Monday, December 30, 2019

Fireworks Cause Problems to Lung Patients

In The Netherlands many fireworks are lighted at the end of the year and beginning of the new year. They cause rapidly major air pollution. At least 700.000 Dutchmen have increased lung problems around that time. They suffer from tightness of the chest, coughing attacks, shortness of breath or even a pulmonary attack. The concentrations of fine dust are around that time 25 times more than normal. In some places they even reach 50 times.

Sunday, December 29, 2019

MP Parliamentarian: Netherlands must stop its liberal drug policy

Stieneke van der Graaf, a Christian Union MP says that the Netherlands has to stop with its far too liberal drug policy. There are 130 000 addicts in the country.  She added that neighborhoods are becoming unlivable.  The first step should be forbidding laughing gas.  Mayor of Arnhem Ahmed Marcouch complains about the impact of laughing gas in his city.  Annually 200 people die from drug use. National Police Chief Erik Arkerboom says: “when I hear progressive politicians plead for far-going liberal
regulation or legalization, I am thinking about the families that are destroyed by drugs.”

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Huge pumping required for survival of Netherlands

Don De Bake, former senior adviser for flood defenses at the National Water Authority says that the Netherlands has to pump out almost 5 trillion gallons of water per year.  This figure will rise with global warming. He warned “if we stop our pumping, then the western part of the Netherlands will be one big lake within half a year or so.” The draining of the land however causes it to sink further and powering the pumps increases the carbon output of the country, thus the Netherlands risks increasing the problem while trying to mitigate it.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Amsterdam Murder Rate Up in 2019

So far this year, there have been 21 murders in Amsterdam. Six up on 2018. The victims and killers are increasingly likely to be young men. Nine of this year’s victims were under the age of 30 and disputes between rival gangs were responsible for the bulk of the dead.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Supreme Court Orders Unattainable Reduction of Green House Gas emissions

The Supreme Court said in a ruling that within 12 months greenhouse gas emissions in the Netherlands have to be reduced by at least 25% compared to 1990. The court said that the case was a Human Rights Issue. It rejected the point of view of the government. The Dutch Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL), said that this was an unattainable and out of reach goal.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Will Climate Change Force Half the Dutch Population to Move?

Today almost half of the Netherlands’ 17 million inhabitants live along its 350 km coast or in regions which are below sea level. If climate change continues 60% of the country could be flooded. This includes also the bustling port of Rotterdam.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

ATMs' close at night out of fear for explosive attacks

In view of the many criminal attacks with explosives at ATMs, it has been decided to close ATMs between 11pm and 7am. Nevertheless, a closed ATM in Apeldoorn was blown up causing huge damage. It is unclear whether the thieves succeeded in obtaining any money. Research is now being conducted as to whether the use of explosives could make bank notes worthless.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Major Dutch Bank settles Fine for Money Laundering in Italy

The major Dutch ING Bank has settled with the Italian Central Bank for money laundering claims paying a fine of 30 million euro. During the investigation by the Central Bank the ING was not allowed to take on new clients. The Dutch Central Bank has stated that Dutch banks don’t do enough to prevent being used for money laundering.

Monday, December 16, 2019

After Murder of Lawyer Successors will be Anonymous

On 18 September lawyer Derk Wiersum of a key witness Nabil B. in the Marengoproces was murdered. Since then also his last lawyer resigned. From now on Nabil B. will be assisted by lawyers whose names will remain anonymous. Chairman of the Council for Jurisdiction Henk Naves said that this development was undesirable but unavoidable.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Shortage of Psychiatric Clinics is danger to society

The head of one of the psychiatric clinics in the Netherlands said there is a danger to society because an insufficient budge is being spent on psychiatric care.  Three major clinics have announced that they will bring proceedings against the government because they need more money.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Dutch Mayors and Police Chiefs: Police has too few Officers to do their Work properly

The daily AD has interviewed the mayors of the 40 largest Dutch towns and the heads of the 10 regional police forces. The conclusion is that the police has too few officers to do their work properly. Police officers are withdrawn from neighborhoods, police offices are closed, and there is less police in entertainment areas and at soccer games. Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb says that the situation is not tenable.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Dutch Criminal threatens Journalist from Jail

The Dutch criminal Bekir E. is in jail because he murdered a 16 year old girl. From jail he spoke to his brother suggesting threatening two journalists because they had written negatively about him. The public prosecution has apologized to the two journalist because it hasn’t informed them immediately about the threats.