Solar storm heads Earth's way after double sun blasts

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

Northern lights over Terschelling, Friesland..

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

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

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


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

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

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





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

… The Shift in Human Nature

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Indonesia, Netherlands to Boost Cooperation on Rule of Law, Security

Jakarta Globe, Sheany, January 15, 2018

Indonesia and the Netherlands will discuss ways to further strengthen bilateral
cooperation on the rule of law and security during a meeting in Jakarta this week
 involving key representatives of the two countries, the Dutch Embassy said on
Monday (15/01). (Antara Photo/Rosa Panggabean) 

Jakarta. Indonesia and the Netherlands will discuss ways to further strengthen bilateral cooperation on the rule of law and security during a meeting in Jakarta this week involving key representatives of the two countries, the Dutch Embassy said on Monday (15/01).

Indonesia and the Netherlands have over several years forged cooperation in these fields in various ways, including capacity building for new judges, joint research, technical training and exchanges, according to a statement issued by the embassy.

The meeting, titled 2018 Indonesia-Netherlands Rule of Law and Security Update, will take place on Wednesday and Thursday.

It seeks to highlight what the two countries have achieved together, but also identify ways "to further strengthen and develop mutual collaboration for the years to come."

National Development Planning Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro, Marine Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti, Supreme Court Chief Justice Hatta Ali and Maarten Feteris, president of the Dutch Supreme Court, will participate in the meeting, which will also be attended by representatives from government, academia, civil society and independent state institutions in both countries.

According to Hatta, collaboration between Indonesia and the Netherlands is both important and strategic, especially since their legal systems share common roots. In addition, an equal partnership will also be necessary to improve the quality and effectiveness of Indonesia's judicial system.

Indonesia was colonized by the Dutch for more than 300 years and the country therefore has the same legal system, with some laws dating back to the colonial era.

Justice Minister Yasonna Laoly spoke about possible Indonesia-Netherlands 
cooperation in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals during the 
2018 Indonesia-Netherlands Rule of Law and Security Update in Jakarta 
on Wednesday (17/01). (Antara Photo/Rivan Awal Lingga)

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

EU parliament calls for ban on electric pulse fishing

France24 –AFP, 16 Jnauary 2018

Philippe Lamberts and Ska Keller, who head the Greens bloc in the European
Parliament, display a placard against pulse fishing which involves dragging
electrically-charged lines just above the seabed to shock low-lying marine life
 into trawling nets

STRASBOURG (FRANCE) (AFP) – The European Parliament called Tuesday for a ban on electric pulse fishing in the European Union, defying Brussels which wants the experimental practice in the North Sea done on a larger scale.

The parliament, the EU's only directly-elected body, will now try to strike a compromise with the European Commission, the bloc's executive, and the European Council, which groups the 28 member states.

MEPs voted by 402 members to 232 in favour of the ban, while 40 abstained.

"It is a wonderful victory against a terribly harmful kind of fishing," said Yannick Jadot, a French member of the Greens party, who took part in the campaign against the practice.

Pulse fishing involves dragging electrically-charged lines just above the seafloor that shock marine life up from low-lying positions into trawling nets.

EU rules allow member states to equip up to five percent of their fleets with electrodes, and the method has been adopted in particular by Dutch vessels fishing for sole.

The European Commission wants to maintain the southern part of the North Sea as the venue for pulse fishing but to remove the five-percent limit.

Karmenu Vella, the commissioner for fisheries, argued that pulse fishing is safer for the environment than beam trawling as it reduces carbon emissions and does less damage to the seabed.

Beam trawling involves a large net attached to a heavy metal beam of up to 12 metres in length which is dragged across the seabed, ploughing it up.

Rebecca Hubbard, director for the activist group Our Fish, praised the vote as a "huge win" for European seas, low-impact fishing and the public.


More than 200 top chefs across Europe have pledged to stop sourcing seafood
obtained by electric pulse fishing.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

C&A mulls sale to Chinese investors: report

The family behind European clothing retailer C&A is planning to sell the company to Chinese investors, according to Der Spiegel. The fashion chain was founded more than 150 years ago in the Netherlands.

Deutsche Welle, 14 January 2018

The C&A logo outside a shop (picture-alliance/JOKER/E. Häfele)

Citing unnamed "insider sources," German news magazine Der Spiegel reported Sunday that a deal was close to being finalized between C&A and a group of Chinese investors.

C&A is one of Europe's largest fashion retailers, employing some 35,000 people in the hundreds of stores it operates in European countries as well as in China, Mexico and Brazil.

Brothers Clemens and August Brenninkmeijer founded the company in 1841 when they opened their first clothing shop in the Dutch town of Sneek.

The secretive Brenninkmeijer family still owns C&A through the Cofra Holding company based in Zug, Switzerland.

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New direction?

When contacted by Der Spiegel, Cofra Holding declined to comment on reports of an imminent sale, but said in a statement that C&A was looking into growth opportunities as part of a "transformation strategy."

"The ongoing transformation of C&A includes exploring different ways to enter growth markets such as China, and the digital arena, and that could potentially include partnerships and other types of additional external investment," it said.

With an estimated worth of around €20 billion ($24 billion), the Brenninkmeijers are one of Europe's wealthiest families, according to Der Spiegel.

The magazine added that C&A has sought to boost business in the face of stiff competition from other clothing companies like H&M and Primark.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Sea levels off Dutch coast highest ever recorded in 2017

Yahoo – AFP, January 13, 2018

Sea and water levels are carefully watched in the Netherlands, as much of the
country lies below sea-level and is protected by a series of flood defences
(AFP Photo/Bas Czerwinski)

The Hague (AFP) - Storm surges and tidal cycles caused record sea levels along the coast of the Netherlands last year, a Dutch marine institute has found.

"The level has been rising gradually since 1890 by about 0.2 cm per year due to the melting of the ice and the warming up of the ocean," expert Fedor Baart, of the research organisation Deltares, said in a statement Friday.

"That means that, as a rule, you expect the sea level to be higher every year."

Sea and water levels are carefully watched in the Netherlands, as much of the country lies below sea-level and is protected from flooding by a series of defences such as dykes, sand dunes, windmills to pump away water and sophisticated barrages.

In 2017, the institute measured the average sea levels along the Dutch coast to be 11 centimetres (over four inches) higher than normal water levels in Amsterdam, a gauge known as the NAP.

The previous highest reading was in 2007 when the water was nine centimetres above the NAP.

The institute said in 2017 "there were several storm surges in a single year for the first time since 2007," which had contributed to the high water levels.

Bad storms can temporarily push water levels up by a meter, which accounts for an average rise of about one centimetre, Baart explained.

The institute also highlighted that every 18.6 years the seas rise and fall by two centimetres on a tidal cycle.

"The last peak was in 2004, and the level is now rising again to the next peak in early 2023," Deltares said in a statement.

It stressed however that "the Dutch coast can cope with extreme water levels" and said "the sea level on the Dutch coast is rising by 20 centimetres every century".

Dutch water defences were completely overhauled and improved after devastating floods in 1953 which left 1,800 people dead.


Friday, January 12, 2018

Frisian film archive finds missing scenes from Stan Laurel solo film

DutchNews, January 12, 2018

The Frisian Film Archive said on Friday it had discovered rare missing fragments from Stan Laurel’s 1924 film ‘Detained’. 

The missing scene was found when archivist Jurjen Enzing was stocktaking old nitrate films for a large digitisation project. Recognising Laurel on the film, which was in very poor condition, Enzing decided to investigate.

After searching the Internet he discovered that it was a solo film by the British star of silent film. He found a description of the scene – in which Laurel escapes being hanged – in a book written by Laurel and Hardy experts, Ted Okuda and James Neibaur. The experts said the sequence had apparently been lost.

‘It was quite a moment,’ the archive said in a statement. 

The film came to the archive via the Van Kampen family from Leeuwarden. It was part of a collection of old films bought by Hendrik van Kampen for 100 guilders shortly after the war which he planned to either show or rent out. 

The old nitrate films among the collection ended up in the cellar of his shop, which closed in the 1970s. The films were in 2007 donated to the archive. 

The find was made last year but has only just been made public after a restored version was put together with the help of Paris-based Lobster Film. 

View the complete, newly restored and digitised version of Detained, including the missing ‘hanging scene’. You can also see the film on the big screen at the archive this weekend.


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Top European chefs take electric pulse fishing off the menu

Yahoo – AFP, January 11, 2018

More than 200 top chefs across Europe have pledged to stop sourcing seafood
obtained by electric pulse fishing.

More than 200 top chefs across Europe have pledged to stop sourcing seafood obtained by electric pulse fishing, days before an EU vote that could expand the use of the controversial technique, an ocean advocacy group said Thursday.

"We refuse to work with seafood coming from a fishing method that condemns our future and that of the ocean," said the text written by Christopher Coutanceau, whose restaurant on the Atlantic coast in La Rochelle, western France, has earned two Michelin stars.

The practice involves dragging electrically charged lines just above the seafloor that shock marine life up from low-lying positions into trawling nets.

EU rules allow member states to equip up to five percent of their fleets with electrodes, and the method has been adopted in particular by Dutch vessels fishing for sole.

On Tuesday, the EU is to vote on the practice, which critics say harms too many fish that are left on the seabed, as well as those that are harvested.

"Electric trawlers produce catches of poor quality, fish which underwent stress and are often marked by post-electrocution bruises," according to the text released by Bloom, a French NGO.

"It is impossible to work with such low-quality products."

The signatories included French chefs Helene Darroze, Yannick Alleno and Olivier Roellinger, who has longed worked to improve sustainability in the fishing industry.

Spanish chefs Elena Arzak and Quique Dacosta, Italy's Antonino Cannavacciuolo and Alfonso and Ernesto Iaccarino, and Thomas Buehner and Heinz Winkler of Germany also signed the text.

On Wednesday, several members of the European parliament asked for a delay to next week's vote on electric pulse fishing, in order to allow time for an "informed debate".

For Jerry Percy of the Low-Impact Fishers of Europe (LIFE), which claims to represent about 80 percent of Britain's independent fishermen, a main problem is the lack of solid data on the long-term consequences of the practice on fishing stocks.

The method is outlawed in many parts of the world, including China, but proponents say it is more environmentally friendly and results in lower fuel usage for boats.

Bloom had already filed in October a case against the Netherlands with the European Commission, accusing the country of illegally authorising its trawlers to use the technique.

Biggest Dutch pension fund drops tobacco, nuclear weapon investments

DutchNews, January 11, 2018

The smoking zone at the VU teaching hospital 

Dutch civil service pension fund ABP, one of the biggest pension funds in world, is to phase out all investments in tobacco and nuclear weapons. 

The pension fund intends to sell all its investments in the tobacco and nuclear weapons industries – totalling some €3.3bn – within the next year, it said in a statement on Thursday. ABP has 2.9 million participants and some €405bn in available assets. 

‘Investments in tobacco and nuclear weapons have been a dilemma for us for quite some time,’ said investment policy committee chairman Erik van Houwelingen. ‘Changes in society, also at an international level, were a reason for ABP to put the topic on the agenda again.’ 

Floris Italianer, director of the Dutch Heart Foundation and chair of the Dutch Alliance for a Smoke-free Environment, welcomed the pension fund’s decision. 

‘ABP is taking a big step towards discouraging tobacco use and realising a smoke-free generation,’ he said.  ‘We also call on other leaders in society, like executives of other financial institutions, service providers and supermarkets, to follow this example.’

Earlier this month, high street health and beauty chain Kruidvat said it was phasing out the sale of tobacco products from its stores.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

New US ambassador to the Netherlands hands his credentials to the king

DutchNews, January 10, 2018

Photo: Pool/Patrick van Katwijk / HH 

The new US ambassador to the Netherlands handed over his credentials to king Willem-Alexander at the Noordeinde palace in The Hague on Wednesday. 

Hoekstra is the first US ambassador to the Netherlands since early 2016, when Timothy Broas resigned. Since 2005, no US ambassador to the Netherlands has completed a four-year term in office. 

Pete Hoekstra was born in Groningen but his family emigrated to the US when he was three. He was a member of the House of Representatives for eight years but failed to win a senate seat in 2012. 

A religious conservative, Hoekstra opposes gay marriage and abortion, both of which are legal in the Netherlands. He also supports the death penalty and takes a very hard line on terrorism and Islam. 

The new ambassador caused controversy at the end of last year when he denied having told a conference that there are no-go areas in parts of the Netherlands and that politicians are being set on fire. 

He later apologised for describing the claims as fake news. 

Asked by journalists on Wednesday about the controversy, Hoekstra refused to comment on them directly, saying instead: ‘This is about the views and the policies of the United States of America, as directed by this administration.’


Pete Hoekstra addresses the press at the embassy. Photo: AP Photo/Peter Dejong

Pete Hoekstra with president Donald Trump. Photo: Facebook

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

SheDecides initiative wins communication prize for former minister Lilianne Ploumen

DutchNews, January 9, 2018

Photo: EU2016 NL via Wikimedia Commons

Former aid minister Lilianne Ploumen has been awarded this year’s Machiavelli prize for her campaign for the safe abortion fund SheDecides. 

Ploumen set up the fund a year ago after being ‘deeply disappointed’ in US president Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw $535m in funding for groups that assist with or advocate abortion around the world. 

So far dozens of countries and individuals have pledged €400m for the fund. 

The Machiavelli prize is awarded to a person or organisation which the jury considers has excelled in public communication. In particular, the jury praised the speed at which SheDecides was set up and went global. 

‘A worldwide movement of countries, funds and people was created within less than six weeks,’ the jury report states. 

Ploumen told Radio 1 news that the initiative was spontaneous. ‘Usually I am someone who plans but when Trump came out with that decision, I thought “we have to do something. No plan, no strategy, but a real conviction that something had to happen”.’ 

Monday, January 8, 2018

Rural Groningen hit by strongest earthquake in five years

DutchNews, January 8, 2018

The condemned and shored-up cafe in Zeerijp. Photo: Graham Dockery 

Parts of Groningen were shaken by an earthquake measuring 3.4 on the Richter scale on Monday afternoon. The tremor was the biggest in the region since 2012 and the third strongest ever recorded, the KNMI said. 

The epicenter of the quake was in the village of Zeerijp near Loppersum, but it was also felt in the provincial capital of Groningen, including at the city’s main hospital. According to provincial television station RTV Noord, the quake is the sixth to hit Zeerijp within a month. 

On Twitter locals described the way homes in the region shook and creaked but police said no major problems were reported. 

The quakes are caused by ground settling following the extraction of natural gas from under the province. 

Last year the government reduced the volume of gas from 27 billion cubic metres to almost 22 cubic metres but locals say much more still needs to be done. Locals were also quick to describe the latest quake as a wake-up call to national government which had for years ignored the problem. 

Economic affairs minister Erik Wiebes, who is responsible for natural gas extraction, is due to visit the province on Wednesday. 

Court 

At the end of last year, the Council of State gave Wiebes one year to come up with proper arguments to support his decision to cap the extraction of gas from under Groningen province at 21.6 billion cubic metres a year. 

The case was brought by a group of Groningen residents and green group Milieudefensie who say the safety of locals is more important than providing income for the treasury. They wanted gas production to be drastically reduced or stopped altogether. 

The biggest quake, in 2012, measured 3.6 on the Richter scale and led to hundreds of reports of damage. Since the quakes began, some 75,000 complaints have been made about damage and the bill for research, shoring up property and damages claims has reached an estimated €1.3bn so far. 

Friday, January 5, 2018

Camiel Eurlings, under fire over domestic violence incident, resigns from IOC

DutchNews, January 5, 2018

Photo: Chris Keulen via Hollandse Hoogte 

The Dutch representative on the International Olympic Committee has resigned following mounting pressure from athletes and officials over a domestic violence incident in 2015. 

In a statement issued on Friday Eurlings, a former minister for the Christian Democrats and CEO of KLM Nederland, said he is standing down ‘in the interest of sport and sportsmen and women’. 

‘I sincerely regret what has happened,’ he said. ‘The discussion about whether or not I should stay on is taking attention away from sport and the athletes. That is why, with pain in my heart, I am resigning as IOC, member, the best volunteer job in the world.’ 

Eurlings has been the Dutch IOC representative since 2013. 

Critics called on him to rethink his position after he made a belated apology for the incident in mid 2015, in which he is said to have beaten up his girlfriend. She made a formal police complaint about the attack in December that year. 

Last March, Eurlings reached an out of court settlement with the public prosecution department without admittance of guilt but the issue has refused to go away. 

Dutch papers claimed that his girlfriend was left with a broken elbow, light concussion and bruising – and at one point he threatened legal action against the woman for slander.

Apology

Last week he issued a statement, headlined ‘public apology’ in which he admitted there was an ‘altercation’ between him and his ex girlfriend. 

‘The IOC has seen the file and deemed it a private matter,’ he said. ‘The ethical committee has reaffirmed this… nor did the settlement prevent me from obtaining a certificate of good behaviour (VOG).’ 

He also told the NRC newspaper that he had not had a community service sentence but had done a couple of days community work and that he did not have a criminal record. 

However, legal experts told the Volkskrant that Eurlings will have had a 40 hour community service sentence and that he will have, in effect, a police record resulting from the settlement. 

The IOC said in a statement: ‘Although we regret his decision, which is a personal one, we respect the step taken in the interests of the lOC, of the Olympic movement, and of all involved.’
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“… The Fall of Many - Seen It Yet?

You are going to see more and more personal secrets being revealed about persons in high places of popularity or government. It will seem like an epidemic of non-integrity! But what is happening is exactly what we have been teaching. The new energy has light that will expose the darkness of things that are not commensurate with integrity. They have always been there, and they were kept from being seen by many who keep secrets in the dark. Seen the change yet?

In order to get to a more stable future, you will have to go through gyrations of dark and light. What this means is that the dark is going to be revealed and push back at you. It will eventually lose. We told you this. That's what you're here for is to help those around you who don't see an escape from the past. They didn't get their nuclear war, but everything else is going into the dumper anyway. … “

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

The Netherlands closes all five storm surge barriers as winds reach up to 110kph

DutchNews, January 3, 2018

A tree hits a home in Amersfoort. Photo: Robbert Frank Hagens / HH

Wednesday’s storm has led to widespread disruption on the roads, on the railways and at airports. Some 252 flights to and from Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport were cancelled because of the strong winds. 

All five big Dutch storm surge barriers were closed because of the strong winds and high water. It is the first time that all five barriers have been closed at the same time, the transport ministry said. 

Crowds, and government officials, turned out to witness the closure of the Maeslant storm barrier for the first time since 2007. The barrier cuts Rotterdam port off from the sea. 


In Amsterdam, broadcaster AT5 said the Zeeburger tunnel will remain closed until at least Thursday morning. It was shut after the lid of a container blew off a lorry, damaging the roof, on Wednesday morning. 


According to website Alarmeringen.nl, the emergency services have so far been called out to deal with storm damage and flash flooding around 1,000 times.

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Dutch IOC member under pressure to quit over domestic violence incident

DutchNews, January 2, 2018

Photo: Euku via Wikimedia Commons

Camiel Eurlings, the Dutch representative on the International Olympic Committee is under pressure to stand down following what critics say was a late and inadequate apology over an incident of domestic violence. 

Eurlings, a former transport minister for the Christian Democrats, left politics in 2010 to join KLM and was appointed CEO of the Dutch operation in 2013. He resigned a year later for reasons which have never been fully explained. 

Now Eurlings, who has been the Dutch IOC rep since 2013, is at the centre of a media storm over an incident in mid 2015, in which he is said to have beaten up his girlfriend. She made a formal police complaint about the attack in December that year. 

Last March, Eurlings reached an out of court settlement with the public prosecution department without admittance of guilt but the issue has refused to go away. Dutch papers claimed that his girlfriend was left with a broken elbow, light concussion and bruising – and at one point he threatened legal action against the woman for slander. 

Now he has gone public about the incident. In the statement, headlined ‘public apology’ Eurlings says that there was an ‘altercation’ between him and his ex girlfriend. 

Private

‘The IOC has seen the file and deemed it a private matter,’ he said. ‘The ethical committee has reaffirmed this… nor did the settlement prevent me from obtaining a certificate of good behaviour (VOG).’ 

He also told the NRC newspaper that he had not had a community service sentence but had done a couple of days community work and that he did not have a criminal record. 

However, legal experts told the Volkskrant that Eurlings will have had a 40 hour community service sentence and that he will have, in effect, a police record resulting from the settlement. 

Right direction 

The Dutch sports federation NOC*NSF has also described Eurlings’ statement as ‘a step in the right direction‘. 

His critics, however, say the apology has come too late and that Eurlings should stand down. Belgian journalist Hans Vandeweghe, who has good contacts within the IOC, says officials would rather he left. 

‘They are not used to getting rid of people,’ he told an NOS debate. ‘They would rather he went of his own accord but he is not getting the message.’ 

In addition, Chiel Warners, who heads the NOC*NSF’s athletics committee, told the NRC more is needed than an apology.

‘The Eurlings issue has not done sport any good. I am curious about how Camiel himself looks at the issue,’ he said. ‘How does he think he can win back trust?’

Monday, January 1, 2018

Belgium and Netherlands swap land in the New Year

A new Dutch-Belgian border agreement has gone into effect, giving the Netherlands two peninsulas the size of 23 soccer fields. The discovery of a headless body prompted the border move to clear up jurisdictional issues.

Deutsche Welle, 1 January 2018

People walk past Dutch and Belgian flags on the waterfront in Eijsden,
Netherlands (picture-alliance/AP Photo/V. Mayo)

Alongside fireworks and champagne, the Netherlands and Belgium rang in the New Year with some new territory after a revised border agreement between the European neighbors went into effect on Monday.

The curious border situation centers on an area between the eastern Belgian municipality of Vise and the southwestern Dutch municipality of Eijsden that are split by the Meuse River.

Over time, the river's changing course meant that two uninhabited peninsulas that belong to Belgium ended up on the Dutch side of the river while a section of Dutch territory ended up on the Belgian side of the Meuse.


Under the new deal, the border between the two countries in that area now splits down the middle of the river. The Netherlands gained an area the size of 23 soccer fields (16.37 hectares; 40.5 acres).

Belgium, on the other hand, gains an area as big as four soccer fields (3.09 hectares; 7.6 acres) and loses the idyllic nature parks on the peninsulas to the Dutch. The big win for Belgium, however, is a solution to a jurisdiction nightmare caused by the previous border.

Screenshot of the border between the Netherlands and Belgium at the
river Meuse (Google Maps)

A Google Maps screenshot shows the twisting and turning old border that created pockets of Belgian and Dutch territory on opposite sides of the Meuse River

A body and a border

The uninhabited peninsulas garnered a dark reputation over time. Local residents complained that the small areas were used for illegal parties, drug deals and prostitution, according to Dutch broadcaster NOS.

Around four years ago, things came to a head after a couple walking on one of the peninsulas stumbled across a headless body.

They informed the Dutch authorities, but police in the Netherlands were unable to investigate as the body was found on Belgian territory.


On the other side, Belgian authorities had a difficult time getting to the crime scene. Belgian police are not allowed to cross into the Netherlands without receiving special permission, so they had to travel by boat.

The peninsula also didn't have a suitable docking area for their boats, Jean-Francois Duchesne, the police commissiare of the Lower Meuse region told the Associated Press last year.

"So we had to go there by boat with all that was needed — the prosecutor, the legal doctor, the judicial lab — we had to do round trips over the water. It really was not very practical," Duchesne said.


Belgian and Dutch royals signed off on the deal last November, over 170 years after the countries' borders were originally agreed in 1843.

In 2016, Belgium's Foreign Minister Didier Reynders hailed the deal, saying it was a sign of good relations between the two countries.

"The agreement shows that borders can also be exchanged peacefully," he said.


German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (above left) and his Dutch
counterpart, Bert Koenders (right)

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The border between Belgium and the Netherlands at Baarle-Nassau
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