Tuesday 05 July 2022

Teargas and dogs break up farmer protests; blockades continue

Teargas and dogs break up farmer protests; blockades continue

Dutch police used teargas and dogs to break up some farmer protests on Monday night, gave around 200 fines and made several arrests. Riot police were called into Heerenveen, where farmers protesting against environmental policy were blocking a Lidl distribution centre with tractors, and used teargas to clear the area. Three people were arrested, according to NOS. Police also ended a blockade at a centre in Sneek, with Dutch media reporting that others had joined in who were not ‘normal... More >

Two men arrested for 'filming' De Vries

Two men thought to have made and spread films after the shooting of Peter R. de Vries have been arrested in Spain and Curaçao, reports the Parool. The paper reports that a 26 and 27 year old have been arrested, with the intention of being extradited. Police believe that films were intentionally made and spread via social media to increase the social impact of the murder, the Parool reports. De Vries, the official confidant of crown witness Nabil B. in... More >

GGDs gearing up for monkeypox testing

GGD health centres have been preparing separate facilities to test for the monkeypox virus in big cities where infections are spreading, BNR reports. At some locations, testing will take place in former coronavirus testing sites. Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Eindhoven already have separate spaces with designated waiting rooms. The centres are being set up in response to an RIVM recommendation issued at the end of May, which called for measures to minimise contagion, including face masks for staff. Most... More >

Company climate change pledges assessed

A study by the NewClimate Institute for Friends of the Earth Netherlands suggests that 29 mayor Dutch companies may not be in a position to achieve 2030 climate goals. The report said that while global emissions ‘must be halved by 2030 to stay below 1.5°C of global warming, the 21 companies commit to reductions of just 19% on average.’ AkzoNobel, BAM Group, DSM, Stellantis and Tata Steel Netherlands were assessed as having ‘moderate integrity’ in terms of their plans to... More >

Delayed ops 'cost' 320,000 life years

Postponed operations during the coronavirus pandemic have ‘cost’ the equivalent of 320,000 years of healthy life, says the Dutch public health institute RIVM. It has calculated that more than 305,000 operations were put off during 2020 and 2021, leading to a loss of healthy years of life that can ‘never be regained’. Every year, hospitals in the Netherlands plan around 900,000 operations which are not considered an emergency and can wait at least a month. Most of the postponed operations... More >

NS cuts train services on six routes

Dutch railway operator NS is scrapping train services on six routes in the coming week because of lack of staff, ahead of a summer of disruptions. The affected routes are between Arnhem and Schiphol,  Amsterdam and Enkhuizen, Rotterdam and Gouda Goverwelle, Dordrecht and Lelystad, Amsterdam and Enkhuizen and Den Haag Goverwelle. These will all be down to a twice-hourly service. From July 11, the train operator will scrap trains on another two routes. Last week the NS cut train services... More >

Dutch women's hockey weekend win

The Netherlands beat both Germany and Ireland at the opening of the 2022 Women’s International Hockey Federation (FIH) Hockey World Cup on home turf in Amstelveen this weekend. Before packed crowds, the Dutch team on Saturday defeated Ireland, the team it trounced in the 2018 final to win that year’s cup, 5-1. On Sunday night, the Dutch continued its winning streak by beating Germany 3-1. The Tokyo 2020 champions got off to a slow start against Ireland, not able to... More >

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