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.)

North Korean defector criticises China in rare Beijing talk

North Korean defector criticises China in rare Beijing talk
North Korean defector and activist Hyeonseo Lee, who lives in South Korea, poses as she presents her book 'The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story' in Beijing on March 26, 2016 (AFP Photo/Fred Dufour)
"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, August 24, 2016

Canada's Justin Trudeau defends the burkini

Yahoo – AFP, August 23, 2016

Some lawmakers in Canada's Quebec province have called for outlawing "burkinis"
-- body-concealing Islamic swimsuits -- following bans in at least 15 towns in
France's southeast (AFP Photo/Fethi Belaid)

Ottawa (AFP) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday defended individual rights and freedoms while touting cultural diversity and tolerance when asked about a controversy swirling in France over a burkini ban.

"We should be past tolerance in Canada," Trudeau told reporters after meeting with his ministers to plan the government's legislative agenda.

Some lawmakers in Canada's Quebec province have called for outlawing "burkinis" -- body-concealing Islamic swimsuits -- following bans in at least 15 towns in France's southeast.

They include the French Riviera resort town of Nice, the target of a jihadist attack on July 14, with the proponents citing the need to prevent public disorder.

Trudeau called for "the respect of individual rights and choices."

This, he said, should be "at the top of public discourse and debate."

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his son, Xavier, disembark a 
government plane as they arrive in Warsaw, Poland, Friday July 8, 2016. (Adrian
Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)

Trudeau dismissed the idea of a burkini ban in Canada, saying Canadians should rise above the controversy.

"In Canada, can we speak of acceptance, openness, friendship, understanding? It is about where we are going and what we are going through every day in our diverse and rich communities," he said.

Trudeau bemoaned instances where governments preach tolerance but act to undermine individual rights, saying with irony: "Tolerating someone means accepting their right to exist on the condition that they don't disturb us too, too much."

Islamic clothing and the French position on their use in public (AFP


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"The Recalibration of Awareness – Apr 20/21, 2012 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Old Energy, Recalibration LecturesGod / CreatorReligions/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)

“.   New Tolerance

Look for a softening of finger pointing and an awakening of new tolerance. There will remain many systems for different cultures, as traditions and history are important to sustaining the integrity of culture. So there are many in the Middle East who would follow the prophet and they will continue, but with an increase of awareness. It will be the increase of awareness of what the prophet really wanted all along - unity and tolerance. The angel in the cave instructed him to "unify the tribes and give them the God of Israel." You're going to start seeing a softening of intolerance and the beginning of a new way of being.

Eventually, this will create an acknowledgement that says, "You may not believe the way we believe, but we honor you and your God. We honor our prophet and we will love you according to his teachings. We don't have to agree in order to love." How would you like that? The earth is not going to turn into one belief system. It never will, for Humans don't do that. There must be variety, and there must be the beauty of cultural differences. But the systems will slowly update themselves with increased awareness of the truth of a new kind of balance. So that's the first thing. Watch for these changes, dear ones. ...."

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Russians and Ghanaian diplomats top league table for traffic offences

DutchNews, August 22, 2016

Russian and Ghanaian envoys are responsible for around two-thirds of traffic offences committed under the cover of diplomatic immunity, according to figures disclosed by Dutch police. 

Police logged a total of 35 offences by foreign officials in and around The Hague between 2012 and the start of 2016. Diplomats are protected from arrest or prosecution under the terms of the Treaty of Vienna. Fines can be issued against them but not enforced. 

Russian and Ghanaian representatives each breached the law 12 times. The offences were serious enough for police to become involved, such as driving under the influence of alcohol or failing to stop after an accident. 

Another 11 non-traffic-related offences involving diplomats were recorded, but exact details were not disclosed in the figures obtained by the ANP press agency. 

Officials at around 100 embassies, 80 consulates and 35 international organisations in the Netherlands and their families enjoy some form of diplomatic immunity. The vast majority are based in The Hague.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Olympic round up: Dutch complete open water double

DutchNews, August 16, 2016

Marit Bouwmeester celebrates her sailing gold. Photo: Wieringa Photography

 Swimmer Ferry Weertman has won gold for the Netherlands in the 10 kilometre open water race on the 10th day of the games. 

On Monday, Sharon van Rouwendaal won the women’s open water title.  Weertman, who won silver at the world championships last year, had been considered a serious medal contender and took the title in a photo finish. 

Meanwhile, sailor Marit Bouwmeester has become the first Dutch person to win a gold medal in a sailing event in 80 years, taking the gold tally to eight. 

Bouwmeester took the top prize in the laser radial class, after winning the silver medal in London in 2012. Silver went to Annalise Murphy of Ireland and bronze to Danish sailor Anne-Marie Rindom. The laser radial is a single-handed dinghy with a short mast. 

In other events,  Elis Ligtlee, the surprise winner of the gold medal in the keiren cycling race, has qualified for the semi-finals of the indoor sprint. And runner Susan Kuijken won a place in the final of the 5,000m with a seasonal best time of 15.19.96. 

Ten of the 13 Dutch medals so far these games have been won by women. The Netherlands is currently lying ninth in the medals table.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Simone Biles's five gold bid ends as Wevers takes beam title

Yahoo – AFP, Aug 15, 2016

Sanne Wevers competes in the women's balance beam in Rio on August 15,
2016 (AFP Photo/Toshifumi Kitamura)

Rio de Janeiro (AFP) - Simone Biles's bid for a record five women's gymnastics gold medals in Rio ended Monday when the US star was beaten into third place on the beam by Sanne Wevers of the Netherlands.

Biles -- a gold medallist in the team, all-around and vault in Rio -- fought to stay on the apparatus during her routine, scoring just 14.733 points.

It was the first time the 19-year-old has been beaten in a final since 2013.

Wevers, 24, took gold with 15.466 points ahead of American Lauren Hernandez, who won silver with 15.333.

The Dutch gymnast finished runner-up to three-time world all-around champion Biles on the beam at last year's world championships.

Despite getting off to a strong start the 1.45m (4ft 9ins) Texan put her hands down on the beam after landing a front somersault.

Biles still has a chance for a record-equalling fourth gold in Tuesday's floor final.

Soviet gymnast Larissa Latynina (1956), Czech Vera Caslavska (1968) and Romanian Ecaterina Szabo (1984), have all also won four gold medals at the same Olympics.

Sanne Wevers acknowledges the crowd. Photo: AP 

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DutchNews, August 15, 2016

Sharon van Rouwendaal in action. Photo: AP Photo/David Goldman

Swimmer Sharon van Rouwendaal won the Netherlands’ fifth gold medal on Monday by beating off 24 opponents to take the 10 kilometre open water gold. 

The 22-year-old was second in the event at the world championships last year and finished 16 seconds ahead of world title holder Aurélie Muller of France. Muller was later disqualified for hampering Italy’s Rachele Bruni who exchanged her bronze medal for the silver. 

The judges decision meant that Brazil’s Poliana Okimoto won bronze. It is the host nation’s first swimming medal of the Games, and the country’s first ever women’s Olympic medal in the swimming marathon. 

In other events, Dafne Schippers qualified easily for the semi-finals of the 200m, following her disappointing performance in the 100m. 

On Monday afternoon, the Dutch women’s volleyball team will meet South Korea in an effort to win a semi-final place and sailor Marit Bouwmeester has hopes of a medal in the laser radial class. 

The women’s hockey team are also in action on Monday evening as they take on Argentina for a place in the semi-finals.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Olympic round up: surprise cycling gold but Schippers fails to score

DutchNews, August 14, 2016

Elis Ligtlee celebrates winning the
women’s keirin event. Photo:
Konstantin Chalabov/Sputnik 
There was unexpected success as well as disappointment for the Dutch at the Olympic games in Rio on Saturday with one gold win and two medal hopes dashed.

Cyclist Elis Ligtlee was the surprise winner in the keirin, an indoor cycling race with a mass sprint finish. 

The 22-year-old, who was European champion in 2013 and 2015, had never ended higher than 11th in a world event. ‘Unbelievable, I don’t know what happened,’ she told broadcaster NOS. ‘My legs hurt. I can’t believe it.’ 

But there was disappointment for the Dutch too when sprinter Dafne Schippers failed to win a medal in the 100m. Schippers, who is one of the favourites to take the 200m title, crossed the finish in fifth place in a time of 10.90. 

Physical issues

The gold went to Elaine Thompson of Jamaica, who took the Olympic title over from team mate Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pry. Tori Bowie of the US, who was behind Fraser-Pry and Schippers at the world championships last year, was second. 

Schippers said after the race that she had been dealing with ‘some physical problems in the last days’, issues which her coach Bart Bennema said later could have meant the end of the tournament for her. Neither went into further details. 

Swimmer Ranomi Kromowidjojo also failed to win a medal in the 50m freestyle, despite being one of the favourites. ‘My games have gone wrong,’ she told reporters in tears after the race. ‘I can only blame myself.’ 

The defending champion also failed to make a mark in the 100m.

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Nine in 10 Dutch youngsters are happy with their lives

DutchNews, August 12, 2016

Nine out of 10 Dutch youngsters are happy with their lives, according to research by national statistics office CBS

The CBS asked over 4,000 12 to 25-year-olds about how happy they were with life in general and about specific aspects such as their work, where they lived and their health. 

It found youngsters are most positive about their friends, their mental health and where they live. They were least happy about their finances and how much free time they had. 

Teenagers are happier than young adults – 94% compared with 87%. Girls are slightly less happy than boys about their appearance, but 78% are still content with the way they look. 

CBS researcher Maarten Bloem told broadcaster NOS there is a high level of life satisfaction in the Netherlands. 

Earlier studies have show Dutch children are among the happiest in the world but a research project by the CBS last year showed 25% of Dutch adults are not happy with their lives.

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A Human baby comes into the planet today, but what is going on today is different from when you were born. You're in a new place in space, the Sun is quiet, you have the nodes and the nulls feeding new information into the grids, and the paradigm of consciousness is different for them than it was for you. Their Genesis cells, the "how a Human works" cells, are changing.

Things will start working that are unusually different for standard Human nature. The intuitive self, the barrier between innate and consciousness, will start to improve. The barrier starts to become less. Be ready for children who have very accurate intuition about what's wrong with them. If they tell you something's wrong, take them to the doctor! Immediately. Don't tell them, "It's your imagination, honey", or, "It will be okay later; it's growing pains." Do you hear that? There are those listening to this right now who need to hear that, because their children are saying, "I feel funny; something’s wrong." Mothers who are used to raising children are also used to an old energy paradigm that has a certain health template. This is changing. The kids are starting to awaken to being intuitive about their own health. The bridge isn't built yet to innate, but it is closer with them and they're feeling something. Innate is talking to them for the first time. Listen: You didn't have it, but they do. Listen to them.

The Akash of the child is starting to become clearer. These children are going to tell you many things about who they've been and what they've done. If you're a parent and you are listening to this now, the worst thing you can do is suppress it. The best thing you can do is to tell the child the absolute truth, the absolute truth: "I believe you." When you say things out loud, it helps the child. That's truthful and the child will get it. Listen, parent: In these things, be an ally to your child, and it will change your relationship with your children. Be honest with them about it all. Tell them not everyone will understand, so there are times to be quiet about it. These are instructions for kids in the New Age. These attributes are going to get even stronger, and your instructions will make sense.

Instinct is going to work better than it ever has. Instinct is not something that you are used to seeing much in Humans. You see it in animals mostly, because the offspring of animals have a very strong survival instinct. It is passed to them so well that they can actually walk within hours of birth! You don't have that. However, this same mechanical passing of instinct is starting to become stronger in Humans, and especially that which will come from the Akash. It is chemical as well as being esoteric (genetic and Akashic). As it is in animals, you should have it also and you will. You're going to see children remembering how to walk and how to eat much earlier, without training. It will be faster than the older paradigm, and faster than the doctors who know about child development will have seen. It will be "off the scale". Get ready for it; it's instinct. It's simple chemistry. It's the DNA working better.

If you look at the DNA cell itself, you might ask, what is happening? The truth is that DNA is becoming more informed, some say "enabled". Now, there is a buzzword in esoteric belief called activation. Please don't change it, but know that it's not accurate. You are not activating anything. Instead, you are releasing DNA from a prison. If you have somebody who is crippled in a chair, shriveled and not able to move, yet suddenly they are released from this bondage, and the fingers untangle and the hand starts to become whole again, it's because something that has happened to the DNA. It hasn't happened to the hand, or to the muscle, or to the fingers, not even to the arm, but to the DNA. It's a release. I want you to hold this vision. All the changes I have talked about are about being released from  a prison of crippled DNA! And (get ready), it happens to ALL DNA in the body at once. It's a "whole body experience", not a local "hand/arm" one.

Your DNA is crippled in this old energy, and it's your own free choice that created this. Your DNA, your lifespan (aging), your diseases are all where you wanted to take the energy of this planet, and your DNA cooperated. This is what you've lived with, and what is now changing. It's not DNA activation, it's DNA release. Release!

The profundity of it all: Do you realize the help that you have? Did you think for a moment that all of this was going to be you just doing these things? It involves the galaxy, the part of space you're in, the nodes and the nulls, and the creator of the Universe. It involves the Pleiadians, it involves your timeline, and it involves love. All of this is for you to sit in a new energy and release the bonds of your DNA. Now, dear ones, old souls, there is something you ought to know. You don't have to wait to be reborn for this. The old soul has the equipment inside right now, just like the newborn.  ….”

“… The New "Listening" Body

Number three: There'll never be a time in Human history that is more profound than this one, when it comes to how the body is listening to what you are saying. There is a process, and always has been, where the cells of the body are on alert to what the boss - you - wants. For years, we have been asking you to talk to your body, talk to your cellular structure. Now we're going to tell you that it's listening, even when you don't realize what you're automatically saying! It's now listening 24-7. So what are you saying to it?

This is now a time where negative dialogue will have more personal influence on you than ever before. Think about what you are saying in life as you move around socially. What is your attitude when you say it, and how often do you say it? Your body is listening. Dear Lightworker, part of your spiritual evolution is that the body, the innate, is now aware of everything. Now, you may say, “Well, that's nice.” It's more than nice; it's profound! If you don't listen to this and understand it, you will keep you aging in the same old way you have. This is why we have spoken of affirmations more than ever before. This is far more than just positive thinking. Every time you open your mouth, you have the potential to give instructions to your body, and it listens to you when you talk to it. Unfortunately, your habits are to tell your body that you are unworthy!

I want you to think about what you're saying. When somebody asks you about your health, about your spirituality, about your intent, or about your aging, do you say the words, “I am working on it. I am trying”? The result is the cells of your body say, "Well, she's working on it - she is trying," but (implied), "She doesn't have it yet." I want you to listen to yourself when you talk. Are you giving "less than" messages to your own body?

Perhaps I've said enough, but almost every single one of you comes from a culture that is proud of demeaning itself in some way. It's an old habit from old ways that are supposed to represent a gracious countenance. Someone wants to give you a gift or celebrate your birthday. How many of you automatically say, "You shouldn't have"? Do you realize that your actions and words are saying, “I don't deserve it" to your own innate? Your actions say, “I am unworthy.” Don't you think your body hears this or sees it? It does. It is time to get out of the unworthy closet, Lightworker! You are alive with God inside! Don't be afraid or ashamed to proclaim, “I am healthy, I am healed, I am youthing, I am in charge of the situation.” Not, “I'm working on it” or, “I'm trying.” That tells your body that it may happen someday, but not today. That's the difference. “I am worthy of happiness. I am worthy of a peaceful situation in my life. I am worthy of a solution in my life.”

When someone wants to give you a gift or celebrate your birthday, automatically say, "Thank you for this wonderful gift!" Your innate will hear, "I am worthy of this gift of appreciation from others." Then love them for it. ….”

Friday, August 12, 2016

3,000 sign up to learn Frisian online, Groningen course a global hit

DutchNews, August 9, 2016

Some 3,000 people from all over the world have signed up to a Groningen University online course to learn the rudiments of Frisian. 

The free course has attracted students from Colombia, Japan, Albania, Russia and Venezuela since the beginning of July, the Telegraaf said on Tuesday. 

The course, which starts in September, is being taught in English. Frisian is the native tongue of around half the 350,000 people who live in the province of Friesland. 

The Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is aimed at students who are interested in Frisian culture as well as the language. ‘We think that much of the interest from the US and Canada comes from people with Frisian roots,’ course leader Gerbrich de Jong told the paper. ‘Then there are people who just want to learn more languages. They might already speak eight. And interest in minority languages is on the up.’ 

During the three week course, students will ‘learn Frisian phrases, greetings, vocabulary, numbers, spelling and grammar,’ the website says. ‘By the end of the course… you will be able to use simple sentences to describe where you live and the people you know.’ 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Champion Van der Breggen 'shocked' over team-mate's crash in Rio road race

Yahoo – AFP, Chesterman, Aug 7, 2016

Netherlands' Anna Van Der Breggen wins the women's road cycling race at the
Rio 2016 Olympic Games (AFP Photo/Eric Feferberg)

Rio de Janeiro (AFP) - Anna van der Breggen overcame the "shock" of seeing Dutch team-mate Annemiek van Vleuten sprawled motionless in the road before going on to claim Olympic cycling gold.

Van der Breggen powered to victory in the women's 137km Games road race around Rio on Sunday, but only after van Vleuten crashed out spectacularly when leading with just 10km to ride.

"It really shook me when I saw Annemiek crashed in the road," said the new champion.

"Annemiek was leading but I realised I was now first in the team. I was shocked.

"I focused and got in the race. This is the result of years of hard work, riding and training."

Sweden's Emma Johansson, who came second, added: "Annemiek's crash was horrendous. We just want to know she is OK. The race was so tough."

The crash came on the same hill that saw carnage in Saturday's men's road race, as Italian Vincenzo Nibali and Sergio Henao of Colombia both hit the deck in almost exactly the same spot, when they too were leading.

Van Vleuten looked to be heading for victory but tumbled head over heels in a stomach-churning fall that left her in a crumpled heap on the side of the road, motionless.

L-R: Silver medallist Sweden's Emma Johansson, gold medallist Netherlands' 
Anna Van Der Breggen and bronze medallist Italy's Elisa Longo Borghini pose
 after the women's road cycling race in Rio de Janeiro on August 7, 2016 
(AFP Photo/Greg Baker)

Cycling's governing body, the International Cycling Union (UCI)later said van Vleuten had been taken to hospital where she was "conscious, able to communicate."

Van der Breggen regrouped quickly from the shock, though, and she, Johansson and Italy's Elise Longo Borghini, who took bronze, reeled in American Mara Abbott in a thrilling finale on Copacabana beach.


In a near carbon copy of the men's race, Abbott was left out alone in front following van Vleuten's crash, just as Poland's Rafal Majka had been when Nibali and Henao fell.

Majka had to settle for bronze, though, after he was caught by eventual champion Greg Van Avermaet and Jakob Fuglsang with 1.5km left.

Abbott got even closer to victory but the waif-like climber was agonisingly caught just 150 metres from the line.

"I rode it to the max. I got to 200m and I thought 'oh my God, this is going to happen'. Then they passed me," said a despondent Abbott.

World champion Lizzie Armitstead of Britain was dropped on the climb and led home a chase group of riders for fifth place 20 seconds too late.

But the course described by Irish rider Dan Martin on Saturday as "brutal" had taken its toll in dramatic circumstances once again.

Netherlands' Annemiek van Vleuten rides during the women's road cycling race
in Rio de Janeiro on August 7, 2016 (AFP Photo/Eric Gaillard)


Early on in the race Belgian Lotte Kopecky made an ambitious solo breakaway with a group of five heavyweight chasers pursuing her, including double Olympic time-trial champion Kristin Armstrong and two-time world road race champion Giorgia Bronzini.

They caught Kopecky halfway through the race and were almost simultaneously swallowed up by the peloton.

Inside the last 40km, seven riders got away including reigning Olympic champion Marianne Vos and 2014 world champion Pauline Ferrand-Prevot of France.

They took their lead out to more than a minute but were caught with 23km left, just after the final climb of the Vista Chinesa had begun.

Abbott pushed the pace, reducing the lead group to just seven riders before an attack by van der Breggen whittled it down to four.

Abbott and Van Vleuten then went clear and crested the climb with 15km to ride 50-seconds ahead of the chase group of three riders: van der Breggen, Johansson and Longo Borghini.

Behind that, Armitstead had gauged her effort on the climb and was leading another group not far behind.

Van Vleuten had left a cautious Abbott behind on the descent and was seemingly heading for gold when she piled into the side of the road 10km from the finish.

Abbott soldiered on but the gap was coming down with every kilometre and heartbreakingly she was caught with the finish line in sight.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Dutch inflation rate negative for first time in 30 years

Yahoo – AFP, August 4, 2016

Inflation in The Netherlands has dipped into negative territory for the first time in
nearly three decades, slipping to -0.30% in July 2016 (AFP Photo/Martti Kainulainen)

The Hague (AFP) - Inflation in The Netherlands dipped into negative territory in July for the first time in nearly three decades, slipping to -0.30 percent, according to official statistics published on Thursday.

"The last time that inflation was below zero was in December 1987," the Central Statistics Office said.

The news came after three months of stagnation when the country's inflation rate had remained unchanged at zero percent in April, May and June.

The negative inflation rate means that last month "for the first time since December 1987 goods and services were cheaper for consumers" than in the same period a year earlier, the CBS said.

Weakening oil prices and the falling cost of holidays helped push the rate down, aided by lower prices for clothing in the July sales, the office said.

Discounting the fluctuating energy and food costs, as well as sales of alcohol and tobacco which are taxed, the inflation rate for July stood at 0.3 percent.

But the CBS cautioned that negative inflation was not the same as deflation.

The lowest ever recorded inflation rate in The Netherlands was in January 1987 when the consumer price index sank to -1.13 percent.

CBS said the country's inflation rate was now one of the lowest in the eurozone.

The European Central Bank last month refrained from adding more monetary stimulus to boost consumer prices in the eurozone, disappointing markets.

Slow eurozone growth has seen inflation slide in and out of negative territory, threatening a dangerous downward spiral of falling prices and wages.

The ECB aims to get inflation back to its long-term target of just below two percent, a level it deems healthy for growth.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Pope 'opens door' to female deacons with new panel

Yahoo – AFP, Angus Mackinnon, August 2, 2016

Pope Francis greets a group of nuns at St Peter's Square in the Vatican, on
June 30, 2016 (AFP Photo/Gabriel Bouys)

Vatican City (AFP) - Pope Francis on Tuesday appointed a commission to study the issue of female Church deacons in a move seen as a potential first step towards women entering the Catholic clergy.

The 13-member commission, made up of seven men and six women, will examine the question with a particular focus on the history of women having played this role in the early years of the Church, the Vatican said in a statement revealing the commission members.

The panel will be chaired by Spanish Archbishop Luis Ladaria, the secretary of the Vatican's theological watchdog, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

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A Jesuit, Ladaria is seen as a neutral figure without strong ties to either the progressive or conservative wings of the Vatican hierarchy.

The establishment of the commission follows a pledge made by Francis in May during a question-and-answer session with members of female religious orders.

That was warmly welcomed by Catholic feminist groups such as the US-based Women's Ordination Conference (WOC).

But Francis subsequently complained that the media had blown his comments out of proportion, saying he had not raised the possibility of women serving as deacons.

Advocates of such a move have long argued that women are pitifully under-represented in the Church's hierarchy and decision-making processes, despite the number of women in religious orders far outweighing the total of priests and monks combined.

'A good sign'

Allowing women to enter the clergy at a rank just below a priest would represent a first step towards correcting this imbalance, they argue.

They also insist there is no theological obstacle to the move because of the precedent established by women performing the role in the early centuries of Christianity.

Francis said in May that he was unclear about the history and that it "would do good for the Church to clarify this point."

He made it clear that he did not see women becoming priests. That option was examined and categorically rejected by one of his predecessors, Pope John Paul II, in 1994.

In 2001, a commission charged with looking into the term "deaconess" concluded there was no basis for ordaining women to the role.

Lucetta Scaraffia, an editorialist for the Vatican daily Osservatore Romano, said studying the history of female deacons was tantamount to re-examining the issue of whether the Church should allow them again.

"I cannot say if it could happen soon, but it is encouraging. The fact that the pope acted quickly on what he said in May is a good sign," she told AFP.

The Vatican did not set a deadline for the commission to reach conclusions on what is a vexed issue.

After Francis's comments in May, one of his closest allies, the liberal German Cardinal Walter Kasper, predicted a fierce debate.

Pope Francis greets deacons at the end of a mass for the Jubilee of Deacons,
in May 2016 at the Vatican (AFP Photo/Vincenzo Pinto)

"On this issue the Church is split down the middle," the leading progressive theologian said, while cautioning that all previous attempts to open the clergy's door to women had been rejected.

More open Church

Although deacons cannot celebrate mass on their own or hear confessions, they are ordained and can carry out many tasks in place of a priest, while remaining free to marry and have a family.

Their tasks can include presiding over baptisms, weddings, funerals and prayer services. They often help with parish management and offer pastoral guidance to believers.

Francis has often championed the special qualities of the female sex, saying in December 2014: "Women are like strawberries on a cake -- you always need more of them."

He has also repeatedly said since becoming pope in 2013 that he does not represent all Church teaching as being set in stone.

He has tried to make the global institution more understanding, less judgemental in its approach to divorced, cohabiting and gay believers.

Some critics say he has delivered little concrete change but his supporters have hailed the new mood music as hugely significant.

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“… I gave you a channelling years ago when Pope John Paul was alive. John Paul loved Mary, the mother. Had John Paul survived another 10 years, he would have done what the next Pope [The one after the current one, Benedict XVI] will do, and that is to bring women into the Church. This Pope you have now [Benedict XVI] won't be here long.* The next Pope will be the one who has to change the rules, should he survive. If he doesn't, it will be the one after that.

There is a large struggle within the Church, even right now, and great dissention, for it knows that it is not giving what humanity wants. The doctrine is not current to the puzzles of life. The answer will be to create a better balance between the feminine and masculine, and the new Pope, or the one after that, will try to allow women to be in the higher echelon of the Church structure to assist the priests.

It will be suggested to let women participate in services, doing things women did not do before. This graduates them within church law to an equality with priests, but doesn't actually let them become priests just yet. However, don't be surprised if this begins in another way, and instead gives priests the ability to marry. This will bring the feminine into the church in other ways. It will eventually happen and has to happen. If it does not, it will be the end of the Catholic Church, for humanity will not sustain a spiritual belief system that is out of balance with the love of God and also out of balance with intuitive Human awareness.  …”

“… With free choice, the percentage of DNA efficiently started to go down as humanity grew. As soon as the DNA started to lose percentage, the gender balance was dysfunctional. If you want to have a test of any society, anywhere on the planet, and you want to know the DNA percentage number [consciousness quota] as a society, there's an easy test: How do they perceive and treat their women? The higher the DNA functionality, the more the feminine divine is honored. This is the test! Different cultures create different DNA consciousness, even at the same time on the planet. So you can have a culture on Earth at 25 percent and one at 37 - and if you did, they would indeed clash. …”

“… You're at 35. There's an equality here, you're starting to see the dark and light, and it's changing everything. You take a look at history and you've come a long way, but it took a long time to get here. Dear ones, we've seen this process before and the snowball is rolling. There isn't anything in the way that's going to stop it. In the path of this snowball of higher consciousness are all kinds of things that will be run over and perish. Part of this is what you call "the establishment". Watch for some very big established things to fall over! The snowball will simply knock them down. …”