This video is about a northern lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) at its nest.
Today on Dutch radio, for the first time a new piece of music by composer Henk Doeke Odinga was played.
This composition, for piano and clarinet, is about northern lapwings.
Both the sound and the movements of these birds inspired Odinga.
The music starts with part of the French national anthem, the Marseillaise. That is because, if there is a harsh winter in the Netherlands, lapwings migrate south to France.
You can listen to the music here.
You can download the music here.
This is a video about young red squirrels playing.
The video was recorded in Henni van der Zanden’s garden in the Netherlands.
This is a video about a white stork couple walking together in the Netherlands, while busy traffic passes.
Fadime Uzun made the video.
This video from Britain is called BBC – Natural World – Return Of The Eagle Owl.
This year, Dutch eagle owls nested at a different spot than in earlier years. So, the webcam at the usual spot did not register much.
However, now there is a new webcam, closer to the new nest site. It is here.
This video is about a wren singing in the Netherlands.
Tet56 made the video.
This is a video about a male lumpfish, caring for eggs in the Netherlands.
He provides the eggs with oxygen by his fins’ movements.
Ingrit Raven made this video.
This video is about an LGBTQ demonstration in 1979 in Roermond, the Netherlands, against homophobic speech by Jo Gijsen, then bishop of Roermond.
Translated from Dutch daily Algemeen Dagblad today:
“Bishop Gijsen threatened abused boy with hell”
Former Bishop Jo Gijsen made two victims, according to statements by the complaints committee about sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church. But according to advocacy groups Klokk and Mea Culpa there are more cases against the now deceased cleric. The abuse took placed when Gijsen was a priest in South Limburg.
On February 11, the complaints committee said that two accusations against Gijsen were well founded. One of their documents points out that in the late 1950s a little boy, then nine years old, had to bring regularly letters by his father to a curate in Valkenburg. That curate was Jo Gijsen.
On one of those occasions Gijsen invited the boy to drink chocolate. Then he pulled the little boy on his lap and proceeded to play with the penis of the terribly startled youngster. Gijsen told the boy to be silent about this or he would be punished by going to hell. This abuse happened more often, and the committee declared the complaint about it well-founded.
The victim says the former bishop has forced him to perform oral sex as well and has raped or attempted to rape him several times.
USA: Revelations of extra-marital affairs and a porn habit leave the 20,000 worshippers of one mega-church leaderless: here.
This music video is a song against Bishop Gijsen written in 1979, as performed in 1981, by Dutch rock band Disease.
Translated from site nu.nl in the Netherlands:
The diocese of Roermond knew already on February 11 this year that former Bishop Jo Gijsen had abused children when he was chaplain in South Limburg. The diocese covered up this information all the time.
More about this here.
Dutch government condemns diocese on this: here.
In this video, a northern lapwing tries to drive away by ‘dive bombing’ a competitor for a nesting spot.
R. Veerling from the Netherlands made the video.
Translated from RTL TV in the Netherlands today:
Diocese admits: Bishop Gijsen abused little boys
The diocese Roermond acknowledges that its former Bishop Jo Gijsen, deceased last year, abused two boys.
They do this in a statement from the diocese. [Present] Bishop Frans Wiertz apologizes to the victims and expresses his sorrow that “the later ecclesiastical and role model position of former Bishop Jo Gijsen has been damaged.”
Two underage boys
The statement follows a report by the Katholiek Nieuwsblad [Catholic Newspaper] earlier in the evening that Gijsen had groped the genitals of two minor boys between 1958 and 1961.
The newspaper reports that it is a one time fondling of a former student of the boys’ boarding school in Kerkrade and repeatedly fondling a boy (9-10 years old) from the parish in Valkenburg where Gijsen was chaplain until 1959. This boy is also said to have been forced to perform oral sex. He says he was also repeatedly raped by Gijsen.
In December 2011 the complaints committee of the Roman Catholic Church has ruled that the former bishop had acted during the late 1950s at the Rolduc seminary “in an unseemly way” and had violated the privacy of a former student there ‘grossly’.
There are still more abuse accusations against Gijsen (not sorted out yet).
Like Gijsen was in a sexual abuse scandal in Iceland while being bishop there.
Joannes Gijsen had become bishop in Roermond, the Netherlands, as one of several ultra-conservative Vatican appointees, against the wishes of most Roman Catholics in the diocese. His position in the Netherlands became untenable because of various issues, including sexual abuse at a seminary founded by Gijsen because he considered existing seminaries to be too liberal. The Vatican then moved Gijsen to Iceland, where there are few Roman Catholics.