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Netherlands: How Amsterdam's canal boats are going electric
9 October 2018 - By 2020, Amsterdam aims to have decreased energy consumption by 20 per cent and increased use of renewable energy by the same percentage. The electrification of canal cruise boats is a significant part of this plan. While retrofitting canal boats with electric engines and batteries is a time-consuming and expensive task, Amsterdam is hoping the cleaner air and waterways will attract more tourists, be better for wildlife, and contribute to carbon emission reduction targets. (more)

Dutch cycle path is made of plastic waste
13 September 2018 - The world's first plastic bicycle path made of recycled bottles, cups, and packaging has opened in the Netherlands, as part of a pilot that could see similar roads open up across the country. The 30-metre path, made of recycled plastic equivalent to more than 218,000 plastic cups, is expected to be three times as durable as an asphalt alternative. (more)

Netherlands Dispatch: Take a look at these unusual strategies for fighting dementia
22 August 2018 - Doctors and caregivers across the Netherlands have been pioneering an unorthodox approach to dementia treatment: harnessing the power of relaxation, childhood memories, sensory aids, soothing music, family structure, and other tools to heal, calm, and nurture the residents, rather than relying on the old prescription of bed rest, medication, and, in some cases, physical restraints. (more)

Turkey, Netherlands agree to normalize ties
20 July 2018 - Turkey and the Netherlands have agreed to normalize ties, Turkey's foreign ministry said on Friday (20 July), restoring relations that have been strained since a 2017 diplomatic row. (more)

Happy and healthy: one in five Dutch is super smiley
6 July 2018 - Whatever the weather, one in five Dutch adults feels glowing. This is the message from a Dutch Statistics Office study of 7,500 people between 2013 and 2017. A detailed investigation of the figures, first released in March, was published on Friday (6 July). It reveals that people who rate their happiness at 9 or 10 out of 10 are more likely to be healthy, in close contact with family and friends, trusting of strangers, and working actively as a volunteer. (more)

Dutch reported crime rate continues to fall, new CBS report shows
7 May 2018 - The crime rate in the Netherlands continues to fall and the number of reported crimes is now back at the same level as 1980, the national statistics office CBS said on Monday (7 May). This picture is reflected across other European countries, where crime rates rose well into the 1990s and then began to fall, the CBS says. (more)

Netherlands: Record numbers stop smoking
20 April 2018 - In 2017 a record 110,000 people in the Netherlands stopped smoking, taking the percentage of adult smokers in the population to 23.1 per cent, according to new figures from national statistics office CBS from the Trimbos addiction clinic. In addition, tens of thousands of people are smoking less, the CBS said. (more)

15th-century pot of gold (and silver) found in the Netherlands
16 March 2018 - While digging in Hoef en Haag, a town in central Netherlands, waterworks employees recently unearthed a remarkable archaeological relic: a centuries-old pot filled with hundreds of gold and silver coins. ...As Janene Pieters reports for the NL Times, experts are nevertheless excited by the discovery, which they hope will shed light on a little-known period in the area's history. (more)

Real-life pot o' gold discovered during Dutch construction project
15 March 2018 - Utility workers in the Netherlands stumbled across a centuries-old pot of gold earlier this month while laying down new pipes, according to news reports. The remarkable find includes 500 coins -- 12 of them gold and the rest silver -- dating to the 15th century, which were nestled inside of a glazed, earthenware cooking pot, according to the NL Times. (more)

Nature's pageantry on display during Dutch tulip season
6 March 2018 - Nothing says springtime like the tulip season in the Netherlands. Tulip fields dot the countryside from Haarlem to The Hague. But the centerpiece of tulip-watching is Keukenhof park, located in Lisse, some 30 kilometers (20 miles) southeast of Amsterdam. Here, the tulip hunter is rewarded with artistic compositions of tulips with their seasonal brethren, hyacinths, daffodils, crocuses, and other springtime varieties. (more)


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Holland: 4th International Ayurveda Congress to convene in Leiden, 1-2 September
26 August 2018 - The Fourth International Ayurveda Congress will convene this weekend, 1-2 September at Leiden, the Netherlands. The theme of this Congress is to establish and promote Ayurveda in the areas of education, research, training, practice, and products in the West. The Congress presents a platform for all leading Ayurveda organizations worldwide and leaders in various fields of Ayurveda. Scholars in Ayurveda, experts in herbal medicine, and research scientists from around the world will present scientific evidence on preventing disease, promoting longevity, and treating chronic disorders using an integrative approach. (more)

4th International Ayurveda Congress announced: September 2018, Leiden, Netherlands
24 March 2018 - Inspired by an epic 17th century Dutch treatise on medicinal plants of South India, called Hortus Malabaricus - the 4th International Ayurveda Congress in Leiden, Netherlands, will connect India, The Netherlands, and Europe through their rich botanical heritage, while also presenting the therapeutic potential of plants and natural approaches to health in Ayurveda and traditional European remedies. The scientific approach of Ayurveda as a prevention-oriented healthcare system will also be presented. Conference organizers are: International Maharishi AyurVeda Foundation and Maharishi European Research University, Netherlands, and All India Ayurvedic Congress and International Academy of Ayurveda in India. 'On the foundation of scientific research, we are rebuilding the 340-year-old golden bridge of herbal medicines linking India with Europe,' organizers said. (more)

Report on Alliance of Women Scientists, 2014
4 December 2014 - The Alliance of Women Scientists and Scholars for a Better World is a collective of women scientists, scholars, and students who share a common goal of using their knowledge and expertise to create a better world. Chairwoman Leslee Goldstein reports on the Fourth International Conference of the Alliance that was held from 21 to 24 July 2014. The theme of the conference was: The World is as We Are: Culturing the Inner and Outer Environment to Realize Our Full Human Potential. (more)

Netherlands: 21 architects complete advanced training in Maharishi Vastu Architecture
14 August 2014 - Twenty-one architects recently completed a post-graduate, professional training course on Maharishi Vastu architecture, held in the Netherlands. The participants, who are based in 13 countries around the world, came to Maharishi European Research University (MERU) in Holland to take the Maharishi Vastu Architect Training Course. The two-month intensive course was part of a comprehensive programme of training in Maharishi Vastu architecture, offered in three phases over the last several years by the Institute for Vedic Architecture and City Planning. (more)

International Ayurveda Conference to offer optional courses in Transcendental Meditation, Ayurvedic pulse diagnosis, aroma therapy - April 2015, Netherlands
13 August 2014 - Organizers of the International Ayurveda Conference, to be hosted by Maharishi European Research University (MERU) in the Netherlands in April 2015, have arranged for several optional courses to be offered for attendees, during the conference or in a special extension following the main conference dates. These include: the opportunity to learn Transcendental Meditation, Maharishi Ayur-Veda Pulse Diagnosis (Nadi Pariksha), and an Introduction to Maharishi Aroma Therapy. (more)

Netherlands: Distinguished experts to helm International Ayurveda Conference - April 2015
9 August 2014 - A distinguished group of experts in Ayurveda--the time-tested, natural, prevention-oriented, and holistic health care system of ancient India--will guide the first-of-its-kind International Ayurveda Conference hosted by Maharishi European Research University (MERU) in Holland next April 2015. Conference Presidents and other officials include renowned Vaidyas (Ayurvedic physicians) from India and heads of leading institutions of Ayurvedic knowledge, training, and practice such as the International Maharishi Ayurveda Foundation, the All India Ayurvedic Congress, and the International Academy of Ayurveda. (more)

Leading institutions organizing April 2015 International Ayurveda Conference in Holland
5 August 2014 - The International Ayurveda Conference to be held in April 2015 at Maharishi European Research University (MERU) in the Netherlands is being organized jointly by the International Maharishi Ayurveda Foundation for Health Professionals, the All India Ayurvedic Congress, and the International Academy of Ayurveda in Pune, India. (more)

Holland: International Ayurveda Conference planned for April, 2015
31 July 2014 - Maharishi European Research University (MERU) in the Netherlands will host an International Ayurveda Conference in April 2015. The conference will offer 'scientific, time-tested and effective solutions for the major health problems of our time'. This conference will be a first of its kind: it will illuminate the time-tested knowledge of Ayurveda--the natural, prevention-oriented, and holistic health care system of ancient India--with the most up-to-date insights of modern science. New research showing the intimate relationship between consciousness and physiology will be presented--locating the inner healing intelligence of the physiology. The conference is jointly organized by the International Maharishi Ayurveda Foundation for Health Professionals, the All India Ayurvedic Congress, and the International Academy of Ayurveda in Pune, India. (more)

New Nepalese teachers of Transcendental Meditation bring Consciousness-Based Education to local schools
25 July 2014 - Nepal, with a population of 27.5 million, needs 600 practitioners of the Transcendental Meditation Sidhi programme in order to create invincibility for the country. Progress toward invincibility during this last year includes 1551 new practitioners Transcendental Meditation, 22 new practitioners of the Transcendental Meditation Sidhi programme, and 21 new Teachers of Transcendental Meditation. Fifteen from Nepal took the Consciousness-Based Education Training course, which teaches participants how to establish and manage the Consciousness-Based Education programme in schools in their country. Four schoolteachers from different Nepalese schools attended the course at Maharishi European Research University (MERU), Netherlands, during the summer. (more)

Netherlands: International health professionals' training courses highlight primary importance of consciousness
25 June 2014 - The Album of Events page of Global Good News is currently featuring a series of photos illustrating recent training courses for health professionals at MERU (Maharishi European Research University) in the Netherlands. One course was the first basic course of training in Panchakarma (Maharishi Ayur-Veda purification and rejuvenation therapy) for health professionals to be offered in 20 years. The second course, with 27 participants from around the world, brought out advanced knowledge for very experienced Maharishi Ayur-Veda physicians who have been offering Panchakarma treatments in leading health clinics in their countries. (more)


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Dutch company gets funding to bring lab-grown meat to market
17 July 2018 - A Dutch company that presented the world's first lab-grown beef burger five years ago said Tuesday (17 July) it has received funding to pursue its plans to make and sell artificially grown meat to restaurants from 2021. Mosa Meat said it raised 7.5 million euros ($8.8 million), mainly from M Ventures and Bell Food Group. M Ventures is an investment vehicle for German pharmaceuticals company Merck KGaA. Bell Food is a European meat processing company based in Switzerland. (more)

Netherlands: Lack of motivation an issue at schools
15 April 2015 - Many Dutch secondary school pupils take no pleasure in learning and experience education as something they have to go through, according to a new report by chief inspector Annette Roeters. Four in 10 teachers in the first three years of secondary school say they are not able to motivate theThis lack of motivation plays across the entire school spectrum and many teachers admit being unable to enthuse their pupils about learning, the report states. (more)

One in 10 Dutch students uses drugs to aid concentration
9 April 2015 - One in 10 Dutch students uses some form of drug to improve their performance, broadcaster Nos says on Thursday. The most popular is Ritalin, used by people with attention deficit disorder ADHD. Amphetamines and Adderall, also used to treat ADHD, are other popular drugs (more)

Dutch youngsters take more and stronger party drugs
23 February 2015 - Dutch youngsters are taking drugs like ecstasy more often when they go out and the drugs themselves are becoming stronger, according to new research by the Trimbos institute. Youngsters say they take drugs to escape social pressures and to avoid becoming adults and making life choices, the Trimbos research found. They also claim the threshold to taking drugs has been lowered by social media and the internet. (more)

Decline in birds, not just bees, linked to neonicotinoid pesticides
14 July 2014 - It's not just the bees that are harmed by controversial crop pesticides called neonicotinoids -- the birds are also disappearing in places where there are high concentrations of the pesticide in the environment, a new study suggests. The study led by researchers at Radboud University in the Netherlands compared concentrations of the neonicotinoid pesticide imidacloprid measured in lakes and other surface waters around the Netherlands to local changes in 15 farmland bird species from 2003 to 2010. They found that in areas where concentrations of the pesticide were more than 20 nanograms per litre, populations of birds such as barn swallows, tree sparrow and common starlings fell 3.5 per cent a year, compared to the average population trend for their species. Neonicotinoids act as a neurotoxin for insects, but previous studies have shown they're not very toxic to birds. Because of that, the Dutch researchers think the decline in birds is probably due to pesticides unintentionally killing off the insects they rely on to feed their young during the breeding season. (more)

Second Silent Spring? Bird declines linked to popular pesticides
9 July 2014 - Pesticides don't just kill pests. New research out of the Netherlands provides compelling evidence linking a widely used class of insecticides to population declines across 14 species of birds. Those insecticides, called neonicotinoids, have been in the news lately due to the way they hurt bees and other pollinators. This new paper, published online Wednesday in Nature, gets at another angle of the story-the way these chemicals can indirectly affect other creatures in the ecosystem. Scientists from Radboud University in Nijmegen and the Dutch Centre for Field Ornithology and Birdlife Netherlands (SOVON) compared long-term data sets for both farmland bird populations and chemical concentrations in surface water. They found that in areas where water contained high concentrations of imidacloprid-a common neonicotinoid pesticide-bird populations tended to decline by an average of 3.5 per cent annually. (more)

Sleepless nights raise brain levels of Alzheimer's protein: study
3 June 2014 - After a night of no sleep, even a healthy brain has higher than normal levels of the protein that forms the signature tangles in Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study from the Netherlands. 'We think normal healthy sleep helps reduce the amount of (amyloid) beta in the brain and if your sleep is disturbed this decrease is prevented,' said the study's senior author Dr Jurgen Claassen, from Radboud University Medical Centre in Nijmegen (Netherlands). In people who repeatedly fail to get a good night's sleep, the amyloid-beta concentration may build up and could be one factor in the development of Alzheimer's disease, he said. Distinct from other forms of dementia, Alzheimer's is partly defined by accumulations in the brain of the amyloid-beta protein. The cause of Alzheimer's disease is not known, but the amyloid-beta plaques have long been thought to play an important role. Claassen and his colleagues point out in JAMA Neurology that studies on mice have found decreases in the amount of amyloid-beta in healthy animals' brains after a good night's sleep. That suggests sleep plays a role in cleaning out the protein overnight. (more)

Bullying among kids tied to suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts
10 March 2014 - School children who are bullied are more than twice as likely to think about killing themselves and to make suicide attempts as their peers who aren't bullied, according to a new analysis. Researchers also found that cyberbullying, such as harassment over the Internet, was more closely linked to suicidal thoughts than in-person bullying. 'We found that suicidal thoughts and attempted suicides are significantly related to bullying, a highly prevalent behaviour among adolescents,' Mitch van Geel told Reuters Health in an email. He said it's estimated that between 15 and 20 per cent of children and teens are involved in bullying as the perpetrator, victim, or both. (more)

Study links steroid-dependent asthma to depression
7 February 2014 - People with severe asthma who rely on prednisone are more than three times more likely to be depressed than those with severe cases who don't use prednisone and those with mild to moderate asthma, according to a new study from The Netherlands. Prednisone-dependent asthma patients 'deserve' screening for depression and anxiety, the authors say, both to alleviate their suffering and possibly improve their physical health through mental health treatment. 'There's a well-established connection with asthma, as well as chronic illness in general, and higher reports of depression than the general population,' Dr. Rebecca Hashim told Reuters Health. Prednisone is a steroid anti-inflammatory medication used to treat asthma attacks, often among people with severe symptoms. Previous research has linked steroid use to depression and other mood problems. And links in both directions have been found between depression and the severity of asthma symptoms. (more)

Study links insecticide use to invertebrate die-offs
1 May 2013 - The world's most widely used insecticide is devastating dragonflies, snails and other water-based species, a groundbreaking Dutch study has revealed. On Monday, the insecticide and two others were banned for two years from use on some crops across the European Union, due to the risk posed to bees and other pollinators, on which many food crops rely. However, much tougher action in the form of a total worldwide ban is needed, according to the scientist who led the new study. (more)

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