Aerial photo of the Zandvoort circuit in 2016
Oct 29 '19 15:10

Renovations to the Zandvoort Circuit for the Dutch Grand Prix can continue as planned, the court in Haarlem ruled on Tuesday in the first of two lawsuits filed by environmental organizations in an attempt to stop the planned work, RTL Nieuws reports.

EU flags in front of the European Commission
Oct 29 '19 14:20

The European Commission wants to substantially increase the Dutch contribution to the European Union budget in the coming years. The Netherlands' contribution next year amounts to 8.1 billion euros. If the European Commission has its way, that will increase to 13 billion euros by 2027 - an increase of no less than 60 percent, the Ministry of Finance confirmed to RTL Z after reports in Financieele Dagblad. 

Fishnet stockings
Oct 29 '19 13:30

A young woman from Amsterdam was contacted by escort agency Pandora in Den Bosch, offering her a job. The agency saw Chantal's Instagram account and thought she'd be perfect for the agency, the Telegraaf reports.

"We came across your profile on Instagram and are super enthusiastic about you", Bureau Pandora said to Chantal in a message. "Are you by any chance interested in a very, very well-paying side job? You seem to be a prefect candidate for the agency!"

Gerrit Jan van D.
Oct 29 '19 12:40

The Public Prosecutor wants to perform DNA tests to determine whether Gerrit Jan van D. really is the father of the six now-adult children who lived with him in complete isolation on a farm in Ruinerwold for years, a spokesperson for the Public Prosecution Service confirmed to NU.nl after reports in Dagblad van het Noorden.

The children themselves told the police that Van D. is their father, but as they are not registered in the Basic Persons Registration, this is not an established fact. The Public Prosecutor therefore wants to test their DNA for certainty.

Newborn baby
Oct 29 '19 11:50

A hotline for mothers in the Netherlands who were pressured to give up their children for adoption received over 150 reports since it launched on October 1st. The Ministry of Justice and Security, which launched the hotline as part of a major investigation into abuses in domestic adoption from 1956 to 1984, is surprised by the number of reports, RTL Nieuws reports. 

Mushrooms
Oct 29 '19 11:00

So far this year, 28 people have become ill in the Netherlands after eating self-picked mushrooms. A significant increase compared to last year, when around 11 people contracted mushroom poisoning, AD reports based on figures from the national poisons information center NVIC.

The vast majority of the poisoning incidents happened in October, after mushrooms started growing en masse. By September, there were only nine cases of mushroom poisoning. 

Sunweb branding on a Transavia Boeing 737-800
Oct 29 '19 10:10

Starting today, travel organization Sunweb will start compensating for the CO2 emissions caused by its package holidays. The organization will not only compensate the emissions of the flight, but also those of associated bus trips, transfers and accommodations. This will cost the company an estimated 1 million euros, but prices will not be raised for customers, Sunweb said, NOS reports.

Tinder
Oct 29 '19 09:20

Dating platforms Tinder, Happn, 50plusmatch, Parship, and Paiq are in violation of Dutch privacy law, according to consumers association Consumentenbond. They place tracking cookies without users' permission and their privacy statements are intentionally vague about who they share information with, according to the association.

Food waste
Oct 29 '19 08:50

The Too good to go project seems to be an effective measure in the fight against food waste. Around 1 million Dutch people are signed up to the project. They receive a Magic Box containing food items that are still good to eat, but can no longer be sold, for around a third of the original price of the items. That amounts to 1.5 million 'saved' meals, that would otherwise have ended up in the trash, NOS reports.

Fog rolled across parts of the country including the A16 near Dordrecht at the ’s-Gravendeel interchange. Oct. 29, 2019
Oct 29 '19 08:18

Fog and slippery roads are causing havoc with traffic in the Netherlands on Tuesday morning. At 8:00 a.m. there were 157 traffic jams on Dutch roads, covering 728 kilometers, according to travelers' association ANWB.

An accident on the A2 near the Oudenrijn junction got the morning off to a troublesome start, tying up traffic between Den Bosch and Utrecht, according to ANWB. The left lane had been closed and was reopened by 6:30 a.m., but there was still heavy traffic in north- and southbound lanes 90 minutes later.

Dermatologist examining a woman's skin
Oct 29 '19 08:03

The number of skin cancer diagnoses in the Netherlands continues to rise sharply and that is putting increasing pressure on hospitals, according to a report by Dutch cancer center IKNL. If no changes are made in how skin cancer care is organized, the pressure on hospitals will increase enormously in the coming years, the authors warn. At this stage the increase in skin cancer cases is faster than the Dutch population is aging, the report states, NOS reports.

Netherlands police uniform
Oct 29 '19 07:40

Municipalities and the police are very concerned about the new Compulsory Mental Healthcare Act that takes effect on January 1st. They worry that the law will result in even more people with serious mental health problems being treated at home. And because there is already not enough outpatient care to help people at home 24/7, this will increase the pressure on the police, Liesbeth Spies, mayor of Alphen aan den Rijn and chairman of the Society of Dutch Mayors, said to Nieuwsuur.

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