Yesterday thousands were standing along the highways and on bridges to pay the last respect to the bodies arriving in the Netherlands. Today another 74 coffins will be transported from Charkov to the Netherlands. The Dutch government started a lobby to send hundreds of international soldiers and forensic experts to the crash site in Ukraine.
The Dutch Safety Board took over formal responsibility for the air crash investigation from Ukraine yesterday evening. The two black boxes have since arrived in the United Kingdom, where they are currently being read out and analysed by a team of international specialists. The on-site investigation in Ukraine is currently in full swing. Although investigators still do not have safe access to the crash site, work to gather and analyse data from various sources is underway in both Kiev and the Netherlands.
Statement by Liow Tiong Lai, Minister of Transport, Malaysia: 'Following the agreement Prime Minister Najib Razak brokered with rebel leaders, Malaysia has taken custody of flight MH17's black boxes. As the Prime Minister said, they will be passed to the international investigation team for analysis.
The first bodies of the victims of the MH17 air disaster will arrive at Eindhoven airbase at around 16.00 on Wednesday 23 July. This will take place in the presence of their next of kin. Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima, Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher will also be present, as will representatives of countries whose nationals were among the victims, and other dignitaries.
Today the court in The Hague decided that the Dutch state is responsible for the deportation of more than 300 Muslim men after the fall of Srebrenica on Jul 13, 1995. The court states that the Dutchbat, the Dutch UN peacekeeping force, should have known that the men were in danger. The state is liable for the suffered damage of the relatives.
The Justice commission of the Dutch Senate demands the ministers of Justice and Internal Affairs to stop ignoring mayors that want to start experiments with cannabis cultivation. By regulating cannabis cultivation the mayors want to keep the growers out of the hands of organised crime. On the 9th of September the commission wants to hear what the ministers have done to solve the soft drugs policy problems.
Today Fastned, a company that builds a nationwide network of fast-charging stations for electric cars in the Netherlands, is going public – and has chosen NPEX for its listing. Fastned aims to raise €. Million 40 to finance 200 fast-charging stations along the Dutch highways. At the moment Fastned only has 9 charging stations, but the number will soon increase at the rate of two stations a week.
The Dutch are forerunners in the centuries old tradition of improvisation on the church organ. From 12-26 July the world’s most important organ festivals will take place for the 50iest time in the Dutch city of Haarlem. In this anniversary year, prominent organ specialists, students from more than 30 countries and many music lovers from Holland and abroad will gather to share their passion for the King of Instruments.
The Dutch are still very busy getting used to the success the national football team has in the world cup football in Brazil. Besides this there is still critics on the new defensive style of playing. The old 'Dutch school' style of the football team was attractive, dominant and attacking. Instead now the Dutch wait for the opponent and play on the counter attack. What are the reasons behind the success of the Dutch football team?
Although the Dutch hopes were not very high before the world cup football started, they now play Argentina in the semi-final this coming Wednesday. The tournament can become one of the most amazing scenario’s ever if the Dutch would win the final. In that case they would have won from the previous winner Spain, from opponent Argentina in 1978 and the most sensitive opponent Germany, that won from the talented Dutch in 1974.
One of the mayors that want to regulate cannabis cultivation in the Netherlands is criticising the Dutch State Secretary Martin van Rijn of the ministry of public health for his inactivity in the debate. Van Rijn leaves everything to the conservative and repressive ministry of justice. One of the mayors: ‘We created a criminal monster which undermines the constitutional state’.
The Dutch association of Child care want a discussion about euthanasia for children. In the Netherlands euthanasia for newly born and for children from the age of twelve is permitted, but for the age group in between there is a vague gap. In extreme exceptions Dutch child doctors want to give the parents a possibility to let their child die in a dignified way. In September a collective proposal will be formulated after debates.
The court in the Hague decided yesterday that the general pardon for refugee children cannot be implemented as strict as the Dutch government wants. The judge in charge stated that it is unjust to reject an asylum seeker because there was only registration on local level, but no contact with the national government.
Because of the ongoing victory march of the orange football team in World Cup tournament in Brazil more and more Dutch start to believe in the chances to finally win the world cup football. In early June around 13% of the Dutch thought that their team would leave Brazil with the world cup, now 42% is convinced they will win.
Dutch dairy farmers are preparing massively for the European abolition of the milk quota on April 1, 2015. The farmers call this day ‘liberation day’. The dairy livestock is seriously increasing, while the livestock for meat is decreasing. Dutch farmers are investing in larger stables to be able to meet the increasing milk demand in growing economies.
Next week the renovated anatomic theatre in the Boerhaave Museum in Leiden will be opened. In the anatomic theatre, that is famous from the Rembrandt painting The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp, the techniques, instruments and preparation will be shown with digital projections and 3D movies. The Leiden University medical faculty was famous in 17th-century Europe. Students came from all over Europe to sit at the feet of well-known medical teachers.
Today the Dutch cabinet and lower house are discussing the justification of the spending of European tax money. The Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden are the only European states that give total insight in the way they spend money from Brussels. As a statement some MPs want the Dutch to stop paying the yearly 7 billion Euro to the EU.
Today Geert Wilders announced that he will not claim a seat in the European parliament anymore. After it became clear yesterday that the PVV did not manage to form a Eurosceptic coalition, Wilders decided to abandon the plan. The seat will now be taken by Hans Jansen, a retired scholar of contemporary Islam in the Netherlands.
After exactly two centuries the Civic Guard Paintings are reunited in the Chambers of the Council of War in a historical reconstruction. From the 21 of June till the 31 of August it is possible to bring a unique visit to the third floor of the Royal Palace Amsterdam. For once, the Small and Great Chambers of the Council of War will be open for public. These rooms could never be seen before.
The mayor of a city in the Dutch province of Limburg decided to grant permission to a cannabis grower to provoke a test trial about regulated cannabis cultivation. The mayor wants to force a breakthrough in the long drawn-out dispute about tolerating cannabis cultivation with the minister of justice, who is totally against the idea.
Work in Dutch jails has seriously professionalized over the last years. While in earlier days inmates were producing clothes-pegs, nowadays they produce complete kitchens, beds, cupboards, parts of windmills and yes, even jail doors. The organisation is called In-made and already has a turnover of 20 million Euros. The name In-made is referring to the English term inmate.
The Dutch Council of State decided that municipalities are allowed to ban foreigners from coffee shops to fight drugs tourism. Coffee shops from Maastricht and Tilburg have been taken legal action against this rule for two years. According to the judge making the distinction between the nationality of the coffee shop clients is legitimate to prevent drugs tourism and organised crime. It seems the city council of Maastricht will come with a proposal to tolerate foreign clients again.
After the historic Dutch World Cup win over Spain in Brazil, the ‘orange fever’ will break out again according to specialists. After the match last Friday finally many decided to leave for South America to watch the Dutch team play. In social media a new hype came into being: Persieing, photos of people with their nose flat in the grass, an imitation of the header dive of the first goal of Robin van Persie. After a slow start, the incredible win of the Dutch will surely lead to an explosion of the Tompouce-index.
A nursing home in the South of the Netherlands is the first to work with Zora, a French robot that entertains elderly. The care robot can play a role in activities for elderly like exercising, but also with simple animation. It does not replace but assists personnel. Also in Dutch agriculture the robot is taking over to harvest, milk, weed, grub, spray, feed and cure.
After research of a local newspaper it turns out that in the city region in the Dutch province Limburg the cannabis sector yearly has a turnover of €. 250 million. That is less than in the city Tilburg where an estimate of 800 million is made in a year. A columnist of the Volkskrant is annoyed about the faint-hearted conservative policy of the Dutch government. While elsewhere in the world cannabis cultivation is totally legalised, and most of the Dutch mayors want to experiment with legal cultivation, the government stands firm.
Off shore Shell games, a research from two American activist organisations, shows that the Netherlands is the most favourite tax haven for US multinationals. In 2010 the Top 500 enterprises stored a little over $ 500 billion to 12 notorious tax havens. In the Netherlands 127 billion was stored, much more than the Bermuda’s ($. 94 billion) and the Cayman Islands ($. 51 billion).
Today the Dutch auditor's office published the results of a research after the non-transparent bookkeeping of the NATO. Dutch auditor's office: 'NATO is funded with taxpayers’ money. However, it does not yet provide comprehensive information about its annual revenues, expenditures, and achievements to the taxpayer. NATO is also not yet transparent and public accountable for its financial management. It is not clear what NATO entities achieve or whether they give value for money'.
Yesterday Geert Wilders stated to the Dutch press agency ANP that he thinks that the latest new remarks from Jean-Marie Le Pen are disgusting. In a reaction on critics from two French singers, Le Pen referred to the extermination camp in the Second World War and said that next time the oven would be switched on.
Research at the Wageningen University proofs that the use of algae as a raw material for products is much cheaper than expected. Algae can be used for the production of paint, cosmetics, food, but also for bio-energy. Both the production costs as the costs for refining turn out to be much lower. The commercial utilisation of Algae is coming much closer now.
The consortium Dutch Water Design designed the ‘Big U’ to protect Manhattan against floods and has won The Rebuild by Design competition. The Big U design shows that the protection of low-lying parts of Manhattan can be designed in such a way that new opportunities for waterfront and the neighbourhoods behind it arise.