Solar storm heads Earth's way after double sun blasts

Solar storm heads Earth's way after double sun blasts
The Aurora Australis is observed from the International Space Station during a geomagnetic storm on May 29, 2010 (AFP Photo)

Northern lights over Terschelling, Friesland..

Northern lights over Terschelling, Friesland..
(Terschelling, Friesland, Netherlands - 27-28 February, 2014)

Northern lights delight Dutch in surprise showing in north and east.

Northern lights delight Dutch in surprise showing in north and east.
Still from timelapse film by Schylgefilm (Terschelling, Friesland, Netherlands - 17 Mar 2015)


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"A Summary" – Apr 2, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Religion, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Intelligent/Benevolent Design, EU, South America, 5 Currencies, Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Middle East, Internet, Israel, Dictators, Palestine, US, Japan (Quake/Tsunami Disasters , People, Society ...), Nuclear Power Revealed, Hydro Power, Geothermal Power, Moon, Financial Institutes (Recession, Realign integrity values ..) , China, North Korea, Global Unity,..... etc.) -

“ … Here is another one. A change in what Human nature will allow for government. "Careful, Kryon, don't talk about politics. You'll get in trouble." I won't get in trouble. I'm going to tell you to watch for leadership that cares about you. "You mean politics is going to change?" It already has. It's beginning. Watch for it. You're going to see a total phase-out of old energy dictatorships eventually. The potential is that you're going to see that before 2013.

They're going to fall over, you know, because the energy of the population will not sustain an old energy leader ..."
"Update on Current Events" – Jul 23, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: The Humanization of God, Gaia, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Benevolent Design, Financial Institutes (Recession, System to Change ...), Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Nuclear Power Revealed, Geothermal Power, Hydro Power, Drinking Water from Seawater, No need for Oil as Much, Middle East in Peace, Persia/Iran Uprising, Muhammad, Israel, DNA, Two Dictators to fall soon, Africa, China, (Old) Souls, Species to go, Whales to Humans, Global Unity,..... etc.)
(Subjects: Who/What is Kryon ?, Egypt Uprising, Iran/Persia Uprising, Peace in Middle East without Israel actively involved, Muhammad, "Conceptual" Youth Revolution, "Conceptual" Managed Business, Internet, Social Media, News Media, Google, Bankers, Global Unity,..... etc.)



"The Recalibration of Awareness – Apr 20/21, 2012 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Old Energy, Recalibration Lectures, God / Creator, Religions/Spiritual systems (Catholic Church, Priests/Nun’s, Worship, John Paul Pope, Women in the Church otherwise church will go, Current Pope won’t do it), Middle East, Jews, Governments will change (Internet, Media, Democracies, Dictators, North Korea, Nations voted at once), Integrity (Businesses, Tobacco Companies, Bankers/ Financial Institutes, Pharmaceutical company to collapse), Illuminati (Started in Greece, with Shipping, Financial markets, Stock markets, Pharmaceutical money (fund to build Africa, to develop)), Shift of Human Consciousness, (Old) Souls, Women, Masters to/already come back, Global Unity.... etc.) - (Text version)

… The Shift in Human Nature

You're starting to see integrity change. Awareness recalibrates integrity, and the Human Being who would sit there and take advantage of another Human Being in an old energy would never do it in a new energy. The reason? It will become intuitive, so this is a shift in Human Nature as well, for in the past you have assumed that people take advantage of people first and integrity comes later. That's just ordinary Human nature.

In the past, Human nature expressed within governments worked like this: If you were stronger than the other one, you simply conquered them. If you were strong, it was an invitation to conquer. If you were weak, it was an invitation to be conquered. No one even thought about it. It was the way of things. The bigger you could have your armies, the better they would do when you sent them out to conquer. That's not how you think today. Did you notice?

Any country that thinks this way today will not survive, for humanity has discovered that the world goes far better by putting things together instead of tearing them apart. The new energy puts the weak and strong together in ways that make sense and that have integrity. Take a look at what happened to some of the businesses in this great land (USA). Up to 30 years ago, when you started realizing some of them didn't have integrity, you eliminated them. What happened to the tobacco companies when you realized they were knowingly addicting your children? Today, they still sell their products to less-aware countries, but that will also change.

What did you do a few years ago when you realized that your bankers were actually selling you homes that they knew you couldn't pay for later? They were walking away, smiling greedily, not thinking about the heartbreak that was to follow when a life's dream would be lost. Dear American, you are in a recession. However, this is like when you prune a tree and cut back the branches. When the tree grows back, you've got control and the branches will grow bigger and stronger than they were before, without the greed factor. Then, if you don't like the way it grows back, you'll prune it again! I tell you this because awareness is now in control of big money. It's right before your eyes, what you're doing. But fear often rules. …

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Monday, July 12, 2021

Anna van der Breggen wins Giro Donne for fourth time

DutchNews, July 12, 2021 

Anna van der Breggen winning the Gent to Ninove race in February. Photo: ANP

Anna van der Breggen won the Giro Donne, the women’s tour of Italy, for the fourth time at the weekend to move within one victory of the all-time record. 

The 31-year-old finished 1 minute 43 seconds ahead of South African Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, with another Dutchwoman, Demi Vollering, in third place. All three podium finishers are members of the SD Worx team. 

Van der Breggen was in a group of four riders that broke away on the 10th and final stage to Cormons, but was outsprinted by American Coryn Rivera for the stage victory. 

She took the leader’s pink jersey with a solo victory on stage two, a 100km race that ended at the summit of Prato Nevoso, and never looked in danger of relinquishing it. 

Only the Italian Fabiana Luperini has won the Giro more times than Van der Breggen, with five victories to her name between 1995 and 2008. However, the Dutch woman indicated before the victory ceremony that she intends to retire at the end of the season and take up a management role with SD Worx. 

‘It is tough, ten days of racing, and it is stressful to be in the pink jersey for nine days, so this last day was a bit like coming to an end,’ she said. ‘I felt really tired, but also happy. This is the best way to finish it.’ 

Dutch riders claimed five stage wins altogether in this year’s race. Marianne Vos won her 29th and 30th Giro sprints before dropping out on Saturday to prepare for the Olympics later this month, while Lorena Wiebes took stages five and eight. 

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Van der Poel settles debt for grandfather Poulidor with Tour de France yellow

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Mathieu van der Poel stormed to victory on stage two to take the overall lead


Mathieu Van der Poel won stage 2 of the Tour de France on Sunday to claim the overall leader's yellow jersey and strike a blow for his famous cycling family.
 

The Dutch 25-year-old is the grandson of French cycling icon, the late Raymond Poulidor who was a regular on the Tour de France podium and beloved of French fans despite never wearing the fabled yellow jersey. 

On his first Tour de France, Van der Poel dropped to the tarmac gasping for breath before weeping with his hands covering his face as the weight of Poulidor's historic legacy was settled on two dramatic ascents of the same Brittany hill, the Mur-de-Bretagne. 

"Imagine how he'd feel, he's not here," said van der Poel of Poulidor who died in 2019 at the age of 83. 

"This was my last chance on the Tour to do it, it's so good." 

French fans saw their own hero Julian Alaphilippe lose the yellow jersey, but cheered the Dutchman both for his gung-ho passion and for his beloved grandfather. 

Van der Poel won a maximum of 18 bonus seconds for crossing the summit in the lead twice, and then winning by a clear margin after accelerating away from a chasing clutch of elite road racers. 

Defending champion Tadej Pogacar was second followed by Primoz Roglic, while Alaphilippe was fifth at eight seconds. 

Stage two passed off in relative calm after two spectacular falls on stage one sparked a police investigation into the roadside spectator that caused a heart-stopping domino-effect pile up.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Shell ordered to slash CO2 emissions more quickly in landmark court case

DutchNews, May 26, 2021 

Photo: Sem van der Wal ANP


Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell must do more to fight climate change and slash its carbon dioxide emissions more quickly than planned, judges in The Hague said on Wednesday. 

‘Shell must do its part to contribute to the fight against dangerous climate change,’ the court said. ‘The oil company is required to reduce the carbon dioxide emitted by the Shell group and its customers by 45% net by the end of 2030, compared with the level in 2019.’

Milieudefensie, the Dutch branch of Friends of the Earth, led the case against the The Hague-headquartered multinational, which was supported by other environmental groups and some 17,000 ordinary citizens. 

The environmental group argued that Shell is violating Dutch liability law by emitting two times as much carbon dioxide as the Netherlands as a whole. Shell argued that these emissions do not come from its headquarters but its subsidiaries in some 80 countries around the world, and any complaint must be taken up with them directly. 

Milieudefensie director Donald Pols told reporters before hearings started in December 2020 that the lawsuit was ‘unique’. He claimed that if the environmentalists were successful, this would be the first court to order a private company to change its business model to reduce its carbon footprint. 

Shell had argued that it cannot be held liable in the Netherlands for events that take place worldwide. ‘The scene of the crime, in this case, is the location where the emissions take place,’ a Shell lawyer told the court. 

Urgenda 

Activists worldwide are watching the case closely. Following a 2019 Dutch Supreme Court ruling, known as the Urgenda decision, the Dutch government was ordered to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25% of 1990 levels by the end of 2020. 

That ruling found that the Dutch government was required to meet the conditions of international treaties, including the Paris climate agreement. 

In the present case, Shell argued that because it isn’t a party to such treaties, as they are between nations, it isn’t obliged to meet their targets. 

Shell is facing pressure to change its strategy on several fronts. Earlier this month, some 30% of Shell shareholders backed a motion by campaign group Follow This at the company’s AGM, calling on the oil and gas giant to draw up a more ambitious plan to help meet Paris agreement climate targets.

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Urgenda supporters celebrate at the Hague after court ruling requiring Dutch 
government to slash emissions. Photograph: Chantal Bekker/Urgenda

Monday, May 24, 2021

Italy wins ‘memorable’ Eurovision, praise for Dutch organisers

DutchNews, May 23, 2021 

Counting the votes. Photo: Sander Koning ANP Pool 

Some 5.4 million people in the Netherlands tuned in for the final of the Eurovision Song Festival in Rotterdam on Saturday night, which was won by Italian rock favourite Måneskin with Zitti e buoni. 

Last year’s event was cancelled due to coronavirus, but this year officials decided it could go ahead at the Ahoy concert venue in front of 3,500 fans, all of whom had to show a negative coronavirus test to attend. 

‘Everyone is decked out in flags and costumes with loads of glitter,’ fan Deuss told broadcaster NOS before the start. ‘The atmosphere is happy and optimistic. People feel they are the lucky ones.’ 

The Dutch papers were full of praise for the organisers – who had brought back previous winners to perform on Rotterdam rooftops as part of the show. 


The song festival was ‘the first big international cultural event to which visitors had been physically allowed since the start of the pandemic,’ the Volkskrant pointed out, before going on to describe the staging as ‘memorable’. 

The NRC praised the ‘oiled’ performance of the four Dutch presenters. ‘It was warmer and more witty than other festivals,’ the paper said. The Telegraaf said the Netherlands can be ‘proud’ of the event. 

Producer Sietse Bakker said that he was ‘relieved that we have been able to keep nearly everyone healthy’. 

There were no big coronavirus outbreaks and of the 24,400 tests carried out on performers and crew, just 16 were positive. However, the Icelandic entry was hit by the virus, as was the 2019 Dutch winner Duncan Lawrence, who was unable to hand over the trophy to this year’s winners. 

Victory 

In total Italy was given 524 points: 206 by the jury, 318 by the television viewers. France was second with a total of 499 points and Switzerland was third with 432 points. The Greek entry, performed by Dutch Greek teenager Stefania, ended in tenth place in a tie with Bulgaria. 

The Dutch entry, Birth of a New Age, by Jeangu Macrooy finished in 23 place out of 26, after receiving no points in the public vote and 11 from the professional juries. Britain came bottom of the ranking with no votes from any of the juries. 

‘Of course it is disappointing not to end well, but it was an adventure and I am so happy,’ said Macrooy, whose Surinamese roots were a key part of the performance. ‘This was a real dream come true.’ 

Drugs 

Meanwhile, the Eurovision organisers say they are looking into suggestions that the Italian singer Damiano David may have taken cocaine during the show after tv footage showed him ducking his head to the table for a couple of seconds. 

The band issued a statement on Instagram Stories denying the allegations and saying they were ready to be tested.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Dutch football association says women may join top men’s amateur teams

DutchNews, May 11, 2021 

The Dutch women’s team playing Germany earlier this year. Photo:
Maurice van Steen ANP

The Dutch football association KNVB has given the green light for talented female players to join men’s teams at the highest level of the amateur game. 

From next season, female players will be able to play for their club’s top men’s team, including those in the A category, the KNVB said. The decision, the association said, is a ‘historic moment for amateur football in the Netherlands and worldwide.’ Until now, mixed teams have only been an option in youth and lower level adult teams. 

‘Given the spirit of the times and recent research, we don’t see any reason to stick to [men only] teams and are going for equality and diversity,’ the association’s amateur game director Jan-Dirk van der Zee said. 

‘We want to offer girls and women a place in the football landscape based on their qualities and own ambition.’ 

The KNVB has already run one experiment. This season, Ellen Fokkema was given special dispensation to play for Frisian fourth division team Foarut. 

Even though only seven matches have been played because of coronavirus, the trial has been positive, the KNVB said. 

Men will not be allowed to join the women’s competition. 


Women’s football became part of the KNVB’s remit in 1971 and in 1986 the association allowed mixed teams up to the age of 12. The age limit was extended to category A youngsters in 1996. 

By sanctioning mixed football, the KNVB says, girls in small villages and towns where there may not be enough female players are now able to take up the sport.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Intimidation, bullying rampant in top flight gymnastics: report

DutchNews, April 28, 2021 

Photo: Depositphotos.com

A long-awaited report commissioned by Dutch gymnastics federation KNGU into the scale and nature of abuse in gymnastics has shown that former top athletes in particular have been the victim of ‘transgressive behaviour’, meriting apologies, after care and compensation. 

Two thirds of the former athletes participating in the survey, carried out by professor of sports law Marjan Olfers and criminologist Anton van Wijk following last year’s allegations of abuse, said they had been subjected to behaviour which broke moral and social boundaries. 

The problems ranged from ‘constant threats of humiliation, insults, negative criticism, being made a fool of, intimidation, isolation and threats’ to forcing gymnasts to practice with injuries and inciting them to lose too much weight. 

Some 85% of the former top athletes reported abuse compared with 35% of amateur gymnasts. However, the results are illustrative rather than representative, the researchers said because the number of respondents was small. 

Only 21% of adult gymnasts and 17% of juniors filled out the survey, prompting the report’s conclusion that this is the tip of the iceberg. ‘We don’t know what goes on in the greater part of gymnastics in the Netherlands,’ Olfers and Van Wijk said. 

The victims of the abuse, which included sexual abuse and two claims of rape, must be offered apologies, after care and damages, the researchers said. 

Culture 

Some of the harsh behaviour by coaches can to some extent be explained by the tough training culture taken over from East European countries, the researchers said. ‘The individual well-being of the gymnasts was not taken into account and this sort of behaviour became normalised.’ 

They recommend that the subject should be openly discussed between clubs, coaches, young gymnasts and their parents, putting the welfare of the gymnasts centre stage, and not their performance, the researchers said. 

Other recommendations to change the culture of the gym hall include having another person present to alert coaches if they go too far, and another look at the often very young age at which gymnasts start their sports career. 

Although the KNGU had investigated claims of abuse in the past, it failed to take action, the report said, in part because intimidation and violence have only been included in the disciplinary regulations in 2020 and because coaches are not under contract with the KNGU. This must change, the researchers said, and clubs too must be KNGU approved. 

KNGU chairwoman Monique Kempf said in a reaction that although painful, the KNGU is happy the ‘whole story is on the table in full openness’. She said the former gymnasts will be invited to discuss their specific needs and that lessons will be drawn from the findings.

Monday, April 19, 2021

ABN Amro to pay €480m to settle money laundering investigation out of court

DutchNews, April 19, 2021 

Photo: DutchNews.nl

ABN Amro has agreed to pay €480m in an out of court settlement for violating Dutch anti-money laundering and counter terrorism funding rules, the public prosecution department said on Monday. 

The bank had broken the law for ‘a number of years and on a structural basis’, the department said. In addition, three former members of the bank’s board of directors have been identified as suspects who were effectively responsible for breaking the law. 

The criminal investigation revealed that over a number of years, ABN Amro fell seriously short of compliance with the law, the department said. In total, 56% of the bank’s shares are still in government hands following its nationalisation in 2008. 

In one case highlighted by the prosecution department, an ABN Amro client who had been allocated the lowest risk classification, opened a total of 192 bank accounts with ABN Amro for 49 of their companies over a four year period. 

Another client, also with a low risk classification, was addicted to gambling and was able to transfer money from his employer to his own bank account – a total of €4.3m over a nine month period – to fund his habit. 

In other cases highlighted by the prosecutor, the bank failed to respond when clients were involved in a widely reported corruption case and failed to deal adequately with a client depositing a large quantity of cash in €500 notes. 

Suspects 

Three former directors of the bank have now been identified as suspects but this does not necessarily mean they face prosecution, the department said. ‘Once that investigation is finalised, a decision will be taken as to whether there is sufficient evidence and as to the way in which the investigation into these persons should be concluded,’ the department said.

 According to the Financieele Dagblad the three are former chief executive Gerrit Zalm plus his former colleagues Joop Wijn and Chris Vogelzang. Vogelzang has now stepped down as as chief executive of Denmark’s Danske Bank, and Zalm has resigned from his supervisory role. 

Conclusion 

The fine is an ‘appropriate and effective conclusion to the criminal case,’ the public prosecutor said. ‘As a state-owned systemic bank, ABN Amro… shares responsibility for the reliability of our financial system and can and should make an important contribution to its integrity.’ 

ABN Amro chief executive Robert Swaak said in a statement that in the past the bank had been ‘insufficiently successful’ in properly fulfilling its role as gatekeeper. ‘This is unacceptable and we take full responsibility for this,’ he said. 

Last month, the Financieele Dagblad reported that ABN Amro did not have proper checks on potential fraud and money laundering in place until well into 2019. 

This is around a year after ING reached a €755m out of courtsettlement with the public prosecution department over its regulatory failures, which should have alerted executives to the risks, the paper said.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

D66 investigates MP over inappropriate behaviour claims

DutchNews, April 14, 2021 

Sidney Smeets in parliament. Photo: Robin Utrecht ANP/HH 

Liberal democratic party D66 has launched an internal investigation after claims of sexually inappropriate behaviour were made against new MP Sidney Smeets. 

A number of young men have reported being approached by Smeets, a lawyer and now 45, on Twitter, Facebook and gay dating app Grindr. In some cases, the young men say they were under 18 at the time. 

‘Let me be clear, in our party there is no room for inappropriate behaviour,’ party leader Sigrid Kaag said in a statement. ‘D66 has clear standards for how our people should behave and that is why we are taking these claims very serious.’ 

Smeets too has issued a statement saying he is shocked that people have experienced his approaches as being unwanted. ‘That was never my intention,’ he said. ‘As far as I am aware, I have always behaved in line with the Dutch law.’ 

Smeets said he would fully cooperate with the inquiry.

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Same team, different blend as Rutte just misses out on dream ticket

DutchNews,  March 18, 2021 - By Gordon Darroch 

Sigrid Kaag talks to reporters the morning after the election. Photo:
ANP/Remko de Waal

The sight of Sigrid Kaag dancing on a table in response to D66’s election success proves, if nothing else, that Calvinism is on the wane in the Netherlands. 

Dutch voters delivered a result on Wednesday night that was at once surprising and an affirmation of the status quo. Two months after the entire cabinet resigned in disgrace in response to a coruscating report over its handling of the child benefits scandal, the four parties in that government increased their representation to a projected 79 seats. 

The two parties leading the inquiry into that scandal, which condemned the bureaucratic brutality with which working families were treated as fraudsters (the stain of racism was outside its remit and will be dealt with by a future inquiry), were among the biggest losers. 

The Socialists (SP) have perhaps the most right to feel aggrieved. Having spent the last four years campaigning on behalf of disadvantaged families, their reward was to see a large share of their vote siphoned off by Thierry Baudet’s conspiracy-fuelled Covid caravan. 

Three weeks after its nuclear meltdown over anti-Semitism, Baudet’s Forum for Democracy was the major winner among the minor players, going from two seats to eight. 

CDA damaged 

The Christian Democrats (CDA) were the only coalition party to drop seats, going from 19 to 14, reflecting Wopke Hoekstra’s underwhelming campaign and the deep divisions just below the surface. 

The close leadership contest between health minister Hugo de Jonge and Pieter Omtzigt, backbench crusader and one of the two leading forces of the child benefits inquiry, has left its scars, but the bigger damage came in 2010, when the party was split over the decision to join a minority government with Rutte, supported by Geert Wilders’s anti-Islam PVV. 

Having previously declined to stand as leader because he judged himself to be better as an administrator, Wopke Hoekstra finds himself vindicated on the first count by his poor performances in debates, but may now struggle to hang on to his job as finance minister.

GroenLinks desertion 

D66 was the biggest winner, with a provisional 24 seats, equalling its best ever result in a general election. But Mark Rutte’s VVD also held up well, adding two seats to its total in 2017, as Kaag profited mainly from the desertion of GroenLinks voters. 

The two parties will undoubtedly make the running in forming the next coalition, but despite initial predictions, the easiest option of a three-way partnership with the CDA would leave them one seat short of a majority. 

Hoekstra will have to decide if a chastened CDA wants to rejoin the gang. Kaag will demand a high price, possibly including Hoekstra’s post at the finance ministry, where D66 blames him for souring relations within the European Union. 

Europe is one area where D66 will want to change the tone, along with education, where the party wants to reintroduce student grants and a more welcoming attitude to refugees. 

Fourth partner 

The shifting balance also makes the choice of a fourth partner less straightforward. Four years ago D66 suspended their differences with the ChristenUnie on medical ethical issues and managed to work constructively on a range of issues such as education and migration. 

But a more assertive D66 will be less willing to defer to the CU’s conscience on policies such as abortion rights and voluntary termination of life (‘voltooid leven’), which are deeply embedded in the party’s own liberal ethos. 

An alternative option is Labour (PvdA), creating a ‘grand coalition’ of the four parties that have dominated government since the 1980s – and which were all implicated in the benefits scandal. It would also give Rutte IV a majority in the Senate. Labour had a pre-election agreement not to join a coalition without GroenLinks (GL), but now Jesse Klaver’s party has lost half its seats, PvdA leader Lilianne Ploumen may feel justified in going it alone. 

JA21, which broke away from Baudet’s party during the anti-Semitism debacle, also holds eight seats in the senate and is a potential power broker, but as a right-wing nationalist party it will have to crack some hard nuts with D66 on immigration and Europe. At the other end, new party Volt Nederland would be an attractive partner for D66, but less so for Rutte, given its inexperience and close affiliation with Kaag’s party. 

Vocal diplomacy 

The obvious role for Kaag herself is foreign affairs minister, replacing the cautious, bureaucratic Stef Blok of the VVD. Blok blocked the last parliament’s votes demanding the government use the term ‘genocide’ to describe the Ottoman Empire’s massacre of Armenians in 1917 and China’s mass internment of its Uighur minority. Both votes were D66 initiatives. 

With Kaag, a former UN diplomat with a wardrobe full of iron fists and velvet gloves, at the helm, expect the Dutch to become a more vocal player on the world stage again. 

Rutte’s fourth coalition is agonisingly close to being his dream line-up: an alliance of conservatives and liberals, with no disruptive partners such as Wilders, no left-wingers such as the Labour party, and no awkward conscientious objectors such as the CU. But the final piece of the puzzle may require some soul-searching. 

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Curfew will remain in place until Friday’s appeal, judges rule in emergency hearing

DutchNews, 16 February 2021 

 Opponents of the curfew (right) during the hearing.Photo: Phil Nijhuis ANP

The curfew will remain in force until Friday when the appeal court will consider its merits at a formal hearing, judges in The Hague ruled on Tuesday evening. 

The verdict, given shortly before 9pm, came after hours of legal wrangling, during which opponents of the curfew attempted to have the judges dismissed for bias. 

On Tuesday morning, The Hague district court ruled the curfew was illegal because of its impact on freedom of movement. The government, however, appealed immediately, and asked an emergency court to keep the curfew in place until appeal court judges have had the chance to look at the case in more detail. That hearing will take place on Friday. 

The case was brought by Viruswaarheid, a campaign group which opposes the coronavirus regulations and has fought several earlier cases trying to have restrictions removed. 

In its ruling, the  court said that the interests of the state are more important than those of the protest group. The interests of Viruswaarheid are limited to a few days. The interest of the state is in preventing a yoyo effect, the court said in its ruling. 

Fragile 

Government advisor Jaap van Dissel, who chairs the Outbreak Management Team, said while the court was deciding on its verdict that it is crucial to keep the curfew. 

The situation in the Netherlands is currently ‘fragile’ he said. The introduction of the curfew and the reduction in the number of visitors to private homes to one in 24 hours is having an impact on the infection rate, he said. 

‘The effect may seem small but we are talking about exponential growth,’ he said. ‘It is stopping us from having to deal with hundreds more cases.’ 

Legal situation 

Prime minister Mark Rutte earlier appealed to the Dutch to stick to the 9pm curfew, while the legal situation is clarified. ‘We remain extremely concerned about the ‘English’ variant and the curfew was introduced to make sure that the infection rate does not go up again,’ Rutte said. ‘We really need the curfew’. 

The national police said earlier that they would continue to monitor the situation and would intervene even if the court ruled the curfew should be suspended. 

‘Hanging around on the street in a group or having a party is not allowed, whatever the ruling,’ a spokesman said. ‘We will keep a close eye on groups or people who are too close together.’

Monday, January 4, 2021

Victims of youth care abuse can claim €5,000 under new compensation ruling

DutchNews, January 4, 2021 

Photo: Depositphotos.com

People who suffered abuse in youth care can claim €5,000 in compensation under a new regulation that came into force on January 1. 

The ruling applies to anyone who was subjected to violence or abuse while living in an institution or with a foster family between 1945 and 2019. Victims have until the end of 2022 to submit their claim. 

An investigation commissioned by the government found in 2015 that 75% of children taken into care since the end of the war had suffered physical, verbal or sexual abuse as a result. Micha de Winter, professor of social sciences at the university of Utrecht, interviewed around 1,000 victims while compiling his 5,000-page report. 

De Winter said the abuse of children incare was a ‘dark chapter’ in the Netherlands’ post-war history. ‘This isn’t about people getting hit once or twice, but systematic violence,’ he said. 

‘We have been working on this for four years and we were pretty shocked by it. The people who experienced this violence often came from homes where there were problems and violence sometimes played a role. The effect was that they were exposed to it again.’

Coronavirus kills two involved in online church service recording

DutchNews, January 4, 2021 

Photo: Depositphotos.com

Two members of the Protestant church in Biddinghuizen have died after becoming infected with coronavirus while making recordings for an online church service, local broadcaster Omroep Flevoland said. 

In total, 10 people involved in the project became ill with coronavirus after the recording session on December 15. The church had decided to offer online services only during the lockdown. 

Church council Jan Klopman, who was among those to become ill, told the broadcaster that the coronavirus regulations had been adhered to during the recording process. 

In late December it emerged that nine of the 10 biggest coronavirus hotbeds in the Netherlands are classified as Christian council areas.

Monday, December 28, 2020

Chinese citizen journalist jailed for Wuhan virus reporting

Yahoo – AFP, 28 December 2020 

Authoroties said former Chinese lawyer and citizen journalist
Zhang Zhan had spread "False remarks" online.

A Chinese citizen journalist was jailed for four years Monday for her reporting from Wuhan as the Covid-19 outbreak began, her lawyer said, almost a year after details of an "unknown viral pneumonia" surfaced in the central China city. 

Zhang Zhan, a former lawyer who arrived at court in a wheelchair, was sentenced at a brief hearing in a Shanghai court for allegedly "picking quarrels and provoking trouble" during her reporting in the chaotic initial stages of the outbreak. 

Her live reports and essays were shared on social media platforms in February, grabbing the attention of authorities, who have punished eight virus whistleblowers so far as they curb criticism of the government's response to the outbreak. 

Beijing has congratulated itself for "extraordinary" success in controlling the virus inside its borders, with an economy on the rebound while much of the rest of the world stutters through painful lockdowns and surging caseloads a year on from the start of the pandemic in Wuhan. 

Controlling the information flow during an unprecedented global health crisis has been pivotal in allowing China's communist authorities to reframe the narrative in their favour, with President Xi Jinping being garlanded for his leadership by the country's ruling party. 

But that has come at a serious cost to anyone who has picked holes in the official storyline. 

The court said Zhang Zhan had spread "false remarks" online, according to one of her lawyers Zhang Keke, but the prosecution did not fully divulge its evidence in court. 

"We had no way of understanding what exactly Zhang Zhan was accused of doing," he added, describing it as "a speedy, rushed hearing." 

In return the defendant "didn't respond [to questions]... She refused to answer when the judge asked her to confirm her identity." 

The defendant's mother sobbed loudly as the verdict was read out, Ren Quanniu, another member of Zhang's defence team, told reporters who were barred from entering the court. 

Concerns are mounting over the health of 37-year-old Zhang, who began a hunger strike in June and has been force-fed via a nasal tube. 

Her legal team said her health was in decline and she suffered from headaches, dizziness and stomach pain, and that she had appeared in court in a wheelchair. 

"She said when I visited her (last week): 'If they give me a heavy sentence then I will refuse food until the very end.'... She thinks she will die in prison," Ren said before the trial. 

"It's an extreme method of protesting against this society and this environment." 

China's communist authorities have a history of putting dissidents on trial in opaque courts between Christmas and New Year in an effort to minimise Western scrutiny. 

Example made

The sentencing comes just weeks before an international team of World Health Organization experts is expected to arrive in China to investigate the origins of Covid-19. 

Zhang was critical of the early response in Wuhan, writing in a February essay that the government "didn't give people enough information, then simply locked down the city". 

"This is a great violation of human rights," she wrote. 

Rights groups and embassies have also drawn attention to her case, although diplomats from several countries were denied requests to monitor the hearing. 

"Zhang Zhan's case raises serious concerns about media freedom in China," the British embassy in Beijing said, urging "China to release all those detained for their reporting." 

Authorities "want to use her case as an example to scare off other dissidents from raising questions about the pandemic situation in Wuhan earlier this year", added Leo Lan, research and advocacy consultant at the Chinese Human Rights Defenders NGO. 

A United Nations official following the trial also expressed "deep concern" about the verdict. 

"We raised her case with the authorities throughout 2020 as an example of the excessive clampdown on freedom of expression linked to #COVID19 & continue to call for her release," the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said in a tweet. 

Zhang is the first of a group of four citizen journalists detained by authorities after reporting from Wuhan to face trial. 

Previous attempts by AFP to contact the other three -- Chen Qiushi, Fang Bin and Li Zehua -- were unsuccessful. 

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Monday, December 14, 2020

Hard lockdown unavoidable, says Dutch PM, ruling out foreign travel until March

DutchNews, December 14, 2020 - By Robin Pascoe 

Mark Rutte in his office during the speech. Photo: Sem van der Wal ANP

Prime minister Mark Rutte called on everyone in the Netherlands to work together to combat coronavirus in an address to the nation on Monday night, and urged people not to make plans to travel abroad until mid March at least. 

Speaking from his private office in The Hague against a soundtrack of chants from anti coronavirus rules campaigners, Rutte said that he hoped this would be the last time he would have to speak directly to the population. 

The Netherlands, Rutte said, is going into lockdown, involving all places where people come together. The aim, he said, is to reduce human contact to a minimum and so try to prevent the virus from spreading. 

‘We realise just how far-reaching this decision is, particularly given that we are in the Christmas period,’ Rutte said. ‘This has been a year of sadness and mourning for many… and one in which stress and loneliness have moved through all the generations.’ 

Rutte urged everyone to keep to the rules, and said that the majority of the population are doing their best. ‘It is not an innocent flu … as the demonstrators outside seem to think,’ the prime minister said, referring to the noisy group chanting outside his office. 

The new measures will remain in effect until January 19 and, Rutte said, he and health minister Hugo de Jonge will hold a press conference on January 12 to outline what the next stages will be. 

Schools 

The most far-reaching measure, Rutte said, is to close all schools, colleges and universities until January 18, with the exception of people taking exams or involved in practicals. 

All non-essential shops will shut, but markets, chemists and dry cleaners and launderettes will remain open. ‘This is a hard message for some shops, but this is what we have to do,’ Rutte said. The scope of government support measures is being widened and the greater the loss, the more support shops can apply for, the prime minister said. 

All public buildings will close, but libraries will remain open to exchange books. Hotels can stay open but can no longer provide their guests with food or drinks because ‘too many people are using hotels to eat out’, Rutte said. 

Funeral parlours will remain open, and vulnerable groups will still be able to attend community centres, he said. All jobs involving physical contact but which are not of a medical nature will also be closed for the five week period. Cannabis cafes and restaurants can remain open for takeaway services, as they are at present. 

Groups outside must be no greater than two, which means you can walk with a friend. as long as you keep 1.5 metres distance, Rutte said. Outdoor sport for adults is also limited to two, but walking and cycling are still to be recommended, the PM told viewers. 

Travel too remains a controversial area. ‘Stay at home and don’t travel unless necessary,’ he said. ‘Of course, if you have rented a house for Christmas you can visit it, but while you are there, stick to the rules as well.’ 

Foreign travel 

Travel abroad for all but essential reasons should be avoided up to mid March,Rutte said. ‘The risks and uncertainties are too great,’ the prime minister said. ‘We will also ask our neighbouring countries to make sure their people do the same,’ he said. 

From Tuesday, everyone arriving in the Netherlands from outside the EU will have to provide a document at Schiphol airport showing they have tested negative for the virus. 

Working at home must once again become the norm and public transport is again being reserved for essential journeys. ‘We have to reduce work related infections, which are still far too high,’ he said, and appealed directly to employers, urging them to make it possible for people to work at home. 

The prime minister ended on a positive note, telling his audience that things ‘will get better’. ‘There will come a moment when coronavirus is behind us,’ he said. ‘2021 will be a year of hope, when there is light at the end of the tunnel.’ 

‘In the coming weeks, it is all down to reducing contacts and we have to help each other to do this,’ he said. ‘We will get through this together, and for each other.’

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Former ING chief should face charges over bank’s money laundering scandal: court

DutchNews, December 9, 2020 

Photo: ING.com

Former ING chief executive Ralph Hamers should face charges personally for his role in the money laundering scandal which led the financial services group to reach a €775m out of court settlement in 2018, appeal court judges in The Hague said on Wednesday. 

The case has been brought by campaign group Sobi, which says Hamers should face criminal charges. ‘The facts are serious, no settlement was reached with the management and he has never accepted public responsibility for his actions,’ campaigner Pieter Lakeman said. 

‘Managers who consciously make mistakes should not be able to buy themselves free by agreeing to very high fines while shareholders pick up the bill. It is of great importance that Hamers faces prosecution.’ 

The court said in its ruling that while it supported the public prosecution’s decision to look for a settlement, as CEO, Hammers was authorised and required to take measures to prevent criminal behaviour. ‘However, not only did he fail to do this and thereby promote this behaviour, but he also consciously accepted the risk that it would continue,’ the court said. 

ING said in a reaction it regretted the court decision. ‘We … regret the decision to order the prosecution of our former CEO, which goes against the assessment of the public prosecutors that, based on the investigation, there are no grounds for a case against ING employees or former employees,’ ING said in a statement. 

Hamers is now chief executive of Swiss bank UBS which, according to Reuters, says it is confident he will be able to remain in the job. 

The public prosecution department reached a €775m out of court settlement with ING for failing to properly monitor money transfers for potential money laundering in September 2018.

The department said between 2010 and 2016, the bank’s clients were effectively able to launder hundreds of millions of euros because ING was not doing its job properly. Banks are required by law to report suspicious transactions.

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"The Recalibration of Awareness – Apr 20/21, 2012 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Old Energy, Recalibration LecturesGod / Creator, Religions/Spiritual systems (Catholic Church, Priests/Nun’s, Worship, John Paul Pope, Women in the Church otherwise church will go, Current Pope won’t do it), Middle East, Jews, Governments will change (Internet, Media, Democracies, Dictators, North Korea, Nations voted at once),Integrity (Businesses, Tobacco Companies, Bankers/ Financial Institutes, Pharmaceutical company to collapse), Illuminati (Started in Greece, with Shipping, Financial markets, Stock markets, Pharmaceutical money (fund to build Africa, to develop)), Shift of Human Consciousness, (Old) Souls, Women, Masters to/already come back, Global Unity.... etc.) (Text version)

“… 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. …”

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Dutch country singer Danny Vera dethrones Queen in Top 2000 records

DutchNews, December 8, 2020 

A still from the video of a live recording for Stenders Platenbonanza on Radio 2

Dutch country singer Danny Vera has knocked Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody off the top of the traditional Top 2000 best-loved songs in an annual competition organised by Radio 2. 

Vera’s Roller Coaster was released last year and took the number four spot in the 2019 poll. The song has now beaten Queen, who has held the top spot for the past five years. In fact, Bohemian Rhapsody has only been ousted four times since the ranking was first organised in 1999. 

In 2005, Boudewijn de Groot topped the list with Avond, the Eagles’ Hotel California was top in 2010 and 2014, and in 2015, Imagine by John Lennon took the top spot. 

The top 10, with last year’s placement in brackets 

  1. Roller Coaster – Danny Vera (4) 
  2. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen (1) 
  3. Hotel California – Eagles (2) 
  4. Piano Man – Billy Joel (3) 
  5. Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin (5) 
  6. Black – Pearl Jam (7) 
  7. Avond – Boudewijn de Groot (6) 
  8. Fix You – Coldplay (8) 
  9. Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd (10) 
  10. Heroes – David Bowie (27)


Vera said in a reaction that he was delighted. ‘Perhaps it is indeed time for a new number one,’ he told NOS. ‘It also fits in well in a year in which everything was different.’ 

The Top 2000 is broadcast continuously on Radio 2 from December 25 to December 31.

Monday, December 7, 2020

Another silver monolith turns up in Frisian countryside

DutchNews, December 7, 2020 

Photo: Pro News 

A monolith similar to those found in the United States and Romania in recent weeks has turned up on a heath in Friesland. 

The metal pillar in the Kiekenberg nature reserve near Oudehorne was first spotted by walkers on Sunday morning. It lacks the glossy finish of the objects in Utah, California and Piatra Neamt in Romania, but otherwise bears a strong resemblance. 

Omrop Fryslân reported that there was no trace of any footprints round the base of the structure or any other clues as to how it got there. ‘I walked over to it but there was nothing to see around the monolith,’ walker Thijs de Jong said. ‘It’s as if it was dropped from above. It must have taken at least two people to carry it.’ 

De Jong said he was sceptical about claims that the object was put there as a prank by organisers of end-of-year celebrations. ‘Here in Oudehorne we don’t have a New Year’s Eve team,’ he said. ‘I think it’s more likely to be an artists’ collective. But there’s no name on it. I heard that the object had been removed last night [Sunday].’ 

The two objects in the United States were taken away shortly after appearing. The first, near Canyonlands national park in the Utah desert, was dismantled by a group of four men 10 days after it was found on November 18 and taken away in a truck. The unidentified team left the message ‘bye bitch’ and a ‘fresh peestain’ in the dirt at the spot where the object stood. 

The California monolith, which stood on top of Pine Mountain, Atascadero, was replaced by a plywood cross erected by a group of young men in camouflage gear and night vision goggles who livestreamed themselves tearing down the structure while yellling ‘Christ is King!’ and singing country songs. The San Luis Obispo Tribune described the video as ‘at times racist and homophobic’. 

The Romanian monolith, in a remote spot near an ancient Dacian fortress, was reported to have‘quietly’ vanished four days after it appeared on November 26. 

On Sunday morning another monolith was reported to have turned up on a beach on the Isleof Wight, UK. 

The objects were dubbed monoliths because of their resemblance to the structures that appear in Stanley Kubrick’s film 2001, where they accompany crucial stages in the evolution of mankind.

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