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by Euro Reporter
2011-11-23 08:58:10
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Greenpeace is damaging Holland's reputation

Environmental organisation Greenpeace has gone too far so often that the government should look into expelling it from the Netherlands, Richard de Mos, an MP for the populist PVV. Greenpeace’s international headquarters in Amsterdam should be closed down, because its presence is damaging the Netherlands’ reputation abroad, De Mos told the paper.

The ruling VVD Liberals are also critical of the organisation’s performance and want to find out if government subsidies and payouts from the Postcode lottery can be scrapped if Greenpeace breaks the law. Last month, the paper claimed Greenpeace may have put the public at risk with an anti-nuclear train stunt.


Ministry site to reach Dutch people online

In 2000, 24 percent of the Netherland’s 16 million people used the Internet. In 2010, statistics show that number grew to 88 percent. According to comScore, the Dutch logged an average of 32 hours online in August alone, visiting more than 3,000 Web pages each. It seems that meeting people where they are may include finding them online. That’s why a group of Nazarenes involved with Vlaardingen Church of the Nazarene is developing a social media tool that will allow them to meet people online by helping those people find answers to their problems. GRIB.nu is still in the development stage, but the project team has high hopes for the site when it is expected to go live early in 2012. Divided into three sections, GRIB will invite visitors to post questions or problems regarding the “hands,” the “head” and the “heart.” In the first two sections, other users will be allowed to throw out their own ideas and solutions to “hand” problems like how to fix a leaky pipe or work out a gardening obstacle and “head” problems involving how to deal something or how things work.

In the “heart” section, which will likely have questions of a more personal or intimate nature, designated moderators from the group will privately correspond with users’ posted questions and problems. “At the end of the day, people will ask, ‘Why are you doing this, why are you helping?’” said Rik Op den Op den Brouw, one of the GRIB founders. “Then the one who gives the help can say, ‘I believe in Jesus and Jesus wants to help you.’ From that point maybe things will come further.” Although the Netherlands has a long history of devout Christianity, Op den Brouw and his colleagues say that traditional evangelism styles are no longer attractive to Dutch people, who have largely lost interest in religion in the past five or so decades.

“People were told they were bad, but in church they had to behave like they never sinned or made mistakes. In the minds of a lot of people there was a lot of hypocrisy,” Op den Brouw said. “Even the word ‘church’ makes them reject it; they stop listening.” He wants the transformative Wesleyan theology of the Nazarene Church, which wooed him to the denomination in 1995, to reach the minds and hearts of more Dutch people.


Customs deploy Z Backscatter

The Netherland's Customs Administration is using Z Backscatter mobile X-ray screening system by American Science and Engineering Inc. to check aircraft cargo. The system will scan in real-time a variety of aircraft to reveal organic threats and contraband hidden in the structure of the airplane. It is the second ZBV system deployed by Dutch Customs. The other is in use at the Port of Rotterdam.

"Dutch Customs is leveraging the ZBV system's flexible, mobile design to scan airplanes of all sizes for drugs and contraband," said Anthony Fabiano, AS&E's president and chief executive officer.

"Working closely with our clients, we provide creative and innovative solutions for their complex detection requirements. This new application for the ZBV system provides Dutch Customs with a trend-setting solution for their unique inspection needs." AS&E's Z Backscatter Van is the No. 1-selling non-intrusive cargo and vehicle inspection system on the market. It is a low-cost, highly effective screening system built into a commercially available delivery van.

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