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Ryanair, Rathaus - Maastricht
Oct 1 '18 12:30

Irish airline Ryanair is closing its base in Eindhoven on November 5th. The Eindhoven Airport base is said to be closed for the winter, but whether it will reopen next summer is not clear, NU.nl reports.

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Oct 1 '18 11:40

Employers' organization AWVN wants to make it mandatory for freelancers, entrepreneurs and other self-employed to have occupational disability cover. The AWVN will present this plan at a conference on Monday, Trouw reports.

Compulsory disability insurance for self-employed and freelancers has long been a point of dispute between employers and trade unions. Trade unions warn of the risk that the growing group of self-employed in the Netherlands form, while employers argued that self-employed should be able to decide for themselves how they spend their income.

Rotterdam Centraal
Oct 1 '18 09:53

Rotterdam Central Station was evacuated for a short time on Monday morning after an automatic fire alarm was triggered. Hundreds of people were sent outside while the fire department investigated, NOS reports.

The fire brigade found no problems in the station. The fire department believes the alarm was triggered by repair work being done at the station, according to the broadcaster. The station was opened to the public a short time later.

According to NS, the false alarm had no consequences for train traffic. 

Photo: Ryanair
Sep 28 '18 15:10

Pilots union VNV is taking Ryanair to court for using so-called strike breakers to execute flights during the . Despite a court previously banning the Irish budget airline from using other pilots during the strike, two Ryanair flights took off from Eindhoven Airport on Friday morning, NU.nl reports.

Empty self-service transfer counter at Schiphol
Sep 28 '18 13:30

Schiphol is closing the information desks at the airport next year, resulting in a group of 60 desk staff losing their jobs. The employees were informed about this by Schiphol's operations director Miriam Hoekstra on Thursday evening, the airport confirmed to the Telegraaf.

The desks will close in phases starting in April next year. Schiphol plans to deploy new communication channels. "Schiphol's customer research shows that travelers want to make more use of online channels and chat to get information", an airport spokesperson said to the newspaper. 

A child walks near members of the Muslim community attending midday prayers at Strasbourg Grand Mosque in Strasbourg, France
Sep 28 '18 11:00

Tilburg University called in an external expert to check a controversial , following complaints that the study contains many errors. This move is remarkable, as the research was previously presented as a thorough study on radical Islam, NOS reports.

Obama is against winter games boycott
Sep 28 '18 10:10

Former United States President Barack Obama will be speaking at a leadership seminar in AFAS Live, formerly the Heineken Music Hall, in Amsterdam on Friday. The cheapest tickets for the seminar cost nearly a thousand euros, AD reports.

Obama will give an hour long interview with management books writer Ben Tiggelaar. The former US president will explain his views on the themes of leadership and change, how you as a leader can encourage people to follow you, and how to deal with adversity.

A quiet, sunny Amsterdam Central Station, 26 Feb 2018
Sep 28 '18 08:57

Amsterdam rose to the 5th place on Swiss bank UBS's ranking of cities with the highest risk of a house price bubble. In these cities home prices rose so fast compared to inhabitants' incomes, that there is a good chance that the housing market will collapse, Het Parool reports.

Hong Kong is first on the ranking, followed by Munich, Toronto and Vancouver. Amsterdam rose from 8th place last year to 5th this year, passing Sydney, London and Stockholm.

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Sep 27 '18 12:30

The University of Amsterdam is no longer the best university in the Netherlands, according to Times Higher Education's ranking. The Delft University of Applied Sciences takes that honor this year. Wageningen University is also ranked above the University of Amsterdam.

This year the University of Amsterdam is ranked the 62nd best university in the world, compared to 59th last year. TU delft moved up from 63rd last year to 58th this year. Wageningen University came in 59th place this year. The Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam moved down from 165th to 166th.

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Sep 27 '18 11:40

Two trams crashed into each other on De Clerqstraat in Amsterdam West on Thursday morning. Tram traffic was halted for a time, but is now back on track. No one was injured, Het Parool reports.

One tram rear-ended the other around 7:45 a.m. at the bridge over Kostverlorenvaart. Paramedics examined the driver of the rear tram, but he did not sustain any injuries.

After the accident the front tram drove towards the depot, but derailed a bit further down the street. A car parked on the street was hit by the tram, according to the newspaper.

Sigrid Kaag
Sep 26 '18 13:20

Over the next five years the Dutch government will invest 20 million euros per year into improving education in developing countries, Minister Sigrid Kaag of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation announced at the United Nations in New York. "Education is one of the priorities of my policy. It offers women and young people opportunities for better work and a decent income", she said, NOS reports.

Schiphol-plaza-ns
Sep 26 '18 12:30

Passengers can still be picked up and dropped off at Schiphol's 'kiss & go' zone for free for the foreseeable future. Schiphol investigated the possibility of , but that plan has been called back, AT5 reports.

Arnhem Station
Sep 26 '18 11:40

Arnhem Central Station was briefly evacuated on Wednesday morning after a fire alarm in the station went off. A manual fire alarm was pulled in the public transport terminal, a spokesperson for the fire brigade said to Omroep Gelderland.

As a precaution, NS decided to evacuate the entire station and halt train traffic to and from Arnhem. 

The fire department investigated and found no sign of fire. The building was declared safe around 10:30 a.m. and travelers were allowed to enter the station. Train traffic was restarted and was largely back on schedule around 11:15 a.m.

Photo: Ryanair
Sep 26 '18 08:33

The Dutch pilots that work for Irish budget airline Ryanair will join an international strike by Ryanair cabin crew on Friday. The airline canceled a total of 190 flights for Friday, including at least 22 to and from Eindhoven Airport. Some 4 thousand Dutch passengers will be affected, Eindhovens Dagblad reports.

Euros
Sep 26 '18 07:56

Multiple banks under the supervision of Dutch central bank DNB are too lax when it comes to countering money laundering, according to the regulator. Minister Wopke Hoekstra of Finance asked the DNB to look into this after ING was slapped with a massive settlement for this same reason. He informed parliament about the results of the DNB investigation on Tuesday, ANP reports.

Crosses placed on Museumplein in Amsterdam for Hans ter Laag, Koos Koster, Jan Kuiper and Joop Willemsen - four Dutch journalists killed in El Salvador in 1982, 22 March 1982
Sep 25 '18 15:00

An investigation was launched in 2013 into the person responsible for the deaths of four Dutch journalists in El Salvador in 1982, according to Jos van Dongen of TV program Zembla. A spokesperson for the Public Prosecutor confirmed that a criminal investigation has been ongoing for five years, Nieuwsuur reports.

Serious Request - the Glass House in Apeldoorn, December 2017
Sep 25 '18 14:10

Radio station 3FM's annual fundraiser Serious Request will happen without locking three DJs into a glass house this year. Instead three teams of two DJs will visit campaigns for different charities. "The Glass House is broken", DJ Sander Hoogendoorn, who stayed in the glass house last year, said, NU.nl reports.

Eerste Kamer, the Dutch Senate
Sep 25 '18 13:20

VVD Senator Anne-Wil Duthler voted on a bill that her own company gave advice on, according to research platform Follow the Money. With that, Duthler acted unethically, experts said, NOS reports.

In 2013 the Ministry of Public Health, Welfare and Sports asked Duthler's consultancy firm to advise on the text of the Social Support Act, which transferred the responsibility of a number of healthcare tasks to the municipalities. According to Follow the Money, a number of the consultancy firm's recommendations were included in the final bill.

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Sep 25 '18 11:40

Judge Jan Wolter Wabeke officially withdrew from a lawsuit filed by a group of anti-smokers against the tobacco industry. On Monday the lawyer representing this group, Benedicte Ficq, accused the judge of being biased. Later in the day the court in The Hague granted Wabeke's request to withdraw, NOS reports.

Ficq told the media that he learned through an acquaintance that Wabeke had been "condescending" about this case while speaking in private, saying that smoking is the smoker's own responsibility. Ficq asked him to withdraw.

KLM Boeing 737-700, PH-BGP at Schiphol Airport
Sep 25 '18 10:50

From next year KLM will be offering a direct flight between Schiphol and Las Vegas. "By adding Las Vegas as KLM's newest destination, we can offer our customers more flight connections to and from the American west coast", Pieter Elbers, CEO of the Dutch airline, said, AT5 reports.

Currently travelers can only reach Sin City from Amsterdam with one or more stopovers. But that will change as of June 6th, 2019. From then KLM will offer three direct flights from Schiphol to Las Vegas and back per week.

Albert Heijn logo
Sep 24 '18 14:20

Grocery store chain Albert Heijn is converting two AH To Go minimarts into totally cashless locations. The staffed cash registers at the two AMC hospital shops will disappear from Monday.

While more traditional payment methods will remain at the AH To Go stores for the time being, they are introducing an innovation to the public that allows customers to tap their phones against the products. The charges will take about ten minutes to be processed. So far, Albert Heijn is only supporting Android phones, but plans to expand this to iOS and Windows.

Ralph Hamers, ING
Sep 24 '18 13:11

The European Central Bank is concerned about Dutch bank ING's ability to handle a hard Brexit, according to a report in FD. Sources told the financial newspaper that ING is being pressured to at least partially roll-back a 2016 decision to move dozens of trading desk staffers to their large office in London.

The new concern is that ING will lose access to some financial markets if Brexit continues to progress.

Stint
Sep 24 '18 11:05

The company that produces Stint cargo vehicles announced it plans to inspect all 3,500 units currently on roadways after a fatal accident last week left four children dead. The accident took place in Oss, when a Stint belonging to a daycare operator crossed onto railroad tracks and was struck by an oncoming train.

A fifth child and the adult operator of the vehicle were hospitalized with serious injuries.

Stint
Sep 24 '18 11:05

The company that produces Stint cargo vehicles announced it plans to inspect all 3,500 units currently on roadways after a fatal accident last week left four children dead. The accident took place in Oss, when a Stint belonging to a daycare operator crossed onto railroad tracks and was struck by an oncoming train.

A fifth child and the adult operator of the vehicle were hospitalized with serious injuries.

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