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amsterdam knew it was breaking privacy laws with youth facebook analyses

amsterdam city council broke privacy rules when it analysed the facebook connections of dozens of youth gang members, the nrc said at the weekend.the council said it had hoped to identify ‘interesting types’ who had not yet been in the public eye and in so doing broke the law, the nrc said.the paper earlier broke the story about the facebook analyses but now says that documents obtained using freedom of information legislation show the city went too far.in addition, officials did not give the full story to the city council, the paper said.the paper said in may 2015, amsterdam civil servants decided to build up a picture of the networks of youngsters who hung around on the streets and caused a nuisance in amsterdam zuid. by looking at the...




eye film museum to host conference for investors in cannabis

photo: depositphotos.comthe eye film museum in amsterdam will next month hold a conference focused on encouraging investment in cannabis products, the parool reported at the weekend.processing the marijuana plant in drinks and chocolate, for example, is a major trend with offers great investment opportunities, the organisers say.michael kraland, who is behind the conference, says that american and canadian companies are currently leading in marijuana-based products, but that laws make this mo...




dutch state-owned railway group ns earns more abroad

business august 20, 2018 a scotrail train operated by abellio at glasgow central station in scotland.with the expansion of concessions in britain and germany, dutch state-owned railway firm ns booked higher transport revenues abroad than it did in the netherlands in the first half of 2018.2018 h1was the first time the dutch state-owned rail operator generated more than half its transport turnover abroad, ns said on the publication of its half-year figures on saturday. the event came about four years earlier than ns had forecast.revenues from its operations in britain are increasingly important to ns. foreign subsidiary abellio started a new concession in the west midlands near birmingham in december 2017 which pumped up british sales by 33% ...




industrial output up by 6.7% in q2, job shortage starts to bite says cbs

dutch industry is being hit by the shortage of workers. photo: depositphotos.comdutch industrial production rose by 6.7% in the second quarter of the year, marking the seventh consecutive quarter the key economic indicator has risen, the national statistics office cbson monday.turnover within the netherlands was 9.3% higher while foreign output rose b...




kiki bertens is first dutch wta/atp hard court winner for 12 years

kiki bertens celebrates. photo: ap photo/john minchillo via hhdutch tennis player kiki bertens survived a championship point to beat world number one simona halep and win the cincinnati masters on sunday.bertens, who is 26 and ranked world number 17, lost the first set 2-6 but went on...




toddler, 3, drowns in ditch at duinrell amusement park

a three-year-old girl was found drowned in a ditch at the duinrell amusement park on sunday.the girl’s family were staying at the duinrell campsite in wassenaar, and she was reported missing at around 1pm.police and the fi...




confidence trickster couple arrested after hotel puts photo online

photo: depositphotos.coma couple suspected of conning hotels, restaurants and other businesses out of hundreds of euros have turned themselves in to the police after their photo was placed online.a hotel in tubbergen uploaded a photo of the couple in the lobby after they left without paying the €970 bill.the h...




rutte says foreign minister can stay in job despite controversial comments

foreign minister stef blok can continue in the job, despite his controversial comments about migration and multicultural communities, prime minister mark rutte said on friday.‘if you make a mistake, then you have to correct it, and that is what he has done,’ rutte said after his weekly press conference.blok has had contact with his polish and czech counterparts to explain some of his comments and this is enough for him to continue his job, rutte said.‘if you make a mistake and your correct it, that is valued,’ he said. ‘and that does not get in the way of effective foreign policy.’in  his comments, made to a closed meeting of dutch w...




extreme right winger arrested for threats after willie dille suicide

photo: depositphotos.compolice have arrested a man who is active in extreme right-wing circles for making threats on facebook after pvv councillor willie dille committed suicide.dille killed herself earlier this month, shortly after placing a film online in which she said she had been raped and threatened by a gang of muslims. it later transpired she had refused to make a formal police complaint, despite being urged to do so.the man, who comes from schiedam near rotterdam, said on facebo...




canadian ben smith named new head of air france-klm

photo: air france.com via wikimedia commonsbenjamin smith, the current coo of air canada, was named the new head of troubled air france- klm airline alliance on thursday evening, the airline said in a statement.smith, 46, is credited with much of the economic development of air canada and the transformation of the carrier into its present position.´smith has been deeply involved in social dialogue at air canada. he personally oversaw, along with the human resources division, the collective bargaining talks with trade unions. these negotiations led to historic win-win long-t...




despite record temperatures, relatively few heat-related deaths, says cbs

there were relatively few heat-related deaths in the netherlands during the heatwaves  this summer, the national statistics office cbs said on friday.there was an average of 2,714 deaths every week during the heatwaves, about 100 more than during a normal week in the summer, the cbs said.by way of comparison, there were an additional 400 deaths every week during the long heatwave in the summer of 2006.there have been two official heatwave...




rabobank says drought is costing dutch farmers 30% of sales

photo: depositphotos.comthe weeks-long drought in the netherlands will cost dutch farmers about 30% of their normal annual revenues, wiebe draijer, ceo of rabobank,has told broadcaster rtl.‘farmers are having a tough time right now and the drought makes things even worse,’ draijer said. rabobank traditionally serves the agricultural sector. rabo is meeting with its farmer-clients to help improve their liquidity. draijer said the financial problems are not structural and farmers are facing a temporary shortage of cash.farmers are dependent upon their bank for financial support as the government has said it will not compensate farme...




dutchman aims to swim the elfstedentocht to raise money for cancer research

photo: mcsmit via wikimedia commonsolympic open water swimming champion maarten van der weijden will on saturday begin a marathon swim following the 200 kilometre route of the legendary elfstedentocht skating race.van der weijden, who survived leukemia as a young man, hopes to complete the distance in three days and two nights to raise...




delft student films women using rest rooms, camera hidden in coffee cup

photo: depositphotos.coma delft university student has been caught secretly filming women using the toilets at the student association virgiel, news agency anp said on friday.the student had hidden the camera in a coffee cup which he left in the toilets. at least three women were filmed...




foreign minister stef blok says sorry for multicultural society comments

photo: rijksoverheid.nlforeign minister stef blok has again spoken about his comments last month in which he said there are no successful multicultural societies and that suriname is a failed state.blok described his comments as ‘unfortunate’ and ‘careless’ in a note to labour mps who had called for an explanation.‘i should not have done this, certainly not in my role as foreign affairs minister,’ he said. ‘i am sorry… my words were in no way meant to give racism free rein or to exclude certain population groups.blok said earlier tha...




scrapping dividend tax will cost €2bn a year, sources tell the ad

photo: joep poulssenthe government’s controversial decision to scrap the tax on dividends will cost the economy €2bn a year rather than the earlier estimate of €1.4bn, the ad reported on thursday.that means the treasury will have to find a further €600m to balance its 2020 spending plans, sources have told the paper. the government wants to scrap the tax in 18 months time.the move to abolish the tax will only benefit foreign firms and was not included in any of the manifestos of the four parties which form the ...




stef blok's migration comments back on agenda, jesse klaver writes open letter

photo: dutchnews.nlthe leader of the left wing green party jesse klaver has sent an open letter to prime minister mark rutte urging him to distance himself from comments about migration made by foreign minister stef blok last month.in the letter, klaver says it is incomprehensible that the prime minister has not yet done so.blok has been under fire since television current affairs show zembla went public with footage of the minister at a meeting for dutch nationals who work in foreign organisations.‘i have asked my ministry this and i will pose the question here as well,’ blok said. ‘give me an example of a multi-ethnic or a multi-cultural society, in which the original population still lives, and where there is a peaceful cohabitation...




green energy providers greenchoice and qurrent plan merger

wind turbines close to the beach at velsen noord. photo: dutchnews.nlsustainable energy provider greenchoice has presented a plan to merge with its smaller dutch peer qurrent to dutch consumer authority acm which regulates the energy sector, the financieele dagblad reported on thursday. financial details were not provided.together, the two companies have around 500,000 subscribers. the transaction is expected to be completed on 1 october.the two companies operate in virtually the same manner by providing green energy and making homes more energy efficient, said greenchoice spokesman martin de boer. gre...




economic growth will reach 2.5% next year, says government think-tank

photo: depositphotos.comthe dutch economy will continue to grow next year but the rate of growth will ease, the government’s macro-economic think-tank cpb said in a preliminary report on thursday.the cpb puts next year’s growth at 2.5%, down slightly on the 2.8% forecast for 2018. unemployment will continue to fall and will reach 3.5%, its lowest level since 2001, the cpb said.trade co...




foodora to stop dutch operations after failing to find a buyer

photo: depositphotos.commeal delivery service foodora is closing its dutch operations after parent company delivery hero failed to find a buyer, website nu.nl said on thursday.staff who will lose their jobs have been informed, as has the fnv trade union, nu.nl said.the company has been active in the netherlands for three years but has failed to become one of the bigger players, despite ‘reasonable investment’, vince...