Rare rosy starlings in Dutch backyard

Rosy starling in cherry tree in Hall, photo by Arjen Werkman

This photo shows a rosy starling in a cherry tree Arjen Werkman’s backyard in Hall village in Gelderland province in the Netherlands.

While Mr Werkman worked at home on 16 June, he spotted two rosy starlings in the tree.

This East European and Central Asian species is rare in the Netherlands.

Immigrant workers get COVID-19

This 9 April 2020 video says about itself:

Australia’s migrant workers left without support in the face of COVID-19

Migrant workers, like Aaren, pay taxes to support a system they have no access to. With the government now telling ‘visitors’ it’s time to go home, many of them are left without options or support.

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

The coronavirus has been diagnosed in 28 Eastern Europeans in Velp in Gelderland province. They are labour migrants who had come to the Netherlands to work and who live together in a complex. They are now isolated on a ship in Arnhem and have to stay there until they are healthy.

The other 21 residents of the complex have to be quarantined for a fortnight. Mayor Van Eert of Rheden wishes the residents recovery and strength. “It is a difficult time for residents to be sick in a country where you don’t speak the language”, she told Omroep Gelderland regional broadcasting organisation.

River lampreys back in river after century

This 18 April 2016 video from Ireland says about itself:

First River Lamprey Lampetra fluviatilis spawning activity we observed in 2016: Castleconnell, Lower River Shannon. Also note that there is a Brook Lamprey L. planeri getting involved! Unfortunately, water quality problems also apparent in these photos. River Lampreys are listed under Annex II and V of the Habitats Directive. The Lower River Shannon is designated as a SAC for the three Irish lamprey species.

Translated from Waterschap Rijn en IJssel in Gelderland province in the Netherlands, 12 March 2020:

The start of the migration and spawning season for fish is a good time to see how many and which fish use the fish passage at Doesburg. The first results are promising: many roaches, ides and even river lampreys are using the passage through swimming from the IJssel to the Oude IJssel. River lampreys have not been seen in the Oude IJssel for 100 years.

The fish passage was taken into use last September and connects the Oude IJssel to the Gelderse IJssel. Due to the great height differences of these rivers, up to five meters, the fish passage in Doesburg is one of the largest and most innovative in the Netherlands.

Anti-Chinese racism in the Netherlands

This 6 February 2020 video says about itself:

The coronavirus outbreak has brought increasing reports of racial abuse against Chinese communities in the UK and Europe.

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

A student complex at Wageningen University was daubed and smeared last night. Texts like ‘Die Chinese’, and ‘Chinese corona‘ are written in an elevator of the complex. The elevator was also smeared with faeces.

“This is more than discrimination and xenophobia. The person who does these kinds of terrible things lives with us but tries to destroy the lives of all tenants,” one of the residents writes on Facebook. According to the resident, many Chinese students live in the building.

A Chinese flag has also been torn from a room door and there has been thumping on apartment doors. It is still unclear who is behind it. The police are aware of the destruction. “My colleagues visited this morning to investigate the matter,” says a spokesperson. “In the meantime, everything has been cleaned up.”

Thousands of students affected by New Zealand’s anti-Chinese travel ban: here.

Rare spadefoot toads freed

This 18 April 2018 video from the Czech republic is called Common Spadefoot Toad (Pelobates fuscus) digging itself to the soil.

Translated from Vroege Vogels radio in the Netherlands today:

On Thursday night, 761 spadefoot toads were freed by ARTIS zoo and the RAVON amphibian protection organization around the Gelderland province town Ewijk and De Poll estate. This is the eighth year that they are committed to the rescue plan of the endangered spadefoot toad.

This toad is one of the most endangered amphibian species in the Netherlands. In order to lend a helping hand to the spadefoot toad, RAVON fished egg strings out of the water in the spring. Then ARTIS animal handlers raised the larvae to become adult toads in a safe environment.

Pro-climate march in Dutch Nijmegen

Nijmegen climate march today, photo by Omroep Gelderland

This photo is about the pro-climate march in Nijmegen in the Netherlands today. The banner mentions the 10 March 2019 national demonstration against climate change in Amsterdam, starting 13:00 uur on the Dam square.

Translated from Dutch regional broadcaster Omroep Gelderland today:

NIJMEGEN – Following the climate march by high school students in The Hague last week, university students have now also taken to the streets. …

The pupils who rallied en masse in The Hague last week were a great source of inspiration. ‘But it’s the same with university students, and it’s all about our future‘, he [organiser Olaf Kemerink] explains. ‘That is why we will be marching on the streets with both university students and high school students next week.’

‘Keep the pressure on’

Kemerink sees that the march in The Hague has brought about something, but according to him it is not enough yet. “[Prime Minister] Rutte is moving somewhat and he has spoken with the initiators of the protest in The Hague, but actually little is still happening. That’s why we have to keep the pressure on now”, he explains this Thursday’s march and next week’s march.

Dutch transphobic nazis threaten storytelling to children

This video is about Nijmegen city in the Netherlands under the World War II German nazi occupation.

In 1943, during the Hitler occupation, the Dutch nazi party NSB opened their first children’s home on the border of Nijmegen city and Berg en Dal village.

Unfortunately, today in Nijmegen there were violent people who wanted to go back to the days of the fascist Third Reich. When children, like in the 1943 Nijmegen home, got a nazi ideology indoctrination. And when LGBTQ people were deported to death camps.

Translated from Dutch daily De Gelderlander, in Nijmegen city in Gelderland province today:

Library calls off drag queen lecture because of demonstrating right-wing extremists

NIJMEGEN – The Nijmegen library has canceled a reading afternoon by drag queens on Saturday afternoon due to the presence of right-wing extremists. An hour before the start, around 1pm, young men walked around the library who were ‘experienced as threatening’. The reading afternoon has then been canceled.

By Jacqueline van Ginneken

Outside there were around 2pm four activists, members of Identitarian Resistance from North Brabant province, an extreme right-wing action group. One of them wore a crucifix and a black flag with the symbol of the group; a second man distributed flyers containing the text ‘We are here now to promote the traditional family as the cornerstone of society. Transgender people read to children from the age of four on, traditional values ​​and standards are pushed aside. This is forced upon us”, according to the campaigner.

It feels a bit ambiguous, says library director Bert Hogemans about the decision to call off the reading session. “Now you have the feeling that the activists get their way. As a public organization, you do not want to give in, but on the other hand, it’s about safety.”

At a previous reading by a drag queen in early October, members of the [extreme right Roman] Catholic foundation Civitas Christiana … demonstrated. Within the library there was then no problem, but outside a grim atmosphere arose with a disturbance between activists and passersby. That demonstration then had been announced. The Saturday afternoon action was a surprise. Hogemans: “We had no indication that there would be a demonstration. There were also no signals from the police.”

Dutch Islamophobic far-right terrorist convicted

Far-right terrorist Vincent T. in the dock

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Three years cell for Vincent T[eunissen]. for his plans to murder Muslims and left-wing people

The Gelderland [ex soldier and ex election candidate for a xenophobic party] terrorist suspect Vincent T. has been sentenced to three years in prison. He was found guilty of preparing murder with terrorist intent, reports Omroep Gelderland regional broadcasting organisation. Against him three years and four months had been demanded by the public prosecutor.

The 44-year-old man from Doornenburg was arrested in the spring and was since then in the extra security prison in Vught. Two gas guns and 1800 bullets were found in the house where he lived with his parents. He had tried to buy a gun that was suitable for the bullets.

Offing left-wing leaders

In chat conversations he indicated that he wanted to murder Muslims and also, eg, … [Surinamese Dutch anti-racist member of Amsterdam local council] Sylvana Simons. He would like to “off prominent left-wingers“.

He also had a leading role in the Facebook group ATB Special Forces, with which he wanted to set up an anti-Muslim militia. In addition, he searched on the Internet for instructions to make a bomb and to hire a contract murderer.


According to the court, the accused has passed the phase of “keyboard terrorism”. He had told a member of the Facebook group that he wanted to hang or shoot dead anti-fascists and talked about “shooting macaques”.

Macaques are some species of monkeys. Racists, like in Belgium and in the right wing of the United States Republican party, use the word as an insult against Africans and other non-white people.

“If people are threatened precisely because of their convictions and must fear violence specifically directed against them, then the suspect will also cause serious fears to the population or parts of them”, is stated in the verdict.

Psychological and psychiatric research shows that T. has a poorly developed conscience and a personality disorder. He tends to pretend to be more important than he is. “He is in denial about his structural social failure and he covers it up with accusations towards foreigners.”

USA: Three men and a teenage boy were charged in an alleged plot against a small Islamic community in New York state.