Tuesday, July 03, 2018


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)

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.

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.

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

Prince of peace-UK tabloid claims William is now devoting himself to Mideast peace-'This is the start of something new,' 36-year-old Duke of Cambridge said to tell aides after being 'deeply moved' by Israel-PA visit-By TOI staff-2 July 2018

The British tabloid The Mirror claims Prince William, second in line to the British throne, was so deeply affected by his visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority last week that he plans to make advocating for peace in the region “my lifelong mission.”“The visit had a profound effect on the Duke,” a “royal source” told The Mirror.“The places he visited, the people he met and the stories he heard have all moved him very deeply,” the source said.According to a “highly-placed Palace source” the 36-year-old royal told his aides at the conclusion of his four-day trip: “This is the start of something new. I will forever honor my commitments to the people I have met.”Britain’s royals are expected to remain above debates over politics and policy, so it is not clear what William, if the report is true, intends to do to fulfill his commitment to playing “a significant role in bringing ‘peace and prosperity’ to the Middle East,” as the Mirror report put it.The Palace source told the paper: “William was happy the subject of politics was brought out into the open” in planning for the trip, “as it allowed him to talk freely about the troubles of the Middle East and the quest for peace in the separate states.”The report is a gushing tribute to the prince, arguing in the reporter’s own voice that “William’s courageous actions will reverberate around the world for years to come,” that he “seemed to grow in stature with every day that passed, every meeting he successfully navigated and every story he was told,” and that the trip was “acclaimed by political and religious leaders on both sides as having real potential to be a game-changer.”It cited an official saying “William is a young, intelligent man who is very in tune with the politics of the world. No one will forget when he told the Palestinian people they have ‘not been forgotten.’”And it enthused: “He has often thought about his mother’s legacy and hopes his efforts will now lead a new chapter for future generations to enjoy.”The Duke of Cambridge’s stay was the first official visit by a member of the royal family since the British Mandate ended and the State of Israel was founded in 1948.His Israel visit began Tuesday with a visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum, accompanied by British Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and survivors who were saved from Nazi Germany by being sent to the UK on the Kindertransport. He also met families of people who were saved by his great-grandmother Princess Alice of Battenberg, who was recognized as one of the Righteous Among the Nations.On Tuesday and Wednesday William toured the Tel Aviv beach, met with Israeli youth, and took a stroll down the city’s famed Rothschild Boulevard with Eurovision winner Netta Barzilai.William told guests at Tuesday’s Ramat Gan reception that Israel is a vibrant country that “thrives on innovation, diversity, talent, and excellence,” and said ties were at an all-time high.He also promised Britain’s support in the quest for peace between Israel and its neighbors.“I know I share a desire with all of you, and with your neighbors, for a just and lasting peace. The United Kingdom stands with you, as we work together for a peaceful and prosperous future,” he said.On Wednesday, in Ramallah, Prince William told Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas he was “glad our two countries work so closely together.” Later that day, at a British Consulate event in East Jerusalem, he assured the Palestinians that they have not been “forgotten.”William’s visit ended Thursday afternoon, after visits to Jewish, Christian and Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem’s Old City, when he boarded a flight back to London.He had achieved his aim of “getting under the skin of the country,” UK ambassador David Quarrey said after the visit.Quarrey told Hadashot news that the prince had two goals for his trip to the Jewish state: to pay respect to the victims of the Holocaust and to meet the country’s young people to hear from them their goals and aspirations for the future.The ambassador said William enjoyed being able to walk around the streets and meet the people of Israel. He told Hadashot that the prince had stressed he didn’t want to spend time in meetings but wanted to get out and get a real feel for the country.The palace had stressed that the royal visit was not political, but the prince wrote his hopes for the region in the guestbook at the Western Wall: “May the God of peace bless this region and all the world with peace.”

In joint ToI op-ed, Lapid and Ya’alon urge US to back Israel’s Golan sovereignty-Writing together for first time, the two argue that endorsing Israel's claim would extract a price from despicable 'psychopath' Assad without putting boots on the ground in Syria-By TOI staff-2 July 2018

In a joint op-ed Sunday, Moshe Ya’alon and Yair Lapid urged the US to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights and warned against the notion of ceding the strategic ridge to President Bashar Assad.By recognizing Israeli sovereignty in the territory, the two politicians argued in an opinion piece for The Times of Israel, the US could “extract a price from Assad for his despicable behavior without putting boots on the ground in Syria.”Lapid is the head of the centrist Yesh Atid party. Ya’alon is a former IDF chief of staff and defense minister, who is expected to seek to return to national politics in the next elections. Ya’alon has been expected to set up his own party for a Knesset run, but the unprecedented joint article prompted some speculation about a possible alliance.  The Walla website on Sunday evening headlined a report about their joint ToI article, “On the way to a political alliance?” Aides to both men downplayed the notion, however, with sources close to Lapid noting that he maintains contacts with many people, and those close to Ya’alon saying that the future of the Golan is an issue “above politics” and “of national importance and consensus.”Tracing the history of the Golan back to the Bible, the two noted in the article that in the 21 years that Syria ruled the Heights, from 1946 to 1967, “they turned the Golan into a military base, rained rocket fire on the Israeli communities which are under the Golan Heights and tried to divert Israel’s critical water sources to dry the country out.”In stark contrast, since Israel captured the area in the 1967 war, “Israel developed the Golan Heights and turned it into an impressive center of nature reserves and tourism, with high-tech agriculture, award winning wines, a flourishing food-tech industry… The Druze population of the Golan Heights… were granted all the same rights as any other citizen in Israel, as would be done in any genuine democracy.”While continuing to demand the Golan in the name of international law these past seven years, noted the writers, Assad “has massacred over a half a million of his own people and his actions led to the displacement of 11 million more.” He has used “chemical weapons against his own people.” Assad’s is “a dark regime led by a psychopath supported by the most malevolent forces on earth today.”“The fact that anyone in the Western world” still takes Assad’s demand for the Golan seriously “is worse than naivete – it is insanity,” they wrote. “The fact that the Golan Heights is under Israeli rule is the only thing that saved it from the Syrian valley of death.”“The American administration and both parties – Republicans and Democrats,” they urged, should “lead an international process of recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.” To do so “is historically just,” they argued, and “strategically smart.”

Small capital city draped in grief by newspaper shooting-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-JULY 02, 2018

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The historic state capital of Annapolis is draped in grief from a shooting attack on the local newspaper, which killed journalists who chronicled soccer games, art exhibits and the fabric of small-city life.A sign outside The Annapolis Bookstore, a block from the Maryland State House, starkly expresses the depth of sorrow many are feeling in this quaint waterside capital of about 40,000 near the Chesapeake Bay. "There are no words," it says.With its weekly sailboat races and picturesque downtown, residents were settling into summer's languid rhythms when the shooting shattered the usual tranquility. In a quiet town where the incoming class of the U.S. Naval Academy just arrived this week and residents take pride in a rich colonial legacy, the shooting at The Capital that claimed five lives opens a new chapter in its long history."It feels so personal," said Mary Adams, who owns The Annapolis Bookstore and knew two of the victims. "It has shifted our community, and maybe it's made us more attuned to the fact that we are all in this together."The Rev. M. Dion Thompson, who worked as a journalist at The Baltimore Sun for 15 years, made the sadness a focus of his sermon at St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Annapolis on Saturday evening. He also highlighted journalism as a force to comfort the afflicted, as he sought to comfort people saddened by the killings."Not that it's awakened the community, but I think our community now joins so many others in feeling this intense harm that has been done to us," Thompson said after the service. "The Capital is not a giant newspaper. Annapolis is not a giant town, so people know who we are talking about."Adams knew Wendi Winters, the paper's special projects editor. They met years ago at a Harry Potter night at another bookstore in town. She also knew assistant managing editor Rob Hiaasen, also among the dead. The others killed in Thursday's rampage were editorial page editor Gerald Fischman, reporter John McNamara and sales assistant Rebecca Smith."I'm just so sad that this happened to ... the people and their families," Adams said. "They're all good people just trying to support a local newspaper, and now everyone is wondering how could this have happened."Jarrod W. Ramos has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder. Authorities say he had a longtime grudge against the paper, suing it in 2012 for an article it ran about him pleading guilty to harassing a woman. A judge later threw it out as groundless. In past years, Ramos repeatedly targeted staffers with angry, profanity-laced tweets.Designed more for an age of horses and buggies than SUVs, Annapolis has a baroque street plan of downtown traffic circles and diagonal streets that can make it feel distant from modern times. For some, that sense of withdrawal made Thursday's tragedy all the more shocking.Lisa Quina, owner of an interior design studio called Barefoot Dwelling, recently moved from Baltimore — a city struggling for years to lower a high homicide rate — in search of a smaller, safer community.One of the considerations for choosing Annapolis was its close-knit nature."I guess it's a wakeup call in any community," Quina said. "Despite how quaint or how historic, how uncomplicated some of our day-to-day challenges are, we are vulnerable to the worst possible scenario."Caitlin Walls, who works as an assistant interior designer at the shop, said Annapolis has always felt to her like a safe place to be. "It's sad it's such a growing reality in places that you thought were the safer places," Walls said of the shooting.And for some raised in Annapolis, like New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, the tragedy hits hard even after they've gone elsewhere. Born in Tennessee, Belichick graduated from Annapolis High in 1970 and has strong ties from when his father was an assistant coach at Navy."For my entire life, The Capital has been my hometown newspaper. My family and I have enjoyed special relationships with many great people who have worked for the newspaper," Belichick said. "My heart goes out to the victims, their families and the entire Annapolis community."Steve Samaras, who owns Zachary's Jewelers on Main Street near the City Dock, said he attended a vigil Friday night with his 12-year-old niece. He said she already was grappling with consequences of gun violence, because a friend of hers who had moved to Florida had attended Marjory Stone Douglas High School in Parkland, where 17 people died in a shooting in February."She said 'Uncle Steven, I'm scared.' What do you tell a 12-year-old kid? What do you tell any child," he said.More than 1,000 people streamed through Annapolis on Friday evening to remember the victims.Samaras has experienced the resilient side of Annapolis first hand. In 2005, the building that housed his business was destroyed by a fire, and he had to relocate. Seven days later, he said, the community made sure he was open at his present location."So, the resilience, the determination that they showed me, that's what we're going to see happen here," he said.Brian Witte, The Associated Press.

Factbox: Victims of mass shooting at Maryland newsroom-[Reuters]-YAHOONEWS-June 29, 2018

(Reuters) - Five newspaper employees, four of them journalists, were killed on Thursday in a Maryland newsroom when a gunman opened fire in what police said was a targeted attack on the offices of the Capital Gazette group in Annapolis, the state capital.Here are brief profiles of the victims, identified by law enforcement hours after the shooting:ROB HIAASEN-Hiassen, 59, brother of best-selling author Carl Hiaasen, joined The Capital, the group's flagship title, in 2010 as assistant editor after working as a reporter at the Baltimore Sun for 15 years. Before that, he was a staff reporter at the Palm Beach Post and news anchor and reporter for radio stations across the South.The Fort Lauderdale native was also a columnist for The Capital, and his pieces appeared in the paper’s Life section every Sunday. According to the Baltimore Sun, he and his wife Maria, with whom he had three children, had celebrated their 33rd anniversary just days before he was killed.JOHN MCNAMARA-The editor of the Bowie Blade-News and Crofton-West Country Gazette newspapers, McNamara worked for the Capital Gazette organization for more than two decades. An avid sports fan, he wrote extensively about the topic and was the author of two books about his alma mater, the University of Maryland, the Baltimore Sun said. A married man, he loved local history and enjoyed rock and folk music.WENDI WINTERS-A reporter and columnist for The Capital, Winters had worked at the paper since 2002, often providing her own photos and video to accompany her stories. The New York native had worked as a public relations consultant for many years in addition to her journalism, according to her social media postings.Winters, 65, was a “Navy mom” and a volunteer with the Girl Scouts and the Red Cross, according to her Twitter and LinkedIn accounts.On Facebook Winters described herself as having “Peter Pan DNA, blended with some extroverted introversion, sprinkled with proper punctuation marks and served half-baked with a Manhattan attitude.”GERALD FISCHMAN-Fischman, 61, of Pasadena, Maryland, was the editor of the editorial page and worked at The Capital for over 25 years. According to the Baltimore Sun, Fischman was “the guardian against libel, the arbiter of taste and a peculiar and an endearing figure in a newsroom full of characters.”Married to a Mongolian opera singer, Fischman graduated from the journalism school at the University of Maryland in 1979.REBECCA SMITH-Smith, 34, recently joined the Capital Gazette as a sales assistant. She was described in a profile by the Baltimore Sun as being “thoughtful” and “kind and considerate.” A Baltimore native, she lived with her fiancé in east Baltimore County and worked in marketing before joining the Gazette.(Reporting by Tea Kvetenadze in New York; Editing by Frank McGurty, Toni Reinhold)

B.C. restaurant manager fired for refusing to serve man in pro-Trump hat-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-JULY 02, 2018

VANCOUVER — A Vancouver restaurant manager has been fired for refusing to serve a customer who was wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat.The slogan popularized by U.S. President Donald Trump in his 2016 campaign has been embroidered on bright red baseball caps that have become an emblem of his supporters.Eva Gates, vice president of operations and human resources for the Sequoia Company of Restaurants, says the capped patron was sitting on the patio at Vancouver's Teahouse in Stanley Park on Tuesday when the floor manager approached him.Gates says the manager told the man he had to take off his hat in order to dine at the Teahouse. The patron opted to leave the restaurant instead.The Teahouse's website identifies the manager as Darin Hodge.In a statement, Hodge says he hasn't changed his mind about his decision."I stand by my decision to ask the patron to remove his hat. The MAGA hat has come to symbolize racism, bigotry, Islamophobia, misogyny, white supremacy, homophobia. As a person with a strong moral backbone, I had to take a stand against this guest’s choice of headwear while in my former place of work," he wrote.Gates said that while that's one interpretation of the "Make America Great Again" phrase, there are other ways to look at it."That's somebody's interpretation, we don't see it that way. Everyone's got a different interpretation of what that means," she said.Gates said Hodge was fired with cause on Thursday because the incident violated the company's anti-discrimination policy and also because Hodge posted about it on social media before having a planned conversation with upper management about it."Our company policy and values are that we don't (allow) discrimination of any kind," Gates said, noting that includes discrimination based on political ideology.Employment lawyer Lia Moody said it's an interesting case.If Sequoia had a policy in place that spoke to inclusivity and the grounds on which service could be denied, then the company would be within its rights to fire the manager with cause, she said.If not, she said Hodge would not be in breach of any company policy — although it could still fire him without cause and pay him severance."In situations like this, determining whether or not the employee has committed a 'fireable offence,' which could give the company the right to terminate without paying severance, comes down to whether the employee did something illegal or did something contrary to company policy," Moody said.It's not illegal to refuse service on the basis of political beliefs, she added.She warned that in the age of social media, employees should consider how what they post to social media could affect their employment, since employers can always terminate their employees so long as it's not discriminatory."An employer can always terminate you. And employers these days, with the age of social media and everything being out there in public, they're so quick to run away from anything that even smells like controversy. So that's where, as an employee you need to be careful what you do both on the job and off the job," she said.The Canadian Press.


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:

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.

Paramedics treat dozens for heat-related issues on Canada Day-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-July 2, 2018

Ottawa paramedics say they've treated dozens of people for heat-related issues during the city's Canada Day celebrations as scorching temperatures descend upon the capital.The temperature had risen from a Sunday morning low of 20 C to 34 C by noon, according to Environment Canada.The humidity, however, is making it feel more like the mid-40s.By 2 p.m. Sunday, 54 people had been treated at Canada Day events across the city for heat-related issues.Seven people were taken to hospital for heat exhaustion and heart problems, Ottawa Paramedic Service spokesperson Marc-Antoine Deschamps said.One person also had a heart attack at Mayor Jim Watson's Canada Day breakfast, he added."Overall, people have been following the safety messages. So they've been drinking lots of water and other fluids. They've been staying away from caffeine and alcohol, which can dehydrate you," Deschamps said."We're really grateful for everyone who's been following those tips."Misting stations-Unlike last year's celebrations, as of 1 p.m. there were no lineups to get past security and onto Parliament Hill, the Department of Canadian Heritage said in a statement.There were approximately 3,500 people on Parliament Hill as of 1:15 p.m. — a drop from roughly 6,200 people less than two hours earlier, officials said.The highest recorded temperature for the city on July 1 was 36.7 C in 1963, when the annual celebration of the birth of the Canada was called Dominion Day. The first Canada Day celebration wasn't until 1983.Thousands of people are already on Parliament Hill this year despite the heat. Many are taking advantage of misting stations set up for the celebration to help people cool off.The City of Ottawa's public health agency is advising participants celebrating Canada Day in the city to make plans to seek shelter from the sun to avoid overexposure, avoid strenuous activities, drink plenty of fluids and limit or avoid caffeine and alcohol.The Royal Canadian Mint, meanwhile, announced that all of its free Canada Day tours have been cancelled after its air conditioning broke early Sunday morning.The free tours will still take place July 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the mint said.

Revellers brave the heat to celebrate Canada Day on Parliament Hill-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-July 1, 2018

Concerts and fireworks planned for Canada's 151st birthday on Parliament Hill are taking place on one of the hottest summer days the nation's capital has ever seen.The temperature in Ottawa on Sunday was forecast to hit a high of 36 C. By early afternoon, the humidex had hit 47 C, matching the all-time high for Ottawa, which occurred on August 1, 2006. As of 1 p.m., paramedics on Parliament Hill and other special event sites had treated 46 people, mostly for heat-related problems. Five people were sent to hospital and one person suffered from a heart attack.The number of revellers also dropped as temperatures went up. Just after 1 p.m., there were 3,500 people on Parliament Hill. At 11:30 a.m., there were 6,200.There was no wait to get through security, but once on Parliament Hill, thirsty partygoers had to wait in line at water stations to refill bottles. Many made use of misting stations and a snow machine to cool off.CBC will broadcast the evening concert taking place on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on this page, as well as on CBC, CBC Radio One, CBC Music and Ici Radio-Canada Télé from 9 p.m. ET to 10 p.m. ET. A one-hour lead-in program beginning at 8 p.m. ET will also air on CBC Radio One and CBC Music.The highest recorded temperature for the city on July 1 was 36.7 C in 1963, when the annual birthday celebration was called Dominion Day.The City of Ottawa's public health agency is advising participants celebrating Canada Day in the city to make plans to seek shelter from the sun to avoid overexposure, avoid strenuous activities, drink plenty of fluids and limit or avoid caffeine and alcohol.One person who didn't make an appearance at the Parliament Hill celebrations was Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Trudeau was instead spending the day on a cross-country tour, with stops in Leamington, Ont., Regina and Dawson City, Yukon.The prime minister instead addressed revellers gathered on Parliament Hill on Sunday morning via video, thanking residents and Canadians for standing up for one another and for Canadian values."This is who we are, we're there for each other in times of difficulty, in times of opportunity. We lean on each other and we stand strong and that's what we do from coast to coast to coast," Trudeau said.Schedule of July 1 events.


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.

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.


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)

Lull in rain allows Thailand cave rescue to pick up pace-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-JuLY 02,18

MAE SAI, Thailand — The frantic effort to locate 12 boys and their soccer coach missing in a cave in Thailand for a week picked up pace as a break in the rain eased flooding in the system of caverns and more experts from around the world joined the anxious rescue mission.The search in the northern province of Chiang Rai has been going slowly, largely because flooding has blocked rescuers from going through chambers to get deeper into the cave. Pumping out water hasn't solved the problem, so the attention has focused on finding shafts on the mountainside that might serve as a back door to the blocked-off areas where the missing may be sheltering.The boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach entered the sprawling Tham Luang Nang Non cave after a soccer game on June 23, but near-constant rains have thwarted the search for them. Authorities have nevertheless expressed hope that the group has found a dry place within the cave to wait.Reflecting that hope, a medical evacuation drill was held Saturday morning to see how long it would take to get rescued people out of the cave into 13 ambulances and to the nearest hospital.Australian police and military personnel joined other multinational teams, including U.S. military personnel and experts from a British cave exploration club. China sent a six-person team of rescue and disaster experts to the cave, the Chinese Embassy in Bangkok said. The group has experience in lifesaving operations in Myanmar and Nepal, the embassy said.A second, private Chinese group calling itself Green Boat Emergency also arrived Saturday. "Our skills are search-and-rescue on mountains and in caves. We hope we can help," said Wang Xudong, a member of the group.Chiang Rai Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn said the falling water level in the cave has helped the rescue effort considerably."Today, the situation is much better and we have high hopes, and will be here all night," he said early Saturday evening.Thai navy SEAL divers have been crucial to the search, but have been stymied by muddy water reaching the cave's ceiling, forcing them to suspend operations again and again. With water levels dropping, they resumed dives Saturday, re-entering a chamber from which they had retreated earlier in the week. But they could not advance farther than 200 metres (yards) from their current position, the team reported.In addition to pumping out the flooded chambers, rescuers were working on finding the source of the water that's been rushing into the cave in order to drain or divert it.Chaiwat Dusadeepanich of the Department of Groundwater Resources said that his team, which has been drilling for two days, found a small underground water source near the cave."But the water flow rate isn't great enough," he said. "We would have to drill in deeper to get to the source, but at least we found it. Hopefully we can start pumping out the well water by the end of today."Hopes were also high for finding some kind of access through fissures on the mountainside that might lead to shafts into the cave."Yesterday our team climbed into one shaft, and went in around 50 metres (yards)," said National Deputy Police Chief Wirachai Songmetta. He said the shaft had led to two separate chambers so far, and they planned to re-enter the second one in a bid to find passages that could lead to other chambers, Wirachai said.Officials also began dropping care packages into the shafts in hopes the missing might retrieve them. Each package contains food, beverages, a phone, a flashlight, candles, a lighter and a map of the cave.___Associated Press video journalist Jason Corben in Bangkok contributed to this report.Tassanee Vejpongsa, The Associated Press.

Raging wildfire threatens moorlands in northern England-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-July 2, 2018

LONDON — Some 120 firefighters are trying to contain a wildfire that has been declared a "major incident" as it spreads in the moorlands of northern England.British fire officials said two large fires had merged because of high winds and extremely dry conditions as much of England is gripped by a heat wave. The fire is in the Winter Hill area, 220 miles (355 kilometres ) northwest of London.Lancashire fire officials said late Saturday that "we are dealing with a rapidly developing aggressive fire across all vegetation types, including woodlands."About two dozen fire engines are on the scene and steps are being taken to protect nearby properties. Officials are asking residents not to come to try to help because of the threat to public safety.The Associated Press.


EUROPEAN UNION-KING OF WEST-DAN 9:26-27,DAN 7:23-24,DAN 11:40,REV 13:1-10



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)

Palestinians infiltrate Israel from Gaza, burn abandoned army post-Incendiary kites sent from coastal enclave ignite 20 fires near border, sappers defuse device that landed near Kiryat Gat-By Judah Ari Gross and TOI staff-1 July 2018

A group of Palestinians infiltrated Israeli territory from the southern Gaza Strip Sunday and set fire to an abandoned IDF post along the border, before rushing back into the coastal enclave, the army said.A military spokesperson said IDF troops spotted the breach, but the Palestinians had already fled back into Gaza by the time they arrived.The Palestinians continued sending incendiary kites and balloons over the border sparking at 20 fires in the western Negev, the Eshkol regional council said.Of those, six fires were in the Be’eri forest, five in the Kissufim Forest, and another adjacent to Kibbutz Kfar Aza.“The threat of arson is not a reality we are prepared to accept as part of our lives,” the spokesperson from the Eshkol council said. “This message has been regularly passed on to the relevant authorities and those who make the decisions.”Separately, police said that sappers were called to deal with what appeared to be flammable material attached to a balloon sent from Gaza that landed in a forested area near the southern city of Kiryat Gat, some 30 kilometers (20 miles) from Gaza.

Iran denies killing demonstrators at water protests-If unrest in Khorramshahr doesn't end, 'law enforcement forces will carry out their duties,' warns Tehran's interior minister, after reports that security forces killed 4 people-By AFP-2 July 2018

TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli on Sunday denied reports that as many as four people were killed in clashes a day earlier, with security forces in the southwestern Iranian city of Khorramshahr, during a demonstration against water pollution.In a Sunday press conference, Fazli said that just one person was injured in a “confrontation involving shots.”He denied the reports, carried by Saudi media, that Iranian security forces had shot and killed protesters.“The statements saying numerous people were killed are false,” he said.“Our effort is to bring these protests to an end as soon as possible, with restraint from police and the cooperation of authorities, but if the opposite happens, the judiciary and law enforcement forces will carry out their duties,” Fazli added, according to Reuters.The protesters set fire to dumpsters and damaged public property, prompting police to fire tear gas to disperse them, state-run IRNA news agency said Sunday.Officials gave different accounts of those injured during the protest, with Deputy Interior Minister Hossein Zolfaghari saying 11 people were hurt when someone — it was not clear who — opened fire.“Ten [of the wounded] were members of the security forces” and one was a civilian who was hospitalized, Zolfaghari was quoted by IRNA as saying.The unrest erupted after some 500 people, mostly youth, gathered at a main square in the city to protest against pollution that is seeping into the city’s drinking water network, IRNA reported.Protesters also gathered outside a mosque, the agency added.According to IRNA, there have been several protests against water pollution in Khorramshahr and the neighboring city of Abadan over the past three days.Iran has been facing mounting economic woes since the United States in May pulled out of a 2015 accord between Tehran and world powers that had lifted international sanctions in exchange for curbs on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.Iran’s currency has plunged almost 50 percent in value in the past six months against the US dollar, and inflation is on the rise.Traders in Tehran’s Grand Bazaar held a rare strike on Monday, against the collapse of the rial.Brief scuffles also broke out on Monday between protesters and police in the capital.On Sunday, Vice President Eshagh Jahangiri said in statements broadcast on state television that Iran is suffering from several problems, not just US sanctions.Among Iran’s “woes,” he cited its dependence on oil revenues along with a weak private sector and a fragile banking sector.Industry Minister Mohammad Shariatmadari told a news conference in Tehran on Saturday that the situation was not “critical” but “special.”He urged foreign firms working in Iran to resist US “threats” of sanctions and to continue doing business in the country.Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

Iraq begins building border fence with Syria to block jihadists-First 20 kilometers of 600-km border reinforced with barbed wire, surveillance towers, trench, thermal cameras and drones-By AFP-toi-2 July 2018

BAGHDAD, Iraq — Iraq has begun building a fence along its border with Syria to stop Islamic State group jihadists crossing into the country, a border guards spokesman said Sunday.“Ten days ago we started to set up a barbed wire security fence with surveillance towers along the border with Syria,” said Anwar Hamid Nayef, spokesman in Iraq’s Anbar province.The frontier barrier includes a six-meter-wide trench and involves thermal cameras and drones scanning the border for jihadists attempting to cross from Syria.Baghdad declared victory over IS at the end of last year, but the group holds pockets of territory in the vast deserts of eastern Syria and maintains its ability to strike inside Iraq.The new fence so far runs for 20 kilometers (12 miles) north from the area around the border town of Al-Qaim, which Iraqi forces retook from IS in November.In total the frontier stretches for some 600 kilometers.Border spokesman Nayef said that experts from Baghdad’s ministry of defense and an anti-IS coalition spearheaded by the United States would come “to evaluate the effectiveness of the fence.”“If they approve the installations, we will continue along the whole border with Syria,” he said.In a sign of the continuing menace it poses to Iraq, the bodies of eight captives executed by IS were this week found along a highway north of Baghdad.In a bid to combat the jihadists, Iraqi forces have carried out a series of airstrikes against IS inside Syria.

2 men dead, 1 woman injured in 'brazen' downtown Toronto shooting-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-July 2, 2018

Two men are now dead following a "brazen" daylight shooting in Toronto's downtown entertainment district on Saturday evening, police say.Three people — two men and a woman — were wounded after shots rang out shortly before 8 p.m. near Queen Street West and Peter Street, police said. The area was bustling with people on the Canada Day long weekend.All three were rushed to trauma centres.One man, who was without vital signs at the scene, was pronounced dead in hospital. The second man died in hospital overnight, while the woman is expected to recover from her injuries, according to Det. Jeff Allington.One of the two men was believed to be in his 20s, while the woman is believed to be in her 30s. Allington declined to release the victims' names and ages, and said police are trying to notify next of kin.Toronto Mayor John Tory, meanwhile, said he is "damn mad" about the city's latest gunfire.People running, screaming after shooting-Witnesses told police that the scene was chaotic following the shooting. "Reports were coming in from the scene by callers that a number of shots had been heard and that there were a number of people running and screaming in the area," Toronto police spokesperson Const. David Hopkinson said Sunday.When officers arrived, they found two victims on the street immediately. Police searched the area and found the third victim a short time later, Hopkinson added."Typically in scenes like this, we do find the victims in other places; either they are trying to get to the hospital or they are trying to flee the situation," he said.Police declined to say whether they believe the shooting was targeted.More than one suspect was seen running from the area and may have fled in an SUV or car, police said. Witnesses told reporters they saw a black SUV with tinted windows and a white Bentley speeding away.Allington said "a number of cars" left the area shortly after the shooting. Homicide detectives would like to talk to those drivers, he said, and police are asking other witnesses to come forward.Gun violence 'causing mayhem,' mayor says-Speaking to reporters before a Canada Day parade on Sunday morning, Tory said he is angry and concerned about the shooting, but said Toronto remains a safe city despite recent gun violence. He also said he spoke to Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders about this latest incident.The mayor blamed the shooting on gang violence and called for people with a history of weapons offences to be kept off the streets. He specifically pointed to those who've been charged with crimes but are ultimately released on bail."I just don't think they belong on the streets, and I've talked to Chief Saunders this morning, and I know that they are hard at work on this one and some of the other shootings we've experienced this year. And we're going to round these people up," Tory said."We're going to put them in jail and then the real question is: Will the system keep them in jail until their charges are dealt with? Because we just can't have these people on the streets. They're causing mayhem in, otherwise, a very peaceful city."Tory said he plans to talk to federal officials again about the number of guns in Toronto. He said he will also speak to the new Ontario government about the role of the court system in keeping the city safe."The gun violence is a challenge for us. And, you know, that's partly because guns are being trafficked in Canada within the current rules. And that's why those rules need to be strengthened and I've made that very clear to government of Canada — it's why we can't have people getting out on bail 20 minutes after they're arrested for using a gun," Tory said."We're working on that. I'm speaking out very forcefully on that, and I'll speak to the new government of Ontario about advising Crown attorneys on that."'We'll hunt them down,' premier says-For his part, Ontario Premier Doug Ford said the shooting is disturbing and curbing gun violence in cities will be a priority with the new Ontario government.Ford said he thinks police are "the experts" on the issue and will figure out how best to deal with the problem. But the premier said he doesn't think the Toronto police should bring back TAVIS, the Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy, a police unit set up in 2006 to curb violence in high crime areas. Its formation came in the wake of the summer of 2005, the so-called "summer of the gun" in Toronto. "We aren't going to bring back TAVIS, but we are going to give additional funding to Ottawa and Toronto to fight guns and gangs," Ford told reporters outside Queen's Park on Sunday.Ford declined to say how much the province will give to the two cities, but said justice will be done."This is unacceptable. We live in the greatest city in the world. This seems like this is happening every second day. There's a very small, small percentage of gang-bangers chasing each other around and innocent people are getting killed. It's not going to be tolerated under my watch in Ontario, I can tell you that," Ford said."We'll hunt them down. We'll hold them accountable."Police seek photos, videos, security camera footage-A stretch of Queen Street West was closed overnight and into Sunday morning to allow officers to investigate, but it has been reopened.Witnesses told CBC News on Saturday night that they heard about nine or 10 shots; some said they thought it was fireworks for Canada Day. Lise Robichaud, who has been living in Toronto for the past two years, was on a streetcar in the area when she said she heard a gunshot."I looked outside, I saw a black male fall to the ground, then I heard four more gunshots," she said. "The TTC driver told us to get to the ground because it was a shooting. It's terrifying. I'm still shaking. It's very scary."Robichaud said living in Toronto is "very scary" and she is thinking about moving back home to her native New Brunswick.Investigators would like to speak to anyone who took photos or videos, or who may have dashboard camera video, as well as businesses that might have security camera footage.Witnesses can call police at 416-808-5200 or 416-808-7400.

Protesters flood US cities to fight Trump immigration policy-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-July 2, 2018

WASHINGTON — They wore white. They shook their fists in the air. They carried signs reading: "No more children in cages," and "What's next? Concentration Camps?"In major cities and tiny towns, hundreds of thousands of marchers gathered Saturday across America, moved by accounts of children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, in the latest act of mass resistance against President Donald Trump's immigration policies.Protesters flooded more than 700 marches, from immigrant-friendly cities like New York and Los Angeles to conservative Appalachia and Wyoming. They gathered on the front lawn of a Border Patrol station in McAllen, Texas, near a detention centre where migrant children were being held in cages, and on a street corner near Trump's golf resort at Bedminster, New Jersey, where the president is spending the weekend.Trump has backed away from family separations amid bipartisan and international uproar. His "zero tolerance policy" led officials to take more than 2,000 children from their parents as they tried to enter the country illegally, most of them fleeing violence, persecution or economic collapse in their home countries.Those marching Saturday demanded the government quickly reunite the families that were already divided.A Brazilian mother separated from her 10-year-old son more than a month ago approached the microphone at the Boston rally."We came to the United States seeking help, and we never imagined that this could happen. So I beg everyone, please release these children, give my son back to me," she said through an interpreter, weeping."Please fight and continue fighting, because we will win," she said.The crowd erupted.In Washington, D.C., an estimated 30,000 marchers gathered in Lafayette Park across from the White House in what was expected to be the largest protest of the day, stretching for hours under a searing sun. Firefighters at one point misted the crowd to help people cool off.Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the musical "Hamilton," sang a lullaby dedicated to parents unable to sing to their children. Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys read a letter written by a woman whose child had been taken away from her at the border."It's upsetting. Families being separated, children in cages," said Emilia Ramos, a cleaner in the district, fighting tears at the rally. "Seeing everyone together for this cause, it's emotional."Around her, thousands waved signs: "I care," some read, referencing a jacket that first lady Melania Trump wore when travelling to visit child migrants. The back of her jacket said, "I really don't care, do U?" and it became a rallying cry for protesters Saturday."I care!! Do you?" read Joan Culwell's T-shirt as she joined a rally in Denver."We care!" marchers shouted outside Dallas City Hall. Organizer Michelle Wentz says opposition to the Trump administration's "barbaric and inhumane" policy has seemed to transcend political lines."This is the issue crossing the line for a lot of people," said Robin Jackson, 51, of Los Angeles, who protested with thousands carrying flags, signs and babies.Singer John Legend serenaded the crowd and Democratic politicians who have clashed with Trump had strong words for the president, including U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters who called for his impeachment.The president took to Twitter amid the protests, first to show his support for Immigration and Customs Enforcement as some Democrats called for major changes to the agency. Tweeting Saturday from New Jersey, Trump urged ICE agents to "not worry or lose your spirit" and wrote that "the radical left Dems want you out. Next it will be all police."He later tweeted that he never pushed House Republicans to vote for immigration overhaul measures that failed last week, contradicting a post three days ago in which he urged GOP congressional members to pass them.In Trump's hometown of New York City, another massive crowd poured across the Brooklyn Bridge in sweltering 90-degree heat, some carrying their children on their shoulders, chanting, "Shame!" Drivers honked their horns in support."It's important for this administration to know that these policies that rip apart families — that treat people as less than human, like they're vermin — are not the way of God, they are not the law of love," said the Rev. Julie Hoplamazian, an Episcopal priest marching in Brooklyn.Though seasoned anti-Trump demonstrators packed the rallies, others were new to activism, including parents who said they felt compelled to act after heart-wrenching accounts of families who were torn apart.Marchers took to city parks and downtown squares from Maine to Florida to Oregon; in Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico; on the international bridge between El Paso, Texas, and Juarez, Mexico; even in Antler, North Dakota, population 27. People braved the heat in Chicago and Atlanta to march.Some of the demonstrations were boisterous, others were quiet.Five people were arrested outside an ICE office in Dallas for blocking a road. At least one arrest was made in Columbus, Ohio, when protesters obstructed a downtown street. Light-rail service was temporarily shut down in Minneapolis as thousands of demonstrators got in the way of the tracks. A rally in Portland, Maine, grew so large that police had to shut down part of a major street.But in Dodge City, Kansas, a 100-person rally led by a Catholic church felt more like a mass than a protest.In rural Marshalltown, Iowa, about 125 people gathered for a march organized by Steve Adelmund, a father of two who was inspired after turning on the news on Father's Day and seeing children being separated from their families and held in cages."It hit me in the heart. I cried," he said."If we can't come together under the idea of 'Kids shouldn't be taken from their parents,' where are we?" he asked. "We have to speak out now while we can, before we can't."Drum beats and horns sounded as thousands of protesters hit the streets of San Francisco."We came here to let the president know that this is not acceptable," said San Francisco resident Barry Hooper, who attended with his wife and two daughters.His 7-year-old daughter Liliana clutched a sign she made, saying, "Stop the separation."Three thousand miles away in Washington, protesters ended their march at the white-columned Justice Department. They stacked their protest signs, written in English and Spanish, against its grand wooden doors."Fight for families," one sign demanded.In Portland, Oregon, police ordered participants in a march by Patriot Prayer to disperse after officers saw assaults and projectiles being thrown. Some arrests were made.The problems occurred as two opposing protest groups — Patriot Prayer and antifa — took to the streets. People in the crowd were lighting firecrackers and smoke bombs and police used flash bangs to disperse the clashing protesters.___Associated Press reporters Susan Montoya Bryan in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Emily Schmall in McAllen, Texas; David Warren and Ryan Tarinelli in Dallas; Paul Elias in San Francisco; David Sharp in Portland, Maine; Martha Irvine in Chicago; Sarah Betancourt in Boston; Damian Dovarganes in Los Angeles; Rick Callahan in Indianapolis; Bob Lentz and Ron Todt in Philadelphia, Claire Galofaro in Louisville, Kentucky, and Julie Walker and Michael Sisak in New York City contributed to this report.Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Press

North Korea, South Korea reopen maritime communication channel-[Reuters]-YAHOONEWS-JULY 02, 2018

SEOUL (Reuters) - North and South Korea reopened a maritime communication channel on Sunday, with vessels from the two countries making radio contact for the first time in a decade, South Korea's Defence Ministry said in a statement.A North Korean patrol boat responded immediately when the South Korean Navy contacted it via an international radio channel at 9 a.m. Sunday in the western sea, normalizing the maritime communication channel for the first time in 10 years, according to the ministry.The move showed the two Koreas were "taking practical steps" to uphold agreements made on April 27 when their leaders decided to defuse military tensions in a gradual manner, an official from the ministry said.(Reporting by Cynthia Kim)

Istanbul's gay, transgender community hold smaller rally, after pride march banned-[Reuters]-YAHOONEWS-July 2, 2018

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Members of Istanbul's gay and transgender community gathered for a rally on Sunday instead of the annual pride march, after they said the parade itself had been banned by the city's governor for the third consecutive year.The march used to see tens of thousands of people parade down Istanbul's main Istiklal street, but Sunday's rally drew a much smaller crowd.Just a few hundred people gathered on one of Beyoglu district's side streets, waving rainbow flags and shouting slogans. The organizers said on Friday that Istanbul's governor had banned the pride march."Like every year, we are here, on these streets. Our laughter, our exclamations, our slogans still echo in these streets," organizers said in a statement read out during the rally."We miss the marches attended by thousands where we celebrate our visibility. We make fun of those who try to place boundaries on us by the pride of our existence and the strength of our pride," it said.Police dispersed the crowd following the statement but some people continued walking through the streets in smaller groups.The Istanbul governor was unavailable for comment on Sunday.Istanbul has traditionally been seen as a relative safe haven by members of the gay community from elsewhere in the region, but although homosexuality is not a crime in Turkey, homophobia remains widespread.CIVIL LIBERTIES-The pride march has in recent years been the scene of clashes between police and demonstrators.There were fewer reports of such clashes during Sunday's rally, despite police blocking roads and streets and trying to confine the crowd.Critics say President Tayyip Erdogan and his Islamist-rooted AK Party have shown little interest in expanding rights for minorities, gay people and women.Civil liberties in Turkey have become a particular concern for the West after a crackdown under a state of emergency declared following the attempted military coup of July 2016.Some 160,000 people have been detained and nearly the same number of state employees dismissed, the United Nations said in March.Aside from the pride marches in Istanbul and Ankara, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) movie showings have recently been banned, with the authorities citing security reasons and public sensitivities.(Reporting by Melih Aslan and Osman Orsal; Writing by Ali Kucukgocmen; Editing by Andrew Bolton)

Protesters, lawmaker arrested in U.S. Senate building sit-in over immigration-[Reuters]-By Makini Brice-YAHOONEWS-JULY 2,18

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nearly 600 protesters were arrested during a clangorous occupation of a U.S. Senate office building in Washington on Thursday, where they decried U.S. President Donald Trump's "zero- tolerance" stance on illegal immigration.The protesters, mostly women dressed in white, sat on the Hart Senate Office Building's marbled floors and wrapped themselves in metallic silver blankets similar to those given to migrant children separated from their families by U.S. immigration officials.Their chant "Say it loud, say it clear, immigrants are welcome here" echoed through the building, drawing scores of Senate staff to upper mezzanine floors from where they watched the commotion.Capitol Police warned protesters that if they did not leave the building they would be arrested. Soon after, protesters were lined against a wall in small groups and police confiscated their blankets and signs.It took police about 90 minutes to arrest them and end the demonstration. Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, a Democrat, sat with the protesters and was also arrested.Capitol Police said in a statement that about 575 people were charged with unlawfully demonstrating and they would be processed at the scene and released. They said people who were charged and fined could pay 24 hours after their arrests, but it was not clear who had been fined and how much.Democratic senators Mazie Hirono, Tammy Duckworth, Kirsten Gillibrand and Jeff Merkley, who have been critical of Trump's immigration policies, spoke with some of the protesters. Gillibrand held a sign that read: "End Detentions Now."Women's March, a movement that began in the United States when Trump was inaugurated in 2017 and spread around the world, had called on women to risk arrest at Thursday's protest.Before arriving at Capitol Hill, the protesters marched down Pennsylvania Avenue, pausing to chant "Shame! Shame! Shame!" at the Trump International Hotel.The Women's March demonstration is part of a wave of actions against Trump, whose administration began seeking in May to prosecute all adults who cross the border without authorization.More than 2,000 children who arrived illegally in the United States with adult relatives were separated from them and placed in detention facilities or with foster families around the United States.The policy led to intense criticism in the United States and abroad, and Trump signed an executive order that would let children stay with their parents as they moved through the legal system, drawing renewed criticism."When we were advocating to keep families together and end family separations, we were not advocating for family incarceration," said Linda Sarsour, one of the leaders of the Women's March. "Camps for children is just as wrong as camps for children and adults."Loretta Fudoli took a bus to Washington from Conway, Arkansas, to join Thursday's protest. She said she had been arrested at demonstrations three or four times since she became politically active after Trump's election."Their parents shouldn't even be locked up," Fudoli said. "This is not a bad enough crime to lock them up and take their children away."Most of the children separated from their families before the order was signed have not yet been reunited with them.The White House has said that the order was not a long-term solution and has called for Congress to pass immigration reform.Larger protests are being planned for Saturday in Washington, D.C., and cities around the country under the banner of #FamiliesBelongTogether.(Reporting by Makini Brice Writing by Bill Tarrant and Jonathan Allen; Editing by David Gregorio, Toni Reinhold)