Saturday 08 August 2020

Code orange weather warning as temperature is set to top 35C

Code orange weather warning as temperature is set to top 35C

The KNMI weather bureau issued a code orange weather warning for the southern four provinces on Saturday, saying temperatures are likely to reach an ‘extremely warm’ 35 Celsius, at least. Code yellow is in operation for the rest of the country, with the exception of the Wadden Sea islands, where there are strong winds and temperatures in the high 20s. Similar temperatures are expected until at least Wednesday at week, although the KNMI now says there will be more cloud... More >

Former RIVM chief criticises Covid plan

The previous head of the infections diseases department at Dutch public health institute RIVM has criticised the government’s strategy for dealing with coronavirus, saying it is inconsistent and open-ended. Roel Coutinho told television show Nieuwsuur that he considers the policy of making tackling the virus a community effort to be too non-committal. While prime minister Mark Rutte is good at sketching out the problems, he is placing too much responsibility on the shoulders of the man in the street, Coutinho... More >

Lebanon blast kills Dutch woman

The wife of the Netherlands ambassador to Lebanon has died of injuries sustained in Tuesday’s explosion in Beirut. Hedwig Waltmans-Molier was serious injured in the blast on August 4, shortly after returning to Beirut following a holiday. She was in the family sitting room with her husband Jan when the explosion took place and was hit by ‘sheer bad luck’, the Dutch foreign affairs embassy said in a statement. The couple had been together for 39 years. Waltmans-Molier worked as... More >

Covid youngster focus 'counterproductive'

A get tough approach from the government as the number of coronavirus infections in the Netherlands rise had been widely expected. But Thursday night’s press conference highlighted contradictions in strategy, according to the Dutch media on Friday. Broadcaster NOS focused on prime minister Mark Rutte’s appeal to youngsters to take the coronavirus measures – especially social distancing – seriously. ‘Generation expert’ Talitha Muusse told the broadcaster the prime minister was sending the wrong message to young adults, and that his... More >

Noord-Holland sheep left to fry in fields

As temperatures soar in the Netherlands, three quarters of the sheep in Noord-Holland province have no way of finding shade to cool off, animal welfare organisation Wakker Dier has found. The lobby group looked at 5,000 sheep on 134 fields in the province and found some 75% had no access to shade.  The research took place on July 31 when temperatures soared to as high as 32 Celsius. Sheep suffer from heat stress from 23 degrees, Wakker Dier spokeswoman Anne... More >

Poultry farmers still flout rules

Dutch poultry farmers are still flouting the rules, with one in four being issued with a fine or formal warning last year, according to food safety authority NVWA. A random survey among 91 of the Netherlands 734 poultry farms found that 38 farms (42%) were in breach of one or more of the rules, the government agency said. Animal welfare issues, such as overcrowding, a lack of straw and bad lighting, were a major issue. Farms also failed to keep... More >


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