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markets watchdog raids dating websites in hunt for fake profiles

photo: depositphotos.comthe dutch consumer and markets authority acm has carried out dawn raids on a number of companies running dating websites as part of a campaign against fake profiles.the users of the dating sites under investigation pay for each message they send, and often they communicate, unknowingly, with fake profiles, the acm said on friday.‘consumers thus pay a lot of money, but do not get what they were expecting: meeting another person,’ the acm said.the acm said the raids, which took place this week, are part of a larger investigation into the use of fake p...




ministry offices closed due to 'unsafe' concrete floors

the dutch parliamentary complex in the hague. photo: dutchnews.nlsome 14 offices and meeting rooms in two ministry office blocks in the hague have been closed off to staff because the floors are said to be potentially unsafe.the home affairs and the justice ministry complexes have both been affected by the scare, which has been caused by the incorrect use of pre-fabricated concrete slabs.justice minister sander dekker told broadcaster nos the floors had been found to be problematic several months...




dutch urged to revise laws on dual nationality by brexit-hit expats

netherlands and uk badges background – pile of dutch and british flag buttons 3d illustrationdutch nationals living in britain and british expats in the netherlands have urged the dutch government to make good its pledge to modernise the law on dual nationality.representatives of the two groups made their pleas to members of parliament’s europe committee on thursday at a special session on the impact of brexit.‘we hear a lot about trade and business but not much about citizen’s rights,’ hedwig hegtermans, of the three million lobby group told mps.dutch nationals who want to remain in britain are concerned that their children in particular may be hit by the ban on having two passports.for example, the children of dutch nationals who...




dutch pensioners live in their own homes for longer

photo: depositphotos.comthe percentage of people over the age of 85 who are still living independently at home went up from 65% to 72% between 2012 and 1016, according to research by the dutch healthcare authority nza.the government has been actively encouraging people to stay at home since 2013, and the survey results show this is beginning have an effect, the nza said.in particular, the government has introduced new health checks for admittance to a home. now, almost half of care home residents have some form of dementia, compared with just 25% in 2012.there are some three million people over the age of 65 living in the netherlands, but their number is set to grow to 4.5 ...




food inspectors to get tough on water in meat product labeling

the dutch food safety board has given the meat industry until july 10 to come clean about how much water it adds to packs of meat and fish sold in supermarkets, the volkskrant reported on friday.european meat firms have been required by law to include ‘water’ on the ingredients list since december 2014 and add the percentage of water in the total weight of the product.but checks by the volkskrant newspaper found a ...




'enormous task' ahead in redeploying workers hit by energy transition

the transition from fossil forms of energy to new types such as wind, solar or geothermal requires huge investment, not only in technology but especially in people,’  the government’s highest advisory board ser has told parliament.the government plans to phase out coal-fired power plants as part of its strategy to meet the terms of the paris climate agreement and 2,700 jobs at five plants are at stake.the pending closure of the dutch onshore and offshore gas fields will swell the ranks of workers in the fossil-fuel fired energy plants who need retraining for jobs in the sustainable sector.in total, ser says, tens of thousands of jobs are affected. workers at power plants are well paid and highly specialised, making a move to new jobs in...




treasure island – dutch happier in their own little worlds says hope barometer

hope is running higher in the netherlands, according to a new survey.the volkskrant reports on friday that according to the country’s second annual reading on a ‘hope barometer’ – published in january – people are increasingly positive.last month the government advisory body the scp said that for the first time there were more positive than negative people in the country.this year’s hope barometer agrees with the reading, giving an average score of 6.1 out of 10 for seven different kinds of positivity, including spiritual, emotional and moral hope.the project, created by the erasmus happiness economics research organisation and the institute for leadership and social ethics, asked 1,600 dutch people about their hopes for the futu...




dutch doctors work on better skin cancer treatment

cancer cells. photo: depositphotos.comdutch doctors believe that they have found a more successful way to treat people with skin cancer, according to the telegraaf on friday.it reports that doctors from the antoni van leeuwenhoek (avl) cancer institute, who registered 50 of their melanoma patients for an international study, say that the aggressive cancer was less likely to return if ...




five years after being sworn in, the dutch king and queen are good for business

the king and queen pose with guests invited to lunch because of their contribution to the arts, society and business. photo: rvd/jeroen van der meydeking willem-alexander and queen maxima are good value for money and have considerable added value for the dutch economy, the financieele dagblad reported on friday.five years ago, when willem-alexander was sworn in as king, he pledged to do more to boost the dutch economy and business leaders are convinced he is having an impact, the paper said.corporate executives, ambassadors and senior civil servants have told the paper that the royal couple are keen to see their visits to companies followed up, to make sure the firms are put in touch with the right people for financing or alliances.‘since ...




transition to gas free homes must be quicker: builders

going soon? photo: depositphotos.comthe building sector has said that the government plan to phase out gas in homes for heating and cooking must be speeded up. at present the aim is to ensure one in four dutch homes no longer relies on gas by 2030 and that all homes should be gas free by 2050.according to builders’ association nvb bouw, whose members build three quarters of new housing, the process must be speeded up and not a single new home should be fitted with gas connections from next year.at the moment builders can still opt for gas which the association says is tempting because homes relying on heat pumps for energy are significantly more expensive to build. nvb bouw advocates a ban on gas and a transition scheme for builders who al...




as donor numbers decline, greenpeace invests in fund-raising

greenpeace in action in the wadden sea earier this year. photo: greenpeacehaving lost more than 20% of its donors over the past five years, greenpeace nederland is spending nearly €5.5m this year on fund-raising, the financieele dagblad reported on friday.this is 30% more than the environmental organisation’s dutch branch spent on raising money last year, the fd added. greenpeace had 370,000 donors in 2017, down from more than 465,000 at end-2013.  ‘this is a trend which started a few years ago,’ joris thijssen, one of greenpeace nederland’s two directors, told the paper.thijssen said there has been a shift away from ‘true ...




dutch urged to revise laws on dual nationality by brexit-hit expats

netherlands and uk badges background – pile of dutch and british flag buttons 3d illustrationdutch nationals living britain and british expats in the netherlands have urged the dutch government to make good its pledge to modernise the law on dual nationality.representatives of the two groups made their pleas to members of parliament’s europe committee on thursday at a special session on the impact of brexit.‘we hear a lot about trade and business but not much about citizen’s rights,’ hedwig hegtermans, of the three million lobby group told mps.dutch nationals who want to remain in britain are concerned that their children in particular may be hit by the ban on having two passports.for example, the children of dutch nationals who gr...




dutch industrial group vdl joins atacama 'biggest eye on the sky’ project

artist’s impression: esovdl etg projects, part of the diversified industrial vdl groep, has been awarded a contract to build the support structure for the main mirror of the extremely large telescope (elt) in northern chile, the eindhoven based company said in a statement  late thursday.the european southern observatory will build the world’s largest telescope in the atacama desert at an elevation of over three kilometres. the support structure consists of 798 individual support structures for mirror segments, which together form the telescope’s main mirror which has a diameter of over 39 metres. the project will be completed in 2024.the order is worth several tens of millions of euros, the company said. vdl comprises 94 individual co...




record numbers stop smoking but one third of young dutch adults still light up

in 2017 a record 110,000 people in the netherlands stopped smoking, taking the percentage of adult smokers in the population to 23.1%, according to new figures from national statistics office cbs from the trimbos addiction clinic.in addition, tens of thousands of people are smoking less, the cbs said. in total, 2.35 million people now say they smoke every day, down 170,000 on 2016.some 27% of men say they smoke, of whom ove...




eight protestors fined for making social media threats about starving animals

the reserve is surrounded by fencing. photo: dutchnews.nleight people who used social media platforms to protest about the decision not to feed starving animals in the oostvaardersplassen nature reserve have been fined up to €600 each for making threats and slander.the eight had ‘directed their aggression at people doing a public job’, the public prosecution department said.three people were also fined for destroying a lock on a gate, resisting arrest and kicking a police officer. the fines have been levied in a fast-track legal case without the involvement of the courts.a number of other cases still have to be heard and one person refused to settle out of court and will appear before magistrates.meanwhile, flevoland’s provincial aut...




career criminal who organised attempted murder is jailed for 18 years

a 38-year-old man has been jailed for 18 years for ordering a murder attempt on a leading figure in the amsterdam underworld in diemen in 2015.the court ruled that naoufal ‘noffel’ f, a career criminal, had pulled the strings in organising the attempted killi...




34 pro-piet campaigners who blocked motorway face legal action

a pro-piet supporter during the motorway confrontation. photo: joris van gennip / hhin total, 34 people involved in blocking a motorway to prevent anti-zwarte piet demonstrators reaching the frisian town of dokkum face will face legal action, the public prosecution department said on thursday.the piet supporters put road safety at risk by blocking off the motorway with cars and other vehicles, the department said.several dozen people, many thought to be members of extreme right nationalist organisations, stopped the buses carrying some 120 demonstrators by braking in front of the...




dutch government wants veto rights over key telecom takeovers

the dutch government is  introducing new legislation which will require the takeover of key dutch telecoms or internet companies to be approved by ministers.the draft legislation has been sent to the council of state advisory panel for its recommendations. the aim of the new bill is to prevent crucial players falling into ‘foreign’ hands.the legislation, if passed would give ministers the right to refuse to allow the takeover of telecoms, internet or data centre operations if ‘national security or pu...




bring jihadi children back to the netherlands, ombudsman says

photo: depositphotos.comdutch children who are stuck in camps in syria because their parents supported is should be brought back to the netherlands, the children’s ombudsman says in a new report.the dutch government should do all it can to arrange their return because otherwise it is failing to uphold children’s rights, margrite kalverboer said on thursday.currently, families who wish to come back to the netherlands have to report to a dutch diplomatic mission in either iraq or turkey. however, women and children...




temperature set to near 30 degrees, but heatwave is short-lived

sunset over amsterdam. photo: dutchnews.nlthe temperature will reach 27 to 29 degrees in inland areas on thursday and weather records are certain to be broken, weather forecasters say.the hottest april 19 on record dates from 2011, when a temperature of 25.2 degrees was recorded in eindhoven.but despite the heat, the wind will pick up in coastal areas and it could feel much cooler, buienrader meteorologist maurice middendorp told broadcaster rtl news.it will remain sunny on friday ...