2019 FIFA World Cup ball
Jul 2 '19 13:30

Dutch football association KNVB is critical of the amount in prize money FIFA made available for the Women's World Cup - a total of around 26.5 million euros. While that is double the amount available four years ago, it is still a pittance compared to the 355 million euros paid to the men after the World Cup in Russia. "Yes, they doubled it, but if you double something that is nothing, it is still nothing", KNVB director Jan Dirk van der Zee said to the Telegraaf.

Lavender field
Jul 2 '19 12:40

Dutch companies involved in the cultivation of flowers in developing countries agree that there are many abuses in this industry. The working conditions are poor and the excessive use of pesticides and water puts food productions in those countries at risk. Some 600 Dutch companies - from growers to supermarkets - therefore signed a covenant promising improvement, NOS reports.

King Willem-Alexander at an asylum center
Jul 2 '19 11:50

The central agency for the reception of asylum seekers COA wants to spread asylum centers more evenly across the Netherlands, which means that new asylum centers will mainly have to open in the west of the country, Milo Schoenmaker, chairman of the COA board, said in an interview with newspaper AD.

KPN Takeover
Jul 2 '19 11:00

Telecom company KPN launched an online claim form for customers inconvenienced by a nationwide outage last week Monday. In addition to leaving emergency number 1-1-2 unavailable for over three hours, KPN customers could also not make or receive calls during the outage. 

Eberhard van der Laan immortalized in Amsterdam-West neighborhood De Baarsjes
Jul 2 '19 10:10

A permanent tribute to deceased Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Laan was unveiled in Amsterdam West on Monday afternoon. His widow Femke officially unveiled the mural on Mercatorplein in De Baarsjes, the neighborhood where Van der Laan lived for a long time, AD reports.

The mural consists of picture of Van der Laan, titled Damsko Strijder by artist collective Kamp Seedorf. Damsko means Amsterdam in local slang, and 'Strijder' or 'warrior' in English refers to the mayor's street fighting mentality, according to the makers. 

Dutch amphibious soldiers of NLMARSOF surfacing in hostile territory
Jul 2 '19 09:16

In the past five years, four soldiers left the Dutch armed forces due to right-wing extremist statements or behavior. Military intelligence service MIVD launched a total of 21 investigations into possible extremism in the armed forces, the vast majority of which involved suspicions of right-wing extremism, the Volkskrant reports based on a list the MIVD drew up after the newspaper appealed to the Intelligence and Security Services Act. 

Hospital ward
Jul 2 '19 08:30

Last year over 153 thousand people died in the Netherlands. With nearly 47 thousand deaths, cancer remains the most common cause of death in the country, followed by cardiovascular disease which caused 25 percent of the deaths, Statistics Netherlands reported on Tuesday. 1 percent of last year's deaths were caused by flu.

Travelers waiting or their luggage at Schiphol
Jul 2 '19 07:52

A few thousand suitcases were left behind at Schiphol Airport after a malfunction in the baggage system over the weekend. There is currently so much luggage at the airport, that some suitcases are even stored under an overpass on the site, NH Nieuws reports.

The malfunction happened on Saturday and was fixed that same day. "We are now in the process of sending the suitcases, but because it involves a few thousand, it takes a while", a spokesperson for the airport said to the regional broadcaster.

Beagle dog
Jul 2 '19 07:29

The National Animal Protection Inspectorate took 44 dogs from a filthy home in Noord-Holland. The resident was not able to take good care of the animals, according to the animal welfare organization. The dogs were very neglected and the house was covered in urine and dog poop, ANP reports.

The animals had inflamed ears, bad teeth, and coats with lots of tangles. Some of them were also underweight. They were taken to a shelter to receive the necessary care.

Vaccination
Jul 1 '19 17:40

Parents are too free to decide whether or not to vaccinate their child, an investigative committee on childcare and vaccination said in a report on Monday. Participation in the National Vaccination Program should be made a condition for access to childcare, the committee advises. If this has no effect, the Dutch government should consider a "general vaccination obligation laid down by law", NU.nl reports.

vrouwenpolder
Jul 1 '19 16:50

With an average temperature of 18.1 degrees Celsius in De Bilt, this past June was the warmest ever June in the Netherlands since temperature measurements started in 1901. The previous record was held jointly by June 1976 and 2017, with an average temperature of 18.0 degrees, meteorological institute KNMI reported.

Organ donation
Jul 1 '19 16:00

Exactly one year before the implementation of the new organ donor system - in which those who do not explicitly object to donating their organs after death are automatically registered as a donor - half of Dutch adults are not yet registered on the donor system. Of those who are registered, the lion's share indicated that they do not want to be an organ donor, RTL Nieuws reports.

Waitresses
Jul 1 '19 15:10

From this month, many working 21-year-olds will earn hundreds of euros more. Starting today, 21-year-olds no longer fall under the lower youth minimum wage, but will instead be entitled to the adult minimum wage. This means a salary bump from 1,373 euros per month to 1,636 euros per month, according to the government's website.

Police guard in a detention center
Jul 1 '19 14:30

A 49-year-old American man arrested in the disappearance of a 12-year-old girl from Rotterdam on Friday, is suspected of kidnapping and sexual abuse her, the Public Prosecutor said in a statement on Monday to NL Times. The man was arraigned on Monday and remanded into custody for two weeks while the investigation continues.

Dutch soldiers with Minimi-light machine guns
Jul 1 '19 13:40

The Netherlands will not send ground troops to Syria, Defense Minister Ank Bijleveld said on Friday. "There is no mandate for it, and Mr. Hoekstra knows that too." The Dutch government did not inform the United States embassy or government about this, US Ambassador to the Netherlands Pete Hoekstra said to Nieuwsuur. "She didn't let me know personally", Hoekstra said to the program.

Texting while cycling
Jul 1 '19 12:50

Starting today, it is illegal in the Netherlands to text while cycling. Those caught using their smartphone while on their bicycle, face a fine of 95 euros.

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