The expensive drugs for the rare diseases Pompe and Fabry will still be reimbursed after this year by the basic health insurance, reports Minister Schippers to the House.
The AIVD should legally be allowed more room to monitor the Dutch networks. Not to spy on Dutch citizens, but to scan for the presence of intelligence services. This advocates Ronald Prins, director of the IT security company Fox-it, in response to the news on the digital break-in at the Belgian telecom company Belgacom.
De Grittenborgh prison in Heerenveen is empty, starting this morning. The last six detainees have been transferred to Veenhuizen.
The biggest flaw in the Fyra V250 was the battery. It had major difficulties with charging, overheating, the isolation and grounding, to name a few things.
A 46-year-old Tilburg resident tried to commit suicide by setting himself on fire. He did this in front of a supermarket where there were many witnesses.
As expected, the shareholders of KPN have voted on Wednesday in favor of the sales of the German part E-Plus. Telefónica Deutschland has paid KPN 8.5 billion euro for E-Plus.
Two men gave a policeman last Tuesday a plastic bag with a grenade in the middle of the street. The shocked policeman immediately put the bag safely away and informed the bomb squad.
The two men reported to the police that they have found the grenade in the surrounding of Beek, Limburg. It is most possible a grenade from WWII, which didn’t go off. They wanted to hand over the explosive to the police and therefore gave the plastic bag with grenade to the policeman.
A 32-year-old woman who escaped with her baby earlier on Wednesday was found in Capelle a/d IJssel. The police stated that the mother was arrested and the baby was handed over to Youth Care. The baby is in good health.
The 2-months-old baby girl was placed with a foster family in Tilburg. While visiting her daughter, the mother ran away with the baby at a moment that she was not supervised.
It is expected that of al the Dutch older than 15, 25% or even slightly less will smoke this year. This was stated by State Secretary Martin van Rijn, during a debate on smoking in the House.
In 2012 the number of smokers was 26%. This were a total of 3.6 million people. Although a decrease of 1% doesn’t look that big, counted in number of people it is a considerable number of people who quit smoking.
While the police was thinking to raid a cannabis grower, they discovered a large XTC lab. The police announced on Wednesday that the lab had a daily capacity of 200 kilogram of MDMA, the active ingredient in XTC pills.
How much MDMA actually was produced in the lab near Rosmalen has to be revealed by further investigation. No arrests have been made yet.
All drugs found in the building have been confiscated by the police. The SWAT team will guard the place on Wednesday evening since there is still a stock of chemicals in the building.
On Wednesday evening D66 was invited for a discussion with the Prime Minister, the Vice Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance. No details were mentioned by any of the negotiators.
After the one-on-one discussion between Minister of Finance Jeroen Dijsselbloem and the party leaders of the constructive opposition parties plus 50Plus, the minister sent a new proposal to each of them.
After the discussions the opposition parties were still negative, in the way that they thought that too little was proposed by the government.
Amsterdam is getting a new theater, especially for the new theater piece ANNE, about the life of Anne Frank. It is built in the new residential Houthavens aan het IJ and will open in April.
Dutch universities once again rank high on one of the most important worldwide lists. After the United States and the United Kingdom, the Netherlands is the best represented country in the Times Higher Education World University Ranking. Last year, seven Dutch universities were in the top 100, this year there are eight.
The students of the Ibn Ghaldoun school in Rotterdam stay together this school year. The group is temporarily registered as a branch of a Christian school.
Honorary consuls are often people who know the country well and offer voluntary assistance consular affairs. They work from their own office.
The two Dutch Greenpeace activists, detained in Russia, are charged with piracy. Fourteen of the activists were charged today, all of them with piracy. The other sixteen will hear their charges tomorrow. The maximum sentence for piracy in Russia is fifteen years.