Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Dutch TV Satire Accuses Netanyahu based on Classic Anti-Semitic Stereotype

A Dutch satirical news show has taken up the classic anti-Semitic stereotype that the Jews lust for blood. A program of the Socialist Vara Television manipulated clips so that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu was telling US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that he was maximizing civilian deaths. Timon Diaz, a Sri-Lanka born columnist for the Dagelijkse Standaard said the video is “reminiscent of the many blood libels that already exist about Israel and the Jews.”

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Minister: Inspectorate for Healthcare has to be Investigated

Minister Edith Schippers said that as the inspectorate for healthcare is in the process of investigating multiple failures in the cardiology department at the hospital in Spijkenisse, she will not give an opinion on the functioning of the inspectorate at present. She added that it is obvious that matters at the inspectorate have to improve and that the responsibility for that is with the new inspector general who will start work in the coming days.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Spijkenisse: Cardiology Department closed and Doctors not allowed to Work

The Ruwaard van Putten Hospital in Spijkenisse has closed its cardiology department in view of the high number of deaths in 2010. The Inspectorate of Health has told 4 cardiologists to stop working immediately while 51 files of dead patients are investigated. The Inspectorate says that the department was an acute and serious danger to patient safety. The Inspectorate had been informed of misconduct in the hospital long ago, but it did not act. The Federation of Dutch Patients said that it is unacceptable that no information has been given earlier about the poor quality of the care. It added “Had there been openness about the quality and the number of deaths, patients would have avoided the hospital.”

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Chaos at the Defense Ministry

The National Accounting Office has found that the quality of control of material at the Ministry of Defense is unreliable. The supplies of ammunition are not identical with what is written in the computers. Furthermore, the Ministry sometimes has no idea where the army’s weapons are. After an internal control, it was also found that 100 million Euro were booked in a different heading than where they belonged. The National Accounting Office recommended that the Parliament should check with Minister of Defense on how to improve the situation. It concluded that the Ministry runs risks if this year there is not a reliable control of where the military material is established.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

At Soccer Game, Cups of Urine Thrown on Supporters

At the top league soccer game between Vitesse from Arnhem and NEC from Nijmegen, supporters of Vitesse threw cups of urine onto the NEC supporters. There were shouts of joy when a family with children was hit. Before the game, the police had warned the clubs that if there were major incidents for three years, no fans of the visiting club would be admitted. After the game, the boards of both clubs expressed their satisfaction that all went well.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Dutch Women get Cancer Relatively Often

Dutch women get cancer more often in the lungs, the head/neck area, the esophagus, breast and skin. This is the result of an unhealthy way of living and risky behavior in the past, such as too much sunbathing and smoking. These results are from the doctoral thesis of the epidemiologist Henrike Karim-Kos. She claims inter alia that Dutch women run higher risks of breast cancer because they have their first child later in life and don’t breast feed as much compared to other European countries.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Relatively High Percentage of Dutchmen Die as a Result of Skin Cancer

In the Netherlands, every year 3.6 per hundred thousand inhabitants die from skin cancer. That is more than in all other European countries, besides Slovenia, where the corresponding figure is 4.1. In Greece the figure is 1.2 per hundred thousand, in Spain with 1.5, in France 2 and in Germany and Luxembourg the figure is 2.1. Also, the figure of mortality from skin cancer grows faster than in all European countries besides Ireland and Slovenia. These data have been published by EuroStat, the data bank of the European Union.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

More than a Quarter of Dutch Policemen is not Operational

More than a quarter of Dutch police and detectives are not operational. This results from research by RTL News. Eleven percent of policemen are sick at home. This is almost three times as high as for the general employed population. The police has no explanation for this. Seventeen percent of the policemens’ time is devoted to training and education. D66 Parliamentarian Magda Berndsen, a former police chief is shocked by this high figure of sick leave and intends to pose questions to the minister of security and justice.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Muslim Organization: Prime Minister treats us Like Second Class Citizens

The Contact Organization for Muslims and Government (CMO) has stated that the policy of the new government attacks the almost one million Dutch Muslims. This expresses itself in the desire in the plans to forbid the burqa, prohibit marriages between cousins and stricter rules for the immigration of family members. The CMO also opposes the proposal to have new immigrants borrow money so that they can learn to integrate into society. The CMO adds that “civilization is not only the solving of economic problems, but also treating minorities as full citizens.” The CMO has as members a number of big Moroccan, Turkish, Suriname and Pakistani mosque organizations.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Increase in Policemen Investigated for Abuse of their Positions

Investigations by the national police found that in 2011, 655 policemen abused their positions. This includes matters such as use of violence, fraud, as well as other abuses of their positions. This led to the firing of 77 policemen, 73 are on probation and will be fired if there is a repeat of these abuses and 24 policemen have decided to leave on their own volition.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Prime Minister Asks for Forgiveness for Faulty Coalition Agreement

At a press conference, Prime Minister Mark Rutte asked for forgiveness for the heavy increase in social payments, resulting from the coalition agreement. He admitted that a mistake had been made and the issue will be corrected. Diederik Samson, the leader of Labor, the other coalition partner said that it had been his intention to reestablish confidence in the political arena. He added that this confidence had been damaged in the past two weeks. Samson also mentioned that the current savings program will lead to a savings of 16 billion Euros, but a further 30 billion will be necessary.

Monday, November 12, 2012

No Supervision in Muslim Boarding Schools

The NRC Handelsblad reports that hundreds of children live in mosques in boarding school conditions. Only on the weekends do they go home. Several of the buildings are poorly maintained and not properly protected against fire. There is no supervision on how these children are treated. Fifty girls live in a boarding school in Rotterdam which has no permit. A confidential report of the Rotterdam municipality says that that there is no protection against fire and the situation is dangerous.


Sunday, November 11, 2012

Many Concierges in Schools Physically and Verbally Harassed by Students

One third of the concierges at Dutch schools are confronted with physical aggression. Ninety percent of them encounter verbal aggression. This results from a study by CNV Onderwijs among more than 1,000 people who have a supporting function in middle schools. In the data about physical aggression are included cases of lasting physical damage. Sixty percent of the concierges have been confronted with remarks such as, “you bitch” or “I will bite your head off.” Intimidation and threats are frequent.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Number of Addicts will Increase due to Economic Crisis

According to a number of institutes that treat various types of addicts, the number of addicts is likely to increase due to the economic crisis. Already at present there are more people with problems of repaying their debts who come to their clinics. They stem from all layers of society, including managers, small businessmen, the police, notaries public and the military.  

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

List of Fraudulent Publications of Professor Keeps Growing

The number of publications by former Professor Diederik Stapel, in which he has included fraudulent data, keeps growing. A commission of investigation at the University of Groningen has checked 46 articles. In 21 of them there were fraudulent data. In three more, it is highly likely that the same is the case but it has not been fully proven. The commission of investigation at Tilburg University found that 34 out of Stapel’s 54 articles when he was employed there contained fraudulent data.  The commission of investigation at Amsterdam University found that it is highly probable that 7 out of 30 articles most probably contain fraudulent data.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Fifth Person Dies from Infested Salmon

A fifth person has died from eating smoked salmon with infested salmonella.
This was announced by damage specialist Yme Drost. He assists about 450 of the more than 1,000 people who have become ill from eating the infested salmon. The National Institute for Public Health and Environment told the Spits daily that they have not yet heard about the death.  

Monday, November 5, 2012

Minister of Defense: Army Lacks Ammunition, Fuel, Clothing and Spare Parts

Departing Minister of Defense Hans Hillen (Christian Democrat), says that the Army lacks fuel, clothing, and spare parts. He says that according to agreements in NATO, the Netherlands is committed to spend two percent of the Gross Domestic product for Defense. In reality it only spends one percent. The budget cuts on defense of the new cabinet may endanger the constitutional tasks of the Dutch army. Ten years ago, the U.S paid for 50% of NATO’s costs and Europe the other 50%. Now the U.S pays for 75%. Europe is sponging off of the Americans.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Fourth Person Dies from Infested Salmon

A fourth person has died from eating smoked salmon infested with salmonella. This was announced by the National Institute for Public Health and Environment (RIVM). For another patient who died, investigations are still underway to see whether he also died from the salmon. In total, 1,063 people have been infected by the Salmonella-Thompson bacteria. Last week, 37 new cases were found. It can be that the real number of sick people is much higher, because there is no obligation to inform the health services.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Nine Hundred Claims Filed after Eating Infested Salmon

More than 1,000 people have become ill after eating smoked salmon infected with the salmonella Thomson bacteria. Foppen, the company which sold the infested product, has so far received 900 claims.