Solar storm heads Earth's way after double sun blasts

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

Northern lights over Terschelling, Friesland..

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

… The Shift in Human Nature

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

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

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

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

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Thursday, November 17, 2022

Three sentenced to life for flight MH17 downing

Yahoo – AFP, Danny KEMP, November 17, 2022 

A Dutch court on Thursday sentenced three men to life imprisonment over the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine in 2014, in the early stages of a war that eight years later would put the world on edge. 

Russians Igor Girkin and Sergei Dubinsky and Ukrainian Leonid Kharchenko were found guilty in absentia of murdering all 298 people on board and of bringing down the Boeing 777 with a Russian-supplied missile. A fourth man was acquitted. 

Moscow slammed the "scandalous" verdict as politically motivated, while Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky -- battling a full-scale Russian invasion after years of low-level fighting in the east -- praised it as "important". 

Relatives of MH17 victims blinked away tears as the verdicts were read out in a courtroom packed with families who had travelled from around the world for the end of the two-and-a-half-year trial. 

"The court calls the proven charges so severe that it holds that only the highest possible prison sentence would be appropriate," head judge Hendrik Steenhuis said.

 "Imposing these sentences cannot take away the pain and suffering, but there's hope that today clarity has been provided about who is to blame." 

But none of the suspects was at the high-security court on the outskirts of Schiphol Airport, where the doomed plane took off, after Russia refused to extradite them. 

'Justice has spoken'

The trial represents the end of a long search for justice for the victims of the disaster, who came from 10 countries, including 196 Dutch, 43 Malaysians and 38 Australians. 

"Justice has spoken. We wanted justice to be done and that happened, in a very well-balanced verdict," Piet Ploeg, chairman of the MH17 foundation, who lost his brother, sister-in-law and nephew, told AFP. 

"The role of Russia has been very clearly confirmed by the court." 

Flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was cruising at 33,000 feet (10,000 metres) over war-torn eastern Ukraine when a BUK missile exploded near the cockpit on July 17, 2014, tearing the plane apart. 

The crash triggered global outrage and sanctions against Moscow, with Ukraine's famed sunflower fields littered with bodies and wreckage. Some victims, including children, were still strapped into their seats. 

Judges found Girkin, Dubinsky and Kharchenko could all be held responsible for the transport of the missile from a military base in Russia and deploying it to the launch site -- even if they did not pull the trigger. 

There was not enough evidence to show the involvement of Oleg Pulatov, the only suspect to have legal representation during the trial, they said. 

All the suspects were members of the Donetsk People's Republic, an armed group fighting Ukraine's government that judges ruled was directly controlled by Russia. 

'Ample evidence'

Girkin, 51, a former Russian spy who became the so-called defence minister of the DPR, was in regular contact with Moscow, particularly over the return of the missile after the tragedy, the court ruled.  

Kharchenko, 50, who allegedly led a separatist unit, received direct orders from Dubinsky, 60, who has also been tied to Russian intelligence, to escort the missile to the final launch site, the court ruled. 

The defendants had apparently intended to shoot down a Ukrainian military plane rather than a civilian jet but that did not affect their guilt, the judges said. 

Russia's continued denials that it controlled the DPR meanwhile meant the defendants could not claim immunity from prosecution as formal combatants, they added. 

The court ruled there was "ample evidence" to show the plane was brought down by the missile, and ruled out "alternative scenarios" suggested by the defence, including that it was shot down by a Ukrainian fighter jet. 

The BUK missile had been identified as coming from the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade from Kursk in Russia, prosecutors said. 

'Unprecedented pressure'

Moscow has denied all involvement in the crash, and on Thursday it accused the Dutch court of giving its verdict under "unprecedented pressure" from politicians and the media. 

The Russian foreign ministry said the trial could go down history as "one of the most scandalous in the history of legal proceedings with its extensive list of oddities, inconsistencies and dubious arguments of the prosecution". 

Ukraine's Zelensky said on Twitter that "holding the instigators to account is crucial too because a sense of impunity leads to new crimes". 

The United States welcomed the verdict as "an important moment in ongoing efforts to deliver justice for the 298 individuals who lost their lives". 

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said the convictions were "not the end", while NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg they were an "important day for justice and accountability".

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Hungarian FA suspends Dutch coach after his protest about racism

DutchNews, October 26, 2022 

Ricardo Moniz while still coach of Excelsior. Photo: Jan den Breejen ANP 

The Hungarian football association has suspended Dutch coach Ricardo Moniz after he was given a red card for trying to take his team off the pitch when monkey noises were directed at some of his players. 

Moniz, who coaches Zalaegerszegi TE, reacted furiously to the second incident in four days and the refusal by match officials to take action. 

The incident happened on Sunday during the game between Zalaegerszegi TE and Honvéd.

The club’s director Attila Dragóner said both players and the club supported Moniz’ action. ‘We will continue to maintain there is no place for racism on the football pitch,’ he is quoted by Dutch media as saying. 

Moniz said he would protest about the punishment. ‘I won’t accept it and I will take it to Uefa. I have had enough,’ he said. 

Moniz was coach at Dutch club Excelsior in 2019 when striker Ahmad Mendes Moreira was targeted by racist taunting by Den Bosch fans. That incident was the first time a professional match in the Netherlands was stopped because of racism.

Monday, September 26, 2022

Annemiek van Vleuten adds world road race crown to 2022 titles

DutchNews, September 24, 2022 

Annemiek van Vleuten waves before receiving her gold medal. Photo: Rick Rycroft AP

Cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten has won the world road race title in Wollongong in Australia, despite having fractured an elbow three days previously. 

Van Vleuten, who is 39 and retiring at the end of the 2023 season, surprised the pack by launching a solo effort with some 600 metres to go, in what commentators say is the greatest win of her career. 

Earlier this summer the 2019 world champion and reigning Olympic world time trial winner won the Italian, French and Spanish tours. 

‘Maybe this is my best victory,’ she said afterwards. ‘I am still speechless, I still can’t believe it, she said after the race. ‘I was waiting for them to get back at me, but they did not move.’

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Solemn Dutch royals attend funeral for Britain’s queen Elizabeth

DutchNews, September 19, 2022 

Princess Beatrix (L), king Willem-Alexander and queen Maxima leave after
the service. Photo: Ben Stansall / POOL / AFP

Dutch king Willem-Alexander, queen Maxima and princess Beatrix had front row seats at the funeral ceremony held for British queen Elizabeth at Westminster Abbey in London on Monday. 

The Dutch royals were among a host of kings, queens, presidents and prime ministers to attend the event, ten days after Elizabeth died at the age of 96. 

Royalty expert Pieter Klein Beernink told the Telegraaf that the Dutch family had been given such a prominent position in front of the flag-draped coffin because of the close ties between the two families. 

Princess Beatrix, the former Dutch queen who abdicated in favour of her son in 2013 at the age of 75, would often cross the channel incognito to have lunch or dinner with Elizabeth, Klein Beernink said. 

A black mourning pennant was hoisted above the Noordeinde palace in The Hague as a mark of respect for the British queen, who visited the Netherlands several times during her 70-year reign. 

The Dutch royals will also attend a much smaller ceremony at Windsor Castle later on Monday, broadcaster NOS said. 


The British embassy in The Hague and the consulate were both closed on Monday, which was a bank holiday in Britain, but dozens of well-wishers have left flowers outside the building.

Photo: Dutch News

Over 2,000 people, including prime minister Mark Rutte, signed the condolence book at the embassy and there are also books available for signing at Anglican churches dotted throughout the country. 

The book at the Anglican church on the Kinderhuissingel in Haarlem, for example, will be open for a few more weeks. 

Monday’s ceremony has dominated the Dutch as well as the British media, with live blogs on most news websites and coverage from the funeral procession and ceremony on television.

Monday, August 1, 2022

Annemiek van Vleuten wins first Tour de France Femmes

DutchNews, August 1, 2022

Annemiek van Vleuten celebrates her overall leader yellow jersey at
the end of final stage. Photo: Jeff Pachoud / AFP

Dutch rider Annemiek van Vleuten has won the first edition of a new stage cycling race, the Tour de France Femmes. 

Van Vleuten took the title by almost four minutes, despite having health problems in the early stages and changing her bike several times. With a price of €250,000, it is the richest race in women’s cycling. 

Van Vleuten, 39, won the final stage by 30 seconds over the Netherlands’ Demi Vollering, who also finished the race second overall. Polish rider Katarzyna Niewiadoma was third. 

Van Vleuten also has three Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile titles, Olympic gold in the time trial and two world championship golds in the same discipline on her name. 

‘I’m super proud to be the first winner of the Tour de France for women, of this new version,’ Van Vleuten said after her victory. ‘I hope it’s a big start and we can build this into an even bigger event. It’s a milestone to win the first one of, hopefully, many more.’ 

The eight day event is organized by the Amaury Sport Organisation which also runs the Tour de France and is part of the UCI women’s world tour. 

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Dutch uncover Russian spy, trying to work for the International Criminal Court

DutchNews, June 16, 2022 


The Dutch security service AIVD has uncovered a Russian national who was posing as a Brazilian to get work at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. 

The man had already been accepted as an intern when he was arrested at Schiphol airport in May, AIVD chief Erik Akerboom said. 

It is rare that an intelligence officer of ‘such calibre’ is arrested, Akerboom said. The man, named by the AIVD as Sergey Vladimirovich Cherkasov, worked for the Russian intelligence service GRU. 

‘This type of intelligence officer is better known as an illegal: someone who has received very long and extensive training,’ the AIVD said in a statement. 

‘Illegals are difficult for intelligence agencies to identify because they use an alias. In this way they can often operate under the radar for a long time and continue to carry out intelligence activities. By posing as foreigners, illegals can access information that is inaccessible to a Russian person.’ 


If Cherkasov had succeeded in working for the ICC, he would have had access to a lot of information and people who would be ‘extremely interesting to GRU,’ Akerboom said. 

He may also have been able to influence ICC cases. The court is currently investigating possible war crimes by Russian soldiers in Ukraine. 

The man, who was using the name Viktor Muller Ferreira, was sent straight back to Brazil as an undesirable alien. A heavily edited copy of his cover story was attached to the AIVD news release. The Netherlands has expelled more than 20 people suspected of spying in recent years.

Monday, May 23, 2022

Humpback whale filmed jumping near the Zeeland coast

DutchNews, May 23, 2022 

A still from the video

A humpback whale has been filmed swimming and jumping off the Zeeland coast by two fishermen in a rubber boat. 

The whale was around three kilometres off the cost of Westkapelle in calm sea when Lourens Janisse and a friend first heard it releasing air. 

‘We got closer to take a look and it also came nearer to us,’ Janisse told local broadcaster Omroep Zeeland. The whale leapt out of the water several times, giving Janisse and his friend plenty of time to film it. 

Sea mammal specialist Jaap van der Hiele told the broadcaster that the whale appeared to be healthy.

‘Humpback whales are discovering the North Sea,’ he said. ‘A few years ago we had one close to Vlissingen and once in the Oosterschelde estuary. They can easily swim in shallow water so this whale is not in any danger.’ 

According to marine protection group SOS Dolfijn, humpbacked whales have been visiting the Dutch coast since the beginning of this century.

Related Article:

Another humpback whale spotted near the Dutch coast (20 December 2012)

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Priest and journalist who defied the Nazis is first Dutch saint for 15 years

DutchNews, May 16, 2022 

Titus Brandsma in the 1920. Photo: GaHetNa/Wikipedia

A Dutch priest and journalist who was killed by the Nazis for refusing to distribute anti-Semitic propaganda during the German occupation has been canonised by the pope.

Titus Brandsma is the first new Dutch saint for 15 years, following the canonisation of Limburg priest Karel Houben in 2007. 

Pope Francis proclaimed him a saint on Sunday at a symposium organised by the Dutch embassy and the International Association of Journalists Accredited to the Vatican. 

The Vatican said the Carmelite priest and theologian had been killed ‘in hatred of the faith’ in Dachau concentration camp in 1942, aged 61. 

Born in Bolsward, Friesland, in 1881, Brandsma was one of the founders of the Radboud University in Nijmegen, where he taught philosophy, in the 1920s.

‘Everyday love’ 

During the war he spoke out against the Nazi occupiers and anti-Semitism in Germany and refused to carry adverts for the NSB, the Dutch national-socialist party, in Catholic newspapers.

Some 500 Dutch Catholics attended the ceremony in Rome, where Pope Francis said Brandsma’s sainthood was the outcome not of ‘heroic episodes, but a great amount of everyday love.’ 

The Vatican ascribed a miracle to Brandsma, one of the conditions for sainthood, after an American priest who was suffering from terminal cancer claimed to have been cured when the priest appeared to him and instructed him to pray for healing.

Monday, May 2, 2022

Dutch Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr as ‘sugar feast’ loses flavour

DutchNews, May 2, 2022

It is peak period at this bakery in The Hague. Photo: Marcel de Swart ANP

Muslims in the Netherlands celebrate the end of Ramadan, or the festival of Eid al-Fitr, on Monday, but the Dutch term for the holiday, the Suikerfeest or sugar holiday, is increasingly out of favour, news website reported. 

Suikerfeest is a literal translation of the Turkish Şeker Bayramı but that in itself may be a misinterpretation of Şükür Bayramı (feast of thankfulness), which once was the name for the celebrations to mark the end of the fasting period in Turkey. 

Muslims in the Netherlands now want to get back to the real meaning of Eid al-Fitr – the holiday of breaking the fast, said. 

After all, Muslims point out, ‘sugar feast’ implies they are eating sweets all day, but Eid al-Fitr is about far more than that. It is a day for dressing up, giving gifts and money to charity, and greeting each other with the phrase ‘Eid Mubarak‘

Leading Muslim community group CMO never uses the phrase and chairman Muhsin Köktas told suikerfeest is only used in the Netherlands and Turkey. 

There is, he said, a swing away from term on social media. ‘People would rather the term is not used,’ he said.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Second survey highlights downturn in support for the Dutch king

DutchNews, April 27, 2022 

Photo: Robin Utrecht

A second survey has highlighted the downturn in support for king Willem-Alexander and the criticism of the way he acted during the coronavirus crisis. 

Last week, a poll involving 26,000 people for television show EenVandaag showed just 54% have faith in the monarch and now an Ipsos survey for news channel NOS paints a similar picture. 

Just 47% of those in the NOS survey have confidence in the way the king does his job and only similar percentage think he performed well during the past two years. Before coronavirus hit, 75% thought the king was performing well. 

The two years of coronavirus have been particularly damning for the royals, following a string of blunders over holidays, and culminating in a small party for oldest daughter Amalia when she turned 18 during the lockdown at the end of last year. 

The Ipsos survey gave the king a personal score of 6.7 out of 10, which is well down on the 7.7 he scored in 2020. Queen Máxima’s score of 7.6 is virtually unchanged on 2021 but down on her 2020 rating of 8. Seven in 10 of survey respondents said they thought she was doing a good job. 

Despite the criticism, 58% still support the monarchy as an institution, roughly in line with the EenVandaag figure.

Monday, April 25, 2022

Verstappen claims prestigious award to cap successful weekend in Imola

DutchNews, April 25, 2022 

Max Verstappen celebrated at Ferrari’s expense in Imola. Photo: Hasan Bratic/SIPA via ANP

Formula One driver Max Verstappen has been named Sportsman of the Year at the prestigious Laurens World Sports Awards. 

The 24-year-old is the first Dutchman to win the title, which has been won five times by tennis player Roger Federer and four times by sprinter Usain Bolt.

In 2020 Verstappen’s rival, Lewis Hamilton, shared the prize with Argentinian footballer Lionel Messi. 

Cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten was nominated for the Comeback of the Year award after winning the Olympic time trial race in Tokyo, five years after a heavy fall cost her victory in the same event. 

The announcement in Seville on Sunday capped a successful weekend for Verstappen, who dominated the Italian Grand Prix in Imola. 

The Red Bull driver won the race from pole position to claim his second win in the opening four races of the season, with team-mate Sergio Perez claiming second place. 

Verstappen had an unexpected boost when championship leader Charles Leclerc misjudged a corner 10 laps from the finish and span off the track while running third. He eventually came home sixth, allowing Verstappen to cut his lead from 46 points to 27.

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Dutch stop subsidising heat generation by burning wood chips

DutchNews, April 23, 2022 

Ministers have agreed to immediately stop giving subsidies for the use of biomass, or wood chips, to generate heat for city heating schemes and greenhouses, the economic affairs ministry has confirmed. 

Dutch biomass plants, which are supposed to help comply with EU climate goals, have been given billions of euros in subsidies in the last few years. They have, however, become deeply controversial because of longer-term damage to the environment. 

‘Organic raw materials play an important role in achieving a climate-neutral and circular economy,’ climate minister Rob Jetten said in a statement. ‘They are also crucial in becoming less dependent on fossil fuels… at the same time, the government is aware of the concerns.’ 

The government, he said, would approve the use of sustainable bio-based raw materials where they make the greatest contribution to sustainability and where alternatives are limited. 

This includes bioconcrete, paint based on bio-based raw, green gas as a replacement for natural gas, or as a fuel for heavy road transport, aviation and maritime shipping. 


In July 2020, the Dutch government’s senior advisory body SER recommended that subsidies for the use of biomass in power stations be phased out quickly

However, the Dutch environmental assessment agency PBL says the use of biomass may be unavoidable if the Netherlands is to meet the EU targets. 

Without using biomass, the Netherlands will have to install wind turbines and solar panels more quickly than it is currently doing, and other difficult choices will have to be made, the PBL said. 

The use of biomass, such as wood chips, as a fuel generated an extra 19 megatons in carbon dioxide emissions in 2020, according to calculations by national statistics agency CBS

The Netherlands has also been under fire for importing wood chips from the US and the Baltic states to burn in power plants.

Thursday, April 21, 2022

D66 lobbyist quits over harassment report as pressure grows on Kaag

DutchNews, April 21, 2022 

D66 leader Sigrid Kaag is facing questions from party members.
Photo: ANP/Robin Utrecht

Lobbyist Frans van Drimmelen has quit coalition party D66 and resigned as a political consultant after he was accused of sexually harassing a party colleague. 

Van Drimmelen said in a statement that he had had an extramarital affair in 2015 and made persistent attempts to contact the woman after it ended. But he disputed that he had abused his position in the party or that he was guilty of sexual intimidation, 

More than 700 D66 members have called on party leader Sigrid Kaag to state what she knew about a private inquiry into Van Drimmelen’s behaviour, which concluded he had ‘stalked, threatened and blackmailed’ the woman between 2015 and 2016. He was given a formal warning by police but not charged. 

The party members have also urged Kaag to publish an anonymised version of the report into Van Drimmelen’s behaviour, which was carried out by independent research agency BING following an anonymous blogpost by the woman in December 2020. Kaag is facing questions about why the report, completed in March 2021, had been kept quiet for a year 

The party leadership has said it will present its conclusions on the matter on Friday. The public part of the investigation, focusing on whether there was a broader culture of sexual intimidation in D66, found there was ‘no question of an institutionally unsafe environment.’ 

The episode has damaged trust in Kaag and D66, with 78% of its supporters telling EenVandaag that they thought it cast the party in a bad light. Only 45% said they backed Kaag as leader, down from 71% a month ago. 

In a statement to the AD and Parool newspapers, Van Drimmelen described the relationship, which he said ended in the summer of 2015, was a ‘stupid thing’. 

‘Afterwards I tried to start a conversation by sending messages via various channels. I was keen to know why the affair had ended,’ he said. 

‘The second stupid thing is that I tried for too long, too persistently and at times extremely unpleasantly to make that conversation happen. In doing so I sometimes said things that I realise came across as threatening. Even though it was made clear that the woman did not want any contact whatsoever.’ 

Van Drimmelen also stepped down from his position as partner in corporate communications agency Dröge and Van Drimmelen. ‘I am completely leaving public life and will work on a new future later,’ he said. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

The Dutch are still happy but slightly less so, and young adults are hardest hit

DutchNews, April 20, 2022 

While a large majority of adults in the Netherlands are happy with their lives, there has been a slight drop since 2019, and young adults have been hardest hit, according to research by national statisticsagency CBS

In total, just over 86% of people are happy, but that is down from just under 89% before coronavirus restricted socialising. But among young adults up to the age of 25, the drop is more noticeable, from 87.5% to almost 81% now, the CBS said. 

In 1997, young adults were the happiest group in the population. Nowadays, people aged 65 to 75 are most likely to be happy, with 90% giving their lives a score of at least seven out of 10. 

The Netherlands has long been considered one of the happiest nations on the planet. In the most recent UN World Happiness Report the Netherlands was in fifth place, behind Finland, Denmark, Iceland and Switzerland. 

However, several research projects have suggested that coronavirus has had a significant impact on the lives of young adults. 

The CBS itself said last year coronavirus has had a negative impact on the lives of almost half the Netherlands’ teenagers and young adults, but 43% say it has had both negative and positive effects.

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

ABN Amro apologises for its role in slavery via Mees and Hope banks

DutchNews, April 13, 2022

Hope & Co provided a mortgage for this Suriname coffee plantation.
Drawing: Rijksmuseum collection

ABN Amro bank has issued a formal apology for its role in slavery which, the bank says, played a major role in the banking group’s history. 

The International Institute for Social History has looked at the role of two 18th century banks – Hope & Co and R. Mees & Zoonen – both of which have been swallowed up in the ABN Amro group. 

Both companies were involved in slave trading, in plantations and in the trade of goods made by enslaved peoples, the researchers said. 

In particular, the researchers found that between 25% and 33% of Hope & Co’s turnover derived from slavery. At least 50 plantations were financed by Hope & Co loans and slaves were used as security. 

‘The lists include estimates of how much each person was worth,’ IISG researcher Pepijn Brandon said. ‘Male slaves with specific skills were given a very high value in the accounts, but others were listed as not having any value.’ 

Mees & Zoonen played a more minor role but the researchers estimate around half of the insurance policies for seafarers which it brokered were related to slavery. ‘Decisions made in offices in Amsterdam and Rotterdam directly impacted the lives of thousands of enslaved persons,’ Brandon said. 

Chief executive Robert Swaak said in a reaction to the research that ABN Amro ‘has a proud history going back more than 300 years’. 

‘However, we must also recognise that it has a darker side as well,’ he said. ‘ABN Amro as it exists now cannot undo that period of its history. We are aware that, even though slavery has been abolished, the past injustices have persisted. ABN Amro apologises for the past actions and activities of these predecessors and for the pain and suffering that they caused.’ 

Read the report (in English) 

The bank said that it has since been talking to representatives of the communities of descendants of slaves to discuss the research findings and will work to ensure concrete measures to help improve the structural social disadvantages facing the descendants of enslaved persons. 

The bank is the first private company in the Netherlands to formally apologise for its role in the slave trade. 

Earlier this year, research carried out on behalf of the Dutch central bank revealed that part of its start-up capital came from business owners with direct interests in plantation slavery in the Atlantic region, for example in Suriname. 

The bank has not apologized for its past but plans to make an ‘appropriate gesture of lasting value to those affected and Dutch society at large.’ 

‘Our historical links to slavery are a constant reminder that we must never cease to contribute to a society in which every person counts and in which no one is excluded,’ director Klaas Knot said at the time.

Friday, April 8, 2022

Pink Floyd release first new song since 1994 for Ukraine

Yahoo – AFP, April 7, 2022 

David Gilmour: 'We, like so many, have been feeling the fury and the frustration of this vile
act of an independent, peaceful democratic country being invaded and having its people
murdered by one of the world's major powers' (AFP/JOHN D MCHUGH) (JOHN D MCHUGH)

Pink Floyd have written their first new song in almost 30 years to support Ukrainians, the band announced on Thursday. 

"Hey, Hey, Rise-Up!" will be released on Friday, and be used to raise funds for humanitarian causes linked to the war. 

It samples Andriy Khlyvnyuk, from one of Ukraine's biggest bands BoomBox, singing in Sofiyskaya Square in Kyiv in a clip that went viral. 

Khlyvnyukh abandoned a world tour to return to Ukraine and help defend his country. 

"We, like so many, have been feeling the fury and the frustration of this vile act of an independent, peaceful democratic country being invaded and having its people murdered by one of the world's major powers," Pink Floyd said on their official Twitter feed. 

In a press release, band leader David Gilmour said he had been moved by Khlyvnyuk's video: "It was a powerful moment that made me want to put it to music." 

He was able to speak with Khlyvnyuk from his hospital bed in Kyiv, where the singer was recovering after being hit by shrapnel in a mortar attack, the record company said. 

"I played him a little bit of the song down the phone line and he gave me his blessing. We both hope to do something together in person in the future," Gilmour said. 

The image accompanying the song is of a sunflower, and was inspired by a viral video showing a Ukrainian woman insulting two armed Russian soldiers. 

In it, she tells the soldiers: "Take these seeds and put them in your pockets. That way sunflowers will grow when you all rest here." 

It is the first original music from Pink Floyd since 1994's "The Division Bell". 

Gilmour tweeted his opposition to the war soon after Russia's invasion, saying: "Putin must go". 

The band has also pulled their music from Russian and Belarusian streaming sites in protest at the invasion.

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Pope in 'tectonic' shake-up of Vatican bureaucracy

 Yahoo – AFP, Ella IDE, March 19, 2022 

Francis, 85, put together a group of cardinals to advise
him on how to enact reforms (AFP/Tiziana FABI) (Tiziana FABI)

Pope Francis on Saturday followed through on a promise made ahead of his 2013 election and published a much-anticipated shake-up of the Vatican's powerful governing body. 

The new constitution, which comes into effect on June 5, restructures parts of the unruly Roman Curia, and makes increasing the world's 1.2 billion Catholics the church's number one priority. 

Among the most significant changes are the possibility for lay and female Catholics to head up Vatican departments, and the incorporation of the pope's sex abuse advisory commission into the Curia. 

"Pope Francis has been working on a new organizational structure for the Vatican for nine years. It's a major aspect of his legacy," Joshua McElwee from the National Catholic Reporter said on Twitter. 

'Tectonic shift' 

Cardinals gathered for the conclave to elect a new pope in 2013 were divided between those who believed there were deep-rooted problems in the Curia and those who wanted to preserve the status quo. 

Ex-pope Benedict XVI, who had just resigned, was reported to have tried and failed to clean up a body some even blamed for preventing the church from properly tackling the child sex abuse scandal. 

Francis, 85, put together a group of cardinals to advise him over the years on how to reform the Curia, and has already enacted many changes as he moves to modernise the centuries-old institution. 

The 54-page text entitled "Proclaiming the Gospel", which replaces a constitution drawn up by pope John Paul II in 1988, creates a new department for evangelisation, to be headed up by Francis himself. 

Making himself "Chief Evangelizer" encapsulates a "tectonic shift to a more pastoral, missionary church," David Gibson, director of the Center on Religion and Culture at Fordham University, said on Twitter. 

In that vein, Francis says every baptised Christian is a missionary. 

"One cannot fail to take this into account in the updating of the Curia, whose reform must provide for involvement of laymen and women, even in roles of government and responsibility," he said. 


The constitution, released on the ninth anniversary of the inauguration of Francis' papacy, makes the pope's charity czar, currently Polish Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, head of a department in its own right. 

It also brings the Vatican's Commission for the Protection of Minors -- a papal advisory body -- into the office which oversees the canonical investigations of clerical sex abuse cases. 

In doing so, the pope is "effectively establishing the Vatican's first safeguarding office", the Tablet's journalist Christopher Lamb said. 

Cardinal Sean O'Malley, who heads the Commission, said it was a "significant move forward", which would give institutional weight to the fight against a scourge which has plagued the church globally. 

But Marie Collins, an Irish survivor of clerical abuse who served on the commission before resigning in outrage in 2017 over the church's handling of the crisis, slammed it instead as a clear step back. 

"The Commission has now officially lost even a semblance of independence," she said on Twitter.

Representatives of the Amazon rainforest's ethnic groups attended the synod 
with Pope Francis (AFP Photo/Tiziana FABI)

Clerics at the Church of England synod in York take a 'selfie' as they celebrate
after the vote to allow female bishops. Photograph: Lindsey Parnaby/AFP/Getty

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

“… I gave you a channelling years ago when Pope John Paul was alive. John Paul loved Mary, the mother. Had John Paul survived another 10 years, he would have done what the next Pope [The one after the current one, Benedict XVI] will do, and that is to bring women into the Church. This Pope you have now [Benedict XVI] won't be here long.* The next Pope will be the one who has to change the rules, should he survive. If he doesn't, it will be the one after that.

There is a large struggle within the Church, even right now, and great dissention, for it knows that it is not giving what humanity wants. The doctrine is not current to the puzzles of life. The answer will be to create a better balance between the feminine and masculine, and the new Pope, or the one after that, will try to allow women to be in the higher echelon of the Church structure to assist the priests.

It will be suggested to let women participate in services, doing things women did not do before. This graduates them within church law to an equality with priests, but doesn't actually let them become priests just yet. However, don't be surprised if this begins in another way, and instead gives priests the ability to marry. This will bring the feminine into the church in other ways. It will eventually happen and has to happen. If it does not, it will be the end of the Catholic Church, for humanity will not sustain a spiritual belief system that is out of balance with the love of God and also out of balance with intuitive Human awareness.  …”

"Recalibration of Free Choice"–  Mar 3, 2012 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: (Old) SoulsMidpoint on 21-12-2012, Shift of Human Consciousness, Black & White vs. Color, 1 - Spirituality (Religions) shifting, Loose a Pope “soon”2 - Humans will change react to drama, 3 - Civilizations/Population on Earth,  4 - Alternate energy sources (Geothermal, Tidal (Paddle wheels), Wind), 5 – Financials Institutes/concepts will change (Integrity – Ethical) , 6 - News/Media/TV to change, 7 – Big Pharmaceutical company will collapse “soon”, (Keep people sick), (Integrity – Ethical)  8 – Wars will be over on Earth, Global Unity, … etc.) (Text version)

“ … Spirituality (Religions)

Number one: Spirituality. The systems of spiritual design on your planet are starting to change. This is not telling you that certain ones are going to go away. They're simply going to change. Some of the largest spiritual systems, which you would call organized religion on the planet, are shifting. They're going to shift away from that which is authority on the outside to authority on the inside. It will eventually be a different way of worship, slowly changing the rules while keeping the basic doctrine the same.

The doctrine of the Christ has always been to find the God inside. The teachings were clear. The examples of the miracles were given as an example of what humans could do, not to set a man up for worship as a God. So when that has been absorbed, the teaching of the Christ can remain the teaching of the Christ. It simply changes the interpretation. 

The teachings of the great prophets of the Middle East (all related to each other) are about unity and love. So once the holy words are redefined with new wisdom, the Human changes, not the words of the prophets. In fact, the prophets become even more divinely inspired and their wisdom becomes even more profound.

You're going to lose a pope soon. I have no clock. Soon to us can mean anything to you. The one who replaces him may surprise you, for his particular organization will be in survival mode at that point in time. That is to say that fewer and fewer are interested in starting the priesthood. Fewer and fewer young people are interested in the organization, and the new pope must make changes to keep his church alive. That means that his organization will remain, but with a more modern look at what truly is before all of you in a new energy. It is not the fall of the church. It is instead the recalibration of the divinity inside that would match the worship that goes on. It's a win-win situationThe new pope will have a difficult time, since the old guard will still be there. There could even be an assassination attempt, such is the way the old energy dies hard. That is number one. Watch for it. It's a change in the way spiritual systems work. It's a realignment of spiritual systems that resound to a stronger truth that is Human driven, rather than prophet driven.…”

“… With free choice, the percentage of DNA efficiently started to go down as humanity grew. As soon as the DNA started to lose percentage, the gender balance was dysfunctional. If you want to have a test of any society, anywhere on the planet, and you want to know the DNA percentage number [consciousness quota] as a society, there's an easy test: How do they perceive and treat their women? The higher the DNA functionality, the more the feminine divine is honored. This is the test! Different cultures create different DNA consciousness, even at the same time on the planet. So you can have a culture on Earth at 25 percent and one at 37 - and if you did, they would indeed clash. …”

“… You're at 35. There's an equality here, you're starting to see the dark and light, and it's changing everything. You take a look at history and you've come a long way, but it took a long time to get here. Dear ones, we've seen this process before and the snowball is rolling. There isn't anything in the way that's going to stop it. In the path of this snowball of higher consciousness are all kinds of things that will be run over and perish. Part of this is what you call "the establishment". Watch for some very big established things to fall over! The snowball will simply knock them down. …”