Dog wearing a shock collar
Apr 4 '19 10:20

The Netherlands will ban the use of shock collars on dogs from July next year, Minister Carola Schouten of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality announced. She is also tackling abuses in the breeding of so-called "designer cats", RTL Nieuws and the Telegraaf report. 

The shock collar ban applies to individual dog owners as well as qualified dog trainers. Those who still use shock collars after 1 July 2020, will risk a fine of up to 20 thousand euros, or a maximum prison sentence of three years, according to RTL.

Scales of justice and gavel on law book
Apr 4 '19 09:18

Two Dutch lawyers decided to stop representing terrorism suspects. They withdrew from their current case and will also not represent suspected terrorists in the future. The reason for this is that several Dutch and Belgian lawyers were recently denied access to the United States. These were all lawyers who defended terrorism suspects, and the two Dutch lawyers fear that the same will happen to them, RTL Nieuws reports.

On Tuesday the American embassy in The Hague denied to the broadcaster that someone's occupation could be a reason to refuse entry to the U.S. 

Sander Dekker
Apr 4 '19 08:40

Minister Sander Dakker for Legal Protection acknowledged in a parliamentary debate on Wednesday that he bears political responsibility for mistakes made in the treatment of Michael P., the man who raped and murdered 25-year-old Anne Faber from Utrecht in 2017. At the same time he asked parliament to trust him to also solve the problems. He survived the debate, NU.nl reports.

"I feel the responsibility in my every fiber", Dekker said. "One of my most important tasks is to protect society from people like Michael P." 

Dutch police officer with service firearm
Apr 4 '19 07:58

A minor suspect was arrested on suspicion of shoplifting in Almelo on Wednesday afternoon. During the arrest, he managed to grab one of the police officers' firearm. The police quickly managed to take the gun back from the boy, NU.nl reports.

The boy had been worked to the ground by supermarket staff. He then tried to hurt himself by banging his head on the ground, the police said. When officers tried to help the boy to his feet, he violently resisted and a struggle ensued. It was during this struggle that he grabbed the cop's gun. 

Crime scene
Apr 4 '19 07:32

A 54-year-old man from Zegveld was found dead along the roadside in the Utrecht village of Wilnis on Wednesday morning. He was identified as the stalker of a woman who was shot and killed in a home in the nearby Mijdrecht on Tuesday night, NOS reports.

The man's body was found on Amstelkade. According to the police, the man took his own life. The police are investigating whether the man was involved in the woman's death, and whether his suicide had anything to do with it.

Gökmen T. suspected in the Utrecht shooting on Oktoberplein
Apr 3 '19 17:42

The suspect in last month's mass shooting on a tram in Utrecht wanted to cause fear and confusion on a wide scale, the Public Prosecutor (OM) said on Wednesday. It forms the basis of their accusation that the suspect, Gökmen T., had a purpose of terrorism when he carried out the shooting, for which he is charged with three specific crimes, a spokesperson for the OM told NL Times.

Empty classroom
Apr 3 '19 16:50

The number of reports of sexual abuse and discrimination at Dutch schools increased last year. The Education Inspectorate received 134 reports of sexual abuse in the school year 2017/2018, the highest number in 15 years, NU.nl reports.

In nearly half of the reports about pupils being sexually abused, the accused perpetrator is someone who works at the school, such as a teacher or a member of the non-teaching staff, according to the Inspectorate. The number of reports about sexual harassment decreased, the Inspectorate said. 

Big Ben in London, Westminster, England
Apr 3 '19 16:00

Having a parliamentarian on the board offers significant benefits to companies, according to research from the University of Groningen on United Kingdom businesses. Almost half of the top 50 public firms in the UK have connections with a sitting parliamentarian, according to the researchers. 

Child playing with toy airplane
Apr 3 '19 15:10

Nine year old Iraqi boy Nemr will be allowed to stay in the Netherlands after all. He was granted a residency permit, his lawyer told ANP. She would not give further comment. Nemr's parents and younger brother will also be allowed to stay, NOS reports.

Stef Blok
Apr 3 '19 14:20

The Asian state of Brunei implemented new strict Islamic laws on Wednesday, which allows the death penalty for homosexual intercourse and for women who had an abortion to be publicly flogged. The Netherlands is "deeply concerned" by these "inhumane penalties", Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Aairs said on Twitter.

"A serious breach of international human rights", the Dutch Foreign Minister said. "The Netherlands joins [UN Human Rights Chief] Michelle Bachelet in urging the government of Brunei to halt implementation of the revised Penal Code."

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Apr 3 '19 13:30

Job applicants are regularly discriminated against, according to a study among human resources departments on behalf of temporary employment agency Unique. Discrimination based on age and ethnicity are among the most common, RTL Nieuws reports.

Copper plates found on a 16th century Dutch shipwreck, January 2019
Apr 3 '19 12:40

Researchers found a Dutch shipwreck from early in the 16th century while cleaning up containers that went overboard from the MSC Zoe on New Year's eve. This is the oldest shipwreck ever discovered in Dutch waters, the National Cultural Heritage Agency said on Wednesday.

Gavel
Apr 3 '19 11:50

Bekir E., the 31-year-old man accused of gunning down 16-year-old Humeyra Ergincanli at her school in Rotterdam, appeared in court for the first time for a proforma hearing on Tuesday. Codefendant Mohammed Al-M. told the court that E. made up a story that he wanted to kidnap Humeyra, not kill her.

Netherlands money calculator
Apr 3 '19 11:40

The tax return deadline is around the corner, and that means it is also the right time to brush up on your knowledge related to the changes introduced this year in the tax code. The timeframe for submitting income tax returns in the Netherlands depends on your situation.

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Apr 3 '19 11:10

The police found dozens of dead animals while checking a barn in the Gelderland town of Leuvenheim on Monday. The carcasses included four ponies, four goats, one calf, and dozens of birds, the police said in a statement.

A number of neglected, but alive, animals were also found in the barn on Spankerenseweg. According to the police, these animals are "in desperate need of the proper care and accommodation". The police launched an investigation and filed an official report against the owner of the barn.

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Apr 3 '19 10:20

The Nederweert based company The Next Crowd is going to recruit construction workers to build American president Donald Trump's now infamous wall on the border between the United States and Mexico. The recruitment website goes online on Wednesday, AD reports.

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