Friday 14 May 2021

Scientists call for focus on ventilation

A group of 39 scientists from all over the world, including the Netherlands, are calling on governments to pay more attention to the role of good ventilation in the battle against coronavirus. In an article in leading academic journal Science, they suggest that good ventilation can prevent coronavirus being spread by aerosols, or tiny droplets which hang in the air. In the Netherlands, ventilation does not yet have a major role in the official strategy to combat infection. ‘In other... More >

Russian offered money to Dutch party

A Russian called Vadim Belkov offered €250,000 to fringe political party Splinter in what may be the first clear case of a Kremlin-instigated attempt to influence Dutch politics, it has been revealed. Splinter leader Femke Merel van Kooten-Arissen was approached by Belkov before the last elections, in which she did not gain a seat, but did not accept the gift. She reported it to the parliamentary security service BVA which, for reasons unknown, failed to inform the security services, current... More >

Tata Steel should drop carbon capture

The Tata Steel steelworks in IJmuiden should bring forward its long-term plans to cut pollution and boost energy efficiency, trade union FNV Metaal said on Friday. Around half the plant’s workforce is a member of the FNV and the proposal also has the backing of the company works council, the union said. ‘Our plan shows that you can go green while maintaining employment levels,’ union chief Roel Berghuis said. ‘But our plan is conditional on the government changing its rules... More >

Karadzic to be moved from NL to UK jail

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, sentenced to life in prison by the international tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague in 2019, is being moved to Britain from the Netherlands to serve out the rest of his sentence. Karadzic, now 75, was convicted of war crimes in 2016 and given a 40-year sentence for his role in the massacre at Srebrenica and other crimes during the Yugoslavian civil war but this was revised up to ‘life’ on appeal... More >

Rotterdam wants names of 1940 bomb victims

The Rotterdam city archive has put out a call for the names of some 400 people who died during the German bombardment on May 14 1940, 81 years ago today. The list now holds 450 names but the number of victims of the bombardment is estimated at over 850, archive officials said. Some of the names are missing because the wounded were also taken to hospitals in cities outside of Rotterdam. If that is where they died they would be... More >

Left-over vaccine website 'too successful'

A website set up by several doctors to prevent coronavirus vaccine wastage is proving so successful that they have been forced to take action to limit responses. The website allows family doctors and other institutions to register that they have vaccines left over at the end of the day which otherwise would be thrown away. People who want to be vaccinated can then check the site and turn up for a dose, although there is no guarantee they will... More >

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