Monday 26 August 2019

Dutch women defend title, win 10th European hockey championship

Dutch women defend title, win 10th European hockey championship

After a difficult start in the competition, the Dutch women’s hockey team have taken the European title for the 10th time, beating German 2-0 in the final in Antwerp on Sunday. The win also guarantees Oranje a place in the Tokyo Olympics next year. The Olympic title is the only one not currently held by the women, who are current European, World and Pro League title holders. ‘This was a fantastic year and we can’t wait for Tokyo,’ captain Eva... More >

Kohlert double puts Willem II on top

Willem II took advantage of the truncated weekend Eredivisie programme to go a point clear at the top of the table after four games. While PSV, Ajax and AZ Alkmaar all had their fixtures postponed because of their European commitments, the Tilburg side beat Emmen 2-1, with both goals coming from their German striker Mats Köhlert. The 21-year-old summer signing from Hamburg dribbled through Emmen’s defence to deadly effect, either side of a penalty by Marko Kolar. ‘They were two... More >

3 tonnes of cocaine seized in Rotterdam

Customs officials based in Rotterdam’s port have seized two consignments of cocaine this week, totalling almost three tonnes, the public prosecution department said in a statement. The first batch – 1,650 kilos – was found on Tuesday in a container containing sugar which was being shipped on abroad. The second haul, on Tuesday night, involved 1,300 kilos of the drug hidden in a container with drums of banana pulp. The pulp was destined for a company in Oosterhout but that... More >

Homeless total doubles in 10 years

The number of homeless people in the Netherlands has doubled to 39,000 over the past 10 years, national statistics office CBS said on Friday. But the number of 18 to 30-year-olds with nowhere to live tripled during the period, the CBS said. Some 84% of homeless people are male and most are concentrated in the four big cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht. Around half have an ethnic minority background. The figures include people sleeping outdoors, in parks,... More >

Sellers of illegal e-cigarette fined

Dutch health and safety watchdog NVWA has fined seven Amsterdam-based companies for selling illegal e-cigarettes, the Parool reports. Juul is an American brand e-cigarette which contains three times the permitted amount of nicotine, making it illegal in the Netherlands. Its popularity among teens is growing, however, and Juul has now appeared on the Dutch market as well, both online and in physical shops. The fines range from €450 to €4,500 for repeated infringements. All seven sellers, whose names have not... More >

Dutch director wins award for first film

Dutch director Ena Sendijarevic (32) has won best film at the film festival in Sarajevo, broadcaster NOS reports. Take Me Somewhere Nice is about a teenager who, like Sendijarevic, came to the Netherlands as a child with her parents from Bosnia. She goes back to see her sick father only to land in one surreal situation after another. The film is Sendijarevic’s first since graduating from the film academy in Amsterdam. It premiered at the Rotterdam film festival this year.... More >

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