Friday, March 6, 2015

Rotterdam Police are Seeking Pictures of Dutch Rioters in Rome

The Dutch police has asked people who have photographs of the riots caused by Feyenoord soccer hooligans in Rome to send in such photographs, as they may be helpful in prosecuting the offenders. Last week, a team of Rotterdam detectives and representatives from the prosecutor’s office travelled to Rome to collect evidence.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Government Apologizes for Neglecting the Safety of People in Groningen

Minister of Economic Affairs Henk Kamp says that due to the gas industry in Groningen there has been too little attention paid to the safety of the local population.  The government is voicing its regret and is now aware that many people in the province are continuously confronted with the detrimental consequences of the earthquakes resulting from the underground gas collection. Various politicians have announced that the government will now have to show that it really puts safety first.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

More than 1,600 Complaints against Defense Ministry about Toxic Paint


The Ministry of Defense has announced that the number of complaints from employees and former employees who have worked with the carcinogenic chrome 6-laden paints has risen to over 1,600.  There are several research projects taking place on the detrimental effects of the paint, which was used both in Ministry and NATO workshops. In the meantime, the Ministry has started paying out between 3,000-15,000 euro to those that have become severely ill.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Dutch Pilots:  Subsidized Middle-Eastern Companies Destroy Air France – KLM
Steven Verhagen is the chairman of VNV, the Dutch Association of Commercial Pilots.  He says that the French leadership of the Air France –KLM group has no coherent vision.  Each time the company is beaten by competitors, both commercially and financially.  Verhagen added that the competition of subsidized Middle-Eastern companies are destroying the group.  Many passengers get a better product elsewhere, and sometimes a cheaper one.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Prime Minister: Preventing Threats to the Netherlands Requires Additional Money


The Dutch cabinet has budgeted an additional 128.8 million euros to be spent over the next five years on structural improvements in the fight against terrorism and jihadi threats.  Almost 29 million euros will be used for the security of specific institutions, including parliament and Jewish institutions.  About 69 million euros will be spent on the intelligence services, and 14 million for rapid response teams. The analysis undertaken by the NCTV, the National Coordinator for the Fight against Terror, shows that the current level of threats will last for a long period to come.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Horror Owl Has More Victims than Publicized

The horror owl in Purmerend has attacked many more victims than has been originally published.  At least 15 mentally handicapped inhabitants of an institution, along with their caretakers, have been attacked.  A spokesperson of the institution says that many of its residents no longer dare to go outside, even though it would be very healthy for them to do so.  Everybody who is attacked by the owl is wounded, and many have had to go to the emergency ward to get vaccinated against tetanus. In the meantime, the owl has made international news.  Media such as the BBC and The Guardian have published about it.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Bank Gives Umbrellas Away to Protect People against Owl


Rabobank in Purmerend is handing out free umbrellas to protect citizens against a big owl.  The municipality is also recommending citizens to use umbrellas while outdoors.  The big owl has attacked a number of people and has bitten several people severely, including handicapped people.