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          Global shipping feels fallout from Maersk cyber attack   

By Jonathan Saul

LONDON (Reuters) - Global shipping is still feeling the effects of a cyber attack that hit A.P. Moller-Maersk two days ago, showing the scale of the damage a computer virus can unleash on the technology dependent and inter-connected industry.

About 90 percent of world trade is transported by sea, with ships and ports acting as the arteries of the global economy. Ports increasingly rely on communications systems to keep operations running smoothly, and any IT glitches can create major disruptions for complex logistic supply chains.

The cyber attack was among the biggest-ever disruptions to hit global shipping. Several port terminals run by a Maersk division, including in the United States, India, Spain, the Netherlands, were still struggling to revert to normal operations on Thursday after experiencing massive disruptions.

South Florida Container Terminal, for example, said dry cargo could not be delivered and no container would be received. Anil Diggikar, chairman of JNPT port, near the Indian commercial hub of Mumbai, told Reuters that he did not know "when exactly the terminal will be running smoothly".

His uncertainty was echoed by Maersk itself, which told Reuters that a number of IT systems were still shut down and that it could not say when normal business operations would be resumed.

It said it was not able to comment on specific questions regarding the breach of its IT systems or the state of its cyber security as it had "all available hands focused on practical stuff and getting things back to normal".

The impact of the attack on the company has reverberated across the industry given its position as the world's biggest container shipping line and also operator of 76 ports via its APM Terminals division.

Container ships transport much of the world's consumer goods and food, while dry bulk ships haul commodities including coal and grain and tankers carry vital oil and gas supplies.

"As Maersk is about 18 percent of all container trade, can you imagine the panic this must be causing in the logistic chain of all those cargo owners all over the world?" said Khalid Hashim, managing director of Precious Shipping, one of Thailand's largest dry cargo ship owners.

"Right now none of them know where any of their cargoes (or)containers are. And this 'black hole' of lack of knowledge will continue till Maersk are able to bring back their systems on line."

BACK TO BASICS

The computer virus, which researchers are calling GoldenEye or Petya, began its spread on Tuesday in Ukraine and affected companies in dozens of countries.

Maersk said the attack had caused outages at its computer systems across the world.

In an example of the turmoil that ensued, the unloading of vessels at the group's Tacoma terminal was severely slowed on Tuesday and Wednesday, said Dean McGrath, president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 23 there.

The terminal is a key supply line for the delivery of domestic goods such as milk and groceries and construction materials to Anchorage, Alaska.

"They went back to basics and did everything on paper," McGrath said.

Ong Choo Kiat, President of U-Ming Marine Transport, Taiwan's largest dry bulk ship owner, said the fact Maersk had been affected rang alarm bells for the whole shipping industry as the Danish company was regarded as a leader in IT technology.

"But they ended up one of the first few casualties. I therefore conclude that shipping is lacking behind the other industry in term of cyber security," he said.

"How long would it takes to catch up? I don't know. But recently all owners and operators are definitely more aware of the risk of cyber security and beginning to pay more attention to it."

In a leading transport survey by international law firm Norton Rose Fulbright published this week, 87 percent of respondents from the shipping industry believed cyber attacks would increase over the next five years - a level that was higher than counterparts in the aviation, rail and logistics industries.

VULNERABLE

Apart from the reliance on computer systems, ships themselves are increasingly exposed to interference through electronic navigation devices such as the Global Positioning System (GPS) and lack the backup systems airliners have to prevent crashes, according to cyber security experts.

There were no indications that GPS and other electronic navigation aids were affected by this week's attack, but security specialists say such systems are vulnerable to signal loss from deliberate jamming by hackers.

Last year, South Korea said hundreds of fishing vessels had returned early to port after its GPS signals were jammed by North Korea, which denied responsibility.

"The Maersk attack raises our awareness of the vulnerability of shipping and ports to technological failure," said Professor David Last, a previous president of Britain's Royal Institute of Navigation.

"When GPS fails, ships' captains lose their principal means of navigation and much of their communications and computer links. They have to slow down and miss port schedules," said Last, who is also a strategic advisor to the General Lighthouse Authorities of the UK and Ireland.

A number of countries including the UK and the United States are looking into deploying a radar based back up navigation system for ships called eLoran, but this will take time to develop.

David Nordell, head of strategy and policy for London-based think tank, the Centre for Strategic Cyberspace and Security Science, said the global shipping and port industries were vulnerable to cyber attack, because their operating technologies tend to be old.

"It's certainly possible to imagine that two container ships, or, even worse, oil or gas tankers, could be hacked into colliding, resulting in loss of life and cargo, and perhaps total loss of the vessels," Nordell said.

"Carried out in a strategically sensitive location such as the Malacca Straits or the Bosphorus, a collision like this could block shipping for enough time to cause serious dislocations to trade."

SECRETIVE INDUSTRY

Cyber risks also pose challenges for insurance cover.

In a particularly secretive industry, information about the nature of cyber attacks is still scarce, which insurance and shipping officials say is an obstacle to mitigating the risk, which means there are gaps in insurance cover available.

"There has been a lot of non-reporting (of breaches) on ships, and we’re trying efforts where even if there could be anonymous reporting on a platform so we can start to get the information and the data," said Andrew Kinsey, senior marine consultant at insurer Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty.

There is also a gap in provision, because most existing cyber or hull insurance policies - which insure the ship itself - will not cover the risk of a navigation system being jammed or physical damage to the ship caused by a hacking attack.

"The industry is just waking up to its vulnerability," said Colin Gillespie, deputy director of loss prevention with ship insurer North.

"Perhaps it is time for insurers, reinsurers, ship operators and port operators to sit down together and consider these risks in detail. A collective response is needed - we are all under attack."

(Additional reporting by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen in Copenhagen, Keith Wallis and Carolyn Cohn in London, Euan Rocha in Mumbai, Miyoung Kim in Singapore, Alexander Cornwell in Dubai, Michael Hirtzer in Chicago, Noor Zainab Hussain in Bangalore, Adam Jourdan and Shanghai newsroom; Editing by Pravin Char)


          GZ-BASEL 2015 - An International Fair of Contemporary Art for Artists to Debut May 30 in Basel, Switzerland   
NewswireToday (newswire) - 2015/03/23 Oosterhout, Noord Brabant Netherlands - This international fair of contemporary art for artists is a unique presentation in Basel - Switzerland, as it has a duration of 9 days and represents a well selected conjunction of painting, photography,video, sculpture, installation art and perform
          세계 선수권 자전거 경기 대회 로드 레이스 2008   

세계 선수권 자전거 경기 대회 로드 레이스 2008

세계 선수권 자전거 경기 대회 로드 레이스 2008(UCI Road World Championships 2008)은, 2008년 9월 23일부터 9월 28일까지, 이탈리아바레이제로 개최되었다.

 ←  세계 선수권 자전거 경기 대회 로드 레이스 2008  → 
이탈리아의 기 이타리바레이제
레이스 상세
개최일 2008년 9월 22일~9월 28일
레이스 결과
우승 이탈리아의 기 알렉산드로・밧란(남자 로드)
독일의 기 벨트・그라프슈(남자 ITT)
영국의 기 니콜・쿡(여자 로드)
아메리카 합중국의 기 엠버・네 벤(여자 ITT)
콜롬비아의 기 파비오・두아르테(남자 U23 로드)
이탈리아의 기 아드리아노・마로리(남자 U23ITT)




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전결과

남자 엘리트 개인 로드 레이스

9월 28일(일)260.25 km
선수명 국적 시간
  알렉산드로・밧란   이탈리아 6시간 37분 30초
2 타미아노・쿠네고   이탈리아 +03초
3 마티・치우침 쉘   덴마크
4 다비데・레벳린   이탈리아
5 앤드 리・그리후코   우크라이나
6 호아킨・로드리게스   스페인
7 화비언・베크만   독일
8 크리스티앙・환 베르거   오스트리아
9 닉・뉴이엔스   벨기에
10 로베르토・헤이신크   네델란드
11 유르헨・팬호-렌   벨기에
12 토마스・르브크비스트   스웨덴
13 크리스안켈・세렌센   덴마크 +06초
14 앗산・바자이에후   카자흐스탄 +58초
15 필립・질 베일   벨기에
16 크리스티 얀・파이트   슬로베니아 +1분 01초
17 후레후・판아베르마트   벨기에
18 고라즈드・슈탄게리   슬로베니아
19 제로므・피노   프랑스 +1분 13초
20 블라디미르・카르페트   러시아
77 신성행야   일본 +22분 50초
도중 기권 이노우에 남자 아이   일본
도중 기권 노데라 히데노리   일본

남자 엘리트 타임 트라이얼

9월 25일(목)43.70 km
선수명 국적 시간
  벨트・그라프슈   독일 52분 01초 60
2 스베인・타후트   캐나다 +42초 79
3 데이비드・자브린스키   아메리카 합중국 +52초 27
4 리바이・라이프하이마   아메리카 합중국 +1분 05초 42
5 그스타브・랄슨   스웨덴 +1분 05초 84
6 스테인・데보르델   벨기에 +1분 15초 41
7 토니・말틴   독일 +1분 16초 26
8 야네스・브라이코비치   슬로베니아 +1분 25초 16
9 데이비드・미러   영국 +1분 25초 26
10 실반・샤바넬   프랑스 +1분 25초 82
11 블라디미르・그세후   러시아 +1분 27초 13
12 마이클・로쟈스   오스트레일리아 +1분 33초 32
13 마르코・피놋티   이탈리아 +1분 34초 12
14 마누엘・쿠인트아트   이탈리아 +1분 36초 79
15 셀게이・곤챠르   우크라이나 +1분 38초 00
16 호세・이반・구티에레스   스페인 +1분 54초 63
17 마테이・유르코   슬로바키아 +1분 58초 00
18 바시리・키리엔카  

Reports and Intelligence adds a new report titled, “Global Plastic Headgear Market to 2017 - Market Size, Growth and Forecasts in Nearly 70 Countries”

Portland, OR -- (ReleaseWire) -- 09/25/2014 -- Reports and Intelligence adds a new report titled, "Global Plastic Headgear Market to 2017 - Market Size, Growth and Forecasts in Nearly 70 Countries" which is a useful piece of information for the global players in the plastic headgear market. The report provides a comprehensive analysis on the market trends, size, forecast and growth of the overall plastic headgear market.

Browse complete report at:
http://www.reportsandintelligence.com/global-plastic-headgear-to-2017-size-growth-and-forecasts-in-nearly-70-countries-market

Report provides the market share of plastic headgears in the overall global market and further segments the plastic headgear market on the basis of product. The product segment includes Safety headgear and other headgears of plastic.

Analysis in the report is based on 2006-2012 market data and the report forecasts the global market till the year 2017, which provides insightful market information for the investors, sales, marketing & product managers and analysts in an accessible and well presented format.

The report covers the following topics:

-Global Market size
-Market growth rate
-Market segmentation on the basis of products
-Growth rate of each product segment
-Market forecasts

See similar report: Spirit Markets in the Top 5 European Countries to 2018 - Market Size, Trends, and Forecasts
http://www.reportsandintelligence.com/spirit-in-the-top-5-european-countries-to-2018-size-trends-and-forecasts-market

Report covers the following geographical regions:
Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Senegal, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam.

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Media Relations Contact

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Reports and Intelligence
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          Vaccines - Global Markets Package   

This market research report package offers a perspective on the actual market situation, trends and future outlook for vaccines in different countries around the world.

Portland, OR -- (ReleaseWire) -- 08/12/2014 -- This market research report package offers a perspective on the actual market situation, trends and future outlook for vaccines in different countries around the world. The studies provide essential market information for decision-makers including:

- Overall market for vaccines in different countries
- Market for vaccines by product type
- Forecasts and future outlook of the market
- Macroeconomic indicators

Get detailed report at: http://www.reportsandintelligence.com/vaccines-global-package-market

These market studies answer to questions such as:
- What is the size of the vaccine markets in different countries around the world?
- How are the markets divided into different types of products?
- Which products are growing fast?
- How the markets have been developing?
- How does the future look like?
- What is the potential for the markets?
- How the macroeconomic indicators look like?

Product types discussed in the studies:
Human vaccines
Veterinary vaccines

Years covered: 2006 - 2017

Countries included in the package:
Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Senegal, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay and Vietnam

Similar report
Global Dialysis Market (Types, Products and Services, End-users and Geography): http://www.reportsandintelligence.com/dailysis-market

For more information on this press release visit: http://www.releasewire.com/press-releases/vaccines-global-markets-package-537993.htm

Media Relations Contact

Sona Padman
International Accounts Manager
Reports And Intelligence
Telephone: 617-674-4143
Email: Click to Email Sona Padman
Web: http://www.reportsandintelligence.com/


          Progressive: Sales Recruitment Consultant   
competitive: Progressive: Ben jij ambitieus, leergierig, op zoek naar snelle doorgroeimogelijkheden en een uitdagende functie in de sales? Dan is een functie als Sales Recruitment Consultant bij Progressive Amsterdam iets voor jou! In deze functie als Sales Recruitment Consultant Netherlands, Amsterdam
          WPWeekly Episode 270 – Going Camp Press With Mendel Kurland   
In this episode, Marcus Couch and I are joined by Mendel Kurland, GoDaddy Evangelist, to discuss the news making headlines. We cover what’s new in WooCommerce 3.0, why WordCamp Netherlands may not happen this year, and the WordPress plugin directory redesign. Marcus announced that he is the new head WordPress (more...)
          'Very strong' climate change signal in record June heat in the UK and Western Europe   
Matt McGrath BBC News 30 Jun 17; The June heat waves that impacted much of the UK and Western Europe were made more intense because of climate change say scientists. Forest fires in Portugal claimed scores of lives while emergency heat plans were triggered in France, Switzerland and the Netherlands. Britain experienced its warmest June day since the famous heat wave of 1976. Human-related warming made record heat 10 times more likely in parts of Europe the researchers say. During June, mean monthly temperatures about 3C above normal were recorded across western parts of the continent....

this is a summary, for the full version visit the wild news blog
          Oxfam warns that modern day land rush is forcing thousands into greater poverty   

Oxfam calls for British company to investigate the forced eviction of more than 20,000 Ugandans to make way for its plantations

Oxfam today launches a major new report highlighting the growing pace of land deals brokered around the world, often to the peril of poor communities who lose their homes and livelihoods – sometimes violently – with no prior consultation, compensation or means of appeal.

In the report Land and Power, the international agency reveals preliminary research indicating as many as 227 million hectares have been sold, leased or licensed in large-scale land deals since 2001, mostly by international investors. Lack of transparency and the secrecy that surrounds land deals makes it difficult to get exact figures but to date up to 1,100 of these deals amounting to 67 million hectares have been cross checked. Half of these deals are in Africa, and cover an area nearly the size of Germany. (1)

Oxfam warns this modern day land rush follows a drive to produce enough food for people overseas, meet damaging biofuels targets or speculate on land to make an easy profit. However, many of the deals are in fact ‘land grabs’ where the rights and needs of the people living on the land are ignored, leaving them homeless and without land to grow enough food to eat and make a living.

This is likely to get worse as the increasing demand for food, the gathering pace of climate change, water scarcity and non-food crops like biofuels compete for land. Already, nearly three billion people live in areas where demand for water outstrips supply.

Land grabs: devastating vulnerable communities

Oxfam International’s Executive Director Jeremy Hobbs said: “The unprecedented pace of land deals and the increased competition for land is leaving many of the world’s poorest people worse off. In the scramble for more land, investors are ignoring the people who currently live on the land and depend on it to survive.”

Oxfam’s report profiles the devastating effect land grabs in Uganda, South Sudan, Indonesia, Honduras and Guatemala are having on vulnerable communities. The report is part of Oxfam’s GROW campaign which aims to secure a future where everyone has enough to eat. Women, who produce up to 80 per cent of food in some poor countries, are usually most vulnerable as they have weaker land rights.

In Uganda, Oxfam’s research indicates that at least 22,500 people have lost their homes and land to make way for a British timber company, the New Forests Company. Many evictees told Oxfam how they were forcibly removed and have been left destitute, without enough food or money to send their children to school. There were court orders in force which named the company but eye-witnesses say that company workers took part in some of the evictions anyway. NFC denies that it was involved in any evictions. (2)

Evicted without consultation or compensation

Christine, a farmer in her mid 40s, who lived in Kiboga district before the Uganda land grab said: “All our plantations were cut down – we lost the banana and cassava. We lost everything we had. The company’s casual laborers would attack us – they beat and threatened people. Even now they won’t let us back in to look for the things we left behind. I was threatened – they told me they were going to beat me if we didn’t leave.”

Hobbs said: “The Uganda case clearly shows how land grabs are slipping through the net of existing safeguards which are intended to ensure the protection of vulnerable people. Thousands of people are suffering because they have been evicted without meaningful consultation or compensation.

“The New Forests Company describes itself as an ethical company, adhering to international standards. It needs to investigate these claims urgently. It’s not acceptable for companies to blame governments. They must respect the needs and rights of poor communities affected by their investment.”

Prioritize existing land use rights

Oxfam is calling for investors, governments and international organizations to prioritize putting a stop to land grabbing by fixing the current policies and regulations which all too often fail to ensure that, when investors negotiate deals, local people are consulted, treated fairly, and that all relevant international standards are respected. These include the World Bank's International Finance Corporation Performance Standards and the Forest Stewardship Council’s standards.

Governments should avoid pandering to investors’ wishes, and prioritize existing land use rights – not just where legal land title or formal ownership rights are held. Governments should recognize that women have equal rights over land and ensure that all agricultural investments benefit local communities who rely on the land to survive. While governments and companies get their house in order to stop future land grabbing, there is an urgent need to remedy the damage done by existing land grabs, including in the case of the Uganda international investment.

Flawed biofuels policies

Perverse incentives such as the flawed biofuels targets, like the EU’s target of obtaining 10 per cent of transport fuels from renewable sources by 2020, should be scrapped to curb the rush on land to meet biofuel demand.

Meanwhile, the UN’s Committee on Food Security in Rome could take an important first step when it meets in Rome next month, by adopting credible pro-poor, pro-women guidelines on land tenure.

Hobbs said: “Land investment should be good news for people in poverty but the frenetic scramble for land risks putting development in reverse. We need urgent global action so that local people with relatively little do not lose everything for the benefit of a few, and to secure a future where everyone has enough to eat.”

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I was threatened – they told me they were going to beat me if we didn’t leave.
Quotee's organisation: 
Farmer from Kiboga district, Uganda
Notes to editors: 
  1. This data is compiled by the Land Matrix Partnership, a coalition of academic, research and non-governmental organisations. The 227 million figure is based on information on land deals over 200 hectares from a whole range of different sources including government reports, academic research, company websites, media reports and the few contracts that are available. The coalition is currently cross checking the records of land deals it has identified.  It is calling for increased transparency among companies and governments so that the true scale of the problem can be accurately understood.
    The Land Matrix Partnership includes the International Land Coalition, the universities of Bern and Hamburg, the French research institute CIRAD, the German agency for technical cooperation, GIZ and Oxfam.
  2. The evictions took place between 2006 and 2010. One High Court order was granted on 24 August 2009 and remained valid until 18 March 2010. The other was granted on 19 June 2009 and remained in force until 2 October 2009. Both were to restrain evictions by the company.
    The New Forests Company stated that the majority of local residents had no legal right to the land, that they had left peacefully and that the process was the sole responsibility of the Ugandan National Forestry Authority.  It told Oxfam that it had brought jobs and amenities to local communities and that its activities had been approved by the Forestry Stewardship Council and International Finance Corporation.

Useful figures:

  • The global economy, which is expected to triple in size by 2050, will demand ever more scarce natural and agricultural resources
  • Palm oil has become the world’s most consumed edible oil and can be found in up to half of all packaged food and hygiene products. Production is expected to double by 2050, increasing the land area under cultivation worldwide by 24 million hectares – six times the size of the Netherlands
  • In Guatemala, eight per cent of farmers account for 78 per cent of the land in production. Of the smallholders who control the remaining land, just eight per cent are women.

Oxfam’s GROW campaign is calling for global action to fix a broken food system where 925 million people already go hungry every day. This could get worse in the face of dwindling natural resources, like land, the gathering pace of climate change and increasing food price volatility. Find out how we can help prevent this from getting worse at www.oxfam.org/grow

Contact information: 

Tricia O'Rourke, tricia.orourke@oxfaminternational.org, +44 1865 339157 or +44 7876 397915

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          Honeybadger - Mondays (2017)   
Honeybadger - Mondays (2017)

Исполнитель: Honeybadger
Название диска: Mondays
Страна: Netherlands (Haarlem)
Жанр: Hard Rock
Год выпуска: 2017
Количество треков: 10
Формат: MP3
Качество: 320 kbps
Время звучания: 00:38:28
Размер файла: 81,22 МБ
          New Java Champions: Emmanuel Bernard, Chris Newland and Bert Jan Schrijver   

Welcome three new Java Champions: Emmanuel Bernard, Chris Newland and Bert Jan Schrijver

 

Emmanuel Bernard is a data platform architect at JBoss. He has been a contributor and lead of open source projects for over 15 years and has led the Hibernate portfolio since 2008. He also contributed to JPA specs as JCP EG member and the Bean Validation spec as JSR Spec Lead. 

He is the author of Hibernate Search in Action, a reference guide for Hibernate Search. Aside from speaking at Java conferences around the world, he runs two podcasts, JBoss Community Asylum, and the French podcast, “Les Cast Codeurs”.

Chris Newland is a senior developer and team lead at ADVFN using Java to process stock market data feeds in real time. In his spare time, he invented and still leads developers on the JITWatch project, an open source log analyzer to visualize and inspect Just-In-Time compilation decisions made by the HotSpot JVM.

Chris is also a JavaFX developer and built a performance benchmark called DemoFX.  He set up a community OpenJFX backend at http://chriswhocodes.com/ for cross-platform builds so that OpenJFX can be used with ARM JDKs and OpenJDK-based builds from other vendors such as Azul Systems' Zulu JDK.

 

Bert Jan Schrijver is a senior developer at JPoint. A tireless community organizer, he organizes J-Fall, the biggest Java conference in the Netherlands as well as the IoT Tech Days, a one-day conference on smart technologies. He is the chief editor of Java Magazine in the Netherlands, which has 4,000 subscribers. 

 Bert Jan worked with the JCP to have NLJUG join the Adopt-a-JSR program. The NLJUG was nominated as ‘outstanding adopt-a-jar participant’ for the JCP awards this year. Just in the past year, Bert Jan helped the Utrecht and Amsterdam JUGs start up their user groups. Bert Jan is always eager to share experiences with other JUG leaders and he helps out at Devoxx4Kids workshop to teach kids how to code. 


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          4 Hidden Dangers of Pork   
Pork is the most commonly consumed meat in the world, but may also be one of the most dangerous.

Among foods that inspire a cult-like following, pork often leads the pack, as evidenced by the 65% of Americans eager to name bacon the country’s national food.

Unfortunately, that popularity comes at a cost. Along with being the most commonly consumed meat in the world, pork may also be one of the most dangerous, carrying some important and under-discussed risks that any consumer should be aware of (1).

1. Hepatitis E

Thanks to the revival of nose-to-tail eating, offal has redeemed itself among health enthusiasts, especially liver, which is prized for its vitamin A content and massive mineral lineup.

But when it comes to pork, liver might be risky business.

In developed nations, pork liver is the top food-based transmitter of hepatitis E, a virus that infects 20 million people each year and can lead to acute illness (fever, fatigue, jaundice, vomiting, joint pain and stomach pain), enlarged liver and sometimes liver failure and death (23).

Most hepatitis E cases are stealthily symptom-free, but pregnant women can experience violent reactions to the virus, including fulminant hepatitis (rapid-onset liver failure) and a high risk of both maternal and fetal mortality (4). In fact, mothers who get infected during their third trimester face a death rate of up to 25% (5).

In rare cases, hepatitis E infection can lead to myocarditis (an inflammatory heart disease), acute pancreatitis (painful inflammation of the pancreas), neurological problems (including Guillain-Barré syndrome and neuralgic amyotrophy), blood disorders and musculoskeletal problems, such as elevated creatine phosphokinase, indicating muscle damage, and multi-joint pain (in the form of polyarthralgia) (678).

People with compromised immune systems, including organ transplant recipients on immunosuppressive therapy and people with HIV, are more likely to suffer from these severe hepatitis E complications (9).

So, just how alarming are pork’s contamination stats? In America, about 1 out of every 10 store-bought pig livers tests positive for hepatitis E, which is slightly higher than the 1 in 15 rate in the Netherlands and 1 in 20 rate in the Czech Republic (1011). One study in Germany found that about 1 in 5 pork sausages were contaminated (12).

France’s traditional figatellu, a pig liver sausage that’s often consumed raw, is a confirmed hepatitis E carrier (13). In fact, in regions of France where raw or rare pork is a common delicacy, over half the local population shows evidence of hepatitis E infection (14).

Japan, too, is facing rising hepatitis E concerns as pork gains popularity (15). And in the UK? Hepatitis E shows up in pork sausages, in pork liver and at pork slaughterhouses, indicating the potential for widespread exposure among pork consumers (16).

It might be tempting to blame the hepatitis E epidemic on commercial farming practices, but in the case of the pig, wilder doesn’t mean safer. Hunted boars, too, are frequent hepatitis E carriers, capable of passing on the virus to game-eating humans (1718).

Apart from total pork abstinence, the best way to slash hepatitis E risk is in the kitchen. This stubborn virus can survive the temperatures of rare-cooked meat, making high heat the best weapon against infection (19). For virus deactivation, cooking pork products for at least 20 minutes to an internal temperature of 71°C (160°F) seems to do the trick (20).

However, fat can protect hepatitis viruses from heat destruction, so fattier cuts of pork might need extra time or toastier temperatures (21).

Summary: Pork products, particularly liver, frequently carry hepatitis E, which can cause severe complications and even death in vulnerable populations. Thorough cooking is necessary to deactivate the virus.

2. Multiple Sclerosis

One of the most surprising risks associated with pork — one that’s received remarkably little airtime — is multiple sclerosis (MS), a devastating autoimmune condition involving the central nervous system.

The robust link between pork and MS has been known at least since the 1980s, when researchers analyzed the relationship between per capita pork consumption and MS across dozens of countries (22).

While pork-averse nations like Israel and India were nearly spared from MS’s degenerative grips, more liberal consumers, such as West Germany and Denmark, faced sky-high rates.

In fact, when all countries were considered, pork intake and MS showed a whopping correlation of 0.87 (p<0.001), which is much higher and more significant than the relationship between MS and fat intake (0.63, p<0.01), MS and total meat intake (0.61, p<0.01) and MS and beef consumption (no significant relationship).

For perspective, a similar study of diabetes and per capita sugar intake found a correlation of just under 0.60 (p<0.001) when analyzing 165 countries (23).

As with all epidemiological findings, the correlation between pork consumption and MS can’t prove that one causes the other (or even that, within MS-stricken countries, the most enthusiastic pork consumers were the most diseased). But as it turns out, the evidence vault goes much deeper.

Earlier, a study of inhabitants of the Orkney and Shetland Islands of Scotland, a region teeming with unusual delicacies, including seabird eggs, raw milk and undercooked meat, found only one dietary association with MS — consumption of “potted head,” a dish made from boiled pig’s brain (24).

Among Shetland residents, a significantly higher proportion of MS patients had consumed potted head in their youth, compared to healthy, age and sex-matched controls (25).

This is particularly relevant because — per other research — MS that strikes in adulthood might stem from environmental exposures during adolescence (26).

The potential for pig brain to trigger nerve-related autoimmunity isn’t just an observational hunch, either. Between 2007 and 2009, a cluster of 24 pork plant workers mysteriously fell ill with progressive inflammatory neuropathy, which is characterized by MS-like symptoms such as fatigue, numbness, tingling and pain (2728).

The source of the outbreak? So-called “pig brain mist” — tiny particles of brain tissue blasted into the air during carcass processing (29).

When workers inhaled these tissue particles, their immune systems, per standard protocol, formed antibodies against the foreign porcine antigens.

But those antigens happened to bear an uncanny resemblance to certain neural proteins in humans. And the result was a biological calamity: confused about who to fight, the workers’ immune systems launched a guns-blazing attack on their own nerve tissue (3031).

Although the resulting autoimmunity wasn’t identical to multiple sclerosis, that same process of molecular mimicry, where foreign antigens and self-antigens are similar enough to trigger an autoimmune response, has been implicated in the pathogenesis of MS (3233).

Of course, unlike pig brain mist, hot dogs and ham aren’t literally inhaled (teenage boys notwithstanding). Could pork still transmit problematic substances through ingestion?

The answer is a speculative yes. For one, certain bacteria, particularly Acinetobacter, are involved in molecular mimicry with myelin, the nerve-sheathing substance that becomes damaged in MS (3435).

Although the role of pigs as Acinetobacter carriers hasn’t been exhaustively studied, the bacteria has been found in pig feces, on pig farms and in bacon, pork salami and ham, where it serves as a spoilage organism (36373839). If pork acts as a vehicle for Acinetobacter transmission (or in any way increases the risk of human infection), a link with MS would make sense.

Two, pigs may be silent and under-studied carriers of prions, misfolded proteins that drive neurodegenerative disorders like Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (the human version of mad cow) and Kuru (found among cannibal societies) (40).

Some researchers suggest MS itself could be a prion disease, one that targets oligodendrocytes, the cells that produce myelin (41). And since prions — and their associated diseases— are transmitted by consuming infected nerve tissue, it’s possible that prion-harboring pork products could be one link in the MS chain (42).

Summary: A causative role of pork in MS is far from a closed case, but the unusually strong epidemiological patterns, biological plausibility and documented experiences make further research imperative.

3. Liver Cancer and Cirrhosis

Liver problems tend to trail closely on the heels of some predictable risk factors, namely hepatitis B and C infection, exposure to aflatoxin (a carcinogen produced by mold) and excessive alcohol intake (434445).

But buried in the scientific literature is another potential scourge of liver health — pork.

For decades, pork consumption has faithfully echoed liver cancer and cirrhosis rates around the world. In multi-country analyses, the correlation between pork and cirrhosis mortality clocked in at 0.40 (p<0.05) using 1965 data, 0.89 (p<0.01) using mid-1970s data, 0.68 (p=0.003) using 1996 data and 0.83 (p=0.000) using 2003 data (4647).

In those same analyses, among the 10 Canadian provinces, pork bore a correlation of 0.60 (p<0.01) with death from liver cirrhosis, while alcohol, perhaps due to an overall low intake, showed no significant link.

And in statistical models incorporating known perils for the liver (alcohol consumption, hepatitis B infection and hepatitis C infection), pork remained independently associated with liver disease, suggesting the association isn’t just due to pork piggybacking, as the case may be, on a different causative agent (48).

Beef, by contrast, remained liver-neutral or protective in these studies.

Liver cancer, too, tends to follow in the hoof steps of the pig. A 1985 analysis showed that pork intake correlated with hepatocellular carcinoma deaths as strongly as alcohol did (0.40, p<0.05 for both) (49). (Considering liver cirrhosis is often a prelude to cancer, this connection shouldn’t be surprising (50).)

So, what’s behind these eerie associations?

At first glance, the most likely explanations don’t pan out. Although pork-transmitted hepatitis E can lead to liver cirrhosis, this happens almost exclusively in immunosuppressed people, a subset of the population that’s too small to account for the global correlation (51).

Relative to other meat, pork tends to be high in omega-6 fatty acids, including linoleic acid and arachidonic acid, which may play a role in liver disease (525354). But vegetable oils, whose polyunsaturated fatty acid content blows pork out of the water, don’t dance the same liver disease tango that pork does, calling into question whether fat is really to blame (5556).

Heterocyclic amines, a class of carcinogens formed by cooking meat (including pork) at high temperatures, contribute to liver cancer in a variety of animals (57). But these compounds are also readily formed in beef, according to the same studies that indicated pork has no positive relationship with liver disease (5859).

With all that in mind, it’d be easy to dismiss the pork-liver disease link as an epidemiological fluke. However, some plausible mechanisms do exist.

The most likely contender involves nitrosamines, which are carcinogenic compounds created when nitrites and nitrates react with certain amines (from protein), particularly in high heat (60). These compounds have been linked to damage and cancer in a variety of organs, including the liver (61).

One of the biggest dietary sources of nitrosamines is processed pork, which, along with being a frequent visitor to the frying pan, typically contains nitrites and nitrates as curing agents. (Vegetables are also rich in naturally occurring nitrates, but their antioxidant content and dearth of protein help thwart the process of N-nitrosation, preventing them from becoming cancer-causing agents (62).)

Significant levels of nitrosamines have been found in pork liver pâté, bacon, sausage, ham and other cured meats (636465). The fatty portion of pork products, in particular, tends to accumulate much higher levels of nitrosamines than the lean bits, making bacon a particularly abundant source (66).

The presence of fat can also turn vitamin C into a nitrosamine promoter instead of a nitrosamine inhibitor, so pairing pork with veggies might not confer much protection (67).

Although much of the nitrosamine-liver cancer research has focused on rodents, where certain nitrosamines produce liver injury with remarkable ease, the effect appears in humans as well (6869). In fact, some researchers suggest humans may be even more sensitive to nitrosamines than mice and rats (70).

In Thailand, for instance, nitrosamines have been strongly linked to liver cancer in areas where other risk factors are low (71). A 2010 analysis of the NIH-AARP cohort found red meat (including pork), processed meat (including processed pork), nitrates and nitrites to be positively associated with chronic liver disease. Rubber workers, occupationally exposed to nitrosamines, have faced extremely high rates of non-alcohol-related liver disease and cancer (72).

Do nitrosamines prove a chain of causation between pork, liver-harming compounds and liver disease? The evidence is currently too patchy to make that claim, but the risk is plausible enough to justify limiting nitrosamine-containing (or nitrosamine-producing) pork products, including bacon, ham, hot dogs and sausages made with sodium nitrite or potassium nitrate.

Summary: Strong epidemiological links exist between pork consumption and liver disease. If these links reflect cause and effect, one culprit might be N-nitroso compounds, which are found abundantly in processed pork products cooked at high temperatures.

4. Yersinia

For years, pork’s precautionary motto was “well-done or bust,” a consequence of fears about trichinosis, a type of roundworm infection that ravaged pork consumers throughout much of the 20th century (73).

Thanks to changes in feeding practices, farm hygiene and quality control, pig-borne trichinosis has dropped off the radar, inviting pink pork back onto the menu.

But pork’s relaxed heat rules may have opened the doors for a different type of infection — yersiniosis, which is caused by Yersinia bacteria. In the US alone, Yersiniacauses 35 deaths and almost 117,000 cases of food poisoning each year (74). Its chief entry route for humans? Undercooked pork.

Yersiniosis’s acute symptoms are rough enough — fever, pain, bloody diarrhea — but its long-term consequences are what should really ring alarm bells. Victims of Yersiniapoisoning face a 47-times higher risk of reactive arthritis, a type of inflammatory joint disease triggered by infection (75).

Even children become post-Yersinia arthritis targets, sometimes requiring chemical synovectomy (the injection of osmic acid into a troubled joint) to relieve persistent pain (7677).

And in the less-common instances where Yersinia doesn’t bring the typical feverish, diarrheic unpleasantries? Reactive arthritis can develop even when the original infection was asymptomatic, leaving some victims unaware that their arthritis is a consequence of food-borne illness (78).

Although reactive arthritis usually subsides on its own over time, Yersinia victims remain at higher risk of chronic joint problems, including ankylosing spondylitis, sacroiliitis, tenosynovitis and rheumatoid arthritis, for years on end (798081).

Some evidence suggests that Yersinia can lead to neurological complications (82). Infected individuals with iron overload may be at higher risk of multiple liver abscesses, potentially leading to death (838485). And among people who are genetically susceptible, anterior uveitis, inflammation of the eye’s iris, is also more likely following a bout of Yersinia (8687).

Lastly, via molecular mimicry, Yersinia infection could also raise the risk of Graves’ disease, an autoimmune condition characterized by excessive thyroid hormone production (8889).

The solution? Bring on the heat. The majority of pork products (69% of tested samples, according to a Consumer Reports analysis) are contaminated with Yersiniabacteria, and the only way to safeguard against infection is through proper cooking. An internal temperature of at least 145°F for whole pork and 160°F for ground pork is necessary to decimate any lingering pathogen.

Summary: Undercooked pork can transmit Yersinia bacteria, causing short-term illness and raising the risk of reactive arthritis, chronic joint conditions, Graves’ disease and other complications.

In Conclusion

So, should health-savvy omnivores scrap pork from the menu?

The jury’s still out. For two of pork’s problems — hepatitis E and Yersinia — aggressive cooking and safe handling are enough to minimize the risk. And due to a shortage of controlled, pork-centric research capable of establishing causation, pork’s other red flags spring from epidemiology — a field rife with confounders and unjustified confidence.

Worse, many diet-and-disease studies lump pork together with other types of red meat, diluting whatever associations might exist with pork alone.

These issues make it hard to isolate the health effects of pig-derived products and determine the safety of their consumption.

That being said, caution is probably warranted. The sheer magnitude, consistency and mechanistic plausibility of pork’s connection with several serious diseases make the chances of a true risk more likely.

Until further research is available, you might want to think twice about going hog-wild on pork.

This article was originally published by Authority Nutrition.

 

 

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          AEE 286: 3 Ways that Setting Intentions Can Make Your Life Abroad More Fulfilling   

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Are you going abroad sometime soon?

Have you set an intention for your time abroad?

In today’s episode Lindsay talks with Norman Viss, an expat coach who helps his clients make the most of their time abroad by setting intentions.

How can setting intentions make your life abroad more fulfilling?

  • Think about what kind of expat you are and decide how that will shape your expat life:
    • Are you a foreign assignee? Has your company moved you abroad to work?
    • Are you an international student or former international student?
    • Are you a “love-pat”? (someone who has gone abroad because they have met a partner, are you a traveling spouse?
    • Are you a “greener pastures expat”? This is someone who has gone abroad to find a better place to live including retirees.
  • Set goals and don’t just “go with the flow”
    • Do you want to learn a language? Be realistic about what will be possible based on the amount of time that you will be abroad.
    • Be intentional about what kinds of friendships you want while you are abroad.
    • What are your areas of interest? Do you like desserts? Sports? Do you like history? What kind of focus will you have during your time abroad? Will you create a theme for your life abroad?
    • What about your work? What professional goals do you want to accomplish while you are abroad?
  • Consider how your life will look after your time abroad:
    • What do you want your life to look like after you return from abroad?
    • What about retirement? If you are going abroad in your 40’s or 50’s then it’s a good idea to think about the future after your time abroad.

 

The key to a happy life abroad is being intentional!

Let us know in the comments below if you have been intentional in your life abroad and how it has affected your experience abroad.

 

 

Norman Viss put down roots in Nigeria (10 years) and the Netherlands (22 years).

He has worked for mission organizations, churches and in the public sector for the City of Amsterdam.

He holds B.A. and Master’s degrees, with majors in cross-cultural and urban studies and theology; he is also an ICF- credentialed coach.

Currently he runs an online business coaching expats around the world (Expat Everyday Support Center) and serves part-time as a clergyman in the Philadelphia area in the USA. Norman is a thankful husband, father and grandfather.

Visit Norman’s coaching website at expateverydaysupportcenter.com


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          Denmark’s Larsen Meeting Challenge of Multiple Lane Conditions To Retain Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Oklahoma Open Lead   

In a tournament that puts a premium on a player’s ability to adjust to vastly different lane conditions, third-round leader Thomas Larsen of Denmark feels he’s as prepared as he can be to meet the challenges of competing in the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Oklahoma Open.

After three rounds bowled on three different PBA lane condition patterns, the two-time PBA Tour and four-time European Bowling Tour winner, leads a field of 33 players who advanced to Friday’s final round at the FireLake Bowling Center with a 5,398 24-game pinfall (224.9 average).

The players advancing to the fourth round will be put to the test on the 44-foot Oklahoma Open lane condition and will battle to be among the top nine who will advance to the live ESPN stepladder finals Saturday and Sunday at noon CDT (1 p.m. ET) at the Grand Casino Hotel Event Center in Shawnee.

Larsen bowled eight-game pinfall totals of 1,826 on the 32-foot Wolf pattern lane condition in the first round, 1,793 on the 40-foot Bear pattern in the second round and 1,779 on the 52-foot Badger pattern in Thursday’s third round with games of 223, 190, 246, 200, 244, 219, 219 and 238.

“It was another successful day today,” said the 27-year-old Larsen who led after the second round. “You never know what will happen when you’re bowling on a completely new lane condition but I was ready for the challenge.

“I used a lot of balls again today in the round,” he continued. “Just like in yesterday’s round I used several balls and had to make changes in my ball speed and hand position at the release – the changes were just different today.”

Larsen is trying for his first PBA Tour title on U.S. soil. His Tour titles came in the 2013 Abu Dhabi Open and 2014 Kuwait International Open.

Larsen holds a 45-pin lead over 18-time PBA Tour titlist Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, in second with a 5,353 pinfall. Three-time PBA Tour winner Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., is third with 5,346.

Trey Ford III, the 16-year-old PBA member from Bartlesville, Okla., advanced to the fourth round with a 10th-place 5,199 pinfall total. He bowled games of 234, 218, 235, 163, 213, 183, 236 and 206 in the third round.

“I’m a little surprised how well I’m doing because when I practiced on these conditions at home I didn’t do that well,” said the high school sophomore who uses the unique two-handed delivery. “Generally, I feel comfortable making the adjustments I need to make – I’m just trying to learn as much as I can.

“If I have a bad game or get a split, I just have to remember that there are more opportunities and more bowling to go.”

Ford has been a PBA member since age 13 and has three top-10 finishes in PBA regional competition with a best of sixth.

Saturday’s stepladder round will feature players who qualified fifth through ninth with the winner advancing to the no. 5 qualifying position to join the tournament’s top four qualifiers for Sunday’s stepladder final.

Friday’s final qualifying round will be streamed live on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame beginning at 9:30 EDT (8:30 CT). For subscription and schedule information click on www.xtraframe.tv.

GRAND CASINO HOTEL & RESORT PBA OKLAHOMA OPEN

FireLake Bowling Center, Shawnee, Okla., Thursday

Third Round (after 24 games. Top 33 players advance to Friday’s fourth round)

1, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 5,398.
2, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 5,353.
3, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 5,346.
4, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 5,277.
5, Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla., 5,274.
6, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 5,266.
7, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 5,243.
8, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 5,213.
9, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 5,203.
10, Trey Ford III, Bartlesville, Okla., 5,199.
11, Sam Cooley, Australia, 5,187.
12, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 5,158.
13, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 5,157.
14, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 5,150.
15, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 5,139.
16, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 5,127.
16, Zulmazran Zulkifli, Malaysia, 5,127.
18, John Szczerbinski, N. Tonawanda, N.Y., 5,116.
19, Dom Barrett, England, 5,088.
20, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 5,087.
21, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 5,085.
22, Stuart Williams, England, 5,083.
23, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 5,081.
24, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 5,071.
25, Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 5,064.
26, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 5,061.
27, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 5,057.
28, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 5,045.
29, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 5,030.
30, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 5,019.
31, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 5,014.
32, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 4,999.
33, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 4,998.

Did not advance
34, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 4,993.
35, Kristopher Prather, Milton, Fla., 4,991.
36, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 4,979.
37, Dylan Burns, Lawrence, Kan., 4,975.
38, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 4,965.
39, Richie Teece, England, 4,963.
40, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 4,951.
41, (tie) DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, and Jon Van Hees, Charlestown, R.I., 4,947.
43, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 4,944.
44, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 4,943.
45, (tie) Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., and Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 4,932.
47, J.R. Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., 4,927.
48, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 4,923.
49, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 4,917.
50, Jesse Buss, Belvidere, Ill., 4,916.
51, Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 4,904.
52, Gabriel Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 4,901.
53, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 4,879.
54, Graham Fach, Canada, 4,876.
55, AJ Chapman, Wichita, Kan., 4,875.
56, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 4,873.
57, Ahmed Alawadhi, Bahrain, 4,870.
58, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 4,868.
59, Francois Louw, South Africa, 4,867.
60, Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 4,860.
61, (tie) Patrick Allen, Elmwood Park, N.J., Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, and James Cantere, Oklahoma City, 4,858.
64, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 4,851.
65, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 4,844.
66, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 4,841.
67, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 4,812.
68, Brian LeClair, Athens, NY, 4,792.
69, Osama Hassan, Bahrain, 4,789.
70, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 4,783.
71, Tom Sorce, Blasdell, N.Y., 4,780.
72, Ramon Hilferink, Netherlands, 4,761.
73, Dylan Macon, Lubbock, Texas, 4,737.
74, Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas, 4,735.
75, Paul Brewbaker, Midwest City, Okla., 4,732.
76, Matthew Sanders, Evansville, Ind., 4,708.
77, Isaac Kim, Lebanon, Pa., 4,660.
78, Jeff Hatt, Oklahoma City, 4,655.
79, (tie) Brad Miller, Maryland Heights, Mo., and Isaac Russell, Malaysia, 4,654.
81, Michael Houtz, Myerstown, Pa., 4,575.
82, Kenneth Bland Jr., Jacksonville, Texas, 4,549.
83, Omar Rashid, Bahrain, 4,522.
84, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 4,376.
85, Tyson Branagan, Fort Worth, Texas, 4,358.
86, Cody Shoemaker, Hanover, Pa., 4,304.
87, Armando Santacruz, Ecuador, 4,296.
88, William Tarpein, McDonough, Ga., 4,058.
89, Jose Rosero, Ecuador, 4,009.
90, Yebgueni Velez, Ecuador, 3,885.

300 games (1) – Walter Ray Williams Jr.


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          Do Neonics Hurt Bees? Researchers and the Media Say Yes. The Data Do Not.    

This story is being co-published with the Genetic Literacy Project.

On Thursday, Science published a large-scale study on the relationship between bees and a pesticide, neonicotinoids. It got quite a bit of pickup in the press—Nature touted that the “Largest-Ever Study of Controversial Pesticides Finds Harm to Bees,” while the BBC explained that a “Large-Scale Study ‘Shows Neonic Pesticides Harm Bees.’ ” The Scientist said the same, with “Field Studies Confirm Neonicotinoids’ Harm to Bees,” and PBS followed suit with “Neonicotinoid Pesticides Are Slowly Killing Bees.”

These headlines seem to reflect a line included in the abstract of the study itself: “These findings point to neonicotinoids causing a reduced capacity of bee species to establish new populations in the year following exposure.”

Sure sounds like a bummer for the bees. One problem: The data in the paper (and hundreds of pages of supporting data not included but available in background form to reporters) do not support that bold conclusion. No, there is no consensus evidence that neonics are “slowly killing bees.” No, this study did not add to the evidence that neonics are driving bee health problems.

Unfortunately, and predictably, the overheated mainstream news headlines also generated a slew of even more exaggerated stories on activist and quack websites where undermining agricultural chemicals is a top priority (e.g., Greenpeace, End Times Headlines, and Friends of the Earth). The takeaway: The “beepocalypse” is accelerating. A few news outlets, such as Reuters (“Field Studies Fuel Dispute Over Whether Banned Pesticides Harm Bees”) and the Washington Post (“Controversial Pesticides May Threaten Queen Bees. Alternatives Could Be Worse.”), got the contradictory findings of the study and the headline right.

But based on the study’s data, the headline could just as easily have read: “Landmark Study Shows Neonic Pesticides Improve Bee Health”—and it would have been equally correct. So how did so many people get this so wrong?

This much-anticipated two year, $3.6 million study is particularly interesting because it was primarily funded by two major producers of neonicotinoids, Bayer Crop Science and Syngenta. They had no involvement with the analysis of the data. The three-country study was led by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, or CEH, in the U.K.—a group known for its skepticism of pesticides in general and neonics in particular.

The raw data—more than 1,000 pages of it (only a tiny fraction is reproduced in the study)—are solid. It’s a reservoir of important information for entomologists and ecologists trying to figure out the challenges facing bees. It’s particularly important because to date, the problem with much of the research on neonicotinoids has been the wide gulf between the findings from laboratory-based studies and field studies.

Some, but not all, results from lab research have claimed neonics cause health problems in honeybees and wild bees, endangering the world food supply. This has been widely and often breathlessly echoed in the popular media—remember the execrably reported Time cover story on “A World Without Bees.” But the doses and time of exposure have varied dramatically from lab study to lab study, so many entomologists remain skeptical of these sweeping conclusions. Field studies have consistently shown a different result—in the field, neonics seem to pose little or no harm. The overwhelming threat to bee health, entomologists now agree, is a combination of factors led by the deadly Varroa destructor mite, the miticides used to control them, and bee practices. Relative to these factors, neonics are seen as relatively inconsequential.

I’ve addressed this disparity between field and lab research in a series of articles at the Genetic Literacy Project, and specifically summarized two dozen key field studies, many of which were independently funded and executed. This study was designed in part to bridge that gulf. And the devil is in the interpretation.

According to the lead researcher Richard Pywell of the CEH:

We’ve shown for the first time negative effects of neonicotinoid-coated seed dressings on honeybees and we’ve also shown similar negative effects on wild bees. … Our findings are a cause for serious concern.

I agree that there might be cause for serious concern if the studies had shown convincing evidence of negative effects. But a review of the data—by the GLP and independent scientists—concludes differently. The European study focused on three types of bees placed in fields across three countries—Germany, Hungary, and the U.K. As Jenna Gallegos noted in her particularly nuanced analysis in the Washington Post:

[T]he results were not as clear-cut as experts had hoped. … The differences between bees in treated or untreated fields were largely insignificant, and many of the bees in both groups died before they could be counted.

Overall, the data collected from 33 different fields covered 42 analyses and 258 endpoints—a staggering number. The paper only presented a sliver of that data—a selective glimpse of what the research, in its entirety showed.

What patterns emerged when examining the entire data set? Here is a chart assembled from data supplied to the research funders by the CEH (but not released in the published study) with the findings summarized (light green indicates “no impact,” red points to “negative impact,” and dark green suggests neonics had a positive impact).

In sum, of 258 endpoints, 238—92 percent—showed no effects. (Four endpoints didn’t yield data.) Only 16 showed effects. Negative effects showed up 9 times—3.5 percent of all outcomes; 7 showed a benefit from using neonics—2.7 percent.

As one scientist pointed out, in statistics there is a widely accepted standard that random results are generated about 5 percent of the time—which means by chance alone we would expect 13 results meaninglessly showing up positive or negative.

Norman Carreck, science director of the International Bee Research Association, who was not part of either study, noted, the small number of significant effects “makes it difficult to draw any reliable conclusions.”

When pressed, even Pywell acknowledged the conflicting data.

The data were rife with other contradictions. Worker bees and drones in Britain struggled to survive the winter, but the same variety of wild bees increased in Germany. Egg production also increased in Germany but fell in Hungary.

The health problems seemed to have little to do with pesticides. A fungal infection ran roughshod over Hungary’s bees. In Britain, they were decimated by the deadly and unrelenting Varroa destructor mite—even the controls suffered losses 400 percent greater than the national average. These catastrophic loss numbers suggest the field experiments may have been poorly constructed—raising doubts about the standard of research for the entire research project.

The broader context of the bee health controversy is also important to understand; bees are not in sharp decline—not in North America nor in Europe, where neonics are under a temporary ban that shows signs of becoming permanent, nor worldwide. Earlier this week, Canada reported that its honeybee colonies grew 10 percent year over year and now stand at about 800,000. That’s a new record, and the growth tracks the increased use of neonics, which are critical to canola crops in Western Canada, where 80 percent of the nation’s honey originates.

Managed beehives in the U.S. had been in steady decline since the 1940s, as farm land disappeared to urbanization, but began stabilizing in the mid-1990s, coinciding with the introduction of neonicotinoids. They hit a 22-year high in the last count.

Global hive numbers have steadily increased since the 1960s except for two brief periods—the emergency of the Varroa mite in the late 1980s and the brief outbreak of colony collapse disorder, mostly in the U.S., in the mid-2000s.

So the bees, contrary to widespread popular belief, are actually doing all right in terms of numbers, although the Varroa mite remains a dangerous challenge. But still, a cadre of scientists well known for their vocal opposition to and lobbying against neonics have already begun trying to leverage the misinterpretation of the data. “In the light of this new study, continuing to claim that use of neonicotinoids in farming does not harm bees is no longer a tenable position,” David Goulson, a University of Sussex bee biologist, known in anti-neonic circles as a scientist-for-hire, told the U.K.’s Science Media Centre.

But other, less ideologically invested scientists were far more circumspect. “We learn again: It’s complicated,” said biologist Tjeerd Blacquière of Wageningen University in the Netherlands. The mixed findings are likely to intensify ongoing debates about restricting or banning the compounds, with both sides claiming vindication.

The study, while problematic and contradictory in its results, is not without value. It has underscored that it’s possible or even likely that exposure to miticides or insecticides—including neonics, which like all insecticides are designed to target insects—increases the vulnerability of bees to disease and other threats. But that could be said about any chemical, including organic treatments. In Europe, where neonics have been banned since 2013 (based almost entirely on disputed lab studies), farmers have turned to alternatives that are far more toxic to both bees and humans, such as Lorsban and pyrethrins. Canola production is down, and bee health has shown no appreciable change. Farmers are in open revolt, and bees are arguably the worse for it.

Within hours of the release of the study, advocacy groups opposed to intensive agricultural techniques had already begun weaponizing the misreported headlines.

“It shows that industry claims that neonicotinoids do not harm bees at field-relevant concentrations are baseless,” said a Greenpeace senior scientist, a marine biologist with no background in entomology.

“Pressure mounts for a complete ban on neonicotinoid pesticides as landmark study confirms these chemicals are harming bees,” wrote Friends of the Earth.

But viewing the date from the European study in context makes it even more obvious that sweeping statements about the continuing beepocalypse and the deadly dangers to bees from pesticides, and neonicotinoids in particular, are irresponsible. That’s on both the scientists, and the media.


          US slams Damascus as OPCW says sarin used in April Syria attack, silent on blame   
The US State Department is scolding the Syrian government, as the OPCW has reportedly determined that sarin, a banned nerve gas, was what killed dozens of Syrians in northern Idlib province on April 4. Members of the UN's chemical weapons watchdog, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), reviewed the fact-finding mission (FFM) report at The Hague, Netherlands, on Thursday, but it was not released to the public, Reuters reported. The news outlet obtained a copy of the report that relied on eyewitness interviews and samples previously collected from the site of the alleged chemical attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun. The FFM was reportedly unable to make it to the location in question because of security issues. "A large number of people, some of whom died, were exposed to sarin or a sarin-like substance," the summary of the report said.
          EXCLUSIVE: Amsterdam DJ Duo, Redondo (NL) Drops Groovy Tunes @ Nagaba   

Johnnie Walker Presents ADSC Grooves with Redondo Post Event Photos The Netherlands duo, Redondo took over the Pioneer decks and dropped some of the groovy deep house music at Nagaba last week Friday night on 16 May 2015. The night […]

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          Team USA Medal Tracker: Para-cycling Road World Cup Emmen   
Follow Team USA at the final road cycling world cup of the 2017 season in Emmen, Netherlands.
          Creative mindset needed to achieve circular economy in 2050   
If the Netherlands is to succeed in its ambition to have a fully circular economy by the year 2050, thousands of large and small companies will have to change their business models. ABN AMRO draws this conclusion in its report “Alles van waarde: circulariteit door de sectoren heen”, which was released today . The bank provides support to companies that are going circular with new funding models. These funding models contribute to ABN AMRO's aspiration for 2020 to have financed at least a hundred deals with a total of one billion euros spent on circular company assets. The subsequent emission savings will add up to one million tonnes of CO2.
          FD survey: ABN AMRO frontrunner in digital transformation   
ABN AMRO is ready for the digital transformation. This was revealed in an extensive survey held by the Dutch daily Het Financieele Dagblad (FD) and Vlerick Business School on digital transformation at the 200 largest companies in the Netherlands. The conclusion? ABN AMRO is a frontrunner.
          Dutch carrier De Rijke equips its entire fleet with Transics on-board computers   

Transics consolidates its industry-leadership in the Netherlands Logistics service provider De Rijke Groep has decided to install Transics Quattro Plus on-board computers in all of its 460 vehicles. Earlier, its French subsidiary, De Rijke France, had already chosen Transics. For Transics, this order further strengthens its leadership position in the Dutch market. Selection of Transics […]

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          Software Design Engineer - Relocation to Wilton, CT - (Boston)   
Location Wilton - CT, US Activity Level Bachelor Experience 0-2 Starter Available since 2017-06-06 Functional area Background Computer Science Reference US02878 Apply for this jobIntroductionASML brings together the most creative minds in science and technology to develop lithography machines that are key to producing faster, cheaper, more energy-efficient microchips. We design, develop, integrate, market and service these advanced machines, which enable our customers - the world's leading chipmakers - to reduce the size and increase the functionality of their microchips, which in turn leads to smaller, more powerful consumer electronics. Our headquarters are in Veldhoven, the Netherlands, and we have 18 office locations around the United States including main offices in Wilton, CT, Chandler, AZ and San Jose, CA.Job DescriptionThe individual will be responsible for key modules of the production software throughout the development cycle, ranging from specifying functional requirements by working with multi-disciplinary teams, providing detailed design specifications, outlining testing effort, to implementing the software and executing the testing steps to qualify the product, etc. The engineer will work closely with the team leader, the project management and other developers to create robust software that offers advanced architecture and fulfills the business needs.As a software engineer at ASML, you will be working on robotics, image processing, complex algorithms, GUI and application software.
          Weapons watchdog finds sarin used in deadly attack in Syria   
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- An investigation by the international chemical weapons watchdog confirmed that sarin nerve gas was used in a deadly April 4 attack on a Syrian town, but a report released Friday stopped short of saying who was responsible....
          DAKOTA – Silver Tongue   
DAKOTA are an all-female alternative rock four piece from the Netherlands. We introduced them with their single Icon later last year and today they return with a new great single called Silver Tongue. Driven by swirling guitars and nervous drums, the track stands out for its wonderful structure and the […]
          AB^ye yeni bomba Hollanda'dan mı geliyor?   

AB karşıtı sesler her geçen gün daha gür çıkıyor. Avrupa Birliği karşıtları Hollanda'da her geçen gün güç kazanıyor. AB yıkıcı darbeyi merkezinden yiyebilir mi?

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          Apa nak jadi: Peralatan radar tentera pula hilang!   
Peralatan radar hilang: KDN, kastam kena jawab
HASLINA KAMALUDIN  -  29 JUN 2017
Wan Azizah

SHAH ALAM - Kementerian Dalam Negeri dan Jabatan Kastam Diraja Malaysia (Kastam) digesa segera memberi penjelasan terhadap insiden kehilangan peralatan radar ketenteraan di Pelabuhan Tanjung Pelepas, Johor.

Ketua Pembangkang, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail berkata, penjelasan itu penting memandangkan insiden ini melibatkan aspek keselamatan dan hubungan luar negara.

"Selain penjelasan, mereka juga perlu menyatakan langkah-langkah yang akan diambil untuk memastikan keselamatan di pelabuhan-pelabuhan negara ini diperketat.


"Ini kerana insiden ini amat mengejutkan dan merisaukan," katanya dalam satu kenyataan, hari ini.

Menurutnya, kehilangan peralatan radar ketenteraan ini merupakan satu kejadian kebolosan keselamatan negara yang amat serius.

"Peralatan radar ketenteraan bernilai berjuta-juta ringgit yang dalam perjalanan dari Australia ke Netherlands telah ditahan di Pelabuhan Tanjung Pelepas kerana ketiadaan permit di bawah Akta Perdagangan Strategik 2010 bulan lalu, tetapi didapati telah hilang dan dipercayai telah diseludup keluar dari negara ini.

"Insiden ini bukan sahaja melibatkan kehilangan peralatan ketenteraan yang kini mungkin telah dicuri atau diseludup keluar, tetapi juga menimbulkan persoalan mengenai tahap keselamatan di salah sebuah pelabuhan terpenting di negara ini," katanya.

Jelasnya, apa yang merunsingkan apabila sepatutnya pihak kastam dan pelabuhan mempunyai kawalan keselamatan yang tinggi dan rapi.

"Ini kerana jika peralatan radar ketenteraan boleh dicuri atau diseludup dengan begitu mudah, apatah lagi penyeludupan dadah, pemerdagangan manusia malah juga salah urus kargo atau konsainan bahan berbahaya.

"Amatlah mengecewakan jika wujud sebarang elemen rasuah dan pihak berkongkol di dalam jenayah ini.

"Saya turut menggesa Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) untuk membuat siasatan sepenuhnya kes ini," katanya.

Memetik laporan The Star Online, satu siasatan sedang dijalankan oleh Jabatan Kastam dan Kementerian Perdagangan Antarabangsa  mengenai kehilangan tersebut.

Suatu penyerahan peralatan radar ketenteraan berteknologi tinggi yang bernilai jutaan ringgit dilaporkan hilang dari Pelabuhan Tanjung Pelepas.

Laporan polis juga telah dibuat mengenai kehilangan itu.

Menerusi laporan portal Astro Awani, laporan yang memetik kata-kata sumber itu mendakwa, sistem radar itu telah ditahan oleh pihak kastam sebaik ia sampai di Australia pada bulan lalu.

Peralatan itu sepatutnya dihantar ke Belanda tetapi ia tidak mempunyai permit, dan terpaksa ditahan oleh pegawai-pegawai kastam.

Tetapi, semasa pemeriksaan audit baru-baru ini, peralatan rahsia itu tidak dijumpai di pelabuhan tersebut.

Laporan itu berkata, pihak kastam telah menubuhkan satu pasukan khas untuk menjalankan siasatan dalaman selain menentukan sama ada prosedur operasi standard (SOP) dipatuhi.

Peralatan sensitif tersebut memerlukan permit di bawah Akta Perdagangan Strategik 2010 dan penalti berat seperti denda setinggi RM10 juta dan hukuman mati boleh dikenakan di bawah Akta berkenaan.

          Pluk by Tjep.   

Dutch designers Tjep. created the identity and interior of Pluk, a shop serving healthy take-away food in Haarlem, the Netherlands. The counters are filled with fake vegetables arranged according to colour. More stories about Tjep. on Dezeen: Restaurant Praq ROC Apeldoorn reception area Fabbrica Waater bottle ROC Apeldoorn interior Here's some more information from Tjep.:

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          Bournemouth, Huddersfield break their transfer-fee records   

Bournemouth and Huddersfield broke their transfer-fee records on Friday as two of the smallest English Premier League clubs signaled their ambitions ahead of the new season.

Netherlands defender Nathan Ake joined Bournemouth from Chelsea for a reported fee of 20 million pounds ($26 million), in what appears another astute purchase following the arrival of goalkeeper Asmir Begovic and striker Jermain Defoe this offseason.

Huddersfield, one of three promoted teams, signed Australia midfielder Aaron Mooy from Manchester City for an initial fee of 8 million pounds ($10.4 million) following a successful loan spell last season. The fee could rise to 10 million pounds ($13 million) through bonuses.

Mooy, who was recently playing at the Confederations Cup in Russia, was an ever-present for Huddersfield in its promotion campaign, scoring four goals.

It is the second time Huddersfield has broken its transfer record this summer, having bought Belgium striker Laurent Depoitre from Porto for a reported 3.5 million pounds ($4.45 million).

"We are going to give it a good crack this year," Huddersfield chairman Dean Hoyle said, "but we are also remembering who we are and where we have come from."

Huddersfield will be playing in England's top division for the first time in 45 years, and handed its German-born American manager David Wagner a new two-year contract Friday that tied him to the club until 2019.

"Last season there was interest in David, both domestic and foreign," Hoyle said, "but David stayed loyal to the football club and that means a lot to me."

Wagner said Huddersfield would be "the biggest underdog ever to start in the Premier League."

"Does it change that we are ambitious? Nope," Wagner said. "We are not in the Premier League to say 'Hello' and 'Thank you' after one season. We want to stay there."

Bournemouth, which is about to start its third season in the Premier League, hadn't spent more than 1 million pounds on a player before August 2013.

Ake spent the first half of last season at Bournemouth, scoring three goals in 12 appearances before being recalled in January by Chelsea.

"This is another statement of our intent," said Neill Blake, Bournemouth's chief executive, "and another player who will help drive the club forward."

Sunderland, which was relegated from the Premier League, loaned forward Fabio Borini to AC Milan. The Italian club said the deal involves an "obligation to buy" Borini at the end of his loan spell, the length of which wasn't disclosed.

The 26-year-old Borini scored two league goals for struggling Sunderland last season, and five the season before.

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          UNESCO launches book on protecting journalists and combatting impunity   

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Lars Schmidt (IMS photojournalism trainer)
Photo courtesy of International Media Support
30 June 2017

Although attacks on journalists continue unabated, there are examples of successful grassroots and global efforts to stem this tide.

This was the key message by Albana Shala, Chairperson of the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), when she flagged the IPDC’s latest publication titled An Attack on One is an Attack on All: Successful Initiatives to Protect and Combat Impunity.

“I’m very proud that this book serves to bring to life stories of survival and success that would otherwise remain untold,” said Shala. “These stories can help in the implementation of the UN Plan of Action.”

One of the journalists featured in the collection of stories, Maria Ressa, head of the social-media-based Rappler in the Philippines, spoke of the fierce online abuse she had suffered, and how she had refused to be cowed into silence. 

Speaking earlier about the book, the Netherlands ambassador to UNESCO, Lionel Veer, lauded the book’s portrayal of journalistic attacks as attacks on democracy as a whole.

He said: “We must all be in solidarity with journalists who are endangered as a result of their profession. That’s why successful projects on protecting journalists need to be celebrated.”

The book launch took place amidst a gathering of over 100 participants during the Multistakeholder Consultation on Strengthening the Implementation of the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity held on 29 June in Geneva.

The gathering included UN special rapporteurs on various aspects of freedom of expression, UNESCO and OHCHR Member States, professional associations, media, academia and other key non-UN actors.

The book brings alive 22 stories of courageous efforts at protecting journalists and putting a stop to the prevailing culture of impunity.

 

Contact:

Fackson Banda (f.banda@unesco.org)


          New Medical Writer opportunity - Netherlands   
Salary: Competitive (GBP)
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Location: England,
Company: Barrington James Medical / Executive
Posted: 29 June 2017 12:25:50
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          New Medical Writer opportunity - Netherlands   
Salary: Competitive (GBP)
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          Senior Medical Officer (Onco-Hematology)   
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          Europe's extreme June heat clearly linked to climate change, research shows   

Heatwaves that saw deadly forest fires in Portugal and soaring temperatures in England were made up to 10 times more likely by global warming, say scientists

Human-caused climate change dramatically increased the likelihood of the extreme heatwave that saw deadly forest fires blazing in Portugal and Spain, new research has shown.

Much of western Europe sweltered earlier in June, and the severe heat in England, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland was also made significantly more likely by global warming. Such temperatures will become the norm by 2050, the scientists warned, unless action is taken to rapidly cut carbon emissions.

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          BroadwayWorld Seeks US and Internationally Based Regional Editors   

How can I get involved as a Contributing Editor?

All applicants should have excellent writing skills and an enthusiasm for giving local theaters and productions some prominence on BroadwayWorld.com - the largest theater site on the net!

As a Contributing Editor, you will have the opportunity to review the shows of your choice, conduct interviews with local and touring talent, design features of your own choosing for publishing, and work/network with your local theater press reps to bring exposure to the theatrical offerings in your area.

Your compensation as a featured writer with us not only includes exclusive press seats to all of the shows you cover (as is standard in your area and arranged between you and the theater) but also the opportunity to be published under your own byline and publishing profile on both the local and main pages of the site for maximum exposure to our 4M+ monthly visitors!

The position offers flexible hours and the convenience of working remotely from your hometown. (**Access to New York City is NOT necessary**). There are no administrative duties associated with the contributorship. You simply see the shows, meet the talent, and write on your own time and terms! (Note that some projects require a specific publishing turnaround which you will discuss with your editor on a case-by-case basis).

To apply, or for more information, send an email to writefor@bwayworld.com


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          Lockheed receives PAC-3 anti-ballistic missile contract   
Washington (UPI) Jun 27, 2017
Lockheed Martin has received a $39.2 million modification to an existing contract in support of several allied countries Patriot Advanced Capability-3 anti-ballistic missile systems. Under the modification, announced Monday by the Department of Defense, Lockheed would provide Pac-3 Support Center post-production re-capitalization and support services for Germany, Netherlands, Kuwait, Sa
          Nathan Ake Officially Completes Bournemouth Transfer from Chelsea for Record Fee   

Bournemouth have announced the signing of Nathan Ake from Chelsea for an undisclosed club-record fee. 

The Cherries revealed on Twitter on Friday they had snapped up the defender:

According to the club's official website, he has signed a "long-term deal" at the Vitality Stadium.

The Guardian's Stuart James reported the fee is thought to be £20 million, while the contract is for five years.

Ake spent time on loan at Bournemouth last season before being recalled by Chelsea in January. Per the club's official website, he said: 

"I had a great time here last season so I'm really happy to be back.

"It's an exciting challenge. Chelsea is a great club and I learned so much there, but this is a new step and the right place for me to develop even more.

"The fans haven't seen the best of me yet. I always set the bar high so I know there is a lot of things I still have to work on.

"With the help of the manager here I know I can keep improving and become a better player."

The 22-year-old also took to Instagram to thank his former club:

The left-footed centre-back enjoyed a positive spell with the Cherries last year. Squawka Football shared the numbers behind his impressive but brief stint:

Despite his youth, Ake already looks to be a reliable defender who anticipates danger well and works hard to regain possession for his side.

While he made just five appearances for Chelsea upon his return to Stamford Bridge in January, he earned his first senior caps for the Netherlands at the end of the season and will likely go on to win many more if he fulfils his potential.

His reported fee is likely to raise some eyebrows, but he's a promising talent and could prove to be an excellent capture for Bournemouth if he continues his development with them in the coming years.

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          Best and Worst Moves Chelsea Could Make in the Transfer Window   

The transfer window is open, and as the clock ticks down to the August 31 deadline, so the anticipation builds about the players Chelsea will or won't sign this summer.

Thus far, for all the rumours, there has been little activity at Stamford Bridge. It's been all mouth and no action, with the headlines not being backed up by solid news of player arrivals and departures.

Are Chelsea biding their time to announce the first signing? Are the Blues carefully planning their moves to position themselves as Premier League favourites in 2017/18? Are they without a plan?

Time will answer those questions, but as we anticipate what is to come, Bleacher Report looks at some of the best and worst moves Chelsea could make this summer.

       

Worst Move No. 1: Needlessly Sell Diego Costa

Chelsea's summer is shaping up to be one of texts, buys and videotape. And Diego Costa has been at the heart of it.

Will he stay, or will he go? That's what we've all been asking since the end of the 2016/17 campaign. Costa has fanned the flames, notably with his revelation that Chelsea boss Antonio Conte sent him a text message to confirm he is no longer needed at Stamford Bridge.

"You are not in my plan," was how Conte signed off his message to Costa, according to Luis Nieto of AS. Should that be the case, it's a crying shame.

For all the negative headlines that surround the Spain international, his talent cannot be denied. He is an exceptional striker who has broken all sorts of records in his three seasons at Chelsea. He is a proven goalscorer, and players of his ilk are tough to unearth.

Not only that, but Costa's style lends itself to the way Chelsea play football. He's on the edge, pushing back the boundaries and limits of what's allowed, which is how this Blues side has been at its best.

Conte revolutionised the way Chelsea play last term. Unless he can bring in another striker to bully defenders in the way Costa does, allowing him to leave would be folly of the highest order.

The problem wasn't the forward last season; the issue Chelsea faced is he couldn't be dropped simply because there was no replacement to lead the line. His form suffered from January to March, yet he couldn't be rested.

Give him a proper supporting frontman, and we'll see the difference he can make. He's on the brink of greatness at Chelsea, and the club should be doing everything it can to repair any damage between player and manager.

       

Best Move: No. 1 Don't Sign Players Who Will Block the Youth Pathway

When Bertrand Traore was recently presented by Olympique Lyonnais as their latest capture, he was left echoing the sentiments of so many young Chelsea players before him.

"I wouldn't have got a fair chance," he said of the prospects of remaining at Stamford Bridge during his first press conference as a Lyon player. That has been the case for too long, and we've seen Chelsea miss out on some big stars who have departed prematurely.

That has to stop. The Blues have a generation of players coming through that is undoubtedly talented, and it has to be given a chance to flourish at the highest level. If not, why else invest in an academy that dominates English youth football?

We understand there is a commercial aspect. Not all of those young players will become Chelsea first-teamers, and like Traore (although he wasn't an academy product), they will be sold on to raise money for future signings. It's the club's way of competing in the modern market and utilising the resources they have to funnel success through to where it matters most.

But equally, the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Nathaniel Chalobah, Lewis Baker, Andreas Christensen, Tammy Abraham and so many others deserve to be given the opportunity to show they can be Chelsea players.

It's time the transfer policy acknowledged that. Chelsea are competing at an elite level, and that territory demands investment in elite players in the transfer market. It shouldn't come at a cost of blocking the pathway for emerging talent, however. It shouldn't be about short-term gains that damage long-term success.

When Chelsea are being linked with players such as Middlesbrough's Adama Traore by Sky Sports, it makes you wonder what must be going through the minds of the club's best youth prospects.

There's no time like the present to address these big problems.

        

Worst Move No. 2: Procrastinate

After preaching the youth doctrine, we go ahead and contradict ourselves by stating Chelsea can't afford to act slowly in the transfer market this summer.

As acknowledged, though, there is a need for any club to invest in players who can make an instant impact. It isn't just about flooding the first team with young hopefuls and waiting for them to sink or swim.

Chelsea would have outlined their transfer targets for this summer well before the season ended with Conte lifting the Premier League trophy at Stamford Bridge. There would have been meetings to identify those who were deemed attainable, and budgets would have been drafted.

Now the Blues have to act. They have procrastinated in the past, and what did that give them? Well, it happened that recently that you don't need a long-term memory to recall the situation.

After winning the 2014/15 Premier League title at a canter, Chelsea seemed to rest on their laurels. They were slow in bringing in new faces to freshen up Jose Mourinho's squad, which left them dramatically short on reinforcements.

Eventually, they got Papy Djilobodji on transfer deadline day. By December, Mourinho had been sacked for a second time. It left Chelsea in disarray, and they finished 10th and failed to qualify for European football.

By appointing Conte, they somehow got themselves out of jail. The circumstances that led to all of that happening can't be repeated. The club can't allow a manager of Conte's talents to leave under the same cloud as Mourinho. It would be catastrophic.

          

Best Move No. 1: Promote Talented Loan Players

Here we are, pushing that youth line again. We're not repeating ourselves, though.

As well as working to create that pathway for those in the academy, Chelsea have to look at what they have available and ready for the first team this summer. It could save them millions now and in the future when they realise the mistake in selling a player only to buy him back at a greater cost.

After all, that is what is dominating headlines with ex-Blues striker Romelu Lukaku.

There have been some damning column inches dedicated to Chelsea's manipulation of the loan system in recent years. Last season, the club had 37 players dotted around Europe on temporary deals elsewhere.

In the past, that has created a healthy revenue stream. But this summer seems to be the one when it can prevent Chelsea buying and selling.

What Conte is looking for in the market isn't so much upgrades on the players who won him the title but players who can support them throughout 2017/18. That means identifying those who aren't necessarily starting every match, more ready to be rotated in when fixture congestion begins to bite.

Why spend money when the likes of Baker and Christensen are returning after two years away in the Netherlands and Germany respectively, where they impressed?

Incidentally, Baker and Christensen operate in areas of the pitch where Chelsea need to add numbers. They lack attacking midfielders and bodies at the back. Conte needs to bring in at least two defenders to strengthen his back three, especially now John Terry has departed.

It's not a sentimental gesture, as Baker and Christensen have shown themselves to be of the standard Chelsea require in their squad. Don't spend millions replacing them; allow them to prove themselves.

Who knows? It might just work.

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          Watch the OCR European Championships Live this Weekend   

The OCR European Championships takes place this weekend in The Netherlands. The OCR European Championships is put on by the EOSF - European Obstacle Sports Federation. While most in North America will not be making the trip to Europe over the weekend (June 30- July 2)

The post Watch the OCR European Championships Live this Weekend appeared first on Mud Run, Obstacle Course Race & Ninja Warrior Guide.


           Interrogating violence against women and state violence policy: Gendered intersectionalities and the quality of policy in The Netherlands, Sweden and the Uk    
Hearn, Jeff, Strid, Sofia, Husu, Liisa and Verloo, Mieke (2016) Interrogating violence against women and state violence policy: Gendered intersectionalities and the quality of policy in The Netherlands, Sweden and the Uk. Current Sociology, 64 (4). pp. 551-567. ISSN 0011-3921
          Zherdev v. Ukraine: Article 3 of the ECHR and Children’s Rights at the Stage of Police Interrogation   
By Prof. Dr. Ton Liefaard, Professor of Children’s Rights / UNICEF Chair in Children’s Rights, Leiden Law School, Leiden University, The Netherlands[1] The Zherdev v. Ukraine judgement of 27 April 2017 by the European Court of Human Rights (hereinafter: the Court) further augments the Court’s line of recognising the vulnerable position of children in police … Continue reading Zherdev v. Ukraine: Article 3 of the ECHR and Children’s Rights at the Stage of Police Interrogation
           Netherland Teen Pussy Leaking White Cream    

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           Child abuse, social theory and everyday state practices    
Hearn, Jeff and Parkin, Wendy (1989) Child abuse, social theory and everyday state practices. In: The State as Parent: International Research Perspectives on Interventions with Young Persons. NATO Science Series D: (closed), 53 . Kluwer Academic, Dordecht, Netherlands, pp. 229-236. ISBN 978-0-7923-0492-0
          CAPREIT More Than Doubles Size of Netherlands Portfolio   

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 30, 2017) - Canadian Apartment Properties Real Estate Investment Trust ("CAPREIT") (TSX:CAR.UN) announced today that it has waived conditions and will acquire 19 properties totaling 849 residential suites located in eight cities and towns in the Netherlands. Included in the purchase are 102 single-family homes, 747 apartment suites and two commercial units. Approximately 29% of the suites are located in Amsterdam, 30% in Utrecht, 17% in The Hague, with the remaining 24% in five towns in the central and northern parts of the country. The purchase price of EUR170.4 million will be financed with new mortgage financing of approximately EUR100.8 million with a weighted average term of approximately 7.5 years bearing a weighted average interest rate of approximately 1.9% and the remaining with a euro-based loan under CAPREIT's credit facility, which currently has a 2-year hedged fixed interest rate of approximately 1.2%. Occupancy for the acquired properties is currently 97%. Closing of the transaction is expected on or about July 12, 2017.

           Queen Maxima is fabulous in fuchsia in The Netherlands    
The Queen was joined by her husband, King Willem-Alexander on a visit to the Architecture Museum Nagele during their region visit to Noord-Oost Flevoland in Urk, Netherlands.
          Weapons watchdog finds sarin used in deadly attack in Syria   
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- An investigation by the international chemical weapons watchdog confirmed that sarin nerve gas was used in a deadly April 4 attack on a Syrian town, but a report released Friday stopped short of saying who was responsible....
          [YouTube / Netherlands / Islamophonia / Great Falling Away / Mystery of Iniquity / Lord of the Flies / Victims] The WORST SPEECH Of All Time (Paul Nielsen)   
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          Organoids Proposed to Screen Patients for High-Priced Drugs   
Dutch scientists want to create mini-organs for all 1,500 cystic fibrosis patients in the Netherlands. - Source: www.technologyreview.com
          IEC 61850 Europe 2017, 26-28 Sep 017, Amsterdam, Netherlands   
IEC 61850 Europe 2017, 26-28 Sep 017, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Now firmly established as the European end-user forum for IEC 61850 experts

          Dot map cartograms for detection of infectious disease outbreaks: an application to Q fever, the Netherlands and pertussis, Germany   

Geographical mapping of infectious diseases is an important tool for detecting and characterising outbreaks. Two common mapping methods, dot maps and incidence maps, have important shortcomings. The former does not represent population density and can compromise case privacy, and the latter relies on pre-defined administrative boundaries. We propose a method that overcomes these limitations: dot map cartograms. These create a point pattern of cases while reshaping spatial units, such that spatial area becomes proportional to population size. We compared these dot map cartograms with standard dot maps and incidence maps on four criteria, using two example datasets. Dot map cartograms were able to illustrate both incidence and absolute numbers of cases (criterion 1): they revealed potential source locations (Q fever, the Netherlands) and clusters with high incidence (pertussis, Germany). Unlike incidence maps, they were insensitive to choices regarding spatial scale (criterion 2). Dot map cartograms ensured the privacy of cases (criterion 3) by spatial distortion; however, this occurred at the expense of recognition of locations (criterion 4). We demonstrate that dot map cartograms are a valuable method for detection and visualisation of infectious disease outbreaks, which facilitates informed and appropriate actions by public health professionals, to investigate and control outbreaks.


          Hamburg, Germany (DE) - Amsterdam, Netherlands (NL)   
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          For sale - 1968 C 10 Chevrolet Truck Original Right Front... - Auction   
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          For sale - 85 wagoneer fender emblems - Auction   
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          For sale - wagoneer / J10 / J20 / cherokee 4 wheel drive... - Auction   
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          Steve Job’s Yacht   
Over a year after his death, Steve Jobs' beautiful yacht, Venus, makes its debut in Aalsmeer, The Netherlands. The yacht was designed by Jobs and architect Philippe Starck. More at One More Thing.
          BroadwayWorld Seeks US and Internationally Based Regional Editors   

How can I get involved as a Contributing Editor?

All applicants should have excellent writing skills and an enthusiasm for giving local theaters and productions some prominence on BroadwayWorld.com - the largest theater site on the net!

As a Contributing Editor, you will have the opportunity to review the shows of your choice, conduct interviews with local and touring talent, design features of your own choosing for publishing, and work/network with your local theater press reps to bring exposure to the theatrical offerings in your area.

Your compensation as a featured writer with us not only includes exclusive press seats to all of the shows you cover (as is standard in your area and arranged between you and the theater) but also the opportunity to be published under your own byline and publishing profile on both the local and main pages of the site for maximum exposure to our 4M+ monthly visitors!

The position offers flexible hours and the convenience of working remotely from your hometown. (**Access to New York City is NOT necessary**). There are no administrative duties associated with the contributorship. You simply see the shows, meet the talent, and write on your own time and terms! (Note that some projects require a specific publishing turnaround which you will discuss with your editor on a case-by-case basis).

To apply, or for more information, send an email to writefor@bwayworld.com


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          Netherlands offers Zuid-Holland at zero-subsidy   
NETHERLANDS: The Dutch minister for economic affairs said the license for the Zuid Holland 1 wind projects will be offered to any developer wanting to make a zero-subsidy bid, before starting the auction process.
          LGBT Religion News Round Up, July 23, 2010   
Marriage was a big news item last week as Argentina legalized marriage for gay couples and gay Mormons condemn the LDS Church’s role in opposing the successful legislation.  In California, two polls show growing support for marriage equality.    Meanwhile, marriage equality in Washington D.C. was upheld by the Court of Appeals. In the Evangelical world, Peggy and Tony Campolo, an Evangelical Christian couple who famously disagree on gay issues, coordinated a dialogue with the Baptist Peace Fellowship in upstate New York.  Janet Edwards asked whether gay rights are an “evangelical thing.” John Blake asked whether the religious right has lost its children.  A megachurch in Las Vegas was dropped from HIV work because of its link to Martin Ssempa, the virulently anti-gay Ugandan pastor, and the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, elected a conservative leader. In mainline Protestant denominations, responses to the Presbyterian  decision on  gay clergy range from  the Rev. Peter M. Wallace saying God’s spirit was at work, to an Orthodox priest who said the opposite.  A Michigan-based gay rights group has donated $400,000 to the Episcopal Church for its use in developing marriage liturgies for gay couples and a Methodist minister and his boyfriend were attacked in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park. Internationally, the UK government responded to the petition opposing the Pope’s planned visit.  A meeting of faith groups in Vienna, held in advance of the 18th International AIDS Conference, was told by Netherlands AIDS ambassador Marijke Wijnroks that faith leaders can play a key role in combating HIV/AIDS.  Tel Aviv encouraged LGBT tourism with a new ‘Gay Vibe’ campaign, while the Jewish Journal highlighted Orthodox lesbians at the Jerusalem Post.  Serbian gay rights groups asked for the Orthodox Church’s help in curbing anti-gay violence.  Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe refused to include gay rights in a draft of the country’s new constitution, and the new primate of the Anglican Church in Nigeria followed his predecessor in condemning homosexuality. Also in the mix, Daniel Burke compared the use of the Bible during the church dispute over slavery in the 19th century to the debates surrounding LGBT issues today.  Soldiers’ rights hotlines are being asked if soldiers could qualify for conscientious objector status for opposing the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ but the groups say no.  An ‘ex-gay’ coach has been accused of molesting male clients, while so-called ‘ex-gay’ Donnie McClurkin is set to attend Boston’s GospelFest.   Mike Ghouse argued that religious people should stand up for gays, Jews and Mexicans.  Finally, Lady Gaga and her “little monsters” take on Westboro Baptist Church. Subscribe to the Religion News Summary by writing "subscribe" in an email to faith@glaad.org
July 23, 2010

          Europe Media Chart - November 2015   
A selection of the hot new music surfacing across the continent this month by the top European Jazz Magazines.

Madli-Liis Parts , Muusika (Estonia):
Mai Group "You" (MainiA Music 2015)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6h4CTjD6LNE
https://maiagan.bandcamp.com/album/you
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/maigroup
 
Paweł Brodowski, Jazz Forum (Poland):
High Definiton Quartet “Bukoliki" (For Tune 0074 047)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4BXScfRUDI

Jon Newey, Jazzwise (UK):
Nat Birchall  "Invocations" (Jazzman)
http://www.junodownload.com/products/nat-birchall-invocations/2890206-02/
 
Anna Filipieva, Jazz.Ru (Russia):
Live People Ensemble  "Planes" (Fancymusic, 2015)
 https://fancymusic.bandcamp.com/album/planes
 https://itunes.apple.com/album/ploskosti/id1052706692
 
Jan Granlie, Salt Peanuts (Norway):
HÅKON KORNSTAD: «Tenor battle» (Jazzland)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hECzXfjPWE
 
Christine Stephan, Jazzthetik (Germany):
PAT METHENY AND OTHERS “Hommage à Eberhard Weber” (ECM)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6e2Npceo_2w
 
Henning Bolte, Jazzism (Netherlands):
SIMON JERMYN’S TROT A MOUSE “Pictorial Atlas Of Mammals” (Skirl Records)
http://simonjermyn.bandcamp.com/releases
http://www.allaboutjazz.com/pictorial-atlas-of-mammals-simon-jermyns-trot-a-mouse-skirl-records-review-by-henning-bolte.php

Patrik Sandberg, Orkester Journalen (Sweden):
Per "Texas" Johansson "De Långa Rulltrapporna i Flemingsberg" (Moserobie)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1m3vXFRxxw

Cim Meyer, Jazz Special (Denmark):
Bushman’s Revenge “Jitterbug” (Rune Grammofon)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7wGCkkD0Yw
 
Lars Mossefinn, Dag & Tid (Norway):
METTE HENRIETTE "O/Ø" (ECM)
 
Luca Vitali, Giornale della Musica (Italy):
Trondheim Jazz Orchestra / Christian Wallumrød "Untitled Arpeggios And Pulses" (HUBRO)
https://soundcloud.com/hubro/trondheim-jazz-orchestra-christian-wallumrod-untitled-arpeggios-and-pulses-part-4
 
Axel Stinshoff, Jazz thing (Germany):
Matthew Halsall "Into Forever" (Gondwana)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qw-iqa3AxFM
 

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A number of jazz magazines from across Europe have come together under the banner Europe Jazz Media to work on common objectives in encouraging and strengthening interest in jazz and spreading awareness of the development and diversity of the music. One of the first initiatives is the Europe Jazz Media chart: a non-sales related chart that reveals some of the hot new music surfacing across the continent right now.

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          Polymerization pilot to begin in The Netherlands   
A pilot project has begun in The Netherlands to accelerate polymerization. The idea is to develop pilot facilities to accelerate the development of biobased materials, designed to compete with fossil fuels.
          KAMELOT Taps Drummer ALEX LANDENBURG For San Bernardino Concert   
KAMELOT has tapped drummer Alex Landenburg (RHAPSODY, CYHRA) to sit behind the kit for the band's July 1 performance at Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California as the support act for IRON MAIDEN. He will be filling in for KAMELOT's regular drummer, Casey Grillo, who is currently on the road with QUEENSRŸCHE. Grillo made his live debut with with QUEENSRŸCHE on April 1 at Sycuan Casino in El Cajon, California. He was recruited as the temporary replacement for QUEENSRŸCHE drummer Scott Rockenfield, who is taking time off from the band's touring activities to spend time with his newborn son, appropriately named Rockson. KAMELOT will return to North America in April/May 2018 to support their upcoming album on Napalm Records. The new offering will be released in early 2018 and the first tour behind the disc will see the band performing in the United States and Canada, bringing their biggest production and package in the group's history. The tour will venture north and into Canada before extending through the Midwest, ultimately reaching the West Coast before circling back to the South, capping it off with a huge Orlando and Fort Lauderdale finale. Joining KAMELOT and bringing their unique brand of symphonic metal to the tour are very special guests DELAIN from The Netherlands. Rounding off the package for a metallic triple punch are Finland's own BATTLE BEAST. KAMELOT's latest album, "Haven", sold around 7,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD was made available in May 2015 via Napalm Records as part of an exclusive licensing deal through the band's Kamelot Music LLC. Produced by Sascha Paeth and mastered by Jacob Hansen, "Haven" featured guest appearances by Alissa White-Gluz (ARCH ENEMY, ex-THE AGONIST), Troy Donockley (NIGHTWISH) and Charlotte Wessels (DELAIN). The g cover and artwork was created by Stefan Heilemann and additional art/layout was done by Gustavo Sazes.
          Fusión de Servired, 4B y Euro 6000: así será el monopolio de los cajeros automáticos   

Cajero automático

La medida llevaba gestándose más de un año: las tres grandes redes españolas de cajeros automáticos (Servired, 4B y Euro 6000) se fusionarán en una única entidad que ejercerá un monopolio prácticamente total en el servicio de retirada de efectivo. Servired, la mayor de las tres, controlará el 66% de la nueva sociedad.

Esta operación no es sorprendente: en buena parte de Europa los cajeros están operados por monopolios nacionales participados por el sector bancario local. La red alemana Girocard o la francesa Carte Bleue llevan décadas controlando la práctica totalidad de los terminales en sus respectivos países. En Holanda, donde los pagos con tarjeta ya superan a los realizados en efectivo, los grandes bancos se plantean no solo integrar la red sino ceder los cajeros a una entidad conjunta con una marca única. España se suma ahora a esta tendencia.

La empresa resultante operará casi 64.000 cajeros y tendrá 72 millones de tarjetas de crédito y débito en circulación. Los mayores accionistas serán los tres grandes bancos del país: Santander (con el Popular), BBVA y CaixaBank; que también son los que aportan mayor número de cajeros, tarjetas y clientes al conglomerado. ¿Qué consecuencias tendrá el monopolio de los cajeros para los usuarios?

La guerra de los cajeros está aquí para quedarse

La gran ventaja técnica de las redes de cajeros es que permiten realizar operaciones a clientes de todas las entidades participantes, al margen de la retirada de efectivo (por ejemplo consultas de saldo, recargas y similares). Además, la mayoría de redes ofrecen ventajas comerciales: los clientes de todos los bancos asociados pueden retirar dinero gratis (o por una comisión ínfima) en toda la red. En España también sucedía esto: los clientes de cualquier banco asociado a 4B, por ejemplo, podían sacar dinero gratis en cualquier terminal 4B. Hasta que comenzó la guerra de los cajeros.

A finales de 2015, los tres grandes de la banca española decidieron unilateralmente acabar con las ventajas para clientes de entidades asociadas a sus redes de cajeros. Comenzaron a cobrar 2 euros por transacción a clientes de otros bancos, independientemente de la red a la que pertenecieran. Se acababa así la razón de ser de Servired, 4B y Euro 6000 desde el punto de vista comercial.

Nada parece indicar que la política de comisiones en los cajeros vaya a cambiar tras la fusión

Nada parece indicar que la política basada en cobrar a clientes de otros bancos vaya a cambiar tras la fusión. Las entidades con menos cajeros se verán obligadas a mantener acuerdos con otras mayores –o de ofrecer alternativas como el cashback– si quieren que sus clientes puedan retirar efectivo gratuitamente.

¿Habrá ventajas para los consumidores?

Con la integración de las tres redes, se simplifican los pagos con tarjeta en España. El coste real de las transacciones se reducirá, al eliminarse la necesidad de interconectar distintas redes (por ejemplo, para pagar con una tarjeta Servired en una tienda cuyo TPV está conectado a Euro 6000). Pero está por ver si esta bajada repercutirá en las comisiones que deben pagar los comercios, una de las principales razones por las que muchos aún son reacios a aceptar este método de pago.

Cardpayment Pago con tarjeta

En cuanto a los cajeros automáticos, al estar todos conectados a la misma red, aumentarán las posibilidades de realizar operaciones (al margen de retiradas de efectivo) independientemente de la entidad a la que pertenezca la tarjeta. Y aunque en principio los grandes bancos no vayan a cambiar su política de cobrar a clientes de otras entidades, cabría la posibilidad de que las autoridades de la competencia decidan rebajar las tarifas máximas (actualmente 2 euros por transacción) para autorizar la fusión.

De momento, todo son conjeturas. Está por ver hasta qué punto la integración de todos los cajeros reduce las comisiones para pequeños comercios y clientes individuales. Lo que sí está claro es que la banca española reducirá costes con esta fusión, y que el nuevo conglomerado será uno de los mayores operadores de cajeros y tarjetas de la Unión Europea.

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          Simple, Honest Furniture from Woodchuck in the Netherlands   
Woodworker Rutger de Ruiter and stylist Tinta Luhrman “love nature, Japan, simplicity, beach, surfing, yoga,” as they say. The couple joined forces in 2017 to create a furniture and interior design studio called Woodchuck. “While we love simplicity, our creations always radiate warmth,” they say. “Woodchuck shows that minimalism can be attractive.” (The couple also offers color […]
          Autriche : La saison estivale commence avec une baisse des nuitées en mai (- 11,3 %) / Summer season 2017 started with decrease in overnight stays in May (–11.3%)   

7.12 million overnight stays were registered in May 2017, according to Statistics Austria's latest preliminary data, which represents a decrease of 11.3%. The overnight stays of resident visitors declined by 4.3%, those of non-residents by 15.4%. The number of guests was also decreasing by 6.7% (-7.8% for non-resident guests; -5.0 for resident guests). Mainly responsible for this negative development was the shift of religious holidays from May 2016 to June of the current year. Therefore it is to wait for the June 2017 figures in order to have a basis to compare the pre-summer-season May to June.

The overnight figures of the three most important foreign countries of origin were strongly decreasing (Germany: -29.9%; Switzerland and Liechtenstein: -13.0%; the Netherlands: -8.0%). In total, the decrease of overnights from these three countries amounted to 0.91 million. The strongest relative increases in overnight figures were registered from Russia (+37.5%), Poland (+18.0%) and the Czech Republic (+17.1%).

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          Abroad Experience International - Sales Support Rep - French & Spanish - Arnhem Area   
Abroad Experience International - Sales Support Rep - French & Spanish - Arnhem area . . Type baan: Contract . Locatie: Gelderland, The Netherlands, Utrecht . Salaris: Negotiable . Talen: Engels, Frans, Spaans . . Details van de...
          Arnhem meets GOA 2nd * Arnhem (Netherlands) * 1 Jul '17   

Line Up
Lovely people,
Since a lot of positive feedback was given to us during the last party and many people attended, we decided to come back to Arnhem. This time, the location will be bigger and provides more space for dancing, decorations and o...

Location
Willemeen
Willemsplein 1
6811 KA Arnhem


          Repair may increase survival of direct posterior restorations – A practice based study   
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jdent.2017.06.002

Abstract

Objectives

To investigate repairs of direct restorations by a group of Dutch general dental practitioners (GDPs) and its consequences on longevity of restorations.

Methods

Data set was based on dental records of patients attending 11 general dental practices (24 Dentists) in the Netherlands. Patients that received Class II Amalgam or Composite restorations were included in the study. The outcomes were considered in two levels: “Success” – When no intervention was necessary on the original restoration, it was considered clinically acceptable. “Survival” – Repaired restorations were considered clinically acceptable. Kaplan–Meier statistics and Multivariate Cox regression were used to assess restorations longevity and factors associated with failures (p < 0.05).

Results

59,722 restorations placed in 21,988 patients were analyzed. There was a wide variation in the amount of repairs among GDPs when a restoration had failed (Level 1). Repairs of multi-surface restorations were more frequent (p < 0.001). A total of 9,253 restorations (Level 1) or 6,897 restorations (Level 2) had failed in a 12-year observation time. “Success” and “Survival” of the restorations reached 65.92% (AFR = 4.08%) and 74.61% (AFR = 2.88%) at 10 years, respectively. Patient (age, removable denture) and tooth/treatment-related factors (molars, >2 restored surfaces, endodontic treatment, Amalgam) were identified as risk factors for failure (p < 0.001).

Conclusion

Overall, the GDPs showed satisfactory rates of restoration longevity over 10 years. Repair can increase the survival of restorations although, substantial differences exist among practitioners in repair frequency and AFRs. Molars, multi-surface restorations, presence of an endodontic treatment and a removable denture were identified as risk factors for failure.

Clinical Significance

Repair, instead of total replacement of a defective restoration, is a Minimally Invasive procedure which can increase the survival of the original filling, reducing the risk for pulp complications and treatment costs.

          RFID in Healthcare Market 2016-2024 - Global Strategic Business Report 2017 - Tracking Technologies Gradually Gain Adoption in the Healthcare Sector - Research and Markets   
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          Global RFID in Healthcare Strategic Business Report 2017 - RFID for Improvements in Pharmaceutical Supply Chain and Enhanced Patient Safety   
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          My Visit to The Netherlands   
Some notes about my recent visit to The Netherlands where I had a chance to meet important people from the FLOSS Community in that country.
          For sale - air jordan 7 retro olympic Youth - Auction   
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          Kosovo War Crimes Tribunal Set To Start Proceedings   
Kosovo’s Constitutional Court on June 28 cleared the way for a war crimes tribunal to prosecute former senior ethnic Albanian commanders from the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA/UCK), RFE/RL reports. Known officially as the Kosovo Relocated Specialist Judicial Institution, the court was established with European Union funds at The Hague, Netherlands, to prosecute crimes committed during […]

          For sale - early hardy brothers 4 piece split cane fishing rod... - Auction   
Cane 6710, Australia
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          Finland joins UK’s Joint Expeditionary Force   

Defence Minister Jussi Niinistö inked the deal making Finland a member of the UK’s Joint Expeditionary Force on Friday.

Niinistö formalised the arrangement in Stockholm, where Sweden also signed up for the multinational force.

The aim of the JEF is to develop rapid reaction military performance. Other current members are Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands and Norway — all NATO members.

The UK invited Finland to join the group in February this year. At the time the Finnish Defence Forces said that the collaboration would not involve any new hardware purchases, since the JEF seeks to use and develop existing assets.

The JEF is not staffed by permanent troops. Rather, members contribute resources during crisis situations.


          Atala Post “Grains of Sand” Video; Labyrinth of Ashmedai Coming Soon   
High among the myriad pleasures offered at this year’s Roadburn festival in the Netherlands was the chance to see Twentynine Palms, California’s Atala play not one, but two sets (reviews here and here), both of them rife with new material from their forthcoming Labyrinth of Ashmedai album on Salt of the Earth Records. And among the new songs aired […]
          SLEEPARCHIVE - Letter Of Resignation (Float Netherlands) 12"   
Title: Letter Of Resignation
Artist: SLEEPARCHIVE
Label: Float Netherlands
Format: 12"

Track listing:
MP3 Sample 5x3 (I)
MP3 Sample 5x3 (II)
MP3 Sample 5x3 (III)
MP3 Sample 5x3 (IV)
MP3 Sample 5x3 (V)
MP3 Sample Letter Of Resignation
MP3 Sample Solitary Drinker
MP3 Sample Sleep Cycle 17 (Locked Groove)
MP3 Sample Sleep Cycle 18 (Locked Groove)

          KLANKMAN - Information Overload (TH Tar Hallow Netherlands) heavyweight vinyl 12"   
Title: Information Overload
Artist: KLANKMAN
Label: TH Tar Hallow Netherlands
Format: heavyweight vinyl 12"

Track listing:
MP3 Sample It's Driving Me Insane
MP3 Sample Information Overload
MP3 Sample Rudeboi
MP3 Sample I Need Sense Pleasures
MP3 Sample Polyritmiek

          Comment on A Little Update on Italian Citizenship by Lucho   
Wonderful blogs that many things we can relate too. We are trying to start the Italian citizenship by marriage here in Netherlands too. Mind asking you recommendation for certified italian translator? and after translated the document is it faster to Apostille or take it to italian consulate to legalize it? Also it is said to translate the criminal records do you have to do it for the family status? Thank you.
          Fungicide resistance warning for new potato blight strain   

Farmers Weekly

A reduced sensitivity to a key blight fungicide is being partly blamed for the spread of a new strain of the potato disease across Europe, with UK farmers urged to alternate their fungicide actives this season.    The Dark Green 37 (EU-37) strain of blight was first detected in the Netherlands in 2013 and it has now spread to England, German, Belgium and north-west France. See also: How spud growers will benefit from blight forecasts Worryingly, this strain of the most important […]

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          Jackpot Capital - July $300 Freeroll Tourney Exclusively for LCB members   

Jackpot Capital - July $300 Freeroll Tourney Exclusively for LCB members

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          Weapons watchdog finds sarin used in deadly attack in Syria   
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- An investigation by the international chemical weapons watchdog confirmed that sarin nerve gas was used in a deadly April 4 attack on a Syrian town, but a report released Friday stopped short of saying who was responsible....
          HIDIVE to Stream Love and Lies Anime for International Territories   
United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Latin America, Netherlands, Scandinavia get stream
          PlusOne Showreel 2017   

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          Dear Jane - Follow your dreams   
Quiltshop 100 rozen in Deventer organiseert weer een Dear Jane quilt die met velen wordt gemaakt.
Eerder maakte ik drie dezelfde blokjes voor de Share Jane, nu 2 x 2 blokjes voor de Follow your Dreams.
Links op de foto het kleurenschema dat wordt gebruikt. De stoffen krijg je toegestuurd. In werkelijkheid is het grijs meer groen.

Quiltshop 100 rozen in Deventer in The Netherlands again organizes the making of a Dear Jane quilt. 
I made three the same blocks for the Share Jane quilt. This time I am making 2 x 2 blocks for the Follow your Dreams.
On the left of the picture you see the color scheme. Fabrics were sent to me. In real the gray is more green.
          Beitske   

Al weer een tijd geleden kocht ik deze twee lapjes. Het bovenste is gemaakt door Beitske de Boer. 
Beitske werd geboren in Baarderadeel (Friesland) op 26 januari 1876 en overleed rond 1942.
Het lapje dateert uit 1887. 
Tegelijkertijd ontving ik ook onderstaand lapje dat haast identiek is. Het is gemaakt door T.D. in 1865. Er is enige geschiedenis te vinden op internet, maar er komt geen T.D. in voor. Toch moet Beitske deze lap als voorbeeld hebben gebruikt.



Some time ago I bought these two samplers. The one above was made by Beitske de Boer.
Beistke was born in Baarderadeel (The Netherlands) on January 26th. 1876 and died around 1942.
The sampler was made in 1887.
I received the other sampler together with the one from Beitske. It was made by T.D. in 1865. There is some history available on the internet, but I cann't find a T.D. Beitske must have used this one as an example.


          Russia says OPCW doesn’t prove Assad role   
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says the report by an international chemical weapons watchdog that confirmed a chemical attack in Syria doesn’t back claims by the U.S. and its allies that the substance was dropped from aircraft. President Bashar Assad and his ally Russia have […]
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          Canadian artist Rodney Graham opens a new solo show at Museum Voorlinden   
From 1 July, Museum Voorlinden presents a new solo show titled ‘That’s not me’ by Canadian artist Rodney Graham; one of the most consistent, innovative and influential artists of the past 40 years. This is Graham’s first major exhibition in the Netherlands of his recent work. With a sense of humour and wit, he constantly questions his own identity and asks himself: what does it mean to be an artist today? ‘That’s not me’ invites the visitor to step into Rodney Graham’s universe. The artist captures himself in various roles and disguises, such as an amateur artist, light house keeper, sous-chef, musician and antiquarian. Graham opts for fictional archetypes, often based on old paintings and films, or purely on simple observations of daily life in his hometown of Vancouver. These transformations into characters refer to the artist’s fantasy of living another life, had circumstances been di
          Rail monopolies in NL and DE caught out – again. NS fined Euro 40m; poor old taxpayers.   
The Netherlands rail incumbent, NS, has been fined Euro 40m by the Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) for abuse of dominant position in the regional tendering process. ACM found that NS has submitted a lossmaking bid in order to shut out competition on the regional tendering process. The other bidders were not able…
          Scala Showcasing Digital Solutions and Expertise at London Digital Signage Week   
PRZOOM - Newswire (press release) - 2017/05/05, Sittard, Netherlands - Scala, Inc., will participate in London Digital Signage Week events next week displaying innovations at the Retail Digital Signage Expo (RDSE) - Scala.com
          Scala to Display How to Reinvent Retail with Digital at EuroShop   
PRZOOM - Newswire (press release) - 2017/03/03, Sittard, Netherlands - Scala, BV., will demonstrate how to reinvent retail with digital solutions for today’s tech-savvy shoppers at EuroShop - EuroShop-TradeFair.com / Scala.com
          Psychological predictors of cultural diversity support at work.   
Objectives: As diversity management activities become more prominent worldwide it is important to understand psychological reactions to them to ensure success, but empirical evidence is lacking. This study investigated employees’ and managers’ intentions and behavior to promote cultural diversity at work in a variety of organizations in the Netherlands, using Ajzen’s theory of planned behavior. Method: Predictors of intentions to promote cultural diversity at work (N = 670) and actual behavior after 6 months were assessed among managers and employees using self-reports in a 2-wave survey design. Participants’ average age at Time 1 was 38.26 years (SD = 11.86), 56% was female, and there were 78.1% Dutch ethnic majority and 21.9% ethnic minority participants. Results: Attitude to cultural diversity promotion at work and perceived behavioral control (PBC) related positively to both individuals’ intentions to promote cultural diversity at work, which in turn predicted behavior. The strongest driver, however, was attitude. Managers’ reported PBC and behavior were higher compared to employees. Conclusions: This study supported the applicability of the theory of planned behavior to predict intentions and behavior to promote cultural diversity at work. With an increasingly diverse workforce, this study aimed to advance our understanding of drivers of individual reactions and behavior to support cultural diversity at work. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2017 APA, all rights reserved)
          Bournemouth sign Ake from Chelsea for club record fee   
Bournemouth sign Netherlands defender Nathan Ake for a club record fee from Premier League champions Chelsea.
          Sarin Gas Used as Weapon in Syria, Says Chemical Weapons Watchdog   

Direct link to article... [littlegreenfootballs.com]

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — An investigation by the international chemical weapons watchdog confirmed Friday that sarin nerve gas was used in a deadly April 4 attack on a Syrian town, the latest confirmation of chemical weapons use in Syria's civil war.

The attack on Khan Sheikhoun in Syria's Idlib province left more than 90 people dead, including women and children, and sparked outrage around the world as photos and video of the aftermath, including quivering children dying on camera, were widely broadcast.

A child receives treatment at a field hospital after the attack in Idlib, northen Syria, on April 4. Idlib Media Center / EPA

"I strongly condemn this atrocity, which wholly contradicts the norms enshrined in the Chemical Weapons Convention," Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Director-General Ahmet Uzumcu said in a statement. "The perpetrators of this horrific attack must be held accountable for their crimes."

More: Sarin Gas Used as Weapon in Syria, Says Chemical Weapons Watchdog


          BroadwayWorld Seeks US and Internationally Based Regional Editors   

How can I get involved as a Contributing Editor?

All applicants should have excellent writing skills and an enthusiasm for giving local theaters and productions some prominence on BroadwayWorld.com - the largest theater site on the net!

As a Contributing Editor, you will have the opportunity to review the shows of your choice, conduct interviews with local and touring talent, design features of your own choosing for publishing, and work/network with your local theater press reps to bring exposure to the theatrical offerings in your area.

Your compensation as a featured writer with us not only includes exclusive press seats to all of the shows you cover (as is standard in your area and arranged between you and the theater) but also the opportunity to be published under your own byline and publishing profile on both the local and main pages of the site for maximum exposure to our 4M+ monthly visitors!

The position offers flexible hours and the convenience of working remotely from your hometown. (**Access to New York City is NOT necessary**). There are no administrative duties associated with the contributorship. You simply see the shows, meet the talent, and write on your own time and terms! (Note that some projects require a specific publishing turnaround which you will discuss with your editor on a case-by-case basis).

To apply, or for more information, send an email to writefor@bwayworld.com


Check out the worldwide BroadwayWorld regions below!

United States:


Anchorage, Casper, Dayton, Des Moines, Fargo, Hawaii, Jackson, Montana, Sioux Falls , and Vermont.

International:

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, Colombia Cuba, Egypt, Finland, France, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Montreal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Ottawa, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Prague, Qatar, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Toronto, Turkey, Vancouver, and Venezuela.



          Supply Chain Manager - Netherlands    
Salary: Competitive (GBP)
Benefits: Great Location, Competitive Salary
Location: Netherlands, Leiden, Netherlands
Company: Planet Pharma Staffing Limited
Posted: 29 June 2017 17:01:59
Expiry: 29 July 2017 16:51:48
          Pharmaceutical Quality Officer - QA - Manufacturing - Netherlands   
Salary: Competitive (GBP)
Benefits:
Location: Netherlands, Breda, Netherlands
Company: Elevate Direct Ltd
Posted: 29 June 2017 15:20:39
Expiry: 29 July 2017 14:30:39
          New Medical Writer opportunity - Netherlands   
Salary: Competitive (GBP)
Benefits:
Location: England,
Company: Barrington James Medical / Executive
Posted: 29 June 2017 12:25:50
Expiry: 29 July 2017 12:21:52
          New Medical Writer opportunity - Netherlands   
Salary: Competitive (GBP)
Benefits:
Location: England,
Company: Barrington James Medical / Executive
Posted: 29 June 2017 12:25:49
Expiry: 29 July 2017 12:21:52
          Country Clinical Lead   
Salary: 60,000 - 80,000 (GBP)
Benefits: expenses
Location: Belgium, Netherlands
Company: SEC Recruitment
Posted: 29 June 2017 11:35:01
Expiry: 06 July 2017 00:00:00
          Quality Manager   
Salary: Negotiable (GBP)
Benefits:
Location: Netherlands, Amsterdam
Company: Optimus Search Limited
Posted: 29 June 2017 11:02:01
Expiry: 06 July 2017 00:00:00
          Quality Manager   
Salary: Negotiable (GBP)
Benefits:
Location: Netherlands, Amsterdam
Company: Optimus Search Limited
Posted: 29 June 2017 10:59:16
Expiry: 06 July 2017 00:00:00
          Supply Chain Project Manager - The Netherlands   
Salary: 60,000 - 80,000 (GBP)
Benefits: na
Location: England, The Netherlands
Company: Planet Pharma Staffing Limited
Posted: 29 June 2017 10:54:29
Expiry: 29 July 2017 10:49:28
          Trackfiles Episode 12 - November 6, 2010   


          Weapons watchdog finds sarin used in deadly attack in Syria   
THE HAGUE, Netherlands — An investigation by the international chemical weapons watchdog confirmed that sarin nerve gas was used in a deadly April 4 attack on a Syrian town, but a report released today stopped short of saying who was…
          BroadwayWorld Seeks US and Internationally Based Regional Editors   

How can I get involved as a Contributing Editor?

All applicants should have excellent writing skills and an enthusiasm for giving local theaters and productions some prominence on BroadwayWorld.com - the largest theater site on the net!

As a Contributing Editor, you will have the opportunity to review the shows of your choice, conduct interviews with local and touring talent, design features of your own choosing for publishing, and work/network with your local theater press reps to bring exposure to the theatrical offerings in your area.

Your compensation as a featured writer with us not only includes exclusive press seats to all of the shows you cover (as is standard in your area and arranged between you and the theater) but also the opportunity to be published under your own byline and publishing profile on both the local and main pages of the site for maximum exposure to our 4M+ monthly visitors!

The position offers flexible hours and the convenience of working remotely from your hometown. (**Access to New York City is NOT necessary**). There are no administrative duties associated with the contributorship. You simply see the shows, meet the talent, and write on your own time and terms! (Note that some projects require a specific publishing turnaround which you will discuss with your editor on a case-by-case basis).

To apply, or for more information, send an email to writefor@bwayworld.com


Check out the worldwide BroadwayWorld regions below!

United States:


Anchorage, Casper, Dayton, Des Moines, Fargo, Hawaii, Jackson, Montana, Sioux Falls , and Vermont.

International:

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, Colombia Cuba, Egypt, Finland, France, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Montreal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Ottawa, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Prague, Qatar, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Toronto, Turkey, Vancouver, and Venezuela.



          Man, Swedes really don't trust Trump. They're not alone.   

Pew Research Center has just released a survey of opinions of how much confidence people from 37 nations around the world have that the United States will do the right thing in international affairs.

Guess what? The world lost a lot of that confidence when Donald Trump took over from Barack Obama. The difference is quite stark. Here’s the summary paragraph of Pew’s report:

Although he has only been in office a few months, Donald Trump’s presidency has had a major impact on how the world sees the United States. Trump and many of his key policies are broadly unpopular around the globe, and ratings for the U.S. have declined steeply in many nations. According to a new Pew Research Center survey spanning 37 nations, a median of just 22% has confidence in Trump to do the right thing when it comes to international affairs. This stands in contrast to the final years of Barack Obama’s presidency, when a median of 64% expressed confidence in Trump’s predecessor to direct America’s role in the world.

The full report breaks it down by country. The biggest drop in confidence occurred among respondents in Sweden, where 93 percent said they had confidence in Obama — but just 10 percent say the same about the current incumbent, a drop of 83 percentage points. The top five drops were rounded out by Germany and the Netherlands (drop of 75 points); South Korea (minus 71 percentage points) and France (70 percentage points).

Just two of the 37 countries had more confidence in Trump than they had previously felt for Obama: Russia, where 53 percent of respondents trusted Trump compared 11 percent who said the same about Obama; and Israel, where 56 percent trusted Trump compared to 49 who had trusted Obama.

The interviews with a total of 40,448 respondents in the 37 countries were conducted between Feb. 16 and May 8, 2017. The full report is viewable here.

 


          'Sunday in the Park With George' is ravishing; 'Psycho' at the Heights   

From your first view of the stage (white surfaces, white frame, white curtain pooled on the floor) to your last (the cast in their jewel-toned costumes, taking their bows), the Guthrie’s production of “Sunday in the Park With George” is ravishing. Written with playwright James Lapine, Stephen Sondheim’s musical about artists, their art, and their process – and also, peripherally, their lives – should be lovely to look at. So kudos to scenic designer Jan Chambers, who created a world from horizontal and vertical lines. To costume designer Toni-Leslie James for spectacular work throughout, most notably Yvonne’s (Ann Michels’) pink skirt with its cascade of billows down the back. To lighting designer Jane Cox, who stippled the set with color and made everything glow. To projection designer Caite Hevner for gorgeous projections and playful animations.

Directed by Joseph Haj, “Sunday in the Park” ends the thrust stage part of the Guthrie’s 2016-17 mainstage season, the first shaped entirely by Haj in his role as artistic director. The summer musical is a fairly recent tradition for the Guthrie, and this is the theater’s first-ever Sondheim, unless you count “Sweeney Todd” and “Merrily We Roll Along” at the Guthrie Lab in 1999 and 2001.

It’s a musical in which nothing much happens. When people break up, they sing their frustration, then move on. When they die, they do it offstage. The main characters – French post-impressionist painter George Seurat and his modern but made-up great-grandson, a multimedia artist also named George – are all about their work and clumsy at relationships. Original George is a color theory nerd who invents a new way of painting, is rejected by his peers, completes just six major canvases in his lifetime and never sells one. Modern George seems most concerned with securing commissions and connecting with wealthy patrons. Both are terrible boyfriends.

The main and most memorable part of the musical is Act I, about original George and the making of his masterpiece “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” (which hangs in the Art Institute of Chicago, just down the road). Act II jumps forward a century to modern George and his latest work, “Chromalume #7,” a machine that blows a fuse during the opening. Act I is half again as long as Act II, clocking in at 1 hour 20 minutes against 54 minutes. The main point of Act II seems to be that modern George learns from the past.

Randy Harrison, probably best known as Justin Taylor in “Queer as Folk,” and Erin Mackey, who starred as Nellie in last summer’s musical “South Pacific,” lead a cast of 17, most actors playing two roles. Mackey is both original George’s lover and muse, the cutely named Dot, and modern George’s grandmother, Marie. The other characters are all people from the painting, given loosely sketched, invented identities and personalities: a pair of soldiers, two young women (both named Celeste) who flirt with the soldiers, an old lady (imagined as Seurat’s mother) and her nurse, a cranky boatman, a baker, a snarky successful painter and his wife, a young girl, a coachman. T. Mychael Rambo takes two memorable turns, first as a crass American and then as a wealthy arts patron. When the cast comes together in a tableau of the painting, it’s magical, a feat made more challenging by the thrust stage.

Fans of the original Broadway cast recording with Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters won’t be disappointed with the singing at the Guthrie. Mackey is up to the demands of the tricky title song, and the shift to singing the elderly, frail Marie in Act II. Harrison nails the pointillistic “Color and Light” and the dramatic “Finishing the Hat.” The ensemble songs – “It’s Hot Up Here” and all three “Sundays” – are passionately sung. For part of the time, we glimpse the orchestra, led by Mark Hartman, behind a scrim at the back of the stage, a nice touch.

And whether you’ve seen the original Seurat painting in books or in person – it’s huge, over 10 feet wide and 6 feet high, made up of millions of dots that somehow coalesce into a shimmering, sunlit image – you’ll never see it the same way again.

“Sunday in the Park With George” continues through Aug. 20. FMI and tickets (start at $34). 

The picks

Tonight (Thursday, June 29) and Friday at the White Page Gallery: BodyCartography Project Presents Olive Bieringa’s Felt Room. Part dance, part music, part installation – in the dark. Escape from a world of constant illumination in the “felt room,” where dancers move in and out. Leave screens behind, forget about time and let your imagination go. Bieringa is a dance maker, somatic movement therapist and cultural producer who grew up in New Zealand, studied in the Netherlands and Brooklyn, and teaches internationally. Thursday from 6-9 p.m., Friday from 7-10. Come for all or part of the time; arrive and depart when you like. Space is limited to 30. Reservations are essential. Email info@bodycartography.org to reserve. $10-20 suggested donation.

Silverback Trio
Courtesy of Silverback Trio
Silverback Trio

Tonight at the Bryant Lake Bowl Theater: Silverback Trio CD Release. David Hirsch (keyboards and saxophone), Brent Wallace (bass) and Byron Johnson-Blanchard (drums) have performed around town at places like the Aster, the Black Dog, Jazz Central and more. (You might have caught them at Golden’s Deli during Jazz Fest last weekend.) Their debut album is a high-energy fusion of jazz and rock, flavored with improvisation and occasionally slowing down for a thoughtful ballad. Doors at 7:30 p.m., show at 8. FMI and tickets ($8 advance, $10 door).

Tonight at the Heights: “Psycho.” On the big screen in a 35mm print courtesy of Universal. See it the way your parents or grandparents saw it. It is really, truly terrifying, and not because CGI. (Here’s something we learned from watching “Score: A Film Music Documentary”: When Bernard Herrmann added violins to the shower scene, he tricked us into thinking we were seeing more violence, and more skin, than we really were.) 7:30 p.m. FMI and tickets ($8).

Opens Friday at the Park Square: “Idiot’s Delight.” Girl Friday Productions, whose play this is, describes it as a “dramatic comedy about idealism, greed and the realities of war … set in a world on the brink.” Sounds contemporary, except Robert E. Sherwood’s play won the Pulitzer Prize … in 1936. Veteran director Craig Johnson leads a 17-member cast in what he calls one of the ‘big, sleek, well-constructed, entertaining yet thoughtful, limousine-like plays that Broadway produced in its heyday between the wars.” With John Middleton, Stacia Rice, Kory LaQuessa Pullam and Karen Wiese-Thompson. 7:30 p.m. FMI and tickets ($40/60). Ends July 23.

Saturday at the Mill City Museum: Minneapolis Riverfront Walking Tour. Ignored for decades, allowed to become an industrial wasteland when the local milling industry died, the Minneapolis riverfront – along the mighty Mississippi – is now hot property for living, entertaining and recreating. The tour covers the historic district at St. Anthony Falls, the Stone Arch Bridge, historic buildings and new developmens including the Guthrie, MacPhail and housing. About 1.5 miles of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. 10:30 a.m.-noon. FMI and tickets ($14/11 MNHS members). Also Sunday, Aug. 6, and Sunday, Sept. 17, 1-2:30 p.m.


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          Sarin used in deadly April 5 attack in Syria, OPCW probe confirms   

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — An investigation by the international chemical weapons watchdog confirmed Friday that sarin nerve gas was used in a deadly April 4 attack on a Syrian town, the latest confirmation of chemical weapons use in Syria's civil war.

The attack on Khan Sheikhoun in Syria's Idlib ...

          Dutch Gas TSO takes C out of CNG grids   

Gasunie, the Dutch/German TSO for GAS  announced on June 30, 2016 that it will invest in a power-to-gas installation at the site of the gas storage location near Zuidwending in the Dutch province of Groningen. Gasunie subsidiaries EnergyStock and New Energy aim to convert sustainable electricity into hydrogen at its Underground Gas Storage Zuidwending in Groningen using approximately 5,000 solar panels. In addition, sustainable energy will be delivered to the project from Tennet’s high-voltage electricity grid. This pilot project (HyStock) will be the first power-to-gas facility in the Netherlands with a capacity of 1 Megawatt. The location is ideal because it offers the opportunity of future large-scale storage of hydrogen in salt caverns made suitable for gas storage. Through HyStock, the Gasunie subsidiaries aim to contribute, together with market parties, to the further development of the hydrogen market and apply new technologies on a larger scale. EnergyStock and Gasunie New Energy are envisioning that the natural gas buffer at Zuidwending (in the province of Groningen) will be able to play an important role in ensuring a sustainable energy supply. “Storing sustainable electricity in large quantities is difficult,” says Henk Abbing, Director of EnergyStock. “An affordable battery that would be capable of doing this reliably on a large scale has yet to be invented. Hydrogen could offer a solution here, as sustainable energy in the form of hydrogen can be stored. Together with oxygen, hydrogen is the main component in water. You can separate these two components quite easily using sustainable power.”The project is part of the recently approved TSO202 project co financed  (60%)by the EU Commission. In addition Gasunie will invest in 8 multi fuel stations including hydrogen that will be built by Green Planet a local service station operator. For more information click here.
          WordCamp Netherlands Reinstated for 2018   
At WordCamp Europe I had the opportunity to speak with WordCamp Netherlands organizers Marcel Bootsman and Luc Princen, along with WordPress Global Community Team members Josepha Haden and Andrea Middleton. The group has had several conversations about the future of WordCamp Netherlands, which was shut down earlier this year in (more...)
          O CANADA AVOIDS GENDER NEUTRAL LIBERAL POLITICALLY CORRECT REDICULAS NONESENSE UNTILL NEXT YEAR AT LEAST.   
JEWISH KING JESUS IS COMING AT THE RAPTURE FOR US IN THE CLOUDS-DON'T MISS IT FOR THE WORLD.THE BIBLE TAKEN LITERALLY- WHEN THE PLAIN SENSE MAKES GOOD SENSE-SEEK NO OTHER SENSE-LEST YOU END UP IN NONSENSE.GET SAVED NOW- CALL ON JESUS TODAY.THE ONLY SAVIOR OF THE WHOLE EARTH - NO OTHER. 1 COR 15:23-JESUS THE FIRST FRUITS-CHRISTIANS RAPTURED TO JESUS-FIRST FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT-23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.ROMANS 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.(THE PRE-TRIB RAPTURE)

Dreams of a gender-neutral O Canada are over — for now-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-June 28, 2017

Canadians will not be singing a gender-neutral national anthem on Canada Day after a bill before Parliament to officially change the lyrics has stalled.The House of Commons overwhelmingly passed a private member's bill last summer that would alter the national anthem by replacing "in all thy sons command" with "in all of us command" as part of a push to strike gendered language from O Canada.Although the bill sailed through the House with government approval, Conservative senators opposed to the changes have scored a victory in the Red Chamber. A yearlong campaign successfully punted a vote on the bill until the fall, at the earliest, and even then the legislation faces an uncertain future."I'm trying to protect the tradition rather than, you know, water it down with a politically correct version that is historically inaccurate," Conservative Senator David Wells said in an interview with CBC News on Tuesday."I don't misrepresent why I'm [using parliamentary stall tactics] … I don't like this bill, and I will do what I can to ensure it doesn't pass."Wells and a number of other senators have said they oppose efforts to tinker with the lyrics written by a man long dead.(The lyrics have been changed since they were first penned by Robert Stanley Weir in 1908, but not since O Canada officially became the country's national anthem in 1980.) The late Liberal MP Mauril Bélanger introduced the bill, and many MPs backed the legislation as a salute to a colleague on his death bed."The bill was passed in the House compassionately and out of sadness for a dying colleague. While that is touching, it is not the way we make public policy in this country and it is not the way we do our legislation," Ontario Conservative Senator Lynn Beyak said.A flurry of amendments were introduced to the bill in the last few weeks of the parliamentary sitting — all failed to pass in the face of opposition from most Liberal and Independent senators — which dragged out debate considerably. Parliament rose for summer break before a final vote at third reading could be held.Ramona Lumpkin, the chancellor of Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, and a strong proponent of the bill, said she was deeply disappointed by the developments."We're so close and I really regret that there are a few senators who seem to have dug in and decided to delay. I hope it's not a permanent block," said Lumpkin, in an interview with CBC News."It's not as if the words were brought down from Mount Sinai on stone tablets like the Ten Commandments, they are words created by humans and subject to change as our social and cultural conditions change, and thank goodness they do," she said.Wells said national symbols cannot be altered to simply adhere to the "flavour of the day." He said Canadians were not consulted by the government and that there hasn't been an adequate conversation about a fairly significant change."I'll be working my hardest to delay this bill until there's a full debate," he said. "I get a lot of emails, and many comments to me personally, from people who don't want to see the anthem change, who see it as a part of our tradition and who see this attempt to change it as political correctness run amok. It is a slippery slope. Calls for inclusion will always be there, but my belief is all Canadians are already included in the national anthem."He said pictures adorning the walls of the Senate depict men in combat during the First World War. "Would we now airbrush females into those pictures to accurately reflect what it might be today with those pieces of Canadians' history? My answer is no, that would be an abomination, and I think that's what it is with the anthem as well."If the bill is amended in the Senate it would be sent back to the House for another vote. As per parliamentary rules, because Bélanger is dead, MPs will have to unanimously agree to replace him as sponsor or the bill drops from the order paper; that is unlikely given entrenched opposition from some corners of the chamber."That worries me," Lumpkin said. "I know language matters and I talk to students and young women regularly who still feel their voice doesn't carry as strong as the voice of their male friends. I think the gesture, even though it's symbolic, would say a lot to those young women."The Liberal government could also choose to introduce legislation of its own — with the same wording — to avoid some of the problems that often befall private member's bills; namely, the government could invoke time allocation to prevent procedural time delays.

DANIEL 7:23-24
23 Thus he said, The fourth beast (EU,REVIVED ROME) shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth,(7TH WORLD EMPIRE) which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.(TRADING BLOCKS-10 WORLD REGIONS/TRADE BLOCS)
24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings(10 NATIONS-10 WORLD DIVISION WORLD GOVERNMENT) that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.(EITHER THE EUROPEAN UNION DICTATOR BOOTS 3 COUNTRIES FROM THE EU OR THE DICTATOR TAKES OVER THE WORLD ECONOMY BY CONTROLLING 3 WORLD TRADE BLOCS)

REVELATION 17:9-13
9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.(THE VATICAN IS BUILT ON 7 HILLS OR MOUNTAINS)
10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen,(1-ASSYRIA,2-EGYPT,3-BABYLON,4-MEDO-PERSIA,5-GREECE) and one is,(IN POWER IN JOHNS AND JESUS DAY-6-ROME) and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.(7TH-REVIVED ROMAN EMPIRE OR THE EUROPEAN UNION TODAY AND THE SHORT SPACE IS-7 YEARS.THE EUROPEAN UNION WILL HAVE WORLD CONTROL FOR THE LAST 3 1/2 YEARS.BUT WILL HAVE ITS MIGHTY WORLD POWER FOR THE FULL 7 YEARS OF THE 7 YEAR TRIBULATION PERIOD.AND THE WORLD DICTATOR WILL BE THE BEAST FROM THE EU.AND THE VATICAN POPE WILL BE THE WHORE THAT RIDES THE EUROPEAN UNION TO POWER.AND THE 2 EUROPEAN UNION POWER FREAKS WILL CONTROL AND DECIEVE THE WHOLE EARTH INTO THEIR DESTRUCTION.IF YOU ARE NOT SAVED BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS.YOU WILL BE DECIEVED BY THESE TWO.THE WORLD POLITICIAN-THE EUROPEAN UNION DICTATOR.AND THE FALSE PROPHET THAT DEFECTS CHRISTIANITY-THE FALSE VATICAN POPE.
11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.
12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.

Heres the scripture 1 week = 7 yrs Genesis 29:27-29
27 Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years.
28 And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week:(7 YEARS) and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also.
29 And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter Bilhah his handmaid to be her maid.

DANIEL 9:26-27
26 And after threescore and two weeks(62X7=434 YEARS+7X7=49 YEARS=TOTAL OF 69 WEEKS OR 483 YRS) shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary;(ROMAN LEADERS DESTROYED THE 2ND TEMPLE) and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.(THERE HAS TO BE 70 WEEKS OR 490 YRS TO FUFILL THE VISION AND PROPHECY OF DAN 9:24).(THE NEXT VERSE IS THAT 7 YR WEEK OR (70TH FINAL WEEK).
27 And he ( THE ROMAN,EU PRESIDENT) shall confirm the covenant (PEACE TREATY) with many for one week:(1X7=7 YEARS) and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease,(3 1/2 yrs in TEMPLE ANIMAL SACRIFICES STOPPED) and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

Opinion-G20 is 'test run' for Trump-era climate governance By Simon Schunz-euobserver

BRUSSELS, 27. Jun, 09:06-Weeks after US president Donald Trump announced the US' withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, the debate is still raging on in regard to the possible implications of his decision.Some fear a global domino effect, with more countries renouncing climate protection pledges and ceasing domestic emission reduction efforts.Others argue that the Paris accord's architecture is sufficiently resilient, and that efforts to keep global temperature increases to "well below 2°C" – as stipulated by the agreement – will endure.Activities at the sub-national level in the US also seem to support the argument that the agreement will prevail and domestic opponents of Trump’s decision have mobilised remarkably quickly.Cities and states with progressive climate policies joined forces across the US, committing themselves to honouring the Paris agreement.For instance, support came via the bipartisan "US Climate Alliance" of states – including heavyweights such as California and New York – and the "We Are Still In" initiative, which involves hundreds of businesses, investors, and institutes of higher education.Moreover, these sub-national players are linking up with leading nations to create innovative climate diplomacy networks: California and China have held talks to collaborate on emission reduction efforts, while several US states have intensified climate cooperation with Canada.Though these developments enhance the Paris agreement’s chances of survival, they will not be enough.Fight for survival-The resilience of the agreement hinges on how other major emitters will react to Trump’s break.To pursue effective global climate governance, these countries must repeat the steps taken in the run-up to the 2015 Paris climate meeting, where a strategy of "multiple bilateralism" between US-China, China-India and China-EU (among others) served to build trust and resolve crunch issues.The emerging consensus among key emitters was translated into cooperation in the world’s club governance fora (G7, G20) and fed into the multilateral negotiations, leading to the Paris agreement’s ultimate entry into force.True to this spirit, six members (plus the EU) were already pressuring the US to remain committed to the Paris agreement at the recent G7 summit in Sicily. Not that it seemed to do much good, as Trump withdrew from the climate pact a few days later.The next litmus test for effective global climate governance comes in July, when leaders from countries accounting for 80% of global emissions meet for the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, on 7-8 July.With the US thrusting itself into isolation, the German G20 presidency will seek to gather the broadest possible support for the Paris agreement.But a question remains: is a G20 entente possible? It might be, if others show the way.Climate leaders-From the G7, the EU and Canada display the clearest leadership ambitions.EU heavyweights have signalled their "strongest commitment" to uphold their pledges to combat climate change.In his reaction to Trump’s Paris exit, Canada's prime minister, Justin Trudeau, confirmed his country's "unwavering commitment to fight climate change".The Canadian government has also vehemently denied recent reports that Trudeau wished to scrap references to climate from the draft G20 declaration, in order to appease the US government.But leaders need followers. And whether followers can be mobilised depends on how G20 members define their interests – economically and politically.Economically, many G20 countries appear to believe the energy transition – accelerated by the Paris Agreement – must continue.Investing in low-carbon development is no longer seen as a burden on growth prospects. If anything, there is a growing consensus that Trump’s decision will put the US at risk of lagging behind technologically.Politically, the relationship between G20 countries and the US (particularly the Trump administration) is tricky.Are countries like Australia, Japan, Turkey and the UK willing to risk relations with the president of a key ally by adopting a confrontational attitude over climate change? The answer depends heavily on whether the German G20 presidency can dispel their concerns by convincingly demonstrating that the world is changing – because it is.-Changing world-At an EU-China summit the day after Trump’s announcement, a draft joint declaration on climate change characterised the Paris Agreement as “an historic achievement further accelerating the irreversible global low greenhouse gas emission and climate resilient development” and outlined numerous joint actions.Although it was ultimately withheld due to trade-related differences, this declaration contains the blueprint for a shifting centre of gravity in global climate governance to Eurasia.If supported by India's prime minister, Narendra Modi, who has reiterated support for the Paris Agreement, a solid pro-climate coalition including three of the world’s top four emitters would emerge.Cooperation with Canada, and with the sub-national forces in the US, could then provide additional momentum to convince other G20 members.As a major guiding forum, the G20 represents a test run for the future of global climate governance during the Trump era.The direction this governance will take, depends heavily on the strength of emerging partnerships, and their ability to convince others to join them regardless of US policies.If the will is robust enough, this "multiple bilateralism" could bring about the dawn of a new era, and the successful implementation of the Paris Agreement.If it fails, however, global climate politics faces a complicated, daunting future.Dr Simon Schunz is a Research Fellow at the United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS), and a professor of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges. He is also a visiting professor at the University of Leuven.

Opinion-EU parliament should befriend transparency By Sylvie GUILLAUME and Danuta HUEBNER-euobserver

BRUSSELS, 27. Jun, 17:24-A few days ago, an NGO representative expressed her concerns about the way the European Parliament was dealing with the European Commission’s proposal for a revised inter-institutional agreement on a “mandatory transparency register”.The proposal was submitted by the EU commission on 28 September 2016 and aimed at including the Council of the EU, where representatives of member states sit, as a new partner within the framework.Following the commission's proposal, the EU parliament’s Conference of Presidents entrusted us, as the responsible lead negotiators - supported by a contact group composed of one MEP from each political group - with developing a draft negotiating mandate.We organised five contact group meetings, where detailed discussions provided the opportunity for all political groups to give their input and ideas. It led to the endorsement of a balanced text on 11 April this year.We enriched our deliberations by means of a half-day meeting between the contact group and the involved NGO representatives - including Nina Katzemich from the website LobbyControl, and others from organisations such as Transparency International, Civil Society Europe and Corporate Europe Observatory.We listened carefully to their concerns, many of which we had already incorporated into our work, such as the necessity to enlarge the definition of lobbying and to include an independent observer in the management structure of the transparency register.We also discussed how we to pursue the negotiations with the EU commission and the council in order to get those concerns taken on board.Instead of the expected swift adoption of the mandate, which would signal the parliament’s readiness to enter into negotiations, we were deeply troubled to find that the item had been taken off the agenda of the Conference of Presidents on successive occasions.-Horse-trading-It appeared that some MEPs used procedural manoeuvres and political horse-trading to achieve repeated postponements of the adoption of the mandate, even though a large majority in parliament supported its content.It seems that it is sometimes those who believe themselves to be on the path of righteousness, who are most willing to misuse our system of procedures to score cheap political points.We found it disturbing that some wilfully ignored parliament’s power to determine its own internal organisation.It has also saddened us to see that some of those who claim to be at the forefront of stemming the tide of populism, do not seem to mind riding on that very same tide when it serves their own political ends.However, we were glad to see that the Conference of Presidents finally adopted the mandate two weeks ago on 15 June, in the very same form that had been proposed by the contact group.Following its adoption, the mandate was immediately published on the EU parliament’s website.Regarding the free and independent mandate of MEPs - enshrined in EU primary law - it is noteworthy that the independence of elected representatives is a cornerstone of a representative democracy and a principle this is not easily dismissed.Therefore, any limitation on MEPs in the exercise of their free mandate must be proportionate and cannot, for example, unduly restrict his or her right to seek information.Moreover, a principle enshrined in primary law cannot be altered by secondary law, let alone by an inter-institutional agreement.The mandate adopted on 15 June is based on a long line of parliament’s decisions regarding its relations with interest representatives.It reflects the position of a broad majority of MEPs and it constitutes a solid base for negotiations on a significant improvement to the current transparency register and a widening of its scope.-Negotiating framework-The mandate should be understood as a framework for the negotiations.Parliament’s position will continue to be adapted as the negotiations progress. Once the negotiations are concluded, parliament will adopt follow-up decisions with respect to its internal organisation, in order to implement the new inter‑institutional agreement.But the European Parliament still remains committed to pushing for a transparency regulation that would go beyond an inter-institutional agreement and lay down the relevant provisions on transparency and the register in secondary law.One should not forget the progress that parliament has achieved so far in this field. It initiated the Transparency Register as early as 1996, as well as a Code of Conduct with a commitment for registered lobbyists to act in accordance with high ethical standards.Parliament is, and remains, the most open EU institution, which can be seen with the web-streaming of its meetings and the ability for citizens to visit all of its buildings.Furthermore, parliament decided that registration on the transparency register was to be made a requirement to be invited as a speaker at committee hearings and to receive a long-term access badge for its premises.It also put in place a voluntary legislative footprint last year, and it encourages its MEPs to meet only with registered organisations.Katzemich considers the EU commission to have made a big step in 2015 by publishing meetings of commissioners, heads of cabinets and directors‑general.Certainly, this is true. However, this measure was decided by the commission with a view to its own internal organisation and cannot be easily translated to other institutions such as EU parliament or the council, both of which have a different set-up.Furthermore, the commission’s system is not without its flaws and has room for improvement, as Transparency International and other organisations regularly report.As the EU parliament's lead negotiators, we are particularly committed to getting the council on board and to adding significant value compared to the current framework.Three principles-A new register should encompass the following three principles.First, the widest possible scope of application for EU institutions and other bodies, including meaningful participation of the council.Next, a comprehensive and clear framework, without weakening the current system, for the regulation of interest representation activities.Finally, structures and resources that guarantee effective implementation.One of the main issues is that the new inter-institutional agreement provides a framework for coordination among the EU institutions, while at the same time fully respecting their different competences and prerogatives.-The mandate-The approach we have developed in our mandate would allow for:- The full respect of MEPs' independent mandate.- An inclusive transparency policy for all types of interest representative, as with the current register that features over 11200 registered interest groups from all over the world.- The possibility to maintain the wider definition of lobbying, covering both direct and indirect interest representation (as with the current system).- The full respect for each institutions’ needs, e.g. in the case of parliament as an open house but also with the need to know, for security reasons, who is coming in and why.- More flexibility in respect to the EU institutions’ roles and structures (parliament cannot simply duplicate rules that were designed for the commission).- Better quality information on the database – making the register more reliable as a source of information for the institutions themselves and for the general public.The quality of the new system will depend on how far the council can be convinced to match the parliament’s and commission’s commitment to transparency.We would therefore advise to look at the whole picture and analyse the situation comprehensively, especially with a view to scrutinising the council’s approach.It takes time to change long-standing practices, but we are fully committed to forge ahead, knowing that a pragmatic and constructive approach will yield the best results.Transparency certainly is one important aspect of ensuring citizens’ trust in the EU institutions. But it is not the only one. Keeping true to the facts is another.Sylvie Guillaume is a vice-president of the European Parliament, and Danuta Huebner is the chair of the constitutional affairs committee-Correction: The article's footnote originally said that Danuta Huebner is the chair of the foreign affairs committee, when in fact, she is the chair of the constitutional affairs committee

EU Commission could get say on Russia gas pipeline By Andrew Rettman-euobserver

BRUSSELS, 27. Jun, 09:29-EU states have given initial backing for the European Commission to negotiate the legal model of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline with Russia.Pablo Micallef, a spokesman for the Maltese EU presidency, told EUobserver that “some 13” member states spoke out on the plan when EU energy ministers met for informal talks in Brussels on Monday.The incoming Estonian EU presidency is now expected to convene a working group to take things forward.The Danish energy minister, Lars Christian Lilleholt, who was among the 13 EU backers, said: “I’m very satisfied. It was the best thing that could have come out of the meeting”.The mandate will have to be formally approved later down the line in a “reinforced qualified majority” vote by member states, a higher than usual threshold of 72 percent of EU countries representing 65 percent of its population.Maros Sefcovic, the EU energy commissioner who drafted the proposal, told the Reuters news agency: “I’m definitely optimistic about getting the [formal] mandate, but I know this is just the beginning of the debate."Nord Stream 2 is to concentrate 70 percent of Russian gas supplies to Europe in one route to Germany under the Baltic Sea.But its critics, which include the Nordic states, the Baltic countries, Poland, and the US, say it would harm EU energy security and undermine Ukraine, a Western ally, by making Ukraine’s transit pipes obsolete.-EU laws-Anna-Kaisa Itkonen, the Commission’s energy spokeswoman, told EUobserver on Tuesday that the Commission wanted to talk to Russia on whether the offshore part of Nord Stream 2 should be covered by the EU’s so-called third energy package.That EU law would oblige Russian state firm Gazprom to open up its Nord Stream 2 monopoly to EU competitors - a demand which led Russia to stop a previous project, the South Stream pipeline under the Black Sea to Bulgaria.But Itkonen said the talks would “not [be] about a [Commission] veto, it is not about the future of the pipeline, not about the Commission approving it or not”.She said the Commission-Russia talks would be designed to give “legal certainty” on Nord Stream 2 and that they would be “nothing spectacular or extraordinary” because EU officials had held similar discussions with “third countries” on other projects.The Nord Stream 2 regulatory framework is currently being negotiated between Germany and Russia.German, Austrian, French, and Anglo-Dutch firms - Uniper, Wintershall, OMV, Engie, and Shell - are to take part in the project, with Germany and Austria keen to press ahead.Neither the German nor the Austrian minister spoke out on Monday, EU sources told Reuters, but Germany and Austria recently attacked the US over its threat to impose sanctions on Nord Stream 2 investors.“We decide who supplies us with energy and how they do it”, the German and Austrian foreign ministers said in a joint statement on 15 June.-Ukraine unhappy-Pavlo Klimkin, the Ukrainian foreign minister, told Reuters in Paris on Monday that Nord Stream 2 "would have disastrous consequences for the energy security of the European Union and would make the EU dependent on one source.""Maybe some companies will benefit for the time being, but in the long-run it will lead nowhere”, he said.He added that there was no progress on Russia ending hostilities in east Ukraine."How can you trust Russia in setting up a unique source of gas supply?”, he said, referring to broader EU and US concerns over Russia’s aggressive behaviour toward neighbouring states.

Focus-Nordics consider alternative to EU emissions trading system By Lisbeth Kirk-june 28,17-euobserver

Copenhagen, Today, 07:44-If the European emissions trading system is not reformed to work efficiently, a Nordic carbon price floor could be introduced to secure future green investments in the region, according to a new strategic review of energy co-operation by the Nordic Council.The plan, which has been in preparation for over a year, is penned by Finnish businessman Jorma Ollila, who had formerly chaired Royal Dutch Shell for almost ten years and was the chairman and CEO of Nokia.It comes at a crucial time, just as the final talks on reforming the EU's carbon trading scheme are due to take place in Brussels.On Tuesday (27 June), representatives of the EU member states, the European Parliament and the European Commission met for one of the final meetings on how the EU’s flagship climate instrument – the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) – should look in the 2021-2030 period.But before the real talks have even started, hopes of reforming the EU system to work efficiently are fading.”I think everyone realises that this is not enough. The [EU] proposal will not deliver a carbon price that we need to decarbonise the industry sectors,” said Femke de Jong, EU policy director for Carbon Market Watch.Her organisation brings together more than 800 NGOs and academics from 70 different countries, working to make the carbon market “an effective climate mitigation tool.””I think it is only logical to have a debate on how we can complement the system. A carbon floor price – at least at the regional level – seems a realistic option,” de Jong said.-Nordic energy union-Norway and Sweden are strong on hydropower, Norway produces oil and gas, Denmark has wind, while Finland and Sweden have built nuclear plants and are pushing for more bio-fuels as a future energy resource.Some 20 years ago, these countries decided to connect their national electricity grids with water reservoirs, allowing hydropower to serve as a kind of Nordic battery to compensate for periods without wind, for example.”There were significant benefits, welfare benefits, lower electricity prices and easier management of the generation of electricity in tough times or during high peak demand in winter times,” Ollila pointed out.This Nordic solution, Ollila said, has been "managed historically very well". He added that since the EU is looking into different prospects for the energy union, there is an opportunity to learn from "what has been done in Nordic countries over the past 20 years."In addition to Nordic carbon trade, Ollila also suggested a Nordic export strategy for green energy solutions, alignment of research and using the whole Nordic area as a testbed.Nuuk in Greenland has been suggested to become a testbed for the full deployment of electric vehicles, and Reykjavik in Iceland may become a testing ground for infrastructure and systems that can support electrification of visiting cruise and fishing ships.The Faroe Islands may become the place for the development of battery technology and energy storage.-Green transition and growth-Put together, the Nordic region today is one of the 12 largest economies in the world and it is already living proof that the green transition is not incompatible with economic growth.However, the Nordics must become even greener to complete their transition into renewable energy, the Nordic Council report said."The energy transition is already underway – but if the Nordic countries do not participate to the fullest, the jobs will be created elsewhere," warned Jorma Ollila."The renewables will take off faster than what was thought only five years ago. So, the role of the renewables will grow quite significantly," he added."The focus should be on securing the most efficient green transition. If the ETS does not provide this, it may be relevant and timely to discuss a joint Nordic approach to support the schemes for renewable energy," Ollila's report concluded.”Another approach could be to discuss the introduction of a Nordic carbon price, based on the United Kingdom’s carbon price floor, in order to secure stronger incentives for the green transition,” it said.-UK leads the way-The prospect of a regionalised European carbon trading system in the future is not limited to the Nordic area. For instance, the UK already introduced a carbon price floor in 2013.”So far, the only country in Europe that has a carbon floor price is the UK. There it was very effective. They introduced a carbon floor price in 2013 and it has resulted in UK coal emissions falling by almost 60% last year," Femke de Jong said, adding: "So it is really significant."She goes on to say that: "It can be a very effective instrument to – at least in the intermediate time – to make sure that the carbon price reflects the damage cost of the pollution to the society.”Under the UK carbon floor price system, carbon emission prices rise automatically – currently at 18 pounds sterling (€20) from 2016 to 2020.Currently the carbon price in Europe stands at €5, but it should rise to €40 to meet the objectives of the Paris climate agreement and rise further to €100 in 2030.-Regional carbon trade-”Ideally, this should be solved at the EU level, but if this is not possible in the short-term, it makes sense to go for a regional solution,” de Jong said.”France has been pushing for it very much in the past and we think that now, with Macron [as president of France], he will also push for that," she added."Let's see," she said, "maybe after the German elections, there can also be a regional carbon price in Western Europe – with Germany, maybe Belgium, the Netherlands and France."Linking the Nordic carbon trade to the British system might be made complicated by the Brexit process, however.”I think it might be tricky for the Nordic countries to join the UK system,” said de Jong.”It is still an open question if the UK will withdraw from the ETS or not. Maybe it is also an idea to team up more with other countries that are contemplating this,” she suggested.

Luxembourg not a tax haven, claims PM By Nikolaj Nielsen-june 28,17-euobserver

Luxembourg, Today, 08:42-Luxembourg continues to refute any notion that it is a tax haven, despite widespread evidence of dubious schemes that it cuts global tax bills for big firms."We were never a tax haven," Luxembourg's prime minister, Xavier Bettel, told EUobserver on Tuesday (27 June).Bettel's comments follow a grilling of Luxembourg's former prime minister and current European Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker. Juncker in late May told the European Parliament that he was unable to explain why the Grand Duchy "didn't want to remove tax secrecy."But Bettel, who was fielding a wide range of questions from reporters at an event hosted by the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg, defended the country's tax policies by saying it was one of the first places to push transparency and the exchange of tax rulings with other member states."It is important for me that we have common rules and Luxembourg was one of the first one for transparency," he said.Luxembourg was rocked by scandal following media revelations in late 2014 that exposed how nearly 340 companies secured secret deals that shaved billions of euros from taxes, which were due to be paid elsewhere.The revelations ushered in a raft of new EU and national legislation to increase tax transparency and weed out abuse.The scandal also triggered a probe by the European Parliament, which slammed Luxembourg for allowing corporations to dodge "tax that could have been used to build schools, hospitals or pay down national debt."A report by the Brussels-based NGO, Eurodad, had also revealed last December that Luxembourg had in fact increased the number of so-called tax rulings in the wake of the 2014 media revelations by some 50 percent.The issue saw former PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) employee Antoine Deltour face prison time for leaking the secret rules to the media, posing larger questions on whistleblower protection laws.But Bettel maintained that his country was fully compliant with tax standards and had not committed a crime."There are over 20 countries in Europe doing [tax] rulings," he noted, echoing a similar refrain to his predecessor, Juncker.Luxembourg, under Juncker's decade-long leadership of the country, had also repeatedly blocked the rolling back of aggressive tax planning schemes throughout the EU, according to a cache of German cables leaked earlier this year.Bettel also opposes any pan-EU taxation system and refuses to impose any sort of tax on financial transactions.The financial transaction tax, also known as the FTT, aims to raise money for the public good by imposing a 0.1 percent tax on shares and bonds, and 0.01 percent on derivative products."I am fully against and I will block that," said Bettel. But he noted that other member states are free to move ahead on the file as part of a two-speed Europe.He also added that people in Luxembourg should not have to pay more tax only "because other countries were not responsible with public finances."

New cyberattack wallops Europe; spreads more slowly in US-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-June 27, 2017

PARIS — A new and highly virulent outbreak of data-scrambling software — apparently sown in Ukraine — caused disruption across the world Tuesday. Following a similar attack in May , the fresh cyber-assault paralyzed some hospitals, government offices and major multinational corporations in a dramatic demonstration of how easily malicious programs can bring daily life to a halt.Ukraine and Russia appeared hardest hit by the new strain of ransomware — malicious software that locks up computer files with all-but-unbreakable encryption and then demands a ransom for its release. In the United States, the malware affected companies such as the drugmaker Merck and Mondelez International, the owner of food brands such as Oreo and Nabisco.Its pace appeared to slow as the day wore on, in part because the malware appeared to require direct contact between computer networks, a factor that may have limited its spread in regions with fewer connections to Ukraine.The malware's origins remain unclear. Researchers picking the program apart found evidence its creators had borrowed from leaked National Security Agency code, raising the possibility that the digital havoc had spread using U.S. taxpayer-funded tools."The virus is spreading all over Europe and I'm afraid it can harm the whole world," said Victor Zhora, the chief executive of Infosafe IT in Kyiv , where reports of the malicious software first emerged early afternoon local time Tuesday.In Ukraine, victims included top-level government offices, where officials posted photos of darkened computer screens, as well as energy companies, banks, cash machines, gas stations, and supermarkets. Ukrainian Railways and the communications company Ukrtelecom were among major enterprises hit, Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan said in a Facebook post .The virus hit the radiation-monitoring at Ukraine's shuttered Chornobyl power plant, site of the world's worst nuclear accident, forcing it into manual operation.Multinational companies, including the global law firm DLA Piper and Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk were also affected, although the firms didn't specify the extent of the damage.Ukraine bore the brunt with more than 60 per cent of the attacks, followed by Russia with more than 30 per cent , according to initial findings by researchers at the cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab. It listed Poland, Italy and Germany, in that order, as the next-worst affected.In the U.S, two hospitals in western Pennsylvania were hit; patients reported on social media that some surgeries had to be rescheduled. A spokeswoman for Heritage Valley Health System would say only that operational changes had to be made. A Wellsville, Ohio, woman at one of its hospitals to have her gallbladder removed said she noticed computer monitors off and nurses scurrying around with stacks of paperwork.Security experts said Tuesday's global cyberattack shares something in common with last month's outbreak of ransomware, dubbed WannaCry . Both spread using digital lock picks originally created by the NSA and later published to the web by a still-mysterious group known as the Shadowbrokers.Security vendors including Bitdefender and Kaspersky said the NSA exploit, known as EternalBlue, lets malware spread rapidly across internal networks at companies and other large organizations. Microsoft issued a security fix in March, but Chris Wysopal, chief technology officer at the security firm Veracode, said it would only be effective if every single computer on a network were patched — otherwise, a single infected machine could infect all others."Once activated, the virus can automatically and freely distribute itself on your network," Ukraine's cyberpolice tweeted.Bogdan Botezatu, an analyst with Bitdefender, compared such self-spreading software to a contagious disease. "It's like somebody sneezing into a train full of people," he said.Ryan Kalember, a security expert at Proofpoint, said one reason the attacks appeared to be slowing down was that the ransomware appears to spread only when a direct contact exists between two networks — such as when a global company's Ukraine office interacts with headquarters.But once it hits a computer on a network, it spreads quickly, even among computers that have applied the fix for the NSA exploit."It's more harmful to the organization that it affects, but because it's not randomly spreading over the internet like WannaCry, it's somewhat contained to the organizations that were connected to each other," Kalember said.Botezatu said the new program appeared nearly identical to GoldenEye, a variant of a known family of hostage-taking programs known as "Petya." It demanded $300 in Bitcoin.Unlike typical ransomware, which merely scrambles personal data files, the program wreaking havoc Tuesday overwrites a computer's master boot record, making it tougher to restore even a machine that has been backed up, said Kalember.It may have first spread through a rogue update to a piece of Ukrainian accounting software called MEDoc, according to tweets by the country's cyberpolice unit. It said a rogue update seeded the infection across Ukraine. In a lengthy statement posted to Facebook, MEDoc acknowledged having been hacked.The motives of those behind the malware remain unknown. Ukraine has been a persistent target of pro-Russian hackers, who are blamed for twice shutting down large swaths of its power grid in the dead of winter and sabotaging its elections system in a bid to disrupt May 2014 national elections.Emails sent Tuesday to an address posted to the bottom of ransom demands went unreturned. That might be because the email provider hosting that address, Berlin-based Posteo, pulled the plug on the account before the infection became widely known.In an email, a Posteo representative said it had blocked the email address "immediately" after learning that it was associated with ransomware. The company added that it was in contact with German authorities "to make sure that we react properly."___Bajak reported from Houston. Associated Press writers Anick Jesdanun in New York, Vladimir Isachenkov in Moscow, Larry Rosenthal in Beaver, Pennsylvania and Jan M. Olsen in Copenhagen, Denmark, contributed to this report.Raphael Satter And Frank Bajak, The Associated Press.

Trudeau appoints his first climate change ambassador with revamped mandate-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-June 27, 2017

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has tapped a long-time Canadian diplomat to step into a revamped role of Canada's ambassador for climate change.Canada hasn't had such an ambassador since January 2015.Jennifer MacIntyre fills the role as of Tuesday, with a mandate to push Canada's international relationships on the climate change file, including promoting Canadian clean technology businesses abroad.She is the fifth person to hold the title of ambassador for climate change — but the first where the role is not the equivalent of Canada's chief negotiator for climate change treaties.As such she will not be on hand next week when Trudeau sits down with other G20 leaders in Germany where the Paris climate change agreement will be front and centre.Instead her role is to find ways for Canada to take advantage of any international opportunities for trade and investment that climate change policies bring.MacIntyre spent most of the last four years as the ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein.The Canadian Press.

NATO chief: US allies to spend $12 billion more this year-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-June 28, 2017

BRUSSELS — NATO's chief says U.S. allies are projected to spend around $12 billion more on defence this year, after President Donald Trump berated them for failing to boost military budgets.NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday that "we have really shifted gears. The (spending) trend is up and we intend to keep it up."Unveiling new figures, Stoltenberg said European allies and Canada have increased spending by almost $46 billion over the last three years.He said 25 of NATO's 29 allies aim to raise defence spending in 2017.Only the United States, Britain, Estonia, debt-burden Greece and Poland met NATO's spending targets last year. Romania says it will meet the 2 per cent of GDP guideline this year, while Latvia and Lithuania plan to in 2018.The Associated Press.

STORMS HURRICANES-TORNADOES

LUKE 21:25-26
25 And there shall be signs in the sun,(HEATING UP-SOLAR ECLIPSES) and in the moon,(MAN ON MOON-LUNAR ECLIPSES) and in the stars;(ASTEROIDS ETC) and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity;(MASS CONFUSION) the sea and the waves roaring;(FIERCE WINDS)
26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear,(TORNADOES,HURRICANES,STORMS) and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth:(DESTRUCTION) for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.(FROM QUAKES,NUKES ETC)

Wind fans the flames of Utah fire that has burned 13 homes-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-June 28, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY — Firefighters are bracing for more high winds Wednesday as they try to slow a southern Utah wildfire that has burned 13 homes and forced the evacuation of 1,500 people.Firefighters are hoping to be able to put out hot spots on the southern end of the fire to allow residents to return to the ski town of Brian Head. Homes there have been evacuated since June 17 when authorities say it was started by someone using a torch tool to burn weeds on private land.The fire is the largest in the nation at 78 square miles (201 square kilometres ).The blaze is one of several in the West. Crews in California were making gains against two new fires that spread quickly, and firefighters in Idaho battled five lightning-sparked wildfires burning in grass and brush.

The Associated Press
WORLD POWERS IN THE LAST DAYS (END OF AGE OF GRACE NOT THE WORLD)

EUROPEAN UNION-KING OF WEST-DAN 9:26-27,DAN 7:23-24,DAN 11:40,REV 13:1-10
EGYPT-KING OF THE SOUTH-DAN 11:40
RUSSIA-KING OF THE NORTH-EZEK 38:1-2,EZEK 39:1-3
CHINA-KING OF THE EAST-DAN 11:44,REV 9:16,18
VATICAN-RELIGIOUS LEADER-REV 13:11-18,REV 17:4-5,9,18

WORLD TERRORISM

OH BY THE WAY WHEN THE MEDIA SAYS ALLU-AK-BAR MEANS GOD IS GREAT LIE. IN ISLAM ALLU-AK-BAR MEANS OUR GOD IS GREATER OR GREATEST. THIS IS HOW THE MEDIA SUCK HOLES UP TO ISLAMIC-QURANIC-MUSLIMS. BY WATERING DOWN THE REAL MEANING OF THE SEX FOR MURDER DEATH CULT ISLAM. TO MAKE IT SOUND LIKE A PEACEFUL RELIGION (CULT OF DEATH AND WORLD DOMINATION).

GENESIS 6:11-13
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.(WORLD TERRORISM,MURDERS)(HAMAS IN HEBREW IS VIOLENCE)
12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence (TERRORISM)(HAMAS) through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

GENESIS 16:11-12
11 And the angel of the LORD said unto her,(HAGAR) Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael;(FATHER OF THE ARAB/MUSLIMS) because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.
12 And he (ISHMAEL-FATHER OF THE ARAB-MUSLIMS) will be a wild (DONKEY-JACKASS) man;(ISLAM IS A FAKE AND DANGEROUS SEX FOR MURDER CULT) his hand will be against every man,(ISLAM HATES EVERYONE) and every man's hand against him;(PROTECTING THEMSELVES FROM BEING BEHEADED) and he (ISHMAEL ARAB/MUSLIM) shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.(LITERAL-THE ARABS LIVE WITH THEIR BRETHERN JEWS)

ISAIAH 14:12-14
12  How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer,(SATAN) son of the morning!(HEBREW-CRECENT MOON-ISLAM) how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14  I (SATAN HAS EYE TROUBLES) will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.(AND 1/3RD OF THE ANGELS OF HEAVEN FELL WITH SATAN AND BECAME DEMONS)

JOHN 16:2
2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.(ISLAM MURDERS IN THE NAME OF MOON GOD ALLAH OF ISLAM)

Trudeau touts open Canadian immigration system in face of Trump travel ban-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-June 27, 2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he will continue to promote Canada's open immigration policy on the world stage as controversy rages over U.S. President Donald Trump's travel ban.Trudeau said Tuesday during a news conference in Ottawa to wrap up the parliamentary sitting that government officials have had "multiple conversations" with the U.S. administration about protecting Canadian rights in the face of immigration decisions south of the border."But at the same time, Canadians have been very clear that we see immigration as a net positive, that we know we don't have to compromise security to build stronger, more resilient communities," he said. "I will continue to stand for Canadian values and Canadian success in our immigration system as I always have, whether it's in Washington or in Hamburg next week or elsewhere around the world."On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed a limited version of Trump's ban on travel from six mostly Muslim countries to take effect.The justices will hear full arguments in October, but in the meantime, the court said Trump's ban on visitors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen could be enforced if those visitors lack a "credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States."-Trudeau defends sniper role-In the wide-ranging news conference in the National Press Theatre, Trudeau was asked about topics ranging from trade concerns with the U.S. to recent news that a Canadian special forces member had shot and killed an ISIS fighter at a record distance for a sniper.Trudeau called the sniper actions "entirely consistent" with the role of troops in northern Iraq. The "advise and assist" mission has always had an element of defending Canadian forces as well as our coalition partners, he said."That is something that is integral to this mission, and that is something that has always been followed," he said.NDP Leader Tom Mulcair has said the incident suggests Canadian forces are actually involved in direct combat in Iraq, and has called on Trudeau to provide the public with more details on the role of the mission.Trudeau said the incident should be "celebrated" for demonstrating the excellence in training and performance of duties by the Canadian Forces.National Defence said the sniper, part of the Joint Task Force 2 special forces unit, was supporting Iraqi forces when he shot an enemy fighter from 3,540 metres away.That is more than a kilometre farther than the previous record, held by a British sniper who shot a Taliban fighter in Afghanistan in 2009.Trudeau also said he broke his key electoral promise to reform Canada's electoral system because there was no compromise from other parties, and he didn't want to use his Liberal majority to ram through fundamental change."There was no path to do that."-'No path' on electoral reform-Trudeau said Liberals preferred a ranked ballot system, while the NDP wanted a proportional voting system that would have led to "fragmented" parties.Conservatives wanted to keep the status quo, he said."It was a very difficult decision for me," Trudeau said in describing his decision to break the promise.Asked about when the government will eliminate the deficit, Trudeau said his government is targeting billions in new spending on infrastructure and other services Canadians need and will not put a timeframe on when it will "arbitrarily" balance the books.Trudeau also touted what he sees as the government's key accomplishments so far, namely helping improve the quality of life for the middle class and taking steps to tackle the opioid crisis before taking questions.The prime minister also reacted to a new round of anti-dumping tariffs imposed on Canada's softwood lumber industry by the U.S. Department of Commerce. He said he is focused on being "constructive" and working toward a deal that will help protect thousands of jobs in Canada.Earlier Tuesday, the prime minister issued a statement to mark Multiculturalism Day.'Differences make us strong'"Canadians come from every corner of the world, speak two official languages and hundreds more, practise many faiths, and represent many cultures," he said. "Multiculturalism is at the heart of Canada's heritage and identity, and as Canadians, we recognize that our differences make us strong."Canada's tradition of multiculturalism has meant fresh perspectives and new answers to old problems, Trudeau said.Noting that Canada is celebrating both the 150th anniversary of Confederation and the 35th anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Trudeau said the milestones are a reminder of the values that unite Canadians: Openness, inclusion and deep respect for our differences."Whoever we are, wherever we come from, these values bring us together as equal members of this great country," he said.

U.S.-led coalition envoy visits Syria to discuss Raqqa aftermath-YAHOONEWS-[Reuters]-June 28, 2017

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Brett McGurk, the U.S. special envoy to the coalition against Islamic State visited north Syria on Wednesday and met the council planning to run Raqqa after its capture from the jihadists to assure it of support, one of its members said.The U.S.-led coalition is supporting the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias that began fighting inside Raqqa three weeks ago.The SDF announced the creation of the Raqqa Civil Council in April to replace militant rule in a city that has for three years been Islamic State's de facto capital in Syria.McGurk has met the council in Ain Issa in north Syria twice before in meetings that were not publicized, a member of the Raqqa Civil Council, Omar Alloush, said.Colonel Ryan Dillon, spokesman for the coalition, said coalition members are routinely in northern Syria working with the SDF and other local entities including the council. He could not confirm McGurk's visit on Wednesday and referred queries to the special envoy's office.Alloush said McGurk and other coalition officials, including its deputy commander Major General Rupert Jones, promised infrastructure help but did not discuss how much money was available."They did not specify any sum, but they decided we will support first removing mines, lifting rubble, maintenance of schools, then electricity stations and water," Alloush said.This month, volunteers at the council told Reuters they had informed the coalition it would take about $10 million a year to restore power and water supplies, roads and schools.(Reporting by Tom Perry; Writing by Angus McDowall; Editing by Louise Ireland)

Cluster bombs kill at least 15 in eastern Syria-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-June 28, 2017

BEIRUT — A cluster bomb attack on an Islamic State-held village in eastern Syria killed at least 15 people on Wednesday, activists said, the latest in a series of devastating airstrikes along the Euphrates River ValleyTwo Syrian monitoring groups, Deir Ezzor 24 and Justice For Life, said the weapons were dropped on the village of Doblan by an unidentified jet. Russian, Syrian, and U.S.-led coalition aircraft are all known to operate in the area.Cluster bombs are designed to spread small bomblets across a wide area, but many fail to explode, endangering civilians long after the fighting has ended.Omar Abou Layla, the head of Deir Ezzor 24, said 15 bodies, including of women and children, were recovered in the village. He said residents expect to find many more killed.Ali Rahbe, of Justice For Life, said local informants counted at least 35 dead in the village, which is between the IS strongholds of al-Mayadeen and Boukamal.The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the initial toll at 30 dead.At least 57 people were killed in an airstrike on an IS-run jail in the Euphrates River Valley on Monday. Activists said that airstrike was carried out by the U.S.-led coalition. The coalition said it was looking into the reports.Turkey's military meanwhile said it returned fire after an attack by Syrian Kurdish forces.A statement Wednesday said the People's Protection Units, or YPG, fired on Turkish territory overnight with anti-aircraft weapons from Syria's Afrin region. Turkish artillery units returned fire, destroying the "detected targets."The YPG is the main component of the Syrian Democratic Forces, a U.S.-backed militia that is battling the Islamic State group in the extremists' de facto capital, Raqqa. Turkey views the YPG as an extension of the Kurdish insurgency raging in its southeast.Turkey was angered by a U.S. decision last month to arm the Syrian Kurds, fearing the weapons will end up in the hands of Kurdish rebels in Turkey.The Associated Press.

Philippines says beheaded civilians found in rebel-held town-[Reuters]-By Kanupriya Kapoor-YAHOONEWS-June 28, 2017

MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - Five decapitated civilians were found in a Philippine city occupied by Islamist rebels on Wednesday, the military said, warning the number of residents killed by rebel "atrocities" could rise sharply as troops retake more ground.The discovery of the five victims among 17 bodies retrieved would be the first evidence that civilians trapped in besieged Marawi City have been decapitated during the five-week stand by militants loyal to the Islamic State group, as some who escaped the city have previously reported.Some 71 security forces and 299 militants have been killed and 246,000 people displaced in the conflict, which erupted after a failed attempt on May 23 to arrest a Filipino militant commander backed by Islamic State's leadership.President Rodrigo Duterte promised to destroy the militants in Marawi and said the Philippines was now dealing with "a very dangerous situation" due to young Muslims inspired by the "mass insanity" of Islamic State."All they do is just to kill and destroy, and killing in a most brutal way," he said at an event where he received hundreds of sniper and assault rifles donated by China to help the military campaign in Marawi."They enjoy decapitating people in front of cameras. They have to be dealt with, with the same ferocity but not the brutality," he said.The information about the beheadings came via a text message to reporters from Lieutenant Colonel Emmanuel Garcia of the Western Mindanao Command. Garcia did not respond to repeated requests for details.A civilian rescue worker, Abdul Azis Lomondot, told Reuters body parts were found, but with "no proof of beheading".Military spokesman Jo-Ar Herrera said bodies were found separately in two groups, of 12 and five, but he was unable to confirm if the five were beheaded.The battle entered its 36th day on Wednesday, with intense gunfights and bombing in the heart of the town and black-clad fighters seen from afar running between buildings as explosions rang out.The rebels' hold on Marawi, while incurring the full force of a military for years trained by its U.S. counterparts, has much of the region on edge, concerned that Islamic State's influence may run deeper than thought.Those fears are also being felt in Malaysia and Indonesia, whose nationals are among the Maute group of rebels fighting in Marawi, suggesting the group may have built a cross-border network that has gone largely undetected.-RISING TOLL-Military spokesman Restituto Padilla earlier said it was likely that many civilians had been killed and the death toll - at 27 before the latest 17 were announced - was only what the authorities could confirm independently and escapees had reported many in the area of fighting."(It) may increase significantly," Padilla told reporters. "There have been a significant number that have been seen."Padilla said the cause of all of those deaths would be "atrocities committed by the terrorists".Among those atrocities, the army says, have been residents being forced to loot homes, take up arms or become sex slaves.Videos have appeared this month on the website of Islamic State's Amaq news agency and its social media channels of hostages in Marawi pleading for their lives, saying they would be beheaded if air strikes were not stopped. Clips have also appeared of kneeling captives, shot in the head from behind.Reuters was unable to confirm the authenticity of the footage.The military has so far been reluctant to discuss the possibility that the real impact of the fighting on civilians could be far more severe than has been reported.It has played down the impact of daily air strikes and mortar assaults aimed at rebel sniper positions, which have reduced areas of the lakeside town to rubble and alarmed people stuck there, some of whom have said the shelling was a bigger threat than the militants.Military spokesman Padilla said troops needed more time to finish what was a tricky mission, complicated by trapped civilians, hostages and booby traps.(For a graphic on battle for Marawi, click http://tmsnrt.rs/2sqmHDf)(Additional reporting by Neil Jerome Morales in MANILA; Writing by Martin Petty)

CHINA AND KINGS OF THE EAST MARCH TO ISRAEL 2ND WAVE OF WW3 (200 MILLION MAN ARMY)

REVELATION 16:12-16
12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates;(WERE WW3 STARTS IN IRAQ OR SYRIA OR TURKEY) and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.(THE TURKEY ATATURK DAM ON THE EUPHRATES CAN BE SHUT AND DRIED UP ALREADY BY TURKEY)
13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon,(SATAN) and out of the mouth of the beast,(WORLD DICTATOR) and out of the mouth of the false prophet.(FALSE POPE)
14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.(WERE 2 BILLION DIE FROM NUKE WAR)
15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.(ITS AT THIS TIME I BELIEVE WHEN AMERICA GETS NUKED BY RUSSIA ON THE WAY TO THE MIDEAST)

DANIEL 11:44 (2ND WAVE OF WW3)
44 But tidings out of the east(CHINA) and out of the north(RUSSIA, MUSLIMS WHATS LEFT FROM WAVE 1) shall trouble him:(EU DICTATOR IN ISRAEL) therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.( 1/3RD OF EARTHS POPULATION)

REVELATION 9:12-18
12 One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.
13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,
14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four(DEMONIC WAR) angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.(WORLDWIDE WAR)(TURKEY-IRAQ-SYRIA)(EUPHRATES RIVER CONSISTS OF 760 MILES IN TURKEY,440 MILES IN SYRIA AND 660 MILES IN IRAQ)
15 And the four(DEMONIC WAR) angels were loosed,(WORLDWIDE WAR) which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.(1/3 Earths Population die in WW 3 2ND WAVE-2 billion)
16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand:(200 MILLION MAN ARMY FROM CHINA AND THE KINGS OF THE EAST) and I heard the number of them.
17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.(NUCLEAR BOMBS)
18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.(NUCLEAR BOMBS)

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Many Europeans have bikes in their garages, but only 8% use them as means of transport. The practice is drastically uneven across the EU. One in three Dutch cycles daily to their workplace while the idea of bike commuting still raises eyebrows in countries like Cyprus, Malta and Portugal, according to Eurobarometer. The lack of a reliable bike-friendly infrastructure, safety concerns and an unpredictable weather are usually named as the main deterrents of cycling. Meanwhile, Copenhagen and Amsterdam are competing with each other to become the most bike-friendly capital in the EU. Now, a number of infrastructure upgrades and technological innovations are enabling bicycles to gear up. Cycling in Ruse, Bulgaria can be treacherous London is building the so-called cycle superhighways -two axes, East-West and North-South- to give bike commuters safer, faster, and more direct trips into the city. The Netherlands plans to build 675 new kilometres of fast cycle routes around the country's cities by 2025. German cities are also planning to develop new fast cycle lanes while offering the bike hire system, Call-a-bike, which allows borrowing and returning from smartphones. A leisurely bike ride in one of the EU's most bike-friendly countries Protected lanes and convenient bikes help people feel safe; which increases up cycle use. All across Europe, the electric bicycle market is growing at a pace of almost 20%. While on the other hand, sales of traditional bikes remain stagnant, according to the Confederation of the European Bicycle Industries (CONEBI). For some, there is an opportunity to boost cycling as a cost-efficient mode of transport. Battling steep hills and impatient drivers in Italy The European Cyclists' Federation (ECF), together with public authorities, academia, NGOs and business associations, has drafted the EU Cycling Strategy, including some policy recommendations to increase the number of cyclists. By 2030, the main goals are to increase the share of cycling in the transport modal split from 8% to 12% and to halve the rate of casualties. They also urge the EU to double the investment in cycle projects to 3 billion Euros during the 2021-2027 period and to double it again to 6 billion Euros during the 2028 - 2034 period. "Cycling should get its fair share and become an equal mode of transport. Not because we are nice people using bikes, but because investing in cycling delivers a better return on investment. It delivers a better performance for the EU objectives in terms of growth, job creation, and CO2 reduction", says 'Ad'am Bodor, ECF's advocacy director and former cycling commissioner of Hungary. Ease of congestion and less pollution for cities and better health for citizens are usually also cited as benefits of cycling. The ECF has asked the Commission to include the strategy in their 2018 Work Programme. However, the Commission is not planning to launch a proposal on cycling yet. Next year, it might propose new measures on multimodality, including cycling, but this is not decided at the moment. Bike ride in Nantes, France One of the current challenges to the development of cycling is fiscal policy. Countries with a high share of bike commuting usually provide some sort of financial incentive. In Austria, for example, there is a national subsidy programme for electric bikes, cargo bikes, and bike trailers for some public and private bodies; but not for people. "We don't want cycling to receive an extra fiscal benefit, but we need to have an equal playing field between cars and bikes", says Bodor. Another future challenge is the coming of automated cars. "Will they be able to cope with cyclists?", wonders Bodor. "The EU must make sure that cyclists are integrated into their system". High-tech bikes, vintage bikes, cargo bikes, e-bikes, pedalecs... Shops showing a broad diversity of bikes are probably the most relevant sign of the emergence of cycling as a means of transport. Young people are embracing bikes to assert their identity the same way that previous generations of youngsters took pride in their cars. "Cycling is becoming fashionable", says Bodor with a smile. How do cyclists in your town fare? How bike-friendly is your city? Is it safe? Have you seen or experienced accidents? Is it easy to get around or store your bike? Send us your comments, photos and videos to witness@euronews.com or use our social media accounts. ranking the EU's most bike-friendly countries Story by Alejandro Vivancos
          Germany and Norway officially joined the European/NATO program to acquire A330 MRTT tankers   

Madrid, 29 June 2017 – Germany and Norway officially joined the European/NATO program to acquire Airbus A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft along with Netherlands and...

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          Artists for a better world, exhibition   
From Museum Helmond in North Brabant province in the Netherlands: Work for a better world For art and design enthusiasts, now is the time to visit the Netherlands, for it is the year of Mondriaan and ‘Dutch Design’. 2017 is … Continue reading
          Roe deer fawn drinks mother’s milk, video   
This 30 June 2017 video shows a roe deer fawn drinking its mother’s milk in Buurseveen nature reserve in Overijssel province in the Netherlands. Michel made this video.
          Hedgehog in a hurry   
In this 30 June 2017 video, a hedgehog in nature reserve de Doort near Echt in Limburg province in the Netherlands walks fast toward Ingrid Elshout, the maker of this video.
          Young redshanks ringed, video   
This 30 June 2017 video is about young redshanks, just before they were ringed and set free by Wim Tijsen near Den Oever in the Netherlands.
          Wurst Case Scenario   
For those of you who don't live in Europe, the Eurovision Song Contest is an annual tournament of pop music which involves most European nations (and a few which are not, strictly speaking, in Europe, such as Israel). The rules are that each country submits a brand new song by a chosen artist (often a newcomer act), which must be performed live on the night of the contest.

What's the Wurst that could happen?
The contest has given rise, over the years since 1956, to some very famous acts, such as ABBA, and even Celine Dion, singing for Switzerland in 1988. However, the tendency of some acts to compete in bizarre costume and with bizarre lyrics (who could forget the majestic poetry of Ding-a-Dong?), lends the entire contest an air of camp, verging at times on the farcical. It's screened live all over Europe, and it's a wonderful evening's entertainment, albeit pretty low-brow.

The other problem with the contest is the tendency of countries to vote for their political allies, regardless of the artistic merit of the songs. Each country, including the minnows like Malta, is allocated an equal weight of voting in the contest. This tends to make for some tension, as occasionally obviously good songs get gradually nudged downward in the rankings by political voting.

This year, of course, the winner was Austria, whose artist, Conchita Wurst, won by a comfortable margin. So far, so normal. What is different about this contest (and the reason I am writing about it) is that Conchita Wurst is a drag queen, with a beard. (I love that in German, wurst means sausage). Take a look:



=== from 2016 ===
 The political despatch of Boris Johnson, who had led the successful Brexit campaign, was as surprising as the success of the campaign. The Notting Hill set have eaten their own. David Cameron finally fell, having never managed to appear strongly conservative. But his stable mate of Gove had sided with Johnson as the face of Brexit, and then ripped support away from Johnson and denounced Johnson as being too identifiably the face of Brexit, and unable to unite the conservative party. In fairness, Gove could not unite the party either. Gove has ambition and ability, as does Theresa May. There are echoes of the Metherell affair in NSW when two friends, Terry Metherell and Nick Greiner ran afoul of political perfection and Greiner was subsequently unfairly forced to resign as Premier of NSW. One incompetent independent of the time who unfairly attacked Greiner was Tony Windsor. Windsor is still trying to hurt good conservative candidates. 

For some, at the moment, the Sex Party has more credibility.  
=== from 2015 ===
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation came into being on this day in 1932. It is a bureaucratic mess. But it isn't the worst mess on this day. In 1766, a young French nobleman, Jean-François de la Barre who was tortured and beheaded before his body was burned on a pyre. Also burned, pinned to his body, was a work of Voltaire. The crime the twenty year old man committed was said to be failing to bow to a religious procession, but the unpleasant truth is that he was a protestant in a catholic land. The ABC was created in the hope that the left leaning press in Australia would be balanced by state body which reported facts, not bias. The reality is that the ABC has never been balanced. 

Greece has defaulted on her IMF loan. Soon she will vote to approve or deny the imposition of austerity. But she has already done so, and her government ran on the lie that Greece didn't need austerity. Now the EU has a choice, but it isn't really a choice. Greece needs to be booted from the EU as a lesson in humility. It should never be the case that a nation employs people without paying them. The civilised world abhors slavery. 
From 2014
Today is an extraordinary day. The birthday of Semmelweis (1818) whose work as a physician gave rise to the legal term "Clean Hands". Or Dorothea Mackellar (1885) who beautifully described Australia in poetry. But for all the amazing wonderful things about today that I could point to, my mind is drawn to the infamous act of cowardice and butchery in which the three bodies of children of Israel were unearthed following their abduction. There is a cowardly dismissal of Middle East events involving Israel by those who do not know or care, that there is blood on both sides. But that is not the case. There is no analog for what Israel does that excuses this murder. It is inexcusable, and those who are responsible need to be brought to justice, and those who excuse should be discredited. 

Three boys went to a religious function and were on their way home when they were abducted. They were not warriors. Targeting them was an act of terror. One boy had been able to use his phone to let people know he had been abducted. That call was the last anyone heard him alive. It is not too hard to follow the mindset of the terrorists, but remarkably, one mother of one suspect has claimed she is proud of her son for doing it. I want religious authorities of the perpetrators to denounce the activity. If that mum has excused the activity, I want her discredited. Saddam Hussein had paid money to family of suicide bombers. If her people are serious about wanting peace, perhaps they will meet similar justice as was applied to Saddam. 

One imagines the terrorists alerted to the phone call told the boys that they would have to die and not merely be hostages because of it. They probably did their best to torture the boys, and blame them, before killing them. But the boys had done nothing wrong. Earlier this year, Obama had forced Israel to release terrorists who had killed, from jail for peace. No peace has been forthcoming from those terrorist supporters. One of the boys was a US citizen .. someone Obama has sworn an oath to protect and serve. But instead, the US President has paid US money to support a terrorist administration. Maybe Hamas will deny the activity, they have not yet, instead accusing Israel of overstating the crime. The UN cannot endorse this crime, and if they fail to act on it, they need to be dismantled. 

Three boys kidnapped, tortured and murdered by terrorists. Who dares support that? 

The incident is not isolated in Middle East terrorist history. The second intifada, which began after Bill Clinton embarrassed Arafat over a Monica Special cigar transformed a lynching of two Israeli security detail who had been illegally lured and detained by so called Palestinian authorities. This incident is on a par. A crime against humanity linked by successive Democrat party US Presidents. 
Historical perspective on this day
In 69, Tiberius Julius Alexander ordered his Roman legions in Alexandria to swear allegianceto Vespasian as Emperor. 552, Battle of TaginaeByzantine forces under Narses defeated the Ostrogoths in Italy. During the fightings king Totila was mortally wounded. 1097, Battle of DorylaeumCrusaders led by prince Bohemond of Taranto defeated a Seljuk army led by sultan Kilij Arslan I. 1431, the Battle of La Higueruela took place in Granada, leading to a modest advance of the Kingdom of Castile during the Reconquista.

In 1523, Johann Esch and Heinrich Voes became the first Lutheran martyrs, burned at the stake by Roman Catholic authorities in Brussels. 1569, Union of Lublin: The Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania confirmed a real union; the united country is called the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth or the Republic of Both Nations. 1643, first meeting of the Westminster Assembly, a council of theologians ("divines") and members of the Parliament of England appointed to restructure the Church of England, at Westminster Abbeyin London. 1690, Glorious RevolutionBattle of the Boyne in Ireland (as reckoned under the Julian calendar). 1766, Jean-François de la Barre, a young French nobleman, was torturedand beheaded before his body was burnt on a pyre along with a copy of Voltaire's Dictionnaire philosophique nailed to his torso for the crime of not saluting a Roman Catholic religious procession in AbbevilleFrance. 1770, Lexell's Comet passed closer to the Earth than any other comet in recorded history, approaching to a distance of 0.0146 a.u. 1782, Raid on Lunenburg: American privateers attacked the British settlement of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.

In 1837, a system of civil registration of births, marriages and deaths was established in England and Wales. 1855, signing of the Quinault Treaty: The Quinault and the Quileute ceded their land to the United States. 1858, joint reading of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace's papers on evolution to the Linnean Society in London. 1862, The Russian State Library was founded as The Library of the Moscow Public Museum. Also 1862, Princess Alice of the United Kingdom, second daughter of Queen Victoria, married Prince Louis of Hesse, the future Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse. Also 1862, American Civil War: The Battle of Malvern Hill took place. It is the final battle in the Seven Days Campaign, part of George B. McClellan's Peninsula Campaign. 1863, Keti Koti (Emancipation Day) in Suriname, marked the abolition of slavery by the Netherlands. Also, American Civil War: The Battle of Gettysburgbegan. 1867, the British North America Act of 1867 took effect as the Constitution of Canada, creating the Canadian Confederation and the federal dominion of Canada; Sir John A. Macdonald was sworn in as the first Prime Minister of Canada. This date was commemorated annually in Canada as Canada Day, a national holiday.

In 1870, the United States Department of Justice formally came into existence. 1873, Prince Edward Island joined the Canadian Confederation. 1874, the Sholes and Glidden typewriter, the first commercially successful typewriter, went on sale. 1878, Canada joined the Universal Postal Union. 1879, Charles Taze Russell published the first edition of the religious magazine The Watchtower. 1881, the world's first international telephone call was made between St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada, and Calais, Maine, United States. Also 1881, General Order 70, the culmination of the Cardwell and Childers reforms of the British Army, came into effect. 1885, the United States terminated reciprocity and fishery agreement with Canada. 1890, Canada and Bermuda were linked by telegraph cable. 1898, Spanish–American War: The Battle of San Juan Hill was fought in Santiago de Cuba.

In 1903, start of first Tour de France bicycle race. 1908, SOS was adopted as the international distress signal. 1911, Germany despatched the gunship Panther to Morocco, sparking the Agadir Crisis. 1915, Leutnant Kurt Wintgens of the then-named German Fliegertruppe air service achieved the first known aerial victory with a synchronized machine-gun armed fighter plane, the Fokker M.5K/MG Eindecker. 1916, World War IFirst day on the Somme: On the first day of the Ba
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          2,5 milioni di italiani hanno vissuto esperienze premorte. Lo scienziato spiega cosa sono   

 

premorteDalla luce in fondo al tunnel all'osservazione di medici ed infermieri fuori dal proprio corpo, i racconti sulle esperienze premorte sono sempre di più: in Italia si calcola che ad averle vissute siano stati 2,5 milioni di pazienti, il 4% della popolazione. Ma cosa sono? E cosa possono dirci sulla morte?

A queste domande risponde ad Adnkronos il cardiolo Pim van Lommel divenuto celebre per il suo studio sulle Nde (Near Death Experience - Esperienze Premorte) intitolato "Near-death experience in survivors of cardiac arrest: a prospective study in the Netherlands" e pubblicato sulla prestigioso rivista The Lancet.

Cosa sono le esperienze premorte. "Una premorte può essere definita come il ricordo di una serie di impressioni vissute durante uno speciale stato di coscienza, con diversi elementi comuni: un'esperienza fuori dal corpo, sensazioni piacevoli, la visione del tunnel, della luce, dei propri cari defunti, il passare in rivista la propria vita, e il ritorno cosciente nel corpo" spiega van Lommel che le definisce anche esperienze trasformative poiché causano "cambiamenti profondi nel modo di cogliere la vita, elimina la paura della morte e rafforza la sensibilità intuitiva".

Quando si vivono queste esperienze. All'origine di queste esperienze può essere "un arresto cardiaco (morte clinica), uno shock a seguito di emorragia (parti difficili), un insulto cerebrale o colpo apoplettico, un quasi affogamento o un'asfissia, ma anche malattie gravi, episodi di depressione, isolamento o meditazione".

Arresto cardiaco e premorte. Gli studi del cardiologo si sono concentrati proprio sulla stretta relazione tra arresto cardiaco ed esperienza premorte. Dai dati raccolti è emerso che "durante l'arresto cardiaco, vi sono buone ragioni per dedurre che la coscienza non sempre coincida con il funzionamento del cervello: un'accresciuta consapevolezza, con eventuali percezioni, può talvolta essere esperita separatamente dal corpo". Insomma, in questo frangente la nostra coscienza si troverebbe "al di là del tempo e dello spazio".

E la morte quindi cos'è? Lo scienziato sostiene inoltre che la morte come la intendiamo noi sia in realtà legata unicamente al nostro aspetto fisico. Mentre se parliamo di coscienza, questa non ha né inizio, né fine: "Non si può evitare di giungere alla conclusione che la coscienza sia sempre esistita e continui a esistere indipendentemente dal corpo, e che essa non abbia né inizio né fine".

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          Washable Shoes and Clogs Market Size to Expand Significantly by the End of 2025   
(EMAILWIRE.COM, July 01, 2017 ) A clog is a type of footwear that is either partially or completely made of wood. While they are used as traditional wear in countries as far apart as the Netherlands, Sweden and Japan, they are seen quite frequently in the medical sphere nowadays as they are ideal...
          30-06-2017 Bigg Boss Tamil பிக் பாஸ்   
Bigg Boss Tamil is the Tamil-language version of the reality TV programme Bigg Boss broadcast in India. It follows the Big Brother format, which was first developed by Endemol in the Netherlands. Bigg Boss Tamil has rolled out on 25 June 2017 on Star Vijay. Kamal Haasan host the show.
          29-06-2017 Bigg Boss Tamil பிக் பாஸ்   
Bigg Boss Tamil is the Tamil-language version of the reality TV programme Bigg Boss broadcast in India. It follows the Big Brother format, which was first developed by Endemol in the Netherlands. Bigg Boss Tamil has rolled out on 25 June 2017 on Star Vijay. Kamal Haasan host the show.
          Dutch court rules Netherlands partially responsible for deaths of 300 Muslim men during Bosnian War   
The Hague Appeals Court [official website, in Dutch] on Tuesday upheld [judgment, in Dutch] a lower court’s decision that Dutch peacekeepers were 30 percent responsible for the deaths of 300 Muslim males who were turned away from a Dutch UN base in 1995 when the area surrounding the base was overrun with Bosnian Serb troops. In the ruling, Presiding Judge Gepke Dulek-Schermers said dutch soldiers “knew or should have known that the men were not only being screened ... but...
          Introducing the MCTS 70-529 C# .NET Certification Practice Test from uCertify   

Union City, CA -- (ReleaseWire) -- 02/06/2008 -- uCertify has launched its practice test for the C#.NET 2.0 Distributed Application Development (70-529-CSHARP) exam on January 1, 2008. This PrepKit is interactive software to help you pass your exam. It will give you a lot of confidence to prepare for the actual exam of the MCTS .NET certification. The 70-529 C# .NET is a compulsory exam along with 70-536 C# .NET to get certified with the MCTS: .NET 2.0 Distributed Applications credential.

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          15% OFF Brown Sling Leather Sandals For Men & Women - Handmade Leather Sandals, Unisex Sandals, Jesus Sandals, Brown Flip Flops, Brown Leath by SANDALI   

42.50 USD

Welcome to SANDALI ... I can guarantee that you will love these sandals as not only are they beautiful but they are also extremely comfortable. All the pairs are handmade from thick COW leather & varnished with a special varnish for the finishing touch. We regard our sandals to be of the utmost quality - we make all the sandals as per request & all our sandals are based on an unisex collection ... we will strive in finding you your perfect fit ;0)

We use sustainable products that are as environmental friendly. In regards to our sandals themselves, our leather skins all come from Italy - we only purchase 'Natural Leather' & finish it off with a special varnish to protect the leather - no dye, no artificial substances.

★ COLORS ★

All the designs are available in brown, black or caramel toned leather ...
We also offer this & any other given designs in blue, green, red, orange, yellow, white, pink, violet, grey & turquoise.

Please note that the colored collection is $20.00 more expensive then the plain designs (black, brown & caramel) ... Simply notify me which design & color you are interested in & then I will go ahead & create a Reserved Listing for you ;0)

★ SOLES ★

Our soles are made from 'Press Rubber' ( Recycled Rubber ) which is light & supple yet supportive & comfortable.

We also offer ALL leather soles ( flat-slight heel ) as an option which will be charged an additional fee of $20.00 per pair - simply contact us if you are interested in the 'all leather sole' option.

★ SIZES ★

We make each & every single pair of sandals as per request - these sandals are not mass-produced via factory or machinery so therefore every single pair is hand crafted especially for you.

We offer a variety of sizes - although it states 'only 1 size available' we have all the size options varying from an EURO # 35 - EURO # 46 - Simply select your size & color options under our '"Variations Section" when checking out your order.

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★
WOMEN & MEN SIZE CHART ~~ US # vs EURO #
★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

Measurements are based on the length of the inner soles of the sandals !!!

EURO # 35 ( Female US # 4 - 4.5 // Male US # 2 - 2.5 ) - 22.9 cm // 9.0 "
EURO # 36 ( Female US # 5 - 5.5 // Male US # 3 - 3.5 ) - 23.5 cm // 9.3 "
EURO # 37 ( Female US # 6 - 6.5 // Male US # 4 - 4.5 ) - 24.1 cm // 9.5 "
EURO # 38 ( Female US # 7 - 7.5 // Male US # 5 - 5.5 ) - 24.8 cm // 9.8 "
EURO # 39 ( Female US # 8 - 8.5 // Male US # 6 - 6.5 ) - 25.4 cm // 10 "
EURO # 40 ( Female US # 9 - 9.5 // Male US # 7 - 7.5 ) - 26 cm // 10.2 "
EURO # 41 ( Female US # 10 - 10.5 // Male US # 8 - 8.5 ) - 26.7 cm // 10.5 "
EURO # 42 ( Female US # 11 - 11.5 // Male US # 9 - 9.5 ) - 27.5 cm // 10.8 "
EURO # 43 ( Female US # 12 - 12.5 // Male US # 10 - 10.5 ) - 28.3 cm //11.1 "
EURO # 44 ( Female US # 13 - 13.5 // Male US # 11 - 11.5 ) - 28.9 cm // 11.4 "
EURO # 45 ( Female US # 14 - 14.5 // Male US # 12 - 12.5 ) - 29.6 cm // 11.7 "
EURO # 46 ( Female US # 15 - 15.5 // Male US # 13 - 13.5 ) - 30.4 cm // 12.0 "

So for example :

If your feet measures a total length of 25.4 cm // 10" then it is the best option to go for an EURO # 40 ( 26 cm // 10.2" ) as you will need to add a few additional cm's or inches for the space on the front & back of your sandals ...

★ HANDLING & SHIPPING ★

Please note that our handling time varies between 5-7 business days. We make each & every single pair of sandals as per request - these sandals are not mass-produced via factory or machinery so therefore every single pair is hand crafted especially for you.

All our parcels are carefully packaged in a cardboard box which is then carefully covered with a 'water-proof' wrapping to protect parcels from exterior influences in selected seasons ( Autumn & Winter = Rainy / Monsoon Seasons ).

I also want to confirm that each parcel has been INSURED - all parcels includes $100 insurance.

We offer 3 shipping methods at this given time :

1. First Class International Priority Mail ( 10 - 16 business days )
2. ECO Express Mail ( 5-7 business days )
3. EMS Express Mail ( 3-5 business days )

1. First Class International Priority Mail ( 10 - 16 business days )

We normally ship all our parcels via First Class International Priority Mail whereas parcels will be delivered to the comfort of your front door within an amazing 10-16 business days. Please note that our customers are not able to track their parcels until this parcel is at their local postal unit.

2. ECO Express Mail ( 5-7 business days )

You can upgrade your shipment to ECO EXPRESS Shipping ( 5-7 business days ) for an extra $5.00 per pair whereas you will receive tracking updates & delivery notifications.

ECO Express is only available to the following countries :
( ** Exceptions at check-out ** )

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain ( UK ), Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland & United States of America.

3. EMS Express Mail ( 3-5 business days )

You can upgrade your shipment to EMS EXPRESS Shipping ( 3-5 business days ) for an extra $20.00 for the 1st pair & $12.00 for every additional pair.

We provide tracking updates as an item travels to its destination. Get tracking updates, including the date and time of delivery or attempted delivery notifications.

If you are in a hurry to receive your order then simply go ahead & upgrade your shipping either to one of the following Express Options.

★ PLEASE NOTE ★

We are also the founders & owners of our other SEMI-FORMAL brand WalkaholicS - Quality Handmade Leather Sandals ~ http://www.etsy.com/shop/WalkaholicS

★ JOIN US ★

http://facebook.com/pages/SANDALI/68767615819/
http://instagram.com/sandalisandals
http://pinterest.com/sandalisandals/
http://fancy.com/sandali_sandals
https://google.com/+Sandali-sandals
https://twitter.com/SandaliSandals


          15% OFF Brown Tiger Leather Sandals For Men & Women - Handmade Unisex Sandals, Flip Flop Sandals, Jesus Sandals, Genuine Leather, Brown Sand by SANDALI   

46.75 USD

Welcome to SANDALI ... I can guarantee that you will love these sandals as not only are they beautiful but they are also extremely comfortable. All the pairs are handmade from thick COW leather & varnished with a special varnish for the finishing touch. We regard our sandals to be of the utmost quality - we make all the sandals as per request & all our sandals are based on an unisex collection ... we will strive in finding you your perfect fit ;0)

We use sustainable products that are as environmental friendly. In regards to our sandals themselves, our leather skins all come from Italy - we only purchase 'Natural Leather' & finish it off with a special varnish to protect the leather - no dye, no artificial substances.

★ COLORS ★

All the designs are available in brown, black or caramel toned leather ...
We also offer this & any other given designs in blue, green, red, orange, yellow, white, pink, violet, grey & turquoise.

Please note that the colored collection is $20.00 more expensive then the plain designs (black, brown & caramel) ... Simply notify me which design & color you are interested in & then I will go ahead & create a Reserved Listing for you ;0)

★ SOLES ★

Our soles are made from 'Press Rubber' ( Recycled Rubber ) which is light & supple yet supportive & comfortable.

We also offer ALL leather soles ( flat-slight heel ) as an option which will be charged an additional fee of $20.00 per pair - simply contact us if you are interested in the 'all leather sole' option.

★ SIZES ★

We make each & every single pair of sandals as per request - these sandals are not mass-produced via factory or machinery so therefore every single pair is hand crafted especially for you.

We offer a variety of sizes - although it states 'only 1 size available' we have all the size options varying from an EURO # 35 - EURO # 46 - Simply select your size & color options under our '"Variations Section" when checking out your order.

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★
WOMEN & MEN SIZE CHART ~~ US # vs EURO #
★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

Measurements are based on the length of the inner soles of the sandals !!!

EURO # 35 ( Female US # 4 - 4.5 // Male US # 2 - 2.5 ) - 22.9 cm // 9.0 "
EURO # 36 ( Female US # 5 - 5.5 // Male US # 3 - 3.5 ) - 23.5 cm // 9.3 "
EURO # 37 ( Female US # 6 - 6.5 // Male US # 4 - 4.5 ) - 24.1 cm // 9.5 "
EURO # 38 ( Female US # 7 - 7.5 // Male US # 5 - 5.5 ) - 24.8 cm // 9.8 "
EURO # 39 ( Female US # 8 - 8.5 // Male US # 6 - 6.5 ) - 25.4 cm // 10 "
EURO # 40 ( Female US # 9 - 9.5 // Male US # 7 - 7.5 ) - 26 cm // 10.2 "
EURO # 41 ( Female US # 10 - 10.5 // Male US # 8 - 8.5 ) - 26.7 cm // 10.5 "
EURO # 42 ( Female US # 11 - 11.5 // Male US # 9 - 9.5 ) - 27.5 cm // 10.8 "
EURO # 43 ( Female US # 12 - 12.5 // Male US # 10 - 10.5 ) - 28.3 cm //11.1 "
EURO # 44 ( Female US # 13 - 13.5 // Male US # 11 - 11.5 ) - 28.9 cm // 11.4 "
EURO # 45 ( Female US # 14 - 14.5 // Male US # 12 - 12.5 ) - 29.6 cm // 11.7 "
EURO # 46 ( Female US # 15 - 15.5 // Male US # 13 - 13.5 ) - 30.4 cm // 12.0 "

So for example :

If your feet measures a total length of 25.4 cm // 10" then it is the best option to go for an EURO # 40 ( 26 cm // 10.2" ) as you will need to add a few additional cm's or inches for the space on the front & back of your sandals ...

★ HANDLING & SHIPPING ★

Please note that our handling time varies between 5-7 business days. We make each & every single pair of sandals as per request - these sandals are not mass-produced via factory or machinery so therefore every single pair is hand crafted especially for you.

All our parcels are carefully packaged in a cardboard box which is then carefully covered with a 'water-proof' wrapping to protect parcels from exterior influences in selected seasons ( Autumn & Winter = Rainy / Monsoon Seasons ).

I also want to confirm that each parcel has been INSURED - all parcels includes $100 insurance.

We offer 3 shipping methods at this given time :

1. First Class International Priority Mail ( 10 - 16 business days )
2. ECO Express Mail ( 5-7 business days )
3. EMS Express Mail ( 3-5 business days )

1. First Class International Priority Mail ( 10 - 16 business days )

We normally ship all our parcels via First Class International Priority Mail whereas parcels will be delivered to the comfort of your front door within an amazing 10-16 business days. Please note that our customers are not able to track their parcels until this parcel is at their local postal unit.

2. ECO Express Mail ( 5-7 business days )

You can upgrade your shipment to ECO EXPRESS Shipping ( 5-7 business days ) for an extra $5.00 per pair whereas you will receive tracking updates & delivery notifications.

ECO Express is only available to the following countries :
( ** Exceptions at check-out ** )

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain ( UK ), Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland & United States of America.

3. EMS Express Mail ( 3-5 business days )

You can upgrade your shipment to EMS EXPRESS Shipping ( 3-5 business days ) for an extra $20.00 for the 1st pair & $12.00 for every additional pair.

We provide tracking updates as an item travels to its destination. Get tracking updates, including the date and time of delivery or attempted delivery notifications.

If you are in a hurry to receive your order then simply go ahead & upgrade your shipping either to one of the following Express Options.

★ PLEASE NOTE ★

We are also the founders & owners of our other SEMI-FORMAL brand WalkaholicS - Quality Handmade Leather Sandals ~ http://www.etsy.com/shop/WalkaholicS

★ JOIN US ★

http://facebook.com/pages/SANDALI/68767615819/
http://instagram.com/sandalisandals
http://pinterest.com/sandalisandals/
http://fancy.com/sandali_sandals
https://google.com/+Sandali-sandals
https://twitter.com/SandaliSandals


          15% OFF Green Eclipse Leather Sandals For Men & Women - Handmade Unisex Sandals, Flip Flop Sandals, Jesus Sandals, Green Genuine Leather San by SANDALI   

46.75 USD

Welcome to SANDALI ... I can guarantee that you will love these sandals as not only are they beautiful but they are also extremely comfortable. All the pairs are handmade from thick COW leather & varnished with a special varnish for the finishing touch. We regard our sandals to be of the utmost quality - we make all the sandals as per request & all our sandals are based on an unisex collection ... we will strive in finding you your perfect fit ;0)

We use sustainable products that are as environmental friendly. In regards to our sandals themselves, our leather skins all come from Italy - we only purchase 'Natural Leather' & finish it off with a special varnish to protect the leather - no dye, no artificial substances.

★ COLORS ★

All the designs are available in brown, black or caramel toned leather ...
We also offer this & any other given designs in blue, green, red, orange, yellow, white, pink, violet, grey & turquoise.

Please note that the colored collection is $20.00 more expensive then the plain designs (black, brown & caramel) ... Simply notify me which design & color you are interested in & then I will go ahead & create a Reserved Listing for you ;0)

★ SOLES ★

Our soles are made from 'Press Rubber' ( Recycled Rubber ) which is light & supple yet supportive & comfortable.

We also offer ALL leather soles ( flat-slight heel ) as an option which will be charged an additional fee of $20.00 per pair - simply contact us if you are interested in the 'all leather sole' option.

★ SIZES ★

We make each & every single pair of sandals as per request - these sandals are not mass-produced via factory or machinery so therefore every single pair is hand crafted especially for you.

We offer a variety of sizes - although it states 'only 1 size available' we have all the size options varying from an EURO # 35 - EURO # 46 - Simply select your size & color options under our '"Variations Section" when checking out your order.

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★
WOMEN & MEN SIZE CHART ~~ US # vs EURO #
★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

Measurements are based on the length of the inner soles of the sandals !!!

EURO # 35 ( Female US # 4 - 4.5 // Male US # 2 - 2.5 ) - 22.9 cm // 9.0 "
EURO # 36 ( Female US # 5 - 5.5 // Male US # 3 - 3.5 ) - 23.5 cm // 9.3 "
EURO # 37 ( Female US # 6 - 6.5 // Male US # 4 - 4.5 ) - 24.1 cm // 9.5 "
EURO # 38 ( Female US # 7 - 7.5 // Male US # 5 - 5.5 ) - 24.8 cm // 9.8 "
EURO # 39 ( Female US # 8 - 8.5 // Male US # 6 - 6.5 ) - 25.4 cm // 10 "
EURO # 40 ( Female US # 9 - 9.5 // Male US # 7 - 7.5 ) - 26 cm // 10.2 "
EURO # 41 ( Female US # 10 - 10.5 // Male US # 8 - 8.5 ) - 26.7 cm // 10.5 "
EURO # 42 ( Female US # 11 - 11.5 // Male US # 9 - 9.5 ) - 27.5 cm // 10.8 "
EURO # 43 ( Female US # 12 - 12.5 // Male US # 10 - 10.5 ) - 28.3 cm //11.1 "
EURO # 44 ( Female US # 13 - 13.5 // Male US # 11 - 11.5 ) - 28.9 cm // 11.4 "
EURO # 45 ( Female US # 14 - 14.5 // Male US # 12 - 12.5 ) - 29.6 cm // 11.7 "
EURO # 46 ( Female US # 15 - 15.5 // Male US # 13 - 13.5 ) - 30.4 cm // 12.0 "

So for example :

If your feet measures a total length of 25.4 cm // 10" then it is the best option to go for an EURO # 40 ( 26 cm // 10.2" ) as you will need to add a few additional cm's or inches for the space on the front & back of your sandals ...

★ HANDLING & SHIPPING ★

Please note that our handling time varies between 5-7 business days. We make each & every single pair of sandals as per request - these sandals are not mass-produced via factory or machinery so therefore every single pair is hand crafted especially for you.

All our parcels are carefully packaged in a cardboard box which is then carefully covered with a 'water-proof' wrapping to protect parcels from exterior influences in selected seasons ( Autumn & Winter = Rainy / Monsoon Seasons ).

I also want to confirm that each parcel has been INSURED - all parcels includes $100 insurance.

We offer 3 shipping methods at this given time :

1. First Class International Priority Mail ( 10 - 16 business days )
2. ECO Express Mail ( 5-7 business days )
3. EMS Express Mail ( 3-5 business days )

1. First Class International Priority Mail ( 10 - 16 business days )

We normally ship all our parcels via First Class International Priority Mail whereas parcels will be delivered to the comfort of your front door within an amazing 10-16 business days. Please note that our customers are not able to track their parcels until this parcel is at their local postal unit.

2. ECO Express Mail ( 5-7 business days )

You can upgrade your shipment to ECO EXPRESS Shipping ( 5-7 business days ) for an extra $5.00 per pair whereas you will receive tracking updates & delivery notifications.

ECO Express is only available to the following countries :
( ** Exceptions at check-out ** )

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain ( UK ), Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland & United States of America.

3. EMS Express Mail ( 3-5 business days )

You can upgrade your shipment to EMS EXPRESS Shipping ( 3-5 business days ) for an extra $20.00 for the 1st pair & $12.00 for every additional pair.

We provide tracking updates as an item travels to its destination. Get tracking updates, including the date and time of delivery or attempted delivery notifications.

If you are in a hurry to receive your order then simply go ahead & upgrade your shipping either to one of the following Express Options.

★ PLEASE NOTE ★

We are also the founders & owners of our other SEMI-FORMAL brand WalkaholicS - Quality Handmade Leather Sandals ~ http://www.etsy.com/shop/WalkaholicS

★ JOIN US ★

http://facebook.com/pages/SANDALI/68767615819/
http://instagram.com/sandalisandals
http://pinterest.com/sandalisandals/
http://fancy.com/sandali_sandals
https://google.com/+Sandali-sandals
https://twitter.com/SandaliSandals


          15% OFF Brown Double-roman Leather Sandals For Men & Women - Handmade Sandals, Leather Flip Flops, Jesus Sandals, Unisex Sandals, Brown Sand by SANDALI   

42.50 USD

Welcome to SANDALI ... I can guarantee that you will love these sandals as not only are they beautiful but they are also extremely comfortable. All the pairs are handmade from thick COW leather & varnished with a special varnish for the finishing touch. We regard our sandals to be of the utmost quality - we make all the sandals as per request & all our sandals are based on an unisex collection ... we will strive in finding you your perfect fit ;0)

We use sustainable products that are as environmental friendly. In regards to our sandals themselves, our leather skins all come from Italy - we only purchase 'Natural Leather' & finish it off with a special varnish to protect the leather - no dye, no artificial substances.

★ COLORS ★

All the designs are available in brown, black or caramel toned leather ...
We also offer this & any other given designs in blue, green, red, orange, yellow, white, pink, violet, grey & turquoise.

Please note that the colored collection is $20.00 more expensive then the plain designs (black, brown & caramel) ... Simply notify me which design & color you are interested in & then I will go ahead & create a Reserved Listing for you ;0)

★ SOLES ★

Our soles are made from 'Press Rubber' ( Recycled Rubber ) which is light & supple yet supportive & comfortable.

We also offer ALL leather soles ( flat-slight heel ) as an option which will be charged an additional fee of $20.00 per pair - simply contact us if you are interested in the 'all leather sole' option.

★ SIZES ★

We make each & every single pair of sandals as per request - these sandals are not mass-produced via factory or machinery so therefore every single pair is hand crafted especially for you.

We offer a variety of sizes - although it states 'only 1 size available' we have all the size options varying from an EURO # 35 - EURO # 46 - Simply select your size & color options under our '"Variations Section" when checking out your order.

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★
WOMEN & MEN SIZE CHART ~~ US # vs EURO #
★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

Measurements are based on the length of the inner soles of the sandals !!!

EURO # 35 ( Female US # 4 - 4.5 // Male US # 2 - 2.5 ) - 22.9 cm // 9.0 "
EURO # 36 ( Female US # 5 - 5.5 // Male US # 3 - 3.5 ) - 23.5 cm // 9.3 "
EURO # 37 ( Female US # 6 - 6.5 // Male US # 4 - 4.5 ) - 24.1 cm // 9.5 "
EURO # 38 ( Female US # 7 - 7.5 // Male US # 5 - 5.5 ) - 24.8 cm // 9.8 "
EURO # 39 ( Female US # 8 - 8.5 // Male US # 6 - 6.5 ) - 25.4 cm // 10 "
EURO # 40 ( Female US # 9 - 9.5 // Male US # 7 - 7.5 ) - 26 cm // 10.2 "
EURO # 41 ( Female US # 10 - 10.5 // Male US # 8 - 8.5 ) - 26.7 cm // 10.5 "
EURO # 42 ( Female US # 11 - 11.5 // Male US # 9 - 9.5 ) - 27.5 cm // 10.8 "
EURO # 43 ( Female US # 12 - 12.5 // Male US # 10 - 10.5 ) - 28.3 cm //11.1 "
EURO # 44 ( Female US # 13 - 13.5 // Male US # 11 - 11.5 ) - 28.9 cm // 11.4 "
EURO # 45 ( Female US # 14 - 14.5 // Male US # 12 - 12.5 ) - 29.6 cm // 11.7 "
EURO # 46 ( Female US # 15 - 15.5 // Male US # 13 - 13.5 ) - 30.4 cm // 12.0 "

So for example :

If your feet measures a total length of 25.4 cm // 10" then it is the best option to go for an EURO # 40 ( 26 cm // 10.2" ) as you will need to add a few additional cm's or inches for the space on the front & back of your sandals ...

★ HANDLING & SHIPPING ★

Please note that our handling time varies between 5-7 business days. We make each & every single pair of sandals as per request - these sandals are not mass-produced via factory or machinery so therefore every single pair is hand crafted especially for you.

All our parcels are carefully packaged in a cardboard box which is then carefully covered with a 'water-proof' wrapping to protect parcels from exterior influences in selected seasons ( Autumn & Winter = Rainy / Monsoon Seasons ).

I also want to confirm that each parcel has been INSURED - all parcels includes $100 insurance.

We offer 3 shipping methods at this given time :

1. First Class International Priority Mail ( 10 - 16 business days )
2. ECO Express Mail ( 5-7 business days )
3. EMS Express Mail ( 3-5 business days )

1. First Class International Priority Mail ( 10 - 16 business days )

We normally ship all our parcels via First Class International Priority Mail whereas parcels will be delivered to the comfort of your front door within an amazing 10-16 business days. Please note that our customers are not able to track their parcels until this parcel is at their local postal unit.

2. ECO Express Mail ( 5-7 business days )

You can upgrade your shipment to ECO EXPRESS Shipping ( 5-7 business days ) for an extra $5.00 per pair whereas you will receive tracking updates & delivery notifications.

ECO Express is only available to the following countries :
( ** Exceptions at check-out ** )

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain ( UK ), Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland & United States of America.

3. EMS Express Mail ( 3-5 business days )

You can upgrade your shipment to EMS EXPRESS Shipping ( 3-5 business days ) for an extra $20.00 for the 1st pair & $12.00 for every additional pair.

We provide tracking updates as an item travels to its destination. Get tracking updates, including the date and time of delivery or attempted delivery notifications.

If you are in a hurry to receive your order then simply go ahead & upgrade your shipping either to one of the following Express Options.

★ PLEASE NOTE ★

We are also the founders & owners of our other SEMI-FORMAL brand WalkaholicS - Quality Handmade Leather Sandals ~ http://www.etsy.com/shop/WalkaholicS

★ JOIN US ★

http://facebook.com/pages/SANDALI/68767615819/
http://instagram.com/sandalisandals
http://pinterest.com/sandalisandals/
http://fancy.com/sandali_sandals
https://google.com/+Sandali-sandals
https://twitter.com/SandaliSandals


          15% OFF Dark Chocolate Brown Leather Belt For Men & Women (including Buckle) - Accessories by SANDALI   

34.00 USD

We are happy to introduce our new category ~ ACCESSORIES ... belts - hoera !!

I can guarantee that you will LOVE our leather belts ~ they are also made from the highest quality materials that we make our sandals with … the quality is guaranteed to stand the test of time !!

We use sustainable products that are as environmental friendly.

All our leather belts are made from thick cow leather whereas the standard width varies between :

3.0 cm // 1.18 " + 3.5 cm // 1.38 " + 4.0 cm // 1.57 "

SIZES

Our also offer a huge range of sizes varying from an XXS - 10XL … please review the 2nd last picture which represents our BELT SIZE CHART which includes :

* US vs EUR compatibility
* Exact Measurements for the length of each size ( cm & inches )

BUCKLE

Please note that all belts includes a buckle which you will be able to select from … Please review the last picture which represent our buckle options !!!

Note that the buckle options is marked 1 - 8 so when checking out your order & you select your buckle option please make sure that you select the correct number.

COLORS

We also offer a variety of colors :

* Black
* Brown - Carrot, Cocoa Fusion, Dark Chocolate, Mahogony, Midnight Oil
* Cream
* Red
* Textured - Dark Brown, Light Brown
* White

CHECK OUT

Simply select your SIZE & BUCKLE options under our '"Variations Section" OR add your size in the "Message to Seller" when checking out your order !!

PLEASE NOTE

Belts go on top of clothes. So if you are a size 30" waist don't assume a 30" belt will fit. There is no point in measuring your waist if you are going to wear the belt on your hips.

SHIPPING

We are shipping all our parcels via First Class Registered PRIORITY International Mail whereas parcels will be delivered to the comfort of your front door within an amazing 10-16 business days.

I also want to confirm that each parcel has been INSURED - all parcels includes $100 insurance.

All our parcels are carefully packaged in a cardboard box which is then carefully covered with a 'water-proof' wrapping to protect parcels from exterior influences in selected seasons ( Autumn & Winter = Rainy / Monsoon Seasons ).

We send each buyer a Tracking Number which they can use to track their order & a toll-free number to contact in order to schedule a delivery date in advance !!

We provide tracking updates as an item travels to its destination. Get tracking updates, including the date and time of delivery or attempted delivery notifications.

First Class Registered PRIORITY International Mail will be charged :

ACCESSORIES ( 1st set / 2nd set )

USD $13.95 / $10.00 - United States (10 - 16 days)
USD $13.95 / $10.00 - Canada (10 - 16 days)
USD $14.95 / $11.00 - Spain, The Netherlands & Belgium (10 - 12 days)
USD $14.95 / $11.00 - UK, France, Sweden & Germany (10 - 12 days)
USD $19.95 / $15.00 - Australia (10 - 16 days)
USD $19.95 / $15.00 - New Zealand (10 - 16 days)
USD $15.95 / $12.00 - Everywhere Else (10 - 16 days)
USD $ 4.00 / $ 2.00 - Israel (2-5 days)

We also offer EXPRESS SHIPPING - if you are in a hurry to receive your order then simply go ahead & upgrade your shipping either to one of the following Express Options :

ECO Express Mail
( 5-7 business days )

ACCESSORIES ( 1st set / 2nd set )

USD $30.00 / $21.00 - United States
USD $40.00 / $31.00 - Australia
USD $35.00 / $28.00 - Europe / Everywhere Else *
USD $13.00 / $7.00 - Israel

* Please contact us to make sure that your country is listed for ECO Express Services.

EMS Express Mail
( 3-5 business days )

ACCESSORIES ( 1st set / 2nd set )

USD $35.00 / $30.00 - United States
USD $45.00 / $40.00 - Australia
USD $45.00 / $40.00 - New Zealand
USD $40.00 / $35.00 - Europe / Everywhere Else
USD $20.00 / $18.00 - Israel

So for example if you wish to upgrade your shipping to ECO Express ( $35.00 USA ) then you simply need to pay the difference between the shipping fees as you already paid $15.95 for First Class Registered Priority Mail so you will only need to pay an additional $19.05 ( $35.00 - $15.95 ).

PLEASE NOTE

We are also the founders & owners of our other SEMI-FORMAL brand WalkaholicS - Quality Handmade Leather Sandals ~ http://www.etsy.com/shop/WalkaholicS

JOIN US :

http://facebook.com/pages/SANDALI/68767615819/
http://pinterest.com/sandalisandals/
http://fancy.com/sandali_sandals
https://google.com/+Sandali-sandals
https://twitter.com/SandaliSandals


          15% OFF Caramel Buckle-free Leather Sandals For Men & Women - Handmade Sandals, Leather Flip Flops, Jesus Sandals, Unisex Sandals, Natural S by SANDALI   

42.50 USD

Welcome to SANDALI ... I can guarantee that you will love these sandals as not only are they beautiful but they are also extremely comfortable. All the pairs are handmade from thick COW leather & varnished with a special varnish for the finishing touch. We regard our sandals to be of the utmost quality - we make all the sandals as per request & all our sandals are based on an unisex collection ... we will strive in finding you your perfect fit ;0)

We use sustainable products that are as environmental friendly. In regards to our sandals themselves, our leather skins all come from Italy - we only purchase 'Natural Leather' & finish it off with a special varnish to protect the leather - no dye, no artificial substances.

★ COLORS ★

All the designs are available in brown, black or caramel toned leather ...
We also offer this & any other given designs in blue, green, red, orange, yellow, white, pink, violet, grey & turquoise.

Please note that the colored collection is $20.00 more expensive then the plain designs (black, brown & caramel) ... Simply notify me which design & color you are interested in & then I will go ahead & create a Reserved Listing for you ;0)

★ SOLES ★

Our soles are made from 'Press Rubber' ( Recycled Rubber ) which is light & supple yet supportive & comfortable.

We also offer ALL leather soles ( flat-slight heel ) as an option which will be charged an additional fee of $20.00 per pair - simply contact us if you are interested in the 'all leather sole' option.

★ SIZES ★

We make each & every single pair of sandals as per request - these sandals are not mass-produced via factory or machinery so therefore every single pair is hand crafted especially for you.

We offer a variety of sizes - although it states 'only 1 size available' we have all the size options varying from an EURO # 35 - EURO # 46 - Simply select your size & color options under our '"Variations Section" when checking out your order.

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★
WOMEN & MEN SIZE CHART ~~ US # vs EURO #
★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

Measurements are based on the length of the inner soles of the sandals !!!

EURO # 35 ( Female US # 4 - 4.5 // Male US # 2 - 2.5 ) - 22.9 cm // 9.0 "
EURO # 36 ( Female US # 5 - 5.5 // Male US # 3 - 3.5 ) - 23.5 cm // 9.3 "
EURO # 37 ( Female US # 6 - 6.5 // Male US # 4 - 4.5 ) - 24.1 cm // 9.5 "
EURO # 38 ( Female US # 7 - 7.5 // Male US # 5 - 5.5 ) - 24.8 cm // 9.8 "
EURO # 39 ( Female US # 8 - 8.5 // Male US # 6 - 6.5 ) - 25.4 cm // 10 "
EURO # 40 ( Female US # 9 - 9.5 // Male US # 7 - 7.5 ) - 26 cm // 10.2 "
EURO # 41 ( Female US # 10 - 10.5 // Male US # 8 - 8.5 ) - 26.7 cm // 10.5 "
EURO # 42 ( Female US # 11 - 11.5 // Male US # 9 - 9.5 ) - 27.5 cm // 10.8 "
EURO # 43 ( Female US # 12 - 12.5 // Male US # 10 - 10.5 ) - 28.3 cm //11.1 "
EURO # 44 ( Female US # 13 - 13.5 // Male US # 11 - 11.5 ) - 28.9 cm // 11.4 "
EURO # 45 ( Female US # 14 - 14.5 // Male US # 12 - 12.5 ) - 29.6 cm // 11.7 "
EURO # 46 ( Female US # 15 - 15.5 // Male US # 13 - 13.5 ) - 30.4 cm // 12.0 "

So for example :

If your feet measures a total length of 25.4 cm // 10" then it is the best option to go for an EURO # 40 ( 26 cm // 10.2" ) as you will need to add a few additional cm's or inches for the space on the front & back of your sandals ...

★ HANDLING & SHIPPING ★

Please note that our handling time varies between 5-7 business days. We make each & every single pair of sandals as per request - these sandals are not mass-produced via factory or machinery so therefore every single pair is hand crafted especially for you.

All our parcels are carefully packaged in a cardboard box which is then carefully covered with a 'water-proof' wrapping to protect parcels from exterior influences in selected seasons ( Autumn & Winter = Rainy / Monsoon Seasons ).

I also want to confirm that each parcel has been INSURED - all parcels includes $100 insurance.

We offer 3 shipping methods at this given time :

1. First Class International Priority Mail ( 10 - 16 business days )
2. ECO Express Mail ( 5-7 business days )
3. EMS Express Mail ( 3-5 business days )

1. First Class International Priority Mail ( 10 - 16 business days )

We normally ship all our parcels via First Class International Priority Mail whereas parcels will be delivered to the comfort of your front door within an amazing 10-16 business days. Please note that our customers are not able to track their parcels until this parcel is at their local postal unit.

2. ECO Express Mail ( 5-7 business days )

You can upgrade your shipment to ECO EXPRESS Shipping ( 5-7 business days ) for an extra $5.00 per pair whereas you will receive tracking updates & delivery notifications.

ECO Express is only available to the following countries :
( ** Exceptions at check-out ** )

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain ( UK ), Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland & United States of America.

3. EMS Express Mail ( 3-5 business days )

You can upgrade your shipment to EMS EXPRESS Shipping ( 3-5 business days ) for an extra $20.00 for the 1st pair & $12.00 for every additional pair.

We provide tracking updates as an item travels to its destination. Get tracking updates, including the date and time of delivery or attempted delivery notifications.

If you are in a hurry to receive your order then simply go ahead & upgrade your shipping either to one of the following Express Options.

★ PLEASE NOTE ★

We are also the founders & owners of our other SEMI-FORMAL brand WalkaholicS - Quality Handmade Leather Sandals ~ http://www.etsy.com/shop/WalkaholicS

★ JOIN US ★

http://facebook.com/pages/SANDALI/68767615819/
http://instagram.com/sandalisandals
http://pinterest.com/sandalisandals/
http://fancy.com/sandali_sandals
https://google.com/+Sandali-sandals
https://twitter.com/SandaliSandals


          Turquoise Triple All Leather Sandals For Men & Women - All Leather Soles - Handmade Unisex Sandals, Jesus Sandals, Genuine Leather Sandals by SANDALI   

70.00 USD

Welcome to SANDALI ... I can guarantee that you will love these sandals as not only are they beautiful but they are also extremely comfortable !! All the pairs are handmade from thick COW leather & varnished with a special varnish for the finishing touch. We regard our sandals to be of the utmost quality ~~ we make all the sandals as per request & all our sandals are based on an unisex collection ... we will strive in finding you your perfect fit ;0)

We use sustainable products that are as environmental friendly. In regards to our sandals themselves, our leather skins all come from Italy - we only purchase 'Natural Leather' & finish it off with a special varnish to protect the leather - no dye, no artificial substances.

All the designs are available in brown, black or caramel toned leather ...
We also offer this specific designs in blue, green, white, orange, red, pink, violet, grey & turquoise.

★ SOLES ★

Our sandals are normally based on 'Press Rubber' ( Recycled Rubber ) however this given collection is based on ALL Leather Soles.

To confirm the sandals has leather bottom soles as well as leather upper soles with a small heel which is basically zero-drop.

★ SIZES ★

We make each & every single pair of sandals as per request - these sandals are not mass-produced via factory or machinery so therefore every single pair is hand crafted especially for you.

We offer a variety of sizes - although it states 'only 1 size available' we have all the size options varying from an EURO # 35 - EURO # 46 - Simply select your size & color options under our '"Variations Section" when checking out your order.

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★
WOMEN & MEN SIZE CHART ~~ US # vs EURO #
★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

Measurements are based on the length of the inner soles of the sandals !!!

EURO # 35 ( Female US # 4 - 4.5 // Male US # 2 - 2.5 ) - 22.9 cm // 9.0 "
EURO # 36 ( Female US # 5 - 5.5 // Male US # 3 - 3.5 ) - 23.5 cm // 9.3 "
EURO # 37 ( Female US # 6 - 6.5 // Male US # 4 - 4.5 ) - 24.1 cm // 9.5 "
EURO # 38 ( Female US # 7 - 7.5 // Male US # 5 - 5.5 ) - 24.8 cm // 9.8 "
EURO # 39 ( Female US # 8 - 8.5 // Male US # 6 - 6.5 ) - 25.4 cm // 10 "
EURO # 40 ( Female US # 9 - 9.5 // Male US # 7 - 7.5 ) - 26 cm // 10.2 "
EURO # 41 ( Female US # 10 - 10.5 // Male US # 8 - 8.5 ) - 26.7 cm // 10.5 "
EURO # 42 ( Female US # 11 - 11.5 // Male US # 9 - 9.5 ) - 27.5 cm // 10.8 "
EURO # 43 ( Female US # 12 - 12.5 // Male US # 10 - 10.5 ) - 28.3 cm //11.1 "
EURO # 44 ( Female US # 13 - 13.5 // Male US # 11 - 11.5 ) - 28.9 cm // 11.4 "
EURO # 45 ( Female US # 14 - 14.5 // Male US # 12 - 12.5 ) - 29.6 cm // 11.7 "
EURO # 46 ( Female US # 15 - 15.5 // Male US # 13 - 13.5 ) - 30.4 cm // 12.0 "

So for example :

If your feet measures a total length of 25.4 cm // 10" then it is the best option to go for an EURO # 40 ( 26 cm // 10.2" ) as you will need to add a few additional cm's or inches for the space on the front & back of your sandals ...

★ HANDLING & SHIPPING ★

Please note that our handling time varies between 5-7 business days. We make each & every single pair of sandals as per request - these sandals are not mass-produced via factory or machinery so therefore every single pair is hand crafted especially for you.

All our parcels are carefully packaged in a cardboard box which is then carefully covered with a 'water-proof' wrapping to protect parcels from exterior influences in selected seasons ( Autumn & Winter = Rainy / Monsoon Seasons ).

I also want to confirm that each parcel has been INSURED - all parcels includes $100 insurance.

We offer 3 shipping methods at this given time :

1. First Class International Priority Mail ( 10 - 16 business days )
2. ECO Express Mail ( 5-7 business days )
3. EMS Express Mail ( 3-5 business days )

1. First Class International Priority Mail ( 10 - 16 business days )

We normally ship all our parcels via First Class International Priority Mail whereas parcels will be delivered to the comfort of your front door within an amazing 10-16 business days. Please note that our customers are not able to track their parcels until this parcel is at their local postal unit.

2. ECO Express Mail ( 5-7 business days )

You can upgrade your shipment to ECO EXPRESS Shipping ( 5-7 business days ) for an extra $5.00 per pair whereas you will receive tracking updates & delivery notifications.

ECO Express is only available to the following countries :
( ** Exceptions at check-out ** )

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain ( UK ), Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland & United States of America.

3. EMS Express Mail ( 3-5 business days )

You can upgrade your shipment to EMS EXPRESS Shipping ( 3-5 business days ) for an extra $20.00 for the 1st pair & $12.00 for every additional pair.

We provide tracking updates as an item travels to its destination. Get tracking updates, including the date and time of delivery or attempted delivery notifications.

If you are in a hurry to receive your order then simply go ahead & upgrade your shipping either to one of the following Express Options.

★ PLEASE NOTE ★

We are also the founders & owners of our other SEMI-FORMAL brand WalkaholicS - Quality Handmade Leather Sandals ~ http://www.etsy.com/shop/WalkaholicS

★ JOIN US ★

http://facebook.com/pages/SANDALI/68767615819/
http://instagram.com/sandalisandals/
http://pinterest.com/sandalisandals/
http://fancy.com/sandali_sandals
https://google.com/+Sandali-sandals
https://twitter.com/SandaliSandals


          Scala Showcasing Digital Solutions and Expertise at London Digital Signage Week   
NewswireToday (newswire) - 2017/05/05 Sittard, Netherlands - Scala, Inc., will participate in London Digital Signage Week events next week displaying innovations at the Retail Digital Signage Expo (RDSE) - Scala.com
          Scala to Display How to Reinvent Retail with Digital at EuroShop   
NewswireToday (newswire) - 2017/03/03 Sittard, Netherlands - Scala, BV., will demonstrate how to reinvent retail with digital solutions for today’s tech-savvy shoppers at EuroShop - EuroShop-TradeFair.com / Scala.com
          1 pc.+ 17 Cups, SS39 (8mm) Empty Cup Chain for Bracelet - Rhodium Plating by JFExIntl   

7.00 USD

17 cups, SS39 (8mm) empty cup chain for Bracelet with 7¾"-9¾" adjustable extension chain and 15mm brass lobster clasp.
Cups suits any 8mm Chaton/Cabochon from Swarovski, Preciosa, JFEx Int'l MC Chaton Collection etc.

Quantity: 1 pc.
Price: $7.00

✿ Bulk options:
~~ ✤ 2 pc. [$13.00]
~~ ✤ 4 pc. [$24.00]
~~ ✤ 8 pc. [$46.00]

Size: Adjustable between 7¾"-9¾"
Material: Brass
Finish: Rhodium Plating

✿ Finish options:
~~ ✤ Gold
~~ ✤ Silver
~~ ✤ Rhodium
~~ ✤ Rose Gold
~~ ✤ Antique Brass
~~ ✤ Antique Silver
~~ ✤ Antique Copper

♻ Lead FREE Nickel ♻

✿ Shipping options:
~~ ✤ Additional items ship at no extra charge.
~~ ✤ Registered Air Mail with tracking in Israel only (2-3 weeks).
~~ ✤ Free shipping on orders over $75.00 - Coupon Code ✤JFEX75✤
~~ ✤ Upgrade to EcoPost fast shipping with tracking (5-7 business days).
~~ ✤ Free EcoPost on orders over $125.00 - Coupon Code ✤JFEXEPFS125✤

✿ Find our listing for shipping upgrade to EcoPost here:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/227698472

Please note that EcoPost service is available for the following countries only:
United States, France, Australia, Belgium, Great Britain, Spain, Canada, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Germany and Sweden.

✿ Find our complete selection of SS39 (8mm) cup chains here:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/JFExIntl?section_id=17996335

✿ Find our complete selection of SS39 Preciosa MAXIMA Chatons here:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/JFExIntl?section_id=18347773

✿ Find our complete selection of JFEx Int'l MC Chaton Collection here:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/JFExIntl?section_id=19338459

✿ Find our complete selection of findings here:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/JFExIntl


          1 pc.+ 15 Cups, SS39 (8mm) Empty Cup Chain for Bracelet - Antique Silver by JFExIntl   

6.00 USD

15 cups, SS39 (8mm) empty cup chain for Bracelet with 7"-9" adjustable extension chain and 15mm brass lobster clasp.
Cups suits any 8mm Chaton/Cabochon from Swarovski, Preciosa, JFEx Int'l MC Chaton Collection etc.

Quantity: 1 pc.
Price: $6.00

✿ Bulk options:
~~ ✤ 2 pc. [$11.00]
~~ ✤ 4 pc. [$20.00]
~~ ✤ 8 pc. [$38.00]

Size: Adjustable between 7"-9"
Material: Brass
Finish: Antique Silver

✿ Finish options:
~~ ✤ Gold
~~ ✤ Silver
~~ ✤ Rhodium
~~ ✤ Rose Gold
~~ ✤ Antique Brass
~~ ✤ Antique Silver
~~ ✤ Antique Copper

♻ Lead FREE Nickel ♻

✿ Shipping options:
~~ ✤ Additional items ship at no extra charge.
~~ ✤ Registered Air Mail with tracking in Israel only (2-3 weeks).
~~ ✤ Free shipping on orders over $75.00 - Coupon Code ✤JFEX75✤
~~ ✤ Upgrade to EcoPost fast shipping with tracking (5-7 business days).
~~ ✤ Free EcoPost on orders over $125.00 - Coupon Code ✤JFEXEPFS125✤

✿ Find our listing for shipping upgrade to EcoPost here:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/227698472

Please note that EcoPost service is available for the following countries only:
United States, France, Australia, Belgium, Great Britain, Spain, Canada, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Germany and Sweden.

✿ Find our complete selection of SS39 (8mm) cup chains here:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/JFExIntl?section_id=17996335

✿ Find our complete selection of SS39 Preciosa MAXIMA Chatons here:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/JFExIntl?section_id=18347773

✿ Find our complete selection of JFEx Int'l MC Chaton Collection here:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/JFExIntl?section_id=19338459

✿ Find our complete selection of findings here:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/JFExIntl


          6 pc.+ SS39 (8mm) Preciosa MC Chaton MAXIMA - Turquoise Color by JFExIntl   

2.10 USD

SS39 (8mm) Preciosa MC Chaton MAXIMA in Turquoise Color No.63030.

MC Chaton MAXIMA combines, for the first time in history, high quality lead-free crystal made with PRECIOSA® Hi-Pure Crystal ™ technology with an original patented 15-facet cut which is foiled with the innovative Dura-Foiling™ layer, or Unfoiled (Upon Availability). The result is a PRECIOSA crystal component of unrivalled optical‑aesthetic properties, outstanding resilience, exceptional durability, and one whose authenticity is quickly and unmistakably verifiable.

Quantity: 6 pc.
Price: $2.10

✿ Bulk options:
~~ ✤ 12 pc. [$4.00]
~~ ✤ 18 pc. [$5.70]
~~ ✤ 24 pc. [$7.20]

Size: SS39 (8mm)
Material: PRECIOSA® Hi-Pure Crystal ™
Finish: 15-facet cut with Dura-Foiling™ layer, or Unfoiled (Upon Availability).

♻ Lead FREE ♻

✿ Shipping options:
~~ ✤ Additional items ship at no extra charge.
~~ ✤ Registered Air Mail with tracking in Israel only (2-3 weeks).
~~ ✤ Free shipping on orders over $75.00 - Coupon Code ✤JFEX75✤
~~ ✤ Upgrade to EcoPost fast shipping with tracking (5-7 business days).
~~ ✤ Free EcoPost on orders over $125.00 - Coupon Code ✤JFEXEPFS125✤

✿ Find our listing for shipping upgrade to EcoPost here:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/227698472

Please note that EcoPost service is available for the following countries only:
United States, France, Australia, Belgium, Great Britain, Spain, Canada, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Germany and Sweden.

✿ Find our complete selection of SS39 Preciosa MAXIMA Chatons here:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/JFExIntl?section_id=18347773

✿ Find our complete selection of JFEx Int'l MC Chaton Collection here:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/JFExIntl?section_id=19338459

✿ Find our complete selection of SS39 cup chains here:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/JFExIntl?section_id=17996335

✿ Find our complete selection of findings here:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/JFExIntl


          10 pc.+ 10mm Crimp Ends for Flat Leather Cords - Raw Brass by JFExIntl   

10.00 USD

Stylish crimp ends for flat leather cords up to 10mm wide.

Quantity: 10 pc.
Price: $10.00

✿ Bulk options:
~~ ✤ 20 pc. [$18.00]
~~ ✤ 30 pc. [$24.00]
~~ ✤ 50 pc. [$35.00]

Size: 9.8x9.5mm
Material: Brass
Finish: Raw - No plating

✿ Finish options:
~~ ✤ Raw
~~ ✤ Gold
~~ ✤ Silver
~~ ✤ Rhodium
~~ ✤ Rose Gold
~~ ✤ Antique Brass
~~ ✤ Antique Silver
~~ ✤ Antique Copper

♻ Lead FREE Nickel ♻

✿ Shipping options:
~~ ✤ Additional items ship at no extra charge.
~~ ✤ Registered Air Mail with tracking in Israel only (2-3 weeks).
~~ ✤ Free shipping on orders over $75.00 - Coupon Code ✤JFEX75✤
~~ ✤ Upgrade to EcoPost fast shipping with tracking (5-7 business days).
~~ ✤ Free EcoPost on orders over $125.00 - Coupon Code ✤JFEXEPFS125✤

✿ Find our listing for shipping upgrade to EcoPost here:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/227698472

Please note that EcoPost service is available for the following countries only:
United States, France, Australia, Belgium, Great Britain, Spain, Canada, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Germany and Sweden.

✿ Find our complete selection of cord ends here:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/JFExIntl?section_id=17046945

✿ Find our complete selection of findings here:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/JFExIntl


          20 pc.+ 15mm Solid Brass Lobster Claw Clasp - Antique Brass by JFExIntl   

7.20 USD

High quality, 15mm solid brass lobster claw clasp.

Quantity: 20 pc.
Price: $7.20

✿ Bulk options:
~~ ✤ 40 pc. [$13.60]
~~ ✤ 60 pc. [$19.20]
~~ ✤ 80 pc. [$22.40]

Size: 15x8mm
Material: Brass
Finish: Antique Brass

✿ Finish options:
~~ ✤ Raw
~~ ✤ Gold
~~ ✤ Silver
~~ ✤ Rhodium
~~ ✤ Rose Gold
~~ ✤ Antique Brass
~~ ✤ Antique Silver
~~ ✤ Antique Copper

♻ Lead FREE Nickel ♻

✿ Shipping options:
~~ ✤ Additional items ship at no extra charge.
~~ ✤ Registered Air Mail with tracking in Israel only (2-3 weeks).
~~ ✤ Free shipping on orders over $75.00 - Coupon Code ✤JFEX75✤
~~ ✤ Upgrade to EcoPost fast shipping with tracking (5-7 business days).
~~ ✤ Free EcoPost on orders over $125.00 - Coupon Code ✤JFEXEPFS125✤

✿ Find our listing for shipping upgrade to EcoPost here:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/227698472

Please note that EcoPost service is available for the following countries only:
United States, France, Australia, Belgium, Great Britain, Spain, Canada, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Germany and Sweden.

✿ Find our complete selection of clasps here:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/JFExIntl?section_id=17046943

✿ Find our complete selection of findings here:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/JFExIntl


          10 pc.+ 7mm Crimp Ends for Flat Leather Cords - Raw Brass by JFExIntl   

8.00 USD

Stylish crimp ends for flat leather cords up to 7mm wide.

Quantity: 10 pc.
Price: $8.00

✿ Bulk options:
~~ ✤ 20 pc. [$15.00]
~~ ✤ 30 pc. [$19.50]
~~ ✤ 50 pc. [$27.50]

Size: 8.0x7.0mm
Material: Brass
Finish: Raw - No plating

✿ Finish options:
~~ ✤ Raw
~~ ✤ Gold
~~ ✤ Silver
~~ ✤ Rhodium
~~ ✤ Rose Gold
~~ ✤ Antique Brass
~~ ✤ Antique Silver
~~ ✤ Antique Copper

♻ Lead FREE Nickel ♻

✿ Shipping options:
~~ ✤ Additional items ship at no extra charge.
~~ ✤ Registered Air Mail with tracking in Israel only (2-3 weeks).
~~ ✤ Free shipping on orders over $75.00 - Coupon Code ✤JFEX75✤
~~ ✤ Upgrade to EcoPost fast shipping with tracking (5-7 business days).
~~ ✤ Free EcoPost on orders over $125.00 - Coupon Code ✤JFEXEPFS125✤

✿ Find our listing for shipping upgrade to EcoPost here:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/227698472

Please note that EcoPost service is available for the following countries only:
United States, France, Australia, Belgium, Great Britain, Spain, Canada, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Germany and Sweden.

✿ Find our complete selection of cord ends here:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/JFExIntl?section_id=17046945

✿ Find our complete selection of findings here:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/JFExIntl


          10 pc.+ 4mm Crimp Ends for Flat Leather Cords - Raw Brass by JFExIntl   

6.50 USD

Stylish crimp ends for flat leather cords up to 4mm wide.

Quantity: 10 pc.
Price: $6.50

✿ Bulk options:
~~ ✤ 20 pc. [$12.00]
~~ ✤ 30 pc. [$16.50]
~~ ✤ 50 pc. [$22.50]

Size: 7.0x4.0mm
Material: Brass
Finish: Raw - No plating

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          10 pc.+ 6mm Extremely Strong Magnetic Clasp - Antique Brass by JFExIntl   

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          10 pc.+ 6mm Extremely Strong Magnetic Clasp - Antique Silver by JFExIntl   

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          Uncensoring The Web With RePress   
A brand new plugin released by GreenHost aims to make censoring the web next to impossible. It’s called RePress and turns any WordPress powered website it’s installed on into a proxy server. The plugin was created in response to piratebay.org being blocked within the Netherlands due to a court ruling. (more...)
           Postzegels Nederland, Filateli (Lifestyle)   

Postzegels Nederland, Filateli 1.0


Device: iOS Universal
Category: Lifestyle
Price: $5.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Stamps App Netherlands collects all the stamps of Netherlands from all over history.
It is the first virtual catalog to be able to take your collection on your mobile device or tablet.
It includes all the data of the stamps sold in Netherlands to the present time.
The application is completely autonomous. No internet connection is required to use.

The application allows you to control the stamps you have, you can count the stamps you have and their value.
Look for years (1, 5, 10, 25 50, 75).
You can search by themes.
Look for series.
Look for free text.

Look for different filters:
Color, Emission, Format, Print, Score, Theme, Series, Year. Currency, Weight...
Includes real-time news of what philatelic people and stamps are talking about.
Store applications with stamps from new countries.
Search the map and points of interest for Stamps and Philatelic Places of Interest (Shops, Exchange Sites, Museums).
Possibility to send your friends the stamps found through your messaging programs.
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Postzegels Nederland, Filateli


          UK & USA KVM Packages DEEP discounts | 1TB Netherlands plans €3.00 for 6 months | DOUBLE DISK SPACE   

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          The Left is so steeped in anti Christian, anti Americanism that it defends the indefensible Islamist FGM and fights against honorable Muslims.    
Hypocritical leftists willing to give Muslim extremists a pass


He’s a former Muslim extremist who speaks out against such extremism — yet he’s been labeled an extremist.
Last October, the Southern Poverty Law Center called British author and activist Maajid Nawaz, 39, “part of the ‘ex-radical’ circuit of former Islamists who use that experience to savage Islam.” During a recent appearance on Bill Maher’s show, Nawaz announced he’d be suing the SPLC for defamation.
Citing what he calls “the poverty of low expectations,” Nawaz argues that Islam, like any other religion, should not only field criticism but withstand it. Why, he asks, does the Western world — and liberals, in particular — refuse to condemn what they otherwise find abhorrent?
The SPLC, he says, fights against the oppressions of Christian fundamentalism, yet “the same causes they fight for within America are somehow deemed illegitimate for people like me to fight for within our own communities.”
To wit: The current case in Michigan — the first federal case of its kind — over female genital mutilation, practiced among a Shiite Muslim sect there. The New York Times, incredibly, has framed this as a potentially legitimate custom. “Michigan Case Adds US Dimension to Debate on Genital Mutilation,” ran a June 10 headline.
Debate? Really? An estimated 100 girls have been brutalized in this specific community since 2005 — yet because this barbarism is contextualized as Islamic, far too many liberals seek to justify what is plainly child abuse, a gross violation of human rights.
There are plenty of Catholics and fundamentalist Christians who believe abortion is morally wrong, yet Roe v. Wade remains the law of the land. Why should Islam get special dispensation? Isn’t it a supercilious attitude to take — that a muscular religion of 1.6 billion people requires deference to the point of infantilization?
Also on the SPLC’s list is Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the Somali-born author and activist who herself survived female genital mutilation and a forced marriage. Ali and fellow activist Asra Q. Nomani recently appeared before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and were shocked that none of the four female Democrats on that panel — including Kamala Harris, who’d become a feminist cause célèbre the day before, after male colleagues interrupted her interrogation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions — asked a single question.
In a June 22 Times Op-Ed, Ali and Nomani called out Harris along with Sens. Maggie Hassan, Heidi Heitkamp and Claire McCaskill.
“What happened that day was emblematic of a deeply troubling trend among progressives when it comes to confronting the brutal reality of Islamic extremism and what it means for women in many Muslim communities here at home and around the world,” they wrote. “When it comes to the pay gap, abortion access and workplace discrimination, progressives have much to say. But we’re still waiting for a march against honor killings, child marriages, polygamy, sex slavery or female genital mutilation.”
These are horrors, misogyny masquerading as religion, and it’s a Jedi mind trick that works almost every time.
Sen. McCaskill, for example, said she was “worried” about Ali and Nomani’s testimony. “Anyone who twists or distorts religion is an exception to the rule,” she said. Tell that to women in Saudi Arabia, who cannot drive, work or travel alone, or to women in Pakistan, where a so-called “women’s rights bill” was passed last year allowing men to beat their wives, instructions included.
“These recommendations are, according to the Koran and Sunnah, the prophet’s teachings,” a state official told the BBC. “No one can dispute that.”
Reformers like Ali and Nawaz do, and they continually exhort those Muslims who disagree with such diktats — and those outside the religion — to speak up.
In her Op-Ed, Ali noted the false argument so often made, that to criticize Islam is bigotry. Her ideas, she writes, are often labeled backward and conservative, “as if opposition to violent jihad, sex slavery, genital mutilation or child marriage were a matter of left and right.”
Her critics would point to the success of Muslims in America, a deeply assimilated population that, according to multiple studies — including one published by the Cato Institute in October 2016 — is among the most educated and affluent. Their cultural views don’t deviate as much from non-Muslims either. It’s hard to quantify why, but our national DNA surely contributes; we are a county and a culture of immigrants. We don’t force newcomers to learn English, but life’s easier if you do. Nor do we grapple with dress codes, burqa bans and other such debates that have consumed Europe for years. According to the Cato Institute, American Muslims are the most religiously tolerant and socially liberal in the world and are becoming more so. Has this population self-selected to America, or are their views encouraged by our open society?
No one really knows, but Nawaz and others believe that Europe’s tendency to isolate Muslims — or allow them to isolate themselves — rather than integrate only fuels alienation and resentment. Such communities live parallel to society under their own rule of law, and rather than combat Islamic extremism and jihad, such neglect foments it.
Yet such fear of offending remains that Theresa May, upon becoming prime minister last year, said that England “could benefit a great deal” from the estimated 100 Sharia courts operating there.
“Ideas are more dangerous than people,” Nawaz writes, and a 2016 survey bears that out — 58 percent of British Muslims believe homosexuality should be outlawed and one-quarter said they’d support Sharia law replacing British law. A poll of Muslim immigrants and natives in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, Belgium and Sweden, published in December 2013 by Professor Ruud Koopmans of the Berlin Social Science Center, found that 75 percent believe the Koran can be interpreted only one way, that 60 percent would not befriend someone who is gay and 54 percent think the West wants to destroy Islam.
In his new book, “The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam,” author Douglas Murray argues that Europe — Germany especially — has a tendency to overcorrect for past injustices and atrocities. He cites the left’s rejection, in 2015, of concerns raised by Angela Merkel, David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy that Europe had erred in allowing some citizens to live in opposition to their nation’s own laws. In an interview with NPR on Tuesday, Murray raised the irony of liberals supporting illiberal beliefs.
“This is a big problem,” Murray said. “As well as speaking the language of inclusion, we have to speak the language of exclusion — what it is that we won’t tolerate as well as what it is that we do.”
Nawaz himself believes extremism is fertilized by three subsets: Islamist theocracies, hard-right populism and what he calls the regressive left — those who argue for genderless bathrooms but won’t acknowledge that honor killings happen in Europe and the United States. In compiling their list, he says, the SPLC has employed a tactic used by those they should condemn.
“Just imagine how ex-Muslim Islam-critic Ayaan Hirsi Ali must feel to be included in your list,” he wrote in October.
“Her friend Theo van Gogh was murdered on the streets of Amsterdam in 2004. And back then, there was another list pinned to Theo’s corpse with a knife: It, too, named Ayaan Hirsi Ali.”


          Weekly update 41 (Southampton edition)   

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Into week 5 of travel now and I'm in Southampton on the south coast of England. The family holidaying is over and it's back to workshops and user groups for the remainder of the trip both here in the UK then back in the Netherlands next week.

Despite the schedule,


          Philippines def. Turkmenistan, 21-14 (REPLAY VIDEO) FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup 2017   

FIBA 3x3 Under-18 World Cup 2017 Updates and Results. (June 30 / Day 3) Philippines(3-1) defeated Turkmenistan (0-4), 21-14 on Friday to advance to the quarterfinals of the 2017 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup in Chengdu, China.


Team Philippines Game Results & Replay Video:
June 28 - Philippines def. Israel, 19-17
June 28 - Netherlands def. Philippines, 13-10
June 30 - Philippines def. Poland, 20-14
June 30 - Philippines def. Turkmenistan, 21-14
July 2 - (2:50pm) Philippines vs. Belgium (KO Quarterfinals)
The top two teams from each pool qualify for the quarterfinals and then play KO games all the way to the finals.





screenshot via Youtube / FIBA3x3 / FIBA.com


Team Pilipinas 3×3 U18 Team Members:
(#4) Ariel John 'AJ' Edu - 6’9” (Fil-Nigerian)
(#2) Rhayyan Amsali - 6’3”
(#3) Juan Gomez Di Liaño - 6’2”
(#5) Florencio Serrano - 5’11”

Photo via FIBA.com






          Philippines def. Poland, 20-14 (REPLAY VIDEO) FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup 2017   

FIBA 3x3 Under-18 World Cup 2017 Updates and Results. (June 30 / Day 3) Philippines defeated Poland, 20-14 on Friday in the 2017 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup in Chengdu, China.


Team Philippines Game Results & Replay Video:
June 28 - Philippines def. Israel, 19-17
June 28 - Netherlands def. Philippines, 13-10
June 30 - Philippines def. Poland, 20-14
June 30 - Philippines def. Turkmenistan, 21-14
July 2 - (2:50pm) Philippines vs. Belgium (KO Quarterfinals)
The top two teams from each pool qualify for the quarterfinals and then play KO games all the way to the finals.





screenshot via Youtube / FIBA3x3 / FIBA.com


Team Pilipinas 3×3 U18 Team Members:
(#4) Ariel John 'AJ' Edu - 6’9” (Fil-Nigerian)
(#2) Rhayyan Amsali - 6’3”
(#3) Juan Gomez Di Liaño - 6’2”
(#5) Florencio Serrano - 5’11”

Photo via FIBA.com






          Juan Gomez de Liaño - Player of the Day - FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2017 (VIDEO) Day 1   

FIBA 3x3 Under-18 World Cup 2017 Updates and Results. (June 28 / Day 1) UAAP Season 79 Juniors MVP Juan Gomez De Liano of the Philippines has earned the Player of the Day for Day 1 of the FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2017! He can sink the long ball, and dent the rim, this is a player to watch!





Team Philippines Game Results & Replay Video:
June 28 - Philippines def. Israel, 19-17
June 28 - Netherlands def. Philippines, 13-10
June 30 - Philippines def. Poland, 20-14
June 30 - Philippines def. Turkmenistan, 21-14
July 2 - (2:50pm) Philippines vs. Belgium (KO Quarterfinals)
The top two teams from each pool qualify for the quarterfinals and then play KO games all the way to the finals.

screenshot via Youtube / FIBA3x3






          NNorthwest Airlines N537US 757-252WL at Amsterdam AMS Netherlands   

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NNorthwest Airlines N537US 757-252WL at Amsterdam AMS Netherlands

NORTHWEST N537US 757-252WL at Amsterdam Schipol AMS Netherlands

Boeing 757-251
First flight date 26/01/1996

To "Delta Airlines" 22/11/2009


          Undiscovered Treasures: Sandra Nielen   

Sandra Nielen is a product designer and artist from the Netherlands. She quit her day job at a big design studio to start her own handmade furniture business, making custom pieces on order and connecting directly with her customers. Sandra’s self-titled Etsy shop showcases her unique furniture creations. You went to university for Industrial Product Design; what compelled

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          ESA’s ESTEC Open 2017   

The date is fixed: you are invited to visit ESA’s technical heart in the Netherlands for its annual Open Day on Sunday, 8 October.

The theme this year is Bringing Space to Earth. Visit us to meet astronauts and mission experts, see how we simulate space on the ground, and discover the knowledge and technologies brought back to Earth from space.

For now, please save the date. You can register to attend #OpenESTEC from 3 July.

In place for more than half a century, the ESTEC European Space Research and Technology Centre in Noordwijk on the North Sea coast is ESA’s largest establishment, focused on developing technology, planning missions and testing satellites.

The hub of our continent’s space effort, this is where the majority of European space projects are born, developed and tested in advance of their flights into orbit.

Find out more: http://www.esa.int/estec


          Making Democracy work   
The dictionary definition of Democracy is:
"Government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system"
In Britain, we elect our MPs on a regular basis to represent us in Parliament and the Prime Minister is the leader of the party with the most MPs. In the United States, Representatives and Senators are elected to generate national policy in Congress and the President is also an elected official. In both countries, the leader selects a 'cabinet' and each member has a clearly defined role. Although they are selected, the theory is that the people trust the leader to pick the right people for the job. Other countries have the same or similar systems.

What happens if the population of a country are apathetic?
If the people who elect the officials are not interested politics, there is a risk of an unrepresentative government being created. Once that happens, all sorts of policies could be passed that could negatively affect the future of a number of people (e.g. the apathetic majority).

In countries that have a system like the United Kingdom, it could be a number of years before a party loses power. For example, between 1905 and 1922 the UK was run by the Liberal party (the leaders were Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, Herbert Asquith and David Lloyd George). If any party had power for that length of time based on the votes of a minority, there is a strong chance of the government losing touch with the people and not taking the country in the direction that the people want.

In the United States, the situation is very different. Although the people vote for the person they want to be President, their votes don't actually have any weight as that particular official is elected using delegates. Although the delegates are supposed to be loyal, there is always the possibility of them changing their minds and voting for someone else. This could mean that there is always an unrepresentative leadership, even if the majority aren't apathetic.

In 2000, Al Gore won the popular vote, but George W. Bush got elected because of the Electoral College, which means the US had (and still have) a leader who does not represent the views of the people. This is confirmed in recent polls which show that Bush's approval rating is 30%.

What if the public cannot decide who they prefer?
If the population of a country cannot decide which party (or candidate) they prefer, there cannot be a situation where no government is elected. A democratic system demands a government and anything else would possibly lead to Anarchy.

If there are multiple parties with the same number of votes (unlikely in a 'First Past The Post' electoral system) or there is a situation where the majority of votes is not large enough, another election could be called or there would be a coalition (the leader of that group would then become Prime Minister and a cabinet could be formed).

If the majority vote and the parties forming the coalition have similar policies, this might not necessarily be a problem. However, if the parties have substantially different views then the leadership would be divisive and decisions would be harder to make. If it is harder to decide when to e.g. initiate an election, a divisive leadership could negatively affect the country for many years (especially if the majority of the population are apathetic).

In recent times, Holland had a coalition government, which was a combination of the Christian Democrats, the CDA, the VVD and the LPF. The coalition eventually collapsed due to major disagreements.

What if the majority are wrong?
In a situation where the majority of the population vote, it's possible for them to not know what is good for the country and a reason for that could simply be lack of appropriate education. You could then have a representative leadership that has a negative effect on the country. This is a problem with Democracy. Elections can theoretically prevent this from being a permanent problem, but the people could consistently be wrong.

Conclusion
In reality, no political system is perfect. To give Democracy the best chance of working, the majority have to be well-informed and have to vote. To be well informed, they need to use a variety of sources (doing this can create a more balanced view). If the people complain about the government not doing the right thing and then mention that they didn't vote in the election, you can only say to them that it's at least partly their fault. In theory, one vote can be the decision maker.

It's no good if you keep informed at one election and then ignore everything. That would mean you run the risk of a party staying in power for too long and possibly losing touch with the views of the people (which would make them unrepresentative).

So, what do you think?

Technorati tags: Democracy, Politics
          7/1/2017: TIMES GLOBAL: GERMANY JOINS 22 OTHER NATIONS WHO HAVE LEGALISED GAY UNIONS   

April 2001 | The Netherlands becomes first country in the world to allow gays to marry in a civil ceremony 12 European countries follow Belgium, Britain (except Northern Ireland), Denmark, Finland, France, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Norway,...
          Did Merkel trip on gay marriage vote, or was this more canny politics?   

The German leader’s no vote is a sign she has to appease her core conservative base – but the snap election might be more deliberate than she let on

Sixteen years after the Netherlands became the first country in the world to pass legislation in favour of gay marriage, Germany has finally followed suit.

The answer to why it took so long is that much of Germany remains conservative at heart. While Angela Merkel has helped create the impression of her country as a liberal democracy, aided by issues such as her refugee policy and the decision to dismantle the country’s nuclear power stations, in reality it is steeped in conservative values.

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          Greg Halman was ‘a fun guy to be around,’ Jack Zduriencik says   
Mariners outfielder Greg Halman will be missed more off the field than on it, general manager Jack Zduriencik said on the “Bob & Groz Show” on 710 ESPN Seattle on Monday. Halman, 24, was stabbed to death Monday in his native Netherlands. His younger brother was arrested as a suspect. “He was a fun guy
          CONSUMER PROTECTION IN ONLINE TRANSACTIONS   
Consumer protections vary, depending on the network used. Visa and MasterCard, for instance, prohibit minimum and maximum purchase sizes, surcharges, and arbitrary security procedures on the part of merchants. Merchants are usually charged higher transaction fees for credit transactions, since debit network transactions are less likely to be fraudulent. This may lead them to "steer" customers to debit transactions. Consumers disputing charges may find it easier to do so with a credit card, since the money will not immediately leave their control. Fraudulent charges on a debit card can also cause problems with a checking account because the money is withdrawn immediately and may thus result in an overdraft or bounced checks. In some cases debit card-issuing banks will promptly refund any disputed charges until the matter can be settled, and in some jurisdictions the consumer liability for unauthorized charges is the same for both debit and credit cards.

In some countries, like India and Sweden, the consumer protection is the same regardless of the network used. Some banks set minimum and maximum purchase sizes, mostly for online-only cards. However, this has nothing to do with the card networks, but rather with the bank's judgement of the person's age and credit records. Any fees that the customers have to pay to the bank are the same regardless of whether the transaction is conducted as a credit or as a debit transaction, so there is no advantage for the customers to choose one transaction mode over another. Shops may add surcharges to the price of the goods or services in accordance with laws allowing them to do so. Banks consider the purchases as having been made at the moment when the card was swiped, regardless of when the purchase settlement was made. Regardless of which transaction type was used, the purchase may result in an overdraft because the money is considered to have left the account at the moment of the card swiping.

Debit cards and secured credit cards are popular among college students who have not yet established a credit history. Debit cards may also be used by expatriated workers to send money home to their families holding an affiliated debit card.

To the consumer, a debit transaction is perceived as occurring in real-time; i.e. the money is withdrawn from their account immediately following the authorization request from the merchant, which in many countries, is the case when making an online debit purchase. However, when a purchase is made using the "credit" (offline debit) option, the transaction merely places an authorization hold on the customer's account; funds are not actually withdrawn until the transaction is reconciled and hard-posted to the customer's account, usually a few days later. However, the previous sentence applies to all kinds of transaction types, at least when using a card issued by a European bank. This is in contrast to a typical credit card transaction; though it can also have a lag time of a few days before the transaction is posted to the account, it can be many days to a month or more before the consumer makes repayment with actual money.

Because of this, in the case of a benign or malicious error by the merchant or bank, a debit transaction may cause more serious problems (e.g. money not accessible; overdrawn account) than in the case of a credit card transaction (e.g. credit not accessible; over credit limit). This is especially true in the United States, where cheque fraud is a crime in every state, but exceeding your credit limit is not.

Debit cards may also be used on the Internet. Internet transactions may be conducted in either online or offline mode, although shops accepting online-only cards are rare in some countries (such as Sweden), while they are common in other countries (such as the Netherlands). For a comparison, PayPal offers the customer to use an online-only Maestro card if the customer enters a Dutch address of residence, but not if the same customer enters a Swedish address of residence.

Internet purchases may be conducted in either online or offline mode, and just as in the case where you use your card in a shop, it is (at least in most countries) impossible to tell whether the transaction was conducted in online or offline mode (unless an online-only card was used, in which case you know that it was conducted in online mode), since the mode isn't mentioned on any receipt or similar. Internet purchases use neither a PIN code nor a signature for identification. Transactions may be conducted in either credit or debit mode (which is sometimes, but not always, indicated on the receipt), and this has nothing to do with whether the transaction was conducted on online or offline mode, since both credit and debit transactions may be conducted in both modes.

A 2007 Washington Post article — on banks' lucrative debit card overdraft fees — pointed out that debit card issuers could notify customers electronically, allowing them to avoid overdraft fees. Nessa Feddis, banking industry spokesperson and lobbyist, contended that "current technology makes real-time notification of overdrafts cost-prohibitive. The article contended that "financial institutions don't want to change the status quo because they make good and easy money off their own customers' mistakes and irresponsibility.

In some countries, banks tend to levy a small fee for each debit card transaction. In some countries (e.g. the UK) the merchants bear all the costs and customers are not charged. There are many people who routinely use debit cards for all transactions, no matter how small. Some (small) retailers refuse to accept debit cards for small transactions, where paying the transaction fee would absorb the profit margin on the sale, making the transaction uneconomic for the retailer.

Debit cards in Australia are called different names depending on the issuing bank: Commonwealth Bank of Australia: Keycard; Westpac Banking Corporation: Handycard; National Australia Bank: FlexiCard; ANZ Bank: Access card; Bendigo Bank: Cashcard.

EFTPOS is very popular in Australia and has been operating there since the 1980s. EFTPOS-enabled cards are accepted at almost all swipe terminals able to accept credit cards, regardless of the bank that issued the card, including Maestro cards issued by foreign banks, with most businesses accepting them, with 450,000 Point Of Sale terminals.

EFTPOS cards can also be used to deposit and withdraw cash over the counter at Australia Post outlets participating in giroPost, just as if the transaction was conducted at a bank branch, even if the bank branch is closed. Electronic transactions in Australia are generally processed via the Telstra Argent and Optus Transact Plus network - which has recently superseded the old Transcend network in the last few years. Most early keycards were only usable for EFTPOS and at ATM or bank branches, whilst the new debit card system works in the same ways a credit card, except it will only use funds in the specified bank account. This means that, among other advantages, the new system is suitable for electronic purchases without a delay of 2 to 4 days for bank-to-bank money transfers.

Australia operates both electronic credit card transaction authorization and traditional EFTPOS debit card authorization systems, the difference between the two being that EFTPOS transactions are authorized by a personal identification number (PIN) while credit card transactions are usually authorized by the printing and signing of a receipt. If the user fails to enter the correct pin 3 times, the consequences range from the card being locked out and requiring a phone call or trip to the branch to reactivate with a new PIN, the card being cut up by the merchant, or in the case of an ATM, being kept inside the machine, both of which require a new card to be ordered.

Generally credit card transaction costs are borne by the merchant with no fee applied to the end user while EFTPOS transactions cost the consumer an applicable withdrawal fee charged by their bank.

The introduction of Visa and MasterCard debit cards along with regulation in the settlement fees charged by the operators of both EFTPOS and credit cards by the Reserve Bank has seen a continuation in the increasing ubiquity of credit card use among Australians and a general decline in the profile of EFTPOS. However, the regulation of settlement fees also removed the ability of banks, who typically provide merchant services to retailers on behalf of Visa,
MasterCard or Bankcard, from stopping those retailers charging extra fees to take payment by credit card instead of cash or EFTPOS. Though only a few operators with strong market power have done so, the passing on of fees charged for credit card transactions may result in an increased use of EFTPOS.

Canada has a nation-wide EFTPOS system, called Interac Direct Payment. Since being introduced in 1994, IDP has become the most popular payment method in the country. Previously, debit cards have been in use for ABM usage since the early 1980s. In the early 1990s, pilot projects were conducted among Canada's six largest banks to gauge security, accuracy and feasibility of the Interac system. Slowly in the later half of the 1990s, it was estimated that approximately 50% of retailers offered Interac as a source of payment. Retailers, many small transaction retailers like coffee shops, resisted offering IDP to promote faster service. In 2009, 99% of retailers offer IDP as an alternative payment form.

In Canada, the debit card is sometimes referred to as a "bank card". It is a client card issued by a bank that provides access to funds and other bank account transactions, such as transferring funds, checking balances, paying bills, etc., as well as point of purchase transactions connected on the Interac network. Since its national launch in 1994, Interac Direct Payment has become so widespread that, as of 2001, more transactions in Canada were completed using debit cards than cash. This popularity may be partially attributable to two main factors: the convenience of not having to carry cash, and the availability of automated bank machines (ABMs) and Direct Payment merchants on the network.

Debit cards may be considered similar to stored-value cards in that they represent a finite amount of money owed by the card issuer to the holder. They are different in that stored-value cards are generally anonymous and are only usable at the issuer, while debit cards are generally associated with an individual's bank account and can be used anywhere on the Interac network.

In Canada, the bank cards can be used at POS and ABMs. Interac Online has also been introduced in recent years allowing clients of most major Canadian banks to use their debit cards for online payment with certain merchants as well. Certain financial institutions also allow their clients to use their debit cards in the United States on the NYCE network.

Consumers in Canada are protected under a voluntary code* entered into by all providers of debit card services, The Canadian Code of Practice for Consumer Debit Card Services (sometimes called the "Debit Card Code"). Adherence to the Code is overseen by the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC), which investigates consumer complaints.

According to the FCAC website, revisions to the Code that came into effect in 2005 put the onus on the financial institution to prove that a consumer was responsible for a disputed transaction, and also place a limit on the number of days that an account can be frozen during the financial institution's investigation of a transaction.

Carte Bancaire (CB), the national payment scheme, in 2008, had 57,5 milion cards carrying its logo and 7,76 billion transactions (POS and ATM) were processed through the e-rsb network (135 transactions per card mostly debit or deferred debit). Most CB cards are debit cards, either debit or deferred debit. Less than 10% of CB cards were credit cards. Banks in France charge annual fees for debit cards (despite card payments being very cost efficient for the banks), yet they do not charge personal customers for checkbooks or processing checks (despite checks being very costly for the banks). This imbalance most probably dates from the unilateral introduction in France of Chip and PIN debit cards in the early 1990s, when the cost of this technology was much higher than it is now. Credit cards of the type found in the United Kingdom and United States are unusual in France and the closest equivalent is the deferred debit card, which operates like a normal debit card, except that all purchase transactions are postponed until the end of the month, thereby giving the customer between 1 and 31 days of interest-free credit. The annual fee for a deferred debit card is around €10 more than for one with immediate debit. Most France debit cards are branded with the Carte Bleue logo, which assures acceptance throughout France. Most card holders choose to pay around €5 more in their annual fee to additionally have a Visa or a MasterCard logo on their Carte Bleue, so that the card is accepted internationally. A Carte Bleue without a Visa or a MasterCard logo is often known as a "Carte Bleue Nationale" and a Carte Bleue with a Visa or a MasterCard logo is known as a "Carte Bleue Internationale", or more frequently, simply called a "Visa" or "MasterCard". Many smaller merchants in France refuse to accept debit cards for transactions under a certain amount because of the minimum fee charged by merchants' banks per transaction (this minimum amount varies from 5€ to 15€, or in some rare case even more). But more and more merchants accept debit cards for small amounts, due to the massive daily use of debit card nowadays. Merchants in France do not differentiate between debit and credit cards, and so both have equal acceptance. This is legal in France to set a minimum amount to transactions but the merchants must display it clearly.

Debit cards have enjoyed wide acceptance in Germany for years. Facilities already existed before EFTPOS became popular with the Eurocheque card, an authorization system initially developed for paper checks where, in addition to signing the actual check, customers also needed to show the card alongside the check as a security measure. Those cards could also be used at ATMs and for card-based electronic funds transfer (called Girocard) with PIN entry. These are now the only functions of such cards: the Eurocheque system (along with the brand) was abandoned in 2002 during the transition from the Deutsche Mark to the euro. As of 2005, most stores and petrol outlets have EFTPOS facilities. Processing fees are paid by the businesses, which leads to some business owners refusing debit card payments for sales totalling less than a certain amount, usually 5 or 10 euro.

To avoid the processing fees, many businesses resorted to using direct debit, which is then called electronic direct debit (German: Elektronisches Lastschriftverfahren, abbr. ELV). The point-of-sale terminal reads the bank sort code and account number from the card but instead of handling the transaction through the Girocard network it simply prints a form, which the customer signs to authorise the debit note. However, this method also avoids any verification or payment guarantee provided by the network. Further, customers can return debit notes by notifying their bank without giving a reason. This means that the beneficiary bears the risk of fraud and illiquidity. Some business mitigate the risk by consulting a proprietary blacklist or by switching to Girocard for higher transaction amounts.

Around 2000, an Electronic Purse Card was introduced, dubbed Geldkarte ("money card"). It makes use of the smart card chip on the front of the standard issue debit card. This chip can be charged with up to 200 euro, and is advertised as a means of making medium to very small payments, even down to several euros or cent payments. The key factor here is that no processing fees are deducted by banks. It did not gain the popularity its inventors had hoped for. However, this could change as this chip is now used as means of age verification at cigarette vending machines, which has been mandatory since January 2007. Furthermore, some payment discounts are being offered (e.g. a 10% reduction for public transport fares) when paying with "Geldkarte". The "Geldkarte" payment lacks all security measures, since it does not require the user to enter a PIN or sign a sales slip: the loss of a "Geldkarte" is similar to the loss of a wallet or purse - anyone who finds it can then use their find to pay for their own purchases.

The EFTPOS (electronic fund transfer at point of sale) system is highly popular in New Zealand, with more debit card terminals per head of population than any other country, and being used for about 60% of all retail transactions. According to the largest EFTPOS network provider, "New Zealanders use EFTPOS twice as much as any other country.

It is not unusual for a New Zealander to have more than one EFTPOS card and for banks to offer fixed monthly fees for unlimited (100 or greater at least) EFTPOS transactions during that month. EFTPOS systems are capable of handling huge volumes of transactions during busy periods such as Christmas. The networks are highly sophisticated and have a number of safeguards in place to ensure security and to minimise the risk of disruption even during peak transaction periods.

Virtually all retail outlets have EFTPOS terminals, particularly supermarkets, "dairies" (convenience stores), service stations, and bars. Increasingly Taxi operators, businesses operating from stands at events and even pizza delivery people have mobile EFTPOS terminals.

New Zealanders use EFTPOS for both small and large transactions. It would not be unusual for a New Zealander to use an EFTPOS card to pay for an amount as small as 50 cents NZD. Because EFTPOS is such an integral part of spending in New Zealand, rare network failures cause tremendous delays, inconvenience and lost income to businesses who must resort to manual "zip-zap" swipe machines to process EFTPOS transactions until the network returns to service. Typically New Zealand merchants do not pay a fee per transaction as is the case in Australia and other countries. Transaction fees are typically borne by the customer, and retailers pay a fixed monthly equipment rental fee. As bank accounts for students and children under 18 years old typically attract low or no electronic transaction fees, the use of EFTPOS by the younger generations has become virtually ubiquitous. In recent times, major banks have started to offer accounts with no EFTPOS transaction fees.

The Bank of New Zealand introduced EFTPOS to New Zealand in 1985 through a pilot scheme with petrol stations.

EFTPOS is operated through two primary networks. One, EFTPOS NZ, owned by ANZ, and a second operated by Paymark Limited (formerly Electronic Transaction Services Limited) which is owned by ASB Bank, Westpac, and the Bank of New Zealand. The Paymark network processes approximately 75% of all EFTPOS transactions in New Zealand on their Paymark EFTPOS network and has over 73,000 points of sale.

During July 2006 the five billionth EFTPOS payment flowed across the ETSL/Paymark EFTPOS network since the electronic form of payment was introduced in New Zealand in 1989.

On 9 May 2007, Payment Express was certified as the first IP/broadband certified terminal allowing EFTPOS transactions to be transmitted securely over the Internet.

However security issues regarding EFTPOS payments over the public Internet and the costs associated with legacy (dial up) terminal replacement has hampered the growth of the IP medium in New Zealand. One company, Merchant IP Services (MIPS) offers an alternative IP-POS solution allowing for the secure IP connection of most legacy (dial-up) terminals without the need for terminal replacement. The PCI compliant and Paymark certified MIPS IP-POS system consists of a MIPS WebNAC connected to the legacy EFTPOS terminal converting dial up transaction data to IP before transporting the payment securely to the bank switch.

In March 2008 Paymark partnered with virtual wallet payment system pago to create New Zealands first debit or "stored value" system for online shopping.

The New Zealand eftpos system was one of the first in the world to be designed and its success and popularity have ironically meant that little has been done to incorporate it with systems from other countries as they were developed. Cards can only be used within New Zealand and only when physically at a merchant terminal. In response most banks started issuing eftpos cards co-branded as maestro so they could be used overseas. In 2009 a number of banks started introducing eftpos cards that, as well as having New Zealand eftpos facility also incorporated the Visa Debit system so that clients could use them on-line as well as overseas.

In the UK debit cards (an integrated EFTPOS system) are an established part of the retail market and are widely accepted both by bricks and mortar stores and by internet stores. The term EFTPOS is not widely used by the public, debit card (or Switch, even when referring to a Visa card) is the generic term used. Cards commonly in circulation include Maestro (previously Switch), Solo, Visa Debit (previously Visa Delta) and Visa Electron. Banks do not charge customers for EFTPOS transactions in the UK, but some retailers make small charges, particularly where the transaction amount in question is small. The UK has converted all debit cards in circulation to Chip and PIN (except for Chip and Signature cards issued to people with certain disabilities), based on the EMV standard, to increase transaction security; however, PINs are not required for internet transactions.

In the United Kingdom, banks started to issue debit cards in the mid 1980s in a bid to reduce the number of cheques being used at the point of sale, which are costly for the banks to process; the first bank to do so was Barclays with the Barclays Connect card. As in most countries, fees paid by merchants in the United Kingdom to accept credit cards are a percentage of the transaction amount, which funds card holders' interest-free credit periods as well as incentive schemes such as points, airmiles or cashback. Debit cards do not usually have these characteristics, and so the fee for merchants to accept debit cards is a low fixed amount, regardless of transaction amount. For very small amounts, this means it is cheaper for a merchant to accept a credit card than a debit card. Although merchants won the right through The Credit Cards (Price Discrimination) Order 1990 to charge customers different prices according to the payment method, few merchants in the UK charge less for payment by debit card than by credit card, the most notable exceptions being budget airlines, travel agents and IKEA[30]. Debit cards in the UK lack the advantages offered to holders of UK-issued credit cards, such as free incentives (points, airmiles, cashback etc.), interest-free credit and protection against defaulting merchants under Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act 1974. Almost all establishments in the United Kingdom that accept credit cards also accept debit cards (although not always Solo and Visa Electron), but a minority of merchants, for cost reasons, accept debit cards and not credit cards.

AND In the U.S., EFTPOS is universally referred to simply as debit. The same interbank networks that operate the ATM network also operate the POS network. Most interbank networks, such as Pulse, NYCE, MAC, Tyme, SHAZAM, STAR, etc. are regional and do not overlap, however, most ATM/POS networks have agreements to accept each other's cards. This means that cards issued by one network will typically work anywhere they accept ATM/POS cards for payment. For example, a NYCE card will work at a Pulse POS terminal or ATM, and vice versa. Many debit cards in the United States are issued with a Visa or MasterCard logo allowing use of their signature-based networks.

The liability of a U.S. debit card user in case of loss or theft is up to 50 USD if the loss or theft is reported to the issuing bank in two business days after the customer notices the loss.

The fees charged to merchants on offline debit purchases—and the lack of fees charged merchants for processing online debit purchases and paper checks—have prompted some major merchants in the U.S. to file lawsuits against debit-card transaction processors such as Visa and MasterCard. In 2003, Visa and MasterCard agreed to settle the largest of these lawsuits and agreed to settlements of billions of dollars .

Some consumers prefer "credit" transactions because of the lack of a fee charged to the consumer/purchaser; also, a few debit cards in the U.S. offer rewards for using "credit" (e.g. Washington Mutual's "WaMoola" and S&T Bank's "Preferred Debit Rewards Card"). However, since "credit" costs more for merchants, many terminals at PIN-accepting merchant locations now make the "credit" function more difficult to access. For example, if you swipe a debit card at Wal-Mart in the U.S., you are immediately presented with the PIN screen for online debit; to use offline debit you must press "cancel" to exit the PIN screen, then press "credit" on the next screen.

One additional problem surrounding the use of debit cards is their use at a self-service gas pump like those common in the U.S. The customer might want to purchase fuel on their debit card, but the pump's computer does not know how much fuel the customer wants. The pump is activated by the customer presenting their card to a card reader (see methods described above) and possibly entering a PIN. At this point the pump will dispense fuel, though no sales transaction has completed. The pump has no way of knowing how much fuel will be sold, nor how much money is available in the customer’s debit account. In a typical sale transaction, trying to spend more money than is available in your account (credit or debit) will result in a "no-sale" alert to the merchant, and the sale does not occur. At a self-serve fuel pump, the fuel is already in the customer's tank by the time the bank knows the final sale price. Several solutions to this problem are in place, such as denying $1 pre-authorizations when an account holds less than $10 while still allowing transactions for specific amounts, but the concept of delivering the merchandise before the sales transaction plagues the debit card system. The commission is sometimes so high that the gas station sometimes actually loses money when someone pays for gas with credit. When pay at the pump started in the 1980s, many gas stations offered a discount for paying with cash. Most of them stopped doing that because the discount did not significantly increase their cash sales.

Minimum and Maximum Charges for Visa in USA
The Merchants Agreement for Visa states (page 9, or 14/141 in PDF):
Always honor valid Visa cards in your acceptance category, regardless of the dollar amount of the purchase. Imposing minimum or maximum purchase amounts in order to accept a Visa card transaction is a violation of the Visa rules.
Thanks to the Dodd-Frank Act, U.S. merchants can now set a minimum purchase amount on credit cards (but not debit cards), not to exceed $10.

FSA, HRA, and HSA debit cards
In the U.S.A, a FSA debit card only allows medical expenses. It is used by some banks for withdrawals from their FSAs, MSAs, and HSAs as well. They have Visa or MasterCard logos, but cannot be used as "debit cards", only as "credit cards"", and they are not accepted by all merchants that accept debit and credit cards, but only by those that accept FSA debit cards. Merchant codes and product codes are used at the point of sale (required by law by certain merchants by certain dates in the USA) to restrict sales if they do not qualify. Because of the extra checking and documenting that goes on, later, the statement can be used to substantiate these purchases for tax deductions. In the occasional instance that a qualifying purchase is rejected, another form of payment must be used (a check or payment from another account and a claim for reimbursement later). In the more likely case that non-qualifying items are accepted, the consumer is technically still responsible, and the discrepancy could be revealed during an audit. A small but growing segment of the debit card business in the U.S. involves access to tax-favored spending accounts such as flexible spending accounts (FSA), health reimbursement accounts (HRA), and health savings accounts (HSA). Most of these debit cards are for medical expenses, though a few are also issued for dependent care and transportation expenses.

Traditionally, FSAs (the oldest of these accounts) were accessed only through claims for reimbursement after incurring, and often paying, an out-of-pocket expense; this often happens after the funds have already been deducted from the employee's paycheck. (FSAs are usually funded by payroll deduction.) The only method permitted by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to avoid this "double-dipping" for medical FSAs and HRAs is through accurate and auditable reporting on the tax return. Statements on the debit card that say "for medical uses only" are invalid for several reasons: (1) The merchant and issuing banks have no way of quickly determining whether the entire purchase qualifies for the customer's type of tax benefit; (2) the customer also has no quick way of knowing; often has mixed purchases by necessity or convenience; and can easily make mistakes; (3) extra contractual clauses between the customer and issuing bank would cross-over into the payment processing standards, creating additional confusion (for example if a customer was penalized for accidentally purchasing a non-qualifying item, it would undercut the potential savings advantages of the account). Therefore, using the card exclusively for qualifying purchases may be convenient for the customer, but it has nothing to do with how the card can actually be used. If the bank rejects a transaction, for instance, because it is not at a recognized drug store, then it would be causing harm and confusion to the cardholder. In the United States, not all medical service or supply stores are capable of providing the correct information so an FSA debit card issuer can honor every transaction-if rejected or documentation is not deemed enough to satisfy regulations, cardholders may have to send in forms manually.
          LEGAL ONLINE TRANSACTIONS   
When a company insures an individual entity, there are basic legal requirements. Several commonly cited legal principles of insurance include:

Indemnity – the insurance company indemnifies, or compensates the insured in the case of certain losses only up to the insured's interest

Insurable interest – the insured typically must directly suffer from the loss. Insurable interest must exist whether property insurance or insurance on a person is involved. The concept requires that the insured have a "stake" in the loss or damage to the life or property insured. What that "stake" is will be determined by the kind of insurance involved and the nature of the property ownership or relationship between the persons.

Utmost good faith – the insured and the insurer are bound by a good faith bond of honesty and fairness.

Contribution – insurers which have similar obligations to the insured contribute in the indemnification, according to some method.

Subrogation – the insurance company acquires legal rights to pursue recoveries on behalf of the insured; for example, the insurer may sue those liable for insured's loss.

Causa Proxima or Proximate Cause – the cause of loss (the "peril") must be covered under the insuring agreement of the policy, and dominant cause must not be excluded.

To "indemnify" means to make whole again, or to be put in the position that one was in, to the extent possible, prior to the happening of a specified event or peril. Accordingly, life insurance is generally not considered to be indemnity insurance, but rather "contingent" insurance (i.e., a claim arises on the occurrence of a specified event). There are generally two types of insurance contracts that seek to indemnify an insured:

1. an "indemnity" policy and
2. a "pay on behalf" or "on behalf of" policy.

The difference is significant on paper, but rarely material in practice.
An "indemnity" policy will never pay claims until the insured has paid out of pocket to some third party; for example, a visitor to the home slips on a floor that you left wet and sues you for $10,000 and wins. Under an "indemnity" policy the homeowner would have to come up with the $10,000 to pay for the visitor's fall and then would be "indemnified" by the insurance carrier for the out of pocket costs (the $10,000).

Under the same situation, a "pay on behalf" policy, the insurance carrier would pay the claim and the insured (the homeowner) would not be out of pocket for anything. Most modern liability insurance is written on the basis of "pay on behalf" language.
An entity seeking to transfer risk (an individual, corporation, or association of any type, etc.) becomes the 'insured' party once risk is assumed by an 'insurer', the insuring party, by means of a contract, called an insurance 'policy'. Generally, an insurance contract includes, at a minimum, the following elements: the parties (the insurer, the insured, the beneficiaries), the premium, the period of coverage, the particular loss event covered, the amount of coverage (i.e., the amount to be paid to the insured or beneficiary in the event of a loss), and exclusions (events not covered). An insured is thus said to be "indemnified" against the loss covered in the policy.

When insured parties experience a loss for a specified peril, the coverage entitles the policyholder to make a 'claim' against the insurer for the covered amount of loss as specified by the policy. The fee paid by the insured to the insurer for assuming the risk is called the 'premium'. Insurance premiums from many insureds are used to fund accounts reserved for later payment of claims—in theory for a relatively few claimants—and for overhead costs. So long as an insurer maintains adequate funds set aside for anticipated losses (i.e., reserves), the remaining margin is an insurer's profit.

An online identity, internet identity, or internet persona is a social identity that an Internet user establishes in online communities and websites. Although some people prefer to use their real names online, some internet users prefer to be anonymous[original research?], identifying themselves by means of pseudonyms, which reveal varying amounts of personally identifiable information.

In some online contexts, including Internet forums, MUDs, instant messaging, and massively multiplayer online games, users can represent themselves visually by choosing an avatar, an icon-sized graphic image. As other users interact with an established online identity, it acquires a reputation, which enables them to decide whether the identity is worthy of trust Some websites also use the user's IP address to track their online identities using methods such as tracking cookies .

The concept of the personal self, and how this is influenced by emerging technologies, are a subject of research in fields such as psychology and sociology. The Online disinhibition effect is a notable example, referring to a concept of unwise and uninhibited behavior on the internet, arising as a result of anonymity and audience gratification

Identity expression and identity exposure
The social web, i.e. the usage of the web to support the social process, represents a space in which people have the possibility to express and expose their identity (Marcus, Machilek & Schütz 2006) in a social context. For instance people define explicitly their identity by creating user profiles in social network services such as Facebook or LinkedIn or in online dating services (Siibak 2007). By using blogs and expressing opinions, they define more tacit identities.

The disclosure of a person's identity may present a certain number of issues (Nabeth 2006) related to privacy and the undesired disclosure of personal information. However many people adopt strategies allowing them to control the level of disclosure of their personal information online (Tufekci 2008).

The identities that people define in the social web are not necessarily reliable. For example studies have shown that people lie in online dating services. (Epstein 2007) (Hancock, Toma & Ellison 2007). In the case of social network services such as Facebook, companies are even proposing to sell 'friends' as a way to increase a user's visibility, calling into question even more the reliability of a person's 'social identity

Dorian Wiszniewski and Richard Coyne in their contribution to the book Building Virtual Communities explore online identity, with emphasis on the concept of "masking" identity They point out that whenever an individual interacts in a social sphere they portray a mask of their identity. This is no different online and in fact becomes even more pronounced due to the decisions an online contributor must make concerning his or her online profile. He or she must answer specific questions about age, gender, address, username and so forth. Furthermore, as a person publishes to the web he or she adds more and more to his or her mask in the style of writing, vocabulary and topics. Though the chapter is very philosophical in nature, it spurs the thinking that online identity is a complex business and still in the process of being understood.

First of all, does the mask truly hide identity? The kind of mask one chooses reveals at least something of the subject behind the mask. One might call this the "metaphor" of the mask. The online mask does not reveal the actual identity of a person. It, however, does reveal an example of what lies behind the mask. For instance, if a person chooses to act like a rock star on line, this metaphor reveals an interest in rock music. Even if a person chooses to hide behind a totally false identity, this says something about the fear and lack of self-esteem behind the false mask.

Second, are masks necessary for online interaction? Because of many emotional and psychological dynamics, people can be reluctant to interact online. By evoking a mask of identity a person can create a safety net. One of the great fears of online identity is having one's identity stolen or abused. This fear keeps people from sharing who they are. Some are so fearful of identity theft or abuse that they will not even reveal information already known about them in public listings. By making the mask available, people can interact with some degree of confidence without fear.
Third, do masks help with education? Wiszniewski and Coyne state "Education can be seen as the change process by which identity is realized, how one finds one's place. Education implicates the transformation of identity. Education, among other things, is a process of building up a sense of identity, generalized as a process of edification." By students interacting in an online community they must reveal something about themselves and have others respond to this contribution. In this manner, the mask is constantly being formulated in dialogue with others and thereby students will gain a richer and deeper sense of who they are. There will be a process of edification that will help students come to understand their strengths and weaknesses.

A debit card (also known as a bank card or check card) is a plastic card that provides an alternative payment method to cash when making purchases. Functionally, it can be called an electronic cheque, as the funds are withdrawn directly from either the bank account, or from the remaining balance on the card. In some cases, the cards are designed exclusively for use on the Internet, and so there is no physical card.

In many countries the use of debit cards has become so widespread that their volume of use has overtaken the cheque and, in some instances, cash transactions. Like credit cards, debit cards are used widely for telephone and Internet purchases and, unlike credit cards, the funds are transferred immediately from the bearer's bank account instead of having the bearer pay back the money at a later date.
Debit cards may also allow for instant withdrawal of cash, acting as the ATM card for withdrawing cash and as a cheque guarantee card. Merchants may also offer cashback facilities to customers, where a customer can withdraw cash along with their purchase.

There are currently three ways that debit card transactions are processed: online debit (also known as PIN debit), offline debit (also known as signature debit) and the Electronic Purse Card System. It should be noted that one physical card can include the functions of an online debit card, an offline debit card and an electronic purse card.

Although many debit cards are of the Visa or MasterCard brand, there are many other types of debit card, each accepted only within a particular country or region, for example Switch (now: Maestro) and Solo in the United Kingdom, Interac in Canada, Carte Bleue in France, Laser in Ireland, "EC electronic cash" (formerly Eurocheque) in Germany and EFTPOS cards in Australia and New Zealand. The need for cross-border compatibility and the advent of the euro recently led to many of these card networks (such as Switzerland's "EC direkt", Austria's "Bankomatkasse" and Switch in the United Kingdom) being re-branded with the internationally recognised Maestro logo, which is part of the MasterCard brand. Some debit cards are dual branded with the logo of the (former) national card as well as Maestro (e.g. EC cards in Germany, Laser cards in Ireland, Switch and Solo in the UK, Pinpas cards in the Netherlands, Bancontact cards in Belgium, etc.). The use of a debit card system allows operators to package their product more effectively while monitoring customer spending. An example of one of these systems is ECS by Embed International.

Online Debit System
Online debit cards require electronic authorization of every transaction and the debits are reflected in the user’s account immediately. The transaction may be additionally secured with the personal identification number (PIN) authentication system and some online cards require such authentication for every transaction, essentially becoming enhanced automatic teller machine (ATM) cards. One difficulty in using online debit cards is the necessity of an electronic authorization device at the point of sale (POS) and sometimes also a separate PINpad to enter the PIN, although this is becoming commonplace for all card transactions in many countries. Overall, the online debit card is generally viewed as superior to the offline debit card because of its more secure authentication system and live status, which alleviates problems with processing lag on transactions that may only issue online debit cards. Some on-line debit systems are using the normal authentication processes of Internet banking to provide real-time on-line debit transactions. The most notable of these are Ideal and POLi.

Offline Debit System
Offline debit cards have the logos of major credit cards (e.g. Visa or MasterCard) or major debit cards (e.g. Maestro in the United Kingdom and other countries, but not the United States) and are used at the point of sale like a credit card (with payer's signature). This type of debit card may be subject to a daily limit, and/or a maximum limit equal to the current/checking account balance from which it draws funds. Transactions conducted with offline debit cards require 2–3 days to be reflected on users’ account balances. In some countries and with some banks and merchant service organizations, a "credit" or offline debit transaction is without cost to the purchaser beyond the face value of the transaction, while a small fee may be charged for a "debit" or online debit transaction (although it is often absorbed by the retailer). Other differences are that online debit purchasers may opt to withdraw cash in addition to the amount of the debit purchase (if the merchant supports that functionality); also, from the merchant's standpoint, the merchant pays lower fees on online debit transaction as compared to "credit" (offline) debit transaction.

Advantages and Disadvantages
Debit and check cards, as they have become widespread, have revealed numerous advantages and disadvantages to the consumer and retailer alike.
The following allegations seem to be based only on the current situation within the U.S.A. Please read with caution as they may not apply to any other countries.

Advantages are as follows:

A consumer who is not credit worthy and may find it difficult or impossible to obtain a credit card can more easily obtain a debit card, allowing him/her to make plastic transactions.

For most transactions, a check card can be used to avoid check writing altogether. Check cards debit funds from the user's account on the spot, thereby finalizing the transaction at the time of purchase, and bypassing the requirement to pay a credit card bill at a later date, or to write an insecure check containing the account holder's personal information.

Like credit cards, debit cards are accepted by merchants with less identification and scrutiny than personal checks, thereby making transactions quicker and less intrusive. Unlike personal checks, merchants generally do not believe that a payment via a debit card may be later dishonored.

Unlike a credit card, which charges higher fees and interest rates when a cash advance is obtained, a debit card may be used to obtain cash from an ATM or a PIN-based transaction at no extra charge, other than a foreign ATM fee.


The Debit card has many disadvantages as opposed to cash or credit:

Use of a debit card is not usually limited to the existing funds in the account to which it is linked, most banks allow a certain threshold over the available bank balance which can cause overdraft fees if the customer does not depend on their own records of spending.

Many banks are now charging over-limit fees or non-sufficient funds fees based upon pre-authorizations, and even attempted but refused transactions by the merchant (some of which may not even be known by the client).

Many merchants mistakenly believe that amounts owed can be "taken" from a customer's account after a debit card (or number) has been presented, without agreement as to date, payee name, amount and currency, thus causing penalty fees for overdrafts, over-the-limit, amounts not available causing further rejections or overdrafts, and rejected transactions by some banks.

In some countries debit cards offer lower levels of security protection than credit card]. Theft of the users PIN using skimming devices can be accomplished much easier with a PIN input than with a signature-based credit transaction. However, theft of users' PIN codes using skimming devices can be equally easily accomplished with a debit transaction PIN input, as with a credit transaction PIN input, and theft using a signature-based credit transaction is equally easy as theft using a signature-based debit transaction.

In many places, laws protect the consumer from fraud much less than with a credit card. While the holder of a credit card is legally responsible for only a minimal amount of a fraudulent transaction made with a credit card, which is often waived by the bank, the consumer may be held liable for hundreds of dollars, or even the entire value of fraudulent debit transactions. The consumer also has a shorter time (usually just two days) to report such fraud to the bank in order to be eligible for such a waiver with a debit card, whereas with a credit card, this time may be up to 60 days. A thief who obtains or clones a debit card along with its PIN may be able to clean out the consumer's bank account, and the consumer will have no recourse.

In the UK and Ireland, among other countries, a consumer who purchases goods or services with a credit card can pursue the credit card issuer if the goods or services are not delivered or are unmerchantable. While they must generally exhaust the process provided by the retailer first, this is not necessary if the retailer has gone out of business. This protection is not provided by legislation when using a debit card but may be offered to a limited extent as a benefit provided by the card network, e.g. Visa debit cards.

When a transaction is made using a credit card, the bank's money is being spent, and therefore, the bank has a vested interest in claiming its money where there is fraud or a dispute. The bank may fight to void the charges of a consumer who is dissatisfied with a purchase, or who has otherwise been treated unfairly by the merchant. But when a debit purchase is made, the consumer has spent his/her own money, and the bank has little if any motivation to collect the funds.

In some countries, and for certain types of purchases, such as gasoline (via a pay at the pump system), lodging, or car rental, the bank may place a hold on funds much greater than the actual purchase for a fixed period of time. However, this isn't the case in other countries, such as Sweden. Until the hold is released, any other transactions presented to the account, including checks, may be dishonoured, or may be paid at the expense of an overdraft fee if the account lacks any additional funds to pay those items.

While debit cards bearing the logo of a major credit card are accepted for virtually all transactions where an equivalent credit card is taken, a major exception in some countries is at car rental facilities. In some countries, such as Canada & Australia, car rental agencies require an actual credit card to be used, or at the very least, will verify the creditworthiness of the renter using a debit card. In Canada and additional unspecified countries, car rental companies will deny a rental to anyone who does not fit the requirements, and such a credit check may actually hurt one's credit score, as long as there is such a thing as a credit score in the country of purchase and/or the country of residence of the customer.
          TAKING ADVANTAGE OF KAKAO CERTIFICATION   
Later, the certification of agricultural commodities become an important issue in global trade. Trends in commodity certification is based on consumer concerns on various aspects. Call it, the quality of products, health food, how the business of plantation produce these commodities, until they make impacts associated with the social conditions of society.

For cocoa commodity, there are four global certification scheme which is considered the most influential and compete with each other. Namely, Fair Trade, Organic, Rainforest Alliance and UTZ Certified.

Consumer demand, especially from major markets like the United States, the Netherlands, Germany, and England, for certified cocoa products, are extremely high. Consumers are even able to force the giant transnational corporations, which became the main supplier of cocoa world, to have one or more certification schemes as well.

In a report titled Cocoa Barometer 2009, Tropical Commodity Coalition noted, Cargill's commitment to buy 36,000 tons of cocoa UTZ Certified. The Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) and Barry Callebaut will market Fair Trade certified cocoa and organic. Cadbury cooperation with Fair Trade, Blommer and Olam, involved in the certification scheme Rainforest Alliance (RA). While Mars and Armajaro is exploring cooperation with UTZ Certified and RA (TCC, 2009).

This year 2010, market participants predicting the availability of certified cocoa could reach 100 000 tonnes or 3% of world cocoa production. With a growth rate of 40% per year, estimated in 2015, certified cocoa demand will reach 10% of total global production. In addition, the certification of cocoa used as an instrument to protect and organize their domestic market.

Based on the record of the Directorate General of Plantation Department of Agriculture, the national cocoa production in 2008 reached 790 000 tons, with exports of about 515 000 tonnes. With the export value reached U.S. $ 1.4 billion in 2009, cocoa became the third largest contributor of foreign exchange for the agricultural sector, after oil palm and rubber. Greater dependence on international markets caused the local cocoa industry players must adapt to the trends that are happening, including the matter of certification.

Related to the implementation of sustainable cocoa certification, we can look in the mirror in the palm oil industry. The desire of the buyer, international buyers to producers in Indonesia to adopt standards of sustainable palm oil (SPO certificate Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) responded even apathetic. As a result, the oil palm industry in the country experienced negative image internationally, the related impact on the environmental sustainability of palm plantation. These companies, like Unilever and Nestle, with similar reasons, even had to stop the process of buying the oil from their local partners here.

Same as SPO, certified sustainable cocoa actually has a series of incentives. For producers of cocoa, they, among other things will get better prices, increasing productivity or yields, improved market access, and improving health standards and skills of workers. For traders or industry, the certification system can provide absolute assurance of stable supply, the efficiency of market mechanisms, product differentiation and transparency along the supply chain (Roundtable for a Sustainable Cocoa Economy/RSCE2, 2009).

Scheme of Fair Trade, Organic, and UTZ Certified, for example, provides a premium price above the market price of cocoa. In addition, they also provide a guarantee in the form of purchases of long-term contract.

Number of sustainable certification scheme which applies, not only confusing but also burden the small-scale producers in particular. They must carefully choose which scheme to choose to fit the market they want to enter. Not infrequently producers need to commit to two or three different certification, because each of the dominant scheme in different markets.

As a result, not only the duplication process, the burden of costs borne by producers has increased two or threefold. Closely related to the second issue, the costs arising from activities, such as gap-audit, including capacity building and improvement program, until the certification process itself.

Therefore, all stakeholders in the cocoa sector of this country must work together, so that the national industry which relies on more than 900,000 farm families do not become victims of this global initiative. There are several strategies that should be pursued.

First, encourage the harmonization of different certification schemes were sustainable. Despite different approaches, they actually have a lot kasamaan. Call it, which always revolve around the theme of good agricultural practices, welfare workers and local communities, conservation and environmental sustainability and traceability. Meanwhile, at the implementation stage, alignment can be done by establishing a system of internal controls and monitoring-verification along with the recognition of certification-certification.

Second, strive for the financing burden borne proportionately by all sectors, ranging from producers, traders, processing industries and even retailers. These expenses must equal the value obtained by each actor. Cocoa farmers who had been the smallest gain (and bear the greatest risk), worth menaggung most minimal cost as well.

In this case, the government can play a major role. The trick with the reinvestment of revenues derived from customs out of cocoa, to help farmers obtain sustainable certification. With the record, the government guarantees duty out of cocoa, which became effective in April 2010 and then, completely borne traders or exporters. In practice, the customs broker actually turned out to farmers.

Third, Indonesian cocoa stakeholders must be proactively involved in the international cocoa organizations, such as ICCO, RSCE, and in the institutions of global certification. Participation is necessary, to democratizing their governance, voicing the interests of producers, and trying to influence the decision making process that usually only the State-dominated industry and importers. But, most important, is ensuring that all certification schemes can help improve the welfare of sustainable cocoa producer in the world and in this country.
          Player profile – Cuco Martina   

Despite being born and raised in the Netherlands, Rhu-endly Aurelio Jean-Carlo Martina, or Cuco to his mates, is a seasoned Curaçao international. Standing at 6ft1, Martina is predominantly a right back but has been known to fill in at centre half. He is a familiar face to Ronald Koeman, having played under him at Southampton […]

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          TMBA345: You’re a Resident of Where?   
http://www.tropicalmba.com/estherjacobs/ One of the recurring themes on this show is freedom. The freedom to make personal choices. The freedom to travel. The freedom to create a business that allows you to live the lifestyle you choose to live. Dan and Ian have spoken to many people about what that freedom means, but perhaps Esther Jacobs has the most profound story about freedom that has ever been shared on this show. Esther is one of the youngest people in the Netherlands ever to be honored with the distinction of knighthood. Despite that event, Esther has a very unique story to share about how she was disowned by the very same country that named her a knight. Esther has an unbelievable story, and it could carry serious implications for digital nomads all around the world.
          Can Choir   

The reviews of the choral can-tata were mixed. Some said they sounded tinny and flat, and sang recycled songs with canned background music. One actually called it "soda depressing." Others thought they crushed it, especially with the metal covers.

This display was spotted in the Netherlands. -via reddit


          Comment on Tata adat Budaya Jawa by Hen Moeriat Garbin   
Im born as Dutch and as muslim in South America. Tenapi bapak (Jawi) lan ibu(Sunda) tasih nguri2x adat Jawi lan Sunda. We move since 1975 to Holland and stay till now (2010) in Europe. As child i see a lot of these traditions and cultures matters in our neighbourhood and other villages. There are places with totally Java outside Indonesia in South America (Suriname). I name some villages in; Dessa, Kuwarasan, Tamansari, Wonoredjo etc. etc. this places still believe and do the adats from the old javanese traditions from 1890 !!! Matur nuwun, Heng Moeriat Garbin Den HAAG The Netherlands
          For sale - Express Women's S Gray Metallic Striped Rayon Blend... - Auction   

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          For sale - cottage craft sheepskin ,half pad,turqoise/grey,cob... - Auction   
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          For sale - griffin pure wool half pad hi wither size L - Auction   
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          For sale - clarks girls purple shoes infant size 5 half E - Auction   
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          For sale - albion full size dressage saddle Cloth, Half Wool,... - Auction   

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          A two way conversation with European citizens?   
The ‘no – votes’ in France and the Netherlands sparked realisation of the lack of faith shown in the EU institutions and a need to reduce the democratic deficit. The direct outcome of this concern was Plan D denoting Democracy, Dialogue, and Debate. Six trans-national projects were conducted in order to test innovative consultation methods… » read more
          Dutch telcos told to compensate users after network failures   
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          Electrical Engineer   
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          SELAMETAN Digital - All Night Long Video and New Media Arts   
Langgeng Art Foundation (Yogyakarta) mengundang Anda untuk menghadiri malam peresmian kami(turunkan kursor Anda untuk bahasa Indonesia):


SELAMETAN Digital
All Night Long Video and New Media Arts


Time
12 May at 16:00 - 13 May at 04:00
Location
Langgeng Art Foundation
Jl. Suryodiningratan 37
Djogjakarta, Indonesia


“SELAMETAN” is a Javanese-Indonesian concept of a community gathering, where neighbors and friends are invited to a celebration of an important occasion, to pray and hope for a better future and, most of all, to gather in a convivial sphere. In Yogyakarta, the city where LAF resides, an all night-long wayang performance (shadow puppet play) usually becomes the central part of “selametan”. SELAMETAN Digital is our own version of such long and deep-rooted tradition.

As much as this tradition is still practiced, we are also witnessing that in many ways our life activities and artistic expression drawn by and into digital technology. We are embracing all new forms of art and cultural expressions which in the process of ‘becoming’. We are witnessing, with enthusiasm, how new technologies becoming part of our daily lives, and shaping our contemporary culture. SELAMETAN Digital is an all-night long video and new-media works viewing session to inaugurate Langgeng Art Foundation.

This is a 12-hours only event!

The first video will be screened on 18:00.


Participating artists are:
Ade Darmawan (Indonesia); Anggun Priambodo (Indonesia); Douglas Davis (USA); Genevieve Chua (Singapore); Harwan “Aconk” Panuju (Indonesia); Joseph Beuys (Germany); M. Adel Pasha (Indonesia); Miltos Manetas (USA); Muhammad Akbar (Indonesia); Nam June Paik (Korea); R.E. Hartanto (Indonesia); Reza “Asung” Afisina (Indonesia); Sara Nuytemans (The Netherlands); Su Tomesen (The Netherlands); Tromarama (Indonesia); Wimo Ambala Bayang (Indonesia); Wok The Rock (Indonesia); Yusuf Ismail (Indonesia); 10 Years of Video Art in Indonesia (curated by Hafiz, Indonesia); Green Papaya Projects (selected works, Philipines); akumassa (selected works, Indonesia); OK Video Militia (selected works, Indonesia); Video Battle (selected works, Indonesia)

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          Weapons watchdog finds sarin used in deadly attack in Syria   
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          Non-Alcoholic Drinks Market Global Industry Analysis, Trends and Forecast   

Changing customer needs and introduction of new flavors and product variants are the major factors driving demand for non-alcoholic drinks.

Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 06/30/2017 -- Non-alcoholic drinks refer to beverages, which have less than 0.5% alcoholic content by volume. Non-alcoholic beer and wine fall under this category. Non-alcoholic beverages are also known as 'virgin drinks.' Soft drinks, juices, ready-to-drink tea and coffee, bottled water, and energy drinks are the most-consumed non-alcoholic drinks globally. Changing customer needs and introduction of new flavors and product variants are the major factors driving demand for non-alcoholic drinks. With large number of upcoming business utilities in power, construction and automotive sector in developing countries, the per-capita income is expected to increase over the forecast period, thereby increasing the disposable income of the regions. Increasing disposable income in emerging economies is expected to have high impact on demand for non-alcoholic drinks in the long run.

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North America is the largest market for non-alcoholic drinks globally closely followed by Asia Pacific. The U.S. is one of the major markets for non-alcoholic drinks in North America. However, in recent times owing to increasing health awareness the demand for non-alcoholic drinks has decreased considerably, especially among the younger population. Due to this, non-alcoholic drinks market in North America is expected to have a stable growth throughout the forecast period. Apart from this, increasing awareness about obesity is also one of the major factors restraining the demand for non-alcoholic drinks in North America. The major manufacturers in the non-alcoholic drinks market have introduced zero-sugar and diet drinks which meet the consumers' demands of reduced calories to cater with changing consumer requirements.

Asia Pacific is also one of the fastest growing markets for non-alcoholic drinks. Rapidly changing lifestyle and increasing disposable income are some of the major factors fueling the demand for non-alcoholic drinks in Asia Pacific. Emerging economies such as India, China and Singapore among others are some of the major markets for non-alcoholic drinks in Asia Pacific. Owing to these factors, Asia Pacific is expected to be one of the largest markets for non-alcoholic drinks in the long run.

Apart from this, increasing health awareness among consumers in Europe the demand for non-alcoholic drinks is expected to decrease considerably in the forecast period. However, with the introduction of diet and zero sugar drinks the customer perception is expected to change in the forecast period fueling the demand for non-alcoholic drinks in Europe. Apart from this, the demand for non-alcoholic drinks in Rest of the World is also expected to increase considerably in the forecast period. Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Saudi Arabia among others are some of the major markets for non-alcoholic drinks in this region.

A.G. Barr, plc. (U.K.), Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. (U.S.), Dydo Drinco, Inc. (Japan), Attitude Drinks, Inc. (U.S.), LiveWire Ergogenics, Inc. (U.S.), Calcol, Inc. (U.S.), Danone (France), Nestle S.A. (Switzerland), PepsiCo, Inc. (U.S.) and The Coca-Cola Company (U.S.) are some of the major players operating in the non-alcoholic drinks market.

This report has been segmented by product and geography and it includes the drivers, restraints, and opportunities (DROs), Porters Five Forces analysis, and supply chain of the non-alcoholic-drinks market. The study highlights current market trends and provides forecasts from 2014 to 2020. Average selling prices (ASP) across all product segments and packaging sizes are also covered within the scope of research. We have featured the current market scenario for the non-alcoholic drinks market and identified future trends that will impact demand for non-alcoholic drinks during the forecast period.

By product, the market has been segmented into soft drinks, bottled water, tea and coffee, juice, and dairy drinks. By geography, the market has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and RoW. The study also covers major countries such as the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Italy, France, Poland, Germany, Netherlands, Hungary, India, China, Japan, Australia, Brazil, and the Middle East. The report provides the current market size and anticipates its status over the forecast period.

The report also analyzes macro-economic factors driving and inhibiting growth in the non-alcoholic drinks market. Porter's Five Forces analysis offers insights into the market competition across its value chain. The market attractiveness analysis provided in the report highlights key-investing areas in this industry. The report will help manufacturers, suppliers, and distributors to understand the present and future trends in this market and formulate strategies accordingly.

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The report segments the global non-alcoholic drinks market as:

Non-Alcoholic Drinks Market, by Product

Soft Drinks
Bottled Water
Tea and Coffee
Juice
Dairy Drinks
Others
Non-Alcoholic Drinks Market, by Geography:

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North America
S.
Canada
Rest of North America
Europe
Italy
France
Poland
K.
Germany
Netherlands
Hungary
Rest of Europe
Asia Pacific
India
China
Japan
Australia
Rest of Asia Pacific
Rest of the World
Brazil
Middle East
Others

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          December 2014 Highlights   
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and Clinical Editor Betsy Todd, present the highlights of the December issue of the American Journal of Nursing. The photo on our cover shows the burial of an Ebola victim in Uganda. Our first CE, the first of a two-part series, discusses the obesity epidemic and implications for nurses. Our second CE is an original research piece from the Netherlands, on patients with dementia and the use of surveillance technology. And we have an evidence-based practice article on blood transfusion policy and practice without using large needles. We also have a column from the International Council on Nurses (ICN) about the work they do on global nursing issues such as violence against health care workers. Our Policy and Politics column reviews the Affordable Care Act and the challenges that lay ahead. Our AJN Reports explores nurses and health information technology and we have a historical piece in recognition of Penicillin’s 70th birthday. In addition, there’s News, Reflections, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.
          August 2013 Highlights   
Clinical managing editor Karen Roush presents the highlights of the August issue of the American Journal of Nursing. On the cover this month, a nurse enjoys fishing with a boy at a summer camp for children with life-threatening disorders. Our first August CE describes positive deviance - an intentional act of breaking the rules in order to save the greater good – as it applies to improving patient care. The second CE describes an automated vital sign system to alert nurses of early warning signs of cardiac pulmonary arrest. Another article explains how patient focus groups can lead to innovative solutions to healthcare problems and improved care. And a piece from the Netherlands describes how a grassroots team of nurses developed a successful new model of homecare that has spread throughout their country. The authors of our Correspondence from Abroad column this month describe their experiences teaching bachelor’s level nursing in Bangladesh since 2004. And of course, our issue includes Reflections, Viewpoint, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.
          MotoGP Grand Prix of Germany 2017: Race Schedule, Live Stream and Top Riders   

The 2017 MotoGP season is turning into one of the most fascinating campaigns for years, making this weekend's Grand Prix of Germany crucial for those involved in the title shakeup.

A thrilling win for Valentino Rossi at the Netherlands Grand Prix last time out means that just 11 points separate the top four in the battle for the world championship. The Yamaha man is on 108 points in third, with Andrea Dovizioso leading the way on 115 points; Maverick Vinales has 111 in second, while defending champion Marc Marquez is fourth with a haul of 104.

The Sachsenring in Saxony will host the next chapter of this campaign—a venue where Marquez picked up a big win on his way to glory in 2016, his fourth in a row in Germany.

Read on for the key viewing details for the race weekend and a closer look at some of the riders in the mix for the world title as we reach the halfway point of the season.

 

         

Schedule (Times BST)

Free Practice 1Friday, June 30, 8:55 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.

Free Practice 2Friday, June 30, 1:05 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.

Free Practice 3Saturday, July 1, 8:55 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.

Free Practice 4Saturday, July 1, 12:30 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Qualifying 1Saturday, July 1, 1:10 p.m. - 1:25 p.m.

Qualifying 2Saturday, July 1, 1:35 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.

RaceSunday, July 2, 1 p.m.

         

 

TV Info: BT Sport (UK), beIN Sports (U.S.)

Live Stream: BT Sport website (UK), beIN Sports CONNECT (U.S.)

 

         

Four-Way Fight for World Title

Having not stood on the top step of the podium for more than a year, there was relief on the face of Rossi when he finally held off Danilo Petrucci at Assen.

The two Italians were involved in a gripping tussle at the end of a brilliant race on Sunday, although the experience of the nine-time world champion eventually saw him take the win by a meagre 0.063-second margin.

The Eurosport UK Twitter account reminded everyone of how long Rossi has been at the top:

The 38-year-old's win also gave him a real chance of winning another world title, as relayed by the MotoGP Twitter account:

Going into this weekend's race, it's Dovizioso who leads the way in the standings, as he came home in fifth place at Assen.

The Ducati man is having the season of his life after back-to-back wins leading into the Netherlands Grand Prix and put together a decent performance last weekend. Eventually, getting over the line in a points position was enough for him to move to the summit of the standings.

That was after Vinales crashed out, continuing his inconsistent form. Having joined Yamaha, the young Spaniard was sensational early in the season, winning the first two races in style. He also won the French Grand Prix but has struggled in his last two races.

As we can see, he had a pretty heavy fall in the Assen race:

The man who won in Germany 12 months ago, Marquez, will be hoping to kick-start his season with victory here, having only won one of the opening eight races. A determined third spot in the Netherlands should give him confidence coming into this weekend.

However, the unpredictable nature of this season makes it tough to write off any man in the field. As noted by MotoGP journalist Neil Morrison, at the moment it feels as though anyone can win in this remarkable campaign:

Marquez has been imperious at this venue in the past. Not only has the Honda world champion won his last four MotoGP races here, he also won twice in Germany as a Moto2 rider.

If there was a race in which the Spaniard's Sachsenring streak was to come to an end, this chaotic 2017 campaign may well be the perfect stage for it. However, after a strong showing in the Netherlands and many fond memories around this circuit in the bank, the world champion will stamp his authority on the race.

          

Prediction: 1. Marquez, 2. Vinales, 3. Rossi

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Earlier we used to update the daily one liner current affairs along with the Daily Current Affairs Updates. However, due to its popularity & quality, we have decided to post One Liner Current Affairs Update separately on a regular basis. We are starting off with the updates of 28 and 29 June, 2017 just to give you a demo.


Banking & Financial Updates
  • The Maharashtra government issued the Government Resolution (GR) on 28 June 2017 for the farm loan waiver of Rs 34022 crore announced by Chief Minister Devendra  Fadnavis last week.
  • India on 27 June 2017 made voluntary contribution of USD 100000 to the United Nations Trust Fund for International Cooperation in Tax Matters (UN Tax Fund).
  • The Union Government on 28 June 2017 simultaneously launched two key interventions: a revamped oil and gas bidding mechanism named Open Acreage Licensing Process (OALP) and the National Data Repository (NDR) for the first major oil field auctions to be held from 1 July 2017.
  • India on 27 June 2017 signed a loan agreement of USD 35 million with the World Bank for Assam State Public Financial Institutional Reforms Project.


India & States Updates
  • The Union Cabinet, presided by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on 28 June 2017 approved signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Israel on National Campaign for Water Conservation in India.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 29 June 2017 inaugurated the centenary celebrations of Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. In addition, PM Modi also released the coin and postal stamp in the honour of Jain saint and philosopher Shrimad Rajchandra on his 150th birth anniversary at Abhay Ghat.
  • The Election Commission of India (ECI) on 28 June 2017 announced that it will launch a special drive to enrol left out electors, with a special focus on first time electors. The step is taken in the direction of Commission’s motto that 'No Voter to be Left Behind’. It is the first time that Facebook'svoter registration reminder has been rolled out across India.
  • India's latest communication satellite GSAT-17 was successfully launched from Kourou in French Guiana on 29 June 2017. The satellite was launched by French rocket Ariane-5.
  • India and the Netherlandson 27 June 2017 released a Joint Communiqué at The Hague. The Joint Communique was released after bilateral talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Dutch counterpart, Prime Minister Mark Rutte.
  • The Indian Army reportedly received its first batch of bullet-proof helmets from Kanpur-based MKU Industries.
  • Operations at one of three terminals at India's largest container port Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT) in Mumbai were disrupted by the global ransomware attack. The attack was confirmed by the port authorities on 28 June 2017.





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Appointments
  • Rajiv Kumar was on 29 June 2017 appointed as the Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh.
  • Dr. Manoj Soni, former Vice Chancellor of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University, took the Oath of Office and Secrecy as Member of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on 28 June 2017 at Delhi.
  • Indian-American Krishna R Urs was on 28 June 2017 appointed as the United States (US) Ambassador to Peru by the President Donald Trump administration.
  • Jammu and Kashmir Governor Narinder Nath Vohra in the last week of June 2017 was appointed the President of the India International Centre (IIC).
  • Loknath Behra was on 28 June 2017 appointed as the Director General of Police (DGP) of Kerala as incumbent TP Senkumar will retire as the state DGP on 30 June 2017.
  • Former Chief Economic Advisor Kaushik Basu on 27 June 2017 took over as the President of the International Economic Association (IEA) with effect from 23 June 2017.


Days & Observances
  • The International Day of the Tropics 2017 was observed across the world on 29 June 2017.
  • Sharjah, a city in the United Arab Emirates has been named as 'the World Book Capital' for 2019 by the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova for the quality of its literary and cultural activities and for its efforts to make books accessible to the entire population of the nation. The programme runs with a slogan ‘Read - you are in Sharjah’.


World News Updates
  • The Trump administration has set new criteria for visa applicants from six Muslim nations and all refugees that require a close family or business tie to the United States. According to the new guidelines sent to all the US embassies and consulates on 28 June 2017, visa applicants from six countries- Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen-must prove a relationship with a parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling in the United States in order to get a go ahead.
  • The Automated Teller Machine (ATM) marked its 50th anniversary on 27 June 2017. The first ATM was opened on 27 June 1967 at a branch of Barclays bank in Enfield, north London, the first of six cash dispensers commissioned by the bank.
  • The words Chana and Chana Dal were on 27 June 2017 added to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). 'Chana' means Chickpeas and 'Chana Dal' stands for split chickpea lentils.


Sports Updates
  • Indian badminton player Kidambi Srikanth has re-entered the top ten of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) men's singles rankings for the first time in ten months.
  • Sri Lankan fast bowler, Lasith Malinga has been handed over a suspension ban of six months after a disciplinary inquiry found him guilty of breaching his contract by speaking to the media without permission.
  • Swiss legend Roger Federer on 25 June 2017 defeated Alexander Zverev 6-1, 6-3 in the final to clinch the 2017 Halle Open Men’s Singles title.


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          Current Affairs Update – 28-29 June, 2017   

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Banking & Financial News

Maharashtra Government issued government resolution on loan waiver


  • The Maharashtra government issued the Government Resolution (GR) on 28 June 2017 for the farm loan waiver of Rs 34022 crore announced by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis last week.
  • The resolution said, loans of all indebted farmers whose accounts went into default until 30 June 2016, will be waived off with a cap of Rs 1.5 lakh per farmer.
  • It said, the farmers who have paid off their outstanding loans after 30 June 2016, will get a blanket help of Rs 25000 from the state government. The GR said, the farmers are entitled to get the benefit only once.
  • Persons with an annual turnover of over Rs 10 lakh and those who are registered under VAT or Service Tax will be ineligible for loan waiver. Retired persons excluding ex-servicemen whose monthly pension is Rs 15000 or more are also not eligible.
  • The GR says that the farmers, who have more than Rs 1.5 lakh debt, will get the benefit of loan waiver after they pay their remaining amount of debt along with interest. It also says that woman farmer would be given priority in this scheme.

India makes voluntary contribution of USD 100000 to United Nations Tax Fund


  • India on 27 June 2017 made voluntary contribution of USD 100000 to the United Nations Trust Fund for International Cooperation in Tax Matters (UN Tax Fund).
  • This voluntary contribution will be dedicated towards ensuring greater support for developing country participation in the subcommittee meetings of the UN Tax Committee which are currently unfunded.
  • By handing over the cheque to the UN Tax Trust Fund, Indian Government is hopeful that more developing countries will contribute towards the fund. This move is also expected to ensure that global tax cooperation norms and rules will work more effectively and efficiently for all countries and all stakeholders.
  • Voluntary contributions for the Trust Fund have been called for by the UN Tax Committee since its establishment in 2006. The call for contributions was also emphasized in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda adopted at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in 2015.

Union Government launched new bidding mechanism for mega oil and gas auctions


  • The Union Government on 28 June 2017 simultaneously launched two key interventions: a revamped oil and gas bidding mechanism named Open Acreage Licensing Process (OALP) and the National Data Repository (NDR) for the first major oil field auctions to be held from 1 July 2017.
  • The auctions will be held under a new Hydrocarbon Exploration Licensing Policy (HELP).
  • Arun Jaitely, Union Finance Minister, and Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Petroleum Minister, launched both the initiatives in a mega event in New Delhi.
  • The new bidding mechanism will allow interested firms to bid for blocks of their choice at any time of the year with the help of National Data Repository.
  • The NDR is a comprehensive database of India’s key sedimentary basins that will provide the bidders data on contract areas that will be available for auctioning.
  • Under the mechanism, an investor will be allowed to put forth an Expression of Interest for undertaking contracts under Petroleum Operations Contract (POC) or Reconnaissance Contract (RC).
  • The investor will have the liberty to apply for such contracts bi-annually. They may also participate in rounds of auctions conducted by the regulator DGH over and above the applications made under OALP.

India, World Bank sign USD 35 million agreement to enhance efficiency in tax administration in Assam


  • India on 27 June 2017 signed a loan agreement of USD 35 million with the World Bank for Assam State Public Financial Institutional Reforms Project.
  • The loan will be provided by the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), an international financial institution under World Bank that offers loans to middle-income developing countries.
  • The agreement was signed by Raj Kumar, Joint Secretary under Department of Economic Affairs and John Blomquist, Acting Country Director of World Bank (India). The Implementing Entity Agreement was signed by Additional Chief Secretary (Finance) of Assam's Department of Finance and John Blomquist.
  • The objective of the project is to improve predictability and transparency in budget execution and efficiency in tax administration in Assam.
  • The project will benefit the citizens of Assam through efficient processes, enhanced transparency and better service delivery such as electronic payments and collections for services.
  • It will also lead to better public procurement and enhanced taxpayer services provided by public institutions.
  • The total project cost is USD 44 million, out of which USD 35 million will be financed by the World Bank. The remaining amount will be funded out of the State Budget.
  • The project duration is of 5 years.

6th Joint Trade Committee was convened between India and Myanmar


  • The 6th India-Myanmar Joint Trade Committee (JTC) Meeting was held on 27 June 2017 at New Delhi. The meeting was co-chaired by Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of Commerce & Industry from India and Dr. Than Myint, Union Commerce Minister from Myanmar. The Joint Trade Committee plays a key role in facilitating issues related to the enhancement of the bilateral economic partnership between the two countries.
Speaking on the occasion, Sitharaman stated that both the countries have a long history of shared religious, linguistic and ethnic ties:
  • - Myanmar is India’s gateway to South East Asia and ASEAN with which India is seeking greater economic integration through ‘Act East’ Policy.
  • - Myanmar shares a long land border of over 1600 Kms with India as well as a maritime boundary in the Bay of Bengal.
  • - The bilateral relationship between the two countries has been further strengthened by the high-level exchanges.
  • - Prime Minister of India visited Myanmar in November 2014 for the Twelfth India-ASEAN Summit while the state counsellor of Myanmar visited India in October 2016.



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India's policy panel proposes to break up of Coal India into 7 firms


  • A new draft of a New Energy Policy (NEP) prepared by Union Government's policy think-tank, NITI Aayog, says that India should split the seven units of state-controlled Coal India Limited (CIL) into independent companies. This action will help the firm to be more competitive.
  • About 70 percent of India's power generation is fired by coal. The country is the world's third-largest producer and third-biggest importer of coal, which the government wants to change by boosting local coal production.
  • Fresh coal production should come from private sector mines, the government think-tank NITI Aayog said, adding that the move called for reforms in allocating coal blocks to independent companies specialised in coal mining.
  • The previous report of December 2016 by Reuters said that senior Indian government officials, tasked by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with reviewing energy security, were recommending the breakup of the world's largest coal miner within a year.
  • Attempts to break up the world's biggest coal miner could expect resistance from powerful unions representing the firm's more than 350000 employees. The government backed down from a similar proposal in the face of union protests in 2014.
  • One of the unions, which is close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party, is against the move and says it, has the support of about half of Coal India's workers.
  • According to reports, Baij Nath Rai, president of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh in its conversation with Reuters said, “We are opposing the recommendations made by NITI Aayog".

News related to India and states

Union Cabinet approves MoU between India and Israel on National Campaign for Water Conservation


  • The Union Cabinet, presided by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on 28 June 2017 approved signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Israel on National Campaign for Water Conservation in India.
  • The MoU will help India in conserving water for future generations.
  • As per the agreement, the two nations will work to enhance cooperation at the national, regional and international level to design, implement and monitor a professionally-designed National Water Conservation campaign in India.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates Centenary Celebrations of Sabarmati Ashram


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 29 June 2017 inaugurated the centenary celebrations of Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
  • In addition, PM Modi also released the coin and postal stamp in the honour of Jain saint and philosopher Shrimad Rajchandra on his 150th birth anniversary at Abhay Ghat.
  • Shrimad Rajchandra was a Jain poet, philosopher, scholar and reformer.

Election Commission to launch nationwide Voter Registration Reminder on Facebook


  • The Election Commission of India (ECI) on 28 June 2017 announced that it will launch a special drive to enrol left out electors, with a special focus on first time electors.
  • The step is taken in the direction of Commission’s motto that 'No Voter to be Left Behind’.
  • It is the first time that Facebook's voter registration reminder has been rolled out across India. The drive will be launched on 1 July 2017.
  •  In order to reach out to maximum eligible voters, the ECI is collaborating with Facebook to launch first nationwide Voter Registration Reminder. 
  • With over 180 million people in India on Facebook, the Register Now button is designed to encourage Indian citizens to register themselves with the Election Commission of India.
  • On 1 July 2017, a notification of the Voter Registration Reminder will be sent to people on Facebook in India who are eligible to vote.

India's communication satellite GSAT-17 successfully launched


  • India's latest communication satellite GSAT-17 was successfully launched from Kourou in French Guiana on 29 June 2017. The satellite was launched by French rocket Ariane-5. The European launcher Arianespace Flight VA238 blasted off from Ariane Launch Complex No 3 (ELA 3) at Kourou, a French territory located in the northeastern coast of South America, a couple of minutes delayed than the scheduled time of 2:29 hrs India time.
  • After its lift-off at 2:45 am (IST) and a flight lasting about 39 minutes, GSAT-17 separated from the Ariane 5 upper stage in an elliptical Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) with a perigee (nearest point to Earth) of 249 km and an apogee (farthest point to Earth) of 35920 km, inclined at an angle of 3 degrees to the equator.
  • GSAT-17 with a lift-off mass of about 3477 kg carries payloads in Normal C-band, Extended C-band and S-band to provide various communication services. GSAT-17 has a life expectancy of 15 years.
  • The Satellite also carries equipment for meteorological data relay and satellite-based search and rescue services being provided by earlier INSAT satellites.

India-Netherlands Joint Communique issued during PM Modi’s visit


  • India and the Netherlands on 27 June 2017 released a Joint Communiqué at The Hague. The Joint Communique was released after bilateral talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Dutch counterpart, Prime Minister Mark Rutte.
  • The communiqué was released during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s working visit to the Netherlands on 27 June 2017. Modi was on a visit to the Netherlands at the invitation of his Dutch counterpart. His visit to the nation also marked 70 years of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and the Netherlands.
  • During this visit, Modi met with his counterpart Mark Rutte, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Maxima. In addition, Prime Minister Modi also met with representatives of Dutch companies operating in the Indian market and those who are keen to invest there.
  • Earlier on his arrival, the Prime Minister was welcomed at Schiphol Airport by Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders.

Indian Army gets first batch of modern bullet-proof helmets


  • The Indian Army reportedly received its first batch of bullet-proof helmets from Kanpur-based MKU Industries.
  • The MKU Industries, which supplies military equipment to the United Nations and NATO, was awarded a contract to manufacture 1.58 lakh helmets at the cost of Rs 180 crore.
  • Indian Army has ordered the bolted version of bolt-free ballistic helmets. Bolt-free is a higher and expensive version of bullet-proof helmets, which gives all-round protection from head injuries.
  • The MKU Industries claims that the bullet-proof helmets go through rigorous quality tests and ballistic lab test conducted at its testing facilities in India as well as in Germany.
  • The helmets are reportedly designed to bear the impact of 9 mm ammunition fired from a short range.
  • They match global standards of equipment for armed forces.
  • The bullet-proof helmet has the main protective layer of Kevlar, which has high tensile strength-to-weight ratio; by this measure it is 5 times stronger than steel.

JNPT, India's largest container port, hit by cyber attack


  • Operations at one of three terminals at India's largest container port Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT) in Mumbai were disrupted by the global ransomware attack. The attack was confirmed by the port authorities on 28 June 2017.
  • The impacted terminal is operated by Danish shipping giant AP Moller-Maersk. The Maersk group confirmed individually on 27 June that its operations were hit by a cyber attack named Petya that affected its multiple sites and select business units.
  • The group’s statement read, “We are responding to the situation to contain and limit the impact and uphold operations."
  • Anil Diggikar, JNPT chairman also stated that the port has been trying to clear containers manually but its operating capacity has dropped to a third at the terminal.
  • “This is a fallout of global cyber attack. Containers are piling up outside the port due to delay in loading and unloading at Gateway Terminals India,” Diggikar said and added that they are hopeful that the operations would normalise in a day.
  • AP Moller-Maersk operates the Gateway Terminals India (GTI) at JNPT, which has a capacity to handle 1.8 million standard container units.


Appointments

Rajiv Kumar appointed as Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh


  • Rajiv Kumar was on 29 June 2017 appointed as the Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh. His appointment was approved by the Uttar Pradesh Government.
  • Prior to this appointment, Kumar was a Secretary in the Union Shipping ministry. He is a 1981 batch IAS Officer of the Uttar Pradesh cadre.
  • Kumar succeeds Rahul Prasad Bhatnagar, who was appointed by the previous Samajwadi Party (SP) government and continued to serve in the office for three months under the Yogi Adityanath government.
  • Rahul Prasad Bhatnagar, the outgoing Chief Secretary, will now serve as the Chairman of the Greater Noida Authority and also as the Investment Commissioner of Uttar Pradesh in New Delhi.

Former Vice Chancellor of Ambedkar University takes oath as UPSC Member


  • Dr. Manoj Soni, former Vice Chancellor of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University, took the Oath of Office and Secrecy as Member of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on 28 June 2017 at Delhi.
  • The Oath was administered by the UPSC Chairman David R Syiemlieh. UPSC conducts recruitment exams to select country’s top bureaucrats.

Indian-American Krishna R Urs appointed as US Ambassador to Peru


  • Indian-American Krishna R Urs was on 28 June 2017 appointed as the United States (US) Ambassador to Peru by the President Donald Trump administration.
  • Krishna is currently serving as the Charge d' Affaires of the US Embassy in Madrid, Spain, where he was also the Deputy Chief of Mission. He has been a career service American diplomat since 1986.
  • During three decades of State Department service, Urs has specialised in economic issues and developed extensive policy experience in the Andean region of South America.

Narinder Nath Vohra appointed as President of India International Centre


  • Jammu and Kashmir Governor Narinder Nath Vohra in the last week of June 2017 was appointed the President of the India International Centre (IIC).
  • Vohra was appointed as the president at the Annual General Meeting, which was held on 23 June 2017.
  • The appointment was made after eminent jurist Soli Sorabjee quit the presidential post.
He is the first civilian Governor of Jammu and Kashmir in 18 years after Jagmohan.

Loknath Behra appointed as DGP of Kerala


  • Loknath Behra was on 28 June 2017 appointed as the Director General of Police (DGP) of Kerala as incumbent TP Senkumar will retire as the state DGP on 30 June 2017.
  • Behra's appointment as state police chief was confirmed by the Pinarayi Vijayan-led Kerala government after the cabinet meeting.
  • Behra is currently serving as the Director of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau. He is a 1985 batch Kerala cadre IPS officer.

Kaushik Basu takes over as President of International Economic Association


  • Former Chief Economic Advisor Kaushik Basu on 27 June 2017 took over as the President of the International Economic Association (IEA) with effect from 23 June 2017. He will serve the office for three years.
  • The IEA is a leading organisation for professional economists that seeks to shape global economic policy and research. Among IEA's past presidents are Nobel laureates Kenneth Arrow, Robert Solow, Amartya Sen and Joseph Stiglitz.

Days

International Day of the Tropics 2017 observed globally


  • The International Day of the Tropics 2017 was observed across the world on 29 June 2017 with an aim to raise awareness to the specific challenges faced by tropical areas and the far-reaching implications of the issues affecting the world’s tropical zone.
  • The International Day of the Tropics celebrates the diversity of the tropics and provides an opportunity to share tropical stories and expertise and to acknowledge the diversity and potential of the region.
  • The day was proclaimed on 14 June 2016 by the resolution of United Nations General Assembly to mark the anniversary of the 'State of the Tropics Report' that was launched by Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi on 29 June 2014.

Sharjah named World Book Capital 2019 by UNESCO


  • Sharjah, a city in the United Arab Emirates has been named as 'the World Book Capital' for 2019 by the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova for the quality of its literary and cultural activities and for its efforts to make books accessible to the entire population of the nation.
  • Bokova took the decision on the recommendation of the Advisory Committee that met at the Headquarters of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) at La Haye.
  • The programme runs with a slogan ‘Read - you are in Sharjah’.
  • It focuses on six themes: inclusivity, reading, heritage, outreach, publishing and children.
  • It would include a conference on freedom of speech, a contest for young poets, workshops for creating Braille books and tactile books as well as many other events for Sharjah's multi-ethnic population.

World News

Trump’s travel ban: Visa applicants from these 6 Muslim nations require close family ties in US


  • The Trump administration has set new criteria for visa applicants from six Muslim nations and all refugees that require a close family or business tie to the United States.
  • According to the new guidelines sent to all the US embassies and consulates on 28 June 2017, visa applicants from six countries- Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen-must prove a relationship with a parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling in the United States in order to get a go ahead.
  • The new guideless have been set by the State Department, according to which extended family members including grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law and fiancées are not considered to be close relationships.
  • These new measures are expected to be implemented from 29 June 2017.
  • The court’s opinion exempts applicants from the ban if they can prove a “bona fide relationship” with a US person or entity. However, it is up to the government lawyers to determine how to define such a relationship. The court offered only broad guidelines suggesting it would include a relative, job offer or invitation to lecture in the US.
  • The move comes after the Supreme Court partially restored President Donald Trump's executive order that was widely criticised as a ban on Muslims.

World's first ATM celebrates its 50th birthday


  • The Automated Teller Machine (ATM) marked its 50th anniversary on 27 June 2017.
  • The first ATM was opened on 27 June 1967 at a branch of Barclays bank in Enfield, north London, the first of six cash dispensers commissioned by the bank.
  • To celebrate the occasion, the British bank decorated the site of the world's first cashpoint in gold. A black-and-white picture of Varney using the ATM hangs above it, while a commemorative gold plaque has been placed on the bank wall.
  • The original cash machine was the brainchild of Scottish inventor John Shepherd-Barron, who was commissioned by the bank to create six cash dispensers, which based on vending machines.
  • The first person to use the inaugural ATM was actor Reg Varney, the star of a popular British TV comedy called "On The Buses."
  • Transactions were initiated by inserting paper cheques issued by a teller or cashier, marked with carbon-14 for machine readability and security.


Chinese Navy launches biggest new generation destroyer


  • China’s Navy on 28 June 2017 launched its biggest new generation destroyer that weighs around 10,000 tonnes at the Jiangnan Shipyard (Group) in Shanghai. The launch is a part of the country’s massive expansion effort to become a global naval power.
  • The new destroyer, which is a domestically designed and produced vessel, is the first of China’s new generation of destroyers.
  • The destroyer is equipped with new air defence, anti-missile, anti-ship and anti-submarine weapons.
  • The ship is believed to be the first Type 055 destroyer, which is considered to be a successor class to the country’s smaller Type 052D guided missile destroyers.
  • The vessel will have to undergo planned testing including equipment operation, berthing and sailing before it is commissioned into use.

Chana and Chana Dal words added to Oxford English Dictionary


  • The words Chana and Chana Dal were on 27 June 2017 added to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). 'Chana' means Chickpeas and 'Chana Dal' stands for split chickpea lentils.
  • With this, these Indian food essentials Chickpeas (chana) and the split chickpea lentils (chana dal) join the vast list of more than 600 other words and phrases that have been included in its quarterly update of the Oxford English Dictionary.
  • The other prominent new entries in the OED include a batch of tennis-related words like "Forced Error".
  • A slang 'Bagel' has also been added which refers to a score in a set of six games to love, as there is similarity of the numeral zero to the shape of a bagel.
  • A new sense of 'woke', which was shortlisted for 'Word of the Year', has also been added. It means alert to racial or social discrimination and injustice.

US adds China to the list of Worst Human Trafficking Offenders


  • The United States State Department in the last week of June 2017 issued highly public criticism of China in its latest annual report on the global state of human trafficking.
  • As per the Trafficking in Persons report, China is among the worst offenders of human trafficking.
  • China is now grouped with Tier 3 offenders such as Syria, Iran, Russia and North Korea.
  • China was downgraded to Tier 3 status in 2017 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) in part because it has not taken serious steps to end its own complicity in trafficking, including forced labours from North Korea that are located in China.
  • Several other countries like the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea and Mali were downgraded to Tier 3 status.

Sports News

Kidambi Srikanth re-enters top 10 of BWF men’s rankings


  • Indian badminton player Kidambi Srikanth has re-entered the top ten of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) men's singles rankings for the first time in ten months.
  • The rankings, which were released on 29 June 2017, saw Srikanth placed at the 8th position with 58,583 points. The development comes less than a week after the ace shuttler beat Olympic champion Chen Long in straight games 22-20, 21-6 to claim the Australian Open Super Series and before that Japan's Kazumasa Sakai to clinch the Indonesian Open.
  • Srikanth is the lone Indian shuttler to figure in the top-10 of men's singles ranking after climbing up three places.
  • The 24-year-old had last reached the top ten in October 2016, few months after he reached the quarter-finals at the Rio Olympics 2016.

Lasith Malinga gets one-year ban, fined for media remarks


  • Sri Lankan fast bowler, Lasith Malinga has been handed over a suspension ban of six months after a disciplinary inquiry found him guilty of breaching his contract by speaking to the media without permission.
  • Malinga will also be fined 50 percent of the match fee from his next one-day international. He will be facing a disciplinary inquiry over his comments about Sri Lanka's Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara. 

Roger Federer defeats Alexander Zverev to lift ninth Halle Open title

  • Swiss legend Roger Federer on 25 June 2017 defeated Alexander Zverev 6-1, 6-3 in the final to clinch the 2017 Halle Open Men’s Singles title.
  • The final took place at the Gerry Weber Stadion in Halle, Germany.
  • He also won the Olympic gold medal in doubles with his compatriot Stan Wawrinka at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games and the Olympic silver medal in singles at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.
  • He is currently ranked world No. 5 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).












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          Issue 2017.2 Nederlands Internationaal Privaatrecht   
The second issue of 2017 of the Dutch Journal on Private international Law, Nederlands Internationaal Privaatrecht, includes papers on the Commission’s proposal to amend the Posting of Workers Directive,  the establishment of the Netherlands Commercial Court and the enforcement of foreign judgments in Nigeria. Aukje van Hoek, ‘Editorial: Online shopping en detachering van werknemers – twee hoofdpijndossier op de grens van IPR en interne markt’, p. 175-177. Fieke van Overbeeke, ‘The Commission’s proposal to amend the Posting of Workers Directive and private international law implications’, p. 178-194. This article discusses the Commission’s proposal to amend the Posting of Workers Directive (PWD), launched on 8 March 2016. One amendment in particular will be highlighted: the insertion of a type of conflict-of-laws rule, determining from when the law of the host Member State would be fully applicable to the posted…
          (NLD-Schiphol) MBE Engineer - Quantum   
Are you looking for an exciting role as part of a global team of physicists, engineers and software developers defining the new field of Quantum Computing? Microsoft is researching the future of Quantum Computing, including theory, hardware, and software. Since starting with Station Q in Santa Barbara, California, Microsoft’s Quantum Computing effort has expanded to include Redmond, Washington with the quantum architecture and algorithms group (QuarC), and also Station Q Delft among other worldwide locations. We are on the cusp of an accelerated effort in quantum computing and this position is an opportunity to get in at the start of this new intense phase. We are seeking a Molecular Beam Epitaxy Operations Engineer at Station Q Delft, in TU Delft, Netherlands. Station Q Delft is focused on the research and development of topological superconductor-semiconductor devices forming the basis of a quantum computer. The successful candidate will operate, maintain, and develop new growth heterostructures and processes in a multi-chamber molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) system that combines arsenide- and antimonide-based III-V semiconductor growth with in-situ superconductor deposition. This system was specifically designed to develop new physical platforms for topological quantum computation. The successful candidate must have: *A minimum experience of 3 years of MBE growth of III-V semiconductor materials *Familiarity and experience with structural characterization techniques including atomic force microscopy, high resolution x-ray diffraction, and electron microscopy *Familiarity with electron transport characterization techniques *An advanced degree (MS, MEng, or PhD) in materials science, physics, electrical engineering or allied discipline *Background in semiconductor physics *Successful candidates must demonstrate meticulous attention to detail combined with creativity, and a willingness to work in a dynamic team environment The ideal candidate will additionally have: *5 years experience with MBE growth of arsenide and antimonide semiconductor materials *Extensive experience with structural characterization techniques, including TEM *Extensive experience with cryogenic transport characterization techniques *A PhD degree in materials science, physics or electrical engineering specializing in semiconductors *Background in superconductor physics *Industry MBE growth experience Successful candidates will be contacted within 2 weeks of applying to the posting. Hardware engineering
          Ghana-Netherlands: Dutch government to invest in Ghana's horticultural sector.   
Netherlands government sends delegation to explore investment opportunities horticulture in Ghana.
          Pipo Short Film Wins Viewer's Choice Award in Jamaica   

Wazzup Pilipinas!


A short film about a boy who wants to have his family picture taken by an old and grumpy photographer for his school assignment won the viewer's choice award during the Asian and Middle Eastern Film Night of the fifth Gatffest Film Festival in Kingston, Jamaica last June 24.

"Pipo," which stars Maliksi Morales in the title role, bested films from Afghanistan, Iran, Israel, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan, in the said category of the festival. Chanel Latorre, Ramon Palencia, and Katherine Carel provide support as members of Pipo's family while award-winning actor Lou Veloso plays the role of the photographer.

Director Richard Legaspi was among the filmmakers from 28 countries who showcased their works during the festival and also vied for awards in 14 other categories including best directing, most original screenplay and best international film. Other films which competed in the 10-day event came from Canada, Columbia, Germany, India, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, Tanzania, United States and United Kingdom, among others.

Gatffest, initially introduced in 2013 as the Greater August Town Film Festival and hailed as "the Carribean's premier film festival," was organized by the University of the West Indies (UWI) Centre for Tourism and Policy Research.





UWI CTPR Director and Prof. Ian Boxill pointed out that although there has been an increase in the number of Jamaican-produced films, several filmmakers still find it difficult to show their films in movie theaters and traditional media. Thus, he stressed that Gatffest remains relevant not only to local filmmakers but also to those from other countries who similarly want an outlet for securing an audience and screening their works.

With the theme "From the Streets to the Screen," the film festival featured panel discussions, trainings and workshops in film and video production, and provided a venue for filmmakers to express themselves and to deal with issues in their respective communities.

Through the film, Legaspi raises concerns brought about by poverty and environment-related issues and also pays tribute to manual film cameras as well as all the photographers who people often fail to acknowledge for documenting precious moments in their lives.


"Pipo" previously won the grand prize in the professional section of AnakTV’s Sinebata (children’s films) competition, 8-12 fiction category (based on target audience). The film was produced by Red Room Media Productions through the support of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, ILLY, Università delle Idee and Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto.




Legaspi is a Gawad Cultural Center of the Philippines awardee in 2010 and 2011, a recipient of the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature in 2012 for his screenplay "Primera Bella" and a Cinemalaya winner and Gawad Urian nominee for his short film "Manenaya." He is a graduate of Ricky Lee’s 14th scriptwriting workshop, a directing fellow at the Asian Film Academy in Busan, South Korea, and a UNESCO Laureate and resident artist of UNIDEE.

          Re: Debriefer: April 26, 2017   
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          #GetroudmetRugby Getroud met Rugby Teasers July 2017 (kykNET )   
 Getroud met Rugby Teasers July 2017 – Upcoming kykNET drama series ‘ Getroud met Rugby ’ teasers , previews, updates, episodes, highlights and spoilers for July 2017.



  


Coming up on Getroud met Rugby this July 2017:

Monday 3 July 2017
Episode 66


The Stryders get a new team manager. His wife, however, must be handled with kid gloves. Lorette decides to share her dilemma with Chrissie.

Tuesday 4 July 2017
Episode 67


Renate and Kristien become bff’s, but Kristien has her own agenda. Dolf makes Lorette an offer she cannot refuse. Denver struggles with the age-old question – can men and women just be friends?

Wednesday 5 July 2017
Episode 68


Lorette must decide whether she’s going to break the big news to her family. Renate’s décor plans hit a snag. Fafa and Maryke prepare for their first sonar.

Thursday 6 July 2017
Episode 69


Lorette’s travel plans materialise faster than she expected. Denver gets an epiphany that inspires him to change his life drastically. Renate’s rebellious streak is flamed by Kristien.

Friday 7 July 2017
Episode 70


Bart drops a bomb on the rest of the Stryder management team. Renate goes full steam ahead with her political campaign and Blitz supports Denver in the difficult decision he must make.
 


Monday 10 July 2017
Episode 71

Time change alert!

A heads-up that GMR changes time to 21h00 from tonight.


Kristien offers to help Renate with her campaign, and Maryke gets paranoid over her pregnancy. The coaches confront Denver about the rumours of his resignation.

Tuesday 11 July 2017
Episode 72


Maryke’s pregnancy phobias reach new heights. The Stryders receive good news but everything is not what it seems. The Bekker household celebrates Lorette’s new adventure.

Wednesday 12 July 2017
Episode 73


There’s great anticipation for the “Verseker-Stryder-van-die-Jaar” award. Renate goes full throttle with her election campaign and Lorette’s journey starts on a low note.

Thursday 13 July 2017
Episode 74


Tommie prepares for the Skype meeting of his life. Renate learns the fine art of politics. Sasha feels she is being judged for her decision on having children.

Friday 14 July 2017
Episode 75


Tommie prepares for a meeting with potential investors. Sasha tries to make sense of her relationship with Reitz. Kristien has an intriguing proposal for Schalk.
 


Monday 17 July 2017
Episode 76


Sasha organises an extra-special surprise for Reitz. Another Bekker decides to make Tommie a business offer and it is the final day before Renate’s election.

Tuesday 18 July 2017
Episode 77


Koekie receives an unexpected guest. Denver prepares for the big move. Tommie gets unbelievable news from Singapore, but it comes at a price.

Wednesday 19 July 2017
Episode 78


The “Virseker-Stryder-van-die-Jaar” is finally announced, and Nina has good news for Tommie. Koekie gets discharged from the hospital, and Magda helps out with the cookie empire.

Thursday 20 July 2017
Episode 79


Fafa is curious about the sex of their baby. Chrissie receives good news from Tommie about her design and Renate gets opposition from a most unexpected place.

Friday 21 July 2017
Episode 80


Lorette is back from the Netherlands – for now. Koekie is an impossible patient, and Renate struggles to deal with the pain of her betrayal.
 


Monday 24 July 2017
Episode 81


Great excitement in the Bekker household as Lorette and Tommie continue with their plans, but Chrissie feels neglected. Iva realises that motherhood isn’t always easy. Maryke gives Magda a clever idea on how to handle Koekie.

Tuesday 25 July 2017
Episode 82


Tensions run high between Renate and Kristien. Nina struggles to come to terms with Lorette’s decision. Tommie is nervous about sharing his news with Silvia.

Wednesday 26 July 2017
Episode 83


Iva struggles to finish a school project without the aid of the internet. Chrissie realises she’s more like her older sister than she thought. Tommie bites the bullet and tells Nina about Singapore.

Thursday 27 July 2017
Episode 84


Chrissie is ticked off about Tommie’s news. TJ’s punishment becomes a bigger one for Iva. Renate shows her mettle as a Stryder-wife, but Kristien refuses to back down.

Friday 28 July 2017
Episode 85


Denver says his final goodbye to the Stryders, and TJ pulls a fast one on Iva and Schalk. Silvia has a serious conversation with Tommie about their relationship.
 


Monday 31 July 2017
Episode 86


The news about the new Stryder starts spreading, but Schalk is unimpressed. The reality of Tommie’s departure hits Silvia and Renate and Kristien’s friendship kick starts again.
 


Getroud met Rugby is on kykNET Mondays to Fridays at 21h00 from 10 July 2017.

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          Ops Engineer - TIBCO BW, l2 Support, EMS, Unix, Log4All/Kibana and/or / Mpower Plus UK Ltd / Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands   
Mpower Plus UK Ltd/Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands

OPS Engineer

Job Type: Contract -6 months + possible extension

Start Date: Immediate

Location: Amsterdam (NL)

Key skills: TIBCO BW, l2 Support, EMS, Unix, Log4All/Kibana and/or Graphite/Grafana

Job description:

You maintain and support our application

You make new business functionality available for our customers by (automated) deployment

You will give level 2 support (24x7) to our production environment (which may result in travelling to office outside office ours)

Must have:

Good insight in TIBCO BW and EMS

Experience with Unix and Shell Scripting

Knowledge of ITIL processes

Experience with configuration management

Nice to have:

Experience with setting up monitoring with Log4All/Kibana and/or Graphite/Grafana

Employment Type: Contract
Duration: 6months +
Other Pay Info: As market

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          SAP GRC Security Consultant # / Net Business Solutions / Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands   
Net Business Solutions/Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands

SAP GRC Security Consultant #

Eindhoven, Netherlands

Start Date: ASAP/Duration: 6 months initially

Role

We have a contract opportunity available for an experienced SAP GRC Security Consultant to work on a projectfor our client in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

Required skills/experience:

- Solid SAP GRC and Security experience

- SAP GRC implementation experience

- Excellent communication skills

Language

English

Contract

The contract duration is for 6 months initially, with likelihood of extension. Net Business Solutions is acting as an employment agency in relation to this vacancy. Please send your CV to the e-mail address indicated below including details on when it is suitable for you that we phone for a possible telephone interview.

Referrals

We understand that you may not be available or suitable for this role therefore, we encourage you to forward this mail to any of your colleagues that may fit this profile. Should we be able to place any candidates referred to us for this specific role for duration of 3 months or more we will pay you a referral fee of 500 GBP.

Net Business Solutions (NBS) is SAP to the core.

Because we are SAP consultants working in recruitment, rather than recruiters working in SAP we can offer you unique expertise... and huge advantages.

Employment Type: Contract
Duration: 6 months

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          SAP GRC and Security Consultant / Gazelle Global Consulting / Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands   
Gazelle Global Consulting/Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands

SAP GRC and Security Consultant

SAP GRC and Security Consultant is Urgently required for a major client in Eindhoven, Netherlands for a long term position.

Main Tasks

Must have worked on ECC 6.0 or higher

Must have been involved in at least 1 full implementation and 2 upgrades

Must have done SAP support for at least 3 years

Must have experience creating/modifying roles & profiles

Must have exp. setting up users, - Must experience running SOD analysis w/GRC.

Experience in Emergency Access Management, Security Weaver GRC tools is a plus,

Familiarity with Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Compliance. Audit Tasks is a plus

If you are interested in this position, please get in touch now for immediate interviews.

Employment Type: Contract
Duration: 6months +

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          Murex Technical Analyst / Levy Associates Ltd / Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands   
Levy Associates Ltd/Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands

Murex Technical Analyst

Our client requires an expert Murex Business Analyst who will be tasked with doing the analyses for all the FX&R CMS requirements from the business. The client is an International bank Based in Amsterdam. You will have a focus on Finance and Risk related requirements. You will use your expertise to define, document requirements and deliver functional designs with can be implemented in Murex. We are looking for an excellent communicator with a can do mentality.

5 years of Business Analyst experience

Banking experience

Expert on Murex

Pref. Business Murex experience

Data Ware House Experience

SQL, MxML, Perl

Employment Type: Contract
Duration: 12-18 month
Other Pay Info: Excellent

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          Salesforce.com Technical Lead Developer. Amsterdam / BizTek Recruitment Ltd / Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands   
BizTek Recruitment Ltd/Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands

Salesforce.com Technical Team Lead. Or a Senior Software Developer with Technical Leadership experience - Permanent, AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS

We are targeting all Salesforce.com professionals who are looking for a career opportunity in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

You will provide technical development leadership to develop a centralised Salesforce platform for one of the world's leading online advertising and E-commerce Group.

This is a client of choice and a "must have on CV" in a fantastic location and you will be working on one of the hottest and technically challenging new global salesforce projects with integration to world leading E-commerce and trading Java systems.

Note that although the location is Amsterdam, this advert targets many locations to attract candidates looking for a career move to the iconic city of Amsterdam, working for one of the world's top brands who are developing the next level in on-line, E-commerce commercial and retail trading.

Amsterdam is becoming one of the hottest cities for IT developments with major brands setting up development centres.

Our role is with an employer of choice, with double digit growth year on year.

You will be an expert developer in Salesforce who is a thought leader. You will challenge design. The project is to create a centralised platform from approx. 15 geographic trading platforms. Salesforce is used to drive business flows.

The ideal candidate will have experience with Salesforce implementations of greater than 500 users and leading a development team of at least 3 developers. This is a hands-on development role that requires significant technical experience and abilities with Salesforce.com and related cloud technologies.

The company offers an extremely attractive and highly rewarding remuneration package including various bonus and stock schemes. On top of the competitive base of around €80,000, the positions come with a golden introduction of shares (not share options) in the business, worth up to $25,000. The position will offer an employee share investment scheme, worth another $10,000 per annum, on top on various other incentive schemes, as well as a benefit package.

NOTE that Dutch language is NOT required.

A full JD is available on request.

Employment Type: Permanent
Other Pay Info: bonus + stocks

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          PowerShell Scripter/Shell Scripter/PowerShell Programmerr / OCC Computer Personnel / Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands   
OCC Computer Personnel/Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands

PowerShell Scripter/PowerShell Evangelist/Shell Scripter/PowerShell Programmer/Script Writer for an Active Directory (AD) migration in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. (BASH, CSH, Perl, RSH)

The PowerShell Scripter/Shell Scripter/PowerShell Programmer/Script Writer will create, verify, if needed troubleshoot, daily Active Directory (AD) migrations scripts.

The PowerShell Scripter is responsible for a seamless technical execution of an Active Directory (AD) migration. The migration process is automated, so needed interventions should be limited. The end goal of the PowerShell scripter is to migrate all 49.000 users with as little user impact as possible.

Skills:

Extensive PowerShell knowledge for use with:

Active Directory

Exchange

SharePoint

Skype for Business

AppSense

Citrix

Experience working in an Agile & Dynamic environments

Language Skills

English (Mandatory)

Dutch (Preferable)

Location: Amsterdam

Shift information: Might be needed in evening shifts. We use a time for time arrangement!

Employment Type: Contract
Duration: 6 months

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          Java Developer/J2EE/Agile / Levy Associates Ltd / Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands   
Levy Associates Ltd/Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands

Java Developer/J2EE/Agile

Looking for a excellent Java Developer, your main objective will be the developing of high quality solutions for new and innovative payments services. Beyond the development you will also be involved with the selection of new technologies, R&D, creating proof of concepts, planning, review business initiatives, etc. Freedom in translating functional requirement into technical solutions in collaboration with business partners is part of the job. We are looking for "brain power", new ideas and proactive attitudes. Due to the many nationalities English is the spoken and written language in the company.

Key Responsibility

. Software development

. Review functional designs/Requirements elicitation

. Review codes

. Systems Analysis

. Create technical designs

. Unit testing

. Troubleshoot production issues

. Technical architecture decisions

. Scrum master/Technical Project Lead

Skills:

. Bachelor or Master degree, preferably in ICT development;

. JAVA/JEE, Java 6/7, JEE 5/6;

. experience in Oracle and Weblogic;

. Tomcat 6/7;

. Spring Framework, Spring web services, Spring MVC;

. Javascript, HTML, SQL;

. experience PL/SQ;

. Eclipse, Hudson, Sonar, Subversion, Git, Jenkins, Maven, Linux/UNIX.

. Junit, JPA, JSP, Hibernate, JQuery;

Preferred Development Experience:

. jMeter, Selenium, SoapUI, PHP, iOS (Objective C), Android;

. JIRA/Confluence;

. Agile/SCRUM/KANBAN;

. ServiceNow;

. PCI Compliancy;

. ISAE Compliancy;

. Electronic Payment Processing;

. UML;

. User Story/Use Case Definition;

. ITIL;

. Collaboration with external and/or offshore teams.

Employment Type: Contract
Other Pay Info: Excellent

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          Mid-level Business Immigration Attorney with PERM experience - California-San Francisco   
San Francisco office of our client seeks mid-level business immigration attorney with 2+ years of PERM experience. The candidate will work closely with administrative and legal staff, clients, and firm in order to support the office and exercises a high degree of technical competence and administration ability. Will review and process incoming documents. Correspond with clients and third-party vendors. Write and edit documents. A current license to practice law in the United States is essential.This firm has 18 offices in the United States as well as offices in South Africa, Israel, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Turkey, France, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, India, Australia, China, Peru, Brazil, Mexico, and Canada. This large law firm has unparalleled resources and can use these resources to best serve their clients. The firm is top-ranked by Chambers USA, Chambers Global, U.S. News & World Report, San Francisco Business Times, and has had attorneys win awards and receive recognition by Chambers USA. The staff of this firm is friendly, caring, supportive, and committed.
          G.A.P Vassilopoulos Group: Θέση Εργασίας   
G.A.P Vassilopoulos Group: Θέση Εργασίας – Λευκωσία G.A.P Vassilopoulos Group was founded in 1964 and is listed on the Cyprus Stock Exchange. The Group employs over 1,000 people and operates through a network of 3,000 Offices and Associates throughout Cyprus, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and Israel. We are currently seeking to recruit ...
          Lajes is the front line in the New Cold War of the Atlantic. @JerryHendrixII @CNASDC @NRO   
06-27-2017 (Photo:English: en:Lajes Field, en:Terceira Island, en:Azores, en:Portugal KC-135, KC-10 and F/A-18 aircraft on the tarmac. The 65th Air Base Wing is the American unit stationed at Lajes Field and it is the largest U.S. military organization in the Azores. The wing provides base and en route support for Department of Defense, allied nations and other authorized aircraft in transit, including those from the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, France, Italy, Colombia, Germany, Venezuela and Great Britain. source Date Source Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons. Transfer was stated to be made by User:TCY ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Lajes is the front line in the New Cold War of the Atlantic. @JerryHendrixII @CNASDC @NRO The Kremlin’s expanding fleet of subs is cause for the U.S.-led alliance to beef up its defenses. The Russian Bear has emerged from a long hibernation to threaten American and NATO interests with highly capable submarines in the Atlantic and Mediterranean. But neither the United States nor its allies are prepared to meet the Kremlin’s challenge. A generation ago, Soviet submarines roamed the world’s oceans supporting Communist interests and attempting to place themselves in a position to win a final, terrible war. Fast attack submarines searched for American carrier strike groups, transports carrying troops and equipment to Europe, and, most ominously, missile submarines carrying nuclear weapons. To protect these assets, the United States and NATO maintained a fleet of anti-submarine (ASW) frigates, nuclear and diesel powered submarines, and wings of maritime-patrol aircraft that roamed the oceans searching out the Soviet subs. When one was detected coming out of its port in Murmansk, the alliance would begin a marathon tracking operation, the Norwegians turning things over to the Dutch or Americans flying out of Iceland, who in turn passed the job on to the British and then the French, with Americans flying out of Lajes in the Portuguese Azores. These assets would then turn responsibility for tracking the Soviet boat over to assets coming out of Rota, Spain, or Sigonella, Sicily, before the boat turned around and followed its tracks back home as all the NATO elements repeated their performance in reverse. Unfortunately, in the intervening quarter-century of peace dividends, increased social-welfare investments, and distant wars against radical Islamic terrorism, budgetary priorities and operational focus have shifted away from the historic challenge looming on Europe’s eastern border. Today, Putin’s Russia is in Georgia, Crimea, and Ukraine, and Russian carriers and submarines operate off the coast of Syria deep in NATO’s security environment. Yet Lajes is now closed, with China expressing interest in taking on a long-term lease, and the allied base of operations in Iceland has been vacant for the better part of the past decade, although the United States has expressed an interest in returning. The alliance’s frigate fleet has been nearly cut in half and its submarine fleet by a third. Maritime-patrol aircraft have experienced similar cuts and, perhaps most important, the alliance has failed to exercise together sufficiently to guarantee success if called upon to execute the weeks-long dance of a full-up ASW campaign. During a recent table-top exercise conducted by the Center for a New American Security, participants discovered that in a crisis, they would have enough resources to provide convoy escort for American troops and supplies moving across the Atlantic to reinforce Europe or to conduct an anti-submarine campaign, but not to do both. Top-level participants, including past and current policymakers and military leaders from Norway to France to Germany to the United States, struggled vainly during the “Forgotten Waters” exercise to match means with the alliance’s strategic ends. Challenges rangi...
          IaaS Technical Workshop for Partners: Oslo, London, Utrecht, Paris, Madrid   
  Oracle EMEA Partner Sales         Workshop for EMEA Partners         Oracle Invitation   Oracle Cloud Platform: Run and Manage Infrastructure as a Service Workshop      

3-day Hands-on In-Class Workshop

Oracle Cloud Platform provides customers and managed service providers (MSPs) the ability to run and manage any Oracle or non-Oracle workload in the cloud.

This workshop will focus on use cases that are typical to Dev Ops and IT Ops in terms of building, configuring, orchestrating, running and managing workloads on Oracle Compute Cloud Service and Storage Cloud Service. 

This Invite-Only hands-on workshop will be delivered by Oracle Development at No-Fee to Partners. It consists of presentations, live demos, and hands-on laboratory exercises.

IMPORTANT: A fully executed Demonstration Services Addendum to the OPN Agreement is required for this workshop.

If your company has not previously accepted this addendum, please click here to review and accept the terms and conditions. You should be authorized by your company to accept the legal addendum.

Workshop Dates & Location:

 

6th - 8th June, 2017 (Tue-Thu) Location: Norway, Oslo
Oracle Norge AS, Vollsveien 2, Lysaker

13th - 15th June, 2017 (Tue-Thu) Location: UK, London
Oracle Corporation UK Ltd., One South Place, London, EC2M 2RB

26th- 28th June, 2017 (Mon-Wed) Location: Netherlands, Utrecht
Oracle: Hertogswetering 163-167, 3543 AS Utrecht

28th - 30th June, 2017 (Tue-Thu) Location: France, Paris
Oracle France,15 Boulevard Charles de Gaulle, 92700 Colombes

4th - 6th July, 2017 (Tue-Thu) Location: Spain, Madrid
Oracle: José Echegaray 6, Edificio B, 28230 – Las Rozas – Madrid

Workshop Time:

 

9:00 AM – 5:30 PM (local time) Exact time will be informed with confirmation email.

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Workshop Format

»  Approximately 3-4 hours of presentation and Q&A during AM.

»  Participants will independently work on laboratory activities after the 3-4 hours presentation.

»  You will also have access to a forum where you will be able to post questions. We are monitoring this forum to ensure that you will get prompt assistance as you independently work on assigned laboratory work in the afternoon.

»  Access to Oracle Cloud partner community forum.

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Agenda

»  Oracle Infrastructure as a Service Overview

»  Oracle Bare Metal Cloud Services

  • Architecture Overview
  • Compute Service
  • Block Volume and Object Storage Services
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          CoasterRadio.com #916 - 2015 Preview with Arthur Levine - Part 1   

Arthur Levine, the Theme Parks Expert at About.com, joins for for a preview of some of the best new attractions coming to theme parks in 2015! Including:

     - Wicked Cyclone at Six Flags New England

     - Ghost: The Haunted House at Legoland Windsor

     - A new vertical coaster at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

     - Zombie at Mexico’s Bosque Magico 

     - Fireman's Landing at Silver Dollar City

     - Karnan at Hansa Park in Germany

     - Justice League: Battle for Metropolis at Six Flags Over Texas

     - Justice League: Battle for Metropolis at Six Flags St. Louis

     - Possible King Kong Dark Ride at Universal’s Islands of Adventure

     - Baron 1898 at Efteling in the Netherlands

     - Batman: The Ride at Six Flags Fiesta Texas 

     - Voyage to the Iron Reef at Knott’s Berry Farm

     - Impulse at Knoebels

     - The Orlando Eye Observation Wheel in Orlando

     - Twisted Colossus at Six Flags Magic Mountain

 

Be sure to tune in next week for Part 2 of our podcast!


          Free Download: Parallells – Jhaan Feat. Sarah Pirwany (Original Mix)   
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          Weapons watchdog finds sarin used in deadly attack in Syria   
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- An investigation by the international chemical weapons watchdog confirmed that sarin nerve gas was used in a deadly April 4 attack on a Syrian town, but a report released Friday stopped short of saying who was responsible....
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          Comment on Tulips in bloom, Noordwijk, The Netherlands by giuse.cipriani   
Hi @droneventure glad you like it! It is actually not Keukenhof, is a flower farm a few km southeast of it. Your pic is very beautiful!
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Keukenhof! Cute. Have a look in my gallery and see the capture I made from a little higher ;)
          6/30/2017: FOOTBALL: Southampton rule out defender Van Dijk sale   
SOUTHAMPTON have warned clubs interested in Virgil van Dijk that the Netherlands defender is not for sale at any price. Van Dijk saw a potential move to Liverpool fall through earlier in the close-season after the Reds were forced to apologise for...
          Contract Production Operator - Vermilion Energy - Saskatchewan   
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          Exact acquires Dutch competitor Reeleezee   

Delft, the Netherlands, 29 June 2017 – Exact acquires Reeleezee, a locally operating cloud accounting company in the Netherlands. Reeleezee will be managed as a private label within the Exact group, headed by Wilko Stronks, the current general manager of Reeleezee. All product lines will be developed further independently of each other. The technical teams of Reeleezee and Exact will collaborate on areas such as Machine Learning, blockchain and Standard Business Reporting (SBR). In addition, Exact will start offering Cashr, the cash register solution of Reeleezee, to its customers in combination with Exact’s own cloud portfolio.


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          Ivy van den Heuvel (F) from Tilburg Trappers to Tilburg Trappers   


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          Ruud Leeuwesteijn (G) from Tilburg Trappers to Tilburg Trappers   


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          Efficacy of Antibiotic Suppressive Therapy in Patients with a Prosthetic Joint Infection.   
J Bone Jt Infect. 2017 Jan 15;2(2):77-83. Wouthuyzen-Bakker M1, Nijman JM1, Kampinga GA2, van Assen S1, Jutte PC3. Author information 1 Department of Internal Medicine/Infectious diseases. 2 Department of Medical Microbiology. 3 Department of Orthopedic Surgery, University of Groningen, University Medical Center Groningen, the Netherlands. Abstract Introduction: For chronic prosthetic joint infections (PJI), complete removal […]
          Headlines for June 29, 2017   
Senate GOP Leaders Scramble to Save Healthcare Bill Amid Revolt, Protesters Flood Senate Offices in "Last Stand" on Healthcare, Parts of Trump Travel Ban Set to Take Effect, NATO to Send More Troops to Afghanistan, Lawyer Who Authored Torture Memos Grilled at Confirmation Hearing, CNN Reporters Resign After Network Withdraws Report on Trump Adviser, WaPo: Trump Properties Displayed Fake Time Magazine Covers, Associated Press: EPA Chief Met Dow CEO Ahead of Pesticide Approval, EPA to Roll Back Drinking Water Safeguards, Protections for Waterways, New EPA Water Safety Official Worked as Fossil Fuel Lobbyist, Amid Deaths, Thousands of Migrants Rescued in Mediterranean, Mexico: Journalists Call for End to Attacks on Media Workers, Court Date Set for Trial of Alleged Leaker Reality Leigh Winner, Minnesota: $3 Million Settlement Reached in Philando Castile Death, Netherlands: Widows of Hanged Nigerian Activists Sue Shell Oil, Arkansas: Driver Destroys Ten Commandments Monument Outside Capitol
          Free Download: Parallells – Jhaan Feat. Sarah Pirwany (Original Mix)   
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          Dutch astronomers discover recipe to make cosmic glycerol   
Leiden, Netherlands (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
A team of laboratory astrophysicists from Leiden University (the Netherlands) managed to make glycerol under conditions comparable to those in dark interstellar clouds. They allowed carbon monoxide ice to react with hydrogen atoms at minus 250 degrees Celsius. The researchers publish their findings in the Astrophysical Journal. In recent years more and more complex molecules have been iden
          For sale - spro dd Crankbaits Vintage - Auction   
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          For sale - Vintage ll Bean Fly Fishing Vest usa 20 Pocket With... - Auction   

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          For sale - Old School bmx gt Seat Clamp fits Pro Performer... - $25   
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          For sale - haro bmx handlebar stem 45 mm, savage gyro... - $31   
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          For sale - Silver Haro fusion Ground Round 14mm Front And Rear... - $83   
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          For sale - Black Haro fusion Ground Round 10mmfront And 14mm... - $83   
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          Registration Now Open for CES Unveiled Paris and Amsterdam – Business Wire (press release)   
Registration Now Open for CES Unveiled Paris and AmsterdamBusiness Wire (press release)At CES 2017, French startups numbered 187, making France the second largest startup exhibitor behind the United States. New this year, CTA announced the Netherlands would host CES Unveiled Amsterdam for the first time. CTA selected the Netherlands … and more …read more Source:: […]
          American Artists and the Legacy of the Grand Tour, 1880-1960   

In a historical sense, the Grand Tour was a seventeenth- to eighteenth-century phenomenon in which the young, usually male and aristocratic, members of English and Northern European families visited great cities and societies of the European continent. It was an educational trip, meant largely for cultural exposure and refinement. Art was central to this travel in a number of ways, from visiting masterpieces of painting and architecture, to commissioning portraits, buying art to bring home, and engaging an artist for the journey who would paint the sublime beauty of each destination. This exhibition explores a time from approximately 1880 to 1960 when American artists endeavored to follow in the footsteps of this tradition and trek to Europe for a variety of reasons: study and opportunities to exhibit, illustration on commission, war, and leisure. At the center of their journeys was also the goal of education, for themselves through the process of travel and study and for others through the skills, cultural enlightenment, and artwork they would bring home. The works included in the exhibition represent a range of media, from printmaking to painting, and the work documents the architecture, scenery, and people of Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Greece, England, and France as the artists saw them.

American Artists and the Legacy of the Grand Tour, 1880–1960 is organized by the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery and curated by Margaret F. M. Walker, assistant curator, with support provided by the Fine Arts Gallery Gift Fund and the Sullivan Art Collection Fund.

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          Channel in Amsterdam Netherlands houses river Amstel   
Channel in Amsterdam Netherlands houses river Amstel

Channel in Amsterdam Netherlands Holland houses under river Amstel. Landmark old european city spring landscape with sunshine.
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          Channel in Amsterdam Netherlands houses river Amstel   
Channel in Amsterdam Netherlands houses river Amstel

Channel in Amsterdam Netherlands Holland houses under river Amstel. Landmark old european city spring landscape.
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          Toposcape   

An audiovisual piece made up of over four thousand still images pulled from Google Earth, individually edited, and then manually sequenced to Midnight by Caravan Palace.

The film showcases instances of environmental innovation and degradation from around the world: housing developments in Denmark designed to promote increased community, sites of deforestation in the Amazon due to cattle ranching, and the Namib desert in Namibia whose biodiversity has some of the highest levels of endemism.

Song:
Midnight - Caravan Palace

Applications:
- Google Earth Pro
- Adobe After Effects CC

Locations:
- 0:09 New York, USA
- 0:17 Namib Desert, Namibia
- 0:23 California, USA
- 0:28 Denmark
- 0:32 New York, USA
- 0:52 Saudi Arabia
- 1:00 The Netherlands
- 0:52 Saudi Arabia
- 1:10 New York, USA
- 1:18 Iran
- 1:23 New York, USA
- 1:29 The Netherlands
- 1:32 California, USA
- 1:35 Brazil

Contact:
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Cast: Adnaan Jiwa

Tags: Art, Time Lapse, Google Earth, Stop Motion, Caravan Palace, Music Video, Midnight and New


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          The Barn Theatre School Presents BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY   

BUDDY - THE Buddy Holly STORY is the multi- award winning, worldwide smash hit musical celebration of the life and tragic death of Buddy Holly who shot to stardom in 1957. This rockin' musical plays June 27-July 9.

BUDDY tells the story of the tragically short life of Buddy Holly, played by Barn Theatre Newcomer and Guest Star, Andy Christopher, who along with high-school friends The Crickets (second year apprentice Quinn Moran and first year apprentice Alex Crossland), turned country music upside down to create some of the best rock 'n' roll songs ever written. We share Buddy's frustrations through his first recording contract; the excitement America felt when 'That'll Be The Day' hit #1; his naïve determination to be the first white act to play the Apollo Theatre, Harlem; his whirlwind romance and marriage to Maria Elena, (played by second year apprentice Andrea Arvanigian), concluding with the ill-fated 'Winter Dance Party', featuring Ritchie Valens (Jamey Grisham) and J.P. Richardson - 'the Big Bopper' (Charlie King). Featured in the cast also is Barn newcomer Emily Agy portraying Morlena and Barn regulars Eric Parker and Penelope Alex as well as apprentices Chase Gray, Jonathan Gerry, and Jabri Johnson. With over 20 classic songs including 'Peggy Sue', 'That'll Be The Day', 'Oh Boy', 'Heartbeat', and 'Everyday', don't miss out, this is your chance to see Buddy sing his way through two hours of the best rock 'n' roll you'll ever hear!

With over 23,000 performances, BUDDY has been enjoyed by more than 22 million people around the world. The show opened in London's West End in 1989 and has been seen on Broadway, throughout the U.S. and Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Scandinavia, The Netherlands, Japan, South Africa, and Singapore, winning numerous awards along the way!

Performances for BUDDY - THE Buddy Holly STORY are Tuesday - Saturday at 8:00 pm and Sunday at 5:00 pm June 27 - July 9.

The Barn Theatre School and Eaton are proud to present an American Sign Language interpreted performance of BUDDY - THE Buddy Holly STORY on Wednesday, July 5, 2017.

The Barn Theatre is located on M-96, west of Augusta. Tickets are $37 for adults and $25 for children 12 and under for all performances. Rehearsal Shed reservations can now be made on line - day of show. Go to www.barntheatreschool.org. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are accepted. Group rates available. Tickets may now be purchased on the internet or on your smart phone via PayPal. To reserve tickets at the Box Office - Call today: (269) 731-4121 ~ open daily 10:00 am-10:00 pm. or visit www.barntheatreschool.org


          Gustav Mahler – Das Lied von der Erde – Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Marc Albrecht (2012) [nativeDSDmusic DSD64]   
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          Dutch telcos told to compensate users after network failures   
(Telecompaper) From July, consumers in the Netherlands will automatically be entitled to compensation in case of telecom failures, in line with legislation introduced last year...
          Paradox Interactive Acquires Age of Wonders Developer Triumph Studios   

Publisher Paradox Interactive has acquired Netherlands-based developer Triumph Studios, whose work includes the Age of Wonders and Overlord series. Announced in a press release on their website, Triumph said that they were “super excited when Paradox proposed joining their family.” The studio realized that after.....

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          Where ‘Go Dutch’ is going nowhere: the case of Waltham Forest   



Part One: this Plan is not Dutch 



Antonio Gramsci famously wrote

The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear. 

Among these symptoms may be included the London Borough of Waltham Forest’s 2012 Cycling Action Plan, which was greeted with rapture by certain bloggers who should have known better, and which - if you are looking for an example of hyperbole this will do nicely - was reported as bringing Amsterdam-style cycling measures to this particular car-sodden fragment of car-sick Greater London.

Before I proceed to bash this particular manifestation of ‘Go Dutch’ let me first of all say what I believe should be done to reverse cycling’s stagnation in an outer London borough like Waltham Forest.

A genuine Cycling Action Plan should, to my mind, have two basic features. First and foremost it needs to build a network of primary segregated cycle track routes across the borough; secondly it would close all residential areas to rat-running. This is my understanding of how the Dutch reversed their cycling decline, and I am not aware of any other evidence-based model which has been shown to work.

Let me enlarge upon these two core aspects with regard to Waltham Forest. The first thing that needs to be done is to establish basic bike grids across this relatively compact borough, i.e. physically segregated cycle paths on the high traffic volume primary routes. The major north-south route through the borough – its spine, as it were – is the A112, which runs between Chingford and Leyton via Walthamstow. The major east-west routes are the A503 (Forest Road) and the A104 (Lea Bridge Road). Add to that the A106 (Ruckholt Road/Eastway), a commuter route into the City, and High Road Leytonstone.

Here are some scenes from the A112. The Waltham Forest Cycling Action plan offers nothing to change conditions for cycling here. In the first photo, in the Chingford section, cars are parked quite legally in a cycle lane.































Turning these primary routes into safe, convenient, attractive segregated cycling routes (which obviously would require priority over all side roads and dedicated cycling-only green phases at major junctions) provides the beginnings of a network, which can then at a later date be enlarged. You do not then need to waste any money on a promotional budget to ‘encourage cycling’ because the attractions of cycling will be highly visible to anyone travelling in the borough. Such a network needs to be uncompromising in its adherence to the Dutch template. There is no reason in principle why such a network could not be built. On some sections all that is required is the re-arrangement of existing infrastructure, such as here on Chingford Road (A112), where the cycle lane has been placed alongside parking bays.


























Instead of expecting cyclists to risk ‘dooring’ you move the cycle lane next to the footway and create a cycle track, and put the parked vehicles alongside the moving vehicles. Local residents don't have to lose their precious parking bays and cyclists gain a safe, segregated cycle path.

There is, of course, always the argument that there ‘isn’t enough space’. But while a section of the cycle campaign community keeps repeating this mantra, Waltham Forest Council has been busy re-allocating footways and cycle lanes for car parking on supposedly ‘narrow’ streets, as shown below.























(Above) The cycle lane and footway on Wood Street E17 (the B 160) being converted into free parking bays in December 2010.

(Below) Palmerston Road E17. A through route to Walthamstow's market and shopping centre. Space has been found here for parking bays along both sides of the road, even though this causes problems for two-way motor traffic.































The primary network then needs to be reinforced with a radical programme of road closures and one-way systems which halt rat-running through all residential areas, making access by car circuitous and access by bike straightforward and direct. Low speed limits and traffic calming obviously need to form another aspect of this support infrastructure.

However, the borough’s record of strategic road closures is very poor; they are few and far between, their implementation is incoherent and unsystematic, and even where a road closure has been introduced since the announcement of the new Cycling Action Plan no attempt has been made to provide cycling access. The council’s purported commitment to permeability could scarcely be more hollow and more contemptuously indifferent than here (below), where Somers Road E17 meets Palmerston Road. This is a permanent structure, not roadworks.




























I don’t believe any other programme of action will reverse the stagnation of cycling in this part of Outer London. And the primary network has to come first. Trying to catch up with the Netherlands by shunning the key basics and by instead ‘pepper potting’, i.e. working to improve isolated and disconnected sites in the hope that one day they can all be joined up or that this in itself is sufficient to get more people cycling, who will then magically exert political influence, in my view simply isn’t going to lead anywhere but further failure.

What’s wrong with the new Cycling Action Plan? The problem with Waltham Forest Council’s supposed commitment to ‘Go Dutch’ is that it ignores the need for a primary network of segregated cycle routes, it does nothing whatever to stop rat-running, it in no way makes driving less attractive or less convenient and it does not re-allocate an inch of carriageway from the motor vehicle to the cyclist. Its solutions are wholly vehicular cycling solutions which in no way challenge the hegemony of the car. In short, the London Borough of Waltham Forest’s version of ‘Go Dutch’ is not remotely Dutch in practice.

The Waltham Forest Cycling Action Plan’s commitment to ‘going Dutch’ boils down to ten points, which fail to cohere into any kind of programme that is recognisably akin to the infrastructure to be found in the Netherlands. The full Plan can be read here - and now here is my point-by-point critique:

The first two points require certain commitments to lorry safety. However they apply only to lorries which come under the control of the local authority (most of the lorries on Waltham Forest’s road don’t). There is also the question of how such commitments will be effectively monitored and enforced. Finally, this kind of initiative is basically aimed at making it safer for cyclists and lorries to share the road, whereas Dutch planners prefer to keep cyclists and lorries separate.

The third commitment promises to ‘Identify the borough’s 20 most dangerous junctions and roads and introduce remedial measures to improve cycle safety.’

Apart from the issue of how ‘danger’ is defined and identified (this will doubtless be the conventional approach of using recorded road casualties), the promise of ‘remedial measures’ is lamentably vague but will almost certainly involve conventional ways of supposedly ameliorating the risks faced by vehicular cycling. A larger Advanced Stop Line and dedicated cycling lights which give cyclists a few seconds start ahead of motor traffic at signalled junctions appears to be about as radical as it’s going to get. It probably won’t even add up to that. This is, of course, not remotely Dutch. At the very least, cyclists need a dedicated cyclists-only green phase. But this, of course, would conflict with ‘network assurance’, i.e. smooth traffic flow. All transport planning in Greater London seems to be based on the core principle of accommodating and easing existing motor vehicle flow; there is no commitment to traffic evaporation. 

Scepticism about the efficacy of this plan can only be reinforced by the fourth commitment, which starkly underlines its poverty at a fiscal as well as infrastructural level, promising at some point in the future to spend the risible sum of £100,000 “to support safe cycling and cyclists, on top of the existing £70k spent on cycle training.” A banquet requires more than a saucer containing a scattering of stale crumbs.

The fifth commitment to ‘Carry out an annual cycle count across the borough to accurately assess the full cycling levels in Waltham Forest’ would be more impressive if it didn’t simply reinstate a policy which was terminated two years ago. There is also the very big question of which roads are chosen for counts, and when and how often the counts take place. In the past the Council has preferred to focus on primary commuter routes (which give the best results) and moved the (very inadequate) annual one-day count from the autumn to the summer with an obvious view to getting the best figures possible. Massaging cycling statistics helps no one, unless all you are interested in is PR and self-congratulation.

The sixth commitment promises to ‘Improve consultation arrangements with the Waltham Forest London Cycling Campaign on all matters cycling and carry out a borough wide survey of residents’ views on our approach to cycling. 

The kindest thing I can say about this is that this kind of consultation is unlikely to produce results which will be useful or enlightening. I am afraid there is a vast abyss between how I think a primary route such as Lea Bridge Road should be restructured for cycling and the kind of infrastructure which pleases cycle campaigners, as is starkly illustrated on Page 5 (printed number) of this document.

There is a further commitment to more cycle parking provision and a proposed improvement to the Bike Recycling Centre – worthy but not transformative initiatives and not in any sense uniquely Dutch.

At the end there are the two most ostensibly radical commitments:

Introduce a scheme to allow cyclists to ride in the opposite direction to the traffic flow in our one way streets. This will inform a Waltham Forest permeability strategy (maximum route choice, minimum diversion) 

The problem with this is that the borough’s network of one-way streets exists for the sole purpose of managing traffic flow for the convenience of drivers and to maximise car parking. This is the antithesis of the Dutch approach to one-way networks, which designs out rat-running. The London Borough of Waltham Forest is one massive rat run and cycling can’t and doesn’t and won’t flourish in this environment. Simply allowing cyclists to ride against traffic flow doesn’t by default make cycling subjectively or objectively safe, or attractive.

Finally the Plan promises to Roll out a 20 mph default speed limit across the borough in our residential streets.The problem with that objective is quite simple. Whilst desirable from a casualty-reduction perspective, there is not a scrap of evidence that 20 mph zones generate new numbers of cyclists, for the simple reason that 20 mph zones on the British model do not deliver safe, convenient, attractive cycling. They do not in themselves modify in any significant way the car-centric status quo.

(Below) Conditions for cycling in a Waltham Forest area-wide 20 mph zone.
 



























Part Two: things are getting worse for cycling, not better 

 
The Cycling Action Plan does not address the need for safe, convenient primary routes in the borough. Nor does it address the very low modal share for cycling locally, or enquire what its causes might be. Amnesia, as usual, rules.

In reality conditions for cycling have been getting worse for cycling in recent years thanks to ’improvement’ schemes like these which involve putting cyclists alongside parking bays and narrowing the carriageway, putting cyclists closer to lorries etc. Things are about to get a whole lot worse on the borough’s primary north-south route, the A112. The council is about to do three catastrophic things on a section of this primary route connecting Walthamstow town centre with High Road Leyton.

Firstly, it is widening the footway, in the process getting rid of the existing cycle lane, with the result that cyclists will be pushed closer to motor vehicles on a route with high volume traffic including buses and lorries. Secondly it is introducing new central islands, which will create new pinch points and generate conflict between cyclists and large vehicles such as heavy goods vehicles. Cyclists will be squeezed out, which is a classic recipe for a fatality. Thirdly, the widened footway will be used to create parking bays, with the result that cyclists will face the threat of ‘dooring’. The idea that existing non-cyclists can be persuaded to ride their bikes on streets like these seems to me to be completely lunatic. But you would never know the catastrophic implications that this new project has for vehicular cycling from the council planners' smiley-smiley rhetoric:

The Council has been given funding by Transport for London to look at road improvements along Hoe Street between Third Avenue and Boundary Road. The changes will help to make this part of Hoe Street a safer, more attractive and more user-friendly environment for everyone, and will help encourage the use of safer and more sustainable modes of transport.

Hoe Street will be narrowed between Granville Road and Boundary Road as many people cross the road here. Narrowing the road will reduce traffic speed, and reduce the distance people have to cross. We are also proposing a footway loading bay here to improve access for deliveries and reduce traffic congestion. 

New or improved central islands will be provided along Hoe Street to help people cross the road.  

Additional cycle parking will be provided close to shops to make it easier for people to cycle as a mode of everyday transport. 

The plans show all too clearly how space which is available in such ‘improvement schemes’ for a segregated cycle path is instead being used to make car driving and parking even more attractive (see below).

Needless to say when you look at the fine detail of the traffic order you will discover that free footway parking bays for motorists have been slipped in at the very last moment, long after the consultation was over, even though the original plan suggested that such bays would only be for business deliveries. The council planners have played this trick before: the Forest Road Corridor Scheme purported to be about reducing traffic speed, but after the consultation was over, the Traffic Order revealed that a new, hitherto-unmentioned aspect had been included: raising the speed limit from 30 mph to 40 mph on a section where the carriageway had been narrowed.

(Below) A waste of space. Car-centric planning to the detriment of safe cycling.


















Part Three: Accessorize with ‘greater mutual respect’ 


As a substitute for meaningful cycle infrastructure we get associated 'Go Dutch' initiatives like this, announced in the council’s propaganda sheet Waltham Forest News, issue 74 (20 August), promoted with the endorsement and active support of the local LCC branch:






























Six local driving schools have already signed up to Bikeaware, reducing road danger at source. Getting a driving license is a good thing. Not only opens it up another transport choice. It also gives people a thorough understanding of the Highway Code, which is after all important whichever way you get around. Bikeaware is a simple concept developed by an LCC trustee(www.bikeaware.org.uk). Waltham Forest has embraced this ‘pop up brand’ and six driving schools have already pledged to teach safe driving around cyclists. 

Problems with that, anyone?

Check out the website and you’ll find gems like this:

This simple scheme would change the cycling landscape forever.  

greater mutual respect would inspire less confident cyclists, particularly women, to saddle up. 

Unfortunately, this is not evidence-based campaigning. And once again we witness cycling campaigners not even asking for what needs to be asked for, but instead settling for inferior vehicular cycling strategies with no history of success and which, all too predictably, will fail to increase cycling’s modal share in any significant way.This is, sadly, business as usual.
          Copenhagen cycling collision   































A delightfully informal picture of Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, as she improves her shooting technique



Crown princess Mary found herself unintentionally turning heads yesterday when she was involved in a collision with a cyclist in the tony Østerbro district. According to eyewitnesses, Mary, driving with two of her children at the time, appeared to be completely taken by surprise

[ Note: only one un-named eyewitness is cited in this report ]

as a female cyclist crashed right into the side of the family's bronze Land Rover as the car made a right-hand turn. 

[ I hate people who drive Land Rovers in cities. Nobody apart from a farmer needs a Land Rover, least of all to transport their kiddies around dense urban areas. Land Rovers also tend to be very badly driven because, as risk compensation theory points out, cars which protect drivers personally from the consequences of reckless behaviour tend to be cars which are driven without consideration for their impact on others. ]

“The cyclist seemed to almost be lost in her own world. It’s like she didn’t even see the car,” a construction worker who saw the accident unfold from the scaffolding nearby told the tabloid BT.

[ No, surely the cyclist had a momentary lapse of attention, the sort of thing that could happen to anyone. And anyway I expect the Land Rover just came out of nowhere. ]

The woman, said to be an “older woman”, was not injured in the collision, but the rear wheel of her bike was reportedly damaged. 

[ The rear wheel. Eh? If the woman collided with the Land Rover why was it only the rear wheel that was damaged? ]

The court has since confirmed that Mary was involved in the incident, and that the crown princess had contacted the cyclist to ask how she was doing. The royal family has also said it would pay for any damages done to the bike. 

[ This might be smart PR (aren’t royal families wonderful and kind and generous and super nice) or it might just be an admission of guilt. ]

The junction where the incident occurred is said to be notorious for its collisions between cars and bicycles. 

[ But surely Copenhagen is paradise and some influential cycling campaigners believe that the Copenhagen model is more realistic for London than the Dutch model. So please don’t mention important differences between Danish and Dutch design or that cycling is under strain in Copenhagen, with numbers evidently in decline. ]
          Tea Houses   
The sounds of the tea being made invite the peach blossoms to peep in through the window.
~Uson


Perhaps now would be a good time for a cuppa?

Nobotoke-an 野仏庵
photo by Patrick Vierthaler

Main hall and tea house in Dunedin Chinese Garden
photo by Pseudopanax

Ham House, England
photo by KotomiCreations

Zaanse Schans, the Netherlands
photo by Or Hiltch

A Chaikhaneh (tea house) close to the Zendan-e Eskandar (Alexander the Great’s prison) at Yazd, Iran
photo by dynamosquito

Tea House 6, Kyoto, Japan
photo by Tealet

Tea Ceremony
photo by Preconscious Eye

The tea pavilion, castle of Borne Blanche
photo by P.poschadel

One more quote:
If afternoon teas had started in the Oligocene Epoch, instead of the seventeenth century, we are convinced that evolution, far from discarding that useful appendage, the tail, would have perfected it. A little hand would have evolved at the end of it — such a one as might hold his saucer, while a gentleman sips from his teacup.
~Contributors' Club, The Atlantic Monthly, October 1917



          Guilty as Charged (DUH)   


 

John Podesta and Maria Bartiromo Epic Fight Over Russia Ties: ‘Get Your Facts Straight!’





 
John Podesta is not just the former chairman of the Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, but also a central figure in the ongoing narrative of Russian meddling in the US election of 2016. His hacked emails were at the heart of what some have called a coordinated news campaign led by Wikileaks, and so he met with the House Intelligence panel yesterday behind closed doors.

This morning he appeared on Fox Business to discuss the Russian interference, allegations of collusion with Trump campaign and more with host Maria Bartiromo in what became a testy debate that perfectly exemplifies the divided positions that so many Americans hold right now.

Bartiromo, a long-time New York financial news figure has had something of a close relationship with Donald Trump for years, so it’s not a surprise that she consistently showed skepticism over the Russia claims in a defensive posture. And there may be no other individual (without the Clinton surname) that best embodies the Clinton’s web of influence — for good and bad — than Mr. Podesta.

Bartiromo aggressively attacked Podesta and Democrats for what she said were deeper ties with Russia, specifically asking about Podesta’s investment portfolio.

“Get your facts straight,” the former Clinton campaign chair shot back, before dismissing the FBN hosts claims as coming from a dubious source “like InfoWars.”

It went downhill from there.

Podesta gave as good has he got, successfully pivoting to a specific charge that Trump has appeared to follow the foreign policies of Vladimir Putin in a manner that one doesn’t typically see on a Fox News/Business channel.

It was a fascinating and fiery debate that will likely serve to reaffirm pre-existing political opinions for viewers going in. If you believe Podesta is full of beans, you will see that here. If you believe that Bartiromo is a shill for the Trump administration, there’s that too!

Watch the full segment above, courtesy of FBN. [Media Lite]


First, this disclosure:   Podesta is my  number one  suspect as the person who engineered the assassination of Seth Rich .

I stumbled upon this Fox Business shootout between  Money Honey and Podesta.  It's worth watching, if for no other reason than establishing a baseline
demeanor of Podesta lying.  I went scrambling for source information, with scant success, so I went to my number one source: Free Republic

"The 75,000 shares were in jueles energy, iirc. Which is domiciled in either belgium or netherlands"
And, there is, of course,  Wiki Leaks


          K K Venugopal to be new Attorney General   
K K Venugopal to be new Attorney General The proposal to appoint the 86-year-old veteran lawyer as the successor of Rohatgi was discussed before the departure of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his recent visit to the US, Portugal and the Netherlands.
          Senior Advocate K.K. Venugopal To Replace Mukul Rohatgi As Attorney General   

NEW DELHI -- Senior advocate K K Venugopal's name has been cleared for appointment as the Attorney General for India following the decision of Mukul Rohatgi to step down as the top law officer.

The proposal to appoint the 86-year-old veteran lawyer as the successor of Rohatgi was discussed before the departure of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his recent visit to the US, Portugal and the Netherlands.

"Venugopal had a meeting with Modi before his departure to a three-nation tour," sources said.

When contacted today and asked about his priorities as the Attorney General, Venugopal said "I will speak only after the notification is issued."

He told PTI that the notification is likely to be issued in a day or two.

The Law Ministry had recently referred the file relating to the appointment of Venugopal as the Attorney General to the Prime Minister's Office for a final call, sources had said.

After the decision is finalised, the President has to sign the Warrant of Appointment of the Attorney General.

A noted constitutional expert, Venugopal is the recipient of Padma Vibhushan and Padma Bhushan. He would become a law officer for the second time after being an Additional Solicitor General during the Morarji Desai government during the seventies.

He has been associated with several government instrumentalities and has been representing them as a senior advocate. Lately, he has been appearing for the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate before the Supreme Court in the 2G spectrum allocation scam.

The apex court had asked him to continue in the matter despite Venugopal's replacement by the ED after he had taken a view different from the agency and the government on the removal of an investigation officer.

He also represented the Madhya Pradesh Government during the hearing of National Judicial Appointments Commission Act in which he supported the validity of the central law to do away with the collegium system of appointment of judges for the higher judiciary.

However, his association with the BJP regime goes back to the Ayodhya movement when he had appeared for the then Kalyan Singh Government in Uttar Pradesh by assuring the Supreme Court that the disputed medieval structure would be protected.

Later, when on Decemeber 6, 1992, the structure was brought down by the kar sevaks, he had appeared before a bench of then Chief Justice M N Venkatachaliah at his residence in the evening.

Venugopal had recently appeared for senior BJP leader L K Advani and others before the apex court which restored the charge of criminal conspiracy against them and ordered the completion of the trial in the Babri Masjid demolition case, in two years.

He has also appeared for P J Thomas when his appointment as the Chief Vigilance Commissioner by the erstwhile UPA government was challenged in the apex court which had set aside the government's decision.

He also appeared for Dandi Swamy Sri Vidyanada Bhartiji and J Jayalalithaa, the then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, in 2008 in the Sethusamudram case, popularly known as Ram Sethu matter, against the construction of the ambitious shipping canal project of the previous UPA government.

The Supreme Court had stayed the construction of the controversial Ram Sethu or Adams Bridge project, a barrier located southeast of Rameshwaram, which connects Talaimanar coast of Sri Lanka.

Also on HuffPost India


          4th Annual Eco Film Festival at the Labia Theatre 23 – 30 March 2017   

The 4th Annual SA Eco Film Festival returns to Cape Town and surrounds, proudly supported by leading Western Cape ECO Friendly business partners Sustainable.co.za, Ballo, Reliance and Hemporium.
This years Festival theme is #ChangeIsHere in light of a tumultuous 2016 – which took the record for the hottest global temperatures ever measured, served up several political surprises across continents and saw burgeoning technological advances from driverless cars to falling costs of renewable power – whatever your opinion or beliefs, #ChangeIsHere.
With engaging and thought provoking program content the Festival seeks to explore what changes are needed, and how our personal change can affect the world for the better. We are proud to be showcasing challenging, intriguing and creative film content from SA and across the World highlighting issues that effect us all, whilst introducing participants, filmmakers and audience members alike to sustainable living choices and life style changes that are available, today.
With audience Q&A’s, guest speakers and more, this years SA Eco Film Festival is gearing up to create an ever bigger impact than ever before.

The program covers a broad range of pressing topics, each with a unique approach highlighting the urgency of the environmental situation and offering hope by uniting people working towards a solution. Among the issues covered are population growth and its devastating combined effect with consumerism; escalating global trade and the impact of the massive maritime freight industry, the hidden realities of climate change on the oceans and ideas to utilise this vast resource in addressing water scarcity. The exposé continues with threatened seed banks and the patenting thereof by corporate greed and social injustice still rampant in child slavery. Underpinning these themes is a call to action to protect what we take for granted and debunking an outdated system no longer in line with the demands of the future.

BEFORE THE FLOOD (96 MINS, USA, 2016)

Leonardo di Caprio travels to five continents and the Arctic speaking to scientists, world leaders, activists and local residents to gain a deeper understanding of climate change and the concrete solutions to the most pressing environmental challenge of our time.

 

CAN YOU DIG THIS (80 MINS, USA, 2016)

These South LA "gangster gardeners" are creating an oasis in one of the most notoriously dangerous places in America. Not a story of science and economics but a story of the human spirit, inspiring people everywhere to get on and "plant some shit."

 

CHANGE (5 MINS, SINGAPORE 2016 - ANIMATION)

Constant change is a natural part of Earth’s life, and its interconnected systems can easily adapt to slow change. But the natural balance gets disrupted when changes happen rapidly. Our growth and prosperity are changing Planet Earth, and some of those changes may be forever.

 

CYCLOLOGIC (15 MINS, SWEDEN/UGANDA 2016)

Traveling the streets of Kampala by bike is exhausting and dangerous. Chaotic and dangerous traffic, endless queues, pollution, motorcyclists and cars attacking you from every angle. Politicians seem to have given up on finding a solution. But there are a few people who strive to show that there are alternatives. Urban planner Amanda Ngabirano's biggest dream is to have a cycling lane in her city. An impossible task according to many.

Not according to Amanda.

 

DEATH BY DESIGN (73 MINS, USA 2015)

Just what is the cost of our digital dependency? Director Sue Williams debunks the notion that electronics is a “clean” industry. From early poisonous practices in Silicon Valley, to China’s ongoing dumping of chemicals this is a story that isn’t being told - but can no longer be ignored.

 

FOOTPRINT (82 MINS, FRANCE/USA 2016 – SOME SUB-TITLES)

Takes a dizzying spin around the globe, spending time with indigenous health workers, activists, and the ordinary people who challenge ideas and suggest changes needed to cope with the weight of humanity’s footprint on the world.

 

FREIGHTENED (84 MINS, SPAIN/FRANCE 2016)

'Sea blindness' refers to a shroud of secrecy that allows hugely lucrative shipping companies to shirk labour, ecological & ethical responsibilities. As trade globalises, so do goods and services – at an alarming cost. Denis Delestrac exposes devastating effects of freight shipping & suggests workable solutions that prioritise consumer awareness & commercial accountability.

 

KAYABIKE (45 MINS, SOUTH AFRICA 2016)

The life of a kids and their BMX coach training in a South African township (Kayamandi), waiting for competition day. Throughout the process they will learn much more than just how to pedal.

 

KOKOTA (30 MINS, CANADA 2016)

Kokota was teetering towards collapse, climate change and local deforestation were the culprits. This inspiring gem shows how unlikely heroes have managed to adapt to a warming climate.The film promises to leave audiences around the world believing that simple solutions really can have huge impacts for change.

 

LITTLE TEETH (7 MINS GERMANY 2016)

Indonesia is one of the world’s biggest exporters of shark fins. They are consumed in a soup that is considered a delicacy. Rising demand devastates the balance of the ocean. One surfer in Bali didn’t just stand back and watch - he convinces local fishermen to sell the sharks to him alive instead of killing them. This short includes the release of rescued baby sharks into a protected marine park.

 

NORMAL IS OVER (103 MINS, NETHERLANDS/SA 2015)

A compelling film chronicling the way humans have inadvertently imperiled our planet, while Offering changes and solutions, from practical everyday fixes to rethinking the overarching myths of our time. This film is intended to challenge viewers on many different levels but, most of all, offers hope.

 

SEA OF LIFE (86 MINS, CANADA 2016)

Sea of Life seeks to inspire change by bringing audiences an eye-opening adventure from the beautiful world of coral reefs. There are introductions to the heart of the environmental movement, meeting passionate scientists, activists, and explorers who reveal an enormous opportunity to rise up and become the heroes the world needs.

 

SEED – THE UNTOLD STORY (94 MINS, USA, 2016)

A David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food, this harrowing and heartening story features reluctant heroes rekindling a lost connection to our most treasured resource and reviving a culture of life.

 

TAWAI (100 MINS, UK 2017)

Bruce Parry, BAFTA award winning documentarian, explores what has happened to humankind since we stopped roaming and began to settle. From the jungles of Borneo to India and from the Amazon to the Isle of Skye what has happened to our societies, to our relationships with each other, and how we relate to the natural world?

 

THE AGE OF CONSEQUENCES (80 MINS, USA, 2016)

The Hurt Locker meets An Inconvenient Truth, this film investigates the impacts of irreversible climate change through the lens of US national security and global instability. The film's unnerving assessment is not a reason for fatalism but a call to action to rethink how we use and produce energy.

 

THE CHOCOLATE CASE (90 MINS, NETHERLANDS 2016)

In 2003, a group of young Dutch journalists began a campaign against child slavery in the cocoa industry. Their journey towards a slave-free world cocoa began as part of a report on a current affairs TV program. Combining archival material with new footage and interviews an inspiring story is brought up to date.

 

THERE WILL BE WATER (58 MINS, DENMARK 2016)

With the world rapidly running out of water, British engineer Bill Watts has a big idea: turning salt water into an energy source, and using large desert areas to produce energy, food and clean water. But turning his lightbulb moment into a viable commercial prospect proves a difficult nut to crack.

 

THE VALUABLE WASTE (47 MINS, NIGERIA 2016)

Waste management is a problem everywhere. Now, with the cooperation of stakeholders and social groups contributing and participating in managed recycling schemes at a local level, a clean and healthy environment seems a possibility through a sustainable development in West Africa.

 

WHAT IS REAL (79 MINS, SOUTH AFRICA 2016)

Join South African director, Jay Mac, as he narrates a world of change through a method called, Jivamukti Yoga. Told through the people that made that history around the world, spanning over three decades including Sting, Russell Simmons, Krishna Das, Donna Karan, WAH, MC Yogi and many more...

 

WOMEN ARE THE ANSWER (90 MINS, AUSTRALIA 2016)

Population growth has been left out of the climate debate because it is seen as controversial. The global population has passed the 7 billion mark, but one state in southern India has found a solution. The unique history of Kerala and ‘the Kerala Model’ is outlined, using it as an example of achieving population control in developing countries without coercion.

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          LIFE OF AGONY Release Video Trailer For September UK Tour   
Life Of Agony have released a video trailer for their upcoming UK dates, taking place in September. Prior to the UK dates, the band will perform a streaming of European concerts in August. Find the UK tour trailer and a list of all upcoming shows below. August 12 - Leeuwarden, Netherlands...
          Wine in the Netherlands   
(EMAILWIRE.COM, July 01, 2017 ) Publisher's Wine in Netherlands report offers a comprehensive guide to the size and shape of the market at a national level. It provides the latest retail sales data (2011-2015), allowing you to identify the sectors driving growth. It identifies the leading companies,...
          디오니 타버스(Dioni Tabbers) - Agent Provocateur Spring/Summer 2013   
Dutch model Date of birth: March 19, 1991 Place of birth: The Netherlands Ethnicity: Dutch Height: 5'9" ; 175cm Measurements: (US) 34-24-34 ; (EU) 86.5-61-86.5
          7/1/2017: Theworld: DUTCH TO APPOINT ENVOY TO LIBYA   
THE HAGUE // The Netherlands will send a permanent envoy to Libya, three years after closing its embassy in Tripoli for security reasons, the foreign ministry said. Ministry spokesman Chris Bakker said it was “too early to re-open the embassy in the...
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          'A country suffering a nervous breakdown': openDemocracy readers respond to Brexit vote   

Shock. Rage. Analytic calm. A sense of loss. In the aftermath of the historic British vote to leave the EU, openDemocracy is asking for our readers' thoughts on Brexit and what needs to happen next. Here are some of your responses.

Anti-Brexit protesters demonstrate at the gates of Downing Street in central London after the UK voted to leave the European Uni Anti-Brexit protesters demonstrate at the gates of Downing Street in central London after the UK voted to leave the European Union. Credit: sabel Infantes/PA Wire/Press Association Images. All rights reserved.However you voted, the results of the referendum took many of us by surprise. The implications of the historic vote to leave the EU are only starting to emerge: the country's two main political parties in disarray, the possible breakup of the United Kingdom as Scotland and Northern Ireland weigh their options, racist attacks on the rise and huge divisions riven between remain and leave voters, young and old, immigrants and those who think they should leave.  

As a nation we are trying to digest what this vote means. We have more questions than answers about a future that is by no means clear and as we reflect on the possible futures the UK's historic vote has thrown open, openDemocracy is asking for your thoughts in 350 words. Below are four responses:
 

'I feel like I am living in a country that is suffering a nervous breakdown'

Never can I remember feeling the political situation in my country is so bleak. I am English, and I voted to Remain. I vote Remain not because I am a huge fan of the EU, but because I felt it was the lesser of two evils.

The Tory right and the media barons now hold more power than ever, and are in the ascendency marching forward with renewed confidence and a sense of empowerment. It is simply a case of bayoneting the wounded on the political battlefield from their point of view. The NHS, the BBC, workers' rights, consumer rights and environmental protection – it is all up for grabs now the EU is out of the way.  Not all of these things were connected to the referendum, however, my point is that those that seek to control us via an unleashing of market forces, now have the momentum and confidence to do so. The picture is indeed bleak.

Additionally, we have a far right, that is now also on the march. Social media is full of stories of ‘keyboard warriors’ turned rabble rousers turning their attention to hassling people in the street now they ‘have their country back’. I fear the murder of lawmaker Jo Cox – whilst extreme – is a sign of things to come, with the advent of a less tolerant society and a far right emboldened by their referendum victory.

England needs to get its act together. We will soon be out of a second union – the one with Scotland. At the moment, I feel like I am living in a country that is suffering a nervous breakdown. It will come out of the other end eventually, but as a very different country to the one we all grew up in.

From regular openDemocracy commenter Holmeboy, an educational salesman with an interest in current affairs from the north of England.
 

After Brexit, countries will have more power to resist neo-liberal financial measures

Although I realize that Brexit has many far-reaching consequences – and the xenophobia and racism involved makes me want to throw up – I tend to agree that this development provides freedom to other countries, who are in much need of this freedom. Allow me to make this point with willful exclusion of other important considerations.

Over the last few years we have seen some serious crises in the EU. Spain, Portugal and Greece were all understood to threaten the financial wellbeing of the entire Eurozone. Greece came closest to exiting the EU. The reason Greece wanted to exit, was not because exiting was a goal in itself, as is the case with the United Kingdom. 

Greece wanted no more of the neo-liberal financial measures – the cost-cutting needed to get its national budget up to EU standards was considered too damaging by the new Socialist government a year ago. Indeed, the effect of all the cost-cutting was dramatic. As a cynical side note: even the IMF has now released a report indicating that neo-liberal financial measures damage countries, rather than helping them. But for Greece, a Greek exit (Grexit) was a whip, a disciplinary measure, with which the Greeks were threatened if they failed to implement the required financial measures. This threat proved effective, and following crisis after crisis, Greece gave in and followed the neo-liberal financial agenda.

Imagine if Greece hadn't given in and chose to leave the EU. Almost certainly the EU would have tried to make this as difficult as possible. If the disciplinary measures proved insignificant, other countries would notice. That's why I believe the consequences for Greece would have been made as extreme as possible, to deter other countries (Spain, Portugal) from following suit.

Britain is important to the EU, so relations must remain strong and friendly – even after Brexit. Brexit negotiations will therefore be fair (at least in comparison to a Grexit). This will create a precedent on how to exit the EU. In international relations and international law, precedents are very important. The results of the negotiations between the UK and the EU will inform future expectations and negotiations, empowering those who want to exit but are not as important as the UK. But even more important, the exit as a disciplinary measure will be less threatening. Countries will have more power to resist neo-liberal financial measures, and thereby gain power during negotiations, even when they want to stay in the EU.

Jan van Heuzen holds a masters in philosophy of social sciences and in sociology of migration, and researches human trafficking and prostitution policies in the Netherlands and Canada.
 

This spells the end of Britishness

The rise and fall of Britishness shows that apparently ancient and stable European identities can be as recent, contingent, fragile and transient as any in the formerly colonised world. It is something which the Brexit vote has thrown into sharp relief, because it will probably lead to the end of the United Kingdom.

It was the existence of the British Empire, and the benefits they gained from it that made Scots, Welsh and Irish want to be British in the first place. It was service in and migration to and from that empire which formed Britishness as an identity. I think of myself as British – not English – even though the latter is what most of those I have met outside the British Isles consider me.

My surname is Scottish – that grandfather was born in Greenock, near Glasgow, though our Morrisons were originally from the Isle of Lewis. My grandfather spent 25 years working as an engineer for Sudan Railways on their Nile steamer services. When he returned to Britain in 1954 he settled in Fareham, near Portsmouth. His wife, my grandmother, was half English, half Austro-Hungarian Jewish. My other grandfather's family were all English, from Kent and Sussex, but my grandmother's family were part Irish,
part Anglo-Indian, and we had relatives living in southern India until the 1970s. 
With its mixture of backgrounds from different parts of the British Isles, and the strong connection with empire, this is a quintessentially British origin – and not, I think, an unusual one.

Britishness is a civic, not an ethnic identity. As such I think it has been easier for more recent migrants to the British Isles to identify with it than with Englishness. For me it is a much more personal question – although it was clear there was a decline in the number of those explicitly identifying as British, the United Kingdom was still there, and I didn't have to choose between being English, or Scottish – I could be British and leave it at that.

When Scotland leaves the UK, as following Brexit I believe it surely will, and if Northern Ireland follows, I think it will spell the end for Britishness, as a culture, a nationality, an identity – we will be able to chart its rise and fall in full, from the Union of Crowns in 1603 to dissolution of the United Kingdom in the early twentieth century. A lot of people will not be sorry to see it go – in many cases with good reason, given how many crimes have been committed in its name – but personally I will regret it – and I don't think its replacement with the type of 'Englishness' that brought us the Brexit vote will be an improvement.

Alexander Morrison is Professor of History at Nazarbayev University in Kazahkstan
 

Leave politicians have nothing to offer communities who voted out of Europe

Brexit is a symptom of deeper causes. In addition to directly causing an outbreak of open racism, plus enormous fear and uncertainty, the Leave vote has laid bare existing rifts and sicknesses in British society. We urgently need a political plan that confronts these underlying problems – racism, neoliberal austerity, the democratic deficit – as well as the place of Britain, or more likely England and Wales, within Europe.

The Leave politicians have not only called forth a storm of racism and xenophobia. They also have nothing, beyond the temporary warm feeling of having ‘taken control’, to offer those communities that voted overwhelmingly to leave. They have no plan to restore the institutions of the welfare state – themselves dependent on migrant workers – or to invest in failing industrial or post-industrial areas. They are in fact among the keenest to destroy these institutions and make Britain ever more subservient to the City of London. They have no plan for actually giving people ‘control’ over their lives, for addressing their powerlessness and disenfranchisement. All they can do is to exploit these facts, diverting people’s anger away from the real causes of their distress, towards migrants and minorities.

Most of the Remain camp have little to offer either. The Labour right, Tim Farron and much of the liberal commentariat seem to think the answer is to restore the political centrism of the Blair era, and to attempt to reverse the Brexit decision. But a Project Fear redux based purely on opposing the Brexit vote will, again, do nothing about the underlying issues. Instead, it will likely make concessions to the xenophobia of UKIP and the Leave campaign, pursuing a settlement with the EU that preserves the interests of finance capital but sacrifices the rights of people to move and work freely. It may well embolden the far-right or provoke a still bigger backlash against migrants and minorities.

Meanwhile, the one major political player which has offered to address the causes behind Brexit – austerity, neoliberalism, and, less strongly, the democratic deficit – is the Corbyn-led Labour Party. Corbyn’s leadership, after being constantly undermined by the media, is now facing an attack by an embittered Labour right. If Labour members can successfully defend it, their party has a chance of becoming a centre around which a new and creative political plan can form, capable of addressing the real issues behind the anger of Leave voters, of making a firm case for England and Wales as European countries, while resisting the anti-immigration rhetoric. If Corbyn goes under, we will still need to build that plan, with whatever political materials are left.

Peter Hill is a D. Phil. student at Oxford University working on Arabic literature. He is an editor of and regular contributor to the Oxford Left Review.

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          Justice from the ground up: Strengthening Mali's justice chain   
29 Jun 2017

The 2012 crisis exposed Northern Mali to internal displacement of its population, conflict and security situations, and the absence of institutions. Since the peace accord in 2015, there have been progressive signs of stabilization including the uptake of judicial activities in the country.

Notably, there has been an increased demand for improved performance by justice institutions in response to an influx of large and complex cases emerging from the 2012 and 2013 internal conflicts. Despite efforts by the government to effectively respond to these needs, the judicial system remains bogged down by lack of resources, corruption, and inaccessibility for Malian citizens. 

Challenges notwithstanding, promising progress and innovative transitions are taking place in the Northern regions, specifically Mopti, Gao, Timbuktu and Ségou. IDLO, with support from the Government of the Netherlands, is implementing a multi-year program to strengthen locally-identified gaps in the justice system.

Roelof Haveman, First Secretary at the Embassy of the Netherlands to Mali, remarks that with this program, “the Netherlands through IDLO is […] showing that we can support also the criminal justice chain actors who stay there to do their work, despite insecurity. […] IDLO gained confidence among the Malian and international actors in the region as an important player that does not walk away from difficult situations.” 

The program, launched at the end of 2016 for a duration of 5 years, has piloted an innovative model, the