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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Friday, October 20, 2017

#MeToo anti-sexual harassment campaign takes off in NL

DutchNews, October 20, 2017


The #MeToo campaign – women sharing their experiences of sexual harassment on Twitter in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein affair– is taking on momentum in the Netherlands. 

Thousands of women from all walks of life are telling their stories, with the latest accusations coming from the academic world

Talk shows and papers in the Netherlands have featured accounts from women who say their lives and careers were blighted by saying no. 

Former television presenter Anneke Bakker told DWDD host Matthijs van Nieuwkerken how she believes rejecting the sexual overtures of her superior lost her the job some 35 years ago. On the late show, Pauw, swimmer Ela Hutten claimed her coach had sexually abused her from age 12 to 14. 

The Dutch allegations come in the wake of multiple accusations of harassment and abuse against Hollywood producer Weinstein, who is being investigated by police in London, Los Angeles and New York. 

‘Tell all’ 

It is by no means the first time women have taken to social media to denounce sexual intimidation, the Volkskrant writes. 

Writer Anke Laterveer introduced the hashtag #ZegHet (tell all) two years ago when, she claims, she was sexually assaulted and the perpetrator was not brought to justice. 

‘There is something comforting about a collective confession such as this,’ Utrecht university social scientist Linda Duits told the paper. ‘A hashtag has momentum and gives women the strength to confront the outside world because they know they are not alone.’ 

The Dutch reaction has been given added impetus by the murder of Anne Faber, which instigated discussions about women’s safety, Duits said. 

But she does not believe the Twitter campaign is likely to generate a useful dialogue. ‘Discussing solutions is different from calling all men assholes,’ she told the paper, adding that these lie in better education. 

Poll 

A poll conducted last month by public broadcaster NOS among 1000 men and women from 18 to 35 showed profound differences in attitudes around touching a female body uninvited. 

A full 100% of women said being groped in the crotch or breasts is totally unacceptable, with a small percentage of men thinking this could be acceptable. The male respondents scored consistently higher when it comes to the acceptability of touching other parts of women’s bodies. 

The greatest discrepancy the poll found was over touching a woman’s stomach area without asking: 30 percent of men thought this was permissible, with 76% of women saying this was on the edge or over acceptable boundaries. 

Meanwhile caretaker education minister Jet Bussemaker told NOS on Friday that the problem does not concern women alone. 

‘That so many women are only coming forward now is indicative how ashamed they feel. This is a problem for society as a whole and we should encourage men to become involved,’ she told NOS.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

30 month jail term for violence against gay couple

DutchNews, October 19, 2017

Photo: Despositphotos.com

A 24-year old man has been sentenced to 30 months in jail for abusing two gay men last October, reports RTL Nieuws on Thursday. 

One victim suffered severe head injuries after being set upon by three men while returning home from a party in Amsterdam North on Saturday, October 16th. 


The couple’s scooter collided with those ridden by the three men, they fell off and were kicked and beaten, even when unconscious on the ground. 


The judge said that it could not be shown that the suspect in court, Mamadou D., had chosen to attack the men for their sexual orientation and the victims had said they did not think this was the case. 


But D. was found to have assaulted the two men, one of whom suffered from a fractured skull and brain haemorrhage and the other long-lasting psychological effects.

Muslim police trainee asks for right to wear headscarf in uniform

DutchNews, October 19, 2017

Helmets and headscarves?    Photo: Graham Dockery

A police cadet from Rotterdam has gone to the Dutch human rights commission to ask for the right to wear a headscarf with her police uniform. 

The woman, a new recruit who has not been named, believes she is suffering from religious discrimination in being forbidden from wearing the Muslim head covering. 

She is asking for a ruling on her case, but also in the interest of others, according to a police press release on Wednesday. 

Police lawyers are arguing that she can wear a headscarf in the office, but when in contact with the public, she must ‘comply with uniform rules’ and – the body argues – the uniform is ‘neutral’. 

‘The police code of conduct is clear, the [woman’s] employer believes,’ says the release. ‘Visible expressions of beliefs and opinions are not permitted.’ 

Diversity 

But the woman’s lawyer claimed that the police are selective in applying this ruling, allowing wedding rings – for instance – which are arguably an indication of lifestyle and belief. 

According to NU.nl, the woman in question also believes that allowing headscarves with police uniform will encourage more diversity in the police – something acknowledged by the head of the service as an aim, after evidence of ethnic profiling. 

In May, Amsterdam police considered making a headscarf an option with police uniform to attract more people from ethnic minorities. But police chief Erik Akerboom opposed this. 

In addition, an Amsterdam police woman who went on patrol wearing a headscarf under her cap later that month was heavily criticised for her action. 

A verdict from the human rights commission is expected on 14th November. 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Pope canonises victims of Dutch colonial massacre in Brazil

DutchNews, October 16, 2017

A monument to the Martyrs of Natal. Photo: Carla Salgueiro/ Wikimedia Commons

Pope Francis has canonised 30 Portuguese martyrs who were killed during the Dutch colonial occupation of Brazil in the 17th century. 

Portuguese Catholics were ordered to convert to Protestantism when the Dutch seized their territories in northern Brazil. A 73-year-old priest and 69 of his followers who refused were massacred during a mass at Natal in June 1645. Another slaughter of dozens of worshippers followed in November. 

Pope John Paul II beatified the Martyrs of Natal, the penultimate step on the route to sainthood, in 2000. The group of 30 saints comprises all the victims whose names are known. 

October 3 is an official holiday in the northern region of Rio Grande del Norte, in commemoration of the martyrs’ plight. 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Buurtzorg: the Dutch model of neighbourhood care that is going global

Innovative nursing model cuts bureaucracy and gives nurses more freedom and time with clients

The Guardian, David Brindle, 9 May 2017

New Dutch homecare model insists nurses spend more than half of their time
in direct contact with the people they support. Photograph: Fred Froese/Getty

The Dutch may be renowned for tulips and Edam cheese, but these days it’s their innovative district nursing and homecare model that is exciting global interest. Buurtzorg, which translates as “neighbourhood care”, is seen by its many enthusiasts as a key part of the solution to challenges facing healthcare systems across the world.

From Aberdeen to Shanghai, the Buurtzorg approach is being seized on by policy-makers as a means of enabling people with care needs to live independently with much less formal support. Potential cost savings of up to 40% have been calculated.

At the same time, the model is said to be hugely popular with the nursing teams who run it because it frees them from management control and unleashes their entrepreneurial creativity. And it is very simple.

Buurtzorg was founded 10 years ago by a 56-year-old nurse, Jos de Blok, and started with an initial team of four. The system that evolved deploys teams of up to 12 nurses, who are responsible for between 40 and 60 people within a particular area. There are now around 900 teams in the Netherlands, supported by no more than 50 administrators and 20 trainers.

The principle underpinning the model is that the nurse acts as a “health coach” for the individual and their family, emphasising preventive health measures but also delivering necessary care themselves or calling on others to do so. The golden rule is that nurses must spend 61% of their time in direct contact with the people they support.

An evaluation by consultancy KPMG in 2012 found that although the care might be costlier per hour than under a traditional approach, it was of higher quality and better appreciated by those in receipt. Crucially, only half as much care was typically required.

“What I see in a lot of countries is that systems are increasingly complicated and frustrations are becoming worse and worse,” says de Blok. “I want to show that it’s easy to change.”

De Blok will be talking change at the 25th annual European Social Services Conference in Malta at the end of June, organised by the European Social Network. In some cases, he will be preaching to the converted: Buurtzorg is being trialled in the UK and Sweden, with Germany and Austria soon to follow, as well as in the US, Japan, China, Taiwan and South Korea.

But others at the conference will need convincing that the model can be transplanted into other health systems and nursing cultures as easily as he suggests.

One issue is funding: the Dutch model is tailored to payments by health insurance companies, not a state healthcare system like the NHS or means-tested social care. Another is the scrapping of hierarchies and specialisms within the nursing teams: a Buurtzorg nurse might administer wound care, but may also help someone to wash or get dressed.

A third challenge is that the model requires management to back off and allow their teams considerable latitude, with much less performance monitoring than has become the norm in, for instance, the UK. Bureaucracy is reduced to a minimum.

“We have tried to prevent it becoming a meetings structure,” says de Blok, describing how his teams are encouraged to think freely in finding answers to people’s care needs, drawing on other professionals and volunteers. “The autonomy is better when [the teams] build their own networks to solve problems.”

The Buurtzorg approach has even been extended to what in the UK would be recognised as home help, after the organisation stepped in to rescue a failing Dutch provider two years ago. By cutting its overheads dramatically, the provider has not only been saved but has expanded by more than 60% to 4,000 employees.

It is significant, therefore, that one of the most advanced UK Buurtzorg pilots is being run by Cornerstone, a Scottish homecare charity, while others closer to the original nursing concept are developing at sites including Aberdeen, Angus, Dumfries and Galloway, and Borders.

In England, the model has been taken up by the Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS foundation trust in south London as well as integrated health and care services in Tower Hamlets, east London, and in west Suffolk. Active interest has come from Kent and Cheshire West, among others, and 300 people recently attended the first presentation in Wales by Public World, a consultancy working with Buurtzorg.

De Blok insists he is relaxed about the model being adapted to suit local circumstances. Buurtzorg is a non-profit organisation – though it makes a surplus for reinvestment – and it does not seek to franchise the model under licence.

“I’m not interested in money,” de Blok says. “I see so many people searching for a new way of doing things in all the places I visit. It’s all about creating something different from the bottom up.”

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Flying Dutch win world solar car race in Australia

Yahoo – AFP, October 12, 2017

This handout from the World Solar Challenge 2017 taken and received on
October 11, 2017, shows the Nuon Solar Team vehicle "Nuna9" from the
Netherlands speeding towards Coober Pedy during the fourth day of racing
(AFP Photo/Mark Kolbe)

Adelaide (Australia) (AFP) - Dutch team "Nuon" Thursday won an epic 3,000-kilometre (1,860-mile) solar car race across Australia's outback for the third-straight year, continuing its dominance of an innovative contest showcasing new vehicle technology.

The World Solar Challenge, first run in 1987 and last held in 2015, began in the northern city of Darwin on Sunday morning, with 41 competing cars heading to the final destination of Adelaide in South Australia.

Cheers and chants of "Nuna" roared from the large Dutch contingent as the "Nuna 9" car -- travelling at an average speed of 81.2 kilometres per hour (55.5 mph) -- crossed the finish line mid-afternoon.

"Welcome to #Adelaide @NuonSolarTeam, winner of the @bridgestone #BWSC17 Schneider Electric Challenger Class," race organisers tweeted.

The US' University of Michigan "Novum" finished just under two hours behind in second place ahead of Belgium's Punch Powertrain, which completed the race half an hour later.

The event has become one of the world’s foremost innovation challenges with teams looking to demonstrate designs that could one day lead to commercially available solar-powered vehicles for passengers.

Google co-founder Larry Page and Tesla co-founder J B Straubel are past competitors who credit the event in influencing their careers

The win is the seventh for Nuon, with their car overcoming cloudy skies as they took the lead early and stayed ahead in the elite Challenger class, which features slick, single seat aerodynamic vehicles built for sustained endurance and total energy efficiency.

This handout from the World Solar Challenge 2017 shows team members of Nuon 
Solar Team from the Netherlands preparing their vehicle "Nuna9" to catch the first 
morning sun near Dunmarra on the second day of racing (AFP Photo/Mark Kolbe)

The team's winning time was 37 hours, 10 minutes and 41 seconds. When their team finished first in 2015, it took them 33.03 hours.

Team manager Sander Koot said they changed their strategy and driving style to cope with weather conditions that included wind gusts of up to 60 kmh.

They also positioned the car so it could benefit from the windy conditions like a sailing ship, the team's aerodynamics expert Jasper Hemmes told organisers.

There is also a Cruiser class which aims to showcase solar technology for mainstream vehicles that are more practical for day-to-day use.

Another Dutch team, Eindhoven, is on track to finish Friday and win that class, with Germany's HS Bochum tracking second.

The vehicles are powered by the sun and mostly developed by universities or corporations, with teams hailing from Australia and countries across the world including the United States, Malaysia, India and South Africa.

They are allowed to store a small amount of energy but the majority of their power has to come from the sun and the vehicle's kinetic forces.

The crews drove between 8am and 5pm each day with seven checkpoints along a route cutting through the heart of Australia's central desert region, to get updates on their standings, the weather, and do basic maintenance.


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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Couple, 81 and 61, arrested in southern Dutch town for €41m tax fraud

DutchNews, October 11, 2017

Part of the haul of Chinese art. Photo: OM

Police and tax officials have arrested an 81-year-old man and his 61-year-old wife on charges of tax evasion, money laundering, forgery and illegal banking. 

The couple were picked up at their home in the Limburg town of Gennep, where police also seized cash, Chinese art, cars and bank accounts in Germany, Hong Kong, France and Panama. They have also sequestered a holiday park in France, other company premises and a marina in the Netherlands, the public prosecution department said. 

There were simultaneous raids in Germany, Hong Kong, France, the Philippines, Panama and Singapore, the department said without giving further details. 

The investigation is focused on the couple and their business operations abroad. They are suspected of shifting a large part of the profits they make in the Netherlands from art dealing and trading vehicle parts to their companies in Hong Kong which are registered offshore and are not liable for tax. 

In total, the couple, who are not registered in the Netherlands, are said to have swindled the tax authorities out of €41m, the public prosecutor said. 

The Telegraaf has named them as Herman van O and his Taiwanese partner Chun L and said both were named in the Panama Papers, the leaked files from Panamanian trust office Mossack Fonseca. 

Monday, October 9, 2017

New Dutch cabinet to run trials in regulated marijuana production

DutchNews, October 8, 2017

Police dismantling a marijuana plantation in Amsterdam. Photo: DutchNews.nl 

The new cabinet is to sanction experiments with legal marijuana production which would then be sold in cannabis cafes, RTL news said at the weekend. 

Details are still sketchy but sources told the broadcaster between six and 10 local authority areas will be singled out for the experiment, which will lead to council-licenced growers producing marijuana for sale in their own locality. Breda and Eindhoven are among the cities which have already come forward. 

While officials turn a blind eye to the sale of small amounts of marijuana for personal use, how the drug ends up in licenced coffee shops remains a grey area. Dozens of local authorities have for years argued for licenced production to remove drugs gangs from the entire chain. 

The local authorities association VNG also recommended regulated production in 2015. 

The VVD and CDA had always been against experimenting with licenced growing, but last year the VVD’s annual conference voted in favour of experimentation and in February, parliament voted in favour of a D66 plan for official regulation. 

Research by Radboud University in 2015 said legalising cannabis production would have benefits for public health and human rights. 

Crime

The study found that illegal cannabis production was linked to criminal violence, fires, environmental and noise pollution and the spread of legionella bacteria. 

The public prosecution department opposes the move, saying it conflicts with international treaties. In addition, it said, most of the marijuana grown in the Netherlands is destined for abroad, and regulated production will not have an impact on this. 

The police dismantled 5,856 marijuana plantations in 2015, or nearly 16 a day, according to the latest available figures. However, police estimate this is only one fifth of the total. 

Friday, October 6, 2017

King, PM pay tribute to Amsterdam’s mayor Eberhard van der Laan

DutchNews, October 6, 2017

Amsterdammers place flowers outside the Herengracht home of the city’s mayor.
Photo: Kick Smeets / HH

King Willem Alexander and prime minister Mark Rutte are among the people playing tribute to Eberhard van der Laan, the mayor of Amsterdam, who died on Thursday at the age of 62 from cancer. 

Flags throughout the city were flown at half-mast following news that the mayor had died, 10 months after going public with his illness. 

‘We remember Eberhard van der Laan as a driven mayor with a real heart for his city and a passionate belief in a society in which everyone counts,’ said king Willem-Alexander and queen Maxima in a statement. 

The king is known to have paid a private visit to Van der Laan last week. Last month Van der Laan took the king on a walk through the city’s Jordaan district, and pictures of the mayor looking frail showed how ill he had become. 

Direct and open

Prime minister Mark Rutte described the news of his death as ‘very sad’. ‘We knew it was going to happen, but nevertheless the news has hit many people hard,’ Rutte said. 

‘He was a manager who went to the people and made real contact with them through his directness and openness,’ Rutte said. ‘You knew where you were with him, and that is what made people so fond of him.’ 

‘For him there was no city more beautiful than Amsterdam’, the Parool heads its predominantly fond remembrance of Eberhard van der Laan. ‘A problem solver rather than a politician, Eberhard van der Laan was  practical, focused, and put his heart and soul in his work.’ Van der Laan was a man who proclaimed the superiority of his city with such charm ‘that no one outside the city could take offence’, the paper said. 

Politician

Politics itself he held in little regard, in spite of 40 years of involvement, the paper said. To him it meant infighting, party political games. ‘Let’s not make this political,’ he would tell the council as he deftly steered the debate into a direction he had determined long before,’ the Parool said. 

‘Van der Laan was a man who didn’t hold back. He had a fierce temper at times – he once told a man who said he never talked to ‘real Amsterdammers’ he was a total c..t – he worked too hard, ate too much junk food – no one scoffed a plate of osseworst as quickly as he did –  smoked far too much but ‘if he was on your side he would go through hell and high water for you’, the paper sums him up. 

Hard-working

The Volkskrant commemorates a hard-working mayor, whose love of the city prompted him to stay in the saddle ‘perhaps for longer than he should have’. In his final week in office Van der Laan had to field some tough questions about the unit he formed to fight radicalisation and which ended up charged with fraud

The paper cites historian and friend Geert Mak who said last week that the significance of Van der Laan was to his refusal to enter into discussions he thought were divisive. 

‘He is someone who won’t participate in the internal bickering and complaining which seems to have become rife in this country in the last few years. In all that divisiveness Eberhard played a unifying role, something many Amsterdammers were desperate for. His character and qualities were exactly what were needed in Amsterdam at this time,’ the paper quotes Mak as saying.

Straight-talking Van der Laan, born in Leiden, almost always found ‘the right tone’ for Amsterdammers, the Volkskrant writes, whether it was in his speeches or in debate, with as ‘a final beat of the drum’, his final words: ‘Look after our city and look after each other.’ 

Agile administrator

The Financieele Dagblad calls Van der Laan ‘an agile administrator whose heart was in the right place’, and starts its analysis with a telling example of the Van der Laan way of taking things in his stride. 

During the Occupy demonstration on Beursplein in 2011 Van der Laan talked to the demonstrators on a regular basis and even adopted their gestures: waving hands to signify applause. ‘He thought it was funny. He combined a cheeky, street-wise persona with the experienced lawyer that he was as well and that made him the mayor Amsterdam needed,’ the D66 MP Jan Paternotte told the paper. 

According to the Telegraaf Eberhard van der Laan ‘spoke the language of ordinary people making him a natural leader’. One of his last decisions as a mayor and ‘an Ajax supporter to the bone’ was to name the Amsterdam Arena the Johan Cruijff Arena, the paper points out. The Telegraaf calls him ‘not a soft social-democrat’ but someone who called on people to take responsibility: ‘It is that no-nonsense attitude that made made him loved, also by people outside his party.’

Photo: Gemeente Amsterdam

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Pile in, kids: Amsterdam gets electric family car sharing

DutchNews, October 5, 2017

Photo: Hyundai

Hyundai has launched an electric family car-sharing service in Amsterdam, reports the Volkskrant on Thursday. 

Frank Meijer, director of Hyundai Eco Car & Mobility, told the paper that they had chosen the Dutch capital to launch this new service, due to its high number of public charging points, high parking costs, and public receptiveness to car sharing. 

The idea is that anyone wanting to hire a car finds it from an on-street location via a smartphone app, using this to pay and open the doors. The Ioniq electric car costs 25 cents per minute, or 12 euros an hour and registration – which will cost 10 euros – is free within two weeks of the launch. 

According to a Hyundai press release online, ‘Amsterdam has more than 2,200 public charging points and the best infrastructure for electric cars in Europe. 

The new cars can take five people and their baggage, and go 280 kilometers thanks to a better battery than earlier electric car models. 

In an initial phase, 100 cars will be put on the streets, Meijer told the Volkskrant. ‘We will learn, and look at the business case.’ 

Car sharing firms such as Snappcar and Zipcar believe that in future many more people will use shared vehicles, allowing the overall number of cars in Europe to decrease. 

But academics such as Dr Gonçalo Homem de Almeida Correia, a specialist in sustainable transport at Delft University of Technology, has said that a lot depends on the attitudes of authorities, and that ‘a good public transport system can do much for the sustainability of a city’ than vehicle sharing.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Dutch defence minister resigns over Mali mortar accident critical report

DutchNews, October 4, 2017

Defence minister Jeanine Hennis listens during the debate. Photo: Peter Hilz / HH

Dutch defence minister Jeanine Hennis resigned on Tuesday night at the end of a stormy debate on a report into the death of two soldiers with the peacekeeping mission in Mali. 

Hennis, who came under fire from across the political spectrum, said she had no option but to resign for the ‘clumsy’ way she had dealt with the report which blamed failures in the military’s safety and medical procedures for the deaths. 

The report, published last Thursday, said ‘serious deficiencies’ in military procedures for an accident on 6th July 2016, when a 60mm mortar set off a grenade during a practice session. 

It said procedures were not properly followed in purchasing the weapons, initially for a mission in Afghanistan in 2006. They were not kept cool enough in transportation and storage, and medical care at a local hospital was inadequate. 

Dutch armed forces chief Tom Middendorp has also resigned. In a five-page letter to Dutch soldiers, he spoke of his last visit to the relatives of the two men who died an Mali, and praised the armed forces for their work around the globe. 

Almost 300 Dutch soldiers have remained in Mali in 2017 on a UN mission to guard the fragile peace. 

Passion

Prime minister Mark Rutte said after the resignation that he valued Hennis as a colleague. ‘I have seen how much passion she puts into her work for our armed forces with my own eyes during missions,’ he said. 

It is unclear as yet what the resignation means for Hennis’ future. She had been tipped for a role in the new cabinet. 

Junior justice minister Klaas Dijkhoff is taking over at the defence ministry helm until a new government is finalised.

Monday, October 2, 2017

FBI cold case expert aims to solve Anne Frank betrayal mystery

DutchNews, October 1, 2017 - By Robin Pascoe

Anne Frank at school in 1940. Photo: Collectie Anne Frank Stichting Amsterdam
via Wikimedia Commons

A retired FBI agent and a team of mainly Dutch experts have launched an investigation to find out who betrayed Anne Frank and her family during World War II. 

Vince Pankoke says he is using the knowledge and expertise in cold case inquiries which were only developed in the last decade in an effort to find out how the Nazis came to find the Frank family in their hiding place on Amsterdam’s Prinsengracht. 

‘Until now, most investigation was done by writers, journalists and/or historians, but never by a team of forensic investigators using cold case techniques and supported by artificial intelligence,’ the investigation website states. 

Pankoke, 59, told the Volkskrant in an interview he had been inspired to solve the mystery after being told about it by a Dutch police officer during an operation in the Netherlands several years ago. 

Having retired last year, he has now decided to make a go of the case. He has already turned up new information, he told the paper. 

‘This year I found a list of Amsterdam Gestapo informants in an archive in Washington,’ he said. Pankoke also hopes the use of big data will produce new lines of enquiry. ‘There are archives all over the world,’ he said. ‘And all that information from old investigations has never been combined into one.’ 

Even if the project, which he hopes to complete by the 75th anniversary of Anne and her family’s discovery, does not produce an answer ‘it will deliver new stories and insights,’ Pankoke told the Volkskrant. 

Theories

There have been many theories about who betrayed Anne Frank and the seven others in hiding in August 1944. 

The Anne Frank museum said at the end of last year the family may have been found by chance and that there is no conclusive evidence the they were betrayed. 

That claim was based on new research which looked at why the Prinsengracht office was raided in the first place. It suggests illegal employment and ration-coupon fraud played a role in the raid and may have led to the discovery and arrest of Anne Frank. 

In 2015, a biography of Bep Voskuijl, one of the Frank family’s helpers while they were living in the secret annex in Amsterdam, suggests her sister, who was a collaborator,  may have told the Germans about their hiding place. 

Anne Frank died of typhoid in the notorious Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in February or March 1945. 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Verstappen wins Malaysian F1 Grand Prix in Sepang swansong

Yahoo – AFP, Daniel HICKS, Oct 1, 2017

Red Bull's Dutch driver Max Verstappen (C) celebrates on the podium after winning
the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix in Sepang on October 1, 2017 as second-placed
Lewis Hamilton (L) and Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo (R) look on (AFP Photo/
MANAN VATSYAYANA)

Sepang (Malaysia) (AFP) - Red Bull's Max Verstappen won the final running of the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday as Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton finished second to extend his championship lead over Sebastian Vettel to 34 points.

Verstappen, who celebrated his 20th birthday a day earlier, overtook pole-sitter Hamilton on lap four before clinching the second victory of his career and first this season.

Mercedes driver Hamilton finished second with Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo third and Vettel, who started at the back of the grid, fourth.

With five races to go, Hamilton is edging ever closer to the title but Ferrari had a weekend to forget, after Kimi Raikkonen didn't even make the starting grid and Vettel lost a rear wheel in a bizarre smash after the finish line.

Verstappen won by nearly 13 seconds from Hamilton to embellish what has been a tough season after he failed to finish seven races and only once reached the podium.

"The car was unbelievable, if I had to speed up I could. It was a very tough race and incredible to win," said the Dutchman.

Hamilton admitted the Mercedes had been second-best. "Big congratulations to Max and happy birthday, he did a fantastic job today," he said.

"The race was a tough one, obviously they just had the upper hand on us today... I feel good but I think we have some work to do with the car. Obviously we didn't have the pace this weekend."

Verstappen's Red Bull team-mate Ricciardo fought off a strong challenge from Vettel, who had started from the back following engine problems in qualifying.

"Seb came really quick at the end and I thought he was going to be a handful," said Ricciardo. "But he only had one strong attack and then we were able to pull away."

Ferrari's fortunes had dimmed when Kimi Raikkonen's car suffered a turbo failure before the start.

He was pushed back to the pit and the race was over before it had even begun for the former world champion, who had enjoyed his maiden win at Sepang in 2003.

'We ran out of tyres'

"Obviously we had some issue. I don't think any of us know what it is exactly. I'm pretty certain I would have had a very good car today," a disappointed Raikkonen told reporters.

Vettel, who led the championship until just a month ago, now has only five races left to overhaul Hamilton's big lead, starting next week in Japan.

"I think we have a very good car. If we start ahead, we win the race," he said. "We had a little bit of sniff at the podium but unfortunately we ran out of tyres."

Once past Hamilton, Verstappen started to pull away and by lap 14 he had a seven-second cushion.

Vettel was picking off the back markers with ease courtesy of his second new engine of the weekend, and emerged in fourth in front of Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas after they both pitted for new tyres.

As the top four entered the final 10 laps of the 56, Vettel set a new race lap record of 1min 33.864sec, smashing Juan Pablo Montoya's 2004 mark of 1:34.223, and was closing fast on Ricciardo's exhaust pipe.

Vettel made one daring attempt to grab the last podium spot up the inside of Ricciardo at the end of the pit straight with seven laps to go.

But the Australian closed him off and Vettel was forced to drop back and settle for fourth as his front tyres started to degrade.

The drama didn't end there as on his slow-down lap, Vettel collided with the Williams of Lance Stroll which left his Ferrari with one rear wheel on top of his car.

"That's impossible," Vettel thundered over the radio. "Stroll wasn't looking where he was going!"

It was the 19th and last Malaysian Grand Prix at steamy Sepang.

The race will disappear from the calendar after Malaysia's government decided it would no longer cover the $67 million a year cost of staging the loss-making event.


Max Verstappen celebrates his first Grand Prix win, taking the top spot in Spain
 on May 15, 2016 and becoming the youngest ever Formula One winner at 18 years
of age (AFP Photo/Lluis Gene)

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