Apr 18 '13 17:02

At least 27 supermarket owners confessed to the Dutch tax authorities, de Belastingdienst, that they committed fraud. They pretended that revenues were lower to pay less tax. A documentary of the Dutch television program Nieuwsuur showed that on Thursday.

Apr 18 '13 16:00

Strong winds caused a lot of problems on Thursday. In the provinces of North-Holland and Overijssel several trucks and trailers blew down.

Apr 18 '13 15:11

Prince Willem-Alexander will accept a ceremonial role as a king if the House decides that. He said that in an interview with RTL Nieuws and NOS. “I’ll accept anything, as long as the processes are democratic and laws are followed”.

Apr 18 '13 14:08

Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs is worried about the speed of the increase in unemployment in the Netherlands. Chairman of political party D66 Alexander Pechtold said that the Netherlands is following Greece, Slovenia, Italy and Portugal. “It’s a category we shouldn’t feel comfortable in”.

Apr 18 '13 08:44

The number of diabetics has been rising sharply since 2000, according to the National Institute for Public Health (RIVM). On January 1, 2011, there were over 800,000 people in our country with diabetes known to general practitioners.

RIVM says the real number is probably a quarter higher because not everyone with the disease is known to doctors. The Institute further states that there are on top of that about 750,000 people, aged between 30 and 70 years, with disturbed glucose tolerance. These individuals have an increased risk of developing diabetes.

Apr 18 '13 08:36

Due to the huge increase in profits of health insurance companies, the premium for health insurance can be reduced for each payer by 15 euro monthly, according to the association for doctors and paramedics, VvAA. The Dutch Central Bank forecasts that the net profit of the nine Dutch health insurers will reach about 1.4 billion euro in 2012.

Only CZ, with a market share of 20 percent, announced on Tuesday a profit of 518 million euro. When other insurers have obtained similar results, the profit of the sector might exceed 2 billion.

Apr 18 '13 08:30

The CDA wants Minister Ivo Opstelten (Security and Justice) to put a stop to the construction of a large sex palace in Hoofddorp (Noord Holland). According to CDA MP Peter Oskam, such a complex will attract all sorts of shady businesses, such as drug trafficking, human trafficking and illegal prostitution.

On Wednesday, Oskam asked Opstelten what could still be done to stop the construction of the mega brothel. Because most residents of Haarlemmermeer and Hoofddorp are against the sex palace, he thinks that the entertainment complex should not be built.

Apr 18 '13 08:24

“This must be a mistake,” thought Said Basir when he found a phone bill of about 20,000 euro on his doormat last month. His bill is normally around 100 euro. However, after several reminder letters from his provider KPN/Telfort, it seemed the bill was not an error.

This Amsterdam citizen will have to pay thousands of dollars, which he cannot afford. “I do not even earn that amount in a year,” said a crestfallen Said to AT5. Moreover, he knows “100 percent sure” that he did not consume so much mobile data (10GB).

Apr 18 '13 08:17

Thursday is going to be a tough day for Fred Teeven, State Secretary of Security and Justice. He must answer questions in the House about the mistakes which were made under his responsibility and which led to the death of the Russian activist Aleksander Dolmatov.

Apr 17 '13 16:43

The seal that recently swam in the canals of Groningen travelled further inland to the province of Drenthe. People saw the animal in the small stream de Hunze, close to Annen, about 40 kilometers from the sea.

Apr 17 '13 16:16

Terminally ill patients can get faster access to test medicines via MyTomorrows, a community created by Sjaak Vink. It is the first time that inventors, doctors and patients are brought together.

Apr 17 '13 15:29

Residents of the Netherlands used more energy in 2012 then in the year before. Cold weather was the cause.

Apr 17 '13 14:51

The offender, not by the taxpayer, should pay costs made to maintain public order. Dutch political party VVD asked the Minister of Justice, Opstelten, to change the law.

Apr 17 '13 14:08

Doctors treating patients who are in their last life phase often ‘do’ too much. Both parties have to discuss the question of ‘should we do everything that’s possible?’ more often in case of premature births and seriously ill patients. Research agency ZonMw concluded this in a report that they will offer to the Minister and Secretary of Public Health on Wednesday.

Apr 17 '13 09:25

Philips has developed a new tube lamp which consumes only half of the energy consumed by the current fluorescent lighting. As such, the new LED lamp can have a significant impact on power consumption worldwide.

Apr 17 '13 09:17

The current economic situation limits the government to act on the situation of people who live near high voltage cables. However, Minister Henk Kamp (Economic Affairs) announced onWednesday that no more than 400 residents, who lived directly under power lines, could get a buy-out offer.

There are people who live under high voltage cables of 220 and 380 kilovolt (which technically cannot be put underground) and people in rural areas, living under power lines of 110 and 150 kilovolt. The costs related to this buy-out scheme are estimated at 140 million euro.


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