State Secretary Keijzer comes with a law that prohibits fake reviews –

State Secretary Mona Keijzer has published a draft bill that imposes stricter rules on online stores and prohibits the posting of fake reviews. Interested parties can respond to the plan that is presented for a month.

The cabinet wants to offer consumers the same protection in web shops as in physical shops. “Too often information on social media, digital platforms and web shops is still incomplete, unclear or sometimes even misleading,” says Keijzer. “This means that as a consumer you can make a purchase or conclude a contract, without being well aware of the conditions.” The law, she says, is “necessary to make our economy fairer.”

This is a European directive that must be applied by all member states from 22 May 2022. The law has significant consequences for online stores such as Zalando and When consumers search for a product on such a site, the web shops must, for example, indicate whether certain products are placed high because the seller has purchased an advertisement. It must be made clear how the order in which the consumer is shown the search results was established.

If web shops show a ‘personalized’ offer, based on information about other websites that the consumer has previously visited, this must be made clear. Web stores that work with third parties are also required to indicate whether they themselves or the external sellers are responsible for returns. This way the consumer knows where to turn for questions.

The law is also intended to protect consumers who receive free services in exchange for providing personal data. Companies that offer these types of services will soon have to make clear how long the contract will be and how it can be terminated. According to the law, consumers may immediately terminate such an agreement “without reason” within fourteen days. If the consumer chooses to do so, the provider must delete the personal data.


Skip boring Bly Manor and get fed up with the dark and exuberant Ratched –

Little real snickering, somewhat far-fetched drama and just a little too many music boxes playing in the attic, dolls coming to life and creaking steps. The enthusiast needs more to be captivated by a horror series. The Haunting of Bly Manor was downright boring at times, especially if you were before Ratched have seen, surely the must of this autumn.

Bly Manor
Maybe the expectations were Bly Manor, can be seen on Netflix for about ten days, also too high after the success The Haunting of Hill House (with Holland’s own Hollywood star Michiel Huisman). In the second part, nanny Dani (Victoria Pedretty) babysits two children who live in Bly Manor with a gardener, a cook and a housekeeper. spooky villa in the British countryside. The parents of the children have passed away, just like the previous babysitter. And is the housekeeper still alive?

A plot unfolds full of ghostly apparitions and ghosts from the past. Here and there a person falls. Who is alive and who is not, and why, that is increasingly the question, while a love is also blossoming. A beautiful episode that goes back in time – completely in black and white – should clear things up. Slowly the pieces of the puzzle fall into place and a nice story unfolds, but hopefully you have not fallen asleep in the meantime.

No, then Ratched, which appeared on Netflix a month ago and tells about the early years of the evil nurse Ratched, from classic One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. Mildred Ratched manages to land a job in a psychiatric institution in the late 1940s, where a deranged director is experimenting with treatments that were in vogue at the time, such as lobotomy and heating and cooling patients in a bath. At first Ratched only seems like an ambitious nurse, but turns out to have very different motives for acquiring an important position in the clinic.

The lead role is played as angelic as devilish by Sarah Paulson, who constantly makes you believe that under the rock-hard facade there is a sensitive person hiding. Meanwhile, a lot is happening in Ratched. The lady is not one to sit still for long. She encounters all kinds of eccentrics, such as the millionaire widow (played delicately by Sharon Stone), who has a son without limbs. And the director of the clinic has something to do with that.

But what really makes the series a small masterpiece is the design, which has been taken care of down to the last detail, and the color scheme is the most striking. It is unpacked with exuberant color areas, which change when the hellish story here and there demands. The images are outspoken and always carefully chosen. Ratched becomes such a beautifully styled, dark fairy tale, that you may well illuminate (or obscure) some boring autumnal lockdown nights.


new corona measures in the making –

The Swedes knew better this spring: a lockdown, they were not going to start on that. The result: during the first corona wave, more people died from Covid-19 than in the three neighboring countries combined. And group immunity did not come either. After new outbreaks, Sweden is now considering a different approach with possibly even local lockdowns.

In the Scandinavian ‘guide country’, schools, restaurants, shops and offices remained largely open in April and May. Face masks were not required. Keeping a little distance should be enough. It wasn’t. There were 20 times more infections than in Norway and the death rate was among the highest in the world.

It seemed that there was some degree of herd immunity at least in Stockholm, yet major outbreaks are again occurring in the Swedish capital and also in nearby Uppsala. That is why the authorities are now considering additional measures. Even local lockdowns are not excluded. According to British newspaper The Telegraph there will be a new policy this week.

But for the time being it will probably stick to strict advice to avoid public transport and other busy places, such as restaurants and shopping centers. “The new guidelines strike a balance between regulations and recommendations”, says top woman at the Swedish Institute of Public Health, Bitte Brastad, describing the changed view.

We have seen in the Netherlands how well such advice helps. See if the Swedes listen better.


Bolivia 2020 elections: MAS would have won in pr …

Five hours from the close of the elections, the first exit polls resulted in a beating of the Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS) in Bolivia. The Unitel channel released what until then was just a rumor: a beating of Luis Arce with 52 percent of the vote, compared to 31.5 percent of Carlos Mesa, his main opponent. In parallel and in a delayed official vote count, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) had barely relieved four percent of the official records. Polls which are always announced from 8:00 p.m. in Bolivia (21 in Argentina) were conspicuous by their absence for several hours, which generated suspicion and great discomfort from voters on social networks.

On Sunday night, the TSE asked “patience” to wait for the results while the first results of the MAS count gave, unofficially, a victory for Arce in the first round. This information was confirmed around one in the morning by former President Evo Morales at a press conference from Buenos Aires. In a generally uneventful day, although always tense due to the cinematic police and military deployment of the de facto government, Bolivians were hoping to go to sleep meeting their new president almost a year after the coup d’état perpetrated against Evo Morales. Although the confirmation of the TSE will now subtract in a count that will take days, the trend seems irreversible.

After nine hours of voting that passed normally, a slow dissemination of results was expected after the TSE suspended its quick counting system just hours before the elections. After twelve and from a hotel in Buenos Aires, the former president Evo Morales held a press conference to announce the first results of the MAS polls. “There has been a victory for the MAS. Furthermore, the MAS will have the majority in both chambers, “he said. Morales added that after an arduous struggle,” Today we have recovered democracy and the homeland. We will regain stability and progress, we will regain peace!“, he exclaimed before the journalists who waited several hours in a hotel in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Balvanera.

The recognition of the coup leader Añez

The coup leader Jeanine Áñez congratulated the MAS candidates Luis Arce and David Choquehuanca for their victory in the first round of the general elections, as soon as the quick count of Ciesmori was known.

He clarified that the official results were not yet known, “but based on the data we have, Mr. Arce and Mr. Choquehuanca have won the election. I congratulate the winners and ask them to govern with Bolivia and democracy in mind ”.

According to data from Ciesmori for Unitel, Arce won the elections in the first round with 52.4%, according to the exit data. In second place is Carlos Mesa from Comunidad Ciudadana (CC) with 31.5% and Luis Fernando Camacho from Creemos is in third place with 14.1%.

Áñez had anticipated that he would respect the outcome of the elections, regardless of who is going to win them. In different acts, as a candidate and de facto president, she harshly attacked the MAS and Evo Morales throughout the campaign.

The de facto president of Bolivia had asked earlier citizens and political parties have “patience” and “maturity” to wait for the official results of the general elections held on this day.

The transitory president made that call in a televised message in which she was accompanied by the acting ministers of the Presidency, Yerko Núñez; of Defense, Luis Fernando López; and Government (Interior), Arturo Murillo; in addition to the commanders of the Armed Forces, Sergio Orellana, and the Police, Rodolfo Montero.

“We all know that we will not have final results until the official vote count is over.”, said Áñez, for which he asked citizens and the parties to have “patience to wait for the results without generating any type of violent events.

Áñez was running for the elections for the Juntos alliance, but last month he decided to withdraw his candidacy so as not to disperse the vote and unify it for the candidate who can stand up to the Movement for Socialism (MAS), of former President Evo Morales.

The official count

Bolivia began counting the vote this Sunday after nine hours of attendance at the polling stations to receive more than 7.3 million voters in the country. The official voting record began at 6:00 p.m. under the authority of the TSE, an entity that the day before decided to abolish the Preliminary Results Dissemination system (Direpre) that was supposed to offer provisional results.

“We have had a quiet day throughout the country so far,” said Deputy Minister of Citizen Security Wilson Santamaria in a statement. Overseers from Copppal and Parlasur also highlighted that Election day passed calmly.

No quick count

The Bolivian TSE announced on Saturday that it would not use the system of preliminary results for the vote count so as not to generate “uncertainty” in the population and only official data will be used. The result of the elections, where Luis Arce of the Movement to Socialism (MAS) is the favorite candidate, will not be known during Sunday night.

The president of the TSE, Salvador Romero, reported that “due to responsibility to the country” it was decided not to use the Preliminary Results Dissemination system (Direpre), since they do not want to generate uncertainty in Bolivians in a “highly polarized climate.”

On Sunday night we will not have the official and final result. This is going to take us a few additional hours and it is important that citizens have patience because the result will be reliable, (albeit) a little slower“Romero said.

In the presidential election last year, there were irregularities with the vote count. The scrutiny in mining centers such as those of Siglo XX, Llallagua and other towns far from urban centers where the indigenous vote is strengthened, had to be reviewed by the TSE after shock groups called by opponents of the Morales government tried to prevent the counting the original peasant vote and ignoring the results.

This time, Romero gave a press conference in La Paz and explained that he was looking for a system to disseminate preliminary results that are “close” to the official result, but “when there is no certainty and sufficient volume of information,” it is better remove that counting form.

“In such a way that we are certain that this result will be similar to the final one, it is preferable to dispense with the preliminary results”, said Romero and stressed that in this way will “have a result without an iota of doubts”.

Furthermore, he argued that the population may be present at the vote count, can photograph the minutes prepared by the electoral juries, while the political delegates can have a copy and The results in the computer system may be verifiable minute by minute, including the photograph of the minutes and the transcription of the results.

“The objective of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal is to have a calculation that is safe for all citizens, safe for competing political organizations and that the results are reliable,” said the president of the electoral body.

Reactions to the TSE’s decision

Evo Morales criticized the TSE’s decision Through his Twitter account: “It is highly worrying that @TSEBolivia decides to suspend the Preliminary Results Dissemination (Direpre) system at election time. This last minute decision raises questions about his intentions“.

In the elections this sunday the candidates are Luis Arce of the Movement to Socialism (MAS) -part of former president Evo Morales-, former president Carlos Mesa Citizen Community (CC) and the former mayor of Santa Cruz de la Sierra Luis Fernando Camacho, who leads the We Believe Alliance and represents the most radical and anti-Masist right wing.


“Make no mistake. We cannot live with this virus ”-

“It is not a quarter past twelve, it is half past twelve.” Biostatistician Geert Molenberghs talks about Belgium in HLN, but the same applies to other countries in Western Europe.

“We have to understand that the curve will not start falling immediately. Compare it with a rocket: it shoots straight up, then deviates from its trajectory and only then goes down. We have yet to see that deviation. In March we had to wait two, almost three weeks for that. ”

“The question is whether we can make it with our hospital capacity. Can we protect the system without it bursting at the seams? If we all work very hard, our efforts can bring some relief around Christmas. But this could get worse than last time. We have learned that throwing off the belt can only be done slightly during this period. It won’t be Christmas 2019, and hopefully 2021 will be better than 2020. But celebrating New Year with large numbers of people? Forget it. New Year will be like Christmas: an intimate celebration with the family. ”

In Belgium, the situation is most precarious in Wallonia and Brussels, where the figures resemble those in Amsterdam


Bolivia 2020 elections: Carlos Mesa, the president …

The former president of Bolivia Carlos Mesa is presented again as the only candidate with a chance to beat Evo Morales’ party in an eventual ballot. The 67-year-old journalist arrived at the elections this Sunday iTrying to capture discontent with the coca grower leader, brandishing the anti-corruption flag and proposing an efficient state. However, he carries the ghost of having resigned from the presidency in 2004. Once out of power, Mesa left the political scene. Paradoxically, he returned to the fore with Morales. The ex-president He had put him at the forefront of the Bolivian lawsuit against Chile to achieve an outlet to the Pacific Ocean.

An “outsider” friend of the establishment

Carlos Diego de Mesa Gisbert, was born on August 12, 1953 in La Paz. I study literature at the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés in that city. However, he turned to journalistic work. He was part of various media until 1990 when he created the news production company Periodistas Asociados Televisión (PAT). He wrote several books on Bolivian history and also turned to film production. For his journalistic work, he received the King of Spain Award in 1994 (together with Mario Espinoza) and in 2012 the Bolivian National Journalism Award.

His arrival in politics occurred in 2002 when accompanied the neoliberal Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada as vice president, known as “Goni”. Once in government led to the privatization of ten state-owned companies. Unlike other countries, the Bolivian state sold only half of these companies. But the greatest discontent came after the decision to export natural gas through Chile. The conflict known as “The gas war” broke out in 2003. There, the peasant and mining entities demanded that the Chilean ports not be used. They also asked that private companies pay more royalties for gas exploitation. At that time the Bolivian state it only received 18 percent in tax rates. The protest movement, where Morales already stands out at the head of the Movement for Socialism (MAS), also demanded the nationalization of gas and other hydrocarbon production.

Given the increase in social conflict, Lozada decided to send the military to repress. This resulted in the so-called “October Massacre” 2003, where the army fired on the civilian population of the city of El Alto, leaving at leasts 70 people dead and hundreds injured. As the last desperate gesture Sánchez de Lozada proposed to make a referendum on gas and call the Constituent Assembly. But his die was cast. On October 17, “Goni” submitted his resignation in writing and He fled to the United States, where he remains to this day.

One presidency, two resignations

Once in power, Mesa convened a plebiscite seeking to appease the country. He himself raised five points among which stood out Modify the Hydrocarbons Law and obtain greater income with its export. The population supported with the “yes”. After the vote, the Executive presented a bill to carry out reforms that were the subject of disputes in Congress. Finally, a project presented by the MAS was imposed, which raised 50% taxes on the export of hydrocarbons. The law needed the signature of the Executive and Board, in disagreement with the text, chose not to endorse it. Finally, the text had to go back to the legislature for final approval. Without having a party to support him, the journalist opened disputes in Congress and on the street that led him to submit his resignation on two occasions. The second was endorsed by Parliament. Upon his departure, Supreme Court judge Eduardo Rodríguez Veltzé took office, calling for elections in 2005, where Evo Morales prevailed.

Despite his marked differences with the masista leader, Mesa agreed in 2013 to be the spokesperson for the maritime demand that Bolivia filed before the International Court of Justice in The Hague. However, on October 1, 2018, the Court ruled that Chile had no obligation to negotiate access to the sea for Bolivia. Days after this setback, Mesa launched his candidacy to challenge Morales for power, with the Citizen Community (CC) alliance. During the 2019 presidential elections, the journalist reached second place with 36.51 percent of the votes. He then collaborated in fomenting suspicions about the legitimacy of the elections. “Any result that gives Evo Morales the winner in the first round is the product of fraud“said the former president. Nor did he repudiate the November coup. He only recognized the interruption of the democratic system in January this year, when the de facto president, Jeanine Áñez presented her presidential candidacy.

Now Mesa is once again presenting himself as the MAS’s main adversary, this time facing former economy minister Luis Arce. During the campaign the former president he downplayed the economic achievements of the Morales governments. During the presidential debate last week he had to answer again whether he would leave power as he did in 2004. “I will not resign, I will negotiate firmly and decisively”Said the candidate. He also argued that the country’s problem was the inefficient state left by the masismo. “65 percent of state-owned companies show losses“Said Mesa. For some, his words are the prediction of a return to privatization and the neoliberal state.

Shapeless: Juan Manuel Boccacci


‘Cows relax when people talk to them softly’ –

Kind words are good for cows. Especially when spoken directly by people standing next to them instead of through a tape recording. A study that investigated the influence of speaking and petting on animals has been published in the scientific journal Frontiers in Psychology.

“We know that handling also affects milk production and animal health,” says Annika Lange of the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna. “Farmers may be laughed at when they talk to their cows, but it really has an effect.”

In the study, the researchers showed that cows relaxed when they were petted and heard a soft voice. They stretched their necks in pleasure, closed their eyes, twitched their ears, and their heartbeat was slower. The relaxation effect was more pronounced when the voice came directly from the person next to them rather than from a speaker on the examiner’s body. A follow-up study examining the effect of speech without contact is still ongoing.


This influencer did not believe in corona, now he has died from it –

Ukrainian fitness influencer Dmitriy Stuzhuk thought Covid-19 didn’t exist. He eventually died of complications from the disease.

Stuzhuk, who had more than a million followers on Instagram, became infected during a trip to Turkey. Back in Ukraine, the 33-year-old fitness fanatic was tested positive and became seriously ill. He had to be hospitalized. He was supposed to go home after eight days, but then suddenly got heart complications.

The man, who promotes a healthy lifestyle on social media, was rushed back to hospital. He would already have been “unconscious” and in “critical condition”, says his ex-wife Sofia (25). “I did what I could so that the father of my three children would survive, but it is no longer in my hands.” A little later it turns out that he is deceased. “Only warm memories remain and three beautiful children,” she wrote.

The influencer repented about the corona virus and wanted to warn his followers from the hospital. “I was someone who thought Covid-19 didn’t exist until I got sick. It is a serious illness, ”he said just before he died.

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“I had corona before it was known that it played in the Netherlands” –

Linda de Mol was infected with the corona virus at a very early stage. She says that in ‘De Coen en Sander Show’ on Radio 538. She had serious complaints.

“I’ve had it and very early. Quite a lot, ”Linda says in the radio broadcast. “It was only before it was known that it played in the Netherlands. I thought it was normal flu, but it was whole heavy.”

She even had to quit her job because she was sick. “I really couldn’t stand on my feet. And stuffy and no smell and no taste. I had all the symptoms, but I didn’t know at the time that it was corona. ”

In the spring she had herself tested and it turned out that she had antibodies in her blood. “So I assume that I have had it at a very early stage.”

Bron (nen): RTL News


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”.