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big brother is watching your car: tax office to get new powers to snoop
the tax office is to be given new powers to check car owners have paid road tax by scanning every car on the dutch roads and comparing the number plate to a data base, rtl reported on friday.the measure is included in the government’s tax plans for 2019 but was hidden away under ‘other fiscal measures’, the broadcaster said.the tax office will make use of footage taken by speed cameras and cameras used to monitor road conditions using technology known as anpr. there are some 800 anpr cameras monitoring dutch roads.anpr technology allows officials to record the number plate, the date, the time and the location of every car passing by. the tax office will then process this to find out who has not paid their road tax. it expects the measure to raise €10m a year.the tax office used to use the anpr system to try to catch company car drivers who were breaking the rules on private use, but was forced to stop after the courts ruled this was illegal.approvedthe dutch privacy watchdog autoriteit persoonsgegevens told the ad that the new proposal had been approved. ‘the tax office has been very clear about why they want the images and why it is necessary,’ the spokesman said. ‘it is still not allowed to check the private use of company cars.’however a tax office spokesman said that research is underway into using the anpr system to collect information about lease car drivers’ whereabouts as well.tax inspectors already use cars fitted with special scanners in an effort ...
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parents jailed for one year for snatching child from foster mother
photo: depositphotos.comparents who snatched their baby from a foster parent in january last year and took the child to germany have been jailed for 12 months, four suspended, by judges in den bosch.in addition, baby hannah’s father was found guilty of physically assaulting the foster mother, by hitting her to force her to give up the child.the court said the couple had put their own interests ahead of those of the child. ‘in addition, their action had a direct impact on their child because she had to be placed in a new foster family,’ the court said.the baby and her parents were found on a german holiday park in bad bentheim, close to the dutch border in january 2017, a few days after she was snatched outside a supermarket.hanneke was taken into care when she was seven weeks old after social workers became suspicious about two broken ribs sustained by the baby, plus other injuries.the public prosecution department told the court the couple were fully prepared when they grabbed back the child and had been searching the internet using terms such as ‘escape child services’ and ’emigrate to portugal’.dutchnews.nl has been free for 12 years, but now we are asking our readers to help. your donation will enable us to keep providing you with fair and accurate news and features about all things dutch. you can donate via ideal, credit card or paypal using this special account [link].
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hundreds of village schools face closure if new pupil number rules are applied
photo: depositphotos.comeducation council onderwijsraad and the government could find themselves at loggerheads over a new pupil number norm introduced this year, rtl nieuws reports.over 900 primary schools in the netherlands would have too few pupils if the new standard were to be applied, and an unknown number of schools would face closure, rtl found.the new rules say schools must have a certain number of pupils to remain viable, depending on the number of children in a given municipality. that means that in amsterdam a primary school must have at least 195 pupils while in a smaller municipality such as epe or delfzijl 50 pupils would be enough.the government has pledged to support small schools but the education council is in favour of closing those with 50 or fewer pupils because they are vulnerable to problems such as teachers falling ill or a lack of contact with children of the same age.small schools can also combine up to four different classes in one schoolroom which is difficult for the teacher, the council claims, and are also relatively more expensive.financial supportsmall schools already receive extra government financial aid and this will be upped as of this year. ‘small schools have a crucial function in small communities,’ education minister arie slob said when he outlined the measure.figures published in 2015 show around one in four dutch villages have no school. the problem is most acute in the northern province of friesland, where 185 villages have no ...
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recycled medieval parchment pieces show sustainability is not new
part of one of the pieces of recycled parchment. photo: utrecht archivesa search in the archives of utrecht and the city’s university library by master student and medievalists has unearthed hundreds of fragments of medieval parchment which had been used to mend books, cover documents and recycled in various other ways.the fragments, some no bigger than a stamp, others comprised of several pages, tell of such diverse subjects as religion, eating habits, poetry, medicine and astrology. among the more spectacular finds are the only known written text by christian theologian novatianus from the 9th century and medieval music scores that have never been played.the novatianus document is the oldest in the utrecht archives and unique because novatianus’ work is only known in later print versions. incredibly, to the modern eye, the text was not very carefully treated. it was used to bind a document around 1550.according to curator bart jaski, who mounted the exhibition perkament in stukken (parchment in pieces), ‘sustainability is nothing new. (..)to us these are cultural treasures but then they were just something to be recycled, he said in an interview with broadcaster nos.sustainable‘parchment is hard wearing and was used for flyleaves to protect the inside of books from the leather and metal that was often used in bookbinding.’ bits of parchment that were written on or damaged and so no longer useful were also used as a cheap way of binding books, a practice known as m...
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big brother is watching your car: tax office to get new powers to snoop
the tax office is to be given new powers to check car owners have paid road tax by scanning every car on the dutch roads and comparing the number plate to a data base, rtl reported on friday.the measure is included in the government’s tax plans for 2019 but was hidden away under ‘other fiscal measures’, the broadcaster said.the tax office will make use of footage taken by speed cameras and cameras used to monitor road conditions using technology known as anpr. there are some 800 anpr cameras monitoring dutch roads.anpr technology allows officials to record the number plate, the date, the time and the location of every car passing by. the tax office will then process this to find out who has not paid their road tax. it expects the measure to raise €10m a year.the tax office used to use the anpr system to try to catch company car drivers who were breaking the rules on private use, but was forced to stop after the courts ruled this was illegal.approvedthe dutch privacy watchdog authoriteit persoonsgegevens told the ad that the new proposal had been approved. ‘the tax office has been very clear about why they want the images and why it is necessary,’ the spokesman said. ‘it is still not allowed to check the private use of company cars.’however a tax office spokesman said that research is underway into using the anpr system to collect information about lease car drivers’ whereabouts as well.tax inspectors already use cars fitted with special scanners in an effort...
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pvv councillor quits after saying 'put out fires at refugee centres with petrol'
a councillor for the anti-immigration pvv in the groningen town of delfzijl has stepped down after being heavily criticised for saying on facebook that fires at refugee centres should be put out with petrol.emil smeding responded to an article on the website of local broadcaster rtv noord about a fire in the big refugee centre in ter appel. ‘put it out with petrol,’ smeding said, followed by an angry emoji.rtv noord said it had removed the message ‘as we do with other messages with the same sentiment’.smeding, the only pvv councillor in the coastal town, told the broadcaster later in a reaction: ‘i did not see anything wrong with it because i did not attack anyone personally. in addition, facebook is such as rubbish medium.’he has since apologised, rtv noord said.next week councillors in delfzijl are due to discuss a covenant in which they pledge to treat each other with respect and integrity. it was drawn up after a row in which a vvd councillor called another a nazi.dutchnews.nl has been free for 12 years, but now we are asking our readers to help. your donation will enable us to keep providing you with fair and accurate news and features about all things dutch. you can donate via ideal, credit card or paypal using this special account [link].
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sgp chief still claims unemployment benefit despite college director job
photo: depositphotos.comthe new chairman of the fundamentalist christian party sgp has been claiming the special civil service unemployment benefit alongside his salary for 12 years, the volkskrant reported on friday.peter zevenbergen is the paid director of a college in rotterdam but his salary is below his earnings as an alderman in alblasserdam, a post he held up to 2006. this means, by law, that he can claim the difference from the taxpayer.the 62-year-old currently claims €1,450 extra a month from alblasserdam council under the wachtgeld system and can continue to claim this amount until he retires, the paper said. he was entitled to such a generous package because he was alderman for 10 years and was over the age of 50.the question was raised in alblasserdam council four years ago and the mayor made a moral appeal to zevenbergen to stop the claims, the volkskrant says.but the sgp chairman says on the party’s website that he is acting ‘in line with the letter and the spirit of the wachtgeld ruling’.phasing out or stopping the extra payments now is not an option because the rules mean he would have to pay back the entire amount, the statement said. nevertheless, he has now asked independent experts to look into the issue.benefitsmps, ministers and local council officials who lose their job are entitled to 80% of their salary for one year under the wachtgeld system. subsequent payments which can last up to retirement age, are made at the 70% rate.former politicians...
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sea of flowers springs up in oss where four children died in train collision
a sea of flowers, candles and cuddly toys has grown up at the site of thursday’s tragic accident in which four children, including two sisters, were killed when the electric wagon they were in was hit by a train at a level crossing.the school which the children, aged four to eight, attended is open as usual on friday. this, mourning expert riet fiddelaers, told broadcaster nos, is essential to offer children continuity and security.‘the children are going to draw, write poems and have gym lessons, to keep them occupied,’ head teacher sandra beuving van saam, told nos.the children were killed when they were being taken in an electric wagon from a pre-school centre to their primary school in the town of oss shortly after 8.30am.eyewitnesses say it appeared the wagon’s brakes may have failed, but investigators have not yet said anything about the cause of the accident.mourningon thursday evening, hundreds of people gathered at the site of the accident to look at the flowers and express their grief. city officials have put up tents at the site to protect the flowers from the forecast rain.the local theatre, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary next week, has also said it will wind down the festivities.‘that is oss, we mourn together,’ the town’s mayor wobine buijs-glaudemans said.a fifth child, an 11-year-old girl and sister to two of the children who died, and the 32-year-old woman who was driving the wagon, are seriously ill in hospital.dutchnews.nl has been ...
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more solar power in the netherlands but networks may be unable to cope
solar batteries backgroundthe  dutch electricity network is unable to cope with the growing amount of solar power in the country and this may hamper the growth of this alternative source of energy, the nrc reported on friday.nrc paper says the government has pledged subsidies for some 5,000 megawatts of production capacity in the coming years which would double the number of solar panels.but network operators liander and enexis told the paper they have already had to limit, or stop, the amount of energy they are processing, a measure that affects some twenty solar farms.the problem lies with 15 substations which have reached maximum capacity. increasing that will take two to five years, which could hamper the growth of solar power in the netherlands.in less densely populated areas, such as the northern provinces, the network cables are ‘thinnest’ and particularly vulnerable, the operators say. they also have the lowest land prices and space to build solar power farms, which are proliferating there.‘these networks are now handling big volumes. (..) and if the sun shines all solar farms will generate more and create peaks in volume as well,’ daan schut, network development manager at liander, told the paper.subsidiesa complicating factor is that the subsidies depend on a solar farms being productive within three years. ‘if we fail to get a connection to the network in time the subsidy is off,’ solar farm developer gerben smit told the paper.smaller solar power proj...
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schiphol warns of delays, cancellations due to westerly storm
schiphol airport is warning passengers that flights will be delayed or cancelled on friday because of a westerly storm.dutch flag carrier klm said on thursday evening it had cancelled 100 return flights as a precaution, after the knmi weather bureau issued a code yellow weather warning for the west of the country.‘we know now that not all the flights will go ahead,’ a spokesman told broadcaster nos on thursday evening. the cancelled flights are for european destinations and passengers will be booked on other flights, the spokesman said.the knmi expects winds of up to 85 kph to batter the mainland on friday morning, but says they will be stronger over the wadden sea area.dutchnews.nl has been free for 12 years, but now we are asking our readers to help. your donation will enable us to keep providing you with fair and accurate news and features about all things dutch. you can donate via ideal, credit card or paypal using this special account [link].
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weekend weather: wet and windy with most rain on sunday
photo: anne lakemana westerly storm with strong winds, rain, thunder and lightning is forecast to hit western parts of the netherlands on friday, weather bureau knmi said.the storm will die down in the afternoon but there will still be intermittent heavy showers, some with hail, into the weekend.friday night will be chilly in the north east in particular, with temperatures dropping to nine degrees.on saturday, sunny spells will return but it will cooler than of late. there will also be cloudy periods and the rain will be back towards the evening. sunday will be slightly warmer but wet.next week is a mixed bag, with the rain clearing from monday and thursday could be a full day of sun. the knmi’s long-range forecast says there is an 80% chance of fairly cool weather as we move into october.dutchnews.nl has been free for 12 years, but now we are asking our readers to help. your donation will enable us to keep providing you with fair and accurate news and features about all things dutch. you can donate via ideal, credit card or paypal using this special account [link].
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the netherlands is better prepared for hard brexit than britain, says dutch pm
mark rutte and angela merkel during the informal summit. photo: belga photo dirk waem via hhthe netherlands is better prepared for a hard brexit that britain, dutch prime minister mark rutte told reporters on thursday, after he was quizzed about progress on the departure talks.speaking in salzburg after an informal summit, rutte said he acknowledged the fact that british prime minister theresa may was trying to put serious proposals on the table, but that there were still questions, some serious, that have to be answered.‘i am still confident that we can come to an agreement this year and the chequers proposal is helpful, but it is not the outcome,’ rutte said.asked about a report stating european airports, schiphol in particular, were not ready to deal with the change and that this meant the netherlands is not ready either, rutte said: ‘i think we have made more preparations for a no deal than the united kingdom has… but of course, there are many issues to be dealt with… and we are dealing with them one by one.’in tuesday’s budget presentation it emerged the government has set aside an extra €100m to prepare the netherlands for brexit. this includes the appointment of 900 new customs officials plus product safety inspectors.rutte went on to say that the 27 eu members are united in their approach and that he is convinced that unity is not under threat.‘we all want to have a strong relationship with the united kingdom, 65 million people and a huge market,’ ...
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pvv councillor says fires at refugee centres should be put out with petrol
a councillor for the anti-immigration pvv in the groningen town of delfzijl has been heavily criticised for saying on facebook that fires at refugee centres should be put out with petrol.emil smeding responded to an article on the website of local broadcaster rtv noord about a fire in the big refugee centre in ter appel. ‘put it out with petrol,’ smeding said, followed by an angry emoji.rtv noord said it had removed the message ‘as we do with other messages with the same sentiment’.smeding, the only pvv councillor in the coastal town, told the broadcaster later in a reaction: ‘i did not see anything wrong with it because i did not attack anyone personally. in addition, facebook is such as rubbish medium.’he has since apologised, rtv noord said.next week councillors in delfzijl are due to discuss a covenant in which they pledge to treat each other with respect and integrity. it was drawn up after a row in which a vvd councillor called another a nazi.dutchnews.nl has been free for 12 years, but now we are asking our readers to help. your donation will enable us to keep providing you with fair and accurate news and features about all things dutch. you can donate via ideal, credit card or paypal using this special account [link].
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sgp chief still claims unemployment benefit despite college director job
photo: depositphotos.comthe new chairman of the fundamentalist christian party sgp has been claiming the special civil service unemployment benefit alongside his salary for 12 years, the volkskrant reported on friday.peter zevenbergen is the paid director of a college in rotterdam but his salary is below his earnings as an alderman in alblasserdam, a post he held up to 2006. this means, by law, that he can claim the difference on the taxpayer.the 62-year-old currently claims €1,450 extra month from alblasserdam council under the wachtgeld system and can continue to claim his amount until he retires, the paper said. he was entitled to such a generous package because he was alderman for 10 years and was over the age of 50.the question was raised in alblasserdam council four years ago and the mayor made a moral appeal to zevenbergen to stop the claims, the volkskrant says.but the sgp chairman says on the party’s website that he is acting ‘in line with the letter and the spirit of the wachtgeld ruling’.phasing out or stopping the extra payments now is not an option because the rules mean he would have to pay back the entire amount, the statement said. nevertheless, he has now asked independent experts to look into the issue.benefitsmps, ministers and local council officials who lose their job are entitled to 80% of their salary for one year under the wachtgeld system. subsequent payments which can last up to retirement age, are made at the 70% rate.former politicians who ...
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cruise ship given all clear after passengers reported stomach problems
the cruise ship in rotterdam in 2016. photo: mussklprozz via wikimedia commonsat least 30 passengers on an italian cruise ship moored in rotterdam have stomach complaints similar to the norovirus, dutch media said on thursday.health service officials were called to the aidaprima on thursday morning after patients reported problems and no-one was allowed to come on board. the ship was later given the all clear, local broadcaster rtv rijnmond said.norovirus is the most common cause of gastroenteritis and is highly infectious. there is no treatment for the disease, which is often spread through unhygienic food preparation.the ship, which visits rotterdam on a weekly basis during the summer, is currently moored close to the erasmus bridge but will leave on friday morning. it is carrying 3,500, mainly german passengers.dutchnews.nl has been free for 12 years, but now we are asking our readers to help. your donation will enable us to keep providing you with fair and accurate news and features about all things dutch. you can donate via ideal, credit card or paypal using this special account [link].
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nicky verstappen murder suspect has not confessed, his lawyer says
spanish police released photographs of the arrestthe man suspected of killing 11-year-old nicky verstappen 20 years ago and arrested after new techniques gave a dna match, has not confessed to the crime, his lawyer told judges in maastricht on monday.‘if he had made a confession, we would be having a completely different conversation,’ lawyer gerald roethof told a remand hearing on thursday. roethof told the court that the public prosecution department does not have sufficient evidence to convict his client.roethof told rtl nieuws earlier this week that the dna evidence against brech is weak. ‘we have to be very careful about the dna and drawing conclusions based on it,’ he said.as well as brech’s dna, traces from five other people were also found on the boy and there is no blood or sperm link, roethof said.brech was arrested in spain at the end of last month. he was identified via a mass dna testing, launching a europe-wide hunt.nicky verstappen was murdered on a campsite in limburg in july 1998.dutchnews.nl has been free for 12 years, but now we are asking our readers to help. your donation will enable us to keep providing you with fair and accurate news and features about all things dutch. you can donate via ideal, credit card or paypal using this special account [link].
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four children, ferried to school by electric wagon, die in level crossing tragedy
emergency services attend the scene . photo ap photo/charles mallo via hhfour children have been killed when a train hit an electric cargo wagon at a manned level crossing in oss. another child and an adult were badly injured in the accident and are being treated in hospital. three of the victims – two children who were killed and the injured child – are sisters.the children were being taken from their ‘before school’ daycare centre to school when, eyewitnesses say, the vehicle, known as a stint or a bolderkar in dutch, drove through the level crossing barriers.according to some eyewitnesses, it appeared as if the brakes had failed.the accident happened shortly after 8.30am and was witnessed by several people, including children. the prime minister, queen maxima and other politicans have expressed their horror at the accident and sent their condolences to the family and friends of those who died.a spokesman for prorail told a news conference at oss town hall that the company would launch a major investigation. the main question, he said, is ‘what can we do to make sure nothing like this happens again.’the train, travelling from nijmegen to den bosch, had a camera attached to the front and that footage will now be studied, the spokesman said.oss mayor wobine buijs-glaudemans told the press conference this is a ‘black day’ for the town. ‘every family will be affected by this,’ she said.the stint is an electric wagon, controlled by someone standing on a plate...
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four children killed in cargo bike accident on railway crossing (update)
photo: depositphotos.comfour children, three thought to be from the same family, have been killed when a train hit an electric cargo bike at a manned level crossing in oss. another child and an adult were badly injured in the accident, police said.the children were being taken from their ‘before school’ daycare centre to school when, eyewitnesses say, the vehicle, known as a stint or a bolderkar in dutch, drove through the level crossing barriers.according to some eyewitnesses, it appeared as if the brakes had failed.the accident happened shortly after 8.30am and was witnessed by several people, including children. the prime minister, queen maxima and other politicians have expressed their horror at the accident and sent their condolences to the family and friends of those who died.officials in oss are holding a news conference at 1am.in july, the dutch safety board slammed the ‘unacceptable’ way an average of 11 people are killed in accidents on railway level crossings every year.it said the fragmented approach and lack of focus at the infrastructure ministry are stalling efforts to improve safety at crossings.the netherlands is the only country within the eu where so many roads cross so many railways, the ovv said. ‘this is not a good combination.’dutchnews.nl has been free for 12 years, but now we are asking our readers to help. your donation will enable us to keep providing you with fair and accurate news and features about all things dutch. you can donate via...
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four children, ferried to school by electric wagon, die in level crossing tragedy
emergency services attend the scene . photo ap photo/charles mallo via hhfour children have been killed when a train hit an electric cargo wagon at a manned level crossing in oss. another child and an adult were badly injured in the accident and are being treated in hospital. three of the children come from the same family.the children were being taken from their ‘before school’ daycare centre to school when, eyewitnesses say, the vehicle, known as a stint or a bolderkar in dutch, drove through the level crossing barriers.according to some eyewitnesses, it appeared as if the brakes had failed.the accident happened shortly after 8.30am and was witnessed by several people, including children. the prime minister, queen maxima and other politicans have expressed their horror at the accident and sent their condolences to the family and friends of those who died.a spokesman for prorail told a news conference at oss town hall that the company would launch a major investigation. the main question, he said, is ‘what can we do to make sure nothing like this happens again.’the train, travelling from nijmegen to den bosch, had a camera attached to the front and that footage will now be studied, the spokesman said.oss mayor wobine buijs-glaudemans told the press conference this is a ‘black day’ for the town. ‘every family will be affected by this,’ she said.the stint is an electric wagon, controlled by someone standing on a plate at the back. they are popular with daycare ...
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nl-born moroccan, involved in football linesman's death, told to leave
photo: depositphotosa 22-year-old moroccan national who was born and brought up in the netherlands but has never applied for dutch nationality, has been told he has to leave the country for at least 10 years.ibrahim c was one of a gang of six young football players who attacked linesman richard nieuwenhuizen after a match in almere in 2012. nieuwenhuizen died of his injuries in hospital shortly afterwards.c, who was given a 24 month sentence for his role in the attack six years ago, was 16 and captain of the nieuw sloten b1 team at the time. he has since been in trouble with the police several times for drugs and shoplifting, although his lawyer told the court he is now having treatment for his problems.he does not have a dutch passport because, the court was told, his mother never had the funds to pay for one. c was not in court to hear judges uphold the immigration service to deport him because he is considered ‘a threat to public order’.in 2016 he was told that his temporary residence permit would not be renewed, broadcaster nos said.nationalitythe dutch justice ministry also has the power to strip people of their dutch nationality if they are convicted of, or suspected of, involvement in, terrorist activities or otherwise being a danger to national security.and earlier this week it emerged judges had given a lighter sentence to an afghan for raping an 18 year-old girl so he wouldn’t risk losing refugee residency status.the volkskrant reported that in 2017 90 people ...
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ajax gets off to good start in champions league with 3-0 win
lasse schone, hakim ziyech, noussair mazraoui, nico tagliafico, donny van de beek, dusan tadic and daley blind celebrate their win. photo: vi images via hhamsterdam football club ajax got off to a good start in this year’s champions league competition with a 3-0 home win against aek athene.nicolas tagliafico was man of the match, scoring the first and third goals, with substitute donny van de beek putting away number two.ajax has drawn bayern munich, benfica and aek athene in group e. the club’s next meeting is on october 2 when the amsterdammers meet bayern munich away.on tuesday, psv eindhoven had a difficult start to their champions league campaign, losing 4-0 to fc barcelona.dutchnews.nl has been free for 12 years, but now we are asking our readers to help. your donation will enable us to keep providing you with fair and accurate news and features about all things dutch. you can donate via ideal, credit card or paypal using this special account [link].
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health insurer takes pharma giant to court for 'evergreening'
photo: dutchnews.nlhealth insurance group menzis is taking legal action against astra zeneca, accusing the pharmaceuticals firm of ‘dragging out’ patents to make it pay too much for drugs.menzis wants €4m in compensation for its clients, whom, it says, paid too much for a drug named seroquel. the case will be heard by judges in the hague on friday.seroquel is a drug which helps people who suffer from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depressive disorders. the patent on one variety expired in 2012 but menzis says astra zeneca prolonged it until 2014 by a process known as ‘evergreening‘.once the patent expired, the price of the drug plunged 90% as other generic drugs firms began making their versions.‘it is the first time that a health insurance has taken a drugs company to court for this kind of thing,’ henk eleveld, a pharmacist who advises menzis, said in a statement.‘we are taking this step because of ethics. pharmaceuticals companies keep the price of medicine artificially high and it is people who pay for health insurance who pick up the bill.’dutchnews.nl has been free for 12 years, but now we are asking our readers to help. your donation will enable us to keep providing you with fair and accurate news and features about all things dutch. you can donate via ideal, credit card or paypal using this special account [link].
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government earmarks €5m for mexican flu vaccine side-effect victims
the government has set aside €5m to compensate a group of seven to 11 people who were given the pandemrix vaccine against mexican flu and who may have developed narcolepsy as a result, the volkskrant reported on friday.the vaccine, which is not the same as the annual flu jab, was given to around half a million children at the time of the flu outbreak in 2009.it is rare for the state to come to a financial settlement with individuals about side effects because the vaccines are extensively tested, the paper said, adding that the fact that an amount has been set aside does not mean the state admits liability.studies into the occurrence of narcolepsy as a side-effect of the vaccine have proved contradictory. narcolepsy is a debilitating disease that makes people fall asleep at odd moments and can weakens the muscles in moments of stress.‘it is very difficult to prove if individual cases are the result of the vaccine,’ agnes kant, director of drug safety centre lareb, told the paper. ‘but if you look at all the studies, there is a strong indication that in rare cases pandemrix can play a role in the development of narcolepsy.’in 2016 a 15 year-old boy in britain who also had the vaccine and subsequently developed narcolepsy was awarded the equivalent of €163,000 in damages.individual payoutsa health ministry spokesperson told the paper that nothing can be inferred about the amount given in individual compensation from the €5m stated in the health ministry budget.but ...
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glennis grace doesn't win agt but says america is her future
glennis grace performing during the pride canal parade last year. photo: alf van beem via wikimedia commonsdutch singer glennis grace was not among the winning line-up in this year’s edition of us talent show america’s got talent.grace, who is a star in her own right in the netherlands, was among the 10 finalists but failed to make the top five. the event was won by illusionist shin lim.grace performed run by snow patrol as her solo song and on thursday evening a duet with chart topper bebe rexha.after the event she told reporters: ‘the most important thing for me is that americans have taken me into their hearts. agt has been a platform for me. one thing is clear, things are now really going to get started.’a us tour is now being lined up, nos reported. in addition, judge simon cowell, who described grace as a ‘star’ after her first performance on the show, owns the record label syco which has exclusive rights to contract all the finalists.successin the netherlands, grace is part of the successful ladies of soul line-up in the netherlands, in which she performs classic hits alongside berget lewis, edsilia rombey and saxophonist candy dulfer.she broke into showbiz in the netherlands when she was just 16 after winning a junior talent show singing whitney houston’s ‘one moment in time’.on sunday, television show zondag met lubach played up to the image that had been used to promote the singer in the us  – that of a single mother from a poor background who o...
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four children killed in cargo bike accident on railway crossing
photo: depositphotos.comfour children were killed when a train hit an electric cargo bike at a manned level crossing in oss. another child and an adult were badly injured in the accident, police said.witnesses told news agency anp the woman steering the vehicle worked at a nearby ‘before school’ daycare centre and was delivering children to local primary schools. she had just dropped some children off at their own school before the accident took place, anp said.police are still investing how the accident could have happened. the crossing has a designated bike path and is manned. according to broadcaster nos, one of the barrier had been broken.there will be no trains to nijmegen and den bosch until 12.30pm while the investigation continues.  ‘this is a terrible accident,’ one ns spokesman said.in july, the dutch safety board slammed the ‘unacceptable’ way an average of 11 people are killed in accidents on railway level crossings every year.it said the fragmented approach and lack of focus at the infrastructure ministry are stalling efforts to improve safety at crossings.the netherlands is the only country within the eu where so many roads cross so many railways, the ovv said. ‘this is not a good combination.’dutchnews.nl has been free for 12 years, but now we are asking our readers to help. your donation will enable us to keep providing you with fair and accurate news and features about all things dutch. you can donate via ideal, credit card or paypal using th...
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four unilever shareholders say they oppose rotterdam move
so far four unilever shareholders controlling 6.34% of the company’s shares have come out against the company’s decision to consolidate its headquarters in rotterdam, according to britain’s times newspaper.m&g, part of the insurance giant prudential, is the latest to join the opposition, together with lindsell train, colombia threadneedle and aviva investors, the paper said.the shareholder vote on the move in britain will take place at the end of october and requires a 75% majority in support of the move.  dutch shareholders have a separate vote, with a 50% majority requirement.since it was founded in 1930, the anglo-dutch soups-to-soaps giant has maintained two separate headquarters – in london and in rotterdam – as well as dual bourse listings and dual fiscal entities. but unilever has always operated as a single business with a single board of directors.the anglo-dutch healthcare-to-foods concern confirmed the long-awaited decision to move to rotterdam in march.dutchnews.nl has been free for 12 years, but now we are asking our readers to help. your donation will enable us to keep providing you with fair and accurate news and features about all things dutch. you can donate via ideal, credit card or paypal using this special account [link].
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health inspectors pay damages to widow of doctor who killed himself
photo: jan dijkstra via wikimedia commonsthe health inspectorate has paid €154,000 in damages to the widow of a doctor who committed suicide after being accused of wrongly administering euthanasia to a dying cancer patient.nico tromp, a family doctor from the noord holland village of tuitjenhorn, killed himself six days after his home was raided late at night by police and he was suspended, following a complaint from a trainee doctor.his suspension was later proven to be wrongful and the hospital where the trainee doctor was based also apologised for bringing in the health inspectorate without discussing the allegations with him.the volkskrant says it has a copy of the agreement reached between the widow and inspectors. her lawyer cor hellingman has refused to comment on the size of the award but did say it was ‘very substantial for reputational damage’.the case was reported to the hospital by a trainee doctor who was with tromp when he gave the terminally-ill cancer patient morphine. she said the doctor had given the patient too much of the drug.the widow of theo spaansen, the man helped to die by the doctor, said at the time she was furious with the health ministry and that the doctor did his best with her husband. spaansen was sent home from hospital because he wanted to die in familiar surroundings.dutchnews.nl has been free for 12 years, but now we are asking our readers to help. your donation will enable us to keep providing you with fair and accurate news and fea...
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dijkhoff's 'ghetto' plan shot down, as mps debate 2019 budget
ministers await parliament’s verdict on their plans. photo: phil nijhuis via hhvvd mp klaas dijkhoff’s call for the netherlands to follow denmark in introducing tougher penalties for people from ‘problem areas’ who commit crimes were dismissed as a smoke screen and class justice by mps during wednesday’s debate on the government’s new spending plans.each party leader is given time to speak in the debate, and dijkhoff used part of his to call on the coalition to adopt the danish methods – plans which he had outlined in the ad on wednesday morning. denmark has introduced a string of measures, including compulsory pre-school education and tougher sentencing, in a bid to combat the development of what it calls ‘ghettos’.dijkhoff, who currently leads the vvd in parliament, said in an interview with the paper that integration has ‘failed’ and that he believes the netherlands is failing to give people the freedom they should have.he wants the cabinet to draw up a list of areas where the non-western immigrant population tops 50% and where unemployment and crime are high. dijkhoff said he also backed the introduction of compulsory lessons in ‘democratic values and traditions’, saying that people who do not cooperate should face benefit cuts.his comments dominated the early part of the debate and pushed opposition criticism of the plan to scrap the tax on dividends into the background.zuidassocialist leader lilian marijnissen told the debate: ‘dijkhoff seems...
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ajax gets off to good start in champions league with 3-0 win
lasse schone, hakim ziyech, noussair mazraoui, nico tagliafico, donny van de beek, dusan tadic and daley blind celebrate their win. photo: vi images via hhamsterdam football club ajax got off to a good start in this year’s champions league competition with a 3-0 home win against aek athene.nicolas tagliafico was man of the match, scoring the first and third goals, with substitute donny van de beek putting away number two.ajax has drawn bayern munich, benfica and aek athene in group e.  the club’s next meeting is on october 2 when the amsterdammers meet bayern munich away.on tuesday, psv eindhoven had a difficult start to their champions league campaign, losing 4-0 to fc barcelona.dutchnews.nl has been free for 12 years, but now we are asking our readers to help. your donation will enable us to keep providing you with fair and accurate news and features about all things dutch. you can donate via ideal, credit card or paypal using this special account [link].
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record number of cranes spotted in nl but most fail to have chicks
the european crane is moving back into the netherlands. photo: by marek szczepanek via wikimedia commonscranes are doing well in the netherlands, with pairs nesting in the provinces of brabant and limburg for the first time, bird protection organisation vogelbescherming nederland said this week.the organisation counted 32 crane pairs in total this year, which, it says, is ‘an absolute record’ and 45% up on 2017. three thirds of the crane pairs were spotted in the provinces of drenthe and friesland and brooding cranes have been seen in brabant and limburg for the first time.cranes, easily recognised by their size and trumpet call, were absent from the netherlands for hundreds of years and only made a come-back in 2001 when the first chick was born in the fochterloërveen wetlands on the border of friesland and drenthe.of this years’ 32 pairs only 12 pairs had chicks and of these just seven made it out of the nest. that is in itself a disappointing result, vogelbescherming nederland said, but drought limited the amount of food available and made the nests more easily accessible to predators.despite of a relatively meagre number of new chicks, the crane is here to stay and with wetter weather next year and better protection of nesting sites, 2019 could become a top year for cranes, the organisation said.dutchnews.nl has been free for 12 years, but now we are asking our readers to help. your donation will enable us to keep providing you with fair and accurate news and featu...
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