Archive for February, 2007

Insurance Drama

Since the implementation of the new health insurance system in Jan of 2006 there are more people who cannot make their monthly payments.

According to the figures 300,000 people have not made payment for six months and a third have never made payments for basic insurance.

Not only are the insurance companies short on these payments but also missing the moneys for the health services that are being given to those not paying. Those paying their premiums are in fact paying for those that are not.

A spokesman for Achmea estimates that some 20,000 to 30,000 clients are unable to get money together to pay for basic health insurance premiums. He also said 70,000 clients have had extended coverage cancelled due to non payment.

The agreement the government made with insurance companies was that they would not terminate peoples basic insurance till July 1st of 2007. (nu)

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For an idea of prices of health insurance check out this post about our situation.

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Bad Service TNT

TNT

On Jan 8th I sent my aunt in Apeldoorn a card with some pictures that I made while I was in Canada. I never heard from her saying she recieved them but figured they arrived safe and sound. I actually thought it was kind of funny as she usually phones me to thank me when I have done this in the past.

Around Feb 19th I sent the same aunt a three page letter telling her what is going on with my life. She called me on Feb 23rd telling me she recieved my letter and two day before it came she got the card I sent her on Jan 8th. When she opened it she thougth I had ‘lost my marbles’ as I wished her an early happy birthday in the card. Her birthday was on Jan 16th. She then checked the date on the envelope and realized what had happened.

The same week of Jan 8th I sent my mom who lives in Canada a book. The girl at the post office sent it priority, which I never do because it costs way more money than standard. Once she had the sticker on I figured what the heck. Only problem is the book never made it over the ocean to my mom. There was not much we could do and no way it could be traced so we just waited assuming it would make it there some time. Well it did…yesterday. I got a call from my dad and it did finally make it. Feb 27th..so about 7 weeks…

I know the postal system has changed from PTT to TNT and I am sure it has something to do with that. I think it has been privatized. What a mess!! Our postal service used to be just excellent and it looks, just like everything else in this country such as health care, home care, public transportation and disability — this too has seen its better days.

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Fox Fur Scandal

Maria van der Hoeven

Our Minister, Maria van der Hoeven made a big mistake in judgment when she wore a suit with a fox fur collar on the day the House of Representatives were sworn in by our Queen.

The fox fur was an extra touchy subject because in 1995 it was decided that fox fur breading is being banned due to the horrendous conditions for the foxes. The ban will take place in 2008.

Van der Hoeven received over 7000 protest mails.

In response to the letter from the Party for the Animals, van der Hoeven made her excuses for wearing the fox fur collar.

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I really could not believe this to be true and was sure it was a ‘fake’. I should have know better. 😉

Stella McCartney narrated an anti fur film where it is clear how the making of fox fur works. The film can be watched HERE. I cannot bring it upon myself to watch the film as I will lay awake at night from distress.

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Winter of 2006

Feb

This winter (in Holland) has been the mildest ever according to KNMI. Since the time we started measuring in 1706 it has not been this warm.

The meteorological winter ends today. The average temperature was 6,5 degrees and the normal temperature is 3,3. One day there was some ‘serious’ snow and 15 days it froze. Normally it freezes an average of 38 days.

The whole of 2006 was booked as an extreme warm year and it was the warmest year in three centuries. (Rtl)

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Wearing Hijab in Sports

 Soccer

Muslim girl ejected from tournament for wearing hijab
Last Updated: Sunday, February 25, 2007 | 10:12 PM ET
CBC News

Five young teams from across Canada walked out of a Quebec soccer tournament Sunday because a young Muslim girl was ejected for wearing a hijab.

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Children and Dogs

Bowie

Supervise children playing with dogs, doctors advise
Last Updated: Friday, February 23, 2007 | 12:05 PM ET
CBC News

Children should not be left alone to play with man’s best friend and should be taught how to approach the animals, British doctors say.

Last year, 4,133 people in Britain were admitted to hospital for dog bites — almost double the number treated in 1996. More than one-fifth of the victims were children under nine.

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Balkenende IV

Balkenende-IV

Well we finally made it to a new coalition. Queen Beatrix swore in the new crew today at palace ‘Huis ten Bosch’. It took 91 days from the November 22 elections to get to this point.

Though I like a few of the things they have come up with in the formation, there is a lot left to be desired. Let’s see how they do and how long they last.
Source: Rtl

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