Apr 17 '13 14:08

Doctors treating patients who are in their last life phase often ‘do’ too much. Both parties have to discuss the question of ‘should we do everything that’s possible?’ more often in case of premature births and seriously ill patients. Research agency ZonMw concluded this in a report that they will offer to the Minister and Secretary of Public Health on Wednesday.

Apr 17 '13 09:25

Philips has developed a new tube lamp which consumes only half of the energy consumed by the current fluorescent lighting. As such, the new LED lamp can have a significant impact on power consumption worldwide.

Apr 17 '13 09:17

The current economic situation limits the government to act on the situation of people who live near high voltage cables. However, Minister Henk Kamp (Economic Affairs) announced onWednesday that no more than 400 residents, who lived directly under power lines, could get a buy-out offer.

There are people who live under high voltage cables of 220 and 380 kilovolt (which technically cannot be put underground) and people in rural areas, living under power lines of 110 and 150 kilovolt. The costs related to this buy-out scheme are estimated at 140 million euro.

Apr 17 '13 09:11

According to a report by NOS, the Ministry of Defense has a severe shortage of young soldiers. The current organization resembles, according to Minister Hennis-Plasschaert (Defense), an inverted pyramid too much, that is, there are many older but few young people.

In an interview with NOS Radio 1 News, the Minister said that she is aiming for a small top and a wide bottom. Therefore, Defense is trying to recruit mainly young people. The inflow is not yet how it should be, but according to the Minister, there is a slight increase.

Apr 17 '13 09:04

Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs has put the potential importance of shale gas for the Netherlands into perspective. The production is expected to be at most a few percent of the current conventional natural gas production. The House wants, as soon as possible, a debate with Kamp about the research he wants to conduct on shale gas.

Apr 16 '13 16:34

Two boys of 14 and 15 years old violently robbed an 80-year-old woman on Monday.

Apr 16 '13 16:20

The criminal youth gangs problem is still not solved. In 2011 Minister Opstelten of Safety and Security aimed to tackle the 89 criminal gangs that were registered by the end of 2010 within two years. The report sent to the House on Tuesday states that his approach was not effective.

Apr 16 '13 15:22

The Dutch Railways, Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS), asks the Queensday-traveler to be patient. Even though thorough preparations have been made, the NS expects large crowds, especially later at night.

Apr 16 '13 15:12

In the next seven years retail space in urban areas will decrease with 2 million square meters. Consultancy firm Booz & Company reported this at the request of the Dutch financial newspaper, Het Financieel Dagblad.

Apr 16 '13 14:39

The police found a dead monkey in the vegetable tray of a fridge in a house in Dordrecht, a city in the province of South-Holland. The monkey was beheaded and meant for consumption.

Apr 16 '13 13:51

68 million euro of unused phone credit expires every month. That is on average 8 euros per person per month. The Dutch consumers union, de Consumentenbond, announced this on Tuesday. The union sent a petition to the government to change the expiry date of credit to a least a year after it was bought.

Apr 16 '13 09:17

Within five days, three ATMs in Amsterdam were blasted. Early Monday morning an ATM was hit in the Rijnstraat and last Thursday and Friday ATMs in Geuzenveld and Slotervaart were targeted.

At half past four on Monday morning people heard a huge bang in the Rijnstraat. Robbers tried to empty the ATM at the corner of Rijnstraat and Trompenburgstraat. In front of the bank building, a car was ablaze. The facade of the ABN-Amro Office was ruined and the ATM was completely destroyed.

Apr 16 '13 09:06

The savings of 100 million euro on public broadcasting in the coalition agreement must be turned back, according to ChristenUnie MP Gert-Jan Segers. He also said on Monday that most other opposition parties agreed on this.

The Chamber will talk on Tuesday with State Secretary Sander Dekker (Media) about media policy. The position of the opposition is important, because the coalition has no majority in the Senate.  Since the PVV is in favor of the cuts, they could support the government in these plans in the Senate.

Apr 16 '13 08:56

“If members of the royal family apply constructions to avoid tax, it is a private consideration. Tax evasion, however, is a serious felony and must be fought. But as long as something is not prohibited by law, people may use it.” Secretary of State Frans Weekers of Finance said this Monday in the TV program Pauw and Witteman in a response to a message that Princess Margriet and her husband Pieter van Vollenhoven used a tax structure to reduce the tax on the inheritance for their children and grandchildren. That construction is not prohibited. "The law applies to everyone," said Weekers.

Apr 15 '13 18:12

Department store Marks & Spencer will open its doors on the Kalverstraat 226 in Amsterdam on Wednesday. A Dutch representative of the British company said that they expect a big spectacle with long queues when they open at exactly 11.30am.

Apr 15 '13 17:44

The largest banks of the Netherlands will start working together after cyber attacks. Through sharing information they should be able to defend themselves better. Information is not shared at the moment because of competition considerations.

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