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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Friday, December 13, 2019

‘We’ve lost our minds’: British nationals in NL after election result

DutchNews, December 13, 2019


British nationals in the Netherlands have been turning to social media to express their feelings following Thursday night’s British election results which will see Brexit become a reality at the end of January next year. 

Some 49,000 first generation British nationals currently live in the Netherlands. 

‘Gutted beyond words. What happened to the British people? We’ve lost our minds,’ said one woman on Facebook. 

‘No fan but hey – at least we are one step closer to knowing where we stand and moving on from the last 3 years… Always a bright side,’ said another British resident in the Netherlands. ‘The other bright side being – you don’t live there.’ 

Others pointed out that youngsters will be hardest hit. ‘The future of the UK’s youth has just been made harder. That is NOT progressing but going back to the days before the young Europeans had job opportunities throughout Europe,’ said Leroy Moorrees on Facebook. 

Author Ben Coates, who describes himself as a ‘recovering Tory’, said on Twitter people must now accept that millions of people were not tricked into supporting Brexit.


Thursday, December 12, 2019

Amsterdam to get metro link to Schiphol within 10 years, at cost of €3bn

DutchNews, December 12, 2019


Amsterdam’s Noord-Zuidlijn metro route will be extended to Schiphol airport and Hoofddorp within the next 10 years, the Volkskrant said on Thursday. 

The city’s new metro line, which is just 10 kilometres long, opened in July 2018 but critics say officials wasted an opportunity to make a link to the airport, which is becoming increasingly difficult to reach by car. 

The Volkskrant says the cost of the extension south will be at least €3bn, in line with the final cost of the current route. 

Seven groups, including local authorities, airline KLM, the airport and rail companies are involved in the plans, the paper said. They plan to invest in the project themselves but are also hoping for a ‘substantial’ contribution from the state. 

‘The state wants to see plans which will make the Netherlands future proof in terms of infrastructure and mobility,’ NS chief Roger van Boxtel told the paper. ‘We have worked on this plan for two years and now the ministry has opened the door.’ 

The plan envisages running the metro above ground, parallel to the A4 motorway, with its own dedicated station at Schiphol. The metro currently ends at Amsterdam Zuid railway station, which is being transformed into an international hub. 

Despite the Volkskrant’s claim, a spokesman for the infrastructure ministry told broadcaster NOS that the plan is ‘far from certain’ and ‘one of the many options currently being looked at.’ 

The Parool reported in January that Amsterdam officials and Schiphol airport had reached agreement on tackling the airport’s public transport problems, including the option of extending the city’s new metro route to the main terminal building. 

The NS also has plans to introduce a special ‘eight trains an hour’ service between Amsterdam’s central station and Schiphol from 2023.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Tobacco firms who bribe retailers can expect hefty fines

DutchNews, December 6, 2019

Photo: DutchNews.nl

Product safety board NVWA is going to clamp down on tobacco manufacturers who are bribing tobacconists to sell more cigarettes, the Telegraaf reports. 

The illegal bonuses can go up to as much as €3,000 a year if tobacconists manage to sell a previously agreed number of cigarettes, the paper said. 

The practice is illegal, the NVWA said, because it contravenes the advertising ban on cigarettes. The watchdog found out about the illegal payments last year when journalists queried tobacconists in Nijmegen and Amsterdam about the practice. 

Tobacco firms can expect an initial fine of €45,000 and repeat offenders can be fined up to €450,000. The NVWA will also be looking possible illegal deals with petrol stations and supermarkets, the organisation said in a statement

Junior health minister Paul Blokhuis said the practice is ‘worrying as it is aimed at keeping smokers addicted’. He said  he is happy the NVWA is giving off a clear signal that the illegal contracts between retailers and manufacturers will not be tolerated. 

Of the ten tobacconists involved in the scheme, most were franchises of big chains, which, apart from bonuses to the shopkeeper, were given an additional payment in the form of free cigarettes. They will escape a fine, however, because the initiative came from the manufacturers, the paper said. 

Teenagers 

The NVWA does have the tobacconists in its sights for selling cigarettes to people under the age of 18, however, and is planning to continue to use mystery guests to check if retailers stick to the rules. 

Earlier experiments showed that 17-year-olds, despite showing an ID, were sold cigarettes in 35% of cases. Tobacconists who transgress can expect fines from January 1 2020, the NVWA said. 

The Dutch government is trying to discourage smoking and among the measures in the prevention programme Preventieakkoord is the closure of designated smoking spaces in public buildings and companies, which will come into effect in 2021 and 2022 respectively.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

12 points? Government gives public broadcasters €12.4m to stage Eurovision

DutchNews, December 4, 2019 

The event will be staged at the Ahoy. Photo: Ahoy Rotterdam via Wikimedia Commons

Culture minister Arie Slob has agreed to give the public broadcasters €12.4m to help stage the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. 

The money will come from a media reserve which is to be used for special broadcasting projects, Slob told MPs on Wednesday. 

The cost of staging the song festival in Rotterdam next May is put at €26.5m. The public broadcasters have come up with €4.5m while €9.6m will be generated by ticket sales and a contribution from the European Broadcasting Union. 

The Netherlands will host the show because singer songwriter Duncan Lawrence won the contest this year – the first Dutch victory in 44 years. 

The contest will be staged in the Ahoy exhibition complex which hosts trade fairs, tennis matches and the North Sea Jazz festival. The semi-finals take place on Tuesday May 12 and Thursday May 14, with the grand final on Saturday, May 16.

Klaas Dijkhoff will stop his top up €37,000 but won’t pay it back

DutchNews, December 4, 2019

Klaas Dijkhoff while a minister in 2016. Photo: EU2016 SK [CC0]

Klaas Dijkhoff, the VVD’s party leader and Mark Rutte’s heir apparent, has decided he will stop claiming the special benefit for politicians who were earning more as ministers before taking seats in parliament. 

Last month, the Volkskrant reported how Dijkhoff is claiming €37,000 a year in wachtgeld on top of his MP’s salary and party leader supplements, because he still earns less than he did as a minister in the previous government. 

At the time Dijkhoff said he was sticking to his guns and would continue to claim the money he is entitled to. On Tuesday, however, he did a u-turn and said he would stop the payments because of the fuss. 

However, under parliamentary rules, stopping the benefits would require him to refund the €80,000 he has already had since the 2017 general election – and that is something Dijkhoff has said he is not prepared to do. 

Instead he and VVD officials are looking into ways he could continue to claim and then pay back the money. 

Travel 

Dijkhoff’s problems were compounded by revelations in monthly magazine HP/De Tijd that he had also claimed €4,900 a year in travel expenses, even though he has use of a chauffeur-driven car in his role as parliamentary party leader. The car is paid by the VVD. 

Dijkhoff described that payment as a ‘stupid mistake’ and says he will refund that payment. 

MPs earn a basic €115,000 a year, plus allowances, but if they were previously a minister or alderman, they are entitled to benefits to bring their salary up to their old earnings for at least two years. 

Another VVD MP, Arne Weverling, also claims an extra €10,000 a year because he earned more while an alderman in Westland. He has also agreed to stop the payments and refund the cash.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

MPs back female quotas for supervisory boards, VVD votes against

DutchNews, December 3, 2019


MPs on Tuesday voted to bring in a compulsory quota requiring the supervisory boards of listed companies to ensure at least 30% of their members are women. 

The proposal was opposed by the VVD and ChristenUnie coalition parties as well as the anti-immigration PVV and nationalist FvD. The vote should have been taken last week but was delayed by the Socialist Party, who said the measure did not go far enough. 

In September, the government’s SER advisory body called for compulsory quotas to make company leadership a fairer reflection of society. The VNO NCW business lobby group has also come out in support of a quota for the first time. 

Earlier this year emancipation minister Ingrid van Engelshoven said she aimed to ‘name and shame’ large companies with a lack of women at board level, saying only 13 of the largest 200 met the government target and that their excuses were often ‘pathetic’. 

Improvements 

The number of women in boardroom jobs at Dutch listed companies did improve last year, but the total is still far below government targets of 30%, according to the latest issue of the Female Board Index, which was published in September. 

In total, a record 25% of the 29 management board appointments at 88 Dutch listed companies last year were women, index founder Mijntje Luckerath told the NRC. 

The 88 companies followed for the index have a total of 213 boardroom functions, and 8.5% of the jobs are now done by women.  In terms of supervisory boards, women now account for nearly 27% of the 455 jobs at listed firms – almost the quota level.

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“… 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. …”

Eight men arrested in Den Bosch, charged with raping teenage girls

DutchNews, December 3, 2019 

Photo: Depositphotos.com

Eight men have been arrested in early morning raids on homes in Den Bosch and Rosmalen in connection with the rape of a number of under-age girls. 

The arrests are the result of an investigation lasting several months and more arrests cannot be ruled out, police said in a statement

The investigation began after three girls aged 15 and 16 made separate reports to the police about being raped by a group of men. The girls had been groomed via social media, lured to a garage in Den Bosch and then raped several times. 

Police say the youngsters may have been drugged and there are indications that the same may have happened to other girls. They hope that by rounding up the ringleaders, girls who have been too scared to report the attacks may come forward. 

‘A sex case of this magnitude is very rare,’ a police spokesman said. 

The eight men who have been arrested range in age from 18 to 26 and are being kept in isolation, which means they may only have contact with a lawyer.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Dutch Suriname community welcome Boutese conviction

DutchNews, December 2, 2019 

Desi Bouterse gives a press conference after the alleged coup by his opponents
in 1981. Photo: Berry Stokvis/HH

The Netherlands’ Surinamese community has reacted with both surprise and relief at the decision of a Suriname court to jail president Desi Bouterse for his role in the murder of 15 political opponents in 1982. 

The court examining the president and others’ role in the killings began its hearings in 2007. Bouterse has always denied any involvement in the deaths, which have become known as the December Murders. 

‘This ruling has been too long in coming, but I am very happy,’ said Roy Ho Ten Soeng, of the Dutch Suriname Friendship Association. ‘This is justice’. 

Others said they hoped Bouterse would now resign. ‘If he has any respect for the people and for democracy… then he should stand down,’ sociologist Fred Kartaram told broadcaster NOS. ‘He is the figurehead, the symbol of the Surinamese constitution. 

Vincent Soekra of the Our Suriname Associaiton told the broadcaster that the end of the long process ‘brings hope’. ‘And hopefully, we can put the decades of tension behind us somewhat and work towards peace.’ 

Others have described the court case as a ‘show trial’ and a ‘political process’. And some 1,500 of his supporters turned up to welcome him back to Suriname on Saturday after a visit to China. ‘We want Bouta,’ they chanted, as they waved flags. 

Political game 

Bouterse grabbed power in Suriname in the so-called ‘sergeants’ coup’ of 1980. Two years later, after several attempted counter coups, 15 of his political opponents were rounded up and murdered in the infamous December killings, effectively establishing a dictatorship under Bouterse with a puppet government. 

Bouterse has served as president since 2010, and was most recently re-elected in 2015. 

The president did not go into detail about the case on his arrival back home. ‘The political game was played so openly that it was clear what would happen,’ he is quoted as saying by NOS, adding that he would ‘remain within the law’.

‘Politics has to be answered with politics,’ he said. Bouterse, who is now 74, has the option of appealing. 

Challenging 

The Netherlands, France, Germany, Spain, Britain and the US issued a joint statement on Saturday saying that they appreciate the ‘challenging conditions’ which the military court operated in. 

‘The integrity and independence of the judiciary is a pillar in Surinamese society,’ the statement said. ‘It is critical that the final verdicts in the killing of 15 innocent civilians … whatever those verdicts may be after the appeals process is complete – are implemented and upheld.’ 

The verdict, the statement said ‘will undoubtably prove instrumental in helping the nation move towards reconciliation’. 

Suriname became a Dutch colony in the 17th century and gained full independence in 1975. 

In 1999, the Netherlands tried Bouterse in absentia on drug smuggling charges. He was convicted and sentenced to prison but remained in Suriname.

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DSM appoints co-CEOs as Feike Sijbesma stands down after 13 years

DutchNews, December 2, 2019

Feike Sijbesma flanked by his co replacements. Photo: DSM

After 13 years in the top job at chemicals company DSM, Feike Sijbesma, 60, is moving on to pastures new. 

Sijbesma will stand down formally on February 15 but will remain with the company until May to ensure a smooth handover to his successors. 

He will be replaced by the company’s current CFO Geraldine Matchett and COO Dimitri de Vreeze who will take on the top job as ‘co-CEOs’, the company said in a statement. 

‘This dual leadership structure is rooted in the long history of collaboration between them, which has been keenly observed by the supervisory board and is expected to create a strong basis for continued profitable growth,’ the company said. 

Under Sijbesma’s leadership, DSM has shifted from bulk chemicals to focus more on nutrition and health, and materials.

MH17: Russia accused of letting potential suspect flee across the border

DutchNews, December 2, 2019 

A reconstruction of the wreckage of MH17 by the Dutch Safety Board. 

Dutch prosecutors have accused Russia of deliberately allowing a potential suspect in the MH17 investigation to flee across the border to his native Ukraine to avoid standing trial. 

Vladimir Tsemakh was transferred from Ukraine to Moscow as part of a prisoner transfer programme in September, having been arrested on terrorism charges in June. Dutch prosecutors were allowed to question him as a ‘person of interest’ before he boarded the plane. 

Ukraine, like Russia, does not extradite its own citizens, but once Tsemakh was on Russian soil Dutch prosecutors asked officials to arrest him so he could be extradited to the Netherlands. 

The prosecution service (OM) claims that Russia delayed the process by making repeated requests for information before informing the Dutch on November 19 that they had lost track of his whereabouts. 

In a statement published on its website, it said: ‘The Public Prosecution Service received notification from the Russian authorities that the request for the arrest of Mr Tsemakh could not be executed because no information regarding the whereabouts of Mr Tsemakh in the Russian Federation was available. 

‘According to media reports Mr Tsemakh had already returned to his residence in Eastern Ukraine. From there he cannot be extradited. 

‘The Public Prosecution Service has concluded that Russia willingly allowed Mr Tsemakh to leave the Russian Federation and refused to execute the Dutch request. While under the European Convention on Extradition, it was obliged to do so.’ 

Prosecutors said that the failure to secure the extradition of Tsemakh would have no effect on the criminal trial relating to the shooting down of flight MH17, which is scheduled to begin on March 9 at the Schiphol high-security court complex. None of the four named suspects, three Russians and one Ukrainian, are expected to be present.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Dutch police arrest Hague knife assault suspect

Yahoo – AFP, Danny KEMP and Sara MAGNIETTE, November 30, 2019

The attack took place in Grote Marktstraat, the city's biggest shopping area
(AFP Photo/Sara MAGNIETTE)

The Hague (AFP) - Dutch police arrested a homeless man on Saturday over a knife assault in a busy shopping street in The Hague which three teenagers were wounded.

The 35-year-old suspect was detained in the centre of the city a day after the stabbing which caused panic as shoppers hunted Black Friday bargains.

Police had earlier said they were investigating "several scenarios" and that it was "too early to speculate" about whether there was a possible terror motive.

The attack happened just hours after a terror suspect stabbed two people to death in London.

"Following the stabbing incident in Grote Marktstraat, a 35-year-old man has just been arrested in the centre of The Hague. The man has no fixed place of residence," police said on Twitter.

"He will be transferred to a police station where he will be questioned."

The victims were a 13-year-old boy and two 15-year-old girls, none of whom knew each other, police said. They were all treated in hospital but released overnight.

The male attacker ran off after the stabbings at a department store in the city centre, triggering a huge manhunt involving police helicopters.

Images on social media showed shoppers running in panic away from the scene, on a nighttime retail street lit by Christmas fairy lights.

Two teenage girls came running into the store after being stabbed, broadcaster NOS quoted witnesses as saying.

Map of Europe locating London and The Hague, after stabbing attacks 
on Friday (AFP Photo/AFP)

'Screaming and running away'

"I saw two girls screaming and running away. A man fled. He jumped very athletically over benches to get away. He looked like a cheetah," one witness told NOS.

"People were trying to get away. but that didn't work. I was shocked."

Police forensics officers were seen examining a knife found at the scene overnight.

"It's a little too early to speculate about that kind of thing," police spokeswoman Marije Kuiper told AFP earlier when asked about a possible terrorist motive, adding that investigators were still looking at several possible scenarios.

The stabbing took place not far from parliament, which is the seat of government for the Netherlands and home to many international organisations and courts.

In Britain, two members of the public were killed in a stabbing on London Bridge in the heart of the capital on Friday.

The Netherlands has seen a series of terror attacks and plots, although not so far on the scale of those in other European countries.

In March four people were killed when a Turkish-born man opened fire on a tram in the city of Utrecht.

In August 2018 an Afghan man stabbed and seriously wounded two American tourists at Amsterdam's central station, saying he wanted to "protect the Prophet Mohammed".

He was jailed for 26 years in October this year.

Earlier this month a Pakistani man was sentenced to 10 years in jail for a plot to kill far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders.

Suriname court convicts president of murder

DW, 30 November 2019

Suriname's President Desi Bouterse has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for the 1982 murder of 15 political opponents. The South American country is now on edge over what happens next.

Suriname President Desi Bouterse (Reuters/R. Abhelakh)

A military court in Suriname on Friday convicted President Desi Bouterse of murder for the execution of 15 opponents in 1982, plunging the South American country into political uncertainty.

Opposition parties called on Bouterse, who is on a state visit to China, to step down. He was expected to return home on Saturday or Sunday.

The 74-year-old leader was sentenced to 20 years in prison, but the military court did not issue an arrest warrant. Under Surinamese law, he cannot be arrested until all appeals have been exhausted.

After the court decision, the government asked Suriname's 560,000 people to remain calm.

Who is Bouterse?

As a junior military officer, Bouterse seized power in a coup in 1980, five years after Suriname gained independence from the Netherlands. He stepped down in 1987 under international pressure in a move that led to a democratic election, only to briefly seize power again in 1990.

He later left the army and took office again in 2010, following democratic elections won by his National Democratic Party (NDP). He secured a second term in 2015.

What did the court find? 

The court ruled that Bouterse had overseen what is known as the "December killings," in which soldiers abducted 16 opponents, among them prominent journalists, academics and military officers.

All but one of the detainees was killed at a colonial fortress in the capital Paramaribo. The sole survivor — a union later — testified against Bouterse.

What led up to decision?

The court decision marks a turning point in a trail that began in 2007, when Bouterse accepted "political responsibility'' for the killings but insisted he was not present.

Bouterse and the NDP have repeatedly sought to obstruct the trial. Shortly after taking office in 2010, the NDP-controlled National Assembly granted him amnesty that was overturned by the constitutional court.

Then in 2016, the president asked the attorney general to halt the legal proceedings against him, but the court ruled against the move because the trial had already started.

Calls to implement law

Angelic del Castillo, head of the opposition Democratic Alternative '91 party, said Bouterse had "disqualified himself" and demanded he immediately resign.

In a joint statement, the diplomatic missions of France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States called on the final verdict in the killings to be "implemented and upheld in accordance with the rule of law."

"The integrity and independence of the Judiciary is a pillar in Suriname society," they said.

Drug trafficking

In 2009, a Dutch court sentenced Bouterse to 11 years in prison in absentia for drug trafficking. However, his 2010 election victory protected him from being extradited under an Interpol warrant.

In 2015, his son, Dino Bouterse, was sentenced to more than 16 years in prison in the United States after being convicted of drug smuggling and trying to help the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah establish a base in Suriname. He had previously been picked to run Suriname's counter-terrorism unit.

A Suriname judge in 2005 convicted Dino of trafficking arms, drugs and running a gang.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Minister relaxes rules for PFAS pollution following builders’ protest

DutchNews, November 29, 2019 

Work on building a new underground bike park in Amsterdam. Photo: DutchNews.nl 

The government is to be more flexible about the levels of toxic PFAS in soil, allowing builders and dredging companies to get on with their jobs after all, junior infrastructure minister Stientje van Veldhoven has told MPs

The tough limit introduced in July has helped create chaos in the construction sector, with hundreds of projects being put on hold because moving polluted soil would be breaking the rules. 

PFAS are toxic chemicals used in a wide range of manufacturing processes, from pizza boxed to non-stick frying pans, and which do not break down naturally. Linked to several types of cancer and other health problems, they are found in water, in soil, plants and wildlife. 

The ministry’s change of heart follows a mass protest by the construction sector in The Hague earlier this month. 

The new rules, which have been approved by the public health institute RIVM, will come into effect nationwide, the minister said. The limit for PFAS in soil will now go up from the July limit of 0.1 microgrammes per kilo to 0.8 microgrammes.

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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Aid group calls on pension funds to ditch dubious arms investments

DutchNews, November 28, 2019

Photo: zeferli@gmail.com via Depositphotos.com

Nine of the biggest Dutch pension funds are investing in companies which supply weapons to regimes that violate human rights, according to research by Dutch aid group Pax

Pax says the funds invest more than €1bn in dubious weapons manufacturers, with civil service giant ABP plus health fund PFZW and engineering fund PME accounting for €927m of the total. 

The findings come from a new study by the Fair Pension Guide. 

‘Some of most Dutch people’s retirement money is invested in arms companies that, for instance, keep Saudi Arabia’s jet fighters in the air,’ PAX spokesman Cor Oudes said in a statement. ‘These planes drop bombs that kill and maim civilians in Yemen.’ 

The study looks at the largest companies supplying weapons to around 50 countries either currently involved in an armed conflict or which violate human rights. 

Aircraft engines 

Of the 14 companies supplying weapons to countries with poor human rights records, United Technologies Corporation and General Electric have the most Dutch pension fund investment. 

Both companies provide and maintain aircraft engines for the air forces of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Pax says. 

The organisation says pension funds should develop good arms trade policies and urges funds to encourage these arms manufacturers to stop selling arms to dubious regimes. 

‘If the manufacturers fail to take action, pension funds should exclude these companies from their investments,’ Pax said. 

Last year, civil service pension fund ABP, one of the biggest pension funds in world, said it is phasing out all investments in tobacco and nuclear weapons.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Wadden container disaster – a quarter of the cargo is still at sea

DutchNews, November 27, 2019 

Photo: Coastguard

Some 800 tonnes of freight which fell overboard from a container ship in the Wadden Sea during bad weather in January has still not been recovered, infrastructure minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen has told MPs

The MSC Zoe lost 342 containers of goods, leading to a massive clean-up operation as plastic, toys and machinery were washed up on the shores of the Wadden Islands. 

In total, 299 containers have been salvaged at a cost of €35m so far, with the ship’s owner picking up the bill. 

The minister said  further efforts to use boats and divers to recover the goods would be pointless because the items have been spread over such a large area. Each search costs 2.5 litres of diesel for every kilo of recovered waste, the minister said in her briefing. 

The MSC Zoe is one of the biggest freighters in the world and can carry 19,000 containers in total. It was heading from Portugal to Bremerhaven in Germany when the containers came loose in high seas. 

The beach clean-up operation will last until mid 2020 and beyond if necessary, the minister said. 

The coastline of the Wadden island of Schiermonnikoog, for example, remains polluted with plastic beading, and new waste continues to wash up every day.

The Dutch are getting taller, and heavier, but Frisians top the list

DutchNews, November 27, 2019 

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The average Dutchman and woman are getting both taller and heavier, the national statistics agency CBS said on Wednesday. 

The average man is now 1.81 metres tall, up 3.8 centimetres on 1981, and weighs 85 kilos, a rise of 2.3 kilos on 40 years ago. 

Women are 1.5 centimetres taller, with an average height of 1.67 metres, and weigh 72 kilos. Their weight has gone up by 4.7 kilos over the period, a far higher proportion than among men. 

The figures come from the latest CBS health survey and are based on self-assessment. 

The CBS researchers found strong regional differences. The smallest people were in Limburg and Brabant, who were on average three centimetres shorter than the tallest at the other end of the country in Friesland and Groningen. 

People in Drenthe and Flevoland are the most likely to be overweight and in both provinces, over half the population are too heavy, the CBS said. 

Junk food 

The CBS said in April that a diet of junk food and calorific drinks is driving up the weight of young Dutch adults, and one in four are officially classified as too heavy. 

While there is little difference between men and women, youngsters with a non-western background are more likely to be seriously overweight than the native Dutch. 

The new figures show that people with a non-western background are also likely to be shorter than the native Dutch, the CBS said.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Former ministers and aldermen who become MPs claim top-up benefits

DutchNews, November 26, 2019

Klaas Dijkhoff . Photo: EU2016 NL via Wikimedia Commons

Several MPs are still claiming the special benefit for politicians who lose their job because they were earning more as aldermen or ministers before taking seats in parliament, the Volkskrant said on Tuesday. 

MPs earn a basic €115,000 a year, plus allowances, but if they were previously a minister or alderman, they are entitled to benefits to bring their salary up to their old earnings for at least two years. 

VVD parliamentary party leader Klaas Dijkhoff, for example, is claiming €37,000 a year in wachtgeld on top of his MP’s salary and party leader supplements, because he still earns less than he did as a minister, the paper said. 

Dijkhoff told the paper that he had deliberately chosen to use the scheme. ‘There is no trade off when it comes to the working conditions attached to being a minister,’ he said. ‘I see the wachtgeld ruling as a part of this.’ 

Another VVD MP, Arne Weverling, claims an extra €10,000 a year because he earned more while an alderman in Westland, the paper said. 

GroenLinks MP Isabelle Diks also claimed some €7,000 a year in benefits. ‘I was an alderman for 8.5 years and they you develop a particular spending pattern,’ she told the paper. 

Diks has since been called to order by her party and told to stop claiming the money and pay back what she has had, the Volkskrant said. 

MPs who had better paying jobs as aldermen or ministers and are not claiming the benefit include Mark Harbers (VVD), Lodewijk Asscher and Lilian Ploumen (both PvdA).

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