Sunday, June 17, 2018

Dutch Turkish media boycott opponent of Erdogan


A Dutch Turkish high school teacher with dual nationality, Arzu Özalp is a candidate for the Turkish elections on behalf of the CHP opposition party. When she tried to interest Dutch Turkish media in her campaign, they initially showed interest but then backed down because advertisers threatened to withdraw their advertisements.  Erdogans AKP Party intend to bring voters in hundreds of buses to the three voting stations in Amsterdam, the Hague and Deventer.

https://www.ad.nl/binnenland/deze-mbo-docent-uit-venlo-neemt-het-op-tegen-erdogan~a9c21384/

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Independent Report on Government Office Building: Resembles Mausoleum or Crematorium


A major rebuild of an office of the government has cost 267 million Euro. After moving there, employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Infrastructure  produce less work.  An independent report says it is a disaster to work there.  Bureaucrats have problems with concentration, there are not enough desks, the black elevator columns create associations of a mausoleum or crematorium, and there are long lines at the coffee bar.  The independent report says the borders of what is acceptable have been reached.
https://www.telegraaf.nl/nieuws/2162976/ambtenaren-gruwelen-het-werken-in-megaministerie

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Thousands of contaminated Dutch eggs removed from German supermarkets


German supermarkets have removed tens of thousands of Dutch eggs because they were contaminated with the toxic insecticide fipronil.  It concerns around 73 000 eggs from an organic chicken farmer in the Netherlands.  Some of the eggs were already sold before the contamination was discovered. Last year, in the Netherlands thousands of chickens and countless eggs had to be destroyed for the same reason.

https://nltimes.nl/2018/06/12/thousands-fipronil-contaminated-dutch-eggs-german-supermarkets

Monday, June 11, 2018

Muslim Mayor: Poisonous Anti-Muslim Act Should Go On


Rotterdam Muslim Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb has said that he regretted that the anti-Muslim demonstration of Pegida at the Laleili mosque in Rotterdam was cancelled. He said: However poisonous a message, people should be able to express it. It is a sign of intolerance if such a message cannot be expressed. The anti-Islam group Pegida had received a permission from the mayor for a barbeque of pig-meat in front of the mosque during the evening prayer.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Eindhoven Among World’s Worst Airports


A study of 141 airports worldwide by Airhelp which studied punctuality, service performance, and passenger sentiment placed Eindhoven airport in 132 place or among the ten worst airports in the world.  Eindhoven received 5.9 (out of 10) for punctuality, 7.2 for service performed, and only 5.1 for passenger sentiment.  Its overall score came to 6.39.  The worst airport in the world is Kuwait airport.
https://nltimes.nl/2018/06/08/eindhoven-among-worlds-worst-airports

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Muslims Collect 100,000 Euro for Imam Suspected of Terrorism


The Belgian Moroccan Imam, Tarik Ibn Ali, was last year extradited to Spain on suspicion of recruitment of jihadists via Youtube.  Ali denies the charges. During a session of the Dutch online TV channel, Islaam.tv, 100,000 Euro was collected mainly from Dutch and Belgian sympathizers for his defense and the maintenance of his family.  A Dutch terrorism expert, Jelle van Buuren, said financing him possibly comes close to terrorism financing which is a criminal act in the Netherlands.
https://www.telegraaf.nl/nieuws/2126710/moslims-zamelen-ton-in-voor-haatimam

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Investigation Defense Ministry insufficiently protected employees when working with carcinogenic material


An investigation concluded that the Defense Ministry is responsible for serious health complaints by employees of five NATO depots from 1984 to 2006.  These employees were working with chromium 6, a carcinogenic material.  According to the public health institute (RIVM), which undertook the investigation, the Defense Ministry knew about the harmful effects of the substance but didn’t share this knowledge with employees or with Ministry Doctors. After the report, State Secretary Barbara Visser of Defense, apologized.  She added that it happens too often that Defense doesn’t adequately protect the safety of its employees.

https://nltimes.nl/2018/06/04/defense-apologizes-carcinogenic-chromium-6-scandal