The Waternet Foundation, which is responsible for the drinking water supply, sewerage and water management of more than one and a half million households in the Amsterdam region, has major problems with digital security. That concludes research platform Follow the Money (FTM) Saturday based on internal documents and interviews with employees.
According to employees of the company, who wanted to remain anonymous for security reasons, the question is not “if, but when” security will cause major problems. “The joke is sometimes made that you can then flood all of Amsterdam”, said a source FTM.
The IT staff describe that measures taken or proposed to get security in order are often reversed by managers from the point of view of the “ease of use” of employees.
For example, IT people tried to prohibit the use of personal computers on the internal network, because in practice they often lag behind updates. However, this was reversed when complaints were made within the company.
Moreover, many employees are given too many rights (over-authorization) and can therefore access more data than is necessary for their position. Due to an error earlier this year, all Waternet employees were able to access the confidential data of some 200,000 customers.
Duty to ensure security
According to the National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security (NCTV), the company has a duty to take sufficient measures to guarantee the security of the systems, because it is seen as a vital service provider.
According to sources within the company, the problems started when Waternet started further digitizing its processes and systems in 2010. The company wants to digitize even further in the coming years.
In a response, Waternet says that many of the reported safety issues have already been addressed or are being worked on. Waternet also says that processes and procedures are set in motion when there is a suspicion of a data breach.
Triple winner Bayern Munich and Ajax young star Sergiño Dest should already agree on a transfer according to “Bild” information (Friday) – only the transfer fee should still be a problem. According to the report, the 19-year-old US international, who was born in the Netherlands, will get a four-year contract plus an option for another year with the German record champions. The transfer should be processed in the next few days.
According to “Bild”, there is still no agreement between Bayern and Ajax regarding the transfer fee. The Dutch record champions are said to demand 20 million euros plus five million possible bonus payments for the full-back. Bayern had so far offered “up to 10 million plus bonuses”. An agreement could be reached at 15 million euros.
Dest has a contract with Ajax until the summer of 2022. In addition to Bayern, FC Barcelona and the new coach Ronald Koeman are said to be interested in the great talent.
TA lot of onlookers were standing at Narita Airport near Tokyo when a huge airplane from Europe floated in for the first time in spring 2019, painted in a funny turtle design. When the Japanese All Nippon Airlines (ANA) offered its first scheduled flight with this jet shortly afterwards, it was sold out in no time. The airline called its new A380 “Flying Honu”, named after an endangered sea turtle in Hawaii. The fans stood upside down, had themselves photographed in front of the giant plane before the first flight with A380 models or with turtle actors in kitschy costumes.
The Airbus A380, the largest airliner in the world, has always sparked enthusiasm among passengers and airplane fans, since its first flight with paying guests in 2007 with Singapore Airlines. ANA was the last of 15 airlines to get their A380 – that was just over a year ago.
The test with the mandatory mouth caps in August in Amsterdam and Rotterdam had no effect on people’s behavior. Research shows that people did not keep more or less distance from each other, and it also remained just as busy in most places as before the mask is mandatory.
The safety regions of Amsterdam-Amstelland and Rotterdam-Rijnmond therefore see no reason to reintroduce the compulsory wearing of face masks.
Between 5 and 31 August, Rotterdam and Amsterdam required the wearing of a mouth mask in various busy places. The reason for this was the rapid increase in the number of infections in these cities. Violators of the new rule could be fined 95 euros.
At the beginning of the trial, 55 percent of the people wore a mouth mask. This percentage rose to 75 percent due to the introduction of the masking obligation. One third of all visitors were not wearing the mouth mask correctly. The crowds remained the same in the places where mouth masks were mandatory.
With the introduction of the masking obligation, Rotterdam and Amsterdam hoped that drastic measures, such as closing off shopping streets, would not be necessary.
The Netherlands Study Center for Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR) came to these conclusions after analyzing camera images, street observations and interviews. The results are the same for Rotterdam and Amsterdam. The researchers did not look at the possible health effects or the spread of the virus.
She was put on the street with a laundry list of accusations. Corruption, Fraud, Forgery, Bribery. When she was fired in 2017, Amsterdam radicalization officer Saadia Ait-Taleb stood in front of her eyes with a black bar The Telegraph, the headline above: The Cabal of Queen Saadia.
All allegations have now been settled. Most suspicions already fell during the judicial investigation. The judge acquitted her in July of the last remaining indictment – three invoices that would not be correct -: the invoices were correct. Saadia Ait-Taleb, the court concluded, has been unjustly prosecuted.
How could that happen? The Amsterdam city council is meeting about it this week. Then it becomes clear what consequences mayor Halsema connects to the acquittal and the role of the municipality in the affair. From the criminal file, viewed by NRC, it appears that the municipality suffered from tunnel vision: from the outset the municipality assumed Ait-Taleb’s guilt, and ignored statements to the contrary.
It all started with a chance meeting in Amsterdam’s nightlife. In 2015, a high-ranking official bumps into psychologist and philosopher David Kenning. The 66-year-old Northern Irishman with long white hair and a walking stick tells a startling story. He was a strategic advisor to the United States Armed Forces in Iraq. With a secret campaign of influence, he is said to have set the Iraqi people against the terrorist organization Al-Qaeda. He could repeat the same trick in the Netherlands, where at that time there are great concerns about Muslim youths who travel to the area of the Islamic State.
The official is so impressed that he introduces Kenning to his colleagues. In no time Kenning ended up at the table with the then mayor Eberhard van der Laan. He becomes his right-hand man in the field of counterterrorism.
Kenning’s main idea is that the black and white ideology of IS should be combated with a ‘counter-narrative’, a counter-narrative. To this end, the municipality would have to circulate vlogs of a Muslim youth who is angry with Dutch society, but after a few vlogs, he comes to the conclusion that it is not all so black and white. This would make young viewers think and be less receptive to extreme ideas.
Crucial in the implementation of the plan that Kenning calls the ‘gray campaign’ is that no one should know that the government is behind it. It would instantly make the message of the videos unbelievable for the target group, which has little to do with the government.
The mayor appoints the manager of the radicalization & polarization department, Saadia Ait-Taleb, for that gray campaign. Except for a few officials, no one is allowed to know about it. “Everything had to be confidential,” Kenning will later declare to the examining magistrate. “No email, just verbal communication.” Documents are stored on USB sticks. The actor hired to make the vlogs, Saïd J., is not even allowed to mention the gray campaign on his invoices. The invoices are given descriptions such as “work out scenario”.
Saïd J. records several vlogs “in Amsterdam slang”, which, after a long toil, can bear Kenning’s approval. “Frighteningly good,” the philosopher calls the end result.
But when Van der Laan gets to see the pilot episodes at the end of 2016, he is dissatisfied because the films do not pay attention to Islam.
What doesn’t help is that the police chief and the chief prosecutor have already turned against the secret campaign. They believe it is contrary to the transparency that the government should strive for.
The secret project is already causing suspicion internally. Colleagues in her department wonder what Saadia is working so hard on with hired worker Saïd J. Why are the two often still in the office at night? Anonymous reports come in that they are secretly in a relationship. Ait-Taleb will admit later in the lawsuit that it was a flirtation, but it wouldn’t have been a relationship that got in the way of her professionalism. The police also distrust Saïd J., because his brother is known to the police.
Van der Laan sees his project fail. Out of dissatisfaction, he has the manager of the department replaced at the beginning of 2017, and indicates that he also wants to get Ait-Taleb off the file. He no longer trusts her.
While Ait-Taleb is having ‘improvement conversations’ with her new manager, the municipal integrity office goes to work with the anonymous reports about her and Saïd. The integrity investigators come across Said’s invoices with vague descriptions. They are approved by Saadia, his alleged girlfriend. The researchers, who then still know nothing about the gray campaign, suspect that the two are in cahoots and light things up together.
Then the Integrity Office will take a decision that will subsequently prove crucial for the course of the case. Instead of thoroughly investigating the inexplicable invoices and hearing more stakeholders about them, the agency is already drawing up an ‘interim report’. Based on this, Ait-Taleb is suspended and the case immediately leaks out to De Telegraaf.
A media storm ensues, in which the radicalization and polarization department of the municipality is portrayed as a bulwark of cronyism and corruption. In De Telegraaf there is talk of a “Muslim cartel of the PvdA” that would manage the municipal department.
A seriously ill mayor Van der Laan must answer for it in his last council debate in September 2017. He assures the council that Ait-Taleb is guilty. “Nobody has to doubt that,” says the mayor. “I have a history as a lawyer. If I am going to nominate someone for punishment, then I have a reason for it. ” Three weeks after the debate, Van der Laan dies, as a result of which he has never been able to fully clarify his own role.
Since the council debate, Ait-Taleb has in any case been convicted before the public, while the integrity investigators of the municipality have not even fully investigated the case. They are mainly based on a statement by Ruud IJzelendoorn, director of Public Order and Safety at the time. When asked whether the municipality was working on a secret campaign, he initially says: “I think it’s a bizarre question, because we are not an intelligence service.”
When the agency questions integrity about it, the director says: “I don’t recognize the word ‘gray campaign'”. At least: he has heard something “in the corridors” about a project with films, but that would not amount to much.
If he is later confronted with documents mentioning the gray campaign, more days will pass. In another police interview, IJzelendoorn suddenly remembers that four vlogs were made for the gray campaign, and he can name five people who worked on it.
For example, the existence of the gray campaign is slowly but surely recognized, and the invoices of Saïd J. can also be placed. The damage has already been done by then. Ait-Taleb has been fired and the Public Prosecution Service has instituted proceedings. The suspicions of fraud and scams are dropped, but the municipality and the judicial authorities maintain that Saïd’s invoices cannot be correct because there is no demonstrable work in return. Even when almost everyone involved in the gray campaign declares otherwise.
The municipality of Amsterdam assumed guilt and ignored what indicated the contrary
How the municipality of Amsterdam lost its eyes and ears in the city
David Kenning, a former manager, a fellow civil servant, a hired art director: they all confirm that hard work has been done on the films, but that almost nothing has been documented due to the covert nature of the gray campaign.
Yet it seems as if that message does not want to reach the municipality. Even after all these witness statements, the municipality’s lawyer argues during the dismissal case in 2019 that the campaign was definitely not that secret.
The prosecution, which lasts a total of three years, mainly due to changes and lack of decisiveness at the Public Prosecution Service, comes to an end last month. The court in Amsterdam agrees with Saadia and Saïd: the invoices are not false, a lot of work has indeed been done for the gray campaign. According to the judge, the two were ‘cleared of all blame’ with the verdict.
“Saadia ait-Taleb has been sacrificed, I don’t have another word for it,” says Jean Tillie, professor of political science at the University of Amsterdam. In the past he did radicalization research for the municipality of Amsterdam and knows the case well. “The secret campaign was in danger of failure and someone had to be blamed. That has become the official who carried out the project. By accusing her of fraud without proper investigation, the municipality tried to cover up this failed project. In the end that did not work: now that everything is out on the street, the municipality itself is not doing well. ”
This week, during the debate, it becomes clear whether the municipality is taking a different path after Saadia’s acquittal and reversing her resignation. Her lawyers Richard Korver and Nadia Adnani have already written to the municipality to discuss compensation. Because of the affair, Ait-Taleb has been at home without income for three years, resulting in high debts. The lawyers did not have to wait long for an answer: the municipality would like to talk.
Correction (Monday, August 24): An earlier version of this article stated that the city council of Amsterdam will be debating this matter next week. The debate is this week.
A version of this article also appeared in NRC Handelsblad of 24 August 2020
A version of this article also appeared in nrc.next on August 24, 2020
AIn view of the increasing number of Corona infections, Amsterdam and Rotterdam are the first Dutch cities to introduce a mask requirement. This applies to particularly busy squares, streets and shops, the cities announced on Thursday. The mask requirement is to apply to all persons over the age of 13 from August 5.
In Amsterdam, for example, the red light district, the main shopping street Kalverstraat and popular markets can no longer be visited without a mask. The authorities emphasized that the obligation did not replace the rule of maintaining a safety distance of 1.5 meters. Amsterdam had already taken strict measures for the red light district and the inner city area. So tourists were asked not to visit the city on weekends. The safety distance can often not be maintained, especially due to the influx of tourists.
The Dutch government has so far rejected a general obligation to wear a mask, but it does allow regional bids. So far, a face mask has only had to be worn in public transport in the Netherlands – this also includes ferries.
Stricter mask requirements also in parts of France
In France, too, several cities are tightening their corona requirements due to the sharp increase in cases of infection. The authorities announced stricter restrictions for Friday in the northern department bordering Belgium. A mask requirement is also expected to be introduced outdoors. The French government had recently imposed a nationwide mask requirement for all public spaces.
Corona requirements have also been tightened in the port city of Saint-Malo in Brittany, which attracted tens of thousands of domestic tourists this summer. According to the city administration, everyone over the age of eleven must now wear mouth-to-nose protection in the old town and on the city walls. In Orléans, central France, mouths and noses must also be covered in open-air markets from Friday. In addition, a mask requirement applies in the evening from 9 p.m. on the banks of the Loire. Numerous people had been bustling around there over the past few weeks.
In the city centers of the southern French cities of Bayonne and Biarritz, mouth-to-nose protection will also be mandatory from next week, according to the authorities. Biarritz will also close its beaches at night to prevent beach parties.
As in other European countries, the number of new infections in France is currently increasing rapidly. The number of new infections detected rose by 1377 within 24 hours on Thursday. The seven-day average is over 1,000 for the first time in the first half of May. France then relaxed the restrictions. Overall, the number of infections increases to 186,573, according to the health authorities. In addition, the intensive care units are filling again for the first time in 16 weeks; a total of 381 people had to be treated there. 30,254 people died after a corona infection, 16 more than the previous day.
Kristina Vorobeva, the circus performer who fell from the ridge of theater Carré at the beginning of January, can walk for another consecutive hour, she says in an interview on Saturday in Volkskrant Magazine. Doctors had previously told her she would never be able to walk again.
“Today I made a bit of progress: I walked sixty minutes on the treadmill, a new record,” said Vorobeva on June 18, the day the magazine last spoke to her. “In the mirror I saw how I walked, without special aids and without crutches. But my walk is far from perfect.”
The Uzbek acrobat, together with her husband Rustem Osmanov, forms the acrobat duo Sky Angels. Osmanov sustained a concussion.
Tooth broke off during trapeze act type
During the show at the World Christmas Circus, the duo hung on the trapeze in the Amsterdam theater. The man held a harness with his mouth during the act. When one of his teeth broke off, the pair fell more than 10 meters, where there was no safety net. Vorobeva suffered an alleged spinal cord injury and had double surgery on her neck and spine.
Vorobeva: “The first thing the doctors said was,” You will never walk again. ” Later that was adjusted: “It will take at least two years.” Then it was said, “Count on a year.” They have since stopped speculating, because the forecasts still need to be adjusted. “
The Sky Angels on archive image. (Photo: Getty Images)
‘I can move a little bit better every day’
After five weeks in a Dutch hospital, the artist moved to an Amsterdam rehabilitation center. She is now working on the recovery in her location in Berlin. “I can move a little better every day and a little more feeling returns.”
Although she can walk for an hour on the treadmill, her body is still far from functioning optimally, she says. “Before the accident, everything was normal: if I wanted to run, I ran, if I wanted to sit, I sat down. I could lie down, take a shower, I did everything without thinking. Now everything has changed. Every move costs power.”
She dreams of a comeback in the circus. “I want to try it too. We just don’t know if it will work.”
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines takes over HAL ships »news | tip – Travel Industry Professional
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines will add the two R-Class ships Amsterdam and Rotterdam to its sea fleet from autumn 2020.
As reported by tip-online.at, four ships will leave the Holland America Line fleet from August 2020. The two ships Amsterdam and Rotterdam were designed by Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines bought and will be traveling under the names Bolette and Borealis for the Norwegian cruise company. Fred’s GSA. Olsen in Austria is Caravelle sea travel.
“I am very happy to announce this message today. We chose these ships because they fit seamlessly into our existing fleet of small ships, each with fewer than 1,500 guests, and bring new and larger public areas without affecting our experience with small ships, ” said Fred Olsen Junior, Chairman of Fred. Olsen cruise lines.
The purchase of the two HAL ships is for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has been an important step in strengthening the brand and developing for cruises on the other side of the Covid 19 pandemic.
“This increase in capacity shows our confidence in the future. With these new additions to the fleet, we will emerge stronger from this current situation and be ready to deliver the award-winning itineraries for which we are famous ”, Olsen continued.
The two ships are to be added to the fleet this year. (red)
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The big antiracismedemonstraties in Amsterdam on the Dam square in amsterdam and in the early, abandoned the demonstration on the Erasmus bridge in Rotterdam does not seem to have resulted in a higher than average spread of the corona virus, report on regional public health service programs.
There was, however, for fear, as the two demonstrations, the attendees are almost 1.5 meters away to each other, and were able to keep up. In both cases, it turned out to be the emergence to do coronamaatregelen of the national Institute for public Health and the Environment (RIVM) in your life.
The number of infections in these regions, therefore, will be closely monitored. Since both of the demonstrations, two weeks before the end of the so-called incubation period of the feline corona virus. Then it can be complaints, so-called, and the contamination to the wearer.
A spokesman at the municipal health service of Amsterdam reported in the interview with the NU.nl that is the exact impact of the demonstration system. The number of administered tests in the last week will be announced.
In the first week of the demonstrations have been 4.634 people to be tested. The two of them, recognizing that they are participants in the protest at the Dam, but they were not a corona, too. 88 all of the other people gave positive results in return. The total number of new infections in the region was several dozen higher than the previous week.
In Rotterdam, a higher number of infections than in the previous weeks
The municipal health service in Rotterdam to see the thirteen days of the early stop of a demonstration to your email yet, no signs of a rapid spread of the corona virus, ” says a spokesperson in a meeting with the AD.
In Rotterdam, however, would be the total number of new infections at a higher elevation than in previous weeks. It is not clear what is the cause of this increase.
Correction: an earlier version of this piece was that two of the persons who were present at the protest on the Dam square in Amsterdam, the positive had been tested in the feline corona virus. However, this is not the case at all. They did, however, have a blood test, but the results were negative.
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A cry for help, Nabil B. describes his plea to the court on Monday afternoon. “I want to fulfill my responsibility, but it is making it difficult for me.”
Nabil B., crown witness in the Marengo trial of prime suspect Ridouan Taghi, can only be seen by judges and prosecutors. Lawyers, suspects, the press and the public have to do it with his voice.
A lot has changed since Nabil B. was first heard in court with a rolling “r” and a light Utrecht accent. He lost his brother Reduan due to his role as a crown witness; despite heavy security measures, his family lives in constant fear. And not unjustly, it turned out in September last year. Then his lawyer Derk Wiersum was shot, according to the police, probably on the orders of Ridouan Taghi.
Apart from the sadness and fear, Nabil B. has a problem because of all that violence. Who still wants to assist him as a lawyer? At the end of last year, several lawyers went to work for the crown witness, but they resigned in March. Since then he has been without a lawyer.
The death of “Derk” came as a huge blow, says Nabil. “I am being pulled from all sides,” he says. “There was no time to mourn. Some will say that he owes himself, and the choices he has made. It is true. I am partly responsible for a number of victims and I really want to apologize for that. ” He now knows what it is like to lose loved ones like that, he says.
Also read the profile: Nabil B. – from rushed student to major asset of the Public Prosecution Service
Nabil B. has found two new advisers who want to defend him in public. However, one of the two is not a lawyer, which is why the Public Prosecution Service has not accepted that proposal.
Dear case officers, Nabil says in the middle of his readings: “I don’t understand that you don’t want to approve this.” Whether he looks at the officers when he speaks cannot be seen.
“We have heard what Nabil B. said, but now is not the time to respond,” said one of the officers after the court gave her the floor. There is a silence before the court decides to withdraw briefly for deliberation.
Courtroom as a football field
The vicissitudes surrounding Nabil B. are reminiscent of that other crown witness: Peter la Serpe. He concluded a crown witness deal with the Public Prosecution Service in 2006 and, among other things, left the school about a series of murders in the Amsterdam underworld at the beginning of this century. Partly on the basis of those statements, the judicial authorities started an investigation, Passage, which ultimately also led to the lifelong conviction of Willem Holleeder in 2019.
An appeal has been lodged against that decision. Four other suspects also received life sentences, partly on the basis of La Serpe’s statements. These are final now that cassation requests have been rejected by the Supreme Court.
Despite that success, the Public Prosecution Service looks back with mixed feelings on the state of affairs around La Serpe. Not because there is resistance within the Public Prosecution Service against the phenomenon of crown witnesses, on the contrary. After the convictions in the Passage case, the message from the judiciary was that they want to use the instrument more often.
read Ridouan Taghi’s profile
The problem during Passage was that Peter la Serpe had his dissatisfaction with certain agreements or failure to comply with them in court. He threatened to withdraw, refused to answer questions, and eventually managed to get a better deal for himself.
It was not about the public part of the agreement: the penalty discount that was agreed with the crown witness in exchange for the statements that were also incriminating for himself. The discussion focused on the non-public part of the crown witness deal: the agreements on security and protection of La Serpe. That is a civil law agreement between the Dutch state and the crown witness of which even judges are not allowed to know the content.
That also explained part of the pandemonium: judges who have to deal with negotiations of which they do not know the details. The court president sometimes seemed like a football referee who did not know what the rules of the game were and where the goal posts were.
The impasse over legal assistance to Nabil B. threatens to turn the courtroom into an arena for negotiations in the Marengo case as well. This is bad for progress and does not fit the schedule that has been made. For the time being, the court has planned at least 40 trial days for the trial of this criminal case in December 2020 to March 2021, in which seventeen suspects are tried for at least six murders and a whole series of attempted murders and preparations. Given the size of the criminal file, this ambitious planning will not be achieved anyway if the problems surrounding Nabil B.’s legal assistance are not resolved quickly.
Nabil B. wants to “take responsibility,” he said. But only if he is assisted by the people he has chosen, it seems. The chairman bluntly said that it had to be “arranged” as far as he was concerned: “It is very undesirable that you do not have a lawyer.”
Only the court is not about it, according to the chairman. Nabil B. has now passed the ball to the Public Prosecution Service through the courtroom. After all, they are about it, and it is now up to them to act again.