Mar 14 '18 13:20

The Dutch government is pushing 347 million euros into reducing staff shortages in healthcare. This money will go to training, work- and intern positions, and regional action plans, among other things, Minister Hugo de Jonge of Public Health, Welfare and Sports announced on Wednesday, ANP reports.

Mar 14 '18 12:40

The VUmc in Amsterdam halted patient intake in its intensive care and medium care departments for 48 hours, due to an outbreak of antibiotic resistant bacteria Acinetobacter baumannii. Patients currently hospitalized in these departments can also not leave the hospital, RTL Nieuws reports.

The hospital has been struggling with this bacteria for over two weeks. "Despite strict isolation measures, intensive cleaning and extra hygiene measures in recent weeks, more infections were unfortunately found this week", the hospital said in a statement.

Djordy Latumahina
Mar 14 '18 12:00

The Public Prosecutor demanded prison sentences of up to 30 years against the seven suspects in the mistaken identity murder of Amsterdam DJ and the attempted murder of his girlfriend and daughter, reports.

Mar 14 '18 11:20

Shots were fired in a residential neighborhood in Rosmalen on Tuesday night. No one was injured, but the police arrested two persons on suspicion of involvement in the shooting, the police said on Twitter.

The shooting happened around 10:20 p.m. on Buskeshoeven. 

Local residents report hearing multiple gunshots and shouting, according to Omroep Brabant. They are not surprised by the shooting.

Mar 14 '18 10:40

The software that will be used to count votes in the upcoming municipal elections is still not safe. Hackers can use the vulnerable software to influence the election results, experts that examined the software told RTL Nieuws.

Ethical hacker Sijmen Ruwhof discovered more than 50 vulnerabilities in the software. He calls ten of them 'high risk'. 

Mar 14 '18 10:00

The debts of investors, home buyers, consumers, companies, and governments are rising to dangerously high levels world wide, Nout Wellink and Hans Hoogevorst warn in the Telegraaf.

Wellink and Hoogevorst were in charge of Dutch central bank DNB and Dutch authority on financial markets AFM respectively during the financial crisis that started in 2008. 

According to the two financial experts, there is insufficient clarity on where the risks are, which means that markets could underestimate the rising deficits. They call te banking sector a particular cause of concern. 

Signs say we're on strike in front of Basisschool Oostelijke Eilanden in Amsterdam, 12 Dec 2017
Mar 14 '18 09:15

Primary school teachers in Noord-Holland, Utrecht and Flevoland are striking today for higher salaries and a lower workload. Thousands of teachers are expected to march through Amsterdam, from the Waterlooplein to the Museumplein, AD reports.

The march underlines that primary education is still on 'code red', according to educational organizations. They say that the quality of education is under severe pressure due to the rising teacher shortage. 

Wil Houben
Mar 14 '18 08:43

Mayor Wil Houben of Voerendaal was threatened with a firearm two weeks ago, the Public Prosecutor confirmed to NOS after reports in De Limburger.

Houben was driving on the outskirts of the town when a man wearing a balaclava stepped into the road and pointed a gun at him. "It was almost surreal", the mayor said to De Limburger. "Out of nowhere there was someone with a balaclava and a handgun in front of my car holding me at gunpoint. He came closer and closer. Then you know instinctively that something is very wrong. My mind said 'drive', and my body did its job."

Buses in Arnhem
Mar 14 '18 08:07

A man was stabbed on a public bus on Rijnstraat in Arnhem on Tuesday evening. He was rushed to hospital with serious injuries. The police arrested a suspect later in the evening, De Gelderlander reports.

The suspect gave a disturbed impression at the time of the stabbing and the police believe he was under the influence of alcohol. He attacked the man on the bus and fled. The victim was taken to hospital. His condition is stable, a police spokesperson said to the newspaper.

Mar 14 '18 07:45

A medical study among patients with bile duct cancer led by Amsterdam hospital AMC was halted after 14 of the 54 participants died, AD reports.

The study, which was carried out in Amsterdam, Groningen, Maastricht and Rotterdam, started in 2013 and was terminated in 2016 due to the number of deaths. According to AD, the death rate was much higher than expected.

A foggy road
Mar 14 '18 07:21

Thick fog can reduce visibility on the roads on Wednesday morning. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow weather warning for a large part of the Netherlands. 

Visibility may be reduced to less than 100 meters in some places. From 8:00 a.m. onwards the fog should start dissipating. Only Groningen, Drenthe, Overijssel, and Zeeland are not affected by the weather warning.

Frosty daisy
Mar 13 '18 17:00

Despite pleasantly warm weather this past weekend, spring has not yet arrived in the Netherlands. A cold weekend is ahead for the country. Meteorological institute KNMI expects minimum temperatures around -3 degrees on Friday night.

From Friday cold air from the Arctic region will blow into the Netherlands, according to Weerplaza. Rainfall starting on Friday night will gradually turn into snow. Maximum temperatures for Saturday will hover around freezing, KNMI expects.

Mar 13 '18 16:20

Bird flu was found at a duck farm on Leidijk in Kamperveen on Tuesday morning, spokesperson Hennie de Haan of the Dutch poultry farmers' union NVP confirmed. "This is horrible news. We were just hoping to be past it", De Haan said to De Stentor.

"I got the news this morning. Usually this is the period that the wild birds fly away and that the avian influenza risk therefor leaves. That is why this news hit so hard", De Haan said to the newspaper. It looks like highly pathogenic variant of the virus, which is very bad for the animals. "But that has not been confirmed yet."

Mar 13 '18 15:40

The government is giving small schools with fewer than 145 pupils a total of 20 million euros extra. This is to help these schools keep their quality on par, ANP reports.

There are about 2 thousand small schools in the Netherlands. According to Minister Arie Slob for Primary and Secondary Education, these schools have to teach their pupils as well as large schools, but with fewer teachers and less money. They can therefore do with some extra financial help.

Mar 13 '18 15:00

A major power outage in Amsterdam Centrum on Friday was caused by a mistake made by a Liander employee. The man had to cut a cable, but cut the wrong one, a spokesperson for the grid manager said to AT5. 

Piggy bank
Mar 13 '18 14:20

The gender wage gap in the Netherlands starts even earlier than expected. On average boys get around 2 euros more pocket money than girls, according to a study by financial service provider Deloitte, RTL Nieuws reports.


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