Jul 4 '13 07:36

The Netherlands ranked no. 4 in the Global Innovation Index 2013 (GII).

Jul 4 '13 07:29

Netherlands won against Northern Ireland in a friendly match in Velsen (3-0). The Dutch team are getting ready for UEFA Women's EURO 2013 in Sweden.

Jul 4 '13 07:13

Based on a report by CBS - Statistics Netherlands, locals spent €16 billion on holidays last year.

Jul 4 '13 03:45

Mark Cavendish of Omega Pharma-Quickstep has won the mass sprint in Marseille. His first victory in this years’ Tour de France.

The attack of six riders after two kilometers start made it easy for the teams of the sprinters to control the race. The most dangerous escapee, was Arashiro the national champion of Japan. Although the six were sometimes over 8 minutes ahead of the pack, they were never a real threat.

In the last 30 kilometers the peloton sped up and the distance between the peloton and the six attackers dropped quickly.

Jul 4 '13 03:39

The government has this year allocated 20 million euro extra for poverty reduction. The bulk of this amount, 19 million euro, goes to the municipalities. They have the director's role in the fight against poverty and debts.

Jetta Klijnsma, State Secretary for Social Affairs, wrote that on Wednesday to the House. She appeals to the municipalities to give priority to use the money for children from poor families. Further, some of the extra money goes to Caribbean Netherlands.

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Jul 4 '13 03:29

In the mega trial on 30 sham marriages, the Rotterdam court sentenced the suspects to community service orders of 120 to 200 hours. The judge concluded that 23 of the suspects married in Britain to help illegal Nigerians to get a residence permit.

The predominantly female Antilean-Dutch marriage candidates flew to Britain to apply for a British social security number.  With this number they applied for various benefits like tax benefits. In exchange for the sham marriage they received amounts between 2500 and 3500 euros. These amounts were not always or only partially paid.

Jul 4 '13 03:22

The government wants European unemployed youth with specific qualities to work in the Netherlands for working in the energy sector in North Groningen or as a technician in Southeast Brabant. Prime Minister Mark Rutte said this on Wednesday after a European summit on youth unemployment in Berlin.

Jul 3 '13 10:28

The team trial of Tuesday was won by Orico-GreenEdge and so, Simon Gerrans, winner of stage 3, may wear the yellow jersey on Wednesday.

Half way the team trial it looked like team Omega Pharma-Quickstep would be the winner, but Orico-GreenEdge won in the end with 1 second.

The team of top favorite Chris Froome ended third at 3 seconds and the team of Alberto Contador ended fourth at 6 seconds. Radioshack-Leopard, the team of Jan Bakelants, ended 11th and so he lost his yellow Jersey.

Jul 3 '13 10:10

More and more travelers must first pay an outstanding fine at Schiphol before they can board the plane.

Jul 3 '13 10:06

Policemen forget nearly 70 percent of the presented information and assignments at briefings. This is evident from a report which will be presented today by Crisislab, a research institute affiliated with the Radboud University. Crisislab examined the operational police briefings.

Jul 3 '13 09:59

Ankie Broekers-Knol (VVD) is the successor to Fred de Graaf as chairman of the Senate. There was a third round of voting necessary, but it Broekers stayed ahead of Hans Franken (CDA). The other candidates for the position were Guusje ter Horst (PvdA) and Marijke Linthorst (PvdA).

Jul 3 '13 08:35

Today, a magnitude 3.5 earthquake was felt in some parts of the Netherlands. The earthquake happened at 01:03:54 local time, with a depth of 15 km.

Jul 3 '13 08:24

Alabama’s Merel Van Dongen secured a position in the Netherlands National Women's Soccer Team in the 2013 European Championships.

Jul 3 '13 08:08

A new building in the Netherlands utilizes surrounding water to regulate its indoor temperature.

Jul 3 '13 08:03

The Dutch Council of Ministers has approved a proposal that permits entrepreneurs to take half of business investments right away that were made from July 1 to the end of 2013, according to Tax-News.

Jul 3 '13 07:53

During the ceremony commemorating the anniversary of the Netherlands' prohibition of slavery, Social Affairs Minister Lodewijk Asscher expressed a "deep regret," according to UPI.

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