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Sep 4 '17 07:57

The Netherlands saw an increase in greenhouse gas emissions last year. The total greenhouse gas emissions amounted to 197 billion kilograms of CO2 equivalents, 1 percent more than in 2015, Statistics Netherlands reported on Monday based on preliminary figures.

CO2 equivalents are used to add up the effects of different greenhouse gasses, such as methane and nitrous oxide, on the environment. 1 kilogram of CO2 equivalent is equal to the effect of 1 kilogram of CO2. 

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Sep 1 '17 16:40

The city of Amsterdam teamed up with Amsterdam-based technology companies for a new project aimed at attracting international talent to the Dutch capital. Ten innovative tech companies collaborated and came up with 10 "future-defining"' projects, for which they are looking for highly skilled international talent to work on and to "strengthen the capital's already extraordinary talent pool", Startup Amsterdam announced in a press release.

KLM Boeing 737-700, PH-BGP at Schiphol Airport
Sep 1 '17 10:40

KLM CEO Pieter Elbers wants out of Schiphol. The Amsterdam airport is at risk of losing its position as an international flight junction due to all the space given to cheap airlines, he said in an interview with the Volkskrant.

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Sep 1 '17 10:00

More than half of Dutch students loan more money from educational services department DUO than they need for their studies, according to a study Nibud published on Friday. Of these students, half loaned more money to save up for when they are done studying. The low interest rates on student loans is one reason for doing so, according to the researchers, NU.nl reports.

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Aug 31 '17 13:00

Hotels, restaurants and bars in the Netherlands saw a turnover increase of nearly 2 percent in the second quarter of this year, compared to the first quarter, Statistics Netherlands reported on Thursday. The hospitality industry's turnover has been increasing steadily for four years.

All parts of the hospitality industry saw a turnover increase in the second quarter. Fast food restaurants - which includes snack bars, lunchrooms, meal deliverers and ice cream shops - saw the biggest growth at 2.5 percent. 

A Fyra train
Aug 31 '17 12:20

The Fyra trains in NS's failed high speed railway project are getting a new owner, according to newspaper AD. Italian railway company Trenitalia is buying 17 of the 19 trains, train manufacturer AnsaldoBreda confirmed to the newspaper.

According to Italian media, Ternitalia is paying about a third of the price that NS originally paid for the trains. The compensation NS will receive amounts to around 20 million euros, AD calculates. 

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Aug 31 '17 11:40

The number of people in the Netherlands receiving welfare benefits continues to rise, Statistics Netherlands reported on Thursday. Between June 2016 and June 2017, this group increased by 12 thousand people to a total of 472 thousand welfare recipients. The increase is smaller than in previous years, the stats office added.

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Aug 30 '17 10:50

Compared to other EU countries, people in the Netherlands are relatively often employed, but at the same time work almost the least number of hours per week, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Tuesday.

Of the 12.8 million people in the Netherlands between the ages of 15 and 75 years, 65.8 percent had paid work last year, according to the stats office. That is roughly seven out of ten men and six out of ten women. In the European Union, only Sweden, Germany and Estonia have higher employment rates. 

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Aug 30 '17 09:26

The Netherlands will be dependent on natural gas imports up to six years sooner than the government expects, according to a study by research institute TNO. The researchers call on the government to take timely measures to make sure that households don't end up without gas, NOS reports.

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Aug 29 '17 09:26

Over a quarter of homes sold in the second quarter of this year, were sold for or above the asking price, according to a study by Calcasa. This combined with skyrocketing housing prices, and an increase in house sales, indicates that the housing market in the Netherlands is overheating, the company, which is focused on automated valuation and statistical analysis of real estate, concluded, NU.nl reports.

Eggs
Aug 28 '17 15:00

Claim organization Massaclaim is intervening in the so-called The organization launched a where affected poultry farmers can register for support in dealing with the problems resulting from millions of eggs being recalled from supermarkets because they contain too high quantities of toxic insecticide fipronil.

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Aug 28 '17 09:40

Dutch rail company NS is preparing for its busiest month in the year. The rail company expects to transport over 35 million passengers in September, as the summer holidays end and people get back to school and work. Overcrowded trains, like traffic jams on the highways, are to be expected, CEO Roger van Boxtel said to newspaper AD.

Campers
Aug 25 '17 15:00

Dutch campers club NKC launched a special hotline for customers after receiving reports that several people were threatened by camper companies after placing a bad review online. Some customers report being intimidated, threatened with lawsuits or even fines of up to 5 thousand euros, the Volkskrant reports. 

Long lines at Schiphol airport, 23 Apr 2017
Aug 25 '17 14:20

Schiphol's profits for the first half of 2017 were pressured by extra measures the airport had to take to deal with the summer crowds. The airport booked a net profit of 117 million euros, 3 percent less than in the same period last year, Schiphol announced on Friday, ANP reports.

Eggs
Aug 24 '17 15:20

Dutch food safety authority NVWA is facing fierce criticism in the Tweede Kamer on Thursday. The parliamentarians have nothing good to say about the NVWA's actions in dealing with millions of Dutch . In summary, the MPs accused the NVWA of not communicating well, not responding adequately to an anonymous tip about the contamination and having an inadequate setup to deal with such a crisis, NU.nl reports.

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Aug 24 '17 12:40

Amsterdam alderman Pieter Litjens (personnel and organization) wants half of the top functions in the city to be filled by women. Amsterdam is on the right track and getting close, but not there yet, he said, according to Het Parool.

In the Dutch capital 43.6 percent of people in top functions are women, according to Litjens. The Amsterdam municipality is doinig even better, with 51 percent men and 49 percent women. That puts Amsterdam well above the national average of 33 percent women in government and the public sector.

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Aug 24 '17 09:49

Half of The Hague's subsidies are not distributed according to the uniform rules and regulations in place for this purpose, the Court of Auditors in The Hague concluded in a report. The city council is unable to fulfill its supervisory role as it is improperly informed and the council doesn't check whether the subsidy issued is actually used for the intended social goals, according to the report titled "Fair sharing", ANP reports. 

I Amsterdam sign in rainbow colors to celebrate the 15th anniversary of marriage equality in the Netherlands, 1 Apr 2016 (Photo: @iamsterdam/Twitter)
Aug 24 '17 09:14

Amsterdam should be more focused on its residents and less on tourism, according to Amsterdam Marketing director Frans van der Avert. "The city's credo must be: 'residents first'. As far as I'm concerned, the city is the residents. For without residents, there is no city", he said to the Telegraaf.

"Tourism provides money and jobs, but that should not be the only driving force. If a resident does not want to live in the city anymore, the city loses its DNA. Then an empty husk will remain", Van der Avert said.

Carton of eggs
Aug 24 '17 08:42

Thirteen supermarket chains affiliated with Superunie quietly recalled waffles and cookies from their shelves on Wednesday because they contain toxic insecticide , AD reported on Thursday. "We expect more such silent recalls", Wilco Jansen of Emté said to the newspaper. "There are many products with a lot of egg in them. No idea where this is going to end."

Arcadis
Aug 23 '17 16:10

Arcadis signed a 11.6 million dollar deal with the American city of Norfolk to help protect the city from flooding, the consulting and engineering firm announced. Part of the water management knowledge will be provided by Arcadis Nederland, ANP reports. 

The deal involves coming up with a plan to help the city, located in the state of Virginia, be better protected against and prepared for flooding. Dutch knowledge institutes and the Dutch embassy in Washington are also participating in the project. 

Police officer at a train station
Aug 23 '17 14:50

NS's group return tickets were intended to encourage families and football teams to take the train to their destination instead of a car, but instead the tickets became easy fraud for bargain hunters and brokers, AD reports. NS estimates that between 15 thousand and 20 thousand travelers use these group tickets fraudulently each month, according to the newspaper.

An abandoned granite quarry
Aug 23 '17 12:50

At least three Dutch companies sold granite that came from quarries in India using child laborers or debt slaves, according to a study by Dutch groups Landelijke India Werkgroep, Stop Kinderarbed and Kerk in Actie, newspaper Trouw reported on Thursday.

The study focused on South Indian states. The researchers investigated the working conditions in 22 quarries and at six locations where granite is processed. In seven quarries they found child labor and in nine debt slavery - where someone is forced to work unpaid to settle debt. 

Albert Heijn's serrano ham wins Wakker Dier's liar, liar award for 2017
Aug 23 '17 12:10

Albert Heijn won animal rights organization Wakker Dier's "liar, liar award" for 2017 with an misleading article about the supermarket chain's serrano ham. An article about the ham in an April issue of Allerhande showed a picture of pigs in a meadow, while the Albert Heijn serrano ham pigs spend their entire lives in a small stable surrounded by their own poop, according to the organization, RTL Nieuws reports.

Witteveen
Aug 22 '17 17:00

Bankrupt women's fashion chain Witteveen is making a restart. A group of Dutch investors, united in the newly established Witteveen Retail B.V., signed a restart agreement with the bankruptcy administrator, the administrator announced on Tuesday, NU.nl reports. 

Witteveen currently has 72 stores. The new owners want to keep as many of these stores, and the jobs in them, as possible. How many stores can be saved will depend on, among other things, the negotiations with the landlords. Before the bankruptcy, Witteveen had 94 stores and 400 employees.

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