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Omicron variant in the Netherlands: Full Lockdown at Christmas and New Year’s Eve

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In the Netherlands, a decision was made to complete closure after case numbers skyrocketed due to the Omicron variant of Covid-19. The strict measures in the country, which began today, will continue until January 14.

The Prime Minister of the interim government of the country, Mark Rutte, at a press conference, announced the october measures taken to stop the spread of the Omicron variant.

Noting the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, Rutte stressed that to prevent the further spread of the virus, it is necessary to intervene, therefore, complete shutdown is important.

According to the measures described, which provided the basic needs of market, butcher, greengrocer, bakery, pharmacy, gas station, library, except places like shops and stores, beauty centers, barber, hairdresser, massage salons, tattoo artists, cinema, museums, theaters, amusement parks and zoos will be closed.

Dec December 20 to January 9, 2022, schools at all levels will remain closed. A re-evaluation will be held on January 3 for the aftermath.

No events will be allowed to take place until the full shutdown is over.

Places where daily needs are provided will be able to stay open from 05.00 to 20.00. jul. Professional football competitions will continue to be played without spectators, while all sports activities held indoors will be stopped.

A maximum of 2 guests will be accepted in the houses from dec age of 13, and a maximum of 2 people will be able to coexist outside. A maximum of 4 guests will be allowed in and out of households on December 24, 25 and 26, when Christmas celebrations are held, and on New Year’s Eve.

Restaurants and shops that have been closed will be able to serve takeaways.

The recommendation to work from home, the practice of social distancing, public transport and the mask requirement in closed areas will continue.

Kenta started his early career as a game developer, after working four years for an Dutch company, he stepped into web research and news technologies and became a web enthusiast, which made him start Amsterdamfox.com. Kenta loves animals and usually takes part in activities related to animal rights and welfare.

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The Day The Netherlands Celebrates the Abolition of Slavery Every 1 July: Keti Koti(The Chains Are Broken)

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The Day The Netherlands Celebrates the Abolition of Slavery Every 1 July: Keti Koti(The Chains Are Broken)

Friday, July 1, is Keti Koti (“the chains are broken”), the annual day of commemoration and celebration of the abolition of Dutch slavery in Suriname and the Netherlands Antilles.

In recent years, there has been a growing interest in Keti Koti in the Netherlands, including efforts to make it a national holiday.

But what exactly are we celebrating? And why is this day so important to all Dutch?

Slavery was abolished in 1863 and effectively ended in 1873, but its effects are still felt a century and a half later. Although whites are less aware of this than people of color. And it is precisely this difference of perception that regularly leads to polarization.

Keti Koti volunteers want to reduce these contradictions and increase empathy in the Netherlands. People meet and exchange experiences. The startup is thriving, getting a lot of support, and all kinds of big companies and government agencies say they’re ready to give their employees a Keti Koti day off.

It is demanded that July 1, when the Dutch slave trade ended, be commemorated as a national day by the families of those who lived as slaves in the past.

You know that European countries have never given good tests on slavery in the past. To face this, the Netherlands organizes a day called Keti Koti every 1 July. Moreover, last year, an official apology came from the Municipality of Amsterdam.

The Netherlands celebrates the ‘abolition of slavery’ on 1 July every year under the name of keti koti.

Keti Koti is celebrated as the festival of freedom in Suriname and ‘Keti Koti’ means ‘Chains Broken’ in Suriname .

In Suriname, a former Dutch colony, July 1 is known as ‘the feast of holidays, the day of freedom’ .

Historical Information …
On July 1, 1863, the Dutch Crown abolished slavery in Suriname and the Netherlands Antilles. About 45,000 African-origin slaves were freed on this date. Only 34,441 of them already lived in Suriname.

While the slave owners were given 300 guilders (Dutch florins) for each freed slave, no money was given to the people who were freed from slavery, moreover, they were obliged to do that work on the basis of employment contract for 10 years.

The best-known national commemorative statue of this black era was erected in Amsterdam’s park known as Oosterpark on July 1, 2002, and since 2009 citizens of African-Surinamese-Antilian descent and the city government have held the official day of commemoration on July 1st. A statue was erected in Rotterdam in 2013.

Various (information) activities are held during the month of June by the national Dutch Institute for the History of Slavery and Heritage each year, and this black page is spoken in schools and in various parts of the country.

At the commemoration event on July 1, 2021, Mayor of Amsterdam Femke Halsema made a statement for the role of the city of Amsterdam in this black page of the Netherlands.

In those years, the notables of Amsterdam earned a lot from slavery, they removed people of African origin from their homes without any remorse, separated their families from each other, put them on ships, started human trafficking, marketed people and decorated the walls of their houses in Amsterdam with the money they earned in a way that would show their wealth. He apologized to the city administration for the active role of the city administration in those years as the current Amsterdam administrators.

An apology is expected in other major cities of Utrecht, Den Haag, Rotterdam, and a national apology is said to follow in the coming years.

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Support from Dutch pilots to Schiphol Airport!

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Dutch Pilots Association VNV announced that it wants to support the security points in order to prevent long queues at Schiphol Airport.

The lack of personnel at Schiphol Airport does not only affect the flights of passengers, but also pilots suffer from canceled or reduced flights. That’s why VNV said it was ready to help pilots solve the problem.
Pilots are already authorized for safety due to their job; In this direction, they can provide support at security points. The VNV spokesperson stated that the pilots also have experience with passengers and this would be very useful at safety points.
Despite the offer of help, VNV said it would not stop striking airport workers either. “We stand by our colleagues, supporting them in making the deals they deserve.”
It is not yet clear how many pilots will support the safety points, but the spokesperson stated that many pilots will help in this regard. VNV has officially submitted the proposal to Schiphol Airport. Whether the proposal will be accepted or not depends on the airport.
Airport security officers start their duties after many stages. For this reason, VNV understands that pilots can’t start right away, but hopes to be able to assist in other missions.

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Children under 12 can be euthanized in the Netherlands

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Children under 12 can be euthanized in the Netherlands

The Dutch Ministry of Health plans to grant euthanasia to children under the age of 12 who have an incurable disease and are in excruciating pain.
Currently, under Dutch law, children in this age group are not covered by the Euthanasia Act.
Health Minister Ernst Kuipers sent a draft plan to the House of Representatives, paving the way for euthanasia for children with incurable diseases. The proposal is expected to be presented to the cabinet this fall.
According to the plan, children ‘expected to die in the near future’ or ‘incurable and very painful’ children will be able to be euthanized.
In addition, a second doctor will be consulted for the euthanasia decision, the consent of both parents will be obtained, and the euthanasia decision will be explained to the child in an understandable language. If the child does not want to be euthanized, the law does not give parents the right to decide.
The previous cabinet in the Netherlands had taken similar steps in this regard.

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