Thursday, July 20, 2017

Attention California Employers: Action Required for Ensuring Compliance with California’s “Day of Rest” Requirements

USA July 18 2017

Under California law, employees are entitled to “one day’s rest therefrom in seven,” unless certain statutory exceptions apply. In Mendoza v. Nordstrom, Inc., 2 Cal. 5th 1074 (2017), the California Supreme Court addressed several ambiguities in the statutory language, giving employers much needed guidance on how to comply with California’s day of rest requirements. As noted below, employers should review their handbooks and scheduling policies to ensure they are in compliance with these requirements, as clarified by the Court.

By way of background, California Labor Code section 551 entitles employees to “one day’s rest therefrom in seven,” and section 552 similarly prohibits an employer from “caus[ing] his employees to work more than six days in seven.” Section 556 creates an exception to these requirements for employees whose “total hours of employment do not exceed 30 hours in any week or six hours in any one day thereof.”

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UN deputy chief highlights importance of public institutions in reaching development goals

Amina J. Mohammed of Nigeria. UN Photo/Mark Garten

18 July 2017 – United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed today urged public institutions to embrace the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, reduce inequality and end tackle climate change.

“When the centre of government functions effectively, collective expertise from across the public sector can be mobilized and brought to bear on the most pressing decisions confronting a country,” the Deputy Secretary-General told a high-level event on getting Governments organized to deliver on the SDGs.

She said that Governments and public institutions will work out how best Governments can reach the SDGs, but only “if it is driven by visionary and committed public leadership, adequate resources and capacity and the exchange of lessons learned.”

Addressing the event, organized in part by the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), Ms. Mohammed noted that the SDGs call for Governments to listen to the people and engage them in decision-making.

She stressed that Government mobilize all actors around the SDGs, and ensure that institutions are effective, accountable and inclusive.

“Few tasks are more important for the effective functioning of government than leadership and coordination from the top of the executive branch,” Ms. Mohammed said.

She noted that the 17 SDGs are focused on putting people first and leaving no one behind: “No one is too hard to reach.”

The event was held as part of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, which started on 10 July and wraps up tomorrow, and which this year focuses on eliminating poverty.

The annual forum is designed to be a platform for discussing implementation of the anti-poverty agenda, and for Governments to learn from each other.

This year's discussions include presentations on the challenges and gaps in reaching the development agenda in 44 countries that volunteered to give progress reports, and more than 120 side events related to the SDGs.

Among today's other events related to the HLPF was the SDG Business Forum.

God's People Brought to the Test

July 20

Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Matthew 7:22, 23.

We need not be deceived. Wonderful scenes, with which Satan will be closely connected, will soon take place. God's Word declares that Satan will work miracles. He will make people sick, and then will suddenly remove from them his satanic power. They will then be regarded as healed. These works of apparent healing will bring Seventh-day Adventists to the test. Many who have had great light will fail to walk in the light, because they have not become one with Christ.

I saw our people in great distress, weeping, and praying, pleading the sure promises of God, while the wicked were all around us, mocking us, and threatening to destroy us. They ridiculed our feebleness, they mocked at the smallness of our numbers, and taunted us with words calculated to cut deep. They charged us with taking an independent position from all the rest of the world. They had cut off our resources so that we could not buy nor sell, and referred to our abject poverty and stricken condition. They could not see how we could live without the world; we were dependent upon the world, and we must concede to the customs, practices, and laws of the world, or go out of it. If we were the only people in the world whom the Lord favored the appearances were awfully against us. They declared that they had the truth, that miracles were among them, that angels from heaven talked with them, and walked with them, that great power, and signs and wonders were performed among them, and this was the Temporal Millennium, which they had been expecting so long. The whole world was converted and in harmony with the Sunday law, and this little feeble people stood out in defiance of the laws of the land, and the laws of God, and claimed to be the only ones right on the earth.

God's people will not find their safety in working miracles, for Satan would counterfeit any miracle that might be worked.... They are to take their stand on the living Word—“It is written.”

Maranatha, p. 209.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Ted wilson EXPOSED sunday law

At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.

Matthew 11:25

Hiding The Antichrist

Adventist Leader in Southern England Meets with Local Imam

Meeting highlights opportunities for collaboration, understanding.

JULY 17, 2017

By: Sam O. Davies, British Union Conference News

On Tuesday, July 4, South England Conference (SEC) church region president Emmanuel Osei visited Imam Toufik Kacimi, who is also the Chief Executive Officer of the Finsbury Park Muslim Welfare House, in London, to deliver words of sympathy and condolences in the aftermath of the Finsbury Park terror attack.

“On behalf of the members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the South England Conference, I want to express our shock and dismay at the appalling and senseless attack on innocent worshippers that took place on June 19 at your Muslim Welfare House in Finsbury Park,” said Osei to Kacimi. “We want you to know that as members of faith, we do sympathize with the trauma caused by this evil act, and we totally condemn it.”

South England Conference President Emmanuel Osei, right, during his meeting with Finbury Park Imam and Welfare House CEO Toufik Kacimi, on July 4. [Photo: British Union Conference News]

The June 19 attack, which was labeled a hate crime, resulted in the death of one Muslim worshipper, and several wounded as a van driver struck pedestrians coming out of the mosque. Two persons are still in a critical condition, according to Kacimi.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Vatican Commences Trial for Embezzlement of Funds Meant for Children’s Hospital


by Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.18 Jul 201726

18 Jul, 2017 18 Jul, 2017

A Vatican criminal process against two men charged with redirecting funds earmarked for a children’s hospital to refurbish a cardinal’s apartment began Tuesday with a two-hour pretrial hearing.

Giuseppe Profiti and Massimo Spina are former directors of a foundation overseeing the Vatican’s Bambino Gesù pediatric hospital and have been charged with embezzling foundation funds to help finance the remodeling of the apartment of Italian Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, former Vatican Secretary of State.

Bertone himself, however, is not being investigated and faces no charges.

According to a statement read by a court clerk, Profiti and Spina are accused of an illicit appropriation and use of funds belonging to the Bambino Gesù Foundation to pay Gianantonio Bandera, an Italian contractor, to refurbish an apartment belonging to Vatican City State and used as the residence of Cardinal Bertone.

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Poll: Declining Number of Protestants Identify With Specific Denomination

Lannie Troon, right, leads the Milton United Methodist Church handbell choir in a practice at the church in Milton, Wis. (Anthony Wahl/The Janesville Gazette via AP)

By Jason Devaney | Tuesday, 18 Jul 2017 05:56 PM

Less than one-third of Protestants in the United States identify with a specific denomination of the religion.

The results of a new Gallup survey show that 30 percent of U.S. Protestants identify with one of the many branches of this particular form of Christianity, down from 50 percent in 2000.

Other findings in the survey:
Baptists represent 10 percent of Protestants who identify with a branch of the religion.
Methodists and Lutherans make up 4 percent, followed by Southern Baptists (3 percent), Presbyterians and Pentecostal (2 percent), and Church of Christ and Episcopalians (1 percent).
Three percent of those who identity with a branch of Protestantism selected "other."

The data represents 2016 numbers.

The results of another recent poll showed that 74 percent of white evangelical Protestants approved of President Donald Trump's job performance. Only 38 percent of Catholics said the same.

Since Trump took office in January, meanwhile, Christian refugees coming to the U.S. outnumber Muslim refugees.



Two years after Pope Francis launched Laudato Si, the Vatican's plea to save the Earth, Trump rejected its tenets and the Paris Agreement. But people of all faiths are unified globally to beat climate change.

JUN 13, 2017

Activists display banners calling for action on climate change and against world poverty as they arrive on St. Peter's Square prior to Pope Francis' Sunday Angelus prayer at the Vatican.

(Photo: Gabriel Bouys/Getty Images)

On May 24th, a grim-faced Pope Francis handed a signed copy of Laudato Si to President Donald Trump during his visit to Rome. The United States president, who has called climate change "a hoax," promised to read the papal encyclical, a spiritual and secular plea to save the Earth from environmental destruction.

A week later, Trump announced plans to yank the U.S. out of the 2015 Paris Agreement, whose prologue was influenced by the principles embodied in Laudato Si. In doing so, Trump repudiated 195 nations' pledges to reduce their carbon footprint to mitigate the worst effects of climate change; he repudiated Pope Francis and his encyclical as well.

Two years after the release of Laudato Si—and long after its intense global attention has faded—it's worth asking: is the uncompromising and unprecedented Catholic teaching document fulfilling Vatican expectations by uniting leaders of all faiths, along with their billions of congregants, to take decisive climate action "in care for our common home"?

Keeping the Earth: JustFaith and the Environment

Part 10 in a series on JustFaith

By Stephanie Block

The next JustFaith material for examination is “Keeping the Earth:Religious and Scientific Perspectives on the Environment,” a video produced by Union of Concerned Scientists in cooperation with the National Religious Partnership for the Environment (NRPE). It’s undeniably pushing an agenda throughout: images are used manipulatively. Animals are depicted as cute or majestic, scenery is awesome, and the accompanying narrative is often a Bible verse, read in the thrilling basso profundo of James Earl Jones. In stark contrast are pictures of human overcrowding or environmental destructiveness, such as the bulldozing of saguaro cacti, with text telling the listener that humans are “overstepping” their place, “violating” the Earth…and “going too far.”

The video’s opening concept is the need for human “reconciliation” with other species of life. One early scene takes place in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, which houses NRPE, and shows a procession of animals and plants - including an elephant, goats, and birds of prey - down the central aisle of the church nave. NRPE Director Paul Gorman describes the reactions (which the viewer doesn’t see) of the humans participating in this “spiritual” event: “People wept…They were experiencing a moment of reconciliation.”

The speaker continues, “The challenge of the churches and synagogues is to open their doors more fully to the life…what’s “out there” belongs inside our congregations and inside our hearts.” By implication, the video is saying that the churches and synagogues have not been open to welcoming life, failing to recognize that the fullness of Life, in the person of the Creator of Life, through His Word and His Presence is, indeed, in those places that worship Him. Creatures are a poor substitute.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

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Columnist: Al Gore got rich by scaring ‘little kids witless’

By World Tribune on July 17, 2017

by WorldTribune Staff, July 17, 2017

None of Al Gore’s many apocalyptic climate scenarios have materialized, yet the former U.S. vice president has become a very rich man via that very scaremongering, a columnist for The Daily Telegraph wrote.

“Any normal person with such a woeful record of accuracy as Gore would be ashamed to show his face,” Miranda Devine wrote for the Telegraph’s July 16 edition.

Former US vice president Al Gore was recently in Sydney to promote his documentary An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. / AAP / Keri Megelus

“Eleven years after his Inconvenient Truth movie scared little kids witless, his warnings of climate armageddon have come to nothing.”

The scaremongering continues in Gore’s new movie – An Inconvenient Sequel.

“I feel so scared” a young Asian man in one scene cries.

In Australia last week, Devine noted that Gore claimed Mother Nature was “screaming” and the world would ­descend into chaos “unless we buy his snake oil.”

“Silly Labor premiers bought that snake oil last week, pledging alongside the grinning Gore that Victoria, Queensland, the ACT and South Australia would embrace renewables to produce zero net emissions by 2050,” Devine wrote.

“They haven’t learned the lesson from SA’s extreme green experiment with renewable energy that has produced nothing but crippling blackouts and the highest electricity prices in the world.”

Gore had told us in his first movie that “unless we take drastic measures the world would reach a point of no return within 10 years.”

“Wrong,” Devine wrote. “In fact the world has just been through almost 20 years in which there has been a hiatus in global warming, even as carbon dioxide has increased: an ‘inconvenient pause’ as some wags put it.”

People around the world “are waking up to the fact that their leaders have been crying wolf, while their electricity bills go through the roof. Australia’s prosperity is built on the reams of cheap, abundant fossil fuel under our feet, and yet green zealots have forced us into an energy crisis.”

Devine continued: “But when Liberal backbencher Craig Kelly last week pointed out the logical fact that Australians will die because of high power bills, he was slammed as a ‘scaremonger’ by the very people who worship at Al Gore’s feet.”

And South Australia “is pretending that the world’s biggest battery built at huge taxpayer expense by another global green huckster, Elon Musk, is going to save the day.”

Coal “is nowhere near obsolete,” Devine wrote, citing the Australian Minerals Council which points out that coal is the world’s leading source of electricity and will be until at least 2040.

“In our region countries are busy building new clean coal plants. In East Asia alone 1,250 new plants are under construction or planned,” Devine wrote.

“Yet in the past eight years in Australia not a single new baseload coal or gas generation unit has been built. That has to change.”

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull “has now come around to that realization,” Devine noted.

Turnbull told the Liberal National Party state convention in Brisbane: “Those people who say coal and other fossil fuels have no future are delusional.”

Hot Air – The Globalist Agenda Behind Pope Francis’ Environmentalism

Steve Matthews
18 hours ago

“Australian police charge Vatican Treasurer over historical sexual assaults,” blared the CNBC headline. Although the article did not go on the specify the specific charges, it appears that they are related to an investigation into Pell for child sexual assault. After decades of tragic headlines of this sort, such arrests seem to be almost standard issue when it comes to officials of the Roman Church-State (RCS). The one surprising thing about the charges brought against Pell is that he is the highest ranking Church official to be accused of child abuse.

Not to be outdone, the fine folks at the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (an organization within the RCS formerly known as “The Inquisition”) decided it would be a good idea to hold what the Daily Mail described as a “drug fuelled gay orgy” at an apartment owned by said organization.

Unbelievable. Only when it comes to scandals relating to the Vatican, it’s pretty much business as usual.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

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Going Around Trump, Governors Embark on Their Own Diplomatic Missions

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, left, and Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia on Friday at the National Governors Association meeting in Providence, R.I.
Stephan Savoia / Associated Press

July 15, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington, a Democrat, huddled with the leaders of Mexico and Canada in the space of 48 hours this spring, racing to Mexico City from Seattle for back-to-back discussions on climate change and trade.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas, a Republican, toured Europe last month to deliver what he called a “reassuring” message to business leaders, declaring that Americans would not “retreat” from international commerce.

And Gov. Pete Ricketts, Republican of Nebraska, recently announced he would visit Canada this summer with a message of thanks — for the North American Free Trade Agreement, a pact that President Trump has harshly criticized and says he intends to renegotiate.

In ordinary times, most American governors tend to avoid international exploits, boasting of their consuming interest in balancing budgets and operating the machinery of state government. When they venture abroad, it is mainly to hawk products manufactured in their states.

But under the Trump administration, that has begun to change: Leadership at the state level has taken on an increasingly global dimension, as governors assert themselves in areas where they view Mr. Trump as abandoning the typical priorities of the federal government. They have forged partnerships across state and party lines to offset Trump administration policies they see as harmful to their constituencies.

Unsettled by the president’s skepticism of foreign trade, governors have made newly pointed appeals to international businesses and consumers, at times gently rebuking the White House for presenting an inhospitable face to the world.

After Mr. Trump rejected the Paris climate agreement, a dozen governors announced a state-level coalition to carry out the pact in a partial form, with Gov. Jerry Brown of California, a Democrat, taking a leading role and traveling to China for a meeting on climate with President Xi Jinping.

Mr. Hutchinson, who did not join the climate alliance, said Mr. Trump’s posture on trade had worried traditional United States partners. He credited the president with having “strengthened our negotiating position,” but said gestures of comity were also important.

“I do take advantage of the opportunity to reassure the European audiences, but also the Asian audiences, that global trade cannot be diminished,” Mr. Hutchinson said. “It’s part of the fabric of our global commerce, and I want to continue to be a voice for it.”

The turning outward of American governors was on prominent display at the National Governors Association retreat in Providence, R.I., last week. There, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada spoke on Friday, the first foreign leader to address the group. Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia, a Democrat who is chairman of the governors association, said representatives were present from a number of other countries, including China, Japan, Mexico and Vietnam.

In addition, aides to a number of governors, including Mr. Brown and Mr. Inslee, conferred privately to plan for a climate conference in Bonn, Germany. Mr. Trudeau framed his remarks to the group as a tribute to the relationship between the United States and Canada, highlighting shared goals on climate and national security, and urging governors not to support a “race to the bottom” in the form of trade protectionism. Using the same favorable adjectives most American governors apply to themselves, Mr. Trudeau hailed them for pursuing economic prosperity with a “pragmatic approach that crosses party lines.”

“Whether Republican or Democrat, in this economy, that’s likely your very first priority,” he said. “Guess what: It’s my first priority as well.”

The Canadian leader’s friendship mission followed months of stepped-up contact between American governors and Canadian political and business leaders after Mr. Trump’s election.

Gov. Phil Scott of Vermont, who has made multiple trips across the Canadian border since his election in November, said he had made it a priority to put the state’s longstanding economic partner at ease.

Mr. Scott, who is one of two Republican governors to join the climate initiative, along with Charlie Baker of Massachusetts, said that in Canada there had been a mood of “concern, especially initially, about this new administration.”

Pope urges governments to take the lead in caring for creation

Logo of the "Laudato Sì & Big Cities" Conference taking place in Rio de Janeiro - RV

14/07/2017 15:43

(Vatican Radio) Respect, responsibility and relationship are the three themes highlighted by Pope Francis in a message addressed to the “Laudato Sì & Big Cities” conference taking place in Rio de Janeiro.

The 3-day event is organized by the “Antoni Gaudí Foundation for Big Cities” that aims to contribute to the humanization of large urban centers in a world in which a growing 52% of the global population lives in highly populated urban centres.

Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Sì” is being used as a focal point of discussion and reference regarding environmental, ethical and management issues pertaining to big cities.

Listen to the report by Linda Bordoni:

Respecting Creation is one of our "core tasks” Pope Francis writes in his strongly worded message to conference participants, and he reaffirms, as he did in his encyclical – to which the Rio conference is dedicated - that we “cannot just remain on the sidelines when we notice a serious degeneration in the quality of the air or an increase in the production of waste that is not adequately disposed of ".

Situations such as these, the Pope warns, "are the result of an irresponsible form of exploitation of creation and demand that we act responsibly for the good of all”.

Unfortunately, Francis continues, what we continue to see can only be described as “indifference towards the safekeeping of our common home”.

The Pope goes on to say that “this passivity proves that man has lost his sense of responsibility” and thus it is ever more urgent that governments adopt policies that encourage responsible behavior for the respect of the environment in which we all live.

Focusing his message on three points: “respect, responsibility and relationship", Francis points out that respect for Creation is a duty we also have towards future generations and says that “We must teach and pass on the need to care” for the planet.

In his message he also emphasizes the importance of access to clean water that, he recalls, is a “fundamental right” that must be guaranteed to all.

The Pope finally shines the light on the importance of human relationships that, in big cities – he says - appear to be getting more and more difficult.

“Sometimes people become closed-in and live not trusting their neighbor”. This mistrust, Francis says, produces isolation that in turn generates poverty. That is why, he concludes, a joint political, educational and religious effort is needed to “create human relationships” that “break down the walls” that marginalize people.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Pope endorses campaign to put 'Laudato Sì' into action

Pope endorses campaign to put 'Laudato Sì' into action

2017-07-13 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) Following the 2nd anniversary of the publication of his encyclical “Laudato Sì – On Care of our Common Home”, Pope Francis has endorsed a pledge campaign that aims to mobilize at least 1 million people to directly engage in turning the encyclical’s message into action.

Listen to the report by Linda Bordoni:

Organized and promoted by the Global Catholic Climate Movement, the pledge calls on those who sign to answer the call of Laudato Sì by praying with and for creation, living more simply, and advocating to protect our common home.

The "Laudato Sì Pledge campaign" has received support from Church leaders from around the globe including Cardinal Turkson, Cardinal Tagle, Cardinal Ribat, Cardinal Cupich and Cardinal Marx. It has also garnered the support of major environmental leaders.

Tomás Insua, Executive Director of the Global Catholic Climate Movement, said, "We are grateful and inspired by Pope Francis' endorsement of the Laudato Si' Pledge. With 1.2 billion Catholics around the world, we have a critical role to play in tackling climate change and the wider ecological crisis. Pope Francis has already changed the discussion around climate change and this pledge is inviting us to put the Church's teachings into action and answer the urgent call for strong political action and lifestyle change put forth in Laudato Si'."

The Pope's endorsement adds to the momentum of recent Catholic climate action: Pope Francis requested that Angela Merkel uplift the Paris climate accord during the G20 summit, several Catholic organizations recently divested from fossil fuels, GCCM joined other Christian groups calling on governments to take strong action before the G7 last month and the Movement’s Executive Director joined other scientific, political and faith leaders in publishing a letter in Nature Magazine pushing the G20 to recognize the urgency of the climate crisis. (from Vatican Radio)

Top allies of Pope Francis criticize religious Trump supporters

By John Bowden - 07/15/17 12:07 PM EDT

© Getty

An article in a Vatican-reviewed journal released this week blasted evangelical and Catholic allies of President Trump for attempting to impose a "theocratic" worldview and practicing "apocalyptic geopolitics."

CNN reported Saturday that an article in La Civiltà Cattolica blasted "value voters" who support the Trump administration for becoming a "community of combatants" in America.

The article's two authors, who are close confidants of Pope Francis, accused Catholic and evangelical voters of coming together over a "xenophobic and Islamophobic vision that wants walls and purifying deportations."

The panorama of threats to their understanding of the American way of life have included modernist spirits, the black civil rights movement, the hippy movement, communism, feminist movements and so on," the authors write. "And now in our day there are the migrants and the Muslims."

Mentioned specifically in the article was Trump's top White House strategist Steve Bannon, who the authors said wants a country where citizens submit to the Bible, which they called an idea "that is no different from the one that inspires Islamic fundamentalism."

They contrasted Trump supporters' visions with that of Pope Francis, who they praised for spreading a peaceful worldview.

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The Sins of Babylon

Early Writings : pp. 273 - 276.

I saw that since the second angel proclaimed the fall of the churches, they have been growing more and more corrupt. They bear the name of being Christ's followers; yet it is impossible to distinguish them from the world. Ministers take their texts from the Word of God, but preach smooth things. To this the natural heart feels no objection. It is only the spirit and power of the truth and the salvation of Christ that are hateful to the carnal heart. There is nothing in the popular ministry that stirs the wrath of Satan, makes the sinner tremble, or applies to the heart and conscience the fearful realities of a judgment soon to come. Wicked men are generally pleased with a form of piety without true godliness, and they will aid and support such a religion.

Said the angel, "Nothing less than the whole armor of righteousness can enable man to overcome the powers of darkness and retain the victory over them. Satan has taken full possession of the churches as a body.

The sayings and doings of men are dwelt upon instead of the plain, cutting truths of the Word of God. The spirit and friendship of the world are at enmity with God. When the truth in its simplicity and strength, as it is in Jesus, is brought to bear against the spirit of the world, it at once awakens the spirit of persecution. Very many who profess to be Christians have not known God. The natural heart has not been changed, and the carnal mind remains at enmity with God. They are Satan's faithful servants, notwithstanding they have assumed another name."