The Netherlands ranks 9th among the world’s most powerful democracies
The Netherlands is once again among the most powerful democracies in the world, ranking ninth in the 2022 edition of the Democracy Index.
The Netherlands has moved up two places in the list prepared by The Economist almost every year since 2006. The Netherlands has never fallen below 12th place. Its highest rank so far was third place, the first year the Democracy Index was published.
Norway retained its first place for the 13th time in a row. New Zealand, which has always been in the top three, retained its second place. Iceland moved up from fifth to third, while Sweden retained its fourth place, and Finland dropped two places to fifth.
Thailand showed the biggest improvement, moving up from 74th to 57th. The sharpest drop was Russia, which fell from 132nd to 154th, achieving its worst ranking ever.
The country with the worst ranking among 167 countries on the list was Afghanistan, which was in the same position last year. Myanmar and North Korea followed again.
Each country on the list is evaluated on multiple indicators, followed by a score out of 10 in the electoral process and pluralism, functioning of government, political participation, political culture and civil liberties categories.
Antwerp city of Belgium became the city where cocaine is used most widely in Europe
The annual wastewater analysis of the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) revealed that Antwerp, Belgium, is the most widely used city of cocaine in Europe this year as well.
Researching drug use rates by analyzing European wastewater each year, the EMCDDA took samples to measure the use of cocaine, amphetamine, methamphetamine, ectasy, ketamine and cannabis in 104 cities in March and April 2022.
Accordingly, cocaine use was particularly high in cities in Belgium, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain.
Compared to the rates in 2021, it was found that cocaine use increased in 38 cities in 2022.
The city of Antwerp, in the Flemish region of Belgium, topped the list of cities with the highest traces of cocaine in wastewater.
Antwerp was followed by cities such as Amsterdam in the Netherlands, Tarragona in Spain, Brussels in Belgium and Zurich in Switzerland.
While the average daily amount of cocaine residues in wastewater in Antwerp was 2 thousand 381 milligrams, it was measured as 1161 in Tarragona, Spain, 1142 in Amsterdam, 985 in Brussels and 931 in Zurich.
In January, Belgium and the Netherlands seized a total of 160 tons of cocaine, approximately 110 tons in Antwerp and around 50 tons in Rotterdam, as a result of their cooperation in the fight against international drug trafficking.
Cocaine seized at the port of Antwerp this year was the highest ever, after 89.5 tonnes in 2021.
Tomorrow at Eindhoven Airport, there will be actions of climate activists
People who were supposed to be at Eindhoven Airport on Saturday may be disturbed by the actions of climate activists.
As a result, it may be more difficult to reach the airport. Climate action group Extinction Rebellion’s show is expected to begin by 13:30 noon. It is planned to be on the boulevard, next to the terminal.
The airport advises passengers to prepare well for their travels and to follow the website for up-to-date flight information. Extinction Rebellion expects about five hundred performers.
A spokesperson for the group said in a statement that participants can try to enter the airport area, as they did at Schiphol Airport last November. Protesters then jumped over the fence and chained themselves to private planes. “But to be honest, I don’t think it’s very wise. This is military territory.”
The action group wants, among other things, Eindhoven Airport to stop polluting the environment, cancel unnecessary flights and give flights a fair price.
Fatboy branded electric blankets recalled in the Netherlands
NVWA announced that some of the electric blankets belonging to the Dutch firm Fatboy were overheated and were recalled on the grounds that there was a risk of ignition.
The Dutch Food and Consumer Goods Safety Authority, NVWA, has warned consumers about the Fatboy brand “Hotspot” blankets. In the NVWA warning, it was stated that the blankets were overheated and the heating mechanism inside the blankets could catch fire.
NVWA; advised that consumers who have purchased the product before should never use the blankets. The Fatboy company, on the other hand, stated that the blankets with the code numbers specified in the warning published on its website were recalled as a precaution.
In the company statement, it was stated that the heating equipment of the blankets without the lot number on them and the blankets with the lot number 20022519, 2002520 or 2002593 were recalled.
According to the company statement, consumers who have blankets with or without a printed lot number, have to remove the heating component inside the blanket and send it to the company. After this process, the purchase price will be refunded to the consumer.
You can remove the heating assembly inside the blanket as follows:
Unplug the blanket from the outlet
Open the Velcro part, disconnect the wires and remove with the red label
After disconnecting, the battery can be easily separated
Remove the black charging cable with magnetic charging point
remove the adapter
Pack the red-labeled cables, battery, charging cable, and adapter in a box or sturdy envelope and ship to Fatboy.
If you purchased the product on the website of Fatboy, fill out the form on this link.
For products purchased from other sites, fill out the form on this link.
Veiligheidswaarschuwing Fatboy Hotspot blanket. Het is mogelijk dat het verwarmingselement in de Hotspot Blanket van deze batches plaatselijk oververhit raakt en ontbrandt. Gebruik dit product niet!https://t.co/jNop7vEgnf pic.twitter.com/QssTWQ1Irk
— Nederlandse Voedsel- en Warenautoriteit (@_NVWA) March 21, 2023
A warning was made in the Netherlands not to use it for an antifreeze brand
A brand of antifreeze used for vehicle windows during the winter months is recalled because it contains more methanol.
More excessive amounts of methanol were found in a brand of washer antifreeze used to clean car windows in the Netherlands. The company recalls its products, which are sold in 2 and 5 liter drums.
In the statement made by Power Oil, it was stated that more than normal toxic methanol was detected in Power Winter antifreezes, and the products were recalled due to this substance, which would be harmful to health.
In the company statement, it was stated that the products to be recalled were 2 and 5 liter drums with the barcode number 8717953205629.
Power Oil pointed out that there are two versions of this product with the same barcode, and emphasized that the recall only applies to cans with blue caps.
The products recalled in the statement; It was stated that from September 2022 until 7 March 2023, sales were made at gas stations in the regions of Overijssel, Gelderland, Friesland, Zuid Holland, Limburg, Groningen, Noord Holland and Zeeland.
In the company statement; A call was made that the products contain toxic methanol at a level that users may face the risk of blindness and death, and that the products should not be used.
Europe switches to summer time
At the end of this week, daylight saving time, which foresees more use of daylight, will be implemented. Clocks will go forward one hour.
In accordance with the summer-winter time application, which is applied to benefit more from sunlight during the day and to save energy, the clocks will be advanced one hour at the end of this week.
Clocks in Europe will go forward one hour at 02:00 on the night connecting Saturday, March 25 to Sunday, March 26.
In the vast majority of digital instruments, the clocks automatically switch to summer and winter, but analog instruments need to be adjusted.
Summer-Winter time application first started in 1916
The practice of summer and winter times was first used in the German Empire, Austria-Hungary, and Great Britain during the First World War in 1916. This practice was aimed at increasing the daylight saving time.
In a survey study conducted with the participation of 4.6 million Europeans across Europe in 2018, 84 percent of the participants stated that the adjustment of the clocks especially disrupted the biological rhythm of the person and wanted the application to be removed.
The European Union (EU) also made an attempt in 2019 to end the discussions that started at that time, and the proposal not to change the clocks was presented to the European Parliament (EP).
In the same year, the AP approved that the clocks not be changed, but between countries “which is better if we end this practice: summer time or winter time?” the question came up. However, with Brexit, the pandemic, the war in Ukraine and the rise in energy prices, the issue was forgotten on the dusty shelves where it was removed in 2019.
Daylight Saving Time has been in effect in the Netherlands since 1916.
In the Netherlands, summer time came into effect in 1916. However, after that, different rules were applied. For example, from 1946 to 1976, there was no daylight saving time. Since 1996, summer time starts on the last weekend of March and changes to standard time, ie winter time, on the last weekend of October.
Number of people seeking euthanasia on the rise in the Netherlands
The number of people seeking euthanasia in the Netherlands, which is the first country in the world to grant the right to euthanasia for those over the age of 12, increases by 10% every year.
Applications to the Euthanasia Specialization Center, which enables terminally ill patients to end their lives, are increasing. According to the last annual report announced by the Center, there was an 11 percent increase in the number of applications made last year compared to 2021.
According to the report published by the institution; In 2022, 4 thousand 159 people applied for euthanasia and 1240 people were euthanized. In 2021, 3 thousand 689 people applied to the institution and 1117 of them were euthanized.
Approximately one-third of the applications made to the Euthanasia Specialization Center, previously known as the Association for Ending Voluntary Life (NVVE), result in euthanasia. Two-thirds withdraw the application or do not meet all the requirements of the euthanasia law.
In the Netherlands, where the legal right to euthanasia is granted to terminally ill patients, certain conditions set by the law must be met in order to obtain this right. Applications to the Center; It is made by patients whose euthanasia requests for any reason are not accepted by their home doctors and who have no hope of recovery.
In an article in the Trouw newspaper on the subject, it was pointed out that the population is getting older and that this situation has increased the number of people who want to end their lives. According to the newspaper, the fact that people wanted to make decisions about their own lives and that euthanasia became more well-known also caused the numbers to increase.
Applications increase by an average of 10% each year
The number of euthanasia requests is increasing by an average of 10 percent each year. According to the information obtained, 1796 applications for euthanasia were made in the Netherlands in 2016 and 2 thousand 500 applications in 2017. The number of applications made to the institution in 2021 was 3 thousand 689. In 2020 alone, numbers fell due to the center being temporarily closed due to corona measures.
Netherlands first country to implement euthanasia law
The Netherlands became the first country in the world to grant euthanasia to those over the age of 12 in 2002. However, the right to die for those under the age of 12 was introduced for the first time in Belgium.
In 2014, Belgium legalized the right to euthanasia for children under the age of 12 who have no hope of recovery and are in great pain.
Screen addiction is increasing in children aged 0-6 in the Netherlands
Screen time is increasing among children aged 0-6 in the Netherlands. Experts say that this situation negatively affects the development of the child.
According to the annual research by Netwerk Mediawijsheid, very young children in the Netherlands are also spending more and more time in front of the screen, which negatively affects their development.
Parents who participated in the study stated that they were generally satisfied with the balance between sleeping, moving and sitting with their children, and 80 percent thought it went well. However, the data show that the situation is not as the parents think. Especially children in the 0-6 age group spend more and more time in front of TV, smartphone or tablet.
Average time in front of the screen is 100 minutes
Families with children between the ages of 0 and 6 participated in the study. According to the results obtained; One out of every four parents with children in the 0-1 age group allows their child to sit in front of a tablet or television for at least 2 hours a day.
Children up to the age of six spend an average of 100 minutes a day on digital media, and this number has been increasing in recent years.
In 2021, children in the 0-6 age group spent an average of one and a half hours a day in front of the TV, smartphone or tablet. Last year, children in this group spent seven minutes longer in front of a screen a day.
Researchers say that spending time in front of the screen for a long time harms the development of young children, and physical activities are limited because children perform this activity by sitting more. Experts emphasize that movement is essential for the health and development of young children.
What can be done in this situation?
Researchers state that in addition to reducing the time the child spends in front of the screen, parents can also set an example for the child by limiting their own screen time.
According to the organization, half of the parents surveyed are aware that they can set an example for their child in this way, but have difficulty regulating their own screen time.
Researcher Anouk Tuijnman states that it is as important for parents to encourage “diversity” as paying attention to their own behavior. “There has to be diversity not only between different activities, but also between the way a child performs an activity, sitting or moving,” Tuijnman said. says.
Causes sleep and developmental disorders and obesity
Sleep and language development can be impaired in children who are less active. In addition, this situation invites obesity. Another negative result of being in front of too many screens is the deterioration of the eyes and triggering myopia.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that young children up to the age of 2 preferably use as little media as possible, and that children up to the age of 5 should be in front of a screen for a maximum of 1 hour a day.
Disastrous accident in Utrecht: a girl (7) died, a child (5) was seriously injured
A 7-year-old girl died in a traffic accident in Utrecht this morning. A 5-year-old boy was seriously injured.
In the morning, a city bus crashed into two children aged 5 and 7 in Utrecht. One of the children died at the scene, and the other child was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
In the statement made on the social media account of the Utrecht police, it was stated that a 7-year-old girl died after being hit by a city bus on Vleutenseweg. It was reported that a 5-year-old boy was seriously injured in the accident that occurred in the morning hours.
It is not yet known what caused the accident, which took place between Vleutenseweg and Van Koetsveldstraat around 08:00 in the morning.
Ambulance and trauma helicopter arrived at the scene after the accident. The 5-year-old boy, who was seriously injured in the accident, was taken to the hospital by helicopter. It was reported that both children reside in Utrecht.
The area of the accident was cordoned off. Police are investigating the area. Images of the crime scene are also recorded by drone. It is stated that the eyewitnesses of the incident gathered in a cafe close to the accident site.
Meanwhile, Vleutenseweg was completely closed to traffic in both directions. U-OV announced that due to the accident, lines 12, 28, 38 and 73 will not stop at Hasebroekstraat, Van Koetsveldstraat and Majellapark stops.
Netherlands prepares for deadly fungal virus
The Dutch public health agency RIVM is preparing for a possible outbreak of candida auris, a fungus that has been classified as a “serious global health threat” by the agency’s American colleagues at the CDC.
It is thought that this fungus can cause serious illness and even death in humans, and can be difficult to treat as it is often resistant to more than one antifungal drug.
The fungus is also on the rise in the United States and countries bordering the Netherlands, according to the RIVM. Following the AD newspaper’s report, the institute spokesperson confirmed that the Dutch institution is carrying out preparatory work together with the Radboud University Medical Center in Nijmegen.
RIVM researcher Thijs Bosch recently explained in a paper on the fungus that Candida auris is a rare strain of yeast that is difficult to treat. It has also been announced that Auris can cause vaginal yeast infections in women.
It can be life-threatening for people who are being treated for blood cancer or diabetes, as well as people who are being treated with breathing tubes, feeding tubes, or different types of catheters, and people with a condition that requires them to take multiple antibiotics, the CDC said. But RIVM also said that people with a healthy immune system can beat the infection on their own. It was announced that the exact route of the infection is not yet fully understood.
Five cases of candida auris infection have been identified in the Netherlands in the last five years. According to the RIVM spokesperson, these are all people who have contracted the fungus abroad. As a result, none of them got sick. The fungus was discovered thanks to the fact that these people went to a hospital in the Netherlands after their travels and were properly checked for possible infections due to their recent visit abroad.
Amsterdam prepares to ban express grocery delivery services in residential areas
Amsterdam is on track to become the first city in the Netherlands to ban express grocery delivery services from operating outside of residential areas.
City managers aim to create a modified zoning plan that regulates the establishment of distribution centers used by these services, known as dark stores. If approved by the entire city council, express delivery businesses will only be allowed to operate in business parks.
Sometimes employees in residential storefronts and other ground-floor commercial spaces negatively impact people crossing the area complaining of noise, double parking and blockage of sidewalks. The Municipality of Amsterdam has been working for almost a year and a half to address the problem of obscure store operations in the city. In January 2022, the municipality had decided not to allow new express delivery services or obscure shops to open in Amsterdam for a year to give the local government time to figure out how to deal with them.
Spatial Planning Councilor Reinier Van Dantzig said: “This approach will create a more pleasant living environment for Amsterdammers.”
All city districts, along with Weesp’s residential areas, offered their advice on the matter. Despite some concerns, all executive committees support the initiative. The biggest criticism came from express delivery services, which claimed the offer was too restrictive for their own operations.
In the press release, the municipality stated that the rapid market distribution services of the new zoning plan are only sustainable in industrial zones. The municipality added that this measure would also put an end to legal disputes regarding the establishment of dark shops.