Niels Schild, sixteen years old, made the video.
This video is called Global Response to Priest Sex Abuse.
Translated from Dutch daily Leidsch Dagblad:
Priest convicted for abusing his niece
Published February 6, 2014 18:46 | Last Updated February 6, 2014 18:59
BRUSSELS – This Thursday, a 69-year-old Belgian priest was convicted to a two years suspended prison sentence for sexual abuse of his minor niece. The court in Tongeren in Limburg province in Belgium decided that he must seek treatment for his sexual problems; that for 10 years, he loses his right to vote; and he must pay 3,000 euros in damages.
The man abused the physically disabled daughter of his sister in the period 1993-1999 various times. When he abused her for the first time, his god-daughter was 11 years old. The priest went every week to his sister’s and enjoyed great prestige within the family. According to the judge, the priest in a gross way abused the trust which the family had in him.
Today is New Year’s Eve. Which means, in the Netherlands, much noise from fireworks. However, the owl seems to not to let that disturb it.
A photo of the owl flying is here.
This video is about a snowy owl in Zeebrugge, Belgium.
I wish all three birds a very happy 2014, with, as spring will come, safe return journeys, to the sub-Arctic forests for the northern hawk-owl and the pygmy owl, and to the Arctic tundra for the snowy owl!
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From the BBC:
29 December 2013 Last updated at 09:57 GMT
A painting bought for £400 and featured on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow has been revealed to be a Sir Anthony Van Dyck portrait worth about £400,000.
Father Jamie MacLeod, who runs a retreat house in north Derbyshire, first took the artwork to Newstead Abbey, Nottinghamshire, in 2012.
He said he was now planning to sell the piece by the 17th century Flemish artist to buy new church bells.
The BBC show’s host Fiona Bruce said she was “thrilled” by the revelation.
More was revealed about the painting when Father Jamie took it to filming for another edition of Antiques Roadshow in Cirencester, Gloucestershire in June this year.
Following restoration, the painting was verified by Dr Christopher Brown – one of the world authorities on Van Dyck.
The portrait, originally bought at a Cheshire antiques shop, is the most valuable painting identified in the show’s 36-year history.
Father Jamie, who runs a retreat house in Whaley Bridge, in the Peak District, said: “It’s been an emotional experience and it’s such great news.”
Van Dyck was the leading court painter in England under King Charles I and is regarded as one of the masters of 17th Century art.
The painting is a portrait of a Magistrate of Brussels which is believed to have been completed as part of the artist’s preparation for a 1634 work showing seven magistrates.
Ms Bruce said: “It’s everyone’s dream to spot a hidden masterpiece, I’m thrilled that my hunch paid off, to discover a genuine Van Dyck is incredibly exciting. I’m so pleased for Father Jamie.”
Mr Mould said: “Discoveries of this type are exceptionally rare.
“The painting’s emergence from beneath layers of paint was dramatic. It’s been revealed as a thrilling example of Van Dyck’s skills of direct observation that made him so great a portrait painter.”
A Van Dyck self-portrait that was recently sold to a collector who wants to take it abroad, has become subject to a temporary export ban.
The National Portrait Gallery is trying to raise £12.5m to keep it in the UK.
The portrait will be shown on Antiques Roadshow at 19:00 GMT on BBC One on Sunday.
See also here.
- Antiques Roadshow discovers painting worth £400,000 (itv.com)
- Portrait found to be Van Dyck work (Forevervogue.com)
- Fiona Bruce’s £400,000 hunch: Antiques Roadshow star spots that £400 painting is really a Van Dyck worth a thousand times as much (dailymail.co.uk)
- Priest who paid £400 for Antiques Roadshow masterpiece portrait worth £400,000 nearly bought a bookcase instead (mirror.co.uk)
- Breaking News: Bruce thrilled by masterpiece hunch (crosbyherald.co.uk)
This video is called Secrets of Archaeology – Roman Imprint on the West – Part 1/2.
A positive effect of the Saint Nicholas storm which blew over our country on 5 December is that a lot of archaeological relics were washed up on the coast. That was the case between Ostend and Bredene on Oosteroever. These were finds and sherds from the Roman period.
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- Watch: Team of Warwickshire archaeologists open Roman coffin (coventrytelegraph.net)
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- German Archaeologists Find 600 Ancient Seals, Amulets in Turkey (sci-news.com)
- Belgium’s ‘Devil’s Pastor’ serial killer dies in jail: report (expatica.com)
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See here; with photo.
Odd migration patterns of snowy owls, other species are troubling zoologists: here.
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This video says about itself:
19 Dec 2013
Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands and several other EU countries were named among “third party partners” in the NSA-led global signal intelligence program, a new leak submitted by journalist Glenn Greenwald to Danish TV reveals.
Read more here.
The report issued last Wednesday by a White House panel on US surveillance programs has set the stage for an intensified effort to suppress any further revelations of illegal government spying: here.
Nine Gifts the NSA Will Hate: here.
“We know that this NSA data will be abused — at some point, a president will see it as politically valuable”: here.
Insight: How U.S. spying cost Boeing multibillion-dollar jet contract with Brazil: here.
- Denmark, Belgium, Netherlands linked to NSA program as ‘third party partner’ making 9 EU states total (theglobaldispatch.com)
- Who Are NSA’s “14-Eyes” Third Party Partners Overseas? (matthewaid.com)
This is a video of the alcon blue butterfly taken from the BBC’s Life in the Undergrowth documentary series. Alcon blue butterflies are one of the rare wildlife species in the Dommel valley in the Netherlands.
Natuurpunt wins prestigious Best Life Nature Project award
By Rebecca Langer, Fri, 13/12/2013 – 11:06
The Dommeldal project coordinated by Natuurpunt (BirdLife Partner in Belgium) and Natuurmonumenten in the Netherlands has received one of 6 Best LIFE Nature Project awards in recognition of its focused efforts on habitat restoration in the valley of the Dommel.
This is the fifth year that the Best LIFE Nature Projects award has honoured the most exemplary projects financed within the framework of the EU’s successful LIFE programme. LIFE is a comparatively small funding programme but holds significant value for EU nature conservation. The projects that are made possible by LIFE support have a big impact and lead to long term benefits for nature and society.
The Campine region of Belgium and the Netherlands was once covered in heathland, land dunes, grassland, ferns, marshes and alluvial forest but they have been largely lost or degraded as a consequence of the conversion of land to agriculture, river straightening and land drainage. Now, these natural features have been restored and new opportunities have been created for threatened species, such as the European nightjar, the natterjack toad and the alcon blue butterfly. With help from LIFE funds, 20 ha of wet forests were reestablished and the extensive reed beds are already attracting rare birds such as Eurasian Bittern, Western Marsh Harrier and Savi’s Warbler!
The success of the project is closely linked to the involvement of local communities. In order to ensure the continuation of these achievements, local farmers and volunteers have been involved in the management of the area since the end of the project in September 2011. The Life project has helped raise awareness and increase access to the newly-restored sites by creating educational displays, footpaths, boardwalks and a new bridge over the Dommel, which also serves as ‘green infrastructure’ for species wishing to cross between the eastern and western sides of the nature reserve.
For Ghis Palmans, team coordinator at Hageven De Plateaus, “the Life project’s legacy is the possibility of connecting protected areas in the whole region, while providing better habitats and corridors for insects, birds and other species.”
For more information, please visit the Dommeldal project website.
Read the publication “Best Life Nature Projects 2012” by the European Commission.
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Translated from Kathleen Heylen in Belgium:
Terror suspect wanted to attack Flemish radio and TV broadcasters
15/11/2013 – 06:31 Update: Fri 15/11/2013 – 11:49
In Sint-Niklaas a man has been arrested who is said to have planned to commit terrorist attacks. The man wanted to overthrow the Belgian state, including an attack against the VRT broadcasting organisation.
The 23-year-old man of Dutch origin was arrested on Wednesday night. He was in a bar trying to recruit people to carry out attacks. Like Anders Breivik in Norway, he had described in a manifesto how he wanted to overthrow the Belgian state.
“He’d been planning to proclaim on VRT TV his message and, if necessary, to do this by violence. He targeted some Belgian political institutions as well,” said Anthony Schotsaert from the Prosecutor’s Office in Dendermonde. The Belga news agency claims to have heard from a reliable source that he wanted to strike exactly today, King’s Day.
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Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:
“World War I advertisements shameless “
Monday 11 Nov 2013 , 09:37 (Update: 11-11-13 , 11:43)
By our editor Lambert Teuwissen
The pharmaceutical company Dr. Cassell had no objections to using soldier Riordan for an advertising campaign. “‘Gassed’ at Ypres“, was the headline above a list of all Riordan’s ills. “But then my wife suggested to use Dr. Cassell’s pills. Now I’m back on the mend.” It’s a bit like a sports brand boasting how someone wearing its shoes managed to escape from the burning World Trade Center on 9/11.
Not only for Dr. Cassell, but also for Parker pens, Wrigley’s chewing gum, Kodak cameras and Decca gramophones, with the end of the First World War, 95 years ago today , came also an end to the possibility to use the war for advertising. The Belgian authors writers Anthony Langley and Bert Govaerts prove that this happened frequently in the book ‘Profit! Profit!’. In the Belgian town Poperinge there is an exhibition about it.
“The war was just a business opportunity,” says Govaerts. “Life goes on and soldiers need soap, fountain pens and cigarettes too. So, these companies profited.” That led to a cigarette advertisement with a gas mask or a Wrigley’s ad with a machine gun spitting out chewing gum. “Shameless”, Govaerts calls the advertising by Dr. Cassell.
Advertising was relatively new at the beginning of the 20th century, as was this form of warfare. “It was the first war where everyone was involved, whether you wanted to or not. Before that, wars were more like professional affairs of short duration. But this time, the draft meant that everyone had a father or an uncle with whom one kept in touch. So, the home front could feel about with what was going on there.”
“Every officer would need to purchase a Kodak pocket camera” , an Italian advertisement therefore advised. German civilians were given the suggestion to send luminous watches “to our loved ones on the battlefield”. British officers were tempted to buy waterproof trench coats (!) at Burberry’s. “The front had become a market.”
Prominently in the book, there are also advertisements for companies which had nothing to offer. For example. Triumph motorcycles said proudly in 1917: “Our entire stock is claimed by the British Army”. “That kind of advertising was meant to mean: Remember us when the war will soon be over, we have contributed.”
In the course of the war Govaerts sees a shift in advertising language in Belgium. “In the long run, people became sick of the war and there were less patriotic symbols or war propaganda in the ads. There came brand names with pax in it. A few Germans who still wanted to continue had slogans like “Carry on” and “Until the final victory”, but these were exceptions.”
Kassa! Kassa! Reclame in de Eerste Wereldoorlog – Anthony Langley , Bert Govaerts – Davidsfonds – ISBN: 9789058269676.
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- Armistice Day: London prepares for two-minute silence to remember the fallen (london24.com)
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