Monday 17 January 2022

New book claims to solve mystery of who betrayed Anne Frank

New book claims to solve mystery of who betrayed Anne Frank

The hiding place of Anne Frank and her family in Amsterdam during World War II was probably given to the Nazis by Jewish notary Arnold van den Bergh according to a new book which claims to solve the 77-year-old mystery. The Betrayal of Anne Frank, by Canadian writer Rosemary Sullivan, is based on the work of a cold case team led by a former FBI agent who spent years trying to solve one of the most enduring mysteries of the... More >

The Voice of Holland hit by #metoo claims

Broadcaster RTL has dropped its flagship talent show The Voice of Holland, which has become embroiled in a major scandal about sexual abuse and the abuse of power. Main sponsor T-Mobile has also pulled out of its deal with the programme, following claims that at least one key member of team was involved in putting sexual pressure on women in the show. The scandal was broken by YouTube programme Boos (angry), which is run by public broadcasting company BNNVARA. It... More >

Psychedelics for depression needs research

Medication based on psychedelics such MDMA, ketamine en psilocybin is helping people with depression or post traumatic stress disorder but Dutch medics warn their introduction on the market will have to be carefully monitored. Some one in five people in the Netherlands suffer from depression at some time or another in their lives and around a third do not improve using conventional medication. While a nose spray containing ketamine is already being used for people with depression, doctors are concerned... More >

Record fines for driving in closed lanes

Highways agency Rijkswaterstaat issued a record number of fines last year to drivers who ignored red crosses above the road, indicating a lane has been closed. A total of 5,824 fines were recorded in 2021, compared to 4,900 the previous year. The minimum penalty for ignoring a red cross is €240. Spokesman Diederik Fleuren told NOS that there were nearly 40 collisions with maintenance vehicles and buffer trucks – padded trailers that provide cover for teams working on the road... More >

Emergency 112 app for speech impairments

A new app has been developed to help people with speech and language difficulties use the 112 emergency hotline. The 112NL app allows people to communicate directly with the control room by text message and gives their location so help can be sent to their home. The developers say it will also help those with hearing problems or who have difficulty speaking Dutch or English. The idea for the app came from Dini Zegelaar from Nijmegen, who has a stammer,... More >

Boy, 16, dies in shooting in Amsterdam

Police have arrested three teenagers after a 16-year-old boy died in a shooting in a house in Amsterdam. Emergency services were called to Sinderenstraat, in the Zuidoost district, where they found the teenager seriously wounded at 7.10pm on Sunday. Paramedics were unable to revive him and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Two teenage boys were arrested in the house, while a third handed himself in on Monday. Het Parool named the vicim as Armando Petalo, known to his... More >

North will welcome more data centres: FD

Despite unease about the wisdom of attracting massive data centres to the Netherlands, development organisations in the north of the country are still keen to press ahead, the Financieele Dagblad said on Monday. Both the northern development agency Nom and the Groningen Seaports association say the north can ‘use’ a couple of data centres, despite the opposition of local politicians, the paper said. Cas König, director of the Groningen Seaports port group, told the paper he is in contact with... More >

Thousands protest about coronavirus rules

Thousands of people gathered in Amsterdam on Sunday to protest against the coronavirus rules, but there was no repeat of the problems of two weeks ago, when thousand defied a city council ban and turned up anyway. Police said on Sunday evening that some 15,000 people had taken part. They were joined by 30 farmers with tractors, some of whom had driven from Groningen and Friesland, broadcaster NOS reported. The demonstration was given the green light by the police and... More >

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