Solar storm heads Earth's way after double sun blasts

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Northern lights over Terschelling, Friesland..
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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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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Flowers and bright colours at princess Christina’s funeral

DutchNews, August 22, 2019

King Willem-Alexander and queen Maxima in the funeral procession. Photo:
Laurens van Putten / HH

The funeral and cremation of Dutch princess Christina is taking place at the Noordeinde palace in The Hague on Thursday, in an informal ceremony witnessed by family and close friends. 

The coffin, covered with sunflowers, was taken in procession through the grounds of the palace, followed by the princess’s three children. Her three sisters, including former queen Beatrix, followed them, with king Willem-Alexander and queen Maxima next in line. All the guests wore colourful clothing and a flower. 

Christina died of bone cancer last Friday at the age of 72. The princess, the youngest of four daughters to queen Juliana, had been ill for several years. 

Several musicians who had been part of the princess’ musical charity, the Prinses Christina Concours, are expected to perform at the ceremony, broadcaster NOS said. 

Funeral expert Cees van Raak told broadcaster NOS that the funeral has broken several royal traditions. 

‘Only a few people are in attendance, there is no pomp and ceremony or horse-drawn carriages and the service is not public,’ he said. 

Not only is the closed nature of the ceremony a break with tradition, but the fact the princess has opted to be cremated, he said. 

Members of the Dutch royal family are usually interred in the crypt of the Nieuwe Kerk in Delft.

Photo: RVD – Emannuela Loddo

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Stargazers wanted: here’s your chance to name a planet

DutchNews, August 21, 2019

Photo: Depositphotos.com

From today, people in the Netherlands can come up with suggestions for the name of a planet and a star, which currently go by the moniker HAT-P-6b and HAT-P-6. 

The planet, more than 910 light years away, was discovered in 2007 and is part of the constellation of Andromeda, orbiting the star HAT-P-6. 

Nearly 100 countries signed up to the International Astronomical Union’s programme to name a new batch of planets as part of the organisation’s centenary celebrations. 

The aim of this initiative, the organisation said, is to create awareness of our place in the universe and to reflect on how the earth would potentially be perceived by a civilisation on another planet. 

The IAU rules are strict and the planet can only be named after a person who has been dead for 100 years. The name must not have strong religious or political connotations or be offensive. 

The Dutch vote is taking place in two phases. Suggestions for names can be made up to September 30 and a jury will then pick five which will go to a public vote. 

Philosopher Daan Roovers told the Volkskrant he would name the planet Eise Eisinga after the man who built the planetarium in Franeker

There are already two asteroids named after Dutchmen – Andrekuipers after the astronaut and Benferinga after the chemist and Nobel Prize winner.
"Earth, the only planet with free choice in the Milky Way Galaxy"

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Rabobank ditches football clubs as clients because of corruption risk

DutchNews, August 20, 2019

Rabobank’s headquarters in Utrecht. Photo: Depositphotos.com

Dutch cooperative bank Rabobank has decided not to take on any more professional football clubs as clients because of the risk of ‘money laundering, corruption, fraud and other issues’, the NRC said on Tuesday. 

The paper has seen an internal memo to staff which states ‘these clients would appear to present unacceptable risks’. As well on the ban on clubs as clients, bank staff have also been told they must not join club boards or take on any supervisory roles ‘to avoid a conflict of interest’. 

Rabobank, the paper points out, is the bank for 80% of country’s professional clubs and also sponsors several football clubs through its regional offices. 

For example, Telstar’s stadium is named the Rabobank IJmond Stadion, while the bank sponsors ADO Den Haag’s youth teams and VVV and RKC have Rabobank business lounges for supporters. 

The bank declined to comment on the claim but did say it would be ‘very reticent’ to take on new clubs. That, the spokesman said, stemmed from 2017 report by the Dutch central bank which warned about the increased risk of corruption in football

The NRC said the bank has already tried to ditch a couple of clubs as clients because it did not want to be associated with their owners. For example, the bank wanted FC Den Bosch to get a new bank when it was about to be taken over by Georgian oligarch Kakhi Jordania.  The deal was squashed by the Dutch FA. 

Rabobank is also blocking a potential investment in Roda JC by Mexican property tycoon Mauricio de la Vega, the NRC said. In 2012, 

Rabobank stopped sponsoring professional cycling teams because of the continuing doping scandals.

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Nine in 10 chemical companies break safety rules: researchers

DutchNews, August 20, 2019 

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Nine in 10 chemicals companies in the Netherlands broke safety rules over a 10 year period and 7% had at least 40 infringements to their name, the NRC said on Tuesday. 

The figures, which cover the period 2007 to 2017, come from a research project by Leiden and VU university criminologists which will be published later this year. 

The problems range from poor fire prevention to a lack of maintenance and potential leaks of dangerous gases, the paper said. 

The researchers studied 494 chemical companies considered to be ‘major risks’ by the government and which range from the likes of Shell and AkzoNobel to small storage firms. They recorded 7,362 infringements of the law over the 10 year period – an average of 15 per company. 

The social affairs ministry has an extra €4.5m this year to up inspections of companies working with dangerous chemicals.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Utrecht station’s bike park is now the biggest in the world

DutchNews, August 19, 2019

Photo: CU2030.nl 

A major extension to Utrecht’s railway station bike park opens on Monday, making it the biggest underground garage for bikes in the world, with space for 12,656 two-wheelers. 

The first phase opened in 2017 with space for 6,000 bikes. 

The completed bike park, over three floors, beats the previous record of 9,400 bikes held by Tokyo. It includes 480 spaces for cargo bikes and other bikes which don’t fit into regular spaces. 

The first 24 hours is free to park, after that the cost is €1.25 per day. Cyclists can follow electronic signs to the nearest empty spaces. 

‘The Netherlands is a very mobile country and the bike plus train are a golden combination,’ junior infrastructure minister Stientje van Veldhoven told the AD. ‘Thanks to this park bike you can cycle practically to the platform. The size of this project shows how many people, primarily commuters, are discovering the bike as a weapon against congestion.’ 

The government’s coalition agreement included a pledge to invest €100m in fast bike lanes and better infrastructure, and this was increased by a further €75m last year.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Pollen, not pollution: Utrecht’s new bus stops are buzzing

DutchNews, August 16, 2019

One of Utrecht’s green roof bus stops. Photo: Mobilane

Utrecht’s bee friendly bus shelters are capturing the world’s imagination with media from across the globe reporting on a solution to urban pollution that is both simple and effective. 

From Mexico City to Melbourne, local officials have been in touch about how to make bus shelters a part of efforts to combat pollution and protect bees, the Volkskrant reported on Friday. 

When Utrecht city council started looking for ways of making the city more sustainable Reclamebureau Limburg (RBL), which specialises in advertising in public spaces, was quick to take up the gauntlet. 

Apart from bamboo seats, RBL’s new bus shelter, of which there are now over 300 in Utrecht, has a green roof . The hardy sedum plants provided by family firm Mobilane reduce the amount of lung-damaging fine dust, store rain water and combat heat. They also promote biodiversity, and the ‘bee stops’, as the foreign press dubbed them, could well play a part in saving this endangered insect. 

With July entering the history books as the hottest ever recorded the shelters were put to the test almost immediately. RBL, which built and maintains the shelters from the proceeds of advertising, told the Volkskrant that the plants survived the heat wave ‘surprisingly well’. Sedum plants need little water and are able to withstand extreme temperatures.

But convincing sceptic Utrechtenaren was not always plain sailing. ‘People in Utrecht initially said “oh not another GroenLinks scheme that will only cost tax money and won’t do anything. And will I be stung by a bee while I’m waiting for a bus?” But it’s become the summer hit of 2019,’ the paper quotes council spokesperson Jacqueline Rabius as saying. 

While the sustainable shelters are not going to save the world, the 2,000 m2 of additional green roofs will contribute to cleaner air in the city and 96 of them have also been equipped with solar panels. 

Stimulus 

They are also proving a stimulus to others because requests for subsidies for green roofs have been multiplying since the bus shelters hit the headlines,’ Utrecht public space manager Maurice Prijs said. Nijmegen, Rotterdam, Hoorn and Apeldoorn are reportedly also looking into replacing conventional shelters with bee stops. 

To put things in perspective, spokesperson for environmental organisation Milieu Centraal Puk van Meegeren told the paper that the effect on air quality of the shelters will not equal that of a number of big trees in a park.

‘But the shelters are a start and other bigger roofs may follow. Green roofs help to store water which would otherwise disappear into the sewage system. For homes with a flat roof they make a good alternative for air conditioning systems.’

Low-skilled worker life expectancy is five years less than for graduates

DutchNews, August 16, 2019

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Today’s new pensioners with a college or university degree will live an average of four to five years longer than those with vocational qualifications, the national statistics agency CBS said on Friday. 

Men with a degree are now expected to enjoy 22 years of retirement, while men with few qualifications will live a further 17 years, the CBS said. In addition, the life expectancy gap for men has grown a full year since the period 2011 to 2014. For women, the gap remains four years. 

Lifestyle is likely to be behind the difference, the CBS said. ‘People with a lower level of education are more likely to be overweight and to smoke,’ a spokesman told news agency ANP. They are also more likely to have hearing, eyesight and muscle problems. 

In addition, people with degrees retire, on average, eight months before the low-skilled – meaning they enjoy both a corporate and state pension for longer. 

The FNV trade union federation, which is campaigning for early retirement to be incorporated in the current proposals to reform the pension system, said the new figures demonstrate the real need for change. 

‘The growing difference in life expectancy shows that the union is right to call for the state pension age to be frozen and to scrap the fines for early retirement,’ a spokesman told ANP.

Dutch peace campaigner, 92, writes to Putin, gets Russian award

DutchNews, August 16, 2019

Photo: YouTube screen shot 

A 92-year-old Dutch peace campaigner has received a Russian foreign ministry award after writing to president Vladimir Putin saying he wanted to improve the relationship between Russia and the west. 

Albert Gietelink from Almelo was given the award by Russia’s ambassador to the Netherlands Alexander Shulgin, who told news agency Tass this is the first time a Dutchman has been given the award for ‘interaction’. 

Gietelink told local broadcaster RTV Oost he did not expect any reaction when he sent the letter to the Kremlin but that he had been contacted by the embassy several months later. 

Enemy 

In the letter, Gietelink said he was concerned that the weapons treaty between the US and Russia had been suspended. ‘It is 73 years since the terrible war against Nazi Germany,  and now the winners are involved in a cold war’ he wrote. 

Speaking about his World War II experiences, Gietelink said the detonation of two atom bombs over Japan had a major impact on him. ‘That formed the basis of my work for peace and, ultimately, my letter to Putin,’ he told RTV Oost. 

‘We have an enormous arsenal of weapons, enough to blow up the world I don’t know how many times. And this is not a sensible position to be in, especially now the treaty has been suspended.’ 


Gietelink turned down an offer of embassy transport and travelled to The Hague by train with 15 supporters. ‘What impressed me most,’ he told RTV Oost, ‘is that we did not go through security checks. I guess they knew we would not do anything because we are for peace.’ 

Some 27 years ago Gietelink who worked for Almelo town council for his entire career as well as campaigning for peace, was given a Dutch honour by the then queen Beatrix. He wore this honour to the Russian meeting.

Princess Christina, sister of Beatrix, dies of bone cancer at 72

DutchNews, August 16, 2019 

Photo: RVD – Emannuela Loddo

Princess Christina, youngest sister of former Dutch queen Beatrix, has died of cancer at the age of 72. 

The announcement was made on Friday morning by the state information service RVD. The princess, the youngest of four daughters to queen Juliana, had been suffering from bone cancer for several years. 

She died at the Noordeinde palace and will be cremated in a quiet ceremony with the family, the statement said. 

King Willem-Alexander, queen Maxima and princess Beatrix said on Twitter they would cherish many wonderful memories of their ‘dear sister and aunt’. Her musical drive and her talent had impacted on many people, they said. The princess released several CDs and had performed in public. 


Maria Christina Prinses der Nederlanden, Prinses van Oranje-Nassau, Prinses van Lippe-Biesterfeld was born at Soestdijk palace on February 18, 1947. She was married in 1975 to Jorge Guillermo, with whom she had three children. The couple divorced in 1996. 

Her mother Juliana contracted rubella while pregnant and, as a consequence, Christina was born nearly blind although advances in medicine and special glasses enabled her to live a relatively normal life. 

Crisis 

Christina’s near blindness did lead to the introduction of faith healer Greet Hofmans into the inner royal circle, which led to a major crisis in the 1950s following concerns about her influence on the queen. 

Christina, who most recently lived in London, was in the news earlier this year, when she sold a drawing by Peter Paul Rubens at auction in New York for $8.2m including $1.2m auction costs. The drawing, plus other works of art, raised a total of some €8m for the princess. 

The sale was widely criticised in the Netherlands because the drawing had not been offered first to the Dutch state or domestic museums.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Frank de Boer clarifies ‘ridiculous’ comments on pay for women footballers

DutchNews, August 15, 2019

The Dutch women’s World Cup squad. Photo: KNVB Media 

Dutch football coach and former international Frank de Boer has back-tracked on comments he made about pay for female players following a backlash in the Netherlands and in the US, where he is now based. 

De Boer, who has just won the Campeones Cup with Atlanta United, told the Guardian in an interview he felt that paying men and women internationals the same, as the Dutch FA has pledged to do, is ‘ridiculous’. 

The Dutch women will receive annual pay rises up to 2023, when their earnings for national team service will equal to the men, while the US women’s team – which beat Oranje to take the World Cup – is also involved in a pay dispute. 

‘I think for me, it’s ridiculous,’ De Boer told the paper. ‘It’s the same like tennis. If there are watching, for the World Cup final, 500 million people or something like that, and 100 million for a women’s final, that’s a difference. So it’s not the same. And of course they have to be paid what they deserve to [earn] and not less, just what they really deserve.’ 

Following widespread criticism, De Boer later issued a statement on Twitter clarifying his position. 


‘I wholly respect and support the women’s game and I am encouraged and excited by its growth, both internationally and in the US,’ he said. As its popularity increases… it will lead to increased revenue and higher salaries which is fantastic, and what we all want to see.’

Uyghurs in the Netherlands call on Dutch gov to defend their rights

DutchNews, August 15, 2019

Uyghur people demonstrate in front of the UN. Photo: SFT HQ via Wikimedia
Commons

A group of Dutch Uyghurs have lodged a formal protest against the Chinese government to highlight the plight of their people and Chinese intimidation in the Netherlands, broadcaster NOS reports. 

The Uyghurs, some 1,500 of whom are currently living in the Netherlands, are an ethnic minority people concentrated in the Chinese autonomous region of Xinjiang. 

Human rights organisations say around one million Uyghurs are currently being detained in camps where they are being tortured and brainwashed. The Chinese government describes them as ‘rehabilitation camps’ aimed at rooting out terrorism. 

The Netherlands, along with 22 other countries, last month asked the Chinese government stop detaining Uyghurs but more needs to be done, the Uyghurs in the Netherlands said. 

The Uyghurs rarely speak out because they fear their relatives in China will suffer the consequences, NOS said. But after a number of Uyghurs in the Netherlands received intimidating phone calls from Chinese officials, they have demanded the government take action. 

Esa Sawut, who supports the protest, and who is involved in the ‘Europa East Turkestan educational centre’ said he was told by a Chinese official to stop his activities immediately or five of his family members would be arrested. 

‘I hope the Netherlands, via diplomatic channels, will talk about the situation to the Chinese government, or at least find out about what has happened to our relatives,’ Sawut told current affairs programme Nieuwsuur.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Amsterdam judges get tough on violent crime, impose higher sentences

DutchNews, August 10, 2019 


Amsterdam judges have reached an agreement to impose higher sentences on people found guilty of weapons offences, the AD said on Saturday

The aim, the paper said, is to make a statement following a spate of violent incidents in the Dutch capital. 

‘There have been a lot of stabbings and killings in the city and people are more willing to use hand grenades,’ spokesman Domien Huijbregts told the paper. ‘That is why we want to give a clear signal. This is completely unacceptable.’ 

Sentences for gun, knife or grenade crime in the Dutch capital can be four times as high as in other parts of country, the paper said. This means someone caught with a pistol would be jailed for 12 months, while the recommended sentence is three months. 

‘Amsterdam judges are able to go their own way in this,’ a spokesman for the Council for the Judiciary told the AD. ‘They are completely independent.’

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Friday, August 9, 2019

People are retiring later, average age to stop work now hits 65

DutchNews, August 8, 2019

Photo: DutchNews.nl

The average age that Dutch workers are retiring hit 65 last year, a rise of five months on 2017, according to new figures from national statistics agency CBS. 

In 2006, the average retirement age was around 61 but changes in the law in 2007 led to a sharp drop in the number of people taking early retirement. The rise in the state pension age, which began in 2013, has also had an impact, the CBS said. 

This year, the official retirement age has reached 66 and four months. 

In 2006, 88% of people retired before they hit 65, a quarter of whom were 59 or younger. Last year, just 34% of people stopped working before they reached retirement age and only 5% quit at 59 or earlier. 

People working in healthcare, the energy industry, education and for the government are the most likely to take early retirement, the CBS said.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Dutch central bank tells banks to check its retail clients for tax evasion

DutchNews, August 7, 2019

The central bank float at a flower parade earlier this year. Photo: DutchNews.nl 

The Dutch central bank has said that high street banks should check all their retail clients’ accounts for signs of tax evasion, the Financieele Dagblad said on Wednesday. 

If they have suspicions about a client, it would be a good reason to refuse to give them an account, the paper quotes the central bank as saying. 

The central bank’s position derives from the legal requirement that all banks work to combat tax evasion and other financial crime, the FD said. The central bank published its detailed recommendations last month. 

ABN Amro told broadcaster NOS that it would check the accounts of all its five million clients for signs of financial impropriety following reports that it does not have its files in order.

‘We need to know exactly what clients are doing with their accounts,’ chief executive Kees van Dijkhuizen said at the presentation of the bank’s half-yearly figures. ‘For example, we should check when they open an account that they are aware they need a business account if they want to carry out business transactions.’ 

‘We also need to estimate the risk attached to each client,’ he said. ‘That is important for checking for money laundering but to determine if there is a risk of financing terrorism.’ 

The bank has reserved €114m for carrying out checks on its retail clients and has allocated 100 members of staff for the process. ABN Amro is 56% in Dutch government hands.

Last year ING was fined €775m for being lax in its compliance procedures.

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

“… The Shift in Human Nature

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

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

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


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

Friday, August 2, 2019

Couple given official warning for breeding ‘sad’ hairless cat

DutchNews, August 2, 2019 

A baby Bambino Sphynx. Photo: DutchNews.nl 

The Dutch food and consumer safety authority NVWA has issued an official warning to a Gelderland couple who are breeding a species of cat prone to serious health problems, broadcaster NOS reports.

It is the first time such a warning has been issued. The breeding of animals in the knowledge that they will suffer health problems has been prohibited for the last five years but the practice continues because the NVWA will only act if specifically asked to. 

The Bambino Sphynx, a popular species of cat which can fetch as much as €1,000, has no fur or whiskers and very short legs, which makes it difficult for the animal to ‘behave naturally’, NOS writes. It is also prone to sunburn. Its plight had been brought to the attention of the authority a number of times by animal welfare organisation Dier&Recht and this has now led to an official warning. 

The breeders in question, Cattery van Lootakkers from Gendt, will be fined €1,500 if they continue to breed Bambino Sphynxes. The owners have since said on Facebook they will sterilise the cats. 

‘A pet is not a fashion statement,’ Dier&Recht vet Frederieke Schouten told the broadcaster. ‘I see how lost the animal is without its whiskers. Its welfare is really in danger.’ 

The NVWA says it earlier lacked the scientific proof which could help it combat the breeding of certain species. It can now base further actions on a report by the University of Utrecht which outlines when breeders overstep the mark. 

Breathing problems 

‘It looks at physical characteristics. The snout of a dog needs to at least a third of the entire length of the head, for instance, so it can breathe properly,’ Schouten said. 

Dier&Recht said there are many more pure bred animals with health problems, such as French bulldogs, but that curtailing the practice is difficult because of the popularity of the breeds. 

What is needed, apart from NVWA interventions, is to make people aware of the problem, Schouten said. ‘People should bring it up when they meet in the street. We hope they won’t ooh and aah but say “wow that is a really sad looking animal you have there”. Once demand drops breeding will stop.’

Akerboom: police discrimination hotline will have ‘direct access to me’

DutchNews, August 2, 2019

Erik Akerboom. Photo: Ministry of Defence

The national police force is setting up an independent hotline for officers to report incidents of racism, discrimination and bullying, in response to criticism that it is failing to get a grip on the problem. 

Police chief Erik Akerboom told NRC that the new system for reporting complaints would ‘have direct access to me’. He acknowledged that the current procedure puts off staff because their complaints are handled by senior officers. 

Akerboom has been criticised for ‘systematically avoiding’ the issue and opting for an approach of avoiding conflict rather than resolving it. Consultant Carel Boers, who was hired to advise the force on diversity, told the newspaper last month that he had seen officers openly discriminating against their colleagues and using racial slurs. 

‘‘It’s quite normal in the police for people to say: “You’re a Moroccan and I’m never going to trust you”,’ he wrote in a letter to justice minister Ferd Grapperhaus.

Akerboom insisted it was ‘wrong’ to suggest the police force was racist but said questions of integrity needed to be prioritised. 

‘Boers has a radical interpretation of diversity in the police force,’ he said. ‘He’s forgetting the thousands of officers who need to be part of the development but struggle with it.’ 

He said the new complaints procedure was intended to make sure problems are dealt with quickly and appropriately. ‘I want cases to be picked up sooner. The reporting system will co-ordinate: this needs to be looked at by the police chief, someone needs to have a conversation about this, we need to investigate that.’ 

Akerboom added that it was often difficult to separate facts from allegations in cases of discrimination: ‘We need to look closely at the facts in cases like these. The experience and the facts get tangled up. A lot of accounts aren’t about hard facts but implications. Often it’s about things that people let slip: an inappropriate remark or a look.’

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Sex workers give red light to leaving famed Amsterdam district

Yahoo – AFP, Jan HENNOP, July 30, 2019

Sex workers give red light to leaving famed Amsterdam district

Amsterdam (AFP) - Bathed in red neon light, hundreds of prostitutes ply their trade from behind windows in the narrow canalside streets of Amsterdam – and that's how they want it to stay.

The Dutch capital's first female mayor has vowed to clean up the notorious red light district and possibly even close some of the famed window booths, but sex workers say they won't move.

"I have one thing to say to all these people who call us vulnerable, and that is that they don't know us at all," said Felicia Anna, chairwoman of Red Light United, a newly-formed union for window-frame sex workers.

"All it shows to me and to all my colleagues here is that these people who talk about us this way, really don't know us," the 33-year-old, who declined to give her real name, told AFP.

The area is one of the biggest tourist draws in a city that attracted around 18 million visitors last year.

But rising crime and the sheer number of visitors have contributed to huge problems in the area, once called a "square kilometre of misery" by police.

Mayor Femke Halsema listed "disruptive behaviour and a disrespectful attitude to the sex workers in the windows" as key problems, along with a "major increase in unlicensed, underground prostitution."

'Circus animals'

The green-left mayor has put forward four options to change the red light district, in what she says is a bid to curb crime and human trafficking, and to make life more pleasant for people who live there.

The first is to literally draw curtains over the window booths so people cannot see the sex workers from the street.

The second option is to move some window booths to other areas of the city, while the more radical option three is to close down and move all of them.

However the fourth option is to actually increase the number of window brothels in the red light district from the current level of 330, and possibly also create a "sex hotel", on the grounds that it will help sex workers trapped in the unlicensed sector to move to the licensed industry.

People who live in the area broadly back the changes. One resident of the Wallen neighbourhood, more commonly known as the Red Light district, told AFP "the women are treated worse than circus animals."

"Many residents would rather see the window frames closed and moved elsewhere," he said.

'Creates a stigma'

But those in the industry are not so keen.

"Our research among 170 sex workers behind the windows showed clearly that 93 percent of them do not want to move away from the red light district," said Romanian-born Anna.

"From the four scenarios for sex workers, only number four is in our benefit," she said. "We don't support the first three."

She disputed the mayor's claims that many women working in the red light district are vulnerable.

"Calling us victims and vulnerable to trafficking is not in our benefit. This creates a stigma around us... stop talking about us this way."

People involved in the sex trade admit there are problems, particularly with the sheer number of tourists, but say that shutting the red light district windows or moving are not the answer.

"Of the scenarios, we think the fourth one is of course the best," said Masten Stavast, who owns some 27 of the windows and rooms which he rents out to sex workers.

"Amsterdam is a small place and lately it has been way too busy here in the streets," his son and business partner Dave Kroeke agreed.

"Something has to change," he said.

'Still traumatised'

Recently, residents, business owners and off-duty sex workers met city officials, including Halsema, to discuss and exchange ideas on her proposals, which are slated for further talks in the city council in September.

Most told AFP that a previous plan by the council to concentrate window prostitution in a small area around the Wallen's two canals failed.

But residents also said that mass tourism in the Wallen caused great inconvenience -- and in at least one case, physical harm.

In a scene all too familiar with locals, Gijs, a 47-year-old academic who asked to be identified only by his first name, said he was assaulted by a British tourist near his front door.

"The guy stumbled in front of my bicycle and I crashed into his leg," after which he was surrounded by a group of drunken tourists on a canal bridge.

"The last thing I saw was the man wrapping a jersey around his fist like a boxing glove, before punching me in the jaw," he said.

"I'm still traumatised."

More Brits, Poles and Indians help boost Dutch population

DutchNews, July 31, 2019 

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The population of the Netherlands grew by 46,000 in the first half of 2019, boosted in part by immigration and in part by a lower death rate, the national statistics agency CBS said on Wednesday. 

The Netherlands now has some 17.3 million residents, a rise of 41,000 on the end of December 2018. More than half the increase – 21,000 – was due to more European nationals moving to the Netherlands. The Polish population grew the most, rising by over 5,000 to account for 25% of the total increase. 

Indian nationals accounted for the second biggest increase – their number rose by 2,900 in the first six months of the year. 

With Brexit still looming, the biggest percentage increase was in the number of British nationals taking up residency in the Netherlands. The size of the British population in the Netherlands rose by 1,400 in the first six months of this year, compared with 600 in the final six months of 2018.