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Welcome – Welkom – Теплий прийом

A warm welcome, to this website
that aims to give an overview and insight
at the news events of the day
and at important matters in this world.

Een hartelijk welkom, op deze website
die tot doel heeft een overzicht en inzicht te geven
op de nieuws gebeurtenissen van de dag
en op belangrijke zaken in deze wereld.



Ласкаво просимо на цей веб-сайт
який має на меті надати огляд та розуміння
новин дня
та важливих питань у цьому світі.


God helps them that help themselves

God helps them that help themselves

This semi-humorous saying suggests
that we should not rely entirely
on God to help us.God will help us if we make an effort.

God helpt hen die zichzelf helpen

God helpt hen die zichzelf helpen

Dit semi-humoristische gezegde suggereert
dat we niet volledig op God moeten vertrouwen
om ons te helpen.

God zal ons helpen als we ons inspannen.

Tomorrow is World Bicycle Day, a day to contribute to the environment

There is so much pollution that our climate is completely upset. We must realise that we ourselves have a great deal to do to counteract this rot. It would help if we would leave our cars at the side of the road a little more.

Tomorrow, 3 June, is World Bicycle Day, and wouldn’t that be a great opportunity to leave the car at the side and travel by bicycle?

In April 2018, the United Nations declared 3 June as World Bike Day, to make people pay equal attention to that mode of transport and to use that day as a global observance to promote the bicycle and its use, as it is an environmentally friendly mode of transport.

It is believed that awareness of the importance of the bicycle should be raised all over the world. This simple means of transport is not only good for the environment but also has great health benefits by contributing to clean air and less congestion around densely populated areas.

So why not use tomorrow to consider this environmentally friendly mode of transport?

So take tomorrow as a day to recognise and celebrate the uniqueness, longevity and versatility of the bicycle.


Dutch version / Nederlandstalige versie: Morgen Wereld Fietsdag een dag om bij te dragen aan het milieu

Morgen Wereld Fietsdag een dag om bij te dragen aan het milieu

Er heerst zoveel vervuiling dat ons klimaat helemaal overstuur ligt. Wij moeten beseffen dat wij zelf heel wat in de hand hebben om dat rot weer tegen te gaan. Indien wij de auto wat meer aan de kant zouden laten staan zou dit al een heel klein beetje helpen.

Morgen 3 juni is het de Werelddag van de Fiets en zou dat geen mooie gelegenheid zijn om de wagen eens aan de kant te laten staan en alle verplaatsingen met de fiets te doen?

De Verenigde Naties heeft in april 2018, 3 juni uitgeroepen tot Wereldfietsdag, om de mensen er toe te brengen even aandacht te schenken aan dat vervoersmiddel en die dag te gebruiken als een wereldwijde observatie om de fiets en het gebruik ervan te promoten, aangezien het een milieuvriendelijke manier van vervoer is.

Men is er van overtuigd dat het bewustzijn over het belang van de fiets over de hele wereld moet aangewakkerd worden. Dat eenvoudig vervoermiddel is niet alleen goed voor het milieu, maar heeft ook grote voordelen voor de gezondheid door bij te dragen aan schone lucht en minder opstoppingen rond dichtbevolkte gebieden.

Waarom zou u dus morgen niet gebruiken om die milieuvriendelijke manier van vervoer te overwegen?

Neem morgen dan ook de dag om het unieke karakter, de lange levensduur en de veelzijdigheid van de fiets te erkennen en te vieren.


English version / Engelse versie: Tomorrow is World Bicycle Day, a day to contribute to the environment

The Telegraph Frontpage for Friday 2023 June 02

By Daniel Hardaker
A pleasure cruiser is at the centre of the police investigation into the Bournemouth beach tragedy. Meanwhile, hotel migrants have staged a protest in central London over being denied single rooms.

Pleasure boat at centre of police investigation into Bournemouth beach tragedy

A restored pleasure cruiser is at the centre of a criminal investigation into the tragedy involving the deaths of two children on Bournemouth beach. The Dorset Belle has been impounded by police after a man in his 40s was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter. Steve Bird, Will Bolton and Ewan Somerville have the latest details on the case, and graphics showing how events unfolded at the pier.

Migrants barricade London hotel after being denied private rooms

Migrants are staging a pavement protest after deciding the hotel they have been transferred to was nothing like the “nice” accommodation they saw on Google Maps. Instead of the single rooms with en suite bathrooms they had been expecting, they were made to share a single room with two bunk beds in a hotel in central London. Home Affairs Editor Charles Hymas spoke to several of the migrants refusing to return to their rooms — you can read more here.

Oxford college threatens to expel students who misgender trans peers

Regent’s Park College has unveiled a new policy that could see students face expulsion or dismissal if caught using incorrect pronouns. Students are also banned from “making jokes about trans people or their trans status” and “denying or disputing the validity and/or existence of a trans person’s identity”.

Around the world: Girl, nine, and mother killed as they tried to reach locked Kyiv bomb shelter

Olha Ivashko, 33, and her daughter Vika, nine, were killed in a Russian missile strike yesterday as they tried to get into a locked bomb shelter. Their deaths have prompted officials in the capital to open a criminal investigation into those responsible. Joe Barnes was at the scene in Kyiv.
Olha Ivashko, 33, and her daughter Vika, nine, who were killed during the Russian missile strike

Today’s political cartoon

Today's cartoon
In today’s cartoon, Blower sees the funny side of falling house prices.

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Business news: House prices fall at fastest pace since financial crisis

House prices fell by 3.4 per cent in the year to May, according to data from Nationwide, the biggest annual drop since 2009. Melissa Lawford and Charlotte Gifford investigate the causes behind the rapid decline.

How Israel is preparing for an attack from all sides

Israel's Iron Dome system intercepting rockets launched by Hamas
Israel’s Iron Dome system intercepting rockets launched by Hamas Credit: AFP

How Israel is preparing for an attack from all sides

James Rothwell. By James Rothwell
It’s a searing hot afternoon in Tel Aviv and I’m rolling up to a checkpoint under the glare of two eagled-eyed teenage conscripts.

After a few probing questions, the barrier is lifted and I park next to an air raid shelter before meeting the spokesman for the Israel Defence Forces inside his base.

There’s nothing particularly secretive about the headquarters of the Israeli army’s spokesperson however. In fact, you can find it easily on Google Maps.

Even so, on that particular day it felt like I was being granted a rare insider’s look at how Israel is gearing up to defend against a massive air assault by Iran and its proxies – a war that may break out in just a few weeks.

The Israeli public is being prepared for a major escalation in Israel’s regional conflicts, one that officials described as a “multi-front” war.

In layman’s terms, it means that pro-Iranian and Palestinian groups could start firing hundreds if not thousands of missiles at Israel per day from at least four neighbouring countries and territories.

Why the extreme vigilance in Israel about such an attack? The most serious sign that war is approaching came in early April when Palestinian forces in southern Lebanon fired the biggest rocket salvo on Israel since the 2006 Lebanon war.

Iran's latest ballistic missile
Iran’s latest ballistic missile Credit: Reuters
The barrage was in retaliation for grim video footage of Israeli forces brutally beating Palestinian worshippers inside the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, the third holiest site in Islam, during Ramadan.

I paid a visit to some villages in northern Israel that were hit by those rockets as I tried to understand the mentality of living under perpetual air threats.

I also spoke to officials, analysts, sources and experts to try and pin down just how real the threat of multi-frontal war with Israel could be.

I was particularly curious about firepower: were armed groups such as Hizbollah in southern Lebanon as well-armed as claimed, with some estimates giving them 150,000 rockets?

And to what extent would they be beholden to a nation like Iran – if an order to attack were to originate from Tehran?

The Telegraph Frontpage for Thursay 2023 June 01

Nadhim Zahawi
By Daniel Hardaker
An increasingly vocal cohort of Conservative MPs are urging the Prime Minister to scrap inheritance tax, a move that The Telegraph is supporting. Meanwhile, two people have died and a man has been arrested following an incident off Bournemouth pier.
Children killed off Bournemouth Pier may have been caught in boat's waves
Sam Hall By Sam Hall
Good evening.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter after two children were killed in the sea off Bournemouth. Police are investigating the possibility that they may have been overcome after being hit by the wash from a boat.

Tories demand Rishi Sunak scrap inheritance tax

More than 50 Conservative MPs are demanding that Rishi Sunak scrap inheritance tax. The Telegraph is also launching a campaign to abolish the death duty amid additional fears that Labour is plotting to target estates and savings should they win the next election. Lauren Almeida and Charlotte Gifford detail one family’s heartbreak at having to hand over life savings to the state, not to loved ones. Writing for The Telegraph today, former chancellor Nadhim Zahawi describes inheritance tax as “morally wrong” and warns that it is adding inflationary pressure to house prices.

Man arrested after two die off Bournemouth Pier

Dorset Police have said that a 17-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl sustained “critical injuries” and later died in hospital following an incident at Bournemouth Pier yesterday. Eight people were treated for injuries that are not life-threatening, while a man in his 40s has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter. A witness stated that he believed those involved had been jumping into the sea. You can read his account here.

Duchess of York to to launch ‘no holds barred’ podcast

The Duchess of York will “set the record straight” in her new podcast, close friend and co-host Sarah Thomson has said. Ahead of the first episode – set to be released later today – the pair have promised to “spill the tea” and “leave no stone unturned, and no biscuit un-dunked.” Royal Correspondent India McTaggart has an account of what to expect.

Madeleine McCann detectives seize ‘number of items’ from Algarve reservoir

Detectives investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann have “seized a number of items” from a reservoir in Portugal, it has emerged. The Barragem do Arade was searched by Portuguese and German police last week, about 30 miles from the Praia da Luz resort where the three-year-old disappeared while on holiday with her parents in May 2007. Ewan Somerville has more details on the update given this morning by the Braunschweig Public Prosecutor’s Office.

Phillip Schofield to sell £1.2m London flat where he ‘secretly met’ ITV colleague

Phillip Schofield is selling the London flat in which he allegedly conducted an affair with his much younger ITV colleague, it has been claimed. Henry Bodkin reports that the two-bedroom penthouse has been put on the market for £1.2 million. The asking price appears to have been reduced by £100,000, with sources reportedly saying the family are anxious to offload the property.

Around the world: Germany should legalise trans people accessing female-only spaces, says MP

Germany’s top official on LGBT issues has criticised a draft trans law, saying it should go further in allowing trans people to access female-only spaces. Green politician Sven Lehmann said that a clause reaffirming a business’ right to turn individuals away would send a “fatal signal” that trans people pose a threat to women.
Sven Lehmann, Bundestag member from North Rhine-Westphalia Credit: Christoph Soeder/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

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World news: Buildings ablaze in Russian town as pro-Ukraine fighters launch attack

Ukrainian shells have allegedly hit a five-storey building in the centre of a Russian border town as anti-Kremlin Russian fighters, reportedly backed up by tanks, launched another incursion into Russia, writes James Kilner. Get up to speed with all the developments on the ground by reading our Ukraine live blog.

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The Russian-Ukrainian conflict is spreading to Russian territory

Moscow undergoes large-scale drone attack

On May 29 Ukraine’s air defense shot down 11 ballistic and cruise missiles launched by Russia at Kyiv Oblast.

Russia launched yet another drone attack against Kyiv overnight on May 30, its third air raid in 24 hours, targeting Ukraine for the 17th time this month, the Kyiv City Military Administration said at around 5 a.m. local time.

Kyiv’s mayor Vitali Klitschko has confirmed that 20 residents were evacuated from a damaged building, and that one person died, four were injured. He cautioned residents against ignoring air alarms, urging residents to stay indoors, saying

“do not go out to the balconies and streets to observe how the air defence works. Last night, a woman died in a house in Holosiivskyi district, who went out on the balcony to see how drones were shot down.”

Suspilne, Ukraine’s state broadcaster, reports that in the last 24 hours, the Russian army shelled eight cities and towns of the Donetsk region. It states that a total of 26 civilian objects were damaged, ten people were injured, and two people died.

Ukraine strikes Russian positions in occupied Berdiansk. Ukraine launched an attack on Russian positions in Russian-occupied Berdiansk in the southeastern Zaporizhzhia Oblast.

Ukrainian responded to Russian attacks by shelling Russia’s Belgorod Oblast, according to the region’s Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov.

“Yesterday, Russian border guards celebrated their professional holiday. The fighters of the Russian Volunteer Corps congratulated them by successfully crossing the ‘holey’ state border once again,”

one of the Russian militia groups fighting on Ukraine’s side said on May 29.

Moscow has been targeted with a large-scale drone attack, with more than 30 drones participating in the attack, for the first time in its 15-month-old war in Ukraine, marking a new inflection point in a conflict that the Kremlin said would never threaten the lives of ordinary Russians.

Three of the drones hit residential buildings in the south-west of the city but no explosions were reported. Two people were injured in the attack, said Sergei Sobyanin, the Moscow mayor, and the buildings sustained minor damage. Video showed broken windows and a blackened facade at one address hit by a drone early on Tuesday morning.

Russia blamed Kyiv for the attack. Ukrainian presidential aide Mykhailo Podolyak denied Ukraine was involved, but said he predicted

“an increase in the number of attacks”

We can safely expect that it is possible that opposition could come from Russia itself and attacks will be carried out on Russian territory. Whether or not Ukraine is behind it or wants to help Putin’s opponents, it will not change the fact that the war is now starting to spread to both states.



Additional reading

If you thought the electoral appeal of populism was on the wane, think again.

If you thought the electoral appeal of populism was on the wane, think again.


Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s victory in yesterday’s presidential runoff in Turkey is the latest evidence of its staying power. He extended his 20-year rule despite a cost-of-living crisis, a slumping currency and public anger over the bungled relief effort following February’s massive earthquakes.


The projection of a strongman image at home and abroad, broadcast by a compliant state media, mobilized his conservative base to secure a win pollsters thought unlikely just weeks ago.


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In the US, Donald Trump remains the runaway favorite in the race for the Republican nomination in next year’s US presidential contest. That’s despite everything voters know about his character flaws and the chaotic experience of his term in office that ended with the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the Capitol.


The populist resurgence lifted Giorgia Meloni into power as Italy’s first woman prime minister, where she cast herself as “an underdog” who succeeded by beating the odds. The rightwing nationalist has 2.7 million followers on her Facebook page.


Public anger at President Emmanuel Macron’s pension reforms in France is boosting support for Marine Le Pen ahead of 2027 elections in which he can’t run. Her party made record gains in last year’s parliamentary vote.


Viktor Orban remains immovable in Hungary. Vladimir Putin is mired in his faltering war in Ukraine but likely to extend his presidency for another six years in 2024. Narendra Modi is eyeing a third consecutive term as India’s prime minister next year as he pursues his Hindu nationalist project.


Voters’ anger at remote “elites” continues to provide fertile soil for populist leaders at elections often driven more by social-media outrage than sober policy prescriptions.

That’s a challenge for any opponent seeking to win public support to confront difficult choices on the economy, security and climate change.

Erdogan supporters celebrate in Istanbul yesterday. Photographer: Kerem Uzel/Bloomberg

Global Headlines

Now comes the hard part. While President Joe Biden and the speaker of the House, Kevin McCarthy, express confidence that a deal to avoid a US default will secure Congressional approval by the June 5 deadline, it may be tricky. Erik Wasson and Billy House explain there is a lot in it for Democrats and Republicans not to like, from expanded work requirements for food stamps opposed by Democrats to higher spending levels than conservatives demanded.

  • Democratic Senator Joe Manchin slipped into the debt-limit deal a measure meant to accelerate a multi-billion-dollar natural gas pipeline that’s been repeatedly stalled on environmental concerns, sources say.
  • A cap on government spending adds a fresh headwind to a US economy already burdened by the highest interest rates in decades and reduced access to credit.

A Russian bombardment hit an airbase in western Ukraine, damaging five aircraft and the runway in the second massive rocket and drone attack in as many days. Ukraine was targeted with as many as 40 cruise missiles and around 35 drones overnight, Army Chief Valeriy Zaluzhnyi said on Telegram. Air defenses shot down 37 missiles and 30 drones, including one reconnaissance drone.


Japan and South Korea called on North Korea to call off a planned rocket launch they see as breaching United Nations Security Council resolutions, following reports Pyongyang intends to put a satellite into orbit as early as Wednesday. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said he instructed his cabinet to gather and analyze information on North Korea’s plans, while Seoul warned against a “provocation that threatens peace” in the region.

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Support for Kishida’s cabinet dropped in some media polls, with a scandal involving his son adding to the problems starting to overshadow the kudos he gained for hosting the Group of Seven summit. The premier was last week forced to rebuke Shotaro Kishida, who acts as his secretary, after some photos showed him posing with relatives at a party at Kishida’s state residence on the stairs where cabinet members take their official photos.

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Right-wing parties in Spain won a strong platform for their bid to reclaim control of the national government, dealing a stinging defeat to Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez’s Socialist party in local elections. The result could pave the way for the conservative People’s Party to return to power in December, even though the economy under Sánchez has performed better than expected.


News to Note

  • NATO-led peacekeepers beefed up their presence in northern Kosovo, where police clashed again with Serb protesters days after an uptick in violence raised fears that a conflict could reignite between the Balkan neighbors.
  • Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed into law legislation with harsher penalties for LGBTQ people, including death sentences and life imprisonment.
  • The US will hold joint exercises with coast guards from Japan and the Philippines for the first time starting this week amid elevated tensions with China.
  • Somalia will institute a direct, one person, one-vote election system starting next year, the national news agency reported.
  • Ghana’s program with the International Monetary Fund will help to restore investor confidence in the economy after years of overspending, President Nana Akufo-Addo said in a televised broadcast.


And finallyIndia’s corridors of power are getting a makeover — part of Modi’s efforts to cement his legacy as he looks to a possible third term. The prime minister inaugurated a four-story modern building as the new parliament house yesterday, part of a sweeping revamp of the colonial-era center of the Indian capital. The $2.4 billion makeover has become one of the most controversial urban architectural projects since independence, amid criticism it erases some of New Delhi’s heritage.

A view of the new Parliament House Building in New Delhi.  Photographer: Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times/Getty Images

World awaits the draft of a UN treaty on plastic

By Leslie Kaufman

Tire dust versus discarded fishing nets.

These two items are not normally paired together, much less seen as being in competition, but countries and activists are sparring over how or if they should be addressed in a UN global plastic treaty being negotiated in Paris this week.

A key tension point is whether an agreement should focus on cleanup of the plastic waste already clogging the world’s oceans or move beyond that to limiting the manufacture of potentially harmful components in polymer products, or even enforcing plastic-use bans. The US, one of the largest producers and users of plastic, is so far pushing for the first option, say people following the negotiations.

Negotiators expect to have a draft at the end of this round of talks after agreeing last December to develop a legally binding deal on plastic pollution by 2024.

Plastic bottles and other trash washed up on the shore of the San Gabriel River, near the Pacific Ocean, following heavy rains in Seal Beach, California, on Dec. 13, 2022. Photographer: Mark Rightmire/MediaNews Group RM

“This will be the first real draft text of the international legally binding agreement and getting things added after that becomes really, really difficult,”

said Anja Brandon of the Ocean Conservancy, a Washington, DC-based environmental advocacy organization.

“So this becomes the basis on which all other conversations and negotiations move forward.”

The Ocean Conservancy is lobbying for the draft to include regulation of abandoned fishing equipment, sometimes known as “ghost gear,” which is mostly made of plastic and creates health risks for marine mammals.

“Yes, there are other types of international agreements and forums that talked about ghost gear,”

Brandon said.

 “But this is really an unparalleled opportunity to actually get everyone on the same page and setting standards and practices for reducing harms.”

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