Apr 19 '13 09:21

After a full day's debate on the death of the Russian asylum seeker Alexander Dolmatov, State Secretary Teeven suddenly turned the issue on himself. "I don’t want to be a State Secretary with the benefit of the doubt," the VVD politician said. "I am not interested in that. That's what I just want to say."

Apr 19 '13 08:57

What should have been a climax has instead resulted in reputational damage for the balloons sector, according to Pim Santhuizen of the Ballonnerie in Amsterdam, which was the supplier of the 150,000 balloons that were planned to be released at the end of the Koningsvaart on April 30. 

Apr 19 '13 08:45

5,000 pigs were killed on Thursday evening by a fire in a farm near Spoordonk village, between Eindhoven and Tilburg.

The fire broke out around 7:00 pm in the pig farm Van der Meijden at the Langedonksedijk in Spoordonk near Oirschot. The fire completely burned down three stables. Van der Meijden held 5800 piglets and sows, 800 of which survived the blaze. According to Fire Chief Ton Driessen, four other stables and the main building of the farm were spared.

Apr 19 '13 08:42

On Friday morning, the bomb squad (EOD) in Venlo responded to a report that an explosive was attached to the leg of a 22-year-old man. For hours, the areas near the scene at Casinoweg in Venlo were closed off. Fortunately, the device was not an explosive.

At 1:00 am on Friday, the police received a report that a man, who was supposedly kidnapped, was brought back to his home by the perpetrators with a bomb  attached to his leg.

Apr 18 '13 17:30

The police and justice are allowed to use unmanned airplanes to keep an eye on people, as long as they adhere to certain conditions. Jacob Kohnstamm, chairman of the Dutch college that protects personal details, College bescherming persoonsgegevens (CBP), said this on Thursday.

Apr 18 '13 17:29

Local authorities and organizations have to be more careful when collecting and exchanging personal data. The Dutch college for protection of personal data, College Bescherming Persoonsgegevens (CBP), wrote that in their annual report of 2012.

Apr 18 '13 17:02

At least 27 supermarket owners confessed to the Dutch tax authorities, de Belastingdienst, that they committed fraud. They pretended that revenues were lower to pay less tax. A documentary of the Dutch television program Nieuwsuur showed that on Thursday.

Apr 18 '13 16:00

Strong winds caused a lot of problems on Thursday. In the provinces of North-Holland and Overijssel several trucks and trailers blew down.

Apr 18 '13 15:11

Prince Willem-Alexander will accept a ceremonial role as a king if the House decides that. He said that in an interview with RTL Nieuws and NOS. “I’ll accept anything, as long as the processes are democratic and laws are followed”.

Apr 18 '13 14:08

Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs is worried about the speed of the increase in unemployment in the Netherlands. Chairman of political party D66 Alexander Pechtold said that the Netherlands is following Greece, Slovenia, Italy and Portugal. “It’s a category we shouldn’t feel comfortable in”.

Apr 18 '13 08:44

The number of diabetics has been rising sharply since 2000, according to the National Institute for Public Health (RIVM). On January 1, 2011, there were over 800,000 people in our country with diabetes known to general practitioners.

RIVM says the real number is probably a quarter higher because not everyone with the disease is known to doctors. The Institute further states that there are on top of that about 750,000 people, aged between 30 and 70 years, with disturbed glucose tolerance. These individuals have an increased risk of developing diabetes.

Apr 18 '13 08:36

Due to the huge increase in profits of health insurance companies, the premium for health insurance can be reduced for each payer by 15 euro monthly, according to the association for doctors and paramedics, VvAA. The Dutch Central Bank forecasts that the net profit of the nine Dutch health insurers will reach about 1.4 billion euro in 2012.

Only CZ, with a market share of 20 percent, announced on Tuesday a profit of 518 million euro. When other insurers have obtained similar results, the profit of the sector might exceed 2 billion.

Apr 18 '13 08:30

The CDA wants Minister Ivo Opstelten (Security and Justice) to put a stop to the construction of a large sex palace in Hoofddorp (Noord Holland). According to CDA MP Peter Oskam, such a complex will attract all sorts of shady businesses, such as drug trafficking, human trafficking and illegal prostitution.

On Wednesday, Oskam asked Opstelten what could still be done to stop the construction of the mega brothel. Because most residents of Haarlemmermeer and Hoofddorp are against the sex palace, he thinks that the entertainment complex should not be built.

Apr 18 '13 08:24

“This must be a mistake,” thought Said Basir when he found a phone bill of about 20,000 euro on his doormat last month. His bill is normally around 100 euro. However, after several reminder letters from his provider KPN/Telfort, it seemed the bill was not an error.

This Amsterdam citizen will have to pay thousands of dollars, which he cannot afford. “I do not even earn that amount in a year,” said a crestfallen Said to AT5. Moreover, he knows “100 percent sure” that he did not consume so much mobile data (10GB).

Apr 18 '13 08:17

Thursday is going to be a tough day for Fred Teeven, State Secretary of Security and Justice. He must answer questions in the House about the mistakes which were made under his responsibility and which led to the death of the Russian activist Aleksander Dolmatov.

Apr 17 '13 16:43

The seal that recently swam in the canals of Groningen travelled further inland to the province of Drenthe. People saw the animal in the small stream de Hunze, close to Annen, about 40 kilometers from the sea.

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