Sunday 25 August 2019

Norwegian police say missing Dutch IT expert died in kayak accident

Norwegian police say missing Dutch IT expert died in kayak accident

Norwegian police have ended their investigation into the disappearance of a Dutch IT expert a year ago, saying he was probably killed in a kayak accident. The disappearance of Arjen Kamphuis had led to a wave of conspiracy theories about government involvement and speculation that he may have simply gone off grid. Kampus was a computer security expert and well known in the Dutch hacker community. He was also said to have worked for Wikileaks. Kampus was last seen in... 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 >

More people unable to manage finances

The number of people who have had to hand over the management of their finances to an administrator because of of their debts has gone up significantly in the last five years, the Council for the Judiciary said this week. In 2018 some 56,000 people were ordered to hand over the supervision of their affairs, compared to 35,000 in 2013. This is usually because of personal problems such as addiction, chronic illness or mental problems. Over 250,000 people in the... More >

Two wins and a draw in Europe qualifiers

A healthy 3-0 home win against Apollon of Cyprus put PSV Eindhoven in a good position to make the group phase of this season’s Europa League competition, with the away return leg set for next week. Rotterdam club Feyenoord also put three away against Beer Sheva of Israel, with Leroy Fer making two goals in the second half. By contrast, AZ of Alkmaar could muster no more than a 1-1 home draw against Antwerp and face more of a struggle... More >

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