Monday 24 February 2020

Foreign ministry advises travellers to Italy to 'be alert' after Covid-19 outbreak

Foreign ministry advises travellers to Italy to 'be alert' after Covid-19 outbreak

The Dutch foreign ministry has advised travellers to Italy to be ‘extra alert’ after an outbreak of Covid-19 in the country, but says there is no need to cancel plans. Six people have died and around 200 have been diagnosed, mostly in the Lombardy region that includes Milan, after the first cases were reported last week. All the fatalities have been elderly or had underlying health conditions that made them vulnerable. Austria closed its rail line to Italy for around... More >

NHG reform will let divorcees keep houses

Couples who divorce wil be at less risk of having to sell their home under reforms to the National Mortgage Guarantee scheme. At the moment NHG-covered mortgages are recalculated when one partner moves out based on the current value of the property. Recent increases in house prices mean many divorcees on a single income earn too little to cover the new loan, forcing them to sell. A spokesman said: ‘That means you end up with two partners out on the... More >

Strong winds again on Monday afternoon

The KNMI weather bureau has issued a new code yellow weather warning for Monday afternoon, as strong winds continue to batter the Netherlands. Gusts of 75 to 90 kph may hit coastal regions on Monday afternoon but they will die down in the evening, the KNMI said. The weekend was also stormy and strong winds forced the organisers to cancel several Carnaval parades which had been due to be held on Saturday and Sunday. Tuesday will start out dry but... More >

Bar sales boost football club income

Local football clubs derive more of their income from their canteens than most other sports clubs, the national statistics office CBS said on Monday. In 2018, some 38% of football club cash came from their canteens but golf clubs, for example, were largely funded by membership fees. Just 5% of golf club funding came from the ’19th hole’. Tennis, hockey and rugby clubs also earned significant income from their bars and canteens, the CBS figures show. In total, the Netherlands... More >

Hakim Ziyech agrees €40m Chelsea move

Hakim Ziyech’s summer move from Ajax to Chelsea has been sealed after the midfielder agreed personal terms with the London club. The 26-year-old told Chelsea’s official website on Monday: ‘I am proud to have signed for such a huge club as Chelsea. I am looking forward to next season and hope we can achieve great things.’ The clubs are reported to have agreed a fee of €40 million. Ziyech will remain an Ajax player until the end of the season,... More >

First provincial speed cameras switched on

The first of 20 speed cameras to be installed on provincial roads has been switched on in Utrecht province. The cameras will monitor drivers on a stretch of the N414 between Baarn and Bunschoten, where the speed limit is 80 km/h. Electronic signs have been put by the roadside to alert drivers as they approach the controlled zone. National traffic police spokesman Achilles Damen said the road had been selected because ‘systematic speeding’ had heightened the risk of accidents. Preliminary... More >

Heracles too strong for Ajax in 1-0 win

AZ Alkmaar have closed the gap at the top of the Eredivisie to three points after Ajax went down 1-0 to Heracles in Almelo. Cyril Dessers’s thumping half-volley in the 76th minute gave Heracles their third successive home league win over the reigning champions, who looked to be suffering a hangover from their midweek defeat to Getafe in the Europa League. AZ, who scraped a draw at home to Austrian side LASK on Thursday, were awarded three penalties against PEC... More >

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