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A tram in Amsterdam
Jan 23 '19 10:10

Amsterdam transport company GVB is struggling under the consequences of a power failure. As a result, fewer trams are running through the Dutch capital on Wednesday. "It's a case of force majeure", a spokesperson for GVB said to Het Parool.

The malfunction is related to a defect in a transformer at the Havenstraat depot, which also affected tram traffic in the city on Tuesday. To prevent overload, GVB is running fewer trams on lines 1, 2, 5, 7, 13, 17 and 25.

According to GVB, travelers must take delays of up to 30 minutes into account. 

Stint
Jan 23 '19 09:29

The Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management will implement new, temporary rules for Stint electric cargo bikes next month. This will make clear to the manufacturers what adjustments need to be made for Stints to be allowed back on the road, RTL Nieuws reports.

Google
Jan 22 '19 14:50

Dutch consumers' association Consumentenbond handed Google a petition against the company's location tracking with over 50 thousand signatures. This petition forms part of a joint action by seven consumer associations in Europe, Consumentenbond announced on Monday, NU.nl reports.

Schiphol's snow fleet clearing snow off the airport's runways, 22 Jan 2019
Jan 22 '19 14:00

The Rotterdam The Hague Airport is temporarily closed on Tuesday due to snowfall. The fire department is at the airport to clear snow off the runways, but did not have much success, a spokesperson said to RTV Rijnmond. The airport will assess the situation again after 2:00 p.m. and decide whether it can reopen.

At least one incoming flight was redirected to Schiphol due to the closure, according to the broadcaster. A few departing flights have been delayed

The Uber App in Paris
Jan 22 '19 08:05

Uber is taking measures following a series of fatal accidents involving its drivers in Amsterdam. The ride-hailing service is increasing the minimum age for its drivers from 18 to 21 years, and new drivers must have at least a year of driving experience. Uber, in cooperation with safe traffic association VVN, is also developing a mandatory road safety course for all its drivers under the age of 25, NOS reports.

The age limit will only apply to new drivers, existing drivers who are under the age of 21 can continue to work for Uber. 

Ice forming on a waterway in Amsterdam’s Schellingwoude neighborhood, 21 Jan 2019
Jan 22 '19 07:27

The Netherlands is expected to get some snow this morning, and this will likely cause problems with all forms of travel. NS and ProRail are running fewer trains, Schiphol warns of flight delays, and public works department Rijkswaterstaat expects traffic problems, especially during evening rush hour. A code yellow warning for slick roads is in effect for the entire country.  

Primary school classroom
Jan 21 '19 16:30

A total of 79 schools in the Netherlands were awarded the predicate 'excellent school' on Monday, bringing the total number of excellent schools in the country up to 191. The predicate is awarded to schools who distinguish themselves in a specific area, like being very innovative or helping children who need extra attention in a special way, NOS reports.

Snow plows clear Schiphol's runways, 12 Dec 2017
Jan 21 '19 11:30

The Netherlands is expected to get its first proper snowfall of this winter on Tuesday. This could cause cancellations for flights from, to or through Amsterdam, KLM warns. Heavy traffic is also expected during rush hour on Tuesday morning and evening, NU.nl reports.

Grocery shopping
Jan 19 '19 08:00

Most Dutch households will have a bit more to spend this year than in 2018, despite higher energy bills, higher health insurance premiums and higher VAT, according to budget institute Nibud's latest purchasing power calculations. Most households will have between a few euros and 131 euros extra left over each month, NU.nl reports.

Amsterdam_Zuidoost_ING-Bank_02_PM07
Jan 18 '19 16:40

ING employees can look forward to "significantly" lower bonuses this year, even though the bank is doing well with more clients and turnover. The bonuses will be lower due to a settlement o for failing to monitor money laundering, NOS reports.

Roadworks
Jan 18 '19 13:30

Next month Rijkswaterstaat will start widening the A1 highway between Apeldoorn and the Azelo junction near Almelo. The 65 kilometer stretch of highway will be widened almost everywhere. This major job is expected to take 10 years to complete and cost around 400 million euros, NU.nl reports.

The A1 is one of the two main road links from the Randstad to the North and East European hinterland.

Merwede bridge on the A27 near Gorinchem
Jan 17 '19 16:10

The Netherlands only barely escaped a disaster comparable to the collapse of the Morandi bridge in Italy last summer, professor of safety and disaster management Ben Ale and professor of structural engineering Rob Nijsse of TU Delft said to EenVandaag after studying an investigation report about the course of events around the closing of the Merwede bridge near Gorinchem in 2016.

Amsterdam center
Jan 17 '19 14:10

The negative impact a  will have on trade and economy will cost the Amsterdam region at least 1 billion euros gross, finance alderman Udo Kock wrote in a letter to the city council, the Telegraaf reports.

Schiphol Airport station in Amsterdam
Jan 17 '19 08:14

Rail manager ProRail will be over the coming days, which means less train traffic to and from the airport. The rail works will take four days, starting on Thursday. On Thursday and Friday, trains from Amsterdam will still be able to reach the airport. But over the weekend there will be no train traffic to Schiphol. NS will deploy buses to replace the trains, NU.nl reports.

Manicure at a nail salon
Jan 16 '19 12:00

State Secretary Tamara van Ark of Social Affairs and Employment called on the public to report abuses in nail salons in the Netherlands. There are signals of human trafficking and exploitation in the fast growing sector. "The Inspectorate works through reports, then they can intervene. It is therefore important that we all keep our eyes open, because we can not do it alone", she said to NOS.

Deliveroo
Jan 16 '19 11:10

Deliveroo wrongly classifies its delivery workers as freelancers, a Dutch court ruled on Tuesday in two cases filed by union FNV. There is an employment contract, which means that deliverers should be considered employees and be covered by the collective bargaining agreement for professional goods transport, the court ruled, NU.nl reports.

The court ruled that delivery workers can now claim employment and that Deliveroo must apply the collective bargaining agreement retroactively. Deliveroo announced that it will appeal against the ruling. 

Wind turbines in Amsterdam
Jan 16 '19 09:07

The business community will pay their "fair" share in the implementation of the climate agreement, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said during question hour in parliament. The Prime Minister was called to parliament by GroenLinks leader Jesse Klaver. He believes that in the negotiations on the climate agreement the government, like with the scrapping of dividend tax, listened too much to the business community, NOS reports.

KLM Boeing 737-700, PH-BGP at Schiphol Airport
Jan 15 '19 14:10

KLM canceled around a dozen flights on Tuesday due to strikes at German airports. This involved flights to Frankfurt, Bremen and Hamburg. Lufthansa flights from Schiphol to these airports were not affected, AD reports.

Travelers can consult KLM's website about the status of their flights. Whether there will be more cancelations later this week, a spokesperson could not say to AD. "We're keeping an eye on the situation every day."

Eneco
Jan 15 '19 12:30

Oil and gas giant Shell and pension provider PGGM plan to jointly acquire energy company Eneco, the companies announced in a press statement. They plan to keep Eneco's green character, ANP reports.

Eneco is one of the three largest energy companies in the Netherlands, with approximately 2 million customers. A total of 53 municipalities are shareholders of Eneco. Rotterdam is the largest, followed by The Hague and Dordrecht with 16.55 percent and 9 percent of the shares respectively. Last year the municipalities decided they wanted to sell their shares.

Crowded Amsterdam at night
Jan 14 '19 08:06

Amsterdam Ombudsman Arre Zuurmond wants to implement an age limit for visitors to the Red Light District, he said in a report on nuisance in the area. He believes that keeping children out will help reduce the problems in the area. He did not give a specific minimum age a child must be before being allowed to enter the Red Light District, AD reports.

train trash
Jan 11 '19 15:40

The municipal housing costs, sewerage and waste taxes, and property taxes are rising "very substantially" this year, according to the annual study by the research center for the economy of the lower governments COELO, NU.nl reports.

The national government is increasing waste tax by 139 percent this year. Waste processors pay waste tax for the garbage that is incinerated or landfilled, and this cost is passed on the municipalities. As a result, municipalities have 3.5 to 4 percent more costs this year. 

Red Light District in Amsterdam
Jan 11 '19 10:40

, Amsterdam's sex-worker run brothel, is in desperate need of rescue. The running of a safe and financially sound prostitution business by sex workers themselves is a too ambitious project, independent investigator Corrine Dettmeijer, formerly the National Rapporteur on Human Trafficking, concluded after investigating the business.

Amsterdam center
Jan 11 '19 09:49

Norinchukin, a large Japanese bank, will open a branch in Amsterdam in order to maintain uninterrupted access to the European internal market after the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, the company officially announced, ANP reports.

In the Netherlands, Norinchukin will mainly focus on project financing. The branch will initially be staffed by a team of 30 people. 

Solar panel installation
Jan 11 '19 09:29

In some areas in the Netherlands the power grid is struggling to cope with the large number of new solar panels installed over the past few years, various Dutch newspapers report.

According to the Telegraaf, there is talk of "traffic jams" on the grid. In parts of Groningen, Drenthe and Overijssel, network operators Enexis and Tennet have to say "no" to the initiators of new large-scale projects, the Volkskrant and Financieele Dagblad report. According to FD, a lack of power cables is even standing in the way of the switch to green energy.

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