Netherlands: “Forum for Democracy” – Who are the winners of the election?

It started with two out of 150 seats in the Dutch lower house: In the parliamentary elections of 2017, the young philosopher Thierry Baudet and lawyer Theo Hiddema were able to move into the Parliament for the first time with the “Forum for Democracy” (FvD). The 36-year-old party leader Baudet is considered a figurehead of the movement, which began as a think tank. He is considered smart, cultured and charming, writes the newspaper “Rheinische Post”.

The young party has set an agenda that is very similar to that of other right-wing populist parties: reducing Dutch participation in political decisions, lessening the influence of the European Union and reducing the power of the “political elite”, according to the Dutch radio station NPO. But the “Forum for Democracy” is also in favor of a more restrictive immigration policy, with Baudet warning in its program of a “homeopathic dilution” of the population.

Right-wing party on the rise

Other program items, according to the party's website, include the reintroduction of border controls, tougher penalties for violent crime, a reform of public service broadcasting, the promotion of Dutch culture, and the direct election of the prime minister. With the landslide victory in the regional election, the “Forum for Democracy” was able to establish itself and provides a shift to the right in the political landscape. Meanwhile, the forum, according to “Rheinische Post” even more members than the governing party VVD of Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

In turn, the 570 provincial members elected in the current regional elections will vote for the 75 First Chamber Senators in May, with the FvD having 12 seats, according to projections. This First Chamber is comparable to the German Bundesrat. The right-wing populist Geert Wilders suffered heavy losses with his Islamophobic party PVV. His party received only five seats. Thierry Baudet said on the eve of the applause of his supporters that the “arrogance and stupidity” of the governing parties had been punished. He accused the Rutte government of having left the borders of the Netherlands “wide open”.

Exceptional find: Jogger discovers exposed lion cub on field in the Netherlands

Swell: “Forum voor Democratie”, NPO, NOS,, news agencies DPA and AFP

Criminal investigation: Boeing 737 MAX certification under scrutiny

Are both the crash of the Ethiopian Airlines aircraft on 10 March and the crash of the Lion Air aircraft last October due to defects in a new safety system of the Boeing 737 MAX? The US Department of Justice is investigating the way in which the new aircraft has been approved and the role of the American aviation authority FAA in this.

Boeing has inspected its own new aircraft in the approval procedure. Aircraft equipped with a new automatic safety system. Hurry was called for as a result of the competition with Airbus which also came with a new aircraft, the Airbus a320neo. The FAA aviation authority agreed to the procedure.

“Fight against computer lost”

“In the end, the pilots lost the battle against the computer,” said Joris Melkert, professor of aeronautical engineering, about the Lion Air crash. 189 people died in the process.

The crash was probably caused by a defective sensor in the new MCAS system. “A new piece of automatic pilot that intervenes when the aircraft ends up in a dangerous flight situation,” explains Melkert. “We still know relatively little about the second crash, with the aircraft of Ethiopian Airlines. But from the data that is now known, it seems that the flight path was comparable.”

Grande America: “more efficient” recovery operations

Wednesday's weather enabled “more effective” pollution recovery operations than the previous days in the sinking of the Italian ship Grande America, the Atlantic Maritime prefecture said in a statement.

“Pollution recovery operations become more efficient under mild weather,” said the statement, adding that a new “container of non-hazardous material” could be recovered and that “two flights of aerial observations were made “this Wednesday.

At the vertical of the wreck, in the Bay of Biscay, “a surface iridescence dotted with piles of heavy fuel oil is still visible”, according to the maritime prefecture. “The initial pollution emitted by the Great America on the date of its sinking (…) has drifted and consists of small clumps of oil scattered that produce a lot of surface iridescence,” she adds.

An arrival on the French coast of pollution following this sinking “seems very unlikely before 10 days,” said Tuesday evening the Maritime Prefecture.

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.

Comedian Enissa Amani rebukes AfD politicians for Christchurch remarks

Comedian and actress Enissa Amani gets a hearing with a Facebook video.

Their criticism: Politicians of the AfD would exploit the attacks on Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand, for their political purposes.

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Also screenshots of other posts show how parts of the AfD reacted to the right-motivated assassination attempt.

The German-Iranian video was viewed over 400,000 times.

To clarify her point of view, Amani outlines a reverse scenario.

Even AfD politician Andreas Winhart causes her displeasure. He uses the word “Negro” in a speech.

The 37-year-old comedian supplements her statements later in another video.

On the official Twitter account of the AfD Federal Group, the party expresses its condolences to the victims.

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.