Bad weather, wind and hail disrupt Liberation Day festivals

Bad weather, wind and hail disrupt Liberation Day festivals

A number of Tuesday's Liberation Day festivals were disrupted or delayed by the strong winds and hail storms which swept into the Netherlands from the south. The KNMI weather bureau had issued a code yellow weather warning for the entire country and festival goers were warned to take waterproof clothing rather than umbrellas. The traditional march past in Wageningen took place 30 minutes later than planned and plans to recreate food droppings by parachute were cancelled altogether, the Telegraaf reported. Het enige echte veteranendefilé @HoteldeWereld — Alexander Pechtold (@APechtold) May 5, 2015 In Assen and Almere, the festival starts were delayed by several hours to allow the bad weather to pass. One woman at a festival in Roermond was injured when part of a market stall blew off and hit her on the head. The event was halted for a time because of the poor weather conditions. The Haarlem show was also paused for a time because of the strong winds and heavy rain. According to weather bureau, the storm brought at least 60,000 lightening strikes. The strongest wind so far was 101kph recorded in Eindhoven. RTL news carried photographs of huge hail stones said to have fallen in some parts of the country. Ingezonden weerfoto's: gitzwarte wolken en hagel als pingpongballen. Bekijk de slideshow: — RTL Nieuws (@RTLnieuws) May 5, 2015 In Amsterdam, plans to reconstruct a temporary bridge over the IJ, were cancelled because of the rain. The plan had been to recreate the pontoon bridge used during the last winter of World War II to help the city's hungry inhabitants reach farms in the north.  More >

Hundreds jump over Rotterdam station gates

Bad weather, wind and hail disrupt Liberation Day festivals Just a few days after Rotterdam’s main railway station was closed to all but ticket holders, MPs say the barriers should be made higher because people are simply jumping over them. According to the AD on Tuesday, a majority of MPs say the gates in Rotterdam and other big stations should be more difficult to jump over to stop people using the trains without a public transport smart card. They also want barriers installed in The Hague and Utrecht. This weekend, over 100 people were fined for jumping over the gates in Rotterdam. These were mainly people who had been out on the town for the evening, news agency ANP says. [banner] ‘This should not become a new national sport,’ Betty de Boer of the right-wing Liberal VVD told the AD. ‘These people are deliberately not buying a ticket. The NS should look at installing higher gates.’ The NS set aside €500m to install gates at 82 main stations in an effort to stop people travelling without tickets and reduce attacks on staff. The AD points out that the NS is 100% state owned and will find it difficult to ignore parliament on the issue. However, the company insists the lower barriers look better and that it has enough staff on hand to fine people who ignore them.  More >

All Dutch nationals in Nepal accounted for

Bad weather, wind and hail disrupt Liberation Day festivals All Dutch nationals thought to have been in Nepal at the time of the earthquake last month have now been accounted for, foreign minister Bert Koenders has confirmed. 'This means almost everyone who was worried about friends or family can now breathe easy,' Koenders said. Around 900 Dutch nationals were in Nepal when the quake hit. In total, 12 Dutch nationals were injured and one German woman who has lived in the Netherlands for many years was killed. Around 500 people have already been brought home on a number of special flights. The Dutch emergency and rescue team is due back later on Tuesday. [banner]  More >

Supermarkets sell more ultra cheap meat

Bad weather, wind and hail disrupt Liberation Day festivals Supermarkets have again increased the number of cut price meat deals they are offering, despite pledges to sell ‘fairly-produced meat for a fair price,’ according to animal rights campaign group Wakker Dier. In the first quarter of this year, the number of bargains offered by supermarkets rose 18% compared with the same quarter in 2014. This came despite parliament passing a motion in January condemning rock bottom prices. Last year as a whole, the number of cheap meat deals rose 19%. [banner] Wakker Dier considers meat to fall in the kiloknaller (kilo killer-deal) category if it costs less than €4.12 a kilo – the average price of cat food. The organisation has been monitoring kiloknaller deals at 11 supermarket groups since 2011.  More >

Miss Etam and Promiss to restart

Bad weather, wind and hail disrupt Liberation Day festivals The Miss Etam and Promiss high street fashion groups are to be relaunched with the help of a consortium of new investors from the retail sector, the official receivers of the Etam Group say. The Etam Group was declared bankrupt in April but talks began immediately with a number of potential investors on a restart. All the 200 shops, with a combined workforce of some 2,000, will remain open while the final details are being worked out. The receivers hope the deal will be completed by mid-May. A spokesman declined to give further details but said it is clear the company will have to undergo a major reorganisation. [banner]  More >