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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Friday, November 17, 2017

Dutch woman with a trumpet taking Colombian salsa by storm

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Dutch musician and trumpet player Maite Hontele (C) performs in a bar with
a salsa band in Bogota -- she says she's "Colombian at heartt" (AFP Photo/
Raul Arboleda)

Bogota (AFP) - A woman playing trumpet in a salsa band in traditionally macho South America is a rare thing. It's rarer still when that woman is Dutch.

Since arriving on Colombia's salsa scene, Maite Hontele has been blasting her horn to full houses from Bogota to Seoul and has gradually won the respect of salsa's greats.

"I was born on the wrong continent," says Hontele, a tall, blonde 37-year old from the central Netherlands.

She insists she's "Colombian at heart."

Her love affair with the country began when she played Bogota's Teatro Colon while visiting from the Netherlands in 2003 with the Rumbata Big Band. The audience loved her and the feeling was mutual.

"I fell in love with Colombia, with its people, its cities, its energy, its diversity," she says in an interview at her apartment in Bogota's bohemian La Macarena quarter.

Hontele followed her heart and her trumpet to Colombia, settling in Medellin for seven years and churning out record after record as well as touring with her own band.

Now she plays regularly with the greats of the genre -- people like Panama's Ruben Blades, Venezuela's Oscar D'Leon and the Buena Vista Social Club from Cuba.

In 2014, official recognition came when her album "Dejame asi" (Leave Me Like This) was nominated for Best Salsa Album at the Latin Grammys, and she shared the limelight with such stars as Marc Anthony and Tito Nieves.

She has just returned to Colombia from Havana, where she spent two months recording her fifth album, "Cuba linda" (Beautiful Cuba) with the Orquesta Aragon.

Her latest single, "Casi Muero" (I nearly died), from the album of the same name, came out on November 3.

That evening, Maite was back where it all started, at Bogota's "big, beautiful" 800-seat Teatro Colon.

Hontele plays to a full house at Bogota's Teatro Colon (AFP Photo/Luis Acosta)

On their feet

The sell-out crowd was on its feet from the opening notes of the third song in her set, "Maria Cristina me quiere gobernar" (Maria Cristina wants to control me).

From the stage right down to the cheap seats, fans danced between the red velvet seats while Hontele grooved on stage with her musicians.

The crowd took up the chorus of some of her best known tunes, "Que bonito" (How Nice) and "Nonchecita."

Like many in the crowd that night, Jaime Ospino, 49, knew all the material.

"This is a great concert," he told AFP.

In early October, Hontele was playing to another full house at the Cafe Libro, the Colombian capital's top spot for tropical music.

Long-time fan Angela Ramirez was there celebrating her 38th birthday.

"I've always loved salsa. But the idea of a Dutch woman who plays the trumpet in Colombia gives me chills!" Ramirez said.

Salsa from the cradle

Hontele laughs about a certain irony in her life story: "I never chose the trumpet," she says. The instrument chose her.

She first held a trumpet as a nine-year old when playing in a local brass band in her home village of Haaften.

She was immersed in Latin American music as a child, raised to the rhythms of her father's collection of Caribbean vinyl records.

Hontele often has her fans dancing throughout her sets (AFP Photo/Luis Acosta)

"I grew up with these sounds," she says. "He would go to Paris to look for records, just off the presses. Celia Cruz, the Gran Combo of Puerto Rico, etc."

No surprise then that as a 14-year-old, she preferred to play Latin American music. She convinced the Rotterdam Conservatory to bring in a specialized Latin music teacher rather than be forced to go the usual route of classical or jazz training.

She began playing in Dutch nightclubs as a teenager, "until six in the morning -- the only woman in a group of men, playing merengue, bachata, and Cuban salsa."

Looking back, getting out on the club scene was "the best education."

For her, the secret of rhythm lies "not only in the technique, but where the flavor is, and the flavor is in the street -- that's where you have to look for it."

These days, she finds that flavor in Bogota's streets, which she moves through in true Dutch style -- by bicycle.

She claims to be a vegan, listens to Cuban sounds as much as Bach or pop, and even as she prepares for a European tour, she says she just wants to be the "the neighbor who plays the trumpet."

"It doesn't interest me to be famous, to ride in a limousine," Hontele says.

She's already played with some of South America's greats, but apart from Sting, her biggest dream is to play with Carlos Vives.

"It would close the circle," she says.

As a kid, already steeped in the music but without a word of Spanish, she sang along to the Colombian singer's hit at the time, "Pa' Mayte" (For Mayte), reading into it a kind of musical destiny.

"I thought it was about me," she says.

Anne Frank Foundation buys Anne’s other home, now a refuge for writers

Dutchnews, November 17, 2017

Photo: Maksim via Wikimedia Commons

Amsterdam’s Anne Frank Foundation has bought the flat where Anne and her family lived prior to going into hiding during World War II. 

The second floor flat at 37 Merwedeplein was home to the Franks from 1933 until July 1942, when they moved to the secret annex on Amsterdam’s Prinsengracht. 

Anne began writing her famous diary at the flat in the south of the city after she received it on her 13th birthday. 

The foundation has bought the property from housing corporation Ymere which bought it in 2004 and restored it to its original style. It has been rented to the Dutch Foundation for Literature since 2005 and lived in by writers who are not free to pursue their craft in their own countries. 

Anne Frank foundation director Ronald Leopold said in a statement that the foundation plans to retain the flat’s use as a refuge for foreign writers. 

‘We would like to see how we can do greater justice to the general historical importance of the home without detracting from its current use as a residence for overseas writers,’ Leopold said.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Minister must do his homework on Groningen gas, says top court

DutchNews, November 15, 2017

A gas drilling site. Photo: Graham Dockery 

The Council of State has given economic affairs minister Erik Wiebes one year to come up with proper arguments to support his decision to cap the extraction of gas from under Groningen province at 21.6 billion cubic metres a year. 

The case was brought by a group of Groningen residents and green group Milieudefensie who said safety of locals is more important than providing income for the treasury. They wanted gas production to be drastically reduced or stopped altogether. 

Hundreds of homes in the province have been damaged by earthquakes caused by the land settling following gas extraction. 

At the beginning of this year, the Council of State ruled that the ministry did not have to further reduce gas volumes pending a new decision on the legitimacy of the protestors’ claim. 

Now the Council of State, which is the country’s highest administrative court, has ruled that the original decision to cut production by a limited amount was not properly supported by facts. 

‘The minister has so far failed to properly substantiate his previous decision to allow 21.6 billion cubic metres to be extracted per gas year over the next five years,’ the court said in a statement

The minister should, the court said, have taken the safety of locals more into account when reaching his decision and done more to analyse the potential risks. 


It is ‘unacceptable’ that gas group NAM was given five years to pump up gas from the province without a proper risk analysis, the court said. 

Wiebes said in a reaction that the court’s ruling was ‘strong’. ‘We have to take a new decision within a year, and we are now getting down to work,’ he said. 

Milieudefensie said in a website statement that the verdict is a ‘historic victory’ for both Groningen and the climate. The ruling is a sign to the minister that we have to ‘kick our gas habit’, the organisation said. 

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Dutch central bank eyes bonus payments for trading houses

DutchNews, November 14, 2017


The Dutch central bank DNB is tightening up regulations on bonus payments for executives of trading houses, to bring them into line with the strict rules for bonuses in the banking sector. 

The decision was prompted by an investigation by the European Banking Authority (EBA) into whether the exemption for trading houses agreed earlier by the central bank complies with European law, the bank said in a statement

Until now, trading houses were exempt from the strict regulations applying to banks. 

The EBA claims the Dutch central bank had interpreted the regulations of the European authority too broadly. The 13 companies affected by the changes have until 31 March 2018 to comply with the new regulations. If they cannot do so they have until end-2019 to submit a recovery plan. 

FlowTraders, Intertrust, TMF Optiver and IMC are among the trading houses based in the Netherlands. According to the Financieele Dagblad, they have a tradition of paying their staff relatively low salaries and large bonuses. 

The Netherlands imposes stricter regulations for financial sector bonuses than the rest of the European Union. Bankers in the Netherlands can receive a maximum of 20% of their fixed salary as a bonus each year. The maximum in the rest of the EU is 100% of regular pay. 

But these regulations are politically sensitive. The banks themselves and other critics argue they hinder companies and their employees from settling in the Netherlands. In particular, they say, the bonus camp is a barrier to large banks faced with leaving London in the wake of Brexit.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Omtzigt faces calls to quit over ‘fake witness’ who spoke at MH17 meeting

DutchNews, November 13, 2017 - Gordon Darroch 

Pieter Omtzigt. Photo: Wikipedia

Christian Democrat MP Pieter Omtzigt has come under fire over claims that he helped a fake witness to the MH17 disaster over Ukraine infiltrate a briefing attended by victims’ relatives. 

The man, Aleksandr R., told a meeting in May that he had seen other aircraft in the sky near the Malaysian Airlines plane at the time it was shot down in July 2014, and asked who he should approach. Omtzigt, who was on the panel, replied that he should submit his testimony to the Joint Investigation Team. 

NRC reported at the weekend that Omtizgt had met R. before the meeting and helped script his question. But it quickly emerged that R. had not been at home on the night of the crash and he had already been interviewed by officials who had discounted him as a witness.

Omtzigt wrote in a tweet on Saturday that he regretted his intervention. ‘In my determination to get answers on this subject I behaved inappropriately at this meeting,’ he said. 

NRC said it had a tape recording of the private meeting between Omtzigt, Aleksandr R. and an amateur investigator of the MH17 crash who introduced them. It also published details of SMS messages in which Omtzigt advised the Ukrainian’s interpreter on how he should phrase his question at the end of the session. 

The suggestion that other planes were in the air at around the time of the crash has been repeatedly put forward by Russia as an alternative theory to the official investigation’s conclusions that MH17 was shot down by a Buk missile fired from territory controlled by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. 

Omtzigt’s tenacious campaigning on the MH17 investigation has won a mixture of praise and criticism. Prime minister Mark Rutte has accused him of making ‘below the belt insinuations’ about the disaster and last May told him to choose between ‘continuing to make political capital out of MH17 or wanting us to reach a conclusion and hopefully convict the bad guys.’ 

However, with the CDA now one of the junior partners in Rutte’s new coalition, any action against Omtzigt could have unwanted consequences for a government with a one-seat majority in Parliament. 

Omtzigt’s party did not respond to the allegations at the weekend, though CDA leader Sybrand Buma said that removing him from his role as MH17 spokesman was ‘not on the agenda’. 

Buma later said he would spend the next few days considering Omtzigt’s position, while issuing a qualified defence of the MP: ‘I’m convinced Omtzigt only has one aim: to bring the truth about the circumstances of the disaster to light.’ 

VVD elder statesman Frans Weisglas, a former chair of the Lower House, said the allegations against Omtzigt, if proven, ‘justified his departure from Parliament’. 

Relatives of those who died also vented their anger at the weekend’s revelations. ‘If this is true, it’s very serious,’ Evert van Zijtveld, chair of Stichting Vliegramp MH17 told AD. ‘He needs to be held responsible.’ 

Hella Hueck, who chaired the meeting in May, said she did not feel at the time that Omtzigt had tried to influence the discussion. ‘He helped me and the organisers prevent the man from delivering a half-hour tirade,’ she told WNL. ‘It’s not the case that he arranged speaking time for him, because it was an open meeting.’

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Mining firms with Dutch holdings warned about tax avoidance

DutchNews, November 9, 2017

Several mining firms with bases in the Netherlands will take part in ‘candid talks’ with the Dutch government’s special envoy for natural resources on Thursday, who will urge them not to avoid paying taxes in developing countries. 

Dirk Jan Koch will tell the dozen or so companies that the Netherlands wants to keep them, but that Dutch tax treaties are not meant to be used to avoid their tax obligations. ‘We will both smooth their path and warn them,’ the Financieele Dagblad quoted him as saying. 

The talks are a continuation of previous government’s efforts to stop multinationals avoiding taxes via Dutch holding companies. ‘Nor does the new cabinet want the Netherlands to be used to shift money to low tax countries or tax havens,’ he said. ‘The cabinet wants to tax those financial streams.’ 

The meeting follows foreign affairs ministry research into tax avoidance by companies specialising in raw materials and ways to tackle it. 

The research, which the FD says offered little in the way of surprises, did say the Netherlands’ network of tax agreements risks being misused by mining firms which have no activities in the Netherlands. 

It focused on the impact in five countries: Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Indonesia, Mongolia and Zambia. 

38 companies

The finance ministry declined to say which companies are involved in the talks, but the FD said Rio Tinto, Glencore, Freeport and Bumi Resources are among the mining firms with financial holdings in the Netherlands. In total, the researchers identified 38 mining companies with Dutch units. 

Thursday’s meeting is taking place at the offices of pension management company APG, which runs one of the biggest pension funds in the world. 

On Wednesday, tax minister Menno Snel said his department will re-examing 4,000 tax agreements after irregularities were found in a major deal with Procter & Gamble.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Dutch tax minister orders review of 4,000 deals after Paradise Paper revelations

DutchNews, November 8, 2017

Photo: Joep Poulssen

New tax minister Menno Snel has given the order for 4,000 advance tax rulings made between the Netherlands and foreign firms to be re-examined, following the news that one major deal with Procter & Gamble did not meet the regulations. 

On Tuesday, Trouw reported that an agreement with P&G, which allowed the company to shift $676m untaxed to the Cayman Islands, had been signed off by a single tax inspector in Rotterdam, in contravention of the rules. 

Snel told MPs in a briefing on Wednesday that the P&G deal is ‘unacceptable’ and that he has instructed senior officials to make sure the rules are adhered to from now on. The results of the probe into existing deals dating from 2012 will be published early next year. 

Tuesday’s new claims about tax avoidance resulting from the Paradise Papers were also raised at Tuesday’s meeting of finance ministers in Brussels, the first to be attended by new finance minister Wopke Hoekstra. 

Phase out 

According to the Financieele Dagblad, Europe’s tax commissioner Pierre Moscovici asked Hoekstra to immediately suspend the use of the corporate construction which has allowed Nike to slash its tax bill. EU legislation will phase out the use of CVs, or limited partnerships, in 2020, but there is no reason not to take action now, Moscovici is quoted as saying. 

The FD said Hoekstra had made it clear that the Netherlands ‘has changed course’. ‘I explicitly said that the Netherlands wants to be part of the solution,’ the paper quotes the new minister as saying. 


EU ministers plan to publish a blacklist of countries which facilitate tax avoidance in December. Trouw said the latest revelations had led to a heated debate in Germany about the Netherlands, with journalists wondering what the country actually has to gain by its liberal attitude to tax deals.

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Dutch councils queue up for regulated marijuana project

DutchNews, November 7, 2017

So far 25 of the Netherlands’ 380 local authorities have come forward to say they wish to take part in trials to regulate marijuana production, broadcaster NOS said on Tuesday. 

The new government plans to set up experiments to grow marijuana in eight to 10 places in the coming years.

While officials turn a blind eye to the sale of small amounts of marijuana for personal use, how the drug ends up in licenced coffee shops remains a grey area. 

Dozens of local authorities have for years argued for licenced production to remove drugs gangs from the entire chain. The local authorities association VNG also recommended regulated production in 2015. 

Among those councils which have come forward are Breda, the Noord-Brabant town of Cuijk, and Rotterdam, where mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb wants the experiment to cover distribution as well. 

Breda mayor Paul Depla told NOS he hopes that the government will opt for as many different sorts of production plan as possible ‘so we can choose the best one for regulated growing,’ he said. 


Depla has long campaigned for formalised marijuana growing. ‘Everyone can see that the current policy is bankrupt,’ he told NOS radio. ‘You can buy and sell but how it gets into the cafes is a mystery. And that does not make sense.’ 

The government is expected to announce where the trials will take place next year. 

The police dismantled 5,856 marijuana plantations in 2015, or nearly 16 a day, according to the latest available figures. However, police estimate this is only one fifth of the total.

Nike, Procter & Gamble, benefit from Dutch tax deals, Paradise Papers show

DutchNews, November 7, 2017

The Netherlands has helped sportswear giant Nike slash its tax bill by shifting billions of dollars in earnings firstly through Bermuda and then later solely by using Dutch tax constructions, Trouw said on Tuesday. 

The paper bases its claims on hundreds of leaked documents from offshore legal service provider Appleby which have become known as the Paradise Papers. 

Nike located its European headquarters in Hilversum in 1999 and since then, almost all non-US sales are processed through the Netherlands. Between 2010 and 2014, Nike was able to move over €1bn through the Netherlands to Bermuda. 

Since then, when that tax deal expired, the company has been using Dutch limited partnerships (commanditaire vennootschappen), which are not considered companies in the Netherlands and pay no tax, Trouw said. 

‘This involved moving the company’s intellectual property from Nike International Ltd in Bermuda to yet another subsidiary, Nike Innovate CV. This entity is not based in Bermuda. It is not actually based anywhere,’ the Guardian said in its report on Nike’s tax set-up. 

In 2006, the company was able to keep $535m in profits out of sight of the US tax authorities, but by 2016 this had risen to €12.2bn, Trouw said. 

The finance ministry has refused to comment on the Nike deal, saying it is not allowed to comment on individual tax matters. Nike told the Guardian: ‘Nike fully complies with tax regulations and we rigorously ensure our tax filings are fully aligned with how we run our business, the investments we make and the jobs we create.’ 

The papers also show that US multinational Procter & Gamble was able to cut its tax bill after a tax inspector in Rotterdam signed off on an advance tax ruling without having the proper approvals, Trouw said. 

Procter & Gamble, known for products such as Oral-B toothpaste and Gillette razors, reached the deal with the tax office in 2008. 

Under the rules for reaching advance tax deals, the agreement should have been put to a committee of experts, not agreed by a single person.  The deal allowed P&G to shift $676m to the Cayman Islands and cut its tax bill in the Netherlands by $169m, the paper said. 

Tax office

The tax office admitted to Trouw that the deal did not meet the regulations but could not say if this sort of deal has been made more often. 

‘This raises questions about how often this sort of thing happens and what sort of monitoring the tax office actually has,’ Jan van de Streek, a professor of tax law at the University of Amsterdam, told the paper. 

Tax haven

The Netherlands has been grappling with its image as a tax haven for several years and the new government has pledged to get tougher on shell companies. Some 10,000 shell, or letter-box, companies are based in the Netherlands and are primarily used to shift corporate earnings and obscure ownership. 

However, the new government’s decision to scrap the tax on dividends has come under heavy fire from opposition MPs, who argue it is a gift to foreign firms and will not benefit the Dutch taxpayer. 

The government says the move is essential to make sure the Netherlands remains an attractive location to do business. 

Bad reputation

Tax lawyer Paul Sleurink, from law firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, told the Financieele Dagblad that the growing aversion to ‘aggressive tax planning’ is forcing countries to make a choice. 

The Netherlands can no longer be an attractive country for firms to base substantial international operations at the same time as serving the letter box company sector, he said. 

‘The Netherlands is being included in lists that you don’t want to be part of,’ he told the FD. ‘I have heard that other countries want to sign tax deals with us, but not if the wrong people are benefiting.’ 

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Leading Dutch director steps back after #metoo claims by actors

DutchNews, November 7, 2017


 A Dutch film and theatre director has said he is retiring from the business after admitting ‘crossing the line’ with actors under his direction. 

Job Gosschalk, who is 50, issued a statement on Tuesday saying that some rumours about his behaviour circulating in the last few weeks were grounded in fact. 

‘I have worked on scenes one to one with actors at my home,’ Gosschalk said. ‘I have on occasion asked them to take their clothes off. I have in some cases, I realise now, crossed the line. I have not taken the difference between my position and that of the actor sufficiently into account.’ 

Gosschalk denied that there had been any physical contact during these sessions or that he had been involved with drugs or had contact with minors. 

The claims against Gosschalk were made two weeks ago in Nieuwe Revu magazine, although he was not then named. And NOS Radio 3 has also spoken to actors about being sexually intimidated by Gosschalk. 

The director and producer worked as a casting director for years but switched to active film making in 2008. He was involved in several films, including the box office hit Alles is Liefde. 


Gosschalk is the second big name from the Dutch film and theatre world to be caught up in the fallout of the #metoo discussion. 

Earlier this month, Amsterdam director Ruut Weissman did not attend the premier of a new production of Fiddler on the Roof at the De La Mar theatre in Amsterdam  because of allegations of sexually inappropriate behaviour at the city’s theatre school while he was its artistic director. 

Not only did he have several relationships with students, but he also failed to take action when faced with claims about other cases of abuse, Dutch media reported.

Friday, November 3, 2017

ING cancels speaker invite to Kevin Spacey after sexual abuse claims

DutchNews,November 3, 2017

Kevin Spacey at the Berlin Film Festival in 2011. Photo: Siebbi via Wikimedia

The organisers of an ING-backed business event have withdrawn an invitation to American actor Kevin Spacey, who is at the centre of a sexual intimidation storm. 

Spacey had been due to speak at the BusinessBoost event at the Ahoy arena in Rotterdam on November 29, alongside Dutch media tycoon John de Mol and Google’s Mo Gawdat. 

The organisers said in a short statement that the House of Cards actor’s presence was ‘no longer desirable’ given the commotion surrounding the abuse allegations. 

In addition, his presence would detract from the conference aim of inspiring entrepreneurs, the statement said.

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Racing driver Max Verstappen clocks up easy win in Mexico

DutchNews, October 30, 2017

Max Verstappen celebrates after winning the  Mexico Grand Prix.
Photo: AP Marco Ugarte 

Formula 1 driver Max Verstappen won the Mexico Grand Prix on Sunday, calling it ‘one of the easiest races of my career’, the AD reports. 

His victory comes in the wake of a demotion to fourth place in the American Grand Prix last week, which Verstappen blamed on a steward. 

‘The car was great and after last week this was the perfect result. The start was crucial. After that all I had to do was monitor the state of the tyres. It was one of the easiest races of my career,’ the AD quotes Verstappen as saying. 

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton came in 9th to win his fourth world championship title. 

Verstappen, who is 20, has now won three Grand Prix since he joined Red Bull team at the age of 17.

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Let me tell you what the message is that is being communicated: Unlock to 44 percent! This is the message: The Human race has passed the marker and is ready for the next step in evolution. I am talking about the old soul. You are the ones who will be first to get this message. It is you, and some of your "old soul" children, who are starting to feel and accept this!

Let me tell you in this lesson today that the first thing that this unlocking will begin to create is what we're going to call Akashic acuity. You're going to start remembering, and it's about time. Can you celebrate this? It's about time that when you're born you don't start from scratch, in the dark, and doing everything all over again. Instead, you remember!

I want to talk to some individuals who are listening to this and are in this room. Have your grandchildren had the audacity to tell you who they used to be? Don't raise your hand; I know you're here. They feel it, and they know it, and out of the mouths of these babes come the most profound information that this planet has ever heard! They knew who they were! Some will point their fingers at you and say, “Don't you remember? I was your mum in another life.” That's a bit disconcerting, isn't it?

I want you to remember one of the premises of incarnation, the one that we have given you over and over. You incarnate in family groups. There's a reason for this, so there is comfort and joy. It's so you don't have to learn the energy of each related person, all over again, each time. The energies of the family stay together and you can accomplish more that way. There's always a benevolent reason for these things. Every single attribute of the esoteric system of life, whether it's your grids or reincarnation, is benevolent. Did you hear that? It's a beautiful system, and not random. It's not about judgment; it's not about punishment. It is, instead, about the love of God for you, and what I'm about to tell you is what is changing is energy.

Akashic Acuity

So we have established that you are moving into this new radiation, and we have established that it intersects the sun. The sun blasts your magnetic field with it (via the solar wind) and the magnetic field talks to your DNA. Suddenly, there is the potential some of your DNA is being unlocked. The attributes of unlocking Akashic acuity will help you to remember who you've been. Now, with this remembrance comes energy - not about who you were, but rather it gives you the energy of what you did. I don't mean physically; I mean energetically and mentally. Old souls carry with them experience. When you look into the eyes of a child, you're going to see wisdom just waiting to break out. Dear ones, these children are different. They are not going to go through what you did! They have a whole new set of issues, and most of their issues are trying to navigate the old issues you create for them!

There's something we brought up in a former channelling called the wisdom factor. Now, the wisdom factor is caused by Akashic acuity. After living Human life over and over, you start remembering the wisdom that you have gained through these past lifetimes. You don't necessarily remember who you were, but rather the fact that you were at all and the experiences you had. Imagine a child coming into the planet knowing how to read? Imagine a child coming into the planet knowing not to touch something hot? Where did it come from? You're going to see more of this, and a feeling of "been there, done that".

Akashic acuity is remembrance of experience during past lifetimesAs the child grows, that remembrance becomes pure wisdom. As the child starts to awaken and the pineal opens, something else happens. The grid starts talking to the child through the DNA, and in the grid is also the information from the time capsules we spoke about in past channellings. The time capsules start feeding the planet with increased wisdom and knowledge. You don't have to reincarnate to awaken even further! Akashic acuity means suddenly Humans know more than other children have in the past - much more. …”

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Dutch expo seeks to unveil the mystery of Mata Hari

Yahoo – AFP, Charlotte VAN OUWERKERK, October 29, 2017

A Dutch museum is seeking to shed new light on the exotic dancer, Mata Hari,
bringing together for the first time 150 objects, photos and military archives
in the largest-ever exhibition devoted to the famous courtesan (AFP Photo/STR)

Leeuwarden (Netherlands) (AFP) - She scandalised society by dancing almost naked when women still wore corsets and their dresses long. Yet a century after her death, Mata Hari remains veiled in mystery.

Now a Dutch museum in the Friesian town of her birth is seeking to shed new light on the exotic dancer, bringing together for the first time 150 objects, photos and military archives in the largest-ever exhibition devoted to one of the world's most famous courtesans and seductresses.

Her story was "a dramatic cocktail of courage and glory, loss and betrayal," says the museum about the ultimate femme fatale, executed by a French firing squad on charges of being a double agent on October 15, 1917.

Giant black-and-white photos of Mata Hari wearing her barely-there, bejewelled costumes hang on the walls of the Fries Museum in northern Leeuwarden, the town where she was born as Margaretha Zelle in 1876.

Never-before-seen scrapbooks, personal belongings, letters, books and jewellery are on display in "Mata Hari: The Myth and the Maiden" running until April 2.

Shown in darkened rooms where videos play of dancers recreating her sensuous choreography, the exhibition is both intimate and surprising.

There are posters of her appearances in such famous theatres as the Folies Bergere, and in one room by an antique child's crib visitors learn her two-year-old son, Norman, died of syphilis, likely contracted from his mother.

"It is the story of the life of a very famous person who got a lot of attention during her career, got into a lot of trouble, arrested and accused of being a spy," said museum curator Hans Groeneweg, who has spent several years amassing the collection.

'Life ends in tragedy'

Margaretha married young to an army officer 20 years older than her, who was based in the former Dutch East Indies, now Indonesia. They had two children, Norman, and a younger girl, Non.

But in 1903 aged 27, she fled after a nasty divorce to Paris, where, penniless, she became a striptease dancer, taking the name "Mata Hari", Indonesian for "Eye of the Day".

Exhibits on display include a delicate, crown-shaped gold and pearl brooch, 
which Mata Hari gave a German officer to send to her daughter just before her
 execution by a French firing squad on charges of being a double agent on 
October 15, 1917 (AFP Photo/STR)

The objects on display "trace her path from being a young girl, to her life as a mother,... her exotic career as a courtesan and her journey during the war," Groeneweg said, adding the aim was to give visitors a more "complete" picture of the real woman.

There is a delicate, crown-shaped gold and pearl brooch, which Mata Hari gave a German officer just before her death, asking him to send it to her daughter, letters after her divorce full of despair, and even her death warrant with the word "Mort" (Deceased) starkly handwritten across it in black ink italics.

"I'm tired of fighting life," Mata Hari wrote in one letter, appealing that Non, who she'd left behind in The Netherlands, be allowed to join her in Paris.

"Either Nonnie lives with me and I behave like a decent mother, or I'm going to enjoy the beautiful life being offered to me here. I know that life ends in tragedy -- but I'm over that," she wrote presciently.

She was a prolific letter writer and there are missives between her and her husband when she was still deeply in love, as well as her son's baby album lovingly filled in until his sudden death.

"Instead of dancing to the praise of the powerful and famous, I am here, in a hospital room at the bedside of my dying child," she wrote.

Later there are postcards from across Europe to her daughter some simply signed "Mama" and French army archives recounting her interrogation and trial kept secret until recently.

"I am desperately worried and I cry all the time," she wrote in April 1917 to the French judge from her Parisian cell, asking for news of her then Russian lover who had abandoned her.

"You cannot imagine my suffering. Please release me, I cannot cope with it any longer."

True spy?

Many questions still remain about Mata Hari.

To what extent was she really a spy? Why, after accepting an offer in 1916 from a German diplomat to spy on France if he paid off her debts, did she become a double agent for France? Was she just naive, or desperate, or both?

For Groeneweg there is "always that question: Was she really guilty?"

He believes there is still "not enough proof to say for certain if she was a spy. The French certainly wanted to set an example during a very difficult year in 1917. They used her."

And despite the exhibition, it seems that in the end, Mata Hari, who reinvented herself as the Javanese princess who rode elephants, took many of her secrets to the grave.

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