This coming Saturday October 25, the Origin Chocolate Event is organised at the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam. An event for the world’s most renowned chocolate makers and experts working with the best 100% sustainable chocolate. The event fits in a new trend of small scale specialised chocolate makers that work with the best quality organic cacao beans from small producers. They are so-called 'bean to bar makers' that keep the complete process in their own hand.
Two 'fundamental' cannabis growers from the northern Dutch province Groningen are sentenced for cultivating illegal cannabis but they will not be punished because the way they were working fits into the Dutch drugs toleration policy. The Dutch minister of Justice Opstelen is surprised, but does not want to change the policy.
The Dutch Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam did research after illegal trade in organs. It also happens in the Netherlands. The main donor organs mainly come from Pakistan, India, Columbia and China. In China sometimes people are operated just before their execution. The results of the research will be presented on November 21 at a symposium at Europol in The Hague.
The Dutch opposition parties CDA and D’66 want the Dutch Lower House to organise a hearing about the conclusion of the German secret service BND that satellite images clearly proof that separatists shot down flight MH17. The two parties are irritated that German parliamentarians are informed about this, but that the Dutch do not receive enough information.
Besides cannabis the Dutch production of hemp fibres is reintroduced in the Netherlands. For thousands of years hemp fibres were used for clothing, rope and sails, but when cheaper synthetic fibres were introduced, around 100 years ago, hemp got out of favour. Now the strong and anti-fungal hemp thread can find its way to the car-, furniture- and even glass wool industry.
Since last year the lock gates of the IJsselmeer Dam are slightly opened to let fish like eels, salmon and trout into the Netherlands and the rest of Europe. Because the results are very positive the lock gates will now even be opened on a daily basis. The Dutch are also creating other so-called fish crossings in the IJsselmeer Dam.
On November 15, the traditional entry of St Nicholas and his black Pete assistants will take place again throughout the Netherlands. But some of the black Pete’s will not be black anymore, after some citizens lodged complaints against the black Pete figure because his appearance is linked to the Dutch history of slavery and through this discriminating. Since two years the discussion has come to a climax and has led to changes in the appearance of Pete. One thing is for sure, the debate and the changeover of Pete will be continued.
From 2015 the Dutch government will introduce the new ‘participation’ policy. The new legislation has the goal to find work for as many unemployed as possible and achieve a budget cut of €. 1,6 billion. Especially handicapped will get priority, but half of the employers do not want to give a so-called ‘guarantee job’ to handicapped. The social workplaces where most of the handicapped work now will be closed down anyway.
On Saturday September 20 The Hague will house several pro- and anti IS demonstrations on different locations. Because anti- and pro IS demonstrations in the migrant neighbourhood the Schilderswijk resulted in confrontations between the two sides, the mayor of The Hague decided to appoint different demonstration locations for each group.
Flight MH17 with a Boeing 777-200 operated by Malaysia Airlines broke up in the air probably as the result of structural damage caused by a large number of high-energy objects that penetrated the aircraft from outside. This is mentioned in the preliminary report on the investigation into the crash of MH17 that has been published today by the Dutch Safety Board. There are no indications that the MH17 crash was caused by a technical fault or by actions of the crew.
Micro-algae are seen as one of the most promising raw materials for the sustainable production of ingredients for food, animal feed, chemicals and bio based materials. The introduction of VALORIE, the first mobile algae refinery factory, in Lelystad in the Netherlands, represents an important step in the commercialisation of algae, which may enable algae to be produced on a larger scale.
The Hermitage Amsterdam’s fifth anniversary exhibition Dining with the Tsars. 'Fragile beauty from the Hermitage' opens on 6 September 2014 and will run until March 1, 2015. Eight magnificent porcelain and creamware services from the collection of the Hermitage in St Petersburg will be exhibited in a setting that conveys what the balls and banquets of the Tsar’s court were like. On Tuesday 2 september 2014 a press conference will be held at 10.30 hours in the Hermitage Amsterdam.
The Dutch Safety Board that is investigating the MH17 plane crash, published a series of questions and answers about the ongoing research. Although the Saftey Board first stated that the preliminary report would be published in early Septemnber, it is now unclear when it will happen. The final report is expected within one year. The Q&A does not contain new information, but gives an overview.
The investigation into the crash of flight MH17 led by the Dutch Safety Board will continue in The Hague. In recent weeks, an international team of some 25 aircraft accident investigators has collected as much investigation information as possible in Ukraine. Since it is not necessary to stay in Ukraine any longer to analyse the information and write a report on the preliminary findings, the team has relocated to The Hague to continue its work.
On Saturday and Sunday the team of Dutch and Australian experts returned to the site where flight MH17 crashed a little over two weeks ago. As announced, the mission will be further expanded. On Monday, if the security situation allows, five teams, consisting of 20 experts each, will be involved in search and recovery activities. At that point the mission will be at full strength.
Since the day that the first human remains from the flight MH17 victims arrived in military complex in Hilversum in the Netherlands, an international team of forensic experts are busy with the identification. Information about teeth and DNA are crucial for a match. An overview of the identification process.