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.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Parliamentarians Complain about Police Computer Consultant


A very expensive consultant was hired to solve the various computer problems the police force are experiencing on a national level. After payments were made of 1.3 million Euros over two years, the problems still haven’t been solved.  The payment amount was far above the government’s norm but the Minister of Justice Opstelten gave special approval.  Parliament now demands explanations from the minister.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Hate Imams to Speak in Utrecht


The World Wide Relief organization based in Hilversum has organized a charitable event to take place in Utrecht on March 1st.  Radical imams will speak there, including one from Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Asim al-Hakeem.  He is of the opinion that the Taliban represents Islam, and that Jews and Christians should be killed.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Italian Daily: Dutch King Must Pay for Damage in Rome


The Italian daily, Il Tempo, calls for the Dutch king, Willem Alexander, to pay for the damage to public property that the soccer hooligans of Feyenoord have caused in Rome.  It writes to the King that what his co-nationals have done in Rome is an indelible shame to his country.