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scrap metal dealers arrested for passing on radioactive metal waste

part of the consignment of waste. photo: politie.nlfour scrap metal dealers have been arrested following an investigation into the dumping of 25 tonnes of radioactive metal waste, thought to come from ships ballast blocks, police said on wednesday.the dealers, one from drenthe, two from friesland and one in overijssel, are suspected of offering radioactive material for sale and deliberately exposing people to radiation.the investigation began after a scrap metal dealer in friesland told officials he had been given several kilos of waste which set off the alarms at his scrapyard. he warned the nuclear safety authority anvs ...




delft university students gear up for hyperloop record with new capsule

the presentation of the new pod. photo: jan de groendelft university students have launched their new experimental capsule for the hyperloop super fast transport system which will be put through its paces in an international competition in the us on 22 july.the atlas 01 is a half-size pod which will race through the experimental hyperloop system at the spacex site in california. the circuit is around one mile long.space...




imports of commercial services soars by 54% to €16bn in first quarter

dutch companies bought in commercial services from abroad worth €16bn in the first quarter of 2018, a 54% increase over the first three months of 2014, the national statistics office cbs said on wednesday.most foreign services were largely in the fields of advertising, market research and consulta...




minister pledges action after slaughterhouse animal abuse is revealed

 photo: despositphotos.comdutch farm minister carola schouten says she will tighten up the rules on abattoir closures and increase fines for animal cruelty following revelations about conditions in dutch slaughterhouses.an item on rtl nieuws, based on government inspectors’ reports, said that 48 fines had been handed down to 19 abattoirs which process cows, sheep and pigs over the past two years because of serious animal welfare issues.inspectors had seen several instances of pigs being placed in vats of very hot water when they were anaesthetised but still alive and trying to swim. the animals were then held under the water by slaughterhouse workers until they drowned.in another case, calf was skinned alive. the inspector wrote: ‘despi...




vatican agrees to lend caravaggio masterpiece to utrecht museum

part of the painting, said to one of the highlights of the vatican collectionthe vatican has agreed to lend one of caravaggio’s most admired altarpieces, the entombment of christ, to utrecht’s centraal museum for a new exhibition which will open in december.it is extremely rare for the work, which measures more than three by two metres, to be lent to another museum and the loan ha...




queen máxima resumes public duties, speaks of 'dear, sick' sister

queen maxima makes her first public appearance in two weeks. photo: dana press photo via hhqueen máxima has spoken for the first time about the death of her younger sister inés, who committed suicide earlier this month.máxima, who was visibly emotional, took time after her visit to the new proton cancer clinic in groningen to make the short statement. it was her first public appearance since inés’s death two weeks ago.the queen said ho...




work in progress: retirement age in the netherlands creeps up

photo: depositphotos.compeople in the netherlands retired on average five months later in 2017 than they did in 2016, as the state pension age continues to rise.last year, the average retirement age was 64 years and 10 months, the national statistics agency cbs said on wednesday. at the beginning of this century, the average retirement age was 61.just four in 10 workers retire before they reach the age of 65, compared with almost nine in 10 in 2006. the state pen...




justice ministry research chief quits after report on whistleblower failings

the head of the justice ministry’s research unit has quit following the publication of a report criticising the way complaints about allegations of interference in research into the ministry’s own soft drugs policy were dealt with.frans leeuw stood down as head of the wodc after the report said both he and the justice ministry secretary general had been careless in handling complaints made by a member of staff.current affairs programme nieuwsuur said last december that researchers altered unfavourable conclusions and rewrote research questions at officials’ request. the aim, nieuwsuur said, was to manipu...




frankfurt airport overtakes schiphol in air connectivity rankings

photo: depositphotos.comfrankfurt has overtaken amsterdam’s schiphol airport in the annual air connectivity stakes which is based on the number of direct air services offered by an airport, according to aci europe.frankfurt is now the leading european airport in terms of direct connectivity, as a result of significant network expansion via both lufthansa and low cost carriers serving the german airport.schiphol has been pushed down to second place for direct connectivity in europe – still above the sixth posi...




amsterdam won't take part in regulated marijuana trials: parool

photo: wollertzamsterdam will not take part in soon-to-be started experiments with regulated marijuana production, according to the parool newspaper, citing the views of acting mayor jozias van aartsen.the government is due to announce more details about its plans to start trials of regulated marijuana cultivation later on wednesday.six to 10 local authorities will be selected to grow marijuana on a small scale to supply local cannabis cafes, better known as coffee shops. the aim is to remove the gray area between licenced sales and illeg...




it's almost officially summer, and next week the weather will be great

thursday might officially be the first day of summer, but the weather will take a turn for the worse, with temperatures of around 17 degrees for the next few days, according to weather bureau knmi.wednesday itself will be as warm as 28 degrees in the far south, but cooler and with some sea mist possible in coastal areas. however, the cloud will clear in most places later in the day, leaving a warm, sunny evening.from thursday onwards and into next w...




15% of farmers say they have been approached by drugs gangs

drugs waste is easily disposed of in the countryside. photo: depositphotos.comsome 15% of dutch farmers have been asked by criminal gangs to rent out empty barns or storage space, trouw said on wednesday.the actual figure could be higher because some farmers who took part in the survey may have been unwilling to admit they have been approached by drugs gangs, the paper said.the figures come from trouw research into farming in the netherlands. police in the south of the country say that between one third and 20% of farmers have dealt with ...




dutch to close four more prisons as crime rate continues to fall: ad

photo: depositphotos.comthe cabinet is considering closing a further four prisons because of falling prisoner numbers, the ad said on wednesday.sources told the paper prisons in zoetermeer, zeist, almere and zwaag in noord-holland are set to be shut down by justice minister sander dekker, in the first major cuts since 2013, when 19 jails were earmarked for closure.the ad says dekker has chosen to exempt prisons in more rural areas because of the impact on the local jobs market.dutch justice: falling crime rates and prison closuresthe 2013 closures led to a storm of protest from prison workers and the government began ‘importing’ prisoners from belgium a...




work in progress: retirement age in the netherlands creeps up

photo: depositphotos.compeople in the netherlands retired on average five months later in 2017 than they did in 2016, as the state pension age continues to rise.last year, the average retirement age was 64 years and 10 months, the national statistics agency cbs said on wednesday. at the beginning of this century, the average retirement age was 61.just four in 10 workers retire before they reach the age of 65, compared with almost nine in 10 in 2006. the state pen...




justice ministry research chief quits after report on whistleblower failings

the head of the justice ministry’s research unit has resigned following the publication of a report criticising the way complaints about allegations of interference in research into the ministry’s own soft drugs policy were dealt with.frans leeuw has resigned as head of the wodc after the report said both he and the justice ministry secretary general had been careless in handling complaints made by a member of staff.current affairs programme nieuwsuur said last december that researchers altered unwelcome conclusions and reformulated research questions at officials’ request. the aim, nieuwsuur said, was to manipulate the f...




appeal judges reject british eu citizenship claim, won't refer to eu court

amsterdam’s appeal court. photo: depositphotos.comamsterdam’s appeal court has decided not to refer a case brought by several british citizens who are fighting to keep european citizenship to the european court, mainly on procedural grounds.the dutch state and the city of amsterdam had appealed against a lower court ruling which agreed to refer the issue to the luxembourg court so it can clarify what eu law says about citizenship.lawyers for the dutch state and amsterdam had argued there is a possibility that the questions could be declared inadmissible, since the brexit negotiations are still ongoing.in addition, they said they have ‘serious doubts over the admissibility of the planned questions’ because the dispute is hypothetical....




three arrested in the netherlands after dna links them to paris is safe house

photo: depositphotos.comdutch police have arrested three people after traces of their dna were found on guns in an is hideout in france with links to the 2016 brussels terror attacks.the three, aged 26, 30 and 54 were picked up following raids in groningen, rotterdam, and a hotel room in schinnen as well as a jail cell in zaanstad where one of the three was being held.a fourth suspect, a man from sassenheim is already in jail for violent crime and will be questioned by police, the public prosecution department said on tuesday.the arrests are connected to the discovery of an is safe house in a suburb of paris, two days after the 2016 attacks in brussels.explosivesthe apartment contained five automatic riffles, guns, 30 kilos of explosives, de...




vatican agrees to lend caravaggio masterpiece to utrecht museum

part of the painting, said to one of the highlights of the vatican collectionthe vatican has agreed to lend one of caravaggio’s most admired altarpieces, the entombment of christ, to utrecht’s centraal museum for a new exhibition which will open in december.it is extremely rare for the work, which is over three by two metres, to be lent to another museum and the loan has tak...




queen máxima resumes public duties, speaks of 'dear, sick' sister

queen maxima makes her first public appearance in two weeks. photo: dana press photo via hhqueen máxima has spoken for the first time about the death of her younger sister inés, who committed suicide earlier this month.máxima, who was visibly emotional, took time after her visit to the new proton cancer clinic in groningen to make the short statement. it was her first public appearance since the death two weeks ago.the queen said how pl...




youth faces maximum sentence for killing savannah, 14

a 17-year-old youth on trial for the murder of a 14-year-old girl last year faces the maximum sentence of two years youth detention followed by treatment in a secure psychiatric unit.the public prosecution department told the court on tuesday the youth, who was 16 at the term of the killing, is guilty of murder because his internet behaviour showed he was planning to do something to the girl before she disappeared.savannah was found dead in a ditch on an industrial estate three days after she disappeared on her way home from school. the boy was arrested a day after her body was found.evidencethe public prosecutor says camera footage, dna traces on a soft drinks can and social media interaction showed the boy was close to the place where sava...