A campaign of the XminY solidarity fund to find 600 new supporters has reached its goal. As a result, the fund’s future seems secure for the coming years. Projects funded by XminY include a contribution to a 1 May celebration in Portugal, to ATTAC Morocco and to a Dutch media initiative that reports from protests using ‘a mobile audio platform consisting of a shopping trolley, an FM transmission and a mobile broadband connection’.
[By Wim Pijbes] – The Rijksmuseum Passage has not been used for almost ten years. As a result, many people have trouble visualizing the new situation. The Rijksmuseum frequently receives questions from Amsterdammers who were familiar with the old passage and cannot yet form an idea of the future Passage. The Zuid District Administration has approved the decision to reserve the Passage for pedestrians (and street musicians) and to direct cyclists around the building. This choice is supported by various institutions and persons, including the ANWB. Five reasons explain why:
1. New entrances
The Nieuw-West district has published the accounts of the council’s expenses over 2011. No shocking amounts, but it’s interesting to see how parties spend their budgets. The item ‘meetings’ (bijeenkomsten) includes coaching for a party meeting (CDA), teambuilding (GroenLinks) and a weekend away with the party’s council members (PvdA). D66 spends a large share of its budget on an assistant, the VVD relatively much on meals and drinks. Almost all parties spend a significant amount on flowers, wreaths and ribbons for the remembrance of the war victims on 4 May.
According to an analysis by cyclists’ organisation Fietsersbond, there are errors in a report used by the Zuid district to underpin a decision to close the Rijksmuseum passage for cyclists. According to the study, a bicycle ban will cause a slight improvement in traffic safety, but the Fietsersbond finds that the risk of accidents will rise.
An electronic cargo ship of Mokum Mariteam transports containers through the canals, replacing ‘four compact lorries’. An important customer is the RAI. The idea is not new; DHL has been transporting freight through the canals for years (Bright / 24oranges)