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.)

North Korean defector criticises China in rare Beijing talk

North Korean defector criticises China in rare Beijing talk
North Korean defector and activist Hyeonseo Lee, who lives in South Korea, poses as she presents her book 'The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story' in Beijing on March 26, 2016 (AFP Photo/Fred Dufour)
"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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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Dutch trade minister somber about success of TTIP talks

DutchNews, August 30, 2016

Dutch trade minister Lilianne Ploumen has told broadcaster NOS that the ongoing TTIP trade talks between Europe and the US are proceeding with difficulty and without concessions from America, the treaty will not happen. 

Europe, Ploumen said, had made demands which need to be met before the treaty can become a reality. These include conditions for food safety and both the environmental and social aspects of the treaty. ‘

Without concessions from the Americans, I don’t see it happening,’ Ploumen said. Time is running out, given the next round of negotiations is due in October and that the US presidential elections take place in November, she said. 

Ploumen was reacting to comments made by Germany’s economic affairs minister Sigmar Gabriel who said he felt the talks had failed but that ‘no one is really admitting it’. 

He said that during the 14 rounds of talks so far, neither side had agreed on a single common chapter out of the 27 on the table.

‘Many of us in Europe think it is time for a “reset” in trade politics,’ Ploumen said. The treaty should be done differently, there should be greater transparency and more effort made to make sure that ordinary citizens understand the advantages, she said. 

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

US prison rejects parole for Lennon assassin for 9th time

Yahoo – AFP,  August 29, 2016

Items left at the mosaic named for John Lennon's song "Imagine" December 8,
2015 at Strawberry Fields, the Central Park garden dedicated in his honor, in
New York (AFP Photo/Timothy A. Clary)

New York (AFP) - Mark David Chapman, who murdered former Beatles legend John Lennon, has been denied parole for a ninth time, New York state prison officials said on Monday.

"I can confirm that he has been denied. I don't have any other details at this point," a prison spokeswoman told AFP.

The denial comes two years after Chapman's last parole request was rejected.

At the time, New York State parole officials told him in writing that his release "would be incompatible with the welfare of society and would so deprecate the serious nature of the crime as to undermine respect for the law."

Lennon, who would be 75 if he were still alive today, was gunned down by Chapman on December 8, 1980 at his apartment building near Manhattan's Central Park.

Chapman, 61, is an inmate at the Wende Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison in Alden, New York. He received a sentence of 20 years in prison to life for the murder of the legendary singer and composer.

The inmate, who is believed to suffer from mental illness, became eligible for parole in 2000, but the parole board that year and at each subsequent review every two years has refused to free him.

The next time he can be considered for possible release will be in August 2018.

Lennon, born on October 9, 1940 in Liverpool, England, gained such celebrity with The Beatles that he once quipped that the band was "more popular than Jesus."

Later in his life, after the breakup of the band, Lennon and his wife, Japanese artist Yoko Ono, increasingly devoted their attention to pacifist activism.

Ono is on record as being fiercely opposed to Chapman's release.

Lizard skins, swordfish horns and two tonnes of coral recovered in police raid

DutchNews, August 29, 2016

Picture: Dutch police. 
Police and customs officers have seized a record haul of illegal animal products, including swordfish horns, mounted crocodiles and coral. 

Altogether two tonnes of coral, as well as snake and lizard skins and ivory from protected species, were recovered from five storage units in North Brabant, together with €500,000 in cash and gold. 

A spokesman for Rotterdam police said researchers spent three days categorising the collection, which was characterised by a ‘bizarre range and diversity’. 

The trail to the illegal depot began after a routine check at Rotterdam harbour uncovered 345 kilos of coral contained in 15 packing cases on a container ship from China. 

The owner of the company where the items were stored, a 53-year-old man, is under investigation but police said no arrests have been made.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

English takes over at Dutch universities, just 40% of courses still in Dutch

DutchNews, August 26, 2016

Not all lecturers are fluent in English. Photo:

More than half of Dutch university courses are taught entirely in English, the Volkskrant said on Friday. 

The paper looked at 1,632 different degree courses at the country’s 13 universities and found 60% are now in English. When it comes to master’s degrees, just 30% are taught in Dutch and three universities only offer master’s degrees in English. 

Universities introduce English-language degrees to compete with other academic institutions and to reflect the internationalisation of education in general, the Volkskrant said. English courses also act as a draw to foreign students.

‘We are convinced that this will lead to better education and more opportunities for students in the international jobs market,’ Bastiaan Verweij of the Dutch university association VSNU told the paper. ‘Offering English education is part of this.’ 


Nevertheless, the shift is not without its critics among both students and academics. In particular, students complain about the poor quality of the English used by lecturers. 

At the end of last year, almost 60% of students in a poll by students union LSVB said they had been confronted with incomprehensible lecturers. 

Latin professor Piet Gerbrandy told the paper that his lectures lose subtlety and humour when given in English and that this applies to most non-native speakers. ‘By giving English such a prominent role at university, you remove the academic subtlety, the passion and the inspiration. And that is a shame.’ 

Nor are students, whether Dutch or foreign, always good enough at English to write and express themselves properly and without mistakes, he said. 


In a column in the Volkskrant earlier this month, Martin Sommer pointed out that in Leiden, all faculty meetings are held in English, even when there are only Dutch people present. 

Campaigners for Dutch higher education are giving up hope because the bottom line is all about money, he said. Fewer Dutch students are going to university and that means attracting more foreigners with English courses, or face cuts. 

Education minister Jet Bussemaker is also a supporter of English language degrees but not if the only aim is to bring in more foreign students. ‘I do not accept the fact that universities give lessons in English purely for commercial reasons,’ she told the paper. ‘The last word has not been said on this.’ 

The number of foreign students studying in the Netherlands rose by 20% to some 36,000 at the start of the last academic year. Most come from Germany, China, Italy, Greece and Britain.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Finland to test out basic income scheme

Yahoo – AFP, August 25, 2016

Finland's government will test an unconditional basic income amid a growing
debate on the subject in Europe (AFP Photo/Miguel Medina)

Helsinki (AFP) - Switzerland may have voted against the controversial idea of paying all its citizens a guaranteed income, but Finland indicated Thursday it plans to try out a monthly basic payment of 560 euros ($600).

The government said it had chosen the figure for an unconditional basic income in line with a manifesto pledge by centrist Prime Minister Juha Sipila, who took office 15 months ago.

Former businessman Sipila wants to see if the measure can boost employment and simplify the welfare benefits system, and plans to test the idea on a 2,000-strong sample of randomly selected working-age residents.

"The primary goal of the basic income experiment is related to promoting employment," said the health and social affairs ministry, adding that it also aimed to simplify the complicated benefits system in a sustainable way regarding public finances.

Amid a growing debate on the subject, Finland now wants to be the first European country to test the idea nationwide.

In June, voters in Switzerland decisively rejected a far more generous proposal to pay a monthly 2,500 Swiss francs (2,300 euros/$2,500) to each adult and 625 francs for each child.

The idea has support on the political left and right with the former wanting a guaranteed safety net while some liberal voices feel that money for nothing can dissuade some jobless people from seeking work.

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Bras, tanks and guns: Norway's women join the draft

Yahoo – AFP, Pierre-Henry Deshayes, August 25, 2016

Norwegian women have been able to volunteer for military service for almost 40 years

They sweat together, they sleep together: in the name of gender equality, Norway has introduced compulsory military service for women, even bunking them in mixed dorms with their brothers-in-arms.

The military's gender balance is not entirely equal yet, but almost a third of the Norwegian army conscripts born in 1997 were women this summer.

At the Setermoen army base just above the Arctic Circle, new recruits in an armoured battalion are learning to handle assault rifles for use on combat missions. Here and there, long ponytails stick out behind the recruits' caps.

"It gives me a bigger recruitment pool to choose from," the battalion's chief, Lieutenant Colonel Pal Berglund, says of the new gender equal draft.

"I'm still looking for the same competence I always have. And for me it's obvious that this competence is also present within a large part of the female population of Norway."

Norwegian women have been able to volunteer for military service for almost 40 years now, helping to gradually feminise the armed forces. The military welcomed its first female helicopter pilot, female jet fighter pilot and female submarine commander already in the early 1990s.

Norway's military bunks women in mixed dorms with their male counterparts

Unisex dorms

But in 2013, at a time when the prime minister was none other than current NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, a virtually unanimous parliament passed a law applying military conscription to both sexes.

The Scandinavian country -- where four of the last five defence ministers have been women -- has thus become the first North Atlantic Treaty Organization member and European country to draft both men and women, joining a tiny group of countries around the world, including Israel.

"In operations, it's an advantage having females. They have access to parts of the population that men don't have, for instance for intelligence gathering," says Berglund.

The army needs less than 10,000 new recruits each year, far fewer than the 60,000 who are liable to be called up. That means that only the most motivated will actually be asked to serve, in a country where military service is often seen as a personal accomplishment highly valued on the job market.

"It enables you to cut the umbilical cord. It's good that girls and boys get the same opportunities," says new conscript Marianne Westum.

"I'm aiming to become much more independent, to learn to work as a team member, to make friends from other walks of life. Basically to become more grown-up."

The 18-year-old shares living quarters with another woman and four men. Camouflage gear and a military-issued flask are neatly organised in a metal cupboard, only a bra and handbag indicating the presence of a woman.

Is it not tempting fate to throw young men and women together in unisex bunks?

"We see that exposure to each other increases tolerance, acceptance and understanding toward each other," insists Nina Hellum, a researcher at the Norwegian Research Defence Establishment.

A 2014 study showed that unisex dormitories helped combat sexual harassment 
because of "de-genderisation"


"You don't shit in your own nest. You don't want to have sex and fraternise with anyone in your room for example or in your small unit because that makes it quite awkward."

A 2014 study showed that unisex dormitories helped combat sexual harassment thanks to a phenomenom of "de-genderisation". Sharing living quarters makes both the men and women pay more attention to their behaviour, and thus they're able to develop a camaraderie, an almost sibling-like relationship, the study's authors claimed.

"In the beginning we were a little shy. We didn't really know how to behave around the girls. But once the initial awkwardness had passed, we relaxed and the girls were soon just like us," says a young male recruit, Kasper Sjavag.

Being mixed together with the guys "means that when it comes to performance, I really push my limits and can get used to working harder to keep up," says Kasper's female roommate, Gine Grimsbu.

"From a social aspect, the guys treat us well and they're respectful. There are a few who aren't used to being with girls but I think it'll be fine."

A recent survey conducted by the Norwegian army showed that an overwhelming majority of female soldiers are in favour of unisex dorms. But 18 percent still said they had been subjected to inappropriate comments or behaviour.

Ine Eriksen Søreide (Norway), Karin Enström (Sweden), Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert
(Netherlands) and Ursula von der Leyen (Germany). Photograph: Twitter

Government hits target on women in top jobs
Pay gap between men and women is getting smaller: research
Seven in 10 Dutch support abortion rights: survey

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

“… 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 New 'Message' from Space

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?  …”

Student societies are officially part of Dutch cultural heritage

DutchNews, August 25, 2016

New students in Delft. Photo: Delta

More famed for their bizarre initiation ceremonies, odd outfits and heavy drinking than their contribution to culture, Dutch student societies have been included in the country’s official list of immaterial traditions. 

The student societies ‘contribute to a lively, dynamic culture which fosters social cohesion and are important for the identity of many students in the Netherlands,’ the Dutch cultural heritage centre VIE said. 

These traditions include the initiation ceremonies, the mix of students from different faculties, and the regular drinks parties, according to the VIE website: ‘Every association has its own specific traditions and they are very aware of their long history, which can be traced back 200 years in some cases.’ 

The national umbrella group LKvK represents 48 student associations at the country’s 13 universities and put forward the system for official inclusion. 


Recognition as part of the official Dutch cultural heritage will ‘protect these traditions for the next generation of students,’ chairman Ruben Hoekman told the Volkskrant. Rather than simply being an excuse to party, the associations are ‘more and more offering places to study and organize career-orientated activities as well,’ he said. 

The oldest association in the Netherlands is the Groninger Studenten Corps Vindicat atque Polit which was founded in 1815. 

Many student associations have their own fraternity and sorority houses and competition to be accepted can be fierce. In university towns, groups of students undergoing initiation ceremonies are a common sight in the the first week of the new term. 

Cultural heritage

The Zundert Bloemencorso flower parade, the Boxmeerse Vaart procession, the slow gliding style of Dutch skating and the Sint Maartens celebrations in Utrecht are among the dozens of traditions already included on the list. The list is coordinated by the VIE and was set up in line with a Unesco convention. Later this year, the Netherlands will decide which traditions it will submit for inclusion on the international Unesco list.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Canada's Justin Trudeau defends the burkini

Yahoo – AFP, August 23, 2016

Some lawmakers in Canada's Quebec province have called for outlawing "burkinis"
-- body-concealing Islamic swimsuits -- following bans in at least 15 towns in
France's southeast (AFP Photo/Fethi Belaid)

Ottawa (AFP) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday defended individual rights and freedoms while touting cultural diversity and tolerance when asked about a controversy swirling in France over a burkini ban.

"We should be past tolerance in Canada," Trudeau told reporters after meeting with his ministers to plan the government's legislative agenda.

Some lawmakers in Canada's Quebec province have called for outlawing "burkinis" -- body-concealing Islamic swimsuits -- following bans in at least 15 towns in France's southeast.

They include the French Riviera resort town of Nice, the target of a jihadist attack on July 14, with the proponents citing the need to prevent public disorder.

Trudeau called for "the respect of individual rights and choices."

This, he said, should be "at the top of public discourse and debate."

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his son, Xavier, disembark a 
government plane as they arrive in Warsaw, Poland, Friday July 8, 2016. (Adrian
Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)

Trudeau dismissed the idea of a burkini ban in Canada, saying Canadians should rise above the controversy.

"In Canada, can we speak of acceptance, openness, friendship, understanding? It is about where we are going and what we are going through every day in our diverse and rich communities," he said.

Trudeau bemoaned instances where governments preach tolerance but act to undermine individual rights, saying with irony: "Tolerating someone means accepting their right to exist on the condition that they don't disturb us too, too much."

Islamic clothing and the French position on their use in public (AFP


Police Change Rules on Female Recruits Wearing Headscarves

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

“.   New Tolerance

Look for a softening of finger pointing and an awakening of new tolerance. There will remain many systems for different cultures, as traditions and history are important to sustaining the integrity of culture. So there are many in the Middle East who would follow the prophet and they will continue, but with an increase of awareness. It will be the increase of awareness of what the prophet really wanted all along - unity and tolerance. The angel in the cave instructed him to "unify the tribes and give them the God of Israel." You're going to start seeing a softening of intolerance and the beginning of a new way of being.

Eventually, this will create an acknowledgement that says, "You may not believe the way we believe, but we honor you and your God. We honor our prophet and we will love you according to his teachings. We don't have to agree in order to love." How would you like that? The earth is not going to turn into one belief system. It never will, for Humans don't do that. There must be variety, and there must be the beauty of cultural differences. But the systems will slowly update themselves with increased awareness of the truth of a new kind of balance. So that's the first thing. Watch for these changes, dear ones. ...."

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Russians and Ghanaian diplomats top league table for traffic offences

DutchNews, August 22, 2016

Russian and Ghanaian envoys are responsible for around two-thirds of traffic offences committed under the cover of diplomatic immunity, according to figures disclosed by Dutch police. 

Police logged a total of 35 offences by foreign officials in and around The Hague between 2012 and the start of 2016. Diplomats are protected from arrest or prosecution under the terms of the Treaty of Vienna. Fines can be issued against them but not enforced. 

Russian and Ghanaian representatives each breached the law 12 times. The offences were serious enough for police to become involved, such as driving under the influence of alcohol or failing to stop after an accident. 

Another 11 non-traffic-related offences involving diplomats were recorded, but exact details were not disclosed in the figures obtained by the ANP press agency. 

Officials at around 100 embassies, 80 consulates and 35 international organisations in the Netherlands and their families enjoy some form of diplomatic immunity. The vast majority are based in The Hague.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Olympic round up: Dutch complete open water double

DutchNews, August 16, 2016

Marit Bouwmeester celebrates her sailing gold. Photo: Wieringa Photography

 Swimmer Ferry Weertman has won gold for the Netherlands in the 10 kilometre open water race on the 10th day of the games. 

On Monday, Sharon van Rouwendaal won the women’s open water title.  Weertman, who won silver at the world championships last year, had been considered a serious medal contender and took the title in a photo finish. 

Meanwhile, sailor Marit Bouwmeester has become the first Dutch person to win a gold medal in a sailing event in 80 years, taking the gold tally to eight. 

Bouwmeester took the top prize in the laser radial class, after winning the silver medal in London in 2012. Silver went to Annalise Murphy of Ireland and bronze to Danish sailor Anne-Marie Rindom. The laser radial is a single-handed dinghy with a short mast. 

In other events,  Elis Ligtlee, the surprise winner of the gold medal in the keiren cycling race, has qualified for the semi-finals of the indoor sprint. And runner Susan Kuijken won a place in the final of the 5,000m with a seasonal best time of 15.19.96. 

Ten of the 13 Dutch medals so far these games have been won by women. The Netherlands is currently lying ninth in the medals table.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Simone Biles's five gold bid ends as Wevers takes beam title

Yahoo – AFP, Aug 15, 2016

Sanne Wevers competes in the women's balance beam in Rio on August 15,
2016 (AFP Photo/Toshifumi Kitamura)

Rio de Janeiro (AFP) - Simone Biles's bid for a record five women's gymnastics gold medals in Rio ended Monday when the US star was beaten into third place on the beam by Sanne Wevers of the Netherlands.

Biles -- a gold medallist in the team, all-around and vault in Rio -- fought to stay on the apparatus during her routine, scoring just 14.733 points.

It was the first time the 19-year-old has been beaten in a final since 2013.

Wevers, 24, took gold with 15.466 points ahead of American Lauren Hernandez, who won silver with 15.333.

The Dutch gymnast finished runner-up to three-time world all-around champion Biles on the beam at last year's world championships.

Despite getting off to a strong start the 1.45m (4ft 9ins) Texan put her hands down on the beam after landing a front somersault.

Biles still has a chance for a record-equalling fourth gold in Tuesday's floor final.

Soviet gymnast Larissa Latynina (1956), Czech Vera Caslavska (1968) and Romanian Ecaterina Szabo (1984), have all also won four gold medals at the same Olympics.

Sanne Wevers acknowledges the crowd. Photo: AP 

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Olympic round up: Dutch win fifth gold with 10 km open water swimming

DutchNews, August 15, 2016

Sharon van Rouwendaal in action. Photo: AP Photo/David Goldman

Swimmer Sharon van Rouwendaal won the Netherlands’ fifth gold medal on Monday by beating off 24 opponents to take the 10 kilometre open water gold. 

The 22-year-old was second in the event at the world championships last year and finished 16 seconds ahead of world title holder Aurélie Muller of France. Muller was later disqualified for hampering Italy’s Rachele Bruni who exchanged her bronze medal for the silver. 

The judges decision meant that Brazil’s Poliana Okimoto won bronze. It is the host nation’s first swimming medal of the Games, and the country’s first ever women’s Olympic medal in the swimming marathon. 

In other events, Dafne Schippers qualified easily for the semi-finals of the 200m, following her disappointing performance in the 100m. 

On Monday afternoon, the Dutch women’s volleyball team will meet South Korea in an effort to win a semi-final place and sailor Marit Bouwmeester has hopes of a medal in the laser radial class. 

The women’s hockey team are also in action on Monday evening as they take on Argentina for a place in the semi-finals.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Olympic round up: surprise cycling gold but Schippers fails to score

DutchNews, August 14, 2016

Elis Ligtlee celebrates winning the
women’s keirin event. Photo:
Konstantin Chalabov/Sputnik 
There was unexpected success as well as disappointment for the Dutch at the Olympic games in Rio on Saturday with one gold win and two medal hopes dashed.

Cyclist Elis Ligtlee was the surprise winner in the keirin, an indoor cycling race with a mass sprint finish. 

The 22-year-old, who was European champion in 2013 and 2015, had never ended higher than 11th in a world event. ‘Unbelievable, I don’t know what happened,’ she told broadcaster NOS. ‘My legs hurt. I can’t believe it.’ 

But there was disappointment for the Dutch too when sprinter Dafne Schippers failed to win a medal in the 100m. Schippers, who is one of the favourites to take the 200m title, crossed the finish in fifth place in a time of 10.90. 

Physical issues

The gold went to Elaine Thompson of Jamaica, who took the Olympic title over from team mate Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pry. Tori Bowie of the US, who was behind Fraser-Pry and Schippers at the world championships last year, was second. 

Schippers said after the race that she had been dealing with ‘some physical problems in the last days’, issues which her coach Bart Bennema said later could have meant the end of the tournament for her. Neither went into further details. 

Swimmer Ranomi Kromowidjojo also failed to win a medal in the 50m freestyle, despite being one of the favourites. ‘My games have gone wrong,’ she told reporters in tears after the race. ‘I can only blame myself.’ 

The defending champion also failed to make a mark in the 100m.

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Nine in 10 Dutch youngsters are happy with their lives

DutchNews, August 12, 2016

Nine out of 10 Dutch youngsters are happy with their lives, according to research by national statistics office CBS

The CBS asked over 4,000 12 to 25-year-olds about how happy they were with life in general and about specific aspects such as their work, where they lived and their health. 

It found youngsters are most positive about their friends, their mental health and where they live. They were least happy about their finances and how much free time they had. 

Teenagers are happier than young adults – 94% compared with 87%. Girls are slightly less happy than boys about their appearance, but 78% are still content with the way they look. 

CBS researcher Maarten Bloem told broadcaster NOS there is a high level of life satisfaction in the Netherlands. 

Earlier studies have show Dutch children are among the happiest in the world but a research project by the CBS last year showed 25% of Dutch adults are not happy with their lives.

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A Human baby comes into the planet today, but what is going on today is different from when you were born. You're in a new place in space, the Sun is quiet, you have the nodes and the nulls feeding new information into the grids, and the paradigm of consciousness is different for them than it was for you. Their Genesis cells, the "how a Human works" cells, are changing.

Things will start working that are unusually different for standard Human nature. The intuitive self, the barrier between innate and consciousness, will start to improve. The barrier starts to become less. Be ready for children who have very accurate intuition about what's wrong with them. If they tell you something's wrong, take them to the doctor! Immediately. Don't tell them, "It's your imagination, honey", or, "It will be okay later; it's growing pains." Do you hear that? There are those listening to this right now who need to hear that, because their children are saying, "I feel funny; something’s wrong." Mothers who are used to raising children are also used to an old energy paradigm that has a certain health template. This is changing. The kids are starting to awaken to being intuitive about their own health. The bridge isn't built yet to innate, but it is closer with them and they're feeling something. Innate is talking to them for the first time. Listen: You didn't have it, but they do. Listen to them.

The Akash of the child is starting to become clearer. These children are going to tell you many things about who they've been and what they've done. If you're a parent and you are listening to this now, the worst thing you can do is suppress it. The best thing you can do is to tell the child the absolute truth, the absolute truth: "I believe you." When you say things out loud, it helps the child. That's truthful and the child will get it. Listen, parent: In these things, be an ally to your child, and it will change your relationship with your children. Be honest with them about it all. Tell them not everyone will understand, so there are times to be quiet about it. These are instructions for kids in the New Age. These attributes are going to get even stronger, and your instructions will make sense.

Instinct is going to work better than it ever has. Instinct is not something that you are used to seeing much in Humans. You see it in animals mostly, because the offspring of animals have a very strong survival instinct. It is passed to them so well that they can actually walk within hours of birth! You don't have that. However, this same mechanical passing of instinct is starting to become stronger in Humans, and especially that which will come from the Akash. It is chemical as well as being esoteric (genetic and Akashic). As it is in animals, you should have it also and you will. You're going to see children remembering how to walk and how to eat much earlier, without training. It will be faster than the older paradigm, and faster than the doctors who know about child development will have seen. It will be "off the scale". Get ready for it; it's instinct. It's simple chemistry. It's the DNA working better.

If you look at the DNA cell itself, you might ask, what is happening? The truth is that DNA is becoming more informed, some say "enabled". Now, there is a buzzword in esoteric belief called activation. Please don't change it, but know that it's not accurate. You are not activating anything. Instead, you are releasing DNA from a prison. If you have somebody who is crippled in a chair, shriveled and not able to move, yet suddenly they are released from this bondage, and the fingers untangle and the hand starts to become whole again, it's because something that has happened to the DNA. It hasn't happened to the hand, or to the muscle, or to the fingers, not even to the arm, but to the DNA. It's a release. I want you to hold this vision. All the changes I have talked about are about being released from  a prison of crippled DNA! And (get ready), it happens to ALL DNA in the body at once. It's a "whole body experience", not a local "hand/arm" one.

Your DNA is crippled in this old energy, and it's your own free choice that created this. Your DNA, your lifespan (aging), your diseases are all where you wanted to take the energy of this planet, and your DNA cooperated. This is what you've lived with, and what is now changing. It's not DNA activation, it's DNA release. Release!

The profundity of it all: Do you realize the help that you have? Did you think for a moment that all of this was going to be you just doing these things? It involves the galaxy, the part of space you're in, the nodes and the nulls, and the creator of the Universe. It involves the Pleiadians, it involves your timeline, and it involves love. All of this is for you to sit in a new energy and release the bonds of your DNA. Now, dear ones, old souls, there is something you ought to know. You don't have to wait to be reborn for this. The old soul has the equipment inside right now, just like the newborn.  ….”

“… The New "Listening" Body

Number three: There'll never be a time in Human history that is more profound than this one, when it comes to how the body is listening to what you are saying. There is a process, and always has been, where the cells of the body are on alert to what the boss - you - wants. For years, we have been asking you to talk to your body, talk to your cellular structure. Now we're going to tell you that it's listening, even when you don't realize what you're automatically saying! It's now listening 24-7. So what are you saying to it?

This is now a time where negative dialogue will have more personal influence on you than ever before. Think about what you are saying in life as you move around socially. What is your attitude when you say it, and how often do you say it? Your body is listening. Dear Lightworker, part of your spiritual evolution is that the body, the innate, is now aware of everything. Now, you may say, “Well, that's nice.” It's more than nice; it's profound! If you don't listen to this and understand it, you will keep you aging in the same old way you have. This is why we have spoken of affirmations more than ever before. This is far more than just positive thinking. Every time you open your mouth, you have the potential to give instructions to your body, and it listens to you when you talk to it. Unfortunately, your habits are to tell your body that you are unworthy!

I want you to think about what you're saying. When somebody asks you about your health, about your spirituality, about your intent, or about your aging, do you say the words, “I am working on it. I am trying”? The result is the cells of your body say, "Well, she's working on it - she is trying," but (implied), "She doesn't have it yet." I want you to listen to yourself when you talk. Are you giving "less than" messages to your own body?

Perhaps I've said enough, but almost every single one of you comes from a culture that is proud of demeaning itself in some way. It's an old habit from old ways that are supposed to represent a gracious countenance. Someone wants to give you a gift or celebrate your birthday. How many of you automatically say, "You shouldn't have"? Do you realize that your actions and words are saying, “I don't deserve it" to your own innate? Your actions say, “I am unworthy.” Don't you think your body hears this or sees it? It does. It is time to get out of the unworthy closet, Lightworker! You are alive with God inside! Don't be afraid or ashamed to proclaim, “I am healthy, I am healed, I am youthing, I am in charge of the situation.” Not, “I'm working on it” or, “I'm trying.” That tells your body that it may happen someday, but not today. That's the difference. “I am worthy of happiness. I am worthy of a peaceful situation in my life. I am worthy of a solution in my life.”

When someone wants to give you a gift or celebrate your birthday, automatically say, "Thank you for this wonderful gift!" Your innate will hear, "I am worthy of this gift of appreciation from others." Then love them for it. ….”