Rare mushroom discovery in The Hague city park

Haasiella venustissima, photo by Ivan Lietavec

Translated from the Dutch Mycological Society:

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

As was not known until now, in the beginning of this year the extremely rare Haasiella venustissima fungus was discovered in a messy sand dune valley in the Westduinpark in The Hague. After initially they had disappeared in situ, they came back in early October in the same place and are still there. In the Netherlands Haasiella venustissima is known from only four locations.

Aruban Mitch Henriquez’s violent death by Dutch police

This video, recorded on Aruba, says about itself (translated):

Burial of Mitch Henriquez

9 July 2015

“All policemen involved in this, not just the five who jumped on top of Mitch, should be punished.” This said cousin Astrid Everon-Jacopucci just after the burial of Mitch Henriquez on Thursday.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Mitch Henriquez was ‘abused enormously’ by police

5 November 2015, 23:53

The Aruban Mitch Henriquez, who died in June by police brutality, had suffered during his arrest inter alia a fractured larynx. This says, according to the lawyer of Henriquez‘ relatives, the investigation report by the National Police, which has been sent to the public prosecution. Lawyer Gerald Roethof has seen the report and told about it in the Pauw TV show.

Henriquez was ‘abused enormously’ according to him. Apart from a fractured larynx as a result of a chokehold the Aruban had hematomas on his temple, his nose and his genitals. He also had two broken ribs, but that may also have been caused, according to the lawyer, by attempts to resuscitate him.

The five officers who are suspected by the prosecution may await trial in freedom. That may take a very long time according to Roethof. “The prosecutor chooses not to sue the officers and to cross-examine them in a public hearing with witnesses. No, the lawyers of the policemen can first submit their investigation preferences to an investigating judge, and only if they are implemented, then we will be able to continue. ”

Roethof says there are so many witnesses that this approach will take two or three years before the case can be dealt with. “I do not understand that the public prosecutor leaves the family in uncertainty for so long. This I have never seen in a case of violent death.”

Violence monopoly

If the violence would not have been by police, but by private security guards, then the suspects would have been arrested long ago, Roethof says. They would have had to wait for their trial in detention, he said. They would also have been prosecuted at least for manslaughter. Now the officers are suspected of assault causing death. That is a less serious crime.

The lawyer acknowledges that police are treated differently because police have the monopoly of force in society. “But a monopoly on violence also creates extra responsibilities. You should be cautious practicing it. I can see no way why it had to happen this way.”

See also here.

Seventeenth century letters read at last

The suitcase with seventeenth century letters

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Unopened mail from 17th century read at last

Today, 13:06

Scientists will at last read a collection of hundreds of never-opened letters from the seventeenth century and study them. The mail was in a trunk of a seventeenth-century postmaster from The Hague. This suitcase was last summer rediscovered in the archives of the The Hague Museum for Communication.

There were more than 2600 items of mail in it, including about 600 sealed letters. With modern scanning techniques such letters can be read without breaking the seals. The research is led by scientists from the Universities of Groningen and Leiden, and they get help from the universities of Oxford and Yale, among others.


By reading the letters, the researchers hope to learn more about everyday life in the seventeenth century. “The letters are from all walks of life,” said David van der Linden of the University of Groningen. “There’s mail by doctors and spies, but also by people who could barely write.”

The postmaster whose suitcase this was led postal transport between the southern Netherlands and France. According to Van der Linden the letters may tell much about the migration between the Netherlands and France in those years.

Pilot whales near Dutch coast, videos

This video shows a pod of 7 or 8 long-finned pilot whales, in the North Sea, near Scheveningen, in The Hague in the Netherlands, on 28 October 2015.

Here is another video about that pod.

And here yet another video.

Pro-refugee demonstration in Dutch The Hague

Pro-refugee demonstrators, The Hague, 1 November 2015

This photo shows pro-refugee demonstrators, in The Hague, the Netherlands, on 1 November 2015. The sign on the left says: Refugees welcome … and the sign on the right says … nazis not!

Anti-fascists had organised today’s demonstration. According to Dutch NOS TV, there were over a thousand participants.

Report: here.

Long-finned pilot whales near Dutch harbour

This video is called Long-finned Pilot Whale Species Identification.

Today, a pod of seven long-finned pilot whales swam near Scheveningen, the seaside part of the Hague in the Netherlands. See here.