Wednesday, May 29, 2019

National Water Authority Dismantling Two New Speed Boats

The National Water Authority has bought two unusable Italian speed boats at a cost of 1 million euro.  These rigid hull inflatable boats cannot be used on the North Sea because the sea is too rough. The Authority was not able to define the purchase order appropriately.  Experts say that the Authority lacked knowledge in the field.  Dutch Minister Van Nieuwehuizen said that it is irresponsible for safety reasons to sell the boats to others.  They are now being dismantled and an effort will be made to reuse some parts or sell them.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Earthquakes cause mental problems in Groninger

A study from Groningen University has found that many residents suffer health problems whose homes have experience damage from earthquakes.  In the long run, this is a health risk. People feel feel insecure because of financial problems, bureaucracy and for some due to the fact that  they are unable to relocate. The earthquakes are the result of the many years of gas exploration in this province.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Hackers Steal Information about Home Hunters from Housing Agency

Hackers have stolen hundreds and possibly thousands of identity card scans after breaking into the computer system of a rental housing company.  The information stolen was uploaded between 2017 and 2019 by people seeking a place to live.  The hackers possess the name, address, contact information and copies of passports or id cards which include a personal identification number (BSN).  This allows hackers to open bank accounts or take out loans by using other peoples’ identity.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Great Increase in Corruption, Police Lacks Capacity

The 2018 annual report of the Public Prosecution shows that corruption crimes investigated increased from 45 to 65. However, the national detective service greatly lacks personnel. Furthermore about 27 500 complaints of criminal acts were not followed up by the police while there was information for investigating and prosecution. The head of the Public Prosecution Gerrit van der Burg expressed his worry about the increasing severe criminality and accompanying violence.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Dutch Deputy Minister Resigns after concealing information

Dutch Deputy Minister Mark Harbers (of the VVD Liberal party) has resigned after he presented a report about the number of refugees suspected of crimes to parliament.  The figures published included suspicions of rape and murder under the category ‘Other.’ Harbers said the reason was because civil servants were worried that the figures would lead to confusion.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

11% of Working Women Change Jobs Because of Harassment

A study by the Tentoo firm found that 11% of working women in the Netherlands have changed jobs  at least because they have been harassed by a colleague or superior. 
For men the figure is 6½%.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Police: Ministry Hiding Severe Crimes by Asylum Seekers

The spokesperson of the Dutch Police, Mireille Beentjes, has accused the Ministry of Security and Justice of hiding extreme crimes by asylum seekers in the statistics under the heading “various”. This includes attempts of murder, physical violence and sexual crimes. Furthermore, the spokesperson says that the Ministry had the figures already for several weeks before it informed parliament.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Provocation by Dutch Muslim Parliamentarian in Jerusalem

Tunahan Kuzu, the leader of the Dutch Muslim DENK party, has provoked Israeli soldiers by walking in Jerusalem with a Palestinian flag.  The chair of the Dutch parliament, Khadija Arib (Labour), said that it shows little respect to demonstrate in that city.  She furthermore said that Kuzu was spreading fake news when he said that he had been arrested.  She remarked in a TV program that the party manipulates news.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Simon Wiesenthal Center tells Rutte: Under you antisemitism has reached unparalleled heights

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center has written a letter to Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in which he writes that under his Prime Ministership, antisemitic attacks in the Netherlands have reached levels unknown since the defeat of Hitler’s Third Reich. He asked Rutte to finally address antisemitism in the Netherlands.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

2018: Police Deals with 4,600 Incidents Caused by Asylum Seekers

In 2018 the Dutch Police has had to deal 4,600 times with asylum seekers. Most cases concerned theft, but there were also incidents of physical violence, threats and vandalism. All in all 1,710 people were involved which indicates that a number of people caused more than one incident. Almost half of the asylum seekers concerned come from Algeria and Morocco. They are followed by people from Libya and Tunisia.

Monday, May 13, 2019

The Hague: Jew Attacked, Police Stands Idly by

A Jewish man was attacked on the Dutch National Holiday of Liberation from the Nazi’s by revelers who sang about gassing Jews. The man had asked those who sang to stop singing “My father was in the commandos, my mother was in the SS, together they burned Jews ’cause Jews burn the best.” The group of 50 people pushed the Jewish man as police stood idly by. The men were wearing soccer shirts of the Feijenoord soccer club of Rotterdam.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

One Out of Ten Youngsters get Special Youth Care

According to the Central Bureau of Statistics in 2018 428,000 youngsters under 23 years get youth care. That is one out of ten. The reasons for that can be problems in behavior, psychological problems, mental handicaps or for instance educational problems of the parents. Many youth workers are overstressed. Trade Unions ask for an increase in budget.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Dutch Jewish Activist Attacked Every Day on Twitter

Hidde van Koningsveld is the 23-year old chairman of the youth section of the Center for Information and Documentation in Israel.  He says that not a single day passes that he isn’t attacked on Twitter by antisemites.  He added that he cannot remember a meeting of Jews where there is no conversation about security.  All this has become normal.  He says that many Jewish victims no longer complain to the police because so little is done about it.  It also takes half an afternoon to file a complaint.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Allah Akbar Shouts Interrupt Two Minute Silence for War Deaths

Annually on May 4th, is the National Memorial Day to commemorate those killed in World War II.  This year, the two minute silence held at the German concentration camp, Vught was interrupted by shouts of Allah Akbar.  Possibly they came from Muslim inmates at the nearby jail.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

The Inspectorate warns shortage of police, forensic care and firefighters and jail wardens

The Inspectorate for Justice and Security has expressed its’ fear that the police, forensic care, fire department and the jail system have too few staff. It says that these are complex problems which require much time and energy and which involve many organizations.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Dutch World War Queen Proposed Nazi Swap for Belgian Royals

Dutch Historian Michael Riemens has published the diaries of Dutch Foreign Minister in exile in London during World War II, Eelco van Kleffens.  In it is mentioned that the Queen asked van Kleffens during the war to propose via the Vatican that the Belgian royal family held by the Nazis would be released by them in exchange for helping high placed Nazis to escape after the war.