Meeting
Feb 10 '20 08:55

Despite a significant increase in the number of international knowledge migrants in the Netherlands since 2003, these highly qualified people still make up only a small proportion of the Netherlands' workforce compared to other European countries, according to figures statistics Netherlands released on Monday. 

In the period 2003 to 2005, a total of 221 thousand highly qualified people from abroad worked in the Netherlands. Between 2016 and 2018, that increased to 383 thousand. International knowledge migrants then accounted for 4.2 percent of the work force in the Netherlands.

Wind blowing in Amsterdam, 9 February 2020
Feb 10 '20 08:29

Winter storm Ciara, which hit the Netherlands on Sunday and was still causing traffic problems on Monday morning, was stronger than expected, according to a Weeronline meteorologist Yannick Damen. The strong winds caused damage across the Netherlands, mainly in the form of blown down trees, house facades, and roof tiles. But as far as is known, there were no major incidents, NOS reports.

Lanes closed on the A16 highway at the Dordrecht off-ramp after the wind blew over a truck, 10 February 2020
Feb 10 '20 07:44

The last bits of winter storm Ciara is still affecting all types of traffic in the Netherlands. Hundreds of flights are canceled at Schiphol for Monday. NS reports a dozen problems on the tracks. And ANWB and Rijkswaterstaat warn of a very busy morning rush hour on the road. Commuters are advised to keep an eye on weather reports and travel planners.

Meteorological institute KNMI still has a code yellow weather warning in place for the whole country, warning of strong winds with gusts up to 100 kilometers per hour. The wind is expected to die down by late morning. 

A couple walks against the wind under the Scheveningen Pier
Feb 8 '20 18:12

The Netherlands was placed on high alert with winter storm Ciara set to bring very high winds and heavy showers to the country on Sunday and Monday. The entire country faces a series of Code Yellow and Code Orange weather alerts throughout the day, as wind gusts could reach up to 120 kilometers per hour.

The roof of the AFAS stadium in Alkmaar partially collapsed during a storm, 10 August 2019
Feb 8 '20 17:30

An impending winter storm on Sunday prompted Dutch football association KNVB to suspend all matches that day. Four matches in the top level Eredivisie will be rescheduled, as well as the country's full slate of amateur football matches, the KNVB said on Saturday.

The Eredivisie matches include FC Utrecht vs. Ajax, AZ vs. Feyenoord, Sparta Rotterdam vs. ADO Den Haag, and FC Emmen vs. FC Twente.

Passengers board a train to Vlissingen at Amsterdam Central Station, 19 Jan 2018
Feb 8 '20 08:00

Work will be carried out on the railways around Leiden Central Station from Saturday 8 to Sunday 16 February. This is expected to cause train traffic problems throughout the Randstad. NS and travelers' organization Rover urge train users to check the travel planner regularly and not to travel during peak hours. "Don't expect your trip to go as normal," NS said, NU.nl reports

Saïd R., the suspected accomplice of crime boss Ridouan Taghi
Feb 7 '20 16:56

The alleged partner of suspected organized crime boss Ridouan Taghi was reportedly arrested in Colombia after evading authorities in the Netherlands for years. Saïd R. is suspected of involvement in a series of street assassinations, failed homicide attempts, and abandoned murder plots known as the Marengo criminal process.

An electronic stethoscope
Feb 7 '20 16:00

The Euthanasia Expertise Center received a record number of 3,122 requests for help last year, an increase of 22 percent compared to 2018. "Every working day, 13 people come to us and say: Help me, I can't go on. The need is great," Steven Pleiter, director of the center, said to NOS.

Eric_Wiebes_2015_(1)
Feb 7 '20 15:10

Members of the Dutch cabinet met with representatives of a nonprofit organization that pushed the government down a path towards urgent and immediate greenhouse gas reductions. The meeting followed a landmark ruling in December by the Dutch Supreme Court over greenhouse gas emissions in a case brought by climate organization Urgenda.

Stem cell storage
Feb 7 '20 15:10

Stem cell bank Cryo-Save moved the umbilical cords it stores on behalf of parents to Poland, but part of that material has gone missing, according to newspaper AD. That left thousands of parents worried about the storage of their children's stem cells. Many parents have no idea where they stand. They are receiving unclear emails from different parties, and are unable to reach the company itself, the newspaper writes.

Electric cars charging on the street
Feb 7 '20 14:20

The Netherlands must considerably accelerate the pace at which it is installing electric car charging points, according to ALD Automotive Nederland, the Dutch branch of Europe's largest leasing company. If more charging points aren't installed rapidly, the country will face a massive shortage, Jeroen Kruisweg of ALD Automotive Nederland said to the Telegraaf.

Storm clouds over the Dordrecht inner harbor
Feb 7 '20 13:30

A sunny Friday will give way to an increasingly cloudy Saturday in the run-up to the first storm of the year to hit the Netherlands on Sunday, according to Weeronline. Winter storm Ciara will bring strong winds with gusts up to 140 kilometers per hour, rain and lightning with it, the weather service expects.

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