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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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Four suspects to be prosecuted for downing MH17 flight

DutchNews, June 19, 2019 - By Senay Boztas

The investigation team at the start of the press conference. Photo: Stijn Rademaker/HH 

Four suspects are being prosecuted for downing flight MH17 in 2014, killing 298 passengers and crew – even though prosecutors admit that there is little chance that they will turn up in a Dutch court. 

A press conference by the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) of legal teams from Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, Ukraine and the Netherlands announced on Wednesday that it has identified four key suspects who ‘cooperated to obtain and deploy the Buk [missile] at the firing location with the aim of shooting down an aircraft.’ 

Three of the suspects are Russian and one is Ukrainian, and the JIT has served summons to Russia and Ukraine for them to appear in court in The Hague on 9th March 2020. The suspects are Russians Igor Girkin, Sergey Dubinskiy, Oleg Pulatov and Ukranian Leonid Kharchenko, and all played key roles in the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’ in eastern Ukraine. 

Fred Westerbeke, from the OM Dutch prosecution service, said that the investigation continues for active soldiers and the people who actually pushed the button on a Buk rocket launcher on 17th July 2014, shooting down the plane and killing all on board. 

‘Under Dutch law, people who were not present during a crime but played an important organising role are just as guilty as those who actually carry out the deed,’ he said in a press conference. 

‘Girkin, Dubinskiy, Pulatov and Kharchenko were active in the armed conflict. Their joint goal was to win terrain at the cost of the Ukrainian state. The OM believes their plan led to the shooting down of flight MH17: although they may not have pushed the button, they worked together to get the weapon to the air and can be considered suspects.’ 

Realism 

In answer to questions he admitted, however, that although the JIT has appealed for them to present themselves for interview and to attend the court case, he wasn’t hopeful that they would turn up. ‘I’m a realist,’ he said. 

‘That means that I don’t think there’s a large chance. Five years ago a lot of people said you can start an investigation but you won’t get much out of it. Few people believed we would follow four people and now we are making that step. But this is an important step to show friends and relatives what happened and how it happened.’ 

The conference revealed details of telephone conversations, photographs and Facebook posts that it said led to the decision to prosecute the four – stressing that they can only be found guilty in a court of law. The team has interviewed 300 people and appealed for more witnesses, who could if necessary enter a witness protection programme. 

Russia 

Westerbeke also appealed for the Russian Federation – held responsible for providing the missile – to share what it knows. ‘We now have information and proof that the Russian Federation is involved in this crime, one way or the other,’ he said. ‘They could have been in the position to tell us exactly what happened because they know: a BUK from the 53rd anti-aircraft brigade was used. I wouldn’t call this cooperation.’ 

Girkin has already denied that he had anything to do with the disaster, reports the NOS, while the leader of pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine at the time Aleksandr Borodai reportedly called tapped phone conversations ‘fake’. 

Meanwhile, the Bellingcat investigative collective published its own report on Wednesday identifying 12 people it says were involved in the disaster, including several new potential suspects. 

Justice minister Ferd Grapperhaus has told MPs that diplomatic steps have been taken against Russia for its failure to comply sufficiently with the investigation but did not give further details.


The Joint Investigation Team named the four suspects who they said would be tried
for murder next year (AFP Photo/Robin van Lonkhuijsen)

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Eindhoven University opens academic jobs to women only

DutchNews, June 18, 2019

Part of Eindhoven University. Photo: Michiel1972 via Wikimedia Commons

For the next 18 months, all academic jobs at Eindhoven University of Technology will be open to female candidates only in an effort to improve the balance between men and women on the permanent staff. 

If a vacancy fails to attract suitable candidates within six months, it will be opened up to men, and after 18 months the entire scheme will be revised, the university said on Tuesday. The university expects to have some 150 positions to fill with the next few years. 

Female newcomers will also be given an extra starter package, including €100,000 which they can use for their own research and a special mentoring programme, the university said. 


‘We attach great importance to equal respect and opportunities for women and men,” said university rector Frank Baaijens. ‘And it has long been known that a diverse workforce performs better. It leads to better strategies, more creative ideas and faster innovation.’ 

Measures already in place to boost the number of women among the university’s academic staff are not having the desired effect, he said. ‘We are now using the fact that plans to expand our academic staff considerably in the coming years can be used as a means to make a big step forward in one fell swoop.’ 

All in all, the university wants at least half of all newly-appointed assistant professors to be women while the minimum for associate professors and full professors will be 35%. 

Currently only 16% of full professors, 15% of associate professors and 29% of assistant professors are women. 

The Irène Curie Fellowship programme will run for five years.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Put up pay, or we might not cut corporate taxes, Dutch PM tells industry

DutchNews, June 16, 2019

Photo: Arno Mikkor via Flickr 

Prime minister Mark Rutte told the VVD party congress on Saturday that the government may reconsider cutting corporation tax if big companies did not start putting up wages significantly. 

‘The only thing which is going up is the salaries of senior staff, not people covered by collective labour agreements (cao),’ Rutte said. ‘They are not going up enough, and I do not consider that to be acceptable.’ 

Collective pay rises are trendsetters, Rutte said, adding that there must be a link between what companies earn and what people earn.

‘We are going to be reducing the tax burden on big companies considerably, in line with the coalition agreement,’ Rutte said. ‘Maybe we need to think again about whether we should do it.’ 

The current tax on corporate profits is 20% and 25%, and is being cut to 15% and 20.5% (for profits over €200,000) in the coming years. 

NOS correspondent Wilma Borgman said Rutte’s comments were noteworthy because as a Liberal politician he was ‘barking at industry’. This would appear to be his answer at criticism that the government is only doing things for the corporate sector, she said. 

Pay rises 

Pay deals agreed in sector-wide talks were up by an average of 2.1% last year, according to figures from the national statistics agency CBS. Unions, economists and the Dutch central bank have all called for higher wages in recent months. 

Last November the government’s macro-economic think-tank CPB said wages in the Netherlands are only rising by modest amounts partly because workers are not productive enough. 

If people work harder and companies invest more in information technology and training, there will be more financial room for big wage rises, the organisation said.

Trade union members back pension reforms, now the real work can start

DutchNews, June 16, 2019


Members of the two biggest Dutch trade union groups FNV and CNV have thrown their weight behind plans to reform the pension system, agreed between unions, employers and ministers earlier this month. 

The union approval clears the way for ministers to decide how to implement the changes, which are aimed at ensuring pensions can remain affordable into the future. The negotiations started some nine years ago. 

Almost 75% of the NV and 79% of CNV members backed the plans, which will also slightly slow down the speed at which the state pension is rising and make early retirement more possible. 

The state pension (AOW) age will now be frozen at 66 years four months for the next two years and will then rise in stages to 67 by 2024. After that, the state retirement age will be linked to life expectancy. 

People will also be able to retire up to three years early. This measure is particularly aimed at people in physically demanding jobs. 

Prime minister Mark Rutte said the union votes are ‘good news’ for the Netherlands and the measures go a long way to meeting everyone’s wishes. He said that he hoped that draft legislation revising the state pension age would be put through as soon as possible. 

What does the new pension agreement really mean? 

However, freelancers’ lobby groups are furious that the plan includes forcing everyone who is self employed to take out insurance to cover loss of earnings if they become unable to work. Nearly 16,000 have so far signed a petition calling for a rethink

Social affairs minister Wouter Koolmees has said the plan for the transition to a new pensions system should be completed by the end of 2020 and that the cabinet aims to complete the legal framework for system reform by the start of 2022.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

‘No one wants to see fences on the border,’ Dutch king tells Ireland

DutchNews, June 13, 2019

Raising a toast during the banquet. Photo: Frank van Beek via HH 

Dutch king Willem-Alexander has told a state banquet in Ireland that the Netherlands is well aware of the far-reaching implications of Brexit for Ireland. 

The king and queen Maxima are on a three day visit to Ireland and the king made the speech at a banquet hosted by the country’s president Michael Higgins. 


‘The UK’s decision [to leave the EU] is something that Ireland and the Netherlands both regret and respect. It also compels us to work together to safeguard the things we value most dearly,’ the king said in his address. 

Ireland, the UK and the European Union are the guardians of the Good Friday Agreement, the king said. ‘The spectres of the past cannot be allowed to return. No one wants to revisit the era of the Troubles. No one wants to see fences on the border.’ 

The Netherlands, he said, is well aware of the far-reaching implications of Brexit for Ireland and for everyone on the island. The Netherlands will continue working with the country and ‘all our partners in Europe on solutions that safeguard the interests of both Ireland and Europe’. 

The visit, accompanied by a trade mission aimed at enhancing the potential for economic cooperation between the Netherlands and Ireland, ends on Friday in Cork.

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Anne Frank’s pre-war home can now be visited via Street View

DutchNews, June 13, 2019

The Merwedeplein apartment. Photo: Thomas via Flickr

The Amsterdam house where Anne Frank and her family lived before going into hiding can now be exploredonline, thanks to an alliance with Google Street View. 

The Anne Frank Foundation and Google have put the ‘visit’ together to mark what would have been Anne’s 90th birthday on June 12. 

The second floor flat at 37 Merwedeplein was home to the Franks from 1933 until July 1942, when they moved to the secret annex on Amsterdam’s Prinsengracht. 

Anne began writing her famous diary at the flat in the south of the city after she received it on her 13th birthday. 

The property was bought by the foundation from housing corporation Ymere and restored it to its original style. It has been rented to the Dutch Foundation for Literature since 2005 and lived in by writers who are not free to pursue their craft in their own countries.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Dutchman wins prestigious prize for work with seeds and small farmers

DutchNews, June 11, 2019

Photo: Marcel Bakker via World Food Prize Foundation

This year’s World Food Prize, the most important global prize in the field of farming and food, has been awarded to Dutchman Simon Groot for his work in helping millions of smallholder farmers to use good seeds. 

This work, the organising committee says, ‘enabled them to to earn greater incomes through enhanced vegetable production, benefitting hundreds of millions of consumers with greater access to nutritious vegetables for healthy diets’. 

‘Simon Groot has dedicated his life to improving the livelihoods of millions around the world,’ Kenneth Quinn, president of the World Food Prize Foundation, said at the award announcement on Monday. 

Groot, now 84, and his partner in the Philippines, started East-West Seed in 1982. Today, the team has developed vegetable varieties with enhanced disease resistance and significantly higher yields which are now used across Asia and beyond. The company serves 19 million smallholder farmers in more than 60 tropical countries.


In an interview with the Volkskrant, Groot said he thinks it regrettable that seed production is in the hands of a few big companies such as Bayer/Monsanto and Syngenta. 

The big companies, he said, are limiting supplies because there is little money to be made from minor breeds. ‘Big companies look at the importance of shareholders,’ he said. ‘Traditional seed companies put the interests of farmers first. We are friends to farmers.’ 

The prize was founded in 1986 by Norman E. Borlaug, recipient of the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize. Groot is the first Dutch national to take the prize.

Monday, June 10, 2019

What does the new pension agreement really mean?

DutchNews, June 10, 2019

Photo: Depositphotos.com

Agreement on reforming the Dutch pension system has been 10 years in the making, and still needs fleshing out in detail – a process which is likely to take several more years at least. 

Social affairs minister Wouter Koolmees has said the plan for the transition to a new pensions system should be completed by the end of 2020 and that the cabinet aims to complete the legal framework for system reform by the start of 2022. 

However, there are still several hurdles to be overcome before then, starting with the vote by FNV trade union members. 

Yet ministers are adamant that the deal on the table will not be tinkered with any more. ‘There is no plan B,’ said prime minister Mark Rutte on Friday. 

Three pillars 

The Dutch pension system is currently based on three pillars – the state pension AOW, compulsory corporate pension schemes – either sector-wide or company based – and individual or private pension schemes. 

The reform talks agreed on several issues. Firstly, the state pension age will rise less quickly than originally planned, and there will be an early retirement option, aimed at people doing hard physical work. 

Secondly, the reforms aim to spread the burden of paying for pensions more fairly across the generations. Corporate pensions will no longer be on based average (wage related) contributions but on everyone paying the same. 

Benefits 

The under 40s will profit most from the decision to scrap average contributions and weaken the link between life expectancy and the state pension age – because they will have the most time to build up a full pension and their retirement date will be slightly earlier. 

People in the 40s and 50s, however, will face a bigger challenge. The pension contributions they have made in the past have benefited the older generation and they are likely to be faced with less pension than expected because of the shift away from average earnings. 

It is unclear at present how this shortfall will be erased, but one suggestion is that the buffers built up by pension funds could be used to plug the gap. Ministers, employers and unions have agreed to create a dedicated steering group to work out how the current average pensions accrual method will be replaced. 

Early retirement 

People in their 60s will benefit most from the changes and will be able to retire up to three years early without it costing their employers too much in fines for lost premium and tax income. 

The agreement will also make it easier for freelancers and the self-employed to join a pension fund in the sector they work in, experts say. 

However, they will also have to take out invalidity insurance to replace income if they become unable to work through ill health. 

Details 

The details of how that will work still have to be thrashed out and freelancer lobby groups are furious at the idea. 

The government has said the plan should not cost the treasury any money, but has also indicated that the insurance should be administered by a public sector body.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Award-winning teen writer Noa Pothoven chooses to die due to ‘unbearable suffering’

DutchNews, June 5, 2019 - By Senay Boztas 


A 17-year-old girl from Arnhem who suffered from years of PTSD, depression and anorexia after being sexually assaulted as a child has died. 

Noa Pothoven, the author of the award-winning book Winnen of Leren (‘winning or learning’) wrote in a post on Instagram – which has now been deleted – that she was ‘being let go because my suffering is unbearable.’ 

According to the AD, her last days were spent in a hospital bed in her family’s living room, saying goodbye to her near and dear, and her sister announced her death on Sunday. 

Although it has been widely reported around the world that she died through euthanasia – following an unconfirmed report from the Central European News wire service – the circumstances of her death are unclear. A journalist from Politico Europe has claimed that the reports were incorrect and due to a failure of checking. 

In her Instagram post, the young woman had said that she would stop eating, and expected to die within 10 days. 

She had, however, investigated the possibilities of euthanasia through the Levenseindekliniek in Den Haag last year, according to The Gelderlander local newspaper, and then been rejected. 

The young woman had written critically about her traumatising experiences of isolation cells in psychiatric care institutions, and praised GroenLinks MP Lisa Westerveld when she took up the subject of inadequate youth care in the Netherlands. 

After suicide attempts, last year she had said that she would try trauma therapy a final time and her mother, Lisette, told The Gelderlander that she was choosing ‘the road towards death’ while her family wanted her to choose life. 

A spokeswoman for Westerveld, who was one of the people invited to say goodbye to Ms Pothoven before her death, said: ‘as far as we know, she died because she didn’t eat any more,’ adding that the girl has not yet been buried. 

The euthanasia clinic that the young woman reportedly consulted last year would not confirm or deny if she was a patient. Elke Swart, spokeswoman for the Levenseindkliniek in The Hague, said: ‘We cannot say anything about it. There are very few young adults in euthanasia clinics, and it’s even rarer to see them for psychiatric reasons. Euthanasia of someone who is 60 is very different to that of someone who is 16. But we follow the law, which says someone must be in unbearable suffering with no other alternative.’ 

Although euthanasia has been legal in the Netherlands since 2002, the number of cases dropped for the first time in a decade last year. Three cases have been referred to the public prosecution service for not following strict rules, and some commentators have said doctors are more wary after more controversial circumstances involving dementia (2.4% of the 6,126 euthanasia cases last year) and psychiatric forms of suffering (1%). The vast majority of euthanasia procedures, however, involve someone with a terminal sickness, and 66% last year related to untreatable cancer.





FNV members to vote on pension deal, finally agreed after nine years

DutchNews, June 5, 2019


Ministers, unions and employers have reached a deal on reforming the Dutch pension system, nine years after talks first started. 

The agreement, which still has to be voted on by members of the FNV trade union federation, involves a slowdown in the planned increase in the state pension age and gives workers the option to retire early – both of which were key union demands. 

The new deal involves freezing the state retirement age at 66 years and four months for the next two years. After that it will increase in increments until it hits 67 in 2024. 

Then onwards, the state pension age will continue to rise in line with increases in life expectancy – based on an eight month increase for every year we live longer. 

The talks had broken down last November when the unions walked out but resumed earlier this week after ministers indicated some compromises were on the table. 

For example, ministers have agreed to bring in some form of early retirement scheme which is aimed at people doing heavy physical work but which is open to everyone. 

The scheme is most attractive to people on low incomes. Employers will have to pay a fine if workers earning more than €19,000 a year quit early. The money, ministers say, will compensate for the loss of premium and tax income. 

It will also be easier for the self-employed to join a pension fund, but it will not be compulsory. 

Insurance 

However, freelancers will be required by law to take out insurance against becoming unable to work through illness. This, commentators say, was one the demands made by GroenLinks and the social democratic party PvdA in return for their support in steering the deal through the senate. 

There may be an opt-out for people who show they have sufficient reserves to support themselves. Currently just 20% of freelancers have such a policy, and the cost runs into hundreds of euros a month. 

More details about this part of the agreement are due in the coming days. 

Fund changes 

Pension funds will also have the option of offering employees two sorts of pensions – one in which the premium varies in line with interest rates and one in which funds can take more risk – and spread that risk over all participants, broadcaster NOS said. 

Although employers organisations and smaller unions have backed the new plan outright, the FNV has said it is up to the members to decide whether or not to support the new deal.

Chairman Han Busker said he expects a ‘tough discussion’ with members but said the agreement as it now stands is ‘justifiable’.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Dutch women football players to earn the same as men in 2023

DutchNews, June 4, 2019


The Dutch women’s national football team will get the same pay as members of the men’s team in four years time, the Dutch football association has decided. 

The first substantial pay rise will come into effect after the World Cup and will run up to and including the 2021 European championships in England. Between 2021 and 2023 the payment will rise again until it reaches the level of the men’s team, the KNVB said. 

‘This is a great step forward … and a fine nod towards our current group,’ said Dutch player Vivianne Miedema. 

The Dutch women’s team, current European champions, are about to take part in the World Cup which starts on June 7. The Dutch are in Group E alongside Cameroon, Canada and New Zealand.




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Monday, June 3, 2019

Eritrean man picked up in North Sea on home-made raft

DutchNews, June 3, 2019

Photo: Ko van Leeuwen

The Dutch sea rescue services on Sunday rescued an Eritrean man who was trying to cross the North Sea to England on a home-made raft. 

The KNRM said it picked up the man on Sunday morning near IJmuiden, the port to the west of Amsterdam, close to a busy shipping route. 

The triangular raft had been made out of tree trncks and plastic plant pots filled with plastic bottles and polystyrene for buoyancy and tied together with rope. It had a plastic sail, and carried a jerrycan of water and a solar panel to power a mobile phone. 

According to the Noordhollands Dagblad, the man wanted to take advantage of the ebb tide to reach the wider sea and was completely reliant on wind and the tides for the 190 kilometre crossing. 

The man, said to be 26 years old, is being questioned by border police. 

‘I have never seen anything like this and I hope it is the last time I do,’ KNRM captain Walter Schol said. ‘The raft is not at all seaworthy and he was very lucky with the weather, otherwise this could have ended very differently.’

MH17 relatives, Dutch government, ask Malaysia to explain Russia comments

DutchNews, June 3, 2019

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

Relatives of people killed in the MH17 plane disaster have asked Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohammad to explain comments he made to reporters in which he said he doubted a ‘highly disciplined’ party such as Russia could have downed the plane five years ago. 

‘His comments are not only bizarre and disturbing, but they are counterproductive to the hunt for the truth about the murder of 298 people, including 43 Malaysians,’ the Werkgroep Waarheidsvinding MH17 said in a press release. 

‘Ultimately, we experience his comments, with all respect for the prime minister and his job, as a betrayal of all the victims and their families in mourning.’ 

Mohammad made the comments at a press conference with the Japanese Foreign Correspondents Club last week.

‘They are accusing Russia, but where is the evidence?,’ he said of the JIT investigation. ‘We know the missile that brought down the plane is a Russian type missile but it could also have been made in Ukraine.

‘You need strong evidence to show it was fired by the Russians. It could be by the rebels in Ukraine, it could be the Ukrainian government because they too have the same missile.’ 

Liability 

Last May the Netherlands and Australia said they are holding Russia liable for its role in the shooting down of flight MH17 in July 2014. 

The decision to hold Russia responsible follows on from a report by investigators looking into the crash, who said the Buk missile which brought down the plane was fired by a weapons system in the hands of a Russian brigade. 

Russia has consistently denied any involvement. 

The Dutch government has also written to the Malaysian prime minister asking him to explain his comments.

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Friday, May 31, 2019

Vengaboys head back to Ibiza with ‘protest’ hit in Austria

DutchNews, May 31, 2019

The Vengaboys in 2009. Photo: Violent Music via Wikimedia Commons

Dutch band Vengaboys chart topper We’re going to Ibiza, recorded 20 years ago, has become a number one hit in Austria after being used as a protest song. 

A video of the song was put online by German comedian Jan Böhmermann in the wake of a corruption scandal which involved deputy prime minister and leader of the right-wing FPÖ Heinz-Christian Strache. 

The politician, who has since stepped down, was set up to meet who he thought was a Russian investor in Ibiza and was filmed promising government contracts in exchange for electoral support. 


The band, founded by DJs Wessel van Diepen and Dennis van den Driesschen, are now in great demand in Austria and performed at a protest meeting in Vienna earlier this week. 

The Vengaboys song is actually a version of Typically Tropical’s Barbados, which was a hit in 1975.



Home-grown medicial marijuana ‘should be tax deductible’

DutchNews, May 31, 2019

A potted cannabis seedling. Photo: Depositphotos.com 

A woman who suffers from a serious form of the inflammatory bowel disease Crohn should be able to deduct the cost of the cannabis she grows to relieve her symptoms from tax, the advocate general said on Friday

Official medicinal cannabis failed to have the desired impact on her health, prompting the women to grow her own, on medical advice. But the tax office ruled she could not deduct the cost from tax, because the cannabis had not been provided by a doctor or a licenced pharmacist. 

Although a lower court found in her favour, the ruling was overturned on appeal, hence the second appeal to the Supreme Court. 

The advocate general said in his recommendations that specific health costs can be deducted from tax even if they were not ‘regular medicines prescribed by a doctor’. 

The advice of the advocate general is not binding but generally accepted by the Supreme Court. No date has yet been set for its ruling.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

‘Vote for a woman campaign’ did the trick, 12 Dutch MEPs are female

DutchNews, May 29, 2019


Calls by campaigners for voters to give preference votes to women in last week’s European elections appear to have paid off, with three women leapfrogging other candidates to win seats in Brussels. 

Samira Rafaela from D66, Liesje Schreinemacher from the right-wing Liberal VVD and Kim van Sparrentak from GroenLinks have all been elected to the European parliament on the basis of preference votes.


‘What a week,’ said Devika Partiman, one of the campaign organisers, on Twitter. ‘Not quite the 50%, so which man is going to give up his place? I know a woman who missed a seat.’ 

Two of the successful woman overtook a man to win a seat, but Sparrentak’s seat is at the expense of another female candidate.

Why vote for a woman? The campaign trying to stir up politics 

The shift means 12 of the Netherlands’ 26 MEPs will be female when the new parliament is sworn in. 

Other female candidates, such as Kati Piri, number 4 on the PvdA list, also gathered enough preference votes to take a seat even if the party had only won three seats. In the event, the PvdA emerged as the largest Dutch party, with six MEPs.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Government to issue second licence for medicinal cannabis as demand grows

DutchNews, May 27, 2019


The Dutch government is planning to issue a second licence for the production of medicinal cannabis to meet growing demand patients. 

The only company authorised to produce cannabis for medical use, Bedrocan in Emmeloord, has increased its output fivefold in the last five years to 2,604 kilograms. 

Bedrocan received its licence 16 years ago from the Office of Medicinal Cannabis (BMC), which buys the entire stock and distributes it to hospitals and pharmacies. Around half of it is sold abroad to countries including Germany, Italy and Poland. 

The BMC, established by health minister Els Borst in 2000, is expected to start the European tendering process for a second licence in early June. An earlier attempt to issue a second licence for medical cannabis was abandoned after an objection was made to the procedure. 

Bedrocan produces five types of cannabis with different levels of THC and CBD. The main advantage of medicinal cannabis is that the strength and quality of the drug is much more consistent than the varieties grown for commercial use. 

Cannabis sold in ‘coffeeshops’ is also more likely to contain impurities such as pesticides, making it unsuitable for a clinical setting. 

Among the medical community there is growing interest in the use of cannabis as a painkiller, although the Dutch Society of Family Doctors (NHG) maintains there is currently ‘insufficient evidence’ that the drug relieves pain or improves patients’ quality of life. 

Albert Dahan, professor of anaesthesiology at Leiden’s UMC, said further research should be carried out into the effects of using cannabis as a painkiller, especially im combination with drugs such as morphine.

‘I was fairly sceptical in the beginning, so we decided to investigate and saw that thc had a visible effect. I can see there being scope for using cannabis in future,’ he said.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Brexit withdrawal agreement not up for renegotiation, says Dutch PM

DutchNews, May 25, 2019

Photo: Arno Mikkor via Flickr 

Britain’s withdrawal agreement from the European Union is not up for renegotiation now Theresa May has stood down, Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte said at his weekly news conference. 

Asked if he thought that the agreement could be looked at again, Rutte said the problem facing Britain is not Theresa May, whom he described as courageous and trustworthy. 

‘The problem,’ he said, ‘is the situation in which she had to work… the UK not wanting to stay as a member of the customs union, not wanting to stay a member of the internal market. 

‘All those red lines made it almost impossible to come to something which could get a majority in the house of commons,’ the Dutch PM, who was a close ally of May during the negotiations, said. 

In Britain there is speculation that EU leaders will now rethink the agreement with May out of the way.




Thursday, May 23, 2019

Dutch Labour party big winner in EU election, exit poll shows

DutchNews, May 23, 2019


The Dutch social democratic party PvdA is the big winner of the European elections in the Netherlands, according to an exit poll by public broadcaster NOS. 

Turnout was over 42%, the highest since 1989, the exit poll shows. 

The poll gives the PvdA, led by Frans Timmermans, five seats in the European parliament and puts the VVD Liberals and Christian Democrats both on four seats. New party Forum voor Democratie wins three seats in the poll, alongside the left-wing green party GroenLinks. 


The result will be seen as a disappointment for the pro-Nexit Forum, which had been forecast as a potential winner. The anti-European PVV is also set to see its support slashed from four to just one seat, according to the Ipsos poll. 

In total, just 15% of Dutch voters have voted for pro-Nexit parties and support for Eurosceptic parties, including the Socialists, is down from 23% to just over 19%. 


NOS commentator Ron Frensen said that D66, which has a strong pro-EU message, has been squeezed between the ‘Frans Timmermans effect’ and the fighting on the right. Timmermans is also the social democratic parties’ candidate for president of the European Commission. 

PvdA leader Lodewijk Asscher said the exit poll prediction is ‘bizarre’. The PvdA has seen its support plummet in recent years but, Frensen said, the party should not count its blessings. Research, he said, shows that 50% of people who voted for the party on Thursday did so because of Timmermans. 


Forum spokesman Derk Jan Eppink said the party had expected such a result. ‘I am always very careful with polls and the official results is not until Sunday so we hope for an extra seat,’ he said. ‘Nevertheless, with three seats we can mean something in the European parliament.’ 

Support for Forum is down from 15% in the provincial elections in March, when the party was the biggest ahead of the VVD, to 11%. 

The Netherlands has 26 seats in the European parliament. 

The Ispos exit poll results in full

  • PvdA 5 (3)
  • D66 2 (4)
  • PVV 1 (4)
  • CDA 4 (5)
  • VVD 4 (3)
  • GroenLinks 3 (3)
  • Socialists 1 (2)
  • Orthodox religious parties 2
  • Pro animal PvdD 0 (1)
  • 50PLUS 1 (0)
  • FvD 3 (0)

Nos also looked at what will happen when Britain leaves the EU and the Netherlands will get three more seats in the European parliament. Those seats will go to the pro-animal PvdD, the PvdA and the VVD.

Frans Timmermans is the big winner. Photo: European Union, 2018 / Etienne Ansotte

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The Unthinkable… Politics, A Review

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