Monday 22 July 2019

Palace backgroup for royals' summer photos

The Dutch royal family posed for traditional pre-summer holiday photos in the garden of their new home, Paleis Huis ten Bosch, on Friday. The family moved to the palace in January after it had undergone a major renovation programme. It was lived in by king Willem-Alexander’s mother Beatrix until she abdicated in 2014. More photos from RTL Nieuws The aim of the annual photo shoot is to stop photographers following the family while they are on holiday. The media code... More >

Marianne Vos powers to the La Course title

Dutch cyclist Marianne Vos has won the sixth edition of the La Course cycle race in France on Friday after overtaking runaway lone leader Amanda Spratt on the steep final climb. Vos, who has three time former world champion, had been favourite to take the title in the event, which begans and ended in the French city of Pau and covered 121 kilometres. La Course, organised to coincide with the Tour de France, first took place in 2014 when Vos... More >

Discrimination means no council contract

Amsterdam officials are investigating if they can legally exclude companies that discriminate against workers from council contracts and will press ahead with using ‘mystery guests’ to check, the Financieele Dagblad reported on Friday. The move, which is part of a plan which will be sent to the councillors this week, is meant to promote diversity and tackle discrimination in the jobs market which, social affairs alderman Rutger Groot Wassink told the FD is ‘rife and hard to eradicate’. Young people... More >

Rutte's trip to Washington focuses on jobs

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte and US president Donald Trump discussed trade issues and boosting the number of jobs stemming from direct investment in the two countries during their bilateral meeting on Thursday. The aim is to boost the number of US jobs created by Dutch investment to one million and to increase the 250,000 jobs in the Netherlands which are due to American activity, the prime minister and president said. ‘The bond between NL and the US is strong... More >

Home ownership out of reach for most

Buying a home is twice as expensive as it was in the 1990s, with home owners now spending nine times their average salary on a property, Rabobank economists have told the Telegraaf. In the 1990s, an average home cost four to five times the average salary, the paper said. House prices have risen much more than salaries, meaning home owners have to spend a bigger chunk of their life’s earnings on a property. ‘Home ownership may be considered normal but... More >

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