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well I’m glad you picked up that crazy upvoting for essentially police state tactics being demanded.
mentioned it before, that got 8….

The fact that ADE is a loose structure NOT controlling the clubs directly is also a good thing.
Anything else, and it’ll be just like the US.

Google the shit SXSW is trying to do to Austin
They’re even demanding full public street closures.
that’s so un-Amsterdam. you don’t even want to go there.

Plus has anyone ever considered that while 4 deaths are tragic, however they happened, we ARE dealing with an estimated 250000-300000 visitors.

All of this complaining, which I share in principle doesn’t match up with my experience last year.
Was it really THAT different this time around?
The attendance figures weren’t that far apart, most of the venues were the same (Reactor last year was the better spot, if out of the way), so you have to wonder.

How about some creative protest:
piss on the floor: sorry I’m broke, and I can’t hold it, and it’s no reentry

tokens suck, even if they’re used all over the country
def. a money game, plus it helps to hide the prices a bit.

btw, Melkweg was chill last year, did allow reentry, and Bulldog’s right there

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With two weeks to go until the National Badminton League (NBL) begins, tickets are now on general sale for the historic opening night. The NBL starts on 6 October and will be the UK’s first ever national badminton league featuring six franchise teams.

They will play each other once before a one-day knockout competition sees the top four teams battle for the inaugural title in June 2015. The NBL will make live, elite badminton more accessible than ever with ticket prices starting at £5 for children and £8 for adults. Matches last for two-and-a-half hours and are a great value night out for all the family.

A family ticket is available for 13 of the 15 regular season fixtures starting at £28, giving fans of all ages the chance to get behind their favourite players and brand new teams.

Former England star and Olympic Silver medallist Nathan Robertson has described the historic league as “a game changer for our sport” while the modifications to the rules mean games will be faster than ever.

The monthly evening matches offer five thrilling events which will see new rules exclusive to the NBL:
• A brand new scoring system – best of five games and first to nine points
• In-play features include a ‘PowerPlay’ point
• Time-outs and substitutions to add to the match-night entertainment
• No interruption to games, meaning non-stop badminton for 2½ hours

The NBL will be shown exclusively live on Sky Sports in the UK and Ireland.
It will also be shown live to over 10 million homes in 16 countries including Malaysia, Indonesia and Australia through an exclusive deal with Eurosport Asia-Pacific.

The six founding NBL badminton teams competing to be the first ever NBL champions include Olympians, Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games stars and world championship medallists.

The six teams and venues are:

Birmingham Lions – The National Indoor Arena (NIA) and The Great Hall, University of Birmingham
Team Derby – The Derby Arena
Loughborough Sport – Sir David Wallace Arena, Loughborough University
MK Badminton – The Centre:MK
University of Nottingham – Albert Hall Conference Centre
Surrey Smashers – Surrey Sports Park, Surrey University

Chris Adcock (pictured), the Commonwealth Games mixed doubles gold medallist champion, will lead University of Nottingham after the midlands’ outfit won a tight bidding war for the Englishman during the inaugural auction in June.
“It is such a privilege to be a part of this great new league which I am hoping really changes the way people see our sport,” said Adcock.

“The league will be fresh and innovative and it has been a long time coming. As players, we can’t wait for the new challenge.

“Competing for my hometown of Nottingham is an honour for me and I am hoping the matches attract a lot of interest from around the area.”
About the National Badminton League:

The National Badminton League is a brand new, game changing and exciting opportunity for badminton – the first ever national league in the UK. Created and run by BADMINTON England, the inaugural season sees six franchise teams competing for the NBL title.

The NBL gives fans a chance to get behind their favourite players and brand new teams. The NBL is changing perceptions of badminton with new rules and formats making the game faster than ever, increasing its appeal to new fans. NBL games will be shown live on Sky Sports and broadcast around the world via digital streaming.

As the National Badminton League grows, we carry a set of fundamental beliefs – who we are and what we stand for. They are at the heart of the NBL.

Growing badminton. Changing perceptions of the game forever. Backing new and exciting teams. Supporting outstanding national players. Bringing the thrill of the sport to new fans. or @NBL_Official on Twitter.

Press Release by BADMINTON England. Photo by BadmintonPhoto.

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Looking for love? Interested in making new friends? Meet the most eligible internationals in the Netherlands. Don’t miss out. The last event led to 19 matches, so you could be next.

Increasingly, many single professionals with a successful career lack a good way to find that special someone to share their life with. They typically have very limited time for social activities to meet new and interesting people. Expatica SpeedDate is a great alternative to the time-consuming, superficial bar scene and the agonising blind date. It provides you a structured opportunity to meet someone special, or at least have a great night out.

If you’re interested in the concept but would like to know more, here is what some of our previous participants have to say:
He says: “Thanks for the email addresses (got the one I wanted!) and also for hosting a nice night Saturday night. I knew it would be fun but ended up really enjoying it a lot more than expected. I’ll be back for sure next time with friends.”Couple SpeedDating
She says: “Thank you so much for organizing this wonderful evening! I’ve found the atmosphere to be informal, fun, and relaxed (not necessarily what I expected ;). … I had a very good time.”

For some, Expatica SpeedDate is more than just a fun way to meet new people. Several couples who met at an Expatica SpeedDate are still together, some even started a family. One couple recounted their experiences for us in this interview.

This is how it works: Upon arrival, you will receive a welcome drink and a list of the singles you will meet that evening. Once the dating starts, you will have three minutes to find a click with each single of the opposite sex. After each session, the guys move on for the next dating round. You can then indicate whether you’d like to stay in touch with your date by marking them on your list. After 25 dates, you’ll have the opportunity to socialize with everyone over a drink (or two).

… Monday Morning…. we sort out the paper work and with any luck, you’ll find a match in your mailbox.

We can only invite 15 gentlemen and 15 ladies to this event, so make sure that you RSVP quickly! Feel free to take a friend as your +1. :-)

Participants of Expatica’s dating events are usually between 28 and 45 years old.

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Tickets are EUR 10. To register for this event, please click the relevant link below:
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Please be aware that the Mini SpeedDate is part of our annual “i am not a tourist” Expat Fair, which will take place in the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam. You will therefore also need a ticket to the fair, which is free as long as you register online. To do so, please click here.

Expatica Mini SpeedDate in Amsterdam – Sunday, 2 November

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Did you know that Expatica also has a dating site? A trial membership is free and allows you to browse other members’ profiles, send FREE messages and cards, and try out our HotList facility and the various components of our SuperMatch system.


Terms and Conditions:

  • Once registered, the ticket fee will not be refunded.
  • Expatica has the right to cancel the event in the case that it does not sell enough tickets to cover all event-related costs or in case Expatica cannot deliver a balanced SpeedDate audience. An alternative date will be offered.
  • Expatica cannot guarantee that the balance between women/men is equal. This means that some participants may start off the evening without a date. Likewise, Expatica cannot guarantee any matches, nor can Expatica guarantee the accurateness of matches, related names and/or email addresses, or any other matters related to the match making process. The liability clause as outlined at the very bottom of this page applies.
  • The actual matching process may take up to 7 working days. Only participants with a match will receive an email from the event manager (sender: Annemarie Lucassen) or from an Expatica representative. Participants without a match will not receive email(s) from Expatica or its event organiser. Due to the administrative efforts, correspondence about the match making process is not possible and related emails, letters and/ or faxes will not be processed. 
  • Expatica may take photos during the event. The photos taken during an event are copyright of Expatica. Expatica may use the photos, place the photos online, and/ or publish the photos in any Expatica-related or -affiliated publication.
  • The ticket price grants access to Expatica’s Mini SpeedDate at the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam on 2 November. Participants should also get a ticket to the “i am not a ticket” Expat Fair.
  • Other costs that may arise during the event, e.g. drinks at, are not included in the ticket price.
  • Expatica is not liable for any damage or expense arising out of, or sustained in connection with, the organisation of the SpeedDate event. With the purchase of the ticket, the ticket holder shall indemnify Expatica and hold it, its respective members, employees, directors, officers and agents, harmless from any liability and expense arising out of or sustained in connection with the Expatica SpeedDate event.

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The excitement is building as the countdown to the BWF Destination Dubai World Superseries Finals begins, with less than 100 days to go until the world’s badminton elite arrive in Dubai.

Just four tournaments remain on the 12-stop MetLife BWF World Superseries calendar for 2014 before the highest-ranked players converge on Dubai’s Hamdan Sports Complex (HSC) from December 17-21 to compete for a share of the USD$1 million prize purse.

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, the World Superseries Finals are to be staged in Dubai each December until 2017 as part of a four-year partnership, facilitated by Falcon and Associates, with the Badminton World Federation (BWF). Sporting brand Yonex has been announced as the event’s official equipment supplier.

Only the eight top-ranked players from the Destination Dubai Superseries Rankings in Men’s and Women’s Singles, Men’s and Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles will earn a place at the big-money tournament.  

Speaking at a press conference today, Thomas Lund, BWF Secretary General said: “Badminton is an exciting, fast-paced game and there are no better ambassadors to promote the sport around the world than its top players.”

“The partnership with Dubai represents a key opportunity for us to gain exposure for the increasingly-popular MetLife World Superseries in a growing market and align ourselves with Dubai, whose global connectivity, accessibility and track record in hosting world-class sporting events will make badminton accessible to more fans around the world.”

Leading the charge to Dubai in the men’s singles category is defending Superseries Finals title-holder, Lee Chong Wei, the 2014 Li-Ning BWF World Championship silver medalist. He enjoys a significant buffer zone of more than 18,560 ranking points between him and nearest challenger, reigning World champion, Chen Long of China.

The fight for top spot in Women’s Singles is much closer with just 6,060 points separating China’s two top-ranked players, 2012 Olympic champion, Li Xuerui and former world No. 1, Wang Shixian.

While the world’s most accomplished players vie for all-important ranking points in the remaining Superseries qualification tournaments in Denmark, France, China and Hong Kong, Dubai’s young badminton players will be taking steps to secure the future of a growing sport.

Dubai’s partnership with the Badminton World Federation has also seen the BWF’s grassroots programme “Shuttle Time” brought to the city. Operating in 71 countries, Shuttle Time encourages people from all walks of life to take up badminton.

Shuttle Time Dubai was launched in July and will see teachers in 40 schools trained in how to coach badminton to more than 3,000 students aged eight to 16. The schools will also be supplied with equipment, suggested lesson plans and interactive learning material.

“Badminton is a sport that is open to everyone and there is already an active scene in Dubai,” said Dr Ahmad Al Sharif, Secretary-General of Dubai Sports Council. “That makes it an ideal vehicle for us to promote grassroots development throughout our communities. The partnership with the BWF, which was facilitated by Falcon and Associates, provides us with an exciting opportunity to build on that interest, to promote the sport to new levels and to develop grassroots initiatives such as Shuttle Time Dubai that will help to drive community engagement and physical activity across the city.”

“The BWF Destination Dubai World Superseries Finals gives spectators the opportunity to watch elite athletes competing for one of the biggest purses in the game. We encourage badminton followers, as well as anyone who simply enjoys seeing world-class sport, to purchase tickets and watch the tournament.”

Speaking in support of the event, Alastair Ruxton, Commercial and Legal Director at Falcon and Associates, who facilitated the partnership, said: “The World Superseries Finals in Dubai will mark the first time that the event has been held in the MENASA region, home to one of the world’s youngest and fastest growing populations. In addition, the Superseries Finals will further add to Dubai’s impressive sporting portfolio which already includes a strong list of high-profile international events.”

Tickets to the event start at 20Dhs and are available now from

Article and photo: Press release by BWF.

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Exercise is an important key to avoiding both cardiovascular disease and diabetes. According to a study reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association, women who are able to perform physical activities, such as climbing a flight of stairs or running a short distance, are at lower risk for heart problems, even if those women are overweight. The study showed that “the lack of physical fitness is a stronger risk factor for developing heart disease than being overweight or obese.”

Known as the Women’s Ischemia Syndrome Evaluation, the study was conducted by a physician and colleagues at the University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, along with researchers from five other institutions, including the National Institutes of Health. Women reporting higher levels of physical fitness had fewer coronary artery disease risk factors, less disease and a lower risk of cardiovascular events.


The researchers reviewed questionnaires completed by more than 900 women with symptoms of heart problems. The women were also given complete physicals and medical tests to determine their heart health, including measures of body mass index, waist circumference, waist-hip ratio, waist-height ratio and physical fitness.

“We found that many women who would be classified as obese, based upon their body mass index and these other measures, were actually able to perform a lot of these day-to-day activities, which our questionnaires judged to be physically fit,” the lead physician researcher said.

During follow-up, which averaged 3.9 years, 38 percent experienced an adverse coronary event for the first time, 13 percent had a major adverse event and 8 percent died. Overweight women were more likely than normal-weight women to have risk factors for coronary artery disease, but neither body mass index nor abdominal obesity measures were significantly associated with obstructive coronary artery disease or adverse cardiovascular events after adjusting for other risk factors. Conversely, women with lower physical activity scores were significantly more likely to have coronary artery disease risk factors and obstructive coronary artery disease at the start of the study, and each incremental increase in their energy expenditure score was associated with an 8 percent decrease in the risk of major adverse cardiovascular events during follow-up.

“These results suggest that fitness may be more important than overweight or obesity for CV risk in women,” the authors conclude. “Evaluation of physical activity and functional capacity using simple questionnaires should be an integral part of CV risk stratification, and interventions aimed at increasing physical fitness levels should be included in the management of all women at risk for coronary heart disease.”


A separate study reported in the same issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association investigated the combined relation of body mass index and physical activity to diabetes to understand whether increasing physical activity levels reduces the elevated risk of diabetes from obesity. Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston reviewed data from 37,878 participants in the ongoing Women’s Health Study. The participants were free of cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes at the beginning of the study, and follow-up averaged approximately seven years.

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A 21 year old man who was taken ill on Saturday night at the Westergasfabriek died in hospital in the early hours of Sunday.

Earlier a 33 year-old Serbian man collapsed outside Club Lite on Jan van Gaalenstraat. Both are thought to have taken drugs.

The Amsterdam Dance Event, which ended on Sunday, comprised some 300 events taking place at 85 clubs throughout the city.

Amsterdam city council told RTL news it deplored the deaths.

It also said Amsterdam Dance Event is subject to strict regulations concerning drug use and the presence of first aid staff.

Both cases will be investigated by the public prosecutor.



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The Amsterdam Dance Event became yet another electronic dance music staple that’s been left with the unfortunate stigma of drug overdose deaths. Four people were reported dead over the course of the five day event and authorities are fairly certain that at least three were tied to substances, according to The Hollywood Reporter

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A 21-year old was hospitalized outside of an event on Saturday before dying at the hospital, a 33 year-old man collapsed outside of a nightclub hosting an ADE show that same day, and a 41 year-old woman passed away on Sunday at Club Lite-the same venue where the 33 year-old collapsed-on Sunday. According to police, only the latter death has been formally attributed to drug use (ecstasy) but there was “probably cause” that the other two were substance-related as well.

The fourth death was Felix Hines, the head of publishing for Phoenix Music International. It’d be unfair to say that the representative of a major music company was less likely to engage in drug use, no reports have suggested that was the cause. Still, no other cause of death has been suggested. 

The curious aspect of all this news is that this is the first time in the Amsterdam Dance Event’s 18-year history. Regardless of genre, an event that operates on the scale of the ADE should probably expect a death at some point, of drug use or dehydration or some other bizarre circumstance. More than 2,200 performers appeared at 300-plus events as part of the event, and have for years. Unfortunately now ADE is marred by the same cloud hanging over many EDM events that have experienced over the last few years, and the Dutch showcase will probably endure enormous security overhauls before next year’s event as a result. 

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By Scott T. Sterling

The 2014 edition of the annual Amsterdam Dance Event has been marred by tragedy, with reports that four people have died over the course of this year’s five-day EDM festival and conference.

According to de Volkskrant (via Billboard), a 33-year-old Serbian male died on Saturday, Oct. 18, after collapsing outside of an ADE show at Club Lite. A 21-year-old local man died the following day (Oct. 19) in hospital following a related event held at Westergasfabriek the previous night. While police are citing drugs as the likely cause in both deaths, exact causes have yet to be determined.

Related: TomorrowWorld Raver Found Naked in the Woods Four Days After the Festival

Club Lite was also where a local 41-year-old woman fell ill and died on Oct. 18, with police reporting that the coroner found her death to be caused by Ecstasy usages.

The fourth person to die during the ADE was 41-year-old music industry executive Felix Hines, the head of publishing at Phoenix Music International (via MusicWeek). His cause of death has yet to be revealed.

“The ADE organization is utterly shocked by the sudden death of three people that attended events that took place as part of the ADE. What was set to be a record breaking edition is now overshadowed by tragedy,” event organizers said in a statement on the ADE website obviously written before the fourth fatality was confirmed. “We are in close contact with all of the venues, municipalities and emergency services that are part of the ADE and every precaution is taken to ensure the safety and security of the audience at all participating venues. Each venue has a strict door policy and a comprehensive inspection is completed at every venue entrance. Drug use is not tolerated in any way and ADE and its partners make every effort to ensure that people are behaving responsibly at the event. Ultimately there is a limit to what we can do and individuals themselves are responsible for their own actions and decisions. Our thoughts are with the families and friends as well as the affected.”

The industry-focused event started in 1996 and includes a wide range of events, including the announcement of the annual DJ Mag Top 100 DJs Poll and a DJ cook-off.



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The Six Days of Amsterdam track event was postponed Tuesday after derny driver Cees Stam, 68, suffered a serious accident and was rushed to a nearby hospital.

On Wednesday, organizers provided this update on his condition: “Stam has displayed some positive signs overnight, but his condition overall remains critical. The organization remains in close contact with the family.”

The Twitter account for, the official live stream for the Amsterdam Six Day, reported that Tuesday’s racing had been cancelled after a major crash.

In a statement on the event website, organizers said, “A number of other pacemakers and riders were involved in the accident [and suffered] minor injuries.”

Stam is an experienced derny driver and formerly a professional cyclist and four-time world champion on the track in motorpaced events.

Eurosport race commentator Carlton Kirby tweeted from the event, “Sadly tonight’s racing from Amsterdam has been abandoned due to the serious injury to one of the [derny] drivers.”

Among those participating at the event is Paris-Roubaix champion Niki Terpstra, (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), the winner of the Amsterdam Six-Day event in 2011. Terpstra’s teammate is Yoeri Havik.

Also participating are Lotto-Belisol riders Pim Ligthart and Jasper Buyst. Buyst won last year’s Six Days of Ghent and was the revelation of the six-day season.

Americans Guy East and Dan Holloway are racing in Amsterdam as well.

Check back for more information on this story as it becomes available.


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