Saturday, October 25, 2014

Social media warning for Dutch military abroad for fear of jihadists

Dutch military who go abroad for their work or vacation should cancel the facilities to locate them via social media. According to the Ministry of defense in that way can be prevented that jihadists can locate them. The ministry of defense has informed soldiers that their Facebookpages should not be accessible to the public. This warning follows a number of incidents where soldiers have been harassed via the internet. The MIVD ( The Military Intelligence Service) has started an investigation.)

Friday, October 24, 2014

Mayor Compares Dutch Jihadis to Post-War Jews

In a radio program Pieter Broertjes, (Labor party) the mayor of Hilversum has compared Jihadis from his town who left for Syria to the Dutch Jews who went after the Second World war to Israel to fight there against the English. He said that those who left for Syria are adult people.  Via his spokesman the mayor modified his statement somewhat. He stated that Broertjes wanted to say was that the authorities can not forbid people for whatever reason to go and live elsewhere. [Comment: recently Broertjes said that the Netherlands should expel Putin’s daughter in view of the  West’s conflict with Russia.)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Officials and Bureaucrats Doubt the Integrity of Their Colleagues

One out of ten government bureaucrats has strong doubts about the integrity of their colleagues.  Similarly, one out of ten officials in communities and provinces have doubts about their fellow politicians.  The main subjects concerned are false declarations, the treatment of confidential information, and conflict of interest.  These results are from the Monitor for Integrity of Public Management 2012.  Such a study is carried out every year by the BIOS bureau. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Dike break in Germany may cause Hundreds of Deaths in Netherlands.

Recent data from the Waterschap Rijn en Ijssel show that if a dike breaks on the German side of the Rhine River, the eastern part of the Netherlands until Zwolle might be flooded. That would lead to hundreds of deaths and tens of billions in Euros of damage.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Foreign Children an Increasing Problem for Schools

Elementary schools have great difficulty coping with children who either hardly speak Dutch or not at all.  These difficulties result in part from the new flood of refugees from Syria, Somalia and Eritrea, but also from children from Eastern Europe.  The teaching material available often dates from the 1980s.  Government subsidies can only be obtained if a school has at least 4 pupils who are less than one year in the country.

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Guidelines for Asbestos-Removal Companies Are Inadequate

The guidelines for asbestos-removal companies are inadequate.  Companies which lose their license because they do not respect these guidelines can easily create a new corporate entity and receive a new license.  The authorities cannot do anything about this.  These facts were obtained from internal emails from the Ministry for Social Affairs.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

One-Third of Police Staff Aggressed

Almost one-third of police employees were either threatened or assaulted by civilians during work hours.  Outside of the workplace, this was the case for 14% of police employees.  These results are from research done among 3,000 employees by the Police Academy.  Another study showed that one out of five policemen who are involved in maintaining order and answering calls for emergency help are met with threats and violence after work hours.