The Netherlands was shocked when it learned a Malaysian Airplane of Flight MH 17 crashed in Ukraine, presumably by the hands of Russian backed rebellions who fired an anti aircraft rocket to it. Of the nearly 300 passengers and crew almost 200 fellow Dutchman died in the crash. There were 80 children amongst them.
In an earlier speech the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs thanked the UN Security Council for adopting a resolution that condemned this act.
Wednesday July 23 was a day of National Mourning in the Netherlands. The first 40 bodies came home…
I’ve been covering the America’s Cup for some time, but realize I forgot to say anything about the no 34 campaign because I was so busy with watching the thriller unfold when the Kiwi’s lost the cup to Oracle after they had build up a lead of 8-1 wins which Jimmy Spithill was able to claw back entirely to win 9-8. I’ve never seen such a comeback in sailing nor any other sport.
The rules for the 35st Cup have been negotiated by defender Oracle Team USA, via Golden Gate Yacht Club and Team Australia’s Hamilton Island Yacht Club, the Challenger of Record.
A three year racing program from 2015 to 2017 with every race counting towards qualification and/or points in the final America’s Cup Match
At least six America’s Cup World Series events per year in 2015 and 2016 to be raced in the AC45 class. All teams have an opportunity to host an event in their home country
An America’s Cup Qualifiers series in 2017 involving all teams, with a bonus point in the America’s Cup Match at stake
America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs for the top four challenger teams to emerge from the Qualifiers
The America’s Cup Match, featuring the defender, ORACLE TEAM USA against the top challenger. The first team to win 7 points will win the America’s Cup
The cup match itself will be sailed in a new AC62 yacht – a foiling, wing sail catamaran sailed by 8 crew – to be raced in all events in 2017
Apart from Team Australia, a British (Ben Ainsley Racing or BAR) and an Italian team (Luna Rossa Challenge) have come forward as challengers. I hope at the end of the entry period, which is open from June 9 through August 8, 2014. I really hope we will be seeing a Dutch Challenger as we see a Dutch entry for the coming Volvo Ocean Race.
I’ve hesitated a couple of months to share this photo with you, because it was taken by a friend who was inside the tram sitting just there where the white and blue tram rammed the red and yellow tram. Amazingly he was quick to jump away just in time, but an older lady who was just sitting in front of him was severely wounded by the accident. The strange thing is that there are no traffic rules as to which tram has right of way when two trams cross an intersection. My friend’s comment as to the support from instances is that there is not much coordination. A lot of people are running to the place of the accident, but when there are not many wounded or dead they just start hanging around and paying not much attention to the people inside the trams who albeit not wounded, still are shaky and maybe a bit traumatized….
Yesterday we had European Parliament Election Day in The Netherlands. The elections are held on several days in all the countries forming the European Communions. Sunday is the last voting day and somewhere Sunday night we will know who will be chosen as one of the very well paid European Parliamentarians.
Why would I share with you that this Celebrity Hotelier voted in the European Parliament election?
I’ll tell you:
When voting a couple of years ago you were only allowed to vote in the voting locale in your direct neighborhood. If you wanted to vote elsewhere, you had to apply for a special permit to do so. Nowadays, as The Hague Counsel decided in it wisdom you don’t have to vote in a voting locale in your neighborhood anymore, it is fun to seek out a more colorful voting locale than a classroom in a school in the neighborhood. I found out Dutch Parliament has its own voting locale so I choose that one.
Actually only as a retired hotelier I’m getting used to an Apple Smartphone. Until recently I was entirely satisfied with my Blackberry. As a new Apple user I cannot forego on the recent hype of selfies. Since I have my IPhone I’m making more and more of them, boring at least my family and maybe also my other readers. Jus tell me. However a voting selfie was subject of a recent court case here in The Netherlands: There were those that contended that selfies should be forbidden in the voting locales as people could be pressed to sell their votes and use the selfie as a proof of their voting. In addition it would be harmful for the peoples privacy…..Note only the second photo (the mirror one seems to be a true selfie.
I thought it would be nice to enhance my presence as a Celebrity Hotelier on the web. A Celebrity Hotelier voting in a (relatively) place of celebrity….LOL