esen, Skandaraj Navaratnam, Andrew Kinsman, Majeed Kayhan, Dean Lisowick, Soroush Mahmudi, Abdulbasir Faizi and Kirushna Kanagaratnam.His case is scheduled to return to court on July 23.The Canadian Press.

Israel's Shin Bet spy service partners with private start-ups-[Reuters]-YAHOONEWS-July 4, 2018

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's domestic intelligence service Shin Bet said on Wednesday it had teamed up with seven private Israeli start-ups to find unconventional approaches to technological challenges.The start-ups, chosen from among 100 contenders for the maiden Shin Bet accelerator, focus on realms like artificial intelligence, data-based prediction, automated document scanning and screening out disinformation, an agency spokesman said."This move reflects our understand that there are brains on the outside, people who may not have the personality or skills for government employment, but who do have a novel approach and technologies that we might want," the spokesman said.Each start-up won a $50,000 grant to develop a response for a task set by the Shin Bet, whose roles include counter-espionage, counter-terrorism and security for Israeli government officials and diplomatic missions abroad. Tel Aviv University's venture capital fund TAU Ventures is also involved in the accelerator.The Shin Bet's outreach to the private sector follows a similar move by its overseas intelligence counterpart Mossad, which last year set up a fund offering grants of up to 2 million shekels ($548,000) per project to acquire new spy ideas.(Writing by Dan Williams; Editing by Tova Cohen)

OZONE DEPLETION JUDGEMENT ON THE EARTH DUE TO SIN

ISAIAH 30:26-27
26 Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold,(7X OR 7-DEGREES HOTTER) as the light of seven days, in the day that the LORD bindeth up the breach of his people,(ISRAEL) and healeth the stroke of their wound.
27 Behold, the name of the LORD cometh from far, burning with his anger, and the burden thereof is heavy: his lips are full of indignation, and his tongue as a devouring fire:

MATTHEW 24:21-22,29
21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
22 And except those days should be shortened,(DAY LIGHT HOURS SHORTENED) there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake (ISRAELS SAKE) those days shall be shortened (Daylight hours shortened)(THE ASTEROID HITS EARTH HERE)
29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

REVELATION 16:7-9
7 And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.
8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.
9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.

At least 17 deaths in Quebec attributed to heat-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-Jul. 4, 2018, 10:57 p.m.

The sweltering heat and suffocating humidity that have blanketed Eastern and Central Canada have contributed to the deaths of at least 17 people in Quebec over the last few days, health officials said Wednesday. And with the muggy temperatures expected to persist for at least another two days, authorities are urging people to remain vigilant.Montreal health officials said there have been 12 heat-related deaths since the weekend, while authorities in the Eastern Townships region east of Montreal are attributing another five deaths to the weather.Authorities were also investigating a possible 18th heat-related death in the Mauricie region between Montreal and Quebec. The person had complained of the heat and breathing difficulties and died after paramedics had arrived.Medical officials said, however, that it was unclear whether the person had an underlying health issue that was the main cause of death.Dr. Melissa Genereux, head of public health in the Eastern Townships, told a news conference the victims are all adults — either seniors or people suffering from chronic illness. The deaths were not concentrated in any specific municipality."There are still two days left of particularly hot weather with particularly high humidex levels," Genereux said. "We're inviting the population to be vigilant for the next two days — for themselves as well as those close to them."Officials across the province advised people to drink plenty of water and check in on neighbours or relatives and, if need be, get them to a place where air conditioning is available."It could save a life," Genereux said.Environment Canada says a heat warning remains in effect for an area spanning southwestern and northeastern Ontario through southern Quebec and into the Atlantic region, with above normal temperatures and humid conditions likely to stick around into Thursday.Dr. David Kaiser, physician-manager at Montreal's public health authority, said officials aren't surprised by the number of deaths in the metropolis."We would prefer having no deaths related to heat but with four days of intense heat and especially hot nights, we expect to see an impact on people's health," Kaiser said.He said the Montreal heat exposure victims were between 50 and 80."None of the people we've identified in the last four days had air conditioning at home," Kaiser noted.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted condolences to the relatives of the Quebec victims.No deaths have been reported in other provinces. In Ontario, a spokeswoman for the coroner's office said it couldn't confirm if there were any heat-related deaths, adding it  could take weeks or several months to complete such probes.Kaiser said one reason Quebec has been reporting so many deaths is because it's part of the province's extreme heat plan, where health officials work in tandem with first responders and emergency rooms to track down potential cases of heat-related illnesses and deaths."We go out to the paramedics, we go out to the hospitals and we ask them to make sure to identify any deaths they believe are related to heat and that allows us to intervene more quickly," Kaiser said.He cited a case in recent days in which a death in a home for the elderly led authorities to move five other people deemed at risk to a facility equipped with air conditioning.Police and firefighters also continued to go door to door in areas identified as having people considered at high risk: those with chronic illness or mental-health problems, those who live alone and people without air conditioning at home.Also on Wednesday, the ambulance service that serves a large swath of the Montreal area called on people to refrain from calling unless it is a real emergency.Urgences-sante said it has been inundated by the volume of calls — 1,200 calls per day in Montreal and nearby Laval over the past four days, which is 30 per cent more than usual on busy days.Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press.

Americans celebrate July 4 with fireworks, parades, salutes-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-July 4, 2018

NEW YORK — With backyard barbecues and fireworks, Americans celebrated Independence Day by participating in time- honoured traditions that expressed pride in their country's 242nd birthday.But this quintessential American holiday was being marked with a sense of a United States divided for some, evidenced by competing televised events in the nation's capital.From New York to California, July Fourth festivities ranged from the lively and to the lighthearted, with Macy's July Fourth fireworks and Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest.The day's events also were stately and traditional, with parades lining streets across the country and the world's oldest commissioned warship firing a 21-gun salute to mark the 242 years since the signing of the Declaration of Independence.For some Western states, however, the holiday was a bit more muted as high wildfire danger forced communities to cancel fireworks displays.Here are some highlights of Wednesday's festivities:-OLDEST WARSHIP-The USS Constitution has sailed in Boston Harbor and fired its guns again to mark Independence Day.The world's oldest commissioned warship still afloat left its berth at the Charlestown Navy Yard on Wednesday morning. It glided through the harbour to mark 242 years since the signing of the Declaration of Independence.The ship, nicknamed Old Ironsides, travelled to Fort Independence on Castle Island to fire a 21-gun salute. The ship's commander saluted the crowds gathered there.-A Navy sailor on board recited the Declaration of Independence during the cruise.-A HISTORIC PARADE-Crowds lined the streets in a Rhode Island town to see what's billed as the nation's oldest continuous Fourth of July celebration. Begun in 1785, the Bristol parade typically attracts about 100,000 people to the seaside town.This year's was a scorcher: Temperatures hovered near 90 degrees when the parade began late Wednesday morning, and some marchers were treated for heat exhaustion and taken off the route.-DUELING CELEBRATIONS-The country's longest-running live national July Fourth television tradition is PBS' broadcast of music and fireworks from the U.S. Capitol's West Lawn. But it's facing new counterprogramming this year from the White House, which is hosting its own concert and view of the National Park Service's fireworks show.PBS' "A Capitol Fourth" has the bigger stars, including The Beach Boys, Jimmy Buffett, Pentatonix, Chita Rivera, Luke Combs and The Temptations. It will be hosted by John Stamos.The entertainers on the 90-minute White House event airing on the Hallmark Channel include singer-songwriter Sara Evans, pianist Lola Astanova and two former "American Idol" finalists. Both shows will include the fireworks display from the National Park Service.First lady Melania Trump said the White House show would allow Americans to "tune in from their homes and be part of the festivities." PBS declined to comment.-LIGHTING UP THE NIGHT SKIES-In New York, the Macy's fireworks show over the East River promises 25 minutes of sparkle and ahhhh plus the West Point Band and entertainers including Kelly Clarkson, Ricky Martin and Keith Urban on NBC's broadcast.But some places in the American West have cancelled their planned July Fourth fireworks because of high wildfire danger, and others are doing drone light displays instead of pyrotechnics.In Colorado, the wildfire danger forced some communities to cancel their fireworks. However, other shows will still go as planned in Denver, Colorado Springs and Fort Collins.The small mountain town of Silverton, in southwestern Colorado, called off the fireworks part of its annual Independence Day party, but the rest of Wednesday's celebration is still on, including live music a water fight with firefighters. Aspen will have a fire-proof drone light display above town.-NEW AMERICANS, DIVIDED AMERICA-This was the first Fourth of July that many people were able to call themselves U.S. citizens after participating in naturalization ceremonies across the country.In New Hampshire, more than 100 people from 48 countries became U.S. citizens during a ceremony at the Strawbery Banke museum in Portsmouth as part of the museum's annual American Celebration. A ceremony also was held aboard the USS New Jersey, where dozens of people from countries including Vietnam and Bangladesh were sworn in.The new citizens pledged allegiance to a country where some people lament that the ability to debate respectfully the toughest issues of the day seems hopelessly lost.Several people were arrested Wednesday after hanging a banner from the Statue of Liberty's pedestal that called for abolishing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Later, a protester climbed the statue's base, forcing the evacuation of Liberty Island, and stayed there for hours before police removed her.-LGBTQ PARADE PARTICIPANTS-Utah LGBTQ groups marched for the first time in a prominent July Fourth festival in the conservative city of Provo after years of organizers blocking them from participating.The groups were met by cheers and rainbow flags as they marched Wednesday morning in the America's Freedom Festival parade.Participants included a centre for LGBTQ youth and an organization that works to bridge divides between the LGBTQ community and the Mormon church.The groups' parade application was initially denied this year by festival organizers who said participants cannot focus on political or social issues but should instead focus on patriotism.County officials threatened to pull $100,000 in taxpayer money from the privately organized event until festival organizers struck a deal allowing the groups to participate.-HOT DOG EATING HISTORY-Defending champions Joey "Jaws" Chestnut and Miki Sudo held on to their titles at the Nathan's Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest. They each downed dozens of wieners and buns in front of thousands of spectators at the annual seaside affair at New York's Coney Island.Chestnut surpassed his previous record by two hot dogs, gobbling down 74 franks and buns in 10 minutes. He won the Mustard Belt and his 11th title.Sudo held on to her title as the top women's competitor, chomping 37 franks and buns to take home the top prize for the fifth consecutive year.-FIREWORKS ACCIDENTS-A large tree branch fell on spectators during a fireworks display in western Illinois late Tuesday, killing two men and injuring five other people. Rock Island County sheriff's officials said dozens of people were sitting near the tree at the time.In Maryland, a man was hospitalized with "catastrophic injuries" to his hands after setting off fireworks at a large outdoor party where several attendees took illegal fireworks, investigators said.The Associated Press.

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.

HOSEA 4:1-3
1 Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.
2 By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.
3 Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.

DEUTORONOMY 28:22-24
22  The LORD shall smite thee with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish.
23  And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron.
24  The LORD shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed.

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)

Magnitude 5.1 quake jolts Albania, no injuries reported-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-July 4, 2018

TIRANA, Albania — An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.1 struck off western Albania Wednesday, authorities said. No injuries or damage were reported.The Institute of Geosciences, Energy, Water and Environment reported that the quake occurred at 0901 GMT (11:01 a.m. local time) around 18 kilometres (11 miles) underground near Lalesi Bay, a spot frequented by tourists some 30 kilometres (18 miles) west of the capital, Tirana.It was followed minutes later by a series of weaker quakes, with the strongest measuring magnitude-4.3, according to the institute.The tremor was felt strongly in Tirana, and some people left buildings and went out in the streets fearing further quakes.Emergency officials told The Associated Press no one was injured. The Defence Ministry reported 40 buildings with cracked walls in Tirana and two other districts.Tirana Mayor Erion Veliaj called on people not to panic but to avoid buildings "until authorities clarify the circumstances."Albania is in an earthquake-prone area, registering quakes every few days, though most are not felt.The Associated Press.

Hurricane Fabio rapidly losing strength far off west Mexico-[Associated Press]-YAHOONEWS-July 4, 2018

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Hurricane Fabio is rapidly weakening, and forecasters say it should slow to a tropical storm Thursday as it heads deeper into the Pacific away from Mexico.The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm's sustained winds had fallen to 80 mph (130 kph) by late Wednesday. It was centered about 885 miles (1,420 kilometers) west-southwest of the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula and was moving west-northwest at 14 mph (22 kph).The center said Fabio would continue weakening throughout Thursday and was likely to degenerate into a remnant low-pressure system Friday. At one point, forecasters had thought Fabio might become a major hurricane.

U.S. swelters on Fourth of July but relief in sight-[Reuters]-By Brendan O'Brien-YAHOONEWS-July 4, 2018

MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - Tens of millions of Americans from the Midwest to the East Coast faced brutally hot temperatures and stifling humidity on the Fourth of July holiday on Wednesday, but forecasters said cooler, drier air is on the way by the weekend.Heat advisories and excessive heat warnings were in effect through Wednesday night, with heat index values – which combine temperature and humidity – in major U.S. cities such as New York and Chicago expected to reach well above 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32°C), the National Weather Service (NWS) said."Relief is on the way, but don't expect it before Friday night," said Richard Bann, a meteorologist with the NWS Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland."But it will cool off," Bann said. "Instead of being in the 90s (Fahrenheit), it'll dip into the mid-80s and with less humidity.""There's a system of cool, dry air scooting across Canada and will dip down into the Midwest, parts of New York and New England by this weekend. And there's a good chance for showers Friday night for much of the area."Until then, the dangerous heat wave will continue to sizzle a large swath of the U.S. Midwest and East Coast.At least four people have died due to the heat over the last week, including a Pennsylvania woman who died while working in her garden on Saturday and a man who was running a race in New York on Sunday, CNN reported.For the Fourth of July holiday, Dan Petersen, an NWS meteorologist, warned people celebrating outside to remain in the shade and drink plenty of fluids."Anyone outside in locations with expanded areas of heat is going to have to take precautions," he said. "This is the peak of summer – the hottest time of the year."Later this week, a storm front is expected to roll through and cool down the Eastern Seaboard for the weekend, Petersen said. It is likely to provide relief to Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia on Friday night before heading down to the Carolinas.In a reversal of normal patterns, Petersen said, the hot weather will head west, hitting the central United States late in the week before reaching Los Angeles and San Diego on Friday.(Reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Milwaukee, additional reporting by Rich McKay in Atlanta; Editing by Matthew Lewis and Phil Berlowitz)

Scientists warn of possible eruption at restless Alaska volcano-[Reuters]-YAHOONEWS-July 01, 2018

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - A “nuisance” volcano on a remote Alaska Aleutian island is showing signs of a potentially disruptive explosion in the coming days that could disrupt air traffic, scientists said on Wednesday.Cleveland Volcano, a 5,676-foot (1,730-meter) peak about 950 miles (1,500 km) southwest of Anchorage, has been extruding lava from its crater – a sign of something more serious to come in the next days or possibly weeks, according to the Alaska Volcano Observatory.The observatory, jointly operated by federal, state and University of Alaska scientists, has raised Cleveland’s alert code to “orange,” one level below the “red” status indicating an ongoing and major eruption that could affect aviation.Cleveland is one of Alaska’s most restless volcanoes and has been trembling and belching bits of ash on and off for about the past 15 years.“It’s sort of a little nuisance volcano,” said University of Alaska scientist Jeff Freymueller, coordinating scientist with the Alaska Volcano Observatory.But the recent days’ formation of lava, if the volcano’s history is any guide, is a precursor to more powerful activity, Freymueller said. The lava acts like a cap on Cleveland’s vent, and there is a good chance of a powerful explosion to blow off that cap, he said.A big Cleveland ash cloud could interfere with commercial air traffic. “Things that get to 30,000 feet, or even close to that, would start affecting trans-Pacific flights,” Freymueller said.In 2001, the volcano produced such an explosion, sending ash as high as 40,000 feet (12,000 meters). Most of Cleveland’s recent ash clouds have risen to no more than half that height, according to the observatory’s records.“The problem is we can never be sure it won’t do something bigger,” Freymueller said. That is the reason for the “orange” alert, he said. “We just have to keep watching and make sure we have the information out.”(Reporting by Yereth Rosen in Anchorage; Editing by Dan Whitcomb and Lisa Shumaker)

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

WORLD TERRORISM

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).

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.

GENESIS 16:11-12
11 And the angel of the LORD said unto her,(HAGAR) Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael;(FATHER OF THE ARAB/MUSLIMS) because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.
12 And he (ISHMAEL-FATHER OF THE ARAB-MUSLIMS) will be a wild (DONKEY-JACKASS) man;(ISLAM IS A FAKE AND DANGEROUS SEX FOR MURDER CULT) his hand will be against every man,(ISLAM HATES EVERYONE) and every man's hand against him;(PROTECTING THEMSELVES FROM BEING BEHEADED) and he (ISHMAEL ARAB/MUSLIM) shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.(LITERAL-THE ARABS LIVE WITH THEIR BRETHERN JEWS)

ISAIAH 14:12-14
12  How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer,(SATAN) son of the morning!(HEBREW-CRECENT MOON-ISLAM) how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14  I (SATAN HAS EYE TROUBLES) will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.(AND 1/3RD OF THE ANGELS OF HEAVEN FELL WITH SATAN AND BECAME DEMONS)

JOHN 16:2
2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.(ISLAM MURDERS IN THE NAME OF MOON GOD ALLAH OF ISLAM)

Assad’s regime pounds south Syria after rebels say talks with Russia failed-Damascus relaunches offensive to take rebel-held Daraa and Quneitra, bordering Israel and Jordan-By Layal Abou Rahal-JUL 4,18

BEIRUT, Lebanon (AFP) — Syria’s regime and its ally Russia resumed air strikes on the south of the country on Wednesday after rebels said talks over a government takeover had “failed.”Seven years into Syria’s devastating civil war, President Bashar Assad has set his sights on retaking the southern region considered to be the cradle of the uprising against him.Russia has been backing a two-week offensive by Assad’s forces against rebels in the southern provinces of Daraa and Quneitra, bordering Jordan and the Israeli Golan Heights.But it is simultaneously brokering talks with rebel towns for negotiated surrenders in a carrot-and-stick strategy that Russia and the regime have used in the past to retake swathes of rebel-held territory.More than 30 towns have already agreed to return to regime control, and talks in recent days have focused on remaining rebel territory in Daraa province’s western countryside and the southern half of the provincial capital.On Wednesday afternoon, rebels met with a Russian delegation to deliver their decision on Moscow’s proposal for a regime takeover of the rest of the south.About 90 minutes after the meeting was set to begin, the joint rebel command for the south announced the talks had “failed.”“Negotiations with the Russian enemy in Busra al-Sham have failed, after [Moscow] insisted on the surrender of heavy weapons,” it said in an online statement.“No negotiations under threat,” it later added on Twitter, demanding talks “under the auspices of the United Nations.”-‘Final answer’-Spokesman Ibrahim Jabbawi said the talks had not produced “any results” because Moscow had insisted rebels hand over their heavy arms in one go.“The session ended. No future meetings have been set,” Jabbawi told AFP.After the talks collapsed, Russian and regime aircraft resumed strikes on several parts of the province for the first time in four days, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.A source close to the talks said rebels would be willing to hand over their heavy weapons in several phases.The meeting followed an hours-long session on Tuesday, in which rebels proposed that the army withdraw from recaptured towns and grant fighters and civilians unwilling to live under regime control safe passage to rebel-held territory elsewhere.Moscow had roundly rejected the terms and responded with a counter-proposal, the source said.It told negotiators that population transfers were not on the table in the south, although it had agreed to them in other areas like Eastern Ghouta and Aleppo.Russia insisted the army would return to its pre-2011 positions and local police would take over towns in coordination with Russian military police.The source had said before Wednesday’s meeting that the rebels were expected to give their “final answer.”“Today will be the last round — either the rebels agree to these terms, or the military operations resume,” the source said.Moscow has used tough deadlines in the past with rebels but has sometimes extended them.That blend of military pressure and negotiated surrenders has expanded the regime’s control of Daraa province to around 60 percent — double what it held when it began operations on June 19.-‘Human decency’-The violence has displaced between 270,000 and 330,000 people, according to the United Nations, many south to the border with Jordan or west to near the Israeli Golan Heights.Both countries have kept their borders closed, despite mounting calls by rights groups to let Syrians escape to safety.On Wednesday, Human Rights Watch demanded both Jordan and Israel allow asylum seekers in.“The abject refusal by Jordanian authorities to allow asylum seekers to seek protection not only goes against their international legal obligations, but against basic human decency,” said HRW’s Lama Fakih.Some displaced families whose hometowns had fallen back under regime control have returned, but even that journey holds risks.Eleven members of a single family were killed overnight in a land mine blast as they returned to Al-Mseifra, which had “reconciled” with the government, the Observatory said Wednesday.More than 140 civilians have died since the assault began.World powers have criticized the operation for violating a ceasefire announced last year by Washington, Amman and Moscow, but that has not halted the blitz.The United Nations Security Council on Thursday will hold a closed-door emergency meeting on the offensive.Residents and displaced Daraa natives gathered in front of UN offices in a rebel-held town in Quneitra province to protest global inaction.They “ask the United Nations and the world for protection and international guarantees” for their lives, said opposition official Ali Salhadi.

Defense official to Israeli TV: Syrian troops in buffer zone will be targeted-In message to Assad, military source says Israel will strictly enforce 1974 ceasefire agreement along its northern border-By TOI staff-JUL 4,18

In a warning to Syrian President Bashar Assad, a defense official on Wednesday told local television that Israel considers Syrian regime forces that enter the demilitarized buffer zone between the two countries to be a legitimate target.The Israeli official told Channel 10 the military has deployed units from the Combat Intelligence Corps near the border to track Syrian forces returning to the area as part of the regime offensive to retake rebel-held territory in southern Syria.The official stressed that Israel would strictly abide by the 1974 ceasefire agreement with Syria.“The agreement is the basis for any future security reality after Assad returns to [Israel’s] northern border,” he said. “Any Syrian troops who break it will be attacked.”The Disengagement of Forces agreement between the two countries says Syria may have no more than 75 tanks and 6,000 soldiers within 10 kilometers of the United Nations buffer zone.On Tuesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also called for upholding the 1974 UN ceasefire agreement, which established the buffer zones between the two countries.The United Nations Disengagement Observation Force (UNDOF), responsible for supervising the ceasefire between Israel and Syria, asked the two countries several months ago for permission to install warning systems — like ground radar to warn of unauthorized infiltrators and equipment to check for explosive devices — in the zone, Channel 10 news reported on Wednesday.According to the 1974 deal, both Israel and Syria must approve any new equipment brought into the zone by the UN.Senior UN officials and Israeli security officials told Channel 10 that Jerusalem had agreed to the request but Damascus rejected it.According to the report, Israel believes the Syrians were reluctant to approve the request over fears the UN supervisors will use radar to track the activities of the Syrian army or other Assad-aligned forces when they regain control of the border area.During the Syrian civil war, which began in 2011, most of the UN forces have withdrawn from the buffer zone out of concern for their safety. The UN sought the new equipment so that it can ensure the security of its troops and allow them to ultimately return to the area, an outcome the TV report said Israel favors and the Syrians oppose.Earlier on Wednesday, the Walla news site reported that Israel was quietly working with the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force in order to set up “safe zones” near the border where Syrian civilians can be spared the Assad regime’s onslaught.Israel and Syrian regime forces have sporadically exchanged fire over the past seven years, frequently due to errant fire landing on the Israeli side of the Golan Heights. The exchanges have largely been contained, with both Assad troops and Israel said avoiding a broader confrontation. Israel has also targeted Syrian military facilities and air defense systems in the dozens of airstrikes it carried out across the border to curb Iranian military entrenchment in the country.On Wednesday, IDF chief Gadi Eisenkot and other top military officers traveled to the Israel-Syria border to hear updated assessments from soldiers in the field about the battle raging next door between Assad’s forces and rebel groups in the Daraa province, the army said.Last month, Assad and his Russian allies launched a renewed offensive against rebel holdouts in the country’s southwest. Bombing raids by the Russian and Syrian air forces, along with a ground offensive, have resulted in dozens of deaths and the displacement of over a quarter of a million Syrians, according to UN assessments.Tens of thousands of displaced Syrians have made their way toward the Israeli Golan Heights, settling in overflowing, under-resourced tent cities near the border. In some cases, the displaced person camps are located some 100 meters from the security fence, clearly visible from Israel.Israel, which has technically been at war with Syria since 1948, has offered humanitarian assistance to residents of the country’s southwest, including taking in injured Syrians for medical treatment, but has repeatedly stated that it will not allow refugees to cross the border.The US, Russia and Jordan are said to be in negotiations over the fate of the largely rebel-held Daraa and Quneitra provinces of southern Syria.Since the start of Assad’s offensive, a number of towns in Daraa have surrendered, while others have rebuffed offers for so-called “reconciliation” and vowed to fight.After a failed attempt at reaching an agreement on a government takeover, on Wednesday evening Syria’s regime and its ally Russia resumed airstrikes on the south of the country.Judah Ari Gross and AFP contributed to this report.

Russia: Complete Iranian withdrawal from Syria is ‘absolutely unrealistic’-Sergey Lavrov says Putin and Trump will discuss situation in southern Syria on July 16; US said to seek full Iranian pullout, as does Israel-By Agencies and TOI staff-4 July 2018

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Wednesday that it would be “absolutely unrealistic” to expect Iran to completely withdraw from Syria.Speaking after a meeting with his Jordanian counterpart in Moscow, Lavrov said a proposed ceasefire deal in the southern region brokered by Russia, Jordan and the US envisioned the withdrawal of non-Syrian forces and the deployment of Syrian troops along the border with Israel.But Lavrov said Iran is one of the key powers in the region, and that it would be “absolutely unrealistic” to expect it to abandon its interests in the country. He said regional powers should discuss mutual complaints and negotiate a compromise.Israel has repeatedly said it will not tolerate an Iranian military presence in Syria, and has recently acknowledged carrying out airstrikes on Iranian targets in the country. Israel has also struck Syrian air defense systems that fired at Israeli fighter jets during the raids.Jerusalem has accused Tehran of seeking to gain a foothold in the border area as forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad have made gains in clearing out rebel groups there. The US and Israel view Iran’s extensive military presence in Syria as a threat to Israel and have threatened action.Russia and Iran have provided crucial military support to Assad’s forces, helping them turn the tide in the civil war, but Israel has also coordinated its military strikes in the territory with Iran-allied Moscow.Lavrov on Wednesday said Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump would discuss the situation in southern Syria at their upcoming summit on July 16.Last week the Arabic-language Al-Hayat newspaper reported that Trump would make a full Iranian pullout from Syria territory a priority at that meeting.US officials, the diplomat was quoted as saying, are convinced that Russia would be unwilling to “pay a heavy price” for Iran’s continued presence in Syria.The diplomat, who was not identified in the report, also said Washington had given Israel a “green light” to strike Iranian military assets in Syria.Jordan’s Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi arrived in Moscow Wednesday for talks as the Russian-backed regime offensive in the south of Syria was pushing tens of thousands of refugees toward the borders with Jordan and Israel.Ahead of the trip, Safadi said he hoped there would be “more steps forward to contain this crisis and prevent more destruction.”He added that Amman has open channels with Damascus and Moscow and the talks will focus on reaching a ceasefire and halting the displacement.Meanwhile, Syrian rebels were facing a deadline Wednesday in negotiations with regime ally Russia to either agree to tough surrender terms in the south or come under a renewed military onslaught.Moscow has been backing a two-week offensive by Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces against rebels in the southern provinces of Daraa and Quneitra.But it is simultaneously brokering talks with rebel towns for negotiated surrenders in a carrot-and-stick strategy that Russia and the regime have successfully used in the past.More than 30 towns have already agreed to return to regime control and talks were focused on remaining rebel territory in Daraa’s western countryside and the southern half of the city.Rebels were set to meet with a Russian delegation on Wednesday afternoon to deliver their decision on Moscow’s proposal for a regime takeover of the rest of the south, a spokesman for the opposition’s southern operations said.

CBC privacy breach was bigger, broader than 1st announced-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-July 4, 2018

A privacy breach at CBC/Radio-Canada was larger than initially reported, involving 23,675 employees, former employees, contractors and others, internal documents show.The corporation said on May 16 — when it first announced the breach — that 20,008 people were affected. That's the number it reported to Daniel Therrien, the privacy commissioner of Canada.But the corporation knew by at least May 11 that the actual total was larger, emails obtained under the Access to Information Act show.A CBC spokesman, Douglas Chow, confirmed the larger number. "We also decided to send letters to incorporated outside contractors whose business information was potentially impacted and in the same spirit of transparency," he said.Delay in notification? The corporation said in a news release issued May 16 there had been a break-in at a secure CBC office, and computer equipment was stolen containing confidential information. RCMP and local law enforcement were notified immediately, security video footage was turned over and an arrest warrant was issued, CBC said at the time.The CBC release did not identify the location, though RCMP have indicated the break-in was being investigated by Ottawa police. The release also did not say when the incident happened. Ottawa police did not respond to questions.The internal emails show that CBC officials were already dealing with the breach as of May 7, nine days before the corporation issued a mass email to employees warning them about the incident.Some letters of warning to employees, dated as early as May 7, were put in the mail, though those were not expected to arrive before the mass emails.Chow defended the apparent delay, saying "we acted as quickly as possible" after calling police."We then determined what information and which individuals may be affected. Then we set up the proper support for notifying individuals and answering their questions," he said."As soon as these support measures were in place, we began informing individuals who could potentially be affected."A confidential information sheet created by CBC officials sometime before May 7 suggests a strategic reason for the delay.Under the heading "off the record as necessary," it says: "We have been cautioned that right now, it is important that we not indicate to the thief that they may have something of greater value than they realize."The missing equipment has not been located or returned, though Chow said there's no evidence that anyone has accessed the confidential information, which was password-protected.The stolen information included letters to employees, records of employment, year-end tax slips, SIN numbers, bank account numbers and pay levels for people who had worked with CBC over the previous 18 months.Executive-level employees at CBC were not affected because their pay is administered by a separate system.Not serious enough-CBC has budgeted $300,000 to pay Equifax, a credit-monitoring firm, to offer identity-theft and credit-fraud services to anyone affected by the breach. Employees and others have until Aug. 31 to sign up free for one year. (Monthly charges are normally $15.99.) The service includes up to $50,000 in identity-theft insurance.The internal documents also show CBC suffered six privacy breaches in 2017-2018 — one of which involved the loss of a USB key containing confidential information, which has not been recovered. There were two breaches the year before, and just one in 2015-2016.Chow said none of these earlier incidents was serious enough to report to the privacy commissioner, and the break-in incident is the only one recorded so far this fiscal year.Tobi Cohen, a spokesperson for the federal privacy commissioner, said "we are still following up on this breach report.""We have not received any complaints related to the breach … We have not received further information related to police actions."Jonathan Spence, president of the CBC branch of the Canadian Media Guild, said the union is still waiting for answers to some of its questions about the incident.Last year, Equifax reported a massive security breach of its own computers. It reported approximately 100,000 Canadians were affected by the breach, which may have allowed unauthorized people to access clients names, addresses, social insurance numbers (SIN) and, in limited cases, credit card numbers.Note: The writer is among the CBC employees who were notified of the privacy breach by email and letter.Follow @DeanBeeby on Twitter.

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