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André Kuipers virtually takes students into space

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Astronaut André Kuipers is going to take primary school students to space. With a special bus he travels through schools in the near future. Children take place, put on virtual reality glasses and are astronauts for a short time. They view the earth from hundreds of kilometers altitude. That hopefully gives them a new image of our planet, the beauty and its vulnerability, is the idea behind it.

The project is called SpaceBuzz. It is mainly aimed at children in group 7. The initiators hope that it will also work in other countries.

SpaceBuzz wants to reach an effect in children that many astronauts have described: their view of the earth changed when they left the planet. They looked back and saw a small, vulnerable blue ball in infinite nothing. The overview effect is called that.

Space station

It is Friday seven years ago that Kuipers himself went into space. He spent about six months in the international space station ISS. In April 2004 he had been in space for a week and a half. In total he spent more than two hundred days in orbit around the earth.

Since his return to earth, Kuipers has been working, among other things, to interest children in space travel and science. For example, during his second mission he wrote a children’s book, André the Astronaut. A theater performance was also made of this. Kuipers wrote a book in which he answers questions from children and there is a board game by André Kuipers on the market. A special edition will be published next year at Kinderboekweek 

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Penalties for Brabant gambling millionaires who brush millions of white

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Stijn F. (40) from Eindhoven and Michel G. (38) from Geldrop have two years in the cell to set up a large illegal online gambling empire that was rolled up in 2013. The court in Den Bosch decided this afternoon. 

Stijn F. acted as a driving force, Michel G. is seen by the court as the financial man who also took management decisions. Maurice G. (40), the brother of Michel, is convicted for up to sixteen months imprisonment and also a fine of one tonne.

Lawyer and tax advisor

Advocate Annette M., also involved in the case, was acquitted by the court of all facts. The men behind the casino had asked her for advice. She has given these advice but also noted that the casino is against the law. She has therefore been transparent, according to the judge. 

The Eindhoven tax adviser Guus de L. has to go into the cell: he is sentenced to an unconditional prison sentence of seven months and can not exercise his profession for three years. The L. was guilty of membership of a criminal organization and forgery. De L., who lives in Belgium, heard his punishment shaking his head, after which he tapped his forehead. 

Mother

The other suspects were convicted, among other things, for money laundering and participation in a criminal organization. The mother of Stijn F. and the partners of the main suspects, among other things, heard serious tasks, sometimes with a suspended prison sentence. 

Against Stijn F. a four-year prison sentence was demanded in October, of which one year was conditional. Against the two other main suspects, the brothers Michel (38) and Maurice G. (40) from Geldrop were sentenced to three years and thirty months in prison respectively, of which six months conditional.

Raid

Until the police invaded them in the De Regent building in Eindhoven in 2013, the suspects received a hundred million euros in gamblers’ bets. According to the Public Prosecution Service, tens of millions of illegal income has been acquired since 2004 in ten years. The Public Prosecution Service has previously announced that it will take away their capabilities. In the invasion five years ago, eighty business premises and homes and more than a hundred bank accounts were seized.

Fine

The extensive criminal trial lasted 24 sessions. In the background of this criminal case, the politically announced regulation of the possibilities for gambling on the internet. Last week, a British gambling company that focused on the Dutch market received a fine of 300,000 euros. 

The online casino in Gibraltar offered games such as blackjack, poker and roulette. It could be settled with iDEAL.

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Macaulay Culkin (38) goes viral with modern version of Home Alone

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Macaulay Culkin is ‘home alone’ again after years. The now 38-year-old actor has re-recorded some scenes from the iconic Christmas film for a commercial from Google. The video was viewed over 4.5 million times in fourteen hours.

In the commercial, Macaulay can be seen as the now grown-up Kevin McCallister who uses all kinds of Google tricks. So he orders pizza online this time and he uses his computer to start ‘Operation Kevin’, full of booby traps. This way he prevents the burglars having to have him again this time.

Home Alone came out in November 1990 and has since become one of the most popular Christmas films ever.

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High peaks, deep valleys: turbulent year for the crypto coin

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A year ago the bitcoin reached a record value of 16,892 euros. Since then, many have stepped into the digital adventure, but that has not been successful for the time being. 

It is the beginning of the financial crisis in 2008, a week after the bank Lehman Brothers went bankrupt. The mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto sends an e-mail with the idea for a new payment method: the bitcoin. It is a currency that can be traded without the intervention of a bank. Everything is fixed in the blockchain, where a network of users checks whether a currency is not issued twice.

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