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design flaw caused eindhoven airport car park to collapse

eindhoven airport’s new car park collapsed while under construction because of heat stress exacerbated by a design fault, an investigation has concluded.construction firm bam explained at a press conference that the top floor of the five-storey building partially collapsed when the upper surface became overheated following a week of 30c temperatures. the difference in temperature between the surface and the underside caused cracks to appeared in the floor panels. as a result part of the top floor broke away and brought down the lower levels.nobody was hurt in the incident, which happened at the weeke...




new vaccine to combat rise of meningitis w strain

children are to be given an enhanced meningitis vaccine following a sharp rise in the number of cases in the last year.the current vaccine, introduced in 2002, protects against the c strain of the disease, but in the last two years meningitis w has been on the increase. so far in 2017 there have been 47 recorded cases compared to 50 f...




ns bails out scotrail unit after loss, say scottish papers

new annual accounts show a division of the netherlands state-owned railway this year extended £10m in credit to its scottish subsidiary, the glasgow herald said.this came after abellio scotrail limited suffered a £3.5m after-tax loss for 2016, its first full year in charge of most of scotland’s train servicesabellio scotrail did not explain why it made a...




interpol cracks down on illegal medicine trade, 10 dutch websites shut

an annual interpol campaign to stop illegal medicine shipments resulted in the seizure  315 packages of illegal pharmaceuticals which were destined for the netherlands, dutch health ministry inspectors said on monday.the five day operation, named pangea x, also resulted in the closure of 10 websites in the netherlands which were involved in the illegal drugs trade and three cases have been referred to the public prosecution department.in total, 10,00...




new €6.2m earthquake fund to train groningers in building restoration

a condemned and shored-up cafe. photo: graham dockerythe outgoing government has pledged to invest €6.2 million in training unemployed people in groningen to help repair buildings damaged as a result of gas extraction.social affairs minister lodewijk asscher announced the four-year spending programme in parliament. ministers, local government and employers have all said they want local people to benefit from any job opportunities that arise from th...




housing corporations launch 'tinder' for swapping homes

swipe and pick a new homedutch housing corporations on monday launched what they are calling a ‘tinder’ for house swaps, allowing people who live in corporation property to move around more easily.in total, 26 housing corporations with 330,000 homes between them have signed up for the service.the app – huisjehuisje – focuses on noord and zuid-holland but houses from all over the country can be included, as can homes with private landlords. the site points out that it is up to the owner to decide whether or not to agree to the swap.users display their house, neighbourhood and rents without their name and address. housing corporations also have the option of add...




pension providers are looking for 100,000 missing retirees

dutch pension funds are sitting on hundreds of millions of euros in unclaimed pensions, the ad said on monday.the three biggest dutch pension funds – abp (civil service), pfzw (health service) and pmt (engineering) – have between them €350m waiting to be paid to 100,000 people, the ad said.most of them are eventually tracked down via the social insurance bank but a large n...




cyber attacks hit 20% of dutch companies, but few report it

more than 20% of dutch companies employing more than 10 people were hit by cyber attacks by third parties in 2016, the national statistics office cbs said on monday. companies operating in the financial and energy sectors were hardest hit.some 43% of companies also had to cope with internet breakdowns and other it failures last ye...




'a political earth tremor': dutch media on germany's elections

anti-afd protesters took to the streets on sunday. photo: michael probst/apafter their largely low-key coverage of germany’s parliamentary elections in recent weeks, the dutch media woke up to the news that the anti-immigrant right-wing party alternative für deutschland had won seats in the bundestag for the first time by claiming 12.6% of the popular vote.‘you could call it a political earth tremor,’ said rtl’s germany correspondent jeroen akkermans. though the cdu, the party of chancellor angela merkel, remained the largest group in parliament, its diminished vote share of 33%, together with the afd’s third place, reflect a new, more polarised political climate, akkermans said.the result is ‘a blow’ for merkel and the cdu, ...




new government plans €1.5bn cash injection for defence – report

marines on a training mission. photo: defensie.nlthe incoming government is planning to spend an extra €1.5 billion on strengthening its defence capabilities, sources close to the coalition talks have told the telegraaf.the newspaper reported that the plan was included in the financial package submitted to the independent economic policy unit cpb, in what is usually one of the final stages in the process of forming a coalition.ar...




trust in police in schilderswijk remains low two years after riots

photo: depositphotos.commore than two years after riots broke out in the hague’s ethnically mixed schilderswijk district, distrust of the police remains widespread among young people living in the area, according to new research.researchers for the haagse hoogeschool found that relations in the community had improved, but deep-seated problems remained. young residents accused police of discrimination, ethnic profiling and failing to listen, though they took a more positive view of local community officers.since the death of mitch henriquez in the city’s zuiderpark in july 2014, after he was placed in a choke hold while being arrested, police have changed their working practices in the area, with fewer id checks in the street and more...




cheers: 2016 was a good year for dutch vineyards

last year was a very good one for the dutch wine sector, nu.nl website reported on monday.production of wine increased by 11% to 8,374 hectolitres from 7,545 hectolitres in 2015. total production was 1.1 million bottles of wine, two-thirds white, the remainder red.the share of red wine increased slightly over the previous yea...




unibail-rodamco sets sale of two dutch shopping malls

the french-dutch retail combine unibail-rodamco has put two of its dutch shopping malls, stadshart amstelveen and stadshart zoetermeer, up for sale, the telegraaf  reported on monday, based on a report by bloomberg. the sale is expected to realise about €550m.unibail-rodamco has called on us-based property giant cushman & wakefield to handle the transaction. neither party was available for comment.stadshart amstelveen has 130 shops and nine million visitors a year. zoetermeer...




dutch housing corporations launch 'tinder' for swapping homes

swipe and pick a new homedutch housing corporations on monday launched what they are calling a ‘tinder’ for house swaps, allowing people who live in corporation property to move around more easily.in total, 26 housing corporations with 330,000 homes between them have signed up for the service.the app – huisjehuisje – focuses on noord and zuid-holland but houses from all over the country can be included, as can homes with private landlords. the site points out that it is up to the owner to decide whether or not to agree to the swap.users display their house, neighbourhood and rents without their name and address. housing corporations also have the option of add...




dutch pension funds are looking for 100,000 missing pensioners

dutch pension funds are sitting on hundreds of millions of euros in unclaimed pensions, the ad said on monday.the three biggest dutch pension funds – abp (civil service), pfzw (health service) and pmt (engineering) – have between them €350m waiting to be paid to 100,000 people, the ad said.most of them are eventually tracked down via the social insurance bank but a large n...




pension funds protest at fees to use government digital communications

government message service berichtenbox and the digid digital signature system are to start charging pension funds to use their services, the volkskrant said on monday.the pension fund federation has now written to the official in charge of developing digital communication with the government, describing the new charge as a case of ‘organisational bad manners’.use of the digid, which is compulsory to log into many government websites, including the tax office and the student loan service, as well as health insurers, has...




store revamp as dutch high street staple hema is readied for sale

photo: hemadutch high street staple hema opened a new-style outlet in tilburg on thursday where the emphasis has shifted subtly towards food, the telegraaf reported on friday.the paper said hema is targeting healthy eating, with salads, home-made fries, fresh pastas, pizzas, sandwiches and fresh soups, all prepared on the premises while the customer waits. hema chief tjeerd jegen told the paper everything will involve 100% fresh ingredients.british venture capital fund lion capital has owned hema for 10 years and has twice tried to divest it in that period. lion expects to be rid of hema next year, but this could occur either through a sale or a stock ex...




amsterdam central station plays fairground music to keep troublemakers away

railway officials at amsterdam’s main railway station are broadcasting music from the efteling amusement park in the main tunnel in an effort to drive away gangs of youths and other undesirables, rtl news said on friday.the music, used to accompany the waterlily and carnival rides among others, is broadcast from 5.30am to 8am ...




ziggo, xs4all told to block the pirate bay ahead of supreme court ruling

the pirate bay homepage. photo: dutchnews.nljudges in the hague on friday told internet providers xs4all and ziggo that they must block file sharing site the pirate bay, in the latest twist in a court case which stretches back to 2010.appeal court judges in the hague said in 2014 that the two firms no longer had to impose a blockade on file sharing website the pirate bay after research by scientific institute tno showed the ban had not led to fewer copyright infringements. this is because former users have moved on to other ... or proxy sites to download material illegally, tno said.however, the brein foundation, which represents film companies and other copyright holders, did not accept the appeal court decision and took the issue to the su...




dutch hiker dies in avalanche in southern germany

a 24 year-old dutchman has died in an avalanche on thursday in schönau am königssee in southern germany, bavarian police have said.the man was on a hike with relatives when the avalanche happened. he was bringing up the rear and was swept away, falling some 60 to 80 metres and hitting his head on the rocks. the rest of the family was unhurt.his family clambered down to reach him but could do nothing for him, police said. b...