Friday 27 June 2014

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.

Thursday 26 June 2014
Anatomic theatre Leiden revived

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.

Thursday 26 June 2014

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.

Wednesday 25 June 2014

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.

Saturday 21 June 2014
Dutch Civic Guard Paintings reunited in Royal Palace Amsterdam

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.

Friday 20 June 2014
Mayor grants cannabis cultivation to provoke test trial regulation

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.

Thursday 19 June 2014

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.

Wednesday 18 June 2014
Council of State allows ban foreign coffee shop clients, Maastricht thinks about withdrawing ban

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.

Tuesday 17 June 2014
After historic Dutch World Cup win Tompouce-index will explode 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.

Sunday 15 June 2014

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.

Friday 13 June 2014
Dutch municipalities should ignore cannabis policy and start legalising cultivation

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.

Wednesday 11 June 2014

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).

Tuesday 10 June 2014
Dutch auditor's office: 'billions of NATO-Euros disappear in black hole'

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'.

Monday 9 June 2014
Dutch streets turn orange again, awaiting replay of last WC final

This coming Friday the Dutch national football team will play a replay of the last World Cup final against world champion Spain. As usual the Dutch are getting ready to watch this vital opening match. Throughout the Netherlands streets compete in creating the wildest orange decorations and outfits.

Monday 9 June 2014

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.

Thursday 5 June 2014
The use of algae for fuel, food, cosmetics and paint almost cost-effective

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.

Tuesday 3 June 2014
The Big U: Dutch water design helps to save Manhattan

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.

Tuesday 3 June 2014
Unique semi-permanent housing concept that can be re-erected elsewhere

The Dutch construction company Neptunus has developed an exciting new concept in temporary housing with an innovative project currently underway in the Netherlands that the company hopes can also be adapted for the foreign market.

Monday 2 June 2014

After years of research by Dutch universities and companies developed an artificial heart valve that is turned into a real one by the human body itself. The artificial heart valve is made from a synthetic threat ten times smaller than a human hair.