American carpenter bee crosses Atlantic to Netherlands

This 2009 video from the USA says about itself:

The Eastern Carpenter Bee is often confused with a bumblebee, but has a shiny black abdomen, as opposed to the fuzzy abdomen of the bumblebee. There are over 500 species of carpenter bee around the world and this is the most common one in the eastern United States.

The female is the workhorse of the relationship. She makes a nest by tunneling into wood. Unlike termites, the bees do not eat the wood. They discard the bits or use them to make walls in their nests.

The nest is used as a nursery for the young and a place to store pollen. The female carpenter bee spends her time building the nest, collecting pollen for her brood and laying eggs.

Meanwhile, the male feeds himself and spends time hovering in his territory and protecting it from other males.

These bees are not aggressive and males do not even have stingers. The couple and their young will spend the winter in their nests and emerge in the spring.

They can be considered pests because they burrow into the soft, exposed wood of peoples’ homes. However, they have an important role in pollinating the food we eat and the beautiful flowers we enjoy.”

Translated from EIS Kenniscentrum Insecten in the Netherlands today:

12-JUN-2020 – On a weekday morning, Bram ter Keurs saw a very big bee in his backyard. It turned out to be an eastern carpenter bee: a North American bee species that had never been seen in our country before. It has undoubtedly ended up in the Netherlands through human intervention. If this happens more often, there is a possibility that this spectacular species will gain a foothold.

The discoverer tells

“On June 10, 2020, I am in my backyard in Bunnik (Utrecht province) around 10:45 AM. The sun is shining and it is almost windless. I see an exceptionally large bee foraging on red valerian (Centranthus ruber), purpletop vervain (Verbena bonariensis) and rose campion (Lychnis coronaria). Because of the size and the glossy black abdomen, I immediately think of the violet carpenter bee (Xylocopa violacea). The tip of the wings is smokey grey. After several photos, the bee flies away in a northerly direction.” It soon became clear that this was a female of the eastern carpenter bee (Xylocopa virginica). …

Timber trade

The eastern carpenter bee is native to North America. Only a few sightings are known in Northwestern Europe, including one in England in 1996 and one in West Flanders in 2015. These animals are believed to have been carried with wood from North America. A kilometer southeast of the site in Bunnik is a timber business that also imports timber from North America. This may be the source of this observation.

16-year-old girl wins adults’ championship, to Olympics?

This 22 February 2020 video shows the finals of the Dutch indoor track and field championship: sixty metres-dash for adult women.

As the video shows, the winner was 16-year-old N’ketia Seedo. Being 16-year-old means that Ms Seedo is in the Junior Girls B category of Dutch track and field. Supposedly, as she grew older, she would first go to the Junior A category, and later still to the adult women category. Yet, she won the adult women’s championship.

This photo shows N’ketia Seedo and the numbers two and three of the women seniors’ final.

N’ketia Seedo’s winning time was 7.24 seconds. The second-fastest time ever anywhere in the world of an under-18-year-old woman. Only Tamari Davis from the USA had ever been faster.

This March 2019 video is about Ms Seedo when she was 15 years old; including her playing saxophone.

Seedo, of African Surinamese ancestry, was born in Utrecht city. Like Dafne Schippers, former 200 metres-dash world champion. Ms Seedo yesterday ran faster than Ms Schippers when she was 16-years-old.

N'ketia Seedo and her club trainer Juul Acton

She now wants to go to the Tokyo Olympics later this year. If she succeeds in that, then she will be youngest ever 100-metres-dash runner at the Olympics. She will try to be in the 4 x 100 metres Dutch women’s relay team, maybe together with Dafne Schippers. Maybe the individual 100 metres four years later, at the next Olympics.

Maybe at the Tokyo Olympics, Ms Seedo will meet Keet Oldenbeuving, one year younger, European skateboard champion, also from Utrecht.

15-year-old girl becomes Europan skateboarding champion

This 6 December 2019 video from the Netherlands is about skater girl Keet Oldenbeuving.

It says about itself:

At 15-years-old, Keet Oldenbeuving has already carved out a place for herself at the forefront of the female skateboarding scene, winning contests around the world and skating with her idols like Candy Jacobs and Leticia Bufoni. Keet’s consistency in contests is quickly paying off, climbing the world rankings with a solid chance of representing The Netherlands in Tokyo 2020. Recently, Keet won the European champion title in Russia and shows no signs of slowing down.

In this Not Here By Luck episode, get an inside view into Keet’s life: hanging out and skating with friends through her hometown of Utrecht, kicking it with her parents who first put her on a board when she was in kindergarten, and traveling to places like Amsterdam and Rotterdam to meet up with homies and continue the search for new spots to skate.

Read an in-depth interview with Keet on Wasted Talent.

Keet Oldenbeuving is only 15 years old.

Nevertheless, today, in Nizhny Novgorod in Russia, she became European champion in the street discipline in skateboarding.

Second place was for Belgian Lore Bruggemare; third for Dutch Roos Zwetsloot; fourth for Dutch Candy Jacobs.

They all want to go to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, where there will be skateboarding for the first time ever.

Ms Oldenbeuving is not even world’s youngest top class skateboarder.

Brazilian Rayssa Leal is only 11 years old. She was second in the September 2019 world championship in her own country.

This June 2019 video is about Rayssa Leal.

Stop European Union militarism, Utrecht protest

This music video is of a song by Dutch Arab group Gharib against bloody wars.

Facebook has deleted their Facebook pages. Censorship?

An email from the Netherlands says:

Protest and music for peace and disarmament

Kromhoutkazerne, Herculeslaan 1 Utrecht 15-16H, 24 May 2019

On Friday the 24th of May, the Dutch arms lobby will discuss the new European grants for the arms industry. The arms industry has lobbied extensively and in April they succeeded when the European Parliament voted in favor a 13 billion fund for research and development of weapons and military technology. This is the first time that the EU directly funds military programs on this scale.

The arms industry benefits from these funds, while it doesn’t make the world any safer. European militaristic policy, such as arms exports to authoritarian regimes and military intervention in for example in Iraq and Libya, has only resulted in more conflict and refugees. If we want to address the underlying causes of conflicts we have to invest in just development and climate policy, not in weapons and barbed wire.

Please bring your banner and protest sign. Raise your voice for peace!

Music by Gharib

See here.

German minister of defence to head European Commission. By Peter Schwarz, 4 July 2019. The proposal is aimed at developing the European Union into a military superpower under German-French domination: here.

Criminal shooting in Dutch Utrecht

This 19 March 2019 Dutch video shows construction workers in Utrecht city laying flowers to commemorate the victims of the firearm shooting of 18 March.

By Will Morrow:

Three killed, five injured in Netherlands shooting

19 March 2019

Dutch officials announced at 6:30 p.m. last night that police had arrested 37-year-old Gökmen Tanis, the principal suspect in a shooting yesterday morning in the city of Utrecht that left three people dead and another five injured.

At the time of writing, little is known about either the event itself or the motivations of the shooter.

Meanwhile a little more is known about the event. But still nothing about the motive.

The shooting occurred on a tram in Utrecht at approximately 10:45 a.m. Witness statements indicate that a single male shooter was targeting a specific woman, rather than firing indiscriminately at all nearby passengers.

A 21-year-old witness, Niels, who was on the tram at the time, told De Gelderlander [daily] that the perpetrator “focused on a particular person”, and then “aimed at the people who tried to help that woman.” He said that he saw a woman crawl out of the tram, and as people tried to help her, a gunman “went round behind her and began firing at them.”

Another witness told Dutch public broadcaster NOS that he helped an injured woman after the tram had stopped. “I looked behind me and saw someone lying there behind the tram. People got out of their cars … and they started to lift her up. I helped to pull her out and then I saw a gunman run towards us, with his gun raised,” he said. “I heard people yell: Shooter! Shooter! And I started to run.” Of the five people injured, three are reported to be in critical condition.

The Turkish state-owned news agency Anadolu reported that the shooter was targeting “a relative in a tram due to a family dispute”, citing unnamed relatives. Tanis is reportedly of Turkish origin.

NOS reported that acquaintances told the media that there was a “family issue”, and that Tanis had serious psychological problems. The French-language Internaute website reported that “multiple witnesses described Tanis as an unstable individual, in particular since a separation one or two years ago.”

Police have also confirmed that Tanis was known to them and had a criminal record. He reportedly attended pre-trial hearings two weeks ago on rape charges dating from July 2017,

Tanis ex-girlfriend, who accused him of rape, told the NOS that Tanis was mentally ill, a cocaine addict and an alcoholic, ‘but not a terrorist’.

and faced trial in 2013 on attempted homicide charges relating to a shooting in a flat in Kanaleneiland, near where yesterday’s shooting took place. NOS reported that he had also faced court action for a number of petty offences, including burglary in 2012, shoplifting and driving under the influence of alcohol in 2014, and damage to property in 2015.

More substantive information making clear the character of the shooting will doubtless come to light as the investigation proceeds. Well before it was clear what had occurred, however, the Dutch and other European governments yesterday were already whipping up an atmosphere of national emergency and issuing thinly-veiled references to terrorism and religious extremism.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte, the head of the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy, spoke at a press conference in the afternoon. Rutte declared that “a terrorist motive has not been ruled out”, adding, “An act of terror is an attack on our civilization, on our open and tolerant society.”

If it was confirmed as a terrorist act, he said, the only answer was that “our society, our democracy, is stronger than fanaticism and violence. We will not yield to intolerance.” The references to “our civilization” and an “open and tolerant society” are typical dog-whistle references used for xenophobic attacks on immigrants and Muslims.

Rutte was joined by French President Emmanuel Macron, who tweeted, “We are at your side in grief and determination to fight against those who wish to impose terror.” …

In recent years, the entire political establishment in the Netherlands has shifted ever further to the right and more and more openly adopted anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim rhetoric and policies. …

The promotion of anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim chauvinism by the Dutch political establishment is part of an international shift to the right within the ruling class and the deliberate promotion of extreme-right forces by the state and their elevation into positions of power, in response to growing struggles of the working class against inequality and growing interest in socialism.

Gökmen T. feeble-minded and mentally ill. psychiatric investigation says: here.