November 19, 2017

The Boss ~ by Diana Ross ❤ I Included A Bonus Track/Vid For More INSPIRATION And To Let You Know That YOU ARE NOT ALONE! :)

CONGRATULATIONS Ms. Diana Ross for being honored with an AMA Lifetime Achievement Award 2017. You so deserve it. Love you! :)
My mom has always been a huge Diana Ross fan. I grew up listening to her albums and dancing in the living room with my mom. I was also fortunate enough as a child to experience Diana Ross live in concert with my mom on several occasions. Diana Ross would always wear the most beautiful elaborate gowns on stage and change gowns after every set. She would also walk out into the audience and shake everybody's hand. She always without fail LEFT ME MESMERIZED! Diana Ross is an amazing entertainer! Pure CLASS.

The Boss was a huge disco hit when it came out. Nevertheless, this is actually a very powerful spiritual song if you really choose to listen. God is LOVE. Love is God. Therefore, God is The Boss! Creator and Source of ALL living things. Sending lots of love to you all. Enjoy this song and lyrics! This was me. I can totally relate to this song, as I am sure many of you can as well or soon will. ♥

This is such an AWESOME song! I can't get enough of it tonight! :) This was not released as a spiritual song. It was a dance hit in 1979. The lyrics just have more meaning for me. ♥

The Boss ~ by Legendary Diana Ross

Fancy ME
Thought I had my degree
In life and how LOVE
Ought to be a run
I had a one step plan to prove it
Guide in my pocket for FOOLS
Folly and fun
LOVE had to show me ONE THING:

I was so right
So right
Thought I could turn emotion
On and off
I was so sure
So sure (I was so sure)
Who was who was who was The Boss!
(Taught me who was who was The Boss)

Anyone who claimed that I
Didn't control whatever moved in MY SOUL
I could tempt
Touch delight
Just because you fell for me
Why should I feel uptight
LOVE had to show me ONE THING:

I was so right
So right
Thought I could turn emotion
On and off
I was so sure
So sure (I was so sure)
Who was who was who was The Boss!
(Taught me who was who was The Boss)

Taught ME
Taught ME
Taught ME

I was so right
So right
Thought I could turn emotion
On and off
I was so sure
So sure (I was so sure)
Who was who was who was The Boss!
(Taught me who was who was The Boss)

God wants you to know: If you need me, call me. No matter where you are, no matter how far. Just call my name. I'll be there in a hurry. On that you can depend and never worry.

I know you must follow the sun. Wherever it leads. But remember. If you should fall short of your desires. Remember life holds for you one guarantee. You'll always have me. ♥

My Daily Prayer... ♥

I would like to share two of my daily prayer's with you. The first is one I received from Paula White Ministries 10 years ago. While the second is one that I personalized for myself. You are welcome to use these prayers. Soon your spirit will personalize one for you. You shall know the Truth when you seek God's face daily. I don't mean in the traditional sense. I mean spending time getting to know Him. You can start by talking with Him like you would a friend. He will guide you on your spiritual path as you grow closer and closer to Him. Allow God's LIGHT to permeate every fiber of your being and transform you from the inside out. "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be TRANSFORMED by the renewing of your mind." [Romans 12:2] This has nothing to do with religion. This is about God, your Heavenly Father wanting to have a "personal" relationship with you. ♥

God is God all by Himself. Jesus Christ (Yahshua haMashiach) is the living breathing WORD of God that God made flesh to walk among us, and the Holy Spirit is the breath of God. Christians are not Polytheists as Islam falsely claims. God, His WORD, and His breath ARE ALL ONE. Can you separate you from your word and from your breath? Think about it. God doesn't need a religious group or organization to make Him so. God almighty is above all and sovereign. God is Omnipotent, Omniscient, and Omnipresent. God is Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. God is INFINITE and ETERNAL. 

The Power Of Prayer from Paula White Ministries

Dear Heavenly Father, I give You praise for my life and all that is in it. You are my Creator, my Provider, my Comforter and I worship You from the depths of my soul. My desire is to know You... to truly know You in an intimate way. Please grant me a mind filled with Spiritual wisdom and a heart that continues to long for You.

This is my prayer personalized...

Thank you God for loving me unconditionally. Thank you God for never giving up on me. Thank you God for always believing in me. Thank you God for taking care of all of my needs. I am an instrument of Your will LORD, use me for Your greater good. I am ready, willing and able to effect change on Your behalf. Awaken Your Spirit within me LORD. Lend me Your strength, Your courage and Your wisdom. I will continue to abide in Your WORD as your WORD continues to abide in me. You are my ROCK and my foundation! Your presence makes me feel unspeakable love and joy. Direct my steps LORD and connect me to the right people that are in line with Your will for my life. I will continue to Trust and Believe in You LORD. I love you. In Yahshua's precious name, AMEN!

I go on to pray, Lord Jesus (Yahshua) please cleanse my spirit from all impurities, please purify me Lord, wash me in Your blood, cover me and protect me against all evil. Please fill my spirit with Your love, Your peace and Your joy. Lend me Your strength, courage and wisdom. AMEN!

God's Divine favor surrounds me like a shield! Amen. ♥

God Is Omnipotent, Omniscient, and Omnipresent

God Is Omnipotent, Omniscient, and Omnipresent

What hath God, in His infinite wisdom, written across the pages of time and space within the soul of men? We can only assume that what we read is with out a doubt the direct word of God as He has given it to specific men to place on parchment. So, after diligent, meticulous and scrupulous translation, we can read it and believe His word. Even beyond this concept of read and believe, we find an even more inscrutable truth which is, gaining an insight into the God that cares enough to place Himself into a number of `pigeon holes' just for our benefit.

God is limitless, yet because of our inadequacies, our incapacity, and our finiteness, He has limited Himself insofar as toward our understanding. We cannot conceive even the slightest of absolutes (if there exists a slight absolute), so how could He expect us to come close to Him, when He is the epitome of all the virtues. Our knowledge of Him is mere wisps of haze, which keeps us from approaching Him with any semblance of true comprehension.

Yet, He cares for us, He longs for us, He seeks us to help us find a truth that will lead us to some form of understanding whereby we will derive a yearning to know more. He will then throw open wide many doors into a deeper growth in Him.

Understand this, I have not said that God is limited by His act of limiting Himself for our understanding; what I want to state very clearly is that His limitation is only man directed. He is and will always be, by virtue of His absolute virtue limitless, absolutely. If He were otherwise, He could not be God; as God must always be omnipotent (all powerful), omniscient (all knowing), and omnipresent (always present everywhere), not one attribute without the other and no two without the third. In His omnipotence He has absolute power, constrained only by His absolute wisdom, holiness, and perfect nature.

Omnipotence, Omniscience and Omnipresence are attributes which solely belong to God. God must be, to be God, each of these and all of these at the same time. All powerful with all knowledge and everywhere at the same time can only belong to God. Absolute Power is ascribed in Scripture in Genesis 17:1 "And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, 'I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect'." Additionally, in Deuteronomy 3:24 Moses prays, "O Lord God, thou hast begun to shew thy servant thy greatness, and thy mighty hand: for what God is there in heaven or in earth, that can do according to thy works, and according to thy might?" Finally, (though not the only references available) the only usage of the word in Scripture is found in Revelation 19:6 "And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth."

None of the attributes has God taken to Himself, all of His perfection is what God is. If but one attribute were found missing from God, God (as we perceive him to be) would not be. God is the total of perfection. If any part were missing, perfection would be deficient and consequently void. God cannot take to Himself what He already is.

For mere human beings, the comprehension of absolute truth, absolute wisdom, absolute mercy, absolute justice, absolute wrath, absolute love and all other possible virtues, (in their absolute) is not within our grasp. Also to try to coalesce all the absolutes into a modifiable working temperance of any one absolute, so destroys our inward tunneling of thought that it alerts us to the Omniscience of our all-knowing God. Take the concept of absolute truth and absolute mercy and, try as hard as you might, you will never be able to find a way to temper absolute wrath, without reducing either of the absolutes to less than their total sum. Yet, God, as you are fully aware, is more than capable to accomplish our impossibles.

Nowhere is man less understanding when we hear "Omnipresent" We are, at best, a three dimensional being. With limited understanding of any other kind of dimension. To man time must exist, or the very framework of our existence would be in jeopardy. Of course, time is only for the convenience of man and therefore a gift from God. Genesis 1:14 "And God said, `Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days,and years'." Time has no consequence to God. Consider 2 Peter 3:8 "But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day." Time is nonexistent to God. The facet of Omnipresence, though incomprehensible to man, is not even considered by our Lord.

All that has been stated about the Omnipotence, Omniscience and Omnipresence of our Lord God is to show the wonder of, the love of, and the mercy of a God so powerful, so wise, and ever present. We think ourselves wise and capable of great things until we see Him, and then bow in humble adoration of One that could love and care for mere us. May we never lose sight of our Heavenly Father; the Father that wants us to be so close to Him, He will always be Abba (Papa) Father.

November 18, 2017

New Moon In Scorpio On Saturday November 18th. Total Transformation and Financial Flow by Tania Gabrielle.

Total Transformation & Financial Flow
written by Tania Gabrielle
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Scorpio is an intense, magnetic star sign, so when Scorpio is enhanced, part of your life is totally Transformed. With a powerful Scorpio New Moon early on Saturday, expect something to be completely changed!
  • Your passionate nature will be ignited – you’ll feel more sensual, and there will be a mystery about you that is positively magnetic.
  • You’ll notice being able to see through people, and get straight to the point.
  • Scorpio rules the 8th house in astrology – a strong activation of abundance and financial flow.
In a nutshell, Scorpio teaches us that true abundance and security arise from self control and self awareness. It’s a great time to study divination arts like astrology and numerology, and bring what’s hidden to light – a Scorpio specialty!

Here are some great things to focus on around this Scorpio New Moon:
  • Make Investments
  • Get your finances organized
  • Share deep secrets with soul friends you trust
  • Get a soul reading
  • Explore your sensuality and sexuality
  • Have a private, confidential meeting
  • Practice deep breathing
  • Open up about your emotional needs and pains
  • Express your feelings with total confidence
Scorpio energy is powerful and penetrating. Honor your deepest, core feelings – no matter HOW they show up!
I added the images above to Tania Gabrielle's message I've shared with you in this post. The pictures and gifs that I share sum up my interpretation of the current astrological message. I highlighted the part of the message that inspired the picture gifs I chose.
The highest expression of power is KNOWING yourself: surrender to the truth sets you free.

Two dynamic astrology aspects help you heal and manifest:
  • Sun & Moon (New Moon) in Scorpio are TRINE Chiron in Pisces
  • Mars is square Pluto (both rulers of Scorpio!)
This New Moon is urging you to surrender, so you can confidently step into partnership with the Universe.

Miracles await you!

Love and Blessings,
Tania Gabrielle

P.S. I love hearing from you! Leave me a comment and share how this Scorpio New Moon is impacting your life. 🙂

I was inspired to share these adorable videos 😍 by Meeko the raccoon from Pocahontas picture gifs I shared with you above.

ZIMBABWE: Oppressive Corrupt Marxist Dictator For 37 YEARS, Mugabe Faces "Impeachment" Next Week If He Refuses To Stand Down. He Was Going To Hand Power Over To His Wife. CONGRATULATIONS! 👏😊

I shared this news October 24, 2014: ZIMBABWE: Marxist Dictator Mugabe’s Wife Declares To Succeed Husband As So-Called "President". Mugabe Has Ruled Zimbabwe Since 1980. CLICK HERE to read article from Nigerian Tribune.
Strait Times, Singapore
written by Reuters, AFP staff
Friday November 17, 2017

HARARE - Leaders of Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF party are meeting on Friday (Nov 17) to draft a resolution to dismiss President Robert Mugabe at the weekend and lay the ground for his impeachment next week if he refuses to stand down, a senior party source said.

“There is no going back,” the source told Reuters. “If he becomes stubborn, we will arrange for him to be fired on Sunday. When that is done, it’s impeachment on Tuesday.”

Mr Mugabe’s fate hung in the balance as he apparently resisted efforts to make him step down following a seizure of power by the army, until this week a key pillar of his 37-year-rule.

The military said on national television it was holding talks with Mr Mugabe on the way forward and that it would advise the nation on their outcome as soon as possible. It added that it had made “significant progress” in its operation targeting “criminals” around Mr Mugabe.

Mr Mugabe has refused to resign after meeting generals who have seized control of the country, as sources suggested the veteran leader was “buying time” to negotiate his exit.

The talks in Harare on Thursday came after soldiers this week put Mr Mugabe under house arrest, took over state TV and blockaded main roads in a stunning turnaround for the 93-year-old leader who has ruled the country with an iron fist since 1980.

Mr Mugabe’s motorcade took him from his private residence to the State House for the talks, which were also attended by envoys from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) regional bloc.

“They met today. He is refusing to step down. I think he is trying to buy time,” said a source close to the army leadership who declined to be named.

Government TV showed Mr Mugabe, the world’s oldest head of state, dressed in a navy blue blazer and grey trousers standing alongside army chief General Constantino Chiwenga who smiled and was dressed in fatigues.

Zimbabwe was left stunned by this week’s military intervention but attention has swiftly shifted to the prominent figures who could play a role in any transitional government.

Mr Mugabe’s advanced age, poor health and listless public performances have fuelled a bitter succession battle between his wife Grace and former vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa, whom Mr Mugabe sacked last week.

Mr Mnangagwa, 75, was previously one of Mr Mugabe’s most loyal lieutenants, having worked alongside him for decades. But he fled to South Africa following his dismissal and published a scathing rebuke of Mr Mugabe’s leadership and Mrs Mugabe's presidential ambitions. His aide told the AFP he had returned to the country on Thursday.

The generals are strongly opposed to Mrs Mugabe’s rise, while Mr Mnangagwa has maintained close ties to the army and could emerge as the next president.

Mr Morgan Tsvangirai, a former prime minister and long-time opponent of Mr Mugabe, told journalists in Harare that Mr Mugabe must resign “in the interest of the people”. He added that “a transitional mechanism” would be needed to ensure stability.

Mr Tendai Biti, who served as finance minister during the coalition government after the 2008 elections, called it “a very delicate time for Zimbabwe”.

“A way has to be worked out to maintain stability. That restoration requires a roadmap and to address the grievances that have led to this situation,” he said.

The African Union (AU) said it would allow Zimbabwe’s southern neighbours in the SADC to mediate in the crisis.

Mr Smail Chergui, the AU commissioner for peace and security, said Africa was putting its faith in the efforts of the SADC, noting that its envoys had been able to meet Mr Mugabe, after talks in Washington.

“I think as we speak the Parliament is still in force, is still working, the government is still working, and there is no sign of violence whatsoever in the country,” Chergui said.

Professor Eldred Masunungure, a lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe, said the formation of a “pre-election coalition” could be a viable response to the crisis. Many Zimbabweans hoped the situation would pave the way to a more prosperous future.

“We needed change. Our situation has been pathetic,” said Keresenzia Moyo, 65.

“The economy has been in the doldrums for a very long time. We are happy with what has been done.”

The international community has been watching the crisis closely. In Paris, the head of the AU, Guinea’s President Alpha Conde, warned that the continent “will never accept the military coup d’etat” in Zimbabwe and called for a return to the “constitutional order”.

“(Problems) need to be resolved politically by the ZANU-PF party and not with an intervention by the army,” added Mr Conde.

Meeting in Botswana, the SADC called for an emergency regional summit to help resolve the crisis, urging Zimbabwe to “settle the political challenges through peaceful means”.

Britain, Zimbabwe’s former colonial ruler, demanded that elections scheduled for 2018 go ahead.
The Daily Mail, UK
written by Julian Robinson
Thursday November 16, 2017

She is the free-spending First Lady of Zimbabwe who splashed £3million on her daughter's wedding, owns luxury homes around the world and recently paid £300,000 for a Rolls-Royce.

Dubbed 'Gucci' Grace for her love of spending, the wife of deposed dictator Robert Mugabe is renowned for her extravagant purchases and eye-watering shopping trips around the world.

The 52-year-old 'First Lady of Shopping', currently under house arrest with her husband, 93, at their 25-bedroom Blue Roof mansion in Harare following a military coup, has lavished millions on bling, including £200,000 on a diamond-studded headboard.

She is widely loathed in Zimbabwe, where seven in ten are stuck in poverty. The population has been incensed by reports of a lavish lifestyle that once saw her spend £120,000 on one shopping spree in Paris.

The couple's children appear to have acquired their parents' taste for luxury. Their youngest son Chatunga posted a video on Snapchat showing himself pouring £200-a-bottle Armand de Brignac Champagne over a £45,000 watch on a night out in South Africa. He bragged that he owned the timepiece because 'daddy runs the whole country'.

Her son by her first marriage, Russell Goreraza, took delivery of two Rolls-Royce limousines in September.

Grace, a former chicken seller, began an affair with Robert Mugabe while working as one of his typists and while his first wife, Sally, was terminally ill.

Mugabe's marriage to Grace in 1996, dubbed the 'Wedding of the Century' in Zimbabwe, was an extravagant Catholic affair. And each decade of the old dictator's life was marked with ever more expensive partying — his 90th year being marked by a celebration costing £600,000.

During one bout of retail therapy in Paris in 2002, the First Lady - known in her homeland as the First Shopper - spent more than £120,000 in department stores.

And by 2014 her spending on luxury goods was running at £2 million a year. That year's shopping list included 12 diamond rings, 62 pairs of Ferragamo shoes, 33 pairs made by Gucci and an £80,000 Rolex watch.

After one trip to London, where she stayed in a suite at Claridge's, Mrs Mugabe was asked how she could justify spending so much on designer shoes.

'I have very narrow feet, so I can only wear Ferragamo,' came the reply.

The Mugabes were banned from Europe in 2002, depriving Grace of favourite haunts such as Harrods, but she continued to spend in China and the Middle East.

A diamond ring purchased to celebrate her 20th wedding anniversary cost her £900,000, although she later sued the dealer in question for failure to deliver.

In a further act of retaliation, the First Lady threatened to seize the businessman's properties in Zimbabwe — hardly a new tactic for a woman who has managed to 'purchase' no fewer than five dairy farms with funds that simply appeared out of nowhere.

No expense was spared when Mugabe's only daughter, Bona, married in 2014.

It is estimated that some £3 million was spent on the ceremony, including £500,000 to upgrade the road leading to the venue, a country club. Some 4,000 guests attended.

There are claims that the money funding this lifestyle came from the country's diamonds. Like other members of the ruling clique in Zimbabwe, the Mugabes take their share of proceeds from the Marange diamond fields near the Mozambique border.

The mining operation there is run in co-operation with the Chinese and heavily guarded. But the estimated £800 billion worth of stones in Marange have so far failed to benefit ordinary Zimbabweans.

Grace Mugabe's son shows off his brand new (2) Rolls Royce.

There's a special place in hell for people like this. 3/4 of Zimbabweans live below the poverty line because of his father's corruption. AND his mother Grace Mugabe wanted to keep her people OPPRESSED and in chronic poverty when she declared she was taking over Mugabe's rule. Like the Democrats here ALL ACROSS the United States of America. All of the cities and states run by Democrats have remained in chronic poverty, and oppressed by street gangs and drug dealers. While the Democrats live in luxury and exploit their districts.

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's playboy son filmed himself pouring a £200 bottle of champagne over his £45,000 diamond watch - as his country's people starve.

USA: President Trump Delayed US Fish and Wildlife Service Decision Made That They Were Lifting The Ban On African Elephant Trophy Hunting. He Believes Conservation, Healthy Herds Are Critical.

CGTN, China
written by AP staff
Saturday November 18, 2017

US President Donald Trump has decided to delay the lifting of a ban on African elephant trophy hunting that had been greeted with dismay by conservation groups.

Trump said on Friday that he’s delaying a new policy allowing the body parts of elephants shot for sport to be imported until he can review “all conservation facts.”

The US Fish and Wildlife Service said the previous day that it would allow such importation, arguing that encouraging wealthy big-game hunters to kill the threatened species would help raise money for conservation programs.

Animal rights advocates and environmental groups immediately criticized the decision by the agency.

"I'm shocked and outraged," Elly Pepper, a deputy director of the National Resources Defense Counsel, told Reuters in a phone interview. "I expect nothing less from our president, and if he thinks this is going to go down without a fight, he's wrong."

He said the group, which does not oppose all hunting, would considering bringing legal action to block the policy change by the Fish and Wildlife Service.
One group that advocates for endangered species called for more action after Trump’s Friday night tweet. “It’s great that public outrage has forced Trump to reconsider this despicable decision, but it takes more than a tweet to stop trophy hunters from slaughtering elephants and lions,” said Tanya Sanerib, senior attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity. “We need immediate federal action to reverse these policies and protect these amazing animals.”

California Representative Ed Royce, the Republican chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, had urged the administration to reverse the lifting of the ban, calling it the “wrong move at the wrong time.”

Trump tweeted Friday that the policy had been “under study for years.” He said he would put the decision “on hold” and review it with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

Zinke issued a statement later Friday saying, “President Trump and I have talked and both believe that conservation and healthy herds are critical. As a result, in a manner compliant with all applicable laws, rules and regulations, the issuing of permits is being put on hold as the decision is being reviewed.”

Royce questioned the action because of concerns not only about African wildlife but US national security, citing the political upheaval in Zimbabwe, where the longtime president has been placed under house arrest by the military.

“The administration should withdraw this decision until Zimbabwe stabilizes,” the committee chairman said in a statement. “Elephants and other big game in Africa are blood currency for terrorist organizations, and they are being killed at an alarming rate. Stopping poaching isn’t just about saving the world’s most majestic animals for the future; it’s about our national security.”

The Fish and Wildlife Service said in a written notice issued Thursday that permitting elephants from Zimbabwe and Zambia to be brought back as trophies will raise money for conservation programs.

The change marks a shift in efforts to stop the importation of elephant tusks and hides, overriding a 2014 ban imposed by the Obama administration. The new policy applies to the remains of African elephants killed between January 2016 and December 2018.

"Legal, well-regulated sport hunting as part of a sound management program can benefit certain species by providing incentives to local communities to conserve those species and by putting much-needed revenue back into conservation,” the agency said in a statement.

Royce said that when carefully regulated, conservation hunts could help the wildlife population, but “that said, this is the wrong move at the wrong time.”

He described the perilous situation in Zimbabwe, where the US Embassy has advised Americans to limit their travel outdoors.

“In this moment of turmoil, I have zero confidence that the regime – which for years has promoted corruption at the highest levels – is properly managing and regulating conservation programs,” Royce said. “Furthermore, I am not convinced that elephant populations in the area warrant overconcentration measures.”

The world’s largest land mammal, the African elephant has been classified as threatened under the US Endangered Species Act since 1979.

Illicit demand for elephant ivory has led to devastating losses from illegal poaching as the natural habitat available for the animals to roam has also dwindled by more than half. As a result, the number of African elephants has shrunk from about five million a century ago to about 400,000 remaining. And that number continues to decline each year.

USA: Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) Executive Director Ricardo Ramos Responsible For Shady Puerto Rico Utility Deal Resigned On Friday.

US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Published on Nov 14, 2017: 1st Round of Questions from Hearing to provide oversight of hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. A brief 6 minutes 40 seconds.

US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Published on Nov 14, 2017: 2nd Round of Questions from Hearing to provide oversight of hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. A brief 6 minutes 30 seconds.

US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Published on Nov 14, 2017: 1st Round of Questions from Hearing to provide oversight of hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. A brief 12 minutes 27 seconds.
The Daily Caller
written by Chris White, Energy Reporter
Friday November 17, 2017

The head of Puerto Rico’s much-maligned public utility resigned Friday after Hurricane Maria flattened the American territory’s electric grid.

Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) executive director Ricardo Ramos stepped down, according to local reports. Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, a Democrat, announced Ramos’ resignation shortly after a health care event.

“I trust that this process will be completed as quickly as possible, with the purpose of not affecting the work leading to the restoration of the electrical system throughout the island,” said Rosselló, who called the director a “distraction.”

Maria plunged the Puerto Ricco into the worst electricity outage in American history – less than 50 percent of the island has power, but officials will have half the territory’s power back online within a week, Rosselló told Congress Tuesday.

Ramos has faced a battery of questions about a contract PREPA signed with Whitefish Energy –a small, inexperienced energy company based in Montana. Lawmakers have scrutinized the bloated, $300 million rebuilding contract, which is now the subject of watchdog and FBI investigations.

Ramos, for his part, defended the contract before Congress this week, saying Whitefish was preferred because the company didn’t require a large down-payment, something the debt-riddled island can’t afford.

“I authorized the Whitefish contract while we continued to seek additional assistance from others for the complete, multibillion-dollar restoration effort still to come,” Ramos said before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

PREPA eventually nixed the $300 million contract. Whitefish Energy will be paid to complete ongoing work on two transmission lines in the hurricane-ravaged territory, Ramos told reporters in October. Puerto Rico’s immediate needs after the hurricane called for quick action at the time, he said.

November 16, 2017

MYANMAR: Rohingya Refugees ARE Islamist Militants That Have Been Massacring, Raping, Burning Down Villages, Buddhist And Hindu Temples In Burma AND BANGLADESH Not The Victims The Media Portrays.

Kerm Rangoon Published on Sep 1, 2017: A Hindu man gives his account of an attack tied to the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army that occurred in his neighborhood, No. 4 Ward, Maungdaw, on August 25.
Jihad Watch
written by Robert Spencer
Wednesday November 15, 2017

The establishment media consistently only presents one side of the story in Myanmar, claiming that Rohingya Muslims are being victimized on a massive scale, despite evidence that many alleged army atrocities have been faked, and that Myanmar non-Muslims have been brutalized and murdered by Rohingya jihadists. Even in this story, the Washington Post does its best to portray the Rohingyas as victims, but the evidence of their jihadi bloodlust keeps coming through anyway.

“‘We are going to kill you’: Villagers in Burma recount violence by Rohingya Muslim militants,” by Annie Gowen, Washington Post, November 15, 2017:

SITTWE, Burma — The Hindu woman wept as she vowed never to return home, where she said Rohingya militants slaughtered her son, daughter-in-law and three granddaughters in August.

“They killed my family,” Halu Bar Hla, 70, said through tears at a camp for internally displaced people in western Burma. “I will not go back. I will die if I go back to my village. They will slit my throat.”

Hla’s account illustrates the complexity of the Rohingya crisis, in which Buddhists and minorities such as Hindus claim that (Islamic) militant Rohingya have carried out atrocities against them even as a brutal military “clearance operation” has sent 600,000 Rohingya Muslims across the border into Bangladesh.

The U.N. human rights chief has called the Burmese military’s crackdown a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing,” and Burma’s democratically elected government and Aung San Suu Kyi, its de facto leader, have been widely condemned during the exodus….

Interviews with monks, politicians and refugees in this port city demonstrate how difficult it will be for Burmese and Bangladeshi officials to come up with a plan for the Rohingya to return to Rakhine state. Leaders from the Buddhist community and Suu Kyi’s government deny that atrocities against Rohingya have taken place at all, saying that the refugees fled in fear after Rohingya militants attacked police posts in late August.

“The extremists incited villagers to go away saying the Burma army would come and kill them. They killed Hindus and other ethnic minorities. We could not find the death of any Muslim,” said Win Htein, a top adviser to Suu Kyi. “There is no genocide or ethnic cleansing.”…

At the same time the Rohingya fled, more than 30,000 Hindus, Buddhists and ethnic minorities were also displaced, with some fleeing south to Sittwe to take refuge in monasteries. In interviews, displaced villagers said they were afraid to return home because they feared the Rohingya insurgents whose attacks on police posts in their villages precipitated the crisis….

In 2012, the rape of a Buddhist woman by Rohingya men triggered widespread communal violence after which more than 100,000 Rohingya were confined to detention camps. At the same time, a movement of hard-line Buddhist nationalism gathered steam, led by radical monks.

Shortly thereafter, a group of Saudi-based Rohingya expatriates formed the militant Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, or ARSA, according to a December report from the International Crisis Group. Its leaders eventually traveled to the area to recruit and surreptitiously train villagers in guerrilla war tactics, the report said.

Maung Oo Than Tin, 25, a Buddhist college student, recalled that one of his best school friends, a Rohingya, stopped speaking to him after the 2012 violence and later left the country. About three months ago, the former friend messaged him ominously on Facebook, “We are going to kill you.”

Grocery store owner Sander Moe, 25, a member of the ethnic Marma community, which also allegedly was threatened by militants, said she believed that most of her Rohingya neighbors joined ARSA last year after four village men were recruited to be local leaders. They trained volunteers in the woods and exhorted Rohingya to stop patronizing Buddhist businesses, causing her sales to drop from $20 to $3 a day.

She said locals made up the mob that attacked a police station across the street from her home in August, armed with long knives and grenades. In the crowd, she could discern the mullahs, a stocky rice farmer and even an 8-year-old boy. She and others fled to a monastery, which was besieged for several days before the villagers were able to escape to Sittwe.

She now fears returning home.

“I don’t want to go back,” she said, adding that she worries she may be raped.

The story of Hindu villagers allegedly killed en masse by ­Rohingya militants is more complicated than the experiences of others who allege violence by the insurgents. In late September and early October, government spokesman Zaw Htay repeatedly posted on Facebook about the alleged attack on Hindus by “extremist terrorists.” A group of journalists was flown to view 45 Hindus allegedly exhumed from a mass grave. Human Rights Watch accused the government of “playing politics” with the dead.

But now the survivors are languishing. More than 500 Hindus, including Halu Bar Hla, remain camped in squalid conditions under the bleachers in Sittwe’s soccer stadium. The government has not provided food rations since Nov. 2, they say, and they are surviving on rice donations from monks and other well-wishers in town.
The Sun, UK
written by Patrick Knox
September 27, 2017

DEVASTATED relatives howled by rows and rows of rotting corpses today after the bodies of massacred women and children were found in a mass grave.

Authorities in Myanmar – formerly known as Burma – displayed 45 bodies of Hindu villagers they say were slaughtered by Muslim Rohingya insurgents.

The gruesome discovery of the mass grave in the north of Rakhine state comes amid a new round of violence in the conflict between the state’s Buddhists and Muslims.

The location of the pit in the Southeast Asian nation was tracked down using details given by Hindus who have sought refuge from the violence in Bangladesh.

Reporters and families of people believed murdered were brought to see for themselves evidence of the massacre.

Relatives also started the horrific task of trying to identify the bodies.

Speaking about how the grave was found, police officer Okkar Ko said: “We followed the paths based on the information we got from the other side.

“We found where the soil wasn’t normal and then when we dug up the ground, the smell came out.”

Major Zayar Nyein, of Border Guard Police Headquarters in Maungdaw, said: “We are still searching for more mass graves in that same area.

“I don’t know exactly why these terrorists killed that many people.

“The Hindu village was very much up north and communication was not that good and that’s why security forces were not able to reach out to the area sooner.”

The government’s Information Committee has released a statement on its Facebook page saying that from October 2016 to August 2017, at least 79 people were killed in attacks and 37 have gone missing, including local officials, public servants and security forces.

Another 84 were killed and 54 have gone missing since August 25, when the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, or ARSA, launched attacks on at least 30 police outposts.

Myanmar troops are still searching for nearly 50 more Hindu villagers feared slaughtered.

But the military response to the insurgent attacks has driven 480,000 Muslim Rohingya refugees to Bangladesh and drawn UN accusations of ethnic cleansing by the army with the help of Buddhist vigilantes.
The Daily Mail, UK
written by Keiran Southern
Sunday November 12, 2017

A mob of angry [you know those innocent ROHINGYA refugees like those Islamist refugees in Gaza demanding Statehood from Israel. (emphasis mine)] Muslims burned down a Hindu village in Bangladesh after a rumor spread a local had insulted Prophet Mohammed on Facebook.

One person was killed and at least five more seriously injured after 20,000 Muslims attacked Hindu homes in the village of Thakurbari, in the Rangpur Sadar region of the country, on Friday.

Police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at the crowd after trouble flared when a villager allegedly posted a defamatory status about Prophet Mohammed.

By the time police arrived at the village at least 30 homes had already been burned down while others had been looted and vandalised, according to the Dhaka Tribune.

The crowd was made up of residents from between six and seven neighbouring villages, including Paglapeer, Mominpur and Horialkuthi.

They clashed with police who fired rubber bullets to control the crowds.

Six people went to Rangpur Medical College Hospital with bullet injuries and one of them, a youth named as Hamidul Islam, later died of his injuries, according to local media.

The mob later protested against the police response to the attack, blocking the Rangpur-Dinajpur highway for around four hours.

Local magistrates are investigating the incident and families affected by the riot were being assisted by authorities, it was reported.

INDIA: A Woman Was Abducted, Gang-Raped And Robbed By A Cab Driver And Accomplice In South Delhi On Wednesday. 😧 Gggrrr...😠

Daily News & Analysis (DNA), India
written by Anvit Srivastava
Friday November 17, 2017

A woman was allegedly abducted from south Delhi by a cab driver and his accomplice and gangraped before being dropped at a deserted location in Greater Noida, during the early hours on Wednesday. The woman, police said, was also robbed of her jewellery and cash before being freed.

According to senior police officers, a PCR call alleging rape was made by the complainant on Wednesday in the area of PS K N Katju Marg, reporting that late night on Tuesday she had taken a taxi from near Ansal Plaza to go to Rohini.

"According to her complaint, the taxi driver, after driving a few kilometres, allowed another person to board the taxi and soon, both these persons started misbehaving with her. When she tried to raise alarm, she was threatened, and they took her to Greater Noida area and allegedly committed rape. The accused also took away her gold ornaments, mangal sutra, cell phone and cash Rs 12,000," said a senior police officer.

It was then around 6 am on Wednesday that the duo dropped her near a secluded stretch in Greater Noida and drove away.

"Since the area from where she was allegedly taken in the taxi falls in south Delhi's Hauz Khas area, a case has been registered and investigation has been started with no delay. CCTV footages are being checked to ascertain sequence of incidents and identify the vehicle used by two," the officer said.

The woman was also taken to a hospital for her medical examination and she is being counselled. Police teams are meanwhile raiding taxi booths in order to zero down on the area used and his accomplice.
The Guardian, UK
written by Michael Safi in Delhi
Wednesday November 8, 2017

Complaining to police about her gang-rape was the beginning of a new nightmare for Kajal.

Officers detained the young woman from Madhya Pradesh state in central India. They beat her with a stick, she says, until she agreed to drop the charges. She was abandoned by her husband and threatened by the accused men.

“I have lost everything and everyone blames me,” said Kajal, an assumed name.

Five years since a brutal gang-rape that galvanised a movement against sexual assault in India, women who report the crime are still routinely harassed by police or bullied into silence, according to research released in Delhi on Wednesday.

The Human Rights Watch report found that willingness to report rape and other sexual offences had significantly grown, but was often stymied by regressive community attitudes, particularly outside big cities.

In one case highlighted in the report, a “low-caste” woman from Haryana state was pressured by her village council to sabotage a trial against six men from a more powerful caste charged with raping her.

“[She] didn’t have another way,” a relative of the woman told HRW. “If you want to live in the village, you have to listen to the [councils].”

Implementation of laws intended to protect women, passed after the 2012 attack on student Jyoti Singh, was also patchy, activists said.

Researchers discovered one hospital in Rajasthan state continued to administer “two-finger” tests – in which doctors insert fingers into the vagina to determine if a woman is sexually active – though the practice was banned across India in 2013.

And though a 2015 law also mandates that victims be paid a minimum of 300,000 rupees (£3,526) in compensation, just three of the 21 rape survivors interviewed by HRW had received any money.

Access to support services such as healthcare or legal aid was also inadequate.

“Women and girls said that they received almost no attention to their health needs, including counselling, even when it was clear they had a great need for it,” the report said.

Vrinda Grover, a supreme court lawyer who specialises in sexual assault cases, said the willingness of women to report sexual crimes had grown “miraculously”.

Nearly 35,000 rape cases were reported to police and 7,000 convictions recorded in 2015, a nearly 40% increase in three years.

“Women are fighting against very heavy odds and are not giving up,” Grover said. “Even if they have to leave home or their families, they are seeking justice. The system is no longer going unchallenged.”

Many individual judges and police officers had also emerged as leaders in “trying to make the system work”, she said.

But she said progress of the past five years had still not reached enough Indian women from less powerful castes, religious minorities, or those living in villages and small cities.

“The kind of resistance they are suffering, both from the system and from society, reflects the true face of where we are,” Grover said. “The system continues to be unresponsive and society has not changed.”

The report found that newly introduced sexual crimes such as harassment, voyeurism and stalking were too frequently not taken seriously, with police often delaying investigating the crimes or filing charges.

In some cases, accused men used the delays to make threats against the alleged victims and their families.

“What is needed is proper training, procedure and accountability for public officials who fail to uphold the security, dignity and rights of survivors,” said Meenakshi Ganguly, HRW’s south Asia director.

“It takes time to change mindsets, but the Indian government should ensure medical, counselling and legal support to victims and their families, and at the same time do more to sensitise police officers, judicial officials and medical professionals on the proper handling of sexual violence cases.”

The report, based on more than 60 interviews, also recommended that India urgently implement a victim and witness protection programme.

SOUTH KOREA: A 5.4 Magnitude Earthquake The Southeastern Coastal Region Around The Port City Of Pohang; Left 1,500 Homeless, Dozens Injured On Wednesday.

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FOX News
written by AP staff
Wednesday November 15, 2017

SEOUL, South Korea – A 5.4 magnitude earthquake that was South Korea's second-strongest in decades damaged infrastructure, injured dozens of people and left about 1,500 homeless, officials said Thursday.

No deaths have been reported since the quake rattled the southeastern coastal region around the port city of Pohang on Wednesday afternoon.

As of Thursday morning, 1,536 people had been forced to evacuate their homes and 57 people were injured, the Ministry of the Interior and Safety said in a statement.

More than 1,000 houses and dozens of other buildings and cars were damaged or destroyed, and cracks and other damage were found in military facilities, bridges, port facilities and water supply facilities. Media images showed crumbled walls piled on damaged cars, broken windows and cracks in buildings.

The quake also forced the education ministry to put off the university entrance exam for one week because some buildings chosen as test venues had cracks and students in the southeastern region were displaced from their homes and complained of anxieties. The annual test administered by the government is a huge national event in South Korea, where diplomas from top colleges often guarantee better jobs and spouses.

It's the second-strongest quake in South Korea since the country officially began monitoring them in 1978. The biggest quake occurred in September 2016, when a 5.8 magnitude occurred near the ancient city of Gyeongju, which is close to Pohang. That quake also caused injuries but no deaths.

South Korea's state-run Korea Meteorological Administration said the epicenter of Wednesday's quake was inside Pohang while the U.S. Geological Survey said it was centered about 9.3 kilometers (5.8 miles) northwest of the port city. The shaking was felt in Seoul, more than 300 kilometers (186 miles) away.

South Korea has relatively little seismic activity, unlike neighboring Japan

IRAN/IRAQ: Officials Raise Death Toll From Sunday's Massive 7.3 Magnitude Earthquake That Struck Iran/Iraq Border To 530 And Climbing. Iran And Iraq REFUSED Israel's Humanitarian Aid.

The Guardian, UK
written by Saeed Kamali Dehghan Iran correspondent
Tuesday November 13, 2017

Iranian officials have raised the death toll from Sunday’s earthquake of 7.3 magnitude on its border with Iraq to at least 530, making it the deadliest in the world this year.

The country’s president, Hassan Rouhani, travelled on Tuesday to Kermanshah, the area hardest hit by the earthquake, which was felt hundreds of miles away in both Tehran and Baghdad.

Officials in Iran declared Tuesday as a national day of mourning and newspapers broke with tradition to publish their front page headlines in the Kurdish language, in a rare move showing solidarity with the majority-Kurdish areas worst affected.

“Iran wept”, read the front page of Aftab-e-Yazd, over a big photo of an Iranian woman holding a lost family member in her arms. “Kermanshah, you are not alone,” read the reformist Etemaad’s headline.

Mohammad-Ali Monshizadeh, an official from Kermanshah province, told the Irna state news agency: “Up to now, we have issued 430 death certificates … but an estimated number of 100 to 150 more people have been buried in quake-stricken villages and towns without permission … which raises the overall death toll to between 530 to 580 in Kermanshah.”

At least 7,460 people were injured during the earthquake, which hit seven big cities and 1,950 villages in the province. Officials said 12,000 houses had been completely destroyed and a further 15,000 damaged, Irna reported.

Iran struggled to shelter all those affected on Monday night as thousands were forced to sleep in the open air without electricity or water supplies. “We are living in a tent and we don’t have enough food or water,” Ali Gulani, 42, from Qasr-e-Shirin, told BBC’s Persian service. “You can hear children crying; it’s too cold. They are holding on to their parents to warm themselves – it’s pretty bad.”

More than 316 people were killed in the town of Sarpol-e Zahab alone, about 10 miles from the Iraqi border. At least 28 people were also reported to have been killed in Qasr-e-Shirin, another city in Kermanshah that serves as a gateway for trade between Iran and Iraq.

A resident, Khosrow, told BBC Persian: “Walls have fallen on my sisters and father. I had to drag them out of the house. My mother is injured. My aunt, cousin and my cousin’s children died. The whole village is ruined. Graves are cracked and some of the bodies have come out of the ground.”

The quake was centred 19 miles (30.6km) outside the eastern Iraqi city of Halabja, according to the most recent measurements from the US Geological Survey. There were also casualties on the Iraqi side but the number of those killed in Kermanshah was significantly higher.

Rouhani, promising victims emergency financial assistance, said in Kermanshah: “I want to assure those who are suffering that the government has begun to act with all means at its disposal and is scrambling to resolve this problem as quickly as possible.”

Serious questions have been raised about the construction standards of a series of newly built apartments that collapsed or were severely damaged. Iran’s first vice-president, Eshaq Jahangiri, said many had been built as part of an affordable housing scheme introduced by the former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The Iranian daily newspaper Hamdeli blamed Ahmadinejad for the scale of destruction, publishing a cartoon on its front page under the headline “This is what you cooked [for us]” of the former president taking a selfie in the rubble.

The US put differences aside on Monday to express condolences with the people of Iran and also Iraq, in comments that were also widely reported across the Iranian media. “We keep the families of those who were killed, and injured, in our thoughts as well as the communities that have suffered damage to homes and property,” said Heather Nauert, the US state department spokeswoman.

Iran has seen powerful earthquakes in recent decades. The 1990 Manjil–Rudbar earthquake in northern Iran, which had a magnitude similar to the one on Sunday, resulted in the deaths of 35,000 to 50,000 people. The 2003 Bam earthquake in the southern Kerman province killed at least 31,000. Sunday’s earthquake was the deadliest in Iran for more than a decade.