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August 08, 2018, 02:38:10 am suzytr says: Hello, any good churches in the Sacto, CA area, also looking in Reno NV, thanks in advance and God Bless you Smiley
January 29, 2018, 01:21:57 am Christian40 says: It will be interesting to see what happens this year Israel being 70 years as a modern nation may 14 2018
October 17, 2017, 01:25:20 am Christian40 says: It is good to type Mark is here again!  Smiley
October 16, 2017, 03:28:18 am Christian40 says: anyone else thinking that time is accelerating now? it seems im doing days in shorter time now is time being affected in some way?
September 24, 2017, 10:45:16 pm Psalm 51:17 says: The specific rule pertaining to the national anthem is found on pages A62-63 of the league rulebook. It states: “The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem. “During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.”
September 20, 2017, 04:32:32 am Christian40 says: "The most popular Hepatitis B vaccine is nothing short of a witch’s brew including aluminum, formaldehyde, yeast, amino acids, and soy. Aluminum is a known neurotoxin that destroys cellular metabolism and function. Hundreds of studies link to the ravaging effects of aluminum. The other proteins and formaldehyde serve to activate the immune system and open up the blood-brain barrier. This is NOT a good thing."
September 19, 2017, 03:59:21 am Christian40 says: bbc international did a video about there street preaching they are good witnesses
September 14, 2017, 08:06:04 am Psalm 51:17 says: bro Mark Hunter on YT has some good, edifying stuff too.
September 14, 2017, 04:31:26 am Christian40 says: i have thought that i'm reaping from past sins then my life has been impacted in ways from having non believers in my ancestry.
September 11, 2017, 06:59:33 am Psalm 51:17 says: The law of reaping and sowing. It's amazing how God's mercy and longsuffering has hovered over America so long. (ie, the infrastructure is very bad here b/c for many years, they were grossly underspent on. 1st Tim 6:10, the god of materialism has its roots firmly in the West) And remember once upon a time ago when shacking up b/w straight couples drew shock awe?

Exodus 20:5  Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
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« Reply #30 on: March 11, 2014, 06:54:18 am »

EU's four top jobs up for grabs

It is all change at the top this year for the European Union, kicking off with May elections for the European Parliament followed by the naming in July of a new speaker.

In November, EU leaders will appoint a new president of the European Commission, the EU's executive arm, when its five-year mandate ends, as well as a new chair of the bloc's political wing, the European Council.

In addition, the 28 member states must replace Catherine Ashton at the European External Action Service, which was set up in 2009 to coordinate EU foreign policy and has become one of the bloc's most high profile roles.

Here is what is at stake as well as the favourites to win the posts.

European parliament president

The speaker, officially known as president of the Parliament, is elected in each new assembly as MEPs work out their groupings and alliances in what can be a protracted period of bargaining.

There are no candidates or favourites at this stage as the outcome will depend on the results of the EU-wide May 22-25 election for 751 seats.

But one name often cited is former Belgium premier Guy Verhofstadt, the outspoken head of the centrist Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) but who is also cited as a possible runner for European Commission chief.

Seats will be contested by more than a dozen political groups, led by the centre-right European People's Party (EPP), the largest in the outgoing assembly.

They are closely followed by the centre-left Socialists and Democrats (S&D), centrist group ALDE and the Greens, the environmentalist voice in Parliament.

This is the first Parliament election since the 2009 Lisbon Treaty came into force sharply increasing the assembly's powers, especially with the provision that EU member state leaders must now take into account the results of the May vote when choosing the next head of the European Commission.

Parliament - the EU's only directly-elected institution -- must also approve their nomination.

President of the European commission

The Parliament elections will have a direct bearing on who succeeds Jose Manuel Barroso in November, with the main groups already deciding their candidates even if it is still not absolutely clear that their choice will get past EU leaders.

Current favourite is former Luxembourg premier Jean-Claude Juncker, backed by the EPP at their convention in Dublin, but he faces a tough challenger in Martin Schulz, currently the S&D speaker of Parliament.

The European Commission is the executive arm of the EU, acting as its civil service to draw up the legislative proposals needed to put European Council decisions into effect. It also initiates policy proposals.

As such, it has huge influence, although this has been eroded to some extent in recent years with the setting up of the European Council and by Parliament's new-found oversight powers since 2009.

The Commission, housed in the huge Berlaymont building in the Schuman district of central Brussels, is very much the public face of the EU and the one which comes into most public criticism. The Commission president leads a team of 28 Commissioners -- one from each country - who will also be new faces.

Chair of the European council

The Council is the political arm of the EU, bringing together member state leaders and their top officials to make the bloc's policy decisions.

Current head of the post as go-between among the often divided states is Belgian Hermann Van Rompuy, a former premier known for his quiet steady leadership and ability to build common ground. With 28 leaders determined to ensure their national interests are respected at all times, this is an essential skill.

Juncker was one name mentioned as a possible successor alongside Irish Premier Enda Kenny, Werner Feymann of Austria and Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite.

EU foreign policy chief

This post is currently held by Britain's Ashton who has played a high-profile role in many of the top international issues, from Iran's contested nuclear programme to Middle East peace and the crisis in Ukraine.

She heads a service that has grown from nothing to around 3,000 staff in less than three years, with offices worldwide.

Backed by former British prime minister Tony Blair for the job in 2009, competition will be just as intense and hugely political as EU leaders battle it out to get their candidate named to one of the EU's most sought-after jobs.

Among possible successors are Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski or Slovak counterpart Miroslav Lajcak, giving the newer Eastern Europe EU members a strong voice. Also in the running are the foreign ministers of Austria or Sweden, Frans Timmermans and Carl Bildt.

EU leaders however will be aware that naming a man would put them under pressure to consider a woman for another of the top posts.

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