Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Minister: Pesticides in Ground Water for drinking Uses.

Minister of Infrastructure and Environment Melanie Schultz van Haegen says that a quarter of ground water in the Netherlands, from which drinking water is extracted, contains too high or nearly too high levels of pesticides. She called it “cause for concern.” The substances found in the ground water mostly involved herbicides and breakdown products. The minister pointed out that in ground water contamination can take a long time and may manifest for many years after use. In a letter to parliament she mentions measures taken and to be taken to reduce the problem..

Monday, October 10, 2016

Almere: Mosque collaborates with illegal Wedding

An undercover journalist Alberto Stegeman has discovered that the Al Raza mosque in Almere collaborates with people who want to marry illegally more than one woman. In a SBS6 TV program titled undercover in Nederland a woman says that she wants to marry a Muslim, whose third wife she will be.  The chairman of the mosque shows willingness to assist in the wedding even though he knows that polygamous weddings are illegal in the Netherlands. It is also forbidden to marry in a religious ceremony before one marries in a civil ceremony.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Number of Dutch Tourists getting Rabies abroad doubles

This year the crisis center SOS International was contacted 136 times by Dutch tourists abroad claiming to have become sick with rabies. In 106 cases this diagnosis was confirmed by physicians. Last year the number of such contacts with SOS International was about half of the number of this year. In 2013 the number of contacts was only 21 of which 16 were confirmed as patients with rabies by physicians. If the sickness is not treated in time it can be lethal. SOS International has no explanation for the increase in the number of cases.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Terrorists may have targeted Amsterdam Airport

On 13 November 2013, a series of terrorist attacks took place in Paris. 129 people were killed.  The French anti-terrorist organization, SDAT, thinks that two terrorists of the same group came to the Netherlands on that day possibly to target Amsterdam Airport.  The terrorists, however, returned instead to Brussels.  This information resulted from the analysis of data found on a computer.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Rotterdam Muncipality: Obligatory Contraception for Highly Problematic Parents

The Alderman Council of Rotterdam, has sent a proposal to the Municipal Council to introduce obligatory contraception for highly problematic women. Alderman Hugo de Jonge (Christian Democrat) says that this concerns for instance women who are drug addicts, have psychiatric problems, are mentally challenged or work as prostitutes. De Jonge says that social workers are confronted with cases of extreme neglect or abuse. De Jonge said that the right of children to grow up healthy is as fundamental a right as the right to get children.  


Friday, September 30, 2016

Police Union Unhappy with Civil Patrol Units

Gerrit van de Kamp, of the police union ACP considers civil patrols as potentially dangerous. He called them activities in the twilight zone. Yet there are already 700 such civil patrols. They operate in half of the Dutch communities. Van de Kamp admitted that the authorities do not succeed in dealing with the feelings of intimidation and insecurity in The Nethelands.


Thursday, September 29, 2016

Minister criticizes Groningen University after Student hospitalized

During an initiation ritual at the Vindicat student association in Groningen a first year student was hospitalized with a cerebral oedema. Initially the university said that this was an internal matter for the association. Then education Minister Jet Bussemaker intervened. She condemned the university’s reaction as completely insufficient. Now the university and the Groningen city council want to abolish initiation rituals. Earlier nude pictures of 22 female students from the association were put on an internet site and opinions given on “their performance between the sheets.”