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Electric cars charging on the street
Jan 20 '20 15:20

The governments of Noord-Holland, Flevoland and Utrecht are hoping to stimulate electric driving with more charging points. A total of 20 thousand new charging points will be installed in the three provinces, which put out a call for bids on the project on Monday.

"Twenty thousand new charging points are a great next step and will really help to encourage electric driving," said Utrecht provincial politician Huib van Essen. He said his province alone needs at least another four thousand charging points in the coming years.

Students in a lecture
Jan 20 '20 10:20

Professors, lecturers and support staff at universities in the Netherlands on average work 12 to 15 hours more per week than their contract prescribes, without being paid for it, according to a report trade unions FNV and AOb and university action group WO in Actie presented to the Inspectorate for Social Affairs and Employment on Monday. The forced, unpaid overtime can compromise the top position of Dutch universities, WO in Actie said to newspaper AD. 

An aerial photograph of Luanda, the capital of Angola
Jan 20 '20 09:30

Dredging company Van Oord, ING Bank and credit insurer Atradius were all involved in an urban development project in Angola in which 3 thousand families were forcibly driven out of their homes to make from for the project, Trouw and Financieele Dagblad report based on leaked documents.

People walking past a begging man
Jan 20 '20 07:41

The inequality between rich and poor is still increasing world wide, and tax evasion through the Netherlands plays a significant role in this widening gap, development organization Oxfam Novib said in report Time to Care, published just before the start of the World Economic Forum in Davos, NOS reports.

Fog on the road
Jan 20 '20 07:17

Road users in large parts of the Netherlands are warned to be careful of icy roads on Monday morning. Thick fog may also reduce visibility and hinder traffic, especially in Limburg and Noord-Brabant. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning. Travelers' association ANWB expects morning rush hour to be busier than usual.

The ice on the roads is expected to melt away through the course of the morning. The fog should also dissipate by mid-morning, according to the KNMI. Motorists are advised to drive slowly and keep a safe following distance. 

Tamara van Ark
Jan 19 '20 08:00

The government is investigating whether workers in dangerous jobs can be forced to take regular drug- and alcohol tests. Due to privacy rules, only a small professional group - drivers, pilots, train drivers, among others - can currently be tested on alcohol or drug use. But VVD State Secretary Tamara van Ark of Social Affairs wants to change the law so that companies have more options to act if they think employees are under the influence, AD reports.

Pete Hoekstra and Donald Trump, Oct 2016
Jan 17 '20 10:20

The American ambassador to the Netherlands confirmed that the United States does not want Dutch chip producer ASML to share its advance chip-making machines with everyone. In an interview with Financieele Dagblad, Pete Hoekstra said that this technology "does not belong in certain places". According to the newspaper, he was referring to China.

Pigs at a meat plant
Jan 17 '20 09:25

Inspectors from the food and consumer product safety authority NVWA still regularly encounter pigs drowning in a piping hot water bath, kicking and screaming, at slaughterhouses in the Netherlands. Inspectors saw it happen with their own eyes six times in 18 months, according to documents animal rights organization Varkens in Nood requested from the NVWA, RTL Nieuws reports. 

Packages in a distribution center
Jan 17 '20 08:32

Percentage wise, web shops and parcel deliverers delivered fewer packages late this past December. Sinterklaas in particular was more on time - only 3.5 percent of packages were late, compared to 5.5 percent in 2018. The delivery of Christmas cards, on the other hand, did not go well - 36 percent of people complained that their Christmas cards arrived after Christmas or even after New Year's, NOS reports based on a study by Q&A.

Netflix
Jan 16 '20 15:10

Streaming media giant Netflix was accused of using the Netherlands as a major part of a tax haven scheme to reduce its income tax liabilities globally. A report released this week by Tax Watch UK said Netflix moved between $327 and $430 million into tax havens in 2018, out of its total global profits that year of $1.2 billion.

Fire truck at the port of Amsterdam
Jan 16 '20 11:45

The Amsterdam-Amstelland Fire Department is washing cars to raise funds for their Australian colleagues on Thursday. Locals can have their cars washed for "a symbolic amount of €7.50 (or more)". All money raised will go to "our fire brigade colleagues who have been fighting bush fires in Australia for weeks, without getting paid for it", the fire brigade said on Facebook.

Construction
Jan 16 '20 10:10

Buyers of newly built homes in the Netherlands can no longer assume that they will have space to park their cars. Most municipalities currently still guarantee 1 to 1.8 parking spaces per new home, but an increasing number of cities are lowering their parking standards, according to an inventory by newspaper AD.

Farm work
Jan 16 '20 08:49

In December a total of 9 million residents of the Netherlands had a paying job - the highest number of employed persons in the country to date, Statistics Netherlands reported on Thursday. After a minor increase in the second and third quarter of 2019, unemployment decreased again in the fourth quarter, and the number of active unemployment benefits with it.

Children playing at a daycare center
Jan 16 '20 08:18

A massive 315 thousand children and young people up to the age of 21 live in poverty in the Netherlands - much more than most Dutch think. 70 percent of Netherlands residents think few children live below the poverty line, or say they have no idea of the extent of childhood poverty, according to a study by panelWizard among 2,200 Dutch on behalf of Sam&, ANP reports.

Armin van Buuren
Jan 15 '20 13:40

Dutch music is still going strong as an export product. In 2018, a total of 216 million euros were made by exporting music abroad, up from 201 million the year before, according to figures from Buma Cultuur, which annually charts the export value of Dutch music, NOS reports.

The amount of 216 million euros comes from 174 million euros from performances abroad, 29 million euros from rights, and 13 million euros from recordings. Buma Cultuur investigated 1,319 artists. 963 of them were active abroad, in 82 countries. 

Amazon
Jan 15 '20 09:59

Amazon is looking to expand the range of products it sells in the Netherlands on Amazon.nl. Companies who want to sell their products through the platform can register with the American web giant from Wednesday, NU.nl reports.

Currently, Amazon.nl sells only books. But the company intends to expand its offer to "millions of products" through the course of the year, thereby explicitly competing with the Dutch Bol.com. 

Travelers waiting or their luggage at Schiphol
Jan 15 '20 09:16

For the first time ever, more Netherlands residents traveled to their vacation destination abroad by plane than by car. The number of plane trips increased by 3 percent to 10.1 million last year, while the number of car trips decreased by 3 percent to 10 million, according to figures from the Dutch Tourism Board, NOS reports. 

Waste bins and containers in Capelle aan den IJssel
Jan 15 '20 08:50

Like last year, municipal housing costs such as waste tax will again increase sharply this year, according to a study of the 40 largest Dutch municipalities by the center for research of the economy of local governments COELO. This year housing costs for the average tenant will increase by 5 percent to 363 euros, and for the average homeowner by 4 percent to 734 euros, RTL Nieuws reports.

A plane approaches Schiphol Airport
Jan 15 '20 08:21

Aviation in the Netherlands can only be allowed to grow if the sector decreases its nitrogen emissions, a committee on nitrogen emissions led by Johan Remkes said in advice to the government about air travel. Remkes thinks it only fair that aviation, like other sectors, makes a balanced contribution to reducing emissions. If that doesn't happen, Schiphol can't grow any further and Lelystad Airport can't open for holiday flights, the committee said, NOS reports.

Damen Shipyards in Gorinchem
Jan 14 '20 15:20

Dutch shipbuilder Damen Shipyards won a billion-euro contract from the German navy, the German Ministry of Defense announced. Damen will build four frigates for the German navy, with the option to build two more. An amount of 5.27 billion euros is involved in the order, NOS reports.

The frigates involved are MKS 180's. They are about 155 meters long and can be used in crisis situations, anti-piracy missions, and the detection of submarines, among other things. About 110 people can stay on board each frigate. 

Rijksuniversiteit_Groningen,_Hauptgebäude
Jan 14 '20 12:50

Three employees of the University of Groningen (RUG) are suspected of embezzling 1.2 million euros in public money from the university and funneling it into their own foundation, the board of the Faculty of Arts announced in a letter that NOS has in its possession. All three employees were affiliated with the Faculty of Arts.

Amsterdam Flag
Jan 14 '20 12:00

The municipality of Amsterdam is launching a new project with the aim of helping young people with their debts. In the project, called 'Young people debt-free start', the municipality will take over participating young people's debt. They will have to pay back the debts according to their means, with some amounts being scrapped if they make an effort to find work or start studying. 

Schiphol Amsterdam
Jan 14 '20 11:10

A 22-year-old Dutch-Persian woman who had plans to vacation in the United States with her friends had those dreams crushed when she was not allowed to board her plane to Los Angeles at Schiphol last week. Annahita Mazaheri was banned from entering the U.S. due to her Iranian surname, she said to AD. The D66 wants to know whether the U.S. immigration service has the authority to refuse passengers on Dutch territory.

Primary school classroom
Jan 14 '20 10:20

Secondary schools increasingly have to give extra lessons to pupils in the bridge classes to catch up on backlogs from primary school, sector organization VO-Raad said to newspaper AD. The organization noticed that more and more pupils are staring high school at below the desired level, and fears that the situation will only become worse if no solution is found for the teacher shortage in primary education.

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