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KLM Cargo Boeing 747
Jul 10 '19 10:10

A KLM cargo plane lost a part of one of its wings above Zimbabwe on Monday. The wing flap came loose as the Boeing 747-400ERF was approaching the Robert Mugabe Airport in the capital of Harare, a KLM spokesperson confirmed to NH Nieuws. As far as is known, no one was hurt. 

The plane, operated for KLM Cargo by subsidiary Martinair, was on its way from Johannesburg to Harare, according to Luchtvaartnieuws. The flap fell off above Chitungwiza, some 30 kilometers southeast of Harare and near the airport.

Utrecht Central Station
Jul 10 '19 09:18

Dutch rail company NS is looking into building thousands of homes above the railways around Utrecht Central Station, Amsterdam Sloterdijk, and The Hague Central Station. NS wants to use the money it expects to earn with this to modernize the train stations, RTL Nieuws reports.

Journalist
Jul 9 '19 16:50

General intelligence and security service AIVD is threatening to take legal action against Volkskrant journalist Huib Modderkolk if he does not delete some words and sentences from his new book. These passages could reveal state secrets, and if he does not remove them, charges will be pressed against him, the AIVD confirmed to NU.nl after a report in the Volkskrant.

Putting the spotlight on Qatar and Singapore
Jul 9 '19 15:30

Dutch investors seeking to expand their business activities in other jurisdictions can find suitable investment conditions in specific countries. Since the Netherlands is a member state of the European Union, the country’s entrepreneurs can benefit from the advantages offered by other EU member states especially when considering the lack of trade barriers and a means for working cross-border with administrative efficiency.

Uber and coffee
Jul 9 '19 13:30

The municipality of Amsterdam and Uber concluded a so-called Social Charter in which they made agreements on road safety, data sharing, and sustainability, among other things. The Social Charter is the outcome of the Uber Task Force he municipality established in February following a number of fatal accidents in the city involving Uber drivers, the city said in a press statement.

An easyJet Airbus A320 collided with a KLM Boeing 737-800 at Schiphol airport, 9 July 2019
Jul 9 '19 11:50

Two passenger planes collided at a gate at Schiphol Airport on Tuesday morning. The KLM and easyJet planes were damaged in the collision, but no one was injured. Schiphol reports that the accident does not yet have any consequences for the other air traffic at the airport, NU.nl reports.

The collision happened while the planes were busy with a pushback - pushing an aircraft away at a gate prior to departure, a Schiphol spokesperson said to the newspaper. How the accident happened is being investigated. 

De Werf in Veere
Jul 9 '19 09:15

Terrace De Werf in the Zeeland town of Veere is the best terrace in the Netherlands, according to the annual Top 100 ranking by Misset Horeca. Brasa in Purmerend and Pelle's in Deurningen took second and third place. Amsterdam's first spot on the ranking is in 8th place with terrace Barca.

Rosary on an open bible
Jul 8 '19 15:45

The diocese of Haarlem dismissed gay priest Pierre Valkering of Amsterdam. Valkering was first suspended in March after he came out during a mass in the Vredeskerk in Amsterdam and revealed in his biography that he did not abide by his vow of celibacy.

Amsterdam_Zuidoost_ING-Bank_02_PM07
Jul 8 '19 14:30

The Dutch government wants banks, accountants, tax specialists and trust offices to do more to detect fraud and corruption in their systems. The government therefore asked the Netherlands' Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) to create a checklist to show financial institutions what to look out for, Financieele Dagblad reports.

Home for rent
Jul 8 '19 12:00

More and more owner-occupied homes in the Netherlands are ending up on the rental market. In 2017, almost 100 thousand homes that were not owned by a housing association came to be used as a rental home, Statistics Netherlands reported on Monday.

The number of owner-occupied homes that ended up in the rental market under non-housing association owners, increased significantly over the past years. In 2014 over 62,200 owner-occupied homes became available to rent. In 2017 that number increased to 98,900. 

Primary school classroom
Jul 8 '19 08:31

Schools in the Netherlands will again start the new school year with a considerable shortage of teachers and educational support staff. Currently there are 3,500 open vacancies for teachers in primary education, according to the council for primary education PO-Raad. The expectation is that 1,400 of these will not be filled by the start of the next school year. That makes the teacher shortage 5 percent larger than last year, NOS reports.

Business meeting
Jul 5 '19 17:00

Shareholders of Dutch listed companies are increasingly committed to recruiting more female board members. Half of the board members appointed since October 2018, are women, according to a study into this year's shareholders' meetings by Eumedion, NU.nl reports.

Amsterdam
Jul 5 '19 12:50

Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema and Minister Kasja Ollongren of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations signed a new Housing Deal for the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area on Friday. The deal states that 230 thousand new homes will be built in the city and its surroundings until 2040, with focus on affordable housing for lower and mid-level incomes. 100 thousand of these homes will be built by 2025, the city announced in a press release. 

Kids dressed up in dream job outfits
Jul 5 '19 09:03

More than half of pupils who were in the so-called bridge class in middle school in the 1999/2000 school year, knew what they wanted to be when they grew up. Eighteen years later, in 2017, just over 18 percent of them are working in their dream job or in a connecting industry, Statistics Netherlands reported on Friday.

Summer vacation
Jul 4 '19 15:30

28 percent of Dutch are not going on holiday this summer, compared to 25 percent last year. The vast majority of them say that vacation is simply too expensive, according to Nibud's annual survey on how Dutch spend their holiday pay, NU.nl reports.

Dutch are increasingly using their holiday pay to catch up on arrears or to pay off debts. Four years ago, 12 percent of Dutch spent their holiday pay in this way. Now that is 18 percent. 

A plane approaches Schiphol Airport
Jul 4 '19 14:40

Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen of Infrastructure and Water Management wants to allow the number of flight movements at Schiphol to increase to a limited extent from 2021, sources in The Hague said to broadcaster NOS. The cabinet will discuss this proposal on Friday.

Passengers board a train to Vlissingen at Amsterdam Central Station, 19 Jan 2018
Jul 4 '19 08:54

More and more Dutch people are taking the train. NS saw its number of passengers increase by nearly 3 percent last year. On average, 1.3 million people took the train each working day last year, 100 thousand more than in 2016, AD reports.

Remarkably, the number of weekend travelers saw a stronger increase than weekday travelers. On Saturdays and Sundays, 4.2 percent more people took the train in 2018 than in 2017. During the weekdays, passenger numbers increased by 2.2 percent. That brings NS' total passenger growth for 2018 to 2.7 percent. 

Taxi
Jul 4 '19 07:35

Taxi companies in Amsterdam are working with the municipality and the Amsterdam region's Discrimination Hotline to take measures to combat discrimination. This was prompted by an incident during Pride Amsterdam last year, when a taxi driver refused to give Pride ambassador Jennifer Hopelezz a ride. With Pride 2019 a month away, the taxi companies signed a declaration of intent for a discrimination-free taxi market, NOS reports.

Rental agreement
Jul 3 '19 16:50

The average free sector rent paid by tenants in the Netherlands now stands at 1 thousand euros per month. This is even higher in the four large Dutch cities, where tenants pay an average rent of 1,154 euros per month, Rabobank economists said in a report published on Wednesday, NU.nl reports.

This means that the national average rent is currently at the upper limit of 1 thousand euros for the middle segment. The middle segment is defined by homes with rents between 720 euros and 1 thousand euros per month. 

Entrance gates at Dordrecht station, 8 Apr 2016
Jul 3 '19 16:00

By 2021, the Dutch government wants to begin phasing out the OV Chipkaart payment method used by public transportation operators for nearly a decade, the top deputy at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management wrote in a letter to parliament. New payment options will be meant to bring the options for local commuters inline with existing and future technologies commonly available to public transit users globally, Secretary Stientje van Veldhoven-van der Meer said.

Red Light District in Amsterdam
Jul 3 '19 14:12

Mayor Femke Halsema of Amsterdam is currently exploring various options for a new prostitution policy in the Red Light District. One of the options she is considering is closing all the window brothels in the area, NU.nl reports.

According to the mayor, the situation in the center of Amsterdam increasingly "dire" due to the continuing suspicions of human trafficking and the growth of unlicensed prostitution. "It forces us to put the prostitution policy on the agenda again", she said in a letter to the city council on Wednesday.

Schiphol airport, 29 Sept 2018
Jul 3 '19 12:30

With its Dutch airports alone, the Schiphol Group is responsible for 13.6 million tons of CO2 emissions per year, according to a study by environmental research agency CE Delft on behalf of Greenpeace. Schiphol itself says it emits only 33 thousand tons of CO2, the Volkskrant reports.

According to CE Delft's calculations, Schiphol is responsible for almost 7 percent of all CO2 emissions in the Netherlands. For comparison, all passenger cars in the country account for 8.5 percent of Dutch emissions. 

hema spain
Jul 3 '19 11:51

Hema is having a go at the American and Canadian markets under the name Hema Amsterdam through a partnership with Walmart. In the United States, the Dutch company will soon start selling household items via Walmart.com. And in Canada, Hema is working with a local partner to open independent stores and will also open shops-in-shops through Walmart, NU.nl reports.

HTM buses at Den Haag Centraal
Jul 3 '19 07:48

No buses or trams are running in The Hague between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning. Employees of city transport company HTM are striking for better working conditions. They want a wage increase and a lower workload, among other things, NOS reports.

HTM said it tried to keep the buses and trams running as much as possible, but that turned out not to be an option. "It is very annoying that our travelers are once again the victim, but we simply do not find it responsible", the HTM management said. 

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