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KLM Boeing 737-700, PH-BGP at Schiphol Airport
Feb 5 '19 11:50

Dutch airline KLM improved its punctuality last year, according to a study by aeronautical information agency OAG into the major airlines with the least chance of delays. KLM is the 10th most punctual airline, with 84.52 percent of its flights being on time. In 2017 the Dutch airline only made it to spot 30 on the rankings, AD reports.

Entrance gates at Dordrecht station, 8 Apr 2016
Feb 5 '19 11:00

People who use the train, tram and bus in the Netherlands will have to continue to check in each time they switch transit companies. Switching to one system for all the transit companies is too expensive, State Secretary Stientje van Veldhoven of Infrastructure and Water Management said in a letter to parliament, NOS reports.

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Feb 5 '19 10:10

Parents of pupils attending CBS Tamarinde in Zaandam want the primary school to return to a five-day school week. The school has been using athese past months due to a shortage of teachers. On the fifth day children stay at home with homework. The parents are fed up with this and filed a request with the municipal school attendance officer to reverse the measure, NOS reports. 

De Nederlandsche Bank
Feb 4 '19 13:00

Dutch central bank DNB issued a warning to Vivat because the insurer is too lax with its screening on terrorism financing. Vivat could face a sanction if the company does not improve the situation quickly, Financieele Dagblad reports based on a letter DNB sent to the insurer.

EU flags in front of the European Commission
Feb 4 '19 12:10

Officials from the European Commission want to launch an infringement procedure against the Netherlands for violating rules on pulse fishing, the Commission wrote in a letter to French environmental organization Bloom, which is in the possession of broadcaster NOS.

The European Commissioners still have to agree to this procedure. But according to NOS, it is rare for Commissioners to refuse a procedure. If the procedure is launched, it could result in the Netherlands having to adjust its policy, which can have major consequences for Dutch pulse fishermen. 

Primary school classroom
Feb 4 '19 08:35

The general association for school leaders AVS and union CNV are calling on school directors not to arrange a replacement teacher if any of their teachers call in sick. With this the unions want to show politicians and society that school leaders are no longer able to arrange replacements, and that they are under great pressure, NOS reports.

LASH, Korean eyewear in Amsterdam
Feb 3 '19 14:37

The burgeoning Korean optical industry is eyeing the Netherlands while seeking a global entry for their products. On January 29th, eight South Korean companies, from startups to multinationals, descended on Amsterdam to show off innovative eyeglass designs, materials and manufacturing processes to Dutch wholesalers and retailers.

"There are many designers in Korea that are famous now," said Sandy Yu of S.I. Vision. "We are now here to show off our designs."

Office space
Feb 1 '19 15:50

People who work in an office that has plants in it call in sick 20 percent less often than people working in rooms with no plants, according to research by Wageningen University and scientific company Fytagoras. Having plants in the workplace amounts to an average of 1.6 sick days less per employee per year, the researchers concluded, RTL Nieuws reports.

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Feb 1 '19 15:00

A ruling by the court in The Hague that for the death of around 300 Muslim men after the fall of Bosnian Muslim enclave in 1995, is unjust, the Advocate General said in advice to the Supreme Court.

Students
Feb 1 '19 14:10

Student enrollment for higher professional education (HBO) in the Netherlands reached a record high for the academic year 2018/2019, the Association of Universities of Applied Sciences announced. A total of 110,307 students enrolled, 3.4 percent more than the previous year, NU.nl reports.

An increase in first year students can be seen in almost all sectors of higher professional education, both in full-time and part-time courses.

Corendon to transport a Boeing 747 on Dutch roads from Schiphol to Badhoevedorp
Feb 1 '19 13:20

Corendon will be transporting a Boeing 747-400 from Schiphol to the Corendon Village Hotel in Badhovedorp from February 5th. During the 5-day-long transport operation, the plane will cross a highway, a provincial road and 17 sea locks, NU.nl reports. 

KLM retired the Boeing in November last year, after 29 years of service, and sold it to Corendon. After its last commercial flight, it was painted in Corendon's colors and had its engines removed. It's final destination is a spot in the garden of the Corendon Village Hotel.

Brexit
Feb 1 '19 11:40

Customs sent letters to 72,277 Dutch entrepreneurs who do business with the United Kingdom to warn them of the consequences of a no-deal Brexit. Most of them are still poorly prepared, and for many of them it is already too late, Customs director Nanette van Schelven said to Financieele Dagblad.

Wet snow falling at Schiphol, 30 Jan 2019
Jan 30 '19 16:25

A snow front is slowly moving across the Netherlands, and is expected to hover over much of the southern Netherlands by 5 p.m. on Wednesday. The first snow already fell in the southern provinces, but it had caused few problems throughout the day. Some traffic problems are expected during evening rush hour, according to the ANWB, with about 175 kilometers of traffic jams reported by 4:30 p.m.

Planes at Schiphol Airport
Jan 30 '19 11:30

Stakeholders united in the Schiphol Environmental Council could not reach a consensus on the future growth of the Amsterdam airport. Chairman Hans Alders will therefore send his own advice to Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen of Infrastructure - to allow Schiphol 10 thousand additional flights per year up to and including 2023, and to allow moderate growth till 2028, NOS and NRC report.

The Schiphol Environmental Council consists of almost all parties with an interest in Schiphol, including local residents, governments, the aviation sector and other sector organizations. 

Schiphol's snow fleet clearing snow off the airport's runways, 22 Jan 2019
Jan 30 '19 07:31

The Netherlands is getting snow on Wednesday and that will have consequences for all forms of traffic. NS is running fewer trains. Schiphol expects flight delays and cancelations. And ANWB expects busier than usual rush hours in the morning and evening. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for the entire country. 

Data theft
Jan 29 '19 16:10

Last year nearly 21 thousand data leaks were reported to the Dutch Data Protection Authority, more than double than the number of leaks reported in 2017 and three times more than were reported in 2016, ANP reports.

That does not necessarily mean that there were more leaks - the Authority can't say how many leaks went unreported. Organizations that discover a leak are obliged to report it to the privacy watchdog as soon as possible, but this does not mean everyone does so or that all leaks are discovered.

Koninklijke Marechaussee
Jan 28 '19 18:10

A co-pilot scheduled to fly a commercial flight departing Schiphol on Sunday was stopped by police for alcohol consumption. The 51-year-old man was detained at the airport and issued a spot fine of 3,400 euros after breath tests showed an alcohol content three times higher than the legal limit for flight crews.

Students in a lecture
Jan 28 '19 10:50

Students who need to take out a loan to pay for their studies are more often extremely tired, emotionally exhausted and concerned about having a burnout. They are also more likely to say no to social activities because of the costs, according to a survey by Motivaction commissioned by student organization ISO, NOS and BN De Stem report.

According to ISO, the survey shows that the loan system has a major impact on students. "Borrowing does not only touch students in the wallet, but also emotionally. That became a fact with this study", chairman Tom van den Brink said to NOS.

Stef Blok
Jan 25 '19 13:40

The Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, will get some control over an . Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs is willing to make some of the amendments that parliament demanded. A large part of the Tweede Kamer called the law as it currently stands "undemocratic", NOS reports.

Brexit
Jan 25 '19 12:50

Over 250 companies are showing interest in moving to from the United Kingdom to the Netherlands due to the Brexit, a spokesperson for the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA) said to NOS. At the start of 2017 a total of 80 companies were considering moving to the Netherlands, and early last year there were 150.

Explosion at sisha lounge Villa Blanca on Schiedamseweg in Rotterdam, 1 Dec 2018
Jan 25 '19 10:20

The municipality of Rotterdam placed the 43 sisha lounges in the city under stricter supervision, following complaints from residents and an in December. Earlier this week the police announced that the explosion at Villa Blanca was an attack, NOS reports.

'Like' symbol
Jan 24 '19 14:30

Nearly 5.3 million people liked, shared or responded to Dutch 'pulp news' on Facebook at least once, according to a study by Leiden University that was published on Thursday. The researchers consider pulp news to be commercially driven reports that look like news items. According to the researchers, the term 'fake news' is too politically charged, NU.nl reports.

Retirement
Jan 24 '19 11:10

Bad news for Dutch pensioners. A bad fourth quarter of 2018 deteriorated the financial position of a number of large pension funds, which means that they may have to lower the pensions of many Dutch retirees in 2020 or 2021, ANP reports.

Euronet ATM
Jan 24 '19 10:20

The municipality of Amsterdam plans to put an end to the rapidly increasing number of ATMs belonging to American company Euronet. These ATMs are mainly aimed at foreign tourists, and are more expensive to use than Dutch banks' ATMs as Euronet charges a hefty fee per cash withdrawal and uses unfavorable exchange rates, NOS reports.

In the space of a few years, dozens of these Euronet ATMs have popped up in shops in the Amsterdam city center. It must be noted that people with a Dutch bank card can use Euronet machines for free, according to the broadcaster. 

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