Four Frenchmen arrested trying to steal nature reserve goslings

Four Frenchmen arrested trying to steal nature reserve goslings

Four French nationals have been arrested for trying to steal 45 goslings and several eggs from the Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve near Almere. According to local broadcaster Omroep Flevoland, police and wardens are keeping an eye out for cars with French number plates after reports that poachers were tipping each other off about the ease of picking up goslings to use as lures. The men were probably planning to clip the goslings’ wings so they could not fly and then use them to attract other geese which they could then shoot. Despite the measures being taken to reduce the size of the Dutch geese population, taking geese from the reserve is a criminal offence. The punishment handed out to the poachers has not been made public. Afgelopen weekend samen met @Politie_Almere en @Boa_OFGV 4 personen aangehouden bij de #Oostvaardersplassen die 45 ganzen hadden gevangen. — Bertwin Bergman (@Bosw8erBertwin) April 24, 2017   More >

Two men shot dead in gangland killing

Four Frenchmen arrested trying to steal nature reserve goslings Two men have been shot dead on an industrial estate in the east of Zoetermeer in what appears to be a gangland killing, police said on Tuesday. According to the Telegraaf, eyewitnesses saw a BMW pull up at speed at around 11am on Tuesday morning. One man in a balaclava jumped out and opened fire on the two victims who were sitting in a car near to a car paint shop and a boxing school. After the shooting, the BMW drove off. The car was later found burnt out a few streets away. Nothing has yet been said about the identity of the victims but police have said they do not know if there is a connection to an armed robbery in Zoetermeer earlier in the day.   More >

Sperm donor children demand DNA test

Four Frenchmen arrested trying to steal nature reserve goslings A number of sperm donor children are demanding a dead clinic doctor's DNA be tested after he claimed he had fathered at least 60 children himself. The doctor, Jan Karbaat, died earlier this month and a number of his potential offspring say they want certainty about their parentage. They had already begun legal proceedings against Karbaat to force him to undergo a DNA test before he died. Now they want the test to be carried out on his body. One 36-year-old woman who confronted the doctor before he died said he is very open about having fathered at least 60 children himself. 'He wanted to give the world something of himself,' the AD quotes her as saying. 'He saw it as something noble, he had no ethics and brushed off the impact on donor children.' But the doctor rejected her request for a DNA test. 'He asked, "why do you want to know? To celebrate Christmas here?",' she told the paper. Health ministry inspectors closed the clinic in Barendrecht down in 2009 because it was in administrative chaos and research last year showed that much of the information about donors was not correct. Clinics working with donor sperm are by law only allowed to create six children per donor.  More >

More choice is not always good: new report

Not everyone can deal with endless choices, government advisor says The government needs to develop a more realistic view of what the man in the street is capable of dealing with independently, a senior advisory committee said on Monday. ‘There is a very wide gap between what is expected of citizens and what they can actually deal with,’ the Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR) says in a new report. For example, people used to get an annual overview of their pension, which they would keep in a file. ‘Today, long before retirement, people have to take action and make choices,’ the report says. ‘The self-employed are expected to keep their skills up to date and deal with new opportunities and threats. In terms of health, people have to take more responsibility for themselves… chose their own provider and play an active role in determining what treatment they should have.’ Much government policy focuses on a rational approach and the idea that more choice is always better, but people are not always able to make choices, the report states. The government should, therefore, look again at the plethora of choices which people face, particularly in terms of financial provisions such as health insurance, disability insurance and pensions. At the same time, the government apparatus should adopt a more personal approach to dealing with its citizens, rather than rely on automated processes when things go wrong, the report concludes.  More >

Brazil and Trinidad 'safe' for refugees

Four Frenchmen arrested trying to steal nature reserve goslings Brazil and the Caribbean island nation Trinidad and Tobago have been declared safe countries for refugees by the Dutch government. The latest revision to the list means asylum applications from those countries can be processed and rejected more quickly, though junior justice minister Klaas Dijkhoff said individual cases involving LGBT applicants still deserved special attention. Similar rules apply to Jamaica, which is considered generally safe but gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender citizens remain at risk of persecution. Three other countries in South America and the Caribbean – Colombia, Honduras and Cuba – have been added to the list of unsafe countries. A country is deemed to be safe if the justice ministry decides that its people are not at risk of being exposed to torture, inhuman treatment or persecution for reasons such as race, religion and sexuality.  More >