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Thabazimbe Boer joins ANC breakaway party - cheered by the crowd...

 

Grobler Piet_Received As Hero_Joined ANC-BREAKAWAY-COPE Dec 16 2008 -- "I have four sons and one is sitting in Canada because you don't want them because of affirmative Action,'  said Boer Piet Grobler, 71, a retired dominee from Thabazimbi.

He had showed up at the ANC-breakway party COPE's congress after watching it on TV -- and insisted that he wanted to join them there and then.

Whereupon the crowd carried him victoriously through the hall on their shoulders, handing him up to  the podium, where he was embraced by the new party leader Terror Lekotha - who asked Grobler to tell his story.

The old dominee spoke calmly, a bit hesitantly, speaking in Afrikaans, and telling his story to a spellbound black crowd:

"I have four sons. One is sitting in Canada because affirmative action does not want him here. One son helps him on the farm. I joined Cope above all because you said that there should not be any unfair discrimination in affirmative-action programmes. And secondly, you said you considered us Boers important and want to look after them. So I joined Cope...'

3000 BoerFarmersMurderedSince19994_AfrikanerGenocidePix2008 This amazing tale was told by Beeld newspaper, reporting on the COPE founding-congress. It was an astonishing sight for the few Afrikaners present in the hall: here was this white-haired old man, who had arrived to pay his R30 joining fee, being cheered and carried to the stage amidst much ululu-ing and shouts of 'Viva, Ntate Grobler, viva!” -- at the Callie Human-hall at the University of Free State campus. The same campus in fact where anti-Afrikaner riots broke out earlier this year, and rampaging black students hunted down and attacked Afrikaner students as if they were animals.

After Grobler's speech, pandemonium broke lose as singing and dancing COPE-members rushed to the stage and overwhelmed Grobler. Lekota eventually rescued the Boer and he eventually was able to leave the hall, but not until Lekota had given him his personal telephone number. "Phone me,' shouted Lekota as Grobler left the hall.

Lekota was elected as their new leader, and Mbhazima Shilowa in one of the two deputy-leader posts. 

They were elected on the basis on a 'consensus'. "We are a new party which has to get ready for a general election and need to urgently set up our new structures. As soon as they had done so, the organisers assured the crowd, "we have use the normal guidelines and elect the office bearers."

Hm.

Thabazimbe Boer joins ANC breakaway party - cheered by the crowd...

 

Grobler Piet_Received As Hero_Joined ANC-BREAKAWAY-COPE Dec 16 2008 -- "I have four sons and one is sitting in Canada because you don't want them because of affirmative Action,'  said Boer Piet Grobler, 71, a retired dominee from Thabazimbi.

He had showed up at the ANC-breakway party COPE's congress after watching it on TV -- and insisted that he wanted to join them there and then.

Whereupon the crowd carried carried him victoriously through the hall on their, handing him over to the podium, where he was embraced by the new party leader Terror Lekotha - who asked Grobler to tell his story.

The old dominee spoke calmly, a bit hesitantly, speaking in Afrikaans, and telling his story to a spellbound black crowd:

"I have four sons. One is sitting in Canada because affirmative action does not want him here. One son helps him on the farm. I joined Cope above all because you said that there should not be any unfair discrimination in affirmative-action programmes. And secondly, you said you considered us Boers important and want to look after them. So I joined Cope...'

3000 BoerFarmersMurderedSince19994_AfrikanerGenocidePix2008 This amazing tale was told by Beeld newspaper, reporting on the COPE founding-congress. It was an astonishing sight for the few Afrikaners present in the hall: here was this white-haired old man, who had arrived to pay his R30 joining fee, being cheered and carried to the stage amidst much ululu-ing and shouts of 'Viva, Ntate Grobler, viva!” -- at the Callie Human-hall at the University of Free State campus. The same campus in fact where anti-Afrikaner riots broke out earlier this year, and rampaging black students hunted down and attacked Afrikaner students as if they were animals.

After Grobler's speech, pandemonium broke lose as singing and dancing COPE-members rushed to the stage and overwhelmed Grobler. Lekota eventually rescued the Boer and he eventually was able to leave the hall, but not until Lekotha had given him his personal telephone number. "Phone me,' shouted Lekota as Grobler left the hall.

Lekota was elected as their new leader, and Mbhazima Shilowa in one of the two deputy-leader posts.  They were elected on the basis on a 'consensus'. "We are a new party which has to get ready for a general election and need to urgently set up our new structures. As soon as they had done so, the organisers assured the crowd, "we have use the normal guidelines and elect the office bearers."

Hm.

Is military intervention being planned to overthrow Mugabe?

 

RIJSWIJK, The Netherlands. Dec 16 2008 -- Nobel Peace Laureate and former South African president Frederick de Klerk urges military action to remove Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe from power. A senior US diplomat wants SA's borders with Zimbabwe closed. And A US Air Force contingent holds a seminar in neighbouring Botswana. 

Sabres are being rattled right at his border - and things are definitely hotting up for Mugabe.see 

De Klerk yesterday joined the growing number of elderly South African leaders who want Mugabe removed by force.   Archbishop-Emeritius Desmond Tutu and senior Inkatha Freedom Party leader Dr Mangosuthu Buthelezi also issued similar calls earlier this month - also noting that with so many people now dying in the cholera epidemic, urgent intervention was needed to prevent a humanitarian disaster 'on a biblical scale', as Buthelezi put it. One black Pretoria bishop even referred to Mugabe as 'a Hitler'...

FW de Klerk Wife Elita"If Mugabe doesn't quit, of his own accord and soon, military action to remove him would be justified', said Mr De Klerk on Monday in an interview with the Dutch TV-programme NOVA.

Close the borders with Zimbabwe
Also yesterday, UN chief Ban Ki-moon has held a closed-door session on the Mugabe issue in New York It was attended by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. An unnamed US diplomat said he would like to see Zimbabwe's neighbours - especially South Africa -- close its borders.

De Klerk, who was South Africa's last Afrikaner president and was largely instrumental in handing over hegemony of the wealthy African country to the current black-majority government -- says that he is deeply somber about the future of Zimbabwe if Mugabe stays in power. "It seems to me that he cannot be reasoned with at all. He's had his chances, and he has blown them all.'

Nearly 1,000 deaths in cholera epidemic
Mugabe's distrastrous rule has plunged Zimbabwe in an unprecented financial, political and humanitarian crisis, he said."And the latest in this string of tragedies is the cholera epidemic which has now cost the lives of nearly 1,000 people.'

De Klerk was co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize with former president Nelson Mandela - whom he also released from prison.

The Afrikaner ex-president now runs his own foundation, the F W de Klerk Foundation, and undertakes speaking engagements worldwide. Lately he has undergone treatment for colon cancer.

In his speeches this past year, De Klerk has become increasingly critical of the current South African government - singling out the country 's devastating violent-crime rate, its steady erosion of the independent judiciary; its ineffective police force and the ANC-regime's abuse of minority rights.

Closed-session at UN
Also yesterday, UN chief Ban Ki-moon has held a closed-door session on the Mugabe issue in New York It was attended by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

  • In his briefing, Ban deplored the fact that "neither the (Harare) government nor the mediator(Mbeki) welcomes a United Nations political role. This clearly limits our ability to effectively help find immediate remedies to this crisis."

"The current cholera epidemic is only the most visible manifestation of a profound multi-sectoral crisis, encompassing food, agriculture, education, health, water, sanitation and HIV/Aids," he added. "The people of Zimbabwe cannot afford to wait any longer.

"The international community cannot afford to watch as the situation gets worse," Ban noted.

State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said Washington has been talking to Zimbabwe's powerful neighbour South Africa and other Security Council members about how to "start a process that will bring an end to the tragedy that is unfolding in Zimbabwe". see

US troops in neighbouring Botswana

In an apparently unrelated event, a contingent of US and Botswana troops were also gathered in Gaborone, Botswana this week to 'strengthen ties between the US and the Botswana defence force.' The country borders both South Africa and Zimbabwe. Vote this story up!

The two military contingents were holding a seminar on management systems and techniques at the Sir Seretse Khama Barracks in Gaborone, Botswana. Led by members of the 17th Air Force based in Ramstein, Germany, in coordination with the U.S. Office of Security Cooperation, the military-to-military event introduced the officers to 'best practices for building a career path in the military', according to an AFRICOM report on its website. "The training was geared to build the capacity of the Botswana Defence Force and strengthen ties between Botswana and the United States."

US military in Cape Town

The team of pilots, navigators, flight engineers, loadmasters and personnel from security forces, supply and public affairs stayed in Botswana four days before continuing on to Cape Town, South Africa, where they participated in an air show.

"We are here in Botswana on what's called a theater security cooperation event," said Colonel Ty Thomas, 86th Operations Group commander. "The essence is that we work with the BDF, their Air Force in particular, to build an airlift capacity. What they've asked us to come down and talk about is our ability to deploy and redeploy air forces, particularly C-130s, for peace-keeping or humanitarian operations."

During the first day, U.S. and Botswana aircrews participated in discussions and briefings. "We discussed ways of employing the C-130 and the differences of how we use the airplane and some of the challenges they have," said Captain Sarah Santoro, a C-130 pilot. "It's always interesting to see when we go visit places that the mindset is always aircrew to aircrew - no matter what flag they have on their shoulder."

Members from both countries were eager to compare notes and to learn about each other. "I was very impressed," said Staff Sergeant Jesse Levy, a loadmaster with the 37th AS. "They were very professional and enthusiastic. They seemed as happy about us being there as we were. Overall it was a very good experience."

Levy specifically noticed an immediate sense of camaraderie between the loadmasters from both countries.  "I'd say we are very similar in attitude," he said. "We both have a high enthusiasm for this job. They really want to get the best training possible, just like we do. Their loadmaster asked a lot of questions about airdrops and about different things that we do. He really wanted to come back and do more training with us. I definitely think they are where they need to be with attitude, but they could really benefit from more training."

The Americans also noted some differences. "They do things differently," said Staff Sergeant David Bell, an engine specialist with the 86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. "They have a longer technical training than we do." He also noted that their maintenance career field is broken down into only three sections, compared to American maintainers who have seven fields of expertise.

"I was impressed to see that they use the same equipment we do," Sergeant Bell said. "Their aircraft are a lot older, but they have newer engines and the glass cockpit upgrades." On the Ramstein Airmen's last day with the Botswana Defense Force, Botswanan aircrew members were invited to ride along in the U.S. C-130s on a low-level formation training flight.

 

Botswana flies C-130s for peacekeeping operations:

"This was an incredible opportunity for us," said Major T. Phuthego, chief pilot for Botswanan C-130 operations. "One of our main challenges is that we are still part of the army. It's refreshing to get a chance to interact with other members of the aviation community. We look forward to more opportunities to interact with each other. Our goal is to become more proficient in deploying our C-130s for peacekeeping and humanitarian missions around Africa."

Overall the stay in Botswana was a success, according to Colonel Thomas, who asserted that more training opportunities would be beneficial to both nations. "I see a future of more training with the Botswana Defence Force in terms of willingness and interest in doing it," he said. "Several of their officers have expressed a desire for us to continue this relationship.

 

South African region more and more important...

"I also think there is a significant amount of value added for us as the U.S. military to remain engaged in the South African region, because it will likely become more and more important as interests and activities in Africa develop."

Major Sidney Shinn, bilateral affairs officer with the North Carolina National Guard State Partnership Program added that he would like to see unit-level exercises between the BDF and the U.S. Air Force.

"We are committed to our relationship with Botswana and looking to expand it for the long term. Our goal is to assist them to become self-sustaining. We want to become a partner that works alongside them," Shinn said.

http://waronterrornews.typepad.com/home/2008/11/us-and-botswana-airmen-participate-in-theater-security-cooperation-event.html

 

US Airmen give eye care to Burundi troops enroute to Somalia

Burundi troops enroute to Somalia get US help caption: Tech. Sgt. Luis Gonzales and Senior Airman Dale King perform a preliminary test on a troop at Gakumbu military base, Africa. The Airmen were part of a team sent to povide optometry and eye care Nov. 6 to 15 to two battalions from the Burundi, Africa, military who were preparing to deploy on a peacekeeping mission to Somalia. Sergeant Gonzales is assigned to the 52nd Aerospace Medicine Squadron at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, and Airman King is assigned to the 435th Aerospace Medicine Squadron at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. http://www.af.mil/photos/media_search.asp?q=ramstein&page=10

Frederick de Klerk calls for military overthrow of Mugabe

 

FW de Klerk Wife ElitaRIJSWIJK, The Netherlands. Nobel Peace Laureate and former South African president Frederick de Klerk urges military action to remove Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe from power. And a senior US diplomat wants South Africa's borders with Zimbabwe closed.

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De Klerk thus has joined the growing number of elderly South African leaders who want Mugabe removed by force.

Archbishop-Emeritius Desmond Tutu and senior Inkatha Freedom Party leader Dr Mangosuthu Buthelezi also issued similar calls earlier this month - also noting that with so many people now dying in the cholera epidemic, urgent intervention is needed. One black Pretoria bishop even referred to Mugabe as 'a Hitler'...

"If Mugabe doesn't quit, of his own accord and soon, military action to remove him would be justified', said Mr De Klerk on Monday in an interview with the Dutch TV-programme NOVA.

Close the borders with Zimbabwe
Also yesterday, UN chief Ban Ki-moon has held a closed-door session on the Mugabe issue in New York It was attended by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. An unnamed US diplomat said he would like to see Zimbabwe's neighbours - especially South Africa -- close its borders.

De Klerk, who was South Africa's last Afrikaner president and was largely instrumental in handing over hegemony of the wealthy African country to the current black-majority government -- says that he is deeply somber about the future of Zimbabwe if Mugabe stays in power. "It seems to me that he cannot be reasoned with at all. He's had his chances, and he has blown them all.'

Nearly 1,000 deaths in cholera epidemic
Mugabe's distrastrous rule has plunged Zimbabwe in an unprecented financial, political and humanitarian crisis, he said."And the latest in this string of tragedies is the cholera epidemic which has now cost the lives of nearly 1,000 people.'

De Klerk was co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize with former president Nelson Mandela - whom he also released from prison.

The Afrikaner ex-president now runs his own foundation, the F W de Klerk Foundation, and undertakes speaking engagements worldwide. Lately he has undergone treatment for colon cancer.

In his speeches this past year, De Klerk has become increasingly critical of the current South African government - singling out the country 's devastating violent-crime rate, its steady erosion of the independent judiciary; its ineffective police force and the ANC-regime's abuse of minority rights.

Closed-session at UN
Also yesterday, UN chief Ban Ki-moon has held a closed-door session on the Mugabe issue in New York It was attended by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

  • In his briefing, Ban deplored the fact that "neither the (Harare) government nor the mediator(Mbeki) welcomes a United Nations political role. This clearly limits our ability to effectively help find immediate remedies to this crisis."

"The current cholera epidemic is only the most visible manifestation of a profound multi-sectoral crisis, encompassing food, agriculture, education, health, water, sanitation and HIV/Aids," he added. "The people of Zimbabwe cannot afford to wait any longer.

"The international community cannot afford to watch as the situation gets worse," Ban noted.

State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said Washington has been talking to Zimbabwe's powerful neighbour South Africa and other Security Council members about how to "start a process that will bring an end to the tragedy that is unfolding in Zimbabwe". see

US troops in neighbouring Botswana

In an unrelated event, a contingent of US and Botswana troops were also gathered in Gaborone, Botswana this week to 'strengthen ties between the US and the Botswana defence force.' The country borders both South Africa and Zimbabwe. Vote this story up!

The two military contingents were holding a seminar on management systems and techniques this week at the Sir Seretse Khama Barracks in Gaborone, Botswana.

Led by members of the 17th Air Force based in Ramstein, Germany, in coordination with the U.S. Office of Security Cooperation, the military-to-military event introduced the officers to 'best practices for building a career path in the military', according to an AFRICOM report on its website.

"The training was geared to build the capacity of the Botswana Defence Force and strengthen ties between Botswana and the United States." ALSO SEE:

Ex-president Frederick De Klerk pleads for military action against Mugabe

Nieuwe VSA wet treft duizenden micro-vervaardigers van speelgoed, kleding, kinderdekentjes e.d.

 

Dec 16 2008 -- KikiFluhr_HandmadeDressWillByOutlawedByNewUSLaw Adriana Stuijt a.j.stuijt@knid.nl Nederlandse vervaardigers van kinder-producten -- speelgoed, kleding, bedden, luiers, juwelierswaren, zelfs kinderboeken, en deze uitvoeren naar de VSA, moeten vanaf feb 10 2009 eerst elk product laten testen by Amerikaanse laboratoria om vast te stellen of ze lood- of phthalates bevatten.

De laboratoria-onkosten om een zgn. CPSC-certificate of compliance te verkrijgen kan vanaf $500 tot $4,000 per product oplopen.

Alleen de zogeheten "SPSC-accredited' Amerikanse laboratoria mogen deze 'certificates of compliance' uitgeven aan vervaardigers. Zonder dit SPSC-certificaat zullen er geen producten voor kinderen na februari 10 2009 in de VSA toegelaten worden.

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FOTO: De nieuwe wetgeving, de 'Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act'--  zie http://www.cpsc.gov/cpsia.pdf werd in grote haast uitgevaardigd nadat er verleden jaar tientallen Chinese producten voor kinderen uit de markt gehaald moesten worden omdat ze levensgevaarlijk bleken te zijn. Zo ontdekte het gezin-Johnson in Minneapolis, links bijv. nadat ze al de loodhoudende verf van hun muren hadden verwijderd, dat de kinderen nog steeds lood binnenkregen - van hun speelgoed en kleding...

Deze nieuwe Amerikaasnse wetgeving is echter vooral disastreus voor de vele honderd-duizenden micro-eenmanszaakjes in de VSA die handvervaardige producten voor kinderen vervaardigen. Deze winkeltjes , meestal gerund door vrouwen, hebben juist de afgelopen jaren een reuze-groei doorgemaakt. De dikwijls tamelijk dure producten worden meestal vervaardigd door handige vrouwen die thuis een extra centje erbij willen verdienen. Zij zullen de torenhoge onkosten voor elk product al helemaal niet kunnen betalen.

De eigenares van een zo'n zaakje, Kiki Fluhr van Quincy, Massachusetts -- trok deze week aan de noodklok op haar website. Zij maakt schattige jurkjes en quiltjes voor kinderen in haar micro-zaakje thuis. Zij schreef in haar brandbrief dat deze wetgeving van elke Amerikaanse huisvrouw die een eenmanszaakje runt, een misdadiger zal maken na Februari 10: zij kunnen het immers niet bekostigen om elk uniek product dat ze vervaardigen, steeds weer opnieuw te moeten laten testen. En deze wetgeving sluit ook de huidige, onverkochte voorraden in -- dus vele duizenden tonnen van deze prachtige, handvervaardigde producten zullen vernietigd  moeten worden, want niemand kan de hoge onkosten van de laboratoria bekostigen.

Kiki verkoopt haar producten via het internet vanuit haar thuiswinkeltje, "All the Numbers Handmade' in Quincy.

Nederlanders vervaardigen ook zulke producten die meestal op 'Nederlandse' thuismarkten onder de immigrantenschap in de VSA worden verkocht. Echter, als ze na februari 10 2009 geen 'certificate of compliance' kunnen meeleveren, mogen ze niet ingevoerd worden in de VSA omdat er immers niet bewezen kan worden dat er geen lood of phtalates inzitten...

Ze noemt het de Nationale Faillietwet. Elke vervaardiger van kinderproducten loopt zelfs de kans om met zware boetes overladen te worden voor elk product waarvoor ze geen certifikaat kunnen meeleveren. Ze kunnen zelfs in de gevangenis belanden, zegt ze.

  • Lees de details van deze wetgeving hier:  hier - vooral pagina 7.
  • Commentaar kan ook geleverd worden - maar wel voor januari 20 2009.hier.

Volgens deze wetgeving moeten de vervaardigers van speelgoed, kleding, juwelierswaren, quilts, lakens, kussenslopen en dekens voor kinderen, kinderwagens, kinderzitjes -- alles waarmee kinderen onder 12 in aanraking kunnen komen -- altijd zo'n 'certificate of compliance' kunnen meeleveren. Hiervoor moeten ze dus bij Amerikaans-goedgekeurde laboratoria, de zgn. CSPC-laboratoria, elk van hun producten laten testen op lood en phtalates.

De onkosten voor elk product kunnen oplopen tot $4,000 zegt Kiki:

  • "Neem mijzelf als voorbeeld: ik maak drie modelletjes in kinderjurkjes. Elk jurkje heeft twee verschillende soorten stof, garen en knoopjes. Elk product moet dus getest worden voor $500 per keer. Uitgerekend voor een jurkje zo dit dus $2,000 komen. Ik kan maar 15 jurkjes uit een rol stof maken, dus elke keer als ik een nieuwe rol koop, moet het weer getest worden. Het moet duidelijk zijn dat ik dat niet kan bekostigen met mijn kleine thuisbedrijfje.'

Ze is het helemaal eens met haar regering dat kinderen beschermd moeten worden tegen gevaarlijke chemicaliëen na het fiasco met de Chinese producten verleden jaar.]

"Deze wet treft echter juist degenen die zich altijd over de jaren heen hebben toegelegd om de allerveiligste producten voor kinderen te vervaardigen. Honderd-duizenden Amerikaanse ouders komen bij onze winkeltjes deze handgemaakte producten kopen omdat ze ons vertrouwen," zegt ze.

In de huidige wetgeving wordt er helemaal geen uitzondering toegelaten voor thuisvervaardigers en micro-zaakjes, zelfs als ze natuurlijke producten gebruiken zoals ruw hout  - waarin geen lod of phthalates zouden kunnen zitten...

"Deze wetgeving beschouwt elke vervaardiger van kinderproducten als 'schuldig' en zij moeten eerst zelf zorgen dat ze 'onschuldig' verklaard worden door alles te laten testen. Guilty until proven innocent..." zegt ze.

Grotere maatschappijnen die het kunnen bekostigen zullen voor februari volgend jaar reuze-bedragen moeten uitgeven om de nodige certificatie te verkrijgen - en deze onkosten zullen de prijzen van kinderproducten reusachtig laten stijgen.

EBay... En natuurlijk mogen de oude producten ook niet meer op EBay of in tweedehandswinkels en kringloopwinkels verkocht worden zonder de nodige certificaten.

  • "Wij verwijzen nu al naar februari 10 2009 als 'Nationale Failiet-dag" zegt ze.
  • Veel kleinere fabrieken die kinderkleding en -producten vervaardigen kunnen de testprocedure ook niet kunnen bekostigen en zullen failliet gaan.

"Als deze wetgeving niet aangepast wordt, zal het iedereen in Amerika treffen, vanaf arbeiders in de havens tot ouders die op zoek zullen moeten gaan naar 'wettige' producten met CPSC-certificatie.

Het zal ook reusachtige milieu-problemen met zich meebrengen: immers zullen de onverkochte producten in voorraad of getest, of gedumpt moeten worden.

"Deze wet affecteerd elke moeder die thuis extra wil verdienen op brood op de plank te houden, elke oma die een dekentje haakt of breidt om op de kunstmarkt te verkopen... Duizenden van ons die een niche hebben gevonden in de groeiende thuisgemaakte-producten markt moeten dus nu een besluit nemen of we doorgaan om onze producten 'onwettig' te blijven vervaardigen -- en dat kan een boete van $100,000 kosten; of gewoon onze kleine winkeltjes sluiten en de huur niet meer te kunnen betalen.'

Zij runt het winkeltje "All the Numbers Handmade" - zie  see

Kommentaar door Nederlandse vervaardigers van kinderproducten moet voor 30 januari 2009 gestuurd worden aan:

  • email to Sec102ComponentPawrtsTesting@cpsc.gov
  • Fax VSA 301 504-0127,
  • POST AAN:
  • The Office of the Secretary,
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission,
  • Room 502, 4330 East-West Highway,
  • Bethesda, Maryland 20814 US.
    T.A.V. : "Section 102 Mandatory Third-Party Testing of Component Parts'

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BRONNEN:
Kiki Fluhr, allthenumbers@live.com 5 Green Street, Jamaica Plain, Quincy, Massachusetts ,  "All The Numbers Handmade", telephone USA 617-524-5402
http://bostonhandmade.blogspot.com/2008/12/by-kiki-of-all-numbers-hi-everyone-im.html
http://www.etsy.com/profile.php?user_id=5947891
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpsia.pdf
http://www.cpsc.gov/ABOUT/Cpsia/ComponentPartsComments.pdf
http://www.health.state.ny.us/environmental/lead/recalls/questions_and_answers.htm
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/pubs/cons/jewellery-bijoux-eng.php
http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/babies-kids/child-safety/indoors/kids-and-lead/lead-in-childrens-products-12-07/overview/lead-ov.htm
http://www.epa.gov/safewater/lead/lead1.html