Thursday 18 August 2022

Plan to buy out hotel earmarked as asylum seekers' centre rebuffed

Plan to buy out hotel earmarked as asylum seekers' centre rebuffed

Villagers living near a hotel which has been earmarked as an accommodation centre for 300 refugees have been told they cannot thwart the government’s plans by buying the building. A spokesman for the asylum accommodation service COA told NOS the contract to purchase the ‘t Elshuys hotel in Albergen, near Tubbergen in Overijssel, had already been signed and the organisation would take ownership on September 1. Junior justice minister Erik van der Burg used his ministerial power to give a... More >

Triathlon athletes 'bullied and abused'

Triathletes taking part in an elite training programme were exposed to bullying and exclusion without proper support, an independent investigation has found. The findings follow a report published last year, which was ordered after dozens of former athletes, some of them minors at the time, told newspaper Trouw about their ‘traumatic’ experiences at the national triathlon training centre (NTC) in Sittard in Zuid-Limburg. The conclusions led to the resignation of the national coach and the entire board of the national... More >

Housing permits fall short of goal

The government issued more than 15,000 building permits for new houses in the second quarter of 2022, but the number falls short of the cabinet’s goal to build 100,000 new homes this year. According to new figures by the Dutch statistics office CBS, 15,200 permits for newly constructed homes were issued between April and June. Compared to the same period in 2021, the number of permits was down 27% but the CBS warns last year was unusually high. “The number... More >

Helium stash found amongst houses

Authorities in Breda have seized 3,000 litres of helium from a garage in a residential neighbourhood yesterday. The city’s mayor Paul Depla said the way the gas bottles were stored was ‘life-threatening.’ While possession of helium is not illegal, there are strict requirements for proper storage,’ he said. “The bottles were not stored correctly, creating a dangerous situation. They were immediately confiscated,” the city said in a statement. More than 10 times the legal amount of helium was being stored... More >

Dance Valley director denies Spanish rape

One of the directors of Dutch festival organiser United Dance Company, which organises the Dance Valley event, has been arrested in Madrid on suspicion of rape. Brian B. has confirmed that he was arrested in May but denies raping the woman, who published her story on Instagram on Tuesday. The woman, 52, claims to have been raped by B. in April after an evening out on the town.  She went to the police that night and B. was arrested at... More >

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