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Death Of Naomi Due To Negligence?

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Naomi Musenga

Naomi Musenga

Naomi Musenga, a young, black woman of 22 years old died in Strasbourg, France in December 2017.

Before she was taken to the Hospital, which I thought was already late (a late intervention), she had called the emergency (SAMU), but the person who picked up this young woman’s call insulted her, asked her questions which could have been left out for someone in her situation, for an option of geolocalisation or getting her address from her telephone number.

She even went to the extent of telling her that she was certainly going to die one day like everybody.

She refused to redirect her to the Doctors, claiming that this young woman was not able to explain her problem, nor her address (although she sounded like someone in pains) and she cannot answer the questions in her place either.

Naomi died in the Hospital some hours later. Since then, the results of the autopsy done has not too clair!

This was why, I was told, that her family used the Internet (Twitter to be precised) to shout to the whole world and now the story has resurface again.

https://dai.ly/x6j41y1

How many cases of discrimination and Racism are been judged in France every year?

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Trade And The Commonwealth – An Opportunity To Eradicate Poverty For Good

Article by International Trade Secretary Liam Fox and International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt

The Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP

The Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP

In one generation, we have seen a billion people lifted out of poverty. That is almost one in eight of the world’s population, whose lives have been transformed by growing trade and industry, which has created jobs so people can stand on their own two feet.

Trade has the power to drive growth, jobs and opportunities – it is an essential tool in the fight against extreme poverty and insecurity, the delivery of the Global Goals aimed at ensuring a better future, and an end to reliance on aid.

We want nations to move from aid to trade and as part of our new development offer, we are building economies, breaking down the barriers to trade and unlocking investment for emerging markets.

Around three-quarters of Commonwealth states are middle or lower income countries and they stand to benefit from a greater focus on trade and growth.

The Commonwealth is a true melting pot of countries, cultures and communities. It represents a third of the world’s population, and its majority are young people under 30. We have shared history, values and institutions – and we are working towards a shared future for the next generation.

Our unique opportunity, to pursue greater mutual prosperity and trade that is fair and open to all, means the Commonwealth is more relevant today than ever before. And this is firmly in our interests too as champions of free trade, with opportunities to forge new, and deepen existing trading relationships, which will bring benefit to both businesses and consumers in the UK.

Forty-four of our 52 Commonwealth partners benefit from development-friendly preferential access to the UK market. Our first priority is to deliver continuity in these trading arrangements as we leave the EU, providing the current level of unilateral market access – including maintaining duty-free, quota-free access for the world’s least developed countries.

As part of this we want to transition our Economic Partnership Agreements. Covering 30 countries – 24 of which are Commonwealth members spread across Africa, the Pacific islands and the Caribbean – these are trade agreements with a clear development focus.

We know how crucial it is that these trading relationships are not disrupted – and in March we reached an agreement with the EU to provide continuity for trading partners during the Implementation Period.

But this is not the limit of our ambition. When we have left the EU we will look to see how we can improve upon these trade arrangements for our mutual benefit.

Indeed, these arrangements provide the strongest foundation to ensure the whole Commonwealth benefits from the fruits of free trade.

The relationship between trade, industry, prosperity, jobs and wealth is well-documented. According to the World Bank, the three decades between 1981 and 2010 witnessed the single greatest decrease in material deprivation in human history.

This is because trade is crucially about people – from entrepreneurs, to the people they hire and the families they support. The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting this week provides the opportunity for us to set out how we will work across the Commonwealth to promote trade as a driver of individual, regional and international prosperity.

Today the Prime Minister will launch two programmes to boost trade within the Commonwealth. Helping countries implement the World Trade Organisation’s landmark Trade Facilitation Agreement that could boost global trade by up to $1 trillion, and the Commonwealth Standards Network that will help countries to increase trade flows through greater use of a shared language of international standards.

These programmes will ease trade across borders, and support developing countries to produce goods and services to existing internationally recognised standards – helping them sell to new markets, creating thousands of jobs and lifting yet more people out of poverty.

We must ensure that no one is left behind – that the potential contribution of women and girls are realised – if we are to achieve sustainable growth that is genuinely inclusive and reaches all corners of societies.

Today marks the beginning of a new and ambitious Commonwealth approach to improving women’s access to jobs, business and trade opportunities, with the UK-backed launch of the International Trade Centre’s (ITC) She Trades Commonwealth programme. This will provide Commonwealth governments with the data they need to identify and improve opportunities for women – and help female entrepreneurs to start trading.

We are all stronger when the world is more prosperous. This week alone, up to £1.5 billion worth of contracts will be signed between UK and Commonwealth countries – from Antigua to Zambia, covering deals in healthcare, food and drink and digital. This is good for our Commonwealth partners, but it’s good for British companies too.

The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting marks the beginning of a new approach to inclusive trade, development and prosperity – and one that consigns extreme poverty to the history books.

Airstrikes Show We Stand Up For Principle And Civilised Values

Foreign Secretary explains why the airstrikes on Assad's regime were rational, proportionate and justifiable

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson

There is a very simple reason why it was right for the UK to join our closest allies in launching strikes against the Assad military machine.

This is about our collective future. It is about the kind of world we want our children to grow up in.

It is about – and exclusively about – whether the world should tolerate the repeated use of chemical weapons and the human suffering they cause.

The problem with such weapons is not just that their effect is hideous. Anyone looking at the pictures from Eastern Ghouta can see the kind of suffering involved: the foaming at the mouth, the floppy bodies of children, and the particular terror those weapons deliberately inspire.

Vile, sick, barbaric though it is to use such weapons – that is not the principal objection. These munitions are not just horrible. They are illegal.

It is now centuries since humanity first recoiled against the use of poison in warfare. The French and the Holy Roman Empire were so disgusted by the use of poisoned bullets they signed a treaty to ban them in 1675.

It is now almost 100 years since the great post World War One treaty to prohibit use of chemical weapons – and in that period we have seen nation after nation sign up to the global consensus that this particular means of killing is evil and should be banned.

Indeed, the universal abhorrence of chemical weapons, and the destruction of declared stockpiles, must be considered one of the great achievements of the modern world.

The global community simply cannot afford to turn a blind eye to what is happening in Syria.

In 2013 the Syrian regime committed to destroy its chemical arsenal while Russia – the mentor of the Assad Regime – guaranteed to oversee the process.

Since then the Assad Regime and Russia has made a complete mockery of that pledge.

A significant body of information, including intelligence, suggests the Assad regime was behind the chemical attack at Douma on April 7 that killed about 75 people and resulted in hundreds of casualties.

Multiple accounts located a regime Mi 18 helicopter in the vicinity at the time. The opposition does not have helicopters and no other actor in the Syrian theatre is thought capable of launching a chemical strike of that scale.

The only reasonable conclusion is that the regime has become so hardened and cynical that it is willing to exploit the extra potential of these weapons for removing entrenched urban resistance – in complete defiance of global disapproval and the norms of civilised behaviour.

The Douma atrocity alone would be enough to demand a response. But it is not a one off.

The Douma massacre is now part of a pattern of use of chemical weapons by the Assad Regime. International investigators mandated by the UN Security Council have found the Assad regime responsible for using chemical weapons in four separate attacks since 2014.

The UK and our allies have done everything in our power to deter the barbaric use of these weapons. The EU has imposed sanctions on key figures linked to chemical weapons use in Syria.

We have tried countless resolutions at the UN. But Russia has repeatedly shielded the Assad Regime from investigation and censure, vetoing six separate UN Security Council resolutions, including torpedoing the UN mandated Investigative Mechanism set up to attribute responsibility for chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

Instead, Russia has repeated its lies and obfuscation that we have seen in this country since the attempted murder of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, including the grotesque assertion that the UK is somehow behind the attack in Douma.

Last year we had a military response from the US, when about 20 Syrian planes were destroyed at the Shayrat airfield after the chemical massacre of civilians at Khan Sheikhoun.

Now the world is forced to act again – not only to protect those who would otherwise fall victim to Assad’s monstrosities, but because unless we do so his regime will continue to weaken what has become an effective global taboo, with significant humanitarian consequences for many more.

If we do nothing there will be other people and other governments around the world who will look at the impunity of Assad and ask themselves: they got away with it – why shouldn’t I?

Unless we act there is a risk of moral contamination, a coarsening and corruption of what we have until now thought to be acceptable.

Yes of course it was also right for the UK to stand shoulder to shoulder with America and France – close allies who were instrumental in helping to forge the 28 strong group of countries that expressed their palpable outrage at the Salisbury attack by expelling more than 150 Russian diplomats.

Yes of course there are diplomatic considerations – but this is about more than diplomacy. It is about principle.

And in its specific focus on the use of chemical weapons – and the consequences that must flow – this action is limited, and we must be both acutely aware of those limits and clear about them.

These carefully targeted and calibrated strikes are not designed to intervene in the Syrian civil war or effect regime change.

The action was carried out to alleviate further humanitarian suffering by degrading the Syrian Regime’s Chemical Weapons capability and deterring their use.

At a time of understandable tension in our relations with Russia it has been important to stress that this action does not entail some attempt to frustrate Russian strategic objectives in Syria.

In short this does not represent any major escalation of UK or western involvement in Syria – and we should have the courage to be honest about that.

In degrading Assad’s chemical weapons capabilities we intend to do what we can to protect his people from that specific form of cruelty.

We are standing up for principle and for civilised values.

We may not end the barbarism – but we are telling the world that there is one type of barbarism that is banned and that deserves to be banned.

Biblical End-Times If These Muslims Cross The Border To Attack Jerusalem: Expert

Last week's Passover disqualified by the New Moon before the equinox; watch end of April

Muslims outside Israel's fence in Gaza

Muslims Siege

“’Muslim demonstrations’ are nothing new. Googling that phrase gives 1,300,000 results. But if one adds the word ‘violent,’ there are 2,450,000 results, suggesting that violence occurs nearly twice as often. If this happens with the result of destruction in Jerusalem, the biblical end-times are signaled,” says Richard Ruhling, author on current events and Bible prophecy, offering the following view.

“The day of the LORD comes… all [Arab or Muslim] nations against Jerusalem to battle…the houses rifled, the women ravished, and half the city shall go into captivity.” Zech 14:1,2. We don’t see weapons in the above picture, but with the history of Muslim demonstrations, 2 + 2 will probably spell trouble.

“The day of the LORD” is the end-time apocalyptic period that John saw in Revelation, poorly translated as “the Lord’s day” in Rev 1:10 when he heard a great voice, as of a trumpet.

The Rule of 1st Use teaches that where a word is first found, it often has a context or meaning that fits end-times because Christ is also the Word, and “the First and the Last” in Rev 1:11.

With this rule, the great trumpet is probably a huge earthquake because we first find the word “trumpet” in Exodus 19, when Mt Sinai “quaked greatly” in a mini-judgment day with God present in a confrontation with Him and the Ten Commandments.

Context suggests that an earthquake is in our near future, as suggested by other “day of the LORD” texts–Joel 2:10,11; Zeph 1:7,10 (“crashing from the hills” and Zech 14:1,5 (ye shall flee…as from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah). This is probably about the Muslims who have no rights to Jerusalem, but take it as verse 2 suggests.

But before we point at Muslims and say they are bad, we should see that the US is no better. When the LORD roars from Jerusalem and the earth quakes (Joel 3:16) we may see the US will feel it as “judgment begins at the house of God”—both Jerusalem as the house of Judah, and the US that more than any other nation represents the 10-tribe house of Israel that went into apostasy.

Assyria took them captive and God scattered them among the nations, Jer 30:10. Many migrated to Europe and fled the papacy to the New World, but God promises to bring BOTH Israel and Judah back to the land of the covenant, Jer 30:3, though He “make a full end of all other nations,” verse 11.

The point is, the US has done the abominations that Moses said would get Israel vomited out of their land, Lev 18:22,25, and as Egypt killed babies, we have aborted 60 million. Egypt enslaved Israel, but corporate US has enslaved most people in alcohol, tobacco, drugs that we call ‘healthcare’ but are a leading cause of illness and death. People are in bondage to food, fashion, fiction, gambling, greed, sex, perversion, porn, TV, violence, ‘music,’ etc.

God executed judgment on Egypt and took Israel to a covenant, saying “I am married to you” Jer 3:14. This is the meaning misunderstood as a rapture that doesn’t come until the “last trumpet,” 1Cor 15:51,52, and  there are 7 trumpets Revelation after the earthquake, Rev 8:5,6.

The Good News is that we can marry the Bridegroom (wedding parables) and not be here when God makes a “full end of all other nations,” Jer 30:11.

Marriage to Christ involves high destiny. “He will make [us] ruler over all that He has.” Luke 12:44, but we must be watching when He ‘knocks.” Verse 36,37. Since the Bible explains itself, the knock is an earthquake because the only other place Christ “knocked” was for a lukewarm church that ended in an earthquake circa 63 AD. Type and antitype is suggested as ‘history repeats.’

“Watch” is translated from gregoreo, meaning to be awake. It would be unfair for Christ to tell us to be awake without clues for when, because we can’t be awake every night, but Passover was the only night that being awake was commanded, Exod 12:10. That’s when Christ said to be awake, Matt 26:38-41.

But there’s an important modification to Passover as a time of judgment. Christ’s closing parables fit Passover as the time of judgment, but in the 2nd spring month, “as the days of Noah,” (Genesis 7:11). The next parable begins with “Then [same timing or as a direct consequence] shall two be in the field—one taken, the other left.” Is this a FEMA swat team or martial law after some huge calamity?

Other closing parables of Christ have this timing. The evil servant begins to smite fellow servants at the end of Matthew 24. “Then [same timing] shall the kingdom be like 10 virgins” and it ends with “watch” [a clue for Passover].

But then He said, You don’t know [the Greek word, eido, means to be aware or understand.]  He was saying, You don’t understand, for the kingdom is like a man traveling to a far country. If Israelites took a long journey in spring and couldn’t get back for Passover, they knew to keep it a month later, “as the days of Noah,” when judgment also came in the 2nd spring month, but most scholars miss the connection to the law in Numbers 9:10,11.

Jews recognize Passover as a time of judgment, but Christians should see Christ’s clues for when He, as the Master, returns in judgment as from a far journey [to heaven] according to the law and calamity at that time should convince honest Jews that He was the master in his parable and he returned at the time specified in the law.

It should be mentioned that the Passover and Easter observed a week ago are disqualified as a papal maneuver with Easter as the first full moon after the equinox, but their calendar ignores the New Moon as the start of the month according to God’s calendar. The word, chodesh, (thin crescent, is seen in Google images) is the beginning of the month, Exod 12:2. The Passover and Easter a week ago had the New Moon before the equinox and didn’t count.

So let’s see what happens at the end of April, and if Muslims cross the line and take Jerusalem, we should watch and pray on the eve of 2nd Passover as explained above.

How to “open unto Him immediately” at His ‘knock’ is explained in a free ebook, Jerusalem’s Destruction Will Signal End-Times Before Judgment on United States, no charge  on Tuesday, April 10 at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075XMQ1KM  Amazon offers a FREE app to read ebooks on phones or computers. It explains the wedding parables for those who seek the highest destiny. Christ knew how to motivate!  More information at http://MayJudgmentDay.com.

Importance Of International Mine Awareness Day

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Tom Burn

Tom Burn

It’s over 20 years since Princess Diana walked through a heavily mined field in Angola, and changed the way the international community thought about this appalling and indiscriminate weapon of war. Shortly after that historic visit, the Ottawa Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction was signed, creating an established framework through which the world could work towards eradicating these barbaric weapons.

Mines and unexploded ordnance leave a terrible legacy of war, long after the guns have fallen silent. Hidden from sight, they continue to kill and maim innocent civilians going about their daily lives. Their very presence hinders development and prevents families and communities from being able to return to their land and rebuild.

Sri Lanka is no stranger to the long-lasting suffering that mines cause. In fact, by the end of the conflict, over 500km2 of land was contaminated by landmines. Today marks the International Day for Mine Awareness, the first one since Sri Lanka acceded to the Ottawa Convention in December 2017. Signing up to the Ottawa Protocol demonstrated the government’s commitment to meeting its ambitious target of becoming Mine Impact Free by 2020.

The UK supports Sri Lanka in its efforts to clear every single mine on this beautiful island. That’s why the British High Commission in Colombo has been funding demining work in Sri Lanka since 2010. Between 2010 and 2019, we will have spent over £6.2 million (LKR 1.2 billion) on demining all across the North and East of Sri Lanka. Working mostly through our partners, The HALO Trust, our goal is to clear more than 600,000m2 of land between 2016 and 2019, making it safe for people to move home and start cultivating their land again. Together with a range of Sri Lankan and international partners, we are making progress. Last year, we joined celebrations to mark the milestone of Batticaloa becoming the first District in Sri Lanka to be classified as mine “residual risk” free. Many organisations helped to ensure this significant result. We are proud that another British Demining charity, the Mines Advisory Group (MAG), working alongside the Humanitarian Demining Unit of the Sri Lankan Army and others, made a major contribution to achieving this great feat.

In the last year, UK support helped clear 142,549m2 of land of mines, unexploded ordinance and stray and small ammunition; our clearance activity has benefited 5,215 people; a further 11,139 individuals, including women and children, have received UK supported mine risk education.

That’s what makes demining such an important part of the UK’s wider commitment to reconciliation and peace-building in Sri Lanka. Not only does it offer immediate humanitarian benefits, but it also accelerates recovery from conflict. Families can live and farm. Children can play without fear. In the short term, it also offers employment opportunities to some of the most vulnerable, including female heads of household. The HALO Trust for instance has a workforce that is over 50 percent female, helping young women affected by the conflict to make a real difference in the future of their communities.

Last year our Minister for Asia, the Rt Hon Mark Field MP, visited the North to hear from those working on the frontlines of the demining effort. I too visited last November, seeing for myself the scale of the challenge. With anti-personnel mines still covering the ground in great numbers, the risk is still very real, though significant progress has been made. The Halo Trust’s thorough and professional clearance operations mean that land can be handed back to those displaced many years ago. I met one family who had already begun rebuilding their lives in their old home. With new crops planted and a sense of optimism about the future, meeting them was a great reminder of exactly why this sort of work is so important.

Since 2010, much has been accomplished, and together we have dug many thousands of mines and unexploded ordnances from the ground. Thousands of mines that can no longer threaten the lives of ordinary Sri Lankans. Whilst we should take pride in this shared achievement, there is still much more work to be done. On International Mine Awareness Day, let’s redouble our efforts to realise the dream of a mine-free Sri Lanka by 2020.

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