The Dutch Boa Bond (NBB) wants minister Ferd Grapperhaus (Justice and Security) to use an emergency procedure to ensure that boas are armed with a baton and pepper spray. Chairman Ruud Kuin asked that in a letter to the minister.
Tuesday responded Kuin in response to the two violent incidents of the last Easter weekend. On the Pieter Calandlaan in Amsterdam, four boas were injured when they were attacked by a group of about ten people.
A boa suffered a concussion from the violence used. In Rotterdam, boas were kicked, beaten and spat upon when they wanted to fine people for not following the corona rules.
According to Kuin, the corona crisis is causing enforcers to need the armor, consisting of pepper spray and a baton, more than ever. “After all, it is by definition about enforcement against groups (three or more) and large fines. Both circumstances (group and height fines) by definition lead to more resistance and aggression,” the letter says.
“More and more people become annoyed when calling for measures”
The union said on Tuesday that affiliated members are increasingly telling stories of people who are irritated when they are held accountable for complying with the 1.5 meter distance rule.
Almost a year ago, Mayor Femke Halsema decided that boas in the city will be equipped with pepper spray. She submitted an application for this to Minister Grapperhaus. However, the boas still do not have the means of defense. That is why Kuin is now asking for an urgent procedure.
“Today, major and far-reaching decisions are being taken in a very short time in the interest of public health. We believe that this should also apply to the urgent procedure we have requested.”
HOther cracks run through the paint layer on the frayed canvas like the finest cobwebs. And yet this pearl earring shimmers, sparkles and shines like new. Painted over 355 years ago by the master of light, the Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer.
With exactly three brushstrokes of white oil paint placed on a dark primer: one at the bottom of the pearl, one drop-shaped at the top, a swab next to it to reflect the light. It is his most famous painting: “The girl with the pearl earring”. A baroque blockbuster.
You can never get closer to this masterpiece and its genius than in the virtual museum: it is digitized in high resolution, with more than seven million pixels, so that you can also see the brushwork and patina on the screen.
Zoom in on what is otherwise hidden from the naked eye. Touch. Read the curator’s clever comments – and visit the painting where it hangs: a virtual 3-D tour of the exhibition space in The Hague Mauritshuis Museum.
Relax from your sofa, with your smartphone, tablet or computer. An exclusive visit: as long as you want, as close as you want, when you want, and for free.
Museums offer virtual tours through exhibitions
Today Johannes Vermeer (1632–1675) is something like the first virtual superstar among the artists – and thus a prime example of a completely digitized work show. From the “girl with the pearl earring” to the “maid with the milk jug”, all of his 36 surviving paintings are online.
This virtual tour was made possible a few years ago by the collaboration of 18 museums and private collections around the world with the Google Arts & Culture internet project. Since the Vermeer originals are fragile and precious, they have not been allowed to go to traveling exhibitions for a long time – even in their home locations they can only be viewed at a proper distance, if at all (artsandculture.google.com/project/vermeer).
Only now, in Corona times, when all museums are closed for the time being, does it become clear that online museums with interactive exhibition spaces are also worth a trip for those who otherwise prefer the original. The virtual tour does not replace a real visit, but it is an exciting alternative.
Since Corona, the Google Group’s art project has recorded enormous access rates – and has put new digitized museums and vernissages online every day. In the meantime, more than 2500 worldwide museums and galleries with more than 100,000 works of art for virtual travel are online via this platform; the same digital technology is used that is used in Google Maps.
Even though many museums are cooperating with Google Arts for cost reasons, more and more of them are beginning to digitize their treasures themselves out of necessity or to accompany their curators via YouTube video with their work behind the scenes.
We have put together a selection of the best virtual tours in foreign museums, from Paris to New York.
Paris: Musée d’Orsay and Louvre
The former Gare d’Orsay station on the south bank of the Seine is home to the largest impressionist collection in the world. On 16,000 square meters, more than 4,000 exhibits from the period between 1848 and 1914 are shown.
The virtual tour leads through the empty halls, past marble sculptures and the famous station clock from 1900, to selected works – such as van Gogh’s “Self-Portrait”. The museum offers a lot of YouTube videos about special exhibitions (such as Degas), 900 work shows. You can spend hours here! (musee-orsay.fr such as artsandculture.google.com).
The Louvre, the third largest museum in the world, also has several virtual tours, for example through the Small Gallery (Rembrandt, Tintoretto), the Egyptian Pharaohs Collection and the Apollo Gallery with works by Delacroix. Only the “Mona Lisa” is guarded – and remains hidden from virtual visitors (louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne).
The Albertina’s collections include one million works from the 15th to the 21st centuries. They are housed in the Archduke Albrecht Palace, the residence of the Habsburgs. Master drawings – from Michelangelo’s male files to Albrecht Dürer’s “Brown Hare” – can be experienced virtually (sammlungenonline.albertina.at).
New: some paintings are animated, for example by Chagall and Matisse, and can be viewed with augmented reality via the app: simply hold your smartphone in the picture (artivive.com/albertina-de).
London: British Museum and National Gallery
The British Museum in the heart of London allows you to virtually visit the Great Court, the ancient Rosetta Stone and the Egyptian mummies. A great street view visit through close Google collaboration (artsandculture.google.com/streetview/british-museum).
The National Gallery collection is also online, offering classics such as Paul Cézanne, Jan van Eyck, Hans Holbein, Rembrandt and William Turner, one of the most important English Romantic painters (nationalgallery.org.uk and over artsandculture.google.com).
Florence: Uffizi Gallery
The Medici family’s treasury houses one of the oldest art collections in the world. Since 1580, the Uffizi Gallery has impressed with works of painting and sculpture from antiquity to late baroque.
Spread over 50 halls, you can find paintings from the 13th to 18th centuries, including classics by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Botticelli, Tizian or Caravaggio. The museum virtually offers its own highlights: uffizi.it/en/online-exhibitions.
The best-known works from the Rijksmuseum collection include “Die Nachtwache” by Rembrandt or Vermeer’s “Maid with milk jug”. Visitors stroll virtually on a street view tour through the entrance hall and rooms (rijksmuseum.nl as well as about artsandculture.google.com).
St. Petersburg: State Hermitage Museum
The most famous museum in Russia is also one of the largest in the world. It houses more than three million exhibits, sculptures, archaeological treasures, including 17,000 paintings, including those by Picasso, Leonardo and Rubens.
It is usually so crowded that you only see visitors instead of works of art. The virtual exclusive tour actually leads through the buildings and empty galleries – once alone in the Hermitage with tsar gold and tsar diamonds. Great! (hermitagemuseum.org).
New York: Guggenheim Museum and MoMA
Here visitors can climb the iconic spiral staircase, also called snail, click for click instead of step by step. In the Guggenheim Museum you can discover works of art from the epochs of Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Modernity and the Present. Public favorites are works by Wassily Kandinsky, Robert Delaunay, Fernand Léger (guggenheim.org).
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has a sensational online magazine; 84,000 artworks are shown (moma.org).
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Moreno B., suspected of involvement in the murder of lawyer Derk Wiersum, denies being guilty. The Public Prosecution Service (OM) says on Wednesday that it does not believe its alibi. B. was said to be with his mother on the day of the liquidation.
On Wednesday, an introductory hearing against two of the total of three suspects in the case was filed. Both 31-year-old Moreno B. and 36-year-old Giermo B. were not present at the hearing.
Lawyer Job Knoester was physically present on behalf of Moreno B. Giermo B.’s new lawyer, Jacques Taekema, decided not to attend. Taekema replaces lawyer Tjalling van der Goot, who has lodged the defense for unknown reasons.
Knoester said on Wednesday that his client has an alibi. However, according to the Public Prosecution Service, this story is not conclusive.
Mother states that her son was home on the day of the murder
The mother of Moreno B. has stated according to the OM that her son was at her home on September 18, 2019 and that she woke him up that morning. Even in the evening and night he would have been with his mother and youngest brother.
However, the public prosecutor made it clear at court that this statement does not correspond to that of Moreno B. himself. In addition, according to the OM, the location data of the phones attributed to the suspect make it clear that he was elsewhere on the day of the murder.
In addition, DNA from Moreno B. was also found in the white Opel Combo used by the shooter. According to Knoester, however, this is a mixing profile and therefore also the DNA of others. In addition, the Public Prosecution Service has not yet announced the role of justice attributed to Moreno B.
He is suspected of complicity or complicity in the murder. The prosecution assumes that Wiersum was shot because he assisted crown witness Nabil B. in the trial of Ridouan T. One of the suspects of involvement in the liquidation of Wiersum is T.’s cousin Anouar T.
Knoester asked for the release of the pre-trial detention of Moreno B., but according to the court, there are still sufficiently serious objections and the man remains in custody.
The message reaches the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Ekaterinburg Thursday morning at 10.45 a.m. local time: From Friday onwards, Russia will prohibit all international flights indefinitely. At 11.36 a.m., less than an hour later, the Grand Chess Federation and their teams, the referees and the other participants were informed by the World Chess Federation Fide about the consequence: the termination of the candidate tournament. Fide President Arkady Dworkovich made this decision almost immediately, “after a few seconds of thinking”, as he will say later in an interview.
There is hectic activity in the hotel. The eight candidates from China, France, the Netherlands, the United States and Russia who have been playing for the right for ten days, the world champion Magnus Carlsen To be able to challenge, gather for a player’s meeting at 12 noon. Details from this session are not known from afar, but the five non-Russian players will undoubtedly have asked the most pressing question: How do we get home now? There are only twelve hours left because after midnight no departure will be possible.
Fide wants to organize a charter flight to Amsterdam for guests from the west. Will that go so quickly? This is too risky for the Dutch grand master Anish Giri. From now on he succeeds in booking a scheduled flight to Amsterdam. He takes off at three in the afternoon. At four he should have sat on the board to play the next round. Against whom again?
Those who are left behind are nervous. The demand for last minute charter flights in Yekaterinburg may be higher than usual this Thursday. But Fide says it can do it. The machine should start at half past ten in the evening, a good hour before the iron curtain lowers.
The German grandmaster Niclas Huschenbeth on the highlights of the candidate tournament.
Eight people will board: American Fabiano Caruana, who started as a tournament favorite, and his second, Uzbek Rustam Kasimdzhanov, who lives in Ruppichterroth near Bonn; Frenchman Maxime Vachier-Lagrave currently at the front of the tournament; the chairman of the arbitral tribunal, Jeroen van den Berg, and the tournament photographer, Lennart Ootes, both from the Netherlands; the 14-time champion of the Netherlands, Peng Zhaoqing, who was in front of the camera in Yekaterinburg in a Chinese-language live stream; and finally the Russian Grand Master Anna Burtasowa, who lives in Toronto, is known to viewers worldwide because she interviewed the candidates daily in the official video stream about the current round.
A journalist is also said to be flying, the Spaniard Leontxo García, for whom his most bizarre research trip would be completed: A few days before the tournament started, not via Moscow, because that was no longer possible, but via Istanbul, he was in Ekaterinburg on Corona tested (negative) and from then on sat in quarantine in a hotel room that he was not allowed to leave until his departure. He has never been able to enter the gaming room. While he is packing his things, the stage at the Hyatt Regency is already being dismantled. A chess tournament can end so quickly without being over.
After all, Leontxo García, who has been at all World Championships since 1983, could still find material in the air for a late exclusive story that all chess reporters will envy him as much as they regretted his inclusion.
While everything is going on in Yekaterinburg, Grandmaster Daniel Rensch lies somewhere in America at half past three in the morning on the floor in front of the married bed, so as not to wake the woman with the light of his smartphone when he is with the ex-world champion Vladimir Kramnik which he corresponds for his show on chess.com wants to win, which will come up with breaking news on this day.
So a race of the chess platforms begins. Who reports fastest and most intensively? The Hamburg streaming service chess24.com with the German grandmaster Jan Gustafsson as chief moderator in the home office, world champion Magnus Carlsen and Fide president Arkadi Dworkowitsch offer. They have the president with them chess.com also, in addition the ex world champion Vladimir Kramnik and Viswanathan Anand.
They are hours of real time journalism like they are in the chess has never given. The Fide president, who had just canceled the tournament, joined the chess show via webcam, presumably from Moscow, sitting in front of a book wall with a chess cup, and explained his decision. Magnus Carlsen – in his new, fairly empty Oslo apartment – says he thinks that’s right: “If there was a time, it was this. It was the last chance to get the players out.”
Dhe Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza has only one Rembrandt in his collection, the “Self-Portrait with Hat and Two Chains” from 1642/43. The house has brought together an exhibition around this portrait, following the 350th anniversary of death in the previous year. However, the approximately one hundred paintings and graphics are not only about Rembrandt, but also about portrait painting in Amsterdam from 1590 to 1670. He himself produced around forty works, including a good twenty portraits. The result is an attractive panopticon, a group portrait with immediate forerunners, colleagues, competitors and successors in the Dutch Golden Age.
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When Rembrandt moved to Amsterdam from his native city of Leiden in 1631, there was a huge demand for portraits in the largest city in the independent Netherlands. An enormous number of customers wanted themselves and their families to be painted as representative domestic jewelry. The need came from the patriciate, from the urban elites of the officials and dignitaries, but also from citizens who had made their fortunes in the prospering city with trade and commerce. The need, which was no longer predominantly related to the church or reserved for the nobility, but rather private, increased above all since 1578 with the advent of Calvinist rule in Amsterdam. Eloquent testimony to this are the group portraits of the citizen guards and vigilantes: the genre of Dutch group portraits reaches its peak. The best known will be Rembrandt’s “Night Watch” from 1642, depicting the Amsterdam rifle guild.
It can be assumed that thousands of portraits were painted in Amsterdam at the time, most of which were lost. But a considerable part was preserved. To date, more than 130 of the painters who produced portraits from the end of the sixteenth to the last third of the seventeenth century and of whom works are known can be identified. The prices were high: a life-size portrait of a breast cost about forty guilders, a half-length portrait for sixty guilders, and a three-quarter portrait for about eighty guilders; for a hundred guilders there was a full-size portrait. For comparison: a simple craftsman earned a maximum of 250 guilders a year.
Group portrait with the rules of history painting
When Rembrandt came to Amsterdam, he was said not to have painted a portrait. There was strong competition in the capital, and it was classy, as the works shown in Madrid impressively demonstrate: Cornelis van der Voort, Cornelis Ketel and Jacob Backer or Aert and Gerrit Pietersz are the names of the successful colleagues.
About 500 million people across the European Union could go on temporary blockade due to a 30-day ban on people entering the 27-member block, proposed the President of the European Commissioner.
European Commission leader Ursula von der Leyen spoke on Monday to propose a 30-day ban on anyone entering the EU unless their trip is essential.
“I propose to heads of state and government to introduce temporary restrictions on non-essential travel to the European Union.”
“The less travel, the more we can contain the virus,” he said in a video message.
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Those who are long-term residents or the family of EU citizens would be exempted from the ban and transport workers could also be allowed to move to maintain the flow of goods.
“We must take exceptional measures to protect the health of our citizens. But we ensure that essential goods and services continue to flow into our internal market. This is the only way to prevent shortages of medical equipment or food, “he said.
Europe has now become the global center of the COVID-19 epidemic with Spain overtaking South Korea to become the fourth most virus-infected country in the world after cases have increased by 1000 in 24 hours to reach 9,191. Monday.
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The army has been deployed to clean streets and stations, with 46 million people said to stay home and private hospitals have been taken over by the government. About half of the deaths occurred in the capital, Madrid, and the Portuguese border was closed.
France is expected to outline stricter measures on Monday evening (local time) to contain the virus. In the UK, “COVIDwalkout” was trending online while many enjoyed the government’s “flock immunity” tactic that saw schools, restaurants and bars open.
Italy on Sunday reported its largest daily increase in infections – 3,590 more cases – for a total of 24,747. With 1,809 virus-related deaths, the country is responsible for over a quarter of the global death toll.
The Netherlands recorded the largest daily jump in infections with 278 new cases confirmed in the past 24 hours. New cases reported on Monday brought the country’s total to 1,413. The Dutch Institute of Public Health said four other people died of COVID-19, bringing the national death toll to 24.
On Sunday, the government ordered the closure of all schools, bars, restaurants, sports clubs and sex clubs until April 6th. The closures also affected the country’s famous coffee shops selling marijuana, triggering panic buying before the bars closed on Sunday evening.
Germany has also moved to close shops, bars, museums and other unnecessary facilities.
COVID-19 disease causes mild or moderate symptoms, but most people, but severe symptoms are more likely in the elderly or in people with existing health problems.
More than 77,000 people have recovered from this, especially in China.
USA WARNING: IT MAY BE ITALY
The U.S. surgeon general said Monday that the number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached the level that Italy recorded two weeks ago, a sign that infections are expected to increase in America as the government intensifies tests. and the financial markets continue to decline.
“We are at a critical point of inflection in this country, people,” Dr. Fox told Fox News. Jerome Adams, general surgeon.
“When you look at the projections, there is every chance that we could be Italy.”
Two weeks ago, Italy had 1,700 coronavirus cases and reported 34 deaths.
Now, Italy is reporting about 25,000 cases and over 1,800 deaths. About 3,800 cases have been reported in the United States and so far, over 65 people have died from coronavirus.
Amsterdam prohibits guided tours in the red light district
The Dutch metropolis suffers from mass tourism. Especially in the old town, groups of visitors step on each other’s feet. The city is responding with new regulations and tougher penalties.
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MLast year, more than 20 million guests visited the city, which has a population of just 800,000. In addition to culture and romantic canals, it also stands for coffee shops and sex shops. Amsterdam is trying to control the rush with new rules – and to polish up their party porn image.
It started in 2017 with regulations for entrepreneurs in the old town; Since then, tour operators such as bike rental shops and ticket shops, but also fast food shops and ice cream parlors have had a difficult time getting a business permit.
With effect from January 1, 2019, the introduction of a visitor tax for cruise passengers followed: Those who want to disembark in Amsterdam now have to pay a fee of eight euros. The shipping companies reacted differently to this compulsory levy; some transfer them one to one to the passengers, others redirect their ships to Rotterdam.
Four months later, in April 2019, the city administration limited tourist tours through the alleys, which have been characterized by prostitution for centuries, around the Oude Kerk, a former church, until 7 p.m.
Guided tours in the red light district are not permitted
From April 1st this year, city tours in the red light district De Wallen will be completely prohibited. The reason given was that it was disrespectful for women to show tourists around windows behind which scantily clad prostitutes presented themselves to potential clients.
Tours in other red light districts of the city, such as Spuistraat and the surrounding area, are also no longer permitted. And also outside of the entertainment district, the business with city tours will be regulated more strictly in the future in order to reduce annoyance for residents and entrepreneurs to a minimum.
The maximum group size for guided tours from April is 15 people. The guide may no longer use microphones or other “sound-amplifying devices”, and the participants are also prohibited from shouting and making noise beyond the volume of the room. The consumption of alcohol and drugs during the tours or trips had already been prohibited in 2019.
New rules for tour guides in Amsterdam
As tour guides will need a special permit for city tours from April 2020, visitors should exercise caution when booking. Because guides without permission must end the tour immediately. In addition, they face a fine of 190 euros, while tourists have to forego any lost tour services without compensation.
An additional fee is now payable for city tours, similar to a tourist tax – so guides can no longer advertise free, that is, donation-based tours.
For the new regulation, there is initially a six-week transition period, calculated from April 1, 2020, so that professional tourist guides can revise their respective offers. In the event of an infringement and four warnings, the agencies then risk losing their license and paying fines, which have increased significantly from 2500 to 7500 euros as a result of the tightening of the rules.
Smoking is allowed on the street
The general rule is: whether local or tourist – if you misbehave in Amsterdam, you are strongly asked to checkout. Law enforcement officers carry credit card readers with them to immediately punish violations.
In large parts of the city of Amsterdam, no alcohol can be drunk in public. Drinking a beer away from cafes and pubs can result in a penalty of 95 euros.
Smoking, however, is permitted on the street and is only prohibited wherever smoking is prohibited, i.e. in public buildings, restaurants, pubs, around schools and in children’s playgrounds. Only proven adults (aged 18 and over) are allowed to buy cannabis (five grams per day) in the Amsterdam coffee shops and smoke their joint there. With harder drugs like cocaine or ecstasy, however, the long-suffering is also over in Amsterdam.