Business

Eemshaven port
Aug 21 '19 10:46

Scottish company TEC-Farragon is working on a ferry service between the Scottish town of Rosyth and Eemshaven in the Netherlands. Scottish companies currently make use of the port of Dover in southern England. But with the Brexit approaching, Scotland wants a direct ferry connection with Europe, NOS reports.

Crowd at a concert
Aug 21 '19 08:48

From now on, Ticketmaster will refund service fees along with ticket prices if an event is canceled, consumers association Consumentenbond announced, RTL Nieuws reports.

Electric hob
Aug 21 '19 08:26

People in the Netherlands increasingly opt for cooking on electric stoves instead of gas ones. Of the hobs that were sold last year, only 27 percent were gas, the other 73 percent were electric. A year earlier 58 percent of hobs sold were electric, according to research by environmental organization Natuur & Milieu, NU.nl reports.

Afsluitdjik
Aug 20 '19 17:50

The Afsluitdijk is officially closed to cyclists for the next three years. In the coming years, the dyke will be reinforced and its locks and pumps will be renovated, NOS reports.

The closure of the bicycle path on the Afsluitdijk, which runs between Den Over in Noord-Holland to Zurich in Friesland, was originally scheduled for April 1st. But after protest, public works department Rijkswaterstaat decided to postpone the closure. Sunday was the last day on which cyclists could use the bike path for the time being.

Health insurance
Aug 20 '19 11:10

Thousands of Dutch households are struggling to keep up with healthcare costs and have ended up in serious financial problems as a result, RTL Nieuws reports based on its own research. Some people had to take desperate measures like selling their house, getting divorced or canceling holidays, according to the broadcaster.

Schiphol Airport passengers
Aug 20 '19 09:29

NS will soon start selling train tickets through companies like car-rentals, tour operators and hotels. According to the Dutch railway company, it is the first transporter in Europe to fully outsource part of its ticket sales to third parties, Financieele Dagblad reports.

The new NS partners will purchase train kilometers from the rail company and then re-sell them to their customers at their own discretion and price. The customer can then use the train through an app or fuel card, for example. In this way NS hopes to lure car users to the train.

Online dating
Aug 20 '19 09:01

The Right Link BV, a company behind 17 dating sites, agreed to refund customers who were misled by fake profiles on its sites, the Dutch authority on consumers and markets ACM announced on Tuesday. According to ACM, the company set 9 million euros aside for these refunds.

Football
Aug 20 '19 08:35

Rabobank is no longer taking professional football clubs as clients due to "raised to unacceptable risks of money laundering, corruption, fraud and other abuses", NRC reports based on an internal message the bank circulated this summer. Rabobank employees are also no longer allowed "to take on new managerial or supervisory positions" at professional football organizations due to a "potential conflict of interest", the message said. 

Driving through a tunnel
Aug 19 '19 12:40

The Maas tunnel in Rotterdam is open again in both directions after two years of renovations. During the work, the tunnel was closed in the direction of Rotterdam-Zuid. Since 6:00 a.m. on Monday morning, traffic can fully use the tunnel again, NOS reports.

Bike garage at Utrecht Centraal
Aug 19 '19 11:57

The largest bicycle parking garage in the world is opening in Utrecht on Monday. With 12,656 parking spaces, including 480 spaces for larger or oddly shaped bicycles like cargo bikes and tandems, the parking facility on Utrecht's station square easily breaks the previous record, held by a bike parking garage in Tokyo with 9,400 parking spaces, Trouw reports.

"From abroad, they look with jealousy at everything we do here for cycling", project leader Lidwien van Kessel of ProRail said to the newspaper. "We are at the forefront here." 

Primary school classroom
Aug 19 '19 09:21

The number of people who want to be retrained as a teacher in primary education more than doubled this year. In 2018 around 450 people signed up to be retrained as a primary school teacher, this year there were nearly 1,100, the national organization for teacher education in primary education LOBO said to NOS on Monday. 

Police officer at a train station
Aug 19 '19 08:10

After months of puzzling and work, ProRail announced its new train timetable for 2020. The main change is that more trains will run next year, also outside the Randstad. According to the rail manager, a new planning system means that the space on the track can be used even more efficiently next year, NOS reports.

The roof of the AFAS stadium in Alkmaar partially collapsed during a storm, 10 August 2019
Aug 16 '19 11:50

The Dutch Safety Board found two more fractures and two compromised places in the roof of the AFAS stadium in Alkmaar, the Safety Board said in an interim report. These fractures and suspected cracks may lead to parts of the remaining roof collapsing. "They represent an acute risk", the Safety Board said, NOS reports.

CBR office
Aug 15 '19 14:20

Driver's licenses office CBR blundered in filing dozens of people's medical data. Referral letters, specialist examinations, GP forms, addresses and social security numbers of dozens of people ended up in the wrong files and were therefore visible to others online, the CBR confirmed to NOS after reports in AD. 

KLM Catering Services delivering meals to a KLM plane
Aug 15 '19 11:00

The KLM staff who provide on-flight catering are performing labor actions on Thursday. This could have consequences for KLM passengers - flights may be delayed or have no food on board.

The labor actions involve staff of KLM Catering Services (KCS), a subsidiary of the airline. KCS employees are dissatisfied with the progress of a new collective bargaining agreement for the catering sector, which also covers them.

Shopping
Aug 15 '19 09:18

Economic growth in the Netherlands will decline to 1.4 percent growth next year, according to the August Estimation by central planning office CPB. The declining growth is due to "bad wind from abroad", the CPB said, NU.nl reports.

The Uber App in Paris
Aug 15 '19 08:40

Traffic safety association VVN agreed to cooperate with Uber and Uber Eats for three years in a joint goal to improve road safety. The cooperation will consist of setting up campaigns and safety courses for Uber drivers  and Uber Eats cyclists, NU.nl reports.

The roof of the AFAS stadium in Alkmaar partially collapsed during a storm, 10 August 2019
Aug 14 '19 13:40

When the AFAS stadium in Alkmaar was built, the future installation of solar panels on its roof was not taken into account, Anna Lambrechts, commercial director of Sunprojects - the company that installed around 1,700 solar panels on the stadium's roof in 2015 - said in a video used as promotional material, AD reports.

The video was filmed four years ago. It was taken offline after the roof of the AZ stadium partially collapsed in a storm on Saturday.

Containers in the port of Rotterdam
Aug 14 '19 12:50

In the second quarter of this year, the Dutch economy grew by 0.5 percent compared to the first quarter - the same growth as in the previous two quarters. Compared to the second quarter of last year, the Dutch economy grew by 1.8 percent adjusted for the number of working days, Statistics Netherlands reported on Wednesday. The economic growth in the second quarter was higher than expected. 

Cracked wall
Aug 13 '19 15:00

The temporary committee for mining damage in Groningen, TCMG, paid out a total of over 80 million euros in damage claims to Groningen residents since March last year. Over 17 thousand damage claims haven't yet been processed, and more claims continue to come in. Last week the committee received 462 new damage claims, the TCMG announced, NOS reports.

Eindhoven Airport
Aug 13 '19 13:20

A malfunction in Eindhoven Airport's baggage system on Tuesday morning caused some issues at the airport. All departures from the airport were delayed. Some passengers missed their flights. And some flights left with not all baggage on board, NOS reports.

Due to the malfunction, all baggage had to be checked in manually. "That takes much longer than through the normal system", a spokesperson for the airport said to NOS.

Rail works around the Naarden-Bussum station, 5 August 2019
Aug 13 '19 10:47

Travelers association Rover wants rail manager ProRail and rail company NS to do more to make sure customers are inconvenienced as little as possible during rail works and breakdowns. The association made a number of recommendations on how to achieve this, including improving information provision to travelers, compensation for inconvenience, and using longer trains.

Sold sign in front of a home
Aug 12 '19 14:30

The price difference in buying a home in the Netherlands' cheapest and most expensive provinces is now 175 thousand euros, according to economists at Rabobank. The average price of a home in Noord-Holland is 388 thousand euros, while the average price in Groningen is 213 thousand euros, NU.nl reports.

Electric scooters
Aug 12 '19 13:40

The Dutch association of insurers VNV warn Dutch who bought electric scooters, skateboards and unicycles while vacationing abroad to remember that they are not allowed on public roads in the Netherlands. Also remember to insure them - if you end up in an accident with an uninsured e-scooter, you may have to pay the damages yourself, the VNV warns, NOS reports.

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