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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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

75,000 massive concrete blocks will strengthen crucial Afsluitdijk

DutchNews, April 24, 2018 

Artist’s impression: Infrastructure ministry roads department 

The Afsluitdijk, the 32 kilometre dyke which links the provinces of Noord-Holland and Friesland, is to undergo an extensive programme of maintenance, starting at the end of this year. 

The overhaul is necessary because sea water levels are rising and there is an increasing risk of extreme weather, the infrastructure ministry’s road department said. In addition, too much water is entering the IJsselmeer lake from the rivers inland. 

The dyke will be clad in 75,000 concrete blocks each weighing 6,500 kilos and produced at a special factory in Harlingen. The locks will be strengthened as well and new pumping stations will be built to get rid of superfluous water. 

The project will cost €555m and will be finished in 2022. 

It’s the first time in 85 years the Afsluitdijk, which was opened to traffic in 1933, will undergo such extensive work. ‘We put the dyke through its paces every six years and a number of years ago it became clear that it isn’t strong enough,’ project manager Joost van de Beek told broadcaster NOS

The renovation will ensure the dyke’s safety until 2050, the ministry said.  It will not be closed off during the work but there will be some disruption to traffic and one of the two traffic lanes will be closed for a total of two years.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Inside the mission to rid the world of chemical arms

Yahoo - AFP, Jo Biddle, April 21, 2018

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague works
to eliminate the world's toxic arms stockpiles (AFP Photo/JOHN THYS)

Rijswijk (Netherlands) (AFP) - Michael Barrett has an old-fashioned flip phone. But when his hotline rings, he has three hours to ready equipment for experts on a dangerous mission to probe if toxic weapons have been unleashed -- again.

As appalling images of panicked children and adults apparently victims of poison gas or cruel nerve agents go viral, the labs and the equipment store of the world's global chemical arms watchdog hum with activity.

Tucked away in a small industrial zone in the Dutch suburb of Rijswijk, the two-storey building, with about 20 staff, has been key to the two decades of painstaking work by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to eliminate the world's toxic arms stockpiles.

It was here that the team, now in Syria waiting for access to Douma where either chlorine or sarin gas were allegedly used on civilians on April 7, began their mission.

As the clamour grows for answers, any samples they collect will be sealed and brought back here, under a strictly monitored chain of custody, for further analysis and verification.

A former soldier, Barrett has spent 21 years at the OPCW since its first beginnings, training and equipping those who volunteer to travel to the world's most toxic hotspots. He's even deployed himself.

"Of course you get nervous, if you don't there's something wrong," said the now 61-year-old, who in recent years has seen the timeline for preparing for missions getting "shorter and shorter."

From carbon-impregnated protection suits to elephant-sized rubber boots to cover shoes, sophisticated detectors, satellite phones and medical kits bristling with vials of antidotes to the world's deadliest nerve agents, all the equipment has to be checked and double-checked.

"Can you imagine if you had a respirator, a gas mask, and the valve was in the wrong way?" said Barrett wryly, principal logistics technician and team leader for the equipment store, as he gave AFP an exclusive tour.

'Onerous, noble task'

Amid political claim and counter-claim about chemical weapons use in Syria, where chlorine gas and mustard gas have both been proven to have been used, as well as the unleashing of a rare nerve agent last month in the sleepy British town of Salisbury, the focus here remains on protecting the team and preserving the integrity of science.

No detail can be overlooked. Even a pinprick hole in a glove could prove fatal if a deadly nerve agent seeped through the skin to attack a person's nervous system. VX, the deadliest nerve agent ever invented, can kill within 20 minutes.

Despite some 7,000 official missions -- 10,000 if you count training missions -- in 21 years, it is a source of pride that no team member has ever been affected by a chemical weapon.

Much of Douma has been destroyed -- seen here photographed on April 16 during
 an organised media tour after the Syrian army declared that all anti-regime forces
have left Eastern Ghouta (AFP Photo/LOUAI BESHARA)

This dangerous and methodical work by the OPCW, which has around 400 staff, has succeeded in eliminating some 96 percent of the world's toxic arms stockpiles. A feat which won it the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013.

OPCW director general Ahmet Uzumcu praised his staff then, saying they had "shouldered an onerous but noble task" working with "quiet determination to rid the world of these heinous weapons."

"One of the most dangerous jobs in the OPCW is an analytical chemist, because they've got to take the sample," said Barrett. Many are scientists who before joining the OPCW may never even have used a gas mask. Now they can be working in war zones.

And in 2012, a new piece of equipment was added to already heavy bags -- body armour made of kevlar in case they come under fire.

Clues in plants, soil, blood

Once on site, a team of experts which can vary between two to 25 members, scans the area with flame photometric detectors or ion mobility spectrometers to detect any toxic agents. Paper tests, like litmus tests, can also warn of the presence of nerve or blister agents.

Working under tight time constraints, sometimes with less than 20 minutes, they gather environmental samples, such as plants or soil, or even rubber window seals which can hold evidence of any contamination for weeks.

Biomedical samples like blood and urine from alleged victims are also key, and in some cases tissue from the dead will also be taken.

"We prefer to take samples from survivors, because those can be interviewed, they can tell their story, which can be fact-checked from others," said Marc-Michael Blum, the head of the OPCW laboratory.

Blood samples are best, Blum says, revealing some nerve agents or blister agents like mustard leave little traces for weeks, even up to three months, hiding in people's bodies.

"We are looking for specific biomarkers in blood. You don’t normally find an intact agent, but rather it has metabolised," he explained. "Even weeks after exposure these markers are still there and you can find them."

Once the samples are brought back to Rijswijk, they are then split and sent to a couple of the 20 or so independent labs certified by the OPCW around the world.

Amid strict confidentiality, the labs prepare independent reports, which are then collated by the OPCW. The aim is to ensure that no question marks are raised over the integrity of the evidence or the results.


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Five years after being sworn in, the Dutch king and queen are good for business

DutchNews, April 20, 2018

The king and queen pose with guests invited to lunch because of their
contribution to the arts, society and business. Photo: RVD/Jeroen van der Meyde

King Willem-Alexander and queen Maxima are good value for money and have considerable added value for the Dutch economy, the Financieele Dagblad reported on Friday. 

Five years ago, when Willem-Alexander was sworn in as king, he pledged to do more to boost the Dutch economy and business leaders are convinced he is having an impact, the paper said. 

Corporate executives, ambassadors and senior civil servants have told the paper that the royal couple are keen to see their visits to companies followed up, to make sure the firms are put in touch with the right people for financing or alliances. 

‘Since the visit, we have had one new order after another,’ one entrepreneur from the Frisian city of Sneek said. ‘It is unbelievable.’ A royal visit is seen as an unofficial stamp of approval and that means a turnover boost, the paper said. 

The Dutch royal family cost the taxpayer some €40m a year and  it is impossible to say what sort of a return that generates. However, trade missions to China and Australia generated at least €700m in new contracts. 

In addition, the king’s state visits always have a strong business element, the FD said. 

Sources told the paper that the king and queen will focus extra attention on energy transition and on citizen cooperatives in the coming years. 

Shareholdings

Meanwhile, the royal family’s website states that the king does not have any shares in companies which are Koninklijk, or royal. This means, the Telegraaf points out, that the king does not invest in KPN, Philips or Shell. 

However, the family has been long thought to be major investors in Shell and the website refers to the king, rather than his mother Beatrix, the paper points out.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Dutch government wants veto rights over key telecom takeovers

DutchNews, April 19, 2018


The Dutch government is  introducing new legislation which will require the takeover of key Dutch telecoms or internet companies to be approved by ministers. 

The draft legislation has been sent to the Council of State advisory panel for its recommendations. The aim of the new bill is to prevent crucial players falling into ‘foreign’ hands. 

The legislation, if passed would give ministers the right to refuse to allow the takeover of telecoms, internet or data centre operations if ‘national security or public safety could be compromised’.

‘If internet, data traffic and telephony don’t work well… consumers and businesses will suffer economic damage,’ junior economic affairs minister Mona Keijzer, who is in charge of the legislation, said. 

‘The Netherlands benefits enormously from its open economy but the cabin wants to ensure that unreliable, not transparent and criminal companies do not impact on national security.’ Keijzer hopes the draft bill will be debated in parliament after the summer break.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Magnetic fields possibly linked to childhood leukemia: Dutch health council

DutchNews, April 18, 2018


Children living in the vicinity of overhead power lines may have a greater chance of contracting leukemia, a report by the national health council said on Wednesday. 

One case every two years could possibly be linked to the effects of the magnetic fields surrounding the power lines, the council said. While a causal relation with magnetic fields has not been proven, ‘there are indications for such a relationship’, the council said. 

The report is an update of earlier research by the advisory body and was commissioned by the infrastructure ministry. Apart from cancer in children, the council will also look into the data available on cancer and diseases of the central nervous system in adults. 

Some 135 children are diagnosed with leukemia each year in the Netherlands. According to the council’s data analysis, there are indications that children who live near overhead power lines are twice as likely to fall victim to the disease. 

The council also analysed the data on other types of cancer in children and found a possible link between brain tumours and the strength of magnetic fields. However, again the higher instances could be down to coincidence, the council said. Both the distance from and the strength of magnetic fields were looked at. 

Danger zone 

Although hard and fast evidence for a link with the effects of magnetic fields is lacking and coincidence or other factors may play a role, the council says it cannot be ruled out. Current government policy is not to build homes too close to the power lines and offer compensation to people who already own a home in a presumed danger zone so they can move. 

The council now recommends an extension of the present preventative policy to include underground cables. Magnetic fields from these cables are not stopped by the soil or building materials. 

‘We already have a preventative policy in place on overhead power lines. If the government wants to be consistent it will also have to find ways of protecting people from exposure to magnetic fields from other sources of the electricity network, such as underground cables and transformer stations,’ spokesman Eert Schoten told broadcaster NOS.

Read a summary of the report, in English

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(9) Question: Dear Kryon: I've read your books (only the ones that are translated in Dutch), and I have a French friend who also reads them. She tells me that it's not healthy to live near electric wires. She says that the cactus (which normally lives in the desert or tropical countries) helps eliminate the negativity of this electricity. Is that so, and is there any particular plant that can help eliminate the negative effects of electricity?

Answer: Indeed, we've admonished you to at least make a measurement (easily done) to see if you live in a magnetic field caused by the proximity to high-voltage lines that are often strung in the air near where you live. Not all these wires are bad. Some carry only communications, and some are lower voltages. The ones that are the most dangerous to you are those that are very large and that carry the power from city to city.

It's also true that certain kinds of plants carry energy that can help shield or void magnetics. This is actually a part of what you call "radionics," which we will leave for another discussion. This is not well known to the people reading this, however, and your friend is correct. Some cacti have water in them, which changes the situation slightly. However, if you're near a very large magnetic source, we still recommend moving instead of growing a lot of cactus. Even though the cactus "knows" what you're trying to do and might help reduce the risk, unfortunately, today's technology presents a far stronger field than can be voided by this plant.

Also know that there is now scientific validation to support the danger of the effects of long-term magnetic-field exposure on both plants and animals. It's not balancing for you to remain in a magnetic field. You should instead be exposed only to the one you were born in... the one that surrounds you and the earth, and which science is now beginning to understand is needed for your health and well-being... the earth's magnetic field. To have another one around you is to stop the flow of the balance that you need and deserve.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

‘Expat children are flooding schools in Amstelveen’: Parool

DutchNews, April 17, 2018

Photo: Depositphotos.com

There are so many children of expats and ‘knowledge migrants’ attending Dutch schools in Amstelveen that ‘soon there will be hardly any Dutch-speaking children in the class’, the Parool reported on Monday. 

The paper says in 2008, 500 newcomers moved to the Amsterdam metropolitan region, but this has now soared to 13,000 a year. And the popularity of Amstelveen as a place to live means that local schools are being overwhelmed with expat children. 

Today’s expats, the paper states, do not earn enough to send their children to expensive private schools, and that means relying on the state system. 

The paper quoted Frans Cornet, head of the Amstelwijs school group in Amstelveen who told online magazine Naar School: ‘We are doing our best to absorb these children but we don’t have the resources… but we need to have a teaching assistant to help the children, who often don’t speak Dutch and sometimes not even English.’ 

Money

Although the city council has made money available to give the children of newcomers a year’s intensive language lessons, this is not enough to meet demand, so children from India, Japan and the US are being put in regular classes, the Parool said. 

Amstelveen council is now holding meetings with local schools every two months to try to solve the problems. There are also plans to set up a state-funded international school in Amstelveen in 2019. 

Research by the International Community Advisory Panel last year found that over seven in 10 expats moving to the Amsterdam area get no help with paying for their children to attend international schools, where the fees are upwards of €15,000 a year. 

Quality 

Around half the parents in the ICAP survey send their children to Dutch schools and seven in 10 parents are happy or very happy with the quality of their children’s education. 

Dutch government policy currently focuses on investing in creating additional international school places in Amsterdam and The Hague but moves are also being made to make Dutch schools more ‘international’ as well.

‘While the decision-makers at multinationals will benefit from spending on international schools, we also believe there are enormous gains to be made if the government invested properly in helping the children of new arrivals integrate into the Dutch school system,’ said Deborah Valentine, director of voluntary organisation ACCESS and a member of the ICAP board.

VVD candidate councillor unmasked as cyber peeping Tom: Telegraaf

DutchNews, April 17, 2018

Photo: Depositphotos.com

A potential VVD councillor in Almere has been arrested for hacking into the computer accounts of celebrities in a hunt for nude photos and videos, the Telegraaf reported on Tuesday. 

Mitchell van der K., who pulled out of the running to represent the VVD last month citing personal circumstances, uploaded some of the explicit material to the internet. One of his victims is vlogger Laura Ponticorvo, dozens of whose private photos and videos appeared on the internet last year, the paper writes. 

He also tried to hack into the computers of ex-hockey player Fatima de Moreira de Melo and other celebrities, the paper said. 

According to broadcaster NOS, Van der K, who headed lifestyle website Manners magazine, has admitted to hacking into iCloud accounts but denies having put the photos online. 

The VVD in Almere did not know until last week that the man had been the subject of a police investigation lasting several months, Nos said.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Wageningen University to develop Chinese agriculture and food research centre

DutchNews, April 16, 2018

Part of the Wageningen campus. Photo: Vincent via Wikimedia Commons

Wageningen University is to to head the development of a new food and agriculture research centre east of Beijing, the Financieele Dagblad said on Monday. 

Wageningen’s chancellor Arthur Mol, who was part of the recent Dutch trade mission to China, told the paper the university was not investing any money in the €1bn project, but it would supply a great deal of knowledge. 

The research centre will house academic institutions and the business community who will work together to make Chinese agriculture more productive and to tackle environmental issues. The aim is to create China’s leading R&D centre in the field of  agriculture and food.

Mol said Dutch companies are also welcome to play a role in developments. The mayor of Beijing will come to Wageningen in October to discuss further details. 

In January Groningen University dropped plans to open a campus in Yantai, China, citing a lack of support for the plan. Some staff and students were worried about the academic independence of the Chinese campus. 

Wageningen has close ties with a number of Chinese institutions and already has an office in Beijing. The University is also involved in a joint venture with China to improve standards in the dairy industry

Chinese students, both MSc and PhD, make up 10% of the Wageningen students population and the trend is set to continue, the university says on its website.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Public health minister takes health warnings with pinch of salt

DutchNews, April 13, 2018 

Photo: Health Ministry 

If every excess glass of wine shortens your time on earth by 30 minutes, is the sum total a joyless life? 

Dutch public health minister Hugo de Jonge suggested on Friday that he was taking new reports on the damaging effects of alcohol and sunbeds with a pinch of salt. 

Speaking to reporters on the way to a cabinet meeting, he said that health secretary Paul Blokhuis was best placed to comment on a new report in The Lancet suggesting that 12.5 units of alcohol a week – or five glasses of wine – is the upper safe limit. 

‘It’s his area, and I am always glad of that when I read reports that say something else is bad for your health,’ he reportedly told NOS. ‘That’s often the case with the joys of life.’ 

He added that he was not planning to stop using sunbeds himself, despite safety warnings earlier this week from the KWF cancer charity. ‘I have become a minister, not a monk, which means that I have my foibles,’ he said. ‘I like to use a sunbed every now and then. Otherwise you lot will tell me I look bad.’ 

His own maxim was: all things in moderation, he added. ‘With all of these things, be aware and be moderate. That is the best advice you can give anyone.’ 

The Lancet story, widely reported in the international and Dutch press, suggested excess drinking was more damaging than previously thought, at lower levels. 

But the Dutch health council has already, for the past three years, recommended that people do not drink alcohol at all or limit themselves to a glass a day.

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Dutch and Russian foreign ministers hold talks on MH17 and Syria

DutchNews, April 13, 2018

Stef Blok and Sergey Lavrov after their talks. Photo: Evgeny Biyatov / Sputnik 

Dutch foreign minister Stef Blok and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov met for talks in Moscow on Friday morning, with the MH17 investigation and Syria top of the agenda. 

The relationship between Russia and the Netherlands is going through ‘difficult times’, Blok said after the meeting. Relations have been particularly frosty since last year, when home affairs minister Kajsa Ollongren said the Russian security services are trying to influence public opinion in the Netherlands by spreading fake news. 

The Netherlands has also agreed to expel two Russian diplomats in the tit for tat expulsions following the nerve gas attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia. 

Today’s talks, however, focused on the investigation into the MH17 disaster and Russia’s role in Syria.

‘It should be clear that it is difficult to reach an agreement,’ Blok said, adding that he expected Lavrov to support an independent UN investigation into the use of chemical weapons in Douma. ‘To date, it has not,’ Blok said. 

Lavrov told waiting reporters that Russian experts had found no traces of chemical weapons and that he did not expect the chemical weapons watchdog OPCW to find any either, broadcaster NOS reported. 

Blok also told reporters that the spreading of false information about the bringing down of MH17 was causing unnecessary paid to the relatives of the victims.

Senior Amsterdam police officer fired for fraud

DutchNews, April 13, 2018

Photo: Depositphotos.com

Senior Amsterdam police officer Ad Smit has been fired for alleged expenses fraud and leaking confidential information, according to NOS broadcaster on Friday. 

An internal investigation apparently revealed that for years his family dined on police expenses, while from 2009 to 2015, he used public cash to buy hundreds of tickets for football matches, concerts and events. 

He also reportedly arranged free tickets for Amsterdam Arena and the Ziggo Dome for family members, friends and colleagues. Eleven police officers are under investigation for receiving such tickets. 

Smit also reportedly used police systems for private purposes and passed on confidential information. 

According to the Telegraaf, Smit is protesting his sacking, believing that other people should be investigated too. 

Public prosecutors are investigating the allegations.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Former local CDA official jailed for role in the Netherlands’ biggest drugs lab

DutchNews, April 11, 2018 

Photo: Depositphotos.com

The former treasurer of a local branch of the Christian Democrats has been jailed for one year for his role in the biggest drugs lab ever discovered in the Netherlands. 

Wim van der P, who was treasurer of the local CDA until his arrest, was found guilty of facilitating the production of and trade in hard drugs by judges in Den Bosch. The lab was found in a shed on his farm in the Noord Brabant village of Leende.

Van der P was found not guilty of producing and the possession of drugs after judges ruled the prosecution had not proved that he had access to the lab, despite it being on his land.

Police described the lab as being on an industrial scale when they raided it last year. In total, they found 21,500 liters and 1000 kilos of chemicals used in the making of ecstasy and amphetamines. 

The lab was capable of producing 150 kilos of ecstasy and 100 kilos of amphetamine paste a day. ‘It was a multi-million euro business,’ the public prosecutor said. Daily turnover was calculated at €10m. 

Van der P told the court that he did not know what was being done in the shed, which he had rented to a young man whose full name he did not know. Nor was there a rental contract. 

However, the court said Van der P must have been aware that something illegal was going on. The public prosecutor had called for a five year jail term.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Blokker art collection worth millions to go to Singer museum Laren

DutchNews, April 10, 2018

Leo Gestel, Mountain Landscape (Mallorca), 1914 is part of the gift of
the Nardinc Collection

The Singer Laren museum has been given the private art collection built up by Jaap Blokker and his wife Els, the museum has announced on its website

The gift, which comprises over a hundred Dutch avant-garde artists from around 1900, includes the financial resources to build a new wing to house the collection. 

Blokker headed the retail chain of the same name until 2010 and died a year later. The decision to turn the collection over to the museum was made by his widow Els Blokker-Verwer. 

The collection, with an estimated value of some tens of millions of euros, is built around forty works by Jan Sluijters, who was the couple’s favourite painter. Also part of the collection are paintings by Leo van Gestel and Jan Toorop. 

It is the second time in a short period that the privately financed museum has been given a major art collection. Two and a half years ago collector Renée Smitshuis gave the museum a large number of Dutch expressionist paintings. 

In a video message on the museum’s website Els Blokker said it was never the couple’s intention to create a collection. ‘We had the opportunity to buy works and that is how it grew,’ she said. 

Blokker said it would be ‘a bit selfish’ to keep the collection to herself. ‘Those paintings belonged to other people and now I’m giving others a chance to enjoy them as well.’ 

The new wing will be ready in 2020.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Musical road drives Dutch villagers crazy by playing Frisian national anthem

DutchNews, April 9, 2018

Photo: Depositphotos.com
A small stretch of road which ‘plays’ part of the Frisian national anthem when cars drive over it is driving locals in the village of Jelsum to distraction. 

Officials thought the musical road would fit in well with with Leeuwarden being European capital of culture in 2018, and would have an impact on road safety, as motorists who drove too fast slowed down to fit the tune. 

But the cacophony of noise, especially when more than one car is using the road at the same time, is driving locals crazy. 

The music, triggered when cars drive over a row of white ridges on the tarmac, was installed on Friday evening. ‘The Frisian national anthem is fine, but not 24-hours a day,’ Sijtze Jansma, who lives 200 metres from the N357, told RTLNieuws. ‘I’m going nuts. You can’t sit outside and you can’t sleep at night.’ 

The locals are used to noise, given that their village is also home to an air force base where fighter jets regularly take off and land. ‘But I would rather the planes than this,’ Alie Tiemersma told the Leeuwarder Courant. ‘At least they stop at 5pm.’ 

Local Margriet de Ruiter told the newspaper the noise is ‘psychological torture’. 

A spokesman for Frisland province said that the complaints are being taken seriously. ‘We’re meeting this afternoon to try and decide how to solve this,’ the spokesman told broadcaster RTL Nieuws. ‘I think we will take a decision today. This is not what we expected.’ 

The province paid €80,000 to install the musical road surface – a price which includes the removal costs, the spokesman said. 

There are several other singing roads in the world and one in California also had to be removed after protests from locals.



Thursday, April 5, 2018

Dutch hospital challenges big pharma by making own version of very pricey drug

DutchNews, April 5, 2018

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Amsterdam’s AMC teaching hospital is to start making its own version of a licenced drug to treat a rare metabolic disorder because the medicine is no longer covered by health insurance after the price shot up. 

The drug, chenodeoxycholic acid or CDCA is produced by Italian pharmaceuticals company Leadiant. On April 1, the company ramped up the price by around 500% so it now costs some €200,000 per patient per year. The hospital can produce the drug for €25,000. 

Hospital pharmacies make their own medicines more often but this case is unusual because of the financial considerations. The hospital is offering ‘a social and economically-responsible alternative to a registered medicine which is so expensive that it is inaccessible to patients,’ the AMC said. 

Just 60 patients in the Netherlands suffer from the disease CTX which the drug is used to treat. 

The drug has been available since the 1970s but Leadiant only registered it as an orphan medicine with the European medicines agency last year. Orphan status, given to drugs which are used to treat very specific and rare illnesses, means a drug cannot be copied for a 10-year period. 

Prescription 

There is a loophole, however:  a pharmacist can make the drug for their own patients. And even though the AMC only has two, ‘anyone can register at our pharmacy with a doctor’s prescription,’ AMC professor Carla Hollak told the NRC

The measure is being supported by health insurance companies. Health minister Bruno Bruins told RTL news that he preferred the use of registered medicines because of the tough procedures they have gone through. Nevertheless, he said, it is unacceptable that companies raise the price ‘to make fat profits’. 

Blackmail 

The Dutch healthcare institute Zorginstituut Nederland said in February insurers should stop paying for expensive drugs if pharmaceutical companies continue to refuse to say how they arrive at the price. 

The institute, which assesses the efficacy of new drugs and advises the government on whether they should be included in the basic healthcare policy, says the drugs companies are effectively blackmailing officials by refusing to be transparent about their prices. 

DutchNews.nl has asked Leadiant for comment on the AMC action and the drug price hike.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Finance minister plans tighter rules on bankers’ pay

DutchNews, April 3, 2018

Photo: Rijksoverheid

Finance minister Wopke Hoekstra is planning to tighten the rules on bankers’ pay in the wake of the row that blew up over ING’s proposal to raise its chief executive’s salary by 50%. 

Hoekstra said he was considering three measures aimed at restoring public trust in the banking sector. ING’s board of directors backed down last month on Ralph Hamers’s pay package after facing a backlash from its customers and politicians. 

One idea is for bank executives to have to repay part of their salary if the bank is bailed out by the state, so that they take a share of the responsibility. The cabinet is also considering a rule that would force bankers to hold on to any shares they receive for a number of years, to encourage long-term thinking. 

Alternatively, the minister could introduce rules that require executive pay decisions to reflect the bank’s position in society. ‘Businesses should be held publicly accountable for this,’ he said in a letter to parliament. 

Hoekstra acknowledged that the plans would have to be evaluated to see if they risked breaching the right to property as defined in the European Convention on Human Rights. 

On Tuesday the minister criticised insurance firm ASR’s recommended 35% pay increase for its board members. ‘Remarkable and very high, especially in view of the fact that ASR was in the hands of the state until recently,’ Hoekstra said. 

ASR was nationalised in 2014 as part of the Dutch share of Fortis bank, at a cost of €3.65 billion. Since it was refloated on the stock exchange the state has earned around €725 million from share transactions.


Klaas Knot. Photo: De Nederlandsche Bank


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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.

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