Friday 07 August 2020

Cafes face closure and mayors get curfew powers, as Dutch tackle coronavirus surge

Cafes face closure and mayors get curfew powers, as Dutch tackle coronavirus surge

Bars, cinemas and museums identified as centres of coronavirus infection are to be closed for two weeks, and testing is to be introduced at Dutch airports for people from high-risk areas in an effort to stop the increase in coronavirus infections in the Netherlands. In addition, freshers’ week activities for new students are to be scaled back sharply, and mayors will be able to impose curfews on cafes and bars, prime minister Mark Rutte told a news conference on Thursday... More >

Hackers flag up traffic app flaw

A group of  Dutch safety experts have demonstrated that a traffic light system for bikes connected to a smartphone app can be hacked, potentially causing unsafe situations on the roads in case of an attack. The smart system, part of which is still in the testing phase, has been installed by ten local councils but in future all traffic at some 1,200 crossroads will be regulated via the internet to improve flow. The app tells the traffic light a car... More >

Even more people are holidaying at home

Some 44% of people in the Netherlands will not go abroad for their main holiday this year because of coronavirus fears, making staycations even more popular than had been thought. New figures from the Dutch tourism board and the Schiphol airport group show a six percentage point increase in the number of people holidaying at home, compared with the previous survey at the start of the summer. ‘Most people planning a break are keen to avoid busy tourist centres,’ NBTC... More >

Dutch urban rescue team arrives in Beirut

A team of 64 Dutch search and rescue experts, together with eight sniffer dogs, have arrived in the Lebanese capital Beirut to help look for survivors in the aftermath of Tuesday’s explosion, which has killed at least 135 people and injured thousands. The Urban Search and Rescue Team have also taken 18 tonnes of equipment with them to aid in the search, which will start within the next few hours. The team, made up of emergency service workers, the military,... More >

Nathan Aké moves to Man City

Dutch international Nathan Aké has become the fourth most expensive Dutch player of all time, with a €44m (£41m) move from Bournemouth to Manchester City. Aké, who has played in the UK since he was a youngster, went to Bournemouth from Chelsea in 2017 for around €22m. He controversially joined Chelsea from Feyenoord as a 15-year-old, and made his Premier League debut at the age of 17 but never really found his feet at the club. ‘This is a dream... More >

ING net profit plunges on provisions

Dutch banking group ING posted net profit of €299m in the second quarter of 2020, a drop of almost 80% on the year earlier period, due in part to a €1.3bn provision for potential bad loans stemming from the coronavirus crisis. The coronavirus crisis also forced the bank to write off some €300m on various activities, namely acquisitions which are not performing as well as forecast. Turnover was virtually unchanged at €4.67bn and pre-tax profit was down 73% at €542m.... More >

Fabio Jakobsen fights for life post crash

Dutch cyclist Fabio Jakobsen is seriously ill in hospital in Poland after a major crash a few metres before the finish of the 1st stage of the 2020 Tour de Pologne. Jakobsen is said by some sources to be fighting for his life following the crash, in which fellow Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen deviated from his line and forced Jakobsen into the barriers. Patrick Lefevere, the manager of cycling team Deeuninck-QuickStep, which Jakobsen belongs too, has refused to accept Groenewegen’s apologies,... More >


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