Jul 5 '13 04:38

The House of Representatives started the summer break with a big list of debates that have not taken place. It is about 47 debates, of which five are waiting for more than a year.

House chairman Anouchka van Miltenburg reported this on Thursday, during her last speech before the start of the recess. The list consists of twenty so called thirty members debates and  27 debates that were requested by a majority of the House

Jul 5 '13 04:35

Dozens of pupils have discussed the violent death of their 17-year-old fellow schoolmate  from Roden on Thursday at the Lyceum ‘The Linden Borg’ in Leek. The unfortunate girl was stabbed by her ex-boyfriend of 19 years on Tuesday in her parents' home. She died later in the  hospital.

The young man could not bear the fact that she had ended their relationship a few days earlier, he told the police. He was shortly after his act found at the sports park of Roden and arrested.

Jul 4 '13 08:22

An adequate (7 or more hours) sleep at night is good for the heart, according to researchers in the Netherlands.

Jul 4 '13 08:14

Madame Tussauds has launched its newest addition to its celebrity lineup: Adele.

Jul 4 '13 08:01

On June 27, a restaurant named “Eenmaal’ was launched in Amsterdam which exclusively caters to solo diners.

Jul 4 '13 07:56

The Dutch government has requested the assistance of investors. According to De Volkskrant, the government has asked pension funds, insurers, and banks in assisting the stagnant economy to start again.

Jul 4 '13 07:44

The Netherlands, the Dutch University of Groningen, and Thai scientist Sitisaiyidah Saiwari of the University of Twente are collaborating and working on an original way of recycling useless tires, Recycling International reported

Jul 4 '13 07:36

The Netherlands ranked no. 4 in the Global Innovation Index 2013 (GII).

Jul 4 '13 07:29

Netherlands won against Northern Ireland in a friendly match in Velsen (3-0). The Dutch team are getting ready for UEFA Women's EURO 2013 in Sweden.

Jul 4 '13 07:13

Based on a report by CBS - Statistics Netherlands, locals spent €16 billion on holidays last year.

Jul 4 '13 03:45

Mark Cavendish of Omega Pharma-Quickstep has won the mass sprint in Marseille. His first victory in this years’ Tour de France.

The attack of six riders after two kilometers start made it easy for the teams of the sprinters to control the race. The most dangerous escapee, was Arashiro the national champion of Japan. Although the six were sometimes over 8 minutes ahead of the pack, they were never a real threat.

In the last 30 kilometers the peloton sped up and the distance between the peloton and the six attackers dropped quickly.

Jul 4 '13 03:39

The government has this year allocated 20 million euro extra for poverty reduction. The bulk of this amount, 19 million euro, goes to the municipalities. They have the director's role in the fight against poverty and debts.

Jetta Klijnsma, State Secretary for Social Affairs, wrote that on Wednesday to the House. She appeals to the municipalities to give priority to use the money for children from poor families. Further, some of the extra money goes to Caribbean Netherlands.

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Jul 4 '13 03:29

In the mega trial on 30 sham marriages, the Rotterdam court sentenced the suspects to community service orders of 120 to 200 hours. The judge concluded that 23 of the suspects married in Britain to help illegal Nigerians to get a residence permit.

The predominantly female Antilean-Dutch marriage candidates flew to Britain to apply for a British social security number.  With this number they applied for various benefits like tax benefits. In exchange for the sham marriage they received amounts between 2500 and 3500 euros. These amounts were not always or only partially paid.

Jul 4 '13 03:22

The government wants European unemployed youth with specific qualities to work in the Netherlands for working in the energy sector in North Groningen or as a technician in Southeast Brabant. Prime Minister Mark Rutte said this on Wednesday after a European summit on youth unemployment in Berlin.

Jul 3 '13 10:28

The team trial of Tuesday was won by Orico-GreenEdge and so, Simon Gerrans, winner of stage 3, may wear the yellow jersey on Wednesday.

Half way the team trial it looked like team Omega Pharma-Quickstep would be the winner, but Orico-GreenEdge won in the end with 1 second.

The team of top favorite Chris Froome ended third at 3 seconds and the team of Alberto Contador ended fourth at 6 seconds. Radioshack-Leopard, the team of Jan Bakelants, ended 11th and so he lost his yellow Jersey.

Jul 3 '13 10:10

More and more travelers must first pay an outstanding fine at Schiphol before they can board the plane.

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