Glasshouse leafhopper, new species in the Netherlands


Glasshouse leafhopper, photo by Weia Reinboud

Translated from Dutch Vroege Vogels radio, 19 July 2019:

It was discovered at the beginning of April this year: a new species of leafhopper (Cicadellidae) for the Netherlands. Maarten Reinboud from Amsterdam found the three-millimetre-small animal in his garden, just over 500 meters from Amsterdam Central Station.

Investigation

After extensive research, it appears that this is the “Hauptidia maroccana“, a species that occurs up to the middle of France and in southern England. In England, this leafhopper is called: glasshouse leafhopper. The animal is mainly found there on tomato plants in greenhouses and on all kinds of garden plants. This leafhopper is therefore seen as a pest insect. …

There are currently 410 species of cicadas in our country and six of them are from outside Europe. Four of these belong to the leafhoppers (Cicadellidae), one to the Delphacidae and the sixth one is a treehopper (Membracidae).

Polyphage

Many leafhoppers are monophagous or oligophagous, which means that they are specialized in one plant species or one plant family respectively; they often prefer to die rather than eat from another plant. The Hauptidia maroccana is special because it is a polyphage species, so it likes all kinds of plants.

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Amphibian migration in Dutch Amsterdam


This 5 March 2019 video is about amphibian migration in the Amsterdam forest park in the Netherlands.

Smooth newts and toads migrate there in spring.

Kill LGBTQ people preacher unwelcome in Amsterdam


This 30 July 2018 BBC video from Britain says about itself:

The American Preacher Spreading Hate

Director Hannah Livingston spends six months tracking two of America’s most radical Christian hate groups – a notorious pastor from Arizona who has been banned from the UK and a network of preachers who take their extremist message directly to the streets.

This film shows how America’s constitutional right to free speech allows these groups to spread homophobia and Islamophobia in an increasingly polarised and divided political climate. Drawing on a literal interpretation of the Bible, the pastor opens new churches in America and influences people around the world by broadcasting his sermons over the internet.

On 24 April 2019, NOS TV reported that the majority of the Dutch parliament want the government to ban United States homophobic Baptist preacher Steven Anderson from coming to the Netherlands to preach in Amsterdam.

An MP of the right-wing VVD party tweeted, translated:

This dangerous ‘preacher’ thinks, eg, that gays should burn

According to Anderson, LGBT should mean Let God Burn Them.

He is also vehemently anti-abortion, anti-condoms and advocates killing ex-president Obama.

and that the bloody attack on a gay bar in Orlando was ‘good news’. …

GroenLinks MP Buitenweg tweets that while freedom of expression is an important right, the line is crossed when calling for hatred, violence and intimidation.

Dutch LGBTQ organisation COC calls on the State Secretary to deny Anderson access to our country as an unwanted alien. Anderson has previously been refused entry or has been deported by, eg, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Botswana and Jamaica.

“He calls for hatred. He wants governments to kill LGBT people and wants LGBT people to shoot themselves through the head“, said Philip Tijsma of COC Netherlands this morning in the NOS Radio 1 Journal.

Holocaust

The Center for Documentation and Information on Israel agrees with the COC call. According to Anderson, Jews lied about the Holocaust … . The CIDI points out that denying the Holocaust is punishable in the Netherlands.

Anderson intends to preach in Amsterdam on 23 May. He keeps the location a secret, as he does not want LGBTQ people to protest against him there.

Egyptian feminist against Islamophobia


Egyptian feminist Mona Eltahawy, EPA photo

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

The Egyptian is a well-known feminist, who wrote several books about patriarchy, the rule of men, in the Islamic world. She is also a well-known critic of racism in the US, where she lives.

Eltahawy also played an important role on social media in the commotion surrounding the Saudi teenager Rahaf Mohammed who fled Saudi Arabia from her family. She was en route to Australia, but stranded in Thailand. Eltahawy, with more than 300,000 followers on Twitter, committed to her cause. …

Eltahawy explains that she is not only fighting against patriarchy, but that feminism is also about fighting other forms of intolerance such as white supremacy, racism, fascism and Islamophobia. “This is a time when hatred is growing in Europe, including the Netherlands. Two months ago a white extremist Islamophobic man slaughtered 51 Muslims. In the US we have a president who introduced a Muslim ban and continuously attacks one of the first Muslim women in the Congress.” She calls it dangerous times.

Striking pro-climate students march in Amsterdam


This 14 March 2019 video shows striking pro-climate students marching in Amsterdam, the Netherlands today.

Pro-climate march in Amsterdam, 14 March 2019, ANP photo

One of the signs on this photo of the march says, translated: If the climate would be money, then the world would have been saved already.

One of the students interviewed by the Dutch NOS TV said that governments spend billions on bailing out banks, while doing little against climate change.

This video shows the march.

Translated from NOS TV today:

Thousands of high school students were in Amsterdam this afternoon to demonstrate for a better climate policy. They marched from the Dam square to the Museumplein square. …

The government’s climate plans were calculated yesterday and the most important conclusion was that it would be difficult to achieve the CO2 reduction targets. In the afternoon the government made changes, announcing, eg, a CO2 tax for corporations.

Which the right-wing government had refused earlier, as they love corporations and their profits.

“Take action now”

The students are not reassured that the plans will turn out well. “It is important that we have a good future, that the earth does not get warmer”, says a student with a sign Make Earth Cool Again on it. Another student points out that Prime Minister Rutte has not said how high the CO2 tax will be. “It is important that it becomes enough, we protest to achieve that.” …

Another girl on strike interviewed by the NOS said that corporations may try to dodge the CO2 tax.

This tweet is about the fat cats of Shell corporation who cause much of the climate change.

Many students say that they have received permission from their schools to go to the demonstration. …

The students announced that they would once again march on 24 May during a European day of action.

And on 25 April, there will be a students’ pro-climate strike as well; as this tweet shows.

In Belgium, some schools oblige their pupils to join the climate march tomorrow. It then counts as extracurricular activity.

There will be a big march in Brussels and more marches in 24 other Belgian cities and towns tomorrow.

This tweet is from Scotland.

And this one is from Kenya.

French state faces landmark lawsuit over climate inaction: here.