Apr 26 '13 17:53

Certain categories of merchant ships can hire their own security in the future for areas where pirates are active.

Apr 26 '13 17:20

Friday’s evening traffic is double as heavy as normal. A representative of the Dutch roadside assistance ANWB said that around 17.10pm 340 kilometers of traffic was recorded. Normally this is 130 kilometers.

Apr 26 '13 16:48

The Dutch Jewish community (Nederlandse joodse gemeenschap) is irritated about the coinciding of the farewell party of Queen Beatrix and the most important Jewish celebration day Jom Kipoer on the 14th of September.

Apr 26 '13 15:33

Three hundred students were evacuated from a university in Leiden after a bomb alert on Friday.

Apr 26 '13 14:30

The court in Amsterdam sentenced child abuser Robert M. to 19 years in prison with compulsory treatment. This is a year longer than his original sentence of 18 years.

Apr 26 '13 08:49

On Thursday night, someone shot at one of the trains of the transportation company Arriva while it was on the route between Arnhem and Winterswijk near Wehl. This was reported by Omroep Gelderland. A window pane was damaged but nobody was injured.

A spokesman for Arriva said they suspected that someone had fired an air rifle.

The passengers were taken to Doetinchem station, from which they could travel using another train.

Arriva has reported the incident to the police.

Apr 26 '13 08:46

About 20,000 people want the House to debate on the salary of the future king, Willem-Alexander. They have signed a citizens initiative of the New Republican Society (NRG) circulated in recent weeks.

To get the issue on the agenda of the House, supporters must get 40,000 signatures, as reported by campaign leader Hans Maessen of the NRG on Thursday.

The society thinks that a net salary of 150,000 euro is enough for King Willem-Alexander. After the inauguration, the king will earn 850,000 euro per year tax free.

Apr 26 '13 08:43

Laura van Geest is the new director of the Central Planning Bureau (CPB), according to RTL Nieuws. She succeeds Coen Teulings, who had been the director of the CPB since 2006.

Van Geest is the current Director-General of the State Budget at the Ministry of Finance. She was previously active in various other positions at Finance.

Teulings received a royal honor during his farewell ceremony today. He was appointed Officer of the Order of Oranje Nassau.

Apr 26 '13 08:43

Tampering with the mileage counter of a car will be prohibited starting 2014. On Thursday the House voted on a bill of Minister Melanie Schultz (Infrastructure) about this.

Tampering with kilometer counters costs consumers 150 million euro annually. For insurance companies and the government, these costs are estimated to be even higher. Schultz hopes that the new law will deter further acts as offenders will be caught quicker and will be punished.

Apr 26 '13 08:31

The store chain HEMA had a net profit of 6.4 million euro in 2012, while in 2011 it had a net profit of 11.4 million. The turnover increased by 0.3 percent to 1.153 billion euro. This was reported on Wednesday.

HEMA has had to deal with a worsening economy, a decrease in consumer confidence and the VAT increase, which put pressure on the margins. In light of the circumstances, chairman Ronald van Zetten thinks HEMA has done well.

Apr 26 '13 08:29

At the shareholders meeting of Heineken on Thursday, there was some commotion about the move of the Supervisory Board to grant CEO Jean-François van Boxmeer two extraordinary bonuses, one for his contributions to the acquisition of beverage group APB. 20 percent of the represented shareholders voted against the proposals, but at the end of the meeting Van Boxmeer was 4 million richer.

Apr 26 '13 08:23

The animal authorities arrested two women from Rotterdam on Thursday on suspicion of neglecting 29 horses. This was announced by the police.

On April 11, the police and the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) investigated a site at the Ziedewijdsekade in Barendrecht (Zuid Holland) where the horses were kept. It was suspected that the animals were malnourished and poorly housed. A stall on the property had room only for five horses.

Apr 26 '13 08:18

The boy suspected to have posted a threat in the forum 4chan.org has recently visited the Dutch Embassy in Costa Rica.

A spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed a report from RTL Nieuws. The 18-year-old boy was found in a hotel in San Jose. He was broke and should have voluntarily gone to the embassy.  The suspect legally entered Costa Rica and thus could continue to stay there. According to RTL, the embassy would be willing to pay for his ticket back home. Costa Rica has no extradition treaty with the Netherlands.

Apr 25 '13 08:26

More than thirty Dutch companies do business with Israeli companies based in the occupied Palestinian areas. This was disclosed in a report, which was made public on Wednesday, and which was investigated by peace and help organizations Cordaid, ICCO and IKV Pax Christi.

Apr 25 '13 08:17

The IRS staff are angry with State Secretary Frans Weekers, who they think should have acted much earlier against the benefits fraud of Bulgarian criminals, according to a report by RTL Nieuws on Wednesday. RTL Nieuws was given the chance to have a look at the reactions of the staff on the internal internet network .

Last Sunday it was made public that eastern European gangs committed large-scale fraud with benefits and subsidies. They did so by making fellow countrymen become ghost citizens of a municipality. In that way they were able to earn a lot of money.

Apr 25 '13 08:11

On Wednesday evening DigiD was once more the victim of a cyber attack. This was announced by the Ministry of Internal Affairs. According to the Ministry there is no sign of theft. Personal data have not been stolen and remain safe. 

It is the second attack on DigiD in two days. Earlier on Tuesday evening there was a so-called DDos attack, an attack in which large quantities of data are sent to the server making the server unreachable.

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