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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Video Weekly News Update - Feb. 26, 2011

Please note that there are a couple of audio problems with this Video report but just in a couple of clips that are embedded in the report. Please fast forward through these short clips to the News updates

The following updates are the same as the single long update above but separated according to category and without any audio problems. Since YouTube restricts length of videos to 15 minutes, updates posted on YouTube are divided according to category. VIMEO, which is a newer service allows longer videos, so the full one hour update is posted on their website.

Economic News Update - Feb. 26, 2011

    Food / Famine News Update - Feb. 26, 2011

      Geopolitical News Update - Feb. 26, 2011 

          Weather / Tech / Anomalous News Update - Feb. 26, 2011

          Friday, February 25, 2011

          SIGNS OF THE END / prophecies being fulfilled? News update Feb. 25, 2011

          Barry McGuire – Eve of Destruction

          In the following section, News reports have been grouped according to category. The heading has been linked to the original story and a brief synopsis has been provided. My comments and observations are in italics below the original report. Please click on the link to read the full story and / or to watch videos if included in the story. 

          The End of the World as we know it will have begun when we begin to see one or more of the following catastrophes and cataclysms begin to be inflicted on the whole world simultaneously. In essence we are not looking for one of these problems being experienced somewhere in the world, we are looking to see when every part of the planet will be suffering from one or more of these Biblically proportioned disasters at the same time, resulting in multiple millions of fatalities. Only when every part of the world is being impacted catastrophically and cataclysmically by one or more of the following, will be able to conclude with absolute certainty that the End of the World has begun. If within the next few years a quarter or more of the Earth’s population, roughly 2 billion people, have been killed by one or more of the following means then we can be 100% certain that we are the generation that will witness the end of the world as we know it. 

          • Global Economic Collapse: this will be signaled by oil prices skyrocketing, the US dollar crashing, food prices going through the roof, gold price skyrocketing, and the stock market crashing.
          • Global Warfare, Revolutions, Civil Wars, Social unrest, Anarchy and Chaos. Events that are currently transpiring in Libya, Egypt and the Arab world will spread worldwide and impact every nation in greater or lesser degree.
          • Major Earthquakes in populated areas, and other climate related disasters – Floods, Storms, Volcanoes, and Tsunamis etc. Climate / Earth change disasters will increase, both in frequency and magnitude.
          • Swine Flu or some other Pandemic that is highly infectious and fatal, a pandemic or pandemics that will result in millions of fatalities.
          • Severe famines, food shortages, droughts, again resulting in millions of fatalities.
          Keeping in mind the above foretold worldwide problems that will destroy tens of millions in a relatively short period of time that the ‘Weekly News Updates’ have been divided into the following 7 categories that I believe are relevant to the subject of ‘The End of the World’:

          7 News Categories divided according to ‘End of the World’ Biblical prophesies

          • ECONOMIC / FINANCIAL NEWS / The end of the world is inextricably linked to the end of the global economy. Just like the internet links all points on the globe, the Global Financial / Economic / Banking systems link all nations. So for the first time in history, it has become possible for all nations to sink simultaneously since no nation on Earth, exercises Economic Sovereignty in any meaningful way. The prophesied end of the world by definition means the end of the whole world, not just parts of it. So Economic normalcy cannot continue in one part of the world while other parts are rapidly disintegrating. ‘Globalization’ is a very important piece in the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy for even until about 20 years ago, the world was nowhere near as interconnected financially as it is today, and China was nowhere near the economic powerhouse it is today. I believe China will be instrumental in crashing this global house of economic cards, and as nations disintegrate economically they will descend into anarchy that will lead to the fulfillment of the rest of ‘End Times’ prophesies.
          • FAMINES / FOOD PRICE INFLATION / FOOD SHORTAGES / News about food related catastrophes, famines, food inflation etc.

          •  GEO – POLITICAL TENSIONS / CIVIL UNREST / News about war between nations, and civil wars or social unrest within nations.

          • EXTREME WEATHER / EARTH CHANGES / Climate related problems of a much greater than ‘normal’ severity, mega earthquakes, super storms, floods, volcano eruptions etc.

          • PANDEMICS / INFECTIOUS HUMAN AND ANIMAL DISEASES / News of Pestilential infectious and fatal disease outbreaks that spread rapidly within a region or globally.

          • TECHNOLOGY NEWS / Advances in Technology plays a very important role in fulfillment of end times prophecies; it is therefore necessary to keep tabs on technological advances that are indicative of technology used in the Bible, especially the book of Revelation. 

          • ANOMALOUS / PARANORMAL EVENTS / These are events that are neither seen as a norm nor can they be explained as normal occurrence; an example would be the numerous instances of birds falling dead out of a clear blue sky by the hundreds and even by the thousands.

          • Mcalvany Weekly Commentary / I highly recommend this audio program that airs weekly on Economic issues. I find the analysis to be profound yet presented simply enough that most ‘financially illiterate’ people can understand it. I suggest that rather than listening to CNBC or Bloomberg, listen to this audio program because it is factual and will be of much greater use to the average person in understanding what lies beyond the horizon in the realm of Economics and Finance.

          This week I have decided to change the format of this category. Rather than list many stories detailing the collapse of the world economy, a topic that is being very well covered by many men and women more knowledgeable in this field than I am; I have decided to provide links to websites that I frequently peruse to get some real Economic News which is rarely covered by the mainstream media. I would recommend readers to visit some of these sites to understand what is transpiring in the Economic World today. As I have said many times before, it is my belief that the ‘End of the World’ as prophesied in the Bible will begin with a collapse of the world economy; we are currently witnessing this collapse in its early stages. In my opinion total global economic collapse will be signaled by the collapse of the US dollar, an event that was unthinkable, at least among mainstream academics and journalists as late as 2008. However, these days, not a day goes by when one or more reports come out that addresses this very subject. It is no longer debatable whether the US dollar will crash and lose its role as the world’s Reserve Currency; I believe it is a foregone conclusion. Although we can conjecture what the consequences of such a collapse will be, I do not believe any one person can fully evaluate the gravity of the economic catastrophe that will result from a collapse of the world’s Reserve Currency. 

          I am of the opinion that we may see the US dollar collapse as early as fall of this year, but no later than the end of 2012. I am leaning towards an earlier time because of the seriousness of the problems that are already being felt worldwide by the continuing devaluation of the US dollar. Since almost all commodities, specially Oil is priced in US dollars, inflation is beginning to cause serious pain to the poorest people of the world as food and energy prices continue to skyrocket. Tragically this is only the beginning of the problem, and even more tragically it is the poorest that pay the price of the greed of the wealthy. Starvation is coming to the world and under these circumstances I do not believe the US dollar will be able to last another 18 months; I am predicting its complete collapse within a year. When that day arrives, and it may just be a matter of a day in which it happens, the End of the World as we know it will have begun. So the Economic stories that I will be linking in these weekly News Updates will be focused primarily on the collapse of the US dollar. I will try and include a short video each week that would address the potential problems that common folks will encounter, if and when the US dollar does indeed collapse.

          Recommended Economic / Financial News Websites

          ·         Mcalvany Weekly Commentary
          ·         The Coming Depression
          ·         Dollar Collapse
          ·         Gold Seek

          Though there are many other excellent sites that I can recommend, the information on the above sites would more than suffice to prove to an average person the direction in which the world is heading  from an Economic / Financial perspective.
          • End of the US dollar The turmoil across North Africa and the Middle East is threatening not only to overthrow aging dictatorships, autocracies and monarchies, but also to upset the geopolitical balance between the countries of that region and the Western powers that has existed since at least the 1950s. For the West, the issue has always been the security of oil. For the US there is a second issue, and that is the security of Israel. Now both are under threat.  Some 56 per cent of the world’s oil reserves are in the Middle East, with another nine per cent in Africa. Therefore, unrest in the region could be the catalyst that sets off a global monetary-oil shock. Read More

           I recently posted a video on my website that presents a hypothetical scenario that assesses the consequences and the process of the collapse of the US dollar. I had made an observation that there are several possible events that would greatly hasten the demise of the US dollar; the first event on my list was Oil Shock. I found it interesting that the above article arrives at the same conclusion that an oil shock would greatly speed up the collapse of the US dollar. One or more of the following events may prove to be the catalyst for the crash of the US dollar, and the events or events will be blamed for the crash whereas in reality it is Federal Reserve and US Government policies that are the real cause for the demise of the world’s Reserve Currency.
          • OIL SHOCK / Saudi Arabia and / or Iran experience a revolution or significant social unrest
          • CYBER-ATTACK(s) / Western Financial computer systems (NY, London etc.) suffer significant damage through cyber - attack(s)
          • TERRORIST ATTACK(s) / One or more 'terrorist attacks' are executed in major cities, most likely in the US
          • MAJOR WAR(s) / One or more major wars break out - Middle East, Korea, Pakistan, India, China (?)
          • CATASTROPHIC EARTH HANGE / earthquake, volcano, tsunami etc. that wreaks havoc on a major city or region
          The probability of one or more of the above scenarios coming to pass in 2011 is very high
           Borrower nations are not blessed of God, and the US is now the most indebted nation in the history of the world, and this debt continues to multiply exponentially. The debt will increase even more as interest rates begin to rise. These economic problems that are affecting the whole world are transpiring in an environment of lowest possible interest rates; as interest rates begin to rise so too will the problems impacting the whole world. 

          Proverbs 22:7 The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.

            Catastrophic food price inflation and shortages of food and famine are prophesied in the Bible. 

            Revelation 6:5–6 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. 6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.
            A penny was one day’s wages in Biblical times; this scripture tells us that time will come when a day’s wages will buy only one loaf of bread and a handful of barley (grain). These days are already here in many parts of the world and will spread across the globe.

                 I have focused on Food related problems being reported in India this week although such reports are now coming from all around the world. However India is in a special predicament because it has a population of over 1 billion people, some 70% of whom live in abject poverty. I fear that the poor population of India is going to suffer terribly from food inflation, food shortages and starvation. It is near impossible that the country will not suffer extreme civil unrest, maybe even a civil war in the next couple of years. With war in neighboring Afghanistan, and Pakistan already imploding, if India too begins to implode, we may see a nuclear holocaust that will surely claim millions of lives, maybe even tens of millions.
            • India's immense 'food theft' scandal 21 February 2011Last updated at 20:56 ETThe poorest of the poor in India's most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, are at the heart of a major food scandal. The Indian media has described it as "the mother of all scams". It appears to show elements of the state bureaucracy diverting food from citizens who are right at the bottom of the economic ladder. Officials say massive quantities of food grains and fuel, meant to be distributed through the public distribution system or to be given to the poor under welfare schemes like food-for-work and school meals for poor children, have been stolen over the years and sold on the open market. This is being investigated by India's federal police and there are countless pages of court documents setting out the extent of the deception. Read More
            In the last News Update from Feb. 18th, I had cited a well documented News Report that Commodities trading plays a major role in pricing food out of the reach of the poorest people in the world. Goldman Sachs and other investment firms profit in the billions by causing malnourishment and outright starvation for millions, even billions across the planet. They steal food out of the mouth of the weakest, out of the mouths of the fatherless and the widows. In the above story food was literally stolen out of the mouths of the poorest, and tragically this is not the exception but rather the rule in India, and elsewhere in the world. These stories speak to the truth of God’s Word that tells us the heart of man is deceitful above all things, and this deceit is witnessed everywhere from top to bottom. The world’s banking and financial systems are set up, by design, to rob from the poorest and filter it up to the top. Then people wonder why would God judge this world?

            • ·         India looks to ban lavish weddings to feed poor: report (Reuters Life!) - India is considering adopting a policy from its impoverished and war-torn neighbor Afghanistan to help tackle a domestic food crisis: rein in lavish wedding parties of the rich. The government is mulling a plan to feed the country's poor, by restricting extravagant feasts at the weddings and parties of India's burgeoning middle class, India's Mail Today newspaper reported on Tuesday. Read More
            In regards to the above story about Indian government planning on curbing lavish weddings, I would whole heartedly support such a move but in truth it will never materialize. Like some Latin American countries such as Brazil and Mexico, India has an unbelievably large income gap between the rich, the middle class and the poor . The income disparity between the wealthy and the poor is so large that within blocks one can find palatial homes of billionaires, and slums of the destitute poor whose living quarters resemble (and smell) like open sewers; their drinking water looks and smells like it came from a toilet. Yet in the same neighborhood one can see chauffeur driven Mercedes and BMWs driving around with the ultra wealthy, with women wearing enough gold to feed the whole city for a year. And the amazing part is that no one thinks there is anything wrong with this disparity, it is just accepted as a fact of life. The Reuters story above has some misinformation in it; India does not have a burgeoning middle class; as a matter of fact the middle class is being crushed by uncontrollable inflation. What India does have is a wealthy political – business class that is getting wealthier at the expense of the poorest and the middle class. The ultra rich are getting richer, the poor are starving, and the middle class is being squeezed as if in a juicer to squeeze the last penny out of them, as is happening all over the world. This policy of squeezing the middle class has come to be known by a very innocuous sounding word, ‘AUSTERITY’. It is the ultra wealthy in India that spend millions on weddings, as for example the Indian steel magnate, Lakshmi Mittal who spent $78 million dollars on his son’s wedding. Despite the rhetoric from the government, they will not dare to rein in any such spending by the billionaires who control and own the government. 
            •   Psalm 73:7 Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish.
            Psalm 73 speaks about the diseased condition of the wealthy who acquire their wealth through oppression and looting from the poorest as the above stories prove. Yet there is no limit to the greed of the wealthy; they literally own the world yet they are not satisfied!

            • James 5:1 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. 
            • Revelation 18:11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more…
            The days of settling of all accounts is soon coming, the days of weeping and howling for the rich men who heap riches together through fraud and deceit, through oppressing the poor, and there is not a power in Heaven or in Earth that can stop this from happening.


            Revelation 6:4 And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.

            The following News reports are confirmation that we may be witnessing, or will soon be witnessing the beginning of the days when ‘peace shall be taken from the whole earth’, the beginning of the time when ‘they should kill one another’
            • Violence / Civil War in Libya / 10,000 reported dead? There are at least 10,000 dead and 50,000 wounded in Libya, according to reports by Al Arabiya on Twitter quoting a member of the International Criminal Court. The death toll was reportd by the Libyan member of the ICC, Sayed al Shanuka, who was interviewed from Paris. The official figures provided by the Libyan government yesterday indicated 300 dead, while this morning Italian foreign minister Franco Frattini stated that he believed more in the death of ''more than 1,000 innocents". Read More

            • Protests in Wisconsin / The protests have been raging for nine days now in Wisconsin's State Capitol.  The main issue is the future of their public employee unions and union leaders here in the Mountain State say a loss in Wisconsin would have a domino effect on the labor movement across the country. Leaders of the West Virginia AFL-CIO called on workers to support demonstrators in Wisconsin.  President Kenny Perdue said what Governor Scott Walker is trying to do to folks out there is an attack on all workers in this country. Read More
            Matthew 24:7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom…

            The Bible leaves no doubt that the time of the end of the world will be one of ‘distress of nations’. Nations on every continent will experience internal unrest, revolutions, civil wars, and nations will also battle each other and kill millions of their own and their enemies.   

            • Fears of many deaths as New Zealand is rocked by ANOTHER huge earthquake By Daily Mail Reporter / Last updated at 3:08 AM on 22nd February 2011New Zealand's second biggest city Christchurch has been hit by devastation after a major earthquake struck during the busy lunch break today. Police said 'multiple fatalities' were expected and many people were trapped under the rubble after buildings and homes collapsed in the city centre. The city was being evacuated amid fears that more buildings would come down and fires were breaking out. Read more:

            ·         Luke 21:11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

            I understand that earthquakes are not uncommon on the planet; so how can we determine which earthquakes are ‘signs’ of the ‘end of the world’, and not just another earthquake that is experienced by the world from time to time? We can easily differentiate between historic earthquakes, even big ones, by keeping in mind that the earthquakes that signal the ‘end of the world’ have to be of ‘GREAT’ magnitude, must occur with great frequency (my estimate would be at least one big one every quarter), must occur in diverse places (not limited to one region), and finally they must be accompanied by warfare, famines and pestilences (pandemics), also occurring globally. When these other prophesied events are occurring and the world begins to experience major earthquakes in major cities that cause untold damage and loss of life, then we can conclude with absolute certainty that these earthquakes are ‘signs of the end of the world’. The big earthquakes of this century, Indonesia in 2004, Haiti and Chile in 2010, and Christchurch in 2011 are not yet the ‘great’ ones that we have been foretold must come; when those quakes start hitting, the whole planet will tremble and shake; both geologically and spiritually. Those quakes will cause damage never before experienced in history, and also fill men’s hearts with fear, they will be that dreadful!

            • Get ready for a 'global Katrina': Biggest ever solar storm could cause power cuts which last for MONTHS By David Derbyshire Last updated at 8:59 AM on 22nd February 2011 / The world is overdue a ferocious 'space storm' that could knock out communications satellites, ground aircraft and trigger blackouts - causing hundreds of billions of pounds of damage, scientists say. Astronomers today warned that mankind is now more vulnerable to a major solar storm than at any time in history - and that the planet should prepare for a global Katrina-style disaster. A massive eruption of the sun would save waves of radiation and charged particles to Earth, damaging the satellite systems used for synchronising computers, airline navigation and phone networks. Read more
            I am no astronomer or meteorologist, so I really do not know how to interpret News Reports such as the one above. However the language used in such reports, Global Katrina as the report above terms it, may indeed be an exaggeration but The Bible does talk about signs in the heavens, about cosmic and atmospheric events that have a catastrophic effect on Earth and its inhabitants. The Sun is going to play a major role in climate problems of the last days; increased heat from the sun will result in disastrous consequences for mankind. Therefore I do not discount reports about solar storms, magnetic pole shifts etc. although I am not well versed in the science of weather and geophysics

            Revelation 16:8–9 / 8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. 9And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.

            • Indonesian mud volcano flow 'to last 26 years' The world's largest mud volcano, which left 13,000 families homeless, is likely to continue erupting for another 26 years, researchers have estimated. It first erupted back in May 2006, and - at its peak - was spewing 180,000 cubic metres of mud a day, equivalent to 50 Olympic-sized swimming pools. The volcano, in East Java, Indonesia, has buried homes, schools and farmlands over seven square kilometres. Read More
            I do not understand the science of Volcanology but how do they come up with a figure of 26 years? Some of these reports makes one wonder if some of these ‘scientific’ conclusions are nothing more than educated guesses. 

            The End of the World events as prophesied in the Bible include much Extreme weather, and geophysical destruction, from Earth based systems such as mega storms, hurricanes, cyclones, tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanoes, and such. There will also be much destruction through cosmic bombardment by space based projectiles, most often theorized to be asteroids by scientists and Hollywood. Movies such as 2012, Armageddon and Deep Impact are works of fiction but though the cause of the destruction described in such movies may not be altogether accurate, yet the scale of destruction as depicted in these films will most likely be accurate.
            Revelation 16:8–9 / 8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. 9And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.

            PANDEMIC NEWS

            • ·         All quiet on the Pandemic Front this week: The major signs given to us in the Bible that will prove an imminent end of the world as we know it are Warfare, Famines, Earthquakes and Diseases. The first three are beginning to be felt by the world already in some measure; I feel that the last one, pestilences or highly contagious fatal disease outbreaks will spring up rather suddenly and change the world forever.
            Luke 21:10 Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: 11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

            TECHNOLOGY  NEWS
            Technology plays a major role in the fulfillment of end of the world Biblical prophecies, particularly ‘Artificial Intelligence’, and ‘Virtual Reality’ type technologies. Advances in technology are proof positive that the days we are living in are indeed the last days of this world. These technologies did not exist a hundred years ago or a thousand years ago, therefore Biblical prophesies could not have been fulfilled in those days but can now be fulfilled.
            • Pocket-sized 'hummingbird' drone developed for Pentagon LOS ANGELES — A pocket-size drone dubbed the Nano Hummingbird for the way it flaps its tiny robotic wings has been developed for the Pentagon by a Monrovia, Calif., company as a mini-spy plane capable of maneuvering on the battlefield and in urban areas. The battery-powered drone was built by AeroVironment Inc. for the Pentagon's research arm as part of a series of experiments in nanotechnology. The little flying machine is built to look like a bird for potential use in spy missions. Read more:

            With a wingspan of 6.5 inches, the Nano Hummingbird weighs 19 grams, or less than a AA battery. The drone's guts consist of motors, communications systems and a video camera. It is slightly larger than the average hummingbird.


            • ·         Bald Eagles dying of starvation on Vancouver Island – When David Hancock saw the bald-eagle count on the Chehalis River drop from more than 7,000 to fewer than 400 over a few days in December, he knew a crisis was coming. Earlier this week, news reports that starving eagles were “falling out of the sky” in the Comox Valley, on Vancouver Island, confirmed his fears. Read More
            There also have been problems reported with the migration of Salmon into the West coast of Canada, which is a reason given for the death of these birds, that they just don’t have enough food. I find this explanation a bit farfetched for Vancouver Island is a very rich habitat and I am sure that the Bald Eagles do not just survive on salmon alone, so there must be alternative sources of food available to these magnificent creatures. So what the real cause is for the continuing problems effecting bird populations, and fish population, and now also cattle and livestock remains a mystery at this time.

            At the end of 2010, the last article I posted on my blog was titled 2011 Predictions. I am truly surprised by how many of the events that were expected to transpire based on Biblical prophecy have already come to pass in just the first two months of 2011. Are we witnessing, or will we be witnessing the beginning of the end of the world in the very near future? It is a bit too early to declare that this is indeed the case but there may not be much doubt left by the end of this year if events continue to unfold as they have been so far this year.

            Wednesday, February 23, 2011

            The World is ending – Please do not be Alarmed!

            The above video is a spoken version of the following article. 

            On my last ‘End of the World’ series of programs broadcast on Last Days Talk Radio, the host asked me what would I say to ‘Christians’ that might question this series of programs as being Alarmist? The gist of the question was is it ‘Alarmist’ to discuss the topic of the ‘End of the World’? My response on the program was that the events prophesied in the Bible, particularly in the Book of Revelation are extremely catastrophic and the time of the ‘End of the World’ will be very ‘Distressing’ for the people that are alive at that time. As a matter of fact in Luke 21:25–26 the Lord Jesus taught that this time will be a time of ‘Distress of Nations’, a time when men’s hearts will fail them for fear as they experience the cataclysms overtaking the planet. So this is the topic of the day: Should ‘Christians’ who teach and discuss the subject of the ‘End of the World’ be considered to be Alarmists?

            Sunday, February 20, 2011

            Video Weekly News Update - Feb. 19, 2011

            Weekly Video News Update for Feb. 19, 2011

            The purpose of these weekly News updates is to compare current events with Biblical prophecy to evaluate if that which is transpiring in our world today is a fulfillment of ‘End of the World’ prophesies, or if these events signify the imminent fulfillment of ‘End of the World’ prophesies as recorded in the pages of the Bible. Please view ‘Introduction to Weekly News Updates’ video for a Biblical perspective on why the world must end.

            ·         Economic News

            ·         Food Price Inflation / Food Shortages / Famines

            ·         Geopolitical Tensions: Wars, Civil Unrest, Social Problems, Revolutions, Anarchy

            ·         Extreme Weather / Climate Changes / Earth Changes

            ·         Pandemic News / Technology News / Anomalous & Paranormal Events