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Het aantal koffiebars dat in Amsterdam opent, is bijna niet bij te houden. Zeker op gebied van specialty coffee is de stroom nieuwe pareltjes onophoudelijk. Sweet Cup, White Label, Quartier Putain, en nog veel meer.

Buitenland

En dat zijn dan binnenlandse ondernemers. Daarnaast hebben ook steeds meer coffee entrepeneurs uit het buitenland Amsterdam ontdekt als interessante vestigingsstad.

Kijk naar specialty coffeebars als Lot Sixty One, gerund door Australiër Adam Craig die groot is geworden in de New Yorkse koffiewereld. Of neem Nicolas Castagno, die de Scandinavische scene naar Amsterdam haalt met Scandinavian Embassy.

Ook Rob Berghmans van het Belgische Caffènation zegt een koffiebar in Amsterdam te willen openen. Hiermee wordt Amsterdam als internationale koffiestad volwassen. Al zal het nog even duren voor Londen, Berlijn, Portland, Kopenhagen of andere koffie-El Dorado’s worden geëvenaard.

Koffie Top 100

Op 8 september maakt Misset Horeca weer de jaarlijkse Koffie Top 100 bekend, met de beste koffieserverende bedrijven van Nederland.

Article source: http://www.missethoreca.nl/Cafe/Nieuws/2014/8/Amsterdam-wordt-hot-als-koffiestad-1577354W/


Regels. Daar hebben we er in Nederland een heleboel van. Ook elke gemeente heeft zijn eigen geboden en verboden. Die staan in de APV: De Algemene Plaatselijke Verordening. Zo staat daar bijvoorbeeld in dat je je auto niet in een bloemperk mag parkeren.
Gemeentes kunnen er voor kiezen om er ook bijzondere en plaatsgebonden regels in op te nemen. Verslaggever Susanne Uilenbroek neemt de meest opmerkelijke regels uit de Flevolandse APV’s onder de loep.

Vliegeren
Het staat er echt: Artikel 2:65a Vliegeren. In Zeewolde kan het gemeentebestuur plekken aanwijzen waar je niet mag vliegeren met twee of meer touwtjes. Een regel die een heleboel vragen oproept. Want mag je dan wel overal vliegeren met één touwtje? En waarom is deze regel in de APV opgenomen? In geen andere Flevolandse gemeente staat die erin.

Jaren ’90
Een telefoontje met Mike Verwater van Take Off Outdoor Events biedt duidelijkheid. Verwater heeft een bedrijf dat megavliegers maakt als teambuildingsactiviteit. Ook op het Woldstrand is hij geregeld te vinden. Volgens hem stamt de regel uit de jaren ’90 toen power kiten populair was. Er werd toen overal in Nederland gevliegerd met grote vliegers die veel lawaai maakten. Soms veroorzaakte dat overlast en daarom nam een aantal gemeenten in hun APV regels voor het vliegeren op.

Eén touwtje
Zelf bouwt Verwater daarom vliegers met maar één touwtje. Die zijn altijd toegestaan, ook als de vliegers heel groot zijn. En vliegeren met één touwtje gaat volgens hem prima. “Als het strand echt vol ligt, vragen we de mensen even een kwartiertje aan de kant te gaan om de vliegers op te laten. De meeste mensen vinden die grote vliegers prachtig en doen dat graag.”

Article source: http://www.omroepflevoland.nl/Nieuws/115350/zeewolde-verboden-te-vliegeren-met-twee-of-meer-touwtjes


AMSTERDAM, September 14, 2014 — After teenager Michael Brown died on August 9, Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis, saw the mourning quickly turn into an eruption of anger. Only two weeks later the city calmed down again. What caused this eruption of violence from protesters and police force?

Michael Brown and a friend were stopped by the police for jaywalking. Though he was unarmed, Brown ended up being shot six times, twice in the head. Police provided only limited information but claimed self-defense. They refused to name the shooter, relenting only after days of protest. Eleven days after the shooting, the county prosecutor presented evidence to a grand jury. It will take months to decide whether Officer Darren Wilson will be charged or not.

From the beginning, protesters were confronted by a military style police force. The first night brought an escalation and saw the use of rubber bullets and tear gas. It was two weeks before confrontations between protesters and police ended.

What made that situation so toxic and led to that quick and long escalation? There are some obvious answers: local tensions, outside interference, people using the protests to push their own agenda. Some other potential answers, such as the role of race and racial discrimination, are being investigated now by the federal authorities.

It is good that there is now an investigation into the culture of the local police force and how racial issues have contributed to the escalation. But limiting it to this aspect falls short. The investigation should take a broader look at the culture and attitudes of America’s police forces.

One thing worth looking into is the militarization of the police. As several researchers have found, how you dress influences your behavior. As Radley Balko observes in his book, Rise of the Warrior Cop, dressing for battle can easily turn into a self-fulfilling prophecy: you’ve dressed for battle, so battle it will be.

Over the last generation, the warrior cop has replaced the neighborhood cop. The militarization of the police has gone hand-in-hand with a focus on dramatic problems in society, like drug gang wars and shootings at schools. Because the focus has been on handling extreme situations, the character of police forces changed. But arriving on the scene straight away, armed to the teeth usually does not work if de-escalation is the goal.

In Ferguson, the police responded to the protests using military-grade riot gear and armored trucks right from the start, before there had been even any signs of violence. Aggressive police dogs were used from day one for crowd control, and an LRAD sound cannon was used to disperse the crowd. A them-versus-us tone was set from the beginning.

This quote from Chris Burbank, police chief in Salt Lake City, taken from an interview by Radley Balko, summarizes the issue at hand: “Some say not using it [military grade gear] exposes my officers to a little bit more risk. That could be, but risk is part of the job. I’m just convinced that when we don riot gear, it says ‘throw rocks and bottles at us.’ It invites confrontation. Two-way communication and cooperation are what’s important.” There is always time to escalate, but to de-escalate after an escalation is hard.

Another aspect is communication and sharing information with the public. After the Brown shooting, almost no information was provided on what happened. That didn’t help to create trust and it left room for speculation. Over time, bits and pieces of information leaked, some contradictory, and that only made it worse.

How proactively informing the public can de-escalate a situation could also be seen in Ferguson, when on day 10 of the protests, another person was shot by police. This time the police came forward within a few hours with all facts. Even in the overheated situation in Ferguson, this death did not provoke any new escalation.

A lack of accountability contributed to the initial escalation. If there is a feeling that the police are not held accountable for their actions, there is no trust in the police. Being accountable means that every death by police bullets has to be investigated and that the police have to be open about the process and the results.

In Ferguson, the police targeted journalists and tried to limit coverage of the events by news. They banned low-flying aircraft and news helicopters, took journalists briefly into custody, and even shot tear gas into a group of foreign journalists. All those measures did not make the police seem open or accountable. Those measures did not build, but rather destroyed trust into the police.

It’s time for a deeper discussion. This event should not be treated as a single event, but as a symptom of something bigger that requires structural solutions. The issue of race is important, but it isn’t the whole story. The bigger theme is escalation. This was not a local problem, but one of a chain of similar escalations, not all of them interracial.

Militarizing the police changed the character of the police, and the nature of law enforcement. It is more aggressive and acts more like an army. But the police need trust to function. Trust is not build by weapons, trust is built by being open and transparent, being accountable and by engaging with the public in a sensitive and respectful manner. The local force needs a relationship with the community they protect – and that means also that its structure has to be representative for the area.

Excessive use of force is not only against the Constitution, it’s also ineffective. A simple number shows the difference between police culture based on trust and a police culture based on armory: Where there is 1 death by police per 1 million inhabitants in the U.S. per year, 1 per 14 million in Germany, and only 1 per 27 million in the U.K.

De-escalation works and saves lives. It is time for a change in the culture of the U.S. police force.

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Article source: http://www.commdiginews.com/politics-2/ferguson-and-the-militarization-of-the-u-s-police-force-25870/


Own the Spot is een skateparktour in wedstrijdvorm door de zes Flevolandse gemeenten. In totaal hadden ruim 150 deelnemers meegedaan aan de events in Lelystad, Zeewolde, Urk, Emmeloord en Swifterbant. De grote finale in Almere trok een recordaantal deelnemers, waardoor de prijsuitreiking een uurtje later was dan gepland.

De skateboarders, inline skaters, bmx-ers en ministeppers haalden alles uit de kast om hun beste tricks te laten zien. Daarmee konden niet alleen punten, maar ook geldprijzen worden verdiend. Spectaculaire sprongen, draaien en zelfs salto’s kwamen voorbij en werden met luid applaus beloond.

De beste tien deelnemers van Flevoland, waarbij alle disciplines en leeftijdscategorieën op één grote hoop waren gegooid, werden beloond met een goodiebag. Voor de nummers één, twee en drie waren er daarnaast geldprijzen te winnen. De 27-jarige skateboarder Jursley Jansen uit Kampen werd uiteindelijk de winnaar van Flevoland. ,,Ik skate al heel wat jaartjes. Dit is het tweede jaar dat ik heb meegedaan aan Own the Spot. Vorig jaar werd ik derde en nu eerste. Er zit dus progressie in”, vertelt de winnaar, met een brede lach op zijn gezicht. Hij deed dit jaar mee aan alle zes de events en eindigde daarbij ook steeds in de top. Jursley mocht een cheque van 400 euro in ontvangst nemen. De nummers twee en drie, Quincy en Jelle, kregen een cheque van 300 en 200 euro.

Own the Spot wordt georganiseerd door Sportservice Flevoland in samenwerking met lokale welzijns- en jongerenorganisaties. De finale in Almere was georganiseerd in samenwerking met De Schoor.

Article source: http://www.dichtbij.nl/almere/regio/artikel/3694675/recordaantal-deelnemers-bij-finale-own-the-spot.aspx


A macabre murder trial opens this week on the second floor of the white marble courthouse in Placerville. On its face, it involves a pair of scissors, a wrenching struggle and a mother of three young children getting stabbed to death.

But the prosecution alleges the February 2012 killing of Rachel Winkler, 37, in her Cameron Park home is about more than a single, homicidal act by her husband, Todd Winkler, a pharmaceutical company executive and former Air Force fighter pilot.

In court papers, El Dorado County Deputy District Attorney Lisette Suder contends the case is also about the death of Todd Winkler’s previous wife, Catherine Lynn Winkler.

She says it’s about what happened in a car crash off Forest Service Road 244 in White County, Ga., on Sept. 26, 1999. And about the nearly $1.2 million in insurance settlements Todd Winkler got after the pickup truck Catherine was driving tumbled down a hillside.

Authorities in Georgia said Todd was ejected as the truck flipped and rolled. Catherine was trapped under the wreckage and died of burns and smoke inhalation in an ensuing fire.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation cleared Todd Winkler in the 1999 case. But prosecutors in El Dorado County intend to use that crash – and its mystery – to help convict him of murder with a deadly weapon for fatally plunging a pair of scissors into Rachel Winkler’s neck 13 years later.

Todd and Rachel Winkler and their children lived in an upscale pilots’ community in Cameron Park, near the runway of the Cameron Airpark, where Rachel worked as general manager. Their marriage was falling apart.

Prosecutors said Todd Winkler, now 47, knew Rachel had a boyfriend – and began threatening that she, too, might die in a fiery car crash, leaving him to collect another insurance settlement.

Suder argues that Rachel was terrified of her husband, for reasons beyond the hulking physical stature of a man weighing 260 pounds with thick, muscled arms and a barrel chest. She had discovered that he still kept the stored ashes of his former wife, the prosecutor said, and feared he had a dangerous obsession with that fiery crash in Georgia.

“Rachel Winkler knew that Cathy had died in a car crash,” Suder wrote in pretrial documents that persuaded a judge to allow admission of evidence from the Georgia event. “Rachel found Cathy’s ashes and was told by defendant Winkler that she would turn out the same way if she didn’t listen to him.

“Defendant Winkler was planning another staged accident to get insurance money and told Rachel about his plan.”

Defense lawyer David Weiner calls the prosecution theory “a fabrication.” He offers his own complex theory to explain the fateful confrontation: Todd Winkler suffered from a psychiatric condition, dissociative identity disorder, in which victims of trauma lose their sense of identity, memory and consciousness.

Rachel Winkler, a fit woman weighing barely 100 pounds, an art lover and the daughter of an acclaimed impressionist painter, came after her husband with a pair of scissors during an argument over their pending divorce, the defense says.

Weiner says his client entered an altered physical and psychological state during the confrontation and that he killed his wife in self-defense.

An intentional killing

Don Hatfield, Rachel Winkler’s father, doesn’t really want to hear any of this. The Napa resident has endured an arduous wait for the trial, which is expected to begin Wednesday with opening statements. Hatfield also fought a long, and ultimately successful, battle to win custody of his three grandchildren, Eva, now 7, Ariel, 5 and Alex, 3.

“My thinking is that this whole thing has been surreal,” said Hatfield, who has found solace through his painting and faith while raising his daughter’s children. “I mean the wait is like waiting for the second coming of Christ. We think it’s out in some future place. But we’re not really sure what form it will take.”

Hatfield, who is scheduled to testify in the case, doesn’t want to broadcast his thoughts about how his daughter died before the trial. Nor is he interested in parsing the conflicting theories of the prosecution and defense.

But he wants the world to know about Rachel. He describes her as a brilliant woman who graduated at the top of her class in accounting at Sonoma State University and who loved outdoor adventures, from rafting to bungee jumping, as well as painting fairies and unicorns for her children to cherish.

“The loss of my daughter is just an ongoing sadness,” Hatfield said. “There was a time I couldn’t say her name three times without weeping. Now it takes five times. The sense of her absence is palatable. I have these three children who are exceptional reminders of her beauty, of her character, personality and presence.

“They are two little girls and a boy. They are articulate. And they talk about Mommy almost as if she is present.”

The defense doesn’t deny that Todd Winkler killed Rachel. And in an extraordinary concession, Weiner said his client did so intentionally.

In court documents, Weiner said the couple were arguing over details of the divorce before Todd “pushed the scissors into Rachel’s neck as she pleaded with him to work this out.”

“He clearly intended to kill her,” Weiner wrote, “and did so in the belief that she would kill him if he didn’t.”

The defense maintains Rachel came at her husband with scissors and that the killing occurred only after a protracted struggle. Weiner points to police photographs showing small gashes on Todd’s hands, nick marks beneath his eyes, defensive slashes on his palms and a cut on his leg.

And he offers another element: his client’s psychiatric state.

He said Todd Winkler, a graduate of the Air Force Academy who flew F-16 fighter jets and went on to work as an executive for the Abbott pharmaceuticals company, was twice hospitalized for mental illness while serving in the Air Force in Japan and while working for Abbott in Amsterdam.

Weiner said his client had multiple psychiatric evaluations for dissociative identity disorder, which he says results in both an altered consciousness and loss of physical function.

Offering a graphic interpretation of the fatal struggle with Rachel, Weiner said her husband lost the use of his right hand amid the stress of the encounter as he tried to wrest away the scissors. He claims Todd tried to restrain his wife by biting her left wrist while grabbing for the scissors with his left hand.

Todd Winkler feared for his life, Weiner said, adding that the case is about “self-defense” or, at worst, “involuntary manslaughter.”

The husband told an El Dorado County detective, Paul Hadjes, that he sensed what he was about to do as his wife pleaded to live.

“She was saying, ‘We’ll resolve this, we’ll resolve this.’ Yeah. We’ll resolve this,” Winkler said in an interview with the detective included in court documents. “And I felt like if I give her a chance, she’ll be right back at me, and I was exhausted. Um, you know, she was, uh, begging, begging for, uh, her life.”

‘Innocent explanations’

In court papers, Suder argued that the deaths of two wives in horrific incidents 13 years apart cannot be ignored.

According to reports from the Georgia State Patrol and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Todd and then-wife Catherine Winkler had been camping in the Chattahoochee National Forest when Todd informed his wife that he was suffering a severe allergic reaction to an insect bite.

He told authorities that Catherine raced out at night on mountain roads to get him to a hospital as he hunched in the passenger seat of their pickup.

“It was extremely dark and Cathy was frantic due to my condition,” Winkler said in an interview with authorities six weeks after the accident. “Also, she may have hit a big rock in the road, which may have caused the truck to go off the road. No one knows for sure.”

A post-accident summary by a Georgia insurance claims specialist said a special agent from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation noted in an interview with insurers “that there were some unusual and strange events regarding the circumstances and details” of Catherine Winkler’s death.

But Georgia authorities concluded there was no evidence of foul play, a deliberately caused accident or incendiary device used to set a fire, or of “signs of any marital discord.”

They said Todd Winkler, thrown from the pickup, suffered a swollen knee and other minor injuries. Catherine Winkler died when the crash caused a blaze that burned 3 acres before county and federal crews put it out.

Todd Winkler never went to a hospital for his reported insect bite.

His condition then – and 13 years later – was noted by Suder in her pretrial motion to introduce the Georgia incident.

“Both killings were perpetrated against Winkler’s wives,” the prosecutor wrote. “Defendant Winkler offered innocent explanations for each killing. … Winkler walked from both incidents virtually unscathed.”

“The Catherine Winkler accidental automobile death proves no similarity except that his wife died,” Weiner responded in his argument against introducing the Georgia case.

El Dorado Superior Court Judge Kenneth J. Melikian ruled that jurors could learn about both deaths in the upcoming trial.


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Article source: http://www.sacbee.com/2014/09/14/6704543/murder-case-plays-on-death-of.html


Demonstranten in Parijs vragen aandacht voor de situatie van Jezidiapos;s en christenen in het noorden van Irak

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Servaas van der Laan

14 aug 2014


De situatie rond de Jezidi’s in het Sinjar-gebergte in Noord-Irak is een stuk gunstiger dan voorheen gedacht. Er komt om die reden waarschijnlijk geen evacuatiemissie.



Dat meldt het Amerikaanse ministerie van Defensie donderdag.

Positief

Een team van de Amerikaanse ‘special forces’ is enkele dagen geleden gedropt in het Sinjar-gebergte. De militairen hebben de balans opgemaakt en zijn tot de conclusie gekomen dat de situatie niet zo erg meer is als voorheen werd gemeld.

‘De Jezidi’s die zijn overgebleven zijn in betere staat dan voorheen werd gedacht’, schrijft het Pentagon in een verklaring. ‘Ze blijven toegang houden tot het voedsel en water dat wij hebben gedropt’. Er is daarom ‘veel minder kans’ op een evacuatiemissie voor de Jezidi’s die zijn gevlucht uit angst voor de terroristen van IS (voorheen ISIS).

Volgens Elsevier

Robbert de Witt: Gelukkig voor de Koerden en Irakezen breekt Obama zijn belofte

Bombardementen

Volgens Amerika hebben de bombardementen van de afgelopen dagen ervoor gezorgd dat veel Jezidi’s hebben kunnen vluchten. De voedselpakketten hebben ervoor gezorgd dat veel Jezidi’s op kracht hebben kunnen komen om zo in staat te zijn een lange reis te maken.

De Amerikanen zullen de komende dagen overigens gewoon doorgaan met het bestoken van IS-doelen rond de Koerdische stad Erbil. Er zijn veel westerse oliebelangen in de stad en Amerika wil die beschermen tegen de terreur van IS.

Humanitaire hulp

Door het geweld van de terreurorganisatie zijn er in Irak vele duizenden op de vlucht geslagen. Veel Europese landen sturen daarom hulpgoederen naar het land.

Ook Nederland zal tientallen parachutes, water, voedsel en honderden dekens sturen. In totaal heeft het kabinet een miljoen euro vrijgemaakt voor de levering van hulpgoederen.

Article source: http://www.elsevier.nl/Buitenland/nieuws/2014/8/Pentagon-situatie-Jezidis-in-Noord-Irak-is-beter-dan-gevreesd-1576465W/


By PETER LEONARD and MIKE CORDER
Associated Press

HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) – A child’s jump rope, its yellow handles blistered and charred. A burned book in Tagalog. Chunks of twisted fuselage. More than seven weeks after being shot from the sky, the wreckage from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 still lay strewn Tuesday across the fields of eastern Ukraine.

As evidence of the July 17 aviation disaster that killed all 298 people on board remained exposed to the elements, investigators hundreds of miles away in the Netherlands – who have not yet visited the crash site because it is deemed too dangerous – released a preliminary report that left key questions unanswered.

The plane had no mechanical or other technical problem in the seconds before it broke up in the sky after being struck by multiple “high-energy objects from outside the aircraft,” the report said.

There were multiple punctures in the cockpit and front section of the fuselage, it said – damage that could be caused by a missile that detonates in front of its target and peppers it with small chunks of metal. However, investigators did not identify the source of the fragments or say who fired them.

Although the report drew no conclusions about responsibility, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said the findings were consistent with “our original assessment, that it was likely shot down by one of these surface-to-air missiles fired from separatist-controlled territory in eastern Ukraine.”

“I’m unaware of other objects or ways that it could be brought down that are consistent with that finding,” Harf said of the report. “It highlights questions for which Russia must still answer.”

The slow pace of the inquiry, its cautious preliminary conclusion and the fact that wreckage and human remains are still lying in Ukraine frustrated and angered victims’ families.

“Well, I don’t know what to say about this,” said Samira Calehr, a Dutch mother who lost two sons, 11-year-old Miguel and 19-year-old Shaka, in the crash.

She said that she wants the people responsible for downing the plane brought to justice “as soon as possible,” pausing for emphasis on every word. “I want to know who killed my children.”

Zenaida Ecal, a 53-year-old resident of Pagbilao in the northeastern Philippines who lost her best friend, Irene Gunawan, expressed frustration that the report discloses only what many already knew – that the Malaysian plane came under fire – but fails to identify the perpetrators.

“We just want all of the victims to be found, identified and given a proper burial. We want the perpetrators to be identified and punished. As long as these don’t happen, all the families and friends of the victims will continue to suffer,” Ecal said. “It’s taking so long.”

A separate Dutch-led criminal investigation is underway aimed at bringing the perpetrators to justice.

Tjibbe Joustra, chairman of the Dutch Safety Board that is leading the international investigation, acknowledged the preliminary report – mandated by international aviation guidelines – did not shed much new light on the downing of the Boeing 777.

“Perhaps you could say we are a little bit behind, but we are not behind with the truth. We try to make a report that’s for the next of kin – very important – but also for history,” he said.

“I understand a lot of people say, ‘Why don’t they work a little quicker?’ But this will take its time,” he added.

Governments whose citizens died on Flight 17 were left in little doubt about what happened.

“The findings are consistent with the government’s statement that MH17 was shot down by a large surface-to-air missile,” Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said in a statement.

Christopher Yates, an aviation safety specialist at Yates Consulting, told The Associated Press the report “is extremely consistent with damage from a missile for the simple reason there are penetration marks.

“It must have been moving at very high velocity to create the damage,” he said. “It could only be a missile of the type that would reach the altitude that would have struck the aircraft – potentially a BUK missile.”

The Dutch report came a day after the BBC’s “Panorama” show cited residents who said they saw a BUK M-1 missile being offloaded in a town in eastern Ukraine, near the place seen in photos released by the Ukrainian army that showed a BUK launcher heading east. They said that the crew handling it had Russian accents.

The report added to a growing body of evidence that pro-Russian rebels were involved.

Just three hours before the plane was shot down above rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine, the AP reported on the passage of a BUK M-1 missile system – a machine the size of a tank bearing four ground-to-air missiles – through the rebel-held town of Snizhne near the crash site.

A highly placed rebel officer told the AP in an interview after the disaster that the plane was shot down by a mixed team of rebels and Russian military personnel who believed they were targeting a Ukrainian military plane. Intercepted phone conversations between the rebels released by the Ukrainian government support that version of events.

In those tapes, the first rebels to reach the scene can be heard swearing when they see the number of bodies and the insignia of Malaysia Airlines.

Nearly two months later, those insignia and other poignant reminders of the 298 lost lives are still scattered around the crash site.

Samira Calehr said she was disappointed with the pace of progress.

“I think that if this had happened to citizens of the United States, they would make a faster move than here,” she said. “Because I think – I’m so sorry for saying it like this – I think the Dutch government, they are safe players. They don’t want to have an issue.”

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said the head of a mission to bring back human remains and belongings would travel to Ukraine on Wednesday. But the region is still deemed to unsafe for the Dutch Safety Board staff.

Shelling continued overnight in eastern Ukraine despite a cease-fire, injuring one woman, the city council of Donetsk said.

The council for the rebel-held stronghold said a school and several residential buildings were hit by shelling, imperiling the already shaky cease-fire between pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian forces.

Col. Andriy Lysenko, spokesman for the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council, told journalists Tuesday that five servicemen had been killed and 33 wounded since the cease-fire was declared on Friday.

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Corder reported from The Hague, Netherlands. Associated Press writers Matthew Lee in Washington, Toby Sterling in Almere, Netherlands, and Jim Gomez in Manila contributed to this report.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Article source: http://www.13abc.com/story/26482303/wreckage-scattered-in-ukraine-as-inquiry-released


Nergens zijn er zoveel constructies waarbij bewoners verantwoordelijk zijn voor de openbare ruimte als in Almere, zo blijkt uit een reportage in de Volkskrant. Het zijn er zo’n vijftig. De bewoners in deze wijken tekenden bij aankoop van hun woning voor deze zogenaamde mandeligheid. Ze werden daarmee samen met de andere buren, verplicht om de openbare ruimte te onderhouden, schoon te maken en op te knappen als dat nodig is.

Burencontact
In veel nieuwbouwwijken kiezen gemeenten ervoor om de openbare ruimte in mandeligheid uit te geven, stelt de Stichting Platform Mandeligheid. Om het burencontact te verbeteren, maar ook om de kosten van onderhoud te verleggen naar de bewoners. De gemeente Almere spreekt in de Volkskrant van een kans om de omgeving samen met de buren naar eigen inzicht mooier te maken.

Hoewel het idee van eigen verantwoordelijkheid past bij de terugtrekkende overheid, komt de mandeligheid  op zijn zachtst gezegd niet goed uit de verf. Bewoners vinden het prima om gezamenlijk te tuinieren, maar wanneer er bijvoorbeeld problemen met de riolering zijn, kunnen de bedragen flink oplopen. Ook zijn er soms buren die de gezamelijke contributie niet kunnen of willen betalen. De buurtbewoners moeten elkaar daarop aanspreken en dat zorgt voor veel spanning in de wijk.

Teruggeven
In de gemeente Almere zijn er zeker zeker vijf buurten een procedure begonnen om de verantwoordelijkheid voor de openbare ruimte weer terug te geven, zo telt de krant. Sinds 2012 mogen buurten die problemen hebben met deze verantwoordelijkheid dat ook doen. Al kan dat soms ook jaren duren.

Betalen voor onderhoud van een groenstrook of vijver waar je niet op uitkijkt, zorgt voor onvrede. Maar er zijn ook situaties waarin mandeligheid wel werkt: als het gaat om een afgesloten binnenterrein. Want daar hebben alle betrokken bewoners profijt van, zo stelt de woordvoerder van de Stichting Platform Mandeligheid.

Article source: http://www.gemeente.nu/Ruimte-Milieu/Nieuws/2014/8/Gezamenlijke-buurttuin-zorgt-voor-strijd-1574954W/


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