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Lecture hall
Dec 13 '19 17:10

The percentage of female educators in higher education is on the rise, but slowly, according to figures from the Dutch network of female professors LNHV. If this pace continues, the Netherlands will only reach a balance of 50 percent female and 50 percent male professors in 2042, the network said.

Currently 23.1 percent of professors in the Netherlands are women, up from 20.9 percent last year - the biggest increase in Dutch history. On the downside, the percentage of women among associate professors decreased from 28.6 to 28.4 percent.

Farmers and tractors on Dam Square in Amsterdam, 13 December 2019
Dec 13 '19 14:40

Farmers with 28 tractors gathered on Dam Square and Rokin in Amsterdam on Friday to protest against the government's nitrogen policy. They brought food with them for brunch and invited Amsterdam residents to come eat with them, specifically, Dutch-made food "with a low environmental impact."

"Farmer and citizen can talk to each other or enjoy a tasty egg or a hamburger sandwich", action group Argactie said on its website. "We want to use this day to find a connection between farmer and citizen." The protest action will officially last from noon until 4:00 p.m. 

Afternoon traffic on the A4 near Rotterdam
Dec 13 '19 10:30

Car owners in the Netherlands will pay 147 million euros more in road taxes next year than this year, according to Statistics Netherlands. The increase is partly due to the growing fleet of vehicles, higher rates, and the particulate matter tax that will be implemented. In total, the government and provinces expect to collect almost 6.1 billion euros in road tax in 2020.

The road tax, or motor vehicle tax, consists of a government part and a part collected by the provinces. The government expects to collect 131 million euros more next year, the provinces 16 million euros more. 

Church
Dec 13 '19 09:05

Homosexual priest Pierre Valkering successfully appealed in Rome against his dismissal as priest of the Amsterdam Vredeskerk, he said on radio program Dit is De Dag, The Congregation for the Clergy, the Vatican department that deals with priest issues, ruled that his dismissal was unjustified because of procedural errors, NOS reports.

High workload
Dec 13 '19 08:43

Health risks are not evenly distributed across the different employment contracts in the Netherlands, according to a report by the social-economic council SER, the government's main advisory body. Flexible workers face more physical dangers than permanent employees, and permanent employees struggle more emotionally, Trouw reports.

Banana artwork on sale at Albert Heijn in Den Bosch, 9 December 2019
Dec 12 '19 20:00

An Albert Heijn store in Den Bosch created its own version of an artwork, which consisted of a banana stuck to a wall with duct tape. But where the artwork by Maurizio Cattelan recently sold for 120 thousand euros, the Albert Heijn version is discounted to only 0.28 cents. 

The recreated work in the Albert Heijn store on De Arena was thought up by manager Ron Soeters. He loved the Italian artist's idea, he said to BN De Stem. "It's wonderful to see that such a simple banana impresses people so much." 

KLM Boeing 737-700, PH-BGP at Schiphol Airport
Dec 12 '19 17:10

Dutch flag carrier airline KLM plans to send ticketed passengers a mobile payment request to offset their share of carbon-dioxide emissions. The airline said it will start the program as a test in 2020 using social media messaging platform WhatsApp to distribute the requests.

All money collected will be invested in a Panamanian reforestation project, the airline said.

Duncan Laurence wins Eurovision 2019
Dec 12 '19 16:30

It took less than an hour for the first tranche of Eurovision 2020 tickets to sell out on Thursday, the song competition said in a statement. Ticket sales for the semi-finals and the Grand Final in Rotterdam opened up at noon, with some customers complaining that access to the website was buggy and limited.

Scales of justice and gavel on law book
Dec 12 '19 16:00

From next year, Netherlands residents and businesses who suffered collective damage, for example through a car or another product that's been tampered with, can go together to court to get their damages compensated. A new law by Minister Sander Dekker for Legal Protection, which allows these class action lawsuits, takes effect on January 1st.

Currently, joint proceedings only allow for a judge to make a ruling, for example on whether a company acted lawfully. No compensation can be claimed. If the ruling is in the victims' favor, they have to arrange the compensation themselves.

Teacher strike announcement at an Amsterdam school, 5 November 2019
Dec 12 '19 11:31

After a year of difficult negotiations, a collective bargaining agreement was reached for primary education. The trade unions and employers agreed on a 4.5 percent wage increase for all teaching staff. They will also receive a once-off payment of 33 percent of their monthly wage and a once-off amount of 875 euros, education union AOb announced.

Crowded departure hall at Schiphol Airport
Dec 12 '19 10:46

A major fuel outage at Schiphol in July, that left hundreds of flights canceled and tens of thousands of travelers stranded, was caused by a loose neutral wire in an electrical installation, research agency TNO concluded after investigating the failure. According to TNO, the error likely occurred during electrical installation work in February, NOS reports.

Noord-Zuidlijn train front
Dec 12 '19 08:10

The Noord-Zuid subway line in Amsterdam will be extended to Schiphol and Hoofddorp within the next decade, and the estimated costs of the project are least 3 billion euros, the Volkskrant reports based on sources within the seven parties involved in the project.

Lecture hall
Dec 11 '19 16:30

Nine-year-old Laurent Simons is almost certainly exchanging Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) for a top university in the United States, his father Alexander Simons said on Pauw on Tuesday. The boy and his parents planned for him to graduate as an Electrical Engineer in December, but clashed with TU/e when the university called this unattainable. 

An NS train waiting on the tracks (Photo: TahR78/Wikipedia)
Dec 11 '19 15:20

A two-year long experiment with running a night train from Rotterdam Central Station to Groningen after Friday night draws to a close attracted enough passengers to be considered a success, according to NS. The rail company will add this train to the timetable for the coming two years, RTV Noord reports.

The train departs from Rotterdam Central Station at just after midnight, pulling out of the station at 12:05 a.m. on Saturdays. It then runs via Utrecht, Zwolle and Assen to Groningen, where it arrives just before 3:00 a.m. 

A scooter rider and several bicyclists approach a snorfiets checkpoint in Amsterdam Centrum, 8 April 2019
Dec 11 '19 12:50

Moving scooters and mopeds from bicycle paths to the public roads had a positive effect on both road safety and the flow of traffic, the municipality of Amsterdam said in a press release. Since the scooter ban from bike paths was implemented in April, the number of accidents decreased considerably, the city said.

ABN Amro app
Dec 11 '19 09:05

The punishment for fraud with newer payment methods such as banking apps and Tikkie will increase, according to a legislative proposal Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security is working on. Those caught committing fraud with Tikkie or other apps will soon face up to six years in prison, instead of the current between one and four years.

Farmers protest on Malieveld in The Hague, 1 October 2019
Dec 10 '19 16:20

Farmers in the Netherlands will hold more protests on Wednesday, December 18th. Exactly what form these protest actions will take, is not yet clear and will likely only be announced shortly in advance, NOS reports.

TU Eindhoven
Dec 10 '19 13:50

Laurent Simons, a 9-year-old from Amsterdam, immediately stopped his studies at the Eindhoven University of Technology. The boy was on track to be the youngest ever graduate of the Electrical Engineering course, but will not finish his studies due to a conflict with the university, NOS reports.

Tata Steel IJmuiden at sunset
Dec 10 '19 10:30

Employees of steel producer Tata Steel gathered on the parking lot of FC Velsenoord in Velsen-Noord on Tuesday morning to protest against announced layoffs at the steel factory in IJmuiden. The employees are gathered to hear what managers of union FNV and the chairman of the company's Central Works Council have to say about their future, NH Nieuws reports.

Sanomatalo, The Sanoma House, in Helsinki
Dec 10 '19 09:42

Finnish publishing giant Sanoma sold its unit Sanoma Media Netherlands to Belgian company DPG Media for an amount of 460 million euros, Sanoma announced on Tuesday. No jobs will be lost in the deal - all 977 employees, equivalent to 894 full-time positions, will mover from Sanoma to DPG.

Containers in the port of Rotterdam
Dec 10 '19 09:06

The Dutch government has formulated ambitious sustainability goals, like reducing CO2 emissions by 49 percent by 2030 and achieving a fully circular economy by 2050, but there is no coherent vision on what a sustainable society will look like and how to get to such a society, the Council for the Environment and Infrastructure said in its advisory report titled "Toward

Airplane arriving at Schiphol Airport
Dec 10 '19 08:23

On January 1st, new international regulations come into effect that should make it easier to prosecute travelers who put airplane safety in danger in the country where they are put off the plane. A total of 22 countries have signed the new treaty, called the Montreal Protocol. The Netherlands is currently ratifying it, the Telegraaf reports.

Primary school classroom
Dec 10 '19 07:26

Nearly two-thirds of primary school teachers in the Netherlands have pupils in the classroom who live in poverty. They notice that these children have more problems with their school performance than their peers with no money problems at home, according to a survey among 700 primary school teachers by DUO. 20 percent of teachers stopped group discussions about weekend or holiday activities, because it is "too painful" for the pupils who could not do anything, AD reports.

Lagerwey three-bladed windmill
Dec 9 '19 07:54

A 32-meter high toppled over Sunday night in Jorwert, Friesland, while a weather warning for strong winds was in effect. Though it was initially reported to the fire department as a possible case of storm damage, authorities told broadcaster NOS the cause is still under investigation.

It happened at about 6:45 p.m. on Hessensereed, a quiet road in the quiet Frisian town. The windmill fell across the street, blocking traffic in both directions.

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