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McDonald's beverage
Jun 15 '18 16:10

McDonald's in the Netherlands plans to get rid of all plastic straws with their drinks from next year. What they will be replaced with, is still being decided, RTL Nieuws reports.

The Dutch branch of McDonald's is currently looking at how tests go in other countries before deciding on what alternative to go for. "You can think of straws made of paper or no straw at all", a spokesperson said to the broadcaster. "Think of a tute like with coffee cups."

The company plans to choose its alternative by the end of the year.

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Jun 15 '18 09:28

Dutch with energy contracts with variable rates, can expect higher electricity and gas bills from next month. This affects about half of Dutch households, RTL Nieuws reports.

The price increase is the result of higher purchase prices on the energy market, which follow rising oil prices, according to comparison site Pricewise. The Netherlands also has to import more gas, as gas mining in Groningen is being reduced. The United States withdrawing from the nuclear deal with Iran and political unrest in Venezuela also play a role, Pricewise director Hans de Kok said. 

Jun 15 '18 09:06

Supermarket chain Jumbo established a subsidiary in Belgium - the next step in the Dutch chain's mission to open stores in the Netherlands' neighboring country, NU.nl reports.

Jumbo announced in November that it plans to open stores in Belgium. The first Belgian Jumbo stores will open only after this year, financial director Ton van Veen said. In March Jumbo posted a vacancy for an "experienced real estate acquisition agency" in Belgium, which must help the group select suitable shop locations. 

Jun 14 '18 15:10

Dutch rail company NS and its Austrian counterpart OBB are planning to put the night train back into service in the Netherlands. They want the train, that's equipped with beds for passengers to sleep in during their journey, to depart from Amsterdam Centraal and connect to the European network of night trains, NU.nl reports.

Bomb from 1672 found in Groningen, June 2018
Jun 14 '18 14:30

During excavations in the city of Groningen, a bomb was found that the municipal archeologists believe was fired at the city in 1672. The cast iron mortar grenade weighs over 40 kilograms and was found more than 2 meters deep in the ground, according to broadcaster NOS.

Jun 14 '18 13:10

People in the Netherlands are not very concerned about fake news and don't come across it very often. The Dutch also have a relatively high trust in their news media, according to the dby Reuters and the University of Oxford. 

According to the researchers, the Netherlands is "characterized by relatively high levels of trust in news and little concern about fake news".

Adyen card payment terminal
Jun 14 '18 08:55

Fintech company Adyen had an exciting AEX on Wednesday. The opening price for the Amsterdam based company's shares was 400 euros per share, the , RTL Z reports.

View from Frontensingel of the Sphinx factory complex in Maastricht
Jun 14 '18 08:33

A man was killed in Maastricht on Monday afternoon when the elevator he was in plummeted six floors. This happened around 5:00 p.m. during work on the former Sphinx building, De Limburger reports.

Emergency services tried to resuscitate the man, but it was to no avail. He died at the scene.

The Inspectorate for Social Affairs and Employment, the former Labor Inspectorate, is investigating the cause of the accident.

Halbe Zijlstra
Jun 12 '18 16:20

Halbe Zijlstra, former VVD Minister of Foreign Affairs, is a candidate for a top position at the World Bank. Prime Minister Mark Rutte is an enthusiastic advocate for Zijlstra's nomination, but not everyone in the government agrees, insiders told RTL Nieuws.

Zijlstra is nominated to become a an administrator at the World Bank, the important UN organization that provides loans to developing countries, according to the broadcaster. Former State Secretary Frank Heemskerk, the man currently holding the position, is stepping down this summer. 

Euro
Jun 12 '18 13:40

Last year there were 339 foreign investments in the Netherlands, compared to 409 in 2016, according to the Barometer on Dutch Investment Climate by accountancy and consultancy firm EY. These investments created over 8,500 jobs last year, ANP reports. 

With 152 foreign investment projects, Amsterdam accounted for 45 percent of all foreign investments in the Netherlands, compared to 40 percent in 2016. The Hague and Rotterdam both counted 42 projects with foreign donors last year.

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Jun 12 '18 13:00

The demand for migrant workers in the Netherlands is already high and will only increase in the coming years, according to research by SEO Economic Research, commissioned by temporary employment agency ABU. This is especially true in agriculture and horticulture, business services, logistics, wholesale, the food industry and the metal industry, RTL Z reports.

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Jun 12 '18 10:10

The residents of 23 homes on Potsmaat in Doesburg, Gelderland were evacuated around 8:00 p.m. on Monday night due to a gas leak in one of the houses. A resident struck a gas pipe with a shovel while working in his crawl space, De Gelderlander reports.

The main gas line was turned off, and the fire department and Liander worked on closing the leak at the site. Part of the residential neighborhood was also closed down with police tape to keep people from wandering in.

Eggs
Jun 12 '18 09:28

German supermarkets removed tens of thousands of Dutch eggs from themselves because they were found to be contaminated by toxic insecticide fipronil. The German Ministry of Agriculture says that there is no danger to public health, NOS reports.

It involved around 73 thousand eggs from an organic chicken farmer in the Netherlands. They were delivered between May 17th and June 4th and were sold in six states all over Germany. Some of the eggs were already sold to consumers before the contamination was discovered.

Adyen card payment terminal
Jun 12 '18 09:00

Amsterdam based fintech company Adyen set the price of at 240 euros per share. That gives the payment service provider a valuation of over 7 billion euros, ANP reports.

Leapp store in Rotterdam
Jun 11 '18 13:50

Dutch retailer Leapp, which sells used and refurbished Apple devices, was declared bankrupt on Friday. The 24 Leapp stores will remain closed for the time being, as this will give the chain the best chance of a restart, according to bankruptcy administrator Kees van de Meent, NU.nl reports.

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Jun 11 '18 11:10

The new Zaanstad city council wants to take advantage of Amsterdam's popularity among tourists and the of visitors, according to the Zaandstad coalition agreement presented on Sunday, AT5 reports.

Passengers cram into a train in Amsterdam after the Europa League finals match between Ajax and Manchester, 24/25 May 2017
Jun 8 '18 15:30

NS wants to reduce crowds in rush hour trains by making train tickets for outside rush hour cheaper. That will cost 35 million euros that NS does not have. CEO Roger van Boxtel is therefore turning to the government, RTL Nieuws reports.

Passengers that travel outside rush hour should pay 40 percent less for their tickets, Van Boxtel thinks. This will encourage people to avoid trains during their busiest point and thereby result in a better distribution of passengers. 

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Jun 8 '18 08:44

Eindhoven Airport is the 10th  worst airport in the world, according to a , an organization that helps people with compensation for delays. Flights to and from Eindhoven are relatively often delayed, and passengers are often negative about the airport. 

Milieudefensie and Groningen residents dump fracking earthquake rubble in front of the Ministry of Economic Affairs in The Hague, 26 Oct 2017
Jun 7 '18 14:50

Minister Eric Wiebes of Economic Affairs thinks that gas extraction in Groningen could be reduced to below 12 billion cubic meters by 2020, he wrote in a letter to parliament. Though he added that he can not guarantee this as the effect of a number of planned measures is not yet certain, RTL Nieuws reports.

Passengers board a train to Vlissingen at Amsterdam Central Station, 19 Jan 2018
Jun 7 '18 10:10

The purchase of a train ticket does not entitle you to a seat, the court in Utrecht ruled in a . According to the court, a ticket only entitles you to transport. "That result is also achieved. The way in which the transport takes place is not determined by law", the judge said, NOS reports.

Adyen card payment terminal
Jun 5 '18 14:10

Amsterdam fintech company Adyen will debut on the Amsterdam stock exchange on June 13th under the symbol ADYEN. As of Tuesday, selected investors can already buy shares for a price between 220 and 240 euros. With that, Adyen is valued at between 6.5 billion and 7.1 billion euros. The issue price for normal investors will be announced on June 12th, RTL Nieuws reports.

Barbara Visser
Jun 4 '18 16:20

On Monday State Secretary Barbara Visser of Defense apologized for the fact that Defense employees were insufficiently protected against the health consequences of working with carcinogenic in the period 1984 to 2006. "Defense has failed", she said while presenting the results of a major investigation by the RIVM. "I am sorry.", NOS repots. 

Lecture Hall
Jun 4 '18 13:40

Higher education in the Netherlands must be able to internationalize further, but only if it improves the quality of education and if Dutch students are not displaced, according to Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven of Education. She is therefore giving universities and universities of applied sciences more room to internationalize, but this will go with clearer conditions and stricter supervision, ANP reports.

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Jun 4 '18 09:34

Dutch people see speeding, dog poop and parking problems as the biggest sources of nuisance in their neighborhoods, according to the Safety Monitor that Statistics Netherlands published on Monday.

Over a quarter of Dutch, 26.7 percent, consider speeding the biggest problem. 17.9 percent think that dealing with dog poop should be a priority. And 15.4 percent are annoyed by parking problems.

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