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)

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
"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, July 20, 2017

Dutch police take control of dark web market, monitor thousands of deals

DutchNews, July 20, 2017

Dutch police said on Thursday they have shut down and dismantled one of the biggest ‘illegal market places on the internet today’ after keeping it running for a month and recording thousands of transactions. 

Hansa Market was the most popular dark market on the ‘anonymous’ part of the internet, or dark net, police said in a statement

The international investigation was carried out together with Europol, the FBI and the authorities in Germany and Lithuania. This week a Dutch seller was arrested in Krimpen aan den Ijssel and his accounts, with some €2m in bitcoins were seized. 

Police say the winding up of Hansa Market is the final step in an undercover operation which began when Dutch police seized control of the illegal market place on June 20 after two of the site’s administrator were arrested in Germany. 

The website was hosted on servers in Lithuania. Once the administrators were arrested, the servers and infrastructure were sequestered and transferred to Dutch servers, allowing the police and public prosecution department to monitor all trades. 


Most of the trades were involved drugs, police said. On average, 1,000 orders per day were placed in response to almost 40,000 advertisement sand more than 50,000 transactions have been monitored since the authorities took control of the website. 

Some 10,000 foreign addresses of Hansa Market buyers were passed on to Europol and more than 500 Dutch delivery addresses were reported to couriers and postal services so they could halt deliveries, police said. 

Dark net markets enable large-scale trading in chiefly illegal goods, such as drugs, weapons, child pornography, and ransom software. Well-known examples include Silk Road (taken down by the FBI in 2013) and Alpha Bay (reportedly shut down earlier this month). 

The police said that the number of transactions processed through Hansa Market rose from 1,000 to 8,000 after Alpha Bay was dismantled. No weapons or child pornography were sold on Hansa Market.

The shutdown of two dark web marketplaces announced by US Deputy Attorney 
General Rod Rosenstein (C), Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R) and other law 
enforcement officials came three weeks after AlphaBay stopped functioning 
with no explanation (AFP Photo/CHIP SOMODEVILLA)

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Public prosecutor settles KPMG office tax evasion case

DutchNews, July 19, 2017

The public prosecution department has reached deal with accountancy firm KPMG about a fine for tax evasion in relation to the construction of its current head office in Amstelveen. 

KPMG has agreed to pay a fine of €8m on top of repayment of the tax that it failed to pay, the public prosecution department said in a statement. Five people connected to the case will also face legal action, the department said. 

Two former KPMG executives, a civil-law notary, the property developer with whom KPMG did business at the time and an indirect shareholder of the property company will face trial and the case will start on October 3. 

The case dates back to 2009 to 2011 when KPMG II – a joint venture between KPMG and the owner of the land – saved itself a major tax bill by effectively deducting the cost of the new office in one go, rather than in installments. 

It was also one of the incidents which led to the resignation of the company’s chairman in 2014.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Russia ordered to pay €5.4m compensation in Greenpeace case

DutchNews, July 18, 2017

Russia has been ordered to pay some €5.4m in compensation for the 2013 Arctic Sunrise incident, in which Russia bordered the Greenpeace ship and arrested its crew of 30. 

The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague said Russia had broken its international obligations by boarding the ship in September 2013 during protests about drilling for oil in the Arctic Sea. The Arctic Sunrise was sailing under the Dutch flag. 

The compensation package includes €1.7m for damage to the ship, compensation for the crew and €625,000 in legal costs. Several members of the crew spent months in a Russia jail charged with piracy. 

Caretaker foreign affairs minister Bert Koeders said in a statement that he welcomed the court’s decision and that he expected Russia would pay up. 

‘The ruling makes it clear that ships in international waters cannot simply be boarded and the crew arrested,’ he said. ‘The Arctic Sunrise was making use of the right to demonstrate. This ruling will contribute to the development of the international rule of law, in particular maritime law and the right to freedom of speech.’

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Three years on, a memorial to the MH17 victims is opened near Amsterdam

DutchNews, July 17, 2017

The royal delegation on their way to the ceremony, which was closed to the public.
Photo: Joris van Gennip /HH

King Willem-Alexander and queen Maxima on Monday joined politicians and relatives at the unveiling of a memorial to the victims of flight MH17, which was downed by a missile over Ukraine three years ago to the day. 

The Malaysia Airlines plane was on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was shot down, killing all 298 people on board. Most of the victims were Dutch. 

Some 2,000 relatives of those who died attended the closed ceremony in Vijfhuizen, where the monument – a steel upward-looking eye 16 metres wide – was unveiled. The sculpture is surrounded by a ribbon wood made up of 298 trees, each with a plaque containing the name of one of the victims, representing growth, hope and life. 

Monument designer Ronald Westerhuis told broadcaster NOS that to him, steel represents sadness. ‘If it rains you see the tracks of the water,’ he said. ‘And steel is transient, it rusts. And I hope that the sadness is transient as well.’ 

Earlier this month, it emerged that people suspected of shooting down the flight in 2014 can be prosecuted in the Netherlands, under Dutch law. 

This decision was taken by the five countries that make up the Joint Investigation Team which is carrying out the ongoing criminal investigation. 

It rejected the idea of setting up an international court because the laws of Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, Ukraine and The Netherlands are so different, while a posited United Nations tribunal was blocked two years ago by Russia. 

The JIT’s preliminary investigations concluded that it was shot down from Ukrainian farmland by a BUK missile ‘controlled by pro-Russian fighters’. Although there are suspects, nobody has yet been charged and there are doubts about whether it would be possible to extradite anybody from Ukraine or Russia against their will. 


On Sunday, 15 relatives of the victims held a silent demonstration outside the Russian embassy in The Hague to protest against ‘Russia’s obstruction of the investigation’. 

The demonstrators called on Russia to honour the international agreements and cooperate fully with the investigation. In the park in front of the embassy, the demonstrators placed a bench with a plaque reading: ‘Waiting for responsibility and complete clarity. In memory of the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17’. Part of the text is in Russian. 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Ajax youngster Nouri suffers brain damage after collapse

Yahoo – AFP, Jul 13, 2017

Abdelhak Nouri suffered irregular heart problems in the pre-season friendly
against German side Werder Bremen in Austria (AFP Photo/Sander KONING)

The Hague (AFP) - Ajax midfielder Abdelhak Nouri has suffered "serious and permanent" brain damage after collapsing over the weekend, the Dutch club said Thursday, dashing earlier hopes the promising prospect would make a quick recovery.

"Ajax are deeply saddened by the news that 'Appie' Nouri has been diagnosed with serious and permanent brain damage," the Amsterdam club said in a tweet.

Ajax had said Tuesday a preliminary scan and other neurological tests had not detected any anomalies, and that 20-year-old Nouri would be gradually awoken from an induced coma for more detailed examinations.

But the club "received really bad news" on Thursday.

"The intensive care unit in Innsbruck have examined Nouri's brain functions over the last few days," Ajax said in a statement.

"The diagnosis showed that a large part of his brain isn't functioning any longer and that the chance of a successful recovery of these crucial functions is zero," the club said.

Nouri most likely suffered a lack of oxygen when he collapsed on Saturday during a training match.

The Amsterdam-born midfielder, who is of Moroccan descent, suffered irregular heart problems in the pre-season friendly against German side Werder Bremen in Austria.

After his collapse the player -- one of Ajax's up-and-coming prospects -- was resuscitated and flown by helicopter to a hospital in Innsbruck.

It is expected that he will be flown to an Amsterdam hospital shortly for further care, the club said.

"Abdelhak is such a big talent, but alas, we will never know how high his star would have reached if this had not happened," said former Ajax and Manchester United goalkeeping legend Edwin van der Sar, adding the team had been "hit hard" by the news.

Footballers and fans have taken to Twitter to send the young midfielder their best wishes, under the hashtag #StayStrongAppie, with dozens more messages Thursday afternoon.

The hospital says his family "are taking enormous strength in the many messages of support" and added they have called on fans "to pray" for the young footballer.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his loved ones is this difficult time," Ajax added.

Nouri made his debut for Ajax in September last year in a Dutch Cup match against Willem II, scoring a goal.

He was also named the 2016-17 player of the season in the Dutch second tier while turning out for Jong Ajax, the Amsterdam giants' reserve team.

Dutch Health, Welfare and Sports Minister Edith Schippers sent her best wishes on Thursday saying it was an "unexpected blow to Nouri, his family, his friends and his team."

The tragedy comes just after the death of 30-year-old Ivorian international Cheick Tiote, who died in China in early June after collapsing during training with second-tier club Beijing Enterprises.

Cameroon international Patrick Ekeng, 26, died of heart failure in May 2016 after collapsing during a league match while playing for Dinamo Bucharest in Romania.

Abdelhak Nouri in play on Saturday.  Photo: VI Images, via Hollandse Hoogte

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Life behind bars gets new twist in empty Dutch prisons

Yahoo – AFP, Sophie MIGNON, July 10, 2017

Empty prisons in The Netherlands are finding new leases of life, from offices
 and homes, to restaurants and even a university college, as crime rates have
fallen. (AFP Photo)

Breda (Netherlands) (AFP) - Voices echo around the magnificent, luminous dome of Breda prison, breaking the silence of the 130-year-old building, now empty of inmates like dozens of others in The Netherlands.

Falling crime rates over the last decade, as well as changing ideas about punishing criminals have robbed this penitentiary of its original purpose, and its gates clanged shut in 2014.

Built in 1886, it was possible to watch everything happening in the prison from its central courtyard under the main dome -- a classic example of the 18th century social theory of Panopticism on passive behaviour when people are constantly observed, first mooted by the English philosopher Jeremy Bentham and later built upon by his French counterpart Michel Foucault.

Metal spiral staircases snake all around the dome down to the former canteen under the glass floor. Old sports areas are marked out on concrete, all are surrounded by cells stacked four storeys high, their now-rusted doors swinging open.

Unlike the previous occupants, some 90 businesses hold the keys to the building, free to come and go at will.

'A lot of history'

Miguel de Waard, co-founder of the 3D Red Panda VR start-up, is among those who believe they have found a perfect office location, helping give new life to a protected national monument.

"We just instantly fell in love with this particular office: the high ceiling, the nice touches and the big windows and the lighting," de Waard told AFP.

"We don't see bars, I think, when we look outside, we just see a beautiful part of Breda."

But he acknowledged the past has cast long shadows. "Every time we enter the dome or the women's prison, it's pretty dark, that's true. And there's a lot of history and sometimes you can feel it as well," he said.

"The first time we were here and we had the keys, we were, like, wandering around at night in the dark and it's a pretty amazing experience."

From cells to restaurants

There are now only 38 prisons still in operation in The Netherlands, with 27 closed since 2014.

Six were sold for about 20.7 million euros ($23 million), while others have been rented out, often as centres for asylum seekers, bringing in a total of around 18 million euros.

After leaping crime rates swelled Europe's prison population in the 1990s, numbers in The Netherlands have dropped thanks, in part, to prevention programmes and a greater focus on re-integration.

"Judges are sentencing people in different ways. Not more lightly, but differently, with community service, or ankle bracelets" and rehabilitation clinics, said Anneloes van Boxtel, who administers the interior ministry's real estate.

Crimes fell some 26 percent between 2007 and 2015, according to the official Central Statistics Bureau.

In a decade, the number of people imprisoned every year in The Netherlands fell from 50,650 in 2005 to 37,790 in 2015. And the rate of incarceration stands at 57 prisoners per 100,000 residents, compared with 458 in the United States.

So the Dutch have sought to put their empty cells to good use.

A detention centre in northern Veenhuizen has been rented out -- guards included -- to Norway to house its own inmates. A former women's jail in northeastern Zwolle is now an award-winning restaurant.

With a 60-million-euro price tag, a penitentiary in Amsterdam Overamstel is to be transformed into a new residential district with thousands of homes. And a centre in Haarlem, bought by the local municipality for 6.4 million euros, will open its doors in 2019 as a university college.

New buzz

In Breda, the prison and its 33,302 square metres (358,330 square feet) of space was handed over to a special body in 2016 to be re-used for "social" projects.

"That was our biggest challenge: to open the prison again," said Mandy Jak, communications and marketing advisor for the VPS association.

But interest has been huge, with some 300 people swiftly signing up to move in.

"It actually feels like not a prison any more. If you look around, it looks like a prison of course, but with all those start-ups, it's got new energy," she added.

However, one summer evening new "inmates" were spotted, as about 350 people were once again locked in, taking part in perhaps the ultimate "Prison Escape" adult adventure game that have become popular in many countries. Barricaded into the cells, participants have to plot an escape over three hours with the help of some 80 actors.

But once rid of these thrill-seekers, the building again sank into silence. Until the next business day.

Amsterdam’s Bijlmerbajes became an asylum seekers’ centre. Photo: Mig de Jong
via Wikimedia Commons

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"Listening to the Voice of Spirit" (2) - Feb 20, 2016 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Carroll) (DNA Efficiency is on average at 35 percent now)

“… With free choice, the percentage of DNA efficiently started to go down as humanity grew. As soon as the DNA started to lose percentage, the gender balance was dysfunctional. If you want to have a test of any society, anywhere on the planet, and you want to know the DNA percentage number [consciousness quota] as a society, there's an easy test: How do they perceive and treat their women? The higher the DNA functionality, the more the feminine divine is honored. This is the test! Different cultures create different DNA consciousness, even at the same time on the planet. So you can have a culture on Earth at 25 percent and one at 37 - and if you did, they would indeed clash. …”

“… You're at 35. There's an equality here, you're starting to see the dark and light, and it's changing everything. You take a look at history and you've come a long way, but it took a long time to get here. Dear ones, we've seen this process before and the snowball is rolling. There isn't anything in the way that's going to stop it. In the path of this snowball of higher consciousness are all kinds of things that will be run over and perish. Part of this is what you call "the establishment". Watch for some very big established things to fall over! The snowball will simply knock them down. …”

"The Recalibration of Awareness – Apr 20/21, 2012 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Old Energy, Recalibration LecturesGod / 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)

“… "Wow, Kryon, how long is that going to take?"

The Humans in the room control that and those listening later and reading. When you leave this room, what are you going to do? Go home, report this, rub your hands together, and wait for it to happen? It won't. For the Humans in the room and the old souls hearing and reading have got work to do, and I've told you this before. You've got work to do.

There's an alliance that you're going to have to create with one another and with another group - the young people of Earth. The youth of this earth are changing the way things work. Can you see it? You're not supposed to sit around and watch them either, because they need you, old soul.

It's time for you to align with the indigos and the concepts of the youth of the planet. Do not think for a moment that their age shows their wisdom. These two attributes are not commensurate with one another; they're not linear. These young people may be older souls than you are! Don't think that because they've got technology that you don't understand that you can't be one with them. Their technology is social networking, the very thing we are talking about, where everyone can talk to everyone. The new consciousness on the planet starts in two areas - the children and the old souls.


This is the message of the day. The recalibration of awareness is going to change systems, education, government and finance. Those who don't choose to be spiritual at all will still move with a new awareness, for they will be aware of something that they are not aware of now - a softer way of living.

We close with a trite statement that we've given before, but that many have stated in jest: "If women ran the world, they would never send their sons to be killed on a battlefield."

Many laugh. How trite, how simple minded. Indeed, there have been women leaders who have put wars together; they had to. They sent their sons, so that's not really a correct statement. However, it's more right than you may think, dear ones.

So now I will make the statement I have made over and over in these recalibrated channellings: "When recalibrated Humans run the world, there will come a day when they will never send their sons into the battlefield." You see, awareness will change all of that. They will eventually see the wisdom of unification, new ways to settle issues, and the intuitive attribute of putting things together instead of tearing them apart.

There will be a time when government armies will not need to be large, and weapons will not be as powerful. Slowly, government won't need them. Slowly, slower than you want, these things will happen as the old soul carries his light and looks at the masters of the planet and emulates them.

You've all heard it: There will come a time when the masters will come back to Earth, and there are many who are waiting for this. However, it has already happened! They couldn't come back until the alignment was right and now it is right. This is what you are feeling in 2012 and beyond. It's starting to happen, and they're back. But they're not back as corporeal Human Beings. They're back as the energy of recalibrating of the awareness of God.

I wouldn't say these things unless they were true. Watch for these things, dear ones. Remember where you heard them first and when some of them start to occur in your news. And when you see the earth working in this fashion, dear one, maybe you'll realize that what I have given today is real.

Be circumspect. There is no perfect timing. Humans will create all this at their own pace. Do not be in fear of the things that might follow, for I say it yet again that the old energy will show itself soon in survival mode and it won't be pretty.

In this beginning of new energy, stand tall and turn on your light. Darkness will shirk before you. That is the truth of the day.

I am Kryon, in love with humanity.

And so it is.


Monday, July 10, 2017

Cyclist Van der Breggen claims second Italian road tour title

DutchNews, July 10, 2017

Anna van der Breggen (centre) and Annemiek van Vleuten (in blue) Photo:
Tim De Waele/HH

Anna van der Breggen won her second Giro Rosa title, the women’s equivalent of the Giro d’Italia, after holding off a strong challenge from her rivals in Sunday’s final stage. 

Italian rival Elisa Longo Borghini and fellow Dutchwoman Annemiek van Vleuten tried to break away on the slopes of mount Vesuvius, but were unable to break down Van der Breggen, who coasted home at the back of a lead group of six riders. 

The 27-year-old Olympic champion even led out the sprint to help her Boels-Dolmans Cycling team-mate, Megan Guarnier, win the 10th and final stage. 

Van der Breggen, who previously won the race in 2015, said this year’s victory was ‘one of the finest of my career’. ‘Riding in the jersey for nine days costs a lost of energy and stress and puts you under a certain amount of pressure,’ she said. ‘You don’t want to wreck it for your team on the last day.’ 

Van Vleuten finished in third place overall, 1 minute 39 seconds behind Van der Breggen, and also took home the green jersey for the points competition and the polka dot jersey for the best climber. Borghini took second place, 1 minute 3 seconds behind.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Six-year-old boy who raised millions with nail polish campaign dies

DutchNews, July 7, 2017

NLD/Amsterdam//20170530 –
Young Impact Celebration 2017  

Photo: Hollandse Hoogte 
Six-year-old Tijn Kolsteren, who raised more than €2.5 million in a nail-polish campaign, has died of a rare form of brain cancer, reports 3FM radio station. 

He had volunteered to raise money by varnishing people’s nails for 3FM’s Serious Request campaign in Breda. The money was to go to support families affected by disasters and conflicts. 

Comedian Youp van ‘t Hek and presenter Wendy van Dijk then started a ‘Lak door Tijn’ campaign, with Stichting Semmy, to raise money for new treatments for Dutch children with the same sickness as Tijn. They started a line of polish, Tijn chose the four colours, and it raised more than €1 million. 

According to the NOS, throughout Europe about 400 children a year are diagnosed with cancer of the brainstem (DIPG), and there is no cure. 

In April, the boy received a papal blessing from Pope Franciscus, after a pastor from Nijmegen made a request on his behalf. 

Radio station 3FM said, in a message online, that Tijn was ‘a sweet and playful young man with an exceptionally warm heart.’ It added: ‘With his nail polish campaign, he gave thousands of children a future, although his own future was so uncertain. Tijn is an example to us all.’ 

The boy died on Thursday night.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Dutch scientists develop first bus to run on formic acid

DutchNews, July 6, 2017

A hybrid bus in Eindhoven. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

There could be a sting in the tail on the way for bus passengers – Dutch scientists have unveiled the first electric passenger vehicle to run on formic acid. 

A team at Eindhoven University of Technology have built the prototype bus, which uses formic acid to generate hydrogen and carbon dioxide. Formic acid is the poison carried in the stings of ants, wasps and nettles. 

Max Aerts, head of the development team, said formic acid was a cost-effective way to create hydrogen as fuel. ‘The big advantage of formic acid is that you can put it in the fuel tank’, he said. ‘The cost of rebuilding a petrol station is relatively low.’ 

Formic acid is easy to synthesise and cheaper and easier to store than pure hydrogen, which has to be kept in pressurised containers, Aerts explained. 

Aerts told Omroep Brabant he expected the first buses adapted for formic acid to be running on the roads within one to four years. 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Suspects for the MH17 plane crash can be prosecuted in the Netherlands

DutchNews, July 5, 2017

Photo: NBAAI via Dutch Safety Board
People suspected of shooting down the MH17 flight in 2014 can be prosecuted in the Netherlands, under Dutch law, reports the NOS on Wednesday. 

This is the decision of the five countries that make up a Joint Investigation Team to co-operate in an ongoing criminal investigation

It rejected the idea of setting up an international court because the laws of Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, Ukraine and The Netherlands are so different, while a posited United Nations tribunal was blocked two years ago by Russia. 

Former security and justice minister Ard van der Steur had told Dutch parliament in a briefing last October that it should prepare for a prosecution in the Netherlands. Justice minister Stef Blok and foreign minister Bert Koenders confirmed this decision in a letter to parliament on Wednesday. 

Of the 283 passengers and 15 crew members who died when the flight was shot down on July 17th 2014, 196 people were Dutch nationals. The JIT’s preliminary investigations concluded that it was shot down from Ukrainian farmland by a BUK missile ‘controlled by pro-Russian fighters’. 

Although there are suspects, reports NOS, nobody has yet been charged and there are doubts about whether it would be possible to extradite anybody from Ukraine or Russia against their will. Suspects could be tried in absentia. 

But, reports the NOS broadcaster, the Dutch justice minister would still need to undertake legal action before a trial could begin, regulating the transfer of criminal prosecution from Ukraine to the Netherlands to account for all victims, not just the Dutch. 

JIT countries also need to agree to the political and financial costs of a prosecution. 

Monday, July 3, 2017

Five cities start flexible benefits experiment for jobseekers

DutchNews, July 3, 2017


Five cities have been given permission to experiment with different ways to support job seekers, according to the NOS

The Dutch national broadcaster reports that Jetta Kleinsma, caretaker junior jobs minister, has given Groningen, Ten Boer, Wageningen, Tilburg and Deventer permission to try other methods after the summer. 

They have an exemption from legislation that normally means anyone receiving a jobseeker’s allowance must fulfil various ‘reintegration’ requirements. 

But these five municipal councils want to try other approaches. ‘We are investigating whether more guidance, or actually fewer rules and obligations make a difference to people’s happiness and wellbeing,’ Tilburg municipality’s Erik de Ridder told NOS. 

So, the councils want to see if one group can keep a limited amount of income from jobs without losing benefits, another has far fewer obligations in return for the dole, and another has more intensive guidance. 

Amsterdam, Nijmegen and Utrecht are reportedly also keen to try the experiment. 

But the Zeeland municipality of Terneuzen, which had wanted to provide an obligation-free basic income of €993 a month, is not on the list. Its idea was ruled by the social affairs ministry to be unlawful in January.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

'High demand' as Nevada becomes latest US state to legalize marijuana

Yahoo – AFP, July 2, 2017

A clerk at a marijuana dispensary serves a customer Saturday, the first day that
recreational marijuana became legal in the state of Nevada (AFP Photo/Ethan Miller)

Los Angeles (AFP) - Long lines snaked out of marijuana dispensaries in Nevada on Saturday, as the western US state became the latest to legalize recreational pot.

Nevada joins Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Alaska as states where recreational marijuana sales are permitted. While pot is legal in several other states, it is governed by complicated local laws and still illegal according to federal law.

Legal marijuana sales are sure to be a boon to the economy of Nevada's largest city, Las Vegas, bolstering its reputation as an "anything goes" party town for millions of visitors from around the world.

"I'll bet the state makes a cool million $ this weekend," tweeted Democratic state Senator Tick Segerblom, a longtime advocate for legalization of marijuana.

"This is a game-changer for Las Vegas and tourism here as far as I'm concerned," he told the Las Vegas Sun newspaper, adding, "Amsterdam on steroids."

Destiny Diaz was in line for nearly three hours at the Jardin Premium Cannabis dispensary in Las Vegas, waiting for the law to go into effect at midnight on Saturday.

Edible cannabis products, like these ones displayed at Essence Vegas Cannabis 
Dispensary, were in high demand as recreational marijuana became legal in the
state of Nevada on Saturday (AFP Photo/Ethan Miller)

"It's a great day and something people have been waiting a long time for," she told the Sun. "We weren't going to miss this.

Under Nevada's new law, adults 21 and older can purchase up to one ounce (28 grams) of marijuana or up to one-eighth ounce of marijuana concentrates per day.

Las Vegas police posted a list of dos and don'ts in the newly marijuana-friendly state.

"Know the law! Here's a few things to remember," it said, pointing out that it is illegal to smoke or consume pot in public, to drive while high, or to give or sell it to those under age 21.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Pope dismisses doctrine chief in turbulent week for Vatican

Yahoo – AFP, Ella IDE, July 1, 2017

Pope Francis has dismissed the church's chief of doctrine (AFP Photo/Alberto PIZZOLI)

Vatican City (AFP) - Pope Francis has dismissed the church's chief of doctrine, Cardinal Gerhard Mueller -- one of the most powerful cardinals at the Vatican -- and appointed a Spanish archbishop to the role, the Vatican said Saturday.

German conservative Mueller, 69, who served a five-year posting as head of the powerful department responsible for church doctrine, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), had clashed with the pope over key reform issues.

He was one of several cardinals who questioned Francis's determination for the Catholic Church to take a softer line on people traditionally seen as "sinners", including remarried divorced people who want to take communion.

Mueller had also been caught up in the controversy surrounding the church's response to the clerical sex abuse scandal after his department was accused of obstructing Francis's efforts to stop internal cover-ups of abuse.

"In space of three days, two leading Vatican cardinals out of their posts," said Vatican watcher Christopher Lamb, after Vatican finance chief George Pell was charged with historical sexual assault this week.

The Vatican said Mueller's five-year term would not be renewed and he would be replaced by CDF secretary Archbishop Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, a 73-year-old Spaniard.

Ladaria was appointed to the CDF by former Pope Benedict in 2008, and was asked last year by Francis to head up a new papal commission studying the possibility of having women deacons in the Church.

'Neither angel, nor pope'

Francis may not have liked the Mueller's "excessive media exposure" and "interventions... that almost always sounded like he was distancing himself from the pope", Vatican expert Andrea Tornielli wrote in the Vatican Insider.

The German was dragged into the row over Francis's attempt to shift Church attitudes after the pope intimated last year that some believers who have remarried should be able to take communion.

Traditionalists were horrified; Roman Catholic marriage is for life, so divorcing your first partner and marrying someone else is considered adultery.

Four conservative cardinals accused the pope of sowing confusion and publicly demanded an answer to "doubts" about family guidelines Francis published in April. The pontiff has yet to respond.

Mueller said the cardinals were within their rights to challenge the guidelines and in February said marriage was a "sacrament, and no power in heaven or on earth, neither an angel, nor the pope... has the faculty to change it".

Singled out

In March a prominent church reform group called for Mueller's resignation after accusations that senior officials had wilfully ignored Fancis's decision to create a new tribunal to judge bishops who cover up sexual abuse.

Irish survivor of abuse Marie Collins, who quit the pope's commission on the protection of minors in disgust, singled out Mueller's ministry, which is in charge of the clerical abuse dossier.

The German cardinal retorted in an open letter that the tribunal had only been a "project" which Vatican departments felt would needlessly duplicate initiatives already in place to deal with wayward bishops.

Mueller is six years short of the traditional retiring age. The Vatican did not say what his next appointment might be.

His dismissal comes at the end of a turbulent week in the heartland of the Roman Catholic faith, following the charges of sexual offences brought against the Vatican finance chief on Thursday.

The Australian cardinal, 76, was granted a leave of absence by the pope to defend his name after he became the most senior Catholic cleric to be charged with criminal offences linked to the Church's long-running sexual abuse scandal.

The pope and the cardinal clashed over the various reform measures, including
 the hot-button issue of annulments. Cardinal Müller was also allegedly lax in 
responding to sex abuse claims brought before the Vatican.