The conditions which the government wants to use to legalize online gambling from 2015 on, are too strict. This will cause that illegal sites will remain in the market, and this makes that gambling addiction can not be addressed properly. This says Robin Linschoten, president of the Foundation Online Gaming in Netherlands (STIOG) in response on plans of the government which were made public on Wednesday.
More voters, than people might have thought, seem to be true believers of conspiracy theories, according to an investigation by the Free University (VU) of Amsterdam.
Especially people who vote for PVV and SP, frequently believe in conspiracy theories. But also voters of 50Plus and the Party for the Animals (PvdD) have a tendency to believe in conspiracy theories rather than good arguments, or even scientific facts, which prove those theories to be wrong.
Until 2018 about 15 thousand of the 150 thousand jobs in the Civil Service will be lost. In total, the government wants to reduce the expenditure of the central government, with almost a quarter, to 13 billion euros. This is part of the ‘National Reform Agenda’ that the responsible Minister, Stef Blok (VVD) sent on Wednesday to the House.
Minister Ronald Plasterk of Internal Affairs says that if the attempts to form super provinces will fail, provincial governments and the big cities will have a huge fight within the coming thirty years.
“Big cities become not only bigger but also more powerful. Therefore the provincial governments must be reinforced. It has to be avoided that big cities like Amsterdam and Almere are the decision makers in their province,” Plasterk warned the House during a debate on Tuesday.
Despite the crisis and the fact that more than half of the world has not enough food, more food ends up as garbage in the Netherlands. This was reported on Tuesday evening by the Ministry of Economic Affairs.
The consumers are responsible for the majority of the food waste. Comparing to 2009, an astonishing 6 to 60 kg more food was wasted per person in 2011.
The Association of Offical Coffeeshops in Maastricht (VOCM) will continue to sell soft drugs to Belgians and Germans, despite the fact that mayor Onno Hoes of Maastricht ordered them to stop selling to foreigners.
Marc Josemans, spokesman for the VOCM says that the ridiculous idea of the mayor and the council will bring back the street dealers. “We have tried this for one year and it was very unsuccessful. That is not only our opinion but the opinion of almost everybody in Maastricht.”
The article in Dagblad Trouw, from last Saturday, about the Islamization of the Schilderswijk in The Hague, has stirred up the politics in the Netherlands.
A majority in the House supports the proposal of the PVV to have a debate, about the Schilderswijk and the status of Islamization, with Minister Ronald Plasterk of Internal Affairs and Vice Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher.
The construction of the second Maasvlakte in Rotterdam has cost 150 million euro less than budgeted. On top of that, was the reserved amount of 200 million, for unforseen costs, not used.
This was made public by the Rotterdam Harbor Authorities, during the official opening on Wednesday.
The reduction of the planned costs are due to a cheaper seawall. The chosen type of dike consists of a layer of pebbles and boulders instead of a thick layer of basalt, stone and asphalt. By making this choice they not only saved on construction costs but also maintenance will be cheaper.
The SP wants that tougher actions will be taken against ‘scooter louts’. It must be made possible that Scooters, which drive too fast, can be fined by their number plate. Something which is not possible at this moment.
SP MP Frashad Bashir wil insist on that during a meeting of the House with Minister Ivo Opstelten of Security and Justice.
PVV leader Geert Wilders visits the Schilderswijk in the Hague on Tuesday. His visit is a reaction to an article which was published on Saturday in ‘Dagblad Trouw’. The newspaper concludes, from their own investigation, that a part of the Schilderswijk is developing as an enclave of orthodox muslims.
“The Schilderswijk is a neighborhood, in The Hague, where more strict religious muslims live, close to each other, than elsewhere in the city, and they want to apply the strict muslim rules to the street,” according to Trouw, and, “Non-muslims en moderate muslims suffer from this.”
The aid failed to help the family, whose missing sons Julian and Ruben were found dead on Sunday. Since 2009 the family was known at Youth Care and especially the mother tried to raise the alarm. She feared for the welfare of her sons. This is shown from a reconstruction by NRC Handelsblad.
Next year a nationwide information campaign will put into motion the largest energy savings operation ever. Writes Dagblad Trouw on Tuesday.
The environmental movement, the government and the energy sector want to let the campaign 'jump start' a national support for the transition to a sustainable energy supply. This is evident, according to Trouw, from a confidential draft report, part of the National Energy Agreement.
I am traumatized by the constant yelling of the sea lion Fernandez,” says 80-year-old mrs. Nevenzeel who lives besides Artis, the Amsterdam zoo. “I am jewish by birth and now I have to hide again. I don’t open my windows and doors anymore.” Nevenzeel contacted the State Council to change the policy of the zoo.
The government will commit itself intensively to ban ‘wrong clothes’ from Dutch shops. It is especially about clothes, which are produced, while bad working conditions for the employees, in factories in Bangladesh. The Netherlands will in the coming two years, take the lead as the ‘coordinator of all the donor efforts, for safe working conditions in the textile sector in Bangladesh’.
Minister Jet Bussemaker (Emancipation) calls her European colleagues to make a statement about a European approach to the rights of gays, on Friday at the International Day Against Homopfobia.
A search for the two missing brothers, Julian and Ruben, by civilians in Zeist, led to much commotion when two crosses were found in the woods near Sparrenheuvel. The police shut off the area and searched the soil with prods but did not find a sign of the boys, who have been missing for more than a week. “The result was unfortunately negative,” said a spokesman of the police.