the Catholic Church is growing rapidly –

Interest in the Catholic Church has virtually disappeared in the Dutch media. That’s strange what the Catholic Church is one of the biggest movements in the world. And the number of Catholic ones is increasing, even in Europe.

Between 2013 and 2018, the number of Roman Catholics worldwide has increased by 6 percent to 1.329 billion. This is evident from the statistical yearbook that the Vatican published on Thursday, the ND writes.

This more or less parallels the increase in the world population

In Africa and Asia, the number of Catholics grew faster than the population growth, in America, Europe and Oceania, on the contrary. Nevertheless, the number of believers also increased by 94,000 in Europe.

Bron (nen): ND


Elections in Bolivia: Michelle Bachelet asked to avoid …

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet asked to avoid any action that prevents the holding of peaceful elections this Sunday in Bolivia. The former president of Chile warned that otherwise the country could be plunged into a social crisis again. The request of the High Commissioner went both to the Bolivian authorities and to the different political and social actors in the country. “Nobody wants a repeat of the events of the past year, which resulted in vast human rights violations and abusesBachelet said. For its part, Luis Arce, candidate of the Movement to Socialism (MAS) expressed concern about the lack of transparency in the vote count. The former minister expressed his criticism of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) during a meeting with a body that will act as observers of the election.

“Avoid new acts of violence”

The former president expressed her concern about the development of the electoral process in Bolivia. “I salute the determination of the Bolivian people to participate in the elections. Everyone should be able to exercise the right to vote in peace, without intimidation or violence. These elections represent an opportunity to advance on the social and economic fronts, and to reduce the extreme polarization that has affected Bolivia in recent years, “said the UN official. She also expressed her deep concern about the inflammatory language and threats uttered by some political actors in recent weeks, as well as by the increasing number of physical attacks that were recorded. “It is essential that all parties avoid further acts of violence that could trigger confrontations“said the former president.

Bachelet made mention of the acts of violence that took place in the country after the departure of Evo Morales. “Nobody wants a repeat of the events of the past year, which resulted in vast human rights violations and abuses –Among which there are at least 30 dead and more than 800 injured – and that, ultimately, everyone loses, “stressed the High Commissioner. At the same time, she expressed her wish that Sunday’s elections take place in a peaceful, participatory and inclusive way, in an environment that guarantees respect for the Human Rights of all people.

The UN’s work in Bolivia

In November 2019, the Office of the High Commissioner sent a mission to Bolivia that still remains in the country. The entourage is tasked with monitoring and reporting on the internal situation. In August of this year, the agency published a report detailing the serious human rights violations committed between October 20 and November 25 of last year, amid the political crisis after the presidential elections. The document is based on more than 150 interviews with witnesses, victims, representatives of civil society and authorities.

There the UN had made reference to murders, torture, mistreatment and arbitrary arrests. It also expressed concern about the stagnation in investigations into Sacaba and Senakata Massacres. “I am deeply concerned that, nine months later, there has still been no accountability for the deaths in Sacaba and Senkata, nor for most of the deaths that occurred in the period covered by our report, ”Bachelet had stated. About 30 people died during the days of protest that took place in Bolivia between October 20 and November 25. Of that number at least 20 deaths occurred during police and armed forces operations.

Arce’s doubts

In turn, Arce took advantage of the last days of the campaign to meet with the different organizations that will monitor the electoral process. “We are meeting with the UN representation that is in Bolivia as observers of the elections to be held on October 18 and the entire electoral process,” said the candidate on Twitter. The former minister reported on the irregularities that could be seen during the scrutiny. “We convey our concern about the latest determinations made by the TSE regarding the restrictions to access the minutes in the quick vote count.”, Arce published on the social network. Then he specified that the TSE had reported that the photos of these minutes could not be seen. He also said that several MAS militants were being harassed by de facto government authorities. “We express our concern about the constant political persecution during the campaign. The holding of elections should be with respect for the rights of all ”, said the economist. In particular, he referred to the situation of various social leaders from the city of El Alto, in La Paz.

For his part, the UN special envoy Jean Arnault said that they will do a rigorous monitoring before, during and after the elections. He also stressed that the objective of the mission is also to prevent human rights violations and acts of violence in the country. “We hope that the presence of our colleagues helps to prevent this type of action and that the day of the 18th will be the most peaceful as possible.“Arnault said. In addition to the UN, the Organization of American States (OAS), the European Union (EU), the Permanent Conference of Latin American Political Parties (COPPPAL), Parlasur, the Inter-American Union of Electoral Organizations (Uniore) and the Carter Center, among others.

Arce’s campaign team also denounced the constant threats and provocations made by the Minister of Government, Arturo Murillo. According to the MAS campaign, the minister made reference to groups that would convulse the country on election day. They also mentioned that under this excuse the dependency that depends on Murillo had increased expenses, specifically for the purchase of weapons.


Tens of thousands of electric cars recalled due to fire hazard –

Tens of thousands of electric cars and hybrids have been recalled due to fire hazards. The battery can spontaneously catch fire while charging or driving, warn manufacturers BMW, Hyundai and Ford.

The fire brigade previously advised against charging electric cars in a parking garage because of the large fire that can occur if the battery catches fire. There have also been films of Teslas that suddenly ignite for some time.

In recent weeks, BMW and Ford have recalled their plug-in hybrids. What exactly is going on is unclear, as is when the problem has been resolved. Hyundai recalled 8,000 electric cars to the garage in the Netherlands alone. Of the model Kona, 16 worldwide would have caught fire in the past year. With the hybrid Ford Kuga, there have already been 7 fire incidents in Europe.

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A senator ally of Bolsonaro was arrested for des …

An official senator from the state of Roraima was detained in the framework of an investigation by diversion of funds destined to actions against the pandemic of coronavirus in Brazil. This is Chico Rodrigues, legislator of the Democratic party and personal friend of President Jair Bolsonaro. The operative was ordered by Supreme Court Justice Roberto Barroso at the request of the Comptroller General of the Union, which investigates fraud in a budget item destined to the health system and granted to the senator’s mandate. When the federal police arrived at his home in the city of Boa Vista, capital of the border state with Venezuela, they found a total of about 30 thousand reais (equivalent to 6 thousand dollars). Bolsonaro had no choice but to remove him from his role as deputy head of the government bloc in Congress.

Bolsonaro himself quickly detached himself from the Senator Rodrigues scandal and said that his government fights against corruption. The Official Gazette of the Union published on Thursday an extra edition with a message from the president to remove him from his post as deputy head of government in the Senate. “I regret the diversion of resources because when money is diverted from health, people die,” Bolsonaro said later when speaking with militants outside the Palacio de la Alvorada, the presidential residence.

Bolsonaro had recently recorded a video with Rodrigues saying that their relationship with him was “almost a stable union.” At the same time, The senator hired Leonardo de Jesus, cousin of the president’s children, as a parliamentary employee in his office.

Hours after the police operation, Rodrigues published a statement in which he said: “I believe in the justice of men and in divine justice. I am calm. The police came to my house because my name was mentioned in the investigation”. The operation took place on Wednesday in the city of Boa Vista, capital of the state of Roraima, while Bolsonaro gave a speech to businessmen in which he stated that he was going to “kick in the neck” any suspected of corruption in his administration.

According to police sources, the legislator kept the money between his buttocks during the raid carried out by the federal police by order of the Federal Supreme Court, based on an investigation into fraud in parliamentary spending aimed at fighting the coronavirus pandemic. Crusoé magazine indicated that a police officer reported that part of the money was stained, which led to Senator Humberto Costa, of the Workers’ Party, to affirm with irony that “Bolsonarism achieved an unprecedented event in the history of the federal police: it is obliged to launder money”.


Facebook and the ad effect on the ban on anti-vaccine ads

Aware of the crest line between freedom of expression, opinion and policies of disinformation, Facebook defends itself with ad effects. On October 13, the social network announced that advertisements discouraging vaccination will be banned. While false information was already outlawed, “ now, if an ad explicitly discourages a person from getting the vaccine, Facebook will reject it. “

In this specific case of vaccines, the whole question of the role of social networks is central. While they were just a platform where expressions engaged users, the growing instrumentalisation by organized online influence groups changed the lines. And now Facebook puts Facebook in a position to denounce or reject content, being systematically pointed out when messages are considered to be disinformation. “ “Disinformation” about vaccines was already prohibited by platform rules, for advertisements as well as for “normal” messages. But defining what is strictly “disinformation” is sometimes difficult: last January, a BuzzFeed survey showed that many anti-vaccine ads were still running on Facebook. The new, broader rule should encompass many messages previously tolerated in social network advertisements ” abstract The world .

But opponents of vaccines – who are not a homogeneous whole – can still make their case. And even use Facebook to criticize public policies. They simply should not “discourage vaccination”.
With the approach of the American elections, Facebook will have found especially with vaccines the suitable subject to ensure its commitment against false news: ” In recent weeks, and in the run-up to the US presidential election on November 3, Facebook has taken a series of rare steps to ban posts on its platform. In particular, the company banned any reference to the conspiracy movement QAnon, banned denial content worldwide, and took a series of targeted measures around the US presidential election to ban, in particular, advertisements that would declare a winning camp before the proclamation of results ».


Greek neo-Nazi leader sentenced to 13 years in prison

Nikos Michaloliakos, leader of the Greek neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party, was sentenced to 13 years in prison on Wednesday by a court in Athens which found him guilty of having run a “criminal organization”. Furthermore, the court sentenced life imprisonment for Yorgos Rupakias, a member of Golden Dawn, for the murder of rapper and anti-fascist activist Pavlos Fyssas, in 2013.

Last week, the Greek justice had declared Golden Dawn a “criminal organization” and determined that its members – some of them held seats in Parliament – attacked and promoted hatred towards political opponents and migrant communities.

Golden Dawn was founded in the 1990s by Michaloliakos, 62, a denier and admirer of National Socialism. After the economic crisis that hit Greece in 2010, the party experienced growth and in 2012 its representatives entered Parliament for the first time.

At the time groups of men dressed in black roamed the streets of Athens, beating their opponents. They were kicked and beaten with iron bars while chanting “Blood, honor, Golden Dawn.”

It was the murder of Fyssas, for which Rupakias pleaded guilty, that caused an impact on Greek society and that justice was decided to try the members of Golden Dawn.


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Amsterdam police tell what really happened in the restaurant of man Katja –

Katja Schuurman is furious at the Amsterdam police, who just dared to give the restaurant of her husband Freek van Noortwijk an official warning on Saturday evening at 10:03 pm. The guests would already be at the door with their coats on. The police say something completely different.

They let RTL Boulevard know: “Our boas and agents are responsible for enforcement. They often do so in all reasonableness. In this case too: a few customers were still at the table in the store at 10:03 pm. The owner or manager has been approached about this by our boas. The owner said everyone would be leaving soon. When that had still not happened after ten minutes, a warning was written, indicating the time of the first discovery of a violation. ”

After the message, Katja shares a video of more than an hour later at Freek’s other eatery Guts. Officers still saw lights on and people sitting and so they inquired. The manager explains to them that the staff has another drink. Then the movie stops, but according to the police it got out of hand afterwards. The officers were insulted, followed by an identity check and again ordered to turn off the lights.

Katja Schuurman does not have to be so wronged. Her husband’s restaurants must also simply adhere to the corona rules.

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Accepting the risk that sharing this with tar and feathers will chase me out of the country: “Seriously? An official warning that you don’t stick to the rules -22.00- at 22.03 h ?? Because your guests, wearing coats on their way out, – a last bite of dessert inside -, are not exactly outside at 22:00? @restaurantbreda (A second time the fine is 4000, – euro. The third time you have to close your restaurant, your passion, your life’s work.) The video is also from last night @restaurant_guts, where no guests were present for a long time, but the owners had been cleaning up; it seems to me strong that you are expected to get your guests out, close the door directly behind yourself, and look further the next morning. I can imagine that it is all still difficult for our enforcers of the law to follow, but the tone of this police lady – “I find it very annoying, so just turn off your lights and go away” – comes to me rather rude and without any empathy left. People, in so many different industries, have had to fight every day for months to make their businesses survive. Of course, this doesn’t just apply to restaurant owners and staff. Also singers, theater makers; the entire cultural sector is in danger of collapsing due to rules that are not consistently implemented for everyone in our country, to say the least. I mention churches. And planes. Or Ton from Rossum, who owns a company with coaches, who in that capacity is allowed to transport a maximum of 15 people, but if the same bus is used for the Dutch Railways, this may be 30. With how many different sizes does our government want to measure? We should be completely silent about aviation and Schiphol in this context; every sane person will be completely short-circuited. If we are indeed to solve this miserable crisis ‘together’, we must pursue consistent policy. Preferably based on knowledge and facts. As a result of which everyone can and wants to understand rules and restrictions. Dear government, this is policy for the stage, bureaucracy and arbitrariness. And please also read that urgent letter from doctors carefully before Tuesday. ”

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Last night I was addressed by the police as a criminal and a little schoolgirl at the same time. And this is what I did to provoke that. ******************************************** Restaurant GUTS, 23:28 It is 11:30 am Saturday evening. I am in my restaurant with my partner (Guillaume De Beer) and two colleagues (Vagarsh M Yan and Daan Leurs). We have just finished cleaning up and discuss the evening afterwards. We’re talking about how unnatural it was to have to send the guests away at ten. About their reactions. Some understanding, some disappointed, some somewhere in between. About how much it hurts us to have to send those enjoying people out, because it was ten o’clock for them in one go, because “time flies when…”. About the fact that hospitality is our profession and in our blood and that it is not allowed now. We also sit down for a while, because after another 12-hour day we had that need. Then a police car drives by. For a few weeks now we suddenly notice, a feeling creeps over us, but we are happy that we are not doing anything wrong .. *********************** ********************* The lady in the video below is doing her job. The rules are clear, she says, we thought so too, but why can’t we come to an agreement? Why is our ID still being asked? Why is a report being made to the municipality, why am I standing on the street at 11:30 am defending myself that I have done my work properly that day. And did the lights have to be on or off from Mr Rutte? ******************************************** I take these agents too no blame, because they only do their job and this must have been the assignment. But the catering industry that was still described by Rutte on August 18 as “Safe Haven”, is now slowly becoming the pariah of society. ** Don’t let it happen. We’re doing our best ** We want to be part of the solution, but we’re not the problem.

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green power goes to tech giants –

Companies such as Google and Microsoft are happy to put their data centers on Dutch soil. Yes, we are on an internet exchange and we are a tax haven, but there is another reason why they think our country is the perfect place for their data storage: the government grants hundreds of millions of euros to wind farms. Much of this power goes to the tech giants, who can get a green image so cheaply.

The Swedish Vattenfall installed wind turbines in the Wieringermeer with a subsidy of 660 million euros. Not to provide Dutch households with electricity, but American data centers. Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate, Eric Wiebes, thinks this is all a great idea.

Zondag met Lubach explains this in a cheerful way in this fragment.

The topic has been on Twitter all morning trending. Minister Wiebes in particular has to suffer.


“The government pays too little attention to this” –

The number of corona infections is considerably higher in socio-economically weaker neighborhoods than in other parts of the major cities, RTL Nieuws writes.

Neighborhoods such as Laak in The Hague, Southeast in Amsterdam and Feijenoord in Rotterdam have a relatively high degree of contamination, according to research by RTL Nieuws into 39 neighborhoods in the four major cities. Many poorer, less educated families and migrants live in these parts of the city.

Field epidemiologist Arnold Bosman is not surprised. “You also see in other countries that these kinds of neighborhoods score worse than average.” Money can play a role. “Wearing a mouth mask is an advice, but you have to buy a mouth mask yourself. That costs money and so people choose not to do it. ”

Extraordinary professor of health inequalities Maria van den Muijsenbergh cites another reason for the high number of infections. “We know that many people live in those neighborhoods who have a greater risk of all types of diseases due to unfavorable living conditions. So also on corona. ”

According to the professor, it is not because people in these districts are more careless. “On the contrary. We feel that there is a lot of fear of corona. These people have a much greater chance that a corona infection will be much more serious, because they often already have additional diseases such as obesity or cardiovascular diseases. ”

General practitioner Yolanda Jansen sees in her practice in the Rotterdam district of Feijenoord that people do not always comply with the measures. According to her, this is due to a lack of clarity in the policy and poverty. “Residents don’t have their groceries delivered here. That’s too expensive. So the supermarket is full. And there is often not a car to drive to a test street a long way away. The government does not pay enough attention to this. These people are increasingly left out. ”

Bron (nen): RTL News