Thursday, July 20, 2017

Prosecution Investigates Senior Amsterdam Municipal Official

The prosecution has started an investigation into a possible criminal acts of a senior Amsterdam municipal official.  The municipal council was informed by this by Mayor Eberhard van der Laan.  The official has been suspended.  In the last four years, 32 cases of fraud and corruption in the Amsterdam municipality have been uncovered.  The Mayor has a result of that started an anti-fraud offensive. 

www.telegraaf.nl/binnenland/28639022/__Ambtenaar_A_dam_geschorst__.html

www.telegraaf.nl/binnenland/27628409/__Nog_meer_fraude_A_dam__.html

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Secret Report: Continued Existence of Air France and KLM in Danger

A secret report ordered by the French and Dutch trade unions of Air France-KLM found that the continued existence of the firm is in danger.  This is due to the huge differences in culture between the French and the Dutch. One KLM manager was quoted saying that “France is a kind of Greece, but bigger.”  He was also quoted as saying that “the French economy is a time bomb and Air France is a smaller time bomb.”
https://www.volkskrant.nl/binnenland/geheim-rapport-voortbestaan-air-france-klm-loopt-gevaar-door-cultuurverschillen~a4506917/

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

4 Dutch Soldiers arrested in Lithuania after brawl

4 Dutch soldiers have been sent back from Lithuania to the Netherlands after they were arrested when they got into a brawl. Lithuania media report that the men had been drinking.  The dispute may have arisen from an unpaid bill.  About 270 Dutch soldiers are stationed in Lithuania as part of a NATO Mission.  These soldiers helped to improve the defense of the country against potential Russian aggression.  
Comment:  That is the case except when they are drinking!



Monday, July 17, 2017

Violence against Prison Staff on the Rise

In 2016 there were 1880 cases of violence by prisoners against Dutch prison staff. This was an increase of 20% over 2015. In psychological institutions the number of such incidents increased to 133 in 2016 from 86 in 2015.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Dutch Government Overspent on Freelancers

The Dutch government has been calling on firms to reduce the amount of part-timers yet the government doesn’t have its own house in order.  About 13% of government staffing budgets were paid to consult with freelancers and consultants.  This was an increase of 19% from previous years.  The most extreme spender was the tax office, followed by the infrastructure and environment ministry and the justice ministry.  A trade union representative of the FNV trade union said that the situation was disappointing and worrying.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

ISIS calls for terrorist attack at European Female Soccer Championship

  
ISIS has called lone wolves to carry out an attack during the European Female Soccer Championship in Utrecht.  More specifically it calls for an attack on July 19th at the game between England and Scotland.  The Dutch Intelligence Services do not consider this threat very seriously. 

    http://www.volkskrant.nl/buitenland/is-roept-op-tot-aanslag-tijdens-ek-vrouwenvoetbal-bronnen-gaan-niet-uit-van-ernstige-dreiging~a4505899/

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Asylum Seekers Caught For Theft Almost Never Pay Fine

In the Netherlands, people who are caught for theft in a shop have to pay 181 Euro to the owner of the shop.  However, only one out of 20 asylum seekers caught for theft pays this fine.  The official body, Central Organ Receptions for Asylum Seekers (COA), says that it cannot deduct this payment from the government money the asylum seekers receive.  In order to do so, the government would have to change the rules.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Databank: 45 percent of Dutch Jihadis are of Moroccan origin

A databank of The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies contains profiles of 207 of the 280 Dutchmen which have left for Syria until june 2017. Forty five percent have a Moroccan-Dutch background, ten percent a Turkish-Dutch background. About 17% are converts, while coverts are less than 3% of the entire Muslim community in the Netherlands.  

Monday, July 10, 2017

Turkish Intelligence Service in the Hague Prepares List of People to Kill in Europe

It seems that the Turkish Intelligence Service (MIT) has a command center in the Hague.  There it inter alia occupies itself with establishing lists of people to kill.  This has come to light from a leaked conversation between two Turkish spies in Germany.  In that conversation an official of the intelligence service says to a spy who asked for more money that he has to ask his superiors in the Hague.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Amsterdam Municipality Financed Lessons at Salafist Mosques

The Amsterdam Municipality has paid more than 300,000 Euros for religious lessons.  Most of this money was spent for Koran lessons or religious classes in mosques. The list of mosques includes Salafist mosques and other problematic religious Muslim institutions.  These include the El Tawheed, Arrayan, mosque and Al Karama mosques.
http://www.elsevierweekblad.nl/nederland/achtergrond/2017/07/amsterdam-betaalde-voor-salafisme-lessen-519811/

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Police finds 2250 Kilogram of Drugs in Mail


The Dutch police has established a special team to search for forbidden drugs in the mail. Hundred sample checks yielded 2250 kilogram of drugs such as xtc and cocaine as well as soft drugs. The value of these shipments is at least 15 million Euro. These finds probably represent a tiny part of drugs sent by mail. The online international drug trade originating in the Netherlands has increased in recent years threefold.
www.telegraaf.nl/binnenland/28539899/__Ruim_2000_kilo_drugs_per_post__.html

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Dementia expected to be main cause of death by 2040

By 2040 the number of dementia related deaths in the Netherlands will grow from 14 thousand to 40 thousand, according to a study published by public health institute RIVM. The increase in dementia related deaths can be attributed to the aging population. Dementia includes over 50 age related diseases, including Alzheimer's. There is currently no cure.
http://nltimes.nl/2017/07/05/dementia-netherlands-common-cause-death-2040

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Intelligence Services worried about Paramilitary Turkish groups


The Dutch intelligence services are worried about the possible arrival of Turkish paramilitary groups who are active abroad and may come to the Netherlands.  This is written in a report about terrorism in the Netherlands by the NCTV, (the body which deals with the fight against terrorism).  One of the paramilitary groups has created a Dutch faction which possibly could be used for illegal actions against enemies of Erdogan abroad. 

www.telegraaf.nl/binnenland/28461953/__NCTV_vreest_voor_Turkse_knokploegen_in_Nederland__.html

Monday, July 3, 2017

Every Week tens of Criminals go free because of Shortage of Police Detectives

In Amsterdam every week tens of files of crimes are put aside despite the fact that a potential perpetrator has been identified. This is due to a shortage of detectives. In view of the summer holidays of detectives many files may not be touched for months. Information about illegal growing of cannabis is not dealt with. The Amsterdam Chief of Police Pieter Jaap-Aalbersberg said that every week tens of criminals go free. He added that this mainly concerns burglars and thiefs.
www.ad.nl/binnenland/crimineel-vrijuit-in-de-zomer-door-tekort-aan-agenten~aa38c014/

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Main Criminal Asylum seekers come from Albania, Georgia, Morocco and Algeria

According to the 2016 annual report of the NVIK, an information point for foreigners, 566 asylum seekers were picked up for 707 crimes last year. Of these, 84 came from Albania, 73 from Georgia, 67 from Morocco and 64 from Algeria. All these are safe countries. The main crimes were shoplifting. One person is accused of 13 offenses.
www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2017/06/police-reports-show-2016-crime-wave-from-asylum-seekers-from-safe-countries-telegraaf/