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H&M Finally, Officially Launches Ecommerce in the United States

By Justin Fenner

Late Wednesday night, H&M made an announcement that’s been a long time coming: customers in the US can now shop online – which means shopping the brand’s upcoming Isabel Marant collaboration is going to be that much easier. The much anticipated collection will officially be the first of H&M’s collaborations to be sold online in the US.

“It’s finally here!” the Swedish retailer wrote in a Facebook post. “Our US online store is officially open in all 50 states. Great fashion is now just a click away!” Around the same time, the brand’s US Twitter account asked its followers, “Who’s ready to shop online?”

H&M said just a few weeks ago that it would be launching ecommerce Stateside in August, but that announcement came after a years-long cycle of repeated promises and delays. After its much-lauded collaboration with Lanvin, H&M said it would launch ecommerce at the end of 2011. Then, in 2012, the brand said in a financial statement that it would have to push the launch back to Summer 2013.

There were rumors that the ecommerce would launch this June, but those turned out to be false.

But none of that matters now: The “Choose Region” page that greets the site’s users now features a little shopping bag next to the link for the US site. The United States joins Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden (of course), and the United Kingdom on the list of countries that can shop H&M’s website.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at fashionologie

Everything We Know About Soccer Is Wrong

By Zach Slaton, Contributor

It has been nearly two months since The Numbers Game: Why Everything You Know About Soccer Is Wrong was published in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, meaning that soccer quants in North America have had to pay for international shipping if they wanted to get their hands on the book.  The need for such expensive shipping ends on July 30th, 2013 when the book is published in both the United States and Canada.  While the authors of the book, Chris Anderson and David Sally, have been very pleased with the book’s reception in Europe they are looking forward to what they hope is a slightly different reaction in North America.  David Sally explained, “I think we are really glad with the reaction in the UK and The Netherlands where the book launched a few weeks ago.  I think we’re hoping the reaction is going to be even stronger in the US because there is more of an appetite for statistics in sports.  It’s a more natural audience.  I think there is also the coolness and hipness factor to soccer.  A lot of people are trying to understand the game more deeply, and we hope the books serves as a way to get even deeper into the game.” Chris Anderson believes North Americans’ appetite for numbers combined with soccer being a less popular sport than it is in Europe makes the book perfect learning material about a game that is rising in popularity. “[Dave and I] are Americans, and we love American soccer.  We’d love to see the game grow in the US, so in whatever small way the book can tell them something about soccer they didn’t know but they wanted to know and will help them understand and make sense of what’s going on on the field when they’re watching or their kids are playing.  If we can contribute to helping grow soccer in the US in whatever small way I’d personally be really excited about that.” The way Anderson and Sally approach learning about the game is by asking repeated, intelligent questions, answering them with the best available data, and then asking the next logical question that comes from the answer to the previous question.  In laymen’s terms, they end up pealing back the layers of the soccer onion.  The duo divides their examination of the game into three parts: Before the Match, which examines the larger patterns within the game that seem largely immutable: luck accounts for 50% of the outcome of a match, frequency of scorelines are relatively consistent between top leagues, and the rarity of goal scoring makes the game somewhat unpredictable and the value of goal scorers dependent upon when they score their goals versus the scoreline of the match. On the Pitch, which explains how the game is a balance of strategies.  Preventing a goal is more important to earning points than scoring one, the game is about managing turnovers, and the game can be controlled by both tiki taka as well …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Forbes Latest

Report: UK court prohibits scientist from publishing car-starting secret codes

By Damon Lowney

UK judge imposes jumction on scientists who want to publish vehicle security codes.

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Three university scientists from England and the Netherlands figured out how to unlock and start Volkswagen-owned luxury vehicles wirelessly without the key, and compiled their findings in an academic paper. The scientists claimed that the research was intended to increase security for everyone, and while that might be true if the codes needed to crack the secret algorithm were never to be published, they planned to publish the paper at the Usenix Security Symposium in Washington, DC, next month.

Fortunately for those who own a Bentley, Lamborghini, Audi or Porsche (and other unmentioned brands), a UK judge imposed an injunction against the England-based scientist, Flavio Garcia, to not attend the symposium, The Guardian reports, recognizing that the information could result in the theft of many vehicles. The other two scientists, Roel Verdult and Baris Ege from Radboud University Nijmegen, won’t attend, either.

The algorithm, called Megamos Crypto, allows the key to communicate with the vehicle by deciphering and reordering the codes sent between the two, acting both as a translator of sorts and a safety barrier. With the wrong key in hand – or no key – the car won’t function, unless the algorithm has been bypassed another way.

For its part, Volkswagen was actually okay with the paper – Dismantling Megamos Cryptos: Wirelessly Lockpicking a Vehicle Immobiliser – being published, but only if the offending codes were redacted. The scientists, of course, refused.

We appreciate the scientists’ effort to increase security by learning the weaknesses of the systems that protect us, but we would rather not have that information in the public domain. With the codes in the wrong hands, who knows what could happen next.

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UFO Sighting Over Water Area In Netherlands, July 28, 2013.

By ScottCWaring

Date of sighting: July 28, 2013
Location of sighting: Netherlands

A bunch of kids were spending the evening at a lake in Netherlands when they saw a dancing orb in the sky. This orb looks similar to the other orbs that have been seen racing thought he sky this month. I did notice that in a few parts that there seems to be four separate lights and then it switches to one solid glow. SCW

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at UFO Sightings Daily

The Story Of The Greatest Game Ever Played In America That You Have Probably Never Heard Of

By Bobby McMahon, Contributor

The first MLS Cup Final in 1996 was a dramatic affair that saw D.C. United recover from a late two-goal deficit against the Los Angeles Galaxy to win through Eddie Pope’s golden goal in overtime. Yet the drama at Foxborough Stadium that day could not come close to emulating the ‘Greatest Soccer Final Played on American Soil’ — the first continental professional final held between franchises from those two cities to crown the 1967 United Soccer Association champion. Nearly 18,000 fans at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum witnessed 11 goals, two hat-tricks, three penalty kicks, last-minute equalizers in normal and extra-time, one sending off, countless punch-ups and a heartbreaking golden own goal in sudden-death overtime.  Ian Thomson is a former Wall Street reporter and freelance soccer journalist based in Morgantown, West Virginia. In his first book “Summer Of ’67” Ian tells the story of that final and the 12 teams that arrived in North America from around the globe to compete in the first United Soccer Association. The twelve teams were adopted by cities across North America and went through name changes. Cagliari of Italy became the Chicago Mustangs, Wolves and Sunderland from England played as the Los Angeles Wolves and the Vancouver Royal Canadians. Stoke City became the Cleveland Stokers, Bangu from Brazil the Houston Stars and Dundee United offered a Texas rivalry as the Dallas Tornado. Toronto City was Hibernian from Scotland, C.A. Cerro of Uruguay the New York Skyliners  and the Netherlands side ADO Den Haag took temporary possession of the mouthful that was the San Francisco Golden Gate Gales. Rounding out the 12 teams was Glentoran of Northern Ireland as the Detroit Cougars, Shamrock Rovers from the Republic not surprisingly lined up as the  Boston Rovers and Aberdeen became the Washington Whips. Ian was kind enough to take time to answer some of my questions. Q What drew you to this specific subject? A I’d heard many years ago that my team, Aberdeen from Scotland, had played as the Washington Whips in some far-flung American tournament before I was born. I never thought too much about it until I attended my first D.C. United game at RFK Stadium last year. Shortly afterward, I interviewed Notre Dame head coach Bobby Clark for a college soccer story. Bobby was Aberdeen’s goalkeeper during the 1967 tour. It struck me that the United Soccer Association was a key milestone in the timeline of U.S. soccer history that remains largely obscure. Q As you did your research what level of awareness did you find 0f the 1967 United Soccer Association on both sides of the Atlantic? Or was it case that Pele signing for the Cosmos years later was the starting point for most?  A It’s funny, I was talking to Vancouver Whitecaps head coach Martin Rennie after his team’s 1-0 win at RFK Stadium in June. Rennie is an Aberdeen fan, yet he had no idea that The Dons had played in that venue. Sunderland’s club historian had written a …read more

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Autistic People More Likely To Keep Jobs When …

By Emily Willingham, Contributor

This one won’t make for splashy headlines or garner hundreds of emotional comments, and that’s too bad. Scientists in the Netherlands looked at the factors that influence whether or not an autistic person or a person with attention deficit disorder (ADD) lands and keeps a job. According to Laura Geggel, writing at the excellent autism research news and aggregation site SFARI, researchers found that people with autism are nearly six times as likely to find a job if they live by themselves or with a partner than with family or in a group house. And those who live with family are more than twice as likely to land jobs than those in group houses. The same trends hold true for keeping a job longer than six months. The authors also found that a high level of parental support and parental positivity about work were important factors, and being older was also useful. In addition, high levels of self-motivation about working were important. Really, most of these factors would probably apply to any of us, autistic, ADD, or neither. …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Forbes Latest

Femke Groothuis: How Taxes Can Save the World

By Terry Waghorn, Contributor With an official title of “wavemaker,” it’s not surprising that Femke Groothuis, president of the Netherlands-based Ex’tax Project, spends her time advocating for change. What might be surprising is her specific focus: taxation. A political scientist with expertise in international relations and the environment, Groothuis believes that many of our planet’s problems are due to the fact that natural resources are overused while labor is underused — and that those problems can be solved by shifting taxes from labor to resources to create a circular economy. She recently spoke with Ensia and Terry Waghorn of Forbes on how a fundamental change in taxation could help shape a better world. …read more

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H&M Online Shopping Will Be A Reality In A Few Weeks (PHOTO)

By The Huffington Post News Editors

H&M, a go-to store for all things cheap and chic, will make its devoted American shoppers very happy come August. E-commerce already exists in countries such as the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden and the UK, but we only have brick and mortar stores Stateside.

This morning, however, Glam.com tweeted at the retailer inquiring about any future plans to launch an online store in the US, prompting the official H&M Twitter account to respond, “Online shopping will be available @hmusa in August, stay tuned for further details!” Hooray!

Let’s keep our fingers crossed, though. H&M promised back in the fall of 2012 that online shopping would soon be available, but was forced to delay the offer due to a need for “more time.” This was on the heels of the Maison Martin Margiela collaboration.

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Stolen Picasso 'burned in stove' in Romania

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A Romanian museum is analysing ashes found in a stove to see if they are the remains of seven paintings by Picasso, Matisse, Monet and others that were stolen last year from the Netherlands, an official has said.

The prosecutor’s spokeswoman, Gabriela Chiru, told Associated Press that Romania‘s National History Museum was examining the ashes found in the stove of Olga Dogaru. She is the mother of Radu Dogaru, one of three Romanian suspects charged with stealing the paintings from Rotterdam’s Kunsthal gallery in a daytime heist.

It was the biggest art theft in more than a decade in the Netherlands. The stolen works have an estimated value of tens of millions of dollars if they were sold at auction….

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Guardian (UK)

Source URL:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2013/jul/17/stolen-picasso-burned-romania

Date:
7-17-13

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at History News Network – George Mason University

Pile of Ashes Could Be Remains of Stolen Picasso

A Romanian museum is analyzing ashes found in a stove to see if they are the remains of seven paintings by Picasso, Matisse, Monet, and others that were stolen last year from the Netherlands, an official said yesterday. Romania’s National History Museum is examining the ashes found at the home… …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Newser – Great Finds

Pakistan sack hockey coach after league flop

Pakistan sacked their hockey coach Monday over the national team’s poor finish in the World Hockey League, which raised fears they will not qualify for next year’s World Cup.

Hanif Khan, a gold medallist from the 1984 Olympics, served as coach during this month’s League in Malaysia where Pakistan dropped to seventh after topping the group phase.

“We have replaced Khan with Tahir Zaman, our consultant, as coach while Akhtar Rasool will remain the head coach and manager,” Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) secretary Asif Bajwa told reporters.

The top three teams — Germany, Argentina and England — from the league qualified for the World Cup, to be held in the Netherlands next year.

Pakistan now must win next month’s Asia Cup — also scheduled in Malaysia — to earn a berth in the World Cup, an event introduced to field hockey in 1971.

“We took into account manager’s report as Khan failed to achieve an easy task,” said Bajwa of the League, where Pakistan lost to South Korea in the quarter-finals.

Zaman, a member of Pakistan’s last World Cup win in 1994 is a certified coach of the International Hockey Federation.

Khan lashed out at the decision to sack him.

“For the past two months there were efforts to displace me,” Khan told AFP. “I will hold a press conference to tell everyone about the politics in the PHF and of reasons for my ouster.”

Pakistan have won three Olympic gold medals in hockey and been world champions four times but have slumped at international level in the last few years.

They finished at their worst 12th and last in the 2010 World Cup held in India and were eighth and seventh respectively in the last two Olympics.

India, who also failed to qualify for the World Cup from a separate round of the league in the Netherlands, sacked their Australian coach Michael Nobbs earlier this month.

Besides Pakistan and India, South Korea, China, Malaysia and Japan will feature in the Asia Cup.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Fox World News

Punishment promotes human cooperation when people trust each other

(Phys.org) —Why does the effectiveness of punishment to promote contributions to public goods differ among countries? According to psychologists Daniel Balliet and Paul van Lange at VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands, the answer lies in different levels of trust in societies. The scientists performed a meta-analysis by comparing 83 studies carried out in 18 countries. Taken together, the results show that punishment more strongly promotes human cooperation in societies with high trust rather than low trust. The meta-analysis was published in the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science. …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Phys.org

3 Dutch youths to be charged with manslaughter in attack on volunteer linesman during soccer game

Richard Nieuwenhuizen was doing what he loved: Watching his son play football and helping out his local club by running the touchline as a volunteer linesman.

On Monday, the 41-year-old father’s passion for football cost him his life.

Prosecutors announced Tuesday they are charging three players, two 15-year-olds and a 16-year-old, with manslaughter, assault and public violence for alleged involvement in a vicious attack on Nieuwenhuizen after a youth match between two local clubs, Buitenboys and Nieuw Sloten. The players, whose identities have not been released, will be arraigned Thursday at a closed-door hearing.

Prosecutors have released no details of a possible motive and Buitenboys club chairman Marcel Oost said the reason for the attack was not certain.

“We still don’t have a clear picture yet,” prosecution spokeswoman Brigit Haan told The Associated Press.

The deadly assault sent shock waves through the football-mad Netherlands, with the sports minister, football association and coach of the country’s most storied club, Ajax, expressing disbelief and discontent.

The Royal Netherlands Football Association on Tuesday said it was canceling all amateur football matches for the coming weekend as a mark of respect for Nieuwenhuizen. Professional matches will go ahead, but players and officials will wear black armbands and observe a minute’s silence before kickoff.

The attack hit at one of the foundations of Dutch youth sport — the participation of parents.

“It is unbelievable that something like this could happen on a football pitch,” said Bert van Oostveen, the association’s director of professional football. “These are the volunteers on which our sport is built, without them we cannot go on.”

On any given weekend, at thousands of sports grounds across the Netherlands, parents are the engine that powers youth sport. They volunteer for everything from brewing tea to marking out lines on fields and wielding whistles and flags as referees and linesmen.

In the overwhelming majority of matches, players and parents enjoy the sport and then have a drink together in the clubhouse.

But sometimes frustrations boil over into violence after the final whistle.

Amsterdam alderman Eric van der Burg, whose portfolio in the city covers sports, said the team from Nieuw Sloten had been in trouble twice before, once for verbally abusing a referee and once when a player got into a fight with a spectator. The player involved in the fight was suspended by the club, Van der Burg told the AP in an e-mail.

He said the city already has an agreement from four-time European champion Ajax at the top all the way down to small local clubs to prevent aggression on and around fields.

“It’s important that parents but also the professional players give good examples how to behave,” Van der Burg said. “Sports should be fun.”

Even FIFA President Sepp Blatter weighed in on the national debate about how such an attack could happen.

“Football is a mirror of society and sadly, the same ills that afflict society — in this case violence — also manifest themselves in our game,” Blatter said Tuesday in a statement. “Nevertheless, I remain convinced that football — through the example set by the tireless efforts of people like Mr. Nieuwenhuizen — is a force for good, and we must continue to use its positive example to educate people against these wrongs.”

Prosecutors say a group of Nieuw Sloten players surrounded Nieuwenhuizen after the match Sunday, kicking and punching him.

Nieuwenhuizen initially appeared to have recovered from the assault at the club whose fields are squeezed into an industrial neighborhood of Almere, a fast-growing commuter city just outside Amsterdam. He went home and lay down, but returned later to watch another game. It was then that he collapsed and was rushed to the hospital.

A day later, with his family surrounding his hospital bed, he died.

A few hours later, decorations marking Wednesday’s St. Nicholas day — a national celebration similar to Christmas — were still hanging at the Buitenboys clubhouse as team members wept and consoled one another.

Nieuw Sloten immediately banned the players involved and scrapped their team from the league as well as canceling all matches for the coming weekend.

As a wave of grief swept over the football community, another Amsterdam club, TOS-Actief, said on its website it was canceling all matches for the weekend.

“By doing this, TOS-Actief is taking a clear stance against excesses in football,” the club said. “We say stop violence on and around the pitch.”

Van der Burg proposed canceling all amateur matches nationwide for the coming weekend.

A delegation from the Royal Netherlands Football Association visited Buitenboys on Tuesday to discuss “a fitting way to pay tribute” to Nieuwenhuizen and express support for the club.

Nieuwenhuizen’s death came almost exactly a year after a Dutch amateur footballer fatally kicked a 77-year-old supporter following a match.

Amsterdam District Court last week sentenced the player, identified only as Silvester M. in line with Dutch privacy law, to three years imprisonment for kicking the supporter so hard in the chest that his spleen ruptured. He died of his injuries a month later.
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Amsterdam turns orange ahead of royal ceremony

The streets of Amsterdam are awash in the color orange in honor of the Netherlands‘ ruling House of Oranje-Nassau, as officials prepare for a once-in-a-generation rotation of royal titles — and the rest of the country gets ready to party.

National broadcaster NOS reported that Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and his family were in the Royal Palace on the city’s central Dam square Monday morning, rehearsing protocols for the ceremonies Tuesday. Queen Beatrix is to abdicate, Willem-Alexander become king, and his 9-year-old daughter Princess Catharina-Amalia become crown princess.

In the historic city center, vendors are hawking orange clothes; shopkeepers are hanging up orange flags and rolling in countless kegs of beer; while city workers are busy cleaning the streets and canals and setting up bright orange temporary urinals.

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Iron Man 3 Surpasses The Avengers at International Box Office

Iron Man 3 opened in 42 territories around the world over the weekend – that’s about 79% of the international market, so not small by any stretch. And the latest outing for Tony Stark has so far taken a staggering $195.3 million. That’s more than the $185.1 million taken by The Avengers grossed over its opening weekend.

It’s worth noting, however, that in some territories Iron Man 3 had a slight advantage over The Avengers, opening on a Thursday, not a Friday like The Avengers. But saying that, the film has yet to open in Russia, China or Germany – so it’s still a pretty impressive feat.

It had the highest grossing weekend ever in Argentina, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore. And was the biggest opening ever for a Marvel movie in Australia, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, Finland, Hungary, Romania, New Zealand, Argentina, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Philippines and Malaysia.

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Japan princess on 1st public trip abroad in years

Japan‘s Crown Princess Masako has left for her first official overseas trip since she became ill a decade ago.

Masako left Sunday to accompany her husband, Crown Prince Naruhito, on a six-day trip to the Netherlands, where they will attend Tuesday’s coronation of Crown Prince Willem-Alexander as the new Dutch king. Officials say Masako may skip other events depending on her condition.

It is Masako’s first official overseas trip since the couple’s 2002 visit to New Zealand and Australia.

Masako developed a stress-induced illness soon after giving birth to the couple’s only daughter, Aiko, who is now 11.

Palace doctors say the U.S.-educated Masako is getting better, but she hardly appears in public.

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Netherlands School Shooting Threat: Police Arrest Suspect In Leiden

By The Huffington Post News Editors

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Dutch police say they have arrested a suspect in an online threat to shoot a teacher and students that prompted authorities to close all the high schools in the city of Leiden.

Hague police spokeswoman Yvette Verboon confirmed the arrest Monday but would give no further details of the identity of the suspect.

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Police arrest suspect in school shooting threat

Dutch police say they have arrested a suspect in an online threat to shoot a teacher and students that prompted authorities to close all the high schools in the city of Leiden.

Hague police spokeswoman Yvette Verboon confirmed the arrest Monday but would give no further details of the identity of the suspect.

Verboon says police are “investigating his involvement” in the threat that was discovered Sunday.

Police announced the school closures late Sunday, saying they do not want to take any risks while the person who posted the threat remains unknown.

Mayor Henri Lenferink told Dutch television “it could be a morbid joke” but authorities do not want to risk children’s lives.

Shooting rampages are rare in the Netherlands, where gun ownership is tightly controlled.

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King’s Song For New Dutch Ruler Willem-Alexander Called ‘Imbecilic,’ Scrapped By Organizers

By The Huffington Post News Editors

Dutch organisers were scrambling Sunday to find a new song to mark the upcoming enthronement of the Netherlands‘ new king after a serenade written especially for the inauguration attracted a storm of criticism for its “imbecilic” lyrics.

“Dear compatriots, after having to block yet another insult on my Twitter account, I am now totally done,” Dutch-British composer John Ewbank wrote on his Facebook page late Saturday.

“My apologies to those who found it an appropriate song… but I hereby withdraw the Koningslied (King’s Song) and wish you plenty of success” in singing one of the unofficial songs written for the inauguration of the new Dutch monarch, Willem-Alexander, on April 30.

Tens of thousands of Dutch citizens have been voicing their dismay since the song was unveiled on Friday, trashing the anthem which is an unlikely combination of traditional, rap and choir music.

An online petition rejecting what is described as an “imbecilic” tune has been signed by more than 38,000 people.

The song, which lasts just over five minutes, is performed by 51 Dutch artists, many of them stars in the Netherlands.

They belt out much-mocked lyrics such as: “I build a dyke with my bare hands and keep the water away” and “three fingers in the air, come on, come on. That’s the W (sign) for Willem, the W which represents being wakeful and eating ‘stamppot’ (a traditional Dutch dish made from vegetables and a sausage).”

Summing up much of the tune’s criticism in the Netherlands, with its strong egalitarian and Protestant roots, one anonymous petitioner comments: “The song makes it sound like Willem-Alexander is some kind of god and we’re his underlings to whom he gives his life… away with it!”

The plan was for all the artists to come together for a concert in Rotterdam on April 30 when the country will be holding nationwide celebrations to mark the royal handover.

The National Inauguration Committee tasked with arranging the event said they were disappointed but understood Ewbank’s decision.

“The intention remains to serenade the king on April 30. Together with the Dutch public broadcaster the committee will seek a solution,” national news agency ANP quoted the committee as saying.

It convened on Sunday to discuss alternatives just over a week before the King’s inauguration, an event not witnessed in the Netherlands since Queen Beatrix ascended the throne in 1980.

In his message, Ewbank himself suggested alternatives including a catchy tune called “You’re the king,” written by two students from the central university city of Utrecht.

Posted two days ago, the cheeky song has already been watched more than 263,000 times on YouTube.

In a reference to Willem-Alexander’s hugely popular Argentine wife Maxima, who will soon be crowned Queen, the students sing: “What a matchless wife you have, the ideal companion. If I was king, I would have known it as well.”

Sociology professor Johan Heilbron said the song written by Ewbank — an award-winning composer — had fallen victim to what he termed intellectual “populism.”

“Many of its fiercest critics are from the highly-educated sector of Dutch society. They believe the song is

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King's song scrapped after online criticism

A song specially written to be sung by the nation to the Netherlands‘ new king on the day of his inauguration has been “withdrawn” by its producer after it triggered a storm of online criticism and ridicule.

Producer and writer John Ewbank said on his Facebook page that he was scrapping the song after being subjected to a torrent of online abuse since its official launch Friday.

The national committee coordinating celebrations for the April 30 inauguration of King Willem-Alexander said in a statement emailed to The Associated Press Sunday it “regrets the situation” but understands Ewbank’s decision.

The committee says it still wants the nation to sing to its new monarch and is looking for alternatives.

The King’s Song was No. 1 in the Dutch iTunes chart Sunday morning.

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