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Northern lights over Terschelling, Friesland. 27-28 February, 2014 (NOS/Klaas Smit)

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.)




Google: Fijne Koninginnedag 2012 gewenst ! (30 Apr 2012)

Netherlands turns orange for first ever 'King's Day'

Netherlands turns orange for first ever 'King's Day'
Google: Fijne eerste koningsdag ! (26 Apr 2014)
"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, October 21, 2014

Indonesians Take to Social Media to Celebrate Jokowi’s Inauguration

Jakarta Globe, Oct 20, 2014

Indonesian President Joko Widowo, center, and first lady Ariana, and Vice President
Jusuf Kalla, fourth right, and his spouse Mufidah Kalla, third right, and former President
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, second left, former first lady Ani Yudhoyono, left, former
 Vice President Boediono, second right, and his spouse Herawati, right, People's
 Consultative Assembly (MPR) speaker Zulkifli Hasan, fourth left, and his spouse Futri
Zulya Safitry, third left, pose for photographers after the inauguration ceremony at the
House of Representative in Jakarta on Oct. 20, 2014. (AFP Photo/ Bay Ismoyo)

Jakarta. Indonesians took on their social media accounts to welcome the country’s seventh president, Joko Widodo, who was inaugurated on Monday.

The hashtag #PresidenJokowi has been the top trending topic on Twitter worldwide since Monday morning.

Social media users in Jakarta took to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Path to post pictures of the street celebrations taking place at the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle.

For a while “Jalesveva Jayamahe”, the motto of the Indonesian Navy, also made it onto the worldwide trending topic list, after Joko cited the expression, which is Sanskrit for “In the sea we will triumph,” during his inauguration address to emphasize the importance of Indonesia becoming a global maritime axis.

Various versions of posters depicting Joko moments before his inauguration with quotations have been circulated all over the Internet as well.

Ade Mardiyanti, an Indonesian living in Sydney, posted a picture of her standing next to a television showing footage of Joko’s inauguration ceremony on her Facebook account.

“Chose to stay at home after I finished work only to witness the inauguration of Indonesia’s new president. Rocky road ahead for him. Good luck, Mr. President!” Ade wrote.

Renowned film director Joko Anwar also tweeted several pictures of the celebration.

“Rock n’Roll, Mr. President,” Joko said.

A music concert is scheduled to start at 4 p.m to celebrate the inauguration with a number of musicians including Indonesian rock band Slank and British band Arkarna scheduled to perform. Joko is famous for being a huge fan of heavy metal.

Tens of thousands are expected to attend a concert held to honor President 
Joko Widodo at the National Monument on Monday. (AFP Photo/Adek Berry)


From left to right: Kahiyang Ayu, Kaesang Pangarep, President Joko Widodo, First
 Lady Iriana Widodo and Gibran Rakabuming Raka appear at the Jakarta's governor
house on Oct. 20, 2014 before the presidential inauguration. (ID Photo/Emeral)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Dutch dredging firms win new Suez Canal mega contract

DutchNews.nl, Monday 20 October 2014

(NOS/EPA)
Dutch dredging companies Boskalis and Van Oord have acquired a hotly contested contract to build a second Suez canal in Egypt. The contract is worth around $1.5bn, the Financieele Dagblad reported at the weekend.

‘It’s one of the biggest dredging jobs of the decade’, the paper quotes Boskalis ceo Peter Berdowski as saying.

The contract was signed at the weekend by the Egyptian prime-minister and the head of the  Suez Canal Authorities (SCA). Boskalis and Van Oord have formed a consortium with Belgian company Jan de Nul and NMDC from Abu Dhabi.

Congestion

The plan to build a second Suez Canal parallel to the existing canal was announced by president Al-Sisi in August. It is meant to put an end to the one way traffic in some parts of the canal and avoid congestion on one of the most important shipping routes in the world.

The project will also bring employment to the area, revive the economy and give a boost to national pride, the FD writes.

The canal generates some $5bn in toll revenue a year which makes it the Egypt’s biggest earner. A parallel shipping lane will almost double the number of ships that pass through the canal and take it from 49 to 97 ships a day. The Egyptian government expects toll revenue to rise to over $13bn annually.

Challenge

The consortium is going to have to remove 180 million cubic meters of sand in order to dig the 24 meter deep, 50km long canal. Time is short: the consortium only has ten months to finish the job and dredging boats from all over the world are converging on Egypt. ‘It’s going to be an enormous challenge,’ Berdowski is quoted as saying.

The Dutch consortium pipped the China Harbor Engineering & Construction (Chec) to the post, ‘probably because we were the only ones who could come up with the material in such a short amount of time,’ Berdowski told the FD.

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Matthew message (Channelled by Suzanne Ward, Oct 19, 2014)

Matthew Ward - October 19, 2014

Matthew Ward
With loving greetings from all souls at this station, this is Matthew. For the most part, mainstream media coverage of Ebola is straightforward; but like most major world issues, it is marked by political finger-pointing, particularly regarding the few cases in Spain and the United States. Given your mobile world, the appearance of symptoms several days after onset of the disease and their similarity to symptoms of other maladies, the sickness popping up outside of the heavily-stricken western African countries was inevitable. The heartening aspect is that the medical community has been given a forum to allay fear that the disease can spread out of control. Of course, no one can report that once again the light is insuring that the Illuminati’s intention to create a pandemic and worldwide fear is a failure.

The political penchant for assigning blame is hotter and heavier about ISIS, which isn’t faring at all well insofar reports to allay fear about their intentions, and justifiably so. Those forces will continue to make headway until an allied regional effort stops them, and that will come. The underlying factor, ever-increasing light, will be construed as self-serving interests of neighboring nations, and indeed pragmatism will enter the stage. As leaders who are refraining from active involvement realize that ISIS forces could carry their terror-based “Islam state” across whatever borders they wish, vulnerable countries will jump into the fray.

We know that as those two situations run their respective courses, they are providing many souls the opportunity to work through chosen karmic lessons. Still, it is a sadness for us that some of our Earth family are treating others without a shred of mercy.

Now then, we welcome your many insightful questions and comments about “decade of delay,” years 2007 and 2017, NESARA and how the plan for Earth’s Golden Age came about. To show the interrelatedness of all, we shall connect the dots in prior messages and fill any gaps in that information so you can see the tapestry unfold in its entirety, so to say.

The master plan for Earth’s Golden Age was predicated upon your world’s readiness for international reconciliation and cooperation by your year 2007. It’s not that the cause of the delay began then, but rather that the council had expected your society to have reached that stage of spiritual and conscious preparedness by that time. As we continue, you shall see why the expectations were logical, why they were not met, and why that year on your calendar was pivotal in the council’s timeline. Everything took place beyond your concept of time, but we shall do our best to explain it within a sequential frame of reference.

The plan came about because Gaia, the soul that eons ago embodied in what now is your homeland planet, sent out a call for help. The negativity that had accumulated due to civilizations’ relentless blood-shedding had so diminished Earth’s light that her ability to remain in orbit was severely imperiled. The two previous episodes when the planet’s very life was at stake, the release of amassed negativity happened with such cataclysmic force that all life forms perished. Gaia loved them all, even the people who contributed to the negativity, and each time of departure sorrowed her deeply. This time she wanted her residents not only to survive, but physically ascend with her planetary body, which would be restored to its original pristine health and beauty so all of her life forms could flourish and live together joyously and harmoniously. Her clear vision of that Earth became manifest in the universal continuum.

Accommodating Gaia’s desire and her body’s immediate need to start ridding itself of negativity required a massive amount of light, and God authorized powerful civilizations to provide it. The initial infusion stabilized Earth’s orbit, jarred her loose from deep third density’s entrenched negativity and enabled her to begin ascending. Naturally, that light and all forthcoming from those far distant sources would be available to all of her life forms, too, but how to motivate humankind to peer through the darkness that shrouded the planet so they could “see the light” was quite another matter.

It was at that point the council entered the picture. They accepted the task of inspiring the peoples to take charge of their   ascension by receptivity to the incoming light so they could start generating their own with forcefulness. This was essential for two reasons of equal importance to ascension: Light transforms bodies’ carbon-based cells into the crystalline structure that can survive in vibratory levels that eventually Earth would reach; and by dissolving the “veil” between third density consciousness and soul-level knowledge, the light opens hearts and minds to the spiritual enlightenment that engenders soul growth.

After discussing all the intricacies, complexities and requirements involved—first and foremost that everyone’s free will must be honored in accordance with Creator’s edict to rulers of all the universes—the council came up with a plan. It had to be put into a linear timeframe for your understanding, and since it is your world, it could only be what you want it to be. Therefore, all aspects of the plan had to become part of the collective consciousness, that energy mass of countless thoughts, feelings and deeds that steers activity in Earth’s field of potential and determines what happens in your world.

So a major consideration was how to present the plan in a format that would start people thinking about it. At that time in your history, the United States was considered to be the most globally influential of all countries, making it practical to start there, and so it did—members of that government were inspired to form the National Economic Security and Reformation Act that is commonly known by its acronym NESARA. This legislation has been the dark ones’ target of manifold lies and sabotage, which led to denial of its existence by some who heard of it and to serious misconceptions by others. If you don’t know what NESARA actually encompasses—it is no less than the basis of world transformation and spiritual renewal!—and its evolution through both light and dark passages, please read previous messages that give detailed accounts. [Special NESARA edition, August 13, 2006, provides background information; a number of other messages include additional coverage.]

The provisions of NESARA and all other facets of the plan were developed in the continuum, where what you think of as past, present and future is a series of simultaneous happenings; where souls’ evolutionary station is known by the amount of light they radiate and matching them up according to their interests, innate capabilities and necessary karmic experiencing can be easily arranged. Always pre-birth agreements are made with unconditional love and designed to benefit every soul participating in the shared lifetime, and so it was with the council’s plan, albeit the most unusual and far-reaching ever devised. Never before in this universe had an entire civilization entered into an agreement whereby the vast majority would undertake such a monumental challenge: completing in only one lifetime all third density karmic lessons they needed to achieve balance and evolve spiritually and consciously into fourth density.

This unique opportunity attracted trillions of eager souls, far more than could enter Earth’s population, and those who were selected were apprised of every part of the plan. They knew that after birth they would not remember any of it, but inner guidance would keep them on track via soul-level messages to the consciousness—conscience, intuition, instinct, aspirations and inspirations—because this is true of every physical life. The stunning difference this time was, all participants knew that they would be helping to create in linear time a world that already exists in the continuum by virtue of Gaia’s manifestation. And, all felt certain that they would masterfully perform their chosen roles.

Nevertheless, in the council’s planning of a process unprecedented in speed and scope, they wisely took into account that some of the weaker souls might falter and welcome assistance in addition to the continuous in-beaming of light from distant civilizations, and the plan included several means to handle that contingency. Stronger souls who had shared lifetimes with weaker ones could take upon themselves a portion of those souls’ heavy karma; volunteers for those roles were in fourth or higher densities, and so were the energy healers, psychic intermediaries and receivers of telepathic communication, who would help in their respective ways. A multitude of souls was needed to become way-showers and standard-bearers. Some would intuitively know the truth of information transmitted by messengers in the light and share it with all who were receptive; others would become active in various reform efforts or prepare for professions where they could influence positive changes; and some of the many souls who would exemplify the power of positive thoughts and feelings and the joy of living in godly ways would fill other roles, too.

Surely it is no surprise that you who have stayed steadfast in the light despite obstacles, disappointing setbacks and perhaps scornful disrespect are among the volunteers selected to fill one or more of those roles that have helped so many along their ascension pathway!

Vital to the plan were souls who would create the harsh circumstances the masses needed and when that was completed, join the light forces. Only the most highly evolved beings could be entrusted with those missions, and the council selected the volunteers whose dependability in the most challenging areas of light service had been proven time and again. There was no reason whatsoever to anticipate that they would renege on the latter part of their agreement, but that is what happened. Those individuals had fallen under the spell of the darkness that engulfed the planet and they refused to relinquish their power, control of the masses and fortunes gained illegally or immorally. No amount of urging at soul- and conscious-levels, pledges of assistance or warnings about self-judgment in lifetime reviews convinced them to honor their agreement.

They are the top of the Illuminati, an alliance of disparate groups that own or have infiltrated every organization, institution and corporation that impacts life in your world, from governments to banking and commerce, religions to education and media, military, entertainment, legal and justice systems. The alliance, which is pyramidal with a handful of individuals at the peak and many, many minions at the bottom who have no idea that they are working in league with a malevolent force, also is known to you as the secret government, one world government, new world order, the cabal or the elitists.

Although the council’s timeline for world situations to be greatly improved and the peoples’ burdens eased so they could “see the light” had arrived in your linear time, the Illuminati continued hiding truths and fomenting wars, destruction, disease and impoverishment just as many generations of dark ones had done before them. That didn’t affect Earth’s ascension pace—she entered fourth density right on target as predestined, at the end of 2012—but relentless turmoil and hardships and ignorance of truths have kept most of her peoples within third density’s limited conscious and spiritual awareness.

The billions who are coping with one hardship or injustice piled atop others or are barely surviving cannot imagine anything except the violence, misery, despair and fear in their lives. Troops in combat believe what they have been told: It is your patriotic duty to fight for freedom or it is your responsibility to avenge what was done to your ancestors. The large numbers employed in companies that produce the machinery of war may abhor war’s death and destruction, but their foremost interest is their livelihood that supports their families. Thus, contrary to the council’s expectations of your society’s advancement by 2007, thoughts of a peaceful world where everyone sharing equally Earth’s abundance had but a feeble toehold in the collective consciousness.

Our replying at this point to the numerous readers who have expressed interest in the political future of the United States may seem strange, but you shall see that it is purposeful. The two cited questions are representative of the others: “Will the November elections give Republicans control of Congress?” and “You predicted correctly that Barack Obama would be elected US president in 2008. Will Hillary Clinton become that country’s first female president in 2016?”

We won’t know which candidates will be elected in November until that nation’s voters decide. Since we often have said that the outcome of everything transpiring on Earth is known because it is fait accompli in the continuum, it is natural to wonder why we don’t know who the winners will be. The election results won’t affect planetary ascension one whit and will have little impact on the collective consciousness, which comprises the energy put forth not only by humans, but also every other life form on the planet. Because the winners aren’t significant in those contexts and there is no clarity in Earth’s field of potential, there is no way for us to know who they will be. As for the 2016 presidential election, so much will take place during the next two years that even hazarding a guess about who will want to run for the office would be senseless and futile.

We did not predict, we stated with certainty that Barack Obama would be elected, and this brings us back to why 2007 was a pivotal year: That is when thoughts about his being a potential US presidential candidate entered the collective consciousness. The soul that embodied as Barack Obama was chosen to lead your world into Gaia’s long-awaited era of peace, so it was essential that thoughts and feelings favoring him as president emerge, then keep increasing until the energy momentum was unstoppable. The voters’ decision to elect him the following year was as predestined as surely as was Earth’s ascension.

Let us tell you why a personage of this soul was Gaia’s and the council’s choice. After the soul originated in a fourth density civilization, its lineage became universally respected as personages evolved into seventh density through multiple lifetimes of leading conflicted peoples into harmonious cooperation and assisting in civilizations’ advancement. Personages were instrumental in ending wars between civilizations as well as between warring factions within a population; others were members of universal consultancy councils for upgrading civilizations’ educational, governing or justice systems; and many held topmost positions in highly evolved worlds. Barack Obama is innately endowed with that cumulative wisdom, knowledge and experience, and lifelong he has followed soul-level guidance to fulfill the peace mission he doesn’t consciously know he accepted prior to birth.

Had the souls who came in to create havoc for the masses—and indeed did—not reneged on their agreement to join the light forces afterwards, the timeline in the Golden Age master plan would have prevailed. By now Obama would have completed much of his presidential mission and your society would be well on the way to living peacefully. Instead, he inherited two wars and now is combatting the terrorism that in no small part is their offspring. And, despite the light’s immense headway in weakening the Illuminati’s global network, they retained enough power within and beyond the Congress to doom most of Obama’s visionary initiatives, and their efforts to keep the negativity of divisiveness alive and thriving in your society have been aided unwittingly by his political adversaries. The United States has no monopoly on this—very few governments in your “free” world have been free of Illuminati influence, and most are beset with competitive members who produce stalemates instead of progress.

By no means are we saying that everyone should have the very same idea about governance or any other issue—it is by assimilating the diversity of ideas, cultures and philosophies that a civilization is enriched and advances! What we are saying is that many souls who clamored to participate in significant roles to usher in the era of peace have not done what they felt certain they would: make choices in fulfillment of their chosen missions. This is both the cause and the effect of the ten-year delay.

Beloved sisters and brothers, please don’t translate “delay” into “it could take forever!” as one reader wrote. There are myriad areas throughout your world where betterment is flourishing thanks to dedicated individuals, civic groups or national and international organizations. Mainstream media are expanding reports of such stories and there is a plethora of heartening information in televised interviews, documentary films, conferences, workshops, books, magazines and the Internet. Of course not all of you can actively take part in those kinds of forward-moving endeavors—most of you didn’t sign up to do that anyway—but feeling grateful for these successes, excited about them and optimistic about Earth’s future sends forth a profusion of light. Light, the same energy as love, is the key to manifesting fuller realization of the council’s Golden Age plan.

Now then, just as there was no evidence of a dramatic event when Earth entered fourth density, nothing profound will be evident as 2017 nears its end and the planet enters the density’s higher “layers.” There is no demarcation between those just as there is none between the densities themselves, which we number only to indicate advancement in location or spiritual and conscious awareness. Energy simply flows hither and yon in accordance with the vibrations emitted by its attachments that include all the thoughts and feelings constantly shooting up from Earth, and ascension is moving into areas where the vibrations are higher, or faster, than where you were previously. However, at times celestial alignments produce energy surges that rapidly propel orbiting bodies into higher astral planes, and such will be the case the latter part of your year 2017, which coincides with the decade of delay reaching its end. During the interim Earth will be traveling through increasingly high vibrations that will birth new changes and add impetus to all underway.

Our beloved Earth family, if we knew when the major changes you asked about will come to pass, we would rejoice in telling you—our last message explained why we don’t know. Even God doesn’t know. Let me speak for myself for a moment to give you a little illustration about foreknowledge of free will choices. Several years ago, when two men were courting my sister, my mother asked God which she would choose or neither. God said, “I don’t know.” My mother asked how He could not know since she is a part of Him, and God replied,“Yes, and as soon as she knows, so will I.”

Lighted souls throughout the universe are with you in spirit, cheering you ever onward, and some are right there beside you on your ascension pathway.

LOVE and PEACE

Suzanne Ward

Sunday, October 19, 2014

'Safety procedures ignored' at Petten nuclear reactor: investigation

Dutchnews.nl, Saturday 18 October 2014

An investigation into the safety of the nuclear reactor in Petten has revealed a catalogue of errors, leading to calls for it to be shut down, the Volkskrant said on Saturday.

Production at the reactor, which provides 30% of the base materials for medical isotopes used in nuclear medicine worldwide, was suspended between last November and February, ostensibly for reasons of maintenance, the Volkskrant writes.

In reality, the closure was prompted by a string of safety incidents, of which neither the (local) authorities nor the nuclear installations inspectorate were informed at the time, the paper said.

The new NRG management  found a number of serious safety breaches. ‘Essential safety procedures were ignored,’ the paper quotes head of operations Harrie Buurlage as saying. Inspectors finally closed the reactor down because the safety of the workforce could no longer be guaranteed.

Meltdown

One incident involved a broken gas metre which measures if and how much radioactivity is released into the environment.

Inspectors also found that a pipe for cooling water, an essential part of the reactor, had not been checked up for the last ten years. If the pipe had been defective the reactor would be ‘dry’ within 30 minutes which could result in a meltdown of the reactor core, the inspectors warned.

How this procedure could have disappeared from the safety protocol is unclear but the most likely cause is a combination of human error, miscommunication, and missing documentation, according to the inspectorate.

It wasn’t the first time serious safety breaches were found in the Petten installation. In 2002 the reactor was closed down for a month at the instigation of the International Atomic Energy Agency (AEAA) and staff were sent on safety courses.

Meanwhile economic affairs minister Kamp announced on Friday he was going to give a loan of €82m to energy research organisation ECN and its subsidiary NRG to keep the reactor open until 2023 when a new reactor will replace the present one.

Explanation

In a shocked reaction on Saturday Labour MP Jan Vos called for the immediate closure of the reactor, and a majority of MPs want minister Kamp to explain exactly what has been happening in Petten.

D66 MP Stientje van Veldhoven said she was shocked the nuclear inspectorate had not taken any decisive action in the last ten years. She also wants minister Kamp to explain why parliament wasn’t informed earlier.

Greenpeace also favours the immediate shut-down of the reactor. ‘We have been saying the reactor is unsafe for the last twenty years. You can’t afford to make mistakes where nuclear power is involved. Meanwhile it’s one incident after another,’ the paper quotes Greenpeace spokesperson Jorien Lege as saying.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

'2.5 million people in the Netherlands live below the poverty line'

DutchNews.nl, Friday 17 October 2014

(Nu.nl)
In total, 2.5 million people out of almost 17 million live below the poverty line in the Netherlands - that is 14% of the population - according to a new report.

But despite the economic crisis, this is only an increase of 1% over the past five years, says the report on the development of poverty in Europe. It was drawn up by the Platform31 urban research centre in The Hague and the European Urban Knowledge Network (EUKN), news agency ANP reported.

The figures are far higher than other reports on poverty in the Netherlands, which say around 7.6% of people are living below the poverty line.

Poverty in the Netherlands is mainly confined to disadvantaged urban areas, the report says.

‘This concentration and exclusion from other groups in society reduces the chances poor people have to improve their situation,’ the report said. ‘This gives children unequal opportunities in education and then on the jobs market, the report said.

The ANP report on the research did not give a definition of poverty.

Poverty line

The Dutch government’s socio-cultural think tank said last December at least 1.2 million people were living in poverty in the Netherlands last year, less than half the Platform31 calculation.

The SCP puts the poverty line at €1,040 a month for single people and €1,430 for a couple. A couple with two children is classed as poor if their gross income is less than €1,960 – or €24,000 per year.

The SCP definition is based on having an income which is ‘not much but sufficient’ and includes what is considered necessary to eat, live, buy clothes and take part in social activities.
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Two more Rabobank staffers face US charges over interest rate fixing

DutchNews.nl, Friday 17 October 2014

(NOS/ANP)
The American authorities have charged two more former Rabobank workers for the role in the Libor interest rate manipulation scandal.

The new charges mean six former Rabobank staffers have now faced charges in connection with the case. The two latest suspects are British men who worked as derivatives traders for Rabobank in London. One was the head of the Liquidity & Finance division, the US justice department statement said.

Rabobank itself reached an out of court settlement with the American authorities last year, agreeing to pay a fine of €254m.

In total Rabobank paid €774m in out of court settlements for its role in the Libor scandal, which cost the bank's chief executive Piet Moorland and department head Sipko Schat their jobs.

Fourteen bank workers have faced disciplinary measures such as the loss of bonuses, and five have been sacked for their role in the scandal.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

No jail or fines for 'idealistic' marijuana growing couple

DutchNews.nl, Thursday 16 October 2014

(NOS)
A couple who grew marijuana 'by the book' and informed the tax office about their income have been found guilty of running an illegal plantation but will face no punishment.

The couple, aged 49 and 39, come from Bierum in Groningen province and have been arrested several times for marijuana production.

They say that by using legal electricity, paying tax and having no criminal connections show that marijuana can be grown without problems. The Netherlands turns a blind eye to the consumption of small amounts of marijuana sold through licenced coffee shops but production remains illegal.

Honesty

In its ruling, the court said the couple had always been honest in their dealings with police and justice ministry officials and had acted in the spirit of Dutch soft drugs legislation with regard to public health and public safety. In addition, they had only supplied local council licenced coffee shops.

'The fact that the sale of soft drugs through coffee shops is turned a blind eye to implies that coffee shops are supplied and that [the marijuana] has to be grown,' the court said. The official policy, the court continued, 'does not address how this should happen.'

The public prosecution department said the verdict is 'interesting' and will study it further. It had called for community service sentences of 180 and 120 hours.

Justice minister Ivo Opstelten, who is opposed to legalised marijuana production, said the verdict was 'surprising' but made no further comment.

The couple have been growing marijuana since 2009 and have been busted several times. So far police have seized 2,500 plants, 900 cuttings and 8 kilos of marijuana from their plantations.

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Video: Amsterdam Dance Event kicks off with church bells

DutchNews.nl, Thursday 16 October 2014

(NOS/ANP)
The Amsterdam Dance Event kicked off in the Dutch capital on Wednesday to the sound of church bells performing with a dj.

DJ and composer Wouter Snel came up with a special piece of music which he performed next to the city’s Westerkerk church, together with carillon player Boudewijn Zwart.

The unlikely combination used classic dance anthems and typical Amsterdam folk songs to start of the ADE, which features 300 events and 2,000 djs in 80 clubs.

Every year the ADE festival attracts 300,000 visitors from around the globe and the organisers say it is the biggest international club festival covering the whole spectrum of electronic sub-genres.

Moneyspinner

The first ADE was held in 1995. The city council suggests the event generates up to €30m for the city and dance music is increasingly important to the Dutch economy.

In December 2012, MPs agreed to include pop and dance music in the Netherlands’ top industrial sector focus, by officially adding it to the creative sector definition.

Dutch djs such as Armin van Buuren, Tiësto and Afrojack are among the best in the world and MPs agreed they are a ‘valuable addition’ to the Dutch economy and the Netherlands’ image abroad.



Dutch 'Black Pete' finally gets facelift

Yahoo – AFP, Maude Brulard, 16 Oct 2014

A doll dressed as 'Black Pete' hangs on a street light in Rotterdam, the
Netherlands, on October 15, 2014 (AFP Photo/Marco de Swart)

The Hague (AFP) - Black Pete, the jolly sidekick of the Dutch Saint Nicholas, is finally getting a facelift after years of bitter debate including death threats against those calling for change.

An Amsterdam court's ruling in July that Pete -- traditionally dressed in a gaudy medieval costume with a blackened face, red lips and an afro wig -- is a "negative stereotype" encouraged many to try to change the deeply rooted custom.

A woman has her face painted to
become Zwarte Piet (Black Pete), in
Soest, on October 22, 2013 (AFP
Photo/Robin van Lonkhuijsen)
"It's the beginning of change, it will continue for years to come because more and more people agree it should change but it's going to take a long time," said historian Gabor Kozijn, author of a study on Black Pete for the Dutch Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage.

With less than two months before Dutch kids' favourite day, December 5, when Saint Nicholas and Pete hand out presents, the debate has reached fever pitch, with Black Pete's defenders refusing to admit there is anything racist about the playful character.

In Gouda, where Saint Nicholas and dozens of Petes will "arrive" on November 15 with a gift-filled boat from Spain in a national event broadcast live on television, the mayor on Tuesday decided to introduce some new colours.

Cheese Pete

Besides a number of Black Petes, there will also be "Cheese Petes" with yellow faces and "Stroopwafel Petes" with striped, light brown faces resembling the traditional Dutch syrup biscuit of the same name.

"There is no simple way to find a solution that everyone can identify with," said Gouda Mayor Milo Schoenmaker.

Gouda's Black Petes "changed several years ago to dark brown without stereotypical big red lips and earrings," the city hall added.

Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan has said that a "substantial" number of this year's Petes will not be black but will have some "soot marks" on their faces, ostensibly from climbing down the chimney.

People dressed as Sinterklaas (Saint
Nicolas) and his Zwarten Pieten (Black
Petes) helpers, arrive on a boat during an
event in Amsterdam, on November 17,
2013 (AFP Photo/Evert Elzinga)
And a White Pete will for the first time be present during a daily televised "news bulletin" on Saint Nicholas's activities.

Dutch shops will have fewer Black Petes this year, although discount retail chain Hema in August denied rumours that it planned to remove him entirely by next year.

Customers at supermarket Albert Heijn will have different coloured Petes to choose from, including black: "Saint Nicholas is for everyone," the chain said in a statement.

Despite compromising on Black Pete, the two chains are being threatened with boycotts.

Many people in The Netherlands do not want to see the national tradition changed because what they consider a minority of people see it as racist.

Last year's debate about Pete's skin colour was particularly heated amid a UN rights probe of the matter.

The UN working group released its findings in July, concluding that Black Pete is indeed a racist figure and that many Dutch did not recognise him as a throwback to colonial times and slavery.

Death threats

This year, Dutch celebrities who called on Facebook for a "Pete makeover" have received death threats.

After investigative journalist Peter R. de Vries entered the debate on Facebook he received an email saying: "If I meet you you'll get a bullet through your head."

Demonstrators hold signs reading 'Black
 Pete is Rascism' and 'Free Black Pete' 
during a protest in Amsterdam, on 
November 16, 2013 (AFP Photo/Bas
Czerwinski)
A "Pietitie" (Pete-ition) on Facebook calling for action against changing Black Pete's face has more than two million likes, in a country of 17 million.

Populist Geert Wilders, who heads the anti-immigration PVV party, tweeted: ""Black Pete must stay black!"

"What children want is presents. Whether the person who hands them out is Black or White Pete, a woman, yellow or bald is of no importance," actor and presenter Paul de Leeuw said on Facebook.

"It's a popular family event, celebrated by millions of people who want their kids to experience what they experienced as children: it's more of an emotional than a rational debate," historian Kozijn told AFP.

Even if it is the beginning of the end for Black Pete, Kozijn said the character will be around for a while yet.

"If the average life expectancy of children who now know Black Pete is 80, then he will in any case remain a figure that people know," he said.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Three Dutch bikers join Kurds fighting IS, won't face charges

DutchNews.nl, Wednesday 15 October 2014

The Dutch fighter is interviewed
Three members of Dutch motorbike gang No Surrender are not committing an offence by helping Kurds fight the Islamic State, the public prosecution department says.

The three bikers were reported last week to have gone to Iraq or Syria and will not face charges when they return because they have broken no laws, the public prosecutor says.

The men are said to come from Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Breda. One of the men, named as Ron, was shown on local television, speaking Dutch.

A photo on Twitter appears to show the same man with the caption ‘Ron from the Netherlands has joined the Kurds to combat the IS vermin.’

Terrorism

The Netherlands is prosecuting Dutch nationals who join up with Islamic militias, saying they are committing terrorist offences and several people are in custody awaiting trial.

However, Dutch nationals fighting on the Kurdish side would be liable to prosecution if they committed crimes such as torture or rape, news agency AFP quoted the public prosecution department as saying.

Some 70,000 Kurds are thought to be living in the Netherlands.

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Damning report says goverment wastes up to €5bn on IT failures

DutchNews.nl, Wednesday 15 October 2014

(NOS/ANP)
The Dutch government is wasting between €1bn and €5bn a year on failing IT projects, says a parliamentary commission set up to look at a number of headline cases.

This ‘cautious estimate’ is an ‘unacceptably high amount’, the commission said in its report which was published on Wednesday.

‘The government often fails to keep control of its IT projects in terms of cost, timing and the end result,’ the commission said.

Unknown spending

Coming up with an exact figure of how much the government wastes on IT is impossible because ‘no one knows how much it spends’. But based on expert opinion the figure can be put at between €1bn and €5bn a year.

Parliament is also failing to properly monitor IT projects because of a lack of interest and expertise and projects are being undertaken with unrealistic expectations.

Among the 34 recommendations for improvement, the commission says a special committee should be set up to supervise projects with a budget of over €5m. The green light for such projects should only be given once the technical, management and organisation risks have been assessed.

What is ICT?

Parliament chairwoman Anouchka van Miltenburg made a major gaffe while accepting the report by saying she had had to ‘google ICT’ to find out what it meant.

The Netherlands uses ICT to cover information and communications technology, rather than IT like most of the world.

‘This is a real low point,’ IT entrepreneur Rene Veldwijk who was watching the proceedings told the Telegraf. ‘People are being cute about their ignorance.’

Projects

The commission was set up to look at six government IT projects which ran into serious trouble, and held its first interviews at the end of April. The NRC sums them up as follows:

• mGBA: modernising the local government registration system (births, marriages, deaths and address).
• Ov-chipkaart: smart card for public transport which was expensive and did not have enough loading stations.
• C2000: a new communication system for the emergency services which cost twice the budget and still has operating problems.
• EPD: a centralised system for storing patients’ medical records which floundered in the upper house of parliament because of concerns about privacy.
• Werk.nl: jobs website run by the UWV benefit centres which has been beset by computer failure
• A73 tunnels: a security system for tunnels on the A73 highway which did not work, leading to months of tunnel closures.

During the hearings information science professor Hans Mulder told the committee just 7% of the projects with a budget starting at €7.5m can be said to be successful. In total, 70% of projects fail.

Of those which flop, 36% fail so seriously the new system is never used and around half are of doubtful value because they turn out to be too expensive, take too long or produce unexpected results, Mulder said.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Celebs launch Piet makeover campaign, Gouda goes for cheese Piets

DutchNews.nl, Tuesday 14 October 2014

Campaigning for change

A group of Dutch celebrities have launched a Facebook page calling for a makeover for Zwarte Piet, Sinterklaas' sidekick usually played by white people in blackface make-up.

Chat show host Paul de Leeuw, comedian and presenter Marc-Marie Huijbregts and television crime show investigator Peter R. de Vries are among those who support the initiative, which was set up by theatre maker Anousha Nzume.

The supporters have signed up to the Facebook page as 'parents, Dutch nationals and involved citizens,' Nzume told broadcaster Nos. 'It really is not nice as a child with dark skin to be called 'little Piet' all the time at school'.

Gouda

The website was launched as Gouda city council said Sinterklaas would be accompanied by 'cheese and stroopwaffel' Piets as well as traditional Piets at his official arrival this year.

Sinterklaas 'officially arrives' in the Netherlands three weeks ahead of the main festivities on December 5, an event which is shown live on television.

'There are many supporters of the traditional Piet and many people who want change,' the city's mayor Milo Schoenmaker is quoted as saying. 'Gouda is famous for its cheese and stroopwaffels so it was not such a difficult quest to find an alternative.'

Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Laan said last week many of the Piets at the city's Sinterklaas parade would have soot smudges on their faces instead of full make-up.

UN envoy Bert Koenders takes over as Dutch foreign minister

DutchNews.nl, Tuesday 14 October 2014

Bert Koenders when he joined the UN. Photo: UN

Bert Koenders is to replace Frans Timmermans as foreign minister and will have an official meeting with prime minister Mark Rutte on Friday, according to Dutch media.

Koenders, who is currently the UN envoy in Mali, had been tipped to replace Timmermans who leaves the post of foreign minister on Friday to become vice president of the European Commission.

The 56-year-old Koenders was overseas development minister from 2007 to 2010 before joining the UN. Sources in The Hague say he always wanted to be in the foreign office. He was a Labour MP from 1997 to 2007.

Bert Koenders (left) prepares to be sworn in. Photo: Novum

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