More calls to reform refugee treatment, deportation process
There is room for improvement in the deportation of failed asylum seekers in the Netherlands, according to the National Ombudsman. He finds that in general much is being done to ensure that deportation happens carefully, but medical care and the sharing of personal information can definitely improve.
CDA faction leader Sybrand Buma thinks that the Netherlands should be intervening in Syria too, instead of only in Iraq. He wants to deploy Dutch troops to Syria to protect refugees and bring order. He also thinks that the establishment of safe havens in Syria, Iraq and Libya, where soldiers under the banner of the United Nations or the European Union can protect refugees a viable option.
Peter B., the 54 year old man arrested last month for pretending to be a pathologist and doctor to teach at the police academy in Apeldoorn, tried to get onto the team that identified the victims of the MH17 disaster.
Dutch intelligence service AIVD has once again been intercepting confidential conversations between lawyers and their clients, this time with law firm Seebregts & Saey in Rotterdam.
Motorcycle club Veterans is in the court in Den Bosch on Tuesday to demand that National Police Chief Gerard Bouman be prosecuted for wrongly labeling the club as a criminal organization.
A body was discovered along the A73 in Roermond on Thursday last week. The victim is believed to be Italian criminal S.H.
Budget airline Ryanair will be opening a base at Schiphol airport this winter. The airline’s initial plan is for about 10 flights per day.
The government will be appealing against the court ruling that stated that they should be doing more to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but is willing to take additional environmental measures to achieve this.
Network problems continue to plague Dutch telecom Ziggo, as thousands of people took to social media Monday afternoon to complain about a loss of landline telephone service from the provider. Hospitals were among those most harshly hit by the outage, including the AMC, AVL and Onze Lieve Vrouwe Gasthuis medical centers in Amsterdam, and the Alrijne and LUMC hospitals in Leiden.
The University of Amsterdam has banned the reading of a poem about the protest occupation of the Maagdenhuis at the opening of the academic year on Monday.According to the university, the poem and the two songs which were to follow it – Mijn Stad and We Better Learn by band Nachtschade – are not suitable for the opening, which started at 3:00 p.m. at the Lutheran church.
The arrest of young rapper Lil’Kleine in Hilversum on Saturday night nearly caused a riot when dozens of young girls stormed the police station.
The reason for the police website crash on Sunday was likely a human error and not a so-called DDoS cyber attack. The problems have been resolved and the police website is back online.
The ever decreasing supervision in nature areas is leading to an increase in criminal and illegal activities in the countryside.
The Fontana dei Libri fountain in Rome is being renovated on Monday with money collected by a Dutch foundation. The foundation “Wij zijn Romeinen” decided to hold a fundraising following the Feyenoord supporter riots in the Italian capital earlier this year.
The police have arrested a 39 year old man from Harlingen in connection with a barroom fight that resulted in the death of a 58 year old man during the early hours of Friday morning. A witness of the fight says that the victim was not the man’s intended target.
The police arrested a 39 year old man in Hoogeveen on Monday morning in connection with the large number of arson cases in the city this year. According to the police, the man can be connected to part of the arsons.
Arkefly will not be allowed to make flights between Eindhoven and Aruba and Curacao. The government wants flights with increased risk of drug smuggling to only go through airports with adequate control facilities. At this stage only Schiphol Airport has ample facilities for such flights.
An increasing number of elderly people are struggling with drinking problems. There are currently between 150 thousand and 200 thousand elderly alcoholics in the Netherlands, an increase of about 10 percent compared to last year. Approximately 10 thousand of them sought help.
TSN Thuiszorg, the largest home care organization in the Netherlands has announced its 5th reorganization, which will involve 436 permanent employees working as home care assistants being laid off and 218 employees on fixed-term contracts not having their contracts extended. A poll commissioned by union FNV has shown that 85 percent of the Dutch population is against the cutbacks in healthcare.
A new angioplasty method developed by the Cahtarina Hospital in Eindhoven could save 200 lives a year in the Netherlands. This new method involves measuring blood pressure in the coronary arteries with a special sensor to detect constriction before angioplasty is done.
The Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam has launched an experiment in which cancer patients receive their chemotherapy treatments at home, instead of in the hospital.
The economic situation in the Netherlands looked slightly better in August 2015 than in July, according to Statistics Netherlands’ Business Cycle Tracer. Almost all indicators on the Tracer performed better in August than their long-term trends.