Don’t deport refugee to Ebola, Liberian government says


This video is called Cuba to send more Ebola medics to West Africa.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Liberia: do not deport asylum seeker

Thursday Oct 23, 2014, 11:48 (Update: 23-10-14, 12:14)

Liberia does not want the Netherlands to deport an asylum seeker. The Deputy Ambassador of Liberia calls on the Dutch government to let him stay here until the Ebola crisis in the country has passed.

The court in Den Bosch decided on Monday that the 31-year-old Liberian can be expelled. The man claimed that the Netherlands provides a travel warning for Liberia and that Belgium also does not deport Liberians because of Ebola. But according to the court, the probability of an Ebola infection is small and the man can take steps to not be contaminated.

“The court must look again at this issue on humanitarian grounds,” said Deputy Ambassador Jarjar Kamara in the program The Ochtend on NPO Radio 1. “Let the applicants stay in the Netherlands until the crisis will be over.” …

Kamara gets support from immigration law professor Anton van Kalmthout. He calls the appeal understandable. “There is an emergency. Flights are canceled. Why does the negative travel advice not apply to a Liberian that is deported? … ” said Van Kalmthout in De Ochtend.

Monday deportation

It is intended that the Liberian this Monday will be put on a plane. His lawyer is trying to prevent this with an action before the European Court of Human Rights.

Next week, the Lower House of Parliament will be talking about the issue, but by then the man may have already been deported. Professor Van Kalmthout believes that the government should postpone the deportation until it will be clear what the outcome of the parliamentary debate will be.

LIBERIA’S Ebola crisis stepped up a gear today as dozens of starving quarantined people threatened to break out of isolation: here.

England: No, there is not a ‘black illegal immigrant with Ebola’ missing in Leicester: here.

The giant pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline said yesterday that its work on a vaccine for Ebola will “come too late” to do anything about the current situation. Even now it is trying to compress trials that would normally take a decade into a year. The impression it gives is that it is working flat out, no holds barred. But hang on a moment. Ebola was discovered back in 1976. What has GlaxoSmithKline been doing since then? Answer: not much: here.

All incoming travelers from Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone must self-report their temperatures for 21 days after arriving in the U.S. [NYT]

Ebola animated cartoon by Mark Fiore: here.

The imperialist powers are using the West Africa Ebola outbreak as a cover for re-establishing or strengthening their military presence in their former colonies. Their aim is to further their geo-strategic interests including control of the region’s offshore oil resources. To this end, rather than sending financial or healthcare assistance, they are deploying military forces: here.

BAMAKO, Oct 23 (Reuters) – Mali confirmed its first case of Ebola on Thursday, becoming the sixth West African country to be touched by the worst outbreak on record of the haemorrhagic fever, which has killed nearly 4,900 people: here.

Rare moth less rare in the Netherlands


This is a video from Japan about a Lithosia quadra caterpillar.

Translated from the Dutch Butterfly Foundation:

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The four-spotted footman is a moth with no permanent populations in the Netherlands. It is a rare migratory moth, entering the Netherlands from the south and possibly temporarily propagates. This year the moth is reported strikingly more than usually.

The four-spotted footman (Lithosia quadra) was from 2004 to 2013 reported only thirty times and thus a rare moth. In normal years, zero to four individuals were reported. In good years there were seven (2006) to nine (2012) four-spotted footmen. Only in 2014, over a hundred reports came in on Waarneming.nl and Telmee, from more than fifty different locations. The past week still saw a lot.

Lithosia quadra female

Black woodpecker video


This is a black woodpecker video.

Renske van de Wiel from the Netherlands made the video.

Hedgehog on camera intended for weasels


Johann Prescher, maker of this video in the Netherlands, writes about it (translated):

October 20th 2014

Special guest in the Mostela that I had prepared in Veenwouden. A hedgehog was able to crawl through the 8cm diameter tube. The Mostela is an invention for the identification of small mustelids (Mustelidae) named after the inventor Jeroen Mos. I have provided the Mostela with an attractant which attracts the animals. Looks like it was well worth the effort for the hedgehog as well, as it crawled into the Mostela.

And this mini-hedgehog just realized it can fit in a Starbucks cup.

Don’t kill wigeons, Dutch judge says


This is a video about wigeon males and females in the Netherlands.

Sometimes, Dutch judges make wrong decisions. But sometimes, they make right decisions.

Translated from BirdLife in the Netherlands:

Tuesday, October 21

In Noord-Holland province for the time being wigeons, a duck species, are not allowed to be shot. The court in Haarlem decided last week in an emergency procedure that the exemption which provincial authorities had decided should be suspended. BirdLife in the Netherlands is pleased with the ruling.

Send Liberian refugee to Ebola, Dutch court says


This video says about itself:

Fighting the 2014 Ebola Virus Outbreak Street by Street | The New York Times

16 October 2014

Some ambulance workers in Monrovia have been infected with Ebola, while others have been attacked for not getting to patients in time. A week on the road as Liberia’s capital dips deeper into crisis.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Liberian sent back despite Ebola risk

Monday Oct 20, 2014, 19:49 (Update: 20-10-14, 20:14)

A 31-year-old man from Liberia should be deported to his native country. The court in Den Bosch decided this.

The man says that in Liberia he would be at real risk of infection by the Ebola virus. Therefore, expulsion would be contrary to the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights.

The judge said that the risk of infection is small and that the man can take measures to prevent contamination.

Such measures are expensive, unaffordable for poor refugees. Even nurses or doctors often don’t know the details of such measures, leading to these professionals getting Ebola anyway.

Let us ask these Den Bosch judges to prove their ‘small risk’ point. Ask them to accompany this refugee on this deportation flight to Liberia. And then, hear what coward subterfuges these judges will use in order not to have to go to Liberia.

Many ring ouzels migrating


This video from Britain says about itself:

BTO Bird ID – Ring Ouzel and Blackbird

13 April 2012

With Ring Ouzel migration about to reach its peak this wonderful thrush can turn up almost anywhere. Check out the latest identification video to help separate this species from Blackbird, both on the ground, in flight and by song.

Translated from the Dutch SOVON ornithologists, 18 October 2014:

The past few days strikingly many ring ouzels were reported at the site trektellen.nl. On 13, 14 and 15 October at bird migration counting sites more than 500 were seen. Especially the east of the Netherlands was well endowed. The ring ouzels flew along in the large flow of redwings and other thrushes, which earlier this week migrated massively.