Solar storm heads Earth's way after double sun blasts

Solar storm heads Earth's way after double sun blasts
The Aurora Australis is observed from the International Space Station during a geomagnetic storm on May 29, 2010 (AFP Photo)

Northern lights over Terschelling, Friesland..

Northern lights over Terschelling, Friesland..
(Terschelling, Friesland, Netherlands - 27-28 February, 2014)

Northern lights delight Dutch in surprise showing in north and east.

Northern lights delight Dutch in surprise showing in north and east.
Still from timelapse film by Schylgefilm (Terschelling, Friesland, Netherlands - 17 Mar 2015)


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"A Summary" – Apr 2, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Religion, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Intelligent/Benevolent Design, EU, South America, 5 Currencies, Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Middle East, Internet, Israel, Dictators, Palestine, US, Japan (Quake/Tsunami Disasters , People, Society ...), Nuclear Power Revealed, Hydro Power, Geothermal Power, Moon, Financial Institutes (Recession, Realign integrity values ..) , China, North Korea, Global Unity,..... etc.) -

“ … Here is another one. A change in what Human nature will allow for government. "Careful, Kryon, don't talk about politics. You'll get in trouble." I won't get in trouble. I'm going to tell you to watch for leadership that cares about you. "You mean politics is going to change?" It already has. It's beginning. Watch for it. You're going to see a total phase-out of old energy dictatorships eventually. The potential is that you're going to see that before 2013.

They're going to fall over, you know, because the energy of the population will not sustain an old energy leader ..."
"Update on Current Events" – Jul 23, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: The Humanization of God, Gaia, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Benevolent Design, Financial Institutes (Recession, System to Change ...), Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Nuclear Power Revealed, Geothermal Power, Hydro Power, Drinking Water from Seawater, No need for Oil as Much, Middle East in Peace, Persia/Iran Uprising, Muhammad, Israel, DNA, Two Dictators to fall soon, Africa, China, (Old) Souls, Species to go, Whales to Humans, Global Unity,..... etc.)
(Subjects: Who/What is Kryon ?, Egypt Uprising, Iran/Persia Uprising, Peace in Middle East without Israel actively involved, Muhammad, "Conceptual" Youth Revolution, "Conceptual" Managed Business, Internet, Social Media, News Media, Google, Bankers, Global Unity,..... etc.)





"The Recalibration of Awareness – Apr 20/21, 2012 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Old Energy, Recalibration Lectures, God / Creator, Religions/Spiritual systems (Catholic Church, Priests/Nun’s, Worship, John Paul Pope, Women in the Church otherwise church will go, Current Pope won’t do it), Middle East, Jews, Governments will change (Internet, Media, Democracies, Dictators, North Korea, Nations voted at once), Integrity (Businesses, Tobacco Companies, Bankers/ Financial Institutes, Pharmaceutical company to collapse), Illuminati (Started in Greece, with Shipping, Financial markets, Stock markets, Pharmaceutical money (fund to build Africa, to develop)), Shift of Human Consciousness, (Old) Souls, Women, Masters to/already come back, Global Unity.... etc.) - (Text version)

… The Shift in Human Nature

You're starting to see integrity change. Awareness recalibrates integrity, and the Human Being who would sit there and take advantage of another Human Being in an old energy would never do it in a new energy. The reason? It will become intuitive, so this is a shift in Human Nature as well, for in the past you have assumed that people take advantage of people first and integrity comes later. That's just ordinary Human nature.

In the past, Human nature expressed within governments worked like this: If you were stronger than the other one, you simply conquered them. If you were strong, it was an invitation to conquer. If you were weak, it was an invitation to be conquered. No one even thought about it. It was the way of things. The bigger you could have your armies, the better they would do when you sent them out to conquer. That's not how you think today. Did you notice?

Any country that thinks this way today will not survive, for humanity has discovered that the world goes far better by putting things together instead of tearing them apart. The new energy puts the weak and strong together in ways that make sense and that have integrity. Take a look at what happened to some of the businesses in this great land (USA). Up to 30 years ago, when you started realizing some of them didn't have integrity, you eliminated them. What happened to the tobacco companies when you realized they were knowingly addicting your children? Today, they still sell their products to less-aware countries, but that will also change.

What did you do a few years ago when you realized that your bankers were actually selling you homes that they knew you couldn't pay for later? They were walking away, smiling greedily, not thinking about the heartbreak that was to follow when a life's dream would be lost. Dear American, you are in a recession. However, this is like when you prune a tree and cut back the branches. When the tree grows back, you've got control and the branches will grow bigger and stronger than they were before, without the greed factor. Then, if you don't like the way it grows back, you'll prune it again! I tell you this because awareness is now in control of big money. It's right before your eyes, what you're doing. But fear often rules. …

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Regulated marijuana trial should be ‘bigger, with 15 varieties + hashish’ says commission

DutchNews, June 21, 2018

Sorting flowers in a coffee shop. Photo: Graham Dockery

The government’s plans to experiment with regulated marijuana cultivation should be carried out far more widely than in just six to 10 local authority areas, the government  commission working on the plans has said. 

The current plan is not wide enough to be properly representative and to allow methodological analysis, and would, therefore, be pretty pointless, the commission said on Tuesday afternoon. 

The experiment with regulated growing is supposed to remove the gray area between the sale of marijuana in council-licenced coffee shops and the illegal cultivation and supply. 

The commission also recommends that the state should decide who should grow the marijuana. They, in turn, should be capable of meeting high standards and growing a variety of different types of weed – at least 15 types of marijuana and 10 different varieties of hashish. 

Users panel 

The list of the different varieties would be drawn up together with coffee shop owners and a panel of users. 

Coffee shops currently have a much wider selection on offer and some 20% of users prefer hashish from Moroccoa, Afghanistan and Nepal. Foreign hashish will not be allowed during the experiment and ‘it will be a challenge to produce this at home,’ commission chairman Andre Knotternerus said. 

The commission also says action must be taken to ensure the marijuana is moved around as little as possible, to prevent drugs gangs getting involved. 

Stock

The commission says cannabis cafes, known as coffee shops, should be able to have enough stock for a day’s sales in house. Currently they may not have more than 500 grammes on the premises. 

RTL correspondent Frits Wester said it is notable that the recommendations go much further than the plans included in the coalition agreement. In particular, the commission’s belief that the experiments should not be stopped after four years if successful, is worthy of note, he said. 

More details about the trials, including which authorities can take part, will be published later in the year.  Health minister Bruno Bruins and justice minister Ferd Grapperhaus say they will respond to the recommendations shortly. 

Oxfam Novib: Dutch supermarkets shortchange developing-world suppliers

DutchNews, June 21, 2018

Growers earn as little as eight cents for every euro spent on avocados

Of every euro consumers spend in the two largest Dutch supermarket chains on food like avocado and prawns, only eight cents goes back to workers and small-scale farmers in the supply chain in the developing world, according to a new report by Oxfam Novib

Twenty years ago developing world suppliers received 10 cents on every euro spent, the report said. Dutch supermarkets score considerably worse on this count than supermarkets in Germany, the UK and US, the three other countries featured in the report. 

The report covers the purchasing policies of 16 large supermarket chains in Europe and the US. ‘Millions of women and men who produce our food are trapped in poverty and face brutal working conditions, despite billion-dollar profits in the food industry’, the report said. 

Working conditions

Oxfam Novib, the Dutch non-profit involved said Ahold Delhaize, Jumbo and Lidl scored low on the policy over labour conditions and pay in the developing world. 

But Ahold Delhaize’s Albert Heijn unit said it was not true that the company did nothing to improve the lot of the suppliers and that it is working with its partners to improve conditions. ‘We invite Oxfam to help us develop improvements towards a solution,’ the company said in a statement. 

Turnover at Dutch supermarkets is expected to top €39bn this year up from €37.5bn in 2017, sector organisation CBL said. 


Meanwhile, Dutch farm minister Carola Schouten is planning to open a hotline for farmers to report cases in which they have been put under pressure to cut prices by the supermarkets. 

She is also planning to involve the competition commission to look into possible cartels. 

The Oxfam Novib report said five supermarkets in the Netherlands control 77% of the grocery market.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Justice ministry research chief quits after report on whistleblower failings

DutchNews, June 20, 2018


The head of the justice ministry’s research unit has quit following the publication of a report criticising the way complaints about allegations of interference in research into the ministry’s own soft drugs policy were dealt with. 

Frans Leeuw stood down as head of the WODC after the report said both he and the justice ministry secretary general had been careless in handling complaints made by a member of staff. 

Current affairs programme Nieuwsuur said last December that researchers altered unfavourable conclusions and rewrote research questions at officials’ request. The aim, Nieuwsuur said, was to manipulate the findings to ensure they supported existing policy. 

Nieuwsuur based its findings on conversations with a whistleblower who made a complaint about the interference in 2014, and on internal ministry documents. 

Report 

The report, the first of three commissioned by justice minister Ferd Grapperhaus after the revelations, said that new protocols to deal with whistleblowers have to be drawn up. 

‘The report shows that errors of judgement have been made,’ Grapperhaus said. ‘It is important that we learn lessons from this and take action. I consider a safe working environment to be in everyone’s interest.’

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Vatican agrees to lend Caravaggio masterpiece to Utrecht museum

DutchNews, June 19, 2018

Part of the painting, said to one of the highlights of the Vatican collection

The Vatican has agreed to lend one of Caravaggio’s most admired altarpieces, The Entombment of Christ, to Utrecht’s Centraal Museum for a new exhibition which will open in December. 

It is extremely rare for the work, which is over three by two metres, to be lent to another museum and the loan has taken over a year to arrange. 

The painting, which dates from 1603-04, will have a key place in the new exhibition Utrecht, Carravagio and Europe which features over 60 paintings, 46 of which have never been seen in the Netherlands before. 

The Carravagio work will be in Utrecht for four weeks but the exhibition itself runs until March 24, before moving to the Alte Pinakothek in Munich.

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Queen Máxima resumes public duties, speaks of ‘dear, sick’ sister

DutchNews, June 19, 2018

Queen Maxima makes her first public appearance in two weeks. Photo: Dana
Press Photo via HH

Queen Máxima has spoken for the first time about the death of her younger sister Inés, who committed suicide earlier this month. 

Máxima, who was visibly emotional, took time after her visit to the new proton cancer clinic in Groningen to make the short statement. It was her first public appearance since the death two weeks ago. 

The queen said how pleased she was to visit the centre, which gave hope to people with cancer. 

‘My dear little, clever sister Inés was sick,’ the queen said. ‘She could not find happiness and she could not be cured. Our only comfort is that she has now, finally found peace.’ 

The letters and support from people ‘really helped’, the queen said, before going on to thank everyone who had shown respect for the family’s privacy at such a difficult time.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Shell facing €7bn bill for ‘anti-competitive’ tax avoidance deal

DutchNews, June 18, 2018

Photo: Depositphotos.com 

Oil giant Shell faces having to pay €7 billion in backdated taxes after an MEP said he would ask the European Commission to investigate its deal with the Dutch authorities. 

Paul Tang, leader of the Labour party’s (PvdA) group in the European Parliament, claimed the agreement was a clear breach of European rules on state aid for private companies. 

The deal dates back to 2005, when Shell, previously an Anglo-Dutch concern, merged its two branches to establish a single headquarters in The Hague. The Dutch tax office allowed the company to exempt its UK-based shareholders from paying dividend tax by routing payments through an offshore trust in Jersey. 

Tang said the tax service’s decision to approve the construction was similar to other officially sanctioned tax avoidance schemes, such as Apple’s deal with Ireland. 

‘This is state aid, a tax construction solely intended to solve a problem for one company which other companies cannot take advantage of,’ he told Trouw

In 2016 the European Commission ordered Apple to pay €13 billion in back taxes after ruling that its agreement with the Irish tax service was anti-competitive. 

Around 40% of Shell’s shareholders are based in the UK. The remaining 60% are liable to pay dividend tax in the Netherlands. The current government has agreed to abolish dividend tax for foreign-based shareholders after being lobbied by Shell and Unilever during last year’s coalition negotiations. 

Last year online retailer Amazon was ordered to pay €250 million in tax to Luxembourg after it was found to have gained an unfair competitive advantage through its tax arrangements, while Starbucks’s deal with the Dutch tax authorities also fell foul of European regulations. The coffee chain, which has its European headquarters in Amsterdam, was told to pay €25.7 million. Apple, Amazon and Starbucks have all appealed against their respective rulings.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Deliveroo challenged again over self employed delivery workers

DutchNews, June 15, 2018


Trade union FNV is taking meal delivery service Deliveroo to court for paying its delivery staff as if they are self employed while in fact they work for the British company, according to broadcaster NOS

Delivery workers earn too little as self employed riders and Deliveroo is using a fake self-employment set-up to get round giving them proper jobs, FNV spokesman Willem Dijkhuizen told NOS. 

Since February, Deliveroo’s 1,750 delivery workers in the Netherlands have become freelancers which, the company says, means they will be able to keep more of their earnings. 

Riders are now paid per delivery rather than per hour and now earn, on average, more than €13.50 an hour, the company said in a letter to delivery workers. 

But the Riders Union, set up by disgruntled couriers, says that because delivery staff now have to pay for insurance, they actually earn less. In addition, because they only get paid per delivery, they  have an uncertain income. 

‘Deliveroo’s riders have the right to a pay deal and a decent income,’ Dijkhuizen said. ‘We are going to court because the company won’t listen.’ 

This is not the only court case facing Deliveroo. 

Student Sytze Ferwerda, who is being backed by the Labour party, has raised enough money via crowdfunding to pay for a lawyer to challenge the Deliveroo’s new contracts. ‘I am a student, I’m not a little company,’ Ferwerda told RTL last year. 

Britain

In London, judges on Friday overruled a ruling that riders should be treated as self-employed, the Daily Mail reported. 

An independent workers union went to the high court to overturn an earlier ruling which confirmed the ‘self-employed’ status of those working for the delivery firm. 

A full appeal hearing will now take place later this year.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Dutch PM outlines challenges facing Europe, closer union ‘no goal’

DutchNews, June 13, 2018

Rutte addressing MEPs

Prime minister Mark Rutte has outlined his views on the future facing Europe at a meeting of the European parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday.

In the speech Rutte, who has been tipped as a possible successor to EU president Donald Tusk, outlined what he saw as the challenges facing Europe and the need for Europe to make choices. 

‘Recent developments make it very clear that we cannot take our way of life, our way of doing business or our way of conducting international relations for granted,’ he said. 

‘We must deal with the fact that Russia has chosen to distance itself from its neighbours in the West,’ Rutte said. In addition, the conflict in Syria and ‘arc of instability around Europe’ need to be dealt with, the prime minister told MEPs. 

‘The multilateral order is being challenged in a way that we haven’t seen in decades, and the geopolitical balance of power is shifting,’ he said. 

The NRC described the speech as the ‘most pro-Europe made by Rutte to date’, despite his renewed calls for constraint. 

Unity 

‘More and more is not the answer to the problems people have in their daily lives,’ Rutte said. ‘For some, ever closer union is still a goal in itself. Not for me. ’Unity’ and ‘ever closer union’ are not the same.’

‘You don’t achieve unity by simply doing more in more areas. You achieve it by doing things really well in a few important areas,’ Rutte said. ‘The EU needs to under-promise and over-deliver. Because focusing on core tasks will promote the Union’s effectiveness, strength and identity.’ 

Focus 

The areas where Europe needs to focus include the single market and international trade policy, EMU and the euro, a common migration policy and joint control of the EU’s external borders and climate policy, which is by definition a cross border issue, Rutte said. 

He went on to propose increasing the current target of a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 to 55%, to MEPs applause. 

Rutte also restated the Netherlands objection to paying more towards the EU budget. ‘The Netherlands is willing to pay its share, but countries with a comparable level of prosperity must make a comparable net contribution per capita,‘ he said. 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The Netherlands must remain welcoming to migrant workers: employers

DutchNews, June 12, 2018

Over a quarter of migrant labourers work in horticulture and farming.
Photo: Depositphotos.com

People from central and eastern Europe filled almost 5% of Dutch jobs in 2016, according to new research carried out for the employment agency umbrella organisation ABU. 

Together, they contributed €11bn to the Netherlands national income and without their input, Dutch firms would be forced to move or adapt their operations, the research, by SEO Economisch Onderzoek, said. 

Half of the 371,000 people from central and eastern Europe working in the Netherlands in 2016 were employed via staffing agencies. 

‘The demand for more migrant labourers will only increase in the coming years,’ said ABU director Jurrien Koops. ‘This is due both to economic growth and the fact that the working population will shrink from 2021.’ 

In addition, migrant workers mainly do simple and routine jobs, which can’t be filled by Dutch workers, he said. ‘So we cannot talk of them taking Dutch jobs,’ Koops said. ‘Dutch workers simply don’t want to do such work given the pay and the flexibility which it demands.’ 

Nevertheless, efforts will need to be made to make sure the Netherlands remains attractive for seasonal and temporary workers, Koops said. 

Housing 

In particular the shortage of good affordable housing is a major issue, and many seasonal workers are living in overcrowded flats or on holiday parks. 

Several local councils across the Netherlands are bringing in local laws to restrict the number of Eastern Europeans living in certain residential areas, saying they want to keep residential areas ‘liveable’ by limiting the number of foreign workers. 

‘ABU is asking local politicians to show leadership and not to give in to false sentiment about stealing jobs and houses,’ he said. ‘Work together with staffing and housing agencies to eradicate the shortage of quality accommodation.This is the only way our regions will remain a draw to both companies and foreign workers.’ 

Polish community 

Research into the Netherlands’ Polish community by the government’s socio-cultural think-tank SCP earlier this year found three quarters expect to live in the Netherlands for at least the next five years. 

In particular agriculture and greenhouse horticulture are heavily dependent on Polish workers, the SCP said. 

Despite having jobs and working long hours, Polish nationals earn on average a third less than the Dutch and 17% live in poverty. However, just 1.8% are claiming welfare benefits, compared with 2.6% of the Dutch population as a whole.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Dutch PM is a global hit, for cleaning up the mess he made

DutchNews, June 7, 2018

Photo: Still NOS video

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte has gone viral with a video showing him cleaning up a cup of coffee which he spilled while entering a government ministry. 

The footage, recorded by broadcaster NOS, shows the prime minister taking a mop from a cleaner, wiping up the mess and cleaning splashes off the security gate, to the cheers of the cleaning staff. 

The reactions around the world have ranged from disbelief that a prime minister would pick up a mop, to applause. 

The Washington Post said Rutte had become a ‘symbol of etiquette‘. Pakistan journalist Hamid Mir said he is ‘impressed by his humbleness’. That is why he is very popular in Dutch people, Mir said on Twitter. Others said Rutte had shown ‘true democracy, true leadership’. 


Closer to home, Emilie van Outeren, the NRC’s political correspondent in The Hague, notes that while the prime minister may have been being opportunistic, it is the reaction of the cleaners which is most surprising. 

‘In which other country is there so little hierarchy that the cleaners would dare to react in such a way?’, she said on Twitter. 

The BBC, which placed the video online, said in coverage that politicians are often accused of making messes they don’t clear up. ‘But Dutch politician Mark Rutte decided to clean up parliament himself,’ the BBC added.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Dutch prime minister to meet Donald Trump in July: NRC

DutchNews, June 6, 2018 


Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte will meet US president Donald Trump at the White House on July 2, the NRC reported on Wednesday. 

The paper bases its claim on sources in the US and in The Hague, but the state information service RVD has not commented on the report. The Netherlands is the third biggest foreign investor in the US. 

Talks between the two leaders are now being prepared at a civil service level, the paper said. The talks are expected to include Trump’s new tariffs on European steel and the EU’s response, as well the US decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris agreement on climate change. 

Last month Rutte described the way US president Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal as ‘bullish’. 

‘After being urged by Europe not to do it, the US goes and pulls out of the deal with Iran in a very bullish way,’ Rutte told broadcaster NOS.

‘America is doing all sorts of things under its own steam, without taking its allies into account. And that is not a good thing.’ 

Rutte went on to say that friendship with the US remains important, but that the assumption that friends listen to each other and take each other into account ‘would appear to have been shot through’.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Defence ministry will compensate technical staff made ill by carcinogenic paints

DutchNews, June 4, 2018

Photo: Ministry of Defence 

The defence ministry said on Monday that it will give financial compensation to hundreds of people who became ill after using highly carcinogenic paints. 

A deal has been worked out with the military unions and defence ministry workers who developed cancer and other ailments are now able to claim up to €40,000 for immaterial damage and €3,850 towards medical costs. 

‘The defence ministry has failed. I am sorry but I cannot turn back the clock,’ junior defence minister Barbara Visser told MPs. 

Last week it emerged that the government is liable for the health issues which hundreds of armed forces engineers have reported after being exposed to paint containing high levels of toxic Chromium 6. 

They had been involved in maintaining American Nato equipment at five bases between 1984 and 2006. 

The research, by the public health institute RIVM, showed that the defence ministry was aware of the health problems since 1973 but had had not shared this with doctors or soldiers. The RIVM began its research in 2014 after the scandal became public. 

In addition, the safety standards at the five locations where the equipment was maintained were not up to scratch. ‘The defence ministry’s prevention and care strategies did not meet the regulations,’ the RIVM report stated. 

More than 350 former defence workers have so far come forward to make a claim against the ministry.

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Prince Harry confirms Invictus Games 2020 will be held in The Hague

DutchNews, June 4, 2018

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the Invictus UK Team Trials in Bath in April.
Photo: Camera Press Ltd via HH

Britain’s prince Harry on Monday confirmed that the fifth edition of the Invictus Games will be held in The Hague. 

Harry said in a statement that the games will be held in the Netherlands in 2020 and that the event will ‘motivate hundreds of servicemen and women using the Invictus Games to inspire their recovery from physical and mental injuries’. 

The prince, who served with the British army in Afghanistan, created the Paralympic-style games to inspire injured soldiers toward recovery. This year the event takes place in Sydney in October and over 500 men and women from 19 countries are expected to take part. 

News that the games would be held in the Netherlands first leaked out last week and broadcaster NOS said the prince would be in the Netherlands at the end of July in connection with the event. 

The Hague mayor Pauline Krikke said in a reaction that she is ‘extremely proud’ the prince has chosen the Netherlands. ‘I am sure that these veterans will feel at home in our international city of peace and justice. We will welcome them with open arms.’

English at university is fine, says minister, as long as standards don’t suffer

DutchNews, June 4, 2018

Delft University. Photo: Depositphotos.com

The Dutch higher education system can continue to offer more courses and degrees in English, as long as it leads to an improvement in standards and that Dutch students are not forced out, education minister Ingrid van Engelshoven said on Monday. 

In addition, it should be possible for universities and colleges to give priority to Dutch students, Engelshoven said in her long-awaited position paper on the higher education sector. 

There has been mounting concern in recent months about the surge in English at universities and last month they too published a document calling for action. 

The universities and hbo colleges called for the number of courses given in English to be capped in an attempt to contain the growing number of international students, who now account for around 10% of the student body. 

The institutions also said that matriculation and course fees for students from outside the European Union should be raised. Students from EU countries have the right to pay the equivalent fees to their Dutch counterparts, currently around €2,000. 

Benefits

Van Engelshoven said that she wanted to encourage the use of English because it benefits Dutch science, the knowledge-based economy and students themselves. 

‘I support an open Dutch society in which we dare to look across boundaries,’ she said. ‘But I am not closing my eyes to the consequences of internationalisation and that is why I am going to ensure there is a place for every Dutch student.’ 

Currently universities are only supposed to offer degrees in English if that is ‘necessary’, although the rules are widely flouted. 

A lobby group campaigning for better education in the Netherlands is actually taking Maastricht and Twente universities to court for offering too many degree courses in English without good reason to do so. 

The main points of the minister’s plan: 
  • Limits to the number of student places on some English-language courses 
  • Better checks on the English skills of lecturers 
  • Higher fees for non EU students 
  • English courses must be linked to labour market demand 
  • Central registration of English courses 
  • Better coordination to ensure every degree subject is available in Dutch 
  • More effort to encourage Dutch students to study abroad 
  • Try to encourage more foreign students to stay in NL past graduation 
  • More research on financial impact of foreign students on education system 
  • National action plan on student housing with possible campaign against ‘no internationals’ policy

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Minister pledges to come clean on mosque funding, will publish details

DutchNews, May 31, 2018

Photo: Depositphotos.com 

The cabinet will publish details of which mosques in the Netherlands receive money from abroad and how much they get, as far as that is possible, foreign affairs minister Stef Blok has told parliament. 

Until now the information has been shared with MPs and a few mayors on the basis of confidentiality but pressure has been mounting on ministers to come clean and publish the information for the general public. 

The decision follows media reports about the size of the contributions made by controversial organisations in countries such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and the UAE. 

In April, the NRC said the As Soennah mosque in The Hague has received money from a Kuwait group which is on a US terror list. 

And earlier that month, the NRC and current affairs show Nieuwsuur published what they said were three secret lists detailing foreign funding for mosques in the Netherlands. 

In total 30 Islamic organisation have either requested funding or actually received money from Kuwait and Saudi Arabia over the past few years, the NRC and Nieuwsuur said at the time. 

Information

Kuwait and Saudi Arabia have been providing the Netherlands with confidential information about funding through diplomatic channels for some time and they have given the Netherlands the green light to share that information, Blok said. Talks with the UAE and Qatar are ongoing, the minister told MPs

It also emerged during Wednesday’s debate that there is majority support in parliament for a ban on funding from foreign countries if it leads to ‘undesirable behaviour’. 

At the end of 2015, a majority of MPs also voted in favour of such a motion, but that floundered on concerns about freedom of religion.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Dutch foreign minister urges Russia at UN to take responsibility for MH17

DutchNews, May 30, 2018

Blok takes questions ahead of the meeting. Photo UNTV

Foreign minister Stef Blok has called on Russia to cooperate with the investigation into the downing of flight MH17 three years ago at a meeting of the UN Security Council in New York.

‘In establishing what happened to MH17, no state has ‘the right to remain silent’,’ Blok told the meeting in a short speech. ‘It has a duty to cooperate constructively and shed light on the truth, not to obscure it with a continuous fog.’. 

Last week the Netherlands and Australia took a radical diplomatic step by formally holding Russia liable for the shooting down of the plane, carrying 298 people, most of whom were Dutch. 

Russia continues to deny all involvement and describes the Dutch-led investigation team as ‘political, not independent’. 

In his speech, Blok reminded the Security Council that shortly after the disaster, it unanimously adopted a resolution calling for justice. 

‘By voting for this resolution, all fifteen members of this Council, including the Russian Federation, voted for justice. They voted for ‘those responsible […] to be held to account’, and for ‘all States to cooperate fully with efforts to establish accountability’,’ Block said. 

‘Unfortunately, four years later, these demands need to be repeated. Today, I re-iterate them again, supported by masses of irrefutable evidence.’ 

The EU and Nato have also urged Russia to accept responsibility for the incident.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

The Dutch are becoming more diverse: One in five have at least one foreign parent

DutchNews, May 29, 2018


One in five Dutch people have at least one parent who was born abroad, the government’s academic council for government policy WRR said on Tuesday. 

In 1972, 9.2% of the population had at least one foreign-born parent but that had risen to 22.1% by 2016, the WRR said. Of them, just under half have European or ‘Anglo Saxon’ roots. 

And while migrants used to come from a few countries – namely Turkey, Morocco, Suriname and the Antilles – by last year there were people from 223 countries living in the Netherlands. 

‘The increasing diversity is leading to new social challenges, for example, in the field of social cohesion,’ the WRR said. 

There are wide regional differences, reflecting on migration patterns. In the staunchly Protestant fishing community of Urk there are barely any people with a recent migrant background, but in farming communities there are high proportions of people with Polish and Bulgarian origins, the WRR pointed out. 

In cities such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague, however, a majority of population have recent roots abroad, and their populations reflect a huge range of different countries. 

Immigration stop 

Even if there was an immediate halt to immigration, the Dutch population would continue to diversify, due to births and deaths, the WRR points out. 

This, the organisation says, has consequences for government policy. Policy taking a an approach to ‘classic’ migrant groups will less effective in ‘this new reality’ the organisation said. 

Officials should be more aware of the differences in the cultural make-up and target services and facilities accordingly, the WRR said. In addition, councils should work to stimulate improved contacts between different population groups.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Adult wins case to have Dutch birth certificate changed to ‘undetermined gender’

DutchNews, May 28, 2018 

Pink for a girl and blue for a boy. Photo: Depositphotos.com 

A court in Limburg has ruled that an adult who feels neither male or female can be issued a new birth certificate stating that they are of ‘no determined sex’. 

The case was brought by a person born in 1961 who was registered as male by their parents because that was ‘easier for the child’. The plaintiff, who did not feel male, had that changed to ‘female’ in 2001. 

Later the person went to court again to have ‘female’ removed and replaced by ‘not determined’. The Limburg family court in Roermond has now granted that request, paving the way for a formal change in legislation. 

Since 1993, it has been possible to state on a birth certificate in the Netherlands that the sex of the baby cannot be determined, but until now, that could not be applied retroactively. 

In 2007, the Dutch supreme court rejected a similar application from a person who wished to have a gender neutral birth certificate. 

However, the Limburg court said that social and legal developments since then have cleared the way for a ‘third gender’ on birth documents. It pointed to, for example, the fact that Dutch railway firm NS has begun addressing travellers as ‘passengers’ rather than ‘ladies and gentlemen’, and by noting the rise in gender neutral toilets. 

The court ruled that not being able to describe someone as ‘of undetermined gender’ conflicted with their right to a private life, self determination and autonomy. If the person concerned feels neither male nor female, they should be able to be registered as such, the court said in its judgement. 

Revolutionary

Broadcaster RTL carried an interview with the person who brought the case. ‘It is a revolutionary verdict,’ Leonne told the broadcaster. 

‘The court has stuck its neck out and that is big news. I am very happy, not only for myself. I have spoken to thousands of transsexuals in my job as a psychotherapist and I did it for them, a little bit, as well.’ 

‘I am not Sylvester Stallone and I am not Pamela Anderson. I am exactly in the middle. I am a typical example of a pure hermaphrodite,’ Leonne told RTL.

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