The Netherlands is disappointed with the extension of the European export unemployment benefit scheme

Labor migrants who become unemployed can now take their Dutch unemployment benefit for six months to another country, instead of the current three. That decision was made in Brussels yesterday after months of negotiations. The extension of the period is against the sore leg of the Minister of Social Affairs and Employment Wouter Koolmees and the Dutch cabinet.

Exporting Dutch unemployment benefits leads to large-scale abuse in Poland, News Hour revealed last Monday. Poles can export their unemployment benefits for three months on the condition that they look for work there. But despite a thriving economy and high employment, less than one percent start working there. An important reason is the amount of the benefit, which is many times higher than the wages there.

EU social security reform

The extension of the period of exporting unemployment benefits to six months is part of a larger package of European social security reforms. For example, from now on labor migrants can already claim unemployment benefits after a month of working in the Netherlands. They may add their employment history in another EU country to this. In theory, people can pay many years of low premiums in one EU member state and then receive many years of high benefits in another EU country. In practice, this means that over the years Poland often pays much less premiums than Dutch people, and yet they are entitled to the same unemployment benefit.

Until now it had been arranged that labor migrants could claim unemployment benefits after just one day (plus the duration of their employment history). The period has now been extended to a month. But for the Netherlands, that one month is far from sufficient.

The coalition agreement states that the Netherlands wants migrant workers to have worked in the Netherlands for at least six months and paid premiums before they can apply for unemployment benefits. But that agreement in the coalition agreement has been killed.

Bumps and scars: dozens of companies illegally put lip fillers

And then there is a second problem. Every lipfiller treatment must be performed by a doctor or nurse with a suitable BIG registration, or there must be someone like that. NOS Stories found that about half of the checked beauty salons did not have such a person at the time lip fillers were put on.

The sample was taken among a hundred random companies. Of course you never know if they are representative of the entire sector. On the internet there are many more companies that offer lip fillers, but organizations have poor insight into the size and quality of these practitioners.

Peter Velthuis, dermatologist at the Erasmus Medical Center, sees the consequences at a special complication consultation for people with fillers: bumps, scars and other nasty skin mutilations are the order of the day. “In almost all cases it is a question of poor practitioner technique,” he says. “He has done a course and thinks it will work. But they put too much filler, or in the wrong place.”

Great America: probably no pollution on the coast “before 10 days”

An arrival on the French coast of pollution following the sinking of the Italian ship Grande América “seems very unlikely before 10 days,” said Tuesday evening the Maritime prefecture of the Atlantic in a statement.

“At this stage, given the environmental conditions (…), the distance to the coast and the results of the models provided by the drift committee, an arrival on the French coast of piles of heavy fuel seems very little likely before 10 days, “according to the text.

“In the vertical of the wreck, a surface iridescence dotted with piles of heavy fuel oil is visible.The initial pollution (…) has drifted.It consists of small clusters of fuel oil scattered” of “an average size between 50 and 100 cm “, indicates the maritime prefecture.

Moreover, the improvement of weather conditions, significantly better than the previous days, allowed Tuesday “the implementation of a comprehensive anti-pollution device” in the area of ​​the sinking of the Great America, in the Bay of Biscay .

“Offshore dams have been deployed using the trawl technique to confine (concentrate) the pollutant and then pump it aboard the anti-pollution ships,” the statement said. Several French and Spanish ships are present on the zone.

“The operations were carried out simultaneously”, both “in the vertical of the wreck where a surface iridescence dotted with heavy fuel oil is still visible”, as well as “on the initial pollution emitted” by the ship during of his sinking.

The improvement of the state of the sea has also made it possible to “achieve better aerial observation of pollution”. “The flights made possible the relocation of five containers and two inflatable rafts”. A container of “non-dangerous matter” was brought to the port of La Rochelle where he arrived Tuesday noon.

Finally, “samples taken at sea were made” Tuesday morning “on the front front of the pollution” and transferred to land for analysis, the statement said.

The Great America sank on March 12 to 333 km west of La Rochelle by 4.600 meters bottom after a violent fire. It had on board 365 containers, 45 of which were listed as containing hazardous materials, more than 2,000 vehicles, and 2,200 tonnes of heavy fuel oil in its holds. Its 27 occupants were rescued and brought back to Brest, where an accidental pollution investigation was opened.

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More clear about the Utrecht attack

The suspected perpetrator of the attack in Utrecht probably has no relationship whatsoever with the victims. The dead are a 19-year-old woman from Vianen and two men aged 28 and 49 from Utrecht. The two co-suspects are brothers of each other, but not related to the suspected offender, Gökmen T.

It is becoming increasingly clear about the attack in Utrecht. Tonight we will of course bring the latest news.

Campaigns resumed on last day before elections

After the attack, almost all political parties stopped the campaigns for the Provincial Council elections. This morning, the parties decided to resume the campaigns, in an adjusted tone.

The parties have one day left to show up for tomorrow's elections. With political clarity Arjan Noorlander we look ahead to election day.

“Third of women cannot function optimally during their period”

Furthermore, the survey of 42,000 Dutch women that appeared today in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, exactly what they suffer from. “When women have complaints, most people experience severe abdominal pain. Many women also report that they suffer from psychological complaints, fatigue and back pain,” says Nieboer.

Not at every birthday party

If women hide their extreme pain, this can cause irreparable damage. “A condition such as endometriosis can remain dormant for a while,” warns Nieboer.

An estimated 1 in 10 women has that condition. In women with endometriosis, mucous membrane, which is normally inside the womb, is also located outside. It can stick there in the abdominal cavity, for example, on the intestines or the ovaries. “This causes extra pain during menstruation,” explains gynecologist Joke Schutte of Isala Woman-Child Center. “It can even lead to infertility.”

Talking more about menstrual problems is important according to experts. “You don't have to throw all your menstrual troubles into the group at every birthday party,” says Schutte. “But if you really have a lot of problems, that is not normal and you can talk about it better.”

Grande America: setting up dams

Floating dams were set up for the first time Monday in the Great America sinking area of ​​the Bay of Biscay, thanks to improved weather conditions, the Atlantic Maritime Prefecture announced.

“Pollution control operations continued, with the installation of dams and trawls,” reads a statement.

“From today we really start to have weather conditions that allow the launching of equipment.The trawls had already been launched, the dams floating is the first time”, has explained to AFP the spokesman of the Maritime Prefecture Riaz Akhoune.

Several vessels carry out control operations in the area, including Argonaute and Sapper chartered by the Navy, but also the Partisan and Ria de Vigo chartered by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) or the Spanish tug Alonso de Chaves. A second Spanish tug, Maria de Maetzu, is expected Tuesday in the area.

A flight of aerial observations was made during the day by an aircraft of the Spanish governmental agency in charge of the maritime safeguard (Sasemar).

At the vertical of the wreck, which sank on March 12 by 4,600 meters of bottom after a violent fire, “a surface iridescence dotted with piles of heavy fuel oil is visible”, indicates the maritime prefecture, adding that the initial pollution issued by the Italian ship during its sinking “drift”, without specifying the direction. This pollution is “consisting of heaps of heavy fuel oil scattered on the surface,” says the same source.

In addition, “the maritime authorities remain vigilant with regard to possible illegal discharges of hydrocarbons by opportunistic polluting ships,” she says.

The tug Union Lynx, chartered by the shipowner, the company Grimaldi, proceeded to “tow a container of non-hazardous material to the port of La Rochelle”. He should then attempt to recover one of the two Great America survival craft, located drifting about 55 km west of the coast.

The Metropolitan Support and Assistance Building (BSAM) the Rhône tows a floating dam 300 km off La Rochelle, March 18, 2019 (AFP - Fred TANNEAU)

The Metropolitan Support and Assistance Building (BSAM) the Rhône tows a floating dam 300 km off La Rochelle, March 18, 2019 (AFP – Fred TANNEAU)

The Italian ship, from Hamburg to Casablanca, sank 333 km west of La Rochelle with on board 365 containers, including 45 listed as containing hazardous materials, more than 2,000 vehicles, and 2,200 tons of heavy fuel oil. in his bunkers. Its 27 occupants were rescued and brought back to Brest, where an accidental pollution investigation was opened.

The NGO Robin des Bois requests that the ships of the company Grimaldi Lines (the shipowner of the Great America) stopover or expected in Le Havre in the coming days “are subject to urgent detailed inspections”.

These checks must be carried out “in the field of fire-fighting devices, on-board distribution of dangerous substances on board and the safety of hundreds of used vehicles waiting to be boarded,” she said on Monday. a statement.

Bolsonaro in Washington to seal an alliance with Trump

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is in the United States on Monday for a visit during which he will meet with Donald Trump to seal a conservative alliance, strengthen economic relations and increase pressure on Venezuela.

Bolsonaro landed Sunday at 15:40 local time (19:40 GMT) at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington.

This is Mr. Bolsonaro's first trip abroad for a bilateral meeting since he took office on 1 January. He had attended the economic forum in Davos (Switzerland) in January.

The Brazilian president is accompanied by six ministers, including those of Foreign Affairs, Ernesto Araujo, Economy, ultra-liberal Paulo Guedes, and Justice and Security, Sergio Moro.

Eduardo Bolsonaro, son of the far-right president and federal deputy, who plays a major role in bringing Brasilia closer to the ultra-conservative American right, is also in Washington.

President Bolsonaro, who has never hidden his admiration for his American counterpart, stressed on Twitter the crucial importance for him this visit.

“Alliance for Freedom”

“For the first time in a long time, a Brazilian president who is not anti-American comes to Washington,” he wrote. “This is the beginning of an alliance for freedom and prosperity, as the Brazilians have always wanted.”

Before Bolsonaro's departure for Washington, Brazilian presidential spokesman Otavio do Rêgo Barros said the visit was “a sign of the priority the government attaches to building a strong association with the people.” United States”.

It is Tuesday that the Brazilian head of state will meet President Trump on Tuesday in the Oval Salon of the White House. Previously, he will meet with Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), which is headquartered in Washington.

He will also participate in several forums to extol the assets of the Brazilian economy.

Some 50 people demonstrated Sunday in front of the White House against the arrival of Mr. Bolsonaro with signs saying “Bolsonaro assassin” and “Free Lula”, reference to the former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (2003-2010), in prison for corruption.

One of the main topics of the talks with Mr Trump should be the crisis in Venezuela, on which the two presidents should reaffirm a hard line against Socialist President Nicolas Maduro.

The United States, which demand the departure of power from the Venezuelan head of state, is at the head of some 50 countries, including Brazil, having recognized the opponent Juan Guaido, Speaker of Parliament, after he is self-appointed interim president.

To increase pressure, Washington imposes economic sanctions on Venezuela and has imposed an embargo on oil, a crucial export for the country's economy, which will come into force on April 28.

Aerospace cooperation

In addition, Bolsonaro announced Thursday the signature during his visit of a technology cooperation agreement. It will allow the United States to launch satellites from the Alcantara Space Center in the northern state of Maranhao.

Alcantara is ideally located because of its proximity to the equator, which allows fuel savings of around 30% for launches or the introduction of heavier loads.

Messrs. Bolsonaro and Trump are also expected to discuss measures to increase bilateral trade and the possibility of Brazil's entry into the OECD, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

On Sunday evening, Mr. Bolsonaro, who is staying during his stay at Blair House, the residence for official guests near the White House, dined at the residence of the Brazilian Ambassador in Washington with opinion leaders.

According to diplomatic sources, guests included Steve Bannon, former campaign strategist Donald Trump, and Olavo de Carvalho, a Brazilian writer residing in the United States and considered to be Mr. Bolsonaro's guru.

After his visit to the United States, Mr. Bolsonaro will visit Chile and, at the end of March, Israel.

(With AFP)

Divorce attorney to Brexit: If Theresa May was a lawyer in my office, I would fire her

Ayesha Vardag is very familiar with divorces. So good that she got the epithet “Diva of Divorce”. In other words, the 51-year-old is Britain's best and probably the highest paid divorce lawyer. And as an expert in painful separations, she is one of the few people who understand the British Brexit chaos in a way. Because: “The events of the past week are very similar to the individual phases of a divorce.”

If two parties decide to end their marriage because they no longer love each other, then they are as a rule not 100 percent sure of their attitudes, Vardag explains in an interview with the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung” (pay content ). After all, there was a time together and there are usually things that are still appreciated by others. But as soon as the decision is made, it really starts with the questions: Did I do the right thing? Will I lose the short straw? Do I find new exciting partners?

Brexit – “an absolute fiasco”

“London is like a wife who is not sure if she wants to leave her husband,” says Vardag in an interview with Brexit. “Everyone wants a good deal, but they have not gotten it yet. Especially since the EU exit from “a bunch of incompetent politicians handled” would.

The Brexit situation describes the divorce expert as an “absolute fiasco”. “Our politicians are unable to negotiate such a complex deal, they are the most terrible divorce lawyers you can have,” says Ayesha Vardag. Elsewhere in the conversation, she emphasizes, “If Theresa May and her colleagues were lawyers in my office, I would fire them.”

Prost Brexit:

“Germany our last remaining friend”

However, the lawyer does not want to blame Britain's prime minister and political caste for the Brexit chaos alone. The EU also has its share. “If only the Commission were a little friendlier and showed the British that they are still welcome (…),” muses Vardag. One should not underestimate the effect of sentences like “Okay, that did not work so well, but we love you, so please come back”. But above all the pride of the British is aroused, who now assume without much fear “that we can do it all somehow, because we have always done it in the past.”

It is also the arrogance from Brussels that hinders the Brexit process, Vardag believes. By that she means above all the EU Commission, less the member countries of the Union. “Germany, for example,” says the divorce lawyer, “currently seems to be our last remaining friend.”

Absolutely possible to stay friends

However, the lawyer also knows how to give comfort from her experience. “If you are civilized and polite and work together to find a solution, ex-spouses are often friends,” says Vardag. This is especially important for the coming generation, who should experience that they act cooperatively and build bridges. That could work even after Brexit. By the way, the lawyer herself feels “very European, I have a house in Italy, speak Italian, Spanish and French.”

Brussels has failed in many ways, Vardag concludes. “But whether we stay or leave, we should continue to work together, because that's the best thing for every one of us.”

Sources: “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”, “”

EU goods traffic: According to German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, German customs is prepared for all Brexit scenarios

Provincial States: the PVV hopes that the voter will come

Research by the Social and Cultural Planning Office shows that the PVV voter is the gloomiest about the state of the Netherlands and about its own future. The PVV is crying out for change and that makes the attack on the incumbent make sense.

The supporters of all four coalition parties are the most optimistic voters in the Netherlands and satisfied with a status quo. Wilders also promises his voters that he will not help the Rutte cabinet with a majority in the Senate.

Electoral headwind

The polls seem to support Wilders' concerns that his supporters have little interest in the elections to the Senate. In addition, competition on the right has grown due to the rapid rise of the Forum for Democracy (FVD) by Thierry Baudet.

The PVV now has 9 seats, but in more and more polls debutant FVD gets more votes on Wednesday. Wilders must bear in mind that he will lose a number of seats.

This electoral headwind does not put pressure on Wilders' position within his own political movement. He is and remains the most important man of the PVV. Wilders plans to remain politically active in the coming years and believes that his presence in the Lower House will remain important.


The chance that Wilders will ever end up in the Trêveszaal is extremely low. But Wilders holds onto the stage that he does have. He will do so as long as he has a seat to be able to give his warnings about Islam in the plenary room.

He does so out of conviction, but also because he cannot leave simply because of his safety situation. The threats have made him a prisoner to a certain extent in the House of Representatives.

How this doctor finally has more time for her patients

“Often patients keep coming back with the same complaints, but they also tell them about debts, a fight with the neighbors and their sadness,” explains Rebecca, who works in the Utrecht neighborhood of Ondiep. In a ten-minute consultation, she has too little time to see why the complaints don't go away. “Then sometimes I refer them to the hospital, while I actually already know that it will not produce anything.”

That is where the new neighborhood approach must go Powerful Basic Care bring change. The ten health centers receive extra resources for implementing the approach. Rebecca was able to hire an extra doctor from that money and extend the hours of her practice nurse. “That gives us breathing space during a busy day to match what the patient really needs. For example with longer consultations,” says Rebecca. “There is also more time to strengthen cooperation with other social workers in the neighborhood.”

Earlier doctors from the big cities rang the bell. The workload in disadvantaged neighborhoods became so high that colleagues dropped out or stopped. They asked politicians and health insurers for help. This approach seems to reduce the problems for GPs such as Rebecca and to increase the pleasure of working.