Week in review: December 14-20

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The round-up of some of this week’s most noteworthy events and news stories features an Anti-Islam sticker by PVV leader Geert Wilders draws anger on the social network, Wilders wants to bring down the European Union, Irish airline Ryanair plans to cancel its permanent presence at the Maastricht-Aachen Airport, Delft University of Technology unveils a new a small flying robot, Guyana taking action after dead caimans found at the Schiphol airport, Chinese restaurants across the Netherlands offering their menu’s number 39 for 39% off and a 13-year-old girl arrested at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport for smuggling cocaine.


PVV founder Geert Wilders, as seen in 2006 (ANS-Online/Flickr)

On twitter, PVV leader Geert Wilders shared an Anti-Islam slogan that has drawn the ire of many on the social network. He showed off a bumper sticker that look like the flag of Saudi Arabia. Many social media users accused Wilders of being no better than the Nazis.

Talking to BBC last week, Wilders said he wants to bring down the European Union. Speaking to the station’s Europe Editor Gavin Hewitt in a TV interview that aired, he dubbed Islam an “inferior culture” and said that future Eastern European migrants should stay home.

Irish airline Ryanair is going to cancel its permanent presence at the Maastricht-Aachen Airport from March next year. The airline will not eliminate Maastricht as a destination, but aircraft will no longer be based at the southern Netherlands airport.

Delft University of Technology has launched a new a small flying robot, which weighs only 20 grams.  The DelFly Explorer is similar to a dragonfly and includes two small cameras and a computer.


A Ryanair plane flies over the city hall in Maastricht (Hermann Luyken/Wikimedia)

Robert Persaud, Guyana’s Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment has requested Dutch authorities to send him all information on the specific violations that were made in the two recent shipments of animals from Guyana that were found at the Schiphol airport.

Patrons of 39 Chinese restaurants across the Netherlands poked fun at a Dutch singer this week by offering their menu’s number 39 for 39% off. The promotion is meant to add some levity to a highly criticized set of racially-charged jokes made by Gordon to a Chinese contestant on Holland’s Got Talent.

A 13-year-old girl has been arrested at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport for smuggling cocaine. The Marechaussee, a military police force that handles security at the airport, found approximately 100 grams of cocaine wrapped in a small package inside her body.

Check out NL Times for the rest of the news and stories this week.

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