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Traffic builds up towards Schiphol's departures, 18 Jan 2018
Dec 3 '18 08:48

Around 600 thousand traffic signs in the Netherlands are redundant, and the mess of signs along the road actually decrease road safety, according to safe traffic association VVN, the government's knowledge center on traffic and transport CROW, and HR Groep, the Telegraaf reports. 

The Netherlands counts over 3 million traffic signs. 20 percent of them are superfluous. The organizations call for these redundant signs to be removed, because they distract motorists and may cause them to overlook more important road signs.

Tony's Chocolonely
Nov 30 '18 12:30

Tony's Chocolonely is opening its own chocolate factory in former flour mill Pakhuis de Vrede in Zaandam. "There will also be a roller coaster", CEO Henk Jan Beltman said to RTL Nieuws.

Over the past 12 years Tony's Chocolonely has grown to become one of the most popular chocolate brands in the Netherlands. The company only uses responsibly sourced cocoa, for which farmers in Africa received acceptable payment and no children were used during harvest, according to the broadcaster. Its chocolate bars are currently made in factories in Belgium.

Queen Maxima, March 2018
Nov 29 '18 13:20

Argentine president Mauricio Macri invited Queen Maxima to attend the gala evening to kick off the G20 summit in Buenos Aires on Friday evening. The Dutch Queen was invited in her role as special advocate for the Secretary General of the United Nations in the area of inclusive financing, ANP reports.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte will also attend the G20 Summit. The Netherlands was invited to the summit as an extra country, just like last year when Germany invited the Netherlands to attend.

A boat cruising down Oudezijds Voorburgwal in Amsterdam Centrum, 8 May 2018
Nov 29 '18 12:30

Amsterdam is banning all boats from sailing on the canals in the city center between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. from mid next year. Private skippers and companies will also not be allowed to sail with more than 12 passengers without a permit. Alderman Sharon Dijksma hopes that these measure will reduce nuisance caused by boat traffic in the inner city, Het Parool reports.

Nov 29 '18 10:50

Shell has not paid any profit tax in the Netherlands for years, despite earning billions of euros in the country every year, newspaper Trouw reports based on "well informed" sources and a confidential internal document from the Ministry of Finance. 

Schiphol airport, 29 Sept 2018
Nov 29 '18 09:50

An interim environmental impact report for Schiphol airport is incorrect on a number of important points, according to the authors of a second report drawn up at the request of the airport. Both reports are set to be published on Thursday, NOS reports.

A PostNL van
Nov 29 '18 08:27

Criminals abuse PostNL's parcel delivery system. The network of subcontracted package delivers are misused by criminals for things like drug transports and money laundering, Financieele Dagblad reports.

In 2014 PostNL CEO Herna Verhagen was warned about the vulnerability of courier- and parcel delivery companies, according to the newspaper. These businesses are vulnerable to threats, intimidation, money laundering, drug trafficking and and bribery, FD writes. 

KPN Takeover
Nov 28 '18 16:00

KPN will implement 350 million euros in cutbacks over the next three years to accelerate its transition from telephone company to a modern telecom company, the company announced on its investors' day. Whether any jobs will be lost is not yet clear, ANP reports.

One of the cuts the company will make is in labor costs. But that can not be directly translated in a concrete number of full-time jobs being lost, because it also involves the hiring of external staff, a KPN spokesperson said to the news wire. KPN currently employs around 12,600 people full-time. 

Homes in vacation park Slagharen
Nov 28 '18 15:10

Between 6 thousand and 9 thousand people permanently live in a vacation home in one of the Veluwe's vacation parks, Minister Kasja Ollongren of Home Affairs wrote to parliament. The Ministry investigated to gain more insight into the nature and scale of the permanent occupancy of vacation parks, NOS reports.

Teacher
Nov 28 '18 11:00

Almost a quarter of teachers in secondary education in the Netherlands feel less safe at school than they did three years ago. Around 10 percent even give their personal safety a failing score, according to a study by education institution DUO among over a thousand teachers, NU.nl reports.

Uber
Nov 27 '18 15:00

The Dutch Personal Data Authority fined Uber 600 thousand euros for not reporting a major data leak in 2016 in time. The leak meant that unauthorized persons had access to millions of Uber customers' and drivers' personal data, the Authority said on Tuesday, NU.nl reports.

A train crashed into a car on the Keizerdijk crossing on the outskirts of Rijssen. The motorist was killed, 22 Jan 2018
Nov 27 '18 10:50

The Dutch government plans to get rid of all unguarded railway crossings in the country within five years. No one else should become a victim due to the lack of booms and bells, State Secretary Stientje van Veldhoven wrote to the lower house of Dutch parliament, NOS reports.

Unguarded railway crossings are "just not of this time", Van Veldhoven wrote. "Every accident is one too many", she said. The initial plan was to get rid of unguarded crossings within 10 years. These plans are now being accelerated to within 5 years, "preferably even faster".

Google
Nov 27 '18 10:00

Consumers' association Consumentenbond filed a complaint with the Dutch Data Protection Authority against Google. According to the union, Google 'tricks' Android users into giving permission for their smartphones' location to be used, which is against the law, ANP reports.

Research by Consumentenbond showed that 54% of Dutch Android users have the function 'web&app' enabled. This is used to keep track of location history. The majority of these users did not know that this option was activated, the Dutch association said. 

Cyclist narrowly escapes being hit by an NS Intercity train
Nov 26 '18 12:30

ProRail launched a new campaign to warn against the danger of level crossings, both guarded and unguarded. The campaign consists of videos of near-misses. According to ProRail, there were over 3,600 such incidents this year, many of them recorded on camera, NOS reports.

Not all incidents end in a near-miss. A total of 13 people were killed on the railway this year, excluding incidents of suicide, according to the rail manager.

Passengers board a train to Vlissingen at Amsterdam Central Station, 19 Jan 2018
Nov 26 '18 11:40

ProRail, NS and other stakeholders believe that the railway timetable can be further increased to cope with passenger growth in the coming years. In a joint exploration of the future, they've established that with a few smart adjustments on the so-called high frequency network, they can run trains every 7.5 minutes, NU.nl reports. 

A plane approaches Schiphol Airport
Nov 26 '18 08:16

Schiphol airport can theoretically grow to accommodating 540 thousand flights per year in 2023, 40 thousand more than is currently permitted, is stated in an interim environmental impact report on the airport that will be published on Thursday, insiders told NOS. The limit is not determined by noise or environmental impact, but by safety, according to the broadcaster.

RotterdamMaasNederland
Nov 23 '18 15:50

Rotterdam will get a new bank crossing connection with a highway and public transit to relieve the increasing traffic on the A16 highway, Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen of Infrastructure, the province of Zuid-Holland, the municipalities of Rotterdam and The Hague, and the surrounding municipalities agreed, NOS reports.

NL Alert
Nov 23 '18 13:10

From December 3rd all NL Alert messages will also be displayed on the departure boards in public transport. On that day the government will also send a test message, NOS repots.

Posting alerts on public transport boards is in line with NL Alert's aim to reach as many people as possible. NL Alerts are used to warn the public of a disaster, for example.

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Nov 23 '18 12:20

The Dutch provinces, transport regions and municipalities are pushing 245 million euros into getting more people to use their bicycles to get to work. In June State Secretary Stientje van Veldhoven of Infrastructure announced that the government is investing 100 million euros into measures to promote cycling, RTL Nieuws reports.

The government aims to convince 200 thousand extra people to use their bicycle for their daily commute. To achieve this, the government is investing into making cycling more attractive.

Marijuana
Nov 23 '18 08:39

Many Dutch municipalities are dissatisfied with the current preliminary design of the government's experiment with regulated cannabis cultivation.

Nov 23 '18 08:03

The number of Dutch people living in poverty decreased from 1.2 million in 2013 to almost 1 million in 2016, according to social and cultural planning office SCP. The SCP attributes the decline to the improvement of the Dutch economy after 2013, NOS reports.

Hard hat
Nov 22 '18 15:50

The municipality of Amsterdam plans to construct 52,500 new homes in the next seven years, responsible alderman Laurens Ivens announced. The main risk for these ambitious construction plans may be the shortage of construction workers, he said, AD reports.

"The plans are there. Hopefully we can find enough construction workers and the state will cooperate", Ivens said while presenting the municipality's plans on Thursday. The city wants to build 7,500 homes per year in its period of government. The rest will be built in the years thereafter.

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Nov 22 '18 14:10

Women in the Netherlands still earn less than their male counterparts, but the wage gap is slowly decreasing, Statistics Netherlands reported on Thursday. 

According to the stats office, the wage gap can partly be attributed to background characteristics like age, education and experience, but not completely. Statistics Netherlands was hesitant to say whether the rest of the gap is due to gender based discrimination. 

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Nov 22 '18 13:20

State Secretary Tamara van Ark of Social Affairs and Employment wants to make it mandatory for companies to make policies that prevent discrimination against job applicants. To enforce this, the Social Affairs and Employment Inspectorate will be given more powers. The Inspectorate will be given the task to monitor companies' policies and issue penalties to employers who ignore the new obligation, ANP reports. 

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