The round-up of some of this week’s most noteworthy events and news stories features: The vicious attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Oad's bankruptcy and the consequences for thousands of travelers, and the developments around Greenpeace' Arctic Sunrise.
Ex-table tennis star Bettine Vriesekoop publishes this week her first children’s book during the Week of Children’s Books.
The book with the title ‘Little Ming and the Golden Grashopper’ will be available from Saturday October 5. On that day the exhibition ‘ Ming, emperors, artists and traders in Ancient China’ will be opened in the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam.
Minister Lilianne Ploumen of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation announced on Thursday that the Netherlands and Bolivia will start a cooperation to make use of, and make money froml, the gigantic amounts of Lithium that can be found in Bolivia.
The TU Delft and three Dutch companies are going to help Bolivia to put up a new company that will produce lithium batteries.
Prime Minister Rutte debated more than six hours today with the opposition about the plans for 2014. No final commitments were done, so what was achieved?
In the center of Brummen in Gelderland a blaze destroyed a furniture store, a veterinary clinic, and a home. The fire started around midnight in the furniture store, but then spread to the clinic and the home on the second floor.
The plan of Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX, the main internet hub in the Netherlands) to start a branch in the United States, is not supported by SURFnet, one of its main users.
The Oad travelers in the Plaza Beach Hotel in Marmaris Turkey can at least sleep in their room tonight and eat in the hotel, reported Monique Samaille, one of the travelers in Radio 1 news.
Couples of whom one of the two is HIV-infected may under certain conditions have unprotected sex with each other. This is a new position that HIV practitioners in Netherlands have on the issue. Condition is that the HIV-infected partner consistently takes retroviral drugs.
Travel agent TUI calls on travelers abroad, who booked through Oad, not to make any cash payments for the hotels they are staying at. TUI Netherlands provisionally assumed the obligations of the bankrupt Oad.
Starting today Scherpenzeel is run by the youngest mayor of The Netherlands. The 31-year-old Ben Visser was installed in an extraordinary council meeting in the Veluwe town.
In the past few weeks the police arrested six men who coerced women to purchase phone subscriptions. The men are from Rotterdam, Breda, and Etten-Leur and vary in age from 18 to 33.
Travel organization Oad has been declared bankrupt on Wednesday. The company says that the bad economical climate and the reduced turnover in the travel branch have caused the bankruptcy.
Oad had to file for bankruptcy since they couldn’t pay their bills and salaries anymore.
Family owned company
Weekly magazine Elsevier has announced on Wednesday that the result from their poll, among students and professors, is that the Technical University of Eindhoven is the winner.
Every year the magazine publishes the rankings of universities and other schools. They base there results on a poll which questions 230,000 students and 2000 professors.
The students say that the TU/e has the most satisfied students and 40% of the professors say that the TU/e has the best educational programs.
The ministry of Defense is intended to sell 15 F16 jet fighters and 52 Maverick rockets to Jordan. Both parties have agreed upon this, wrote minister Jeanine Hennis to the House.
The signing of the contract will probably done next month. Included in the sales will also be training of the maintenance and use of the jet fighters. The actual delivery will take place around the end of 2015.
The sale was judged on several criteria of the EU and passed the test. An important criterion is if it will have any consequences for the human rights in the receiving country.
Wednesday was the first of two days Budget Discussion in the House.