Friday 21 February 2020

Dutch return rare crown, kept in a Rotterdam apartment, to Ethiopia

Dutch return rare crown, kept in a Rotterdam apartment, to Ethiopia

A rare 18th century copper crown, which had been kept in a Rotterdam apartment for 20 years, has been returned to Ethiopia, with the help of the Dutch government. The crown had been kept by Ethiopian refugee Sirak Asfaw since, he says, he found it bag left by an Ethiopian visitor to his flat in 1998. Thinking it had been stolen, he refused to give it back to the regime at the time, because, he says, he feared officials had... More >







106 farmers fined during tractor demo

Nine people were arrested and police handed out 106 fines to farmers taking part in Wednesday’s demonstration in The Hague. The fines were mainly given to farmers who persisted in driving their tractors on the highways, even though police and the demonstration organisers had warned them this would be illegal. Jeroen van Maanen, a spokesman for the Farmers Defence Force which organised the demonstration, said it had passed off ‘perfectly’ and disruption for ordinary citizens had been kept to a... More >


Pregnant women vanish from refugee centres

At least 25 pregnant women from different African countries disappeared from Dutch refugee centres in November and December, according to radio current affairs show Argos. The programme bases its claims on an alert issued by Dutch human trafficking centre EMM to midwives in January, and police have confirmed the disappearances, Argos said. Midwives have been asked to watch out for signs of human trafficking and to report any suspicions that the women are under outside pressure. The departures do not... More >






'Stop urged on young teen delivery work'

Social affairs ministry inspectors have urged the government to ban the under-16s from delivering meals for snack bars and restaurants because the rules are being widely flouted. Delivery firms are switching from mopeds to electric bikes which don’t need a licence, and this is one reason why restaurants and snack bars are using younger delivery boys, the inspectors say. They are also cheaper to employ. The minimum wage for a 15-year-old is €3.19 for a 36-hour week. Inspectors visited 178... More >


Fewer railway crossing deaths: ProRail

  Nine people died on railway crossings in 2019, six of whom were killed because they crossed at the last moment when the barriers were coming down, railway infrastructure company ProRail said on Thursday. The number of deaths has been going down steadily since the 1970s when between 40 and 70 people died a year on level crossings. Risky behaviour, which carries fines of up to €240, is a problem for ProRail, director  Anne Zwiers said. ‘Every accident is one... More >



Franchisees take Papa Johns to court

A number of current and former franchisees with the US pizza chain Papa Johns are taking the Dutch franchise company to court, arguing they have been misled by the organisation and are now thousands of euros in debt. The group, a total of 19 former and current franchisees, are attempting to sequester €4m in assets owned by the Papa John’s Nederland’ headquarters. The franchisees claim they were promised a ‘golden future’ with the company but say the terms and conditions... More >








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